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Uniquely Italian and Available Only at Hi-Time Wine Cellars!

The IL Chiosso wines from Alto Piedmont are fantastic, distinctive Italian wines and a perfect illustration of why customers are drawn to Hi-Time. You would never find wines like this at a supermarket or large retailer. In fact, these Nebbiolo-based wines from Northern Italy are appearing for the first time in the United States. These wines share flavor characteristics of a high quality Barolo or Barbaresco, but show a bit more minerality and finesse. The wines of IL Chiosso show how successfully the noble Nebbiolo grape grows in Alto Piedmont. For those of you who have discovered Alto Piedmont, here are two new wines to enjoy and add to your repertoire. For the uninitiated, this is a perfect opportunity to explore a brilliant expression of the Nebbiolo grape in a region which may be new to you at a fantastic price.

The 2008 IL Chiosso Gattinara is a fragrant, complex and harmonious wine. What makes it special is a combination of terroir, adept winemaking and seven years of age, putting this wine in the perfect spot for drinking now. This wine is like an aged Barolo or Barbaresco with more minerality as the volcanic porphyry soils add to the interest of this wine. In fact, this is what we are drinking now as we wait for the well-structured 2010 Barolos to soften with age. Wines from the appellation of Gattinara have been awarded the highest quality designation for Italian wine (DOCG) for good reason.

The 2010 IL Chiosso Fara comes from grapes grown in soil composed of clays, sands and minerals from the Alps. Nebbiolo is blended with Vespolina and Uva Rara grapes before aging in large French and Slavonian oak barrels for three years. The Fara appellation is quite small resulting in limited production and even fewer bottles making it to the United States. It is a wine of substance and structure, which pairs well with grilled meats and cheeses such as Pecorino Romano.

These delicious wines are uniquely Italian and available only at Hi-Time. Even better, they drink well-above their price point and offer tremendous value.


Medium ruby with garnet reflections. Aromas of rose, dusty cherry, strawberry, orange peel, potpourri, and sweet fresh-rolled tobacco. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with Nebbiolo tannins making it capable of aging. Despite this, the wine is light on its feet with a supple texture. Refreshing acidity makes this wine lively, displaying a bright red fruited character. The aromatics continue to increase with aeration, adding complexity. This drinks well now and calls for Osso Bucco or rack of lamb.

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This wine is medium garnet with a tawny rim. Expressive and very complex on the nose with notes of dusty rose, dried violets, tar, black tea, dried cherries, red and black currants, raspberries, anise and balsamic notes. On the palate, the wine is dry, full bodied with drying yet smooth tannins. The fruit is fresher on the palate with cherries, black raspberry, autumn spices including cardamom, cinnamon, and licorice. The acidity and beguiling savory quality lends itself to food. The finish goes on and on. It is well put together and well-balanced, showing nice refinement.

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A 95 Point Zinfandel Blend from Ridge Vineyards!

The Lytton Vineyard has produced Zinfandel of great quality since Ridge made their first Lytton bottling in 1972. It offers an impeccable balance of fruit, structure, and acidity. The stellar 2012 vintage has just been released, and in line with other wines from the most anticipated vintage in almost a decade, this wine is showing quality way above its price points! This has been one of the best selling Ridge wines in our store for years, and while critics have given this wine praise year after year, this release really stood out to wine critic Antonio Galloni!.


ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "Ridge remains one of the finest operations I visit anywhere in the world. The total commitment to quality, value and customer service simply has no equal in this country. Although the flagship Monte Bello, Lytton Springs and Geyserville bottlings get most of the attention, the Three Valleys Zinfandel is a reliably outstanding value, while the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the finest California Cabernet Sauvignon in its price range."

"The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2013 boasts tons of inky blue/purplish fruit, mocha, spices, new leather, lavender and licorice. Readers will have to give the Lytton Springs at least a few years to shed some baby fat, but it is nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage. Once again, the team at Ridge has produced an absolutely compelling Lytton Springs. The 16% Petite Sirah in the blend adds an unmistakable air of gravitas."

