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One of Most Astonishing Values We Have Encountered in a Long Time!

Estate-bottled and Demeter certified bio-dynamic, this modestly-priced (to say the least!) Tempranillo is, quite frankly, one of most astonishing values we’ve encountered in a long time. In fact, with all of the recent buzz for organic and natural wines, demand for bio-dynamic wine is at all all-time high. Luminaries like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Zind-Humbrecht, Domaine Leroy, Huet, Nicolas Joly, and others have helped fuel the prestige of this rare and expensive-to-implement set of organic farming practices, so when we learned about this wine—estate bottled, Demeter certified bio-dynamic, at $9.98 a bottle — we jumped at the opportunity!

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RIBERA DEL DUERO

Montecastrillo is the entry-level wine from the renowned Ribera del Duero estate, Finca Torremilanos. It is made from their younger vineyards, which are located on the second slope above and nearly two kilometers south of the Duero river at an altitude of 800-900 meters. Soils are deep and composed of limestone, sand and clay in roughly equal proportions along with gravels from the old river bed that are composed of silex and quartz. A beautifully dark purplish-red in color, it shows intense red fruit, licorice, and spice notes. Light-bodied on the palate, fruity, and soft in tannin. Extraordinary wine for $9.98 a bottle, a no-brainer case buy!

Tasting Notes - The nose is fragrant, loaded with red fruits, berries, red currant, balsa wood, light earthy spice. Sweet fruit is reiterated in the palate with raspberry preserves and mixed red berries kept aloft with balanced acidity and light tannins. This is an easy summer sipper, perfect for warm weather and sunny days-- great red for the season.

$9.98 750ml [382842] FINCA TORREMILANOS 2015 MONTECASTRILLO TINTO


An Under-the-Radar Gem, 99 Points Under $25 Back in Stock!

Ruché (roo kay) is an Italian red wine varietal from the Piedmont region that is largely used in making Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato which is a small production that was elevated to DOCG status in 2011. Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato is one of the lowest production varietals in Italy and has been grown in the area for at least one hundred years but has only recently been marketed and consumed outside of Piedmont.

The sheer quantity of fruit and floral notes in the bouquet is magnificent. This Ruche' is one of the most intensely luscious and majestically luxuriant wines produced in Italy today. Ripe red fruit with notes of cocoa, lavender, soft berry, and a long, silky, embracing finish. A wine that once encountered will always be remembered passionately.

MONTALBERA 2015 RUCHE L'ACCENTOMONTALBERA 2015 RUCHE "LACCENTO"

LUCA MARONI 99 POINTS - "Nothing is easier than falling in love with Ruchè, with its delicate colour, intriguing aromas and smooth elegant mouth feel with world-class taste. It is truly challenging to successfully describe its distinctive and unique characteristics. However, it can be done.

This is how the challenge named LACCENTO was born. By attentively and scrupulously analysing the Estate's production and the positioning of the best vines, working with modern masterful oenological techniques, and following the best practices of vineyard management, a shrewd dispersion of the grapes during the early summer, wise selection of slightly overripe grapes directly in the vineyard, MONTALBERA put "LACCENTO#QUALITATIVE" on the È of the Ruchè. This gave birth to a wine with remarkable supplesse and elegance. An important wine, persuasive and long-lasting with delicate fragrances softened by the overripening. The Bricco Montalbera is an extraordinary southern exposed hill at an altitude of approximately 280 m above sea level.

...and then: Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato LACCENTO: a wine of sublime originality. The sheer quantity of flowers and fruit in the bouquet derives from one of the finest and most intense grapes that, so majestically luxuriant and luscious, can be harvested and processed today. Yet harvested with such respect and absolute lucidity that their lively, chlorophyllic breath is retained immaculately in this wine. Chapeau, is a wine that once encountered can never be forgotten, one enjoyed is yet admirably appreciated."

$24.95 750ml [302131] MONTALBERA 2015 RUCHE L'ACCENTO


A Fantastic Wine Advocate 91 Point Red!

