Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bodega Goulart The Marshall 2009

$13.99 Mendoza, Argentina Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33023   Full and deep berry aromas are the greeting. The wine is rock solid and full in body, with lusty blackberry and wild raspberry flavors along with spice and nice tannins. A complete, … Continue reading

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90+ Cellars Lot 31 Pinot Noir 2009

$14.99 Carneros, California PLCB Code# 3735 On the nose this wine exhibits aromas of dried cherries, vanilla bean and strawberry with just a hint of cedar and dried tobacco. Rich flavors of wild berry, huckleberry and fresh earth unfold to … Continue reading

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Barrel 27 Rock and a Hard Place Grenache 2009

 $11.99 Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33090 It’s tough to beat the 2009 Grenache Rock and a Hard Place for the money. The 2009 is a gorgeous wine laced with varietal red fruit, flowers, mint and … Continue reading

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Las Divas Vineyards Riglos Gran Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

$27.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code# 39909 The 2009 Gran Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented with native yeasts and spent 20 months in first-use French oak. It is purple in color, with a fragrant bouquet of toasty oak, earthy minerals, Asian spices, … Continue reading

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Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc 2011

$17.99 Sonoma Valley, California PLCB Code# 5703 Ferrari-Carano’s 2011 Fumé Blanc has aromas of lime, kiwi, citrus, melon and a touch of grass complemented by flavors of grapefruit, lemon and lime with a mango and guava finish. Cool, stainless steel … Continue reading

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Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2008

$14.99 Horse Heaven Hills, Washington PLCB Code# 24286 Ripe and generous, not heavy, but heady with spice-accented pear, honey and floral aromas and flavors, echoing nicely. Drink now. 37,000 cases made. –HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Feb 28, 2010 The … Continue reading

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Glaetzer Barossa Shiraz 2011 SW102 Reserve

$12.99 Barossa, Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33113 Australia’s Glaetzer winery, which makes excellent Shiraz in the $70 range, declassified part of its 2011 vintage and shared it with us. Aromas of smoke, tar, earth, blackberry and spice. The palate … Continue reading

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Steven Kent Central Coast Chardonnay 2009

$14.99 Livermore Valley, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32443 The 2009 Chardonnay opens with aromas of baked apple, pear skin and vanilla. The palate is quite rich with pineapple, pear, apple, and teaberry, and finishes with balanced acidity and lemon … Continue reading

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Hill of Content Shiraz 2006

Western Australia-Southern Australia, Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33074 This tight Shiraz shows a sharp focus to the blackberry and roasted meat flavors, persisting nicely into the lively finish. Drink now through 2016.–HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Jul 31, 2012 … Continue reading

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Blanco Nieva Verdejo 2009

Rueda, Spain PLCB Code# 17168 Grassy aromas along with capsicum, nettle and green fruit aromas are pungent and exciting. The palate is spritzy and lively, while the flavor profile balances sweet, candied green fruit flavors with more driving, intense tastes … Continue reading

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