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The Eagle has Landed!

Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years (they make an exquisite 17-year-old but it's getting hard to find and keep in stock!). The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience. This is one of the many incredible bourbons coming out of the Buffalo Trace distillery-- any time we get a chance to purchase a barrel of Eagle Rare, we try for two barrels, if we can get 'em!

We have been participating in the single barrel program for many years and have been richly rewarded with each and every barrel of Eagle Rare we've brought to the shop. Without fail, amongst staff and our customers, these bottlings have been lauded for both outstanding quality and excellent value. Barrel #130, which we elected to place in 1.75L bottles (because who wouldn't want a double-plus-sized bottle of Eagle Rare!?!) carries on the tradition of excellence. The list of awards the overall line has won over the last 15 years is long and filled with much gold (for example; they're the only bourbon to ever win the double gold medal five times at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition). With one taste of this bourbon, it's easy to fathom how and why they've taken home the gold on multiple occasions.

1.75 LITER

Nose - Candied orange peel, clover honey, cream soda, banana peel, leather, sweet spice, oak. Palate - Bold, dry, big and balanced. 90 proof but is easily enjoyed neat. Notes of sweetness, honey, dried stone fruits, sweet/brown baking spices, grass, candied nuts, toasted oak, vanilla. Easy sipper, clean and bright, big yet balanced. Dangerously smooth and delicious. Some might want a drop of spring water to round it out a touch, but it was beautiful neat in our notes. Big bottle means more for you or more to share with friends (winner-winner either way!).

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Delicious Wines from a Historical Italian Producer!

1913 marked the inaugural vintage for Luigi Minuto thus forming Cascina Luisin. This set up the Minuto family to become one of the oldest wine making families in Barbaresco. Not only are they one of the oldest, but they were the first to bottle and sell wine on a commercial level in the early 1930s. It is important to remember that unlike other regions in Italy, Piedmont has a very short history with quality wine making. Post WWII gave rise to the quality we have come to expect from the Barbaresco and Barolo. The names Minuto and Gaja are the first brought up when discussing the historical producers who paved the way.

Today Luigi’s great grandson, Luigi, who is now in his 70’s continues on the family winemaking tradition with his son Roberto. Roberto is 7th generation to make wine, the 4th to live under the same roof to which the winery is attached by a small patio that looks out over the Rabajà vineyard. The family philosophy is meticulous vineyard care and they hold great respect for upholding traditional winemaking practices in the winery.

The wines of Cascina Luisin are well known for their accessibility in their youth with great core fruit that holds up well and evolves with age.


Maggiur lies within the greater Asili vineyard. It is indisputably one of the greatest. Maggiur receives more hours of sunshine than any other location in the vineyard leading to greater ripeness and maturity in the finished wine. It is nothing short of a miracle that these vines, planted by Robert’s grandfather almost 60 years ago, have not been grubbed up and replanted to Nebbiolo.

The wine is fermented in stainless steel then aged in a mixture of barrique and tonneaux for a total of 12 months. The wine is full of exuberant red fruit. Fresh raspberries and chocolate covered bing cherries harmoniously mingle with a slight vanilla spice of oak and the flowery freshness we expect from Barbera.

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These 80 year old vines are planted next to the Barbera in Asili. Being less than 50 meters from the boundary line of Barbaresco you get an incredible “bang for your buck” with this wine.

Fermentation in cement tanks softens the wine and allows for a more gentle extraction of tannins while lending a unique texture. The wine is then aged in tonneaux for 12 months. The wine is a shining example of Nebbiolo. Bright and fresh with notes of sweet tar and rose petals opening to reveal cassis and spice.

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The Rabajà vineyard is with out a doubt the most historically significant vineyard with the most prestige in all of Barbaresco. The vineyard faces west towards the Rio Tanaro. This is literally the Minuto’s backyard.

Cascina Luisin harvests just one hectare of the clay rich Rabajà. Yielding just around 350 cases per vintage. The wine spends 20 days in cement during primary fermentation then is transferred to large format barrels ranging in size between 20-50 hl. This wine is known for its great elegance and austerity of classic Nebbiolo displaying delicate fruit and age worthy tannins.

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Sori Paolin is the best plot within the Basarin Vineyard. A steep, sandy south facing vineyard. In comparison to Rabajà, Sori Paolin has much richer and deeper core fruit with a slightly heavier tannic structure.

Sori Paolin is made exactly the same as Rabajà. Primary fermentation takes place over the course of about 20 days, then the wine is laid to rest in oak for two years.

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Head-Turning Spanish Beauty—Tarima Hill 91WS, 91RP, 92Tanzer!

After nearly than 30 years of importing Spanish wines to the US, Jorge Ordoñez knows a promising vineyard when he sees one—he is a rare talent who has grown from a taster and curator of other producers, to a terroir-hound, who hunts and buys his own vineyards across Spain. In 2003 Jorge began buying old-vine Monastrell vineyards in Alicante for the Tarima/Tarima Hill estate. The soils are an austere mix of limestone and sand. Spain’s vineyards are often planted at elevation, producing wide swings of temperature from day to night. In Alicante, that temperature swing can be as much as 60°F—a rare combination that both deepens ripeness and preserves freshness and acidity in the finished wine. In short, Alicante is a dramatic place to grow grapes and it shows in the concentration and power of the wines. Jorge’s first release of Tarima Hill, 2009, scored 92 points from Robert Parker, followed shortly by a 93 point effort for the 2010. For our palates, the 2012 Tarima Hill Monastrell is the best yet—we like Josh Reynold’s notes about “Indian Spices and candied violet” as there is exotic prettiness in this vintage of Tarima Hill that adds beauty and delicacy alongside all the weighty black-fruit and sumptuous power. Stunning.


WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS 'SMART BUY' - “Rich yet harmonious, this polished red delivers a core of black cherry and cassis, framed with smoke, mineral, licorice and espresso notes. Juicy acidity and well-integrated tannins lend structure. In the modern style. Drink now through 2022.”

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - “The outstanding 2012 Tarima Hill is 100% old-vine Mourvèdre from a vineyard planted between 1935 and 1970, whose vines are largely ungrafted. It was aged 20 months in French oak. This is a beautifully balanced wine revealing lots of blueberry liqueur, dark raspberries, cherries, a chalky minerality, full body, a big, substantial mouthfeel, and a meaty texture. Drink now-2019”

STEPHAN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 92 POINTS - “Opaque ruby. Heady, seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, Indian spices, and candied violet, with a smoky mineral nuance adding vivacity. Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and mocha flavors underscored by juicy acidity. At once rich and energetic, finishing with strong thrust, supple tannins and a whiplash of floral pastilles.” 92 points, Josh Reynolds, Stephan Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

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Old Vine Chablis from One of Our Favorite Producers!

