38 – Cab Franc, Raats Family, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2007
Sleek and ripe, with a nice snappy edge to the red cherry, blackberry, tobacco and mineral notes. The bright, racy finish lets herb and red fruit notes linger 89 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
37 – Folie à Deux, Napa, 2007
Beautiful aromas of tart black cherry are complemented by bold flavors of blackberry and raspberry. Well-integrated tannins and essences of dark toffee and treacle provide a nice finish. This 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful wine with good structure and balance.
36 – Clos du Bois, Sonoma Reserve, Alexander Valley, 2007
This Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful wine from an outstanding vintage. Deep, inky red in color, it offers up seductive scents of cassis, licorice, ripe plum, and blackberry intermingled with hints of toasty oak and spice. Concentrated fruit envelops the palate, with deep, luscious flavors that echo the nose. Delicious!
35 – St. Supéry, Napa, 2005
Luxurious, rich and concentrated with aromas of cherry, currant and blueberry. These are just the start of this 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. The harmonious flavors of black cherry, anise and plush cassis explode upon tasting. This is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet which is wonderful young but has everything it needs to age beautifully.
34 – Mount Veeder, Napa, 2007
Deep garnet. Concentrated aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, anise, and bay, highlighted with notes of coffee and currants. Very full-bodied, plushy and dense. Rich and round mouth-feel with intense flavors of cassis and black cherry. Good structure and well-balanced, with fine-grained tannins and a long finish of sweet vanilla, mocha, and berries.
33 – Artesa, 63% Napa, 37% Sonoma, 2005
Vibrant wild blackberry, dark cherry and cassis fruit flavors are enveloped of finely powdered tannin. The finish is dominated by this lively fruit entwined with cocoa, clove, allspice, vanilla, nutmeg and a hint of cedar smoke.
32 – Chappellet “Signature”, Napa, 2006
From its cocoa and coffee layers to its fresh herb notes and voluptuous fruit flavors, this wine displays a balanced and graceful expression of mountain-grown Cabernet. The wine’s dark plum and sweet fruit core is supported by vibrant bright cherry aromatics, well-structured tannins, spicy oak and an earthy minerality. 94 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine
31 – Joel Gott “Sarah’s Metier” Napa, 2004
Aromas of clove, black cherry, plum and chocolate lead to a velvety sweet entry. Rich fruit flavors, good structure with round tannins with a supple, long finish.
30 – Jacob’s Creek “St. Hugo” Coonawarra, Australia, 2003
Concentrated cassis, blackberry and mint flavours combined with spicy cedar oak and youthful, fine grained tannins. The richness and intensity of fruit flavour is perfectly balanced with fresh acidity.
29 – Bennett Family “The Reserve” Napa, 2004
Aromas of black cherries, cocoa, and barrel spice are carried through to the palate in a deep and luxurious package. The supple tannins and generous body of the wine make for a wine that is enjoyable on release. Delicious!
28 – Paras, Napa Valley, 2005
Rich, vibrant, even powerful grapey currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit is intense, full-bodied, concentrated and a bit rustic in its measure of tannins. Ends with chewy fruit and hints of mint and herb.
27 – Ehlers Estate, St Helena, Napa, 2006
Driven by intense, dark fruit, our 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon displays decadent aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, and mocha, with subtle, supporting accents of tobacco and nutmeg. A full body and fine, velvety tannins round out this elegant yet approachable Cabernet.
26 – Ghost Block, Oakville, 2006
Quite a beautiful Cabernet, showing Oakville character of black currants and cedar and profoundly fine tannins, as well as a great depth of flavor and age worthiness. Made from 100% Cabernet, it’s lush and dramatic and delicious!! 94 Pts The Wine Enthusiast
25 – Concha y Toro Don Melchor Private Reserve, Maipo Valley, 2005
Shows alluring coffee bean, currant paste and fig aromas and flavors, with ample loamy tannins and a ripe, muscular finish where cocoa and tar notes hang on for added effect. 96 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine – Highly Recommended! #12 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year
24 – Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve, Napa, 2002
Deep black cherry, black olive and complex, mineral-licorice aromas reflect classic Rutherford. One of the most powerful Georges de Latour Cabernets in recent years, the dark berry flavors are framed by powerful, rich tannins. Well balanced and full-bodied, the finish features dense minerality and structure.
23 – Atlas Peak, Spring Mountain, Napa, 2003
This 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon shows deep red purple color, lots of soft tannins, wrapped in intensely rich red stone fruit.
