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  • 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” »



  • pinitbutton Juvé y Camps 2007 Millesimé Reserva   Wine of the Week Review
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Juvé y Camps 2007 Millesimé Reserva

Price : $22

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Catalonia, Spain

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Production: 7,500 cases

Alcohol: 12 percent


Tasting Notes: Juvé y Camps was founded in 1921 by Joan Juvé Baqués and his wife Teresa Camps Farré. The winery produces some of Spain’s finest Cavas, which are regularly served at royal and state functions. Made from fruit grown on the winery’s oldest estate vineyard, Espiells, the 2007 Millesimé Reserva was bottle-aged for 26-28 months, resulting in a well-balanced wine. It boasts Continue reading “Juvé y Camps 2007 Millesimé Reserva – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier   Wine of the Week Review
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Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier

Price: $32

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Viognier

Production: 1,503 cases

Alcohol: 15.1 percent


Tasting Notes: At the Judgment of Paris in 1976, California wines triumphed over French wines in a blind tasting. Freemark Abbey was the only California winery to have both a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay selected to compete. The winery’s 2012 Viognier is a crisp, full-bodied wine. Its heady tropical fruit and floral aromas entice upon entry. Citrus and stone fruit flavors in the Continue reading “Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión   Wine of the Week Review
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Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión

Price: $30

Rating: 14/20

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

Varietal: 100 percent Albariño

Production: 3,400 cases

Alcohol: 13 percent


Tasting Notes: This sleek-bottled Albariño comes from the historic Pazo Baión vineyard in the Salnes Valley. Purchased by Adega Condes de Albarei in 2008, Pazo Baión boasts 55 acres of 40-year-old vines. Its hand-harvested grapes produce intense aromas, including orange blossom and jasmine. In the mouth, it displays lemon, pear and apricot flavors supported by a vibrant acidity and a small amount of residual sugar.

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  • pinitbutton Gemstone 2009 Estate Red   Wine of the Week Review
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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Villa Maria 2011 Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay   Wine of the Week Review
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Villa Maria 2011 Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay

Price: $44

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Varietals: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 13.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Founded in 1961 by George Fistonich, Villa Maria is one of New Zealand’s largest family-owned wineries and a leader in sustainability. In 2009, Sir George was honored with a knighthood, the first ever granted to a Kiwi winemaker. One of Villa Maria’s top-of-the-line Single Vineyard bottlings, the 2011 Taylors Pass Chardonnay shows complex flavors and a crisp mouthfeel. On the nose, its aromas are of citrus and tropical fruits. Flavors of gooseberry and guava in the mouth are complemented by mineral notes, a vibrant acidity and a clean finish.


Food Pairings: Grilled fish, oysters, garden salad


For more information, visit www.villamaria.co.nz

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  • pinitbutton Marchesi de Frescobaldi 2009 Nipozzano Riserva   Wine of the Week Review
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Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2009 Nipozzano Riserva

Price: $22

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Tuscany (Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG), Italy

Varietals: 90 percent Sangiovese & 10 percent Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 13.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi has been making this classic Chianti at its Nipozzano estate since 1864. Displaying dark cherry and floral aromas on the nose, it reveals earthy red berry flavors with hints of clove and pepper in the mouth. Its food-friendly acidity and supple tannins provide balance.


Food Pairings: Barbecued meat, beef stew, aged cheeses


For more information, visit www.frescobaldi.it

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  • pinitbutton Tasca dAlmerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé   Wine of the Week Review
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Tasca d’Almerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé

Price: $15

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Sicily, Italy

Varietal: 100 percent Nerello Mascalese

Alcohol: 12 percent


Tasting Notes: Made from the Nerello Mascalese grape, a red varietal indigenous to Sicily, the 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé is a refreshing wine ideal for hot summer days. On the nose, it displays fragrant red berry and rose petal aromas. Crisp and dry on the palate, it reveals mouth-filling cherry and raspberry flavors.


Food Pairings: Tuna, salmon, poultry, pork, pasta


For more information, visit www.tascadalmerita.it/en/home

Tasca d’Almerita wines are imported by Winebow

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  • pinitbutton Hartley Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir   Wine of the Week Review
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Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Price: $28

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Barbara County, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: “Sideways” the movie was a big boon to Santa Barbara wine country, and perhaps no one benefited from its success more than Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II restaurant and winery. Despite total production having grown to 15,000 cases per year, Hitching Post wines are still not easy to find. The winery’s youngest Pinot Noir offering, the 2010 Hometown is sourced from vineyards in Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills. It is a fresh and fruity wine featuring dark cherry flavors with a hint of spice. 


Food Pairings: Grilled artichokes, flat iron steak, smoked salmon


For more information, visit www.hitchingpost2.com/HPWinery.html

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  • pinitbutton Trinchero 2012 Marys Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc   Wine of the Week Review
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Trinchero 2012 Mary’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $24

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Calistoga), California

Varietal: 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc

Production: 3,050 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: Named for founder Mario Trinchero’s wife, Mary’s Vineyard in Calistoga produces Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A bone dry wine, the 2012 Mary’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc features crisp lemon and lime flavors with tropical fruit and mineral notes, a zesty acidity and a clean finish. 


Food Pairings: Sashimi, oysters, fried calamari, garden salad


For more information, visit www.trincheronapavalley.com

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