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Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza 2008 Product #28952 (In Stock)
Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza 2008 Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza 2008

Wow. Just wow.  A stunning red that's easy to sip and has the stuffing for big food.  How did they make such a fantastic wine at such a low, low, price?

"The 2008 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza is a blend of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Garnacha aged for 18 months in French and American oak. It has a mellow bouquet of dried herbs, terracotta tiles and dusky black fruit that is very well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin: tart red berried fruit, laced with tobacco and dried herbs on the dry, crisp finish. This is a superb classical Rioja Crianza. Drink now-2020."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2008 Product #28828 (In Stock)
Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2008 Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2008

While many Port houses struggled in the cool 2008 vintage, Quinta do Noval released both an outstanding vintage and fantastic value LBV. It's an elegant, vibrant, port (as you'd expect from the year) with vibrant raspberry, blackberry, chocolate and violet aromas and flavors.  Still nicely firm and well shaped tannins lend support to this delicious, drink me now, Port. 

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Mater Domini Marangi Salice Salentino Reserva 2008 Product #29235 (In Stock)
Mater Domini Marangi Salice Salentino Reserva 2008 Mater Domini Marangi Salice Salentino Reserva 2008

Tre Bicchieri - the highest award from Italy's Gambero Rosso!  This intense beauty is mainly Negromaro with 5% Malvasia, and opens with a wild mixture of caramelized nuts, melted tar, and earthy black fruit aromas.  The flavors are complex and equally intense with notes of date, black cherry, licorice, and caramel weaving in and out.  The finish is firm and not at all rustic.  This powerhouse will be great with rich winter stews or earthy lamb or game dishes.

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Montaribaldi Barbaresco Palazzina 2008 Product #28806 (In Stock)
Montaribaldi Barbaresco Palazzina 2008 Montaribaldi Barbaresco Palazzina 2008

A traditional wine in overall shape but with a touch more fruit and "oompf" in the middle than often found in Barbaresco.  Luxurious and rich with masses of lovely tannins.  Decant for a few hours now or cellar for 5-8 years.

"Here’s a finely crafted and rich expression of Barbaresco with evident oak tones that are enhanced by mature berry fruit, cola and creamy vanilla. The wine shows very nice saturation, richness and persistency. It also has a sour note of astringency on the close at this young stage in its life."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Clarendon Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown 2008 Product #29331 (In Stock)
Clarendon Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  Sandown 2008 Clarendon Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  Sandown 2008

Limited.  Wines arrive February 20.  Lovely Aussie Cabernet that's drinking perfectly now.

“The 2008 Sandown Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon gives a deep garnet-purple color and pronounced notes of black currant cordial, chocolate, marmite, loam, black truffle, soy and black olive plus a whiff of lavender. Full-bodied with a high level of fine grained tannins and high acidity, the fruit and earth components are well intertwined on the palate, finishing long.”Wine Advocate 92 points

“Plush and expressive, brimming with lively currant and spice flavors, hinting at black olive, bay leaf and cocoa as the finish lingers expressively. Shows impressive power and intensity. Drink now through 2020. Wine Spectator 92 points

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Jules Desjourneys L'interdit (Fleurie 2008) Product #28515 (In Stock)
Jules Desjourneys L'interdit (Fleurie 2008) Jules Desjourneys L'interdit (Fleurie 2008)

Denied the AOC for a touch too much VA, this wine sizzles and sparks as the tangy flavors run across your palate.

“The wine that will be known as 2008 Desjourneys is none other than Duperray’s 2008 Fleurie – combining Chapelle des Bois and Les Moriers – that was refused appellation and so is officially, merely, “vin de France.” Believe me, this is “vin de France” in the same sense that Debussy signed many of his late masterpieces “musicien francais.” The high-toned floral, herbal, and fruit distillate esters that memorably marked the Chapelle des Bois from cask as well as the black tea-tinged and more bittersweetly herbal and concentrated dark berries of the original Les Moriers, have been preserved in this marriage. This finishes with mouthwatering salinity and a tenacious, almost Gewurztraminer-like meld of brown spices concentrated floral and herbal essences. I would anticipate it being worth following for half a dozen years, but on no account should it be missed earlier-on.” Wine Advocate 93 points

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Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2009 Product #28052 (In Stock)
Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2009 Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2009

It's been a while since we got this excited by Shiraz.  From Australia's coolest growing region, this delivers plenty of New World fruit in a sophisticated, food-friendly, frame.  Really, really, good.

