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Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Product #29972 (In Stock)
Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Allan Scott makes this cheerful (and cheap!) Sauvignon Blanc for a local distributor, and it's one of those unexpected winners that punch well above their weight.  Generous and fresh aromas of orange blossom, tangerine, and pink grapefruit lead to a zippy, crisp, mouthful of melon and citrus fruit with just a touch of fresh cut grass.  Fun and very tasty.

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kamptal 2014 Product #29941 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner  Kamptal 2014 Steininger Gruner Veltliner  Kamptal 2014

Like its stablemate “Grand Grü,” which we feature every year around Thanksgiving, Karl and Brigitta Steininger’s all tank Kamptal Grüner has been a staff and customer favorite here for years.  Start with the wonderful, summery, aromatics of yellow peach, peach skin, and wet stone minerality that really jump out of the glass.  Then notice the ripe fruit flavors – peach puree, yellow pear, apricot and golden apple – framed with touches of baking spice, citrus zest, and river stone.  Finally, enjoy how the peach turns tangy and a touch of lime and green apple come out on the finish and make your mouth water and face break out into a smile.  All this flavor intensity in a wine that hovers comfortably around 13% abv and costs much, much, less than you’d expect.

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Dom De Creve Coeur CdR Villages Sablet 2013 Product #30209 (In Stock)
Dom De Creve Coeur CdR Villages Sablet 2013 Dom De Creve Coeur CdR Villages Sablet 2013

Young Pablo Hocht learned to make wine as part of his day job at leading Gigondas estate Dom Saint Cosme, and is now venturing out on his own - but in a very small way.  He has just 5 acres of old vines - 60+ years for his Grenache - on the western side of the Ouveze River in Sablet.  Because he has only a few rows of Mourvedre, and AOC rules require Sablet to be at least 20% something other than Grenache (and Pablo prefers 40%), he uses the best Grenache for this wine and bottles the rest as Cotes du Rhone.

The 2012 edition of this wine earned 90 points from Wine Advocate, but the not-yet-reviewed 2013 is clearly better.  It’s a blend of 60% old-vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, all organic/biodamically farmed on the rock-covered sand and clay soils of Sablet, just under the hill of Gigondas.  The aromas here are just exactly why we love the big, gutsy, wines of the Southern Rhone.  Powerful scents of crushed black cherry, raspberry liquor, black licorice, olive, and a hint of lavender burst from the glass.  On the palate, the generous, rich, dark fruit flavors gain complexity from notes of fresh earth, warm stones, and dried thyme.  Mouthfilling and long on the palate, the finish remains surprisingly refreshing and bright as tangy raspberry, licorice, and herb flavors linger over mineral dust and fine-grained tannins.  Just 133 cases made (in Pablo’s parents’ basement), and delicious now for stews and autumnal feasts with at least 4-6 years of cellar potential, too.

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Dom Brunet Pinot Noir Pays d' Oc 2014 Product #30508 (In Stock)

A whole lot of Pinot Noir for the money here, marrying French elegance with New World ripeness.  Sweetly fruited with notes of baked cherry and dark raspberry plus added complexity from doses of earthy mineral and warm spice.  Spiced raspberry and black cherry flavors linger on the soft, supple, finish with just enough bite for shape and structure.  Fun stuff and great value!

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Pares Balta Mas Petit Penedes 2013 Product #30602 (In Stock)
Pares Balta Mas Petit Penedes 2013 Pares Balta Mas Petit Penedes 2013

From Spain's Penedes region, this is a great everyday red made from organicly grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha grapes.  Fermented in tank and aged 7 months in used French Oak.  It's more like a Loire Valley Chinon than most Spanish wines, with plump currant and red cherry fruit and accents of crushed herb, smoke and spice.  Rich enough for something off the grill, but also fun by itself with a light chill - a Spanish bistro red!

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Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2015 Product #30615 (In Stock)
Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2015 Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2015

The brothers Couillaud are among the most outstanding winegrowers of the western Loire Valley.  And while their Muscadet is terrific, it was this complex and distinctive Chardonnay that captured our attention.  The 2015 harvest yielded plump, ripe, Chardonnay fruit with plenty of heft and balancing acidity.  They fermented about 8% in barrel and the rest in concrete tanks, allowing all of the wine to go through malolactic fermentation.  The result is an amazingly rich, creamy, almost Meursault-like Chardonnay with the zesty cut and minerality of a top Chablis.  Honey, cream, chalk, and tart green apple aromas and flavors are delivered with nice energy and drive and linger on a long, mouthwatering, brilliantly complex finish.  A tad richer and deeper than the 2014, but just as pure and mineral and delicious.

