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To Our Discerning Clientèle,

Please join us Saturday afternoon the 18th of March, 2017 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM when we will kick off the 2016 rosé seasaon with some of our first arrivals from France. SXSW may be starting but don't be afraid to come on downtown to see us - our parking lot is reserved for you, our clients!

Our friends and neighbors are hosting some great Events About Town! Two events coming up at nightcap: a Cocktail Dinner featuring Angel's Envy and Fernet Branca on Tuesday the 21st of March at 7:00 PM and a Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Happy Hour on Thursday, the 30th of March from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. On Sunday, the 2nd of April 2017, journey on out to Stonewall, Texas and join the Texas Wine Revolution where you can taste some of Texas' finest wines! Please see the Events About Town section on the events page of our web-site for a brief description of the events and for links to more information.

Details follow just below and or at the events page of our web site: http://www.theaustinwinemerchant.com/events.html.

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Saturday afternoon the 18th of March, 2017 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM here at the shop

Wine Tasting


Les premières rosés de la saison

2016 Bieler Père & Fils Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé Cuvée Sabine

2016 Corbières Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rosé

2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé Caves d'Esclan Whispering Angel

2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé Sainte Victoire Chateau Coussin Famille Sumeire

Gentlemen, please, no cologne or after shave; ladies, please no perfume!



Cocktail Dinner: Angel's Envy + Fernet Branca
with Larry Miller, Whisky Guardian - Angel’s Envy and Megan Sparks, Fernet Fairy - Fernet Branca
Tuesday evening the 21st of March, 2017 beginning 7:00 PM at nightcap


Happy Hour: The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas
Appetizers + wine on the patio
Thursday evening the 30th of March, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at nightcap

Texas Wine Revolution
at the Featherstone Ranch
Sunday afternoon the 2nd of April, 2017 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM



Schott Zwiesel Cru Decanter

Our choice for classic shape and utility for professional decanting of fine red (or, for that matter, fine white) wines. Brilliant Tritan® crystal clear; well-grounded with a low center of gravity and a large surface area for maximum aeration; easy to pour and with drip protect lip. This is the item! Regularly $75.00 the piece, on sale now at ⅓ off:

$50.00 the piece


Schott Zwiesel Forté

After long years of intensive research and development, in collaboration with the University of Erlangen, Schott Zwiesel, a.k.a. Zwiesel Kristallglas, has succeeded in creating a new type of crystal glass: Tritan®. The use of unique ingredients, including Titanium instead of lead, combined with an advanced manufacturing process, has created an incredibly pure, hard and clear crystal glass — crystal glass that is highly resilient to accidental breakage and chipping in the dishwasher. Tritan® is a unique, patented crystal glass that sets a new high standard. And the Zwiesel Kristallglass Forté series is our choice for classic elegance and durability in everyday stemware at an even better than everyday price.

$10.00 the stem, boxed sets on sale at 15% off


Potocki Wódka

Potocki Wódka is created from the highest quality rye grain sourced in fields around the distillery in central Poland. Fresh from the harvest each August, the grain is milled and cooked under pressure. Yeast is then added to start fermentation yielding a low alcoholic strength mash. The mash goes through two slow distillations in a column still. It is regularly tasted until the optimal distillation level is reached. The «head» and the «tail», that is the initial and final ends of the distillate, are discarded to ensure the highest quality. The resulting distillate is then mixed with a pure distilled water to the desired strength of 40% alcohol by volume. No additives, such as citric acid or glycerine, are used. The common process of charcoal filtration is intentionally omitted as this would unnecessarily strip the vodka of its character (and flavor, mind you). We find the end result a most compelling spirit: discernably a distillate of a fine quality rye grain with an alluring warmth and breadth and purity of aroma; smooth and round in texture (please note the texture), a wholly satisfying, engaging and pure eaux-de-vie de seigle polonais. Our wine buyer's mentor, Mr. Henry, used to quip that it was the Poles who taught the Russians to make vodka (never mind he was himself Polish). Potocki Wódka lends creedence to his argument. And, no, he wasn't just whistling Górecki. The proof is in the product. We give this fine spirit our very highest recommendation.

