Stellar Pinot Noir at the Lowest Price in the Country!
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the David Bruce winery has been producing stellar wines since it was founded in the early 1960s. Winemaking at David Bruce Winery has been led by an experienced team of loyal winemakers who share the founder's passion for excellence. The winemaking process is comprised of unique gentle-handling techniques-from picking in the fields to bottling. Many of these methods have been custom-designed by the winery for the handling of Pinot Noir, whose delicate nature requires careful treatment.
DAVID BRUCE 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COUNTY
This Pinot Noir, sourced from prime vineyards in Sonoma County, is an elegant expression of rich cherries, cranberries, rose petals, cinnamon and vanilla on the nose with the addition of plum on the palate. Fine-grained tannins provide nice structure through to the lingering finish.
Winemaker Notes - A deep black-purple color, this Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast has complex fruit flavors with velvety, yet firm tannins. It's delicate and well-developed. The perfect wine to pair with mushroom risotto, grilled salmon or hearty poultry dishes.
Gorgeous Bordeaux from Makers of Angelus at a Great Price!
"The 2016 La Fleur de Bouard is gorgeous" - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"The generous, supple tannins nicely support the full body and long, silky finish" - James Suckling
"It's a seamless, beautiful wine well worth buying" - Jeb Dunnuck
Chateau Angelus is a remarkable estate firing on all cylinders and producing the best wines in its storied history. This is due in large part to continuous improvements in the vineyard and winery by the latest generations of the de Bouard family who have a long wine growing tradition.
We recently sampled the 2016 La Fleur de Bouard from the owners of Chateau Angelus and were blown away by the rich, palate coating flavors. This wine is aromatic and full-bodied with notes of violet, red and black cherries, blueberries, mocca and earth. The tannins are silky and the finish is sneaky long. The purity of fruit from the outstanding 2016 vintage and winemaking prowess come through loud and clear!
Hubert de Bouard de Laforest believed that estates in Lalande-de-Pomerol were capable of producing outstanding wines on par with the greatest Bordeaux appellations. He purchased property in this area in 1998 and rechristened the property Chateau La Fleur de Bouard. He, along with his daughter Coralie applied their oenological know-how in a new, environmentally friendly approach to wine growing.
The 33 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is close to tributaries of the Isle and Dordogne Rivers and enjoys sunny weather moderated by the cooling effects of the nearby water. The vineyards are planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with a terroir of clay and sand over a base of gravel. The mild conditions prompt early flowering of the vine. This local distinction explains the frequent referral to "La Fleur" (flower) in estate names in this appellation area.
The estate houses an oenological laboratory, which drives a host of experiments and research topics around vine husbandry and wine making. A major innovation is the property's vathouse, which is unique in the whole world. Using effective, new technology, the wines are made applying a revolutionary process, based on a system of hanging upturned truncated cone-shaped tanks.
These investments enable the very best of this terroir to be extracted and renowned vintages to be made that compare favorably with the greatest Bordeaux names. They are part of the quest for excellence, balance and elegance, which has given form to Chateau La Fleur de Bouard.
This is a great opportunity to try a delicious Bordeaux from the makers of Angelus at a great price. The delicious taste of La Fleur de Bouard will keep you coming back for more. Enjoy!
FLEUR DE BOUARD 2016 LALAND DE POMEROL
JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Fragrant and spicy, ripe and juicy with a ton of crushed berry character. The generous, supple tannins nicely support the full body and long, silky finish."
VINOUS 92 POINTS - "The 2016 La Fleur de Bouard is gorgeous. Sweet, floral notes lift the red berry fruit in this gracious, mid-weight wine. Raspberry, wild flowers, mocha, spice and mint all run through this lithe, silky wine. The 2016 possesses notable silkiness, nuance and finesse. This is a terrific showing."
WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS - "Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2016 La Fleur de Bouard sings of warm plums, black cherry compote and wild blueberries with touches of exotic spices and violets plus a waft of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with bags of black fruit preserves and a plush frame, finishing long and spicy."
JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Chateau La Fleur de Bouard comes from the de Bouard family of the famed Chateau Angelus and was brought up in 75% new French oak. It shows the subtle change in style at this estate and is fresher and more elegant, with a pretty bouquet of black raspberries, crushed flowers, and hints of tobacco. It fleshes out beautifully on the palate and offers medium body, silky tannins, and a beautiful finish. It's a seamless, beautiful wine well worth buying and cellaring. It's going to keep for 10-15 years or more."
Sale on Beautliful High Scoring Cabernet Blend!
Red wine in the summer? You bet! This beautiful blend from Lapostolle (22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 23% Merlot, 30% Syrah) is big enough for just about any carnivorous delight from the grill while maintaining impeccable balance, body and a flavor profile that won't drag you down in the warming weather. That it's on sale and featured as our Wine of the Month 2 is icing on the wine-dark cake!
Lapostolle is one of the most dynamic and influential producers of wines in Chile. Founded in 1994 in the Apalta Valley, this family business was created by the French Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet, members of the family who have been recognized for the production of wines and fine liqueurs for generations in the world. Today it is Charles de Bournet Marnier-Lapostolle, seventh generation of the family, who holds the reins of the Winery. Together with him is Andrea Leon, Technical Director & Winemaker, under the advice of the famous winemaker Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in the whole production of the premium and icon wines.
At Lapostolle, the goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French winemaking philosophy and the superb terroirs of Chile. The founders chose Apalta in the Colchagua Valley, because weather and geographical conditions are perfect for producing high quality red wines and they also found blocks of unique vineyards. Clearly, they are doing it well!
CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2015 LE ROUGE VALLE DEL RAPEL
JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "Dark plums, licorice, creme de cassis, citrus, baking spices and roasted herbs. Medium-to-full body, lots of grainy tannins, a pretty thread of acidity and a savory, chewy finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, merlot and syrah. Drink in 2020."
Tasting Notes: Spicy earth and red plum, incense, old growth forest floor, blackberry, mixed fruit leather on the nose. On the Palate bright fruit, mixed red & dark berries, vanilla cola, spice box, cherry vanilla. Chewy tannins meld perfectly with lasting fruit flavors in the lengthy finish. Light acidity tempers the ripeness of the fruit flavors.
A Rockin California Cabernet Sauvignon Under $13!
Located at the far East end of Santa Ynez Valley, the Happy Canyon vineyard is perhaps a bit like the fabled city of El Dorado when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon. But instead of a city of gold, we have rich soils of clay and loam, providing for smaller vines and more complex fruit-- making it a stellar location to grow warmth-loving grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon. The brilliance of the Cabs we've tried from Happy Canyon, in general, and this Ground Effect, in particular, make for an easy call when it comes to 'winning the gold' as our July Wine of the Month!
Geek out note: Happy Canyon is a special and young AVA (2001). It sits at the collision of 2 ranges (Santa Ynez, San Rafael), protecting and regulating the climate.
Blend: 95% Cab Sauv, 3% Cab Franc, 2% Merlot.
GROUND EFFECT 2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The scents are rife with classic Cabernet cherries, joined by notes of blueberries, strawberries and rhubarb. Add a touch of white pepper, incense and cedar, brightened by a waft of rose garden air, and it makes for quite the pleasurable palette for the nose. Pavlovian response noted.
In the mouth, the fruits are reiterated from the nose (more cherries, raspberries and cassis) while kept fresh and uplifted by excellent streaks of acidity and light tannins. The palate is wonderfully viscous and adds hints of fruit leather, black tea and cacao toward the mid-palate and finish. Dark chocolate, toffee and blackberries make for a lovely curtain call as the finish lasts and lasts. Drink now and enjoy for years to come.
Two Great 2008 Clicquot Vintage Values!
