Monthly Archives: July 2011

Piccini Sasso al Poggio IGT 2004

$12.99 Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy PLCB Code# 32078 I reviewed this wine in Newsletter 7 and what I tasted was totally different from the description below.  I thought that I might have gotten a bad bottle, and I did!  … Continue reading

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Leone de Castris Verdeca Bianca Messapia 2009

 $14.99 Salento, Puglia, Italy PLCB Code# 17195 The 2009 Verdeca Bianco Messapia is one of the finest wines I have tasted from Puglia. Bright citrus, lime peel and flowers come together beautifully in this rich, textured white. The balance here … Continue reading

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Zuccardi Q Malbec 2009

$19.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code#19895 Ripe and smoky, featuring ample layers of boysenberry, plum skin and fig paste that push through to the tangy finish, which lingers with hints of salted licorice and spice. Drink now. 8,166 cases made. –NW 87 … Continue reading

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Fuentes Gran Clos Priorat 2000

$27.99 Priorat, Spain PLCB Code#26495 This limited production cuvee from Priorato is a blend of 70% old vine Grenache and 30% Carignan. Lush, fat, and fleshy is the opaque purple-colored 2000 Gran Clos. Deep, pure, full-bodied, and impressive, it reveals … Continue reading

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Stuhlmuller Chardonnay 2009

$14.99 Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CaliforniaPLCB Code#32197 The 2009 Chardonnay Alexander Valley is a big-production item of 8,400 cases. A classic California Chardonnay showing notes of white peach, a bit of honey, and background oak, it is medium to full-bodied and … Continue reading

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Parson’s Flat Cabernet/Shiraz 2007

$19.99 Padthaway, South Australia, AustraliaPLCB Code #32195 Chairman’s Selection A blend of 57% Shiraz and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 Parson’s Flat Shiraz-Cabernet was aged for 15 to 16 months in 60% American oak and 40% French, 40% of which … Continue reading

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Montinore Estate Pinot Gris 2009

$8.99 Willamette Valley, OregonPLCB Code #32200 This refreshing white is redolent of grapefruit and almond, with a lingering finish. Drink now. 9,461 cases made. –HS 87 Points Wine Spectator Dec 31, 2010 Grapefruit, mineral, and a little buttery.  Crisp, dry and refreshing.  … Continue reading

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Seigneur de Fontimple Vacqueyras 2009

$13.99 Vacqueyras, FrancePLCB Code #32153 Chairman’s Selection   Another good value is the 2009 Vacqueyras Seigneur de Fontible, a classic Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend that is vinified with carbonic maceration and aged totally in tank prior to bottling. The result … Continue reading

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Pirie South Pinot Noir 2008

$16.99 Tasmania, AustraliaPLCB Code #19051 Chairman’s Selection Bright and lively, with a nice blackberry note that runs through a modest bed of fine tannin, veering toward cherry as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2014. 800 cases imported. –HS 88 Points … Continue reading

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Eberle Zinfandel Steinbeck Vineyard and Wine-Bush Vineyard 2007

$27.79 Paso Robles, California Available at Dreadnought’s Dense and rich with fruit, offering smoky huckleberry aromas and rich, layered boysenberry, sage and white pepper flavors that firm up on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 2,881 cases made. –TF 88 Points … Continue reading

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