A "Total Blockbuster" 97-Point Cabernet Blend!

Founded in 2003 by Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup, the mindset behind the Long Shadows winery is quite simple; obtain the best grapes and get them into the hands of the best winemakers. However, easier said than done. Each of the Long Shadows wines have a different label, a different name, and a different winemaker. To make the best Merlot in Washington State, Allen Shoup employed the master of Merlot (Michel Rolland) and developed the Pedestal label. To get the best Cabernet Sauvignon, he brought on Randy Dunn and created the Feather Cabernet. And to make the best Washington State equal to Opus One or Joseph Phelps Insignia, he got Philippe Melka to create Pirouette, a Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend!

Philippe Melka is a master of Cabernet Sauvignon and blends, and has crafted several wines that have earned 100 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. He has been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine world, including Jean Delmas and Jean Philippe Masclef from Haut-Brion, Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus, Paul Draper from Ridge, Daniel Baron from Silver Oak. For Pirouette, a variety of fermentation methods were used to enhance complexity and richness in this classic Bordeaux blend. Hand-harvested Cabernet was fermented in 400L French oak barrels that were gently rolled throughout fermentation to integrate the oak with refined, dark fruit flavors and give the wine its silky mouthfeel. All other varieties were fermented in traditional stainless steel tanks, with select lots enjoying longer skin contact to enhance the wine's dark color and mid-palate. The finished wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels (75% new) before bottling unfiltered and unfined.

PIROUETTE 2016 PROPRIETARY RED COLUMBIA VALLEYPIROUETTE 2016 PROPRIETARY RED COLUMBIA VALLEY

JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - "The talented Gilles Nicault continues to manage this estate and all its different cuvées brilliantly. The key factor to understand with these wines is that each is made with consulting advice from a different winemaker. Hence, the style of each is unique, yet the quality is top notch."

"The 2016 Pirouette is made by Philippe Melka and it's a total blockbuster based on 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the palate Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec that was fermented in barrel and aged 22 months in 75% new oak. Creme de cassis, blackberries, toasted spices, cedar, and forest floor notes all emerge from this deep, rich, opulent red that has sweet tannins, a thrilling texture, no hard edges, and a monster finish. This is another best-to-date from this estate and it's an awesome wine."

$59.98 750ml [251390] add to cart


Outstanding 2016 Bordeaux Value for Under $10.00!

We are always on the prowl for wines that over deliver and offer delicious drinkability at an outstanding price. We have found such a wine with the Chateau Bellevue Claribes from the highly acclaimed 2016 vintage!

This is the perfect wine for Fall, that wonderful time of year when temperatures settle down from their summer highs and baste the country in cooler climes. The turning of the leaves in their annual Fall display amazes our eyes, and hordes of costumed children (of all ages, really) roam our streets and neighborhoods in their relentless quest for candy.

Not to mention the culmination of the baseball season, the second month of football and the start of hockey, for the sports-minded among us. Then there are movies and books and all sorts of other seasonal celebrations taking place...which of course, leads us to think of what shall we drink with all this going on?

Bordeaux to the rescue! As Fall weather and menus change, we tend to gravitate toward one of our favorite red wine regions in the world and we have found a ringer for you to enjoy-- the 2016 Chateau Bellevue Claribes will leave you asking for more.

This wine is all about fresh, pure fruits, complementary earthiness (think "Bordeaux dust") and spice balanced by excellent body-- that it's just under the ten-dollar mark is icing on the cake. Talk about bang-for-the-buck value-- this wine is an absolute steal!

CHATEAU BELLEVUE CLARIBES 2016 BORDEAUXCHATEAU BELLEVUE CLARIBES 2016 BORDEAUX

The nose is loaded with scents of cherries, plum and red raspberries, dusty earth, red rose and a background hint of incense. The palate reiterates the nose with flavors of cherries and berries in the foreground balanced by medium tannins and uplifting acidity. The mouthfeel is lush in this elegant-yet-powerful wine-- it's a balance of poise, beauty and strength for an out-of-this-world price. Kind of a perfect fit for this month! [And it will pair well with beef, lamb and barbecued meats (AKA tailgate fare) as well as hard cheeses like aged cheddar and pecorino].

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

$9.95 750ml [352745] add to cart


A Hi-Time Favorite Winery in a Stellar Vintage!
ORGANICALLY FARMED

Over the years, the wines of Tuscan winery, Felsina, have been a staple at Hi-Time Wine Cellars by wowing us with their consistent quality across the range and vintages. Domenico Poggiali was taking a big risk starting the winery in 1966 when the market for serious Chianti was nowhere near what it is today, but that helped earn them a place at the top: building a reputation bit by bit over the decades, employing the highest quality of winemaking available even when it was uncertain that it would be profitable. It doesn't hurt that they ultimately employed one of the top Italian winemaking consultants, Franco Bernabei, who played a pivotal role in the Tuscan wine renaissance!

