We have a treasure trove of un-missable values this week, including a Chilean Cabernet that drinks far above its price and a totally kick ass Italian blend bargain. In contrast sit two Chadonnays that echo the cautionary tale I've already broadcasted about the 2013 vintage in California. All in all, these reds represent such a terrific concentration of fantastic values that I consider this week to be among the best of the year.
2013 Bogle Petite Sirah $11
A lot of mouth-full of flavor for the buck. Tastes more like Petite Sirah than in previous years, with characteristic blockbuster tannins that are quite refined as it opens up, but the wine is also in keeping with the round chocolatiness that has become synonymous with this bottling.
2010 Monte Antico Tuscan Red $10
Almost 5 years old and drinking incredibly well. There is something for everyone to love in this blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet. Balanced and as Italian as it is international in style. An astonishing value for a beverage that delivers such enjoyment. Highly recommended.
2012 Concha y Toro Cabernet Casillero del Diablo Chile $10
Full, varietally correct, and clean. Very well made and drinks like a $20+ wine. An experience I look forward to repeating very soon.
2009 Sella y Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna $15
Said to have the highest levels of polyphenols of any wine grape, this Cannonau delivers a heady dose of swirling aromatics and acidity that keep you coming back for more. Consummately Italian. Lively, bright, and versatile.
2013 Sterling Chardonnay Central Coast $11
Dull, flabby, and with a rough edge on the flat finish. Boo.
2013 Bogle Chardonnay California $10
Almost a carbon copy of the Sterling. Are these wineries buying juice from the same bulk supplier?