What’s New?

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1,235 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. Seedboy

    Is the Laroche Petit Chablis anywhere other than San Jose? Anyone tried it?
    I understand that the Petaluma store still has many cases of the Dagueneau (not Didier) pouilly fume 2008 for $3.99 per. It is quite tasty but beware of leakers.

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    1. Don Bevins

      Probably out of your neighborhood, but the Greenhaven store in Sacramento had a stack of the petit chablis on the floor last week. They seem to get a number of wines that I do not see in other GOs. Good hunting.

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    2. Patrick

      @ Seedboy, I have seen the Petit Chablis at Redwood City, So. SF & the So. Bay stores, I liked it but not the price, the hot item for me currently is the Ziata 2012 SB Napa Valley from Karen Cakebread @ $6.99.

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  2. Seedboy

    Today at Oakland some new wines. Sangiovese and Chianti from the label that brings sound, inexpensive Italian reds, we’ve seen these before. A $20 Napa Chardonnay. Robaire tells me they are looking at a Piemontese barbera but it would be expensive.

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    1. permiesworld

      Is it just me, or has the price for the same style of wines gone up significantly at GO in the last 12 months? I remember rarely seeing a $9.99 bottle, let alone it being the norm (in fact, a year ago, I remember thinking “wow, $7.99 seems to be the new high price point around here”. Now we seem to be seeing $15-25 on a regular basis. Given that local grocery stores are offering similar price points on similar wines, the prices are not seeming very “outlet” these days…

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      1. Seedboy

        I discussed that with Robaire today. The new wine buyer is from Bev Mo and wants to move them back to their “core market”, perceived to be consumers of cheap grocery store wines. Robaire is fighting to get in some more interesting wines, knowing that he has a smaller core market that is looking for higher quality and is willing to pay more. GO has always had higher priced wines. When Wine.com went belly up you could get Dominus at the GO, for $60

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        1. Expat

          Interesting. I don’t fit their “core market” profile and neither do several friends of mine who shop there.. I just dropped a C-note at the Santa Maria Gross Out tonight and most of it was groceries. I go there for high quality items at great prices. I want to see higher priced wines and I rarely buy the “good deals” anymore because my wine bandwidth is too limited to waste time on gambles. If that’s a corporate wide strategy I think it’s very narrow minded. I think their potential for growth is people like me who have discovered GO in the last couple years and are spreading the word. If they go bottom end they will lose me.

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          1. permiesworld

            Agreed. Though I am more used to seeing better items at lower than (not equal to) other grocery store prices. Under $8 is the biggest wine bargain market. $10-15 is the average market (and costco kills it here…great wines at only 3% mark up…no one can beat them) so GO’s best option is to keep looking for good wines at the lesser prices. That’s what keeps me looking there. Otherwise, it’s my wine club and costco…the problem with GO is that their wine buyers buy things like the Panther Creek (you have to wonder if they taste any of the things they stock or just look at SRP?) and people get burned one too many times and head back to “old reliables” like costco…

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            1. Delmartian1

              I must admit that I established a general rule more than 20 years ago that I would avoid buying domestic wines at GO based on a number of bad experiences. There have certainly been some exceptions in the intervening years but 90% of the GO wines I purchase are from France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain….probably well north of 2,000 bottles at this point. Two weeks ago I overheard another customer discussing a chocolate flavored wine with a store employee stocking the wine shelves. They both agreed was great for a “cheap buzz”. Hopefully that is not an indication of a new direction for GO.

            2. permiesworld

              Delmartian1, interestingly enough I heard people in the Albany store having a similar conversation about a Huckleberry wine. I can’t remember what it was but Albany has a huge stock of it. “Sweet & cheap, that’s the deal”.

              Neither is my preference. I have found some lovely domestics here though but only one French one so far that I like. I wish we’d see some Portuguese…nothing in that realm. Some good Spanish and Italian though.

              I totally agree, I hope that the cheap buzz is not the direction they are going. Like Expat said, they’ll lose me if they do.

            3. permiesworld

              One final thing…they do have a fine line to walk. They must be competitive and they must offer something that makes it worthwhile going to the store. IMO.

          2. Don Bevins

            Good points Expat. If I want cheap grocery store wines I’ll go to chain grocery. The fun of this site and network is the feedback and discovery of good wines at excellent prices. I am not enthused about the prospect of stacks of Barefoot Wines or other Walmart staples at my local GO. Turn your hat around buyer from Bev MO so the bill is pointed forward and upward rather than backwards and down.

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          3. BargainWhine Post author

            Hi all. I think lower-end, “cheap grocery store” wines have always, also, been part of the GO’s repertoire. But so have more boutique wines at discount prices. This group is just usually more toward the latter.

