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To Our Discerning Clientèle,

Please join us Saturday afternoon the 12th of January, 2019 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM when we'll offer a taste of taste of wines from the garden of France that is the Loire Valley.

Then, mark your calendar and then join us next Friday afternoon the 18th of January, 2019 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM when, together with Leo Gramona, 6th generation of the Gramona family winery (established 1816) and Mandi Nelson of importer Eric Solomon Selections, we'll offer a taste of the superb Spanish sparkling wines of Gramona.

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Saturday afternoon the 12th of January, 2019 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM here at the shop

Wine Tasting

Loire Valley

2017 Touraine Sauvignon (Blanc) Domaine des Corbillières

2017 Sancerre Les Godons (Blanc) Domaine Philippe Raimbault

2017 Pouilly-Fumé Domaine Favray

2017 Touraine Les Demoiselles (Rouge/Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc) Domaine des Corbillières

2017 Sancerre Les Godons (Rouge/Pinot Noir) Domaine Philippe Raimbault

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


Friday afternoon the 18th of January, 2019 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM here at the shop

Wine Tasting

Gramona Cava
with Leo Gramona, 6th generation of the Gramona family winery (established 1816) and Mandi Nelson of importer Eric Solomon Selections

2016 Gramona Gessami Penedès Blanco

2013 Gramona Cava Brut Gran Reserva La Cuvée

2013 Gramona Cava Brut Gran Reserva Imperial

2007 Gramona Cava Brut Gran Reserva Celler Battle Cava Paraje Font Jui

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


We'll not be waiting for a spring cleaning. Nope, we're tidying up our inventories already here in this still very new year, smack dab in the middle of winter. Announcing our Winter Clearance Sale! Just give us a little click here (or on the image just above) to have a look at the list of delicious wines marked down for quick sale to make room for the new. Then, come on downtown and enjoy some real savings of 25% and more on well-selected wines (particularly on fine German Riesling wines and Burgundies) caught in the crossfire of our wine buyer's extravagance and a better fiscal fitness.




Pre-Arrival Offering of 2016 Vintage Burgundies of Maison Louis Jadot

(Louis Jadot, Domaine Louis Jadot, Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey, Domaine André Gagey, Domaine Duc de Magenta, Domaine J. A. Ferret, Château des Jacques)

Despite extreme weather conditions in both 2016 and 2015, Burgundy’s Côte d’Or has produced an outstanding pair of back-to-back vintages studded with hauntingly beautiful reds.

Ten years from now, when their painful memories of the arduous 2016 growing season have receded, Burgundy’s producers may be able to enjoy their wines without nightmare flashbacks of the frost blanket and recurring mildew that plagued the vintage. Happily, Burgundy-loving civilians, who are naturally more concerned with the price and availability of their favorite wines than with the challenges of producing them, will derive great pleasure from the precise, perfumed, suavely tannic 2016s from the outset. One caveat: following a small crop of very ripe, large-scaled wines in 2015 that are quickly disappearing from retail shelves around the world, if they made it that far in the first place, the more classic ‘16s won’t be easy to find either...

"Two thousand sixteen is impossible to summarize," said technical director Frédéric Barnier in January, "but it’s a dense vintage with concentration, strength and length. And it was a vintage to pick late" ...

"One hundred percent of the quality of 2016 was made by ripeness, but part of the quality of 2015 was due to concentration [through dehydration], rather than full ripeness." Like a few of his colleagues, he compared 2015 and 2016 to 2009 and 2010. "But 2015 is denser than 2009, and 2016 is at the same level of quality as 2010 but in a different style."

