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Gold Selection Plan 1

Gold Selection Plan 1 - 24.95

2 Bottles of Red Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Torre de Ona 2017 Finca San Martin Crianza

Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Origin: Rioja, Spain

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS

"I was quite impressed by the harmony of the 2017 Finca San Martín, which shows remarkable integration of all its components, good ripeness without any excess and integrated oak (it matured in 60% new American and 40% second use French barriques for 16 months with three rackings) with fine tannins and a clean and precise finish. Great quality for the price. Outstanding for the adverse conditions of 2017. 180,000 bottles produced."

Wine Tip

Torre de Ona is owned by La Rioja Alta, one of the most respected wineries in Rioja. It is located in the region of Alavesa, the furthest northern part of the region. The vines are planted in high altitude between 1300 and 4000 feet high. The result are wines with great freshness and balance, in a moderately modern way.

Castello la Leccia 2020 Vivaio Del Cavaliere

Grape Varietal: Sangiovese, Syrah, Malvasia Nera and Cilliegiolo
Origin: Tuscany, Italy

Organic

The vineyards in the Chianti lie in five different locations surrounding the gorgeous castle of La Leccia, at altitudes that vary from 300 to 500 meters above sea level. With a southern and south western exposure, the vines plunge their roots in clayey soils rich in limestone. Due to these diversities the Sangiovese has a considerable body and therefore unleashes complex and structured qualities as well as sweetness and elegance. They also cultivate small quantities of Malvasia Nera and Syrah.

Clear but deep ruby red; savory, meaty aromas combine with rich dried fruit and spice characters.

The palate has ripe black plum and bramble notes along with bright red cherry fruit. Supple, structured tannins and balancing acidity give a full finish. The Syrah gives it a depth, the Sangiovese the smoothness.

Wine Tip

This is an excellent entry level Sangiovese based wine from Tuscany. Fruity, soft, complex and food friendly.

Gold Selection Plan 2

Gold Selection Plan 2 - 29.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Torre de Ona 2017 Finca San Martin Crianza

Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Origin: Rioja, Spain

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS

"I was quite impressed by the harmony of the 2017 Finca San Martín, which shows remarkable integration of all its components, good ripeness without any excess and integrated oak (it matured in 60% new American and 40% second use French barriques for 16 months with three rackings) with fine tannins and a clean and precise finish. Great quality for the price. Outstanding for the adverse conditions of 2017. 180,000 bottles produced."

Wine Tip

Torre de Ona is owned by La Rioja Alta, one of the most respected wineries in Rioja. It is located in the region of Alavesa, the furthest northern part of the region. The vines are planted in high altitude between 1300 and 4000 feet high. The result are wines with great freshness and balance, in a moderately modern way.

Buehler 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: Russian River Valley, California

Russian River Valley is one of THE BEST regions in the world for growing Chardonnay, and now you can get one that's less than $15 a bottle! On top of that, Buehler employs techniques that are used by others that charge more for their wines, such as lees stirring, full malolactic fermentation, and the use of some new French oak. The result is a full-bodied yet balanced Chardonnay; it displays abundant floral/ stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty, graham cracker sur-lie qualities. The mouth feel is creamy and full but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries this velvet textured package to a long, clean finish.

Spring fruits and wood spice, citrus notes, mixed florals and minerality reside in a lush, creamy mouthful of wine that cleans up with nice background acidity. This will pair perfectly with all kinds of foods and scenarios as summer enters the scene. From fruits and cheeses to fish, chicken and veggie dishes, at the pool or on the porch, back yard, bayside or mountain-bound... this is a great example of why Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape in the world.

"2018 Russian River Chardonnay is born from two vineyards within the Russian River appellation: Wood Vineyard, located on River Road and River Vineyard, located in the heart of Sonoma's Russian River Valley on East Side Road. The floral, mineral, and lime aromas and steely structure of the River Vineyard are complemented by the peach and apricot aromas and more fleshy structure of the Wood Vineyard.

Our winemaking philosophy remains the same since we first introduced the Russian River Chardonnay in 1993: less intervention is better in dealing with a delicate variety like Chardonnay. Winemaking techniques including sur-lie aging, lees stirring, full malolactic fermentation, and the measured use of some new French oak are employed to bring you this delicious rendition from Sonoma's premier Chardonnay appellation." - buehlervineyards.com

Platinum Selection 1

Platinum Selection 1 - 49.95

Michel Guignier 2019 Morgon"Canon"

Grape Varietal: Gamay
Origin: Morgon, Beaujolais, France

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS

"Great wines are often paradoxical and this has a deep, floral nose with such earthy subtlety, which might sound ridiculous, but is anything but that. On the palate, this is a masterpiece of racy and mineral elegance, the fine tannins building beautifully at the very long, filigree finish. Drink or hold."JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "Tons of red and black plums, plus delicate chocolate character make this full-bodied and silky nero d'avola very appealing. Quite some concentration, but in an undemonstrative form. Long, plush finish that I just want to sink into."

Organic

A dense, full-bodied wine with spicy notes. Beautiful freshness. Its intense and brilliant robe makes this an exceptional wine.

The grapes this wine is crafted from come from vines that are over 70 years old, bottled without filtration, when the moon is in the correct quarter.