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            1. Expat

              To address P-dub’s initial question, as far as average price of wines at GO goes, I feel like I’m seeing less of the $10 to $20 options and almost all $3.99 to $5.99 bottles. My perspective may be biased because my interest has shifted to seeking out the higher end ones now so perhaps the only thing that changed is me. However, both of our GO’s (Santa Maria and Atascadero, oops and now San Luis Obispo) didn’t get any higher end wines for the sale. A year and a half ago I got Grgich Hills cab and some Burgundies and Italians that were pretty high end. This year – nothing close to that and any of our stores.

            2. Seedboy

              Expat, each individual store orders most of the wines they sell from corporate. In addition corporate forces some wines on stores (at least the corporate-owned stores). The wine buyer for those stores must feel that the higher end wines don’t sell enough to merit ordering them. Make yourself known.

          4. jwc

            Expat, I’m replying to your other comment on higher end wines in your stores. I was in the Atascadero GO in Sept. I was impressed that they still had the 3 Rivers Walla Walla Cab Sav, the ’07 Monks Gate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir as well as a high end Burgundy, plus some rieslings from Washington State, Mercer Island is one that I recall. Both the owner and the wine guy, I think his son-in-law seemed to be into the grape, more than the average owner. If we only saw Ggrich Hills up here, do you recall the price point on that, just for laughs and giggles?

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      2. Seedboy

        What I have noticed is that when I first started buying GO wines the most common price was $3.99. That is now far from true.

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  3. seedboy

    Robert (not to be confused with Robaire, although they are both wine folks at Oakland) tells me that there are a bunch of new wines in back of the store that should be out on the shelves today. I saw one interesting looking white Italian wine. I’m going to try to go by today and will report.

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    1. seedboy

      Yesterday evening’s trip found only one new wine, a red wine from the maker of the Italian white I saw. This one is a blend of Pinot Noir and Refosco, and at $8.99 I am staying away from it.

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        1. seedboy

          2008. The labels on these wines are entirely in Italian and I’m not sure where they come from. The white is a blend of malvasia bianca and pinot grigio.

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          1. BargainWhine Post author

            Ok, I went by and got a bottle. It is the Sariz Rosso from Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC. Produced and bottled by GO/100. (Probably no relation to Grocery Outlet.) Imported by 8 Vini of Hayward, CA, from whom we’ve had some winners.

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            1. seedboy

              they are the importers of that Barbaresco that is currently on the shelf there for exactly the same price as at K&L. Good wine.

  4. lim13

    Silverdale now has a stack of 2012 Kim Crawford NZ Sauv Blanc for $7.99. Must have come in during the sale, but after my last visit to the store on Friday the 7th.

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  5. RG

    At Tacoma 6th (Sunday night):
    2008 Graf Hardegg Zweigelt “Veltlinsky” $4.99 (Austria – Niederoesterreich). Much better quality than the Leithner Zweigeltthat was carried earlier in the year . Screwcap. I had some with dinner. Lighter than Lemberger, cherry notes, nice but not complex. 15 hours later poured another glass and it had turned bad. Sour? So drink in one sitting, or vacuum storage. [Interesting name, “Hardegg”)

    2010 Mark West Pinot Noir (CA) $13 Magnum. Don’t see too many magnums at GO that aren’t jug wines.

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    1. jwc

      I bought a couple bottles of the Exitus too, here it was $4.99, plus the 20% so $3.99. Some good reviews online, plus the bottle weighs a ton. Producers must think its a serious wine, we’ll see…

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      1. permiesworld

        I just went back and looked at my receipt. You are correct. It’s $4.99 here. I didn’t buy it on the sale though. Have you tried it? I’m hoping it’s not too sweet. It does give a presentation of a better bottle of wine. I saw the SRP is $25.

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        1. jwc

          No haven’t tried the Exitus yet, I’m thinking it won’t be sweet, but we’ll soon see. What I’m hoping is that this is another steal of a deal!

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  6. JoelA

    At Richmond this morning

    2013 Steel Creek Monterey County riesling (made at the large winery in San Martin) $ 2.99
    2010 Laroche bourgogne blanc $ 10.99
    2010 Dante red $ 5.99
    2009 Parallax Amador County zinfandel $ 5.99
    2013 Cotes de Sonoma pinot noir $ 6.99
    2010 Cotes de Sonoma merlot $ 6.99

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    1. seedboy

      I have been drinking a bottle of that riesling over a week. It is surprisingly good. I think it is not quite dry but it could just be the fruitiness. Has nice flavors including lime and nice minerality, and good acid. Thinking about buying more. Has anyone tried the white Burgundy? A friend tells me that Petaluma has a nice 2008 Puilly Fume for $3.99 a bottle.

