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3,131 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. BdB

    Got a bottle of Michel Schlumberger 2013 Pinot Blanc “la bise” in the S.Cruz store and wish I bought more since I liked it a lot and it’s now gone. Found it quite refreshing and dry with gooseberry/pear/peach on the nose as well as the palate and liked its dry finish too. They’re supposed to get some of the Jackass Ranch (Santa Barbara)”Allusion” red blend soon, hopefully the same vintage as a year ago which was one of my favorite wines from GO.

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      1. lim13

        Thinking the same thing, SB. I’ve got but a couple left…and it’s the 2007. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the “new” stuff is a more recent vintage.

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  2. michael

    Newly arrived at 4th Ave in Seattle:

    Sauvion du Cleray Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2012 $4.99
    Sauvion Chinon 2012 $4.99
    -the wine guy let me in the back to see what he had so I got to take these home last night to try. They are pretty good. 2012 wasn’t a great vintage in France but some stuff from Loire seems to be ok, it is certainly ok at this price.
    The Muscadet is pretty classic tasting(although it’s been awhile since I’ve had one) Stones, green apple scents with more minerals, stone fruits, anise on the palate. Bone dry with crisp acid. Really tasty.
    The Chinon is pretty classic as well, medium to light body with nice tannic structure and good acid as well. smoke and berries on the nose with more of that on the palate with chocolate, anise, earthyness, olives. Medium long finish. Again, very tasty.

    other stuff I haven’t taken home yet but will try soon:
    Schlumberger Pinot Blanc $4.99
    Amy Merlot and Sauv. blanc $6.99/$5.99
    Witching Hour Napa Cab 2013 $9.99
    Monasterio Grenache/Tempranillo 2014 $6.99
    N’Zuri Grenache/Shiraz 2015 $4.99 South Africa
    Vidal-Fleury CdR 2012 $4.99

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    1. michael

      Tried Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2012 last night. This is pretty good CdR for 4.99. Very old world scents of funk(a touch of bret maybe), farmhouse, mushrooms, plum and berry pie with flavors on the palate of the same with more pie, earth, smoke and berries. Juicy acid, good structure. Medium body with a medium finish. Definitely worth picking up if you enjoy CdR.

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    2. lim13

      Most of these are now in Silverdale, WA. But after reading online reviews (nothing especially glowing)…and with my overflowing cellar, I’ll pass. Based on BW’s review, the Amy Merlot is tempting…but I’ll likely just lie down until the temptation passes.

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      1. rgardner2

        Dropped by the Lakewood WA store today, but no Muscadet. The did have the Vidal-Fleury CdR. Two others that caught my eye were:
        2013 Bosio Winery Barbera d’Asti Truffle Hunter – Leda $6/15. Costco has carried it per the one review I looked at. 3.8 Vivino.
        2013 Gustave Lorentz Riesling Reserve (Alsance). $7/22. A 2 on the sugar scale, so very dry. 12.5% I like Alsance wines, so I picked up a bottle (despite the higher price for a white at GO).

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        1. lim13

          Would like to find anything from Alsace in Silverdale, as that’s one of my favorite regions for whites. Visited there in November and had some great wines (but mainly Gewurz…my go to variety). That Truffle Hunter is here too, but I passed.

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          1. rgardner2

            I thought about putting Attn: Lim13 on this Alsance wine when i posted – think our white likes are similar. I have ~ 6 bottles of Trimbach in the basement, and they age well. I too have traveled Alsance-Lorraine. Had a discussion with a friend tonight who is working on her BJCP (Beer Cert/Som) on how “no-faults” differs from “wow.” [Vice faults of course.] But I’m in moratorium (cellar full) too. 6th Ave Tac Thur or Fri, will post if I find it.

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        2. RB

          I tried that Lorentz reisling this past weekend alongside some halibut and clams (steamed in some Osborne Manzanilla, also from that GO) and it was pretty tasty. Lemon and pineapple notes with a little mineral background and just a tiny hint of sweet is what I got. It seemed best to me right after it was opened.
          The Truffle Hunter was OK, but unremarkable. Maybe a slight vegetal finish. Not a repeat buy for me.

