What’s New?

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6,172 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    A customer recently commented that the Clayhouse 2015 Red Cedar Vineyard Malbec from Paso Robles, CA, tasted “like prune juice.” I opened one tonight and, while it does have a strong prune component, it does taste mostly of typical Malbec darker boysenberry / softer plum, if not very complexly so. Anyway, I think it’s certainly Drinkable for $5, although maybe I should say I can’t recall having tasted prune juice.

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  2. Jimmie

    divum pinot noir.2015 7.99. Reminds me of Morgan pinots but more overpowering in a good way. The nose is black cherry. Slightly syrupy. Dry finish.This is a fruit bomb. Over the top. Unusual. I would definitely buy more. Curious to hear other’s experiences

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    1. Seedboy

      I remember drinking a bottle and thinking it was good quality for a GO pinot in that price range but given the amount of GO pinot I have I’d not buy any more of it. I did buy a couple of bottles of the Steele 2014 Santa Barbara County, which the Hayward store has for $6 I think.

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  3. BargainWhine Post author

    Más de Berceo 2016 Graciano, Navarra, Spain, 14.5% ABV, $6. I have never seen the Graciano varietal bottled on its own, so I was interested to try it. This wine’s smooth red cherry reminds me most immediately of Monastrell (Mourvèdre), but it is more tangy, purple-fruited, and spicy, really its own grape. Jancis Robinson, in Guide to Wine Grapes (1996), writes, “Graciano is a richly coloured, perfumed variety once widely grown in Rioja in northern Spain. It has fallen from favour because of its inconveniently low yields, thereby depriving modern Rioja of an important flavour ingredient. It is still planted in Rioja (on about half a percent of available vineyard) and is being encouraged in Navarre.” This wine is good and certainly worth the GO price, but to me it is more interesting in that I can see how it would work very well in a blend with Tempranillo and Garnacha. It has richer fruit like Garnacha (although darker-flavored) but a better tannic structure more like Tempranillo.

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  4. doctorlager

    So I suddenly realized the sale was ending in 20 minutes, so I ran to my Pullman store to pick up a couple – including the Latitude 38 PN that I quite liked, and the “Caracol Serrano” Jumilla (Spain) blend. Then I saw a some Carden 2011 Cab for $6.99 and so picked 2 of those up on a whim. Looking forward to trying those!

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  5. GOwinelover

    Final comment of the Sale Weekend. Hope you all made out decently. I bought almost all everyday reds with the exception of the Kenneth Volk bottlings but even those can be everyday at the price point!

    My favorite Rose is the Confidencial which is now a 2019. Balanced all around – decent fruit depth but not sweet at all and nice, balancing acidity and dry (at least the 2018 was). Give it a try if you see it.

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  6. WineJosh

    Wine: 2018 Columna Albarino Store: Petaluma; Purchased 4/11/21 Price: $7.99

    Didn’t see anyone post here but in my Gmail search, I found the Wine Curmudgeon talk about it back in 2014, so I took a flyer. His price point was $10 and said the importer was a solid importer. This is spot on Albarino, as it should be from Rias Baixas, and to me on par with the Mud House in terms of hitting all the correct aspects of the variety from that region. Not really any age other than maybe some softer acidity… and I mean, this is still quite bright so maybe on release it was a touch rough? Lots of lime, under-ripe nectarine and a touch of salinity on the palate, maybe a slightly waxy note on the finish as it warms up. Very drinkable, nice and dry without having any bitter finish like some can have. They probably had a case or 2 left on the shelf.

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    1. lim13

      Sure would love to see that Albarino (or any Albarino) up here in WA. And I assume you’re referencing the Mud House Sauv. Blanc?

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    2. GOwinelover

      Thanks for this update! I slept on the Mud House but managed a few bottles of it at a farther-away store.

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  7. BargainWhine Post author

    Opened tonight the De Bortoli, Heathcote “Regional Reserve” 2014 Shiraz, $5. Although it needed a 3-hour decant to really come out, I don’t think it needs more age, and the results were good but not outstanding. Although not a must have, this is IMO a solid buy to drink in the next few months.

