Wine Advocate 94 Point "Best Cote du Rhone Villages I've Ever Tasted"!
"Deep, full-bodied, incredibly pure, and elegant, with silky tannin" - Jeb Dunnuck
"Maybe the best Cote du Rhone Villages I've ever tasted" - Wine Advocate
"Better than most Chateauneuf du Pape in the vintage" - Jeb Dunnuck
We just received an outstanding Cotes du Rhone from Xavier Vignon that blew us away! This Grenache-dominant Rhone blend is laden with lush, juicy fruit framed by polished, silky tannins. It is deliciously drinkable and certainly one of the best values we have seen all year. Joe Czerwinski of the Wine Advocate gave this wine 94 Points and effusive praise calling it, "Maybe the best Cote du Rhone Villages I've ever tasted."
Jeb Dunnuck scored this one almost the same with a 93+ Point rating and called it a sensational Cotes du Rhone. Considering almost every producer from Chateauneuf, Gigondas and Vacqueyras make Cotes du Rhone wines, the words of these critics are indeed high praise.
We have enjoyed the wines of Xavier Vignon and currently have his Chateauneuf du Pape on our floor. Vignon is one of the top oenologists in the Southern Rhone, consulting for many other wineries and releases outstanding wines under his own label.
This is a fantastic Cotes du Rhone, which rivals many Chateauneuf du Pape wines that sell for double the price. We also have a limited amount of magnums available to double your pleasure. Even better, we have this at the best price in the country!
Grab this one while you can, when it's gone it's gone!
XAVIER VIGNON 2015 ARCANE LE SOLEIL COTES DU RHONE
WINE ADVAOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Arcane XVIII Le Soleil is youthfully dark in color and fruit-forward, but it also shows softening, silky tannins. It's full bodied but not overblown, with a sensationally seductive mouthfeel. Black cherries define the fruit, joined by hints of dark chocolate and enough garrigue to give it a seriously savory character despite the fruit. This is an old-vine blend of 80% Grenache with 10% each Syrah and Mourvedre, aged 15 months in one-third new oak, the rest in concrete or foudre. Maybe the best Cote du Rhone Villages I've ever tasted, it looks to have the stuffing to go another 10 years."
JEB DUNNUCK 93+ POINTS - "Coming from 100-year-old Grenache vines (there's 10% each of Syrah and Mourvedre in the blend) mostly in the northern part of the Southern Rhone, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Arcane le Soleil saw 15 months in one-third each of new barrels, concrete tanks, and stainless-steel tanks. This inky colored beauty offers a terrific perfume of blueberries, scorched earth, graphite, and crushed violets. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly pure, and elegant, with silky tannin, it's a sensational Cotes du Rhone that's better than most Chateauneuf du Pape in the vintage. It will be better in another year or two and keep for 8-10 years."
Your New Everyday Italian Red is Here - 94 Points for Just $12.95!
One of our absolute best values for the month comes from the rugged, untamed national park lands in the central-Italian region of Abruzzo. The red variety Montepulciano is the regional star, a favorite of Italian enotecas for its highly drinkable wines at a value. One of its finest producers, the Valle Reale winery, has been a staple winery for Hi-Time Wine Cellars, and we're happy to welcome in the 2018 vintage of their entry-level Montepulciano, which received a rarely-seen score from a highly reputable critic for a wine that retails for $12.95!
Just like Valle Reale itself, there's no gimmick, just honest wine at a more-than-fair price. The Valle Real 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo reflects the nearly untouched naturalness of the land: made from organically-farmed grapes, and fermented with the native strains of yeast, its sits in stainless steel for just 3 months before being bottled. It has the brightness and perfume of a mountain wine (from their cooler Popoli vineyard) imbued with the soft and generous ripeness of a warm lowland valley wine (from their Capestrano vineyard). Just take a look at Italian wine expert Ian D'Agata's 94-point review for "Vinous!"
VALLE REALE 2018 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 94 POINTS "Bright red. Red cherry and flowers on the perfumed nose; much more fragrant than the 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Then fresh and juicy, with bright red fruit repeating in the mouth. Finishes long and savory, showcasing notable purity. Outstanding cool-climate Montepulciano of noteworthy refinement. Very, very well done; I'm not sure readers fully realize just how hard it is to obtain a result of this level in a cold-weather environment such as that of Popoli. This success speaks loudly of the capability and talent of owner Leonardo Pinzolo and his Valle Reale technical team."
