Hartford's "Crazy Good" 95 Point Pinot Noir Under $30!

A few months ago, we e-mailed out Hartford Family's 94-point Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. This wine ended up being one of our more successful offerings this year, and we didn't think there was a way that Hartford could top that wine. Well, we might just be proven wrong with their latest offering!

The 2017 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir comes from a collection of small vineyards located throughout the Russian River Valley AVA, including Hartford Estate, Fog Dance, Hailey's Block, Jennifer's, MacLean's Block and Arrendell. Hartford makes single-vineyard bottlings from all of these, and those wines sell for $60 and above, yet the Hartford family utilizes these vineyards for this amazing 95-point Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and this one sells for less than $30!!

HARTFORD COURT 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEYHARTFORD COURT 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

The Russian River Valley is one of THE best places in the world for growing Pinot Noir. The cooling winds from the Pacific Ocean spread throughout the area, and help to moderate the temperatures throughout the day, whereas vineyards just to the east are exceptionally warmer. Also, the soils are a mix of sand, clay, and silt. The clay brings richness to a wine, while the sand brings more flowered aromatics and brightness in the wine. If you ask us, this sounds like the recipe for Pinot Noir perfection!

JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "A crazy good value, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from this team, and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across the Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest, and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price."

$27.95 750ml [228860] add to cart


A Fantastic Italian Red!

For our Wine of the Month #2 in August we're proud to feature an Italian winery that, though relatively small, many Italian wine lovers know well. The Bisci winery and vineyards lie in the central Italian region called Le Marche (MAR-kay), which doesn't benefit from the fame of tourist hotspots like the (understandably) romanticized hills of Chianti. Instead, they've built up recognition for the small Matelica Valley growing region by making high-quality whites and reds at reasonable prices, and letting word of mouth do the rest.

BISCI 2015 ROSSO "FOGLIANO"BISCI 2015 ROSSO "FOGLIANO"

Tucked away from Mediterranean influence, the inland valley has a more dramatic climate, yielding wines of great structure and restrained fruit ripeness. Sourced from only 5-acres of organically farmed vineyards, the Rosso Fogliano is a classic Marche mixture of plump and plummy Merlot with the bright cherry and dried herbs of Sangiovese. Like many Italian wines, it really shines with a good meal!

Aromas of firm plum and red cherry with dried herbs create an enticing perfume; in the mouth, the gentle, fine-grained tannin and earthy-herbal qualities provide a firm ground for the silky-textured fruit to splash upon. The medium-bodied weight is a seamless balance of plumpness and firm, fresh acidity. The wine finishes with a moderate length, favoring those earthy-herbal qualities meshed with an almost cordial-like density of cherry and plum. No oak was used in making the wine. This is perfect for dishes with cooked tomato and sausage with rosemary, but will be a flexible partner with a variety of Mediterranean dishes. Buon appetito!

$15.95 750ml [305797] BISCI 2015 ROSSO "FOGLIANO"


A Blockbuster 94 Point Napa Cab from Gamble Family!

Founded in 2005 by third-generation Napa farmer Tom Gamble, Gamble Family Vineyards farms approximately 175 acres of prime estate vineyards from several of Napa Valley's most respected AVAs – Oakville, Yountville, Mt. Veeder, and Rutherford. Set in an isolated nook off of Highway 29 in the heart of Napa Valley's Oakville District, the winery, open to guests by invitation, has a quiet and pastoral presence. Tom Gamble's mission is to carry on the heritage of quality farming that his ancestors sowed when they came to Napa as farmers and ranchers in 1916. A family farming for over 100 years does so only through constant reinvestment in the environment and the people that support it. Knowledge and abilities evolve over time. Constant improvement means always trying new things and keeping what works. His winery and vineyards are certified Napa Green and certified by Fish Friendly Farming.