The Champagnes of Veuve Clicquot are associated world-wide with words like glamor, prestige and quality-but rarely value. However "value" certainly comes to mind along with phrases like "not to be missed" and "too good to be true" with our offer of a 20% savings on two of Clicquot's exqusite 2008 bottlings. As most Champagne lovers know, 2008 saw a near perfect growing season in Champagne and the vintage is widely considered to the best of this century. We should also mention that these low prices are the result of a special Direct Import acquisition and are therefore limited to our stock on hand. That is to say, when the gems are gone, they are gone for good.
VEUVE CLICQUOT 2008 BRUT GOLD LABEL
JOHN GILMAN VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 94+ POINTS - "The 2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut Millesime is the first bottling here to include five percent barrel-fermented vins clairs since the estate transitioned away from foudres for stainless steel tanks all the way back in the 1960s. The blend on the '08 is sixty-one percent Pinot Noir, thirty-four percent Chardonnay and five percent Pinot Meunier. The wine is pure, youthful and stunningly precise on the nose, offering up scents of tart apple, bread dough, complex minerality, gentle smokiness and a lovely saline element in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very racy, with a great core, zesty acids, refined mousse and outstanding length and grip on the very long and still quite youthful finish. This is approachable today, but will be even better with five or six years in the cellar. This is Chef de Cave Dominique Demarville's first vintage bottling since his arrival here in 2006. Impressive! 2016-2040+."
91 Point Best Spanish Wine We've Ever Seen for Such a Banging Deal!
While we are never surprised tasting great Spanish wines, as their history, traditions and culinary lineage are the perfect setup for a country to generate great juice, it's when we find such high quality in the bottle for such a fair price that sets off fireworks in both our wallets and palates. With 91 Points from Wine Advocate, this one's at the top of the charts as one of the best Spanish wines we've ever seen for such a banging deal! (Mic drop).
Beautiful berry fruits fill the nose, with strawberry and cherry in the fore, as notes of white pepper, scrub brush and background florals lend depth and diversity. The bright berry fruits continue on the palate, with red plum and black raspberry taking the lead as notes of orange peel, orange pekoe tea and mixed dark spices fill in the gaps. Vivid acidity and light tannins keep the wine grounded and even-keeled.
VIRGEN DE LA SIERRA OGV 2018 OLD GARNACHA VINES
We love a good Garnacha anytime-- but especially when it's at such a wallet-friendly price! Enjoy with grilled octopus, Manchego cheese, roasted chicken, steak, filet mignon, or on its own (p.s. also pairs well with 'June gloom' or bright sunshine!)
WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The young 2018 OGV Old Garnacha Vine has a mealy nose with notes of cereals and ripe berry fruit. It's a collaboration with the family and Alonso Lopez and sold through Mesa Imports in the US (a different importer). It's nicely crafted, varietal and ripe without excess, juicy and keeping the balance and freshness. 32,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2020."
Superb 92 Point Summer Sipper at a Great Price!
We are excited to offer for your drinking pleasure a fantastic Beaujolais, which is a perfect wine to enjoy on a warm summer day or evening. This refreshing medium-bodied, dry red wine from Jean-Marc Burgaud immediately caught our attention when we tasted it and were blown away by the purity, intensity and freshness of the fruit.
We were able to grab the last bottles of the vintage from the distributor at a great price. William Kelley of the Wine Advocate was also very impressed, awarding this wine 92 Points and calling it a "superb" wine "bursting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, violets and ripe cherry fruit."
Lantignie is considered one of the best villages due to its hillsides and granite soil which produces a wine with a bright ruby color and a fresh and fruity nose. Winemaking is traditional at this domaine with Jean-Marc practicing organic and refusing to use chemical fertilizers or insecticides. He respects the land, plowing the soil and harvesting by hand. The finest grapes are selected with whole bunch maceration taking place in vats (both stainless steel and concrete vats are employed) followed by aging in used wood. The vines range between 40 and 100 years of age.
