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St Kilda Chardonnay Southeastern Australia 2016 Product #32033 (In Stock)
St Kilda Chardonnay Southeastern Australia 2016 St Kilda Chardonnay Southeastern Australia 2016

St. Kilda Chardonnay pretty much exacly what you hope for (but don't often get) in a fine value Chardonnay: refreshing, fruit filled, and balanced.  Take a sniff and enjoy the aromas of ripe pineapple and golden delicious apple. Take a sip and enjoy those same ripe fruit flavors along with just a hint of oak, just enough to round out the flavors and add a hint of nutty complexity; just enough to make the wine really say “Chardonnay” and not “anonymous cheap white wine.”

It finishes fresh and mouthwateringly clean, with just a touch of juicy apple flavor lingering on your palate. If you’ve got a crowd descending on your house for a Mothers’ Day, graduation, or upcoming Fathers’ Day gathering, this is a wine to stock up on a case or two. You’ll have it to pull out any time you need something to serve at a party or just crack open at the end of a long day.

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Bodegas Ego Goru Verde Monastrell Jumilla 2015 Product #32065 (In Stock)

100% organic Monestrell that's developed a great earthy complexity and finishes smooth and rich.  Great cookout and sipping red value.

"Put this on your shopping list: The bargain red wine of the year...If you’re looking for a summer house red, this is an ideal candidate and a good match for burgers and steaks from the grill. It’s made from monastrell (known as mourvedre in France), and features dark cherry and dried fig flavors with hints of black olive, tea and tobacco. Made from organically grown grapes. This may be the best $10 red I’ve tasted in a long time."  2.5/3 Stars The Washington Post

“A dense and oaky nose with high spice and bright earthy beetroot. The palate is authentic and characterful with blueberry fruit and a pleasing creaminess reminiscent of raspberry ripple ice cream.”  Decanter Magazine 91 points

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Fleuriet Renaissance Sancerre La Magie Des Caillottes 2015 Product #31961 (In Stock)
Fleuriet Renaissance Sancerre La Magie Des Caillottes 2015 Fleuriet Renaissance Sancerre La Magie Des Caillottes 2015

From vines up to 40 years-old growing on Sancerre’s famous Kimmeridgian soils, the chalky marls responsible for the best wines of Chablis and Champagne, too.  Fermented and aged 50% in tank and 50% in brand new French oak barrels, allowing the oak to round off Sauvignon’s sometimes harsh edges and time on the fine lees to add body and creamy richness.  The oak shows in the wine’s texture – round, smooth, voluptuous – but not so much in the aromas and flavors.  It’s bold and rich with very ripe peach, white citrus, and an exotic touch of tangerine.  There’s plenty of body in this warm vintage, but also a sizzlingly sharp finish where lemon citrus and mineral notes make your mouth water and keep the flavors fresh and long.  A fine wine to just drink for refreshment on a warm day and even better with cilantro-laced Vietnamese fish dishes.

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2015 Product #32060 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2015 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2015

Year-in, year-out, this is one of the most satisfying “village” level Chablis we carry.  In 2015 there’s a bit more volume and richness, but still plenty of classic steely Chablis cut and focus.  Fresh aromas of white fruits, Key lime, apple and more waft from the glass.  More mouthfilling and powerful than in 2014, the wine paints your pallet with ripe apple and fresh peach fruit with a nice lift of tangy apricot and lemon for freshness.  No oak or lees stirring in 2015 to interfere with the intensely fresh and ripe fruit but plenty of salty stone minerality on the clean, lingering, finish.  This will make a fantastic “house white” this Spring – Fall and delight on its own, with shellfish, or even with savory grilled chicken.

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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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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2015 Product #31926 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2015 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2015

Les Graviers is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards lying just outside the bounds of village Chambolle Musigny.  Both Frederic Magnien and Domaine Ponsot base their Bourgogne rouge on Graviers, with Ponsot’s usually selling for $45-$55 (if you can find it).  Jean Michel used to use the young vines from this vineyard for cremant, but now that they're older, all the fruit from Les Graviers goes into make one brilliant Bourgogne Rouge – a wine that’s very much a “baby Chambolle Musigny!”