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  8. bretrooks

    The SLO store was pretty picked over this morning when it comes to the wines I was interested in – Ken Volk all gone, out of the Goodnow tempranillo, no whites of special interest, limited new wines (I was hoping to see the C.V.N.E. 2017 Garnacha). Still, I loaded up a case with warmer weather in mind:
    8x 2018 Il Poggione Brancato Rosato (we’ve powered through most of a case of this)
    2x N.V. Seppelt ‘The Drives’
    2x 2017 Consentido Monastrell Barrica
    1x 2014 J. McFarland Pinot Noir Tribute (tossed in the cart on the way to the register)

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      That Il Poggione Brancato Rosato is excellent, slightly on the more fruited side for an European rosé, but still well balanced. The Consentido I thought was tasty enough wine but didn’t remind me that much of Monastrell (Mourvèdre). (I google translated “consentido” and got “spoiled.” I thought that doesn’t sound good for wine, but the second suggested translation was “indulged,” so, okay I guess.) Haven’t seen the McFarland Pinot.

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      1. bretrooks

        Agreed on the Brancato. I like pale, elegant Provence roses, and I like the Brancato as well. Really, we like most roses as long as they’re dry and have good acidity.

        We opened the McFarland over the weekend, and it was fine at $7 (I should mention that my palate doesn’t go for highly-ripe, CA pinot with glossy fruit, cola notes, etc.). This was ~12.5% abv IIRC, red-fruited leaning towards cranberry/cherry and with a little something like black tea going on too. It did feel like it might be getting tired, though.

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      2. rob

        Poggione is a big time brunello producer that uses its young vines for the rose. agree, its great. My favorite wine I’ve come across recently was the woodenhead pinot from mariah vineyard in mendocino. Also, petaluma had a few bottles of dolce for 20 bucks. that was a what the heck moment for me. No idea what the story is there other than it’s incredibly expensive for nickel and nickel to make that stuff, so they closed shop and liquidated.

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  9. lim13

    With the recent discussion about the lack of decent (or any) European wines at GO, thought it appropriate to post these comments from one of the longest operating (since 1975) wine shop owners in Seattle at Pike & Western Wines:

    “If it is not one thing it is another, something I am sure many of you are familiar with. That describes the first 15 months of this decade. While foot traffic is picking up and things are slowly improving, our big issue today is simply getting the wines we need. The pandemic has understandably affected quantities of wine brought into the country and city. Under normal circumstances inventories could be ramped up fairly quickly as normalcy returned but that is not the case right now.

    Our suppliers are facing challenges that begin in Europe. France is shut down again, consolidators have fewer workers and greater demand and, even if you can get your wine to port, there are not enough refrigerated containers to meet demand. Throw in delays at U.S. ports and a 4-6 week shipment turns into 8-12 weeks. It is a mess. What does that mean for us? Well, we might be out of your favorite French, Italian, German, Spanish Wine. The 2020 Rosés will likely be late, and even with tariffs suspended until early July we may see price increases.”

    Sounds similar to what others have said on the GO blog, eh?

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  10. BargainWhine Post author

    Probably this recent discussion of wines from JL Giguiere was the extra push I needed to try the new release, Wagon Train 2018 red blend (54% Petite Sirah, 34% Petit Verdot, 12% Tempranillo). I was a little wary of this blend because (1) I’m not usually a fan of wines dominated by Petite Sirah, finding them too coarsely acid and tannic and (2) it seemed likely a bit young. It turned out that the first concern was mostly unnecessary while the second is definitely valid. I’m liking it pretty well, now that it’s been decanted for 4.5 hours, although it’s still quite fresh and young. The PS does dominate, but it’s pretty well smoothed out by the softness of the PV and the Tempranillo adds some complexity. Anyway, especially if you don’t mind your wines young and want to be able to drink them over a few years, I think this is very good for $5.

    Has anyone tried a bottle of the Goodnow 2015 Tempranillo lately, which I reviewed four years ago as a little young, and which is still (or again) around?

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    1. bretrooks

      The Goodnow has been a staple for us over the last couple of years – we’ve gone through about three cases, I think, and just opened a bottle last week. I wouldn’t say it’s especially remarkable, but it’s solid, we like the dark fruit and the balance, and it’s been a safe-bet regular bottle to open on a weeknight evening or to grab on the way out the door to hang out with a friend (back when we did such things). Slight bottle variation, but not enough to complain about…we keep going back, anyway.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Thanks. I’ll probably get a bottle before the sale ends to see how it has developed since that review.

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    2. BargainWhine Post author

      Tonight I opened the saved 187.5ml screw-cap bottle of this wine. It needed about 30 minutes of air in the glass to become, certainly not elegant, but very full, thick, ripe, fruit of boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry, with acid of purple hibiscus tea and black raspberry, and thick, black-earthy tannins in the finish.