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        3. flitcraft

          Have not seen the Gustave Lorentz Riesling in the Seattle area GOs that I frequent. They did have a rose by that maker during the sale period, and it was very nice indeed for 3.99 (and a bit cheaper during the sale.)

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    3. Rocky

      I have seen the 2013 Amy Merlot in the Bay Area, but have only noticed a review of the 2014 here…anyone able to clarify?

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  3. DavidLikesWine

    A new lineup of wines from Stateland Cellars at Palo Alto:

    2012 Stateland Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $7.99 / $29.99
    2013 Stateland Cellars Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara Country, $5.99 / $19.99
    2012 Stateland Cellars Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, $7.99 / $24.99

    The two resreve wines were gold medal winners at the SF Chronicle competition and the regular pinot was a double gold winner. Lots of pinot around these days…

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    1. seedboy

      I have opened a bottle of the 2013 pinot. It was a nice enough wine day one but day two it went all green stemmy on me.

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  4. seedboy

    Be on the lookout for a RRV Chardonnay called Field Notes. I bought it because it credits the grower. It reminds me of a nice Chablis: refreshing, minerally, energetic, nice citrusy fruit with no taste of oak. I bought it at Richmond. Oakland does not have it (inventory tomorrow so they have had their last two shipments blocked). I want to say I paid $5.99 or so for it.

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    1. seedboy

      This wine remained delicious the second day, no deterioration at all (refrigerated, screwcap). BTW it is $4.99.

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  5. lim13

    The other day in the Silverdale GO, I met a gentleman who is a certified sommelier (among numerous other titles) from San Diego who also works with a couple of Temecula area wineries. He was up here on business and as we talked, he recommended a couple of GO wines. One was a Portuguese non-vintage red called simply Hot Spot ($4.99). There is really no info on the bottle and I could find nothing on the web about it. I found it rather grapey and simple and pretty unexciting. The other wine he recommended is a 2010 Paolo Conterno Nebbiolo from Langhe for $7.99. I’ll be trying that one on Saturday night with pasta with red sauce, mushrooms and meatballs and will report back. The gentleman sounded European to me…perhaps Italian? So I suspect he prefers old world style wines, but that’s merely a guess. I loved the quote on his business card: “Reality is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency.”

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    1. Darrell

      “Reality is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency.” could be called a corollary to “In vino veritas.”

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    2. lim13

      Had the 2010 Paolo Conterno Nebbiolo from Langhe for $7.99 tonight with pasta with vodka sauce, mushrooms and meatballs…perfecto! Clear pale to medium ruby color with some orange brick tone reminiscent of lighter Pinots; earth, cinnamon, dried cherry and orange peel in the nose; in the mouth, it’s tart and slightly acidic on the front of the palate with fairly firm and mouth-coating tannins at mid-palate through the chewy finish; flavors of more dried cherry and spice, new leather and light oak. I’m guessing this wine needs more time in the cellar to resolve the tannins. But the hefty burst of acidity should lend the perfect hand in that process. A classic Nebbiolo from Piemonte in northwestern Italy.

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        1. lim13

          Where on Wine Searcher did you find that info, Darrell? Maybe because you’re a subscriber and can see info that I can’t? When I look at that site (as a non-subscriber), they have no info on that particular vintage (2010). And Vivino shows it with a $27 normal retail price tag. Certainly at $11 it would be no particular bargain at GO.

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            1. lim13

              Thanks, Darrell. Not sure what was going on at my end, but I’d likely hafta’ say “operator error”. Or maybe I saw the exclamation point and the first comment saying “the search came up empty” and stopped reading. Anyway…at $3 a bottle less, it’s still a deal, but not a great GO deal!

