Cellar Notes

Format: 2014-09-15

Cost key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Rogue Ridge Petit Verdot, "Rattlesnake Ridge" WA '09  **  $$
(Like a zin with way too much tannin; really delicious and complex)

Kiona Lemberger, Red Mountain, WA '10  *  $
(Minor European grape, vinified light and fruity if not complex)

Cline Mourvedre, Contra Coasta '11 **  $
(Provence mainstay, always a little bizarre, but filled with flavor)

Cline Carignane, Contra Coasta '09   ** $

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Cost key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Alexnder Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon '11, **1/2  $$
(A California classic, back to form with the '11 vintage)

Alexnder Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay '11, **  $
(Terrific, complex, delightful)       

Alexnder Valley Vineyards Sin Zin (Zinfandel) '10 ** $
(Classic California zin, loaded with flavor)

Alexnder Valley Vineyards Estate Syrah '10  **1/2  $

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Al Spoler has been running the Maryland Governor's Cup wine competition for 14 years.  This year's competition was one of the most exciting, and Al thinks these are the highlights.

-Another strong year for Black Ankle, whose "Crumbling Rock" red blend, and "Bedlam" white blend scored very high gold medals.

-Winery of the Day was certainly Port of Leonardtown, a 6 year-old co-op located in St. Mary's County.  They scored five gold medals, among them a very popular chardonnay that retails for all of $10!

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Cost key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Domaine de Bois de St. Jean Cotes de Rhone Blanc '09  **  $$
(Rich, plump and deep, a very classy Viognier, very food-friendly)

Wilson Family Vineyards "The Crusher" Viognier, Clarksburg Delta '12  *  $
(A simple light Viognier, good for everyday drinking)

Bridlewood Reserve Viognier, Central Coast '08  **1/2  $$
(An exceptional Viognier at a great price, almost Gewurz-like)

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Cost key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Edna Valley Chardonnay "Paragon", San Luis Obispo '11 ** $ 
(One of our favorite values in chardonnay)

Edna Valley Pinot Noir "Paragon", San Luis Obispo '11  **  $
(Quality equivalent in pinot noir, making a great bargain)

Edna Valley Merlot, Central Coast '11 * 1/2  $
(A cut above your average merlot at a great price)

Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc "Paragon", San Luis Obispo '11 *
(Good spicy white, in a classic Californ

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Cost key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Jean Luc Colombo Cape Blue Rosé '12  *1/2  $
(tastes like a full-bodies white, very dry)

Menage a Trois California Rosé '10  **  $
(Lovely rose, dominated by the gewurtztraminer)

Comanderie de la Bargemone Rosé, Cotes d'Aix en Provence '12  *1/2  $
(Extremely pale, but surprisingly fleshy and full flavored)

Vina Robles "Roseum" Rosé, Paso Robles '12  **1/2  $
(Very good rose, tons of flavor, big pers

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