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Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red 2015 Product #31384 (In Stock)
Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red 2015 Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red 2015

You can pay attention to the "South Africa" designation or not as you please.  The wine speaks a global language:  YUM.  Rich, soft, and wide open, this finishes with a hint of smoke that cries out for grilled or roasted foods.  Fun stuff.

"A soft, friendly style, with a lightly toasty shell around a core of gentle plum, white pepper and melted red licorice notes. The fruit lingers well. A crowd-pleaser."Wine Spectator 88 points

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Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015 Product #31176 (In Stock)
Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015 Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015

The softer, more immediately-appealing, version of David Clarke's award-winning Thorn-Clark wines. Big, bold, and loaded with earthy fruit and spice.

"Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavors are dark and dense, with black licorice and thick tannins forming the backdrop to blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2028."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Tenuta Rapitala Syrah Sicilia Nadir 2013 Product #31215 (In Stock)
Tenuta Rapitala Syrah Sicilia Nadir 2013 Tenuta Rapitala Syrah Sicilia Nadir 2013

Rapitala is the most popular winery in Sicily but is just now pushing into the US market.  Their focus is on honest, fruit-filled, wines that avoid the overly baked or dried-fruit character Sicily's hot and sunny climate so often produces.  Their 2013 Syrah is lovely, fresh and juicy and loaded with ripe plum and Syrah's classic smoky/meaty notes.  You won't find a better companion to grilled beef or any dish with an earthy, smoky, accent.

"A stylish red, smooth and creamy in texture, with a rich hint of smoky bacon fat subtly woven with flavors of sun-dried black cherry, plum sauce and licorice. Offers a supple, herb- and lavender-laced finish. Drink now through 2023."Wine Spectator 89 points

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Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Product #30927 (In Stock)
Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014

A sneaky fine Syrah from Ardeche, the catch-all appellation surrounding the Northern Rhone.  Pop and pour and you'll find a juicy, ripe, and very fun bistro red, a wine showing the fruitiness and texture of a good Beaujolais with a touch of Crozes-Hermitage Syrah violet and black fruit.  Fresh and fun at first, give this some time in decanter and it takes on weight and loads of meaty, smoky, stony Syrah character emerges to complement the blueberry/blackberry fruit.  Either way, it's a lot of wine and loaded with food-friendly character at a very attractive price.

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The Chook Shiraz Viognier 2013 Product #31107 (In Stock)
The Chook Shiraz Viognier 2013 The Chook Shiraz Viognier 2013

A classic blend of cofermented Shiraz (Syrah) plus aromatic Viognier.

"Powerful blackberry and cherry-cola aromas are complicated by notes of pipe tobacco, licorice and olive. Rich, broad and deep but lively too, with potent blackberry preserve and floral pastille flavors braced by tangy acidity. Finishes broad ad lively, with no noticeable tannins and lingering sweetness."  Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points

"Taut and focused, wrapping fine tannins around a lean core of licorice, mineral and blackberry flavors. Comes together into a long and expressive finish, braced by ample acidity. Drink now through 2020."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012 Product #30123 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012 Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012

The past two vintages of this oak-aged powerhouse Syrah (92%) and Grenache (8%) blend earned 90 points from Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate.  The 2012 is better still.  It opens with simply gorgeous aromas of crème de cassis, kirsch, smoke, and roasted meat - complex and seductive.  On the palate, Parker's description of the 2010 is spot on:  "It possesses unbelievable richness for a wine from this appellation, as well as loads of blackberries, black currants, acacia flowers, licorice and graphite."  One of the sexiest wines I've ever tried from Ventoux, but one that has sneaky structure and glorious freshness as well.  Ready and delicious right now and built to improve over the next 5-6 years.  A "wow" wine and stellar value.

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Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014 Product #31234 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014 Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014

As Wine Advocate said in their 90+ point review of the 2013 Tix Bramefan, "Readers need to put Domaine du Tix at the top of their list of new estates from Ventoux to watch out for."  The 2014 is a luxurious blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache all aged in barrel and tank for smoky, plush, richness.  It's loaded with blackberry, spiced meat, fresh herb, and cracked black pepper aromas and flavors and finishes firm and fresh.  This is delicious right now especially with lamb or pepper-crusted beef but hold some back a few years and let it really unwind.  Delicious stuff.

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Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Product #30928 (In Stock)
Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014

Sylvain Gauthier is a young winemaker to watch in the Northern Rhone.  Born in Lorraine, trained in Burgundy, and since 2007, making his own wines from Syrah in and around the Northern Rhone.  As far as we can tell, Olivier Daubresse is the first to import Sylvain's wines to the US, but the Wine Advocate managed to track down a bottle of the 2013 St Joseph last year and awarded it a very nice 90 point rating.

From the cooler 2014 vintage, this is a ripe but elegant take on St Joseph Syrah, with a nice touch of barrel for complexity and richness.  Ripe black berry and plum scents gain complexity from notes of roasted meat, smoked stone, and spicy oak.  Plenty of depth and richness here, but no excess weight and outstanding freshness through the long, mouthwatering, lip smacking, finish.  Enjoy right now with grilled lamb and keep some to continue to enjoy for another 4-8 years as it gains complexity and earthy depth.

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Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012 Product #30187 (In Stock)
Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012 Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012

As always, a sophisticated St. Joseph with good fruit and plenty of smoky, mineral, complexity.

