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Arnaud De Villeneuve Muscat Sec 2011 Product #26153 (In Stock)
Arnaud De Villeneuve Muscat Sec 2011 Arnaud De Villeneuve Muscat Sec 2011

If you think Muscat is just a grapey, often sweet, wine suitable for making into Moscato, well, think again!  The 2011 Arnaud de Villeneuve Muscat Sec is a bone dry but wildly flamboyant wine from France’s Languedoc Roussillon region.  Extravagant aromas of white grape, tropical flowers, ginger and spice burst out of the glass.  In the mouth there’s an explosion of spiced citrus, apricot, ginger, and asian five spice flavors with a lovely honeysuckle note emerging in the mid-palate.  The wine finishes dry and refreshing with chalky mineral and gingery lime lingering nicely.  Yes, this will be fantastic with Asian dishes but it’s so much fun that you’ll need to keep plenty on hand to drink on its own as well.  And, a great value to boot!

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Val De Salis Viognier 2013 Product #28362 (In Stock)
Val De Salis Viognier 2013 Val De Salis Viognier 2013


The kind of wine that we hope for out of the South of France - a delicious value that way over-delivers on its modest price.  Here's a ripe, friendly, bottle of Viognier that delivers straight ahead peach, orange and honeysuckle aromas and flavors, a creamy texture, and just a dash of mineral on the finish.  A nice interplay between sweet, ripe, fruit and tangy acid at the end.

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Cadastres Picpoul De Pinet 2013 Product #28557 (In Stock)
Cadastres Picpoul De Pinet 2013 Cadastres Picpoul De Pinet 2013

This 100% estate grown Picpoul de Pinet clearly demonstrates just how under-rated this variety is. You’ll find pretty aromas of white flowers, lemon/lime citrus, and anise/fennel notes to start.  Then a crisp, minerally, texture with tart granny smith apple, green melon, and lemon/lime flavors and a clean, dry, finish.  This is just a great all-around daily white, with enough flavor and body to shine by itself at a party and enough complexity and depth to pair well with freshwater fish and lighter poultry dishes.  Tremendous value!

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Ch Millegrand Minervois 2012 Product #28258 (In Stock)
Ch Millegrand Minervois 2012 Ch Millegrand Minervois 2012

Loads of authentic Languedoc character in this classic, if a tad under-priced, blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Carignan, 25% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre. From vineyards on the border between Minervois and Corbieres, Millegrand's fruit benefits from the "Carcassonne Gateway" effect - a perfect blend of Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pyrenees climates.  It's gutsy and concentrated, full of dark red and black fruit with accents of Languedoc herb and earth.  Distinctly earthy on the ripe, powerful, finish, this is a fantastic match for roast lamb or grilled pork.

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Ch De Vaugelas Corbieres Le Prieure 2011 Product #28439 (In Stock)
Ch De Vaugelas Corbieres Le Prieure 2011 Ch De Vaugelas Corbieres Le Prieure 2011

This powerful, rich, Corbieres really ought to cost a lot more.  It’s from a high-altitude, rocky, site that receives continuous sunshine and nearly continuous wind.  The Bonfils family farms their vineyard with minimal sprays and no chemical fertilizers, working the soil mechanically and tending and harvesting their vines by hand.  The same painstaking, labor-intensive, and expensive methods carry through to the winery where each varietal is fermented separately and the Syrah and Mourvedre are aged in expensive casks (about one-third new).

The result of all this hard, expensive, work shines through in the glass.  The blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan (including some 100 year-old vines), and 5% Mourvèdre delivers bold aromas of black fruits – plum, blackberry, raspberry – with hints of warm stones, bitter chocolate, and a touch of fresh herb.  The flavors are rich, ripe, and mouth coating, with a core of blue/black fruit accented by dusty cocoa, stony earth, and a wonderful licorice-like note that turns floral at the end.  The wine feels plush and velvety in your mouth with enough acidity for freshness and smooth, mellow, tannins providing support to the long black fruit and dark chocolate finish.  A great wine for anything coming off the grill this summer or to simply sip with the sunset.

