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The Austin Wine Merchant

The Austin Wine Merchant will be open as per usual today and tomorrow, Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd of November from 10:00 AM until 6:30 PM for in‑store shopping (curbside service remains available upon request). We will be closed on Thursday the 24th of November — Thanksgiving Day. We will resume our normal schedule on Friday the 25th of November at 10:00 AM.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Thanksgiving
Which Wine(s) With Thanksgiving

For our part, with a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu that might include, say, roast turkey with sage dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, buttered salted peppered and herbed mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans with red onion, carrots with basil and honey and, of course, buttered salted and peppered rutabaga, we would recommend fruitier, less tannic red wines such as Beaujolais, Burgundy, Côtes‑du‑Rhône, west coast Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and or, possibly, Merlot. By way of white wines we would typically recommend off‑dry versions of Riesling or Gewürztraminer, fresher, more vibrantly fruity versions of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc, and fuller, rounder versions of Chardonnay. And, we can certainly offer a wine recommendation for an alternate menu as well.

Our own winebuyer's family's table will typically include something bubbly for starters, a Mosel Riesling, an Alsace Gewürztraminer, a California Zinfandel-based wine, a west coast Pinot noir, a nice cru Beaujolais, a red Burgundy from the Côte d'Or and, then, a bottle of Porto or, perhaps, Sherry or Madeira for contemplative afters.

And, of course, given the variety and numbers of people you may have around the Thanksgiving Day table, there may be some matching of wines to particular tastes that needs be accomplished as well. It also bears mentioning here that the host and or hostess should be happiest of all with the selection of wines. Send us your menu (and/or your guest list) and we'll do our best to recommend from among the more perfect wine(s) for you and yours for this very special holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!



We've got big bottles!
We've got big bottles.

And, with all those thirsty folks 'round the table, one might feel the need for a bit more volume than a mere 750 milliliter bottle will deliver. Enter bigger bottles still (and sparkling, too). Our delicious selection follows:

(Click on vintage, producer or description to sort on same.)

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
6 1500 2012 Quintarelli Giuseppe Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $950.00
6 1500 2011 Quintarelli Giuseppe Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $925.00
6 1500 2014 Gaja Gaja Barbaresco $425.00
6 1500 2017 Altare Elio Elio Altare Barolo Arborina $235.00
1 1500 2015 Scavino Paolo Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio $142.50
3 1500 2018 Jadot Louis Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Celebration $152.50
3 1500 2019 Jadot Louis Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules $192.50
3 1500 2018 Jadot Louis Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules $195.00
6 1500 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Greves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus $250.00
6 1500 2016 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Greves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus $250.00
3 1500 2019 Jadot Louis Louis Jadot (Domaine Gagey) Beaune 1er Cru Theurons $132.50
3 1500 2019 Guido Tenuta San Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia $557.50
3 1500 2015 Jadot Louis Domaine Louis Jadot Bonnes-Mares $1,000.00
6 1500 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino $250.00
3 1500   Mesnil Champagne Le Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $87.50
3 1500 2014 Bollinger SA Champagne Champagne Bollinger Brut Grande Année $387.50
3 1500 2015 Heitz Cellar Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Napa Valley $625.00
3 1500 2014 Inglenook Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley $200.00
3 1500 2016 Magnien Domaine Stephane Domaine Stéphane Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers $187.50
3 1500 2016 Magnien Domaine Stephane Domaine Stéphane Magnien Charmes-Chambertin $325.00
6 1500 2012 Magnien Domaine Stephane Domaine Stéphane Magnien Charmes-Chambertin $300.00
6 1500 2019 Saint Prefert Domaine Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Speciale Vieilles Clairettes $375.00
1 1500 2014 Perrin La Famille Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin $1,200.00
1 1500 2011 Perrin La Famille Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin $1,325.00
6 1500 2016 Brunier et Fils H. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Rouge $175.00
3 1500 2019 Montille Domaine de Domaine de Montille Chevalier-Montrachet $1,500.00
6 1500 2016 Fontodi Azienda Agricola Fontodi Chianti Classico $87.50
6 1500 2018 Fontodi Azienda Agricola Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo $207.50
6 1500 2016 Fontodi Azienda Agricola Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo $237.50
3 1500 2017 Lamarche Domaine Francois Domaine François Lamarche Clos de Vougeot $350.00
6 1500 2012 Magnien Domaine Stephane Domaine Stéphane Magnien Clos Saint-Denis $300.00
3 1500 2019 Jadot Louis Domaine Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot $475.00
3 1500 2018 Jadot Louis Domaine Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot $450.00
6 1500 2019 Clape Auguste Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas $350.00
6 1500 2018 Clape Auguste Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas $425.00
6 1500 2017 Clape Auguste Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas $425.00
6 1500 2016 Parent Domaine Domaine Parent Corton Les Renardes $300.00
3 1500 2019 Montille Domaine de Domaine de Montille Corton-Charlemagne $457.50
6 1500 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Corton-Charlemagne $425.00
3 1500 2019 Jadot Louis Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets $267.50
6 1500 2020 Breton Guy Guy Breton Côte de Brouilly $95.00
6 1500 2019 Vieille Julienne Domaine de la Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Côtes-du-Rhône lieu-dit Clavin $57.50
6 1500 2018 Vieille Julienne Domaine de la Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Côtes-du-Rhône lieu-dit Clavin $50.00
6 1500   Chollet Paul Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut $40.00
3 1500 2017 Jaboulet Aine Paul Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert $70.00
3 1500   Laurent-Perrier Champagne Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut $212.50
3 1500 2015 Roriz Quinta de Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Douro Post Scriptum $60.00
3 1500 2017 Lamarche Domaine Francois Domaine François Lamarche Échézeaux $350.00
3 1500 2019 Jadot Louis Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques $457.50
1 3000 2019 Jadot Louis Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques $1,000.00
3 1500 2018 Jadot Louis Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques $450.00
1 1500 2019 Schaefer Willi Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #05 $192.50
3 1500 2017 Jaboulet Aine Paul Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle $412.50
1 3000 2017 Jaboulet Aine Paul Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle $1,675.00
3 1500 2014 Lamarche Domaine Francois Domaine François Lamarche La Grande Rue $1,000.00
6 1500 2021 Perrin La Famille La Famille Perrin La Vieille Ferme Vin de France Blanc $13.75
6 1500 2021 Perrin La Famille La Famille Perrin La Vieille Ferme Vin de France Rose $13.75
6 1500 2020 Perrin La Famille La Famille Perrin La Vieille Ferme Vin de France Rouge $13.75
6 1500 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton $275.00
1 3000 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton $675.00
6 1500 2016 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton $262.50
6 1500 2018 Jacques Chateau des Château des Jacques (Louis Jadot) Moulin-à-Vent Clos des Rochegrès $75.00
6 1500 2018 Jacques Chateau des Château des Jacques (Louis Jadot) Moulin-à-Vent Clos des Thorins $75.00
3 1500 2014 Dominus Estate Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Wine $500.00
6 1500 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles $240.00
6 1500 2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond Willamette Valley $100.00
6 1500 2017 Elk Cove Vineyards Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond Willamette Valley $100.00
6 1500 2016 Parent Domaine Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Chaponnières $225.00
6 1500 2017 Billard Gabriel Gabriel Billard Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmots $150.00
6 1500 2016 Parent Domaine Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots $250.00
3 1500 2015 Garofoli Garofoli Rosso Conero PianCarda $35.00
3 1500 2014 Inglenook Inglenook Rubicon Estate Rutherford Napa Valley $400.00
1 1500 2019 Weinbach Domaine Domaine Weinbach Triad Selection (3/1.5L bottles, 1 each: Gewurztraminer Furstentum, Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine, Pinot Gris Cuvée Ste. Catherine) $525.00
3 1500 2011 Warre's Warre's Vintage Porto $195.00
6 1500 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot $187.50
6 1500 2016 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bouchard Père & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot $180.00
3 1500 2017 Angerville Domaine Marquis d' Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs $625.00
3 1500 2012 Montille Domaine de Domaine de Montille Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts $750.00

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.



