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Red

2006 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo Sorano

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
A lovely garnet color, with aromas of caraway, dried cherry, and tar. Outstanding balance and typicity are revealed on the palate in sleek acidity, subtle wood, and elegant tannins. Considering its persistence, this wine has 15-20 years of aging potential.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2006 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo Sorano Coste & Bricco

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
Youthful garnet in color, offering aromas of cinnamon, orange peel, and currant. This Barolo is medium-bodied and concentrated, with fresh acidity, nicely integrated wood, and tight tannins. Needs a bit of time, but overall is quite elegant. Best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2006 Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
Elegant aromas of tobacco, tar, dried cherry, and orange peel lead to a medium-bodied, concentrated texture with excellent grip and persistence. Youthful tannins are backed by acidity and subtle oak notes. Best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2006 Luigi Baudana Barolo Cerretta

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
A nose of cedar, dried cherry, and truffle is followed by a generous midpalate with noticeable, but not excessive, oak. The slightly bitter finish indicates that this wine needs time—best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2006 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Prapò

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
Complex aromas of caraway, sage, red plum, and cherry pit lead to a medium-bodied, concentrated palate and a big, rich midpalate. The long, elegant finish features silky tannins and beautiful acidity. Best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2009 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Barda

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, Natalie Guinovart, CWE, DWS
March 15, 2011
Made from new plantings near the barda, or ridge, where the soils are less fertile, this garnet-colored wine offers a good, juicy introduction to the Chacra style. Pretty aromas of red cherry, wild strawberry, and citrus peel are followed by a light-to-medium-bodied palate with effusive, almost confected cherry and bright-strawberry fruit, light earth, clear minerality, and acidic focus. Best enjoyed with food, particularly lean dishes with exotic or sweet spices.
Terroir: Bodega Chacra
Red

2009 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco

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, Natalie Guinovart, CWE, DWS
March 15, 2011
Medium-ruby core with a pale-ruby rim. Whiffs of bacon, rhubarb, musk, and dried leaves distinguish this wine, made from a vineyard adjacent to the ’32, but stylistically a world apart. While the ’32 is both voluptuous and elegant, the ’55 has what the French call a force tranquille—a quietly intense expression. Its medium-bodied, lifted, brightcherry core is completed by a long finish. About 8,000 bottles were made.
Terroir: Bodega Chacra
Red

2009 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Treinta y Dos

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, Natalie Guinovart, CWE, DWS
March 15, 2011
Limpid black raspberry in color. The nose is neither obvious nor elusive, but seductive, gently unraveling in the glass. The wine smells of roses, dark cherry, mulberry, sage, sandalwood, frankincense, and vanilla. Layers of spice and a deep, almost indescribable minerality come through with aeration. Like the 2008 version, this ’32 is positively luscious yet impeccably poised and oh, so long. Approachable now, it will evolve beautifully over the next seven to 10 years. Only 5,868 bottles were produced, each hand-numbered. Enjoy with roasted Patagonian lamb or duck or with butternut-squash ravioli.
Terroir: Bodega Chacra
Red

2006 Cascina Cucco Barolo Cerrati

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
Expressive aromas of caraway and cumin are followed by a medium-full texture with excellent concentration. Noteworthy acidity and structure carry into a lengthy finish. Impressive persistence and beautiful expression of terroir from a consistent and underrated producer. Best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red - Fortified

1999 Domingos Alves de Sousa Porto Late Bottled Vintage Quinta da Gaivosa

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, Roy Hersh
March 15, 2011
Unfiltered; bottled 2004. Dark ruby with a cranberry-colored rim. The nose conjures up a different Douro profile: deeply earthy and mineral-laden on first whiff, followed by a floral essence, cassis, and kirsch in a multifaceted and compelling package that requires some coaxing. The primary wild-berry, fruit-forward flavors will appeal to guests who are new to Port. Ripe and sweet in style, juicy and medium-weight, this is an approachable LBV whose tannins are fully resolved. A well-made Port from a fine, relatively unknown producer, Domingos Alves de Sousa. Drink now through 2018.
LBV: The Other Vintage Port
Red - Fortified

2005 Dow Porto Late Bottled Vintage

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, Roy Hersh
March 15, 2011
Unfiltered; bottled 2010. It is rare to find an unfiltered LBV from Dow and just as rare to find one with a T-stopper instead of a driven cork. An ethereal perfume leaps out of the glass, highlighted by spicy black pepper, cassis, cedar, minerals, and black licorice. Corpulent and chewy, the palate is filled with a briar patch of dark wild berries and that same peppery note. This symmetrical Port is built for long-term cellaring, with ripe, lively tannins and vivacious acidity leading to an ultra-long finish. It’s the best Dow LBV since the suave 1995 version hit the market 10 years ago. It can certainly be enjoyed now, but will drink beautifully for at least two decades.
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Red

2006 Egelhoff Cabernet Sauvignon

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, Julianne Will
March 15, 2011
Aged 22-23 months in French oak and one and a half years in bottle. Inky, opaque, and viscous with a purple-red rim. Aromas of oaky black fruit, a hint of wet straw, and spices lead to rich flavors of ripe black plum and crushed blackberry, backed by silky tannins and balancing acidity. At 14.2% alcohol, this Napa Cab is as well rounded as it is delicious.
Winery Spotlight: Egelhoff Wines
Red

