Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon $10

As promised in my last article, we have a very good Cabernet Sauvignon to recommend. The Foster City Costco has plenty of this wine at $9.99. This is the 2017 vintage of the popular Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon. Bonterra prides itself in organic farming and making tasty wines at affordable prices.

Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 for $9.99 at Costco

The Bonterra Label is part of the Chilean wine company, Concha y Toro. The winery is in Mendocino County near Ukiah. The Bonterra Cab is a blend of grapes from California wine regions and are all organically farmed.

Nice nose, with cassis the main aroma. Nicely balanced, with an excellent flavor for a $10 Cab. I like the overall taste with a medium body and no flaws. This is a wine to drink now; I doubt it would improve with age. Although a simple Cabernet, it is a perfectly enjoyable wine. You can’t beat the price for a Cabernet of this quality. 88 Points. Enjoy it with a hamburger and the like.

The 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference took us on a trip to the Bonterra Winery. It is at the McNabb Ranch, which is midway between Hopland and Ukiah in Mendocino County. We met the winemaker and the vineyard manager. I can tell you first hand, these are dedicated people who care about the land and the type of wine they make. I think any of the Bonterra wines in local markets are well made and deserving of a try. The price is right.

Bonterra winery and Cabernet
The Bonterra Barn in Mendocino County

Trader Joe’s Reserve Amador County Lot 185 Zinfandel $9.99

I have been sampling many Zinfandel wines of late. I will be hosting the next meeting of our Vintage Wine Tasting Club. We will be tasting Zinfandels from Amador, Dry Creek Valley and Mendocino. So how does the Trader Joe’s Amador County Zinfandel measure up?

Overall, the flavor is appealing. The wine has jammy notes of plum, plus some cedar spice in the mix. The alcohol is 14.9% and it shows in the finish. I found it a little on the hot side. For the price of $9.99, the wine is a good value. If you are a Trader Joe’s shopper and a Zinfandel lover, this Amador Zin is sure to please you at this price. I rate the Trader Joe’s Reserve Amador County Lot #185 at 88 points. The wine goes perfectly with a pulled-pork sandwich and lots of the Trader Joe’s barbecue sauce.

TJ Zin from Amador County
TJ Zin from Amador County

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