Save Big on Pol Roger's Terrific 2012's!

"What is perhaps most impressive about Pol Roger's vintage wines is that while they definitely exhibit a distinct personality, adhering closely to the house's style, they are also extremely transparent in regards to expressing vintage character. These are Champagnes of renowned longevity, and stocking vintage Pol Roger away in the cellar is always a wise move." - Peter Leim, Champagneguide.net

Widely regarded as one of the best Champagne vintages of the Century (rivaled only by 2002 and 2008), the 2012 harvest produced smaller than normal yields of generally pristine fruit marked with exceptional flavor concentration. Pol Roger was particularly successful in 2012 as the reviews below attest. To our knowledge our pricing is the lowest on the web for in stock merchandise. We suggest a quick response as this is a one-time direct import-offer that is limited to current inventory; so once these gems are gone, they are gone for good.

POL ROGER 2012 BRUT MILLESIMEPOL ROGER 2012 BRUT MILLESIME

TYSON STELZER-THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 95 POINTS - "(disgorged 14 February 2019; 40% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir; 20 Grand and Premier Crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs; 7g/L dosage). This cuvée has been a mainstay of my personal Champagne cellar longer than any other... The 2012 vintage is poised to go down among the great, enduring seasons for this regal house... The result is consequently youthful and vibrant, a celebration of crunchy strawberry hull, red apple and fresh lemon, with lees age lending subtle touches of almond nougat. Elegantly poised Pinot Noir takes its signature lead, confidently supported by the citrus cut and refined chalk mineral texture of Chardonnay. All of the beguiling purity of Pol Roger is on grand display in this electric season, and it holds its own effortlessly on a very long finish of great line and drive. It has a grand future before it, and will only become more enticing over the coming decade..."

Sale $74.98 Normally $99.95 750ml [374009] add to cart

POL ROGER 2012 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS MILLESIMEPOL ROGER 2012 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS MILLESIME

TYSON STELZER-THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 96 POINTS - "(disgorged 26 March 2018; 100% Côte des Blancs Grand Crus: Avize, Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger; 7g/L dosage). For a house once led by Pinot Noir, Pol Roger is increasingly focusing on Chardonnay in its vintage wines, and recent vintages of its Blanc de Blancs demonstrate why. The 2012 proudly joins its greatest hits, alongside 2002 and 2008… Testimony to the molecular precision of Pol Roger’s exacting regime, the propensity of this cuvée to age is astonishing, and the best vintages keep on escalating every time I come back to them. With a bright, medium straw hue, this is a thrilling Blanc de Blancs that sings with the finesse of the house in exacting purity and drive to contrast grand cru concentration. It delicately sets beautiful yellow peach and lemon fruit against a dizzying shard of pure acidity. The finish surges onward amid powerful, crashing waves of salt minerali ty that glide long and strong up an endless beach of glistening white purity. "

Sale $94.95 Normally $119.95 750ml [374666] add to cart

POL ROGER 2012 BRUT ROSE MILLESIMEPOL ROGER 2012 BRUT ROSE MILLESIME

WINE ADVOCATE 94+ POINTS - "Remembering the rather reserved phase in which I had found Pol Roger's 2012 Brut Rosé when I reviewed it in August, I pulled a bottle from my cellar to check in on its evolution. A few months have made a difference, and the wine is more expressive already, wafting from the glass with a lovely bouquet of plums, red berries, blood orange and toasted brioche. On the palate, it's full-bodied, muscular and vinous, with terrific depth and structure at the core, its ripe but racy acids balanced by considerable texture and concentration. While this remains youthfully tight-knit, I'm inclined to think I was very conservative regarding its ultimate potential. Drink: 2022-2042."

Sale $79.98 Normally $89.95 750ml [379601] add to cart


Bold 93 Point Bordeaux at Best Price in the Country!

"Its richness comes from the ripe fruits and layered structure that now shows the beginnings of maturity" - Wine Enthusiast

"Precise and beautiful. A serious young red" - James Suckling

"Solid, with a youthfully tight core of juicy blackberry and black currant paste flavors" - Wine Spectator

We are excited to offer a great value on a terrific wine from Bordeaux. We made a special purchase of the 2015 Chateau La Garde and are able to offer it at the lowest price in the Country! This is a delicious, big bold wine with its power hidden behind layers of prodigious dark fruit. After opening, it rapidly develops generous mouthful defined by lovely, expressive fruit, concentration and depth. James Suckling gave this wine a score of 93 Points calling it "Precise and beautiful" and "a serious young red." The Wine Enthusiast scored it 92 Points noting its "layers of blackberry and black-currant fruits" and its richness.

