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Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l Product #29376 (In Stock)
Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l Guillon Bourgogne Rouge Les Graviers 2013 1.5l

Even better in big bottle, both now and in the future!

"A perfumed and very pretty nose combines notes of both red and dark berries along with plenty of earth and sandalwood nuances. There is good vibrancy to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the lightly mineral-inflected finale. I like the complexity and while this could be enjoyed young there is enough material present to suggest 2 to 4 years of upside development potential."Allen Meadows 86-88 points

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2014 Product #31026 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2014 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2014

Silvia Puig made just 827 bottles of our favorite all-around Priorat red in the cool, fresh, 2014 vintage.  It's a blend of 65% Garnatxa, 30% Syrah, and 5% Carinyena fermented in open-top 300 liter and 500 liter French oak and then aged 13 months in those same barrels (with the tops back on).  The vintage gives this more energy and zip than previous releases, but there's no shortage of pure Priorat power.

Big, classically Priorat, aromas of spice, chocolate, blackberry, raspberry and baked plum really jump from the glass.  In the mouth it's rich and ripe with oodles of blue-black fruit, more chocolate and spice, and accents of tangy blueberry, blood orange and pomegranate.  Chewy and dense right on through the very long finish with notes of blackberry, plum, and flambéed cherries lingering on and on.  This will drink young and repay 10-15 years in cellar.

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Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010 Product #28681 (In Stock)
Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010 Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010

Always a favorite, Pajana comes from a slightly warmer vineyard that delivers good ripeness but great acidity as well.  Very vivid and pure in 2010 with a stunning finish.

"Good medium red. Less expressive on the nose than the Briccotto, hinting at ripe, musky plum, black raspberry, menthol and tobacco. Then smooth and sweet in the mouth, but with terrific energy keeping the red fruit and tobacco flavors fresh and primary. Sweeter and more elegant in style than the 2009, but this fine-grained, firmly tannic wine really shut down in the glass. Outstanding potential here." International Wine Cellar 94(+?) points

"The 2010 Barolo Pajana is a stunning wine that shows the power and heft of the vintage. Its texture is soft and enduring with sweet almond, toasted hazelnut, bright cherry, spice and tobacco. The young tannins require more time to soften and integrate. Drink: 2017-2032." Wine Advocate 93 points

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013 Product #29835 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2013

715 bottles made, 384 imported.  As in 2011 and 2012, Silvia’s “Classic” Priorat is, well, “Classic.”  A blend of 65% Garnatxa, 30% Syrah, and 5% Carinyena fermented in open-top 300 liter and 500 liter French oak and then aged 13 months in those same barrels (with the tops back on).  It’s very young now and still a little shy on the nose and compacted on the palate, although the intensity, balance, and velvety texture are all easy to appreciate now.  My note from first tasting with Jonas:

“Dark and spicy fruit, long and rich, amazing power and then amazing finesse.  A “wow wine” with loads of dark, rich, fruit, powerful tannins, and a generous helping of Priorat graphite and slate.  Shockingly supple and sophisticated for its size.  What terrior (sense of place) is.  All in balance.”  Give this 2 or 3 years and enjoy for 20.

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En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015 Product #32209 (In Stock)
En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015 En Numeros Vermells Classic Priorat Negre 2015

1,215 bottles made; 600 bottles and 20 magnums imported.  The “White Label” is Silvia’s flagship and this year’s model harks back to the simply stellar 2011 vintage that was our introduction to the ENV project.  It’s a blend of Garnatxa, Syrah and a splash of Carinyena fermented in open-top 300 liter and 500 liter French oak and then aged 13 months in those same barrels (with the tops back on).  Sounds simple, but that hides the intense amount of work that goes into this wine, from selecting the very best French oak, to meticulously sorting the fruit of ultra-old vines, to manually punching down the fermentations and then coaxing out the best of each lot from barrel to bottle.

So what’s the 2015 like?  Jonas Gustafsson, Silvia’s importer, sums it up nicely:  “This vintage is all about class, concentration and power!”  You’re going to need a little patience and time here, but swirling unveils a profound nose of dark fruit, sweet spice, crumbled baker’s chocolate and a generous dose of hot, smoky, slate.  In the mouth, a wildly complex ride featuring torrents of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, subtle currents of lead pencil, chocolate and spice, and bold gusts of dusty blue slate.  It’s at once velvety textured and immensely powerful, with huge drive through a long, blue/black fruit, iron ore and spice finish.  Decant and grill up some lamb right now.  Or in 2025.  Or 2035.  Etc.

