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  • pinitbutton Hooker 2010 Blind Side Zinfandel   Wine of the Week Review
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Hooker 2010 “Blind Side” Zinfandel

Price: $18

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: California

Varietal: 79 percent Zinfandel, 20 percent Petite Sirah & 1 percent Merlot

Production: 1,040 cases

Alcohol: 14 percent


Tasting Notes: Betsy Lawer’s father played hooker on Stanford University’s rugby team; her husband David played hooker for Duke. To celebrate their love for the sport, David and Betsy Lawer of Lawer Family Wines created their Hooker label. Grapes are sourced from the winery’s estate in Knights Valley and from vineyards across California. The 2010 “Blind Side” Zinfandel is a nicely balanced Continue reading “Hooker 2010 “Blind Side” Zinfandel – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay   Wine of the Week Review
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Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: A complex, food-friendly wine, the Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay features fresh lemongrass, golden apple and baked bread aromas. Crisp and clean in the mouth, it reveals mineral and almond notes with hints of nutmeg on the finish
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Food Pairings: Herb salad, white fish, brie cheese


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  • pinitbutton Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red   Wine of the Week Review
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Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red Wine

Price: $125

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Los Angeles, CA

Varietals: 56.1 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.7 percent Merlot, 0.2 percent Cabernet Franc

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: The 2005 Red from Moraga Vineyards shows excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Its complex flavors are primarily of blackberry and boysenberry with some herbal and mineral notes. This finely crafted Meritage finishes full and long.


Food Pairings: Grass-fed beef, black truffle pizza


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  • pinitbutton Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir   Wine of the Week Review
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Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Price: $35

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Carneros, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: An elegant, medium-bodied wine, the Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir features aromas and flavors of damson plum, dark cherry and bright boysenberry. Silky tannins in the mouth are complemented by hints of tobacco and smoke.


Food Pairings: Grilled trout, smoked salmon, poultry


Other Pinot Noirs we have tasted

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  • pinitbutton Blackbird Vineyards 2010 Arise   Wine of the Week Review
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Blackbird Vineyards 2010 Arise

Price: $50

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietals: 61 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 19 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 14.8 percent

Production: 2,867 cases


Tasting Notes: This well-balanced Bordeaux-style blend (Meritage) boasts bright cherry and blackberry flavors up front, soft tannins in the mouth and more earthy notes emerging toward the back of the palate.


Food Pairings: Rack of lamb, grilled chicken, roasted vegetables


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