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New Wine Releases June 2011

New wine releases from around the world





Conway Family Wines
Deep Sea 2008 Pinot Noir; $28
14.5/20Blackberry and bramble on the nose give way to more earthy, spicy notes, including cinnamon and anise, on the palate.

Conway Family Wines
Deep Sea 2009 Viognier; $26
14/20Sweet aromas of white flowers and pear lead to crisp flavors of honey, vanilla and fresh peach.

Monterey County

Radog Wines
2007 Santa Lucia Highlands Riesling; $14
13/20Dark fruit flavors of dark cherry and raspberry are framed by hints of caramel and black pepper, leading to a smooth, lingering finish.

Radog Wines
2007 Dry Gewürztraminer; $20
14/20Classic floral and spicy aromas lead to flavors of stone fruit with undertones of ginger and lemon.

Paso Robles

Bridlewood Estate Winery
2009 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon; $15
13/20Aromas of earth and black currant reveal intense flavors of blackberry and chocolate with hints of pomegranate, earth and molasses.

Hope Family Wines
Troublemaker; $18
13/20Intense black cherry and licorice flavors evolve to reveal rich texture and hints of cocoa and leather.

Hope Family Wines
Treana 2008 Red; $35
14/20Plum and pomegranate aromas are followed by intense flavors of figs, spice and cocoa for a long, lingering finish.



The Naked Grape
Pinot Noir; $9
This medium-bodied wine exhibits aromas and flavors of blueberry and black cherry.


Anderson Valley

Castello di Amorosa
2006 Anderson Valley Gewürtztraminer; $16
13.5/20Complex floral aromas of honeysuckle, roses and apricot lead to rich flavors of white pear and clove spice balanced with crisp acidity.


Gloria Ferrer
1998 Carneros Cuvée; $50
15/20 A creamy mousse carries flavors of pear, lemon and toast for a long, rich finish.

Sequoia Grove
2009 Napa Valley Carneros Chardonnay; $24
13.5/20 A light and fruity wine with floral notes on the nose and a smooth finish.

Napa Valley

Frank Family Vineyards
Blanc de Noirs; $35
13/20 Aromas of strawberry, toasted hazelnuts and baked bread open to flavors of red berries and peaches.

2008 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon; $48
15.5/20 Spicy aromas of clove and cinnamon lead to vibrant flavors of cherry, blackberry and pomegranate layered with hints of spice and espresso.

Robert Mondavi Winery
2007 Chardonnay Reserve; $40
14.5/20 Fresh aromas of Meyer lemon and honeysuckle mingle with flavors of apple, toasty oak and subtle minerals for a long, toasty finish.

Mount Veeder
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $40
14/20 A full bodied wine with complex flavors of blackberry and cocoa, with hints of dark cherry.

Mumm Napa
Reserve Brut; $30
13.5/20 Rich aromas of melon, apricot and biscuit greet the nose, leading to ripe fruit flavors of apple, pear and citrus with undertones of vanilla.

2008 One Point Five; $70
14.5/20 Aromas of mocha and spice are followed by blackberry, cherry and plum in the mouth with undercurrents of cedar and chocolate.


La Follette
2008 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay; $48
15/20Sweet aromas of white peach, gardenia and honeydew lead to tropical flavors of papaya, guava and pineapple in the mouth.

Navarro Vineyards
2007 Muscat Blanc; $19
13.5/20Floral and tropical fruit aromas and flavors yield to a dry finish with hints of yeast and vanilla.

Sonoma County

Clos du Bois
2007 Sonoma Reserve Merlot; $22
13.5/20This full-bodied wine displays aromas of toasted oak, baking spice and blackberry, segueing into rounded flavors of black cherry and blackberry.

Dutton Goldfield
2009 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir; $38
14.5/20This wine delivers flavors of cranberry and blackberry with a touch of spice, finishing with long, sweet notes of boysenberry.

Dutton Goldfield
2009 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay; $35
14.5/20Citrus and tropical fruit aromas amp up the fresh flavors of Meyer lemon, pineapple and pear.

Frei Brothers
2008 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Merlot; $20
14/20Intense flavors of blackberry and cherry are accompanied by hints of barrel spices.

J Vineyards
2009 Russian River Valley Vin Gris; $20
14.5/20Crisp fruitiness is followed by plush flavors of strawberry and cherry for a dry finish.