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Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition Product #14818 (In Stock)
Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition

This stunning Champabage blends 70% Pinot Noir/30% Chardonnay from 3 Grand Cru sites in Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy with about half from 2011 and the rest 2010, 2009 and 2008. Some of the base wine fermented in barrel for richness, supporting low (under 5 g/l) dossage levels.  This release was disgourged in May 2016 and will certainly be another in a long string of 92-94 point winners.  Galloni's review of last Fall's release remains on point.

"The NV Brut Grand Cru Tradition is all class. Suave, silky and expressive on the palate, the NV Grand Cru Tradition is quite pretty, with lovely brightness and freshness to balance the wine's inherent richness. Red stone fruits, hazelnuts, white flowers and mint are all pushed forward in this deceptively understated Champagne from Egly-Ouriet."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Product #27806 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009

The compact soils and south/southest-facing exposure of this site in Serralunga helped Ca' Mia retain fine freshness even as it ripened into plush, velvety, richness. The first to sell out of the 2009s and likely to be the first 2009 gone, too.

"In this hot vintage the 2009 Barolo Ca' Mia appears to have handled the weather best of all the wines in the range, which isn't that much of a shock, considering that the more compact soils of Serralunga are at an advantage in warmer years. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for a serious core of dark red fruit, flowers, iron, tar and licorice, all of which seem to literally jump out of the glass. The 2009 has more than enough fruit and sheer depth to age well for a number of years."  Antonio Galloni 92 points

"Captivatingly fresh, primary aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers are accented by a sappy note of blood orange; reminded me a bit of a topnotch Burgundy from Vosne or Chambolle. Sweet and thick but with lovely acidity giving the wine a strong impression of inner-mouth tension. A step up in density and fullness from the foregoing wines, with its Serralunga limestone pungency coming through loud and clear. Finishes very long and horizontal, with serious but well-buffered tannins and excellent menthol lift. Wonderfully elegant and perfumed Barolo from a south/southeast-facing vineyard that is spared the hottest afternoon sun."International Wine Cellar 94+? points

"The intensity and richness is bountiful, and seductive aromatic layers of dried fruit, licorice, tar, button mushroom and tobacco lift off the glass with building intensity. The wine’s texture is firmer and the length is decisively more rewarding. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Product #27807 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009

Probably the least "open" of the 2009 Brovias, but promising great things 5-7 years from now!

"Iron, tar, scorched earth, smoke and game waft from the glass as the 2009 Barolo Garblèt Sue' opens up. The ferrous notes typical of this site come through loud and clear in the 2009. At the same time, the 2009 is surprisingly soft. At times delicate and even ethereal, the 2009 appears to be heavily marked by the vintage."  Antonio Galloni 90 points

"Wild, ripe aromas of red berries, plum, truffle and game. Rich and broad but currently less shapely and delineated than the Villero, not to mention less showy. Shows a larger structure reflecting its Castiglione origin, but this is also harder to taste today. The big tannins are less fine than those of the Villero. Elena Brovia points out that this wine is made in exactly the same way as the Villero and Garblet Sue, so the differences are entirely a function of terroir."International Wine Cellar 91+? points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Puligny 1er Les Referts Product #31467 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Puligny 1er Les Referts Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Puligny 1er Les Referts

With its neighbors Combettes and Perrieres, the Referts vineyard makes up Puligny Montrachet’s boundary with Meursault. There’s always plenty of power and spice to this wine at Marc Morey, and in 2013 there’s also an extra-fine texture and excellent precision.  A truly delicious Puligny Montrachet.  This is more open and giving than Virondot today but it will really come into it's own from 2018 or so on.

"Outstanding. This too is notably cool with its beautifully layered nose of acacia blossom, green fruit and once again plenty of citrus character. There is first-rate intensity to the delineated yet fleshy middle weight flavors that deliver the same fine length if not quite the same complexity. I like the natural refinement of a fine Puligny and this should drink well after only 3 to 4 years of cellar time."Allen Meadows 91 points

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Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2014 Product #31362 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2014 Guillon Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2014

As it has for the past few years, Champeaux stands out among Guillon's 2014 1er Cru wines for its purity of fruit and beautiful texture.  Much more open and accessible than Champonnets today, Champeax impresses with its blend of ripe dark fruit, classic Gevrey earth and iron-ore, and hints of floral elegance.  Approachable now, better from 2021 - 2029+.

