Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012
My neighbor a couple of doors away is a red wine drinker and he invited me over to taste a glass of red that he termed “one of the best wine bargains I have found in years.” Craig liked the wine so much that he went back to Costco and purchased not one but two cases. Craig is not a member of the Vintage Wine Tasters, although we would like him to be. He’s still working and not able to attend our tastings. The wine he had me taste was this Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend. After one sniff and sip, I told Craig that I agreed it is a fantastic tasting wine for $12.99. A couple of nights later Janelle and I tried the wine with dinner and we both agreed that this wine is case worthy. It is a very young wine and one that I believe will age nicely for the next 2 to 4 years. This wine is an example of the great quality of the 2012 harvest in California. It is a very likeable wine and a true crowd pleaser. The wine is 66% Merlot, 19% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, and 3% Petite Sirah. The Merlot shines in this wine and really delivers a smooth and elegant wine. I checked the Highway 12 online Website and the wine is selling for $22. 90 Points.
Globerati Wines – Whole Foods
Last week I posted the article “Any wine bargains at Whole Foods?” and mentioned that I had purchased two Globerati wines at Whole Foods in San Mateo. Globerati makes an exclusive line of wines for the Whole Food Stores and the price for each of the five different wines is $6.99.
Globerati Gascogne Blanc 2012
This is a white blend from Gascony, France. The blend of grapes is French Columbard 70% and Gros Manseng (30%), the latter of which I do think I have ever tasted before. It is a very dry white wine. I expected it to be crisp and refreshing after I’d checked the description, but I think neither of those traits were in the wine. The wine is a good aperitif wine and will go well with light cheese. The wine is enjoyable and worth a try, especially if you shop at Whole Foods. Why make two stops, one for food and the other for wine? Give it a try. 86 Points
Globerati Bonarda 2013
This is one of the most widely grown grapes in Mendoza, Argentina. Yet it is Malbec that we see on the shelves here in the United States. I do not quite understand why there isn’t more Bonarda wine exported to the U.S. It is very tasty and, of course, an inexpensive wine. This Bonarda has a nice aroma with just a tad of green vegetative character. I like this wine a lot more than the Gascogne Blanc. It is well made, tasty, medium bodied, and has a decent finish. This is a very gentle wine and I think it’s perfect with an oven roasted chicken, and worth a try. If you have not tried a Bonarda wine (also known as Charbono) start with this inexpensive and good tasting wine. 87 Points