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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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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Puligny 1er Les Referts 2008 Product #25224 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Puligny 1er Les Referts 2008 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Puligny 1er Les Referts 2008

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. Here there is a completely different aromatic expression with its nose of white peach, spiced pear and vague suggestion of the exotic that merges into textured and highly seductive flavors that possess a satiny mouth feel on the pure and energetic finish. This is a really wonderful effort with laser-like focus and a beguiling sense of overall harmony.” Allen Meadows 91 points

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En Numeros Vermells Priorat Samso 2011 Product #27413 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Priorat Samso 2011 En Numeros Vermells Priorat Samso 2011

"Samso" or Carenena are Catalan names for the grape the French call Carignan, the backbone of all great Priorat.  This 100% Samso is bold, black, and powerful with intense blackberry and blueberry fruit, hints of balsamic, and loads of classic Priorat minerality.  Big on the palate and big tannins at the end make this a great candidate to cellar for a while or enjoy now with robust foods.

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 1.5l Product #28838 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 1.5l Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2012 1.5l

The regular bottles of this “baby Chambolle-Musigny” are terrific, but the magnums are very special indeed.  Jean-Michel Guillon and his son/co-winemaker Alexis bottled a dozen magnums of 2012 Bourgogne Rouge for us, and as far as we know, you can’t buy them anywhere else in the world.  Right now, it’s an impressive presentation of a delicious wine for parties or special dinners.  In about 5-10 years, though, it will be a big bottle of expensive-tasting red Burgundy from one of Gevrey-Chambertin’s top vigneron that you got for a steal of a deal price!

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2012 Product #28855 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2012 Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2012

Made only in select vintages, Evelyn’s is simply the best wine Doug Tunnell can make from the best barrels in the cellar.  It represents Doug’s homage to his mother, Evelyn, who was infamous in the little Willamette Valley town of Carleton for racing her Kentucky Whip horse across the small bridge outside of town as the sun came up all through the summer of ’26.  It always includes all six Pinot Noir clones Doug grows.  As he says, “Not all vintages lend themselves to fashioning a velvet glove around an iron–fisted structure.”  2012 was definitely an Evelyn’s year.

This reminds us of Patty Green’s 2012 Notorious, another “best of cellar” blend (and the highest rated wine of the vintage so far in Steve Tanzer’s IWC).  It’s loaded with sweetly spiced blackberry, raspberry and black cherry fruit framed by a whiff of wood smoke, allspice and freshly turned earth.  It’s definitely riper and more sweetly fruited than the 2011, but still beautifully pure and elegant.  Dried orange peel and a dark floral note emerge with air and carries on through the long, succulent, finish where firm tannins provide support.  Like most 2012s, this is tempting right now but do try to give a few bottles 3-5 years in cellar to experience everything it has to offer.  Magnificent.

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Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2011 Product #27592 (In Stock)
Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2011 Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru Sechet 2011

A beautiful Chablis that's showing now with fantastic concentration and salty minerality.

"This is not only more elegant but more complex as well with a much greater emphasis on the typical Séchet citrus elements. There is good richness to the round and relatively generous medium weight flavors that possess a seductively textured mouth feel. There is a lovely minerality and underlying tension to the very dry, balanced and persistent finish. This should be good and offer solid mid-term cellaring potential."Allen Meadows 90-92 points

"The Vincent Dauvissat 2011 Chablis Sechet delivers a striking sense of lift and transparency allied to infectious juiciness. Succulent and refreshing grapefruit, lime and yellow plum are wreathed in buddleia and high-toned herbal extracts, then mingled on a buoyant (almost delicate) and silken-textured palate with the saline-sweet savor of raw scallop. The saliva-inducing, umami-rich animal aspects are perfectly complemented by almost infinite juiciness of citrus and pit fruits that are transparent to seductively floral and shimmeringly crystalline-mineral nuances. This long-finishing beauty should not be missed now, in its youth, but I imagine it will continue to cast its spell through at least 2018."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Vietti Barbaresco Masseria 2004 Product #20443 (In Stock)
Vietti Barbaresco Masseria 2004 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria 2004

6 bottles available.

