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PETIT OUR BRUN 13 COTE RHONE
MATTHIEU BARRET 2013 COTE DU RHONE PETIT OURS BRUN
Item: #333219
Bottle Size:750ML
$16.99
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ANTONIO GALLONI 89 POINTS - "Bright violet color. Lively, spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose and in the mouth. Tangy and sharply focused, Read More...
with a peppery quality adding bite to the smoky, cured meat-tinged finish, which features easygoing tannins. -- Josh Raynolds"

We love it when we can get a good deal to you, especially when it means getting a declassified Cornas at Cotes du Rhone pricing. Such is the case with a wine from the young winemaker, Matthieu Barret, who comes from a generation of winemakers (his grandfather founded Domaine du Coulet after WWII), and Matthieu has farmed biodynamically in the Northern Rhone since 2002. His Cornas, Domaine Coulet, demands $50 and above price points and routinely scores 93-96 points from Wine Spectator. James Molesworth of WS called Matthieu “…the future in Cornas (and) ...the single most exciting new domaine in the appellation today.” Had this wine come from a different zip code, the price would change dramatically. But as the old Real Estate saying goes, it’s all about “location, location, location,” and it is you Dear Reader, who benefits from this districting loophole.

The wine we are offering is Matthieu Barret’s 2013 “Petit Ours Brun”, or “Little Brown Bear” Cotes du Rhone. A wine made of 100% Syrah from vineyards which lie between Cornas and St. Joseph, with 40-year-old vines and aged in neutral barrels. This sumptuous wine is generous with violets, boysenberry, and red fruits, and finishes with a smoky meaty character and crushed rock. This is a seamless, complex wine without getting ponderous, and is utterly charming and delicious. This is a no-brainer of a Northern Rhone buy and is definitely a wine to “back the truck” on, or in this case, fill your cave with this “Little Brown Bear.”
PLAN PEGAU NON VINTAGE ESTATE
PLAN PEGAU NON VINTAGE ESTATE 2011,2012,2013
Item: #345269
Bottle Size:750ML
$19.99
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RASTEAU 12 APHILLANTHES
DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES 2012 COTES DU RHONE
VILLAGE RASTEAU
Item: #345263
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:92-95
$29.99
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eROBERT PARKER 92-95 POINTS: "The 2012 Rasteau Cuvee 1921, which is almost all Grenache, looks to be just as good and has remarkable polish and elegance Read More...
in the appellation. Exhibiting perfumed notes of sweet raspberry, licorice, mineral and tinges of chocolate, this full-bodied, intense, seamless and hedonistically-styled effort will drink well for upward of a decade. If you get a chance to grab a couple bottles, don’t miss it."
RASTEAU 13 BEAURENARD
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD 2013 RASTEAU
Item: #345248
Bottle Size:750ML WS:89
WA:86-88
$21.99
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eROBERT PARKER 86-88 POINTS: "In addition to superb Châteauneufs, this estate makes two fine Rasteaus. The straight 2013 Rasteau, which was tasted Read More...
out of barrel, offers plenty of peppery herbs and dark fruits to go with a firm, tight and tannic palate. It will be a good wine and drink well for 5-6 years."

WINE SPECTATOR 89 POINTS: "A friendly style, with a perfumy edge around the lightly steeped blueberry and mulberry fruit flavors. Hints of licorice show on the finish, accented by a lingering perfume hint. Drink now through 2016. 3,000 cases made." –JM
SHATTER 12 GRENACHE
SHATTER 2012 GRENACHE MAURY
Item: #334149
Bottle Size:750ML
$17.99
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eROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS: "A collaboration between Napa's Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the semi-opaque 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a smoking blend Read More...
of 100% Grenache that comes from the singular, black schist soils located around the village of Maury, in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon. Aged in French oak (a small part being new) and hitting 15.6% natural alcohol, this sexy, full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal effort bears plenty of resemblance to the old-vine, 100% Grenache efforts coming from Chateauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, blackberry, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of vanilla bean all flow nicely to a seamless, silky, yet decadently styled red that has fine tannin, and a blockbuster, heady finish. It will certainly not appease those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, but count me a fan. The oak is still present, so give it a year in bottle; it will drink nicely for another 5-6 years. "
ST COSME LITTLE JAMES BASKET
ST COSME LITTLE JAMES BASKET NON-VINTAGE
Item: #373816
Bottle Size:750ML
$10.99
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Non Vintage Grenache : Solera from 1999 to 2010
Fermented and aged in vat - 100% Grenache
A lovely French table wine that serves up much more than expected for the price.Read More...
Comprised of mostly Grenache and neither fined nor filtered, it bursts with blackberries, tobacco, spice and earthy mineral undertones that lend itself to developing beautifully in the glass throughout the evening. Amazingly complex and delightful to enjoy with or without cuisine
Cherry, oriental spices, lavender, strawberry.
ST JOSEPH 09 HOSPICE GUIGAL
GUIGAL 2009 ST JOSEPH VIGNE DES HOSPICES
Item: #322909
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:95-97
$119.95
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ROBERT PARKER 95-97 POINTS - "The outrageous, inky/purple-hued 2009 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice boasts scents of roast beef, bacon fat, black currants, blackberries, camphor, Read More...
licorice and subtle smoke along with great intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a fantastic finish. It will be drinkable early in life and keep for two decades."

