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pio NEW LOWER PRICE & NEW ARRIVAL!
2009
Pio Cesare
Barolo
Piedmont

"Pio Cesare offers two very distinct expressions of Barolo. The first, the 2009 Barolo, shows classic lines and elegant characteristics of mild spice and forest berry backed by dried ginger, blue flower and anise seed. Its tight, crisp and finely textured mouthfeel appeal to those with a preference for traditional Barolo. Again, this producer has done a good job managing the warmer vintage conditions. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. Pio Cesare is what I call a "lighthouse" winery. Steadfast and standing tall among the rest, it floods the landscape with inspiration and light for a slew of smaller, boutique wineries looking to find their way. Among the most historic brands in Alba, Pio Cesare has worked hard to promote Barolo and the territory of the Langhe across the globe. Their tireless efforts have been instrumental in creating a unified Barolo identity." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"Good bright medium red. Aromas of red cherry, menthol, minerals and a whiff of caramel. Juicy and light on its feet, if on the light side for 2009 Barolo. Shows a medicinal reserve and good intensity to its red fruit, marzipan and mint flavors, but today I prefer the aromatics of the Barbaresco. Finishes slightly dry, with mint and pepper nuances." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
"There's an impressive purity of fruit with strawberry character and hints of cream and flowers. White pepper too. Full body, with polished, integrated tannins and a long flavorful finish. Beautiful fruit. Nougat with fruit. Orange peel. Polished and refined. Better in 2015." (JS)
James Suckling: 92 pts.
only $44.95

ygay NEW ARRIVAL!
2005
Marques de Murrieta
Castillo Ygay
Gran Reserva Especial #904
Rioja

"The 2005 Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, a classic among classics, is back in top form with the excellent 2005 vintage. It's produced from a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Mazuelo (aka Carinena), a difficult grape that is in high esteem at the winery (they exceptionally produced a varietal Mazuelo in 2000 to celebrate their 150th anniversary) as they consider it adds acidity and aging potential to the blend and has been selected specifically to make part of the flagship wine's blend. In 2005, the Tempranillo was harvested on September 30, the Mazuelo on October 3, and fermented separately in stainless steel vats. The Tempranillo ages in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French ones, both for a period of 30 months. The wine matures for a further two years in bottle before being released. It's extremely backward and tight, showing very young, with a balanced nose between spice, tertiary and cherry fruit aromas. It's a powerful, still young vintage, with plenty of glycerin, body, round tannins. An austere wine (is it the Mazuelo?), it is complex and ever-changing in the palate. It has a sense of harmony that only the best wines have. Very long and elegant. I loved its serious and austere overall feeling. 100,000 bottles produced. This is a true vin de garde which develops complex notes of violet and meat with time in the glass. This is a Gran Reserva greatly marked by the Mazuelo, which should give it great ability to age. At this quality level it represents very good value. Drink 2014-2030." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 96 pts.
"Superb at every checkpoint, this is a world-class wine. Cherry, cassis and earth aromas are spicy and mellow, not bullish or loud. This feels creamy but with enough textural grit to keep things lively, while flavors of vanilla, tobacco and plum are nicely integrated. A mild, medium-long finish epitomizes elegance. Drink now through 2025. -M.S. (12/31/2013)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.
only $64.95

pahlchard NEW RELEASE!!
2012
Pahlmeyer
Chardonnay
Napa Valley

"Pahlmeyer's spectacular 2012 Chardonnay offers abundant aromas of hazelnuts, buttered citrus, tropical fruits and honeysuckle intermixed with a touch of tangerine oil. It cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate, and possesses good acidity, exuberant fruit and an undeniably sexy style. Enjoy this terrific All-American, All-Napa Valley Chardonnay over the next 4-5 years. Bravo!" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.

only $64.95

ugo 2009
Aia Vecchia
Sor Ugo
Bolgheri Rosso
Tuscany

"The flagship 2009 Sor Ugo packs a serious punch. A huge, explosive wine, the 2009 bursts from the glass with the essence of plums, mocha, leather, tobacco, spices and savory herbs. Warm, radiant and expressive, the 2009 will drink well pretty much upon release. This is an immensely pleasing red from Tuscany's Maremma. Sor Ugo is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 93 pts.
"Loads of ripe berries and indian spices on the nose here. Full-bodied, with polished and silky tannins, with a long intense finish of blueberries and lightly toasted oak. Stylish." (JS)
James Suckling: 94 pts.
only $29.95

ramos DRINKABLE!
N.V.
Ramos Pinto
10 Year Tawny Port
Quinta da Ervamoira
Oporto

"Lusciously spicy, with flavors that roll off the tongue, including butterscotch, dried apricot, spiced cherry and white pepper. The intensely creamy finish is filled with hazelnut and cocoa. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,000 cases imported." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
only $31.95