- from Red Burgundy 2016 and 2015: Two Terrific but Very Different Vintages by Stephen Tanzer, www.vinous.com January 25, 2018 

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Offering of 2017 Vintage (and then some) Terry Theise Estate Selections German Wines

“If 2016 is a well-told joke, 2017 is a magnificently constructed argument. If 2016 is a morning in Spring, 2017 is an evening in Autumn.” - Terry Theise

After the nearly perfect lissome and sleek 2016s, 2017 is a marked contrast; it is a serious tasting vintage, by no means unfriendly, but levity does not obtrude upon it. There are certainly some charming wines, and there are loads of delicious wines, but '17 is a vintage of dark character whereas '16 was lyric and bright. "Dark" can be construed either metaphorically or in some cases almost literally - '17 has an iron-like cast, almost always smoky, like burning vine shoots. I used "shoot-smoke" quite often in my tasting notes, and I surprised myself by writing "peppery" from time to time. Compared to the mischievous '16s, the new vintage seems a little earnest. But if you're a serious kind of person (and a taster who appreciates no-nonsense wines) you'll be richly pleased by these 2017s. And there are many, many wines that everyone will flip over. - from Terry Theise's 2017 Germany Vintage Report

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

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Rouge

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied but balanced, with plenty of richness and concentration but also a certain paradoxical lightness. It offers complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry and raspberry fruit, a silky texture and a long finish that shows no sign of the wine's 15.8% alcohol. For technocrats, the wine's pH is 3.7, which is sufficient acidity to maintain a fine sense of balance. This lovely wine should drink well for at least two decades. Together with the 2015 and the 2017, it will be a compelling trio of wines to follow over the years. Drink: 2020-2040. Rated 97+. - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate Issue 238, 31 August, 2018

Vivid ruby-red. Ripe, intensely perfumed raspberry, blackberry, cherry pit and pungent flowers on the highly expressive, mineral- and spice-tinged nose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining yet graceful red and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied fennel. Delivers flavor intensity without excess weight and shows no rough edges. Closes sweet, sappy and extremely long, with smooth, slow-building tannins framing lingering red fruit preserve and floral notes. Rated (95-97)- Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, July, 2018.

$142.50 the 750ml bottle  $1,453.56 the case

2016 Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape Château de Beaucastel Rouge

Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Cassis, cherry pit, licorice, garrigue and an intense mineral overtone on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense, palate-staining bitter cherry and dark berry flavors show outstanding depth and become sweeter and more lively with aeration. Picks up a spicy quality on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows superb clarity and dark-fruit-driven persistence. Rated (93‑95). - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, April, 2018.

Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. Rated 97. - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, Issue 238, August, 2018.

$77.50 the 750ml bottle  $395.28 the case of 6/750ml bottles
$157.50 the 1.5-litre magnum bottle  $803.28 the case of 6

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin Domaine de la Janasse

Lurid ruby. An expansive, complex bouquet evokes cherry liqueur, blueberry, incense and candied flowers, along with a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the background. Shows outstanding depth and energy to the red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors, which become more lively and gain sweetness with aeration. Closes on a suave lavender pastille note, offering rounded, even tannins and emphatic, blue-fruit-driven persistence. Rated (93-95). - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com July, 2018.

$75.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case

2016 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Produce of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault from 30 hectares in the Coudoulet neighborhood of the Côtes du Rhône, located just east of the vineyard of Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape on the opposite side of the A7 motorway. Coudoulet is often referred to as baby Beaucastel (it's vineyard is similar being on the same Molasse seabed covered by diluvial alpine deposits). These stones (the French call them 'pebbles' or galets roulés), play a big role: they famously take in the heat during the day and let it if off slowly at night, giving the vines a good start in the springtime. Aromas suggesting a hint of garrigue beneath a taut ripe dark berry fruit compote; on the palate there is finesse, roundness and overall amplitude, perhaps fresher and more lively than the solar-ripe 2015 vintage; typically generous and then, somehow, firm on the palate in evidence of its stoney origins in close proximity to Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself. «Laissez les galets rouler!» Remarkable wine at its relatively modest price. Delicious even now, this superb 2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel will also reward medium term cellaring. But, hey, life is short! Why wait?

