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Dom Du Dragon Grande Cuvee Rose Cotes De Provence 2017 Product #33178 (In Stock)
Dom Du Dragon Grande Cuvee Rose Cotes De Provence 2017 Dom Du Dragon Grande Cuvee Rose Cotes De Provence 2017

Since the 2001 vintage first appeared in the store years ago, Dragon Rosé has been a consistent customer and staff favorite year after year.  The Lienard family tends about 50 acres of vines in Provence and makes this from Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, and a nice dose of Rolle grown just for pink wine.  Grapes are grown specifically for rosé and are harvested at the perfect balance of fresh fruit and juicy acidity.  Once in the winery, they are lightly crushed and allowed to pick up a just right touch of pink color and red berry flavor before pressing and finishing fermentation in cool stainless steel tanks.

The 2017 edition is another winner, blending the ripeness of the 2015 and 2016 editions with a zesty, freshening, acidity.  Aromas and flavors of crushed raspberry and fresh strawberry gain complexity from a nice dash of Provencal herb and a wisp of sweet spice.  Starts tangy, broadens with nice richness, and then finishes crisp, refreshing, and dry with tart red berry and citrus pith lingering.  The interplay between rich ripeness and stony, dry, mouthwatering acidity is what we mean when we talk about “tension in wine.”  But if you prefer “Stupid Delicious,” we’re ok with that, too. This is what the pink wines of Provence are all about!

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Mendoza Vineyards Mv Malbec Gran Reserva 2013 Product #33197 (In Stock)
Mendoza Vineyards Mv Malbec Gran Reserva 2013 Mendoza Vineyards Mv Malbec Gran Reserva 2013

Everything about this wine is “super-premium” – except the price!  Winemaker Richard Bonvin sources Malbec from some of Mendoza’s oldest high-altitude vineyards, including some 100 year-old vines.  The old vines deliver small crops (around 2 tons per acre, or less than half normal Malbec yields) of intensely concentrated, wonderfully ripe, fruit.  Bonvin has the fruit harvested entirely by hand in small trays to bring only the best grapes into the winery in perfect condition.  Fermentation starts naturally from native yeast and is kept going at a cool temperature to retain fruit and freshness and avoid over-extraction.  The young wine ages for 15 months in expensive French oak barrels from top cooper Nadalie before going into the heavy (and expensive!) bottles.

“Magnificent nose with an impressive array of violets, potpourri, plums, blueberries, black peppercorn, tobacco and cedar wood aromas. Fleshy, weighty and round with a great acidity, an elegant velvety texture and a very long finish. Brilliantly crafted, superb, definitely a gold wine.”  Decanter Magazine 95 points and Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards

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Dom D'eole Rose Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence 2017 Product #33235 (In Stock)
Dom D'eole Rose Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence 2017 Dom D'eole Rose Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence 2017

Organic Grapes!  Winemaker Matthias Wimmer and owner Christian Raimont grow this complex blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache Blanc, Rolle, and Mourvedre with more care than most Chateauneuf (and yields more like fine Burgundy!).  The vineyards have been certified organic since 1996, yields are always 30 hectoliters/hectare or less, and grapes harvested by hand.  After a gentle crush and brief time on the skins to add just a pretty touch of color, each lot finishes fermentation in steel before blending for complexity and depth of flavor.

The wine is a lovely pale salmon and rose petal pink in the glass.  Give it a swirl, and you'll find the essence of ripe summer strawberry, juicy watermelon, and crunchy Rainier cherry fruit with subtle accents of crushed rose petal and garrigue.  Bright on entry, silky smooth on the mid-palate, and then bracingly fresh and dry and mineral-laced with bold flavors of ripe peach, red berries and Provençal herb.  Finishes long and fresh with pretty fruit and a hint of chamomile lingering.  This stylish, captivating, pink is wonderfully refreshing on its own but has enough structure to delight with salads, chicken, or grilled seafood.

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Bodegas Roda Sela Rioja 2014 Product #33129 (In Stock)
Bodegas Roda Sela Rioja 2014 Bodegas Roda Sela Rioja 2014

From one of Rioja's great estates, a project dedicated to making "modern classics."  "Modern" here doesn't mean over-ripe fruit or heavy doses of sweet French oak.  Instead it means healthy, careful, farming, fermentation in open wood vats, and slow barrel aging in scrupulously clean condition. Sela is the estate's "young vine" wine (if 15-25 year-old vines are "young"!).  It's Tempranillo with splashes of Graciano and Garnacha aged in used French oak.  Lovely perfume and purity now and already gaining classic Rioja complexity and purity.  Brilliant with lamb!

"An easy to drink and fresh blend of 93% Tempranillo with 5% Graciano and 2% Garnacha. The key for 2014 was the selection of grapes (and the previous work in the vineyard, of course) because it was not easy: it was dry and warm but rained during the summer and the harvest, and there was some heat, which resulted in lots of botrytis. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak vats, followed by one year in second and third use French barriques. They first produced this in 2008, as the vines they planted when the winery started were coming of age, and they used vines between 15 and 30 years of age. It's quite fruit forward, open and clean, with good ripeness and freshness, a success for the conditions of the harvest. The palate is fine and balanced, with a soft texture, fresh and accessible."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2016 Product #33192 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2016 Guillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2016

Best ever here. Soaring aromas of glorious ripe fruit – peach, apple, pear, clementine – plus notes of farm fresh butter and hazelnut.  All around the fruit, sweet and savory herb (mint, chervil), spice, a touch of vanilla bean and a hint of salinity that’s pretty surprising given the lovely ripeness.  While the fine ripe fruit flavors show up in the flavors, “ripe” is the last word you’d use to describe the texture.  This is simply the most pure, finessed and vibrant white Jean-Michel and Alexis Guillon have ever made.  Plenty of flavor intensity and depth here but a mouth feel that’s both creamy and laser-tight in focus as it glides across your palate.  The beautiful lemon, stone fruit, mint and cultured butter flavors shine in the middle but really pop on a fantastic, creamy and round, finish that lingers on and on. 

The 100% new oak did its job in adding aromatic complexity, polish and finesse and then receded completely into the wine, leaving a stunningly pure, refined, wine for you to enjoy now and years to come. Just 100 cases made and 50 imported.

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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2016 Product #33193 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2016 Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2016

As always, this is more than a Bourgogne rouge that happens to be from a vineyard just outside Chambolle-Musigny.  And, in 2016, it’s what you’d hope for in Village Chambolle at 1.5 to 2x the price.  Intense, deep and complex aromas of dark raspberry and tart cherry fruit with savory notes of black tea, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, purple flowers, campfire smoke and savory spice – all reflecting intensely ripe fruit, partial whole-cluster fermentation, a long maceration, and 100% new oak for aging.

On the palate, sweet/tart red cherry and berry fruit is accented by notes of Lapsang Souchong tea, chocolate, coffee sweet and savory spice, and hints of ferric mineral.  The texture is focused and pure as is the long finish where the cherry and raspberry liquor fruit rises up and pulses over the deep mineral, smoke, floral and spice flavors that linger.  The use of wood here is astonishingly deft, shaping and enriching and adding complexity to the ripe Chambolle Pinot Noir and then melting into the wine to let site and fruit shine through.

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