Help Wanted

Yes, The Austin Wine Merchant is looking for a few good people to help us better get the job done. We are seeking positive, motivated, detail-oriented individuals to join our team purveying fine wines, spirits, beers, accessories and gifts to our discerning clientèle. We are in need of a delivery person/stock person and a wine clerk (full-time positions, all). We offer a friendly schedule (the shop is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 6:30 PM), a competitive retail wage, and a friendly, well air-conditioned work environment. If interested, please submit a letter of introduction, résumé and references by e-Mail to info@theaustinwinemerchant.com with "Interested In Working With You All" in the subject line. We would look forward to hearing from you! (More detailed information on the available positions can be found on the Employment page of our website: https://www.theaustinwinemerchant.com/employment.html.)



Fall Cleaning Clearance Sale!
Cleaning Lady, Artwork by Mitch Cobb.

Autumn has arrived. Cooler weather has arrived, too. And, yes, our Fall Clearance Sale is now in the mix. You'll find discounts of 25% or more off the regular per bottle price of selected wines and more throughout the store. Give us a little click here or on the image above to see what's what. Then, give us a shout by telephone at (512) 499-0512 or by e‑Mail with your wish list and come on downtown to claim what hasn't already fallen off the shelves. We would, as always, be pleased to hear from you. And, now, again, to see you here in our shop.



Contratto Aperitif Liqueur

Contratto Aperitif Liqueur

You might be familiar with that other quite popular aperitivo which also has a bit of an orange hue and label. The Contratto take on apéritif is rather a favorite of ours here with its emphasis on complexity of flavor and less overt sweetness. Alcohol, water, sugar and extracts from 28 natural botanicals: herbs, spices, roots and seeds (aloe, angelica, wormwood, safflower, cinchona, bitter orange, sweet orange, lemon, mandarin, hawthorn, cloves, cardamom, licorice, juniper, mint, rhubarb, sage, nettle and ginger to name quite a few, and more of which are kept secret), with carrot and beetroot extract for color. The liqueur is produced with a fine crushing of the botanicals with a hammer mill, then a cold extraction following the traditional Piemontese method to keep intact the characteristics of the botanicals. A hydroalcoholic solution irrigates the powders of the botanicals for about 35 days to extract the available aromatic substances. The extract is then mixed with the alcohol and sugar, refrigerated and filtered to remove all solid residues. Finally it is aged in steel tanks for about 40 days. While this fine apéritif could certainly be enjoyed neat or over ice, we suggest using it with sparkling water (or club soda), sparkling wine or both. Our winebuyer is known to quite enjoy a certain spritzer at the end of his day. We've given it a name: The Burnt Orange. It could also be called the delicious thirst‑quenching solvent for taking the edge off of the work day. And, unlike Longhorns football, it can be enjoyed in all four seasons of the year.

$24.99 the 1-litre bottle



The Burnt Orange

The Burnt Orange

In a bowl-shaped (Burgundy) glass: 1 (quite) large ice cube or ice sphere, pour in 8 ounces Fever Tree Club Soda, then 4 or more ounces (depending on the sharpness of the edge of the day) Crémant de Bourgogne or other preferred dry sparkling wine, and 1½ to 2 ounces of Contratto Apéritif. Stir gently/briefly. Garnish, if you like, with a nice swath or large twist of fresh orange peel. Et voilà ! Consume with or without a sunset. Guaranteed to refresh all those who would be refreshed.



Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Etna in four colors? Well, yes, actually. There are the excellent wines: i vini rossi, i vini bianchi e il vino rosato. And, then, there's the olive oil, a kind of a green/gold. Tenuta delle Terre Nere is easily the most popular producer of Etna wines (and olive oil) among our discerning clientèle. And we've recently received into stock a nice allocation of their superb recent releases, including the deliciously successful 2020 Etna Rosso normale and the surprisingly and seriously saline tangy mineral and delicious 2021 Etna Bianco. A reasonable quantity of the 2020 single-vineyard Calderara Sottana is also in the mix. And, to be sure, this is among the finest wines we have yet tasted from Etna and one for mid- and perhaps more long-term cellaring. And, yes, the olive oil is a favorite as well. Details follow:

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2021 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco $22.50
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana $35.00
12 750 2021 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato $22.50
12 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso $19.99
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana $52.50
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana La Vigne de Don Peppino Prephylloxera $95.00
6 750 2019 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana La Vigne de Don Peppino Prephylloxera $107.50
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Dagala di Bocca d'Orzo Monopole $90.00
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo Il Quadro delle Rose $40.00
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Guardiola $40.00
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Moganazzi $40.00
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso San Lorenzo $52.50
6 750 2020 Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito $40.00
12 750   Terre Nere, Tenuta delle Tenuta delle Terre Nere Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva $27.50

Quantities may be limited. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines/olive oils subject to prior sale. Standard quantity discounts apply. Wines may be subject to allocation based on past purchase history.


Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Tenuta delle Terre Nere: Calderara Sottana


And then, a few of our Thanksgiving Day best recommendations, from among recent arrivals, to beat the cold, to beat the empty cellar blues, all‑time favorites, splendid values and otherwise special deals:


2020 Longuich Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Weingut Carl Loewen

2020 Longuich Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Weingut Carl Loewen

Planted in 1902, the Longuicher Herrenberg vineyard is a higher section of ungrafted vines, grown on devonian slate soils with volcanic inclusions which make the soil appear red. According to the producer, there is typically a cold wind at this site, due to which ripening progresses more slowly, the amplitude between day and night is much higher which allow for perfect conditions for a light, crisp and pure Kabinett. The wine is fermented spontaneously in old 1200-liter Mosel füder: shimmering platinum/yellow in color with vibrant and pristine almost electric Riesling aromas suggestive of lime flower and flesh of crisp green apple (Loewen themselves noted vineyard peach, mango and apricot); tantalizing interplay between a juicy richness of texture and an innervating, almost kiwi fruit-like acidity that causes some seriously delicious salivation; Henry noted that this is simply all that one hopes for when pulling the cork on a fine Mosel Riesling Kabinett.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

View more of our selection of German Riesling wines on the Germany page of our website.