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2016 Côtes-du-Rhône Le Poutet Domaine Charvin

Beautifully perfumed with touches of garrigue and licorice, Charvin's 2016 Cotes du Rhone le Poutet is 81% Grenache, with the balance a blend of Mourvèdre, Carignan and Syrah. Ripe and exotic, it shows notions of peach and stone fruit alongside hints of berries and cherries; a firm, concentrated backbone; and a lingering, silky-textured finish. All whole cluster and made all in concrete, it's a throwback in terms of style, but it leaves a lasting impression. Rated 91. - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate Issue 238, August, 2018

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2015 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

Produce of 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre grown on 20 acres adjacent to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards of Domaine de La Janasse. This superb Côtes-du-Rhône has been a go-to bottle for us for some years now, and the 2015 does not disappoint; deep, deep ruby red, with hints of garrigue and stone almost wholly subsumed by sun-drenched and delicious ripe grapey aromas; rich, round and powerful with ripe kirsch-like Grenache flavors and chalky stony tannins building on the palate and giving shape and structure on to the warm and invigorating finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case


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

2004 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires< 2004 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

A seamless Champagne, showing a texture of raw silk, this weaves vibrant acidity with an expressive range of glazed apple and poached white cherry fruit flavors, with pickled ginger and saffron spice details and rich notes of pastry cream, toast and coffee liqueur. More about finesse than power, this is long and creamy on the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2028. 90 cases imported. Rated 95. - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, December 15, 2018

Delicate aromas suggesting orchard fruits, particularly mirabelle plum; supremely balanced on the tongue with a fine, fine mousse; total engagement on the palate with delicate flavors poised and projecting, fresh and invigorating on the finish long after the wine itself has passed. In this taster's humble opinion, this is absolute perfection in sparkling wine. - JR, AWM

$200.00 the bottle  $510.00 the case of 3

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is produce of about ⅓ each Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from a selection of approximately 60 different crus individually vinified in stainless steel. The blend contains a high proportion of about 40% reserve wines an equal mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and between 5 and 15 years of age. Luminous yellow golden in color with a wealth of fine bubbles; full, toasty, doughy aromas; rich and round on the palate, sumptuous even, with a freshening zest of citrus on the finish. Brut Réserve is the splendid calling card of Champagne Charles Heidsieck.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve

Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remain family owned and operated. Pol Roger Brut White Foil is produced from the first pressing only of fruit from Premier and Grand Cru Vineyards, about ⅓ each Chardonnay from Cote des Blancs, Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims, and Pinot Meunier from Vallee de la Marne and Petite Valle d'Epernay: pale gold in color with an ultra fine bead; flowery, delicately toasty aroma; creamy textured, then supremely balanced on the tongue with a dry, well-rounded and harmonious finish that so elegantly cajoles another pull. We find it delectable. And, if it is true that a Champagne house be judged by the quality and consistency of their House Brut, then the house of Pol Roger, in our humble estimation, ranks among those at the very top.

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

Champagne Palmer Brut Réserve

Champagne Palmer Brut Réserve is produced from about ½ Chardonnay, ⅓ Pinot Noir and the balance Pinot meunier from a selection of the most prestigious terroirs in Champagne with Premier and Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims predominating and making their distinctive mark. A significant proportion (25% to 35%) of reserve wines contributes a rare fullness and maturity. Your entrepid wine tasters here note a light lemon gold in color with an abundance of vibrant bubbles racing upward; spontaneous aromas of citrus blossom, toasted baguette and wet stone; full, round, chalky dry with a zesty lemony tang of refreshingness and full mineral vibrancy and potency and mouthwateringness and satisfyingness.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of six

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

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs

For our part, we've found of late that it just doesn't pay to try and do Champagne on the cheap, that we're better off looking outside that oft jaded geography to find as fine if not finer sparkling wine indeed for the bubbles buck that needs to stretch on out a bit. The fine Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wines of Louis Picamelot are just such a find. 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. Champagne on the cheap? Nah! This is Crémant de Bourgogne that'll do you proud. Do come and get it!