Spring is coming and what better way to welcome it in than with the Chablis of the Patrick Piuze. The Canadian wild man has done it again! If you are looking for pure expressions of Chablis look no farther. We will let the man and the wine speak for themselves.

"The only thing truly original in the world of wine is the underlying terroir and I have nothing else interesting to add. Anyone can copy anyone else's techniques so what else is there to make great wines? I believe the answer is simple: Terroir. I want to work only with the fruit from old vines and even then, only old vines that are planted exclusively within the original boundaries of Chablis. If I respect these things, it will be almost impossible to make bad wine.” Patrick Piuze

Quantities are limited.

BURGHOUND 90-92 POINTS - "Distinct notes of mineral reduction, white flowers, oyster shell and algae complement well the concentrated and muscular middle weight flavors that possess a robust palate impression that continues onto the lingering and balanced finish. As is often the case this is not a wine of finesse but the quality is here."
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BURGHOUND 89-91 POINTS - "The almost mute note requires aggressive swirling to liberate the subtle aromas of citrus, wet stone, white flowers and algae hints. There is reasonably good volume to the round and delicious flavors that possess solid mid-palate density as well as an attractively plump mouth feel before terminating in a citrus, clean and dry finale that avoids more than a trace of austerity."

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BURGHOUND 89-92 POINTS - "An openly exotic but quite fresh nose mixes both white and yellow orchard fruit, dried apricot and subtle iodine nuances. There is fine concentration and a highly seductive texture to the medium weight flavors that possess very good but not special depth and length. We'll see how this develops but presently it does not appear to be quite at the same level as the best of these 1ers."

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BURGHOUND 89-92 POINTS - "Here the nose is compositionally similar to that of the Bougros but in this case there is a bit more elegance as well as more evident citrus influence. The medium weight flavors are notably round and not nearly as big or intense though I do like the mineral and saline inflected character on the persistent but not particularly complex finish. This is certainly pretty but it doesn't appear to have the same overall depth of material as its running mate, at least not today at any rate."

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BURGHOUND 90-92 POINTS - "An expressive and very fresh nose of mostly spice, floral and white fleshed fruit aromas flirts with hints of the exotic. There is excellent volume and plenty of minerality to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess plenty of muscle if perhaps not quite the underlying sense of tension and punch on the backend as the best of these grands crus. This should drink well both young and with 7 to 10 years of bottle age."

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Come out this Thursday to taste thru the wines of Aliane Imports. Aliane is the importer for Patrick Piuze in California. Thursday Feb 26th 4:30 to 8:30 $25

An Absolute Gorgeous and Unique Italian Red!

We are always interested in exploring wines of character or those which are unique. We especially like relatively obscure and distinctive varietals, because we are that store which stocks those kind of wines. On March 16th, winemaker Elena Fucci visited us at the store and surprised us by bringing a vertical of her Titolo wines. Her family’s vineyard is small (less than 15 acres) and Elena focuses on a single wine only-Aglianico Del Vulture. Production is also quite small and only 100 cases are brought into California. We tasted the 2009 -2012 vintages of her wine, which was a treat.

We were impressed by the passion Elena has for her family and her wine. She is from the youngest of four generations of her family to farm their plot of land. Her 89 year old grandfather, Salvatore is still involved and wakes up at 5:00 AM each morning to go out in the fields and tend to the vines. The vines have an average age of 65 years, which results in low yields and high quality.

Aglianico is a unique grape found in only a few appellations in southern Italy, most notably in the appellations of Taurasi and Aglianico Del Vulture. The grapes are an intense blue color, yielding a wine which can be quite structured and capable of aging. Elena’s vineyard is located at the highest altitude in the appellation at 600 meters and the vines benefit from true dormancy in winter when they shut down as protection against the snow that blankets the vineyard. 

The soil is something you can barely call soil as it consists mainly of charcoal gray volcanic rock; the remnants of eruptions from Mount Vulture. The marriage of Aglianico grapes with the volcanic soils produce a visceral minerality. A smoky undertone frames the red fruit, tobacco and incense notes characteristic of these wines, which are sometimes referred to as the “Barolo of the South.”

The wines of Elena Fucci all exhibited “typicity”, which is a word wine geeks like us use to describe the degree to which a wine reflects the characteristic flavors and structure of the grape variety from which it was produced. In other words, these wines were excellent examples of what a quality wine made from Aglianico should taste like. In particular, we came away with an appreciation for the finesse and approachability of the Elena Fucci wines. They were not walled off by tannins, although they were certainly age-worthy and showed how the progression of time makes these wines even more beautiful. The current release is the 2012 vintage, which should be fun to watch evolve over the next decade.

As Elena said,” "We only work with our own grapes, which we grow with care. This is because we want to obtain a precious wine, full of quality and passion. This is our philosophy. That is the reason for using only a single label, and producing only a single product.” Indeed, Elena and her family do one thing and they do it well, bravo!


Elena Fucci’s 2012 Aglianico Del Vulture is absolutely gorgeous. Deep ruby in color fading to a garnet rim.  The nose is full and complex, with notes of roses, red berries and grilled herbs along with smoke and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant and full-bodied with flavors of red currants, cherry, rosemary, tobacco, cinnamon and vanilla. The balance of fruit, acidity and structure is excellent culminating with a very long finish. This wine is youthful and will only get better with time.

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Fantastic Deal on a Premium Vodka!


Six times distilled, All American Made Premium Vodka to really get the party started! With Dennis Rodman being the perfect representative for a wild night out and a great party, this Vodka makes sure you won’t be disappointed when you’re living it up!

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Roederer Cristal Sale!

The vast majority of our Cristal sales are to people giving it to others as a gift. For these generous gift givers the handsome gold presentation case is a big part of the desired impression so we try to never stock Cristal box-less, or “naked” as we say in the trade. However, we recently came upon on a small parcel of naked 2006 Cristal at a price that was too good to pass up. We should mention that these bottles aren’t totally nude since they are clothed with the winery’s protective yellow cellophane wrapping. This Cristal is made from the Roederer family’s best old vines (55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay), 20% of the wine was aged in oak with weekly bâtonnage, and no malo. The wine was finished a 9g/liter dosage after 5 years aging on the lees.

