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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015 Product #32437 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

Jim Maresh’s focus is on single vineyard Pinot Noir, so in most years, he sells off any barrels or lots that don’t make it into the final single vineyard cuvee.  In excellent years, though, that wine is just too good to part with, so he supplements it with fruit from neighbors and bottles this wine:  the Dundee Hills cuvee.  The 2014 was the first release of the Dundee Hills bottling in a few years.  It was a fine, 90-point, gem that Wine Advocate called “probably the bargain of the vintage."  The 2015 is better.

Oregon’s 2015 vintage looked and felt a lot like 2014 – warm weather, big harvest, bold fruit.  The difference is that the 2015s have better structure and style, both of which are on display here.  You’ll find ripe, dark red, fruit on the nose here with accents of blood orange and subtle smoke.  Wonderfully generous and vivid in the mouth, the dark cherry and plum fruit expands and coats your palate before savory notes of licorice and mushroom come in on the back.  The flavors linger nicely over fine, silky smooth, tannins that promise delight with food and 7-10 years improvement in cellar.  Terrific, delicious, stuff.

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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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Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa 2014 Product #32543 (In Stock)
Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa 2014 Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa 2014

Think about what you’re hoping to get from $50 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  Bold aromas of blackcurrant, crushed blackberry, chocolate, and spice for sure.  Oodles of dark berry and currant fruit with bold accents of sweet spice, dark chocolate, and a bit of creamy mocha – that sounds good.  And a plush, velvety, texture that feel luxurious and rich and finishes smooth, lush and long with the tannins nicely cloaked in lingering black fruit and spice seals the deal.  You’ll find all that here in a wine that’s ready to drink right now with beef and lamb and will actually get better still over the next 5+ years.

It’s 100% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, with most of the fruit coming from the red-hot Oak Knoll district in the southern part of Napa.  Cooling breezes from the bay helped moderate 2014’s warmth and lengthen hang time for the small, intense, berries.  A slow, two-week, fermentation with manual punch-downs followed by 15 months in 50% new French oak mellowed the powerful extraction and added lovely notes of spice and herb.  And somehow sliding in under the critics’ tasting agendas helps us keep the price of what really should be a $50 bottle to very user-friendly levels.  A delicious, extremely high-value, Napa Cab.

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Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Product #32196 (In Stock)
Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Wow - best in years here at this old-school Napa institution.  It's 100% Cabernet the heart of Napa - Rutherford, Oakville and St. Helena - aged 22 months in new and older French oak.  It smells great with bold black currant, spice and smoke aromas that lead to big flavors of currant, blackberry, cassis and chocolate.  Spice and baker's chocolate flavors fan out on the long, dry, savory finish that leaves a bit of Rutherford Dust behind.

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Maynard's Port Tawny 20 Year Product #30550 (In Stock)
Maynard's Port Tawny 20 Year Maynard's Port Tawny 20 Year

A great example of what is perhaps the most classic style of “wood aged” or “Tawny” Port.  Winemaker Alvaro van Zeller, formerly winemaker at Quinta do Noval, blends this from Port lots that have aged in barrel about 20 years on average.  Plenty of richness and depth here but also a lively note of burnt orange peel and even a touch of fresh red berry.  A delicious value!

"Maynard’s is a brand from Alvaro van Zeller of Barão de Vilar. This 20-year-old is lush in its sweetness, with candied orange peel scents and ripe strawberry flavors that evaporate into a warm finish, lasting on scents of glazed chestnuts. A simple and delicious Tawny."Wine & Spirits 90 points

"The 20 Years Old Tawny Port (Maynard's) comes in at 109 grams per liter of residual sugar. A nice step up on the 10 Year Old Maynard's, also reviewed, this adds some weight, but more importantly, concentration of flavor--those old, classic Tawny nuances. Very pleasing, yet easy to drink, this is a charming 20 that should be available at a nice price."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014 Product #31379 (In Stock)
Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014 Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014

The Côte Chalonnaise village of Montagny is one of the last bastions  of real white Burgundy value, and this rich and vibrant wine makes that point nicely.  Aromas of white fruits, vanilla, and brioche get a nice lift from hints of mint and lime.  Round on the palate with zesty white peach, lemon curd, green apple and fresh hazelnut flavors and a dose of lime zest and crushed stone minerality at the end.  This will work well with sushi and smoked salmon now and with richer fish and poultry dishes over the next few years.