The Felsina lineup has been particularly strong in the beautiful back-to-back 2015 & 2016 vintages in Tuscany, and the reviews are proof. Our current lineup of 2016s share a common thread: intensity of flavors, a balance of muscle and elegance in a well-structured package. They are all made from 100% Sangiovese, organically farmed, and are made in a "modern" style, with a careful use of small French oak barrels.

FELSINA 2016 "FONTALLORO" IGT TOSCANAFELSINA 2016 "FONTALLORO" IGT TOSCANA

This is another modern take on Chianti, made from top plots in Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi ("the hills of Siena"), and aged in a mix of new & used French oak.

WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more."

$54.95 750ml [303403] add to cart


FELSINA 2016 "RANCIA" CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVAFELSINA 2016 "RANCIA" CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA

A more "modern" rendition of Chianti Classico from a distinguished single vineyard, with 18-20 months aging in all new French oak for more spiced flavors and even firmer tannin, appropriate for longer aging.

WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia knocks it out of the park. Like the other new releases from Felsina, this pure expression of Sangiovese needs more time to evolve and improve with bottle age. But even at this young stage, you are made fully aware of the beautiful intensity and complexity of the quality fruit at its core. There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage. There are vibrant tones of wild cherry, raspberry and spice, followed up by white truffle and tilled earth."

$44.98 750ml [305489] add to cart


FELSINA 2016 "BERARDENGA" CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVAFELSINA 2016 "BERARDENGA" CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA

Made from the best selection of "Berardenga" grapes, this wine sees a mix of 12-16 months of previously-used oak barrels.

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Streamlined and elegant, this mid-weight red trots out notes of grilled herb and dark fruit nuances that segue to spice, tilled earth and savory tobacco, with great complexity. This 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is still a bit closed and tight, but this beautiful wine boasts all the best qualities of this vintage. It shows elegance and power, two contrasting characteristics that only work well together in the world's most achieved expressions. The most satisfying aspect of this Riserva is the crisp acidity on the close that keeps the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip."

$26.98 750ml [301785] add to cart


FELSINA 2016 "BERANDENGA" CHIANTI CLASSICOFELSINA 2016 "BERANDENGA" CHIANTI CLASSICO

Aged for a year in a mix of larger traditional barrels and previously used, small French oak, it's a great everyday expression of Sangiovese.

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "This is an excellent vintage in Chianti Classico that shows especially well in the simple, more accessible wines such as this. The 2016 Chianti Classico Berardenga delivers the power and density of its territory. The southern side of the appellation often shows the richest expressions of Sangiovese. This wine opens to sweet aromas of dark fruit, cherry and plum. The wine shows a slightly savory side as well with spice and dried terracotta that recalls the gray gravel soils of the region. Bay leaf, cola and chopped mint appear as subtle background notes."

$22.98 750ml [301154] add to cart


A Stunning 98-Point Chardonnay with a Twist!

We just got in the latest Chardonnay from the phenomenal Argentinian winery, El Enemigo, and it's certainly not "just another Chardonnay!" The aromas are absolutely enticing, swirling among notes of ripe pears and peaches, marcona almond, with toasted notes and subtle vanilla. In the mouth, the satiny, full texture glides in and is ushered along by a beautifully balancing acidity. The flavors are a complex melange of very ripe apple or pear and succulent peach, nougat (vanilla & nuts), a saline thread, along with subtle savory yeast lees and toasted oak accents. The finish rides a delicate line, neither sweet nor bone dry, but a succulent/savory sendoff that beckons another taste.

It shouldn't be too surprising that the wine is so good, as El Enemigo has the pedigree: it's a collaboration between Adriana Catena and the chief winemaker for Catena Zapata, Alejandro Vigil. The winery was named to represent their irreverence for the status quo ("the enemy"), and their Chardonnay certainly lives up to that, as it's made in a style that breaks from the norm!

In a unique twist for most Chardonnays, El Enemigo's is aged almost completely under a "veil" of yeast that serves as a barrier between the wine and oxygen, a common technique in the Jura region of France (a more dramatic form is used in making many styles of Sherry). Such partially exposed wine contributes subtle, slightly oxidative aromas and flavors like bruised fruits and nuts, and the contribution of the yeast adds some floral aromas and a savory sensation; there is often a "saline" quality to such wines. Along with that are those fresher fruit flavors of a classic Chardonnay grown in the intense sunlight of the high-altitude Gualtallary region of Mendoza, Argentina.

EL ENEMIGO 2017 CHARDONNAYEL ENEMIGO 2017 CHARDONNAY

On the heels of their monumental 2014 "Gran Enemigo" Cabernet Franc (with a 98-point score from Wine Advocate), their 2017 Chardonnay is another win, with a 98-point score from James Suckling!

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "A tight and beautiful white with a dense palate of beautiful, ripe lemons and apples. Layered and refined with phenolic tension. Complex yeast and hints of oak and flor. Full body. Great length. 80 per cent flor-growth in barrel. Drink now."

$19.95 750ml [378972] add to cart


Rocking Value to Grab by the Case!

Jean Marc Lafage is unquestionably one of the best value producers in France, if not the world. By now, you are probably well aware of his Syrah/Grenache blend Bastide Miraflors which has been a customer favorite and one of our top wines for the past several years. He is also responsible for the amazingly affordable and delicious Novellum Chardonnay and best-selling Miraflors Rose.