  6. RB

    Had a chance to stop by the Lakewood store today. The selection and organization are so much better than the other South Sound stores – I should probably try to get there more often.
    Bottles I bought (a couple of these were mentioned before):
    2013 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, $5.99
    2013 Portalupi Vermentino, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros, $4.99
    2011 Undurraga Aliwen Reserva (CS/Carmenere blend), $4.99
    2014 David Hill Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $4.99
    2014 David Hill Estate Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $4.99
    2014 Elsa Bianchi Torrontes, Mendoza, $3.99
    2013 Gustave Lorentz Riesling Reserve (Alsace), $6.99
    Osborne Manzanilla ‘Fina’ Sherry, $6.99
    (They had two types of this producer’s Manzanilla mixed together – not much difference in bottle or label other than the small-scripted ‘Fina’ addition. According to the back labels, the Fina is aged for an additional year)

    Also seen:
    2013 Wildstock Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $8.99
    2014 Soliluna Garnacha, Carinena
    2011 Chateau Suau Bordeaux Blanc Sec, $5.99
    Voga Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Italy (forgot year – funky bottle), $5.99
    De Bortoli Reserve Tawny Port, Australia, $6.99 (750ml)

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    1. RB

      OK – that was the third time in the last few days I tried to post that report. I finally realized I can’t put in any outside links anymore – the other versions, with links, just sat there (where I guess only I could see them) with a note saying ‘your comment is awaiting moderation’. Not sure what has changed or if I’m doing something different. Anyway, FWIW the Lakewood visit was a couple of days ago.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi RB. Sorry about that. It was in the moderation “pending approval” folder and I’ve been away for a few days with food poisoning. Much better now, thanks.

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          And in case anyone was wondering, my food poisoning was completely unrelated to any GO products. :)

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    2. lim13

      I reviewed a Voga non-vintage sparkling PG here, RB. But that was nearly three years ago, so hoping it’s not the same batch! Recently I also tried another Voga bubbly…same bottle, but not PG…and I really didn’t care for it at all.

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  7. philinoakland

    Oakland store – the 2014 Michel-Schlumberger Sauvignon blanc is really classy. They have some extremely drinkable whites at $3.99 (e.g. the Turn 4) but I splurged the extra $2 + tax to try this (smiley face). I had this with dill-poached salmon bellies (salmon from Koreana Plaza on Telegraph) for lunch today. This was a great pairing.

    Very little of the grassiness, gooseberry flavors and a lot more of the mango and melon, with some good depth and a minerality aftertaste (my fave), rather than the gooseberry. Excellent competition against the Dry Creek Reserve Sauvignon blanc and a similarly excellent deal obviously at $5.99.

    Life is good.

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          1. philinoakland

            As an update, I spaced out. I got it at the San Leandro store for $5.99. I was at the Oakland store today and it’s $4.99 there, an even better deal. Apparently, the usual label is all white, but for GO they have the yellowish label above.

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  8. lim13

    At the Silverdale GO…2015 Spiral Wine Selections Walla Walla Valley Riesling. Wine guy tells me that corporate sent an email stating that this wine was produced by Pepperbridge Winery and vineyards (a very well-respected grower/producer) exclusively for Grocery Outlet. Would normally retail at $21.00, but is selling for $6.99. Brilliant pale golden; more lemony, citrusy nose and not the typical green apple of WA Riesling; also, the bouquet is fairly tight and closed unlike most upfront fruity, floral WA Rieslings. In the mouth it’s rich and extracted, giving it great mouth feel and texture; off-dry and perfectly balanced with tart, lemony acidity; flavors of lemon, lime, under-ripe peach and nectarine; more tart than sweet in the finish. Delicious (especially for six months old) and excellent with my stir-fried shrimp and veggies with oyster sauce.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      This wine has apparently made its way to California, as it showed up at the Richmond store today for $5.99.

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  9. BargainWhine Post author

    arrived today at the Richmond store:
    Cottonwood 2012 Pinot Noir “Marina Piper” Willamette Valley, Oregon, $12, 4 cases
    Blakeslee 2010 Pinot Noir Vineyard Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $14, 4 cases
    Cottonwood 2012 Pinot Noir “Brigette Catherine” Dundee Hills, Oregon, $15, 2 cases

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    1. lim13

      A few of us were less than enthused with Cottonwood’s 2011 regular Willamette Valley Pinot offering at GO in 2013/2014. From PW: “We tried the Cottonwood a month or so ago. A friend of ours also purchased a bottle. We were all very unimpressed. I didn’t finish my glass. We ended up dumping the bottle. It was really sour. I don’t know if it was corked or what…but definitely not a fan.” From me: “I didn’t like it at all. I doubt it was corked…I just think it was inferior wine. And it paled in comparison to the Echelon I’ve reviewed here. We tried them side by side.”

