Chairman's Selection Wines
Hand-selected by wine buyer Steve Pollack, Chairman's Selection® wines are an ever-changing mix of highly rated favorites and undiscovered gems at unbeatable prices. But don’t wait! These great deals are only available in limited quantities while supplies last at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores with additional offerings online. Just look for the Chairman’s Selection seal.
Domaine François Millet Empreinte Sancerre Loire, France 2012: “Colour: Pale yellow-gold with a hint of green. Nose: Intense and complex. Mineral and light flint notes which are very pleasant and mixed with very ripe fruit aromas (plum, peach, banana). The finish reveals subtle vegetal notes for a fresh and delicate wine. Palate: At first, this wine is supple and round with ripe aromas. Then it shows plenty of expression to end with a well-balanced finish.” *Winemaker’s notes. $16.99
Château Lanbersac Puisseguin St.-Emilion Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Bordeaux, France 2010: “This has a healthy dose of roasted fig and mocha up front, followed by notes of baker’s chocolate, dark currant preserves and steeped plum. A cocoa edge emerges on the finish, leaving a firm edge, but there’s plenty of stuffing for short-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2018.” *90 Points, Wine Spectator Online, 2013. $18.99
Château de Roquebrune Lalande de Pomerol Cuvée Reine Bordeaux, France, 2009: “This is a lush wine that oozes with the super ripe flavor of sweet blackberry. The firm tannins and dense structure act as a counterbalance and push the wine into a more structured sphere. The fruit quality and overall balance promise 4–5 years of aging.” *90 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast Online, March 1, 2013. $16.99
Château Ambe Tour Pourret St.-Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2010 “Initially, this is tight, minerally and structured, but as the wine opens, intense dark fruits and rich tannins surface, creating an opulent, juicy character. The vineyard is planted with 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, and it’s the combination in 2010 that gives such a vital, rich and structured selection.” *92 Points & Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast Online, March 1, 2013. $22.99
Doña Paula Selección de Bodega Malbec Mendoza, Argentina 2007: ““Dona Paula’s 2007 Seleccion de Bodega Malbec is a glass-staining opaque purple. It was fermented with native yeasts and aged in new French oak for 24 months. The nose reveals an aromatic array of pain grillé, pencil lead, spice box, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense, layered, and full-bodied, it has enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years.” *91 Points Wine Spectator, February 28, 2011. $29.99
Louis Latour Pouilly-Vinzelles En Paradis, Burgundy, France, 2011: “Golden yellow in colour, this Pouilly-Vinzelles is characterised by its heady aromas of Williams pear and peppered mango. Round, fat and very full in the mouth with liquorice notes. Finishes with attractive balance.” – Winemaker’s notes, $15.99
Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, 2010: “…Initial aromas provide a symphony of citrus, guava and fresh pear characters along with very evident minerality. After several minutes in the glass, luxurious aromas of melon and honeysuckle come forward. On the palate, the wine has a wonderful delicacy with fresh apricot, pineapple and vanilla notes all carefully dancing along with seamless acidity....” – Winemaker’s notes, $12.99
Silver Palm Chardonnay, North Coast, California, 2009: This “debut Chardonnay glistens in the glass and greets the nose with the perfume of apple blossom and pear. On the palate, ripe flavors of white peach, Gravenstein apple and Meyer lemon glide seamlessly like a silk ribbon. A near flinty finish provides balanced acidity and leaves the palate yearning for another sip.” – Winemaker’s notes, $9.99
Robert Hall Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2010: “Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of dried cherry and cassis, with smoke and licorice accents. Rich and supple in texture, offering deep dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Finishes weighty and slightly jammy, with a bit of heat and a lingering note of bitter chocolate.” – 87 Points, International Wine Cellar, November/December 2012, $14.99
Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, California, 2010: “An earthy wine with red berry fruits and underlying holiday spice on the nose, notes of green sweet peppers and a hint of black currant. On the palate, this wine has lots of red earth flavors and a refreshing minerality. Prominent oak presence lends to a solid body to support these supple fruit flavors. Juicy fruit with some spice and pepper.” – Winemaker’s notes, $12.99
De Martino Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2012: “This estate Sauvignon Blanc is made with organic grapes and the bottle and packaging are made from recycled materials…This Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with citrus aromas accented by herbal notes…A smooth, easy-drinking wine intended to be enjoyed in its youth: De Martino organic Estate Sauvignon Blanc can stand on its own as an aperitif or complement lighter fare nicely.” – Winemaker’s notes, $8.99
Buena Vista Estate Vineyard Series Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros, California, 2006: “A pretty, polished and silky Pinot Noir, nice for drinking now with lamb or grilled steak, especially with some char to play off the wine’s smoky oak. Shows rich flavors of raspberries, red cherries, cola, vanilla and sandalwood, in an elegant texture.” – 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2009, $19.99
Hand-selected by Fine Wine & Good Spirits wine buyer Steve Pollack, Chairman Selection® wines are an ever-changing mix of highly rated favorites and undiscovered gems at unbeatable prices. Steve highlights five wines from this season's Chairman's Selections available online at www.finewineandgo... starting Monday, April 1. All will be available in our Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores starting April 11. Just look for the Chairman's Selection seal.
Bernardus Marinus, Carmel Valley, California, 2008: According to the winemaker, the aromas of the 2008 Marinus are classic for a Bordeaux style wine: spicy red fruits with toasty oak notes. The palate is full and rich with similar flavors accented with hints of earth. The finish is supported by fine-grained tannins, which promise excellent ageability in a proper cellar. $14.99