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Last Call on the Top 3 Wines of the Vintage, Partake and Enjoy!

Many of the 2009 Brunellos are very approachable now and will drink well over the next couple of years, perhaps while waiting on the the powerful 2006s and 2007s to mature. They are rich in fruit, fleshy, with soft tannins. For those who are not into cellaring wines, this is your vintage. Partake and enjoy!

 

SAN FILIPPO 2009 "LE LUCERE" BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere is aged in both small barrel and larger oak casks. This combination of wood stands up nicely to the natural density and thickness of San Filippo's fruit. This is one of the wines of the vintage, not just for its sheer confidence and personality, but moreover for the elegant nuances it offers at the back. As the wine evolves in the glass, it slowly imparts dark cherry, campfire, smoke, licorice, root beer and balsam herb. It shows the powerful side of Brunello with ample inner grace."

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CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA 2009 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a standout expression with long and polished notes of dried fruit and tobacco presented in a smooth and seamless fashion. It shows good structure and balance but an even prettier nose with ethereal balsam herbs, tar, licorice and pressed violets that emerge as the wine evolves in the glass. The wine hints at a greater evolution to come."

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COSTANTI 2009 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS - "From the Colle al Matrichese location east of Montalcino’s city walls, the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino shows a rich fabric that is woven tight with evident strands of black fruit, mesquite smoke, crushed black pepper, licorice, rosemary oil and root beer. The wine leans away from the sweet side of Brunello to the savory side and that is ultimately what makes it so attractive. It is put together thanks to masculine and muscular touches with evocative shadings of smoke and mineral that shift and change as the wine opens in the glass. This bouquet is a moving target that keeps your fixed attention for as long as you have the wine in front of you. And, considering the general quality here compared to many of its peers, that won’t be very long at all. The mouthfeel feels a bit shorter than past vintages and that’s why this wine didn’t score higher."

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Fantastic New Rums for a Steal!

In much of the world, rum is worshiped as the pinnacle of civilization. Yet too many Americans associate the sugarcane spirit with cartoon pirates, cruise ship blenders and hangovers. Selvarey (in Spanish, Selva = Jungle and Rey = King), is determined to change what you expect from your rum.

SELVAREY WHITE RUM

Co-founded by musician Bruno Mars, Selvarey (pronounced Sel-vuh-ray) is far from just another celebrity brand. Rather, Mars worked with legendary master blender Don Francisco “Pancho” Fernandez, the former Cuban Minister of Rum and thirty-five year veteran of Havana Club, to create a new standard of white rum. In the midst of sugarcane fields on the coast of Panama, Don Pancho crafts Selvarey White from a blend of three and five-year-old rums, distilled in 1922 copper column stills, aged in American oak and carbon filtered to remove the color without losing the deep flavors imparted in the aging process. The 3 year-old rum brings the youth and vibrancy which is rounded off by the full-bodied richness of the mature 5 year old. Unlike many white rums, Selvarey has been painstakingly designed with the distinct goal of being fine enough to sip on the rocks. But it has garnered an incredible amount of press for its prowess as a mixer in high-end cocktails. It's already earned numerous accolades including a 94 rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine, the highest rating ever awarded to a white rum in the history of the publication.

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SELVAREY CACAO RUM

With Selvarey Cacao, Don Pancho hand selects a rich five-year-old rum whose inherent flavor is brought out by the infusion of natural chocolate. The result is a spirit that elevates coffee cocktails, mudslides, or chocolate martinis into a luxury experience yet it's an absolute a pleasure just to sip on its own. Selvarey Cacao has quickly become one of the most awarded new spirits in recent memory, receiving an astounding 95 rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine as well as winning the gold medal at the 2014 Miami Rum Fest and the coveted Chairman's Trophy at the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City, the first flavored rum ever to do so.

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Elegance, Finesse, Charm and WS 92 Points Under $16!

On a recent trip to Italy, our Italian wine buyer Patty Quick had an opportunity to visit the exquisite Relaisil Falconiere hotel and Michelin rated restaurant nestled between the old groves and vineyards of the Baracchi estate. This beautiful property dates to the 17th Century and is located on a slope just east of Cortona in picturesque Tuscany. While enjoying dinner at the property, Patty was fortunate to be served the BARACCHI O'LILLO red wine. Needless to say, this wine made a big impression on her! Upon her return, she was on a mission to track down the importer and see if we could bring it into Hi Time. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending as our buyer also loved the wine and was able to bring it into the store where we can now share it with you. This wine has elegance, finesse and charm and will pair beautifully with a range of foods, including Italian favorites and meat dishes.