Garage wine company was born out of an independent spirit, as Derek Mossman, his wife Pilar and friend Dr. Alvaro Pena embarked on their winemaking endeavor back in 2001 in the garage. Derek Mossman had grown tired of making wine for his corporate outfit by formula and wanted to craft something unique and small-scale that represented its place.

Since their inception every bit of the winemaking has been done naturally organic or sustainable fruit sources that are often dry-farmed and always hand-harvested, while in the winery only using native yeasts and neutral barrels—and even the bottling was from recycled glass. Their efforts spilled over and encouraged other winemakers to follow suit—Garage Wine Company was the founding member of the MOVI (Movement of Independent Vintners), which pioneered a new set of more conscientious winemakers that prize quality over quantity. Something exceedingly rare in Chile.

From a hobby that yielded only a hundred cases (in small lots) in the beginning, Garage Wine Company has now gone on to garner praise from international critics for its ability to make compelling wines from well-maintained sites in the Maule, Maipo and Itata Valleys. (91-95 Points across the line from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

That is why it is particularly exciting to offer one of their latest wines: The 2016 First Salvo Ferment País.

País holds a special significance for Chile where it’s known as the Mission grape or Pipeño, first coming over from Spain in the 1600's for the purposes of making wine for the Catholic Mass. It has now taken on a Beaujolais-like fervor for Chilean wine drinkers. Fresh, fruity and easy that could be best served with a little chill.

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Garage Wine Company's País is no exception; there is no carbonic maceration, but plenty of primary red fruits like raspberry and red cherry with slight leaf and spice notes and tremendous acidity to deliver a clean, fresh and persistent finish. But don’t just take our word for it, as it was also given 91 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "I also tasted the second version of the single ferment País, the 2016 País. There is more freshness here, and it's not only the year. In this second ferment they increased the amount of fruit from Triquilemu. There is a note of pencil lead, unusual acidity for País and very good freshness."

$19.95 750ml [381907] GARAGE WINE COMPANY 2016 PAIS


"One of the Best Values I've Tasted in a Long Time"

Does the name Charles Smith ring a bell? Well, perhaps if we mention a couple of his highly sought after wines like K Vintners or Charles Smith Wines it will start to click. Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age due to his Welsh mother and French father. As soon as he had the chance, Charles decided to move to Denmark. While in Scandinavia, Charles spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Ravonettes. Wining and dining while on the road became a catalyst for his passion of wine, which ultimately triggered the career he has today.

After a handful of years in the wine industry, Charles Smith has really been "wowing" the critics and connoisseurs alike with impeccably well-made wines that over deliver in terms of quality and price. Substance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon does just that, and for $14.98 a bottle one would be very hard pressed to find a Cabernet from any other region that delivers quality like this for the price!

WINES OF SUBSTANCE 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON WASHINGTON

 

SUBSTANCE 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON COLUMBIA VALLEY

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "One of the best values I've tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great finish. It has real elegance and finesse and is a dark fruited, unctuous beauty to drink over the coming 3-4 years."

$14.98 750ml [264850] WINES OF SUBSTANCE 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON WASHINGTON


Domaines Ott Rosé Back in Stock!

Domaines Ott is back in stock! Every year, our customers anxiously await the release of this highly sought after rosé. This world class wine is always the latest rosé to be released, but was exceptionally tardy this year. As a result, we have fielded hundreds of phone calls and in person inquiries asking when “Ott” will arrive. The wait is finally over and we now have plenty in stock, including a supply in our refrigerated “cold box” near the front registers making it easy to grab a bottle and go!

This is a great rosé to stock up on and enjoy throughout the year!

DOMAINES OTT 2016 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE CHATEAU DE SELLE

DOMAINES OTT ROSE 2016 CHATEAU SELLE CRU CLASSE

Domaines Ott has built a reputation as a must-have dry rosé known for its great depth of flavor and thirst-quenching deliciousness. The attractive hourglass shaped bottle contains a wine which has captured our hearts and our palates. This versatile quaffer is a must have for barbecues or to enjoy when lounging around the pool. It is also famously food friendly and pairs well with almost any dish.

