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:
• Beronia Tempranillo 2010 ($15, sample, 14%): Spanish red is rich, has lots of red fruit, and is professionally made. That it doesn't especially taste like it’s from Rioja is only a problem if you care about those things.
• Tormaresca Neprica 2011 ($12, sample, 13.5%): This vintage of the one-time favorite is more balanced and Italian than the 2010, but still firmly in the international style with lots of sweet red fruit.
• Mazets de Saint Victor Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 ($10, purchased, 13%): This French red blend has funky, Rhone-like aroma, but that's about the only interesting thing. Thin and watery in the middle and quite disappointing.