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44 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

WASHINGTON

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE INDIAN WELLS

MERLOT 2015

Columbia Valley

TASTING NOTE: This Merlot is sourced predomi-

nately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope

in eastern Washington, including the Indian Wells

Vineyard, and features a splash of Syrah. It shows

ripe plum and currant fruit with earthy, spice and

vanilla notes on a nicely structured frame. Pair it with

hearty pastas or marinated flank steaks. (Vintages

panel, Feb. 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

408864

(D)

750 mL

$26.95

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PENDULUM

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Columbia Valley

TASTING NOTE: Firm and toasty, this expressive

wine offers layers of blueberry, currant, black pepper

and black tea that dance across a field of fine tannins,

finishing with harmony and presence. Best from

2018 through 2024. Score:

90

(Harvey Steiman,

winespectator.com

, Dec. 31, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

533711

(XD) 750 mL

$27.95

2

ARGENTINA

–WHITEWINE

FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Q CHARDONNAY 2016

Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza

TASTING NOTE: This 100%Chardonnay is sourced

from the so-hot-right-nowGualtallary zone, as well as

the El Peral zone, of Tupungato. It’s bright and crisp

with golden apple, balanced oak and a hint of coconut.

Pour with pulled pork tacos toppedwith avocado salsa

and apple slaw. (Vintages panel, May 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

232702

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

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USA

– REDWINE

CONT’D

CALIFORNIA

Z. ALEXANDER BROWN UNCAGED

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

California

TASTING NOTE: Crafted by winemaker John

Killebrew, this wine is from the label of Zac Brown, lead

singer of the three-time GrammyAward-winning Zac

Brown Band; “Uncaged” refers to Brown’s bestselling

album of the same name. This is an approachable,

easygoing Cab with plenty of cassis, plum, vanilla and

mocha character. Pour it with homemade meat pies

or gourmet burgers. (Vintages panel, April 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

478628

(D)

750 mL

$21.95

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OREGON

A TO Z WINEWORKS PINOT NOIR 2014

Oregon

TASTING NOTE: An impressive vintage for A to Z

offering a great deal of character and typicity without

weight or notable winemaking influence. The earthy,

mushroom character trumps the oak on the palate

resulting in hints of delicate, exotic spice. A smoky

character enhances the fruit and adds dimension to

the wine. Grounded but compelling. A touch of VA

on the finish adds intrigue. Tasted February 2017.

Score:

90

(Sara d’Amato,

winealign.com

,

March 2, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

229781

(XD) 750 mL

$24.95

1

RIVER’S EDGE BARREL SELECT

PINOT NOIR 2014

Elkton, Oregon

TASTING NOTE: Returning to a robust, forward style

in 2014, this is loaded with black cherry and mocha

flavors. There’s a touch of charred wood, and alcohol

approaching 15% – this is no wimpy wine. It spent

11 months in 40% newwood. Editors’ Choice.

Score:

90

(Paul Gregutt,

Wine Enthusiast

,

Aug. 1, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

456764

(XD) 750 mL

$29.95

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