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Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Blanc 2015 Product #30677 (In Stock)

Back in the old days, pretty much all white Bordeaux was a blend of the region’s three complementary grapes:  Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.  As Loire Valley and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc became more popular in the 1980s, Bordeaux growers began phasing out first Muscadelle (too hard to grow) and then Semillon (usually pulled up in favor of Cabernet and Merlot).  The resulting Sauvignon-dominant (or 100% Sauvignon) white Bordeauxs can be a lot of refreshing, pool-side, fun – but they lack more traditional wine’s complexity of flavors and mellow, food-friendly, textures.

So, finding a traditional blend like this one is a real treat, especially at this great value price.  Give it a swirl and you’ll find a classic white Bordeaux nose of lemon/tangerine fruit, grapefruit pith, a bit of fresh mown grass, and the note of wet wool that Semillon brings to Bordeaux.  With air, a note of passion fruit and crushed savory herb emerges.  It’s light to medium-bodied and very fresh and happy in the mouth with flavors of lemon drop, tangerine, crushed herb and passion fruit puree.  On the finish, the fresh lemon and lime zest character comes forward and you’ll notice your mouth watering as the lemon and herb flavors linger on.   A lovely wine for any shellfish and herb dish or for salads with goat cheese.

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Penya Cotes Catalanes Rouge 2015 Product #30931 (In Stock)
Penya Cotes Catalanes Rouge 2015 Penya Cotes Catalanes Rouge 2015

As soon as we tasted the 2015 Penya, we knew:  this is going to be a “no-brainer” favorite value red of the year! It’s loaded with generous red and blue fruit – think raspberry, blueberry, blackberry – plus a nice whiff of sweet berry blossom and violet.  There’s enough heft and tannin here to give the wine a satisfying texture and make it a great companion for any summer food. Or give it a light chill and you’ll love it’s thirst-quenching joy as you twist-off the top and pour it on the deck while the grill heats up and the sun goes down.

“The vibrant purple-colored 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes was bottled in January and raised all in concrete tanks. Made from 52% Grenache, 36% Carignan and 12% Syrah, it offers jammy, forward notes of blackberries, raspberries and flowers in a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, fruity personality. It’s a terrific value and geared for near-term drinking.”Wine Advocate 89 points

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Villa Jolanda Prosecco Product #22192 (In Stock)
Villa Jolanda Prosecco Villa Jolanda Prosecco

Villa Jolanda Prosecco is made from 100% Prosecco grapes grown in the hills north of Treviso.  Grapes are hand-harvested, chilled in the vineyard, and given a low-temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and fruit.  The wine features lovely aromas of white flowers, orchard fruits, and a touch of mineral.  Lightly sparkling with very pretty, small, bubbles, the wine is full of flavor - peach, ripe apple, lemon zest, and a nice mineral streak.  Fruity and crisp, the wine finishes with a touch of mineral and yellow apple.  A fantastic wine to keep on hand for everyday celebrations or to stock up on for Holiday parties.  Delicious!

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Ch Pericou Bordeaux 2010 Product #30535 (In Stock)
Ch Pericou Bordeaux 2010 Ch Pericou Bordeaux 2010

If you liked the 2006 Pericou, then the 2010 will take your breath away.  From one of Bordeaux's greatest modern vintages, the 2010 Pericou delivers all the complexity and classic Bordeaux character of the 2006 with more freshness and power.  Ripe blackcurrant and berry fruit are framed by notes of cedar and crushed herb and supported by juicy acids and silky smooth tannins.  Delicious right now and for 5-8 years.

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Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012 Product #30857 (In Stock)
Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012 Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the broad, warm, Thracian Plain in Bulgaria's south, just north of Greece and west of the Black Sea.  Ripe Cabernet fruit reaches the winery cool and receives just the right amount of time on the skins before finishing aging in tank.  Plenty of chocolaty richness here, with big black raspberry and currant fruit and accents of tobacco and cedar.  Michel Rolland consults here, and his touch with tannins shows in the smooth, velvety, finish.  A fantastic value you'll enjoy with anything roasted or grilled.

