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4,497 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. Seedboy

    2 wines I’ve seen the last couple of days. First, Repeat, yes that is the name, South Australia, 2012, 70% Shiraz 30% Zinfandel (a bit of it is grown there). This wine is tasty and too easy to drink (14% alcohol) and a bargain at $3.99. The label is super colorful and loud, if you see it check it out. Didn’t seem to be a lot of it, buy it now.
    On the other hand, Oakland has 2011 Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir, $14.99. This is a good pinot noir, nicely balanced between acidity and earth and cherry and a bit of citrus rind. It is currently sold by wine.com for $45. They have a bunch of cases of this and if it is around for the sale (I ran into BargainWhine the other day and he tells me there is no word yet when it will be) I might just buy a couple of bottles of it, but if the Ardente cabs are still around (Richmond still has both vintages) that is where my money is going. If I’ve not said so before I also like the Intertwined Willamette Valley pinot I’ve seen for a bit over half the price, and the Valley of the Moon pinot noir fights above its weight class at, I think, $5.99.
    I feel like the buyers are doing a good job bringing in a variety of worthy wines at various price points. This is not exactly the golden age of GO wines but better than say at the time of the last couple of sales.

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    1. flitcraft

      I wish I’d seen your review before buying a bottle of the Primitivo. Also corked. And not much in the way of goodness hiding under the TCA either. Avoid…

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  2. Seedboy

    Richmond has a new Oregon pinot I like, Intertwined by Dobbs, 2016, $7.99. This has lovely cherry fruit with some Oregon earthiness and grit. There are also Cabs and Pinots from Topol, $14.99 apiece and I’m not getting good reports.

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    1. Doon

      I tried all three of the Topol wines at an informal tasting and was unimpressed by the Pinot and the Mendo Cab. However I did think the St. Helena Cab was worthy of punchase. After an hour or so of air it had solid fruit with medium length finish and no notable flaws. Not exciting @ $15 but useful for the right meal. At $12 I might prefer the ‘09 Ardente.

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      1. seedboy

        That sounds consistent with reports I’ve heard. I should also note that Richmond still has both Ardente cabs. I just finished a 2008, it has the perfume of a Margaux (not Chateau but the appellation) and I believe it has life ahead of it.

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  3. Seedboy

    A couple of new pinot noirs at Richmond, both 2013 bottlings from Blakeslee. Estate Reserve, $19.99 (SRV $46) and Estate Reserve Sheila $24.99 (SRV $75)

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    1. seedboy

      The Blakeslee Sheila is a lovely wine. It had the loveliest bouquet I’ve smelled on a pinot in some time. In the mouth it was a bit tannic with plenty of red cherry and dark fruit balanced with good acidity. If you are looking for a splurge wine to put down a couple of years this is the bottle for you.

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      1. BeerBudget

        I recall this being $24 right? Previous Blakeslee offerings have been mixed so I avoided this, but I’m glad this one is worth the price.

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  4. seedboy

    I saw some new wines at Richmond yesterday. Two wines from Slovenia, a Chardonnay, and Colliano Cuvee White, ($6.99) see description here http://www.laureateimports.com/wines/colliano/colliano-cuvee-white/. I really like the latter wine, crisp and refreshing (wished I’d had some oysters), I have not tried the former but will. Also, 2015 Melrose Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley Oregon. Nice light bodied pinot noir from a real winery. http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/melrose-2015-pinot-noir-umpqua-valley/
    A couple of the stores have Alpha Domus Pilot Chardonnay 2013, New Zealand. I’ve drunk this over a couple of days. My style of Chardonnay, crisp and refreshing with crisp apple notes and some minerality, for a second thoughts of Chablis flashed through my mind. Sorry about the lack of prices on most of these, I’ve forgotten them, but they did not break the bank.

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      1. Sebastian

        I found a different Slovenian white at the Oakland store tonight–2014 Quercus pinot grigio. I bought a bottle out of curiosity but haven’t tried it yet.

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        1. seedboy

          That wine is from the same label as the Chardonnay at Richmond. My bottle of the Pinot Grigio was corked so I cannot comment on it.

