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Thibault Liger-Belair Hautes Cotes De Nuits Prieure 2012 Product #29162 (In Stock)
Thibault Liger-Belair Hautes Cotes De Nuits Prieure 2012 Thibault Liger-Belair Hautes Cotes De Nuits Prieure 2012

"The 2012 Bourgogne Hautes Co^tes de Nuits Le Clos du Prieure´ is a gorgeous wine at this level. Juicy and expressive, the 2012 jumps from the glass with layers of dark fruit, all supported by serious tannins and overall structure. Iron, dark red fruit and an array of ferrous notes add dimensions of complexity. Far from an easygoing Bourgogne, the 2012 Clos du Prieure´ is going to need at least a few years to soften. Today it is rich and imposing to the core."  Antonio Galloni 90-92 points

"The 2012 Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Nuits Le Clos du Prieure comes from a 1.10-hectare vineyard close to the village of Arcenant, on rich limestone and marl soils. The nose is open with vibrant, floral black currant and cassis aromas. The palate is energetic with superb acidity and immense purity, the terroir coming through on the mineral rich finish. Outstanding – this comes highly recommended."Wine Advocate 89-91 points

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Loring Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2013 Product #29425 (In Stock)
Loring Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2013 Loring Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2013

Here's a great introduction to the brilliant 2013 Pinot vintage in California. Brian Loring made his reputation on full-throttle, ripe, Central Coast wines, but here he pulls back a bit to honor cooler Sonoma Coast fruit.  Like the 91 point 2012, this opens with lush dark berry, cola, spice and floral aromas that follow through on the silky smooth palate.  The dark raspberry fruit gains a spicy edge with air and pulses across the long, supple, finish.  Rich but not heavy and very, very, good.

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Moutard Champagne Cuvee 6 Cepages 2007 Product #29620 (In Stock)
Moutard Champagne Cuvee 6 Cepages 2007 Moutard Champagne Cuvee 6 Cepages 2007

Roughly equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Petit Meslier and Arbanne - 6 of the 7 authorized grapes of Champagne - with a touch of oak.   Complex and delicious.

"Smoky, with roasted nut and charred brioche notes, this rich Champagne is balanced by juicy acidity and flavors of baked plum and cherry fruit, honey, graphite and spice that ride the soft, creamy bead. Drink now through 2022."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Dom Michel Magnien Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011 Product #28593 (In Stock)
Dom Michel Magnien Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011 Dom Michel Magnien Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011

Even this young, already yielding lovely perfume and showing a velvety texture to the ripe red fruit and spice.  Long and satisfying.

"Sweet Spot Outstanding. A somber but very spicy nose of red and black pinot fruit also adds nuances of plum and violets to the mix. There is good volume to the utterly delicious and alluringly complex full-bodied flavors that possess an admirable amount of dry extract as the old vines really show on the mouth coating finish. This is an excellent villages."Allen Meadows 89-91 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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Dom JJ Confuron Chambolle Musigny 2012 Product #29037 (In Stock)
Dom JJ Confuron Chambolle Musigny 2012 Dom JJ Confuron Chambolle Musigny 2012

A beautiful, elegant, Chambolle with silky texture and generous aromatics.  A short decant brings out the aromatics and fruit now and 5-7 years of cellar time will only deliver more.

“Here too there is enough reduction present to block a proper assessment of the nose. There is impressive density to the very suave and opulent flavors that exude a fine minerality on the velvety finish that really coats the palate. This is not super fine but there is a certain laciness to the finish that makes this quite appealing.”Allen Meadows 88-91 points

“The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Village comes from three parcels that are vinified together, from lieux-dits “Derriere la Four”, “Les Pas de Chats” and “Les Condemennes” (1.15-hectares). The bouquet is ripe and quite showy at this stage, with bright blackcurrant and cassis fruit neatly layered with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe, chocolate-tinged entry, a fine bead of acidity and a nicely counterpoised, slightly austere finish. The oak will need a couple of years after bottling to fully integrate but it should be worth the wait.” Wine Advocate 87-89 points

“The medium dark ruby Chambolle-Musigny Village displays dark red plum aromas with a forest floor note. It is lush on the attack and the palate revealing perfumed cherry fruit notes typical of Chambolle. It has a soft texture, firm structure. round tannins and a very long finish. Enjoy this beauty over the next 7 to 10 years.” i-Wine Review 92 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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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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Barbeito Madeira Baltimore Rainwater Nv Product #29046 (In Stock)
Barbeito Madeira Baltimore Rainwater Nv Barbeito Madeira Baltimore Rainwater Nv

"The non-vintage RWC Baltimore Rainwater (bottled January 2012) was designed to reintroduce Rainwater as a prestige style rather than the cheaper, paler versions of years gone by. Its template was a Rainwater that Mannie Berk tasted from the 1820s. It has a light lanolin, melted candle wax, dried fig and orange blossom-scented bouquet that expands nicely with aeration. The palate is crisp and light on the entry, with a vibrant citric thread that combines succinctly with bitter orange and mandarin notes. It is laced with a touch of toffee towards the elegant finish. This is delicate, understated and delicious."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Ch Montelena Chardonnay Napa 2012 Product #29504 (In Stock)
Ch Montelena Chardonnay Napa 2012 Ch Montelena Chardonnay Napa 2012

The Judgement of Paris winner shines again!

