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"Terrabianca's 2011 Campaccio is nicely focused in the glass, with a real sense of direction and excellent energy for the year. A bit deeper and more pliant than the Riserva Croce, the Campaccio is going to need a few years in bottle to fully open up. Sweet dark cherry, plum, licorice, new leather and spice notes wrap around the seductive finish." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92 pts.
only $24.95

Zaca Mesa
Santa Ynez Valley

"Appealing, with wild berry and toasted herb aromas and zesty, well-layered flavors of plum, roasted anise and pepper. Drink now through 2021. 12,400 cases made. -TF" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 88 pts.

"It may not be the deepest or most serious Syrah to be had, but this very accessible wine wins endorsement for its available fruit and overall affability. It is ripe and rounded and fairly supple in feel, and it keeps ripe berries in sight at all times. It makes a smooth passage over the palate, and, even if finished with a slight tannic pucker, it is not a wine that demands a long stay in the cellar. Reviewed: March 2014" (CG)
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87 pts.
"The first winery to plant Syrah in the county continues to produce powerful but layered expressions. This delivers rich aromas of cherry, stewed plum and blackberry alongside sage and a wisp of vanilla. On the palate, it starts rich, until bright acidity and tannins bring balance amidst mocha and blackberry jam flavors and an oak-powered vanilla finish. -M.K. (2/1/2015)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 92 pts.

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Dr. F. Weins Prum
Graacher Domprobst
Riesling Spatlese

"A lilting white, with savory accents to the deeply concentrated flavors of Asian pear, apple tart and butter pastry. Honeyed notes intensify on the broad and well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2038. 110 cases made. -KM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
only $19.95

telar CLOSE-OUT!!
El Telar
Proprietary Red

"The 2010 El Telar is 90% Monastrell planted in 1948 with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon vinified and aged separately for 16 months. The color is dark cherry, with clean aromas of tobacco, dark cherries, smoke and dried aromatic herbs. The palate shows ripe fruit, medium body and high acidity. Only 4,000 bottles were produced. Give it some time and enjoy over the next five years. Drink 2014-2019. Vinessens is small a family winery that was created in 2007 by the third generation of grape growers of the Sierra Salinas zone. They have 23 hectares of vineyards in the Villena zone, some of them 60-year-old (and older) Monastrell. The new generation has studied in Bordeaux, and all the wines have a clear, clean, precise profile. I wonder what would happen if they produced a pure old-vine Monastrell. A new name to follow." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
only $18.95

Grande Cuvee

"Beautifully aromatic and inviting, with grilled nut, incense and graphite notes, this vibrant Champagne is finely knit and harmonious, expanding on the palate and delivering flavors of toast, lemon meringue, orange blossom and clover honey. The long finish features lots of exotic spice details. Disgorged winter 2013. Drink now through 2025. -A.N" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"Krug's NV Brut Grande Cuvee ID 112001 – disgorged already over the winter of 2011-2012 but then further aged before release – reinforces the belief that, thankfully, even wine lovers of modest means who occasionally splurge on Krug Grande Cuvee will be rewarded with a wine that need not fear comparison with this house's more limited and far more expensive bottlings, nor for that matter with any other wines of Champagne. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning. (Some of the textural allure of this cuvee might, I suspect, be traceable to its significant share of Pinot Meunier, particularly that of Festigny, in a side valley of the Marne's Left Bank.) Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. Emerging suggestions of shitake and shrimp shell reduction compound the sense of capital-"U" umami in a vibrantly interactive and refreshing finish. A day after opening, this is even more vividly complex than it had been initially, with hints of fresh red raspberry lending an invigorating tang and sensation of berry seed-crunching that delivers strikingly harmonious counterpoint to both the luscious brightness of fruit and the nutty low-tones. Plan to follow this beauty for a dozen or more years. The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvee from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. So is the result." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.
"The NV Grande Cuvee is absolutely stellar. This is one of the very best Grande Cuvees I can remember tasting. The flavors are bright, focused and beautifully delineated throughout, all of which make me think the wine will age well for many, many years. Lemon peel, white flowers, crisp pears, smoke and crushed rocks race across the palate in a vibrant, tense Champagne that epitomizes finesse. This release is based on the 2005 vintage and was disgorged in winter 2012/2013. The blend is: 44% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 19% Meunier. Krug ID: 113001." (VM)
Vinous Media: 94 pts.
"This multivintage blend nails the essence of Krug, intense richness of fruit and flavor without weight. Meaty mushroom and soy aromas are balanced by rich red fruits, citrus, toast and mineral notes. Long finish. Imported by Clicquot Inc." (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 94 pts.

