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  1. ANTONIE ARENA 2016 PATRIMONIO CORSICA BLANC CARCO

    Item #: i_352133
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    Natural fermentation, low doses of sulfur, cement cuve, no wood; long fermentations, then wines are aged for 6 to 8 months on fine lees.

    Antoine set out on a solo mission that consisted of a return to natural farming and winemaking, and getting Patrimonio drunk by those who care, away from the tourists and off the island. Mission accomplished, to put it mildly. After all these years, Arena is the reference point of wine merchants the world over for great Corsican wine. It has done more for Corsica and Patrimonio than anyone could have dreamed of. So what makes Carco so special? The path to greatness is wrought with trials and tribulations. In the early days, Antoine’s rouges were inconsistent—at times great, at other times hot and funky, as he experimented with various ways to battle the island’s excessive heat. The Carco blanc, though, was perfection from the start: timeless Vermentinu imbued with salt, sun, and rocks year in and year out. Through it all, Carco kept steady and won Corsica its proverbial seat at the table. Chris Santini, Kermit Lynch wine merchant
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  2. CHATEAU CROZE DE PYS 2016 CAHORS PRESTIGE

    Item #: i_334210
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Deep purple color with aromas of black cherries, dark berries, figs, and hints of black tea, tobacco and pepper. Bright and youthful, medium bodied but fruit forward and friendly without being over-extracted. Excellent tannin intergration and very food friendly.
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  3. CHATEAU D'ANGLES 2016 LANGUEDOC GRAND VIN LA CLAPE

    Item #: i_351419
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS: "The 2016 La Clape Grand Vin is a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah and 20% Grenache. The Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in second use barrels, while the Grenache ages in tank. The bouquet combines attractive notes of raspberries and blueberries, tying them together with strands of rosemary and bay leaf. Full-bodied and concentrated, it frames the ripe fruit with supple tannins and a briny edge on the finish."
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  4. CHATEAY SAINTE ANNE 2016 BANDOL BLANC

    Item #: i_351374
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Ugni Blanc & Clairette. Unfiltered but no turbidity. The wine tastes fresh, with maturity and lemon peel notes, citrus peel.
  5. CLOS DES FEES 2016 ROUSSILLON VIEILLES VIGNES

    Item #: i_352716
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Producer/Owner: Hervé Bizeul Vintage: 2010 Color: red Grape variety: grenache 50%, carignan 30%, syrah 20% Service temperature (in °C): 16 Information about the producer Viticulture: sustainable farming Intensity : classic Dominant aroma : black fruit Tasting occasion : gastronomic wine "Vieilles Vignes" is without doubt the property's most representative wine, which gives an indication of the potential of Vingrau's terroir, and of the winegrower working it. If you want to know what the two together are capable of, this should be your first choice. It consists of a blend of the property's oldest vines (from 50 to 100 years old), mainly planted on fine clay-limestone hillsides. The wine is aged in barrels that have held one, two or three wines for 60% of the total volume, and the rest in concrete vats. Before settling down amid the vines, walls and soil of the Clos des Fées, Hervé Bizeul's peregrinations had been many, flitting around the wine business and the world in general. As a sommelier, as a journalist… but most of all, as a son of this hard ground, with a real pride in Roussillon. It was one day in 1990, looking out onto this desert of scrubland, with its dry stone walls and vines planted in pick-hacked holes amid the green oaks with their twisted branches, that he decided to take his passion for wine to its logical extreme by becoming a wine grower himself. Thanks to his hard work in the vines – but also through his formidable enthusiasm for selling and promoting his wine with a talent for forging links that is somewhat uncommon among growers, who enjoy the solitary company of their vines and can be uneasy with commercial relationships – Bizeul would be quick to find success. And this success would enable him to live comfortably and develop his domain by expanding it through the purchase of parcels of land (both already planted and awaiting plantation), hiring workers, buying increasingly advanced equipment and continuing to tour the wine shows of France and the world, proudly flying the flag of his own wines as well as all the others in his region. But if you think Hervé Bizeul has retired his pen, then think again: today, he is among the most prolific contributors to be found in the blogosphere.
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  6. DAUMAS GASSAC 2016 LANGUEDOC VIN DE PAYS DE L'HERAULT

    Item #: i_333947
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Made mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, this classic red also brings forth most of the red varietals of the world that M. Guibert de la Vassière has spent the better part of the past 25 years collecting in his unique vineyards. Because of the dominant role played by this Bordeaux grape varietal, it follows that the structure and aromatics of the wine lean in that direction. However, the other grape varietals combined with the Mediterranean climate and unique terroir bring something unique to this wine. The vineyards, surrounded by the garrigue of the Languedoc pick up the aromatics during flowering, which in turn gives the wine flavors that are unique to this area. Dark, intense color with some notes of chocolate, iron, dark berry and wild herbs lead into a wine with firm, ripe tannins and good tension. In its youth, the fruit dominates, easily coating the structure, but with time, it will turn into a classy, claret styled wine that can hang with the best.
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  7. LAFAGE 2016 NARASSA ROUGE LIEU DIT

    Item #: i_345898
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 91
    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2016 Narassa, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, carries five grams per liter of residual sugar, right at the threshold of normal detectability. As a result, some tasters may find this sweet, while others may see it as a dry wine. I'd opt for pairing it with cheeses at the end of a meal, where its decadently ripe flavors of cherries and chocolate will shine, accented by hints of violets and dried spices."
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  8. LOCATIONS 2016 F-6 VIN DE FRANCE

    Item #: i_333477
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and assorted Bordeaux varietals

    WINEMAKER NOTES - Opaque with ruby accents, the wine is intensely perfumed with aromas of vivid wild berry, warm spice, plum, kirsch, lavender and subtle oak nuances. The entry is juicy and penetrating with rich flavors of ripe blackberry, racy currant and blueberry that generously coat the palate. Easy drinking, the finish is long and clean with just the right amount of polished tannins to keep the fruit in focus.
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  9. LOUIS LATOUR 2016 ARDECHE CHARDONNAY

    Item #: i_313610
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Maison Louis Latour is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy whilst maintaining its traditional image. With a view to expanding the business in 1979, the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce a top-quality Chardonnay wine. The Chardonnay d'Ardèche is aged in stainless steel vats for approximately 10 months. It is a fresh and easy to drink wine. Crisp, clean and delicious with outstanding complexity for the price, Latour’s Ardeche delivers a basket full of sundry autumn apple and dried orchard fruit flavors. Refreshing and invigorating, here’s the perfect after work “pick-me-up” that delivers way beyond the wine’s meager price point. No oak or butter, just a delightful glass of Chardonnay at your disposal that’s perfect for snackies and light hors d’oeuvres!
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  10. ROSTAING PUECH NOBLE 2016 LANGUEDOC

    Item #: i_322196
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    In the late 1990s, René Rostaing, a great Northern Rhone wine maker, purchased a property in the Côteaux du Languedoc near Nîmes. Located in a relatively cool microclimate with limestone soils, grows Syrah with small amounts of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Rolle. The terroir yields a slight garrique character. It may be the best example yet of the Rostaing's ethic: elegant, yet concentrated; expressive, but subtle; hedonistic, but cerebral.
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  11. SAINT ROCH 2016 KERBUCCIO MAURY SEC LAFAGE

    Item #: i_352747
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Vinous Media: 96 Points
    Decanter: 96 Points
    Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points
    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.

    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 DUNNUCK 93 POINTS -"Another great vintage for the cuvée, the 2016 Maury Sec Kerbuccio (75% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 5% Mourvèdre) 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."
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