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Bodegas Pascual Ribera Del Duero Buro 2009 Product #26800 (In Stock)
Bodegas Pascual Ribera Del Duero Buro 2009 Bodegas Pascual Ribera Del Duero Buro 2009

One sip of this beauty and you may join us in saying, "Oh - so that's what Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero tastes like when it's not slathered in wood!"  Better than the score suggests - especially at these prices!

"Aged for 10 months in French and American oak. Ruby-red. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the nose and in the mouth. Round and fleshy, with good finishing breadth and slow-mounting tannins. I suspect that this fruit-driven wine will be in prime drinking form in the next couple of years."International Wine Cellar 89 points

"The 2009 Bruo de Penalosa Crianza comes from 40-year-old vines aged in equal French and American, new and old oak. It has a very attractive bouquet with expressive dark berry fruit mingling with steaming espresso and a touch of leather. The palate is well-balanced with succulent, ripe dark cherry and plum fruit, segueing into a lovely spice and white pepper-tinged finish that is graceful, yet intense. Superb! Drink now-2019."Wine Advocate 92 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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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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Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010 Product #27563 (In Stock)
Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010 Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010

The 2010 harvest was fantastic for Barbera, and that blend of fine ripeness and zippy acidity shines through in spades here.  Luciano Sandrone blends fruit from 3 vineyards for this wine and then ages it for 12 months in 500 liter French oak barrels (about half new).  The wood allows Barbera’s tangy acids to relax and adds a little tannin, but the concentrated fruit has no trouble sopping up any oak flavors.  A great wine for big, boldly flavored, foods.

“Sandrone’s 2010 Barbera d’Alba is remarkably juicy and exuberant. There is plenty of rich, fleshy fruit in the glass, but at the same time, I expected to find more minerality and energy in this vintage. On the plus side, the French oak, which can sometimes be dominant, is better integrated than it has been at times. Overall, the 2010 is an excellent choice for drinking over the near and medium term.”Wine Enthusiast 89 points

“A lush, modern style, delivering plenty of power on a supple texture. Possesses definition and balance, intensity and length--just about all you could ask for in a Barbera. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases imported.”Wine Spectator 92 points

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Dom Borgeot Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2006 Product #20272 (In Stock)
Dom Borgeot Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2006 Dom Borgeot Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2006

This was very popular when first released in 2008 and has just gotten better with time.  A savory take on Chardonnay from a fine 1er Cru site, it shows notes of fennel, scallion green, mint and chalk to go with the still fresh yellow apple and peach fruit.  Bright acids complement the rich, round, mouthfeel and there's nice length on the palate and herb and fruit-inflected finish.

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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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Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold White 2012 Product #28335 (In Stock)
Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold White 2012 Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold White 2012

The blend sounds odd - Chardonnay plus Viognier and other Rhone varietals? - but it works very well here in a rich but nicely fresh white to sip on it's own or enjoy with spicy or Asian foods.

"A distinctive combination of 35% Chardonnay, 20% Roussanne, 20% Viognier and small quantities of Riesling, Semillon, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc, the 2012 Blindfold is a sleeper of the vintage. Reminiscent of the Sine Qua Non whites from further south, it bursts with honeyed, caramelized white fruits, rose petals and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity, brilliant purity and a delineation that is uncommon for a wine with so much flavor, this beauty should drink well for 2-3 years. I hope we see more blends such as this."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Dom Juliette Avril Chateauneuf Du Pape 2010 Product #28713 (In Stock)
Dom Juliette Avril Chateauneuf Du Pape 2010 Dom Juliette Avril Chateauneuf Du Pape 2010

Here's a fresh, easy-drinking, Chateauneuf-du-Pape to enjoy with summer grilling.  Rich red currant and cherry fruit aromas and flavors with accents of roasted stone and earth.  With air, notes of licorice and roasted herb emerge. The juicy texture and light tannins make this perfect for drinking right now with lamb chops or any robust stew featuring olives or rosemary.  Very fine value.

