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Josep Serra Monsant Octonia Negre 2009 Product #28095 (In Stock)
Josep Serra Monsant Octonia Negre 2009 Josep Serra Monsant Octonia Negre 2009

For the first release of his own wine, Octonia, well-known Priorat and Monsant consulting winemaker Josep Serra spare no effort or expense.  The fruit is from 70 year-old vines growing in Monsant, just outside Priorat.  A blend of 50% Garnacha Fina, 35% Garnacha Peluda (“Hairy Grenache”), and 15% Mazuelo ferments and ages in 400 liter French oak barrels sourced from the same coopers used by Haut Brion in Bordeaux.  After 16 months aging, the wine is bottled without fining and filtration.

The result is a blockbuster, the most exciting wine from Monsant I can ever recall tasting.  Big, generous, aromas of black fruit, roasted meat, pan juices and smoke open the show.  The savory, meaty, notes run through the deep, powerful, palate of black plum, blackberry, and black raspberry fruit.  A broad streak of hot stone minerality comes up to support the fruit and big flavors of blackberry, blood orange, roasted meat, and iron explode on the long, intense, finish.  With air, the roasted meat notes clarify and the wine gains even more purity of luscious fruit and warming spice and stone.  Decant and drink now or cellar for 10 years.  A simply brilliant wine, but very limited.

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Dom Forey Morey Saint Denis 2011 Product #28140 (In Stock)
Dom Forey Morey Saint Denis 2011 Dom Forey Morey Saint Denis 2011

While it might be better in a couple of years, the ripe fruit and supple, succulent, mid-palate make this tempting today.  From plots in Clos Salon and Les Crais with no new oak.

"The 2011 Morey-Saint-Denis is supple and juicy in this vintage, with expressive, supple fruit that pretty much covers the tannins. Dark red stone fruits, menthol, spices and new leather are some of the many notes that blossom on the creamy, generous finish. The Morey is a jewel of a wine in its class. It should drink well for at least a handful of years. Drink 2014-2021." Antonio Galloni 90 points

"Good bright red. Slightly jammy aromas of plum and currant. In a supple, lush style, with attractive sweetness to its red berry flavors accented by pepper and herbs. Finishes with sweet but present tannins."International Wine Cellar 88 points

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Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28221 (In Stock)
Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Small Vines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012

I saw these vines growing in Paul Sloan’s home vineyard just two years after they were planted, and I’ve been bugging him for an allocation of Chardonnay ever since.  This is Paul’s first commercial release, and it shows what Paul calls “obsessively tended vines” on the Russian River/Sonoma Coast borderline can deliver.  The vineyard is planted to a mixture of Hyde Wente and Kistler Mt Eden Wente clones – California Chardonnay classics – and cropped to 1.5 pounds of fruit per vine.  Organically farmed and hand-tended throughout the lovely 2012 growing season, this is a brilliant debut Chardonnay release.

Pretty aromas of ripe pear, golden apple, and caramel on the nose with a touch of fresh butter and hint of vanilla for complexity and toasted nuts emerging with air.  The flavors and texture are very pure and elegant, but with plenty of volume and intensity to the crisp apple, green pineapple, toasted nut and salty caramel flavors that race across the palate.  There’s enough acidity for freshness and to match with food, but the finish is soft and chalky with notes of vanilla, caramel, butter and lemon lingering nicely.  Delicious to  just sip and ponder and even better with scallops or a buttery chicken dish.

"Bright gold. Powerful, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruits on the perfumed nose. On the palate, chewy Meyer lemon, apple and melon flavors are braced by juicy acidity and a hint of candied ginger. An iodine nuance builds with air and carries through the long, penetrating finish, which leaves a subtle floral note behind. This fruit was sourced from a single site, Barlow Homestead, that's planted to Hyde Wente and Kistler Mount Eden and Wente clones."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2011 Product #27333 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2011 En Numeros Vermells Garnaxta Blanca 2011

Zowie.  That's about the only reaction I can offer to tasting this again last week.  Silvia Puig's Priorat "garage" white very nearly literally explodes in the glass with layers and layers of exotic fruit - passion fruit, star fruit, mango - and a completely captivating layer of crushed fennel frond.  Chalk and smoked stone notes give even more complexity to this rich, but vibrant, and very rare white.  Just 353 bottles made.