      However, these NW folks really like the single vineyard Pinots that BW mentions above.
      http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2015/05/06/cottonwood-winery-of-oregon-2012-marina-piper-pinot-noir-willamette-valley-25/
      http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/cottonwood-winery-oregon-2012-brigette-catherine-pinot-noir-willamette-valley-dundee-hills/add-to-list

      Who knows if we’ll see them up north.

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    2. seedboy

      I tried the 2012 Marina Piper. Quality wine. Sufficient red fruit, earth, some grippy tannin and proper acidity. This wine is a step above most all GO pinot but you pay for it.

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      1. DavidLikesWine

        These 3 are at Palo Alto as well. Would love to hear more feedback! From reading the bottle, looks like the Brigette-Catherine is the reserve bottling, which makes it intriguing for $3 more…

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  10. RB

    Finally, a few interesting wines in the South Sound. At the Lacey store I found the Le Jade Picpoul de Pinet and the Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend that Lim13 commented on and picked up some of both. The Villa 46 Cuvee Blanc was seen (and liked) by some during the fall sale, but showed up here for the first time. Also:
    2013 Bosio Leda “Truffle Hunter” Barbera d’Asti, $5.99
    2010 Paolo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo A Mont, $7.99
    2012 Undurraga T.H. ‘Terroir Hunter’ West Limari Chardonnay, Chile, $5.99

    And I meant to get a bottle of the David Hill Pinot Gris to try. Guess I’ll have to go back.

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    1. lim13

      Would appreciate hearing what you thought about the Picpoul and the Corralillo when you get around to opening them, RB.

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      1. RB

        I loved both of these wines.
        Based on your report, Lim13, I opened the Corralillo the morning of. Had it with lambchops with plum chutney and it was just the type of luscious full-bodied accompaniment that I’d hoped for. On first sip my wife said, ‘Oh, this is going to be one of those leathery barnyard-y wines!”. I didn’t get the barnyard, but a little leather, yes – which I love. Lots going on in that glass. Great lingering finish. We left a little in the bottle for the next day to have with a tomato sauce pizza and I liked it even more.
        The Picpoul will now be my go-to wine on the porch this summer. Right up my alley – crisp, with nice understated fruit and a great balance of acid. It was fantastic with mussels cooked on the grill (in a little of the Villa 46 Cuvee Blanc). I got a bunch more. Now, can we get a few more of those 80-degree days?

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        1. lim13

          Very glad to hear you enjoyed both these wines, RB. They’re definitely among my all-time GO favorites. That Picpoul will indeed be the perfect summer sipper…and even better with our local shellfish.

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  11. DavidLikesWine

    Had a chance to swing by Palo Alto yesterday and there’s some new to me items there:

    2011 Bourassa Vineyards Signature Select Cabernet Sauvignon – $6.99 / $21.99
    Opened this last night and it seems pretty pleasant, although more a “generic” red wine that a cabernet if that makes sense. I don’t know if I’d be able to identify it if I wasn’t looking at the label. A nice effort for a tough vintage, lots of fruit and still has some supporting structure.

    2010 Bourassa Vineyards Harmony3 Bordeaux Blend – $30.00 / $100.00
    The reason I bought the above bottle to try. I wanted to get a sense of what these folks can do before dropping $30, a lot in GO dollars, on a bottle of this. It’s not out on the shelves, ask Joe if you want some. This winery seems to do 2 different price point wines, the signature select series, like the first wine, at about $20 / bottle, and then a line that starts at $80 and runs through $150. I’m not sure it’s fair to judge what this bottle would be like based on the signature select cab and I’d really like to try it, but the $30 price point has me a bit hesitant to pull the trigger.

    2011 Three Rivers Winery Walla Walla Cabernet – $17.99 / $32.99
    I love Three Rivers cabs and most Washington cabs in general. I’m excited to try this one.

    2 new Bordeauxs from Chateau de Piote, a 2010 Bordeaux, and a 2011 Cuvee Prestige, both at $8.99.

    also a 2012 Chateau Moulin di Beausejour Bordeaux Superior at $7.99, individually numbered bottles, at a minimum makes a nice presentation

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    1. Darrell

      SF has a Rutherford Chardonnay from Bourassa Vineyards, 2011 I believe, and a couple of bucks more than the 2011 Bourassa Vineyards Signature Select Cabernet Sauvignon. There was also a Krohn 30 yr. old tawny port for $35 and also a Krohn tawny for $6 that was red and not tawny.

