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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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Wildaire Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Shea Vyd 2011 Product #27484 (In Stock)
Wildaire Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Shea Vyd 2011 Wildaire Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Shea Vyd 2011

Dick and Deirdre Shea's vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton is, by common consensus, Willamette Valley's "Grand Cru" site for Pinot Noir.  Planted through 1990, Ken Wright brought it to attention in 1993 with his first vineyard designate bottling at Panther Creek, soon followed by Mike Etzel at Beaux Freres.  Dry farmed (no irrigation) marine soils force grapes to work a little harder here but the southwest-facing bowl shape traps plenty of warmth and sunshine for perfect ripening.

Matt Driscoll made just 72 cases of Shea Pinot in the small 2011 vintage, and the lightness of the year plus Shea's tendency to deliver dark, spicy, fruit came together beautifully.  The texture is pure 2011 - elegant, transparent, and vibrant with perfect balance at just 13.0% alcohol.  But, the flavors have a dark, black fruited, muscle with plenty of ripe cherry, blackberry, and smoky spice notes.  The aromas are captivating and the finish is super long with black fruit, coffee, fresh earth and tea notes lingering on and on over sweet, ripe, tannins.  Give this an hour in decanter (or 2 years in cellar) and you'll find it taking on more weight and depth but still remaining beautifully pure and elegant. A steal for Shea Vineyard Pinot of this quality.

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Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010 Product #27739 (In Stock)
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010

Back-to-back 92 point Wine Advocate ratings for this under-the-radar and very classy Napa Cab.

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with juicy plums, black cherries, mocha, spices and French oak, all of which come to life on a big, powerful frame. There is nothing subtle in this rich, intense Cabernet Sauvignon. A huge, juicy finish backed up by serious tannins and sweet floral notes rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."Wine Advocate 92 points

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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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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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Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit De Beaucastel 2009 Product #25145 (In Stock)
Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit De Beaucastel 2009 Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit De Beaucastel 2009

"I am thrilled to see the 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel burst from the glass with an exciting melange of dark red cherries, flowers, sweet herbs, mint and spices. Exotic spiced notes linger on the finish. The 2009 boasts serious intensity, richness and depth, but it remains quite tannic and in need of further bottle age. The vintage saw both frost and drought, two conditions that are a little unusual in the same year. Now that it is in bottle, the 2009 meets all of the expectations I had when I tasted it from barrel last year. The blend is 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 5% Counoise."Wine Advocate 94 points

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Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Product #25998 (In Stock)
Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2009

I find this to perfectly marry classic Russian River fruit with a precision and grace more commonly found in Oregon or even Burgundy.  Lovely now and able to improve for 5+ years.

"Sexy, high-pitched aromas of wild red berries, Asian spices, rose petal and lavender. Fresh and sharply delineated, offering a silky texture and concentrated red fruit and candied rose flavors. Shows very good depth but this is carrying no fat. The long finish features gentle, fine-grained tannins and lingering floral and spice notes."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 Product #26926 (In Stock)
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011

Another stunning release from one of Oregon's top Pinot Producers in the tricky 2011 vintage.  A blend of fruit from top vineyards - Shea, Guadolupe, and Beaux Freres' own Upper Terrace - this pure, layered, Pinot Noir is already wide open and ready to enjoy.  Generous aromas and flavors of dark cherry, black raspberry, Asian spice, and damp fresh earth.  Wonderful purity and transparency here, but plenty of intensity and a nice wisp of tannin and bright acids make this a great choice for drinking now, pairing with salmon and earthy foods, or even aging for 3-5 years.  A beauty.

"Pungent, spice-accented aromas of cherry and black raspberry, complicated by a smoky nuance and a building floral element. Pliant dark berry and cherry compote flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality and an exotic touch of candied lavender. Closes with excellent energy and focus, leaving notes of allspice and cherry-cola behind."International Wine Cellar 91 points

"The satiny texture lets the harmonious flavors of red berry, pomegranate and spice unfurl evocatively. The finish lingers enticingly. Shows freshness and impeccable balance. Drink now through 2020."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Maillard Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010 Product #27203 (In Stock)
Maillard Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010 Maillard Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010

You can literally see the purity here in a wine that's clear as a bell with a brilliant straw yellow color.  Classic Meursault aromas of French butter, toasted nuts, green apples, and ripe stone fruits.  Then a stunning blend of richness and purity in the mouth, with layers and layers of butter, grilled nuts, smoke, sweet pear, golden apple, and just a touch of mint.  The mineral and chalk notes that start in the mid-palate expand on the long finish where salty caramel and sun warmed orchard fruit flavors linger on and on over refreshing green apple acidity and more crushed mint notes.

Of course, this will get better and better over the next decade plus, but I'm hard pressed to understand how you could resist drinking up the better part of a case now with steamed lobster, seared scallops, or any dish featuring mushrooms or toasted nuts.  A great bottle of Meursault from vines aged 30-40 years (and some 65+) - the best ever, I think, from Pascal Maillard - at a very strong value price.

