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Foxen Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vnyd 2011 Product #28546 (In Stock)
Foxen Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vnyd 2011 Foxen Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vnyd 2011

From Bill Wathen and Dick Dore's 7200 project that focuses on Bordeaux varietals, this medium-bodied Cabernet is fragrant and complex.  It opens with exotic aromas of resinous herbs and blackberry jam.  On the palate, the tannins are ripe but firm, and it's got plenty of juicy acidity, making it a great partner to a wider variety of foods than most California Cabernets.

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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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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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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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Pierre Paillard Blanc De Noirs Les Maillerettes 2009 Product #29139 (In Stock)
Pierre Paillard Blanc De Noirs Les Maillerettes 2009 Pierre Paillard Blanc De Noirs Les Maillerettes 2009

The most powerful wine in the Paillard cellar, in 2009 this 100% Pinot Noir from Grand Cru vineyards in Bouzy offers fine breadth balanced by focused cut and a mouthwatering finish.  A great Champagne to enjoy at table with salmon or duck.

"Light, bright yellow. Intensely perfumed blood orange, yellow apple and floral scents are underscored by smoky minerals and iodine. Sappy and broad on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering bitter citrus fruit, red berry and succulent herb flavors that show very good depth. Notes of smoky lees and anise build on the nicely focused finish."International Wine Cellar 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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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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Voirin Jumel Brut Cuvee 555 Nv Product #29180 (In Stock)
Voirin Jumel Brut Cuvee 555 Nv Voirin Jumel Brut Cuvee 555 Nv

Here's a stunning wine from a tiny estate (just 12 hectares of vineyard) you've probably never heard of - but one that's gaining plenty of attention in Europe for this luxurious oak-aged Champagne.  Oak and Champagne are not always the best of friends, as the impact of wood (especially new wood) can easily overwhelm Champagne's subtle nuance and grace.  Here, though, winemaker Patrick Voirin uses very old Burgundy barrels (15-20 years-old) for just 4-6 months aging.  Combined with 6-7 years aging in bottle on the lees, this results in a fanstaically rich and complex Champagne very much in the style of Bollinger or Krug.

Cuvee 555 – named for the estate’s home address at 555 Rue de la Liberation in the village of Cramant.  It’s 100% Chardonnay from the Cramant Grand Cru vineyard called Clos du Mardu. We think it’s a blend of 2007 and 2006 vintage wines, but the information is sketchy!  Nothing sketchy about the wine though. You'll find rich, powerful, aromas and flavors of fresh baked bread, spices, lemon peel, toasted nuts and salty caramel here with tiny bubbles and bright acids providing lift and mouthwatering refreshment.

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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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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er Les Vergers 2007 Product #25220 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er Les Vergers 2007 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er Les Vergers 2007

Labeled for us under the Marie Bernard name to comply with Virginia's restrictive distribution rules, this is the exact same wine sold under the Marc Morey label in France and the rest of the USA.

“Outstanding. Moderate golden color. A perfumed nose of straw, citrus and white peach leads to intense, delicious and beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors culminate in a long, mouth coating and impressively long finish. I quite like this as there is just a touch of backend austerity that confers a "clean" and refreshing character to the finish without falling over into severity. In sum, lovely juice with 3 to 5 years of upside potential, perhaps a bit more.” Allen Meadows 91 points

“The Marc Morey 2007 Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers smells of honeysuckle, lily, lime, and honeydew melon; comes to the palate lush in texture yet lusciously juicy; and finishes with chalk and stone undertones that offer a perfect foil to the dripping ripeness of melon and liquid flowers. Hints of lime zest and red currant in the finish offer further counterpoint and serve for a bit of invigoration. This is irresistible already, although I imagine one could hold if for a half dozen years.” Wine Advocate 91 points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er En Virondot 2007 Product #25222 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er En Virondot 2007 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er En Virondot 2007

Labeled for us under the Marie Bernard name to comply with Virginia's restrictive distribution rules, this is the exact same wine sold under the Marc Morey label in France and the rest of the USA.

“Outstanding. A pretty and attractively scented nose features notes of citrus, baking spice, lychee nut and rose water that precedes the nicely rich, round and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent focus and drive on the impressively long and mineral-driven finish. After two hours in a decanter, this was a radically different, and better, wine than when it was initially opened.” Allen Meadows 91 points

“From a steep, rocky section of vines above the Caillerets, the Marc Morey 2007 Chassagne Montrachet En Virondot offers an aromatic and gustatory combination of brine and meat stock mingled with fresh lemon – along with an eventually sense of overt chalkiness – remind me of Chablis. Crystalline mineral aspects seem to shimmer through the citrus, leading to a refreshing and invigorating finish. Some tasters might find this lacking in sweetness of fruit, although there is a Chenin-like note of quince. This is one of Mollard's most interesting wines of the vintage, and should prove fascinating to follow over at least the next 5-6 years.” Wine Advocate 91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010 Product #26485 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Pere Galland 2010

Jean Michel makes several different Gevrey village cuvves, but this one – named for the man who helped Jean Michel learn to make wine – really grabbed us in 2010.  Screams “Gevrey” with its earthy red fruit and note of dusty iron ore but still soft and open enough to give early pleasure.  Excellent value.

