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The Perfect Cult Wine for the Priorat Aficionado!

Clos Mogador and the Barbier family need no introduction to any Priorat aficionado, as they are the pioneers and catalysts of modern day Priorat. Clos Mogador is named after the single vineyard that René Barbier started to cultivate in the 1970's in the now-famous wine village of Gratallops. The wines of Clos Mogador have become as famous as other mythical wines of the world such as Italy's Sassicaia and Bordeaux's Château Margaux. It has reached the cult status (and prices) as "un Grande Vino" on the world's stage.

One of the most interesting aspects of winemaking at Clos Mogador is the fact that René presses the grape using an olive press, which has the effect of only extracting half of the amount of juice that a typical wine press would, making the wine 50% more concentrated. Considering that Priorat wines are already highly concentrated, and that "normal" yields are absolutely microscopic (especially compared to other Spanish wine regions such as La Rioja), the wines of Clos Mogador are nearly elixirs. Robert Parker, the influential wine critic, was one of the first international critics to praise the wines of this stunning winery.

We have a very limited supply so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.


WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2011 Clos Mogador feels ripe, serious and young. Rene Barbier likes to pick ripe grapes but without any raisins making it into the vats. The wine is a blend of the different grapes in his Clos Mogador vineyard (it’s just one of a handful of wines officially awarded the single-vineyard label by the Catalan wine institutions): Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. But the wine speaks more of the place than the grapes, with notes of slate, thyme, rosemary, sage, lavender, black cherries and a supple palate, full-bodied, with pungent flavors, round, velvety tannins and a long aftertaste. This is a superb effort for such a warm vintage, the warmest and driest in Priorat since 2003, and great value for the quality. 30,000 bottles are produced of this prodigious, powerful but balanced Priorat. Drink 2015-2025.

...the wines are not cheap, but for the quality they offer they represent good value and are all highly recommended."

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Strikingly Beautiful Wines!

We have tremendous respect and admiration for Elisabetta Foradori, a woman of great integrity. Her winemaker father, died of cancer when she was 11 year-old. When she was 19, she took over as winemaker. Before Elisabetta took the helm, the Foradoris had planted vines for bulk wine production, and were very successful. Single-handedly in a 20-year effort, Elisabetta turned the winery around, making the vineyards bio dynamic and reviving a clone of the ancient grape, Teroldego. The Teroldego grape is genetically related to Syrah, and here in the northern Trentino’s mountain valleys sheer limestone cliffs, reaches its zenith in the subzone known as Campo Rotaliano. Elisabetta elevated Teroldego from a bulk wine to one that is found in some of the best wine lists in the world. A single mother of four, Elisabetta’s tireless work made her become one of Italy’s most influential winemakers: a woman who put Trentino wines on the map, and has become one of the country’s leading advocates for organic wine viticulture.

A few of our Hi-Time Wine Staff had the chance to meet Elisabetta at a trade tasting last year, and we were taken by her grace and elegance. Her wines are not that much different than her persona: strong yet elegant, joyful yet serious, easy-drinking yet fascinating. Her entry-level wine, the Teroldego is a dark, earthy wine with black and red fruits, serious yet light-footed. Her wine Sgarzon, is a deep red with an alpine freshness, layers of flowers, dark cherries, spice and dark minerality presented subtly and in precise detail. Her flagship wine, Granato, is a deep, dark concentrated wine made only from her best grapes. Granato is racy and silky with dark fruits, dark chocolate and some nuts with a long and beautiful finish. Teroldego may not have the same international cachet as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, but the Foradori wines are stunning.

Antonio Galloni of his publication “Vinous” writes of Elisabetta Foradori: “I was deeply struck with the wines I tasted at Foradori a few months ago. The winery is stripped down to the bare essentials, with terra cotta amphoras playing a greater role than in the past. Elisabetta Foradori is able to coax remarkable finesse from her Teroldego, the red grape that is native to this part of Trentino. The entry-level Foradori (previously labeled Teroldego Rotaliano) is fabulous and a great introduction to the estate... Readers should do whatever they can to check out these magnificent wines.


ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "Strikingly beautiful wine, the 2010 Foradori is firing on all cylinders today. Sweet red berries, flowers and mint are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2010 is a decidedly bright, focused wine laced with high-toned aromatics and flavors, all supported by an attractive vein of saline-infused minerality. This is one of the most elegant, refined wines I can remember tasting here. The Foradori is essentially the same wine that was previously marketed as Teroldego Rotaliano. Best of all, it is a fabulous value."

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JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - “A beautiful red with blueberries, spices and fresh herbs. Full body, Firm tannins and a juicy finish. Layered and so stylish. Powerful fruit yet refined and polished. Drink or hold.”

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ANTONIO GALLONI 94+ POINTS - “The 2010 Granato bursts from the glass with expressive red fruit and bright, floral-inflected aromatics, all supported by the silkiest of tannins. Sweet, perfumed and impeccable, the 2010 impresses for its balance and structure. Still a bit clenched, the 2010 will surely benefit from another 2-3 years in bottle, but it is already virtually impossible to resist. Elisabetta Foradori aged the 2010 in roughly 2/3rds cask and 1/3rd neutral French oak barrels. Styliscially, the 2010 represents another move in the direction of finesse. It is a remarkable wine in every way.

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The New Vintage Of One of Napa’s “Crown Jewels” Has Arrived!

Dominus Estate is one of the crown jewels of the Napa Valley; dubbed the “stealth winery” by locals for its amazing architecture. Its owner, Christian Moueix (whose family also runs Chateau Petrus, among others), demands the highest standards, and accepts nothing but the best when it comes to the quality of this wine. The grapes are farmed from their Napanook vineyard, a prodigious piece of land that has been envied for over 150 years! This is routinely one of the higher scoring wines from the big publications, and this year’s release is no exception, as it has received 94 points from famed wine critic Antonio Galloni! This is a trophy wine, a candidate for the cellar, a show stopper, and an exceptional gift!


ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc."

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“Parker Drops an F-Bomb!” Take Two - Borsao “Beroloa” 91 Points!

We’ve always enjoyed the wines of Bodegas Borsao, and they are undeniably great wine for the money across the board. Last year in one of our features we repeated a quote from Robert Parker where he was so excited about the quality of the Borsao line-up that he dropped an F-Bomb on Twitter, almost: “-buy Bodegas Borsao 2010s and 2011s-all from Campo de Borja-all under $10, which is F*@$%^@ unreal for such quality-red, white, and rose.” In fairness, Parker was Tweeting about the entry level wines from Borsao, not the higher tier. All the same, as we tasted this new “Berola,” we almost immediately thought about that long-ago Tweet, “DANG! That 2010 Borsao really is “F*@$%^@ unreal.” With Cabernet and Syrah in the blend, plus the additional 2 years of aging for “Beroloa,” Borsao is aiming for something higher and more age worthy. Imagine a Reserva Rioja as compared with an entry-level Tinto—there is more toastiness in the “Berola,” but also more ginger and spice, more orange-pekoe tea, and subtle hints of dried flowers. It’s quite a wine for $12.95!


ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "The 2010 Berola is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a combination of American and French oak for ten months. It then spends a year in bottle prior to being released. A sleeper of the vintage, it reveals a deep ruby/purple color along with aromas of blackberries, black cherries, licorice and lavender. Full-bodied, rich, nicely textured and impressively pure, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLARS 90 POINTS - "Bright purple. Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry and peppery spices. Displays vibrant flavors of smoky dark berries, white pepper and candied flowers, with a hint of candied rose in the background. Rich but graceful blend with a smoky, floral finish."

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A Great Wine for Not a Lot of Money!

Ausonia Azienda Agricola is a relatively new winery in Abruzzo, Italy. Simone Binelli, after 6 years as a pharmacist, decided to pursue his passion for wine-- so he studied and graduated (with honors) at the School of Viticulture and Enology of Florence. All of this was done with the support and blessing of the woman who was to become his wife, Francesca.