Outstanding "A cool, pure and restrained nose speaks of red currant, plum, earth and a hint of the sauvage. There is lovely detail to the sleek and beautifully refined middle weight flavors that retain a fine sense of delineation before terminating in a balanced, classy and mineral-inflected finish. Textbook Champeaux."Allen Meadows 91-93 points

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Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Les Crais 2002 Product #31437 (In Stock)
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Les Crais 2002 Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Les Crais 2002

Jean-Michel crafted this rich 2002 village-level Gevrey-Chambertin from mature vines in parcels from across the village.  At nearly 15 years of age, it's fully mature and delivering the kinds of delight you hope for from well-aged red Burgundy.  Dark cherry, truffle, smoke, forest floor, loamy earth and more show on the generous nose and rich, still very deep, palate.  The dark fruit, sweet spice, and savory truffle notes linger on through a long, generous, finish.  Pair this with rich winter comfort foods and a nice crackling fire right now or feel free to wait another year or two - the wine's in outstanding shape!

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011 Product #28856 (In Stock)
Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011 Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2011

Triple 92 point reviews still massively under-rate how fantastic this, Doug Tunnel's top wine, is from the lovely 2011 vintage.  Getting better and better and plenty of life in front of it.

"Sexy spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and floral pastilles on the intensely perfumed nose, with a suave incense quality building with air. Silky, sweet and penetrating, offering nervy raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Smoke and allspice qualities come up on the subtly tannic finish, which lingers with excellent persistence and focus. Here's 2011 at its best: fresh, precise and energetic, with outstanding clarity and emphatic red fruit character."  Vineous (Reynolds) 92 points

"Fresh dark berries shadowed by their high-toned distilled counterparts, wreathed in bittersweetly perfumed iris and gentian, and spiced with nutmeg and cardamom lend Tunnell’s 2011 Pinot Noir Evelyn’s complex and intriguing allure. This cuvee uniting Pommard and Dijon clones and named in honor of his mother is almost creamy in feel (so much for those canards about Ribbon Ridge and stems conducing to abrasive tannin!) even if – encouragingly – a sense of fine-grained tannin is evident in the finish. There is a marrow-rich sense of carnal depth; while a faint hint of caramelization – reflecting the slightly higher percentage of new oak here than in other Brick House cuvees – is entirely well-woven into this seductive, rich, yet in vintage-typical manner vibrant, fundamentally juicy, and mouthwateringly saline performance."Wine Advocate 92 points

"A fresh, vibrant and enticingly open-textured red, offering tangerine-accented raspberry and cherry flavors, hinting at black tea as the complex finish lingers effortlessly."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Maynard's Port Tawny 40 Year Product #31447 (In Stock)
Maynard's Port Tawny 40 Year Maynard's Port Tawny 40 Year

A stunning old barrel-aged Port in an equally stunning package.  Just released and not yet rated, it's definitely a step up from the Wine Advocate 92-93 point 30 Year bottling.  The aromas and flavors are all about toasted hickory and caramelized pecan with undertones of dried apricot and raisin fruit.  Richly textured and very caramelized on the mid-palate before finishing dry and long.

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Chassagne 1er Les Vergers Product #31465 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Chassagne 1er Les Vergers Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Chassagne 1er Les Vergers

Facing almost due East towards the road to St. Aubin, Vergers clay and limestone soils always gives wines of fine precision and clarity. In 2013, Vergers achieved very 2010-like ripeness which shows in the generous aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, tangerine, toasted hazelnut and sweet butter.  All those notes and more coat your palate with intense flavors lifted by bright acids and fine minerality.  This is very delicious already and will drink well beyond 2023.

