Monthly Archives: March 2016

Alamos Malbec 2014

$10.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code# 3027   Concentrated flavors of roasted plum and dark cherry are matched to hints of juniper berry. Features smoky notes midpalate, with a finish that lingers with baker’s chocolate. Drink now through 2018.–KM 88 Points … Continue reading

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Encanto Mencia 2011

$12.99 Bierzo, Spain PLCB Code# 49612   This fresh, pure value red cranks out raspberry and boysenberry aromas in front of a crisp, tight palate. Ripe, quick-hitting flavors of red-berry fruits and toasty smoke finish zesty, with a lasting note … Continue reading

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La Spinetta Fontana Vi Barbera d’Asti 2011

$14.99 Piedmont, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33992   Barberas tend to be the lighter, everyday drinking wines of the makers of Barolo and Barbaresco.  However, some winemakers there make big, bold Barbera wines, but Giorgio Rivera of La Spinetta … Continue reading

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Domaine Les Verrieres Les Pierres Plantees 2008

$15.99 Languedoc, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78091 A suave style, with a meaty aroma and flavors of dried blackberry, plum compote and dark currant, laced with intense mineral and forest floor notes. Focused slate and savory details emerge mid-palate … Continue reading

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Gandolini Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Marias Vineyard 2011

$29.99 Maipo, Chile Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78023   The 2011 Las 3 Marias Vineyards, from a very low-yielding vineyard (one kilo per plant) aged for 21 months in new oak French barrels, is a pure Cabernet Sauvignon with very … Continue reading

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Outback Jack Semillon Chardonnay Chenin Blanc South Eastern Australia 2014

$7.99 South Eastern Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 35012   This is a very drinkable wine with apricot and lime flavors good body, and lots of crisp acidity on the finish.  Not bad for the price. Tasted with Ron. 87 … Continue reading

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Star Lane Cabernet Happy Canyon Santa Barbara 2011

$21.99 Santa Barbara County, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33902   100% Cabernet Sauvignon, barrel aged for 20 months.  Nice aromas of dark berries and leather.  There is a moderate amount of ripe blackberry and plum fruit with medium tannins … Continue reading

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La Montesa Rioja Palacios Remondo Alfaro 2011

$12.99 Rioja, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33976   It’s interesting to compare the 2010 with the 2011 Finca La Montesa, which has a slightly different blend – 70% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo – also sourced from the … Continue reading

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Carmine Jumilla 2009

$12.99 Jumilla, Spain Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33981   The 2009 Carmine Monastrell (100%) spent 6 months in new oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a nose of smoke, mocha, brier, underbrush, blueberry, and blackberry. Sweetly-fruited, ripe, and … Continue reading

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