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The Dream Vintage has Arrived!

The 2010 vintage marks an unprecedented year for Tuscany’s much beloved sangiovese-based red, Brunello di Montalcino. Winemakers, the wine press, and seasoned wine professionals unanimously agree that this is the Brunello vintage of a lifetime, even outclassing the outstanding 2006 and 1997 vintages.

The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner writes of the 2010 vintage, “possibly reaching iconic status. Montalcino has some great wines in store for us and the barrel tasting I did while visiting estates was nothing short of exhilarating. Rest assured: The hype and the buzz … is not hyperbole. Many vintners I spoke with describe it as a ‘dream vintage.’”

Quantities are limited and between the huge scores and epic vintage this wine won't last long. Don't hesitate to order. First come, first served. Click HERE to see all the 2010 Brunellos we have in stock.

COL D'ORCIA 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

ANTONIO GALLONI 92+ POINTS - "Col d'Orcia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vendemmia is all finesse. Sweet floral and spiced notes open up in the glass, followed by veins of bright red stone fruits. Hints of orange peel and white pepper add an attractive, beguiling upper register of aromatics. The 2010 is still a bit raw and much less expressive than it was from barrel, but it is promising."

JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "A traditionally styled Brunello with nuts, cherries and plums on the nose and palate. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh, lively finish. Delicious now but better in 2016."

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SAN FILIPPO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Extremely complex aromas of mushroom, stone, chalk, dark fruit and lightly dried bark or tea. Full bodied, with powerful and layered tannins. Muscular and intense. It needs loads of time to soften. Better in 2017."

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SAN FILIPPO 2010 LE LUCERE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "Aromas of crushed raspberries, cherries and blackberries expand on your senses. There are also freshly sliced mushrooms, wet earth and bark. It's full-bodied, with an incredible depth of fruit and a savory, salty, almost grilled meat character. Layers and layers of fruit and tannins. A truly great wine. Better in 2020."

WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "Aged two years in oak, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucére is expressive and deep with thick lines and a profound sense of extraction. This is a lovely wine that occupies a special place on the opulent side of the Brunello spectrum. Of course, the amazing quality of fruit in 2010 has given winemakers more variables and raw material to play with. The wine shows dark concentration and an impenetrable appearance. Dried fruit, clove, nutmeg and toasted almond segue to cola, licorice and pressed rose petal. The mouthfeel is sweet and chewy but the overall effect is spectacular. This wine marks a huge improvement over past efforts."

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A Lot of Bang for Your Buck!

Fosso Corno is a 30-hectare estate in Abruzzo, Italy. From the hilltop vineyards you can see both the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Gran Sasso mountains to the west. The warm Adriatic and the Gran Sasso range control the climate in this part of Abruzzo that is warm and dry during the days but much cooler at night-- conditions that favor growing grapes with intense flavors and excellent maturation while retaining good acidity and balance. This "Aires" is produced from estate fruit of 100% Montepulciano grapes. It was fermented in stainless steel and aged in stainless for six months prior to bottling. We've been fans of Montepulciano wines from Abruzzo for quite a while-- it offers a lot of bang for the buck (something we always appreciate) and we're seeing more effort into creating higher-quality wines of this grape from this region. This "Aires" is proof of that.

FOSSO CORNO AIRES 2012 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO

The nose is rich and pretty; notes of fig, red plum, plum skin, red cherries and a touch of coffee grounds reflects the ample sunshine the vintage received and the excellent terroir Fosso Corno is blessed with. The palate reflects the nose with beautiful forward fruits, lots of red berries and cherries, kept aloft with balanced acidity and rounded tannins, while earthy minerality completes the triumvirate between fruit, acidity and terroir. Another benefit to worthy Montepulcianos from Abruzzo is in food pairing! This is a versatile grape-- try with it: lamb, pastas with tomato sauces, grilled meats in general, bolognese sauces, richer game or ossobucco, Korean marinades, Peking duck, fatty fish (swordfish, salmon, tuna) and aged cheeses. Cheers!

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Great Deals on Some of Our Favorite Tequilas!

Don't forget Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. With that said we wanted to show you some fantastic deals on a few of our favorite tequilas. Keep in mind if you don't see anything you like we have over 500 other tequilas for you to chose from. Click HERE to see our entire tequila selection.

