Cheers May 2013

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CHEERS WINE PANEL Favorite Summer Wines F or this issue, we asked members of the Cheers National Wine Panel to recommend some of their favorite wines for summer. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). If you're an on-premise or retail beverage professional who would like to learn about participating in our panel, call Melissa Dowling at 203-855-8499 ext. 223, or email her at (95) Gysler Scheurebe Halbtrocken 2011 (Rheinhessen, Germany). Scheurebe yields wines that display hints of apricot, nectarine, and citrus. Gysler's is richly fragrant and flavorful. It's not quite dry, and is especially good with Schnitzel and other traditional German cuisine. ($17) (95) Sonoma Coast Vineyards SVC Freestone Hills Pinot Noir 2010 (California). Fresh cherry and raspberry nose; soft on the palate finishing with perfect balance of tannins and bright acidity. ($49) (95) St. Supery Rosé 2012 (California). Eye-catching, rich red color with an elegant pomegranate, fresh strawberry aroma. Light, bright and crisp! Cab, merlot, petit verdot and cab franc make this refreshing summer rosé crisp and nuanced. ($19) (95) Tres Sabors Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (California). Single-vineyard sourced from the Farina hillside property on Sonoma Mountain, a beautiful, aromatic wine with hints of grapefruit, lime and tangerines; rich minerality. ($40) (94) Domaine de L'orme Saint Pourcain Les Grands Vaux Blanc 2011 (France). Saint Pourcain is a tiny A.O.C. upstream from the Loire Valley. The tressalier grape there yields a lovely white wine that has a spicy, floral bouquet with hints of jasmine and citrus on the palate and a slight minerality on the finish. It's a perfect aperitif or will pair well with mild Asian dishes. ($17) (93) A to Z Rosé 2012 (Oregon). Awesome rosé of Sangiovese—bright, clean, fresh and loaded with wild strawberry aroma and fruit. Great with grilled salmon, smoked ham; a good wine to have on hand for any occasion. ($13) (93) Fiddletown Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 (California). A harmonious blend from five different vineyards (primarily Zanini Ranch fruit). Aged 16 months, with rich raspberry, 44 | MAY 2013 blackberry and plum flavors. Perfect for barbeque and brisket. ($19) (92) Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011 (California). Bright Bing cherry with hints of cedar and tobacco flesh out this outstanding pinot noir. A fine balance between savory and acidity makes for a dynamic sipping experience; salmon on the grill is a good pairing. ($20) (92) B.R. Cohn "Silver Label" Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (California). A lot of cherry and tobacco with great fruit for the fruit-forward cabernet drinkers, and great structure for the big cabernet drinkers. Perfect for any steak or barbequed meats. ($19) (92) Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling 2011 (Washington State). This is a fresh, vibrant riesling with white peach flavors and a bright acidity. The finish is long and lively, with a solid brace of minerality. ($22) (92) Stage Left Cellars "The Go Getter" (viognier 57%, grenache blanc 29%, roussanne 14%) 2010 (California). Stage Left Cellars brings grapes from places as far south as Paso Robles and as northerly as Oregon and makes the wine in Oakland, CA. This 2010 vintage of Go Getter has a bit more muscle than before, due to an increase in the viognier (15% more than last vintage), as well as a less aromatic bouquet and a more developed middle palate. The flavor profile is rather Southern Rhone, with honeysuckle and lemon zest, Meyer lemon, pineapple and lavender. Based on its good balance of acidity, minerals and flavors oysters, artichokes and roasted lemon chicken make great parings. ($30) (91) Acrobat Pinot Noir Rosé 2011 (Oregon). Green apples and pears with great balance wonderful acidity. Perfect for a hot summer day. ($14) (91) Alta Vista Classic Malbec 2011 (Argentina). Dark ruby-colored, with fruity aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and plum. Delivers with a soft, expressive and forward palate, complemented by a hint of vanilla from the six months in American oak. Very approachable, this is a superb entry-level malbec. ($12) (91) Anam Cara Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir 2010 (Oregon). Fresh red berries and plums followed by light spice notes. Good length on the finish. Pairs well with grilled meats and fish, as well as pasta and hearty stews. ($32) (91) Bogle Essential Red 2011 (California). A great blend of old-vine zinfandel, petite sirah and cabernet

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