What’s New?

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877 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. jimvan49

    In Eureka today, both at $3.99 were Victor Vineyards 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, and for those folks who like to add new countries to their lists, 2013 Grape Valley Riesling from Moldova (a former soviet union republic between Ukraine and Romania). Bottles have a clear plastic bag around them. Who can resist?

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    1. jimvan49

      By the way, Victor Vineyards says this about their wine: “Victor Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel is crafted from grapes grown on our Lawson vineyard and other selected vineyards with vines aging from 35 to 112 years old.

      Our Old Vine Zinfandel is rich with brooding complexity—supple tannins frame dark raspberry, blackberry and cherry rounded with brambly spice and hints of mocha, black pepper, and lightly toasted oak.
      Appellation: Lodi
      Blend: 85% Zinfandel , 15% Petite Sirah
      Vineyard age: 35 – 102 years old
      Alcohol: 14.5%”
      Price on the website was $18. Seems worth a try.
      Interested in Moldova? Here is a website: http://www.bulgaria.mfa.md/img/docs/viticulture-wine-industry-moldova.doc

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  2. EricfromRichmond

    I picked up a bottle of 2007 Stetzner Cab Franc at the Richmond store this morning around 11 am. There were about 6 or 7 cases on the floor- brought it to a party and it was delicious!

    Here’s the cellartracker page: https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1599234

    Went back tonight and picked up a few more bottles. There were only about 2 1/2 cases left. If you want to try it, you should get a move on.

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      1. Don Bevins

        Price please Eric. It seems that some really interesting reds are popping up in just a few stores.
        I have bought an excellent Huntington Cellars 2008 Alexander Valley Merlot for $8.99 but have seen it only at the Sacramento Greenhaven store.

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  3. PW

    Some new things of interest at Corvallis GO. Though I admit, I bought nothing. I just have too much stock on hand and I don’t know anything about these.

    Las Hermanas 2010 Made with Organic Grapes Monastrell (Jumilla) WE 86pts. I almost bought this one. The label killed me though…so weird…I may go back and get it. I believe it was $4.
    Vinum Cellars 2012 CA Pinot Noir (can’t remember the price on this one)
    WildHaven Merlot (Columbia Valley) (again, forgot the price…sorry)
    Red Autumn Chardonnay 2012 $2.99
    Banshee Pinot Noir 350ml 2011 $3.99
    Chateau Grand Marchand 2011 $8.99
    Ogio Pinot Grigio $2.99

    Nothing else really struck me.

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      1. RB

        The Banshee struck me as kind of odd. Maybe it’s a style of PN that I’m unfamiliar with, but it reminded me of a ruby port, both in the nose and taste. It isn’t for me (though I love a good port), but maybe someone else would go for that.

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        1. PW

          Sweet like port? If that’s the case, I’m glad I passed.

          Seedboy, I was tempted but at $8 for 750ml, I didn’t think it was a great deal.

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          1. RB

            It wasn’t really that the Banshee PN was sweet, more that it seemed dominated by ripe fruit flavors that brought port to mind. Very different from the more austere style that I’m used to.

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    1. lim13

      At the Silverdale store today, I bought one of the wines you mentioned, PW…the Banshee Sonoma Co. Pinot…and it’s a standard 375 ml. (rather than 350). Picked up a different very strangely labeled 2011 Las Hermanas red blend which is 70% Monastrell (aka. Mourvedre/Mataro) 30% Syrah. And continuing with the strange labels/names, I grabbed a 2011 Piggy Bank Grenache Pays D’Oc. Label reminded me a bit of early Bonny Doon i.e. Le Cigare Volant. I hope to review these soon, but it’ll be a busy weekend for me.

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      1. PW

        I’m pretty sure the Las Hermanas was a 2010 but I could have been wrong. My notes were scribbled (in a hurry). Interested in whether or not you like it. And yes, I saw my ml mistake on the Banshee but I couldn’t fix it (didn’t see til after I posted).

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  4. BargainWhine Post author

    I’ve changed the formatting of this page so it loads only 50 comments at a time. (You can continue to older comments at the bottom of the page.) The comments here are supposed to last only a couple months or so, and I chose the number 50 to approximate comments left in that time frame. I’m hoping this makes the page easier to use while I get around to deleting most of the older comments, save some I want kept for posterity. :) Please let me know any reactions you have to this change. Thanks.

