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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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Wine of the Month!

The Line 39 brand is a selection of varietals from the Central Coast and North Coast Appellations of California. The name refers to the 39th parallel, wherein lies many of the great wine regions of the world-- it runs through the heart of California wine country.

Line 39 is one of five brands under Cecchetti Wine Company, which was launched by wine industry veteran Roy Cecchetti and his wife Rachael in 2007. Roy enlisted Bob Broman, who managed winemaking duties for him at Cecchetti Sebastiani Cellar. This experience allowed Bob to travel across California's vast wine regions nurturing grower relationships to ensure quality fruit sources. Bob's commitment to detail creates the backbone for blending stylistic wines that are approachable, consistent, a good value, and can be enjoyed any day of the week.

LINE 39 2013 PINOT NOIR CENTRAL COAST

This is a great warm weather red-- who wants a big tannic monster when triple digits are smirking at you from the weather app? The nose is brimming with soft red fruits, cherries and berries, a touch of smoke and a layer of earthy spice. The palate has soft, balanced tannins with more cherry and berry fruits, a touch of black pepper, baking spices and subtle earthiness, all harmoniously balanced. Great expression of Cal Pinot, easy-drinking with a solid structure.

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Phenomenal New Releases from Ojai Vineyards!

The Ojai Vineyard began in 1983 with the dream of producing distinctive California wines using traditional wine making practices learned in Burgundy and the Rhone valley. Twenty-eight years later Adam Tolmach continues to pursue the craft at his artisanal winery in Ojai, California, purchasing grapes from the finest terroirs in the coolest districts of northern Santa Barbara County. His quest to bring together European sensibilities of balance and finesse with the exuberant fruit from coastal California vineyards is expressed in the wines he makes today.

Antonio Galloni raved about his recent visit to Ojai Vineyards noting- "My tasting this year at Ojai was epic. Winemaker/Proprietor Adam Tolmach and Assistant Winemaker Fabien Castel have done a fabulous job with these new and upcoming releases. The highlights are centered among the Pinots and Syrahs.”. A few of us here at Hi-Time Cellars tasted a handful of these bottling’s and we whole heartedly agree with Mr. Galloni!

OJAI 2012 PINOT NOIR "SOLOMON HILLS" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "Freshly cut roses, violets, mint, licorice and pine lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills. This is the most subtle, understated and perfumed of the Ojai Pinots, much of that a reflection of the sandy soils in this site, yet there is plenty of mid-palate resonance."

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OJAI 2010 SYRAH "WHITE HAWK" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "The 2010 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard tastes like it was made yesterday. The flavors are bold, rich and intense. Here it is the wine's structure and tannin that stand out most. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2010 is going to need at least a few years to fully blossom. When it does, it should be fabulous."

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OJAI 2010 SYRAH "ROLL RANCH" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "Black fruit, scorched earth, smoke, tobacco and iron burst from the glass in the 2010 Syrah Roll Ranch Vineyard. A rich, explosive Syrah, the Roll Ranch is not for the timid. The sheer power and intensity of the fruit take hold of all the senses and never let up. This is the only Ojai Syrah that is co-fermented with a dollop of Viognier, which is felt in the wine's perfumed, floral-laced finish. This is yet another gorgeous new release from Ojai."

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Mini-Masterpieces from a Barolo Legend!

Serious Italian collectors can be counted on to ravenously snap up Barolo from the classical and cult producer Burlotto upon release, and then wait, and wait… and wait.  About 10-15 years of cellaring are needed until the Barolo’s massive tannins have subsided and are ready to drink. Though ultimately satisfying, this exercise in delayed gratification is painstakingly longer than some aficionados can tolerate.

What the collectors may know that others may not; is that while waiting for their Barolo to mature, the other wines from Burlotto are wines not to be missed. In fact, they offer an unbeatable trifecta of quality, drinkability and affordability.

Burlotto is a historical winery that goes back to 1850, when G.B. (Giovan Battista) Burlotto founded the winery, in the Piedmontese village of Verduno. Mr. Burlotto’s achievements were only rivaled by Biondi-Santi and Vega-Sicilia, as he gained superstar status in a world dominated by French wines. Among his other achievements, G.B. was the first in the area to bottle his wine (as opposed to distributing by cask) and he also became the official supplier to the Royal House of Savoy, which once ruled Piedmont, as well as becoming “The Only Supplier to the Duke of Abruzzi’s Arctic Expedition to the North Pole.”