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A Rocking Value Wine Advocate 91 Point French Red Under $9!

Cases de Peyna is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still know as "French Catalonia". We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Chateau and village Cooperative: "Peyna".

This medium-bodied blend is packed with flavor, offering aromas of plum & cherries with smokey notes. The palate yields red and black fruits, spice, a hint of bacon, and silky tannins. Enjoy with a variety of everyday foods including pizza, pasta and burgers, as well as Mediterranean classics like ratatouille, cassoulet and stuffed tomatoes. It is also excellent with fish!

This is a delicious wine and a rocking value, which would make a terrific case purchase. We only have a limited amount available. When it’s gone it’s gone! First come, first served.


WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Also terrific, the ruby/purple 2014 Côtes Catalanes (52% Grenache, 36% Carignan and the rest Syrah, aged all in tank) offers lots of kirsch and darker berry fruit, spring flowers, pepper and violet notes to go with a medium-bodied, supple, forward, lively feel. Like the 2013, this is a rocking value to drink over the coming couple of years."

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A Delicious Wine of the Month 2!

In 1997 Charles Back, having established Fairview in Paarl as one of South Africa's most successful and popular wine estates, bought a farm called Klein Amoskuil near Malmesbury in the Swartland region north-west of Paarl, then rather better known for its wheat than its wine. It was the next step in applying his philosophy to 'go where the terroir is'. From the start, this innovative vintner with the brave and adventurous spirit has succeeded in finding like-minded individuals to make his Spice Route wines. First on board (from the maiden 1998 through the 2001 vintage) was the young maverick Eben Sadie, who quickly started turning out wines that both earned critical acclaim and had broad appeal, in South Africa and internationally.

After Eben's departure to follow an independent path, Back approached Charl du Plessis, a winemaker who the Spice Route owner admits to having "had his eye on for a while". Back puts it in a nutshell: 'The man has enormous passion for wine and pays incredible attention to detail - with talented winemakers it's usually either the one or the other; it's rare to find both in one. He has an incredible affinity for the Swartland and dryland viticulture'.

In essence, the Spice Route Winery's name reflects what the vineyard, the wines and the people are all about. It recalls the ancient mariners of the 15th century braving the tempestuous waters of the 'Cape of Storms' as they plied their trade bringing exotic Eastern spices to Western Europe along the so-called 'Spice Route'. In much the same way Charles Back went sailing into largely uncharted waters on his route to realising the viticultural potential of this part of the Swartland wine region. His venture's name is equally evocative of the style of wines being made: rich, complex yet infinitely enjoyable, with ripe fruit of the finest quality skilfully enhanced through careful oaking… much as carefully selected spices bring out the flavors in a dish.


"Chakalaka" is a blend of many grapes: 29% Syrah, 29% Mourvedre, 13% Grenache, 13% Carignan, 8% Tannat and 8% Petite Sirah. The beauty in a field-blend style of wine like this is when the sum of the parts create something more harmonious and beautiful than the individual grapes could attain solo. South African Rhône? Maybe so-- and certainly delicious. The nose is filled with jammy, spicy fruit, dark raspberries and blackberries, as brown spices, fresh tilled earth and stoney scents add complexity. Great viscosity in the mouth, a basketful of fruits, a mix of red, blue and black berries and cherries, are balanced with a layer of acidity and silky tannins. The easy, rich fruits are balanced with spices, vanilla bean and clove, subtle earthiness and black tea in the background. This is not a heavy wine but, like the spice traders of yore, it's certainly rich and impeccably balanced between sweet fruit, pungent spices and solid earth.

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Close Out on Name Brand Vodka!

This sale good while supplies last and is limited to stock on hand. Supplies are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.


Absolut Cilantro is a contemporary new flavored vodka alive with aromatic cilantro and vibrant lime. Taking its inspiration from Latin American kitchens, Absolut Cilantro bursts onto the scene with a taste that’s smooth, fresh and unforgettable. Made from all natural flavors with no added sugar, it is versatile and easy to mix. Perfect for summer socializing.