RICCARDO BARACCHI 2012 O'LILLO TOSCANA

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Round, vibrant and juicy, packing plenty of cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Broad-shouldered and powerful, this remains focused on the fruit. Shows fine length, echoing cherry, spice and mineral notes. Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2016 through 2025."

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South American Beauties, Big Scores for Superb Wines!
Laura Catena is an amazing person. Not only is she the president of Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina but she is also an emergency room doctor in San Francisco, wife and the mother of two children, Luca and Dante.

She had a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. Under the Luca label, Laura makes wines with impeccable balance, excellent concentration and extraordinary grace. Luca wines are among the top three wines our customers request and once you taste the wines we think you will agree with us that her vision has definitely been achieved.

LUCA 2010 BESO DE DANTE

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - “The 2010 Luca Beso de Dante is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vista Flores, Altamira and Agrelo that is aged for 14 months in French oak, 70% new. It has a billowing bouquet of dark cherries, cassis, bay leaf and a hint of espresso that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied, with tobacco infused black fruit tinged with black pepper and a touch of green bell pepper. There is a welcome touch of austerity towards the finish that begs another sip, with tobacco then lingering on the aftertaste. This is superb.

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LUCA 2011 CHARDONNAY

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - “The 2011 “G” Lot Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and undergoes 70% malolactic before being aged for 14 months in 30% new oak. It offers an attractive nose of brioche and almond that is well-defined and neatly envelops the oak. The palate is medium-bodied, with subtle notes of wild honey, Turkish Delight, almond and hazelnut. The finish is crisp and focused with a long tail. This is excellent. Drink now-2016.”

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LUCA 2012 MALBEC

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020."

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Big Score for A Very Different, Very Savory and Totally Delicious Red!

Victor de la Serna has spent his career as a journalist writing about food & wine for El Mundo newspaper in Madrid—he is one of the foremost wine-critics in Spain. In 1988 he followed a dream buying land in a high altitude area of Manchuela, a little known area east of La Mancha. De la Serna was particularly fascinated about the potential of Syrah in Mancheula and he imported top-quality cuttings from France. The Syrah at the core of “Salia” has the aromatic intensity of the best French Syrahs—black pepper, smoked meats, sage, sweet tobacco leaf and blue plum. With an elevation of 3,400 feet on the estate, the coolness of the mountain shows through. The wine gains added ripeness and a more identifiably “Spanish” flavor profile on the mid-palate thanks to healthy amounts of Garnacha in the blend. We were fascinated when we tried the wine . . . very different, very savory and totally delicious.

FINCA SANDOVAL 2010 "SALIA"

ROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS - “The 2010 Salia, a blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Garnacha Tintorera and 21% Garnacha Tinta, was aged 11 months in French and American oak, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This beautiful, dense purple-colored 2010 exhibits a meaty note of beef blood intermixed with attractive, round, supple black fruits, bouquet garni and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, distinctive and complex with a heady finish, its Syrah component no doubt provides the beefy character. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”

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A Truly Great Find for So Little Money!

We were floored by this truly sophisticated tasting wine that costs so little money. Old word fans, take note! You will want this at hand as the Fall season approaches.

The wine comes from Alicante, a charming harbor town in southeastern Spain. It is a lesser-known wine region compared to Rioja, but it brings excellent value and amazing quality wines. The winemaking family “Primitivo Quiles” (not to be confused with the grape primitivo) has been around wine for over 200 years, and looking at their label, not much has been changed since then!

This thick-skinned heavy-duty grape has been growing, uninterrupted, in southeast Spain since the 15th century. The Quiles family make their youngest (Joven), the "Cono 4" from 100% Monastrell (a.k.a: Mouvedre) from vines ranging in age from 50 to an incredible 110 years old. The Primitivo Quiles “Cono 4” was fermented and aged in 80 year old oak foudres. Monastrell can be big, dense and tarry, but this is a gentleman’s Monastrell with elegant fruit and lacking in harsh edges.

Think of this wine as a cross between an aged French Bandol, and a traditionally styled Rioja with a core of dusty plum, figs, and cherry fruit. It is rustic, with mild dark fruit and a seamless finish. The most impressive and memorable thing about of this wine is its texture. It is both rustic and velvet, the tannins are present and provide structure, but are so gentle and soothing. A truly great find!