Hi-Time Selected Barrels

CASA NOBLE ANEJO $84.99 Retail $119.99 750ml [162604] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
PATRON ANEJO $45.99 Retail $49.99 750ml [120310] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
Anejos
CASA DRAGONES SIPPING TEQUILA $249.99 Retail $299.99 750ml [169246] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
CAVA DE ORO EXTRA ANEJO $79.99 Retail $149.99 750ml [102287] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
EL TESORO PARADISE $119.99 Retail $139.99 750ml [162296] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
DON JULIO 1942 ANEJO $109.99 Retail $129.99 750ml [164000] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
TEQUILA ARTE NOM 1146 ANEJO $49.99 Retail $59.99 750ml [100846] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
GRAN CENTENARIO ANEJO $25.99 Retail $49.99 750ml [162942] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button *Great Value*
Reposados
CLASE AZUL REPOSADO $75.99 Retail $89.99 750ml [164119] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
SIETE LEGUAS REPOSADO $38.99 Retail $43.99 750ml [165417] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
Bargain Tequilas
PURA VIDA GOLD 100% AGAVE $16.99 Retail $39.99 750ml [100696] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
DON ABRAHAM SILVER ORGANIC $17.99 Retail $39.99 750ml [106506] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
Blancos
OCHO 2014 PLATA TEQUILA $39.99 Retail $46.99 750ml [167086] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
CASA DRAGONES BLANCO $59.99 Retail $69.99 750ml [105168] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button
CHINACO BLANCO $28.99 Retail $41.99 750ml [105370] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

A Delicious Wine of the Month!

There's an old adage in the wine world: "When the weather warms, look to the South of France." Actually, I made that up. Unless someone like-minded wrote it down somewhere or somewhen else, which is quite possible, I'll claim it. But, in thinking of our wine-buying habits, from the surfeit of dry rosés and spread of dry white wines we tend to bring in around late spring or early summer from the Sud, it's pretty apropos and downright sensible. Which is why this Mont Gravet was such a clear choice for our wine of the month-- it's from Southwest France in Gascony where they know a little bit about warm seasons.

Something about the heat, and it's been a bit hot around here lately and that will likely continue, calls out for refreshment: bright fruits, forward acidity, wines that uplift. The reason for this is twofold: to keep heavier-styled wines from dragging us down and also to pair with the lighter fare generally consumed when the fahrenheit climbs. This Colombard is a perfect example.

MONTGRAVET 2013 COTE DE GASCGOGNE COLOMBARD

The nose is lush and rich with tons of mixed tree fruits, apricots, white peaches and pear, supplemented by sweet brown spice tones and a touch of gravel. The palate is lush and viscous but lifted by easy acidity as many of the scents turn to flavors: the sweet stone fruits from the nose, joined by a touch of Golden Delicious apple, are enhanced by some floral nuances with honeysuckle and wildflowers, citrus, a hint of lanolin and minerality. Slightly rounded but floating lightly in the mouth with acidity, this is fresh, delicious wine-- we will enjoy this one in the spring sunshine and during the balmy nights of summer.

Pair with foods you'd eat pool- or sea-side: white fish tacos, veggie dishes, salads, not-too-spicy pork, chicken. And, like many of Mont Gravet's compatriot dry rosés from the South, it's a heck of a bargain and tastes much pricier.

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A Perfect Mother's Day Gift!

“Nature provides a constant spectacle of miniature surprises and exquisite visions, revealing the beauty of a flower as it opens or a butterfly taking flight. In so doing, it establishes a lively, deferential dialogue with mankind.” - Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler

Created by the artistic team of Mischer & Traxler, this limited edition includes one bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé, one gift box, and two glass flutes. The deluxe embossed gift box with see-through butterfly and bubbles let you see the flutes inside. The glass flutes are laser-engraved so bubbles rise solely from the center of the glass. It makes the perfect gift for all your Rosé Celebrations such as Mother’s Day or toasting the arrival of new spring life.

 
PERRIER-JOUET BLASON ROSE 2 FLUTE GIFT SET BY MISCHCHER & TRAXLER

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Vibrant and refined in texture, this well-knit rosé Champagne meshes a chalky base note with flavors of almond biscotti, fresh ginger, white raspberry and candied kumquat. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases imported."-Alison Napjus (09/14)

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Another Sensational Bargain Parker 93 Points Under $17!

Finca Villacresces is situated in the middle of the Ribera del Duero's "Golden Mile" adjacent to the one of Spain's most famous vineyards, Vega Sicilia. For centuries it has been tucked away between vineyards the Duero River and an ancient pine forest. It covers 110 hectares, 64 of them under vines.

FINCA VILLACRECES 2012 PRUNO

ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "This blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a vineyard situated adjacent to one of the famous vineyards utilized to produce Spain’s greatest red wine, Vega Sicilia. Made from relatively old vines, the 2012 Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured effort that spent 12 months in two-year-old French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a baby Vega Sicilia, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as notes of high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and spice box. Full-bodied, deep, velvety textured, lush and heady, at $20 a bottle, it is another sensational bargain from Eric Solomon. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years."

