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The 50 nominees for Plonkapalooza

Plonkapalooza 2009 Three of the judges, Bronwyn Wiechmann, Michael Meagher, and Eric Buxton, receive instructions before the blind tasting. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)
October 28, 2009

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50 Wines at the Tasting
Prices vary from one place to another, but discounts of 10 to 20 percent are applied when you buy wine by the case. These wines are available at the retailers listed beside them, but they’re also at other shops. Check with your local spot; it may take a few days for them to receive the bottles you want.

Whites
Terra Robles Paso Robles Chardonnay 2007 (California). Around $11. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Wine that Loves Grilled Salmon NV (Italy). Around $11. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Baystate Wine Co.

Rayun Central Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Chile). Around $9. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by Masciarelli Wine Distributors.

Ca’ Stella IGT Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio 2008 (Italy). Around $10. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Vineyard Road, Inc.

Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde 2007 (Portugal). Around $11. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Sun Wholesale.

Thierry Delauney Vin de Pays du Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (France). Around $12. Blanchards Wines & Spirits, West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Revere, Marshfield, Hyannis. Distributed by Berkshire Wine, Inc.

Bodegas Naia “Las Brisas’’ Rueda 2008 (Spain). “Green apple sweet and sour quality; exotic fruit, pineapple; light on palate but very inviting; little minx of a wine.’’ Eric Buxton Around $11. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by M.S. Walker.

Cantina Cardeto “Pierleone’’ Orvieto Classico 2008 (Italy). Around $11. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Domaine Salliès Vin de Pays d’Oc Viogner 2008 (France). “Good, flinty, maybe mushroomy, lychee, sweeter, creamy, very clean, creeping toward gewürztraminer.’’ Bronwyn Wiechmann Around $11. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Yellow + Blue Cafayate Torrontes 2008 (Argentina). Around $12/Liter. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Ruby Wines.

Cono Sur Bio-Bio Valley Riesling 2008 (Chile). “Hint of minerality and petrol in the nose; dry, good acid, peach skin, bright citrus.’’ Michael Meagher Around $11. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by M.S. Walker.

Côteaux du Vendomois “Montagne Blanche’’ 2008 (France). Around $10. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Ideal Wine & Spirits.

Chapoutier “Belleruche’’ Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008 (France). “Aromatically shy; fully dry; stimulating; satisfying fruit presence; trace of spritz. Stephen Meuse Around $11. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by United Liquors, Ltd.

Sagelands Vineyard Columbia Valley Riesling 2007 (Washington). “Lemon and orange flower nose; palate off-dry; peachy, slate-y; balanced, refreshing.’’ Michael Meagher Around $10. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by United Liquors, Ltd.

Caves des Vignerons de Saumur “Les Plantagenets’’ Saumur 2007 (France). Around $11. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Colonnara “Collezione Belpoggio’’ Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi 2008 (Italy). “White-gold color; floral, violets, cinnamon; very pleasant.’’ Bronwyn Wiechmann Around $11. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Alto Tierruca Lontué Valley Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Chile). Around $10. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Monsieur Touton.

Arona Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (New Zealand). Around $11. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by United Liquors Ltd.

Viu Manent Valle de Colchagua Chardonnay 2008 (Chile). Around $10. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Baystate Wine Co.

Sole Beach “Reserve’’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (New Zealand). Around $12. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Monsieur Touton.

Lichine “La Poule Blanche’’ Vin de Pays d’Oc 2008 (France). Around $10. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Vineyard Road, Inc.

Domaine Du Haut Perron Touraine 2008 (France). “Slight greenish tinge; citrus, slight sur lie-like texture; very balanced, supple, one of the best of the tasting.’’ Eric Buxton Around $10. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Montinore Estate “Borealis’’ Willamette Valley 2008 (Oregon). Around $11. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Shannon Ridge Lake County Chardonnay 2008 (California). Around $12. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Hangtime Wholesale Wine.

Casa Santos Lima “Palha-Canas’’ Estremadura Branco 2008 (Portugal). “Lively; rich sweet fruit; some lychee and brown spice; nice acid support; pleasing mineral element.’’ Stephen Meuse Around $10. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Reds
Gode’ ll IGT Rosso di Toscana 2007 (Italy). “Smoky-meaty nose; palate dry, medium-bodied with soft tannins; bit of earthy-mushroom character.’’ Michael Meagher Around $12. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Oz Wine Co.

