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Produttori Del Barbaresco Montestefano 2009 Product #28422 (In Stock)
Produttori Del Barbaresco Montestefano 2009 Produttori Del Barbaresco Montestefano 2009

"The 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano brings together the best qualities of the vintage, with a solid core of intense fruit, expressive aromatics and a measure of tannic heft that will keep the wine fresh and vibrant for many years. Dark cherry, plum, spice and leather notes flesh out on the huge, voluptuous finish. In 2009, the Montestefano is fabulous."  Antonio Galloni 94 points

"Good healthy deep red. Musky, reduced nose offers dark raspberry and a whiff of menthol. Big, broad and sweet in the mouth, with plush raspberry fruit given shape and lift by lovely vinosity. This rather powerful, even massive, Barbaresco opened beautifully in the glass to show a deep sweetness and lovely perfume. The long, slowly mounting finish betrays no rough edges. I'd lay this down for five years."International Wine Cellar 92(?+) points

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Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Product #27806 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009

The compact soils and south/southest-facing exposure of this site in Serralunga helped Ca' Mia retain fine freshness even as it ripened into plush, velvety, richness. The first to sell out of the 2009s and likely to be the first 2009 gone, too.

"In this hot vintage the 2009 Barolo Ca' Mia appears to have handled the weather best of all the wines in the range, which isn't that much of a shock, considering that the more compact soils of Serralunga are at an advantage in warmer years. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for a serious core of dark red fruit, flowers, iron, tar and licorice, all of which seem to literally jump out of the glass. The 2009 has more than enough fruit and sheer depth to age well for a number of years."  Antonio Galloni 92 points

"Captivatingly fresh, primary aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers are accented by a sappy note of blood orange; reminded me a bit of a topnotch Burgundy from Vosne or Chambolle. Sweet and thick but with lovely acidity giving the wine a strong impression of inner-mouth tension. A step up in density and fullness from the foregoing wines, with its Serralunga limestone pungency coming through loud and clear. Finishes very long and horizontal, with serious but well-buffered tannins and excellent menthol lift. Wonderfully elegant and perfumed Barolo from a south/southeast-facing vineyard that is spared the hottest afternoon sun."International Wine Cellar 94+? points

"The intensity and richness is bountiful, and seductive aromatic layers of dried fruit, licorice, tar, button mushroom and tobacco lift off the glass with building intensity. The wine’s texture is firmer and the length is decisively more rewarding. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV Product #13994 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV

"Grand Vintages" is Eric's celebration of Champagne's greatest harvests, and this release includes wine from vintages 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, and 1999.  The 70/30 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay base wines were aged in barrel with no malo.  The blended wine spent 8 years on the lees and was finished with 2 g/l dosage.

With that background, you'd expect richness, complexity, and fantastic length - all of which are here in spades - but the delicacy of texture and transparency of the palate are surprising delights.  Lots of toast and smoke aromas and flavors frame a mélange of rich orchard, stone, and citrus fruit and give way to cut flowers, truffle, and minerality on the long finish.  Simply stunning, and very Krug-like for about $145 less.

"Exceptional complexity. Very rich and layered. Flowers and swallowable and very different form the norm. Transparent."  Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 Points

"An intriguingly perfumed nose evokes poached pear, orange zest, sweet butter and honey, along with a smoky quality and a chalky mineral overtone. Chewy, very deep citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complicated by suggestions of toasted brioche, white truffle and candied fig. Finishes very long and smoky, with resonating floral and mineral qualities."  Vinous (Reynolds) 93 Points

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Ch Haut Batailley Pauillac 2010 Product #30514 (In Stock)

Delicious now, a fine value from this 5th Growth estate. About 70% Cabernet plus Merlot and Cab Franc.

"This is firm and structured with blueberry and hazelnut character. Full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and pretty. Wonderful texture."  James Suckling 94 points

"Owned by Xavier Borie, the proprietor of the better-known Grand Puy Lacoste, this 2010 is a beauty and one of the strongest efforts he’s produced over recent years. Sexy creme de cassis notes along with a big kiss of cedar wood, spice box and licorice are all present in this dense, ruby/purple-colored wine, which is lush and silky smooth, with opulence and early appeal. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose N/V Product #24689 (In Stock)
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose N/V Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose N/V

A classy, elegant rose from one of Champagne's most important producers.

