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A 97 Point Legend in the Making!

A pioneer of the Hunter Valley, today Tyrrell's still sets the benchmark for this region, producing Semillons, Chardonnays and Shirazes that are amongst the best if not the finest in the Hunter when the stars align. The focus at Tyrrell's has returned to producing premium wines and the increased emphasis on quality is evident in their recent releases. While the Semillons have always been a forte with the Vat 1 Semillon being Australia's finest, it is the amazing Vat 9 Shiraz that for us is displaying the most amazing improvement, showing wonderful purity and intensity. The 2014 Vat 9 Shiraz is a legend in the making.

Sourced from Tyrrell's super premium vineyards from very old vines (average age of 50+), an almost perfect growing season was experienced in the 2014 vintage, one of the best in recent memory. The fruit was harvested in pristine conditions and had amazing flavor. Each block was hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard before arriving at the winery. The 2014 Vat 9 has a classic earthy, savory nose typical of great Hunter Shiraz. The palate has fantastic weight and balance with a long lingering finish, good acidity and fine tannin.

TYRRELL'S 2014 VAT 9 SHIRAZ HUNTER VALLEY

TYRRELL'S 2014 VAT 9 SHIRAZ HUNTER VALLEY

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A seamless wine that's very refined, elegant and gently profound, this has a pristine red- and dark-fruited nose that also shows some licorice and gentle spices. Bright, fine tannins frame a juicy, long-term wine. Effortless power; this will live for a very long time. Best from 2025."

JAMES HALLIDAY 97 POINTS - "This is stellar. The length, the breadth, the form, the immaculate rollout of tannin. It shows cherry plum, earth, violet and spice, but the sum of such humble parts is so much more than that. Milk chocolate from oak simply goes with the flow. We stand in the presence of something resembling greatness."

$59.95 750ml [377426] TYRRELL'S 2014 VAT 9 SHIRAZ HUNTER VALLEY

TYRRELL'S 2011 VAT 1 SEMILLON HUNTER VALLEY


TYRRELL'S 2011 VAT 1 SEMILLON HUNTER VALLEY

A truly iconic wine and arguably the greatest 100% Semillon on the planet, listed as one of the TOP 50 wines made in Australia. This wine shows very subtle aromas of sliced lemon, apple and pear. Medium body, lively acidity and a super long finish. Love the focus and beauty to this. Creamy mouth feel.

JAMES HALLADAY 96 POINTS - "Vat 1 can always be relied upon to deliver a pure, focused and linear wine, year-in, year-out; as a young wine, there is just enough flesh for a little pleasure, with lemon sherbet, lime leaf and straw; the structure indicates a long future ahead, and real pleasure will come at least five years down the track. Certainly worth investing both time and money to watch it truly come together."

$59.95 750ml [377428] TYRRELL'S 2011 VAT 1 SEMILLON HUNTER VALLEY


96 Point French Red Readers Should Seek Out!

"Any reader wanting to taste the best expression of Bandol should get on this estate's bandwagon, as the price has yet to catch up to the quality." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Delicate silky tannins, powerful ripe black fruit and fine acidity." - Decanter Magazine

"This is a fabulous Bandol that readers should seek out!" - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Chateau de Pibarnon is one of the great estates from Provence and provides a full-flavored tour de force which showcases the Mourvedre grape. The 2012 Pibarnon Rouge is powerful and loaded with fresh blackberry, plum, spice and earthy nuances. Boasting a 96 Point review from Decanter Magazine and 93 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, the quality to price ratio for this one is off the charts!

It is in the appellation of Bandol where Mourvedre reaches its apogee, producing delicious wines which are complex and age worthy. While AOC regulations require wines to contain at least 50% Mourvedre, Pibarnon believes so strongly in the grape that their wine contains more than 90% with only a touch of Grenache to round out the blend.

