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February 2007
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Central Coast

Pietra Santa
2005 Chardonnay; $15
13/20Easy-drinking, medium body Chardonnay with good balance and an oak tone. Works as an aperitif or a natural complement to seafood.

Cienega Valley

Pietra Santa
2005 Amore Pinot Grigio; $18
13/20Fresh, crisp and fruity, this Pinot Grigio bursts with tropical fruit, peach and citrus flavors with a refreshing and crisp finish.

Pietra Santa
2005 Rosato; $14
12.5/20Crisp and juicy with a pleasant color, this slightly sweet, medium body rosé tastes of strawberry and peach. It has a decent finish.

Napa Valley

Clos Du Val
2005 Chardonnay Carneros; $22
14/20A full bodied wine with vibrant fruit flavors, as well as a hint of toast. Aromas of pear, sweet toast, peach, and citrus greet the nose.

Clos Du Val
2005 Pinot Noir Carneros; $28
14.5/20A complex, rich wine with an abundance of fruit and spice flavors.

Sterling Vineyards
2005 Chardonnay; $15
13.5/20Rich, creamy entry with flavors of ripe pear and apple, vanilla and spice followed by a long, fruity/toasty finish. Pairs well with Caesar salad and fried chicken.

Santa Lucia Highlands

Kali Hart
2005 Chardonnay; $15
13.5/20Bright flavors of ripe melon, kiwi, pineapple, and guava. Finishes with citrus notes of nectarine, tangerine, and lemon. Meant to be enjoyed within about a year of release.

Santa Ynez Valley

Zaca Mesa
2005 Roussanne; $25
13.5/20On the nose, aromas of apricots, figs, honey and spice fill the glass. A lingering finish with a touch of mineral taste. Pairs well with grilled halibut or rosemary roasted chicken.

Zaca Mesa
2004 Z Cuvée; $25
13.5/20Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah grapes lend blueberry, raspberry and blackberry notes. Pairs with a variety of foods, including mushroom pizza or rosemary crusted lamb.


Vin de Pays d'Oc

Barton & Guestier
2005 Bistro Wine Pinot Noir; $9
13.5/20Aromas of black stone fruits with a hint of violets. Generous and supple on the palate, with flavors of bright black cherry, lively acidity, medium tannins and a long finish.


Colli Orientali del Friuli

La Tunella
2005 BiancoSesto; $15
13/20White wine with a bouquet of confectionary and acacia blossom with fresh notes of fruit and white flowers. Palate shows a delicate, full character.

La Tunella
2004 Campo Marzio; $29
12.5/20Nose is delicate and rich, with notes of orange and candied tropical fruit, sultanas, dried wild flowers and vanilla. Palate is warm, refined and elegant, with a fresh finish.

La Tunella
2005 Pinot Grigio; $16
13/20Fruity and fragrant nose, redolent of warm bread crust and acacia blossom. The palate echoes the nose and is elegant, full bodied with delicate notes of yeast.

La Tunella
2005 Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso; $30
12.5/20Intense, ruby red color. Rich and intense bouquet, anchored by fruity and spicy notes. It has a full, dry palate with substantial structure and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

La Tunella
2005 Ribolla Gialla "Silènze"; $14
12.5/20An elegant and intense bouquet, floral, fruity and fragrant. The nose delights in notes of acacia, yellow peach, plum and green apple. Palate is intense and full.

La Tunella
2005 Tocai Friulano "Silènze"; $20
13.5/20Floral and fruity bouquet, notes of almonds, pear, wild flowers and acacia.The palate is smooth and velvety, moderately acid, dry and well structured.

La Tunella
2004 Verduzzo Friulano; $20
13/20Vinous, distinctive and alcoholic bouquet with delicate notes of honey and vanilla. Palate is sweet, corpulent and robust with a slight tannin component.


Tierra de Castilla

2005 Solaz Blanco; $9
12/20Balanced and fresh with intense aromas of anise and tropical fruit. A great companion to fish and pasta.

2005 Solaz Shiraz Tempranillo; $9
13/20An ideal partner for barbecued or grilled meat. The aroma of red fruit is enhanced by time in oak.

2004 Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon; $9
13/20Complex bouquet with aromas of red fruit and vanilla. Balanced, generous taste with a smooth and flavorful finish.

2005 Solaz Merlot Tempranillo; $9
13.5/20Harmonious and elegant with aromas of red fruit and oak. Pairs well with aged cheeses and fish.



Tawny Port Aged 10 Years; $28
14/20Smooth, well-balanced and mature. It is ready for sipping now.

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