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Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil De Perdrix NV Product #13956 (In Stock)
Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil De Perdrix NV Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil De Perdrix NV

Dom Perignon - yes, he was a real winemaking monk! - pioneered the making of "white" Champagne from "black" Pinot Noir grapes in the 1600s.  The techniques were refined by the large houses in Champagne's northern regions, but somehow never reached the little town of Bouzy in the south.  When Fulgence Vesselle and his neighbors started making their own Champagne around 1900 (having sold their grapes before), they slightly over-pressed and ended up with a wine that was neither all white or full pink - in fact, the pale orange pink of a partridge’s eye or Oeil de Perdix.

The style faded from view around mid-century, but in 1972 Fulgence's grandson, Jean Vesselle, discovered a few bottles of the old wine hidden in a wall.  He was astounded by the color, freshness, and lovely aromas of this old-style wine and, beginning a few years later, launched his own interpretation of Oeil de Perdix.  It's 100% Pinot Noir pressed lightly pink and aged 3 years in bottle before release. History never tasted so good!

"The salmon-colored NV Brut Oeil de Perdrix is another utterly delicious Champagne from Vesselle. Dried rose petals, orange zest, white pepper and mint give much of its high-toned aromatics, but there is plenty of depth to the fruit as well. Deceptively medium in body, the Oeil de Perdrix possesses striking finesse and exceptional overall balance. Oeil de Perdrix is an old-fashioned style of Blanc de Noirs with just a touch of color from a very short period of skin contact at pressing. "  Vinous (Galloni) 93 points

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Pomar Junction Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2012 Product #31868 (In Stock)
Pomar Junction  Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2012 Pomar Junction  Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2012

This under the radar Paso Robles estate is a prime supplier to Justin, and their own Reserve Cab excels in that plush, rich, style.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in a cooler, limestone-laced, vineyard and given 2 years in French oak. Loaded with rich black currant and black cherry compote fruit flavors with some dark chocolate and spicy oak shadings.  Finishes big and strong with bold fruit, spice and mocha notes lingering over supple tannins.  A really fine steak and cookout Cab!

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Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline Est 2014 Product #32927 (In Stock)
Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline Est 2014 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline Est 2014

Charles Smith's (K Vintners) new label for Bordeaux varietals launches with a bang in this bold, rich, muscular Cabernet from outside Walla Walla. Open now or hold for years.

"The new 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline is a new cuvee based around a vineyard in the southern part of Walla Walla. Harvested from tiny yields and aged in mostly neutral barrels, this full-bodied, luxuriously textured, seamless beauty gives up lots of classic Cabernet notes of creme de cassis, licorice, toasted spice and graphite. There's an undeniably sexy style here, and while it will certainly be approachable on release, my money's on it evolving gracefully for 15-20 years."Wine Advocate 94-96 points

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV Product #13997 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV

Last year's release is singing with a year in bottle! It's a 60/40 blend of Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with about 40% aged in barrel and 60% allowed to go through malolactic fermentation.  About 50% of the blend is from reserve wines going back to the mid-2000s.  With 5+ years on the lees and dosage in the 3-4 g/l range, it’s a classy, elegant, and very pure bottle of bubbly.

This year’s release beautiful to look at with a bright brass color, great transparency and shine, and very, very, tiny and persistent buttles.  The aromas are ultra-pure, featuring fresh bread dough, apricot, peach, pear and spice with hints of fresh hazelnut for complexity.  The flavors are complex, too, with fresh lemon, stone fruit, key lime, and green apple fruit notes with accents of salty (not sweet) caramel, toast and spice.  The texture is very fine and sliky and the finish very, very long, with fresh lemon pulp and salty hazelnut notes lingering on and on.  Enjoy it right now for its citrusy freshness or let it rest for 3-4 years to pick up still more ginger, baked pear, and toasty, nutty, complexity.

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Dom Mongeard Mugneret Vosne Romanee 2014 Product #31595 (In Stock)
Dom Mongeard Mugneret Vosne Romanee 2014 Dom Mongeard Mugneret Vosne Romanee 2014

There's a lot of deliciousness here and a fine velvet texture.

"The 2014 Vosne-Romanée Village comes from vines in the lieu-dit Violette and Aux Réas that are sometimes bottled separately. It has a simple, clean redcurrant and strawberry scented bouquet that would benefit from a little more intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin on the entry. I appreciate the fineness of the tannin here and the tension displayed towards the finish, a village cru that comes recommended."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Bedrock Wine Co The Bedrock Heritage Red 2016 Product #32839 (In Stock)
Bedrock Wine Co The Bedrock Heritage Red 2016 Bedrock Wine Co The Bedrock Heritage Red 2016

Very limited.