2019 Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi Domaine Chanson

2019 Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi Domaine Chanson

The vineyard of Clos du Roi is located below Les Marconnets on a fold in the hill near the boundary with Savigny-lès-Beaune and just south of the A6 autoroute. This old property of the Dukes of Burgundy was annexed by King Louis XI of France after the death of Charles the Bold. Chanson owns around 3 hectares, a little over ⅓ of the climat with ⅔ of this planted to Pinot Noir over soils of clay/limestone. Translucent medium ruby fading to almost clarity at the edges in color with deep-pitched aromas suggestive of ripe black cherry, with whole cluster fermentation seeming to confer a certain dark toast and spice with a hint of holiday candied orange peel, shaved dark chocolate and, indeed, that hallowed premier cru Beaunois soil underpinning; silken on entry, holding shape nicely on the tongue, warm, enveloping, with fine resolved chalky tannins and impressive length of flavor on the finish.

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6

View more of our selection of Burgundies on the Burgundy page of our website.



2021 Côte de Brouilly Château Thivin

2021 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 Brouilly. 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. Translucent purple ruby to fuchsia at the edges in color with fermentive and fleshy, gently reduced post‑volcanic Gamay fruit suggestive of a compote de baies mélangées together with notions baking spices, violet and an underpinning of crushed stone (graphite and granite); crunchy berry Beaujolais again (Henry found it more lithe and taut and all the while silky) on the palate with this cooler vintage 2021, with a refreshing, bursting, vibrant mouthwatering intensity of flavor that is just irresistible.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



2020 Beaujolais-Lantignié Château du Basty

2020 Beaujolais-Lantignié Château du Basty

Château du Basty is an historic property in the hands of the same family for 15 generations since 1482. The Varenard family was succeeded by the Varenard de Billys, then the Ronys and finally today La Famille Perroud. The property has commanding views to the south and east including the imposing Mont Brouilly to the south and The Alps to the east. The domain is farmed under culture raisonnée translating to sustainable agriculture, demonstrating respect for the environment — « the earth is there, living, silent and faithful » according to propriétaire/vigneron Gilles Perroud. The domaine is located on 18 hectares and is situated within the communes of Lantignié and Régnié at an elevation of about 400 mètres. The subsoil is granitic, sometimes sandy, sometimes stony depending on the parcels. Their superb Beaujolais-Lantignié is produce of 100% hand-harvested Gamay grapes vinified in the cool cellars there and aged briefly in quite large neutral oak foudres. Dense, deep ruby/purple in color in this 2020 vintage with pure fresh/fleshy grapey aromas suggestive of unspoilt wide open spaces with beautiful views, cherry blossom, bing cherry and granitic earth; medium‑full in body, mouthfilling with excellent intensity of crunchy berry flavor and a nice gentle astringency that refreshes the palate, causing the mouth to water and ever so gently cajoling one to take another pull.

$14.99 the bottle  $154.88 the case



2020 Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown

2020 Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown

Perched in the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, about 1,800 feet above the Salinas Valley, the Chalone Vineyard sits at the base of an extinct volcano bordering the Pinnacles National Park in Monterey County. Chalone Vineyard is one of the few wineries in the United States growing grapevines on limestone‑based soils, the same type of soils as found in Burgundy. The spare, well‑drained ground, limited rainfall and low crop levels attracted Dick Graff, who wanted to make top‑flight Burgundian‑styled Chardonnay. Graff made his first vintage under the Chalone Vineyard label in 1966, producing what would become a benchmark for California Chardonnay. Nowadays, Chalone Vineyard is owned by Foley Family Wines who have placed renewed emphasis on the inherent quality possible given this climate and these soils. Vivid platinum/yellow in color with aromas suggestive of green/gold Chardonnay berries hanging in the cool of a late California summer's morning, wine‑moistened limestone, flesh of green apple, lemon preserves on toasted baguette, white flowers; rounded on entry, slippery smooth, ample, with an enveloping richness, full in body without excessive weight, then mineral and fresh long on the finish. Bravo!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2021 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Grown

2021 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Grown

Limpid ruby in color with alluring suggestion of concentrated cherry and baking spice and a hint of toast atop notes of dusty stony earth; seductive, silken smooth in texture on the tongue, with gentle structure from powdery crushed stone-like tannins and delicate but penetrating flavor lingering long and fresh on the finish; this is a brilliant California Pinot Noir and a brilliant value in an otherwise all too often too expensive category.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case

View more of our selection of West Coast Pinot Noir wines on the California and Oregonpages of our website.



2019 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast

2019 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast

The Martinelli family has been farming their estate vineyards since the 1880s 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 translucent ruby in color with glints of fuchsia in color; alluring highly-perfumed Pinot Noir aromas suggestive of grape confiture, black cherry, Italian blue plum, candied orange peel and baking spices; silken-textured on the tongue, just medium in body, both supple and gently rich, with lovely ripe berry flavors and excellent nerve giving voice to the jittery intensity of flavors that carry on long on the warming mouthwatering finish. As per usual, Martinelli Bella Vigna is indeed a lovely Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

$42.50 the bottle  $433.56 the case



2020 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

2020 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



2020 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate Palazzone

2020 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 irresistible 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.

$15.75 the bottle  $160.68 the case



2020 Etna Rosso Tenuta delle Terre Nere

2020 Etna Rosso Tenuta delle 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.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

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



2020 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Tenuta delle Terre Nere

2020 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Tenuta delle Terre Nere

The soils of Calderara Sottana are easily recognizable, even at a glance. Of all the crus of the Etna DOC they are certainly the stoniest. So much so that in some areas you can’t see the ground from the stones that cover it. Fist-size, light, a mix of black pumice and basalt.
The word itself, Calderara, recalls heat, probably born from the warmth that the black stones retain and transmit back to the earth on cold nights.
The terroir of the Contrada Calderara was originated from lava flows and volcano-clastic deposits related to the effusive and explosive activity of the Elliptic volcano, approximately between 60,000 and 15,000 years ago. Although very young in geological terms, the Elliptic soil is the oldest surface layer where it is possible to plant in the appellation. The reason is simple: millennia of lava flows have buried the oldest soils, leaving, in fact, only small and rare portions of the soil of the Elliptic. On the north side of Etna there are five or six Contradas that have “elliptical terroir”. Three of them, however, are spurious, as the igneous nature of the Elliptic is mixed with alluvial soils of a sedimentary nature due to the overflow of the Alcantara river. On the north side of Etna only three Contradas are “pure” elliptical terroir: Bocca d’Orzo, Calderara and San Lorenzo.
The altitude varies from 600 to 700 meters. The harvest takes place in the second ten days of October. Locally Calderara and its wines enjoy an extraordinary reputation. Our Calderara Sottana is the result of very old vineyards, from 60 to 100 years of age. Of all our crus it is perhaps the most complete: just as a wide-angle lens includes the widest panorama, so our Calderara seems to contain and exhibit the widest spectrum of flavors, aromas and nuances. Distinctly autumnal, spicy, it is aromatic and austere at the same time. It gives a wonderful sensation of fullness on the palate, but ineffably light.
Don Peppino, whose devotion to Calderara drove him to cultivate its vines for 70 years, describes Calderara’s wines well: "creamy", he called them. And he was right. Noble poultry, white meat ragù, pork loin, pork in milk, rabbit in white wine, lamb in the oven. - Marco de Grazia, from www.tenutaterrenere.com

