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Patricia Raquin Bourgogne Rouge 2017
Original Price: $25.97
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Patricia Raquin Bourgogne Rouge 2017
(Burgundy, France)

About the Wine:
Maison Patricia Raquin is a negociant based in Savigny-les-Beaunes in the heart of Burgundy. Patricia and her husband, Alain, have been in the business for decades and they have developed some incredible relations with producers all over Burgundy, which allows them excellent access to grapes. The animals shown on the label are a breed of dog called Borzoi, also called "Russian Wolfhound"; the word means "fast" in Russian. Patricia and Alain are proud owners of two Borzois and they designed this label so that the dogs will be guardian of the vaulted ageing cellar inside their house.

Vinification


The wine is produced from 100% Pinot Noir grapes grown on gravel and silt soils, aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Harvested by hand and using traditional vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel. Pre-fermentation takes place with temperature controlled cold maceration over 10 days. Long fermentation during which punchdown and pump-over are performed.

 

Tasting Notes


This juicy and deep, dark red offers ample red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit in a velvety profile. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp, slightly tart red fruit with just a touch of creaminess toward the finish. There is a wonderful gentle note of wet earth and tobacco/black tea spice sprinkled throughout. The wine pairs well with any hearty red meats and cheeses.


Penfolds "Bin 28" Kalimna Shiraz 2018
Original Price: $29.97
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Penfolds "Bin 28" Kalimna Shiraz 2018
(South Australia) - [WS 93, #41 Top 100 of 2020] [JS 94] [RP 93]

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Notes From the Winemaker:
Kalimna® Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm climate Australian shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna vineyard purchased by Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced.

Today, Kalimna® Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented.

Production Notes
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Fleurieu, Robe, Mt Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek.

Maturation: 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.7 g/L, pH: 3.62

Tasting Notes


Color: Deep dark cherry-red

Nose
Initially, plummy fruits meshed with sweet spices (predominantly cinnamon), almond.
And then a pause to imbibe the aromatic atmospherics of a patisserie: Crème anglaise, cannoli with vanilla custard ... and classic bourbon vanilla at that!
A croquembouche’s (profiterole) hazelnut brittle. Grated chocolate – both white and dark.
Fresh, awakening.


Palate 

Medium-bodied.
Raspberry/chocolate flavours with a sprinkling of spice and cola. Symptoms: Fleshy, and an almost glycerolic texture; bulbous/expansive palate profile.
Diagnosis: Tannins – integrated/embedded – supportive, not standing apart.
Oak – no obtrusive flavours to speak of ... yet all the benefits of a calm maturation is seasoned hogsheads.
Acidity – in tune with the wine’s weight and structure.
Cure: Rest in bottle for a year or two. Needs time.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points & #41 Top 100 of 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Shows terrific concentration, with dense and chewy tannins providing an appealing backdrop to the blueberry, dried cherry, date and candied ginger flavors. Tobacco, tomato leaf and espresso notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 9,560 cases imported." - MW

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A strong vintage for warmer-climate shiraz and this wine is certainly reaping the benefits. The nose has such eclectic fruit aromas that run a full spectrum, from the lighter spiced red-fruit aromas to red plums, through blue fruit to darker blackberries and plums. The palate has impressively layered flavors that run the same broad spectrum as seen on the nose and the tannins are so well groomed and run very, very long. Holds fruit flavor deep. Will age very well for 15-plus years. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - (22 Jul, 2020)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"While named for a Barossa vineyard/locale, the 2018 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, like other recent vintages, is blended from various South Australian GIs. With its rich, dark-berried fruit accented with vanilla, it does a more-than-credible job re-creating that northern Barossan idiom. It's full-bodied, concentrated and plush without going over the top, finishing long and velvety. While it may not have single-vineyard snob appeal, it's a delicious wine for drinking over the next decade and a relative value." - Joe Czerwinski (22nd Jul 2020)


Famille Perrin Vinsobres les Cornuds 2017
Original Price: $18.97
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Famille Perrin Vinsobres les Cornuds 2017
(Rhone, France) - [WS 92]

Notes from the Winemaker:
This 2017 vintage will be remembered as the year of all records: the driest year in 30 years, non-interventionist vineyard work, optimal harvest conditions, a very small yield due to climatic hazards, and wines with very rich potential.

The crop is manually harvested. Upon arrival in the cellar, each grape variety is sorted, destemmed and vatted separately. The Syrah is vinified in large oak Foudres and the Grenache in stainless steel tanks. The extraction is done by punching down and the frequency is determined by tasting. Blending takes place after malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

A great vintage for Vinsobres in 2017. Great elegance, it reveals all the richness of its soil, marked by beautiful Syrah on limestone. Well balanced and complex in the mouth, it offers a nice acidity, freshness and a hint of bitterness reminiscent of limestone.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A bright and fresh style, with a mix of raspberry, cherry and red currant coulis flavors, underscored by light bramble and mineral accents. Shows good juicy energy through the finish, revealing latent depth. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2025. 2,400 cases imported." - JM (December 2019)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Bottled just a month before this tasting, the 2017 Vinsobres les Cornuds seems to have closed down a bit since last year. Cola and red fruits mingle on the nose and medium to full-bodied palate, picking up hints of dried spices and leather. It's robust and a bit rustic, in a good, wholesome way." - Joe Czerwinski (August 2019)

Jeb Dunnuck:
"Garrigue, underbrush, and peppery notes dominate the 2017 Vinsobres Les Cornuds, which is medium-bodied, with a supple, elegant texture, plenty of tannins, and a good finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (August 2018)

Livio Felluga Friulano Colli Orientali 2017
Original Price: $29.97
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Livio Felluga Friulano Colli Orientali 2017
(Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) - [JS 92] [WA 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
After fermentation, the wine settles on the lees in the stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine is aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months.

Grape: Friulano

Tasting Notes

Appearance: full yellow with fascinating golden and greenish highlihts

Nose: Elegant, intense, captivating. The varietal expression of citrus, tomato leaves and almond is enriched by fruit notes of gooseberry, apricot, kiwi, yellow peach, and by flower aromas of lemon blossom, jasmine, antique rose, and citrus aromas of bergamot and citron peel. Almost viscous aromatic perception in its intensity and structure.

Palate: Embracing, complex, lively. Soft attack and a growing freshness. Notes of ripe Golden apple, dried fruit and vanilla fuse together with balsamic hints of sage and thyme. Pleasant tannins and good persistence with a typical slightly bitter note in the finish and citrus aftertaste.

Serving suggestions: Traditionally drunk as an aperitif in Friuli, great match with prosciutto crudo, salami and other sliced meats; pairs pleasantly with fish dishes and fresh and fatty cheeses.

Ratings & Reviews


92 Points - James Suckling:
"An unusually fragrant, floral and elegant dry white for this appellation in 2017. I love the fruit-salad juiciness on the palate and the long, clean finish. Drink now." (Aug 2018)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Friuli Colli Orientali Friulano is a well-priced, accessible and versatile wine, but don't underestimate its understated sophistication. You get a very pure and direct interpretation of Friulano, one of Italy's most distinctive white grapes, with generous aromas of stone fruit, melon, saffron and pear. This is a lean-bodied wine, but there is enough inner fiber and substance to keep the wine from ever feeling too thin or short. In fact, the intensity is just right." - Monica Larner (8th Aug 2019)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A graceful white, with a delicate thread of spice dancing through flavors of ripe pear, Marcona almond and candied lemon peel. Subtly mouthwatering and light- to medium-bodied, offering a floral, mineral-laced finish. 5,500 cases made." - AN (12/19)

Frescobaldi "Tenuta Perano" Chianti Classico DOCG 2015
Original Price: $24.97
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Frescobaldi "Tenuta Perano" Chianti Classico DOCG 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 92, #36 Top 100 of 2020] [JS 93] [WA 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
Chianti Classico Tenuta Perano is born on the hills of Gaiole in Chianti from vineyards 500 meters above sea level. The south, southwestern exposure and the amphitheatre-shaped layout magnifies the exposure to the sun and concentrates the heat from it. The combination of elevation, exposure, and the shape and slope of the vineyards offers and extraordinarily unique quality setting that results in brilliant purple wines possessed of intensely fruity aromas and a great tannic structure rife with elegance.

