Lots of wine sitting in warehouses in the Dallas area over the past 18 months, as the recession has slowed spending. A blog reader even found almost two cases of an older vintage of the late and lamented Osborne Solaz at a retailer that is working its way out of bankruptcy.
That's probably the reason the Verdillac ($8, purchased) was stacked up, many of the bottles gummy from the warehouse, when I saw it a couple of weeks ago. This is a very old-school wine (if someone as middle-aged and cranky as the Wine Curmudgeon is allowed to use that term). Thirty years ago, it was, like Mouton Cadet, a French wine for those few Americans who drank French wine. It cost $3 or $4, didn't have much in the way of fruit, and did the job for those who bought it.
The modern version is made with sauvignon blanc and does have fruit (some citrus), as well as low alcohol and a decent finish. In fact, there was not a flaw to be found, and I was quite surprised. It is a more simple wine than something like the Chateau Godichaud, but it's half the price -- all of which makes it highly recommended. Drink it chilled with any kind of summer time food or on its own.
Now, if only I can find some Solaz.