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  • 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” »



  • 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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