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In the interest of the safety, health and well-being of our customers, our associates and our employees, foot traffic inside the store here remains suspended. But, as has been the case for the last while during this pandemic and social distancing effort, we are here and will continue to work to satisfy your wine and spirits needs via curbside service and delivery.

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Summer Clearance Sale!

Our mostly annual Summer Clearance Sale is now in the mix. You'll find discounts of 25% and more off the regular per bottle price of selected wines throughout the store. Give us a little click here or on the link above to see what's what. Then, give us a shout by e-Mail with what you may wish to clean clear off our shelves. We will, as always, be pleased to hear from you.



It Takes A Good Bit Of Coffee To Sell A Good Bit Of Wine

Anderson's Coffee Company

Our friends at Anderson's Coffee Company have also suspended foot traffic in their iconic shop at Jefferson Square shopping center in central Austin. But they are shipping orders of fresh-roasted coffee via FedEx. Good thing, too. We take our Anderson's fresh roasted coffee pretty seriously 'round here, and mostly from Kenya, with the occasional bit of Ethiopia and or Tanzania for diversion (lately, what with all that's going on, at least one or more among our staff prefer their caffè corretto). Anderson's Coffee Company is beloved by discerning folks here in Austin as a source for among the finest fresh roasted coffee on the planet. Visit them online at www.andersonscoffee.com. We do, and often.

There's a time for coffee and a time for wine. Your/our times, of course, may vary. Artwork by Mitch Cobb

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


2019 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

2019 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

What a joy a nice, fresh glass of real Chablis can be. And the style of Joseph Drouhin seems a perfect fit for the appellation. Fresh, typically Drouhin reserve and refinement, with discreet aromas suggestive of flesh of fresh green apple, crushed seashells and a cool of the early morning harvest of fresh green grapes; lean and crisp but with a just ample quality, fresh and clean and vibrant, almost thirst quenching dry white wine.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

View more real Chablis wines on the Burgundy page of our website.



2019 Soave Brigaldara

2019 Soave Brigaldara

We've recommended Brigaldara for years for the quality and value of various of their red wines from Valpolicella. Their splendid white wine from Soave is a more recent discovery. Produce of 100% Garganega fruit hand-harvested from vines in Marcellise east of Verona and trained in the Pergola veronese fashion, the fruit undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation including selective cryoextraction (a partial freezing of the grapes) that protects from oxidation and furthers the eventual wine's aromatic potential; brilliant light yellow gold in color with hyper-fresh aromas that conjure a cool morning harvest of just ripened green grapes with further suggestion of straw, chamomile, peach and citrus (Ian sensed a kind of golden delicious apple); supple and just rounded in texture with all the nerve of fresh acidity keeping everything lively and tantalizing on the tongue. Remarkable value, too!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

2019 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.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2019 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois

2019 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois

During the battle of the city of Vendôme in 1590, King Henri IV fell in love with the local wine there. A known bon vivant, he was nicknamed Le Vert Galant or «The Green Gallant» for his numerous mistresses according to Wikipedia. The Coteaux du Vendômois vineyards lie in the Loir and Cher département in the Loire Valley to the northwest of Blois and west of Orléans. While this is a relatively new project for Famille Bourgeois of Sancerre, it is, in our estimation, already showing good result. Produce of Pineau d'Aunis, an ancient Loire Valley grape variety which, despite the name and except for the pine cone-shaped clusters, is unrelated to Pinot Noir. Delicate and fresh in aroma with subtle hint of wild strawberry and cherry blossom; cool and crisp on the tongue with surprising intensity of flavor and a pleasingly tart, taut fruit character and flavor that lasts and refreshes. Délicieux!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

View more rosé wines on the Pink page of our website.



2018 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

2018 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

Produce of Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Blanc and Viognier from the vineyards of the Marchesi Antinori estate of Castello della Sala in Orvieto, Umbria in central Italy, about an hour's drive southeast from Montalcino, Toscana. Pale straw yellow in color with glints of green in color; aromas suggesting floral, citrus and pesca della vigna, at last it is, of course, mineral and grape; spherical in shape, this is a wine that demonstrates a high pedigree what with its brilliant balance, ripe fruit and restraint, holding shape long on the tongue, it is both supple and persistent, poised, delicious and fresh, almost irresistible—no, it surely is irresistible. Sì, sì, sì!

