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58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere,
12% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Proprietary Red
Aconcagua Valley

"Superb aromas of black currants, rose petal and mint. Lavender and stones too. Full body with incredible fruit density. Complex, yet it's agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly polished. It builds on the palate and shows the structure of a first growth Bordeaux but remains so Chilean. A blend of 58% cabernet sauvignon, 15% carmenere, 12% malbec, 10% merlot, and 5% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes. This is a joy to taste now but it will show itself in 2019. Even better than the amazing 2012." (JS)
James Suckling: 99 pts.
only $99.95

staglin NEW RELEASE!!
Staglin Family
Cabernet Sauvignon
Estate 30th Anniversary Selection
Rutherford, Napa Valley

"Rich and harmonious, with a supple center of mocha, dark berry, blueberry, cedar and crushed rock. The plush texture provides just the right amount of tannic traction. Drink now through 2028. 2,550 cases made. -JL" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
"One of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons yet made by the Staglins is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 30th Anniversary. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, camphor, incense, blackberries and high quality, subtle toast in the background. There is great fruit on the attack and the wine fills out beautifully in the mid-palate. Full-bodied and opulent, this is a classic yet voluptuous example of the 2012 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon crop. It will be delicious young, but age beautifully for two decades or more." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 96 pts.
"Freshly cut flowers, spices, mocha, red plums, spice cake and new leather meld together in Staglin's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Radiant and supple throughout, the 2012 captures the personality of the year in spades. Sweet red berries, mint and flowers add nuance on the creamy, textured finish. The 2012 will drink well pretty much right out of the gate, but I would give it at least a few years in bottle, as the oak is a bit prominent at this stage." (VM)
Vinous Media: 94 pts.
"This is very sexy and seductive with blackberry and dark chocolate character. Full and polished. Fine tannins that go on for minutes. Loving this. Drink or hold." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.
only $189.95

delas IN STOCK!
Delas Freres
Marquise de la Tourette

"A sleek style, with ample depth to the plum coulis, cassis and blackberry paste flavors, all carried by lively spice notes and racy acidity that lets the finish stretch out, revealing a lingering loamy edge. Best from 2014 through 2022. 260 cases imported. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"Starting off the 2011s, both of which were tasted out of bottle numerous times, the 2011 Hermitage Domaine de Tourettes is another blockbuster from this producer. Full-bodied, rich, layered and voluptuously textured, it offers up a beautiful bouquet of smoked herbs, leather, ground pepper and assorted meaty nuances that are grounded by a rich core of cassis and darker berry fruit. While a big wine, it has remarkable freshness and purity, serious mid-palate depth and silky tannin, all of which allow it to dish out loads of pleasure, even now. Enjoy it over the coming 15-20 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95+ pts.
"Inky ruby. Intense black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by notes of cola, roasted coffee and violet. Stains the palate with intense blueberry, floral pastille and anise flavors sweetened by a touch of mocha. Supple tannins build on the finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity and appealing floral character. Pretty elegant for an Hermitage, and approachable now." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.
only $54.95

Chardonnay SRH
Santa Rita Hills

"A solid step-up from the 2012, the 2013 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers lots golden fruits, honeysuckle, brioche and a touch of sauteed pear-like notes to go with a medium-bodied, ripe, yet balanced feel on the palate. Delicious, classic and beautifully made, this is an outstanding Chardonnay that has both freshness and texture. I'd drink it over the coming 3-4 years, but it will evolve for longer. Another one of the shake-ups in Santa Barbara County in 2015, Brewer Clifton (founded in 1996 by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton) brought on investor Ken Frederickon, who's a master sommelier and wholesaler, with the goal to expand their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir programs. I'm not sure exactly what this new partnership will entail, but the winemaking remains firmly in the hands of Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. Looking at these latest releases, the 2013s are a significant change in style from the 2012s and are much more exuberant, decadent and ripe, with almost overflowing characters. These are not lightweight Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. I was blown away by their texture and depth." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
"The 2013 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Orange peel, butter, chamomile and apricot pit flesh out in the glass. The style is open-knit and accessible, with lovely oiliness and textural richness throughout. Vineyard sources are 3-D, Gnesa and Machado." (VM)
Vinous Media: 90 pts.
only $27.95

la rioja alta NEW RELEASE!!
La Rioja Alta
Gran Reserva 904

"The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain. 150,000 bottles produced." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 96 pts.
"Bright ruby-red. Complex, intensely perfumed bouquet of candied cherry, vanilla, mocha, cured tobacco and spicecake, with a suave potpourri note becoming stronger in the glass. Offers sweet, penetrating cherry-cola and lavender pastille flavors complicated by hints of smoky minerals and candied licorice. The long, subtly tannic finish delivers noteworthy energy and focus, leaving suave spicecake and cherry liqueur notes behind." (VM)
Vinous Media: 94 pts.

