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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l Product #29376 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l

Even better in big bottle, both now and in the future!

"A perfumed and very pretty nose combines notes of both red and dark berries along with plenty of earth and sandalwood nuances. There is good vibrancy to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the lightly mineral-inflected finale. I like the complexity and while this could be enjoyed young there is enough material present to suggest 2 to 4 years of upside development potential."Allen Meadows 86-88 points

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Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010 Product #28681 (In Stock)
Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010 Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010

Always a favorite, Pajana comes from a slightly warmer vineyard that delivers good ripeness but great acidity as well.  Very vivid and pure in 2010 with a stunning finish.

"Good medium red. Less expressive on the nose than the Briccotto, hinting at ripe, musky plum, black raspberry, menthol and tobacco. Then smooth and sweet in the mouth, but with terrific energy keeping the red fruit and tobacco flavors fresh and primary. Sweeter and more elegant in style than the 2009, but this fine-grained, firmly tannic wine really shut down in the glass. Outstanding potential here." International Wine Cellar 94(+?) points

"The 2010 Barolo Pajana is a stunning wine that shows the power and heft of the vintage. Its texture is soft and enduring with sweet almond, toasted hazelnut, bright cherry, spice and tobacco. The young tannins require more time to soften and integrate. Drink: 2017-2032." Wine Advocate 93 points

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Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010 Product #28682 (In Stock)
Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010

Domenico farms these 40-50 year-old Nebbiolo vines in the Ginestra cru of Monforte d’Alba. At 400 meters altitude and with a south/southeast exposure, this site always give explosive red fruit aromas with notes of licorice and mint.  Clerico's most plump, broad and generous Barolo.

"Good full red. Liqueur-like plum and black cherry on the nose. Then fine-grained and classy but tightly wound, showing utterly primary flavors of cherry, red berries and menthol. There's no way into this extremely backward wine today. But it has the racy acidity and excellent clarity for a spectacular evolution in bottle." International Wine Cellar 95(+?) points

"The 2010 Barolo Ciabot Mentin opens to a deep, dark color and tarry aromas of dark fruit and liquid smoke. The use of oak is bold but contained, adding extra layering to the supple finish. The power and elegance of the vintage comes though at this early stage although the wine clearly needs more time to evolve. Drink: 2017-2030."Wine Advocate 94 points

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Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition Product #14818 (In Stock)
Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition

This stunning Champabage blends 70% Pinot Noir/30% Chardonnay from 3 Grand Cru sites in Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy with about half from 2011 and the rest 2010, 2009 and 2008. Some of the base wine fermented in barrel for richness, supporting low (under 5 g/l) dossage levels.  This release was disgourged in May 2016 and will certainly be another in a long string of 92-94 point winners.  Galloni's review of last Fall's release remains on point.

"The NV Brut Grand Cru Tradition is all class. Suave, silky and expressive on the palate, the NV Grand Cru Tradition is quite pretty, with lovely brightness and freshness to balance the wine's inherent richness. Red stone fruits, hazelnuts, white flowers and mint are all pushed forward in this deceptively understated Champagne from Egly-Ouriet."  Vinous (Galloni) 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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Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2014 Product #31359 (In Stock)
Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2014 Guillon Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2014

Always one of the more lushly textured of Jean-Michel's wines, the 2014 Morey Saint Denis is also among the easiest of the 1er Crus to enjoy young. Not the most powerful wine in the collection, but certainly the prettiest and most inviting.  One of my personal favorites, especially in 2014. Very tempting today, better in 2021, and improving right on through 2029 and beyond.

