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beaucastel 2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #28
2011
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Rhone

"Very sleek and refined despite the obvious heft, featuring steeped red and black currant fruit studded with bergamot, blood orange, sweet tobacco and alder notes. The long, racy finish has a lovely echo of singed mesquite. Best from 2015 through 2027. 10,000 cases made. -JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 94 pts.

"Reminiscent of a lighter weight 2009, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up a sweet bouquet of spiced black cherries, plum, truffle, saddle leather and underbrush. Coming from tiny yields (which were down 50% from 2010), this medium to full-bodied 2011 is gorgeously textured and has solid mid-palate depth, terrific purity of fruit and ripe tannin. Relatively approachable and enjoyable even now, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. Drink 2015-2031." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"($99) Deep ruby. Dark berries, dried cherry, anise and lavender on the highly perfumed nose. Offers intense cassis and bitter cherry flavors with sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances. Aeration brings out a smoky quality that carries through the long, smooth, gently tannic finish. There's 40% mourvedre here but I wouldn't have guessed it based on this wine's forward, voluptuous character." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
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villiers NEW ARRIVAL!
2011
Calera
Pinot Noir
de Villiers Vineyard
Mount Harlan

"First up and seriously perfumed, the 2011 Pinot Noir de Villiers is a gorgeous wine that excels both for its complexity and for its richness and breath on the palate. Giving up notes of ripe cherries, wild strawberries, exotic flowers, citron and spice, it has medium to full-bodied richness, a core of sweet fruit and a rich, seamless texture. In fact, it has a rare level of depth and texture in the vintage, and while beautiful today, I imagine it will evolve gracefully." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $39.95

pichonlalande GREAT STUFF!
GREAT GIFT!!

2010
Chateau Pichon Lalande
Pauillac

"This features an intense core of plush-textured blackberry, boysenberry and black currant fruit, steeped with mulled spice, singed apple wood and anise notes. A strong, loamy feel courses through the finish, with latent grip. Very solid, but not where this wine should be in this vintage. Best from 2015 through 2030. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"Tasted at the château as part of a private vertical. The 2010 Pichon-Lalande is going to be a modern day benchmark and in many ways, surpasses even the great wines such as the 1982, 1986 and 1996. It has a stunning, intense blackberry, mineral-laden nose that is suffused with great tension and vigour. The palate is medium-bodied but do not let that full you. Here is a Pauillac brimming with tension and focus, the wine achieving tremendous precision on its long and persistent finish. Outstanding. Tasted March 2014" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 97 pts.
"With signs of new wood on the palate, this is a wine that maintains the polished feel of the wines from Pichon Lalande. It has a stronger presence of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than in the past, making it more structured than its predecessors, with a dominance of black currant flavor. It shows the soft side of the vintage, but is also meant for aging. -R.V.(2/1/2013)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 96 pts.
"Deep in color, the nose opens with blackberry, licorice, earth, coffee, black cherry and herbs. With soft tannins, silky textures and a chocolate, cherry, fennel,, soft round, finish, this should really start showing well with 5-8 years of bottle age.
94 points - Tasted May 8, 2013" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 94 pts.
"This is a pretty and refined Pichon Lalande. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with hints of earth and mushrooms. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. I slightly prefer the 2009. Better in 2017." (JS)
James Suckling: 94 pts.
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waterstone BACK AGAIN!
THIS HAS BECOME ON INCREDIBLE NAPA VALLEY BARGAIN!!
2011
Waterstone
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now." (JS)
James Suckling: 91 pts.
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maipe BACK AGAIN!
2012
Maipe
Bonarda
Reserve Old Vine
Mendoza