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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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Eden Honeycrisp Ice Cider 375ml Product #32603 (In Stock)
Eden Honeycrisp Ice Cider 375ml Eden Honeycrisp Ice Cider 375ml

Like ice wine? Strong cider? Honeycrisp apples?  All three come together in this deliciously sweet and spicy ice cider from New Hampshire.  It takes about 8 apples to make one 375ml bottle of this nectar, and every sip is loaded with sweet and tangy apple and pie spice complexity.  Juicy and long, it's a great match for apple pice and cheddar, pumpkin pie, or just a cool afternoon.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015 Product #32607 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015 Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015

A "failed" experiment (well, "abandoned," anyway) with sparkling wine left Ernie Pink and Dena Drews with a few acres of Pinot Meunier that's just too good to abandon.  So they make this delicious red from it - based on the huge 92 point rating for the 2014, it's one of the finest still red Pinot Meuniers in the world!

The 2015 picks up where that stunner left off. This is a pretty wine in the glass, with a translucent red brick color you can easily see through.  Inviting aromas of red cherry, sweet strawberry, and candied rose petal pull you in to ripe, vibrant, flavors of bitter cherry, crushed raspberry, and a beguiling floral/anise note on the finish.  Nice tension between the sweet fruit and tart acids and just enough fine tannin to make this easy to enjoy with all kinds of food.

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Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2014 Product #31594 (In Stock)
Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2014 Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2014

Burgundy's 2014 vintage gave us silky, supple, reds with lovely fruit and plenty of classic Burgundy terroir.  Here's a great example from 4.5 acres mainly in and near Vosne-Romanee. Ripe, hand-harvested, fruit is 100% destemmed, fermented in tank and then aged in twice-used French oak.  There's a very pretty perfume of tangy red cherry, raspberry, violets and a hint of something earthy - or "animal" as the winemaker says.  On the palate it's very pure and fresh and transparent with a silky feel to the tart cherry/raspberry fruit.  Stony minerality and fine tannins provide support to this very pretty, very delicious, Pinot Noir.  Drink now - 2020 or so.

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Confidences De Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2012 Product #31605 (In Stock)
Confidences De Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2012 Confidences De Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2012

The second wine of Prieure-Lichine is a stunning value in drink right now Margaux. A 40/60% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend from the estate's younger vines with 14 months in second and third use French oak.

"This is such a wholesome wine with glorious fruit and texture. Full body, round tannins and a long finish. Everything is in balance and beauty. Second wine? Outstanding. Better in 2018."  James Suckling 90 points

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Ch Clos Sainte Anne Pomerol 2014 Product #32287 (In Stock)
Ch Clos Sainte Anne Pomerol 2014 Ch Clos Sainte Anne Pomerol 2014

Everyone agrees that a) Pomerol is probably the finest place to grow Merlot in the world; and b) given high demand and small size, it's always pretty pricey.  This bottle reflects a) but not b)!  In the excellent 2014 vintage, this has all the plump, rich, texture you seek in Pomerol with deep currant and berry fruit and pretty accents of sweet spice, tobacco and savory herb.  80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Drinks great with a decant now and will shine through 2024.

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Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014 Product #32547 (In Stock)
Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014 Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014

Best vintage ever here.  As Wine Spectator (91 points) says, "A classic old-school Napa Chardonnay."

"Grapes for this wine are sourced from a wide selection of sites, from Poe Vineyard in Carneros to Bald Mountain Vineyard on Mount Veeder. Together they sing harmoniously, offering a lightness of color and plenty of perfume around a rich body marked in toffee and supportive oak."Wine Enthusiast 93 points

"Pure, rich and graceful, centered on a core of green apple, pear, melon and spice, holding focus and ending with a long, persistent aftertaste. A classic old-school Napa Chardonnay."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Dow's 10 Year Tawny Port Product #7247 (In Stock)
Dow's 10 Year Tawny Port Dow's 10 Year Tawny Port

Dow’s winemakers pick lots every vintage to go into the Tawny Port program.  The finished Port goes into large barrels and ages slowly, gradually acquiring a nutty, caramel, character and gaining an orangey/tawny color.  Dow’s 10-Year Tawny is made from a blend of these ports that are average approximately 10 years of age - although the “10-Year” designation indicates style more than actual wine age.  Dow’s 10-Year Tawny is a classic - orange peel, caramel, honey, nuts, and dried fig flavors swirl around a hint of red berry fruit.  Once again, the classic Dow dry finish keeps the wine refreshing.

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Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley 2015 Product #32310 (In Stock)
Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley 2015 Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley 2015

From a warmer spot in Cristom's Eola-Amity vineyard, this marries Viognier's lushness with refreshing minerality and acidity.

