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January 228th, 2009
2007 Mitolo Shiraz McLaren Vale Savitar: 91 Pts starting at $58.98
"Velvety in texture and sharply focused to aim its tobacco and spice-accented plum and blackberry flavors true as they sail through the long, generous finish."
2007 Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Gnarly Dudes: 90 Pts starting at $23.99
"Dense and ripe, this is a bit alcoholic, but it’s distinctive and bright with currant and persimmon flavors, finishing with allspice and cinnamon notes."
2006 Nine Stones Shiraz Hilltops: 90 Pts starting at $812.60
"Taut, balanced and nicely focused to show its blueberry and blackberry flavors at the tightly wound core, balanced against lively acidity and fine tannins. Aromatic with fresh earth and expressive with dark spices."
2005 Carneros Creek Carneros Grail Pinot Noir: 93 Pts starting at $34.99
"Refreshing ripe, vibrant, complex and fruit driven, with full bodied black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that’s rich and focused, ending with a long, layered finish."
Wall Street Journal
Malbec Beckons -- Heed the Call
Argentina's signature red deserves its wild popularity, offering zing and boldness for modest prices
January 24th, 2009
By Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
2007 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec starting at $7.99
"Very Good/Delicious. Best of tasting and best value (tie). Serious pepper and spice, with some crispness and plenty of blackberries and plums. Quite dry, yet bursting with fruit. We also liked the Altos "Reserva" 2006"
2006 Trapiche 'Oak Cask' Malbec starting at $8.99
"Very Good. Best value (tie). Memorable black-tar nose, with some charred wood. Rich, black wine with good minerals. Fresh and lively despite its weight, with big, bright fruit."
2007 Achaval Ferrer Winery Malbec starting at $17.95
"Very Good. Just plain pleasing. Ripe, tasty and easy to like, with a soulful earthiness and a dash of lemon. Comfort wine, easy to sip and easy to like."
2006 Bodega Lurton 'Reserva' Malbec starting at $9.45
"Good/Very Good. Tastes true and nicely crisp, but more relaxed than many, like everything was taken down a notch, so it's especially good with food."
LA Times - Wine of the Week
By Bob Chamberlin
2005 Puligny-Montrachet 'Clos du Chateau' starting at $25.99
"A warm gold in color, the 2005 "Clos du Chateau" is crisp and cool, with accents of citrus, flowers and white pepper, and a gorgeous buttery texture. Since Etienne de Montille took over as wine director, Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet is finally living up to its potential. The vineyards are now organic and most of them are biodynamic.