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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

2006 Golden Kaan Chardonnay 88 points

Golden Kaan 2006 Chardonnay (Western Cape); $10

I love a clean, ripe nose of tropical fruit; The palate pops with pineapple, pear and granny smith apples. This Chard is uncomplicated and easy drinking that's fresh and lively. With a finish that brings out more tropical fruit that's long and lingering.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sterling Chardonnay 89 points

2007 Chardonnay Central Coast Vintner's Collection $10

Another big production of a fruit forward easy drinking Chard; With a broad palate of pineapple, lime, melon and jasmine flowers. With a medium-body and ripe fruit that's not over oaked and easy to drink. This Chard has a clean, refreshing finish with notes of honey and vanilla.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

2006 Crinella Sauvignon Blanc 92 points

Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, $22

With a nose that's spicy, creamy and refreshingly clean; The palate explodes with passion fruit, lime, lemon and gooseberry. This is a perfect food pairing wine with interesting layers of flavor. Dry, crisp and clean with a finish that pops long past you swallow.