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July 1st, 2009
2005 Silvio Grasso Barolo Ciabot Manzoni: 96 Pts starting at $72.00
"Wow. Wonderful plums and blackberries, with Indian spices. Full-bodied, with powerful, chewy tannins and a dense, rich fruit depth. Long and rich. A solid, powerful and beautiful wine."
2006 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo: 93 Pts starting at $500.00
"Ripe and decadent, with prune, spice and blackberry aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and beautiful concentration. This shows structure, power and class."
Robert Parker - Wine of the Day
July 1st, 2009
2006 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha Vinas Viejas: 91 Pts starting at $13.88
"The old-vine cuvee, the 2006 Las Rocas Vinyas Viejas, was recently reviewed in the Value issue but is worth reprinting because the 2007 has yet to be released. Aged entirely in French and American oak, it is purple-colored with a cedary, spicy, cherry and cranberry bouquet. More structured than the “regular” bottling, it has layered fruit, savory flavors, excellent depth, and a fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. The Las Rocas label has become synonymous with value in recent years."
SF Chronicle - Recommends: Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc
Sunday, June 28th, 2009 by Lynne Char Bennett
2007 Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc starting at $12.99
"Founded in 1890 by Andrew Frei, this winery is now part of E.& J. Gallo. Perfumed nose of lemongrass, sweet citrus and melon; similar flavors with slight lemon zest on the finish. Approximately half steel and half barrel fermented and includes 7 percent Semillon."
2008 Kunde Family Estates Magnolia Lane Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc starting at $9.95
"The Kunde family - in the wine business since 1904 - named this wine after the 100-year-old magnolia trees that border their Wildwood Vineyards. Nose of ripe pear, honeydew melon and sweet Meyer lemon plus slight herb and lemon blossom. Gentle lemony palate; long, finessed finish. Includes 6 percent Semillon and 3 Viognier."
"2008 Teira Wines Woods Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc starting at $9.99Daughters Thea and Keira inspired the name of this winery founded in 2002 by Daniel Donahoe and Alexis Woods, both of whom grew up around food and wine. The Woods family has grown Dry Creek Valley fruit for 35 years. Lemony citrus, slight green herb and hint of mineral; very tart acidity. Dry Creek Vineyards winemaker Bill Knuttel ferments it all in stainless steel."
LA Times - Wine of the Week
By Ricardo DeAratanha
2006 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah starting at $23.99
"Everything you want in a Central Coast Syrah -- ripe, beautiful fruit, wonderful balance and structure, flavors of dark, juicy berries, wild herbs and a touch of smoke. Adam Tolmach's 2006 Santa Barbara County Syrah is a stunner. One of the original Rhone Rangers, he's no newcomer to Syrah and has distilled everything he knows about the grape into his wine. A true artisanal winemaker, for the past few vintages, he's been blending the Syrah with a touch of Mourvèdre and Grenache to terrific effect.