Author Archives: Bob Arffa

Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

$39.99 Napa Valley, California PLCB Code# 47975 A super-sexy, seductive style of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Lariat has sweet tannins, lush black cherry and a blackcurrant fruit, no hard edges and touches of chocolate and espresso in … Continue reading

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Michael Twelftree White Hut Shiraz 2011

$39.99 McLaren Vale, Australia Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78085   Dark, dense and chewy, this offers a full-bodied mouthful of blackberry, dried blueberry, white pepper and licorice flavors that persist into a dense finish. Surprisingly well-packed for this generally light … Continue reading

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Chapel Hill Parson’s Nose Shiraz 2013

$18.99 McLaren Vale, Australia PLCB Code# 72632   Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Parson’s Nose Shiraz has a pronounced nose of wild blueberries, crushed black plums and menthol with hints of cloves and anise. Full-bodied and richly fruited on the … Continue reading

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Robert Young Estate Winery Chardonnay 2012

$32.99 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California PLCB Code# 47263   Normally this wine does not go through malolactic fermentation. The 2012 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard exhibits a light gold color, notes of caramelized unbuttered popcorn, orange blossom and other citrus, … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2013

$17.99 Sonoma, California PLCB Code# 4726   Nice ripe plum and blackberry  fruit, mild spice and pepper.  There is good body and it is well balanced with medium tannin and acid on the medium-length finish 89 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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Orin Swift Mannequin 2013

$39.99 California PLCB Code# 49864   The 2013 Proprietary White Mannequin, which draws fruit from diverse regions of Northern California such as the Carneros Basin and the Sonoma Coast, is actually a blend of 76% Chardonnay, 8% Viognier, 6% Marsanne, … Continue reading

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$19.99 Gigondas, Southern Rhone, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78138   Inviting in feel, with polished edges around the core of blackberry and plum compote notes, underscored by dark anise and sweet spice accents on the finish. Silky in feel, … Continue reading

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Vignobles Bulliat Morgon Cuvee du Colombier 2014

$13.99 Beaujolais, Burgundy, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33935   Named after the street where the winery stands, this is jammy and ripe while also structured with some firm tannins. Rich and juicy red-berry fruits have both crisp acidity and … Continue reading

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Cicchitti Malbec 2010

$13.99 Mendoza, Argentina Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78101   The new releases begin with the 2010 Malbec, which spent 8 months in French and American oak. It offers up notes of earthy minerals, spice box, cherry cola, and assorted black … Continue reading

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Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco IGT 2012

$19.99 Tuscany, Italy PLCB Code# 78111   The 2012 Perlato del Bosco is Sangiovese from the sun drenched strip of land near the sea in Coastal Tuscany. This is a lovely wine with a savory and sophisticated take on Tuscany’s … Continue reading

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