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A Tremendous Trio of Rosés from the South of France

If there's one thing that gets us to love even more an already-excellent Tequila, it's when There’s a Christmas song you’ve probably heard of that starts by saying “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” I can’t help but think of this song each year when the dry, French rosés start to roll in. There’s something so expressive and refreshing in these wines—and they’re pretty reasonably priced, for the most part, with a few stellar examples going over the $20 mark. These three are well under the $20 niveau, with one under $10! Hallmarks of these wines: great fruit, excellent acidity, balance, uplifting, great with good, many can be enjoyed solo, amazing value. And when it warms up, a chilled dry rosé is an excellent foil for the heat.

DOMAINE DE LA SANGLIERE "LA RIVIERA" ROSé

Everything begins in 1980 when François Devictor, engineer in farming awarded a diploma by the ESAP (College of Farming from Purpan), decides to settle down in Provence to produce great wines. He falls in love at first sight with the Domaine de la Sanglière in Bormes les Mimosas and knows at once the potential this idyllic site represents, located by the sea. With a total surface of 42 hectares, the estate is completely remodeled to meet optimal quality requirements. A cellar is built. The production of Whites, Rosés and Red wines in Côtes de Provence appellation can then begin...In the lineage of their father’s work, it is the wine growers' second generation, Rémy and Olivier Devictor that manages the estate nowadays. This is a delicious, fun, zippy rose that offers tremendous value—we could hardly believe that this much wine sells for under $10. The nose is a mélange of salted watermelon, lanolin, well waqter, peach pit and mixed red berries. In the mouth it’s dry but fresh as the bright acidity dances alongside savory, sweet fruits like kiwi, cantaloupe and watermelon. Easy sipper, perfect for warm days and moonlit nights.

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 VIEVITé 2014 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSé

30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah 10% Carignan
Situated just 15km outside of Saint Tropez, Domaine Sainte Marie harmonizes pure relationship with nature and boasts an anthology of exceptionally old vineyards. Strawberries, Carnations and a delicate, overall floral perfume alights the nose.  In the mouth, notes of stone fruits, plaintain and a touch of the saline are awash in the lush viscosity of texture.  Acidity and a general spiciness level the field, keeping the wine uplifted and not heavy, as cherries, guava and dark currant lend a more serious element toward the finish.

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Château Saint-Pierre 2014
Cotes de Provence
ROSé

 Château Saint-Pierre dates back to the eleventh century. Recent rehabilitation work in the cellar have revealed vestiges of a church dedicated to Saint Pierre that had belonged to Foulques, Lord Of Les Arcs. This property and the land around it were bequeathed to the Saint Victor Abbey in 1055. Handed down from father to son for the past four generations, Jean-Philippe Victor now manage this 55 hectares vineyards that stretch from the Argens River up to the foot of the Maures Mountains. The nose is a rich blend of well water minerality, red plum skin, peach and strawberry notes. The palate is lush and creamy with forward tropical fruits, stone fruits, sweet peach cobbler and ripe cherry, balanced by excellent acidity and a dose of minerality. The finish allows the fruit back to the forefront as it slowly fades, like a glorious sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Benchmark wine.

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New San Matias Hi-Time Barrel-Selected Tequilas!

If there's one thing that gets us to love even more an already-excellent Tequila, it's when we have a chance to taste through and select special blends and barrels of that Tequila, choosing the one we all think really represents the best of the house and region.  An even better day?  When they let us pick more than one blend. So, today we have two to offer and both are absolutely delicious, just in time for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations about to take place.

SAN MATIAS ORGULLO TEQUILA ANEJO
HI-TIME BARREL SELECTED

We here at Hi-Time were almost speechless when tasting this Tequila. Our hats are off to the San Matias distillery for its masterful blend of two, three and six-year-old Tequilas that come together to make one of the lowest priced and highest quality Tequilas we have ever tasted. The nose is laced with fresh cinnamon and toasted oak. The body is rich, complex and loaded with gobs of vanilla, toffee and baked agave. Layers of holiday spice, vanilla-laced oak and light peppery heat crescendo to finish this stellar spirit. Even if you don't think you like Tequila you need to try this one.

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SAN MATIAS GRAN RESERVA EXTRA ANEJO TEQUILA HI-TIME BARREL SELECTED

This 100% Agave Tequila is produced from Highlands Agave, and aged for over 3 years in French Oak barrels. The staff at Hi-Time picked this wonderful barrel and we think that this is the best Extra Aged yet! Taste over 123 years of experience and tradition in Casa San Matias Tequila products.

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Flat-out Delicious!