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  5. RB

    A few new things have finally been rolling into the Olympia store recently. Interesting (to me) bottles spotted today:
    Las Hermanas Joven 2011 red blend (Monastrell/Syrah), Spain, $4.99
    Banshee 2011 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County (375ml) $3.99 – ($15 via winery)
    Lanson Black Label NV Brut Champagne, $20
    Lanson Rose Lable NV Brut Rosé, $25
    In addition to the PS from Hidden Cellars, there was also a Zinfandel, 2010, Mendocino County

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  6. JoelA

    Seen at Oakland today

    Frey 2011 syrah (Redwood Valley) $ 3.99
    Frey 2011 petite sirah (Redwood Valley) $ 3.99
    Victor 2011 zin (Lodi) $ 5.99
    Bay Leaf 2013 zin $ 5.99
    Bay Leaf 2013 pinot noir $ 5.99
    Clay Horse 2011 sauvignon blanc (Paso Robles) $ 4.99
    Clay Horse 2012 Adobe Pink (Paso Robles) $ 4.99
    (I couldn’t find any information on Bay Leaf or Clay Horse wines)
    Emerald Bay 2009 merlot $ 2.99
    Waterbrook 2012 Melange blan $ 6.99
    Covey Run 2007 reserve merlot $ 4.99
    Pioneer Red 2011 $ 4.99
    Wines For Dummies 2011 Chianti $ 2.99

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi Mereimage. Yesterday, I nearly bought a bottle of the Clayhouse Adobe Pink for the nice label, but decided it looked a bit too red (as opposed to actually pink) for my taste. Now that I see you say it’s a bit sweet, I’m glad I did not get it.

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        1. Seedboy

          I thought it was pretty good but for a bit of a cooked flavor that I found offputting enough so I won’t buy another. Has anyone tried the Sauvignon Blanc from the same producer?

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          1. mereimage

            I have not seen the SB… prob wouldn’t be interested, as Clayhouse pulls grapes from the central coast and most SB from this region tend to be just okay. My guess on the “Pink” it’s a typical California saignée method of production which produce more extracted and quick to bottle wines. I too judge rosés by their color. Looking for that perfect light salmon through a clear glass bottle is a good indication whether I’ll like it or not. I hope we’ll get something that fits that profile soon.

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    1. lim13

      So…just to clarify, Joel…that’s Clay House and not Clay Horse…correct? Also…for those who might be interested and were not aware…the Frey wines are organically produced? http://freywine.com/
      Over the years I’ve been a big fan of the Waterbrook Melange Blanc…and I believe that price you list is about five bucks off regular retail. It’s usually another kitchen sink blend. And finally, Wines For Dummies Chianti…sounds like one I’d be avoiding.

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      1. Seedboy

        I bought a bottle of the Frey PS yesterday. It is surprising. The label says it is 11.8% alcohol. I don’t doubt that but it is unusual. The wine itself tastes a lot like sandlewood incense smells. I like it and will probably put a couple of them away to see what happens to them with some bottle age.

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        1. JoelA

          The Frey syrah is pretty good also, and also has lower alcohol (12.5%), Good fruit, maybe a bit too much vanilla, well balanced, much like California wines were years ago before over-the-top ripeness and alcohol became prevalent goals. And the price is right! And it could age.

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            1. JoelA

              The petite sirah was pretty good the first day. It didn’t have a lot of PS character but was a pleasant lower-alcohol wine for easy drinking with some chicken. But it was drying out on the second day.

    2. BargainWhine Post author

      It has been a long time since I drank a Frey wine. From at least 10 years ago, my impressions were that their wines had interesting, varietally non-typical flavors, but were a bit too quirky and insubstantial for me to really like them. Your descriptions make it easy for me to conclude that their wines haven’t changed.

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      1. Expat

        I was intrigued by the Frey PS because of the low alky-haul, biodynamic grapes, the “no measurable sulfites” and the fact that it’s a Petite Sirah. Like the bottle’s mid-1980’s pastel art label, it was odd. Not a typical inky, tannic PS. Fairly light with some interesting fragrance but also kind of hollow with some strange fruit notes. I can’t put a finger on it but it didn’t taste like any wine I’ve had before. The negative outweighed the positive for me.

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  7. BargainWhine Post author

    The Berkeley store has in three 2011 Cabernets apparently made by Ray Signorello, Jr.: Trim, Edge and Fuse, as best I can recall ranging in price from about $8 to $18. I didn’t get any, as Parker’s vintage chart rates northern California 2011 Cabernet a 78 / 100, but of course I’d like to hear from anyone who’s tried any of these.

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    1. EHL

      Had a glass of both the Edge and Trim Cabs to try……a little soft, lacking tannins and structure……essentially nothing special, especially for the hype associated with Signorello’s product and their resultant higher prices. Wouldn’t buy, but I did pick up a half-case of the Hidden Creek Petite Sirah, which was IMHO significantly better than the Novella PS from Paso Robles I also tasted.