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          1. seedboy

            I tried out a bottle of the Quercus Chardonnay with friends at a Super Bowl party yesterday. Nice, crisp, flavorful, no oak or butter but white flowers and fruit and a bit of the bitter almond flavor I often detect in the northeastern Italian white wines I like. At $3.99 a bottle this is a repeat purchase for me. Also seen yesterday, 2015 Alta Napa Sauv Blanc, $5.99. This wine was grown in the Atlas Peak AVA. Reminds me of a good Bordeaux Blanc from Pessac Leognan. I will buy a few of these to put down.

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  5. Happybaker

    Two wines from the Burbank SoCal GO.

    Grey Mountain Chardonnay… No. $5.99 and it tasted kind of harsh. The $1.99 Adobe White blend is a similar taste – but better.

    The good news? 2014 Holding Thumbs Chardonnay (Napa). $3.99. Very buttery but not the fake tasting buttery, you know? And a surprise bit of acid at the end – worked well.

    Price ranges from $19.99 to $5 – to $4.

    https://www.vivino.com/wineries/holding-thumbs/wines/chardonnay-2014

    Next on my GO wines to try? “Previous Chardonnay” $5.99 and, Tangent Chardonnay, $3.99.

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  6. BdB

    I tried the 2016 Mt Hector Matahiwi Pinot Gris I bought at the Santa Cruz store for 5$ (or was it 4$?) and liked it a lot, nice nose and taste, fruity with pear and apple and flower, easy to drink. Would be quite nice in the summer. Also I drank another bottle of the 2013 Tres Hijas blend from Sonoma and was again very pleased with it, I find it elegant. The manager at the store is ordering enough and thinks there will be some left for the sale in March. Didn’t know there were other vintages at some GO stores, I hope they come to my store, especially the 2014 I read about.

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      1. Doug Green

        I just saw both of these Mt. Hector wines in Poway, and they sure look interesting, but I haven’t yet tried either one.

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  7. seedboy

    I was just at the Santa Rosa store, which has two wines I’ve not seen at any of the other GOs I haunt: Buona Vita Nebbiolo, Russian River Valley, 2010 and 2011, $5.99 or $6.99 per bottle. I opened one and without much air it sure tastes and drinks like a Barbaresco.

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  8. seedboy

    Yesterday I was in the Petaluma and Oakland stores. Both of them expect two or three vintages of Ardente Cab to come in this weekend; 2008, 2009, and one other. Oakland has a new Sonoma Coast pinot made by Lake Sonoma Winery that is a pretty good mouthful of pinot that that is balanced, seems authentic, and should cellar well.

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    1. Seedboy

      The Lake Sonoma is $6.99 and is also at Richmond. Recently sold by wine.com for $23.99 (now sold out, I suspect that is where the GO got it).

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    2. Seedboy

      Pleasant Hill has received 4 to 6 cases of Ardente 2008 and 9. Expects it will be gone by the end of the weekend.

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      1. Seedboy

        Oakland has the Ardente cabs. $11.99 per bottle. They are selling it out of the back room so find one of the wine folks and tell them I sent you.

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          1. Darrell

            I picked up a bottle of the 2009 Ardente and tried it last night and am not as enthusiastic about this bottle as you. I picked this bottle up in Novato at $11.99 which is expensive for me at this quality level. It is fruitier in the nose than the 2008 and much less tannic, but doesn’t have the intensity of aromatics of the 2011. The 2009 is somewhat similar to the 2011, just not quite as round in the mouth or as aromatic. Since the 2011 was purchased on the Fall Sale, I probably won’t pick this one up.

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            1. Darrell

              The above evaluation was from just opening the 2009 and from memory of the 2011 which I have been drinking frequently since the Fall Sale. Decided to try the two side by side since the Ardente is being advertised by some GO stores, mostly 2009. Not that it matters, the 2011 was a bit darker. The tannin and acid level are close, but the 2009 is rounder and goes down just a mite easier. The biggest difference is in the aroma and bouquet. The 2011 nose is stronger with more berry and fruit. One thing I hadn’t noticed about the 2011 that came out from side by side sniffing was a slight varietal herbaceousness, so that was a plus. The nose of the 2009 was mostly barrel aging. The 2009 may be worth the $11.99 since Ardentes are quality bottlings ie., very good corks and should age well. The Fall Sale price of the 2011 and cellar space preclude the purchase of the 2009 though.

