Cellar Notes

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Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite  

San Pietro Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige '13 *1/2  $

(Tropical fruit flavors with honey notes)

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio, Valdadige '14 * $

(Lean, minerality, lemon notes, with crisp acidity)

La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey '14 ** $ VALUE

(A rich, complex, aromatic wine with good complexity)

King Estate Signature Pinot Gris, Oregon '14  ** $

(A very aromatic p.g. with layers of flavor in a crisp format)

Jermann Pinot Grigio, Friuli Venezia '12  *** $$

(A very good maker of crisp white wines with great depth)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.

Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

House of Mandela Chenin Blanc, South Africa '13 **  $

(A fresh lively chenin, with great acidity, sweet/tart fruit and earthiness.)

Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc, Alsace '14 ** 1/2 $ VALUE

(A beautiful full-flavored pinot blanc, rich, easy to drink, aperitif.)

Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, California '13 ** 1/2 $  VALUE

(A great negotiant blend, plump for a grassy style of sauvignon blanc.)

Dr. E. Loosen "Loosen-Up Riesling" '14 * $

(A simple, very pleasant riesling with some sweetness and balance.)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.

Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   ****= elite

Villa Antinori Toscanna Red IGT '12  *1/2 $$

(A classic Tuscan red, lean structure, modest fruit)

Tomasi Rompicolla '12 **1/2 $

(A velvety sangiovese/cab blend with opulent flavors and texture)

Familia Dante Chianti Riserva '12 ** $

(Dry, lean red with notes of chocolate and cherries)

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   ****= elite

Mara Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, '13 **1/2 $  VALUE    
(Classy versions of Juicy Fruit gum aroma and flavor, complex.)

Loriñon Rioja Crianza '10 ** $  VALUE
(Graceful, flavorful, with layers of complexity, a lot of bang for the buck.)

G. D. Varja Langhe Rosso '11  **1/2 $  VALUE
(Lovely blend of 6 grapes, bright, balanced and complex.)

Urban Maule Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Maule '11 **  $
(Soft, modest red with correct aroma and flavor, very tasty.)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Porter - 3/16/16

Mar 16, 2016

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   ****= elite

Original Flag Porter, England **    
(Grainy, earthy, iron flavors, almost light bodied)

Fuller's London Porter, England **1/2
(A touch of molasses, good density, well integrated flavor)

Anchor Porter, California **1/2
(Good depth, good body with roasted coffee and malt notes)

Saranac Caramel Porter, New York ***
(Very complex with true coffee flavors, great smoothness)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Malbec - 3/9/16

Mar 9, 2016

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    ****= elite

Salentin Reserve Malbec, Mendoza '13 * $
(Simple and uninspiring.  Not much to say.)

Amancaya Gran Reserva, Mendoza '12 *1/2 $
(Catena-Rothschild project with some complexity.  OK)

Alta Vista Estate Malbec, Mendoza '13 ** $
(High altitude vineyards give it good character.)

Don Manuel Villafañe  Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza '12  ** $
(Lush texture, mild, tons of flavor...see what can be done.)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Cambria has long been one of our favorite brands for good value in pinot noir and chardonnay.  They are re-shuffling the brand, moving the "Bench Break" line of wines into the entry level position, and elevating the "Julia" and  "Katherine" labels to the top tier.  In between will be a series of "Clone" bottlings of pinot noir and chardonnay.  They are also bottling a good syrah and an extremely good viognier.

Cambria "Bench Break" Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley '14  **1/2  $$
(A nice toasty citrus chard, good for Saturday night dinner.)

Cambria "Bench Break" Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley '13 ** $$
(Soft, rounded, subtly earthy, nice classy pinot noir.)    

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Ferreira 10 Year Tawny Port  *** $$
(Everything you could ask for in a middle-aged tawny)

Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011 **** $$ SUPER VALUE
(This LBV has it all!  Why spend 3 times more for vintage port?)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats. Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Ferreira Ruby Port *** $  VALUE
(Arguably the best entry-level ruby port out there.)

Ferreira Tawny Port *** $ VALUE
(Superb value in classic tawny port.)

Ferreira "Brown Label" Branco Port **1/2  $
(Almost a rosé port, very intriguing.)
    
Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Big Cork Malbec '13  **1/2 $$
(Flavorful, dense malbec with great character)

Thanksgiving Farm Reserve Meritage '12  ** $$
(Elegant, sculpted blend with great flavor)

Port of Leonardtown "5th Anniversary Red" NV blend ** $
(A fun blend of random reds, comes together in a tasty wine)

Sugarloaf Mountain Winery Cabernet Franc '12 **1/2 $$
(A serious and successful cab franc from one of Maryland's best)

Boordy VineyardsMerlot '13  ** $$
(Lots of varietal character from our oldest winery)

Black Ankle Vineyards "Phylite" Red Blend '13 **1/2 $$$
(Unique one-off wine from the prestigious vineyard)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com.

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