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October 2005

New wine releases from around the world



Alexander Valley

2003 Big River Zinfandel; $30
No RatingBold flavors of black cherry, plum, vanilla and mint.

Marin County

Dutton Goldfield
2003 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir; $48
14.5/20The grapes cultivated from this steep, convoluted vineyard add a unique, intense flavor to this Pinot.

Dutton Goldfield
2003 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah; $35
14/20A rich, velvety wine with moderate alcohol that will pair well with soft meats like veal and lamb.

Napa Valley

Cosentino Winery
2002 M. Coz Meritage - 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot; $125
14/20This limited (622 cases produced) wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Cosentino Estate
2002 Estate Merlot; $75
14/20Grown exclusively from the winery's vineyards and aged for 28 months in special French oak Bordeaux barrels.

Crystal Valley Cellars
2003 Merlot; $18
No RatingMerlot blend fermented in small lots and aged for twenty months.

Crystal Valley Cellars
2004 Zin; $30
No RatingUnfined wine aged for nine months in American and European oak.

Frank Family Vineyards
2004 Chardonnay; $32.50
14.5/20Homestyle wine with flavors of apple, vanilla and almonds.

Frank Family Vineyards
2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $40
No RatingAward-winning wine with deep fruity flavors and good aging potential.

Frank Family Vineyards
2003 Napa Valley Zinfandel; $34.75
15.5/20A dense, scarlet Zin with intense dark-berry flavors.

Frank Family Vineyards
2001 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; $65
No RatingThis complex wine combines flavors of violets, citrus, berries and cocoa.

Grgich Hills
2002 Merlot; $38
No RatingThis wine is Grgich's first release of an estate-grown Merlot.

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon; $50
16/20A bold Napa Valley Cabernet with cherry, raspberry and chocolate aromas.

Marilyn Wines
2003 Velvet Collection; Limited Edition: $225, Boxed Set: $1,000
14/20Collector's item featuring the famous nude portrait of Marilyn Monroe.

Paso Robles

Tablas Creek
2004 Côtes de Tablas Blanc; $20
14/20A clean mix of four estate-grown white Rhône varietals: Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne.

Tablas Creek
2003 Esprit de Beaucastel; $40
15.5/20This red blend featuring Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Counoise will evolve nicely over the next 10 to 15 years.

Russian River Valley

Dutton Goldfield
2003 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay; $40
No RatingAn intensely complex Chardonnay with flavors of lemon, lychee and minerals.

Dutton Goldfield
2003 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir; $35
No RatingAromas of mixed berries and caramel lead to a deep cherry finish.

2003 Belloni Zinfandel; $30
No RatingIts cool location makes this Ravenswood vineyard one of the last to be harvested, resulting in flavors of berries, allspice and vanilla.

Sonoma County

Simi Winery
2003 Merlot; $23
No RatingSimple mountain aromas of clove and violets lead to red berry flavors.

Simi Winery
2004 Sauvignon Blanc; $15
No RatingThe cool mountain climate of Sonoma produces a white wine with bright lemon flavors.


Barossa Valley

2004 Allyson Parsons Shiraz; $N/A
13.5/20A wine with good length, soft tannin and lingering chocolate flavors.

2004 Quartet; $25
15/20A powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz.

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon; $30
14.5/20Layered wine with flavors of mint, black currant and red berry.

2004 Grenache; $25
15.5/20A dark, violet color and ripe berry flavors makes it a good match with duck or steak.

2004 Merlot; $NA
14.5/20Fruity, robust, yet pleasant and balanced thanks to the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Eden Valley

Peter Lehmann
2003 Riesling; $15
13.5/20Young, crisp wine with bright citrus flavors.

King Valley

Nugan Estate
2003 Sauvignon Blanc; Frasca's Lane Vineyard $17
13/20Fresh and vibrant wine with flavors of lime and gooseberry.

South Eastern Australia

Nugan Estate
2004 Chardonnay; $18
12.5/20This wine displays a varietal nose of pear, peach and melon.

Nugan Estate
2003 Shiraz; $12
13/20A traditional spicy berry Shiraz.



2003 Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon; $14
No RatingA lively Cabernet with flavors of berry, plum, leather and sweet oak.

2004 Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay; $14
No RatingCrispy fall flavors of apple, peach and nutmeg make this wine a good match with lobster and shrimp.



Château d'Aussières
2003 Château d'Aussières; $30
13.5/20A limited-production cuvée of the best parcels of the vineyard.

Château d'Aussières
2003 "A" d'Aussières; $20
No RatingA fruity, fresh cuvée which reflects the terroir of the estate.

Françoise Chauvenet
Silver Cap Blanc de Blancs Brut; $10
No RatingA French sparkling wine with a value price.


Douro River Valley

Adriano Ramos-Pinto
2003 Adriano Red; $15
13.5/20Estate-grown blend of four traditional Portuguese red wine grapes: Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional.



Campo Viejo
1998 Gran Reserva; $20
No RatingA spicy wine with hints of stewed fruit and wood.

Campo Viejo
2000 Tempranillo Reserva; $13
No RatingThis full-flavored wine is ideal for wild game and mushrooms.

Campo Viejo
2002 Tempranillo Crianza; $10
12.5/20Velvety smooth with aromas of berries and vanilla.



Simonsig Family Vineyards
2005 Chenin Blanc; $10
No RatingThis fruity wine makes for an excellent aperitif.

Simonsig Family Vineyards
2005 Sauvignon Blanc; $13
12.5/20This crisp white wine has exotic flavors of figs, kiwis and gooseberries.

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