This Beaujolais Villages drinks like a much more expensive Cru Beaujolais-it's that good!! This is one of those crowd-pleasing wines everybody will enjoy.
We are happy to offer this eminently drinkable, refreshing Beaujolais at the best price in the country.
JEAN MARC BURGAUD 2018 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES LES VIGNES DE LANTIGNIE
Stock is limited to what we have on hand. When it's gone, it's gone.
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2018 Beaujolais-Lantignie from Alexandre Burgaud is superb, bursting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, violets and ripe cherry fruit. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with excellent concentration, succulent acids and powdery tannins, concluding with a sapid finish. The young Burgaud is evidently a rising star of the Beaujolais who merits readers' attention."
A Stunning Cabernet Out of Columbia Valley!
Washington State is a great place to grow Cabernet. Stylistically, the wines tend to strike a balance between the structured, mineral-driven style of Bordeaux and the luscious, juicier style of California. Woodward Canyon is one of those wineries from Washington State that epitomizes this style and has received high scores from critics to boot!
Woodward Canyon's goal is to create complex and refined wines that show their very best when served with food; therefore, the wines strive to be structured and compelling, rather than over extracted and tiresome. Woodward Canyon practices sustainable farming for all their vineyards. Since they do not grow enough grapes on their estate property to meet their demand, they source from a few vineyards in Columbia Valley who share their passion for sustainability, most notably the Champoux Vineyard!
WOODWARD CANYON 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "ARTIST SERIES" COLUMBIA VALLEY
JEB DUNNUCK 94+ POINTS - "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 1% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot, aged in 58% new French oak. Rock star notes of pure cassis and spiced red plums are intermixed with lots of cedar pencil, leafy herbs, chocolate, and spring flower aromas on the nose. These all carry over to the palate, where the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, with ripe, polished yet building tannins that emerge on the finish. As with the other 2017s here, the cellar will be your friend, and it's going to reward 4-5 years of bottle age. It's going to have 25+ years of longevity."
France's Greatest Chardonnay Value Back in Stock for Only $10.98!
We just received more of the 2018 Lafage Novellum after its quick sellout a few weeks ago. Now would be a great time to grab some while we have it!
The newest vintage of our best-selling French Chardonnay has just been released. The 2018 Lafage Novellum is firing on all cylinders and continues a string of successful vintages. This has been a huge hit with our customers who crave its delicious taste at a price that's hard to beat.
Critics have continually sung the praises of this custom cuvee from well-known importer Eric Solomon. Robert Parker has written, "I've raved time and time again about the quality -and value - coming from Domaine Lafage's Jean-Marc Lafage." Jeb Dunnuck gave this wine 91 Points and described it as "a rounded, textured, layered beauty that's well worth the going rate." We completely agree!
The beauty of Novellum is it combines the perfectly-ripened fruit and richness you might find in a high-quality California Chardonnay with the brightness and minerality you expect in Burgundy. This combination makes it the perfect crossover wine which appeals to those who enjoy either California or French Chardonnay.
Domaine Lafage is on amazing roll where everything they touch seems to turn to gold; they are producing absolutely gorgeous wines. Lafage first came upon our radar with Bastide Miraflors, Narassa and Tessellae which have been huge hits. We emailed out the previous vintage of Novellum Chardonnay and our customers went nuts for it. We really enjoy this wine and feel it is an amazing value.
DOMAINE LAFAGE 2018 NOVELLUM CHARDONNAY
This is an excellent "Everyday Drinker" that you can open up during the week to enjoy with dinner or simply unwind with a glass on its own. Domaine Lafage's Novellum is a delicious wine, which would make a terrific case purchase.
JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "Made from all Chardonnay aged on Viognier lees, the 2018 Chardonnay Novellum reveals a medium gold color as well a rich, textured style. Honeysuckle, white peach, brioche, and spice notes all flow to a rounded, textured, layered beauty that's well worth the going rate. Brought up mostly in stainless steel, with 15% in new French oak, this wine always seems to deliver the goods, and the 2018 is no exception."
Wine Spectator 'Best Value' 90 Point Red Under $10!
What to drink when we're able to enjoy poolside and patio picnics, summer gatherings and friends and families getting together, again, hopefully very soon? Well, when it comes to red wines in the summer, we're always on the lookout for the right one-- something loaded with flavor and texture while not being so structurally huge as to turn day drinking into nap time. Heeeeere's Carlos! But who is Carlos Serres?
"Wine has a history. And history is full of wine. That of Carlos Serres (Charles, in French) is one of them. One of those which happen once in a lifetime and perdure. Not only because he saw in Haro a perfect place to make wine of great quality but, above all, because he envisaged a new horizon for Rioja wine not considered until then: international exports.
A perfect place to make wines that met the quality, flavor and personality expectations of the most discerning international palates. Elegant wines with a Rioja flavor, ready to conquer; even overseas."
CARLOS SERRES 2015 CRIANZA
Plum, redcurrant, balsa wood, hint of mint, pepper spice on the nose. Dried plum, fruit reduction, strawberry/cherry, white pepper, cacao nibs, hillside florals, forward tannins with balanced acidity, finish of fruit and earth. Balanced, not heavy, great with grilled foods, tapas, cheeses, etc., great bang-for-the-buck value!
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS; BEST VALUE - "This supple red is balanced and expressive. Cherry, vanilla, orange peel and spice notes mingle over light tannins, supported by citrusy acidity. Not a big wine, but has focus and energy. Drink now through 2025."
Hi Time's Own Special Selection Rose is Perfect for Summer!
We are proud to release the second vintage of the Hanson Family Selections Rose. This is made especially for Hi-Time Wine Cellars and we're proud to put our family's name on it. 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 Ramatuelle located just a few kilometers away from the famed area of Saint Tropez. Winemaker Gerald Darmon has selected only the best parcels from the Tibouren, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah vineyards. The grapes are pressed directly into temperature-controlled tanks for a short maceration. This creates a lively rose with good fruit and excellent freshness for this very special cuvee for Hanson Family Selections.
The terroir benefits from a micro-climate favorable to grape growing near the Mediterranean characterized by maximum sunshine tempered by cool nights, which preserve freshness in the grapes. The famous Mistral wind and maritime influence also play an important role in this Rose.
HANSON FAMILY 2019 ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE
We sampled several custom blends before selecting this cuvee and are thrilled with the quality. This delicious wine is perfect for summer gatherings around the pool or barbecue and represents an exceptional value. Enjoy!
Tasting Notes: Light ruby pink in color. Fruity, aromatic nose with hints of red berries, minerals, and a touch of citrus. On the palate, the wine is dry, medium-bodied and light on its feet with nice acidity and a refreshing quality that keeps you coming back for more. Absolutely delicious!
95 Points and Up For Each Wine in this Italian Trio!
Remember when the Three Tenors of Italian opera fame stormed the world stage a few decades ago, performing classic arias and modern standards to thunderous acclaim and affection from the opera world and beyond? Okay, so these wines won't bust out any librettos any time soon, but they certainly sing in the glass! This Italian Trio, with scores of 95 Points and up, will bring the house down now-- and with a bit of time in the cellar, these will make for some memorable curtain calls down the road. Classic Barolo at its best! And with more than a bit of history under their corks...
Speaking of history, not many families can boast they have done anything for 19 generations...Since 1340, the Cordero di Montezemolos have been passionately cultivating the Monfalletto property in the town of La Morra, a historical and very rare single-body 69-acre vineyard that covers both sides of the hill. This affords the family the luxury of selecting the best local varieties according to sun exposure, soil type and altitude.
