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They use to call it a 'hamburger menu' (some still do). It was invented all the way back in the early 1980s for the Xerox 8010 Information System (the Xerox Star workstation, which according to Wikipedia "was the first commercial personal computer to incorporate technologies that have since become standard in personal computers." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Star.

We've heard it called a 'pancake menu' as well but, given our predilection for French and Italian wines around here, we're going with the 'crêpe/crepe menu' (and we'll take ours with les baies mélangées, s'il vous plaît). We may replace it with an image of a compass by and by but, for now, at least, it works as is.

It is located inconspicuously at the top right of the page on most all pages with wine content on our website. Hover over it and a discreet menu of wine destinations appears. Click on your destination of choice et voilà (there you go). Please do use it early and often. It's how to get around our little world of wine, and all the more quickly now.



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Pink Wines

Although we 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 remaining in-store from which you might choose. By all means do check out the cool, refreshing and delicious selections at the pink page of our website. Then scurry on downtown and get on into the pink!



And then, from among recent arrivals, all-time favorites, splendid values and otherwise special deals:


Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Éxclusive Les Cordeliers

Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Éxclusive Les Cordeliers

Produce of 100% Cabernet Franc fruit from the Entre-Deux-Mers, a bucolic region to the east of the city of Bordeaux, south of Saint-Émilion and between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne. The wine is produced in the catacomb-like caves beneath the town of Saint-Emilion; lovely platinum to light gold in color with a wealth of fine bubbles, fresh aromas suggestive of just-ripened orchard fruits, strawberry and cherry blossom; fresh and delicate on the palate with a gentle, mouthfilling and refreshing froth. Simply splendid value in sparkling wine, too!

$14.99 the bottle  $76.44 the case of 6



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).

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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



Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Produce of fruit from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, the blending of which offers all the balance, generosity, and strength of character of the Burgundian terroir as demonstrated by its most noble vine, the Pinot noir. Lovely sunset peach-skin pink to rose red with glints of copper in color; aromas redolent of Pinot noir with typical red berry fruits, say strawberry, raspberry, and cherry all, a veritable cornucopia of baies rouges mélangées; fine, persistent yet delicate sparkle, fresh and easy on the palate, hyper-refreshing, so delicious and so just begging another pull. Fine, fine bubbles from Burgundy!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve

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

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case



Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Laurent-Perrier are one of only a few houses with such a high reputation for their sparkling rosé production. Tasting this for the first time in too, too long, we now understand the 'why' of it completely. Produce of 100% Pinot Noir fruit from 10 different crus mainly in the Montagne de Reims, the wine demonstrates a brilliant array of pinks in color like some of those available in the finest 'city of the violet crown' sunsets; alluringly fresh and decidedly red-berry fruits on the nose; Henry noted crunchy red fruits on the palate, too, and a blood orange like citrus quality; Ian noted a saline and citrus quality; and there is an overarching sense of equilibrium with this wine that makes it a most affable and quaffable affair, finishing with a flourish of freshness and flavor. Strange as it may seem for us to say, pink Champagne is no sure thing. Champagne Laurent-Perrier, on the other hand, make it look like a walk in the park. Laissez couler le Champagne rosé.

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut

Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut

Characterized by a high proportion of Chardonnay which provides a natural purity, freshness and elegance, Laurent-Perrier Brut is produce of about 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier from somewhere near 50 individual crus, with an average échelle des crus rating of 94% and with up to 30% of reserve wines, ensuring a balance and certain consistency of style. Notably, 750ml bottles are aged for minimum of 4 years, magnums for 5 years prior to release. Pale golden in colour with a steady flow of fine and persistent bubbles; delicate yet complex aromas hint at a fine brioche just in the oven, moist kimmeridgian limestone (imagine summer rainfall on crushed oyster shells), candied citrus peel and white orchard fruits (Laurent-Perrier themselves note peche de vigne); ample and keenly balanced on the tongue with mouthwatering stone-infused toast and white fruit flavors that emerge through the refreshing froth on the tongue, finishing hyper-fresh, open, expressive and just deliciously.

$42.50 the bottle  $216.78 the case of 6

View more of our fine selection of sparkling wines from Champagne on the Champagne page of our website.



Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

2007 Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Taittinger is today proprietor of approximately 752 acres of vines in 34 different vineyards. The Taittinger estate is one of the three most extensive in the Champagne district, and the firm's major holdings in Chardonnay vineyards are the physical expression of the Taittinger philosophy and style. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the pinnacle of their estimable production, produced from 100% Chardonnay fruit from vines in the Côte des Blancs. Quite fine platinum silvery beads of bubbles with aromas suggestive of lime blossom, lemon peel and delicate brioche dough just in the oven; ultra fine on the tongue with a broad froth of delicate and persistent bubbles and fine toasty yeasty Chardonnay flavors; opulence, just this side of vinous largesse and, at once, supreme freshness and delicate length of flavor on the finish. Superb!

$137.50 the bottle  $701.28 the case of 6



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
$250.00 the 3-litre double magnum



Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

The Loire Valley is also known as the garden of France. For those of us keen on the best in bubbles but not always wanting to spend the bucks for Champagne, the Loire Valley also represents among the best places to seek high quality suds. Domaine d'Orfeuilles Vouvray Brut is a luminous yellow-gold with reflections of silver in color with a bevy of fine persistent bubbles; classic aromas suggestive of toast, brioche, citrus preserve and freshly dew-moistened chalky limestone; at once vivid and crisp and full and round on the tongue, with depth and length of flavor that belies its friendly price.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 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 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



2017 Pommard Les Cras Michel Bouzereau et Fils

2017 Pommard Les Cras Michel Bouzereau et Fils

Les Cras is a vignoble lieu dit just south of the village of Pommard itself and at the bottom of the alluvial cone of the Pommard valley and notable for the presence of sands, gravel and pebbles in its soil. This is, of course, a red wine produced by a master producer of white wines (most always an interesting proposition): translucent medium-ruby in color with aromas that are quite Pommard in nature, what with berry, bramble and earth (with some air came a subtle spice and a hint of candied orange peel; Henry noted a savory herbal quality); brings to mind for this taster the Stephen Stills song "Change Partners" with its 'gentle but firm' nature on the palate — subtle, supple, feminine, perhaps, but with some kind of nerve and that earth and berry thing holding sway by way of flavor along with a suggestion of kirsch; finishing rather chock-full if not building, gripping, even, "gently but firmly" and, eventually, mouthwatering and delicious. Pommmmard!