$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

Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Garbèl, which in ancient local dialect means a dry, crisp, pleasantly tart wine, is produced from the hilly vineyards in the Colli Trevigiani area, where the cool nights and hot days are ideal for expressing the typical fruit notes of the Glera grape, also known as Prosecco. A wonderfully versatile sparkler, Garbèl’s 13 grams of residual sugar place it between the Brut and Extra Dry styles: lucid, platinum in color; vibrant and fresh aromas lure one in with suggestion of orchard fruits like yellow plum and pear (it is, of course, the Glera grape); vivid, frothy, crisp and mouthwatering on the tongue with just a hint of minerality; leaves the palate fully refreshed and ready. Unpretentious, unaffected, engaging and refreshing, Adami Garbèl is our go-to Prosecco.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2017 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

From the land of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers comes this keen-edged little number. Noted wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., has called it 'among the greatest white wine values in the world.' Vivid and fresh of aroma, hinting at citrus, say ruby-red grapefruit and peach; light on its feet and low in alcohol, crisp, chalky dry, both tantalizing and refreshing, stirring the salivary glands something wonderful. Serve this one up well-chilled for maximum refreshment.

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 68

Scot Bilbro has taken over for his father and his brothers and is now running the show at Marietta Cellars. Old Vine Red Lot Number 68 is on the scene. The wine is tweaked ever so slightly drier than in the past, 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!

$11.99 the bottle   $122.28 the case

2017 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

The lovely village of Saint-Vérand (note the different spelling) is located half-hidden amongst the hills in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, between Pouilly-Fuissé and the Beaujolais. Its Jurassic chalky soils are a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d'Or and are ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Harvested by hand the grapes are immediately and gently pressed, then passed into stainless steel to undergo a slow and cool fermentation. The wine is bottled the following spring to retain its inherent freshness, fruitiness and roundness. Green-gold in color with discreet and pure Chardonnay aromas suggesting flesh of crisp green apple, citrus and stone; fine, elegant Chardonnay flavors are refreshingly crisp and mineral, but at the same time broadening on the tongue, becoming more sumptuous and satisfying, delivering a nice wallop of excellent dry white Burgundy wine for the price of mere everyday Chardonnay.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2017 Chablis Vieilles Vignes Gérard Tremblay

Produce of 100% Chardonnay fruit hand-picked mostly from 50-plus year-old vines from one sustainably-farmed vineyard near Poinchy. This is like springtime for lovers of real Chablis: characteristic luminous green-gold in color with ultra clean, pure aromas suggesting ripe cool-of-the-morning Chardonnay berries over your everyday rain-soaked upper Jurassic Kimmeridgian age limestone; supremely balanced and deliciously dry, with a certain urgency and lovely interplay between ripe fruit from old vines, minerality and vibrant acidity; just plain delightful dry white wine for enjoying in this very here and now.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2017 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon

The Domaine des Corbillières is a 20-hectare estate located in the town of Oisly, about 30 kilometers east of the city of Tours in the Loire River Valley. It was three generations ago that Fabel Barbou planted his first Sauvignon Blanc, introducing the varietal in this central Loire appellation. The vines are today quite old and low­ yielding. The wines nowadays are made with great care and passion by Fabel’s great­grandson, Dominique Barbou. Luminous bright green-­gold in the glass; high-toned, ultra-fresh aromas of citrus, ripe melon, lemongrass; vibrant and alive on the tongue, almost électrique as its former importer, Mr. Bobby Kacher, would say. And always among the absolute best values available in high ­quality Sauvignon Blanc.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2016 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