"Light orange. Vibrant strawberry and orange zest aromas are complicated by notes of tea rose, smoky lees and chalky minerals. Bright, incisive red fruit flavors pick up a toasty nuance with air. Fresh, incisive and refreshingly tangy, with impressive finishing clarity and stony persistence."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Product #30037 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2013

Hoo boy!  As Burghound notes, this will need another 6 or 7 years to “arrive at its full potential,” but it’s nearly impossible to resist right now.  A big "wow" wine that delivers a silky, plush, nose of spice, rich fruit, fresh earth and cocoa.  Then a mouthful of dark fruit, unctuous cocoa butter, spice and cigar tobacco with superb length, plenty of power, but absolutely no excess weight.  This is arguably the wine that most clearly exemplifies Jean Michel’s style and talent and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

"Outstanding. This is one of the ripest wines in the range as the mocha-scented nose displays notes of cassis and black raspberry liqueur notes along with spice, earth and floral wisps. There is good minerality and plenty of earth and sauvage characters on the intense and punch medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a clean and dry (in the best sense) finale that is notably austere at present. I like the depth and balance though note that this muscular effort will definitely require extended cellaring to arrive at its full potential."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Vecchie Vigne 1999 Product #30175 (In Stock)
Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Vecchie Vigne 1999 Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Vecchie Vigne 1999

Made from the 65 year-old vines at the heart of the Sori Paitin vineyard within view of the villages of Neive, Treiso and Barbaresco. The 1999 vintage marked the first time these vines had ever been bottled separately, and ever since then, this has been Paitin's top wine.

"The 1999 Barbaresco Sorì Paitin Vecchie Vigne is dark, powerful and opulent, with more than enough stuffing to age well for the better part of the next decade. Smoke, menthol, tar, black fruit and French oak blossom in the glass as this resonant, exuberant Barbaresco show off its unique, totally compelling personality. The French oak is present, but well balanced at the same time."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

"Impressive wine. Rich aromas of ripe fruit and freshly ground spices. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. A blockbuster, yet very polished. Best after 2003. 500 cases made."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino V.V. 2009 Product #30364 (In Stock)
Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino V.V. 2009 Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino V.V. 2009

A producer we've always admired, but never bought becomes irresistible at these very significant savings.  Limited.

""Le Ragnaie is, in my opinion, the break-out star of the 2009 vintage. If I were to select my top picks of the 2009 vintage, these beautiful bottles would be among them. Their tasting profile – loaded with gorgeous, elegant floral nuances – clearly sets them apart. They are the essence of balance and Brunello beauty. The ethereal 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Ragnaie V.V. sees fruit sourced from older vines from vineyards located almost at the bull’s eye center of the appellation, roughly equidistant between Montalcino and Tavernelle. Under 3,000 bottles were produced. Like the base Brunello, this wine first goes into cement vats to undergo fermentation and this step has added much in terms of the wine’s aromatic profile. Subdued notes of pressed flower, dusty earth, ash and crushed mineral render a feminine and elegant expression. This wine is simply fantastic and among my favorite of the year. Drink: 2017-2027."Wine Advocate 93+ points

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Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Product #27807 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009

Probably the least "open" of the 2009 Brovias, but promising great things 5-7 years from now!

"Iron, tar, scorched earth, smoke and game waft from the glass as the 2009 Barolo Garblèt Sue' opens up. The ferrous notes typical of this site come through loud and clear in the 2009. At the same time, the 2009 is surprisingly soft. At times delicate and even ethereal, the 2009 appears to be heavily marked by the vintage."  Antonio Galloni 90 points

"Wild, ripe aromas of red berries, plum, truffle and game. Rich and broad but currently less shapely and delineated than the Villero, not to mention less showy. Shows a larger structure reflecting its Castiglione origin, but this is also harder to taste today. The big tannins are less fine than those of the Villero. Elena Brovia points out that this wine is made in exactly the same way as the Villero and Garblet Sue, so the differences are entirely a function of terroir."International Wine Cellar 91+? points

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011 Product #28856 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011 Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011

Triple 92 point reviews still massively under-rate how fantastic this, Doug Tunnel's top wine, is from the lovely 2011 vintage.  Getting better and better and plenty of life in front of it.