His Cuvee Nicholas Grenache is made in the same easy-drinking, fruit- forward style we love. It boasts expressive aromatics and freshness, making you want to take another sip. The Wine Advocate's Joe Czerwinski rated this wine 91-93 Points, calling it a wine which is "rich, deep and velvety in texture" and "should be a similarly rocking value once it's released."

Jeb Dunnuck writes, "When it comes to quality-to-price ratios, no one does it better than proprietor Jean Marc Lafage. Located just outside of Perpignan, this estate has a wealth of old vines and vineyards to pull from, and the addition of a massive new winery is only going to give them even more control.

DOMAINE LAFAGE 2017 CUVEE NICOLAS GRENACHEDOMAINE LAFAGE 2017 CUVEE NICOLAS GRENACHE

While it's easy to write off these value-priced releases as fruit bombs, please taste the wines! They have beautiful purity of fruit, impeccable balance and each release has their own unique character. At this price, this is an absolute no-brainer."

Buy it by the case and drink it over the coming 2-3 years.

WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "It was exciting to see that the 2017 Nicolas, all old-vine Grenache from three terroirs, was showing more red fruit and freshness than the 2016. It's still rich, deep and velvety in texture, but it's livelier and should be a similarly rocking value once it's released."

$12.95 750ml [345881] add to cart


Customers Are Already All Over This Bold, Very Drinkable Tuscan Red!

Located in the idyllic heartland of the historic Chianti region, the Viticcio (vee-TEECH-oh) farm has been steadily expanding and improving over the past 55 years into a lovely agritourism spot, a model of modern rusticity-in fact, that's a good way to describe their 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva! It shares a lot in common with Sangiovese-driven "Super-Tuscans" out there, and has the loose, open character of that particularly warm growing season: plenty of ripe plum, black cherry, and blackberry with wood-spice (like nutmeg and vanilla pod) with a subtle undercurrent of dark earthy-minerality (the Wine Advocate notes iron and tar), leading into a bright, juicy, supple, and warming mid-palate supported by an appetizing texture of ripe, fleshy tannin. It's grounded by the subtle dried herbal qualities of Sangiovese with a hint of fragrant Syrah peppercorn, and that subtle earthy-mineral undercurrent reappears. This all turns into a firmer finish with a dusting of ripe, lightly grippy tannin and flavors like those of dried cherry skins, and those spices again including a hint of anise. It's a wine that needs to breath a few minutes to reveal all of its character, but it will reward you with drinkability and an ideal food partnership for full-flavored, savory dishes like thick Florentine-style steak grilled rare as you can take it, or hearty, spiced lentils.

VITICCIO 2015 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVAVITICCIO 2015 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA

90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah

WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "Intense aromas of black currant, blackberry, flint, iron, tar and black pepper mark this powerful red, which is vibrant and solidly tannic, yet all the components are in the right place. There's terrific energy on the lingering aftertaste of dark fruit and mineral. Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah."

$24.95 750ml [302830] add to cart


A Polished and Elegantly Complex Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley!

Gran Moraine is a beautiful property located in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley. Yamhill-Carlton District is unique from other AVAs; it contains the oldest marine sedimentary-based soil in the greater Willamette Valley. The AVA is located primarily on hillsides between 200 and 500 feet in elevation which is the sweet spot for distinctive, age-worthy Pinot Noir. More specifically, between the soil composition and micro climate, the Pinots produced here tend to be more black fruited, showing minerality and floral aspects.

GRAN MORAINE 2017 PINOT NOIR YAMHILL-CARLTON DISTRICTGRAN MORAINE 2017 PINOT NOIR YAMHILL-CARLTON DISTRICT

Winemaking at Gran Moraine is handled by Shane Moore, a very talented winemaker with a degree in Enology and Viticulture along with experience from working at wineries on multiple continents. Shane does a great job working with the different clones and vineyard blocks, all fruit is hand-harvested, hand-sorted and put into gravity fed open top fermenters where the fruit is left in cold maceration from 3-8 days, (depending on the vintage). After alcoholic fermentation, the wine is transferred to 100% French Oak barrels where it goes through malolactic fermentation. The end result is a wine that showcases their tireless attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery. A true expression of the Yamhill-Carlton District!

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Polished and elegantly complex, with expressive cherry and blueberry flavors, accented by crushed stone and black tea, building tension and lively acidity toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 4,300 cases made."

$39.95 750ml [222520] add to cart


Paolo Scavino 2015: From Italy With Love!

We are fortunate in our cellar to have access to an amazing number of iconic producers and families making some of the best wines in the world, year in and year out. It's about dedication, passion and the desire to have their ancestral lands speak through our wine glasses, full of their wine. Paolo Scavino is such a producer and 2015 is a banner year for them and, ultimately, us!