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Aromas of exotic hibiscus fuse with ripe and round notes of freshly sliced pomegranate. Bright layers of fruity and floral flavors burst through a natural sweetness. Shot with a sophisticated tang from the hibiscus. ABSOLUT only makes flavored vodka from all natural ingredients. No added sugar. Low in calories. And an icon of good taste.

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FRÏS Orange Freeze is a chill out session in a bottle. It’s a tropical breeze on the back of your neck, it’s swinging in the hammock. It’s the moment you kick off your shoes and kick up your feet, when the day is done but the night is only just beginning…

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A Delicious Cabernet at a Ridiculous Price!

We just made a special purchase of the 2009 Ernesto Catena Siesta Cabernet Sauvignon. The distributor needed to make room for the new vintage so we agreed to give it a taste. Of course, we often receive similar offers and you rarely hear about them, because many of them do not wow us. Well, this one did! This 2009 Ernesto Catena Cabernet Sauvignon is a dead ringer for a very high-quality Napa Cab and you know how much those bottles can go for. This wine is offered at a fraction of the price one would pay for a Cabernet-based wine of comparable quality from anywhere else in the world. It is firing on all cylinders and drinking extremely well right now with gorgeous fruit and silky smooth tannins.

Ernesto Catena is the eldest son of Nicolás Catena and a fourth generation winemaker. As you probably know, Catena is perhaps the greatest name in Argentine wine-making and is responsible for elevating the reputation of the region as a whole. Ernesto wanted to focus his efforts on single varietal wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and this wine clearly shows his ability to do so. The grapes for Siesta come from Ernesto’s Vistaflores vineyard in the heart of the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The vineyard is certified organic, yielding high quality fruit which is aged in American and French oak barrels prior to bottling.

The Ernesto Catena Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious wine, which would make a terrific case purchase. We only have a limited amount available. When it’s gone it’s gone! First come, first served.


Dark ruby with purple highlights. The nose is expressive showing bramble fruits, currants, blackberries and dark cherries. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, supple and mouth coating with supple fine-grained tannins. The flavors mirror the nose with ripe, dark fruits stealing the show. Crème de cassis, blueberry and blackberry flavors are enhanced with a hint of vanilla. This Cabernet shows excellent balance and culminates in a long and satisfying finish.

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An Awesome Italian Red from Southern Puglia Under $10!

This awesome Italian red from southern Puglia in the Salento appellation (think the heel of the 'boot') is one that pairs well with both warmish weather and the cooling days of fall-- it's fresh enough for sunny climes but rich enough for falling leaves and wind and weather. It's a blend of 60% Negroamaro, 25% Merlot and 15% Primitivo. The grapes come from selected vineyards in the Salento region, harvested at the beginning of October, to get a level of maturation in order to achieve a high sugar level and good alcohol content. After the hand harvest, grapes are pressed and the fermentation starts; the skins are left in the must for a long period to extract flavors and the characteristic thick, deep red color.


The nose on this Rosso displays forward blue and black fruits, cassis, spiced meat and exotic dark floral scents. The palate carries on with the fruits in the lead: mixed dark fruits, black cherry. Broad hints of spice and charcuterie with a background note of cocoa lead to a rich, rounded, even finish. The tannins are smooth and supple and appropriate acidity keeps it from becoming cloying. This is a great wine for roasted meats and with game dishes such as wild boar and deer; don't put away that grill just yet! This is also excellent with mature and savory hard cheeses while being balanced enough to enjoy solo. This is a heart-warming wine perfect for lovers of rich, red wines.

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A Fun, Easy Drinking Red that is Sure to Put a Smile on Your Face!
This is a fun, easy drinking wine that is sure to put a smile on your face. Wirra Wirra’s Scrubby Rise is a silky smooth Aussie blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot made in an approachable style and loaded with fresh fruit. The Shiraz steals the show with its characteristic juiciness, but is rounded out nicely by the other grape varietals. This is focused, delicious and juicy with raspberry, blackberry and plum flavors with a little dusting of cocoa to add to your pure enjoyment.

