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Ogier (Michel Et Stephane) L' Ame Soeur Syrah 2011 Product #29426 (In Stock)
Ogier (Michel Et Stephane) L' Ame Soeur Syrah 2011 Ogier (Michel Et Stephane) L' Ame Soeur Syrah 2011

“A dead-ringer for a Cote Blonde Cote Rotie, this cuvee may be the greatest vin de pays I have ever tasted. The 2011 l’Ame Soeur is a small, 8,000-bottle, 100% destemmed cuvee that smells like the great La Mouline from Guigal. Gorgeously fruity and rich with lots of exotic fruits, a huge perfume, and amazing texture as well as length, this is a quintessential example of an over-achieving wine.”  Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) 91-93

"Brilliant ruby-red. Heady red berry compote and spicecake scents are complicated by a suave floral quality and a zesty mineral flourish. Sweet, penetrating and pure on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and floral pastille flavors that give way to deeper cherry with air. Tight, spicy and fat-free wine with strong finishing cut and dusty tannins that add grip and firmness."International Wine Cellar 91 points

“A superb value that competes with wines two to three time its price, the 2011 Syrah l’Ame Soeur IGP is comprised of 100% Syrah that comes from schist soils, north of Ampuis, that are very similar to what’s found in the northern part of Cote Rotie (although the schist in this more northern region is a lighter gold color). Elegant and finesse-driven, with hints of crushed flowers, olive, underbrush and copious red and black fruits, this medium to full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, a seamless texture and ample length on the finish. It can be consumed now, or cellared for upwards of a decade.” Jeb Dunnuck,Wine Advocate 92 points

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Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres 2012 Product #28888 (In Stock)
Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres 2012 Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres 2012

A stunner of a Chateauneuf, les Safres is about 95% Grenache with just a touch of Syrah.  Full of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit with layers of spice, floral, and crushed stone accents, this is silky and poised now and will get fleshier and more rich with time.

“Bright ruby. Mineral-tinged redcurrant, raspberry and spicecake aromas, with a hint of candied lavender. Clean and zesty, showing intense red fruit and floral character, assertive spiciness and very good clarity. Finishes silky and long, with vibrant berry character, soft tannins and a lingering note of tangy minerality.”International Wine Cellar 91-93 points

“Also almost all Grenache and coming from compacted sand soils (Safres), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres shows superb complexity with notions of white pepper, creamy licorice, black cherry and dusty stone-like minerality on the nose. Seamless and elegant, with building, fine tannin, it-s a polished, impressively endowed effort that will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2024.”Wine Advocate 91-93 points

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013 Product #29834 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2013

1,256 bottles made, 564 imported.  Silvia intends her Black Label cuvee to be rounder, more supple, and easier to appreciate young than the more structured Classic wine.  In 2013, it’s 70% Garnatxa (both Negre and Peluda, aka “Hairy Grenache”) and 30% Carinyena from old vineyards scattered across Priorat.  She ferments the wine in 300 and 500 liter French oak casks that have had one of the ends removed, and then puts the ends back on to let the wine age for 13 months.

Rich, plush, and seductive, this is showing more Grenache character now – dark strawberry and black raspberry – with accents of licorice and spice.  I suspect the blueberry/blackberry notes of Carignan will emerge over time.  Already, there’s plenty of Priorat’s distinctive slate-like minerality to help balance the rich, sun-warmed, fruit and a level of freshness and purity that’s rare in such a big, intense, wines.  The finish is warming and rich with big tannins that give an initial refreshing bite before melting away beautifully.  This will improve in cellar for much longer than you’d expect – 10-15 years, I think – although I doubt many will be able to resist that long.

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Oakville Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Product #29963 (In Stock)
Oakville Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Oakville Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

From the old BV #7 vineyard in Oakville (now called Pelissa), this 93% Cab Sauv with Petite Verdot and Malbec sings out with supple, rich, Oakville character.

"Soft and juicy, this is a classically crafted wine, medium bodied with savory notes of cedar, dried herb and black olive. Structured and balanced, it finishes rich and refreshing, with a memory of red currant and cherry." Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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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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Veuve Clicquot Yellow NV Brut Product #3623 (In Stock)
Veuve Clicquot Yellow NV Brut Veuve Clicquot Yellow NV Brut

America's best-selling Champagne blends Chardonnay and Pinot Noir base wines to create a rich, robust, sparkling wine perfect for most any occasion.

