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Kangarilla Road Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013 Product #31653 (In Stock)
Kangarilla Road Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013 Kangarilla Road Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013

The late 2000s were a tough time for Australian wine growers, with wildly dry weather and a collapse in US demand for thick, jammy, over-the-top, Shiraz driving one winery failure after another.  Winemakers like Kangarilla Road's Kevin O'Brian who survived the crisis emerged with a new appreciation for wines that showcased Australia's rich, ripe, fruit in a more balanced, fresh, and even elegant style - in short, wines built for drinking rather than just showing well in competitions.

And McLaren Vale is one of the best regions in Australia for making this transition successfully.  Unlike baking hot Barossa further inland, the Vale lies just off Australia's western coast.  There's still plenty of sunshine and warmth, but it's balanced by cooling breezes and a bit of nighttime chill that locks in flavor and freshness.  In the fine 2013 vintage, Kevin captured the "new" McLaren Vale style perfectly in a 100% Syrah red loaded with red and black fruit, a hint of smoked meat, and pretty accents of licorice and spice.  Great with a steak, for sure, but also fine drinking while the coals are still warming up.

"Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2013 Shiraz Estate has pretty aromas of black and red cherries plus cloves notes with hints of eucalyptus and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it has nice freshness, good intensity and grainy, firm tannins. It finishes long."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015 Product #31176 (In Stock)
Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015 Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2015

The softer, more immediately-appealing, version of David Clarke's award-winning Thorn-Clark wines. Big, bold, and loaded with earthy fruit and spice.

"Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavors are dark and dense, with black licorice and thick tannins forming the backdrop to blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2028."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Product #30927 (In Stock)
Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014

A sneaky fine Syrah from Ardeche, the catch-all appellation surrounding the Northern Rhone.  Pop and pour and you'll find a juicy, ripe, and very fun bistro red, a wine showing the fruitiness and texture of a good Beaujolais with a touch of Crozes-Hermitage Syrah violet and black fruit.  Fresh and fun at first, give this some time in decanter and it takes on weight and loads of meaty, smoky, stony Syrah character emerges to complement the blueberry/blackberry fruit.  Either way, it's a lot of wine and loaded with food-friendly character at a very attractive price.

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Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Product #30928 (In Stock)
Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014

Sylvain Gauthier is a young winemaker to watch in the Northern Rhone.  Born in Lorraine, trained in Burgundy, and since 2007, making his own wines from Syrah in and around the Northern Rhone.  As far as we can tell, Olivier Daubresse is the first to import Sylvain's wines to the US, but the Wine Advocate managed to track down a bottle of the 2013 St Joseph last year and awarded it a very nice 90 point rating.

From the cooler 2014 vintage, this is a ripe but elegant take on St Joseph Syrah, with a nice touch of barrel for complexity and richness.  Ripe black berry and plum scents gain complexity from notes of roasted meat, smoked stone, and spicy oak.  Plenty of depth and richness here, but no excess weight and outstanding freshness through the long, mouthwatering, lip smacking, finish.  Enjoy right now with grilled lamb and keep some to continue to enjoy for another 4-8 years as it gains complexity and earthy depth.

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Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011 Product #30997 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011 Amalie Robert Syrah Satisfaction 2011

Yes, wonderfully elegant and very Northern Rhone-style Syrah from the southern Willamette Valley.  Remarkable stuff.

"The 2011 Syrah Satisfaction includes 50% whole-cluster fruit of four Rhône clones (plus a touch of co-planté Viognier vines). Not picked until November 14, it has an attractive bouquet with macerated red cherries, Provençal herbs, juniper berries and a touch of melted wax. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red berry fruit mixed with blueberry, Seville orange marmalade and a healthy pinch of white pepper lending the finish that Rhône "vibe." Very linear at the moment, the finish is quite tight. I would actually cellar this for one or two years as it should repay handsomely."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2012 Product #31252 (In Stock)
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2012 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2012

A Syrah classic that's delicious now with a little air and will improve for 15 years or more.

"Raised in 50% new oak for 18 months. Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, incense and fresh flowers, and notes of smoky minerals, vanilla and licorice adds complexity. Coats the palate with sweet cherry-vanilla and blueberry flavors given lift and cut by zesty acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes on a gently tannic note, showing excellent lift and floral-driven tenacity."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The 2012 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde has a complex, pure, medium to full-bodied feel in its cassis, black raspberry, olive and spice-laced bouquet. Possessing sweet tannin, plenty of fruit and a great finish, it has plenty of similarities to the 2011 and is joy to drink. Enjoy this pleasure-bent effort over the coming decade."Wine Advocate 91-93 points

"This offers a distinctive set of alder and olive aromas before giving way to a slightly taut core of bitter cherry, plum and red currant fruit. Lovely bay and leather accents hang on the background, leading to a long, grippy finish that exudes a slightly perfumy sandalwood note. Best from 2017 through 2027."Wine Spectator 92 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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Guigal Saint Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2012 Product #31326 (In Stock)
Guigal Saint Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2012 Guigal Saint Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2012

Stunning already and built to improve for a decade plus.

"Potent black and blue fruit aromas show excellent clarity, picking up smoky mineral, star anise and pipe tobacco qualities with aeration. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering hefty blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that are given lift and spine by juicy acidity. Packs a serious punch but comes off as lithe and precise, finishing with silky tannins, building florality and outstanding persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

"The first vintage bottled with the new label, the 2012 St Joseph Vignes des Hospices is already approachable and drinking beautifully. Its healthy ruby/purple color is followed by pretty, medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of cassis, black raspberries, chocolate and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, forward, beautifully textured and even a touch sexy, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 10-15 years."Wine Advocate 93 points

"This is not shy, with a dark licorice and warm ganache frame, melding wonderfully with the core of blackberry and fig confiture flavors. The finish lets a Turkish coffee note roll through. The fruit and grip remain in lockstep. Best from 2016 through 2023. 60 cases imported."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'ampuis 2011 Product #32086 (In Stock)
Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'ampuis 2011 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'ampuis 2011

"Vivid ruby. Spicy red fruits, incense, violet and botanical herbs on the flamboyantly perfumed nose. Vibrant, mineral-tinged black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and vivacity and a seamless texture. Juicy, precise and appealingly sweet on the youthfully tannic, incisive finish, with the berry and floral notes echoing. The blend of fruit intensity and tension here is quite suave."  Vinous (Galloni) 93 points

"The 2011 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis has closed down slightly since last year, yet still offers a terrific perfume of cured meats, vanilla bean, sweet black currants and graphite to go with medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy style on the palate. I doubt it will truly close down and would happily enjoy bottles anytime over the coming 15 or more years."Wine Advocate 93 points

"Very focused, with a lovely beam of lightly steeped red currant, bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors that glides atop singed cedar, black tea and dried star anise notes. The long finish is very fine-grained. A gorgeous wine. Best from 2016 through 2027. 400 cases imported." Wine Spectator 94 points

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