"The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
only $12.95

krug ALWAYS ONE OF THE BEST CHOICES!
N.V.
Krug
Grande Cuvee
Champagne

"This is all about balance and the integration of power and finesse, with finely honed acidity supporting flavors of quince paste, dried black cherry, spun honey and candied orange zest, while rich notes of roasted walnut, coffee liqueur and toasted cardamom resonate on the finish. Hard to stop sipping. Drink now through 2028. From France.-A.N." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 97 pts.
Krug's NV Brut Grande Cuvee ID 112001-disgorged already over the winter of 2011-2012 but then further aged before release-reinforces the belief that, thankfully, even wine lovers of modest means who occasionally splurge on Krug Grande Cuvee will be rewarded with a wine that need not fear comparison with this house's more limited and far more expensive bottlings, nor for that matter with any other wines of Champagne. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning. (Some of the textural allure of this cuvee might, I suspect, be traceable to its significant share of Pinot Meunier, particularly that of Festigny, in a side valley of the Marne's Left Bank.) Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. Emerging suggestions of shitake and shrimp shell reduction compound the sense of capital-"U" umami in a vibrantly interactive and refreshing finish. A day after opening, this is even more vividly complex than it had been initially, with hints of fresh red raspberry lending an invigorating tang and sensation of berry seed-crunching that delivers strikingly harmonious counterpoint to both the luscious brightness of fruit and the nutty low-tones. Plan to follow this beauty for a dozen or more years. The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvée from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. So is the result." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.
only $149.95

pinot noir NEW ARRIVALS!
2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #29

2012
Hamilton Russell
Pinot Noir
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

"Alluring, with gorgeous toasted spice and cherry confiture aromas, backed by silky red currant, damson plum and cherry fruit flavors. Drink now through 2018. -J.M." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"The big news from one of Hemel-en-Aarde's "founding fathers" is that winemaker Hannes Storm is leaving after a decade at the helm, a decade that has seen a succession of outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, notwithstanding a determined move to more organic viticulture. Hannes is departing on good terms with proprietor Anthony Hamilton-Russell and remains on hand to advise incoming winemaker, assistant winemaker at Cape Chamonix in Franschhoek, Emul Ross. I asked Hannes what changes he had seen over his tenure and he answered that the major difference since 2010 has been a longer settling time in tank, so that the wine is cleaner and more perfumed. He also said that he had never touched 14% alcohol. "There is a sweet spot between 13.5 and 13.7 degrees," he explained. Hannes served me the debut wines under his "Storm" label (see separate entry) but in the meantime, Emul is clearly going to leave big shoes to fill given the outstanding quality of recent vintages. This is one of those Pinot Noirs that I would love to discretely smuggle into a lineup of Burgundy wines to see if professionals can spot the difference, because I for one wager that I probably could not. This is not suggesting the Hamilton-Russell are mimicking Burgundy, rather a testament to the quality of their wines. That includes their exemplary Chardonnay. Both effortlessly straddle Old World and New World, thanks to both the microclimate and terroir of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and the talent in the winery." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

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twohands 2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #16
2012
Two Hands
Shiraz
Bella's Garden
Barossa Valley

"Utterly seamless, focused, powerful and elegant, layered with cherry, boysenberry and red plum fruit, revealing glints of coffee, jasmine and cardamom that add extra nuances. Delivers complexity without extra weight. The finish won't quit. Drink now through 2022. 6,000 cases made. –HS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.

"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Bella's Garden Shiraz has a nose of blackberry preserves and warm cassis with hints of menthol, dark chocolate, cardamom and cedar. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the abundant fruit is well matched by firm, rounded tannins and refreshing acid before finishing with great length. Drink it now to 2024+." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93+ pts.

"rilliant violet color. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of blue fruit preserves, licorice, incense and mocha are lifted by a sexy Indian spice quality. Stains the palate with sweet dark fruit and cocoa flavors that gain energy and lift with aeration. Rich and expansive but lively as well. Closes velvety and very long, with lingering smokiness and smooth, harmonious tannins." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 93 pts.

only $66.95

ironhorse 2014 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100: #10
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2010
Iron Horse
Wedding Cuvee
Green Valley of Russian River Valley

"Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery's take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable. -V.B. (12/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.

only $26.95

cabirau NEW ARRIVAL!
2012
Domaine Cabirau
Cotes du Roussillon
Malgre les Fonctionnaires