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  11. flitcraft

    Lago Cerqueria Vinho Verde Rose 2018/2019 4.99 10% ABV, 4.99 pre-sale price

    I found this at the Kenmore GO. At first, the only one they had was the 2018, then yesterday I saw they had the 2018 and the 2019 as well. You won’t have to squint at the labels to tell the different vintages apart–the 2018 is a pronounced salmony color, whereas the 2019 is just barely salmony–against a white shirt you can see it, but in your glass it will look pretty colorless.

    I picked up the 2018 when that was all there was, knowing that vinho verde–which this wine says it is–is best drunk young and fresh. Still, vinho verde is a good summer quaffer, so I thought it was worth a try. The 2018 is lovely in the glass and a refreshing, if not very noteworthy, tipple. It tastes of strawberry and lemon, with lively acidity but no spritz at all. Maybe a tiny bit if you think hard about it, but that might be placebo spritz, since I was expecting it. It’s a pleasant enough wine, but some of the GO French roses at this price point are more interesting. Although, at 10% alcohol, I didn’t mind indulging in a glass at lunch.

    I didn’t taste the 2019 back-to-back with the 2018–but my impression is that they taste exactly the same. The color is obviously the big difference–in the glass, consumed on our back deck, I couldn’t have easily distinguised it from a glass of water. No spritz again–though I could convince myself that there might have been the tiniest prickle. Again, a generous fruity acidity is the main characteristic of this wine.

    Given that you ought to be able to find a good vinho verde at about 10 dollars in your local grocery store, this wine is hardly a bargain. But if you bought it, you can happily sip in on a summer evening.

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  12. Seedboy

    Two recent pinots: Steakhouse and Jackhammer. First day I liked the Steakhouse, but it fell apart on day 2 and is now in my soup. The Jackhammer needed the air and was good on day 2 and 3, nice fruit with some structure.

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  13. Kathy

    Our store in Yucca Valley had stocked up for the sale. We purchased:
    Chardonnay/whites:
    Terra Blanca Chard 2018 (WA)
    Retro Chard 2017 (Monterey)
    Pacific Oasis Chard 2018 (WA)
    Pique Poul (we’ve purchased a lot of this wine)
    Roku Riesling 2018 (Monterey)
    Saintsbury Chard 2014 (Napa)

    Rose’
    Mirabeau 2019 (Fr)
    De Casta 2018 (Sp)
    Louis Jadot 2018 (Fr)
    Lindeman’s Sparkling (Au – we’ve purchased this before)

    Red
    Gallardia Cinsault 2017 (Chile)
    St. Clement Pinot 2017 (Santa Barbara)
    Clos d’Argentine Malbec 2014 (Argentina)
    Le Merlot 2017 (Hedges – WA)
    Owl Box Pinot 2018 (Carneros)
    Steakhouse Rib Eye Red 2018 (Paso Robles)
    Steakhouse Pinot 2019 (Santa Lucia Highlands)
    RD Syrah 2015 (Napa)

    The store had a lot of RD, but at $19.99 a pop we thought we would try the Syrah first ($9.99). It is a solid CA Syrah and will be a repeat buy.

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  14. Angela T Carlson

    Glad to hear the positive reviews. Got this at Oakland yesterday along with some 2017 Smith & Perry Oregon Pinot Noir and a 2016 Rockwall Tannat just for fun.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Angela! It hasn’t been that popular, but I rather liked that Smith & Perry Pinot Noir. I thought at the time (early last winter?) that it was a little young, so I’ll try one some time this summer. I’m surprised the Rock Wall Tannat is still around. It sold out at Richmond pretty quickly.

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  15. DARRELL

    Petaluma has an ample supply of a 2016 Australian Shiraz, a Terlato and Chapoutier collaboration, for $11.99, before sale. Bought one to try just out of curiosity.

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  16. BargainWhine Post author

    Also, the Mendoza Vineyards 2018 Malbec is pretty good for $6 (sale $4.80). It’s a bit closed on the first night, but opens up after some air on the second, so it would probably be fine to drink for another year or two. Pretty typical Mendoza Malbec: tangy boysenberry with some softer, darker purple fruit, black pepper and earth. Nothing amazing, but smooth, balanced, decently complex. There is also a Mendoza Vineyards 2018 Cabernet, $6, that I haven’t tasted but is probably also good.

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  17. BargainWhine Post author

    The C.V.N.E. 2017 Garnacha (Grenache) from Rioja, Spain, is pretty good for $6 (sale price $4.80): ripe darker red cherry and raspberry, tart lighter red cherry, hints of orange and sappy herbs. Not a powerful, “serious” wine, but lively and pleasant with food.