Volpolo from Podere Sapaio is flat-out delicious year in and year out so we were excited to see the new release from the outstanding 2012 vintage. This wine has not yet been rated, but the last vintage was #22 on Wine Spectator's Top 100  and after recently tasting the wine we expect great reviews again.

The estate is located in Bolgheri, which is well known as the home of “Super Tuscan” wines, made famous by Sassicaia and Ornellaia. These producers broke the mold and used non-Italian grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and other international varieties in their blends. Bolgheri is rightly regarded as one of the great winemaking regions of the world and its wines are highly sought after. Volpolo is a wonderful Bordeaux blend comprised of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. It is an expressive wine which combines power, elegance and longevity.

PODERE SAPAIO 2012 VOLPOLO

Aromas of cassis and dark currant with cigar box and fresh tilled earth greet the nose.  Full-bodied on the palate, layers of dark fruit including blackberry, currant and plum predominate.  Culminates in a very long finish.

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Big Savings on Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy!

The delicious berry fruit and spice flavors of the cooler climate grapes from the Joppich Vineyard in Langhorne Creek gives the Blue Eyed Boy its crowd appeal. It is blended with McLaren Vale Shiraz to add intensity, vibrancy and richness. This year the McLaren Vale fruit came from the Gateway and Long Gully Road Vineyards.

We have a limited supply so don't hesitate to order. Prices are good while supplies last. First come, first served.

MOLLYDOOKER 2013 'BLUE EYED BOY' SHIRAZ
WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS! – “Dense, rich and spicy, exhibiting intensely concentrated blueberry and raspberry flavors, underlined by stony, tarry flavors and a plush texture. Shows presence and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2021. 9,186 cases made"
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Frank Family’s 2012 Cabernets Score 92 & 95 Points!!!

The vineyards of Calistoga, located in the northern Napa Valley, are prized for helping to produce wine grapes of extraordinary flavors, complexity, and quality. Frank Family Vineyards are located in this region, on the original site of the historic Larkmead Winery and owned by wine legend Hans Kornell. Rich Frank and his family farm this piece of land with great fervor, and with the help of their winemaker Todd Graff, the wines from Frank Family Vineyards have become a “go to” at several of the top restaurants, hotels, and retailers.

Now why is that? It’s easy; Frank Family produces wine that they like to drink, and they don’t charge the proverbial arm-and-a-leg like some others tend to do. What you get here exceeds what you pay! In addition to their Calistoga site, they have acquired a few other vineyards in other Napa Valley regions (such as Rutherford and Carneros) that they farm with the same intensity as their Calistoga vineyard.

As you may have heard, the 2012 vintage looks to be quite majestic! And folks, these 2012 Frank Family Cabernets are some of the best ever to come out of this winery!

FRANK FAMILY 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS! – “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a much more friendly, supple, fruit-forward style of wine with loads of créme de cassis, plum, licorice and spice. This opulent, full-bodied wine is certainly going to be a big hit with consumers. It is broad, savory and pretty much everything one wants in a delicious Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Bring on the grilled meats! This wine should drink well for 10-15 years."

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FRANK FAMILY 2012 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS! – “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the complexity, richness, breadth of flavor and overall texture and personality. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blueberries, blackcurrants, spice box and subtle oak, the wine is full-bodied, generously endowed, opulent (characteristics of 2012), pure and beautifully textured. Built like a skyscraper, but not heavy, this is a tour de force and a brilliant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now- 2025."

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A Visit with Mathieu Deiss of Domaine Marcel Deiss!

We recently enjoyed a visit from Mathieu Deiss, winemaker from the great Alsatian producer, Domaine Marcel Deiss. The Deiss family is noted for their original thinking, maverick winemaking and for being staunch advocates for the terroir of Alsace. Particular to Domaine Deiss is their focus on field blends, several varieties of grapes co-planted in the same vineyard. The focus is so strong on terroir that they defy conventional tradition and do not list the grape varietal(s) on their labels. They are also biodynamic producers, intimately aware of their vines and the soils in which they are planted.

As we tasted through the wines, Deiss was reluctant to give specifics about any of the blends for his wines, believing it would take away from the notion of terroir. Such is his strength of conviction of the importance of place. It may seem that Deiss was obstinate or unagreeable, but the opposite is true. He took the time to answer all of our questions,,,well except for the grape blends in his bottlings!

The wines were all terrific with Alsace Blanc offering tremendous value and complexity. The Rotenberg bottling showed great purity of fruit and definition. The Schoenenbourg Grand Cru displayed incredible depth and complexity and elicited a collective “Wow” from those tasting the wines. These fine wines of Domaine Marcel Deiss reflect the winemaker: they are interesting, somewhat enigmatic and definitely worth getting to know! Click HERE to read more about Domaine Deiss on our blog.