Chateau de Pibarnon boasts extraordinary terroir with vineyards situated in a natural amphitheater a few hundred meters from the Mediterranean. Here, the grapes grow in soil high in limestone content and thrive in the warm sun while benefiting from cooling nights which provide freshness.

Chateau de Pibarnon has become one of the benchmarks from Bandol alongside Domaine Tempier and those who have tried them know how great they can be. Those who have not experienced them are in for a treat with this textbook example of Mourvedre-based wine.

CHATEAU PIBARNON 2012 BANDOL ROUGECHATEAU PIBARNON 2012 BANDOL ROUGE

DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Mourvedre purity from a maritime-limestone vineyard shows Bandol's power. Savoury aromas of garrigue with saline mineral notes followed by delicate silky tannins, powerful ripe black fruit and fine acidity."

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "While most 2012s from the region are slightly superficial and charming, Pibarnon's 2012 Bandol Rouge has real depth and density, as well as fabulous notes of garrigue, toasted spices, dried Provencal herbs, and sweet red and black fruits. It has present tannin, yet they're polished and nicely integrated into the wine, and while this beauty will have 15 years of more of overall longevity, it's already hard to resist today. The blend of the 2012 is 92% Mourvèdre and 8% Grenache, all of which saw an extended maceration and 18-20 months in larger foudres. This is a fabulous Bandol that readers should seek out!"

$37.98 750ml [344277] CHATEAU PIBARNON 2012 BANDOL ROUGE


Hi-Time Wine Cellars Anniversary Special Offer #3!

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger was devastated in 2005 when a majority of his family voted to cash out and sell Taittinger to the Starwood Capital Group, an American hedge fund. Since making great Champagne was his dream and life's work, Pierre-Emmanuel immediately launched a fierce campaign to buy back the family business. In 2006 with the help of wealthy friends (along with French bank Credit Agricole) he was able to take back control of the firm and begin revitalizing the brand. His daughter, Vitalie Taittinger put it well, "Our 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is a celebration of all of that—it is an all-Chardonnay cuvee, in the style our ancestors created, but it is also the year my father took over ownership. Now we are a team of three family members, so in making decisions we can move faster, be a little crazy, and do more." Well it is probably no coincidence, as the reviews below attest, that this the best Comtes to pass our lips in a very long time.

TAITTINGER 06 BLANC DE BLANCS COMTES DE CHAMPAGNETAITTINGER 2006 BRUT "COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE" BLANC DE BLANC

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "This is settling into a deeper presence. It has a freshness that really appeals, along with Taittinger's signature toasty layer of autolysis, grilled nuts and praline. Plenty of flesh and weight on the palate. Acidity clasps ripe peach and mango fruits, finishing long, powerful and fine. Drink now."- (10/17)

ANTONIO GALLONI 97+ POINTS - "The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making."- (07/15)

Sale $99.99 Normally $124.98 750ml [378112] TAITTINGER 06 BLANC DE BLANCS COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE


10 Year Old Gem from Southern Italy's Greatest Name, 94WA!

When the great names of Tuscany and Piedmont were beginning to build a name for themselves in the newly re-born wine economy that emerged after WWII, few collectors or connoisseurs gave a second thought to wines South of Tuscany-except for one great name, Mastroberardino. The "Radici" Taurasi wines that the Mastroberardino family produced brought attention and fame to the hills above Naples. They stubbornly fought for the noblest of their local varieties-Aglianico, Greco, and Fiano-and proved year after year that the volcanic soils of the mountains just North of Vesuvius made noble and age-worthy wines. It's an old, well-known story in Italian wine, but maybe not well enough known here.

When we were offered a special release of 10 year old of Mastroberdino's "Radici" Taurasi, we jumped at it, then tasted a bottle, and jumped in for more. These wines are legendary agers and this one is aged for you. Antonio Galloni recently tasted a vertical of 29 vintages spanning six decades all the way back to 1928. Nothing scored less than 90 points and the average score was 93.5 with reviews sprinkled with the highest superlatives.