We love being able to represent Paolo Scavino and are huge fans of their top-tier wines from Barolo. When it comes to Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, their local grapes, the Scavino family, Enrico together with daughters Enrica and Elisa (the fourth generation) are continuing the traditions started by Paolo and his father Lorenzo in 1921; namely, to allow the terroir to sing through their wines. With another history of critical acclaim and scores in the mid- to upper-90s, we are clearly not the only ones to cherish these bottlings. Buy and cellar or drink with confidence!

PAOLO SCAVINO 2015 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "I'm loving the combination of dried cranberries and incense with fresh rose petals and fruit tea. While the tannins are firm and serious, the medium-to full-bodied palate remains supple and elegant. Drink in 2021."

This Barolo has a special value for the Scavino family and represents the history and tradition of blending different cru of Barolo.This classic Barolo is decadent and exotic with wild aromas of ripe berries and black truffles. Full-bodied with ultra fine tannins and an incredible finish.

$36.98 750ml [303147] add to cart

PAOLO SCAVINO "BRICCO AMBROGIO" 2015 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Plenty of burnt oranges and lemons, wild strawberries, cedar and spices. The palate is muscular and powerful, veiled in a sheen of grainy and chewy tannins that surround layers of vibrant red fruit. Drink in 2023."

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2015 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is Scavino's cru from this northeastern-most vineyard in the Barolo appellation, in the village of Roddi, and comprises seven hectares of mostly Nebbiolo but also some Dolcetto and Barbera. These vines with their southeastern exposure are not protected from the elements very well, allowing for more diurnal temperature shifts. Therefore, this site always produces much fresher fruit flavors. Indeed, you get noticeably crunchy, tonic fruit here along with a more detailed aromatic portrait. The wine is more precise compared to Monvigliero, for example, which offers more dense fruit, while Bricco Ambrogio is more delicate in the mouth. "

$44.98 750ml [303123] add to cart

PAOLO SCAVINO "MONVIGLIERO" 2015 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "The sour cherries really lift this off on the nose, catching suggestions of candied citrus, tile, roasted herbs and cedar. Racy and sexy, drawn out into shape by the forthright acidity and steely tannins."

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The Scavino family has had access to fruit from the Monvigliero cru for almost 20 years. They have farmed a small parcel (under one hectare) since 2000, and the grapes were previously added to their "classico" Barolo blend. In 2006, Monvigliero became its own single-vineyard expression because Enrico Scavino always had a big passion for this site. The 2015 Barolo Monvigliero is a bright and beautiful wine with a strong floral signature of violets and roses that accompanies this wine from start to finish. The wine is very characteristic of Monvigliero in terms of the softness and silky nature of the tannins as well."

$49.98 750ml [303369] add to cart

PAOLO SCAVINO "CAROBRIC" 2015 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Dried berries, rose petals, rose stems, tar, cedar and tobacco. Structured and very serious indeed on the palate, where chewy tannins caress, but also strengthen the vibrant but dried red fruit that permeates this red. Drink in 2023."

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2018 vintage will be the last edition made of this wine. The Scavino family lost its lease in Cannubi, and the estate wine portfolio is being redrawn as a result. The 2015 Barolo Carobric remains a blend of fruit from Rocche di Castiglione (60%), Cannubi (20%) and Bric del Fiasc (20%). That blend has been carefully contemplated, and the absence of the Cannubi changes the formula too drastically. Cannubi adds richness and flavor to the blend, while Rocche di Castiglione with its sandy soils adds delicate mineral and light fruit nuances. Bric del Fiasc offers both power and elegance and is the proverbial glue that keeps harmony between the two sides. This wine was first produced in 1996, and the end of an important chapter in the Scavino family legacy is upon us."

$54.95 750ml [302401] add to cart

PAOLO SCAVINO "RAVERA" 2015 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "The nose is really spot-on here, delivering a wholesome array of fresh hibiscus, redcurrants, fruit tea and rose petals. The palate is very silky and polished, weaving its way neatly through finely arranged layers of bright red fruit. Medium-to full-bodied and wonderfully elegant. Drink in 2022."

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The Ravera vineyard was purchased in 2015, at 2.7 hectares and about 360 meters in altitude. It is their highest vineyard and the last to be harvested every year. This east-facing parcel is never too hot, always showing cooler-climate conditions than the others, with fine tannins and a good dose of acidity. The 2015 Barolo Ravera is a very tight and and precise wine, with notes of exotic tea that follow blackberry, dried cherry and licorice. This is a great new addition to the Scavino portfolio at this time of important changes for the winery."

$54.95 750ml [301864] add to cart

PAOLO SCAVINO "BRIC DEL FIASC" 2015 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "The redcurrant-compote character really pops out here, before dried cranberries, licorice and spice box all come to the fore. Tannic and very expansive, sweeping through a whole array of red berries via linear acidity and wrapping itself up in a long finish. Drink in 2023."

