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New Zealand Wines: Pure, Intense, Diverse!

New Zealand is a land like no other. New Zealand wine is an experience like no other. The special combination of soil, climate and water, the innovative pioneering spirit of the good folks who live there and their commitment to quality-- this all comes together to deliver pure, intense and diverse experiences. In every glass of New Zealand Wine is a world of pure discovery.

The stories of these four wines (and seven others) are on the cover of our September newsletter (see them all
HERE). We will be tasting these featured bottlings this Saturday, September 20th, from 2-8:30 p.m. at our wine bar ($25), so you can experience the beauty, intensity and vibrancy of New Zealand wines firsthand.

The Ned 2013 Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Named after one of the peaks near the vineyard where The Ned's grapes come from, this is a personal project for Marlborough native Brent Marris, proprietor and winemaker, that showcases the Waihopai Valley and fresh, clean flavors that made NZ Sauv Blancs famous.

The nose reveals passion fruit, lemon grass, lime citrus and a note of plantain/banana. The palate is viscous and full but streaked through with ample acidity as flavors echo and build upon the scents: citrus, saline minerality, lime blossom, pear, chalk. Enjoy this with fresh fish, chips, lemon wedges. Even better? Do so at your favorite beach.

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KUMEU RIVER 2011 VILLAGE CHARDONNAY

Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. The Chardonnay from this vintage is ripe, rich and beautifully concentrated. Delightful peach, yellow apple and hazelnut aromas along with a silky texture are characteristics of this wine. This wine will pair well with fish and shellfish.

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TIKI 2011 PINOT GRIS SINGLE VINEYARD

100% of the fruit for this wine was sourced from Tiki’s Rewa Vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Aromas of honeysuckle, melon and quince meld together to create the nose of this wine which is further enhanced by a lovely, perfumed bouquet. Essence of pear and quince reward taste buds that are further tantalized by the wonderful weight and structure of this wine. Full flavored and rich, the palate delivers a fantastic combination of ripe fruit flavors with delightfully balanced acidity and hint of residual sweetness which enhances the length.

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Peregrine 2009 Central Otago Pinot Noir

Set majestically in the rugged mountainous beauty of Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand, this privately owned producer is committed to enhancing the environment with both their organically certified estates and winery and their ‘hands on‘ involvement in the conservation of New Zealand’s native birds, the Saddleback and Mohua. Passionate wine producers and estate owners, Lindsay McLachlan and Greg Hay have a philosophy of producing wine that is truly representative of the Central Otago region, drawing only the very best hand-picked fruit from 11 sites around the Lowburn, Bendigo and Gibbston sub-regions. In its short history it has been an impressive high achiever, with its wines winning numerous prestigious awards and trophies around the world.

Kiwi Burgundy. The nose is filled with smoky plum, cherry reduction, a touch of bramble wood, grilled fig, cola berry. In the mouth, raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate fruits lead the charge. Touches of fig, dried spice and cigar box fill the corners as uplifting acidity and silky tannins bind and complete the wine. Complex yet approachable, balanced and extremely tasty, share this and be the hero.
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The Stars Align Around this Wine!

The stars are aligned when wine critics/publications The Wine Advocate (94 pts), Jancis Robinson (17.5/20 = "Superior Plus"), Antonio Galloni (94 pts), and The Wine Spectator (92 pts) all applaud one wine. Did we mention this winery is across the road from Flaccianello (lower middle-left on the map below)? Yes, this wine is quite special, an outrageous value, and we are excited to bring it to you!

Tenuta Degli Dei is a collaboration by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli and his son Tommaso. Located in the village of San Leolino, near Panzano in Chianti, this is known as the Conca d’Oro (“golden basin”), one of the most revered winegrowing areas in Tuscany. Roberto bought the estate in the 1970s where he frequently brought the family. Neighboring Tenuta Degli Dei is none other than Chianti producer Fontodi, where their flagship wine Flaccianello is grown.

The son Tomasso has lived at the estate since 1989, and transformed it into a working farm centered around his two passions: breeding competitive trotter horses and, since 2000, making wine. The tiny winery is located in the basement of a country church.

The 2010 Tenuta Degli Dei, is a Bordeaux-styled Tuscan IGT blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, and 15% Cabernet Franc, stemming from a mix of marl and clay soils. All the grapes are hand-harvested, as well as a two-step hand-selection process to insure that only the best grapes are selected for fermentation. Once the grapes are manually removed from the vines, they are transported to the winery in refrigerated vans to preserve their integrity. Upon arrival, the grapes undergo two rounds of manual selection: one round for clusters, and one round for individual berries. Maturation takes place over 18 months in French oak barrels, and bottle-aged for 12 months.

Each vintage of Cavalli Tenuta Degli Dei wears its own distinctive design where father Roberto comes in again, creating a new label as a way of distinguishing between vintages. The logo remains the same, however. The detail present on all the estate’s bottles is a painting by Giuseppe Rossi (1876-1951), Roberto Cavalli’s grandfather and famed painter, connecting the future with the past.