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2019 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

2019 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

We've only recently become more well-acquainted with the work of Bernard Ott and we are the happier for it. To paraphrase from Ott's own remarks 'this is their entry level wine, a blend from vineyards within a bike ride of one another, casual, refreshingly low in alcohol, traversing the fine line between elegance and simplicity.' It's not vanilla from oak, nor the gooseberry from Sauvignon, not the apricot of Riesling nor the spice of Gewürztraminer, this lovely Grüner Veltliner has the aromas of healthy cool of the morning plump, green grapes hanging late in the season just prior to hand picking. And Grüner Veltliner has survived its so-called 15 minutes of fame back in the early 2000s to prove itself a most useful white wine, at once, in this case, refreshing, delicious and satisfying. And, one more time from Ott: "Präzise dort, wo wir den Veltliner sehen" (precisely where we see the Veltliner). And this one is on the money.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc E. Guigal

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc E. Guigal

Produce of 45% Grenache blanc, 25% Roussanne, 15% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 3% Piquepoul and 2% Picardin from vines averaging 50 years in age planted to rocky alluvial soils and red clay; lovely bright yellow-gold in color; toasty note at first (turns out its aged in 1⁄4 demi-muids of which 50% were new), then some high-toned TDN-like aromas along with from what this taster would guess to be early-harvested Grenache blanc, white flowers, peach (Ian noted milk and honey, then honeysuckle); tactile [Guigal themselves noted «unctuous»], rounded, almost creamy in texture, lovely on the tongue, finishing fresh and oh so inviting another pull (well, this bottle, at least, didn't last long). And we've but 14 cases of this available as of this writing at this price. Regularly $50.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2017 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2017 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

This is another classic if, perhaps, more approachable Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet; deep, deep ruby in color with aromas of macerated berries, toasted oak, graphite, parched vineyard floor and more; full and smooth on entry, cool and mouthfilling without heaviness, with gentle dusty tannins and a certain intensity of delicate flavor and freshness from crisp acidity that leaves the mouth watering; and, after all this, there is an overarching sense of elegance and restraint at play here. Lovely wine. Regularly $60.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

View more California Cabernet Sauvignon on the California page of our website.



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



Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Jeanne Thomas

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Jeanne Thomas

Dedicated to Jeanne Thomas Picamelot, Louis' wife, this cuvée is said to combine a feminine elegance and strong personality. We can but smile and nod in complete and utter agreement. 'Happy wife, happy life' comes to mind. This is a vintage-dated sparkling wine, but we tend not to focus on that. Produce of mostly Chardonnay with a slight admixture of Aligoté, all hand-harvested from the Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits (the best addresses for white grapes from this part of Burgundy). Vivid green-gold in color with generous and persistent tiny bubbles and aromas ever so fresh and inviting, suggesting white flower, citrus zest and fine wine-friendly limestone rich soils; full and round, powerful, yes, and eventually sumptuous on the palate, this wine both refreshes and satisfies. Picamelot themselves recommend it as a perfect Crémant pour le gastronome (it works especially well at the dinner table, that is). Our wine buyer simply adores this Crémant with the dim sum (everything, really) at Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

View more Crémants de Bourgogne on the Sparkling Wines page of our website.



Vitteaut-Alberti Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Agnès

Vitteaut-Alberti Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Agnès

Maison Vitteaut-Alberti was founded in 1951 in Rully in the Côte Chalonnaise by M. Lucien Vitteaut and his wife née Alberti, who chose to specialise in the production of sparkling white wines using the Méthode Champenoise. Today they are operating among the most highly-regarded sparkling wine operations in Burgundy from Rully in the Côte Chalonnaise, about twenty minutes south of Beaune. The Cuvée Agnès (Agnès is the granddaughter of the founders, now active in the company) is a blend of a strict selection of 100% Chardonnay grapes coming from the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune. Brilliant yellow-gold in color with just a wealth of fine bubbles; ultra fresh aromas titillate the nostrils with suggestion of stone fruits, citrus blossom, ultra-fine brioche just in the oven; ultra-fine on the palate, too, with a delicate froth, poised, balanced, almost spherical in shape; then, a freshness of flavor that resonates long. Among the finest Crémants de Bourgogne that we've encountered. And we've encountered, mmmm, quite a few.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Produced of 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards near Le Mesnil sur Oger, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, holy ground for lovers of the finest Champagne. This bottling represents some 2⁄3 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

View more Champagne on the Champagne page of our website.



