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10:05 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Cotes-du-Rhone - 5/14/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
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Laurence Féraud Côtes du Rhone 2011 *1/2  $
(Great example of the affordable café style of CDR.)

Domaine La Manarine Côtes du Rhone 2012 ** $
(Café style with a touch of class, good grenache influence.)

Les Galets de Sauveterre Côtes du Rhone 2011  **1/2  $
(Huge bargain in a textbook CDR, with lots of "garrigue" notes.)

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8:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Beringer Revisited - 5/7/14

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

Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon '11  **1/2  $$
(Concentrated, firm tannins, a good Napa cab)

Beringer Chadonnay, Napa Valley '12 ** $
(Classic California style, good value)

Beringer Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley '12 **1/2  $$
(Same style as the Napa, but more of everything, a big chard)

Beringer Quantum  (red blend) NV *** $$$
(Expensive, but worth it)

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5:30 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Spring Whites - 4/30/14

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

Conundrum California white wine blend 2012  **1/2  $$
(Always a crowd-pleasing big plump white.)

Joel Gott Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2012  **  $
(Lighter version of the Alsatian style, full of flavor, good dinner wine.)

Daniel Gehrs Chenin Blanc, Santa Barbara 2011  * 1/2  $
(Dry with a late burst of fruit, Albariño-like.)

Markham Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2012 * 1/2 $
(Nice easy drinker for the spring.)

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5:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

American Pinot Noir - 4/23/14

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

Le Nez Pinot Noir, Yamhill, Oregon, Lenné Vyd. 2012 **1/2  $$
(Silky smooth, with deep red fruit flavors, classy)

Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2011  *1/2  $
(A very good entry level California pinot noir)

Stoller Pinot Noir, Dundee HIlls, Oregon 2010  **  $$
(An upper end entry level Oregon pinot noir with great complexity)

CalStar Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2010  **1/2  $$
(Big, soft, silky pinot noir with wonderful flavor and texture)

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Cellar Notes
10:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Branding of a Wine - 4/16/14

Hugh shared his thoughts on the true meaning of brand names in wine.  No recommendations this week.
 

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12:50 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Inexpensive Bordeaux - 4/9/14

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

Ch. Tuilerie Pagés, Bordeaux 2010 *  $    
(Light, inexpensive Bordeaux for current every day drinking)

Ch. La Landotte, Médoc 2010 **  $$
(Classic petit Bordeaux, suitable for laying down for aging)

Ch. Gachon, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008  *1/2  $
(5 years old, nearly mature, decent fruit, significant tannin)

Ch. Les Vielles Pierres, Lussac-St. Emilion 2009 **  $
(A very good value in petit Bordeaux, merlot dominated)

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5:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Riesling - 4/2/14

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

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, Cold Creek Vineyard, Wash. St. 2012 *1/2  $
(Good soft texture, good fruit, decent acidity, very food friendly)

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, "Eroica", Columbia Valley 2012, * $$
(Made with Mosel's Dr. Ernst Loosen, still a work in progress)

Karl Erbes Riseling, Urziger Wurtzgarten Spatlese 2012  **1/2  $
(Great value in balanced, off-dry fruity food friendly Riesling)

Schmitt-Sohne Riesling, Piesporter Michelsberg Auslese 2009 **1/2 $
(Another wonderful value in rich, fruity German Riesling)

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5:30 am
Wed March 26, 2014

A Look at Portugal - 3/26/14

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

Chão das Rolas Peninsula de Setubal 2010 * 1/2 $
(Rustic, lively with zingy flavors, perfect for suckling pig)

Crasto Douro 2011 **1/2  $
(Fabulous value in a serious, sophisticated red, same grapes as Port)

Alente, Alentejo DO Non-Vintage **  $
(Full-flavored, spicy, informal, perfect café wine)

Alente Premium, Alentejo DO 2009 **  $
(A more intense version of the regular Alente, great dinner wine)

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4:55 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Southwest of France - 3/19/14

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

Domaine de la Bouysse, "Hauterive Rouge", Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009  ** $
(Full, black fruit flavors, great for early grilling, bargain!)

Domaine de la Bouysse, "Mazerac", Languedoc (red) 2010 *** $$
(Intense, dark flavors, rustic notes, great value)

La Borie la Vitarelle, "Les Terres Blanches", St. Chinian (red) 2010  **1/2 $$
(Rhone blend, complex, full bodied, age-worthy)

Mas Bruguiere "La Grenadière", Pic St.-Loup 2010  **1/2  $$
(Intense, lovely aromas, loaded with Syrah, complex flavors)

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4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

American Pinot Noir - 3/12/14

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

Le Nez Pinot Noir, Yamhill, Oregon, Lenné Vyd. 2012 **1/2  $$
(Silky smooth, with deep red fruit flavors, classy)

Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2011  *1/2  $
(A very good entry level California pinot noir)

Stoller Pinot Noir, Dundee HIlls, Oregon 2010  **  $$
(An upper end entry level Oregon pinot noir with great complexity)

CalStar Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2010  **1/2  $$
(Big, soft, silky pinot noir with wonderful flavor and texture)

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