86 Points – $19
Musty wet earth nose with spiced cherry flavors. Pairs with fish dishes. From Limoux southern France. Aged 6 months in oak.
Name: Le Grand Pinot Noir
Region: Limoux southern France
Maker: Le Grand Noir
92 Points – $20
9 years of age. Nose of anise and black cherry, mouthful of pepper and blackberry.
Name: Heartland Shiraz
Region: Langhorne Creek – Limestone Coast
83 Points – $29
Red wine with a fine nose of oak and currant, soft bodied with a taste of mild fruit and a short tart finish. Ho hum.
Name: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
Maker: Twenty Bench
87 Points – $15
An unoaked blend with a citrus and peach nose. Tasting of melon and citrus fruit with a mild acidic finish.
Name: Stump Jump
Grape: White blend: riesling, sauvignon blanc, roussanne, marsanne
91-92 Points – $20-$25
A Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon that is always outstanding. Matured in steel vats, this fragrant wine has a great nose of green grass, grapefruit and lime. A stony taste of grapefruit, passion fruit and tropical fruits with a great finish. Serve chilled. Number 40 wine of 2006 and number 40 wine of 2008.
Name: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: New Zealand
Maker: Kim Crawford
90 Points – $59
A translucent red with the nose of caramel, berries and leather. Flavors of toast, caramel and herbs with a buttery soft smooth finish.
Name: Nuthouse Pinot Noir
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon, U.S.A.
91 points – $45 to $50
Dark ruby color with a floral and cherry fruit nose. Flavors of cinnamon, clove and berries. Very well balanced and refined with a long, dry finish.
Grape: Red Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault
Maker: Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes
Price: $45 to $50