Technical Data

Variety Sangiovese and complementary varieties
Alcohol by volume 13,5%
Maturation method Barrique and steel
Length of maturation 24 months

Tasting Notes

Tenuta Perano 2015 is a brilliant purple wine with a floral nose enhanced by fruity notes of wild blackberry, raspberry and cherry, which lead into balsamic highlights of eucalyptus and thyme accompanied by mineral touches of graphite and spicy pink pepper. The tannic structure is typical of Chianti Classico, it caresses the palate leaving it clean and fresh. The intense and persistent finishes leaves a pleasant walnut nuance.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points & #36 Top 100 of 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
The core black cherry and blackberry flavors are shaded by iron, petrol and tar elements, with wild Tuscan scrub accents. This is powerful and tannic, and needs some time to integrate. Best from 2021 through 2033. 2,000 cases imported." - BS (Sept 2020)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"This shows real freshness and character with crushed stones, blackberry pie, vanilla and tobacco in addition to the lemon undertones. The palate shows lots of depth but also really excellent balance. Full body, structured tannins and acidity that really drives this through to the chewy finish. Drink in 2020." (30 Jun, 2018)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"This wine comes from Frescobaldi's new estate in Gaiole in Chianti. The 2015 Chianti Classico is a wine with a firm backbone and bright acidity (the vines are planted over 550 meters above sea level, and you taste lots of crispness as a result). This Chianti Classico is composed of 90% Sangiovese and other red grapes, including Merlot, Colorino, Canaiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Beyond the bright cherry and wild berry aromas are elegant mineral tones of granite and flint. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in new and neutral oak." - Monica Larner (Oct 2018)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:

"The 2015 Tenuta Perano offers a gracious, mid-weight expression of Sangiovese from Gaiole. A burst of sweet red cherry, flowers and new oak gives this pretty, lifted wine considerable immediacy as well as fine overall appeal." - Antonio Galloni (Mar 2019)


Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Original Price: $10.97
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Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2019
(California) - [WS 92, #21 Top 100 of 2020]

Notes from the Winemaker:
Our 2019 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of pineapple, mango and peach with citrus notes. On the palate, the wine opens with ripe, tropical fruit flavors followed by crisp, refreshing acidity on the mid-palate and a long, clean, balanced finish.


Fruit from the marine influenced Monterey County AVA offer tropical aromatics, while grapes from Lake County contribute citrus notes to the wine. Napa and Sonoma vineyards lend good concentration and flavor to the blend.Vineyards planted on the rolling plains in Santa Barbara’s Happy Canyon appellation experience morning coastal fog and afternoon winds, giving the wine its tropical aromas and crisp, clean minerality. Blending fruit from varied growing regions across California creates a balanced, food-friendly wine.

Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points & #21 Top 100 of 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
Lemon blossom, Asian pear, lime sherbet and candied orange peel notes are pure, fragrant and juicy in this silky white, with intensity and a lift of freshness on the finish from an accent of lemon verbena. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 98,000 cases made." - MW

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Full bodied and mouthfilling, this is a big, rich wine that lavishes ripe apple, melon and vanilla flavors on a rather viscous texture. Jim Gordon" - (9/1/2020)

Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Red Blend 2013
Original Price: $8.97
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Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Red Blend 2013
(Washington)

Notes from the Winemaker:
This complex red blend marries together a variety of characteristics and layers that complement each other, including lively flavors of red and black fruit punctuated with layers of spice and caramel on the finish.

Technical Information:
Blend: 51% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Syrah
Total Acidity 0.51 g/100 mL
pH: 3.70
Alcohol Content: 13.7%
Barrel Aging: 41% new French oak, 8% in New American oak, and 51% neutral barrels.
Fermentaion: 6 to 10 days on skins

Ratings & Reviews

90 & Best Values - Wine Spectator Magazine (2013 Vintage):
"Ripe and expressive, supple and generous, with dark berry, black cherry, licorice and spice flavors, gliding into the long, harmonious and toasty finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2021. 40,000 cases made." - HS (Mar 31, 2016)

Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2013 Vintage):
"Half of this wine is Merlot, with the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Blueberry, coffee and vanilla aromas are followed by sultry plum flavors speckled with barrel accents before a mocha-flavored finish." - Sean P. Sullivan (3/1/2016)

John Duval "Plexus" Red 2017
Original Price: $29.97
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John Duval "Plexus" Red 2017
(Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 94, #25 Top 100 of 2019] [JH 94] [JS 92] [RP 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
My aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavors from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also cellar for 8-10years.

Vintage

The 2017 vintage was defined by excellent winter and spring rains. The plentiful rains led to ample canopy coverage and a healthy fruit set. Summer was mild, which in combination with healthy yields resulted in vintage starting some four weeks later than in 2016. Shiraz was first picked in the Light Pass area on 10 March and finished on 20 April in Eden Valley

Winemaking:
Fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless-steel fermenters. Grenache saw a small inclusion of whole bunches.

Oak Maturation:
100% barrel maturated for 15 months, with just 10% new fine grain French oak hogs heads (300 liter barrels); with the balance in older seasoned hogsheads.

 

Tasting Notes

Color: Vibrant garnet-purple

Nose: Lifted aromas of red fruits, rose petals and dried herbs enhanced by cinnamon and earth.

Palate: Medium bodied showing bright and fleshy layers of raspberry, red currant and darker fruit edges. Supple, classy tannins leading to a soft-textured elegant finish.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points & #25 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Vibrant, with blackberry, blueberry and spiced plum flavors that are fresh, plump and generous at the core. Impressively elegant and seamless, featuring fresh earth, spice and floral notes that linger effortlessly alongside fine-grained tannins. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2037. 2,000 cases imported." - MW (Nov 15, 2019)

94 Points - James Halliday:
"A 51/32/17% blend, the components sourced from various districts that produce high quality fruit. Standard vinification, then matured for 15 months with 10% new French hogsheads, the remainder 3-6yo barrels. It's a powerful wine in the context of '17, old vines doing what they have done for the last 50+ years. Needs a few more years to relax." (8/2019)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"This has richness that drives from the shiraz corner with fragrant, grenache red fruit and a deep tone at the finish, thanks to mourvedre’s blue fruit. A well crafted blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre. Drink or hold." (6/2019)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A blend of 51% Shiraz, 32% Grenache and 17% Mourvèdre, Duval's 2017 Plexus is marked by 15 months in French oak. Scents of mocha, cedar and caramel join hints of cherries and spice on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is smooth and supple, finishing harmonious and long." - Joe Czerwinski (31st Jul 2020)



Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Red Blend 2012
Original Price: $10.99
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Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Red Blend 2012
(Washington) - [WS 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:

Grapes were crushed with 25% whole berries remaining.
Fermentation lasted 6-10 days on skins to extract optimum fruit and textural components.
Blending occurred immediately after fermentation.
Malolactic fermentation occurred in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.
The wine barrel-aged in 25% new French and American oak barrels for 16 months.

Tasting Notes

This complex red blend marries together a variety of characteristics and layers that complement each other, including lively flavors of red and black fruit punctuated with layers of spice and caramel on the finish.

