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Domaine de la Mordoree
la Dame Rousse

"The 2012 Lirac La Dame Rousse is a blend of mostly Grenache (with some Syrah) that was brought up all in stainless steel. It offers fabulous black cherry, licorice, wet gravel and ample crushed rock like minerality. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, elegant and polished, it opens up nicely in the glass and should drink nicely for 4-5 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
"Located in Tavel, Domaine de la Mordorée has been one of the quality leaders in neighboring Lirac. This wine is dark and earthy at first, but opens with airing to reveal bold notes of blueberry, mocha and peppery spice. This 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah is full bodied, richly textured and finishes long. -(2/1/2015) -91" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.
only $19.95

masciarelli NEW ARRIVAL!
2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #85

Montepulciano d' Abruzzo
Marina Cvetic
S. Martino Rosso

"A fresh, harmonious red, offering a subtle range of flavors, with rich notes of smoky mineral, crushed blackberry, olive tapenade, grilled herb and ground anise. Fine-grained tannins emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 2,500 cases imported. -AN" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
100% Montepulciano fermented and aged in 100% new Vicard Prestige barrels, 500 gallon puncheons for fermentation, and standard barriques for aging. Both puncheons and barriques are replaced after a single use.
(Winery Notes)
only $21.95

von hovel CLOSE-OUT 1/2 PRICE!
Von Hovel
Oberemmeler Hutte
Riesling Kabinett

"The 2013 Hütte Riesling Kabinett starts with a very clear, elegant and delicately aromatic and lovely flinty nose. Bottled with 7.5% alcohol this is a full-flavored, sappy and stimulating Kabinett with a lovely salty finish and piquant aftertaste. It's already very accessible and demonstrates the great talent of Max von Kunow for this specific German wine category. Maximilian took over his father Eberhard von Kunow's estate von Hövel in Oberemmel/Saar in 2010 when he was still a freelancing consultant oenologist in Luxembourg and Germany. He shifted the von Hövel wines toward purity, lightness and finesse and has become the shooting star on the Saar since then. His 2013s are excellent again and Max is quite happy with the character of the vintage. "2013 is a classic Saar vintage: very elegant, low in alcohol and high acidity." He harvested very late, as always, and yielded "70 per cent less than usual." Max claims he did not de-acidify: "Although we picked with acidity levels of 12.5´to 13 grams, we bottled our wines with 10 and 11 grams of acidity of which 60-70% is tartaric acid." Kunow ferments spontaneously and 90% of his wines are fermented in fuder. His Kabinett wines are among the finest on Planet Wine, whereas I am not fully convinced yet by the dry wines. By the way, Max is a tame member of the VDP and as such has implemented their partly baffling decisions. The wine range of von Hövel are now structured as the "VDP quality pyramid" is demanding it: Estate wine, Village wine and Grand Cru (the VDP Mosel has just Grosse Lagen, no Erste Lagen like the Rheingau, Rheinhessen or the Pfalz). Apropos Grand Cru: The world famous Scharzhofberger is now called Scharzhofberg and the reason for this is, as Max von Kunow puts it: "Because the VDP asked me to rename it." Aha." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
only $14.95

beringer BACK AGAIN!

Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley

"Easy to approach yet deceptively complex, with ripe red and dark berry, floral and peppery spice notes. The creamy, supple texture invites drinking. Drink now through 2023. 66,200 cases made. -JL" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.
"Beringer has been doing a beautiful job in this area, and the medium-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley represents fair value. Its deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by notes of chocolate, toast, blackcurrants and black cherries offered in a lush, sexy, fruit-driven style. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years. For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is especially deep and powerful in this vintage. Smoke, game, incense, leather, pomegranate, spice and red cherries are some of the many notes that inform this striking Cabernet from Sonoma's Knights Valley, a fertile hunting ground for savory, mineral-driven wines full of character. This is a fabulous wine for the money, but with a production of 90,000 cases, winemaker Laurie Hook shows to achieve quality and value with scale, something that is much harder than it looks." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 91 pts.
only $19.95

dalforno BACK IN STOCK!

