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A GIFT FOR YOURSELF, A SPECIAL SOMEONE, OR BOTH....

Each month, these selections are sure to bring a smile to both the aficionado and novice.

Why? Because nobody is more qualified than the Wise Buyers at Hi-Time Wine Cellars who have been scouring the globe to seek out wine treasures for more than 50 years.

No long-term commitment: Simply choose the program and let us know when you want to stop and we'll take care of the rest. We'll send an announcement to the gift recipient along with background information and tantalizing tasting notes on each wine.


August Taster's Advantage

August Gold 1 Wine Club SelectionGold Selection Plan 1 $24.95 Wine Club Sign Up

 2 Bottles of red wine (tax & shipping not included)

Triton 2014 Tinta de Toro, Spain

ROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS - "A more substantial and intense wine is the 2014 Triton Tinta de Toro. This is from a fabulous appellation in Spain, which deserves more and more attention for the high-quality wines emerging from there. Yields were 0.81 tons of fruit per acre from the sandy, alluvial, gravel soils. The wine was aged in one- to three-year-old Burgundy and Bordeaux barrels for six months prior to bottling. This is beautiful and a great value from Ordoñez. It is a dense ruby/purple with a sweet kiss of crème de cassis, roasted meats, steak tartare, and a touch of licorice and underbrush. The soft tannins and fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel offer substantial flavor and intensity for this price-point. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." Item #382828

Les Vignes de Bila Haut 2015 Cotes du Roussillon, France

eROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS - "A terrific value that’s close to an even split of Grenache and Syrah (there’s 10% Carignan), from a mix of terroirs in the Agly Valley, the 2015 Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut was completely destemmed and spent eight months in a mix of concrete tanks and stainless steel prior to bottling. A fabulous value that will be hard to beat as a mid-week drinker, it offers lots of juicy berry fruit, violets, peppery herbs and damp earth characteristics in a medium-bodied, bright, fresh and elegant package. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years."

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "This red is supple and fresh, showing a mix of dark berry, plum, herbal tea and peppery flavors. Lightly grippy tannins frame the licorice- and mineral-accented finish." Item #345551

 


 

Gold Selection Plan 2 $24.95 Wine Club Sign UpJuly Gold 2 Wine Club Selection

1 Bottles of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Les Vignes de Bila Haut 2015 Cotes du Roussillon, France

eROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS - "A terrific value that’s close to an even split of Grenache and Syrah (there’s 10% Carignan), from a mix of terroirs in the Agly Valley, the 2015 Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut was completely destemmed and spent eight months in a mix of concrete tanks and stainless steel prior to bottling. A fabulous value that will be hard to beat as a mid-week drinker, it offers lots of juicy berry fruit, violets, peppery herbs and damp earth characteristics in a medium-bodied, bright, fresh and elegant package. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years."

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "This red is supple and fresh, showing a mix of dark berry, plum, herbal tea and peppery flavors. Lightly grippy tannins frame the licorice- and mineral-accented finish." Item #345551

Angelina 2016 Rose, California

The Martin Ray Winery and it's sister brand Angeline has long drawn from a wide array of coastal Pinot Noir vineyards to provide a balanced and beautiful red wine. This vintage, they selected blocks from these same vineyards to be trained and harvested for their very first vintage of Pinot Noir Rose. The combination of these selections, which are picked and pressed early in the season to provide bright, vibrant acidity, in addition to the full, fruity saignee, from their North Coast vineyards, has produced a seamless, mouth-watering Rose, that is balanced in both outstanding fruit and refreshing acidity.

This wine is produced by both whole-cluster pressing as well as saignee method. The latter, they pick ripe, flavorful fruit, crush it to a stainless steel tank, and allow 6-8 hours of contact with the skins to achieve optimal color and flavor before draining the juice to ferment as a Rose. The former is picked early in the season to maintain bright fruit and acids, then sent directly to the bladder press at light pressures. Both styles are inoculated with a specialized Rhone yeast to enhance the natural color and fruit character throughout fermentation. Fermentation is halted immediately upon reaching dry sugar levels to preserve the fruit and aroma.

