Monthly Archives: May 2011

Quinta da Fronteira Douro Red 2007

$8.99  Duoro, Portugal Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32054 With plenty of weight, but weight that is concentrated around a tight, firm tannic core. The wine has great ripe plum and black cherry fruits, brimming from the glass. The acidity is … Continue reading

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Sogrape Vinhos Callabriga Alentejo 2008

$8.99 Duoro, Portugal Chairman’s Selection         PLCB Code# 32080 This powerful red delivers ripe, balanced flavors of dark plum, mocha, mincemeat and dark chocolate. The good structure is supported by plenty of tannins. Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro Preto and Alicante Bouschet.  Best … Continue reading

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Castello de Fuenmayor Gran Familia Rioja 2008

$8.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code#32056 Castello de Fuenmayor’s 2008 Gran Familia Red is composed of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano that spent 4 months in American oak and 4 months in French oak.   Medium crimson-colored, it offers up a fragrant nose … Continue reading

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Apothic Red 2009 (E. & J. Gallo)

$9.99 California PLCB Code# 3400 A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot. I reviewed this wine in Newsletter 2 and I wasn’t too enthusiastic.  I was given a sample in the store and it tasted much better, so I bought … Continue reading

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Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les Beaune 2007

$15.99                                               Chorey les Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France Chairman’s Selection   PLCB Code# 32006 The Drouhin’s excellent value 2007 Chorey-les-Beaune displays sweetly ripe cherry with hints of nut oils, brown spices, peat, and chalk. Richer than its 2008 counterpart … Continue reading

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Pillar Box Red 2008

$6.99 Australia Chairman’s Selection                          PLCB Code#32052 A perennial Best Buy in these pages, the 2008 Pillar Box Red does not disappoint. A blend of 66% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Merlot, it is purple-colored with an enticing nose of … Continue reading

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Pazo Senorans Albarino 2009

$22.99 Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain PLCB Code# 14843 Pazo Senorans’ 2009 Albarino beautifully displays the high quality of the 2009 vintage in Rias Baixas.  Light gold in color, it offers up a splendid bouquet of mineral, honeysuckle, lemon, and tropical … Continue reading

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PA Wine Festival 2011

Sharon and Cindy and I went to the PA Wine Festival at Heinz Field.   It was better than the last one I went to a few years ago, and was a better value since we got the tickets for half … Continue reading

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Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc Waipara 2008

$15.99 Waipara, New Zealand PLCB Code#22846 Light and fragrant, with silky texture and pretty quince and tangerine flavors, lingering gently. Drink now. 1,500 cases made.–HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Web only 2009 Between a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and … Continue reading

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Pirie South Estelle 2006

$9.99 Tasmania, Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 17611 Dr. Pirie calls the 2006 Estelle “an upscale Edelzwicker,” composed of 50% Riesling, 30% Gewurztraminer, and 20% Pinot Gris. It offers a spicy nose with floral and tropical notes followed by a … Continue reading

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