Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2013 California – Weimax Wines $13
When Joe hosted his blind tasting of dry Riesling wines for the Vintage Wine Tasters, he served a delicious salmon lunch paired with this lovely Pinot Noir wine. It had been recommend to him at Weimax Wines in Burlingame. As Gerald states in his tasting notes: “An inexpensive Pinot Noir that smells and tastes like a Pinot Noir.” In other words, most Pinot Noir wines in the bargain category are a shadow of the real character of the Pinot Noir grape. The Vintage Wine Tasters were clearly impressed with the Leese-Fitch Pinot and were rather surprised when Joe told us what he’d paid for the Pinot Noir at Weimax. Mia & August Sebastiani (historic Sebastiani Family of Sonoma Valley fame) have put together several labels including this one. The 2013 Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir is 90% Pinot Noir mostly sourced from the cool-climate area of Clarksburg. They also added 6% Grenache and a tad of Barbera and Zinfandel. See Spec Sheet. The Leese-Fitch is light in style, with red fruit aroma and taste, and some zesty spice. It is a delightful and fun tasting wine. If you like Pinot Noir wines, you will certainly like this one. The Leese-Fitch is a bargain Pinot Noir that we rate at 88 Points.
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 – Costo $7.99
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel is a favorite among fans seeking well-made wines at less than $10. It is produced in large quantities from grapes sourced from Amador County and Lodi. This 2012 version has a load of vanilla character up front, but that mellows out if you give it some breathing time. With aeration, the fruit begins to show and rises above the vanilla. The vanilla is all about the fact that it has been aged in American oak for 12 months. Except for the vanilla and oak, I think the wine is well balanced and definitely worth a try, especially at $8 a bottle. 88 Points. Spec Sheet
Safeway Sale 30% until the end of March
The Safeway has their 30% off sale on all wines from now until the end of March. I have diagnosed the Safeway Sale in a previous post. Watch out because all sales prices are not made equally. Example: Two weeks ago we purchased Domaine Chandon sparkling wine for $12.70 for the six-pack price. The price of the Domaine Chandon on this sale is $13.49. However, I spotted many other wines that are significantly reduced in price and are spectacular bargains. Example: Gruet Sparkling wine for $11.69 a bottle if you buy a six pack. The Gruet best price elsewhere is $15.99. Whitehall Lane for $12.59 a six pack, normally $15.99 a bottle in stores.