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Cellar Notes

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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.

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)

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