2015 Viré-Clessé Chanson Père & Fils

2015 Viré-Clessé Chanson Père & Fils (1.5-litre magnum bottle)

Produce of Chardonnay and Chardonnay Muscaté fruit grown in the clay, chalk and marl soils in the heart of the Mâconnais growing area in southern Burgundy. The two villages Viré and Clessé form a unique terroir on imposing iconic southeast facing slopes. In Viré, the soil is chalky with large layers of clay. In Clessé , the soil structure is slightly different with a combination of chalk and clay mixed with liasic marls combined with oyster-fossils which convey to the wine a specific minerality. Insiders regard Viré-Clessé one of the best white wines of the region, combining suppleness, minerality and an overall complexity. Noticeably green gold in color with perhaps an inkling more gold (to be sure, this is the 2015 vintage), already riper and rounder given the miléssime solaire thing; normally we would drink this stuff up on release three full years sooner, but it's more than just interesting to smell and taste a 5 year-old Mâconnais white wine, although this be a wine from an arguably spiffier address; the beginnings of secondary aromas, less overt fruit, more an aspect of preserved orchard fruits baked into a flaky golden deliciously unsalted French buttery crust, then an aspect of the stony soils of the area, maybe just after a summer afternoon's unexpected cool rainfall, and in all this a complexity that one just normally wouldn't even bother to seek in such a wine, but oh it's there; then, softer and rounder on the tongue, with a seamless richness from bottle age and a warmth of character that is somehow comforting in these strange and uncertain times. And (chock-full of value) it's essentially at half-price, regularly $29.99 (or, perhaps, even more) the 1.5-litre magnum, on sale now at:

$14.99 the 1.5-litre magnum  $76.44 the case of 6

Post scriptum: We give this wine a qualified recommendation. It is expressly not recommended for the casual drinker of dry white wines. It should, for best result, be consumed in one evening. So, this is recommended only for households with enough in terms of both persons and of thirst to deal with the quantity in one go or, perhaps, under Private Preserve® by the next evening.


2018 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

2018 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

While we normally look to Maison Louis Jadot for far spiffier and, indeed, spendier 1ers Crus and Grands Crus de la Côte d'Or, they also do splendid work in the Mâconnais. And their recently arrived 2018 vintage Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay is a stunner among value-priced unoaked Chardonnay. Indeed, Chardonnay from this part of the world (southern Burgundy, to be sure) just doesn't need the gussying up what with its pert acidity, natural minerality and delicately rounded fruit character. Lovely bright yellow-gold in color; citrusy fresh, clean on the nose, then lively, fresh and delicately mineral and crisp on the tongue, leaving the mouth just watering away and waiting for more. And check the price. This is simply brilliant value in clean, crisp, serviceable, dry white wine!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

2018 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



2018 Sancerre Le Pierrier Domaine Thomas et Fils

2018 Sancerre Le Pierrier Domaine Thomas et Fils

The Thomas family have been growing grapes and making wine in Sancerre since 1670. Today, Julien Thomas represents the 13th generation to run the domaine, farming 16 hectares (39 acres) of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir based out of the hamlet of Verdigny. Julien has instituted biodynamic principals with vineyard work now according to the lunar cycle. Some of the more venerable among our discerning clientèle may remember their superb Sancerre Clos de La Crêle when it was imported by Bobby Kacher. The wines remain superb. Produce of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from on average 25 year-old vines cultivated on soils of limestone and Kimmeridgian dark marl with layers of fossilized seashells, their Sancerre Le Pierrier initially reflects more the soils than just the grape; then there are suggestions of yellow plum, fresh chervil or fennel, gentian flower, flesh of green apple and limestone awash in gentle summer rainfall; just ample on entry, just rounded in texture, then shows a lovely vibrancy on the tongue with a fresh intensity of flavor that lasts and lasts and so stimulates the salivary glands; really lovely example of perhaps our discerning clientèle's favorite source for Sauvignon Blanc—Sancerre.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

View our selections of Sancerre on the Loire Valley page of our website.



