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2,213 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. Expat

    A bunch of new wines showed up at San Luis Obispo so I bought a few with no research. Wish I would have shown a tad more restraint:
    Casa Sola “Cortini” 2009 Chianti Classico – I can’t recall the price, $6.99 I think. I was intrigued by the Classico black rooster on the neck and the peeling label made me think it ended up at GO for that superficial issue. I read somewhere that this wine was made for the American market and it’s one dimensional 14.5% alcohol supports that. Not a bad wine but very uninteresting and ultimately disappointing.

    Ste Chapelle 2011 Red Blend, Snake River Valley ($6.99), 13.5% – my first Idaho wine and likely my last. Hi-Production Value bottle and label and enticing verbiage about being in a “drier style” and with ageing potential. By dry they must mean in comparison to coca-cola. Possibly the sweetest non-dessert wine I’ve tasted in two years. Dreadful.

    Murviedro 2012 Tempranillo 13% and I think $4.99 – looked legit and I just wanted a dry, Euro weekday wine. Like the Chianti there was nothing really wrong with it but it was just so darn boring. Not as dry as I was hoping but it just lacked any character.

    I haven’t opened the Blackjack yet. I think I’ll like it despite it not being my favorite style.

    Other wines I saw:
    Terre Da Vino 2010 Barbera, Piemonte $3.99 – some good comments online

    Feudo Antico Terre Di Chieti Rosso – $3.99 – again, some decent comments online for a simple quaffer

    The Enforcer $5.99 – comes from Donati, a decent Central Coast producer but I think this is sweet garbage from what I could glean on the internets.

    Cavataro CDR 2006 $5.99 – no idea

    Primvm Vitae Tempranillo 2011 Rioja – clueless

    Sticky Beak Toscana 2011 – $5 I think. Terrible name but some positive things online.

    Tremenalto Soave Classico Dama del Rovere – ?

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  2. DavidLikesWine

    Had the chance to stop by the Palo Alto store this morning after being out of town for a while, and there’s some really interesting wines I hadn’t seen before:

    2007 Blackjack Ranch “Double Down” Santa Barbara County Syrah $5.99 / $24.99 (anyone had this yet? 14.9% and seems like a bruiser…)

    2009 Benessere Black Glass Vineyard Estate Zinfandel $7.99/$29.99 (I wasn’t impressed with their sangiovese, but I do love zinfandel….anyone had this yet?)

    2011 Primarius Oregon Pinot Noir $5.99 / $17.99

    2010 Lago De Merlo “Pi-Ano” Ca’Bella Blend $3.99 / $19.99 Is that the worst name for a wine of all time? Maybe. But, Dry Creek 52% Fiano / 48% Pinot Grigio blend sounds interesting….

    2010 Turn 4 Cabernet Sauvignon $5.99 / $17.99

    2012 Mulas Family Vineyards Carneros Pinot Gris $3.99 / $21.99

    2011 Penley Estate “Aradia” Coonawarra Chardonnay $4.99 / $18.99

    2010 Plantagenet “Omrah” Great Southern Shiraz $7.99 / $18.99

    2012 Valley of the Moon Russian River Un-oaked Chardonnay $8.99 / $17.99

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    1. seedboy

      That Syrah is a nice cool climate example with plenty of life left on it. The zin is good, not a huge fruit bomb. Curious about the white blend but have not bought one yet. Berkeley has a Sauv Blanc with the Plantangenet label that I’ve not tried yet, too many SBs in my cellar right now.

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    2. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi David! The 2007 Blackjack “Double-Down” Syrah is very good, IMO: ripe dark cherry and plum, complex, balancing acid. Reminds me of an Australian style. I’ve also seen the 2008, but have not tried it.
      The 2011 Benessere BGV Zin was well-liked here. 2009 is supposed to be a better year, but I haven’t tried the 2009 BGV Zin.
      I rather liked the Primarius Pinot; thought it was a nice example of the more delicate side of Oregon Pinot. Was $8 when I reviewed it; now $6.
      Valley of the Moon Un-oaked Chard is pretty good. Not terribly impressive in terms of concentration or complexity, but nicely made and well-balanced.

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    1. seedboy

      I thought this was a pleasant enough summer quaffer but I’ve not actually bought any more for myself.

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  3. flitcraft

    Seen at Kenmore WA GO:

    Revolera, 2009 Navarra Spain; 55% Garnacha, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Graciano. 3.99
    El Bailerin, Spain, 60% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo. Bottled and imported by AWD. (Forgot to note vintage). 4.99
    Couple of cases of the Street Shiraz and the Villa Travignola remain, too.

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  4. lim13

    Tried this evening from the Silverdale store: 2013 Valcantara Old Vine Garnacha, Carinena growing region $4.99. Typical fruity Spanish Garnacha…clear ruby color with a lavender rim; raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries with a dollop of green and black peppercorn; light, but discernible tannins and fine acidity. Nothing complicated here; just a delicious quaffer and probably great slightly chilled on a hot day. Had a bit of underlying spritz, but it seems to dissapate with time. If you remember and liked the 2012 Marques de Almonacid Garnacha, you should try a bottle of this, if available near you (Darrell!).

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    1. Darrell

      Will do. Thanks, Lim. Just had the 2012 Marques de Almonacid recently and it just smells like Chambord. This one seems more complex, but down here the Almonacid was $3.99.

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  5. seedboy

    The Oakland store has received a shipment of wine. They will figure out what they have Friday morning. I hope to have a report for you all then.

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    1. seedboy

      Turns out yesterday’s shipment included nothing new. They now think that new wine will arrive on Sunday.

