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Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011 Product #28190 (In Stock)
Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011 Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011

You may never have heard of Ruche, but if you like aromatic grapes like Pinot Noir, and are searching for something that will sing with everything from Indian food to pizza, you've found your new best friend.  A traditional grape from Italy's Piedmont region, this is a soft, easygoing red with intriguing aromas of cherry, plum, lavendar, and floral notes.  Delicious and unique.

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Hacienda Tenero Torno Tempranillo 2011 Product #32262 (In Stock)
Hacienda Tenero Torno Tempranillo 2011 Hacienda Tenero Torno Tempranillo 2011

From the small Rioja village of Tornero ("little calf"), this is a screaming value in easy-drinking Rioja.  100% Tempranillo that shows fresh, bright, red fruit and a lush, round, texture.  Spiced red and black fruit flavors on the mid-palate get a complicating dose of herb and smoke on the generous finish.

"Attractive nose of ripe strawberries with peppery and cedary notes. Tobacco, too. Medium to full body, refreshing acidity, juicy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink now."  James Suckling 92 points

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Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso 2011 Product #32562 (In Stock)
Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso 2011 Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso 2011

Montefalco Rosso is more or less Umbria's answer to Chianti - a blend of mostly local grapes that delivers robust flavors and a food-friendly structure for beef, pork and cured meats.  This is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot, all from the super-ripe 2011 vintage.  Aging 12 months in used French oak smooths out some edges here but doesn't hide the dark cherry and raspberry fruit.  A bit of spice and vanilla adds interest and the chewy tannins offers perfect support!

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Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2011 Product #31430 (In Stock)
Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2011 Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2011

Ready to drink to night or cellar for a decade.  Brilliant stuff from the great 2011 harvest.

"The 2011 Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port, a typical Douro blend, was bottled in 2016 with a long cork and 101 grams per liter of residual sugar after five years in barrel. This is brilliant. Sappy, intensely concentrated, remarkably complex and beautifully structured, this young LBV has plenty of room to grow in the cellar, too. It is young, unevolved and capable of development. The complexity that it has now, with a trace of herbs, rhubarb and generally classic Port flavors, is a hallmark, but that will increase and become more varied with age. The tannic pop will also calm a bit more, not that this is undrinkable now. This reeks of potential. Noval is one of my favorite unfiltered LBV producers and this is a fine moment for it. With a few years of bottle age, it might even seem better as it acquires more complexity."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Product #31658 (In Stock)
Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Giovanni d'Orsi crafts this wine from the very best Sangiovese grapes he grows in the very best region of Chianti - the Conca d’Oro – and blends in 8% or so of the best barrels of Merlot and other permitted varieties in the cellar.  He then ages his wine for 14 months in high-quality French oak barriques to soften Sangiovese’s hard hedges and add complexity.  It's from the great 2011 Chianti harvest, and it’s clear right away that there was more than enough fruit and power here to not only stand up to the Riserva treatment but to actually benefit from it.  It’s young and there’s still a bit of primary oak showing on the nose and palate, but the real story here is the dark, rich, cherry and berry fruit, the plush texture, and the long and mouthwatering finish.  Drink with a decant now or cellar through 2026.

"A big and velvety wine with chocolate, berry and spice. Full body, round and chewy. Nutty undertone. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now."  James Suckling 92 points

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Pewsey Vale Riesling The Contours 2011 Product #32041 (In Stock)
Pewsey Vale Riesling The Contours 2011 Pewsey Vale Riesling The Contours 2011

If you enjoy the bone dry "regular" Pewsey Vale Riesling, step up to this late release bottling of the estate's best fruit.  Dry, driven, toasty.

