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New Wine Reviews for Dec. 4th, 2009

December 4th, 2008

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New wine reviews come out all the time from authoritative sources such as The Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Here are some of the best recently reviewed wines.
From The Wine Spectator:
Dec. 3rd, 2008
The Wine Spectator Buying guide is a sneak preview of their next issue and contains their most highly recommended wines to seek out and buy based on their recent tastings. In our opinion, here are a few of the better recommendations for white lovers.

2006 Ramey Ritchie Vinyard Chardonnay: 95 pts
"Deliciously complex, full-bodied and layered with flavors, offering citrus and tropical fruit, with hints of anise and
buttery oak, yet the acidity keeps the flavors tangy and vibrant".

2005 E. Guigal Ex Voto Ermitage: 97 pts.
"This shows stunning purity and range, with blanched almond, chamomile, green fig, persimmon and apricot notes all weaving around a core of heather honey and brioche. The long finish resonates with minerality."

2008 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc: 91 pts
"Fragrant and complex, with a refreshing burst of lime, guava, grapefruit and grass flavors. Wet stone, passion fruit and oyster shell accents add interest, with bright acidity highlighting the vivid finish. Another outstanding Sauvignon from a perennial success."

La Times - Wine of the Week
Nov. 25th
Reviews by Irene Virbila

2006 Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc
"....With the 2006 vintage, winemaker Kevin Grant delivers a terrific example of South African terroir and winemaking. Zesty yet elegant, this multidimensional Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape carries accents of lemon and grapefruit, earth and limestone. Quite impressive for an estate that's only a few years old."

SF Chronicle - Napa Merlots
Nov. 21st
by Lynne Char Bennett
"We tasted 53 Merlots from Napa Valley - more than half from the very good 2005 vintage - 10 of which we recommend. " Here are 2 of the best.

2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot:
"Duckhorn has a few different Merlot bottlings - this is its workhorse. Oak dominates but is tempered a bit with dark cherry, plum and mint with punchy red currant highlights. Ten percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 percent Cabernet Franc and 1 percent Petit Verdot"

2005 Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot
"Jammy cassis and plum, earthy overtones and coffee aromas. Plush, ripe palate of dark fruit, a modulated tannic grip and nice camphor note on the finish. Big style but well balanced."