Wattle Creek 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
Creek Winery’s Aussie founders Christopher and Kristine
Williams wanted to bring a little bit of Australia
to Mendocino County. The winery takes its name from their
homeland’s indigenous Wattle Tree that has distinctive
yellow blossoms that mark the start of spring throughout
the Land Down Under. Like its namesake, this Wattle Creek
Sauvignon Blanc features pale yellow hues and vibrant
streaks of green that make it a lovely accessory for a
warm spring or summer day. With the basic character of
Blanc, this fresh and crisp wine is a generous display
of ripe grapefruit and lime framed by a clean finish.
Freshly shucked oysters and all shellfish can be enjoyed
with this Alexander Valley summer delight.
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Cobblestone 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
are you have never heard of the Cobblestone label—for
good reason. It’s new and they only produce 500
cases of Chardonnay
from a family estate in Monterey
and 500 cases of Cabernet
Sauvignon from Napa. Saul and Anita Levine are proud
of the juice that comes from their land and rightfully
so. This 2002 Cab explodes with flavors and delivers
a serious punch all the way to the finish. We’d
love to try it after at least five years, but even as
it is, we can tell you this one’s a keeper—should
you be able to find it that is. These red grapes are
harvested from the Atlas Peak appellation in the Napa
Valley, and from there, the juice is aged in a combination
of barrels for 22 months. The result is a dark ruby,
tannic and complex beverage. It fills your nostrils
with black fruit and minty mocha scents. The robust
vino delivers dark berry, pomegranate and vanilla flavor
in layers. More flavors are revealed in the finish like
clove, and smoky oak. You’ll want to bring this
one to the table with a serious red meat offering from
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Rancho Arroyo Grande 2003 Estate Grown Chardonnay
about something fresh you can sip as an aperitif and
carry through your summer meal? This week’s featured
wine comes from the sandy soils of the Thereza Vineyard
on the California
Central Coast’s Arroyo Grande Valley appellation.
This is a well-made Chardonnay
produced by chilling and racking the juice in French
oak. It went through malolactic
fermentation and was aged sur
lie in 20 percent new French oak for a full year
prior to bottling. You can expect tropical aromas of
guava and citrus. Rich flavors of green apple and popcorn
with a mineral character lead to a pleasant finish.
Match it with salads, chicken or an array of fish choices.
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Coast Wine Country.
For more information, visit www.ranchoarroyograndewines.com
Oriel 2004 "Femme Fatale" Bordeaux Rosé
blending is a primordial technique in winemaking from
why not engage in some “blending” in the
wine business? Oriel, a totally new brand, blends traditional
winemaking with modern, multinational business practices.
As a result, consumers get limited production premium
wines from 24 appellations in eight countries for low
prices ranging from $15 to $25. Founder John Hunt has
assembled a second-to-none winemaking team; some members
are associated with wineries like Bryant Family, Château
d’Yquem, Colgin, Dutton-Goldfield, Penfolds and
Weingut Dürnberg to name a few. In this case, Esme
Johnstone of Château de Sours in Bordeaux
has crafted an attractive and flavorful vino that works
as an aperitif, as a gorgeous companion for your summer
meals and is good for sipping with a fruity dessert.
Though complex with a dark red hue, the wine remains
light, elegant and balanced. Scents of fresh fruits,
like crisp white peaches, take you into the glass to
discover pleasing strawberry flavors. A good finish
gives you a satisfyingly fatal experience.
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For more information, visit www.orielwines.com
Signorello 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
was the last time you had a bottle of anything Signorello?
Since the production levels are quite limited, you don’t
come across this Napa
estate program winery very often. Their flagship label
is the Padrone blend ($100) dedicated to winery founder
Raymond Signorello, Sr. Now his son, Ray Jr., commands
a premium program delivering rich wines with commendable
structure, complete with wine club, private reserve
tasting program and interactive culinary classes. Assisted
by winemaker Pierre Birebent, Ray crafts quality wines
that are not over the top and reasonably priced for
their level of quality. Just released, the 2003 Cabernet
Sauvignon Estate will take you on a pleasant voyage.
Starting with black currant, cedar and vanilla scents,
this full-bodied blend of 75 percent Cabernet
Sauvignon, 14 percent Merlot
and 11 percent Cabernet
Franc, will transport you to a fine destination.
On the way, you’ll experience flavors of ripe
cassis, blackberries and hints of tobacco. To finish
the trip, you’ll be accompanied by velvety tannins.
We’d advise you to stop by a steakhouse along
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For more information, visit www.signorellovineyards.com