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Au Bon Climat Hildegard White Blend 2009 Product #28061 (In Stock)

Developed as a hommage to very old-fashioned white Burgundy - from the days before Chardonnay was the dominant grape - this is an exotic blend of 55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc, and 5% Aligote all aged in new French oak.  Wild aromas of stone fruit, orange zest, lemon, and smoky oak that gets spicier with air.  It's rich and complex on the palate with flavors of juicy nectarine, pear, and candied citrus with baking spice notes that turn smoky on the long, sweetly fruited, finish.  Brilliant with rich, buttery, poultry or shellfish - and a steal at almost half off!

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Product #26569 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml

Wine Advocate has suggested that Shea is the Willamette Valley’s one potential “superstar” vineyard and Ken makes the benchmark wine from this famous site.  Ken uses fruit from three different blocks in the vineyard, two planted to Dijon 114 and one to Dijon 777 clones. Shea Vineyard gives black/red fruit - especially blueberry - but with more spice and earth than other Yamhill-Carlton wines.  Always a fine marriage of ripe fruit and juicy, fresh, texture, this usually wants a few years in cellar to show its best. Ken pretty much made the reputation of this vineyard, and it's always one of his most powerful, concentrated, wines.

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Product #27109 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge 2011

Les Graviers is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards lying just outside the bounds of village Chambolle Musigny.  Both Frederic Magnien and Domaine Ponsot base their Bourgogne rouge on Graviers, with Ponsot’s usually selling for $40-$50 (if you can find it).  Jean Michel used the young vines from this vineyard for cremant, but now that they're mature, all the fruit from Les Graviers goes into make one brilliant Bourgogne Rouge – a wine that’s very much a “baby Chambolle Musigny!”

The 2011 is wide open right now, bursting with generous aromas of dark cherries, currant, violets, earth and a hint of spice.  In the mouth, round and rich and impeccably balanced with oodles of dark red fruit, roasted coffee, roasted mushroom, and spice.  Given the integration (and price!), it’s hard to believe that 50% of this wine matured in new oak.  The long, lush, and fruit-filled finish completely cloak the fine tannin that will allow this to grow in cellar (if you can hold off drinking it now!).

"A fresh, ripe and expressive nose of violets, earth and various red berry fruit scents introduces rich, delicious and impressively sized flavors that possess good balance on the relatively fine and persistent finish. A quality effort for the appellation."Allen Meadows 85-88 points

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Oddero Barolo Normale 2008 Product #27358 (In Stock)
Oddero Barolo Normale 2008 Oddero Barolo Normale 2008

Whenever I taste wine from Oddero, the word “honest” keeps cropping up in my notes.  The wines here are always clear, direct, expressions of their grapes, sites, and vintages, although the 2008 Barolo breaks the mold a bit on that last point.  In what was mostly an elegant, silky, vintage, this is a big-boned Barolo with uncommon power and depth.  Needs a little time, but then look out!

“Blueberry with raspberries and lemon rind aromas. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and polished. Needs a year or two to soften the tannins.”  James Suckling 91 points

“The 2008 Barolo is quite striking in the vintage. Black cherries, plums, spices, menthol and tobacco are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass in this big wine. This is a decidedly large-scaled entry-level Barolo, but all the elements are very much in the right place. Firm tannins frame the muscular close. This is an impressive showing among its peers. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023.” Wine Advocate 90 points

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Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010 Product #27855 (In Stock)
Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010 Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010

One of the reasons Dave chose to cash out of Orin Swift was to fund this project, a set of vineyards and new winery located in Maury, France, close to the Spanish border and nestled in the Pyrnes-Orientales. Dave now owns 235 acres of mostly 60+ year-old Grenache vines with a little Syrah and Carignan. With poor, rocky soils, these old vines struggle to produce low yields of super-ripe grapes – and Dave knows what to do with those!  Not a lot of finesse here, but plenty of powerful fruit and spice.