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Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2011 Product #27591 (In Stock)
Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2011 Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir 2011

Even in lighter vintages, this wine shines.  Paul Slaon planted and farms these vineyards using dense plantings and low training, believing that "the smaller the vine, the better the wine."  Hard to argue when you taste this!

"(75% Baranoff fruit and the rest from the Sloan's estate, on the west side of Sebastopol; 25% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Suave, incisive strawberry, dried cherry and floral scents are brightened by brisk minerality. Lithe but potent red berry flavors are crisp and impressively focused, with a late note of cherry skin adding bitter grip. There's an appealing sweetness to the finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a touch of candied rose."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Winderlea Vyd 2011 Product #27891 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Winderlea Vyd 2011 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Winderlea Vyd 2011

Amazing transparency and grace here with moutwatering acids and fantastic vibrancy.

"Picked already on October 21, Maresh’s 2011 Pinot Noir Winderlea Vineyard mingles fresh, juicy red currant and cherry with roasted red meats, displaying a juiciness, brightness, buoyancy and grip that are infectious and invigorating, yet allied to alluring tenderness of texture. A high-toned hint of almond extract typical for the Worden Hill sector, lavender, and fennel pollen carry the nose to captivating complexity, while a saline streak serves for irrepressible salivation in a long, intricately interactive yet arrow-straight finish. This ought to delight through at least 2025 but quite possibly (not to mention hopefully) well beyond."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Relic Ritual Red 2011 Product #27918 (In Stock)
Relic Ritual Red 2011 Relic Ritual Red 2011

There’s just so much to love about this wine.  Start with Bandol’s Mourvedre grape in the staring roll – there are a whopping 11 acres of it in all of Napa, so you don’t often see it playing the lead.  Then, add red fruit from juicy Grenache and blue fruit and minerality from 110 year-old Carignan grown at the end of Pickett Road in Calistoga (right next door to one of California’s best and most famous Cabernet vineyards).  Round things out with a bit of meaty Syrah and juicy, structured, Petite Sirah, and you’ve got a luscious, highly drinkable, red that will knock your socks off.  

The 2011 definitely reflects the cool, damp, growing season, and it’s undeniably lighter in weight and brighter in fruit than the 2010 or 2009.  But, there’s still plenty of lusciousness here and a super-silky texture and layers and layers of depth.  Wide open and ready to drink now and over the next 5 years or so.

"47% mourvede, 22% carignan, 13% grenache, 11% syrah and 7% petite sirah. Good deep red. Exuberant aromas of candied raspberry and musky licorice. Broad and classically dry but distinctly easygoing, with blueberry and spice flavors nicely supported by supple tannins. The persistent finish shows attractive sweetness." International Wine Cellar 90 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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Bodegas Maurodos San Roman Toro 2009 Product #27263 (In Stock)
Bodegas Maurodos San Roman Toro 2009 Bodegas Maurodos San Roman Toro 2009

The San Roman Toro has been one of the region’s best, most consistent, wines for years, always marrying the intense ripeness you’d expect from Toro with just a touch more class and sophistication than you usually find.  In 2009, both the ripeness and the sophistication have reached new  heights – even as this pre-release pricing brings the cost down to less than our best prices on the 2003 or 2005 vintages!

“The 2009 San Roman comes from 45-year-old bush vines or older in San Roman, Morales de Toro, Arjujillo, Villaester and El Pego between 720 and 760 meters and sees 24 months in new and used French (70%) and American (30%) oak. It offers a very seductive bouquet with luscious red berry fruit – raspberry, wild strawberry infused with crushed violets that open with aeration. The palate is full-bodied and very well-balanced, ripe succulent tannins, plush blueberry and black cherries forming the core followed by a silky, ripe, sensual, velvety smooth finish. Modern in style, but extremely well-crafted, this is a sensational, delicious Toro red. Drink now-2018+.”Wine Advocate 96 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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Plumpjack Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Product #27453 (In Stock)
Plumpjack Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Plumpjack Reserve Chardonnay 2012

A perennial "Top 25" restaurant wine, Plumpjack's Chardonnay excells and marrying the rich ripeness that you'd expect from Napa with a juicy, vibrant, acidity that makes it very food friendly.  As the winery says: "Fresh green apple and Bartlett pear, some tropical notes, traces of vanilla and spice on the nose. The palate is rich and creamy with a bright, lively acid."

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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.

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Maillard Aloxe-Corton Grandes Lollieres 1er Cru 2006 Product #22385 (In Stock)
Maillard Aloxe-Corton Grandes Lollieres 1er Cru 2006 Maillard Aloxe-Corton Grandes Lollieres 1er Cru 2006

This has always been a favorite from Pascal’s cellar, and it clearly shows the class and grace of a 1er Cru site in Aloxe-Corton.  With a few years aging, it's just become richer, deepr, and much more interesting.  The wine opens with a complex nose of sappy cherry, plum skin, mushroom, spice and a touch of red flower.  In the mouth, it’s focused and silky with complex flavors of ripe red cherry fruit framed by a mineral streak and a nice dash of earthy, smoke and coffee.  The cherry and coffee  notes really linger on the long finish, and the wine gets earthier and more layered with air.  Delicious now and with another 10 years in front of it.  Stunning quality for the price.

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