Each week we post our favorite bargain wines we have tasted during the previous week. These are wines that we have purchased from various stores on the San Francisco Peninsula. Each week our Vintage Wine Club suggests wine for this list. Here are the picks for the week of Dec 17.
Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer 2011 – Costco $14.99
A delicious and refreshing Gewürztraminer! There are many nice qualities about this wine. The floral aroma and flavors along with just the right amount of acidity and long, lingering finish make this a most enjoyable drinking wine. This is a dry Gewürztraminer but has the right touch to go along with some spicy dishes. I tried the 2010 vintage last year and was quite disappointed in the overall quality of the wine. This one is just the opposite, very well made and a perfect example of this exceptional Alsatian grape. The Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer vineyards are over 150 years old and located in the Mayacamus Mountains. The wine sells at the winery for $22.50 a bottle, but Costco has a supply at Foster City and Redwood City locations for $14.99. 90 Points
Gundlach is one of our favorite wineries to visit in California wine country. It is located just outside the town of Sonoma in a beautiful setting. Gundlach is the oldest family-run winery in California and has one of the best tasting room staffs we have encountered. They are fun, friendly and very knowledgeable. Take a day trip and visit this great little winery. Town of Sonoma Wine Trail.
Bodegas Nekeas “El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa” – KL Wines $12.99
For the second successive week we are recommending a Spanish Garnacha. Last week it was the Garnache Red blend made by Masperla Priorat. The El Chaparral is from the Navarra region and quite different from the Masperla, but also very tasty. The El Chaparral is lighter in body with cola flavors easy to identify and lots of white pepper. This is one that will go well with Salmon or a roasted chicken with herbed sauce like rosemary, tarragon or thyme. We score it at 89 points, just a tad below the Masperla. The price makes it a very desirable bargain wine. If Pinot Noir wines are too expensive for you, try substituting this wine.
This week, the Vintage Wine Tasting Club will post their top ten bargain red wines of the year. Watch for it on Wednesday.
In case you missed the results of our Barbera blind tasting, take a look at how we scored the 11 Barbera wines in our tasting event.