CAVALLI 2010 TENUTA DEGLI DEI

Deep ruby in the glass, this beautifully ripe and sumptuous wine reveals masses of black cherries, plums, spice, red licorice, and violets centered on its powerful core. The bouquet itself is worth the price of admission. French oak and minerals coat the palate with extraordinary richness and a velvety, luxurious mouthfeel. The wine possesses firm structure, but the sheer density of fruit provides fabulous balance.

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Herradura's "Port Cask Finish" is Back & Agave 99 Anejo Sale!

HERRADURA RESERVA 2012 PORT CASK REPOSADO

We've restocked our supply of Herradura's Reserva 2012 "Port Cask Finish" Reposado, one of the finest (if not the best!) reposados in the market. After resting for 11 months in medium-char American casks, this Tequila spends an additional two months in vintage port wine casks from the Duoro Valley in Portugal. The port wine elements merge harmoniously, seamlessly with the characteristics of the Tequila, making it a richer, rounder and downright delicious sipper.

Tasting Notes - A beautifully complex, rewarding Tequila, the nose is full of sweet agave nectar, honeycomb, white pepper, sea salt, white cocoa, dried fruits and a minerally-chocolate deftness. The palate continues the story in a rich, rounded, redolent way; spices interact with agave sweetness, crème de agave, black pepper, vanilla and a plum reduction overtone to make for an enjoyable dram, indeed.

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AGAVE 99 ANEJO 100% AGAVE 99 PROOF

Full-bodied, excellent viscosity, seductive and generous, this Tequila is aged for a minimum of two years in white American Oak barrels. With great silkiness, its first impressions are of velvet. Powerful, intense flavor leaving a stream of herbs and spices on the tongue. Subtle whispers of white oak in the finish. Recipient of The Spirits International Prestige Gold Award Silver medal at the 2010 Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition. CLOSEOUT; LIMITED SUPPLY.

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The Prisoner 2012 Proprietary Red "Cuttings" has Landed!

Last year, Prisoner Wine Company released two new wines, one of which was a Cabernet Sauvignon-based red named Cuttings. That 2011 was absolutely a tremendous success, and we are pleased to announce that the 2012 has just landed! Made from the same vineyard sources as last year, this year they added fruit from Stagecoach Vineyard, one of the more sought-after properties in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley!

The Prisoner 2012 Proprietary Red "Cuttings" California

Aged in 40% new oak for 14 months, the wine has an intense and alluring aroma of ripe plum reduction layered with baking spices, hints of cocoa powder and cigar box. The palate is velvety and dense with flavors of black cherry, cola and freshly roasted coffee beans. Soft tannins evolve into a plush and lengthy finish.

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Petit Chablis for Under 10 Bucks? YES!!

Even in difficult vintages, when the weather may not be overly cooperative, good, even great wines can still be made. Of course, the reverse is true but the proof comes out soon enough in the bottle. Fortune favored us when our rep asked us try this Petit Chablis. The Domaine Laroche Petite Chablis is a delicious wine! It would be an ideal candidate for our wine of the month based on its quality-to-price ratio, but we couldn't wait-- so we are sending this out now! At $20.00 per bottle, the Domaine Laroche Petit Chablis would represent an excellent value, but at less than $10.00 it is a no-brainer!

DOMAINE LAROCHE 2011 PETIT CHABLIS

This wine is crisp, clean and dry with aromas of yellow apple, pear blossom and a hint of Macadamia Nut. On the palate, the wine has considerable textural richness and is nicely balanced with cleansing acidity and subtle minerality. As it evolves in the glass, the flavors of apple and pear are augmented by notes of lanolin. This wine will pair well with fish, scallops and chicken or drink wonderfully on its own. Enjoy!

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Champagne Legends of the Fall: 99 points each!

During the recent Dog Days of Summer two highly anticipated Champagne releases from the vaunted 2002 vintage (one that rivals 1996 as the best of our generation) quietly took respite in our cool temperature-controlled wine cellar: Salon’s Cuvée “S” and Bollinger’s R.D. In addition to being released, more or less at the same time, these legendary Champagnes were just accorded virtually perfect 99 Point scores by veteran wine pundit James Suckling. While hardly inexpensive, demand from collectors for these icons always overwhelms their limited supply because they have long stood as Titans that straddle both the prestige cuvée Champagne and fine wine markets.

BOLLINGER 2002 EXTRA BRUT R.D.

JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "The 2002 Salon is phenomenal quality. I tasted it in New York City yesterday. I was mesmerized. It is a subtle and intense Champagne that shows complex character of lilac, minerals, sliced lemon, apple, and white pepper. It is full body and dense yet racy and agile with a lightness and freshness. It has a gloriously long finish. It changes every moment in the glass. It has such clarity. It's magnificent to drink now, but shows great texture and structure for aging."

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SALON 2002 "BRUT CUVEE S" BLANC DE BLANCS

JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "Super fresh, this is striking given the 10 years in the cellars; it has a fine citrus nose – plenty of lemon, grapefruit, yellow chalky notes, some lighter floral elements too. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g) and there’s a silky, sherbet-like texture, smooth, fine and long. The citrus flavors give way to the driving surging acidity, thunderous acidity, really driving and powerful. The finish twists very slowly through to light-toasted cashew fruit flavors, but lemon citrus prevails. This is thrilling Champagne. Disgorged 22nd October, 2013. Drink from 2016."