Aged "Radici" Taurasi wines are truly special, but here's a brief sample from Galloni's vertical tasting: 1928 "stunning" and "nearly immortal"; 1958 "utterly mind-blowing...the 1958 stakes its claim as one of the greatest wines ever made in Italy;" 1982 "this immortal, towering masterpiece is one of the greatest wines made in Italy over the last 50 years;" 2004 "an explosive display of sheer class that is utterly captivating. Everything here is simply glorious." In our own tasting of the 2007 "Radici" Taurasi Riserva we found a wine with a perfume that hinted at Barolo with firm, polished tannin and minerality that reminds of the best old-school Bordeaux. 2007 was a warmer vintage-there is round and supple black cherry fruit that grows to a liqueur-like intensity without ever giving up its freshness. Taurasi can have a wild a fiery side. Often the best Taurasi wines need a decanter to soften the edges and bring out the complexity of the Aglianico grape, but this 2007 is surprisingly ready to go.

MASTROBERARDINO "RADICI" 2007 TAURASI RISERVAMASTROBERARDINO "RADICI" 2007 TAURASI RISERVA

WINE ADVAOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2007 Taurasi Radici boasts stunning richness, depth and power, yet remains relatively accessible and approachable for such a young Taurasi. Juicy dark cherries, cinnamon, plums, spices, incense, tobacco and a myriad of aromas and flavors saturate the palate as this big, textured wine opens up in the glass. Despite its considerable richness and plushness, the 2007 never loses its classical sense of structure. If that combination sounds appealing, believe me, it is. This is a flat-out stunner from Mastroberardino. Best of all, it will drink beautifully pretty much right out of the gate. I imagine the 2007 will be a total home run in restaurants or in other settings where young wines are opened as a matter of necessity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.

Mastroberardino is another winery that seems to have found an extra gear or two over the last few years. The Taurasis remain the flagships, but readers should also pay close attention to the entry-level reds and the best whites in this range. All of the wines are deeply varietal, making Mastroberardino a perfect place to start learning about the great wines of Campania."

$54.95 750ml [305482] MASTROBERARDINO "RADICI" 2007 TAURASI RISERVA


A Fantastic New and Limited Barrel Strength Bourbon!

Last year, Bulleit Founder, Tom Bulleit traveled the globe sharing sips of a new, unreleased style of Bulleit Bourbon with some of the world's top bartenders. As a whiskey built by the support of the bartending community, Tom wanted to know what they would think about an addition based on higher proof instead of new flavors or finishes. The feedback was overwhelming and reinforced the decision to officially launch Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey Barrel Strength in his home state of Kentucky. After a successful launch in Kentucky, he is expanding Barrel Strength to EIGHT additional markets - TX, CA, NY, IL, CO, OR, OH, D.C.

Distilled in Kentucky from the highest quality ingredients, this new variant is a barrel strength version of Bulleit Bourbon with the same high-rye mash bill – roughly 2/3 corn and 1/3 rye. The barrels selected to create Bulleit Barrel Strength were emptied and combined into a single batch without the inclusion of any additional water after the whiskey was removed from the barrels. Bottled at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, Ky., this new offering allows bartenders and fans of great whiskey the opportunity to taste Bulleit Bourbon straight out of the barrel, uncut and non-chill filtered.

BULLEIT BARREL STRENTH 750 BATCH-2 BULLEIT BOURBON BARREL STRENGTH BATCH 2

The 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Gold Medal

Wine Enthusiast 94 Points

Tasting Notes - Bulleit Barrel Strength is medium-amber in color, with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. The mid-palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak, and nutmeg. The finish is long, dry and satiny with a light toffee flavor, but with deepened oak notes.

Sale $49.99 Normally $59.99 750ml [112363] BULLEIT BARREL STRENTH 750 BATCH-2


Hi-Time Wine Cellars Anniversary Special Offer #2!