GAMBLE FAMILY 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEYGAMBLE FAMILY 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

There are several Napa Cabs at the $50 price point, but very few of those stand out as being superior from the others. However, Gamble Family's 2015 Cabernet is one of those wines that really sets itself apart from the rest of the crowd! With body, flavor intensity, balance, and a lengthy finish, this is a wine that not only drinks well by itself, but it's perfectly at home with a nice cut of beef, Portobello mushrooms, or lamb. This year the wine combines all five of the traditional varieties, and is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec , 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS! - "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is another terrific wine from Tom Gamble. Ripe, exuberant and flamboyant in style, the 2015 offers plenty of the vintage's raciness and yet manages to do so without being overbearing. Creme de cassis, plum, licorice, chocolate, spice and menthol build effortlessly in the glass. There is plenty to admire in this intense, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon."

$49.95 750ml [226715] add to cart


Liquid Air Conditioning in a bottle! A cool white for hot nights.

Looking for a gluggable, chuggable, carefree sipper to get you through the hot August days and a long Indian summer? Did we mention it's also Certified Organic and comes in a Liter bottle? 

Try this.

The Hofer HUM 2017 Gruner Veltliner was an instant hit in late Spring when we first introduced this dry white to our customers. It shows well with pear, lemon and then a spicy endnote, which, in Grüner Veltliner, is often described as white pepper. It matches well with fish, chicken, dishes with tomatoes and spicy foods. It also is the perfect foil to many vegetable dishes. 

The Hofer family farms vineyards in Auersthal, a tiny wine village in the Weinviertel, just beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. The gently rolling hills in in this village are made up of deep loess soils and are planted predominantly to Grüner Veltliner, which is Austria’s signature white grape. 

Gruner Veltliner has become popular with many foodies and Sommeliers because of its food pairing versatility. The 2017 Hofer is clean, bright, sunny, and is all of $11.69 — and that's for a Liter (1L), which is one-third more than a standard bottle of wine (750 ml). But honestly, this is a serious white wine that we wouldn't mind paying $20 for, since it effortlessly punches above its class. It also makes for a light quaffer at 12.5% alcohol. 

The Hofers have practiced organic agriculture since the 1990s and, in 2001, have been a member of Bio-Ernte, which is not only organic, but exceeds the EU guidelines for organic agriculture.

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Wine reviewer, Stephan Reinhardt for The Wine Advocate is also a fan of the Hofer winery and writes - "Based in Auersthal, just 20 kilometers away from Vienna 's northern suburbs, Weingut H. und M. Hofer farms 20 hectares of vines, mostly Grüner Veltliner (53%). Seventy percent of the production is white and all of the vineyards are cultivated organic in a fairly dry microclimate and on loess soils. Hermann Hofer aims to produce ‘unique and distinctive wines’ that reflect their soils, the climate and the vintage, as well as the people who manufacture them. The winemaking is rather conventional. The handpicked grapes are pressed after some hours on the skins, fermented in stainless steel and result in classic Weinviertler wines. The Veltliners are especially worth a try. They are very clear and fruity, fresh and well structured, and finish with a stimulating minerality. These are serious wines with food that do not cost a fortune, rather the opposite."

Sale $11.69 after instant coupon 750ml [307464] add to cart


Two Refreshing Gems to Brighten Your Summer!

Pojer Sandri WinemakersPojer Sandri & SonIn the northern reaches of Italy, steep hillside vineyards dot the dramatic valleys of the Trentino that ultimately lead up to the Alps. It's a perfect place for free-thinking winemakers to produce pristine still and sparkling wines of authentic style.

One of our favorite Trentino wineries is Pojer e Sandri, formed by two friends (Mario and Fiorentino) who embody the ideal of the grower-producer, winemakers from land to bottle, working with Nature to create liquid landscapes. With an intimate knowledge of their land and vines, they are able to farm organically.

We're delighted to have a few of their wares, including the light & crisp Muller Thurgau and their latest project, the fizzy, minimal intervention "Zero Infinito!"

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Muller Thurgau is a common variety in Germany, but arguably reaches its greatest potential in Northern Italy, and the 2017 'Palai' is further proof! Ian d'Agata gave it a luminous review in Vinous:

ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 94 POINTS - "Green apple, pear nectar and white peach combine with spearmint and thyme on the captivating nose. Then rich, ripe and spicy, with noteworthy clarity and cut thanks to vibrant harmonious acidity. An outstanding Muller Thurgau that finishes long and crisp. One of the best vintages of this wine ever..."

