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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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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 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 Rose Dieu Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2012 Product #30369 (In Stock)
Dom Rose Dieu Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2012 Dom Rose Dieu Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2012

Damien Rozier crafts this robust, gutsy, red from about 80% Grenache and dollops of Syrah and Mourvedre grown on the hot, Mistral-swept, stretch of old Rhone riverbed called Plan de Dieu.  To the east, Gigondas and Vacqueyras perch along the hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail; to the south, the small hill holding “the Pope’s New Castle” rises and looks down on the sandier soils of Chateauneuf du Pape.  Here, though, the ancient Rhone River’s smoothed pebbles are salted through a hard, dense, clay that runs down 10 meters to rock (and water) below.

The 20-40 year-old vines have to work hard here, and so does Damien, farming without use of chemical herbicides or pesticides, working his vines by hand, and sorting out all but the most perfect fruit and aging his wine in French oak for a year.  It sure tastes like all that hard work was worth it!  The wine serves up big, boisterous, aromas of crushed blackberries, black cherry conserves, and super-ripe raspberry with earthy accents of black licorice, hot stone, spice and garrigue.  On the palate, the flavors stay dark, rich, and ripe but a big dose of fresh blackberry juice provides lift and a welcome jolt of tanginess.  The fine-grained tannins give this a just right amount of structure, enough to make this a fantastic match for burgers, pizza, or gilled lamb but not too much to interfere with happy solo sipping.  A straight-ahead, juicy, fun to drink, food-friendly, Cotes du Rhone at a fine, imported just for us, price.

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Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2014 Product #30614 (In Stock)
Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2014 Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2014

Delicious, full of fruit, and easy to drink, this is a great all-purpose red for anything from pizza to burgers or even roast Turkey!

"A perennial value, the 2014 Côtes du Rhône Reserve is a pure, medium-bodied, elegant blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. Offering up lots of textbook black and red raspberry fruit, crushed herbs and hints of flowers, its purity of fruit really sets it apart. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Les Figues 2015 Product #30657 (In Stock)
Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Les Figues 2015 Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Les Figues 2015

From stone-covered soils in the Southern Rhone, this is a rich and fruit-filled blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 20% Carignan.  The aromas and flavors are on the darker end of the Rhone spectrum, with black cherry, blackcurrant, and, yes, some Mission fig at the core and nice accents of warm stone and spice.  Powerful, with plenty of dusty minerality and a touch of chewy tannin to the warming, figgy, finish.  Great will grilled or roasted meats or stews.

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Guigal Cotes-du-rhone 2012 Product #30745 (In Stock)
Guigal Cotes-du-rhone 2012 Guigal Cotes-du-rhone 2012

As always, a tremendous Rhone value.

"Spice- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Distinctly northern Rhône in personality and texture, featuring a peppery, floral-dominated finish, smooth tannins and excellent closing thrust and persistence. The quality of this bottling consistently outpaces its price and appellation, and that's especially true in this vintage."  Vinous (Reynolds) 91 points

"A wine that should be on the market by the time you read this, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone from Guigal is a smokin’ value that offers classic southern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, smoked earth and almost chocolatey dark fruits. Medium plus-bodied, concentrated, with both fine tannin and bright acidity, it will deliver the good for at least 5-7 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2014 Product #30805 (In Stock)

A 100% Grenache from this family-owned, organic estate with holdings in an area of unique terroir in the Southern Rhone known as "Le Plan de Dieu," whose soil is full of 'galets,' the smooth, round stones characteristic of the region. While the aromas have that classic herbal garrigue note, on the palate the fruit is bold, satisfying, and ripe flavors of blackberries and lusciously ripe raspberries.

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Dom La Bouissiere Les Amis De La Bouissiere 2013 Product #30545 (In Stock)
Dom La Bouissiere Les Amis De La Bouissiere 2013 Dom La Bouissiere Les Amis De La Bouissiere 2013

From a top Gigondas estate owned by brothers Gilles and Thierry Faravel. The wine starts with Merlot and Caladoc (a rarely seen crossing) grown below Gigondas, close to the Rhone river.  Instead of just selling off these grapes, the Faravels decided to blend them with extra Gigondas barrels to make an easy drinking red to share with family and friends:  Les Amis.

You’ll love how the tangy black cherry, raspberry, and blackcurrant fruit unfolds across your palate and the way notes of sweet chocolate and savory herb weave in and out.  There’s fine purity here and a wonderful texture, rich and velvety on the midpalate and then silky and fine on the finish where notes of warm earth and fine-grained tannins linger nicely.  We won’t blame you if you find yourself gulping it down without much thought with pizza, burgers, grilled chicken, etc..  But it’s very long and fine and well worth paying attention to – kind of like a good friend.