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case

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



2018 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione

2018 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione

The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is gorgeous, mixing both primary fruit and earth tones to create a wonderfully balanced expression, showing crushed cherries in an array of smoky minerals, dusty soil and sweet herbs. On the palate, I'm finding soft textures, given life by zesty acids and backed by a core of tart blackberry, spiced-orange, and saline-minerality, as a hint of youthful tannin collects on the senses. The finish is medium in length, wonderfully fresh yet focused, as its vibrant fruits give way to lingering florals. The 2018 Rosso is yet another overperformer from Il Poggione. Drink 2020‑2028. Rated 90. - Eric Guido, vinous.com April, 2020

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

View more of our selection of Tuscan wines on the Italia page of our website.



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 del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba Luigi Pira

2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba Luigi Pira

The 2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Pira that shows the muscle that is so typical of Serralunga. Rose petal, mint, dried cherry, licorice anise and blood orange infuse the 2016 with tremendous aromatic and flavor complexity. Readers looking for an affordable, high-class Barolo will find that here. In a word: superb. The straight Barolo is a blend of lower-lying slopes of Marenca and Margheria, Rivette and Sorano, which makes its debut in this bottling in 2016. Drink 2022-2031. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com February, 2020

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

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



2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

A blend of 52% Semillon and 48% Sauvignon Blanc from fine gravel and sandy soils of Château Suduiraut in Sauternes, some 40 km to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux. To be sure, this is a wine from Sauternes, but one fermented to complete dryness and to be enjoyed immediately for its freshness and vibrancy. Bright yellow gold with glints of green in color; aromas of citrus peel, sweet citrus flower, fresh cool melon and eventually green fig and cool mint; slippery smooth on the tongue, caressing in texture with delicate flavors that fully deliver on the promise of the aromatics.

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6



2017 Château Carbonnieux Graves Péssac-Léognan Blanc

2017 Château Carbonnieux Graves Pessac-Léognan Blanc

The 2017 Carbonnieux Blanc is absolutely lovely. Lemon confit, white flowers and green orchard fruit open up first, followed by a range of bright citrus and floral notes that add brilliance to a very pretty upper register. Drink 2020-2027. Rated 91. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020

The 2017 Carbonnieux Blanc has a very harmonious bouquet with scents of lime, white flowers, melon and grapefruit that gradually unfold with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a little more weight and persistence than the Deuxième Vin, though truth is that there is not an enormous qualitative difference between the two. But here I appreciate the salinity on the finish and I suspect it will age with style. Drink 2022-2038. Rated 92. - Neal Martin, vinous.com February, 2020

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



2019 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

2019 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

Château Marjosse is an historical property located 14 km south of Saint-Émilion, first built in 1782. It is surrounded by 40 acres of vineyards which sit on exceptional clay and limestone soils. Winemaker Pierre Lurton, born and raised in a neighbouring château, bought the property piece by piece starting in 1991 and has been producing widely-acclaimed, sensibly-priced red and white wines since. The 2019 Bordeaux Blanc is just in, a delicious mingling of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Sémillon and Muscadelle; bright yellow-gold in color with hyper-fresh aromas of pamplemousse, melon, just-plucked fig and flint; hyper-crisp and fresh on the tongue, too; Ian noted its 'thirst-quenching' qualities; yes, one could simply gulp this stuff down. At only 13% alcohol, this one could not escape the tariff, so you'll notice a bit of an increase over the price of the 2018 vintage. This said, it remains splendid value, just the same.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur

2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur

Built in the 11th century on the highest point of the Entre-Deux-Mers, the Château de Benauge (a fortified castle, to be sure) has dominated the nearby vineyards for over a thousand years. Endowed with a rich and thrilling history, it was notably a hotbed of resistance to the Gascon revolt in the fall of 1253. In 1426 by royal decision of King Henry VI (king of both France and England at the time), the viscount was officially established as the county of Benauge. The Château de Benauge has been listed as an historical monument since 1995. And while the Entre-Deux-Mers may not now be so exalted in terms of its wines, it is doing noble work supplying solid trustworthy red and white wines at prices the rest of us can the more easily afford. From the fruit of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon vines averaging 25 years in age planted to the clay and gravel soils of the south-facing hillside beneath the château, this 2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur (red wines from the Entre-Deux-Mers are typically labelled Bordeaux Supérieur) is a dense almost opaque ruby in color with aromas that stick to the script, it's grapes and good winegrowing earth; fleshy, ripe, dark-fruited with good intensity of flavor, medium full in body with underpinning of dusty ripe tannins that any typical good-quality Bordeaux would demonstrate. And, hey, those south-facing hillside vineyards allowed for this wine to reach a respectable, nearly fortified 14.5% in alcohol, holding off, in the process and for the time being, those marauding tariffs (new tariffs imposed by the current administration and effective just later this month may cause this wine to increase in price soon by about 25% given a shipment now on the water).

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



2018 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

2018 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

Sister and brother Caroline and Pierre Bécot learned the winegrowing ropes on the family's Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé estate, Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, where they were initiated into high quality standards, hard work and the rigorous attention to detail required to make un grand vin. On the 1st of April, by a nice stroke of luck, they purchased this property in Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion, a satellite appellation of Saint-Émilion itself. Their wish was to remain in the same area where their family and their father, Dominique, had been settled for a long time. Produce of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc fruit of vines an average age of 35 years and planted to the clay/limestone soils on the plateau of Puisseguin (5km from the village Saint-Emilion); deep translucent ruby in color with rather straightforward aromas suggesting spiced plum, taut red berries, bing cherry, earth (good winegrowing earth) and stone; at once both firm and smooth on the tongue, with fine, polished, well-resolved dusty tannins carrying delicate flavors on the long, fine gently warming finish. Our wine buyer recalled that Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion (along with a nice piece of Brie) was among his introduction to red Bordeaux. Delicious memory at that.

