BevMo Five Cent Sale Picks 2014 Sale Cycle
BevMo’s Five Cent Wine Sale is now a year round event. This program allows you to buy a bottle at full price and get a second for five cents. They have now updated the program to allow mix and matching wines of the same or lesser price. There is no longer a fear of getting two bad bottles. With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day appraoching, I decided to publish my picks for wines currently in the five cent sale program.
A note to the haters
- I know that the per bottle cost may be elevated for the BevMo Five Cent “Sale.”
- I am also aware that some of the labels may be produced for the 5 Cent Sale or on clearance.
- I am also aware that Wilfred Wong rating system is his own 100 point scale and that he is the BevMo buyer
02/10/2014 – I received clarification from BevMo in regards to my “A note to the haters” section
1) Prices are not elevated. The 5c sale price is based off the Regular price, not ClubBev! discount price.
2) We negotiate deals with wineries to get a nice variety of product at this price point.
3) Wilfred is our Cellar Master, he is not a buyer. He helps develop product, rates wines, writes reviews on wine, beer and spirits, but has no buying responsibility whatsoever. Here is a story about Wilfred we just posted today: http://bevmothirstytimes.com/meet-wilfred-wong-bevmo-cellar-master/
I appreciate their extra information and clarification. To my readers, does this extra information make you feel better?
With all that said, I have tasted some really amazing wines at a good price from the BevMo Five Cent Sale. I treat Mr. Wong’s scoring as an advisement. I will often look up the wines on cellartracker.com and consumer ratings as a triangulation of accuracy.
As I see it, you will most likely visit BevMo to purchase wine, despite them hems and haws of the corkdorks. You might as well go in with good information. There is no need to wonder the aisles like a lost puppy.
My BevMo Five Cent Sale Picks
Crooked Path Cabernet ’11
San Luis Obispo County
90 PTS WILFRED WONG: One of the best wines from a difficult vintage, the ’11 Crooked Path Cabernet excels with ripe fruit flavors that glide along the palate; smooth finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: I really liked this wine, despite the higher price point. This wine is silky smooth like many wines made with coastal fruit.
Carneros Creek Reserve Chardonnay ’12
92 PTS WILFRED WONG: A pretty amazing performance, the vibrant ’12 Carneros Creek Reserve Chardonnay shows dried peach, bright mineral and zippy citrus peel; long and crisp in the finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: A pretty dry Chardonnay that has nice mineral and stone fruit appeal
Coppola Merlot Director’s Cut ’11
90 PTS WILFRED WONG: Impressive in so many ways, the ’11 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Merlot displays red currants, dust and berries; layered and persistent in the finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: This wine is worth the higher price tag. It is fruity and can be a little chalky,although it has a great flavor profile.
Michael Pozzan Pinot Noir ’11
PTS WILFRED WONG: The Michael Pozzan Pinot Noir is ripe, fine and well balanced; a consistently solid effort in the marketplace. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: This is a good everyday table wine, I would serve this with a nice meal at home.
Powder Keg Demolition Red ’11
91 PTS WILFRED WONG: Rockin’ rich in the aromas, the dashing ’11 Powder Keg Demolition Red combines unusual elegance with its power and richness; shows black fruit and tar. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: A bold wine with a touch of class. This is a steak and potato wine, perhaps you can serve it with a lamb burger as well.
Valley Of The Moon Orbiter Red ’11
91 PTS WILFRED WONG: A juicy, rich effort, the ’12 Valley of the Moon Orbiter is a fine red, with bright berries on the palate; lively in the finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: Valley of the moon is one of my favorite wine labels. I really liked the cherry and berry juiciness of this wine, yet it has some tannin umph to beef it up.
Michael Pozzan Cabernet Alexander Vly’10
91 PTS WILFRED WONG: One of the top efforts in Alexander Valley Cabernets, the simply fine ’10 Michael Pozzan just sails through the palate, with red fruit and dried herbs; long, enticing finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: This is delicious wine that I would feel comfortable bringing to a dinner party. Even though it is a robust Cab, it drinks smoothly. Let this one decant for at least 30 minutes.
Powder Keg Cabernet Sauvignon ’11
90 PTS WILFRED WONG: Packed with New and Old World flavors, the full-flavored ’11 Powder Keg Cabernet shows up nicely on the palate; flavors are true to the varietal. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: – I have been drinking PowerKeg for the past couple years and they have consistently delivered on quality. This year’s Cab is no exception.
Sebastiani Zinfandel ’09
90 PTS WILFRED WONG: A successful wine from a one of state’s most reliable zin producers, the carefree ’09 Sebastiani demonstrates, fine, fruit-forward berry flavors; fresh and pretty in the finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: This is my top recommendation of all my picks. If you get no other bottle, I encourage you to try this one.
Zynthesis Zinfandel ’11
San Joaquin County
92 PTS WILFRED WONG. A substantial zin, the incredibly gifted ’11 Zynthesis Old Vine Zinfandel is packed and rich with bold, berry flavors; almost rounded on the plate; firms up nicely in the finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: This is a wine that is dense with flavor in the true zin form. This wine is strong yet smooth, just like me. It would pair well with lamb, burgers and a hearty ragu.
Cantina Casteggio Barbera ’10
90 PTS WILFRED WONG. Just as it should be, the racy and delicious ’11 Cantina Casteggio Barbera is bright and beautiful from start to finish. (Notes from BevMo Website)
Tom’s Notes: This is the only international wine I recommend on this list and it is also a very delicious wine that should be considered. The wine is full body and very drinkable, although it has some acidity. I suggest pairing this with a hard cheese like Parmesan.
As always think for yourself and make your own best decisions on wine purchasing. You are the best critic for your palate. Life is too short for bad food and cheap wine!
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