Author Archives: Bob Arffa

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 … Continue reading

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Argiolas Costera Cannonau de Sardegna 2013

$12.99 Sardinia, Italy PLCB Code# 44302   The 2013 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera hits all the right buttons. This is a steady and well presented red wine from the heart of the Mediterranean. It shows a high level of confidence … Continue reading

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Campo Alegre Blanco Verdejo 2012

$11.99 Rueda, Spain Chairman’s Select PLCB Code# 78024   The 2013 Campo Alegre is fermented in 600-liter oak barrels (one third) and the rest in inox and it’s pure Verdejo, clean and subtle with citric notes of orange rind and … Continue reading

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Bodegas Cepa 21 Hito 2013

$12.99 Ribera del Duero, Spain PLCB Code# 44161   The 2013 Hito is an affordable young Tempranillo aged in barrels for eight months. It has a fresh, fruit-driven nose with a lot of toasty notes in the background. Here they … Continue reading

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Catena Chardonnay 2013

$15.99 Mendoza Argentina PLCB Code# 72674   Rich and well-crafted, with plenty of creamy notes to the plush flavors of apple strudel, pear tart and baked pineapple. Tarragon accents give the finish good lift. 89 Points Wine Spectator   Aromas … Continue reading

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Zuccardi Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

 $12.99 Valle de Uco, Medoza, Argentina Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78104   The 2012 Q Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of grapes from La Consulta and Gualtallary in the Uco Valley, a ripe yet balanced red, with freshness and minerality … Continue reading

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Vina Carmen Cabernet Gran Reserva 2012

$14.99 Maipo,Chile PLCB Code# 72781   A rich, well-spiced red, with luscious flavors of tar, licorice and dark plum, supported by ample acidity and firm tannins. Offers a lip-smacking finish of dark chocolate and pepper. Drink now through 2019. 91 … Continue reading

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Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2015

$17.99 New Zealand PLCB Code# 3597   Scented of gooseberries, fresh pears and golden delicious apples, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc offers a pleasant hint of herbal lift on the light to medium-bodied palate, though lacks a little in intensity and … Continue reading

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Wente Vineyards Riverbank Riesling 2013

$7.99 Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33893   In your glass it’s a golden ray of sunshine with grapefruit-honeysuckle perfume. A sip is strange – a good strange. Unlike any Riesling you’ve ever enjoyed, you still have … Continue reading

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Misterio Malbec Finca Flichman 2015

$5.99 Mendoza, Argentina PLCB Code# 6947   Ripe plum and raspberry fruit with just a hint of sweetness, well balanced with minimal tannin and medium acidity.  This is a very pleasant if simple wine that is a bargain for everyday … Continue reading

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