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CORNAS 09 TERRE BRUL LIONNET
DOMAINE LIONNET 2009 CORNAS TERRE BRULEE
Item: #304752
Bottle Size:750ML
$49.95
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Has a sustained layer of black fruit, a solid couch of lightly polished leather, also black olive, and the violets of Cornas. Firm, thorough black fruit on the palate, and it is also precise, Read More...
like the 2008. Widens and eases a tiny bit to offer reserved richness towards the finish. Tannins are involved, are showing dark grain and life today.. There is authority in this 2009, and it shows more depth and fullness than some vintages.
CORNAS 12 AUGUSTE CLAPE
AUGUSTE CLAPE 2012 CORNAS
Item: #322057
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:98
$109.99
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eROBERT PARKER 98 POINTS: "The Cornas of the vintage is Clape’s 2012 Cornas. An incredible effort, its inky purple/black color is followed by spectacular Read More...
aromas and flavors of black raspberry, graphite, beef blood, iron, cedar and white pepper (among other things). This is Cornas at its finest, with insane aromatics, full-bodied richness and massive concentration, yet at the same time staying elegant, seamless and gorgeously pure. It’s more approachable than the 2010, but should still need 3-4 years of cellaring and have two decades of longevity."
CORNAS 12 DURAND EMPREINTES
ERIC AND JOEL DURAND 2012 CORNAS EMPREINTES
Item: #311117
Bottle Size:750ml WS:91
WA:92
$39.99
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eROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS - "More classic, focused and edgy, the 2012 Cornas Empreintes has bright acidity in its medium to full-bodied flavors of smoked herbs, Read More...
beef blood, licorice and assorted dark fruits. The largest production cuvee, give it 2-3 years and drink it through 2022."
COTE ROTIE 10 GUIGAL LANDONNE
GUIGAL 2010 COTE ROTIE LA LANDONNE
Item: #333332
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:98-100
$549.00
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eROBERT PARKER 98-100 POINTS: "Scheduled to be bottled in February of 2014, the 2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a more fresh, pure and focused example Read More...
of the 2009. While it doesn’t have the over the top exuberance of the prior vintage, it offers incredibly pure, detailed and classic aromas and flavors of black pepper, currants, blackberry, mineral and smoked bacon fat. Full-bodied, layered and deeply concentrated, yet also graceful and seamless, this knockout effort should require a decade to come around and have 3-4 decades of longevity."
COTE ROTIE 11 GANGLOFF BARBAR
YVES GANGLOFF 2011 COTE ROTIE LA BARBARINE
Item: #333940
Bottle Size:750ML
$86.99
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Yves Gangloff is an unlikely winemaker who settled in the Rhône region only because he fell in love with Mathilde, a local woman who's now his wife. The couple sold their grapes to E. Read More...
Guigal before establishing their own vineyard in 1987. Yves Gangloff draws his wine-making experience from the time he spent at the Rhône Domaine Delas.
The intensely fruity Côte-Rôties of Gangloff has won numerous fans, among those many sommeliers, who enjoy matching them with local black truffle dishes. Gangloff labels -usually voluptuous nudes, are painted by Yves' brother. Made with 8% Viognier from small sites centred on Tupins and Combard in the Côte Blonde, this is fleshy, spicy and indulgent, but with finely tailored tannins and beautiful poise on the finish, bearing all the hallmarks of Gangloffian excellence and tempting potential drinkers to an early symposium.
COTE ROTIE 11 GUIGAL AMPUIS
GUIGAL 2011 COTES ROTIE CHATEAU D'AMPUIS
Item: #333330
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:94
$169.99
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eROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS: "Open, voluptuous and ready to go (especially when compared to the 2010), the 2011 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis has stellar Read More...
notes of cassis, vanilla bean, toasted spice and dried flowers to go with a full-bodied, sexy, seamless profile on the palate. Drink this beauty while you wait on your 2009s and 2010s."

VINOUS MEDIA 93 POINTS: "Vivid ruby. Spicy red fruits, incense, violet and botanical herbs on the flamboyantly perfumed nose. Vibrant, mineral-tinged black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and vivacity and a seamless texture. Juicy, precise and appealingly sweet on the youthfully tannic, incisive finish, with the berry and floral notes echoing. The blend of fruit intensity and tension here is quite suave." -- Josh Raynolds
COTE ROTIE 11 GUIGAL LA MOULIN
GUIGAL 2011 COTE ROTIE LA MOULINE
Item: #322407
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:96-99
$440.00
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ROBERT PARKER 96-99 POINTS: "Scheduled to be bottled early in 2015, the 2011 Cote Rotie La Mouline is more perfumed, exuberant and approachable than Read More...
the 2010. It exhibits a crazy bouquet of spice-box, vanilla bean, spring flowers and sweet kirsch, cassis and black raspberry. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, with sweet tannin, it will be hard to resist in its youth and have 2+ decades of prime drinking."
COTE ROTIE 11 GUIGAL LA TURQUE
GUIGAL 2011 COTE ROTIE LA TURQUE
Item: #333334
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:95-97
$440.00
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eROBERT PARKER 95-97 POINTS: "Offering more spice, cured meats, chocolate, cassis and vanilla bean, the 2011 Cote Rotie La Turque is more sexy and open-Read More...
knit than the 2010, with full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a hard-to-resist profile. It should start to shine at a relatively early age for this cuvee, but still have two decades or more of longevity."
CROZES HERMITAGE 11 FAYOLLE
CAVE FAYOLLE 2011 CROZES HERMITAGE
Item: #322065
Bottle Size:750ml
$26.95
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100% Syrah - Aged in cement tank, no oak