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            1. Seedboy

              I believe that Benny manages Petaluma and Steve runs the wine section there, and also at San Leandro. The Pouilly Fume is only at Petaluma. I have tasted the wine, it is quite good. The cork on our bottle had leaked a bit but that did not harm the quality of the wine. I’d not hold this more than a year.

    2. Seedboy

      I have now tried the Burgundy. It is a nice wine. Tastes like it is mostly Chablis, nice oyster shell minerality and good acid, and that is where Laroche is located. Problem is the price is kind of high.

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      1. Seedboy

        BTW there is also a 2011 Petit Chablis for a buck more. Which, sadly, is pretty much the retail price for this wine.

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  7. GOWineLover

    I have had the 2005 Arceno Chianti Classico in the back of my head since Concord, CA has had a small amount left over for months and months and a few good Italian joints in the East Bay offer free corkage on various nights of the week. Already reviewed here:

    http://grossoutwine.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/arceno-2005-chianti-classico-riserva/

    I think it’s getting a little over the hill since I found the fruit a bit lacking but it still had really nice overall mouthfeel. Seems mighty time to drink up to me.

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  8. permiesworld

    We went on a vineyard wine tasting tour today. Had a blast. Met JWC during the course of the day (he very kindly brought one of his bottles of the Le Riche 2001 so I could take it home and taste it…looking forward to that).

    Stopped at a couple of GO’s but wow, the shelves are just completely blown. Wines are sometimes 6 faced on the shelves (non-popular wines) but all my favorites were gone. There were a couple of new things.

    Altivo Barrel Selection 2010 Chardonnay Viognier Finca Eugenio Busto $3.99

    http://www.worldwinehq.com/review/2010-altivo-barrel-selection-chardonnay-viognier

    Blackstone Limited Release 2010 Monterey County Malvasia Bianca $6.99

    Hill of Content 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide

    http://www.wineaccess.com/wine/product/11283175/2009-Hill-of-Content-Cabernet-Sauvignon-Adelaide

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  9. RG

    New to the Tacoma store last night (got some off the pallet in fact)
    2011 Orbiter PN (Sonoma Carneros) $8 https://grossoutwine.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/2011-orbiter-carneros-pinot-noir-7-99/ 14.5%
    2013 Otono Tempranillo (by Mureda Alimentacion, Otono means Autumn) – finding nada on it in English, pretty bottle, twist off. Back label states “[wine is] young, fresh and vibrant, perfect for any occasion.” – – $6 13%
    2008 Domaine de la Chique Roussillon – 50 Gr, 20 Sy, 30-Cardigan. 88pts WS $7 13.5% – mentioned by Ashlander the other day

    The store had gone through lots of wine and some of the better stuff (plus the cheapest stuff) I’d seen on Wed was gone or in low supply. There was under a case of the Eastmoor Estates CS left (I recommend).

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  10. Ashlander

    Klamath Falls, 2005 Katnook Founders Block Shiraz Coonewarra, $5.99.

    Pretty limited inventory at this location. Did find a few bottles of this which I hadn’t seen in my usual GO stores. Reviews online looked promising but the age of the wine concerned me. Not wanting to pass up a good wine, I bought one bottle, picked up a paper cup and had my own private tasting in my car (Screw top).

    Bottom line, no oxidation, nice berry with moderate acidity. Little to no oak present. Went well with my Arby’s brisket sandwich. Headed back to the store to pick up 2-3 more bottles.

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    1. permiesworld

      I’ve seen that here. Age was the reason I did not pick it up. Good to know it’s drinking well right now. Wonder how it’ll be after it’s been open a few hours? It’s a good price, especially on the sales and received many local (to AU) commendations.

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      1. Ashlander

        Well, Approximately 4 hours later and a drive over the summit from Klamath to Ashland, the Katnook is holding up nicely. Definitely a lighter style Shiraz. Some tartness and a hint of vanilla. Not the deep inky purple that a lot of Aussie Shiraz seems to come in. I don’t know if the lighter style is indicative of the region or not? Seems like most of the ones that I can recall from GO were from Barossa. Probably 6-12 mos ago I bought a older Barossa that was about $10. Definitely had an oxidized flavor. I don’t remember which winery.

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        1. permiesworld

          Interesting. The only AU Shiraz blend that I have in the house is that Emigre. It’s really dark. So I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but that on is also a Barossa. Your Katnook has pretty decent ratings online. If I get back to GO, I might pick one up, just for exploration purposes. OOC, how grassy/vegetal was it (or not)?

