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April 2007

New wine releases from around the world



Alexander Valley

Geyser Peak Winery
2004 Block Collection Cabernet Sauvignon; $47
14.5/20 Aromas of black cherry, white pepper and mocha combine with flavors of vanilla, blackberry and toast in this elegant wine.

Edna Valley

2005 Signature Selection Chardonnay; $12
13.5/20 Aromas of apricot and mango combine with vanilla and butter in this well-balanced wine.

Green Valley

Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 Thomas Road Pinot Noir; $70
14/20 Flavors of dark wild berries, cherries, rose petals and forest floor. Enjoy it with organic blueberries.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 Estate Pinot Noir; $35
13/20 An elegant wine with a light and silky texture. Pairs well with venison.

High Valley

Shannon Ridge
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon; $19
13/20 This wine exhibits aromas of ripe plum, pomegranate, blueberry and tamarind.

Lake County

Shannon Ridge
2006 Sauvignon Blanc; $16
13.5/20 Hints of jasmine, fennel and orange blossom combine with mineral notes in this clean wine.

Shannon Ridge
2006 Viognier; $18
13.5/20 An intense wine with notes of marjoram, sage and peach.


Clay Station Vineyards
2005 Viognier; $12
13.5/20 Aromas of white peach, honeysuckle and jasmine blend with flavors of apricot and peach in this fruity wine.

Mendocino County

2005 Zinfandel; $14
14.5/20 Organically grown grapes make up this sweet, mature red.

Monterey County

Black Box Wines
2005 Chardonnay; $18 (3 L)
13.5/20 Aromas of pineapple, citrus blossoms and sugar cookies mix with flavors of juicy lemon, apple, and sweet oak in this crisp wine.

Napa Valley

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon; $28
16/20 Bing cherry and plum chutney fruit combine with cocoa, nutmeg and white pepper in this lush wine.

Paso Robles

Black Box Wines
2005 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon; $18 (3 L)
12.5/20Aromas of red currant, black cherry and plum mix with hints of cedar and anise in this elegant wine.

Scott Aaron
2005 Viognier; $30
13/20Very alcoholic with a nose of tropical fruit.

Tablas Creek Vineyard
2005 Grenache Blanc; $27
14.5/20Aromas of lemon and anise pair with flavors of candied lemon, marzipan and green apple in this zesty wine with a long finish.

Tablas Creek Vineyard
2006 Rosé; $27
14.5/20A rich wine with aromatics of herbs, white plum and strawberries.

Russian River Valley

Dutton Goldfield
2005 Zinfandel; $25
15/20A well-balanced wine with vibrant raspberry jam flavors. Enjoy with roasted meats or on its own after dinner.

Geyser Peak Winery
2006 Block Collection Sauvignon Blanc; $21
14/20True to type with a vibrant nose of lime, passionfruit, gooseberry and lychee. Pairs well with ceviche.

Multiple AVAs

2006 Sauvignon Blanc; $12
13/20A crisp, fresh wine with high acidity balanced by the lush flavor of honeydew melon.

Black Box Wines
2004 California Merlot; $18 for 3 Liters
13.5/20A ripe, juicy wine with fine tannins. Pairs well with arroz con pollo.

Clos du Bois
2006 Riesling; $12
13/20The inaugural vintage of Clos du Bois Riesling,this wine has aromas of peach, jasmine and pear. Pairs well with spicy Thai food.

King Fish Vineyards
2005 Pinot Grigio; $5
13/20A rich texture and mouthfeel with aromas of pear, ginger and orange blossom.


Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Vineyards
2006 Pinot Gris; $15
13.5/20 Crisp and bold, this wine features aromas of pear, melon and starfruit. Pairs well with white fish.


Columbia Valley

Columbia Winery
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon; $7
14/20 This wine features traditional Cabernet aromas with a touch of oak and cedar.

Columbia Winery
2004 Merlot; $16
14/20 A lively cherry nose with sweetness on the palate and a nice oak balance.

Yakima Valley

Columbia Winery
2004 Chardonnay; $7
14/20 Crisp and intense with a lingering finish, this wine features aromas of apple, melon and toasted hazelnuts.


Cafayate Valley

Michel Torino
2003 Altimus; $43
13.5/20This wine features aromas of cherry and plum, and in addition to these flavors on the palate, there are notes of vanilla, chocolate and nut. Pairs well with venison.

Michel Torino
2006 Torrontes Don David; $15
14/20 — An elegant and complex wine with aromas of tropical fruits and roses. Pairs well with quiche.


2004 Malbec Vina Carlos Gei Berra Single Vineyard Lunlunta; $35
14/20This wine, best enjoyed with food, has a chemical nose. Pairs well with red meat.


Clare Valley

Jim Barry
2005 The Lodge Hill Shiraz; $17
13.5/20Aromas of black cherry, dark plums, vanilla and chocolate combine with flavors of black cherry and rich mocha.


Jim Barry
2005 The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon; $17
13.5/20A full-bodied wine with aromas of black cherry and cassis fruit.

