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2009 Sbragia "Cimarossa Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-14-2013
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Wow! The nose of the 2009 Sbragia “Cimarossa Vineyard” Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely intoxicating, with aromas of fresh-picked blackberries, dark chocolate and subtle herb notes. The palate is a beautiful mix of black plum, spice-cake, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate and earth notes. The finish is long and supple with good energy and verve as the wine slowly fades away. This is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon that will surely please anyone who tastes it.
Drink from 2013 to 2025

2009 Sbragia "Wall Vineyard" Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-14-2013
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The third wine in a trio of single-vineyard 2009 Cabernet Sauvignons from Sbragia, the 2009 Sbragia “Wall Vineyard” Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is a structured, broad-shouldered Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, mocha, caramel and tobacco. The palate is dark and brooding, with flavors of plum, eucalyptus, blackberry liqueur and notes of crushed rock and baking chocolate. The wine is supple, with a finish that echoes the palate, and it slowly dissipates on the tongue.
Drink from 2013 to 2030

2011 Cambria "Julia's Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-14-2013
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The 2011 Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir has an intoxicating nose, from the very first sniff this wine is hard to resist. Aromas of macerated cherries and strawberries along with hints of rose petals and clove whaff from the glass. The palate is a delicate and elegant expression of pure Pinot Noir with flavors of cherry, strawberry, cola and spice notes with a bright and racy finish. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better Pinot Noir for under $20.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart AG 91 BC 0

2011 Cambria "Bench Break" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-14-2013
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A step up from the Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay in both stature and price is the 2011 Cambria “ Bench Break Vineyard” Santa Maria valley Chardonnay. This wine sings from the glass with aromas of lemon oil, graham cracker and hazelnut aromas with a rich palate full of baked apple, nut skin, tropical fruits and vanilla. This wine feels like a Corton Charlemagne with its rich palate, viscous mouth feel, depth and power. A fabulous value this is a great California chardonnay that won’t break the bank.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

2011 Cambria "Katherine's Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-14-2013
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What makes the ideal Chardonnay? For me it has to have notes of exotic tropical fruits, good acidity and verve and lastly a nice touch of rich oak that helps to frame the wine but does not overwhelm the fruit and spice characteristics of the wine. The 2011 Cambria “Katherine’s Vineyard” Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay is just that wine: gorgeous fruit, just the right amount of acid and a rich, buttery hint of oak on the finish-just what you want in an everyday drinking Chardonnay.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2010 St. Clement Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-9-2013
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There was a time when finding a great Napa Cab for under $20 was easy, nowadays after recalibrating for the year 2013 I am on the lookout for a great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for under $30. The 2010 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon is that wine, deep aromas of black currants, roasted meat, pain grille and rosemary slowly linger from the glass. The palate is a restrained blend of plum, blackberry, dark coffee and spice notes. The palate is dry and long with good energy and verve and the perfect sense of weight. This is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon that harkens back to the classically made wines of the 70s & 80s in Napa Valley.
Drink from 2013 to 2033

2010 St. Clement "Oroppas" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 10-4-2013
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I’ve been a fan of St. Clement Oroppas for years! This has been a wine that consistently over-delivers year-after-year vintage-to-vintage. If you’re seeking out the structure of a Bordeaux Red coupled with the fruit and seamless feel of a California Cabernet Sauvignon then your search has ended: drink the 2010 St. Clement Oroppas. The wine starts out with aromas of black plums, cola notes, mocha and hints of clove and eucalyptus. The palate is a mix of dark macerated berries, Baker’s chocolate and spice notes nicely buffered by racy acidity and soft mocha-laced accents. The wine is amazingly approachable and easy drinking in its youth but can easily age 5-15 years. A delicious wine that carries on the tradition of Oroppas being one of the better Bordeaux blend values made in Napa Valley.
Drink from 2013 to 2028

2011 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-23-2013
These guys are doing some great stuff! Exotic nose of Chinese five spice, good fruit, great balance and harmony. Delicious.

2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-12-2013
Black cherry and cola, hints of chocolate, dark fruits, blackberry liqueur. Great energy, with a finish that goes on and on.

2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-12-2013
Black cherry and cola, hints of chocolate, dark fruits, blackberry liqueur. Great energy, with a finish that goes on and on.

Absolut Elyx Single Estate Vodka 1L
Review Date: 5-23-2013
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One of my drinks of choice when I’m out at a bar is vodka rocks with a twist. It is simple and easy to make and generally leaves me hangover free. Usually I opt for Belvedere because it is smooth and easy to drink even though it may lack a truly distinct flavor. When I tasted the Absolut Elyx Vodka I was blown away, it was smooth & rich but had a very clean and distinctive profile with hints of vanilla and hazelnut notes on the finish. A wonderful tasting vodka and an even better value this is perfect on its own or use it as a top-shelf blending ingredient in your next martini or gimlet.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 4-17-2013
What does greatness cost? In the Rhône it costs $159.99 a bottle. If you want a truly magical experience you can’t go wrong with Clos des Papes; this wine hits on all cylinders.

2009 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 10-29-2012
Big, bold, with great tannins. This wine sings with fruit and terroir.

2011 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
Just call them butter, 'cause they're on a roll! This is the third vintage in a row that Poyferré made one of the best wines of the vintage. This wine is gorgeous, with black cherry, cola and mashed sour blackberries. Layered, with nice length and good fruit. Shows some tannins.

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