"The 2016 Bedrock Heritage Wine is powerful, dense and explosive. Swaths of dark, deep fruit flesh out as this ample wine shows off its beguiling personality. Earthy and savory notes add aromatic nuance. As good as the 2016 is today – and it is terrific – it is also very backward and much less overt than other vintages have been. Readers will have to be patient. The Bedrock is a field blend of 27 different grapes based on 50% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane and 4% Mataro, plus dollops of everything else. This compelling Heritage Wine will find its greatest admirers among readers who enjoy old-school, structured wines."   Vinous (Galloni) 95 points

"A knockout red, focused and well-built but loaded with personality. Expressive blackberry and dark Asian spice notes lead to intense yet refined smoky plum, orange zest and smoky cracked pepper flavors. Zinfandel, Carignane, Mataro, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet."Wine Spectator 95 points

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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Product #24683 (In Stock)
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 375 Ml

Usually my personal favorite of the line-up (although 2007 Fonseca is pretty impressive!), the 2009 Taylor Fladgate delivers the Bordeaux-like elegance and class it's known for. On the nose black fruit with notes of raspberry and plum and hints of graphite and cedar. The flavors stay black with currant and cherry appearing plus dark licorice root, apple skin, and more graphite. The deep flavors stay over top of the firm, grippy, mouth-coating tannins that keep everything focused and almost elegant (if such a big wine can be elegant). Love it.

"Going back and forth, the Taylor's 2009 has a lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil. The palate is full-bodied packed with ripe black cherries, fresh fig and white pepper; very harmonious and focused although I feel that the 2007 has a little more depth and persistency. Very pretty and very pure, this Taylor's may well put on weight with a couple of years in bottle and merit a higher mark."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz 2013 Product #30809 (In Stock)

A fabulous, richly textured, top-shelf Gruner!

"The 40-year-old vines in these loess-dominated terraces manage a wine that as usual largely buffers its alcoholic fullness while projecting a fine sense of primary apple, lime and grapefruit juiciness. A heady, slightly decadent honeysuckle and peony perfume billows from the glass and across the palate. Caressingly satin-textured, this nevertheless delivers an almost chili-like peppery finishing bite, a tart jab of rhubarb, and faint alcoholic heat, albeit amid thankfully persistent juiciness. The mid-palate, in short, is mannerly, while the finish, like that of a number of Pichler 2013s, is downright ferocious." Vinous (Schildknecht) 91 points

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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. 

"(20% whole clusters and 8% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Highly aromatic red fruit, potpourri and Asian spice scents, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, lithe and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance and finishes with resonating spiciness, harmonious tannins and outstanding clarity and floral-driven persistence." Vinous (Raynolds) 94 points

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Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi 2015 Product #32559 (In Stock)
Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi 2015 Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi 2015

Clos du Roi is at the northern end of the Beaune AOC and, like so many fine Beaune reds, drinks like a cross between Volnay (silky, perfumed) and Pommard (firm, powerful).  From organically grown grapes, winemaker Jean-Pierre Confuron used 100% whole clusters during his cool, long, fermentation and aged the wine for 16 months in a mixture of used and new cask. Decant for at least 2 hours now to let the reduction blow off or hold a while and let time work its magic.

"A very pungent nose is composed of reduction, menthol and wood toast. Otherwise there is good freshness to the velvet-textured and mouth coating middle weight flavors that possess a juicy and fleshy mouth feel while delivering fine length on the chewy and serious finale. This isn't an elegant wine and it's unusually structured for Clos du Roi but it should make for a fine effort if it's allowed at least 6 to 8 years of cellaring."Allen Meadows 90-92 points

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Ch Montelena Chardonnay Napa 2014 Product #32901 (In Stock)
Ch Montelena Chardonnay Napa 2014 Ch Montelena Chardonnay Napa 2014

Not surprising this beat Burgundy in the 1976 Judgement of Paris - very Burgundian indeed!

"The 2014 Chardonnay is bright, focused and finely-cut. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the 2014 much of its lifted, mid-weight personality. As always, the Montelena Chardonnay is done in a brisk, dry style, with blocked malolactic fermentation."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

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Vinedos Del Contino Rioja Reserva 2010 Product #32780 (In Stock)
Vinedos Del Contino Rioja Reserva 2010 Vinedos Del Contino Rioja Reserva 2010

A supple, elegant, classic for lamb and roasts.

