100 Point Bucket List Unicorn!
The following praise, inked in August 2013, by The Wine Advocate's Luis Gutierrez pretty much says it all about this "unicorn". Ever since this review was published this septuagenarian PX has been high on our acquisition list. We are happy to finally announce that with a lot of patience and luck we were able to capture a tiny herd of these beauties. Due to this wine's extreme rarity we must limit sales to two bottles per customer. Note our wine was bottled directly from the cask in May of 2017 with a total production of 825 bottles. Therefore it has not been subject to any finning or filtration techniques. The lees of this natural wine do not devalue the product.
This wine is very limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.
BODEGAS TORO ALBALA 1946 DON PX "CONVENTO SELECTION"
WINE ADVOCATE 100 POINTS - "The 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion produced with Pedro Ximenez grapes dehydrated under the sun at the time of the Second World War, was only bottled in September 2011. This is an extreme wine, my first descriptor was ultra-mega-super concentrated. It is unbelievably powerful, both in the nose and the palate, full of umami, with sweet cinnamon, Christmas cake, camphor, petrol, lemongrass, Belgian chocolate and butter. Incredibly complex and rich, sweet, balanced and smooth in the palate, it is both very sweet and somehow salty, and with time it develops a black olive note. It combines the texture of the 1962 and the elegance of the 1949. It is as decadent as it gets. 825 bottles were produced. This wine will survive all of us. These wines are kept for generations and offered in very small quantities, but it’s amazing that you can still buy and drink something so old, and I’m even tempted to say that it might represent good value for what it is. A real tour de force sweet wine. Drink it if you ever have the privilege to do so from 2013-2060."
Big Scores from the Fantastic 2013 Vintage of Brunello Under $50!
"Stunning, radiant wines...Energy and elegance are hallmarks of the 2013 Brunello vintage. These wines boast remarkable aging potential, and will greatly reward your patience." - Wine Enthusiast
"Elegant, fresh wines"- Jancis Robinson
"2013 is an excellent vintage for Brunello di Montalcino"- Vinous Media
We are more than excited to offer these customer and staff favorites, the wines of the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino vintage. We are amazed and thrilled at how great, across-the-board, these wines are and how indeed a rising tide lifts all boats-- when the weather and climatic conditions cooperate. We handpicked this selection of wines we love that offer much value for their sub-$50 price point. We believe you will enjoy them as much, if not more, than we do. Come celebrate the Sangiovese Grosso grape with us, and delve into the great vintage that is 2013!
Come try these fantastic wines at our wine bar on Friday, October 19th, 2018.
BARBI 13 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS- "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits a nicely balanced presentation with dark fruit layers that are embellished by well-managed oak spice and savory smoke. This vintage is particularly elegant and tight, with streamlined intensity that builds slowly in the glass as the wine takes on more volume and general breathing space. The finish is long, silky and should well endure the test of time."
WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "A supple texture and round profile wraps around the cherry, leather and spice flavors here. Firms up, turning more chewy by the finish, exhibiting a salty, minerally finish."
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 92 POINTS - "Bright red. Expressive aromas of red currant, licorice, flowers and tar. Floral, bright and subtle, with blood orange and red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes suave, dry, and long. Lovely, elegant, old-style Brunello that will prove very food-flexible."
ARGIANO 2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "Fantastic aromas of orange peel and dark berry with plenty of plum and cherry. Sweet tobacco and mushrooms. Full body, juicy and fruity with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Complex and gorgeous. Fine and very long. Drink now."
WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino shows laser focus and a precise delivery of aromas that makes an immediate and satisfying first impression. This is a delicately assembled wine that shows the deft hand of the winemaking team behind the scenes. Bright fruit and cherry is connected, in a careful embroidery, to spice, leather, tar and cured tobacco. There are subtle tones of ash and crushed mineral as well."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "An elegant style, offering ripe cherry, plum, leather, almond and subtle chocolate flavors. Harmonious and long, with an aftertaste evoking cherry, iron and tobacco. Fine balance."