Pale orange and pink in color. Expressive aromatics with notes of white orchard flowers, citrus and red berries leading the charge. On the palate, this wine is dry, medium-bodied, silky and refreshing. The flavors draw you in with strawberry, raspberry, citrus fruits, white peach and wonderful minerality that culminate in an impressive long-lasting finish. Grenache with Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

$44.95 750ml [373867] DOMAINES OTT 2016 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE CHATEAU DE SELLE


Parker's 92 Point Steal is Back!

"I've raved time and time again about the quality - and value - coming from Domaine Lafage's Jean-Marc Lafage." - Robert Parker

The 2014 Lafage Bastide Miraflors is "A Steal" and "One to buy by the case." - Robert Parker

The 2015 Lafage Narassa is a "hedonistic, downright sexy, ripe and layered beauty."

We're thrilled to have the 2014 Bastide Miraflors back in stock as this Syrah/Grenache blend is a customer favorite and one of our best-selling wines of the year. This gorgeous wine from the Cotes du Roussillon is bursting with fruit and enticing drinkability. Robert Parker thoroughly enjoyed this wine and called it "a steal" with "amazing fruit, purity and authenticity" before stating, "This is one to buy by the case."

We also have another fantastic wine from Lafage which we have carried previously. The 2015 Narassa is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah and has a touch more complexity and increased depth. This one is sourced from old vines and combines the generosity of Grenache with the savory complexity inherent to Syrah. Narassa received a Wine Advocate score of 91-93 points and is a wine that definitely over delivers for the price-point.

The wines from Domaine Lafage are undoubtedly some of the greatest values in the world. The estate has created custom cuvees with its importer Eric Solomon and is producing absolutely gorgeous wines. They have beautiful purity of fruit and impeccable balance. We continue to be astounded??? Lafage is able to make such terrific wine at incredibly low prices. With a price of under $15.00 per bottle, both wines are a steal.

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ROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS - "A steal from Lafage is the 2014 Bastide Miraflors, which is a Cotes du Roussillon, and a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, with the Grenache aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in 500-liter demi-muids. Lafage makes more expensive wines than this, but certainly excels with his value lineup. He has really hit a home run with this 10,000-case cuvée. It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious. Quite deep, round and succulent, this wine should drink well for another several years. This is one to buy by the case."

$11.99 750ml [345691] LAFAGE BASTIDE MIRAFLORS 2014 VIEILLES VIGNES

LAFAGE 2015 NARASSA ROUGE LIEU DIT

LAFAGE 2015 NARASSA ROUGE

ROBERT PARKER 91-93 POINTS - "Notes of cassis, toasted spice, chocolate and licorice all emerge from the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa, which is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah brought up in demi-muids. This hedonistic, downright sexy, ripe and layered beauty will drink nicely right out of the gate. It's packaged in an ungodly heavy bottle that could substitute for a baseball bat."

$14.98 750ml [345898]LAFAGE 2015 NARASSA ROUGE LIEU DIT


A Mouth-watering Rose of Pinot Noir Certain to Exceed Expectations!

The Martin Ray Winery and it's sister brand Angeline has long drawn from a wide array of coastal Pinot Noir vineyards to provide a balanced and beautiful red wine. This vintage, they selected blocks from these same vineyards to be trained and harvested for their very first vintage of Pinot Noir Rose. The combination of these selections, which are picked and pressed early in the season to provide bright, vibrant acidity, in addition to the full, fruity saignee, from their North Coast vineyards, has produced a seamless, mouth-watering Rose, that is balanced in both outstanding fruit and refreshing acidity.

This wine is produced by both whole-cluster pressing as well as saignee method. The latter, they pick ripe, flavorful fruit, crush it to a stainless steel tank, and allow 6-8 hours of contact with the skins to achieve optimal color and flavor before draining the juice to ferment as a Rose. The former is picked early in the season to maintain bright fruit and acids, then sent directly to the bladder press at light pressures. Both styles are inoculated with a specialized Rhone yeast to enhance the natural color and fruit character throughout fermentation. Fermentation is halted immediately upon reaching dry sugar levels ro preserve the fruit and aroma.