WINE ADVOCATE 95+ POINTS - "From the Scavino family's home-turf vineyard, the 2015 Barolo Bric del Fiasc (with fruit from Castiglione Falletto) delivers structure, firmness and power. This is a classic interpretation of a historic cru, and the wine offers linear, crisp lines. Fruit from this site was fermented separately for the first time to make this wine in 1978. The family had long recognized the consistently superior quality of the fruit from this location, and they saw its special potential. Enrico Scavino told me about the rush of adrenaline and pride that washed over him when he first tasted this wine with his peers Gaja and Conterno during those Golden Years of the past and saw the enthusiasm their eyes. This is the go-to Barolo if you want to taste classic Scavino."

$69.98 750ml [302050] add to cart


This Fresh, Pure, High Scoring Red is an Amazing Value!

We have enjoyed Susana Balbo's Crios wines for years and it's easy to figure out why... These are very well made, immensely flavorful wines that showcase the terroir of their homeland while not costing a fortune-- bravo for this bang-for-a-buck beauty!

Susana Balbo not only became the first female enologist in Argentina after graduating with honors from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981, but also was brave enough (or crazy enough as some would have thought at that time) to build an export category for Malbec when no one knew about this grape variety.

Crios is a brand that combines the sensibility of Susana's 30+ years of experience with her never-ending quest for innovation. Born in Argentina, a large country with a wide range of climates, soils and altitudes, Crios wines are harvested from specific areas in Mendoza and Salta where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of the focus on for this brand.

Our notes: "Dark red and black plums on the nose, joined by midnight garden floral scents, blackberry, dark spices, black licorice, herbal notes. Lush texture in the mouth with rounded, soft tannins and light acidity on the finish. The palate reiterates the nose with tons of mixed black fruits, vanilla bean and lighter spices. Soft red and blue fruits on the long finish." Pair with tuna steak, lamb, hamburgers.

SUSANA BALBO CRIOS 2017 MALBECSUSANA BALBO CRIOS 2017 MALBEC

DECANTER 93 POINTS - "Paz Levinson: What a cracking wine! Black plum and violet aromas lead to a fresh and crunchy palate, with balanced alcohol. Fresh, pure - and amazing value. Patricio Tapia: Incredible value here. This is a pure expression of Malbec, with aromas of violets and filled with cherry notes. An impressive expression of the grape. Drinking Window 2018 - 2020"

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2017 Crios Malbec saw a change in the range, where the oak staves have been discontinued and only 30% percentage of the wine aged in well-seasoned neutral oak barrels. This is perfumed and juicy, with nice ripeness and a tasty palate. It is very accessible and comes from a typical vintage in which the wine managed to maintain moderate alcohol. 2017 was a low-yielding year, the second shortest in the last few years."

$12.98 750ml [381178] add to cart

SUSANA BALBO CRIOS 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNONSUSANA BALBO CRIOS 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "There are slightly more spicy aromas in the 2017 Crios Cabernet Sauvignon, partly because of the varietal aromas and partly because some 40% of the wine matured in neutral, well-seasoned oak barrels for about nine months. They like stonier soils for Cabernet Sauvignon, and in the last few years, this has been produced with grapes from the Valle de Uco. They want to avoid green aromas and also the over-ripeness, and the stony soils are the best for that."

Winery Notes - Dark reddish color. In the nose is elegant, earthy and balanced with nicely integrated spices. In the mouth has a great austerity and freshness, with spices and herbal aromas. The ripe, vibrant tannins give to the wine an elegant structure and an amazingly long finish.

$12.98 750ml [378148] add to cart


Two amazingly Affordable, Delicious Wines from a Family Known fro Consistency!

For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and passionately tended their remarkable Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson’s daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among these vines. Drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking, Katie and Julia continue the family business. Together with Barbara Banke’s keen knowledge of the industry and incredible business sense, Katie’s passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia’s creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities, the women of Cambria shape who they are today.

CAMBRIA 2017 CHARDONNAY SANTA MARIA VALLEY

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy finish lingers with a creamy texture. Drink now through 2022."

$15.99 750ml [208150] add to cart

CAMBRIA 2015 SYRAH SANTA MARIA VALLEY

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Syrah Tempusquet Vineyard is the most impressive wine in the range today. Powerful, dense and explosive, the 2015 pulses with both energy. An exotic melange of inky dark fruit, creme de cassis, lavender, black pepper and spice builds as this striking wine shows off its pedigree."

$19.99 750ml [209820] add to cart


#19 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018 Under $15!

It's back! The San Felice 2016 Chianti Classico has been disappearing fast: its #19 spot in Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of 2018 for the ridiculously reasonable $14.98 price tag has brought people in, but it's the quality that has brought them back! With our new shipment, we're one of the few places left to find it, and at the same low price as before!

This is a compelling Sangiovese-driven wine with natives Colorino and Pugnitello (a rare variety that San Felice has championed) that reflects a distinctive part of southern Chianti, yielding a richer and darker-fruited style. It's extremely accessible and satisfying without losing its Tuscan character and soul thanks to the adherence to some tried-and-true tradition. This is a wine you don't have to rush to drink, either, as it will hold and even evolve nicely over the coming years (though we doubt it will last that long in anyone's home). Stock up while it's here, and it could be your Autumnal house red!

