Don’t forget to get out there and cast you ballot on Tuesday, November 6. Then sit back and relax and watch the election returns while you toast your winners with a glass of either one of these delicious red wines.
Cameron Hughes 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 360 – $19.99 Costco
I purchased this wine at the Redwood City Costco last week. Anything Cabernet from Howell Mountain is going to be very expensive, upwards of $50 and well beyond. I suppose this was excess juice the Cameron Hughes folks purchased at an excellent price. My only knock on this wine is that it is very young and seems to be a bit tight. By that I mean the flavors are there but they fall short in intensity and length. I would put this one down for a couple of years at least. On the Cameron Hughes website, they suggest decanting the wine and letting it sit open even up to one day to bring out the flavors. Anyway you look at this wine, it is young. Most of the Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon out on the wine shop shelves is 2009. This one has missed out perhaps on some barrel and bottle aging. Nonetheless, this is a very nice-tasting Cabernet. 89 Points.
Colonia Las Liebres 2011 Bonarda – $8.99 Weimax
This is a whole lot of wine for a measly $9! This wine is absolutely one of the better bargain and value wines I have tasted under the $10 mark. “Wow” is all I can say about this wine. This is another great find by Weimax’s owner Gerald Weisel. This is a full flavored wine with delicious fruit character. I would describe this wine as “intense” with these fruity flavors. The wine has had no oak so the beauty of the Bonarda grape comes through loud and clear. The Bonarda grape is also known as Charbono in Italy and California. When an Argentine Bonarda is made right, it is an elegant and flavorful wine. 89 Points in my book!