      Out of the 5 wines I’ve tasted recently, I most enjoyed the Tarkettle Cab, which had been opened for a couple of days, and would definitely pick up some bottles.

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          1. Darrell

            If you can, try the Napa Valley CS. I am surprised that much of the Tarkettles are still around since the last sale. The Sonoma coast PN is nice. I haven’t tried the RRV PN though.

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            1. EHL

              Thanks for the suggestion, Darrell, will keep my eye out for the Tarkettle NV CS……..incidentally, the Tarkettle AV CS was leftovers at the Oakland GO……after the former Wine Guy, Steve, left for the San Leandro GO, they apparently cleared out some saved select inventory in the backroom, which included the Tarkettle…….along with two bottles of the 2007 RLT Stellanbosch Cab, which I promptly snagged of course…..and some other relatively expensive Spanish and Italian “trophy” wines, according to the new Wine Guy, Robaire, who transferred from the Berkeley GO……

  8. bin5

    Okay, can we please stop with the cutesy names already. “Funky Llama” from Argentina, really? Tasted it in the store – don’t bother, not that I think most of you would.

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    1. jwc

      FUNKY MAMA I might try, just saying…new at Tanasbourne 2006 Eagle Eye Limited Release Malbec (retail allegedly $35) $10, 2007 Novella Petite Sirah (EOS) $5 plus couple other items of no interest.

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  9. RG

    Lakewood WA today, noticed a bunch of stuff with cute labels (animals or silly names like Goofy Foot ) or “sweet” that most here wouldn’t be interested in.

    SA Road Less Traveled – all 2008.
    One bottle left of Arch Terrace Merlot (think I’ve bought about 3 cases)

    2012 “Volume” Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia, Accolade Wines and Glass Wines) $3 ($10). I’m drinking it tonight, middle of the road and pop-and-pour decent. Berries/Cherries, deep red and hearty, no complexity. Worth the $3, and better than $2 Chuck ($2.49 locally). Just a slight burnt off-taste that I can’t quite describe. Label says good with “Hearty burgers, thick crusted pizzas and anything from the grill.” Went well with Bacon Mac & Cheese.

    2011 Greg Norman Malbec $5/13
    NV Corbett Canyon RTW 1.5L $6 (Chile) – Sort-or square bottle, table wine.
    2009 Two Ponds Riesling $4/10 – Second label of WA Waterbrook (Precept Brands, common at GO). I’m sure it will be as least decent (WA Rieslings go for under half the price of a compatible CA Riesling – but we can’t grow Pinot Noir well)
    2011 Lupi Realli – still lots of this outstanding white https://grossoutwine.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/2011-lupi-reali-trebbiano-dabruzzo-italy-3-99/

    Minor aside: Grocery Outlet (the Corporation) is being sold by the private equity firm (Berkshire Partners) that owns it. Current bid is over US$1B (News says $1.2B, I’ve heard $1.5B – all private equity). Several news articles this summer. I just worry they’ll expand too much and dilute our treasure hunts.

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    1. lim13

      Appreciate the info on the GO corporate sale, RG. That’s all news to me. It will indeed be interesting to see what the results are…especially in terms of wine sales and selection.

      Funny too…when I was selling wine in the mid 80’s, we carried the Corbett Canyon wines in one liter bottles (most whites). It was from the Central Coast of CA before that region became seriously popular for serious wines. The wines were rather indistinct, but cheap and well-packaged, so they sold pretty well. I had no idea they were still around.

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      1. Expat

        The Corbett Canyon bottle with the square bottom is classic. Did you ever hear the early 90’s radio ads where every time they said the name it was an echo (‘canyon…canyon…canyon”). I live just off of Corbett Canyon road (technically a highway) and my wife used to drive by the original winery on her way to work in San Luis Obispo. They were still operational when we moved here about 10 years ago (no tastings, not open to the public) but a few years back sold off the property because most of their production is in the Central Valley. Now it’s sort of a co-op for boutique winemakers and a winemaker called Center of Effort. I went to an event and it was wild seeing the original spanish style house up front where the family lived and going in the facility. The image on the label is the actual house but now it’s torn apart on the inside. It’s a pretty big operation that could produce a lot of wine. Across the street is Kynsi Winery selling Zins and Pinots for $30 to $75/bottle so it makes sense they left the area. No point for making essentially jug wine in such a prestigious wine area.