Technical Information

Blend: 57% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Viognier, 6% Merlot, 3% other varietals
Total Acidity 0.53 g/100 mL
pH: 3.77
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: 25% new French and American oak barrels for 16 months
Fermentation: 6-10 days on skins

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points & Best Value - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Supple, generous and flavorful, with green olive accents to the ripe blackberry, coffee and spice flavors. Harmonious, finishing seductively. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot and other reds." - HS (Oct 15, 2015)

Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This wine is 57% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Viognier, 6% Merlot and 3% other varieties. The Viognier gives the aromas and deftly styled flavors, with notes of orange peel and flowers. The Syrah lends blueberries and gaminess, with herb and chocolate notes coming from Cabernet." - (9/1/2015)


Mas Donis "Barrica" Garnacha-Syrah Old Vines 2013
Original Price: $11.97
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Mas Donis "Barrica" Garnacha-Syrah Old Vines 2013
(Montsant, Spain)

About this Winery:
The DO Montsant is one of the youngest DOs in Catalunya but like the neighboring Priorat viticulture here is centuries old. The cooperative of Capçanes is situated in the village of the same name, nestled among the foothills of the Montsant mountains. In the 1990's, the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish community in Barcelona, and from this exposure in the capital of Catalunya, the property began to attract a greater level of interest – including that of esteemed importer Eric Solomon.

Tasting through the various tanks and barrels at Capçanes, he created a cuvée of Garnatxa and Syrah that he named Mas Donis – a wine he jokingly said was his "best Côtes-du-Rhône." Despite the similarities in cépage, the granite and schist terroirs here could not be more different than the calcareous soils of the Rhône valley. With time and experimentation – moving from barrel aging to aging entirely in concrete and selecting fruit from some of the oldest Garnatxa in the village, Mas Donis has evolved to show a more Priorat-inspired profile.

Tasting Notes:
Medium ruby with violet shades; very nice Glycerin mouthfeel and texture; wild red and black berry flavors, cherry, spices and herbs; well integrated elegant smooth vanilla oaky toasty notes; ripe mouthful and complex on the palate: loads of sweet vibrant fruit; medium to full-bodied with soft and velvet tannins and nicely refreshing finish.

Ratings & Reviews


94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2012 Vintage)
"Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort. The bouquet offers up a smorgasbord of aromas, including crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch liqueur and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and admirable opulence, density, purity and texture, it is nearly impossible to believe that something this good could be priced at $12 a bottle. " - (29th Nov 2013)






Chateau Brule Secaille Grande Reserve Cotes de Bourg Rouge 2015
Original Price: $24.97
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Chateau Brule Secaille Grande Reserve Cotes de Bourg Rouge 2015
(Bordeaux, France) - [JD 90]

About This Wine:
Manual harvest. Grape selection using sorting table. Skin contact maceration for two weeks in temperature-controlled vats. Aged 12 months in 1/3 new oak, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 in two year old oak barrels; 60% French oak and 40% American oak.
Pairings

Tasting Notes

The color is deep dark ruby. limpid and brilliant. The nose is intense and complex with hints of blackberries, sweet spicies, noble plain chocolate and Vanilla. The palate is full bodied, very long with well integrated tannins. The finish is very fresh and luscious with toasted notes in the background.

Served with red meat (beef filet, sirloin), pork tenderloin, roasted duck breast with honey&orange sauce, roasted lamb with thyme, poultry and fine cheese.

Ratings & Reviews


90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Based on 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, the 2015 Chateau Brule Secaille Grande Reserve Cotes de Bourg spent a year in 40% American oak, with one-third being new. Black fruits, spicy oak, underbrush, and cedar notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely textured, balanced 2015 that has solid mid-palate depth and ample fruit. It’s a fleshy, charming effort that has loads of character." - Jeb Dunnuck (3/27/2019)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This ripe, rounded wine is just setting out on the aging process. Still showing its wood-aging spice, it also has black-currant fruits and balanced acidity. It will develop well over the next few years and should be ready to drink from 2021. Roger Voss" - (12/31/2018)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Soft, plump and friendly, with cherry and plum compote notes draped with a toasted vanilla hint. A light savory hint flashes on the finish. Drink now. 6,000 cases made, 200 cases imported." - JM
Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Original Price: $10.97
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Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
(Washington)

Notes from the Winemaker:
This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. This wine pairs well with beef tenderloin or hearty pasta.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points & "Best Values" - Wine Spectator Magazine (2014 Vintage):
"Broad and generous, open-textured and inviting, with cherry, currant and red plum flavors that swirl enticingly around the fine-grained tannins and creamy oak on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 170,000 cases made." — HS (Dec 31, 2016)

90 Points & "Best Buy" - Wine Enthusiast (2014 Vintage):
"The aromas of milk chocolate, cherry and spice bring immediate appeal. The flavors are silky and polished, showing equal parts fruit and barrel." - Sean P. Sullivan (12/31/2016)


Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Original Price: $10.97
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Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
(Washington)

Notes from the Winemaker:
Elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dried herbs and hints of pepper. The supple texture is complemented by flavors of cedar and dark fruits.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2014 Vintage):"Broad and generous, open-textured and inviting, with cherry, currant and red plum flavors that swirl enticingly around the fine-grained tannins and creamy oak on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 170,000 cases made." - HS (Web Only - 2016)


Domaine de la Janasse Vin de Pays "Terre de Bussiere" 2012
Original Price: $26.97
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Domaine de la Janasse Vin de Pays "Terre de Bussiere" 2012
(Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

About this winery:

Made by the brother-sister team of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, Domaine de la Janasse was founded in 1976 by Aimé Sabon, the father of Christophe and Isabelle, after taking over the family vineyards. The property consists of 40 hectares, just about 100 acres, spread over as many as 70 different parcels throughout the south of France. (Previously grapes had been sold to the local cooperative.)

Terre de Bussière comes from a single vineyard that bears this name and which is located on the banks of the Ouvèze in the village of Courthézon. The site is planted with Merlot, Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon – all of which make it into the final blend. Made up of over half Merlot, it combines the delicacy of that grape with a classic southern verve, with plenty of plum and notes of dark fruit and leather.

Tasting Notes

Structured, it combines the delicacy of merlot with a classic southern verve, with notes of dark fruit and leather. A wine to drink uncompromising within the four next years on mediterranean cuisine.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A fleshy, forward style, with succulent plum and blackberry fruit laced with anise and singed vanilla details. Ample grip keeps this honest. Drink now. 500 cases imported." - JM (Nov 2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Made mostly from Merlot and a step up over the 2011, the 2012 Vin de Pays Terre de Bussiere gives up loads of tobacco, peppery herbs and black cherry fruit to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich and textured palate. Drink this bistro-styled effort over the coming 3-4 years.


Ogier "Artesis" Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017
Original Price: $18.97
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Ogier "Artesis" Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017
(Rhone, France) - [JS 91]

Notes from the Winemaker:

Very gentle direct pressing from 2 to 5 hours - Cold moderate setting (6-8 ° C) from 24 to 48 hours. Slow fermentation at controlled temperature, 15 to 18 ° C to preserve the aromas and ensure a beautiful complexity - no malolactic fermentation.

AGEING:
In vats on lees for 4 months with stirring if necessary to maintain a certain reducing environment, and gain roundness.

GRAPE VARIETIES: 35% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette 20% Roussanne, 15% Viognier and 10% Bourboulenc

 

Tasting Notes

Appearance:
The dress is light and crystalline, very pure with discreet green reflections.

Nose:
Rich and complex nose expressing the plurality of grape varieties. Exotic and citrus fruits blend with apricot and white peach with floral notes and white pepper.

Palate:
The mouth balances the expression of the fruit, the freshness and the roundness typical of our southern Côtes-du-Rhone. The delicate touch of bitterness in the final brings an extra dimension to the tasting, the touch!


Ratings & Reviews



91 Points - James Suckling:
"Some riper fruits here, moving through green-melon into light, white-peach aromas. The palate adds an edge of lemon. A smooth array of fleshy fruit to close. Drink now." - (8 Jul, 2018)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

"Whiffs of dusty mineral and smoke introduce this dry, medium-bodied white. The palate offers delicate apple and pear flavors accented by hazelnut notes and fresh white grapefruit-like acidity. A spry, neatly balanced wine to enjoy now–2020." - Anna Lee C. Iijima (7/1/2018)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Plump and friendly, with a mix of creamed melon and peach flavors lined with green almond and salted butter notes. Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. Drink now. 7,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported." - JM (Region Southern Rhône)


Alain de la Treille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Original Price: $22.97
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Alain de la Treille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018
(Loire Valley, France) - [JS 90]

About This Wine:
Maison Alain de la Treille was founded in 1885 and is located in the heart of Loire Valley. Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing, with rich, ripe lime and grapefruit aromas. Great elegance with mineral style and despite everything some kind of roundness.


