I always scan the Costco wine departments for “Markdowns”. On a recent trip I found Bonterra Vineyards 2006 Syrah Organic from Mendocino County. It was $9.97. I don’t know what the original price was but $10 bucks seemed like a good idea at the time. I don’t know enough about Organic or biodynamic farming, at this point, to talk confidently on the proof of that. I can talk about the taste and how it makes me feel, and how I am going to look into that, later.
So some technical stuff:
The Blend: 97% Syrah, 2% Petit Sirah, 1% Grenache
Aging: 18 months in French and American Oak. 44% New, 22% once used, 22% twice used.
Production: 6,500 cases
Price: $9.97 on markdown at Costco. Normal retail is $17.99
On the Nose: berries, not a heck of a lot going on in the nose for me
The Palate: The palate is a nice surprise. Fruit forward. Dark berry fruit. Cocoa, black pepper and nice strong tannins on the finish. There is a fair amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I like to see that in a Shiraz/Syrah.
The verdict: 88 points. There is nothing about this wine that I find out of balance or unpleasant, it would be a very decent daily drinker.
If this doesn’t sound like a glowing review, it isn’t. But that’s not because I don’t think the wine is good. I’m just guessing however you found this article, you’d probably appreciate the honest truth. It’s good. It’s something I would drink again, probably serve at a party, and will buy again if I see it in the $10 range.
Really love the Bonterra wines. Have reviewed three and tasted two others. The Syrah was not one of them, but will be on the wine rack on my next wine buy outing.
I used to sell Bonterra at my old distributor gig- always thought they were nice QPR wines- $10 is a great buy…
I love your disclaimer at the end. You want the truth, you can’t handle the truth…way to keep it real, friend!
I was going to use that line too!