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        1. lim13

          When I was still working in the industry we sold tons of that Corbett Canyon in both 750’s and 1.5 L bottles…with that square bottom. That was in the 80’s and the “unique” shape was a real selling point. Nostalgic! Thanks for the info.

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  10. lim13

    Got an email from the Silverdale store yesterday with a long list of new arrivals. I came home with two for review, as 90% of that long list was completely uninteresting to me. What I bought and hope to review soon are: 2013 Marco Fiori Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc for $5.99 and NV Domaine Laurier CA Sparkling Wine at $6.99.

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  11. EricfromRichmond

    At the Richmond store
    2010 Shingleback McLaren Vale Shiraz The Davey Estate
    cellartracker: https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1394821&searchId=0C48E090%23selected%3DW1394821_1_K8412d79e77600c8de8aedf6741d6c4f6

    2010 Shingleback McLaren Vale The Davey Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
    cellartracker: https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1623738&searchId=67AAB473%23selected%3DW1717603_1_Kef5acff9bfaf0ca9ad6a200d05bcd7be

    I’ve only tried to the shiraz which I find quite tasty and nicely balanced.

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  12. BargainWhine Post author

    Hi Everyone. I’m sorry to have been absent for so long. I’ve had a bad cold from which my sinuses are only slowly recovering. At the worst of it, I could not smell my stinky deodorant right in front of my nose. Today I’m posting a review of one of the last wines I tasted right before a lot of me rather shut down. Anyway, I hope to be back in action soon.

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    1. GOWineLover

      Thanks for the Vacaville report. I believe they moved the store closer to 80 relatively recently and I have not been in since then. If I recall, they used to have some interesting stuff and believe I bought some good hard alcohol there at one time. Oh well!

      I would think with freeway presence and closer proximity to the outlets that they would carry better stock but apparently not…

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  13. Robert Seeds

    I just learned that “Steve the Wine Guy” from the Oakland store is leaving and going to work with Benny in San Leandro. That is a much smaller store but Benny, the owner/manager, has many wines not seen at other GO stores.

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    1. Seedboy

      Robair from Berkeley has taken over the wine duties at the Oakland store. No word on who will take over for him in Berkeley; the wine shelves went unstocked this morning.

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  14. bin5

    A lifting of the dry spell here in South King County. So a bunch of South American wines showed up along with a few other wines in Renton, WA. Here goes the list:

    2008 and 2011 Montes Alpha Carmenare (Chile) $6
    2008 Montes Sauvignon Blanc $4
    2007 Montes Alpha Chardonnay $2
    2009 Pascual Toso Reserve Cabernet (Argentina) $5
    2008 Santa Emma Barrel Select Reserve Cab/Merlot $4
    2007 Pasqual Toso Cabernet $4
    2009 Pasqual Toso Chardonnay $3
    2009 Amplus Santa Ema Carignane $6
    2007 Amplus Santa Ema Red Wine $7
    2010 Amplus Santa Ema Sauv Blanc $5
    2009 Two Ponds Chardonnay $4 (Precept Wines)
    2008 Two Ponds Merlot $4
    2005 La Laggio Barolo $8 (made it north!)

    Now I just have to find the time to do some reviews. Nice to have some new wines. I hope you see some of these on the other side lim13!

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    1. lim13

      Again, not a single new wine in Silverdale today. But I haven’t seen the wine guy in over a week, so I suspect he may be on vacation…and it’s likely that no one is ordering in his absence. I’m losing interest in GO.

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    2. mereimage

      a bunch of new stuff landed at So. San Jose. A couple of things noticed (and perhaps picked up)…

      Hidden Cellars, Mendocino Cnty, 2012 Chardonnay and 2010 (I think) Petit Sirah both $4.99. I recall this brand from my old days competing in wine tasting battles in Mendo County years ago. It has new labeling.

      a few Lodi Zins… most notably a 2011, Tin Roof @ $3.99 and Rampage Old Vines (crud… don’t recall the vintage) for $5.99.

      A new 2011, Tarkettle Road Napa Valley Cab. (Heavy bottle, and price comparison of $29.99 to GO price of) $9.99.

      From Washington St. a 2011 Waterbrook Chard for $6.99 and a 2007, Covey Run, Reserve Merlot for $4.99.

      Also, a Cali designated Chard called “Starlight” in a 1.5ltr bottle for $7.99

      There where more, including a labeled “chardonnay” from Italy for $3.99 from Mazzocorona… I am anxious to try this out of curiosity.