SAN FELICE 2016 CHIANTI CLASSICOSAN FELICE 2016 CHIANTI CLASSICO

This is a compelling Sangiovese-driven wine with natives Colorino and Pugnitello (a rare variety that San Felice has championed) that reflects a distinctive part of southern Chianti, yielding a richer and darker-fruited style. It's extremely accessible and satisfying without losing its Tuscan character and soul thanks to the adherence to some tried-and-true tradition. This is a wine you don't have to rush to drink, either, as it will hold and even evolve nicely over the coming years (though we doubt it will last that long in anyone's home). Stock up while it's here, and it could be your Autumnal house red!

#19 ON WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 WINES OF 2018

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS 'SMART BUY' - "Expressive and smooth, this hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity. Shows fine harmony and length. Best from 2020 through 2036."

$14.98 750ml [305227] add to cart


"Almost Too Good to be True, Just Pretend You Paid More!"

We are constantly amazed at the high quality of many reasonably-priced wines coming out of Spain these days-- this 2016 "Mas Donis" could easily be the poster child for this movement! A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, this wine displays plenty of old world body and charm alongside new world freshness and fruit. This is a serious quaffer that will pair with almost anything you throw at it (lamb, chicken, pork, sausage, pizza, pasta, vegetarian dishes [rice & vegetable-based], cheese) but honestly is perfectly balanced and enjoyable solo.

The nose is rife with red fruits, raspberry and kirsch, cherry tea, with secondary notes of briar, bramble and dried rose petal. In the mouth, this is a bright beautiful wine! Forward red fruits and excellent acidity-- cherries and red berries, medium tannins, light earthy spices and sea salt, darker red fruits (persimmon, plum) near the brief-but-vibrant finish.

It's hard to believe this one's under 13 bucks. Drinks like a $20+ wine easily. As we move into Fall (on September 23rd) and possibly cooler weather (not holding our breath on this one just yet), "Mas Donis" is a wine that will soak up the last rays of the summer sun while eagerly anticipating football season and the myriad of tailgate cuisine that goes with it. Buy and enjoy with confidence!

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Qunatity is very limited so don't hestitate to order. First come, first served.

JEB DUNNICK 94 POINTS - "The finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2016 Mas Donis Old Vines is 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah (the Grenache comes from a single parcel called Donis) that was 70% destemmed and aged primarily in concrete. Tasting like a top Priorat with its beautiful blue fruits, violets, ground pepper, rose petals, and amble minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, remarkable purity of fruit, and a great, great finish. Almost too good to be true, just pretend you paid more. Drink up."

$12.95 750ml [383419] add to cart


Cab Franc Mastery: 98WA "Rare Power & Freshness"!

Cabernet Franc is enjoying a renaissance in quality with passionate winemakers moving Cab Franc out of the "supporting role" and into the limelight. There is much to celebrate as a truly great Cabernet Franc offers plenty of muscle like a Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is a mix of satiny textures and perfumed elegance that is a shade more layered and elegant than most Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheval Blanc in St Emilion used to stand alone as the flag-bearer of what great Cabernet Franc could, but Alejandro Vigil in Argentina is obsessively proving that Argentina's Cabernet Francs will take on the world. Alejandro is best known for the diverse and beautiful wines he makes for the Catena family, but Cabernet Franc is a personal passion and with his own "El Enemigo" label, also known as "Bodega Aleanna," Alejandro Vigil works obsessively on Cabernet Franc. El Enemigo makes SIX wines based on Cabernet Franc. In the 2014 vintage 4 of the 6 scored 96 pts or higher in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. In the 40+ year history of the publication there have been less that 60 Cab Francs to score that high—roughly 1.5 per year. 4 scores that high in one year is ASTOUNDING. So is the wine. The Gran Enemigo "Gualtallary" Vineyard is emerging as Alejandro Vigil's benchmark wine in the series. We recommend a decanter, some good friends, and time to watch to this one unfold.

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WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "I also tasted the 2014 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard, which might take some months to come into the market. It has some balsamic aromas, medicinal hints, traces of orange peel, saffron and a touch of sweet spices. It's built around very fine tannins and a notable core of acidity that acts as backbone, giving it length and lifting up the finish. This is quite in line with the 2010 vintage, with power and freshness in a rare combination of clout and elegance only the very best wines manage to show. There are some 3,000 bottles of this wine. It was bottled in March 2017.

Aleanna has finally done it! The joint venture between Catena's winemaker Alejandro Vigil and Dr. Catena's younger daughter, Adrianna, has produced a perfect wine in 2013. They are without a doubt one of the leading names in the whole of Argentina. Look up the wines from previous years to see the progress of this exciting achievement!"

$89.98 750ml [382214] add to cart


A "Legend in the Making" the 100 Point Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon!

Spottswoode is one of the unquestionable superstars of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. For over 40 years the Novak family has farmed their grapes with the sole intention of producing the best Cabernet Sauvignon that they can, and it now rivals the best in the world! Their property is located in western St. Helena, located in the upper region of the Napa Valley. Butted against the gorgeous backdrop of the Mayacamas Mountains, the vines are planted in soils that are high in gravel and clay content. This brings ripe, rich fruit flavors while naturally retaining the structure and backbone that so many other producers struggle to maintain. Spottswoode was among the first wineries to have adopted organics, having farmed their vineyard organically since 1985 and acquired California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certification in 1992.

