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comte CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS PRICE??
2005
Taittinger
Comte de Champagne
Blanc de Blancs
Champagne

"Shows lovely balance, with a chinalike backbone of acidity, finely meshed with a creamy mousse and rich and toasty flavors of roasted hazelnut, creamed apple, lemon parfait and spun honey. A vein of smoky minerality echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 700 cases imported. –AN" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 94 pts.

"The Taittinger 2005 Brut Comtes de Champagne leads with a maritime aromatic amalgam of salinity and alkalinity, behind which emerge candied grapefruit rind and white peach, all anticipating the flavors that dominate on a strikingly succulent and mouth-filling yet buoyant palate. Candied ginger, marzipan, and fresh lime add to the zesty invigoration of a finish whose pronouncedly marine character serves to open my salivary glands' floodgates. As with their other cuvees, buoyancy is here allied to a judicious and supportive hint of sweetness. This ought to be worth following for several years, though on no account should it be overlooked in its present condition." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"Light yellow-gold. Pungent, mineral-accented aromas of dried pear, melon, orange zest, white flowers and iodine, with an undercurrent of toasty lees. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Shows superb energy and lift on the finish, which leaves smoky mineral and candied fig notes behind." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.
"With just a touch of bottle age giving a toasty character, this impressive wine is already showing some maturity. That said, the apple and citrus character, the mineral tight texture and crisp acidity promise some aging. The wine conveys a sense of elegance, intensity and richness. Drink now, but the wine will also age. -R.V. (6/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.
"If forced to choose a recent Comtes de Champagne for drinking today, I would gravitate towards the 2005. A beautiful wine, the 2005 has some of the openness of the 2002 mixed with a little of the energy of the 2004, but without the sheer personality of either. Instead, the 2005 impresses for its persistence, harmony and sheer drinkability. Best of all, unlike some recent prior vintages, the 2005 is not going to require any cellaring to offer its best drinking. I would cellar the 2002 and 2004, and drink the 2005 for the next decade-plus." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 93+ pts.

only $119.95

geyserville NEW RELEASE IN STOCK NOW!!
2012
Ridge
Zinfandel
Geyserville
Sonoma County

"Focused and structured yet surprisingly light on its feet, this offers smoky plum and dill aromas that lead to zesty flavors of raspberry, fresh anise and spice box. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mataro and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2020. -T.F" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.

"(71% zinfandel, 19% carignane, 7% petite sirah, 2% mataro and 1% alicante bouschet): Inky purple. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, potpourri, smoky oak and Indian spices, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy, palate-staining black raspberry and boysenberry flavors become brighter and spicier with air and pick up a sexy lavender pastille nuance. Supple tannins add support to an extremely long, sweet finish that extends the berry and floral notes. As fine an example of this consistently excellent bottling as I've had in years." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 93 pts.

"Ridge's iconic Geyserville bottlings are typically among the deeper and more distinctive Zinfandel incarnations, and this latest hits both of those marks. It is not, however, an ebulliently fruity wine, and its toughness precludes thoughts about early drinking, but it still fascinates in its own complex and brooding way, and it will take a half-decade or more before its message becomes clear. Reviewed: September 2014" (CG)
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89 pts.
"The 2012 Zinfandel Geyserville is quite exuberant in this vintage. Savory herbs, tobacco, smoke, menthol and dark red/blackish-toned fruit burst from the glass in an exotic, juicy Zinfandel-based field blend loaded with personality. The tannins could use another year to soften, but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. The brisk, energetic finish is incredibly appealing. The blend is 71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro (Mourvedre)." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 93 pts.

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giusto NEW RELEASE!
FANTASTIC JUICE!!

