Tuesday night I was picking up some sundries at Longs in Cloverdale and took a walk down the wine aisles. I was shocked to see 1999 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Sangiovese on sale for $3.99. This is a premium wine that usually sells for $12-17 retail, presumably the chain got some kind of close-out deal. As 1999 was an excellent vintage on the North Coast, it was a no-brainer to buy a bottle to try.
We had it tonight with some South Indian food. Maybe not the best match, but the wine was delicious nonetheless. Initially a bit lean and sullen, it soon bloomed in the glass with cranberry and sweet cherry fruit laced with French vanilla, allspice, carob and leathery notes. Medium-bodied with supple tannins and good balancing acidity, the wine is ready to drink now and will hold for another year or two. Not complex enough to merit a higher rating, it is a solid 85 to 87-point wine and well-worth buying at $12, let alone $3.99.
The friends I shared it with will be fanning out to try to find some at their local Longs stores. Hope theres some left for you too.