Monthly Archives: June 2012

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There are not many places in the Pittsburgh area that cater to wine aficionados, so I thought that it would be worthwhile to add a section to the newsletter to highlight the few that I have found.  Hopefully you will … Continue reading

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Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling 2010

$12.99 Barossa, Australia PLCB Code #21163   Light, with an oily feel and pear and green hay flavors, finishing dry. Drink now through 2014. 2,000 cases made. –HS 85 Points Wine Spectator Jun 30, 2011   The 2010 Grand Barossa Riesling … Continue reading

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St. Clement Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

$29.99 Napa Valley, California Chairman’s Selection (normally $55) PLCB Code #32477 The 2007 Oroppas exhibits a more tannic structure as well as notes of cedarwood, roasted herbs, bay leaf, red and black currants, licorice, and toasty oak. It requires 2-3 … Continue reading

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Susan Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Mendoza 2008

$21.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code #25770 Susana Balbo’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature contains 5% Malbec. It was sourced from 31-year-old ungrafted vines and spent 15 months in 80% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Medium purple in … Continue reading

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Colosi Rosso Sicilia 2009

$11.99 Sicily, Italy PLCB Code# 45592 Polished and ripe, displaying a rustic edge to the spicy plum and crushed cherry notes, as hints of underbrush emerge in the slightly grippy finish. Drink now. 18,500 cases imported. –NW 85 Points Wine Spectator … Continue reading

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Dominio del Plata Crios di Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2007

$7.99 Mendoza, Argentina Close Out PLCB Code#3009 Ripe, juicy and forward, with delicious plum, licorice snap and spice cake notes that ripple through the medium-weight finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JM 88 Points Wine Spectator, Jul 31, 2009 The 2007 … Continue reading

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Spy Valley Riesling 2010

$16.99 Marlborough, New Zealand PLCB Code# 21153 The 2010 Riesling gives pronounced notes of lime zest, kumquats, lemon juice and fresh grapefruit with nuances of coriander seed and frangipani. Light bodied and refreshingly crisp in the mouth, it has a … Continue reading

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Shoofly Chook Raffle Chardonnay 2008

$10.99 Adelaide Hills, Australia PLCB Code# 21140 Taut and distinctive for its range of pear, melon, tobacco and spice flavors, deftly balanced as the flavors persist gently. Drink now through 2012.–HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Nov 30, 2009 The 2008 … Continue reading

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Clos LaChance Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

 $15.99 Central Coast, California PLCB Code# 32503 Dark ruby red. Smells like an Old World Wine rather than a typical fruity California Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of wet earth, tobacco, leather, currants and cranberries. A hint of vanilla and sweet blackberries. … Continue reading

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Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay 2009

$26.99 Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Valley, California PLCB Code #23627 A stunning bargain is the 2009 Chardonnay CrossBarn, which was aged in 75% stainless steel, was put through 100% malolactic, and 15% was barrel fermented in order to provide a subtle … Continue reading

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