"Slightly more subtle but still prominent oak merges with the cool and pretty red berry fruit, floral and discreet spice nuances. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the lightly stony and attractively textured middle weight flavors that possess a caressing and well-balanced finale. This is one of those wines which each sip invites the next thanks to the appealing texture and verve."Allen Meadows 90-92 points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Puligny 1er Les Referts Product #31467 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Puligny 1er Les Referts Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Puligny 1er Les Referts

With its neighbors Combettes and Perrieres, the Referts vineyard makes up Puligny Montrachet’s boundary with Meursault. There’s always plenty of power and spice to this wine at Marc Morey, and in 2013 there’s also an extra-fine texture and excellent precision.  A truly delicious Puligny Montrachet.  This is more open and giving than Virondot today but it will really come into it's own from 2018 or so on.

"Outstanding. This too is notably cool with its beautifully layered nose of acacia blossom, green fruit and once again plenty of citrus character. There is first-rate intensity to the delineated yet fleshy middle weight flavors that deliver the same fine length if not quite the same complexity. I like the natural refinement of a fine Puligny and this should drink well after only 3 to 4 years of cellar time."Allen Meadows 91 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

As the name suggests, Eric Rodez’s Grand Vintages is a rich, powerful and very much “grand” wine in the tradition of Krug (where Eric learned his craft).  This year's release is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from seven great vintages going back to vintage 2000.  Eric ages all of these base wines in used oak and blocks malolactic fermentation to maximize freshness and vibrancy.  Then the carefully crafted blend spends 8 full years on the lees before being disgorged this October. The dosage is ultra-low - 2 or 3 g/l - so this could be labeled "Extra Brut," but there's so much richness and depth here that "Brut" seems more appropriate to Eric.

Past releases have earned plenty of critical praise, including 17.5/20 points from Jancis Robinson, 93 from Vinous, and 92 from Wine Advocate.  This year’s release is explosive on the nose and palate, pumping out big notes of lemon curd, caramel, toasted nuts, baking bread, crushed chalk, and more.  The flavors just balloon out to fill your entire palate and finish with layer upon layer of mouthwatering pie crust, lemon curd, hazelnut, crushed stone and salty caramel flavor.  Try holding some for even more richness!

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2014 Product #31362 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2014 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2014

As it has for the past few years, Champeaux stands out among Guillon's 2014 1er Cru wines for its purity of fruit and beautiful texture.  Much more open and accessible than Champonnets today, Champeax impresses with its blend of ripe dark fruit, classic Gevrey earth and iron-ore, and hints of floral elegance.  Approachable now, better from 2021 - 2029+.

Outstanding "A cool, pure and restrained nose speaks of red currant, plum, earth and a hint of the sauvage. There is lovely detail to the sleek and beautifully refined middle weight flavors that retain a fine sense of delineation before terminating in a balanced, classy and mineral-inflected finish. Textbook Champeaux."Allen Meadows 91-93 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2014 Product #31363 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2014 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets 2014

As always, this is arguably the wine that most clearly exemplifies Jean Michel’s style and talent and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Spicy, velvety, stony, and in need of time to soften and start to emerge.  If I could only buy one Guillon 2014, this might be it.  Better from 2024; hold as long as you like.

Sweet Spot Outstanding " Moderate amounts of wood and menthol characters frame the spicy and earthy dark berry fruit aromas. There is excellent mid-palate concentration to the velvety and exceptionally rich medium-bodied flavors that coat the mouth on the powerful, stony and impressively persistent finale. This too is textbook though note that it's going to require at least a decade of bottle edge to shed the very firm tannins."Allen Meadows 91-94 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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Rdv Vineyards Rendezvous 2011 Product #31031 (In Stock)
Rdv Vineyards Rendezvous 2011 Rdv Vineyards Rendezvous 2011

An exciting chance to try one of Virginia’s very best reds – actually, one of the best on the whole East Coast!  While the Lost Mountain bottling is better still, it’s also twice as much.  Give this an hour of air or up to 10 years in cellar.