Wine Making

Average age of the vines is 20 years old.
We produce a part of this cuvee with 12 hours skin maceration and another part from directly pressed grapes. Wine was slightly filtered before bottling to ensure wine will remain stable.

Ratings & Reviews


90 Points - James Suckling:
"A creamy textured white with sliced apple and hints of grapefruit that follow through to a medium body and a crisp finish. Tangy and fresh. Screw cap. Drink now."- James Suckling (June 2019)

Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2015
Original Price: $28.99
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Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2015
(Sonoma Coast, California) - [WE 91] [VM 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
Highlighting the beauty of the appellation each year, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is an artistic blend sourced from distinct areas within the vast Sonoma Coast AVA. Each of the vineyard locations contribute to the balance and beauty of this wine –from the wind swept regions in the southern end to the cool and foggier regions in the north. The 2016 vintage was steady, producing balanced, beautiful fruit. Each vineyard showcased its characteristics in the final blend. The result is a wine with lush, bright fruit and great texture.

Tasting Notes

Enticing notes of citrus, Key lime and lemon cheesecake come to for a lush yet vibrant bouquet. The layered palate marries flavors of marzipan, lemon cream, citrus and brioche. Overall, the wine has great energy, acidity and balance.

 

Ratings & Reviews


91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This appellation wine is made from multiple single-vineyard sites. It's light and floral, with a fresh, focused embrace of grapefruit, Meyer lemon and Gravenstein apple. Hints of fennel and orange mark the finish. Virginie Boone" - (8/1/2018)

90 Points - Vinous Media:
"Anaba's 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is bright and focused in style, with plenty of citrus and floral notes. Picking on the early side and partial malolactic fermentation keeps the wine chiseled in feel. This is an especially nervy style, but it works well." - Antonio Galloni (Apr 2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Scented of grapefruit, white peaches and lemon curd with touches of chalk dust, coriander seed and baking bread, the medium-bodied 2015 Chardonnay delivers plenty of uncomplicated stone fruit and citrus flavors with well-balanced freshness and good length. 728 cases produced." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (27th Apr 2018)

James Suckling:
"This has impressive pears and apples with a chalky texture and offers a gently toasty thread on the palate, in a fleshy, drink-now mode." - (18 Oct, 2018)

Jeb Dunnuck:

"The base 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a juicy, balanced effort that gains depth with time in the glass. Buttered pineapple, lemon, and white flower notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, juicy effort. It's nicely balanced, has a layered, rich texture, and a good finish. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (06/05/2018)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Fresh Asian pear and nectarine flavors are at the core of this medium-weight, zesty expression, which ends with a pithy citrus skin aftertaste. Drink now. 728 cases made." - JL (Region Sonoma)



Chartron et Trebuchet Bourgogne Blanc 2018
Original Price: $24.97
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Chartron et Trebuchet Bourgogne Blanc 2018
(Burgundy, France)

About This Wine:
Jean-René Chartron founded the Maison Chartron et Trébuchet in 1984 with Louis Trébuchet, manager of a wine trading company. Chartron himself comes from a family that has owned Premiers and Grands Crus vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet since 1859. Vincent Sauvestre, a fourth generation winegrower of some 240 prestigious hectares of vines,  acquired the company in 2004.

Tasting notes: Clear light golden color with greenish highlights. Richly aromatic, exuding aromas of dried fruits and white flowers. The stainless steel tanks bring fruitiness and freshness whereas the oak barrels bring structure and roundness.

Vinification: Aged 8 months, 50% in oak barrels & 50% in stainless steel tanks.

Pairings: The Bourgogne Chardonnay is perfect with appetizers, white meats, seafood, grilled fish and goat cheese.


Painous Cava Brut NV
Original Price: $15.97
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Painous Cava Brut NV
(Penedes, Spain)

About This Wine:
Pale yellow with green tones. Shiny and clear.
Powerful in the nose, clean. Ageing aromas.
Soft and well structured, long aftertaste and good balance of acidity and sugar contents.

Painous is unique in that it is a Cava-Joven style sparkling wine, meaning, the wine receives the minimum aging of 9 months. This allows crisp, fresh aromas and flavors to be expressed. It is delicious for aperitif.

Wine Making:

Occurs in 3 stages. Macabeo within the first fortnight of September, Xarello during the second fortnight in September and Parellada within the first fortnight of October. First fermentation and vinification: This is a "Methode Traditionnelle" with soft pressing of the grapes to obtain 60% of the must (flower must). It is decanted and fermented with controlled temperatures of 18ºC for 20 days until it fully develops the primary aromas of the grapes. Secondary fermentation: takes place in the bottle for 40 days at a temperature of 16ºC and final ageing for 20 months.
Residual sugar: 7 gr. per litre.

Grape Varietals:
40% Parellada, 30% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo
Famille Brechet "Plateau des Chenes" Lirac Blanc 2015
Original Price: $23.97
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Famille Brechet "Plateau des Chenes" Lirac Blanc 2015
(Rhone, France) - [JD 92]

About the Wine:
Lirac is one of the few crus in the Rhône Valley that produces red, whites and rosé wines. Its terroir is also unique in that it is roughly analogous to its esteemed neighbor, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in geologic age, soil composition, elevation and grape varieties. Just a short trip over the Rhône from Châteauneuf, it should be no surprise that growers there frequently own vineyards west of the river.

Plateau des Chênes is the property that Laurent Brechet owns in Lirac where he makes a range of reds as well as a stunning example of Lirac Blanc. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette, it is an expressively floral and complex wine proving that Lirac is far from the little sister of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Variety: Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette

Ratings & Reviews


92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A gem of a white readers should seek out is the 2016 Lirac Blanc Plateau des Chenes from the Brechet family. This beauty offers terrific notes of spiced citrus, honeysuckle, pineapple and just a hint of toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, layered, nicely concentrated and with bright acidity, it’s a winner." (10/19/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A blend of 60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette and 20% Roussanne aged for a short time in demi-muids, the 2016 Lirac Blanc from the Brechet family (most notably of Château Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape) is a clean, citrusy, refreshing example of the appellation's white wines. It's medium to full in body but with a crisp finish and a dusting of baking spices. Drink it over the next 12-18 months." - Joe Czerwinski (Oct 2017)


Chateau Suau Cadillac Rouge 2015
Original Price: $28.97
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Chateau Suau Cadillac Rouge 2015
(Cotes de Bordeaux, France) - [WE 91]

The vineyard is situated in the Cotes de Bordeaux-Cadillac appellations, and encompasses 65 hectares. The vines, planted in gravel and clay "terroir", benefit from favorable south-south east facing slopes and plateaus.

Vineyard : Organic.
Density : 7000 feet/ha.
Vinification : Grapes are weighted, destemmed then sorted on a table in the cellar. Fermentation in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks. Ageing from beginning of November, after malolactic fermentation, in 100% French oak barrels (30% new oak) during 12 months.

Ageing Potential: 8 to 10 years

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

Opulent, fruity and ample in mouth, this wine is attractive both with its ripe fruits aromas melted with roasted hints as well as its nice structure and elegant, pleasant finish.