only $41.95

chardsonoma NEW RELEASE!
Sonoma Coast

"An expansive style, with lively acidity. Plump, ripe and buttery, this coats the palate with a rich array of fig, melon and tropical tangerine flavors, adding a floral, jasmine scent, enlivened by a nervy edge of acidity. Drink now. 1,100 cases made. –JL" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
"Pahlmeyer's 2013 Chardonnay is gorgeous and also a fascinating contrast to Chardonnay from the family's Wayfarer property on the Sonoma Coast. Here, though, it is the Russian River that speaks with notable eloquence. Orange blossom, butter, new French oak, apricot pit, mint and spice notes abound. The 2013 is quite extroverted in style, but less overt than in years past. The new Francois Freres barrels are evident but also very nicely integrated. The 2013 is the first vintage made exclusively from Ritchie Vineyard fruit, whereas in the past, grapes from Wayfarer were part of the blend." (VM)
Vinous Media: 93 pts.
only $59.95

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Chateau Pedesclaux

"A solid core of cassis and blackberry fruit is liberally framed by dark cocoa and espresso notes and carried through the caressing, blueberry-, spice- and licorice-filled finish. A modern style that will have fans for sure. Best from 2014 through 2025. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
"Very pretty with currants, chocolate and hints of cappuccino. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long delicious finish. This the best wine in years from here. Better in 2017." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.
only $36.95

barnett NEW RELEASE!
Barnett Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain
Napa Valley

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% in new French oak, is impressive. Pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit are present in this full-bodied, opulent, but nicely delineated and vibrant wine. The wine has a lot of sappy energy, wonderful freshness and a full-bodied mouthfeel with a long finish. It's accessible now, but promises to be better in 5-7 years and evolve for 25." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
only $64.95

altesino JUST ARRIVED!
Brunello di Montalcino

"Expressive aromas of eucalyptus, juniper and wild rosemary give way to sweet berry flavors, though the juniper, rosemary and emerging mint accents linger. This is like a walk in the woods, with a fresh, elegant frame. Best from 2017 through 2030. 8,300 cases made." -BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
"Altesino's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino stands proud among its peers. No other wine I tasted among the new releases in Montalcino achieves this unique level of aromatic finesse and distinction. The bouquet is almost purely floral in character with a strong emphasis on pressed rose petal, dried violets and potpourri. The fruit tones are less emphatic and include bright cherry and red currant. In the mouth, the wine's compressed texture is accented by fennel seed and licorice. the 2009 vintage had more power and heat, but this version shows elegant restraint." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93+ pts.
"Altesino's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is fresh, lively and very nicely balanced throughout. Sweet red berries, mint, sage and cinnamon lift from the glass. The 2010 is effortless and totally delicious today, although the flavors are quite fruit-driven. Readers who are looking for more complexity will want to age the 2010 for at least a few years, but it is already quite appealing, even at this early stage." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92 pts.
"Wonderful decadent aromas of musk, orange peel and plum follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a long and rich finish. Salty and savory. Layers of gorgeous fruit. Drink or hold." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.

only $54.95

SLH Estate
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Pale gold. Aromas of lime zest, green apple and quinine are complicated by a subtle gingery nuance. Silky and lithe on the palate, with tangy acidity sharpening the flavors of fresh orchard and citrus fruits. Shows very good energy and lift on the finish, with the lime note echoing. This tightly wound, nervy Chardonnay would work great with raw bivalves or fresh goat's milk cheeses." (VM)
Vinous Media: 90 pts.
" GOOD VALUE The last several vintages of Hahn's "SLH" Chardonnay have been disappointing given the success of the label some years back, but there is nothing at all disheartening here, and this wine hits the marks smartly for structure, substance and very deep fruit. It is fairly mouthfilling stuff with ripe apples and sweet oak to spare, and, while it is sure to be accused as being hopelessly over the top as the fashion of the day demands, we would vehemently argue with those who see damnable excess. Racy and pert, it is not, but neither is it heavy or unbalanced, and it shows the kind of richness rarely seen in Chardonnays of its price. Reviewed: October 2015" (CG)
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90 pts.
only $14.95

cloudybay NEW VINTAGE!
Cloudy Bay
Sauvignon Blanc

"The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough has a nose of fresh lemon, white grapefruit and lime blossoms with hints of sage and wild thyme. Medium bodied, dry, crisp with plenty of citrusy zing in the mouth, the finish is long and steely." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.