La Garde hails from Pessac-Leognan, best known as the home of Chateau Haut Brion, Pape Clement and Smith Haut Lafitte to name a few. La Garde is a property that dates to 1732 and boasts a terroir known for exceptional diversity of soils, especially its deep gravel on clay subsoil. This includes a magnificent outcrop of deep gravel named "le plateau," which is one of the highest points in the appellation. This favored location allows the Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen perfectly and produces grapes with great concentration.

As you know by now, 2015 is considered a great year in Bordeaux with many properties producing their best wine in decades. This holds true for wines at all levels and Chateau La Garde has produced a wine that stands out for its balance and generosity.

If you enjoy bold, deeply flavored full-bodied Bordeaux bursting with plentiful fruit culminating in a long, flavorsome finish, this is a great choice. Even better, this wine is available at the lowest price in the country!

CHATEAU LA GARDE 2015 PESSAC LEOGNANCHATEAU LA GARDE 2015 PESSAC LEOGNAN

JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Violet, dark-berry and stone aromas follow through to a medium to full body. Linear and very fine. Tight and fresh. Precise and beautiful. A serious young red. Drink in 2022."

WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 POINTS - "This is a stylish wine, with acidity, firm tannins and layers of blackberry and black-currant fruits. A blend of almost equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, its richness comes from the ripe fruits and layered structure that now shows the beginnings of maturity. Drink from 2021."

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Solid, with a youthfully tight core of juicy blackberry and black currant paste flavors, wrapped with brambly grip and backed by twinges of tar and anise on the finish. Needs a touch of cellaring to unwind fully. Best from 2020 through 2030."

$28.95 750ml [300157] add to cart


This 92-Pointer is a "Classic Napa Cab Beauty"!!

Dripping with terroir; between the volcanic soils, altitude and terraced vineyards, Mount Veeder produces wines that taste unique from the rest of Napa Valley thus earning its AVA status. The small clusters of grapes grown on this mountain site produce powerful wines with depth and structure along with savory, brambly tones. Mount Veeder is nestled on the Mayacamas Mountain range that seperates Napa and Sonoma Valley. While only gaining its AVA status in the early '90s, wine production on this mountain dates back almost 50 years before the prohibition era of the 1920s. Vineyards within this AVA are all steeply terraced, carved into the side of the mountain. The steepness of the angle (up to 30 degrees) gives the vineyards benefits of more direct sunlight and better drainage.

The Mount Veeder Winery has history dating back to the '60s with its debut wine released in 1973. The vineyard was converted from a plum orchard by Michael and Arlene Bernstein after being given a bundle of vine clippings. Michael's attention was focused on planting a vineyard and theirs ended up being the first in Napa to have all 5 Bordeaux varietals planted. Since that first vintage, Mount Veeder Winery has expanded to three vineyard ranches high in the Mayacamas Mountains and continues to produce powerful, bold wines that are a true expression of this unique wine-growing region.

MOUNT VEEDER 2018 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNONMOUNT VEEDER 2018 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS! - "A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color. The nose absolutely sings of warm blackcurrants, black cherries and mulberries plus fragrant suggestions of chocolate box, lilacs and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with energetic, crunchy black fruit flavors, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. What a bargain price for this classic Napa Cab beauty!"

$36.99 750ml [232999] add to cart


The Wait Is Over: San Filippo's Latest Brunellos Are In!

Without exaggeration, the back-to-back vintages of 2015 and 2016 in Montalcino have led to an abundance of sensational Brunellos that are not to be missed. The San Filippo estate made some particularly powerful wines in 2015 and 2016, as full-bodied and full-textured as Brunellos come, and the latest releases have just arrived! Broadly speaking, the 2015 growing season was perfect for immediate, opulent, and rounded wines; 2016's season allowed for more structured, streamlined, and aromatically complex expressions.

Founded back in 1972 just east of the town itself, San Filippo was among the early estates in the association of Brunello producers that helped shape the modern wine region. However, the estate's current renown is due to the efforts of Roberto Gianelli, who knew very little about winemaking when he purchased it in 2003. Thanks to the help of well-seasoned winemaker friends, he made the small estate the powerhouse it is today.

While their 'classic' Brunello comes from a collection of vineyards, allowing for a balanced wine each year, they are most famous for their Le Lucere vineyard, which yields "grand cru" Brunellos made only in very good years. In fact, the previous vintage of their Le Lucere Brunello made the #3 spot in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2020!

Check out the newest releases below. If you want to enjoy them soon, just give them a couple hours in the decanter and have a great, hearty meal to pair them with!

SAN FILIPPO 2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINOSAN FILIPPO 2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

Their most approachable wine in youth, the 'classic' Brunello di Montalcino is nevertheless serious and robust in character, with scintillating spice and balsam accents. Aged for 24-28 months in large oak barrels.