Dal Forno Romano
Valpolicella Superiore

"Rich and smoky in flavor, yet graceful in form, with supple tannins and muscle structuring the flavors of dried cherry, bresaola, grilled marjoram, date and mesquite smoke, followed by a long, chewy finish. Drink now through 2018. 550 cases imported. -AN" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
"The 2007 Valpolicella Superiore from the celebrated Monte Lodoletta vineyard is rock-tight with a midnight black appearance and aromas that emerge with fierce determination. The fascinating aromatic medley includes dark spice, prune, Spanish cedar, tar, black licorice, balsam herb and blackberry tart. The mouthfeel is plush and rich with super-tight tannins that grip nervously to the finish. It has only started its bottle evolution and requires more time to soften and develop. Drink 2017-2035." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"Romano Dal Forno applies the same stringent quality standards on his so-called base wine as he does his top-tier Amarone. But referring to this Valpolicella Superiore as a "base wine" couldn't be more incorrect. In fact, this singular expression occupies its very own category in which the utmost attention is paid to the smallest details. It opens with dark, inky concentration and amazing intensity, with black cherry, barbecue spice, leather and tobacco. -(11/1/2012) -93" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 93 pts.
"Dal Forno's 2007 Valpolicella Superiore is a huge, opulent wine bursting with black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, mocha and sweet spices. The Valpolicella is usually quite tannic when young, but the 2007 stands apart from most other vintages because of its incredible silkiness. Initially quite full-throttled and intense, with time in the glass, the 2007 becomes more delicate and restrained in style. This is one of the most sensual, approachable young wines I have ever tasted from Romano Dal Forno, and that is a very good thing, as these reds are almost always impossible to enjoy when young. In 2007 there is no Amarone, so Dal Forno fans will want to check out this delicious Valpolicella. As a reminder, since 2002 the Valpolicella here has been made entirely from dried fruit, although the drying time is less than that used for the Amarone." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.
only $79.95

stfranciszin NEW RELEASE!
St. Francis
Dry Creek Valley

"The finest of this Zins is the 2012 Zinfandel Reserve, a selection of St. Francis' finest cuvées that spent 20 months in French oak. Full-bodied with copious notes of black cherries, black raspberries, earth, bouquet garni, pepper, spice box and vanillin, this dark ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, opulent, still young and vigorous Zin should drink well for at least a decade." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $34.95

alexandra NEW ARRIVAL!

Alexandra Grande Cuvee Rose

"Fresh and minerally, this elegant rosé offers a finely detailed bead carrying a subtle range of white raspberry, biscuit, slivered almond and lemon peel notes, with a long, spiced finish. Drink now through 2027. 20 cases imported. –AN" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
"(80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay): Light, bright orange-pink. High-pitched red berry, orange zest and floral scents are underscored by an intense mineral nuance. Taut, linear and strikingly pure, offering deeply concentrated redcurrant and strawberry scents and hints of allspice, smoky lees and jasmine. Powerful yet lithe rose with superb finishing power, focus and mineral-driven persistence." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.
"First produced in the 1987 vintage to celebrate the marriage of owner Bernard de Nonancourt's eldest daughter, this bottling is now mature. Ripe, it still retains plenty of red fruits while also allowing the toasty character to show through. It's a rosé that calls for food, a rich and balanced wine that is just perfect to drink now. -R.V. (12/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.

only $249.95

Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley

"Lithe, with a nice transparency to the polished texture and the tea leaf-accented cherry and herb flavors, sliding easily into a graceful finish. Drink now through 2017. 26,685 cases made. -HS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.
only $19.95