$17.50 the bottle  $89.28 the case of 6

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



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 notes from early-harvested Grenache blanc, white flowers, peach (Ian noted honeysuckle); tactile, rounded, almost creamy in texture (Guigal themselves note «unctuous»), just lovely on the tongue, finishing fresh and oh so inviting another pull (well, this bottle, at least, didn't last long). Regularly $50.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 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



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 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 recently taken the helm at the estate. He 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



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 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.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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



2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Domaine Vocoret & Fils

2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Domaine Vocoret & Fils

For some of us, drinking Chablis Premier Cru is as fine a dry white wine-drinking experience as one might imagine until, of course, one might ascend into the grandeur of les grands crus. But here we are with the excellent 2018 vintage Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon of Domaine Vocoret and here we will linger blissfully for awhile, what with aromas suggestive of mirabelle plum, flesh of crisp green apple and a definite travel by way of wine sense of the green-gold Chardonnay berries hanging in the cool of a late summer's morning in Chablis at almost 48° N on the globe, all on the backdrop of cool of the morning dew-moistened limestone rich Kimmerdgian clay; fine-grained on the tongue, with Chardonnay berries doing splendid work translating Chablis itself with a kind of fine delicate nervy minerality that seems in no small part to define the house style here, finishing mouthwatering and fresh and leaving this taster just craving another pull. Delicious value, too, among les premiers crus.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2019 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

2019 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 at once discreet, pure and vibrant 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 Saint-Véran Clos de l'Ermitage Sainte-Claude Thevenet & Fils

2018 Saint-Véran Clos de l'Ermitage Sainte-Claude Thevenet & Fils

Produce of 100% Chardonnay fruit from the Clos de l'Ermitage Saint-Claude vineyard in Prissé near the rocks of Solutré and Vergisson. The vines here are 70 years of age on average, planted to argilo-calcaire soils at elevations of 200 metres with southerly exposition that yield a richer, somewhat more opulent wine, one that is aged en cuve (read, no oak; quite apparently, no oak aging is necessary with this excellent raw material). Brilliant yellow-gold in color with fetching southern Burgundian Chardonnay aromas suggestive of orchard fruits and brioche (Henry noted crisp melon; Thevenet themselves suggest aromas of linden and jasmine); rich and rounded on the tongue and yet poised and light on its feet, both satisfying and refreshing with a crisp citrusy acidity keeping things fresh to the finish. Simply lovely southern Burgundian white wine.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2019 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

2019 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 2019 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 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley

2018 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley

Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy with over 650 hectares under vine. Domaine Faiveley's village Mercurey is sourced from 5 parcels spread throughout the appellation for a little over 38 hectares. The oldest plantings of these vines dates back as far as 1962. The soils are primarily clay and limestone. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and pressed on site in Mercurey. Following vinification the young wines are brought to the domaine cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges for aging in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 to 14 months prior to release. Lovely translucent ruby red in color with aromas of fleshy ripe Pinot Noir berries and suggestion of dried cherries and baking spices along with a hint of black pepper and vineyard floor; supple, almost silken on the tongue, then showing a crisp taut berryish acidity and gentle structure of fine tannins carrying flavor on to the mouthwatering finish. Demonstrable value in good, serviceable red Burgundy, too!

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



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.



2019 Côte de Brouilly Château Thivin

2019 Côte de Brouilly Château Thivin

The vineyard parcels of Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly are predominantly south-facing and are planted entirely with Gamay vines that average 50 years of age on steep (48% grade) slopes of blue volcanic rock comprised of plagioclase and biotite on the Mont de Brouilly. Longtime importer Kermit Lynch has famously described the wine as resembling "… a country squire who is not afraid to get his boots muddy. Handsome, virile, earthy, and an aristocrat." Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly is long among our favorite of the Beaujolais crus, and not just because of the very compelling label (the Mont de Brouilly is indeed a magnificent presence in the Beaujolais). Lovely translucent ruby with glints of purple in color; deep, almost mysterious aromatic appeal what with suggestion of baies séchées mélangées, holiday baking spices and crushed stone and … supple, almost Pinot Noir-like silken texture with gentle dusty chalky tannins and a certain finesse that would seem to define the wine, yet, there's more, and what that might be, well, it keeps this taster coming back to the glass.

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 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

View more Etna wines on the Italia page of our website.



2018 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Tenuta delle Terre Nere

2018 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Calderara Sottana's soil is easily recognizable at first sight. Of all the crus of the Etna appellation it is by far the stoniest. So much so, that in the most remarkable examples you cannot see the soil for the stones: fist sized, light weight, black volcanic pumice. The word Calderara is reminiscent of "caldera" or "cauldron" probably due to the fact that the black rocks hold the day's heat through part of the night. The terroir in contrada Calderara is originated by lava flows and volcanoclastic deposits related to the effusive and explosive activity of the the Ellittico eruptive center, which dates back from 60,000 to 15,000 years ago. Although very young by geological standards, the soils from the Ellittico eruption are the oldest superficial strata in which one may plant. The reason is simple: millennia of lava flows have buried all older soils, leaving, in fact, only very small and rare parcels of Ellittico soils. On the northern slopes of Etna there are four or five Contrade that have terroir from the Ellittico. Three, however, have mixed soils, blending soil from Ellittico of igneous nature with alluvial soils of sedimentary nature due to the overflowing of the Alcantara river. Only two Contrade out of hundreds and hundreds are "pure" terroir Ellittico: Calderara and San Lorenzo. I wanted to mention this on their labels, so as to facilitate a distinction. The elevation is 600-700 metres. Harvest is sometime in the second to third week of October. Locally the cru has an outstanding reputation. Our Calderara Sottana is a single vineyard wine produced only from vineyards between 50-100 years old. Of all our single vineyard wines it is perhaps the most complete: much like a wide angle lens encompasses the most ample panorama, so Calderara seems to contain and display the widest spectrum of flavors, bouquets, nuances. Floral and spicy, leathery and aromatic, it delivers a wonderful filling sensation on the palate, yet stepping lightly. Don Peppino, whose devotion to Calderara led him to work our vineyards for seventy years, best describes the wines of Calderara: they are «creamy», he says. And he's right. Poultry, red meats, game, pasta, pecorino and bread. - Marco de Grazia, http://www.tenutaterrenere.com/