felino NEW RELEASES!!
2012
Paul Hobbs
Vina Cobos
Felino
Malbec
Mendoza

"Easy-drinking, featuring juicy notes of floral plum and spice, with cedar hints. Solid length. Drink now. 19,000 cases imported. -NW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 87 pts.
"Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, mocha and tree bark. Rich, supple and round; mouthfilling and ripe without any heaviness. The black cherry fruit shows an attractive medicinal reserve. Lovely depth and controlled sweetness here. Finishes smoothly tannic and persistent. A very good value." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 89 pts.
only $13.95

ramey 2012
Ramey
Claret
Napa Valley

"The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It should drink well for 5-8 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90-92 pts.
"The 2012 Claret looks like another delicious, mid-priced wine from David Ramey. Dark, round and seductive, the rich, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon-based Claret has more than enough depth to drink well for at least a handful of years. I tasted the 2012 from tank just before its bottling." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 89-91 pts.
only $34.95

alpasso VERY LIMITED RARE GEMS!
85% Sangiovese & 15% Merlot

2009
Tolaini
Al Passo IGT
Tuscany

"PierLuigi Tolaini and his team blend Sangiovese and Merlot to make the 2009 Al Passo. This is a ripe and delicate red that very successfully strives for that difficult equilibrium between power and elegance. Small berry fruit, moist earth and dried violets open the bouquet. The wine is defined by structure with a beautifully feminine and ethereal quality at the back. The two varieties compliment each other beautiful: The 85% Sangiovese gives the wine finesse and the 15% Merlot adds color and a touch of pulpy cherry. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93+ pts.

only $21.95

schild ATTENTION RIESLING LOVERS, A MONSTER CLOSEOUT!! YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT YOU ARE DRINKING FOR THE PRICE!!
2011
Johann W. Schild
Urziger Wurzgarten
Riesling Kabinett
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

"A dusting of crushed rock lends a dark minerality to pretty wildflower and citrus notes on the nose of this deliciously quaffable kabinett. The palate is brisk and bright with acidity, and there's a murmur of honeyed apricot sweetness on the finish." (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 88 pts.

"This contrasts a rock candy sweetness with green spice, honeydew flavor joining them in the middle. Tame the sweetness with the heat of salt-and-pepper squid." (W&S)
"BEST BUY" Wine & Spirits 12/2012
Winemaker Johann Schild believes in small quantity/high quality winemaking, which is why he strictly hand selects his grapes from the renowned Urziger Wurzgarten vineyard. His wines are uniquely aromatic, created from vines averaging 50-70 years old. The "Urziger Wurzgarten" vineyard is internationally recognized as a specialty even among the vineyards of the Mosel valley. The red slate of this southerly sloping vineyard is rich in iron giving the wines the unique Wurzgarten spiciness.
(Winery Notes)
only $8.99

gott10 LIMITED NEW ARRIVAL!
2010
Joel Gott
Cabernet Sauvignon
Gott 10
Napa Valley

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Gott 10 impresses for its focus and cut. There is beautiful delineation in the aromas and flavors. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, smoke and melted road tar are all layered into the precise, yet powerful finish. This isn't as generous as many other 2010s, but it is quite beautiful just the same as it continued to open up and flesh out with time in the glass. The 2010 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
only $44.95

cottat WHAT VALUE!
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)
only $7.99

kalihart VERY GOOD VALUE!!
2012
Talbott
Chardonnay
Kali Hart
Monterey County

"Light gold. Aromas of fresh pear and melon, with a honeyed aspect adding depth. Juicy and open-knit, offering plump orchard fruit flavors braced by a touch of lemon curd. Closes with good sappy cling, an echo of bitter citrus zest and spicy persistence. This wine's balance of richness and energy makes it highly flexible with food; it's also quite easy to drink by itself." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 89 pts.

only $13.95

whiteburgs ATTENTION WHITE BURGUNDY LOVERS!
UPWARDS OF A $115.00!

2011
Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot
Puligny-Montrachet
les Combettes 1er Cru
Cote de Beaune

"(from vines dating back to 1951, the same period during which the Champ-Canet was planted): Sexy, soil-inflected aromas of stone and soft citrus fruits and musky lees. Ripe and round but with lovely precision and harmonious acidity giving shape to the stone fruit flavors. Smooth, suave wine with a well-judged oak component. Not as concentrated as the 2012 but hardly lacking in material. And this may be better balanced for aging. I'd cellar it for three or four years." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 93 pts.

only $89.95

corton NEW ARRIVAL!
2011
Domaine Faiveley
Corton
Clos des Cortons
Grand Cru
Cote de Nuits

"Lean, yet succulent and defined, sporting aromatic floral, cherry, strawberry and spice notes, accented by a touch of briar. The structure is firm and linear, with a tightly wound finish for now. Very elegant, this should come into its own in the next several years. Best from 2017 through 2028. -B.S." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"($266) Medium red. Ineffable nose and palate offer red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers, complicated by game, earth and leather. Sweet, concentrated and very intense, boasting outstanding density and a fine-grained texture, with salty minerality giving the wine a weightless impression that's remarkable considering its density. A strong tannic spine and brisk acidity energize and draw out the finish of this sharply delineated, pristine grand cru." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.