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Bodegas Borsao
Tres Picos
Campo de Borja

"The 2013 Tres Picos is the bodegas top cuvée of 100% Grenache from older, head-pruned vines planted on the hillsides of the Moncayo Mountains. Yields were less than two tons of fruit per acre. This was the first of the Grenaches to spend some time in a combination of older French oak barrels (for 10 months) as well as stainless steel. There are 6,000 cases of this outstanding wine. Its dense ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice, pepper and spice box, and a medium to full-bodied, richly fruity, sensual wine with beautiful finesse, complexity and purity. Sometimes Grenache can take on a complex, Pinot Noir-like sensitivity, and this cuvée appears to have done that. Consumers should take advantage of these lovely wines offered at ridiculously low prices. Drink now-2017." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"(half fermented in stainless steel and the other half in French oak, followed by ten months of aging in French oak): Vivid purple. Fresh cherry, blackberry and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Lush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering fleshy blueberry and floral pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Closes on a sweet note of spicy oak, with supple tannins, very good tenacity and a touch of fruitcake." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.
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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.
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Ricardo Santos
El Malbec
La Madras Vineyard

"Spicy and elegant style of malbec with dark fruit and clove character. Medium body, ripe tannins and a fresh finish. Delicious. Drink now."" (JS)
James Suckling: 90 pts.
This exceptional wine is from the single vineyard La Madras, on the slopes of the Andes Mountains in Argentina at an altitude of 2,800 feet, allowing for a temperate Continental climate. Grapes are harvested and selected by hand, gently pressed, and only the first pressed juice used. The wine is then aged in French and American oak for six months. The Malbec is a striking deep, brilliant purple color. The nose is ripe and full, reminiscent of dark cherries, plums, and chocolate with undertones of loam and earth. In the mouth, the wine displays a profound core of ripe, blackberry jam fruit, lengthening into a sophisticated weighty finish coupled with an elegant silkiness. This is a rich and complex Malbec with an outstanding elegance and good structure. It is often referred to as "a Malbec for grown-ups."
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Sauvignon Blanc
Aurora Point
Alexander Valley

"Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Aurora Point sees no new oak, and half of it is fermented with indigenous yeasts. A brilliant Sauvignon, it reveals lots of citrus oil, honeysuckle, white currant, fig and melon characteristics along with medium body, great fruit and wonderful purity. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $29.95

Schild Estate
Ben Schild Single Vineyard Reserve
Barossa Valley

"Dark and peppery, smooth and supple, layering black cherry and licorice flavors on a plump frame, finishing with length. Has depth and presence. Drink now through 2020. 15,960 cases made. -HS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"Inky ruby. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice, vanilla and mocha, plus a smoky overtone and a hint of pipe tobacco. Plush, round dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors show very good depth and appealing sweetness, with gentle acidity adding lift. Smooth and spicy on the gently tannic finish, leaving behind notes of vanilla bean and candied blueberry." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.

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Chateau Montelena
Napa Valley

"The just-bottled 2013 Chardonnay is vibrant and fresh, with a little more cut than is typically the case, the result of a year in which acidities are higher. Lemon peel, white flowers and crushed rocks are wonderfully expressive in this finely-sculpted Chardonnay from Montelena. There is plenty to look forward to here." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92 pts.
only $39.95

rockpile NEW ARRIVAL!
Dry Creek Valley

"Impeccably focused and distinctive, with floral cherry, mineral and fresh sage aromas and flavors that combine subtle power with lively acidity, offering notes of raspberry and spicy herb. Drink now through 2024. 2,522 cases made. -TF" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
only $29.95

Chateau Meyney

"I clearly underrated this wine from barrel. The finest wine made at this estate since 1982, this opaque black wine is a sleeper of the vintage, with oodles of blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of charcoal, forest floor, licorice and damp earth. Deep, rich, chewy, full-bodied and opulent, this is a fabulous Meyney that, because of its low acidity and very ripe tannin, can be drunk in 3-4 years or cellared for two decades. Bravo!" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
"Green olives, spices and currants on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lovely layers of ripe tannins and ripe fruit. Best after 2018." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.