The combination of nicely maturing vines and 2015’s fantastic ripeness gave Jean-Michel and Alexis fruit much more in line with a good Village level Chambolle site than just Bourgogne, so they treated this like village wine:  4 weeks in the fermenter for deep extraction and then aging in 100% top-quality new oak.  Folks, this is “blow you away” Bourgogne Pinot Noir.  My note from the cellar last month:  “Wow – massive plushness and richness and depth.  Spectacular dark fruit (cherry, raspberry) with deep spice, earth and smoke.  Firm. Very long, very delicious.”

Outstanding Top Value. A deft application of wood sets off the ripe and fresh red berry fruit and earth-suffused nose. There is fine volume and concentration to the rich, plump and round flavors that possess very fine depth and length compared to what is typical for the genre. Worth considering.”Allen Meadows 87-89 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2015 Product #32062 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2015 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2015

Forets has always been one of our favorite 1er Cru wines from Louis Michel, and vintage 2015 is no exception. The estate's Forets vines grow in shallow soils, with just a few centimeters of pour, stony, soil covering the limestone rock of the hill.  In 2015 there's lots of salty Chablis minerality on the nose - so much so that you'd almost think the wine was made in oak instead of stainless steel.  In the mouth, it's muscular and intense with apple, citrus and stone fruit flavors framed by notes of crushed sea shell and a hint of dried herb honey.  Delicious now but clearly better from 2019 as the minerality emerges.

"Pale-medium yellow. Pungent scents of lime, pear and musky minerality. At once dense and juicy, with a lovely spine of acidity running through the wine and giving its fresh orchard and citrus fruit and floral flavors very good precision without any hardness. Classic moderately fleshy Chablis from Kimmeridgian chalky marl soil." Vinous (Stephen Tanzer) 90 points

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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).  Asian spice and purple flower notes add complexity to the intense dark raspberry and black cherry fruit.  For all the ripeness of the old vines and 2015 vintage, this remains vibrant and fresh and finishes with lingering notes of sweet fruit, smoke, spice and fine-grained tannins.  My note from tasting it with Jim Anderson back in March:  "I want to drink this!" 332 cases made.

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Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2015 Product #31908 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2015 Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2015

Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon make four different Chardonnays - three single vineyard wines and one "best of the cellar" barrel selection - Cuvee Anne.  In 2015 it's from Freedom Hill, X Novo and Gibson Vineyards, with all the fruit fermented and aged in French oak puncheons (double barrels) - one new and four used - for 11 months. The result was 490 cases of simply stellar Chardonnay - the strongest argument we know of that Oregon is destined to deliver world-class Chard.

While I'm sure the Wine Advocate 92 point 2014 edition was excellent, it could hardly be better than this wonderfully rich 2015.  The aromas really draw you in with lovely scents of peach, apricot, grilled pineapple, light vanilla and toasted nut.  The palate is subtle and poised, with very pure stone fruit and white flower flavors lifted by citrus acids and complicated by notes of buttered nut and salty stone.  The wine is as smooth as silk and gains amplitude and complexity with air, bringing out more definite fruit and nut notes and a fine, briny, complexity.  Decant this for an hour now and enjoy through 2025.

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2015 Product #32035 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Old Vines 2015

One of the best sites in Oregon's most exciting AVA, Ribbon Ridge, Patricia  Green's Estate vineyard sits on Wellsford soils - a marine sediment that's very fine, almost talc-like.  These thin, exceedingly well drained, soils are perfect for older vines that dig their roots down deep to the water and mineral sources below.  This bottling showcases the oldest vines here, own-rooted Pommard clone Pinot planted between 1984 - 1990.

Even in warm, sunny, ripe vintage 2015, these old vines always deliver an amazing streak of minerality on the palate and nose.  The aromas are Burgundian, with dark griotte cherry fruit framed by notes of earth, mineral and spice.  On the palate the wine shows fine grip and intensity, with a rich mouthfeel and plenty of raspberry/cherry fruit plus black pepper spice.  As Vinous said of the 92 point 2014, it's "At once concentrated and nervy, finishing with excellent focus and suave, late-arriving tannins."  Very exciting in 2015.  About 1,000 cases made.

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Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Pommard 2015 Product #32036 (In Stock)
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Pommard 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Pommard 2015

As Patty and Jim Anderson say, “This is where our bread is buttered. While there may be an overemphasis on clonal material here in the U.S. vis-à-vis the way things are viewed in Burgundy there is no denying that a) we work with Pommard clone far more than any other clone b) that there is something to Pommard that makes it stand out from the majority of the Dijon clones.”  And never is that more clear than in the great Freedom Hill vineyard where Patty and Jim bottle 4 wines:  a multi-clone blend and individual clonal wines from Dijon 115, Coury Cline, and Pommard.