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  11. GOWineLover

    Tasted through a massive amount of wine (20+) in Northern California focusing on the wines I was most interested in before my palate wore out. After all was said and done, by varietal, I went home with:
    Pinot: Jeff Hill – both versions available. 2011 Carneros is smoky, emblematic of the region, the other is far more fruity but not overdone. Cima Collina is everything everyone has said it is, reviewed earlier today. It is remarkably similar to the Jeff Hill Carneros, so if you miss out on either one as a funky pinot lover, fret not.
    Meritage – great surprise and a wonderful find in the 2012 Myka Cellars Chloe Meritage. This is 1/3 each of Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauv. Sustainable. 345 cases. Nice wine even at $25 retail. $7.99 – 20%. Most compelling of anything new I tried today.
    Cab – nothing. I tried the District 7,
    Merlot – pleasantly surprised with the Buena Vista. Really a Cab lovers Merlot, but not super huge. Certainly not perfect but a very nice buy for the type of Merlot it is.
    Sryah – Sterling Albert is definitely a massive fail. Absolutely chemical in flavor. Review here is spot on for me and 3 other tasters who came through the particular GO I was at.
    Zin – nothing. Buena Vista had a really strange flavor, the Victor Lodi bottle I tasted was corked, and a few other CA-designated versions didn’t deliver. There was one from Amador County I tasted but it was near or over the edge. Disappointing. Reserve Lot 11 was just not well integrated. Decent but too thin and not worth the money.
    White – didn’t try any.

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    1. dluber

      Yesterday at Pinole:
      Myka Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Santa Cruz $9 – well made, towards the cooler (CA) end of the spectrum aromatically, rich but not overblown with oak & butter, bracing ripe acidity
      Myka Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir Central Coast $9 – disappointing given the nice package and artisanal bent of the vintner; kind of charmless, thin, and hot. Some decent pinot character, but the Cima Collina is a better bet
      Sterling Albert 2011 Syrah white label – same vinyl smell as black label
      Both versions of the Hill Pinot
      Also now at RIchmond:
      2010 Bertran Corbierres $5, another GSM blend

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      1. GOWineLover

        Agreed on the Myka Pinot. I forgot to mention it because it is forgettable in comparison to what else is there right now.

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        1. Seedboy

          I also agree on the Myka pinot. I wanted to like the Chardonnay, it is quite austere, good acidity but it actually seemed shy of fruit for me. There is a Meritage that is pretty good.

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      2. EricfromRichmond

        While I agree with you that I’d rather drink the Cima Colina now, I think the Myka Cellars Pinot Noir has real potential to improve with age.

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        1. Expat

          I just picked up the Myka Cane Cabernet (with 25% Petite Sirah) 2011 in Palo Alto today. Anyone else seen this? I think it was $8.99

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        2. seedboy

          It is funny, I bought a bottle of the Myka pinot and did not think much of it. However, the neglected for a week bottle tastes better now.

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          1. Expat

            Myka “Cane” Cab 2011 – well made wine, more red fruit than black fruit. Not fruity but also not earthy and dry. Really right down the middle. I prefer more black fruit, tannins, earth and depth in a cab. I was pleased with it but not excited to drop $9 for another bottle. BTW, it needs some airtime to loosen up so don’t rush it.

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    2. GOWineLover

      Cima Collina Day 2 is far more fruitier than before. The Hill Carneros remains with funk, if that’s worth considering. The CC transformed quite a bit as advertised, though I didn’t think it was worse, just pretty dramatically different.

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    3. lim13

      So where did you do all that tasting, GOWL? Were there tastings at all your local GO’s? And 20+ wines in one block of time? Wasn’t your palate a bit exhausted? I’m guessing that your palate and mine are at opposite ends of the spectrum. You liked the Buena Vista Merlot…I, not so much. And you thought the Lot 11 Zin was thin? I can think of other reasons it wouldn’t be a favorite, but thin never came to mind. Unfortunately, haven’t seen any of the other wines you mentioned up thisaway. I’d be really curious about the Myka Meritage.

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      1. GOWineLover

        Just one location that wasn’t Oakland. Half the bottles had been opened a day prior and re-corked and the other half 3 hours before. The wines I bought were all opened the day I tasted them. My sample probably wasn’t representative of what the wines all entail but it was a decent one-shot look at them.

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          1. GOWineLover

            Yeah, certainly probably not the most representative sample but I would maintain that a good majority of wines I shied away from strongly would have resulted in the same reaction even if they had been more fresh, though we all know that wines can change. One of the biggest things I have taken away from this website is the ability of a wine to transform when open for 2-3 days and it is fun to see things evolve or degrade in certain ways.

