New from Australia


   With Spring here, we are receiving a lot of great, hard to find wines. I tasted a few Australian wines worth mentioning. It's been a good while since I've had something from Australia that's really knocked my socks off.


2006 Elderton Command Shiraz

   It's not every day I get to taste a $90 bottle while on the clock.  This is a huge wine, with blueberry liqueur, vanilla and a toasty mocha note in the nose.  In the mouth, it is full bodied and has mouth coating tannins.  It is young, but is nicely balanced.  This would be a great bottle to age 15 years.


2008 Rocky Gully Shiraz/Viognier

   To me this is what an Aussie wine should be. The ripeness is there, but everything is in balance. The nose is expressive, with blueberry, cracked pepper and noticeable smokiness. In the mouth, bright red and blue fruit and medium acidity. It's on sale for $12.99 for the rest of the month. It is a steal!



New From the Cellar


2009 Loring Pinot Noirs 

   The more I taste, the more I like the wines from Loring.  His single vineyard Pinots really do showcase the fruit coming out of the respective vineyard.  The Rosella's Vineyard was one of the best Pinot Noirs I've had in the past year and a half.  Not syrupy sweet and not wimpy, either.  At $40 for Brian Loring's single vineyard Pinot Noirs, they are in a sweet spot for high quality and well priced.  


2009 Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel

   During prohibition, "black chicken" was a code for alcohol or wine.  Sourcing from older Zin vines in Oak Knoll, the Black Chicken always delivers a beautifully ripe and rich Zin.  It matches up well with pretty much anything off of the grill. 


2008 Ramey Pedrigal Vineyard

   Sourced from Oakville, this monstrosity will cellar easily for 15+ years. 


2007 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet

   From their storied estate in Calistoga, the Montelena Cab generally needs a few years to mature before it's really ready to go.  The price is hard to argue with coming from the great 2007 vintage. 


2008 Continuum

   This is sourced from one of the most beautiful spots in Napa, Pritchard Hill.  Producers like Bryant Family and Chappellet also source from there as well.  Even though the Continuum label has only existed since the 2005 vintage, this will be a long lived bottle of wine from a well respected fruit source.


Please contact your favorite Binny's for availability.