7 Boston-Area Weekend Wine Values

Friday, April 30, 2010

Some weekend finds for your consideration:

  1. 2007 Coho Headwaters
    Where: Upper Falls Liquor in Newton, MA @UpperFallsWine
    How Much: $60/btl, but they're running a special for the month of April where 6 mixed non-sale bottles are 20% off so that would bring it down to $48.  Give them a call today (Friday) and they can probably set some aside for you and honor the April sale pricing: 617-969-9200
    More info on this wine here
  2. Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir
    Where: New Hampshire State Stores
    How Much: $78.99 (just below the $80 release price)
    I cracked open a 2006 Sea Smoke Ten for my birthday last night and I thought it was a great experience.  Extremely hard to find this wine reasonably priced in retail shops.  I see availability at these locations but the vintage offered is unclear.  Might want to call ahead if it's far away.  Race you there?
    Side note: Why is the NH state store sophisticated enough to update per-store inventory on a nightly basis yet they don't list vintages on their website? Bizarre.
    I hear they also have some of this at Upper Falls.  Be sure to ask- it might not be on the floor.
  3. 2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee
    Where: Wine Cellars of Stoneham and Danvers @WineCellarsMA
    How Much: $19.99
    Stopped in at the Wine Cellar of Stoneham this week to pick up a few cases of wine for my father-in-law's retirement party.  I went with the always reliable Columbia Crest Cab and the Dashwood New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  Great party wines each at $7.99.
    But I've really been impressed with prior vintages of Chappellet Mountain Cuvee and their pricing on the 2007 was the best I've seen around.
  4. 2005 Columbia Crest H3 Merlot
    Where: Wine Cellars of Stoneham and Danvers
    How Much: $11.99
    I've been on the lookout for this wine for a while and despite its high production levels I don't see it in a lot of the shops I've visited lately.  I was pleased to see this one but thought the older 2005 vintage was a bit strange (2007 would be more current).  However, I was blown away by this wine- truly fantastic.  I think the bottle age makes this a great wine right now.
    My tasting notes on Grape Stories here.
  5.  2008 Annabella Pinot Noir
    Where: Wine Cellars of Stoneham and Danvers
    How Much: $11.99
    Really liked the prior vintage so looking forward to trying this one as well.  Great price and they've got the Angeline too so you can compare and contrast.  I prefer the Annabella, but I'll write-up my thoughts on the confusingly-similarly-named Angeline soon.
    More about the 2007 Annabella here.
  6. 2008 Yealands Pinot Noir
    Where: Post Road Liquors in Wayland
    How Much: $13.98 net
    91 WS/$16 release price is an incredible QPR for Pinot Noir, but I was as impressed with it as Harvey Steiman from Wine Spectator.  I'd rate it 87 points- my notes here.
  7. 2003 Villabella Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
    Where: Bin Ends Wine (@BinEndsWine)
    How Much: $28.60 (on a $49 release price)
    Great way to try Amarone without breaking the bank.  Really enjoyed this wine- my notes here.  While there, also check out the Ciglitui Dolcetto (love Ciglitui's Barbaresco but haven't tried their Dolcetto yet) and of course the bargain bins.
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Any other finds on your radar screen?  I'd love it if you shared the wealth in the comments section.  Have a great weekend.


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