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6



2018 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Cantina Terlan

2019 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Cantina Terlan

The Südtirol Alto Adige enjoys a continental climate protected from the Atlantic and cold northern frontal weather by the Alps and benefits from access to the Mediterranean climate to the south via the Adriatic Sea. Add lots and lots of sunlight and brilliant winegrowing soils ed ecco qua. Brilliant bright yellow-gold in color with ripe, perfumed aromas suggestive of fresh cool orchard fruits like crisp apple, peach, mirabelle plum, then citrus and stone (of course, it's really just the aroma of giddily happy grapes from a wonderful grapegrowing climate and a nice scenery, too); at once caressing and refreshing on the tongue, ample in weight and yet, somehow, still light on its feet; then, mineral, fresh and mouthwatering on the finish. Regularly $22.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

Podere Il Palazzino is owned by Alessandro and Andrea Sderci and is located in Monti in Chianti, 20km northeast of Siena in the southern part of Chianti Classico. The estate has a total of about 20 hectares (roughly 50 acres), the greater part of which is dedicated to viticulture and a small part to olive groves. Given the small dimensions of the estate working procedures are strictly manual and the soil is cultivated using organic methods. Grosso Sanese originates from a vineyard covering about 2 hectares just below the casa and cantina of the estate. The fairly compact clay/calcareous soils here are composed mainly of alberese and galestro. The vines are pruned in the spurred cordon method, leaving a maximum of six buds per plant. Production is limited to 5,000 to 6,000 liters per hectare for a total production of about 10,000 bottles per year. Fermentation takes place in 5,000-liter oak barrels. The wine is refined in barriques made of Alliers oak, 30% of which are replaced each year. Here it stays for eighteen months before the final blending and bottling. The wine then ages for another six months in bottle before being released for sale. Produce of 100% Sangiovese; deep ruby to crimson at the edges in color; formidable from the get go with a seeming wall of aromatic power forcefully suggesting leather, taut red and blue berry fruits transformed, spices, macchia mediterranea, woodsmoke, pulverized stone and more; at once, powerful on the tongue, potent and warming in essence while mouthwatering (in this humble taster's opinion, this is all a marker for the very finest of wines) and savory long on the finish. In our humble estimation, there may be no finer example of the world-class table worthiness of fine Chianti Classico.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2018 Rosso di Montepulciano Cantina Chiachierra

2018 Rosso di Montepulciano Cantina Chiachierra

The Chiacchiera winery founded in 2010 by the family of Emanuela Mancianti and is located in the hills of Montepulciano in the locality of Cervognano just southeast of the town of Montepulciano itself. This is an area most suitable for the production of both wine and olive oil. The name "Chiacchiera" was chosen by Emanuela’s father Mario to highlight the fact that it’s a family business. Mario was given this nickname (chiacchierone means chatterbox in Italian) because his guests would be enchanted by his conversation, just as a good wine should enchant those who drink it. Emanuela, on the other hand, personally and meticulously follows every phase of the farming and the vineyards, leaving nothing to chance. Produce of 90% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo and 10% Canaiolo fruit, the wine is a translucent medium ruby fading just at the edges in color; a touch shy on the nose at first then coming to reveal aromas of crisp red cherry, dried wild herbs, dusty earth and eventually a kind of sangue d'uva quality; vibrant on the tongue, announcing itself clearly with lots of building energy and expression, then eventually mouthfilling with gentle fresh tannins carrying a burst of fresh flavor toward the finish. Questo vino è semplicemente delizioso!

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Chianti Classico Fontodi

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Chianti Classico Fontodi

Produce of 80% Correggiolo and 20% Moraiolo olives from various olive groves within the property in Chianti Classico. The olives are picked by hand and carefully pressed the same day in order to preserve freshness and fragrance. Certified organic by Ecocert.

$32.50 the 500ml bottle

View more of our selection of olive oils on the Foodstuffs page of our website.



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Castello di Ama

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Castello di Ama

The hilly area of Ama, located between 450 to 550 meters above sea level, has always been suited to a low production per plant, but is able to generate an extremely fruity, fine and elegant oil, fragrant, with good balance and roundness. This oil is on par with the exquisite wines produced by Castello di Ama. A blend of four olive varieties (Correggiolo, Moraiolo, Frantoio and Leccino) grown in the bucolic countryside of Chianti Classico zone. The olives are hand harvested from an orchard of 10,000 trees. Small batches of olives are pressed the same day as picked, assuring low acidity with dedicated focus on quality over quantity. The unfiltered oil is opaque green in color with a fruity aroma, a strong earthy flavor up front and a lively, peppery finish. A limited quantity of only 8,000 bottles is produced in a typical year.

$50.00 the 500ml bottle



Aceto Balsamico Modena 3 Gold Medals Riccardo Giusti Giuseppe Giusti

Aceto Balsamico di Modena 3 Gold Medals Riccardo Giusti Giuseppe Giusti

Dedicated to Riccardo Giusti, the ancestor who created the recipe at the beginning of the 20th century, this balsamic is obtained from sweet, sundried grapes. The aromas and flavors of plum jam and red fruits intertwine with hints of honey and vanilla in a considerably dense and sweet balsamic. It is perfect as a fresh dressing for various savory or sweet dishes.

$40.00 the 250ml bottle



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

$52.50 the bottle  $267.68 the case of 6



2016 Barbaresco Martinenga Marchesi di Grésy

2016 Barbaresco Martinenga Marchesi di Grésy

The 2016 Barbaresco Martinenga is absolutely gorgeous. Pliant and deep, with terrific energy driving the flavors, the Martinenga really shows how compelling the vintage is. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint and chalk all lift out of the glass effortlessly. The 2016 is gracious and light on its feet, as all these wines are, yet it has an extra level of dimension that is one of the signatures of the year. The Barbaresco Martinenga is a real overachiever, and in that sense, the wine in this range reader should not miss. Drink 2021-2031. Rated 93. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com August, 2019

$60.00 the bottle  $306.00 the case of 6



2016 Barbaresco Gaja

2016 Barbaresco Gaja

Gaja's 2016 Barbaresco is positively stellar. A wine of poise and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. Expressive spice and floral notes open up first, but what really stands out is the wine's nuance and delineation. There is a sense of translucency to the 2016 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. Quite simply, the 2016 is one of the very finest Gaja Barbarescos in recent memory. This is such a gorgeous wine. Don't miss it. Drink 2026-2041. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com November, 2019

$250.00 the bottle  $1,275.00 the case of 6



2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate Palazzone

2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore 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; produce of 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. C'mon downtown 'n get yourself some of this delicious wine!

