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Big House offers big value

Friday - 4/29/2011, 4:52pm  ET

Eleven, yes, eleven different varietals contribute to the 2010 Big House White Wine. The aromatic nose really does have a perfume quality, including scents of spring flowers and lychee fruit. Flavors of white peaches, dried apricots and nectarines fill the mouth while bright acidity provides a clean, citrusy finish. $10/750ml or $22/3 liters

When chardonnay is made without the use of oak, it is referred to in the industry as "naked." The 2010 Big House Unchained Naked Chardonnay is an excellent example of the pretty flavors unadulterated fruit can provide. Bright green apple, ripe nectarine and lemon/lime flavors zip over the tongue on their way to the clean, crisp finish. $10/750ml or $22/3 liters

Georgetta's approach to wine is "the more the merrier," and the 2009 Big House Red certainly lives up to her philosophy. With over 14 red varietals in the juice, including Petite Sirah, Syrah, Montepulciano and Barbera to name a few, it delivers oodles of juicy red fruit flavors, including blackberry, red cherry and cranberries. $10/750ml or $22/3 liters

Zinfandel grapes from old vines produce elegant wines, like the ones used in the 2009 Big House Beastly Old Vines Cardinal Zin. Made from 80 percent old vine Zinfandel grapes from vineyards around California, it delivers sumptuous blackberry, cherry and blueberry flavors on the front of tongue. Dried herbs and spicy pepper notes fill out the medium-bodied finish. $10/750ml or $22/3 liters

A couple other wines in the Big House portfolio, namely the 2010 Big House The Birdman Pinot Grigio and the 2009 Big House The Usual Suspects Cabernet Sauvignon (both $10) also deserve to be sprung free from the bottle.