"Fresh black raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are complicated by a spicy nuance. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors that gain weight and power with air. The floral element comes back strong on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of spicecake. Distinctly elegant and in a "city style, not rustic," as Philippe Guigal put it."  Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points

"As good, if not better, than the 2011, the 2012 Saint Joseph has lots of ripeness in its sexy black fruits, chocolate, vanilla and smoked meat aromas and flavors. I suspect that by the time this sees the inside of a bottle, the oak will have integrated and it will show a more classic profile. Medium to full-bodied, textured and nicely concentrated, it too will have a decade or more prime drinking."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

"Nicely focused, with a tangy savory note up front, followed by olive, bay and dark cherry flavors. The sanguine-edged finish has good cut. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Arnot-roberts Syrah Sonoma Coast 2014 Product #30903 (In Stock)
Arnot-roberts Syrah Sonoma Coast 2014 Arnot-roberts Syrah Sonoma Coast 2014

"The 2014 Syrah North Coast is quite possibly the single best wine in the Arnot-Roberts range this year when it comes to quality and price. Pliant, expressive and giving, the 2014 possesses notable depth and intensity. Lavender, sage, menthol, blue/purplish fruit, licorice and graphite meld into the rich, textured finish. The 2014 was done with 100% whole clusters, but that does not take away from the wine's immediacy and sheer deliciousness, even at this early stage. Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts have chosen to focus on Sonoma Coast sites, many of which are bottled separately by many other producers, including Solas, Baker Lane, Clary Ranch, Que Syrah and Griffin's Lair, which is why this wine is now labeled Sonoma Coast (previously it was North Coast)."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011 Product #30997 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011 Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011

Yes, wonderfully elegant and very Northern Rhone-style Syrah from the southern Willamette Valley.  Remarkable stuff.

"The 2011 Syrah Satisfaction includes 50% whole-cluster fruit of four Rhône clones (plus a touch of co-planté Viognier vines). Not picked until November 14, it has an attractive bouquet with macerated red cherries, Provençal herbs, juniper berries and a touch of melted wax. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red berry fruit mixed with blueberry, Seville orange marmalade and a healthy pinch of white pepper lending the finish that Rhône "vibe." Very linear at the moment, the finish is quite tight. I would actually cellar this for one or two years as it should repay handsomely."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012 Product #29013 (In Stock)
Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012 Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012

Proof that fine Cote Rotie does not have to be either huge or stern in order to be delicious.  Very Burgundian, elegant, and pure.

"Also solid, the classic 2012 Cote Rotie (which incorporated 10% Viognier) is made in a lighter, elegant style with perfumed rose petal, peat, violets, creme de cassis and smoke all emerging from the glass. Balanced, with a medium-bodied, nicely polished profile on the palate, it will be approachable early on and drink nicely for a decade. The wines all have a classic, fresh and focused feel, and certainly, those looking for big textures and loads of fruit should look elsewhere."Wine Advocate 89-91 points

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Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2012 Product #31252 (In Stock)
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2012 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2012

A Syrah classic that's delicious now with a little air and will improve for 15 years or more.

"Raised in 50% new oak for 18 months. Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, incense and fresh flowers, and notes of smoky minerals, vanilla and licorice adds complexity. Coats the palate with sweet cherry-vanilla and blueberry flavors given lift and cut by zesty acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes on a gently tannic note, showing excellent lift and floral-driven tenacity."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The 2012 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde has a complex, pure, medium to full-bodied feel in its cassis, black raspberry, olive and spice-laced bouquet. Possessing sweet tannin, plenty of fruit and a great finish, it has plenty of similarities to the 2011 and is joy to drink. Enjoy this pleasure-bent effort over the coming decade."Wine Advocate 91-93 points

"This offers a distinctive set of alder and olive aromas before giving way to a slightly taut core of bitter cherry, plum and red currant fruit. Lovely bay and leather accents hang on the background, leading to a long, grippy finish that exudes a slightly perfumy sandalwood note. Best from 2017 through 2027."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Guigal Saint Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2012 Product #31326 (In Stock)
Guigal Saint Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2012 Guigal Saint Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2012

Stunning already and built to improve for a decade plus.

"Potent black and blue fruit aromas show excellent clarity, picking up smoky mineral, star anise and pipe tobacco qualities with aeration. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering hefty blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that are given lift and spine by juicy acidity. Packs a serious punch but comes off as lithe and precise, finishing with silky tannins, building florality and outstanding persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The first vintage bottled with the new label, the 2012 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices is already approachable and drinking beautifully. Its healthy ruby/purple color is followed by pretty, medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of cassis, black raspberries, chocolate and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, forward, beautifully textured and even a touch sexy, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 10-15 years."Wine Advocate 93 points

"This is not shy, with a dark licorice and warm ganache frame, melding wonderfully with the core of blackberry and fig confiture flavors. The finish lets a Turkish coffee note roll through. The fruit and grip remain in lockstep. Best from 2016 through 2023. 60 cases imported."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Shafer Syrah Relentless 2013 Product #31348 (In Stock)
Shafer Syrah Relentless 2013 Shafer Syrah Relentless 2013

Very limited.

"Might end up being the finest one they’ve ever made. The berries were the smallest they’ve encountered, and they were not the only winery to say that about the 2013 red varietals. A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Petite Sirah, the wine is opaque black/purple with an incredible nose of subtle wood, charcoal embers, blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, baking spices, and again, a roasted meatiness with some bouquet garni thrown in the background. The complex aromatics were already starting to roar from the glass, and the wine, enormously endowed, is full-bodied and flawlessly constructed. This is a killer effort that should drink well for 40+ years."Wine Advocate 98-100 points

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