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Bodegas Ego Jumilla Fuerza 2013 Product #32155 (In Stock)
Bodegas Ego Jumilla Fuerza 2013 Bodegas Ego Jumilla Fuerza 2013

For years, Spain's baking hot, dry, high plains south of Madrid were known for Mourvedre reds that were - at best - full of roasted fruit with chewy finishes that would charitably be called "rustic."  It took an Australian - super-consultant Chris Ringland - working with the Gil family of Juan Gil to find a way to bring "modern" flash and polish to Jumilla.  At their Bodegas El Nido, Ringland and the Gil Family perfected the art of cutting hearty Monastrell with ripe Cabernet Sauvignon to create what quickly became the region's most highly rated bottlings.  Ringland went on to repeat the feat at Bodegas Volver (Triga in Alicante) and Bodegas Castano (Solanera in Yecla).

With Fuerza, Bodeags Ego takes the Ringland approach to selected lots of fruit from then 25 hectares of old-vine Monastrell.  Blending 75% Monastrell and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and aging the young wine in 100% new American oak for 12 months creates a deep, dark, powerful with that’s loaded with blackberry, plum and blackcurrant fruit, layered with sweet wood spice and smoke, and finishes ultra-rich and smooth.  If that’s your kind of wine, then you will look long and hard to find a better example at prices like these!

"Cola, sassafras and clove notes frame a deep core of plum and currant fruit in this dense red. The texture is plush and polished, supported by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Pago Casa Gran Casa Benasal Elegant Tinto 2014 Product #32117 (In Stock)
Pago Casa Gran Casa Benasal Elegant Tinto 2014 Pago Casa Gran Casa Benasal Elegant Tinto 2014

Not the most “impressive” or “important” wine in this set, but very much a favorite!  The Casa Benasal vineyard is just down the road from the main Pago Casa Gran estate and the site of a winery built more than 300 years ago.  While the vines aren’t quite that old, you can taste the concentration and class that comes from mature vines on a great site.  All organic farming with year-round cover crops to encourage balance in the vines plus low-impact wine making that gets all the goodness of the grapes into the bottle intact.  A blend of 40% Monestrell, 40% Garnacha Tintorera and 20% Syrah

I’m not sure what alchemy is at work here, but at first pour this smells like really good Chateauneuf du Pape:  bold crushed raspberry and loads and loads of thyme, lavender, rosemary and black olive.  Then, take a sip and, WOW!, does this taste great.  There’s a big dose of crushed strawberry and raspberry at the core with accents of sweet spice, dried herb, black olive and the barest hint of chocolate.  The freshness and texture are great, with a nice sense of plushness in the midpalate leading to lightly dusty tannins and a pop of raspberry juice on the finish.  Fresh fruity fun here!

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Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner T26 Federspiel 2016 Product #32092 (In Stock)
Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner T26 Federspiel 2016 Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner T26 Federspiel 2016

Wow - just plain wow.  If you want to know why 2016 could be one of the greatest vintages ever for Austria's Grüner Veltliner, just try this.  As Jancis Robinson explains, “The finest Grüner Veltliners in the world come from seriously distinguished sites, with the greatest concentration of them being west of Vienna on the Wachau's famous south-facing terraces on the bank of the Danube” – exactly where perfectionist Martin Mittlebach farms his vineyards and makes Tegernseerhof wines.

Wachau Grüner has the potential to deliver more volume, richness and intensity than wines from nearby Kamptal, and that’s certainly what you found here in 2015 and will again this year.  But 2016’s slightly milder temperatures (and small, hail-diminished, crop) adds supreme freshness and zest to the aromas and flavors of ripe stone fruit (peach, apricot), Granny Smith apple, and tangy, under-ripe, pineapple.  And, always in Martin’s wines, there’s a deep sense of the Wachau’s distinctive salty minerality and warming, almost peppery, spice in every sip.  This is the kind of wine that goes for $30-$50 at other, more promotionally-oriented, estates.  At half that price, it’s pretty compelling stuff.