$52.50 the bottle  $267.78 the case



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Biologico Tenuta delle Terre Nere

There is no such thing as «the best olive oil». And I would never say that ours is the best. I will, however, say that some may and do care for their trees and olives as much as we do, but none more than us. All our trees are organically raised and kept, the soil around them tilled and tilled again; all expertly pruned every two years. The olives are all hand picked, and every day’s harvest cold pressed every evening. The oil is then left to naturally decant until February/March and is bottled without filtering. Our volcanic soils confer sweetness and finesse to it, and a lovely bouquet. The cold nights inhibit our fruit's worst enemy, the olive fly. The result is an outstanding Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Costs are very high. We lose a little money every year. Someday soon I hope to break even. It doesn’t really matter that much, especially when you see the newly pressed gold/green olive oil gushing free from the press. Some things just have to be done. - Marco de Grazia, paraphrased from www.tenutaterrenere.com

$27.50 the 750ml bottle

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2021 Terre Siciliane Bianco Pomice Tenuta di Castellaro

2021 Terre Siciliane Bianco Pomice Tenuta di Castellaro

Produce of 60% Malvasia delle Lipari and 40% Carricante fruit handpicked from bush vines planted to the sandy, volcanic soils of the island of Lipari just north of Etna. Shimmering platinum/yellow in color with aromas suggesting sweet salt sea air, stone fruits and orange/lemon zest (Castellaro themselves suggest almond and the Mediterranean maquis as well); ultra-fresh, almost weightless, poised and delicious on the tongue with lovely contrast of delicacy and salty tangy minerality; makes this taster wish he lived on such an island near the coast and a restaurant specializing in shellfish.

$29.99 the bottle  $152.94 the case of 6



2020 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

2020 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

A year-in, year-out winner, the 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Coudoulet De Beaucastel offers outstanding quality as well as classic notes of darker fruits, roasted herbs, truffly earth, and some meaty, peppery, gamey nuances. With wonderful purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and a balanced, elegant mouthfeel, it will have over a decade of longevity. Rated (90‑92). - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2021

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case



2019 Côtes-du-Rhône lieu dit Clavin Rouge Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône lieu dit Clavin Rouge Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Moving to the 2019s from bottle, the Côtes Du Rhône Lieu-Dit Clavin always shows the style of this estate as well as the vintage, and the 2019 is well worth seeking out. Black cherries, gravelly earth, spicy herbs, and violet notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, floral, seamless Côtes du Rhône that does everything right. Rated 91. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2021

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Trois Sources Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Trois Sources Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

More cassis, morello cherry, Asian spice, and a beautiful sense of minerality and loamy earth emerge from the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Trois Sources, a full-bodied, concentrated blend of 60% Grenache, 15% each of Cinsault and Syrah, and the balance Mourvèdre. Coming all from the estate’s sandy soils in the northern part of the appellation, this incredibly concentrated, textured wine has perfect balance, building tannins, and a great finish. Give this beauty another 4-5 years in the cellar and drink it over the following two decades or more. Drink 2025‑2047. Rated 96+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2021

$75.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case



2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts-lieux Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts-lieux Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux includes slightly more Mourvèdre and comes from a cooler parcel in the northern part of the appellation. It has another level of purity and precision compared to the Trois Sources and has extraordinary notes of blueberries, cassis, black licorice, violets, and crushed stone-like minerality. Incredibly concentrated, massive, and yet perfectly balanced, it has no hard edges and is just an incredible tasting experience. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 20-25 years. Drink 2025‑2051. Rated 98+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2021

$100.00 the bottle  $1,020.00 the case



2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Roger Perrin

2019 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



2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Domaine de La Janasse

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Domaine de La Janasse

I was able to taste the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Chaupin on two occasions, rating it one point higher on one of those as well. Incredible notes of red and black fruits, violets, scorched earth, ground pepper, and Provençal garrigue notes define the nose, and it’s a darker, richer, slightly more powerful wine than usual, while still showing the inherent elegance and finesse this cuvée always shows. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 15-20. Don’t miss it! Drink 2023‑2044. Rated 98+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2021

$80.00 the bottle  $816.00 the case



2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

Produce of 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre grown on 20 acres adjacent to the Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape vineyards of Domaine de La Janasse. This superb Côtes‑du‑Rhône has been a go‑to bottle for us for some years now: deep, deep ruby red, with hints of garrigue and stone almost wholly subsumed by sun‑drenched, ripe grapey aromas; rich, round and powerful with ripe kirsch‑like Grenache flavors and chalky stony tannins building on the palate and giving shape and structure on to the warm and invigorating finish.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Château du Trignon

2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Château du Trignon

Produce of a typical south of France mingling of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault from vines planted to alluvial terraces rich in pebbles, read galets roulès, and clay/limestone soils. Attractive medium ruby in color with alluring perfumed juicy berry aromas suggesting strawberry, cherry, a summer afternoon's rain on hot cobblestones, genêt and more of the aromatic complexity of la garrigue; silken on entry, then building in body, demonstrating a firm, stony underpinning, potency and warmth, length of flavor and easy drinkability.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2021 Côtes-du-Rhône Marsanne Château du Trignon

2021 Côtes-du-Rhône Marsanne Château du Trignon

Produce of 100% Marsanne fruit from vines planted to soils of pebble and sand located in Sablet and Plan de Dieu; vivid yellow/gold in color with aromas suggestive of ripe berry, mirabelle plum, apricot and an exotic, almost tropical grilled pineapple quality; tactile, rounded and easy on the palate with an enveloping richness without heaviness, gentle textural creaminess balanced with a hint of bitter almond.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2021 Côtes-du-Rhône Roussanne Château du Trignon

2021 Côtes-du-Rhône Roussanne Château du Trignon

There is a certain restraint on the nose here that finally gives way to something more discernably varietal, then more mineral and nutty (Andrea noted white grapes and hot rocks); there is a certain aloof highwire equilibrium on the palate, a minerality (Henry noted fleur de sel, a certain stoniness and subtle but intense palate feel); then everything echoing, resonating, reverberating long and fine on the finish.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Paul Jaboulet Aîné

2019 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Paul Jaboulet Aîné

The 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert showed well, with a floral, pepper, and sappy herb style as well as plenty of darker cherry and currant fruit. With medium to full body, a vibrant, elegant texture, present tannins, and good acidity, this is a classic, balanced Thalabert to hide for 2-4 years and enjoy over the following decade or more. Drink 2022‑2034. Rated (92-94). - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2020

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case

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2021 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Rosé Mas des Bressades

