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2012 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 6-11-2014
Austrian-born winemaker Rudi Bauer is something of a pioneer in Central Otago, with almost 30 years under his belt making wonderful Pinot Noir and superb sparkling wine in this region. I have to say, the 2012 is one of his best in recent memory and a deal at $30. The bouquet is bright and lifted, offering notes of raspberry, cranberry,cherry, Asian spice, earth, dried tangerine peel and a hint of toffee. On the palate there is terrific balance and focus with a beautiful dance between power and elegance supported by lively acidity. The finish is long, complex and layered that fans out like a peacock's tail.

2013 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 5-21-2014
The Grey's Peak Savvy from Waipara shows a different side to this country's famous wines from Marlborough. The nose shows more citrus and a floral powdery note. On the palate the wine is richer and more round yet still has great supporting acidity and texture with a long, refreshing finish. You'll want to spend some time this summer with this baby!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Besides the great classic blends of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre in Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz is the other as you just don't see alot of Merlot in Oz. One of the great wines that I have lucky to taste was the 1976 Bin 389 Cab-Shiraz about 6 years ago and it was amazingly complex and very much alive. This new Bin 8 in the Penfolds portfolio is an excellent entre to the style of Bin 389 at half the price. The nose shows notes of plum, mullberry, black currant, cedar and a nuanced oak toast. On the palate there are fine tannins with a juicy mouthfeel and very nice length. This is pretty serious wine for the money from one of Australia's greatest producers.

2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 4-22-2014
This is one seductive Shiraz! The bouquet is dominated by more red fruits with tobacco leaf, cedar, sandlewood, chocolate and a hint of eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with great purity and a multi-layered complex finish that goes on and on. Gorgeous stuff, and another great 2012 from Penfolds.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The Bin 138 is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (Mourvedre)that belongs in the hands of anyone whois a fan of these classic Aussie blends or wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. The nose is lifted with blueberry, black raspberry,pepper, leather, roasted grains, damp earth, bittersweet chocolate and a light pencil lead/graphite note. On the palate the wine is polished and refined with fine grained tanninns, good structure and a long persistent finish. A few years in the cellar will only reward or decant for an hour or two in the near term.

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Here's the "little brother" to the Coleraine and one that you can enjoy on the earlier side. Showing a similar core of fruit with plum, cherry and minerals, it is more medium bodied with a hint of savoury herbs as well. There is still fine grained tannins, but with a softer edge to the structure.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels specifically, offer one of the worlds great expressions for Syrah. And, the Bullnose is one of the best. The bouquet is lifted with red and black fruits, a meaty game note, white pepper, cedar and a hint of tobacco. On the palate there is good acidity, a fine structure and great length. I'll be putting some away for sure!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 2-19-2014
The Gusbourne has a detailed fine bead and a nose that shows a nutty almond and yeasty note along with hints of honey, poached pear, brioche and dried tangerine peel. On the palate there is a lovely texture and richness from spending 3 1/2 years on the lees, that all comes together with excellent balance and length.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 d'Arenberg "High Trellis" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 12-9-2013
The High Trellis vineyard was planted in the late 1890's and received its nickname due to the fact that it was the first vineyard at d'Arenberg to be trained above the knee! The bouquet soars with violets, black cherry,currants, dark plum and cedar. On the palate, there is the typical d'Arenberg fine tannin structure that is still ripe and somewhat supple. Notes of earth, mineral, and licorice emerge with fine supporting acidity good length. Drinkable now, but would reward some cellar time and last 10 years as well. This is pretty serious Cabernet for $15 and a super value.

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Denton Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-31-2013
The "Denton" falls a little more in the Chassagne style with a bouquet of lemon blossom, apple, nectarine and peach. On the palate there is a bit more mid-palate weight and richness than the "Barkala" along with some light cinnamon spice leading to a long finish. Like all the Oakridge wines, there is great purity, precision and balance.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-31-2013
If you like Chablis, then this wine is for you. The nose shows flint and matchstick along with a crushed rock minerality complimented by green apple and lemon/lime citrus with a slight nutty accent. On the palate it has great tension and drive with fine balancing acidity and a long persistent finish.

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Angel Flower" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Review Date: 3-26-2013
The Angel Flower is an even smaller production from the PVV home blocks with 180 cases made and cropped at 1.1 tons to the acre. Compared to the Earth Smoke, the wine is more lacy and ethereal. The nose shows some damp earth, lavender, thyme, plum, raspberry and spice. On the palate with time, the wine becomes more and more complex and layered in the mid-palate and in its finish. Lovely.

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Earth Smoke" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Review Date: 3-26-2013
Only 250 cases were made of this wine from the PVV home blocks and cropped at an incredible 1.4 ton to the acre.The bouquet offers black raspberry, dark plum, light Earl Grey tea, dried orange peel and in general, a darker edge to the fruit along with more earth tones than its sibling, the Angel Flower. On the palate the wine is concentrated with energy and drive with good texture that is balanced with a fine persistent finish. 13.2ABV.

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