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Good Value Great Red Wine

e.d. | Mar 30, 200404:53 PM

As a hound on a budget, I am always looking for wines which are under 10 bucks that don't taste like it. While there are always some good, inexpensive wines around, the reason for this post is a particular wine that is far beyond what I am used to finding. On my last trip to San Diego, I bought some bottles of Estate Baccala's 1999 Zinfandel from Mendocino county for $5.99. I found them at the Baron's market on Point Loma Blvd. This was not just a good value--I think it would be an exceptional wine at almost any price. Right now it is perfectly aged, showing some fruity zin qualities, but having a lot of graceful smooth sophistication. The flavor is full, but not so bold as to overwhelm food. At the same time, it is supple and subtle enough to drink on its own. I could go on and on, but if you are in SD or have a Baron's close by, I recommend buying a bottle and trying it. In fact, I recommend doing as Melanie Wong has suggested in the past--carry a corkscrew and wine glass with you in the car and (carefully without anyone seeing you because this is illegal) sample a taste in the parking lot, so that if you like it, you can buy more before they run out. I just hope they haven't run out already.

I don't know if this sort of post is of interest to other hounds, but I for one would appreciate chowhounds' tips to other wine values.

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