"In contrast to the relatively expressive noses of the prior three wines, this is much more serious with brooding aromas of earth, wild red berries and a whiff of humus. There is excellent energy to the detailed and lightly mineral-suffused flavors that possess good ripeness to the structural elements where the finish again displays a wonderful sense of tension and energy."Allen Meadows 88-91 points

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Quinta Dona Matilde Port Vintage 2011 Product #27907 (In Stock)
Quinta Dona Matilde Port Vintage 2011 Quinta Dona Matilde Port Vintage 2011

The Barros family knows a thing or two about Vintage Port, with family founder Manoel Moreira de Barros starting the top-notch Barros estate in the early 1900s.  Quinta Dona Matilde was already highly respected when Barros acquired it in 1925, although it was equally famous for being one of the most difficult to farm vineyards in the Douro Valley.  Dona Matilde passed out of the family with the sale of the entire Barros group in 2006, but less than a year later Manoel Moreira’s grandson, Manuel Angelo Barros, was able to buy it back and return the Barros family to the Port and fine wine business.

Many of you have loved the family’s 2007 Vintage Port when we’ve offered it in the past, but importer Jonas Gustafsson and Filippe Barros agree with me that the 2011 is a substantial step up in quality and sophistication.  The wine opens with lovely aromas of dried blackcurrant and raisin with a touch of leafy tobacco, wet stone minerality, and vanilla spice.  The aromas carry through on the rich palate where nutty, spicy, undertones emerge and the sense of minerality gets stronger.  As you’d hope for in a young Vintage Port, there’s very nice grip to the firm tannins and plenty of juicy, refreshing, acids to keep everything fresh and focused. The chewy tannins don’t get in the way of the long finish where the minerality and spice notes really shine.  Try this now with walnuts and Stilton cheese or cellar it for as long as you’d like to.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009 Product #28035 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009

Normally sold only at the winery or to mailing list customers, we’re delighted to be the only retailer in the country to get an allocation of this two barrel/50 case wine.  Wadenswil was Oregon’s first Pinot Noir clone and, with Pommard, responsible for the region’s first head-turning successes.  Although the fashion for Dijon clones dominated Oregon plantings in the 2000s, thoughtful growers have come to realize that Wadenswil clones grown on loose, sedimentary, soils deliver a uniquely delicious blend of savory spice and deep, luscious, fruit that Dijon clones miss.

That’s what you’ll find here from 10 year-old Wadenswil vines grown without irrigation on patches of sedimentary soil throughout the Amalie Robert vineyard.  Low yields, higher than normal leaf cover, and late harvesting allow Wadenswil’s tannins to soften and ripe fruit flavors to develop without any excessive alcohol.  Whole cluster fermented with native yeast and aged in barrel for at least 12 months, this wine is made from the two barrels that Ernie and Dena think best expresses Wadenswil’s potential in their unique, Southern Willamette Valley, site.

“Bright red. Heady, exotic aromas of candied red fruits, sandalwood, lavender and rose. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows an array of spice and floral qualities on the finish, along with notes of candied raspberry and bitter rhubarb. Wild stuff, and balanced to age.” International Wine Cellar 93 points

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St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012 Product #28749 (In Stock)
St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012 St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012

Justice Vineyard rides an east-facing ridge that runs right through the middle of the Eola-Amity Hills.  Broken volcanic basalt layered over old sedimentary sub-soils creates great drainage, the southeast exposure means plenty of warm sunshine, and the cool winds blowing in from the Van Duzer corridor create perfect conditions for ripe, balanced, Pinot Noir. A warm fermentation in a small oak vat followed by aging for 16 months in barrique (one-third new), brings out the rich spice and floral aspects of the site to complement the luscious fruit.  Delicious already, but Mark thinks it will peak in 2019 or so.  Just 291 cases made.

"Heady spice- and smoke-tinged aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and potpourri, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that tighten up and gain energy with air. Rich but lithe and precise, showing outstanding finishing clarity and drive; supple tannins add shape. This very young, very promising pinot deserves cellaring."International Wine Cellar 93 points

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