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roederer BACK IN STOCK!!
Roederer Estate
Anderson Valley

"Floral raspberry and apple pie aromas lead to crisp, focused lemon, anise and spicy raspberry flavors that finish on a fresh mineral note. Drink now. 80,000 cases made. -T.F. (WS)" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.

only $17.95


Tenuta San Guido
Sassicaia IGT

"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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hallcab NEW RELEASE!!
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"This is fairly rich and concentrated, with excellent depth, exhibiting a range of flavors built around dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes, with ripe, interwoven tannins. Turns graceful midpalate, ending with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2024. 30,000 cases made. –JL" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.

The HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of special lots from our estate vineyards along with esteemed fruit from our premiere Napa Valley vineyard partners. Our focus, from vine to glass, is to deliver a dense, supple Cabernet Sauvignon that consistently over-delivers. As we strive to achieve this, vintage after vintage, we uphold rigorous organic small-vine farming practices in each of our vineyards and meticulous time-honored techniques in our state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Our commitment must be unparalleled and our standards unrelenting at each and every phase throughout the growing season and winemaking process. Discover a bouquet of dark ripe fruit, blackberry pie and hints of espresso. This wine is opulent with flavors of plum, cherry and jam leading to a velvety finish.
(Winery Notes)
only $34.95


Chateau de Beaucastel

"Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,500 cases made. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 96 pts.

"Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25-30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.
"($120) Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine's intense fruit. Rich and lively, with excellent finishing clarity and length." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.
only $79.95

Comte de Champagne
Blanc de Blancs

"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

manciat BACK AGAIN!!
Marie-Pierre Manciat
les Petites Bruyeres

"The finest of this quartet is the 2011 Pouilly Fuisse Les Petites Bruyeres, which cuts a broader, more savory mouthfeel. Full-bodied with good minerality as well as lots of flesh and plenty of buttery citrus intermixed with tangerine oil, poached peach and white currant notes. This deep, concentrated Chardonnay should drink nicely for several more years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
The well-known Pouilly-Fuisse appellation is located in the south of burgundy, in the Macon region. Les Petites Bruyeres is located at an altitude of 250m on clay and limestone soil from the Jurassic. Exposition south, south-West in the Fuisse Village. Grapes are picked at their optimal maturity and slightly pressed; the debourbage is done 24 hours after. Then, the bright juice starts the two fermentations, alcoholic and then malolactic, in stainless steel tanks at low temperature to preserve the freshness of the fruit at its maximum. The Petite Bruyeres is aged during 10 months on fine lees and slightly filtered. The cuvee is bottled during the following summer. Les Petites Bruyeres offers an incredible balance of acidity and maturity. Its finesse and aromatic precision forego a long finish.
(Winery Notes)
only $19.95

redblend NEW RELEASE!
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

Michel Gassier
Lou Coucardie Blanc
Costieres de Nimes

"Even more rich and layered, the 2012 Costieres De Nimes Lou Coucardie is a blend of 59% Roussanne and 41% Viognier. Aged in 10-15% new 500-Liter barrels, it offers up a spectacular array of ripe golden fruits, lemon curd, flowers and hints of vanilla that flow to a medium to full-bodied, voluptuously texture white that builds in the glass, yet never seems heavy or cumbersome. It too should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 2-3 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

Convinced of the exceptionality of their Rhone Valley appellation, Michel Gassier and his wife Tina have acquired parcels for the uniqueness of their terroir. Privileging vineyards that hold an expression of freshness, farming them organically, and with a minimalist approach in the winery, they create wines that are an intimate, original expression of their soils and varietals. Bottled under the name Michel Gassier, these vineyards produce wines of balance, freshness and minerality. "This experimental cuvée represents the essence of my work as a winemaker. I seek to explore uncharted territories, with the hope of finding the most original expression of my terroir. Baptized after an old regional tradition of bull games, "Lou Coucardié" is that fierce male bull defending a set of horn attributes in a crowded arena. Strong and courageous, he represents the ideal of his race." –Michel Gassier
(Winery Notes)
only $21.95

matchbook NEW "FIND"
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

delaporte NEW ARRIVAL!!
Domaine Vincent Delaporte
Loire Valley

"Hugely herbaceous, this is a crisp, mineral-driven wine that's so fresh and fruity at the same time, with bright stone fruit and citrus character. Textured with a nervy acidity and a steely core, it could age to round out its corners. Drink from 2015. -R.V. (10/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 92 pts.

Pale gold with green hints. Very expressive, intense and complex nose with boxwood, rhubarb, blackcurrant, kiwi fragrances and a light vegetal touch (marigold). The entry is soft and round. Bright freshness on the palate, delicate and lively purity. Well balanced and harmonious, it ends with a clean lingering finish.
(Winery Notes)
only $21.95

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

fontodi NEW ARRIVAL!!
Flaccianello della Pieve IGT

"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.

only $109.95

Matanzas Creek
Sonoma County

"Perhaps the finest Merlot Matanzas Creek has produced since the 1990s, the 2010 Merlot displays an opaque ruby/purple color along with notes of mocha, white chocolate, black currant and black cherry fruit, and spicy oak in the background. This full-bodied, opulent, seductive Merlot possesses adequate acidity and velvety tannins. Consume it over the next decade. Matanzas Creek enjoyed great success in the early and mid-nineties, but then appeared to rest on their laurels, and was ultimately sold to the late Jess Jackson and his small boutique portfolio. It has taken the Jackson family a number of years to get this estate back on track, but I think that it can be safely said that with the currant and upcoming releases, Matanzas Creek has been resurrected impressively. The winery now produces four Sauvignon Blancs. The flagship wines of Matanzas Creek are bottled under a separate label called Journey. The wines are obviously made by the same winemaker, Marcia Monahan." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
375ml....only $13.95

K Vintners
Charles Smith
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

ninofranco OUR HOUSE WINE!!
Nino Franco
Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

"The NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rustico is a rather exuberant yet steely, powerful Prosecco. White peaches, crushed rocks, smoke and flowers are some of the nuances that flow from this large-scaled, important Prosecco. A rich, textured finish rounds things out nicely. The Rustico is far from an easy-going cocktail wine, and is sure to be better at the table than on its own. This is Lot: L10196. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013. Nino Franco is one of the top names in serious Prosecco. At their best, these wines will make readers reconsider the conventional wisdom that Prosecco is a simple, straightforward aperitif wine." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
only $13.95

mondavireserve NEW ARRIVAL!
Robert Mondavi
Cabernet Sauvignon
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.

375ml....only $49.95

Reinhold Haart
Piesporter Goldtropfchen
Riesling Kabinett

"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.

only $18.95


"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

Domaine Tournon
Shay's Flat Vineyard
Proprietary Red Blend

"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

Chapoutier Domaine de Bila Haut
Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Occultum Lapidem

"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!!
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

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