“The finest Cristal since 2002, a celebration of ripe fruit framed in tense malic acidity...96 Points” - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide

Price is good while supplies last. First come, first served.


WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "This elegant version shows beautiful texture and a sense of finesse despite the underlying power of vibrant acidity and smoky minerality. The palate offers a finely layered mesh of blackberry, poached pear, almond pastry, lemon zest and pickled ginger flavors. Drink now through 2028. 20,000 cases imported"

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TRIGA, Spanish Super-Star in its Second Appearance on the World Stage!

Legendary Australian Winemaker Chris Ringland and partner Jorge Ordonez have set out to make explosive, rarified bottlings twice before, with Alto Moncayo & El Nido “Clio.” Triga is the newest of these partnerships, this time centered on a local partnership with Tarima/Tarima Hill in Alicante, Spain. The blend is very similar to the early bottlings of El Nido “Clio,” made primarily of extremely low-yielding Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), from mountainside vineyards (the oldest planted in 1925), with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend (planted in 1981). Triga is the hedonistic luscious masterpiece that fans of Alto Moncayo and El Nido “Clio” would expect. Look for an inky, purple black color; ripe blueberry and liqueur-like blackberry fruit complimented by a range of exotic spices. Triga overflows with richness and power, but the vineyard sits on a mountain of fossilized chalk. This limestone influence shows with added minerality and a vibrant, red currant-like raciness underlying the fruit. The Triga has not been scored yet by Wine Spectator, but we’re quite sure it will score as big as it did with last years inaugural release (94 Points). Josh Reynolds at Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, on the other hand, has jumped on the new release of Triga with a score of 93 points!


STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 93 POINTS - "Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri, and five spice powder. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry compote flavors, given spine and lift by a zesty mineral nuance. Densely packed yet lithe, finishing with outstanding thrust and smooth tannins that build slowly."

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A Beautiful 2012 Cab from One of Sonoma County's Finest Producers!

Comprised of 55 acres of Cabernet and broken into 21 blocks, Hidden Ridge Vineyards is located in rugged terrain, on the backside of Spring Mountain, with their closest neighbors being Pride and Paloma vineyards. At elevations ranging from 900-1700 feet, their terraced vineyards fall between the mountain range's saddles creating some of the most dramatic vineyard sites in Sonoma.

As the name implies, with a slope of 55%, these are incredibly steep vineyards, reminiscent of those found in Portugal! Lean soils and steep slopes naturally limit vine vigor and give remarkably small-berried fruit, and while it does received warm afternoon sun, the site is protected from overheating in the way of early morning and late afternoon breezes. This extended growing day at moderate temperatures gives the fruit well-developed tannins and rich texture while preserving the complex fruit characters lost in warmer locations.


ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - "I was greatly impressed with the Hidden Ridge offerings last year, and once again their current and upcoming releases merit interest. The winemaker is Timothy Milos, and the wines come from steep slopes on the west side of Spring Mountain. The elevations range between 900 and 1,700 feet.

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 55 Degrees Slope exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as beautiful, sweet crème de cassis, Asian plum sauce, licorice and forest floor notes. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, and impressive concentration, texture and length, this superb Cabernet can be drunk early in life because of its velvety opulence or cellared for two decades."

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Rock Garden Syrah Returns; Our Best Wine of the Month Ever!!!!

When we first sat down with Mac Myers, the winemaker at Barrel 27 and McPrice Myers, and comprised this blend of Syrah from a few prime Central Coast vineyards, we knew this was going to be one of our best “hits” ever! The reason was that Mac included a barrel of Syrah that was destined for one of his other premium wines (ones that sell for $40) into this blend, and Rock Garden Syrah went from a wine that was well worth the money, to over-delivering for the money! When we sold out, we called Mac to thank him for his generosity. His response was along the lines of, “well, I have another barrel of that Kymsi Syrah; do you want to do that exact blend again?”

Are you kidding us?!?!? BRING IT ON!!! So Rock Garden has returned! It just got shipped from the winery on February 6th, so we cracked open a bottle. This wine possesses everything we have always tasted in Rock Garden Syrah, but it is just a bit tight, so letting the wine rest in bottle for another week will give it time to unravel. The wine is a blend of fruit comprised of 80% from Camp 4 Vineyard and 20% Kymsi Vineyard, two properties in the Santa Ynez Valley. Camp Four is in the eastern part of the valley, where it is very warm to downright hot, and brings rich, dense fruit to the wine. Kymsi is in Ballard Canyon, the middle of Santa Ynez Valley, and brings black fruit, structure and spice. In addition to the Syrah, 5% Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah. This helps to create darker color, lifted aromatics and a more approachable wine.


Dark garnet in color with a purple hue, the nose is chocked full of plums, boysenberry, blackberry, baking spice, white pepper, and grilled meat. On the palate the wine is juicy, but not overpowering, possessing good freshness and lift, with fresh fruit compote, soy, a mélange of blue and black fruit, with a hint of raspberry, bacon, and graphite. Velvety, fleshy, and with a long lasting finish, this is a steal of a wine!"

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Scream Your Love with Clicquot’s Rose Megaphone!

With their strong corporate ties to the fashion industry, Veuve Clicquout has long set the pace for innovative packaging and merchandising. With Valentines upon us, and March Madness just around corner, the firm has outdone themselves with this megaphone ice bucket pack. The rose hued, metallic megaphone, of course, provides a boisterous outlet to convey one’s heart felt feelings on Valentine’s Day, but then it easily transforms into a festive, insulated ice bucket to enhance a romantic nosh or feast. Clicquot’s Rose is one of our top sellers and needs little introduction, it is based on the same blend as their iconic Yellow Label Brut, plus the addition of 12 percent of selected red wines. Its palate of cream-tinged red summer fruits and mouthwatering acidity make it suitable for drinking either as an aperitif or throughout a meal. Be aware that our supplies are limited and once this Limited Edition is sold out it will be gone forever.



WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Bright and expressive, with mouthwatering acidity and refined texture, layered with black cherry, spiced plum, almond skin, honey and candied ginger notes. Shows lovely balance, offering a lasting finish of smoky mineral. Drink now through 2020."

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An Exciting New Discovery!