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One of Napa's Finest Red Wines + 94 Points!

Each and every year, Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon is regarded as one of the finest red wines to come out of Napa Valley. Their wines are held in high esteem and are sought after by many collectors, connoisseurs and sommeliers-- and last year’s release earned a perfect 100-point score! Organically farmed for more than a quarter century, Spottswoode’s Estate Vineyard lies on the western side of St. Helena, in the northern part of the Napa Valley. The soils are alluvial clay loam, and provide good water drainage, which makes the berries smaller and concentrates flavors.

SPOTTSWOODE 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE
NAPA VALLEY

This year’s release just earned a whopping 94 points from Antonio Galloni, and he writes: “Spottswoode’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful, immediate and impeccable in its balance. The 2011 doesn’t have the layered, explosive personality of some of the iconic vintages, but it isn’t too far off that level. Spottswoode fans should drink the 2011 relatively early, while some of the more powerful, structured vintages age. I will not be surprised if the 2011 turns out to be one of the jewels of this vintage. The medium-bodied structure argues for early drinking, but there is more than enough energy and acidity to suggest the 2011 will age gracefully for a number of years. Incidentally, the 2011 is the first Spottswoode Cabernet under 14% in a decade. Once again, the winemaking team led by Aron Weinkauf has done a fabulous job. The 2011 is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Verdot. Drinking window: 2015 - 2026.”

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A Delicious French Chardonnay!

Founded in 1840, Domaine Ferret is located in the heart of the most famous "climats" of the Fuissé amphitheatre. The spectrum of rocks present in Fuissé is the most diverse within the Maconnais, and the Ferret vineyards, which are spread across the appellation's entire range of soil types, is one of its best ambassadors.

So if you are looking for forward acidity and excellent minerality in a Chardonnay, this is the wine for you!

DOMAINE J.A. FERRET 2011 POUILLY-FUISSE

The nose is very friendly with sweet tropical fruits counterbalanced with minerally river water, brown spices, coconut and a touch of lemon meringue. In the mouth, the acidity is scintillating while the palate is quite lush and viscous, creating a most pleasant chiaroscuro of flavor and texture. Tropical fruits mix with well water, white peach, plantain, wood spice and lemon zest, leading to an uplifting, clean finish. Pair with these to win: shellfish and molluscs, seafood risotto, grilled or pan-fried fish, veal cutlets with creamy sauces, goat's cheeses and hard cow's milk cheeses.

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Huge Savings on Tequila!
Prices are good while supplies last. First come, first served.

AGAVE 99 SILVER TEQUILA 100% AGAVE 99 PROOF

This very smooth tequila brings about the delicate notes of aromas and flavors of the agaves. Before bottling, it is triple distilled and triple filtered, so its clean pure taste can be enjoyed by aficionados. Recipient of The Spirits International Prestige Bronze Award. The worlds only tequila that is full of agave, full of flavor, organic, Kosher and 99 proof!

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AGAVE 99 REPOSADO TEQUILA 100% AGAVE 99 PROOF

Distinguished, elegant style. Aged for ten months in French limousine casks, where it acquires different notes of aromas, flavors and a distinctive light color. This fine tequila is triple distilled and tripled filtered before bottling. Recipient of The Spirits International Prestige Bronze Award Gold medal at the 2010 Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition. The worlds only tequila that is full of agave, full of flavor, organic, Kosher and 99 proof!

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CASA NOBLE 5 YEAR SINGLE BARREL ANEJO

The distillery that Casa Noble Tequila calls home started making tequila in the mid-18th century (before it was called tequila) in the region of Tequila, Jalisco. Today, the distillery still sits just outside the town of Tequila. The brand Casa Noble is owned by Carlos Hernandez Ramos, Jose Hermosillo Brooks, David Ravandi and Carlos Santana (yes, that Carlos Santana!). This Casa Noble Single Barrel Extra Añejo begins with fully ripe, organic, estate grown agave that is hand-selected and cooked in a stone oven for 36 hours; After cooling down, the agaves are shredded, the juice is extracted and put to naturally ferment. When the fermentation is complete, the agave wine is then triple distilled and laid down in new, lightly toasted, French oak barrels to age for 5 years. That is how Casa Noble creates this wonderful Extra Añejo tequila. What sets this Casa Noble Extra Añejo apart from others is that it is a “Single Barrel” that we here at Hi-Time had the privilege of selecting. They sent us samples from 5 barrels and using the best of our abilities, we picked out the very best one for you to enjoy. Aromas of vanilla, toasted wood, cocoa, smoke, fennel, citrus, clean earth, herbs, coffee and daedal spices tease, tempting you to taste. The opulent mouth-feel delivers a presentation of the complex aromas that are mature, deep and interlacing. The finish persists with lissome expressions of the flavors and passes deliberately with dry niceties that entice you to sip again. Try this neat with time to spare and enjoy. This is a Hi-Time Exclusive—and when it is gone...

