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2006 Penfolds Merlot Rawsons Retreat Merlot - $3.99 (reg.price $8.99)
Alex Lallos, JJ Buckley: "Opaque ruby core, lighter rim. Fresh cherry and raspberry fruit up front complimented by subtle aromas of licorice and freshly picked plums. Some woody aromas round out the nose nicely. Soft upon entry then fleshes out into something promising. Lots of fruit throughout with low but round and integrated tannin. A note of espresso presents itself on the moderate finish. Nicely made wine!"
April 8th, 2009
2005 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon: 91 Pts starting at $35.98
"Starts ripe and supple, with pure, ripe cherry, plum and blackberry fruit, then firms up, revealing chewy tannins. Full-bodied and well-balanced, with a complex finish."
2004 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso: 92 Pts starting at $48.99
"Very fruity aromas of raspberry, plum and fresh flowers lead to a full-bodied palate, with round, soft tannins and lots of juicy, delicious fruit. Very attractive. Hard not to drink it now."
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2007 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc: 96 Pts starting at $28.99
"A rocket beam of vibrancy, with effusive honeysuckle notes and 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."
2006 Andrew Will Sorella: 95pts starting at $60.99
"Tight, focused and distinctive, this sharp-edged Washington red shows ripe currant, spice, tobacco and coffee
flavors that sneak up on you. They start slow, but swirl through the mildly grippy tannins into the expressive finish,
making for a beautifully compact and complex wine."
2005 Chateau Pibarnon Bandol: 95pts starting at $43.99
"An intense, focused red, with concentrated mineral, plum and dark cherry flavors flanked by tobacco box notes.
Lithe yet powerful, with an elegant, finely chiseled finish of slate and white pepper."
2006 Carlisle Syrah: 93pts starting at $30.75
"Very rich and concentrated, this is dark, potent and full-bodied, offering layers of blackberry, wild berry, currant and hints of cassis, ending with a blast of pepper, mineral and cedary oak."
Wall Street Journal
White Bordeaux, Well Worth Seeking Out
The crisp, lively French wine rewards those who find it with mouthwatering tastes at good values
April 4th, 2009
By Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
2007 Chateau Graville-Lacoste starting at $12.99
"Best of tasting. Mouthwatering. Lime, mango, grapefruit and sunny acidity, with a nice, round weightiness to it and a tiny hint of honey. Long, fruity finish. Complete."
2008 Chateau Lamothe de Haux starting at $10.99
"Good/Very Good. Boing! Young, fresh, grassy and lively -- great for summer. It's so young and aggressive at this point that Dottie said she'd decant it. John said, "Sure, dear