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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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Finca Sandoval Manchuela 2008 Product #27978 (In Stock)
Finca Sandoval Manchuela 2008 Finca Sandoval Manchuela 2008

When journalist Victor de la Serena decided it was time to make wine, rather than just write about it, he decided to do things right.  Working in the hot, dry, Spanish wine region of Manchuela, he purchased Syrah and Mourvedre cuttings from his favorite winery, the great Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and planted those along with a little of the region’s native Bobal.  High-density plantings and meticulous dropping of fruit gave him low yields and careful winemaking with just the right mix of oak delivered a wine with a little modern polish but lots of authentic gutsiness and heart.  The 2008 is ready to go now or anytime over the next 5-8 years.  Our best price ever on this bold, blockbuster, red.

"76% syrah, 13% mourvedre and 11% bobal, planted on chalky soil; aged in 85% French and 15% American oak that ranged from new to three years old. Bright purple. Spicy, highly fragrant nose features perfumed blackberry, violet and orange peel, with hints of smoke and black olive. Really showing the syrah now. Dense, sappy and chewy but surprisingly lithe; the intense red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors are at once taut and rich, thanks to zesty minerality. Finishes very suave and long, with fine-grained tannins and lingering spiciness.” International Wine Cellar 92 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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Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley 2009 Product #28624 (In Stock)
Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley 2009 Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley 2009

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.

The 2009 is a bit more muscular than usual, but still shows right down the middle Napa Cabernet aromas and flavors with good blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, a dash of cassis, and accents of smoky, chocolatey, oak.  Decant it for a bit to let the tannins relax or just pair it with grilled steak.

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Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2013 Product #28640 (In Stock)
Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2013 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2013

Big, bad, Boxer is back!  As always, this is ultra-ripe Shiraz aged 11 months in American Oak (about 60% new).  Opaque purple with garnet highlights, the dark theme continues with aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, coffee and dark chocolate.  Generous and lush in the mouth with a big burst of fruit up front and oaky vanilla and spice in the back.  Give it a shake now to blow off the carbon dioxide and enjoy with grilled meat.

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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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Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2007 Product #28610 (In Stock)
Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2007 Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2007

Randy dubbed this “the bikini Amarone” – not because it looks good in a small, two-piece, swimsuit but because it’s a rare, classicly-styled, Amarone that you’ll enjoy with powerfully flavored summer foods as much as you will with winter braises and stews.  It’s got all the power and structure you’d expect from Amarone to go along with spicy dark fruits like dried cranberry, currants, cherries, and more.  But, instead of the plodding heaviness, prune-like flavors, and vinegar-like volatile acidity Amarone can fall prey to, this is fresh, clean, and very pure.  Spicy fruit, chocolaty richness, and an intense, spicy, and dry finish make this a great match for grilled pork tenderloin, baby back ribs, or even a well-marbled steak.  Compare it to wine costing $50-$75 or more – you’ll be convinced!

“This dense and concentrated Amarone offers an intense bouquet of marinated cherry, blackberry and tobacco. The palate delivers rich flavors of blackberry, prune, licorice and a touch of carob, along with round tannins and soft acidity. It has layers of flavor and nice depth. Drink through 2017.”Wine Enthusiast 92 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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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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Peay Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2010 Product #26588 (In Stock)
Peay Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2010 Peay Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2010

Always one of our favorite Sonoma Coast Chardonnays, the 2010 is probably the best vintage we’ve carried yet.

"Pale yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed bouquet of melon, pear skin, white flowers and iodine, with a chalky overtone. Deeply pitched, palate-staining orchard fruit and lemon curd flavors are lifted by zesty acidity and pick up a smoky quality with air. Rich but light on its feet, finishing with outstanding thrust and lingering florality."International Wine Cellar 93 points

"Vintage 2010 wasn’t kind to Peay, as yields were down a full 50%. Then again, that is not unusual for extreme coastal sites that require heroic viticulture and relentless commitment to quality, exactly the values the Peay family embodies. The 2010 Chardonnay Estate is stunning. Dried pears, lemon, white flowers and crushed rocks are woven together in a Chardonnay that impresses for its exceptional balance and pure harmony. Subtle, refined and impeccably polished, the 2010 is all about harmony. This is one of the richer Chardonnays readers will come across from the true Sonoma Coast, and it is fabulous. The 40% new oak barrels are totally integrated. It will be fascinating to see how the 2010 ages. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020."Wine Advocate 93 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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