Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bridesmaid 2009

$12.99 Napa Valley, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code#32265 The 2009 Bridesmaid White displays loads of spring garden-like floral notes intermixed with some honeysuckle, white peach, pineapple, and melon. This exotic, luscious, dry, mid-weight white should be drunk over the next … Continue reading

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Plungerhead Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008

$17.99 Dry Creek Valley, California PLCB Code# 3388 This is a dry, hot, rustic Zinfandel, with a burn of alcohol. But it’s rich in cherry and berry, currant, licorice, smoked meat and pepper spice flavors. Has lots of popular appeal. S.H.  (3/1/2011)  —  … Continue reading

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Columbia-Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve 2007

$29.99 Columbia Valley, Washington PLCB Code# 34014 The purple-colored 2007 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red Wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 30 months in barrel. Toasty oak, mineral, violets, spice … Continue reading

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William Cole Albamar Chardonnay 2009

$7.99 Casablanca, Chile PLCB Code# 32336 Shows good direct yellow apple, hazelnut and verbena notes, with a light-weight finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. –JM 84 Points Wine Spectator Web only 2010   Light straw, spicy flavors with complexity, excellent balance … Continue reading

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Domaine Des Hauts Chassis Crozes-Hermitage Les Galets 2008

$14.99 Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France PLCB Code#32269 A bright, tangy style, with lively pomegranate, pepper, tobacco and mineral notes that stay focused on the finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JM 88 Points Wine Spectator May 31, 2011   Pleasant nose of … Continue reading

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Alexander Valley Vineyard Sangiovese 2006

$9.99 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32353 Deep ruby garnet color. Soft aromas of cocoa, baked berries, and mixed peppercorns follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with good even depth and … Continue reading

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Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2005

$28.99 Castellino in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy PLCB Code# 14355 Offers blackberry on the nose and palate, with a floral, eucalyptus note. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs a little bottle age to mellow. Drink now. … Continue reading

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Quinta do Vallado Duoro 2008

$10.99 Portugal PLCB Code#32302 Bright and juicy, with flavors of dried raspberry, berry and smoke. Finishes with sanguine notes backed up by plenty of tannins. A touch rough-hewn. Drink now through 2015. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 16,250 cases made. –KM … Continue reading

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Tarima Monastrell 2009

$10.99 Jumilla, Spain PLCB Code# 3507 This red offers cherry, leaf and some game flavors on a lean frame, with crisp acidity and light, firm tannins. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. –TM 82 Points Wine Spectator 8/31/10   This is the … Continue reading

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Torres Vina Esmeralda 2009

$7.99 Penedes, Catalunya, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code#32315 Initial mixed emotions turned to a pleasant surprise when we unscrewed this one (yes, screw cap here, no cork). When I think of Moscato I tend to pass, assuming a too-sweet grape. But … Continue reading

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