            1. Doon

              Has anyone tried the 2008 Ardente? The only comments I have noticed are to the ’09 and both are available at the Redwood City shop.

            2. Darrell

              Doon,, I looked up an earlier post of mine during the Fall Sale concerning the Ardente 2011 and 2008: ” I first tasted the 2011 in the parking lot which I would normally spit out, but somehow this wine slipped down my gullet it was so inviting. It had a smooth mouth feel and a sweet entry, probably why it slipped down the gullet. The nose was fruity with nice oak. The 2008 wasn’t as inviting, being more tannic with a weedy, oaky nose and less fruit.” The 2008 is just drier and tannic than the available 2009 Ardente. SB liked the 2008 better than the 2011. I you like a drier, Old World type red, then this might be for you. Hope this helps.

      1. RB

        Yes! (Sorry for the delayed reply – been on vacation). I liked this wine enough that I bought a few more bottles, but it had been awhile since I initially tasted it, so in the name of research I opened another one tonight. It’s definitely a hearty wine. Lots of dark fruit flavors and not too tannic. Peppery as well (Petite Sirah?). It weighs in at 14.5% and there is a little bit of alcoholic heat. To me it seems that the Zinfandel is the most pronounced component, but I don’t have much experience with some of the less common grapes in there, so who knows? It went really well with leg of lamb and plum sauce. Maybe I should see if there is any more still around.

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        1. seedboy

          I’ve been in four bay area stores in the last few days (Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Richmond, Oakland) and have not seen the Ravenswood. What I do see is the Ardente is selling slowly, new Valley of the Moon Zin, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir (the latter is from Carneros and is pretty tasty), the Fritz zin (good in a restrained style) is disappearing (I think Richmond still has some), and various vintages of the Tres Hijas Sonoma red blend continue to hang on. The 2014 is a nice wine and drank well over a few days, plummy fruit hanging in until the end.

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            1. seedboy

              The pinot blanc was $5.99. The zin and the pinot were $6.99 I think. I agree that in the past the zin has been tasty. I did not notice the vintage on this one.

        2. flitcraft

          It’s still around at the SODO GO, here in Seattle. We opened a bottle last night, and it’s a wine stuffed with fruit and enough backbone to prevent it being just another fruit bomb. If you ever wondered what California wine was like when wine was made from random field blends, this is it. It reminds me a lot of some of the Coturri wines of the early 1980’s–rough around the edges, but with so much power that you forgive the boots-on-the-table rustic character. The color is, I suspect, courtesy of the Alicante Bouschet. I’d take this over most GO Zinfandels, which I find are too often one-dimensional. This one is a lot of fun.

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  9. Sebastian

    Happy holidays to all my fellow cheap winos!

    I’m staying in Carlsbad (near Legoland) for a few days and see that there a couple of Gross Outs near by. Any local opinions on which has the best wine selection?

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      1. robert Crisell

        Oceanside is ok. Escondido may be better. Saw a Concannon Petite Sirah there recently. Pt Loma near San Diego has best buyer.

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    1. Darrell

      Sebastian, I think Delmartian is correct since you are in Carlsbad. I judge the level of wine sophistication of the locals by visiting the nearby Costco wine section, if you are a member, to see what kind of bottles are carried in their glass cases. Carlsbad Costco has nice bottles. The nearby GO’s might correlate with this. I visited the downtown SD store years ago when it was new and wasn’t impressed. I’ve always wanted to visit the Point Loma GO, being the neighborhood it’s in. A caveat to what I have just written is that I live in a wine drinking county with a good level of wine knowledge, but my local GO selection sucks.

