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2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Denton Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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The softest and most rounded of the Local Vineyard Series wine from Oakridge. Ripe orchard fruit, yellow peach and fresh apricots. Broader and less linear than the other vineyard expressions. Very charming and immediately expressive. Silky texture, elegant. A true expression of place as the wines are all made identically.
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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Intensely flinty and mineral driven. Intriguing aromas of matchstick and spicy white oak. Bright quince and crunchy Anjou pears are highlighted on the long, linear and chiseled palate. Quite Chablis like. Very much for Burgundian Chardonnay drinkers rather than big butter bomb lovers.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

2010 Amelia Park Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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Exciting cool-climate Aussie Shiraz. Pure, soft, rich red fruits. Ground hard spices like nutmeg and clove. A touch of earthy, meaty Syrah quality to add another dimension. Lovely toasty French oak polish to the wine. Dynamite Shiraz for $19.99!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2011 Domaine Les Pins St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Review Date: 7-21-2013
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Good fresh St. N de Bourgueil. Pure fruited with just subtle hints of Cab Francs herbal side. Elegant and lively on the palette. Crushed tart red fruits and a touch of wet leaf.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine de Begrolles Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine sur Lie
Review Date: 7-21-2013
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Classy little Muscadet for the money. Subtle nose of lime pith and crush rocks, a slight hint of white flower and chalk. On the palette this wine has great racy acidity, a nice weight and more persistence than one might expect from such and inexpensive wine. Great all purpose summer white and a classic shellfish wine if you hosting a larger crowd.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Oakridge 864 Single Block Selection "Drive Block: Funder and Diamond Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-20-2013
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A very worthy slightly leaner single block selection. Matchstick wood, oak spices, ginger snap, quince and lime blossom. Crisp acidity drawing out the palate into a linear force. Spectacular wine that I imagine will age for a decade plus.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

2011 Oakridge "864 Single Block Selection - Charlie's Block: J&J D'Aloisio Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 7-20-2013
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Best young Chard I have ever tasted, period. I am simply amazed by this wine. Drive, texture, complex layers of flavor so dynamic they defy description. Exotic spices, Agarwood, endless mineral tones. Simply amazing.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

2012 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 6-30-2013
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WOW! The 2011 of this wine was one of the best deals in $20 Pinot but the new 2012 beats it hands-down! I am so excited for the first of the 2012 red wines to start filling in. At last a real high quality California vintage after a couple pretty average ones. This wine is predominantly sourced from the Sangiacomo vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. It shows excellent brightness and purity and the hallmark vintage traits of great physiological ripeness and flavor development but with very moderate alcohol levels. Purely red fruited with exotic Asian spices, a touch of well integrated oak and forest floor nuances that appear with a little air. Exceptional value.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 6-30-2013
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A good follow up to one of my favorite 2009 Napa Cabs. This wine shows the cooler vintage but also this time around the fruit comes from the Rutherford and Yountville valley floor vineyards. This gives it a little more supple tannin and generosity. The wine still has the big concentration balanced with freshness that Amici has been doing so well for a few years now. Great Napa Cab at a fraction of the cost some of the big names charge.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Gevrey Chambertin
Review Date: 5-31-2013
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A really good value and very accessible village Gevrey from a producer we import directly. Brooding dark fruits, some leather and dried flowers. The palate is soft and supple with acidity playing the main structural role. Very open and showing well in its youth but will no doubt age gracefully for 8+ years.
Price: $43.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Review Date: 5-31-2013
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A broad and instantly appealing wine showing the a rich fruit character of the warm 2011 vintage in Tuscany. Chianti still seems to have a negative stigma attached to it from all those bad wines produced from the region. However this is a wine that does a lot to convince people there are some classics to be found if one looks in the right places. Dark, saturated, ripe fruits. A touch of spicy oak and roasted earth. The tannins are present but beautifully softened by this wines unctuous mid palate fruit. Great wine for enjoying right now and for the next 5+ years. Perfect for grilled red meats.

2009 Au Bon Climat "Talley Vineyard-Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection" San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 5-22-2013
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An exceptional release from Au Bon Climat. I have long been a fan of Jim's wines for their refreshingly high acidity, focus and restraint when compared with the seemingly ever growing number of super oaky buttery chards out there. This release is one of the best I have come across from Au Bon Climat. It is perfectly poised and elegant on the palate. Nice ripe orchard fruits, some raw almond turning more toasted hazelnut. A lingering mineral content shines on the finish which is very precise and clean. A complex and superbly elegant chardonnay.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 5-21-2013
Another great little wine from Foxglove. This wine is distinctively less tropical than the 2010 vintage showing more pear, quince and even a hint of lime zest character. Fantastic value in CA Chard!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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As with all Bruno Michel's wines this is very interesting. He works Biodynamically and the wines are generally slightly on the esoteric side. The nose of this wine has an intriguing Pecorino cheese note, a touch of saline character that also shows through on the palate. It has bright green apple and citrus notes wrapped with some more toasty rich hazelnut character showing on the finish. Complex and intriguing, more of a food orientated wine than a simple sipper. Enjoy!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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I don't think there is anything I can say about this wine that Gary or my colleagues haven't already said yet I feel compelled to review it. Hands down my favorite Champagne in the store. Even when you take much more expensive wines into account it's hard to say that considerably more cash gets you any improvement in quality.

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