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    2. seedboy

      It seems like Palo Alto gets stuff I do not see in Berkeley/Oakland/Richmond. If anyone sees these Napa cabs anywhere other than Palo Alto let me know.

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      1. Darrell

        SF has the $7 Napa cab. The Bourassa 2013 HARMONY3 BLEND, NAPA VALLEY is described as a ” Right Bank blend” and priced at $65 a bottle from the winery website.

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        1. seedboy

          People are reporting lots of new wines lately but the only ones I’ve seen in Oakland, Berkeley or Richmond are the ones BW has reported.

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  12. rgardner2

    At the Lakewood WA store today, quite a few interesting new whites,

    2013 Portalupi Vermentino Carneros Las Brisas $5/28 Reviews say low acid.
    http://www.portalupiwine.com/Vineyard/Las-Brisas-Vineyard
    2014 David Hill Estate Pinot Gris (Willamette) $5/$20
    2014 Le Jade Picpoul de Pinet $5/14 (Discussed the other day here)
    2013 Bell Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc $6/14 V-3.7
    2013 Wimmer Gruner Veltliner $5/14 V-3.6
    2012 Binderer St Ursula Groovee Gruner Veltliner $5/20 (from Hungary)
    Pacific Rim “White Flowers” Sparkling Riesling (sweet) $5

    Reds:
    2011 Wimmer Zweigelt 1L $5/$14
    2012 Domaine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $10/$24 V-3.8
    2013? Luca Bosio Barbera d’Asti $7/$14

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    1. RB

      I am having problems posting new comments on this page. My posts either disappear after I submit, or they sit there with the tag ‘your comment is awaiting moderation.’ I’m not sure what has changed or if I’m doing something different. Apparently, I can reply to earlier entries, so I’ll re-post this one I submitted yesterday here as the most appropriate spot:

      Had a chance to stop by the Lakewood store today. The selection and organization are so much better than the other South Sound stores – I should probably try to get there more often.
      Bottles I bought (a couple of these were mentioned before):
      2013 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, $5.99
      2013 Portalupi Vermentino, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros, $4.99
      2011 Undurraga Aliwen Reserva (CS/Carmenere blend), $4.99
      http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/undurraga-2011-aliwen-reserva-red-blend-cabernet-sauvignon-carmenere-rapel-valley
      2014 David Hill Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $4.99
      2014 David Hill Estate Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $4.99
      http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/david-hill-2014-estate-pinot-blanc-willamette-valley
      2014 Elsa Bianchi Torrontes, Mendoza, $3.99
      2013 Gustave Lorentz Riesling Reserve (Alsace), $6.99
      Osborne Manzanilla ‘Fina’ Sherry, $6.99
      (They had two types of this producer’s Manzanilla mixed together – not much difference in bottle or label other than the small-scripted ‘Fina’ addition. According to the back labels, the Fina is aged for an additional year)

      Also seen:
      2013 Wildstock Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $8.99
      http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/wildstock-2013-pinot-noir-willamette-valley
      2014 Soliluna Garnacha, Carinena
      2011 Chateau Suau Bordeaux Blanc Sec, $5.99
      http://chateausuau.com/en/product/chateau-suau-bordeaux-blanc-sec-2011/
      Voga Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Italy (forgot year – funky bottle), $5.99
      De Bortoli Reserve Tawny Port, Australia, $6.99 (750ml)

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  13. lim13

    I did an online check of a couple of other wines that came though on my local Silverdale GO email from Monday. And based on what I read, I bought three bottles of the 2012 Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend from Chile (25% Cabernet Franc 25% Malbec 48.5% Syrah 1.5% Petit Verdot) and one 2013 Syrah. Each $7.99. Check out these links…
    https://www.goldmedalwineclub.com/store/item/matetic-2012-red-blend-corralillo-chile-winemakers-blend
    http://matetic.com/en/vino/corralillo-winemakers-blend-2012-en/
    https://www.vivino.com/wineries/matetic-vineyards/wines/corralillo-san-antonio-winemakers-blend-2012 (be sure to check “See More Reviews” at this link)
    My only concern: in two of the bottles, the corks seem to be pushing slightly upward under the foil…exposed to severe temperature changes? But I sure like what I read!