"A blend of Grenache with around 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan, the Cabirau 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Malgre les Functionnaires delivers lusciously ripe black raspberry laced with sage, horehound and smoky black tea, and garlanded with heliotrope. As usual with this cuvee, there is a brightness and seed-crunching "ping" that convey energy and invigoration to an infectiously juicy finish. Here is a stupendous value that projects distinctive Roussillon virtues including downright dynamic interactivity. I suspect that it will show well for the better part of the decade if not beyond." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $11.95

aia NEW ARRIVAL!!
2010
Aia Vecchia
Sor Ugo
Bolgheri Rosso
Tuscany

"The top denomination wine from this estate, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Sor Ugo delivers massive, dark concentration and an exceedingly supple mouthfeel. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small part Petit Verdot (all aged 18 months in barrique). The beautifully rich wine inches forward over the palate with heft and determination, imparting bright cherry, blackberry and spice as it moves slowly along. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Started in 1995, Aia Vecchia counts 42 hectares of vines between properties in Bolgheri and southern Maremma (Magliano in Toscana and Orbetello). At the Bolgheri property, long panoramas of manicured vineyard cut deep into the Mediterranean shrubs that blanket the hillsides. The focus is primarily international varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but smaller parcels are planted to Vermentino and Sangiovese. Over the past year, the Pellegrino family has invested in cryo-maceration technology for their white wines. Elia, 24, recently joined uncle Filippo and father Alessandro at the winery after his professional soccer career was cut short by injury." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $29.95

muga AMAZING JUICE!
2005
Bodegas Muga
Rioja
Prado Enea
Gran Reserva
Rioja

"The 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is "semi-new" (i.e. a new barrel that is "broken in" with a wine beforehand). It has an unashamedly opulent bouquet of primal, ripe, boysenberry, mulberry, dark chocolate and crushed violets that blossom with aeration. The palate is full-bodied with crisp acidity cutting through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. It has wonderful focus and intensity, though the finish demonstrates convincing composure. This is an outstanding Gran Reserva whose silky texture will instantly win you over. Drink 2013-2030+ Bodegas Muga was a must during my afternoon visiting the triumvirate of classic Rioja producers located within spitting distance from each other in Haro. The name should need no introduction. It was founded by Aurora Cano and her husband Isaac in 1932, although the family were growers and did not commence winemaking themselves until the 1960s, when they relocated to the building in Barrio de la Estacion. Under Aurora's son, Isaac Jnr, who joined us for the tasting, Muga fostered a reputation for high quality, classic Rioja wine sourced from an almost incalculable number of tiny parcels. During the 1990s they branched out to pursue what you might call "modern" Rioja with the inception of "Torre Muga" in 1991. This move may have piqued those that feared Muga was forsaking their classical roots, though those fears were unfounded and the bodega continues to fashion wines that embrace both styles. However, let us commence with their sparkling contribution to the Rioja landscape. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.
only $49.95