"Ripe dark fruits, licorice, smoke, earth and spice aromas open to a medium/full bodied, soft, round, forward wine that can be enjoyed in its youth or aged, as there is enough stuffing for this wine to improve for at least a decade or more. 91 points - Tasted Jan 28, 2014" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 91 pts.

only $39.95

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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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Shotfire Shiraz
Barossa Valley

"Bright purple. Sexy cassis, blackberry and vanilla aromas are complemented by hints of peppery spices, licorice and mocha. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry flavors, a touch of spicecake and very good depth. The licorice and cassis notes repeat on the energetic, youthfully tannic finish." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.

only $17.95

Domaine de la Solitude

"A polished, elegant Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine de la Solitude's 2012 offers impressive ripeness and depth in its kirsch, blackberry, licorice, spice-box and crushed-flower aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, layered and silky, with terrific polish to its tannin, it is slightly mid-weight, but will evolve gracefully on its balance and overall harmony." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"Dark purple. Ripe dark berry and floral pastille aromas and flavors are complicated by suggestions of allspice and black pepper. Round and seamless in texture, with hints of licorice and cola emerging on the back half. Finishes long and smooth, with building sweetness and supple tannins coming up late." (VM)
Vinous Media: 90 pts.

only $29.95

Pinot Noir
SLH Estate
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Impressive, showing density, concentration, depth and persistence, with layers of blackberry, mocha, cedar, spice and berry pie. Finishes with a strong presence. Drink now through 2021. 15,000 cases made. -J.L." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"Brilliant ruby-red. Perfumed scents of raspberry, cherry, candied rose and peppery spices, with a smoky mineral undertone. Offers a gently sweet red fruit character on the palate, picking up a floral element with air. This pure, open-knit Pinot finishes with good sweetness nd focus and gentle tannic grip." (VM)
Vinous Media: 90 pts.
only $16.95

Louis Jadot
1er Cru Anniversary Cuvee
Cote de Beaune

"Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrieres, Toussaints and Chouacheux." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92-94 pts.
"There is the same hint of pine cone that is present on the Pommard along with more typical notes of earth, dark cherry and spice. The mid-palate is markedly supple with a fleshy and pliant texture as the middle weight flavors are shaped by well-integrated tannins that contribute to a sense of harmony on the attractively complex and lingering finale. This is more forward than most of these Beaune 1ers and should be a good candidate to enjoy young if desired." (BH)
Burghound: 89-92 pts.
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assemblage WOW!
Assemblage Red Blend
Uco Valley, Mendoza

"The 2010 Assemblage is a blend of 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and Petit Verdot from La Consulta and Tupungato, all of them in the Uco Valley as they purchase fruit from old Malbec vineyards for this top of the range blend. The grapes fermented in inox and aged for 18 months in new Taransaud barrels. It is still young and definitely will improve in bottle, but there is good fruit depth and balance. It is medium to full-bodied, ripe but balanced, powerful but elegant, with good freshness and acidity. This is a very good blend. Drink 2015-2019. I was pleasantly surprised by the wines from Atamisque, a winery in Tupungato with 70 hectares of vineyards purchased in 2006 by a Frenchman, John Du Monceau." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
"A little primary in character still with lots of fruit and spicy oak, but there is a tension and sincerity in this wine that suggests it will all come together. Full body, medium chewy tannins and a crisp finish. Needs another year or two." (JS)
James Suckling: 91 pts.
only $29.95

Domaine Serene
Pinot Noir
Evenstad Reserve
Willamette Valley

"Focused, vital, ripe and distinctive, with a coppery note weaving through the strawberry and raspberry flavors. Hints at clove and root beer as the finish persists. Drink now through 2022. -H.S" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve was picked from late summer after one of the driest on record. There was better heat accumulation, according to Erik Kramer, but he does not regard it has a hot vintage. It was a low yield at around 1.7 and 1.8 tons per acre, partly due to a preflowering cluster removal. The skin-to-pulp ratio was very high and it was raised in 65% new oak over 16 months. It has a deep garnet color. The bouquet is in stark contrast with strawberry pastille and raspberry coulis, hints of iodine developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red berry fruit interlaced with sea salt and white pepper. There is an undercurrent of gaminess to this 2012 that lends intrigue toward the finish that gently grips the mouth. Not as opulent as other 2012 Pinot Noirs that I have tasted, but clearly very well crafted by winemaker Erik Kramer and with a prosperous future ahead." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"Brilliant ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola and vanilla, with smoky mineral and incense scents building in the glass. Oaky to be sure, but the wine's seriously deep, sweet black raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille qualities seem up to the lumber. Plush and seamless in texture, finishing with excellent thrust and length and smooth tannins that fold into the wine's lush fruit. Fans of decadent Pinot needn't look any farther." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92 pts.
"A full and rich pinot with clay, berry and strawberry character. Hints of soil and spices too. Lots of ripe fruit, but fresh and bright. Drink now." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.
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