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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.
only $7.99

prima WOW!
Chateau Carignan Prima
Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux

"Aromas of sweet berries and blueberries with hints of walnuts. Full body, with velvety tannins that are polished and refined. This seems to be slightly holding back its inherent qualities. Give it time. Best ever from here. Better in 2017." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.

750ml.....only $24.95
1.5L.......only $54.95

geyserville NEW RELEASE!!
Sonoma County

"Ridge's 2013 Zinfandel Geyserville is deep, rich and explosive. A much darker wine than the 2012, the 2013 hits the palate with masses of dark red/black fruit followed by iron, smoke and savory herbs. The intensity of fruit nearly covers the tannins that lurk beneath. There is lot to look forward to in this highly promising, engaging Geyserville. The blend is 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro (Mourvèdre)." (VM)
Vinous Media: 92-94 pts.
"73% Zinfandel; 17% Carignane; 9% Petite Sirah; 1% Mataro. Taking its accustomed place near the head of this year's class, Ridge's classic field blend is once again a wine of great depth and range, and one that comes with the demand for aging. It is fully ripe but never close to being too much and is loaded with deep, dark berry fruit, and it already shows highlights of dried flowers and sweet spice that presage increased complexity to come. It is weighty but impeccably balanced and quite long at the finish, and, given Geyserville bottlings' stellar track record for aging, this one can be held with complete confidence for a good many years." (CG)
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93 pts.
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750ml........only $31.95
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cantermerle IN STOCK NOW!!
Chateau Cantemerle

"Shows blackberry and plum skin aromas, with hints of vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a pretty, fruity aftertaste. An elegant, balanced style. Lingers on the palate. Best after 2012. 33,330 cases made." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.
"Cantemerle's new proprietors believe in producing delicate, beautifully wrought, finesse-styled wines that require some introspection. The deep ruby-hued 2005 displays aromas of licorice, roasted herbs, sweet cherries, and flowers. In the mouth, the wine seems almost light in comparison to its peers, but it possesses an ethereal seriousness, purity, and overall harmony that are striking for its delicacy and finesse. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"With a delicate aroma of flowers, black raspberries, spice and earth, this medium bodied wine is pure elegance. Soft, refined and not for tasters that seek out ripe, powerful wines. This is my favorite vintage of Cantemerle since 1989. This is not a wine that needs a lot of cellaring time. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it up before it hits 20, to enjoy its delicate charms. 90 points - Tasted Aug 1, 2011" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 90 pts.
"Wow. This really shows wonderful depth and complexity on the nose with blueberries, fresh flowers and hints of stones. It's full-bodied, with ultra-refined tannins and a long, long finish. Gets better and better with age: gorgeous now but will improve for many years to come. Excellent." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.
375ml.......only $24.95

sanfelice NEW VINTAGE!
San Felice
Chianti Classico
Riserva Il Grigio

"The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio opens to a deeply saturated color that is thick and luminous at the same time. In terms of bouquet, this Riserva veers toward the far end of the aromatic spectrum (as far as Chianti Classico is concerned) with dark tones of spice, saddle leather, pressed rose and moist earth. The finish excels in terms of softness and richness. This is a bold and modern wine with soft tannins and rich extract." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $16.95

martini NEW ARRIVAL!!
50% Grenache and 50% Syrah

Cotes-du-Rhone Villages
Rhone Valley

"Dark and fleshy, offering plum, blackberry confiture and melted black licorice notes that glide along, lined with cocoa and espresso flavors. Not heavy, with a supple structure through the finish. Drink now. 6,500 cases made. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 89 pts.
"Even better and my favorite in the lineup, the 2012 Rasteau has outstanding potential and deliver a deep, layered array of chocolaty dark fruits, plum sauce, licorice and earth. This medium to full-bodied, balanced effort sports solid mid-palate depth and ample length on the finish. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years. These are solid, value priced efforts geared towards near-term drinking." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 89-91 pts.
only $10.95

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

meiomipinot NEW RELEASE!
Pinot Noir
Monterey-Sonoma-Santa Barbara Counties

"Offers an exciting interplay of berry, oak, earth and spice notes. This is rich yet medium-weight, with subtle edges to the blueberry, raspberry, mocha and fresh-turned earth flavors, ending with a tasty melted black licorice aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 317,592 cases made. -J.L." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
A brilliant, rich garnet color, it opens with lifted fruit aromas of ripe strawberry, plum and sweet Bing cherry, along with light cedar and spicy vanilla notes. Bold and expressive boysenberry, plum, cherry cola and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. The vibrant acidity is well balanced by sweet oak and subtle herbal notes, with structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir.
(Winery Notes)
only $16.95

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
byronchard NEW ARRIVAL!
Nielson Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley

"A rich, stylish effort, with a seductive overlay of smoky, toasty oak to the ripe pear, fig, nectarine and melon flavors, gaining depth and length on the finish. Drink now through 2020. -J.L." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
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

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

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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

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


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

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.

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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

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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