Monthly Archives: August 2014

Renwood Clarion 2010

$12.99 Amador County, California PLCB Code# 33354 Firm and zesty, with notes of briary blackberry, toasted herb and cracked pepper. Zinfandel and Syrah. Drink now through 2017. 86 Points Wine Spectator, Dec 2012 75% Zinfandel and 25% Syrah. Mild berry … Continue reading

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Chateau de Belcier Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2011

$15.99 Bordeaux, France PLCB Code# 33237 Rich and structured, yet full and concentrated, this wine has both dark tannins and ripe plum and berry fruits. The acidity streaks through the wine, lending freshness and good aging potential. Drink from 2017. … Continue reading

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Smoking Loon Steelbird Unoaked Chardonnay 2012

$11.99 (now 8.99 on sale) ($5.99 at Total Wine) California PLCB Code# 6669 Pure Chardonnay, intense, fresh and vibrant, this is loaded with citrus, green apple and citrus blossom, showing steely flinty notes. Sings and dances from start to finish. … Continue reading

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Bodegas Muriel Vendemmia Seleccionda Reserva Rioja 2008

$12.99 Rioja, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33400 Black cherry, chocolate, licorice and raisin flavors mingle in this round red. The tannins are softening, but the balsamic acidity maintains freshness. Drink now through 2016. 87 Points Wine Spectator, Nov 2013 … Continue reading

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Curtis Heritage Cuvee 2010

$14.99 Santa Barbara, California PLCB Code# 33352 This is a complex wine, with subtle cherry, licorice, herb and sandalwood flavors that finish dry and spicy. The balance is impeccable. Blended from Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, it’s the winery’s most … Continue reading

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The Flower and the Bee, Coto de Gomariz, 2011

$13.99 Ribeiro, Spain PLCB Code# 46067 This white shows impressive focus and cut, with a stony texture supporting the flavors of mineral, saline and citrus. Offers a long, floral finish and lovely purity. Treixadura.  Drink now through 2017. 3,300 cases … Continue reading

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Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

$29.99 Tuscany, Italy PLCB Code#  46706 The sweet black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors highlight this powerful, polished red. The fruit, earth and spice notes prevail as the tannic grip emerges on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2024. 92 … Continue reading

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Bodegas Heredad de Aduna Aduna Reserva 2008

$15.99 Rioja, Spain PLCB Code# 33234 It has a similar nose to the 2007, with generous, rounded, dark plum, raspberry and over-ripe strawberries laced with a drop of Worcester sauce. However, observing the wine over an hour, it mellows and … Continue reading

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Bodega Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2012

$17.99 Campo de Borja, Spain PLCB Code# 43559 The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and … Continue reading

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Bodegas Aragonesas Garnacha Campo de Borja Coto de Hayas Centenaria 2012

$17.99 Campo de Borja, Spain PLCB Code# 43528 This rich red delivers bold flavors of kirsch, blackberry jam, dark chocolate and toast in a plush, polished texture, with accents of licorice and smoke. Opulent, in the modern style. Drink now … Continue reading

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