Wine Index

Australia:

2007 Thorn-Clarke,Shotfire Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
This wine is rich & intense on the palate. Has layers of flavors,smoked wood & blueberries;   92 points Robert Parker 90 points Wine Spectator
$18.95
Argentina:
Alamos Malbec Mendoza 2008
This wine has just the right touch of richness,spice and complexity.  The color is a dark ruby red.  Aromas are of very ripe (but subdued) blackberry, cassis and licorice with suggestions of chocolate and herbs.  90 pts. Wine Spectator

California:
Sauvignon Blanc  Honker Blanc 2009 Napa Valley, from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.This wine is lush with a full melon and citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor.  Great food friendly wine for most sea food dishes. $13.95

Pinot Noir
Domaine Carneros – Estate  Classic Pinot Noir is rich with fruit tones of black cherry, raspberry and black current overlaid with notes of chocolate, toast, clove and exotic spices. Luscious flavors end in a very long and silky finish. Wine Enthusiast Rating, 91 points: 2006 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir, Carneros, $35

Domaine Carnerous – 2006  La Terre Promise 2006   This aromatical nose features balck cherry, plums and rose petal. Current pricing for 2010 is $52.00 (11/2010)  Winery web site.

Joseph Phelps “Freestone Vineyard” Sonoma Coast 2009 Pinot Noir
This Pinot Bursts from the glass with an exciting array of sweet black cherries, raspberries, cranberries and dates… This wine should hold through 2019… But is a wonderful “give me another glass” now(!) drinking wine especially when paired with smoked duck.

Syrah: Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2006, “Smart Buy” per Wine Spectator at 93 points and under $20.00.  This wine has a wonderful floral nose with grapy plum and wild berry aromas.  It is rich, smooth and supple on the palate.  Ready to drink now or through 2015.
Sparkling Wine;

Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine.. The vast majority of sparkling wine and champagne in the world is made in the Brut style. Brut refers to the dryness or level of sugar of the wine. Brut-style sparkling wine and champagne is also traditionally a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir.  This cuv’ee has aromas of pears and citrus peel enhanced with hints of toasted nuts, vanilla and spice. $26

Le Rêve, which translates to “the dream” in French, is a luxury Blanc de Blancs cuvee originally inspired by Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne.  Blanc de Blancs means “white of whites” or white wine made from white grapes.

Eileen Crane and Claude Taittinger believe that the finest sparkling wine in the world is Blanc de Blancs made from Chardonnay grapes.  These wines have greater finesse and ageability and Le Rêve is no exception.   The Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs is generally 100% Chardonnay (with a  small percent of Pinot Blanc in some years).  Aged a full 6 years prior to release, Le Rêve drinks beautifully upon release and continues to develop for years in the cellar.  $85.00

Zinfandel:

Cline Cellars, Cline Zinfandel Sonoma County 2011 – $20.00

Dry Creek Winery -Zinfandel Sonoma County, Heritage 2010 $19.00
Easton 2011 Zinfandel Amador County  $18.00
Fiddletown Cellars Amador County – 2010 Zinfandel  $19.00
Kunde Estate Zinfandel Sonoma Valley 2010  This zinfandel has jammy cherry & pepper flavors. 91 pts Wine Spectator

Chile:
2007 Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley Chile  $15.00
France:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape;
2000 Chateau La Nerthe is a dense ruby/purple-tinged wine with an exquisite nose of jammy black cherries, black currents, figs and plums.  this full bodied rich provncial styled wine comes from the French Rhone wine region and is a good choice for dishes with heavy and rich sauces which would otherwise dominate other great wines.

Cotes du Rhone;
2007 Delas St-Esprit Cotes du Rhone; 90 Points Robert Parker.The 2007 Cotes du Rhone St-Esprit ( 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache), this wine is loaded with spice and black fruits, and displays a beautiful opulent texture as well as a gorgeous finish.  This wine is wonderfully food friendly, explodes on your pallet today and has the body to last for years in any good cellar.  A good addition to any cellar with today’s price of under $12.00.

Chateau Leoville Barton 2001:
Cru Classe en 1855, from  appellation Saint-Julien
Full bodied bordeaux with velvety tannins and a long currant berry spice after taste.  Wine Spectator 92-94 points
Italy:
New Zealand:
Brancott Estate Reserve Savignon Blanc Marcborough 2008 (13.99)
Thie wine scored 92 points by Wine Spectator is a crisp wine offering a mouthful of peach-accented grapefruit and mineral flavors.  All hanging effortlessly through the long graceful finish.
Craggy Range Winery Pinot Noir, 2009 Wine Spectator 90pts.
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