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    1. lim13

      Re: the 2012 Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend from Chile…heavy punt bottle and a 2 inch cork that was in good condition, but protruding about an eighth of an inch above the top of the bottle and a bugger to remove; very tight seal. One of the most beautifully colored wines I’ve seen in some time; opaque deep, dark, teeth-staining violet/purple with an almost glowing dark pink rim; tons of “legs” and glycerin coat the glass. I opened it this morning and quickly poured about an ounce to try. It left me completely unimpressed. So I stoppered it with a close-able pour spout and tried it again about 7 or 8 hours later. It became a completely different wine. Nose was rather blah before, but now it’s “in your face” fragrant with cedar, black coffee, menthol, cassis. In the mouth, it’s fairly big and viscous with firm, but not overpowering tannin and plenty of fruit; oak is in the background in a perfectly supporting role; fine acidity; flavors of dark cherries, cocoa, blackberry, black raspberry and leather.

      This somewhat unusual blend of grapes (and the winemaker) produced one very tasty and well-balanced wine. Perfectly wonderful with lemon, rosemary and olive oil marinated char-grilled lamb chops on this unusual 80 degree early April day. My understanding is that Silverdale received but one case…which may be gone by now.

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    2. lim13

      Opened my bottle of the 2013 Matetic Corralillo San Antonio Valley Syrah from Chile ($7.99) tonight. Fourteen months in French oak. Like the Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Red, this Syrah is deeply and intensely colored purple/ruby; on opening and in the first pour, it was seriously sulfury and took a long time to blow off; and even then, it still seems a bit sulfury, but it’s also got that sweaty socks aroma I frequently find in Walla Walla Syrahs; it’s hard for me to have an appreciation for the nose, but the flavors, acidity and texture save the day. The acidity is tangy but well-integrated; the wine is medium-bodied with obvious, but reined-in tannins; the flavors show loads of black, green and pink peppercorn along with blackberry and black raspberry fruit. Good stuff! Much like the Australian Robert Oatley reds, I am now enamored of the Matetic Corralillo reds. I just like what they’re doing and their consistency.

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      1. flitcraft

        I second that emotion on the Matetic Corralillo Syrah! What we don’t need at our house is more red wine. But hey, one bottle wouldn’t hurt, would it? So I bit, and opened it to serve with braised lamb shanks. I didn’t get the sulfur nose, fortunately, but that may be because I opened the bottle and poured a glass with the intent of sipping it while cooking, but ended up not drinking it till we sat down to dinner. Lovely, well-balanced flavors, definitely in the blackberry-boysenberry-cassis family. Best Syrah from GO since the Lazy Creek/Murphy/Cliff Creek trio of Syrah goodness that arrived a couple years ago in quick succession.

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  14. weinish

    There are a couple of more expensive Bordeaux wines at the Oakland store, right up front, same producer. One is blue label, the other red. Anyone tried these yet? It’s an importer I hadn’t yet seen at GO.

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  15. BargainWhine Post author

    Yesterday, a few interesting-looking (to me, at least) wines came into the Richmond store, and I bought them all. (too much, really)

    1) Nexus 2007 Crianza from Ribera del Duero, Spain, Bodega del Palacio de los Frontaura y Victoria, $7. Label is beautiful and the wine came in nice boxes of three bottles each, with the boxes stacked 3 in a shipping case, so there were only 9 bottles in a case instead of 12.

    2) Poderi dal Nespoli 2011 Sangiovese di Romagna, Vigneto di Prugneto, $5. I have never had a Sangiovese that I’ve liked from the eastern side of Italy, but this looks potentially pretty good.

    3) Chateau Lamy 2011 Corbieres, southern France, $5. Back implies it’s a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. I’m always a sucker for this kind of thing.