"This release deserves some sort of award for consistency, year in and year out. The 2011 is light to medium in body and long, zesty and vibrant on the finish. Aromas and flavors of bergamot, honey (although the wine is completely dry) and toast are classic aged Eden Valley Riesling. Drink now–2030."Wine Enthusiast 93 points

"Up front and refreshing, offering a seamless mix of lime, pear and green apple flavors. This wine's details gain momentum on the finish, where smoke, lanolin, beeswax and chamomile accents add complexity and depth. Drink now through 2027."Wine Spectator 93 points

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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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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2011 Product #30181 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2011 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2011

Yes, you can certainly taste and enjoy Murto 2011 right now, but don't.  There is so much potential here still locked up in the bright,  minerally, structure that just won't unfurl and show itself until 2019 or so.  Already the bright red fruit, spice, and floral profile of a great Dundee Hills Pinot is easy to smell and taste.  And if, like me, you place a special priority on vibrancy, the sizzling cut and lift on display right now will make this hard to resist.  For those who wait, though, there will be richer, deeper, sweeter fruit to come along with plenty of earth and spice depth.  My personal favorite in a brilliant set of wines.

"Highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, Asian spices, rose oil and musky underbrush, with a subtle touch of smokiness in the background. Silky and penetrating on the palate, showing very good clarity to its spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. The spiciness builds on the finish, which is firmed by silky, building tannins. Quite elegant in style and balanced to age, although it's already delicious."  Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points

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Ch Lespault Martillac Pessac Leognan 2011 Product #31796 (In Stock)

Run by Olivier Bernard, also the proprietor of Domaine de Chevalier, this is an up-and-coming estate.  With 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, there's plenty of complexity here.  Drinking great!

"A beautiful wine already with currants, citrus and nutmeg character. Full body with silky tannins that are beautifully integrated into the fruit. Very fine indeed. Outstanding for the vintage."  James Suckling 91 points

Wine Spectator 90-93 points

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Musella Recioto 2011 (375ml) Product #32081 (In Stock)
Musella Recioto 2011  (375ml) Musella Recioto 2011  (375ml)

Recioto is Amarone left sweet - in this case, gloriously, richly, deeply, sweet but remarkably fragrant and fresh, too.  Musella only makes Recioto in great vintages, using the very best grapes of the harvest dried on straw mats for 150 days.  The aromas and flavors here call to mind dried cranberry, raspberry and raisin with a bunch of wild herb (thyme? Rosemary?) and then sweet black cherry and raspberry on the finish. A burst of red berry acid cleans up the finish and pulls you back for more.  A blend of  Corvina 50% Corvinone 10%, Rondinella 10%, Croatina 15%, Oseleta 15%  fermented in open top oak fermenters and then aged 2 years in neutral barrel.

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Vinedos De Ithaca Px Pedro Ximenez Priorat 2011 Product #25768 (In Stock)
Vinedos De Ithaca  Px Pedro Ximenez Priorat 2011 Vinedos De Ithaca  Px Pedro Ximenez Priorat 2011

It's hard to find words to explain just how good this unusual white Priorat is.  Sylvia Puig has created a complex, exotic, dry white that will blow your mind at table. Complex aromas of mineral driven spiced white peach and peppered lemon zest float out of the glass. Delicious round flavors of yellow pear, white raisin and almonds. The finish is pretty much endless.  Yes, it's really worth the price.

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Dom Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2011 (375ml) Product #31383 (In Stock)
Dom Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2011 (375ml) Dom Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2011 (375ml)

A classic that pairs honeyed richness with vibrant acids.

"A bright, juicy, lively style, with mango, peach, yellow apple and green fig notes all rippling along, carried by alluring honeysuckle and white ginger notes. This is flattering at first glance but there's fine minerality stitching up the finish. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2022."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Perticaia Sagrantino Di Montefalco 2011 Product #31583 (In Stock)
Perticaia Sagrantino Di Montefalco 2011 Perticaia Sagrantino Di Montefalco 2011

A big, powerful, wine to enjoy now with rich foods or cellar for years.

"Dark ruby. Herbs and flint dominate red fruit and cocoa aromas and flavors. Mountingly tough tannins are buffered by ripe acidity and fleshy sweet red fruit flavors on the long, refined finish. This big but balanced wine has a decade of cellaring potential."  Vinous (D'Agata) 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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Conceito Branco 2011 Product #29112 (In Stock)
Conceito Branco 2011 Conceito Branco 2011

Rita first came to international attention with the 2007 edition of this white, and Wine Advocate once again named this their top Douro white in 2011.  It’s a field blend of of Rabigato, Côdega de Larinho, Códega, Viosinho and Gouveio from an ancient, pre-phylloxera, vineyard in the cool Teja Valley, far above the Douro River.  Rita fermented and aged the just ripe fruit for 10 months in a blend of French and Caucasian oak, about 40% new.