Burlotto’s most famous wine is their Barolo Monvigliero, which is made in a unique style as far as Piedmont wines go. The 100% Nebbiolo grapes are pressed by foot and undergo whole-cluster fermentation. The maceration is a jaw-dropping 60 days (21 days usually being the norm), and yet despite it all, the wine is a juggernaut of elegance.  Today, Fabio Alessandria (G.B. Burlotto’s great-great grandson is the winemaker), and continues the family’s old-world method of winemaking.

These are traditional, pure wines for those who love Giacosa, Mascarello and Conterno.

BURLOTTO 2012 NEBBIOLO

Grown exposed to the Alps winds, this Nebbiolo comes from the coolest growing zone in the Barolo appellation. The Nebbiolo is made from the younger vines (between 10 and 20 years) of the Monvigliero and Acclivi crus.  The difference between the Burlotto Nebbiolo and their famed Baroli is a shorter time in wood. The wine ages for 2 ½ years in Slavonian and Allier large oak casks.

Its vibrant red color is reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, with flavors of Morello cherry, violets, and with medium acidity and palate weight. Lingering notes of wood spice, rose petal, and hint of orange peel on the finish defines it as Nebbiolo. This has enough heft to accompany roasts, but juicy enough for a well-made burger, so it could easily become your house wine, or stow a bottle of this in your cellar for a year and reap the benefits.

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BURLOTTO 2012 BARBERA D'ALBA

The 2012 Burlotto Barbera D'Alba comes from various vineyards in the village of Verduno on a mixture of calcareous and limestone soils. Its nose is exotic with a beautifully vibrant bouquet of blackberry, cigar box, and freshly tilled Earth. This medium bodied velvety wine finishes with a bright acids and a persistent finish. The Burlotto Barbera d’Alba is a substantial wine that can be consumed young, but will evolve magnificently in the bottle.

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BURLOTTO 2013 "ELATIS" ROSE

A rare bird for us to see, the Rose by Burlotto is comprised of 55 % Nebbiolo, 35% Pelaverga and 10% Barbera. Its color is petal pink with brilliant ruby reflections. The bouquet is fresh, with rose hips, mineral and wild strawberry, The palate is dry but rich with red berry fruit supported by bright raspberry acidity, and smooth sweet light tannins that flowing into a clean fresh berry fruit finish. This is a great wine to pair with a Caprese salad, grilled chicken or just having with cheese and cured meats. Delightful and delicious.

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An Impressive Lineup of Unbeatable Values!

Two years ago we discovered the Viña Ventisquero line from Chile.  At the time we wrote, “WOW, what a lineup-- pure, multi-layered wines at unbeatable values,” adding several wines across many price points. At a recent trade show, we tasted the full line again and knew it was time to buy up, but this time we were most impressed with “the best of the best” selections from the “Grey” Gran Riserva tier and a few prestige bottlings. Ventisquero owns over 4,000 acres across top growing areas in Chile, from Casablanca, Maipo, Apalta, and more. The “Grey” wines represent the best blocks in the best vineyard from Ventisquero’s vast holdings. Winemaker Felipe Tosso is a star in Chile, but for these higher tier wines benefit from the added assistance of consultant John Duval, famed as the man entrusted to make Penfolds Grange for over 20 years. This collection is impressive and drinks well above their price tags that seem downright modest in the American market.

PLEASE JOIN US AT THE WINE BAR: FRIDAY, JULY 25th! Luciano Fiori Donoso will be visiting from Viña Ventisquero to taste these great wines with you.

VENTISQUERO “GREY” 2012  PINOT NOIR

The Leyda Valley is a tiny sub-zone inside the coastal San Antonio Valley that developed a reputation a decade ago as the first truly great spot for Pinot Noir in Chile.  The climate resembles Santa Barbara as the cold Pacific waters are just 5 miles away from this vineyard. Look for firm red currant fruit with raspberry, black plum, and blueberry-- pretty Pinot for sure.

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VENTISQUERO “GREY” 2011 CARMENERE

This is one of a handful of great Carmenere wines from Chile that will turn heads with Cab drinkers.  The Carmenere grape was famously mistaken for Merlot in Chile and planted widely across the country for decades.  This mistake persisted until the 1990s, but Carmenere is tricky and slow to ripen, nothing like Merlot in the vineyard. Ventisquero told us they waited a full month after picking Cabernet to pick their Carmenere.  Their patience with this temperamental grape shows with a bold and fiery wine.  Blackcurrant and blackberry fruit plays off fresh cracked peppercorn, sweet tobacco and black chocolate.