CIACCI PICCOLOMINI 2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Exuding cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco aromas and flavors, this effusive, fruity style is bright and elegant, with terrific harmony and a long, mouthwatering finish that leaves a mineral impression. Very compelling. Best from 2020 through 2036."
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "This wine initially comes off as more somber, brooding and dark in personalty. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino takes a few moments in the glass before its starts to relax and grow in volume and context. Before long, opulent tones of black fruit, spice and pipe tobacco. The wine is elegantly tempered and finessed on the close."
JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Aromas of light coffee, plum and cherry follow through to a full body with a wealth of dried fruit and hints of figs. Drink or hold."
LA RASINA 2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A wealth of ripe fruit with spice, tobacco, cedar and plum aromas that follow through to a full body, chewy and dense tannins and a ripe and delicious finish. A solid and stoic young red. Give it three or four years to soften. Made from organic grapes."
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 93 POINTS - "Deep red. Perfumed violet and black cherry aromas and flavors are complicated by chocolate and coffee. Very smooth and balanced, this lovely wine lingers long on the perfumed, precise aftertaste."
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "La Rasina's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is dark and thick, almost surprisingly so given the lighter wines generally produced in this vintage. This Brunello offers power and substance with a good sense of volume and lasting fruit flavors. Those flavors include black fruit, prune and dried blackberry. The mouthfeel closes in with tight fruit flavors with spice, tobacco and balsam herb. The mouthfeel is dry, polished and long (but not too rich)."
TENATE DEL CERRO LA PODERINA 2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine and a protagonist of this vintage. I love the purity of the fruit and the direct manner in which it is delivered. This wine exhibits intensity and a careful sense of balance in which dark cherry fruit and blackberry are folded into spice, tar and licorice. The effect is seamless and elegant. This wine has the inner flexibility to drink in the near or the long term. The range is impressive."
JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "A more modern style with some fresher, spicy oak, notes of spiced creamy and tarry nuances and plenty of red- and dark-cherry flavors. Holds long and fresh. The concentration is good. Try from 2022.
Limited Wine Advocate 95 Point Rhone Stunner for Under $30!
"One of the appellation's superstars" - Robert Parker
This full-bodied, deep, layered 2015 has a big mid-palate, is impeccably balanced and shows the purity and finesse that's common in the vintage.
"My pick of the cuvees in 2015 is the 2015 Gigondas La Louisiane" – Wine Advocate
We just received a bit more of the stunning Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane. We had it briefly in the store, but it sold out right away as this small allotment undoubtedly will. This cuvee is made with amazing old vine Grenache planted in 1942, Mourvedre planted in 1977 and Cinsault planted in 1951. Combine this with the fact that 2015 was an exemplary vintage in the Rhone Valley and you have a winner!
Somehow this double 95 Pointer is still reasonably priced, especially when you consider what some of their neighbors are charging. This is a ripe, juicy wine that delivers an abundance of pleasure at a price that is more than reasonable. The old vine depth is readily apparent and shows admirable concentration without being heavy on the palate. It is a tremendously pleasing wine.
Grab some while you can, because when it's gone, it's gone!
DOMAIN SAINT-DAMIEN 2015 LA LOUISIANE
WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "My pick of the cuvees in 2015 is the 2015 Gigondas La Louisiane, a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and the rest Cinsault and Syrah. From south-facing slopes of red clay and sand, this shows incredible detail in its aromas of garrigue and raspberries, then folds in richer notes of dark chocolate. This is full-bodied and velvety in feel, with just a hint of warmth on the finish. It should drink well for a decade, possibly longer."
JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "The 2015 Gigondas Cuvee Louisiane comes from a site located just beside the domaine, which is a mix of clay and sandy soils. Aged all in foudre, it boasts terrific notes of framboise, spring flowers, black raspberries and orange blossom (which I normally find more in the Les Souteyrades release). This full-bodied, deep, layered 2015 has a big mid-palate, is impeccably balanced and shows the purity and finesse that's common in the vintage."
