Cellar Notes

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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.

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

Juan Gil Muscat, Jumilla '14  **  $
(A dry, fruity, light white with abundant spice)

Juan Gil "Silver Label" Red, Jumilla '12 **1/2 $ VALUE
(100% monastrell, aged in French oak, delicious)

Juan Gil "18" Red, Jumnilla '10 *** $$
(Full bodied red blend, with 18 months oak aging)

Klinker Brick Winery Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi '12 **1/2  $

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

Peter Lehman "Clancy's" Cab/Shiraz/Merlot, Barossa '11 ** $
(Big and blowsy Aussie red with a boatload of flavor)

House Swine Cellars Zinfandel, Paso Robles '11 **1/2 $
(Surprisingly good zin, lively and nuanced, look for the pig on the label)

Charles Smith Wines "Boom Boom" Syrah, Washington State '13  *1/2 $
(A big obvious red that has little varietal character, but works anyway)

Ancient Peaks Winery "Renegade", Paso Robles '12 ** $$
(Mostly syrah, with hidden nuances, deep tangy flavor)

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

Bourgozone Cabernet Sauvignon, Bulgaria '11 *1/2 $
(From Bulgaria?  Yeah, and it tastes like cab sauv)

Doña Paula Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina '13 * $
(Good straight-ahead cab from the pampas)

Ch. St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay , California '13  ** $
(Very crisp, light, slightly oaky entry-level chard that over-delivers)

Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi '13 **1/2  $
(My favorite bargain red this year; great quality for the price)

Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #62, North Coast NV **1/2 $
(Latest offering in a series of big brawny reds with lots of character)

Crios Malbec, Mendoza '14  ** $
(Bright and lively with deep flavors, drinks way above its price point)

Yalumba Viognier, South Australia '14 **1/2 $
(Are you serious?  Very good viognier at bargain basement price)

House of Mandela Chenin Blanc, South Africa '13 ** $
(Yes, that Mandela; very classy chenin blanc that touches all the bases)

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

Micro-breweries From Maryland:

Calvert Brewing "Flapjack Maple Milk Stout"
(available at the farm)

Falling Branch "Old Leaf" Belgian amber ale
(available at brewery)

Evolution "Rise Up" Russian Imperial Stout
(limited distribution, available at brewpub)

Stillpoint Farm, Milkhouse Brewery Black Sour Cherry Porter
(available at the farm)

Antietam Brewery Campaign '77 Winter Ale
(available at the brewery)

Independent Brewing Co. "Saison de Solstice" spiced Belgian Saison
(available at the brewpub)

Frey's Brewing Co. "Jenny's Sister" barley wine
(available at the brewery)

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

Ferrari Brut (Italian sparkling wine) ** $
(100% chardonnay, harmonious and well-balanced)

St. Hillaire "Coté Mas" Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc ** $
(Wonderful sparkler from the south of France)

Bouvet-Ladubay "Excellence" Brut Rosé, Loire Valley ** 1/2 $
(Tasty rosé bubbly made from cabernet franc)

Maschio Prosecco Brut, Treviso ** $
(A classy Prosecco made from the traditional glera grape)

Poema Cava, Penedes * 1/2 $
(Fresh, clean minerally bubbly, splendid as an aperitif)

André Jacquart "Brut Expérience" 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, Champagne **1/2 $$
(All chardonnay, and all class, a great true Champagne)    

André Jacquart "Mesnil Expérience, Brut Nature" Grand Cru *** $$$
(From one of Champagne's most prestigious chardonnay vineyards)

André Jacquart "Rosé Expérience" 1er Cru Rosé de Saignée, Champagne *** $$$
(Pinot noir based, a true luxury experience)

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

Unoaked Chardonnay:  Four Vines Naked Chardonnay '13  ** $
(Really nice clean chardonnay flavor, for peanuts)

California Chardonnay:  Beringer "Luminus" Chardonnay '13 *** $$
(At $25 this is a huge steal; great classic California chard flavors)

Bargain Cabernet Sauvignon:  Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon '13 **1/2 $    
(From Paso Robles, a very well blended cab with great flavor)

Splurge Cabernet Sauvignon:  Croze Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon '11 *** $$
(Classy, concentrated Napa cab, covered with Rutherford dust)

Bargain Pinot Noir:   Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir '13 ** $
(Surprisingly good pinot for the money; authentic and rewarding to drink)

Splurge Pinot Noir:  Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir, RRV '12 *** $$$
(Sourced from one of the best pinot vineyards in California)

Spanish Red:   La Rioja Alta Alberdi Reseva '07 **1/2 $$
(Good value for very mature Rioja, a crowd pleaser)

Italian Red:    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco '10 *** $$
(Pricy, but totally worth it; great Barbaresco with tons of character)

French White:  Chateau de la Raz Bergerac '14 **1/2 $
(Super value in white Bordeaux; intense, concentrated, likeable wine)

Maryland Wine:  Bordeleau Merlot NV ** $
(This has become a very steady quality merlot from the Eastern Shore)

Dessert Wine:  Ferreira Ruby Port *** $
(As simple ruby ports go, this is as good as it gets.  Fabulous)

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

Chateau Le Raz Bergerac Blanc '14  **1/2   $  VALUE
(Racy, bracing, sauv blan and semillon blend, great buy.)

Chateau Rouillac Les Dadas de Rouillac '13 ***  $$
(An absolutely superb white Bordeaux, on par with white Burgundy.)

Chateau de Marjolet Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cuvee Traditionelle '12 **1/2  $
(A thoroughly likeable CDR, flavorful, silky smooth, lots of character.)

Chateau Lusseau Graves Rouge '10 ***   $$    
(Totally ready to drink red Bordeaux, tons of flavor and class.)

Kiona Vineyards, Cabernet-Merlot Blend '12, Columbia Valley  ** $ VALUE
(A great party wine, with lots of varietal character.)

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

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