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Dom Des Malandes Cuvee Tour Du Roy VV 2015 Product #31845 (In Stock)
Dom Des Malandes Cuvee Tour Du Roy VV 2015 Dom Des Malandes Cuvee Tour Du Roy VV 2015

We know of no white Burgundy - from the Cote d'Or or Chablis - that delivers this much Chardonnay goodness and complexity at anything like this price.  Tour du Roy comes from a small plot of 65 year-old vines growing near Grand Cru Vaudesir.  Luxurious winemaking featuring cool fermentation with 40% aging in 2nd and 3rd use barrel allows the quality to shine with an extra layer of smoky, stony, complexity.  Richly textured and wonderfully pure and stony, the green melon and fresh apple fruit get a big lift from salty minerality and tangy lime zest.  Dense, rich, hugely long, and utterly captivating right now through 2025 at least.

"The 2014s and 2015s from Domaine des Malandes were tasted blind. I was very impressed by the consistency here. It's great to see this well-known name in Chablis doing so well--long may it continue. The 2015 Chablis Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Tour du Roy has a clean and correct bouquet with attractive gun-flint aromas. I like the precision here. The palate is clean and fresh with a keen line of acidity, just the right amount of salinity and a tender, composed finish. Very well made, just everything you want from a well-priced Chablis."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Product #32093 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

If you want to drink a terrific Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from the man Wine Spectator called “A Master of Pinot Noir in Oregon” at less than half the price of his single vineyard wines…well, this is going to make you very happy indeed.  Made from younger vines and more forward (i.e., less tannic) barrels from 10 of Ken’s 13 single-vineyard wines, the 2014 WV Pinot has loads of pretty fruit, a light and lithe feel, and just enough structure to pair with food and improve for a year or two – but not enough to get in the way of weeknight solo sipping now.  Excellent value.

"Ken Wright produces as many as a dozen or more single-vineyard Pinots in any given vintage. This wine is blended from many of those same sites, whose vines were often planted back in the 1980s. It's light and elegant, yet powerfully flavorful, with strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit pushing deep into the palate. It's clean and fresh, with crisp defining acidity, perfect balance, refined tannins and a long finish."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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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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Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012 Product #30709 (In Stock)
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012

A long-time favorite delivers expressive dark fruit, spice, and savory notes in an elegant frame with fine, steak-friendly, tannins. Enjoy!

"Antica's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Silky, sweet tannins wrap around a core of soft plum, cherry, cinnamon and new leather nuances. Expressive floral, spiced notes add lift on the finish."  Vinous (Galloni) 89 points

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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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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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Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2011 Product #32373 (In Stock)
Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2011 Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2011

Accordini’s Amarone from the famous Cru (vineyard) of Le Bessole has all the heft and power you love in Amarone with just a touch of elegance and freshness from higher-altitude vineyards.  It’s got all the power and structure you’d expect from Amarone to go along with spicy dark fruits like dried cranberry, currants, cherries, and more.  But, instead of the plodding heaviness, prune-like flavors, and vinegar-like volatile acidity Amarone can fall prey to, this is fresh, clean, and very pure.  Spicy fruit, chocolaty richness, and an intense, spicy, and dry finish make this a great match for grilled pork tenderloin, baby back ribs, or even a well-marbled steak.  Compare it to wine costing $50-$75 or more – you’ll be convinced!  Just $26.38 when you buy two cases!

“Aromas of ripe raspberry jam, plum, menthol and baking spice lead the nose on this bold red. The dense palate delivers raisin, dried black cherry and licorice alongside assertive, close-grained tannins that grip the finish.” Wine Enthusiast 90 points

“An elegant red, with aromatic violet, citrus peel and spice notes leading to wild cherry and black raspberry fruit, layered with supple tannins and a note of fresh, loamy earth that lingers on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2026.” 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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Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2014 Product #32220 (In Stock)
Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2014 Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2014

This almost-CdP "baby Beaucastel" is a crowd-pleasing, sophisticated "dinner party red," with oodles of plum fruit and an open, drink-me-now, character. A classy, high-end, Cotes du Rhone. From the historic Coudoulet vineyard just across the A7 Autoroute from Chateau Beaucastel’s famous Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard, it delivers plenty of Chateauneuf “Pop!” at a great, Cotes du Rhone, price. Delicious now, but built to gain complexity and layers of depth over the next 6-10 years in cellar.

