Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

For this week’s wine reviews,  Vintage Wine Taster Bruce has two wines that he likes very much and we have another Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 to recommend. It’s an old standby that drinks very nicely for around $13 and is widely available.

Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Year after year this wine really delivers as a wine value and bargain. Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is from selected vineyards in Sonoma County owned by the Gallo Family. Louis Martini makes a ton of this wine and it is widely available at box stores, including Safeway and Trader Joe’s. You should be able to find it for less than $13. This same wine sells on the Louis M. Martini online wine shop for $20. As we have mentioned previously, 2013 is being touted in the wine industry as a great harvest. I would say this wine is age worthy, but why bother with such a nice everyday wine that is drinkable now? This is a medium-bodied Cabernet with fresh fruit flavors and very mellow tannins. The wine is balanced and is tasty throughout. I am rating it at 88 Points and very much worth a buy at $13 a bottle.

Chateau de Belcier 2011

Chateau de Belcier 2011 Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

Chateau de Belcier Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011 – Costco $10.79 – Bruce’s recommendation

Bruce says: Suzanne is the wine person at the Airport Costco and can talk wine; I was impressed. She worked in the wine business for a long time at a wine shop in L.A. She is at this Costco wine department from Thursday to Sunday. She recommended the Chateau de Belcier and the K.J. Chardonnay.  I found the Chateau de Belcier a very easy drinking wine, smooth throughout, and with an easy tannin structure. According to the Wine Enthusiast, the SRP on this wine is $45. Can that be possible?  As you can see, they also rate it at 91 Points.

Kendall-Jackson Vinter's Reserve Chardonnay

Kendall-Jackson Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay California 2013 – Costco $9.99 – Bruce’s recommendation

I have been trying to find a good buttery Chardonnay for a decent price, and I think I found it in the Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve 2013. The Pellegrini Chardonnay used to be our “go to” Chardonnay but, with a change in ownership, the Pellegrini Chardonnay has a different style. This Kendall Jackson is buttery with decent oak. It is well balanced and very drinkable now. Wine Enthusiast rates it at 91 Points.


  1. I picked up a bottle of the Chateau de Belcier and had last evening. What a very tasty bottle of wine! A bit of old and new world mixed together. For less than $11 this wine is a heck of a bargain. I’m giving it an easy 89 points and will buy more.

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