2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

Basic Bourgogne Rouge is rarely the sort of stuff one would write home about. Typically, it is as one moves toward mid-slope on the Côte d'Or that one takes up paper and pen. Here, we have what the French might call l'éxéption. Août fait le moût, the French also say, which translates as August makes the must and, essentially, the eventual wine. August of 2018 was warm in Burgundy and has yielded this beauty of a Bourgogne Régionale from Bouchard Père & Fils. Lovely translucent cherry-skin ruby red in color with aromas suggesting tarry dried cherries, beetroot, toasted baguette and that hallowed winegrowing soil; ample and warm on entry, with savory flavors that tease and tantalize the tongue with fresh mouthwatering berryish acidity. Mmmm. Never mind writing home, just take some home, pull the cork and pour it into a bowl-shaped glass, then enjoy a little virtual travel by wine to Burgundy.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

View more of our rather extensive selection of red Burgundy on the Burgundy page of our website.



2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

2018 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: deep, deep ruby red, with hints of garrigue and stone almost wholly subsumed by sun-drenched, 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



2017 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla

2017 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 all at a price that, in our estimation, places this among the very best values of them all in dry white wine.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon

2019 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 great-grandson, 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. Domaine des Corbillières Touraine remains a completely and totally refreshingly crisp, nervy, delicious white wine. And always among the absolute best values available in high-quality Sauvignon Blanc.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Rosé

2019 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Rosé

Delightful in pink as well. Produce of mostly Pinot Noir with a touch of Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 30 to 40 years in age planted to soils of sand over Sologne clay. No chemical fertilizers are used, only organic matter. The must undergoes a 12-hour maceration, settling, with fermentation on indigenous yeasts. Alluring pale pink in color with glints of copper and light coral; inviting aromas suggesting freshly fermenting grapes, wild strawberries, cherries and cherry blossoms; crisp and in vivid focus on the palate with taut berryish fruit making good clean fun play with fresh tart acidity—mmmm, simply delicious.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Corse Rosé Domaine Vetriccie

2019 Corse Rosé Domaine Vetriccie

Located idyllically near the town of Aghione on the Costa Serena between towering snow-capped mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Vetriccie estate was purchased by the Barcelo family in 1966. It now spreads over 120 hectares and is planted to an harmonious blend of continental and native varietals. Vetriccie, the Corsican wicker that grows near the vineyards is a symbol of their unspoiled nature. And Daniel Barcelo, the current owner, is firmly commited to a viticulture that respects the Corsican nature. Produce of 50% Niellucciu, 35% Sciaccarellu and 15% Grenache planted to soils characterized by clay sediments left over by the evaporation of the Miocene sea some 5 million years ago, this 2019 vintage Corse rosé is a lovely pale pink with seeming tinges of azure Tyrrhenian Sea blue in color; ultra-fresh aromas on full display suggestive of peach, tart red berries and a waft of the macchia mediterranea; vibrant and completely dry on the tongue with compelling flavors that echo well those first inviting whiffs and get those salivary glands all atwitter.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Paul Mas Réserve Pinot Noir Saint-Hilaire Vineyard

2018 Paul Mas Réserve Pinot Noir Saint-Hilaire Vineyard

From clay and limestone soils of the Saint-Hilaire Vineyard in the Languedoc, near Limoux and in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains. Granted one doesn't normally look for such south of Burgundy in France, but here, because of the elevation and the cooling Mistral and Tramontane winds, it is possible to produce Pinot Noir with its aromatic profile wholly recognizable and its typically silky palate feel intact. Aromas offer immediate suggestion of ripe cherry and bramble and stony earth; silky and delicate on the tongue, medium in body, then warm and gently embracing, but with nerve and freshness and length of delicate flavor, and light and airy enough to take that second glass. This is a stunning value at its price.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

2018 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

This small château is located near the town of Saint-Gilles just west of the Rhône River some 5 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. 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. The vineyards are farmed sustainably, without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers on the vineyards or crops. The fruit is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks by varietal and by vineyard site. This 2018 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes is a blend of hand-harvested Grenache and Syrah fruit; very primary aromas of fleshy ripe grapes and grape pomace 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. Some kind of value, too!