Ratings & Reviews


91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This rich wine is already smoothly textured yet still has fine tannins that give aging potential. With its black fruit and acidity, it's ripe, smoky and likely to be very drinkable from 2020." - Roger Voss (December 2017)

89 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2015 Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux is a step up in price and is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in 30% new French oak. It’s a more serious, structured red and offers ample black cherry, licorice, and earthy notes, with plenty of background oak. Balanced, medium to full-bodied, and textured, give it a year and enjoy over the following 7-8." - Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019)

Domaine Lafage "Cote Est" Blanc 2016
Original Price: $11.97
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Domaine Lafage "Cote Est" Blanc 2016
(Roussillon, France)

Notes from the Winemaker:

One of the oldest viticultural areas of France, vines in the Roussillon were cultivated by the Romans, and perhaps even before that. With some of the most dramatic topography in France, many of the zones are composed of extremely steep hillsides – resembling the Priorat in Spain in many ways.

One of the most sought-after winemakers of Europe at the moment, Jean-Marc Lafage, lends his expertise with Southern European varietals to several top estates in both France and Spain (he makes Evodia and Novellum with Eric Solomon among other custom cuvee projects). However, his best work is perhaps at home at his estate in the hills of the Roussillon with his wife, Eliane, also a highly accomplished winemaker.

The Côté Est vines are located on the eastern side of the hill exposing the grapes to more sunlight in the morning with cooler temperatures in the afternoon, which is ideal for producing a fresh wine.

Ratings & Reviews


Wine Advocate:
"Clean, crisp and lively, with exotic notes of orange blossom, cherry blossom and hints of saline-like minerality, the 2016 Cote d'Est is medium-bodied, fresh and lively, with a clean, delicious style that will be versatile on the dinner table. This cuvee comes from the eastern portion of the Roussillon, just off the coast of the Mediterranean, and is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay and the rest Roussanne, aged on lees in tank. It's a terrific value." - Jeb Dunnuck (Apr 2017)


90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (2017 Vintage):
"Spice, citrus, white flowers and some seaside saltiness all emerge from the 2017 Cote d’Est, a deliciously fresh, clean, balanced white that represents a smoking value. This beauty has texture, freshness, and length. The blend is 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Roussanne all aged 4 months in tank on the lees, and it's ideal for drinking over the coming year. This cuvée is a joint venture with Eric Solomon and comes from east-facing vineyards planted on gentle slopes close to the Mediterranean, just a few kilometers inland from the sea near Canet-en-Roussillon." - Jeb Dunnuck (2/21/2018)



Chateau La Dame Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Original Price: $18.97
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Chateau La Dame Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2017
(Bordeaux, France)

About the Wine:
This Sauvignon Blanc is very aromatic with citrus notes like lemon or grapefruit. The mouth is sharp but without excess. It is well balanced with a good finish. This wine will be excellent in aperitif, with fish or seafood.

The white wine of Château du Taillan is called La Dame Blanche, and is made solely from the Sauvignon Blanc, making it a single-variety wine. It already has a well established reputation.

The white grapes are harvested by hand and usually put into stainless steel vats towards the end of September, at a temperature of around 18°C.
La Dame Blanche is a very fruity wine, with citrus aromas and, in certain years, exotic fruits. The wine has a soft and rounded texture, making it a charming wine, but very different to most Sauvignon Blanc we know today. It can be enjoyed either as an appetiser, or with seafood.


Domaine de la Janasse "Terre d'Argile" Cotes du Rhone 2013
Original Price: $24.97
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Domaine de la Janasse "Terre d'Argile" Cotes du Rhone 2013
(Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
Between blackcurrant and tapenade, Terre d’Argile offers concentrated flavors, reminiscences of its famous neighbor. Dense and meaty, the mouth reveals deep and sweet ripe fruits on a persistent finish, which suggests a few good years of cellar aging. Serve within ten years on lamb chops.

Location: At a stone’s throw from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this wine comes from the beautiful land of pebbles and red clay north of the city of Courthézon.

Vineyard: The vines are grown without pesticides or insecticides and manure is natural. The land is worked without herbicide to maintain ventilation and flexibility to the soil. Yield of 46 hl/ha. Syrahs and mourvèdres benefit from a very important green harvest.

Ageing process: 75% in barrels (1/3 new) for syrahs and mourvèdres and 25% in big barrels (“foudres”) for grenaches during 12 mois.

 

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Vinous Media:
"Dark ruby. Deep-pitched dark fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and licorice. Chewy and gently sweet on the palate, offering ripe black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of lavender. Structured and quite serious for the category, finishing with very good thrust, firming tannins and an echo of juicy dark berries." - Josh Raynolds (Jun 2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Since there was no Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues in the vintage, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages Terre d'Argile got the grapes that are normally designated for that cuvée. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre raised in foudre, it offers lots of black cherries, crushed violets, loamy earth and pepper on the nose. Medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless with fine tannin, it's a rock solid Côtes du Rhône." - Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2015)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This has a slightly soft, plump feel, with plum sauce and raspberry coulis notes that glide along, carried by melted red licorice and warmed fruitcake hints. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now. 1,200 cases imported." - JM (Oct 31, 2015)


J & P Matheus Piesporter GoldtrOpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2018
Original Price: $19.97
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J & P Matheus Piesporter GoldtrOpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2018
(Mosel, Germany)

About This Wine:
This Goldtröpfchen ranks as an unofficial "Grand Cru", delivering a light floral and fresh green apples, apricot and citrus peel bouquet. Superb intensity of citrus, green apple tang and lip-smacking minerality makes this Riesling very versatile; enjoyable alone or when paired with food.

Weingut Matheus is located in Piesport on the Mosel and has a 400 year tradition of winemaking (8 generations). Since 1992, the estate has been managed by Petra Hain-Matheus and Jorg Matheus, a graduate of the school in Geisenheim. Total estate production is 35,000 bottles or 2,916 cases annually.


Ratings & Reviews



90 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2016 Vintage):
"Buoyant primary aromas of sunny peach and tangerine are juxtaposed against deep reverberating slate and flint in this gorgeously balanced Kabinett. It's lusciously textured but spine-tingling with acidity. The finish is long, lingering on warm spice tones. Drink now through 2020." - (October 2017)


M. Chapoutier Luberon "La Ciboise" Rouge 2016
Original Price: $17.97
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M. Chapoutier Luberon "La Ciboise" Rouge 2016
(Southern Rhone, France) - [JS 90]

La Ciboise (lah see-BWAHZ) is the name of Michel Chapoutier’s grandfather’s home. Located right in the center of the town of Tain l’Hermitage, La Ciboise was the energetic center of Chapoutier family life where children and relatives used to meet regularly. Similarly, these new wines from the M.Chapoutier portfolio are intended to be enjoyed with friends and family to celebrate everyday life.

Luberon is located in the southeastern area of the Rhône Valley; it has a continental climate due to its proximity to the Alps. One of Europe’s oldest wine regions dating back to 750 BC, it received official A.O.C. status in 1988 and is known for producing charming value wines. One of the most sun-drenched regions in France, it is frequently visited and enjoyed by tourists.

Ratings & Reviews



90 Points - James Suckling:
"Wild red and purple berry fruits. A gently grainy, lithe and juicy palate. Springy tannins. Drinking well now." - (14 Aug, 2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Like the other Southern Rhône regional wines from Chapoutier, the 2016 Costieres de Nimes La Ciboise is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It's a plush, easygoing wine to drink in its first 3-4 years for its dark plum and blueberry fruit and dusting of cracked pepper." - Joe Czerwinski (31st Oct 2017)

Wine Enthusiast:

"This is a ripe, fleshy wine with ample black-plum and berry flavors plus pleasant notes of tilled earth and spice. However, a pronounced sense of acidity grips the back of the palate and leaves the finish a bit jagged. It's a wine to enjoy now in its youth." - Anna Lee C. Iijima


Bastgen Kestener Paulinshofberg Riesling Spatlese 2017
Original Price: $29.97
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Bastgen Kestener Paulinshofberg Riesling Spatlese 2017
(Mosel, Germany) - [WS 92] [JS 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
Crisp notes of peach & lime with a beautiful minerality. Textured and bright with well-integrated acidity.