    Also arrived were two cases of Concannon Conservancy Merlot in bottles that had the front gates of Concannon in relief on the top front of the bottle itself. This did not interest me so much.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi Weinish. Thanks for asking. I found all three to be very good. The Corbieres might be too ripe-fruity for your liking (or at least for your wife’s taste), but the Sangiovese I found very interesting. It is recognizably Sangiovese. However, where Chianti is dried cherries and dusty earth, this one from Romagna is more fresh-fruited (dark cherry / plum, violets) and more sappy wood. On the first day, I thought it absolutely needed food, but the next day all was well-integrated and delicious. For only $5, do give it a try and let us know what you think. I hope to have a full review up tomorrow.

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  16. lim13

    Saw a number of new wines at the Silverdale GO today (4/1/16). I bought one bottle of 2014 Le Jade Picpoul De Pinet (Languedoc/Rousillon) at $4.99 because I liked the fancy screwtop bottle and my experience with Picpoul is limited. These Vivino reviews are generally quite positive, but I’ll let you know what I think too. Two other wines looked interesting but the Vivino reviews of the 2013 Fonte Do Nico Vinho Tinto (Portugal $5.99) and 2012 Roc De Lussac St. Emilion (68% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc 12% Cab Sauv for $8.99) are less than enticing. So I’ll leave them on the shelf unless someone on the blog tries them and finds out otherwise.

    One last thing. While they’re not GO wines, I want to publicly thank our past contributing author dluber for turning me onto the book “The Wild Vine” about what is reputedly the only true American grape variety, Norton. The variety started in Virginia and made its way to Missouri. If you’re into early American history as well as wine, you might enjoy the book. The result for me? I just received four bottles of Norton that I ordered from the very old Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri…two estate, one single vineyard and one Old Vine Reserve. Not cheap, but I just had to try what I’ve been reading about…and I got free shipping. Thanks again, DL.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Trader Joe’s had a Picpoul de Pinet a couple years (?) ago that I thought was pretty tasty. At $8, it would not have been a great GO bargain, but for TJ’s it was probably pretty good. (It was recommended to me by a TJ’s wine manager whom I met a number of times in GO wine aisles during the sales. She has commented here now and then.) In sum, I look forward to reading your notes. :)

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      1. lim13

        Couldn’t wait to open it, BW…and I’m glad I did. Had to try it before we had our barbecued brisket and pulled pork for dinner ’cause I knew it wouldn’t go with that. Poured a little spritzy, but that was gone in a flash and then it showed clear pale straw. Incredible nose of flowers, citrus and spice; in the mouth it tastes sweet and fruity on the front of the tongue, but then rounds out to a tart, citrusy finish; flavors of pear, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon/lime; somewhat reminiscent of the drier Chenin Blancs (Vouvray) or Ugni Blanc; should be great with fresh shellfish (clams, oysters, crab) or any simply baked or grilled white fish or chicken. Very fruity, but very dry with near-perfect acidity. It’ll be a fine summer sipper too…slightly chilled. I love it!

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          I’m glad to hear you liked it, Lim13, and I wish we could see it down here, although I really can’t complain. Your notes show some overlap with my recollections of that TJ’s PdP.

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    2. bowzart

      My wife brought a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet home many years ago, from the supermarket where a very interesting and unusual wine manager had brought some in. He said it would b great with popcorn (well, maybe). Even though my wife is generally averse to white wines as a matter of principle, we ended up buying a lot of it over several years. Then, I found it at Slough Foods in Edison WA, near Burlington, where we lived then. I asked the proprietor, John De Gloria, about it. He told me that he had himself had brought the first container of it into the US when he was working in the wine industry.

      Then, a few years back, we found ourselves in the village of Pinet in Languedoc Roussillon, near the seaports of Sète and Agde. Pinet is just a mile or two from the Etang de Thau, a salt water lagoon of the Mediterranean, justly famous for its shellfish. Lots of oysters and mussels. Since we live in Anacortes, on the only island in the San Juan archipelago you can drive to, we eat a lot of seafood, and I really wish I could get more of this wonderful wine. When I get to the other side of the great water, I go to Silverdale and try my luck getting some at Trader Joe’s. I learned they only have it in the summer. I’ll try my local GO. If you want some, better get there before I do!

      If you managed to get some, you probably noticed the molded cross in the bottle. It has equal flared, pointed arms. That is the Occitan (called sometimes the Cathar) cross, emblematic of the medieval/renaissance protestants who inhabited the region. The wine is not well known today, but its roots are ancient. I can’t remember which king granted it his favor, but it was sometime back in the 17th century or so.