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A serene and intensely structured Brunello with cherry, cedar, walnut and dry-earth aromas with some burnt-lemon undertones. Full-bodied, yet with very fine tannins that are extremely polished and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. A gorgeous young wine."

$69.95 750ml [303483] add to cart



SAN FILIPPO 2016 SAN FILIPPO 2016 "LE LUCERE" BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

Proving the greatness of their special vineyard, it is here that the Sangiovese character is more concentrated, yet elegant and 'focused' in its power, and driven by its bed of fine, firm tannins. Aged 24-28 months in a mix of large barrels and smaller French barriques.

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "This is rich and very linear at the same time, with cherry, tile, walnut and light chocolate aromas. Some mahogany. Very complex. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved with a very, very long finish. Really gorgeous."

$99.98 750ml [302214] add to cart



SAN FILIPPO 2015 SAN FILIPPO 2015 "LE LUCERE" RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

The reserve wine is made from select parts of the Le Lucere vineyard, and is a bigger wine both in concentration and structure, especially in the generous 2015 vintage. Aged for 34 months in a mix of large oak barrels and small French barriques.

JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "The opulence and decadence [are] really something here with dried fruit, figs, meat and black truffles on the nose and palate. It's full-bodied, layered and creamy with intense, round tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes...already a joy to taste."

$200.00 750ml [306280] add to cart


96 Points for Ridge 2018 Geyserville Zin-Blend!

A few weeks ago, we e-mailed out the Ridge Pagani Zin. Now we were blown away by the quality of the wine, but the demand from you, our customers, showed that we were not alone in loving the wines from Ridge. So, in keeping the good wines coming, we have just secured an allotment of Ridge's Geyserville Zinfandel-blend, and this wine has scored even higher than the Pagani that sold out a few weeks ago!

Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site Zinfandel every year since 1966! The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards on a defined stretch of gravelly soil on the western edge of Alexander Valley. The vines on the property range in age from 15 - 125 years, making them some of the oldest vines in California! Carignane and Petite Sirah are interplanted in the vineyard, a method called mixed-blacks, and are fermented along with the Zinfandel for greater harmony. Both primary and secondary fermentations occur naturally (they are not inoculated), and the wine is aged entirely in American oak barrels, which is the historic norm for Zinfandel.

This Geyserville bottling has every bit of pedigree and excitement as the Pagani bottling, yet the Geyserville has earned 96 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, making it one of the highest scoring Zins or Zin-blends of the vintage! Grab it now while you can!

RIDGE 2018 PROPRIETARY RED ALEXANDER VALLEY RIDGE 2018 PROPRIETARY RED ALEXANDER VALLEY "GEYSERVILLE"

This Geyserville bottling has every bit of pedigree and excitement as the Pagani bottling, yet the Geyserville has earned 96 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, making it one of the highest scoring Zins or Zin-blends of the vintage! Grab it now while you can!

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS! - "The 2018 Geyserville is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Alicante Bouschet. It's incredibly alluring, offering up layers of warm, tricolored fruits and loads of spicy accents on the nose, with a dusty, mineral-tinged undercurrent that adds to its appeal. In the mouth, it's generously fruited and fantastically juicy, its silt-like tannins providing just enough support, and it finishes very long and layered. 9,900 cases produced."

$37.99 750ml [254500] add to cart


A Dazzling 94-Point Chardonnay from Mount Eden; and Just $21.95!

What do you do when you are one of the most historic, highly-praised wineries in California making some of the best scoring Chardonnays? If you are Mount Eden, then you do it again!

Mount Eden is one of California's first truly boutique wineries. After prohibition, a gentleman by the name of Martin Ray began producing wine from this area using "obscure" grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at a time when inferior grapes were the norm. His wines quickly became known as being some of the best in the state. He then sold that property and purchased a superior site "...just up the hill." That new property is what he named Mount Eden, and it is not uncommon for the Chardonnays to earn 95+ point scores from the critics, and these are some of the best Chardonnays made in California!

The Mount Eden wines show the same amazing qualities found in many of the Grand Crus from Burgundy; minerality, complexity, ripe orchard fruit, but restrained use of new oak. In addition to their estate vineyards, they purchase a small amount of grapes from Edna Valley, a cool-climate region in California's Central Coast. Edna Valley has one of the longest growing seasons in the world, which slows ripening and helps to develop great nuances of flavor while retaining its elegant nature. This particular vineyard is the oldest in the Edna Valley, and yields are equivalent to those whose wines are 2x-3x times this price!