ANGELINE 2016 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR CALIFORNIA

ANGELINE 2016 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR

This mouthwatering Rose will be certain to exceed expectations. With delicious aromas of watermelon, nectarine, and ruby red grapefruit, complemented by floral notes of lilies and orange blossoms, we challenge you not to be delighted. A fruity front palate of candied strawberries, leads into a crisp, citrus mid, and closes beautifully with a clean, concise acidity on the end. This is destined to be a versatile crowd pleaser.

$9.95 750ml [200780] ANGELINE 2016 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR CALIFORNIA


A Super-Tuscan with Classical Beauty and 93 Point Score!

Tenuta Ghizzano's "Veneroso" has been around for more than 30 years and always received strong press, but it is a delicious Super-Tuscan that flies slightly under the radar. The 2012 is supple and immediately appealing with a Sangiovese-first personality-ultra-fresh bing cherry, red currant brightness, with hints of ginger and cardamom spice and exotic dried flowers. It is not a "big" or "oaky" wine but as Antonio Galloni noted in his review, the texture is immediately impressive as it "wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and resonance."

The details here are very interesting to those inclined to tech-sheets (biodynamic estate, hand harvest, foot-trod for gentle extraction, etc.), but our favorite Ghizzano story is about the famed owner, Ginevra, and a meeting with a friend of ours who met her at a trade fair last year. In his words, "I asked one of the dumbest questions of my career, 'So Ginevra, in looking for a property to make wine, how did you settle on Ghizzano?' I knew Ginevra Venerosi-Pesciolini was a wine-making star in Italy and very hands-on with all aspects of the estate. I had forgotten that she is also a Countess. Tenuta Ghizzano has been in her family since at least 1370...Her response was polite understatement - 'well, I'm lucky, the Ghizzano Estate has been part of my family for many years now...the land really chose me.'

Quantity is limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

TENUTA DI GHIZZANO 2012 VENEROSO

TENUTA DI GHIZZANO 2012 VENEROSO

ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "The 2012 Veneroso wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and resonance. Today the flavors are naturally quite primary, but there is a lot to like in this Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend. Dark plum, cherry pit, mint, spice and licorice blossom as this succulent, expressive wine shows off its personality. Sweet floral and spice notes add finesse on the silky, perfumed finish. The 2012 could use more time in bottle to develop further complexity, but it is quite delicious, even today."

$29.95 750ml [305344] add to cart button




A 96 Point Cabernet at An Incredible Price is Back in Stock!

96 POINTS, "2016's #1 Best Value Wine Under $50" - James Suckling

"A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. So polished and beautiful" - James Suckling

"Best Buy!" - Wine & Spirits Magazine

This is undoubtedly one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon values in the wine world. This affordable offering from Tapiz over-delivers with a delicious Cabernet at a price that made us sit up and take notice. We have enjoyed the wines produced by Tapiz for quite some time. In fact, many of you took advantage of their very popular Alta Collection Malbec which we previously featured in an email. Tapiz is back with a full-throttled Cabernet, which comes from the same high altitude vineyards. This Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon boasts dazzling aromatics, deep fruit flavor and a long-lasting finish.

Tapiz Winery

Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries. Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela was joined by Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012. Berrouet is the respected winemaker from legendary Chateau Petrus, having presided over 44 vintages at this revered Bordeaux winery. Berrouet chose to consult with Tapiz exclusively in Argentina.

To celebrate the addition of Jean Claude, Tapiz created a new "Alta Collection" line of wines. The "Alta Collection" fruit comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably-farmed estate San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides warm days which impart concentration to the grapes and cold nights which give natural acidity.

TAPIZ 2014 ALTA COLLECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON

TAPIZ 2014 ALTA COLLECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The pairing of high quality fruit with winemaking expertise has resulted in a fantastic wine. The incredible pricing is icing on the cake and makes this Cabernet Sauvignon an amazing value. Enjoy!

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine."

$14.98 750ml [381504] add to cart button


Christmas in July, Great Champagnes at a Great Price!