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A Delicious Italian Red Under $12!

Since 1936, the Palamà family has been making wine on their small estate in the warm climes of the deep South of Italia, in Puglia. This wine (A blend of 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera) is expressive, rich, and robust on the palate, with an elegance that comes only from small productions and expert craftsmanship.

PALAMA 2012 "ARCANGELO" SALICE SALENTINO

The nose is lucious and fruit-filled with notions of dark red fruits, black raspberry, boysenberry, pomengrante and red plum; spice and dark florals complement the fruit nosings. Upon tasting both the lush palate weight and excellent acidity manifest quickly-- flavors of strawberry tea, earthy, fresh-tilled soil, and dark spices persist nicely, riding a mixed fruit mélange wave toward a lengthy, tasty finish.

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A Fantastic Wine of the Month!

Founded in 1962 as a growers’ co-operative, Bodegas San Alejandro (BSA) is located in the tiny town of Miedes, about 55 miles north of Madrid in the province of Zaragoza. Today, over 350 local growers farm nearly 3,000 acres of vineyard in the Calatayud winegrowing region to supply the grapes they use for Las Rocas. Primarily Garnacha (Grenache), with Tempranillo and Syrah, this red blend is a powerful reminder of how well these grapes can thrive in northeastern Spain and how good the wines made from them can be when in the right hands. This is the exact type of wine we constantly look for when it comes to our wine of the month program: the quality and value are both very high, the cost is quite reasonable. That’s pretty much it, in a nutshell.

LAS ROCAS 2012 EL RENEGADO RED BLEND

The nose is rich and multilayered, with lots of dark fruit scents, blackberries, dark plums, meshed with Dutch licorice, graphite, earth, exotic florals, cigar box and peppercorn. Black fruits dominate on the palate but are balanced with good acidity. The mouthfeel is lush but not over-the-top, as the fruits play with baking spices, earthy minerality and a soupçon of black pepper. The mid-length finish reverberated with the dark fruit theme, receding gently. Perfect late summer, early fall wine-- get away one more weekend, or keep the grill handy for that last barbecue as this wine will help the sun shine just a bit longer.

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One of Our Top Cabernets Under $20 is Back in Stock!

Last December, we brought you a gem of a Cabernet from Paso Robles called Cane & Fable. This wine was one of the biggest hits this store had ever seen. In fact, while this wine was sold out since early spring, we were still getting requests for this wine well into summer! Well, we are pleased to announce the second release of Cane & Fables Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon!

Two talented Paso Robles winemakers joined forces to craft this Cabernet; Curt Schlachlin and Andrew Jones. Curt is winemaker at Sans Liege, known for his high-scoring yet affordable wines, and Andrew is winemaker at Field Recordings  and spends most days planting vineyards and walking just about every vineyard in the Central Coast!

CANE & FABLE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON PASO ROBLES

This is every bit as good as last year's release, maybe just a bit more structured and black-fruited. The wine greets you with a dark garnet color with purple accents, along with scents of lush blueberry, boysenberry, currants, and memories of your grandfather’s briar-wood pipe. As the flavors begin to march across your palate, it imparts hints of sweet plums, red and black cherries, vanilla, herbs, earth, warm cedar planks, and freshly ground spices. Every little sip leaves you comfortable, content, and just feeling like you “stole” this wine for less than $20!

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Huge Scores for this Fantastic Tuscan Red!

Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. TRE stands for the three grape varieties Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and for our three Tuscan estates - the basis for this wine. This elegant and well structured wine ages in oak casks, is easily accessible and matches every cuisine.

BRANCAIA 2011 TRE

DECANTER 95 POINTS - "Mainly Sangiovese (80%), with Cabernet and Merlot making up the blend, this is a great red made from grapes harvested in Chianti Classico and Maremma. The nose shows prunes, cassis, sweet spice and cedar tones, while the glossy palate boasts red, black and blue berries plus pepper notes and dusty tannins."

JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Aromas of strawberry and berry character on nose. Full body, ultra-soft tannins and a silky finish. A beautiful and delicious wine. Better in 2015."

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Remarkable and Very Limited Beaujolais!

Fabien Duperray has been distributing some of the finest estates of burgundy for over 25 years, but until 2007 he had no vineyards of his own. He finally had the opportunity to acquire some small parcels of very old vines in Fleurie and Moulin-a-Vent in some truly special terroirs, and the results are nothing short of amazing. His estate totals almost 7 hectares in Fleurie and Moulin-a-Vent and he has no vines under 65 years old with his oldest parcels clocking in at nearly 140 years old! Although he is certified organic, Fabien actually tends to his vineyards biodynamically. He oversees every detail in the vineyards with excruciating precision doing everything by hand. In fact, Fabien does not even have a tractor as the soil is worked by hand too. Yields are kept extremely low here, often clocking in between 25 and 30 hl/ha and harvested at the maximum ripeness attainable while still maintaining balance. Often times, Fabien is the last to pick in the appellation and usually by more than a week. Once the fruit is harvested, it is brought into the winery where it is carefully picked over on the sorting table by a team of 18 people, and then the whole clusters are food trodden and fermented in concrete tanks. After fermentation, the wines are transferred to specially made 400 Liter barrels and aged for as much as 36 months before bottling. Once bottled, the attention to detail does not stop. Fabien uses only the finest corks available for his wines and then the bottles are hand dipped in wax to ensure that no oxidation occurs.