"A heady, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, cherry compote, vanilla and cigar box, and a sexy floral nuance emerges slowly. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, concentrated blackberry, cherry-vanilla and mocha flavors that are firmed and given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Rich yet vibrant in style, displaying impressive finishing clarity, smooth tannins and a lingering spicecake flourish."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The 2010 Reserva is a textbook Rioja, and in fact it surprised me with a very classic profile. This is usually a blend of 85% Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% between Mazuelo and Garnacha; it fermented in stainless steel and matured in 50/50 French and American oak barrels for two years. It's a subtle vintage with very fine tannins. 2010 is a very good year for Rioja in general, but in Contino they consider it exceptional. This feels polished and developed with some forest floor and cigar box aromas. Very drinkable."Wine Advocate 93 points

"This plump red shows black cherry and red plum fruit, with tobacco, cedar, tea and spice accents, supported by light tannins and orange peel acidity. Nicely balanced, in the traditional style."Wine Spectator 91 points

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2014 Product #31027 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2014 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2014

Silvia Puig intends her Black Label cuvee to be rounder, more supple, and easier to appreciate young than the more structured Classic wine.  In 2014, there are 1,340 bottles of this roughtly 60% Garnatxa (both Negre and Peluda, aka “Hairy Grenache”) and 40% Carinyena from old vineyards scattered across Priorat.  She ferments the wine in 300 and 500 liter French oak casks that have had one of the ends removed, and then puts the ends back on to let the wine age for 13 months.

There's always a friendly, chunky, richness to this cuvee and in 2014 that's joined by remarkable poise and precision.  It sings out with bold aromas of dark raspberry, ripe blueberry, and cocoa powder with subtle floral accents.  Mouthfilling and rich on the palate with more dark fruit - plum, raspberry, blackberry - plus deep dark chocolate, crushed flower, and a bare hint of cola nut.  I love how the flavors really fan out to cover your palate from side-to-side and how the deep, weighty, richness is matched by sprightly freshness.  The chalky tannins make this an outstanding choice for grilled or roasted meats tonight and for a decade or more.

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2014 Product #31360 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2014 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2014

Co-winemaker Alexis Guillon's cuvee is always a bit more elegant than the Domaine's other Village wines, but still has the concentration and depth that only comes from 60+ year-old vines. This is the best vintage for this wine I can recall and the best rating from Burghound, too.  Another outstanding value in classic Gevrey Chambertin.  Best from 2019 - 2029.

Outstanding Top Value " A moderately wooded nose also exhibits a touch of menthol on the classic Gevrey aromas of earth, underbrush, game and cool dark berry fruit. There is excellent mid-palate density to the intense, robust and muscular flavors that coat the palate on the slightly rustic and impressively long finish. Worth considering."Allen Meadows 89-91 points

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru 2011 Magnum Product #31471 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru 2011 Magnum Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru 2011 Magnum

What’s even better than a great bottle of Grüner Grand Grü?  An even bigger bottle, of course! Loaded with crunchy pear, peach and citrus fruit aromas and flavors and just a touch of white pepper and baking spice.  Long on the palate and finish where juicy pink grapefruit acidity makes your mouth water and look for another sip.  Easy to drink on its own or with extravagant Holiday feasts.

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Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2014 Product #31572 (In Stock)
Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2014 Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2014

Meursault's Lieu-Dit vineyards are kind of a halfway step from "village" to 1er Cru status, and Narvaux is one of the best.  Perched  on rocky soils high on the hill above 1er Cru Les Genevrieres, Narvaux gives classic Meursualt richness without heaviness and good energy with no hard edges.  Michelot's is about as fine as Narvaux gets.