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Josef Bauer Gruner Veltliner Katharina 2016 Product #32214 (In Stock)
Josef Bauer Gruner Veltliner Katharina 2016 Josef Bauer Gruner Veltliner Katharina 2016

Joe crafts this cuvee, named for his daughter, from vines growing on pure, calcium and clay-rich, loess soils on different parts of the hill.  He picks some of these sites early to maximize crispness and green, tangy, fruit notes.  Others are harvested late for maximum ripeness, more exotic fruit, and density on the palate.  A complex formula leads to a complex wine, layered with notes of pineapple, Clementine, apricot, Golden Delicious, green herb and dusty white pepper.  The texture is rich and luxurious, sitting on your lounge with good weight balanced by dusty, crushed stone, minerality.  The finish is simply endless, coating your palate and leaving pops of fruit, mineral, pepper and more to savor on and on.  A great seafood sausage would be great here, although most anything fried or with a bit of cream sauce would satisfy.

“Friendly, lemony freshness plays on the nose and palate, where it's joined by spicy grapefruit peel notes. That zestiness pervades the taut, straight-lined and utterly refreshing palate. This is concentrated, clean and full of citrusy verve.”Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Pago Casa Gran Falcata Casa Gran Tinto 2014 Product #32118 (In Stock)
Pago Casa Gran Falcata Casa Gran Tinto 2014 Pago Casa Gran Falcata Casa Gran Tinto 2014

Ripe, powerful, Garnacha Tintorerea (35%), Monastrell (35%) and Syrah (30%) takes to a little wood well, and here this organic estate in Spain’s Valencia region has used French oak with skill and class.  Each grape varietal and vineyard plot is harvested and fermented separately with gentle, all manual, punchdowns for easy extraction of color and very soft tannins.  Then a crane lifts up the small fermenters so the young wine can drain freely and without pumping into tank and (for 50%) into seasoned French oak.

The oak influence shows up as an extra layer of spice, smoke, and chocolate accents to the dark black cherry, cassis and black raspberry fruit aromas you’ll find pouring from the glass.  This is richer, deeper, darker and creamier than the Elegant Tinto, with bold flavors of dark raspberry and baked strawberry fruit wrapped in layers of vanilla, chocolate and sweet spice.  The ripe fruit and oak are nicely balanced by a band of savory minerality and squirt of berry acids for freshness and focus.  The sword this is named for was as long as a man’s arm, and that’s about how long the wine is, too!

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014 Product #32187 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014

You may have heard that vintage 2014 was “challenging” in Tuscany.  That’s not true – at most estates it was downright awful.  Cold, wet and cloudy weather throughout the growing season meant most growers were unable to ripen their fruit fully and had to battle constantly with rot in the vineyard and winery.  If they were able to make Chianti Classico at all, it was almost always light in color and body, tart and tangy, and lacking in concentration or depth.

Which is why this 2014 is such a stunning treat!  The combination of heavy, hard, handwork in the vineyards all season long, higher altitude and well-drained vineyards, and using all the fruit normally destined for the Riserva Chianti in the Classico gives a wine with fine dark color and plenty of concentration and richness.  At this young state, it’s all about the rich raspberry and black cherry fruit with subtle accents of violets and oak spice.  Round and full on the palate, but never heavy or think, the fruit courses across your palate to finish clean, pure and fruity.  Fine tannins make this a winner with pasta dishes and even better with a slab of just-grilled, grass-fed, beef.

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Pago Casa Gran Falcata Arenal Tinto 2012 Product #32119 (In Stock)
Pago Casa Gran Falcata Arenal Tinto 2012 Pago Casa Gran Falcata Arenal Tinto 2012

“Arenal” refers to the sandy, free-draining, soils where Pago Casa Gran grows the grapes for this organically farmed blend of Garnacha Tintorera and Monestrell.  “Falcata” is the name of a special sword that was common in Valencia hundreds of years ago.  Each blade was made to measure for an individual warrior, forged and trimmed to be the same length as their arm.  When the fighter died, his blade was buried with him.