The wines hail from two of Beaujolias' most heralded crus, Moulin-a-Vent and Fleurie, and within each Fabien has specific plots that are bottled separately such as "Les Moriers" and "Chapelle des Bois" in Fleurie and "Les Michelons" and "Chassignol" in Moulin-a-Vent. Fabien refers to these various plots as deserving grand cru status. Of course, the INAO does not classify Beaujolais vineyards, however, looking back to the rankings of Danguy and Vermorel's 1893 publication Les Moriers, and Chapelle des Bois were indeed ranked "1st Class,"  the equivalent of Grand Cru in their classification system. Les Michelons, was ranked "2nd Class," or 1er Cru. The wines are very limited but once tasted, you will understand what led David Schildknecht to write upon tasting the Desjourneys wines for the first time: "The big story is some of the most remarkable Beaujolais wines of my experience, and perhaps ever rendered."

These wines are VERY LIMITED so act fast. First come, first served.

JULES DESJOURNEYS XXVIII INTERDIT

"Interdit" means forbidden in French and this cuvée is so named because the governing body in Fleurie said it did not taste like a typical Fleurie, and so it was relegated to Vin de France status. It is all 2008 from Chapelle des Bois in Fleurie. The vines are all more than 70 years old with most of them clocking in over 100 years in age.

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JULES DESJOURNEYS 2010 FLEURIE CHAPELLE DES BOIS

eROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS - "I hesitated before offering another long note as purple as the wine it purports to describe, but from bottle, Desjourneys's 2010 Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois Tres Vieilles Vignes has indeed well-exceeded even my exalted Issue 196 expectations, so I feel bound not just to offer an update, but one that reflects my awe. Almond extract, rowan, freesia, and dark berries and stone fruits shadowed by their distilled counterparts combine for a penetratingly high-toned and hauntingly complex aroma. The texture here has turned positively silky and this essence from centenarian vines finishes not just with the "pristine purity of fruit...complex depth of flavor (and) vibratory intensity" on which I commented before it was bottled, but with a soaring sense of buoyancy and a kaleidoscopic interaction of floral, fruit, and mineral nuances. Although the track record for Duperray's wines is short, I feel confident that one like this will remain awesome at least through 2020."

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JULES DESJOURNEYS 2009 MOULIN-A-VENT

eROBERT PARKER 91-92+ POINTS - "Grenadine and blackberry are underlain by roasted red meat savor as well as by dense, firm, even slightly edgy tannins in the Desjourneys 2009 Moulin-a-Vent, which I tasted in its final assemblage. I’m at a loss to locate all of the complexities I earlier discerned in the individual lots of Michelons and Chassignol that were incorporated, but the nut oils, cocoa powder, and crushed stone that add to this blend’s finishing savor help this blend testify to some of the excitement I recorded in my issue 190 barrel tastings. I suspect that it needs time to settle-down – though it has been bottled since I recorded this most recent note – and for its tannin to more completely integrate. But make no mistake: this is a long, strong performer even by the exceedingly high standards of its vintage and the even higher standards already established at Domaine Jules Desjourneys. Plan on revisiting it – as I shall – a year from now and tentatively on following it for 6-8 years."

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Rombauer Chardonnay Half Bottles (375ml) Now In Stock!

We rarely have this bottle size of Rombauer, he quantity is limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

ROMBAUER 2012 CHARDONNAY 375ml (HALF BOTTLE)

Rombauer has a very unique style of Chardonnay that others imitate, but there is only ONE Rombauer! Rich yellow color and becoming more golden with age, this is inviting with its fruit aromas of honeydew, yellow peach and fig, supported by vanilla and caramel. Creamy vanilla integrates with honeysuckle, pineapple and apricot for a fabulous richness on the palate. A luscious mouthfeel leads to a generous and creamy finish.

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94 Point Argentine Value Red Under $12!

Our savvy customers count on us to point out delicious wines, which drink way above their price point. Oftentimes, we lead them to the area of the store featuring wines from Argentina, which offer incredible value.  The rise of Malbec as a grape varietal has been nothing short of astounding. Over the last thirty years, Argentine winemakers have taken the little known Malbec grape and made it their own. What was formerly known as a relatively minor blending grape in Bordeaux has reached heights not seen in its’ native France. What makes Malbec so enticing is its’ combination of beautiful aromatics and delicious fruit flavor combined with full body and smooth tannins. It is so drinkable!

This particular wine hails from Lujan de Cuyo in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Dona Paula employs sustainable viticulture practices and believes excellent wine comes directly from high quality fruit grown in the vineyard. The grapes are hand harvested and aged in a combination of new and used French Oak. The winemaker added 37 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 % Petit Verdot to give the blend additional structure and complexity. This is a terrific, crowd pleasing wine and great value, which would be enjoyable for your guests at weddings, parties and other get-togethers. Enjoy!