“Pale yellow. Peach, orange, spicy oak and grilled almond on the nose. A distinct step up in energy and lift from the Clos Saint-Félix, showing much more mineral spine to its lightly saline flavors of citrus fruits, hazelnut and spices. Very Meursault but in a firm style, with the backbone to evolve gracefully. Finishes with sneaky orange zest persistence.”  Vinous (Tanzer) 90 points

“High-pitched, offering toasted sweet spice, lime blossom, citronella, mineral and nut oil aromas and flavors. Well-defined, intense and taut, with a stingy finish for now, but the potential is there."Wine Spectator 91 points

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En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015 Product #32208 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015 En Numeros Vermells Garnatxa Carinyena Black Label 2015

1,711 bottles made; 600 imported.  This wine has always been good, but in 2015 it takes a big step up to “hoo boy and zowie – gimme more of that right now” status.  Intended to be the more open, ready to enjoy, of Silvia’s two “main” Priorats the 2015 is once again a blend of Garnatxa Negre, Garnatxa Peluda (aka “Hairy Grenache”) and Carinyena from old vineyards scattered across Priorat.  She ferments the wine in 300 and 500 liter French oak casks that have had one of the ends removed, and then puts the ends back on to let the wine age for 13 months.

As always, this is hugely ripe and fleshy and delicious right now (although it’s going to peak in 5-10 years).  But the 2015 adds in astonishing purity, finesse and balance for such a big, boisterous, wine.  Bold aromas of slate and wild blackberry with a touch of spice lead to plump, powerful, flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, wild blueberry, milk chocolate and – of course – crushed slate. The dusty slate and a beam of razor sharp acidity give these big, powerful, flavors shape and definition from front to back, but the rich, ripe, fruit really sings out at the end over perfectly polished tannins.  A fun, wild, ride now but promising even more sophistication with maturity.  Oh – and it’s yummy, too

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Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2015 Product #32585 (In Stock)
Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2015 Dom Michelot Meursault Narvaux 2015

Tasting with Nicolas Mestre at the Domaine in March, we were impressed with the straight village-level Meursault. Wine Spectator was, too, awarding it a fine 90 point rating. But one taste of the 2015 Les Narvaux (which Wine Spectator didn't try), and we immediately knew it was more than worth the few extra dollars!
 
Les Narvaux is the best of Meursault's "lieu-dit" vineyards, kind of a halfway step from "village" to 1er Cru. Perched on rocky soils high on the hill above 1er Cru Les Genevrieres, Narvaux gives classic Meursault richness without heaviness and good energy with no hard edges. Michelot's is about as fine as Narvaux gets. In 2015, it's opulent and rich but retains the kind of tight focus and minerality that makes white Burgundy so exciting. Subtle lemon, orchard, hazelnut and fresh butter scents invite you in. Then BIG flavors of stone fruit, citrus, toasted nut and tangy butter fill your mouth, staying tangy and lithe for all the depth and richness. Meursault's classic minerality wells up nicely on the butter, hazelnut and mint-laced finish that seems to never end. A delicious white Burgundy that perfectly balances the richness of the year with the energy, cut and minerality that make white Burgundy...well, Burgundy!

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2012 Product #32605 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2012 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2012

Co-owner Dena Drews' barrel selection is all about aromas - and what lovely aromas they are!  A whole basket of ripe and vibrant cherries with hints of rose petal and blackberry and just a touch of cinnamon and clove.  On the palate there's the amplitude and richness of the vintage but also a remarkable vibrancy and lift.  Sweet red and black cherry, crushed raspberry, a bit of cola and spice flavors dart around your palate with clove-studded orange peel accents.  The finish is firm, but silky smooth, with tangy fruit making your mouth water and get ready for duck, salmon or anything else you'd care to through at it.

"Brilliant red. A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black raspberry, cherry cola, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Juicy and precise, showing strong lift and cut to the sweet red and dark berry and lavender pastille flavors. The spice and mineral notes add bite to a very long, floral-tinged finish that's shaped and given grip by silky, harmonious tannins. This is a pretty graceful rendition of the vintage, which is populated mostly by deeper, brawnier Pinots."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate 2012 Product #32606 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate 2012 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate 2012

As usual, Ernie's selection shows the influence of whole-cluster fermentation right on the nose, with plenty of spice to the red raspberry and cherry fruit.  And, on the palate, this is less about fruit and more about spice, earth, and sassafras root - not that there's any shortage of 2012's beautiful, ripe, mouthwatering fruit!  Firmer and more spicy on the finish, where the wine really grips with firm, powerful, tannins.  A wonderfully complex, spicy, Pinot that would be pretty darn amazing with lamb tagine or anything with earthy base notes and exotic spice.

"Brilliant red. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, candied rose, allspice and blood orange, plus a zesty mineral quality that builds in the glass. Graceful and precise on the palate, offering spicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors that show zero fat and excellent balance. This weightless, sharply focused Pinot finishes with wonderful finishing energy and very soft tannins."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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