22 – Hewitt, Rutherford, 2005
Intense and concentrated, big and expressive, with layers of ripe currant, plum, sage, pencil lead and black cherry, all flowing rather seamlessly. Tightly focused, this is rich without being heavy, ending with a long, persistent finish. 94 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine & #69 Top 100 Wines of 2008 Wine Spectator Magazine
21 – Sterling Reserve, Napa, 2004
Rich and powerful, the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon unleashes ripe cassis, blackberry and dark fruit character. “Its classic varietal expression is intensely focused and concentrated, with muscular tannins that carry the fruit effortlessly right through the long finish.”
20 – Ladera, “Lone Canyon Vineyard” Napa, 2002
Rich and intense, with a tight, concentrated core of earthy currant, mineral, wild berry, sage and cedar. As it gracefully unfolds to reveal subtle flavor nuances, with tannins that give it a solid backbone. 92 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
19 – Freemark Abbey “Bosché Vineyard” Napa, 2002
The color of this wine is very dark ruby. The aroma has layers of depth, hinting of dark cherry, black currant, blackberry and cassis. These forward fruit components in the aroma are further complexed with a hint of juniper berry and mincemeat pie. The bouquet is reminiscent of dark chocolate, cedar, cinnamon, and clove. With flavor that is a quite pleasant dark cherry dominance, the finish is very long and complimented by mature, smooth tannins.
18 – White Rock Vineyards, Napa, 2003
A rich and ripe vintage. It has a complexity of cassis, plum and dark fruit with undertones of oak and leather. It is textured and multilayered and its mouth filling character remains throughout to a long full finish.
17 – Arns “Estate Grown” Napa, 2003
Beautiful fruit and charming characteristics of past Arns Cabernets. The wine shows consistent, inky color and a rich nose of berries, cedar, chocolate, anise and black fruit.
16 – Profile, Merryvale, Napa, 2001
Profile is a blend of the finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure. This wine was aging in mostly new French oak chateau ferre barrels and bottled unfiltered. It is opulently structured and very dark Serves up lots of complex flavors, from its creamy oak and ripe berry flavors to hints of mint, cedar, sage and dill. It comes together nicely on the finish, too, with bright, vivid flavors.
15 – Robert Mondavi Reserve, Napa, 2006
Pure, rich and concentrated, this bold, graceful wine offers a deep core of earthy currant, blackberry and plum, with hints of herb, mocha and black licorice, giving it uncommon complexity and depth. Ends with firm tannins and a long, persistent finish. 96 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
14 – Ehlers Estate “1886” St Helena, 2006
Made with grapes grown on our rockiest soils, and painstakingly stewarded through the winemaking process, the wine achieves great concentration and finesse. The 2006 vintage boasts notes of cassis, dark cherry, cigar, anisette, and caramel, with nuances of cola, cocoa, red apple skin, savory herbs, and vanilla. The wine’s full body and velvety tannins carry the flavors through the mid-palate and into the luxuriously long finish.
13 – Quintessa, Rutherford, Napa, 2004
Quintessa 2004 has beautiful fruit concentration, with flavors that are bright, rich and deeply concentrated, well-focused on vibrant currant and black cherry. An excellent balance leading to a soft enrobed tannin finish with lingering toffee and chocolate. Quintessa’s signature softness and elegance will continue to develop 95 Pts Wine Enthusiast Magazine
12 – Continuum, Oakville, 2006
59% cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 16% Petit Verdot. Its opaque purple color is followed by a rich, sumptuous bouquet of blackberries, crème de cassis, incense, graphite, and a hint of burning embers. This powerful, full-bodied, rich wine possesses considerable precision as well as purity. 96 Pts. Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate & 95 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
11 – Opus One, Napa, 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, Bordeaux-like in its structure and balance, showing cedary oak, dusty berry, dried currant and mineral, with hints of herb and sage. The flavors firm up on the finish, and this is rich and intense without being heavy. 90 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
Almost impossible to find in PA! This Cab is impeccably balanced, ripe, rich and concentrated, tightly wound and jam packed with rich earthy currant, coffee, mineral and blackberry flavors. Tightens up on the finish, where the tannins bite and don’t let go 92 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
~ Red Wines Merlot ~
46 – Burgess, Napa, 2005
The most common flavor characteristics of merlot, namely blueberries and black cherries, join the slightly darker side here with a hint of mint and a superbly balanced acid structure.
45 – Chappellet, Napa, 2005
Rich yet sleek. Red currant, bell pepper and mocha aromas lead to complex, well-balanced loam, blueberry and cedar flavors that linger toward compact, ripe tannins. 91 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
44 – Paso Creek, Paso Robles, 2005
The flavors in this Merlot are anything but ordinary! The palate-popping dark fruit flavors dominate. But the wine finishes with a finesse befitting Merlots of far fancier pedigree. It’s the kind of bold character that simply can’t be rushed. A cab drinkers merlot!
