Thursday, May 14, 2009

2007 Misiones de Rengo Cuvee Carmenere 92 points

2007 Misiones de Rengo Cuvee Carmenere $19

The nose is intense with lush aromas of deep, spicy blackberry jam and toasted oak. With a spicy complex palate of black plum, black plum, hazelnut and dark chocolate. I love this red because of it's elegance and refinement with amazing balance. The finish is long and smooth with more toasty vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Drink now thru 2014.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

2007 Montevina Chardonnay 86 points

2007 Montevina Chardonnay, California $8

Finding a good Chard at a great price is always a delight; The palate opens with pineapple, guava, pear and new oak. This full-bodied white is uncomplicated and easy drinking. Allspice and caramel come thru on a lingering. long finish.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2005 Condado De Oriza Crianza Tempranillo 92 points

2005 Condado De Oriza Crianza Tempranillo $13

Beautifully integrated fruit and a great price; With a broad palate of black raspberry, plum, black cherry and leather. Rich with chewy tannins and loaded with creamy dark fruit. Amazing balance at a fabulous price is why I love Spanish wines. The finish roars thru with more dark fruit and light oak.

Monday, April 20, 2009

2004 Columbia Crest Merlot 88 points

2004 Merlot Washington Two Vines $8

Lush and velvety with a beautiful nose; the palate is broad with Bing cherries, black cherry, cedar and oak. I love Merlots with undertones of chocolate and tobacco and this one does not disappoint. The finish travels far and wide with hints of white pepper and new oak.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

2007 Souverain Chardonnay 91 points

2007 Chardonnay Alexander Valley $15

Beautifully complex citrus aromas delight the nose; The palate pops with Granny Smith apples, bosc pears, pineapple and toasty oak. Full-bodied, complex and richly elegant that maintains it's intense citrus flavor from start to finish. Honeysuckle and sweet caramel come thru on a long lingering finish.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2008 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 90 points

Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $13

Big production but oh so tasty and focused; The palate explodes with pink grapefruit, peach, lime and fresh cut grass. Racy acids help balance the core citrus flavors. This is a big fruit Sauv Blanc from start to finish.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

2008 Kim Crawford 91 points

Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, $15

This Sauvignon Blanc is clean, ripe and pure; the palate pops with pink grapefruit, zesty lime, guava and stone. Medium-bodied with lots if zippy acids and clean flavor profile. It finishes off with notes of kiwi and creamy key lime, buy this one by the case.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

2007 Ardenvoir Sémillon 93 points

Sémillon, Columbia Valley (WA), $22

Spicy, lush and tropical with perfect balance; With a silky palate of tangerine, mandarin orange, jasmine and sweet honey. This full-bodied white has amazing balance and finesse with it's acids in check. Full-throttled citrus and tropical flavors throughout with an elegant finish. Well done, this is one my favorite whites of the year.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

2007 Honker Blanc 93 points

Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, $12

This Sauv Blanc is a killer...price and flavor are dynamite! The palate explodes with flavors of grapefruit, lime, passion fruit and minerals. With an undertone of spice and ripe acids balance this white with thirst-quenching flavor. With a broad finish of spearmint and fig that pops all the way. Buy this by the case if you can get it and enjoy thru the summer. Bravo!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vina Santa Ema 89 points

Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2007 $10

The Cabs from Chile keep getting better and what a great price; The palate opens with black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and burnished oak. Medium-bodied and jam packed full of flavor with balanced tannins. The finish is light with vanilla and earthy cedar coming thru.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

2006 Vina Robles Jardine Petite Sirah 94 points

Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, $25

Gorgeous! Beautiful inky purple color with tons on spice on the nose. The lush palate opens with black plum, currant, blueberry and spicy new oak. Full-bodied with restrained tannins and amazing balance. With chocolate, leather and white pepper coming thru a long and lush finish. If you can buy a case of this...BUY IT!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

2008 Veramonte Reserva 90 points

Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, $10

Bright, clean and refreshing is the motive here; The palate explodes with lime, grapefruit, melon and herb flavors. The medium body and zippy acids keeps this white in check. With a lip-smacking finish that drives home the citrus and grassy flavors.

Monday, March 9, 2009

2007 Painted Wolf Pinotage 90 points

Pinotage, Coastal Region, $15

Robust and ripe flavors with a spicy nose; The palate opens with red plum, raspberry, currant and toasty vanilla. Expertly layered with amazing balance and a warm mouth-feel. The ripe fruit is upfront and complex with a creamy, cedar filled finish.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

2006 Terra d' Oro Home Vineyard Zinfandel 92 points

Terra d' Oro 2006 Home Vineyard Zinfandel $25

Intense and spicy on the nose with a palate that leads to black plum, currant, cassis and spicy cedar. Pepper and rich mocha run throughout with a broad finish. The finish lasts long with undertones of cracked black pepper and leather.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

2008 Sebeka Chenin Blanc 89 points

Sebeka 2008 Chenin Blanc (Western Cape); $10

Sebeka consistently produces great wine at great prices...Bravo! The palate opens with honeydew, melon, honey and asian spices. Lively, expressive and refreshing balance of fruit flavors. This white has a broad finish of tropical fruit and exotic spices.