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Quinta Dona Matilde Porto Colheita 2004 Product #27905 (In Stock)
Quinta Dona Matilde Porto Colheita 2004 Quinta Dona Matilde Porto Colheita 2004

The Barros family made their name in the Deuro during the 20th Century before selling the brand and focusing their energies on dry wines at Quinta Dona Matilde.  But, Filippe Barros and family aren’t quite ready to give up Port just yet, and they’ve tapped their broad range of contacts to create this brilliant 9 year-old beauty.

A lovely amber color with shimmering gold and rose highlights.  Big, lush, aromas of caramelized nuts, toffee, orange peel, and dried fruits lead to deep flavors of more toffee, toasted pecan, blood orange, dried redcurrant, and more.  Although it’s richly textured and weighty, a beam of brilliant acidity runs through the wine, giving freshness and a dry, very lightly tannic, finish.  This will thrill any fan of 10 year Tawny Port, matching that style’s freshness and fruit character and adding on more subtlety and complexity.

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Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996 Product #21462 (In Stock)
Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996 Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996

A magnificent, nutty and lightly sweet, Madeira with a classic bite and salty tang at the end.  Beautiful with cheese or nuts or caramel desserts.  Because Madeira is already oxidized and "cooked," it's more or less indestructible.  Open a bottle, leave it on the counter, and enjoy over months (or longer!).

"The 1996 Colheita was aged in oak casks for five years and then bottled. It has a very well-defined bouquet of dried figs, lemon rind, dried herbs and a touch of dates that soar from first opening and continue to bloom over several hours. The palate is fresh and lively. This is a more feminine Colheita with a crisp thread of acidity: lovely touches of marmalade and orange rind counterbalancing its viscous texture. It exhibits impressive cohesion and linearity to create a Colheita that has intent and purpose, full of energy and race."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Forman Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 Product #27791 (In Stock)
Forman Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 Forman Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

Another in a long line of great Chardonnay's from Napa legend Ric Forman. As always, a perfect balance of ripeness and restraint in a classic barrel fermented style.  The 2012 bursts with golden fruit, toasted nut, tangy butter, subtle spice and feels full and rich on the palate despite being just 13.5% alcohol.  Mint, slate, and chalky mineral linger on the long, complex, finish.

"Ric Forman's 2012 Chardonnay jumps from the glass with bright lemon, mint, crushed rocks, citrus and slate. As always, the Forman style is all about cut, focus and energy. At times, the Chardonnay is Meursault inflected, with tons of white stone fruits, pears, crushed rocks and pure energy. Readers who enjoy bright, chiseled Chardonnays will adore the 2012. The 2012 spent seven months on its lees, and the malo was blocked, in classic Forman style."  Antonio Galloni 94 points

"Bright lemon-yellow. Knockout Chablis-like aromas of white peach, fresh apricot, lime, flowers and wild herbs. Very rich, even glyceral, for this bottling, but bone-dry too, showing outstanding creamy depth to its oily citrus, licorice and herb favors. At 13.5% alcohol, there's nothing heavy about this beauty. The very long, slowly building finish leaves the palate glistening. A rich and excellent vintage for this consistently ageworthy no-malolactic chardonnay."International Wine Cellar 93 points

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Conceito Vintage Port 2007 Product #23267 (In Stock)
Conceito Vintage Port 2007 Conceito Vintage Port 2007

The 2007 Port vintage is shaping up as a beauty, so it's no surprise that Rita Ferreria Marques had delivered an exciting wine. A touch more polished than the powerful 2005 Vintage, we agree with Wine Advocate - this is "a sleeper of the vintage" and great value, too!

"The purple-colored 2007 Conceito Vintage Port offers up an attractive perfume of mineral, pencil lead, blackberry, and black currants. This leads to an elegantly styled wine with excellent volume, depth, and grip. It has enough structure to evolve for a decade along with layers of savory fruit for balance. This lengthy effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2027. It is a sleeper of the vintage. As an aside, Jonas Gustafson, the importer, has an outstanding Spanish portfolio so it is not a surprise to me that he has uncovered this little-known producer." Wine Advocate 90 points

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Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot 2011 Product #27092 (In Stock)
Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot 2011 Lamy Pillot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot 2011

Morgeot is Chassagne’s largest 1er Cru vineyard and, truth be told, much of it is better for Pinot Noir than Chardonnay.  But, winemaker Sébastian Lamy crafted a beautiful white Moregeot in 2011.  Generous aromas of ripe, spicy, pear and hazelnut with just a touch of earthy reduction open the show.  Then flavors of pear, grilled nut, and a hint of cherry dance on the palate with fantastic mid-palate energy.  The finish is long and pure with orchard fruits, butter, and chalk lingering on and on.  A great Morgeot and delicious bottle of wine.

