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.
TENUTA DI ARCENO ARCANUM 2013
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.
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."
TENUTA 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.
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. 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."
LA 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."
Decanter 95 Point Soft, Easy-Drinking Italian Red Under $10!
Like many of our customers, we love everyday wines; you can open and enjoy without too much thought...and when they're this good for the price, we're going to let you know! The Piccini wine family put together a unique blend they call "Memoro" from regions they represent around Italy. It works so well that it won a gold medal at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards with a score of 95 points!
For those interested in the wine's makeup, it's dominated by the sweetly-fruited Primitivo from Puglia and bright, brambly Montepulciano from Abruzzo; rounding it out is Nero d'Avola from Sicily with earthy licorice and tobacco notes, and a fresh Merlot from Veneto in the North.
Try a bottle with your next weekday night meal!
PICCINI NON VINTAGE "MEMORO" ROSSO
DECANTER 95 POINTS - "Intense nose of bramble fruits, licorice, leather and tobacco. Very nice palate, with smooth and elegant tannins, balanced residual sugar and lingering finish."
Winery Notes - Wine flows through the historical veins of every corner of Italy. We choose a compass rose for our label to send an invitation to experience in one bottle four different grape varietals, each typical expression of a distinct Italian region. Veneto, Abruzzo, Puglia and Sicily.
A 100 Point Syrah from Santa Barbara County!
Started by Charlie Banks and Stan Kroenke of Screaming Eagle, the Jonata wines epitomize what is possible when one truly has the dedication to producing only the best! The vineyards are located near other notable vineyards such as Larner and Stolpman in Ballard Canyon. This limestone rich valley runs north/south, bisecting the Santa Rita Hills AVA from the rest of the Santa Ynez Valley. Matt Dees has been the talented winemaker behind the wines since their debut vintage in 2004, teaming up these days with Sonoma County native Drew Pickering as his assistant winemaker. This is one of the most stunning Syrahs we have had in quite a while out of California! It is a bold Syrah that is packed with powder, yet still retains elegance and charm...but it won't last long!
JONATA 2015 "LA SANGRE DE JONATA" SYRAH SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
JEB DUNNUCK 100 POINTS - "Even better than the crazy-good 2007, the 2015 La Sangre de Jonata is sheer perfection in a glass and up with the finest Syrahs ever made in California! Checking in as a blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier, aged in barrel, its saturated purple color is followed by out of this world aromatics black raspberries, smoked earth, graphite, game, violets and freshly crushed rock-like minerality. Possessing huge concentration, building tannin, and yet a seamless, ethereally pure texture, it needs 2-4 years of bottle age to become approachable. It is unquestionably the finest vintage for this cuvée today and hats off to the team at Jonata for this beauty!"
Triple 97 Point 2015 Bordeaux that Rivals First Growths at a Great Price!
"a tour de force, and a sensational effort that rivals the first growths" - Wine Advocate
"This is certainly within first growth quality" - Neal Martin
"A dramatic, sweeping wine...super-impressive...quite simply a brilliant showing" - Vinous
This is one of those rare opportunities to grab a monumental, ageable wine at a great price. Lauded by critics, Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron is unquestionably one of the brightest stars of the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux. In fact two respected reviewers stated the 2015 Pichon Baron shows First Growth quality. That's quite a statement considering the 2015 Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Haut Brion and Chateau Margaux First Growths are selling for $600-$1500 per bottle.
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron was designated as a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux classification and has long been considered one of the great estates of Bordeaux. The vineyards are located in Pauillac and planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Increased attention to detail in the vineyards and strict sorting of the grapes ensures only the best make it into the Grand Vin. The wines from this estate have never been better.
This is an opportunity to grab a brilliant wine at a compelling price. Supplies are very limited, grab it while you can.
CHATEAU PICHON BARON 2015 PAUILLAC
WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "Possibly the youngest wine of all the 2005 Medocs in terms of its evolution, at age 10 the inky purple 2005 Pontet-Canet tastes more like a two-year-old wine. Loads of pure blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit are present along with a hint of licorice and background oak. It is full-bodied, ripe, and excruciatingly fresh, vigorous and exuberant. This is a tour de force, and a sensational effort that rivals the first growths. Give it another 5-10 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30-40 years."