"Sexy spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and floral pastilles on the intensely perfumed nose, with a suave incense quality building with air. Silky, sweet and penetrating, offering nervy raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Smoke and allspice qualities come up on the subtly tannic finish, which lingers with excellent persistence and focus. Here's 2011 at its best: fresh, precise and energetic, with outstanding clarity and emphatic red fruit character."  Vineous (Reynolds) 92 points

"Fresh dark berries shadowed by their high-toned distilled counterparts, wreathed in bittersweetly perfumed iris and gentian, and spiced with nutmeg and cardamom lend Tunnell’s 2011 Pinot Noir Evelyn’s complex and intriguing allure. This cuvee uniting Pommard and Dijon clones and named in honor of his mother is almost creamy in feel (so much for those canards about Ribbon Ridge and stems conducing to abrasive tannin!) even if – encouragingly – a sense of fine-grained tannin is evident in the finish. There is a marrow-rich sense of carnal depth; while a faint hint of caramelization – reflecting the slightly higher percentage of new oak here than in other Brick House cuvees – is entirely well-woven into this seductive, rich, yet in vintage-typical manner vibrant, fundamentally juicy, and mouthwateringly saline performance."Wine Advocate 92 points

"A fresh, vibrant and enticingly open-textured red, offering tangerine-accented raspberry and cherry flavors, hinting at black tea as the complex finish lingers effortlessly."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Quilceda Creek Red Columbia Valley 2012 Product #28955 (In Stock)
Quilceda Creek Red Columbia Valley 2012 Quilceda Creek Red Columbia Valley 2012

A stunner; perhaps the best ever for this second wine of Washington State's benchmark Cabernet producer.  The CVR Red is made from barrels that didn’t quite fit with the main Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  The quality is very high – anything not “excellent” at Quillceda Creek is sold off in bulk – but these barrels are a tad more forward, open, and fruit-centered than made sense for the main wine.  Of course, those characteristics – plus the much reduced price! – make them a perfect choice for drinking younger at big savings!

“A smoking effort that shows the beauty of the 2012 vintage, Golitzin's 2012 CVR Colombia Valley Red Wine is made from a declassified blend of most Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller parts Merlot and Malbec. It's offers a brilliant, almost Bordeaux-like, bouquet of sweet cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite and hints of toast that flows to a full-bodied, layered, seamless Cabernet that has integrated acidity, sweet tannin and a great finish that doesn't lack for richness or persistence. Already hard to resist, it will nevertheless continue to drink nicely for another decade or more.”Wine Advocate 93 points

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Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2013 Product #29075 (In Stock)
Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2013 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2013

The 2013 harvest was another record-breaker for Sonoma Chardonnay, both in quantity and quality.  And Kistler's Sonoma Mountain vineyards captured the beauty of the vintage.  With air, roasted nut and fresh butter notes emerge and complement the pineapple and lemon fruit and hints of toasted oak.  Big, even lavish, the wine comes together nicely on the brisk, focused, finish.

"Pure and focused, with a vivid core of white peach, nectarine and tangerine flavors. Tangy acidity gives this a chalky, minerally edge and a long, persistent and captivating finish. Drink now through 2022."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Dom Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2010 Product #29700 (In Stock)
Dom Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2010 Dom Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2010

"Unctuous, concentrated and refined, this holds a large core of quince, creamed Anjou pear and white ginger notes in reserve for now, while heather, chamomile, orange blossom and white peach flavors take the lead. When the reserves stretch out and catch up with the floral accents, this will be a pure, precise stunner, with a long life. Best from 2018 through 2035."Wine Spectator 96 points

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Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012 Product #29711 (In Stock)
Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012 Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

The first time I tasted Zeitgeist Cabernet (the 2011 we offered last year), I noticed clear lines of connection to Aurajo’s Altegracia Cabernet from Calistoga and Spottswoode’s Cabernet from St. Helena.  And, since co-winemaker Jennifer Williams worked harvest at Aurajo and was head winemaker at Spottswoode from 2006-2011, I suppose that’s not surprising.  What is surprising is that you can cellar and drink a bottle of Napa Cabernet with this much lush fruit and suave, sophisticated, texture for under $75 compared to the $100-$200 those other wines command! Just 400 cases made.

"This is very intense and beautiful with spice, nutmeg and berry character. Full body, firm tannins and flavorful finish."  James Suckling 92 points

"Zeitgeist Cellars’ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa comes from four sources, ranging from the northern St. Helena AVA to Coombsville and Yountville. There are 401 cases of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. An elegant Napa Cab befitting its southern sources of fruit, it offers an almost Margaux-like floral fragrance, an interesting mix of red and black fruits, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and relatively low acidity. The wine is lush, heady and best drunk over the next 10-15 years."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008 Product #30475 (In Stock)
Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008

A lovely, ready now, Brunello of fine weight and power.