2006 Egelhoff Cabernet Sauvignon Walton

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, Julianne Will
March 15, 2011
95% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Napa Valley Malbec, aged in French oak for 22 months. Opaque, dark garnet at the center with a faint orange rim, the Walton shows aromas of cherry, spice, cinnamon, and a slightly herbal note. It has bigger tannins and bolder acidity than the Egelhoff Cabernet, with raspberry, a hint of smokiness, and an oaky sweetness on the finish. Decant for aeration, and it will be perfect with a flavorful soft cheese.
Winery Spotlight: Egelhoff Wines
White

2009 Egelhoff Riesling

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, Julianne Will
March 15, 2011
Aged in 75-gallon stainless-steel barrels for five months. Straw-colored and bright, the ’09 offers a citrusy nose of lemon and pineapple, with flavors to match. A suggestion of sweetness is offset by noticeable acidity.
Winery Spotlight: Egelhoff Wines
Red

2006 Germano Ettore Barolo Cerretta

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
A youthful, deep garnet color, with aromas of ripe red cherry, herbal tea, and a hint of marmalade. Medium-full with excellent concentration, the palate displays young, firm tannins and more noticeable oak than the Germano Prapò bottling, with outstanding persistence. Allow plenty of time—best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2006 Germano Ettore Barolo Prapò

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
This young, garnet-colored Barolo offers beautiful aromas of roses, orange rind, and dried cherry. The medium-bodied, concentrated palate begins with an elegant entry and finishes long, with firm tannins, lively acidity, and subtle herbal notes. Beautiful finesse and lovely Serralunga style. Best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2004 Germano Ettore Barolo Riserva Lazzarito

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
Tobacco, menthol, dried-cherry, and balsamic aromas emerge on the nose. The palate features excellent concentration and persistence, with paprika and sage appearing on the finish. A gorgeous expression of terroir. Best in 20-25 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red - Fortified

2000 Ferreira Porto Late Bottled Vintage

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, Roy Hersh
March 15, 2011
Unfiltered; bottled 2004. Scarlet red, mostly opaque. Rich in aromas of sour cherry, framboise, and flowers, this wine delivers a sweet, ripe, mouth-coating, and voluptuous fruit-filled style. It’s a real head turner, with kirsch and cocoa providing the immediate impact, backed by crisp acidity, moderate tannins, and a good dose of spirit from the entry to the finish. Ferreira typically makes solid, pure LBVs that are easy to approach; this 2000 fleshed out over several days, providing a juicy finesse and moderate length to the velvety-smooth aftertaste. Certainly approachable today, it should be consumed by 2016.
LBV: The Other Vintage Port
Red - Fortified

2003 Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage

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, Roy Hersh
March 15, 2011
Unfiltered; bottled 2008. Fonseca is one of the few shippers that bottle both filtered and unfiltered versions of LBV. This one is dark magenta and fully opaque. The nose offers an exotic bouquet of grenadine and essence of lavender. Driven by sweet, juicy, primary purple fruits, the wine is instantly approachable, with a silky texture, medium body, moderately grippy tannins, and a fresh, lively finish. Will drink well over the next decade.
LBV: The Other Vintage Port
Red

2006 Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
This has been one of the most consistent bottlings of Serralunga Barolo since 1998. Appealing aromas of fresh red cherry, red roses, and tar lead to a moderately full palate with lively acidity and excellent concentration and persistence. Beautifully made. Best in 15-20 years.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red

2005 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

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, Tom Hyland
March 15, 2011
A huge wine with great depth of fruit and typical Serralunga structure. Plenty of spice emerges on the nose and palate, accompanied by young, firm, but nicely integrated tannins. This Giacosa will offer pleasure for at least two more decades.
Appellation: Serralunga d'Alba
Red - Fortified

2005 Gould Campbell Porto Late Bottled Vintage

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, Roy Hersh
March 15, 2011
Filtered; bottled 2010. Spicy aromas and fine purity of grape are accompanied by a bit of heat that blew off after a few hours. Framed by boysenberry, tar, herbs, and an assortment of black fruits, the palate has a distinct sense of enticing freshness. Lively acidity, velvety tannins, and a hot streak in the midpalate and finish were evident even two days later, but the wine fleshed out nicely in a relatively long, berry-laden aftertaste. Will drink best from 2011 to 2017.
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Red - Fortified

2005 Graham Porto Late Bottled Vintage

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, Roy Hersh
March 15, 2011
Filtered; bottled 2010. Scintillating scents, fresh and pure, of ripe plum, freshly crushed grapes, and intense black pepper lead to a medium-bodied palate with solid stuffing and well-developed structure. The pleasant, dark-wild-berry flavor carries the same black-pepper overtone that was apparent on the nose. Solid structure and a medium-length finish. Consume now to 2016.
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Red

2004 Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series

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, David Vogels, CWP
March 15, 2011
9% Malbec; aged 23 months in French oak and three years in bottle before release. Garnet with a pink rim, this version features an aromatic nose of tobacco leaf and blackcurrant. Juicy black fruits enter on the silky-textured palate; the acidity carries through a lengthy finish.
Winery Spotlight: Leeuwin Estate
White

2006 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

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, David Vogels, CWP
March 15, 2011
The Art Series Chardonnay is aged 11-12 months in French oak and another two years in bottle before being released every year at the concert. This version is brassy gold in color, showing notes of spicy vanilla, lemon-lime, ripe apple, and mango on the nose. The complex, buttery palate with gentle acidity is reminiscent of Meursault; the finish is warm, long, and constantly evolving.
Winery Spotlight: Leeuwin Estate
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