"The 2008 Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Shiraz gives a very deep garnet garnet-purple color with pronounced aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice plus subtle notes of mocha, cinnamon and cardamom. Rich and full, this Shiraz is nicely balanced by crisp acid and a medium level of grainy tannins. Drink it now to 2018+."Wine Advocate 91 points

"This cool-climate Shiraz opens with a range of ripe dark berry and cherry flavors, shaded with smoky, minerally overtones that balance against pinpoint acidity and mingle nicely through the generous, focused finish."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Dom Thibert Pouilly Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2008 Product #24753 (In Stock)
Dom Thibert Pouilly Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2008 Dom Thibert Pouilly Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2008

Everything takes a big step up in this single vineyard wine from one of Thibert’s two best sites.  The Burghound review captures this well – rich, complex, and loaded with driving minerality.  Outstanding

“Moderate wood doesn't detract from the otherwise fresh, bright and expressive nose that offers up white orchard fruit aromas, subtle spice hints and floral notes that precede rich, sappy and admirably pure flavors that possess plenty of acid buffering dry extract and excellent length as well as notably more complexity. Sweet Spot/Outstanding”Allen Meadows 89-92 points

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Cune Imperial Rioja Reserva 2008 Product #29490 (In Stock)
Cune Imperial Rioja Reserva 2008 Cune Imperial Rioja Reserva 2008

"The 2008 Imperial Reserva is my favorite of the three Imperial Reservas that I tasted together as it has the perfect balance between ripeness, acidity and tannins, in a wine that is eminently elegant, but will require some time in bottle to gain complexity. The fruit leans more towards the red varieties (raspberries and strawberries), it is very spicy but the wood is almost fully integrated. Very balanced palate, with high-toned flavors that make it vibrant. Drink 2015-2021.

CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices. The Imperial Gran Reserva is back at the helm of quality."

Wine Advocate 93 points

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Ch Fleur Cardinale St Emillion Grand Cru 2008 Product #29230 (In Stock)
Ch Fleur Cardinale St Emillion Grand Cru 2008 Ch Fleur Cardinale St Emillion Grand Cru 2008

Lovely Bordeaux to enjoy while your 2009s and 2010s rest!

"A sleeper of the vintage, this evolved, soft/silky, dark ruby/purple/plum-colored 2008 offers up scents of blue and red fruits, earth and flowers. Medium to full-bodied as well as round, generous and seductive, it is a pure, impeccably made, wonderfully concentrated, endearing wine to enjoy now and over the next 7-10 years."Wine Advocate 91 points

"Ripe, juicy and flattering, with delicious linzer torte, boysenberry and blackberry compote aromas and flavors, supported by solid grip and nice lingering anise and espresso on the dense, lengthy finish. Drink now through 2019."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Product #23793 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2008

Burghound “Outstanding Top Value”

A great vintage for this excellent Village level red made from Jean-Michel’s oldest vines – all 50 years old or older.  As always, this delivers plenty of power and structure, but there is an extra level of ripeness and grace here as well.  This will drink nicely with decanting now and really hit its stride in another 5 years.

“From 50+ year-old vines raised in 100% new wood. This is extremely primary, in fact so much so that residual fermentation aromas are still evident though the red berry fruit appears clean and pure and is followed by impressively rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract that confers a beguiling texture to the mouth feel and renders the firm tannins almost invisible on the impeccably balanced finish. Recommended as villages level wines typically do not have this kind of completeness. Outstanding Top Value.”Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Pietracupa Taurasi 2008 Product #29257 (In Stock)
Pietracupa Taurasi 2008 Pietracupa Taurasi 2008

Often called "the Barolo of the South," Aglianico reaches its top expression in the rugged hills around Taurasi. A big, powerful, wine that shines with lamb and olives.

"A traditional style, delivering dried cherry and cranberry fruit mixed with tarry smoke, bresaola and grilled herb notes. This is dense and well-knit, with supple tannins and an aromatic, lightly floral finish."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 2008 Product #25217 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 2008 Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 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. A touch of reduction knocks down the expressiveness of the nose somewhat but not enough to conceal the otherwise cool, ripe and pretty orchard fruit and citrus aromas. The delicious, rich, round and nicely plump flavors possess good mid-palate concentration and are set off against a racy, intense, detailed and lightly mineral-suffused finish that also displays a touch of austerity. Excellent.”Allen Meadows 91 points

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Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2008 Product #26601 (In Stock)
Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2008 Maillard Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2008

With all the fuss over the super-ripe 2009s, it's easy to miss out on the classic structure, balance, and charm of bottles like this fine Grand Cru 2008.  This year's model shows off plenty of the animal, earthy, aspect of Corton Renardes but still has a nice core of pretty Pinot fruit.  It's unusually elegant for Corton Renardes, but still packs a punch of powerful flavors and has the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and acid to develop well in cellar for a decade or more.  Or, drink it now with earthy foods and mushrooms!

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Domenico Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj 2008 Product #28934 (In Stock)
Domenico Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj 2008 Domenico Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj 2008

The newest Barolo from Domenico, the name means "whimsical airplane" in dialect - a tribute to Domenico's day dreaming as a child.  The wine is from Serralunga, the only Barolo he makes outside of Monforte.  Each lable in the six pack is slightly different - fitting for a wine the presents something new with every sip. Beautiful.