2012
San Giusto a Rentennano
Chianti Classico
Tuscany

"San Giusto's 2012 Chianti Classico is wonderfully pliant, open and generous. Dark red fruit, smoke, tobacco and wild flowers are all very much alive in this expressive, vibrant, mid-weight Chianti Classico. The purity of the fruit alone is striking." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 90 pts.
only $24.95

redblend NEW RELEASE!
2012
Pahlmeyer
Proprietary Red Blend
Napa Valley

"Sleek and understated, elegant and slow to unfold, gaining depth and richness along with subtle touches of cedar, gravel, graphite and cigar box. Finishes with detailed flavor nuances and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2025. -J.L" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"The 2012 Proprietary Red (made from the same general blend) cuts a much deeper, broader swath across the palate. Deep blackberry, black cherry, cassis, creamy vanillin and honeyed fatness and richness are present in this lusty, full-bodied, classic Napa Cabernet-based wine. The finish lasts for 40-45 seconds. This blockbuster red should drink well for 25+ years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93-95+ pts.
"(15.2% alcohol, with a pH of 3.97; 79% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, 4% malbec and 1% petit verdot): Bright ruby. Less showy on the nose and palate than the merlot, offering notes of blackberry, licorice and leafy herbs. Then dense, sappy and full in the mouth, with a distinctly chewy texture. Finishes with round, building tannins and excellent length." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 91-93 pts.
"The 2012 Proprietary Red is flat out sexy. Rich, layered and voluptuous in the glass, the 2012 captures the essence of the year in its soft contours, impeccable balance and pure California opulence. Today the flavors are of course all very young and primary, but there is tons of potential in the glass. I expect the 2012 will enjoy a long and broad drinking window once it is bottled. The 2012 is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 93-95 pts.
only $129.95

cottat ONE LAST SHIPMENT!
2012
Patient Cottat
Sauvignon Blanc
Le Grand Caillou
Vins de Pays du Jardin de la France, Loire Valley

"Notes of wet stones, melons and lemon grass as well as a steely backbone are found in the 2012 Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc made from young vines in Sancerre. The wine possesses surprising minerality, good intensity and represents a Sancerre look-alike for less than half the price of a Sancerre. Drink it over the next year." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.

The Sauvignon type of vine produces a dry, fresh and sharp white wine with a powerful aroma. it has a particular flavour originating from a mixture of wood barrel, currant bushes in buds, table grapes and passion fruits.
(Winery Notes)
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matchbook NEW "FIND"
2009
Matchbook
Tinto Rey
Proprietary Red
Dunnigan Hills

"Another interesting concoction is the 2009 Tinto Rey, a blend of 40% Tempranillo, 35% Syrah, 19% Graciano, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Tannat that also spent 22 months in American, French and Hungarian oak. It reveals a rich, full mouthfeel in addition to abundant black and blue fruits intermixed with graphite, spice box, forest floor and roasted herbs. Cotes du Rhone-like, with a lot of finesse and a richer, more fruit-driven mouthfeel, it should be drunk over the next several years. Matchbook Wines, which is part of the Crew Wine Co., has produced some thrilling value-priced wines under the capable hands of winemaker Dan Cedarquist. I was knocked out by two of the red wines." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.

only $13.95

garys LIMITED NEW RELEASE!!
2012
Siduri
Pinot Noir
Gary's Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Richer and slightly masculine, with more blackberry, crushed stone, licorice and even hints of meatiness, the 2012 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers up loads of fruit and depth on the palate, with a sweet core of fruit and vibrant acidity. It should benefit from short-term cellaring once released. Drink 2015-2022." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91-93 pts.
"Bright ruby. Black raspberry, spicy oak and a sexy floral nuance on the highly perfumed nose. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering sweet red berry liqueur and cherry-cola flavors and notes of candied flowers and vanilla. Finishes silky and very long, with slow-building tannins and lingering florality." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
"One of the most promising wines in this set of 2012's, Siduri's Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard brings together a rich, layered expression of fruit along with a gorgeous sense of understatement and polish. Dark red cherries lead to plum, mint and clove notes as the 2012 shows off its considerable mid-palate pliancy and fleshy, generous finish. There is a lot to look forward to here." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 91-93 pts.
only $49.95

pibran IN STOCK!
ONE OF MANY AWESOME UNDER $35.00 BARGAINS FROM THIS FANTASTIC VINTAGE. WE RECOMMEND THIS HIGHLY!!