Matured for 10 months in oak barrels on fine lees.

Louis Cheze 2019 Saint-Joseph "Ro Ree"

Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Origin: Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone, France

Deep ruby. Lively aromas of fresh red and blue fruits and candied flowers take on a suggestion of olive as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic in style, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors and a zesty touch of peppery spices. Finishes sweet, subtly tannic and long, leaving a note of violet pastille behind.

Wine Tip

Saint-Joseph is a fairly large appellation and runs from Chavanay in the north to Guilherand in the south. The appellation stretches for around 50km (31 miles) along the right bank of the Rhône. It encompasses 23 communes in the Ardèche and 3 in the Loire.

Platinum Selection 2

Platinum Selection 2 - 49.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 Bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Louis Cheze 2019 Saint-Joseph "Ro Ree"

Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Origin: Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone, France

Deep ruby. Lively aromas of fresh red and blue fruits and candied flowers take on a suggestion of olive as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic in style, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors and a zesty touch of peppery spices. Finishes sweet, subtly tannic and long, leaving a note of violet pastille behind.

Wine Tip

Saint-Joseph is a fairly large appellation and runs from Chavanay in the north to Guilherand in the south. The appellation stretches for around 50km (31 miles) along the right bank of the Rhône. It encompasses 23 communes in the Ardèche and 3 in the Loire.

Pepiere 2020 "La Pepie" Muscadet

Grape Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Origin: Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley, Francehone, France

Organic or in Conversion to Organic Farming

Winemaker's Notes - The cuvee Domaine de la Pepiere are produced on a 12-hectare land. This vineyard is located on the hillside of the Maine, on a highly stony soil.

The cuvée “LA PEPIE” is produced with grapes coming from various plots. Some grapes come from the vines of Domaine de la Pépière while others come from a fellow winegrower’s vines in conversion to organic farming. These 30-year-old vines on average are situated on the slopes of the river Maine.

The soils are very filtering, with lots of gravel. These characteristics allow an early ripening. Grapes are harvested manually, then are carried to the wine cellar with much care. The pneumatic press is filled by gravity, and grapes are not crushed. A very slight racking enables the yeasts which are naturally present, to induce fermentation. This cuvee is left on its lees until spring, without any racking.

The 2020 vintage maintains its classic lemony, stony and briny quality. This is a great bottle of Muscadet!

Wine Tip

Matured for at least six months on lees, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine wines perfectly reveal their invaluable terroirs. They are structured wines with a good deal of minerality; these characteristics are complemented by fullness, depth and aromas of warm or damp pebbles, depending on the soils on which each wine is grown. The best vintages offer excellent aging potential.

All White Selection

All White Selection - No more than $45.00

2 Bottles of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Pepiere 2020 "La Pepie" Muscadet

Grape Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Origin: Sèvre-et-Maine, France

Organic or in Conversion to Organic Farming

Winemaker's Notes - The cuvee Domaine de la Pepiere are produced on a 12-hectare land. This vineyard is located on the hillside of the Maine, on a highly stony soil.

The cuvée “LA PEPIE” is produced with grapes coming from various plots. Some grapes come from the vines of Domaine de la Pépière while others come from a fellow winegrower’s vines in conversion to organic farming. These 30-year-old vines on average are situated on the slopes of the river Maine.

The soils are very filtering, with lots of gravel. These characteristics allow an early ripening. Grapes are harvested manually, then are carried to the wine cellar with much care. The pneumatic press is filled by gravity, and grapes are not crushed. A very slight racking enables the yeasts which are naturally present, to induce fermentation. This cuvee is left on its lees until spring, without any racking.

The 2020 vintage maintains its classic lemony, stony and briny quality. This is a great bottle of Muscadet!

Wine Tip

Matured for at least six months on lees, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine wines perfectly reveal their invaluable terroirs. They are structured wines with a good deal of minerality; these characteristics are complemented by fullness, depth and aromas of warm or damp pebbles, depending on the soils on which each wine is grown. The best vintages offer excellent aging potential.

Robert Denogent 2019 "Les Sardines"

Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Origin: Macon Villages, Bourgogne, FranceRhone, France

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS

"A cuvée that represents fully 50% of the domaine's production, the 2019 Mâcon-Villages Les Sardines bursts with aromas of pear, yellow orchard fruit, almond paste and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny, it's lively and sapid, with a fleshy core of fruit and a mouthwatering finish."

Wine Tip

Robert Denogent winery produces wines with a great purity. They always have a great acidity (that could be lacking sometimes in the Maconnais region). They make a graceful use of oak barrels and always make sure that the oaky flavors are not dominant.

Champagne Selection

Champagne Selection - No more than $45.00

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Leclaire-Thiefaine Extra Brut Bdb Cuvee #01 Apolline Le Grand Cru De Avize

WINERY NOTES - A lightly dosed champagne with a subtly chalky, floral nose, Apolline Grand Cru d’Avize expresses all its delicacy in the finesse of and grace of its bubbles. Great purity of expression in the mouth with immense freshness and a palette of aromas that embraces both the character of the terroir and great elegance. Glimmering with pretty gold highlights This gastronomic champagne that combines character and elegance has distinct personality.