PRIMITIVO QUILES 2013 "CONO 4" MONASTRELL

Garnet color with a pinkish rim, this is a medium-bodied wine with aromas of dark chocolate, raisins, figs, fall leaves. On the palate is brambly fruit, wild herbs, and earth, with dark plum, figs, and warm berry compote. Although aromatically this wine has many sweet characteristics, this a dry wine. The savory dark-fruited palate also boasts balanced acidity, good minerality, and subtle orange peel on the finish. Super-soft tannins and medium acidity, provide this wine with a gentle pleasing finish. This is a comforting wine to be had with braised meat, roast pork, Cassoulet or English Cheddar.

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Huge Score for Tensley "Colson Canyon" Syrah!

In 1998 Joey Tensley launched Tensley Wines with one hundred cases and one single goal – to make wines that let the unique and little-known vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for themselves. Thirteen years later Tensley is a 4,000 case-a-year business with Syrahs in the Wine Spectator's Top 100, a history of high scores with Robert Parker, and a Food and Wine Magazine award for producing the "Top Syrah in America Over $20."

This 2013 release marks their 15th vintage and its obvious Joey took advantage of the phenomenal growing season because across the board, all of his new releases are outstanding!

TENSLEY 2013 SYRAH "COLSON CANYON"
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

WINE ADVOCATE 94-97 POINTS - "The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big “Wow” in the notes, and while it doesn’t pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity."

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From Start to Finish, A Superb Pinot Noir!

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Vineyards & Winery at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking. They seem to be doing all the things right, as they now have an amazing following, and their tasting room has become a Santa Barbara Wine Country destination! This bottling comes entirely from the La Encantada Vineyard. This “charmed place” was planted by Richard Sanford in 2000. It is located on the western fringe of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where its northern exposure makes it one of the coolest sites in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Yields are minuscule, as Foxen typically gets less than 2 tons per acre, but scores tend to be high. This year’s release earned 94 points from Antonio Galloni!

 

FOXEN 2012 “LA ENCANTADA” PINOT NOIR SANTA RITA HILLS

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - “The 2012 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard is another of the many highlights in this range. Here the flavors are dark, smoky and gamy. Dark red cherry, plum, tobacco and cured meats flesh out in a resonant, highly expressive Pinot endowed with notable depth, especially within the context of the vintage. Hints of dried rose petal and violets linger on the finish. From start to finish, the Encantada is superb.

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A Great Italian Red for a Song!

This is a relatively new wine in the Moroder stable. The vineyard sits about 200 meters in altitude and is heavily influenced by the sea being less than one mile away. Soils are Clay and Calcareous Marls. Ferment temperatures reach about 25 degrees with the wine fermented and aged in cement. 100% Montepulciano.

We’ve long been fans of the Montepulciano grape-- it makes for fantastic wine on the tasting front (climate, terroir and winemaking acumen permitting) and tends to not break the bank. Great wine for a song? We’re constantly on the lookout for that scenario. And this month, Aión delivers, capturing our Wine of the Month 2 slot.

MORODER 2011 ROSSO CONERO AION

Spicy bright red fruits, cherries, dried strawberry, black tea and touches of floral perfume, cedar and smoke fill the nose with velvet ease. The tannins on the palate are as smooth and lush, backed up by excellent, zippy acidity. Upon tasting, a nice mix of fruits and spices stand out: more forward red fruits, cherries, cranberries, red plum and pomegranate, meet up with clove and brown spices and a dash of black pepper. These flavors meld with a rich earthiness and stoney minerality, leading to a fruit-filled lengthy finish. Great bang-for-the-buck wine, Aión drinks way out of its niveau. Enjoy with pizza or Italian braised meats/meat sauces: Bolognese, carbonara, osso buoco, etc.

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Halloween Steal!
Prices are good while supplies last. First come, first served.
 
CRYSTAL HEAD ROLLING STONE 50th EDITION

Crystal Head vodka has teamed up with the Rolling Stones to commemorate their 50th anniversary. This limited edition package comes with an exclusive double CD. This will make a great gift for dad with Father’s Day coming up next month. Grab them before they’re gone as this gift set is very limited and will not be around long.

Crystal Head Vodka is a quadruple-distilled ultra-premium spirit. It is filtered three times through charcoal and another three times through Herkimer diamonds. Unlike many vodkas on the market today, Crystal Head does not use any additives making it a purer spirit. It uses a proprietary mash and the deep glacial aquifer Newfoundland water. It has a distinct vanilla note with a velvety smoothness on the palate and a crisp, dry finish. It is the perfect choice for connoisseurs of fine vodka.
**Ships at 2 bottle rate**

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Excellent Juice at a Great Price!

