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February 4th, 2009
2006 Merlot Napa Valley Blueline Vineyard: 93 Pts starting at $74.95
"Beautifully focused and elegant yet complex, showing vivid black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas, with richly layered currant, herb and spice flavors that finish with ripe but firm tannins."
2006 Plumpjack Merlot: 91 Pts starting at $44.99
"Rich and opulent, offering lush black cherry and toasty mocha aromas, with complex, layered red currant, spice and minty espresso flavors that finish with burly but ripe tannins."
2006 Château Angelus: 93 Pts starting at $150.50
"This has a gorgeous nose of black licorice, black cherry and sage. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a very long finish. There’s beautiful texture for the vintage. Enjoy the fruit and richness."
2006 Cheval Blanc: 95 Pts starting at $599.99
"Displays lots of milk chocolate, cedar, berry and cappuccino aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, this is structured and layered for the vintage. Mouthpuckering. Needs time."
2006 Ausone: 93pts starting at $210.89
"Cedar, new wood and crushed blackberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a palate of vanilla, berry and blackberry character. Balanced and modern, with lots of fruit. Lively, with bright acidity."
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Wine Advocate, Feb 2007, 90 points: "The 2005 Baltos Mencia comes from a less steep terroir and is aged in oak for 6 months. This purple-colored effort exhibits an attractive bouquet of minerals, earth, black cherry and raspberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with concentrated, ripe fruit, excellent depth, and a pure finish. Because of the old-vine, labor-intensive vineyards with low yields, wines from Bierzo can be pricey so this well-made wine is an excellent value."
SF Chronicle - Australia and New Zealand Riesling
Friday, February 2md, 2009
2005 Keller Estate La Cruz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay starting at $19.99
"Founders Arturo and Deborah Keller established Petaluma Valley's first winery, now directed by daughter Ana Keller. This wine benefits from cooling maritime influences: the San Pablo Bay to the south and fog from the northwest. Winemaker Michael McNeill has made a rich California-style wine, which has very ripe apple, sweet pear and caramel with a bit of stoniness. Integrated and nicely balanced."