Memorial Day Weekend Wine Values

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's Memorial Day weekend- a holiday that always seems to sneak up on us.  Smart people are sipping Cape Cods on Cape Cod- we're enjoying a quiet weekend at home.  With temperatures getting warmer thoughts drift towards rosés, whites and juicy reds.  But the value hunter is always looking for wines of value regardless of season.

Here are a couple of values I'm tracking down this weekend: 

2008 Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir

I attended an Oregon wine dinner at Blue Ginger recently that included a lot of Pinot Noirs from the highly-anticipated 2008 vintage.  I've been a big fan of Elk Cove's entry level Willamette Valley-designated wine for a while (the 2008 Willamette Valley hasn't been released yet) but their single-vineyard wines really impressed me.  This Mount Richmond just received 94 points from Wine Spectator and carries a release price of $48.  A bargain at $36.99.  Limited availability- ping @WineCellarsMA on Twitter to check stock. 

CellarTracker: 90 median
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Where: Wine Cellar of Stoneham inside the BJs Warehouse, Stoneham, MA.  No membership required to buy alcohol.

2006 Righetti Amarone Capitel de Roari

I spotted this one in a recent Wine Spectator Insider (subscription required).  They released ratings between 90-94 points on a bunch of Amarones ranging in price from $31 to $340.  I'll take the $31/90 point one- thanks.  I did a search but didn't find this wine in MA, but it's just arrived at VinoDivino at $35.

I'm just getting into Amarone but I thought this one I tried from Bin Ends Wine was fantastic. $35 for a 90 point red wine might not seem like a big deal, but Amarone is a pricey category.

The wine is eligible for their usual case discount policy which is 15% off a straight case.  Interested in going in on some with me?  If so drop me an E-mail:

CellarTracker: 90 median
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vinodivino, Newton, MA.
Further Reading: A review I wrote of vinodivino

    Reminder: Massachusetts laws prohibit liquor stores from being open on Memorial Day and some shops are closed on Sundays so stock up today.
      Question of the Day: Any good deals you're chasing this weekend? Share the wealth in the comments section!


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