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2011 Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas Calatayud   2007 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione   2011 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione   2011 Château Bellevue Claribes Bordeaux   2011 Côtes‑du‑Rhône La Muse Papilles Montirius   2010 Hegarty Chamans Minervois № 2   2009 Bodega Tacuil Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Viñas de Davalos   2012 Côtes‑du‑Rhône Domaine de La Becassonne Blanc André BRUNEL   2012 Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne   2011 Sancerre La Crêle THOMAS et Fils   2011 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla  

2011 Viña Alarba Garnacha Viñas Viejas Calatayud
Bright purple. Aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola, cola and tobacco expand with air. Dense and fleshy in the mouth, with good energy to the sweet black raspberry and cola flavors. Finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins and good, sweet persistence. Rated 88. ‑ Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar September 2012
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

2007 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out sexy. Layers of dark red fruit caress the palate in this round, voluptuous Brunello. Sweet roses, violets, mint and spices appear later, adding further complexity. The 2007 boasts striking inner perfume, radiant fruit and silky, super-refined tannins. Readers are going to have a hard time keeping their hands off this extraordinary wine. As great as the 2007 is today, it will be even better in a few years' time. This is a fabulous showing from Il Poggione. Drink 2017-2034. Rated 94. ‑ Antonio Galloni, http://www.vinousmedia.com, April, 2012
$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of six

2011 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione
A younger and more accessible Tuscan red from one of our favorite producers of Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino is produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes handpicked from younger vines on the estate — a baby Brunello, if you will. Bright ruby red in color and decidedly red-fruited on the nose with aromas suggestive of red berry, tart cherry, saddle leather, sun-drenched underbrush and dusty earth; medium-full in body (fuller still with some air), almost velvety in texture with fine and gentle, crisp dusty tannins and red-fruit flavors that burst with a kind of Mediterranean warmth toward the mouthwatering finish. Baby Brunello? Sure! But this Il Poggione Rosso is in and of itself an absolutely delicious Tuscan red wine! Regularly $22.50 the bottle, on sale now at:
$19.99 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2011 Château Bellevue-Claribes Bordeaux
Produce of half each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fruit from vines an average of 40 years old planted to 8 hectares of clay limestone soils near Gensac in the Dordogne, southeast of Saint-Émilion; this is a gentle nod to a modern take on classic Claret with aromas suggestive of fleshy ripe berries and hints of cassis, leather and dusty loamy soil; ripe and well-rounded on the tongue, of medium weight with gentle broad tannins and a long crisp flavorful finish; and considering the very attractive price, this is surely a yeoman's job on a workingman's Claret.
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

2011 Côtes‑du‑Rhône La Muse Papilles Montirius
From 3 hectares of relatively low yielding (30 hl/ha on average) 25 year-old, certified organically grown vines (80% Grenache/20% Syrah) planted in 'garrigue' and Helvetian sand and sandstone. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed, gently crushed, fermented on natural yeasts in cement vats then bottled in the spring following the vintage. Aromas redolent of freshly cracked peppercorns and taut berries with just a hint of the famous garrigue; pure and firm on the tongue with flavors of taut ripe red berries and pepper and spice that go tantalizingly long and fresh on the finish. Montirius say "ce vin éveille et fait frétiller nos papilles." We say "mais oui!"
$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 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