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      1. Seedboy

        I have seen three Hidden Cellars wines. 1) 2011 Petite Sirah. I’ve been enjoying a bottle of this over the last few days. It is a very nicely balanced wine that is not super fruity, it actually has as much savory as it has fruit. I like it a lot. 2) 2010 zin. It seems more cool climate to me. The fruit flavors are red: raspberry, cranberry. Not a fruit bomb. Reminds me of what honest zin tasted like before ripeness got out of control. 3) Chardonnay. I’ve not tasted it.

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        1. JoelA

          I also liked the petite sirah. Black fruit up front, coffee/cola/earthy flavors behind. Still young, could age a few years.

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    3. lim13

      Had some time to kill before my wife’s family’s annual picnic in Seattle today, so we stopped by the Lake City store. I picked up two bottles of the Pascual Toso Reserve single vineyard Cab you mentioned above, bin5. If you already bought some, please go ahead and review it. I happened to find that I reviewed the 2009 (I believe) Toso Sauv Blanc and liked it…back in 2012. I also grabbed two bottles of Castell Roc Brut Cava from Spain for $6.99 each and hope to review it. By the way, there were about four cases of 2008 Road Less Traveled Cab on the shelves there too for anyone interested.

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    4. jwc

      BIN5, thanks for the heads up on the MONTES wines, I’m a fan of this producer, the Alpha brand is usually extremely tasty. Haven’t seen here, but we seem to be at the end of the line in so many ways…

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    5. jwc

      Ventured over to Vancouver hoping to find the Montes wines BIN5 had mentioned, zip, zilch, nada. Just some of the same offerings that have been around 4ever it seems. The Bennet Lane white blend, 4Seen or something along those lines is nice, with all the 4 wines at GO, hard to keep track, or make that…hard to want to keep track of these wines. Did notice the Whipass (Whiplash) chard down to $4, sorry for the typo, but after viewing kind of like it, the typo that is. The Red Door pn is $6 still, as is the RRV pn from Chalone still around, along with a host of others. Not much new.

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    6. flitcraft

      Besides the Pasqual Toso reserve red that lim13 reviewed, we tried the Amplus Santa Ema Carignan, though the one at Lake City was the 2007. It’s an enigma of a wine. The color is deep purple with a bit of reddening at the edge of the glass, but honestly, it’s still the color of a very youthful wine. It’s quite fruit-intensive, for a wine with a bit of age on it. Definitely got the raspberries and blackberries touted by the label both on the nose and the palate, though the promised nutmeg and coffee were MIA for us. On opening the bottle, I was unhappy about the amount of ‘bright acidity’ to quote the back label. Don’t get me wrong–I generally wish that acidity levels were higher in wines, but this one is rather shrilly so. It reminded me of biting into a blackberry that turns out to be about a week’s worth of underripe.

      It was better with food, though it might have been better yet with food with more oomph that we drank it with (a casserole of greens, beans, and cheese). I think I would have liked it better if we hadn’t had the Pasqual Toso the night before…

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  15. PW

    Stopped by the Corvallis GO today. I didn’t expect anything new (it’s been a while) but there were two wines that I picked up.

    The first is: Ogio Tuscan Red 2012 $3.99. I’d seen it talked about on the reversewinesnob site:

    http://www.reversewinesnob.com/2013/07/ogio-wines-pinot-grigio-and-tuscan-red.html

    I figured for $3.99 it’d be worth a taste.

    The second is: Tempra Neo 2013 Tempranillo Vinedos de Espsana $5.99
    I couldn’t find anything about it online. There’s several “tempra neo” sites but they are all Australian and this definitely says “Product of Spain” on the back. Nice looking bottle. It’s description on the back includes “…richly flavored with black fruit flavors, herbal notes and an earthy finish.” It sounded like something I’d like.

    I’m going to try that one tonight. Not much else of interest. A few new things but the ratings were 1+ stars pretty much across the board….I didn’t feel “that” adventurous.

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    1. PW

      FWIW, the Tempra Neo…nothing like a good Spanish Tempranillo. Very fruity. No spice. No earth….to quote Bargainwhine, I would probably say “tastes like cough syrup”. Not a fan. It’s fine if you aren’t expecting a decent tempranillo. It could have been listed as a red table wine and I would have had much different expectations. But as a tempranillo, it is one of my least favorite ever. As a red table wine, it’s drinkable.

