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Keith Mabry

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2012 J-L Chave Selection "Celeste" Saint-Joseph Blanc
Review Date: 7-3-2014
Based on Roussanne, this is very intriguing white wine. It has notes of nectarine, honeycomb and beeswax. There is ample acidity to balance the wonderfully creamy texture. Fans of northern Rhone whites will find much to like here whether you drink Hermitage Blanc or Chateauneuf Blanc. Don't miss it.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-3-2014
The Mon Coeur is based on a majority of Syrah with the rest Grenache. It has beautiful blackberry and blueberry notes with classic spicebox aromas. It is always one of my favorite Cotes du Rhones.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-2-2014
Classically rich and full bodied. Lots of lush currant fruit and black cherry too. You can see the excitement behind the 2012 vintage showing through with this luscious and delicious domestic Cabernet. Very pleasing style.
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2005 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-2-2014
This has a lovely nose of cola and mushrooms with notes of dried leaves and dried raspberries. On the palate the complexities really come out with a solid core of raspberry fruit. There's still enough stuffing to keep this going for a few more years. A phenomenal steal when you factor in the cellaring and perfect provenance of this wine.
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2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Rich apple and pear fruit surround the buttery rich texture and toasty oak notes. There is a solid core of acid in here to keep the wine focused and in balance. Definitely the best of its kind for this price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-8-2014
This is a delightfully vibrant and bright Reserva, with high tone raspberry and cherry fruit. The spicebox aromas range from cardamom to cinnamon with the lovely scent of clove added for good measure. There is ample acidity here which makes this an ideal pairing with food. Perfect for paella, roasted fowl and all things pork.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

2012 Anko Torrontés Cafayate Valley Salta
Review Date: 2-24-2014
Beautiful salinity to this wine with jasmine and lime blossom aromas. Great flavors of lemon verbena, passion fruit and satsuma oranges persist on the palate. Beautiful acid balance keeps it focused and never cloying. Hands down my favorite Torrontes on the market. Try it with Indian food!
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2012 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 2-14-2014
Delightful nerve and intensity to this wine. With candied pears, mango and Meyer lemon flavors. This just hums on the palate with finesse and a silky texture. Is it a cliche to say "pair this with Asian foods?" I think not because it would be absolutely perfect.
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2011 Foley Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Loads of raspberry and cherry fruit with a lovely spicebox quality. Notes of cinnamon and clove as well. This is clean and fresh Pinot Noir that says, "I am from the Santa Rita Hills and proud of it." Nicely balanced and delightful with food. Pair it with some duck legs braised in wine and cherries. Yum!
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2011 Foley Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Tropical notes of papaya, mango and pineapple lift the nose of this clean and expressive Chardonnay. It also has a rich texture but enough bright acidity to keep it focused, plus it has toasty notes that are in no way overdone. This is the "just right" expression of Central Coast Chardonnay and a pleasure to drink.
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2012 Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Sashi Moorman and Raj Parr have hit it out of the park with this outstanding expression of Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. Long on ripe pear and apple flavors there is a vibrancy to the wine that lingers on the palate. Dare I say mineral? Having recently tasted their '13s out of barrel, I can say without a doubt there are many great things to come from this duo.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc "Vermots Dessus" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 2-2-2014
Loads of green apple with crunch minerality, allspice and cardamom notes. Medium to full bodied for chardonnay but with the vibrancy of 2011's acid structure. Great now but forget a couple of bottles and open them 2 or 3 years down the road for a fantastic treat.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Farmers Jane "Field Red" Mendocino County Red Blend
Review Date: 1-30-2014
I'm a sucker for Carignan and also a sucker for the wines coming from Farmers Jane. Native yeast ferments and old vine fruit, two of my favorite things. The Carignan is sourced from 85-year-old vines at Hawkeye Ranch in Mendocino County, and the Grenache portion comes from Santa Barbara County. Fresh red fruit flavors of crushed raspberry and wild strawberry jam. This has terrific balance and wild flavors. Get on board now before these wines reach cult status.
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2012 Farmers Jane "Field White" Santa Barbara County White Blend
Review Date: 1-30-2014
It's hard to put a face or definition to the new "Natural Wine" movement but I think that Farmers Jane is a great place to start. All native yeast fermentation, following the biodyanmic calendar and sourced from a single vineyard, the 2012 is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne. The source and blend may change year to year (last year was Chenin based) but each wine captures the integrity of what the producers are trying to accomplish. Pure expression of time and place. This Rhone blend is vibrant with great natural acidity (white Rhone varieties tend toward flabbiness), persimmon, baked apple and peach flavors. I can't wait to see what else they get up to.
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2012 Alta Maria Vineyards Santa Maria Chardonnay
Review Date: 1-30-2014
Pure, clean Chardonnay fruit with lots of apple and citrus fruit. This has really nice weight. Unadulterated Chardonnay, it's what we should all be drinking.

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