12 Wines I Bought at Upper Falls' 25% Off Sale (and Why)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Just a reminder that Friday, February 27th, and Saturday, February 28th, Post Road in Wayland, MA, Upper Falls in Newton, MA, and Auburndale in Newton, MA are having a 25% off sale -and- a Grand Tasting with 100 wines for sample and sale. More info available here.

Overall, this group has had every single "Value Alert" wine I've talked about here on the WWP which is a pretty amazing feat. I visited the Upper Falls location Friday. Here's what I bought and why:

  • (2) 2007 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
    James Laube from Wine Spectator called this one the best Sauvignon Blanc he's ever had, from anywhere. 96 points. Read more...
    Upper Falls still had a little bit of this one available as of yesterday, but it was going fast.
  • (2) 2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
    Harvey Steiman from Wine Spectator went 95 points on this one and I love Columbia Crest's Grand Estates line. Cranking the bar up a little with this one- we shall see if it was worth it. I hear it needs time. Read more...
    I believe the Upper Falls location is now sold out of this one. You may want to try Post Road or calling ahead to check inventory.
  • 2005 Neal Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    Recommendation from "Doug" on the sales floor. A spendy Napa Cab- better be good! Neal Family is frequently mentioned as one of the best wineries to visit in Napa so I wanted to check out their wine for a potential future winery visit.
  • 2007 Adelsheim Pinot Gris
    My cousin Michelle recommended Adelsheim in general and although I've been looking for their Pinot Noir at a good price, I haven't found it yet. I like Pinot Gris too, so I'm looking forward to trying this one.
  • 2006 Cambria Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard
    A friend on Twitter mentioned this one when I tossed out the question: "Name a $20/90-point Wine Spectator domestic Pinot Noir" This wine wasn't rated by Wine Spectator, and it was more than $20 *but* he said he liked it so I'll give it a whirl.
  • 2008 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes
    Discovered this white wine just last week and it is amazing. Another friend on Twitter raved about it as well so I thought I'd pick up another bottle because spring is just around the corner. Isn't it?
  • 2007 Firestone Riesling Central Coast
    Caught a recommendation on this one from a trusted source on Corkd who called it the best Riesling he's ever had and gave it 96 points.
  • 2007 Luzon Jumilla
    Recommendation from Mike Jr. on the floor. Of all the wines in the store he could recommend, he made a beeline for the sub-$10 Spanish red.
  • 2006 Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon
    Recommendation from Mike Jr. on the floor.
  • 2007 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir
    I've heard good things about A to Z. Thought I'd give it a try.
They also had the highly sought after 92 point 2006 Villa Pillo Toscana Borgoforte still available, but I didn't buy any because I still have a half case remaining. One other I spotted and would recommend is the 93 point 2007 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel.

Question of the Day: What do you think of these picks? Are you planning on going to the tasting on Saturday?

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