The Bodegas Perez Pascuas winery is an exciting new discovery for us at Hi-Time. When we tasted the wines crafted by three brothers using estate grown Tempranillo grapes in Ribera del Duero, we were blown away! Their vineyard is located near the iconic Vega Sicilia winery and boasts head-trained vines grown at high altitude in soils composed of chalk and clay. The wines are aged in French oak barrels, lending additional complexity and texture. What sets these wines apart is their beautiful balance and finesse combined with purity of fruit. The “El Pedrosal” bottling over-delivers for the price point with delicious, fresh fruit while “La Navilla” is a single vineyard wine, which displays uncommon grace. When we tasted these wines, we knew we had to bring them into the store to share with you. Enjoy!



This wine is medium ruby in color. The nose displays bright cherry and red fruit with a touch of roasted coffee and licorice. On the palate, the wine is medium/full bodied with juicy cherries, baking spice and a pleasant earthiness. Delicious.

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Aromas of red fruits, flowers, leather and tobacco greet the nose. On the palate, this wine is amazingly ethereal, tiptoeing gracefully across the palate like Fred Astaire. The flavors are layered with kirsch, currants, and baking spices dancing across the tongue, culminating in a very long finish. This wine is absolutely delicious on its own and would pair beautifully with a variety of foods including lamb.

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Wow, Another Stunning Wine from the Wagner Family!

Elouan is produced by the Wagner family whose roots as farmers in the Napa Valley date back to the 1880’s. Joseph Wagner, A 5th generation winemaker, leads the winemaking team on this project as well as all the Meiomi and Belle Glos wines. As a child, Joseph spent his spring and summer breaks in the Vineyard and Cellar at Caymus. He still works alongside his father Chuck at Caymus playing a role in the Viticulture and Winemaking.

Much like the successful California sourced Meiomi Pinot Noir, Joseph sought fruit from premier growing regions of Oregon each with their own attributes and blended them together with precision. This technique allows for a richly nuanced wine that shows beautiful character from each of the AVA’s that comprise this bottling.


Ruby red in color, Elouan Pinot Noir charms with aromas of rich cranberry, sweet cinnamon and bright cherry lightly touched with rose petal, mushroom and freshly tilled earth. Enjoy harmonious and elegant flavors of red plum, dusty earth, rhubarb, sweet tobacco, hibiscus flower and a finish of green tea. In the true Oregon style, acidity is firm but not racy while tannins are achingly soft and nobly refined. You'll truly appreciate all that this Pinot has to offer when you pair it with pork loin, Peking duck, pan-seared salmon or veal with a mushroom sauce.

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Silver Oak 2010 Napa Cab & Silver Oak Barrel-Aged AsomBroso Tequila!
The stars have certainly aligned for this most fortuitous timing-- two of our favorites, Silver Oak Cellars and AsomBroso Tequilas, have new bottlings just released that tie in quite harmoniously. One is the famed Silver Oak Napa Cab release, something we look forward to each year. The other major release is an expression of one of our favorite Tequilas, AsomBroso-- this is their 11-year-old Ultra-Premium Añejo that was aged in Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon barrels!


Yet another solid Napa release from Silver Oak-- we relish the chance to try this wine each year and the 2010 lives up to the pedigree people have come to expect from the name: it's awesome juice now and will only get better with time.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES - Our 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless wine that expresses bright, fresh fruit characters from an unusually cool California vintage. It has a vibrant, ruby color and a complex nose of boysenberries, blueberries, sage, licorice and roasted chicory. It has a luscious mouthfeel with notes of fresh fruit and carnation flowers on the palate. It has fine-grained tannins and a velvety texture that leads to a long, fruit-filled finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.

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We were one of the first stores to get behind Ricardo Gamarra and his AsomBroso fine Tequilas and we've been big fans ever since. From their award-winning El Platino (voted Top Tequila at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the foundation of their entire line), to the La Rosa Reposado (the first Pink Tequila, rested in Bordeaux wine barrels) and their 5-year-old Añejo Gran Reserva (aged 5 years in new French oak) and voted "Best of the Best" by the Robb Report, they certainly have proved their desire and wherewithal to create world-class Tequilas.

We are today focused on one of AsomBroso's fantastic 11-year-old Añejos, the newest expression called "The Collaboration," aged in Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. About the 11-year-olds, Ricardo says: "...the oldest Añejo of its time, this launched Extra-Aged Añejos into a new category, Ultra-Premium Añejo. Aged 11 years in French oak barrels, this varietal has been described as the “Nectar of the Gods.”"

Being aged in Silver Oak barrels, Gamarra explains, "The Collaboration" "...acquires a reddish-brown spectral that reflects that of the Cabernet Sauvignon rested before it. The texture is smooth and silky while the aroma inhibits a semi-sweet, yet oaky persona." “The Collaboration” is housed in an astounding Crystal Decanter made in Murano Italy. Each decanter is hand made with a Millifiori design (Million Flowers) embedded in the Crystal. Each varietal of the 750ml decanters comes with a stopper set around the neck of the decanter in a handmade plush velvet pouch.

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An Incredible New Rye Whiskey!

When it comes to the craft of bourbon and whiskey, Woodford Reserve prides itself on maintaining an original and contemporary approach that focuses primarily on the adjustment of one of the five sources of flavor. To complement and emphasize the spice characteristics found in the original Woodford Reserve, the Rye uses a base that's 53 percent rye, resulting in a liquid that's both more balanced, and refreshingly subtle.

Since 2006, Master Distiller Chris Morris has been hard at work crafting a rye that's worthy of the Woodford Reserve name. Because of the consistency of the mash, rye is notoriously more difficult to craft than a traditional bourbon, requiring more attention to detail throughout production, leaving the bulk of production to only the most experienced Master Distillers.

"One of the primary reasons behind Woodford's growth into the number one selling ultra-premium[i] bourbon in America is because of our commitment to flavor, and that's something that's engrained in everything we do," said Morris. "Not only does it affect how I approach bourbon production personally, it's the lens through which we view the future of Woodford Reserve, and I couldn't think of a liquid that better embodies that than the rye."

"As a brand, one of the things we're most proud of is the passion and commitment that our fans have, both for Woodford Reserve, whiskey and bourbon in general. For us, releasing a rye is a chance to give back to these consumers," said Woodford Reserve Brand Director Jason Kempf. "Time and time again, we kept hearing requests for a rye. Woodford Reserve has always maintained a commitment to the spirit of innovation, and the rye is no exception. We're excited to give our fans something they've been so vocal about for so many years, and that is finally ready to share with them."