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        1. seedboy

          Clearly nothing new arrived on Sunday either. I’ve not followed up. I might stop by there today or tomorrow.

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  6. permiesworld

    Albany GO had a Duca Petraccone Salento Primitivo 2010. They said the SRV was $35.
    I did not pick it up…never heard of it and have no reception in the store so this is just an FYI. I forgot the price. I think it was $6 but it might have been $7.

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    1. seedboy

      A good wine if you like traditional Italian reds (more acidic, made to serve with food rather than as a cocktail substitute). There are a couple of Chiantis in the Calif stores now that have the same profile.

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            1. BargainWhine Post author

              :) If you get a bottle, I’d be curious to know your thoughts on it.

    2. JoelA

      New at Richmond

      2009 Ivy Glen Sonoma Mountain zinfandel. I forget what the price was (perhaps $ 6.99) but at 15.6% abv, I’m not interested. There are only a very few people who can make zins that high in alcohol that are balanced, and I don’t know who made this one (the web site gives no information).

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  7. DavidLikesWine

    Palo Alto just got the 2007 Eagle Eye Voluptuous in good quantity. For the life of me I cannot remember if it’s $7.99 or $8.99. A search on the ’06 seemed to be met with favorable results from folks here on the blog, and it will be interesting to see if the 2007 Napa magic is here. FWIW, wine enthusiast gave it 84 calling it “simple” and “candied”

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  8. seedboy

    Mark at Oakland reports he has been told that a lot more Italian wines and French wines will be appearing at the GO and he expects more wine on Wednesday.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Did you not find any you liked in the last batch, of which I still have far too many?

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        1. weinish

          Nothing blew my mind but haven’t had the dolcetto aired. Like the Gruner. Have 4 more bottles.

          Saw a commercial for the importer on local tv. Curious about the wine dump on GO.

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        2. seedboy

          I thought the Gavi was simple. The Sauvignon was good. I liked the white Bordeaux. There is a Courbieres that I really like, full bodied, balanced. BTW the wines that were at Oakland last week just appeared in Berkeley along with the Tin House pinot that is a steal at $4.99.

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  9. permiesworld

    The 2011, Davey Estate Shingleback is available in the PNW. I found some at GO Salem for $7.99 a bottle. SRV $22. Got a 92points from someone.

    http://www.wine.com/v6/Shingleback-The-Davey-Estate-Shiraz-2011/wine/131303/Detail.aspx?state=CA
    http://www.snooth.com/wine/shingleback-shiraz-the-davey-estate-2011/

    Also the Coorong Reserve Shiraz Southeastern Au. 2014. $4.99/bottle. SRV $14.
    http://www.vivino.com/wineries/the-coorong/wines/reserve-shiraz-2014

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  10. BargainWhine Post author

    There’s a Doublejack (maybe Blackjack?) 2007 Santa Barbara County Syrah that, from a few sips soon after opening, appears to be really good for $6, at least if you like New World wines.

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    1. Expat

      Must be Blackjack. I’ve never had their wine but drive by the winery when I see my Santa Ynez/Solvang customers. They have a faded sign at their gate that is really annoying: “As seen on Sideways”. Tourists may think that’s cool but it makes locals bristle. I had heard that it was fruit driven wine but it’s a legitimate winery. I suspect that wine must retail for at least $30.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Yes. Blackjack. The latest shipment of it that arrived at the Richmond store was the 2008, not the 2007 as previously. Has anyone tried the 2008? Is it as good as the 2007?

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  11. lim13

    2010 Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $7.99, Silverdale, WA. I bought this only because a customer in the store at last Friday’s tasting recommended it highly and said he had just seen it on a restaurant wine list for $65. Beautiful, mostly clear deep purple; nose shows tobacco, dark plum and blackberry, cassis and a touch of menthol mint; rich and thick in texture with restrained tannins, but enough to provide decent structure; tastes almost sweet on the front of the tongue and shows flavors of more plum and cassis with a slight smoky quality; perfect acidity and nicely integrated oak contribute to overall balance. This Malbec has both power and finesse, depending on where it is on your palate. The tannins seem to show more obviously in the long finish. Beautifully made…this is one delicious red.

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    1. lim13

      Found only one “professional” review online here. I didn’t really find the “green herbal aspects”, but the rest of the review seems pretty accurate.

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      1. lim13

        Thanks, Darrell. Not sure where he got the “heavily oaked” thing, but we know all perceived aromas and flavors can be all over the board. The description of the link I included fits better for me.

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        1. jwc

          My guess is you drank this wine at it’s peak Lim13. Having submitted wines to WE for review, I saw this wine’s review was published 8/12. Which translates to the winery submitting the wine for review roughly 6 months prior to that. A lot can change/in this case improve in 3 and a half years. Sounds like a nice score, will be on the lookout.

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    2. EHL

      Hey Lim…up here in Seattle still and will definitely be looking for your Chento Malbec in local Puget Sound GOs.

      Haven’t seen that particular bottle, but have found a mother lode of excellent wine buys I haven’t seen before in NorCal, both domestic and import, at a most unlikely place — a strip mall GO in the run-down, sketchy neighborhood of Skyway.

      The franchise owner, Jeff, puts a lot of energy and personal attention into his extensive wine collection and the wine exhibition area, complete with a wine bar and wine racks…pretty impressive.

      Too bad the customer base that frequents his store does not appear to fully fathom and appreciate what he has created…hardly anyone visited the wine stock on the two occasions I was there.

      Wine notes to follow…

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi EHL. Thanks for the interesting tip. Did Jeff describe what he does that most local owner / operators don’t?