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, we went to our warehouse which is stocked full of treasures and dug out the 1999 Chateau Haut-Brion. This is a fully mature, ready to drink Bordeaux First Growth, which is in the perfect spot of its evolution right now. Chateau Haut-Brion is one of the original four wines selected as best of the best in the historic 1855 Bordeaux Classification ordered by Napoleon. More than 160 years later, Haut-Brion's First Growth designation has stood the test of time and remains one of the most coveted wines in the world.

The estate located in Pessac-Leognan dates to the 16th century and has been enjoyed by European nobility for centuries. It is also the first recorded First Growth to be imported into the United States as Thomas Jefferson shipped some home and referred to it as the "very best Bordeaux wine."

Robert Parker has tasted this wine several times and referred to Haut-Brion as "nuanced, subtle, deep, and provocatively elegant." He also said, "It is made in a style that only Haut-Brion appears capable of achieving." In addition to Mr. Parker's tasting notes, the wine now boasts additional complexity gained over time with notes of cedar and truffle. We opened a bottle and several Hi-Time buyers were able to try it. The words that followed were, "Wow!", "Just beautiful" and "Mind-blowing." Suffice it to say that we love this wine, which can be enjoyed now or over the next 10 years or so.

HAUT BRION 99 PESSAC-LEOGNANHAUT BRION 1999 PESSAC-LEOGNAN

To make this Anniversary offer even more special, we sharpened our pencils and lowered the price. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find any mature First Growth for less. This is a great opportunity to try a delicious, perfectly-cellared First Growth at a great price. Enjoy!

ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "Deep plum, currant, and mineral notes emerge from the concentrated, beautifully balanced, pure 1999 Haut Brion. It seems to be cut from the same mold as years such as 1979 and 1985. There is a hint of graphite in the abundant fruit. The wine is medium to full-bodied, nuanced, subtle, deep, and provocatively elegant. It is made in a style that only Haut Brion appears capable of achieving. The finish is extremely long, the tannins sweet, and the overall impression one of delicacy interwoven with power and ripeness. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025."

$399.99 750ml [350264] HAUT BRION 99 PESSAC-LEOGNAN


Versatile, Affordable, Delicious!

A La Quercia is a type of beautiful oak tree that grows nobly on this small, intimate estate in Abruzzo, a region in central eastern Italy (just above the heel of the 'boot'). Winemaker Antonio Lamona believes in making inspired wines that respect the earth-- or, as he likes to say, "I want to makes wines that are pleasing to the body, and the spirit."

We have featured this particular wine before and most likely will again as we love it and so do many of our customers (they keep asking for it!). It's a solid bottling and shows that the Montepulciano grape (this is a 100% version), known for easy drinking and great value, also can offer much more complexity and a serious demeanor at the Riserval level (while retaining the palate- and wallet-friendliness of 'regular' Montepulcianos-- this wine definitely outdrinks its price point!).

LA QUERCIA 2013 MONTEPULCIANO DE ABRUZZO RISERVALA QUERCIA 2013 MONTEPULCIANO DE ABRUZZO RISERVA

The 2013 is another excellent example of the Montepulciano grape and Lamona's passion and skill in winemaking. The nose is filled with bright red berries and fruits, spicy raspberry, vanilla bean, cherry liqueur, incense with a touch of cedar and sweet florals. The ripe fruit theme carries over to the palate but is supported by excellent structure; the tannins are broad but balanced, light acidity ruminates throughout. Cherries, ripe red plums and raspberries lead to a lengthy finish that adds hints of cherry vanilla and underbrush. Great with simple meats and cheeses, heartier Fall fare or even weekend tailgates or barbecues. Versatile, affordable, delicious!

$18.95 750ml [302476] LA QUERCIA 2013 MONTEPULCIANO DE ABRUZZO RISERVA


A Fantastic Red Blend for a Steal!

