Archive for June, 2007

A very good friend of mine, and fellow wine lover, sent me an awesome package yesterday. Here is what was inside.

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“The long growing season at 2100 feet in the Sierra Foothills allows for complete ripening of Merlot. The addition of a small amount of Petite Verdot completes the wine. It is dark in color, has a classic Merlot nose and a weighty, rich mouth feel; a perfect wine for roast, fowl, rich pastas and stews. Drink now or hold until 2009.” -Winery

Thanks to the syndicate…inside joke.

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Explosive grapefruit with the perfect balance of crisp acidity. I really couldn’t find much wrong with this wine. Although the color could have been better…but seriously, does that matter much?

This screw capped beauty is from New Zealan, you can see the price from my recent purchases post.

Gary V definitely nailed it.

Scored:93/100

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mmm mmm mmm Pillar Box Red 53% Shiraz/37% Cab/10% Merlot of pure goodness.

I had this with a great group of people that I work with and it made it that much better. This wine was very soft on the mouth feel. I have to describe it as “bright” with lush red fruit. The best thing about it was the residual mouth feel, it coated the teeth so much they felt smooth.

Also for 10.99 a bottle…you should be buying this by the truck load!

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Look for this at about $5.00 a glass in restaurants.

Score: 90/100

Some new wines that I would love to buy soon. I do have the Mahi Sauv Blanc but have yet to sip it yet.

So here are some affordable summer whites to tickle your fancy.

) Sanford Chardonnay 2003

Type: Other California Chardonnay
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2003 | Library Code: 3033 | Email this

“A blend of estate-grown grapes with a dollop from Bien Nacido, this wine is a classic and clean example of Sanford-style Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. Partial malolactic fermentation contributes to a rich mouth-feel, while a crisp minerality shows through from the fruit. Use of oak is restrained, resultin (more…)

Bottle Price: $11.99
On Sale: $7.99
(You save: 33%)
Case Price: $95.88

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SUNDAY MOUNTAIN SAUVIGNON BLANC

2) Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Type: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2005 | Library Code: 31478 | Email this
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90 Points – Gary Vaynerchuk

This is a stunning buy from New Zealand. YES, it is Marlborough … and yes, it is just $7.99 per bottle on sale!! This is the perfect summer white!! Our Director of Operations, Gary Vaynerchuk also scored the wine 90 Points!! “#1; COLOR-light golden; NOSE-really perfumey, grass & Cat pee, celery stick di (more…)

Bottle Price: $24.99
On Sale: $16.99
(You save: 32%)
Case Price: $203.88

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MAHI SAUVIGNON BLANC

3) Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Type: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2006 | Library Code: 31244 | Email this

93 Points – Gary Vaynerchuk

“This wine blew me away, I can honestly say this is my new favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The outrageous complexity of grapefruit and kiwi mixed with the acidity of a $50 Riesling makes this the winner it is!!”

“Mahi started in 2001 when Seresin winemaker Brian Bicknell decided to create a l (more…)

Bottle Price: $19.99
On Sale: $12.99
(You save: 35%)
Case Price: $155.88

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CLOS REISSIER POUILLY FUISSE

4) Clos Reissier Pouilly Fuisse 2004

Type: Pouilly Fuisse
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2004 | Library Code: 30297 | Email this

Looking to explore the best of Pouilly Fuisse? You can start here with this knock out value! This medium to full bodied white exhibits excellent minerality, clean apple and pear flavors and a very smooth finish. It’s hard to believe the price on this … you won’t find offers like this often!

Bottle Price: $14.99
On Sale: $9.99
(You save: 33%)
Case Price: $119.88

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CASA VINICOLA CRISERA DUALE ROSSO

5) Casa Vinicola Crisera Duale Rosso 2004

Type: Melissa
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2004 | Library Code: 5804 | Email this

90 Points – Wine Library

Lovely rose-tinged garnet color. Elegant aromas of jammy strawberry fruit, wildflowers and spice with hints of roasted meat. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and balanced highlighting clean cherry fruit and a surprisingly long finish for a wine of this price. Soft enough to sip on its own, but REALLY shows i (more…)

Bottle Price: $16.99
On Sale: $11.99
(You save: 29%)
Case Price: $143.88

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ESTANCIA PIEDRA CANTADAL

6) Estancia Piedra Cantadal 

Type: Other Spanish White Wine
Size: 750ML | Vintage: | Library Code: 32254 | Email this

89-90 Points – Ian Dorin

“Exceptional summer white! Loaded with mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, passion fruit and banana, this is sure to spice up any backyard BBQ. Great freshness and acidity, this wonderful value pairs well fish, cheese or grilled vegetables.”

Bottle Price: $10.99
On Sale: $7.99
(You save: 27%)
Case Price: $95.88

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NAVARRITA CHARDONNAY

7) Navarrita Chardonnay 2005

Type: Argentine Chardonnay
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2005 | Library Code: 29035 | Email this
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Medium bodied with lovely aromas of pear, hazelnut and apples. This modern style Chardonnay is right to the point and exactly what you would expect for a $15+ offering … only this is much less! Outstanding!

