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2013 Bandol Rose La Bastide Blanche   2013 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart   2013 Chinon Rosé Raffault   Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 60   2012 Mâcon‑Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay   2012 Chateau Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc   2010 Rioja Artadi Vinas de Gain   2011 Bodega Caro Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Amancaya   2012 Voss Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley   2012 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Joh. Jos. CHRISTOFFEL Erben   2012 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir   2012 Mas de Guiot Grenache Syrah Pays du Gard

2013 Bandol Rosé La Bastide Blanche
A glass of Bandol Rosé can make the heart sing. A bottle between two so inclined can lead to singing and dancing on tables, to reveling in what might well be taken for paradise in the purity of the innocently purloined Provençal light. While we've much enjoyed the superb red and white wines of La Bastide Blanche for a couple three vintages now, the rosé is fresh on the scene and is just the sort of delicious value we've been looking for. Produce of a preponderance of Mourvèdre, together with Grenache and Cinsault from vines some 30 or so years old on average, vivid peachy Provençal sunset pink with glints of azure blue and copper; alluringly fresh transportive aromas of berry and stone (at least a couple of our tasters imagined mountain pine); ample and most present on the palate, at once fine and savory with nerve of ripe ruby red pith and limestony minerality and (whither my thirst?) ... ahh, Provence.
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2013 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart
Is Provençal Rosé the vinous equivalent of bottled sunshine? Is it the what's what of pink wines? Is it the cool, crisp compelling glass of vin rosé at the end of the rainbow? Yeah, probably so! Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé is among our favorite of the Provençal rosé wines each year. Fresh, bright, vivid with a gentle intensity of chalky berry flavor just bursting forth and a refreshingness that is just, ahhhhh ... Thank heaven for sunshine. Thank heaven for Provençal rosé!
$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2013 Chinon Rosé J. M. Raffault
Jean-Maurice Raffault is the 14th generation of Raffault family owning vineyard and growing vines in the Chinon appellation. His excellent Chinon Rosé is produce of Cabernet Franc grapes planted across 10 hectares of sand and gravel soils at Savigny-en-Veron. The domaine practices lutte raisonée (sustainable) viticulture — the soils are either ploughed or planted with grass and no chemical fertilizers or herbicides are used. To enhance the wine's freshness, it is vinified using ⅔ pressed and ⅓ saignée juice. Fermentation is carried out at low temperature with native yeasts, and the wine is bottled in March following the harvest to preserve the bright and spicy red berry fruit. And here it is in May! Most distinctive among our selection of rosé wines, its particular minerality, currant fruit and notes of pepper give it away as Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. Medium-bodied, classically dry, but not too much so. And a most pleasant change from the numerous selections from further south.
$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2011 Mas Lavail Carignan Vielles Vignes Terre d'Ardoise 2011 Mas Lavail Carignan Vielles Vignes Terre d'Ardoise
Mas de Lavail is located in sunny and dry Languedoc-Roussillon, between the Mountains of the Pyrenées and Corbières, in a little town named Maury. People of this region are very proud of their Catalan national heritage, where they speak their own language, deeply influenced by the Spanish culture. Its vignerons work hard in the vineyards, using leaf-pulling and hand-picking to extract wines of great concentration and flavor from the fertile terroir. Nicolas Battle (pronounced "buy") is a young winemaker of great talent and the fifth generation of his family to practice this noble profession. Together with his cousin, Lionel Lavail, they work this new domain of fantastic potential, with very old vines averaging 80+ years of age planted to the formidable black schist soils of this part of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Their 2011 vintage Mas Lavail Carignan Vieilles Vignes Terre d'Ardoise, produced from 85% old vines Carignan and 15% Grenache, is a shimmering garnet in color; at once both light and lively, warm and round, plump, ripe, juicy and succulent, with smooth rounded tannins and grapey fresh flavors that just plain deliciously please. Regularly $11.99 the bottle, on sale now at:
$7.99 the bottle  $95.88 the case