October's Wine of the Month is a fantastic Rhone blend from a tremendous vintage made by one of France's great winemaking families. The Perrin family is best known as the proprietors of Chateau de Beaucastel, which is one of the great producers of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhone Valley. They are also pioneers in Paso Robles where they partnered with the Haas family to establish Tablas Creek and helped establish this region as a special place for Rhone-style blends. Add the fact that Beaucastel was chosen as Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year and it’s safe to say the Perrin family knows a thing or two about making great wine.

The Perrins sourced grapes for this outstanding Cotes du Rhone from their premium village vineyards. Grenache is grown in clay/limestone soils adding bright blueberry and Kirsch notes. The Syrah comes from terraced vineyards of Vinsobres which are rich in quartz and marl, bringing a warming blackberry and spice character to the mix. Finally, the Mourvedre adds plum flavors along with additional complexity and depth.

FAMILLE PERRIN 2015 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGEFAMILLE PERRIN 2015 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGE

Famille Perrin's Cotes du Rhone is a delicious wine and a terrific value, which beautifully expresses the 2015 vintage. The vines produced berries rich in phenolic compounds, expressive aromatics and deep flavors. This is a great everyday wine which is complementary to most any type of food and very enjoyable on its own.Bright ruby in color with purple reflections. Aromatically expressive with notes of crushed violets, dark raspberries, cherries, blackberry and licorice. On the palate, this wine shows perfectly ripened fruit with Kirsch, blueberry, raspberry and plum and a hint of baking spice. The mouthfeel is generous yet balanced with beautiful, silky tannins. The overall impression is one that is harmonious with a wonderful polished texture, culminating in a surprisingly long finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

$9.98 750ml [345036] FAMILLE PERRIN 2015 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGE


Hi-Time Wine Cellars Anniversary Special Offer #1!

We are celebrating our 60th year anniversary! We would like to thank our loyal customers for their years of support. We started back in 1957 and have been family owned and operated ever since. Truly a family operation, you'll find three generations working at the store on any given day, as well as a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, many who've been with the store for 20 years or more. We are celebrating with a series of 6 emails that represent the best of what Hi-Time has to offer. Click HERE to read more about 60 history.

A Limited Production Gem Not to be Missed!

The idea behind Booker began in 2001 with a 100 acre purchase in Paso Robles by former Newport Beach residents Eric & Lisa Jensen. They named their plot of land paying homage to the Booker brothers who were known as Paso’s favorite sons, farming 1200 acres on Paso's Westside in the early 1920s and were known to be great humanitarians and accomplished farmers.

Eric and Lisa's intentions were to grow grapes for some of Paso's best wineries but after learning how to make wine at Saxum and neighbor l‘Aventure the couple decided it was time to produce their own expression from Booker Vineyard. 2005 marked the inaugural release with Eric as head winemaker.

In regards to the name of this wine, Here is the story, from Eric Jensen, himself: "My Favorite Neighbor started in 2006 as an hommage to my mentor Stephan Asseo of L'Aventure Winery. Stephan was formerly from St Emillion and trained in Bordeaux. For the first 2 years when he would call me he would clarify who he was (as if the thick accent and the fact he was my only French friend wasn't enough) by saying "Hello Eric, this is Stephan, your favorite neighbor". It became so common he began always referring to himself as that, even when in public. In '06 when I decided to make a wine as an hommage to him the name was easy to come up with. Since that time his daughter became our babysitter, I have watched her and her siblings walk down the aisle and traveled extensively with him and his wife Beatrice, truly making them My Favorite Neighbors."

Eric further comments in regards to this limited production, "For years I tried to grow cab in the limestone but couldn't get the canopy to shade the grapes, thus making it too overripe and thin from the sun exposure. After following a hunch and buying from a Vineyard Drive property that looked like bordeaux soils my theory was correct. In Paso clay soils I was able to replicate cabernet phenolic numbers that most in Napa would dream of. That's when the lightbulb went off to learn everything I possibly could about cabernet, most of which came from Benoit Touquette of Realm and Tony Biagi of Hourglass, and grow the My Favorite Neighbor brand."

