Number 85 March 5, 2010
NEW VINTAGE Feraud-Brunel Cotes du Rhones Villages 2007 $21.75 Wine Spectator 91 Really shows the ripeness of the vintage, with a wide, almost exotic range of crushed blueberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit, liberally layered with graphite, woodspice and tobacco notes. The long, racy finish is filled with graphite and licorice. Delicious. Drink now through 2011. September 2009
Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2005 $22.00 Not reviewed
Columbia Crest Merlot H3 2007 $17.00 Wine Spectator 91 Dark, supple and generous with its blackberry and black currant flavors, playing against superfine tannins on an open-textured finish. Floral, savory overtones add depth. Best from 2011 through 2017. February 2010
Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2008 $15.00 Robert Parker 91 Dense with notes of blackberry, earth, roasted meats, and a hint of barbecue spice, this wine exhibits great fruit, delicious, gull-bodied texture, silky tannins, and a long finish. It does taste more like a $30-$50 bottle of Malbec than one that can be purchased for $15. 1/6/10
WE HAVE ONLY 12 BOTTLES This was a special purchase at the $39.00 price. Regularly $50.00 Long Shadows Saggi 2006 The 2006 Saggi is made by Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari of the well-known Tuscan family whose winemaking history dates back to the late 1700s. The wine is made up of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Sangiovese, and 19% Syrah sourced and blended from several AVAs. It was aged for 19 months in 60% new French oak. This purple-colored wine offers aromas of pain grille, spice box, earth notes, cassis, and cherry. Smoothtextured, layered, and ripe, this well-balanced, elegant effort has ample savory fruit, excellent depth and concentration, and a lengthy finish. It should be in its prime from 2012 to 2021. October 2009
Groth Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2009 $20.00 Not reviewed This is one of our absolute favorite Sauvignon Blancs. A little fruity, elegant with some spiciness. Delicious.