The Vintage Wine Tasting Club top choices for the week of March 12, 2012
Kunde 2010 Sonoma Chardonnay $17 at the Kunde Winery (Joe’s Pick)
This is definitely my kind of Chardonnay, very little oak flavor and no butterscotch characteristics. The true fruit of this Sonoma Chardonnay shines through. The mouth feel is just the right touch and that’s because 10% of the wine is aged in older oak barrels. The nose has just a tad of oak, loads of floral, and even some honey. This wine is so easy drinking, it is hard to stop. Totally refreshing and it beckons the outdoors with BBQ and sandwiches. We purchased this wine at Kunde in the Sonoma Valley. I’m disappointed to find that I cannot buy this wine anywhere locally. Either I order from the winery or I make a trip up to the Sonoma Valley and, when you get right down to it, I very much like that idea. I rate this beautiful Chardonnay 89 Points.
Michel Schlumberger Sonoma Chardonnay Non Vintage $4.99 Grocery Outlet (Joe’s Pick)
This little wonderful organically-farmed winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma was sold in November 2011 to a large wine company. Apparently the Grocery Outlet purchased the entire inventory of wines except for a few high-end, vineyard-designated wines. This is a true Chardonnay with oaky flavors and a slightly creamy palate. If you put this up with ten Chardonnay wines priced between $15 to $20, you probably could not distinguish it from them. It is a good but a generic Chardonnay. For the price, it is an outstanding value. I doubt if there will be any left by the end of the week. 86 Points
Last Thursday I interviewed the wine buyer for the Grocery Outlet at their business headquarters in Berkeley. I will be posting the article on the interview later this week. Watch for it on GoodCheapVino.com.
Miraflores Zinfandel $13.95 The Wine Stop (Bruce’s Pick)
For the price I could not pass up this wine, that was rated 92 Points by the Wine Spectator. Maybe I was a bit overwhelemed by this wine, but everything that Wine Spectator said in the tasting notes I picked up with this Zinfandel wine. Joe has been to the winery in the Placerville area and says the owner has sunk a truckload of money into the winery and has hired an outstanding winemaker. It shows! The Miraflores Website is selling this same wine for $25. This one will go quickly at the Wine Stop in Burlingame.