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January 2014 - 2013 Stellar Cellar Selection

January 2014 - 2013 Stellar Cellar Selection
This month's Wine feature is 2013 Stellar Cellar Selection Wines

2013 Stellar Cellar Selection Reviews

Macauley 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
96 points
$35
Purple black color. Aromas of toasty Black Forest cake and toffee with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, creamy mocha, dried berry, pink pepper, and orange blossom honey finish with seamless tannins. A delicious, brilliantly focused and balanced zinfandel. Very impressive.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Macauley 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$72
Opaque with a purple rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black currant, briar, black cherry, leather and vanilla. Juicy black cherry, currant and black plum flavors are framed with vanilla, mocha, cocoa nibs and allspice. Deliciously smooth and classic. Napa cabernet
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Mooney Family 2012  Chardonnay
95 points
$44
Bright golden yellow color. Bold aromas of mango chutney, spiced apple, nougat, and pineapple-coconut custard pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, and tangy citrus and cream accented finish. A fantastically fruity, delicious,and vibrant chardonnay.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Moffett 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$75
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, black currant, prunes, licorice, leather, heirloom tomato, chocolate covered toffee, old leather-bound books and vanilla bean. Lush black raspberry, plum, leather, black currant and pomegranate flavors are framed with vanilla, baking spice, leather and dark earth. Broad, long and balanced finish.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$98
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of vanilla, licorice, black raspberry, plum jam and butterscotch. Chewy cherry and currant flavors, vanilla, clove, allspice and black licorice. Well integrated tannins balance with dark fruit through the finish.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Wakefield/Taylors 2012 "Jaraman" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$34.95
Opaque with a deep purple rim and stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, crushed raspberry, chewy plums, cardamom, eucalyptus and fruit cake. Moderate tannins balance with chewy cherry, crushed boysenberry and dried strawberries along with a hint of candied violet.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
94 points $34.95
Reynolds Family Winery 2010  Merlot
94 points
$48
Opaque with a ruby red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry compote and vanilla bean. Soft and round with vanilla framed cherry berry flavors. Soft and voluptuous finish. Plenty of soft, fleshy fruit. Hint of roast brisket savoriness on the mid-palate and finish.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Pianetta 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries, melted chocolate, and a hint of olive tapenade with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy custard and a delicate spiced melon accented finish. Delicious and versatile.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Wakefield/Taylors 2012 "Jaraman" Shiraz
93 points
$34.95
Purple black color. Aromas of toffee, coconut, and blackberry cream pie a la mode with satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless sour cherry, praline, pepper, and pencil shaving accented finish. A smooth and elegant shiraz that will cover a lot of bases.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
93 points $34.95
Mooney Family 2012  Pinot Noir
93 points
$52
Ruby with a red rim. Aromas of red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, wild mushrooms and vanilla. Round and silky, jam packed with ripe voluptuous crushed strawberries, cherry compote, juicy red plums and vanilla kissed mushrooms. Hint of leather, licorice and allspice. Notes of rich earth and iron in the big finish.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Moffett 2005 Willows Blend Red Wine Napa Valley
93 points
$55
Dark garnet black color with a fading rim. Mature aromas of leather, olive, blackberry vinaigrette, and whole coconut with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy goji berry, praline, and leafy earth finish with fine tannins. Drinking beautifully now.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Wakefield/Taylors 2010 "St. Andrews" Shiraz
93 points
$59.95
Purple black color. Bold spicy, herbal aromas of chocolate mint, menthol, and black raspberry pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy vanilla, nut, sour cherry, and mineral accented finish and chewy tannins. A vibrant, flavorful and structured shiraz for sipping or the table.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
93 points $59.95
Fifteen Appellations 2009 Meritage Napa Valley
93 points
$85
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, dried strawberry, vanilla and allspice. Firm, but well integrated tannins frame black cherry, plum, black currant and vanilla flavors with a touch of clove and allspice. Dry, structured and balanced finish indicates potential for aging.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Axios 2008  Cabernet Sauvingon
93 points
$129
Opaque with a ruby red color rim and red color stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, vanilla, plum jam and chocolate truffle. Ripe tannins with cherry, dark plum and vanilla kissed currant notes.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Tobias 2012  Chardonnay
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Pale gold with a silvery cast. Aromas of apple on the tree and vanilla yogurt coated nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless pear and earth nuanced finish. Great understated balance and pure, supple flavors. Quite enticing.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
92 points $20 Best Buy
Tomasello 2010 Estate Reserve, "Palmaris" Cabernet Franc
92 points
$25
Deep red with a brick red rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of red cherries, wild strawberries, red bell peppers, crushed plums, red roses, and lingonberry. Soft and spicy, jam packed with cherry and savory herbs, mushroom duxelle, roast meat and black pepper. Wild and complex with the pure cherry notes carrying thru to the end along with herbs, heirloom tomato jam and mushroom.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Cacciata 2008  Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
92 points
$25.99
Ruby black with a faded rim. Lightly oxidized aromas of overripe cherries and bananas, polished wood, chestnuts, and berry vinaigrette with a supple, tangy medium body and a lifted pomegranate, herb, spice, and grassy earth accented finish. Very traditional and table tuned in style. Try with rabbit stew and pasta.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
92 points $25.99
Envy Wines 2010 Bee Bees Blend Calistoga
92 points
$45
Deep violet black color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, raspberry cream pie, and coconut flakes with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy spiced cherry and pepper accented finish. A rich, fruit bomb that is a sheer delight to drink.