2021 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Rosé Mas des Bressades

Founded by Roger Marès in the 1960s, the Mas des Bressades is located in the Costières de Nîmes, in the southern Rhône Valley of France. It extends across 45 hectares to the north of the Camargue, where the vines are planted at an elevation of 70 meters on what the French call galets roulés or rolled pebbles (medium sized stones, really) rolled and rounded by glacial action and the great Rhône River. The name «Bressades» comes from the Provençal patois and, fittingly, means to rock. While the estate has long been cultivated with respect for nature and the soil, in 2017 Cyril Marès requested certification in organic farming. After three years of conversion, it is now official. Produce of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault from the typically stony soils of the Costières de Nîmes, a splendid somewhere between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Mediterranean Sea. Copper/pink with orange reflections in color with discreet aromas that suggest a kiss of red berry, an underlying salt sea minerality and a touch more left to the imagination (Henry noted a blood orange-like citrus quality, Glenn noted wild strawbery); at once, both ample and mineral crisp on the tongue with a bursting berry fruit and a saline mouthwateringness. And while we all agreed this a pink wine useful at the dinner table, the sheer saline refreshingness of the wine is simply undeniable, too.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2020 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Blanc Mas des Bressades

2020 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Blanc Mas des Bressades

Produce of an inspired south of France mingling of 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne and 10% Viognier, their Costières de Nîmes Blanc is a vivid pale platinum/yellow in color with aromas suggestive of white pepper, fresh salt sea breezes, cool green/gold berries and crisp cool melon blanc d'Antibe (Henry noted a floral tone like chamomile, Glenn noted flesh of white peach); both ample and bright with its mineral edge on keen display, mouthwateringly fresh and vibrant on the tongue and just oh so deliciously refreshing and quaffable.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Rouge Mas des Bressades

2019 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Rouge Mas des Bressades

Rich, dense, almost opaque ruby in color with aromas that suggest sun and sea and berry and stone (Henry noted a peppery/savory quality as well); deep-pitched, pulverized stone and spicy fleshy berry on the tongue, potent, generous, (Henry noted that for all of this, the vibrancy of the wine was still apparent); and while we might tend to compare this to its Rhône Valley neighbor Châteauneuf-du-Pape (less than an hour's drive to the northeast), this remains more upfront, juicy and pliant if still stony/mineral, potent red wine.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2021 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

2021 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

Produce of a preponderance of Grenache with a touch of Syrah; sunset orange to peach pink in color; ultra-fresh with that near-intoxicating aroma of red berries (Guiot themselves describe aromas of strawberries and raspberries reminiscent of "les bonbons anglais" — fitting, it's one of Lucinda's faves); ultra-refreshing, invigorating even on the tongue with vivid and mouthwatering berryish flavors that faithfully reprise those first oh so welcome whiffs. And, this is simply brilliant value in high quality south of France rosé.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

2019 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 2019 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes is a blend of hand-harvested Grenache and Syrah fruit; very primary aromas of fleshy ripe grapes and grape pomace with suggestion of blue plum, kirsch and a good healthy winegrowing earth; just full and fruity and round on the tongue with nice crisp bright acids and supple tannins lending the gentlest astringency and keeping things refreshing and vibrant to the long and flavorful finish. Some kind of value, too!

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2020 Corbières Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie

2020 Corbières Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie

Domaine Faillenc Sainte‑Marie is a small property, with eight hectares of vineyards stubbornly clinging to the rocky foothills of Mont Alaric near Douzens, Corbières, Languedoc, France. The terroir is that of inhospitable, rocky limestone terraces, buffeted by the northwesterly Tramontane wind or the southerly Autan breezes coming off the nearby Mediterranean. Only olive trees, scraggly brush and, yes, grapevines survive under the harsh, dry conditions. Yields are naturally low. The harvest is only partially destemmed before going into the fermentation tanks. The different cépages are fermented together and benefit from a long maceration period to extract the maximum of flavor. The resulting wine is, well, not necessarily for those who prefer them more straight of lace. Importer Neil Rosenthal says "this is a wine with enormous character" and that, in our estimation, is putting it way mildly. Produce of about 1⁄3 each Grenache, Syrah and Carignane fruit: deep, almost opaque ruby at the core in color with inviting if primary and feral aromas that would recall ripening grapes hovering above a limestone rich vineyard floor, just cracked black pepper and not so subtle suggestion of wild berries black and blue, bramble and a certain fleshy fruit quality; quite rich on entry and then noticeably building in power and intensity of flavor — warming, satisfying, stony intensity of flavor; one might reasonably wish for a long winter with a glass or few or a case or two of this in front; even Lucinda was impressed: 'if someone wants a bold red wine … ' yeah, this is it. Serve it up with a whole spread of foods like charcouterie, olives, strong cheeses alongside fall and winter greens in extra virgin olive oil with garlic, cassoulets, heady fall/winter stews, and more.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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2021 Côtes de Provence Blanc Domaine Houchart

2021 Côtes de Provence Blanc Domaine Houchart

Produce of Clairette, Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino) and Sémillon fruit; pale platinum/yellow in color with aromas suggesting citrus, cool ripe melon, peach and pear along with a touch of figue verte from the Sémillon; quite fresh and crisp on the tongue with a substantial mineral underpinning that gives the wine a certain power and push/pull and gently pithy intensity of melon-like fruit on the finish.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Côtes de Provence Rouge Domaine Houchart

2018 Côtes de Provence Rouge Domaine Houchart

Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rouge is a workhorse of a Provençal red wine. Produce of an inspired Provençal mingling of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache noir and Syrah fruit from vines planted to these coarse textured clay/limestone soils, a result of decomposition of the bedrock of the surrounding mountains, including the literally and figuratively imposing Mont Sainte-Victoire. Lovely, limpid ruby in color with alluring aromas of fleshy red berries and stony earth along with suggestion of baking spices and reglisse; slippery smooth onto the tongue with a building warmth and intensity of flavor, gentle tannins and long, fresh finish.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2021 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Les Abeillons Thuerry

2021 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Les Abeillons Thuerry

A blend of hand-harvested Grenache and Cinsault fruit from vines planted at elevations of 350 to 500 metres to the clay and chalky limestone soils of Coteaux Varois en Provence. The climate here is decidedly Mediterranean, and the hot summer days are counterbalanced with cool nighttime temperatures (this diurnal shift is so very important for high-quality winegrowing). Light Provençal copper/pink in color; fine, pulverized stony, red berry (particularly wild strawberry) aromas; supple in texture, then vibrant and alive on the tongue, mineral and mouthwatering, long on flavor and impact, too. In our humble estimation, this is among the finest quality of Provençal rosé wines available for the money.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2021 Côtes de Provence Saint-Victoire Rosé Elie Sumeire