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        1. EHL

          Hey BW…haven’t actually had a chance to talk to Jeff, just told by staff that Skyway was his store and that he personally manages the wine section. He wasn’t there on the two times I visited.

          From what I have seen, however — reviews/notes on several of his wine offerings, the detailed presentation of the extensive wine inventory, and the wide variety of intriguing bottles, both domestic (CA, WA and OR) and import (Europe, South America, Australia, etc.) — it is clear that, as I mentioned before, this dude is putting a lot of time, thought and resources into his little wine world and he has great taste!

          I just posted today my thoughts on one of his Chilean offerings, the 2011 Montes Twins Red, a fine wine and have picked up a whole lot of other very nice bottles. After purchasing them, I did
          some perfunctory research and a number of the bottles have been reviewed very positively on-line. And to think, I left a bunch of other bottles that caught my eye, piquing my interest, but I didn’t have the time to look them over more carefully.

          It was like a candy store…lol.

          Once I get more details, I’ll forward it to you.

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          1. BargainWhine Post author

            Just wondering why he seems to have things “in his order guide” that the other stores seem not to. Thanks.

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            1. Seedboy

              Interesting question. Also they do not deliver what you request from the order guide.

            2. EHL

              Hey BW…following up on your query, since I recently had a lengthy discussion with the Skyway/Renton GO owners, Jeff and Erin McNeil.

              Both were very friendly folks and into wine big-time, appreciatively stating they really enjoyed sharing thoughts on wine with other like-minded lovers of vino, detailing how they run their wine operations and selections offered. The McNeils both were aware of this blog and its widely-felt impact.

              As to their two stores’ wine inventory, Jeff indicated that they carefully peruse the GO order guide tailored for Washington state, keeping a close eye out for anything new and interesting that pops up, as well as restocking hot sellers. Washington’s GO wine distribution center is entirely separate from the two operations servicing Oregon and California, as you may know. Jeff’s offerings are entirely GO-based and I guess that he just keeps on top of what’s immediately available and orders a wider range of bottles that intrigue him, perhaps putting more effort and thought into it since it’s his store and it reflects his oenophile tendencies.

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            3. BargainWhine Post author

              EHL, thanks for the interesting report about the Skyway and Renton, WA, GOs.

      2. L Singleterry

        Jeff and Erin McNeil own both the Skyway and Renton Go’s and both take a very active interest in the wine side of their businesses.

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      3. lim13

        To JWC and EHL…as you may have gathered, I’m no longer posting reviews on the home page and also no longer receiving emails telling me about new posts (my choice). Add to that that I’m only checking the blog every couple of weeks (in most cases)…and I’m pleasantly surprised when I see that someone has commented on something I’ve written about.

        Thanks JWC for reminding me that the review of the Chento was done in 2012, as that could indeed mean that the oak has diminished and the fruit become more forward. And EHL…I’ve always been curious about the Skyway (and Renton) GO because bin5, who used to write reviews, talked about and visited those stores quite a bit. And I’ve had other GO wine “stewards” tell me to check out Skyway sometime because they have a larger or more interesting selection. Unfortunately I never find myself in that part of town on the few occasions that I visit Seattle anymore.

        FYI…I chose to stop doing GO reviews because my extensive cellar was rapidly languishing while I was continually reviewing GO wines and adding more to my already too large collection. I’ve been very happy drinking my cellar.

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        1. JWC

          Thank you for the update Lim13, and you are missed…as is Bin5 too. I certainly can understand, the drinking from your own cellar, and ideally drinking a wine at its peak, as opposed to, on its decline. One of my peeves is hanging onto bottles for too long and ultimately being disappointed, in them, and mad at myself for waiting too long. A lot of good wine to consume, ideally in this lifetime…Look forward to your comments as always, cheers and thanks for all the work you’ve done on this site!

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        2. EHL

          Yes, Lim, I join the others…for example, still waiting for that review on your well-aged Parducci PS…thought I forgot, eh…lol…

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    3. EHL

      While heading out to cow country, passed Maple Valley on the main drag and saw their new GO by chance.

      Stopped to check it out, and, lo and behold, picked up three bottles for $8 a piece of the Chento Malbec, as well as four bottle of the RH Street Shiraz for $4…decent stock of both wines…

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    4. EHL

      As noted earlier, picked up several bottles of the Argentine Chento Malbec at the Maple Valley GO recently. Got the last bottle on the shelf, but they may have more stock in the back.

      Opened one a couple of nights ago…from popping the cork, the intense, blackish purple wine drank very smoothly with a full-body marked by tasty, rich dark fruit and silky tannins. The nose to me, however, appeared muted, but otherwise I concur fully with Lim’s notes…a bold, sophisticated and delicious well-balanced Red from Mendoza Valley that begs to be paired with a thick, rare Delmonico steak. On the second day, the wine continued to develop with added depth and complexity.

      Definitely a step above the Steltzner Malbec, for those who were disappointed by that bottle’s promise…

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  12. JWC

    Drove over to Vancouver today, and PU the Street Shiraz from RH Wines that had been reviewed and liked over a year ago on this site, now selling for $3.99. Also a couple bottles of Townshend NV Columbia Valley Pink wine for $2.99, several 2008 Finca Perdriel Coleccion Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon for $7.99 (from Norton, Mendoza, Argentina). Not much terribly exciting, will see how these fare.

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  13. weinish

    So Apparently there’s been a MASSIVE dump by the Importer Global Wine Cellars of San Rafael. I’ve noticed at least half of these 8 wines I saw this evening are part of the NYTIMES Wine Club, which leads me to take a couple of guesses:

    1) The wine club didn’t do very well for the NYT
    2) The importer lost their contract and had wines left over.