Reynolds Family Winery 2011  Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
Light ruby with a pale brick rim. Aromas of morello cherry, wild raspberry, fraise du bois, red currant, vanilla, clove, nutmeg and exotic mushrooms. The highly fragrant nose leads to silky and seductive notes of forest floor, cherry compote, wild strawberries, grilled mushrooms and cocoa nibs. Long complex finish perfectly frames the wine for another sip.
Reynolds Family Winery 2010 "Persistence" Napa Valley
92 points
$50
Purple black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered blueberries, creamy mocha, and delicate peppery spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sour cherry, nut, cedar, and sweet spice accented finish. Great structure and vibrancy.
Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$68
Opaque with a deep red rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, black currant, cherry compote, vanilla and licorice. Full and round with black cherry and plum flavors, vanilla, allspice and a hint of leather.
Cacciata 2008  Toscana Rosso IGT
91 points
$21.99
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of baked berries, nut brittle, and oiled leather with a silky, dryish medium body and a crisp dried tomato, mineral, and craisin accented finish. A nice zippy red that will shine at the table.
91 points $21.99
Contemassi 2008  Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
91 points
$21.99
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, custard, pecan pie, and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy peppercorn, sour cherry, kiwi and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. A great, refreshing table wine.
91 points $21.99
Carrara 2009  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
91 points
$24.99
Garnet color. Elegant aromas of creamy vanilla, chocolate toffee, and boysenberry pie, and herbal pickled melon with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering interplay of fruit, tomato, nuts, herbs, and spices with superfine tannins. More internationally styled and quite delicious.
91 points $24.99
Shenandoah 2011 "Nocturne" Shenandoah Valley
91 points
$25
Deep golden color with a faint green cast. Rich aromas of dried peaches and mangos, and mincemeat pie with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a long golden raisin, acacia honey, and orange marmalade finish. A decadent, delicious and balanced dessert wine.
Domaine Napa 2012  Chardonnay
91 points
$27.99
Golden yellow color. Bright pineapple, apple, and vanilla cream aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and an opulent fruit driven finish with a well balanced layer of oak. A spot on Napa chardonnay that is delicious and versatile.
91 points $27.99
PEJU NV Brut Sparkling Wine North Coast
91 points
$30
Golden straw color. Aromas of vanilla meringue, poached apple, coconut, and faint pickled melon with effervescent fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy mango, papaya, and banana custard pie accented finish. Great lively tropical fruit flavors.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Pianetta 2011  Petite Sirah
91 points
$32
Inky purple black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy plum and blackberry compote, nuts, and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, raw almond and chewy, earthy tannin finish. A spot on petit sirah that will shine at the table with braised meats.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
PEJU 2011  Zinfandel
91 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Aromas of chocolate mint, cherry pie filling, and faint menthol tobacco with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy dried berry, praline, and baking spice driven finish. A rock solid zin.
Domaine Napa 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$37.99
Aromas of cassis chutney, roasted nuts, olive, and leather with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, apple, cranberry, chocolate and pepper finish. A robust and lively cabernet for the table or sipping.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
91 points $37.99
Screenplay 2009 Red Wine Napa Valley
91 points
$38
Opaque Violet black color. Aromas of berry pie a la mode, floral honeycomb, and nougat with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy blood orange, spiced melon, and nutty oak accented finish. Very nicely balanced and tasty.
Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$48
Opaque with a velvety purple rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black currant, black raspberry, licorice, vanilla, allspice and nutmeg. Black cherry and plum flavors with firm, structured tannins.