"Dark garnet to the eye, this wine has aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, coffee and freshly ground black pepper. Flavors of height-of-summer cherry, raspberry and baking spice persist on the palate through a finish that is awash in silky tannins."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Josef Bauer Joe's Rose 2015 Product #30897 (In Stock)
Josef Bauer Joe's Rose 2015 Josef Bauer Joe's Rose 2015

A joyful, delicious, rosé that benefits from Josef Bauer’s very own “secret sauce.” While Austria is still best known in the USA for juicy, peppery, whites made from Riesling or Grüner Veltliner, regions like the Wagram can produce red wines every bit as fine as the whites.  And, where fine red and outstanding white wines grow, why not rosé too!

Joesef Bauer starts his rosé with a big dollop of Austria’s own Zweigelt grape, lightly pressing it to get pale pink juicy redolent of crushed cherries, berry blossom and more.  Then, a 20% or so dose of Cabernet rosé gives the wine some freshness and structure and adds a refreshing bundle of dried herb.  Last, a small vineyard of “Merlot” (that’s what Joe ordered and what the box from the nursery said!) gives the wine a big dose of fresh strawberry and a round, almost creamy, texture more commonly found in Grenache-based wines from Provence.  There’s a bit more cherry fruit and berry blossom aromatics here than in most Provençal wines, and plenty of juicy, fresh, crisp refreshment.

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Paul D Gruner Veltliner 2014 1.0l Product #29518 (In Stock)
Paul D Gruner Veltliner 2014 1.0l Paul D Gruner Veltliner 2014 1.0l

Paul D Grüner 2014 offers just a little bit more of everything you love in a summertime white, including 33% more wine in the party-friendly 1.0 liter bottle.  Twist the top off, pour a cold glass, and as the condensation forms you’ll be rewarded with refreshing aromas of green apple, fresh peach, and orange-tinged citrus.  Take a good mouthful – no need to just sip at this price! – and you’ll love how the ripe apple, pear, and pineapple fruit gets lifted across your palate by a faint accent of spicy ginger.  Swallow and feel your mouth water as the clean, fresh, stone and orchard fruit flavors just get fresher from lingering notes of lemon and lime.  We could give you a list of food matches here more than long enough to fill the empty 1.0 liter bottle, but that’s hardly the point.  Refreshing, delicious, and priced to share with a crowd, this could just be your ultimate party and refrigerator white.!

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Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 375ml Product #30013 (In Stock)
Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 375ml Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 375ml

Half Bottle  Always a delicious value, the 2013 Catena Chardonnay may just be the best ever.  A blend of oaked and tank-aged wine, it crackles with fantastic fresh apple, pear, peach and pineapple fruit framed by notes of crushed mint and toasted hazlenut.  The vivid fruit pumps on through the juicy finish where Burgundy-like minerality and creamy toast notes linger.  Fantastic stuff.

"The Catena 2013 Chardonnay mixes grapes form Agrelo (15%) and the rest from different zones in the Uco Valley (Tupungato and San Carlos, Eugenio Bustos and Altamira). 50% of the wine fermented in used oak barriques, 10% in new 500-liter French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel. Part of the barrels go through malolactic fermentation, but not all. 2013 feels ripe despite the character of the vintage, and although the oak is a lot less noticeable than in previous vintages it provides creaminess that makes it approachable and easy. The palate is soft and the acidity is quite integrated with the fruit. An approachable, nice Chardonnay."Wine Advocate 90 points

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McManis Chardonnay 2014 Product #30394 (In Stock)
McManis Chardonnay 2014 McManis Chardonnay 2014

From the seldom seen River Junction AVA (in California's Central Valley), this happy Chardonnay delivers pure, unadulterated, fun. Big aromas of pineapple, peach, and yellow apple fruit with a charming touch of mint. Then a bit of oaky vanilla to go with grilled pineapple and pear fruit and a good squirt of apple-like acidity for freshness on the back. A touch of vanilla comes up on the back where salty caramel and fruit flavors linger. A fine sipper/party Chard and a very fine value. If you want to impress your friends, tell them this earned a gold medal and 96 point score at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. If you want to really impress them, though, just give 'em a sip.

