Monthly Archives: October 2014

Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Cabernet 2012

$19.99 Napa, California PLCB Code# 48843 I usually don’t entertain wines with catchy names (i.e. Fat Bastard, Barefoot) but after passing over Educated Guess a few times at Costco, I decided to give it a chance. And wow,that just sounded … Continue reading

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Altovinum Evodia 2013

$9.99 Calatayud, Spain PLCB Code# 43553 A custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, Altovinum’s 2013 Evodia is made from 100% old vine Grenache (some of it 100 years old), planted at 850- to 950-meter elevations in pure slate soils. It is … Continue reading

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Mendoza Vineyards Unsung Hero Malbec

2011  $13.99 (original price $42) Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code# 72472 The 2011 Unsung Hero Malbec from Medrano is fermented in barrel and tank and aged in French Nadalie barriques for 12 months. It has an attractive, refined bouquet with earthy, … Continue reading

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Mendoza Vineyards Malbec Gran Reserva 2010

$22.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code# 72470 The 2010 Gran Reserva Malbec is from Vistalba in Lujan de Cuyo and undergoes 18 months aging in new French and American oak. It handles the oak with aplomb, the nose vibrant and well-defined, … Continue reading

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Kurtz Family Vineyard Grenache Syrah 2010

$15.99 Barossa Valley, Australia PLCB Code#  37556 Bright and jazzy, with juicy blackberry, raspberry and spice flavors on a sleek frame. Nubby tannins emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2017.–HS 88 Points Wine Spectator Web Only-2014 Lots of ripe … Continue reading

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Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2009

$20.99 Tuscany, Italy PLCB Code# 46430 The 2009 Chianti Classico, 100% Sangiovese, is a gorgeous, deep wine endowed with serious richness. Dark plums, black cherries, licorice, new leather and menthol are some of the many notes that take shape in … Continue reading

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Ottimino Russian River Valley Rancho Bello Zinfandel 2009

$17.99 Sonoma, California PLCB Code# 33384 Dense and zesty, with tart blueberry and anise aromas that follow through to layered flavors of boysenberry, white pepper and sage. Drink now through 2017. 89 Points Wine Spectator, Jun 2012 Moderate intensity ripe … Continue reading

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Southard Lawrence Vineyard Syrah 2009

$23.99 Columbia Valley, Washington PLCB Code# 46308 Dark and bloody, this masterfully mixes layer upon layer of detail. Red meat, black olive, cassis and earth roll across the tongue, while hints of flower and chocolate linger in the nose. Complex, … Continue reading

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Kingston Family Vineyards Lucero Syrah Casablanca Valley Reserve 2009

$16.99 Chile PLCB Code# 39110 Dark but lively, with blackberry and melted licorice notes laced with briar, tobacco and roasted mesquite. The juicy finish offsets the toast nicely. Drink now through 2012. –JM 90 Points Wine Spectator Jun 30, 2011 … Continue reading

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Milbrandt Vineyards Grenache Clifton Vineyards Wahluke Slope 2010

$15.99 Washington Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33419 Ripe and soft, with a spicy edge of pepper and clove to the red berry flavors, billowing pleasantly as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017. 90 Points Wine Spectator, Dec 2013 A … Continue reading

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