Hammersky Vineyards 2010 "Red Handed" Merlot
91 points
$49
Opaque with a velvet rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of lingonberry, black raspberry, maraschino cherry, vanilla and nutmeg. Full, soft and dry with notes of licorice, black plum and cherry skin along with sweet vanilla and a hint of cedar. A big, serious Merlot.
Wakefield/Taylors 2010 "St. Andrews" Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$59.95
Opaque with a deep brick rim and stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, eucalyptus, black currant, dried lingonberry, wild berries, vanilla bean, black licorice, leather, tilled black soil and mocha java. Rich and chewy tannins and a palate packed with cherry jam, black raspberry compote, vanilla, clove and mace. Deep, dark fruit and spice are well balanced on the long, toothsome, dry finish.
91 points $59.95
Hammersky Vineyards 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$65
Opaque with a purple rim and stained legs. Aromas of black licorice, lingonberry, black raspberry, black cherry, mocha truffles, raspberry jam, cinnamon rolls and vanilla bean. Richly textured black raspberry, cherry jam and plum tart flavors with mocha, vanilla and licorice. Seamless tannins with black fruit, chocolatey licorice, wild berry jam and nutmeg unfold throughout the long, unctuous finish. Like an old vine zin with Cabernet structure. Wow.
Rutherford Vintners 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$21.99
Dark garnet color. Aromas of olives, green peppercorn, currants, carrot cake, and vanilla nut brittle with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chocolate mint, pomegranate, spice, and earth accented finish. Fairly exotic and nicely structured for sipping or the table. Try with steak and green peppercorn sauce.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
90 points $21.99
Domaine Napa 2009  Merlot
90 points
$27.99
Aromas of toasty, yeasty raisin challah, black walnut skin, and berry custard with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy cassis juice, tobacco leaf, and green apple skin accented finish with crunchy, earthy tannins. Will work great on the table.
90 points $27.99
Pianetta 2011  Sangiovese
90 points
$29
Dark ruby color with a fading rim. Mild aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, pistachios, and dried cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cedar and leafy earth finish with powdery tannins. A pure, nicely restrained sangiovese for the table.
Worthy 2009 "Sophias Cuvee" Napa Valley
90 points
$30
Opaque with a deep red rim and stained legs. Aromas of black currant, coffee, black earth, vanilla and tar. Well integrated tannins with flavors of black cherry, plum, dried strawberry and black currant skin with vanilla, nutmeg and fresh tilled soil notes. Balanced finish with fruit framed with vanilla and earth.
Screenplay 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley
90 points
$38
Opaque violet black color. Aromas of dried blossoms, delicate spice, and chocolate covered cherries and nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy honey, melon, pink pepper, and mocha accented finish and powdery tannins. A nicely balanced table wine or structured sipper.
Chateau Margene 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$56
Opaque with a brick rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, mocha, currant and vanilla. Black raspberry, black cherry and crushed blackberry flavors with long, well-integrated tannins. Allspice, vanilla and black licorice marry with firm, structured tannins on the finish.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Heliodoro 2010  Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple custard pie, spiced apple, and mango with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus, praline, pepper,and earth accented finish. A nice a zesty chardonnay that will be very versatile.
Napa Ridge 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$21.99
Garnet violet color. Aromas of spicy maple fudge, vanilla yogurt, and a dried cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, mouthwatering green apple, blood orange, whole nut, and earth driven finish with firm, chewy tannins. A racy red for the table.
89 points $21.99
Napa Ridge 2009  Pinot Noir
89 points
$21.99
Ruby color. Robust aromas of spiced cherries and sandalwood with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a roasted pecan and creamy vanilla kissed finish. Very attractive and well balanced flavors.
89 points $21.99
Höpler 2011 Guttenberg Grüner Veltliner
89 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aromas of spicy poached green apple and quince with hints of red lentil, licorice root and pepper dust. Very crisp and mouthwatering with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long sweet citrus, melon, and mineral accented finish.
Awards: 'Stellar Cellar Selection'
Reynolds Family Winery 2011  Chardonnay
89 points
$29
Golden straw color. Aromas of creamy coconut custard and spicy pear tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy mango, papaya, whole nut, pepper and cream accented finish. A pleasant oaky chardonnay.
PEJU 2011  Syrah
89 points
$35
Garnet violet black color. Aromas of black raspberry, toffee, herb, and peppery spice with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mellow, leafy earth and praline accented finish. A smooth, polished sipper or table wine.
Pianetta 2011 "Bilancio" Monterey
89 points
$36
Violet black color. Aromas of roasted nuts, cedar, chocolate, and crusty berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, blackberry compote, citrus, and spiced apple finish with chewy, fine tannins. An appetizing table wine.
