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.