Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Trader Joe’s
This could be called the poor man’s Cabernet Sauvignon. You can purchase it at Trader Joe’s or the Safeway for about $12. It is not nearly as good as the Cabernet Sauvignons that I recently raved about, the Charles Krug or the Conn Creek Cab 2012’s. But those two Cabs are $6 to $8 more a bottle. This is a very decent Cabernet, and I think it will age well. A friend recently brought over a bottle of Bonterra 2000 Cab. I truly thought it would be well past it prime, but no. It was fantastic! Cabernet will age nicely if stored properly.
Thanks, John and Tita, for bringing us this beautiful wine holder from Viet Nam!
The Bonterra 2012 Cab is from three different wine regions of California. It’s a blend of 72% Mendocino, 24% Lake County, and 4% Napa. All these grapes are organically farmed. The aroma is a bit on the weak side, but I like the taste of the red and black fruit in the mouth. It definitely has some nice Cabernet characteristics. I rate it at 88 Points. The Wine Enthusiast rates it 91 Points and gives it an “Editor’s Choice.” Concho y Toro, the great Chilean winery, owns Bonterra and Fetzer in Mendocino County.
J Vineyards California Pinot Gris 2014 – Costco $11.99
The J Vineyards California Pinot Gris is easily one of my favorite outdoor wines. It’s so refreshing and lively in every sense of the word. I find it difficult to stop drinking this delightful wine. The 2014 might be the best vintage yet of the California series. Zesty citrus and some tropical fruit to the nose and in the mouth. This is a totally stainless steel wine. You may have heard that the Gallo Family recently purchased J Vineyards. I certainly hope that they do not change the lineup of wines. Attention Gallo: Keep making this delicious and great value California Pinot Gris! Both the Safeway and Costco carry this wine, and you should be able to purchase it for around $12. At the winery it is $17. 89 Points in my book.