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To Our Discerning Clientèle,

Please join us Friday afternoon / early evening the 14th of September, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM here at the shop as we welcome Emanuela Stucchi-Prinetti, 6th generation owner of the legendary Badia a Coltibuono in Chianti Classico in the heart of Tuscany. Born in 1954 and raised at the abbey, Emanuela studied performing arts and contemporary vocal work. She worked in the film industry until returning permanently to the family business in 1989. Today she runs the winery with her siblings. She was the first woman elected president of Il Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico in 2000.

Badia a Coltibuono is a true icon in Tuscany. The Badia (abbey) itself was built by monks in 1000 AD and focused on agriculture. It is from some of those original landholdings that the family today family produce their highly acclaimed wines. Sangiovese is the focus, of course, organically farmed, that comprises the Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva wines. Then there is the legendary Vin Santo. But much of the excitement today is around a new wine called Montebello, a red wine comprised of nine little known historic heirloom varietals produced at a world class level of quality. The 2013 was just awarded a 94 point rating from the Wine Spectator.

Then, watch this space for an e-mail tomorrow to announce our weekly tasting to be held Saturday afternoon the 15th of September, 2018.

Our annual Summer Clearance Sale continues. In what is perhaps the classiest clearance bin this side of the Mississippi River, there are some especially good bargains to be had for those who appreciate fine Burgundies, Champagnes, West coast Pinots noirs, vintage Porto, fine German Riesling wines and more. Give us a little click here for more information.

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Friday afternoon the 14th of September, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM here at the shop

Wine Tasting


Badia a Coltibuono
with Emanuela Stucchi-Prinetti, Owner

2015 Chianti Classico Badia a Coltibuono

2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Coltibuono

2013 Montebello Toscana Badia a Coltibuono

2009 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Badia a Coltibuono

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


Come summer, pink is the thing wine-wise. A cool, even frigid glass of pink wine can be just the refreshing thing to beat the summer heat. Although we ourselves treat this category with all the fun and frivolity it deserves, we do take it all quite seriously, too. We've a superb selection of pink wines in-store from which you might choose your favorites. By all means do check out the cool, refreshing and delicious selections at the pink page of our web-site. Then scurry on downtown and get on into the pink!


Summer is here! And our mostly annual Summer Clearance Sale is now in progress. We've reduced prices on a whole host of delicious wines in an effort to reduce inventories in advance of our counting in late August for the tax man (and, yes, also to reduce the evidence of indulgence on the part of our wine buyer). So, do take a look at our Summer Clearance Sale! In what might well be the classiest clearance bin this side of the Mississippi River, there are some especially good bargains to be had for those who appreciate fine Burgundies, Rhône Valley and Languedoc wines, Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino, Champagne, California Chardonnay, California Cabernet Sauvignon, Aussie this and Aussie that, vintage Porto, fine German Riesling wines and a good bit more. Click here to go there!



In spite of early reports about skyrocketing grape sugars owing to the hot, dry summer and small grapes of 2015, my extensive tastings of this vintage from barrel and tank during late autumn made it clear that this will be one of the half-dozen top vintages for red Burgundy of the past generation. The vintage’s standout wines—and there are a lot of them in 2015—offer a rare combination of succulent deep fruit, mouthfilling density of texture, ripe fine-grained tannins, and enough energy to ensure at least mid-term ageability. In terms of their consistent quality and broad appeal, 2015 will be a difficult vintage to top.

- from The 2015 Red Burgundies: You Are So Going To Want Them, January, 2017 by Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com

Given our tastings in April of last year in Burgundy, our tastings of wines now already arrived here and our discerning clientèle's enthusiastic response thus far, we can but agree: «you are so going to want them».

Should you wish to secure some of these superb 2015 vintage red Burgundy wines, please just give us a call at (512) 499-0512 or send us your order by way of reply to this e-Mail message. We would, as always, look forward to hearing from you.




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

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

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 to foil this summer heat.

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

2017 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

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 67

Scot Bilbro has now taken over for his father and his brothers and is now running the show at Marietta Cellars. Old Vine Red Lot Number 67 has made its debut, new label is just on the scene with Lot 66. 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!

$11.99 the bottle   $122.28 the case

2016 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!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2015 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

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, vinousmedia.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 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, vinousmedia.com, April, 2016

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2015 Bordeaux Rouge Instant Bécot

Another winner from the 2015 vintage. Instant Bécot is overseen by the same wine producing team as the Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé Château Beau-Séjour Bécot. Produce of 84% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec from vineyards planted to clay and limestone soils south and east of Saint-Émilion; aromas of fleshy ripe Merlot apparent (fleshier still with some aeration), with nuance of dried cherries, cherry pit and earth tones; slippery smooth on the tongue with gentle tannins that give structure and carry the typical Merlot flavors suggestive of ripe cherry long on the finish. Brilliant value in high quality everyday red Bordeaux.

$11.99 the bottle  $61.14 the case of six

2016 Château Roquefort Bordeaux Rouge

Produce of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit of vines on average about 30 years old and planted to chalky clay soils in the Bordeaux countryside southeast of Saint-Emilion; attractive ruby in color with aromas suggestive of spiced plum, cherry, red berries and woodsmoke; polished, gently structured on tongue, with bursting ripe berry flavors and ripe round tannins providing the gentlest astringency; all in all, a brilliant choice for everyday claret-styled wine.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case


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

2009 Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Cristal 2009 Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Cristal

Rich, creamy and radiant, the 2009 Cristal captures all of the natural generosity of the vintage while also retaining a good bit of freshness and aromatic intensity. Immediate and totally sensual in its allure, the 2009 will drink well with minimal cellaring. All things considered, at this stage, the 2009 comes across as relatively restrained for a wine from a warm year. Drink 2019-2049. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July, 2017