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Val De Salis Malbec Pays D'oc 2012 Product #28038 (In Stock)
Val De Salis Malbec Pays D'oc 2012 Val De Salis Malbec Pays D'oc 2012

Malbec surged to international fame on the strength of the darkly fruited, ripe, and lush examples grown in Argentina’s Mendoza vineyards.  But, before that, it was the basis of one of the most famous wines of late medieval Europe, the intense, earthy, bitingly tannic “black wines” of Cahors in the Southwest of France. The 2012 Val De Salis Malbec from vineyards near the French walled city of  Carcassonne sort of splits the difference in these two styles to deliver a big mouthful of juicy, complex, fruity fun.

You’ll find plenty of New World fruit here, with generous dollops of red plum, raspberry and tangy pie cherry in the aromas and on the palate.  And, you’ll also notice the Old World notes of fresh leather, licorice root, and the notes of lavender, thyme, and black olive the French call garrigue.  On the finish, the New/Old World influence merge to deliver lingering red fruit, licorice, and lavender flavors, bright acidity, and just the right dose of dusty tannin.  What you won’t find is any oak to get in the way of the pure, clean, and refreshing flavors.  Structured enough to sing with burgers, pizza, grilled chicken or most any everyday food, but soft and generous enough to just sip at a party.  And, a steal at this price!

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Val De Salis Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2013 Product #28457 (In Stock)
Val De Salis Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2013 Val De Salis Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2013

The Gau family is unusual for Languedoc growers – they make only “single varietal” wines rather than the field blends of Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Syrah common all around them.  This 100% Chardonnay thrives in the rocky soils and warm climate here, and delivers lovely aromas of ripe pear and apple with pretty floral accents.  The flavors start crisp and refreshing and get even better with a little air, with sweet Bosc pear, peach and apricot flavors gaining complexity from the barest hint of caramel and mineral.  No oak here to interfere with the fruit, and we suspect a little Viognier has snuck into the Chardonnay vines, giving this much more perfume and peach than normally found this far south.  A luscious mouthful of wine with a crisp, clean, finish that will delight at a party and make you think of springtime when sipped on its own.

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Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011 Product #28466 (In Stock)
Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011 Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011

For everyone who wants rich Cabernet Sauvignon flavors and texture without California's elevated alcohols (and very elevated price tags!).  From 25 year-old, sustainably farmed, vines grown along the Canal du Midi in France's Languedoc region, not far from Carcassonne. The fruit achieved wonderful ripeness in 2011, with the Cabernet Sauvignon delivering blackcurrant, fresh herb, and spice notes and the 30% Syrah dark blackberry, blueberry, and smoke aromas and flavors. No oak here, but plenty of smoked mineral and earth complexity to go with he gushing blueberry/blackberry juicy on the soft, lush, finish. A great grilling, party, and sipping Cabernet with just the right touch of French flair!

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Ch De Lascours Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2000 Product #27984 (In Stock)
Ch De Lascours Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2000 Ch De Lascours Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2000

Years ago, importer Olivier Daubresse teamed up with this small estate in Pic St. Loup for a special project - a Langeudoc Merlot aged in 100% new oak.  It was a majestic wine, but hard as nails, needing time.  Now, 13 years later, the results are very impressive as the mature wine gushes with dark red currant, black olive, earthy tobacco, and warm spice aromas and flavors. Firm, powerful, impressive.

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Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Vllages 2012 Product #27886 (In Stock)
Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Vllages 2012 Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Vllages 2012

Michel Chapoutier's genius shows through clearly in this wildly over-achieving red, a blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from schist sites in rocky Roussillon.  The 2012 is a muscular, concentrated wine that retains just the right amount of lift and freshness.  Deep aromas and flavors of red fruits - cherry, plum, and fresh raspberry tart - gain complexity from notes of smoky earth and bitter chocolate.  Rich, ripe, but perfectly balanced for table. Tangy blueberry/raspberry acidity adds freshness and makes this a great wine to pair with everything from pizza to most anything on the grill.

