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Villa Dria Gascogne Blanc Colombard Sauvignon 2014 Product #30562 (In Stock)
Villa Dria Gascogne Blanc Colombard Sauvignon 2014 Villa Dria Gascogne Blanc Colombard Sauvignon 2014

The motto here is “Gascony seen by a feminine point of view.”  Other than the fact that the estate is led by women, I’m not sure what that really means, but this is a heck of a delicious white for Spring and Summer sipping.  The blend is 80% Colombard – the main white grape in Gascony – for bright acidity and round texture and 20% Sauvignon Blanc for a big burst of fruit and touch of fresh hay.  The fruit flavors coat your palate with ripe green melon, golden apple, and orange/tangerine flavors set off by lemony acids, a dash of minerality, and a whiff of fresh cut grass.  A great summer sipper that delivers Sauvignon Blanc-like flavors that have been softened and tamed by the Colombard.  Yummy with salads, asparagus, shellfish, or just to sip on its own.

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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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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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Rethore Davy Chardonnay Les Parcelles 2014 Product #30436 (In Stock)
Rethore Davy Chardonnay Les Parcelles 2014 Rethore Davy Chardonnay Les Parcelles 2014

This friendly, every day, Chardonnay value comes from the charming commune of Saint-Rémy-en-Mauges, just to the east of Muscadet territory and to the west of Chenin Blanc dominated Anjou.  Owners Martine and Christophe Rethore and cousin/winemaker Jean-Michel Davy harvest their 20-30 year-old Chardonnay vines in two passes – one early for crisp acidity and freshness and one later for extra luscious ripe fruit and depth.  Fermentation and aging in stainless steel tanks protects the vibrancy of this cool growing area’s juicy fruit.

The wine opens with classic Chardonnay scents of pear, yellow apple, ripe pineapple, apricot and a hint of hazelnut.  The flavors are ripe, fresh, and inviting, with plenty of sweet apple and spicy pear at the core and a touch of lemony citrus for lift and definition.  The easygoing finish has just the right touch of crispness to make your mouth water and lingering flavors of lemon, apricot, green apple, and light caramel accents.  A fun drinker’s Chardonnay with enough heft to handle casual meals and party nibbles and enough zip to refresh on its own.

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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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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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Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc Le Grand Caillou 2014 Product #29805 (In Stock)
Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc Le Grand Caillou 2014 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc Le Grand Caillou 2014

From a top Sancerre producer and the great 2014 vintage, this snappy Sauvignon Blanc starts with grapes sourced from prime vineyards in Anjou and Tourraine all fermented in tank.  It’s a light, fresh, Sauvignon with snappy white grapefruit, green melon, and lime fruit and a definite flint and smoky mineral note running through from front to back.  Mouthwatering and crisp on the finish which sails on and on and leaves crushed flint and lime zest flavors lingering behind.

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Ch De Segries Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014 Product #30213 (In Stock)
Ch De Segries Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014 Ch De Segries Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014

One of the Rhone's most consistent values, Segries Cotes du Rhone is a shining success in 2014.  Made from declassified Lirac grapes, it's a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% each Cinsault and Carignan done almost entirely in tank.  Aromas and flavors of black berries, chocolate covered cherry, and meaty notes of "garrigue" - the blend of scrub pine, thyme, lavender, juniper and rosemary that provide the unique scent of Provnencal hills and vineyards. The ripe fruit cloaks the ripe, velvety, tannins, making this as much fun to drink on its own as it is to put out on the dinner table. 

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Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2014 Product #30460 (In Stock)
Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2014 Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2014

Here's a delicious white Rhone from biodynamic producer Ferraton Pere et Fils.  It's a blend of about equal parts Grenach Blanc and Clairette, picked ripe and made all in stainless steel tank.  It's all about aromas and flavors of peach, white flowers, and lime with a dusting of white pepper and crushed bitter mineral providing support on the mouthwtering finish.  Lovely to sip and will sing with fish or salads.

"The medium-bodied, clean, crisp and balanced 2014 Côtes du Rhône Samorens Blanc offers plenty of citrus, white flowers and minerality on the nose. Made from Grenache Blanc and Clairette brought up all in stainless steel, it’s a rock solid white that’s ideal for starting a meal with over the coming 2-3 years."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Dom Montmarin Viognier 2015 Product #30658 (In Stock)
Dom Montmarin Viognier 2015 Dom Montmarin Viognier 2015

This Languedoc Viognier screams springtime.  Made without any oak to obscure its varietal character, this Viognier has plenty of fresh peach and tangerine flavors, and those signature floral aromas that make Viognier so enticing.  Despite all the ripe flavors, it has enough acidity to finish clean and make your mouth water.  Perfect for chicken salad or melon and prosciutto.

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Les Ligeriens Rose d' Anjou 2015 Product #30715 (In Stock)
Les Ligeriens Rose d' Anjou 2015 Les Ligeriens Rose d' Anjou 2015

A fresh, fruit-filled, fun, low-alcohol bargain rosé that can make the cloudiest (or coldest) day seem positively summery.  It's a blend of Gamay and Grolleau from the centeral Loire Valley that bursts with red plum, ripe red berries, and a touch of strawberry blossom aromas and flavors.  Round and fleshy in your mouth, it finishes crisp and clean with cranberry and raspberry flavors lingering nicely.