“A modern style, offering intense, powerful flavors of roasted plum, dark cherry and kirsch, with boysenberry. Asian spice, cream and dark chocolate accents that are very rich, leading to the long and muscular finish which exudes a concentrated spiciness. Drink now through 2020.”Wine Spectator 93 points

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Matello Whistling Ridge White 2012 Product #27589 (In Stock)
Matello Whistling Ridge White 2012 Matello Whistling Ridge White 2012

A unique blend of 40% Riesling, 35% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Blanc, and 5% Gewurztraminer that, somehow, is even more than the sum of its parts! Complex aromatics of white flowers, lavender, crushed herb and citrus zest lead to a zippy mouthful of flowers, stones, pear, citrus and spice.  As it warms up a bit, you'll find notes of white raspberry and cherry, too, with pink grapefruit on the finish.  Zesty and fun.

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009 Product #28279 (In Stock)
Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009 Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009

This 2009 Barbaresco is so delicious right now that it will be hard to wait until its full flowering in 5 years or so.  Good reason to grab more than a few bottles now!  A fantastic “normale” Barbaresco at a stellar price.

"Produttori del Barbaresco is like that long-lost friend who always picks up a lively conversation no matter how many years have passed since your last meeting. It’s the ultimate fallback wine: It’s never intimidating or awkward. It’s always a pleasure to drink. The 2009 Barbaresco shows personality and good cheer with a good dose of dried fruit and savory spice. There are some elements that make the wine seem more aged than it really is. Cured meat and old leather emerge. But then the wine suddenly surprises you with an entourage of Nebbiolo-based tones like dried mint and licorice that tell you it still has loads of life within. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.”Wine Advocate 92 points

“Bright cherry, strawberry, floral, licorice and herbal aromas and flavors highlight this fragrant, elegant red, which is silky and pure, with fine ripe tannins for support. Shows excellent length, with an aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. Best from 2015 through 2028.”Wine Spectator 93 points

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Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley 2008 Product #27417 (In Stock)
Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley 2008 Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley 2008

Worthy’s Sophia’s Cuvee is the second wine of Axios, a Napa “cult Cabernet” producer best known for its $125 flagship Cab.  It’s been one of our best-selling Napa Cabs ever since its 2001 debut vintage earned 92 points and a place on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list.  Since then, it’s been a super-reliable bottle of Napa Cab with ripe, supple, currant, smoke and green herb flavors and a darkly fruited finish.

Like the silky 2007, this just released 2008 is a joy to drink right now and will get better over the next few years.  Right down the middle Napa Cabernet aromas, flavor, and texture with the class and depth of a $50 wine - at a much, much, better price!

"This has Cabernet Sauvignon-driven flavors of ripe summer blackberries, black currants, cassis liqueur and smoky oak. It’s dry with smooth tannins, and it shows lots of class."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Efeste Final Final Columbia Valley 2010 Product #28138 (In Stock)
Efeste Final Final Columbia Valley 2010 Efeste Final Final Columbia Valley 2010

Efeste keeps turning out fascinating, delicious, and wonderfully food-friendly wines from their vineyards in Washington's Columbia Valley.  Final Final is one of the few blended wines they make, a marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon (59%) and Syrah (41%), all aged in French and American oak.  Cab provides the backbone of the wine, delivering structure, power, and black currant fruit while the Syrah adds juicy black fruits and a touch of spice.  Fantastic steak and grilled meat wine!

