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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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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Blanca 2016 Product #32213 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Blanca 2016 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Blanca 2016

1,171 bottles made; 804 imported.  The 2015 edition of Silvia Puig’s white Grenache was easily the best wine from this tricky grape I’d ever tasted.  The 2016 edition is better.  A warm, very dry, season pushed yields and berry sizes down with corresponding gains in both richness and structure and the combination of fermenting in open top oak barrels and aging in stainless steel accentuates both.

The best word to describe the 2016 edition is one I’d never thought to use for Garnaxta Blanca:  precision.  Fragrances and flavors of white peach, fresh pear, tart pineapple, sliced almond and just a hint of honey jump from the glass and coat your mouth.  Both the palate and finish are wondrously long, with a dusty slate minerality appearing in the middle and gaining strength and breadth on the mouthwatering, pineapple and tangerine, finish.  I’m really not sure how this could possibly be better – although that’s what I thought about the 2015, too.

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En Numeros Vermells Pedro Ximenez Blanca 2016 Product #32212 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Pedro Ximenez Blanca 2016 En Numeros Vermells Pedro Ximenez Blanca 2016

300 bottles made; 150 imported.  Here’s a rarity at multiple levels – you don’t find many dry wines made from Sherry’s choice of sweet wine grapes.  And you certainly don’t find any I know of this great – and won’t find much of this one anywhere!  She managed to source just enough grapes to fill one barrel with juice for fermentation and 4 months aging before finishing the wine in stainless steel.

If you remember Silvia’s PX from her former Vinedos de Ithaca estate, this represents a stylistic change, emphasizing freshness and vigor over richness and almost oily texture.  Fantastic aromas of exotic flowers, white peach, grainy pear, fennel frond and lemon verbena with similar flavors that almost quiver and vibrate with energy in the mouth.  Plenty of depth and intensity here leading to a long, supremely fresh, finish of pear, peach, crunchy fennel, lemon and more lingering on and on.  A stellar match for sushi, shrimp salad, cold scallops, or summer nights.

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015 Product #32208 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015

1,711 bottles made; 600 imported.  This wine has always been good, but in 2015 it takes a big step up to “hoo boy and zowie – gimme more of that right now” status.  Intended to be the more open, ready to enjoy, of Silvia’s two “main” Priorats the 2015 is once again a blend of Garnatxa Negre, Garnatxa Peluda (aka “Hairy Grenache”) and Carinyena from old vineyards scattered across Priorat.  She ferments the wine in 300 and 500 liter French oak casks that have had one of the ends removed, and then puts the ends back on to let the wine age for 13 months.

As always, this is hugely ripe and fleshy and delicious right now (although it’s going to peak in 5-10 years).  But the 2015 adds in astonishing purity, finesse and balance for such a big, boisterous, wine.  Bold aromas of slate and wild blackberry with a touch of spice lead to plump, powerful, flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, wild blueberry, milk chocolate and – of course – crushed slate. The dusty slate and a beam of razor sharp acidity give these big, powerful, flavors shape and definition from front to back, but the rich, ripe, fruit really sings out at the end over perfectly polished tannins.  A fun, wild, ride now but promising even more sophistication with maturity.  Oh – and it’s yummy, too

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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

"Rich and open-knit, yet well-structured, with expressive violet and blueberry aromas and layered dark plum, black tea and spice flavors. Drink now through 2024."Wine Spectator 92 points

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015 Product #32209 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015

1,215 bottles made; 600 bottles and 20 magnums imported.  The “White Label” is Silvia’s flagship and this year’s model harks back to the simply stellar 2011 vintage that was our introduction to the ENV project.  It’s a blend of Garnatxa, Syrah and a splash of Carinyena fermented in open-top 300 liter and 500 liter French oak and then aged 13 months in those same barrels (with the tops back on).  Sounds simple, but that hides the intense amount of work that goes into this wine, from selecting the very best French oak, to meticulously sorting the fruit of ultra-old vines, to manually punching down the fermentations and then coaxing out the best of each lot from barrel to bottle.