recougne LAST CALL!!
Chateau Recougne
Vieilles Vignes
Bordeaux Superieur

"Admirers of the so-called "little" wines of Bordeaux will no doubt be familiar with Recougne, which has been imported into the United States for nearly thirty years and can last for two decades or more. The 2010, which they now call "Vieilles Vignes," exhibits aromas and flavors of cedarwood, spice box, black currants and berries. This medium-bodied, well-made blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc should drink well for 7-8 years. (Although last year I drank a 1952 that was still quite tasty.)" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 87-88 pts.
Robert Parker at one time called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in "recognition" of the quality of its wine. The vineyard surrounds the Chateau and the winemaking facilities, and was classified under the Fronsac Appellation, which it straddles, many years ago. Merlot is best suited to the terroir and is the majority planting (75%), complemented by both Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). Factors that contribute to the quality of the vineyard include: several parcels of very old vines of 50+ years, environmentally friendly viticultural techniques, minimal spraying, low yields through green harvesting, and excellent canopy management. At harvest, the grapes are 100% destemmed and crushed before being placed in temperature controlled vats. Prior to fermentation, approximately 20% of the juice in each vat is siphoned off in order to increase the skin-to-juice ratio (this juice is then used to make rosé wine). Natural yeasts trigger fermentation and a twice daily regimen of pumping the juice over the skins begins remontage. The wine is racked every 3 months and therefore only needs a light filtration. Final blending and bottling takes place 18 months after harvest.
(Winery Notes)
only $12.95

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Napa Valley

"The 2010 Mernet Reserve, an equal part blend of Estate Merlot, Carneros Merlot, Estate Cabernet Franc and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, offers up scents of cedarwood, underbrush, forest floor, black currants, sweet kirsch and cola. The complex, evolved aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied wine with beautiful fruit purity, an attractive texture, and a long finish. Consume this superb, complex 2010 over the next 10-15 years. Micheal Keenan has done an incredible job at this Spring Mountain winery over the last 10-15 years, producing one of the finest Cabernet Francs in all of northern California as well as hitting all cylinders with his other Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as his sumptuous blend called Mernet." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"Few wines, even in Napa, are this rich. It dazzles with explosive cherries, blackberries and anise, with caramelized oak notes. Tannins are thick and serious. Your window of drinkability for this blend of Merlot and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc begins about 2022. -S.H. (4/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 93 pts.
only $59.95

ussig IN STOCK!
Pierre Usseglio
Reserve des Deux Freres

"This is special, with a very deep well of plum, fig, cassis and blackberry fruit seamlessly melded together and a nearly endless finish inlaid with Lapsang souchong tea, melted licorice snap and Turkish coffee notes. Stays very poised despite its immense weight. Hard to resist now, but it's not going anywhere anytime soon. Best from 2013 through 2030. 350 cases made. -JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 97 pts.

"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is composed of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, and came in at 15.5% alcohol. In most vintages, this is basically the same cuvee as the Mon Aieul but with more press wine and the use of small new oak casks for aging the Syrah component. Approximately 30% stems were used in the fermentation. The 2010 is closed and nearly inaccessible at present. Full-bodied and massive with an inky/purple color, it reveals notes of smoked meats, blackberries, blueberries, flowers and subtle toast in the background. An enormous unctuosity and viscosity give the wine a palate gripping mouthfeel as the tannins are coated with glycerin. This brilliant wine needs at least 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades thereafter." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 96+ pts
"Inky ruby. Assertive scents of black and blue fruit liqueur and incense show lovely clarity and take on spicecake and cola qualities with air. Lush, palate-coating blueberry and cassis flavors are braced by juicy acidity and pick up energy in the glass. Rich, vibrant and precise, finishing on a suave floral pastille note, with mounting tannins and superb clarity and length." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 95+ pts.