"As is usually the case with this wine when its young, the nose is restrained to the point of being almost mute though aggressive swirling liberates aromas of earth, spice, red currant and hints of the sauvage. And instead of the robust and well-muscled mid-palate there is an almost caressing mouth feel to the full-bodied yet refined flavors because while the supporting tannins are definitely firm and dense they are also quite finely-grained. There is excellent length to the moderately austere, tight, focused and linear finish that delivers outstanding persistence." (BH)
Burghound: 92-95 pts.

only $169.95

fevre THE "BEST"!!
2011
Domaine William Fevre
Chablis
Les Clos
Grand Cru

"Planted by William Fevre's father in 1947, 1948, 1952. Powerful yet reserved, and also very structured, displaying a mix of flowers, stone fruits, herbs and mineral, very complex, with an expansive, lengthy finish. (92-95 points, non-blind)" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92-95 pts.
"The Fevre 2011 Les Clos represents another vivid contrast with a corresponding 2012. The intensity of attack and grip of the latter are replaced here by mineral and herbal complexity that sneak up on your nose and a palate notable for its delicacy, transparency and lift. True, you could say that this is looser than the 2012, but that's a judgment relative to a rather extreme exemplar of the latter vintage. Harmonious ripeness of white peach and citrus is shot-through with saliva-inducing oyster liqueur, incorporating shimmering suggestions of things saline, alkaline, seaweed-like and stony." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"($110) Good pale, green-tinged yellow. Reticent aromas of lemon oil, white pepper and powdered stone. Minerally and powerful, conveying a strong impression of dry extract. The most withdrawn and imploded of these 2012s today, this seems much less marked by the vintage. A bit inscrutable at present, this very young wine will need a good decade in the bottle to express itself fully." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92+ pts.
"This was quite closed and somewhat difficult to read but aggressive swirling grudgingly liberated ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents. The large-scaled flavors are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort possesses exquisite balance and the tightly wound flavors are going to need at least a decade to completely bloom. A knock out." (BH)
Burghound: 93-96 pts.
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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

alvear LIMIT SIX BOTTLES PLEASE!
N.V.
Alvear
Pedro Ximenez
1927 Solera 375 ml
Montilla Moriles

"The impressive 1927 Pedro Ximenez Solera, from a Solera begun nearly 80 years ago, boasts a dark amber color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme brulee, liquefied nuts, marmalade, and maple syrup. Huge and viscous, yet neither cloyingly sweet nor heavy, it is a profound effort priced unbelievably low. It is meant to be drunk alone at the end of a meal." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 96 pts.
The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 ft., are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines are trained in the goblet system and yield 1.25 t/acre (3 t/ha). The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats in the sun. This is one of the oldest wines in the cellar. The Solera was started at the beginning of the last century. Production: 300 cases for the U.S.
(Winery Notes)
375 ml......only $18.95

altimar YET ANOTHER GREAT "BUY"!! NO KIDDING!
POMEROL FOR UNDER 50 BUCKS!

2010
Chateau Altimar
Lalande de Pomerol

Varietals:
55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes:
Issued from old vines on the estate, and aged in oak for 15 months, this wine benefits from its surprisingly high percentage of cabernet for a right-bank wine. The result is amazingly fresh, with tones of fresh sage supporting the ripe fruit. A well-balanced wine, with enough acidity and alcohol level kept under control, it is perfect to drink now and will age gracefully.
(Winery Notes)
only $24.95

piper BEAT THIS PRICE!!
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 $25.95

tablasrouge ONE OF THE VERY BEST FROM CALIFORNIA!
2011
Tablas Creek
Esprit de Tablas Rouge
Paso Robles

"A blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise, the 2011 Esprit de Tablas has a core of sweet black raspberry and cassis that is cut by more savory, meaty nuances, pepper and spice. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with ripe tannin, it's a more streamlined, fresh version of the cuvee that relies more on elegance and complexity than sheer depth and richness. It will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2023." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

"(40% mourvedre, 30% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% counoise): Bright ruby. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, blood orange and peppery spices, with suave floral pastille nuances. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering lively dark fruit and floral pastille flavors underscored by hints of white pepper and allspice. Finishes long and gently tannic, with powerful notes of spicecake and dark fruit preserves." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.

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