Vinotasting Featured Picks 2014

Our tasting panel meets several times monthly to taste wines blind, thus providing unbiased evaluations of the newest wine releases.

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Best Buy ratings are given for those wines that we feel offer exceptional quality for their price. Most "Best Buy" wines are $25 or less.
Best Wine ratings distinguish exceptional quality wines of any price point, when compared with other similar wines.
For each issue our editors sometimes share their impressions about wines that stand out in the tasting.

William Hill Estate 2012 North Coast Chardonnay
4 glasses
Best Buy!
Golden Straw, highly aromatic Chardonnay with nice brown spice, creamy caramel and light nutty finish. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Wonderful, lush mouth feel and finish. Try with poultry or salmon.

Robert Mondavi 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Best Buy!
A wonderful example of an elegant and stately Napa Chardonnay! Straw color, expertly fusing fruit and oak flavors. Crisp and in your face tastes of green apple, ripe melon and crème brulee. 75% French Oak, partial malo. Pair with steak béarnaise, cheddar, roast chicken or shrimp scampi.

Don Miguel Gascón 2012 Malbec
Best Buy!
Deep purple color. Intense blackberry and mocha flavors. Wonderful well balanced tannins and finish.  A great example of Argentina’s big red. Pair with beef, lamb or tuna.

Don Miguel Gascón 2011 Riserva Malbec
4 glasses
Great splurge wine!
Depp purple/opal color. Spicy, deep black cherries with hints of vanilla and smoky tobacco. A classic Malbec with pizazz! Aged for 15 months in French and American. Pair with a porterhouse or roast duck.

Brachetto d'Acqui

If you are looking for a refreshing, slightly sweet and aromatic wine, try some Brachetto d'Acqui from Italy's Piedmont region! They are perfect matches for Summer brunch or a variety of desserts!

Tenimenti Ca'Bianca Brachetto d'Acqui 2012
Ruby, medium intensity; moderate mousse. Candied red fruits, gummi bear plum
and red cherry on the nose. Off-dry, with cherry, sage, and a touch of
cranberry on the palate.

Marenco PIneto Brachetto d'Acqui 2012
Medium ruby, medium minus intensity, moderate mousse. Tart red fruits, hint
of acetone, with red licorice on the nose. Off-dry, medium high acidity.
Fig, sweet red fruit, hint of spice. Well balanced.

Ca'de Mandorli'Le Donne de BoschiBrachetto d'Acqui 2012
Medium ruby, medium minus intensity, delicate mousse. Underripe strawberry,
red plum, and anise on the nose. Off-dry, great balance, with a touch of
rhubarb amongst the red fruit. Exceptional!

Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui 2012
Dark ruby, medium intensity, moderate plus mousse. Ripe cherry and strawberry notes on the nose. Sweet, with medium plus acidity, maraschino cherry, deep strawberry and cocoa on the palate. Very good!

Freatured Picks

Our tasting panel meets several times monthly to taste wines blind, thus providing unbiased evaluations of the newest wine releases.

Featured Picks 2013

March 2013

Year End Round Up 2013

Dec 2012