Monthly Archives: October 2012

Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009

$21.99 Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California PLCB Code #8141 The successful as well as fairly priced 2009 Pinot Noir is a 100% Pinot Noir from Russian River vineyards owned by Gallo. It offers copious aromas of strawberries, rhubarb, cherries, root … Continue reading

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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

$12.99 Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32506 On the lighter side, with a green note weaving through the cherry and tobacco flavors, finishing gently. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported. –HS 85 Points Wine Spectator Web Only 2012 Bright ruby. Deeply pitched … Continue reading

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Betts & Scholl The Chronique Grenache 2008

$19.99 Barossa Valley, Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33011 Supple and distinctive for its rhubarb and raspberry flavors, riding easily on a polished frame and singing through the fine-textured finish. Drink now through 2012.” 92 points Wine Spectator, Apr 2011 Surprisingly … Continue reading

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Neil Ellis Chardonnay 2009

$13.99 Stellenbosch, South Africa Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32620 A fresh, driven style, with mouthwatering green apple, fig and green almond notes that ripple through the finish. Delivers range without being overdressed with toast. Drink now.  88 points Wine Spectator, Nov … Continue reading

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Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

$12.99 Maipo Valley, Chile Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33000 Medium purple, Asian spices, incense, black fruits; 2-3 years aging potential; approachable now. 91 Points Wine Advocate Dec 2010  Dark and still tightly wound, with espresso and loam leading the way … Continue reading

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Vignerons de Caractere Les Hauts de Castellas Vacqueyras 2009

$17.99 Vacqueyras, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32391 For starters, the 2009 Vacqueyras Les Hauts de Castellas is a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend aged in wood barrels for 12 months that exhibits classic Provencal characteristics of garrigue, … Continue reading

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Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay 2011

 $16.99 Central Coast, California PLCB Code# 3999 2011 Layer Cake Chardonnay is produced from vineyards around Santa Barbara that enjoy the cool Pacific Ocean breezes, then fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperature to preserve the intense, complex aromatics. … Continue reading

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Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2008

$22.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code#18763 Opaque purple, loads of spice, blue and black fruit, lavender, incense; over-delivers big-time. 90 Points Wine Spectator Dec 2010 A ripe, muscular style, sporting graphite and licorice flavors to frame the core of damson plum, … Continue reading

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