JEB DUNNUCK 98 POINTS - "Reminding me of the 1990, the 2015 Château Pichon Baron is a sensational bottle of wine made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple color as well as awesome notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and building minerality, this full-bodied, concentrated 2015 has sweet tannin, a great texture, and a big, big finish. Pauillac all the way, with both opulence and finesse, forget bottles of 4-5 years and enjoy anytime over the following two to three decades. This is a match for the 2009, 2000, and 1990."
VINOUS 97 POINTS - "A dramatic, sweeping wine, the Pichon-Longueville Baron is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. The 2015 is dense, plush and totally voluptuous as it sweeps across the palate to make its presence known. Nuanced and poised, with seemingly endless layers of nuance, the 2015 is super-impressive. A melange of dark red/purplish fruit, lavender, mint, spice and rose petal builds as this towering, dramatic Pauillac shows off its allure. In 2015, Pichon Baron is endowed with spectacular balance and class. This is quite simply a brilliant showing from the 2015."
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 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."
A Pair of Beautiful, High Scoring Wines from Santa Barbara County!
Peake Ranch is a boutique winery owned by John & Gillian Wagner. Like all of us who have visited Santa Barbara County, the couple fell in love with the beautiful country side and the friendliness of the people.. They purchased Peake Ranch with a vision of building a winery and a house on the property. Years later they are in their third vintage garnering rave reviews from the top critics. Paul Lato leads the team as winemaker and with nearly two decades of experience, has earned critical acclaim with top critics along with placements of his own wines in top restaurants in the United States, Europe and Japan!
PEAKE RANCH 2016 CHARDONNAY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - "Aged 18 months in 78% new French oak, the entry level 2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is a winner. Sourced from throughout the Santa Barbara County and aged 18 months in 78% new barrels, it offers a big bouquet of tropical fruits, pineapple, apple blossom, white flowers, and hints of spice. It's pure, silky and elegant on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity as well as big finish. It's well worth seeking out, and while it's the entry level cuvée of the estate, it's a match for just about every other Chardonnay out there."
Winery Notes - This bright and energetic Chardonnay is everything we love about the Central Coast. The fresh notes of lemon zest, jasmine, apricot, freshly-fluffed cotton, and chamomile create grace within the glass. Pale, yellow stone in color and elegantly focused. Acid remains a dominant component of its structure, which makes this an ideal companion for a wide variety of dishes.
PEAKE RANCH 2016 PINOT NOIR SANTA RITA HILLS
JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS - "There are three Pinot Noirs from Peake Ranch, all brilliant wines. Black cherries, black raspberries, smoked herbs, and hints of licorice define the bouquet of the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, which is the entry level Pinot Noir of this estate. It's a rich, concentrated, powerful Pinot Noir that has moderate tannins, good acidity, and beautiful upfront charm. Aged 18 months in 62% new French oak, drink it any time over the coming 6-7 years."
Winery Notes - A compelling example of what can be achieved with Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills, this wine captures the natural balance and complexity of this special appellation. The aromas blend bright cherries and blueberries with a subtle and distinguished earthiness expressed as dried oregano, white pepper and black tea. An engaging, seductive texture is supported with a backbone of French oak and finely- grained tannins.
"To drink Foursquare Rum, one must only posses a dream of tasting some of the finest things that money can buy..." - Warren Bobrow, Forbes.com
"I believe that this distillery is the Pappy of Rum..." - Fred Minnick, Author of "Rum Curious" & "Bourbon Curious"
Foursquare Rum Distillery is located on a former sugar plantation that dates back to approximately 1720, within the tiny Caribbean Island of Barbados. The distillery was re-opened by the Seale family in 1996, distilling operations and blending are currently directed by Richard Seale, 4th Generation Trader/Distiller of R.L. Seale & Co.
Exceptional Cask Selections represent the unique, and rare offerings of Foursquare Rum Distillery that Richard has hand selected, his personal aging experiments only released when he feels they are of exceptional quality. These are one of a kind expressions, available for a limited time, and showcasing truly unique approaches to both Rum blending and maturation.
All of the Exceptional Cask Selections have been matured in Barbados in a tropical climate - accelerating multiple aspects of the maturation process, in many cases aging 2-3x faster than if in Europe or a more temperate climate.
FOURSQUARE 2007 12 YEAR RUM
A Single Blended Rum consisting of both Artisanal Pot and Traditional Twin Column Coffey distilled molasses rums.