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2017 Irancy David Renaud

2017 Irancy David Renaud

This is Burgundian Pinot Noir, if from a source a bit north of where we usually find it. An hour or more northwest from the Côte d'Or, this is Yonne Pinot Noir, from just southeast of Chablis itself, an area known as Irancy. Deep ruby in color; highly mineral, if somewhat restrained dusty, stony, taut cherryish Pinot Noir aromatics; supple on entry, then ample and rounded before demonstrating a certain structure; crisp, chalky dry with an easy airy lightness of being, and length of subtle and delicious flavor on the finish. Our wine buyer's wife finds it more earthy. Mitch found it savory. Brian McIndoo thought it crunchy. All in all, we're ever so pleased to have another source for viable red Burgundy at ever so reasonable a price.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2016 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

2016 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

Produce of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec and Petit Verdot vines averaging 55 years in age and grown on gravel soils over limestone near the town of Bégadan north of Lesparre on the Médoc peninsula. Deep ruby at center to garnet at edges in color; classic, if ripe, claret aromas of fleshy berry and graphite with a hint of toasted baguette after some aeration; velvety in texture, engaging on the palate with a certain potency and vigor, then gently structured with ripe polished tannins that hold it all together and long on the finish. Impressive effort from the far reaches of the northern Médoc.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2016 Chateau Sénéjac Haut-Médoc

2016 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc

Château Sénéjac is located halfway between Margaux and Bordeaux, on the clay and gravel crest of the commune of Pian-Médoc. The property extends over 150 hectares (roughly 370 acres). The vineyard of 41 hectares is planted to 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The soils here naturally poor in organic matter which favours the expression of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Full on ruby to just a glint of garnet at the edges with aromas that all but blurt out Bordeaux, what with suggestion of spiced plum, shaved dark chocolate, toasted baguette and a hint of graphite; strutting its stuff right up front, this is a really nice mouthful of wine, medium to medium full in body, pleasingly plump on the tongue (a good decanting will bring out an even more polished, almost velvety palate feel); then, gentle and delicately flavorful on the finish. Right sophisticated stuff at a very reasonable price.

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2015 Château Corbin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

2015 Château Corbin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in barrels, 40% new, the 2015 Corbin is medium garnet-purple colored with cigar box and spice box notions accenting the core of red and black plums, blackberry preserves and earthy layers plus a hint of lavender. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, elegant and well balanced with grainy tannins, finishing lively and long. Drink 2020-2037. Rated 92. - Lisa Perrotti‑Brown, The Wine Advocate February 21, 2018

$47.50 the bottle  $242.28 the case of 6

View more Bordeaux wines on the Bordeaux page of our website.



2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

Bruce Neyers has a storied career in the wine trade. Formerly winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, he helped craft among California's most memorable and iconic wine. In 1991 he joined Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, travelling the larger world of wine serving for years as National Sales Manager for Kermit. He and his wife Barbara have now sort of semi-retired back in Napa Valley where they preside over their own Neyers Vineyards production. Having spent a good amount of time in Burgundy, Bruce brings a wealth of experience and, no doubt, expectation to this bottling. This Chardonnay «304» is produce of an heirloom clone of Chardonnay from a cool vineyard site in the Carneros District that gives naturally low pH and high acidity. The soils here are covered with rocks—it was once a creek bed. Initially somewhat austère aromatically, the wine would seem to introduce itself as French (this taster might have guessed it from the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, only later to learn that the inspiration is actually from further north in Chablis). Fermented entirely in stainless steel, one can almost smell the cool, nervy, vibrant Chardonnay grapes waiting giddily in the early morning for hand-harvesting and the eventual alchemy to follow. Ian noted green apple and hazelnut on the nose. Our winebuyer picked up notes of something cool and almost minty. And that same cool, nervy vibrancy is apparent on the tongue as well, with the call and response, the lively interplay between fresh fruit and acidity making for a delicious and refreshing white wine-drinking experience. And that's what it's all about!