43 – Northstar, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005
An elegant wine that opens with bold aromas of raspberry, mint, maple, chocolate, clove, coconut and licorice, it’s medium-bodied, dense and muscular with a bold, rich, smoky coffee-mocha finish.
42 – Jacuzzi, Sonoma, 2006
Layers of flavor…chocolate, berries and spice all working together to create a deliciously complex and elegant wine finishing with silky tannins.
41 – Sterling Three Palms, Napa, 2005
Intense, ripe black cherry aromas virtually jump out of the glass,” The opulent black fruit and mineral flavors, layered with mocha, spice and toasty oak, give remarkable weight on the palate, and then linger on the expansive finish.
40 – Duckhorn, Howell Mountain, Napa, 2003
Lush and velvety, with a drop of Cabernet Franc, this is voluptuous in cherries, black currants and fine, toasty oak. 94 Pts. The Wine Enthusiast
39 – Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard, Napa, 2003
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Blackberry, violet and mint on the nose, along with some bourbony oak. Suave and juicy on the palate, with excellent intensity and life to the blackberry and spicy oak flavors. Nicely concentrated wine.
~ Other Red Wines ~
93 – Chianti Classico, Villa di Cecciano, 2004
With a deep ruby color and intense aromas of cherry and red fruit, this Chianti Classico balances ripe fruit and balanced acidity with well integrated accents of wood and spice.
A blend of 45% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet and 15% Syrah The aroma has notes of currants, spices, tobacco, vanilla, plum jam and dried flowers.
90 – Rosso di Montalcino, Castello Banfi, Italy, 2006
Intense ruby red color. Fruit-forward bouquet, with aromas of plum jam and red berries complemented by notes of vanilla and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is well structured and balanced with good acidity and freshness. Long finish.
A blend of 60% Cabernet & 40% Merlot. Attractive aromas of currant, raspberry and lemongrass. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a medium finish. 89 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
88 – Carmenere, Terrunyo, Peumo Vineyard, Cachapoal Valley, Chile, 2004
Concentrated and focused, with a racy beam of raspberry and red cherry fruit intertwined with tangy mineral and sanguine notes. The long, polished finish lets the fruit and minerality hang nicely. Great performance for the vintage. 91 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
87 – Crianza, Tinto Figuero “12” Ribera del Duero, 2003
Figuero’s Twelve Months In Barrel has a deep cherry-red color, with crimson hues. The initial aromas are intense and complex, with red fruit and licorice nuances, as well as oak, forming a subtle and extremely well-integrated wine. The taste is balanced and full-flavored, with moderate acidity giving rise to a vibrant and fresh wine with elegant tannins.
86 – Sangiovese, DiBruno “Stolpman Vineyard” Santa Barbara County, 2004
Smokey; deep; cherry fruit and a texture reminiscent of pinot noir are the hallmarks of this wine. As it opens a hint of herbs develops in the mid palate. A terrific wine, from beginning to end!
Amancaya is a wine partnership between 2 big wine powerhouses – Catena Family from Argentina and Barons de Rothschild-Lafite from France! This wine is rich and controlled with juicy, succulent flavors of blackberry & cassis and a nice long finish.
84 – Dolcetto d”Alba, Pio Cesare, Italy, 2006
Fresh, fruity, fragrant with body and structure, spicy, ripe fruit and roundness. Fun and easy to drink!
83 – Collazzi, Tuscany, 2006
60% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 3% Petit Verdot. Gorgeous aromas of raspberry and blackberry follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a clean, fresh finish. Very refined. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
82 – Sette Ponti “Oreno”, Tuscany, Italy, 2003
A blend of Sangiovese & Cabernet. Breathtaking. Dense and powerful, with grilled meat and currant aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, round and chewy; a massive and exciting wine. 95 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine & #5 on Top 100 Wines of 2005!
