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. This edition, in honor of the upcoming 2013 $10 Hall of Fame, features cheap wine.
• Pennywise Pinot Noir 2010 ($12, sample): Stunningly well done, considering how I usually don't like California grocery store pinot noir. Bright cherry fruit, and though not much of a middle, an almost earthy, pinot-like finish. A fine value.
• Domaine Cazes Canon du Maréchal 2010 ($10, purchased): This muscat-viognier blend from southern France has white fruit that gives a hint of sweetness and an almost white peppery spiciness. Different, but intriguing.• Château La Maroutine 2010 ($10, purchased): Post-modern white Bordeaux blend with more citrus than minerality. Does its job for $10, but don't expect anything especially classic.
• Colosi Cantine Bianco 2010 ($10, purchased): This Sicilian white blend isn’t as fresh and lively as others I’ve tasted (and a little thin in comparison). This doesn’t make it a bad wine, rather, other Sicilian wines offer more for the same price.