Ratings & Reviews


92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Crisp green melon rind and crystalline mineral notes lend a cooling tone to this light-footed Spätlese. It's medium-sweet in style with juicy lemon and lime flavors offset by lip-smacking, honeyed white peach and grapefruit flavors. Approachable already but concentrated and steely enough to gain complexity through 2030." - AI (8/1/2020)


 90 Points - James Suckling:
"Unusual tension between citrus and caramel for this category, giving the wine some real fascination. If this had a longer finish, it would have been rated even higher. Drink or hold." (June 2018)


Chateau Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux "Quintessence" 2015
Original Price: $29.99
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Chateau Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux "Quintessence" 2015
(Southern Rhone, France) - [RP 92-95]

About This Wine:
The Chaudière Family started this cuvée in 1990 and chose the name "Quintessence" to highlight the exception and the concentration of this wine. Complex and powerful yet with a great balance and a beautiful freshness, it is the result of a drastic parcel selection. Soil Clay and limestone soil at an altitude between 250 and 350 meters (800 and 1 150 feet).

Grapes: 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache (50 years old vines and more). Yields between 30 and 35 hl/ha.

Vinification:
The grapes are selected, crushed, and destemmed. Three to four weeks maceration with traditional air pumping over.
Aged twelve to fifteen months in barrels: 40% of which are new and 60% of which are two to three years old. Bottled at the Château.


Tasting notes

Color: Dark purple.
Nose: black berries (cherry), garrigues and black olives notes.
Mouth: very ample structure, richness and power balanced by the freshness of the Ventoux terroir, garrigues, black cherry and tarry notes with velvety tannins.

Food & Wine pairing:
Terrines, roasted red meats, meats in sauces, game (venison haunch, rabbit or wild boar stew, stuffed poultry, poultry with truffles...). Soft cheeses (camembert, brie...) and possibly red fruits and/or chocolate desserts. Serve at a maximum temperature of 18°C (64°F) Put in a carafe in its early years.

Ratings & Reviews

92-95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Tasted as a final blend, the inky colored 2015 Ventoux la Quintessence is a step up over previous vintages, and I suspect it will be the greatest vintage for this cuvee to date. Not harvested until the 18th of October (which is average to early for this terroir... they finished on October 31st in 2013), it has sensational purity and polish, with full-bodied richness, a big mid-palate, ultra-fine tannin and killer notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice and graphite. Count me as a fan and it's anther wine that will see its 20th birthday in fine form."


SonVida Malbec 2015
Original Price: $27.97
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SonVida Malbec 2015
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [TA 93] [DC 93] [RP 92]

Notes From The Winemaker:

SonVida Malbec is a single vineyard wine, the supreme expression of the award-winning zone of Altamira, in Argentina's Uco Valley. Altamira's smooth tannins shine through, and the combination of acidity and minerality lead the wine to a long, integrated finish.

"The wine is proud to be ripe and generous. Aromas dominated by smokey mulberry and blueberry. It's plush and coats the palate with bramble, blueberry and liquorice and the scent of vanilla. Immediately muscular and broad-shouldered in the glass, with a savory note, perhaps tapenade, running through the dense palate with mint and dried herbs on the finish. The oak will integrate over time, mixing its spice with the warm spice of fruit. - Joe Fattorini - The Wine Show"

95% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Ratings & Reviews


93 Points - Tim Atkin, MW:
"Former diplomat and journalist David Smith doesn’t make much wine, alas, but the quality is extremely good indeed. Subtle, refreshing and marked by the chalky terroir of Paraje Altamira, it’s a nuanced, skillfully oaked Malbec with precision, focus and impressive palate length. 2020-25" - Argentina Special Report 2018

93 Points & SILVER MEDAL World Wine Awards 2018 - Decanter Magazine:
"A gorgeously rustic, complex wine packed with blossom, dark fruits and Christmas spices. Rich and satisfyingly rounded with soft tannins."

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Malbec has an Old World style in its balance, elegance and smoothness but with the chalky texture of the Altamira soils. It's very harmonious and young, as classic as it gets, medium-bodied and very drinkable. It has developed some extra complexity in the bottle and comes through as complex and layered. Terrific right now. 4,800 bottles were filled in 2017.” – Luis Gutierrez (Oct 2019)

Morada Sangria [1 Liter]
Original Price: $8.99
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Morada Sangria [1 Liter]
(Spain)

About this Sangria:
A traditional Spanish drink made with red wine and citrus extracts. Garnet color and fresh on the palate. Pasteurization preserves the color, aromas and flavors.

It is a very refreshing Sangria with around 85 grams of sugar. Sangria is now one of the hottest items in the beverage industry and it's growing exponentially year to year. Serve well chilled, on its own or with lemonade and slices of fruit like peach, banana or apple.

Varietal: Tempranillo
Pairings: Serve well chilled, on its own or with lemonade and slices of fruit like peach, banana or apple.


Viejo Isaias Clasico Malbec 2018
Original Price: $19.97
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Viejo Isaias Clasico Malbec 2018
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 90]

About This Wine:
From the lowest parcels, with the deepest loam and clay. The coolest site with fastest draining.

Vinified in stainless steel. Alcoholic fermentation is controlled with selected yeasts. Skin contact maceration for 20 days. 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged 40% in American oak (2nd & 3rd use); 60% inox for 6 months. Aged 6 months minimum in bottle before release.


Tasting Notes

Vibrantly red, with blue and purple glints. It has complex aromas of plum and ripe fruit, evoking dry fig. In the mouth it is velvety and long, with a rich aftertaste, full of fine, sweet, ripe tannins.

Pairings: Excellent when paired with red meats, pasta with spicy sauces, matured cheeses.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - James Suckling:
"Red cherries, dried herbs and spices. Light to medium body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Soft and straightforward." - James Suckling (March 2019)


Burgo Viejo Garnacha Old Vine 2016
Original Price: $14.97
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Burgo Viejo Garnacha Old Vine 2016
(Rioja, Spain) - [AG 90] [JS 90] [JD 90]

Notes from the winemaker:
This wine is our tribute to the flagship grape variety of Rioja Baja. Garnacha has been grown in Alfaro for many centuries in perfect balance with the local soils and climate which result in our intensely fruity wines, full-bodied and with velvety soft tannins. Deep and brilliant cherry color; red wild berries, violet and subtle spice on the nose; the taste sensation is rich, long, and very smooth.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Vibrant red fruits aromas gain urgency with air and pick up an appealing floral quality. Silky and seamless in texture, offering open-knit raspberry and cherry flavors that become spicier on the back half. In a plush, emphatically fruity style, finishing juicy and quite long, with soft tannins framing the exuberant fruit." - Josh Raynolds (February 2019)

90 Points - James Suckling:
"Ripe wild raspberry and cassis fruits that are really brambly and expressive. The palate is all raspberry with smooth tannins and gently tangy appeal. Drink now." - James Suckling (November 2017)

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"This estate turned out an outstanding 2016 Old Vine Garnacha, which is 100% varietal brought up all in tank. Classic notes of darker cherries, currants, tobacco, and cedary herbs all flow to a medium-bodied Garnacha that has plenty of fruit and spice, a rounded, layered texture, and tons of charm. It’s a terrific value and should keep nicely for 2-4 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019)


Chateau Mont Redon Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc 2017
Original Price: $17.97
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Chateau Mont Redon Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc 2017
(Rhone, France)

About the Wine:
In this appellation, we want to elaborate very elegant and fruity wines, which can be appreciated within 2 years after their harvest.

Location:
The appellation area is situated on the right bank of the Rhone River, between Orange and Avignon, in the village of Roquemaure, near

Soils:
The property is located on a plateau covered with large rounded stones.

Winemaking:
Immediate pressing in pneumatic presses. The juice is clarified by cold sedimentation (10 -12°) and a light fining.Fermentation happens at low and constant temperature (between 14 and 16°C) and lasts around four weeks. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep its natural acidity and freshness of the aromas Then bottling happens in April following the harvest after an "Elevage" on fine lees.