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        1. Darrell

          SB, that’s great to know so when I enter Costco’s entrance, all I have to say is “I’m buying wine or liquor only.” My wife carries the membership card. Thanks to GO and other more upscale wine shops, I never buy any wine there.

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  10. BdB

    I’ve been on a budget, buying cheap wines lately and haven’t posted anything about them even though some were nice, but I bought a couple of more expensive wine a couple of weeks ago at the S Cruz store, advised by the wine manager and it’s a winner, actually one of the best wines I got there. It’s the 2013 Sabroso Rojo “Tres Hijas”, I paid 7$ and the regular price is 35$, so a nice bargain. It’s an old style co-fermented blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Zin, 11% Mourvedre and 9% Tannat.. I let it air 1/2h and it struck me right away as a very well made wine. I went on to enjoy every sip of it. I won’t put many tasting notes, just that’s it’s full body, fruity though dry and nicely balanced. They still had it last Thursday and I’m hoping to get a few more today.

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    1. seedboy

      I have seen two or three different vintages of this wine at various GO stores. The ones I have tasted have been quite good.

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        1. seedboy

          I’ve seen him fairly recently. He has two young kids that I am sure take up a lot of his time. He still works the wine section at the Richmond GO, which is a fine place to shop now that Berkeley is closed.

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    1. seedboy

      That wine is listed at $30 at Wine.Com but that is still a good price for a good wine. At that price I’d probably buy a bottle or two if I found it.

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        1. seedboy

          Well, not in a long time. During the sale maybe 5 years ago they had Gonet Medeville Premier Cru Tradition Brut for $14.99. I bought at least 10 bottles. I wish I’d bought more but that sale had so many goodies.

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          1. Darrell

            I had forgotten about that, but I think it was more than 5 years. Everything within the last couple of years have been $20 and not quite as good.

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      1. Kathleen M Mason

        None at the Oakley store–I stopped in yesterday and the shelves were bare (although the cashier said that the new delivery had just arrived).

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  11. Zoel

    Saw the ’13 Bonneau Estate Carneros Chard – Catherine’s V – for $12. Any takers yet? Gets decent reviews, looks promising.

    Also saw the ’14 Hunter Hill Estate PN – Santa Cruz Mtn – at $10 (from $34)…looks very promising as well. Any one try yet?

    Thanks

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    1. seedboy

      I like the Hunter Hill PN. I think it needs at least an hour of air to hit its stride but when it does it is an antidote to the thin watery pinots the GO has gotten since Bailiwick disappeared. The Merlot is pretty good, too. I also like the new Quadrant red blend. It is mostly Grenache, and tastes of cooler climate G at that.

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    2. Bob Crisell

      Picked up the Bonneau Chard at Fallbrook GO. Wife is an expert. She loved it! She is old school and likes oaky type. Her go to Is Butternut at $13 a copy. So at $12 we went back and bought a case. I tried and it is classic. Saw it online for $34. Anyone try the Sequoia Petite Verdot? Son liked it.

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  12. seedboy

    The Richmond store has 4 or 5 vintages of York Creek Vineyards port for $19.99 a bottle. Has anyone tried any of them? Seen them elsewhere?

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    1. Doon

      I have tried the ’02, ’05 & ’07, all in half bottle, sharing with friends for their input. These resemble vintage-character ports, and reflect the quality control Fritz Maytag has shown in all endeavors (Anchor Steam Beer (now sold off), Maytag Blue Cheese, York Creek Vineyards). While in line with the quality of other York Creek wines, K&L Wines has been selling older vintages of York Creek Cabernet and Meritage recently; I was surprised to see these ports at GO and not at K&L. I think the the ports are not as consistent across vintages as the table wines, and GO seems to have every vintage from ’00 to ’08.
      Of the three I tried, I personally prefer the ’05; it was seamless from entry to long finish, albeit not as robust as the ’07; the ’02 is throwing a bunch of sediment, but has nice fruit too. If I were scoring: ’05 = 91; ’07 = 90; ’02 = 88. My friends liked the ’02 best, then ’05 & ’07. I gravitated to the blends that were heavier with Napa fruit, all vintages being a blend of Sonoma and Napa grapes.
      IMHO these ports are more than fairly priced v. the market; I’d rather drink the ’05 than any non-vintage or tawny Portuguese Port I can think of.

