Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wine Reviews for Feb. 25th, 2009

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2003 Quinault l'Enclos Bordeaux Blend, WA89 - $24.99 (reg.price $34.99 - 25% Off!)


Wine Advocate, Aor. 2006, 89 points: "This 48+-acre vineyard is owned by Dr. Alain Raynaud, who has been one of the spiritual and qualitative leaders of the quality revolution that has taken place in Pomerol and St.-Emilion. Situated within the Libourne city limits, this vineyard possesses some of the oldest vines (50 years) of St.-Emilion. Made from a blend of 87% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the light-styled 2003 is soft and forward, yet possesses this property's hallmark elegance. Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple hue along with a sweet nose of blueberries, licorice, and flowers, it is all about finesse, balance, and purity. While it does not display the concentration of the finest vintages to date, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2004, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-14 years."





WineSpectator Insider


February 18th, 2009


2005 Ch√Ęteau de Pibarnon Bandol: 95 Pts starting at $44.99


"An intense and focused red, with concentrated mineral, plum and dark cherry that are flanked by tobacco box notes. Lithe yet powerful, with a long, elegant and finely chiseled finish of slate and white pepper. Drink now through 2015."


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2006 domaine TempierR Bandol Cabassaou: 95 Pts starting at $99.95


"Intense raspberry, red plum and kirschlike flavors are pure and powerfully structured, with loads of rich beef accents and a long finish of smoke, spice and hints of cream. Elegant despite the obvious power. Tempting now."


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NV Chambers
Muscat Rutherglen Rosewood Vineyards Rare: 95 Pts
starting at $13.29


"Sweet, viscous and deliciously balanced to let its coffee, almond, walnut and spice rack overtones wrap easily around a silky core of cherry, prune and tobacco. This has depth and intensity and actually finishes with a reasonable balance. Drink now."


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WineSpectator Advance


A sneak preview for the March 31st Issue, 2009: Here are some highlights.



2006 Landmark Syrah Sonoma Valley Steel Plow: 94 Pts starting at $23.95


"Shows loads of pepper, beef, dark berry, teriyaki, mineral and spice. Intense, distinctive, full-bodied and focused, this is so complex and well-proportioned that all the flavors work together seamlessly."


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2006 Leoville Barton: 94pts starting at $61.99


"There’s a great dark color to this, with intense aromas of cedar, wood, new leather and crushed blackberry. Fullbodied, with loads of fruit and a firm, powerful palate. Long and mouthpuckering. A muscular baby."



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2007 Stuhlmuller Chardonnay Alexander Valley: 91pts starting at $21.95


"Tangy lime and citrus notes join riper green apple and honeydew melon in this supple, full-bodied, complex and
elegant offering. The finish is long and clean."



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2007 Souverain Chardonnay Alexander Valley: 90pts starting at $10.79


"There’s a great dark color to this, with intense aromas of cedar, wood, new leather and crushed blackberry. Fullbodied, with loads of fruit and a firm, powerful palate. Long and mouthpuckering. A muscular baby."



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SF Chronicle - What's in our Glass


Sunday, February 15th, 2009


2007 Francois Chidaine Touraine Val de Loire Sauvignon starting at $9.99


"Touraine is a Loire Valley wine region surrounding the city of Tours. Its white wines include those from the appellation of Vouvray as well as the lesser-known Montlouis. That's the base of Francois Chidaine, who made this balanced and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Tart with green apple and citrus but still well rounded, it has plenty of the mineral qualities expected of Loire whites. Plus, much of the fruit comes from Chidaine's own biodynamically farmed vineyards."


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LA Times - Wine of the Week


By Bob Chamberlin


2007 Domaine des Escaravailles Cotes du Rhone 'Les Sablieres' starting at $11.99


"Dark ruby with glints of violet, the 2007 is pure fruit, tasting of raspberries and earth. It's delightful drinking, not too complex, with the weight of a Beaujolais. A wine to break out for any occasion, great with a burger, a hearty soup, something braised or grilled, a platter of roasted root vegetables. In warm weather, serve it ever so slightly chilled."


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