Cellar Notes

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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

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

Schloss Rheinharthausen, Erbacher Honhenrain "Old Vines" Riesling '12 *** $$
(A superbly crafted wine at a very attractive price...buy and keep)

S.A. Prum Riesling, Mosel River '13  * 1/2  $
(A good maker turns out a reliable everyday riesling)

S.A. Prum Riesling "Prum Blue" Kabinett, Mosel River '13  ** $
(A soft but full-flavored off-dry riesling from Germany)

Pacific Rim Riesling, Columbia Valley '12 **1/2 $ VALUE
(Good value in riesling, a nice enjoyable wine)

Mercer Canyons Riesling, Yakima Valley, * $
(Good simple riesling for a bargain price)

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley '13  ** 1/2  $  VALUE!
(Masters at crafting great affordable riesling)

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling, Alsace '12 *** $$
(One of the great wine makers turns out quality riesling again)

Trimbach Riesling, Alsace '12 ** $$
(Lean, mineral, tart approach to dry riesling)

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

Hullabaloo Zinfandel, Lodi '12  **1/2  $
(An easy drinking, flavorful, youthful zin with tons of flavor. VALUE)

OZV Zinfandel, "Old Vines" Lodi '13 **1/2   $
(Dignified, powerful, with sweet, complex fruit flavors.  TREMENDOUS VALUE)

Klinker Brick Winery Zinfandel, "Old Vines" Lodi '11 ** $
(A jammy, almost shiraz like approach to zin, dense and tasty.)

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

House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc, Western  Cape, '14 * $
(A very nice good simple suav blanc, easy drinker)

House of Mandela Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape '12 * 1/2 $
(A somewhat scaled down cab with good flavor)

House of Mandela Shiraz, Western Cape '12 ** $
(Delightful scaled down shiraz with character) VALUE

House of Mandela Chenin Blanc, Vusani Series, Western Cape '14 *** $
(A very impressive chenin, with classic flavors and classy presence)

House of Mandela Pinotage, Vusani Series, Western Cape '14 ** $
(Surprisingly good version of this checkered grape, very likeable)

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, white blend, South Mountain '14  *** $$
(A first class blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier)

Old Westminster Viognier, South Mountain '14  **1/2  $$
(A very nice, crisp, firm viognier with a ton of class)

Old Westminster Albariño, "Two Vineyards" '14    ** $$
(Very well made wine, great acidity, modest 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
  
Torres Mas la Plana Cabernet Sauvignon, Penedes '10 *** $$$$    
(A great wine, inheritor of the old Black Label Gran Coronas)

Torres Pazo das Bruxes Albariño, Rias Baxias '13 ** $  VALUE
(A very good albariño for the money, elegant and pleasing)

Torres "Salmos" Priorat '12 ** 1/2 $$
(A tad pricey at $35, but a very good wine from a great Spanish region)

Torres 10 Gran Riserva Brandy ** $$
(Classic Spanish brandy at an affordable price)

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

Torres Coronas Tempranillo '12 ** $  VALUE
(Classic tempranillo with a bit of cab thrown in, delcious)

Torres Altos Hibericos Crianza , Rioja '12 **1/2  $  VALUE
(Pure tempranillo, aged in American oak, very classy)

Torres "Celeste" Ribero del Duero '12  *** $$
(A tad pricy, but worth it... this is Da Bomb!...great quality)

Torres "Atrium" Merlot, Penedes '12  *1/2  $
(Decent value for straightforward merlot.)

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

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