"Any project Michel Chapoutier is involved with seems to excel, and his Roussillon Bila Haut domaine is no exception. With vineyards around the villages of Latour de France and Lesquerde, this estate releases five reds; the entry level Les Vignes de Bila Haut, which comes from a number of vineyards (and is a screaming value)...The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut is another smoking effort that will top anyone’s value list. A tank-aged blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, it is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced, with impressive amounts of blackberry and currant-styled fruit, herbs, pepper and smoked earth aromas and flavors. Showing more minerality with air, it’s a no-brainer purchase and will drink nicely for 5-6 years or more."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Ch Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide 2012 Product #28223 (In Stock)
Ch Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide 2012 Ch Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide 2012

From some the highest-altitude vineyards in Minervois, this blend of Carignan and Grenache with 5% Syrah is a bright and mineral-laden beauty.  Aromas of tangy red fruit, ripe black raspberry, tapinade and garigue- lavender, thyme, rosemary and more - lead to similar flavors with a bigger dose of hot stone and wet slate minerality. Plenty of grip makes this a fantastic match for grilled lamb, pork or beef, especially with fatty cuts where the bright acidity and minerality will refresh your palate and hunger!

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Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Rose 2013 Product #28631 (In Stock)
Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Rose 2013 Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Rose 2013

Northern Rhone master Michel Chapoutier's Roussillon estate - Bila-Haut - has been going from strength to strength the past few years, and this little beauty certainly argues that the positive trend will continue in 2013!  It's a blend of Grenache and Cinsault grown specifically for rosé, crushed,  macerated briefly, and then pressed off while still pink and made in stainless steel. A slightly more robust and jolly take on pink wine than you find in Provence, it delivers a big mouthful of candied watermelon and tangy cherry fruit with mouthwatering acidity and a sense of hot paving stone.  A not too serious, very tasty, rosé to enjoy in the shade with veggies and grilled lamb dipped in lots of garlicky aioli.

"This has plenty of melon flavors and crisp spicy notes, featuring some peppery accents. The alluring finish shows saline and pastry elements."Wine Spectator 88 points

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Ch De Casenove La Garrigue 2009 Product #28104 (In Stock)
Ch De Casenove La Garrigue 2009 Ch De Casenove La Garrigue 2009

This is the kind of ripe, hearty, well-structured, red that the rocky vineyards of Rousillon should turn out by the truckload, but somehow rarely do.  Certainly, the grapes that thrive in this dry heat – Grenache, Syrah, and especially Carignon – are not easy to tame, especially in ill-kempt fields full of shaggy vines groaning under the weight of humongous crop loads.

Etienne Montes and his friend/consulting winemaker, the Rhone’s Jean-Luc Colombo, succeed by taking a different path.  Where others use carbonic maceration, new oak barrels, or other tricks to soften Rousillon’s rustic edges, Montes simply works day after day in the vineyards to grow perfectly ripe grapes.  As the harvest nears, he prowls his three plots – including the largest full of 50 year old vines and the next largest planted 70 years ago – tasting, tasting, and tasting grapes.  When he can feel the ripeness in his mouth, the softness of tannin, the maturity of minerality – that’s when Montes starts to make wine.

"Years ago I met Etienne Montes when he first began running his family’s vineyard holdings called La Casenove. Montes gave up a career as a photo journalist to guide this domaine into the upper-echelon of Roussillon producers. The stunning 2009 La Garrigue (40% Carignan, 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache aged 7 months in tank) is a terrific example of how much wine one can buy for under $20 a bottle. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by notes of cassis, blackberries, lavender, licorice, pepper and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and heady, this beauty is capable of drinking well for 5-6 more years. However, as with most of these wines, what’s the point of waiting?”Wine Advocate 92 points

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Ch Puech Haut Prestige Rouge 2011 Product #28045 (In Stock)
Ch Puech Haut Prestige Rouge 2011 Ch Puech Haut Prestige Rouge 2011

We fell in love with the classy rose from this Languedoc producer last spring, and now we’re thrilled to bring you their Prestige red.  A blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 10% Carignan, this is an elegant, perfumed red.  The Syrah lends it notes of violets, and the tannins are assertive, but polished.  This would shine with lamb, olives, and all the usual Mediterranean suspects, but would be great with a rare seared duck breast, as well.