The Scrubby Rise label features the artwork of acclaimed surrealist artist Andrew Baines and features a man in a suit and bowler hat rowing a boat across the vineyards. This whimsical label is reflective of Wirra Wirra’s take on this easy to like wine. Sometimes we do tend to get pretty complicated in our descriptions of wines, but not this time. Simply put, this is a fun and delicious wine for early drinking-Enjoy!

JAMES HALLIDAY 89 POINTS - "Bright purple-crimson; the 2012 vintage produced wonderful South Australian reds right across the price-point pyramid; this wine is entirely fruit-driven, its light to medium-bodied palate with vibrantly fresh fruits and superfine tannins. Ready whenever you are."
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Huge Scores for Shafer Hillside Select and Relentless!

Shafer Vineyards have been producing incredible wines for almost 4 decades. Head winemaker Elias Fernandez has been doing a beautiful job for 30+ of those years bringing a level of quality that has positioned Shafer to be one of Napa Valley most sought after producers among us wine connoisseurs. Robert Parker said it best a few years back and we have to agree when he said, "Shafer Vineyards, one of the most impeccably run wineries in the world, is a wonderful family operation that deserves all the success they have earned." The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, when it took first place at an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Palmer. Since that time, Doug Shafer, John Shafer, and Elias Fernandez have not rested on their laurels, but have continued their passion for excellence in grape growing and winemaking.


ROBERT PARKER 94-97 POINTS - "The 2012 Syrah Relentless is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. In keeping with this amazing year, it’s full-bodied, juicy, succulent, flamboyant, with blueberry and blackberry fruit galore, lots of glycerin and a massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness or astringency characterize this stunning wine."

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ROBERT PARKER 96 POINTS - "Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years."

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A Highly Recommended Tuscan Treasure WS 93 Points!

As featured on the cover of Wine Spectator under the heading "Tuscan Treasures," comes this terrific Sangiovese-based wine from Boscarelli. Spectator designated this Vino Nobile de Montelpuciano as Highly Recommended and awarded it 93 Points, describing it as having "brilliant balance, finesse and elegance."

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of three great Sangiovese production zones in Tuscany along with Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation is a fraction of the size of either which probably accounts for it being lesser known than the other two. The well-regarded Sangiovese clone, Prugnolo Gentile is used to craft this wine. The hilltop town of Montepulciano produces a wine, which combines the richness of Brunello di Montalcino with the perfume of Chianti Classico.

The very "noble" estate of Paola De Ferrari Corradi was founded in 1962 by her father. Paola’s elder sons Luca and Nicolò are now managing the vineyard. Together they make a fantastic wine, which should not be overlooked. This is a terrific example of what one can expect from this region of "noble vines." Salute!


Medium ruby in color. On the nose, aromas of dusty rose, leather and truffle frame the red fruit flavors including lovely cherries. On the palate, the wine’s structure puts it in the medium plus to full-bodied realm. Nice acidity provides lift to the cherry and strawberry flavors while non fruit flavors such as leather, tobacco and white pepper add complexity and interest. Enjoyed with rich dishes such as grilled, roasted or braised red meat, game dishes, and seasoned cheeses.

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A brilliant balance between the cherry, currant and floral side of Sangiovese and its earth, leather and tobacco elements gives this red appeal. The structure is well-integrated, and the wine shows elegance and finesse overall. Best from 2017 through 2024. Highly Recommended."

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The Old Rum and the Wheatley!

Even though the calendar asserts that Fall is here we can only surmise from the sweat on our brow and the heights the mercury is attaining that Summer, while not "...icumen in...", is certainly not vacating these climes so rapidly either. Shall we let the warm weather dictate the refreshment in our glasses...? And so it goes; a Hi-Time selected Solera rum and a new vodka from the Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace. Sip and blend to your heart's (and the heat's) content.

