Monthly Archives: March 2011

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2008

$19.99Piemonte, ItalyPLCB Code #22639 The 2008 Langhe Nebbiolo is all finesse and elegance. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, tobacco, mint and herbs come together nicely in the glass. This is already a touch forward and not especially vibrant, so it is … Continue reading

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Vignerons de Caractere Domaine de la Soleiade 2009

$14.99Vacqueyras, Southern Rhone, FranceChairman’s SelectionPLCB Code #13623 Potentially even better, the 2009 Vacqueyras Domaine de la Soleaide comes from very old Grenache vines blended with Syrah, all aged in cement tanks. … it represents a great expression of Provencal viticulture. … Continue reading

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Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra 2006

$24.99Basilicata, ItalyPLCB Code # 17177 The 2006 Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra is firm, tannic and impressively youthful. Dark fruit, menthol, licorice and new leather are some of the nuances that emerge from this virile, powerful Aglianico. Roasted coffee beans, licorice … Continue reading

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Araldica Palazzina Moscato Passito 2003

$9.99 / 375mlPiedmont, ItalyPLCB Code #10068 This dessert Muscat, from Araldica’s Il Cascinone estate charmed the panel completely both with its prettiness and its astonishing price”. The grapes are dried on racks for 45 days followed by a slow fermentation … Continue reading

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Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial Sardon de Duero 2007

$21.49Ribera del Duero, SpainPLCB Code #17763 Black cherry, wood smoke and bacon notes mingle in this firm, fresh red. Balanced and lively, not muscular but focused. A bit austere now, yet should evolve well. Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink … Continue reading

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Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2009

$15.99 Napa Valley, California PCB Code #13289 A blend of 98% Sauvignon and 2% Semillon, the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc offers up loads of fruit (melon, figs and citrus) in a light to medium-bodied, crisp, refreshing, exuberant style. This delicious, value-priced … Continue reading

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d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2008 Viognier Marsanne

$13.99Adelaide, AustraliaPLCB Code #14274 The 2008 The Hermit Crab is a blend of 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne.  The aromatics offer floral notes, honey, candle wax, and peach.  Smooth-textured and ripe, the wine also has excellent depth and length. –JM … Continue reading

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Anderson’s Conn Valley Right Bank 2006

$64.99 Napa Valley, California PLCB Code #14516 The 2006 Right Bank, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, has sweet notes of bouquet garni intermixed with roasted coffee, chocolate, black cherry, and black currant. The wine is deep, … Continue reading

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Reserve Des Oliviers 2007

$28.99Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, FranceChariman’s SelectionPLCB #13535 Velvety, featuring lush black currant, braised fig, bittersweet cocoa and dark maduro tobacco notes, all laced with a hint of shiso leaf, which helps add balance and length to the finish. Offers a … Continue reading

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Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2007

Lodi, California$17.99PLCB Code #3219 It’s hard to find a good reasonably priced zinfandel and  this is one of my favorites.  Lodi is due east of San Francisco and Napa and has a classic Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool … Continue reading

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