$40.00 the bottle




Trimbach 2007 Vintage Caisse Prestige

At its finest, Alsace is all about juicy, pure white wines with intense fruit flavors, bright acidity and in the case of wines from Alsace's grand crus and next-best sites complex underlying soil tones. By those standards, vintage 2007 is a year for your personal time capsule. Following the difficult harvest of 2006, the growing season of 2007 brought what one grower on my September tour described as an early vintage with a late-ripening character and what most makers agreed is an excellent to outstanding year for this beautiful region. The best producers have made concentrated, firm wines with uncanny precision of flavor, fascinating transparency to site, and the structure for a long and graceful evolution in bottle. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com November, 2008

This is a special six-bottle wooden case containing one bottle each from the 2007 vintage of the Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile, Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste Hune, Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle, Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre, Trimbach Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives, and Trimbach Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Hors Choix.

$637.50 the case of 6/750ml bottles



Aligoté Viala Vermorel

¡ Bourgogne Aligoté On Sale At 25% Off !

Pack Size Vintage Producer Description Bottle Sale
12 750 2014 Michel Bouzereau et Fils Bourgogne Aligoté $16.25 $12.19
12 750 2014 Domaine Michel Briday Bouzeron Cuvée Axelle $18.75 $14.06
12 750 2014 Château de la Maltroye Bourgogne Aligoté $14.99 $11.24
12 750 2015 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bourgogne Aligoté $19.99 $14.99

Quantities may be limited. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


And then, from among recent arrivals, splendid values and otherwise special deals:

2016 Bieler Père et Fils Coteaux d'Aix‑en‑Provence Rosé Sabine

A quick whiff of this and it was like "springtime!" what with an immediate reminiscence berry and savory sun-dried herbs. One of our very favorite of Provençal rosé wines each year, 2016 Bieler Rosé Sabine is produce of 52% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cinsault and 3% Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino). Provençal peach in color with alluring aromas that conjure a mélange of red fruits, say, wild strawberry, cherry and pomegranate with subtle hints of herbes de Provence; then, ultra-fresh flavors echo those same aromas on the tongue, crisp and refreshing for sure, but with a supple roundness of texture on the tongue that gives a tactual sense of satisfaction. Oh yeah!

$10.75 the bottle  $109.68 the case

2016 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris

50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre; let's call it light peach skin-pink in color with just fermented aromas hinting at yeasty crushed red berries and an underlying minerality; nervy and vivid on entry, delicately glycerol mid-palate feel then crisp, refreshing and invigorating with fresh powdery berry flavors on to the finish. Let the rosé season begin!

$16.25 the bottle  $165.72 the case

Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Produced of 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards near Le Mesnil sur Oger, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, holy ground for lovers of the finest Champagne. This bottling represents some ⅔ of the production of the very well-run cooperative that is Champagne Le Mesnil. Brilliant white-gold in color, this Brut Blanc de Blancs has a lovely harmony of elements, fresh and most enticing and inviting aromas suggestive of melon, cool of the morning grape plucked from the vine, buttered biscuit and flower pollen; nice medium-full mousse, then expansive on the tongue and supremely flavorful, its crisp fresh chalky dry finish just begging another pull. Delicious!

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case
$22.50 the 375ml half-bottle  $229.56 the case of 12
$87.50 the 1.5-litre magnum  $223.14 the case of 3

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Produced of fruit from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and the Hautes Côtes, the blending of which offers all the balance, generosity, and strength of character of the Burgundian terroir as demonstrated by its most noble vine, the Pinot noir: lovely sunset peach-skin pink to rose red with glints of copper in color; aromas redolent of Pinot noir with typical red berry fruits, say strawberry, raspberry, and cherry all, a veritable cornucopia of baies rouges mélangées; fine, persistent yet delicate sparkle, fresh and easy on the palate, this is hyper-refreshing, so delicious and just begging another pull. Fine, fine bubbles from Burgundy! Ain't life grand?

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs

The House of Picamelot was founded in 1926 and is located in Rully in the Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy. The winemaking facility is located at and makes good use of an old quarry site just outside the village, with the quite cool cellars dug into the solid rock there. This cuvée, the Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs, represents just over ⅔ of the production here and, as such, is thankfully most always available now here in beautiful downtown Austin! Produce of about 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Aligoté, all hand-picked from the Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Really lovely slate of aromas suggestive of toast and orchard fruits, say pêche de vigne, apricot, green apple then, closer to the ground, fresh grapes on chalky limestone soils; full, vibrant, expansive mousse that then spreads itself richly on the tongue with flavors of toasted orchard fruits a most expressive and satisfying reprise of those first whiffs. This is ultra-satisfying and flavorful sparkling wine for a very attractive price.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rosé