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2019 Pinot Grigio Ramato Vignarco Umbria Palazzone

2019 Pinot Grigio Ramato Vignarco Umbria Palazzone

'Okay, finally,' sez our wizening wine buyer, 'a way to drink an orange wine and actually have fun doing it.' Actually, the word ramato translates directly as auburn, but being as we are here in Austin, Texas, we're gonna take a bit different a direction. This is, to be sure, Pinot Grigio from Orvieto, Umbria, Italia, an address just an hour or so's drive south and east of Montalcino in Toscana. Not everyone knows that Pinot Grigio is not actually a green grape for making only white wines. The skins of Pinot Grigio have color. A kind of greyish purple color. And what to do if you really wanted Procanico and Grecchetto and the harvesters brought you this northerner called Pinot Grigio? Make some 'pink' wine, of course! Although this is actually less pink and more a burnt orange in color, if a rather glistening burnt orange with fresh cool of the morning giddy grapey aromas beckoning along with suggestion of citrus (more like tangerine), stone fruits and cool fresh melon; fresh, vibrant, almost thirst quenching, mouthwatering quality on the tongue with a delicate minerality and all the while so pleasingly plump and round. Okay, UTers (and all the rest of you), this is it! Burnt orange wine, without the burn. Show your colors!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

2019 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, this is a tactile wine, 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



2018 Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás Tokaj‑Oremus

2018 Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás Tokaj‑Oremus

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 — Tokaj, Hungary, 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



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

View our complete selection of Oregon Pinot Noir on the Oregon page of our website.



2017 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

2017 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

Produce of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot fruit from sustainably farmed vines on the estate vineyards of Pepper Bridge, Summit View, Octave, Goff, Seven Hills and Les Collines in the Walla Walla Valley. We've been following this wine for some half dozen vintages or so now and are only growing more fond — oh, we'll get to the tasting note, but geez, one whiff and one can almost smell plump juicy colored-up berries hanging on the vine, giddily awaiting their transformation into even happier stuff; medium deep ruby in color with aromas redolent of fresh pulpy ripe berry fruit; fresh and vibrant on the tongue, too, with a kind of sense of urgency (drink me already ya' silly) with gentle but vivid tannins carrying bags of juicy berry flavor; then warming and mouthwatering to the finish. Really, really good stuff from Walla Walla, Washington.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2017 Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2017 Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Produce of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec fruit from the Southwind, Dionysus and Stone Tree vineyards in Columbia Valley. Deep ruby in color with discreet claret-like aromas suggesting, among other things, cassis, spiced plum, pencil shavings and a good winegrowing earth; cool on entry, firm yet pliant in texture, holding its shape well with a discreet burst and intensity of flavor carried long and fresh and deep by vivid fine-grained jittery tannins.

$32.50 the bottle  $165.78 the case of 6



2018 Illumination by Quintessa Sauvignon Blanc

2018 Illumination by Quintessa Sauvignon Blanc

Intrigued with making a white wine for Quintessa, Agustin Huneeus planted a small plot of Sauvignon Blanc at Quintessa estate in 2002. Intended for family and friends, this passion project soon appealed to guests of Quintessa and top sommeliers in the country. Produce of 56% Sauvignon Musqué, 34% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Sémillon from both Napa and Sonoma counties; bright platinum-yellow in color with fresh herbal aromas suggestive of chervil and mint, then kiwi and crisp cool melon (Henry noted quince and ripe ruby-red grapefruit); fresh and vivid on the tongue, too, with amplitude but without weight and a nice call and response between the wine and the salivary glands; nervy, flavorful and fresh on the finish; our favorite iteration of Illumination to date. Regularly $40.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$29.99 the bottle  $165.00 the case of 6



2017 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast

2017 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast

The Martinelli family has been farming their estate vineyards since the 1880s (over 135 years now) and are today 6th generation winegrowers. Their reputation as such in Sonoma County has been and remains solid. Their Bella Vigna Pinot Noir is a selection from the Martinelli estate vineyards in the Sonoma Coast appellation meant to offer a wine that reflects the characteristics of these vineyards and also the Martinelli style. It has become go to Sonoma Coast stuff for us over the last few vintages. Medium ruby in color with aromas suggestive of grape confiture, black cherry, plum and holiday baking spices; silken-textured on the tongue with lovely ripe berry flavors and delicate fine-grained tannins that show excellent nerve and give voice to the jittery intensity of flavors that carry on long on the finish. As per usual, Martinelli Bella Vigna is indeed a lovely Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

$42.50 the bottle  $433.56 the case



The Whole Shebang Thirteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang Thirteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang is a wine made entirely by the crew at Bedrock Wine Co., intended to offer "authentic Californian deliciousness" at a most reasonable price. The fruit comes from old vineyards Bedrock are rehabilitating along with younger vine parcels and barrels of Bedrock wines that do not make the cut for their spiffiest bottlings. And, in our opinion, The Whole Shebang is a great success. Translucent ruby in color; medium to medium full in body with aromas suggesting berries, spice, the parched northern California earth and the slightest little sliver of oak (Henry noted one could smell the very California sunshine in the glass); grapey and gently grippy on the tongue, warm and impactful, long and flavorful, this is a real red wine that will appeal to folks who prefer honesty in wine production over marketing puffery and frippery. And at its very modest price, it will give a boost to the old wine budget as well.

