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Robert Mondavi Private Selection – Meritage 2008

DdV: 88
WS: n/a
WA: n/a
Price: $6.99 – $8.99
Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot
Source: Various. Mostly Coastal California

This is a fantastic every day drinker that goes very well with hearty grill such as steak, lamb, or beef ribs but also can stand alone.  Easily wins my vote for Super Market Find of the year.  Decant this and tell your guests it’s a $70 reserve wine.

Rich dark berry and plumb with a touch of spice and oak on the finish.  Very smooth and far more complex than you would expect for this price point.  Legs and finish are a bit on the short side but what do you expect for and average of eight bucks?
Very consistent year to year.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection – Merlot 2008

DdV: 86
WS: n/a
WA: n/a
Price: $6.99 – $8.99
Blend: 86% Merlot, 9% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Source: Various. Mostly Coastal California

Another winner from the Mondavi Private Selection.  Very smooth with big fruit , cassis, blackberry and plenty of oak on a surprisingly long finish.  Another fool your friends candidate.  This pairs rather nicely with grilled steak, beef short ribs and other rich meaty dishes.  Also very consistent year to year.

Chateau St. Jean – Merlot 2009
DdV: 89
WS: n/a
WA: n/a
Price: $8.99 – $10.99
Blend: n/a
Source:  Sonoma

Easily at the top of the Super Market Find food chain.  Terrific everyday wine and the best of the Merlot’s in this class.  Black cherry, plum, and blackberry flavors abound mid palate with a hint of cloves and cedar on a smooth long finish.  Great with grill or with roasted fare.  Consistent year after year.

La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux – Récolte Rouge
DdV: 87
WS: 87 (2006)
WA: 87 (2006)
Price: 750 ML : $7.99 – $8.99 (super markets) / 1.5 L : as low as $9.99 (Costco)
Blend: 50% Grenache with Carignan and Syrah
Source: AOC Ventoux – Provence, France

A very tasty Rhone style red at an amazing price.  I mean a magnum for $9.99 amazing! This is another wine that is consistently excellent year after year.  Sourced from vineyards on the slopes of Mont Ventoux in Southern France, this medium bodied red shows lush dark cherry, berry, currant, spice, and light pepper with a refreshing mineral note on the finish.

This wine is very versatile and will pair with grill, roasts, pasta, and pizza.  This is easy to spot as it has a hen and a rooster on the label.

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