"Clicquot's Yellow label is consistently on of the best non-vintage Bruts from the major houses in Champagne. The current release bristles with fresh apple flavor, with the scent of heirloom apples of the tree. That flavor runs straight through the wine, savory and clean."  Wine News 92 points

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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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Taplin Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Terra 9 2009 Product #29016 (In Stock)
Taplin Cellars Cabernet  Sauvignon Terra 9 2009 Taplin Cellars Cabernet  Sauvignon Terra 9 2009

Taplin family members have grown wine grapes in Napa Valley for five generations, and now siblings Melinda, Bill, and Stephen (who lives here in the DC area) are making their own wine.  The Terra 9 wine is named for ancestor John Lewelling's comments about the St. Helena soil:  9 parts rock to 1 part dirt!  Of course, that's just about perfect for ripening pure, intense, Cabernet Sauvignon like you'll find in the bottle here.  Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, crushed herb and spice lead to a focused palate of dark berries and plums dusted with cocoa, spice and herb.  The finish is firm enough to handle a ribeye, but supple enough to enjoy with lighter foods or even on its own.  An excellent value in handmade Napa Cabernet that's ready to drink now.

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Dom JJ Confuron Nuits Saint Georges Les Fleurieres 2012 Product #29035 (In Stock)
Dom JJ Confuron Nuits  Saint Georges Les Fleurieres 2012 Dom JJ Confuron Nuits  Saint Georges Les Fleurieres 2012

The most open and immediately generous of Confuron's 2012s, although even better from 2015-2025 or so.

“Good red-ruby. Distinctly reduced, gamey aromas of dark berries, licorice and coffee. Similarly reduced in the mouth, but showing good intensity and an attractive sugar/acid balance to the flavors of black fruits, leather, violet and licorice. With its firm tannins and impression of solidity, this is very Nuits-Saint-Georges.”International Wine Cellar 88-90 points

“The 2012 Nuits Saint Georges Les Fleurieres, from the lieu-dit just south of the village (1.23-hectares of vines between 22 and 46 years old), has a well-defined, floral, elegant bouquet that demonstrates good vivacity, a patina of vanilla oak present but knitted with the fruit. The palate is well balanced with tensile tannins, very fine focus and a clean pure finish with crisp blackcurrant and wild strawberry notes that disguise the latent mineralite. This is an excellent Nuits Saint Georges.”Wine Advocate 90-92 points

“The Les Fleurieres offers rich aromas of dark raspberry and plum with forest floor notes. It has a ripe and flavorful palate and is nicely balanced with excellent acidity and firm tannins on the finish. This wine will be even more enjoyable in two years and will provide drinking pleasure over the next 7-10 years.” i-Wine Review 90+ points

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Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay Napa 2013 Product #30518 (In Stock)
Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay Napa 2013 Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay Napa 2013

A compelling, old-school, Napa Chardonnay from the peak of Mount Veeder.  A bit reminiscent of Stony Hill, this is picked early, ferments in cement, and ages in mostly (very) old barrels.  Clear and pristine with rich pear and yellow apple fruit and a touch pineapple accented by a nice band of salty caramel.  Finishes very elegant and clean with salty mineral lingering behind.  For now and the next 4-6 years.

"The 2013 Chardonnay is built on breadth textural richness. Candied lemon, honey and almonds flesh out in a deep, powerful Chardonnay built on explosive energy and breadth. The resonant, unctuous finish is striking."  Vinous (Galloni) 94 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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The Withers Pinot Noir Charlie's Vyd Sonoma Coast 2013 Product #29995 (In Stock)
The Withers Pinot Noir Charlie's Vyd Sonoma Coast 2013 The Withers Pinot Noir Charlie's Vyd Sonoma Coast 2013

From a stunning site with 50 degree day/night temperature swings, this is rich but elegant and pure.

"This is a full-bodied and full-flavored wine with rich and deep aromas, ripe fruit flavors and a texture that feels substantial but polished. It starts with black cherry and woodsy aromas, then goes to lively but broad cherry, plum and nutmeg notes. The finish stays flavorful and dry."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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

Eric Rodez's rose Champagne always marries the fun, festive, nature of pink fizz to some serious winegrowing and Champagne blending skill - giving a seriously fun wine!  About 45% of the wine is Pinot Noir allowed to rest on its skins at crushing to extract color and then blended with white wine made from roughly equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  This year's release is based on vintage 2010 (about half) with reserve wines from 2009, 2008, 2006, and 2005 with 80% of the cuvee aged in barrel aged 4 years on the lees and given Just 4g/l dossage.

It's a bright salmon pink color and with tiny bubbles.  Aromas of wild strawberries and toast aromas and mouth filling flavors of 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.

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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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