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Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja Dioro 2010 Product #31693 (In Stock)
Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja Dioro 2010 Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja Dioro 2010

Bold, rich, and nicely spiced with fine grained tannins and a long, savory, finish.

"Bright purple. Potent dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke. Fresh and precise, with densely packed black raspberry and cola flavors that opening nicely with air. Gentle tannins build slowly on the clinging finish, with the raspberry and smoke notes echoing."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

"The 2010 Vinsacro Dioro opens to an explosion of flowers and ripe blueberries that is very perfumed. It feels quite modern and aromatic with well-integrated oak and a luscious palate. This is produced from a field blend they call Vidau, which, in their case it is approximately 50% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and a myriad of other grapes like Graciano and even Monastrell. The wine aged in brand new French oak barrels for 17 months, and it's clearly a high-end wine with aspirations."Wine Advocate 92 points

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Ch Larose Trintaudon Haut Medoc 2010 Product #30581 (In Stock)
Ch Larose Trintaudon Haut Medoc 2010 Ch Larose Trintaudon Haut Medoc 2010

Great vintages - like 2010 - deliver great wines up and down the price ladder.  And that's the story here with this iconic Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois.  Sustainably farmed Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%) delivers lively aromas of plum, black cherry, and smoky herb and flavors of ripe currant, cedar, and spice.  Fine acids and soft tannins keep this refreshing and make it equally delicious at table or just to sip.  Outstanding value.

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Poggio Alloro Vin Santo Del Chianti 375ml 2010 Product #30376 (In Stock)
Poggio Alloro Vin Santo Del Chianti 375ml 2010 Poggio Alloro Vin Santo Del Chianti 375ml 2010

A traditional dessert wine style from just outside the walled city of San Gimignano, Tuscany.  Trebbiano, Malvasia, and San Colombano grapes are dried and then aged five years in small barrels (traditionally chestnut) to give it a distinctive nutty, resinous aroma and flavor. Great with the traditional accompaniment of biscotti.

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Ch Paloumey Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2010 Product #31225 (In Stock)
Ch Paloumey Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2010 Ch Paloumey Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2010

Dense and powerful but opening nicely.

"Dark, grippy and very tarry, with lots of pebbly tannins driving underneath the layers of boysenberry, steeped fig and blackberry fruit. Ample baker's chocolate and dark tobacco fill in the remaining space. This will need a little cellaring to round into form, but remains a very solid, muscular version. Best from 2015 through 2022."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010 Product #29760 (In Stock)
Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010 Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010

What happens with a top Burgundy winemaker (Jean-Michel Guillon) encourages friends and importers of wines from France (Olivier Daubresse) and Spain (Jonas Gustafsson) to import a Barolo from Italy?  When the Barolo is the stunning 2010 La Tartufaia from young Giulia Negri – aka “BaroloGirl”, something pretty magical results!

Giulia is a child of Barolo (her family owns the well-respected Serrandenari estate), and has  struck out on her own to make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (which is how she met Jean-Michel), and a classically styled, very pure, Nebbiolo from Barolo’s great 2010 vintage.  Very pure, lifted, scents of red and black berries waft from the glass with accents of tobacco, plum, dried rose petal, and tar.  It’s nicely relaxed and pure – especially at this young age – on the palate, with juicy red/black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco, and hints of smoky oak.  With air, a little truffle and potpourri emerge and the fruit flavors get deeper and more prominent as the wine sails on to a generous finish over sweet, ripe, tannins.  Round and rich, this tempts right now with big tannins that melt away nicely but will become more exciting and explosive from 2017 – 2025.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir The Uncarved Block 2010 Product #30989 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir  The Uncarved Block 2010 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir  The Uncarved Block 2010

Ernie Pink and Dena Drews craft this lovely Pinot to tell the story of their vineyard in the vintage, blending different clones and parcels from across their 35 acre site perched above Freedom Hill.  In 2010 it's beautiful with the elegance and purity of this remarkable vintage and the open sophistication that only a little time in bottle reveals.  Lovely now and through 2020.

"Bright red. Smoky, mineral-accented black raspberry and rose oil aromas are complemented by hints of cinnamon and allspice. Gently sweet red fruit flavors are given depth by a cherry pit nuance and sharpened by juicy acidity. Silky in texture and appealingly sweet, finishing with very good clarity, subtle tannins and noteworthy spicy persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29842 (In Stock)
Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010

 

"This is very strong showing from La Lecciaia, one of Montalcino's under the radar estates. The wines show gorgeous Sangiovese purity. The wines are fairly classic in style across the board.  La Lecciaia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is beautifully layered in the glass, with gorgeous intrigue, depth and personality all on full display. There is a sense of translucent finesse in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, stone fruit, mint and wild flowers all grace the exquisite finish. What a pretty wine this is."  Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 points

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Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010 Product #28991 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010 Brovia Barolo Brovia 2010

This always one of our favorite “Normale” – or “Classico” as the Brovias prefer – Barolo, tempting young and developing nicely over 3-5 years from release.  In 2010, it’s a blend of younger vines from the family’s Cru vineyards, with the biggest portion coming from the Brea vineyard in Serralunga.  It was bottled earlier than the Crus, and because of its shocked state, was not shown to critics Antonio Galloni or Steve Tanzer when they visited the estate earlier this year.  It is very fine value.