While the end of the year Holiday Season seems a long ways off we have already taken delivery on some very special Champagnes. Of course summer is associated with casual entertaining when most people are happy quaffing beers and French roses. In order to better peak your interest we decided to offer these Champagne gems at terrific savings. All wines are currently in stock. Sale prices are good through the month of July or until stock runs out. As always we offer free summer storage until our shipping weather window reopens in the fall.

AYALA 2008 BRUT ROSE NO. 8AYALA 2008 BRUT ROSE NO. 8

Crafted exclusively from the Grand and Premier Cru vineyards of the Montage de Reims, this rose is 51% Chardonnay (commune of Rilly-la-Montage) and 49% Pinot Noir (Verzy, Ay, Verzenay). The number 8 is very auspicious in China because Eight "Ba" in Chinese has a similar pronunciation with "Fa" meaning wealth or fortune. Furthermore it was given a dosage of 8 grams per liter.

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A superb vintage rosé dedicated to the 2008 harvest, this has an impressively composed style. It's really smooth and supple building excellently and delivering a seamlessly composed impression. The aromas are of fragrant red cherries but in bright, fresh and gently spicy mode. The palate's precisely cut and has supple, tangy acidity underpinning some very pliable fruit flesh, a silky texture and a velvety finish. Impressive length and carefully delivered power here! Drink now and through to 2020+."

Sale $69.95 Normally $94.98 750ml [376904] add to cart button

AYALA 2008 BRUT ROSE NUMBER 8

POL ROGER 2008 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Great elegance and finesse already on the perfectly brilliant and aromatic nose shows Pol Roger's 2008 Blanc de Blancs Brut, displaying white and stewed apples with fine citrus flavors and discreet chalky aromas. The palate is dense and citric, as if limes and lemons are squeezed on a chalky rock. The purity, power and intensity is as remarkable, as is the finesse and persistence of the bubbles, the mousse on the palate and the long, persistent finish. Dosed with seven grams per liter, this extraordinary Blanc de Blanc Brut tastes drier than the Réserve Brut, but reveals a perfect ripeness of yellow fruits. The finish is lovely aromatic and intense, but also clear, fresh, firm and absolutely stimulating. This is a great Blanc de Blancs from the Grand Cru villages of Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger."

Sale $79.98 Normally $104.98 750ml [374260] add to cart button

POL ROGER 2004 BRUT CUVEE WINSTON CHURCHILL



POL ROGER 2004 BRUT CUVEE WINSTON CHURCHILL

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Rich with hints of malt bread, golden raisin and honey, but finely balanced by the ample backbone of acidity and chalky texture. Notes of Golden Delicious apple, ground anise and lemon zest chime in and linger on the lengthy, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2029. 120 cases imported."

Sale $169.98 Normally $219.98 750ml [372627] add to cart button



TAITTINGER 2006 BRUT COMTE DE CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCSTAITTINGER 2006 BRUT COMTE DE CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS

ANTONIO GALLONI 97+ POINTS - "The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making."

Sale $114.98 Normally $129.98 750ml [378112] add to cart button

 

DIEBOLT-VALLOIS 2007 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS "FLEUR DE PASSION"

DIEBOLT-VALLOIS 2007 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS "FLEUR DE PASSION"

PETER LEIM CHAMPAGNE GUIDE.NET 3 STARS - "This is made from vines in Cramant between 50 and 65 years of age, and fermented entirely in secondhand barrels, without malolactic. It’s an excellent edition of this cuvée, its suave texture making it feel creamy without being opulent, and its floral, delicate fruit is thoroughly infused with a hauntingly elegant and saline chalkiness. It remains tightly focused and linear in build, persisting with exceptional length and poise on the finish, and as usual for Fleur de Passion, it’s notably youthful for the vintage, needing plenty of time in the cellar to fully reveal itself. In an age where better often means bigger, this is a monument to rejection of excess, feeling intensely expressive without needing weight or power to do so. Last tasted: 11/16."

Sale $94.95 Normally $129.98 750ml [325894] add to cart button


A Fantastic California Cabernet at An Amazing Price!

