Cellar Notes

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

Vier Jahreszeiten Durkheimer Schenkenbohl, Gewurtztraminer, Pfalz Kabinet '12  *1/2  $
(Well made sweet gewurtz, could work with apple pie)

Husch Gewurtztraminer, Anderson Valley '12 * $
(A modest gewurtz, dry fresh citrus fruit, varietal notes)

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

Les Pouches Saumur Blanc 2009 ** $
(A light fruity chenin blanc, pear and honey notes, refreshing)

Le Haut Vignot Anjou Blanc  **1/2  $   VALUE
(A very complex, spicy, crisp chenin blanc, incredible value)

Les Fosses d'Harengs Vouvray **1/2  $
(The classic expression of chenin blanc, off-dry, classy, food-friendly)

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

Novy Family Winery Zinfandel, Russian River Valley '12  ** $$
(A sweet, jammy zin with tons of flavor, complexity)

Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma County '13 **1/2   $$
(Great young zin, big friendly, graceful, but full flavored)

Frei Brothers Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley '13  **1/2  $  VALUE
(Explosive aroma and flavor, reminds of Cotes du Rhone)

Folie à Deux Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley '12 **1/2  * VALUE
(Classic Dry Creek zin, supple tannins, abundant fruit, lush)

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

Chateau de Marjolet Cotes du Rhone '12 **  $  VALUE
(Classic, rustic style CDR, with deep grenache character)

Chateau de Marjolet Cotes du Rhone-Villages, Laudun '12 **1/2 $ VALUE
(A slick and elegant upgrade, shows how classy CDR-Villages can be)

Aureto Cuvée Maestrale, Ventoux, Red Blend '11 *** $$
(A Syrah heavy blend of old vines, big and wonderful)

Chateau Raspail Gigondas '12 **1/2  $$
(A little pricey, but this is a wonderful red from one of the Rhone's best)

Domaine Galivan, Combe Latour,  Vin de Pays Vaucluse '14 **1/2 $  VALUE
(60% grenache, from one of Hugh's favorite producers, solid value)

Domaine Galivan Chateauneuf du Pape '13 *** $$$
(A superb example of this prestigious red blend from very old vines)

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

Saint Cosme CDR '13  * 1/2 $
(Very basic CDR, humble, rustic, peasant wine, perfect for café food)

Domaine Paul Autard CDR '11  **1/2 $
(An old friend, classic CDR with notes of field herbs, rustic tannins)

Andezon CDR '11 **1/2 $
(Fruity, deeply flavored, fine grained tannins, first rate bistro wine)

Chapoutier "Belleruche" CDR '11 *** $ GREAT VALUE!
(Very elegant, refined CDR with true regional character, super buy!)

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

Stonestreet Chardonnay, Alexander Valley '12   ** $$
(This is what you think when you think California chardonnay)

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley '12 **1/2  $$
(Dense, full bodied, elegant cab sauv from a great cab sauv appellation)

Stonestreet Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley '14  ** $$
(Pear, citrus flavors, bright acid, full flavored)

Mount Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, '11  *** $$$$
(Very expensive, but close to ideal Napa cabernet blend)

Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma '12 *** $$
(Cab blend with some syrah, lush, approachable, Saturday night wine)

Bootleg Red Blend, Napa '12 **  $$
(Off-the-wall blend with merlot/petit sirrah, but delicious)

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

Lido Bay Viognier, Paso Robles '11  *1/2  $
(Simple, autumnal, a perfect foil for anything with butternut squash)

Little James Basket Press Viognier, Vid de pays d'Oc '12 ** $
(A blend of viognier and sauv blanc, a well made all-purposed white)

McManus Family Vyds. Viognier NV, California *1/2 $
(Entry level viognier, every day white, good introduction to the grape)

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

Jean Perrier & Fils "Abymes" Cuvée Gastronomie White '14  **  $ VALUE
(Jacquère grape, delicate, crisp, good as aperitif, cheap price)

Lionel Osmin Cahors '12 * 1/2  $
(Good value for a malbec based wine)

Lionel Osmin "La Réserve" Cahors '11 **  $ DIRT CHEAP
(A better malbec than the regular Cahors, and very inexpensive)

Chateau La Bastide Corbières '13 ** 1/2 $  EXTREME VALUE
(80-20 Syrah/Grenache, dynamite wine, fine tannins, lively fruit)

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     

Old Westminster "Greenstone" '14 *** $$
(A super white blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier, firm and crisp)

Sugarloaf Mountain Reserve Chardonnay '14 *** $$
(One of the best chards ever made in Maryland, smooth, polished, classy)

Black Ankle "Feldspar" NV *** $$
A cabernet sauvignon dominated blend, deep flavors, refined structure, texture)

Big Cork Petit Verdot '13 *** $$
(A big bruiser of a wine, loaded with great flavors, density and class)

Turkey Point Late Harvest Vidal Blanc '14 *** $
(Essence of white peach and apricot in a bottle, sweet, balanced, impressive)

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

Carmel Road Chardonnay "un-oaked", Monterey '14  *1/2  $
(Subtle, understated, everyday chardonnay)

Carmel Road Pinot Noir "Drew's Blend", Monterey '13 ** $$
(Drew Barrymore helped design it, light, bright pinot)

Carmel Road Pinot Grigio "Barrymore", Monterey '13 ** $ VALUE
(A wonderful, loveable pinot grigio at a great price)

Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey '12 **1/2 $$
(Sleek, stylish, classic, well-structured, a lot of pinot for $21)

Carmel Road Pinot Noir "Panorama Vineyard", Monterey '11 *** $$
(A tad pricy, but very much worth it, intense flavors)

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

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