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Fleuriet Renaissance Sancerre Les Grandes Marnes 2014 Product #31962 (In Stock)
Fleuriet Renaissance Sancerre Les Grandes Marnes 2014 Fleuriet Renaissance Sancerre Les Grandes Marnes 2014

Old vines (30-60 years) and a mix of Kimmeridgian marl and Silex flint give this fantastic intensity.  The incredibly sophisticated use of large (about 3x the size of a Burgundy barrel) new French oak (60%) transforms that intensity into pure luxurious delight.

It's explosively aromatic, with scents of sliced pineapple, grapefruit flesh and peel, smoky gunflint, and fresh cut grass just jumping out of the glass.  In the mouth it starts like biting into a fresh, perfectly ripe, kumquat - a pop of citrus oil, followed by fleshy orange-tinged citrus fruit and juice and a just-right bite of bitter pith.  A dusting of black pepper and creamy touch of Meyer lemon confit adds complexity as do subtle notes of fresh tarragon and chive.  You don't really experience the oak as "oak" - instead it just rounds the texture and intensifies the Silex gunflint minerality.  Take a sip and wait 90-120 seconds - you'll still be tasting and savoring this beauty.  A remarkable, delicious, supremely sophisticated wine to enjoy tonight and over the next 5 years.

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Volcanic Cuvee 2015 Product #32034 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Volcanic Cuvee 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Volcanic Cuvee 2015

While Patty Green's best known Estate and Freedom Hill sites are on marine sediment soils, she and co-winemaker Jim Anderson also make some blockbusters from volcanic soils in the Dundee Hills.  This showcases and highlights the dark, smoky, character of these volcanic sites using fruit from Balcombe, Durant, and Weber vineyards.  All Pommard from vines at least 38 years old, this gets a touch of whole cluster fermentation but no new oak to allows the signature of site to shine through.

So, that deep, dark, smoky note you get on the nose and palate?  That's the soil talking (not oak). For all the ripeness of the old vines and 2015 vintage, this remains vibrant and fresh. "Expressive red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals, incense and candied flowers. Juicy, concentrated and supple in texture, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry cola and lavender flavors and a zesty jolt of peppery spices. The long, seamless finish features resonating florality and supple tannins that fold steadily into the clinging, sappy fruit." Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 Product #31909 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015

Ken got to know Freedom Hill vineyard while working with Mark Vlossak at St. Innocent.  So, when he and Erica got access to a small set of rows in 2012, they knew what to do!  In 2015, they harvested ripe - but not overripe! - fruit from blocks of Pommard and Wadenswil clones that gave a perfectly balanced 13.9% alcohol. Fourteen months in 40% new French oak allowed the wine to gain volume, smoothness, and extra complexity.

Based on Wine Advocate’s commentary, this 2015 has much in common with the 93 point 2012.  There’s plenty of Freedom Hill’s dark, smoky, complexity on the nose with a burst of Wadenswil’s plump Bing and black cherry fruit at the core.  The palate is youthfully tight  - as you’d expect, not yet as open as La Combe Verte – but already exciting with savory cherry, cherry pit, and blackberry fruit flowing into a firm, cellar-worthy, finish.  It's certainly powerful, but elegant and finessed, too.  My note from tasting this at the cellar with Erica is spot on:  "That's a winner.  Fantastic.  Really delicious."  Let it rest until next year and drink through 2030.  335 cases made.

"(raised in French oak barrels, 40% of them new) Limpid ruby-red. Explosive aromas of cherry and dark berry liqueur, smoky Indian spices, musky earth and incense take on a sexy floral nuance as the wine stretches out. Fleshy and broad on the palate but surprisingly lithe as well, offering intense blackberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors and hints of candied flowers and cola. Finishes seamless, sweet and extremely long, featuring an echo of juicy blue fruit and chewy tannins that add shape and youthful grip." Vinous (Raynolds) 94

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Durant Bishop Block 2015 Product #32037 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Durant Bishop Block 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Durant Bishop Block 2015

In some ways, this is the partner to the Estate Old Vines Pinot.  Where that showcases old-vine Pommard on Ribbon Ridge's talc-like marine sediments, Durant is all about very old-vine Pommard (42 years) growing on Dundee Hills' red volcanic soils.  As Patty and Jim write, "These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon. This wine knows exactly what it wants to be. This is finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness that comes on in the back of the wine. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance because all the work is done on the back end."

With just a touch of whole cluster and little new oak, this is a wildly in tense and complex follow-up to 2014's 93 point (Vinous) edition.  Dark and chewy, it layers black fruit, lavender, melted licorice, rose oil, meat juice and iron aromas and flavors on the nose and palate.  The energy builds through a finish that's long, deep, and mouthwatering, leaving tangy cherry, floral and smoke flavors lingering. 

"(20% whole clusters and 8% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Highly aromatic red fruit, potpourri and Asian spice scents, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, lithe and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance and finishes with resonating spiciness, harmonious tannins and outstanding clarity and floral-driven persistence." Vinous (Raynolds) 94 points

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Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 Product #31965 (In Stock)
Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino 2012

Since its debut in the 2003 vintage, Ciacci’s Brunello “Normale” has established itself as one of Montalcino’s greatest values – and finest wines!  The fruit for this bottling comes from estate vineyards near the winery plus younger vines from the famed Pianrosso site.  Always delicious on first arrival, you’ll be pleased by how it develops through 2027.

"Wow. I love the texture and beauty of this young Brunello. Medium to full body with a dense and tightly compacted palate. Dried cherry light cedar and chocolate. It goes on for minutes. Gorgeous now. Excellent acid fruit balance, but will improve with age."  James Suckling 94 points

"The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully finessed and elegant wine. It offers a very pleasing sense of balance in which no one characteristic overpowers the next. A dark ruby appearance gives the wine an open and inviting personality. The bouquet produces a subtle medley of wild berry, blueberry, underbrush and toasted almond aromas. The mouthfeel is lean, but it also shows polished and silky persistence. If you don't have the patience to wait, it tastes great even at this early stage."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Product #31827 (In Stock)
Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Limited, so don't delay and miss this chance to add a little perfection to your cellar and table!A

"This is a sensational vintage from Quilceda's Paul and Alex Golitzin! Both the classic Columbia Valley Cabernet and the Galitzine Vineyard are sheer perfection, and the Palengat release is also just about as good as it gets. These are incredible wines that offer everything you could want from Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, and readers owe it to themselves to try these wines!

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is another tour de force from this estate that's reminiscent of first growth Bordeaux from a vintage like 2009. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in new barrels, it offers incredible notes of blackcurrants, graphite, lead pencil shavings and crushed rocks in a full-bodied, decadent, insanely layered and seamless style. This beauty possesses ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges and a forward, already hard to resist style, yet it's going to keep for more than two decades." Wine Advocate 100 points

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