Guenoc is part of the Langtry Estate, purchased by well-known personality and actress Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) in 1888. The Langtry Estate is located in the picturesque Guenoc Valley of Lake County, CA. With over 23,000 acres of land (Lillie’s initial purchase was for 4,200 acres), Langtry’s vast property spans throughout Lake County and into the northern tip of Napa Valley.

The Guenoc Lake County Wines are produced at their Lake County Winery from primarily estate grown fruit. Known as perennial “best buys”, these wines deliver the goods when it comes to quality-- and once the wine buyers tasted it, we knew we had "the one” for October (we’re suckers for excellent juice at fair prices!).

GUENOC 2013 CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The nose on this California Cab is classic California-- plenty of ripe red fruits, cherries, redcurrant, with a layer of carob/chocolate and earthy dust. In the mouth, the fruit flavors are quite forward, with sweet cherries again in the lead, as cherry cousins (cola, lambic, Kirsch) tag along. Acidity is ample and keeps the sweet fruit honest as a hint of rose petal and more loamy earth and a brush of cocoa expands the profile. This is both an easy-drinker and comfy quaffer-- but it also keeps one foot in the erudite row of wine profiles with depth and range of flavors, full frontal acidity and smooth tannins.

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A Gem and a Steal from the Heel!!!

The 2010 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva follows in the footsteps of the 2009, which, incidentally, won the coveted Gambera Rosso ‘Tre Biccheri’ award ( the ‘Oscars’ of Italian wines)! And it did for under $10 a bottle, incredible! Think ‘The Big Fat Greek Wedding’; low budget flick with an incredible return on the investment! Now we have that same talent at work in this latest rendition. Pure Negroamaro (red grape varietal indigenous to the Puglia region, or, ‘heel of the boot’), 100% worth of deep, dark and savory flavors without compromising on those earthy, rustic and meaty characteristics we know to be Salice Salentino (the town within Puglia for which the grape is best known). Originating from vines planted in 1962 and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French barriques. Ideal choice with Pizza, Pasta (red sauce, of course), steak and hamburgers among others. The ‘Go To’ wine if you will. If you don’t, you’ve insulted your palate (and probably your pocket as well)!

CANTELE 2010 SALICE SALENTINO

STEPHEN TANZER 90 POINTS - "Good full ruby-red. Dark cherry and graphite aromas are lifted by an enticing spicy character. Supple, spicy and sweet, offering an uncanny combination of vibrancy, fat and density. Finishes suave and long, with fine, sweet tannins and very good lift.

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High Scoring, Exceptionally Well-Made Wines for a Song!

Maipe is produced in a state-of-the-art winery, Chakana, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality.  Chakana winery was founded by Juan Pelizzatti on May 2nd, 2002. Juan was driven to enter the wine industry first and foremost by his passion for wine, and also by the desire to invest his time and money on a product of agriculture. Although Juan did not know it at the time, the company was founded on the same day the Chakana was celebrated on the Andes highlands: on that same day, the Southern Cross (the Chakana for the Inca people) becomes vertical in the night Andean sky.

Juan's mission is to create an integral experience to introduce world consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes. His vision is to become one of the top 20 exporters of wine from Argentina, by consistently offering outstanding value for money.

We thoroughly enjoyed these wines-- they reflect well the kind of quality you can find coming out of Argentina... with the right people, terroir and philosophy, and why we are excited for this part of the wine world.

MAIPE 2012 MALBEC RESERVE

With a nose of spice, cured meats, cherry, blackberry and pomegranate, light floral perfume, we tasted cherries and berries, a touch of vanilla, all enwrapped in silky tannins.  Acidity comes in at the mid-palate as the finish adds hints of earth, wood and roses, cherry cola.

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "The same can be said for the 2012 Malbec Reserve, a 100% hand-harvested Malbec from the estate’s finest vineyard parcels. Aged 12 months in French oak, it possesses a softer style than the Cabernet Sauvignon with more minerality as well as lots of blackberry, white chocolate, incense and graphite characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-hued, rich and full-bodied, it is a full-throttle, stunning Malbec to drink over the next 4-5 years."

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MAIPE 2012 BONARDA RESERVE

In the nose, notions of blackberry, vanilla cream, dark spices, cassis fruit and cured meats swirl. Inky dark in hue, the palate is quite lush and big with fine tannins and strutting acidity lending plenty of balance. Blue and black fruits dominate the palate, excellent acidity keeps it uplifting.

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - “The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years.”

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New Release of a Customer Favorite from a Top Producer!

