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Wine Reviews

Bargain Buzz

White

Fiori Moscato IGT Terre Siciliane, NV; $9.99

Gently fizzy, with aromas of honeysuckle, rose petals and pear; subtly sweet and fruity with notes of spice and lemon chiffon.

 

Karl Josef Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling/Muller Thurgau Qualitätswein, 2011 (Mosel); $8.99

Aromas of minerals, slate and honey; vibrant and fruity with crisp acidity and lemony orange notes on the finish.

 

Karl Josef Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Kabinett, 2011 (Mosel); $9.99

Appealing, pronounced mineral aroma with delicate honeyed pear; sweet and bright with bracing balancing acidity and a zesty lemon finish. Great value.

 

Red

Chateau du Tertre Bordeaux Rouge, 2012; $9.99

Appealing black cherry aroma with notes of leather and tobacco; fresh and clean with hints of black licorice, black cherry and a touch of dark chocolate and spice.

 

Ananto Bobal/Tempranillo, 2012 (Utiel-Requena); $9.99

Very juicy boysenberry aroma with earthy overtones; fruity with notes of smoky cherry, eucalyptus and earthy leather.

 

WINE FINDS

White – California

Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio, 2011 (Russian River Valley); $16

Very appealing, full aroma with hints of spicy honey and apple orchard; bursting with bright fruit overlaid by Granny Smith notes and balanced by racy acidity.

 

Grgich Hills Estate Fumé Blanc, 2012 (Napa Valley); $30

Vibrant grassy aroma with notes of minerals and citrus; very tart and dry with vivid tart green apple and tangerine flavors.

 

Trefethen Double T Chardonnay, 2012 (Napa Valley); $16.99

Pronounced pineapple aroma with a subtle hint of caramel; rich, full, lively and juicy with notes of vanilla, graham cracker and lemon meringue.

 

Rutherford Hill Chardonnay, 2012 (Napa Valley); $20

A whiff of roasted almond and coconut; creamy and delicious, with lively acidity, good balance and crisp fruit.

 

HandCraft Inspiration White, 2012 (California); $12.99

Beautiful floral aroma with a mineral backbone and a touch of lemon drop; light and easy to drink with a hint of sweetness, lots of bright tangerine and lime notes and a crisp finish.

 

White – France

Chateau de Sancerre Blanc, 2012; $29

Lush fruit aroma of white peaches and pears with notes of minerals and spice; crisp and gripping with loads of flavor, lemon zest vibrancy and zippy acidity.

 

Albert Bichot Secret de Famille Chardonnay, 2011 (Burgundy); $24.99

Beautiful classic Burgundy aroma with light buttered toast notes and crème brûlée nuances; clean and elegant with gentle oak and flavor of Yellow Delicious apple.

 

Red – California

Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Ranch, 2010 (Alexander Valley); $40

Powerful aroma rich with eucalyptus, cassis and dark chocolate; big and chewy, with concentrated black cherry flavor and lush notes of dark chocolate and clove.

 

JUSTIN JUSTIFICATION, 2010 (Paso Robles); $48

Deep cordovan color and aromas of spice, smoke, chocolate and dark cherries; velvety texture with lush, concentrated fruit and firm tannins; beautifully balanced and well made.

 

Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2011 (Sonoma County); $19

Big, juicy, peppery aroma with hints of smoke, eucalyptus and blueberry; rich and deep on the palate with full-on Zin character, great balance and integrated tannins.

 

Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County); $30

Dark chocolate aroma with notes of cassis and cracked black pepper; big, intense and juicy with solid tannins and robust boysenberry flavor.

 

Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel, 2010 (Napa Valley); $35

Very deep purple color; lush, full aroma of dried black fruit; intense, spicy dark chocolate flavor, full of jammy fruit and firm tannins.

 

White – New Zealand

Brancott Estate Pinot Grigio, 2011 (Marlborough); $15.99

Mineral aroma with bright notes of grass and lemon zest; full flavored with ripe stone fruit flavors and a tart, zesty grapefruit finish.

 

True & Daring Riesling, 2011 (Nelson and Waipara); $21

Clean, lush aroma of minerals and honey; bursting with bright acidity and racy flavors of lemon drop, tangerine and lime. Delicious.

 

True & Daring Richter Reserve Riesling, 2007 (Nelson); $24

Mineral and petrol aroma with rich honeyed apple notes; beautiful wine, with hints of tart kiwi and fresh pineapple.

 

Red – Italy

Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG, 2011; $12

Aromas of rose petals, eucalyptus, clove and red currant; nicely balanced with clean fruit, medium body, solid tannins and a bit of smoke on the finish.

 

Gabbiano Solatio, 2012 (Toscana IGT); $12

Bold, rich aroma of concentrated dried cherries and plums with a touch of violet; bright, fresh fruit with firm tannins and a hint of tobacco.

 

Castello di Gabbiano Riserva Chianti Classico DOGC, 2010; $22

Complex aroma of concentrated spicy cherry with a touch of anise and vanilla; elegant, lovely tart berry flavor with notes of black tea and smoke on the finish.

 

Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG, 2010; $40

abulous aroma of rich, ripe black fruit with notes of mocha and dried flowers; luscious and elegant on the palate with peppery richness.

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