"This wine is textbook New World Viognier—bright, focused and balanced, with sassy fruit flavors of citrus and apricot. The aromatics conjure up subtle notes of citrus rind and jasmine flowers, and the overall length and concentration are as good as it gets."Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Clos Henri Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014 Product #32433 (In Stock)
Clos Henri Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014 Clos Henri Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014

Serious Pinot from a top Sancerre estate working in Marlborough, this matches NZ fruit with a layer of earthy complexity.

"From older vines on 100% clay soils, this has a complex, undergrowthy and leafy nose with darker cherries and plum fruit. The palate has a finely detailed texture and attractive, grainy tannins that lead to a sturdy, commanding finish. Drink now to 2024."  James Suckling 93 points

"The 2014 Pinot Noir has a pale ruby color and slowly evolving nose of warm cranberries, mulberries and kirsch with underlying notes of black earth, truffles and mossy bark. It packs a lot of red berry and earth flavor layers into an elegant, medium-bodied palate, with firm, chewy tannins and a refreshing acid line to support, finishing with lingering savory notes."Wine Advocate 91+ points

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Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2015 Product #32679 (In Stock)
Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2015 Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2015

Delicious now and able to age for years.

"Perennially one of the best Côtes du Rhône on the market, the Perrins have hit the mark again with their 2015 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel. So complex, lush and rich, it can compete with many producers' Châteauneufs, this vintage reveals dark fruit, hints of cola, cinnamon and allspice and a long, slightly warm finish."Wine Advocate 92 points

"Alluring, with warm raspberry and boysenberry confiture notes gliding along, carried by a well-embedded graphite edge and backed by warm fruitcake and dark tea accents on the finish."Wine Spectator 91 points

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En Numeros Vermells Priorat AiAiAi 2015 Product #31540 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Priorat AiAiAi 2015 En Numeros Vermells Priorat AiAiAi 2015

“AiAiAi” is the kind of thing you say with a smile when something surprising happens, and tasting Silvia Puig’s 2015 “baby” Priorat and then seeing the very reasonable price certainly qualifies!  Tiny production – just 3,216 bottles in 2015.

I don’t think I can improve upon my note from our first taste of 2015 AiAiAi:  “Even though it's dead young, the nose is already giving with bold aromas of roasted red berries - raspberry, strawberry - dark red flowers and a big dose of Priorat's signature warm slate.  The flavors are classic Priorat, too - actually, classic $50-$70 Priorat.  Super rich roasted red fruit, sweet spice, a hint of vanilla bean, and a bit of cracked pepper with a texture that enters pure and precise, expands to fully coat the inside of your mouth and then draws back into clear focus with delicious, ripe, chewy, tannins.  Finish goes on with raspberry jam, slate, and more lingering.  Not a trace of heat.  What a delicious wine!”

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Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Product #31658 (In Stock)
Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Giovanni d'Orsi crafts this wine from the very best Sangiovese grapes he grows in the very best region of Chianti - the Conca d’Oro – and blends in 8% or so of the best barrels of Merlot and other permitted varieties in the cellar.  He then ages his wine for 14 months in high-quality French oak barriques to soften Sangiovese’s hard hedges and add complexity.  It's from the great 2011 Chianti harvest, and it’s clear right away that there was more than enough fruit and power here to not only stand up to the Riserva treatment but to actually benefit from it.  It’s young and there’s still a bit of primary oak showing on the nose and palate, but the real story here is the dark, rich, cherry and berry fruit, the plush texture, and the long and mouthwatering finish.  Drink with a decant now or cellar through 2026.

"A big and velvety wine with chocolate, berry and spice. Full body, round and chewy. Nutty undertone. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now."  James Suckling 92 points

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Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume VV 2015 Product #31847 (In Stock)
Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume VV 2015 Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume VV 2015

Perhaps THE most stellar value of the offering for drinking now and over the next 10 years.  Fourchaume sits on the same slope and to the north of the Grand Crus and often gives glimpses of Grand Cru richness and power. Wonderful Chablis intensity and salty vibrancy here but also a very generous dose of rich, ripe, buttered pear.  Turns stony and showing a touch of wood-induced salty caramel (20% ages in 1-5 year-old barrel) on the long, pure, finish.  Extraordinary value here in a wine that’s almost too delicious today to justify waiting.

"Expressive with wet stones and green fruits. A steely intensity that was missing from their Montmains. On the palate, too, more drive, though less immediate fruit than the Côte de Léchet."  JancisRobinson.com 16.5/20 points

"This is aromatically fresher still with its ripe array of green fruit, citrus, white flower and iodine aromas. Consistent with the nose the seductively textured, round and delicious flavors possess fine freshness, verve and salinity while coating the mouth on the moderately dry but sneaky long finish."Allen Meadows 90 points

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