81 – Pinot Noir, Villa Maria, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2008
A perfumed bouquet of red and dark cherries, plums and spice notes. Fruit driven and elegant, with long layers of flavour, full-bodied and well-balanced with fine, grainy tannins. This wine is concentrated and rich – an elegant Pinot Noir with finesse and complexity
80 – Pinot Noir, Freeman Vineyard, Russian River Valley, 2006
Aromas of cherry-rhubarb pie turn ripe and firm. This is medium-bodied, yet gains depth and richness on the finish. 89 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine
79 – Pinot Noir, Frank Family, Carneros, Napa, 2008
The palate is supple, polished and layered with fresh strawberry, cherry cola, raspberry, rhubarb pie, hibiscus tea, cinnamon, honey and smoked meats. While the wine’s impression is youthful and lively, the tannins are silky and polished, giving exceptional structure and a soft lingering finish
78 – Marsannay, (Pinot Noir), Louis Latour, Cote d’Or, France, 2006
Ruby red in colour with raspberry and earthy aromas on the nose. In the mouth this. Marsannay is fleshy and structured and the tannins are mellow but still present. This lasts nicely on the finish
77 – Pinot Noir, Clos Robert, Oregon, 2008
The bright cherry fruit is in harmony with the soft spice, hint of leather and earth in the finish. A fantastic Pinot Noir!
In the mouth, exceptionally sweet creamy tannins support the candied cherry and cranberry fruit and carry the floral and mineral notes though the long, fresh finish. The total impression is one of great integration and completeness. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast Magazine
75 – Pinot Noir, Siduri, Santa Lucia Highland, 2007
The wine is medium ruby color; deep, slightly closed, black cherry and smoky aromas; ripe, rich, smoky cherry flavors, complex, silky texture; toasty oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex and interesting style with good depth and structure. 92 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine & 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
On the palate, this lush and silky Pinot displays rich texture and amazing ripe fruit, underscored by mid-palate layers of rose petal, violet, cinnamon and spice. A lasting finish reveals more luscious fruit combined with lively acidity, which leaves the palate refreshed. We believe this to be the finest Pinot Noir to date from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard!
72 – Pinot Noir, Twomey, Russian River Valley, 2006
It displays a red sapphire color and aromas of dried rose petal, strawberry jam, potpourri and cinnamon. The initial impression on the palate is of fresh strawberry and cherry, followed by a generous fullness, good acid balance and a long finish of dried herbs
71 – Brunello di Montalcino, Frescobaldi “Castel Giocondo”, 2003
A remarkably complex bouquet, ranging from initial scents of red and black wild berry fruit, such as blackberry and wild strawberry, then to more assertive dried plum and liquored cherries. Next to emerge are pungent notes of spice and vanilla, which gradually yield to impressions of roasted espresso bean and tobacco leaf with subtle hints of balsam and salty mineral in the background. 90 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
70 – Zinfandel, Montevina Terra d’Oro, Amador County, 2007
A shining example of Amador Zinfandel. We don’t have to coerce character and spice from the fruit, nor do we beat it back. Dark berry fruit is generously seasoned with characteristic Shenandoah Spice. The different oak styles lend molasses, vanilla and cinnamon to a balanced lingering finish.
69 – Zinfandel, XYZin “50 Year Vines” Russian River Valley, 2007
Offers beautiful briar and pomegranate fruit at its core followed by waves of sandalwood, mocha, and a light whiff of pepper on the finish. The refined structure and polished spice are perfected through aging in French oak barrels
68 – Zinfandel, Ridge, Paso Robles, 2006
Ruby-red color. Expressive cherry-vanilla and dark berry preserve aromas are complicated by dark chocolate and dried flowers. Spicy dark berry and plum preserve flavors coat the palate and pick up an exotic apricot pit quality with aeration.
66 – Zinfandel, Ravenswood “Big River Vineyard” Alexander Valley, 2007
This wine has broad aromas of cassis, black olives, and minerals, yet is filled with jammy raspberry characteristics. The finish is sappy, pure, and seductively graceful. Its soft, round, plumy flavors are the essence of old vines expressing their “old vineness!”
Dense inky purple hue. Pretty scents of spice, maple and briary-tinged berry. Velvety black cherry fruit coats the palate with fine-combed tannins and superb backing acidity. Sweet cherry and berry impressions linger in the focused finish 93 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine
64 – Syrah, Summerland “Paradise Road, Santa Ynez, 2004
This beautiful balanced wine offers layers of ripe blackberry/currant fruit on the palate intertwined with cocoa. An explosive fruit entry leads to a long, lingering finish highlighted by notes of sweet oak.
63 – Shiraz, Leeuwin Estate “Art Series”, Margaret River, Australia, 2005
Smooth, generous and appealing for its beautifully focused flavors of wild blueberry and wild cherry, with a surprising hint of tangy lime as the finish sails on effortlessly. 90 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine
62 – Shiraz-Viognier, Yalumba, South Australia, 2007
Has a nose that is very expressive of its grape origins showcasing aromas of violets, blueberries and Turkish delight, with hints of ground spices. Medium bodied with lots of red berry fruits, the supple tannins and generous fruit flavours are typical of this contemporary red wine blend.