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case



Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 71

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 71 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



2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

The 2017 Christo, Marietta's Syrah/Grenache-based red, is another compelling wine in this range. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, rose petal, mint, spice and floral notes are front and center. Sumptuous and racy, the 2017 is so inviting from the very first taste. Rated (90-93). - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com April, 2020

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Babs Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

2019 Babs Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

Babs (for Santa Barbara) is a project of Adam Lee, co-founder and former owner/winemaker of Siduri Wines and John Wagner, a winegrower of some renown in the Santa Rita Hills. It marries the red fruits of Santa Maria Valley with the darker flavors of the Santa Rita Hills to produce a signature Santa Barbara Pinot Noir; translucent medium ruby in color with aromas suggestive of baies mélangées, say wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry with a hint of spice from what Adam refers to as «a judicious use of whole clusters in the fermentation»; soft and smooth on the tongue with a crisp berryish acidity lending warmth and presence, leaving the mouth watering with gentle tannins carrying flavor surprisingly long on the finish. Quite delicious. And priced for the porch, too.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Nalle Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

2018 Nalle Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

This classic blend of Nalle estate old vine Zinfandel and a field blend including Petite Sirah and Carignane from the Bernier-Sibary 'Zinyard' is among our longtime favorites from California, only recently again available in Texas. The estate vines are 90 plus years old as of this writing, gnarly, bush vine things that they are; the Bernier-Sibary vines are planted to slightly acidic, fine loamy soils formed from sandstone and which yield small berries with tempered acidity and weighty tannin structure; the resulting wine is a lovely translucent medium ruby in color with utterly compelling aromas suggestive of ripe berry, bramble, cherry, a hint of toast and a parched northern California vineyard floor; crisp, almost crunchy in texture with taut berry fruit, plenty of nerve and pomegranate-like fresh mouthwatering acidity that keeps everything atwitter on the tongue on and on and long to the finish.

$42.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case



2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

Vivid yellow-gold with glints of green in color; there's no oak to speak of here, more stone than gooseberry on the nose, more summer rain on gravel than grass or green, oh, maybe there's a little hint of mint there; subtle, crisp, ultra-refreshing and light on its feet, 2nd glass kind of stuff; porch poundable, too.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

Bruce Neyers has a storied career in the wine trade. And he is one heck of a storyteller too, in the very best sense of the word. Formerly winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, he helped craft among California's most memorable and iconic red wines, read Joseph Phelps Insignia. In 1991 he joined Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, travelling the larger world of wine serving for years as their National Sales Manager. 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 selection 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



2019 Trefethen Family Winery Dry Riesling Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2019 Trefethen Family Vineyards Dry Riesling Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Trefethen have been producing this wine since all the way back in the mid-1970s. We've been reminded of it more recently by their dynamo sales representative and our longtime friend, Ms. Jane Anthenien, herself a brilliant chef, gastronome and wine lover of the erste Klasse; this is like drinking from a cold mountain spring on a hot summer's day, only its Riesling: Yay! Dry Riesling: Yay!; almost clear in color, such a brilliant light yellow gold with fresh and inviting aromas suggestive of citrus flower, citrus zest and flesh of crisp cool green apple (we've heard suggestion of slate but, nah, there's no slate in Napa, California, it's just Riesling on an alluvial fan); there is a certain crystalline purity on the palate, there is body and breadth, an engagingness, but the wine remains light on its feet, completely dry, tingly, balanced, almost spherical in shape and woops (it just slips right down the ol' gullet); put a nice chill on this and take some delicious late summer Riesling refreshment.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



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



2019 Dão Branco Broadbent

2019 Dão Branco Broadbent

From the Quinta dos Carvalhais in Dão in north central Portugal. This is an inspired blend of not yet necessarily household words in white wine grape varieties Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Bical and Gouveio. Shimmering platinum with glints of emerald in color; ultra-fresh aromas suggesting myriad citrus and stone and cool just-ripened melon (Ian noted white flower and peach); vivid and fresh on the palate with a delicious hint of salinity conjuring the qualities of a classic combination of opposites like melon and prosciutto, yet ample and substantial enough to pair well with cream sauces and rich white meats, too; then fresh and crisp and mouthwatering on the finish; definitely 2nd glass kind of stuff. This is in our estimation a quite pleasant and useful white wine at a very attractive price.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



Cicada by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

From the folks at Domaine Chante Cigale, who bring us right good value in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cicada Blanc is an inspired mingling of Viognier, Picpoul and Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in the south of France and fresh as the summer days are long (and they are long there at roughly 45°N in latitude). The Viognier gives both aroma and body, the Picpoul citrus and nerve, the Sauvignon Blanc a delicious ripe melon-like aroma and flavor; together they yield a wine with an alluring freshness, a quaffability that is ever so refreshing and all at a price that is oh so easy to swallow. The Cicada with the guitar is cute, too. Cicada Blanc might just be the wine to accompany the very sounds of summer. And it'll pound the porch with the best of them.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Rouge by Chante Cigale

Equally delicious in red as well. From the fruit of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignane vines averaging 30 years in age and planted to clay and limestone soils in the southern Rhône Valley of France. Vivid medium ruby in color with aromas that conjure baies mélangées with only just a whisper of garrigue; crisp and vibrant with gentle fresh acidity pushing those bouncy berry flavors forward on the palate and leaving everything all the more refreshed for it. Put a little chill on this one and take the edge off the end of a summer's day.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale

Deep crimson. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes smoky red and blue fruits, potpourri, licorice, game and garrigue. Stains the palate with sweet boysenberry, black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors sharpened by building spice and mineral notes. Finishes with strong tenacity, a touch of smoked meat and youthfully gripping tannins. Rated (91-92). - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com December, 2019

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case

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2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Roger Perrin

2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Roger Perrin

Produce of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre grapes hand-harvested from vines averaging 60 years in age from vineyards near Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhône Valley. Each cluster is carefully sorted and the grapes are entirely destemmed then chilled to 12°C to undergo cold soaking, extracting as much fruit flavour and colour as possible. They are then put into stainless steel vats and undergo pigéage and a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation for some 15 to 20 days, yielding more robust, round, persistent tannins and body. The wine is then aged in concrete vats for 12 to 15 months before bottling. Lovely translucent cherry skin red with aromas of pulverized stone, wild strawberry, cherry, rosemary, lavender and more; supple on entry, then expansive on the palate to a generous mouth-filling medium-full in body with fine dusty jittery ripe tannins keeping everything fresh and flavorful on the long finish.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Tasted as a sample blended from several foudres, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel features scents of sun-warmed stones and ripe raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, it's plush and open-knit, already giving a lot of pleasure, and finishing zesty and long. Rated (91-93). - Joe Czerwinski, https://www.robertparker.com/ August 30, 2019

$28.75 the bottle  $293.28 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!