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2018 Neyers Vineyards Sage Canyon California Red Wine

2018 Neyers Vineyards Sage Canyon California Red Wine

Vibrant and distinctive, with snappy cranberry and cherry flavors that are laced with smoky anise and white pepper notes, picking up speed toward refined tannins. Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2026. 3,000 cases made. Rated 91. - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Scot Bilbro has taken over for his late father and his brothers and is now running the show at Marietta Cellars. Old Vine Red Lot Number 69 is now 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



2019 Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé

2019 Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé

While it's no secret that we quite typically look to the south of France for most of our rosé needs, its certainly also nice when something from closer to home can turn our heads. And this lovely new entry from Marietta Cellars in northern California makes a crisp splash with its aromatic allure, its refreshingness and restraint. Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé is produced from fruit of old vine Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris, including some of the oldest examples of these vines in northern California; salmon-pink in color with a hint of wild strawberry on the nose; supple on entry, then building in nerve and vibrancy and freshness on the tongue, leaving one begging for another pull; a quite perfect choice to foil the heat of summer weather 'round here. And, it's Marietta Cellars. So, do take note of the value!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2015 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

2015 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

One whiff speaks volumes. The vintage of 2015, l'annata solare, if certainly ripe, is a vintage of real consequence in this part of the world. And this 2015 Brunello from Caparzo, their 50th anniversary bottling, is just superb, demonstrating the gravitas of this hallowed appellation what with the "elegant and forceful"☨ aromas so very signature to Sangiovese from Montalcino: burnished leather, tart cherry, Italian blue plum, a parched vineyard floor, macchea mediterannea and much, much more (Henry noted for himself characteristic sun-dried tomato); starting out merely ample, the wine seems to build, expanding on the palate to more potent and full yet still supple and caressing in texture with flavors that follow the aromas straight down the path, both savory and satisfying. And Caparzo has always offered itself up as splendid value among the various superb Brunello di Montalcino that we might propose.

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case

☨ from Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding & José Vouillamoz


2016 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

2016 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

The 2016 Barolo Castiglione is a dazzling wine that will show readers just how compelling this vintage is, even among entry-level wines from top producers. Rich, ample and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous richness and resonance from the very first taste. Bright red cherry and red plum fruit, wild flowers, mint, blood orange and spice build as this sumptuous, dramatic Barolo shows all it's got. As always, the Castiglione is built on a core of fruit from Ravera. In 2016, the Castiglione benefits from the inclusion of several new sites, including Ginestra, Mosconi, Bricco Ravera (in Monforte), Le Coste, Costabelle, Meriame, Briccolina and Codana. All I can say is: What a wine! Drink 2024‑2041. Rated 94. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February, 2020

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6

View our selection of fine Piemontese wines on the Italia page of our website.



2013 Barolo Fratelli Seghesio

2013 Barolo Fratelli Seghesio

Seghesio's 2013 Barolo is absolutely gorgeous. An exquisite bouquet laced with orange peel, Christmas cake, rosewater and kirsch makes a strong opening statement. Deceptively medium in body and light on its feet, the 2013 offers a lovely interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Because of its light to mid-weight structure, the 2013 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, although naturally there is some tannic grip to the wine. This is a very strong vintage for Seghesio's straight Barolo. Drink 2018-2025. Rated 91. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com October, 2017

$35.00 the bottle  $357.00 the case



2018 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

2018 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

Etna Rosso is, for us, a most wonderful if somewhat recent discovery of some, um, magmatude. And Tenuta delle Terre Nere have emerged a favorite producer of the wine among our discerning clientèle. This Etna Rosso, their opening salvo among a number of delicious bottlings, is 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. Absolutely gorgeous translucent deep ruby in color with a certain vinosità what with almost almost fermentive aromas of crushed ripe berries, rose petals and stone; deceptively supple on entry then building in body with a steady crescendo of substantial ripe tannins, power and volcanic warmth on the tongue. While there has been a good deal of comparison of Etna Rosso to Burgundian Pinot Noir, the aromatic profile is really 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 and forceful resolve, as one might reasonably expect of a wine whose vines' dance partner is the stuff of an active volcano.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2017 Tokaj-Oremus Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás

2017 Tokaj-Oremus Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás

Tokaj is the source of one of the world's most iconic and rightly heralded dessert wines, namely Tokaji-Aszu. But, as fashion has not of late favored the category of dessert wines, the mother of invention has been a busy bee, indeed, yielding a marvellous new crop of dry white wines where once had been sweet and golden. Oremus is a property owned by Tempos Vega Sicilia, itself an icon in the Ribera del Duero, Spain. Here we are some miles away in far eastern Europe—Hungary, Tokaj to be exact. The grape is, of course, called Furmint. It is described as 'an intense variety producing world-class, fiery, full-bodied, high-acid, long-lived' wines in the great tome Wine Grapes, by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz. For us, this wine has become something more than just a curiosity, rather a very useful wine in a most useful style with aromas that would reasonably confound the taster (who didn't already know) as to the grape and its origins. So, we'll say it again, this is dry Furmint from Tokaj, Hungary. Lovely yellow-gold in color with aromas somewhere between the the floral spice and expressiveness of Mosel Riesling and the richness and grandeur of Chardonnay from the Côte de Beaune, let's call it yellow honeysuckle and pulverized stone; on the tongue the wine is both voluminous and fresh with at once a certain richness, mineral refreshingness and crisp acidity; in the end, this is a wine of great complexity and texture that is at the same time refreshing and inviting, a wine that could work equally well with simple fare or more haute cuisine. And—it's quite simply delicious.

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6



2018 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

2018 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

Ruby red in color with lovely aromas suggestive of cassis and violet, fleshy ripe grape and earth; medium-bodied, crisp and compelling, invigorating even with mouthwatering Cabernet berry fruit and balancing fresh acidity, nice polished palate feel and soft chalky tannins; holds it shape on the tongue, at once both fresh and vibrant, toothsome and satisfying. And, by all means, note the price. This is simply superb value in Cabernet Sauvignon!

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



2018 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

2018 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

Produce of 100% Chardonnay from deep sandy soils on gravelly deposits in the otherworldly gorgeous SüdTirol-Alto Adige of northeastern Italia. Temperature-controlled (read cool) fermentation in stainless-steel tanks (read unoaked), the new wine subsequently matures for several months on the fine lees. The result is a brilliant, shimmering lemon yellow gold with glints of green in color; ultra-fresh aromas suggestive of vines in flower, flesh and skin of fresh green apple, melon and mango; supple and nicely rounded on the tongue with just a hint of citrus and saline mineral tang; both satisfying and refreshing, and all for a price so gulpably easy on the pocketbook.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2016 Rioja Crianza Cune<sup><small>®</small></sup>

2016 Rioja Crianza Cune®

CVNE, aka, Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España, was founded in 1879 in the town of Haro in Rioja by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo and today is still controlled by direct descendants of the founding family. Their first wine was named after its initials, CVNE, later its verbal diminutive, Cune® (pronounced KOO-nay). Produce of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha tinta and Mazuelo (Carignane) fruit harvested from their own vineyards in Rioja Alta, the wine is fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperatures, then aged for one year in American oak barrels. Aromas of dark, ripe berries and spice with a kiss of sweet oak and a sense of parched and arid vineyard floor; round and supple on the tongue, medium to medium full in body with just the gentlest underpinning of ripe round tannins to lend structure; and, with just a little air, this opens up nicely to reveal a far more complex wine than its price would ever suggest.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Douro Esteva Casa Ferreirinha

2018 Douro Esteva Casa Ferreirinha

The word «Esteva» in Portuguese translates to «rock rose» in English, which some insiders suggest also informs the aroma of fine Douro wine. Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro is produce of a typical Douro mingling of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, hand-harvested and vinified at the winery of Quinta do Seixo. After soft destemming and crushing, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats with gentle maceration by means of pumping over at a temperature of 25°C preserving the grapey aromas. The wine spent the cool of winter at Quinta do Seixo in stainless steel and subject to low natural temperatures, contributing to its natural clarification. Here and now, the wine is a lovely bright ruby in color with glints of a purple; grapey pomacey aromas implore one to dive on in, there's a hint of salinity as well and old-fashioned № 2 pencil shavings insinuate the mineral rich soils in which the wine is grown; at once delightfully full and fruity and light on its feet with a fine edge of chalky tannins that keep things moving along crisp and fresh. And do take note of the delicious value!

