The Vintage Wine Tasting Club Bargain Wine Picks – October 3
Pascual Toso 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – $4.48 Cost Plus World Market – Joe’s Pick
This is an astounding price for a Cabernet Sauvignon wine that is very tasty. This wine comes from the Mendoza area of Argentina and is produced by one of Argentina’s finest wineries, Pascual Toso. I have long been a fan of the Pascual Toso Malbec and have previously picked the latest vintage of this Malbec as the “Wine of the Week”. This Cabernet really delivers and could easily sell in the $15 to $20 range. The characteristics of this wine are aromas of berries, cassis, spice and vanilla. It is medium bodied with very soft tannins and has a nice finish. It is on the lighter side for a Cabernet, but for the price it really is an outstanding value.
Through the month of October the Cost Plus World Market is having a “Red Wine Sale” and 200 of their red wines are reduced in price. Plus, if you buy four you get an additional 10% off each bottle. For the Pascual Toso, the regular price at the World Market is $9.99 and with the promo sale you save $5.01 and then an additional 50 cents if you buy four bottles or more (mix and match). That brings the price down to $4.48. I did a search on Wine-Searcher to compare the price of this wine at other wine shops. The prices ranged from $7.93 to $14.34. This is a terrific deal and a chance to stock up on a wine that will carry you through the fall and winter months. Delightful! 88 Points
Paco & Lola 2010 Albariño – $13.99 Costco – Joe’s Pick
I previously reviewed the 2009 back in February and now the 2010 vintage is on the shelves. Comparing my notes, this one is very similar in characteristics. One big difference I notice in the 2010 vintage is a fuller mouth feel. This is an interesting aspect of an Albariño wine and it adds character to this already delicious wine. This wine has lemon and lime characteristics, nice acidity, and is a perfect match with seafood. Grill up some shrimp or fish Tapas and enjoy a glass of this delicious wine. 89 Points
In case you missed my previous post, Vintage Tasting member Ray developed a checklist for organizing your own wine tasting event. We are hoping to get wine tasting groups organized around the country to conduct wine tastings and post their results here on GCV. What a great way to share our bargain wine discoveries.