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Dom Du Tix Ventoux Garrigue 2013 Product #30122 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Ventoux Garrigue 2013 Dom Du Tix Ventoux Garrigue 2013

On the cool slopes of Mount Ventoux, Grenache ripens slowly in the warm heat of the Southern France sunshine but retains remarkable freshness from the cool air creeping down the mountainside every night.  You'll smell the southern Rhone's warm on the nose here, with big aromas of kirsch, baked raspberries, garrigue - thyme, lavender, and pine - and a touch of meaty richness from 10% Syrah in the blend.  On the palate the cool nights shine as the big, rich, flavors are enlivened by a sense of cool freshness.  Deep black raspberry, blueberry and baked strawberry fruit gain complexity from notes of cool stones and tangy blueberry. Finishes clean and fresh and long, with smooth tannins and a dusty minerality.  Drink it cool in a warm, sunny, spot or let it warm up to match with sausages, grilled meat, or stew.  Excellent value.

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Dom Du Tix Rose Les Restanques 2015 Product #30799 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Rose Les Restanques 2015 Dom Du Tix Rose Les Restanques 2015

The name “les Restanques” honors the old stone walls running up and down Mount Ventoux that create terraces where the Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah that make up this stunning pink wine soak up warm sunshine in the day and then chill down quickly as cold air flows down the mountainside at night. 

Pour it, and you’ll think, “THIS is what Provencal rose is supposed to look like!” – a brilliantly clear and shimmeringly pale rose petal pink.  It’s a bit floral on the generous nose, too - peach blossom and just-opened rose flower with peach skin, strawberry and herb all weave in and out here.  On the palate it's vivid and fresh and bursting with zesty flavors of strawberry, tart cherry, peach and crushed flowers lifted by a seltzery minerality and bright acids.  You'll find a bit of extra breadth and amplitude from the warm 2015 vintage but love the dry, mouthwatering, finish that leaves peach, strawberry and crushed stone minerality – recalling the “Restanques” themselves! – lingering on.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014 Product #30484 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014

An especially exuberent vintage for Philippe's Viognier-based Cotes du Rhone blanc.  Generous aromas of tropical fruit, golden peach, fruit blossom, Clementine and crusded chalk.  The tropical theme continues on the palate with pineapple, grilled pineapple, and super-ripe peach flavors with accents of honey and wet stone.  Richly textured and mouth-coating through the broad, soft, finish.  Drink it cool for refreshment or try it with Asian food or fruit salsa.

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Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2013 Product #30281 (In Stock)
Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2013 Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2013

As Wine Advocate said in their barrel tasting note, this is "Tasting more like a Châteauneuf than a Côtes du Rhône" -  not surprising as the vineyard is just 3 meters over the CdP line!  A stunning value.

"The 2013 Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins continues to impress, and for a difficult vintage, it has tons of charm. Offering lots of earthy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, underbrush and loam earth, it’s medium-bodied, nicely textured and has solid length. Made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that had the Grenache aged in stainless steel and the Syrah and Mourvedre in barrel, drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Dom La Pequelette Vinsobres Cuvee Les Muses 2012 Product #30211 (In Stock)
Dom La Pequelette Vinsobres Cuvee Les Muses 2012 Dom La Pequelette Vinsobres Cuvee Les Muses 2012

Where Cuvee Emile is chunky, rustic, fun, Cuvee Les Muses presents a more refined, elegant, style.  Emile is dressed in farmer’s overalls; for Les Muse, the farmer cleaned up and put on his sleek French designer suit!  Cedric culls the Syrah (two thirds) and Grenache (one-third) for this cuvee from slices of his vineyard where the vines grow on pure white clay.  As with Cuvee Emile, the wine is aged for about two years in cement before bottling and release – with just 150 cases made in 2012.

Syrah’s blueberry and black currant fruit shows on the elegant aromas and is joined by notes of pepper, spice, warm stone, and berry blossom on the pure, juicy, palate.  Where Emile softens with air, Les Muses reveals a firm, stony, core of sweet tannin and crushed rock minerality.  A delicious, complex, wine that will be stunning with roast lamb, pork roast or beef tenderloin.

"More Syrah dominated, the 2012 Vinsobres Les Muses is another fabulous wine from this estate. Aged 18 months in concrete tank, it exhibits lots of currants, blackberry, ground pepper and some leathery notes in a fruit forward, sexy, supple and pure style. As with the Emile release, it should be best over the coming 3-4 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Dom Du Tix Cuvee Des Grandes Pointes 2015 Product #30798 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Cuvee Des Grandes Pointes 2015 Dom Du Tix Cuvee Des Grandes Pointes 2015

For perfect balance,  Philippe Danel picks one third of his Viognier about two weeks early, one-third when it looks just ripe, and the rest about two weeks.  Each lot is fermented and aged separately and then Philippe blends the three to make a perfectly balanced cuvee.