"A sensational offering from proprietor Gerard Bru, the 2011 Prestige is the estate’s least expensive wine. Readers may remember the fabulous review the 2010 Prestige received, and the 2011 is just as special. With Bru’s top Reserve wine selling for nearly $100 a bottle, the Prestige cuvee is an outstanding value. Interestingly, Bru has had three of the greatest winemaking consultants on Planet Earth working for him, first Michel Rolland, followed by Claude Gros and now Philippe Cambie. A blend of 60-75-year-old vine Grenache (55%) and 40-year old Syrah (45%), all grown on limestone soils dominated by the famous large rocks (galets roules) also found in parts of Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is aged in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. Some of the vineyards are farmed organically and others biodynamically. The wine exhibits a tremendous perfume of sweet raspberries, spring flowers, forest floor, truffles and lavender as well as a beautiful texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning velvety tannins and purity, and a long finish. This is the 'real deal.' Drink it over the next 4-6 years." Wine Advocate 91 points

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La Petite Frog Picpoul De Pinet Bag In Box 3l Product #21159 (In Stock)
La Petite Frog Picpoul De Pinet Bag In Box 3l La Petite Frog Picpoul De Pinet Bag In Box 3l

NOTE:  WE CANNOT SHIP THIS WINE VIA UPS - NO OUT OF STATE ORDERS WILL BE FILLED.  The package just doesn't stand up to UPS shipping - sorry!

A really good white that just happens to be packaged in a bag-in-box format!  The la Petite Frog is the exact same wine you'll find in the bottles of Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet we have on the shelf and have sold for years.  The wine shows good aromas of lime and citrus and delivers a round mouthful of spicy, clean, fruit.  And you can enjoy this fresh, crisp, wine for up to six weeks after it's opened!  Perfect wine for parties, vacation houses, or just keeping in the fridge for a "nip" of something tasty at the end of a hard day!

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Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2012 Product #28363 (In Stock)
Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2012 Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2012

"Occultum Lapidem" means "hidden stone" in Latin and reflects Michel Chapoutier's goal with this Syrah-heavy blend from older vines around the Roussillon village of Latour de France.  The stony soils here push Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan to work hard and deliver plenty of ripeness with a definite mineral, slate-like note.  A long fermentation (4 weeks) and aging half in cement and half in large cask ensures plenty of power and structure come along with the rich fruit.  Drink it near-term with garlicky lamb or olive-laced stews or let it unwind in cellar for years.

"The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem offers dark, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of smoked earth, licorice, wild herbs and blackcurrants to go with a firm, structured and age-worthy profile on the palate. Comprised of mostly Syrah, from schist and gneiss soils, and aged in tank and demi-muid, this superb 2012 has solid mid-palate depth, ample tannin and a beautifully focused finish. It’s a superb value that will be even better in another year or so, and have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity."Wine Advocate 94 points

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Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010 Product #27855 (In Stock)
Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010 Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010

One of the reasons Dave chose to cash out of Orin Swift was to fund this project, a set of vineyards and new winery located in Maury, France, close to the Spanish border and nestled in the Pyrnes-Orientales. Dave now owns 235 acres of mostly 60+ year-old Grenache vines with a little Syrah and Carignan. With poor, rocky soils, these old vines struggle to produce low yields of super-ripe grapes – and Dave knows what to do with those!  Not a lot of finesse here, but plenty of powerful fruit and spice.

“A modern style, offering intense, powerful flavors of roasted plum, dark cherry and kirsch, with boysenberry. Asian spice, cream and dark chocolate accents that are very rich, leading to the long and muscular finish which exudes a concentrated spiciness. Drink now through 2020.”Wine Spectator 93 points

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Dom Cazes Rivesaltes Cuvee Aime Cazes 1976 Product #26298 (In Stock)
Dom Cazes Rivesaltes Cuvee Aime Cazes 1976 Dom Cazes Rivesaltes Cuvee Aime Cazes 1976

From the top sweet wine estate in the South of France, this is a "natural" sweet wine - a blend of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Grenache Rouge with fermentation stopped at the half-way point and then aged for 22 years in neutral oak.  Up to two-thirds of the wine is lost to evaporation during aging as the wine darkens in color and gains a nutty, tangy, character.  Aromas of orange rind, honey, figs, brown sugar and cinnamon lead to a rich, unctuous, palate of Grand Marnier, milk chocolate, figs and grilled nuts. A touch of oxidization and bright acids ad interest.  Pair with rich chocolate desserts.

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