$17.99 750ml [305915] add to cart

POJER E SANDRI 'ZERO INFINITO' NON VINTAGE "NATURAL WINE"POJER E SANDRI 'ZERO INFINITO' NON VINTAGE "NATURAL WINE"

The "Zero Infinito" is a refreshingly fizzy wine with soft aromas like elderflower & mountain flowers, along with fresh, crisp fruits like golden apple, pear, apricot, peach and even some tropical notes.

It's made using the ancestral method (aka petillant naturel), which means the fermenting juice was bottled before completion, leaving a sediment and a refreshing fizz. There are two delicious ways to enjoy it: Either decant into a carafe leaving the sediment in the bottle, or gently turn the bottle upside down and back a few times and drink it cloudy the "peasant" way, with the flavor of the yeast "lees" joining in like in a traditional hefeweizen or typical Belgian ale.

The reason for the name of the wine? They've done "zero" to it in numerous ways: no herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides in the vineyard, no added commercial yeast, enzymes, color, or sulfites, and no clarification of the wine! The variety chosen for the wine, the obscure Solaris grape, was a partly practical one since it has a built-in resistance to fungal diseases and frost.

$24.95 750ml [305913] SOLD OUT


A Beautiful 94 Point Russian River Valley Chardonnay!

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford's appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast. Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the difficult locations of their vineyard sources, the limited production of their bottlings and the varietals they use. "Character through adversity" is an expression that they believe applies to people and grapevines and surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both.

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The Russian River Valley is one of the best places in the world for growing Chardonnay. The cooling winds from the Pacific Ocean spread throughout the area, and help to moderate the temperatures throughout the day, whereas areas just to the east are exceptionally warmer. Also, the soils are a mix of sand, clay, and silt. The clay brings richness to a wine, while the sand brings more flowered aromatics and brightness in the wine. If you ask us, this sounds like the recipe for Chardonnay perfection!

JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - "The largest production cuvee from Hartford Court is their 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley. Its medium gold color is followed by a rounded, supple, textured Chardonnay that has classic notes of pineapple, white flowers, honeysuckle, and toasted spice. Rounded, fleshy, and textured on the palate, with plenty of oomph, it shows the quality of this estate beautifully."

$23.95 750ml [228800] add to cart


Just Arrived: 95-Point Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon for $17.05!

The Lapostolle 2016 "Cuvee Alexandre" Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile has the bold flavors, full body, and chewy tannin that you need in a good grilling partner! It's densely flavored with ripe dark fruits and preserves, cocoa, subtle black current leaf and char notes, ending with a firm grip on the thick and juicy finish; a perfect accompaniment to high-protein dishes with bold flavors.

Lapostolle is an impressive Chilean winery with French heritage that was created by Alexandra Lapostolle-Marnier and her husband to make high-quality wines at reasonable prices, while minimizing their impact on the environment. The "Cuvee Alexandre," named for Alexandra's great grandfather who created Grand Marnier, is from an old, organically farmed vineyard planted in the 1920s in the Colchagua region, whose climate has a lot in common with California's central coast.

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Pick up a bottle and give it a decant while your meal is cooking...we think you'll be impressed that it cost less than $20! And for that price, you might consider putting some aside in your wine cooler to try over the coming years...they will reward your patience.

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "This is wonderfully polished and refined with a sexy tannin texture that caresses your palate. Medium-to full-bodied and very refined and polished, showing such elegance, focus and roundness. Drinkable now, but better in 2021."

$18.95 750ml [378159] add to cart


A Beautiful Thirst Quenching Wine Under $10!

With the summer sun making (heat) waves and the June gloom hopefully gone, it's time to focus on refreshing wines for the warm season. Of course, we're leading with this amazing Rose from Washington State, part of a collaboration between Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIEL-ER Pere et Fils & Gotham Project). Made from 71% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Mourvedre, 4% Gre-nache, 2% Counoise and 1% Cinsault, the sum of these parts makes for a beautiful, thirst-quenching wine with great underlying acidity; in other words, the perfect wine to feature for July (and the stylized American flag label certainly is apropos!).