Multiple AVAs

Jim Barry
2006 Silly Mid On Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend; $17
13.5/20Aromas of passionfruit and fresh grass combine with flavors of mango, lime, peach, pear and passionfruit.

2006 'Y Series' Limited Release Sangiovese Rosé; $11
12/20This wine features a succulent mouthfeel enhanced by flavors of cinnamon, rhubarb and strawberry.

2006 'Y Series' Unwooded Chardonnay; $11
12.5/20Spicy and tropical aromas of melon, fig, pineapple and musk combine with citrus zest in this creamy and refreshing wine.

2006 'Y Series' Viognier; $11
12.5/20True to type with tropical fruit and citrus flavors.



Domaine Alsace Willm
2005 Pinot Blanc; $9
13.5/20Fruity and lively, with very little sulphur. Great with shrimp.

Domaines Schlumberger
2004 "Les Princes Abbés" Pinot Blanc; $14
13.5/20A dry, well-structured wine that pairs well with quiches.

Domaine Paul Blanck
2005 Pinot Blanc D'Alsace; $13
14/20A fresh, clean wine with ripe apple aromas and flavors.

Pierre Sparr
2005 Pinot Blanc Réserve; $12
13/20Flavors of ripe apple, tangerine and pear make this focused wine an excellent companion to barbecue.


Pink Criquet
2006 Rosé; $15
14.5/20This vibrantly-hued, well-blended wine features a round and velvety mouthfeel, with flavors of Bartlett pears and yellow plums. A great sipping wine.


Louis Jadot
2005 Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir; $20
14/20This medium-bodied wine features a varietal bouquet with a lingering finish.


Joseph Drouhin
2005 Joseph Drouhin Premier Cru Chablis-Montmains; $33
14.5/20True to type with good wood treatment and great aging potential. Pairs well with shellfish.


Hawkes Bay

Villa Maria
2006 Private Bin Unoaked Chardonnay; $12
14/20A rich, intense wine with flavors of ripe citrus and peach. Great with a seafood salad.


2006 Dry Riesling; $15
14/20A combination of ripe citrus and floral aromas mix with flavors of grapefruit and lime.

Villa Maria
2005 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir; $18
14.5/20Dark cherries, plums and spice notes dominate the nose of this full-bodied wine. Pair with venison.

Villa Maria
2006 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc; $15
13.5/20Ripe lime and gooseberry notes combine with passionfruit, lychees and nettles on the nose. This crisp wine pairs well with baby leeks.

Villa Maria
2006 Private Bin Riesling; $13
13.5/20 Intense flavors with a zesty lime finish make this wine a great companion to warm lamb salad.

Villa Maria
2006 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc; $9
14/20 Flavors of gooseberry and citrus lime combine with aromas of melon and exotic herbs. Enjoy with vegetable dishes.



2004 Reserva; $12
13.5/20 Aged in oak casks for nine months prior to bottling. Complex and aromatic.



2006 Sauvignon Blanc; $9
13.5/20 Light and refreshing, this wine is true to type and features a great nose of gooseberry and figs.

2006 Viognier; $16
13/20 A fresh wine featuring a bouquet of nutmeg, kiwi, white peach and flowers.

Goat Door
2006 Chardonnay; $9
13.5/20A lightly oaked wine with fresh mandarin and apple flavors.

Goats Do Roam
2005 Red; $7
13.5/20This wine features aromas of ripe red fruit, liquorice and spice that follow through to the palate.

Goats Do Roam
2005 Rosé; $8
13/20Clean and crisp with flavors of zesty ripe fruit.

Goats Do Roam
2005 The Goatfather Red Blend; $12
13/20Dark fruit and subtle spices balance well with the acidity of this wine.

Man Vintners
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon; $8
12/20A bold and juicy red wine with a touchy of smoky oak spice. Pairs well with pasta.

Man Vintners
2005 Pinotage; $8
13.5/20Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg combine with red berry flavors in this sweet wine.

Man Vintners
2005 Shiraz; $7
13/20Aromas of ripe plum and spices combine with gentle tannins and flavors of sweet red berry in this smooth wine.


Spice Route
2006 Viognier; $17
13.5/20A complex wine with flavors of apricots and stone fruit.

Multiple AVAs

Porcupine Ridge
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon; $10
13/20A complex wine with aromas of cassis and cedar that follow through to the palate.

Porcupine Ridge
2004 Syrah; $10
12.5/20A spicy and aromatic wine with dark fruit flavors and a lingering finish.



Marqués de Cáceres
2001 Reserva Red; $19
14.5/20This wine features an intense bouquet with good concentration in the mouth. Pairs well with partridge.

Marqués de Cáceres
2006 Rosé; $9
13.5/20 A bouquet of red berries and fragrant flowers makes this an excellent companion to Mediterranean cuisine.

Marqués de Cáceres
2006 White; $7
13.5/20This light wine features a bouquet of apples and pears. Pairs well with poached seafood.

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(Updated: 06/06/07 JW)

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