Best Buys

Sparkling Wines, Sweet White Wines
Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry NV, California 4 Glasses $9.99 Best Value!

Pale lemon color with a large bead. Aromas of baked golden apple; fresh, fruit-driven, orchard aromas, and a little sweet dough. Full mousse on the palate with bright, cleansing acidity and fresh green apple and Meyer lemon flavors. Good length. A well-made, accessible sparkler. Dry, but has a soft edge with sweet fruit expression. 11.5% abv.

White Wines
African Passion 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa $8.99 Best Value!

Pale lemon-green color. Medium intensity aromas of spearmint, elderflower, green plum, and fresh lime juice. Medium bodied, lean and clean. Spicy leaf and green fruit dominates the palate, with a hint of green plum and green melon. Though it’s lean, it also has a nice roundness to balance out the mouthwatering acidity. 12.5% abv.

Rose Wines

M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2012 Rosé Côtes du Roussillon Villages $12 4 1/2 glases $12.00

Best Value!

Medium salmon color. Onion-skin aromas with dried strawberry and raspberry. Opens up on the nose to reveal wild brush and spice, a shining example of typicité.  Broad, with well-defined red berry fruit, big structure, meaty, spicy, yet retains elegance throughout with perfect balance and a long, long length. Buy this by the case for Spring and Summer sipping! 13.5% abv.

Red Wines

KWV Classic Collection 2011 Pinotage, Western Cape, South Africa $17.00

Best Value!

Medium to deep ruby core. The nose is dominated by red fruit, particularly wild strawberry and raspberry with a soft meatiness, almost like freshly roasted lamb, adding just a hint of complexity and interest. Sweet red cherry jam on the front palate which takes you by surprise, but balanced by an uplifting  zing. Medium, grippy, dry tannins, though not astringent or hard. Good length, nice mingling of fruit and smoky, earthy complexity.  A great introduction to Pinotage. 14% abv.

Don Miguel Gascon 2011 Colosal Red Blend, Mendoza, Argentina $15.00 Best Value!  

Deep garnet color. Mocha-cherry, menthol, and pine notes. Clearly a very highly-extracted wine, with long hang time and ample new oak. The acid-alcohol balance is a bit off. For fans of a hedonistic, super-ripe style. 15% abv.

M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages $12.00 Best Value!  

Opaque ruby-purple color. Jammy, dark red fruit lurking behind an incredibly powerful structure with loads of tannin and acidity. The tannins are good-natured and balanced with the acidity, allowing the depth and purity of fruit along with dark mineral and garrigue notes to dance on the palate.  An intense wine that is best enjoyed with meaty cuisine. 14.5% abv.

Vinotasting December 17, 2012 – End of Year Round-Up

Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2011 Toscana IGT $18 Best Buy!
Pale lemon color. Good effusive ripe fruit. Cantaloupe, red apple. Medium bodied, with a soft texture but a good line of acidity. This even shows a nice slight spiciness on the finish, often found when Pinot Gris/Grigio becomes quite ripe! Nice. 13% abv.

Rocca di Montemassi 2010 'Calasole' Vermentino


Best Buy!
Pale lemon color. On the nose, the wine has an array of fun aromas - smoky, flinty, banana peel, and Clementine. Good viscosity on the palate, quite lovely balance and length, with a sappy orange marmalade finish. Absolutely delicious. 12.5% abv.

Edna Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast $15 Best Buy!
Pale lemon color. Medium intensity aromas of green pepper, some ripe melon, and ruby grapefruit. There’s an opulence to the fruit; one would almost think this was from New Zealand except for that ripe melon fruit that comes sweeping across the finish, a tell-tale of California Sauvignon Blanc. Good acidity, good length, very well made and typical. Not blowsy. Fabulous with halibut and a mango-jalapeño salsa. 13.9% abv.


Angelini Pergola Rosso Marche, Italy $17 Best Buy!
100% Pergola Rosso. Pale-medium ruby color. Smells like a red Moscato. A conversation-piece wine. Like pure delicate roses, and freshly tanned leather. Long finish. A lady. 12.5% abv.

Tenuta Ca'Bolani 2010 Refosco Friuli $18 Best Buy!
Deep ruby color with magenta highlights. Aromas of ripe bing cherries, huckleberries and graphite. Good structure, with big, well-managed tannins that call out for steak on the finish. 13% abv

Gérard Bertrand 2010 Corbières $15 Best Buy!
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Deep, bright ruby. Expressive aromas of blackberry jam, some anise, bramble, and dark minerality. Quite sweet and figgy with medium-full body but not very long on the finish. 13.5% abv.

Gérard Bertrand 2010 Crémant de Limoux Brut *** $14, Best Buy!
70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Mauzac. Pale straw, medium-sized
bubbles with medium persistence, distinct aromas of white mushrooms, marzipan, tree fruit (apple, pear skin), with a bitter, apricot pith finish. Aggressive mousse.
Pair with Waldorf salad, warm brie with sautéed mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts. 11.5% abv.

Mionetto Prosecco Treviso NV **** $11, Best in Class, Best Buy!
This is a great example of its style, with pale lemon and green tints, fresh and candied melon, peach, jasmine, green apple jolly rancher, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Fresh, medium bodied, soft, pleasant, with good persistence. 11% abv.

Barefoot Moscato Spumante NV California **** $8, Best in Class, Best Buy!
Pale straw color. Fresh green apple plus apple skin aromas; very grapey and floral with additional notes of canned peaches. A touch of zing on the long, pleasant finish. Not cloying. A wine with mass appeal. "Gives Italian Asti a run for its money". "Remarkably good for the price". (WD) 10.5% abv.

