Okay – Well overdue – So time to get back on this:
Redemption Zin – 2007 dry Creek Valley – Well, you have to have a Zin and this one works well. A little less in yer face than the 7 deadly zins but a couple of bucks more – From Alexander Valley Vineyards who also produce Sin Zin
3 x cabs (because I am not predictable at all)
2008 Robert Hall – Paso Robles
2009 Ghost Pines – Sooma / Napa / Lake county A Louis M. Martini blended cab. – the do label other varietals and the brand has its own Ghost Pines website
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Springs Cab. Sauv. – I always like to WA and OR a chance and Chateau Ste. Michelle produce a large variety of wines.
Now we get to the last 2 – A Cotes du Rhone, for when you get tired of the heavy handedness and a cheap reliable blend to stop your safeway 6 from crawling too far past $80
2007 E. Guigal – Cotes du Rhone – When you want to be reminded that French wine tastes different and the exchange rate is in our favor
2009 California Red Wine – Menage a Trois A guzzler from Folie a Deux – Open as second bottle of the evening (Or first if you are in alone). A good price wine that is widely available – Turned up as a 2 pack in CostCo the other week.
Anyone have any suggestions for Halloween Wine?
Thought I would try a more up market pinot. I have had some of the saintsbury wines before and have enjoyed them (they are one of the wineries in the Press Club in San Francisco).
Now I am not the biggest Pinot fan, but this was disappointing. It wasn’t bad in anyway I was just hoping for something a little more exciting.
Anyway, will try another Saintsbury another day.
This got the GOLD award in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – It actually got a “double gold” whatever that means
I have drank several bottles of this and it does vary a little. The first I had was perfect, the last was a little sharp but all had a good boquet (smelt nice) and a pleasant finish (Nice after taste).
Anyway, I only see this at BevMo and it is currently running at $11.99
Wesite is at : http://mcmanisfamilyvineyards.com/
This was from one of the wine spectator mailings and was a 90 point wine (I’ll give my opinion on wine ratings later…)
It’s a little pricey at $17.99 but worth it if you are looking for something special or are in a Syrah mood.
The company that makes this is Concha y Toro and they have a variety of wines, some scoring big points at WS.
Good standard, widely available
A cracking zin and moderately priced. This is a Lodi appellation Zin and is widely available – Costco, Safeway, BevMo etc.
Updated: Corrected the year to 2005 although here may be some ’06 out there
Widely available and good enough to turn up at a party with. The cab is good as well