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    1. Seedboy

      That is a well-known Rioja maker. My trip to Oakland disappointed. Seemed like other than that $25 Napa cab they had nothing “special” and a no name brand Cab at that price is a no buy for me.

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  18. GOwinelover

    Pretty disappointed in the Latitude 38 Pinot Noir. Can’t remember who said it but it was something to the effect of “not worth stocking up on for the long term.” I wholeheartedly agree. This is not my style of Pinot Noir but it is well made as was the last bottling. I should have read the trade notes and tasting notes as I like a touch of smoke and oak with my Pinot Noir and this has next to none of it. I actually pretty strongly preferred the Rocklin Ranch that my local location sold out of. It’s not bad, it’s well put together but it’s pretty boring. I’ll easily get through the next 5 bottles without an issue but it’s not that super deal I was looking for.

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    1. DARRELL

      I just tried the Owl Box PN for lunch and wasn’t too strong on PN character whereas the Lat. 38 PN has plenty and worth a buck more, most definitely. I can understand you might want more oak, but that might not come in smelling the wine, but the wood is there on tasting. That just happened to me. To check on oak, let an empty glass of the wine stand for a bit and notice any oak aromas in the residue coming through. I guess your smoke is barrel char?

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  19. Seedboy

    2017 Terre Rossa Rosso di Montalcino $6.99 SF Geary Street. This is a lovely wine that really did not drink at its peak until day 2. Great Sangiovese. Sadly this store only had one left. Anyone seen it elsewhere?

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      1. Seedboy

        That is a different wine from the one I found. According to the interwebs, that wine is Sangiovese Grosso with some Merlot in it. I would bite on that. It is gonna need a mess of air. The Rosso I bought was decanted for hours, but was still more opened up the next day. Delicious then.

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          1. DARRELL

            Glad you found it. I was going to tell you that Petaluma has it. Had it with pizza and lasagne tonight and found it a bit tannic for my taste. Also bought the Caveliere d’Oro Toscana since GOWL bought some and actually preferred it to the 2017 Terre Rossa Rosso di Montalcino, especially considering the price difference, $3.99 vs $6.99 before sale price.

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  20. BargainWhine Post author

    Opened the Kenneth Volk 2012 “Cabernet Pfeffer,” $6. However, according to Wikipedia, the CP was apparently misidentified Gros Verdot, an old Bordeaux varietal. The body is lighter than (at least, California-grown) better-known Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, or Petite Verdot, but it does have elegantly complex flavors of Bing cherry and plum, with hints of black olive, black pepper, and soy sauce / sesame oil (???), red currant acid, and a stemmy, earthy finish. It’s totally dry and not jammy, and the fruit / acid balance really reminds me of Italian wines. (Earlier in its airing evolution, I was tempted by analogies to Valpolicella.) At least this recently arrived, this amount of development required a decanting of 3 hours. I’m really astonished that this kind of wine can be produced in California’s Central Coast.

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    1. Seedboy

      This wine interests me. Sounds like it is right up my alley.
      Casamatta bianco is in Richmond. It is a very nice white wine for those who like Italian white wines.

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    2. BargainWhine Post author

      Opened the saved 187.5ml (=750ml/4) screwcap bottle of the Volk 2012 “Cabernet Pfeffer” (Gros Verdot) tonight and find it similar to the Volk 2013 Negrette in that, while tasty enough, I preferred it with the structure it had the first night open.

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  21. lim13

    Saw the Lange Rose’ in Silverdale too, but I can find a fair number of decent rose’s for less, so I passed. Been to the winery a number of times and they make some fine Pinots. Owner Don Lange is an accomplished folk singer and guitarist who played in the Chicago area years ago. I found some info about him in a book I just finished about Steve Goodman (singer/songwriter who wrote “City of New Orleans” made famous by Arlo Guthrie. Haven’t seen the other two rose’s yet, but the Alexandria Nicole sounds interesting…Counoise, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Grenache blend. And local wine writer Sean Sullivan of Wine Enthusiast says this about the Waterbrook: “It’s quite rare to see a rosé from this blazing hot appellation. This pale orange-tinged example has light cherry, herb and melon aormas. It drinks dry, with broad-feeling fruit flavors.”

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  22. RB

    At the Olympia store I picked up a 2019 Lange Rosé of Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills) for $11. More than I usually spend at GO, but I have fond memories of tasting pinots at their beautiful estate during an early spring snowfall. They make some good stuff.
    Also seen: 2018 Alexandria Nicole a2 Rosé (Horse Heaven Hills), $8; and 2017 Waterbrook Red Mountain Rosé, $5.
    I am well stocked on rosé, so didn’t buy either of these.

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