This takes the bright, fresh, fruit flavors of the Contraste Branco and adds a layer of white Burgundy sophistication and complexity.  Aromas of apple, apricot, grilled pineapple, smoke, crushed chervil, and wet stones.  The flavors follow the nose and add creamy vanilla, toasted nut, and brown spice and find the crushed fresh herb coming forward.  An anise note emerges on the back and carries through to the long, broad, and super-fresh finish that just keeps pumping out juicy acids, bitter citrus pith, and salty mineral flavors for a minute or more. A stunner for now and years to come.

"More minerally and longer than the Contraste and a little more concentrated and with greater ageing potential. Citrus, grapefruit, mineral and really good length. Sophisticated with a line of freshness and drive."  JancisRobinson.com 17/20

"If the ‘11 Contraste is sunny and exhilarating, this adds the solidity and power, while remaining fresh, pure and bright. It has oak, but it seems so fresh that I can taste the tank. It ends with a gripping finish. The ‘10 may brood a bit more, but this may well be the best wine here and I’ll be interested to see how it ages. It combines that youthful exuberance with fine depth and solidity. Drink now-2019."Wine Advocate 93 points

"This rich, wood-aged wine is balanced and stylish. It shows the great potential for white wine in the Douro, with its panoply of flavors ranging from creamed apple to white peach, with a hint of herb. It’s a fruity offering that will age for at least 3–4 years."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Ar.Pe.Pe. Valtellina Grumello Rocca De Piro Rsv 2011 Product #32206 (In Stock)
Ar.Pe.Pe. Valtellina Grumello Rocca De Piro Rsv 2011 Ar.Pe.Pe. Valtellina Grumello Rocca De Piro Rsv 2011

The prefect introduction to the high-altitude Nebbiolo of Valtellina. Fine fruit and delicious now with air.

"Initially shy, this opens up with a few swirls of the glass to reveal underbrush, truffle, pressed rose and a balsamic note. The tense palate is lean and linear, offering tart red cherry, strawberry, clove and mineral while bright acidity and firm noble tannins provide balance."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano 2011 Product #30686 (In Stock)
Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano 2011 Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano 2011

Montestefano’s distinctive soils, unusually high in calcium,  make this one of the most powerful, even Barolo-like, wines from Produttori del Barbaresco.  Give it 5 years in cellar and enjoy for years and years to come.

“The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is one of the least expressive of these wines. Inward, powerful and explosive, the 2011 is not in a mood to show much today, that is pretty clear. Still, there is an obvious energy here that is impossible to miss. A firm spine of tannin gives the wine much of its signature power. Dark red cherry, smoke, pomegranate and scorched earth blossom on the dramatic finish. A wine of real density and gravitas, the 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano stands out for its pure, unbridled energy and overall intensity.”  Vinous (Galloni) 94 points

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Ovello 2011 Product #30833 (In Stock)
Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Ovello 2011 Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Ovello 2011

Although Ovello is cooler than some other sites, it somehow gives a fleshier, more expressive wine than they do.  You can certainly drink this right now with lamb or rare beef but it will just get more aromatic, longer, and more complex over the next 15 years.  As Galloni says, “Don’t miss it!”

"The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello, from one of the coolest zones in Barbaresco, is superb. Here it is the wine's precision and energy - both hard to come by in 2011 - that really stand out. Pine, mint, chalk, bright red berries, blood orange and white pepper are some of the signatures in a brilliant, finely-cut Barbaresco that captures the best of both the vintage and this site. Don't miss it!"  Vinous (Galloni) 94 points

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo 2011 Product #30835 (In Stock)
Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo 2011 Produttori Del Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo 2011

"The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is a bit darker and more ample than it usually is, a signature of the year. With time in the glass, the typical soaring floral/spiced Rio Sordo bouquet emerges. Dark, sensual and beautifully expressive, the Rio Sordo is another wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring."   Vinous (Galloni) 93 points

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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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