Number 100 July 5, 2010
Jorge Ordonez Moscatel Botani 2008 $20.00 Not reviewed Light and a little sweet. Think gumbo. Mmmmmm
Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino 2004 $62.50 Wine Spectator 94 This is impressive for the vintage, with loads of crushed berries and spices, as well as hints of leather and flowers. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long finish of sweet fruit. Rich and exciting. Better than the 2001. Best after 2010. November 2009
Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River 2007 $21.00 Wine Spectator 90 Generous, balanced and appealing for its orange-scented pear and spice flavors, lingering effectively on the polished finish. Drink now through 2013. November 2008
Olde Savannah Sweet Tea Wine $7.00 OK, done laughing? Now, come get some, make it into a spritzer, sit out on the back deck late in the afternoon. Weâ€™ll accept all apologies.
New Vintage Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008 $20.00 Wine Spectator 90 Fresh and vibrant, with a full-bodied mix of tangerine, nectarine, peach and pear flavors that are intense, complex, layered and cleansing. This holds on to its core fruitiness. Drink now through 2013. June 2010
Villa Antinori Toscana White 2008 $13.00 Not reviewed
New Vintage M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2007 $18.00 Robert Parker 89 The red wine portfolio includes a sleeper of the vintage, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The finest Cotes du Rhone Chapoutier has yet made, it rivals Guigalâ€™s offering as one of the best negociant Cotes du Rhones produced. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by aromas of blackberries, cherries, road tar, and earth. Medium-bodied with silky tannins as well as gobs of luscious fruit, it should be enjoyed over the next several years. October 2008
Charles Smith Syrah Boom Boom 2007 $17.00 Wine Spectator 89 Bright and effusive, this is juicy with lively flavors of blackberry, plum and sweet spices, lingering on the open-textured finish. Drink now. April 2009
Yalumba Antique Tawny Museum Reserve $20.50 Robert Parker 92 The Non-Vintage Museum Reserve Antique Tawny is medium amber-colored with aromas of ginger, figs and dates. Intense, ripe, and very sweet, it will finish off your meal in style. December 2009
New Vintage Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009 $18.00 Wine Spectator 91 This is bright, lively and distinctive for its apricot, lime and tangerine flavors, which zip nicely through the long, vibrant finish. Drink now. March 2010
Jordan Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007 $35.00 Not reviewed
David Bruce Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2008 Not reviewed
Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2007 $30.00 375ml $16.00 Wine Spectator 90 Polished and open-textured, with an airy feel to the red cherry, tobacco and spice flavors, floating easily over refined tannins and lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2013. December 2009
Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2007 $18.00 Wine Spectator 90 Very ripe and very primal still, delivering a large core of velvety-textured raspberry, fig and boysenberry fruit that is liberally laced with dark toast, pastis and roasted vanilla. Should settle in nicely with modest cellaring, as the structure is dense, but polished and integrated. Drink now through 2011. July 2010 Maculan Costadolio Roseâ€™ 2009 Not reviewed
Argiolas Serra Lori Rose 2009 Not reviewed
Barone Fini Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2009 $19.00 Not reviewed You donâ€™t find many Pinot Grigios that have been aged for a while in oak barrels, but this is one. Light, tasty, crisp, summertime in a bottle.
Pio Cesare Barolo 2005 $70.00 Wine Spectator 93 Very ripe fruit aromas, with sultana, prune and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with seamless yet chewy tannins and a long finish. Lasts a long time. Best after 2012. September 2009
Chateau Ste. Michelle -Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2008 $26.00 Robert Parker 91 The white wines begin with the 2008 Eroica Riesling, a collaboration between Germany’s Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle. The grapes are sourced from a number of sites and several AVAs. Because of the winery’s vast holdings, this superb Riesling can be made in quantity (27,000 cases) while maintaining exceptional quality. Light straw-colored, it has a lovely, captivating perfume of acacia, honey, mineral, melon, and tropical aromas. Crisp, light- bodied (11.5% alcohol), concentrated, and vibrant, this just off-dry (1.77% RS), Kabinett-styled Riesling has the balance to evolve for several years and should drink well for a decade. October 2009
Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2007 $39.00 Not yet reviewed This is the 2007 vintage of the wine that was the Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine in the World last year. And, yes, the price did go up.
New Price Etude Pinot Noir Rose Carneros 2006 $16.00 Not reviewed This is another one we got a deal on from the distributor. The old price was $24.00.
Myers’s Platinum Rum Not reviewed Myers’s Gold Rum $16.25 Not reviewed
Ouzo 12 $21.00 Not reviewed
Gran Centenario Rosangel Hibiscus Infused Tequila $38.00 Spirit Journal 4 Stars This beguiling, brand new tequila is a Reposado that’s been infused with hibiscus flavor and matured first for 10 months in French Limousin oak barrels and finished for two months in port pipes (casks). Salmon/pink/rose’ wine color is seriously attractive; flawless purity. Initial inhalations after the pour encounter vividly floral/fresh spring garden scents that delicately complement the dill-like agave aroma without ever eclipsing it; it’s not until after the extra aeration stage of seven minutes that you get a glimpse of ruby port presence which adds yet another compelling aromatic aspect to this sensational bouquet. Entry is off-dry, wine-like and flora in an understated manner that doesn’t overshadow the peppery/dill flavor of the agave spirit; midpalate taste profile offers sophisticated, integrated, sweeter by a notch flavors that include brine, wine, flower petal essence, and light honey. Finishes with enough acidity to maintain the textural integrity while allowing flavors to meld. A sterling addition to the already strong Gran Centenario line. March 2009
Herbsaint $21.00 Not reviewed This is the New Orleans version of Absinthe.