2021 Côtes de Provence Rosé Saint-Victoire Elie Sumeire

60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Syrah fruit from vines on average 30 years old and planted to the clay and limestone soils of the Mont Saint-Victoire at elevations of around 250 mètres. Alluring delicate sunset pink in color with what the Famille Sumeire call «peach reflections» and aromas of «fresh violet and wild strawberries»; back here in Austin, Andrea noted taut red berry fruits, Brian noted peach, Henry recalled the salted watermelon of his more recent youth and a medley of herbes de Provence, Lucinda noted a certain tanginess and our winebuyer (who tends to use more words) noted a palpably delicious equilibrium and vivid mouthwatering quality with gentle but lasting intensity of flavor on the finish. All in all, we all found this to be another winner from (perhaps?) our favorite source for pink wine - oui - c'est la Provence.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2021 Côtes de Provence Rosé M Château Minuty

2021 Côtes de Provence Rosé M Château Minuty

M de Minuty is produce of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah fruit, hand-harvested and brought directly to the winery and to press, protected by carbonic gas to preserve every ounce of Provençal freshness and flavor in the process; light Provençal platinum to copper pink in color with ultra-fresh aromas suggestive of mineral, fresh cool melon, peach, fraises des bois and the nearby salt (Mediterranean) sea; crisp and mineral on the palate, too, with a tart berry fruit quality that is completely, utterly, wholly refreshing; then, fully dry yet tactile on the finish leaving the mouth just watering away and waiting for more.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2020 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

2020 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

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2020 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

2020 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.

$21.25 the bottle  $216.72 the case



2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Domaine J. A. Ferret

2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Domaine J. A. Ferret

Pouilly-Fuissé is surely one of the most picturesque and, frankly astonishing areas in terms of its commanding views of and around or even atop either of les deux roches Solutré and Vergisson in the Mâconnais in southern Burgundy. It also produces some of the most sumptuous and exciting of Chardonnay wines in all of Burgundy. Louis Jadot purchased Domaine J. A. Ferret in 2008 following the passing of and with the blessing of the widow, Mme. Collette Ferret, who wanted the domaine to remain in good hands. Lovely platinum/yellow in color with vibrant aromas suggesting a hint of reduction, lime zest, toasted baguette, lemon curd, flesh of green apple and, of course, ripe green/gold Chardonnay berries (Henry noted its aromatic intensity and joyous golden fruit tones); rounded in texture and plump on the palate, there is a certain richness and amplitude without heaviness (2019 certainly was another warm vintage in Burgundy); sumptuous, indeed, and to be sure, wholly satisfying Chardonnay from southern Burgundy. Henry suggested that such Pouilly-Fuissé would make a superb choice for the lover of California Chardonnay who might want to take a walk on the French side of Chardonnay street.

$37.50 the bottle  $191.28 the case of 6



2020 Bourgogne Rouge Joseph Drouhin

2020 Bourgogne Rouge Joseph Drouhin

Attractive if just translucent deep ruby in color with bolder than normal Bourgogne Pinot Noir aromas suggesting dark ripe cherry, baking spices, orange peel and a sense of petrichor from those celebrated clay/limestone Burgundian soils; smooth in texture on entry, then rather more powerful and fuller in body than previous vintages of the wine with solid stony underpinning and a gentle warmth on the deceptively long and mouthwatering finish.

$22.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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2019 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Domaine Faiveley

2019 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Domaine Faiveley

Mercurey in the Côte 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's 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 the vineyard floor itself; supple, almost silken on the tongue, then showing a crisp taut berryish acidity and gentle structure of fine tannins carrying joyous Pinot Noir flavor long on to the mouthwatering finish.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case

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2019 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

2019 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

The 2019 Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru has a fragrant bouquet featuring a mélange of red and black fruit intermingled with orange blossom and iodine aromas. Good intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a stocky opening, fine structure and symmetry and a fine bead of acidity. There’s a dark fruit flourish toward the finish, which leaves behind a subtle marine-themed aftertaste. Excellent. Drink 2023‑2038. Rated (91‑93). - Neal Martin, vinous.com December, 2020

$92.50 the bottle  $471.78 the case of 6



2018 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

2018 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

The 2018 Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru has the finest bouquet out of Jadot’s Beaune Premiers, featuring copious dark cherry, crushed strawberry and blueberry aromas that are very well defined. The fleshy, rounded palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fine acidity and a fine-boned, quite persistent and certainly elegant finish. Excellent. Drink 2022‑2040. Rated (91‑93). - Neal Martin, vinous.com January, 2020

$92.50 the bottle  $471.78 the case of 6



2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

The 2017 Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru, one of my favorite vineyards from Jadot, has a lovely red and black fruit nose that feels harmonious and assured. The class of the terroir shows through here. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit and fine grip. A little sinewy, like the Les Cras, but showing fine precision and persistence on the finish. Excellent. Drink 2020‑2035. Rated (90‑92). - Neal Martin, vinous.com January, 2019

$90.00 the bottle  $459.00 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); subtle, supple, 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, building, gripping and, eventually, mouthwatering and delicious. Pommmmard!

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis Jadot

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis Jadot

The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques (Domaine Louis Jadot) is very promising, wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, cherries, warm spices, candied peel, rose petals and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, layered and muscular, with serious concentration and rich reserves of ripe, powdery tannin, it concludes with a bright, precise finish. Rated (93‑95+) - William Kelley, robertparker.com January, 2021
Slightly more subtle, though still moderately prominent, wood sets off the very spicy, cool and elegant aromas that consist mostly of red and dark currant and iron-inflected earth. There is very good volume and verve suffusing the refined and classy middle weight flavors that brim with minerality and dry extract where the latter helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine shaping the compact, powerful and strikingly long finale. This excellent effort will likely need a minimum of 10 years before it can be reasonably approached and should reward up to 20 years of keeping. Drink 2036+. Rated (92‑95). ♥. Outstanding. - Allen Meadows' burghound.com April, 2021
The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is surprisingly reticent at first, offering quite strong earthy aromas and gradually opening with sage, thyme and mint. I feel that compared to the other Clos Saint-Jacques, the aromatics never quite click into fifth gear. The palate is medium-bodied with the best backbone of the four Gevrey Premier Crus tasted from Jadot. Spicy black pepper and clove notes furnish the middle and the finish, which feels sustained and persistent, yet I wonder whether it will have the unadulterated charm of the Les Cazetiers when in bottle. We will find out soon. Drink 2024‑2042. Rated (92‑94). - Neal Martin, vinous.com December, 2020

$225.00 the bottle  $1,147.50 the case of 6
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2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis Jadot

2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis Jadot

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a wonderful bouquet that just pips the Cazetiers for precision and poise. This is detailed and very finely tuned, the oak married perfectly with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and very well-judged acidity, almost sorbet-fresh. The vivacious blood-orange-infused finish seems to shimmer. This is a great Clos Saint-Jacques from Louis Jadot. Drink 2024‑2050. Rated (94‑96). - Neal Martin, vinous.com January, 2020

