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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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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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Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV Product #31401 (In Stock)
Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV

This small cooperative winery in the heart of Champagne has struck gold with this cuvee- and "yellow label gold" at that.  Because the Charles Clement Brut Tradition is the kind of wine that will thrill anyone who loves Champagne's most famous "yellow label" (which is actually orange) bottle.  It's a blend of 50% Pinot Noir for richness, 30% Chardonnay for toasty vibrancy, and 20% Pinot Meunier for depth and body.  

With 30% reserve wines (base wines from previous vintages) and plenty of time on the lees, it's loaded with crowd-pleasing class.  Small, persistent, bubbles lift aromas of brioche, toasted nuts, apple and stone fruit from the glass.  Then, round and generous on the palate with nice creaminess and plenty of apple, pear, hazelnut and toast flavors that flow on nicely through the fine finish.  A very, very, fine Champagne value.

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Clua Milliennium Tinto 2013 Product #32666 (In Stock)
Clua Milliennium Tinto 2013 Clua Milliennium Tinto 2013

SAVE 40%!  In this fascinatingly delicious wine, Xavier Clua has captured the changable essence of his Terra Alta Vineyards.  Vineyards that move from clay, to rocky chalk, to lightly sandy across his 450-500 meter site.  Days and nights range from baking hot to bracing chill.  And his grapes here start with classic Garnatxa Negra (Garnacha) and pull in complements of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  Put all that together with a year in 50/50 new/second use barrel, and you get a wine that has a lot to say - and says it with power and charm.

On first pour and sniff, you can tell this is going to be a wild ride!  Aromas of deep roasted black fruits - plums, berries, cherries - turn rich and deep with air and are framed by scents of subtle spice, light balsamic and a hint of roasted meat.  In the mouth, this is one of those wines that walks a tightly focused path between rich indulgence and intense verve.  Deeply expressive flavors of wild blackberry, black currant, raspberry, licorice and balsamic are lifted across the palate by a burst of tangy blackberry juice, fresh blood orange, and fresh floral notes.  A beguiling hint of walnut runs under the mouthwatering finish where fresh picked berry and blood orange flavors ride over fine-grained tannins.

Or at least that's what I got from my tasting.  The truth is that this is a wine in motion, and what you'll smell, taste, and feel from it will shift and evolve over the hours you have it in your glass.  A joy to drink now and plenty of potential to improve through 2023.

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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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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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Hush Heath Estate Balfour 1503 Brut NV Product #32778 (In Stock)
Hush Heath Estate Balfour 1503 Brut NV Hush Heath Estate Balfour 1503 Brut NV

The 1503 on the label celebrates the year the winery's historic manor house was constructed.  This blends 64% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and just 4%  Pinot Meunier to give a crisp, refreshing, fizz with a nice layer of refinement.

"Aromatic overtones of meadow flowers with just a touch of cotton candy hover over the lemony freshness. The palate balances mellow richness with taut acidity and creates a friendly tension between those poles. There is abundant apple fruit, both tart and sweet and a clean, dry finish that accentuates autolysis."Wine Enthusiast 89 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2016 Product #32918 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2016 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2016

Year-in, year-out, this is one of the most satisfying “village” level Chablis we carry.  The estate lost about half its fruit to frost, hail, mildew and sunburn in 2016, but the grapes that made it to the winery were first rate in deed.  Key lime, apple and more waft from the glass.  As mouthfilling and powerful as the 2015 but with a nice dose of 2014’s acidity and freshness providing extra complexity and zest. This will make a fantastic “house white” this Spring – Fall and delight on its own, with shellfish, or even with savory grilled chicken.

"Here the expressive nose is similar to that of the Petit Chablis with the addition of a pretty floral component. The slightly tighter and more energetic middle weight flavors deliver fine length on the precise, dry and balanced finale where a hint of minerality surfaces. This too should drink well young."Allen Meadows 87-89 points

"This is a well-balanced wine with crisp acidity, steely texture and delicious citrus fruits. It has a bright, lively texture and will be ready to drink from summer 2018."Wine Enthusiast 89 points

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Dom D'eole Cuvee Confidence Blanc 2015 Product #33237 (In Stock)
Dom D'eole Cuvee Confidence Blanc 2015 Dom D'eole Cuvee Confidence Blanc 2015

I don’t know if oenologist Matthias Wimmer and estate owner Christian Raimont were inspired by Ch Beaucastel’s glorious 100% Roussanne Chateuaneuf Blanc VV or came on the idea of Cuvee Confidence on their own.  But it was a really good idea. You need to try this.

