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Sal Rodriguez

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2011 Black Quail "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 9-21-2014
Wow! Drink like you’re royalty! Wasn’t quite sure what I expected but this… this is like velvet slippers for your mouth! Dried flowers, perfume, and fruit lift plentifully out of the glass with just the slightest hint of forest floor. The palate is full of dark fruit offset perfectly by a hint of black pepper and finishes rather elegantly with lively fruit and lovely spices. There’s a new region on my radar for exciting, pure, poised Pinot Noir!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 95 ST 90

2005 Bodegas Franco Españolas "Rioja Bordón" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 9-5-2014
This is what I love about Spain! Great values, great wineries, and great wines! This gran reserva has a lovely nose of fruit, has the right amount of fruit and savoriness on the palate, and is rounded off by just the right amount of tannin and acid. This is perfect for drinking right now, and by all means, feel free to hold some for later (if you can).

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria
Review Date: 8-21-2014
This big, rich, bold Shiraz over-delivers on every level! This beauty has wonderful dark fruits, a touch of spice and lively acidity. With such a smooth, satin textured finish, it's going to be easy to drink an entire bottle alone. If you're going to spend less than 15 dollars on a red wine to drink tonight, this should be on your list of contenders!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2012 Mount Trio Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Great Southern
Review Date: 8-19-2014
All the typical delicious fruit you'd expect from a great Cab blend, and a dash of mint. The fruit lingers on to the finish and ends with lively spice. A ridiculous value.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Spring Vale Estate "Melrose Vineyard" Pinot Noir Tasmania
Review Date: 8-19-2014
What a value!! The nose here has the lovely bright lifted fruit aroma I expect from a youthful new-age Pinot, while on the palate, a delicious crunchy fruit abounds. This wine is as easy sipping as they come. Three cheers for Tasmania!!!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough
Review Date: 8-19-2014
Classic is right in the name. This is the complete Riesling! It's got the typical nose that belies its tasty, youthful profile. It has the fruit - but not too much. It has the acidity - but not too much. It has the sweetness - but it's not too much. In a word - balance! I've had the chance to taste some very tasty Rieslings from some of the best growers, and this bottle is making me reconsider how much a delicious Riesling has to cost. I don't expect this to last long!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla
Review Date: 7-10-2014
The Bodegas Castano Solanera V.V. completely over-delivers! This 2012 delivers a crisp nose of crunchy berries, dried flowers and fresh pepper. On the palate, purple and tart, dark red fruits are noticeable with a nice hint of toasted oak. Aging in American and French oak really adds a depth to this bright, fresh wine, leaving a lovely satin mouthfeel. The finish continues with herbal, eucalyptus, and blueberry flavors. Get a few bottles now. If you wait, you might miss out!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Seventh Cuvée" Red Blend
Review Date: 7-10-2014
Big. Bold. Bright. Delicious. This version of the Shebang offers aromatic black cherry, cedar, and dark chocolate on the nose. There’s spicy rich fruit, with cassis and herb on the palate. This has a nice satin, lingering, herbal finish and is an incredible value! You can’t afford not to get a case!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 5-22-2014
This has a lovely, lifted nose of "crunchy" red fruit. A delicious, medium bodied, fruit and black pepper on the palate. It offers a medium length black cherry and herb note on the finish. It's hard not to love this delicious Pinot. At this price, it is a solid value red wine to have around the house.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Gin 375ml
Review Date: 5-2-2014
I can’t really say I am a “gin” person (whatever that means), but I know what I like when I taste it. This is it! This is what I like! I tried it ‘neat’ and really under-estimated what this little bottle was capable of. Let’s start out with pretty flowers and juniper popping out of the glass! Another whiff and I was hit with jasmine blossom and orange peel! I didn’t have to take a sip to know that I was going to be taking some of this home. I took a little sip anyhow, and some of the loveliest spices, pepper, and juniper just washed over my tongue and filled my mouth. As I try to convey into words, what this gin tastes like, it is selling out from under us! Yes, the bottle is a little expensive, but once you get the bottle home and into your glass, it’ll all make perfect sense.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Rancho Zabaco "Heritage Vines" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 1-14-2014
This savory, fruity and bright Zin starts with a sumptuous nose of ripe fruit and dried flowers. On the palate it delivers delicious fruit with the typical peppery notes. The earthiness and lively acidity help to make this Zin quite balanced and it ends with a velvety richness that I don't often associate with Zin, and definitely is not typical of the varietal at this price. Pick up a few bottles soon, as I'm sure this won't stick around for long.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0