Aged for 12 years in a combination of first, second, and third fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels.
Bottled at Cask Strength - 59% ABV
No Sugar. No Color. No Flavor Additives.
FOURSQUARE EMPERY 14 YEAR RUM
Single Blended Rum consisting of both Artisanal Pot and Traditional Twin Column Coffey distilled molasses rums.
A blend of two single blended rums, both 14 years of age.
One matured in a combination of first, second, and third fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels for 14 years. The other matured in Ex-Bourbon for 10 years, then transferred into Ex-Oloroso Sherry barrels for 4 years. A Double Maturation.
Bottled at Cask Strength - 56% ABV
The 100-Point 2016 Sassicaia Is Here!
Wine lovers all over the world have been waiting for Tenuta San Guido's 2016 Sassicaia for some time, with stellar critical reviews confirming it as a worthy follow-up to Wine Spectator’s 2018 Wine of the Year! No doubt it will place high in this year’s list. The gorgeous flagship Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend from Tenuta San Guido is without argument a consistent benchmark wine for Italy, and even the world. Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate was even more impressed with the 2016 vintage than its predecessor: after tasting several times from barrel to bottle she awarded it a perfect score. This is a wine all wine lovers should try, ideally after a couple years of cellaring, if not 20! It won't be around for too long, as collectors know it well, so we suggest getting it soon. Check out the review!
TENUTA SAN GUIDO SASSICAIA 2016
WINE ADVOCATE 100 POINTS - "The 2016 Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. I tasted this wine several times during the course of its creation in both barrel and bottle, and the highly deserved 100-point score you see here was enthusiastically assigned at the conclusion of a mini vertical in which I tasted and compared the 2016 vintage against 2015 (which I scored 97 points). It makes perfect sense to present these two excellent vintages in back-to-back comparison fashion because they are two of the best to emerge from Bolgheri, and indeed Tenuta San Guido, in recent memory. These are very similar vintages with long, hot summer months that fueled a long growing season. There was a bit more rain in 2016, and in analytical terms this vintage has a tad more acidity. However, the results in the glass are extraordinarily different. The 2015 vintage is exuberant, round, succulent and immediate, whereas the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision (with similar grit and texture at the back). That acidity will carry it long into the future as the wine completes its slow evolutionary course. This wine is chiseled and sharp with blackberry, ripe cherry, grilled herb and barbecue spice. The aromas flow from the glass in a continuous stream and are all marked by radiant intensity. The mouthfeel is long and powerful. The crisp linearity of the wine's tannic backbone is perfectly measured to the volume and depth of the fruit flavors. To my mind, the 2016 Sassicaia stands tall next to the epic 1985 vintage that set the ultimate benchmark for vino italiano."
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 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!
Another Knockout From Winemaker Andy Erickson!
Leviathan was created in 2004 by winemaker Andy Erickson. Andy has consulted and made wine at some of Napa’s most boutique, highly sought after Wineries including Screaming Eagle and Ovid. This red blend is sourced from some of the most prized vineyards Northern California has to offer. The wine is always a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc although the percentages changes depending on Mother Nature at harvest time. Every year he coaxes the very best from each of the chosen varietals, regions and vineyards to create one distinct and exceptional red blend. This is winemaking without restrictions. One blend. One focus. Leviathan.
LEVIATHAN 2016 RED CALIFORNIA
WINE ADVOCATE 94+ POINTS - "The 2016 Leviathan is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in 25% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and blackcurrants with hints of pencil shavings, black pepper, tobacco and forest floor plus a waft of tapenade. Full, firm and grainy, with gorgeous mid-palate generosity and packed with layers of black fruit and savory sparks, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Approachable now yet structured to cellar, this seriously affordable, serious California blend should age 15-20 years or more. About 8,000 cases available."
Insane Value Should be Your New House Red!
We are very excited to announce the 2017 Beaujolais from Domaine Dupeuble as our Wine of the Month. We recently tasted this wine and were blown away! The fruit and floral aromatics immediately caught our attention and the fireworks began when we tasted the great purity, balance and freshness of this wine. This collaboration between the historic domaine and the great importer Kermit Lynch is absolutely delicious and represents an insane value.
Our buyers unanimously selected this as "the one" due to its amazing drinkability and fantastic quality to price ratio. This Beaujolais drinks like a much more expensive Cru Beaujolais-it's that good!! This is one of those crowd-pleasing wines everybody will enjoy.