Today, Paolo Cordero di Montezemolo and his children Elena and Alberto are the benefactors of this great estate. Together they are combining their family's tradition and heritage with biodiversity and organic practices to preserve the land for generations to come and enhance the quality of what's inside the bottle. That quality is shining through! These wines receive accolades year after year with 2016 being the best of this decade thus far.
These wines are very limited so don't hestitate to order. First come, first served.
CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO BAROLO MONFALETTO 2016
The historic wine of the winery coming from the carefully selected blend of the Monfalletto estate vineyards. Age of the vines are between 15 to 50 years, all facing Southeast and Southwest giving the grapes all the best the sun has to offer for perfect ripeness. This is Cordero di Montezemolo's benchmark wine. If you only have to buy one, this is it!
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 95 POINTS - "Bright, Floral and light on its feet, the 2016 is all class. The elegance and refinement of La Morra come through loud and clear in a mid-weight, aromatically expressive Barolo that hits all the right notes. Best of all, the 2016 will drink well right out of the gate. This is such a gorgeous and classy wine. Wow."
From a single vineyard in La Morra, situated at the foot of a 150-year-old Lebanon cedar tree, on the highest Southwest slope of the Gattera cru. Buy at least two: one to drink now and one to age for years to come!
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 96 POINTS - "The natural richness and fruit intensity of this hillside site make for a beautifully expressive Barolo. Dark cherry, hard candy, plum, spice, sweet lavender, graphite and leather all infuse the 2016 with notable character and captivating inner perfume. The Gattera is a blend of two parcels, both southwest facing. A positively stunning wine."
Obtained by Paolo in 1965, The Enrico VI vineyard is a single proprietary vineyard in the Villero cru and one of the most historical and prestigious hillsides of Barolo. High elevation, old vines, compact clay, and southern exposure to the sun checks all the boxes for a powerful and complex wine.
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 95+ POINTS - "Bright, translucent and super expressive. Freshly cut flowers, mint, pine, spice and sweet red cherry are all beautifully lifted. Medium in body and precise with stunning nuance, the 2016 is a positively stellar wine that shows the more refined side of Villero cru. Villero Barolos can be a bit tough, especially in the early going, but the 2016 Enrico VI is a super elegant and classy exception."
Synergy Shines on 95 Point Red Under $16!
Argentina continues to put out wines that offer good value, and it's more than just Malbec. That lesser-known Bordeaux variety might have helped garner them recognition, but many of the best wines here (and in the rest of the world for that matter) rely on the art of blending other varieties to create a more complex and balanced whole. That was fundamental to the "Clos de los Siete" wine project, whose aim was to make a well-priced, widely distributed wine that was also high in quality. With a score of 95 Points from James Suckling for the 2017 vintage, we'd call it a success! And what's more, we're offering it at the best price possible, $15.95!
The project's founder, Michel Roland, built his world-famous reputation as a winemaking consultant and master blender, bringing many wineries up to the standards of the modern wine palate, and helping launch new wines. His first step toward "Clos de los Siete" came when he helped find a large enough site in the high-altitude foothills of the Andes mountains that could grow high-quality grapes (which would become the "clos," the French term for an enclosed vineyard). The next step was to bring in six winemaking friends, forming the "siete" (seven), whose four separate wineries could help to vinify the various plots in smaller batches from which Michel would create a final wine.
Bright berry aromas of blackberries and black cherry lead the way, with hints of cedar and vanilla from the aging in small French oak barrels. In the mouth, the sweetness of fruit leads the way, but it is quickly apparent that there is a beautiful line of balancing acidity, attributed to the cool high-altitude nights in the Uco Valley. Juicy and medium-full in body, the palate has flavors reminiscent of woodsy undergrowth accompanying the berries and subtle creamy vanilla. The finish is clean and dry, with tangy fruit and light tannin that is soft due to the perfectly ripened fruit. We suggest drinking a wine like this on the cooler side (60 F), especially as the weather warms up; that will make it perfect with your mixed grill or weeknight socializing with a charcuterie plate!