Auspicion is a proprietary label crafted by Opici Wines honoring the history of California winemaking. Fresh and fruit-forward selections are produced using grapes sourced from the finest varietals across northern California (this Cab is sourced from Napa, Lodi and Paso Robles). Brought to you by the Opici family, this collection embodies their tradition of delivering top quality wines at an excellent value.
Opici Wines (founded in 2013) is an importer and producer of fine wines, artisanal spirits and craft beers from around the globe. They were named "Importer of the Year" in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their annual Wine Star Awards-- so they know a thing or two about great wines. That they were able to make a California Cab that's as good as this wine is, for the price we are able to sell it for, is simply amazing! We sampled a few different bottles to make sure it's the real deal and are happy to report that in no uncertain terms, it is!

AUSPICION 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA

AUSPICION 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA

In the nose, sweet notes of strawberry, cherry and red plum are tempered with light wood spice and fruit leather. The palate has a soft entry filled with sweet fruits echoing the nose, balanced with silky tannins and light acidity. Red berries and cherry kirsch are topped with a touch of cocoa nibs and vanilla; the fruit flavors are the star of the show as the finish lingers nicely. This is a balanced, beautiful Cab that pairs with not only summer foods (barbecued meats, charcuterie, picnic foods), but also warm weather.

$9.95 750ml [201075] AUSPICION 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA


Black Slate New Release, Priced Lower, Parker 92 Points!

We just secured an allocation of the 2014 Black Slate Porrera, which is an amazing red wine and perhaps the most coveted of the reasonably priced bottlings from Priorat. Black Slate Porrera offers a rich, hedonistic expression of mouth-coating deliciousness with exceptionally smooth with polished tannins. The lush dark fruit envelops the palate while somehow maintaining incredible balance.

The Black Slate wines are brought in by Eric Solomon who imports well-regarded wines from Spain as well as France. For his pioneering efforts, Eric has been recognized by Robert Parker as his Wine Personality of the Year. Parker also wrote, "I first tasted with Eric in 1991/1992, and I have watched him grow as an importer to the point where he may be the finest in the United States."

Our notes - "The nose leads with dark red fruits, black pepper, cured meats and balsa wood. Tasting showcases a lush mouthfeel, beautiful viscousity loaded with big, forward, jammy fruits that are kept balanced by fine tannins and acidity. Black raspberry, persimmon, black berry, black cherries... all enveloped by dark spices and subtle earth. Sweet but balanced; such a lovely summer sipper ready for sunsets and evening stars, campfires and memories."

MAS D'EN COMPTE BLACK SLATE 2014 PORRERA PRIORATMAS D'EN COMPTE BLACK SLATE 2014 PORRERA PRIORAT

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Part of the collection from different villages from Priorat, Cellar Cal Pla produced a 2014 Black Slate Porrera, which is a blend of 50% Garnacha with 40% Cariñena and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a village wine from 20- to 30-year-old vines on slate soils fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels (80% French oak, 20% Hungarian) for one year. The nose is beautiful, combining violets, a hint of beef blood, something ashy and an organic, soil note, developing a smoky bacon twist with time in the glass. The palate shows good integration of the oak, better than in the majority of wines from this winery. Beautiful flowers appear with time and made me go back to the glass again and again. There are 35,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in mid-June 2016."

$15.95 750ml [381825] MAS D'EN COMPTE BLACK SLATE 2014 PORRERA PRIORAT 


The 'Rockstar Vintage' of 2012 Brunellos Have Arrived!

"If you love elegant, age-worthy Sangiovese, then stock your wine cellar with 2012 Brunello"- Wine Enthusiast

"A Rockstar Vintage." - James Suckling

"One of the most promising young Brunello vintages I have tasted in the last few years." - Antonio Galloni

"5 Star Vintage" - Brunello di Montalcino Consorzio

The critics have spoken loud and clear with enthusiastic praise for the 2012 Vintage of Brunello di Montalcino. We have also tasted these Tuscan treasures and wholeheartedly agree; they are fantastic and worthy of your time. Although endowed with the structure to age, the generosity of fruit and gorgeous texture make these wines surprisingly accessible now. In essence, you have the best of both worlds.