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VENTISQUERO “GREY” 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Again, the “Grey” Gran Riserva tier from Ventisquero show well above their price point.  It’s rare to say any Cab under $20 requires aging, but this has really benefited from an extra year in bottle.  The 2009 was a huge hit in our store and the 2010 is similarly impressive.  The entry here shows blackcurrant and brambly currant leaf character in a classic Cabernet vein mixed with blueberry, savory herbal spice and warm chocolaty oak.

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VENTISQUERO “GREY” 2012 “GCM” (Garnacha-Cariñena-Mataro)

The Apalta Valley is a small dog-leg valley branching off the much larger Colchagua Valley, but it may be the most glamorous and desirable region in Chile right now.  Ventisquero’s parcel sits on a slope of exposed granite and river stones directly uphill from the famed Clos Apalta vineyard.  This Grenache-based wine shows the varietal’s core prettiness with pomegranate and exuberant red cherry. Zesty, mouth-filling, and purely delicious.

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VENTISQUERO 2008 "VERTICE"

While Ventisquero’s Felipe Tosso and famed winemaker John Duval collaborate on all the Ventisquero wines from the “Grey” label on up, “Vertice” is their special project together.  “Vertice” comes from the steepest, highest two ridges of the Apalta Vineyard and combines equal measure of Carmenere (Felipe’s specialty) & Syrah (John Duval’s signature variety).  The result is a wine that is both inky and immensely full-bodied and graceful with surprisingly pretty notes of violets and boysenberry.  The stony, granite-based soils show most clearly in this wine with a long mineral finish and firm, fine-grained structure.

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VENTISQUERO 2009 "PANGREA" SYRAH

As the former head winemaker for Penfolds, John Duval’s career has been spent making some of the finest Syrahs in the world and “Pangea” is his signature wine at Ventisquero.  The vineyard site is rocky and dramatic, chiseled row by row into the hillside.  The result is another level of winemaking in Chile-- yes, the wine is full and dark; suffused with blueberry, pepper, spice and black olive.  However, the nobility of the Syrah grape is also in notes of dried herbs, dried flowers, delicate red fruit and a haunting prettiness underneath the all that heft.  Some Syrahs miss these subtler notes, but John Duval brings it all together beautifully in this wine.

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High Score, Low Price and Amazing Quality!

Melville has become a nucleus for Rhone & Burgundy varietals from Santa Rita Hills. Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County, Melville has always focused on their vineyards, knowing that the vineyard is where great wine begins! After studying at U.C. Davis, brothers Brent & Chad, who manage the family’s estate vineyards, focused on giving winemaker Greg Brewer (also of Brewer-Clifton fame) the best fruit they could possibly produce. In turn, Greg has crafted wines that receive high scores and rave reviews year-in and year-out…and this year is no different! As always, their Pinot’s are a prodigious effort; medium-bodied & richly nuanced and oh so polished!

Quantity is limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

MELVILLE 2012 PINOT NOIR ESTATE SANTA RITA HILLS

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - “Crushed red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills. This is one of the most polished, refined and aromatically expressive wines I have tasted from Melville. What a gorgeous, radiant and totally sexy wine this is.

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Another High Scoring Red from Charles Smith!

Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age due to his Welsh mother and French father. As soon as he had the chance, Charles decided to move to Denmark. While in Scandinavia, Charles spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Ravonettes. Wining and dining while on the road became a catalyst for his passion of wine, which ultimately triggered the career he has today.

A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year” and in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year.”

K VINTNER 2011 MERLOT WAHLUKE SLOPE
WASHINGTON "NORTHRIDGE"

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "We finished the tasting with the two Bordeaux blends. About as sexy and voluptuous as they come in the vintage, the 2011 Merlot Northridge Vineyard gives up loads of plum, violets, cassis, graphite and hints of spring flowers to go with a full-bodied, hedonistically styled profile on the palate. Possessing no hard edges, yet solid concentration and sweet tannin, it will put a smile on anyone’s face over the coming 7-8 years.

One of the highlight (and largest) tastings for this report, the team at K Vintners consists of wild man himself, Charles Smith, and Andrew Latta and Brennon Leighton. Despite the rock star persona, when it comes to the wines, these guys are dead serious, source grapes from some of the top sites, and simply get out of the way once they’re in the winery. All of the single vineyard Syrahs are fermented with native yeasts and 100% whole cluster, and see an extended time in mostly neutral French oak puncheons. Starting with the 2013s, I was able to taste a few from barrel, and they showed plenty of fruit, with ripe, textured personalities. This was a hot vintage, and the style is closer to the 2012s than the 2011s. Moving to the 2012s, these were all still in barrel at the time of this tasting. As with most producers, these are a step up over the 2011s and possesses gorgeous richness while still showing the purity and freshness that’s common in the vintage. The 2011s, which were all tasted out of bottle, come from a cooler, more difficult vintage, yet show solid ripeness and good textures. As a whole, the 2012s are certainly stronger, but these are no slouches either."