These wines are very limited so don't hesitate to order.  First come, first served.

DOMAINE DEISS 12 ALSACE BLANC

This wine is produced from 13 Alsatian grapes, which express the story of Alsatian terroir. Vinous Media - "Dark straw-yellow. Peach and aromatic herbs on the enticing nose. Rich and ripe but not at all heavy, with honeyed yellow stone fruit flavors displaying above-average intensity for an entry-level wine. Sneaky concentration and depth here."

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DOMAINE DEISS 10 ROTENBERG

The Riesling and Pinot Gris are evident, fine and very elegant. Aromatic and light on the palate! Stephen Tanzer - "Bright straw. A fusel quality complicates tangerine and blood orange on the expressive nose. Chewy, rich and rather full-bodied, with ripe apricot and peach flavors complemented by anise and licorice notes. The smooth, rich finish lingers nicely with repeating anise and licorice nuances. This has a more evolved nose than the 2011, which I found surprising given that 2010 was the cooler, higher-acid vintage."

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DOMAINE DEISS 12 SCHOENENBOURG

The famous Schoenenbourg vineyard is sourced for the flagship of Domaine Deiss. The result is a rich, ageable wine of nobility, which magically combines an impression of strong extract with a weightless quality, very impressive.

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "Bright, deep yellow. Ripe, vibrant aromas of white peach, lemon zest, chamomile and balsamic herb are complicated by lemony botrytis. Silky on entry, then round and fresh in the middle, with terrific lemony cut providing excellent energy. Really resonates on the floral, saline, tactile back end, leaving the taste buds vibrating under a lemon meringue and peach sheen. In terms of richness this seems to fall between the Mambourg and the Altenberg; it usually needs more time in the cellar than the wines from either one of those sites. In ten years' time this will be intensely mineral rather than tropical.  Best from 2018-2034”

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98 Points Under $50 from the Dream Vintage!

The 2010 vintage marks an unprecedented year for Tuscany’s much beloved sangiovese- based red, Brunello di Montalcino. Winemakers, the wine press, and seasoned wine professionals unanimously agree that this is the Brunello vintage of a lifetime, even outclassing the outstanding 2006 and 1997 vintages.

The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner writes of the 2010 vintage, “possibly reaching iconic status. Montalcino has some great wines in store for us and the barrel tasting I did while visiting estates was nothing short of exhilarating. Rest assured: The hype and the buzz … is not hyperbole. Many vintners I spoke with describe it as a ‘dream vintage.’"

Argiano is a classic Tuscan hilltop estate in Montalcino with over 250 acres of south-facing vineyards. The estate dates to 1581 and has a long reputation as a top producer of classically styled Brunellos. This fantastic wine has been a long time staff and customer favorite at Hi-Time. Quantities are limited and between the huge scores and epic vintage this wine won't last long. Don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

ARGIANO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "An unforgiving, powerfully structured wine with fabulous grilled-meat, granite, dried-berry and flower-petal character. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Great structure. Extremely long and intense. Sexy austerity. Gets the juices going. Best ever from here. Reminds me of the great Argianos of the 1970s. Better in 2017 or 2018."

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Aged for 24 months in oak, the gorgeous 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a brooding, dark wine with great aromatic purity. The fruit tones are rich and penetrating, spanning from plum, prune and cassis to spice cake, tar and black licorice. The wine's concentration is luscious and opulent. The oak element imparts lasting aromas of spice, toast and caramel but the wine already shows a good degree of integration that should help it continue its bottle evolution. Hold this wine until 2017. "

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Limited Edition Woodford Reserve!

Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is honoring this year’s “Run for the Roses” with the release of its 2015 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. This year’s limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle features the artwork from elite equine artist Carole Andreen-Harris.

“Woodford Reserve is honored to have such an esteemed equine artist design this year’s commemorative Derby bottle artwork,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “Her incredible talent and love of horseracing truly captures the spirit and passion of the Kentucky Derby.”

WOODFORD RESERVE KENTUCKY DERBY EDITION 1 LITER

Aged and bottled at Labrot & Graham Distillery which is in the heart of Kentucky's horse country. While this distillery is the smallest in operation in the state, whiskey has been distilled on this site since 1812As the hand-selected barrels of whiskey reached their peak, they were married with the famous limestone water of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region. Has a character and uniqueness that is unduplicated. This premium bourbon is a testimony to the distiller's craft Woodford Reserve is bottled at 90.4 proof.

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Orin Swift Machete is Back in Stock!

