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New Wine Releases February 2011

New wine releases from around the world


NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Paso Robles

Eagle Castle Winery
Grace; $7.95
12/20This sweet and crisp sparkling wine displays aromas of pear, which are echoed in the classic white fruit flavors
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J. Lohr
2008 Tower Road Petite Sirah; $35
14.5/20A toasted hazelnut bouquet with aromas of blackberry pie and bread dough form a dense, finely textured wine with a fruit-forward finish
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Santa Lucia Highlands

Patz & Hall
2008 Pisoni Vineyard Sant Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir; $80
15/20
Compelling depth and mouthcoating strawberry pie flavors strike a balance between round, soft tannins and fresh acidity.

Santa Ynez Valley

Stolpman Vineyards
2007 L'Avion; $40
14.5/20
Spicy aromas of lemon and licorice are followed by juicy citrus flavors, building up to a long, penetrating finish.

CENTRAL VALLEY

Madera

Quady Winery
2009 Elysium; $25
13/20
With an aroma reminiscent of roses, this dessert wine displays rich and sweet berry flavors.

NORTH COAST

Anderson Valley

Goldeneye Winery
2007 Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir; $75
15.5/20
A juicy core of berry fruit is supported by excellent tannins and undercurrents of mushroom, charcuterie and oak.

Napa Valley

Canihan Family Wines
2006 Exuberance Syrah; $40
15/20
Ripe berry aromas and flavors intermingle with earthy notes of smoked meat. A hint of white pepper makes the tongue tingle.

Darioush Winery
2007 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon; $80
15.5/20
This Cab offers rich, earthy characteristics of bramble, blackberry and tobacco.


Emmolo Wines
2006 South 40 Ranch Syrah; $40
14/20
Oak-barrel aging marries the bold fruit flavors with notes of earth and spice.


Kristian Story
NapaOne; $60
15/20
Luscious aromas of raspberries, wild blackberries and mocha are followed by a palate of black currant and subtle tobacco.


Marilyn Wines
2009 Sauvignon Blonde; $16
13.5/20
A zippy number with grapefruit, lime and pineapple flavors with an invigorating tropical fruit finish.


O'Brien Estate
2009 Flirtation Rosé; $30
13.5/20
Made from Merlot grapes, Flirtation is a dry rosé with teasing strawberry and pomegranate flavors.


Pruett Vineyard
2008 Championship Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon; $100
16/20
Ripe purple fruit is chased by blackberries and hints of bittersweet chocolate, balanced with racy acidity and soft tannins.


Terra Valentine
2007 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon; $40
14/20
Up front, the flavors are fruit-driven but then its dark, earthy notes emerge toward the back of the palate and linger on the finish.


Russian River Valley

J Vineyards
2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; $28
14/20
Traditional Pinot Noir flavors of cherry and strawberry combine with subtle oak tannins, opening to hints of caramel, cinnamon and cloves.


Perception
2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay; $38
14/20
This wine starts with lovely ripe white peach and honeysuckle aromas, echoed in the palate and citrus finish.


Sonoma

Clos Du Bois
2009 North Coast Chardonnay; $12
13/20
This wine's silky-smooth texture is overlaid with bright juicy fruit flavors as well as hints of butter, toasty oak and spice, all lingering into a satisfying finish.


Iron Horse Vineyards
2006 Wedding Cuvee; $38
14/20
Rich and creamy like strawberries and cream, this sparkling wine is a romantic Iron Horse selection.


La Follette
2008 Sangiacomo Chardonnay; $25
15.5/20
This classic Californian Chardonnay displays flavors of green apple, nectarine, cinnamon and vanilla.


OREGON

ROGUE VALLEY

Naked Winery
2008 Tease Riesling ; $18
13/20
This wine offers tart pineapple and sweet stone fruit flavors with just a hint of musky perfume.

WASHINGTON

COLUMBIA VALLEY

Gramercy Cellars
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon; $45
14/20
Earthy aromas of gravel, chocolate and mushroom round out the nose, complemented by flavors of red currant, raspberry and fig.

WALLA WALLA

Cougar Crest Winery
2005 Reserve Syrah; $60
14/20
This syrah displays smoky, white pepper and leather notes with a sultry mouthfeel.

EUROPE

AUSTRIA

WEINVIERTEL

Weingut Setzer

2009 Gruner Veltliner "Ausstich" DAC; $16
13.5/20
This crisp and fragrant Gruner offers delicate fruit and a lightness on the palate.

FRANCE


Varichon & Clerc
Privilege Blanc de Blancs; $12
12.5/20 A rich fragrance of hazelnuts and toasted grain are followed by flavors of poached pears.