BOOKER 2015 PROPRIETARY RED "MY FAVORITE NEIGHBOR" PASO ROBLESBOOKER 2015 PROPRIETARY RED PASO ROBLES "MY FAVORITE NEIGHBOR"

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 97-99 POINTS! - "As I've commented in the past, the wines from Eric Jensen at Booker are some of the most impressive releases coming out of California. While in the past, they relied on pure fruit and texture to impress, today they possess layered, elegant and complex characters paired with serious depth, richness and structure. While 2013 -2015 are all great vintages at this estate, the 2014s have more noticeable tannic grip and really deserve 2-3 years or more of cellaring."

"…the 2015 My Favorite Neighbor Proprietary Blend is a smokin' blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Petit Verdot that's aged all in French oak. Locked and loaded, with tons of jammy blackberry fruits, creme de cassis, sweet oak, violets and chalky minerality, this tour de force is full-bodied, incredibly rich and structured. Forget it for 2-3 years and drink over the following 15-20 years.

$80.00 750ml [205760] BOOKER 2015 PROPRIETARY RED "MY FAVORITE NEIGHBOR" PASO ROBLES


Salice Salentino for Under $14! "Dazzling Bargain" Parker

In Puglia, one of Italy’s largest bulk wine growing regions, Taurino stands head and shoulders above the rest as a beacon of estate-bottled quality. The estate’s respect for terroir and native varieties is truly inspiring, and their impact on the vinous history of Puglia is undoubtable. Their wines are the benchmarks to which the other wines of the region are compared, both in quality and in value.

The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wine in Puglia for seven generations, but it was Francesco Taurino who started the family business after World War II to supply Italy and Europe with authentic Apulian wines. Their mission was simple, but not so easy: to protect the legacy of the estate by continuing the traditions that had made them so famous. Today they have eighty hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia, expressing the terroir of Salento through the lens of their native varieties, showcasing earthy, spicy, and fruity notes and an authentic and down-to-earth winemaking style.

From 15 to 20-year-old vines planted at 100 meters above sea level, the 2010 Salice Salentino comes from vineyards located in the area of Guagnano, which is cooled by the winds coming from both the Ionian and the Adriatic seas, lending a saline character to the wines. Sustainably-farmed Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are picked together, after which the final blend is determined not in the cellar, but by the overall percentages of plantings on the property (80-90% Negroamaro, 10-20% Malvasia Nera). They are de-stemmed, crushed, and transferred to stainless steel vats, after which alcoholic fermentation and maceration lasts for fifteen days, followed by racking and natural malolactic fermentation. The wine then ages in medium-toast French oak barrels (2+ years old) for sixteen months before bottling. The result is an delicious, spicy, and tobacco-scented wine of great classicism and character, and a more than remarkable value at just $13.95!

COSIMO TAURINO 2010 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVACOSIMO TAURINO 2010 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA

"One of the truly historic names in Puglian wine." – Vinous Media

"Consumer alert - these are dazzling bargains!" – Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Tasting notes - The nose is filled with perfumed red fruits, salted plums and mulberries, incense, rose petal and oolong tea. In the mouth the fruit continues with plums, cherries and strawberries balanced by black tea, English tobacco, forward acidity and moderate tannins-- the balance is perfect; a classicist's dream wine. Red berry fruits and forest floor revel in the lengthy finish. Drinks more like a $30+ wine.

$13.95 750ml [305484] COSIMO TAURINO 2010 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA


Orin Swift Winemaker's Blockbusters on Sale!

We're excited to be able to offer some of our customer's favorite wines at reduced prices! We sell cases upon cases of Dave Phinney's delicious French wines at regular prices, but now is a great time to stock up on these wines with special sale pricing.