$212.50 the bottle  $1083.78 the case of 6

2006 Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. Drink 2016-2046. Rated 97+. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July, 2015. Regularly $175.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$137.50 the bottle

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

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Long a favorite of our discerning clientèle, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is characterized by its freshness and exuberance, its vibrancy and expressiveness. Shimmering light golden in color with lots and lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top; ultra-fresh and alluring aromas suggest delicate brioche just-baking, lemon crème, cool of the morning fresh orchard fruit aromas buttressed by telltale moistened chalk and crushed seashell; an absolute joy on the tongue, lean and crisp with vibrant flavors dancing fluidly, then bursting forth all refreshing and just every bit quenching that serious Champagne thirst. Regularly $37.50 the bottle, on sale while supplies last at:

$29.99 the bottle

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

2015 Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe

Château Meyney is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. In 1662, it was a convent mentioned in records under the names Couvent des Feuillants or Prieuré des Couleys. Superbly located on a mound overlooking the Gironde estuary, the château lies at the centre of a single block vineyard of 51 hectares (some 126 acres) in the midst of châteaux Calon-Ségur, Montrose and Cos d'Estournel (hallowed Bordelais real estate, indeed). Château Meyney looks down onto the Gironde and the presence of the estuary protects the estate from frosts. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot (the latter from cuttings from Château Gruaud-Larose and Château Talbot and planted in the 1950s) on Garonne gravels with a layer of blue clay about 3 meters thick at a depth of roughly 2½ meters below the surface. The vines are an average of 35 to 40 years in age. Luxurious just translucent ruby in color; rustic at first with earthy and tanned leather aromas giving way to quite pure violet, red and blue berry fruits; gently rich almost velvety in texture, with a gentle grip of ripe polished tannins carrying flavors long on the finish. This is classic claret from just a superb vintage. Meyney? Mais oui!

$40.00 the bottle $408.00 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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel Rouge

Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented aromas of ripe red fruits, candied flowers, earth and smoky minerals; a zesty white pepper quality emerges with aeration. Sweet, expansive and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors and a subtle touch of smoke. Completely stains the palate and shows outstanding clarity on the strikingly long, focused finish, where smooth tannins make a late appearance. Rated (93-95). - Josh Raynolds, vinouS.com, December, 2016.

Bottled in late July, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is an amazing effort, especially when one considers the production volume. Loaded with black cherry fruit and cola-like spice, this full-bodied, richly textured wine never seems heavy or warm, while exotic Indian spice notes linger on the finish. It should drink well for at least 20 years. Rated 96. - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, Issue 233, October, 2017.

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of six

2015 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Produce of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 10% 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 the same Molasse seabed covered by diluvial alpine deposits. These pebbles called «galets roulés» play a big role: they famously take in the heat during the day and let it if off slowly at night which gives a good start to the vines in the spring. Dark ripe berry, with a trace hint of garrigue submerged beneath the solar vintage ripeness and roundness and overall amplitude; 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». And while this smacks of a Côtes-du-Rhône that should age nicely, we might humbly suggest this one is just too delicious not to pull the cork on the spot and even with some frequency.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin Domaine de La Janasse

(40 percent whole clusters; raised in foudres and demi-muids) Lurid violet. Heady aromas of candied red fruits, spicecake and minerals take on suave floral and garrigue qualities in the glass. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors and hints of lavender pastille and blood orange. Silky tannins add shape to the extremely long, juicy finish, which leaves an intensely perfumed floral note behind. Many of these vines were planted in 1912. Rated (93-95). - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com Mar, 2017.

$87.50 the bottle  $892.56 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

2016 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere 2016 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

Etna Rosso is, for us, a most wonderful if somewhat recent discovery of some, um, magnitude. And Tenuta delle Terre Nere have emerged a favorite producer of the wine among our discerning clientèle. Produced from a preponderance of Nerello Mascalese along with a dash of Nerello Cappuccio fruit from the young vines of the estate cropped at low yields of around 35 hectolitres per hectare and growing on the hillsides of the famous volcano on the eastern edge of the island of Sicily, the wine is a limpid ruby red in color; reticent on opening (by all means do give this one a good decanting), quite lovely aromas are coaxed with some aeration, let's say tarry dried cherries, dried Italian herbs, spices and deep dark volcanic earthy/smoky notes; while there has been a good deal of comparison of Etna Rosso to Burgundian Pinot Noir, the aromatic profile is quite different and the silken-textured opening quickly gives way, builds into somewhat more of a southern powerhouse on the tongue, with fine-grained tannins seemingly carrying bursting flavors right on up that hill, potent and long to the finish. Maybe a comparison to a mythical marriage of Chambolle-Musigny and Châteauneuf-du-Pape would be more apt but, then again, no. Etna Rosso is sui generis. One might say it enters on silken slippers, all carefree island hopping light on its feet, but goes out with a firm resolve, as one might reasonably expect of a wine whose vines' waltzing partner is the stuff of an active volcano.

$22.50 the bottle $229.56 the case

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 almost mouthwatering finish.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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

2013 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

Bright red. Pure, refined red cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors complicated by sweet spices and aromatic herbs. Deep and multilayered, the wine boasts polished tannins and a harmonious acid spine that lifts and extends the red fruit on the long, suave finish. An essence of Sant’Angelo in Colle with bigger body and palate weight than, for example, the Brunellos of Montosoli, but still sleek and refined as the best wines of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be. The cool-climate-styled 2013 vintage is precisely the type of year in which Il Poggione excels: this lovely, focused wine is the best classico Brunello from Il Poggione in years. Superb. Drink: 2022-2035. Rated 95. - Ian D'Agata, vinous.com April, 2018

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of six

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

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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