only $149.95

Colchagua Valley

"The 2012 Envero Carmenere is a fruit-driven, bright, fresh and straightforward version of Carmenere, with ripe aromas but a peppery twist and some notes of black pepper and cayenne that make it savory and attractive. A very pleasant Carmenere. Drink now. Apaltagua is owned by American businessman Eduardo Tuyan, who fell in love with the vineyards of Colchagua. He owns about 400 hectares of vineyards in Maipo Alto, San Antonio, Colchagua (Apalta), Curico and Maule." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"93 points! 2012 Apaltagua Envero Carmenere: "This is a top carmenere with blueberries, minerals, slate and hints of sandalwood aromas and flavors. Full body, integrated tannins and a long finish. A beautiful wine. Drink now." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.
Made of Carmenere and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, Envero's dark, rich fruit is complemented by eight months in French oak. All of the fruit comes from the Apalta region of the Colchagua Valley and has been harvested from 50 year-old vines.
(Winery Notes)
only $12.95

amarone NEW RELEASE!
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

"The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a thick and delicious interpretation that delivers loads of personality and determination. The bouquet is redolent of dried fruit, prune, cassis, spice, leather, licorice and Teriyaki sauce. The intensity is absolutely irresistible with power and muscle delivered in a silken glove. Round tannins and plush fruit richness gives the wine loads of energy to fuel its long finish." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
only $49.95


With rich characteristics of apple and spice, this lovely opulent wine is made in the style of a traditional Burgundy Chardonnay. Butterscotch and tropical palate, along with vanilla notes from the barrel fermentation. This Chardonnay ends with a smooth, crisp, enjoyable finish.
Always leery of sugary-sweet bulk-juice efforts at this price range, we were absolutely floored when we tasted this! Here's what we found: Inviting aromas of poached pear and toasty, smoky oak are followed by spice and pear tart, with a touch of lemon curd and vanilla. More creamy than buttery, there's a caramelized aspect to the oak and a pleasant crispness. Deftly balanced with underlying complexity and finesse. Finishes strong, with lip-smacking anticipation of the next sip.
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Brut Classic

"Firm and focused, with a mouthwatering palate of poached pear and berry, lemon curd, pastry cream and a pronounced streak of smoky minerality that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 300,000 cases made. –AN" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
"Light yellow. Toasty lees, poached pear and lemon rind on the pungent nose. Offers an array of sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and becomes spicier with air. The lemon and lees notes come back on the broad, clear finish." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
The most "classical" of the Deutz cuvees is far from mundane. The three different champagne grapes are blended in equal and unchanging proportions, ensuring it shows perfect harmony. Its golden color scintillates in the glass, with a fine stream of bubbles rising gracefully to the surface. The first impressions on the nose are mellow and reminiscent of acacia flowers, confectionery, Reinette apples and brioche. The wine then gains in volume and its silky texture reveals a successful balance between the freshness of Chardonnay, t he fruitiness and structure of Pinot Noir and a touch of vinosity from the Pinot Meunier.
(Winery Notes)
only $34.95

anderson NEW RELEASE!!
Anderson's Conn Valley
Right Bank
Proprietary Red
Napa Valley

"The Right Bank (67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot) has been a perennial winner from this Conn Valley vineyard since it made its debut as Gus Anderson's homage to the Right Bank wines of Pomerol and St.-Emilion. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Right Bank offers mocha, white chocolate, plum, black cherry and blackcurrant characteristics, medium to full body, and an opulent, round, seductive style. This fleshy, complex red can be drunk young or cellared for 12-15+ years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"A big step up from the 2011, the 2012 Right Bank is fleshy, radiant and expressive. Dark red cherry, mocha, plum, smoke, leather and licorice meld together in a supple, open red with lovely mid-palate depth and density. This mid-weight Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. The blend is 67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 92+ pts.
only $49.95

Bin 28 Shiraz

Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek

"Fresh and vibrant, with juicy blackberry and plum fruit, playing against tart balance and finishing with intensity. A pleasant mineral note adds to the aftertaste. Drink now through 2025. 7,040 cases imported. -HS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
"Aged 13 months in old American oak hogsheads, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz opens with a nose of baked blackberries, mulberries and crème de cassis with hints of licorice, baking spices and a touch of tar. Full-bodied with firm, rounded tannins and tons of fruit, it concludes with a very spicy, long finish." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91+ pts.

only $19.95

la rioja alta BACK AGAIN!
2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #34

La Rioja Alta
Vina Ardanza
Reserva Especial

"This traditional red offers dried cherry, orange peel, tobacco and sanguine flavors in a silky texture, supported by light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Focused and fresh, with a juicy finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"(80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha; aged in used American oak barrels for three years): Deep ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, vanilla, mocha and fresh flowers, with a hint of pipe tobacco coming up with air. Sappy and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, with sweet cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors given lift by juicy acidity. Closes smooth, spicy and long, with lingering smokiness and fine-grained tannins adding grip. A touch more lively than the excellent 2004 version of this wine and of equal quality, which makes it an outstanding value in old-school Rioja." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92 pts.

only $29.95

san felice NEW ARRIVAL!

