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corino IN STOCK!
Renato Corino

"A fresh, elegant red, showing cherry, floral, loam and underbrush flavors. This is firm, yet ripe and long, with gripping tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2030. 8,300 cases made. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.

"(aged entirely in barriques, about 20% new): Good deep red. Brooding aromas of dark fruits, cocoa powder, espresso and spices. Juicy, concentrated and backward, with dark fruit and spice flavors accented by dried herbs, mint and pepper. Well done." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
"This is a rich and wonderful Barolo with dried fruits, spices and light meat character. It's full body, with round and velvety tannins and a fresh, clean finish. So beautiful now to drink but will be even better years ahead." (JS)
James Suckling: 96 pts.
"The 2010 Barolo is drop-dead gorgeous. Sweet red cherries, mint, licorice and spices jump from the glass in an expressive, beautifully delineated Barolo. The 2010 impresses for its energy, class and nuance, all of which are those of a wine that should sit higher up in the hierarchy. The purity of the fruit here is striking. Readers who want to discover the joys of the 2010 vintage in Barolo without spending a fortune should start here. Corino sources from a variety of sites in La Morra and a parcel in Baudana, in Serralunga." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 91+ pts.

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fc chard $30.00 LIST PRICE!
Sonoma County

"There are lots of buttered toast and popcorn flavors in this Chardonnay, but the underlying tropical fruits and pears are strong enough to stand up to them. It's a decadent wine to drink with richly sauced shellfish dishes. -(4/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 90 pts.

only $18.95

botani NEW RELEASE!!
Jorge Ordonez & Co.
Sparkling Muscat
Sierras de Malaga

"The 2012 Botani Sparkling Muscat is Spain's answer to a Moscato from Northern Italy. The first sparkler made in Malaga, it has 5% alcohol, beautiful, fresh bubbles that give uplift and precision to the flowery, exotic perfume, and a good bit of residual sugar. However, the acidity balances out the sugar, resulting in a big, crisp, sparkling fruit cocktail that consumers will adore. The price is a steal. This pioneering project of the Ordonez family in Malaga reflects the visionary aspects of Jorge Ordonez and his family. Jorge Ordonez and his sister, Victoria, are behind this project, but one should not discount the influence and consulting work of Gerhart Kracher, a member of Austria's well-known Kracher family. These amazing wines must be tasted to be believed." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

"(all moscatel of Alexandria): Bright straw. Exotic aromas of candied citrus fruits, peach, melon and pungent flowers. Silky, broad and intensely perfumed in the mouth, offering lively pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors and notes of orange zest and rose. Closes smooth and long, with lingering sweetness and strong lift." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
only $13.95

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cold Creek Vineyard
Columbia Valley

"Even better, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard is impressive, with classic dark fruits, graphite, lead pencil shavings, licorice and herb-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, balanced and with fine tannin, it's an excellent bottle of wine that will have upwards of a decade's of longevity. Chateau Ste Michelle continues to release high-quality wines that, in most cases, represent superb values. All of these 2011s and 2012s are noteworthy." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.

only $26.95

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Chateau de Saint Cosme
Les Deux Albions Rouge
Rhone Valley

(a blend of syrah, grenache, mourvedre and clairette; vinified entirely with whole clusters): Inky ruby. Sexy, spice-tinged black and blue fruit preserve scents are lifted by fresh flowers and white pepper. Juicy and precise, with energetic boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors picking up a spicy nuance with aeration. Supple tannins come on late, adding grip to the long, appealingly sweet, floral finish. This wine was raised in a combination of large wooden upright tanks and concrete vats. By the way, the 2012 version of this wine looks like it will turn out even better, with more elegance and floral character as well as intense spiciness.
only $18.95

K Vintners
Charles Smith
Kung Fu Girl
Evergreen Vineyard
Columbia Valley

"An outstanding bottle of wine, the 2012 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) gives up big blueberry, spice, crushed flowers and violets in a seamless, sexy, yet fresh and delicious package. It too is a superb value and will have 5 to 7 years of longevity." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
only $7.99

antucura NEW RELEASE!
Uco Valley, Mendoza

A wonderful velvet texture with great purity. Dense bramble fruit with hints of violets. Good length and lovely juiciness, and with a firm, fine tannic structure. (JA)
Very expressive with lovely floral notes of roses, plus black pepper. Lovely mouthfeel and purity. The purest of Malbec expression. (PC)
Nice, pure expression of Malbec. Clean fruit, violets and strawberries. A great wine to understand Malbec in general and Vista Flores Malbec in particular. Pure and drinkable. (PT)
Decanter Magazine Panel Tasting: 95 pts.