Woodford Reserve Rye is produced with the same heritage and tradition that surrounds the site of the iconic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. As early as the mid-1800s, the site has been the location for visionary distilling practices, an attitude that Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow, the first people to distill at this location, fully embraced. Together, they perfected several whiskey production processes that continue to be used throughout the industry and have since become synonymous with great whiskey. Today, the Woodford Reserve Distillery is visited by more than 130,000 visitors each year.


Color: Rich honey. Aroma: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths. Flavor: Clove, rye, mint and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt. Finish: long and sweetly spiced.

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A Delicious Wine of the Month at a Silly Price!

Cyril Marès has several vintages under his belt now and father Roger has happily handed over title to the domaine . The wines always show exceptional aromatic appeal, supple texture and uncannily intelligent balance between fruit and oak. We never seem to buy enough of them, mainly because they have little to sell. Wines like these offer incontrovertible proof that not much money can buy you a lot of love. In a market now brimming with Nimois wines, these remain at the top of the pile.

(50% Syrah, 50% Grenache) The great ones do their best work in the lesser vintages, as proved by Cyril in years like 2008 and 2002. We challenge you to find a wine that better combines aromatic flair, suave texture and sheerly delicious spicy Rhône fruit at such a silly price.


The nose is rich, sweet, dark and spicy-- cassis, raw meat, boysenberry, dark florals & spices, vinous plum and assorted blue/purple fruits, black tea. The palate is full of dark fruits, blue to purple to black. Subtle tannins and excellent acidity keep the wine buoyant, not bogged down. Notes of cola berry, mixed herbs and baking/brown spices are reinforced by a layer of bright fruit in the mid-palate. The finish is lengthy with sustained notes of reiterated dark fruits and spices.

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A New Year, New Focus!

After much thought over the last year, and final meetings in January, we have decided to focus our storyline (that of our store and the great drams, etc., we carry) away from a monthly newsletter and toward a trio of online media outlets: our blog, our almost-daily emails and social media (mainly Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with perhaps more to follow).

Our emails, in conjunction with our website, will be the main sales portal and source of all that's new, cool or on sale here at the shop. When we get the latest and greatest high-scoring California Cab, or Bordeaux, rare Bourbon or Scotch, hoppiest beer around, etc., we will most likely let you know via email.

The blog will undoubtedly cover some of the same topics as our emails but will afford us the chance to go into more depth, maybe covering a bit more history, perhaps have an interview with the creator of the featured beverage of the day. It will also allow us to quickly get the word out on items that are important but maybe not necessarily something we'd email. Last call on a particular wine. One more case of that one beer was found. One of our favorite winemakers is stopping by this afternoon. It will also be a place where our staff can talk about what we're drinking, or places we've visited, vineyards we've strolled through. Many of the traditional newsletter items (wine of the month, featured wineries, et al) will be seen here and perhaps in briefer format in our emails. It will undoubtedly morph a bit here and there, as we delve deeper into the well of words (in conjunction with our whisky tumblers) as the year progresses, but our goal is to make it interesting and informative.

Our goal is to provide the same information we have in the past but in a more immediate way across the three platforms mentioned above. Underlying all of this are the three main pillars we stand upon at Hi-Time, and have done so since 1957: great pricing, excellent service, tremendous selection.

We look forward to seeing you all online and instore this year-- Cheers!

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Two Very Limited Tequilas on Sale!


Mexico- Made of 100% estate-grown blue weber agave for a perfectly smooth tequila. A flavorful tequila displayed in a unique hand-painted ceramic bottle. Enjoy in a classic margarita on the rocks.

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Mexico- Made from100% mature. estate-grown blue weber agave, aged to perfection. A smooth, slightly sweet tequila displayed in a gorgeously hand-painted ceramic bottle. Enjoy in a favorite cocktail.

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Prisoner Releases “Thorn”, Maybe its Best Wine Yet!

The only thing really changing at Prisoner Wine Company is their level of awesomeness! The Huneeus Family owns a few notable wineries, such as Quintessa, Faust, Flowers, and Neyen. When they purchased the Prisoner wines, we knew right away that the quality of the Prisoner wines were not going to dip. In fact, they have begun to receive the scores that were received at the inception of Prisoner!  Since that time, they produced two new wines; the Cuttings Cabernet-Blend and Blindfold White. These wines are following suit, and have become some of our better sellers at their respective price points.  Jen Beloz is Prisoner’s winemaker, and she worked with Dave Phinney to keep the “house style”. So…Prisoner wines are still rockin’!

Based on the success of their newer bottlings, we have been very eager to get our hands on the Thorn Merlot.  There are a few vineyards in Napa Valley that are so amazing, they only go to wineries that will do the fruit justice. Whenever we see these vineyard sources, we know there’s something delicious in the bottle! Prisoner’s Thorn is comprised from fruit from a few of these vineyards; family-owned vineyards of varying ages and soils, lending to the layers of character and complexity. These vineyards are Hudson, Stagecoach, Antica, and Trefethen; these vineyards also sell fruit to other notable wineries, such as Arietta, Kongsgaard, Lewis, Pahlmeyer, and Paul Hobbs!


Aged for 18 months in French and Hungarian oak, the wine shows a dark garnet color with purple hues. Full throttle on the nose, this shows aromas of blueberries, plums, cassis, scorched earth, grilled meat and violets that join notes of anise, blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, plums, and minerals on the palate. Rich, yet still fresh on the palate, there are loads of velvety tannins present, which suggests this wine will benefits from a quick decanting, yet should age for up to a decade!  Bravo Prisoner…keep sending us more wines like this!

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A Fantastic 2010 Bordeaux Under $13!

Situated on the left bank of the river Dordogne in the Bordeaux appellation, this domaine is planted only with Merlot vines. Jacques Lurton is bringing a long family tradition and personal skills gained from all over the world to this grape variety offering a refreshing, modern red style, very supple and easy drinking.


This Merlot based wine is medium ruby in color. On the nose, red fruit is augmented by violets, herbs and fresh-tilled earth. On the palate, fresh bing cherries predominate with enough acidity to provide lift. The smooth, supple tannins make this an easy drinking wine to be enjoyed now. It is the ideal accompaniment to bring pleasure to your everyday meals.