In 2006 he began managing the agricultural part of the company and from 2011 with the birth of the cellar also of the enological part with the support of trusted professionals. The name of the winery, Ausonia, came about after Simone was on a walk with his father, an entomologist for passion, who noticed a particular butterfly near the property. Ausonia is in fact the name of this butterfly quite rare in Italy, but very present among the gullies along the company and the Regional Natural Reserve of Atri Badlands, where he found his natural habitat. From this is derived the choice to call the wines with the names of the butterflies of the Abruzzo region.


This is one of our favorite regions in Italy as the quality-to-value ratio skews heavy toward quality-- plainly, you get great wines for not a lot of money. That is the case here. Ausonia "Apollo" has a nose of red fruits and big spices; it's almost Rhône-y with fresh black pepper and a hint of garrique. The palate is rich and viscous, laden with mixed red and blue fruits, more spices, black licorice, pepper (black and white), sea salt, excellent tannins. The finish is easy and full of forward fruits, gentle acidity. Food matching: pasta with elaborate sauces, ideal for roast lamb and grilled meats, moderately strong cheeses.

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Wall Street Journal Approved 90 Point Wines Under $25!

This Saturday the Wall Street Journal is doing a feature on 90 point wines under $25. Today we are going to give you a sneak peak at that article.

"In the quest for exceptional products, and wine in particular, there lies a constant tension between quality and price. The easiest route to defining value before the bottle is even opened is the score a wine has earned from the experts we trust, especially the coveted scores of 90 points and above which testify to the highest quality wines."

"These highly rated wines are a tribute to the passion of masterful winemakers dedicated to creating exceptionally well-regarded wines that we can enjoy. With their depth of character, flavor and sense of terroir, one sip tells us that the distinguished scores these wines receive are not freely given, but hard won. Wine producers don’t receive a 90-point rating due to luck or caprice — the ratings are earned." - Ben Narasin The Wall Street Journal

WineReviewOnline.com 90 Points

This year’s rendition has smoky aromas of vanillin oak and sweet spice balanced by white peach, pineapple and citrus aromas. The white peach and citrus notes and the subtle minerality of the finish are enhanced and complemented by its richness on the palate and lengthy finish. This is a staple at our store, and should be a staple in any Chard lover’s house!

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Wine Enthusiast 91 Points "Editor's Choice"

This release of the 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay reflects a transition to a new contemporary style by revealing elegant ripe tree fruit flavors of baked apple, supported by layered notes of toasty oak, carmel, and brown spice. The wine has a moderate mouthfeel and sweetness balanced by refined, juicy acidity.

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WineReviewOnline.com 91 Points

Winemaker's Notes - The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from vineyards up and down the Napa Valley. This wine exhibits a deep burgundy color with intense aromas of cassis, sweet herbs and hints of pipe tobacco. Intriguing flavors of ripe black cherries, deep, briary red fruits, and old world complexities linger throughout the finish. This is a well structured and balanced wine that is medium-to-full-bodied and is ready to enjoy now or can be aged up to 5 years.

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"Simply Delicious and a Great Value"!

If anyone embodies the promise and spirit of "The New Spain", it is Alvaro Palacios. Born into a wine family in Rioja, he now makes wine in three different appellations: Priorat, Bierzo, and his hometown of Alfaro in Eastern Rioja. Alvaro's flagship Priorat wine, L'Ermita, is one of the highest rated wines to come out of Spain, and he was voted "Winemaker of the Year" in the 2008 edition of the Wine Report. Following his great successes in Priorat and Bierzo during the 1990s, and the death of his father in 2000, Palacios assumed responsibility for the family's property and winery in Rioja, Palacios Remondo.

Palacios is deeply committed to organic viticulture and natural winemaking practices, such as use of organic fertilizers in the stone-covered, clay soils. All wines are unfiltered and clarified only with egg whites, no exogenous yeasts or commercial compounds are added to the wines and sulfites are kept to minimum levels. Total respect for his vineyard and its surrounding environment results in wines – La Montesa, Propiedad, Plácet Valtomelloso and La Vendimia – that express the true nature of the estate's soils.


WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2010 Finca La Montesa, a blend of 75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo sourced from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro, displays an attractive bright red ruby color, subtle notes of perfectly ripe red cherries, flowers, spices, flowers, wild herbs and some chalk sensations. It is extremely elegant. The palate is supple, sapid (umami?), vibrant, pure, balanced and long. Simply delicious and a great value. Drink 2014-2018."

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World Class Brunello Producer Scores Big with a 91 Point Super Tuscan!

Our customers are all too familiar with the quality of the Brunello di Montalcinos that consistently come out of the cellars of Ciacci Piccolomini (whose origins date back to the 17th century). Now they are offering a wine that may seem to go against the grain of Tuscan standards, if not tradition; In 1989, in the absence of the high quality of fruit the estate expects for its Brunello’s, Ciacci decided not to produce a Brunello di Montalcino. This decision, however, coincided with the first harvest of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from their Estate vineyards. In a move that could only be described at the time as sacrilegious, Ciacci created a “Super Tuscan”! Yes, a wine made with those international grapes; Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Blasphemous! So, they called it “Ateo” which translates…”Atheist”, a wine that defies the prevailing belief system of winemaking in Montalcino, Tuscany and all throughout Italy! Fast forward to the current 2010 version of Ateo, the wine is not only accepted in Montalcino, it is a celebrated success story. The wine had a pinch hit role that found itself in the starting line-up! Scoring a Wine Advocate 91 Points!! Only 1000 cases produced.


WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2010 Ateo, a Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is striking in this great vintage. Firm tannins support expressive dark fruit, wild flowers, mint, sage and blackberries. Although a wine more of region than variety, the 2010 impresses for its vibrant, structured personality and impeccable class. A big, full-throttle finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022."

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Our Exclusive Premier Napa Valley Auction Lot
from Summers Winery has Arrived

Every so often, we are able to offer a completely unique & exclusive, one of a kind wine from the prestigious Premier Napa Valley Auction. The lots are limited to 5 -10 cases with an occasional 20 case offering, the bottles are numbered and signed by the winemaker and did we mention delicious? It is safe to think of these lots as a Reserve tier option above the Reserve level.


Upon pouring, notes of red and dark fruit flowed out of the glass in a rich and inviting way. After some swirling it was obvious how layered this wine was. Baking spice, crushed rocks and licorice along with rose petals emerges from the layers of fruit. The first taste greets you with flavors reminiscent to the nose; Sweet red and dark berries galore with a concentration or density that is unusual for the 2011 vintage. Yes this wine is broad shouldered and fairly muscular showing a medium level of chewy tannins and nice, bright acidity. One note that a few staff members tasting this wine pointed out was how seamless the transition was from entry to mid palate then flowed to a nice long finish showcasing remarkably impeccable texture. This wine is sitting high on the list of best 2011 Napa Cabernets tasted this year!

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Distillery Reborn - 'A Drop of Pure Highland Gold'!

Tullibardine is a drop of pure Highland Gold since 1488, that brings to its custodians, a hand crafted, vibrant, Single Malt Scotch Whisky from an independently family owned distillery. The history of Tullibardine as a location for brewing and distilling is one of the oldest in Scotland. Recently Tullibardine began a new chapter in its history as in November 2011 the distillery was purchased by an independent family company already involved in the Whisky Industry. There is no doubt that the future of Tullibardine is in safe hands. With a wide portfolio of stock ranging back as far as 1952, Tullibardine is a lovely sweet, elegant and complex malt whisky.


No age statement bottling from Tullibardine. This is great value for money, with lovely fruity, biscuity notes. Light straw color, French vanilla on the nose, and a beautiful oaky smooth flavor.

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Having been matured in first fill Bourbon barrels, this is a lovely, balanced whisky. It exhibits barley, pear drops and creamy chocolate notes, which develop on the palate with a lingering finish.

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For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Casks, which are 225 liters in size. This creates a wonderful golden whisky with interesting citrus flavor, cereal notes and vanilla. There is a touch of pineapple and orange peel on the finish, which is medium to long.