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            1. lim13

              As to your last sentence, GOWL…agreed…though I’m not sure I’d use the word “fun”. : ~) A number of the wines that make it 2-4 days on our counter have degraded, although that’s a form of evolution, right? That Reserve Lot 11 Zin was a good example for me…the longer it sat (days, not hours), the less tasty it became. And I liked it…bought two more during the sale.

    4. G.L. Pease

      I hope to find the Myka Meritage when I go back to look tomorrow. I did get a case of the CC Pinot, plus an extra bottle. Picked up a couple of the Hess Chardonnay splits, and tasted without chilling. Nothing really compelling, but for $2.99, it would be nice to have a few on hand. Sometimes, half bottles are just the thing, even if they’re screw caps. Also picked up the Cu4tro, and was very pleasantly surprised with not only how pleasant it was, but also how interesting. Not an quake inducing bottle, but probably the best $4 red I’ve tasted in a very long time. I know it’s been around for a while, but this was the first time I’ve tried it.

      I actually enjoyed the Buena Vista zin I opened last night. I found it to have good varietal character, without being over-extracted or overly “made.” Nice brambly undertones, with nice fruit riding on top, and subtle peppery hints, though it did not survive well overnight, showing a bit too much oxidation.. Also nice to see it at 13.5%. I’m pretty much not a fan of the monster zin style that has become so popular with some of the makers. The question that’s begged is, did you get a bad bottle, or did I get a good one. I’ve got two more waiting. I’ll taste again before buying more. I might pick up a few more of the Hill PNs, though I didn’t really find them as interesting as the CC.

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      1. EHL

        Hey GLP…..thanks for your notes…..particularly glad to see that you enjoyed the Cu4tro Proyecto, too, as you were fortunate to get one of the “good” bottles of this delicious Spanish Red blend! As conveyed in BW’s review and the followup comments, others were not so fortunate and missed out on what this interesting wine could deliver.

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    5. Expat

      PIcked up the Myka Meritage last night. Really looking forward to it. I had their Cab (25% Petite Sirah blended in) and thought it was pretty good..

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  12. Ashlander

    At the Grants Pass GO, 2008 Domaine De la Chique Cotes Du Roussillon and 2010 Greg Norman Cabernet Merlot. I think they were $5.99 and $7.99 respectively. I bought both. Tried the De La Chique last night. I thought it was pretty good. Will try the Greg Norman tonight.

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      1. Ashlander

        I went to the Medford store hoping to find the Colonial Estate, but no luck. They also did not have the De La Chique, which I would have bought more of. Work is taking me to Klamath Falls tomorrow. I’m hoping that I might stumble upon the Colonial there.

        Thanks for all of your great reviews and all of your legwork!!!!

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        1. jwc

          I made a serious effort today to find the Colonial Estate here in the Portland metro area. No one had it, even ventured into Vancouver. I did PU some of the 2010 Red Door Pinot Noir, more of the 2012 Josh Pinot Noir and something I hadn’t seen before a 2011 Exitus Red Wine, made by CeChetti Wine Co. the bottle weighs a ton, it appears to be a serious wine.
          All for $5, except the Red Door which was $6…with the discount all under $5. The Colonial Estate Shiraz blend sure seems to be the pick of the litter, similiar to the Le Riche Reserve Cabernet from the last sale. Someone besides PW found the Colonial, fess up! :)

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          1. permiesworld

            Did you see my post on the Colonial Estate thread? Salem had 3 bottles and she sold them to me (via a friend of mine) just today. The friend is keeping one but that leaves a couple of bottles that could go to a couple of local people, that I have here (freshly delivered)…if you guys want to meet at a GO somewhere. She wrote me late the morning telling me and we arranged to get it picked up.

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            1. permiesworld

              Want to meet at the Salem Lancaster GO on Saturday morning? They have a nice selection (and the sale will still be on…just thinking it might not be a long trip for one bottle of wine. lol). We have some errands to do up there so it’s not a problem at all.

    1. Expat

      Did anyone see a magnum of a Riserva Chianti at their stores? I saw one on the belt next to me in Santa Maria yesterday as I was checking out ($22ish) and the gal said it was solid. I didn’t get the name and want to read up on it.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Unless it’s something new, perhaps it’s the 2008 Monsanto? I’m surprised any of it is still around, though. I have a bottle waiting in cool storage for a few more years.

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        1. Expat

          That’s it! I thought that label looked familiar. It is tucked on the bottom corner shelf of the wines that are almost out of stock. So you guys recommend this one? Keep in mind I like Old World stye. 20% doesn’t hurt.

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          1. BargainWhine Post author

            My reservations about recommending this wine would be (1) too Old World in style, not a problem for you, and (2) to my taste, it would be better with a few more years of age. However, I haven’t tasted it since May of last year.

