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ironhorse NEW ARRIVAL!

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!
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.

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saget 100% CHENIN BLANC!
Guy Saget
Marie de Beauregard
Loire Valley

"Plump, with ginger and quince paste notes out front, followed by brioche, pear and fig flavors. Stays juicy through the finish with a toasted hazelnut edge adding a flattering note. Should broaden out a bit more with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases imported. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
only $13.95

privada NEW ARRIVAL!

Bodega Norton
Proprietary Red Blend

"Dark and structured, this red leads with a smoky edge to its dense cassis, macerated plum skin and grilled fig notes, showing hints of anise, wild flowers and tar weaving through the long finish. Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018. 18,000 cases imported. –NW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.

"The 2011 Privada Blend is composed of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is dark cherry-colored with abundant notes of smoked bacon and dark fruit aromas. The palate reveals a powerful, ripe wine, medium to full-bodied, with good structure and ripe acidity. Drink 2014-2018." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.

"(a blend of 40% malbec, 30% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon): Good saturated medium ruby. Sexy, inviting aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and espresso, lifted by a violet topnote; plenty of evidence of expensive oak. Pliant and generous on the palate, with the sweet oak component complementing but not overshadowing the flavors of currant, mocha and tobacco. Ripe but not at all roasted--or overextracted--showing lovely inner-mouth floral lift. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins that coat the tongue. This very suave wine is balanced to give early pleasure but should age gracefully." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 91 pts.
"As per usual, Privada displays qualities beyond its price point. This version of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is smoky on the nose, with charcoal, minerals and toast capping crusty berry aromas. The palate is super ripe and healthy in feel, with baked blackberry flavors smothered in toasty oak and chocolate. Warmth, coffee and Port notes drive the finish. -M.S. (4/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 93 pts.

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Bruno Rocca

"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.
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Santa Rita Hills

"Starting first with the Chardonnays, the 2012 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is a fresh, lively, slightly racy effort that offers nice apple, citrus, white flowers and tinges of brioche in its medium-bodied, mid-weight and straightforward profile. I like the freshness here, but would love additional concentration and depth. Steve Clifton and Greg Brewer continue to produce a bevy of beautiful releases from the Sta. Rita Hills. Looking at their latest releases, their 2012 Pinot Noirs are superb and check in near the top of the vintage. While the Chardonnays are solid, and in some cases outstanding, I thought they lacked concentration and had too much acidity for their own good. Looking at the Pinot Noirs, which as a whole I found more successful than the Chardonnays, these were all harvested on the same date, fermented with 100% whole cluster and aged in neutral oak." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.

"Pale yellow. Fresh tangerine, iodine and white flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy, expansive citrus and orchard fruit flavors show very good depth and pick up smoky mineral and ginger notes with air. Shows very good energy and lift on the finish, which clings with impressive, floral-driven persistence." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 91 pts.

"The 2012 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is beautiful. Dried pear, almonds, orange peel and spices meld together in a textured, resonant Chardonnay laced with gorgeous depth and balance." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 91 pts.

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sassicaia NEW ARRIVAL!!
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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Joel Gott
Sauvignon Blanc

""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.

The 2013 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus aromas complemented by tropical notes. Refreshing flavors of melon lead to juicy Meyer lemon zest flavors on the mid palate, and a long, clean, and balanced finish.
The 2013 vintage was one of the best we have had in California. A dry spring with moderate temperatures laid the foundation for a great growing season-budbreak to bloom. Warm summer temperatures led to an early version (the onset of ripening), and we watched the vineyards closely to ensure they were picked at optimal ripeness, with a good balance of sugar and acidity. Fruit from both Napa Valley and the marine-influenced Monterey offers tropical aromatics, while fruit from Lake County brings citrus qualities to the wine. Sourcing from these varied regions across California helps us to create a refreshing, food-friendly blend.
To preserve the wine's fruit and acidity, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, a small percentage of which are smaller stainless steel drums that give the wine added texture and roundness from sur lie aging. The 2012 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc has aromatics of guava, papaya, white peach, mandarin, Meyer lemon and lime. The wine fills the palate with fruit flavors and a round fullness, finishing with crisp, refreshing acidity.
(Winery Notes)

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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


Columbia Crest
Grand Estates
Columbia Valley

"Silky and seductive, with pear and spicy grapefruit flavors on a taut, polished frame, lingering with intensity and brightness on the glowing finish. Impressive for the price. Drink now. 160,000 cases made. -H.S." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.

The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with bright fruit aromas of apple and pear which harmonize gracefully with signature notes of caramelized sugar and butterscotch. Ripe fruit flavors are bolstered by lively acidity, yet balanced deftly with a subtle creaminess. The striking combination of rich flavors, ample body and refreshing finish make this wine a natural pairing for a wide array of foods.
(Winery Notes)
only $6.99

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

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

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 $10.95

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.

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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.

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"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.

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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

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