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New Wine Releases March 2011

New wine releases from around the world


NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

CENTRAL COAST

Arroyo Grande Valley

Vertuze
Brut NV; $29
14/20
Citrus and crisp green apple flavors with a subtle hint of black cherry dominate this refreshing wine.

Paso Robles

Austin Hope Winery
2009 Syrah; $42
13.5/20
Bright fruit flavors lead in to subtle, earthy notes, which linger on the respectably long finish.

Santa Maria Valley

Riverbench
2009 Bedrock Chardonnay; $24
13.5/20
Juicy flavors of pineapple, guava and grapefruit are the highlights of this crisp and bright wine.

CENTRAL VALLEY

Lodi

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
2009 Chardonnay; $6
13/20
Hints of ripe tropical fruit accompany fresh citrus and apple flavors in this stylish and versatile wine.


NORTH COAST

Carneros

Bouchaine
2007 Carneros Pinot Noir; $30
13/20
Classic Carneros fruit flavors of pomegranate, plum and cherry are balanced by hints of coffee, leading to a silky, lingering finish.

Napa Valley

Charles Krug
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; $27
13.5/20
Smoky pomegranate aromas blend with ripe red berry and oak flavors for a smooth, rich finish.


Franciscan Estate
2009 Chardonnay; $18
13.5/20
Vibrant pear, citrus and white nectarine aromas are layered with rich notes of cream, pear and honey in the mouth.

Sonoma

Bella Vineyards
2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel; $25
14/20
This traditional Zinfandel displays juicy dark fruit flavors alongside notes of spicy gingerbread.


Bella Vineyards
2008 Big River Ranch Petite Sirah; $38
14/20
A bouquet of plum and sweet molasses leads to flavors of tart rhubarb and cinnamon spice on the palate.


Dutton Goldfield
2008 Pinot Noir; $38
15.5/20
Blackberry and spice aromas are followed by candied cherry and berry fruit flavors for a fruity, lingering finish.


Gallo Family Vineyard
2007 Sonoma Chardonnay; $15
13.5/20
Ripe apple and pear aromas lead to rich, juicy peach and mango flavors brightened by lively acidity.


Gloria Ferrer
2005 Jose S. Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir; $35
14/20
Dark stone fruits, cranberry and herb aromas retain suppleness on the fruit-driven palate.


J Vineyards
2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay; $28
15/20
Meyer lemon, peach and toasted almond tickle the nose and mouth for a long, luxurious finish.


Patz & Hall
2008 Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir; $45
15/20
Red-fruit flavors of cranberry and strawberry are underscored by a sweet, supple palate and a cleansing acid finish.


Rosenblum Cellars
2008 Old Vine Zinfandel; $18
14.5/20
Bright red fruit flares around a rich, brambly berry core touched by toasted oak, spice and cloves.


Stuhlmuller Vineyards
2008 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; $38
14.5/20
Intense aromas of black currant and clove reveals a layered palate of cassis, black cherry chocolate and spice.


SOUTH COAST

Malibu

Rosenthal Malibu Estate
2008 Malibu Newton Canyon Chardonnay; $19
13.5/20
Nuances of pear, apple and tropical fruit with a subtle hint of creamy vanilla form an elegant, medium-bodied wine.


MULTIPLE AVAS

flipflop Wines
2009 Pinot Grigio; $7
12/20
Refreshing flavors of tropical citrus and ripe pear are balanced by crisp acidity, culminating in a zesty, clean finish.


Perception
2007 Sangiacomo Vineyards Chardonnay; $55
14.5/20
Enticing flavors of ripe pear and tropical fruit are underscored by notes of vanilla and barrel spice.


OREGON


Willamette Valley

Pali Wine Co.
2009 Alphabets Pinot Noir Blend; $19
13/20
Rich on the palate and exhibiting a penetrating red currant and dried cherry core, accentuated by savory porcini mushroom.


WASHINGTON


Columbia Valley

Hogue Cellars
2007 Columbia Valley Merlot; $12
13/20
Ripe berry and cherry flavors mingle on the tongue with undertones of oak and spice.

Walla Walla Valley

Gramercy Cellars
2008 Walla Walla Valley Syrah; $45
14/20
Scents of bacon, plum and spice lead to an elegant and powerful wine with a lengthy, fruit-filled finish.

EUROPE

FRANCE

BURGUNDY

Bouchard Père & Fils

Réserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir; $20
13/20
Ripe cherry, raspberry and red currant flavors and aromas are fleshy on the palate and lead to a lingering finish.


PROVENCE

Chateau Miraval

2009 Clara Lua; $20
13.5/20
Strong apricot and citrus flavors are followed by an almond aftertaste in this balanced wine.


ITALY

PUGLIA

Li Veli

2008 Orion Salento IGT; $10
13/20
Intense aromas of cherry and nutmeg open to a full and smooth palate of red fruit.


VENETO

Santi

2008 Solane Valpolicella Classico; $13
14/20
Rich and smooth, this wine has a good concentration of plum flavors with hints of oak.


PORTUGAL

DOURO

Aveleda

2007 Charamba; $8
13/20
Enticing aromas of wild berries, oak and vanilla reveal a complex and well balanced wine on the palate.


BAIRRADA

Aveleda

2006 Follies Touriga Nacional; $18
14.5/20
An inviting blend of blackberry and black currant mingle with chocolate, tobacco and oak.


SPAIN

RIOJA

Campo Viejo

2006 Crianza; $7
13/20
A powerful red berry nose leads to velvety and rich black cherry flavors.


Montecillo
2003 Reserva; $18
13/20
Black fruit flavors are balanced by touches of oak and spice, leading to a lingering finish with notes of vanilla.


TIERRA DE CASTILLA

Tempra Tantrum

2009 Tempranillo/Shiraz; $11
12.5/20
Spicy dark chocolate and cherry flavors of the Shiraz are balanced by the Tempranillo's earthy blackberry notes for an expressive wine.


TORO

Fariña

2009 Dama de Toro Tempranillo; $10
12.5/20
Ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors are intertwined with violets and licorice.

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