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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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(2/23/2011)
Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $37.99
This is definitely a richer, creamier style of Chardonnay than I expected. From a cooler climate, I was thinking it would be much more mineral-driven. And it does have that aspect, but the biscuit and hazelnut aromas and creamy textures dominate, though I was pleased by the acidity that backed it up. Not too heavy by any means, I thought it balanced rich flavors and textures with some good bright fruit and acidity. A good Chardonnay for some creamy sauces!
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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(2/16/2011)
Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $39.99
This is what '07 is known for: balance of fruit and structure. This wine definitely displays that. Lots of dark fruit up front, backed by a hint of cedar. Good, firm tannins, round mouthfeel and an excellent finish show these are ready for drinking now OR evolving for a few more years. One I'd love with a juicy steak, lamb or other hearty meal.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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(2/16/2011)
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $23.99
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You'd never know this Chardonnay saw oak, except for the lovely mouthfeel. No malo on this wine leads to fresh stone fruits (apple, pear), "crunchy" acidity, excellent finish. A very crisp and bright Chardonnay - one that reminds you what the grape is all about.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(2/16/2011)
Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $28.99
I love this wine - it is everything I love in Cabernet. Good, rich fruit, cedar, dried savory herbs and a killer structure. Not over the top, not one that I'd throw in the cellar for a long period of time, but this has potential to evolve over the next 5 years or so. Tasting delicious now, with a lovely balance. Something I'd like with a pork roast or even a steak - not too heavy, so not for heavy foods, but a great all around Cab.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(2/16/2011)
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $18.99
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This is what I'd term a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir. It's bright & fresh red fruits are backed by a pleasing spice. Lots of zesty acidity, but with a slight savory texture. Good balance, great food wine - a go-to for drinking good red in hot weather.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $14.99
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So delicious! Granted, it's no Burgundy, but it is fantastically balanced and smooth. Wonderful fruit, mellow oak and just a lovely finish. If you like GOOD Chardonnay, this is a wine for you.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Lanson Black Label Brut (375ML half-bottle)
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $18.00
I love half-bottle options, particularly when they are good! This is an excellent Champagne- dry and crisp, mineral and citrus, but with that typical yeasty note that makes it fill the nose and mouth. Great finish, too. Excellent acidity for pairing with food.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $14.99
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Aromas of ripe peach and tropical fruit; palate offers the same, backed by what I call zippy acidity - it almost dances in your mouth. Great balance, represents Oregon Pinot Gris quite well.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2013 vintage is available for: $18.99
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Elk Cove Pinot Gris is exactly what I'm looking for in Oregon PG - it matches lively acidity with rich mouthfeel. Elk Cove has both in perfect preportion - a smooth, silky, rich texture of sweet ripe fruits with that zing of acid to make it refreshing. Well done.
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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Jansz Premium Rose
Price: $23.99
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Item No. 90757
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On the lighter bodied style of Rose bubblies, with delicate fruit and wonderfully crisp acidity. Well-balanced, great finish, super refreshing. Lovely as an aperitif, with a light spring or summer lunch or with some take-out chinese or thai!
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