Monthly Archives: July 2014

Luke Lambert Syrah Yarra Valley 2010

$58.99 Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia PLCB Code# 46620 Luke Lambert’s 2010 Syrah was fermented using wild yeast with 60% whole bunches included and matured in 27 year old, large format oak barrels before bottling without fining or filtration. It offers … Continue reading

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Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Reserva 2007

$16.99 Rioja Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33387 This polished red offers savory flavors of cherry, black tea, licorice and smoke, with light, firm tannins and gentle acidity. Focused and harmonious. Drink now through 2017. 89 Points Wine Spectator Online, … Continue reading

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Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2012

Chairman’s Selection New Zealand PLCB Code# 33292 Aromas of lemon, apple, peach, floral.  A touch of sweetness. Flavors of lychee, peach, orange zest, melon and spice. Luscious, almost oily texture. Good-Very Good   www.rationalwine.com Nice flowery nose with peach, citrus, and … Continue reading

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Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2008

$11.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code# 33310 The 2008 Reserva has a lot more going on. Both nose and palate are deeper than the 2009 Crianza, with ripe fruit, floral aromas and hints of the telltale notes of the properly aged … Continue reading

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Morgan Metallico Chardonnay 2012

$19.99 Monterey, California PLCB Code# 46401 Pure and ripe, offering juicy notes of honeydew melon, ginger, spice and nectarine, ending with a sustained finish that echoes the core fruit flavors. Drink now through 2017. 6,108 cases made. –JL 90 Points, Smart … Continue reading

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Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2011

$11.99 (On Sale) Washington PLCB Code# 6592 Fresh and expressive, this open-textured red glows with dark berry and subtle spice notes, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2017.–HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Jul 31, 2014 Ripe black cherry and … Continue reading

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Bodegas La Magdalena Tempranillo Sueno 2011

$12.99 Spain PLCB Code# 33233 Produced in collaboration with Majuelos de Espana, the 2011 Sueno (which means ‘dream’)… It offers a very intense bouquet of dark berries, mulberry and dark plum, dried pressed flowers developing with time. The palate is … Continue reading

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Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Syrah Las Kuras Vineyard 2009

 $12.99 Rapel Valley, Chile PLCB Code# 33299 This rich red is marked by game and spice notes to its ripe plum and crushed black cherry fruit. Mouthfilling, with accents of mesquite, mocha and maduro tobacco. Drink now through 2018. 2,326 … Continue reading

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