bruno NEW ARRIVAL!!
2010
Bruno Rocca
Barbaresco
Rabaja
Piedmont

"Shows impeccable balance, with expressive cherry, strawberry, floral, licorice and spice flavors. The tannins are there, but everything is in the right place for a promising evolution. Best from 2016 through 2028. 1,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"As if the Barbaresco Coparossa weren't enough, Bruno's 2010 Barbaresco Rabaja simply steals the show. Sheer aromatic generosity, so clear and sharp, bursts from the glass. Once your nose settles in, it is rewarded with a veritable parade of floral, spice and bright berry aromas. This unstoppable wine shows the highest levels of class and elegance. This is one bottle seriously worth putting aside. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. Bruno Rocca is one of the protagonists of the so-called Rabaja renaissance. A handful of producers in Barbaresco have banded together to draw attention to this historic vineyard just meters below the town's main street. Bruno's wines are always focused and sharp. Their beautiful qualities are reflected in the etched elegance of the bird feather drawings that adorn his beautifully designed labels." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 97 pts.
"Deep red. Serious nose offers raspberry, plum and menthol scents. Complex but backward, offering noteworthy density to its dark red fruit, white pepper and mineral flavors. A major mouthful of Barbaresco finishing with terrific breadth and sweetness, smooth tannins and rising length. This was obviously a very good vintage for this sun trap of a vineyard." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 93+ pts.
"Bruno Rocca's 2010 Barbaresco Rabajà is quite closed in on itself, which is hardly surprising given the personality of this state. Intense veins of chalk support an exciting, beguiling melange of white truffle, white pepper, leather, plum and espresso. Rabajà is one of the rare sites in Piedmont that can give wines extraordinary aromatic complexity, and the 2010 is a perfect example of that. The 2010 impresses for its nuance and personality, but it needs at least a few years in bottle to fully blossom. With time in the glass, the wine opens up beautifully, but the best is still to come." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 94+ pts.
only $79.95

veraton NEW ARRIVAL!
MIND-BLOWING, YOU WANT TO BUY THIS, TRUST ME!!

2012
Bodegas Alto Moncayo
Veraton
Campo de Borja

"Bodegas Alto Moncayo started in 2001 as a collaboration between importer Jorge Ordoñez, American importer Dan Phillips, Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and others. Located near the town of Borja, the 210 acres of vineyards are head-pruned, old Grenache vines planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in poorly nourished soils of slate, clay, chalk and quartzite. They make a number of cuvées, the most famous being the more expensive Alto Moncayo and the Aquilon. Their inexpensive offering is the 2012 Veraton, a 100% Grenache aged in 60% new French and 40% American oak for 17 months before being bottled without filtration. It is a powerful, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal red boasting a dense purple color, and a sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, lavender, licorice and earth notes intermixed with a touch of new oak. Stylistically, this is a modern, massively intense, rich wine that over-delivers in many ways. However, it is not for consumers looking for shy, restrained and delicate wines. It should drink well for a decade." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

"(100% garnacha; aged in new French and American oak barrels for 17 months): Brilliant ruby. Expressive aromas of cherry compote, blueberry, lavender and peppery spices. Plush, pliant, round and seamless on the palate, offering smoky blueberry, mineral and dark chocolate flavors complicated by suggestions of candied flowers and licorice. Finishes long and sweet, with soft tannins and repeating spiciness. There's a lot of wine here for the money." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
only $25.95

sassicaia NEW ARRIVAL!!
2011
Tenuta San Guido
Sassicaia IGT
Tuscany

"Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up accents of rosemary, mineral and spice in this red. Concentrated and intense, fresh and focused, leaning toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Racy midpalate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2030. From Italy. -B.S." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987. Try after 2018." (JS)
James Suckling: 94 pts.
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gott BACK AGAIN!
SUPERB VALUE!
BRIGHT AND REFRESHING!

2013
Joel Gott
Sauvignon Blanc
California

""Lip-smacking lemon and lemon zest flavors are bright and refreshing in this crisp, light-bodied wine, showing a hint of lemon thyme on the finish. Drink now. 58,250 cases made. –MW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 86 pts.

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lucian A GREAT SUBSTITUTION FOR FRENCH BRUT ROSE CHAMPAGNE & NEW LOWER PRICE!!
N.V.
Lucien Albrecht
Cremant Brut Rose
Cremant d' Alsace

"Dried fruit notes, apricot and date, mix with nut and hints of citrus peel in this firm sparkler. It's juicy, with a creamy finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 87 pts.

