Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hot New Wine Reviews, Feb. 18th, 2009

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2005 Aalto Tempranillo, WA95 - $38.99 (reg.price $48.99)

Wine Advocate, Feb 2007, 95 points: "The 2005 Aalto, made from 100% Tinto Fino, is a deep purple color with an enticing nose of wood smoke, bacon, floral notes, spice box, and blackberry. This leads to a powerful, layered, intense wine already beginning to show complex flavors. Structured for 5-7 years of further evolution, this strong effort will be at its best from 2015 to 2030."

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February 11th, 2009

2007 Merry Edwards Russian river Sauvignon Blanc: 96 Pts starting at $28.99

"A rocket beam of vibrancy, with effusive honeysuckle notes, ripe honeydew melon, citrus, pear and apricot flavors that have amazing
structure, depth and body. Ripe flavors end with a mouthwatering finish, where the mineral and spice details echo on and on. Drink now through 2012."

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2005 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon: 93 Pts starting at $64.95

"A ripe, juicy mix of black cherry, wild berry, plum and currant, this firms up midpalate and holds its focus, revealing greater depth and complexity and ending with a nice tight, tannic backbone. Drink now through 2016."

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2006 Dumol Chardonnay Russian River Valley: 91 Pts starting at $62.99

"Smoky caramel aromas join ripe fig and melon fruit in this full-bodied, well-oaked wine, made in a style for those who enjoy a strong oak presence. Drink now through 2012."

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2005 Guigal d'Ampuis Cote Rotie: 94 Pts starting at $94.99

"Rock-solid, with a great core of dark plum and fig fruit woven with incense, Turkish coffee, melted licorice and mineral notes. The long finish lets the mouthwatering acidity carry it all nicely. There’s impressive drive and density."

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Wall Street Journal

A Burst of Spring From Every Bottle

It's easy to fast forward through winter with the clean, true taste of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

February 14th, 2009

By Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher

2008 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc starting at $12.95

"Very Good/Delicious. Best of tasting. Remarkable balance of cleanliness and intensity. Makes you smile with its mouth-popping vibrancy and sunshine-like, exuberant, lime-kiwi tastes, but it also has minerals underneath and some weight, a white-peach fleshiness that gives it presence. Classy and well-made. Repeat best-of-tasting."

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2007 Drylands Estate Sauvignon Blanc starting at $12.95

"Very Good/Delicious. Best value. Rounder and fuller than most, with some extra stature. A dash of pepper. Soulful. Reminded us of white Bordeaux in its classiness -- amazing at the price.

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2007 Isabel Sauvignon Blanc starting at $15.99

"Very Good/Delicious. Ripe, juicy grapefruit with a touch of something deeper. Warming, friendly, happy and very satisfying."

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SF Chronicle - Hearty reds $15 and less

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

2005 St. Francis Winery Red Sonoma County Red Wine starting at $9.99

"Director of winemaking Tom Mackey has been with St. Francis for more than 25 years. Mackey has made this fun, inexpensive, Merlot-based blend since 2002. This year's bottling includes Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives the Merlot a boost. A nice melange of red and black fruit, cinnamon and toast with oak spice; big on entry then tapers a bit."

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2007 Tormaresca Puglia Neprica starting at $7.99

"In 1998, Piero Antinori expanded his empire to include Southern Italy, starting this project and focusing on local varietals. Tormaresca - which means tower by the sea - is named for the many towers along the Adriatic Sea. The proprietary name reflects the blend's grape varieties: Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon - 40/30/30 percent respectively. The wine is aromatic and full-flavored with black cherry cola, juicy boysenberry; spice and a hint of black licorice; nicely textured with a lengthy finish."

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