This wine originates from a monopoly of the best terroirs adjoining what were previously the Jean-Louis Grippat and Vallouit estates. This is a unique expression of the best situated slopes of the Saint-Joseph appellation. And when it comes to the winemaking: "...no one in the wine world is better at ‘raising’ a wine (or as the French call it elevage) than Marcel Guigal, who learned the skills from his father, Etienne. Because everyone tends to focus on vintage conditions and terroir, the importance of a wine’s elevage is often overlooked, but Guigal’s unusually long tank, foudre and small barrel aging regime for all his red wines as well as several of his whites results in an array of remarkable wines time and time again." - Robert Parker
ST JOSEPH 10 HOSPICE GUIGAL
GUIGAL 2010 ST JOSEPH VIGNE DES HOSPICES V.V.
Item: #333336
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92-95
$115.99
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ROBERT PARKER 92-95 POINTS - "Also remarkable, the 2010 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice boasts smoky black currant notes intermixed with blueberries, boysenberries, Read More...
spring flowers and crushed rock in a full-bodied, intense, deep, textured style. Undeniable minerality, good acidity and a slightly more structured mouthfeel suggest it will need several years of bottle age after its release next year; it should keep for two decades."
ST JOSEPH 11 COURSODON OLIVAIE
COURSODON 2011 SAINT JOSEPH L'OLIVAIE
Item: #322198
Bottle Size:750ML
$51.99
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Vineyard with older vines (about 60 years) and very stony soil (a lot of granite), 15-20% new oak.

Nose with ripe dark berries, some tar and spice notes, discrete oak notes. Read More...
Palate with ripe dark berries, good concentration of fruit, mineral, good acidity, medium(+) tannins, some firmness. Young, reasonably accessible now, but would gain from cellaring.
ST JOSEPH 11 GUIGAL
GUIGAL 2011 SAINT JOSEPH
Item: #300086
Bottle Size:750ML WS:92
WA:87-89
$32.99
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eROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS: "The 2011 Saint Joseph (aged 24 months in 2-year-old barrels) is solid and has lots of character and Northern Rhone style. Medium-bodied, Read More...
with a tight, elegant feel on the palate, it has a fabulously complex bouquet of spice, cured meats, licorice, hung game and sweet cassis. Drink it over the coming decade."
ST JOSEPH 11 GUIGAL L'HOSPICE
GUIGAL 2011 ST JOSEPH VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE
Item: #333707
Bottle Size:750ML
$119.99
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eROBERT PARKER 91-93 POINTS: "Scheduled to be bottled this coming February and slightly lighter in style, the 2011 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice (100% Read More...
Syrah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak) offers perfumed spice, red currants, blackberry and bouquet garni-styled aromatics, medium to full-body and an overall seamless, forward and silky profile. It should be ready to go on release, yet evolve gracefully for 10-15 years."
ST JOSEPH 12 COURSODON SILICE
DOMAINE COURSODON 2012 ST JOSEPH SILICE
Item: #333216
Bottle Size:750ML
$36.99
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ROBERT PARKER 89 POINTS: "Leading off the three reds presented, the 2012 Saint Joseph Silice was completely destemmed and aged 12 months in a combination Read More...
of smaller barrels and demi-muid. Loaded with notions of smoked black fruits, underbrush and earth, it’s a dark, chewy, medium to full-bodied, mineral-laced effort to drink over the coming 7-8 years."
ST JOSEPH 12 DELAS TOURNON
DELAS 2012 SAINT JOSEPH CUVEE FRANCOIS TOURNON
Item: #345230
Bottle Size:750ML
$41.99
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eROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS: "Just a step behind the Sainte Epine, the 2012 St Joseph Cuvee Francois de Tournon exhibits classic black raspberry, cassis, Read More...
spiced meats and hints of licorice in its ripe, supple and beautifully pure profile. Aged 16 months in 30% new and 70% in 2- to 3-year-old barrels, it has medium to full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and building tannin. Drink it anytime over the coming decade."
ST JOSEPH 12 ST COSME
SAINT COSME 2012 SAINT JOSEPH
Item: #345167
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:90
$29.99
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eROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS: "the 2012 St Joseph has a northern St Joseph style in its perfumed, elegant bouquet of violets, olive, smoked bacon and peppery Read More...
dark raspberry-like fruit. It's medium-bodied, seamless and lightly textured, and will have upward of a decade of longevity."
ST JOSEPH 13 VV FAURY
FAURY 2013 V.V. ST. JOSEPH
Item: #322777
Bottle Size:750ML
$34.99
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Along the steep, narrow valley that traces the northern Rhône, the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph take their place among the great wines of France, and Domaine Read More...
Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers. When Philippe Faury took over the domaine in 1979, the family was selling wine, peaches and cherries, and the bulk of their clientele was local. Over the years, Philippe expanded their holdings to over eleven hectares, and expanded sales to an international client base. In addition, he has shared his savoir faire with his son, Lionel. Since 2006, Lionel has taken over the reins at Domaine Faury, though father and son still work side by side.