Dave Phinney is the mastermind behind the Orin Swift brand creating successful labels such as The Prisoner, Papillion & Mercury Head. He also makes a couple of our customer favorites like GKG Cabernet Sauvignon and Stanton Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon out of Oakville. A handful of years back, Dave made this Petite Syrah-driven blend called Machete that blew our minds, showcasing loads of black fruits, hints of chocolate with this seamless texture from front to back, ending with lip-smacking, chewy yet integrated tannins…. The wine seemed to have disappeared just as quickly as it was released with everyone clamoring for more! Yet for some reason the bottling was not reproduced in the subsequent vintages much to the dismay of Orin Swift followers.

Out of the blue last spring, we heard through the grapevine that Dave was resurrecting the Machete label with a 2012 offering and it would be released by summer. After much anticipation, the wine arrived in racy new packaging but after uncorking a bottle we were pleasantly surprised that the wine was reminiscent to our cataloged memory of the original and over-delivered for its price point! Well, now we have a limited amount of the 2013 vintage which for California was an outstanding year even better than the 2012 growing season.

This wine is a very limited production and will disappear before you read about it in a wine publication / magazine. We recommend ordering while you can!

ORIN SWIFT 2013 RED "MACHETE" CALIFORNIA

Characteristics of this release as described by Dave - “An opaque, purple chroma is brilliantly on display in the glass. An alluring fragrance of bright floral notes, violet juxtaposed with intriguing mountain characteristics. The entry is big, dark, and brooding with concentrated berry flavors, black cherry, mocha, and delightful earthy, brambly notes. Soft and lush, the tannins are sublime which offsets a pleasing mineral finish.”

Please note: Machete is bottled with 12 different lables....yes, 12. So the bottle you receive may not be the bottle in the picture.
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An Amazing Red Robert Parker 94 Points Under $13!

Ramón Castaño's relationship with the world of wine dates back various generations with a family history of vine cultivation and wine makers. In 1950 Ramón built the new winery, modernizing and upgrading the technical methods by which the family vines were worked. However it was not until 1980 that the first wines were bottled. At the start Ramón's contemporary attitude towards wine production seemed too daring in the conservative world of wine in Yecla, seeing as the Monastrell already facilitated easy commercialization in the bulk market. Yet since then the family's striving for quality has never altered.

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CASTANO 2012 SOLANERA

ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - "Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. A custom cuvee that is only available through importer Eric Solomon, this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer."

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A Rosso Riserva that Over-Delivers for the Price!

We tasted the wines of Vignalta and were so impressed that we wanted to bring in both the Rosso Riserva and ARQUA bottlings. We feel both wines will appeal to lovers of California and Bordeaux wines and showcase excellent purity of fruit and offer tremendous value. Vignalta was founded in 1980 by Lucio Gomiero who concluded after years of tasting great Bordeaux wines, that anything Pomerol could do, he could do just as well. The appellation of Colli Euganei in Northern Italy shares the same lines of latitude with Bordeaux; therefore it is not surprising that these varietals flourish. The estate consists of 123 acres, with diverse vineyard holdings on mostly south-facing slopes taking advantage of the unique soil and varietal combinations in the area.

The Rosso Riserva was selected as our Wine of the Month 2 for April as it over-delivers for the price.

VIGNALTA 2009 ROSSO RISERVA

The nose on this Riserva definitely has a right bank Bordeaux-like essence with a bit more terroir, earthiness. But the sweet fruits, plums and red berries and cherries are also quite present with hints of cocoa and red peppercorn. The tangy red fruits lead in the palate with smooth, silky tannins backed up by mid-palate notes of leather, strawberry and black tea. Ripe berries and red plums are joined by elegant minerality and a touch of graphite in the finish. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

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VIGNALTA 2009 ARQUA

ARQUÀ is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Vignalta’s best lots in the Euganean Hills near Padua. The vines benefit from a temperate climate and develop excellent phenolic ripeness and maturity. After a gentle pressing and fermentation, the wine is aged in second pass French Oak. ARQUA garnered the prestigious “Tre Bicchieri” award by the well- respected Gambero Rosso publication. This wine is reminiscent of a well-made Napa Valley wine or perhaps a right bank Bordeaux wine produced in a warm vintage such as 2009.  It competes very favorably with wines from those appellations.

Medium ruby in color, aromas of both dried and ripe cherries, with red currants and nice toasty notes. On the palate, one is struck by the lush, silky tannins. The fruit is ripe and juicy with the cherries showing engaging brightness. The French oak is expertly matched to the wine, imparting notes of warm vanilla and milk chocolate. This wine has silky, plush tannins and is in a perfect spot in its evolution. It is drinking great right now, although it could certainly age for an additional several years.

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A Visit from Yalumba with Jane Ferrari!

On April 1st, 2015 we were visited by the Force of Nature that is Jane Ferrari of Yalumba Wines. Over the course of an hour, Jane regaled us with stories of her adventures, travels and personalities she has encountered in the wine business.