"While Albrecht's Pinot Blanc Cremant d'Alsace (a genre Lucien Albrecht was prominent in legally codifying) is delicious, it is a bit simple to count as a top value at $24, whereas their non-vintage Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose - a pure Pinot Noir - is more intriguing and distinctive. Along with strawberry and red raspberry fruit suggestions that are enhanced by the wine's discreet hint of sweetness, there are saline, meaty, and herbal notes to add interest to both the nose and a lush palate, and the hints of salinity and bitterness in the finish make for an invigorating complement to the wine's prominent fruit. This comes in a light-sensitive clear bottle, and I could identify no lot number, so make sure that whoever sells you a bottle will take responsibility for freshness and proper storage. As a group, Albrecht's wines were delightfully user-friendly, although some of them - like so many wines of Alsace nowadays -lacked the concentration or distinctiveness to render them excellent values, given starting prices of close to $20." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 87 pts.
"How much do I like Champagne? A lot. How much do I like Champagne's pink version? A lot plus a little more. Unfortunately, the rosé version usually costs between 2 and 5 times more than the standard version, so it's a very rare occasion that I get to drink the real deal. Legally, only grapes grown in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne (with the exception of a few U.S. sparkling wines that were grandfathered in). And much like the "Napa Valley Effect" Champagne demands a much higher price than it's less prestigious, though sometimes just as tasty, counterparts in different regions of France and elsewhere.
In this case the grapes come from Alsace in eastern France near the German border. Lucien Albrecht's brut rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes whose skins impart the beautiful pink color in this wine. A perfect alternative to Champagne, this wine is fruity and creamy on the palate, with the Pinot grape coming through on the finish with nice mineral flavors and a little bitterness that reminds you this is a rosé, not a run of the mill sparkling wine.
At $14.95 you really can't go wrong giving this a try, especially if you are in search of an alternative to Champagne which starts at $25."
(Nickel & Dime)
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camomi $26,00 LIST PRICE, WE'VE STOLE THIS!!!
2012
Ca' Momi
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"The delicious, fruit-forward 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has been produced by Ca'Momi. Its dark ruby/purple hue is accompanied by copious aromas of black currants and spice as well as richness and length that build incrementally on the palate. This tasty, high-class Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed over the next decade or more." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"The days of the (drinkable) under $20 Napa Cab are over aren't they? I think I've said that numerous times on this blog. Well I'll be the first to raise my hand and say I was proven wrong here. A relatively new winery called Ca' Momi has released a solid 2012 Napa Cab at the magical under $20 price point. This is the second coming of the 2005 Avalon. Are there better wines for $17? Sure, I think looking toward France, Italy or Spain will get you something a little better at the price point. But are there better Napa Cabs for $17? Absolutely not. You don't have to trust me on this. Robert Parker himself described this as "high-class" and gave it 90 points. I followed a bottle over two days and this wine showed a nice nose of cherry with background oak, a medium body and a lengthy finish, all of which improved on day two, suggesting there is some upside here. High class indeed for $17!"
(Nickel & Dime)
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san felice BACK AGAIN!!
2009
San Felice
Chianti Classico
Riserva Il Grigio
Tuscany

"A pure expression of Sangiovese, the 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio shows the inner warmth and richness that is characteristic of the Castelnuovo Berardenga subzone of the famous Tuscan appellation. Balsam herbs and eucalyptus oil appear at first and slowly give way to black fruit, cherry cola, violet and Spanish cedar. It shows an extremely polished feel in the mouth. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93+ pts.

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dierberg NEW RELEASE!
2012
Dierberg
Pinot Noir
Dierberg Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley

"The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot with its earthy, forest floor, red and black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Coming all from sandy loam sois and aged 18 months in 35% new oak, it's beautifully balanced, has solid mid-palate density and a terrific finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years. These wines are now made by Tyler Thomas, who did a stellar job for Donelan Family Wines in Sonoma. These 2012s are beautiful. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is a bit more subtle and elegant than the Drum Canyon. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and mint are all laced together in an effortless, impeccably balanced Pinot Noir. The Dierberg is racy, but also possesses plenty of nuance." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 90 pts.
only $34.95

piper BACK IN STOCK!!
N.V.
Piper-Heidsieck
Brut
Champagne

"Elegant, with rich base notes of toasted brioche and smoke adding depth, this integrates finely honed acidity, detailed texture and flavors of black cherry puree, apple tarte Tatin, kumquat and grated ginger. Provides a creamy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 50,000 cases made." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

only $29.95

fontodi 2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #14
2011
Fontodi
Flaccianello della Pieve IGT
Tuscany