    Either way, a cursory view of the wines all bring about scores around 87-89, and prices in the $14-21 range. GO claims on some of the signs “$45!” Nowhere are these wines that expensive. In some cases they cost more in Germany but only marginally.

    2008 Domaine De la Chique – Cotes Du Rousillon
    2011 Lodali Dolcetto D’Alba 0 Saint Ambrogio
    2011 Comelli Pinot Grigio – Friuli
    2011 Chateau Du Cros Bordeaux Sauvignon
    2011 Gschweicher Gruner Veltliner
    2009 Liscone Aglianico
    2011 Elio Filippino Gavi

    I plan on getting all of these, but if we broke this up it’d be easier. I’ll go by there tomorrow and try and get a taste test if possible.

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      1. weinish

        Tried 4 of them this morning

        2008 Domaine De la Chique – Cotes Du Rousillon – Didn’t try. Wasn’t moved by previous review.

        2011 Lodali Dolcetto D’Alba 0 Saint Ambrogio – was really held back. Bargainwhine needs to spend a weekend with this wine. Couldn’t get a read on it but I would have tended to say “thumbs down” based on first sip. I also think the bottle we had was slightly corked. my gut tells me after BW’s review it will open up considerably, so get on it! :-)

        2011 Comelli Pinot Grigio – Friuli – Brought it home. In the fridge.

        2011 Chateau Du Cros Bordeaux Sauvignon

        2011 Gschweicher Gruner Veltliner – I thought it was good. Again, warm, but I liked it, and normally not my style of wine.

        2009 Liscone Aglianico – This was a big wine, but it needs a lot of air. Leaving it to BW to decide.

        2011 Elio Filippino Gavi – it was warm so tough to tell. Tended slightly toward the sweeter, but not overwhelming. Hard to judge not cool. Would be willing to try again, or trust online reviews.

        Will have more info later in the day once we’ve run through the others.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi weinish. Thanks for the alert. I stopped by just now and picked up a mixed case, no duplicates, and still did not get everything on offer. Everything was amazingly only $4 or $5, one $6. Some of the wines were imported by World Wine Headquarters, like the Dom. de la Chique. I’ll add my stuff into the Review Queue soon. Should be some interesting drinking. :)

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          The Gruner Veltliner was one of the few I didn’t get, so thanks for the recommendation for it. I now have waaay too much wine at home, and it will take me a good while to get through it. I request you and other readers try any you’re particularly drawn to and let us know what you think.

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      1. seedboy

        I thought the Gavi that I opened last night was drinkable but not better than that. Nicely balanced, just seemed to be lacking the flavors I expect from Cortese.

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    2. seedboy

      The Aglianico and Pinot Grigio have appeared at Berkeley. Anyone tried either of them yet? I opened the Dolcetto two days ago. First day it was stinky. That blew off overnight and it tastes like a Dolcetto D’Alba. If you are looking for one and are willing to wait out the funk try it. For the money that Chianti is a much better buy.

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          1. Seedboy

            I saw that pinot blanc. $3.99. Too much Alsatian wine is made sweet. i like the white Bordeaux. On its second day past open the dolcetto hangs in there. Red fruit, herbs, almost a blood flavor.

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            1. Seedboy

              Oh, and the supplier of the pinot grigio is now represented by a Sauvignon Blanc, which thrives in NE Italy.

            2. weinish

              I had the white bordeaux (SB) and it was seemingly a little better tonight than when i opened it on Thursday. Spent 3 days in the fridge. Don’t need to buy more of it but not half bad.

              Saw a commercial for Global Cellars this weekend while up in Cloverdale. Some type of 50% off for new customers sale via their website. I’d like to find out what’s going on with that importer.

  14. permiesworld

    I drove up to the Salem (Lancaster) OR store today. Thanks to an email from the owner, I was able to pickup a few bottles of the Cameron Hughes Lot 373 (which I have tried before and did like). Also picked up the Loma Prieta 2010 Pinot Noir (SRV $50) that JWC wasn’t crazy about (but another friend of mine liked very much).

    Saw this too and bought it to review. I could get absolutely no service in the store. It has decent reviews (found out later) but it is a Bronco wine (which I normally avoid). $5.99 The link says CA wine but it is a South African Shiraz
    http://classicwinesofcalifornia.com/PDFs/techsheets/Ernst_2012_SZ_tech.pdf

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      1. permiesworld

        I saw those after I got home. He seemed to like the Pinotage and not so much the white. We’ll see re: this. I’m not expecting much but if it is decent I’ll be happy.

        I was quite glad to pick up the CH 373, though it is IMO just an “every day drinker”, not one of his top end offerings, but we enjoyed it. They didn’t have any of the Crozes but they did have the Riesling.

        Salem had a decent selection but other than the Gouws wine, I didn’t buy anything but the two I listed.

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  15. Expat

    Not sure if this is a reply to a post or a new one, but I just popped the Steltzner 2008 STag’s Leap Merlot. Anyone tried it yet?

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  16. BargainWhine Post author

    Earlier today, PW wrote: The Cameron Hughes Reisling has shown up in Lebanon OR GO…so maybe more of the CH wines will show up in the PNW. I won’t be reviewing that particular one though. lol But it’s just an FYI for those who might want to try it.

    And, FWIW, I got a bottle of the CH Riesling to review.

