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Staff Favorites - Patrick Cu
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Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-28-2015
If someone is looking for our best value in Scotch whisky, there'll be no hesitation on my part in recommending this. There are flavors of vanilla, malty grains, and a gentle touch of peat in the background. This is easy drinking, versatile whisky. How the hell is it $25 while being so good and 50% ABV? I have no idea, but enjoy it while it lasts.
2013 Sharp Zombie Rioja
Review Date: 2-27-2015
It's hard to beat the value that this wine brings for under $10. Succulent red fruits, peppery spice, and light floral notes are all present on the palate. This'll ease up those dreary weekday nights in a snap. Fun to have while watching the Walking Dead, Shaun of the Dead, or any of the plethora of zombie shows out there.
2010 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah
Review Date: 2-19-2015
No idea how we got the price this low, but the 2010 Zaca Mesa Syrah was well worth the $20 that it used to go for. Now it's an incredible deal. Dusty, savory spice is present, along with blackberry and plum fruit notes. It's rich, full-bodied, and probably at its peak right now. Definitely one of our best deals at the moment.
2006 Fourcas Dupré, Listrac
Review Date: 2-17-2015
I love the coffee note that usually comes from the wines from this Chateau. This is an excellent, aged Bordeaux for $20. One that is ready to drink and better to have sooner than later! Great to have with a burger.
2012 Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage
Review Date: 2-16-2015
Lyeth has been making wines since the early 1980s. The 2012 Sonoma County Meritage continues their streak of success in offering low-priced, good values. The Merlot is dominant in this year's blend, giving more blueberry and plum notes. On the palate are flavors of blackberry fruit, cedar, and chocolate. It's medium to full bodied and quite the treat for $15.
2009 Arnauton, Fronsac
Review Date: 2-6-2015
This Merlot heavy Bordeaux is quite the deal for being from 2009 and under $20. The chocolate and plum flavors are concentrated and very satisfying. After so much time in the bottle, the tannins have softened tremendously. It's made the mouthfeel very smooth and approachable.
2013 Ermacora Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 2-6-2015
No fruit bomb here. This is a dry, crisp, refreshing Pinot Grigio with racy acidity. Notes of pears, lemon citrus, and a light grassiness grace the palate with finesse and cohesion. Ermacora does fantastic work with this bottling year in, year out. I'm glad it's back.
2012 Tongue In Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 2-2-2015
There is great depth and complexity to this Pinot Noir that really makes it stand out. I can understand all the high point marks and accolades it has received. This wine is layered with notes of cherries, wild raspberries, violets, earth, and spice. The finish lingers long and pleasantly. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this gem.
2012 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-5-2014
Textbook consistently produces great value wines, and this 2012 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. Aromas of mocha, toasty oak, and blackberry emerge from the glass. Cinnamon, raspberry, and dark chocolate are pronounced on the palate. There is a fullness in body and richness in texture that make this wine a fantastic deal for just $20.
2013 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-21-2014
What a fun, fresh, and easy-going Chardonnay. Notes of peach, nectarine, orange citrus, and Fuji apple come out beautifully. Light acidity keeps things refreshing. This is great for those in need of a delicious value from California Chardonnay.
2008 Caraccioli Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands Brut
Review Date: 9-11-2014
The 2008 Brut had a nice richness to it, with brioche, nectarine, peach and ripe stone fruit notes. It was a little more yeasty than the older bottlings, and a little drier than the 2007.
2012 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Winemaker Greg Brewer has presented us with another great vintage for the Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. Melville is consistently good from year to year, but the 2012 is incredibly impressive and exceptional. Aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry, light cinnamon spice, lavender, and floral notes make this a compelling wine. Melville fans should not miss this very enjoyable bottling.
2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 7-22-2014
Here's a wine designed to beat the heat! Aromas and flavors of lemon meringue, pineapple cream, and lime citrus are present and generous. Accompanying them is a refreshing dose of acidity to keep things crisp and lively. This is just a flat-out good value for $10.99. And if it sells as well as the Vina Robles 2010 Cab Sauv did, we won't have it for long.
2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-15-2014
If you were to ask me for one Brunello to try in the store right now, I would point you to this. The 2009 vintage for Brunello is very soft and approachable in its youth. This Ferrero follows the trend, and for the price is an absolutely amazing deal. It's big, expressive, and generous with darker fruit. I'm taking this home for myself!
2011 Fossil Point Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 6-23-2014
What do people want when summer arrives? Delicious white wines for the warmer weather. Fossil Point has us covered for that here with their 2011 Chardonnay. It offers scents of baked apples, lime citrus, and a touch of honey. The palate is lightly buttery with generous notes of honeyed pear, pineapple, and gentle acidity. There is enough body and weight to this wine to enjoy it with a meal, but the low price will allow most to have it anytime and for any reason. It is an extremely good deal at $12. For California Chardonnay fans, this is one to have around the house.
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