Mount Eden makes this wine in essentially the same manner as their estate fruit; grapes are pressed without crushing, and barrel fermented in French Burgundy barrels. This year, Mount Eden's Wolff Vineyard Chardonnay has received a lofty 94-point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, making this one of the best domestic Chardonnay values we've seen in years! Come and get it, while we still have it in stock!

MOUNT EDEN 2018 CHARDONNAY EDNA VALLEY MOUNT EDEN 2018 CHARDONNAY EDNA VALLEY "WOLFF VINEYARD"

Mount Eden makes this wine in essentially the same manner as their estate fruit; grapes are pressed without crushing, and barrel fermented in French Burgundy barrels. This year, Mount Eden's Wolff Vineyard Chardonnay has received a lofty 94-point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, making this one of the best domestic Chardonnay values we've seen in years! Come and get it, while we still have it in stock!

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2018 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard from Edna Valley is pure, energetic and fresh this vintage. The nose is lovely, loaded with floral perfume and ripe citrus fruits. The palate is silky and expansive with a shimmering mineral character and a long, pure finish. It improved over the two to three days it was open and will benefit from a long decant. 4,256 cases produced."

$21.95 750ml [245490] add to cart


Lewis Cellars Earns 95 Points for Mason's Cabernet and Alec's Blend!

That's right; a couple of the latest releases from Lewis Cellars has landed, and they have already received massive scores! Former open-wheel driver Randy Lewis is driven to achieve perfection; that's why the Lewis family is hands-on in every aspect, from vineyard management, to winemaking, to sales. Their strong dedication to producing only the best wine they can make has helped them to garner acclaim and big scores from the best critics. Their wines have made the Top Wine list from Wine Spectator more than once, with their 2013 Napa Cabernet being named Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year! This year doesn't seem to be much different, as the high scores keep coming in, and these releases have both just earned 95 points from esteemed critic Jeb Dunnuck!

The Mason's Cab (named after one of Randy's grandsons) started out as selected barrels from mountain vineyards that didn't quite fit any of their other Cabs. However, these barrels contained stellar wine, so they blended them and crafted a new wine! Still aged in French oak like its "bigger brothers", Mason's has since taken on its own identity, and judging by the high demand of the Mason's bottling here in our store, we'd say Randy and his team are doing things right!

Alec's is named after another of Randy's grandsons, and the Alec's blend is a unique wine in their lineup. This wine is always driven by Syrah, and combines varying amounts of Bordeaux varietals into the mix, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Production is always quite small on this wine, and it is typically one of the first wines of the Lewis releases to sell out!

LEWIS CELLARS 2018 LEWIS CELLARS 2018 "MASON'S" CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

 

JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS! - "More cassis and blue fruits emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Mason's, a more focused, backward wine offering full-bodied richness, a solid spine of acidity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. With lots of camphor, graphite, and toasted spice-like aromatics, hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 15."

$57.95 750ml [237470] add to cart



LEWIS CELLARS 2018 LEWIS CELLARS 2018 "ALEC'S BLEND" NAPA VALLEY

 

JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS! - "The 2018 Alec's Blend is a step up, offering a beautiful nose of creme de cassis, scorched earth, chocolate, and charred meat. It's rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, yet still shows restraint and purity, with terrific tannins. I'd be thrilled to drink a bottle. The blend is 57% Syrah, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc."

$57.98 750ml [237455] add to cart


95 Point Italian Sparkler Under $18 Perfect for Valentine's Day!

We can't imagine life with only still wines! Sparkling and frizzante (fizzy) wines are great when you want something particularly invigorating, celebratory, or versatile as a food partner. In the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, home of some of the richest (and finest) of Italian cooking, the tradition is for sparkling reds known as Lambrusco. They come in a variety of styles, involving several possible grape varieties and fermentation techniques. In contrast to the dark and sweet Lambrusco that was popular for a time in the US, Paltrinieri's "Radice" uses the lighter-colored, high-toned Sorbara grape, and is fermented to dryness.

Although dry Sorbara Lambrusco is a much more popular style these days, it was 4th generation proprietor Alberto Paltrinieri who introduced the first 100% Sorbara Lambrusco after taking over the family winery in 1989. The radiantly pink "Radice" is special because the 2nd fermentation (to make the bubbles) occurs in the bottle. It's a trickier and costlier technique than letting it happen in a vat, but it's worth the effort as any Champagne lover will tell you! The lees (wine sediment) aren't removed as in the "Champagne Method," so it's cloudy when gently shaken.

Try it with a variety of light to moderately rich dishes, especially Lasagne alla Bolognese, whose origins are in Emilia-Romagna!

