Every month, I pick a wine that I feature in my department for the entire month. The criteria for my pick is really quite simple. The wine needs to overdeliver for the price. The jargon used in the wine world is qpr or quality-to-price ratio. Some months are harder than others. I challenge all the sales reps who call on me to come up with a wine that will qualify as my pick for the month. I try to keep it at under fifteen dollars retail, which makes it a bit tougher. Last month, Nate came with a gem from California that rolls in at ten bucks.
2018 Mon Frere Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (California)… $!0.
Aromas of dark cherries and currants with a kiss of toast, licorice, and spice. Dark cherry and currant notes pop on the front of the palate, supported by soft, structured tannins. Toast and spice notes join up on the mid-palate into a decently long finish where warm spice notes linger. Nice integration and balance, this is a fantastic value for ten bucks. They give this baby a regular price of nineteen bucks. It’s certainly not a twenty-dollar Cab, but it’s a steal at ten. (B-)
Stan The Wine Man