Zonin Asti Dolce NV ***1/2 $13, Best Buy!
Pale lemon color. Smells and tastes exactly like an orange creamsicle. Nice foamy texture, with pretty acacia and jasmine flavors. Quite sweet but fresh. 7.5% abv

Zonin Baccorosa Dolce Vino Spumante NV ***1/5 $13, Best Buy!
Deep salmon color, interesting, fun complexity here, with aromas of blood oranges and roses, candied blood orange peel flavors, candied ruby grapefruit, orange pekoe tea, and hibiscus. Delicious on its own or for building cocktails. 7% abv.

Rosemount 2012 Moscato South Eastern Australia **** $9 Best in Class, Best Buy!
Bright pale lemon color, with fresh jasmine, and spicy floral aromas along with fresh green grapes. A tangy, fun, upbeat, balanced, lightly fizzy refresher. 8.5% abv.

Mionetto Cuvee Rosé Œ1887¹ Extra Dry NV Italy ***1/2 $15, Best Buy!
Bright medium salmon color. Tart, zesty, loaded with red fruits, like raspberry, fresh and dried cranberry, and pomegranate. Very barely extra dry. Lacking some intensity on the finish and has some phenolic grip. An intriguing apéritif wine, perfect with smoked salmon or game meats such as Lamb Merguez sausage with spiced yogurt, harissa, curry, or roasted game birds with fresh cherry sauce. 11.5% abv.

Martin Códax 2011 Albariño Rías Baixas **** $15 Best in Class, Best Buy!
Pale lemon color, medium body, white peach pit, lemon pith, saline, bracing minerality, begs for raw seafood doused with fresh lemon. Ever so slight yeasty note, excellent acid-weight balance. 12.5% abv.

Martin Códax 2010 ERGO Tempranillo Rioja **** $14, Best in Class, Best Buy!
Great blend of modern and traditional. Deep ruby color, with cranberry, black cherry relish, tree bark and wet autumn leaves on the nose. Dark and savory, packing a huge amount of flavor with "sanguine notes at the end". (NF) Polished style that manages to stay true to varietal and regional character. Bright, juicy, fresh finish. 13.5% abv.

Gascón 2011 Malbec Mendoza, Argentina ***1/2 $12, Best in Class, Best Buy!
Deep ruby color with purple tints, aromas of apple blossom, very floral style with = violets and lilacs, boysenberry and blackberry fruit with coffee hints. Vibrant finish, long. 13.9% abv.

Ravenswood 2009 Zinfandel Lodi, Ca. ***1/2 $14, Best Buy!
Medium ruby-garnet with classic raspberry, blackberry and bramble notes with just a hint of raisin and vanilla oak. Decent length. Good quality. 14.5% abv.

Mirassou 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon California ***1/2 $10 Best Value, Best Buy!
Deep ruby. Black cherry, blackcurrant. "No surprises. Old Yeller wines. Dependable" (WD) "Shows exceptional definition and character for its variety and price point." (NG) 13.5% abv.

Louis Martini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County ***1/2 $14, Best in Class, Best Buy!
Deep garnet color. Aromas of redcurrant, a slight bell pepper note, ripe tannins define the palate. Delivers creamy fruit, good length. Great for the price. Tasty finish, lovely with roasts. 13.8% abv.

Alamos Torrontés, Salta, Argentina (2011) $13 ****
A complex and delicious wine made by Cantena. Straw-gold color. Full of
stone fruit, honeysuckle, lemon, peach and clementine flavors. Clean and
pleasant finish with great acidity. Pair with ceviche, green salad,
asparagus or green olives. Best Buy!

Big House White (2011) $9.99 ****
Light pale color, great nose, crisp & clean tasting with violet aromas
A blend of more than 20 different grapes. It starts out with a base of
Viognier (27%), Malvasia (20%), Gruener Veltliner (13%), Gewürztraminer
(9%), Albarino (9%), Sauvignon Blanc (8%), Muscat Canelli (7%), Chardonnay
(4%), Riesling (1%), Pinot Grigio (1%) and Other Aromatic Whites (1%).

Big House Unchained Naked Chardonnay (2010) $9.99 *** 1/2
Stainless steel fermented, 5 different yeast types used to extract unique
flavors from her grapes during fermentation. This is fragrant & floral wine
that pairs well seafood or pasta!

The Usual Suspect- Cabernet Sauvignon (2011) $9.99 ****
Consists of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot. This wine is a virtual
fruit bomb that is jammy and juicy in the mouth. This wine is lush and
elegant. Pairs well with comfort foods like ribs, spaghetti Bolognese or

Banfi Toscana 2008 Col di Sasso, IGT Toscana,$10****
Deep garnet color. Overflowing with rich Bing cherries and black fruits. Rich taste with elegant tannins. A blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese grapes grown in southern Tuscany. A true expression of Tuscany meets the New World! Fruity and appealing with great structure & spices. This youthful wine will pair well with simple foods like pizza, burgers, as well as duck and turkey.

Blackstone 2009 Winemakers Select Chardonnay, Monterey,*10 ****1/2
Excellent Color, tropical ripeness and bright. A well balanced wine with flavors of citrus and pineapple. A light touch of oak from fermentation in French and American barrels.

Blackstone 2009 Winemakers Select Pinot Noir, California,*10 ****
Bright ruby red color. Spicy, vibrant with crisp acidity. Lush and elegant cherry flavors with soft fruit finish. Will pair with many foods, meats, salmon and tuna. BEST VARIETAL.

Don Miguel Gascon 2009 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, Mendoza,$14****
Great deep ruby color. Excellent nose. Blackberries and vanilla combined with aromas of smoked cured meat. An amazingly good representation of Argentinean Malbec. 95% Malbec, 5% Shiraz.