And simply superb in pink as well. Produce of 100% Côte Chalonnaise Pinot Noir fruit. The color here is a lovely rose to sunset orange pink at the edges; aromas that define allure, you can almost smell the refreshment to come, with a pinch of spice and a kiss of red berry and a real sense of that wonderful stony Burgundian wine-growing soil underpinning; this one has both body and refreshingness as well as something that simply piques, perhaps pinches, but certainly imbues the imbiber with the feeling of having consumed ever so well with a nervy freshness and spiced red berry flavors that linger in most welcome reprise. This is like bottled joie de vivre. Get some!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

2015 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

The 2015 Marjosse Blanc exhibits Green apple, pear, mint and expressive floral notes abound in the 2015 Marjosse. This light-weight, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon/Sauvignon Gris/Muscadelle from Pierre Lurton is an excellent aperitif-style dry white to drink young! Tasted April 2016. Rated 88. - Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com, April, 2016

$11.99 the bottle $122.28 the case

2013 Trimbach Riesling 2013 Trimbach Riesling

Riesling gets a bit of a bad rap. A whole lot of folks think they can't enjoy Riesling on account of it's 'tooooo sweet' or somesuch (like sweetness was a bad thing). Well, if you find yourself in that camp and you enjoy a bit of a challenge or if you just plain enjoy clean, compelling and flavorful dry white wine, this may be the item for you. Trimbach Riesling is a standard bearer among fine dry Riesling wines produced on this planet. Yes, dry Riesling! Bone dry! Totally and unapologetically so. This is the way the Trimbach family prefer it. And they've been producing Alsace wines for almost four centuries now, long enough to make up their minds over the matter. And Trimbach Riesling is already a proven winner of a white wine right here in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas. Pure aristocratic and floral Riesling aromas suggestive of lemon peel (like the color of the label), linden flower, apricot, peach and pulverized stone; firm and dry, engaging the palate with a focused and penetrating flavor that then spreads out resplendent and refreshing across the tongue, leaving the entire mouth just watering away and waiting for more. C'mon downtown, grab a bottle or two of this stuff and get right with Riesling!

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2015 Orvieto Classico Terre Vineate Palazzone

"Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto" according to Stephen Tanzer, Palazzone produces delicious white wines from indigenous grape varietals of Umbria, balancing irresistable fruit aromas and flavors with an oh-so stony backdrop and nerve; 50% Procanico, 30% Grechetto and 20% of Verdello, Drupeggio and Malvasia, vinified in stainless steel to keep things fresh; medium-bodied, supremely-balanced white wine with aromas that speak clearly of cool of the morning harvest fresh grapes and notions of floral honey, beeswax and something like hazelnut and elderflower and, yet again, stone; at once, just ample and round, crisp and dusty, citrusy dry and alive with fresh grapey flavor; our Italian wine-loving pal Jerry Reid sez "slap and tickle." C'mon downtown 'n get yourself some of this delicious wine!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2015 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

The «Les Charmes» vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in dry white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green-gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium-bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is among the best-selling of white Burgundies in the United States!

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case

2014 Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette M. Chapoutier 2014 Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette M. Chapoutier

Produce of fruit from three vineyard sites, Le Méal with loose alluvial soils with a prevalence of glacial stones, Les Murets more granitic soils with similar alluvial deposits and its namesake Chante-Alouette with loess soils with a fine layer of clay and limestone. The fruit is hand-harvested and fermented partly in 600-litre demi-muid, partly in vat at controlled temperatures with regular stirring of the lees. Typically stately Marsanne aromatics save this up-front toasty, yeasty quality which just melts into more discreet hints of honey-laden beeswax and freshly rain-soaked straw (Philipp noted fig and hazelnut, then honeysuckle and lime); extravagant on entry, rich, slippery smooth and emollient on the tongue (the wonderful tactile qualities of this wine should not be understated), sumptuous even, yet with nerve and spine and an ever so satisfying nature to its core; one might reasonably deduce that Hermitage Blanc such as this is white wine with a certain preeminence.

$100.00 the bottle  $510.00 the case of 6

2015 Côtes-du-Rhône Pierre Dupond La Renjardière

Strong evidence of the millésime solaire (the "vintage of the sun" and consequently a vintage also of splendidly ripe fruit); this is produce of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault fruit grown in vineyards located at Sérignan-du-Comtat and Orange in the southern Côtes-du-Rhône. Lovely vivid ruby red in color to fuchsia at the edges with aromas of dark ripe berries, cherries and reglisse; medium-full in body, then gently expansive on the tongue with fleshy ripe dark red and blue berry flavors with just ample tannins lending nerve and spine leading up to the long, warm flavorful finish. Superb value, too!