The 2004 Barbaresco Masseria is an incredibly nuanced and elegant wine. It reveals outstanding purity in its focused, detailed notes of crushed flowers, spices and sweet ripe red fruit, with an engaging inner sweetness that carries through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019.Wine Advocate 93 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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Vietti Barbera D'alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2010 Product #26716 (In Stock)
Vietti Barbera D'alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2010 Vietti Barbera D'alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2010

From nearly 100 year old Barbera vines in the heart of a Barolo vineyard, this once again shows off fantastic concentration and power for this varietal.  Dark, concentrated, black cherry and raspberry fruit with accents of aged balsamic, chocolate, tar, smoke, and licorice root.  The first time Wine Spectator reviewed this wine (it's 5th vintage in 1997, they gave is a whopping 95 point rating and said, “Who knew Barbera produced this quality?”  This is a fine opportunity to get to know one of Italy’s great wines – and one that’s a joy to drink as well!

"Vietti's 2010 Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia shows the pedigree of these old vines. Rich and explosive in style, yet buffered by fabulous minerality, the 2010 Vigna Vecchia stands out for its exceptional balance and polish. This is a great vintage for one of Piedmont's icon wines." Antonio Galloni 95 points

 

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Warre's Vintage Port 2011 Product #27175 (In Stock)
Warre's Vintage Port 2011 Warre's Vintage Port 2011

One of my favorites in 2011, the texture here is fantastic, with the ripe, dense, flavors offset by bright acidity and firm minerality.  Masses and masses of grip, but the tannin is fully ripe and velvety.  Hard to resist right now.

"Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish. 3,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try in 2022."  James Suckling 96 points

"Offers seamless flavors of kirsch, chocolate, dark plum and allspice, fresh and elegant, with a towering structure and intense red berry accents. Unctuous and long on the finish, showing loads of grip. Best from 2030 through 2060."Wine Spectator 96 points

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Cuvee #2 2012 Product #28389 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Cuvee #2 2012 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Cuvee #2 2012

When Silvia went to blend her ripe, old-vine, Priorat Grenache and Carignan for the 2012 cuvee, a few barrels just refused to fit in.  Too burly, powerful, and exhibitionist to play nicely with the rest of the cellar, Silvia had no choice but to throw all these barrels into a tank and let them work things out for themselves.

So, what happened?  Well, here’s the total of my first note on tasting ENV Cuvee #2:  “KABOOM!”  As in all caps big and genuinely explosive.  The theme here is chocolate covered cherries, blueberries and plums munched on while spit-roasting an herb covered lamb. The savory meat juice and smoke notes just get stronger with air, but the powerful fruit gains freshness and keeps pace without effort.  Big, muscular, flavors need plenty of ripe acidity and powerful tannins to stay in balance, and that's what you'll find here as well.  It’s fun to taste now and big, grill roasted, flavors could stand up to it today, but you really ought to follow it for the next 20 years or so to get all that Cuvee #2 has to offer.

Priorat at this level of concentration, power, cellar potential and class sells for $100+ in today’s market (actually, Priorat that’s wildly inferior to this sells for $100+, too, but that’s another story).  This is a steal for the quality, but just 323 bottles (27 cases) exist for the whole world.  Don’t kick yourself for missing it.

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Dom Des Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012 Product #28424 (In Stock)
Dom Des Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012 Dom Des Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012

Not just Grand Cru, but the very best Grand Cru in all of Chablis, the famous sun-washed, chalk-laced, hill of Les Clos.  Fruit this ripe, powerful, and perfect deserves extra attention, so this is the only wine at the Domaine to receive new oak (about 15%).  Very Grand Cru on the nose where deep aromas of green apple, lemon oil, apple and peach blossom, and wet chalk swirl in the glass.  In the mouth, powerful and deep with riper fruit – golden apple, pineapple, yellow peach – plus a good dose of lime and lime zest.  Dense in the middle and long on the ripe but salty/savory finish where fruit and stone flavors linger. Give it an hour of air now or cellar for 5 years and then enjoy for 10 more.  Brilliant – and less expensive than any good 1er Cru Puligny!

"Really tropical fruit, and a bit of oak here – distinguished and distinctive. Very immediate and open – a real crowd pleaser without sacrificing authenticity and typicality."  JancisRobinson.com 17.5/20 points

"From a .53 ha parcel planted in 1962 and matured in mostly older oak. This is a bit more elegant compared to the Vaudésir with its ripe, pure and pretty aromas of lavender, apple, wet stone and white orchard fruit scents. There is fine density to the powerful and muscular broad-scaled flavors that manage to retain a fine sense of detail on the palate staining and wonderfully persistent finish. This is presently quite backward it will need a few years to find its center." Allen Meadows 91-93 points

