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  • pinitbutton Champagne Cattier Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roses   Wine of the Week Review
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Champagne Cattier Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roses

Price: $105

Rating: 16/20

Region: Champagne, France

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 12.5 percent


Tasting Notes: The Cattier family have owned vineyards in Champagne since 1763, but it was not until 1918 that they began producing sparkling wines under their own name. (Since 2006, they have also produced the premium Armand de Brignac brand.) Designed as a tribute to the village of Chigny-les-Roses, where Maison Cattier is located, the Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roses is a non-vintage offering packaged in a colorful floral bottle. On the nose, it boasts fragrant lemon and honeysuckle aromas. Dry and Continue reading “Champagne Cattier Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roses – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Champagne Devaux D 2002   Wine of the Week Review
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Champagne Devaux D 2002

Price: $100

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Champagne, France

Varietal: 50 percent Pinot Noir & 50 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 12 percent


Tasting Notes: Founded in 1846 by two brothers, Jules and Auguste Devaux, the brand remained in the family until 1987. At that time, Jean-Pol Auguste Devaux ensured that the brand would continue by giving it to the Union Auboise, a cooperative of Champagne growers located mostly in the Côtes des Bar. Devaux’s portfolio comprises a variety of Champagnes, including the Classiques, the Collection D and two made entirely from Pinot Noir. The house’s finest offering, the D Millésimé 2002 is composed of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Aged seven to eight years on Continue reading “Champagne Devaux D 2002 – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Altadonna Prosecco Superiore DOCG   Wine of the Week Review
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Altadonna Prosecco Superior DOCG

Price: $27

Rating: 14/20

Region: Veneto, Italy

Varietal: 100 percent Glera

Alcohol: 11.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Named for Anna Altadonna, wife of winemaker Stefano Chioccioli and mother of his winemaker son Stefano, Altadonna sources grapes from top vineyards in Tuscany, Lombardy, Sicily and the Veneto. More specifically, the winery’s Prosecco Superiore DOCG comes from the prime growing region of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. Italy’s highest quality assurance label, DOCG translates as “Controlled Designation of Origin Guaranteed.” An extra dry sparkling wine, Altadonna Prosecco offers sweet lemon, apple and peach flavors with complex mineral notes Continue reading “Altadonna Prosecco Superiore DOCG – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut   Wine of the Week Review
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J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut

Price: $48

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Varietals: 64 percent Chardonnay, 34 percent Pinot Noir, 2 percent Pinot Meunier

Production: 700 cases

Alcohol: 12.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Not one to live in the shadow of her father, who founded Jordan Winery, Judy Jordan struck out on her own as a specialist in sparkling wine. Her simply named J Vineyards and Winery makes fine bottles of bubbly using traditional Champagne varietals and winemaking techniques. The 2007 J Vintage Brut was aged on the lees for more than five years, giving it a soft, creamy mouthfeel. On the Continue reading “J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée   Wine of the Week Review
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Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée

Price: $35

Rating: 15/20

Region: California

Varietals: 95 percent Grenache & 5 percent Syrah

Production: 2,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: The son of renowned wine grower Andy Beckstoffer, who owns and farms some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Tuck Beckstoffer has distinguished himself as a winemaker. His eponymous winery produces a variety of wines under five different labels: 75, Hogwash, Mockingbird, Semper and Melée. The 2011 Melée is a rich and expansive Rhône-style Grenache. It features luscious flavors of Continue reading “Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • 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” »



  • pinitbutton Trump Winery 2012 Chardonnay   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” »



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