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Vinedos De Ithaca Odysseus Tinto Priorat 2009 Product #27595 (In Stock)
Vinedos De Ithaca Odysseus Tinto Priorat 2009 Vinedos De Ithaca Odysseus Tinto Priorat 2009

Petite winemaker Silvia Puig once again delivers a brilliant pairing of monstrous structure with striking purity of fruit and focus in her 2009 flagship Priorat.  Aromas and flavors of sweet red and dark berry fruit with notes of warm slate, spice, and a touch of black tea.  The bright acidity makes your mouth water, lifts the flavors, and creates striking delineation in this brilliant, intense, red. For the cellar or big food.

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Keplinger Sumo 2011 Product #27920 (In Stock)
Keplinger Sumo 2011 Keplinger Sumo 2011

Helen's husband/partner DJ calls this Petite Sirah blend the "velvet sledghamer."  About right, I think! Delicious now with air, but even better next year.  Just 190 cases made of this ripe, perfectly balanced, explosive red.

"Keplinger's 2011 Sumo tastes like a young wine right out of tank, such is the purity of its fruit. Cloves, menthol, tar, licorice and blueberries meld together in an intense, inky Petite Sirah loaded with class. I would drink the 2011 early and cellar the 2010 for another few years. A juicy, expressive finish rounds out this soft, beautifully contoured wine. In 2011 Sumo is 85% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah and 4% Viognier."  Antonio Galloni 93 points

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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Product #24683 (In Stock)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml

Usually my personal favorite of the line-up (although 2007 Fonseca is pretty impressive!), the 2009 Taylor Fladgate delivers the Bordeaux-like elegance and class it's known for. On the nose black fruit with notes of raspberry and plum and hints of graphite and cedar. The flavors stay black with currant and cherry appearing plus dark licorice root, apple skin, and more graphite. The deep flavors stay over top of the firm, grippy, mouth-coating tannins that keep everything focused and almost elegant (if such a big wine can be elegant). Love it.

"Going back and forth, the Taylor's 2009 has a lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil. The palate is full-bodied packed with ripe black cherries, fresh fig and white pepper; very harmonious and focused although I feel that the 2007 has a little more depth and persistency. Very pretty and very pure, this Taylor's may well put on weight with a couple of years in bottle and merit a higher mark."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Small Vines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28995 (In Stock)
Small Vines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 Small Vines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012

Just 174 cases made of this velvety, but weightless, beauty.  For now - 2020.

"Made from young vines in the Sloans' Barlow Homestead vineyard in Sebastopol; 25% new oak. Vivid red. Sexy, spice-tinged red fruit and floral aromas show very good clarity. Silky and open-knit, offering fresh raspberry and rose pastille flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Closes supple and long, with gentle tannins folding into the sweet fruit. Shows a very approachable character now."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Rose NV Product #17167 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Rose NV Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Rose NV

This release of Eric's Rose is the most compelling yet, from the bright salmon pink color to the luscious mouthful of strawberry and cherry fruit accented with juicy blood orange and smoky toast notes. Eric makes a base wine of about two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay (including up to 40% reserve wines) colored by about 8% red Pinot Noir juice from his Ambonnay vineyards.

The wine bursts with aromas of wild strawberries and toast aromas and fills your mouth with ripe strawberry and tangy cherry fruit surrounded by juicy acids and a touch of biscuit. The creamy texture and round mouthfeel make this all too easy to gulp – but slow down and enjoy the ride, especially with foods like smoked salmon or duck.

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Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009 Product #27805 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009 Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009

As Antonio Galloni (formerly Wine Advocate's Italian critic and long-time Barolo writer) says, this is "an exceptional wine in its category."