"Uccelliera is now without question one of the handful of top producers in Montalcino." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, April 2010.

At a recent Brunello di Montalcino tasting, our customers and staff were left so impressed by the wines of Uccelliera, that we are quick to point out these delicious, memorable wines to you.

In 1986, Andrea Cortonesi purchased the historic farm known as Uccelliera (meaning: bird house) from neighboring Brunello estate, Ciacci Piccolomini.

The estate sits in Castelnuovo dell’ Abate -- the heart of the Brunello zone, with rolling hills, framed by olive trees which are several hundred years (nearly a millennium) old. An ancient quarry of alabaster, which was used for building the Abbey of St. Antimo, borders his vineyard, where Andrea practices organic farming, planting Sangiovese Grosso, a Brunello clone.

"I would be hard-pressed to name another grower who has made such huge strides in recent years as has Andrea Cortonesi. The artisan tradition of Montalcino is alive and well in this small, no-frills winery, while the wines have never been better." writes Antonio Galloni.

DOCG law requires a minimum of four years before Brunello di Montalcino can be released. While the Brunello we are offering today is truly exceptional, the lighter-styled Rosso is essentially declassified Brunello meant to be consumed now, and provides a stunning value.

UCCELLIERA 2012 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO

This “baby Brunello" from Uccelliera is 100% Sangiovese Grosso, a different clone than used in Chianti. The Rosso is filled with lovely aromas of dark fruits and orange peel, caressing the palate with crunchy ripe cherries, black currants, notes of sandalwood and baking spices, leaving with a lilting finish. A truly delectable wine!

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UCCELLIERA 2009 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - “The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a fleshy and meaty wine that carries its weight and concentration with grace. The wine oozes personality with a long succession of fruit, herbal and dark spice sensations that leave a lasting impression. Fruit is harvested from the Castelnuovo dell’Abate area and is aged in oak for 36 months. Drink: 2016-2025.”

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A New Release that Over Delivers at the Price!

Over the last 4 or 5 years Columbia Crest wines along with their H3 (Horse Heaven Hills) line up have really performed quite well against our California wines in that value price tier. The wines just seem to strike the perfect balance of structure, fruit and oak without ever being heavy handed or overtly big.

Harmoniously styled, this new release called Amitage (a combination of the prefix ami or love and the word heritage) is a blend 63% Merlot, 33% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Franc that seamlessly glides across the palate in an elegant fashion. You won’t find any obtrusive, sharp or angular characteristics in this easy drinker making it a perfect “pop and pour “red for all occasions.

Scoring an 89 point score and Best Buy award from Wine and Spirits, the wine maker notes, “This complex red exhibits layer flavors of blackberries and plums with a subtle spiciness and silky mouthfeel that leads to a long, elegant finish.”

COLUMBIA CREST 2009 RED "AMITAGE"

WINE & SPIRITS 89 POINTS "BEST BUY" - "This blend of merlot, syrah and cabernet franc over-delivers at the price, a plush, dark plum-scented wine with sweet oak accents. The flavors are cool and fine, the tannins possessing a peppery bite that screams for a charry cut of meat off the grill."

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We Were Blown Away by this Delicious Wine!

Some of you may remember this wine from last year when we were able bring it into the store in a very limited quantity. It quickly sold out and we were unable to satisfy our customer's demand for more-until now! The 2012 vintage is in and it's another winner.

This wine is a beautiful Bordeaux style blend from the premiere winegrowing region of Stellenbosch on the western cape of South Africa. When the buyer and other Hi Time staff tried it, we were blown away by this delicious wine!

In a blind tasting, one would be hard pressed to guess where this wine hails from. The balance, complexity and length of this delicious wine represents an astounding value, which competes very favorably with other red wines from around the world.

DELAIRE GRAFF 2012 BOTSMASKOP

This wine begins to draw you in with its deep ruby color and stained tears on the stemware give a preview of the nicely extracted wine. On the nose, dark fruit, red fruit and cassis are framed by well-integrated French oak, which is complementary rather than obtrusive. Baking spices, sweet pipe tobacco, and a dusting of cocoa are evident. A floral element and freshly tilled earth add to the complex bouquet. On the palate, a perfect union of fruit and tannin lay the groundwork for a marriage of flavors with enough acidity to provide lift and definition. The silky tannins envelop the Kirsch and dark berry flavors and caress the tongue, leading to a long finish. This is a wine with structure, but also elegance and finesse which can be enjoyed now or over the next five to eight years.

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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 NIOR

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."

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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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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!

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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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