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      1. flitcraft

        We probably won’t see these in the Pacific Northwest, but just in case, I have a question or two. Are these made with Portuguese varietals? What port style are they emulating–ruby or tawny? Are they made to age or best consumed young? There hasn’t been any Port or even any reasonable faux Port seen at the GOs in these parts in a long while… and my stash of 2008 single quintas from GO are still in a dumb phase.

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        1. flitcraft

          And one more question: are these really 20 dollars for a half bottle? If so, I can get a Dow’s crusted port or a Warre’s unfiltered LBV for less than that, and a 20 year tawny for not much more. If it’s 20 dollars for a 750 ml, I’d be willing to bite.

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          1. Darrell

            Flit, from what I have heard, only the ’08 is in bottle size and costs $20 while the half bottles of the other vintages are $10.

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            1. Zoel

              Saw the same layout in Santa Rosa this am. Also several interesting PN – only remember the Et Fille – both the single vineyard (Heredity) @ $12 and the Willamette V @ $7. Both were the ’13 vintage, and get solid reviews. Anyone try ’em yet?

        2. seedboy

          They appear to be port varieties. Thanks for the review, 2005 is my son’s birth year and wines from that vintage have always been spendy.

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  13. Zoel

    Hi GO knurdsters – this is a slightly different post – intended only for NBay/EBay folks. A local (Napa) custom-crush is having a killer “garage sale” in early Dec (12/9). You can taste before you buy…I went last week, found some bargains akin to the best GO – think killer PN and Syrah at $35-$60/cs.
    Note – I have no connection to these guys besides being a wine geek.
    If interested, you can email me direct at joel@chateauhr.com and I’ll share their flyer privately.

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    1. seedboy

      I bought some of an earlier vintage of the Merlot and liked it. Shah Napa Cab was recently at the Oakland store but did not last long and at $25 a bottle was steep for me.

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  14. rgardner2

    I haven’t posted in awhile from the Washington South Sound, mostly because there hasn’t been much to post about. In the past sale I snagged a couple of bottles of the Clos Du Bois Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir (from the previous sale, and the last bottles at the store) and some, oh, that looks like something I should try. A case total (so under a month’s supply) from three stores (in the past 2+ cases per store, 3-4 stores).

    So on the last day of the sale I see an ugly label wine in the front of the store, $3, NV Cloudcap Red Wine, Surrey BC (Vancouver suburb where zero wine grapes are grown), imported by Precept Brands (WA). Almost no Canadian juice goes south of the border. Precept Brands is #2 in WA after Ste Michelle Estates and provide many of the NW wines to GO (Years back I got their Waterbrook Reserve from GO, outstanding)
    As for the wine, little on the interwebs. One article from the Wenatchee newspaper (buying it at GO in April). My taste says:
    Merlot blend (+Cab?). Drink soon, browning slightly. Decent, not complex. Some tannin/leather, berries. Tastes like a $15 bottle. This one surpassed my expectations. Not plonk.

    BTW, seeing a Brazilian Merlot, AVOID!

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    1. flitcraft

      Ah, your advice on the Brazilian Merlot came too late for me. I picked up one during the sale, mainly for educational purposes, because I can’t remember ever having a Brazilian wine before. Something tells me this one will be memorable, but not in a good way!
      One of my wine-buying regrets is that, many years ago, when the Washington State Liquor store near me had a half case of Ethiopian wine, I didn’t buy any. I’ve always wondered what story I’d have to tell if I had…

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  15. Sebastian

    I was in the Oakland store tonight and saw a couple of interesting new arrivals. One that a bid on was the 2013 Judson Hale Pinot Noir from Yountville (Mendocino County) for $7.99. I vaguely remember this showing up a year or two ago, but I don’t remember if I bought or if was the same vintage. There was not much out on the floor – maybe a case.