Tradition runs deep in the family and the estate perched above a narrow creek in the hamlet of Le Breuil has been in operation since 1512. The 50-100 year old Gamay vines are grown primarily on granite-based soil with the remainder a mix of clay and limestone. The Dupeuble family tends their vineyards without any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers with the grapes harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are fermented using natural yeasts and are bottled without filtering to preserve the intensity of flavor.
DOMAINE DUPEUBLE 2017 BEAUJOLAIS
There are very few wines in the world that can compete with this quality at such a great price. This is one to stock up on and enjoy as your new house red.
This gorgeous red is deep purple in color with riveting aromatics. A farmer's market feast awaits as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, violets and cinnamon greet the nose. On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied yet layered with a rich, smooth texture. The fruits listed above cascade across the palate with a freshness that has us asking for another glass. A knock out!
Sale on Two New Scotch Whiskies from The Balvenie!
Inspired to produce an even fruitier, sweeter Balvenie, Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie had the bright idea to import Virgin Oak barrels from Kentucky. After deep toasting at The Balvenie Cooperage the barrels were filled with Balvenie aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The result is a delectably complex whisky with notes of candied fruit, coconut and delicate vanilla.
As Head Cooper, Ian McDonald asserts: "We're adding extra life and flavor into the wood. After it's spent 6 weeks in transit from Kentucky to Dufftown, our signature Balvenie burn refreshes the wood, bringing out all the flavor, color, vanilla."
And then the wait begins. With a smile Kelsey explains: "In whisky nothing happens overnight." The toasted casks are filled with whisky aged primarily in ex-bourbon casks, before being laid down to mature for a few more months, a process known as 'cask finishing' and pioneered by Kelsey's mentor, David C Stewart. "In the glass this is a complex whisky with incandescent notes of caramelised fruits, delicate vanilla and oak."
The classic Balvenie flavor is enhanced by even stronger, sweeter coconut and warm honey notes. It has taken on a really amazing fruity flavor and the color is really rich.
BALVENIE "THE SWEET TOAST OF AMERICAN OAK" 12 YEAR
AGED 12 YEARS
Nose - Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
Taste - Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
Finish - Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices. Once the barrels safely arrive on Scottish soil, the pre-toasted casks are given an extra deep toast in The Balvenie Cooperage to drive the heat further into the wood and bring out as much flavor as possible.
Eager to experiment with The Balvenie profile using what he had learned from a recent trip to Islay, distillery manager Ian Millar ordered a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln. For one week a year, The Balvenie distills a batch of peated malt, resulting in a whisky rich in honey, vanilla and citrus notes with an extra layer of delicate smokiness.
This story begins with distillery manager Ian Millar's eagle eye spotting a week's gap in the distillery schedule. Eager to experiment with The Balvenie profile using what he had learned from a recent trip to Islay, he ordered a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln and built a peat burner on the side 'for, well, extra peatiness'.
Ian continues: "In a way, The Week of Peat was nothing new. In fact, arguably, it's the only week of the year we make whisky the way it used to be made – using smoke from a heavily peated furnace, like in the very old days when every farm burned peat from the land (and made whisky in a pot over the fire, it's worth remembering)."
"We took our inspiration from some of the Islay distilleries. No one on Speyside was doing it like this when we started. Essentially, given the maltings is a big tool for experimentation you can really work with it. So on our return we started to try a few different approaches, one change at a time, to fully understand the impact each change made – patience was required."
“We got our peat from the north-east Speyside village of New Pitsligo, close to Fraserburgh. I helped muck in with the guys in the maltings, shuffling the extra-heavy peat into the kiln with big shovels. We added a peat-burner to the side of the kiln. We tried the burner in the early days allowed us to get levels similar to Laphroaig and Ardbeg, 30 parts per million phenols. Clearly the more we tried, the greater our confidence in peating our own malted barley."
"The first time we did it there was a real buzz on site – engineers, coppersmiths and other team members came and had a look as they had never experienced the production of peated, malted barley before."
"In the mash house there was a beautiful smell of porridge, sweet honey and gentle smoke; it was good enough to bottle!"
BALVENIE "THE WEEK OF PEAT" 14 YEAR
AGED 14 YEARS
Nose - Gentle sweet peat smoke, lighter floral notes and delicate butterscotch honey.