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mondavireserve NEW ARRIVAL!
Robert Mondavi
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"Beautifully crafted, pure, rich and complex, featuring tiers of red and black fruit, cherry, raspberry and spice, gaining subtle oak and fresh earth details. The fine-grained tannins deliver backbone and grip, imparting an accent of dried herbs and oak on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2026. -J.L." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dense purple color, more tannin, structure and spice, terrific richness and plenty of black currant, vanillin and loamy soil characteristics. Given past track records, this full-bodied, impressive Reserve should easily age for 25-35 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.

"(90% To Kalon fruit; 15.4% alcohol; includes 4% petit verdot and 2.3% cabernet franc): Bright medium ruby. Cherry, menthol and flowers on the nose; a bit redder in its fruit qualities than the 2009 today. Then dense but distinctly cool on the palate, with strong graphite minerality currently overshadowing berry fruit. Finishes with substantial building, dusty tannins. It's very early days for this wine, which is less harmonious today than the finished 2009." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92-94 pts.

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Exotic, powerful and structured, the 2010 emerges from the glass with masses of dark fruit, smoke, licorice, menthol, plums and cloves. Today, the 2010 Reserve is naturally quite primary, but all the ingredients are there for it to develop into a spectacular wine. Readers will need to give the 2010 a few years to soften, as the tannins are a bit imposing at this stage, despite the wine's considerable appeal today. An exotic melange of blackberries, blueberries, menthol, tar and licorice round out the sumptuous finish. What a gorgeous wine this is." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 96 pts.

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Reinhold Haart
Piesporter Goldtropfchen
Riesling Kabinett

"Packed with spice, this is distinctive and racy. Licorice and grapefruit comes into play as this rides the bracing structure to a long conclusion. Light and intense, with a persistent savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases imported. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.

"The Haart 2007 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett smells of pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Rather soft and pliable on the palate-particularly in direct comparison with the corresponding Grafenberg-this nonetheless has a soothing, elegant, and delicate personality and finishes with a long, lovely if low-energy counterpoint of rich, ripe fruit; faint nuttiness and black fruit tartness; and saline and wet stone mineral expressions. A dozen or more years of felicitous cohabitation should be possible. Theo and son Johannes Haart had memorable success in 2007, a vintage Haart senior compares in quality and style with 2001, and whose wines he thinks will need longer than usual to show their true meddle. This year's surprisingly numerous dry-tasting wines seem on the whole marginally disappointing, although those wines too deserve patience." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"($40) Fresh bouquet of bosc pear, pine nuts and apple blossom. Delicately sweet on the palate, thanks to a nice interplay of apricot fruit and luscious citricity. Finishes with lipsmacking elegance. An exemplary cabinet." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
"Starts off with some slightly funky, sweaty-socks aromas, but then delivers yellow plum and diesel scents. Flavors run in a similar vein, with yellow and green plum notes nicely balanced by hints of mineral and lees. It's light to medium in body, off-dry, with a long finish featuring finely etched notes of plum and stone. -J.C. (10/1/2009)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.

only $18.95

locationsspain NEW RELEASE!
A blend of Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Carignan/Carinena
E 2
Spanish Red Wine

"I reviewed these Locations offerings from Dave Phinney of Orin-Swift Cellars last year, who is going against all conventional wisdom of vineyard and vintage dating wines. Terroirists will claim the devil has possessed Phinney, as his offerings from France, Italy and Spain are all blends from different sectors of each country. If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer, they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my "value winemaker of the year" candidate. P.S. It's too expensive for this report, but I am including it as an hommage to what Dave Phinney has achieved. If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The Wine Advocate. These are all remarkable efforts. Kudos to Dave Phinney! The 2011 Orin-Swift D66 VdP Cotes Catalanes, a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 8% Carignan (from 60- to 100-year-old vines), comes from the schist and limestone soils around the village of Maury. Aged in 100% French oak (25% new), this 10,000-case cuvee retails for around $43 a bottle, but I suspect discounters will offer it in the mid- to -upper $30 range. This black/ruby/purple-colored wine boasts a terrific perfume of creosote, camphor, charcoal, blackberries, acacia flowers and truffles. Full-bodied and opulent, this is a prodigious effort from the Cotes Catalanes. Even at its full retail price of $43, it represents a striking bargain. I rated it 95." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
only $14.95