ORGANICALLY FARMED

PALTRINIERI 2019 PALTRINIERI 2019 "RADICE" LAMBRUSCO DI SORBARA

#21 ON WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 WINES OF 2020

WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "Made by carrying out the second fermentation in the bottle, this radiant, lightly sparkling wine opens with heady aromas of citrus, violet and a yeasty whiff of bread dough. Bone-dry and delicious, the energized palate delivers tart sour cherry, juicy pomegranate, pink grapefruit and white pepper alongside crisp acidity and a savory hint of saline. One bottle probably won't be enough."

$17.98 750ml [305701] add to cart


Fantastic Everyday Tuscan Red from Ciacci Piccolomini!

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona is a mouthful of a name, not uncommon for Italian nobility, but a name that Italian wine drinkers know on sight. Their Brunello di Montalcinos are highly regarded, among the ultimate expressions of the Sangiovese grape. But everyday situations call for a quaffable wine with little pretense, and which is also flexible as a food partner. Enter their delightful everyday Rosso Toscana ("Tuscan red")!

This Montalcino wine is simply called a "Tuscan red" partly because it has varieties other than Sangiovese, though there's still enough of that variety's character shining through so that it comes off like a local rather than a tourist. Neither are there any oak flavors, which can be overbearing in a wine like this; it was aged only in glass-lined concrete.

While the estate itself is centuries old, its recent history makes for the best part of its story: the last Countess had no heir, and so left everything to the humble vineyard manager, who shaped it into the Montalcino icon it is today. His children took over a decade ago, and along with their children, continue to manage the winery today.

CIACCI PICCOLOMINI 2018 ROSSO TOSCANOCIACCI PICCOLOMINI 2018 ROSSO TOSCANO

Practicing Organic Farming

85% Sangiovese with Syrah, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon

With air, the wine blooms, becoming plump and juicy, with a medium body and a vibrancy that gives the wine a fresh, rather than heavy, feel. The flavors are driven by soft red fruits mingling with violet and some spice and terracotta earthy accents. The mouth-feel features a mouthwatering bed of tannin that seems to melt in the mouth and a dry but easy-going, ripely-fruited finish. While you can enjoy this on its own, it will be shine with a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

$14.95 750ml [302750] add to cart


Experience The Majesty Of The King Of Italian Wines With Massolino's 2016 "Grand Cru" Releases!

We have some 2016 Barolos that belong in your cellar (or wine fridge) before they disappear! They come from the historic Massolino estate, which has reached a new level of notoriety in the last few years thanks to some great vintages and a devotion to continual improvement. Most recently, the winery was featured prominently in Wine Spectator's Top Wines of 2020 list. But it's the more limited single vineyard releases that best show the great power, depth, and vivacity that Massolino has channeled from the idyllic 2016 vintage. These are their "grand crus!"

The Serralunga d'Alba estate has been family-run since 1896, and as they grew into their roles as growers and winemakers with each passing decade, they accumulated some great vineyards (often referred to as crus, a French term used when talking about prime sites). As Nebbiolo is one of those varieties that reflects vineyard differences most vividly, it became vital for wineries to bottle their best vineyards to showcase this. Variations aside, the wines from Massolino's sites are all full-bodied with particularly brooding tannic structure, a countering lift of vibrant acidity, and a beguiling perfume that features dark spices, tobacco, and 'crushed stone' or iron-ore.

While they will all benefit from some additional aging, we’ve listed the wines in rough order of approachability if you choose to try them sooner. As always for powerful, young Barolos like these, we suggest aerating for several hours before serving and partner them with a rich, flavorful meal!

MASSOLINO 2016 BAROLO 'MARGHERIA'MASSOLINO 2016 BAROLO 'MARGHERIA'

WINE ENTHUSIAST 96 POINTS - "Demonstrating Serralunga's more elegant side thanks to soils that have higher than usual amounts of sand for the village, this offers enticing scents of red berry, iris, botanical herb and dark spice. Vibrant, structured and loaded with finesse, the linear palate offers crushed raspberry, dark cherry and star anise framed in taut, refined tannins. It's vibrant and balanced, with bright acidity."

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "...offers a plump and ripe fruit profile with aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and plum. Beyond that powerful primary bouquet are layers of spice, tobacco and crushed stone. Serralunga d'Alba often delivers ferrous mineral aromas... and those appear here too in a supporting role. The Margheria site shapes structured wines that are slightly more accessible, if you consider neighboring sites in Serralunga d'Alba, but it is also built for the long term should you decide to wait."

$86.98 750ml [306114] add to cart

MASSOLINO 2016 BAROLO 'PARUSSI'MASSOLINO 2016 BAROLO 'PARUSSI'

WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "Of the four single-vineyard [Barolo] made by Massolino, the 2016 Barolo Parussi is the only one with fruit from Castiglione Falletto. This wine is elegant and tight, and it shows a superb level of Nebbiolo precision... aromas of wild berry, earth, tobacco, licorice and dusty limestone come into startling focus. Parussi adopts a direct and linear approach with fine and polished tannins. In a portfolio that so closely monitors the taste profile of Serralunga d'Alba, this wine is the delightful outsider."

WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "Pipe-tobacco, scorched earth and underbrush aromas mingle with whiffs of camphor and dark-skinned berry on this full-bodied red. It's firmly structured, featuring raspberry compote and licorice flavors framed in assertive, close-grained tannins that grip the finish. Youthfully austere and tightly wound, it needs several more years to fully integrate."

$86.98 750ml [306261] add to cart


Gamble Family's 93-Point Sauvignon Blanc Absolutely Rocks Our World!!!

Last year, lightning struck twice for Gamble Family. Hot off the heels of their 94-point Cabernet Sauvignon that was featured on our very own "Top Cabernet" list, their 2018 Sauvignon Blanc earned 93 points, and that wine tied for the 2nd highest scoring California Sauvignon Blanc reviewed by Wine Spectator in the last two years!

Now, the 2019 has just been released, and this vintage has received the same enviable score!

Some people think that Sauvignon Blanc is just a warm-weather wine, but those of us in the industry (buyers, sommeliers, critics, etc.) will tell you that this wine is fantastic all year long, as it pairs beautifully with a wide variety of foods, and offers a refreshing citrus quality that sometimes Chardonnay just can't do. Last year's Sauvignon Blanc was one of our favorites, and Gamble Family has outdone themselves with the newly-released 2019 vintage.

This wine comes exclusively from the Gamble Family's vineyard in Yountville, and was aged in a combination of new oak, used oak, and stainless steel. The twelve-acre Gamble Vineyard sits at the northerly edge of the Yountville Appellation in the geographic center of Napa Valley. This superb site, framed by rugged mountains to the east and west and bound by two rivers, is warm enough to develop Sauvignon Blanc's tropical fruit flavors, yet cool enough to retain its natural fruit balance and crispness. The fruit is hand-harvested cold, in the early hours of the day, and taken directly to the press to preserve fruit and flavor integrity. The Gamble Family's winery and vineyards are certified Napa Green and certified by Fish Friendly Farming.

GAMBLE 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC YOUNTVILLE

GAMBLE 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC YOUNTVILLE

 

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS! - "Mouthwatering, fragrant, intense and stylish, this white bursts with Key lime, passion fruit and mango flavors. Lemon blossom, honeysuckle and ruby grapefruit notes linger on the long finish, with an intense thread of acidity that keeps all the flavors fresh and focused. Drink now."

$23.98 750ml [226710] add to cart


Fantastic Wine Advocate 91 Point Red Under $13!

From the maker of El Nido and Clio we present a 91-point, vegan, dry-farmed wine from one of our favorite Spanish producers, Juan Gil! We have long championed the wines of Juan Gil because they consistently offer top quality bottlings for reasonable prices. This red blend continues their hit streak, once again, and captured February’s "Wine of the Month" crown after it vanquished some 25 other samples we evaluated. Noting that this is the inaugural release of this wine for the US market, we believe it’s just the beginning of a beautiful friendship...

A blend of 45% Monastrell (Mourvedre), 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, the nose on this one is quite fascinating: fresh fruit notes of strawberry and blackberry lead to deeper tones of spice, tea and mixed herbals. A beautiful violet and lavender component is evident upon nosing but really shines when tasting-- the florals seem to evaporate and burst in the olfactory while sipping. And the forward fruits take the lead upon tasting: plum, raspberries and mixed red fruits with a strong kirsch hint on the finish. Excellent acidity completely balances the ripe fruit making for a harmonious glass-- it’s perfectly delicious on its own but is a great food wine, as well (think hearty, meaty dishes, from hamburgers and pizza to short ribs, veal, pork, lamb, sausage, game and other meats, especially grilled meats-- winter fare!).

The origins of Bodegas Juan Gil date from 1916 when Juan Gil Gimènez, great grandfather of the present generation, began getting involved in the world of wines and built a winery in the heart of Jumilla, Spain. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his entire life to the wine business, however, it was the third generation who really consolidated the winery. Juan Gil Gonzalez, together with his brother Paco, the founder’s grandsons, forged an image of quality, reliability and efficiency. The present Gil generation continually strive to maintain and improve the Juan Gil standard, which is evident through the remarkable wines they produce.

JUAN GIL 2018 RED BLENDJUAN GIL 2018 RED BLEND

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Produced for the US market, this is the first vintage of the 2018 Juan Gil Red Blend. It is 45% Monastrell, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah from a year more in line with 2016, more continental and with more rain, despite which, the wine is still 15% alcohol. The different grapes fermented and matured separately for 12 months. It's ripe and has notes of chocolate and spices, keeping some herbal undertones and with the tasty and pungent notes from the Cabernet. 54,000 bottles produced. This wine is sold exclusively in the US. It was bottled in June 2020."