What a delight this lively, fresh, and wonderfully precise Viognier is!  The aromas are generous and fresh, with scents of crisp peach, tropical flowers, creamy vanilla and wet stones bursting from the glass.  It's rich and creamy on the palate with layers of peach, apricot, sweet key lime, and exotic floral flavors coating your mouth before a burst of tangy peach, lemon/lime juice, and light minerality clean up on the finish.  Perfectly ripe at 13.5% abv, generous without heaviness, and full of fruit - but much more than just fruity! - this is a lovely cocktail sipper and will be even better with poached chicken in cream or goat cheese and citrus salad.  Seriously fun stuff.

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Dom De La Mordoree Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse 2015 Product #30752 (In Stock)
Dom De La Mordoree Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse 2015 Dom De La Mordoree Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse 2015

As Robert Parker said, “If you haven't discovered, Mordorée continues to make some of the finest dry Rosés available anywhere in the world.”  And this, their flagship Tavel, is simply one of the finest pink wines you’ll be able to find anywhere this season.  The magic starts with 40 year-old plantings of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre - the black grapes for color - and 5% each of Clairette and Bourboulenc - the white grapes for vivacity and freshness.  After harvest, the grapes are crushed and allowed to soak in their juice for 3-4 days to extract flavor and aroma and also a rich, dark, salmon color.

Like any great Tavel, this is more deep, intense, and seriously red wine-like than most rosés you’ve experienced.  Big aromas of ripe strawberries, roses, orange blossom and creamy framboise jump from the glass.  On the palate, its rich, mouthfilling, and creamy in texture with intense berry and floral flavors lifted by a pop of bright acidity and chalky mineral on the long, dry, lipsmacking, finish.  A serious rosé for a contemplative glass of wine on the back deck while the sun sets, or to wow your guests at your next warm-weather dinner party. And don’t forget to put away a few bottles for the holidays, because this is the answer to the age-old question of what to serve at Thanksgiving this year or for 2 or 3 years to come!

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Vietti Arneis 2014 Product #29788 (In Stock)
Vietti Arneis 2014 Vietti Arneis 2014

From the family that "saved" Arneis, grapes for this wine come from the middle of the Roero area, in Santo Stefano Roero. Pale sunshine yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with hints of almonds. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish.

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Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012 Product #30123 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012 Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012

The past two vintages of this oak-aged powerhouse Syrah (92%) and Grenache (8%) blend earned 90 points from Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate.  The 2012 is better still.  It opens with simply gorgeous aromas of crème de cassis, kirsch, smoke, and roasted meat - complex and seductive.  On the palate, Parker's description of the 2010 is spot on:  "It possesses unbelievable richness for a wine from this appellation, as well as loads of blackberries, black currants, acacia flowers, licorice and graphite."  One of the sexiest wines I've ever tried from Ventoux, but one that has sneaky structure and glorious freshness as well.  Ready and delicious right now and built to improve over the next 5-6 years.  A "wow" wine and stellar value.

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Dom d'Ourea Vacqueyras 2013 Product #30368 (In Stock)
Dom d'Ourea Vacqueyras 2013 Dom d'Ourea Vacqueyras 2013

Young Adrien Roustan makes this stunning Rhone red from 100% Grenache vines planted by his grandfather in the Vacqueyras Garrigue sub-district.  Having learned the value of including at least some stems while training at Domaine Romanee-Conti and California’s Turley Cellars, Adrien makes this with 100% whole cluster fruit fermented and raised in old-fashioned concrete tanks.  It what was a difficult vintage for many, his old vines gained full ripeness, giving this a glorious fleshy texture and big aromas and flavors of rich fruit, black olives, melted licorice, and Rhoney garrigue.  Great with lamb and stews now and able to go 5-8 years in cellar, too.  Highly recommended as a great, delicious, value.

“Opaque ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas hint at smoky minerals and licorice. On the palate, broad plum, blueberry and cassis flavors are accented by olive and cracked pepper. Finishes supple and long, with smooth tannins making a late appearance and folding nicely into the wine's plush fruit.”  Vinous (Reynolds) 89-91 points

"Medium-bodied, elegant and layered, with gorgeous aromatics of black raspberry, singed leather, chocolate and scorched earth, it has solid underlying tannin and a silky, polished feel that should allow it to drink nicely on release."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

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