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay; $34
14.5/20Aromas of vanilla and lemon custard open to rich flavors of tropical pineapple, green apple and lime.

Pali Wine Co.
2009 Bluffs Pinot Noir; $19
14/20Black cherry and sweet raspberry perfume contrast with softer scents of sage and lavender. On the palate, metallic notes intermix with bright blueberry and cherry flavors.

Patz & Hall
2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; $42
14.5/20Layers of strawberry, cherry and cranberry combine on the nose with firm tannins and a vibrant mouthfeel that bode well for extended aging.

Pfendler Vineyards
2009 Chardonnay; $38
14.5/20Balanced with flavors that are a luscious fruit bowl of apples, Asian pears and tropical notes, it finishes with a sophisticated minerality and lingers pleasantly long on the palate.

2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel; $20
13.5/20Cherry, raspberry and blackberry on the nose give way to rich spices on the palate and a long, lingering finish. Pair with spicy cuisine.


Barefoot Wine
Chardonnay; $7
11.5/20The creamy and smooth texture of this wine is accompanied by flavors of pineapple, Fuji apple and vanilla.

Big House Wine
The Usual Suspect Cabernet Sauvignon; $9
13/20A jammy and juicy profile gives way to hints of oak and vanilla for a vibrant and aromatic wine.

Glen Ellen
Proprietor's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel; $9 (1.5L)
12.5/20 This medium-bodied wine exhibits blackberry flavors with a hint of spice.

J Vineyards
2010 Pinot Gris; $16
14/20 Flavors of lime and vanilla are complemented by honey and bright acidity for a long, lingering finish.



Shaw Vineyard
2009 Li Bella Pinot Grigio; $15
13.5/20Crisp and focused, this aromatic white has a summery feel. The fruit forward bouquet finishes with a lemony touch.



Messina Hof Winery
2006 Angel Riesling; $15
13/20An appealing nose of sweet nectar and tropical fruit lead to lush flavors of tropical fruit and subtle minerality.



The Hogue Cellars
2009 Columbia Valley Chardonnay; $12
13.5/20An aromatic nose of pear, pineapple and nutmeg opens to a fresh and crisp palate of apple, vanilla and toast.




Domäne Wachau
2010 Terrassen Federspiel Grüner Veltliner; $15
13.5/20Dancing across the palate with almost spritzy brightness, this tart, acidic wine finishes with a cleansing, herbal note of lemongrass, white pepper and a faint minerality.



Joseph Drouhin
Laforet Pinot Noir; $16.50
13.5/20Raspberry and blackcurrant aromas on the nose lead to fresh and fruity berry flavors with light and elegant tannins.


Champagne Drappier
Brut Blanc de Blancs; $50
15/20Aromas of honey and gingerbread lead to creamy flavors of coffee and toast. The long, lingering finish is touched by undertones of warm pastry.


Saint Roch Les Vignes
2010 Rosé; $13
13/20A blend of Grenache and Cinsault wines, this rosé is crisp on the palate with tangy fruit flavors leading to a clean finish.

2010 Rosé; $19
13/20This fresh and elegant wine has an aromatic nose of red fruits and candy followed by a round, harmonious palate.

Xavier Flouret
2010 Nationale 7; $18
13.5/20Mineral and floral aromas of peach and strawberry are echoed on the palate, displaying good acidity and balance.



2010 Moscato D'Asti; $14
14/20Sweet grape aromas greet the nose and yield to a crisp and slightly fizzy palate with a hint of peach.



Alvaro Palacios
Les Terrasses 2007 Priorat; $47
15.5/20A solid value, this red blend composed of Carinena, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals is smooth on the palate.

Rioja Alta

2007 Crianza; $12
13/20Aromas of dark berries lead to flavors of blackberries with hints of vanilla and tobacco.


Dama de Toro
2006 Crianza; $14
13/20Complex flavors of pepper, vanilla and dark berry fruit come through on the nose and palate for an elegant wine.


Cafayate Valley

Xavier Flouret
2009 Flaca Torrontés; $16
13.5/20Fresh and fruity with intense floral aromas, this wine would pair well with seafood and salads.



2008 Thomas Hyland Riesling; $13
13/20A delicate and aromatic nose of jasmine and lemon blossom continue on the palate, mixing with soft acidity for a clean finish.

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