Wednesday, February 16, 2011
When I get together with my wine friends and talk deals, a retailer we're impressed with is The Wine Cellar of Stoneham. Since they opened a couple years ago they've demonstrated an ability to stock a revolving assortment of highly desirable wines at very low prices.
I mentioned a few weeks ago they were aiming to open a location in Waltham. Their request to obtain a license there was denied unfortunately. Sad news for wine enthusiasts in the Boston MetroWest area. However, they've just launched an e-commerce site so we can check their inventory online and have wine shipped directly to our homes and offices in Massachusetts. Like all MA retailers they can't ship out of state - more on that here.
I've become pretty familiar with their current assortment and thought it would be useful to put together a "perfect case" of wine they have in stock. I offer these up for your consideration.
Free ground shipping to Massachusetts on orders of $100 or more through the end of February, 2011 with code "wwp". No sales tax either.
2009 Annabella Pinot Noir $11.99
A classic example of how California can deliver a great bottle of Pinot Noir for just over $10.
2005 Chateau Greysac Medoc $12.99
When the affordable wines from the highly regarded 2005 Bordeaux vintage were coming to market I scampered around and picked up a bunch of 90+ rated wines for between $15 and $30. This wine was rated 89 points by Wine Spectator and sells for only $12.99. Nice stuff.
I used this wine in a 7-way blind wine aerator comparison. More here...
2007 Route Stock Cellars Route 29 Cabernet Sauvignon $13.99
This wine has classic Napa Cab markings with daily drinker friendliness. I featured it as part of a hyper-value blog post a while back. More here...
2005 Robert Foley Merlot $24.99
Not quite as good as the'07 vintage but half the price of what Foley Merlot typically sells for - and it's hard to catch a deal on the brand. I've had a couple bottles and rated one 89/100 and the other 91/100.
2006 Nicolas Potel Volnay $24.99
When people tell me about a great domestic Pinot Noir that "only" costs $30 it's sometimes easy to forget the real thing (high quality French Burgundy) can be had for less than $30. This wine is a stunner. More here...
2007 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon $29.99
Best price in the country I see right now is $34. $29.99 with no tax is a no-brainer. If you like a nice juicy 2007 Napa Cab from a great brand this is your wine.
2007 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon $34.99
I featured this wine in a piece about wines that taste like Cakebread but cost less.
2007 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Franc $39.99
I haven't tried this wine yet but I've been impressed with the Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon over the last few vintages. The bottle looks exactly the same with the exception of the substitution of "Franc" for "Sauvignon". And it costs about two-thirds less. Great price - I'll look forward to trying it soon.
2006 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain $39.99
I've only tasted this at tastings, but it was impressive. I seem to recall kind of dismissing it because it was so pricey, but at $39.99 I can get behind it.
2007 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon $59.99
Ah - my beloved Cakebread. What a great brand. Just a couple years ago it was hard to find Cakebread Cab at any price in Massachusetts. Now we can snag it for $59.99 from a great vintage. I've opened a couple bottles of this so far. Good stuff but I think it'll benefit from some age.
2007 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon $79.99
#5 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2010 list and rated 96 points. There's some debate whether it's too ripe. I haven't tried it yet but I'm looking very forward to getting a feel for just how ripe it is.
2007 Dominus Estate $119.99
98 points from Robert Parker for this red Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. I was impressed with a '97 I tried recently and looking forward to trying this one - years from now.
Great prices on great wines with free shipping and no tax. Maybe Massachusetts isn't such a bad place to be a wine enthusiast after all?
Click here to visit their site and use the code "wwp" for free shipping to MA on $100 orders.
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