"Subtle creamy aroma. Good balance between that lees/oatmeal softness and piercing freshness. Pure and crystalline, strict and yet lots of pleasure." Jancis Robinson 17/20 points

"Outstanding. Here the nose of white orchard fruit, petrol and citrus aromas is at once more elegant and more complex. There is fine intensity to the once again fleshy and generous middle weight flavors that possess ample dry extract, punch and energy before culminating in a complex, agreeably dry and well-detailed finish. This notably finer effort could be aged for a few years to good effect but it's not so tight as to be unapproachable young."Allen Meadows 91 points

"The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers has a very composed nose that is a level up from the Chenevottes, displaying more tension and mineralité, more sense of purpose. The palate is well balanced with a keen thread of acidity. It feels tightly coiled at the moment but there is admirable concentration on the long, spicy finish. Very fine."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

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Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Chassagne 1er Chenevottes Product #31466 (In Stock)
Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Chassagne 1er Chenevottes Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) 2013 Chassagne 1er Chenevottes

Chenevottes is just below Vergers on the southeast-facing hill running down to the road to St. Aubin.  With its lower altitude, you'd expect it to be a warmer site and richer wine than Vergers, but somehow that's not quite how it works out.  Fresh, vibrant, and even more open than Vergers, this is easy to underestimate unless you pay attention to the finish which is long and fine and very delicious.

"Definite creamy oak aroma on the nose, but there's a lovely fruit scent as well, melon and green apple. A little chewy on the palate but all in harmony to develop greater complexity."  Jancis Robinson 17/20 points

"An ultra-fresh nose presents notes of citrus zest, tea and white orchard fruit. There is excellent intensity to the attractively textured and seductive middle weight flavors that deliver fine length on the fleshy and citrus-inflected finale that is moderately complex but quite persistent."Allen Meadows 90 points

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JK Carriere Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Product #31726 (In Stock)

Still tightly wound and very elegant for Shea.  Try it from 2019.

"A complex, perfumed bouquet of fresh red berries, Asian spices and potpourri takes on hints of cola and smoky minerals with aeration. Juicy, incisive black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors open up slowly and become sweeter with air, picking up a candied rose nuance along the way. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on the impressively persistent finish, which is shaped by harmonious, discreet tannins. This graceful Pinot is a strikingly graceful, even delicate rendition of the warm Shea vineyard, which usually produces more assertive, often boisterously fruity and densely packed wines."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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Brick House Vineyards Pinot Noir Evelyn's 2014 Product #31737 (In Stock)

One of the wines of the vintage!  These are the best barrels of the cellar blended into an outstanding wine honoring winemaker Doug Tunnel's mother.  A stunner.

"Highly perfumed and complex on the nose, displaying intense red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice scents and a hint of smoky minerals. Stains the palate with sweet raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that show a deft blend of richness and vivacity and no rough edges. The floral and spice notes resonate strongly on a strikingly long, seamless finish that's given shape by gentle, harmonious tannins."   Vinous (Raynolds) 94 points

"Firm and focused, with subtle tiers of cherry, orange peel, floral and dusky spice flavors, coming together harmoniously on the lithe finish. Has presence and depth. Drink now through 2024. 700 cases made."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Guigal Hermitage 2012 Product #32085 (In Stock)

"The 2012 Hermitage was bottled late last year and offers a very classic, slightly backward profile with notes of crushed rocks, black currants, graphite, chocolate and spice. It’s certainly enjoyable today, but this medium to full-bodied effort will be better in 4-5 years and drink well for a decade after that."Wine Advocate 92 points

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Rdv Vineyards Rendezvous 2013 Product #32134 (In Stock)
Rdv Vineyards Rendezvous 2013 Rdv Vineyards Rendezvous 2013

From perhaps Virginia's best red wine estate, another fine release.

"The attractive blackberry, cassis and chocolate aromas and moderately dry tannins make this rich and elegant blend based on merlot easy to enjoy, but it has some real depth and a complex finish with blood-orange and espresso notes. You could drink it now, but it will be better with another one to three years of ageing."  James Suckling 91 points

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Vinedos De Ithaca Odysseus Black Label 2007 Product #24900 (In Stock)
Vinedos De Ithaca  Odysseus Black Label 2007 Vinedos De Ithaca  Odysseus Black Label 2007

Odysseus Tinto Black Label is produced only in top vintages and is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 23% Carinena, with the balance Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak for 14 months. As always, it's a sexy, powerhouse, of a wine that opens with lush black fruit, crushed stone, lavender and spice aromas.  In the mouth, full-bodied and powerful with loads of lush fruit balanced by fine minerality and dusky tannin.  Good now, better after 2014.

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