Every so often, Pennsylvania gets a steep Chairman's Selection discount on a California red that might not be compelling enough to merit a list price approaching $48 - but is totally worth jumping on for $19.99.
The 2010 Sonnette from Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, marked down more than 50 percent, is jump-worthy, for sure. Debuted with a Saturday tasting in the PLCB booth at this weekend's Rittenhouse Row Festival, and on sale in stores Monday, Sonnette (French for "little bell") is a good example of a Bordeaux-style red with Napa style. In this blend of cab, merlot, syrah and petit verdot, plush cherry and blackberry fruit rides front and center, but with good acidity and structure, and even a little earth, to anchor it for food. The tannins are soft enough to drink now, but they're persistent enough that you might want to set this wine aside for a steak dinner in 2014. There's no telling what it'll cost if it returns again next year.
- Craig LaBan
Bell Sonnette 2010 $19.99 in Pa. (code 32708).