The unusually dry, hot conditions during the growing season resulted in small, dark Sangiovese Grosso grapes which produced wines with concentration and great depth of flavor. There is no drop off with these wines as the flavors build from the first taste, continue through mid-palate and culminate with a long-lasting finish.The wines are stunning with expressive aromatics, perfectly ripened fruit and well-integrated tannins.

Brunello's di Montalcino are world class wines, which should be experienced by anybody who loves full-bodied red wines. The 2012 vintage is a great vintage to explore now and to stock up as these are cellar-worthy as well. Below are a few of our favorite selections from terrific producers. Saluti (Cheers)!

COLLEMATTONI 2012 BRUNELLO

COLLEMATTONI 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

WINE SPECTATOR "HOT WINES" 96 POINTS - "This is very Burgundian in style, with effusive cherry, strawberryand floral aromas and flavors riding a supple texture until the characteristic Sangiovese tannins emerge on the finish. Elegant, complex and long overall. Best from 2021 through 2035."

 

$49.95 750ml [305368] COLLEMATTONI 2012 BRUNELLO

  

LA COLOMBINA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

LA COLOMBINA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "This red combines power and elegance, with bright acidity and dense tannins. Cherry and plum fruit are accented by leather, tobacco and mineral. Best from 2020 through 2035."

 

$39.95 750ml [305349] LA COLOMBINA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

LA SERENA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

LA SERENA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Enticing from the first aromas of fresh cherry, violet and spice, this supple red is balanced and expressive. Matches an elegant frame with a firm backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Very persistent on the long, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036. 2,280 cases made."

 

$49.99 750ml [303092] LA SERENA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

COL D'ORCIA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

COL D'ORCIA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

 

JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Bright and freshly fruity with plum, cherry and walnut undertones. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Really beautiful and bright. One of the best wines in years from here. Drink or hold."

 

$44.98 750ml [302668] COL D'ORCIA 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO


One of the Best Malbecs We've Tasted in A Long Time!

Founded in 1995 by a group of Italian wine-making luminaries, including Alberto Antonini of Antinori and Antonio Morescalchi, Altos Las Hormigas has always been evolving. Their pioneering Terroir Project is an integral part of the burgeoning appellation system in Mendoza, and strives to show Malbec's diversity of expression according to its origin. After seeing the immense potential of the Uco Valley, the team decided to stop using new oak and small barriques; and instead go with older, untoasted, large oak foudres across the board. Furthermore, they teamed up with Pedro Parra, who many consider to be the world's foremost authority (and only PhD) in terroir, to find the ideal sites for their plantings as well as a way to assess the ideal ripeness of their fruit. Parra literally dug thousands of soil pits in the Uco Valley searching out the spots with the highest concentration of limestone in the soil, and the results are quite simply staggering!

Luis Guitierrez, in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, awarded it 95 points, commenting: “The [Appellation Gualtallary] Malbec comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality…[the tannins] feel very fine-grained."

We couldn't agree more, and feel that this is one of the best Malbecs we've tasted in a long time. An incredible value at $35! Quantity is limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS 2014 "GUALTALLARY" MALBECALTOS LAS HORMIGAS 2014 "GUALTALLARY" MALBEC

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - The other appellation Malbec comes from the hottest place (not in temperature, but in terms of market demand) in the Valle de Uco, where the grapes for the 2014 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary are grown. This is significantly cheaper than most wines of this quality. I was a little disappointed with the performance of this wine in 2013 and was looking forward to 2014. The soils here are rich in calcium carbonate, but in the shape of caliche (a kind of marl with plenty of chalky material, iron and clay), which provide for more tannic wines. The de-stemmed grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts without the use of any pumps. The wine matured in used, untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for a period of some 18 months. It feels fresher, perhaps a little herbal and definitely more ethereal than the Altamira. Yes, it's more tannic, because the tannins are abundant, but they feel very fine-grained. This year I favor Gualtallary over Altamira. There is more complexity here. 9,333 bottles produced and filled after a light filtration in January 2016."

$34.99 750ml [383441] ALTOS LOS HORMIGAS 2014 "GUALTALLARY" MALBEC