"Medium yellow straw in color, this barrel fermented (95% used, 5% new) Grand Cru reveals refined aromatics with elements of citrus zest, stony minerals, and a light touch of honeyed oak. It's densely flavored with layers of rich fruit and hints of light sandalwood, finishing long with rich extract. This is a complex and elegant wine that will drink well over the next decade."i-Wine Review 94 points

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Dom Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Vergers 2012 Product #28695 (In Stock)
Dom Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Vergers 2012 Dom Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Vergers 2012

The step up to 1er Cru is obvious in the greater depth, concentration, and complexity compared to the Village wine, but there’s no loss of immediate deliciousness!  “Generous” is the theme here, applying to the peach, almond, butter aromas, the deep stone fruit and hazelnut flavors, and especially the creamy but still vivid texture.  Well, “seductive” applies, too, and I see little reason to feel guilty about drinking this now through 2022.

"Charming smoky scent and super-fresh green apple. Blossom and even a bit of honey too. Really pleasing and open knit. Good chewiness too, promising age worthiness."  JancisRobinson.com 17+/20

"Aromas of lemon drop and flowers, complicated by a musky quality. Then supple, pliant and rich on the palate, with sappy, ripe stone fruit flavors showing a bit of youthful aggressiveness. Plenty of texture here."International Wine Cellar 89-92 points

"The 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Vergers comes from 0.72-hectares of vine planted in 1972 and this year it had the highest natural acidity level of the crus and was the last to be picked. The nose is very refined with delicate white peach and almond scents wafting gently from the glass. The palate is rounded and generous on the entry. Here, there is good weight in the mouth with a satisfying peach and citrus peel finish. This is delicious."Wine Advocate 91 points

"Another exceptionally good wine from Richard and Laurence Fontaine. Yellow straw gold in color, the wine shows ripe orchard fruit with flint aromas. The wine is fleshy and mouth filling with beautifully integrated fruit and oak. It shows rich flavors of ripe fruit and a hint of hazelnut, excellent acidity, and a firm, long finish."i-Wine Review 93 points

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Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 1.5l Product #28839 (In Stock)
Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 1.5l Guillon Marsannay Clos Des Portes 2012 1.5l
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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2012 Product #28845 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2012 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2012

In 2012, Champeaux stands out among Guillon's 1er Cru wines for its depth of concentration and beautiful texture.  Much more open and accessible than Champonnets today, Champeax impresses with it's blend of ripe dark fruit, classic Gevrey earth and iron-ore, and hints of floral elegance.  A lovely wine that is rapidly gobbling up its wood influence and will drink nicely through 2030 or so.

"Here too there is moderate wood surrounding the relatively deeply pitched dark berry fruit, humus, animale and soft floral hints. The fresh and cool middle weight flavors possess a refined mouth feel thanks to the sophisticated tannins that also serve to shape the supple and balanced finish. This forward effort is really quite good and while the wood is not invisible as it resurfaces on the finale, I think that it will integrate in time."Allen Meadows 90-92 points

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Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2009 Product #27730 (In Stock)
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2009 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2009

America's steakhouse favorite!  "Berry and floral aromatics and a lovely structure. It has a dark, ruby color and a vibrant nose of black cherry, wisteria and sweet baking spices. On the palate, the wine is elegant and expressive and echoes the berry, floral and spice notes from the nose. It has a classic structure of fine grained tannins and a long, layered finish."  Winery Notes

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Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2012 Product #28452 (In Stock)
Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2012 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2012

You may have already read that Kistler simply crushed the outstanding 2012 vintage, with the top wines all earning 95ish point (or higher) ratings from Parker.  The never-rated entry-level wine is a beauty, too, letting 2012's ripe fruit shine through at the lower alcohols (14.1%) and oak levels Kistler has been using the past few years. Nicely lush but focused, smoky, and mineral, too.

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Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2010 Product #28792 (In Stock)
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2010 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2010

A stunner that, as Wine Advocate says, "this medium-bodied, juicy, elegant and seamless Cote Rotie can be consumed anytime over the coming decade."

"The 2010 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a beauty that possesses a floral, fresh and perfumed personality. Giving up plenty of raspberry-styled fruit, toast, licorice and loads of rose petal and floral-like qualities, this medium-bodied, juicy, elegant and seamless Cote Rotie can be consumed anytime over the coming decade."Wine Advocate 93 points

"Shows energy and range, with mouthwatering, briary tannins carrying the core of blackberry and plum paste notes. Fruitcake, pastis and alder details fill in the background. The sneakily long finish presents heft and cut."Wine Spectator 94 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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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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