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  16. RG

    Tacoma 6th Ave store has 2007 Pascual Toso Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza – Las Barrancas Vineyards) for $4.99. List price $20. On CT, 88.7 pts and average price of $16.81. Reviews say it is heavy and needs food.
    Otherwise mostly what has already been reviewed: SA Road Less Travelled, Mosiac, Giormani Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Ashlyn’s Malbec, CATE…. Plus Square Mile Hard Cider $2.99/22oz (Portland OR) -

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    1. lim13

      What vintage of Road Less Traveled, RG? What little of the 2007 that came into Kitsap County (as I reported) was all scooped up by one customer…and have yet to see the 2008. I just picked up 3-2007’s and 2-2008’s…thanks entirely to flitcraft, who was kind enough to buy them for me in the Seattle area until I could get over there (for a dental appointment) today. I hope to review the 2008…after trying them side by side.

      And speaking of Seattle…I stopped at the 4th Ave. store today…by the stadiums. They have drastically reduced their wine section. They used to have wine on both sides of the store…now it’s only one small section…and nearly more beer than wine. They did have a few of the better wines reviewed here (Marlo Chardonnay and Sagrantino come to mind), but I won’t be going back to that store. Selection continues to be pretty depressing up this way.

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      1. Darrell

        I think you have more 2008 RLT than we do in CA as far as I can tell. I have been drinking the 2007 right along, but managed to find one bottle of the 2008 and had it tonight. I prefer the Cab character of the 2007 since it is stronger in that herbaceous, green pepper bouquet. The 2008 seems to have less of that character or is masked by the fruitier side of that vintage. It is probably a CS that PW would prefer. I look forward to your side by side comparison.

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      2. RG

        I went back by Tacoma 6th Ave this evening, The Road Less Traveled is all 2008 vintage $5.99, at least 3 cases on display (bought 2 despite my wine-buying moratorium). I checked for full cases under the displays, none. The checker said she had been selling lots of it. I’d somehow missed the long thread (60+) in the reviews on this wine. I checked for the other new wines that bin5 saw in Renton, none here, at least not on the shelves yet. I’ll check Lakewood early next week (often has a better selection, but sometimes takes some time to get stuff onto the shelves (but I can ask the wine guy/manager what he has in back).

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  17. seedboy

    Yesterday the Oakland store had the 2005 La Loggia Barolo for $7.99. I recognize this as the Barolo that is sold at TJ’s for about $15, but this is an older vintage. I bought a bottle and popped and poured it smells and tastes like barolo with nothing really off about it. I’ll recheck it tonight. Here is the Cellartracker page for this wine: http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=792925&searchId=758FD775%23selected%253DW1390150_1_Kfdedef5742f97e6724eb462e82b8f4f8

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    1. Seedboy

      The remnants of the bottle were probably better than on the first day, the wine seemed more complete. I suspect that this wine was shocked by travel. I’ll buy three or four more of these to have around and drink over the next couple of years.

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      1. Seedboy

        A big bunch of this was at Berkeley tonight. If you are interested, buy a bottle, wait a few days, decant and give it two hours.

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          Thanks for the recommendations and, holy crap, you’re not kidding about a “big bunch” of this at Berkeley. This afternoon, there was a block of cases stacked 3 x 4 x 5. I got a bottle.

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          1. Delmartian1

            Was in the Oceanside store yesterday and they had 4 cases….now, based on earlier recommendations, they have 3 cases. We opened one last evening and paired with veal scallopini and rainbow chard. It started off a bit on the acid side and reminded us of a burgundy in finish but after the first hour began to open up and taste like a Barolo. I too remember purchasing various vintages of this wine at Trader Joe over the past few years so there was little hesitation in going “all in”.

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    2. Seedboy

      I have now opened a second bottle of this wine. When my corkscrew pierced the bottom of the cork a bit of wine and gas spritzed out along the screw. However, the wine itself was just fine. I popped and poured it and it was tasty from the start. This is a nicely crafted Barolo for a kind price.

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      1. Seedboy

        On day 2, bottle 2 had not improved, nor had it deteriorated much. My take on this wine is that it will hold on a couple or three more years but it probably will not improve with additional cellaring.

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        1. JoelA

          Sorry, but this wine did very little for me. It has some Barolo flavor but tastes dried out and a bit astringent. With the exception of a Nero D/Avola I have not been impressed with any Trader Joe’s Italian wine.

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  18. Darrell

    I think a 2009 Porta Sole, Trebbiano D’ Abruzzo is new, but watch out for the color. The bottle is light mint green and I saw a bottle that was browning.

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  19. lim13

    A couple of new Bordeaux at Silverdale, WA today…but with the luck I’ve had with GO Bordeaux, I passed. One was a 2012 (can’t remember the name) for about $4.99 and the other a 2011 Chateau Grand Marchand for $8.99…both from AW Direct (where most GO Bordeaux come from). I bought two wines for future review: Ogio Prosecco for $6.99 (BW favorably reviewed their Pinot Gris) and a NV Meld CA Red Table Wine for $4.99 (Zin, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petite Sirah blend). That one scares me, but I couldn’t resist the grapes involved.