DONA PAULA 2012 BLACK EDITION RED WINE

Medium ruby in color, the aromas are enticing with dark cherry, plum and red currants. Baking spices, tobacco and fresh tilled earth are also noticeable. On the palate, darker flavors emerge including blackberries, black cherries and licorice. The wine is savory with tannins which are present, but smooth. This wine will pair well with rack of lamb, steak or drink deliciously on its own.

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A beautiful red here with light chocolate, berry and nutmeg character. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. All here. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. Drink now"

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Huge Score for the New Release of La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet!

La Jota’s vineyards sit atop Howell Mountain, in the eastern hillsides of the Napa Valley. The vineyard is nutrient deficient, and lacks water; this makes the grapevines struggle, which causes the vines to produce small berries, which in turn helps to create wines of uncommon concentration. The past few vintages begin to showcase what new winemaker Chris Carpenter can do with these grapes. After all, he makes the majestic wines at Lokoya, Cardinale, and Mt. Brave, so Chris knows how to coax the best out of mountain grown wines! This year’s release is monumental, earning 95+ points Antonio Galloni!

LA JOTA 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON HOWELL MOUNTAIN

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - Graphite, pencil shavings, violets, melted road tar, spices, blue/purplish fruit and lavender flesh out in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from La Jota. Aromatically striking and totally vivid in the glass, the 2011 stands out for its crystalline purity, finesse and vibrant finish. All the elements are in the right place. The tannins are firm yet also silky. This is a flat-out stunning wine from Chris Carpenter and La Jota. The 2011 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.”

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A Fantastic 2010 High Scoring Value Barolo!

The estate, now in the hands of Federico Grasso, was founded in 1927 and boasts two hectares of southwest facing Nebbiolo vineyards in the fine La Morra crus of Luciani and Manzoni. As is common with many fine crus of La Morra, those of Federico yield soft, deep and lush Barolo. 

SILVIO GRASSO 2010 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "This is deep and rich with dried berries and cherries on the nose and palate with dried berry, mineral and floral character. ItÍs full body, with silky tannins and fruity finish. Yet there is beautiful tannin to the wine with the interplay of tannins, acidity and fruit. Better in 2015."

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Super Chardonnay Steal!

As we walk the cellars of Hi-Time, our customers often ask us questions such as, “What wines are you excited about?”, “What’s new?” or “Do you have any outstanding values you can recommend?” Happily, we have a chardonnay which answers all those questions. We were recently asked if we would be interested in the last 8 cases of a beautiful Eden Valley Chardonnay. Of course we would be, provided it was delicious. After tasting the wine, we were definitely interested. Moreover, we were thrilled at the pricing, which allows us to offer this wine at a fantastic price. With such a limited quantity, it will go fast. Enjoy!

The vineyards used to produce this wine are located in the cool climate of Eden Valley, where winters are cold and the summers are mild and very dry. The soils are thin and gravely on well drained slopes, resulting in low yields and grapes of outstanding flavor intensity. Hand picking and gentle whole bunch pressing preserved natural fruit aromas. Barrel fermentation added complexity and interest to this full-bodied chardonnay, which shows considerable finesse and concludes with a long finish.

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

HEGGIES VINEYARD 2011 EDEN VALLEY CHARDONNAY

Pale lemon with gold highlights, with aromas of yellow apple, pear and nectarine. On the palate, the wine is dry with a creamy mouth feel; the flavors of apple and pear persist. There is nice minerality here with some flintiness and salinity. This wine is subtle, delicious and primed for immediate gratification.

JAMES HALLIDAY 92 POINTS - “Bright straw-green; an easily appreciated style, with gently ripe stone fruit and nutty/creamy notes from barrel ferment and lees contact. Good now or later.”

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Lowest Price in the Country on Cherry Pie!

While the summer continues to toss these hot days our direction, some of us California wine aficionados have taken a step back from our big bold Cabs finding them perhaps just a little big in the heat of the day. While whites and rosé have been flying off the shelf, when it comes to hanging with our friends on the weekend and firing up the BBQ or the smoker we still have to have some red wine in the arsenal if you know what we mean!

Brought to you by the coveted Hundred Acre wine team, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir gets our “thumbs up” or “nod of approval” when it comes to pairing an epic bottle with your party to create that memory with friends that all will remember. For years to come they will say, “Remember that awesome Pinot you brought to last years BBQ”? Yeah, it’s THAT good!

Supplies are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

CHERRY PIE 2011 PINOT NOIR NAPA VALLEY
“STANLEY RANCH”

The nose is redolent of dark Bing cherries, hints of black and white pepper on meat roasting in a wood oven, memories of English plum pudding steaming at Christmas, a touch of saddle leather, warm spice and tobacco at a distance. The nose continues to build and unfold with hints of violets and Portobello mushrooms, blackberries, minerals and sweet earth. The flavors are very concentrated; after some time in the glass, they open up to show beautiful balance and sophistication and an elegant, glycerolic texture. Dark and intense fruit carries all through the palate; the finish then lingers uncovering a wisp of anise, blackberry honey and golden pastry roasting in the oven…Cherry Pie.

