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January 2007
New wine releases from around the world



Central Coast

Cycles Gladiator
2005 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon; $10
13/20Aromas of raspberry, mint and mocha. Flavors of dark fruits layered on more dark fruits wrapped in a cloak of dusty tannins, with a lush and mouthfilling character.

Cycles Gladiator
2005 Central Coast Chardonnay; $10
13/20Aromatics of peach and pineapple, and subtle spice from oak. The tongue is wrapped in a fresh compote of white stone and tropical fruit flavors, with bright acidity.

Cycles Gladiator
2005 Central Coast Merlot; $10
13.5/20Aromatics of Emperor Cherry, blackberry and cedar in the nose, while lush red fruits fill the mouth in increasing intensity finishing with plums.

Cycles Gladiator
2005 Central Coast Pinot Noir; $14
13.5/20Ripe black cola and a hint of spiciness on the nose. Core flavors of cherry and plum along with silky notes of wild berries and vanilla that fill the mouth.

Cycles Gladiator
2005 Central Coast Syrah; $10
13/20Raspberry and plum aromas framed by fresh cracked pepper and pretty oak notes. The mouth is rich and spicy with big red fruit flavors layered over spice, tobacco and blueberry.


Lockwood Vineyard
2005 Chardonnay Estate Grown; $10
12.5/20On the palate, the wine shows a creaminess and toastiness with attractive fruit that shows a mineral character. It pairs well with Italian dishes like roasted garlic scampi.

Napa Valley

Grgich Hills
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown; $58
14.5/20Dark, muscular wine with aromas of licorice, cedar and blackberries with a hint of earthy truffles. The firm tannin structure promises that it will benefit from further aging.

Grgich Hills
2003 Merlot Estate Grown; $38
14/20The wine's mix of ripe fruit and French oak creates a bouquet of cherry and blackberry with hints of cedar and spice. Generous, soft and smooth texture in the mouth.

Spelletich Cellars
2002 Bodog Red; $35
14.5/20Opens to plump blackberry on the layered palate, added complexity is provided by licorice, clove, anise, pepper, cinnamon and cocoa with earthy nuances on the long finish.

Spelletich Cellars
2001 Cabernet Sauvignon; $48
15/20This Cab has balanced layers of ripe fruit; bright and lively black cherry, deep plum, licorice, blackberry with mocha and chocolate-covered currants.

Spelletich Cellars
2003 Ghisletta Chardonnay; $32
14/20Powerful aromas of orange blossom, with expressive pears, apples, pineapple, kiwi, banana, spices and complex minerality that charge onto the palate.

Spelletich Cellars
2002 Zinfandel Alviso Vineyard; $29
14/20Blackberry, cocoa, sassafras, brambleberry, black cherry cola, anise, a dollop of vanilla creme and spicy French plum with fleshy tannins that provide a lingering, smooth finish.


2003 Usibelli Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; $32
15/20It’s quite dark and has good body with dark summer fruit flavors. It has a near interminable finish and nuances of cigar box, vanilla and clove among a few others.

Shenandoah Valley

Spelletich Cellars
2002 Tim & Edie's Zinfandel; $25
15/20Flavors of intense blackberry, raspberry, brambleberry, black cherry, anise, vanilla and spicy beach plum with fleshy tannins that provide a long, smooth, lingering finish.

Sonoma Coast

2005 Chardonnay; $25
14/20Aromas of ginger and lemon zest are joined by toasty coconut, melon and caramel alongside a mineral, flinty cedar chest oakiness overlaid by notes of honeysuckle.

Sonoma County

Moon Mountain Vineyards
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon; $16
12.5/20 — Has a touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers rich flavors of cassis and mocha, enhanced by smoky notes and a long, elegant finish.

Moon Mountain Vineyards
2005 Sauvignon Blanc; $12
13/20Crisp acidity in the forefront, followed by refreshing flavors of citrus, gooseberry and a hint of kiwi. It is made to be consumed upon release, and pairs well with spiced chicken.



Besserat de Bellefon
Cuvée des Moines Brut; $40
13.5/20With a floral nose of apples, pears and candied fruit, this bubbly yields silky hazelnut flavors and pairs well with lobster and sushi.



Durbanville Hills
2005 Pinotage; $13
13/20Ripe berry aromas with dark chocolate and slightly jammy.


La Mancha

Finca Antigua
2003 Crianza; $12
13.5/20A raspberry and black currant-flavored wine good to go with lamb.


Conde de Valdemar
1998 Gran Reserva; $30
13/20Tempranillo wine with a dash of Mazuelo grapes aged in American and French oak barrels.

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