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A Top-Rated Champagne “Time Machine”!

We have all been taught that French Champagne is produced from any combination of three grapes, namely Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. For the vast majority of Champagne this is indeed the case. It rarely mentioned, however, that the AOC regulations allow exceptions to this tripartite formula, and permit the use of four additional “historic” varietals; Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Fromemteau (a.k.a. Pinot Gris) and Pinot Blanc. They say, variety is the spice of life and over the years we have had some intriguing heirloom grape Champagnes from Moutard, Laherte and Pierre Gerbais, but it is the Aubry twins, Pierre and Philippe, that have done the most with these arcane grapes. “If the varieties were planted in the first place our forebears must have had a reason!” they say. The distinctive and alluring flavors of their “Campanae Veteres Vites” (i.e. “the old vines of the countyside”) cuvee have been turning heads now for more than a decade. 2009 was a very warm vintage in Champagne and these conditions enabled the brothers to create their showiest and probably their best ever edition of “Campaneae Veteres Vites”. If you are curious to experience the exotic flavor spectrum of pre-phylloxera Champagne, this Aubry makes a scintillating time machine. The notes below are those of respected Champagne authority Peter Leim who gave it his highest (3 Star) rating.

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PETER LEIM 3 STAR - “This is a blend of 25 percent Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (co-planted and fermented together), 20 percent Petit Meslier, 20 percent Pinot Noir, 15 percent Arbanne, 15 percent Chardonnay and five percent Meunier. Its glossy flavors of passion fruit, mango, guava and cassis are forward and voluptuous, although while this is luscious in feel, it’s neither heavy nor overly sweet (especially not at 3 g/l of dosage). It’s unusually multi-faceted, blending its fruit flavors with a complex herbalness and a detailed minerality—there’s the sense that an immense array of components are coming together in perfect harmony, building towards a long and vibrant finish. As usual with this cuvée, the arcane varieties lend an element of originality and surprise, and it gives the impression that there’s a lot more waiting to be discovered here in future tastings. Last tasted: 3/14.”

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94 and 95 Points for Pinot Noirs from Patz & Hall and Lucia!

Just in case you haven’t heard, 2012 is an amazing vintage in California. While most of the hype in a great California vintage is typically placed on the Cabernets, it’s key to know that this year was also amazing for other varietals, such as Pinot Noir. 2012s are starting to “come out of the woodwork”, as they say, and with these lofty scores, the proof seems to be in the pudding!



The Pisoni family had been farming in the Salinas Valley since 1952, and the family has taken pride in this endeavor ever since. It was Gary Pisoni who decided to try the family’s luck at growing grapes in Monterey County. At the time, everybody thought he was crazy and would not succeed. Well…he proved them wrong, and now the Pisoni family and their vineyards are regarded as not only some of the best in Monterey, but some of the best in California! Their short list of wineries that purchase grapes from the Pisoni family include Peter Michael, Kosta Browne, Capiaux, Patz & Hall, and Siduri!

The Garys’ bottling comes from a vineyard that is a joint venture with Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni. Located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands on sandy loam soil, the 50-acre vineyard is planted mostly to Pinot Noir with a small section of Syrah. Given the proximity to Monterey Bay, fog blankets the Garys' Vineyard in the summer months, providing for a cool, slow-ripening season.

ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS! – “The richest and most concentrated in the lineup, and a wine that blew me away, the 2012 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard offers thrilling notes of crème de cassis, black raspberry and Asian spice to go with a full-bodied, layered, seamless and textured feel on the palate. Nothing is out of place here, it has solid mid-palate depth, and a lively, pure and focused style that keeps you coming back to the glass. Enjoy this beauty anytime over the coming 7-8 years.”

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Patz & Hall has become one of the most highly regarded wineries in California’s North Coast, with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Their vineyard sources need to have naturally low yields, complex flavors and aromas, and the growers need to be meticulous with canopy management in order to achieve the balance of freshness with richness. Production on Patz & Hall’s single-vineyard wines are low in production, which means they stagger their releases because the wines typically sell out so quickly! Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has even stated that the wine are sure bets regardless of vintage conditions.

Hyde Vineyard is justifiably considered one of the superstar vineyards in Carneros. Purchased in 1979, and planted two years later, this 179-acre property is cultivated as 44 distinct blocks. Adding to the depth and character of this iconic site, Hyde Vineyard is planted to 10 types of Pinot Noir and six varieties of Chardonnay. Of these, the Hyde-Wente Chardonnay and Hyde-Calera Pinot Noir were isolated by Larry, and are widely considered two of the finest selections in California viticulture.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS! – “Showing fabulously well, the 2012 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is a nearly 1,000-case cuvee with a deep ruby color, a big, sweet kiss of raspberries, black cherries and forest floor as well as a floral note. Its beautiful texture, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, length and richness make for a superb Pinot Noir to drink over the next 5-6 years.”

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Unbeatable Value & Pure Luxury from Spain’s Teso de la Monja!

Spain’s Teso de la Monja is truly a special winery and we’ve been telling the story in our newsletter and email features since the first release—the 2007 “Almirez” which we purchased on pre-arrival over a year before the wine landed in the U.S. The new releases have been rolling in as have the scores. In late November, Robert Parker reviewed over 300 of his favorite value wines from around the world—no red wines scored higher than the Teso de la Monja’s “Almirez” 2012 which received 93 points, followed closely by Teso de la Monja’s “Romanico” with 92 points. The portfolio is a collection of small plots of ungrafted Tempranillo vines with a power and depth like no other Tempranillo combined with surprising grace and freshness. Teso de la Monja’s wines range from the great value of “Romanico” and “Almirez,” to the beautifully balanced “Victorino,” and the unbelievable “Alabaster” bottling—a rare expression of 140 year old vines, hand-harvested, de-stemmed by hand berry by berry to ensure absolute purity. The wines are fantastic at all levels and we’re pleased to offer the full range.



ROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS - "The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, charcoal and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red should drink beautifully for 7-10 years"

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ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more."

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WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2011 Victorino is produced with Tempranillo grapes from 35 hectares of ungrafted, old vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas, Toro and Villabuena del Puente, which fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards and aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. This is the fruitier and more approachable of the three wines I tasted from them, with aromas of clean, ripe, terse fruit, with hints of violets and a pinch of spices mixed with echoes from the soil. The palate is full-bodied, with glossy tannins, dense and ripe, with very good acidity, balanced and elegant. It’s approachable, but should develop more complexity with time in the bottle. 40,000 bottles produced. Drink 2014-2019."