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2019 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

2019 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

Also delicious in pink, this is our winebuyer's wife's favorite rosé of the moment. Produce of a preponderance of Grenache with a touch of Syrah; ultra-fresh with that intoxicating aroma of red berries (the producers themselves describe it fittingly as aromas of strawberries and raspberries reminiscent of "bonbons anglais"). More Provençal in style these days, with perhaps just a touch more in terms of body; ultra-refreshing, invigorating even on the tongue with flavors that well reprise those first fresh aromas; leaves the mouth just watering away for more.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

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2019 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Grand Cassagne

2019 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Grand Cassagne

Château Grand Cassagne is located in the Costières de Nîmes, read denim. Yes, this is our workhorse denim blue jean rosé (and, yes, that's Lucinda's sister Louise as David Bowie's love interest in the video) and, yes, this is Lucinda's fave among rosé wines we've currently on offer. Delicious mix of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah fruit harvested from sustainably-farmed vines averaging 40 to 60 years in age and planted to the typically argillo-calcaire soils of the area; lovely pale sunset copper/orange pink in color; ultra-fresh, if discreet red berry (strawberry, we think), cherry blossom and citrus (the importer describes it as blood orange; Andrea noted a sea salted-watermelon); just ample and juicy/crunchy on the tongue with an underlying minerality that lends structure and a deliciously mouthwatering quality on the finish. Late season rosé quaff-among us!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Château des Crès Ricards Terrasses du Larzac Stécia

2017 Château des Crès Ricards Terrasses du Larzac Stécia

The Château des Crès Ricards Estate was established in 1960 in the village of Ceyras (32 km from the coast of the Mediterranean sea). Fifty years later, Jean-Claude Mas acquired these 28 hectares. Jean-Claude was so fascinated by the terroir of the Terrasses du Larzac that he expanded the estate to 42 hectares in 2013. This sub-appellation of the Languedoc is known for its intensely flavorful and silky wines. Chateau des Crès Ricards is situated at the foot of the Mont Saint-Baudille in the southern foothills of the Massif Central. This superb Languedoc rouge is produce of 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Carignan vines planted to soils of limestone and clay, with more pebble-rich soils on the steep, terraced vineyards. Just less than half of the blend is aged in oak barrels for 8 months, the remaining portion in stainless steel vats. Gorgeous deep ruby red in color with alluring aromas redolent of happy grapes from happy vines planted to superb winegrowing soils only a short distance from the Mediterranean (this wine taster would like to be there about now); there's a bit of bramble and a touch of garrigue with some aeration; potent and engaging on the tongue with warmth and power and generosity to spare, then with fine ripe chalky tannins and a certain minerality carrying a long flavorful reprise of everything that has come before. Mais, oc!

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6

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2015 Rioja Crianza Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

2015 Rioja Crianza Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

Produce of 100% Tempranillo hand-harvested from the Mayorita, Rebollar and Bardal vineyards, as well as selected plots in El Palo, Rodezno and Alto del Rey, Labastida. These vineyards are located at altitudes of 500 to 600 metres (that's 1,600 to 2,000 feet) above sea level and were planted in these chalky-clay soils more than 40 years ago. The Bordeaux winemaking model is in use here, involving destemming and crushing the grapes before putting them in tanks, where they underwent alcoholic and malolactic fermentation under controlled conditions. The wine was then matured for two years in American oak barrels manufactured in-house; the first year in new oak and the second year in four-year-old barrels. Four rackings are carried out in the traditional way, under candlelight, from barrel to barrel, carefully separating the wine from the lees. The wine was bottled in September of 2018. Deep crimson to just tawny at the edges with myriad old world leaning aromas suggestive of rhubard, plum, stone, red, black and blue berry fruits with a bit of air, then vanilla and a kind of dulce de leches/freshly picked dill quality from the American oak; quite large in scale, demonstrating the warm/ripe 2015 vintage, medium to almost full in body with jittery bursting mouthwatering taut berry flavors that last and last on the innervating finish.

$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 the case

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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



2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2017 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 25% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 20% 'mixed black' varieties 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 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

From Douro Valley vineyards of the Symington family in northern Portugal, including the Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, which have traditionally supplied the famed Porto House of Dow. Vale do Bomfim represents a new style of table wine from the Upper Douro Valley, where the region's wealth of grape varieties, mature vineyards and modern winemaking have been successfully combined. Produce of 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional and the remainder a field blend of typical and local (once called mixed black) varieties, hand-selected and vinified at the Quinta do Sol winery, one of the most modern winemaking facilities in Portugal. Deep garnet in color with forward grapey, pomacey aromas, a lifted floral scent of rock rose (known as Esteva in the Douro) and hints of the Mediterranean shrubland; medium to just full in body with a fine balancing edge of nerve and acidity; long and mouthwatering on the finish. Absolutely splendid value at its regular price of $11.25 the bottle, on sale now at:

$9.99 the bottle  $114.72 the case



2019 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

2019 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, do note the price. This is simply superb value in Cabernet Sauvignon!

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

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2019 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

2019 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

Excelsior’s vineyards are characterized by limestone-rich calcareous clay soils, ideal for producing fine wine. All estate fruit, a portion of the Chardonnay also comes from broken shale, which gives the wine a stone fruit character. The vines range in age from 4-21 years and enjoy cool afternoon breezes that sweep through the Robertson Valley in the summer, providing a kind of natural air-conditioning in the vineyards on hot days. The grapes were hand harvested in the cool, early mornings, at ripeness levels of 23 to 24½° Brix. Fully 3⁄4 of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh citrus flavors. The remaining 1⁄4 was fermented and aged in French oak, which lends a subtle toasty nuance. Both portions were aged on their lees for three months. Bright yellow-gold in color with fresh Chardonnay aromas suggestive of green apple and citrus blossom with just a hint of toast; nicely rounded on the tongue with a crisp citrusy freshness of flavor and subtle minerality both satisfying and refreshing; and, as always from Excelsior, exceptional value, too.