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The Exquisite Wines of Aldo Conterno!

We are excited to be able to offer our Barolo lovers access to the exquisite wines of Aldo Conterno on a pre-sale basis. The Conterno family has been making wine since the 1700’s and Aldo Conterno is regarded as one of the greatest producers of Piedmont. As a young man, Aldo worked with his brother, Giovanni before striking out on his own in 1969. He developed a reputation as an innovator with a focus on quality and attention to detail and passed this dynamism on to his three sons who now run the business

Aldo’s small property on the hill of Bussia in Monforte D’Alba has grown into a marvelous 25 hectare estate. The Aldo Conterno Barolo’s are intense and concentrated examples of perfectly ripened Nebbiolo grapes from superior terroirs, grown at a gentle altitude that allows for optimum finesse. The three top ‘Crus’ on the famed Bussia slope produce the three flagship Barolos of the estate.

ALL the wines in the line-up are wonderful examples of quality Barolo made in an excellent vintage. In fact, 2010 is widely regarded as perhaps the greatest vintage in Piedmont in two decades! The wines have plenty of structure, will benefit from cellaring and are highly collectible. Although relatively young at this point, the balance, concentration and length offer a preview of even greater things to come for those who are patient.

These wines are excepted to arrive in October of 2014. Quantities are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

Pre-sale Wines are Expected to Arrive October 2014

ALDO CONTERNO 2010 BAROLO BUSSIA

ANTONIO GALLONI 93+ POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Bussia is gorgeous and super-classic in every way. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and tobacco are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 is a beautiful version of the Bussia, with less of the approachability of some previous vintages, but tons of potential for the future. There is a lot to look forward to here. This is one of the best versions of the Bussia I can remember tasting. The 2010 stands out for its precision and crystalline purity. Readers looking for a great 2010 Barolo that won’t kill the budget should check out the 2010 Bussia. 2020 – 2035”

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ALDO CONTERNO 2010 BAROLO COLONNELLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - “The most open of the 2010s, the 2010 Colonnello has a wonderful immediacy to it. Dark cherry, plum, cloves, new leather, menthol and a hint of oak. Firm yet well-integrated tannins provide the backbone for a core of explosive fruit in this racy, extroverted wine. The Colonnello marries the round, supple personality of this site with the classic sense of structure and tannin of the year. If I were going to open any of Conterno’s 2010s before age ten it would be the Colonnello, but even then I would try to hold off. Quite simply, this is one of the very best Colonnellos in recent memory. 2020 – 2030”

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A fabulous nose of minerals, fresh roses, dark fruits. This is full bodied with a powerful structure of gorgeous subtle fruit and polished tannins. Great wine for 2010. Better in 2017."

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ALDO CONTERNO 2010 BAROLO CICALA

ANTONIO GALLONI 97 POINTS - “Conterno’s 2010 Barolo Cicala boasts razor-sharp minerality and acidity in support of the beautifully delineated, resonant fruit. Rose petals, tar, licorice, dark cherries and tobacco are some of the many nuances that burst from the glass in an exotic, intense Barolo loaded with class and personality. The Cicala is going to require considerable patience, but it is a stunner. Vivid and alive through to the finish, the Cicala is easily one of the wines of this great Barolo vintage. 2025 – 2040”

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ALDO CONTERNO 2010 BAROLO ROMIRASCO

ANTONIO GALLONI 96+ POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Romirasco stands out for its pure texture and balance. Today the 2010 is a bit compact, but that is not at all surprising given its underlying structure and very recent bottling. Those two factors considered, the 2010 Romirasco is a wine with tremendous future. The style is a little more sensual and less severe than the Cicala, with generally softer contours, all which should give it a slight upper hand in terms of accessibility 2025 – 2040”

JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "This is a big and powerful wine with incredible depth and power. Full body, with fabulous texture. It lasts for minutes on the finish. It shows dark fruits, hazelnut, chocolate and minerals. This is a monopole vineyard of 3.8 hectares. One of the wines of the vintage. So energetic and tangy. All in the finish. Better in 2018."

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Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc; Limited and Just Landed!