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For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet Red Burgundy Casks, which are 228 liters in size. This creates a delightful ruby color to this whisky with vanilla, light chocolate flavors, a creamy richness and hints of red summer fruit.

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For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Sherry Butts, which are 500 liters in size. This has created an intense, dark, rich brown whisky. There are hints of toffee and apples with an edge of cereal notes. On the palate, vanilla and toffee abound with dates and spice.

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Matured in first fill Bourbon Barrels, this is a wonderful, charming, single malt that delivers vanilla, cocoa, honey, and oatmeal in equal measure, while finishing smooth and dry on the palate. There is a complexity from its age, but there is still that hint of subtle sweetness that Tullibardine has in its malts.

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A Wonderful Wine of the Month!

Burgundian Yves Cheron graduated from the Lycée Viticole in Beaune in 1983 and headed south the following year to assume control of the family's new domaine in the Southern Rhône. His father, Denis, Cheron, recognized the untapped potential of some of the region's lesser-known appellations back in the early 1960s and left Burgundy to set up shop in this sun-baked sub-region of Provence. Denis purchased a production facility in Vacqueyras and began vinifying wines for several area growers. It wasn't long before he had earned the trust and friendship of his client-vignerons. In 1982, one of them, the heirless owner of Grand Montmirail in Gigondas, decided to retire and gave Denis right of first refusal to buy his domaine in the appellation's southeast sector.


An earthy nose of violets, white pepper and sea salt leads to a palate rich in flavor: dark fruits, savory herbal tones, notes of briar and tilled soil. One of the many reasons why we love this region in the south of France are on display in this bottling: the fantastic price of this bottling is trumped by the quality of the wine inside, it will drink wonderfully with or without food, it's easy-going and relaxed, like the Rhône sun.

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"Sexy, Fantastic Value" 90 Points Under $9!

This year, the “Codice” is undeniable, a seductive mix of pretty, spicy Tempranillo fruit with just enough oak to add depth and richness. We shouldn’t have been surprised as the Eguren family also own Protocolo, Sierra Cantabria, Teso de la Monja and more. Marcos Eguren is one of Spain’s most respected winemakers—this “Codice” bottling shows what Marcos can do, even with fruit from humbler appellations.


STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 90 POINTS - “Brilliant ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, potpourri, and wood smoke. Silky and open-knit, offering juicy dark berry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of mocha. The floral note carries through on the finish, which features soft tannins and slow-building spiciness. As usual, this is a fantastic value.”

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“Unbelievable Value” Grenache, 93 Points Wine Advocate Under $20!

After 27 years importing wines from France, Dan Kravitz from Harpswell Maine, began growing grapes and making wine on his own estate in the Roussillon Region of Southern France. We first featured the wines from Dan’s Domaine Cabirau estate in 2010. Those first bottling were delicious, but we’re quite sure the 2011 “Serge & Nicolas” is the best yet. Think of a beautiful Grenache from the Rhône, but more succulently ripe with firm mineral finish underneath:


WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - “With the advent of a new appellation for showcasing Maury vines in dry wine, Dan Kravitz elected to blend fruit from his oldest Grenache vines – previously bottled pure under nicknames taken from his vineyard collaborators (most recently vineyard manager Serge Soulatge and winemaking collaborator Nicolas Burger) – with other cepages as required by the new appellation’s rules, so that the Cabirau 2011 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas ends up coming close to the typical encepagement of this estate’s Cotes du Roussillon bottling. It also comes pretty close to the most unbelievable value I can recall from a region where red wine values are legion! New this year, too, is that the young wines underwent their malo-lactic transformation in two and three year old demi muids. The nose here is the epitome of schistic Maury in its smoky (no doubt to some extent reductive) evocations of crushed stone, smoked meat, resinous herbs and black tea allied to sweetly-ripe, succulent profusion of cassis, black raspberry, and blueberry. There is a wonderful sense of polish here allied to underlying firmness as well as almost electric energy. Mouthwatering salinity adds to the irresistible appeal of a torrential finish rushing across a bed of stone, from which you pick yourself up eager to savor and explore the next sip. Don’t miss a chance to follow this through at least 2020!”