Like with most traditional Italian wines, the experience will be even better with the right food. The Abruzzesi like hearty lentil soups, skewered meats on the grill, or pastas with lamb, but let your creativity shine!
Special Holiday Savings on a 100 Point World-Class Red!
If you're looking for one of the finest densely-packed Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in the spirit of Bordeaux and Napa greats, look no further than the recently arrived 2017 Almaviva! This is a wine that regularly makes it onto top wine lists (the previous vintage was on Wine Spectators' top 10 for 2019), and this vintage will be no exception. In fact, James Suckling gave it a perfect score! As you can see, this is no fruit bomb, but excites the palate and the imagination with brambly vine-fruit accompanied by classic herbal and mineral qualities.
JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "The aromas of blackberry leaves and iodine are wild and exotic here with mussel shells and earth underneath. Full-bodied, tight and chewy with powerful tannins that show muscle. It's structured and powerful. Dense and very, very deep. Don't touch this until 2025."
Since 1998 Almaviva has been the sole wine of the Almaviva winery in Chile, just as the flagship wines of Bordeaux are known by the name of the chateau, and is a collaboration between the famous Baron Philippe de Rothschild company and the Chilean powerhouse Concha y Toro (it's named for the character Count Almaviva in the French play by Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro, which Mozart famously made into an opera).
The complex flavors and textures of Almaviva are built by blending separately-vinified Cabernet Sauvignon with a significant amount of Carmenere, followed by small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, and then by aging in French oak barrels for 19 months, which promotes a more elegant mouthfeel and adds subtle spices. This was a warmer growing season than 2016, resulting in a slightly softer and rounder mouthfeel, which means it's a little more approachable. Nevertheless, like most great wines, this is one that will reward patient cellaring as it unwinds and grows in complexity and elegance through the years, though with a long time in the decanter and a great meal, you can always enjoy it earlier!
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Wine Advocate 91 Point Bordeaux for Under $20!
Just in time for the holidays, we received a smokin' good Bordeaux from Chateau Fontesteau. We had this in stock earlier this year and sold out quickly. Part of the charm of this wine is that it highlights the profile of the excellent 2015 vintage. The warm growing season led to enviable concentration of fruit and ripened, supple tannins. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine 91 Points stating, "This is recommended. Bravo."
This delicious wine is sourced from vines west of Pauillac in the Haut Medoc appellation where Chateau Fontesteau is able to produce a pleasing, accessible wine at more than reasonable prices.
This wine is composed of 53 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and aged in 25% new French oak. Quite aromatic, this shows a richness with rounded fruit yet is nicely balanced with a pleasant touch of earthiness that lets you know it hails from Bordeaux.
Enjoy this wine with a good steak or simply savor a glass while marveling that you only paid $18.99 per bottle for a wine that gives so much pleasure.
FONTESTEAU 2015 HAUT MEDOC
WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Fontesteau has a generous bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and sous bois scents that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, quite fine tannin, plenty of edgy red fruit and impressive delineation on the finish that shows focus and length. This is recommended. Bravo."
JAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - "Pretty blueberry and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows the high quality of 2015. Drink now."
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Deads Man's Hand is smooth like it's from Ireland and bold like an American Bourbon. Made in California it's hand crafted from start to finish and comes in a collectible silk screened bottle. The mash bill is 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% barley from and bottled at the most popular 40% ABV. This Classic American whiskey is made in small batches, aged in toasted French Oak barrels and can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or mixed. Enjoy!
DEAD MAN'S HAND SMALL BATCH WHISKEY 750ml
Color: Very nice deep oak.
Nose: Oak, maple, vanilla, slightly spiced with carmel notes.
Taste: Full bodied, oak notes, sweet with nice spice.
Finish: Smooth, slightly dry, with a hint of oak and some sweetness.
Incredibly Satisfying White Burgundy for Under $20!
