Monthly Archives: September 2011

What is so Special about Napa Valley Cabernet?

California’s Napa Valley is known for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world.  For centuries the Bordeaux region of France was considered the only place that produced top quality wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon.  The blind … Continue reading

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Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2005

$9.99 Victoria, Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code#32192  Crisp and focused, with a gritty edge to the modestly proportioned blackberry and licorice flavors, lingering on the open-textured finish. Best from 2010 through 2015. 16,000 cases made. –HS 88 points Wine Spectator August … Continue reading

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L’Ostal Cazes Minervois Estibals 2005

$14.99 Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France PLCB Code#19079 Concentrated cherry and raspberry flavors, along with lip-smacking spice notes, fill this snappy red.  Vanilla and cream flavors linger on the finish.  Drink now through 2011. –KM 88 points Wine Spectator June 30, 2008 … Continue reading

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Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec 2007

$13.99 Lujan de Cujo, Mendoza, Argentina  PLCB Code# 32238 The 2007 Malbec Paso de Piedra spent 10 months in barrel. Purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of spice box, violets, black cherry, and plum. On the palate it has … Continue reading

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Chimney Rock Elevage 2006

$34.99 Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32155   Solid garnet hue. Cherry cola and coffee bean aromas with new oak and clove accents. Spicy black cherry fruit with a cloak of fine tannins, minerals and lightly … Continue reading

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Henry Fessy Moulin a Vent 2009

$16.99 Moulin au Vent, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 20610 A lovely, dark and smoky red, displaying brambly blackberry, ripe plum and crème de cassis fruit flavors. Lush and velvety, with fine balance and dusty tannins on the … Continue reading

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R Wines Shiraz Suxx 2007

$22.99 McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia PLCB Code#10377  Firm in texture, with a chewy feel to the dark berry and cream flavors, hinting at coffee as the finish persists. Best from 2010 through 2014.–HS 88 Points Wine Spectator Web Only … Continue reading

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Clarendon Hills Grenache Clarendon Vineyard 2005

$29.99 McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia Chairman’s Selectin PLCB Code# 32248 The 2005 Grenache Clarendon is dark ruby-colored with an enticing bouquet of violets, damp earth, and sappy black cherry. This leads to a ripe, velvety-textured, intensely fruity, structured wine … Continue reading

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Edna Valley Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard Reserve 2007

$15.99 South Coast, California PLCB Code# 32014 A rich, smoky style, with ripe pear, fig and honeydew melon fruit that’s smooth and fleshy. This is well-balanced and medium- to full-bodied, ending with a tropical pineapple edge. Drink now. 3,036 cases … Continue reading

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