"Another superb effort and a rocking value, the 2010 Final-Final is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Syrah, from a variety of vineyards throughout the state, that was aged in one-third new French oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Loaded with notions of mulled spices, tobacco, smoked herbs and black currants, it is a full-bodied, super rich wine that possesses remarkable purity and precision for a wine of its size. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2018.:Wine Advocate 91 points

"Broad and generous, with focus to the black currant, blackberry, licorice and herb flavors, persisting against crunchy tannins as the finish expands. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2016 through 2020. 3,711 cases made"Wine Spectator 91 points

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La Chapelle De Calon St Estephe 2010 Product #28163 (In Stock)
La Chapelle De Calon St Estephe 2010 La Chapelle De Calon St Estephe 2010

From the estate that also brings you the wonderful and long-lived Château Calon-Ségur. The first wine is always tannic and structured, and while there's some of that here, too, the overall impact is softer, lusher, and more approachable.  65% Cabernet, 20% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc, generous aromas of black currant, chocolate, and spice are followed on the palate where notes of cedar and tobacco add interest.  Decant for an hour now or cellar for a decade.

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White Rock Vineyards Chardonnay Napa 2011 Product #28230 (In Stock)

What would become White Rock Winery was founded in 1870 when Dr. J. Pettingill finished building a winery from the soft white rock in Napa’s Soda Canyon and planted his first Chardonnay vines.  When the Vandendriessche family arrived in 1977, they didn’t modernize much.  They expanded the quary site into a 6,000 square foot underground winery, replanted Pettingill’s vineyards to tightly spaced vines, and farmed organically.  The winemaking hasn’t changed much either, with Chardonnay fermenting off natural yeasts in barrel, proceeding through (or not) malolactic fermentation as it chooses, and going into bottle without fining or filtration.

The best release yet for our favorite Napa Valley Chardonnay with Burgundian flair.  On the nose and palate, there's more pineapple, crisp apple, white peach and citrus fruit than in the past, but still the crisp acids and chalky minerals that make this unique for Napa.  Easy to drink but  also complex and focused from front to back with a long finish of juicy fruit, butter, and smoke.  A winner.  Buy it.

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Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley 2011 Product #27515 (In Stock)
Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley 2011 Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley 2011

Marcus makes this cuvee as a “Thank You” to all of the Willamette Valley winemakers who shared their talent, skill, and experience with him as he was learning to make wine.  It’s a blend of fruit from sites in Yamhill and the Dundee Hills.  It’s usually his darkest flavored Pinot Noir, but in the bright, crisp, 2011 vintage it fairly sparkles.  Complex aromas of ripe Pinot fruit, smoke and spice lead to vibrant flavors of sweet black cherry and savory smoke, spice, and mineral.  The flavors swirl around from sweetly fruited to floral and then to spice/earth/mineral and back again as juicy acids and fine, ripe, tannin make your mouth water.  Marcus (and I!) think this will follow the trajectory of his 2007s, gaining depth of fruit and softening over the next 3-5 years but never getting heavy or dense.  Beautiful stuff.

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Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009 Product #28042 (In Stock)
Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009 Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009

An utterly compelling Barolo from 30-50 year old vines, aged 80% in classic large cask and 20% in small barrel (used) for polish and softness.  Blended from 5 top vineyards in Barolo, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra and Novello, this outshines many much higher priced 2009 Barolo.  It will age easily for a decade+, but it's in the window right now with rich foods or truffles.

"Damilano's 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne boasts serious depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, spices, mocha, menthol, tar and licorice meld together in a rich, powerful, intense entry-level wine. This is a fabulous effort for the year. The 2009 shows great intensity of color and fruit, with beautifully balanced, harmonious tannins. All in all, this is a terrific showing."  Antonio Galloni 91 points

"Moderately saturated medium red. Inviting aromas of strawberry, espresso, mocha, earth and mellow oak. Supple, lush and seamless, with spicy red berry flavors complicated by sexy truffley underbrush. Mellow and attractive Barolo with impressive sweetness of fruit and a fine dusting of tannins that will not get in the way of early enjoyment."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Veuve Clicquot Yellow Nv Brut 375ml Product #6203 (In Stock)
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Nv Brut 375ml Veuve Clicquot Yellow Nv Brut 375ml

Fresh lemony flavors together with dark berry grapes bring out great tasting champagne. It is a classic, dry and elegant style with medium body. In a half bottle, this is the perfect amount for a glass for two before dinner. Wine News 92 Pts