Every once in a while, a wine comes along that shocks us with its combination of outstanding drinkability and great pricing. The Vincent & Sophie Morey Bourgogne Blanc is such a wine. We had the opportunity to enjoy this twice recently and each time came away scratching our heads wondering how they do it. The key to this wine is its wonderful fruit coupled with a mouthwatering quality which is pleasing to those who prefer either French or California Chardonnay.
Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck concurs, giving this delicious bottle a score of 90 Points and called this wine "a pretty, juicy, incredibly satisfying effort." We couldn't agree more. Critics rarely award value-priced Burgundy a score of 90 Points and this review re-affirms the quality we taste in the glass. Part of the magic could be the fact that 2017 is an outstanding vintage for white Burgundy as this entry-level wine clearly demonstrates.
Sophie and Vincent Morey both come from families of wine-growers. They set up their own domaine in 2006 and had their first harvest in 2007. When Vincent's father, Bernard Morey, a leading personality in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet took his retirement, Vincent took over the holdings. Vincent and Sophie Morey work together and treat their vineyards as if they were gardens. They strongly believe, "Fine wines start with good grapes."
The grapes for this wine are sourced from plots in Puligny, Chassagne and Santenay. They are aged in a combination of stainless-steel tanks to preserve freshness and 20% new French oak barrels to add depth and texture.
VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY 2017 BOURGOGNE BLANC
Looking for a value-priced Chardonnay for the holidays guaranteed to please at dinners or parties or to give as gifts? Look no further. This is a delicious wine to serve with confidence. Even better, we have this wine at the best price in the country! Enjoy!!
JEB DUNNUCK 90 POINTS - "From a mix of vines planted in 1980, 1990, and 2006, the base 2017 Bourgogne Blanc is a pretty, juicy, incredibly satisfying effort that has pretty white flowers, hints of stone and lemony fruits, a distinct salty minerality, medium-bodied richness, and a vibrant, juicy style on the palate. It's a beautiful wine to drink over the coming 4-5 years. Fresh, vibrant, and crisp are the buzzwords here, but it also has fruit."
Hi-Time's Top Cabernet Sauvignon Under $20!
Nine Hats was a conception that began back in 2007 with one wine-- a red blend that was striking in quality, approachability and deliciousness. It was crafted with impeccable attention to detail and the benefit of topquality grapes...and people loved it! The wines formed into this original blend were declassified juice coming from Long Shadows wine portfolio, a collection of seven ultrapremium Columbia Valley wines showcasing the viticultural excellence of the growing region. Along with some of the best grapes grown within the region, Long Shadows has tapped some of the best winemakers from around the world (Gilles Nicault, Randy Dunn, John Duval, Michel Rolland and Philippe Melka), so there is no wonder as to why Nine Hats was so successful. For this 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, several vineyard sites throughout Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope were selected to source the fruit that provides its depth and complexity. Aged eleven months in French oak prior to bottling, this wine scored 90 points from Wine Spectator!
NINE HATS 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON COLUMBIA VALLEY
Vibrant aromatics of black cherry, espresso beans and bittersweet chocolate introduce this richly structured Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a multi-layered wine with expressive flavors of black and red berries complemented by notes of savory spice. Its luscious mouthfeel persists across a lengthy finish.
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Vibrant and generous, with supple black cherry, caramel and spice flavors that glide toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024."
Our Top-Requested Wine Out Of Spain Has Arrived!
We always look forward to any new release from any of the Gil Family Estate wineries-- their group of small family wineries, scattered throughout the Spanish geography, have an excellent track record with our staff, customers and palates.
This is why we look forward to releases from the Juan Gil family of wines-- they tend to be, like this one, stunning. This year's release, much like the 2016, is all about balance and fruition-- the scent and taste profile, and the individual components that make up both, work together as a whole to create a more complete wine that makes it so enjoyable to taste and enjoy.
BODEGAS EL NIDO 2017 CLIO D.O. JUMILLA SPAIN
The nose is filled with berry fruits: raspberries, black cherry and a mixed berry reduction. Warm notes of incense and cedar add depth as notes of spring flowers and garden soil round out the mix. The palate reiterates the berry fruits, with flavors of boysenberry, cherry lambic and cherry vanilla cola that are uplifted by vibrant, lively acidity, keeping the wine light on its feet. Light tannins make an appearance toward the finish as waves of violets and purple fruits, forest floor and dark tea balance out the sweet fruits, lending complexity and a more kaleidoscopic flavor profile.