$225.00 the bottle  $1,147.50 the case of 6



2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis Jadot

2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques Domaine Louis Jadot

The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru clearly has the finest bouquet of seven wines that I tasted from the appellation by Jadot. It is very precise and focused, showing superb edginess and impressive terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is quite linear in style, the fruit just a little muted toward the finish, but there is fine structure and detail on this more masculine Clos Saint-Jacques than anticipated. Drink 2022‑2040. Rated (91‑93). - Neal Martin, vinous.com January, 2019
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques (Domaine Louis Jadot) unfurls in the glass with an incipiently complex bouquet of sweet red berries, coffee roast, raw cocoa, candied peel and cedary new wood. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with an abundance of satiny structuring tannin, juicy acids and a long, pure finish. As usual, this will require some bottle age, but it's one of the high points of the collection. Rated (92‑94). - William Kelley, Wine Advocate January, 2019

$225.00 the bottle  $1,147.50 the case of 6



2019 Château Capbern Saint-Estèphe

2019 Château Tour Saint Christophe Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

This estate has been delivering the goods for numerous vintages now, and the 2019 Château Tour Saint Christophe is another terrific wine. Ripe black cherries, black raspberries, graphite, new leather, and chalky minerality all define the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, has a tight, straight, focused texture, ripe yet present tannins, and outstanding length. It doesn't have the mid-palate density or opulence of the 2018, but it’s more pretty, focused, and straight on the palate. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades. Drink 2026‑2047. Rated 94. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com April,  2022

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2019 Château Capbern Saint-Estèphe

2019 Château Capbern Saint-Estèphe

I love the nose on the 2019 Château Capbern, a medium to full‑bodied, spicy, rich, tobacco and cedar pencil‑filled beauty with ripe yet building tannins, a great mix of richness and freshness, and a blockbuster of a finish. It's incredibly impressive, and while it offers pleasure even today, it deserves 5‑6 years of bottle age, and I can't imagine it not evolving for two decades. Drink 2027‑2042. Rated 94. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com April,  2022

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



2018 Château Gloria Saint-Julien

2018 Château Gloria Saint-Julien

A youthful, unevolved 2018 with lots of up-front blue and black fruits as well as cedary herbs, violets, and scorched earth, the 2018 Château Gloria is medium to full-bodied and has a beautifully balanced, elegant mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and both richness and freshness. The purity of fruit is spot on. It's another brilliant wine from this estate that readers will love. It's going to benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar and cruise for two decades in cold cellars. Drink 2023‑2043. Rated 94. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 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.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

2019 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

Produce of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec and Petit Verdot vines averaging over 50 years in age and grown on gravel soils over a rare outcropping of limestone near the town of Bégadan north of Lesparre on the Médoc peninsula. Dense purple/ruby in color with aromas suggestive of dark ripe berries, ripe blue plum, baking spices and more; this is the more modern vintage-driven fruit-bomb version of Bordeaux, well-endowed on the palate with dense dark ripe fruit flavors, ample, generous with ripe rounded tannins giving shape and sustaining dark ripe berry flavors long on the finish. Impressive effort from the far reaches of the northern Médoc.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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2018 Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe

2018 Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe

The 2018 Meyney is every bit as impressive as it was en primeur. Technical Director Anne Le Naour has done a terrific job in reining in some of the excess weight and power of previous vintages, but without sacrificing richness. Classy and layered, Meyney boasts fabulous depth and tons of character. Ripe red/purplish fruit, spice, blood orange, smoke and incense are some of the many aromas and flavors that mesh together. The 2018 offers striking immediacy, but also has enough structure to develop well in bottle for 15-20 years, maybe more. The 2018 Meyney is a wine of immense pleasure. Best of all, it is a tremendous value. Drink 2023-2043. Rated 93. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$42.50 the bottle  $216.78 the case of 6



2018 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc

2018 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc

In 2011, Lilian Barton (of Châteaux Léoville-Barton and Langoa-Barton) and her husband, Michel Sartorius, purchased Château Mauvesin, a 220-hectare property which, as Lilian herself puts it « has a real soul that envelops you when you visit, casting a spell as you discover the unique charm of the place ». The vineyard is situated in the Moulis‑en‑Médoc appellation to the north of the city of Bordeaux and on the left bank of the Gironde estuary. The 46 hectares of vines comprise 54% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. A portion of the vineyards are planted to clay/gravel soils, perfectly suited for the growing of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Another portion is planted to fine gravel and sandy soils, on which the Cabernet Sauvignon may reach full ripeness. Lovely medium ruby in color; classic (and classy) restraint on the nose with aromas suggestive of cassis, violet and earth (more petrichor than just dirt; with more air there is also a hint of reglisse, always a welcome feature of fine European red wine); our wine buyer found it gently austère on the palate, whereas both Andrea and Henry found it more giving, with fine dusty tannins, then finishing in a flourish of intense earthy berry flavor and mouthwatering minerality; this is clearly a fine if more reasonably priced Bordeaux from folks that have long possessed the savoir‑faire to produce the very finest.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

This estate has been on fire in recent vintages, and the 2018 Château Léoville Barton is up there with the best of them. Based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new French oak, this classic, flawlessly balanced, straight-up awesome Saint-Julien has loads of cassis and mulberry fruits as well as notes of freshly sharpened pencils, leafy tobacco, chocolate, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it has building tannins and healthy acidity, yet the fruit is pure, perfectly ripe, and wonderfully integrated with all the wine's components. As is normal with this cuvée, it closes down with extended air and is going to take a solid 8-10 years of bottle age to reach the early stages of maturity. It's going to evolve for 30-40 years in cold cellars. Rated 97. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
Well-polished blackcurrant, cassis and bilberry, everything pretty silky and firm. Not fully showing its generosity at this point but no question that it is going to get there soon. Clear charcoal, graphite and woodsmoke as it opens up. A ton of life ahead, and an appealing sense of mint freshness. Lives up to its en primeur promise - this is Léoville Barton at its most confident. Drink 2026‑2040. Rated 96. - Jane Anson, decanter.com November, 2020

$125.00 the bottle  $1,275.00 the case



Château Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien

2018 Château Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien

Pure magic and one of the finest expressions of this estate I could imagine, as well as a perfect wine, the 2018 Château Léoville Las Cases comes from a mix of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in (I believe) all new French oak. Its dense purple color is followed by a profound wine loaded with notions of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, melon, crushed stone, tobacco, and violets. Full-bodied, concentrated, and massive on the palate, yet also incredibly well delineated and precise, it has a wonderful mix of seemingly ripe, sunny fruit from a warm year yet the minerality, purity, and precision of a cooler year. This wine is going to be just about immortal; however, do your best to hide bottles for a solid 10‑15 years. Drink 2031‑2081. Rated 100. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$350.00 the bottle  $3,570.00 the case



2019 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

2019 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 a gentle kirsch‑like astringency and fine, polished, well‑resolved dusty tannins carrying delicate flavors on the long, fine, gently warming finish. Henry noted a "through‑line" with the wine, that the wine was identifiably Roc de Bécot (we adored the previous vintage), 'a firmer but more filigreed expression of Merlot with bright bursting off‑the‑vine berry fruit'. Our wine buyer recalled that Puisseguin‑Saint‑Émilion (along with a nice piece of Brie) was among his first introductions to high‑quality red Bordeaux. Delicious memory at that.