Shatter comes from the brilliant mind of Dave Phinney who is the creative genius behind the Orin Swift wines. Phinney has developed an almost cult-like following with his string of successes, which began with "The Prisoner" red blend. Although this put him on the map, Phinney has continued to create highly sought after labels such as Mercury Head, Palermo, Papillon, Abstract and Machete. The secret to his success lies in his ability to make bold and juicy wines, which have silky smooth tannins and are approachable upon release.

More recently, Phinney has focused his efforts on making wines in the small town of Maury in the Roussillon region of France. Shatter is a joint venture with Phinney and Joel Gott. As always, this label is eye-catching and features an image of shattered glass. The labels are indicative of the wines Phinney makes; bold, forward and compelling. Shatter is a lush, opulent and rich wine made from Grenache, which will satisfy those who enjoy his other wines as it is definitely made in his "house style."

Dave Phinney's D66 Cotes Catalanes adds more depth and concentration and includes some Syrah and Carignan in the Grenache dominant blend. This takes it up a notch and is a very crowd-pleasing wine.

Finally, for those who live by the motto, "Go big or go home," the limited release D66 Pharaon is Phinney's high-end cuvee made with a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. This is akin to the quality and care put into his Mercury Head bottling in California and represents the pinnacle of his wine-making efforts in France.

Fans of David Phinney and Orin Swift will be pleased with these wines, and even more so because they are on sale. It's time to stock up on some favorites. Enjoy!

SHATTER 2014 GRENACHE



SHATTER 2014 GRENACHE MAURY

A collaboration between Napa's Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the deeply-colored 2014 Cotes Catalanes is composed of 100% Grenache grown in the black schist soils of Maury. Aged in French oak, this wine is expressive with aromas of Kirsch, plum, blackberry, toasted spice, and hints of vanilla bean which draw you in. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied with a mélange of rich red and dark fruit flavors framed by silky smooth tannins.

Sale $15.99 Normally $17.99 750ml [345655] SHATTER 2014 GRENACHE



D66 2014 VIN DE PAYS DES COTES CATALANES



D66 2014 VIN DE PAYS DES COTES CATALANES

ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and a splash of Carignan, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Grenache D66 IGP spent ten months in roughly 30% new barrels. This inky colored, downright sexy 2014 offers terrific notes of blueberries, blackberries, violets and chalky minerality. Big, concentrated and textured, yet still playing in the more elegant style of the 2014 vintage, this beauty will drink well for a decade.

Sale $32.95 Normally $37.95 750ml [333501] D66 2014 VIN DE PAYS DES COTES CATALANES



D66 2014 PHARAON IGP COTES CATALANES


D66 2014 PHARAON IGP COTES CATALANES

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS - "The top wine is the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes Pharaon, and it’s a barrel selection that ended up being an even split of Grenache and Syrah that was aged in 75% new French oak. While the cooler, late vintage didn’t favor Grenache, Richard commented that Syrah excelled, hence the larger portion of Syrah in the blend than normal. About as sexy and textured as they come in the vintage, this beautiful 2014 offers lots of crème de cassis, black raspberry, chocolate and peppery nuances to go with a full-bodied, luxuriously textured, hedonistic slant on the palate. Despite the ripeness level, it stays fresh and lively, with notable underlying structure. Hats off to the team here. This beauty will cruise for another decade."

Sale $159.98 Normally $175 750ml [350084] D66 2014 PHARAON IGP COTES CATALANES


Highly Rated $10 Red is Back Along with a Knockout Riserva!

We had this highly-rated bottle of $10 Montepulciano for a short time before it sold out! More has arrived and we have brought in plenty to share...

This unrivaled entry level bottle of red from Abruzzo is unbeatable on how much it delivers for the price! Coming from the sustainable farm of La Valentina Winery in Spoltore, Abruzzo, this wine shows the quality and dedication that the Properzio brothers have in even their introductory bottling. Farm practices are not standard in Abruzzo and La Valentina is an exception to this with 100% Estate fruit, sustainable and organic, coming from three different sites of elevation. And a bit of time in oak casks lends to its more mature personality than most wines at this price! We enjoy bringing you the most wine for your money and you surely will agree this delivers! Pick up a case of this for the everyday or the last of your summer gatherings, you won't be disappointed!