This is fantastic wine that will brighten any holiday gathering or any day of the week that ends with a 'y'...
Enjoy solo or with rice, pasta, (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses. 70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Great Giftable Bubbly Ranked #5 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List!
With the Holidays upon us we are all looking for wines for celebrating and gifting that deliver quality and cachet for not too much cash. Boy does this beautiful bubbly from Roederer Estate ever fill the bill and then some. Here is a sparkler that has not only received awesome critical reviews (see below) but also happens to be priced well below the market. In fact, this year L'Ermitage was the only wine on the Wine Spectator's Top Ten that sells for under fifty dollars. We should also point out that our limited inventory has the added advantage of being packaged in the firm's handsome gift box.
Quantity is very limited so grab it while you can. First come, first served.
ROEDERER ESTATE ANDERSON VALLEY 2012 BRUT L'ERMITAGE
#5 ON WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 OF 2019
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2020."
WINE ENTHUSIAST 97 POINTS - "Luxurious and layered, this nicely mature wine has a broad range of complex aromas and flavors, from fig to mushroom to butter and baking spices that ride a supple texture and linger for a long finish. The very fine bead, plush texture and a creamy richness that verges on sweetness are practically irresistible. Best through 2025"
$44.98 750ml  SOLD OUT
What's on Our Wishlist for the Holidays? 2015 Pre-Sale Brunellos, Please!
That time is finally approaching! The long-awaited Brunellos from the epic 2015 vintage will be arriving after January, many in the Spring, but we'll be sending out alerts as we offer them for pre-sale throughout the coming weeks, so check your inbox for those Hi-Time emails!
We've already seen the greatness of the 2015 growing season in Italy, from the Barolos and Barbarescos in Piedmont to the super-Tuscans and Chiantis in Tuscany. But now we're waiting for the longer-aging Brunellos to land, and they're going to make more than a splash; there's going to be a tidal wave of great wine! The quality of Brunellos has been high in the last decade, and will continue to delight, but the 2015s are not only showier right out of the gate, they are among the best wines Montalcino has put out throughout the decades. In fact, critic James Suckling has awarded 95 points or more to half of the Brunellos he's tasted, in line with the lauded 2010 vintage! The wines beautifully combine a fresh, vibrant purity of fruit with a powerful core, a distinctive trait in many of the 2015 Italians we've tasted over the past year or so. The tannins are finer and softer up front due to a long ripening, which are nevertheless great for long-term aging, so get those spots open in your cellar or wine fridge! Drink them young for that primal Sangiovese fruit, or after 10 years for greater elegance and savory complexity (we love them both!).
Trust us, you don't want to miss these. Stay tuned!
SAN FILIPPO'S 2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO PRE-SALE
THESE WINES ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SPRING OF 2020
PRE-SALE PRICE ENDS DECEMBER 10th, 2019
There are many Brunello di Montalcino wines out there, but just as in other great winemaking regions, there are distinguished vineyards that take it to the next level. "Le Lucere" is one of those vineyards, owned by the San Filippo estate, which looks toward the beautiful Orcia Valley (a UNESCO heritage site). Founded back in 1972, they're located in what some consider to be the classic part of Montalcino, just southeast of the town. Critical reviews over the years have consistently rated San Filippo's "Le Lucere" wines very highly, and we've got some in stock right now that are already scintillating to drink. Just give them an hour or two in the decanter and have a great, hearty meal to pair with!
SAN FILIPPO 2015 "LE LUCERE" BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO PRE-SALE
JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "Decadent aromas of ripe fruit, such as plums and peaches with black truffles and porcini mushrooms. Full body, with layers of ripe fruit and round and chewy tannins. Lots of chocolate and fresh mushroom at the finish. A thoroughly terroir-driven red. Try after 2022."
JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "The transparency of fruit to this wine is so pretty with sliced black cherries and orange peel. Fresh and aromatic. Full body. Tight and polished with ultra-fine tannins and an intense and focused finish. A beauty. Drink after 2022."
SAN FILIPPO "LE LUCERE" BRUNELLO RISERVAS WE HAVE IN STOCK!