E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon is Back in Stock!
As founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today. Made by hand, this Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has been aged inside century old warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrels are evaluated and selected to create a perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that honors the uncompromising legacy of E.H. Taylor, Jr.
As the name indicates, this is a small batch whiskey comprised of selected whiskey barrels which were aged in Warehouse C. This warehouse was constructed by Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr in 1881. This bourbon is also a bonded whiskey which means that the bourbon was distilled in one season, aged for at least 4 years and bottled at 50% ABV.100 proof, this is one of the finest small batches made!
E.H. TAYLOR, JR. SMALL BATCH BOURBON
Tastes of caramel corn sweetness, mingled with butterscotch and licorice. The aftertaste is a soft mouth-feel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco.
2018 Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
2018 Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition "Excellent"
A Tale of Two Icons: 100 Point Wines from Chile!
What is better than a 100-point wine? Two 100-point wines! Both of these wines brought together towering, iconic figures from the wine world (Rothschild & Mondavi) and wineries of already-earned renown to create their own blends reflecting the power, passion and terroir found in Chilean soil and oenology. While similar in some respects, each wine clearly stands on its own pinnacle, mirroring the soils of its birth and hands of its creators. The flavor profiles and varietal compositions differ, yet each earned their 100-point scores. But one final similarity that is unavoidable: these wines highlight and showcase how great the wines of Chile can be. With both we can safely say it is the best of times for these wines!
Almaviva is the name of both winery and wine born of the joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Vina Concha y Toro. Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures.
Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile itself and in the international market.
Sena wine was established as a collaborative venture in Chile between Vina Errazuriz and Robert Mondavi. Since 2005 Sena is owned 100% by the Chadwick family, proprietors of Errazuriz, and is the personal project of Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo's ambition is to create a Chilean icon wine, one which fully expresses the terroir (wine identity linked to local soil, aspect and climate) of the Aconcagua Valley north of Santiago.
The inaugural vintage of Sena, which is Spanish for distinguishing mark or personal signature, was the 1995 release. The wine is made from a blend of six of the classic red grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The grapes for Sena are sourced from Sena Hillside vineyards within the Aconcagua Valley, in which vines are grown according to bio-dynamic principles. The wine is currently produced at Errazuriz's Don Maximiano Estate winery in the Aconcagua Valley.
Quantities are very limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.
JAMES SUCKLING #1 ON TOP 100 OF 2017
JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenère, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now."
SENA 2015 RED BLEND
JAMES SUCKLING #3 ON TOP 100 OF 2017
JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink."
A 92 Point Sonoma Chardonnay that "Totally Over-Delivers" Under $20!
Steve MacRostie started making Chardonnay under his own label in 1987, and MacRostie Chardonnay has been a staple at Hi-Time for nearly as long. Steve and his team noticed over the years that their best lots of Chardonnay were coming from the Sonoma side of Carneros. As their own "Wildcat Mountain" vineyard began to mature and yield enough fruit for wine production, their preferences were truly confirmed. In addition to their estate vineyards, MacRostie works with other family farmers who share the passion for quality grape growing, with a focus on sustainability. In fact, in May of 2012 MacRostie Winery earned the Certified California sustainable Winegrowing designation!
MACROSTIE 2016 CHARDONNAY SONOMA COAST
The grapes for this Chardonnay came from several exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards, and the list almost reads like a "who's who" of the region. Sangiacomo and Hi Vista vineyards are located in the Carneros region, and MacRostie's talented winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen also works with some amazing Russian River Valley properties, including vineyards owned by the renowned Dutton and Martinelli families. Another key vineyard in this wine is Steve MacRostie's own Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, which is situated high up in the volcanic hills of the Petaluma Gap region. Selected for their cool climates and unique growing conditions, these vineyards lend distinct and complex characteristics to their Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS! - "The 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay offers a great intensity of fresh, pure apple and white peach aromas with hints of baker's yeast and allspice plus a waft of honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied and delivering mouth-filling stone fruit and spice flavors, it has a satiny texture and great length. Totally over-delivers at this price point! 18,227 cases produced."
