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2010 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 8-13-2013
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Combination of different hand selected top parcels across the estate. Really the bench mark reflection of this incredible estate. This Shiraz shows deep, saturated, dark red fruits, baking spice, vanilla and clove. Medium to full bodied, long, structured, elegant yet intense. Already a stunning wine but will continue to develop beautifully in the cellar.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

2010 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 7-29-2013
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This wine has a lifted nose of Black Currant, Cassis, crushed mint and graphite. On the palate it is richly textured, powerful and juicy. Lovely balance between fruit and structure with ample ultra-fine tannins providing good persistence and long cellaring potential. Awesome Cab!
Drink from 2013 to 2025

2011 Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay, Pyrenees, Victoria
Review Date: 7-29-2013
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From the very cool 2011 vintage this wine has great drive and focus. Delicious crunchy orchard fruit, fresh grains, toast, malt. Good flinty mineral tones. Bright but finely balanced acidity. Exceptional persistence on the palate.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2012 Oakridge Limited Release Fume Blanc "Fumare", Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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Very fresh and fragrant. Floral and bright with summer blossom, snappy acidity and citrus flavors. The palate weight is surprising from a ferment and short maturation in French Oak Puncheons that really added great texture and complex lees characters. The acidity is racy but the time in neutral wood has rounded the palate ever so slightly in a positive way. Great wine for any Sancerre drinkers.
Price: Hidden View Price JH 93 BC 0

2010 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Whitsend & Oakridge Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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Intense, concentrated and structured Shiraz. Showing the high quality of the reds from Yarra Valley in the superlative 2010 vintage. This is not a big, ripe, fat wine but one of focus, balance and purity. Rich, but not overly extracted, dark red fruits with touches of spice and dried herbs and smoked meat. Food orientated. Quite accessible now but I think it will only get better with time.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

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

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

2012 Te Mata Gamay Noir Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 6-5-2013
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Made in a very convincing Beaujolais style with partial carbonic maceration fermentation, this is such a fun and delicious wine. Spicy, crunchy red berries with silky, supple tannin and just a whiff of cracked black pepper to distinguish it as a Hawkeís Bay wine. Perfect for summer BBQ with chicken and fish. Once you try one this will be a new favorite Iím sure!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart JS 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

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