Taste - Velvety and round to taste with the peat smoke balancing citrus flavours, oaky vanilla and blossom honey.
Finish - Gentle smoke with a lingering and creamy vanilla sweetness.
High Scoring Wines from One of Oregon's Most Recognized Vineyards!
Seven Springs Vineyard was planted in 1984 by Al MacDonald on an east-facing slope, in the iron-rich and rocky, volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills. Al planted what would become one of Oregon's most recognized vineyards who sold fruit to many benchmark Oregon producers. The vineyard's position opposite of the windy Van Duzer Corridor mitigates hot, sunny afternoons in the Willamette Valley with cool winds from the Pacific. As valley temperatures increase throughout the day, warm air rises, replaced by cooling winds flooding in from the Pacific through the Van Duzer gap and across the vineyard providing extended hang time at harvest. The vineyard has always been dry farmed, it's certified LIVE and was converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2007.
At the helm of Seven Springs is Rajat Parr, world renowned wine sommelier and Sashi Moorman, known for his passion for winemaking and viticulture. Together, these two bring an insurmountable amount of knowledge leading Seven Springs into its 4th decade producing outstanding wines at an affordable price point!
EVENING LAND 2016 PINOT NOIR "SEVEN SPRINGS" WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Winery Notes - Of all our bottlings, the Seven Springs Pinot Noir tells the story of our vineyard. Built around a core of own-rooted, Pommard and Wädenswil vines planted in 1984, this bottling is a hearkens back Oregon’s winegrowing infancy, when savoriness, smokiness, and nuance brought curious and adventurous Burgundy lovers to our region in droves.
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "A lovely wine, sleek yet complex, with expressive rose petal and lavender aromas, opening to refined raspberry, stony mineral and spice flavors that sail toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024. 2,600 cases made."
EVENING LAND 2016 CHARDONNAY "SEVEN SPRINGS" WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Winery Notes - In a world dominated by Pinot Noir, the Chardonnays of Evening Land have quietly earned a loyal following. The bright, clean, and lively Seven Springs Chardonnay grows in the rockier areas of the vineyard’s mid-slope, offering a precise wine of clarity and finesse.
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Graceful and elegantly complex, with alluring Meyer lemon and green apple flavors accented by wet stone and sweet anise notes on a lingering finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,019 cases made."
A Phenomenal Offering from One of Napa's Top Rising Stars!
FAIT-MAIN 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "TEETER TOTTER" NAPA VALLEY
Crafted by perhaps the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa today, winemaker Benoit Touguette, was Andy Erickson's right hand man, managing day-to-day wine production at Screaming Eagle during the 2005/2006 vintages (both 98 points) and the legendary 2007 vintage (100 points). Benoit also happens to be the French protege of world-famous winemaker Michel Rolland and assisted him along with Andy Erickson in launching Ovid. Today, Benoit is leveraging his substantial talent and connections in Napa to craft just five barrels of a glorious micro-production Cabernet under his new personal label he calls Fait Main which means "hand-crafted" in French. The fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon comes from prime vineyards in Pritchard Hill, Saint Helena, Calistoga, Oakville, and Yountville.
JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "Readers looking for value in Napa Valley should snatch up the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon as it will easily compete with wine that costs 3-4 times its going rate. Made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from throughout the valley, this beauty boasts a saturated purple color as well as a classic bouquet of creme de cassis, licorice, toasted spices, and tobacco. Deep, full-bodied, and powerful, it still has the class and purity of the 2016 vintage front and center. It's a no-brainer to enjoy over the coming decade."
Wine Spectator 'Smart Buy' Cabernet Under $20!
Decero, meaning "from scratch", was born of a bare patch of land and a family's love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny's family went back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother, Adda, in the 1970s, so too did Agrelo capture the heart and mind of Thomas, when traveling over the Andes into Argentina, 20 years later.
Starting "decero" was exactly how Thomas Schmidheiny dreamt of beginning a world-class vineyard, free from constraint of tradition and full of passion. Here in Agrelo, the source of some of Argentina's finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin.
FINCA DECERO 2015 "REMOLINOS" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
And what a wine we have! The nose is a mix of sweet, dark red fruits, berries, cherries and currant, accented with a streak of spices, cherry liqueur, underbrush and wet rose. Rich, sexy, inviting. The sweet fruits continue in the palate with cherries and cassis in the fore as touches of cocoa wrap themselves in velvety tannins, notes of kriek Lambic and a brushing of minerality and earth. The finish is long but uplifting as the tannins and bright acidity keep the focus upward and onward.
