Spring Chairman’s Selection 2016

I recently attended the Spring Chairman’s Selection wine tasting.  Steve Pollack presented 46 wines, some of which have been already available in the State stores, and some of which are upcoming Chairman’s Selections.  There are a few currently available wines that I would recommend, and there are several wines that will be significantly discounted on June 27th that are worth picking up.
 
Availability may be limited so use the PLCB Code and the link below to find the stores that carry them.
 
AVAILABLE NOW
 
Tenor Wines 2:2 Red 2011 $29.99
Columbia Valley, Washington
PLCB Code# 78131
 
35% Merlot 34% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Malbec. I thought that this was the best value of the tasting.  There is lots of nice plum and black cherry fruit and a nice grippy finish. 92 Points Wine Advocate. I went out and bought 6 bottles.
92 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Martinelli Winery Zinfandel Vigneto di Evo 2013 $21.99
Russian River Valley, California
PLCB Code#78273
Just released
 
A nice Zinfandel from an excellent producer.  Lot of briary black raspberry and black cherry fruit with a slight sweet sensation, medium tannin and acidity.  A real value.
90 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Maison Henry Fessy Pouilly-Fuissé Sous La Roche 2014  $17.99
Burgundy, France
PLCB Code# 78097
 
Flower and citrus aromas, green apple fruit with mild butteriness and crisp acidity on the finish. A good value for a French Chardonnay.
88 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Castelli del Grevepesa Clemente VII Rosso di Toscana Settimo 2010 $19.99
Tuscany, Italy
PLCB Code# 78135
 
A “Super Tuscan” with 50% Sangiovese 25%Merlot and 25% Syrah.  Lots of black cherry fruit with savory and vanilla notes.  A fair amount of tannin on the finish. 91 Points Wine Spectator.
91 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Vine Cliff Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $39.99
Napa Valley, California
PLCB Code# 78126
 
This is a big, powerful Napa Cabernet with lots of blackberry and plum fruit and lots of tannin on the finish. You might have to cellar it or let it breathe for a few hours.
90 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $39.99
Another big Napa Cabernet, but more approachable at this point than the Vine Cliff, so I gave it a point more. 91 Points Vinous.
91 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Cantina Trexenta Contissa Vermentino di Sardegna 2014  $11.99
Sardinia, Italy
PLCB Code# 78177
 
A combination of Vermentino (90%) Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, this has pleasing aromas of peach and lime.  It is light, pleasant and dry.  It is a nice summer wine for the price.
87 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
ON SALE JUNE 27th
 
Maison Louis Latour Puligny Montrachet Les Truffiéres 1er Cru 2011  Retail $85 currently $49.99 Sale Price$39.99
Burgundy, France
PLCB Code# 33931
 
A medium oak style with good body, vanilla, butterscotch, apple, lemon, and mineral leading to a crisp finish.  A bigger, somewhat more complex Burgundy than the Henry Fessy above, it is a relatively good value at the sale price.
90 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Stonestreet Bear Point Chardonnay Alexander Mountain Estate 2012  Retail $55.00 currently $29.99 Sale $23.99.
Sonoma, California
Chairman’s Selection
PLCB Code#33830
 
Strong oak aromas.  There is a lot of butterscotch and vanilla, with lemon mild orange and apricot fruit with tons of body and a long, crisp finish.  This is very nice, but you have to like oaky-style Chardonnay.
92 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Remi Niero Condrieu Les Ravines 2013  Retail $69.99, currently $39.99, Sale $31.99
Northern Rhone, France
PLCB Code# 33958
 
This Viognier has a beautiful nose of flowers and apricots.  There is mild apricot fruit on the palate with vanilla, lemon and mineral, a hint of sweetness, good body, and nice acidity on the finish.  Condrieu wines are small production and expensive and this is a great opportunity to taste a nice example.
92 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Maison Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertin 2012 Retail $80.00 currently $39.99 Sale $31.99
Burgundy, France
PLCB Code# 33923
 
This is a nice Burgundy with cherry, raspberry and mild earth with grippy tannins on the finish. Rated 94 by the Wine Spectator.  A great opportunity to get a nice Burgundy at a bargain price.
92 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Ca’ Ferreri Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 Retail 61.00 currently $29.99 Sale $23.99
Veneto, Italy
PLCB Code# 33877
 
This is a nice Amarone at a bargain price.  There is a big nose of slightly dried black cherry fruit.  In the mouth the cherry and plum fruit isn’t too dry, with mild coffee and spice on the nice long finish.
91 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Mastroberardino Naturalis Historia Taurasi 2007 $Retail90.00 currently $44.99 Sale $29.99
Campania, Italy
PLCB Code# 33668
 
100% Aglianico. It is big and tannic with dried fruit, savory, and smoke flavors. You will have to decant it to avoid the sediment. It is a great value at the sale price, but may be hard to find. 91 Wine Spectator
91 Points Bob’s Bulletin
 
Roger Peguet Hermitage 2010 Retail$75.00 currently $37.99 Sale $24.99
Rhone, France
PLCB Code# 33639
 
Relatively light but briary black cherry and black raspberry fruit with leather and lots of tannin. This would definitely benefit from some cellar aging, but at this price it may be worth putting some away.
90 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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