Winemaker Carlos Laso crafts his Arenal to reflect the region’s heritage by marrying the purity and elegance of well-drained, sandy, soils with Valencia’s intense ripeness and lots of minerality and spice from 14 months in French oak.  The wine is dark and deeply colored with powerful aromas of ink, dark black raspberry and a hint of mint.  On the palate it fills your mouth with deep dark fruit complicated by accents of earth, licorice, and chocolate.  The firm, powerful, finish makes it easy to see how this will develop over the next 10 years, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it now with grilled lamb!

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Center of Effort Chardonnay "Effort" Edna Valley 2015 Product #32151 (In Stock)
Center of Effort Chardonnay Center of Effort Chardonnay

While the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley certainly have their charms, we’re fast becoming convinced that California’s best Chardonnays come from the high hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains (think Mt Eden) and the cool-bordering-on-cold Edna Valley.  If you’ve tried Brian Talley’s Edna Valley Bishop’s Peak and Talley Chardonnays, then you’ll have a good idea of what to expect here – the perfect blend of rich, ripe, fruit and pure, zesty, freshness.  We think this stunner from organicly grown fruit with a blend of concrete, French oak and acacia wood aging may be the most delicious all-around Chardonnay we’ve seen in years. You should try it.

"A solid, compelling bottling for an entry-level wine, this was aged in a combination of French oak, acacia wood and concrete, and shows clean Gala apple and brioche aromas. Grippy tension and sizzling acidity fire up the palate, bringing the wine's apple and peach flavors to the fore, sprinkled with savory sea salt and spice."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015 Product #32154 (In Stock)
Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015 Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015

Over the past few years, the entry-level bottling at Marco de Grazia’s Tenuta della Terre Nere has also been one of the most exciting wines you can buy for $25.  It's a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grown on Mt. Etna's volcanic soils and very low yields - at 35 hectoliter/hectar, lower than most Grand Cru Burgundy!   As always there are fascinating aromas of deep, dark red, fruit (raspberry, cherry, strawberry) plus notes of balsam, dried herb, and smoky mineral.  On the palate it’s very intense, even powerful, but without heaviness.  Bold raspberry fruit, dark mineral, orange peel, and pine-like flavors coat your palate and drive on through a long, lightly tannic, finish.  As Wine Advocate said in their 93 point review of the 2012, “Again, you get remarkable quality with Tenuta delle Terre Nere at impressively low price points.”  Drink now – 2025.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Product #32093 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

If you want to drink a terrific Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from the man Wine Spectator called “A Master of Pinot Noir in Oregon” at less than half the price of his single vineyard wines…well, this is going to make you very happy indeed.  Made from younger vines and more forward (i.e., less tannic) barrels from 10 of Ken’s 13 single-vineyard wines, the 2014 WV Pinot has loads of pretty fruit, a light and lithe feel, and just enough structure to pair with food and improve for a year or two – but not enough to get in the way of weeknight solo sipping now.  Excellent value.

"Ken Wright produces as many as a dozen or more single-vineyard Pinots in any given vintage. This wine is blended from many of those same sites, whose vines were often planted back in the 1980s. It's light and elegant, yet powerfully flavorful, with strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit pushing deep into the palate. It's clean and fresh, with crisp defining acidity, perfect balance, refined tannins and a long finish."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013 Product #32013 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013

Full confession – we’re not normally fans of Italian “Riserva” wines.  Even though most use the estate’s best fruit, the extra time in oak (up to a year) often dries the wine out, kills the fruit, and gives sticky, drying, tannins that rob the wines of all their fun.  Here, though, we have a Chianti Classico Riserva that soars above the norm in every way!