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Last Call on a Great Rioja 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast #8 on Top 100!

We like the Luis Cañas “Seleccion de la Familia” Rioja Reserva quite a lot—twice now we’ve cleaned out the importers warehouse and simply “took it all.” Shortly after we highlighted this Rioja Reserva as one of our wines of the year in December, The Wine Enthusiast picked Cañas “Seleccion de la Familia” Reserva 2006 as #8 on the Top 100 list for 2013. Also, Decanter Magazine recently awarded the 2006 “Seleccion de la Familia” 5 stars and the Regional Trophy for the Best Rioja Reserva of 2013. This is a great wine, well structured and delicious.

Wine Enthusiast #8 on Top 100 of 2013

WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 POINTS - “Black-fruit aromas come with all the savory, smoky, coconutty accents one could ask for. In the mouth, expect saturation, big tannins, structure galore, & layering. Flavors of balsamic black fruits, prune, toast, and char finish long, minty, and delicious. Residual tannins suggest that this can last another 10 years.”

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The New Release of Jam Cellars "Butter" Chardonnay has Arrived!

Owners John and Michelle (JaM) Truchard have created quite a following in a relatively short amount of time. With the name of their wine label being called JaM, they employed the help of winemaker Rob Lloyd (who spent 8 years at Rombauer) to produce a rich, jammy style of Cabernet. Well, that wine was a huge hit, and since Rob knew a thing or two about making Chardonnay, it only made sense that this white wine should be called "Butter."

This wine was such a huge success last vintage that we still have customers asking for it. Butter is just under half the cost of our most popular Chardonnay it was modeled after and although there are a couple of nice knock-offs available, there is only one "Butter"!


As the name implies, this is a rich, buttery style Chardonnay laced with aromas of baked lemons and mandarin oranges mingled with a hint of spice and smoke. The palate begins with crisp pineapple, bright citrus and ripe melon while a soft creaminess rounds out the finish. This Chardonnay is ready for immediate enjoyment and is suited to a wide variety of foods including white fish, smoked salmon and creamy pasta dishes.

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Lovely, Pure Sangiovese, 91 Points Under $11!

There is a new vintage here which represents a new level of achievement for Fattoria del Cerro’s entry level Rosso—a delicious, layered Sangiovese with bright floral elements and pure cherry fruit. The wine is also much more competitively priced as the importer came to the table with a price that is about $4/bottle less than the previous release. We also have Fattoria del Cerro’s Tre Bicchieri winning Vino Nobile in the store, but for pure value and accessibility, the estate’s Rosso is unbeatable.


ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "Dark cherries, plums, graphite, tobacco and smoke inform the estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montepulciano. This is an especially dark, brooding Rosso with tons of varietal character and plenty of personality. A drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2011 will give readers e great look at the personality of the vintage. This is without question a delicious wine and a fabulous value. Drinking window: 2013 - 2021"

JAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - "Delicious soft tannins and juicy berry and chocolate fruit character. Full and round. Well-made Rosso di Montepulciano. Better than many Vino Nobles. Drink now."

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A Delicious, Serious, High Scoring Red Under $20!

Husband and wife team Sara Pérez and René Barbier (Fils) are the children of two of the great pioneers of the Priorat D.O., Josep Lluis Pérez of Mas Martinet and René Barbier of Clos Mogador. Sara and René are both very well respected vignerons in their own right, so it seemed natural that they should start a project together. For this project, they decided to stake their claim not in Priorat, but in the slightly sleepier D.O. of Monsant.

The grapes for the wines come from an approximate total of four hectares of vineyards which are owned by four different grape-growing families in Falset as well as another small plot owned by Venus. One could call Venus a négociant project, but it is more accurate to say that it is a partnership between these four families and René and Sara. Venus is these small growers’ only client, so their vineyards are farmed in accordance with the rigorous ecological standards set by the couple. The grapes for Dido come from the Falset area, from vineyards with soils based on decomposed granite called sauló. These soils are poor in organic matter and they contribute to producing grapes with great ripeness and fruit flavors. The grapes for Venus come from clay-calcareous soils between Marçà and Guiamets. These soils encourage a slow, elegant and complex ripeness.


WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The red 2011 Dido is produced with organic farmed grapes grown on granitic soils and blends Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aim here is to keep the freshness. Forty percent of the wine is aged in concrete vats, while the rest is matured in clay amphorae and used oak. The result is a restrained, soil-driven red with earthy notes, black fruit, licorice and subtle Mediterranean herbs with some floral overtones and no traces of oak. The palate is medium-bodied, with clean, penetrating flavors, lively acidity and a long finish. A delicious, serious red showing balance and personality. What more can you ask for? Drink now-2018."

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Time to Fire Up the BBQ and Pop this Knockout 91 Point Syrah!!!

With spring time upon us and summer just around the corner, now is the time to start stocking up on wine for bbq’s. Whites and Rosés will be in abundance but finding a phenomenal Syrah under $20 seems to be tough. Novy Family Wines has set the bar in terms of quality thus making this decision very easy for the consumer! If you love your Syrah over flowing with black fruit, spice and bacon fat, your search is over. Quantity is limited and this wine will disappear very quickly so don't hesitate to order.

"These outstanding wines are made by Adam and Dianna Lee of Siduri. While their Siduri line is reserved for Pinot Noir, they release both Syrah and Chardonnay under their Novy line." - Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate


ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Starting off the reds and spending 17 months in barrel, the inky-colored 2011 Syrah offers up a deep, decadent profile of smoked black fruits, lavender, bacon fat and crushed flowers on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, rich and mouth-filling on the palate, with juicy, integrated acidity, this knockout Syrah is a joy to drink now, yet should evolve gracefully through 2017. Drink now-2017."

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A Fantastic Old Vine Burgundy!

From 40- to 80-year-old vineyard plots in Saint-Aubin and a hill between Saint-Aubin and Gamay, where vines with many small-sized bunches, very rich in "millerand" (small berries), lend excellent depth and flavor, this wine stands tall, strong and comfortable in its own skin. Burhound.com's Allen Meadows is a tough but fair wine critic (his 89s are often other critics' 92s); when he makes big statements we tend to pay attention and he's spot on here: "...I would go so far as to say that Domaine Henri Prudhon is the most under rated producer in all of Burgundy."


The nose is a blend of spicy raspberry, mixed berries and plum compote, with dark florals, baking spices (clove) and subtle minerals lending support. The palate showcases tart cherries, kriek lambic, persimmon, sea salt, more mixed brown spices and tilled soil. The tannins are strong but balanced by fruit; fairly well-sized wine yet harmonious in scope and scale. Should drink quite well for years to come.

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94 Points for a Boutique Carneros Chardonnay!

Owner/Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz has worked in the industry over the last sixteen years with meticulous and obstinate standards and has become well-respected in the industry. Each and every year, in our travels up to wine country, the Auteur wines stun us with their complexity, purity and intensity. These are ultra-boutique wines that garner praise from critics, retailers and restaurateurs. Hyde vineyard is sustainably and organically farmed with respect for the environment, and the quality of the fruit from this vineyard would make it one of the “Grand Crus” of California!


ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - “Four outstanding wines from this small boutique producer include the stunning 2011 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard, which exhibits notes of citrus oil, orange marmalade and crushed rocks. Aged in 20% new French oak for 16 months, it is vibrant, fresh and medium to full-bodied. A terrific example of a Chardonnay that represents a perfect synthesis in style of a grand cru white Burgundy and California’s more tropical and exotic, fruit-laden Chardonnays. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.”

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A High Scoring, High Altitude Malbec Under $15!

Pedro Angulo and Angel Innocenti were winegrowers in their native Europe – Pedro in the Basque country and Angel in Tuscany. They immigrated to Argentina in the late 19th century and through hard work and perseverance found great success in their commercial activities.

Today the Angulo and Innocenti families have rekindled their immigrant winemaking roots. Alejandro Angulo and Mariano Innocenti, 3rd and 4th generation family members respectively, have decided to celebrate Pedro and Angel’s vintner past with the development of a unique terroir in La Consulta.