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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)

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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Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010 Product #29760 (In Stock)
Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010 Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010

What happens with a top Burgundy winemaker (Jean-Michel Guillon) encourages friends and importers of wines from France (Olivier Daubresse) and Spain (Jonas Gustafsson) to import a Barolo from Italy?  When the Barolo is the stunning 2010 La Tartufaia from young Giulia Negri – aka “BaroloGirl”, something pretty magical results!

Giulia is a child of Barolo (her family owns the well-respected Serrandenari estate), and has  struck out on her own to make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (which is how she met Jean-Michel), and a classically styled, very pure, Nebbiolo from Barolo’s great 2010 vintage.  Very pure, lifted, scents of red and black berries waft from the glass with accents of tobacco, plum, dried rose petal, and tar.  It’s nicely relaxed and pure – especially at this young age – on the palate, with juicy red/black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco, and hints of smoky oak.  With air, a little truffle and potpourri emerge and the fruit flavors get deeper and more prominent as the wine sails on to a generous finish over sweet, ripe, tannins.  Round and rich, this tempts right now with big tannins that melt away nicely but will become more exciting and explosive from 2017 – 2025.

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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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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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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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Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Mont De Millieu 2015 Product #31849 (In Stock)
Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Mont De Millieu 2015 Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Mont De Millieu 2015

While Fourchaume is more rich and immediately delicious, this could be the better value if you’d like to cellar your Chablis for 3-10 years.  One of the warmer sites in Chablis and, like the Grand Crus, with prime southern exposure, Mont de Milieu gives wines of more body and richness and most other 1er sites.  The richer fruit benefits from a bit more wood (50% of 1-5 years age) to tame the fruit and allow true Chablis minerality and vivacity emerge.  Delicious now for the fruit and spice but at its best from 2020.

"A lightly exotic nose of pure white orchard fruit and muscat nuances displays background hints of mineral reduction and seaweed, both of which are picked up by the rich, round, powerful and concentrated flavors that possess an opulent but balanced finish that exhibits slightly better depth and length. Worth a look."Allen Meadows 91 points

"The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, which was aged half and half in oak barrels and stainless steel, has a strict and tightly wound bouquet with apple blossom and cold limestone scents, both well defined. The palate is crisp and fresh with apple peeling, fresh pear and a touch of herbaceousness. But I like the tension and focus here, surprisingly reserved for a 2015 and benefiting from superior tension and terroir-expression on the finish."Wine Advocate 91 points

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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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Melville Pinot Noir M Block 2014 Product #32217 (In Stock)
Melville Pinot Noir M Block 2014 Melville Pinot Noir M Block 2014

For a couple of decades now, Melville has ranked high on any credible list of top California Pinot Noir estates.  And since its introduction about 6 years ago, the Block M Pinot has been one of their very top wines.  It’s a blend of Dijon 114 and 115 clone Pinot planted Burgundy-style in tightly spaced rows to force the vines to fight for water and nutrients and develop layers of flavor.  In the perfectly balanced 2014 vintage, winemaker Greg Brewer elected to keep all but 30% of the fruit as whole clusters, fermented it cool, and then aged it 100% neutral (5-10 years-old) barrels.  There’s wonderful purity and elegance here in a wine that’s perfectly balanced at 14.0% abv.  Delicious now with duck or salmon and improving through 2024.

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Block M is the most structured and tightly wound of these wines. Dark red and purplish stone fruits, cherry pit and white pepper give the 2014 much of its high-toned personality. The 2014 offers lovely density and yet the whole clusters give the wine a sense of weightlessness that is hugely appealing. The 70% whole clusters are mostly felt in the wine's structure, but less in its flavor profile."  Vinous (Galloni) 93 points

"Lots of red flowers, from roses to hibiscus, show alongside plump candied red cherries, exotic Asian spice, black tea and hearty chaparral herbs on the nose of this bottling. The palate is heavy with bay leaf, thyme and eucalyptus served atop a strawberry-cherry base. It's earthy and herbal, yet redolent with ripeness."Wine Enthusiast 94 points

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