It’s 100% organically grown Provençal Roussanne, fermented and aged in barrel.  Exotic notes of grilled pineapple and tropical fruits alongside spicy apple and pear notes framed by accents of toasted nut and ginger.  As you swirl it around and let it open in the glass, you’ll find more and more going on, including some fascinating stone, salty caramel, and even the barest suggestion of green tea.  The texture is amazing, at once ultra rich/mouthcoating and vibrant, pure, and precise.  The flavors gather momentum and focus and drive through a finish that focuses to a pinpoint…then vanishes with an almost tactile pop.  An extraordinary experience from an extraordinary wine that you can enjoy right now or cellar for a decade plus.

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Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2014 Product #32872 (In Stock)
Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2014 Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2014

An elegant Sangiovese from the hilly vineyards of Montepulicano in central Tuscany.  About 10% Merlot adds complexity and flesh and aging for 18 months in a mixture of mid-sized and large oak casks delivers richness and spice. Ripe and deep black cherry fruit makes up the wine's core with black pepper, fresh earth, leather and smoke accents adding interest.  A great match for steak or rich stews.

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Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2014 Product #32900 (In Stock)
Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2014 Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2014

Syrah at it's most stylish, especially in the elegant 2014 vintage. Paired with lamb or beef and Five Spice, this would be pretty mindblowing! Or just drink it.

"A fleshy, fruit-driven style, with enticing red currant, plum and raspberry puree notes racing through, flecked with light savory and anise hints and carried by a fine chalky spine on the finish. Drink now through 2026."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc Alto Adige 2015 Product #32946 (In Stock)
Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc Alto Adige 2015 Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc Alto Adige 2015

A glorious Italian Sauvignon Blanc, loaded with zesty fruit and an earthy herbaceousness. A great match for spicy greens, asparagus, or white fish.

"A bright sauvignon with grassy notes, grapefruit and chamomile tea. The palate feel ripe but with enough freshness to balance it out."  James Suckling 90 points

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Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2015 Product #33072 (In Stock)
Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2015 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2015

Serious Spring Mountain Cabernet here with the firm tannins for steak but also plenty of deep, luxurious, fruit.  About 80% Cabernet Sauvignon plus Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot all grown 2,000 feet above the Napa Valley floor. Dark, rich, and fleshy, this is laced through with dark black currant and plum fruit with accents of chocolate spice (from 22 months in barrel) and graphite minerality (from mountain vineyards).  Finishes rich and firm with chewy tannins and lingering flavors of chocolate covered cherry.  Delicious now and improving through 2025+.

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Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2015 Product #33099 (In Stock)
Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2015 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2015

Our favorite vintage of this modern take on old-vine Spanish Garnacha ever.  Australian consulting winemaker Chris Ringland always gets plenty of fruit in his wine, and there's no shortage of sweetly ripe strawberry and cherry here.  But there's also fine freshness, a creamy texture, and captivating finish that just won't quit.  Try this with dishes that have lots of cumin or North African spice and, especially, with grilled lamb.  Fun stuff indeed.

"Expressive aromas of cherry compote, blueberry, lavender and peppery spices. Plush, pliant, round and seamless on the palate, offering smoky blueberry, mineral and dark chocolate flavors complicated by suggestions of candied flowers and licorice. Finishes long and sweet, with soft tannins and repeating spiciness. There's a lot of wine here for the money."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

"Round and juicy, this lively red shows ripe flavors of kirsch and mulled plum, with chocolate and licorice accents. Heady but not heavy, with bright acidity and spicy and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2022."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2015 Product #33144 (In Stock)

Put together one of Sancerre's finest traditional houses with the warm, almost exotic, 2015 vintage and you get something pretty fun!  This is pure, unoaked, unmanipulated Sauvignon Blanc informed by Sancerre's flinty limestone soils and 2015's bold stone, citrus and almost tropical fruit.  Big flavors and aromas are balanced by fine clarity and purity and a zingy, fresh, acid and mineral finish.

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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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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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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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Pacherhof Pinot Grigio 2015 Product #33062 (In Stock)
Pacherhof Pinot Grigio 2015 Pacherhof Pinot Grigio 2015

The Huber family has made wine on the hills above Alto Adige's Brixen since 1142, so it's not surprising they've figured this stuff out.  About 20% of the juice is aged in used French oak, giving this a bit more textural richness and smoky complexity than your typical Grigio.  There's generous green apple and ripe stone fruit at the core with captivating accents of chamomile and Alpine herb.  Finishes with palate-coating richness and tangy, herbal, freshness and fine energy.  A treat!

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