Cellar Notes

Format: 2014-07-23

Deloach Pinot Noir, RRV '11**1/2 
(Fabulous California Pinot Noir bargain)

Deloach Chardonnay, RRV '11 ** 
(Firm, well structured, tasty)

Deloach Cabernet Sauvignon "Heritage Reserve" California, '11
(Good basic cab that hits all the right notes)

Deloach Zinfandel "Heritage Reserve", California '11
(Good basic zin blend)

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Campus Oaks Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi 2009 * 1/2 
(Easy to understand zin)

Frey Zinfandel "Organic Wine", Mendocino 2011 *
(Light, simple zin with good flavor)

Klinker Brick Winery Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi 2010 ** 
(Refined, concentrated, more interesting)

Bogel "Phantom" Red Blend, California 2009  **
(A big, brawny well made blend)

Spann "Mo Zin", California 2009 **
(Crowd-pleasing, flavorful red with lots of life)

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Acorn Cabernet Franc, Alegria Vineyard., Russian River Valley '08 ** 1/2
(Single vyd. field blend)

Acorn Axiom Syrah, Alegria Vineyard., Russian River Valley '08 ** 1/2
(Big, rich with a touch of viognier)

Acorn Sangiovese, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley '09 **
(Good California take on Chianti)

Acorn Zinfandel, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, '10 ***
(The king of their field blends, great zin)

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Entwine Merlot, California 2009 *1/2
(Everyday Merlot with a touch of class)

Entwine Pinot Grigio, California 2010 *
(Smooth, creamy and versatile)

Murietta's Well, The Spur Red Wine, Livermore 2010 * 
(Big, brawny, tannic, informal)

Murietta's Well, The Whip, White Blend2011 * 1/2
(Tasty and complex, good value)

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Wente Chardonnay "Morning Fog", Livermore 2010
(Great Chard value)

Wente "Sandstone" Merlot, Livermore 2009 *
(Easy drinking, everyday merlot)

Wente "Southern Hills" Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore 2010 *1/2 
(Straightforward, casual cab)

Wente "Riverside" Riesling, Arroyo Secco, Monterey 2011 **
(Based on a Rhinegau Spatlese style Riesling)

Wente "Louis Mel" Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore 2010 *
(Crisp, light, Meyer Lemons)

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Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir, Soter Vineyards, Willamette Valley 2009 **
(a pretty, lighter pinot noir made by a master)

Ken Wright Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2010 **
(entry level pinot assembled by the great Ken Wright)

Artisinal Wine Cellars Viognier, Oregon 2010 **1/2
(A very pleasing viognier with depth and balance)

St. Innocent Chardonnay, Dijon Clone, Freedom Hill, Willamette Valley '10 **
(taut yet fleshy chardonnay with good minerality and acidity)

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Clara C. Prosecco "Fiori di Prosecco"  Extra Dry, NV ***
(a hand-made Prosecco with class and detail)

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Landmark Chardonnay, Overlook, Sonoma County 2010 ** 1/2
(One of the most reliable chards on the market)

Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Napa, 2009 **1/2
(A dense, powerful cab with surprising finesse)

Centenaire Cote Du Rhone Villages, Cuvee Centenaire 2009 **
(great example of one of the best value regions in the world)

Conundrum White Blend, California 2010 **
(Year in, year out, a great white, easy to enjoy, reliable)

Comb Vodka and Gin
(made from honey!)

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Cameron Hughes  Gran Riserva Tempranillo, Lot 263, Ribero Del Duero '02**1/2
(fine grained tannis and cassis notes recall Bordeaux)   

Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 336, Rutherford '10 ** 1/2
(A very good price for textbook Napa cab)

Cameron Hughes Zinfandel, Lot 301, Lodi '10 **1/2
(Big lush and juicy, a good bargain)

Cameron Hughes Chardonnay, Lot 334, Napa '10 **
(Restrained, but deep, a nice chard)

Cameron Hughes Torrontes, Lot 305, La Rioja Argentina, '11 **
(Exotic, lean flavors for everyday drinking)

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Amapola Creek Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2010 ***
    (classic California Chardonnay at a good price)
Amapola Creek Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vyd., 2009 ***
    (lush, scuplted zin from a historic vineyard)
Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2008 ***
    (an elegant, rich cab from a master of the genre)

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