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A Compendium of Winning Wines

| November 1, 2016


Take This List To Your Favorite Wine Shop

Once again, after tasting through several hundred wines a month, I have developed a backlog, and shall play catch-up, writing only briefly about many of the great values I have personally tasted and highly recommended.



E Casal Garcia Sweet White (Portugal) — This enticing, delicious, sweet sipping wine will certainly please all with a sweet tooth. And a bargain basement price. $6.99

E Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Silvaner Trocken 2014 — From the Rheinhessen, the most enjoyable Silvaner yet experienced. $11

E Hess Collection Sauvignon Blanc North Coast 2015 — Subtle grapefruit and citrus flavors. A tremendous bargain. $12

E Carlos Serres Rioja Blanco 2015

— Made from 85 % Viura and 15% Temp­ranilloBlanco, a bright, refreshing wine of apple and pineapple flavors. $13E

E Elena Walch Pinot Bianco 2015—From Alto Adige. “White fruits and minerality.” $15

E Terre de la Custodia Grechetto 2014—Classy, svelte bottle. Umbria native grape. $18

E Martin Ray Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2015 — From the new owners of a famous brand. Try with goat cheese and beet salad. $18

E Benziger Sauvignon Blanc North Coast 2014 — Sustainable farming shines through. $18

E Cuvaison Soltaire Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2015 — Bright acidity with hints of kiwi, grapefruit and peach. Try with ceviche or shellfish. $24

E Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014 — Tropical fruits with refreshing acidity. $25

E Amici Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014 — “…ripe apple, hints of toasty pie and a clean, crisp finish.” $25

E Bending Branch Viognier Riven Rock Vineyard (Texas) 2014 — An excellent rendition of one of the four or
five most exciting varietals for Texas. Delicious. $34

E Jordan Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2014 — Remarkable vintage for Jordan. Intense fruit flavors with harmony of all components. “Pear, kiwi and lychee with a kiss of caramel.” Elegant. $35

E Chateau la Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2014 — The Southern Rhone is much more well-known for its reds; however, this is one of the great white wines of the world, not just the Rhone.
40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne, 10% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc. Must experience! $62



E Barbed Wire Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker’s Reserve North Coast 2014 — Successful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Black cherries with a hint of plum. Juicy and uncommonly complex for this price. $12

E 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon Southeastern Australia 2015 —“…ominous notes of red currants, shadows of dark berries…” Almost a crime at this price. $12

E Brampton Old Vine Red (South Africa) 2012 — Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. Luscious. A bargain. $14

E Besieged California 2015 — The chilling label is derived from Ravenswood’s first harvest, when a circling flock of ravens taunted owner Joel Peterson from overhead. Big, rich and underpriced. $15.99

E Domaine Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec 2013 — From vineyards planted at 4,000 feet above sea level, this wine has black currants, blackberries and black pepper notes. $17.99

E Zuccardi Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 — Another high-altitude winner from Argentina, this wine exhibits earth tones, blueberries and cassis flavors. Tastes like a $30 to $40 Cab! $19.99

E Septima Obra Malbec 2014 — Dark chocolate and blueberry jam flavors. Well-balanced. Perfect recently with flank steak. $24

E Lucente 2013 — This harmonious Tuscan beauty is a Merlot/Sangiovese blend aged in French and American oak. Black cherry and spice flavors with tender tannins. Elegant. $29

E Les Cadrans de Lassegue (Bordeaux) 2012 — This is the second wine of Chateau Lassegue ($150), made by Pierre Seillan, who also makes Verite in Sonoma County ($390). An absolute steal at this price. $30

E Amici Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013 — Lovely garnet color with amazing crushed cherry bouquet. Straw­berries and spice! Silky tannins and a pretty finish. $35

E Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley 2013 — A successful blend of Zin, Petite Sirah and Cab. Complex with dark berries, leather and spice. Try with meat pizza or burgers. YUM! $37

E Mercer Reserve Cavalie Horse Heaven Hills 2012 — A big, right bank blend redolent of plums, and blackberries. Significant weight and texture. Perfect with a steak followed by brie and sliced French bread. A fabulous wine estate to keep an eye on. $40

E Zuccardi Zeta Mendoza 2012 — 87% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.Although 15.1% alcohol, this balanced, red-violet colored beauty is intense, with blueberries and sweet tobacco. Steak! $45

E Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 — Excellent fruit with black currants and chocolate. You will be hearing a lot more from the new owners of this famous brand. $50

E Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012 — According to winemaker Rob Davis, who has been at Jordan since the first vintage in 1976, this is one of the best ever. Even though one of the most popular wines on the planet, and having unique class and breed, still only $55

E Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2013 — The top tier of Sea Smoke’s Pinots, this wine is from select barrels with the richest and most extracted juice. “Poise and power.” $60

E Nickel & Nickel Element 28 Napa Valley 2013 — A new vineyard for N&N, this wine should age well, but why wait? Gorgeous fruit with power and persistence, followed by a lengthy finish. Paired perfectly with the beef tenderloin at La Vista recently. All the N&N Cabs make great gifts! $130

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