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June 2007

New wine releases from around the world

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Alexander Valley

Iron Horse Vineyards
2004 Bdx-3; $36
13.5/20 This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot shows aromas of cigar boxes and berry liqueur.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2006 Rosato Di Sangiovese; $13
13/20 A bright, dry rosé featuring intense, fruity flavors. Pair it with grilled vegetables.

Central Coast

Hahn Estates
2005 Central Coast Syrah; $14
12.5/20 This intense wine with aromas of pepper and raspberry jam is a great partner to duck casserole.

Cienega Valley

Pietra Santa Winery
2002 Cabernet Sauvignon; $20
12.5/20 This dark Cab displays flavors of black cherry, plum, cedar and oak.

Pietra Santa Winery
2003 Merlot; $15
14/20 Rich flavors of black cherry, raspberry and plum mix with hints of cedar in this full-bodied wine.

Pietra Santa Winery
2003 Sangiovese; $18
13.5/20 True to type, this wine features ripe berry flavors with a hint of earthiness.

Pietra Santa Winery
2003 Zinfandel; $15
13.5/20 Flavors of plum, blackberry and spicy cinnamon are displayed in this full-bodied wine.

Dry Creek Valley

2005 Rosato Sangiovese Rosé; $15
13.5/20 This refreshing Rosé isn't overly sweet and pairs well with summer barbecue.

De La Montanya Estate Vineyards & Winery
2005 Limited Reserve Primitivo; $34
14.5/20 Made from Primitivo grapes,believed to be the father of Zinfandel grapes, this wine is rich and ripe.

Green Valley

Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 Estate Chardonnay; $27
13.5/20 Bright and clean, with sweet and tart flavors. This well-balanced wine is a great complement to rainbow trout.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2006 Rose de Pinot Noir; $16
14.5/20 This pink wine features flavors and aromas of wild strawberries. Pair it with Black Forest ham.

Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 Corral Vineyard Chardonnay; $38
15/20 This bright and complex wine pairs well with rich dishes, such as Gruyere macaroni and cheese.


2004 Lodi Zinfandel; $15
This bright and fruity wine, possessing a soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, features the sweet and spicy, jam-like flavors of blueberries.


Hahn Estates
2005 Chardonnay; $14
13/20 An intense, slightly hot Chardonnay that features aromas of peaches, pineapples and lemon zest.

Hahn Estates
2005 Monterey Merlot; $14
13.5/20 Aromas of black cherry and assis combine with allspice in this lush wine, a great companion to hamburgers with fennel seed and mustard powder.

Napa Valley

2003 Chardonnay; $20
13.5/20 This unique Chardonnay features flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, combined with a hint of oak.

Mumm Napa
Brut Prestige; $19
13/20 This medium-bodied sparkling wine displays aromas of white blossom, creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit and melon.

Paso Robles

Bianchi Winery
2004 Signature Selection Petite Sirah Paso Robles; $24
14/20 Intense flavors of ripe plum and blackberry make this wine a good partner to spice-rubbed grilled beef.

Estancia Winery
2003 Meritage; $32
14/20A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this rich wine displays flavors of chocolate-dipped black fruit and sweet oak.

Russian River Valley

Dutton Goldfield
2005 Dutton Ranch - Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir; $58
17/20 Flavors of boysenberry and blackberry dominate, with hints of baking spices. Pair it with bird game dishes.

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
2005 Pinot Noir Russian River Selection; $42
14.5/20Aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry combine with flavors of berry and oak in this silky wine.

Santa Ynez Valley

Zaca Mesa Winery
2003 Syrah; $22
14/20Aged in French oak barrels for eighteen months, this rich, full-bodied wine pairs well with roasted duck.

Sonoma County

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
2006 Sauvignon Blanc Redwood Ranch; $25
15/20True to type, this slightly fizzy wine features aromas of grapefruit, citrus zest, gooseberry, and grass. Enjoy it with spicy Thai dishes.

Huntington Wine Cellars
2006 Sauvignon Blanc; $14
13/20 An aromatic nose of lime, mineral and grass combines with a clean palate in this refreshing wine.

Multiple AVAs

Domaine Chandon
Rosé; $22
14/20 A bold and creamy wine that gains its structure from the addition of Pinot Noir at triage. Enjoy it with lamb.



Stone Hill Winery
2005 Vidal Blanc; $8
12.5/20 Fruity and light with hints of oak and spice, this wine pairs well with creamy pasta dishes.

Stone Hill Winery
2006 Vignoles; $15
14/20 This semi-sweet wine features tropical fruit flavors and aromas. Pairs well with Asian cuisine and lemon tart.



2004 Malbec Viña Pedro Gonzalez Single Vineyard 'El Cepillo'; $35
13.5/20 Aromas of red fruit dominate this elegant wine, perfect for pairing with venison.



Domaine Willm
Crémant d'Alsace Blanc de Blancs NV; $13
13/20Produced through traditional methods and entirely from Pinot Blanc grapes, this vino shows a discretely aromatic nose with a round taste.



P.J. Valckenberg
2003 Riseling Spätlese; $N/A
13.5/20 This extremely rich wine shows flavors of pear, peach and mango. Pair it with spicy Cajun dishes.


Balthasar Ress
2004 Von Unserm Riesling Trocken; $12
14/20 Sharp and fresh, this wine displays grassy aromas on the nose.



2004 Chianti; $9
13/20 A medium-bodied wine with a slightly spicy finish of white pepper and hazelnut.


Arnaldo Caprai
2003 Montefalco Rosso; $17
13/20 A blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot, this red wine is full-bodied and dry with a juicy finish. Enjoy it with veal.


Duoro Valley

Vale do Bomfim Douro Reserva; $12
14/20 Spicy aromas, soft tannins and moderate acidity reveal flavors of dark berries along with notes of black pepper, making this dry red wine a good complement to grilled meats and summer salads.

Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Porto; $26
14.5/20Exuding a nose of dried fruits, this port reveals flavors of walnuts highlighted by mature fruit, and pairs well with cheese.


Rias Baixas

Adega Condes de Albarei
Condes de Albarei; $14
13.5/20This crisp white features a fruity nose with floral aromas. These notes are mirrored on the palate.


Marqués de Riscal
2001 Rioja Reserva; $14
14/20This classic Rioja expresses tempranillo in the best light, and has a contained alcohol level at 13.5%.

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