Monthly Archives: June 2014

Urbion Rioja Crianza 2008

$16.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code# 43525 The 2008 Urbion Crianza is the same blend as the Cuvee. It …has a more -serious- bouquet with blackberry, a touch of burnt toast and Asian spices. The palate is very well-balanced with fine, … Continue reading

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Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo Carinena Al Gairen 2007

$10.99 Spain PLCB Code# 43524 There is nothing about this on the internet.   Light both in terms of aroma and fruit, there is mild black cherry flavor, but a little harshness on the finish.  I don’t recommend it. 85 … Continue reading

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Argei Cannonau di Sardegna 2012

$12.99 Sardinia, Italy PLCB Code# 32983 Most people consider Cannonau to be the same grape as Grenache, but Sardinians insist it has its own unique characteristics. I’m a Grenache fan, but have yet to find a Cannonau that speaks to … Continue reading

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Lorca Monastrell 2009

$9.99 Bullas, Spain PLCB Code# 45619 The purple/black 2009 Lorca Monastrell offers up intriguing aromas of underbrush, brier, game, and blueberry. In the glass it exhibits ample spicy fruit, a bit of underlying structure, and 1-2 years of aging potential. … Continue reading

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Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2009

$24.99 Columbia Valley, Washington PLCB Code# 46675 Focused, generous and complex, wrapping nubby tannins around a pointed core of blueberry, currant, floral and spice flavors that linger effortlessly. Features a welcome transparency. Best from 2015 through 2019. –HS 91 Points … Continue reading

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Bodegas El Angosto Los Almendros 2009

$24.99 Valencia, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33235 The 2009 Angosto Los Almendros is composed of equal parts Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah, and Marselan aged for 15 months in French oak. Smoke, mineral, and a confiture of black fruits inform the … Continue reading

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Emanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2011

$24.99 Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, Rhone, France PLCB Code# 33253 Also outstanding, as well as a superb value, the 2011 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chenes is a medium-bodied, fresh, pure and focused Syrah that gives up impressive black raspberry, licorice, … Continue reading

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Bonny Doon Contra 2012

$9.99 Contra Costa County, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33245 This is the rating for 2011, and I think that it could apply to the 2012: An old vine field blend of 58% Carignan, 27% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache and the … Continue reading

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Roth Estate Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley 2012

$9.99 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33256 Features a fresh, grassy profile, with bright lemon, lime and grapefruit notes. Light and crisp on the finish. Drink now. 86 Points Wine Spectator Web Only, 2013 Nice green … Continue reading

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Domaine Forca Real Mas de la Garrigue 2011

$9.99 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33276 Blackberry and wild cherry flavors fill this seductive red. Very suave midpalate, with interesting savory herbal notes. The inky finish lingers with paprika and black pepper accents. Grenache, Syrah … Continue reading

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