Produced in small quantities, Spottswoode is a wine that is not easy to secure. That being said, we have been loyal supporters of the Novak and Milliken families for decades, and this year we received this truly stunning wine in four sizes: half bottles, regular 750mL bottles, magnum bottles, and even a double magnum! This is not the first time Spottswoode has crafted a wine that earned the perfect 100 point score, but this year it has earned 100 points from both Jeb Dunnuck, as well as Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)!

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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 100 POINTS - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks-plums, cherries, black currants and red currants-with dark chocolate, cedar chest, black tea and red roses in the background plus wafts of pencil lead and prosciutto. Medium-bodied and firmly textured by superbly ripe, grainy tannins, it has a fantastic core of intense, complex layers, finishing on an edifying mineral note. Wow!"

JEB DUNNUCK 100 POINTS - "A perfect wine is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot, which is a classic blend from this incredible estate. Sporting a deep purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of ultra-pure creme de cassis, blueberries, camphor, scorched earth, and licorice, with subtle background oak, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, deep, powerful texture that carries sweet tannins and blockbuster length. With a stacked mid-palate, straight-up awesome purity of fruit, and a huge finish, it's as classic and brilliant as it gets. Reminding me of the 2013 with its pure yet backward style, give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and it will keep for 3-4 decades. Hats off to the team at Spottswoode for this legend in the making!"

$225.00 750ml [277490] add to cart
$480.00 1500ml (Magnum) [262610] add to cart
$1060.00 3L (Double Magnum) [262640] add to cart
$112.95 375ml [262760] (Half Bottle) add to cart


Magic in a Bottle-Burgundy at its Best!

"Boillot's 2017 portfolio is unambiguously impressive" - William Kelley, Wine Advocate

"Boillot presents a vast range of white Burgundies at a consistently exciting quality level" - Stephen Tanzer

"As the comments and ratings confirm, I was very impressed with the Boillot 2017s" - Allen Meadows, Burghound

We are thrilled to have secured an allocation of wines from the great Henri Boillot. Anyone who has been paying attention has seen the ascension of Boillot into the upper echelon of Burgundian winemakers. The critics are big fans as well, with noted Burgundy authority Allen Meadows of Burghound consistently placing these wines at the top of his rankings over the past several years. The Wine Advocate's William Kelley echoes this high praise.

Boillot and his son, Guillaume are making some of the best wines available-not just in Burgundy, but in the world. These wines are magic in a bottle, pure and focused, full of depth, flavor and precision. The whites burst with flavors of intense orchard fruit, fresh citrus and possess remarkable freshness and balance. The reds are pure and textured with fantastic Pinot flavor wrapped in an ethereal cloak.

For those who haven't had the 2017's out of Burgundy, they are delicious right out of the gate yet capable of being enjoyed for years to come. The whites are reminiscent of the brilliant 2014's with a bit more flesh on the bones. The reds possess good fruit and remarkable balance.

These are delicious wines which excel at every price point, from the delicious Bourgogne level $29.95 through the rare Grand Cru's and in between. Of special note is the famed Clos de la Mouchere vineyard which is a Boillot family treasure. The vines in their monopole are 80 years old and produce full-bodied Chardonnay with fantastic depth, intensity and minerality from the clay and limestone soils.

These are amazing wines, which offer early enjoyment while also having the capability to reward cellaring. As with most sought after Burgundy, the quantities are very limited with some of the wines available in this offer measured in bottles or only a couple of cases.

Grab them while you can and enjoy!

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC

BURGHOUND - OUTSTANDING TOP VALUE - "A fresh and ripe nose of pear and orange peel exhibits touches of the exotic. There is excellent underlying tension to the punchy flavors that possess unusually good volume while delivering equally fine length. This is impressive for its level and highly recommended."

WINE ADVOCATE 89 POINTS - "The 2017 Bourgogne Blanc is in fact declassified Saint-Romain and Auxey-Duresses blended with fruit from the commune of Meursault, and it's vinified and matured in used 350-liter barrels. Wafting from glass, with notes of toasted nuts, pear and citrus fruit, it's medium-bodied, ample and incisive, with a generous core of delicately textural fruit, framed by juicy acids and concluding with a stony finish. It's one of the finest examples of the appellation to be found."

$29.95 750ml [350844] add to cart

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1ER CRU CLOS DE LA MOUCHERE

BURGHOUND 94 POINTS - OUTSTANDING! - "A touch of mineral reduction can be found on the markedly floral-inflected nose of white peach, spice and discreet wood nuances. There is first-rate volume to the caressing yet powerful flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density before concluding in a highly energetic, complex and beautifully well-balanced finale. This isn't quite as structured as the Pucelles but it is still sufficiently prominent to make evident that here too patience will be rewarded."