CHARLES & CHARLES 2018 ROSE WASHINGTON STATECHARLES & CHARLES 2018 ROSE WASHINGTON STATE

To ensure minimal color or tannin pick up from the moment the fruit is harvested until it arrives at the winery, they pick almost exclusively at night. Once in the winery, each tank is treated a little differently to ensure each has its own unique perspective so that when it's blended together they have the most complex and multi layered Rose they can. While utilizing a mix of different yeasts, they have been loving the depth and character that native fermentations are giving so over half are now native. The resulting wine has both cut and generosity, lift and energy, and we are loving it! As always, the balance between the acidity at the finish and the savory, citrus and tangy cherry are the dominant features.

The nose leads with lush fruits, watermelon, peach and mixed orchard fruit punch finishing with a touch of salinity, hints of apple and rose petal. The mouthfeel is lush and rich with beautiful sweet fruits dancing across the tongue. Watermelon, strawberry cream and white peach lead to plum punch and a touch of creme fraiche. Excellent acidity keeps the wine lively and uplifted on the palate. The finish is clean, rounded and refreshing-- reiterating sweet spring fruits that last and last. Stock up on this one for summer! Perfect for Independence Day par-ties and beyond.

$9.98 750ml [210700] add to cart


Another Home Run in This Blockbuster Collection of New Releases from Tuscany!

Tenuta di Arceno, with a rich history and traditions reaching back over a thousand years, clearly remembers their roots while focusing on moving forward, making outstanding wines. With terroir ideal for the grapes planted, these three different wines, all with excellent scores, offer a glimpse into a unique window of Chianti and how good Bordeaux varietals can be in Italian soil. The last 3 vintages of "Valadorna" and last 6 of "Arcanum", their two flagship wines, have scored in the mid-90s. These 3 wines highlight the top quality, approachability, aging potential and joy such bottlings can bring to any meal or gathering of family and friends.

Buy and enjoy with confidence!

History and Heritage: A Timeless Landscape
Tenutu di Arceno has been a center for winemaking and agriculture for more than a thousand years. The estate is located near the fork of two rivers: the Ambra, which flows to Florence, and the Ombrone, which flows to the Mediterranean. In ancient times, this area was a nexus of the Etruscan civilization. In honor of its history, the name Arceno comes from the Etruscan word Archè, meaning "point of origin".

The Tenuta di Arceno eventually made its way into the hands of two historically prominent and well-respected Italian families – the Del Taja and Piccolomini. The Del Taja family began purchasing the land parcel by parcel in 1504, expanding the estate and adding architectural improvements. In 1829 the Del Tajas sold the property to the Piccolomini, one of the most illustrious families of Siena, who created the splendid romantic gardens, lake, and outdoor structures that still stand today.? Continuing its history of family ownership, Tenuta di Arceno was acquired by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 1994.

Tenuta di Arceno: A Modern Days Estate with a Rich History
Acquired by Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson in 1994, Tenuta di Arceno is on one of the region's most historic estates, comprised of 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares), only 220 (89 hectares) of which are planted to vines. The vineyards of Arceno possess an enviable diversity of elevations, facings, soils and meso-climates, a situation that is ideal for the cultivation of Sangiovese as well as the "international" varieties—Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon primary among them.

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WINE ADVOCATE 96+ POINTS - "The 2013 Arcanum is a blend of 73% Cabernet Franc with smaller parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Franc element is obviously strongest, and you get steely notes of black fruit follow by wild sage and rosemary oil. This is a powerful and thickly layered red wine that pushes the boundaries of extract and intensity, especially for a Tuscan red wine. Off the top of my head, I can count maybe ten wines from the region that take on such a full-bodied and opulent approach. This wine should age forward for many years to come."

Arcanum is the pinnacle of the estate’s offerings. Based on Cabernet Franc, the true signature of the estate, this remarkable wine is built to age yet is drinkable young, offering aromas of violets, roses and raspberries, with long and delicate spice notes; it is a wine that is seductive yet subtle. Arcanum is sourced primarily from the Apparita and Belvedere blocks of Cabernet Franc. With superb exposure and sandy clay soils, each year these blocks shine to produce the finest expression of the variety, and the leading wine of the estate.