$12.50 the bottle  $127.56 the case

2015 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz Douro 2015 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz Douro
While the art of creating Port wine was being perfected, Bordeaux — another region with a talent for satisfying the thirst of the English — was inventing vinification using a process of prolonged maceration, allowing for the gradual and gentle extraction of tannins. This gave rise to the balance and finesse of the great red wines of the Médoc. The attempt to apply Bordeaux wine-making methods to grapes which are traditionally destined for the production of vintage Port is the essence of this exciting Prats & Symington project. Prazo de Roriz is produce of a classic mingling of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cão and Sousão fruit hand-harvested from the Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Quinta de Roriz is situated in a natural amphitheatre facing north on the banks of the Douro. Its mineral-rich schistous soils give highly aromatic wine of red-fruited, mineral-driven character. Quinta da Perdiz lies on a steep gradient on the other side of the same mountain in the relatively closed-in Rio Torto Valley and produces ripe, soft, velvety wines from this warmer climate. Altogether, Prazo de Roriz is an exceptional Douro Valley red wine. And the also exceptional 2015 vintage lends its swellingly solar voice: deep almost bluish red in color with alluring aromas of mineral-soil influenced dark ripe berries, dried cherries, baking spices and fresh grape pomace; at once firm and rich, vivid and alive on the tongue, then expansive, still firm and full-fruited, with its mineral edge on keen display with fine chalky tannins carrying penetrating flavors that remain fresh, long and mouthwatering to the finish. Wow!
$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2014 Dow Vale do Bomfim Douro 2014 Dow Vale do Bomfim Douro

From Douro Valley vineyards of the Symington family in northern Portugal, including the Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, which have traditionally supplied the famed Porto House of Dow. Vale do Bomfim represents a new style of table wine from the Upper Douro valley, where the region's wealth of grape varieties, mature vineyards and modern winemaking have been successfully combined. Produce of 30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, hand-selected and vinified at the Quinta do Sol winery, one of the most modern winemaking facilities in Portugal. While a comparison to Bordeaux may be compelling here, there is something a bit more delightfully old-world about this wine: deep purple red in color; at first, showing a certain Claret-like reserve and restraint, it then steps on out of those shoes to declare itself more surely of Iberian origin with aromas suggestive of fleshy wild berries, let’s say mulberry, ripe plum, blonde tobacco and a woodsy, cinnamon stick-like spice; just plump and rich in texture with balancing structure of nicely resolved chalky tannins that fan out broadly on the tongue, yielding delicious flavors of berries and spice that burst forth quite unreservedly, warm and long on the finish. Absolutely splendid value at its regular price of $11.25 the bottle, on sale now at:

$9.99 the bottle  $114.72 the case

2015 Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro 2015 Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro

The Portuguese «Esteva» translates to "rock rose" in English, which some insiders suggest also informs the aroma of fine Douro wine. The vintage of 2015 was dry and sunny in the Douro as in much of Europe and eventually yielded exceptional wines. The 2015 Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro is produce of a typical Douro mingling of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, hand-harvested and vinified at the winery of Quinta do Seixo. After soft destemming and crushing, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats with gentle maceration by means of pumping over at a temperature of 25°C which preserves the grape aromas. The wine spent the cool of winter at Quinta do Seixo in stainless steel and subject to low natural temperatures, which contributed to their natural clarification. Here now, the wine is a lovely bright ruby in color with glints of a solar vintage-inspired purple; pomacey grapey aromas implore one to dive on in, there's a hint of salinity as well and pencil shavings insinuate the mineral rich soils in which the wine is grown; at once delightfully full and fruity and light on its feet with a fine edge of chalky tannins that keep things moving along crisp and fresh. And do take note of the delicious value!