Bright, focused citrus aromatics of grapefruit and kaffir lime abound, supported by subtle tropical notes. A silky, concentrated palate reveals ripe, juicy stone fruit and lemongrass, supported by a subtle minerality. Its racy acidity leads toward a mouthwatering, persistent finish, suggesting a sauvignon blanc with ageability.
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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

Liparita Cellars
Cabernet Sauvignon
V Block
Yountville, Napa Valley

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Liparita Cellars V Block from Yountville is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. This is another reasonably appealing value in Napa. Full-bodied and rich, with notes of graphite, blackberry and cassis, this opulent full-bodied wine is best drunk over the next 10-15 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
only $39.95

veraton NEW ARRIVAL!

Bodegas Alto Moncayo
Campo de Borja

"Their least-expensive wine, and one qualifying for this report, is the 2013 Alto Moncayo Veraton, aged in 60% new French oak and 40% new American oak for 17 months and bottled without filtration. This is a blockbuster, 100 % Old Vine Grenache cuvée, with a deep-purple color, great intensity, loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, with licorice, lavender and touch of graphite and earth. It is full-bodied and powerful and I suspect tips the scales at at least 14%-14.5% alcohol. This should drink well for 5-6 years, possibly a lot longer. These wines are made by Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and emerge from one of the finest sources of Old Vine Grenache in Spain, the Bodegas Alto Moncayo. The more expensive wines are called Alto Moncayo and Aquilon. Founded in 2001 in Campo de Borja, the winery has 210 acres of primarily ancient Grenache planted on mountain hillsides, most with a southerly exposure. The soils tend to be a complex mix of clay, slate, quartz, chalk and other minerals. The youngest of the vines were planted in 1967 and the oldest vineyards date back to 1910." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $25.95

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.
only $12.95

piper WHAT A PRICE!!

>"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

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

60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Clairette.

Domaine de la Mordoree
Tavel Rose
La Dame Rousse

"Truthfully, I think the 2014 Tavel La Dame Rousse is every bit as profound as the more expensive Reine des Bois cuvee, and the entry level Cotes du Rhone rose, while made in a slightly more fresh style, is just as good as well. Sporting similar notes of framboise, orange blossom, white flowers and strawberries, it's a bigger, rich release that might lack a touch of the finesse and elegance found in the Reine des Bois, yet makes up for it with fabulous intensity, depth and length, while still staying clean, classy and pure. It's an incredible, full-bodied, beautiful rosé that's not for those looking for simple and quaffable." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
only $21.95

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

carmenet NEW RELEASE!


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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margaux NEW RELEASE!
Chateau Paveil-de-Luze

"Shows singed savory and thyme notes, with a core of bitter plum and black cherry paste flavors. A lightly chalky thread holds the finish. Drink now through 2016. 160,900 cases made.–JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 87 pts.
"The president of the society of cru bourgeois (Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc), Baron De Luze, has produced another beautiful wine from his lovely estate. His 2012 Margaux exhibits supple texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, loads of blackcurrants, a hint of forest floor and floral notes. This is a silky textured, medium-bodied, yet lovely, concentrated wine that is endearing, complex, and typical of this terroir, which is probably under-rated and could easily qualify as a classified growth. Drink it over the next 7-10 years. A sleeper." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 89 pts.
"A powerful, authoritative wine, the 2012 Paveil de Luze is shaping up to be one of the under-the-radar gems of the year. Earthy and smoky notes add nuance, but it is the wine's explosive, deep personality that stands out most. Expressive floral, savory and ferrous notes meld into the expressive finish. Although the 2012 is more power than finesse, it offers exceptional balance and tons of personality. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This is an impressive effort from Paveil de Luze, a Margaux property that could probably be a classified growth. Simon Blanchard is the consulting winemaker." (VM)
Vinous Media: 90 pts.
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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.
750ml........only $49.95
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assemblage UNIQUE FIND!
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

talbott NEW ARRIVAL!
Pinot Noir
Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Bright red. Blackberry, dried cherry, licorice and woodsmoke on the pungent nose. Chewy, sharply focused bitter cherry and dark berry flavors stretch out and deepen with air, picking up a peppery nuance on the back half. Nicely balanced, precise Pinot Noir with no excess fat. Finishes with very good thrust and persistence and dusty tannins that add grip." (VM)
Vinous Media: 91 pts.
"Concentrated raspberry and brambleberry aromas mix with iron and brown mushrooms on the nose of this wine from a historic vineyard originally planted in 1972. The palate is sanguine with bloody meats and pencil lead, with earthy beet-juice flavors and unrelenting minerality, almost like licking the earth itself. -M.K. (12/31/2015)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 92 pts.
only $29.95

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