Last year we got a 2fer on Spottswoode!  Not only did their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon receive 100 points from esteemed wine critic Robert Parker, but we also finally received enough Sauvignon Blanc to feature them on our own Top Wine list for 2013! This year's release of the Sauvignon Blanc just landed, and when we cracked open a bottle, we think this may be even better than last year's release!

Grapes from Hyde, Inkgrade, Stagecoach, and a handful of other carefully-selected vineyards join Spottswoode Estate fruit in the composition of this wine, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque. Spottswoode's method of fermentation—using a combination of small stainless barrels, French oak and concrete, egg-shaped cuves—means that they manage up to 100 individual fermentations each year. This technique results in a complex, rich, and vibrant wine that stands well on its own, pairs beautifully with food, and is further enhanced with a bit of cellaring.

SPOTTSWOODE 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANC

One of our favorite domestic Sauvignon Blancs at any price point, the 2013 is textured and aromatic, backed up by a wonderful, vibrant acidity. The nose exudes lime zest and lemon pith, along with characters of ripe peach, honeydew melon, and grapefruit, with a touch of vanillin and pear. The palate is long with hints of meringue and brioche, with citrus components in the finish. A beautifully balanced and lovely wine!

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One of Spain's Best Values at Over 90 Points and Under $20!

The “Dream Team” of the Priorat have done it again... Scoring 91 Points BOTH from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, and The Wine Advocate himself, Robert Parker!

2011 Mas d'en Compte Black Slate Porrera is a result of the efforts of  legendary winemaking consultant Philippe Cambie, one of the most sought-after winemakers in the  Rhone, along with negociant Michel Tardieu, of Tardieu-Laurent fame, with an assist by American importer Eric Solomon, who is responsible for helping produce Priorat’s monumental wine, Clos Erasmus --alongside their winemaker, Daphne Glorian (now Mrs. Eric Solomon). With pedigree like this, Black Slate Porrera a screaming deal for under $20.

Black Slate is a blend of 60% Grenache (from 60-year-old vines) and 40% Carignan (from 80-year-old vines) and comes from the Priorat,  a mountainous region in southwest Catalonia, Spain, which can produce  powerful, flavorful red wines. The area is characterized by its warm climate and unique terroir of black slate and quartz soil known as llicorella. This type of soil retains very little water so vines are smaller than usual and produce smaller yields, but the grapes have exceptional concentration and depth.

The dark, lush fruits of Black Slate Porrera are enough to give some Châteauneuf-du-Papes a run for their money-- thanks to the help of Philippe Cambie, who has brought his expertise to Châteauneuf-du-Pape estates such as Clos St. Jean, Domaine Giraud, and Le Vieux Donjon, just to name a few.  In fact, Cambie consults with over fifty clients. This larger-than-life former Rugby player makes extraordinary Grenache blends, with his efforts translating just as well on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees as they do in his old stomping grounds of the Southern Rhone.  Philippe was named Robert Parker's Oenologist of the Year in 2010.

Cambie's partner is Rhône Valley’s famed negociant, Michel Tardieu who is well known for his skill in working with old vine vineyards, producing some of the area’s most profound and complex wines.  His wines display pure fruit power while expressing terroir, making Tardieu one of the most highly acclaimed negociants in the Rhone.

Mas d'en Compte makes wine from  several of the village crus within the Priorat. Our Black Slate offering to you comes from the 2011 bottling from the village of Porrera.

The color of this wine is a deep, opaque eggplant with a purple edged rim.  Black Slate is medium to full-bodied with medium acids.  The wine is bursting with a bouquet and palate of Baker’s Chocolate, savory Santa Rosa plum, and chocolate covered cherries.  The wine is dense  and finishes with tremendous length and a seamless finish.  This is a wine that can be savored on its own or accompanied by a big juicy steak or short ribs.

BLACK SLATE 2011 PORRERA

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "In spite of the fact that the 2011 Black Slate is produced from 60% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 40% Carignan (80-year-old vines) aged 12 months in tank, foudre and used barrels, it tastes like a sexy, open-knit, lush, silky Pomerol. Loads of black currant and black cherry fruit, licorice, spice box and Christmas fruitcake emerge from this beautifully rich wine. Medium to full-bodied, heady and succulent, it is best drunk over the next 5-6 years."

STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 91 POINTS - "Opaque ruby. Redcurrant, dried cherry, minerals and licorice on the nose. Rich and supple on entry, then more taut and linear in the mid-palate, with nicely delineated flavors of bitter cherry, cassis, dark chocolate and anise. The finish is focused, smoky and persistent, with fine-grained tannins adding grip."

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