This mouth-watering Rose will be certain to exceed expectations. With delicious aromas of watermelon, nectarine, and ruby red grapefruit, complemented by floral notes of lilies and orange blossoms, we challenge you not to be delighted. A fruity front palate of candied strawberries, leads into a crisp, citrus mid, and closes beautifully with a clean, concise acidity on the end. This is destined to be a versatile crowd pleaser. Item #200780

 


 

Platinum Selection Plan 1 $49.95 Wine Club Sign UpJuly Platinum 1 Wine Club Selection2 Bottles of red wine (tax & shipping not included)

Satta 2013 Biolgheri Rassa, Italy

Grapes Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Syrah, 10% Teroldego 10% Sight Intense ruby red. Nose Intense and fresh notes of red and black fruit with perceptions of scents of leather and tobacco. Palate Wonderfully harmonious and accessible, fresh fruity with a solid backbone of tannin, finishing with persistence and elegance. General Information This wine is the expression of the vineyard (about 20 hectares) I planted in these last years thinking about the project "Bolgheri", that is to improve the characteristics of this terroir for a red wine with great character and pleasure. Michele Satta is a man with incredible talent and a great passion for his land and his grapes. Living in the picturesque village of Castagneto Carducci near Bolgheri, he has created a diverse selection of wines. Italy is developing some world-class winemakers of which Michele is a rising star. Item #302013

Leah Jorgensen 2015 Proprietary Red “Tour Rain”, Oregon

Touraine is in the heart of the Loire Valley in France, with red wines predominantly made from Gamay Noir grapes blended with either Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Pinot Noir. Much like Oregon, there’s quite a lot of rain in Touraine. This wine is comprised of 34% Gamay Noir and 66% Cabernet Franc. Pleasant aromatic balance of peppery and cherry notes, raspberry, hibiscus, rose petals, cedar, cigar box, and flavors of cherry, cocoa powder, clove, roasted bell pepper, juicy with rich tannins. Enjoy slightly chilled. Item #236960

 


 

August Platinum 2 Wine Club SelectionPlatinum Selection Plan 2 $49.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottle of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Grateful Palate 2013 “Precious” Syrah, Spain

We have a new and very unique discovery that will appeal to those who love big, bold wines with richness and depth of fruit coupled with very smooth tannins. Both the Grenache and Syrah from Grateful Palate will appeal to those who enjoy some of our most popular wines such as Orin Swift (The Prisoner), Mollydooker and El Nido Clio.

Dan Philips is an importer, innovator and somewhat of a maverick. He is bold and prefers his wines bold as well. He works with winemakers from around the world and ensures the grapes for his wines are picked at the peak of ripeness. We brought two of his wines into the store. The "Precious" Syrah from Murcia is also mouth-filling with expressive aromatics and wonderful dark berry flavors.

"The idea to use the bourbon barrels came over a dinner years ago that I shared with my buddy Julian Van Winkle at a Southern Foodways Alliance meeting at Blackberry Farm in 2001. It was simply an idea that came up in conversation. Hey, let’s do something together. What about putting wine in used Pappy barrels? Okay, I’ll send you some. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen old, used bourbon barrels, but they’re ugly. When the winemakers first saw the barrels, they flat out refused to put wine anywhere near them. But, eventually they did an the result was not only delicious but magical.

The length of time in Van Winkle barrels varies depending on many variables: how many uses they’ve had, the wine, the year, the taste, the balance. There is no set formula but we know the wine we’re trying to create and use the barrels as much as needed to get it. We want the wine to have bourbon influence but still maintain it’s integrity as a fine wine. We don’t want a freaky bourbon wine. Bourbon is an element of complexity not a dominant element. At least that’s our aim.

Many people who taste the wine and don’t know there is bourbon influence would not necessarily smell or taste bourbon in the wine. I like that. I’ve been making this wine since 2005 vintage so we’ve learned a huge amount about the use of these special barrels." - Dan Phillips

This wine is not subtle or shy. It is lush, hedonistic and very pleasurable.

Delicacy. Power. Gentle power. Precision but richness that’d anticipate broader, soupier palate, but precise and structured with a beacon of acid that keeps the wine focused. Violets, vanilla, fresh organic cream, blueberries, toasty wood, super-soft, elegant, silky tannins. Very long finish and persistence of aroma and flavor. A wine with potential for aging and longevity but approachable and expressive now. Item #377151

St. Innocent 2015 Chardonnay “Freedom Hill”, California

The Freedom Hill Dijon clone Chardonnays are Meursault-like: darker fruit with a stony minerality and rich textures in the mouth. Winemaker Mark Vlossak struggled with the specific style for Freedom Hill Chardonnay until his visit to Burgundy and Chablis in 2003. There he tasted a grand cru Chablis fermented entirely in used barrels. St. Innocent's Chardonnay is now fermented in the same manner. Mark finally feels that he has captured the terroir of Freedom Hill . After settling, pure juice (no SO2) was barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine finished malolactic fermentation (wild) and was aged sur lees for eleven months entirely in used French oak barrels. It is unfined and lightly filtered before bottling.