2016 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese

The white peach, pear and white currant on display here offered a jellied impression of ripeness, sweetness and concentration such as I would have anticipated from an Auslese. The nose is effusive and the palate luscious, creamy and glycerol-rich yet delicate and shot through with enlivening fresh lime. As with a number of Grünhaus 2016s, there is an appealingly cooling aspect to this wine’s green herbal accents, while peach kernel and walnut offer piquant counterpoint to the wine’s overt sweetness and luscious fruitiness. In a surprising role reversal, this Abtsberg delivers the sort of vividly tactile sense of smoky and crystalline stony mineral impingement and vibrant sense of dynamic flavor interplay that I typically associate with Herrenberg. (There is no separate auction lot of Abtsberg Spätlese from vintage 2016.) Tasted January, 2014. Drink 2017-2044. Rated 93. - David Schildknecht, vinous.com, March, 2018.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case

2015 Château Carbonnieux Graves Pessac‑Léognan Blanc

The 2015 Carbonnieux Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. It has a tightly wound grapefruit, white peach and citrus scented bouquet that slowly unfurls in the glass. Given a couple of minutes, it attains impressive harmony and focus. The palate is well defined on the entry, very crisp and pure, seguing into a saline finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. This is a very well-crafted Carbonnieux Blanc with class and poise. Drink 2019-2032. Rated (90-92). - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue 224 April, 2016.

$35.00 the bottle $357.00 the case

2015 Château de Chantegrive Graves Rouge

Produce of about half each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from vineyards southeast of the city of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne river and planted to shallow well-drained soils of gravel and coarse sand mixed with silt and resting on a layer of clay and limestone subsoil; dense ruby in color (le millésime solaire strikes again!) with forward fruit-driven aromas suggestive of black raspberry, dried cherries, violets, toasted barrel and spice, then nuance of vineyard floor following summer rainfall; polished and plush on entry, then full and potent, almost velvety in texture, and holding its shape with structure of fine-grained tannins that keeps the fullness in check. Delicious wine! Superb value!

$19.99 the bottle $203.88 the case

2017 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

Pierre Lurton's 2017 Marjosse Blanc is a very pretty, crisp white ideal for near-term drinking. Best of all, Marjosse is a stellar value. Rated (87-89). - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May, 2018

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case

2015 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge

Pierre Lurton's 2015 Marjosse is a big, bold wine packed with black cherry, tobacco, chocolate, smoke, leather and licorice. This dark, brooding wine should drink nicely upon release. There is plenty going on! Tasted April 2016. Rated (87-89). - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April, 2016

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2015 Château Amour Médoc

No, this isn't just a come on. Château Amour is really a thing. Located on the gravelly slopes of Civrac-en-Médoc northwest of the town of Lesparre in the far northern part of the presqu’île that is the Médoc, the 26 hectares of vineyards of Château Amour are planted to well-drained gravel and clay-limestone soils to about equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines and benefit both from the stabilizing influence of the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Gironde river estuary to the east. Classic, if discreet, claret aromas suggesting a mélange of dried berry fruits and dark cherry along with hints of graphite and fresh roasted coffee bean; poised and polished on entry, the wine broadens out nicely on the tongue to an elegant medium in body; subtle and delicately flavorful with fine dusty tannins keeping things fresh on the elegant and flavorful finish.

$17.50 the bottle $178.56 the case

2011 Douro Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda 2011 Douro Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda

The 2011 Quinta da Leda (Casa Ferreirinha) is another fine Leda – not surprising in a terrific vintage, because they’ve been pretty fine in general for awhile. It is primarily a Touriga Franca/Touriga Nacional blend (45-40), with Tinta Roriz filling out the rest, all aged for 18 months in French oak, only 50% new. If it lacks the flashy notes of the 2009, it seems just as elegant as the 2010, but perhaps even better-balanced and more concentrated. This will one day be more expressive. At the moment, it is tight, a bit tannic and oak-tinged. Its graceful demeanor and tightly wound feel portend a big winner when this begins to open up and develop some complexity. Come back in 3-5 years for better results. It is on the short list for the best of the recent string of winners. There were approximately 33,700 bottles produced. Drink 2016-2033. Rated 95. - Mark Squires, Wine Advocate Issue 228, August, 2014