      Thanks for discussing this wine! It’s one of my favorites.

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      1. lim13

        Great narrative, bowzart…a most interesting story to me. My wife and I love Anacortes and try to get up there about once a year. The back label of the Picpoul alludes to it perfectly matching with oysters; not hard to figure that out. Haven’t read a comment from you in a long time although I recall us comparing notes about my vineyardist friend in Selah who grows the Zweigelt (which by the way he is currently selling.at a discount…the 2014). There were about three cases of the Picpoul at the Silverdale GO on Saturday when I returned for a few more. Better c’mon down and get some! Also…my wife’s a popcorn lover, so may have to get one extra bottle for her!

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        1. bowzart

          I haven’t been around much. Sorry to be so obscure. Fact is, I’m sort of burned out on sitting in front of a screen, which I seem to do all too much anyway. Good to connect, though.

          We’ll be over in Tieton coming home from Walla2 in a couple of weeks, so I may be seeing our mutual friend from Selah. They sometimes show up there for events. We’ve been meaning to get over just to see them, as well, but it’s a very long haul. About 5 hours from here. I haven’t had his 2014 yet. Still have a bottle or two of the 2013 which was quite decent when we tried it. I’ve been holding on to it to see how it develops.

          I do try to check in now and then, especially when I spot particularly beguiling labels at the GO. When we do get east of the mountains, we try to check the Yakima GO. Our experience there has been very good. It seems to me that GO’s wine has been getting quite a bit better overall, and I think the Yakima store does a pretty good job.

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          1. lim13

            I’m with you on the too much time “sitting in front of a screen” thing. And it gets worse when you’re retired…which is one of the reasons I don’t do social media. Let me know if you ever run into that Picpoul at GO, bowzart. And say hi to our buddy if you see him.

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  17. palfrey12

    Seaside store has the Red Blend and the Old Telegram. Marina store has Le Cigare Blanc and Old Telegram. I guess the Monterey Bay has bette wine managers or poorer customers.

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  18. BdB

    I want the Old Telegram and can’t find it here ! Seems like we won’t get it and I don’t get it, I thought that the S.Cruz store’s doing good with wine. Would have loved a couple of those (though expensive for me).

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    1. Darrell

      I figured you might get some in Santa Cruz if I saw it at my local Novato GO, a store which doesn’t seem to support such wines.

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  19. Expat

    It is a quality wine. I was expecting something syrupy and heavy on the fruit with that high alcohol content but it was dry and balanced. Really a sophisticated, structured wine. At a different level than most GO wines. I will definitely get a couple on sale.

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    1. seedboy

      My friend, who is familiar both with GO wines and with the world of fine wine, would concur with this assessment.

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    2. BdB

      You’re writing about the old telegram I gather. Haven’t seen it here (S Cruz) yet, I hope it arrives this week. Which year is that? What’s the price? Sounds very nice.

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      1. Darrell

        Vintage is 2011 and is well distributed in Northern CA, north of Santa Cruz anyway. Not sure it will fly out the door at this price. Read below my misplaced comment to SB on the winemaker’s notes on the 2011.

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  20. Darrell

    SB, let us know if you taste soon. Not sure how to age on screw cap. The 2011 is still at the winery while it seems the 2012 and 2013 are gone and the 2014 going up for sale. From the winery’s website, ” Winemaker Notes, The wine is made entirely from very old vines in Oakley—56% Evangelho, 24% Enea, 20% Del Barba. I don’t reckon it to be an Old Telegram to put away. But this will put you (and your guests) away. Drink sensibly.”

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    1. Darrell

      Just picked up a bottle to try before the sale ends. Not impressed and especially for the price. My wife and I noticed a taste bud puckering effect in the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. The varietals used aren’t the typical Rhone ones.

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  21. Expat

    Anyone try the Bonny Doon Old Telegram yet? Forgive me if I missed a thread. Just had it tonite and was very impressed.

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    1. seedboy

      I have not but a trusted friend has. He reports that it is a very high quality wine that needs air or, better, cellaring. I plan to buy three bottles during the sale.

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