I’m happy to present some delightful barbeque style reds. First off, the 2004 Fess Parker Frontier Red ($7.99) is comprised mostly of syrah, but boasts ten other Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. This blueberry and coco duo braids together oodles of juicy spice on the back palate. Dare I say, this wine, (weather permitting) inspires diving board canon balls, jack knives, and swan dives in between each sip. It’s hard to believe we are selling this wine for so little! Snatch up this tender, seductive, and oh-so-nurturing little number that sings like Billy Holiday and kicks it up with a feather-weight punch of frivolous fruit. From a very solid and steady producer, the 2004 Bogle Russian River Pinot Noir ($11.99) is an absolute steal! Wafts of herbal notes and roasted cherries excite the palate. This well-balanced wine slithers its way down, while recalling hints of tobacco and leather on the finish. This little guy is a pleaser; wherever you might bring him, he’s sure to dazzle and adapt to all kinds of summer fare. The 2004 Brown Napa Valley Zinfandel ($32.99) is for folks who like Zinfandels that can rival the flash of a neon light. It’s flush with a sugary nose, but not as weighty as you might first suspect. It boasts a jolt of Fourth of July fruit, however the stewed and jammy essence is well integrated with acid, smoke and spice to give the over-all impression of a well-constructed wine. Enjoy with mango chipolte ribs, or braised duck in a spicy pomegranate sauce. The 2004 Sobon Amador, Rocky Top, Zinfandel ($12.99) is another cheery and efficient wine to enjoy over a fierce game of lawn darts (at your own risk) or perhaps, an old favorite of mine, slip and slide, horse-shoes, or when all else fails, Twister. With a little Rocky Top spreading heat and happiness throughout your veins, you’re sure to make a new, ahem, friend. —Keelyn Healy
This month it’s all about the Complete Package. These wines are impressive and unique on every front, including labels. That’s right folks, I’m review wines with cool labels here! No matter how irrelevant they are regarding quality, sometimes you just want to make a statement, not only with what’s inside but what’s on the outside, too. Never fear though, the great liquid that’s vesseled inside these expressive bottles is terrific too. 2004 Peirano “The Other Wine” Red Blend ($11.99) Lodi has arrived!! Forget what you may believe about this wine region, because you’ll be blown away by the many tremendous, inexpensive reds coming from here. I was immediately struck by the rich core of fruit and intensity from this syrah/petite syrah/cabernet blend. You might also be struck by the, ahem, provocative label on the front. I don’t know how in the world they got past the TTB, but Peirano produced a knockout, both inside and outside the bottle! 2002 Aia (Miner Family Vineyards) Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($21.99) The 2001 was one of our best selling Cabernets in any category, with its dark, bold, red label splashing “AIA” in contrasted white on the front. A standout in all senses of the word, this wine will take center stage and demand respect in any situation. Last night I poured this blind to a group of highly tuned tasters, and everyone nailed it… except for the price. A $60+ Cab from Napa was the overall guess! 2nd wine for Miner. In my opinion, a truly superlative Cabernet effort. Speaking of best sellers, how about showing up to a dinner with 2004 Peter Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($29.99)? Does it have a pink border, a comic book font, and a big paw on the capsule? No doubt! The wine, just as its playful theme suggests, remains elusive, mysterious, but oh-so-enjoyable no matter how many sips you take. On the nose, a syrah-like gamey element ushers in the telltale (excuse the pun) aromas of crushed cherries and truffles of pinot-land. The bold, rich, ripeness belies the insistent backbone of acidity that makes this one of the better all-around food-focused Pinot Noirs under thirties dollars in the store. Thank you, Michael Jordan, for finding this diamond of a wine! Enjoy. —Martin Reyes
If you have stopped by the either of our stores in the last few years you will recognize this as one of our staff favorites, and the 2004 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Saint Veran ($14.99) is once again at the top of our list. Saint Veran, if you are unfamiliar, is an appellation that is literally a stone’s throw away from Pouilly Fuissé and several of the more esteemed Macon villages. The soils have both clay and chalk, and you can see them both of these components expressed in the fantastic 2004 vintage. The long cool and wet summer finally broke in August allowing for the grapes to ripen. The grapes were not super ripe like the 2003 vintage so they speak more of the terroir, the clay rich soils giving the wine body and richness while the chalky soils give the wine cut and minerality. This wine once again speaks to wine lovers, both old world and new world. The nose is bright and citrusy with floral and yellow fruit tones. The palate has ripe almost tropical fruit tones with just a hint of nuttiness and a kiss of vanilla spice. This wine is a summer multi-tasker: poolside sipper, aperitif, or lighter BBQ quencher, not to mention its utility at the dinner table. If you haven’t given this one a try yet, now is the time. Or if it is a favorite of yours, stock up. This jewel will drink nicely over the next couple of years. —Kirk Walker
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