Game of Thrones Limited Edition White Walker Just Released!
Once forgotten and reduced to ancient legend, White Walkers have emerged from the frozen north, bringing with them the chill of winter and the promise of terror and destruction to all who stand in their path. With their tall blades of ice capable of slicing through iron and their silent, icy blue gaze, they are a chilling sight. When you see the undead coming, you know winter is here.
JOHNNIE WALKER WHITE WALKER BLENDED SCOTCH GAME OF THRONES LIMITED EDITION 83.4 PROOF
The White Walker by Johnnie Walker is a Blended Scotch Whisky inspired by these Chill-Inducing Walkers. At the heart of the blend single malts from Cardhu and Clynelish, one of Scotland's most northern distilleries. This Whisky is chill-filtered to 1.5 degrees Celsius and best served cold directly from the freezer. Featuring notes of caramelized sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries with a touch of orchard fruit. This whisky develops in complexity as it warms to room temperature.
Freeze for an unexpected icy reveal.
Over 60% Off A Popular Blended Scotch!
Cutty Sark Prohibition was released 80 years after the end of the era it's named after, and remembers Bill McCoy, legendary Captain and smuggler of Cutty Sark whisky during 1920's Prohibition. It's a rich and robust whisky, perfect for cocktails or to set the mood for those more meaningful get-togethers.
CUTTY SARK PROHIBITION BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Cutty Sark Prohibition is bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof). This is a "small batch" blend of the finest single malts and top-quality grain whiskies. Hand-selected American Sherry oak casks give subtle signature flavors of vanilla and spice, whilst the overall flavors and finish are extremely smooth and complex.
Super smooth with soft lingering warmth and subtle hints of spice. Prohibition has a warm golden color of early morning sunshine setting the heavens on fire.
Complex layers of soft ripe citrus fruits, dipped in fresh honey and dusted with fragrant spices. With creamy mouth-coating richness, hints of toffee with mouth-wateringly playful peppery notes, Prohibition delightfully tingles the edges of the tongue.
An Unbelievable Bargain on a Gorgeous 95 Point Tuscan Red!
"If there is one estate that embodies the potential of Carmignano, Piaggia just might be it." – Antonio Galloni
"The Carmignano Riserva is simply the best of the appellation." – The Wine Advocate
If there's one thing you need to know about Piaggia, it's that it's from the one-and-only Mauro Vannuci. One of the most passionate people in Italian wine, this is a guy that when he does something, he really pulls out all the stops.
His first oenologist was Alberto Antonini (one of true legends in Tuscan wine), and he hired agronomist Federico Curtaz (of Angelo Gaia fame) to manage his vineyards. After a time, he put his faith in a young student of Anonini's, the immensely talented Emiliano Falsini. In other words, there is no better team in Italian wine.
Piaggia is located right in the heart of Carmignano, and Il Sasso is from the cru of Santa Cristina in Mezzana at 250 meters above sea level. This outstanding site is farmed organically and planted with 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, and 10% Merlot. It's fermented with indigenous yeasts and macerated on the skins in small, 40-50 hectoliter tanks for three weeks, followed by aging in used French oak for 15 months and six months in bottle.
Quantities are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.
PIAGGIA "IL SASSO" 2015 CAMIGNANO
We don't need to add much to the remarkable words already written by the eminent critics above, but we think this wine is an absolute heartbreaker, and for just cents on the dollar when compared to Tuscany's more famous "–aias" and "Super Tuscans," an unbelievable bargain!
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 95 POINTS - "Piaggia's 2015 Carmignano Il Sasso is rich, ample and voluptuous in what is a very representative expression of the year. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice, tobacco and dried herbs develop in the glass, but the 2015 is all about fruit intensity and texture. There is not much subtlety here, but wow, is the 2015 gorgeous."
New Glenrothes Soleo Collection Revealed!
No more vintages but bottlings with age statement instead: 10, 12, 18, 25 and 40 years old.
