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Apr. 6, 2012 Masi “Costasera” Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007

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A benchmark Amarone della Valpolicella. Smooth rich and long with just enough extraction and nuance to spare. 90 points. - 04/06/2012

Apr. 3, 2012 Miwok Ridge Shiraz 2010

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A wine that conforms to lodi's reputation of providing bulk wine for the masses. 74 pts. - 04/03/2012

Apr. 1, 2012 Vallet Frères Meursault Premier Cru “Les Perrières” 2008

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Made using only the most traditional Burgundian methods and only grapes from one of the very best sites in Meursault, Bernard Vallet crafts this exceptional wine. Smooth and balanced with a considerable level of minerality, this �Les Perri�s� is utterly sublime. 91pts. - 04/01/2012

Mar. 31, 2012 Scotto Family, Lodi “Old Vine” Zinfandel 2008

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This Scotto Family "Old Vine" Zinfandel really shows why Lodi is gaining a reputation for both great quality and great value. Dark, rounded and enveloping fruit forms the thrust of a palate that is well resolved beyond it's price level. 87 points.
 - 03/31/2012


Mar. 30, 2012 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2006

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An excellent Amarone della Valpolicella that combines traditional winemaking techniques with a modern flavour profile to produce an extremely accomplished wine. Soft, open and drinking well now as a result, this is a luscious red berry treat. 90 points - 03/30/2012

Mar. 27, 2012 Ravenswood “Old Hill” Zinfandel 2005

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An outstanding Zinfandel crafted from the fruit of what are in all probability the oldest Zinfandel vines in California. Full dark and complex. 92 points.
 - 03/27/2012


Mar. 25, 2012 Vallet Frères Meursault 2010

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Vallet Fr�s are one of the most traditional producers in Burgundy and works with low yielding vines and old fashioned techniques to make "classic" wines. This 2010 Meursault (the latest release) is wonderfully nuanced with a good degree of heft through the palate. A wonderful expression of the region. 90pts. - 03/25/2012

Mar. 25, 2012 Ravenswood Lodi “Old Vine” Zinfandel 2008

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Yet another accomplished Zinfandel from the Ravenswood portfolio - this time from Lodi. This Lodi "Old Vine" Zin really shows why Lodi is rapidly gaining a reputation for premium wine (rather than it's bulk efforts of the past). A prominent Petite Sirah component makes this dark and brambly with a wild spice. 85pts - 03/25/2012

Mar. 23, 2012 “Whistling Duck” Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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An excellent example of a Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon blend - the blend that Australia has really made it's own over the last 20 years or so. Named after the ducks that wander the vineyards of the Evans Wine Company this wine is smooth, rich and full. 84pts
 - 03/23/2012


Mar. 20, 2012 Prunotto Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2010

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Smooth and creamy throughout the palate this Prunotto Moscato d'Asti exhibits white fruit notes with a minimal frizzante influence. Should be consumed young and fresh. 83 points. - 03/20/2012

Mar. 18, 2012 Vietti “Cascinetta” Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2011

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A wonderful and utterly decadent Moscato d'Asti from Vietti. Often ignored for Vietti's excellent Barolo and Barbaresco this shows another side to the winery. Light, fruity and sweet this is far too easy to drink. 87 points. - 03/18/2012

Mar. 17, 2012 Michele Chiarlo “Nivole” Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2011

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A gorgeous and lushious fruitbomb of a wine! Peach, nectarine and hints of orange accompany the traditional Moscato "grapiness". A wonderfully creamy mouthfeel too. A little simple but very enjoyable. (Drink as young as possible) 84 points.

http://www.independent-wine-review.com/2012/03/wine-review-michele-chiarlo-nivole.html - 03/17/2012


Mar. 13, 2012 Michele Chiarlo Barolo “Cerequio” 2006

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Hailing from one of the most acclaimed vineyards in Barolo is this 2006 Michele Chiarlo Barolo �Cerequio�. Traditionally styled and structured this exemplary wine also offers nuance and fragrance as well as outright power. Tasting well now but will improve over the next 10 years at least. 92pts - 03/13/2012

Mar. 11, 2012 Krug “Grande Cuvée” Brut Champagne NV

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An incredible Champagne that cannot be commended highly enough. The high proportion of reserve wines used in the blending of this wine and oak fermentation add a degree of weight, smoothness and complexity rarely seen. Uniquely styled and utterly wonderful. 94pts. - 03/11/2012

Mar. 10, 2012 Michele Chiarlo Barolo “Tortoniano” DOCG 2007

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Considering that this wine is an "entry-level" Barolo is quite incredible. Nuanced and ready for drinking now despite it's youth, this �Tortoniano� probably also has up to five years ahead of it. The difficulty of the 2007 vintage is not reflected in this wine. Excellent. 91pts. - 03/10/2012

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