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Dom De Viranel Trilogie Vdp Cessenon Rouge 2014 Product #30755 (In Stock)
Dom De Viranel Trilogie Vdp Cessenon Rouge 2014 Dom De Viranel Trilogie Vdp Cessenon Rouge 2014

The Viranel family has made wine on the stony soils of Saint-Chinian, in the very heart of the Languedoc's sunny, hot, dry vineyard, since 1551.  Today a new generation is making wines with traditional Languedoc warmth and richness and just a touch of modern innovation.  Here, brothers Amaud and Nicolas combine Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and the much maligned Alicante Bouschet to make a fresh, fun, south of France treat!

Cabernet and Syrah are found across Languedoc and rate as "improving" varieties, while Alicante thought of as the grape that needs improving!  It's a red-fleshed berry that gives lots of color and first became popular as a way to darken over-cropped Grenache/Carignan blends.  But from old vines (these were planted in 1939) and at low yields, it adds a burst of tobacco-like complexity to the big, lush, red and black fruit aromas and flavors here.  Juicy and a touch decadent (in a good way!), this no-oak red will shine with anything off the grill (although the winery's suggestion of rabbit with turnip or pigeon with raisins sounds good, too!).

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Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Rouge 375ml Product #27792 (In Stock)
Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Rouge 375ml Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Rouge 375ml

Dolin Vermouth's are pretty much the same today as they were when first introduced in 1821.  Made from white wines and fresh and dried herbs and botanicals from Chambery, they are all complex, fresh, and just as delicious on their own as they are in a complex cocktail.

The red vermouth is frankly sweet but with plenty of bright acidity and bitter herb at the end to keep things fresh.  A touch of cherry/berry fruit and plenty of caramel, bitter herb, and exotic spices hold sway here with citrus peel and herb flavors lingering nicely.

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Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Dry 375ml Product #27794 (In Stock)
Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Dry 375ml Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Dry 375ml

Dolin Vermouth's are pretty much the same today as they were when first introduced in 1821.  Made from white wines and fresh and dried herbs and botanicals from Chambery, they are all complex, fresh, and just as delicious on their own as they are in a complex cocktail.

The dry style vermouth shows a pure, almost sweet-smelling, nose of white wine, herbs and wormwood.  In the mouth it's pure, herbal, and very clean with just enough body and ripe fruit to impart roundness.  Finishes clean, complex, and fresh with no bitterness.  This would be a fine match with fresh pesto!

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Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2014 Product #29596 (In Stock)
Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2014 Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2014

Basically a “baby Sancerre”, this exciting young Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the same chalky slate soils you’ll find across Sancerre from 10-40 year-old vines, fermented in stainless steel and allowed to rest 3 months on the fine lees.  The vineyard is located just outside the legal boundary of Sancerre, but the flavors make you feel right in the middle!

As in the past, generous, fresh, aromas of fresh flowers, just cut grass, white grapefruit, and a hint of wet stones burst from the glass.  Then you’ll find a tad more richness and zest to the crisp citrus and green apple fruit, tangy gooseberry, and fresh grass.  As the refreshing acidity wells up to make your mouth water, a bit of Sancerre’s trademark “gun flint” character shows underneath the juicy bright fruit.  There’s a wonderful rich/brisk, sweet/sour contrast in this wine that will delight and fascinate with every sip.  Served cold, it’s thirst quenching and refreshing.  Let it warm up a touch and it’s layered, complex, and a fantastic match for seafood, fresh vegetables, and – of course – goat cheese.

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Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 Product #30585 (In Stock)
Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015

Domaine de la Bastide’s vineyards are near the village of Visan in the far northern reaches of the Cotes du Rhone appellation and within sight of the hills that define the eastern edge of the Rhone Valley.  While there’s still plenty of sunshine and mid-day heat here, the nights cool off more quickly than further south making the limestone soils exceptionally well suited to fresh, delicious, whites.

This is a blend of 60% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, and 10% Bourboulenc, all planted by Vincent Boyer about 10 years ago and farmed organically.  The ripe fruit is harvested in the early morning cool and fermented and aged in cool stainless steel tanks for maximum freshness.  You’ll find generous aromas that center on mid-summer ripe yellow peach and fresh apricot with accents of white flowers and honeysuckle.  The wine feels rich and broad on the palate, but not at all heavy or thick, with lush peach and apricot fruit, more floral/honeysuckle, and a juicy dash of lime for freshness.  The limey acidity and a touch of dusty mineral lends freshness to the rich, long, finish and keeps you coming back for more.  A great companion for anything from chicken salad to fresh fish or just a sunny afternoon.

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Dom Labbe Abymes Vin De Savoie 2015 Product #30663 (In Stock)

This white from Savoie in the French Alps made from Jacquere (don't worry, no one else has heard of it either!) is the perfect early springtime white.  Aromas of fresh almonds, white flowers, and just-ripe pear invite you to take a sip and enjoy its crisp, zingy freshness.  Perfect with young, creamy cheeses, fresh seafood, or as aperitif.  The hills are alive!

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Ch De Chasseloir Muscadet Chereau Carre 2014 Product #30732 (In Stock)

One of Muscadet's oldest and best estates turned out a classic wine in the cool, restrained, 2014 Loire vintage.  Aromas of sea shell, lime skin, and a hint of bready lees carry through on the bright, energetic, palate.  A fine mouthwatering Muscadet that has enough buffering richness (from time on the lees) to enjoy on it's own as well as with the classic pairing of raw oysters and shellfish.

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