$12.95 750ml [382509] add to cart


Double 95-Point Ridge "Pagani" Zin: Our Favorite Zin From Them EVER!

Anybody who enjoys California Zinfandels surely knows the wines of Ridge. Their Pagani Ranch and Lytton Springs offerings typically earn some of the highest scores year in and year out from the critics, not to mention their Monte Bello Cab-Blend that tends to earn 100 points! The 2018s are some of the best Zins to come out of the state in over a decade, and when our buyer tasted these beauties, he was absolutely floored!

Before it was a vineyard, Pagani Ranch was part of the Wildwood Dairy Farm. When Felice Pagani purchased it in the late 1880's, only a few vines had already been established on the western portion of the site. The vineyard is now farmed by the fourth generation of the Pagani Family.

Since 1991, Ridge has made Zinfandel from the old Pagani vineyard on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley. Almost all the vines here were planted more than a hundred years ago. Pagani Ranch is a fine example of what we look for in a vineyard: low-yielding old vines, carefully tended by a quality-conscious family who, in this case, have worked the land for four generations. The vineyard's long survival is proof of its merit. An average site would have been abandoned during the thirteen years of Prohibition, or during the Depression. Rooted in a mix of gravelly clay loam, the vines must strike deep into the soil to find nutrients. This keeps berry size and yield low, while intensifying flavor.

The attention to detail shows in the farming of the vineyard, in the winery, and in the finisned wine. Wine critic Antonio Galloni scored this at 95 points and called it "superb" and called Pagani "one of the most pedigreed vineyard sites in the United State". Critic Jeb Dunnuck also gave this 95 points and called this "rocking", and "profound". Our buyer said it was his favorite Zin EVER from Ridge! If this isn't a rousing endorsement for this wine...then we don't know what is!

RIDGE 2018 ZINFANDEL SONOMA VALLEY RIDGE 2018 ZINFANDEL SONOMA VALLEY "PAGANI RANCH"

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS! - "The 2018 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is superb. A burst of sweet red/purplish fruit, exotic spice, flowers and blood orange fleshes out in a Zinfandel of tremendous class. The Pagani has a level of textural breadth and resonance that separates it from most wines in this range. It also has a bit more new oak than the other wines here, but that should not be an issue in time. Bold, creamy and sensual, the Pagani just hits all the right notes. I wouldn't touch a bottle anytime soon. Readers who can find it will own a small piece of history, as Pagani is one of the most pedigreed vineyard sites in the United States. The blend is 84% Zinfandel, 9% Alicante Bouschet and 7% Petite Sirah."

JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS! - "A rocking Zinfandel from Sonoma County, the 2018 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch offers a more ruby/plum color to go with a great nose of spice red and black fruits, sandalwood, chocolate, and new leather. This spicy, medium to full-bodied, incredibly seamless 2018 has fabulous tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It's every bit as profound as the 2017, if not better. It's going to keep for 10-12 years."

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Double 94 Point Bordeaux Grand Cru at Best Price in Country!

"Fills the mouth with decadent red and black fruit preserves, structured by velvety tannins and finishing with fantastic length" - Wine Advocate

"It has ripe fruit character, pleasant richness and a firm structure" - Wine Enthusiast

"Long and regal. Every bit as good as the 2015, but more lively in 2016" - James Suckling

We are excited to offer one of the greatest values from Saint Emilion. Chateau Fombrauge has become one of our best-selling wines from the right bank in Bordeaux and it’s easy to understand why. It's hard not to like this rich, full-bodied wine filled with lushly textured dark fruits and a touch of toasty cocoa. We have carried many vintages of this wine and the 2016 may be the best yet. The critics have also spoken loudly with James Suckling and the Wine Enthusiast giving this wine a score of 94 Points. The Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate are not far behind with each awarding this delicious wine 92 Points.

We love Grand Cru Bordeaux and we especially love these wines when they are produced in epic vintages. This is one of those cases when the stars are perfectly aligned and we were able to purchase the 2016 Chateau Fombrauge from Saint Emilion for a great price. This well-regarded Chateau is owned by Bernard Magrez who also owns the famous left bank property, Chateau Pape Clement and La Tour Carnet among others.

Chateau Fombrauge harvested its first grapes in 1599 and has long been known as having terroir perfect for winemaking. Bernard Magrez purchased the property in 1999 and has only enhanced the legacy of this Grand Cru property by investing in the vineyards and cellar.

