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Matthew Callahan

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2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
K&L killed it this time! Coming from a producer we all love and know far too well...but can't tell, this is classic Napa Chardonnay with its big burst of stone and citrus fruit, buttercream, and toast, but not burnt, just toasty, this is the perfect Cakebread for half the price! Take a bottle while golfing, the Beffa's approve!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Plush, classic Rutherford dusty fruit, well structured yet easy drinking, this is a steal for 100% Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
I do love the wines of Araujo. This is so rich and luscious, like liquid cashmere. Dark and inky with flecks of light, soft and elegant, with single origin cocoa on the palate and wild flowers on the nose. This is drinking incredibly well now, but will continue to age beautifully.
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart AG 92 BC 0

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Dark and chewy, with plenty of sweet fruit, cocoa and graphite in this mineral-driven wine. Good balance and fresh, ripe tannins.

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
** It is mind-blowing to me how good this wine always seems to be, especially in difficult vintages, and the 2011 is no exception. Sweet, deep black licorice fruit, with no angles or edges. Everything in fine balance. A complete wine.

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Easily the best wine to come out of Moulis, Poujeaux has a very distinctive style. Black licorice and black cherry, with hints of herbs. This wine also has layers of fruit and a nice, long finish.

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
This is an up-and-coming property. They have a new rich American owner and a great young director in Jean-Christophe Meyrou, and with the help of famed oenologist Michel Rolland some great things are happening here. Besides being an incredible value, it is also one of the best wines we tasted on our entire trip. Black raspberry, plum, spice and red berry fruit, all perfectly integrated. Noticeable tannins, but layered and integrated well. Very tasty and racy; this wine is so sleek and seductive it feels like a super model.

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Dark and inky in the mouth, graphite and slate, minerals sweet minerals. Still very tannic on the finish and big. Should age well--there is enough fruit to cellar. Great freshness.

2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
I’m not going to lie. I’m instantly skeptical of anything that we can retail for under $10 from the US. I’m not saying that I don’t want to champion inexpensive wines, god knows we all need them, but with the cost of land, goods, equipment, labor, etc…it is just really difficult to make good wine at this price. That’s why when we actually do find one we get really, really excited for it. The 2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a perfect example of an exciting value wine. The first thing that struck me about this wine is that everything felt natural. No acidification, no oak chips, no Frankenstein wine here. What is here is a lovely, surprisingly rich Chardonnay with the exotic spice of Hungarian oak and the creamy texture of partial Malolactic Fermentation. Add in round, delicious baked apple and apricot fruit and a touch of tropicality from 2% Viognier and this is a Chard that you can pick up by the case and drink by the bottle whenever the need strikes!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2011 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Stony, mineral-driven aromas, intense and concentrated. Powerful for a white, with great acid and focus. Not overdone. Fine, indeed.

2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Our first Cabernet from the fantastic 2012 vintage. This venerable Napa winery is in the heart of Cabernet country. Cassis and red fruit aromas mix with some oak and licorice. So smooth on the palate, it tastes great now, but will age well for 10-plus years. Like the 2009 Bordeaux, this wine has so much fruit, it masks the ample, round tannins. Long, lingering finish. A vibrant wine to serve with a rack of lamb or veal chop.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Another great, delicious drinking Chardonnay from a very famous winery. Hint: What did Marie Antoinette say to the masses? On the richer side of the spectrum but not overdone. Toasty vanilla oak aromas mixe with apples and a touch of spice. Fairly full-bodied, this hasa rich mouthfeel and balancing acid at the back end. Easy to drink right now and will cellar well for a couple of years. Swordfish would go well with it, but the wine could also handle a famous Sam's Chowder House lobster roll.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2006 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The 2006 ?Malartic-Lagravière is a wine of great elegance, and it shows great freshness in its bright raspberry fruit as well as ripeness throughout, which is the key to the wine’s lasting finish. Very pure, elegant wine.

2011 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Big, rich, thick texture, dense and full, quite open in the mouth. Still some aggressive tannins and hints of herbal components.

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