Limited Edition; Re-Barreled for Hi-Time Wine Cellars

Rum represents a strong spirit of American rebellion, and Papa’s Pilar Dark is hell-bent on returning rum to those gutsy roots. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's unbound land travels, this smooth, complex blend is bold, well-traveled, and deeply nuanced. Just like Papa himself. Pilar was Hemingway's boat, the vessel that allowed America's literary giant to reach beyond the shoreline, feast on life and later recount his tales of adventure as he sat at his typewriter-- this rum is bold, rich and crafted with depth; much like Papa's stories.

This limited edition dark rum, hand-selected by the staff here at Hi-Time, has been re-barreled and aged in Angel's Envy Bourbon barrels, after spending time initially in Bourbon and Port Wine barrels with a finish in Sherry barrels. It is a solera-blended rum with a variety of aged rums (up to 24 years old, sourced from Florida, Central America and the Caribbean). The nose is rich and sweet with hints of orange chocolate, caramel, milk chocolate, brown sugar and sweet spice. The sweetness continues in the palate as do the flavors first found in scents: orange chocolate, milk cocoa, toffee, baking spices, vanilla. This is rich, refined rum. While you can definitely mix with this one, enjoying it neat, or perhaps with your favorite maduro cigar, will be hard to resist. Think late nights, patios, friends, maybe some jazz or Cuban-inspired sounds in the background, salt air, good times.

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Craft Distilled by Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley and his dedicated team at Buffalo Trace, Wheatley Vodka is made in small batches using Harlen’s one-of-a-kind micro-still and a unique recipe of wheat and other grains. Distilled a total of 10 times, triple filtered, and bottled at 82 proof, this artisanal vodka has a clean, crisp, and fresh taste. Harlen has always wanted to make a premium vodka, and knows from experience that wheat offers a delicate and balanced flavor profile. The wheat recipe is cooked, fermented, and distilled seven times on the micro-still before being married with a recipe made from other grains and distilled an additional three times. As Harlen describes it, "This is how vodka is supposed to taste." The nose is clean and neutral with a hint of citrus in the background. Upon tasting, it's very soft and viscous with a light sweetness on the tongue, a touch of sea salt minerality, maybe a whisper of vanilla. You'll say "Wow!" twice-- once for the low price, once (or more) for the great taste.

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Huge Scores for the Iconic Mondavi Reserve Cabernet To Kalon!

The icon of icons for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been released! The Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet has become one of the benchmarks for greatness in the Napa Valley…and for good reason! The wine is comprised of fruit from some of the best blocks of the famed To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville! Couple that with an uncompromising work ethic and talented winemakers, and you have the reason why Robert Mondavi Winery is always regarded as one of the best each and every year.


ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard boasts marvelous depth and pure texture. Hints of mocha, espresso, cloves, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of dark, pliant fruit. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is already hugely expressive. In particular, the addition of 7% Cabernet Franc is quite noticeable in the wine's super-expressive, resonant aromatics."

WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "An iron fist in a velvet glove, this begins with a supple, rich core of currant, black cherry, anise and sage, firming up with tannins from oak and grape. Glides along gracefully, never losing the core fruitiness, while the tannins and gravelly earth accents lend the flavors tension and traction. Drink now through 2029."

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A New High Scoring Spanish Red from Priorat!

It is an exciting time for Spanish winemaking and particularly for the Priorat region which continues its evolution as a producer of thrilling red wines. Although winemaking has taken place in Priorat for centuries, the region really caught the public’s attention in the 1990’s when several producers blazed a trail, focusing on quality. Today, this area is thriving and the demand for its wines continues to grow.

One of the great names associated with winemaking in Spain is Juan Gil, maker of the hugely popular Clio and El Nido wines, which sell out quickly once we get them in the store. One of Gil’s newer ventures is his exciting project in Priorat which he calls Bluegray, named for the color of the slate soils in his vineyards. Bluegray is a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Mazuelo (Carignan) and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is lush and powerful, yet artfully balanced with pure fruit flavors augmented by minerality imparted by the soils. It is made in a ripe, fruit-forward style which seems tailor-made for the American palate.