Francesco Daddi made the first vintage in 2012 in honor of his father, Giuland.  It’s built on the estate’s best Sangiovese plus a splash of Malvasia Nero – a favorite blend of Giuland’s – and given 18 months in French oak followed by extra time in concrete tank and bottle.  The aromas are sexy and sophisticated, with deep cherry/berry fruit framed by notes of fresh earth, sweet spice, and light herb.  There’s a ton going on in your mouth, but the bold burst of black raspberry fruit pulses through the layers of tobacco, spice, smoke and fresh flower flavors.  The fruit keeps on pumping through the long, complex, and firm finish in a wine that has the structure to age a decade and shine now with rich, dry-aged, beef.

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Hoopes Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 Product #32071 (In Stock)
Hoopes Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 Hoopes Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013

Spencer Hoopes doesn’t seek out a lot of attention or make a lot of wine – only 2,500 cases or so in total.  So even though he’s been farming some of Napa’s finest Cabernet fruit at his White Horse Vineyard in Oakville since 1983 and making top-notch, great value, wines since the mid-1990s, you may not know the name.  Which is a good thing – it’s the reason we’re able to bring you this beauty for so much less than wines of this pedigree and praise normally command these days.  Decant for an hour and drink with grilled beef or lamb, but be sure to save a few to enjoy over the next 10 years.

"Aromas of ink and blueberries. Some stones, too. Full body, dusty-textured tannins and a rich finish. Yet this remains agile and formed."  James Suckling 93 points

"Editors Choice! This full-bodied, velvet-textured wine has an exotic aroma like a pine forest and tastes like a bowl full of blueberries. Ripe, almost jammy flavors coat the tongue, and vibrate with black currant on the finish. Fine-grained tannins give the texture lots of grip, and support the ripe fruit flavors so they stay dry and appetizing sip after sip." Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Signature 2014 Product #32156 (In Stock)
Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Signature 2014 Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Signature 2014

This is what Chateauneuf du Pape is supposed to taste like!  When you tip the glass, a rush of raspberry, black cherry, and that blend of lavender and sappy herbs the French call garrigue pretty much smacks you in the nose.  Then those scents turn into bold, rich, super-deep, flavors that fill up your mouth with full-bodied joy – but somehow never get heavy or hot.  And, at the end, this silky, spicy, wine leaves you with cracked pepper, herb, and sweet fruit and tannins ready to stand up to grilled lamb or a seven years or so in cellar.

"Fermented in concrete and aged in used foudres and demi-muids. Vivid ruby. Deep, smoke-accented dark berry and floral pastille scents are sharpened by a note of peppery spice. Smoky and sweet in the mouth, offering concentrated boysenberry and cherry flavors and a hint of candied violet. Shows very good power and energy and finishes with excellent focus and length; velvety, late-arriving tannins add shape. Quite serious for an entry-level bottling; I'd bet on this making a solid cellar candidate."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91-93 points

"Juicy, with plum paste and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that race along, bolstered by a bright anise note. Stays juicy through the finish, showing hints of plum skin, fruitcake and lightly singed alder. Best from 2017 through 2025. 1,800 cases made."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 Product #32188 (In Stock)
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

Mike Etzel's Willamette Valley blend - featuring a mixture of Estate and purchased fruit - has been going from strength to strength in recent years.  It consistently pulls down 91-93 point ratings from Wine Spectator and Vinous, and the 2015 is the most complete example we've tasted to date.  You'll find all the rich, deep, fruit featured in the 91/92 point 2014 with a touch better drive and a dollop more of plush, velvety, tannins.  A delicious wine with salmon, duck, or squab today and likely to take on a touch more weight and richness with time.  Exciting stuff here!

