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Cantina Santa Maria La Palma 2013 Aragosta
100% vermentino that is grown on the northwestern corner of Sardinia near Alghero. Traditionally served with sumptuous plates of seafood. This wine has lovely fresh aromas of peach, lemon and almond. Pleasant, crisp and light on the palate with green apple and lime, it is also well structured with a fresh and smooth finish. Perfect as an aperitif or drink with Asparagus Risotto, salads and of course, seafood.

Dômaine Mireille Et Vincent 2011 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
The average age of vines is 35 making the vineyards almost entirely old vines. The blend is 75% grenache, 15% carignan, 5% each syrah and cinsault. A nice bit of earth and leathery notes on the nose greet you. Juicy and rich with good berry fruit, some spice and a great mouthfeel. Lots of bang for the buck!

Steele 2013 Chardonnay, "Steele Cuvée"
This well-crafted wine exhibits excellent depth of flavor, wonderful acidity and complex aromas of tropical fruits with a bit of apple notes as well. On the palate, nice citrus character, creamy notes and good acidity shines. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels (20% are new) and the wine remains in barrel for eight months, lees are stirred regularly, and the wine finishes malolactic fermentation.

Terra Sigialata 2011 Fílón
100% garnacha that begins with a very pleasant aroma of menthol, black cherry, herbs and a bit of smoke. The wine tastes smooth, supple and harmonious. The dark, rich cherry fruit, cola, spice and mineral notes just flow together perfectly. The savory flavors continue on the long finish and are joined by some nice spicy mineral notes and a hint of smoke that lingers in the mouth for a good time. From Calatayud, Spain. 91 Points/Tanzer

Stratton Lummis NV The Riddler
This red blend is a riddle of grapes for you to solve. 100% from Napa's best sub-appellations, the label is based on the painting "The Riddler" by winemaker Richard de los Reyes. Richard and the winery love Napa grapes made in an Old World Style, and not too many are crafting wines in this fashion. Riddler has all the varieties you would expect in a Napa Red. Our riddle for you is what are they? Tasting notes: Hints of bright wild raspberries mix with fresh plums and violets. Good density/mouthfeel, along with some leather and smoke to make this wine even more interesting. Red fruit flavors linger endlessly on your palette.

Scagliola 2012 Barbera D'Asti Superiore La Faia
This barbera has bright fleshy fruit on entry. Nicely textured with a bit of leather and smoke, and medium weight and finish. Recognized regularly by Gambero Rosso, Wine Spectator and Parker, Scagliola is truly a hidden gem in the heart of Piedmont. Well priced.

Wines to Watch

Rustenberg 2013 "Established White"
This estate is one of South Africa's oldest: over 400 years old! A charming and unusual blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and viognier. Aromas of ripe melon greet you, followed by plump and mouth filling flavors of passion fruit, peaches and white grapefruit on the palate. A gently creamy texture and fine balance.

Buehler Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel
From Napa. Aromas of a briar patch on a hot summer day carry over to the palate. A small amount of petite sirah is used, which contributes pepper, color and tannin structure to the wine. Shows a black cherry, vanilla, spice and toasty oak character in a juicy, flavorful package. Drink now through 2019.

Tenuta Rapitalà 2013 Piano Maltese
Spectacular white wine born on gentle hills above Sicily of mostly indigenous grillo and cataratto grapes. Rich, good weight, with notes of tropical fruits and smoky hints. Fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, elegant flavor with a typical hint of bitter almonds.

Antico Colle 2013 Chianti Colli Senesi
The region is one of the eight sub-regions in chianti and is often referred to as the "la feminina" expression of chianti. The blend is mostly sangiovese with a bit of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. It shows lots of nice dark fruit, with licorice/fennel notes and a bit of spice. Maintains a nice richness throughout and finishes with a nuance of dry cedar. Priced right!


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