Wine: Superb also-rans
Sometimes it pays not to buy the best, said Elin McCoy in Bloomberg.com. Many of the world’s greatest winemakers have a lot of grapes left over after selecting for their grands vins, and the so-called second wines made from them “often offer super quality at a fraction of the big name’s eye-popping price.” Here are three:
2013 Alvaro Palacios Camins de Priorat
($23). Palacios’ L’Ermita sells for $1,000; the great Spanish winemaker’s entrylevel red is a “ripe, juicy” blend that shows his touch.
2012 Château d’Issan Blason d’Issan
($28). Though Chateau d’Issan’s cuvée is more concentrated, this “lush, sexy” Bordeaux, at half the price, needn’t make any apologies.
2012 Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino ($65). The Tuscan estate that “practically invented” Brunello di Montalcino—and gets $550 a bottle for it—directs up to half its grapes each year into this bright, “lip-smacking” rosso. ■