Top 10 Curious Reds of 2013
Football pundits are fond of noting (among their many shrewd observations) that “the league table doesn’t lie.” Wines are similar to soccer teams in this respect: those sitting at the sales league summit are by definition the quality, over-performing bottles that customers come back to again and again because of the taste and value for money that these wine heroes provide.
The list below reflects the top 10 reds by retail sales for Curious Wines so far in 2013; that’s bottles sold from our Cork store and online, and excluding wedding and trade sales. You can obviously buy any of our range with total confidence, but these 10 stars can be bought with even more confidence than usual – if that were possible!
1. Gassac Classic Rouge Hérault, France
Supple and juicy Syrah-based blend from acclaimed Languedoc ‘Grand Gru’ Mas de Daumas Gassac – staggering bang for buck!
2. Dignité Syrah Languedoc, France
Powerful and big, with flavours of kirsch, black pepper and dark chocolate. A plush, sinfully-good red that demands decanting.
3. Santa Alicia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo, Chile
Beat 19 other Chilean Cabs in a recent Irish Times tasting: “Good all-purpose red”, noted John Wilson, approvingly.
4. Bleasdale The Broad-Side Langhorne Creek, Australia
Classic Aussie Shiraz-Cab blend that goes a treat with homemade burgers and sweet pepper relish.
5. Cuvee Jean Paul Rouge Vaucluse, France
“A bargain from the Vaucluse that makes for an unfussy, midweek gluggable treat.” Matthew Nugent, Irish Mail on Sunday.
6. Pago de Cirsus Oak Aged Navarra, Spain €12.99 (Buy 2+ and pay €9.99!)
Toasty, concentrated Tempranillo-blend from Rioja’s close neighbour Navarra. Loved by Curious customers and staff alike.
7. Rapido Sangiovese Puglia, Italy
Juicy, unpretentious red that shows cherry stone, tea leaf and plum jam notes. Made for pizza.
8. Santa Alicia Reserva Merlot Maipo, Chile
Matured in French and American oak, this rewarding red has hints of violet, baked fig and green pepper.
9. Bozeto de Exopto Rioja, Spain €14.99 (Buy 2+ pay €11.99!)
A beautifully-designed bottle hints at the sumptuous quality of the liquid inside. This is a velvety, modern, mouth-coating Rioja. So good!
10. Ferri Arnaud Languedoc-La Clape
Curious Mike’s wine of the year in 2012, the quality of this textured, complex Syrah-blend will blow you away.
Want the lot? Get yourself a case of our Top 10 Reds HERE (2 bottles of each of the top 2, plus 1 bottle of each of the next 8). €128 including delivery – a saving of €29.38 on the full combined price of €157.38. CLICK TO BUY.