Monthly Archives: September 2014

Beringer Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012

$10.99 Napa Valley, California PLCB Code# 33239 The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a real winner, and at this price point (which is probably several dollars less at the big chain stores), it’s a steal. Delicious caramelized citrus and melon notes … Continue reading

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D’Arenberg The Stump Jump GSM 2011

$9.99 Australia PLCB Code# 46194 Fresh and crisp, with a distinct mineral note weaving through the juicy plum and spice flavors, lingering pleasantly on the refined finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now. –HS 89 Points and Best Value Wine … Continue reading

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William Knuttel Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011

$15.99 Sonoma, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33353 There is nothing about this wine on the internet.   Strong aromas of pineapple and peach.  Mild fruit and oak with medium body and nice acid on the finish.  A decent Chardonnay … Continue reading

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Quinta do Vallado Duoro 2011

$12.99 Duoro, Portugal PLCB Code# 33367 A firm, fresh and balanced red, with muscular red plum, berry and currant flavors, supported by a sturdy structure. The minerally finish reveals hints of flint. Drink now through 2016. 17,500 cases made. –KM … Continue reading

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Vina Mayor Toro 2008

$13.99 Ribera del Duoro, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33395 The 2008 Vendimia Seleccionada is 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) from the DO of Toro. The wine spent 10 months in 50% new French oak. Deep-purple in color, it surrenders … Continue reading

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Firriato Quater 4 Bianco 2011

$11.99 Sicily, Italy PLCB Code# 33284 The 2011 Quater Bianco, a blend of Zibibbo, Grillo, Carricante and Catarratto, is absolutely intriguing in this vintage. A hint of sweetness from the Zibibbo gives the wine much of its aromatic nuance, while … Continue reading

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Frei Brothers Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2012

$12.99 Sonoma, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33365 A killer value, the 2012 Zinfandel Reserve (96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah that achieved 14.6% alcohol) was aged in a combination of French and American oak. It possesses excellent density as … Continue reading

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Herdade das Mouras Vinha das Mouras de Arraiolos 2013

$14.99 Alentejo, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33261 This wine delivers fresh red and dark fruits with hints of herbs and violets. Medium-bodied with velvety tannin. A pure unoaked expression of the grapes. Steve Pollack, wine buyer for the Chairman’s … Continue reading

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