$99.95 750ml [382491] add to cart

TENUTA DI ARCENO 2013 "VALADORNA"TENUTA DI ARCENO 2013 "VALADORNA"

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2013 Valadorna (mostly Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot) is yet another home run in this blockbuster collection of new releases from Tenuta di Arceno in the southern part of Chianti Classico (Castelnuovo Berardegna). This is a firm and tightly knit expression that is packed tight with black fruit, tobacco, tar and dark chocolate. The wine shows enormous aromatic intensity, but then it slims down just a touch in the mouth to offer an elegantly tapered finish."

$75.00 750ml [305920] add to cart

TENUTA DI ARCENO 2015 IL FAUNO DI ARCANUM IGTTENUTA DI ARCENO 2015 IL FAUNO DI ARCANUM IGT

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2015 Il Fauno di Arcanum is a robust and thickly layered blend of 59% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. This wine offers terrific value, especially to those who prize soft richness and concentration in their blended Tuscan reds. This beautiful, medium to full-bodied wine would pair seamlessly with grilled or roasted meats. The warmth and sheer exuberance of the vintage will put a big smile on your face."

The Tenuta di Arceno estate lies in the hills of the Chianti region in central Tuscany between Florence and Siena, near Castelnuovo Berardenga. Il Fauno, the mythological Roman god of nature, the countryside and the woods, watches over the estate and acts as its protector. Il Fauno di Arcanum is a Bordeaux-style blend that embodies the diversity of the estate, and is sourced primarily from the Di Sotto, La Curva, Colombaio and San Giovanni blocks. Located in the lower southwest section of the estate, in a warmer, exposed subsection that ripens early, the soils possess a significant amount of clay, with good water retention, and produce wines that tend to be more voluptuous and lush.

$29.95 750ml [382443] add to cart


Beautiful Bordeaux from Ducru-Beaucaillou & La Croix de Beaucaillou!

Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France and also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxiemes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The estate was purchased by Francois Borie in 1941 and has remained in the family since then. The family also owns other estates, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Château Haut-Batailley.

Today the estate is managed by Bruno Borie; Wine Spectator touched on what an individual he is in this article from 2006 (note that Bruno has since married and is a proud papa!):

"Since taking control of Ducru-Beaucaillou, the famed second-growth chateau in Bordeaux's St.-Julien appellation, in January 2003, Bruno Borie has installed original Keith Haring pop art on the ground floor and constructed a vast kitchen around a restaurant-quality stove to indulge his passion for cooking. He spends contemplation time on a tatami mat in a glassed-in room cantilevered over the Gironde River.

Unmarried and childless, he has moved into the majestic chateau. Once his boyhood home, it now serves as a sort of giant bachelor pad. Tall, slender and often dressed in dark clothes, he looks more like a Parisian artist than a businessman, and like nobody else in Bordeaux."

Ducru-Beaucaillou produces two wines. The grand vin called Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, and a second wine produced since 1995, La Croix de Beaucaillou. The wines are aged for 18 months in 50% to 80% new oak barrels according to the richness of the vintage, fined with egg whites, lightly filtered, and then bottled. Wine writer Jay McInerney wrote "Ducru has always been a wine of finesse rather than sheer brute power, a kind of Burgundian Bordeaux."

CHATEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 2015 ST. JULIENCHATEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 2015 ST. JULIEN

WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is provocatively and profoundly scented of chocolate-covered cherries, fresh black currants, crushed blueberries and licorice with touches of cigar box, roses and violets plus hints of black pepper and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and sultry with tons of seductive layers and firm, wonderfully velvety tannins, it has a very long, multilayered finish."

VINOUSMEDIA 94-96 POINTS - "The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou offers notable depth, power and richness. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but it is nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Smoke, tobacco, charcoal, leather and dark stone fruits give the 2015 much of its brooding, tightly wound personality. A wine of pedigree and exceptional class, the 2015 Ducru is structured yet also spherical in texture, with terrific balance and tons of style. The 2015 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot."

JAMES SUCKLING 97-98 POINTS - "Very focused and reserved with a mineral, blackberry, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and refined. Walking a tightrope between steely tannins and and dark fruit. This is highly intellectual and unique. Great finish. Remake of the extraordinary 2014? Stronger than the 2015, for sure."