The reserve versions are from the best parts of the vineyard, and are bigger wines both in concentration and structure, the best option for long-term aging. They are aged 34 months in oak followed by several years of bottle aging. We have a small amount of 2012 as well as the 2013 available.
SAN FILIPPO 2012 "LE LUCERE" BRUNELLO RISERVA
JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "Wow. This is really fantastic with outstanding depth of fruit and ripe and silky tannins. So much blueberry and cedar character with hints of flowers. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Lovely balance to this wine. Better after 2022 but already exciting to taste."
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "A broad, mouthfilling style, boasting black cherry, plum, leather, chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. A riper style, yet not soft, with more support from dense tannins than acidity. Finishes with a dusty aftertaste of tobacco and graphite."
JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "Lots of smoke, ash and dried-flower aromas to the ripe fruit and richness that follow through to a full body, intense and richly ripe tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A wine with lots of tannins and fruit to age for a long time. Try in 2021."
WINE SPECTATOR 97 POINTS - "A lush, velvety texture signals this fruity red, featuring compelling cherry, strawberry and violet flavors. Lively and fresh, with dusty tannins melding with the vivid acidity and rich fruit on the lingering aftertaste. Very pure and alluring, this is enjoyable now with decanting. Drink now through 2038."
A Fantastic New Italian Red from One of Montalcino's Top Producers!
"Despite its short history, Le Potazzine is universally regarded as one of Montalcino's top dozen or so wineries." - Ian d'Agata, Vinous Media
We agree, which is why they are a staple of our Italian section! We were thrilled to get the latest release of their lovely Sangiovese Grosso, called "Parus," from the exceptional 2016 vintage. This vintage has made even the humbler wines of Tuscany an even better value, as the quality is up but the prices are still relatively low!
LE POTAZZINE 2016 "PARUS" ROSSO IGT
Le Potazzine is particularly known for an elegant style of Brunello di Montalcino with a focus on purity of fruit, and "Parus" is a very pure expression: it's fermented with the yeast that inhabit the vineyard and aged without oak. The first thing that may strike you is the translucent appearance, much like a Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo, ruby with a subtle orange rim. After breathing for half an hour, harmonious and well-meshed aromas form, combining small red fruits such as Amarena cherry and cranberry, a soft floral note like cherry blossom, the drying leaves of Autumn, and mineral-earth undercurrent like tar and iron. In the mouth the silky texture with a subtle sweetness of fruit evolve into a delicious, harmonious midpalate that mirrors the subtle complexities of the nose, ending with a freshness and light amount of Sangiovese's classic "dusty" tannin, offering just the right amount of structure to match the delicate body. This is a quintessential medium-bodied expression of the grape, a great value, and a great partner for Autumn meals (Thanksgiving!) and beyond.
Potazzine (Chickadees) are commonly seen fluttering about in the vineyards, and it's a local term of endearment for children. As the winery was founded around the time owner Gigliola Giannetti's two daughters were born, it was a perfect name for the family's endeavor!
Huge Score on the New Release from Brewer-Clifton!
There is an alluring charm to the entire Central Coast wine producing region, but it was Santa Rita Hills that called to Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. Besides the beauty of the land, the climate and the soil compositions there was a freshness in the air as the cool Pacific Ocean breeze filtered through the canyons and subsequent vineyards planted. For many years the two farmed the land and made outstanding wine, even earning praise from top critic Robert Parker Jr: "Two brilliant young winemakers, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, are symbolic of both the present and future of California high quality wine production." While the winery has been sold, Greg Brewer remains on board as head winemaker ensuring the vision both himself and Steve had along with the quality of the wine doesn't change for many years to come!
With the goal of expressing a comprehensive expression of the appellation, Brewer-Clifton selected four unique vineyard sites to create this Santa Rita Hills bottling. This blend is comprised of 3D, Machado, Acin, and Hapgood vineyards. As each vineyard has its own unique requirements, the winery manages each according to their inimitable needs rather than a macro approach to farming. Brewer-Clifton works to achieve a natrual balance between the site, the vines, the aspect and the microclimates in each vineyard, using sustainable and/or organic farming methods whenever possible.