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            1. Expat

              Not sure where to put this feedback on the Powder Keg 2009 Petite Sirah so I’m posting here.
              A full dose of ripe fruit but not cloying. I’m getting two things out of this early on – blueberry pie and leather. I like petite sirahs with tannins that manhandle me a little bit paired with a nice drying finish. This has a softer backbone than I was hoping but so far it’s pretty good. If you like softer, thick wines this is definitely for you.

    2. permiesworld

      Saw about a half a case of this (2008 Domaine De La Chique) hidden in a corner of the Albany GO. Well away from the wine section. I bought a bottle. Looking forward to trying it.

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  13. JoelA

    At Richmond:

    Quinta do Sonora Barristers Port $ 7.99
    Waimea 2010 “Edel” $ 4.99. The grapes aren’t mentioned but i suppose this is an attempt to make a wine similar to Edelzwickers from Alsace that are a mixture of riesling/geuwrtz/ and/or pinot gris, chasselas
    2010 Buena Vista Sonoma zin $ 5.99
    2012 Home Grown California barbera $ 5.99

    and somebody or -bodies scarfed up all the Pic St. Loup.

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  14. permiesworld

    I spoke a little bit ago (via phone) with the owner from the Salem (Lancaster) OR store. She sent me a flyer that shows many of the wines (mostly things that have already been mentioned here) for the sale. She also said she’d speak to her wine guy and send me more information on anything noteworthy around here. She also said they still have both the Quest and the Mayerdale PN in stock right now. I actually asked her to hold a case of that Quest. You just can’t beat $8/bottle (during the sale). I’ll post more if/when I hear more.

    Re: the Corvallis and Albany stores…shelves are pretty bare (sometimes having older stock 4 rows faced etc). I spoke with one of the owners in Corvallis (in person) and she had no idea what would be available. Suggested I call back Monday.

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  15. Seedboy

    I tasted some wines at the Oakland store yesterday. Here are some thoughts
    Slow Dancer Pinot Noir, $5.99 or so – this wine does taste like pinot but it has absolutely no mid-palate. I’d even take the Wilson Daniels over this wine.
    Maroon Cabernet 2012, $18.99 – this is made by a real winery. It is very fruit forward with no detectable tannin, herbal or other savory flavors, and low in acid. Made for Robert Parker scores. If you like that in a Cabernet then you’ll like this but you can buy three bottles of the Ben Hogan and get almost the same wine. For me, not my style.
    Cafaro Merlot 2011 – they did not know the price. This is the merlot version of the above cabs. Again, not for me.
    Lake County zin – I forget the name. Good quality wine, nicely balanced, to me, better than the Lot 11 Dry Creek, but I still prefer the Woodenhead over all of the other available zins.

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  16. JoelA

    At Richmond today

    2008 Bertrand Banyuls, $ 8.99. This is a dessert wine. Also present are their Pic St.Loup. Corbieres, cabernet and merlot. Pic St. Loup is generally recognized as making better wines than Corbieres.

    2011 Lot 11 Dry Creek old vines zin $ 7.99

    2011 Sterling Albert Lodi old vines zin $ .99

    2011 Plush Central Coast cabernet (seems to be from Livermore) $ 4.99

    2011 Sterling Albert Alexander Valley syrah $ 5.99

    2011 Hess Select Monterey chardonnay $ 2.99 half-bottle

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    1. lim13

      Nice to see a Banyuls at GO. I’d be very interested in trying it, but haven’t seen it up here yet. None of the other Bertrands or the Sterling Albert are up here either. All the rest on your list, Joel, are at Silverdale. And seems anything from Livermore is a Wente product.

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      1. GOWineLover

        I wouldn’t expect Sterling Alpert wines to show up. They are made local to GO’s corporate office on Concord, CA. I could be wrong, of course. I have only had one of their wines and don’t recall it but they were reviewed favorably enough before. I live 10 mins from them. Should stop in.

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        1. Seedboy

          The Sterling Alpert syrah at the GO is fruity but way too low in acid for me. It has occurred to me that for some of you, my saying too little acid has become a drinking game.

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      2. Delmartian1

        Picked up the Banyuls last Wednesday. It is very much like LBV port but lighter in intensity. I usually enjoy port with cheese and tried substituting the Banyuls. That didn’t really work but it would certainly go well with fruit.

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  17. lim13

    At the Silverdale, WA store today: the JanKriss wines have appeared for $5.99; the 2008 Ben Hogan Carnoustie red blend (Syrah-Cab-Merlot) for $6.99 and a 2011 Tableaux Saint Mont French white from 80% Gros Manseng, 15% Petit Courbu, 5% Arrufiac. Just heard about the Gros Manseng from PW…but nearly everyday a new variety (to me) appears.

