The past several days of warm weather have made me think of Pinot Gris. There is something about the crisp brilliance of this wine that goes with outdoor living and the freshness of spring weather. Here is a recommendation for delicious Pinot Gris that I think will sell out quickly at Costco.
Breggo Pinot Gris Anderson Valley 2012 – Costco $14.99
I was very surprised to find this wine at Costco. Breggo is a boutique winery in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. It has only been around for a few short years but had gained a reputation for its Pinot Noir and Alsatian-style wines. Breggo was recently sold to Cliff Lede, who owns Cliff Lede Vineyards in the Napa Valley. Cliff Lede has retained the original winemaker, Ryan Hodgins. Good move! We have visited Breggo and have been very impressed with the quality of the wines. The wines are pricey, but not this standout Pinot Gris. It is $25 at the winery, but only $15 at Costco. That is a substantial discount.
The Breggo Pinot Gris is a powerhouse in terms of aroma and flavors. It is one of those wines that, as you savor each sip, you discover something different. It has a nice round mouth feel and a very generous, lingering aftertaste. It is not as crisp as most Pinot Gris but has more depth and finesse. The wine was uniquely produced. The grapes were fermented and aged in a 200-gallon concrete egg, a 900-gallon French oak oval, small neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. No wonder it is so good! 90 Points. By the way, fermenting in concrete is done extensively in Europe. Now a new technique has the concrete formed into an egg-shaped receptacle.
Another Pinot Gris wine I recently reviewed and highly recommend is the J Vineyard Pinot Gris – KL Wines, Bottle Barn @ $13.99, Costco $12.99.
Bottle Barn in Santa RosaSeveral readers of Wine Values and Bargains have recommended the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. These readers argue that the Bottle Barn has the best overall wine prices. On our way back from the wine country in Healdsburg, we stopped in at the Bottle Barn. The Bottle Barn is located in a business center complex. Inside it is nothing fancy, just a whole lot of wine and spirits at excellent prices. I found many labels from wineries in the Russian River area, ones you will not find at Costco, Safeway or the like. The Bottle Barn must deal directly with these wineries. I do believe overall that the prices at the Bottle Barn are rock bottom, but not in every case. I found several wines that are a better deal elsewhere. Example, St. Francis Zinfandel was $14.49, but it is at Costco for $13.99. Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel is $19.99 at the Bottle Barn, but I have purchased it previously at the Safeway for $13.
I wish that we had a Bottle Barn locally because it is a fun place to shop for wine and find that “ultimate wine bargain.” Check out the Bottle Barn the next time you are in the Santa Rosa area. I purchased the six bottles in the photo below, all for under $20 each. I will review these wines over the next several weeks.