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July 2006

New wine releases from around the world



Lake County

2005 Sauvignon Blanc; $11
13/20Fresh, crisp and refreshing in the mouth, focusing on bright floral and tropical notes married with the characters of lemongrass in its long lingering finish.

Napa Valley

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon; $39
No RatingThe intense, velvety palate adds blueberry and pomegranate, while a long, spicy finish leaves each sip with lasting hints of nutmeg, clove and toasty oak.

Cosentino Estate
2004 Gewürztraminer; $22
14/20Floral, honeysuckle and a spicy fragrant nose makes you think it is sweet, yet in reality it is dry.

Cosentino Winery
"The Novelist" 2005 Meritage White; $18
13/20Centered flavors of Comice pear and baking spices lead into crisp layers of citrus, with aromas of melon.

Flora Springs
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon; $30
14/20Big, ripe, sweet fruit characteristics in the front of the mouth move right into a smooth and lingering finish.

William Hill Winery
2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; $52
15/20The flavors of the juicy full body fill the mouth with a lush feeling of supple tannins that linger on a long finish. Aromas feature blackberries with oak, cherry and chocolate.

Whitehall Lane Winery
2005 Belmuscato California Dessert Wine; $22
14/20Sweet, yet crisp with orange citrus, ripe peach, honey and spicy Muscat aromas and flavors. Enjoy with fresh fruit or as a dessert by itself.

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Winery
2001 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc; $16
14/20Dessert wine with a honeyed apricot character and a delightful alternative to heavy desserts that will age gracefully for a multitude of years.

Santa Barbara Winery
2005 Rosé of Syrah; $15
12/20Exotic, perfumed fruit and firm acidity highlight this deep pink-colored rosé that pairs well with a Mediterranean lunch of salads with olives and tangy, sweet flavors.

Sta. Rita Hills

Santa Barbara Winery
2003 Zinfandel Essence; $34
14/20Big, forward raspberry fruit that seems more intense than traditional Zinfandel. 2003 was the last year for this dessert wine because of poor conditions in 2004 and 2005.

Sonoma County

2004 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay; $45
14/20Generous pear, lychee and candied citrus fruits are presented with great viscosity and length.

2004 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir; $52
16/20Sweet cherry and boysenberry are accented by toffee and mineral notes, and carried through its lingering finish by a luscious velvety mouthfeel.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2004 Estate Pinot Noir; $35
13/20Rich, ripe vintage with earthy flavors that pair well with lighter meats and fish.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2003 T-bar-T Benchmark; $70
13/20This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc exhibits intense flavors of black berry, cedar, vanilla and black pepper.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2003 T-bar-T Cabernet Sauvignon; $35
13.5/20Aromas of dark berries, figs, cedar and vanilla lead to deep fruit flavors that generously fill and coat the mouth.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 T-bar-T Cuvee R; $24
14/20Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of Viognier that adds a floral element to this wine with pin-point balance.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 T-bar-T Viognier; $24
13/20Stylish with just a slight veneer of oak. Gushes richness, but is balanced by clean, crisp, naturally lively acidity.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2004 Thomas Road Pinot Noir; $70
13/20Wonderfully profound flavors, yet with the weight and texture of a light and silky wine that glides across the palette.

2005 Chardonnay; $17
13/20Vibrant notes of citrus are accented by a touch of ripe apricot and pineapple. Hints of spice and oak carry through to a long, lingering finish.

2004 Russian River Reserve Chardonnay; $25
14/20Bright pineapple and mango with notes of vanilla give roundness, depth and structure to the palate.

2005 Sauvignon Blanc; $15
13.5/20Bursts of fresh grapefruit, lemon and orange blossoms are laced with subtle hints of melon and lemongrass.



Domaine de la Bastide Neuve
2005 Côtes de Provence
13.5/20Crisp and refreshing rosé from Provence.

Domaine de Tamary
2005 Côtes de Provence
12.5/20A light Côtes de Provence for your summer salads.


Friuli Region

Ca'Tullio Vineyards
2005 Pinot Grigio; $12
11.5/20Intense and balanced with a pleasantly fresh and full-bodied finish. Notably well-structured with a deeper hued golden color.

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(Updated: 10/14/08 SCV)

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