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  17. DavidLikesWine

    Stopped by Palo Alto this morning:

    Andesite 2010 Spring Mountain (no 2008 or 2009)
    All the Cameron Hughes wines are there. LOTS of the Crozes – Hermitage.
    David Hill Pinot 2010 / 2011
    Travignoli 2011 Chianti Rufina (maybe 4 cases?)

    All available in quantity.

    New: 2013 Ramazotti Bandiera North Coast Pinot Grigio $3.99 / $19.00

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    1. JWC

      Interesting on the David Hill Pinot Noir, what’s the price point? One of the older producers in Oregon, usually make a good PN.

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  18. BargainWhine Post author

    The Richmond store has about 3.5 cases of the 2010 Andesite Mervignon out on the floor. 2008 and 2009 are in back, don’t know how many cases or how much will make it to the floor. My rough impressions are that, of the three, the best is the 2009, followed by the 2008, and then the 2010 ($10 each). I agree with Seedboy that these are all relatively minerally and un-fruity wines.

    There were also 3 from Cameron Hughes: Lot 347 2011 Lake County Riesling $4, Lot 373 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc (France) $7, Lot 354 2010 Crozes-Hermitage (France) $10. On chwine.com, these wines were listed for $13, $10, and $20, respectively. Probably not that much of these.

    And 4 Deux Amis 2011 Zins (1 Sonoma County and I’m pretty sure there were 3 different vineyard designates), and a 2011 Petite Sirah Vyborny Vineyards, $6 each.

    Also a Pinotage, a red blend, and a Sauvignon Blanc from “Le Noe” Barnardt Boyes International, South Africa, $4 each.

    Finally, they also have the David Hill 2011 Willammette Valley Pinot that Seedboy praised for $7. They also have a number of other cheap Italian and Spanish reds I totally would have gone for if I hadn’t already blown my budget on some of the stuff listed above.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      All Deux Amis wines mentioned are still for sale on the DA web site, the Sonoma Zin for $19, the vineyard designate Zins (Shadick, Manasseh, and Halling) and the Vyborny PS for $28 each.

      Seedboy, I am pretty tempted to open the CH C-H tonight, too. Presumably, it will not be H-C≡C-H. :) (Acetylene)

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      1. Darrell

        What kind of mind works a happenstance abbreviation into a carbon compound? I can’t wait til da bode of ya’s try the Crozes-Hermitage. Maybe BW can compare it to the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah.

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          Hi Darrell. A mind that took a bit of chemistry in college. I’d speculate that if you’ve ever studied hydrocarbon structures, CHCH would naturally translate to C2H2. From your comments on the compounds in wine, I thought you had some chemistry training, too. However, I wound up being a math major, and the symbol I used for the triple bond is listed as the “identical to” math symbol.

          FWIW, my initial thoughts on the Crozes-Hermitage are that it’s a pretty good wine for the money, but not an absolute screaming value. Although it’s definitely C-H, it’s more robust and far less complex than the Luke Lambert 2010 Syrah, at least after nearly 3 hours of air on the first night. Update: after 3:15 of air, this wine is terrific, ripe, rich, full-bodied and complex.

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          1. Seedboy

            My wife, who rarely comments on wines, says she likes it. I do too but yes not a screaming deal. That said I’d rather pay $10 for that than the Spring Mtn wines.

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            1. seedboy

              I should also note that the second day of the David Hill pinot 2011 showed really well. No deterioration in any way. I am going to buy more of it. Anyone tried the 2010 yet?

          2. Darrell

            BW, what’s the difference between “equal to” and “identical to” and how did you get that triple bond from your keyboard?

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            1. BargainWhine Post author

              My memory grows a little dim on this important point, but as best as I can recall, “equal to” asserts equality between two quantities which are not obviously so, and “identical to” is more to state the definition of a variable or quantity. For example, in special relativity, γ ≡ 1/√(1-β²), where β ≡ v/c. WordPress has a list of symbols you can insert into what you write. I mainly use it to get foreign letters. I have no idea how to produce them otherwise.

          3. permiesworld

            I’m actually rather sad ( not sad that the wine is available, just sad for the underlying reason) to see that Cameron Hughes wine there. I just read last week that they’ve been forced into receivership. I posted about it on my blog.

            I have both lot 373 and 354 in my cellar. 373 is a decent wine, easily drinkable, medium-bodied and a bit dry. I didn’t give the Syrah enough air time, but I liked it too. Interestingly enough the prices aren’t much different than what Cameron Hughes was selling them for. But they are solid wines.

            I wonder if we’ll be seeing anymore? Or if we will be seeing it up here?

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            1. permiesworld

              and thanks because if you hadn’t sent me over to their site, I would have never known that my favorite bargain wine was back in stock! (Lot 421…best wine under $20 I had in 2014).

            2. BargainWhine Post author

              Hi PW. Thanks for the info. Do you mean that the prices at which you were able to buy lots 373 and 354 from CH were less than the prices currently listed on the CH web site?

            3. permiesworld

              Hi BW…yes, that’s what I mean. Cameron Hughes runs coupons all the time and sales constantly. If you are familiar with their website, people (even non-wine club members) rarely pay full price. I bought Lot 373 for $9. I think the Crozes was $14. So yes, the SRV is listed there, but like I said…there’s always 3 or 4 (two at the moment, I listed the recent ones on my blog) live coupons to save you $. Right now there’s a 20% off and free shipping coupon. (You can only use each coupon once.) Also a 15% off site wide…

            4. permiesworld

              Also, wine club members can add the coupons to their already 15% off…which is probably how I purchased mine. I only recently ended my wine club membership. Mostly because the wines I was getting in the shipment weren’t my favorites (I love their Napa Cabs and their Import reds…). I read, when they went into receivership, the bank forced them to sell their barreled wines, as is…wouldn’t let them bottle it. So I’m not expecting anything great (not like the last couple of years) in the new Cab releases this fall. That’s why I restocked on my favorites that they have back in stock.