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  18. Seedboy

    Recon mission yesterday.
    New at San Leandro: 2009 Pinot Noir Cima Collina Chula Vineyard, $7.99. This is a nice energetic pinot, lighter body, focused fruit flavors, marred only by a bit of banana.
    Gerard Bertrand Pic Saint Loup 2010 GSM blend, $4.99. Nice southern French red. More syrah in the blend than the next wine and it makes for a better wine
    Oakland: Gerard Bertrand 2010 Corbieres GSM blend, $3.99. If you have a choice spend the extra buck. To me this one tastes like the grapes hung in the sun too long, for my taste, but if you like soft and fruity this is for you.
    Jeff Hill Cabernet Napa Valley 2011, $9.99. The Oakville wine is sold out, and this is a new cab. I’ve not opened one yet. This store still has the Carneros pinot.
    Berkeley: there is a 2011 Argentinian Malbec with a dignified looking bottle for $4.99. I did not buy it, just not a malbec fan (although I’d sure take it over tannat).
    There is a new Italian rose sparkler with dignified packaging, this wine is also at Oakland.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Thanks for the scouting report! Do you have a suggested airing time for that Pic Saint-Loup? I will likely open it tonight, having found it at the Richmond store.

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      1. seedboy

        I popped and poured and liked it immediately. Opened it after the Corbieres and immediately liked it more. I have plenty of all three of those wines left, will hope to give second day reports tomorrow.
        We should be expecting new product at all the stores in the next few days.

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      1. lim13

        Haven’t seen this up here in WA yet, GOWL. But I did read the links. Thanks. So now I’m curious. What is it you like about the review? “It gives you everything right away without making you work for it. Instant gratification that ultimately leaves you not totally satisfied. This Pic St-Loup is enjoyable, but it is not interesting. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, sometimes easy to drink and accessible is what you’re looking for.” Is that what you’re looking for too?

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        1. JoelA

          Berkeley has a 2012 Maroon Napa Valley cabernet for $ 18.00. The website lists it for $ 45 along with a pack of other expensive wines.
          Does anyone know anything about this operation?

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          1. permiesworld

            Yes, we had their 2010 Cab. I think they make a nice product. I’m not sure what the AVA is for the 2012 but the 2010 was Coombsville (one of my current favorite AVA’s and the reason we bought it) and very nice, although it was much higher priced than I think is necessary. AFAIK they are well respected. Did you happen to notice the AVA? I’d buy it for $18, especially if it was a Coombsville. 2012 is considered a better vintage for Napa cabernet than 2010 (IMO)…but it’s pretty much still too young to appreciate for the most part.

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          1. Darrell

            I read this and thought the winemaker friend was vewy, vewy Fwench as I can’t see an American winemaker making such allusions about a wine.

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    2. Seedboy

      One day later, the Pic Saint Loup was still tasty. It had lost that bit of uplift from the syrah, but otherwise had not changed much. The Corbieres was still a step behind but still tasty in a soft and fruity way (Oakland has sold out of this wine, by the way). The Cima Colina pinot noir had lost that banana flavor and was drinking really nicely. Oakland received a big shipment yesterday including a pallet of the 2011 Cafaro Napa Valley Merlot and some Marroon Napa Valley Cab, I think a 2012. The latter wine will be $20 before discount. Returned to Oakland after a long wait is a blended scotch I like Gallacher & Dunn, for $5.99 a fifth

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      1. Delmartian1

        Found the Pic Saint Loup and the Corbieres at the Oceanside store last evening. There was also a Merlot from Bertrand (did not buy yet). I opened the Pic and Corbieres together to try side by side and agree that the Pic Saint Loup is definitely the better of the two wines; smoother, more subtle and softer finish. Will probably pick up a Merlot this Sunday. Oceanside has completely rearranged their wine section to accommodate what must be a major load of new wines for the sale next week. They told me that there were many pallets in the back and more coming today (Thursday).

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    3. Expat

      Was it the “Jeff Hill” Cab or the “Hill Wine Company” (Black Dog) Napa Cab? I just tried the Black Dog one ($10). Sour cherry, some interesting herbal notes and character but also some rough edges. Not sure I’d re-buy, even at 20% off. It was really tight at opening though and softened as I made dinner. I’ll try the rest tomorrow and report back.

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      1. Seedboy

        The one I bought at Oakland for $10? Don’t remember, actually. I agree, some rough edges, but if a 2011 cab does not have some I’m not interested. Curious about the third night tonight.

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          1. Expat

            I went back to the Hill Wine Company Black Dog Napa Cab on day 2. No better and diminished. Too much wrong with this and I don’t think age will imrove it much. I really hope we get the Jeff Hill Cab in one of our Central Coast GO’s because that sounds like a winner.