"The 2009 Barolo Brovia wraps around the palate with serious depth. Leather, cloves, cedar, mocha and incense all flesh out in a supple, radiant wine that captures the very best qualities of the vintage. Smoke, tobacco and dried cherries develop later, adding further complexity. The 2009 has enough suppleness to drink well upon release, especially if given some air. It is an exceptional wine in its category."  Antonio Galloni 90 points

"Sappy aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and flowers. Lively, sweet flavors of red berries, marzipan and chestnut offer attractive inner-mouth lift and perfume. Offers good depth and finishes with solid energy and broad granular tannins. This Barolo should be perfect to drink in three years."International Wine Cellar 89 points

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Barbeito Madeira Charleston Serical Special Reserve Nv Product #15927 (In Stock)
Barbeito Madeira Charleston Serical Special Reserve Nv Barbeito Madeira Charleston Serical Special Reserve Nv

"The non-vintage RWC Charleston Sercial (May 2012 bottling) has a light, crisp bouquet of walnut, mahogany bureau, pressed flowers and a touch of marmalade that demonstrates fine delineation. The palate is taut and crisp on the entry with tangy marmalade, quince, a touch of cough candy and orange peel. It has superb acidity with a very fine, elegant finish that is absolutely delightful."Wine Advocate 91 points

"Dry and bracing, like an ocean breeze, this exhibits toffee, grilled almond and iodine notes on a lively structure. It's balanced and long, picking up a walnut aftertaste on the finish. Very harmonious and clean. Drink now."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011 Product #28893 (In Stock)
Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011

These guys seem to really shine in "difficult" vintages.  Balanced, luscious, delicious.

"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, rich and voluptuous. Mocha, espresso, plum, black cherry and intense spices all meld together in a textured, layered wine loaded with class and personality. As always, the Hall Cabernets are forward, fruit-driven and super-rich. This is a great introduction to the house style."  Antonio Galloni 90 points

"This is fairly rich and concentrated, with excellent depth, exhibiting a range of flavors built around dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes, with ripe, interwoven tannins. Turns graceful midpalate, ending with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2024."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Dom Anderson Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012 Product #29009 (In Stock)
Dom Anderson Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012 Dom Anderson Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012

Champagne's Roederer came to California to make fizz, but their still wines were just too good to devote entirely to bubbles!  A stunning, rich, and food-friendly bottle of Pinot Noir.

"Complex and individualistic, this conveys a savory rather than fruity personality. Smoky, meaty aromas lead to spice-accented plum and berry flavors. It feels full-bodied but not hot, has a suave texture and lingering finish. The first vintage to be released from the new Roederer-owned winery."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Product #23793 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008

Burghound “Outstanding Top Value”

A great vintage for this excellent Village level red made from Jean-Michel’s oldest vines – all 50 years old or older.  As always, this delivers plenty of power and structure, but there is an extra level of ripeness and grace here as well.  This will drink nicely with decanting now and really hit its stride in another 5 years.

“From 50+ year-old vines raised in 100% new wood. This is extremely primary, in fact so much so that residual fermentation aromas are still evident though the red berry fruit appears clean and pure and is followed by impressively rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract that confers a beguiling texture to the mouth feel and renders the firm tannins almost invisible on the impeccably balanced finish. Recommended as villages level wines typically do not have this kind of completeness. Outstanding Top Value.”Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010 Product #24384 (In Stock)
Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010 Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010

Fruit for this wine came from 40 year-old vines farmed by Sylvain Bzikot in a lieu dit vineyard that abuts Henri Boillot’s famous Clos de la Mouchere and used by Dujac through 2009.  Sylvain made 9 barrels of Les Petites Nosroyes in the outstanding 2010 vintage, and Doug selected the two best to be blended into this wine, the first ever 100% new oak cuvee Sylvain has made.

Not that “oak” is what you’ll smell or taste now, as the powerful, ripe, fruit has almost fully absorbed it’s wood and now allows the character of an excellent vintage and site to shine through.  Over the past two years, the aromas have taken on fantastic purity, serving up scents of grilled pineapple, lemon, Granny Smith apple, hazelnut, mineral and a generous dose of fresh mint. Purity and transparency remain the key themes for the generous flavors of citrus, orchard fruits, fresh hazelnut, chervil and still more crushed mint.  The texture is simply superb, with fine concentration and a smooth, glyceral, mouthfeel before loads of dusty mineral adds dimension to the long, complex, and fresh finish.  Drinking beautifully right now but with 10+ years of development in its future.  Very much 1er Cru in quality, making the village-level price true value for every Chardonnay fan.

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