Bottle Price: $16.99
On Sale: $10.99
(You save: 35%)
Case Price: $131.88

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LAMBLIN & FILS MACON VILLAGES

8) Lamblin & Fils Macon Villages 2005

Type: Macon
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2005 | Library Code: 32441 | Email this

True essence of a great value Macon. Crisp, refreshing, with lift apple, pear, fig, and a note of honey. Excellent on its own, but will pair well to cheeses, seafood, poultry or pork.

Bottle Price: $14.99
On Sale: $9.99
(You save: 33%)
Case Price: $119.88

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VALDESIL MONTENOVO GODELLO

9) Valdesil Montenovo Godello 2006

Type: Other Spanish White Wine
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2006 | Library Code: 32319 | Email this

“The 2006 Montenovo is produced from 100% Godello with vines ranging from 35-50 years of age. Tank fermented and aged, this medium straw-colored wine offers a complex array of mineral, melon, and citrus aromas and flavors. With an excellent core of ripe fruit and refreshing balance, this excellent value would (more…)

Bottle Price: $13.99
On Sale: $9.99
(You save: 29%)
Case Price: $119.88

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LAURA HARTWIG CHARDONNAY

10) Laura Hartwig Chardonnay 2005

Type: Chilean Chardonnay
Size: 750ML | Vintage: 2005 | Library Code: 29991 | Email this

A touch of oak combined with fresh acidity and ripe pear flavors. This incredible Chardonnay is a steal for the money. Grab it by the case while it lasts!!

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Small bottle, big taste!

I really liked this 90 point wine…but I have to drop it a bit. It was too green for me, this bottle had a lot of herbal notes followed up by cherry. Old world fans would love this! The floral notes where just a little off balance from the fruit. Although it was definitely a treat.
Score: 89/100

Paired it with Pita bread chicken pizza with tomato sauce.

So my first experience with Pinot Gris…and I see the reason why people love these wines with seafood. The crispness and freshness is better than a cold 7up on a hot day!

Here is some info from Eola’s site

GOLD MEDAL – NEWPORT SEAFOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2007 SILVER MEDAL – ASTORIA WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL 2007 Fresh Bartlett Pears come to mind when you first inhale the delicious aroma. At first taste, it is light, refreshing, and a little fruity with a light finish. A little spritz on the finish. Delicious with wild sockeye salmon. This Pinot Gris was made exclusively from grapes grown in the Willamette Valley. Aged only in stainless steel to allow the fruit flavors to come forward. Similar in style to the Pinot Grigio’s from Italy.

I have to say this wine was pretty one dimensional at first, but quickly grew in flavor by adding some mineralization and crispness that I loved. I loved the fruit and the freshness that it gave my mouth.

Over all I would have to say that for a first shot at Pinot Gris, this was great.

Since this is only like the second white wine I have tried I can’t really base my score off too much. However, with chicken kabobs this stuff brought the thunder. Also for $9.99 at the local Fred Meyer’s you can’t beat it, can ya?

Score: 89/100

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Being the the first Oregon wine on a site with Oregon in the title… I thought a tribute would be nice.

Oregon, My Oregon
Words by J.A. Buchanan
Music by Henry B. Murtagh

Land of the Empire Builders, Land of the Golden West;
Conquered and held by free men, Fairest and the best.
On-ward and upward ever, Forward and on, and on;
Hail to thee, Land of the Heroes, My Oregon.

Land of the rose and sunshine, Land of the summer’s breeze;
Laden with health and vigor, Fresh from the western seas.
Blest by the blood of martyrs, Land of the setting sun;
Hail to thee, Land of Promise, My Oregon.

10. Try every type of wine you can.

9. Price doesn’t mean quality

8. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something that had “96 points parker”

7. Drink reds with white meat

6. Drink whites with red meat

5. read, watch, and learn everything you can about wine

4.  Take notes after every glass

3. Share your notes with every wine drinker you can find

2. Have fun!

1. Break all the wine rules

Follow these 10 tips and find your way to wine tasting bliss!

Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2004

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90 Points – Josh Raynolds – International Wine Cellar

“Deep red with a bright rim. Pungent, spicy and cool on the nose, with fresh raspberry, wild strawberry, mocha and fresh rose scents. Youthful, tangy red berry flavors are elegant and focused, with mineral and floral pastille accents. Nicely silky pinot, finishing on a sweet red berry note, with a hint of fresh bay.

$19.98 at Winelibrary

Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2006

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93 Points – Gary Vaynerchuk

“This wine blew me away, I can honestly say this is my new favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The outrageous complexity of grapefruit and kiwi mixed with the acidity of a $50 Riesling makes this the winner it is!!”

 $16.99 at Winelibrary

Bottoms up!