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December 2012

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WINES Most Mosel Bisch�����iche Weing��ter 2011 Scharzhofberger Riesling Sp��tlese, Germany ($29) Known for their slate-driven qualities, the Rieslings produced along Germany���s famed Mosel River are among the best in the world when it comes to minerality. But the best of the best is the Scharzhofberger vineyard holding, one of the most famed along the Mosel, where elegant wines with tremendous balance burst forth from the weathered gray-slate soil. Championing the potential of Scharzhofberger Riesling, Bisch�����iche Weing��ter���s grapes ripen to perfection on steep southfacing slopes, resulting in a rich, ripe Riesling that���s as pretty as it is powerful. With great aging potential, this complex Riesling is a majestic representation of the Mosel terroir���a true classic. Bright and juicy with notes of peach, pineapple and minerality; sweet, tangy and pure with lovely acidity; long and balanced with lots of nerve. Abacela Winery 2005 Paramour, Umpqua Valley, Oregon Alysian 2009 Chardonnay ���Clone 4��� Westside Farms Vineyard, Russian River Valley Alysian 2009 Zinfandel, Bradford Mountain ���Block Three,��� Dry Creek Valley Alysian 2008 Rock Hill Pinot Noir, Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley Antica Terra 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon Baywood Cellars 2008 Syrah, Paso Robles Benessre 2009 Old Vines Zinfandel, Holystone-Collins Vineyard, Napa Valley SCHMITT S��HNE Beni di Batasiolo 2004 Barolo Bofani, Italy BOISSET FAMILY ESTATES Beringer Vineyards 2008 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley TREASURY WINE ESTATES Beronia 2005 Rioja Reserva Selecci��n de 198 Barricas, Spain SAN FRANCISCO WINE EXCHANGE Bischo���iche Weing��ter 2011 Riesling Sp��tlese Scharzhofberger, Mosel, Germany SCHMITT S��HNE Bodega Cuarto Dominio 2009 Malbec, Medoza, Argentina TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL Boscarelli 2008 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy EMPSON USA Bouchaine Vineyards 2009 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros Boyanci 2008 Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Brezza 2007 Barolo Sarmassa LANGDON SHIVERICK Calera 2009 Pinot Noir, Selleck Vineyard, Mt. Harlan Caliza Winery 2011 Kissin��� Cousins, Paso Robles The Calling 2010 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley DEUTSCH FAMILY WINE & SPIRITS Carte Blanche 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast Center of Effort 2009 Estate Chardonnay, Edna Valley Chalk Hill 2009 Syrah, Chalk Hill FOLEY FAMILY WINES Citadelle Gin, France COGNAC FERRAND 134 / the tasting panel / december 2012

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