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Vintages Release July 7, 2007

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Dessert Wine

Quinta Do Noval Tawny Reserve Port, D.O.C. Douro, Portugal: This Tawny Port is a blend of wines aged for five to six years that gives the wine a smooth, nutty, creamy character. The aging and blending add elegance and finesse. It does not require decanting and will keep for several weeks after opening. My note: Full-bodied with aromas of almonds, hazelnut and caramel. Quinta Do Noval Tawny Reserve Port food pairings: mature cheeses, blue-veined cheeses. 687608 20% S 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Kunde Zinfandel 2002, Sonoma Valley, United States: A full-bodied wine with aromas of vibrant, ripe raspberries and black-berries. Kunde Zinfandel food pairings: boar ragu. 965921 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir 2006, Marlborough, Sourth Island, New Zealand: Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir is fruit-forward with a gentle acid core for balance. It displays just the right weight and body. My note: A good, balanced pinot with aromas of ripe red cherries. Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled salmon, pan-fried freshwater fish. 32441 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Roquetaillade La Grange 2005, Ac Graves, France: Bordeaux does not have to be expensive to be good. Château Roquetaillade La Grange makes wonderful white and red Graves. This fruity, medium-bodied red is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. My note: Decant this full-bodied wine for two hours. Aromas of black fruit and oak. Château De Roquetaillade La Grange food pairings: veal stew, pork tenderloin. 193102 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Commanderie 2003, A.C. St.-Estèphe, France: A lovely wine with remarkable balance, finesse and finish. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. 35774 13.4% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Georges Boulon Domaine Du Clos Verdy Chiroubles 2005, Ac, France: This Cru Beaujolais is made by Georges Boulon, the mayor of the town of Chiroubles. My note: Medium-bodied wine with aromas of fresh berries. Domaine Du Clos Verdy Chiroubles food pairings: deli meats, mild cheeses, pate. 453241 12.9% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Du Cèdre Le Prestige Cahors 2004, Ac, France: A dark, brooding wine with aromas of big, black fruit. Full-bodied. Château Du Cèdre Le Prestige Cahors food pairings: hearty meat dishes. 969212 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Des Bressades Cabernet/Syrah 2005, Vin De Pays Du Gard, France: The 2005 vintage was a classic for the Rhône; this wine is destined to be another classic from this well-regarded producer. My note: A delicious and full-bodied wine for the money. Aromas of dark red fruit. Mas Des Bressades Cabernet/Syrah food pairings: game birds, bison steaks. Drink: 2009 - 2012 712174 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Excellence 2005, A.C. Costières De Nîmes, France: A consistently delicious, fruit-forward balanced wonder from one of the southern Rhône’s best still-to-be-fully-appreciated regions and producers. My note: A wine wine with gorgeous aromas of dark, red fruit and cedar. Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Excellence food pairings: grilled meats, meat pasta dishes. 708750 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. July 2007. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pinino Pinino Brunello Di Montalcino 2001, D.O.C.G., Italy: Notes of vibrant raspberries and smoky oak. Drink: 2009 - 2020 32508 14% D 750 mL $59.95 Score: 92/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrabianca Campaccio 2003, I.G.T. Toscana, Italy: A full-bodied blend of sangiovese and cabernet Sauvignon. A rich wine with aromas of chocolate, and black plums. 905265 13% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Favorite Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Château Des Charmes Cuvée D’Andrée Rosé 2006, V.Q.A. Niagara Peninsula, Canada: Owner/winemaker Paul Bosc Sr. dedicates this delightful rosé to his wife and winery matriarch, Madame Andrée Bosc. The blend is adjusted each vintage to incorporate the best fruit from that year. (In 2006, it was 45% Pinot Noir, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot.) Enjoy this aromatic, strawberry-scented wine. My note: An elegant, well-made rose. Château Des Charmes Cuvée D’Andrée Rosé food pairings: cheese, raw oysters, roast chicken with rosemary. 333260 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Lanson Brut Rosé Champagne Rose Label, Ac, France: A vibrant wine with aromas of strawberries and toast. 172130 12% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dante Rivetti Riveto Moscato D'asti 2005, D.O.C.G., Italy: Moscato d’Asti is without question one of the perfect ‘Sunday Brunch’ wines. It is pleasantly fizzy, low in alcohol, delightfully sweet without ever being cloying. My note: A lovely, refreshing and sweet wine with aromas of melons. Dante Rivetti Riveto Moscato D'asti food pairings: spicy Asian food, grilled salmon, fresh fruit desserts. 30775 5% MS 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 2007. Favorite Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Château Des Charmes Chardonnay 2002, V.Q.A. St. David's Bench, Canada: A full-bodied, round textured, warm and buttery chardonnay. Delicious aromas of ripe pears. Château Des Charmes Chardonnay food pairings: grilled poultry, pork. 430991 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand: A fantastic wine for the money! Vibrant notes of guava, grapefruit, grass and lime. 981670 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mulderbosch Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2006, W.O. Stellenbosch, South Africa: Love this wine year after year. Very refreshing with aromas of gooseberry, lime and grapefruit. Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, salads, veggies. 933424 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2005, Alexander Valley, United States: A fantastic price for this round-textured, full-bodied and buttery chardonnay. Geyser Peak Chardonnay food pairings: chicken, meaty fish. 343475 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Chardonnay 2005, D.O. Casablanca Valley, Chile: This popular Chardonnay features a bright yellow color and tropical fruit on the nose and the palate. A fresh, crisp, and very well-balanced summer white. My note: A round- textured, buttery and full-bodied chardonnay. Simple but delicious. Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Chardonnay food pairings: barbecued fish, chicken, corn. 928580 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2007. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grove Mill Riesling 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand: This wine received a Blue/Gold award at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2007. My note: A simple but delicious and off-dry white with pretty notes of lime and mango. Grove Mill Riesling food pairings: duck salad, lychees, mango. 32771 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goats Do Roam White 2006, W.O. Western Cape, South Africa: A blend of chenin, crouchen, clairette, viognier and semillon that smells and tastes like pinot grigio. A refreshing, mouth-watering and non-oaky wine. 943167 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. July 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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