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



2016 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2016 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

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 vineyards of 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: deep ruby red with glints of almost bluish purple in color with alluring saturated aromas redolent of mineral soils-influenced ripe berries and dried cherries, baking spices, grape pomace and graphite; then, at once, fresh, intense and vibrant on the palate, its mineral edge on keen display with fine ripe tannins carrying penetrating flavors that remain fresh, long and mouthwatering to the finish.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2017 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

2017 Soter North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Tony Soter was for the longest time a most sought-after consulting winemaker in Napa Valley and owner/winemaker at Etude Vineyards. His consulting work included the likes of Araujo, Dalla Valle, Niebaum-Coppola, Spottswoode and Viader, among others. We, here, followed his work enthusiastically, as the high quality was always apparent. Tony Soter well earned the reputation of «winemakers' winemaker». He eventually moved north from California to his native Oregon to pursue production of the finest Pinot Noir, establishing Soter Vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley.
Our former co-worker and friend James Cahill moved northwest to Oregon back in the mid to late 1990s, following his dream to produce fine Pinot Noir. He worked for a good while with Mike Etzel at Beaux Frères, then briefly with his friend Adam Campbell at Elk Cove Vineyards before finally landing the work that has come to define his career there alongside Tony Soter at Soter Vineyards. So, now, James has become the winemakers' winemaker's winemaker, or just winemaker³ should you wish to conserve letters.
Their Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir has been go-to Willamette Valley stuff for us for some time now. It hits a sweet spot in so many ways, offering typicity and satisfaction, a bonafide 'travel by way of a bottle of wine' kind of thing. And the 2017 vintage is just lovely, what with alluring aromas of perfumed ripe cherry, blackberry, baking spices and more framed in the slenderest sliver of toasted oak; silken in texture, it expands to ample and almost full-bodied on the palate, then warm and enveloping and long on flavor; one might reasonably guess one were drinking a far more expensive wine. Hmmm? Mmmm! Travel by wine, indeed. Regularly $32.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



Schott Zwiesel Cru Decanter

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 1⁄3 off:

$50.00 the piece



Schott Zwiesel Forté

Schott Zwiesel Forté

After long years of intensive research and development, in collaboration with the University of Erlangen, Schott Zwiesel 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 Schott Zwiesel 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 of 6 at 15% off



Schott Zwiesel Pure

Schott Zwiesel Pure

The Pure line of stemware by Schott Zwiesel brings the pursuit of pleasure in wine to the point. The bowls of the various shapes both allow a fine wine to breathe and to focus the bouquet for those discerning of aroma, taste, texture ...  And they clearly do it all with a certain style. Tritan®, too!

$14.00 the stem, boxed sets of 6 at 15% off



Lustau East India Solera Sherry

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.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2016 Graham's Vintage Porto

2016 Graham's Vintage Porto

This offers a distilled plum and boysenberry essence, with a racy feel, as spearmint and graphite notes drive through. As the finish kicks in, this turns toward the dark side, with ganache, charcoal and tar elements. Has the showy ripeness of the vintage but is backed by a decidedly dry feel on the finish, imparting a sense of precision despite the heft. Best from 2030 through 2055. 6,325 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. Rated 98. - James Molesworth, winespectator.com December 31, 2018

$112.50 the bottle  $573.78 the case of 6

View our complete selection of Vintage Porto wines on the Portugal page of our website.



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



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

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.

$37.50 the 750ml bottle



Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

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



Belle de Brillet Extra Liqueur Poire Williams au Cognac

Belle de Brillet Extra Liqueur Poire Williams au Cognac

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

$45.00 the 750ml bottle



González Byass Lepanto Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva

González Byass Lepanto Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva Oloroso Viejo

Given a certain resurgence in the business for Sherry, Brandy de Jerez, a venerable and viable category unto itself, would seem poised to move beyond its currently more discreet station in the spirits world to become comparatively more the rage. And the likes of González Byass Lepanto Brandy de Jerez could well help lead such a charge. Produce of a distillation of pure palomino Sherry wine from Jerez de la Frontera in southwest España, Lepanto Brandy de Jerez demonstrates complex and alluring aromas of vanilla, the singed crust of crème caramel, baking spices, dried orange peel and the essence of the grape itself; then, rich, almost voluptuous in texture, polished and round with suavity, sumptuousness, warmth and generosity to spare, finishing dry and pure, if filigree in flavor, stirring a certain contemplation of the finer things in life. Regularly $57.50 the 750ml bottle, on sale now at:

$42.50 the bottle




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

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.

$75.00 the 750ml bottle


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