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 60
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. Characteristically deep ruby in color with forward Zin influenced aromas suggesting blackberry and spiced plum (it is, of course, deliciously ripe northern California grapes transformed into wine); at once balanced and generous, lush and supple on the tongue with a nicely rounded and mouth‑filling finish — the same up‑front and delicious wine we've come to know for the last now 60 lots. And, true as its ever‑blue label, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red remains steadfast in its value.
$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2012 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 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 the best‑selling white Burgundy in the United States! Regularly $12.99 the bottle, on sale now at:
$9.99 the bottle  $119.88 the case

2012 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc 2012 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc
Features bright honeysuckle and chamomile notes, with a fresh, pure, stone-tinged core of white peach. Offers a flash of tarragon on the finish. Rated (87-90). - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2010_Rioja_Artadi_Vinas_de_Gain 2010 Rioja Artadi Vinas de Gain
This very balanced vintage is made with 100% Tempranillo fermented in open stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for one year. The palate is explosive, with clean acidity and balance, pure, hedonistic with great depth. It slowly develops some minty, balsamic aromas coating the red fruit, with even notes of fennel. Drink 2014-2022. Rated 91. - Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate Issue 210, December 2013
$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6

2011 Bodega Caro Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Amancaya

Bright, deep ruby-red. Crushed blackberry and a whiff of menthol on the nose. Sweet, lush and intense, with a fine-grained texture to the cassis and blackberry flavors. Finishes with broad, fine but firm tannins and noteworthy spicy length. Rated 90. - Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 2013

The 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva ... which aims at a feminine, elegant profile, is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and shows a classical profile of tobacco, cedar wood, balsam and perfectly ripe fruit. It has great balance and integration of fruit, oak and acidity, it has no edges and drinks beautifully now, but has the stuffing to last well. Drink 2014-2019. Rated 90. - Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate Issue 212, April 2014

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2012 Voss Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Juicy peach and apricot flavors are bright and fragrant, offering a nice counterbalance to the crisp lemon and grapefruit notes. The flavors really gain momentum on the finish. Drink now. 2,400 cases made. Rated 89. - MW, Wine Spectator 31 July 2013
$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2012 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Joh. Jos. CHRISTOFFEL Erben
Superb aromas lead to a minty-salty palate, slinky and swank and stiletto-precise; boxwood-y urgestein aromas (“urgestein” = primary rock, giving smoky charred notes), and a phosphorescent finish. Sweetness is poised perfectly. ‑ Terry Theise, from his 2013 Germany Catalogue
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2012 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir
The 2012 vintage will be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the Willamette Valley. A warm, early spring flowering helped to begin and ensure full ripening under consistent, sunny skies throughout most of the growing season, which included harvest time. Our friend and ex-Austinite turned Oregonian man of wine, James Cahill, has crafted a beautiful example here. Aromas of cola, berry and earth give way to a dense, complex palate of dark fruit, herb and baking spice flavors. Nicely structured with good grip yet retaining a classic velvety texture, this wine competes favorably with equivalently-priced Pinot Noir from anywhere in the world.
$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case

2012 Mas de Guiot Grenache Syrah Pays du Gard 2012 Mas de Guiot Grenache Syrah Pays du Gard
This small château is located near the town of Saint-Gilles just west of the Rhône River some 5 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. It is owned an operated by the Cornut family — Sylvia is the oenologist, with her husband François and their two sons tending to the vineyards. The rocky soils here are reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the fruit is always picked late, ensuring deep and profound wines with soft tannins. François is meticulous in his viticultural practices and is a believer in sustainable agriculture, using no synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers on any of his vineyards or crops. Sylvia and the boys take over in the winery (the boys work a lot) where she ferments all fruit separately in stainless steel tanks by varietal and by vineyard site. This 2012 Mas de Guiot is a blend of hand-harvested Grenache and Syrah fruit; very primary aromas of fleshy ripe grapes and grape pomace (imagine that!), with suggestion of blue plum, kirsch and a good healthy winegrowing earth; just full and fruity and round on the tongue with nice crisp bright acids and supple tannins lending the gentlest astringency and keeping things refreshing and vibrant to the long and flavorful finish. At its ultra-attractive price, this is real value for those of us hard-working central Texans who enjoy really good wine but who may, from time to time, need their wine dollars to stretch on out a bit.
$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case

512 West Sixth Street Austin, Texas 78701-2806 USA
(An easy right turn between San Antonio and Nueces streets)