Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | March 12, 2010

You Don’t Need To Write This List On Your Hand: 3 Value Reds for Your Weekend Enjoyment

It seems only fitting that following my three-strikes-and-you’re-out review from earlier this week that I should follow up with three quality value reds to fill your cart with as we head into the weekend.

Today’s post has a little something for everyone with a Southern California Syrah, an Argentinean Malbec and a Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet. I hope your weekend is filled with St. Pat’s revelry and red wine imbibing. Here we go…

2008 Finca Flichman Malbec – A few weeks back I was like a kid in a candy store perusing the cavernous wine isles at Total Wine and More picking up nearly every sub-15 dollar bottle of Malbec I could lay my hands on. Some have worked out, and others have fallen painfully flat. I am happy to report that the 2008 Finca Flichman Malbec did not disappoint. The Mendoza region Malbec was a smooth and entirely enjoyable glass of wine right from the bottle. As I poured the second glass, the wine became a bit more complex with light fruit flavors and a very even spice mix to round out the experience. For around $8, the bottle delivers nicely.

2007 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Cabernet – Last month I had the pleasant experience to come across Trader Joe’s 2007 Reserve Cabernet. For the value ($9) I liked the bottle so much that I could not resist picking up its more expensive big brother, the 2007 “Grand Reserve” and I gave it a try earlier this week.

While labeled for Trader Joe’s, the Grand Reserve is vinted and bottled by Napa Valley wine maker Maxwell Creek Winery and they did a nice job with this cab. Black cherry and medium tannins begin to open up after a few minutes of breathing and the bottle provides a nice even glass of wine.

I have only two concerns about recommending this wine, both of which I am able to get over. Unlike its less expensive sibling, the 2007 had a significant alcohol forward taste. It eventually subdued, but it was a surprisingly acidic sensation for a Napa Valley Cab. Secondly, for the price ($4 more than the Reserve) this wine actually was not any better, and I could argue the Reserve bottling was actually superior. All that being said, if you were to buy this wine by the glass for 9 or $10, you would not be disappointed. And, because this isn’t a competition between the different enjoyable value reds reviewed, I ultimately think this bottle deserves a shot at your next dinner party.

2007 Coastline Syrah – Hands down my favorite wine of the three, the 2007 Coastline Paso Robles Syrah deserves a place on every wine shoppers list this weekend. You can be forgiven if you have never heard of this wine, or never knew they made a Syrah. Even the winemaker’s own website fails to mention the Syrah offering.

For $8 a bottle at Total Wine, this is a safe bet for a mixed crowd of wine drinkers. The light blackberry and black cherry accents are well mixed with just a hint of vanilla and a slight, but present, spiciness that rounds out the glass nicely. As I finished my second glass I was reminded of several recent Syrah’s that I found equally enjoyable for under $10 and I came to the conclusion that this was a grape I needed to get to know better. I hope you enjoy the 2007 Coastline Syrah and be sure to check back over the next few weeks for a much deeper dive into this intriguing grape.

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  1. […] From the review…“The 2007 Coastline Paso Robles Syrah deserves a place on every wine shoppers list this weekend. You can be forgiven if you have never heard of this wine, or never knew they made a Syrah. Even the winemaker’s own website fails to mention the Syrah offering. For $8 a bottle at Total Wine, this is a safe bet for a mixed crowd of wine drinkers. The light blackberry and black cherry accents are well mixed with just a hint of vanilla and a slight, but present, spiciness that rounds out the glass nicely. As I finished my second glass I was reminded of several recent Syrah’s that I found equally enjoyable for under $10 and I came to the conclusion that this was a grape I needed to get to know better.”  http://thecorkscrooge.com/2010/03/12/you-don%e2%80%99t-need-to-write-this-list-on-your-hand-3-value-… […]


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