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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2007
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The 2011 vintage is available for: $28.99
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Style: Smooth & Supple
This wine is as beautiful and as juicy as a pomegranate seed. A few herbal nuances keep it from remaining completely fruity, and add a depth to the lighter body. The tartness mellows out after aeration and the bing cherry/raspberry notes are incredible. I really wish I could find it on this website!
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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The 2013 vintage is available for: $17.99
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Style: Light & Fruity
This is an excellent example of the varietal as developed in New Zealand. Racy, ripe tropical fruit balanced by the tang of bright citrus. I have recently gone back to liking a more subtle style, but a few years ago this wine was pretty exciting to try. If you are not familiar with the New Zealand style this is a good place to start. I have never tried decanting it, maybe that would enhance some subtleties that I missed.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 1994
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $50.00
Style: Earth & Spicy
My favorite from this winemaker. Carmelized red fruit, rich as a mixed berry pie, festive and delicious! Earthy and dark molasses finish. We splurged last year and bought a few bottles for Christmas, and it perfectly accentuated the celebratory mood of our first year as a married couple. Hints of smoke add mystery to the bouquet.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2013 vintage is available for: $16.99
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Style: Light & Crisp
I agree with the winemaker's notes, especially about the flavor and nose of kiwi and grapefruit. I have to say I did not taste the sweeter, more "ripe" notes of melon as suggested. The aromas seem more complex than the flavors, which I found interesting, even if a bit disappointing. A pleasant, fragrant example of the varietal.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Aveleda Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde 2012
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $8.99
Style: Light & Crisp
This wine has a fizz that reminds me of pop rocks. I have enjoyed other Vinho verdes more, as I do find this one lacks the minerality that I prefer. It may be that the effervescence masks some of the depth of flavor. Anyways, still a nice wine with traditional yellow-green fruit and crisp finish.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Louis Latour Macon-Villages Chameroy 2011
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $17.99
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Style: Rich & Creamy
Apricot jam, marmalade and lemon pepper came to mind when enjoying this wine for the first time. The balance of acidity and fruit is memorable. After growing up in California and steering clear from the (often too) oaky, buttery examples of the Chardonnay grape, this was the wine that opened my mind to trying other examples. I would say this is a daytime wine best paired with a simple picnic lunch.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2010
Price: $21.99
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Style: Fruity & Smooth
I appreciated the lovely red fruit aromas and flavor in this wine, as well as the sophisticated and light finish. Would be lovely paired with something earthy like mushrooms to bring out the contrast. I have to say, I have had more interesting Burgundies, but this one is reliable and casual.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $13.99
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Style: Light & Fruity
Wonderful light/medium body with a nose of violets, blueberries. The flavors of cassis and black licorice/anise/Pernod make this wine seems slightly mystical to me. There is a quality about this wine that makes me think of the Moulin Rouge...incense, tobacco, pastille de violets, with a hint of spearmint and rosemary.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Emilio Lustau Solera Reserva los Arcos Dry Amontillado Sherry
Price: $16.99
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I am surprised by the other reviews of this sherry. I have only tried 4-5 amontillados admittedly, but this one was the most memorable. I love the toasty, light golden brown quality of this sherry, and the hazelnut aroma and taste is wonderful. I find it very interesting that it begins with a hint of sweetness, and finishes on a bitter toasted pine nut note. A Spanish friend suggested drinking it slightly chilled with a singed orange peel as a garnish, and I really enjoyed that as well.
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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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(9/10/2013)
Style: Earth & Spicy
This wine will make an event of an evening. I had this at a restaurant in San Francisco and was so pleased with the black cherry and cinnamon spice, traditional light body, and refined finish that it completely distracted me from my meal. I am looking forward to this website having it back in stock.
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