2008 Tamas Double Decker Red: It's good we know Tim
feb. 23, 2011: winetree is awesome. it's not just that it's a few blocks from our house. this is just a good store, filled with wines that seem to fit our tastes more often than not. and this latest "like" is a 2008 tamas double decker red from the central coast of california that tim recommended. i'm not sure on the cost (it's been a while since we held the receipt), but i know this blend of cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah and barbera is definitely less than $20. the nose is an indistinguishable red fruit, while the texture is light, with some tannins. this is an easy wine to drink, and to like. 13.5 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.