Yellow + Blue San Juan Malbec 2008 (Argentina). Around $12/liter. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Ruby Wines.

Villa Pillo “Cingalino’’ IGT Rosso di Toscana 2007 (Italy). Around $12. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Cantina La Vis Trentino Pinot Noir 2007 (Italy). Around $12. Salem Wine Imports. United Liquors, Ltd.

Lichine “Le Coq Rouge’’ Vin de Pays d’Oc 2007 (France). “Deep purplish color; nose a little closed but very juicy; light but powerful; delish.’’ Eric Buxton Around $10. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Vineyard Road, Inc.

Venta Morales La Mancha Tempranillo 2008 (Spain). Around $9. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by Masciarelli Wine Distributors.

Jean A. B. Marlborough Pinotage 2008 (New Zealand). Around $11. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Monsieur Touton.

Vecchia Cantina Chianti 2008 (Italy). “Bright; confectionary nose; delicious and food friendly; a little tart; simple but elegant.’’ Eric Buxton Around $9. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Altos Las Hormigas Mendoza Malbec 2008 (Argentina). “Purple; good blackberry and blueberry fruit; ripe; lots of tannin; spicy finish; great food wine.’’ Bronwyn Wiechmann Around $10. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Classic Wine Imports.

Mona IGT Terre di Chieti Sangiovese 2008 (Italy). Around $12. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Genuine Wine Selections.

Wine That Loves Roasted Chicken NV (Spain). “Bruised plum, earth, cherry, some oxidation apparent on nose; ripe, but restrained; good acidity; savory.’’ Michael Meagher Around $11. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Baystate Wine Co.

House of Independent Producers “La Bourgeoisie’’ Columbia Valley Merlot 2007 (Washington). “Black pepper; spicy; smoke; cigar; well-balanced; light-bodied; almost too pretty.’’ Bronwyn Wiechmann Around $12. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

La Chasse du Pape Côtes du Rhône 2007 (France). “Warm, rich, nicely-textured; fine concentration and interest; hints at complexity.’’ Stephen Meuse Around $12. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Baystate Wine Co.

Argento Mendoza Malbec 2008 (Argentina). “Plum, raspberries, and licorice; dry, ripe fruit; good tannins and structure.’’ Michael Meagher Around $12. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by Martignetii Companies.

Louis Bernard Côtes du Rhône 2007 (France). “Good concentration and fine acid structure; lots of flavor; rich and inviting; very solid wine.’’ Stephen Meuse Around $11. Salem Wine Imports. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Ninety Plus Cellars “Lot 7’’ Mendoza Malbec 2007 (Argentina). “Lovely ripe red fruits; excellent balance and beautiful texture. So nicely put together.’’ Stephen Meuse Around $11. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Massaya “Classic’’ Bekaa Valley 2006 (Lebanon). “Cooked raspberries; butter; slight smokiness; vegetal notes; good.’’ Bronwyn Wiechmann Around $10. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Boston Wine.

Legado Munoz Tierra de Castilla Garnacha 2007 (Spain). “Rich, ripe, bright, tasty stuff; some alluvial and herbal elements.’’ Stephen Meuse Around $10. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Genuine Wine Selections.

Sterling Vintners Collection Central Coast Meritage 2007 (California). Around $10. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by United Liquors, Ltd.

Ken Forrester “Petit’’ Stellenbosch Pinotage 2008 (South Africa). “Crozes-Hermitage-esque; barnyard; band-aid; cherry; tar; gamey.’’ Bronwyn Wiechmann Around $8. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Ruby Wines.

Dario D’Angelo Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2008 (Italy). Around $9. Blanchards Wines & Spirits locations. Distributed by Hangtime Wholesale Wine.

Ninety Plus Cellars “Lot 1’’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Australia). “Intoxicating nose; rich, sweet, ripe, excellent.’’ Eric Buxton Around $11. Andover Liquors. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.

Porta Reserva Maipo Valley Carmenere 2008 (Chile). Around $12. Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits. Distributed by Blue Coast Beverage.

Quinta de Ventozelo “Vinzelo’’ Douro 2006 (Portugal). “Ripe, jammy-juicy dark fruits aromas; big grape tannins; plum, cassis, fig flavors.’’ Michael Meagher Around $10. Dave’s Fresh Pasta. Distributed by Martignetti Companies.