"Beautiful, gem-toned clarity. Explosively aromatic, this wine begins with fresh, bright fruit-juiciness leading to a more savory palate. The balance is pitch perfect; enough zest to match the velvety tannins. In this stellar vintage, an ample dose of Estate fruit made its way into our Willamette Valley cuvée. Though this wine always shows early finesse, a bit of tension suggests it will age nicely for several years. The blend is 28% Zena Crown, 18% Gran Moraine, 15% Beaux Frères, 15% Hyland, 11% Sequitur, 8% Guadalupe, and 5% Upper Terrace."  Winery Notes

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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vyd 2015 Product #32189 (In Stock)
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vyd 2015 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vyd 2015

For more than two decades since the first vintage in the early 1990s, this has been one of Oregon's benchmark Pinot Noir bottlings.  And if the wine has lost the thick texture and dense wood influence of earlier years, it has given up nothing in terms of inentsity, complexity and satisfaction.  Mainly own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil clone from the early 1990s plus a little Dijon clone planted as the old vines failed, this is the essence of Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir, with lovely red fruit and huge lengh.  As Vinous said in their 94 point review of the 2014:  "Manages to be rich as well as lively, with no rough edges that I can detect."

"A perfect ruby jewel in the glass. Twenty-five years later, our beloved original Estate has outdone itself. Silky-textured and vibrant with layers of tart red berries and mulling spice; then like a deep breath on a misty mountain morning eases seamlessly into fragrant damp earth. Captivating, intricate, and refined even in its youth, this wine’s impressive age-worthiness remains strong. Expect increasing complexity and grace for another twenty years or more."  Winery Notes

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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Upper Terrace Vyd 2014 Product #32190 (In Stock)
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Upper Terrace Vyd 2014 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Upper Terrace Vyd 2014

Perched on the crest of the next hill north from Mike Etzel's winery, The Upper Terrace Vineyard gives a darker, more powerful, expression of the Beaux Freres style. As the reviews suggest, this is pretty much the apex of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in 2014 and one you will not want to miss.

"Limpid ruby-red. Explosive, mineral-accented aromas of red berry liqueur, cherry cola, vanilla and potpourri, accompanied by a sexy floral overtone that gains strength as the wine opens up. Juicy, concentrated and expansive on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors and a touch of cola. Displays an extremely impressive interplay of power and finesse, showing a seamless texture and a firm mineral spine. A strikingly long, sappy finish features smooth, sneaky tannins, resonating florality and a lingering suggestion of five-spice powder."  Vinous (Raynolds) 95 points

"Supple, velvety, focused and distinctive, with smoky, minerally accents around a core of cherry, raspberry and blueberry fruit. Finishes with presence and persistence on an open texture."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Magnum Product #32158 (In Stock)
Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Magnum Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Magnum

When Robert Parker tasted the 2005 Pure  - just the third vintage for then 25 year-old Julien Barrot – he was blown away, calling it “magnificent 100% old vine Grenache offering called Pure, which is about as close to a great vintage of Rayas as one will find.”  That Rayas comparison comes up often, and while this is hardly inexpensive, compared to Rayas…  Well worth having to drink from 2020 on.

"Most of these vines are now over 115 years old; fermented in large concrete eggs and aged in a large older foudre. Lurid ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, cola, incense and potpourri, and a hint of smoky minerality emerges with air. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry, bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors show superb depth and energy and stretch out to become sweeter on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on a long, sappy finish framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. For such a generous wine, there's no lack of vivacity here."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93-95 points

"One of the most impressive barrel samples of this cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Pure is always almost 100% Grenache that comes from a tiny parcel of sandy soils located right at the junction of the Grand Pierre, Pointu and Rayas lieux-dits. Partially destemmed, vinified in concrete and aged in a single, ancient foudre, this sensational-looking Châteauneuf du Pape dishes out incredible amounts of ripe cherries, blueberries, crushed rocks and crushed flowers. Big, full-bodied, thick and unctuous, it got a few expletives in the notes, and for all its size and weight, it stays lively, pure and even elegant. My money is on this beauty being one of the top wines in the vintage."Wine Advocate 95-97 points

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