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WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2010 Alabaster was cropped even lower than the 2011 at seven hectoliters per hectare and later on October 9 and 10. The bouquet is tightly wound at the moment, with lifted black cherries, blueberry and a scent of cold stone, though there is some oak to be absorbed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins, crisp acidity and a fine sense of symmetry towards the persistent finish, with white pepper enlivening the aftertaste. This is another great wine from Teso La Monja Drink 2016-2028"

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Don't Miss this Blockbuster, High Scoring California Chardonnay!

Go talk to any Sommelier in Southern California, ask them who some of their favorite California Chardonnay producers are, and it’s likely that Justin Willet and his Tyler lineup of wines will be at the top of their lists! Winemaker Justin Willet and his winemaking staff make their wine in the classic Burgundian style, meaning they focus on cool-climate vineyards that showcase minerality, freshness and verve. The use of oak is kept to a minimum, as they want you to truly taste the fruit of the vineyard, so that each wine has nuance and individuality. This bottling comes from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, arguably one of the best vineyards in California for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. We tasted this without knowing any score and we felt this is one of the best expressions of Chardonnay from this vineyard we have ever tasted!


WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "“The 2012 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard comes from beach sand-like soils and has a structured, medium-bodied and layered feel on the palate. Showing plenty of mint, leafy herbs, mineral water and clean stone fruits, it builds nicely in the glass, has vibrant, beautifully defined aromas and flavors and a seamless texture. Enjoy this beauty over the coming 3-5 years.

Justin Willett continues to knock it out of the park with these new releases, and few people in the Central Coast are doing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay better than this guy. These all lean toward the more focused, energetic end of the spectrum, yet they have solid mid-palate depth, vibrant fruit and classy profiles that keep you coming back to the glass.”

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Wine Spectator 92 Point 'Smart Buy' Pinot Noir!

“The first vintage of this Pinot noir was in 1979. Their objective in producing this wine has always been a classic, intense and elegant wine that pairs well with the foods we like to eat. By blending the diverse flavors and textures of multiple vineyards, clones and elevations, they produce a richly supple and focused wine that typifies what Pinot noir can achieve each vintage in the northern Willamette Valley. With this wine, our 34th vintage, our experience shows - we’ve long been acknowledged as producing a reference standard for the 'Oregon style'.


Ninety-four percent of the grapes used in this wine were sourced from 10 of our estate vineyards: 53% from the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), 16% from Yamhill Carlton, 22% from the Eola-Amity Hills, and 3% from the Dundee Hills. The remaining 6% was derived from non-estate vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley.” - Winery notes

With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays red aromas (candied cherry, pomegranate and raspberry) on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins. Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.


WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS 'SMART BUY' - "Taut, tart and surprisingly generous, blooming with juicy, cranberry-accented blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that linger easily on the sharp-edged finish. Best from 2016 through 2020."

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Huge Scores for the Vintage of a Lifetime!
The 2010 vintage marks an unprecedented year for Tuscany’s much beloved sangiovese-based red, Brunello di Montalcino. Winemakers, the wine press, and seasoned wine professionals unanimously agree that this is the Brunello vintage of a lifetime, even outclassing the outstanding 2006 and 1997 vintages.
The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner writes of the 2010 vintage, “possibly reaching iconic status. Montalcino has some great wines in store for us and the barrel tasting I did while visiting estates was nothing short of exhilarating. Rest assured: The hype and the buzz … is not hyperbole. Many vintners I spoke with describe it as a ‘dream vintage.’”
This is a pre-sale with the wines expected to arrive in the spring of 2015.

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "The purity of fruit and saline undertones with hints of gravel and stones are impressive on the nose, which turns to violets and roses. It's full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins and a cool, sleek texture and style. It builds on the palate. So much here. Mind-bending. Better in 2018 but already exquiste."

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JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Extremely complex aromas of mushroom, stone, chalk, dark fruit and lightly dried bark or tea. Full bodied, with powerful and layered tannins. Muscular and intense. It needs loads of time to soften. Better in 2017."

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JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A ripe and rich intense wine with blackberry, plum and mineral character that goes to mushroom and peppermint. Full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and beautiful. Absolutely delicious now. But will be even better in three or four years."

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Great Scores for this Perennial Favorite!

The Bodegas Alto Moncayo, along with its sister property El Nido in Jumilla, combines the talents of local growers and winemakers with Australia’s super-star winemaker, Chris Ringland. The partnership has the ability to cherry-pick the best parcels of old vine Garnacha from Borsao’s extensive holdings in the region, nearly 2,000 acres.

The Garnacha grape is one of the varieties that best expresses its terroir. Thus, the Garnacha of Alto Moncayo is different from the rest of the Campo de Borja Denominación de Origen (DO) area. This is due to the very strict selection made from the vineyards, the type of soil in which they are grown, the microclimate and the age of the vines. As these vines are very old, the strains are very well-balanced, with a very deep root system.

All of these factors, together with the location of the vineyards, between 500m and 800m in height, where the maturity is very slow, leads to wines of great fruitiness and minerality. In the mouth they are rich and fulsome, with pleasant, mature tannins and highly aromatic persistence.

The native Garnacha grapes of Alto Moncayo, together with the microclimate to which they are subjected, the type of soil, the orientation and rigorous handling combine to make the authentic native terroir, producing wines which are highly distinctive and unique in the world.



ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "Bodegas Alto Moncayo started in 2001 as a collaboration between importer Jorge Ordoñez, American importer Dan Phillips, Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and others. Located near the town of Borja, the 210 acres of vineyards are head-pruned, old Grenache vines planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in poorly nourished soils of slate, clay, chalk and quartzite. They make a number of cuvées, the most famous being the more expensive Alto Moncayo and the Aquilon. Their inexpensive offering is the 2012 Veraton, a 100% Grenache aged in 60% new French and 40% American oak for 17 months before being bottled without filtration. It is a powerful, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal red boasting a dense purple color, and a sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, lavender, licorice and earth notes intermixed with a touch of new oak. Stylistically, this is a modern, massively intense, rich wine that over-delivers in many ways. However, it is not for consumers looking for shy, restrained and delicate wines. It should drink well for a decade."