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



2018 Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape

2018 Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted varietal and the Cape’s signature white wine, once referred to more simply as Steen. Indaba Chenin Blanc is produce of 100% sustainably-farmed Chenin Blanc fruit sourced from select vineyard sites in Swartland, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Durbanville, Robertson and McGregor, and characterized by soils (some of the oldest soils in the world) of Table Mountain sandstone, decomposed Dolomite granite, shale and red Karoo clay. The vines range in age from 6 to 36+ years old, more than half of which are low-yielding dry-farmed bush vines. Shimmering platinum/yellow with glints of green in color; fresh, tempting produce-section aromas suggesting melon, kiwi and myriad orchard fruits; tactile on the tongue, well-rounded, supple, slippery, almost gulpable and so completely delicious. Makes one feel good, too — Indaba gives back from its profits to the communities from which it sources. And, do take note of the value here.

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



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



2016 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

2016 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

The 2016 Vin de Constance is matured in 50% French acacia oak, Hungarian oak and regular French oak, and 50% in French foudres. This has more delineation and precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The palate is very well balanced with fine precision, a killer line of acidity and disarming purity toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning. Drink 2024-2060. Rated 97. - Neal Martin, vinous.com November, 2019

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



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

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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

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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 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

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Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

Distillerie Louis Roque have been operating in Souillac in southwestern France from father to son since 1905. The pinnacle of their production — La Vieille Prune (literally "The Old Prune") — is a plum brandy produced from three varieties of fresh plums: Ente (a red plum used for Pruneau d’Agen), Mirabelle (a yellow plum most famous in the Lorraine) and Reine-Claude (a green plum grown all over France). The pits are mostly removed, the plums are crushed and the resultant juice is fermented into a plum wine. The wine is then distilled twice in a copper pot still à la Cognac. After the second distillation, the clear brandy reaches 70% alcohol by volume. The spirit is then placed in 400-liter oak casks; with time, it begins to gain color and lose its alcohol. Little by little, water is added to the spirit to further reduce its alcohol level to 42% by volume. After being aged for a minimum of four years, it is bottled with a cork, and the bottles are then waxed by hand. The finished brandy is light amber in color with deliciously complex aromas of the orchard fruit distilled and cinnamon-stick like spice from the oak aging; slippery smooth on entry, with a gentle and supple texture and then a warmth and presence and remembrance of those orchard fruits transformed along with suggestion of vanilla, orange peel and spices. Simply superb brandy!

$52.50 the bottle

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Armagnac XO Domaine des Cassagnoles Famille Baumann

Armagnac XO Domaine des Cassagnoles Famille Baumann

Produce of a distillate of wine of fruit from 60 hectares of vineyard cultivated sustainably and certified Haute Valeur Environnementale since 2016. Lovely amber in color with alluring and nostril-titillating aromas of dried orange peel, caramel, holiday baking spices, seasoned wood, fine winegrowing earth and, eventually, the indomitable spirit of the grape; slippery smooth entry onto the palate, then building in intensity and warmth, finishing long, contemplative and flavorful. Splendid value in fine wine brandy, too!

$37.50 the bottle



Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique XO

Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique XO

Throughout the 19th century, sugarcane was the dominant agricultural product of Martinique, an island highly regarded for its terroir and thus, appropriately originally named «Madinina», that is, the island of flowers. But the once soaring sugar economy plunged heavily due to overproduction in South America, and the growing availability in Europe of much cheaper beet sugar, eventually driving sugar factories of Martinique into bankruptcy. Necessity, once again proving herself the mother of invention, the surviving distilleries began to make other products from sugarcane. An obvious option was to make rum directly from fresh sugarcane juice and not from molasses, avoiding the sugar production process altogether — Rhum Agricole was born. Pale amber with glints of gold in color; aromas of singed sugar cane and caramel with suggestion of cinnamon, vanilla bean and a hint of wood; cool and sophisticated on the palate, near weightless and fine, but with some kind of building impact and exceptional warmth on the finish. Rhums Agricole de Martinque have understandably and, we feel, quite rightly been dubbed the «Cognacs of the Caribbean». Put this one in a snifter and set sail.

$52.50 the bottle



Cognac Tesseron Lot № 90 XO Ovation

Tesseron Cognac Lot № 90 X.O Ovation

Alfred Tesseron is the class-act owner of the now ever over-performing Château Pontet-Canet in the commune of Pauillac in the northern Médoc, Bordeaux as well as Cognac Tesseron over the Gironde river estuary and à travers le bois in Cognac. Tesseron are now bottling an increasing amount of their own production, having cultivated a certain demand for their more pure and classic style of brandy. Produce of a blend of eaux-de-vie from the finest terroirs in Cognac, namely Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois and aged for about ten years, Lot № 90 X.O Ovation owes its freshness and purity to the vivacity of the eaux-de-vie, displaying an especially attractive combination of vigour and complexity. Alluring vivid gold in color with subtle and refined aromas suggestive of stick cinnamon, vanilla bean, a subtle sear on crème caramel, orange peel and (the imagination could literally run wild), at last, and overarchingly, the spirit of the grape; supple and fine on the palate, tactile with a sense of sweetness and harmony on the tongue and long remembrance of all that has come before on the finish; oh dear, this is good …

$62.50 the bottle



Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac Pale & Dry X.O.

Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac Pale & Dry X.O.

Delamain Pale & Dry was introduced as Delamain’s standard-bearer in 1920, and today represents some 80% of the firm’s production. The label is a reproduction of a 17th century engraving of the town of Jarnac and its Château by Claude Chastillon. Named after its taste, to reflect its clean, dry purity of flavor, it is blended from a range of Cognacs averaging 25 years of age. True to its name, brilliant pale gold in color, this superb Cognac is distinguished by its remarkable delicacy and refinement; aromas suggest a wisp of vanilla from old wood, cinnamon, clove and notions of candied orange peel and raisin; carries itself elegantly, almost floats onto the tongue with a gentle richness of texture and rondeur and just a whole panoply of complex flavors that burst on the palate and then linger welcome, warm and engaging on the long flavorful finish.

$100.00 the bottle


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