For the past 2 vintages, the Pommard cuvee from Freedom Hill has earned 93 points from Vinous each year and that (or more) is going to happen again in 2015.  With no whole clusters and about one-third new oak, it's still expressive and exotic on the nose, with scents of rose oil, Asian spice, and smoke that expands with air.  In the mouth it's dense and powerful, with spiced raspberry and mulberry fruit, exotic spice and a touch of cola darkness.  Rich, for sure, but with big drive and cut and firm, building, tannins that promise years of improvement to come.  An exciting, sophisticated, wine.

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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.

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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.  As Vinous said of the 2014, "I really like this wine's marriage of power and vivacity."  318 cases made

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Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino White Label 2012 Product #31981 (In Stock)
Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino White Label 2012 Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino White Label 2012

This is the more traditional Brunello from Casanova di Neri, aging for 40-44 months in large (used) oak cask rather than in barrique.  The fame of Tenuta Nuova often leaves this “little brother” in the shade, making it easy to overlook.  Don’t.  It’s a better wine than you’ll find in most estate’s flagship bottlings and it ages superbly.  Wine Spectator actually preferred White Label to Tenuta Nuova in 2012 for it's vibrancy and purity.  I think Tenuta Nuova shows more oak now but is probably the better bottle in the long term.  Not sure you can go wrong either way!

"Casanova di Neri is one of the shining stars of Montalcino. Each successive vintage released brings us renewed understanding of the focus and the dedication demonstrated by the father and son team that operates this estate. The winemaking style is impeccable and elaborate. There's a higher degree of texture and richness on display, and this is not often the case with Sangiovese. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens to thick layers of dark fruit, mocha, spice, leather, cigar box and pipe tobacco. A distant note of dried fruit or blackberry confit adds softness and sweetness. Give this wine a few more years to flesh out and integrate."Wine Advocate 93 points

"Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035." Wine Spectator 95 points

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Crane Assembly El Coco Proprietary Red 2014 Product #31906 (In Stock)
Crane Assembly El Coco Proprietary Red 2014 Crane Assembly El Coco Proprietary Red 2014

"The third blend Dave Phinney and winemaker Kevin Fox are turning out is the El Coco Proprietary Blend Composition. The 2014 is 45% old vine Zinfandel, 41% Petite Sirah and 14% Merlot. There are 490 cases for this vintage. It is a spectacular wine, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of pen ink, graphite, blackberry, blueberry and violets. Its supple, sweet tannin is amazing, and the wine builds incrementally to reveal terrific viscosity, fruit intensity and extraction, with a savory spiciness. This is a stunner to drink now and over the next 15+ years."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Casanova Di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova 2012 Product #31982 (In Stock)
Casanova Di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova 2012 Casanova Di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova 2012

As Monica Learner has written in Wine Advocate, this was the wine that launched the concept of “Modern” Brunello – ultra-ripe, dense, wines clearly marked by the influence of small French oak barrels.  The wood can be a bit overwhelming when the wine is young – showing as smoke, chocolate and vanilla – but melds into the wine nicely by 7-8 years from the vintage.  It’s been Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year (in 2006) and made the Top 100 two other times (2000 and 2011).  And while the 96 point 2012 isn't at the same level as the Wine Advocate 100 point 2010, this the most highly rated vintage for Tenuta Nuova ever aside from that perfect harvest.  You can decant and taste now, but the real excitement starts from 2020 - 2027.

"Lots of spice, balsamic and ripe-fruit character to this one. Walnut undertones. Full to medium body, a compressed structure of ripe tannins and packed-in fruit. Vibrant finish. Best in 2019."  James Suckling 96 points

"The Casanova di Neri 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a beautiful wine that recalls many of the stunning characteristics found in its high-scoring predecessor. I gave a perfect 100 points to the 2010 edition of this same wine. This expression, made two years later, continues in that tradition of excellence. The quality of fruit is profound and intense. The bouquet offers black cherry, spice, leather, balsam herb, cola and licorice. The complexity is absolutely impressive. This remains one Bellissimo Brunello."Wine Advocate 96 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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