There is a quite obvious trend: Many whisky producers are saying good-bye to their focus on bottlings without an age statement and present new releases with a number on the label. The Edrington Company now announced to re-launch the range of The Glenrothes and turn towards single malts with an age statement. The new core range will consist of a Glenrothes 10, 12, 18, 25 and 40 year. In addition, the Glenrothes Whisky Maker's Cut will join them in this Soleo Collection showing no age statement but a higher alcohol content.
Sherry seasoned oak casks define The Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky. Almost 90% of the casks maturing at their Speyside distillery have previously held sherry, a wine made from white grapes grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain.
The Soleo Collection pays homage to the origin of whisky making by celebrating the flavorsome stages of the grape's evolution. Soleo was the traditional sun drying process which created the foundation for crafting the finest sherry. Under the heat of the Andalusian sun, the grapes absorb energy, changing from bright green and yellow to deep purple – signaling the perfect moment for fermentation.
Using only sherry seasoned oak casks and 100% natural color, this collection introduces a flavor experience that Is uniquely shaped by the casks in which the spirit is matured.
GLENROTHES 10 YEAR SINGLE MALT
Matured only in sherry seasoned oak casks and bottled at natural color. With a character of vanilla, shortbread and lemon peel. A delicate and more subtle style single malt.
Aroma - Vanilla, shortbread, hint of citrus.
Taste - Sweet, lemon peel, light malt.
Finish - Lingering sweet and zesty.
GLENROTHES 12 YEAR SINGLE MALT
Matured only in sherry seasoned oak casks and bottled at natural color with a character of vanilla, melon, and cinnamon.
Aroma - Light fragrance, banana and vanilla.
Taste - Banana, lemon and melon with a hint of cinnamon.
Finish - Long and sweet, gala melon with light spice.
GLENROTHES MAKER'S CUT
Matured only in first fill sherry seasoned oak casks, and bottled at natural color at a strength selected by our Master Whisky Maker. Creamy vanilla, orange peel and nutmeg character.
Aroma - Resinous, candied peel and fresh oak notes.
Taste - Rich, spicy, creamy vanilla and orange peel.
Finish - Long, fruity, orange peel notes with a hint of nutmeg.
A Lovely 96 Point Cabernet from a Rock Star Winemaker!
Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of seven ultra-premium Columbia Valley wines showcasing the viticultural excellence of the growing region and honoring the internationally acclaimed winemakers who inspired them.
Founded in 2003 by Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup, the Long Shadows proposition was as simple as it was complex: recruit a cadre of the finest winemakers in the world; give each vintner access to Washington State's best grapes; and outfit a winery to accommodate a diverse group of winemakers' exacting cellar specifications. The idea quickly sold itself, and from the beginning, the wines have enjoyed critical acclaim that has continued to grow vintage after vintage with the style of each wine firmly in place. In addition to the wines, Long Shadows collectively has won numerous awards, including recognition as Food & Wine magazine's "Winery of the Year."
The wine featured in this email by Long Shadows is the 2015 Vintage of Feather Cabernet Sauvignon made by Rock star winemaker named Randy Dunn.
FEATHER 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON COLUMBIA VALLEY
Randy Dunn has been creating world-class wines for over 3 decades. The Cabernets he produces from Napa's Howell Mountain and valley floor routinely garner scores in the mid to upper 90s by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. Everything Randy makes including Feather is small production, hand crafted wines that are delicious now, but will also stand the test of time. In fact, Randy’s wines from the early 1980s and 1990s are still going strong; some even have decades of life left! These wines are a staple in the cellar of any collector or wine aficionado, so jump on them while you can!
ROBERT PARKER'S THE WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather is lovely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, blackberries, petroleum jelly and burning embers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ripe and powerful, with an expansive attack and an ample core of dark berry fruit, underpinned by a fine-grained, stony chassis of ripe tannins. This wine is made by Howell Mountain veteran Randy Dunn, and its profile—while marked by the torrid 2015 vintage—will be familiar to followers of the wines he produces there."