Deep ruby with heavy staining of the tears, the nose shows focused ripe black fruit and cherry flavors accented by fresh autumn spices, mineral and spicy notes. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied with very smooth tannins. The fresh fruit flavors on display include blackberry, cherry, currant and blue plums. This shows good balance and drinkability with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy on its own or with grilled and roasted beef, aged cheeses and hearty dishes.

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Firm and focused, this red makes an impression through energy rather than weight. Cherry, black olive, licorice and garrigue flavors mingle on a lithe frame, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Offers a fresh, spicy finish. Drink now through 2021."

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A Very Tasty Wine Advocate 90 Point Red Under $8!

Tilia continues to produce remarkably good wines at impressively low prices. The 2014 Malbec is no exception and may be their best yet. It has the rich, smooth and juicy flavors we love along with impressive lift and vibrancy. In fact, it was just awarded a 90 Point score by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calling it, "one of the best values in Argentina." This is one of those wines to grab by the case as your everyday drinker or for your next party as it is definitely a crowd pleaser.


WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The grapes of the 2014 Malbec were harvested very early and 70% of them fermented using carbonic maceration. The freshness is so impressive that I had to look at the alcohol level, which is half a degree lower than in the fresher 2013 vintage! There are some herbal aromas (think raspberry leaf), bright cherries and flowers, even lilies. The palate is very tasty, with some subtle bitter flavors, fine tannins and very good acidity. This is a triumph over the vintage. Bravo! This should be readily available, as they produced 500,000 bottles of it. And it's one of the best values in Argentina too!"

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One of Our Best Wine Buys of the Year!

We just received an allocation of one of the most compelling and sought after wines from Argentina. The 2010 Cheval des Andes is a wine of power, grace and depth and is considered one of the best red wines produced in South America. Even better, we are able to offer this high-scoring wine at an unbelievable price, making this one of our best buys of the year. The exceptional quality of this Malbec-dominant blend sets it apart and it consistently receives rave reviews from wine critics. This full-bodied wine is beautifully textured, concentrated and rich and showcases tremendous purity of fruit. All the flavors come together seamlessly culminating in a long, polished finish. This wine can be enjoyed over the next 5 years or more, but is drinking so well now it’s hard to resist.

Cheval des Andes is a partnership between two exceptional estates and a perfect reflection of the Franco-Argentine style. This unique alliance combines the world-class winemaking of the great Bordeaux producer, Château Cheval Blanc (remember Mile’s dream bottle from the movie Sideways?) and the high altitude terroir of Terrazas de Los Andes. The unique location of Luján de Cuyo in the foothills of the Andes gives rise to the production of an intense, expressive and refined wine. Cheval des Andes symbolizes the perfect synergy between the French art of blending and New World creative innovation. Enjoy this expression of world-class winemaking at a quality to price ratio which is hard to beat!


WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2010 Cheval des Andes is produced with grapes grown at an old vineyard (planted in 1929) at Las Compuertas, in the Luján de Cuyo department of Mendoza plus grapes from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. The blend changes with each vintage and in 2010 they had very good Petit Verdot so the percentage of it is higher than ever. It's a blend of 60% Malbec and 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wine shows great integration of the oak, with notes of blackcurrant and spices (black pepper), showing restraint and incipient elegance along with underbrush and hints of truffles. I think I've never seen such an elegant Cheval des Andes. The palate reveals very good balance between power and elegance with ripe, fine-grained tannins, good length and freshness. Stronger balsamic notes emerge with time in the glass. This is one of the finest vintages of Cheval des Andes, challenged maybe... by 2011! Keep an eye open for these two vintages. 60,000 bottles produced."

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A Seamless Expression of Tuscany’s Signature Grape Varietal!

Volpaia is back with another terrific vintage of their Chianti Classic Riserva. Last year, Volpaia established itself as a customer and staff favorite and after tasting the 2011 vintage, we know it will continue to please Volpaia’s many fans. This wine is a delicious, seamless expression of Tuscany’s signature grape varietal, delivering the complexity Sangiovese is known for. This wine showcases generous purity of fruit and gentle spices clothed in a robe of uncommon elegance.