2010
Chateau Pibran
Pauillac

"Ripe and well-packed, but silky and racy too, with linzer torte, cassis and blackberry notes pumping along, flecked with singed anise and violet, showing a long graphite spine on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"A major sleeper of the vintage, this under-the-radar Pauillac from the owners of Pichon Longueville Baron comes from a 42-acre vineyard, and the blend is divided equally between two grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Classic smoky barbecue notes intermixed with cassis, forest floor and cedar jump from the glass of this dense purple, thick, unctuously textured, rich and heady wine, which can be drunk in 3-4 years. Moreover, it should last for up to two decades. This is normally not too expensive a wine, since consumers do not follow it closely, so readers should take note." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"Good bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, licorice, minerals, cigar box and cedary oak. Juicy and fine-grained, showing unusual clarity and class for this Pauillac. A lovely balance of sweetness and acidity gives this wine plenty of early personality. Finishes with suave, building tannins and very good energy. Less austere than usual for this bottling, but this has the balance and guts for 10 to 15 years of development in bottle. (A second bottle, which I scored 89 points, was equally rich but less refined, showing notes of game and fresh blood.)" (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.

"92-94 Great black currant flavors, with lovely fresh acidity, a lot of spice from new wood. There is lovely acidity here as well, a stylish wine." (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94 pts.
"Tobacco, oak and cherry aromas open to a Pibran with a touch of elegance in the tannins, which is an improvement in this estate, which is more often on the rustic side of the style range, finishing with a nice blast of black cherry and cassis. 90 points - Tasted May 8, 2013" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 90 pts.
"Aromas of currant and blueberries with minerals and flowers as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely integrated tannin structure. It shows depth and beauty. Better in 2016." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.

only $34.95

kvintners NEW FROMWASHINGTON STATE!
2012
K Vintners
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Smith
Columbia Valley

"An outstanding bottle of wine, the 2012 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) gives up big blueberry, spice, crushed flowers and violets in a seamless, sexy, yet fresh and delicious package. It too is a superb value and will have 5 to 7 years of longevity." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
only $15.95

corino IN STOCK!
2010
Renato Corino
Barolo
Piedmont

"A fresh, elegant red, showing cherry, floral, loam and underbrush flavors. This is firm, yet ripe and long, with gripping tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2030. 8,300 cases made. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.

"(aged entirely in barriques, about 20% new): Good deep red. Brooding aromas of dark fruits, cocoa powder, espresso and spices. Juicy, concentrated and backward, with dark fruit and spice flavors accented by dried herbs, mint and pepper. Well done." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
"This is a rich and wonderful Barolo with dried fruits, spices and light meat character. It's full body, with round and velvety tannins and a fresh, clean finish. So beautiful now to drink but will be even better years ahead." (JS)
James Suckling: 96 pts.
"The 2010 Barolo is drop-dead gorgeous. Sweet red cherries, mint, licorice and spices jump from the glass in an expressive, beautifully delineated Barolo. The 2010 impresses for its energy, class and nuance, all of which are those of a wine that should sit higher up in the hierarchy. The purity of the fruit here is striking. Readers who want to discover the joys of the 2010 vintage in Barolo without spending a fortune should start here. Corino sources from a variety of sites in La Morra and a parcel in Baudana, in Serralunga." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 91+ pts.