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6

2015 Douro Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz 2015 Douro Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz

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 winemaking 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

2015 Douro Dow Vale do Bomfim 2015 Douro Dow Vale do Bomfim

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 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

The 2015 Ornellaia is a dream wine with magnificent balance. All the elements are in the right place. In most vintages, Ornellaia needs time to fully come together, but the 2015 is just impeccable, even in the early going. The warm vintage notwithstanding, winemaker Axel Heinz crafted and Ornellaia is more about finesse and power. The potent, bruising tannins Ornellaia can show as a young wine are nowhere to be found. Bright raspberry jam, mint, white flowers and pomegranate are some of the many notes that punctuate the finish in a memorable Ornellaia that will go down among the great vintages produced at this reference-point estate. Drink 2023-2040. Rated 98. - Antonio  Galloni, vinous.com, April, 2018

$227.50 the 750ml bottle $1,160.28 the case of 6/750ml bottles

2010 Barolo Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe Cavallotto

A dramatic wine, the 2010 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe hits the palate with seemingly never-ending array of aromas, flavors and textures. Dark-fleshed stone fruits, graphite, smoke, licorice and tar are some of the many nuances that emerge as the 2010 continues to take shape in the glass. This big, strapping Barolo is likely to require a good bit of patience. As it often does, the San Giuseppe shows the more brooding side of Nebbiolo. Drink 2025-2045. Rated 95. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2016

$117.50 the bottle  $599.28 the case of 6

2016 Dogliani Superiore Vigna Tecc Poderi Luigi Einaudi

"Dogliani" is a new(ish) DOCG which denotes highest quality wines produced from Dolcetto grapes in this cooler, higher elevation growing area in this southern part of Piemonte. Vigna Tecc «pronounced tetch» is produced from 100% Dolcetto fruit from vines planted to the marl/calcareous and clay soils from 2 hectares of favored south facing old hillside vineyards on the estate near the village of Dogliani. If a bit more firm and typical than the 2015, the 2016 is perhaps a more classic example of Dolcetto from this area: deep ruby in color with fermentive aromas of grape pomace and pencil shavings, bitter almond and a waft of liquirizia; at once, ample grapey and firm on the palate, with an almost crunchy fruit character and that telltale hint of bitter almond on the mouthwatering finish.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

2016 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione

Pure, fruity and elegant, featuring cherry, plum, currant and iron aromas and flavors. Well-structured, yet balanced, with a lingering, fresh aftertaste of fruit, iron and leather notes. Drink now through 2024. Rated 91. - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator October 31, 2018

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 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

2016 Graham's Vintage Porto 2016 Graham's Vintage Porto

Super-ripe with an expressive plum and dark chocolate aroma. Rich opulence backed by dark chocolate intensity and spicy tannic grip – big and bold on the finish. Voluptuous with fabulous richness, big and bold on the finish. This is one for the long haul but it’s already very impressive. Production of 6,325 cases. Drink: 2030-2055. Rated 98. - Richard Mayson decanter.com December, 2018

$112.50 the bottle  $573.78 the case of six

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 one-third 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


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, 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

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

In the 1930s, Chambéry earned the only protected designation of origin for Vermouth in France. Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry is our choice for the most perfect of dry vermouth wines for use in the classic Martini (whatever one's idea of classic might be). It is distinguished by its light, fresh, clean profile, which comes from a delicate white wine base and more than thirty Alpine herbs. From its start in 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has been a benchmark for fine French Vermouth. Its fresh and elegant nose, subtle and complex palate is the profile that made the 1 part gin to 1 part dry vermouth Martini famous. Beyond mixed drinks, it is ideal on its own with a twist of citrus peel as an apéritif, as an accompaniment to goat cheese or pesto, Marcona almonds, or more simply with conversation or in quiet contemplation at the end of the day. In cooking, Dolin Dry Vermouth adds depth and an herbal character above and beyond that of a normal white wine.

$13.75 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

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