One of the secrets to the success of this estate is the winemaker's ability to source grapes from many parcels on the property. This art of blending creates a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. By taking advantage of the diversity of soils and the vineyard's wide range of exposures, the wine is able to display its full potential and complexity.

The result is a sublime wine and a textbook example of the quality which can be found in Grand Cru Classe from St. Emilion. If you are a fan of full-bodied Bordeaux bursting with plentiful fruit and a long finish, this is for you.

This is an excellent value on a delicious, ready to drink wine at the lowest price in the nation!

CHATEAU FOMBRAUGE 2016 SAINT EMILIONCHATEAU FOMBRAUGE 2016 SAINT EMILION

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "There's a very rich and powerful core of red-plum and mulberry aromas and flavors here, delivering an assertive and very shimmery, polished palate. Great tannin texture. Long and regal. Every bit as good as the 2015, but more lively in 2016. Try from 2023."

WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 POINTS - "This is a perfumed wine, likely thanks to a dollop (7%) of Cabernet Franc. It has ripe fruit character, pleasant richness and a firm structure."

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Big and broad in feel, with a cocoa lacing from start to finish that weaves around dark fig and blackberry preserve flavors. Roasted apple wood and tobacco notes score the finish, leaving a touch of woodsy grip echoing. Best from 2022 through 2032."

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Fombrauge sings of lively kirsch, baked black cherries and warm plums notes plus touches of potpourri, cigar box and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with decadent red and black fruit preserves, structured by velvety tannins and finishing with fantastic length."

$29.95 750ml [353084] add to cart


Jaw Dropping Value on Bordeaux Best Seller!

We are thrilled to have the newly released 2016 Arbalest in stock. This a fantastic follow-up to the inaugural release which was an instant hit and outsold every other Bordeaux in the store. This lush and juicy full-bodied wine boasts an abundance of dark fruit flavors and incredible texture with silky smooth tannins.

The Wine Advocate's Lisa Perrotti-Brown loved this wine calling it, "a seriously fun Bordeaux wine that offers jaw-dropping great value. In giving this wine a score of 91 Points, she also described it as "jam-packed with juicy black fruit, framed by ripe rounded tannins and seamless freshness."

From the highly regarded winemaker from Hartwell, Realm, Kata and Fait Main (Teeter Totter) comes an absurd value. Arbalest is a project involving winemaker Benoit Touquette and importer/distributor Kimberly Jones. The idea of Arbalest was born when Benoit and Kimberly were traveling in France. They tasted a lot of wine in Bordeaux and both felt they could improve on the quality of reasonably priced wine from the region. Benoit reached out to his friends in Bordeaux and found sources for high quality grapes. Benoit then did what he does best. He made this wine in his style consistent with his other wines, but kept the price amazingly low.

Benoit was born in Bordeaux where he was surrounded by family and friends in the wine business. He was amazed at the passion people had for wine and soon felt it himself. He graduated from Bordeaux University with a Master's Degree in Oenology and learned from one of Bordeaux's greatest, Michel Rolland. After some time, Benoit decided it was time for a new challenge and decided to go to Napa. There he worked with another legendary winemaker, Andy Erickson, whose resume includes such iconic estates as Dalla Valle, Screaming Eagle and Spottswoode.

The mentorship of Michel Rolland and Andy Erickson was transformative for Benoit. He has learned well and clearly knows how to make delicious wines. In the spirit of full disclosure, we have to admit this wine possesses the character of Touquette's full-bodied Napa reds. The quality of the perfectly ripened fruit flavors and creamy texture in this Bordeaux blend made us feel like we were enjoying a much higher priced wine. It does have a touch of minerality you might encounter in Bordeaux, but this is a dead ringer for a high-quality Napa wine.

While the prior vintage was delicious, somehow the 2016 kicks it up a notch. Given the picture-perfect growing season, we knew Benoit would knock it out of the park and we were not disappointed. Enjoy this delicious, crowd pleasing wine with a good steak or simply on its own-it's that good!

ARBALEST 2016 BORDEAUXARBALEST 2016 BORDEAUX

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Here's a seriously fun Bordeaux wine that offers jaw-dropping great value, made by French native, Napa super-star winemaker Benoit Touquette. The 2016 Arbalest is a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Sauvignon come from the Left Bank. I’m not allowed to tell the name of the Château, but it’s in the Saint-Estèphe area. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc come from the Right Bank, where the soil is clay-limestone on limestone rock, with a southwest exposure."

"Medium garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with notes of warm black plums, Black Forest cake, licorice and candied violets plus hints of fallen leaves and cedar chest. The medium to full-bodied palate is jam-packed with juicy black fruit, framed by ripe rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy. 2,000 cases were made."

$21.99 750ml [345941] add to cart