Yalumba is a very easy sell here at Hi-Time. They’ve been making wine for more than 165 years after being founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, a British migrant and brewer who brought his family to Australia in search of a better life. Smith purchased a 30 acre parcel of land and began planting vines. He named his patch Yalumba, which is Aboriginal for “all the land around.” Six generations later, Australia’s oldest winemaking family owned winery has achieved great success.

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YALUMBA 2013 GRENACHE "BUSH VINE"

ANTONIO GALLONI  90 POINTS - "Brilliant ruby-red. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas show good energy and focus. Energetic red fruit flavors gain sweetness with air, picking up a suave floral quality. Lively, appealingly pinot-like grenache with very good finishing lift and smooth, harmonious tannins arriving late." Josh Reynolds

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YALUMBA 2012 "THE STRAPPER" GSM

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Rich, ripe and velvety, this is dense without being heavy-handed, with cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors that dance through the vigorous finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases imported."

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YALUMBA 2010 "THE SIGNATURE" CABERNET/SHIRAZ

WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Yalumba The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz) has a slightly muted nose giving notes of macerated plums, blackberry preserves and menthol with suggestions of cloves, anise and nutmeg. There’s some complementary oak apparent on the full-bodied, generously-fruited palate that has a solid structure of medium to firm grainy tannins and crisp acid. It finishes with a good length. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014 to 2024+."

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YALUMBA 2008 "OCTAVIUS" OLD VINES SHIRAZ

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Deep garnet with a hint of purple in the color, the 2008 Octavius Barossa Shiraz displays intense notes of creme de cassis, dried plums and kirsch with hints of meat, smoky bacon fat, soy, black olives, allspice and licorice. Full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the concentrated blackberry and savory flavors are nicely structured with a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and enlivening acidity. The finish is very long, layered and complex. Approachable now, it should drink well to 2021+."

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Hedonistic Pleasure in a Glass and Should Not Be Missed!

The famous appellation of Chateauneuf de Pape in the Southern Rhone has had a string of excellent vintages, but encountered challenges during the 2013 growing season. The spring was one of the coldest and wettest in recent years, greatly affecting the quality of the Grenache grapes, which are the dominant grapes in most Southern Rhone wines. As a result, many producers are not bottling any Chateauneuf de Pape wine from the 2013 vintage. Fortunately there are some excellent 2012s still available, which Chateauneuf fans would be wise to stock up on.

An excellent example comes from the terrific producer, Clos Saint Jean. Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel make delicious wines sourced from old vines of the famed La Crau vineyard. In fact, the Clos Saint Jean bottling has been one of our best-selling Chateauneuf de Pape wines for the past several years. The critics have spoken and gave very consistent scores and praise for this delicious wine. This wine delivers full-bodied, hedonistic pleasure in a glass and should not be missed!

CLOS SAINT JEAN 2012 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A dark, loamy style, with warm tar and espresso notes underscoring the core of black Mission fig, Black Forest cake and steeped plum fruit. Juniper and singed alder hints add texture and contrast on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2027. 500 cases imported."

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a beautifully Provencal effort that gives up loads of black licorice, savory spice, leather and sweet black cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and already approachable, it nevertheless has the tannic structure and concentration to evolve for 10-15 years."

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A Remarkable Value Robert Parker 91 Points Under $10!

Over the past several years, we have become unabashed fans of the wines produced in the once unheralded region of Jumilla. The vines in this parched and seemingly barren region in south-east Spain produce wines of incredible richness and concentration at unbelievable prices. Casa Castillo produces this outstanding Monastrell-based wine without chemicals and practices organic farming. Robert Parker gushed about this estate writing, “Considered by many observers to be the finest estate in Jumilla, Casa Castillo is a treasure-trove for fabulous values, particularly from the Monastrell (Mourvedre) grape that loves the chalky terroirs and cool slopes of the Sierra del Molar.”

On the nose, the wine displays aromas of dark sumptuous fruits, Kirsch and baking spices. On the palate, this wine shows great purity showcasing ripe black and blue fruit with notions of vanilla bean and semi-sweet chocolate that only enhance the complexity of this delicious wine. The tannins are supple and silky smooth on this delicious wine which has no hard edges. We are excited to be able to offer this outstanding hand-harvested wine, which is absolutely delicious and an incredible value.

CASA CASTILLO 2013 MONASTRELL

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "Yields for the 2013 Monastrell (100% Monastrell aged six months in neutral French oak barrels, concrete and foudres) were 16 to 25 hectoliters per hectare, which is about half of that permitted in Burgundy. An amazing value, this wine boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of blueberries, blackberries, scorched earth, licorice and forest floor. Stunningly pure and medium to full-bodied with oodles of fruit, this is a remarkable value to drink until the cows come home. Consume it over the next 2-3 years."