only $39.95

calerachard BACK IN STOCK!
2012
Calera
Chardonnay
Central Coast

"Calera's 2012 Chardonnay Central Coast offers classic ripe apple and orchard fruits, creme and brioche in a medium-bodied, vibrant and clean style. Aged in 10% new French oak for 10 months, buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming couple of years. These latest releases from Calera are rock-solid across the board, and looking at the 2011 Pinot Noirs specifically, they show the best of the cooler vintage and are gorgeous wines. Starting with the two Chardonnays, these are both outstanding whites that represent serious value. Moving to the 2011s, these are beautiful wines across the board and show perfumed, fresh and lively profiles." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
only $15.95

kim NEW ARRIVALL!!
2013
Kim Crawford
Sauvignon Blanc
Small Parcels Spitfire
Marlborough

"Vivid passion fruit and grapefruit flavors lend an aromatic, juicy, tropical fruit character to this crisp white, with grapefruit and lemon zest notes on the finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported. –MW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 88 pts.

"($26) Bright, pale yellow. Aromas of green tropical fruits and tarragon. Supple and pliant but with a slight bitterness to the flavors of citrus zest and pungent herbs. Finishes with a note of grapefruit pith and good lift." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 87 pts.
"This top-flight effort features herbal, slightly pungent notes that accentuate the wine's ripe, nectarine-like stone-fruit elements. There's ample weight and richness on the palate, lightened on the finish by a fresh, green-leafy component. -J.C. (7/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.

only $14.95

sodi GET IT!!
2009
Castellare
I Sodi di San Niccolo
Vino da Tavola
Tuscany

"A landmark wine for Tuscany, the 2009 I Sodi di S. Niccolo (85-15 Sangioveto and Malvasia Nera) is a deeply sophisticated wine that puts its pedigree on full display both on the bouquet and in the mouth. The quality of the fruit is outstanding and you can distinguish each aromatic descriptor with total clarity-from plump cherry to savory spice. The focus and integration are outstanding. I Sodi sees oak for two years and has the legs to age fifteen years or more. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. When publisher Paolo Panerai set out to buy a wine estate in the late 1970s he had the great foresight and intuition to purchase Castellare di Castellina. He selected a property with a proven track record and enormous untapped potential. Over the decades and under his steady leadership, Castellare earned an unquestionable reputation for consistency and excellence. Winemaker Alessandro Cellai, with the estate since 1997, plays a pivotal role in guaranteeing that status. Castellare di Castellina is one of the great estates of Tuscany." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.
only $59.95

stcosmeblanc LAWC BARGAIN!
2012
Chateau de Saint Cosme
Cotes-du-Rhone
Les Deux Albions Rouge
Rhone Valley

FROM IWC ON THE 2011: READ THE LAST SENTENCE!
(a blend of syrah, grenache, mourvedre and clairette; vinified entirely with whole clusters): Inky ruby. Sexy, spice-tinged black and blue fruit preserve scents are lifted by fresh flowers and white pepper. Juicy and precise, with energetic boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors picking up a spicy nuance with aeration. Supple tannins come on late, adding grip to the long, appealingly sweet, floral finish. This wine was raised in a combination of large wooden upright tanks and concrete vats. By the way, the 2012 version of this wine looks like it will turn out even better, with more elegance and floral character as well as intense spiciness. (IWC)
only $18.95

kvintners NEW FROM WASHINGTON STATE!
2013
K Vintners
Charles Smith
Riesling
Kung Fu Girl
Evergreen Vineyard
Columbia Valley

"Clean, fresh and incredibly pure, the 2013 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl is shockingly good given the price (and the volume, as they produce a massive amount of this cuvee). Lychee, citrus, mint and classic minerality all show here, and it's medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and finishes cleanly, with perfectly integrated acidity and only subtle sweetness. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming year or two." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
only $7.99

antucura NEW RELEASE!
2012
Antucura
Malbec
Uco Valley, Mendoza

A wonderful velvet texture with great purity. Dense bramble fruit with hints of violets. Good length and lovely juiciness, and with a firm, fine tannic structure. (JA)
Very expressive with lovely floral notes of roses, plus black pepper. Lovely mouthfeel and purity. The purest of Malbec expression. (PC)
Nice, pure expression of Malbec. Clean fruit, violets and strawberries. A great wine to understand Malbec in general and Vista Flores Malbec in particular. Pure and drinkable. (PT)
Decanter Magazine Panel Tasting: 95 pts.