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A Classic Bargain, Perfect for the Summer Heat!

The Sauvion house is located in the heart of the Nantes vineyard in Château du Cléray-Sauvion in Eolie; Eolie, land of the wind, relates directly to the ocean breeze that comes to gently sweep through the vines. This château has belonged to the Sauvion family since 1935; with its old vaulted cellars, it's one of the most ancient properties in the Sèvre-et-Maine vineyard. It spreads over 95 hectares, producing mainly the famous "Haute Culture Château du Cléray" Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie, but also Gros-Plant, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. The terroir of silice and clay is late to ripen, but offers long aging potential for the wines made there.

Crafted from the Melon de Bourgogne grape (as all Muscadet is), this wine is a classic bargain-- the quality is not reflected in the reasonable price and the fresh fruit, creaminess and zippy acidity allow this bottling to stand proud among its glass-bound kin.

SAUVION 2011 SÈVRE-ET-MAINE MUSCADET LOIRE VALLEY

The nose is lush, rich and inviting-- like a sea breeze climbing against the running river all within a verdant orchard in spring. White stone fruits, lychee, créme fraîche, well water and a spritz of lemon zest fill the nose to bursting. The palate is bone dry but gives an illusion of sweetness with the viscosity rounding into fresh fruits. Apricot, more lychee, green melon and a touch of citrus lead to brown spices, minerality and clotted cream when tasting, with a brief yet succinct finish.  Lush but dry and so delicious-- enjoy this with sushi, spicy Asian cuisine or by the glass on its own (it's an excellent foil against the heat!).

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Tres Picos Returns!!!—92WA & Parker’s “Best Value of 2013”

This wine has been delicious so long that’s it’s no longer a surprise—old vines, high altitude, insanely rocky and austere site? It’s “Tres Picos,” and we’ve come to expect its luxuriant purity and goodness, even taken it for granted a little bit. However, the new 2012 bottling just arrived and reminded us why we fell in love the first time with the “Tres Picos” bottling so many years ago. Look for notes of black cherry and raspberry liqueur that are expansive and rich, but also fresh and enliven”ed with floral prettiness. Yes, there is density of fruit and a ripe, succulent feel to the “Tres Picos, but this is no one-dimensional “fruit bomb.” There is a mix of spices and smoky minerality underneath all that fruit that can give any high-dollar Chateauneuf du Papes a run for its money. Borsao’s “Tres Picos” is one of the great Grenache based wines anywhere. No wonder Robert Parker singled out “Tres Picos” as his “Value Wine of the Year” in his December “Best of 2013” article.

BORSAO 2012 TRES PICOS

ROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS - "The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel. It, too, should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.

This has long been a popular source for value-priced wines. Founded in 1958 in the appellation of Campo de Borja, Borsao owns a whopping 3,706 acres of vineyards planted at elevations of 1,300 to 2,300 feet above sea level. The soils are primarily limestone-based and the area is highly reputed for old vine Grenache, but there is also Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah planted as well as a few white varietals. Bodegas Borsao’s flagship offering is Tres Picos. Made from 100% Grenache from yields of less than two tons of fruit per acre, these chalky vineyards are planted at a 2,000 foot plus altitude on the hillsides of the Moncayo Mountains. The harvest is all done by hand, and the wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel and French oak for ten months prior to bottling. If you have not yet discovered the great values of Bodegas Borsao, it’s about time you do."

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Beautiful Barberas from Braida!

We are excited to share our bounty of beautiful Barbera wines from Braida. This winery was founded over fifty years ago in Piedmont by Giacomo Bologna who realized the inherent potential of the Barbera grape. Up to that point, others were content to produce simple table wines, which lacked complexity or ageability. Controlling yields in the vineyard and employing strict winemaking practices in the cellar greatly improved the quality of the wine. Giacomo also began using French barriques to age his wine, which was a practice unknown at that time among Barbera winemakers.

Today, the third generation of the family continues their pursuit of elevating the Barbera grape to the status of noble grapes, which is normally reserved for other international varieties. Their efforts have paid off and are apparent in every sip you take. These are fantastic wines of purity and depth.

With strict attention to detail, Braida produces exceptional wines. The Bricco Dell'Uccellone and Ai Suma bottlings are serious wines, which demonstrate the heights which the Barbera grape can attain. The quality is outstanding with a textural mouth feel which is polished from start to finish.

Ratings from these trio of wines have not yet been released, but prior vintages have received outstanding scores from Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and other critics. They have also received the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) awarded by the influential Italian food and wine magazine, Gambero Rosso. Based on our tastings of these delicious wines, we expect excellent reviews again. Bravissimo to Braida!

BRAIDA 2012 MONTEBRUNO BARBERA

This is the younger, easygoing Barbera from Braida.  Ruby red in color.  It is harmonious, well balanced and fragrant and pleasant to drink with expressive flavors of ripe cherry, small red fruits and grilled herbs.  It pairs well with pasta-based first courses, white or lighter red meat meals, cheese and salami.

