Geographical irony not withstanding, I have never found a St Chapelle wine that I would consider “drinkable”. The Special Harvest Riesling is a local favorite, no doubt, and you’d be lucky to find yourself at any wine serving social event that wasn’t proudly touting it on the wine bar, but as you know I am a loyal red drinker. Wine shopping for myself and my close wine loving friends typically includes selections such as J.Lohr, Chateau St Jean, La Crema, Coppola, Bogle, etc. However, my vino snobbery takes the backseat when I am wine shopping for a BBQ or party. The 15 to 20 range gets painful when there dozens of consumers, hence my bar drops to the 8 to 12 dollar range. My point to this random drivel is the St Chapelle 2005 Chuck Devlin Winemaker Series Cabernet. It ended up in my collection for the last SummerQ at la casa. Sporting an $8 price tag from a less than dawngrrl par viner, I was surprised enough to partake in a second glass. Even more surprising, I bought a second bottle, which you see there in the photo in front my little wine guy. It’s
Aficionado or casual wino, this inexpensive Idahoan can hold it’s own well enough to be served at your dinner soirees. Wining the best in class at the Riverside International Wine Competition, Devlin delivers a garnet delight with mature enough tannins to offer rich berry flavor with deep chest appeal. It wont compete too far above its price range, but it’s nice that my next door vineyard produced something I’d be proud to pair at parties without raping my pocketbook.