Grapes: Roussanne and Viognier

Climate:
It is a Mediterranean one with particularly hot summers. The Mistral wind blows away any humidity, ensuring very good climatic conditions for the cultivation of vines.

Harvest:
All grapes are hand picked, which enables to select the best grapes. This is a major point in the quality of our wines.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator:
"Fun, juicy and uncomplicated, with a mix of peach, melon and fennel notes. Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported." - JM (Nov 30, 2018)

Domaine la Garrigue Cotes du Rhone "Cuvee Romaine" 2014
Original Price: $16.97
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Domaine la Garrigue Cotes du Rhone "Cuvee Romaine" 2014
(Southern Rhone, France)

Notes from the Winemaker:
Cuvee Romaine is a wine with a personality. The marriage of Grenache (50%) and Syrah (50%) gives it really distinctive characteristics. This is a structured wine that makes a great partnership with red meat, meat in sauce, game and flavorful cheeses.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage):
"Domaine La Garrigue has always been one of my favorite Eric Solomon estates. Solomon has the producer bottle this cuvee two or three years before La Garrigue’s other wines. It is essentially declassified Vacqueyras from 60- to 90-year-old vines. Another wine looked after by Philippe Cambie, it has been a consistent winner in every vintage I have tasted, and the 2013 is again an outstanding effort. A blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah aged in concrete, it is a quintessential Provencal fruit bomb offering abundant notes of black cherries, black currants, roasted Provencal herbs, licorice, incense and background earth. It possesses a dark ruby/plum/purple color, medium to full body, and a ripe, fleshy, hedonistic personality. Drink it over the next 2-3 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (25th Jun 2014)


Figaro Tinto Garnacha 2016
Original Price: $12.97
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Figaro Tinto Garnacha 2016
(Calatayud, Spain) - [JD 90]

Vinification:
Figaro spends just a few months in oak barrels, giving it a nice, spicy flavor boost.

Tasting Notes:

Bright violet. Dark berry and cherry aromas show a jammy aspect. Supple and gently sweet, with good lift to its black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. Smooth and broad on the finish, leaving behind a hint of spiciness. Extremely easy to drink and an excellent value.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 100% Garnacha 2016 Figaro Tinto Calatayud is a smoking value and is another red brought in by Kysela that knocks it out of the park on the value scale. Bright berry fruits, dried herbs, earth, and a touch of spice all flow to a medium-bodied, rounded, fleshy red that has loads of upfront charm and accessibility. It’s not going to make old bones, but as a house red to enjoy over the coming couple of years, it’s hard to beat." - Jeb Dunnuck (3/27/2019)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Spicy plum and berry aromas are earthy prior to a snappy, slightly shearing palate. Tomato and red fruit flavors hold their energy on a smacking, gritty finish with pop. This Garnacha delivers value and quality. Drink now. Michael Schachner" - (12/1/2019)


Fattoria del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG 2017
Original Price: $13.97
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Fattoria del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG 2017
(Tuscany, Italy)

The Chianti DOCG designation applies to all Chianti wines other than those made from grapes grown in the Chianti Classico area. This appellation covers six specific sub-zones, such as Chianti Rufina and Chianti Colli Senesi, by far the largest of the sub-zones. It extends west and south of the classico zone and encompasses vineyards around San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano among others. The warmer microclimate of the southern part of Colli Senesi, enables producers to make relatively full-bodied Chianti wines. Fattoria del Cerro has 50 acres of these vineyards are in the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation. Comprehensive in their diversity, the different expositions of the vineyards allow for a rigorous selection of the best grapes to make top quality wines.

Technical Information

Vineyard name/appellation: Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
Soil composition: Pliocene origin, with shells, stones, and some
clay content.
Training method: Spurred cordon
Elevation: 350- 450 m a.s.l.
Vines/hectare: 3,300 (older vineyards); 5,000/Ha
Exposure: South east
Age: 16-26 years
Harvest time: End of September
First vintage: 1978
Production: 160,000 bottles

WINEMAKING & AGING
Varietal composition: 90% Sangiovese grosso and 10% Canaiolo nero
Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks (7 days at 26 °C)
Maceration technique: Daily pumping over/7 days
Type of aging container: Slavonian big oak casks of 110 Hl
Length of aging before bottle: 3 months
Length of bottle aging: 3 months

 

Tasting Notes

Vivid ruby red color, slight purplish hues. The bouquet on the nose is fruity with hints of wild black cherry, cherry and a delicate balsamic and herbal finish. On the palate it is soft and however full bodied with excellent persistence.

FOOD PAIRING
Best served with first course dishes, meat and mushroom sauces, veal stews and roast chicken.

Ratings & Reviews


Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Soft, evoking cherry and plum flavors, with a touch of milk chocolate from the oak treatment. Drink now. 160,000 cases made, 1,600 cases imported." - BS

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This opens with aromas of blue flower, resin and medicinal herb. On the lean, rather muddled palate, you'll find suggestions of dried cherry alongside bitter notes of powdered sage and a hint of mocha. Drying tannins leave a dusty finish." - Kerin O’Keefe (5/1/2019)

La Maialina Chianti Classico DOCG 2016
Original Price: $17.97
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La Maialina Chianti Classico DOCG 2016
(Tuscany, Italy)

Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG
Region: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Variety: Sangiovese
Harvest Date: Sept-Oct
Alcohol Content: 13.2%
Acidity: 5.2 g/l
First Year Of Production: 2008
Notes: Vibrant aromas of ripe cherries with notes of sweet spices, violets, and licorice with a smooth velvety finish.


Pine Ridge Forefront Pinot Noir 2016
Original Price: $21.97
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Pine Ridge Forefront Pinot Noir 2016
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

About the Winery:
ForeFront is a second label for Stags Leap's Pine Ridge Vineyards. Wines are blended using an open sourcing approach, bringing together the best fruit, regardless of appellation, to craft wines of exceptional quality and distinctive style. This wine sources fruit from diverse vineyards in Oregon, where the defining characteristic is both volcanic and marine sedimentary soils. According to the winery, "This modern slant on traditional winemaking allows us to create unusually luscious, approachable and intriguing wines. Wines that appeal to sophisticated wine drinkers. Wines that deliver the quality that Pine Ridge offers, at an attractive, everyday value."

Tasting Notes:
A strong core of dark fruits and chocolate are lifted with notes of lingonberry, hyacinth and fresh mandarin. Brilliant acidity and impeccable balance characterize the full, ripe palate, filled with flavors of supple red raspberry and dark cherry, building texture on the palate and lingering through the velvety finish.

Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Merlot 2015
Original Price: $11.99
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Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Merlot 2015
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Notes from the Winemaker:
GROWING SEASON
The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington.
Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest.
Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region.
VINEYARDS
Fruit was sourced from premier vineyard sites throughout the Columbia Valley, including the Horse Heaven Hills (for texture and body) and the Wahluke Slope (for aromatics and complexity).

Columbia Valley vineyards are seated in Eastern Washington. This region is mostly dry with less precipitation due to the rain shadow effect from the surrounding Cascade Mountain range.

Vineyards are 100% drip irrigation. This, combined with the low water-holding capacity of the soil, allow for precise control of the vines.

VINIFICATION
Grapes were crushed and then fermented for 6-10 days on skins to extract optimum fruit and textural components.
Malolactic fermentation occurred in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.
The wine aged predominately in both French and American oak barrels, 40% new, for approximately 16 months. A small percentage of the wine aged in stainless steel to retain freshness of fruit and varietal character.