The steep slopes of the northern Rhône present a challenging terrain where farming is only feasible through terracing. On these terraced slopes, the Faurys’ vines take full advantage of the southern and southeastern sun exposure, benefitting from optimum ripening. A combination of the predominately granitic soil, partial de-stemming (in about 70% of the grapes), soft crushing of the grapes with a pneumatic press, and temperature controlled fermentation offer a liveliness and freshness that one does not often find in wines from the northern Rhône. There’s a real attention to detail here, and nothing is done in haste. Every method used encourages the grape towards greatness with the ultimate respect for its fragility. Pigeage, the punching of the cap, is not carried out with tools, but gently by foot – not just poetic but also pragmatic. Unlike many other vignerons in the region, the Faurys have a strong aversion to new oak. Though the reds definitely see time in barrels, there is a rotation between new and old alike, along with a variety of sizes, ranging from the smaller barriques to the larger 600-liter demi-muids. Unfined and only lightly filtered before bottling, these wines are loaded with classic flavors and show a remarkable rustic elegance.
ST JOSEPH BL 13 CHAVE CIRCA
J. LOUIS CHAVE 2013 ST. JOSEPH BLANC CIRCA
Item: #344269
Bottle Size:750ML
$29.95
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The wine is made from pure Roussanne from mature rootstock that hails from the walled 4-hectare 'Clos Forentin' vineyard which the Chaves acquired in 2009. Fewer than 400 cases are Read More...
produced annually and it is popular on export markets as with many Chave wines. It has lovely almond and acacia flower scents and wonderfully-textured white stone fruit palate with a long, elegant finish.
SYRAH 14 FAURY
FAURY 2014 VDP SYRAH COLLINES RHODANIENNES
Item: #311378
Bottle Size:750ML
$19.95
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The steep slopes of the northern Rhône present a challenging terrain where farming is only feasible
through terracing. On these terraced slopes, the Faurys’ vines take full advantage Read More...
of the southern
and southeastern sun exposure, benefitting from optimum ripening. A combination of the
predominately granitic soil, partial de-stemming (in about 70% of the grapes), soft crushing of the
grapes with a pneumatic press, and temperature controlled fermentation offer a liveliness and
freshness that one does not often find in wines from the northern Rhône. There’s a real attention to
detail here, and nothing is done in haste.
VACQUERAYS 10 ROUCAS TOUMBA
ROUCAS TOUMBA 2010 VACQUERAYS RESTANGQUE
Item: #322227
Bottle Size:750ML
$34.99
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It has a beautiful deep plum colour, and a fresh black cherry nose intermingled with violets, thyme, ink and smoke. On the
palate the wine is rich but freshened by a discreet minerality, Read More...
with liquorice nuances of violet zan (french sweet!), dark
chocolate and menthol supported by old vine tannins. For drinking now to 2018.
VACQUEYRAS 11 PRAT SURA
PRAT SURA 2011 VACQUEYRAS
Item: #300081
Bottle Size:750ML
$24.98
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Moderately dense dark red purple. Appealing aroma of scented black and red cherry which are prominent on the palate as well. There is real intensity and persistence without density, Read More...
and the wine finishes with a defining backbone of acidity and touch of dry tannin. Apparently, this is the promising first year of this domaine, created from a part of the family property by a recent oenology graduate." 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah.
VACQUEYRAS 13 SANG CAILLOUX
SANG DE CAILLOUX 2013 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE FLOURETO
Item: #311220
Bottle Size:750ML
$29.99
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One glimpse of Serge Férigoule’s barbell moustache might be enough for one to be completely enamored with the wines of Le Sang des Cailloux, although they also speak remarkably well Read More...
for themselves. This domaine’s name means “the blood of the stones,” and Serge Férigoule is most certainly the heart that links the two together. In 1974, Serge left winemaking school with a longing to return to the vineyards. He went to work for Monsieur Ricard’s family in 1979 to oversee the vineyards. Without anyone in his family to succeed him, Ricard decided to gamble by partnering with Serge in 1982. In 1990, after Monsieur Ricard’s retirement, Serge launched Le Sang des Cailloux. Vacqueyras had just been awarded an A.O.C. that same year, a timely twist of fate that helped Serge’s wines to become as celebrated as they deserve.

All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the great Plateau des Garrigues, where red clay, limestone, and the famous galets roulés, or rounded stones, impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines. Given the aridity of the soil, the vines here are naturally prone to lower yields—this gives the wines their concentration and power. That Serge has been farming organically for years but has never sought certification says something about his philosophy. He is not looking to impress; only to make the best wines he possibly can. Serge is also sentimental—each year, the Cuvée Traditionnelle of Le Sang des Cailloux is named for one of his daughters, Floureto, Doucinello and Azalaïs. The “Vieilles Vignes” is also called “Lopy,” named for his hometown. His wines have everything we love about the Rhône – wild and chewy with great notes of leather, spicy garrigue, and smoky, black fruit.
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