Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The prospector

The prospector’s finds!

(September 19, 2006) TWAIN HARTE On the continual search for a wonderful everyday wine at an everyday price with exceptional quality, my prospecting turned up a few nuggets all you wine prospectors to take a look at. From the producers of Pavillion winery comes the new release of Grayson Cellars. I tried the Grayson Cellars 2005 Dry Creek Chardonnay and 2004 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the Pavilion Winery 2005 Yountville Chardonnay.

Grayson Cellars 2005 Dry Creek Chardonnay $9.99
A wonderful ready to drink Chardonnay showing pale gold color with aromas of peaches, pears and apricot riding on a waft of caramel and toasty oak notes. This is an extremely supple, smooth and solid wine, with a gentle texture and hints of spice lasting through the finish. It’s delicious and refreshing.

Pavilion Winery 2005 NapaValley Yountville Chardonnay $12.99
A fruit driven style of wine that shows exotic tropical fruit aromas and flavors as well as a moderately rich aromas of apple and pear. The pineapple and fig flavors are juxtaposed with a refreshingly crisp finish with an aftertaste of vanilla oak.

Grayson Cellars 2004 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon $14.99
A stylish wine, this cabernet leans to the vibrantly fruity side. The colors are dark purple red. A medium-weight palate that is round and filled with ripe black cherry, blackberry and currant flavors. Tannins are well integrated with enough acidity to make it smooth and supple on the finish.


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