As importer Neal Rosenthal explains:  “This cuvée is a blend of the younger vines found in the various “crus” and offers a stylish take on the Brovia approach to this appellation. There is never excess here, no attempt to flaunt an image of power. Above all, balance is the key element in faithfully rendering a Barolo of great stature. You will find here the classic grainy tannins, the long, mineral-inflected finish, the aromas of late-summer roses and flavors of dried cherries.

"Brovia's 2010 Barolo opens with exquisite, floral aromatics. Silky and gracious throughout, the 2010 impresses for its overall balance and classiness. Sweet red cherries, mint, anise, cinnamon and orange peel are some of the notes that open up over time. The 2010 is a wine to treasure for its ample perfume and exceptional harmony. Today, the tannins are a bit firm, so another year or two in bottle is a must. Still, there is so much to like here, even at this early stage. The 2010 Barolo is 70% young-vine fruit from Brea (above 20 years of age), plus the wine that is left over when the single-vineyard Barolos go into cask. A recent bottle of the 2004 was stellar. This is one of the great values left in Barolo. " Antonio Galloni 92 points

"This is spicy, with meat, chocolate and dried-fruit character. Medium body, dense fruit and chewy tannins. Needs two years to soften: better in 2016."  James Suckling 91 points

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Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010 Product #27282 (In Stock)
Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010 Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010

Norberto Miguel only makes this, his top wine, in selected vintages of exceptional ripeness and quality.  It’s from 80+ year-old Tempranillo vines planted by Norberto’s grandfather and grown on the rocky, barren, soils of Rioja Alavesa.  Norberto hand-harvests the grapes when they taste good to him and then crushes them gently by foot to extract plenty of color and flavor without getting harsh tannins from the stems or seeds.  After vinification the wines go into American and French oak barrels (about 30% new)  And there the wine sits until Norberto thinks it’s ready – not one day longer.

The result is just about the perfect marriage between Rioja tradition and modern winemaking sensibility.  In 2010, this wine is just fabulous, supple and mineral with excellent length and very little obvious oak.  Scents of black raspberry and plum fruit accented by notes of sweet spice, tobacco, violets and a touch of iron.  In the mouth, the wine is very pure and elegant, with focused dark fruit and spice lifted by a hint of tangy cherry acidity and supported by silky smooth, ripe, tannins.  With air, a touch of coffee/mocha emerges and fruit broadens, but the minerality and acidity keep the wine focused, pure, and beautiful.  Drink it now with roasted or grilled meats and enjoy how it gains even more layers over the next 8-10 years in cellar.  Outstanding value for a Rioja of this quality and grace.

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Poliziano Mandrone Di Lohsa Toscana Igt 2010 Product #30962 (In Stock)
Poliziano Mandrone Di Lohsa Toscana Igt 2010 Poliziano Mandrone Di Lohsa Toscana Igt 2010

Lohsa is the Maremma project of Montepulciano's Poliziano winery, nestled up agains the sea in a perfect place to grow Bordeaux varietals.  This, their top wine, blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot plus a touch of Alicante Bouschet for extra complexity aged 18 months in French oak.  Richly textured and flavored by a bit of time in bottle, there's good freshness here and a fine, food-friendly, finish.

"Black currant, black cherry, violet, rosemary and spice aromas and flavors are allied to a vibrant structure and firm tannins. This is balanced and lingers on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Alicante. Best from 2016 through 2024."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Ch Siran Margaux 2010 Product #31628 (In Stock)
Ch Siran Margaux 2010 Ch Siran Margaux 2010

 

"There’s a beautiful core of fruit in this wine with dark chocolate, currant and berry character. Full and velvety, with fresh acidity and a clean finish. All there."  James Suckling 93 points

"Tasted at the vertical held at the property, the 2010 Château Siran, a blend of 46% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, has a very fresh and captivating bouquet with raspberry coulis, blackberry and cedar aromas that are still backward, but should repay further bottle age. With aeration, there is just a touch of fig that comes through. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine structure, a little grainy in the mouth with tar and graphite-tinged black fruit. What differentiates this from the 2009 is the precision on the finish and though the 2009 Siran has improved in bottle, the 2010 still has the edge. This is a very well-crafted Siran."Wine Advocate 91 points

"This has a plush feel overall, packed with flavors of cocoa, espresso, bay leaf, roasted mesquite, plum sauce and black currant preserves. The slightly dusty structure is well-embedded in the fruit, offering a tug of earth at the very end and leaving a mouthwatering impression. Best from 2014 through 2025."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot Napa 2010 Product #30517 (In Stock)
Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot Napa 2010 Mayacamas Vineyards Merlot Napa 2010

Oh, so THIS is why folks used to get excited about Napa Merlot!  There's already some maturity to the aromas, with lots of redcurrant, cured tobacco, rose petal, cedar and spice notes that reprise on the elegant, silky, palate and linger long and sweet on the finish.  Just 13.5% abv, perfectly ripe, and utterly compelling, this tastes as much like mature Bordeaux or old Rioja as anything else. Very exciting.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2010 Product #30991 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2010 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2010

Wadenswil is Oregon's most important "heritage clone" and was the main Pinot selection across the Valley for many years.  After the winegrowers' first mad crush on Dijon clones, more and more winemakers are coming to appreciate Wadenswill's perfume and fruit-filled charm.  Just two barrels made of this beauty which is normally sold only at the winery.  We asked really nicely, but just a case or so is available.