61 – Syrah, La Sirena, Calistoga, Napa Valley, 2004
Made by famed winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett this syrah is deep garnet in color, this is a beautiful wine. Aromas are of ripe plum, spice, white pepper, and cedar with some classic Syrah smoked meat tones. A pure expression of the variety grown in the Napa Valley. On the palate, it is very luxurious, super round, silky, rich and mouth-filling. The flavors echo the aromas with layers of black fruits and spice, great texture and wonderful balance. This wine has it all! 93 Pts Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
60 – Consensus, Graff Family Vineyards, Chalone, 2006
A blend of Syrah 94%, Mourvedre 4%, Viognier 2%. When these three varieties, all grown on the Chalone bench in Monterey County, are blended, the result is a complete wine of broad proportions. Modeled after the great wines of Châteauneuf du Pape.
59 – Rhone de Robles, Robert Hall, Central Coast, 2006
46% Grenache, 45% Syrah, 6% Cinsaut, 3% Counoise. Perfect food wine with cherry and cranberry fruit flavor delicately balanced by rich, silky tannins. Aromas of blueberry with a hint of black pepper and spice.
58 – Syrah, DuMol, Russian River Valley, 2008
Bright ruby purple color; highly aromatic with violets, black pepper and soy opening to rich blackberry and dried herbs. Initially bright and fresh palate with graphite, cassis and spicy licorice then broadens to deep blackberries with a dark tapenade edge. Lovely inner mouth perfume and full rich mouthfeel which easily absorbs the ripe tannins on the finish
57 – Syrah, Buoncristiani “Artistico” Napa, 2005
A bold delicious red wine! You can taste the massive flavors of black currants, red licorice, violets, cloves and pepper that are pure, dry and profound. 91 Pts. The Wine Enthusiast Magazine
This Syrah possesses the beauty that comes from the Hudson vineyard. The floral aromas of violet and rose complement the sweet perfume of the fruit. It opens with a mouthful of berry fruit, meat, spice, and earth that are true to the varietal, yet expression of these flavors is uniquely its own. On the palate the wine is full and lush and carries into a finish characterized by elegant, coating tannins.
55 – Pleides, Sean Thackrey, Vintage XV, California
The “everything but the kitchen sink ”blend includes Syrah, Barbera, Carignane, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah & Viognier. A gorgeous bistro-styled red offering notes of Mediterranean herbs & sea breezes intermixed with sweet berries, earth & spice. Elegant, broad & soft, it is a terrific example of what a fine winemaker with a vision can create!
42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 14% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Just gorgeous. Floods the mouth with decadent black currant, cherry, chocolate, anise, beef jerky and smoky oak flavors that stun for their addictive deliciousness. Yet it’s perfectly dry, and the balance of rich, ripe tannins, acidity and smoky oak is near perfect
53 – Meritage, Col Solare, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2001
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. Generous and open, a lively mouthful of dark berry, currant, licorice, pepper and sweet smoke flavors that linger on a raw edge of juicy acidity and crisp tannins, finishing with distinction and depth. 91 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
52 – Meritage, Lyeth, Sonoma, 2007
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Complex flavors of bing cherry and spice dominate the palate and are combined with hints of blackberry and a slight earthy component. This blend of flavors exhibits a good balance between acids and tannins that end with very smooth finish.
Immediately pleases with complex aromas hinting of cassis, spicy oak notes, and raspberries. Held to the light one sees a rich, purple- scarlet color that hints at the broad palette these grapes afford the winemaker. Excellent body and structure with the flavors following the aromas and added nuances of chocolate and rhubarb.
50 – Sterling SVR Reserve, Napa, 2004
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is a deep ruby hue, with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, plum jam and hints of black pepper. On the palate, it shows ripe black cherries and blackberries, with accents of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Soft and rich tannins leave a lingering, satisfying finish.
50 – Sterling SVR Reserve, Napa, 2004
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is a deep ruby hue, with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, plum jam and hints of black pepper. On the palate, it shows ripe black cherries and blackberries, with accents of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Soft and rich tannins leave a lingering, satisfying finish.
49 – Meritage, Conn Creek “Anthology” Napa, 2005
Expressive and complex, the 2005 blend opens with an alluring aroma of ripe black plum, warm berry pie, and caramel. Supple and elegantly structured, the flavors build on the black fruit and silky spice core. A long finish is accentuated with ripe berry flavors and crème brûlée richness Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet France.