    One that I didn’t buy but am intrigued by is the Shah Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It is listed at $25 with an other store price of $150 (substantiated here: http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/shah-estate-2011-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley-212143/). The burden of proof for me to drop $25 on a Gross Out wine is really high, so curious to know if anyone else has tried this.

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    1. Darrell

      The Judson Hale PN first showed up at the Spring 2017 sale and was a 2012, llRC, and that bottling was from the Yorkville Highlands AVA in Mendocino County. I hope the 2013 you bit on is better than the experience with my 2012.

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    2. Seedboy

      I’ve not tried the Shah. There is a lot of the 2011 there, considering the price. I saw a good review of it. Tempted to buy a bottle or two but . . .

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      1. Expat

        I wish the Shah would show up at one of the central coast GOs. If it did I could relay later that IRAN to it and grabbed a bottle (couldn’t resist).

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  16. Bebe WineGO

    We managed to pick up more of the Sunce Chardonnay 2014 from the Oakland Store which was a bargain at 6 bucks a bottle. We have also been impressed with the 2016 Giselle Chardonnay from Sonoma County. Its very refreshing – hints of stone fruit, apple and a nice lingering finish. A very small amount of diacetyl (butter) actually helps to attenuate the finish rather than dominate. If anyone else has tried it what did you think?

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  17. Doug Green

    Happened to pop a bargain wine that I bought at a GO sale a year ago: The St. Francis 2011 Red Splash blend (a mix of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zin). This was a good bargain when I bought it for $3.99 less 20%. It’s a major bargain now, as the extra year has given it some more flesh and roundness, and it’s just delicious, and it would be delicious if I had paid $12 for it. I wish I had bought more than the three bottles I did grab, of which this is my last. This points to the wisdom of buying lesser wines from known wineries, as St. Francis is a top producer in the Kenwood area of Sonoma, and this stuff is obviously mostly made up of stuff that they de-classified and thinned out from their very highly regarded $30+ Merlots and Zinfandels.

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    1. BeerBudget

      Been a fan of Red Splash since Vaynerchuk recommended it as a value pick almost a decade ago. It was a bargain at $15 back then, though it had a Sonoma County designation that last year’s didn’t. I was new to GO wines then and immediately suspicious of the $4 price tag, so I grabbed only 2 and not a case. Wish I had. I’m finding that you have to drink your way through a lot more sub-$5 bottles to find a winner than you do at the $7 level.

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      1. flitcraft

        Boy, is that ever true! That’s one of the real values of this site–you don’t have to drink through all of them yourself! But, yes, I’ve kissed a lot of frogs before finding some princes in the lower price point realm.

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        1. Expat

          I third that sentiment. I’m done with sub $7 bottles (of reds) at GO unless I hear from several of the brethren here that there’s a true gem in the rubble. I’m so overloaded now that I pretty much just look for special ones like Ardente or a St Emilion.

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          1. Doug Green

            Well, if you run into the Chilean Gillmore Mariposa 2013 Red Blend at $4.99, that’s certainly no frog, and it tastes like a quality St Emilion that costs 4-5x the price.

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            1. BeerBudget

              Been looking out for this one. Other sub-$5 picks Ive enjoyed – Ano Verde Pinot Noir, Adobe Red, Street Cred Shiraz, Sylvester Sangiovese, and the Qupe. Probably had to plow through 2 cases of frogs to find them. Funny enough, all but the Qupe have labels that would lower my expectations – like they were made for a supermarket demographic.

            2. Doug Green

              BeerBudget, I’ve actually been pretty successful at finding a high rate of winners in the $4-5 range. Here are my very specific tips:

              1) Look for wines from REAL, KNOWN high quality wineries, such as the Qupe or St. Francis or Beringer Clear Lake zin. They have brand reputations to protect, and if they make something that’s crap, and they know it, there won’t be any sign of it’s true origin on the label.

              2) Look for SPECIFIC, narrowly defined geographical origin, and grapes that are known to do well in those regions. I tend to avoid anything that’s just labeled “California”, unless it’s from a known good winery, or there are multiple good tasting notes around for the specific wine.