"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


Joel Gott
Sauvignon Blanc

The 2013 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus aromas complemented by tropical notes. Refreshing flavors of melon lead to juicy Meyer lemon zest flavors on the mid palate, and a long, clean, and balanced finish.
The 2013 vintage was one of the best we have had in California. A dry spring with moderate temperatures laid the foundation for a great growing season-budbreak to bloom. Warm summer temperatures led to an early version (the onset of ripening), and we watched the vineyards closely to ensure they were picked at optimal ripeness, with a good balance of sugar and acidity. Fruit from both Napa Valley and the marine-influenced Monterey offers tropical aromatics, while fruit from Lake County brings citrus qualities to the wine. Sourcing from these varied regions across California helps us to create a refreshing, food-friendly blend.
To preserve the wine's fruit and acidity, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, a small percentage of which are smaller stainless steel drums that give the wine added texture and roundness from sur lie aging. The 2012 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc has aromatics of guava, papaya, white peach, mandarin, Meyer lemon and lime. The wine fills the palate with fruit flavors and a round fullness, finishing with crisp, refreshing acidity.
(Winery Notes)

only $8.99

Chapoutier Domaine de Bila Haut
Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Occultum Lapidem

"The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem offers dark, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of smoked earth, licorice, wild herbs and blackcurrants to go with a firm, structured and age-worthy profile on the palate. Comprised of mostly Syrah, from schist and gneiss soils, and aged in tank and demi-muid, this superb 2012 has solid mid-palate depth, ample tannin and a beautifully focused finish. It's a superb value that will be even better in another year or so, and have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.

only $24.95

luminus BACK AGAIN!!
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

Domaine de la Mordoree
Tavel Rose
La Dame Rousse

"Almost as good and a fabulous effort, the 2013 Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse is upfront and perfumed, with citrus blossom, crushed roses and wild strawberry-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, layered and seamless, with perfectly integrated acidity, it's a knockout rose to enjoy over the coming year or two as well. Don't miss these two superb roses." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
"(60% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault and 10% clairette): Light orange-pink. High-pitched aromas of candied red fruits, blood orange and fresh flowers, with a dusty mineral overtone. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering tightly focused red fruit flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air. Smoothly blends richness and energy, closing with excellent clarity and mineral-tinged persistence." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 91 pts.
only $27.95

angludet IN STOCK!
Chateau d'Angludet

"This has a pure loganberry and damson plum core, with lilac, warm pebble and lightly singed anise notes flittering through the background. Offers well-integrated structure through the finish, with subtle minerality echoing. Best from 2014 through 2026. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
"A major sleeper of the vintage, as I thought from barrel several years ago, the 2010 is one of the best d'Angludets I have tasted. It should drink nicely for 15-20 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. It is a sexy, up-front, precociously styled d'Angludet with a deep purple color, loads of floral notes intermixed with licorice, blueberry, black raspberry and, of course, the classic creme de cassis. It is dense, ripe, soft, round and surprisingly accessible for a 2010. A beauty!" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"Already approachable, with ample ripe blackberries, earth and floral notes, the wine is soft, round and open, with an earthy, cassis and black cherry filled finish. 90 points - Tasted May 7, 2013" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 90 pts.

750ml.....only $39.95
375ml.....only $21.95

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

viticcio NEW RELEASE!
Chianti Classico

"The 2011 Chianti Classico paints a pretty portrait of the warm vintage and shows attractive aromas of black cherry and mild spice. The intensity is notable, and although the wine remains faithful to its simple, easy-drinking philosophy, it does offer a small twist of sophistication that comes as a pleasant surprise. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018. ." (WA)
Wine Advocate 88 pts.

"Aromas of dried cherries and flowers follow through to a medium to full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Nice creamy acidity. Drink or hold." (JS)
James Suckling: 90 pts.
only $14.95

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