48 – Fifty/Fifty, Peju, Napa, 2005
50% Merlot & 50% Cabernet. Best described as Merlot elegance meets Cabernet power. The fragrant aromas of bright berry fruit lead into a core of ripe plum, dark dried cherry and currant flavors that offer layers of depth and richness. Packed with medium rich tannins that give way to a delicious finish that keeps delivering superb flavors.
47 – Papillon by Orin Swift, Napa, 2006
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. Ruby red with notes of campfire, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palate – wild strawberry, rhubarb, and sassafras. And the finish – 30 plus seconds with an impression of cherry pie.
~ White Wines Chardonnay ~
113 – Blackstone Sonoma Reserve, 2007
Pleasing aromas of nutmeg, lemon curd, fresh pineapple and toasted cashew. The wine is medium-bodied and luscious with a rich, layered mouthfeel and flavors of apple, pear and butterscotch with a clean, bright finish.
112 – Louis Martini, Napa, 2006
Lively fruit flavors of pear and green apple, balanced with subtle, rich flavors of vanilla and spice from the oak barrels that linger on the palate. Its bright, crisp acidity allows the wine to showcase the intense aromas and flavors characteristic of cool-climate Chardonnay.
111 – Shooting Star by Jed Steele, Santa Barbara, 2007
there is the very recognizable Santa Barbara character of tropical fruits such as pineapple, papaya and mango. We continued the trend of including some Pinot Blanc as part of the blend and this year both Bien Nacido and Goodchild vineyards produced Pinot Blanc. The Pinot Blanc gives the wine a crisp character and lends some juicy fruit aromas.
110 – Amelia by Concha Y Toro, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2005
A bolder style, with apple, brioche and fig aromas and flavors that ride along a ripe, creamy texture. There’s good acidity buried here, which stretches out the finish nicely. 90 Pts Wine Spectator Magazine & The Wine Enthusiast
109 – Estancia Reserve, Monterey, 2005
Distinct aromas of pear, toasted apples and citrus lead into flavors of fresh pear, lemon custard & a spritz of lime ending with toasty oak nuances and a lingering creamy finish.
108 – Marimar Estate “La Masía” Russian River Valley, 2007
Floral aromas of honeysuckle, characteristic of the Spring Mountain clone, come out of the glass with engaging fragrance. On the palate there are hints of lemon zest and vanilla bean from the elegant oak, which enhances the complexity of the fruit and adds a note of graham crackers. An opulent, rich, creamy wine yet fresh and crisp with good acidity.
107 – Brewer-Clifton, Sta Rita Hills, 2008
Aromas of lemon peel, white sage and beeswax followed by flavors of kamfir leaf, sudachi and brine. Broad on the palate while maintaining tremendous focus.
106 – Ramey, “Hyde Vineyard” Carneros, 2005
A stunning effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard boasts great intensity along with huge tropical fruit notes interwoven with notions of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood. Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered, sumptuous finish. 95 Pts. Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
105 – Kistler “Les Noistiers” Sonoma Coast, 2006
Rich, complex aroma of ripe fruits, minerals and nut oil–elegant on the palate, bright lemon flavors combine with toasted almonds and pain grille. Richly textured, long, lingering finish. Delicious!
104 – DuMol, Russian River Valley, 2007
Light green/yellow color. Multi-layered aromas of lime zest and white flowers then cantaloupe, an edge of ginger and some exotic lychee. Initially zesty grapefruit on the palate followed by wonderful fruit richness with a core of baked apple, sweet lemon honey and nutmeg. Great snappy acidity balances the long oily-rich finish.
103 – Chassagne-Montrachet, Louis Latour, France, 2007
The village of Chassagne-Montrachet is the last and most southerly of the three great white winemaking appellations in the Côte de Beaune. The wines are fat and opulent, dominated by tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Twelve months of ageing in oak barrels adds to the wine’s rich texture. Delicious!
102 – Nickel & Nickel “Searby Vineyard” Russian River Valley, 2006
The aromas are beautiful! Wine floral and citrus perfumes emanating from the glass. The Muscat and passion fruit flavors are mixed with notes of apple and lemon that linger on the palate. The wine’s natural crisp acidity is quite refreshing with the opulent fruit, and the palate is enhanced by rich, French oak, which melds with the fruit flavors to achieve a long, lingering finish.
A fantastic expression of chardonnay from Burgundy! A concentrated white, with honey and vanilla notes. Rich and well-balanced with bright acidity. A hint of new oak frames it all, leaving a toasty finish.
