Staff Favorites - Angie An

Angie An

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2011 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 11-25-2014
This has to be one of the most intriguing whites I've tasted all year. Very complex on aromas--jasmine, yellow peach and bright citrus fruits up front; very elegant on the palate with a silky texture. Solid acidity to finish off and well balanced--makes me want to go back for more!
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2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 11-25-2014
Toasty warm aromas, full of vanilla, sweet tobacco and hints of dark chocolate. Definitely not shy, this bottle is full-bodied, with a strong tannin backbone, could age for a few more years and will pair amazingly with a grilled tomahawk chop!

2012 Filippi "Castelcerino" Soave Colli Scaligeri
Review Date: 11-25-2014
Serious Soave! With some skin contact this bottle really brings in the body and character! Rich honey and floral notes with a grippy mouthfeel, good acidity and a solid finish.
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2010 Montechiara Amarone
Review Date: 11-24-2014
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Seriously, when was last time you saw a quality bottle of Amarone at this price? Thanks to our Italian wine buyer Greg, we were able to secure the lowest price ever on this staff favorite Amarone!! I love the complex flavor and rich and smooth mouthfeel on this wine, and how well it pairs with stewed meat dishes! If you haven't tried this bottle yet, it's time to grab one!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Simply put, the best value Cabernet for this holiday season. Juicy, fruity and easy-drinking, this is a great choice for holiday parties or to have at home as your everyday Cabernet! Who said you can't find a good bottle of Cabernet for under 10 bucks?
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2012 Cave de Rasteau "Dame Victoria" Rasteau
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Easily one of the best quality-to-value Rhone reds we have! Rasteau was considered just part of the bigger "Cote Du Rhone" appellation until 2010, when they were finally recognized for producing a higher quality blend and were allowed to put "Rasteau" on their label. Super versatile when it comes to food pairing, with juicy, bright aromas and a slight peppery finish, this is the perfect wine for pork tenderloin or BBQ chicken!
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2012 Robert Craig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Great year, great producer: Robert Craig has always been my go-to for a classic, full-bodied California Cabernet. At $39.99 it definitely out perform most other Cabs at the same price point. Will improve with some time, be sure to give it a nice decant if you want to enjoy it now.
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2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
Review Date: 9-15-2014
The Oakridge Pinot Noir is really amazing. The Guerin Vineyard displays very nice intensity with a great mixture of fresh, just-ripe fruit aromas with lots of earthy secondary components. For a girl who loves her mineral-driven, earthier style Pinot Noir, this is right up my alley. The wine finishes with soft baking spices and great complexity.
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2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
Review Date: 9-15-2014
Woo! What a spicy little guy. There's fresh black pepper, green tobacco, dash of green olive notes right off the bat along with the classic raspberry. This is NOT your typical big tannin, high alcohol Australian Shiraz at all, but more reminiscent of a Northern Rhone style. Elegant and classy!
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2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Amici is a family-owned winery which produces premium quality wines at really good prices. This Cabernet is sourced mostly from Rutherford and you can taste the dark cherry and the famous "Rutherford dust" in this bottle. One of the long-time staff favorites, and I'm confident to say that this wine will out-perform most of the $50+ Cabernets out in the market!

2009 Domaine de Baron'Arques Limoux
Review Date: 9-2-2014
I'm calling this the "mini Mouton of Limoux". This 31-hectare property was purchased by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons in December 1998, and has been extensively renovated, producing their first vintage in 2003. Just like at all the other properties they own, everything is held to a very high standard here, including hand-picking of the grapes into small, 12-kilogram boxes to keep them whole throughout the process, just as they do at Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One and Almaviva. The blend is 50% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, 10% Grenache, 10% Malbec and 10% Syrah. The winery also won the Bronze medal at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. This a one serious red packed into a modestly priced bottle; enjoy now (decant if you can) or hold onto it for another 5~10 years!
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2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 5-27-2014
This little Bourgogne is actually sourced from Nuits-St-Georges. "Iron fist in a velvet glove"! I love the earthy tone this wine has to offer, along with dense cherry note and a chewy finish. A great deal for Bourgogne Rouge!
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2013 Clendenen Santa Maria Valley Mondeuse Rosť
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It's rosé season yet again! When it comes to rosé, the competition is fierce: so many different regions, grape varietals and styles! However the Clendenen Family Mondeuse Rose really stands out in the lineup. This was the very first wine we tasted when we visited this March. Light pink, with good intensity, a touch of earth, light tea leaves and a wonderful rose petal scent to finish, it was also an instant staff favorite once we got it in the store. It's fun, different and very well-made; a must-try for rosé lovers this summer!
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2012 Clendenen "Stallion Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-12-2014
What an unique Sauv Blanc! I put my nose in this glass expecting to get a citrus, grassy note but instead I was greeted with lovely, floral jasmine and white peach. It is one of the fuller, rounder styles of California Sauv Blanc I've ever tasted (without the use of oak). It almost makes me wonder if there is Semillon blended in there to lend it richness. I really have to say, the folks at Clendenen Family really get it. I'm impressed with their entire lineup. Every wine has its own signature and displays top quality. Worth a try!
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2009 Ici/La-Bas "Les Reveles-Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It was very hard to pick our favorite Pinot Noir among so many great choices Ici La Bas offers, but at the end we were charmed by this little Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Small dense ripe cherry fruit, very clean and focus. Savory, baking spices (75% new French barrel) and big lush mouthfeel. There is A LOT of flavor pack into the bottle for only $25 bucks; what's not to love?
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