$182.99 750ml [346034] CHATEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 2015 ST. JULIEN

LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU 2015 ST. JULIENLA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU 2015 ST. JULIEN

WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "The 2015 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a floral note on the nose: small black cherries, blueberry and wilted violets, the last becoming more intense as the initially tight-fisted wine opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. There is very well-judged acidity and its texture is harmonious and silky smooth. The quality is loaded more in the mouth than on the nose at the moment, but it is a seriously classy "deuxième vin" that just needs a little more persistence on the finish."

VINOUSMEDIA 90-92 POINTS - "The 2015 Croix de Beaucaillou emerges from a south-facing parcel in the center of Saint-Julien. Plump, racy and creamy on the palate, the 2015 offers lovely depth from start to finish. Cherry pit, plum, lavender and spice flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's overall balance that is most compelling. The Croix de Beaucaillou is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot." -- Antonio Galloni

JAMES SUCKLING 93-94 POINTS - "A juicy and savory second wine from Ducru with lots of ripe fruit and spice character. Chocolate and walnut undertones. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish."

$49.99 750ml [346031] add to cart


A 95 Point Cabernet Sauvignon with Tuscan Character Under $15!

We just got in the newest vintage of a brilliant, full-bodied red that's priced to be your next house wine! Many of our customers are already familiar with Mocali's Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon from previous vintages, but we have to say that the 2016 vintage might be the best yet!

The nose is classic coastal Tuscan Cabernet, with dark fruits, baked earth, and a signature dried herbal bouquet. On the palate, the slightly chewy mouthfeel partners in an appetizing way with a surprising depth of flavors of charred herbs (including some tobacco), blackcurrant preserves, ripe blackberry, a hint of cedar and vanillin from the oak. What completes the package is a finish with a gently rustic chewiness, a cool herbal sensation like mint tea, and fresh lift of acidity. James Suckling puts it well when he describes a "lovely compromise between richness and freshness."

MOCALI 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNONMOCALI 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This is a serious wine that could easily be priced higher, but we're offering it at $14.95! A key part of the quality equation here is that this is a relatively small estate that's run by Tiziano and Alessandra Ciacci with their two children. While they have a history of making Brunello in Montalcino, the Cabernet comes from their small coastal Maremma holding that benefits from a warmer Mediterranean climate like much of coastal California. Try a bottle and you might want it by the case!

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A lovely nose that shows a lovely compromise between richness and freshness. Pure blackcurrants, iodine, charcoal and dried herbs in addition to vanilla. Very structured on the palate with lithe tannins, running between layers of blue fruit and linear acidity and right through to the long, chewy finish. Drink in 2021."

$14.95 750ml [305792] add to cart


Hi-Time's Own Special Selection Rose is Perfect for Summer!

This Rose is a special selection made especially for Hi-Time Wine Cellars and it's the first time we've put our family's name on a wine (Hanson Family Selections). As a respected purveyor of fine wine for more than 60 years, it is our goal to exceed our loyal customer's expectations. We feel confident we have done exactly that with this rose. This dry Rose is flat-out delicious, aromatic and fresh. It will provide excellent thirst-quenching refreshment on a warm summer's day.

This Cotes de Provence Rose comes from the small village of Le Beausset located just a few kilometers outside the famous appellation of Bandol, where the Mourvedre grape is king. This micro-climate near the Mediterranean is characterized by maximum sunshine tempered by cool nights, which preserve freshness in the grapes. We sampled several custom blends before selecting this cuvee and are thrilled with the quality.

HANSON FAMILY 2018 ROSE COTES DE PROVENCEHANSON FAMILY 2018 ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE

The Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre grapes for this wine are harvested specifically for the production of rose and are pressed directly into temperature-controlled tanks for a short maceration. This creates a lively rose with good fruit and excellent freshness.

This delicious wine is perfect for summer gatherings around the pool or barbecue and represents an exceptional value. Enjoy!

Tasting Notes - Light pink in color. Highly expressive on the nose with aromas of red berries, peaches, roses, citrus and tropical fruit. On the palate, the texture is impressive. Medium-bodied yet light on its feet, this boasts a refreshing quality that keeps you coming back for more. Absolutely delicious!

$14.95 750ml [352777] add to cart