2010 Hegarty Chamans Minervois № 2 2010 Hegarty Chamans Minervois № 2
Domaine de Chamans sits surrounded by garrigue and woodlandin the south-facing foothills of the Montaigne Noire in the Minervois appellation of southwestern France. Its isolation from any surrounding vineyards allows for the domaine’s non-interventionist, organic and biodynamic-based farming practices to have a maximum positive impact on their vines. The soils here are composed of limestone, clay and schist, and are worked and treated with organic matter to ensure the land has balance and energy. The advantage of clay is that it retains moisture – somewhat essential for enduring the baking summer sun of the Languedoc. The predominating Le Cers wind also assists in keeping the vines free of any excess of moisture, reducing the need for treatments. A small flock of sheep help keep the weeds down between the vines and provide natural fertilizer when mixed with other organic matter. And yes, there is a black sheep. Yields here are kept to around 25 hl/ha, well below what the appellation allows. The fruit is all hand-harvested. Fermentation begins with yeasts that are native and natural to the vineyard and takes place in a combination of small French oak barrels, large wooden foudres and concrete tank. The wine is bottled unfiltered according to the cycles of the moon. And the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Hegarty Chamans Minervois № 2 is a most compelling blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault. Aromas redolent of ripe fruit, say crushed ripe blue berries and bramble, currants and baking spices; rich and ripe and mouthfilling; way-concentrated in flavor; warm and robust and long and oh geez this stuff is just delicious ...
$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2009 Bodega Tacuil Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Viñas de Dávalos
From vineyards among the highest in elevation on planet Earth at just under 8,000 feet in Salta, Argentina. Bodega Tacuil also almost uniquely eschew the use of oak in their winemaking program, relying on a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from their very special terroir to communicate the blissful and most soulful remoteness of their situation. The wine is a lovely deep classic ruby in color with highly complex deep-pitched aromas suggestive of charred cherries, spiced plum and a fine winegrowing soil; a fine equilibrium on the palate, too, with poise and power and, at once, finesse and impressive length of flavor. ¡ Salta ! Regularly $100.00 the  bottle,  on  sale  now  at:
$75.00 the bottle  $450.00 the case of 6/750ml bottles

2012 Côtes‑du‑Rhône Domaine de La Becassonne Blanc André BRUNEL
Domaine de la Becassonne is a small estate located near the village of Sorgue near Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhône Valley. Planted in 1978, the property is solely dedicated to the production of white wine, a rarity in these parts. But with its cool micro-climate and sandy, limestone soils the tiny property is ideal for the production of this fresh, expressive white wine, an inspired mingling of about 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette. The vines are pruned for low yields of around 40 hectolitres per hectare. Each varietal is harvested separately as it reaches optimal ripeness, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel. The wine is bottled in late winter to early Spring following the vintage. Fresh aromas suggestive of orange blossom and tropical fruits; at once vibrant and delicately mineral, round, supple and caressing on the tongue; simply superb southern Rhône Valley white wine.
$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

Sancerre La Crêle THOMAS 2011 Sancerre La Crêle THOMAS et Fils
Jean & Ginette THOMAS craft among our most favorite of the wines of Sancerre. Lovely, limpid, pale straw in color; fresh Sauvignon Blanc aromas that suggest perfectly ripe fruit harvested at its apogee of flavor and potency with suggestion of ripe melon, citrus and fine wildflower honey on a backdrop of cool rainwater on crumbled limestone; crisp and compelling on the tongue, with an almost palpable vibrant interplay of fruit and acidity; lots and lots of clean, delicious Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc flavor that just lasts and lasts and refreshes and refreshes...
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2012 Côtes‑du‑Rhône Domaine de La Becassonne Blanc André BRUNEL
Domaine de la Becassonne is a small estate located near the village of Sorgue near Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhône Valley. Planted in 1978, the property is solely dedicated to the production of white wine, a rarity in these parts. But with its cool micro-climate and sandy, limestone soils the tiny property is ideal for the production of this fresh, expressive white wine, an inspired mingling of about 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette. The vines are pruned for low yields of around 40 hectolitres per hectare. Each varietal is harvested separately as it reaches optimal ripeness, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel. The wine is bottled in late winter to early Spring following the vintage. Fresh aromas suggestive of orange blossom and tropical fruits; at once vibrant and delicately mineral, round, supple and caressing on the tongue; simply superb southern Rhône Valley white wine.
$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2012 Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays des 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 cool early fall refreshment. While supplies last:
$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

2011 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla
Produced from some 25 hectares of vines owned by Gérard and Daniel Vinet, located in the village of La Haye-Fouassière near Nantes, within the département of the Loire-Atlantique and within the region known as Sèvre et Maine, an area that lies between these two tributaries that flow northward to the river Loire. The wine is produced entirely from the Mélon de Bourgogne grape, also known as Muscadet. The fruit is hand-harvested, generally beginning in early September. The wine is kept on its lees and bottled in the spring following harvest. Ultra fresh, cool aromas suggest fresh green grapes grown on the mineral soils of schists, mica schists, gneiss and metamorphic amphibolites and under the influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean; lively, almost pétillant on the tongue, with a most refreshing crisp almost crunchy saline mineral intensity of flavor. An ideal companion to shellfish and most all lighter fare that calls for dry white wine and a brilliant foil for our late spring to early summer heat. And all at a price that, in our estimation, places this among the very best values of them all in dry white wine.
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

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