"From 35-year-old vines in Badarina in Serralunga. Good deep red. Medicinal aromas and flavors of dark raspberry, cherry, menthol and tobacco; very Serralunga. At once suave and penetrating, offering terrific definition and inner-mouth aromatic character. Powerful acidity is keeping this wine tightly wrapped today, but it has buns of steel to support a graceful evolution in bottle."International Wine Cellar 94(+?) points

"The 2008 Barolo Aeroplanservaj puts on a whole different act. Here, the emphasis is on elegance and finesse. The opulence and massiveness of the wine fits in with the Clerico philosophy, but unlike the Barolo Briccotto its strongest cards are played with a more subtle strategy. The aromas of black fruit and spice are wrapped a bit tighter, and the wine shows some nervous tension in the glass that needs to soften with age. I loved those delicate sprigs of mint and wild flower that somehow emerge from the inner depths of this rock-solid wine. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Product #27382 (In Stock)
Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Philippe Melka makes this wine from selected barrels of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (95%) and a little Petit Verdot (5%).  For this wine, he chooses barrels that emphasize Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure and minerality vs. the lusher, more plush, Proprietary red.  The wine ages 18 months (vs. 14 for the Prop Red) in 100% new French oak. “Aristocratic” was my first note on tasting this in March, 2012, and words like “pure”, “elegant”, “powerful”, and, most of all, “long!” all cropped up as well.  Where the 2008 Proprietary Red is luscious, this is more reserved and complex with finer structure and much deeper minerality and snap.  Just lovely stuff.

“Close in quality but perhaps not quite as exuberant and profound is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot). It boasts an opaque purple color as well as abundant notes of charcoal, scorched earth, underbrush, licorice, black currants and blackberries. Slightly more evolved than the 2007, it is nearly that wine’s equal in terms of depth, richness and overall appeal. This strong effort should drink well for two decades or more.”Wine Advocate 93 points

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Clarendon Hills Syrah Astralis 2008 Product #29334 (In Stock)
Clarendon Hills Syrah Astralis 2008 Clarendon Hills Syrah Astralis 2008

“The 2008 Astralis Vineyard Syrah is a bit of a triumph given the vintage. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it reveals earthy notes to begin – moss-covered bark and black truffles, damp humus and iodine. At the core it presents aromas of black cherries and creme de cassis plus mocha and anise. The palate is concentrated and powerful yet elegant with firm, very fine grained tannins, very high acidity and ample flesh that is already presenting a multitude of layers. The finish is very long and though there’s some cedar showing, it should marry by the time this wine is ready to drink. This Astralis is very young and primary promising much more to come!"Wine Advocate 97 points

“Dense and chewy, bursting with juicy blueberry and dark plum fruit, this weaves black olive and spice notes into the long and grippy finish. Shows consistency throughout. Best from 2015 through 2020.” Wine Spectator 94 points

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Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008 Product #23795 (In Stock)
Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008 Guillon Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008

A classic from the largest and best-known Grand Cru vineyard in the Cote de Nuits, the walled vineyard of Vougeot.  Unlike many wines from this famous site, Guillon’s Vougeot is fully Grand Cru in quality – dark, rich, and super, super, long.  Cellar for another 5-8 years and drink for 20.

“From 40+ year old vines and whole cluster fermentation, fermented entirely in a small 100% new wood tank. As one would reasonably expect, this is much more defined aromatically by earth tones rather than fruit. Dark berry fruit aromas introduce exceptionally rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract levels and an opulent mouth feel yet the hugely long and slightly woody finish tightens up considerably and is quite youthfully austere despite the sap.” Allen Meadows 91-93 points

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Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008 Product #28344 (In Stock)
Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008 Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008

Perhaps the greatest vintage ever of one of Italy's benchmark super-Tuscan blends (Cabernet and Petite Verdot).  Needs time, but will take your breath away if you can wait!

"Love this. Fabulous aromas of currants and blackberries. Hints of licorice, Indian spices and dried violets. Full-bodied, ultra-fine tannins and amazing fruit, yet so vibrant, racy and balanced. The structure of Margaux with the style of Rampolla. Best ever. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. From organically grown grapes. Leave it for at least five or six years."  James Suckling 100 points

"The 2008 d’Alceo is a huge, inward, brooding wine. Plums, black cherries, camphor, incense and smoke emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. The 2008 is going to require considerable patience, but it is shaping up to be an absolute jewel. The d’Alceo is a wine of notable depth and purity, but it is very closed down at the moment. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint, spices, tar, cassis, graphite and camphor linger on the huge, structured finish. This is a towering effort from the Di Napoli family. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033."Wine Advocate 96+ points

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Lamy Pillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 Product #27095 (In Stock)
Lamy Pillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 Lamy Pillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2008

Lamy-Pillot farms about 0.1 acre in the upper Chassagne corner of the world's greatest Chardonnay vineyard.  This luxurious, complex, and slightly mind-boggling 2008 does this site justice.  Layered aromas and flavors of pear, apple, cream, butter, and toasted hazelnut in a creamy but bright wine that finishes long, pure, and chalky.  Young (another 10 years won't hurt) but delicious.

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