Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month:
• Los Vascos Chardonnay 2010 ($10, purchased): Not what it once was, and can't be the same wine that several readers suggested I try. Some green apple, but heavy and oily -- not good characteristics in a $10 chardonnay.
• Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($15, sample): Big, fruity, unsubtle and straightforward. This is a simple wine that delivers chocolate cherries and caramel for those who like that sort of thing.