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WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2012 Alto Moncayo, pure Garnacha from a warm, extremely dry and early vintage is extremely young and oaky with a nose full of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and smoke along with ripe blackberries, some cereal hints and notes of café au lait intermixed with quite a lot of toasts aromas from the barrel. The bottled wine is 16% alcohol but feels quite balanced, it has some grainy tannins to be resolved, and some oak flavors to be integrated. A ripe, rich Garnacha that should age well in bottle. There were 55,200 bottles produced in 2012."

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"Best of the Best Bourbon" - Whisky Magazine!

Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old is a true Small Batch premium Bourbon, and had that distinction before the term even existed.

In 1789, Rev. Elijah Craig, the "Father of Bourbon," became the first to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels. Their Master Distillers, inspired by his innovative spirit, have been perfecting the "small batch" process before it even became a name. They select a limited number of barrels of 12-year-old Bourbon that have matured to their exact specifications, then mingle them in limited quantities as Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Small Batch Bourbon.

Elijah Craig consistently win enthusiastic praise and prestigious awards: Whisky Magazine’s “Best of the Best” Bourbon, Whisky Advocate’s “Best Buy Whiskey of the Year”, Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and “Best Bourbon Aged 10-12 Years” from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.


"Nose: About as complete a Bourbon aroma as you are likely to find...Near miraculous: one of the most beautiful noses found anywhere in the world today. Taste: A bourbon to keep in the mouth forever...Comments: Perhaps one of my favorite five or six bourbons and ... perhaps at its best just before bed. Brilliant." - Jim Murray, Classic Bourbon, Tennessee, & Rye Whiskey

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An Unbelievable Deal!

Tenuta Sant'Antonio is one of the emerging producers from the Veneto region in Northeastern Italy. Its “Scaia” wine is made from the Corvina grape, which is famously known as the principal grape in Valpolicella and Amarone wines. This particular bottling is exceptionally fresh, easy drinking and a great, “Everyday Drinker.” It is secured with a glass VinoLok cork, which is simple to remove and looks nicer than a screwcap.

This wine is light/medium ruby in color. The nose is greeted with aromas of cherries, violets and light baking spices. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with supple tannins and fresh fruit including cherries and redcurrants. Overall, this is a beautiful, high toned, lower alcohol wine which is a delight to drink by itself or with cheese, first courses, pasta, sausage or poultry.


WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2012 Corvina Scaia is an unbelievable deal, and a wine that can be purchased by the case-load for those informal occasions at home when a simple glass of red wine accompanies you as you cook dinner or watch television. This is the ultimate downtime wine. The fruit is fresh and bright with white cherry, cassis, sweet almond and freshly milled white pepper. It's appearance is compact with a light ruby hue."

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Huge Scores for the Dream Vintage!

The 2010 vintage marks an unprecedented year for Tuscany’s much beloved sangiovese-based red, Brunello di Montalcino. Winemakers, the wine press, and seasoned wine professionals unanimously agree that this is the Brunello vintage of a lifetime, even outclassing the outstanding 2006 and 1997 vintages.

The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner writes of the 2010 vintage, “possibly reaching iconic status. Montalcino has some great wines in store for us and the barrel tasting I did while visiting estates was nothing short of exhilarating. Rest assured: The hype and the buzz … is not hyperbole. Many vintners I spoke with describe it as a ‘dream vintage.’”

The Perfect Storm

All in all, it was a perfect growing year for 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. The mild Spring of 2010 with frequent rains, followed by a warm, stable summer, a late veraison, and just a few rains in August brought relief to the heat, making for an exemplary harvest. The grapes displayed an excellent alcohol level, combined with extremely high amounts of total polyphenols, anthocyanins and extract rarely found in this variety. To be a good winemaker is to be part farmer, chemist, cook, meteorologist, historian, and artist. This provided the optimum setting for winemakers to guide and transform the Sangiovese Grosso grape into their greatest masterpiece.

"It really is a historical year that show such amazing character and intensity," says Giacomo Neri, the owner of Casanova di Neri, one of the legendary Brunello producers in modern times. "It's the best vintage I have experience in my winemaking career and I started making wine in the early 1980s."

At the Fuligni Estate, Maria Flora Fuligni, who has watched over the family estate for 50 vintages says, “These were the finest grapes I’ve ever seen.”

Writer James Suckling, (who spent 30 years as Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief for The Wine Spectator), marked this as “The Vintage of a Lifetime” and goes on to say, "The year 2010 for Brunello di Montalcino is the greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous red wine region. Never have the wines been so profound in quality, character, and quantity from the best hillside vineyards of Montalcino. They represent a new paradigm for Tuscany’s unique sangiovese-based red.

“This is not a vintage to miss…Vintages like this don't come along very often. As I wrote, 1997 is a year that had such unique greatness of the 2010. However, the viticulture and winemaking of today can't be compared to two decades ago. The Brunellos of today are superior, especially in a great year like 2010. Moreover, there are many more producers, both large and small, that are making superb quality wines.”
I tasted slightly more than 100 2010 Brunellos in a blind tasting in Tuscany a few months ago and I was amazed by the beauty, balance and intensity of the wines. They showed such energy and intensity yet were rich and deep on the palate. And most have a fascinating savory, almost salty character that makes them succulent and incredibly satisfying to taste." says Suckling.

If there is a certain Brunello estate you love, by all means, seek out these wines first because they will be the greatest expression from that estate you might ever see.
The 2010 vintage made great wines. There is no doubt about it. As they say in Italian, “Batti il ferro finché è caldo!” (Strike while the iron is hot!).

This is a pre-sale with the wine expected to arrive in the spring of 2015. Click HERE to see all our 2010 Brunello di Montalcino offerings.


JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A rich and intense wine with blueberry, lemon and sliced mushroom character. Mahogany and cedar undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Gorgeous finish. Better after 2017."

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JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Extremely complex aromas of mushroom, stone, chalk, dark fruit and lightly dried bark or tea. Full bodied, with powerful and layered tannins. Muscular and intense. It needs loads of time to soften. Better in 2017."

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JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A red with lots of dried berry, dried tomato and mineral character on the nose. Full body very chewy and structured. A dense and chewy wine that needs time to soften. Big and powerful. Better in 2017."

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JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A Brunello with dark fruits such as plum and cherry with hints of flowers and chocolate undertones. Full body, fine tannins and dried citrus fruit. Tangy and spicy. Very long and intense. Better in 2017."
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