TASTING NOTES

“This Merlot has a rich aromatic profile with notes of chocolate and dark cherries. The complex fruit flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. Pair this wine with blue cheese, duck, beef, veal and dark chocolate.” - JUAN MUÑOZ OCA, WINEMAKER

Technical Information:
APPELLATION Columbia Valley
ALCOHOL 13.5%
TOTAL ACIDITY 0.53g/100mL
pH 3.77

Capture "Les Pionniers" Sauvignon Blanc 2012 [375 ml HALF-BOTTLE]
Original Price: $24.97
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Capture "Les Pionniers" Sauvignon Blanc 2012 [375 ml HALF-BOTTLE]
(Sonoma County, California) - [ST 91] [WE 91] [RP 90]

Notes from the Winemaker (2011 vintage):

Our Les Pionniers showcases the varietal character - star-bright color, delicate aromas of crushed flowers, and a palate of lemon peel, white peach, and ripe Asian pear. The 2011 effort is highlighted by its minerality and depth, while still showcasing the hallmark notes of the vineyard.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Pale, bright silver-yellow. Aromas of melon and grapefruit complicated by musky quinine, minerals and herbal tea. Silky and rich but dry, with pineapple and grapefruit flavors accented by crushed stone. Not quite as intense or bracing as some recent vintages of this bottling but pliant, well-made and quite persistent." -Stephen Tanzer (May/Jun 14)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This is the winery’s unoaked Sauvignon Blanc. What you get is pure fruit, although sur lie aging adds prominent notes of cream and yeasty sourdough. The fruit asserts itself in the form of pristine limes, Meyer lemons, peaches and mangoes. The acidity is vibrant and lifting, adding balance to the richness. The best Les Pionniers to date." -S.H. (11/1/2013)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Les Pionnieres (100% Sauvignon Blanc) was aged on its lees in stainless steel for five months. More honeyed melon and tropical fruit aromas are found in the bouquet along with a delicacy and complexity that are restrained yet intense. This medium-bodied Sauvignon possesses impressive minerality, wonderful fruit and a dry, crisp finish. It, too, should be consumed over the next 2-3 years, although I suspect these Sauvignons have the potential to last longer." - Robert Parker (Dec 2013)

Vinous Media:
"The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Les Pionniers is all texture and grace. A rich, layered Sauvignon, the 2011 Pionniers impresses for its balance and overall harmony. Nothing is out of place in this beautifully crafted wine. Lemon zest, white flowers, chalk, and white peaches linger on the round, caressing finish." - Antonio Galloni (July 2013)
 
Wine Spectator:
"Smooth and juicy, with an appealing celery leaf note to the lemon, lime and green apple flavors, finishing with a touch of grapefruit skin and a pleasant bitter accent. Drink now. 233 cases made." -MW (Web Only - 2013)

Bastgen Kestener Paulinsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
Original Price: $24.97
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Bastgen Kestener Paulinsberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
(Mosel, Germany) -

Notes from the Winemaker:

Yellow color with green highlights. Beautiful peach aromas on the nose, rich and ripe fruits on the mouth with a refreshing acidity and honey notes. A very pleasing wine.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Strikes of slate and lime zest are brightened by juicy, sweet pineapple in this zippy off-dry Riesling. Racy acidity and a delicate prickle of effervescence lend a vital, thrilling edge to the palate. At peak now but should hold well through 2024." - AI (8/1/2020)

Best Buy - Wine & Spirits Magazine:
"There’s a tension between this wine’s honeyed apricot flavors and its lightly bitter pear-skin grip that might resolve with time in the bottle, or with a chunk of creamy goat cheese." (Feb 2020)

Michel Gassier "Lou Coucardie" Rouge 2012
Original Price: $29.97
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Michel Gassier "Lou Coucardie" Rouge 2012
(Costieres de Nimes, Languedoc Roussillon, France)

About This Wine:

This experimental cuvée represents the essence of my work as a winemaker. I seek to explore uncharted territories, with the hope of finding the most original expression of my terroir. Baptized after an old regional tradition of bull games, “Lou Coucardié” is that fierce male bull defending a set of horn attributes in a crowded arena. Strong and courageous, he represents the ideal of his race.

TERROIR: rolled pebbles and red clay. AOC Costières de Nîmes.
APPELLATION : Costières de Nîmes
VARIETALS & DISTINCTIONS : vary by vintage. For more information, please refer to our fact sheet.

VINIFICATION:
- selection of parcels of old vines with naturally small yields
- manual harvest with double sorting and incorporation of whole cluster (30%)
- skin contact maceration at cold temperature for fruit extraction
- long macerations & manual punching down of the cap
- malolactic fermentation in once used barrels
- aging in neutral French oak barrels on lees for 12 to 18 months
- one single bottling run without filtration

TASTING NOTES:
- Appearance: its dark color, almost black, announces a wine of great concentration.
- Nose: powerful and extremely complex, it displays a wide array of aromas such as dark berries, spices, eucalyptus and vanilla welded in great harmony.
- Taste: rich and velvety, without being heavy, this wine pulls its finish in a aerial display of fresh fruits and ripe tannins.


Ratings & Reviews



92 Points - Vinous:
"Deep ruby. Black raspberry, vanilla, black pepper and candied flowers on the highly fragrant nose. Offers palate-staining, oak-spiced red berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors that show noteworthy energy and a minerally topnote that builds with air. Rich yet vibrant and energetic, delivering impressive closing thrust, slow-building tannins and a persistent lavender note. " Josh Raynolds - (Jun 2016)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is laced with cinnamon and black tea notes, while the core of lightly mulled black cherry and plum fruit takes a back seat. Offers a reserved, silky finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made." - JM (Region Southern Rhône)


Rutherford Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Original Price: $19.99
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Rutherford Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(Napa Valley, California)

Notes From the Winemaker:

The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Hill Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, flavorful wine with refreshing acidity. Notes of melon, pear, lychee and lime give way to a bright tropical fruit flavor. Stainless steel barrels are used during fermentation to create this elegant, balanced Sauvignon Blanc. 

Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
 

Ratings & Reviews



Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Shows lip-smacking intensity to the citrusy notes of ruby grapefruit, lime zest and lemon, offering a light, clean body and a crisp finish. Drink now. 4,000 cases made." - MW (Web Only - 2013)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This is a little on the watery side, with thinned-down flavors of oranges, limes, gooseberries and honey. It’s also rich with honey, but there’s good balancing acidity." - (12/1/2013)


Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Original Price: $12.97
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Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
(Columbia Valley, Washington) - [WE 90] [WS 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:
“We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. I like this wine with beef tenderloin and pasta.”

WINEMAKING
• Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity.
• Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins.
• Aged 14 months in 32% New French and American Oak and 68% Neutral Oak.

TECHNICAL DATA
Total acidity: 0.53 g/100 ml
pH: 3.83
Alcohol: 13.5%
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 4% other red varieties

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points & Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The aromas offer notes of boysenberry, herb and barrel spices, with the Syrah blended in (11%) showing itself. The blue and black fruit flavors are lush and fruit forward, with soft tannins, a silky mouthfeel and a sustained sense of balance. It drinks best at a cool 62 degrees." - Sean P. Sullivan (11/1/2015)

90 Points & "Smart Buys" - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Fresh and expressive, deftly balanced and juicy, with raspberry and cherry flavors supported by hints of cinnamon and pepper. The finish persists against nubby tannins. Drink now through 2020. 326,000 cases made." – HS (Nov 15, 2015)


14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Original Price: $12.99
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14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Notes from the Winemaker:

The 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, juicy red that features aromas of dark cherry, black currant, coffee and subtle hints of spice. These flavors are complemented by a touch of spicy oak and emphasized by refined tannins.

Tasting Notes

Wine Spectator Magazine (2013 Vintage):
"Supple, ripe and expressive, with a touch of quinine to the generous plum and currant fruit, lingering deftly. Drink now through 2018. 500,000 cases made." - HS (Aug 31, 2015)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2013 Vintage):
"Lightly sweet blue fruit aromas and flavors mix with coffee, mocha, toast and herbs. It doesn't seem entirely like Cabernet but it's hard to ignore its appeal." - Sean Sullivan (9/1/2015)


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