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Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro K Rosso Alto Adige 2014 Product #30464 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro K Rosso Alto Adige 2014 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro K Rosso Alto Adige 2014

We confess to being huge fans of Kellerei Kaltern, the outstanding cooperative winery perched in the foothills of the Dolomites just outside Balzano, Italy.  The Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco from the hills sloping down to Lake Kaltern are mainstays here, but it's the lake-side reds that are most special to us.

Both the very popular Schiava and gutsier Lagrein bottlings rely on older vines, so the winery created this blend to feature younger vines (up to 30 years) of both.  The light-colored Schiava give this wonderful aromas and flavors of cherry, lilac, and rose petal while the more powerful Lagrein adds black raspberry, plum, and licorice notes.  Light - just 12.5% abv - but packs a big flavor punch.  Try it cool with a spread of cheese and cured meat and we think you'll be convinced!

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Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Rouge 2012 Product #28783 (In Stock)
Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Rouge 2012 Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Rouge 2012

We’re not sure why this very classic red Bordeaux isn’t a lot more expensive.  Unlike most “value” Bordeaux, it’s based the region’s best, most aristocratic grape, Cabernet Sauvignon.  The one-third Merlot adds volume and plumpness and the time part of the wine spends in new French oak barrels – a rarity in value Bordeaux – gives polish, spice, and added complexity.

The aromas here scream "Bordeaux" with dark black currant, milk chocolate, cedar and tobacco notes and chocolate covered cherries all intermingling nicely.  The aromas suggest a rich, luscious, wine and that’s just what you’ll find when you taste it, too.  Red and black currant and tangy cherry fruit flavors make up the wine’s core with bitter chocolate (unlike the milkier chocolate on the nose), cocoa powder accents, cedar and crushed herb accents lending complexity and interest.  Even though the texture is rich and full, the wine retains Bordeaux’s classic appetizing dryness and aristocratic restraint, with fine, crisp, tannins lying underneath the lingering savory soy and smoke flavors.  Performs like a $20 wine, which makes this price even more attractive!

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Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011 Product #29191 (In Stock)
Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011 Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011

This has been a Spanish value staple for years now, and the 2011 is yet another fine Toro Tempranillo.  The wine is 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), hand harvested from vines 30+ years-old. There’s plenty of ripe Temparnillo fruit here – cherry, blackberry and plum – and very nice doses of wood spice and the grape’s exotic sandalwood fragrance.  But cool nights on the vine and careful treatment in the winery leave a bright, refreshing, acidity in place as well and the smooth, refined, tannins don’t get in the way of solo sipping pleasure.  A lot of wine for a very  modest price.

"Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and roasted coffee on the nose, with attractive floral and spicecake notes. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering broad cherry and cassis flavors and a hint of licorice. A suave, gently sweet and open-knit wine, with a spicy element emerging on the long, gently tannic finish."International Wine Cellar 90 points

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Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec Tupungato 2014 Product #29673 (In Stock)
Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec Tupungato 2014 Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec Tupungato 2014

Following hard on the 93 and 92 point Wine Advocate ratings for the past two vintages, this juicy, un-oaked, Malbec is better than ever in 2014.  Loads of ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit with accents of fresh flowers, baking spice, and damp earth.  One notch richer and more smooth than the 2013, this makes for great solo sipping and sings with robust foods (even pizza!).

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Drei Dona Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese Emilia Romagna 2012 Product #30483 (In Stock)
Drei Dona Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese Emilia Romagna 2012 Drei Dona Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese Emilia Romagna 2012

Tuscan Sangiovese gets all the glory, but Italy's most important black grape shines almost anywhere in Italy where warm sunshine is balanced by cool nights and were sandy clay soils balance water availability with good drainage.  Sangiovese has thrived in Emilia-Romagna, just north of Tuscany, for centeruies and on the Drei Dona farm in for a couple hundred years, at least.

This bottling, from the estate's younger vines and more forward barrels, is a fine choice for casual sipping and dining, especially with rich pastas or savory pizza.  You'll find generous dollops of Sangiovese's typical bright cherry fruit on the nose and palate, plus a nice dose of meaty, leathering, complexity and hints of licorice and violets from 15% other local grapes.  It turns a bit meatier and richer with air, but juicy acids and dusty tannins keep this fresh and fun from first sip to last.

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