QPR Sancerre and Barbera for a casual meal

Maybe it was the food or my beautiful wife’s company, but these actually just were perfect with a meal of locally made hummus, just-picked corn on the cob, local scallops and a beet/horseradish salad. Don’t let the scores fool you too much if you’re looking for under $15 Sancerre or under $10 Barbera.

  • 2011 Domaine Durand Sancerre - France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre (10/6/2012)
    Medium gold color. Big up-front nose of honeysuckle, pears with good minerality. Great initial impact on the palate, full of mineral and pear/tart yellow fruit goodness. But gets weaker at the mid palate and the finish more or less disappears in seconds. Still, very much enjoying this in a lovely meal of local hummus/cheese and crackers, just picked corn on the cob, and scallops with a beet/horseradish salad. (86 pts.)

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  • 2010 Piazzo Barbera d’Alba - Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d’Alba (10/6/2012)
    Rather explosive nose of black cherries. Lots of black cherry and sweet curranty fruit up front, with some black pepper metallic bite that comes in on the end, giving it all a nice balance and pleasing quality. Fairly good length. Light, lively, so much preferable to similarly priced Beaujolais as a picnic wine. (86 pts.)

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They both sound brilliant Peter.