    2. EHL

      Man…I have joined the rest of the folks up here in the great PNW…jealous, with a capital J, of the bounty of GO wine largesse you guys have been blessed with in NorCal…

      The only thing I can say is that the weather in scenic Seattle has been SPECTACULAR…sunny in the 80s, balmy winds, and NO rain! Really, quite, unusual.

      …don’t recognize this June Seattle weather from my earlier stays as a UW Dawg and while practicing law up here…but no incredible wine bargains to enjoy in the sun.

      I am thankful, though, that my trusted sources down there have picked up and set aside some select stock, based upon your reconnaissance, for my return…lol.

      ;}

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    3. JoelA

      Previous vintages of Deux Amis zins have been quite good. Guess I came to Richmond too early the other day; have to drop back in.

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    4. Expat

      I picked up the Le Noe Barnhardt Shiraz Cab 2010 blend. Heavy bottle, seemed worth a spin for $4. no big expectations though.

      Reply
  19. JoelA

    2000 Tenuta ca’ Bolani, Conte Bolani, Venezia Giulia (red), 13.5% alc., bought last week at Oakland for $ 5.99.

    Saw one lone bottle on the top shelf; though I might have found a real find, but from the internet there seems to be some of this around, with prices quoted from $ 20 downwards. Said to be a merlot/cabernet blend.
    Initially a very astringent wine, it later opens up to show some plummy flavors and a bit less astringency. Probably needs some heartier food than the fish we had with it. Anyway, at 14 years of age it’s still alive, but I’m not inclined to spend any time looking around for more.

    Feel free to disagree.

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      1. weinish

        I bought it in Oakland a few weeks ago. Was not into it.

        Btw, we need some organizing here. So many wines, so many comments, up is down, left is right…

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      1. Delmartian1

        Have gone by Oceanside and San Marcos two or three times in the past week looking for the Maranet…no sign of it down this way. Anyone else seen it in SoCal?

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      1. permiesworld

        You’d think people would check things like that before they sell alcohol without a license. lol Although I have seen it on eBay so maybe there’s some weird law that allows it?

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  20. JoelA

    new at Richmond today

    2010 Andesite Spring Mountain red (merlot/cabernet, $ 9.99.

    Anyone know anything about it?

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    1. Darrell

      Oakland should be getting some and a handful of other GO stores since there is a limited quantity. There might be some 2008 and 2009 also.

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      1. seedboy

        Oakland tells me that this product is in, it is being sold out of the back room because there is not much of it.

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      1. permiesworld

        oh and because Napa wines sell so much by vineyard or location (I can’t find anything on it, pricewise, online) I’d put it at minimum of $50 SRV but probably more like $65-75. This isn’t to say it doesn’t have issues…or might be bad. I’m just posting what it would retail for. At $9.99 (again, because I love mountain Cabs), I would buy a case and return it if it was bad.

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    2. seedboy

      This is from a small winery that has its own vineyard. There are three vintages at GO, 2008 – 10. They are all relatively austere mountain fruit. The 2010 has the most overt fruit and there is not much. I bought a bottle of each for fun but these are not going to make anyone forget the Ardente.
      Also new at Oakland: Two different 2011 Deux Amis zins, $5.99, David Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011, Isabel Marlborough pinot noir 2011 $4.99. I forget the price on the David Hill. It is a good wine, earth and mineral and some red and black fruit. Very Oregon. I like it a lot.

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      1. weinish

        I don’t care much for Pinot, but almost bit on Isabel Pinot. There are a few wines there from an importer in Sausalito, which also sells to Costco. Two Spanish, this NZ, and others. They’re now selling to GO. Wonder if they lost their Costco contract, or if Costco wants new wines and they’re stuck with them. Another reason I promote the idea of importer.

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          1. Darrell

            Is there an opinion about Cameron Hughes bottlings? I saw the Crozes-Hermitage bottling, but didn’t bite because of Cameron Hughes bottling everything.

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            1. seedboy

              Internet talk was generally positive about a particular lot, 356? not sure if this is the one though.

        1. BargainWhine Post author

          Hi Joel. You mean that you agree with Seedboy that it’s good and doesn’t deteriorate the next day? (I’m glad if so; just making sure I understand.)

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          1. Seedboy

            Good question. I just drank another bottle over three days. I enjoyed it but if you like lower acid wine this is not for you.

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  21. weinish

    I bit my tongue on this until I picked up a case, but…there’s a new Italian wine at Oakland, Villa Travignoli 2011 Chianti Riserva, $3.99.

    This is right up my alley.

    No discernible flaws. Importer epic-wines out of Aptos. Seen elsewhere for around $20.

    Dry, smooth, flavors come out more and more in decanter, but fine from the bottle. Has that dusty Tuscany/Sangiovese aspect which I love. Not pruney in the slightest, and I’m hoping there’s no bottle variation on these.

    There were about 4 cases at GO this morning, and now about 2, maybe.

    After announcing to Mark, “This is my day!” I knocked over a bottle and it broke, sending one bottle’s worth of wine straight into my show. Then I dropped a carton of eggs.

    Be mindful.

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    1. weinish

      from website:

      VILLA TRAVIGNOLI CHIANTI RUFINA D.O.C.G.

