Valentin Bianchi 2014 “Famiglia Bianchi” Malbec, Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi  is an old-school Argentinian winery that was founded in the 1920’s.  It’s one of the brands you see everywhere in Buenos Aires, but rarely outside the country. This is a different style of Argentinian malbec than you may be used to. It’s more muscular, wiry, and tannic; it’s a perfect companion for Argentine steak. The oak is powerful in this one: cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, toasted cedar rise out of the glass. Dark fruit, licorice, and burnt leather fold into a wildflower and hashish finish.  

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Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Eventually, people will figure out how remarkable Cabernet from Washington State really is. For selfish reasons, I hope it’s not too quickly. Once they do, we can all kiss these awesome deals goodbye. This beautiful Cab came into the PLCB system as a Chairman’s Selection. At $15.99, this is a remarkable bottle.  We are using this for our Wine 101 classes right now. This bottle of Gordon Brothers shows classical notes of graphite and green pepper on the nose. Those are followed with espresso, mint, and nutmeg merge with dark berry and fig notes, followed by a long chocolate finish.  

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Summer Wine School

10th Annual Summer Wine School

This August, the Wine School of Philadelphia is hosting it’s 10th annual Summer Wine School. It’s the only course of its type offered in the United States: a one week accelerated course that ends with a level three sommelier certification. Summer School is a fun and engaging program, but it’s based on cutting-edge research. The proof is in the pudding. By the end of the week, students will be a better wine tasters than 75% of all sommeliers. If not, they can retake the entire program for free. Students will be fully immersed in wine education: tasting wines, discussing flavors, and learning to develop their palates in a science-backed program. The lead instructor of Summer Wine School is Alana Zerbe, the school’s Director of Wine Education. August 7th to 12th, from 5pm to 9:30pm More Information: https://www.vinology.com/summer-wine-school/    

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Glenelly 2011 The Glass Collection Syrah Stellenbosch
Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette Jumilla
Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza
d'Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale
Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

d’Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale

d'Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale

d’Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale

  There is a long history of French influence on Aussie winemakers. This blend of Viognier and Marsanne is a paen to the classic white wines of the Rhone Valley.  The name “Hermit” is an homage to the northern Rhone region of Hermitage, where Marsanne is the king of white wines. There is a wonderful depth to this wine and a lushness that makes its all the more entertaining. Mango, pear, pineapple, and fennel with a finish that veers towards pine nuts. Medium to full bodied.  Serve this with grilled chicken with a peach salsa or maybe a fennel salad.  

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Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

  Does this winery even exist? If one drives up to it’s Calistoga address, you won’t see any signs or even any employees. The winery has been converted into a facility to entertain VIP guests of the Kendall-Jackson empire.  It seems all winemaking is now done at Cardinale Estate down the road. How can a winery exist without really existing anymore? They keep a small tank of wine on the property to keep the winery bond from expiring. How cheeky! If you are picking this up for under $14 –like we do in Philly– then this wine is worth picking up if you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc. Varietally correct to a fault, this is grassier than most lawns. The grapefruit, a touch of sea salt, and a splash of fresh guava and your home free.  

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Gloria Ferrer 2014 Chardonnay, Carneros

Gloria Ferrer 2014 Chardonnay Carneros

Gloria Ferrer 2014 Chardonnay Carneros

Gloria Ferrer is best known for their sparkling wines. However, their Chardonnay is well worth a look. A cool climate chardonnay that has little in common with its compatriots further north in Napa.  Flavors of sea salt, melon, and tangerine. A taut style of chardonnay that shows classic elements of Chablis.  

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Havens Winery 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley

Havens Winery 2014 Merlot Napa Valley

Havens Winery 2014 Merlot Napa Valley

A stellar  bottle of Napa red.  All you merlot haters should pick up a bottle, just to see how wrong you can be. If Tom Hardy was a wine, he would be a bottle of this juice: muscular, dramatic, and brooding.  Toasted spice, belgian truffle, and creme de cassis. A famous wine writer said “the 2014 Merlot from Havens Winery remarkably celebrated their 30th vintage in Napa.” Sure, the sentence structure is a bit awkward, but the main point that the winery has been around for 30 years is a bit misleading.  Havens Winery went bankrupt years ago (I used to work there).  The former Havens facility in Napa is now owned by Trinchero Family Estates. Joel Gott is making wine there now. The Havens label –which includes this wine– is now part of Stonehedge Winery. That is pretty common these days. Wineries come and ...