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Saturday, October 29, 2011

2009 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon Spirit Hawk

The 2009 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium red wine with tons of fruit forward flavors and a wine I would consider a new favorite daily drinker.  Black and red fruits dominate the nose with some dried spices.  In the mouth is a medium bodied fruit filled wine that coats the throat with plum, black cherry, ripe raspberries, vanilla and a small amount of peppery spice in the back end.  This wine is young and can be enjoyed right now without any fears.  What's in the bottle here is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot, 1% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel and 1% Petite Syrah.  The quality and flavors in this wine are as good as many thrice the price!  Well done!

About Lander-Jenkins:
Lander-Jenkins Vineyards are represented by the Rutherford Wine Company in Rutherford, CA.  Their wines are sustainably grown from grapes in Paso Robles, Lodi, Napa Valley and Monterey County.

ABV:  13.5%
Appellation:  California
Cases Produced:  10,000
Retail Price:  $15.00
Score:  92

2009 Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay

Now here's a wine that will put a smile on your face, impress your friends and won't break your budget.  The 2009 Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay is a 100% varietal that is lightly oaked and full of citrus flavors.  On the nose is a combination of pear, honeyscuckle and citrus fruits.  On the palate is a very clean tasting, well framed wine of citrus fruits, apple, pear and just a hint of lemon meringue.  This wine has a nice lingering finish and will pair well with a wide variety of foods.

About The Hess Collection:
The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978.  Their vineyards are sustainably farmed and The Hess Collection follows the philosophy of Mr. Hess:  "Nurture the land, return what you take."

ABV:  14.4%
AVA:  Napa Valley
Cases Produced:  18,900
Retail Price:  $22.00
Score:  90

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut Sparkling

The bargain label of the Robert Mondavi Winery, Woodbridge, has a hit with their California Sparkling Brut.  This 100% Chardonnay is reminiscent of much pricier sparkling wines with the flavorful yeast and citrus characteristics.  Lemon custard and apple are the dominant flavors and the bubbles are fine and plentiful.  Buy this by the case for your holiday parties and your guests will thank you!

About Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi:
Find out more about the sparkling wines of Woodbridge by clicking HERE to access their web site.

ABV:  12.5%
Appellation:  California
Retail Price:  $9.99
Score:  88

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Extra Dry Sparking

The Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Extra Dry Sparkling wine is a new release from Woodbridge this year, launched after the success of their first sparkling wine, Brut Sparkling.  Highly aromatic, this sparkling wine presents aromas of ripe pears and baked cinnamon apples.  On the palate is a lively and acidic offering of sweet poached pears, apple, cinnamon and lemon zest.  This wine is extremely versatile with food and should be on your table for Thanksgiving and for your New Year's celebration this year.  For your guests who like a sweeter sparking wine, this will be a hit!  There's a great appeal about this wine for its availability and price too!  This wine is 98.5% Chardonnay and 1.5% Viognier.

About Woodbridge:
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi offers a wide variety of price conscious wines.  Click HERE to learn more about this label.

ABV:  11.0%
Appellation:  California
Retail Price:  $9.99
Score:  87

2009 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay

The 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a 100% varietal with the majority of the grapes sourced from Carneros.  Very lovely golden in the glass, this wine presents pear, apple blossom and butter aromas and those aromas carry over to the flavor profile on the palate.  The wine is very smooth and there is a nuance of vanilla, ginger and pineapple towards the back of the palate that adds to the appeal.  This is a great daily drinker and a great pairing with shellfish.

About The Robert Mondavi Winery:
Check out their web site to find out all about their incredible events.

ABV:  14.1%
AVA:  Napa Valley
Retail Price:  $20.00
Score:  87