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  • pinitbutton Brooks 2011 Janus Pinot Noir   Wine of the Week Review
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Brooks 2011 Janus Pinot Noir

Price: $35

Rating: 14/20

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Production: 2,014 cases

Alcohol: 12.3 percent


Tasting Notes: Although he’s not old enough to legally buy the wines he produces, 17-year-old Pascal Brooks is the sole owner of Brooks Winery. Together with his Aunt Janie, who acts as Managing Director, he continues his late father’s commitment to organic and biodynamic farming. The 2011 Janus Pinot Noir is appropriately named for the two-headed god of beginnings and transitions. Boasting earthy fruit flavors of black cherry and rhubarb with hints of Continue reading “Brooks 2011 Janus Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Cesari 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC   Wine of the Week Review
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Cesari 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC

Price: $63

Rating: 15/20

Region: Veneto, Italy

Varietal: 70 percent Corvina, 20 percent Molinara & 10 percent Rondinella

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Gerardo Cesari founded his eponymous winery in 1936 with the goal of making outstanding Amarone. Today, his son and grandchildren carry on the family business. The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is made in the traditional manner from indigenous grape varietals partially dried for three to four months before pressing. Aged in Slavonian oak barrels for three years and in the bottle for at least eight months, the result is impressive and full- Continue reading “Cesari 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Viña Alicia 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec   Wine of the Week Review
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Viña Alicia 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec

Price: $30

Rating: 14/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietal: 100 percent Malbec

Production: 2,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Many of the most highly rated Malbecs, including this Viña Alicia offering, come from Luján de Cuyo. Designated as Mendoza’s first appellation in 1993, Luján de Cuyo is a cool, high altitude region in the foothills of the Andes. The 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec is a dense, full-bodied and unfiltered wine. It features dark, earthy flavors such as blackberry, fig and mocha with Continue reading “Viña Alicia 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • 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” »



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Trump Winery 2012 Chardonnay

Price: $16

Rating: 14/20

Region: Monticello, Virginia

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Production: 2,505 cases

Alcohol: 12 percent


Tasting Notes: Billionaire Donald Trump purchased Kluge Vineyard and Estate in 2011, claiming that he was more interested in its property value than in making wine. Now owned and managed by his son Eric, Trump Winery comprises 1,300 acres near Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, of which some 200 acres are under vine. The 2012 Chardonnay is one of a growing number of wines that eschew the often overripe style made popular in Caliornia. Instead, it is lower in alcohol and mostly fermented Continue reading “Trump Winery 2012 Chardonnay – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $40

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Ynez Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 836 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: When Bill Foley founded Lincourt in 1996, little did he know that Foley Family Wines would expand to include a dozen wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Washington state and New Zealand. Named for his two daughters Lindsay and Courtney, Lincourt lies at the far southern end of the Central Coast wine region. The 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex, well-balanced wine. Boasting blackberry, blueberry and black tea aromas, a plush mouthfeel and Continue reading “Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Da Vinci 2007 Chianti Riserva DOCG   Wine of the Week Review
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Da Vinci 2007 Chianti Riserva DOCG

Price: $25

Rating: 15/20

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Varietals: 85 percent Sangiovese, 10 percent Merlot & 5 percent other red grapes

Production: 1,500 cases imported

Alcohol: 13.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Located near the Tuscan town of Vinci, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci was established in 1961. It is a cooperative of 200 local winegrowers farming more than 1,200 acres in the Chianti region. A rich, full-bodied wine, the 2007 Chianti Riserva DOCG displays black cherry, Continue reading “Da Vinci 2007 Chianti Riserva DOCG – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Ouled Thaleb 2010 Syrah   Wine of the Week Review
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Ouled Thaleb 2010 Syrah

Price : $16

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Zenata, Morocco

Varietal: 100 percent Syrah

Production: 450 cases imported


Tasting Notes: Founded in 1923, Domaine Ouled Thaleb is a leader in the revival of Morocco’s wine industry. The winery is located on the coast near Casablanca where it combines sustainable farming with a mix of indigenous varietals, such as Faranah, and international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. An easy-drinking wine, the 2010 Syrah boasts spicy black fruit flavors balanced by moderate acidity and supple tannins.

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  • pinitbutton Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragons Tooth   Wine of the Week Review
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Trefethen 2010 Dragon’s Tooth

Price : $75

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Oak Knoll District), California

Varietals: 58 percent Malbec, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 20 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 980 cases

Alcohol: 14.8 percent


Tasting Notes: Dragon’s Tooth is a proprietary red blend that pays homage to the Trefethen family’s Welsh heritage. Adorning the bottle label is the guardian and symbol of Wales, a red dragon. Made entirely from estate-grown grapes, the 2010 Dragon’s Tooth is bold and big-bodied. Well-structured to take Continue reading “Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragon’s Tooth – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price : $45

Rating: 15/20

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Varietals: 94 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 percent Merlot & 2 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,913 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Located in the Walla Walla Valley, Abeja is a beautifully restored historic estate comprising an inn and a winery. One of GAYOT’s Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S., The Inn at Abeja provides guests a great way to experience the region and its wines, including Abeja’s fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from four vineyards, including Sagemoor Farms, Hedges Estate, Red Mountain Continue reading “Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



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