only $12.95

mondavireserve NEW ARRIVAL!
2010
Robert Mondavi
Cabernet Sauvignon
Reserve
Napa Valley

"Beautifully crafted, pure, rich and complex, featuring tiers of red and black fruit, cherry, raspberry and spice, gaining subtle oak and fresh earth details. The fine-grained tannins deliver backbone and grip, imparting an accent of dried herbs and oak on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2026. -J.L." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dense purple color, more tannin, structure and spice, terrific richness and plenty of black currant, vanillin and loamy soil characteristics. Given past track records, this full-bodied, impressive Reserve should easily age for 25-35 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.

"(90% To Kalon fruit; 15.4% alcohol; includes 4% petit verdot and 2.3% cabernet franc): Bright medium ruby. Cherry, menthol and flowers on the nose; a bit redder in its fruit qualities than the 2009 today. Then dense but distinctly cool on the palate, with strong graphite minerality currently overshadowing berry fruit. Finishes with substantial building, dusty tannins. It's very early days for this wine, which is less harmonious today than the finished 2009." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92-94 pts.
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Exotic, powerful and structured, the 2010 emerges from the glass with masses of dark fruit, smoke, licorice, menthol, plums and cloves. Today, the 2010 Reserve is naturally quite primary, but all the ingredients are there for it to develop into a spectacular wine. Readers will need to give the 2010 a few years to soften, as the tannins are a bit imposing at this stage, despite the wine's considerable appeal today. An exotic melange of blackberries, blueberries, menthol, tar and licorice round out the sumptuous finish. What a gorgeous wine this is." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 96 pts.

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haart LAST CALL, AN AMAZING DEAL, 1/2 PRICE!!
2007
Reinhold Haart
Piesporter Goldtropfchen
Riesling Kabinett
Mosel

"Packed with spice, this is distinctive and racy. Licorice and grapefruit comes into play as this rides the bracing structure to a long conclusion. Light and intense, with a persistent savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases imported. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.

"The Haart 2007 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett smells of pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Rather soft and pliable on the palate-particularly in direct comparison with the corresponding Grafenberg-this nonetheless has a soothing, elegant, and delicate personality and finishes with a long, lovely if low-energy counterpoint of rich, ripe fruit; faint nuttiness and black fruit tartness; and saline and wet stone mineral expressions. A dozen or more years of felicitous cohabitation should be possible. Theo and son Johannes Haart had memorable success in 2007, a vintage Haart senior compares in quality and style with 2001, and whose wines he thinks will need longer than usual to show their true meddle. This year's surprisingly numerous dry-tasting wines seem on the whole marginally disappointing, although those wines too deserve patience." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"($40) Fresh bouquet of bosc pear, pine nuts and apple blossom. Delicately sweet on the palate, thanks to a nice interplay of apricot fruit and luscious citricity. Finishes with lipsmacking elegance. An exemplary cabinet." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
"Starts off with some slightly funky, sweaty-socks aromas, but then delivers yellow plum and diesel scents. Flavors run in a similar vein, with yellow and green plum notes nicely balanced by hints of mineral and lees. It's light to medium in body, off-dry, with a long finish featuring finely etched notes of plum and stone. -J.C. (10/1/2009)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.