Pale golden straw colored. The nose has pungent aromas of wet stones, pear, peach skin, dried ginger and allspice. Almost creamy in texture, the flavors quickly coat your mouth with a rich juiciness of pear, white peach, and a rich river-stone like minerality. The pear and ginger notes blend into a persistent viscosity balanced by round acidity, slowly fading into the lingering finish. The texture maintains its freshness throughout with a lovely brightness. Lovely now, we are excited to see how this Chardonnay develops over the next 6 years. Item #275500

 


 

August All White Wine Club SelectionAll White Selection No More Than $45 Wine Club Sign Up

Angelina 2016 Rose, California

The Martin Ray Winery and it's sister brand Angeline has long drawn from a wide array of coastal Pinot Noir vineyards to provide a balanced and beautiful red wine. This vintage, they selected blocks from these same vineyards to be trained and harvested for their very first vintage of Pinot Noir Rose. The combination of these selections, which are picked and pressed early in the season to provide bright, vibrant acidity, in addition to the full, fruity saignee, from their North Coast vineyards, has produced a seamless, mouth-watering Rose, that is balanced in both outstanding fruit and refreshing acidity.

This wine is produced by both whole-cluster pressing as well as saignee method. The latter, they pick ripe, flavorful fruit, crush it to a stainless steel tank, and allow 6-8 hours of contact with the skins to achieve optimal color and flavor before draining the juice to ferment as a Rose. The former is picked early in the season to maintain bright fruit and acids, then sent directly to the bladder press at light pressures. Both styles are inoculated with a specialized Rhone yeast to enhance the natural color and fruit character throughout fermentation. Fermentation is halted immediately upon reaching dry sugar levels to preserve the fruit and aroma.

This mouth-watering Rose will be certain to exceed expectations. With delicious aromas of watermelon, nectarine, and ruby red grapefruit, complemented by floral notes of lilies and orange blossoms, we challenge you not to be delighted. A fruity front palate of candied strawberries, leads into a crisp, citrus mid, and closes beautifully with a clean, concise acidity on the end. This is destined to be a versatile crowd pleaser. Item #200780

St. Innocent 2015 Chardonnay “Freedom Hill”, California

The Freedom Hill Dijon clone Chardonnays are Meursault-like: darker fruit with a stony minerality and rich textures in the mouth. Winemaker Mark Vlossak struggled with the specific style for Freedom Hill Chardonnay until his visit to Burgundy and Chablis in 2003. There he tasted a grand cru Chablis fermented entirely in used barrels. St. Innocent's Chardonnay is now fermented in the same manner. Mark finally feels that he has captured the terroir of Freedom Hill . After settling, pure juice (no SO2) was barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine finished malolactic fermentation (wild) and was aged sur lees for eleven months entirely in used French oak barrels. It is unfined and lightly filtered before bottling.

Pale golden straw colored. The nose has pungent aromas of wet stones, pear, peach skin, dried ginger and allspice. Almost creamy in texture, the flavors quickly coat your mouth with a rich juiciness of pear, white peach, and a rich river-stone like minerality. The pear and ginger notes blend into a persistent viscosity balanced by round acidity, slowly fading into the lingering finish. The texture maintains its freshness throughout with a lovely brightness. Lovely now, we are excited to see how this Chardonnay develops over the next 6 years. Item #275500

 


 

August Wine Club Champagne SelectionChampagne Selection No More Than $44.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Fleury Brut Fleur de L’Europe Champagne, France

In 1970, Jean-Pierre Fleury began to use exclusively organic fertilizers, and he abandoned synthetic herbicides in favor of mechanical methods of weed control. In 1989, he began cultivating three hectares biodynamically, becoming the first grower in Champagne to explore biodynamics, and by 1992, he had converted the entire estate to biodynamic viticulture.

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "This fresh Champagne offers a minerally undertow and flavors of poached pear, yellow plum, slivered almond and fleur de sel, set on a fine, lacy mousse. Bright, with hints of pickled ginger and lemon zest on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made. (12/16)."