La Consulta is located in the very southern tip of the Uco Valley in the San Carlos county, some 75 miles to the south of the city of Mendoza. The district varies in altitude from 3,000 – 3,500 feet above sea level at the foot of the majestic Andes. Its high altitude and southerly location combine to offer warm sunny days with cool mountain nights. The warm sunny days lend a rich, concentration of black fruit flavors together with a soft, supple texture. The cool mountain nights contribute intense floral aromatics and racy acidity to the wines. Mariano and his uncle Alejandro chose La Consulta for its rich heritage and long tradition as Mendoza’s premier region for Malbec, dating back to the early 20th century.


ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "The opaque purple-colored 2012 Malbec is a big (14.5% natural alcohol), 1,800-case cuvee that spent time in both neutral tanks (50%) and oak (50%). It reveals some spicy oak notes along with a big, sweet kiss of blackberry and black raspberry fruit as well as hints of camphor and white flowers. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied, lush, opulent Malbec to enjoy over the next 4-5 years, perhaps longer."

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "This dark, sappy red delivers rich, yet racy, flavors of blackberry coulis, plum skin and kirsch. Compact, with layered notes of cocoa nib, licorice and tar slowly unraveling in the long finish. Drink now through 2014. 1,300 cases imported."

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Two 95 Pointers from Spain’s “Stairway to Heaven”!

In the holy pantheon of Spanish red wines, the big, full-bodied wines of Priorat can contend only with Rioja and Ribera del Duero for excellence and prestige. A historical appellation dating back to the 12th Century, Priorat, or “priory,” takes its name from the Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei founded in 1194 to commemorate the spot where, legend has it, a shepherd had a beatific vision of angels ascending a stairway to heaven.  Buil & Gine, a family domaine founded in 1996, has quickly risen to preeminence in the appellation, and is widely considered one of the best young producers in Priorat. In fact, Wine & Spritis just award a duo of their wines the classic, 95-point score—the rare and prestigious 2006 Pleret and the BEST BUY 2009 Baboix, from the neighboring appellation of Monsant.


WINE & SPIRITS 95 POINTS - "This youthful Montsant has the intensity of a wild teenager. The fruit is powerfully red even as aggressive tannins seize the palate, needing at least five years in the bottle before it all might settle down. The payoff will be to bask in its vibrant fruit and complexity. A blend based on old vine garnacha and cariñena, alon with merlot, tempranillo and cabernet, Baboix comes from a vineyard on decomposed granite in Falset."

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WINE & SPIRITS 95 POINTS - "Packed with dried cherry and spice notes, this Priorat has begun to reach maturity, but has yet to reach its peak. There’s still plenty of energy, acidity and freshness, and powerful fruit flavors that pulse with vibrancy. The best vintage of Pleret to date, this wine benefits from Buil & Giné’s oldest plantings of garnacha and cariñena (over 40 years), blended with cabernet, merlot and syrah."

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Hot Scotch Deals - A Liter for the Price of 750ml!
Quantities are limited so don't hesitate to order. Prices are good while supplies last. First come, first served.


This vibrant, sumptuous single malt reveals aromas of orange, lemon, peach, pear, apple and apricot ripe to bursting along with creamy vanilla, delicate flowers and complicated spice. The flavors carry this orchard of intrigue like silk across your palate evolving to display fennel, nutmeg and blanched almonds that resolve as a nectar of fruit, spice and nuts to finish gently with more captivating sweet fruit lingering on your palate.

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The color is intense, dark amber. The nose has multi-layered aromas of dried fruits, spice and buttery toffee. The taste is exceptionally rich and smooth with velvety, dark chocolate, elegant floral notes and a wisp of sweet mellow smokiness. The finish is magnificently long, warm and memorable finish.

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An exquisite marriage of the Balvenie matured for 12 years in three distinct cask types: Oloroso sherry butts, first fill bourbon barrels and traditional whisky casks. Smooth and sweet on the nose with elegant layers of spice and honeycomb. To taste, notes of dried fruits and oak combine with vanilla and cinnamon. The finish is warm and mellow.

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