    And by the way, there was a new floor display of 12 cases of the 2012 Four Star Red that just came in. The Greg Norman Malbec also showed up; and a couple of Beringer low end reds…an Argentinian Malbec for $3.99 and a CA Cab Sauv for $2.99 (neither interested me). I also got an email from GO that says they got a 3L container of Fetzer Gewurz for $6.99 (box? bottle?)! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen three liters of Gewurz. I love Gewurz, but most retailers even find it tough to sell in a 750 ml. bottle.

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    1. jwc

      I saw the Fetzer Gewurz here, a 1.5L for $5.99 (passed) but did pu the Beringer 2011 Founders Estate Malbec (sourced from Mendoza), popped the cork tonight, and actually like it. Full bodied, soft tannins, decent dark berry flavors, for $4 a light thumbs up. Also more of the Four red blend, which I liked on the first night, 2nd evening hadn’t evolved in my view, but still a nice little red. Also, the Un4Seen white and red blends are here at $5.One excellent shiraz that is around is the Wakefield 2009 St Andrew, but at $22, high for GO. It’s sitting on the shelf collecting dust and has been for a long time, perhaps a price reduction will be coming. Finally the ’07 SA Road Less Traveled Cab Sav is still around at $6, so decent wine around town, just not much new.

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    2. Don Bevins

      New at the Rocklin store:
      Vinum Pinot Noir Central Coast 2011 $6.99
      Vinum Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 $4.99
      Vinum Zinfandel Paso Robles 2011 $4.99
      Lucinda & Millie Lake County Chardonnay 2011 $4.99
      Wine Men of Gotham Aussie Chardonnay 2011 $3.99
      Perry Creek Zinman Red. I did not notice the vintage and it was not yet priced.
      Gloria Ferrer 2008 Pinot Noir half bottles back to $4.99

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    3. flitcraft

      I decided to take a chance on the NV Meld, since it was a reasonably heavy bottle and seemed like a potential “dump the stuff that didn’t fit into our range” bottle from a winery that didn’t want to be identified. On a pop and pour basis, it offered up sweet black fruit, a bit of acidity, and some dusty tannins, but seemed kind of thin. In fact, I was surprised to see that it was only 12.5% alcohol, since it tasted ‘hotter’ than that to me. On Day 2, the candied nature of the fruit was the dominant impression, and so we dumped it into a beef stew and opened something else. I’d say drinkable if you like ‘em with sweet fruit, but the Four Star is a lot better of that type for the same price.

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      1. lim13

        Thanks for your thoughts on the Meld red, flitcraft. I’ll be doing my review of this wine soon and we’ll see how our bottles and our tastes compare.

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    4. 5-Star Bar

      Over the years I have come to love the Fetzer Gewürztraminer. Perhaps their best varietal in my opinion. While the cool Mendocino climate may pose a seasonal challenge to the full ripening of other types of grape German and Alsatian varietals Such as Gewurz and Riesling seem to thrive there.

      Two brief anecdotes:

      In the early 2000’s I brought several bottles of the Fetzer Valley Oaks Gewürztraminer to Manila, in the Philippines. After browsing what few California wines were available on the Asian capital’s store (mostly gathering dust) on prior visits, it occurred to me that the CA wines on offer there were thoroughly incompatible with that city’s economy, climate, and cuisine. What was in order, I thought, were cool, refreshing, off-dry, relatively affordable white wines rather than middle-of-the-road, relatively expensive reds.

      When I presented the Fetzer Gewurz to some well-to-do matrons who were friends of my host family one of them immediately informed me that she “didn’t drink”. I gently persuaded her, along with the other prim and proper ladies present, to give the well chilled white wine a try. By the end of the afternoon not only had the Fetzer been finished but the lady who had declared herself a paragon of sobriety had, to her own amazement, become a convert to the simple but substantial pleasures of the Fetzer Gewurz.

      A number of years ago I spotted a sole “library” bottle (6-8 years old) of Fetzer Gewurz that was part of a liquidation at the late, great, and sadly missed Spencer & Daniel’s. Needless to say I bought it on my faith in vintages past and boy, was I delighted. The wine had oxidized with age and was an amber hue, but it had gotten even better and complex with bottle age. Admittedly an oldie but a goodie!

      In a Magnum format it should age even better. I would gladly pay $5.99 for a 1.5 liter.