Tobias 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$50
Deep ruby with a rim and stained legs. Aromas of roasted red pepper, black plums, red currants, heirloom tomatoes, leather, licorice, vanilla, black pepper and clove. Savory flavors of portobello mushrooms, olive tapenade, heirloom tomatoes and cherry-plum compote finishing dry with firm, but well-integrated tannins.
El Roy 2010 Proprietors Red Sonoma County
88 points
$20
Garnet violet black color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry tart, coconut cream pie, and craisins with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, nut and vanilla finish with chewy, dusty tannins.
PEJU 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of creme Anglaise, pineapple cake, and nougat with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and tart apple, lemon, nut and earth accented finish. A solid, oaky chardonnay for sipping.
El Pistolero NV  Pinot Noir
88 points
$29
Ruby with a brick red rim. Aromas of wild raspberries, boysenberry, plum skin, shiitake, freshly tilled soil, barnyard and dried cherries. Dark berry fruit, toothsome but well-integrated tannins with woodland mushrooms, vanilla and a hint of black pepper spice. Has the structure and tannins to further develop with some additional bottle age.
Maray 2009 Red Blend Limari Valley
88 points
$29.99
Inky garnet black color. Aromas of baked berries, smoked peppercorn, and medicinal herbs with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy cedar, vanilla cream and mossy earth accented finish.
88 points $29.99
Portola 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
88 points
$38
Deep ruby with a red rim. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, portobello mushrooms and vanilla bean. Finely integrated tannins frame dark cherry, strawberry and black plum flavors, vanilla, smoked mushrooms and spice.
Contemassi 2007  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
88 points
$44.99
Dark ruby with a burnt sienna orange rim. Aromas of marinated olives, leather, oily nuts, and sundried tomatoes with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a grassy earth, cranberry chutney, and dusty, grippy tannin finish. A mature, brawny Brunello that is tailor made for meats and cheeses.
88 points $44.99
Rutherford Vintners 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$21.99
Garnet color. Aromas of warm berry pie and chocolate toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed black cherry, wild strawberry, mineral, and delicate spice finish.
87 points $21.99
Spicy Vines NV Original Spiced Wine Mendocino
87 points
$22.99
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of rich brown spices, cherry cola, sandalwood, cranberry sauce with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy, sassafras, melon, apple, and cocoa finish with dusty tannins. A pleasant sangria-like, spiced wine with a mellow texture
87 points $22.99
Screenplay 2010 White Wine Carneros
87 points
$25
Golden yellow with an emerald cast. Aromas of baked tropical citrus, custard, and pickling herbs and sweet spice with a silky, dryish medium body and a soft, oily, toasted nut and oak finish. A gentle sipper.
El Pistolero NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$29
Deep ruby red with a ruby rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of red cherry, barnyard, licorice, lingonberry, cracked pepper and vanilla. Red cherry, red currant and dried strawberry flavors with vanilla and a hint of baking spice.
Reynolds Family Winery 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$29
Medium gold and day bright. Aromas of toasty oak, vanilla, allspice, cloves, baked apple, grilled pineapple and pear tart. Oak forward flavors with vanilla and apple pie spice framing fruit flavors of pineapple, dried apples and poached pears. Rich and opulent barrel fermented style.
Haraszthy Family Cellars 2012  Zinfandel
86 points
$23.99
dark ruby color. Aromas of crayon and dried raspberries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tame, green plum, raisin, cedar, and peat moss finish with firm dusty tannins Like an old claret; needs food.
86 points $23.99
Maroon Wines 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$40
Golden silver color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an oaky toasted coconut, vanilla, and nutshell-like oak. Fruit is a bit overshadowed by the fancy oak.
Vaughn Duffy 2012  Pinot Noir
85 points
$36
Deep ruby color with a velvet purple rim. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, plum and spice. Dry and somewhat lean with flavors of cherry skin, black plum and crushed boysenberry.
Reynolds Family Winery 2012  Pinot Noir
84 points
$45
Medium ruby with a brick red rim. Aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, cassis, vanilla and strawberry jam. Ripe, dark fruit with black plums, vanilla and moderate tannins. Finish is a bit lean as the fruit does not persist and balance the wine.
Portola 2011 Regan Vineyards Chardonnay
83 points
$30
Minutely hazy golden with an emerald glow. Aromas of baked pineapple and coconut, lemon tart, and delicate herb with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and somewhat tired lemon water, melon rind, and praline accented finish.
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