The wine hails from the small fortified village of Volpaia in Tuscany, Italy and is the home town of the della Volpaia family. Lorenzo was a friend of Leonardo da Vinci and was involved in the placement of Michelangelo’s David. This Florentine family established itself as well-known clock and scientific instrument makers with works on display at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the Science Museum in Greenwich, England and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

More recently Volpaia has turned its passion to winemaking with tremendous results. Enjoy this fantastic wine with grilled or roasted meat, cured sausages, tomato-based pasta dishes and hard cheeses. Buon appetito!


JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Fresh strawberry jam with forest autumn leaves and a hint of white truffle. Silky tannins with fresh wild strawberry and gentle wood. Silky, elegant texture. Drink now or hold."

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "A broad, rangy Chianti Classico, featuring cherry, leather, tobacco and mineral flavors. Balanced, staying focused and long on the tobacco- and licorice-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2022."

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A New Wine from Germany’s 2015 Winemaker of the Year!

We are very excited to offer the first vintage of Thomas Haag's (named Winemaker of the Year for 2015 by the Gault Millau, the preeminent wine guide in Germany) Schloss Lieser 2014 Riesling Kabinett from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. We are also thrilled to offer his dry wine which is both elegant, refreshing and considered some of the best dry Riesling available, as well as his compelling Grosses Gewachs (Grand Cru) Riesling from the Niederberg Helden vineyard. Wine Critic John Gilman states, "The 2013 Niederberg Helden GG (Grosses Gewachs) consolidates so many of the qualities that have propelled him to the top and very clearly one of the greatest estates in Germany today."

Thomas Haag comes from a long history of winemaking, going back to 1604. As the eldest of the two sons of winemaker Wilhelm Haag, Thomas studied winemaking and Enology in Geisenheim, and in 1992, ran the winery just downriver called Schloss Lieser. Going to work for another winery when he was the heir apparent, seemed the surprise, but Willi (then 60 years old) was not yet ready to retire. Schloss Lieser had great vineyards but had been poorly managed for many years. Through Thomas’ hard work he was able to not only make a name for himself, but also put the town of Lieser and the Niederberg Helden back on the map.

Thomas makes most of his wines (except for his dry wines) using spontaneous fermentation, where he places the grapes in a pneumatic press, then lets the juice settle in the tank overnight. Within a few days, yeast in the air will start fermenting the juice. Starting with that classic "sponti" nose, the result is wines with a filigreed, fruity energy, tremendous concentration and slatey mineral complexity.


JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93+ POINTS - "2014 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett- Schloss Lieser The inaugural vintage of Schloss Lieser’s new association with the Wehlener Sonnenuhr has produced a simply beautiful Kabinett. The wine offers up an utterly classic bouquet of apple, pear, wild yeasts, vanilla bean, grey slate tones and a topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, pure and primary, with lovely mid-palate depth, ripe, crisp acids and a long, filigreed and nascently complex finish. Beautiful wine. 2019-2040."

JANCIS ROBINSON - "Thomas Haag has the Sonnenuhr down to a T, as despite vintage variations he always manages the successful marriage of delightful citrus fruit, animating acidity, moderate sweetness, a dab of minerality here and a dash of green herbs there. The perfect balance of all these components is the strength of this wine and although it’s 'only' a Kabinett, it could almost be accused of complexity." (MS)

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JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 89+ POINTS - "2014 Schloss Lieser Riesling QbA Trocken- Schloss Lieser (screwcap) The Estate Riesling Trocken was one of the wines bottled two weeks before my visit and was showing quite well. The excellent nose offers up scents of lime, slate, a touch of petrol, wild yeasts, lovely smokiness and a touch of mossiness in the upper register that reminds me a bit of some of Maximin Grünhäuser’s older QbAs. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, pure and complex, with a good core, zesty acids and fine length and grip on the well-balanced finish. Good juice. 2015-2020+."

