This will be adventurous week for us. Vintage Wine Taster Mike and Janelle and I are heading down to the 8th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara wine country. Included in the trip will be a pre-conference day and a half in Paso Robles, prior to the main conference that begins Friday morning. We will be tasting many, many wines and will report back on any wine values and bargains we find.
Mobius Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – Costco $13.59
This is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the mix. The winemaker is Mike Kuimelis, Jr., and he and his parents have produced the Mantra label. This is a second brand that Mike Kuimelis is producing. The grapes are mostly from Alexander Valley and Dry Creek, but some are from other vineyards in Sonoma County. On the Mobius Website the wine sells for $25. As you may have read in previous posts, 2012 is one of the greatest California vintages in recent times. We are just beginning to see the likes of the 2012 Cabernets hitting the shelves. I like the way this wine drinks, with good aroma and flavors throughout. I think it will age nicely and, five years from now, it will be a more rounded wine. This Cab has pepper along with black fruit flavors. There is also a touch of a floral characteristic. The finish is a little short but you cannot have everything in a Cab that sells for less than $15. 89 Points.
J.L. Quinson Cotes de Provence – Trader Joe’s $5.99
Reviewed by Mike
This pleasant-tasting Rosé has hints of strawberry and rose petal on the nose, with a smooth and easy roll down the palate. We sipped this with light appetizers and it was a perfect fit. It is a refreshing wine, very light in style, and is ideal for outdoor social events. I can see this wine served as the main wine for a summer afternoon wedding. This is an inexpensive but well made Rosé from Provence. It is very worthy of a purchase at this price and I give it a rating of 87 Points.
Martin Codax Albariño 2012
I received this as a sample from the distributor. My guess is that it is not quite on the shelves as yet. I see that my Safeway still has plenty of the 2011 on the shelf for $14.99 or $13.50 for a sixpack. I have been a fan of this wine since 2007 when we visited the winery in the Albariño town of Cambados, Spain. It is a co-op, which means local small growers bring in their fruit at harvest time. 2012 was a difficult year for this grape in Spain, and the yields were much lower than the norm. I do think the Martin Codax 2012 is a better-tasting wine than I can remember with past vintages. It is usually lemon and lime I detect, but the 2012 has much more to savor. I like this wine very much as an aperitif. 88 Points. Look for it on the shelves in the coming weeks.