"White flowers, apples, pears and spices all meld together in a gracious, impeccable Chardonnay. The 2012 is beautifully bright and focused, yet also has plenty of textural richness and layers of flavor. I especially like the nuance and detail in the 2012. This is a fabulous showing from Montelena. "  Antonio Galloni 92 points

"You know you’re doing something right when, after 45 years of Chardonnay winemaking, they name a California Chardonnay style after your winery, the “Montelena style.” In short, it means a non-malolactic, minimally oaked Chardonnay. This estate has long made one of the best examples of a quiet, restrained Chardonnay that ages for 20 or more years. Montelena’s 2012 Chardonnay possesses zesty acidity as well as hints of white currants, delicate wood, tangerine oil and spice. Long and zesty with no noticeable oak (despite its barrel aging), it should drink well for 10-15 years."Wine Advocate 90+ points

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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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Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010 Product #28991 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010 Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010

This always one of our favorite “Normale” – or “Classico” as the Brovias prefer – Barolo, tempting young and developing nicely over 3-5 years from release.  In 2010, it’s a blend of younger vines from the family’s Cru vineyards, with the biggest portion coming from the Brea vineyard in Serralunga.  It was bottled earlier than the Crus, and because of its shocked state, was not shown to critics Antonio Galloni or Steve Tanzer when they visited the estate earlier this year.  It is very fine value.

As importer Neal Rosenthal explains:  “This cuvée is a blend of the younger vines found in the various “crus” and offers a stylish take on the Brovia approach to this appellation. There is never excess here, no attempt to flaunt an image of power. Above all, balance is the key element in faithfully rendering a Barolo of great stature. You will find here the classic grainy tannins, the long, mineral-inflected finish, the aromas of late-summer roses and flavors of dried cherries.

"Brovia's 2010 Barolo opens with exquisite, floral aromatics. Silky and gracious throughout, the 2010 impresses for its overall balance and classiness. Sweet red cherries, mint, anise, cinnamon and orange peel are some of the notes that open up over time. The 2010 is a wine to treasure for its ample perfume and exceptional harmony. Today, the tannins are a bit firm, so another year or two in bottle is a must. Still, there is so much to like here, even at this early stage. The 2010 Barolo is 70% young-vine fruit from Brea (above 20 years of age), plus the wine that is left over when the single-vineyard Barolos go into cask. A recent bottle of the 2004 was stellar. This is one of the great values left in Barolo. " Antonio Galloni 92 points

"This is spicy, with meat, chocolate and dried-fruit character. Medium body, dense fruit and chewy tannins. Needs two years to soften: better in 2016."  James Suckling 91 points

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Voliero Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29329 (In Stock)
Voliero Brunello Di  Montalcino 2010 Voliero Brunello Di  Montalcino 2010

When Andrea Cortonesi makes this from vineyards in the northern part of the Brunello zone, soils that are lighter than cooler than at Uccelliera in the south. As Wine Advocate explained when reviewing the 2007 Brunello, “These vineyards on the northern side of Montalcino give Cortonesi the raw materials to craft wines that show the elegant, refined side of Sangiovese. They are a wonderful contrast to the richer, more muscular wines Cortonesi makes at Uccelliera.”  The winemaking and organic farming are similar to Cartonesi’s approach at Uccelliera, so the uniqueness and differences of the two sites really shines through in the glass.

As the Suckling review, below, notes, the fruit character at Voliero can be quite dark – black cherry and black raspberry have shown in prior vintages – but the texture is more silky and focused than at Uccelliera and the aromas and flavors more perfumed and bright.

“A Brunello with dark fruits such as plum and cherry with hints of flowers and chocolate undertones. Full body, fine tannins and dried citrus fruit. Tangy and spicy. Very long and intense. Better in 2017.”  James Suckling 96 points

"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Voliero is a gorgeous wine that hits all the right buttons, takes a little pause, and then hits them once again. This is a wine that does not hold back, and it graciously delivers all sorts of dark fruit, spice, licorice and grilled herb intensity. In the mouth, the tannins are exceedingly silky and smooth and the wine imparts a very long finish. What I like best is its power and personality that never goes over the top. It remains within the strict confines of elegance. This wine should hold well for 15 years."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered 2012 Product #29544 (In Stock)

"Newton’s 2012 Chardonnay Unfiltered exhibits lots of honeysuckle, tropical fruit and marmalade, good minerality and excellent acidity that buttresses and provides uplift to the full-bodied, lavish, extravagant nature of this Chardonnay. As this wine ages, it will undoubtedly take on more Burgundy, Bâtard-Montrachet-like characteristics, but it is hard to resist young (which I know from personal experience). Enjoy it over the next 6-10+ years."Wine Advocate 94 points

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