100 – Heitz Cellars, Napa, 2007
Sleek and vibrant with the invigorating aroma of juicy pear and lemon blossoms. It’s a delicious wine delivering tiers of citrus flavor and the slight tanginess of green apple wrapped around a creamy center. Well-balanced with clean acidity and a lightly toasted character, you will enjoy this Chardonnay from the first refreshing taste through the gracefully extended finish.
~ Other White Wines ~
135 – White Zinfandel, Beringer, California, 2009
134 – Riesling, Elk Cove “Estate” Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2006
It shows a traditional bouquet of pear and apple overtones, with lean, mineral notes on the palate and finishes with a hint of petrol. 91Pts Wine Enthusiast Magazine
132 – Moscato d’Asti, Alasia, Italy, 2009
It’s bouquet is full of peaches and apricots. Its frizzante (fizzy character) only makes a fun wine even funner–bad grammar not withstanding! Light gold. Powerful aromas of honey, flowers and fresh grapes. Intensely sweet, with flavours of grapes and citrus and finishing cleanly with refreshing acidity.
131 – Riesling, Trimbach ”Cuvee Frederic Emile” Alsace France, 2001
Only made in the best years. Dry and firmly-structured, but very fruity, this multifaceted wine owes its great depth of flavour to the combination of Riesling grapes with ideal soil. After a few years in bottle it reveals a fascinating mineral nuance. 93 Pts Robert Parker & 90 Pts. Wine Spectator Magazine
130 – Riesling, Dr Loosen “Dr. L” Mosel, 2008
This has a nice, minerally lime-character. It is certainly fresh. The palate has a sweet, fresh, chalky-talcy, but well framed and even somewhat structured nature. It culminates in a sweet chalky finish. It is plump, fleshy and stylish for the level
Eroica is the result of a special partnership of German and American winemakers to craft an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. This is more than a blend of two estates, Dr. Loosen from the Mosel and Chateau Ste. Michelle from the Columbia Valley: It’s an intermingling of Old World and New World philosophy and technique. Light, bright, tangy and appealing for its delicate green apple, peach, floral and lime flavors, lingering nicely and hinting at mineral on the polished finish.
A dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit flavors, crisp acidity and an elegant finish. It offers beautiful ripe peach and apricot aromas with a clean finish. This is an incredibly versatile food wine.
127 – Pinot Gris, J Winery, California, 2009
Slight frizz upon pouring. Attractive aromas of tropical fruits, bananas, and lemon meringue tart. Bright and tasty with crisp flavors of yuzu, lemon curd, lychee, pear and pineapple. Very creamy in the mouth with a slightly tart finish. A superb food wine and the best example of Pinot Gris produced in California.
126 – Pinot Gris, Acrobat by King Estate, Oregon, 2008
Delightful aromas of melon, green apple, citrus, spice, and tropical fruit are complimented by delicious flavors of tangerine, lemon, kiwi, and pear.
125 – Pinot Grigio, DiBruno, Sta Rills Hills, California, 2006
Delicious flavors of white peaches, lemon & hazelnuts. Nice minerality on the finish.
124 – Pinot Grigio Rosé, Prima Terra, Delle Venezie, Italy, 2009
A brilliant pale pink colour. Aromas of strawberries and delicious red berries tickle your nose and carry through to the palate. A fun light wine to enjoy with your meal!
123 – Pinot Gris, Marcel Deiss, Alsace, France, 2004
Fruity, slightly candied nose of apricots, quinces, and lemons. The palate, elegant and thoroughbred, is tense, concentrated and shows vigour. It pushes the wine towards the lemon energy of the limestone.
121 – Pinot Bianco, Alois Lageder, Italy, 2007
Brilliant straw yellow colour with a green tint. Very fine, fruity (apples, peaches), forward varietal aroma. Pronounced, clean, elegant, grapey flavour, light to medium-bodied.
120 – Sancerre(Sauvignon Blanc), Lucien Crochet “La Croix du Roy” France, 2007
Pale yellow. Ripe aromas of pear, tangerine, minerals, spices and anise. Dense, supple and focused, combining salty minerality with sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Lush and full in the mouth, then finishes with surprising vivacity, clarity and mineral-driven length.
119 – Semillon, Torbreck, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2008
Delicate scents of limestone, candle wax, and toasted brioche. On the palate, notes of almond, soft pineapple, roasted cashew and white peach. Underlying notes of citrus oil and minerals maintain the wines freshness whilst a crisp spine of razor-like acidity neatly lace together the finish.
118 – Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria, Marlborough, 2009
This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with a fruit-salad-bowl of flavours including ripe gooseberry, passion fruit, fresh citrus lime and exotic herbaceous aromas. The wine has an exciting palate with layers of juicy flavours, intensity and fullness, finishing with a refreshing crisp, clean and racy acidity. Enjoy this exuberant and delightful wine.