              3) Don’t be afraid of regions of the world that are outside your comfort zone, in particular, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, and Washington State, are generally better value and quality in the lesser price ranges than California, France, and Italy.

              4) Don’t be afraid of exotic varietals: A $4 Torrontes or Albarino or Vermentino is almost guaranteed to be better than a $4 Chardonnay. Similarly, a $4 Tempranillo or Grenache is almost guaranteed to be better than a $4 Cabernet or Merlot (there are exceptions, such as some of the Chilean cabs)

            3. Darrell

              Doug, great tips on what to look for in under $5 bottles especially tips # 3and 4. I tend to look for “PRODUCED AND BOTTLED BY” also. On the Chilean Gilmore Mariposa 2013 Red Blend, I am not getting the St. Emilion experience you are getting from my bottle. Nice wine and well worth the price though.

            4. Seedboy

              I want to make sure folks know I am responding to Doug Green November 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm, I pretty much agree with him. I also have a prejudice against most anything that looks like it is from the Central Valley (yes this includes Lodi) or the “winery” is in Graton or American Canyon or Santa Rosa, unless it is a current, recognizable winery

            5. JoelA

              Also replying to comments by Doug, SB, etc., with which I concur. Usually the better California wines at GO are made by wineries in the region of the one named on the label. For example, Lodi wines can be OK but usually not when made by a winery (or seeming winery) outside Lodi. Some Italian wines can be good but so far my experience was that wines made by a producer identified by letters and/or numbers rather than an actual name are mediocre.

        2. Happybaker

          It’s not often you get to thank folks for frog kissing…

          But yes! I’ve had ti kiss far fewer frogs myself, now that I can see which frogs have been kissed – and reviewed – before me ; )

          Thanks GO Peeps!

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  18. TonyS

    I had a new experience at one of the San Jose stores during the sale. I went once last week and got 5-6 bottles. I tried a couple of the reds, but nothing was worth getting more. I was in the area again and couldn’t find anything that was recommended so got a bottle of the Concannon PS and one of the La Merika 2014 Central Coast Cabs, both marked $4.99 ($4 on sale). We tried the Cab and liked it enough to get more, but saw it had rang up as Notte Monferrato at a dollar more.

    So I drove the 8 or 9 miles back to the store on the last day of the sale and talked to the guy stocking the wine about it. He scanned one and it showed as Notte Monferrato. I went back to display still marked $4.99 and got a few bottles of it and an 2016 Eagle Canyon Cab (another Delicato brand as it La Merika) and went to checkout figuring they would take care of it. The person checking out ahead of me needed the manager and I told the checker I probably also needed one – the wine guy had disappeared.

    The manager was not very helpful so I went to show her the sign and apparently the wine guy, who had returned, had taken it down since it was incorrect. The manager wanted to charge me scanned price and I said when I got it it said $4.99 and that is what she should charge me and she should correct the one charged wrong on the previously. She said I could get one at $4.99 and would not correct yesterday’s purchase. But the wine guy gave me two bottles at $4.99 before discount so I guess he did correct it, but I think I should try another store in the future.

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    1. Darrell

      You said that there was a drive of 8-9 miles and I was wondering if you are north or south of the San Jose GO store. If you are north of it, you might try the Palo Alto GO store because of a more interesting selection and the owner is quite knowledgable about wine. Lucky for me there has been a change in ownership where I live and I hope returning wine for a refund won’t be a hassle as before. If there is difficulty, I will buy wine elsewhere.

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      1. TonyS

        Palo Alto is a long way for me, but if I’m in the area I’ll try to check it out. There are a lot of GO stores in San Jose. I’m in SE San Jose and my closest store is Monterey Rd/Tully but I’ve never been very impressed with their wine selection. I’ve had better luck finding wine at Capitol Ave/McKee. I started going to Grocery Outley when my son went to grammar school almost 20 years ago near the store at Williams/Winchester. The store where I had problem is between these three and usually has homeless sitting on wall outside.

        The best wine selection I’ve found is at South Lake Tahoe store.

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