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      2. permiesworld

        I haven’t tried that particular wine, but I’ve noticed that a lot of my 2011 Napa Cabs are still so closed. I would be very surprised though if it hadn’t transformed (although I can’t speak for the sour cherry part) by tonight. We’ve been decanting ours for sometimes 3 hrs…I think that vintage will really shine in a few years but we’ve just decided to let them rest and open some of the more drinkable 2012′s & 2009′s.

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  19. lim13

    Purchased today at the Silverdale GO for review:
    2009 Abrazo Del Toro Garnacha Tempranillo Reserva, Spain $5.99
    2011 Reserve Lot 11 Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel $7.99

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      1. lim13

        Without even tasting it yet, SB I’d say you may be correct. At 15% alcohol, the sugars must have been pretty doggone high at harvest…and the acids a bit low. And please don’t take offense at this, but if I had a nickel for every time you said a wine needed more acid, I’d be a rich man.

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        1. Darrell

          I think SB is a food wine person and requires more acidity as opposed to a wine sipper. Wineries do acid adjust when acids get a bit low so I wouldn’t go by the alcohol as an indicator of low acid. The higher alcohols of Zins is a problem and in my opinion due to poor sugar sampling for harvest. There are vineyardist who berry sample for Brix and this shouldn’t be done and especially for Zins. Zin bunches are tight and within the bunches are raisined berries which will up the final sugar content on soaking. I hope more vineyardists take bunch samples and let the crushed bunches soak for quite a while to get a more accurate Brix reading.

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          1. lim13

            No doubt that SB’s a food wine person, Darrell…as he’s mentioned the need for air and food whenever there’s discussion here about Italian reds…right, SB? I’m familiar with acid adjustment as I made wine from eastern WA grapes for about a dozen years. I’d be curious though of the sugar level of those Zin grapes when picked. But your info about Zin bunches was unfamiliar to me…likely because there were few or no Zin vines in WA when I was making wine. In fact, our Zin grapes (the couple years we made it) were coming up on trains from Lodi. Imagine the condition of the grapes! Thanks for the info, Darrell.

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            1. Seedboy

              I think that even sipped on its own wine needs acidity or it is just dull. With zin it is even worse than Darrell lets on because you can have greenish berries and raisins in the same bunch, which is why they tend to pick it very ripe.

  20. flitcraft

    Purchased at the Lake City Seattle GO:
    2010 Tierra Secreta Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 7.99
    2011 Greg Norman Cabernet-Merlot 2011, Australia Limestone Coast, 7.99
    We’ll likely open these over this weekend, so a report will follow.

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  21. JoelA

    Items possibly of interest at Pinole:

    2012 Vinum Paso Robles zin $ 4.99
    2013 Gunn Estate pinot noir (NZ) $ 6.99
    2010 Le Jaja de Jau syrah $ 6.99
    2009 Pinocchio Nero D’Avola (Sicily) $ 9.99
    2011 Castle Rock Monterey pino grigio $ 3.99
    2010 Alondra Mendocino County chardonnay $ 5.99
    2011 Hess Select Monterey chardonnay $ 2.99 half-bottle
    2011 Hill Napa Valley pinot noit $ 8.99
    2012 WoodenHead Mendocino/Sonoma zin (15% alc.) $ 6.99
    2010 Hidden Cellars Mendocino zin
    2012 Rampage old vine Lodi zin $ 4.99

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  22. lim13

    FYI…the Silverdale, WA store now has a large sign in the wine department that roughly says, “If there’s any product, including wine that you don’t like…please bring it back. Everything is 100% guaranteed. Don’t like the taste, bring it back; don’t like the looks, bring it back; don’t like the label, bring it back; just don’t want it, bring it back for full refund.” A point we seem to repeatedly make to our readers. The wine guy at Silverdale has also put out a stack of cards that steer customers to this blog (“not an affiliate of Grocery Outlet”). What a guy!

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  23. Seedboy

    I went by Oakland yesterday, they are starting to bring in new wines. They have two JanKris wines, put a mess of the Hill Carneros Pinot on the floor, an Alexander Valley Syrah that I tasted and found fruity but flabby, a Dry Creek zin (same). There is a lot of the Woodenhead zin, blend of Sonoma and Mendocino fruit, that is a much better balanced zin.

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  24. lim13

    I was so enthralled with the Eco.Love Sauv Blanc (which now appears to be gone) that I grabbed a bottle of their 2009 Riesling to review…and two bucks less than the SB at $1.99. Also bought a bottle of 2012 Hayes Ranch Lucky Horseshoe CA Merlot for $5.99. Both from Silverdale, WA.

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