Category Archives: 85 or below

Firriato Quater 4 Bianco 2011

$11.99 Sicily, Italy PLCB Code# 33284 The 2011 Quater Bianco, a blend of Zibibbo, Grillo, Carricante and Catarratto, is absolutely intriguing in this vintage. A hint of sweetness from the Zibibbo gives the wine much of its aromatic nuance, while … Continue reading

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Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo Carinena Al Gairen 2007

$10.99 Spain PLCB Code# 43524 There is nothing about this on the internet.   Light both in terms of aroma and fruit, there is mild black cherry flavor, but a little harshness on the finish.  I don’t recommend it. 85 … Continue reading

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Vignerons de Caractere Domaine La Brune Beaumes de Venise 2012

$12 Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32975 Shows good weight for the vintage, with fleshy bitter plum, dark cherry and briar notes melded together and backed by violet and lavender details on the finish. Drink now … Continue reading

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Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco 2009

$12.99 Montefalco, Umbria, Italy PLCB Code# 32951 Silky tannins frame a core of expressive red fruit in the 2009 Montefalco Rosso. Flowers and spices add complexity on the supple finish. Caprai’s Montefalco Rosso is a more important wine than its … Continue reading

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Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2012

 $10.99 Tuscany, Italy PLCB Code#   46312 This wine usually is a good wine for the money.  However, there was something wrong with my bottle.  It seemed to be “cooked”, indicating the wine probably was exposed to high heat.  It was … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2011

$10.99 Columbia Valley, Washington PLCB Code# 37236   Light and spicy, redolent of rose petal, cinnamon and lychee, with the flavors balanced against a soft, off-dry structure. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. –HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Feb 28, 2013 I … Continue reading

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Castello di Poppiano Camposegreto Viognier 2010

$9.99 Tuscany, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32511   A mix of earth, baked apple and light butterscotch flavors mark this dull white. Short finish. Drink now.–BS 81 Points Wine Spectator Web Only 2013   Flowery nose.  This wine has … Continue reading

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Fleur Chardonnay 2010

$14.99 California PLCB Code# 31270   I cannot find any online reviews of this wine.   Mild lactic, nut and green apple aromas.  Light flavors of pear and green apple.  Medium body and a light finish. 85 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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Vignerons de Caractere Domaine de la Curniere Vacqueyras 2010

  $15.99 Vacqueyras, France PLCB CODE# 33020   This is juicy and nicely structured, with a compact core of damson plum, anise and braised fig fruit wrapped in notes of charcoal and bittersweet cocoa. Should stretch out with brief cellaring. … Continue reading

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Fess Parker Viognier 2009

 $13.99 Santa Barbara, California PLCB CODE# 32746   The 2009 Viognier is one of the more generous whites in this lineup. White peaches, mint and vanilla emerge from this rich white. An element of slight heaviness is the only thing … Continue reading

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