“59% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot. Mid to dark crimson. Fresh and appetising on the nose but just a little grainy and skinny. The oak is pushing through the fruit at the moment. It is appetizing and reminds me of a very well-groomed St-Émilion. Good savoury finish but just a bit gawky at the moment.”  Jancis Robinson 16+/20

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Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay Maresh Vyd 2014 Product #31085 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay Maresh Vyd 2014 Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay Maresh Vyd 2014

Many argue that this is Oregon's very best Chardonnay; we agree!  Jim Maresh only makes this rich, creamy, wine from vines planted in 1983 in top vintages, and the last one reviewed - the 2012 - certainly deserved its 93 point score from Wine Advocate.  Complex aromas of stone fruit, honey, herb and a touch of smoke lead to a vibrant mouthful of intense fruit, brioche, honey and spice flavors.  Nicely textured and long on the finish with stone, citrus, apricot, butter and more lingering long and fresh.

"Lively and expressive, lithe and tangy, with tangerine peel and white tea overtones to the apple and lime flavors, hitting mineral notes as the finish rings true. Drink now through 2022"Wine Spectator 93 points

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Maynard's Port Tawny 40 Year Product #31447 (In Stock)
Maynard's Port Tawny 40 Year Maynard's Port Tawny 40 Year

A stunning old barrel-aged Port in an equally stunning package.  Just released and not yet rated, it's definitely a step up from the Wine Advocate 92-93 point 30 Year bottling.  The aromas and flavors are all about toasted hickory and caramelized pecan with undertones of dried apricot and raisin fruit.  Richly textured and very caramelized on the mid-palate before finishing dry and long.

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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 Jerome Chezeaux Nsg 1er Rue De Chaux 2012 Product #29907 (In Stock)
Dom Jerome Chezeaux Nsg 1er Rue De Chaux 2012 Dom Jerome Chezeaux Nsg 1er Rue De Chaux 2012
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Dom Henri Magnien Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers 2013 Product #30877 (In Stock)
Dom Henri Magnien Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers 2013 Dom Henri Magnien Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers 2013

Gevrey’s 1er Cru Clos St Jacques vineyard probably should have been named a Grand Cru when titles were handed out in the 1930s.  This vineyard, Cazetiers, is, as  Clive Coates explains, “almost as well exposed as Clos St Jacques and can closely approach it” in quality.  Dom Henri Magnien owns about 4 acres here, making it their single largest vineyard holding and one of their most important.

In their outstanding 2013 release, you'll find black cherry and raspberry fruit with accents if iron ore, smoke, and spice. The wine glides across your palate like silk before fine tannins come up for grip and shape.  Long and lovely - decant or hold through 2028.  Very highly recommended!

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Chartron Et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet Les Chalumeaux 2014 Product #31305 (In Stock)
Chartron Et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet Les Chalumeaux 2014 Chartron Et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet Les Chalumeaux 2014

Located on the north side of Puligny-Montrachet near the Meursault border, this outstanding 1er Cru Chardonnay shows Puligny drive and vibrancy with a touch of Meursault minerality and richness.  18 months in 50% new French Oak rounds the wine into shape but keeps the oak deftly in the background.  Rich, ripe, pear and stone fruit get lift from citrusy acids and loads of complexity from notes of fresh butter, salty caramel, smoke and dusty mineral.  Young and full of potential, it's delicious now with lobster, sea bass, or roasted poultry.

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Ch Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac 2010 Product #31489 (In Stock)
Ch Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac 2010 Ch Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac 2010

A stunner for now - 2025+

"This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot is an up-front, seductively styled Pauillac (one of the more forward and evolved wines from this appellation in 2010). Deep purple, with exceptionally subtle texture and oodles of cassis fruit as well as hints of mocha and white chocolate, it is an elegant wine, but the overall impression is one of considerable flesh, fat and succulence. It will be hard to resist now, but can be cellared for another 15+ years."Wine Advocate 92 points

"Features loam, dark chocolate and steeped plum and black currant fruit, staying polished overall, with a singed apple wood note integrated through the solid finish. Shows excellent typicity. Best from 2015 through 2028."Wine Spectator 92 points

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