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December 2012

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T:3.875��� Terlato Vineyards 2009 EPISODE, Napa Valley ($157) Lovely plum and spice aroma; velvet texture and ripe, intense plum, cassis and spice with tar and licorice; powerful and complex; focused and massive but showing ���nesse and subtlety; long and vivid. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. 93 TERLATO WINES INTERNATIONAL La Sirena 2008 Art Bus Red, Calistoga ($115) From Heidi Barrett; dark and ripe with generous, smooth, concentrated ���avors; lush plum, blackberry, blueberry and soft spices; deep notes of tar and roses; intense and beautifully balanced. 94 YOUR CUSTOMER���S TASTEBUDS WILL THANK YOU. Vineyard 29 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cru, St. Helena, Napa Valley ($54) Silky and elegant with lovely plum, cassis and black raspberry fruit; filled with mocha, spice and minerals; charming and balanced; a super-premium Napa cab at a relatively affordable price. Amapola Creek 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley ($60) Dense and smooth with rich plum, blackberry, chocolate and spice; lush and showing sweet oak, cinnamon and generous texture; layered, complex and quite lovely; long and well-balanced. Height: 9��� 91 Robert Mondavi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley ($135) Rich and dense with great balance, deep ���avors of plum, spice and blackberry; lovely structure and notes of oak and tar; supple, layered and built to age. XL Pinot Noir Glass 94 CONSTELLATION WINES U.S. Stag���s Leap Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cask 23, Napa Valley ($210) A blockbuster; layers of black fruit and lovely balanced ���avors of spice, earth and oak; this stunning wine celebrates the return to greatness of this estate; powerful, balanced and stunning. 93 STE. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES Black Stallion 2010 Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma Valley ($45) Bright and juicy with spice and black raspberry fruit; licorice, vanilla and deep fruit ���avors; long, balanced and rich with a lovely ���nish. 91 Grape varietal speciic shapes; starting at $5.95 per glass. DFV WINES Available through your distributor or at december 2012 / the tasting panel / 51 T:10.875��� Capacity: 30 oz. 92

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