Nose: Aromas of ripe red fruit, black currant with black pepper

Palate: Red fruit with elegant tannins, fruit and Read More...
earthly

Food: Grilled lamb, hard cheeses

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2016
HERMITAGE 11 COLOMBIER
COLOMBIER 2011 HERMITAGE
Item: #333387
Bottle Size:750ML
$79.99
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eROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS: "Also superb, with ample creme de cassis, licorice, smoked meats and licorice in its big, full-bodied personality, the 2011 Read More...
Hermitage has a knockout texture, masses of fine tannin and a great finish. Enjoy it over the coming 15 years or more.

This was a rock star lineup by owner/winemaker Florent Viale. Covering roughly 13 hectares in Crozes Hermitage (mostly around the villages of Mercurol and Tain) and just under two hectares in Hermitage, the wines from this domaine see a traditional vinification followed by aging mostly in older demi-muids, with new oak kept to around 20% for most of the cuvees. The wines are classic, textbook examples of their appellations and should not be missed. The fact that they can represent good value is just icing on the cake."
L'O DE LA VIE 12 SYRAH
$24.99
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eROBERT PARKER 87 POINTS: "More supple, soft and approachable, the 2012 Vin de France l’O de la Vie comes from the younger vines on the estate and Read More...
is mostly Syrah. Blackberry, violets and black pepper define this classic, delicious and easy-drinking effort. Enjoy it over the coming 3-4 years."
LUC BELAIRE RARE  ROSE 1.5
LUC BELAIRE RARE SPARKLING ROSE
Item: #377268
Bottle Size:1.5L
$74.95
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LUC BELAIRE RARE ROSE
LUC BELAIRE RARE SPARKLING ROSE
Item: #376295
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.95
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Belaire is handcrafted from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes selected for their vibrant, fresh character. Each of these three grapes adds something special to the wine. Read More...
Carefully aged before release, the blend is imbued with a delightful effervescence, resulting in a beautiful, deep red sparkling Rose with aromas of strawberry and blackcurrant. A final liqueur de dosage addition of 100% Syrah adds a sweet - but not too sweet - nuance, resulting in a perfect harmony of aroma, taste, body, and finish.

MERINO 12 SYRAH
MERINO 2012 SYRAH
Item: #383101
Bottle Size:750ml
$14.95
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WINE & SPIRITS 91 POINTS - "Imagine a blender filled with fresh-picked blackberries. This smells and tastes like those berries after they've been pureed, Read More...
as vibrant as it is soft and juicy. Added to that gentle, smooth feel, there's a hint of meatiness giving the wine extra power and complexity."
OULED THALEB 11 SYRAH
OULED THALEB 2011 SYRAH, MOROCCO
Item: #306351
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.95
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Founded in 1923, Domaine Ouled Thaleb is a leader in the revival of Morocco’s wine industry. The winery is located on the coast near Casablanca where it combines sustainable farming Read More...
with a mix of indigenous varietals, such as Faranah, and international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. An easy-drinking wine, the 2011 Syrah boasts spicy black fruit flavors balanced by moderate acidity and supple tannins. S. Irene Virbila of the L.A. Times describes this Syrah as "buoyant and refreshing, pure fruit, the very defination of a quaffable wine. An absolute steal at $17."
PETIT OUR BRUN 13 COTE RHONE
MATTHIEU BARRET 2013 COTE DU RHONE PETIT OURS BRUN
Item: #333219
Bottle Size:750ML
$19.95
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ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM - 89 POINTS

Bright violet color. Lively, spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose and in the mouth. Tangy and sharply focused, with Read More...
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.”
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 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.
VENTISQUERO 09 "PANGEA" SYRAH
VENTISQUERO 2009 "PANGEA" SYRAH
Item: #383377
Bottle Size:750ml
$54.98
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As the former head winemaker for Penfolds, John Duval’s career has been spent making some of the finest Syrahs in the world and “Pangea” is his signature wine at Ventisquero. The Read More...
vineyard site is rocky and dramatic, chiseled row by row into the hillside. The result is another level of winemaking in Chile-- yes, the wine is full and dark; suffused with blueberry, pepper, spice and black olive. However, the nobility of the Syrah grape is also in notes of dried herbs, dried flowers, delicate red fruit and a haunting prettiness underneath the all that heft. Some Syrahs miss these subtler notes, but John Duval brings it all together beautifully in this wine.

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