"Aromas and flavors of violet, black currant, raspberry and spice gain intensity as this red builds to its lengthy conclusion. Vibrant and harmonious, this needs some time to shed its well-proportioned tannins. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2030. 4,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"(100% sangiovese): Good deep, bright red. Knockout nose combines liqueur-like red fruits, minerals, aromatic herbs and spicy oak. Sappy and suave, with extremely deep red and dark berry, mineral and Oriental spice flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Still a bit youthfully aggressive today, finishing with firm, building tannins and outstanding length. An exceptionally successful Flaccianello; in fact, I predict it will turn out to be one of the top three Chianti-area wines of the 2011 vintage." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.
"The blackberry, currant, nutmeg and chocolate aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and lots of savory fruit. Some balsamic and citrus fruit underneath it all. Needs a little time to soften. Pure sangiovese. From organically grown grapes. Better in 2016." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.
"Violets, crushed flowers, licorice, cloves and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2011 Flaccianello. A soft, seamless wine, the 2011 retains gorgeous freshness within the context of the year. Today, the Flaccianello is more expressive than the Sorbo, but it was also bottled two months earlier. This is another wine with off the charts levels of both polyphenols and acidity." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 94 pts.

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carmenet BUY THIS NOW!! RICH, CREAMY, BUTTERY, OAKY!! A TRIPLE WOW AND PICK OF THE DECADE!!!
2013
Carmenet
Chardonnay
California

WINERY NOTES:
With rich characteristics of apple and spice, this lovely opulent wine is made in the style of a traditional Burgundy Chardonnay. Butterscotch and tropical palate, along with vanilla notes from the barrel fermentation. This Chardonnay ends with a smooth, crisp, enjoyable finish.
OUR TASTING NOTES:
Always leery of sugary-sweet bulk-juice efforts at this price range, we were absolutely floored when we tasted this! Here's what we found:
Inviting aromas of poached pear and toasty, smoky oak are followed by spice and pear tart, with a touch of lemon curd and vanilla. More creamy than buttery, there's a caramelized aspect to the oak and a pleasant crispness. Deftly balanced with underlying complexity and finesse. Finishes strong, with lip-smacking anticipation of the next sip.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Patrick
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lascases LIMITED NEW ARRIVAL!
2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #10
2011
Chateau Leoville Las Cases
Saint-Julien

"This has some toast to shed, but retains a terrific core of crushed plum and blackberry confiture. Has a beautiful ripple of charcoal for texture, honest acidity for balance and a bolt of iron that keeps this firmly grounded. A brick-house Cabernet. Best from 2018 through 2030. 8,330 cases made. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.

"One of the more formidably backward and potentially long-lived wines of the vintage, the medium to full-bodied 2011 Leoville Las Cases behaves like a first-growth, which in a sense it truly is. Revealing a dense inky/purple color, it is a structured, rich, impressively endowed effort that is meant for the long haul. Atypical for this vintage, it requires 5-7 years of bottle age and should drink well for two decades thereafter. The final blend was 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Yields were a low 27 hectoliters per hectare, and the natural alcohol achieved 13.4%." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93+ pts.
"Huge structure, huge potential, a wine that will bring out all the fruit and density of the vintage while remaining very fresh. Black plums are already showing strongly along with the dry core that promises aging. It's serious while alive and bright. Drink this major wine from 2022. -R.V. (5/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 96 pts.
"Big, powerful, concentrated and enough of a serious structure to age, the wine is deep, long and clearly, one of the top wines from the Medoc ." (JL)
Jeff Leve: 94 pts.
"This shows so much spice and berry character on the nose. Focused and beautiful. Full body with a clearly outstanding core of fruit and polished tannins. The finish lasts for minutes. Reminds me of the superb 1996. Try in 2020." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.
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