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WINE ADVOCATE - 91 POINTS - "The 2013 Niederberg Helden Grosses Gewächs opens very clear, precise and aromatic on the nose revealing a very pure, lemon and herbal-scented bouquet. Full-bodied, clear and juicy in the mouth this is a fruit intense and piquant Riesling with a persistently salty finish. Quite rich and powerful for Schloss Lieser but that’s a reflection on the cru's nature with its richer and more weathered slate soils compared to the Juffer Sonnenuhr."

ANTONIO GALLONI - 91 POINTS - "Savory aromas of dried apricot, blackberry and nut oil, with something smoky behind it all. Dense berry fruit with finely polished minerality animate the palate. Elegant, lively and spicy on the alluring finish, this wine is only beginning to show its pedigree. It is certainly one of the two or three finest dry Rieslings of the vintage on the Mosel."

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Robert Parker 96 Points for Calera "Mills" Pinot Noir!

After tasting the best Pinot Noir produced in the world (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti), winemaker Josh Jensen scoured the California coast to find Limestone soils (like the have in Burgundy) mixed with the right climate. He found an old limestone quarry perfectly suited to his needs. Since that point in time, Josh has fashioned some of the best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays you can find in California.

The Calera Pinot Noirs possess such beauty, balance, finesse, and complexity that they are amazing on their own, and are perfect accompaniments just about any fine meal!


ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2012 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard comes from 26-year-old own-rooted vines and was harvest September 20 to October 17. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, its semi-opaque ruby color is followed by sensational notes of ripe currants and darker fruits, scorched earth, smoked meats, licorice and chalky minerality. Big, rich, full-bodied and layered, with a huge core of fruit that never seems over the top or heavy, this elegant, profound Pinot Noir can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or more."

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Gorgeous New Releases From Talley Vineyards!

Rosemary's Vineyard is located on a hillside surrounding Rosemary Talley's home, and is characterized by white, rocky fractured sandstone and loam, with some clay in the subsoil.  Rosemary's is steep, very well drained, and because it is closer to the ocean, it is slightly cooler. Entirely hand harvested, this was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 15 months, yet there is no evidence of heaviness.  A knockout of a wine, this received 96 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!


WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "What I think is one of the top Chardonnay's coming from the Central Coast, the 2013 Chardonnay Estate Rosemary's Vineyard saw the same elevage as the other whites, with barrel fermenting and aging on lees for 14 months in 20% new French oak. It has drop-dead gorgeous notes of citrus rind, melon, crushed rock and hints of brioche that flow to a classic, straight, laser-focused style on the palate. While the Rincon Chardonnay has slightly more exotic qualities, this is textbook and classic Chardonnay all the way. Gorgeous."

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The Rincon Vineyard (located eight miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean) is the oldest of their vineyards with the first plantings dating to 1982. The soil in the Rincon Vineyard is shallow, and is composed of loam and calcareous clay. This soil type is reminiscent of the vineyards of Burgundy, particularly those located in the Côte de Nuits. The shallow soil, coupled with the steepness of the hills, facilitates drainage and results in chardonnay and pinot noir yields averaging less than three tons per acre. This wine sees the same élevage (or upbringing) as the Rosemary’s, so the only difference in taste comes from the vineyard itself.


WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "This is another terrific lineup of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Brian Talley and winemaker Eric Johnson. Located in Edna Valley, they release a number of single-vineyard (also from the Arroyo Grande Valley) as well as solid value-priced appellation releases and their Bishop's Peak bottlings. Most are completely destemmed and aged in a modest amount of new oak.

Coming from loam and calcareous soils and aged on lees for 14 months in 20% new French oak, the 2013 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard offers lots of saltiness and mineral characteristics to go with exotic green herbs, citrus and stone fruit-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, balanced, clean and classy, with both stunning freshness and notable length and depth of flavor, it's another terrific white from this team that will have a decade or more of longevity."

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