LA VALENTINA 2014 MONTEPULCIANO D' ABRUZZO
LA VALENTINA 2014 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO

JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "A firm and silky red with plum and chocolate character. Medium body, good fruit and a chewy finish. Attractive combination of fruit and acid. Drink now."

ANTONIO GALLONI'S VINOUS 91 POINTS - "Purple ruby. Fresh floral nuances strongly complement the aromas and flavors of blueberry and plum. Finishes long and vibrant with easygoing tannins, plenty of fruit and real purity. A knockout entry-level Montepulciano d’Abruzzo."

$9.99 750ml [301087] LA VALENTINA 2014 MONTEPULCIANO D' ABRUZZO

And we have it's big brother available as well!

LA VALENTINA 2013 SPELT MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZOLA VALENTINA 2013 'SPELT' MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO

The 2013 Montepulciano 'Spelt' is the Riserva for the winery. It shows intense red fruit, with purple shadows. The aromas show wild rose, violet, crisp red fruits (red currant, wild strawberry), graphite and licorice. The taste shows density and persistence, with refined tannins that give the wine a voluptuous, savory profile and long finish with great freshness and mineral extension. The grapes are harvested in October, then the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks and partially aged in Slavonian barrels. The wine goes through full malolactic fermentation and the final aging occurs in 25 hl. oak barrels and 1 year in bottle. This a serious wine at an extremely reasonable price.

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "Inky-purple. Very deep smoky nose hints at blackberry, blueberry, flint and violet. Then refined and juicy, with smooth deep flavors of mineral-accented blueberry and aromatic herbs. Long, multilayered and extremely elegant finish boasts real depth and complexity. This is a knockout, really grand, Montepulciano wine. Very, very well done. "

$21.95 750ml [301422]LA VALENTINA 2013 SPELT MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO


Sale on A High Scoring Tuscan Beauty that Over-Delivers!

The critics have spoken and we enthusiastically agree! The 2015 Tua Rita Rosso Dei Notri is a winner and one heck of a value. This Italian Super Tuscan beauty from highly acclaimed producer Tua Rita overdelivers with a perfect combination of old world soul and new world flavor. This wine is gorgeous, packed with red and black fruit flavors (red plums, strawberry tea, black cherry), silky tannins and a touch of spice and earth. Delicious, compelling and a great bargain. This is a great transitory wine that isn't too heavy for the last touches of the summer sun while containing enough body to meet Fall in an equitable fashion. Really a lovely, easy-drinking red.

Tua Rita is located in the small medieval town of Suvereto in Tuscany, on the coast south of Bolgheri. Grapes from this property made their way into iconic Sassicaia until Tua Rita commenced estate bottling and quickly captured the world's attention with their Redigaffi and Giusti di Notri blends. Winemaker, Stefano Chioccioli crafts this blend of 50% Sangiovese with the balance comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The grapes for Rosso dei Notri are culled from the estate's younger vines and are made to be enjoyed upon release or over the next few years.

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JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "A vibrant red with blueberry and chocolate plus currant and raspberry. Medium body, round tannins and lots of beautiful fruit. 50% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 20% syrah and 10% merlot. Better to drink in 2017 but so impressive now."

WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS - "This well-priced blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah has earned a steady and enthusiastic following in both foreign and domestic markets. The 2015 Rosso dei Notri makes a great ambassador for this vintage. The wine shows a level of completeness, fullness and textural richness that is a good sign for all Tuscan reds made in this fortunate growing season. The wine opens to a darkly saturated ruby appearance with generous aromas of cherry and blackberry with spice and tobacco. The tannins are nicely integrated within the fiber of the fruit."

Sale $16.95 Normally $21.95 750ml [252570] TUA RITA 2015 ROSSO DEI NOTRI