CLOS DE LOS SIETE 2017
JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A very refined, creamy wine, showing blackberries and blueberries with chocolate and light hazelnut notes. Medium to full body. The fine tannins are polished and creamy and the beautiful, reserved finish goes on for a really long time. Wow! Best ever, because of its length and beauty. One for the palate or the cellar. Drink or hold."
The four wineries contributing to the project are Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes, and Bodega Rolland.
A Dazzling Duo From One Of The Cotes Des Blanc's Brightest Stars!
"This Vertus domaine numbers among my favorite addresses on the Cote de Blancs, and the Doyard family's vinous, incisive Champagnes deserve a place in any well-stocked cellar. Deep, concentrated and characterful, everything that bears the Doyard label is well worth serious attention." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.
The Doyards trace their roots in Champagne back to the 17th century. Maurice Doyard was the first in the family to make wine in the village of Vertus, officially signifying the domaine's foundation. In 1979, at the ripe old age of 20, Yannick Doyard took over the estate, quickly turning it into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagnes they're known for today. They employ a 'non-dogmatic' approach to biodynamic farming, utilizing absolutely no herbicides or pesticides, and most vineyards are still worked by horse.
DOYARD BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS "VENDEMIAIRE" PREMIER CRU
Doyard's "Vendemiaire" is an entry-level Champagne in name only, as this forty-dollar bubbly easily rivals Grande Marque fare commanding twice its modest price. From 45+ year-old Chardonnay vines primarily in the village of Vertus, along with parcels in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru, Oger Grand Cru, Avize Grand Cru, and Cramant Grand Cru, this year's cuvee is based on the 2014, 2013, and 2012 vintages. Only 15% malo, the vins clairs are aged in older Burgundy barrels before a remarkable 60-months (quite a lot for an entry-level cuvee!) sur lie prior to release.
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Firm acidity and a chalky underpinning create a snappy, lip-smacking frame for the flavors of baked white cherry, star anise, ground ginger, chopped almond and biscuit. Finely meshed and harmonious, with the flavor range carried on the delicate, creamy mousse. Drink now through 2024."
Only in these very strange times would we be offered an augmented allocation a well as a discounted price on such a crown jewel. Quantity is limited, don't miss out on this truly remarkable Champagne.
Yannick Doyard's pride and joy is his Clos de l'Abbaye which is a true tete de cuvee triumph from the beautiful 2013 vintage. Derived from an actual, walled "clos" in the heart of Vertus behind the family estate, the Clos de l'Abbaye is planted with 60-year-old Chardonnay vines, bio-dynamically-farmed and horse-plowed. Fermented and aged in older, neutral Burgundy barrels with no malo, it sees a long, 54 months sur lie prior to release at a mere 2 grams/liter of dosage. The Wine Advocate's William Kelley was lavish with praise, awarding it 96+ points-making it one of the very highest-rated wines in the issue. He raved:
WINE ADVOCATE 96+ POINTS - "The 2013 Extra-Brut Premier Cru Clos de l'Abbaye is brilliant, mingling notes of citrus oil, peach and pear with hints of wheat toast and walnuts in an incipiently complex bouquet. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, the vintage's racy acid spine is cloaked in a textural, enveloping core of fruit, concluding with a long and resonant finish...This is a strikingly good Champagne."
Ridge 'Knocks it Out of the Park' With This 95 Point Red!
Ridge has been around over 100 years making wines in the "Old World" way taking the minimalist approach in the vineyards and wine-making process. The goal has always been to produce wines that are site specific - wines that show the terroir and uniqueness of the vineyard. The Geyserville bottling has been a single vineyard production since its debut back in 1966. The oldest blocks in the Lytton Springs Vineyard were planted in 1901 just to give you a perspective on just how old some of these vines are that go into Ridge wines. While all of us staff here at Hi-Time Cellars rave about the different wines Ridge produces (especially the coveted Monte Bello Cabernet), all the top critics agree with us judging by the excellent scores earned year after year on all the wines they produce.