San Felice
Chianti Classico

"A bit reduced initially, with earthy, smoky aromas that lead to flavors of cherry, accented by a hint of coffee. Mineral and leather notes emerge with air. This has drive, ending with a pleasantly astringent finish. Drink now through 2018. 33,300 cases made. -BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.
"The 2011 Chianti Classico San Felice fleshes out nicely in the glass. Racy and layered in the style of the year, the 2011 shows the richness and raciness of the year while retaining lovely balance. Sweet red cherries, kirsch, mint and cinnamon are some of the notes that resonate on the finish." (VM)
Vinous Media: 89 pts.
"This quintessential young Chianti Classico is composed of 90% Sangiovese, 10% Pugnitello and 10% Colorino. The juicy palate bursts with ripe black cherry, raspberry, black pepper and cinnamon-spice. Smooth and delicious, it's ready to be enjoyed soon. -(4/1/2014) -88" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 88 pts.
only $12.95

Pinot Noir

"A very complete wine that has a complex, rich nose with plenty of ripe-cherry and red-berry fruits, some distinct herbal threads, chocolate, flowers and deeply earthy notes. The palate has composure, structure and density, silky at the edges, carrying plenty of cherry and plum flavor. Great length, too: so well-balanced as to appear effortless. The best Escarpment estate-blend pinot to date. Drink in 2015." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.
only $34.95


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.

only $8.99

gaudrelle NEW ARRIVAL!

Chateau Gaudrelle
Cremant de Loire

"The two sparkling wines should not be missed. They're both terrific examples of how good sparkling Vouvray can be. Both are 100% Chenin Blanc cuvees. Even better is the slightly richer, more honey and lemon-scented and flavored non-vintage Cremant de Loire. A blend of equal parts Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay aged for a minimum of 18 to 24 months in their cellars before disgorgement, this is a real beauty and a superb wine. Unfortunately, just under 100 cases are imported to the United States. It is amazing how good a value Vouvray has remained despite the fact that it is such a popular wine from Loire. The appellation was founded in 1936 and covers nine villages in the region. You can find sparkling wines at this estate-sec (dry) or demi-sec (basically off-dry, although for most consumers these would be considered dry)-as well as their sweet wines, which vary considerably in their degrees of sweetness and are referred to as moelleux. All four of the following cuvees performed brilliantly in my tasting." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
only $18.95

Chapoutier and Laughton
Cluster M45
Heathcote, Victoria

"Deep garnet-purple, the 2010 Cluster M45 Shiraz has lovely floral and herbal notes wafting over a solid core of youthful blackberries and black cherries with nuances of Chinese five spice and cloves. Great intensity and balance in a rather modest medium-full body with great graininess to the tannins and plenty of freshness. It finishes long. Note that no 2011 Cluster M45 was produced. This illustrious partnership between Michel Chapoutier from France's Rhone region and Ron Laughton of the Heathcote estate, Jasper Hill was founded in 1997 and the project yielded its first vintage in 2003. Formerly called "Cambrian," "Cluster M45" is now the U.S. label for this wine, known as "La Pleiade" elsewhere. It is made from 100% Shiraz from a 20-acre single vineyard just south of Jasper Hill's Georgia's Paddock, which is planted with a 50/50 mix of vines taken from Jasper Hill and Chapoutier's vineyards (imported from France). In December 2014, I visited with Ron Laughton in Heathcote and tasted through a vertical of every vintage made of La Pleiade/Cluster M45." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 97 pts.
only $69.95

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