      Production area: amidst the hills of Pelago in the Chianti Rufina D.O.C.G. area, with a soil composition of marly, calcareous clay as typically found in the Arno valley east of Florence.
      Aspect: south-facing.
      Altitude: 200/350 m above sea level.
      Grape variety: Sangiovese.
      Cultivation method: spurred cordon.
      Harvest period: from the 20th of September until the middle of October.
      Vinification: the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (26/28°C) for 10 days before racking and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation the wine is put into wooden barrels.
      Maturation: six months in wood and six months in stainless steel.
      Ageing potential: 10/15 years.
      Sensory characteristics
      Appearance: ruby-red in colour.
      Aroma: clean, floral notes.
      Flavour: well structured and harmonic on the palate; easy drinking with a soft and lingering finish.
      Accompaniments: adapts well to both light and more substantial dishes.
      Serving temperature: 18/19°C.
      Data analysis
      Alcohol: 13%vol.
      Total acidity: 5,00.
      Dry extract: 28,00.
      Total polyphenols: 2800.

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      1. G.L. Pease

        I bought a few to try, and will say that it’s the best $4 Chianti I can imagine. Great balance, beautiful acidity, lovely floral notes in the nose, translating on the palate to violets. Sangiovese doesn’t get TOO much better than this. More refined wines can be bigger, richer, fuller, more structured, but for an every day Chianti, this one is tough to beat. Thanks for the tip! I think I’ll pick up some more. I don’t see my four bottles lasting long.

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    2. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Weinish. At the Richmond GO today, I picked up a bottle of the Villa Travignoli 2011 Chianti Rufina DOCG for $4. This is the wine you’re talking about, right? (It was nearly gone on the shelf, but there was at least one more case in back.)

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      1. weinish

        and yes, Rufina, but I felt no need to fix it since the bottle details below referenced it.

        i just got another case, so i’m good for a while. i’ll be bummed when it’s all gone.

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  22. DavidLikesWine

    Swung by Palo Alto this afternoon, here’s what’s new to me:

    2012 Tapiz “Tradicion” White Blend $1.99 / $12.99
    2012 Ektimo Sonoma County Reisling $3.99 / $11.99 (back label says it’s “dry” style)
    2012 Barnhardt Boyes “Le Noe” Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa) $3.99 / $12.99
    2011 Barnhardt Boyes “Le Noe” Pinotage (South Africa) $3.99 / $12.99
    2014 Goss Creek Chenin Blanc (California) $3.99 / $10.99
    2006 Rutini Merlot (Mendoza, Argentina) $4.99 / $14.99 (looks promising)

    Probably 20 cases of Maranet Pinot out on the floor and lots of the Enigma SB if anyone is looking for those.

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      1. Darrell

        I received an email about the pallets of the Maranet from Jason and when I swung by a few days to a week later, it appeared to be gone.

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  23. rocky

    With 4 cases shared between friends thus far, I have not heard mention of any significant bottle variation, so I hope for the best….:)

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    1. Darrell

      I assume you are discussing the Maranet PN that you shared among your friends. Was it gassy and where did you and your friends pick up your wine?

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  24. permiesworld

    I picked up a couple of things of interest today from the Lebanon OR GO.

    First that 2012 Divinis Tempranillo $5.99 (BW did the review on the Grenache that was also released from the same label.

    Then something I’ve never tried in my life. Bonarda.
    2009 La Puerta Alta Bonarda from Argentina.$5.99 SRV is $15-22 and I liked the reviews I read online:
    http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/la-puerta-alta-bonarda-2009/104594

    And finally,2011 Boccali Vineyards Topa Topa Syrah $5.99 SRV $22.
    I don’t normally drink CA Syrah but I liked the tasting notes…here’s hoping it’s good. I know 2011 was a tough year..but the mountains were above the fog and did have a chance to ripen nicely, so I’m hoping for a good cool vintage wine.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      A number of people here have recommended the Boccali Syrah. I’m glad some made its way farther north. Thanks for looking into that Tempranillo, and I’d be optimistic about the Bonarda, too.

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            1. BargainWhine Post author

              The search feature on the top right of this blog searches only the titles and bodies of posts, so if anything is in a comment, which a lot of the content here is, it doesn’t turn up. In this case, I went back through What’s New and searched within the page (Control-f) for Boccali. In other cases where I can’t recall where it would have been, since sometimes threads appear in unexpected places, I include site:grossoutwine.wordpress.com in a search on my favorite search engine.

  25. Seedboy

    Oakland store has 2010 Hangtime Arroyo Seco Chard $4.99. This is a Michael Mondavi project. It is very buttery, Cougar juice.

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  26. Expat

    Anyone see or try the Luke Lambert 2011 Syrah from Australia, $20? Allegedly $65 retail. Red fruit/raspberry, very well balanced, smooth and elegant. Very nice wine.

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    1. Darrell

      Expat, I have tried the 2011 and 2010 side by side and I prefer the 2010, http://buyingguide.winemag.com/catalog/luke-lambert-2010-shiraz-syrah-syrah-yarra-valley and BW commented about the 2010 on May 26 under older comments of What’s New. Nose more complex plus intense and good length in flavor and the 2011 just much simpler. Personally, I found $20 rather steep for the 2011. Are you still looking for some 2011? Richmond was doling it out along with the Steltzner wines and they had both the 2010 and 2011 a week ago. Not sure why Richmond was doling out the Steltzner Malbec and Merlot since I found some of them at my local GO store and that’s not a recommendation or endorsement of those wines at all if they show up there. Some of the North Bay stores also had the 2011, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa. I don’t believe any of the I-80 corridor GO stores got any Luke Lambert. Good luck hunting.