So what’s the 2015 like?  Jonas Gustafsson, Silvia’s importer, sums it up nicely:  “This vintage is all about class, concentration and power!”  You’re going to need a little patience and time here, but swirling unveils a profound nose of dark fruit, sweet spice, crumbled baker’s chocolate and a generous dose of hot, smoky, slate.  In the mouth, a wildly complex ride featuring torrents of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, subtle currents of lead pencil, chocolate and spice, and bold gusts of dusty blue slate.  It’s at once velvety textured and immensely powerful, with huge drive through a long, blue/black fruit, iron ore and spice finish.  Decant and grill up some lamb right now.  Or in 2025.  Or 2035.  Etc.

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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

Offers impressive presence and polish, with a multilayered, complex core wrapped in rich and expressive blueberry and cherry flavors. Drink now through 2025.Wine Spectator 95 points

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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 Product #32157 (In Stock)
Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015

As Jeb Dunnuck says of Pure, “There are only 250 cases produced and it’s year in, year out, one of the greatest Grenache’s made in the world.”  The vine comes from a single, tiny, plot of sandy-soiled vineyard abutting Ch Rayas (one of the region’s greatest and most expensive wines).  Planted by current winemaker Julien Barrot’s grandfather, the vines are now about 115 years old, yielding a tiny crop of amazingly concentrated and intense Grenache fruit.  Julien picks them by hand, ferments the crushed berries in concrete eggs, and then ages the wine in a single, large, very old, Fench oak foudre.  An astonishingly elegant and…well, Pure…take on the Southern Rhone’s most important grape.

"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

"Offering more kirsch liqueur, lavender, incense and sweet spice, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pure is another gorgeous, balanced, seamless beauty. Fine tannin, full-bodied richness, and solid freshness all develop in the glass, and it has a great finish. Like the traditional cuvée, it's elegant, long, and will keep for 15+ years. This cuvée is always from the same parcel located at the intersection of the le Grand Pierre, le Pointu and Rayas lieux-dits, is fermented all in concrete and spends 18 months in a single foudre. There are only 250 cases produced and it’s year in, year out, one of the greatest Grenache’s made in the world."  JebDunnuck.com 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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En Numeros Vermells Carinyena Quasi Centenaria 2015 Product #32211 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Carinyena Quasi Centenaria 2015 En Numeros Vermells Carinyena Quasi Centenaria 2015

No point in overselling this one, because Silvia made only 654 bottles and Jonas only got 300 (and both he and I have kept some back for ourselves).  “Quasi Centenaria” roughly translates to “about 100 years old,” a reference to this gnarly old Carignan vineyard planted right around 1919.  The vines grow on two steep, rock-covered, slopes, one facing north and the other south, located in the heart of Priorat.  Given the age of the vines, the lack of water, extreme heat, and absence of nutrients in the soil, these vines struggle to give 300 grams of fruit per bush – enough for about two-thirds of a bottle per vine.

The wine is rich and long and astonishing, not so much for its intensity of blue/black fruit, chocolate and spice, which you’d expect from such old vines growing in a place like this, as it is for the amazing freshness.  It’s youthfully closed now – tasting it reminds me of trying to understand young Guigal La Las – but you can sense the depth of fruit and appreciate the “iron fist in velvet glove” power already.  A remarkable wine to leave along until 2020 and drink for decades to come.

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2015 Product #32210 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2015 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 1.5l 2015

1,215 bottles made; 600 bottles and 20 magnums imported.  The “White Label” is Silvia’s flagship and this year’s model harks back to the simply stellar 2011 vintage that was our introduction to the ENV project.  It’s a blend of Garnatxa, Syrah and a splash of Carinyena fermented in open-top 300 liter and 500 liter French oak and then aged 13 months in those same barrels (with the tops back on).  Sounds simple, but that hides the intense amount of work that goes into this wine, from selecting the very best French oak, to meticulously sorting the fruit of ultra-old vines, to manually punching down the fermentations and then coaxing out the best of each lot from barrel to bottle.

So what’s the 2015 like?  Jonas Gustafsson, Silvia’s importer, sums it up nicely:  “This vintage is all about class, concentration and power!”  You’re going to need a little patience and time here, but swirling unveils a profound nose of dark fruit, sweet spice, crumbled baker’s chocolate and a generous dose of hot, smoky, slate.  In the mouth, a wildly complex ride featuring torrents of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, subtle currents of lead pencil, chocolate and spice, and bold gusts of dusty blue slate.  It’s at once velvety textured and immensely powerful, with huge drive through a long, blue/black fruit, iron ore and spice finish.  Decant and grill up some lamb right now.  Or in 2025.  Or 2035.  Etc.

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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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