RIDGE 2018 PROPRIETARY RED ALEXANDER VALLEY "GEYSERVILLE"
JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS! "A wine that always delivers, the 2018 Geyserville from Ridge comes all from a single vineyard in the Alexander Valley and checks in as 68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, and the rest Alicante Bouschet. It has a big, cedary bouquet of red and black plums, sandalwood, potpourri, and Asian spices that develops and fills out nicely with time in the glass. This carries to a more medium-bodied Zinfandel that has wonderful purity of fruit, present yet ripe tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. This structured yet ethereal example of this cuvee ranks with the finest vintages to date. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years."
#29 on Wine Spectator's 'Top Wines of 2019' is Now in Stock!
What to do when the weather is warming but you're a red wine drinker? Find the right wine, like this Zingari from Petra! This is a zen wine, balanced and harmonious, made from 25% each of the following grapes: Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot. It has great palate weight and viscosity but is not a heavy wine; the structure (fine tannins and elegant acidity) is ample enough to enjoy with traditional barbecue fare and other summer delights but won't slow you down during the daytime.
The nose is rife with both red and dark fruits, florals, rose garden and loamy soil with a generous dollop of spice box. In the mouth, the fruits continues as the firm but elegant tannins keep it from becoming cloying. Notes of red plum, black cherries and persimmon are augmented by a mineral touch and more notes of spice.
PETRA ZINGARI 2017 TOSCANA
#29 ON WINE SPECTATOR'S TOP 100 WINES OF 2019
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A well of dark cherry, black currant and blackberry fruit makes this red sumptuous and inviting. Fresh earth, thyme and rosemary accents add depth. A mineral element emerges on the long finish. Shows fine balance overall. Merlot, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Drink now through 2032. 7,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported."
JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "A delicious red that shows red plums, brambleberries, undergrowth, cedar and freshly cut herbs. Medium to full body, delightful, juicy tannins and a tangy, medium-long finish. A blend with equal measures of merlot, sangiovese, syrah and petit verdot. Drink now or hold."
Best Ever 93 Point Esprit de Pavie Bordeaux for Only $19.95!
We just received the 2015 Esprit de Pavie from Bordeaux and it is sensational! This value-priced gem comes from Gerard Perse who owns high-flying estates such as Chateau Pavie, Pavie Decesse, Monbousquet and Bellevue Mondotte. It is created to be approachable and delicious on release and satisfies with its full-bodied richness of red and black fruits, cocoa and baking spice. We have carried this wine for numerous vintages and can tell you this is the best Esprit de Pavie ever produced!
Critic James Suckling gave this wine a score of 93 Points noting is juicy, rich and full-bodied profile. He also called Esprit de Pavie a "beautiful wine" that is "really well done."
The winemaking team is able to make such a compelling wine by sourcing from several estates owned by Perse in the Cotes de Castillon as well as younger vines from the St. Emilion estates of Pavie and Monbousquet. In years past, much of this fruit would have found its way into those expensive wines. The wines are aged for 15 months in barrels which have already been used once for Chateau Pavie and Chateau Monbousquet. Esprit de Pavie enjoys the same care and attention in winemaking as its illustrious siblings to ensure each bottle's high level of quality.
ESPRIT DE PAVIE 2015 BORDEAUX
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the pedigree and expertise of the winemaking team from Chateau Pavie at a fraction of the price of the Grand Vin. The vineyard sourcing, winemaking team and outstanding fruit from the 2015 vintage make this a compelling wine.
This is a great value that totally over-delivers and is complete no brainer!
JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "A juicy and rich red with blackberry and black-truffle aromas and flavors. Layered and beautifully toned. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Beautiful wine. Really well done. Drink or hold."