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:
• Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco 2009 ($8, purchased): Traditional style, so not much fruit, and a little more rustic than California. Offers more than than $8 worth of wine, and more than suitable for a weeknight dinner.
• Parlay The Bookmaker 2005 ($20, sample): Lots of sweet black fruit in the middle of this red blend, but very well made with a long chalky finish and sturdy tannins. Not my style of wine, but well done nonetheless.