2005-06-03

Subject: June Newsletter

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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - JUNE
CALIFORNIA

Kunde Sonoma Chardonnay 2003 Starting June 8th $10.39
Soft and round with a vibrant mix of fruit flavors, this elegantly styled Chardonnay lets its green apple and melon nuances play out on a gentle frame of toast and vanilla. The ripe fruit is highlighted by a subtle herb component that gives added complexity to its lengthy finish.

Wild Horse Central Coast Chardonnay 2003 $12.39
A rich wine with aromas of sliced apple, ripe pear, tropical fruit and toasted oak. This wine reflects the elegant fruit and mouthfeel typical of Wild Horse’s style of Chardonnay. Flavors of Granny Smith apple, Bosc pear, vanilla and caramel are complemented by a creamy mouthfeel and a lingering, flinty finish.

Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Syrah 2000 $12.39
Refined and elegant. Bright, rich, and rustic aromas of red fruits, vanilla, and asphalt open to a distinct core of blackberry fruit, cassis, and smoked meatiness that is framed by subtle oak notes. The finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. This full-bodied wine can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years.

Esser California Pinot Noir 2004 $8.99
This medium-bodied, aromatic Pinot Noir owes its broad strawberry and cherry fruit to its Monterey provenance, and its spicy, herbal high notes to its relatively small percentage of Central Coast fruit. The Napa lot was added to enhance the style and focus of the blend. Fermentation was completed in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 5 months in a combination of 25% French and 75% American Oak barrels.

St. Francis Claret $13.29
Blend of three red varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Individual varietal wines are skillfully blended together to create a complex, well-balanced and full-flavored wine. Displays aromas of cedar, vanilla and toffee with flavors of rich ripe plum and strawberries. Medium-bodied with rich tannins.

St. Francis Syrah $13.29
An elegant and full-bodied wine that offers fragrant and appealing aromas of black cherry, spice, white pepper and hints of cocoa on the nose, followed on the palate by dense layers of intense strawberry and warm blackberry fruit flavors.

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs $25.99
Wonderfully fresh and vibrant, this beautifully balanced bubbly combines citrus and green apple flavors in a creamy-smooth texture. The finish is clean and pretty, with tiny, graceful bubbles.

Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2003 $16.99
The deep, ruby-red color is an initial clue as to the intensity of this wine. The nose combines roasted coffee, Satsuma plum and allspice, with more subtle notes of red currant, licorice and wet earth. Concentrated flavors of plum, coffee and cola complement the textural finesse of the silky mid-palate. Muscular but fine tannins define the long, broad finish while vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and cherry complete the experience.

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc $8.99
Bright and vibrant, fresh and crisp, boasting tropical fruit, pear and citrus flavors. Hints of spice and grassiness—fresh and lively through the finish.

BV Coastal Pinot Noir $7.29
Classic cherry and light herb aromas with an added, intriguing floral scent of gardenia. Round, gentle fruity flavors are balanced by good acidity and medium body, with a sweet mid-palate texture leading into a savory, moderately crisp finish.

Rosenblum Vintner’s Cuvee Zinfandel XXVII  $8.19
An excellent example of how various regional Zinfandels can create a magical, symbiotic relationship. The wine exhibits a wonderful black raspberry and cherry bouquet with rich flavors of cherry and strawberry jam accented with hints of chocolate and spice.
CHILE

Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay $7.39
Attractive, brilliant yellow with green undertones. The nose is intense, aromatic and fresh. Fine tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus and peach aromas predominate. Fresh, fruity and succulent on the palate, this wine offers well-balanced acidity, a pleasant finish and discreet toasty notes.

Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc $7.39
Tropical fruit flavors and figgy richness beautifully balanced by fine, racy acidity. The wine is just bursting with fruit with just the merest hint of minerality on top of a canned grapefruit flavor—much, much more delicious than it may sound.
AUSTRALIA

Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay $6.09
Intense bouquet of white peach and melon fruit with a very subtle hint of nutty oak and buttery complexity. Peach melon fruit flavors with a tangy citrus component gives the wine great finesse and length. The texture is soft and creamy and balanced by a fresh acid finish.

Jacob’s Creek Shiraz $6.89
Excellent fruit lift, showing violets, dark berries and black pepper. Rich, ripe blackberry, blood-plum and spice with a full, fleshy mid-palate. Outstanding depth of fruit flavor supported by subtle coffee-like oak notes and fine velvety tannins. A very distinctive example of Australian Shiraz.

Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Merlot $6.89
Lifted cassis and ripe mulberries on the nose, with complexing notes of leather and vanilla. Concentrated dark berry and chocolate flavors with subtle cinnamon-like oak nuances, on a framework of soft, fine tannins. Full, rounded palate with excellent persistence of fruit flavor.

Jacob’s Creek Riesling $6.89
Aromas of fresh, lemon citrus blossom, with underlying lime spice. Fruit driven, with concentrate lime and lemon sherbet flavors. Fresh minerally acid creates balance and length.
ITALY

Donnafugata Anthilia 2003 $11.39
50% Ansonica, 50% Cattarratto. The wine shows a precise personality linked with extremely sweet and elegant fruity sensations and notes of yellow peaches and plums. On the palate, sapidity and softness unite.

Donnafugata Sedara $11.39
100 % Nero d’Avola. The ruby-red color is rounded out by lively garnet reflections. The impact on the nose is intense with sensations of tobacco, spices and mineral notes. In the mouth, the wine is balanced with fruity flavors, mainly blackberries and cherries. Persistent finish.

Donnafugata Tancredi $23.99
70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Two varieties fuse in fine style. The Cabernet gives the Nero d’Avola a touch of mint, enriching its substantial supply of scents. Notes of licorice, cacao, cherries and bilberries against a sweetish background. The flavors are well-structured, full, absorbing and remarkably persistent.
FRANCE

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages 2003 $7.09
Fruity and lively, with hints of rich berries and spice. A light, easy-drinking, aromatic and fruity wine, that is down-to-earth, smooth and enjoyable—and goes with practically anything!

Chateau des Carmes Cantillac 2003 $9.99

($8.99/bottle when you purchase a full case)
Round, supple and very seductive. Chateau Carmes Cantillac offers a rich and delicate nose evoking ripe fruits. In mouth, the wine is well structured and harmonious. An excellent, charming Bordeaux ready to drink now but can also age 2-3 more years.

Pommery Brut Royale Champagne $29.99

Fresh and lively, an attractive hint of citrus fruit. A bright and fresh attack, resoundingly dry, mellowing into a balanced supple fruitiness. Slowly it reveals itself until the airy finish, which leaves a desire for more.

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