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

2013 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana Rosso

A lovely if modestly modern claret-inspired Tuscan red wine from La California, as it is called there on the Tuscan coast near Bolgheri and Magliano. Produce of 60% Merlot along with an admixture of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the must undergoes a temperature-controlled fermentation, manual punch-downs and pump-overs and is then aged one year in barrique and a minimum of six months in bottle before release. Lovely ruby red in color with typical claret aromas suggesting ripe cherries, wild berries, a hint of spice, a scent of vanilla from barrel aging, but with a telltale and toothsome seaside saline quality; medium-bodied on the palate with a gentle richness and structure and long, smooth finish. Superb value, too!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2010 Brunello di Montalcino Conti Costanti

Costanti's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is stunning. Dark, powerful and mysterious in the glass, the 2010 captivates all the senses with its breathtaking beauty and layered, multi-dimensional personality. Lavender, violets, savory herbs, smoke, plums and graphite flow through to the rich, explosive finish. There is a prism-like sense of transparency allied to pure power in the 2010 that is impossible miss. Readers who can find the 2010 should not hesitate; it is a must-have. While many 2010s are approachable today, the Costanti's 2010 is not; it is a wine for the cellar. Drink 2018-2035. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com February, 2015

$80.00 the bottle  $816.00 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 64

The Bilbro brothers are moving from strength to strength with their venerable Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red. Lot Number 64 is just on the scene. The wine is tweaked ever so slightly drier than previous lots, perhaps now ever the more appealing to both west coast and European wine tastes. Produced mainly from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane primarily from vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red replicates the old Cal-Ital field blends there. Alluring deep ruby purple in color, with Zinfandel-influenced aromas suggesting dark ripe juicy berries with hints of the parched dusty northern California vineyard floor; at once fresh and vibrant, smooth and slippery on the tongue with just an inkling of fine-grained tannins that keep it all on the up and over. And, by all means, do take note of its continuing brilliantly true blue in terms of value! Regularly $11.99 the bottle, on sale now at:

$10.19 the bottle (that's $122.28 the case)

2014 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley

Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy with over 650 hectares under vine. Domaine Faiveley's village Mercurey is sourced from 5 parcels spread throughout the appellation for a little over 38 hectares. The oldest plantings of these vines dates back as far as 1962. The soils are primarily clay and limestone. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and pressed on site in Mercurey. Following vinification the young wines are brought to the domaine cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges for aging in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 to 14 months prior to release. The wine is a lovely translucent cherry skin red in color; with aromas suggesting spicy, peppery Pinot noir with a hint of vineyard floor and something like freshly roasted coffee bean; supple, silken-textured (for those that love a typical Burgundy, this one makes the tongue just sing), then gently flavorful and enticing, just piquant, mouthwatering; superb Burgundian Pinot noir at a price that also makes the purse-strings sing.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

2007 Rioja Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2007 Rioja Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

Long a favorite of our discerning clientèle, the Marques de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is produced only in the finest vintages from the fruit of Tempranillo and Mazuelo vines harvested by hand from an 80 year-old single vineyard called La Plana located at the highest point within the Ygay estate surrounding the winery in the southern point of the Rioja Alta wine subzone. The Tempranillo was harvested on the 27th of September and the Mazuelo on the 13th of October. The grapes were first carefully de-stemmed and crushed, then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 11 days with daily remontage and pigeage to help develop the wine's personality and to ensure maximum color and aroma without excessive tannin. The Tempranillo spent 28 months in 225-liter American oak barrels (the Mazuelo is aged in French oak barrels), and then three years in the bottle before being released to the market. Deep, deep ruby in color just barely faded at the edges; bold and complex slate of aromas suggestive of cool cedar, crème brulée, toast, leather, then a freshening fermentative flourish of macerated berries and kirsch; cool and polished on the tongue, rich and round with elegant intensity of flavor, then long and warm and lasting on the finish. Gran Reserva Especial, indeed!

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6

2010 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is much more polished than the 2009 tasted alongside it. Asphalt, smoke, tobacco, licorice and tar all flow as this sumptuous Cabernet shows off its sexy, undeniably appealing personality. Hints of mocha and espresso add a resonant warmth that is hugely attractive. The tannins are firm but seamlessly balanced. There is a lot to like in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, starting with the wine's sheer class. Drink 2014-2025. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July, 2013. Regularly $75.00 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$56.25 the bottle (that's $765.00 the case)

Lustau East India Solera Sherry

In centuries gone by, casks of sherry were lashed to ships sailing for the Indies as ballast and were found to develop an extraordinary smoothness and complexity. Lustau has revived this style of sherry in the East India Solera wine, an inspired mingling of about 85% aged dry (20 years old) Oloroso with about 15% aged (10 years old) sweet Pedro Ximenez blended then aged an additional 5 years in the warmest part of the bodega, la sacristia. Raisined fruit, candied citrus peel, macerated cherries, caramel and roasted almonds are common descriptors that we might put forward, but somehow there is something left to be described – an ineffable – as if a benevolent form of alchemy were having its way with an already wonderful raw material. Richly textured and flavorful; just sweet; assuages the tongue whilst giving all its wonderful complexity of flavor. Regularly $24.99 the bottle, on sale now at:

