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November Wine of the Month Cellar Notes

Posted by: Erin

Award Series – Under $15

RED – 2010 Bonterra Zinfandel, Mendocino, California
$14.95 – Bonterra Vineyards emerged in 1990, produced at the
Fetzer winery, and first released 1992 as one of the early pioneers
in growing organic wine grapes. Bonterra has become the
number one selling brand of wines in the US that is made with
organic grapes. Classic Zinfandel aromas of bramble and ripe
dark fruit introduce this silky textured wine. Flavors of black
raspberry, blackberry and vibrant blueberry mingle with hints of
creamy vanilla and dusty tannins. Drink at room temperature
today through 2016 with roasted meats, 5-Spice Duck, or Veal
Saltimboca.

WHITE – 2011 Dopff & Irion Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France
– $14.95 – Alsace, near Germany’s Riesling-growing district, produces
white wines with rich textures and very elegant complexity.
This Pinot Blanc displays beautifully aromatic orange blossom
scents mingling with apricot and delicate mineral. The texture is
silky and the wine is bright with balanced acidity, tangerine and
orange flavors. The finish is dry and lingers on and on. Serve
slight chilled as an aperitif or with spinach salad with mushrooms
and bacon, or sautéed chicken with a tarragon sauce. Drink today
through 2014.

Classic Series – Under $20

RED – 2010 Rhiannon Red Wine, California – $15.95
Rhiannon is made by Rutherford Wine Company, a familyowned
and managed winery in Napa Valley, representing the rich
diversity of California’s outstanding appellations. Rhiannon is a
blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Barbera. The wine is approachable
in style with juicy aromas of cherry, ripe blackberry and spicy
vanilla. Juicy, lush fruit flavors show cherry and raspberry with
hints of vanilla. Soft tannins and a lush finish will match well
with grilled meats or chicken, even BBQ or pizza. Drink now
through 2015.

WHITE – 2011 Hahn Estate Chardonnay, Santa Lucia
Highlands, Central Coast, CA – $19.95 – The Monterey Bay in
California is one of the coastal areas where Chardonnay struts its
stuff. Hahn, founded in 1991, has over 1,000 acres of vineyards
in Monterey County including the Santa Lucia Highlands. This
is classic California-style Chardonnay offering all the tropical
fruit, butterscotch and silky mouth-coating texture you could
want. Add a bit of green apple tartness to the full flavor profile
and you have the perfect match for roast chicken. Serve slightly
chilled today through 2015.

Collector Series- Under $30

RED – 2010 Mollydooker “The Boxer” Shiraz, Australia
$29.50 – Mollydooker (Aussie for left-handed) continuously
produces some of the highest-rated wines from Australia
and has been winning awards since their first vintage. Robert
Parker’s Wine Advocate gave 91 points to this densely
flavored wonder, saying, “The 2010 The Boxer Shiraz has
notes of warm blackberries and blueberries with nuances of
menthol, some spice cake, anise and bacon fat. Concentrated,
big, rich and ripe, it offers a very spicy palate with some
licorice and cumin seed coming through, supported by a
medium level of velvety tannins, lively acidity and finishing
very long. Drink it now to 2017+.” Extraordinarily pretty,
we would match The Boxer with full-flavored blue cheeses,
grilled meats, or hearty winter stews.

WHITE – 2010 Pupillo “Cyane” Dry Moscato, Sicily
$27.95 – This was a delightful surprise, finding a Moscato
wine, usually made sweet, as a dry, hugely fragrant white
with a generous perfume and delicately woven flavors that
almost defy description. Lovely floral scents of honeysuckle
and orange blossom introduce this complex wine, amazingly
delicate flavors while a silky, rich texture caresses the palate
featuring lychee, lime, and starfruit. Fresh and clean the
wine is simply ethereal and would make a great match for
crab, lobster, or angel hair pasta with a delicate cream-based
sauce. Drink today through 2013.

Prestige Red – Under $50

RED – 2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir, Las Alturas Vineyard,
Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, CA – $50.00
When Chuck Wagner of Caymus fame in Napa Valley
decided to make Pinot Noir he named it after his mother,
Belle Glos. This dramatic and impressive red showcases
ripe, rich and spicy scents of dark, juicy fruit. The palate is
round and very full. Dark red in the glass the wine is spicy
with plum and licorice notes and a long lush finish. Fully
extracted with flavor intensity unusual for a Pinot Noir,
the wine is very flavorful throughout. The Wine Spectator
gave 92 points, saying, “Deliciously pure, rich and layered,
with complex currant, blueberry and wild berry fruit that’s
supple, deep and persistent, ending with ripe tannins. Drink
now through 2023.”

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