Como No?

Como No? A Petite Sirah from Stags Leap AVA
Como No? A Petite Sirah from Stags Leap AVA

Como No? Was $40, now $17.50

My good friend and fellow Vintage Wine Taster Jim found the Como No? wine at the San Bruno Airport Costco store. There are two vintages of the wine on display, the 2011 and the 2014. The are both priced at $17.50. The 2011 is the first vintage of the wine and it sold for $760 a case. That’s over $60 a bottle. I believe the winery has stopped production of the label and that’s why we have a huge price drop.

One of the big names in the Napa Valley, Carl Doumani is responsible for the label. Carl once owned the Stags Leap Winery (not to be confused with Stags Leap Cellars). Carl sold Stags Leap Winery to the Treasure Wine Estates in 1997. In 2000 he opened the wild-looking Quixote Winery in the Stags Leap AVA. When Carl turned 80, he decided to produce another label and selected the name Como No? (Why Not?), perhaps to celebrate turning 80. At age 80, why not continue to have fun?

The winemaker for these vintages is the famous consulting winemaker Aaron Potts. When the vintages hit the wine market, the critics, especially Robert Parker, loved the wine, awarding it 94 Points.

Carl Doumani has been an advocate of the Petite Sirah grape. The Como No? is all about this lusty grape from the Rhone. The grape is dark and inky. It is rough when young and beautiful at a ripe old age. The bottle has a screw top instead of cork. This makes we wonder whether the aging effects of the wine without a cork will allow the exchange of oxygen and cause the aging qualities.

I very much enjoyed both the 2011 and 2014. I rank them both at 90 points. Word has it from my fellow Costco wine shoppers, it is hit-or-miss at various Costco stores. Some don’t have it, while others carry a good supply.

Just in: Jim went to the Airport Costco this morning, July 27, and no more Como No? I

La Rougeanti – Corbieres

Mike’s Pick –

If you cannot find the Como No? wine, then maybe you can give this classy Rhone blend a try. Vintage Taster Mike purchased the La Rougeanti Corbieres at the Foster City Costco for $10.99. Here is what he found.

“What a treat this wine offers. The Corbieres region of southern France offers this delightful Rhône blend of equal parts Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan.  A rich extracted color and abundant ripe dark fruit flows over the palate.  The wine is beautifully balanced throughout, medium bodied.  It is rated 90-93 by Jen Dunnuck. I give it a solid 91 Points and will go back for more.  The La Rougeanti shines above so many California Rhône style wines, and at a fraction of their retail price.  
This a cellar-worthy wine.”

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