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Highly Recommended Barbaresco at an Incredible Price!

Italian wines have been on a roll over the past several years. In particular, the wines of Piemonte (Piedmont) have shown tremendous gains in popularity with a string of outstanding vintages showcasing the quality the wines are capable of attaining. The Nebbiolo grape is without a doubt the region’s star with the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco often referred to as the King and Queen of Italian wines. There is a certain nobility to these wines, which are quite different than any other wines in the world. They have the light-colored appearance, aromatic intensity and complexity of flavors common to pinot noir, but have more structure and are quite capable of aging. The wines of Barbaresco set themselves apart as they are generally more approachable at an early age as compared to those from Barolo.

The Pasquero family owns the Paitin estate, which dates to 1796. Secondo Pasquero works closely with his sons, Giovanni and Silvano to craft their beautiful wines. Their grapes for the Serra bottling are sourced from Serraboella vineyard nestled in the rolling hills of Neive. The vines have attained a maturity and the youngest vines are at least 30 years old. The Paitin Estate has been recognized as a producer of high quality wines, which offer incredible value. The Serra Barbaresco is a wine with excellent flavor, complexity and balance and was given a “Highly Recommended” designation by Wine Spectator Magazine!

PAITIN "SERRA" 2011 BARBARESCO

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Rich and velvety, yet also vibrant and complex, this red boasts floral, berry, anise, leather and mineral flavors. Harmonious, this turns slightly chewy in texture on the lingering finish. Best from 2017 through 2027. 1,000 cases made."

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Caymus 2012 Special Selection Cabernet has Arrived!
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CAYMUS 2012 SPECIAL SELECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Back in the fall of 2014 Caymus released their 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with the 40 year commemorative label. With 2012 being such a blockbuster of a vintage, the wine world went crazy when Robert Parker released a whopping 96 point score and we are pretty sure Chuck Wagner himself was no doubt impressed on how fast that wine sold out in the retail market. Well here is the “big brother” of that Napa Valley rendition and while it has NOT yet been rated, we can only imagine how quickly this will disappear once it does! Here you have a Napa Valley icon with their flag ship bottling (the only wine in the world twice honored as "Wine of the Year" by Wine Spectator Magazine) from one of the most epic vintages in some time.

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A Fantastic, High Scoring Old-World Wine Under $10!

This is a red blend from the Symington family who, if you don't know, are behind Dow's port wines, one of the premiere port wine houses in Portugal. That's the first clue that makes this wine worthy of at least a look. Second, it's from the 2011 vintage, when Portugal and Portugese wines had a rebirth, a renewal, that saw them producing some of the best wines ever from their country. Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and well known British wine critic said this of the 2011 vintage in Portugal: "...there is little doubt that 2011 produced some stunning vintage ports, into which more effort and skill has gone than any other previous vintage in the Douro. And I find it impossible to think of any other wine region, anywhere in the world, that produced better wines." It is also worthwhile to note that Dow's 2011 port wine was named Wine Spectator's number one wine of the year in 2014 with a score of 99 points. The 2011 Vale Do Bomfim received a respectable 90 points from Wine Spectator-- for a sub-$10 wine.

While this Vale Do Bomfim is not a port wine, it is from the Douro and had the same weather conditions (ideal!) and zeitgeist that the port wines experienced, from one of the top port wine producers-- and we reap the reward by getting a fantastic, old-world wine at a song of a price. But this wine is not new to us; it's been on the Hi-Time radar for at least the last decade, as we've featured it in numerous December newsletters (it made the "Stocking Stuffer" section at least twice!) and previously ran it as a wine of the month. Having typed all that as an introduction, know that this 2011 is the best version we've had; we say that not to down vote the other years, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but to uplift this bottling as being exemplary. It's made from a blend of grapes commonly used for port wines that have more recently found their well-deserved place at the non-fortified, dry red wine table: 50% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca and 15% Tinta Roriz.

DOW VALE DO BOMFIM 2011 DOURO

The nose is loaded with dark and red fruits, vibrant spice, beef jerky, a touch of cocoa and a light waft of floral perfume. Ripe red plum was the main fruit component we smelled and tasted (and loved!). The palate is sweet with ripe red fruits and silky tannins but it's not jammy and overdone. It's a great warm-weather red at it's not a monstrously big wine as far as body and acidity but has plenty to offer when paired with barbecued meats and burgers and other casual spring/summer fare.

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "An elegant, medium- bodied red, with flavors of olive tapenade and dried red berry. Forest floor notes show on the sinewy finish. Drink now through 2018."

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