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS 'SMART BUY' - "Big and rich, with zesty acidity behind the dark plum, blackberry and dark currant flavors. Chocolate nib notes show midpalate, while creamy accents fill the pure, fruit-filled finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases imported."
Sale on Hi-Time Selected Barrel of One of the World's Best 20 Tequilas!
Maestro Dobel Tequila was created by and named after Juan Domingo Beckmann Legorreta (Dobel being an acronym formed by the first syllables of Domingo Beckmann Legorreta). Beckmann was the eleventh-generation leader of Jose Cuervo Tequilas, in collaboration with master distillers ("Maestros") Marco Anguiano and Luis Yerenas. It was introduced in 2008.
In 2009, Bloomberg Businessweek named Dobel one of the world's 20 best tasting Tequilas, stating that it "...has the depth and character of the aged spirit without the color." Wine Enthusiast rated it a 93 in 2011, and it won gold medals at the 2011 and 2013 San Francisco World Spirits competitions, and a silver in 2010.
Since its inception, the Dobel lineup of Tequilas has been solid, with excellent juice at reasonable prices. When we received a chance to try some barrels and select our own, of course we jumped at it. While Cinco de Mayo has already occurred, we are still moving toward the prime Tequila weather and season: Summer! This Single Barrel Diamante will be your perfect Summer sipper and easy companion during the warm months.
Quantity is limited so grab it while you can! First come, first served.
MAESTRO DOBEL DIAMOND TEQUILA SPECIAL EDITION "HI-TIME SELECTED BARREL" FRENCH OAK #7982
This is a blend of Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo Tequilas which have been gently filtered giving the Tequila an incredible Diamond Clarity and crispness. This purity combined with the complexity derived from the aged Tequilas makes Maestro Dobel Diamond a completely unique Tequila. This is a hand-crafted product. Every bottle is filled and labeled by hand and individually numbered. The Tequila is produced in small batches and aged in new oak casks from Southern Europe. The agave used is grown eight to ten years and then hand- selected.
Fresh agave and sandy/salty minerality fill the nose. White cocoa, white pepper, white orchard fruits (think reduced pear compote, white peach). Lush mouthfeel, reiterations of the nose in the palate with the minerals and agave repeated, bolstered by notes of milk chocolate, seared caramel, stewed tree fruits. Soft but flavorful finish with sweet agave and cocoa notes echoing around the mouth. Easy sipper, no heat, much lushness: lovely Tequila!
This Amazing 98 Pointer is a Perfect Summer Red!
Need a light red for warm weather refreshments? Well, a Hi-Time customer favorite is back with a refreshing twist: Rucche specialist Montalbera has crafted a new blend for their "Fuori Catalogo" by combining their delightfully floral Rucche (easy to say, it's roo-KAY) with a Piedmont staple enjoyed for its crunchy fruit and light tannin, Barbera! The Moranda family that makes it has devoted a lot of their time to the charming local Rucche grape, which was in danger of disappearing, and our customers have repaid their efforts by buying it by the case!
One of the things that make this wine so drinkable is its delicate flavor, which doesn't cloy. Behind the distinctive Rucche aroma of pink flowers (peony and rose) is the cherry of the Barbera. The medium-light bodied palate suits the very subtle flavors of fresh cherry and brambly blackberry, while an earthy/stony contribution keeps it grounded along with hints reminiscent of licorice root and rhubarb. Since it's so light in tannin, this is a wine that's made for a light chill on a hot day; on the patio, at a BBQ or a picnic, it's a weightier alternative to a rose!
Quantity is limited so grab it while you can! First come, first served.
MONTALBERA 2016 FUORI CATALOGO
60% Barbera, 40% Ruche
Italian wine critic, Luca Maroni, whose unique rating system is based on a wine's drinkability and how much pleasure it brings, loves Montalbera's Rucche wines; and the Fuori Catalogo blend has joined the club!
LUCA MARONI 98 POINTS - "Elegant and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a medium body, with very soft tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints of spices. Sneaks up on you to deliver a red for everyday drinking. An amazing wine for the money, the absolute best Italian value red for the second vintage."