A To Z Oregon Pinot Noir (A Vertical Tasting, 2012 and 2013)

a to z vert 2[Reviewed by Josh L]

Recently I had the rare – and accidental – opportunity to do a “vertical” tasting after buying two bottles of wine at Costco. In the store, I wasn’t fully paying attention, and after arriving home, I learned that I had one each of the 2012 and 2013 vintages of the A to Z Pinot Noir.

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2013 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir

2013 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot NoirThis is a signature Sonoma Russian River Pinot at a pretty good price at Costco.  I bought it for $15.99, but I’ve seen it going closer to $20 at most other outlets.  I thought it was right in line at the $16 mark, not more, not less.  It’s a light and easy drinking wine.  A nice food companion for almost anything (we enjoyed with Costco’s Wild Sockeye Salmon, which I can’t get enough of this time of year).

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2012 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay

2012 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay

I’m a big fan of this Chardonnay.  It just hits me right on every accord, and I’ve heard from quite a few readers who have also enjoyed previous vintages.  So to see the 2012 pop up was a real treat.

It pours a medium yellow; aromas of citrus and a bit of oak.  Mid-end palate is really where I think this wine shines.  The citrus flavor turns to more of a butter, butterscotch toward the finish, surrounded by just enough oak to add another layer of complexity.  Long finish.  A bit of minerality towards the end.  But butterscotch being the key element, and one that I don’t normally gravitate to, but somehow they pull it off.  This is a great food wine too.  We paired with some of the wild sockeye salmon that’s at Costco right now (Copper river made its run by the wild sockeye is really good too.  And the prices are unbeatable).

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2013 Burgans Albarino Rias Baixas

2013 Burgans Albarino Rias BaixasAlbarinos are perfect for breaking up the summertime routine of defaulting to your standard Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays when seeking hot weather wine refreshment and summer fare accompaniment.  We made a spinach and kale salad (most fresh from the garden), threw in some beets, goat cheese, carrots, almonds and a homemade vinaigrette, and this bottle, and it was perfect on a 98 degree evening in Atlanta.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #24

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #24

Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of Gone With The Wine and Dining Out — Way Out!

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2013 Marcel Servin Chablis

2013 Marcel Servin ChablisSticking with the White Burgundies, I found this Chablis that was $18.99 at my Costco.  As I mentioned in my previous review, I’m on a bit of a Burgundy kick at the moment.  During the summer months, I really enjoy these French Chardonnays, and the ones from Chablis are also crisp, refreshing, and stainless fermented which really adds to the clarity of fruit (which I tend to prefer).

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2011 David Moret Puligny-Montrachet

2011 David Moret Puligny-Montrachet I love white burgundies and have been on a bit of a kick lately.  I was pleased to find this Puligny-Montrachet pop up at Costco, and despite its $45 price tag, I had to kick down.  This is just what you have to pay to get wines from this region, and it delivered on every front.

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2010 Chateau Pey de Pont Medoc Bordeaux

2010 Chateau Pey de Pont Medoc BordeauxThis is an impressive Bordeaux for only $10.99 at Costco, tasting like something you’d have expected to pay $20-$25 for.  You don’t often see the Cru Bourgeois label placed on a wine priced this low.  That was the first tip off that I might be on to something when I noticed a few cases of this wine stuffed in between some larger displays.  I’d recommend looking for it if you enjoy big, strong, dry and dusty Bordeaux.

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2009 Bodegas Burgo Viejo Licenciado Reserva Rioja

Bodegas Burgo Viejo Licenciado ReservaThis was an interesting find, an ’09 Reserva Rioja at Costco for $14.99.  It intrigued me in a random sort of way so I dropped it in the cart.  And it turned out to be a pretty good buy that I would recommend for fans of Spanish reds with a little age on them.

The wine pours a medium deep purple; a wonderful floral nose that just continued to open up over the several hours we enjoyed this wine; also getting violets with hints of vanilla.  This is a fun wine to sniff.

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2013 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Joel Gott Sauvignon BlancIt’s 92 degrees on a hot summer day here in Atlanta as I write this – the perfect time to crack a cool Sauvignon Blanc, and I thought this Joel Gott bottle for $9.99 would be a good fit.  And it was.

I should be honest about the fact that I’m on a bit of an anti-Sauvignon Blanc kick at the moment.  In writing our Italian wine book, and exploring different whites from the around the world, I’ve come to love those from Italy, Spain and France.  And the prices on those bottles won’t break the bank.  I’ve just found an Albarino, or a Loire bottle or a Verdicchio to offer more flavor, more complexity and really, just provide a more interesting experience.

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