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    5. Dolores DeTeresi

      Need to know your opinion of the grand Marchand Bordeaux 2011.
      Purchased today 8/29 in west fresno GO. Looking for a good dinner wine for special BD celebration in November. Always trying product at GO. Used the Grossout site to guide recent purchases throughout drive in Oregon and Northern California last week.
      Thanks for response.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi Dolores and welcome! I have not tried this wine, but reader PW posted this Wine Enthusiast link:

        http://buyingguide.winemag.com/catalog/chateau-grand-marchand-2011-red-bordeaux

        and then her (I’m guessing) opinion:
        We had this tonight. It was much better than I expected it to be. I was surprised. I’m not saying it’s a great value. I would say it’s a $10 Bordeaux. I did decant it. It did taste of plums and black currant. We also tasted some pepper. Both black and green. It was very dry but after 2 hrs in the decanter was nicely balanced. Definitely not fruit forward style at all but we both agreed (and we haven’t had much luck with Bordeaux at GO so take this for what you will) it was the best one we’d had from there. I think it should be $5.99.

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      2. EHL

        Not a bad wine…..first glass I sampled left me unimpressed…….but still bought a bottle based upon the very favorable review at the Oakland GO store and tried it a few weeks later.

        The second time around, I much more appreciated the Grand Marchand Bordeaux…..a dry, subtle and restrained, not fruit-forward, red wine that gained complexity and body, improving on the second and third day.

        It’s definitely not a trophy wine that will knock the socks off would-be wine connoisseurs, but I enjoyed drinking it and think it’s a good value for the $8 asked……and those who recognize good wine will probably likewise relish a glass poured.

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  20. JoelA

    Spotted at Berkeley today

    2012 Giormani Valpolicella Ripasso $ 8.99
    2008 Azul Portugal Barraida $ 7.99
    2008 Aguia Moura Douro Reserva $ 9.99
    2011 Haute pinot noir (California) (Also at Richmond) $ 4.99

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    1. PW

      oooh, I hope those Portugese wines show up here. Especially that Aguia Moura Douro Reserva! It should be drinking well right now…since they seem to need so much time to age. Did you buy any?

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    2. seedboy

      That Haute pinot is thin and lifeless. Is that a new vintage of the Ripasso? Those Portuguese wines were new in the order guide last Saturday so other California stores should have access to them.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        I found the packaging of the Haute Pinot repellant, but I got one anyway because the color through bottle looked like it could be a delicate and nuanced wine. I’m sad to hear it’s a bit beyond “delicate and nuanced.”

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    3. 5-Star Bar

      Tried the 2008 Aguia Moura em Vinhas Velhas Douro Reserva

      Translation: 2008 Moorish Eagle Old Vines Douro Reserve (aged 12 months in Oak)

      This wine is, quite simply, “da’ bomb”. Best Portuguese dry red I’ve tried (though admittedly haven’t tried all that many, <20 lifetime).

      A blend of:
      Tinta (Touriga) Nacional (34%)
      Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) (33%)
      Tinta da Barca (33%)

      Reminiscent of a Portuguese version of a Rhone style GSM blend and packaged in a similarly shaped, very substantial high quality bottle with a broad punt (dimple) on the bottom. Shows its best on the first night, immediately upon opening, so I recommend drinking up with friends and family on Day 1. Peak drinkability now, though might still age well for a few years more. Still good on the second evening, though a bit more on the tart side which should please fans of European styled wines (think Cranberry, Leather) just fine. Big thumbs up and a fine QPR/value @ just $9.99 at GO San Francisco.

      Wine Enthusiast Rated 92 Points

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi 5StarBar. Funny, I just opened my bottle of this, decanted it, and hadn’t even bothered to taste it, assuming it would need at least an hour of air. I guess I’ll have to go see how it’s doing. :) Thank you very much for posting this, but, in the future if you don’t mind, please post it in the “Guest Contributions” section. For this one, I’ll plan to write a review on the main page and include your review.

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        1. lim13

          Not that any CA GO would mean much for me up here in WA, BW…but based on some of the negative comments I’ve read about higher pricing at the SF store…I’m just curious…did you also pay $9.99 wherever you bought it?

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      2. PW

        I have to admit, sometimes I’m quite envious of the selection the CA stores seem to get. This one sounds as good as I expected it to be.

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          1. mereimage

            agree with Seedboy! I still can’t get over the Zaca Mesa Viognier you got for six bucks when Cali was stiffed. Anyway… on the Aguia Douro Reserva… Was excited to give it a whirl and tried it last week and unfortunately my bottle was laced with TCA and couldn’t get passed it and soured me further. I’m curious to hear more comments.

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