JAMES BARLOW’S ‘STEALS OF THE MONTH’ FOR FEBRUARY 2018

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

The weather is starting to warm up!  That said, it’s still a red wine centric time of year.  I have picked out three fun, high quality, low cost wines that are sure to tide you over until the tax refund hits the bank account!  Enjoy!

Pierre Rougon Red Blend 2014

Cotes du Rhone, France

Cash Price $8.99

‘Wine is made in the vines’ stated Pierre Rougon.  This wine is a 60% Grenache/40% Syrah blend that really exceeds its price point.  Flavors of wild red berries and raspberry are encompassed notes of garrigue and spice.  Fresh, vibrant and extremely approachable!  James Score: 89 Points

Playtime Red Blend 2015

Lake County, California

Cash Price $9.99

Coming from Shannon Ridge winery, this delightful red blend is a perfect companion to BBQ or any zesty dish on your table.  The wine is 60% Zinfandel/23% Syrah with a smidgeon of Petite Verdot and Viognier.  Flavors of fresh dark cherries and blackberry flow into a touch of sweet oak, vanilla and a hint of pie spices.  Soft and silky! James Score: 89 Points

Wine Roads Chardonnay 2015

California

Cash Price $9.99

This wine comes from the famed Michael Sebastiani collection.  It is a fun, pleasant, user friendly Chardonnay that is meant for days that end in ‘Y’.  Tropical flavors of pineapple and melon show through touches of ripe green apples and medium acidity.  The finish shows touches of creamy butter, nuts and butterscotch.  James Score: 87 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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