Monthly Archives: May 2013

Exception at Wines at the Pittsburgh Wine Festival 2013

Domaine Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009  $109.99 PLCB Code# 20176 Candied apple and lemon flavors are highlighted by butter and grilled almond notes in this opulent white. Concentrated and creamy, with a hint of seashore that adds another … Continue reading

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Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 2010

$80.99 PLCB Code# 532955 SLO, minimum 6 bottles Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France   The 2010 is a fabulous wine of exceptional intensity, tremendous flavor authority and full-bodied power. It is slightly more reserved than the more flamboyant 2009, but … Continue reading

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Concho y Toro Don Melchor 2008  $72.99 PLCB Code# 39272 Available Maipo Valley, Chile   The 2008 Don Melchor is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc that is aged for 15 months in French oak (72% … Continue reading

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Montes Purple Angel 2010

$64.99 Colchagua Valley, Chile PLCB Code# 31964  Available   A dark, ambitious red, with ample toast and mocha to the macerated plum skin, dark cherry and grilled fig fruit that pumps out layers of humus, iron and olive paste before … Continue reading

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Altesino Brunello Montosoli 2007

$61.99 PLCB Code# 526543 SLO minimum order 12 bottles Macerated cherry and earth notes mark this meaty, sanguine red. These components are offset by thick, dense tannins, with a compact finish. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,250 cases … Continue reading

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Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard 2010

 $47.99 PLCB Code# 39261 Available   Named Best New World Red by Steven Spurrier of Decanter Magazine, who writes: “One of Oregon’s Willamette Valley Pinot growers-sustainably farmed and with minimum cellar intervention to produce vigorous wines with great purity and … Continue reading

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Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

$39.99 PLCB Code# 38819 Hard to find   Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc from well-drained hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley. Aromas of dark, brooding … Continue reading

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Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

$32.99 PLCB Code# 31651 Available   The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is richer, deeper and riper than the Knights Valley bottling. Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more … Continue reading

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BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

$29.99 PLCB Code# 6721 Widely available  The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a mouthful. This big, brawny Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with dark red fruit, smoke, tar and licorice. It shows gorgeous balance and fabulous length in an up-front style … Continue reading

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Numanthia Termes 2009

$27.99 PLCB Code# 38619 Hard to find This expressive red offers blackberry, chocolate, toast and mineral notes, with firm, well-integrated tannins supporting a plush texture. Ripe yet focused, in the modern style. Drink now through 2017.–TM 91 Points Wine Spectator

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