BREWER-CLIFTON 2017 CHARDONNAY SANTA RITA HILLS
JEB DUNNICK 95 POINTS - "One of the great values out there, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers thrilling notes of white flowers, white peach, currants, and toasted bread. This ripe, sexy wine is unquestionably at the same level as the more expensive single vineyard releases, and it will evolve for just as long."
"This was another thrilling lineup from Greg Brewer, and I consistently rate these wines as some of the greatest in the Sta. Rita Hills, as well as all of Santa Barbara County. In addition to the latest releases, I was also able to taste retrospectives of his Chardonnay 3D and Pinot Noir Machado, which only reaffirmed my belief in the quality and age-worthiness of these wines. These are brilliant wines."
A Beautiful Pinot Noir at a Heck of a Price!
Pinot Noir is such the perfect grape for November-- when it's "done right." And this bottling of Red Quartz Pinot, from Chile's Casablanca Valley D.O., is not only done right, it's also a heck of a bargain for the high quality of wine found within the bottle! We're always mindful of Thanksgiving this time of year, which is why we tend to focus on Pinot Noirs (almost the perfect wine for the cornucopia of flavors and textures enjoyed at the table for this special holiday). This is the one!
TRASIEGO WINES 2018 RED QUARTZ PINOT NOIR
Red Quartz is a small production Pinot Noir from the coastal mountain vineyards in Chile's Casablanca Valley, 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean with direct exposure to the cool marine climate. Winemaker Vicente Johnson spent many years in California (making wine and earning his MBA at Sonoma State) and their locale in Chile reminds him of the landscapes of Coastal Sonoma. The soils here are mainly granitic with high presence of Quartz under a layer of sand and red clay, tainting the quartz in a red/orange color. Red Quartz Pinot Noir is a unique wine coming from this special location and perfect for the month of November (and beyond)!
The nose is a lovely mixture of red fruits, cherries and berries, and dusty underbrush, incense and minerality. Complex! Inviting! The palate takes the red fruits and runs with it as tastes of raspberries, cherries, cranberries and pomegranate fill the glass and profile. Notes of cedar, forest floor and garrique add depth, and bright, forward acidity keeps the wine lively and uplifting-- and will help cut through some of the rich foods we envision enjoying with this one! The finish lingers with notes of cherry lambic, underbrush and ground clove. Beautiful wine!
96 Point Rhone Blend for Under $20.00!
If you enjoy rich, full-bodied reds loaded with perfectly ripened fruit, we have a delicious wine and incredible value for you. Saint Roch's Kerbuccio is a full-throttled, mouth filling blend of Grenache and Carignan with a touch of Mourvedre. This wine wowed us and the critics with Decanter Magazine dropping a huge 96 Point score while noting it is "beautifully balanced" and "very polished." Rhone wine loving critic, Jeb Dunnuck called Kerbuccio, "Charming, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and seamless on the palate, you can't go wrong with this wine."
By now you know the wines of Jean-Marc Lafage who brings us such popular hits as Bastide Miraflors, Narassa, Novellum and the recently featured the Lafage Nicolas Wine of the Month 2. This wine is from the Maury Sec appellation In the Languedoc-Roussillon, where many have flocked in recent years as they are able to consistently ripen grapes and find land which is not yet prohibitively expensive. David Phinney who gained fame creating The Prisoner and Orin Swift wines is a prime example of a winemaker who has bet big on this area of abundant sunshine and dark schist soils.
One would expect to pay 2-3 times the price for this wine if produced elsewhere. The delicious flavor, style and freshness of this wine will keep you coming back for more.
SAINT ROCH 2016 KERBUCCIO MAURY SEC
DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Lovely kirsch nose with bags of ripe and authentic Maury fruit. The palate is round, fleshy and warm with a delicious richness of oak, vanilla flavour and intense and complex finish. Lovely wine that's beautifully balanced with great typicity. Full-bodied and very polished."
*Gold Medal Winner 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards*
JEB DUNNICK 93 POINTS - "Another great vintage for the cuvee, the 2016 Maury Sec Kerbuccio (75% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 5% Mourvedre) is loaded with character and reveals a deep purple color as well as notes of black and blue fruits, new saddle leather, exotic herbs, and tobacco. Charming, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and seamless on the palate, you can't go wrong with this wine."