$129.95 750ml [352167] add to cart

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1ER CRU LES COMBETTES

BURGHOUND 94 POINTS - "Sweet spot! Outstanding!"A reserved nose is pure, cool and airy with its spiced white orchard fruit, citrus blossom and mineral reduction aromas. There is genuinely striking intensity to the gorgeously textured medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the rich but gorgeously refined finish that is also strikingly saline. Lovely."

$129.95 750ml [351657] add to cart

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU

BURGHOUND 96 POINTS - DON'T MISS - "A distinctly smoky nose combines notes of green apple, white flower, spice and a hint of iodine. There is excellent density to the powerful and muscular broad-shouldered flavors that are blessed with so much dry extract that the mouth feel is almost chewy, all wrapped in a borderline painfully intense, compact and hugely long finish. This doesn't have the inimitable class of the Montrachet or the Chevalier but for sheer flavor impact, this is just as impressive."

$239.95 750ml [352610] add to cart

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 VOLNAY 1ER CRU LES CAILLERETS

BURGHOUND 93 POINTS - SWEET SPOT - "A whiff of spiced herbal tea sits atop the array of naturally exotic red and dark pinot fruit where an interesting hint of tangerine skin lurks in the background. The round, rich and very seductively textured medium weight flavors brim with minerality on the complex and beautifully persistent finish. This moderately firm effort possesses unusually good density for the vintage and is a wine to consider." "

$119.99 750ml [351661] add to cart

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 CLOS DE VOUGEOT GRAND CRU

BURGHOUND 94 POINTS - "A brooding deeply pitched and softly spicy nose reflects plenty of earth and sauvage characters to the dark berry aromas that are trimmed in soft wood nuances. There is excellent size, weight and power to the muscular flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the imposingly structured and youthfully austere finish that is sneaky long. This is a big 2017 that is supported by chewy but not really rustic tannins that make clear that at least some patience is advisable."

$199.99 750ml [351660] add to cart

HENRI BOILLOT 2017 CHEVALIER MONTRACHET GRAND CRU

BURGHOUND 95 POINTS "DON'T MISS!" - "The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is a stunner, unwinding in the glass with a classic bouquet of citrus oil, dried white flowers, linden, beeswax, crushed rocks and pastry cream. On the palate, it's full-bodied, tensile and searingly intense, with superb depth and dimension, immensely promising structural tension, and a long, incisive and unmistakably mineral finish. This will be well worth seeking out."

WINE ADVOCATE 95-97 POINTS - "A background touch of wood sets off a perfumed and intensely floral nose of acacia blossom, lilac, spice, lavender and green apple-scented aromas. There is excellent power and drive to the intense and tension-filled large-scaled flavors that possess a succulent mouth feel before culminating in a sneaky long and overtly mineral-inflected finish. This is an unusually powerful Chevalier that is presently shaped by a very firm acid spine and I would recommend buying this with the express intent of forgetting it at the back of your cellar."

$750 750ml [352611] add to cart


Experience the Captivating Perfume of WA 95 Point Barbaresco!

We're excited to announce the arrival of the 2016 Barbaresco from the historic Produttori del Barbaresco, which is a perfect introduction to the beauty of Nebbiolo, the Barbaresco terroir, and the character of this wonderful vintage. The 2016 growing season was another great year for Nebbiolo grapes in the region, creating contrasts with the open, fruit-driven 2015s. There are the powerful aromas and flavors of wild red fruits (think red currant, raspberry, and cherry), the rose and violet, and the spices like anise and white pepper, all to be expected in a classical Nebbiolo. But in 2016, there is a notable finesse in how those flavors come across the palate, and in how they interplay with the wine's structure; the firmness of the fine, enshrouding tannin and the racy spine of acidity make this a serious wine.

Delicious now with an hour decant, the 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco will continue to soften and evolve over 20 years if you choose to put a few in the cellar. This kind of wine is perfect with flavorful, complex and slightly rich dishes like mushroom risotto, ragu' (meat sauce) with polenta or pasta, roast lamb, and moderately aged cheeses (nothing too sharp).

The Produttori del Barbaresco is historically important in Piedmont, but it's also a rare example of a cooperative of growers making superlative wine. Before 1894, the Nebbiolo grapes grown in the village of Barbaresco in the north of Italy were sold to the neighboring village of Barolo. It was then that Domizio Cavazza, of the Royal Enological School of Alba, created the first cooperative with nine Barbaresco vineyards, and made this unique and pure expression of the grape from his native village. He recognized the singularity of the terroir here, and the tradition of Barbaresco was born.

125 years later, the wines from the Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative are recognized as being among the greatest expressions of the Nebbiolo grape on the planet. Fifty families, each with generations of knowledge and passion, work together using their collective 250 acres to make the numerous single vineyard reserve bottlings as well as the wine we're featuring, their flagship "classic" Barbaresco. The key distinction is that the "classic" Barbaresco is made from a selection of younger vines from various sites, and is crafted to reflect the growing season in a balanced and approachable fashion.

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WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas."

WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS; CELLAR SELECTION - "Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced. Drink 2026-2036."

$39.98 750ml [301972] add to cart