117 – Tariquet “Classic” France, 2006
70% Ugni-Blanc, 30% Colombard Superbly intense for a dry fruity white, its bouquet reveals floral and citrus aromas with nice touches of tropical fruit. Light and well-balanced, this wine is a thirst-quenching pleasure. Fantastic!
116 – Sauvignon Blanc, Chalk Hill, Sonoma, 2006
Intense aromas abound – honeysuckle, floral, tropical, pear, vanilla, peach, pineapple – leading to a round penetrating and lengthy palate. Intense flavors of lychee, mango, peaches, spice and melon add substance to the aromas. 93 Pts. The Wine Enthusiast
115 – Fume Blanc Reserve, Robert Mondavi, Napa, 2008
Intense primary aromas of lemongrass mingle with the subtle scent of lime blossoms and hints of sage and spice. Mouth filling flavors of crisp yellow peach are couched in a very smooth, rounded texture. Thanks to the small Sauvignon Blanc yields of 2008, flavors are concentrated and the wine is already very expressive in its youth.
This is a light, refreshing slightly sparkling Muscat from Spain. It has a lot of ripe Muscat fruit, a little bit of residual sugar and a little bit of bubbles.
149 – “Chocolate” Port, Désirée by Rosenblum (375ml)
It’s dark ruby and purple, and the aroma is like creamy cherry chocolate pie. The taste is crazy. It’s a candy bar in a bottle with a little alcohol. Pour it over some ice cream and have some fun. 90,000 points! “WOW!!
148 – Nightingale, Beringer, Napa. 2003 (375ml)
A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc from Beringer’s Bale Lane Vineyard makes for beautiful, lush & jammy apricot and vanilla flavors. It is sweet and tasty, perfect for dessert.
147 – Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Reserve, Aresti, Curico Valley, Chile, ’07
With brilliant golden colour, on the nose it is very aromatic revealing the typical roses from this variety and caramel. Wooden notes appear discreetly showing more complexity. On the palate it presents well-balanced sugar and acidity, which makes it feel fresh, creamy wine and easy to drink. It is a full-bodied wine and has a long persistence.
146 – Late Harvest Viognier, Rosenblum “Ripken Ranch” Lodi, Lot 34 (375ml)
Lavish and powerful, but also incredibly elegant and refined. Beautiful aromas of apricots and peaches are laced in silky vanilla and cinnamon. The palate is full bodied with layers of honeyed apricots, peaches, tropical fruit and vanilla beans.
Bright amber gold with copper tints. Fresh raisin fruit backed by a hint of grape spirit and aged oak characters rise from the glass. The palate is luscious and lingering with plenty of sun-ripened raisin fruit, typical of Muscat from the Rutherglen region. The acid balance and tannin from barrel ageing prevents the wine from being cloyingly sweet. Blended for optimum flavour and balance.
144 – Schramsberg Crémant, Napa, 2004
Aromas of honeyed spice, rum cake, rhubarb pie and baked pineapple commingle with wild pear, melon and tea leaves. The bouquet of mouth-watering fresh fruit blends harmoniously with the wine’s more mature elements. On the palate, this wine is rich and creamy yet still vibrant and refreshing.
Rosa Regale is a unique red sparkling wine. Aromatic with a hint of rose petals and raspberries, Rosa Regale is perhaps the only wine in the world that marries well with chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet Delightful, with our Chocolate Decadence!
142 – Moscato d’Asti, Saracco, Italy (375ml)
Perfume of fresh peach, pear and aromatic white flowers. A gentle sparkle brightens the fruit and a tingle of sweetness hints of candied fruits. This wine is perfect as refreshing aperitif or a light finish to a meal with perfect balance of acid and residual sugar to make an incredibly light and floral sparkling wine.
141 – Vidal Icewine, Magnotta, Lake Erie North Shore, (375ml) 2006
Delightfully intense apricot, peach and papaya aromas. Hints of spice and honey provide balance. Has a creamy, round mouth feel offset by a touch of citrus-like acidity. Truly a vibrant and refreshing experience!
140 – Semi-Sparkling Muscat, Tualatin Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon, ’04
Sweet, explosive aromas of the Early Muscat grape, peaches, citrus rind, orange blossoms, litchi and papaya. Flavors mirror the aromas with mouthwatering fresh acidity and dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) balancing the sweetness. The finish is lively, clean and fresh inviting another sip. A light bodied, fresh and crisp styled wine.
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