BEAUJOLAIS

Georges Duboeuf

2008 Saint-Amour; $15
13/20
On the palate, berries, cherries and spice are complemented by mineral notes and light, dusty earthiness.

BORDEAUX

Château Clos l'Eglise

Côtes de Castillon; $40
14/20
This full-bodied and youthful wine has complex flavors of dark fruits and minerals, culminating in a long, satisfying finish.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Saint Julien; $120
16/20
Floral aromas, subtle black fruit flavors and underlying earthiness are coupled with velvety tannins to provide a sensual experience.

BURGUNDY

Domaine Castagnier

Chambolle-Musigny aux Echanges; $30
14/20
The intense bouquet of berry fruit and oak offers a fruity and soft palate, with a persistent, elegant finish.

Louis Jadot
2008 Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Amoureuses; $150
16/20
This voluptuous and silky wine displays aromas and flavors of violets and black fruits with the weight of minerality on the finish.

CHAMPAGNE

Champagne Ayala

Cuvée Perle d'Ayala 2000; $150
16/20
Aromas of ripe dried fruit on the nose present a harmonious palate of vanilla and toast which linger on the fresh finish.


Champagne Besserat de Bellefon
Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime 2002; $70
15/20
The expressive nose involves notes of pear and quince, leading to a rich and powerful palate of yellow fruits. The fruity finish is generous and persistent.


Champagne Perrier-Jouët
2002 Fleur de Champagne Rosé; $275
16/20
Aromas of wildflowers, strawberries and vanilla are followed by red fruit and roses on the tongue.


Champagne Saint-Chamant
2000 Millesimé Brut Blanc de Blancs; $80
15.5/20
Ripe citrus, smoke and orchard fruit flavors combine for a rich and suave wine.


MOULIN-À-VENT

Château des Jacques

2009 Moulin-à-Vent; $17
14/20
This full, robust Beaujolais offers a fleshy, almost fat texture with a fruitiness that will become mellow with age.


POUILLY-FUISSÉ

Domaine J.A. Ferret

2009 Pouilly-Fuissé; $30
14.5/20
This vibrant wine displays notes of yellow fruits, flowers and hazelnuts with an intense and spicy finish.


ITALY

VENETO

Bella Sera

2009 Veneto Pinot Grigio; $7
12.5/20
This Pinot Grigio is crisp and refreshing with citrus aromas and flavors of ripe apple and pear.


Caposaldo
Moscato; $10
12.5/20
A sweet and light effervescent wine, the Moscato delivers aromas of acacia blossoms followed by flavors of peach and apricot.


Duca Del Frassino
2009 Cabernet Corvina; $20
12/20
This boxed wine is a dry robust red blend with layers of lush dark fruit on the nose and palate.


Duca Del Frassino
2009 Garganega Pinot Grigio; $20
12/20
Aromas of white flowers on the nose is followed by flavors of stone fruits in this fruit-forward boxed wine.


Musella Winery & Relais
2008 Valpolicella Superiore Vigne Nuove; $18
14/20
Aromas and flavors of cherries and violets are accompanied by underlying vanilla and musky notes.

SPAIN

PENEDÈS

Jaume Serra Cristalino

Brut Cava; $10
13/20
This sparkling wine is fresh and toasty on the nose with lively flavors of citrus, green apple and minerals.

AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

FRANSCHHOEK

Boekenhoutskloof

2009 Chocolate Block; $28
14/20
Syrah dominates the flavor with raspberry, blackberry and almond notes with just a hint of pepper and spice.

Chamonix
2008 Reserve Pinot Noir; $25
15.5/20
This wine delivers flavors of pretty red fruit with hints of roses and chocolate on the finish.

AUSTRALASIA

AUSTRALIA

BAROSSA VALLEY


Bitch Wines

Bubbly; $10
13/20
A vibrant nose of strawberries and raspberries is echoed in the palate and followed by a long creamy finish.

NEW ZEALAND


MARLBOROUGH

Chasing Venus

2010 Sauvignon Blanc; $16
13/20
Aggressive flavors of grapefruit and gooseberry are followed by a crisp, lingering finish.


MARTINBOROUGH

Craggy Range

2008 Te Muna Pinot Noir; $40
14/20
Classic rose petal, cherry and blackberry aromas are joined by earthy notes of bramble and bark in the mouth.


PEMBERTON

Xavier Flouret

2009 Waroo; $18
13/20
Aromas of red berry freshness become soft and expressive in the mouth with flavors of earthy red berries and crisp acidity.

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