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      1. Expat

        Thanks for the info Darrell. I got my bottle at Redwood City when I was up for a visit. My friend said there are a few left (only 2011, I think). I wish I could try the 2010 because I really like the 2011. It’s clearly quality and maybe not terribly complex but delicate and I appreciate the restraint.

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        1. Darrell

          Expat, somebody has tried the 2010 from a GO since I tried it and he likes it quite a bit I am sad to say. It’s at BW’s comment’s link to Luke Lambert 2010 Shiraz @ Cellartracker. He goes under Mike L. and has few tasting notes, but this was the highest score he has given any of his notes. Who knows he may be a contributor to this site from San Diego County. The wines are amazingly smooth considering Luke ferments with some stems. The wine isn’t deeply, deeply toned as are some of the CA and Rhone syrahs and that’s fine by me. When you say up for a visit to RWC, are you from points south?

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          1. Expat

            It is a really smooth wine. I like the fact that it’s unfined and unfiltered too. I live in the Pismo Beach area (just south of San Luis Obispo) if you know where that is. I have three GO’s here – Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo (SLO) and Atascadero. I’m from the Bay Area so I make frequent visit to family on the Peninsula, SF, East Bay and Morgan Hill. It gives me the chance to check out other locations. Is their a consensus on the best Bay Area GO for upper end wines? Oakland? I went to Berkeley once and found some good stuff.

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            1. seedboy

              Oakland gets the widest variety. One store that is really good about having good wines around for a while is Pleasant Hill, the wine guy does not put out huge quantities of anything at once so you don’t have someone loading four cases of something into their cart and depriving other customers of the wines. Petaluma gets wines no one else has because the manager has great contacts.

            2. Darrell

              The first thing I noticed was the no fining or filtering and said that was a plus and I think it was. The Pleasant Hill store seems to have less space devoted to wine and that may be the reason for less cases on the floor. They don’t give cases discount. Since you live in Pismo Beach, you might want to swing by Seaside, as I have learned from Palfrey, when you come up North.

            3. Expat

              Thanks for the advice but unfortunately Seaside is a big detour when I come north. I take 101 through Salinas and Prunedale to Gilroy etc. Next time I go to Monterey/Carmel I’ll check it out. One of my favorite wineries has a tasting room in Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, so I need to head that way soon. BTW, what’s in Seaside?

            4. Darrell

              Expat, if you are going to Santa Cruz via Castroville, Seaside isn’t much out of the way. It’s not touristy like Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz are. It has state beaches and there is a nice hotel on the Bay, but then again your’e living near a beach. The city sprang up due to residence needs from Fort Ord. I’m originally from the area and have seen it grow, but Palfrey knows the area and he checks the Seaside GO. I was impressed that they got an allotment of the Steltzner Petit Verdot and some of the vertical selections from Ardente, not the 2006.

    1. Darrell

      Here we go again, Su Yuen Riesling. I kinda like all my Italian food served with red wine from fiaschi and preferably slightly oxidized and a touch of VA. That kind of wine would make my day go red wine satisfied.

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  27. rocky

    A bit more Pinot “funk” would have been welcome, but it’s got good length, good balance and some flavor complexity, with a hint of mid-pallette spice. A crowd pleaser w/wide food pairing options as well

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  28. DavidLikesWine

    The 2012 Maranet RRV Pinot has hit Palo Alto. Huge display. Lots of wine. $7.99/bottle.

    Also new at Palo Alto:
    2012 Carys Monterey Co. Syrah $4.99 / $15.99
    2012 Craftwork Monterey Co. Estate Sauv Blanc $3.99 / $17.99

    Also, found a random case yet to be shelved, but on the floor and open –
    2008 Colline Teatine Sangiovese (no pricing info)

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    1. DavidLikesWine

      A little more info on the Maranet that I found on “winedirectorsdiary.com”

      “2012 Maranet Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
      The 2012 Russian River Pinot is a blend of free run lots from seven of DuMOL’s vineyards from mixed Dijon, Pommard, and Martini clones. The grapes were hand harvested, sorted in the winery, and fermented with natural, wild yeasts. The wine was then barrel aged for ten months in French oak, 33% new. The wine is a beautiful ruby red with vibrant floral aromas, showing fresh cranberry, cola and cherry at the core. You will taste supple fruit on the entry that expands into chewy summer fruits with a succulent texture that builds into a delightful richness. The wine stays elegant and complex on the finish with bright, well balanced acids.”

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  29. rocky

    I’m not a PN guy usually, but this was a case buy for me, no-brainer. Not sure if PHill store still has it @ though.

    Reply
    1. seedboy

      The story is that only a few stores will get this. Oakland will sell it out of the back so that one or two people do not hog it all a la Berkeley.

      Reply
  30. seedboy

    I have been hearing for a while that a Meritage blend from this winery http://www.andesitevineyard.com/Vineyard.htm is coming at a time yet to be determined. A vertical is expected. Given the small production from this winery this must be a disappointment to them.
    In the store are pinot and chardonnay, second label from Yering Station in Australia.The chard is a nice crisp wine. The pinot is light bodied and would be good treated as a rose. They are both $4.99.

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    1. permiesworld

      I doubt we’ll see anything from this winery…but I would definitely love to hear how this one tastes. I hope people from the blog are able to pick it up, if they are going to sell out the back…St. Helena and Spring Mountain are both favorite areas of mine for wine.

      Re: the Pinot and Chardonnay…what’s the label in the store? (You said it’s a second from Yering) but I’m just wondering if that is something we’d get or have gotten up here….the Chard sounds like something I’d like.

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