"High-pitched cherry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of sassafras, woodsmoke and cola. Stains the palate with sappy red and dark berry flavors and tangy acidity adding lift and cut. An exotic floral nuance emerges with air and carries through a long, sweet and persistent finish. While this energetic pinot is built to age, it has a lot of immediate appeal."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 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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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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Ch d'Armailhac Pauillac 2010 Product #31673 (In Stock)
Ch d'Armailhac Pauillac 2010 Ch d'Armailhac Pauillac 2010

From Philippe Dhaluin of Mouton Rothschild, this is delightful now for its power and will just get better for years to come.

"Another sensational effort from Philippe Dhaluin, the administrator of Mouton Rothschild, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot shows complex floral notes intermixed with forest floor, camphor, black currants and mulberries that all jump from the glass of this aromatic style of d’Armailhac. This wine possesses very good acidity, a surprisingly higher percentage of Merlot than usual, but the quality is impressive, and the good news is that there are 20,000 cases of this full-bodied beauty, which should age nicely for 15-20+ years."Wine Advocate 93 points

"Dense, juicy and inviting, with bouncy briar, blackberry, steeped black currant and melted black licorice notes framed by roasted apple wood and graphite notes. The finish courses along with good definition. Energetic and tempting, but the gripping, iron-laden finish will benefit from cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010 Product #27204 (In Stock)
Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010 Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010

A top-notch, Grand Cru white Burgundy here from first sniff to last sip.  There's a touch of reduction on the nose - as there should be in a wine built to age - but also oodles of salty caramel, grilled pear, roasted hazelnut, tangy butter and crisp apple scents.  True Grand Cru size and texture here, as the wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with a lush, almost oily, texture.  On opening, the flavors are still fairly compact in this young, young, beauty but intense ripe peach and apple fruit, butter, and warm nut elements show immediately over layers of chalky mineral and fresh mint.  Give it some air, the the palate explodes with notes of nectarine, grilled pineapple, lemon curd, and even more mint joining the show.

The big, rich, texture, is perfectly balanced by bracing acidity and loads of chalky mineral on the firm, fresh, finish where a note of tangy peach and more hazelnut goes on and on.  It's amazing for a wine of this ripeness, power, and size to have so much saline, mineral, freshness - but, then, that's why it's a Grand Cru!  Let it sit for 3-4 years and enjoy for 20.

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Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru Brut 2010 Product #31548 (In Stock)
Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru Brut 2010 Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru Brut 2010

"The 2010 Cuvée Grand Cellier d'Or is warm, rich and open, with signs of early maturity in the bouquet that suggest it will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. Hints of brioche, pear, smoke and slate add layers of nuance. The Grand Cellier d'Or is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir."  Vinous 93 points

"Almost plush in texture, showing an overall sense of finesse, with mouthwatering acidity brightening the finely meshed layers of poached pear, baked plum, mandarin orange peel and pickled ginger, accented by rich hints of toasted walnut and spun honey. A lovely 2010, with a fresh and focused finish. Drink now through 2030. 120 cases imported."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Dom Michelot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2010 Product #31571 (In Stock)
Dom Michelot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2010 Dom Michelot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2010

Michelot’s slice of the great 1er Cru Charmes features 50-60 year-old vines right in the middle of the vineyard.  A nicely warm site and the shallow limestone and clay soils over broken limestone rock tends to push Charmes towards a ripe, round, texture.  When first bottled, Michelot’s 2010 Charmes was anything but – as you’ll see from the notes below it was lean, dry, and full of minerally drive.  Time in bottle has done wonders, giving this fantastic richness and humongous length but with all the minerality and lime zest acidity you could hope for.  A stunner with 10+ years in front of it.  Very limited.

“Bright, light yellow. Lemon zest, hazelnut, macadamia and musky vanilla on the nose. Dry, brisk and energetic, with soil-driven flavors of lemon and minerals. Much more backward than the village offerings, even a bit youthfully spiky today. The finish is dry and savory, with a lingering lemony perfume. This wine needs time to fill out and harmonize. (from 9/2012 note)”  Vinous (Tanzer) 91+ points

“A cohesive white, tight and linear in profile, dense with peach, apple, lemon and spice flavors. Vibrant and persistent on the long finish, showing hazelnut and butter notes. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made.” Wine Spectator 94 points

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