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Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepuliciano 2010 Product #27621 (In Stock)
Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepuliciano 2010 Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepuliciano 2010

Number 58 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

"This round version is laced with black cherry and raspberry fruit, showing hints of cocoa and spice. Firm tannins lend support, making this well-balanced overall, with a lingering finish of warm chocolate cake."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Product #27894 (In Stock)
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Cloudy Bay has stormed back to the top of the New Zealand Sauv Blanc ranks with a third consecutive outstanding vintage. The new release is focused and pure, with tangy lemon, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, melon and green tea notes. Powerful and mouthfilling, but balanced and refreshing.  The texture is silky, the finish long and zesty.  Bravo!

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Antica Chardonnay Napa 2012 Product #28152 (In Stock)
Antica Chardonnay Napa 2012 Antica Chardonnay Napa 2012

After back-to-back 92 point Wine Advocate ratings, the 2012 Antica Chardonnay could be the best yet.  Loads of lemon peel, white flower, spice and crushed stone scents.  Then, despite the warmth in 2012, a bit more detailed and fresh than last year, with a creamy texture and a long, fruit-filled, finish that just won't quit.  A touch of oak adds class but is nicely integrated with the fresh fruit.

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Ch Husson Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Saintes Vierges 2008 Product #25034 (In Stock)
Ch Husson Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Saintes Vierges 2008 Ch Husson Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Saintes Vierges 2008

When Anne and Jean-Pierre Hugues purchased Ch Husson during the 2008 growing season, they decided to focus much of their energy for 2008 on the estate’s top wine, the cuvee Les Saintes Veirges. They elected to make a serious bottle of Chateauneuf, a blend of 60% old-vine Mourvedre for structure and earthy complexity and just 40% Grenache for sweetness and flesh.  Because of the high Mourvedre content, they elected to age the wine in mainly new French oak barrels.

The result in the difficult 2008 vintage is a resounding success!  Dark, dark, aromas of black raspberries, damp earth, licorice and baking spice waft from the glass.  In the mouth, definitely fuller and richer than Les Saumaudes, loaded with ripe black plum, spicy black raspberry, licorice root, violets, and earthy spice.  Firm and powerful on the finish with darkly raspy Mourvedre tannin and a touch of oak spice keeping the wine in balance.  This was very fine when I tasted it at the estate in January, but it’s already opened and gobbled up much of the wood notes in just a few months time.  Decant and enjoy with rich foods now or give it 3-4 years to soften the tannins and completely absorb the oak.

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Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l’Hérault 2006 Product #26257 (In Stock)
Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l’Hérault 2006 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l’Hérault 2006

Critics' scores are a poor way to understand wines this unique and complex, but the Advocate's review of the 2006 includes a very nice description (if an understated rating!).

"The 2006 Mas de Daumas Gassac red leads with pungent brown spice- and pepper-dusted fresh mulberry and black currant. Like its 2007 counterpart, fresh, faintly tart, bitter blue and black fruits rule the palate, accompanied by smoky black tea, tobacco, and cedar. The wine’s lean, bright cast is well-grounded in a palpable sense of sheer density, leading to a finish of impressive tenacity. This promises at least 8-10 years of interesting bottle maturation – again, based on an experience with mature vintages that was recently considerably refreshed." Wine Advocate 88 points

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Oddero Barolo Normale 2007 Product #26729 (In Stock)
Oddero Barolo Normale 2007 Oddero Barolo Normale 2007

Loaded with dark red spicy leather, rose, and silky cherry aromas and flavors and firm, powerful, tannins.  This is superb.  Needs some air or cellar time now, but then watch out!

“This lean, angular Barolo is tightly wound, with cherry, tobacco and underbrush notes. Though firmly tannic, this is balanced and long, in a chewy, sinewy style. Best from 2015 through 2030.”Wine Spectator 91 points

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