$22.50 the bottle

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Porto Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Porto

In the Graham’s cellars the depiction of bunches of grapes on the cask ends has been used to signify a wine of Vintage Porto quality. Amongst these, six bunches denote the darkest and most full‑bodied of such wines. One of Graham’s original Porto blends, Six Grapes is a true expression of the Graham’s house style with great richness and complexity — Graham's themselves refer to it as 'everyday Porto for the lover of full-on Vintage Porto.' Midnight ruby red in color with very primary aromas of ripe plum, prune, cherry, grape pomace, dried fig, tea leaf, bergamot, anise, cracked pepper, whoo, we could go on; rich, voluptuous even, on the tongue, then shows its warming grip with structure from velvety tannins; invigorating, fortifying, flavorful to the finish.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

2004 Warre's Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2004 Warre's Late Bottled Vintage Porto

Warre's Late Bottled Vintage Porto, a.k.a. «LBV» for short, remains among the very best of its type. Unfiltered and bottle-matured (to be sure, it's bottled four years after the vintage, two years later than vintage Porto, and then held in bottle until fit and ready for consumption. So much of what is so wonderful about mature vintage Porto, but, sans the wait and at about ⅓ or less the price, Warre's '04 LBV is just on the scene, just in time for the autumnal nip. Deep, deep purple in color with aromas of dried stone fruits, say dark cherry and black plum, and just a wisp of grape spirit; on aeration, there's nuance of dark chocolate and baking spices, too; composed and complete on the tongue, medium-full in body with easy, broad chalky tannins; an engaging, fortifying wine, warm, potent and flavorful to the finish.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

While vintage Porto is bottled some 18 months following the vintage, Tawny Porto is aged almost entirely in cask, during this process throwing off its dark purple color in favor of a more "tawny" hue, leaving its sediments in cask rather than in the bottle, it’s once grapey, plummy fruit transformed into something far more complex and, frankly, sublime — a veritable cornucopia of aromatic richness: bitter almond, caramel, walnut, citrus peel, raisin, prune, dried berry and cherry and perhaps a hint of brandy by campfire; oh so silken-textured, at once voluptuous and fiery, challenging and satisfying, with deliciously complex flavors that somehow so discreetly reprise those first highly suggestive aromas. Absolutely superb!

$50.00 the bottle

Belle de Brillet Extra Liqueur Poire Williams au Cognac Belle de Brillet Extra Liqueur Poire Williams au Cognac

This is one of France's great classic liqueurs, an original blend of Brillet Cognac and the essence of Poire Williams. Perfectly matured Bartlett pears are carefully selected, then picked at their peak of ripeness, macerated then blended with fine Brillet Cognac. A most flavorful, contemplative and, to be sure, irresistible liqueur  —  absolutely delicious. And perfect for sipping with family and friends at the holidays.

$45.00 the bottle

Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac № 10 V.S.O.P.

The world's best VSOP Cognac? Some of the, er, more venerable of our discerning clientèle will remember this fine brandy as the Marcel Ragnaud VSEP, from back in the days when we operated from inside of 650 square feet a block or so away. Times change. Packages change. Markets move. Heck, bottle shops move. But the quality and allure of this Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac Ragnaud-Sabourin remains. The № 10 VSOP is distilled from wine of Saint-Émilion grapes harvested from the 50 hectares of vines planted in the favored chalky soils of Grande Champagne at the Domaine de La Voute at Ambleville. Aged for about 10 years for remarkable aromatic allure, the № 10 VSOP is an hommage to the spirit of the grape and the soil, with complex and compelling aromas that conjure a sweet and delicate sense of slow maturation in wood, the singed sugar atop crème brulée, baking spices, raisined fruit, toasted hazelnut and at last a freshening zest of tangerine peel; smooth, rounded, elegant and rich on entry, almost voluptuous on the tongue and all the while fresh and invigorating with dazzling intensity and length of flavor. A remarkable Grande Champagne Cognac, indeed. Welcome back!

$75.00 the bottle

All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines/spirits/merchandise subject to prior sale.

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