This week we review four wines, three of which can be found at Costco and the other at your local supermarket.
Zinfandel at Costo
Vintage Wine Taster Bruce’s thoughts on two Zins and a CH Wine.
At the Foster City Costco I purchased two Zinfandel wines: A Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines 2012 rated 90 by Robert Parker and a “great buy” at $15.00 according to the write up by RP at the wine station at Costco. The price at Costco was $9.99; The Peachy Canyon Westside 2011 Paso Robles rated 90 by Wine enthusiast @ $12.99. The Zabaco is peppery and not as robust as I would like it but worth a try. Let the Zabaco breathe for a couple of hours and you will notice a big improvement. The Peachy Canyon is robust and more like the Ancient Peaks that Vintage Wine Taster Mike recommended which is also at the Foster City Costco for $12.99. I would rank them Ancient Peaks, Peachy Canyon (by just tenths of a point) and Rancho Zabaco. All 3 deserve a try. I also purchased the Cameron Hughes Lot 357 2010 Napa Valley Meritage for $12.99. I thought it balanced with soft tannins and full bodied. The experts give it an 89 but the drinkers rank it at 90 – worth a try.
Gnarly Head Malbec 2012. $11.99 – Reviewed by Joe
Yes, the same winery (Delicato Family) that produces the popular and inexpensive Gnarly Head Zinfandel. Like the Gnarly Head Zin, this Malbec follows the Gnarly Head motto, “Bold, Sophisticated, with a hint of Gnarly.” I thoroughly enjoy a beautiful Malbec wine from Argentina because of the balance and the beautiful flavors of gentle fruit that meld nicely with a delicious piece of red meat. This Malbec is quite different in that it is a heavy-duty wine with a big mouthful of flavors. The Gnarly Head Malbec needs breathing time or aeration to settle things down. I actually liked the wine much more the second day the wine was open. Full disclosure: I received this wine as a sample from the Delicato Family. The price on the enclosed description indicates the SRP is $11.99. That is a good price for this wine and those wine drinkers who like this style will find this wine enjoyable. Delicato is a big producer, so in the coming weeks this wine should be widely available at your local supermarket wine department and probably discounted from the SRP. I rate it at 88 Points.
E.Guigal Cotes Du Rhone 2010 $11.99 Costco – Reviewed by Joe
This a very likeable Southern Rhone wine. It is quite the contrast from the wines reviewed above. It is certainly not big and bold but more in the Rhone style of elegant and layered with flavors. I love the aroma on this wine; it is enticing. This entry level of Rhone wine is typically a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and perhaps a lesser amount of Mouvedre. The E. Guigal is a winery and négocient located in the Southern Rhone. Founded by Étienne Guigal, the wines are noted for their price-to-quality ratio. Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator rate this wine at 89 Points. I rate it at 88 Points, Janelle gives it 90 Points. The wine is also available at K&L Wines for $12.99.