Cellar Notes

Wednesday at 4:44 pm and Friday at 5:44 pm

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.

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

Chateau Coustaut Graves Blanc '13 **1/2  $ VALUE
(A big round, floral white Bordeaux, very food friendly wine)

Chateau Lauduc "Tradition" Bordeaux Superieure '12 ** $$  VALUE
(A well-structured red Bordeaux, with balance, spicy fruit)

Chateau Lusseau Graves Rouge '10 ***  $$
(A very good wine from an important region, polished, intense, mellow)

Chateau  Franc Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru '10 *** $$    
(A grand-cru for under $40?  Here it is and it's superb.)

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

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.

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