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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

shays NEW ARRIVAL!
2011
Domaine Tournon
Shay's Flat Vineyard
Proprietary Red Blend
Pyrenees

"Fresh, vibrant and juicy, redolent of cracked black pepper around a lively core of currant and blueberry fruit, lingering with appealing transparency on the vivid finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases made. –HS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

""Rated, but no tasting note given." Although these wines are normally reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace reports and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, I tasted them during my visit with Chapoutier, so I will include them in this report as they are of high quality and merit attention. I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"Bright purple. Intense, spice-accented aromas of blackberry, cassis and violet, with a smoky overtone. Offers an array of black and blue fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes with strong tangy cut, silky tannins and very good, gently sweet persistence. There's more than a hint of the northern Rhone here, which isn't surprising." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 91 pts.
only $29.95

bilahaut AMAZING JUICE!
2012
Chapoutier Domaine de Bila Haut
Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Occultum Lapidem
Languedoc-Roussillon

"The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem offers dark, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of smoked earth, licorice, wild herbs and blackcurrants to go with a firm, structured and age-worthy profile on the palate. Comprised of mostly Syrah, from schist and gneiss soils, and aged in tank and demi-muid, this superb 2012 has solid mid-palate depth, ample tannin and a beautifully focused finish. It's a superb value that will be even better in another year or so, and have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.

only $24.95

luminus BACK AGAIN!!
2012
Beringer
Chardonnay
Luminus
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

"A 100% barrel-fermented, relatively new offering is the 2012 Chardonnay Luminus, which is made from Dijon clones from the Oak Knoll appellation. A brilliant example of Chardonnay, it comes across as a first-growth Chassagne-Montrachet or Meursault. Aromas of honeysuckle, hazelnut and buttered citrus are followed by a medium-bodied white with admirable fruit intensity, decent acidity and nicely integrated wood. This cuvee is put through partial rather than full malolactic, and that appears to preserve a lot of vibrancy and freshness. Despite the enormity of this enterprise (multiple wineries and a global network), the flagship estate in northern California, Beringer Vineyards, continues to be in very capable winemaking hands, and the quality of the wines remains exceptionally impressive, particularly when you look at some of the huge production numbers of their lower priced offerings. The red wines currently in the market are from the challenging 2011 vintage. As for the Private Reserve Cabernets, production can vary significantly depending on the vintage, from around 8,000 cases to nearly twice that in an abundant year. As for the single vineyard wines, I will keep my notes short as these are only available to members of the Beringer Wine Club. I was surprised by how strongly all these 2011s performed, but three of the single vineyards are on Howell Mountain. These are all excellent wines, but it seems to me that the Private Reserve, a blend of the best lots from these sources, always turns out to be Beringer's finest Cabernet Sauvignon." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $25.95

mordorre TOP NOTCH DRY ROSE!!
2013
Domaine de la Mordoree
Tavel Rose
La Dame Rousse
Tavel

"Almost as good and a fabulous effort, the 2013 Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse is upfront and perfumed, with citrus blossom, crushed roses and wild strawberry-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, layered and seamless, with perfectly integrated acidity, it's a knockout rose to enjoy over the coming year or two as well. Don't miss these two superb roses." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
"(60% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault and 10% clairette): Light orange-pink. High-pitched aromas of candied red fruits, blood orange and fresh flowers, with a dusty mineral overtone. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering tightly focused red fruit flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air. Smoothly blends richness and energy, closing with excellent clarity and mineral-tinged persistence." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 91 pts.
only $27.95

luis NEW RELEASE!!
2009
Bodegas Luis Canas
Rioja
Crianza

"The 2009 Crianza, a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French and American oak, sports a very polished bouquet with dark cherries, sloes and fresh fig. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and impressive structure towards the finish that has a convincing sense of symmetry and focus. This is a very natural, sophisticated Crianza meriting aging. Drink 2014-2020. Bodegas Luis Canas owns 90 hectares of vine. This is augmented by 200 hectares under long-term contract, dispersed over 815 parcels. These wines were imbued with wonderful purity and sophistication, managing to tread that fine line between modernism and classicism and embracing the virtues from the two. Moreover, I found that these wines evoked a sense of place, something that not all Rioja wines do. These all comes highly recommended." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $16.95


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