Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fess Parker Dry Riesling Rodney’s Vineyard 2010

 $13.99 Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32582 Fess Parker’s 2010 Dry Riesling Rodney’s Vineyard emerges from the glass with bright white fruits, citrus and jasmine. A crisp, well-delineated finish rounds out this energetic, focused wine. … Continue reading

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Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines 2007

$13.99 Montsant, Spain PLCB Code# 14794 The purple-colored 2007 Mas Donis Barrica is a blend of 85% Garnacha (from vineyards over 80 years of age) and 15% Syrah. Aged for eight months in French and American oak, it was bottled … Continue reading

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Quinta do Casal Branco Ribatejo Falcoaria 2011

 $7.99 Portugal PLCB Code# 45779 91 Points Wine Advocate  Crisp well-balanced with mild grapefruit and nutty flavors.  A bargain. 90 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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Rasteau Ortas Prestige Cotes du Rhone 2007

$15.99 Rhone, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32590 Round, fleshy and ready to drink now, with the spice and black tea notes melded nicely into the core of softening plum, blackberry and anise. The finish is long and velvety. Drink … Continue reading

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Bodegas Roda Roda Reserva Rioja 2005

 $34.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code# 38409 The 2005 Reserva from an outstanding vintage displays a classy perfume of spice box, cedar, leather, violets, and assorted black fruits. Dense, layered, and plush on the palate, in the glass it is intense, … Continue reading

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Cuvee de Pena Rouge 2009

 $9.99 Languedoc Roussillon, France PLCB Code# 45732 The as usual Carignan-based red 2009 Cuvee de Pena is simply the finest of its illustrious bargain-priced breed that I have tasted (and I go back 20 years with this cuvee and its … Continue reading

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Saxon Brown Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard Hayfield Block 2008

$32.99 Sonoma , California PLCB Code# 38866 Intense, rich and vibrant, with a tight, concentrated mix of tart cherry, rhubarb, red plum and red licorice. Full-bodied, aromatic, firm and focused, finishing with a dash of cola and pleasantly earthy tannins. … Continue reading

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Herman Moser Gruner Veltliner Gebling Kremstal 2010

$16.99  Kremstal, Austria PLCB Code# 28078 Creamy and spicy, with rich notes of fig and dried apricot to the pear tart and apple pie flavors. Features sea salt on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 250 cases imported. –KM 88 Points … Continue reading

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Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2008

$18.99 Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32519 The 2008 Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa is a sumptuous wine loaded with dark fruit, espresso, licorice and spices. There is nothing particularly subtle in this blockbuster wine, yet all of the elements … Continue reading

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Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2008

 $19.99 Cornas, Northern Rhone, Rhone, France PLCB Code #32271 Even better, the 2008 Cornas Empreintes, along with Pierre-Marie Clape’s Cornas, is undoubtedly the ‘Cornas of the vintage’ in 2008. Elegant notes of blackberries, cassis, graphite, licorice and herbs are found … Continue reading

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