"Freshly cut flowers, dark red fruit, licorice, spices and menthol are all layered together nicely in the glass. A wine of considerable texture and depth, the 2008 Pianrosso should drink well for at least a handful of years. There is no shortage of depth, richness or complexity in this fine effort. This is an especially concentrated style for the year, but it works. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025."Wine Advocate 91 points

"Graphite and cedar aromas lead off in this cherry-, strawberry- and licorice-flavored red. This is firm, with quiet intensity and a dense, spice-infused finish. Best from 2015 through 2030."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #28442 (In Stock)
Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The last wine Mike Hirby releases from each vintage, and the most impressive Artefact Cabernet to date.  The wine’s backbone is fruit from the tiny (3 acre) Corona Vineyard in the hills just west of Oakville.  Mike describes the site as “a moonscape, with tiny shale pebbles going who-knows how deep.”  The poor soils and small berries here give a wine of fantastic intensity and power.  You’ll find deep aromas of crushed blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate, and sweet spices and flavors to match.  There’s plenty of structure to support the lush fruit, and while you probably should hold this for 3-5 years, it’s hard to resist right now with a rare steak!

“78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc and 8% malbec): Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry and bitter chocolate, lifted by a violet topnote. Large-scaled, chewy, mountain-style wine (it's from the Corona vineyard at the top of the Oakville Grade), with a medicinal quality to its flavors of black cherry, blackberry and licorice. This youthfully musclebound cabernet finishes with substantial tannins and very good energy. Serve it with a rare steak now or, better yet, hold it for five years for more complexity. These small, thick-skinned berries ripen late, notes winemaker Mike Hirby.”International Wine Cellar 92(+?) points

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Vinedos De Ithaca Odysseus Black Label 2007 Product #24900 (In Stock)
Vinedos De Ithaca  Odysseus Black Label 2007 Vinedos De Ithaca  Odysseus Black Label 2007

Odysseus Tinto Black Label is produced only in top vintages and is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 23% Carinena, with the balance Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak for 14 months. As always, it's a sexy, powerhouse, of a wine that opens with lush black fruit, crushed stone, lavender and spice aromas.  In the mouth, full-bodied and powerful with loads of lush fruit balanced by fine minerality and dusky tannin.  Good now, better after 2014.

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013 Product #29475 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013 Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2013

From the largest and, arguably, best of Chablis Grand Cru vineyards, this is a majestic, if tightly-wound, wine.  Powerful and fresh at once.

“A mysterious wine, the 2013 Chablis Les Clos isn't ready to show all of its cards just yet. Chamomile, spices, sage and mint grace the palate in an exquisite, subtle Chablis long on class. Today the Clos is quite reticent and unexpressive, but I found that with many wines from this site in 2013, so that is not terribly surprising.”  Antonio Galloni 91-93 points

“Don’t Miss! A penetrating nose features pungent notes of mineral reduction, wet stone, rose petal and citrus peel. There is excellent volume and detail on the intense, and intensely stony, flavors that possess ample size, weight and muscle. This is less youthfully monolithic than it usually is, indeed this is really quite succulent and approachable though note that it should improve for up to a decade.”Allen Meadows 91-94 points

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Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2014 Product #30591 (In Stock)
Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2014 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2014

From 50+ year-old vines on hard white chalk-laced soils, Sechet delivers a fine blend of ripe fruit and classic Chablis stoniness.

“Bright yellow. Tight nose hints at crushed stone and menthol, plus a whiff of petrol. Tactile, intense and clean; shows strong minerality and acidity, and thenervosité that comes from calcaire, and yet it's not austere. A lovely ripe peach flavor emerged with air.”  Vinous (Tanzer) 90-92 points

“Despite the fact that this had only just finished its malo, the expressive nose displays plenty of citrus and Chablis-like elements that can also be found on the succulent yet vibrant middle weight flavors that are underpinned by racy acidity on the lingering and notably dry but not really austere finale.” Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2014 Product #30592 (In Stock)
Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2014 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2014

Vaillons is always vivid, focused, and very mineral-driven, and the 2014 edition shines in that vein.  Over the past few vintages, Dauvissat’s Vaillons has shown a bit more flesh on the mid-palate, making it a fine choice to enjoy young and with age.

“Bright, pale yellow-green. Lemon, menthol and wet stone on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy, intense and firm, delivering sharply chiseled lemon and mineral flavors. Strong acidity suggests early harvesting. Really vibrates and rises on the long, brisk aftertaste. A terrific Vaillons.”  Vinous (Tanzer) 91-93 points

“Notes of cool mineral reduction combine with restrained aromas of mostly white orchard fruit, iodine, pepper and hints of algae. The gorgeously textured middle weight flavors exhibit plenty of minerality on the tighter, more intense and chiseled finish that deliver excellent length. This beauty should drink well both young and old as there is very good mid-palate density.”Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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