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BRAIDA 2011 BRICCO UCCELLONE BARBERA

Intense ruby red with purple hues. Notes of red berries, mint and vanilla. The bouquet is rich, aromatic and complex with a remarkable intensity and concentration. The wine is generous, voluptuous and full-bodied with a multidimensional structure, perfectly balanced between the fruit, acid and high quality oak with a persistent and silky long finish.  This pairs well with meat dishes, roasts and aged cheeses.

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BRAIDA 2011 AI SUMA BARBERA

Of particular note is the Ai Suma bottling, which translates to an expression similar to "We've arrived" or "We've done it." This wine is only produced in small quantities during favorable vintages and represents the pinnacle of Braida’s winemaking ability. Deep ruby with purple hues. Ample, rich and complex bouquet, with intense notes of wild berries, florals, vanilla, liquorice and cocoa. A warm mouth feel with a deep structure, while at the same time elegant, harmonious and sensual, leading to a long finish. Accompanies savory meat dishes, roasts, game and aged cheeses. This can be enjoyed now with some decanting, but will age nicely as well.  

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We are Proud to Introduce the Limited Run of Rock Garden Wines,
Our Private Label!

Our buyers go to wine country all the time and walk the vineyards, meet the owners and taste and chat with the winemakers. We like to see what’s coming down the pipes years before things actually get delivered and keep a step ahead of the game. Now here’s where things get interesting... it is not uncommon for a winery to sell off some of their own wine in barrels. Sometimes those barrels are just a little bit weak and don’t make the cut. But sometimes, when the Hi-Time buyers are barrel tasting with the winemakers and owners, and we’re tasting amazing wine, they tell us that they have just a bit too much wine, something “extra” if you will, and they plan to sell those barrels.

Now, this seems contradictory to some; why would a winery want to sell barrels of their phenomenal wine? Well, it does take work to sell wine (just ask us!). And maybe they only want to sell 500 cases of a wine, but they have enough quality juice to bottle 1,000 cases. Well that’s twice as much work, so they sell the wine to somebody else at a heavily discounted price. That means that somebody somewhere is getting an amazing deal!

We wanted to get in on these deals for quite some time. Our buyers tasted through several barrels from several producers, and while there were many good wines, we held out for something stellar at a great price (because we only want to get you the best bang for your buck!).

Well, we’ve finally found some incredible wines that are practically steals! Today, we are proud to introduce the limited run of Rock Garden wines, our private label!

ROCK GARDEN 2012 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS

Napa Valley’s Carneros region is well known throughout the world for making incredible Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. At the lower elevations of Carneros, the warm days during the growing season are balanced by the cool breezes that come from San Pablo Bay. This helps to preserve acidity and balance in the wines. The fruit for this bottling comes from one of the most prestigious vineyards in Carneros. This vineyard straddles the border with Sonoma, with varying amounts of volcanic rock mixed in with the clay soils. Aged in both new and used French oak, the wine has a very rich gold/straw color. The aromas begin with walnuts, apple, hints of citrus, bread pudding and toasty oak. The toasty quality gives way to refreshing acidity, lemon oils, flowers, hints of tropical fruit and fresh apples. Well-balanced, rich, and still refreshing, this wine fires on all cylinders. One last thing; the winery’s Chardonnay sells for $60 so this is an amazing value!

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ROCK GARDEN 2012 “WILLIAMS’ CUVÉE”
PROPRIETARY RED NAPA

There is a spot where the rolling hills of Carneros gain elevation and meet with the rugged slopes of Napa Valley’s Mount Veeder. It is in this area where we find the vineyard for this blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The soils here are predominately clay, very thin and shallow, providing good drainage and poor fertility. Since these vines struggle to retain moisture, this aids in keeping crop yields small, allowing the grapes to ripen and develop intense, vivid flavors. This wine has a dark ruby/garnet color and the aromas are intense with herb, sweet tobacco, raspberry, currant, grilled meats and violets that give way to flavors of cocoa, black plum, black currants, wet minerals and a mélange of red fruits. This is beautifully proportioned, as it has one foot in the new world and one foot in the old world. It drinks great on its own, but pair it with some beef and you’ve got one heck of a meal!

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A Fantastic, High Scoring Chianti Under $13!

We love versatility in wine and constantly seek one that can wear many hats, complement many meals and please a plethora of palates while remaining true to its core (varietal, terroir) self. This Borgo Scopeto is right in our sweet spot.

The nose is much more complex than the reasonable bottle price might suggest: dark spices, violets, ripe strawberry, cedar, tobacco, creosote, a touch of mint-- brilliant. The palate starts with sweet berries, mixed reds and strawberries, leading to a path of briar and bramble. Dark baking spices add to the mid-palate as a wave of bright acidity keeps it uplifted throughout culminating in a lengthy, tasty finish. Great summer-into-fall red. Buoyant with acidity, loaded with awesome scents and tastes, fully realized wine. Enjoy it with solid summer fare, from pizzas and pastas to ossobuco.

BORGO SCOPETO 2010 CHIANTI CLASSICO

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "This is vibrant and energetic, with a base of fine-grained tannins lifting the cherry, currant, rhubarb and tobacco flavors. Taut and almost racy on the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2024. 2,200 cases imported."

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