A SOUTHERN RHONE-inspired red blend from California’s Central Coast is what you get with Hahn’s GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre).
COSTCO takes its own labels up a notch with the Kirkland Signature Series wines.
CARNEROS and its cool climate contributed to this Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir.
Hahn GSM Central Coast 2013, $14: Intense, structured, dry, approachable: That’s the new vintage of Hahn Winery’s “GSM” — Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. It’s a Southern Rhone-style blend that offers the bright raspberry, strawberry, cherry flavors of Grenache, the spice and blueberry of Syrah, and the richness of Mourvedre. It has depth of flavor, weight, firm acidity and an agreeable price. The blend was sourced from Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands and Paso Robles. You can find this wine at Market Square, Birmingham.
Kirkland Signature Series Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2011, $19.99: The Costco wine team collaborates on the making of the Kirkland line of varietals with growers around the world. Their upper tier wines are labeled Signature Series and cost more like Reserves. This Malbec is sourced from a single vineyard at an elevation of almost 4,000 feet at the base of the Andes in Argentina. It’s a berried, spicy beauty redolent of blackberry, cherry, black currant, roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate. Tannins are polished. Acidity is firm. It’s aged 12 months in new French oak. It’s 86 percent Malbec, 14 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Check out your Costco shelves.
Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros 2012, $35: Carneros indeed — you can pick up right away on the firm acidity of this cooler district — along with the firm tannins, the core of bright cherry, raspberry fruit, the spice, the roasted chestnut, the toffee flavors. It’s a big wine that’s still young and zipped-up tight — it will age like a champ. Frank Family owns more than 200 acres spread across Napa. The winery is located at the former Kornell Champagne Cellars on the site of historic Larkmead Winery in Calistoga. Owner Rich Frank is an advertising exec turned Hollywood TV and film mogul and was president of Walt Disney Studios.
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