$17.50 the bottle  $89.28 the case of 6



2019 Château Rollin Haut-Médoc

2019 Château Rollin Haut-Médoc

Located about 10 km to the west of Pauillac at Saint-Sauveur in the Haut-Médoc, Château Rollin is officially classified as a Crus Bourgeois. This 2019 vintage is our first taste from this property and we are wholly impressed. Produce of the fruit of 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot vines planted to silty gravelly soils of the various plots of vineyard located within 1½ kilomètres around the cellars; medium deep ruby in color with aromatics suggestive of fleshy berry, ripe plum, spice and vineyard floor (Henry noted suggestion of roasted red pepper); poised and structured on the tongue, ample, mouthfilling, almost spherical in shape with a crunchy, innervating fruit quality and fine, resolved tannins delivering a nice wollop of classic, if modern and ripe claret flavor. Oh, and do check the price. This is simply stunning value in good left bank Bordeaux red wine.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

2018 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

Coming from the talented Thienpont team, the 2018 Château Puygueraud is a juicy, up‑front, undeniably delicious 2018 offering lots of perfumed, floral, and violet notes, sumptuous blue fruits, medium‑bodied richness, and a juicy, balanced, lengthy style that keeps you coming back to the glass. The balance is spot on, as is the purity of fruit, and it's ideal for enjoying any time over the coming decade. The blend is 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec. Drink 2021‑2031. Rated 92. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case



2018 Château Bélair-Monange Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

2018 Château Bélair-Monange Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

An incredible expression of Merlot grown on limestone soils, the 2018 Château Belair-Monange (90/10 Merlot and Cabernet Franc) sports a dense purple hue as well as powerful notes of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, flowery incense, chalky minerality, and white truffle. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it's a serious 2018 offering integrated oak, ripe yet building tannins, and one hell of a great finish. The finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted, it's a wine to seek out and hide in the cellar for a good 5-7 years. It's going to evolve for 30-40 years. Drink 2026‑2056. Rated 98. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
The 2018 Bélair‑Monange races across the palate, showing its exuberant, flamboyant personality. Ripe plum, mocha, blood orange, star anise and cinnamon fill out the layers effortlessly. Sumptuous and generous, with striking balance, Bélair‑Monange hits all the right notes. It can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, but also has the pedigree to age effortlessly for decades. Drink 2026‑2058. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$212.50 the bottle  $1,083.78 the case of 6



2017 Château Palmer Margaux

2017 Château Palmer Margaux

The grand vin 2017 Chateau Palmer checks in as 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. This deep purple-colored beauty gives up more cassis fruits as well as hints of chocolate, graphite, smoked herbs, and crushed violets. Beautifully concentrated, rich, and full-bodied, it has a wonderful sense of elegance and purity, laser-like precision, building tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles a solid 7-8 years and it's going to evolve for 25-30 years or more. Drink 2027‑2057. Rated 95+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2020
One of the wines of the vintage on the Left Bank, the 2017 Palmer is fresh and vibrant, with tons of energy. Veins of supporting salinity and floral overtones lend grace to the Grand Vin in 2017. I imagine Palmer will only blossom with a few years in bottle. Time in the glass brings out pretty notes of dark fruit, mocha, spice, leather and licorice, but overall, the 2017 is quite reticent, especially given what readers have come to expect here. The blend is 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Technical Director Thomas Duroux told me his team harvested all the fruit in nine days as opposed to the more typical 2-3 weeks. The 2017s were done with no SO2 at crush. Duroux stopped the pump overs early and favored gentle extractions. Both wines are in the 13-13.2 range of finished alcohol. Drink 2027‑2047. Rated 96+. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020

$400.00 the bottle  $2,040.00 the case of 6



Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

2016 Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

Another brilliant wine from the genius of Frédéric Faye, the 2016 Château Figeac checks in as 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in new French oak. Roughly 75% of the production made it into the grand vin. This deeply colored beauty is a legendary wine in the making and offers ultra-pure aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, dried herbs, chocolate, truffle, and graphite. Showing more violets notes with time in the glass, it builds incrementally on the palate, with flawless balance as well as incredible elegance, no hard edges, and a finish that won't quit. Readers will have a blast comparing the 2016 and 2015 vintages over the coming 3‑4 decades and this estate is firing on all cylinders. This will most likely merit a triple‑digit rating in 7‑8 years and keep for 4 decades or more. Drink 2026‑2066. Rated 98+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2019

$325.00 the bottle  $1,657.50 the case of 6



2019 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Blanc

2019 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Blanc

Château Carbonnieux is a legendary white wine. It is said that in the 18th century it was introduced into the palace of the Sultan of Constantinople because of its clarity and was called «d’eau minérale de Carbonnieux» thus skirting the law of the land against beverage alcohol. The clay-limestone of Garonne gravel found in the Pessac-Léognan appellation of the Graves near the city of Bordeaux itself certainly produces the best dry white wines in the region. Vivid platinum in color with glints of green/gold; both ripe and fresh in aroma with suggestion of apple and mirabelle plum, one can sense the roughly ⅓ Semillon in the wine with a touch of mint, figue and hints of toast (or is it pie crust) and summer rain-moistened pebbly vineyard floor (the wine really shows its complexity with a bit of air); there is a generosity and rondeur on the palate without sacrificing freshness and vibrancy, a nice mineral streak along with fresh grapey acidity wipes the slate clean and leaves the mouth just watering away, waiting for another delicious pull.

$42.50 the bottle  $433.56 the case



2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc

2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc

From the fruit of 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Sauvignon Gris and 6% Sémillon vines planted to 11 hectares located in the communes of Cussac‑Fort‑Médoc and Saint‑­Laurent du Médoc. These vineyards are located on two distinct soils of gravelly sand and limestone clays. The blend is oriented to produce an elegant and delicate wine, well‑proportioned in body and without excessive acidity. Shimmering pale platinum/yellow in color with aromas that tend to express the higher proportion of Sauvignon Blanc with suggestion of a pinch of mint, peach, clay and pebbly earth and, eventually, the smell of fresh green/gold grapes in the cool of the early morning late summer's harvest; both ample and fresh on the tongue, demonstrating poise and a brilliant equilibrium along with a refreshing and innervating intensity of flavor.

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2021 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

2021 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

Château Marjosse is a small but historical Bordeaux property, built in 1782 and located near the village of Tizac‑de‑Curton in the heart of the Entre‑deux‑Mers region just east of the city of Bordeaux. The winery is simply‑equipped but marvellously functional, with cellars now over two hundred‑years old. There are 35 hectares of vineyards exceptionally well‑situated on a clay and limestone plateau around 300 mètres above sea level. 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. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Sémillon and Muscadelle from the cooler, more classic 2021 vintage; vivid platinum/yellow with glints of green in color and ultra-fresh aromas suggestive of sappy green fig, cool melon, white peach, gooseberry and crushed stone (we remind ourselves that it is the stuff of cool green grapes growing in among their happiest of places); at once, both svelte in body and just ample and rounded on the tongue, with nerve and freshness to spare, and just lots and lots of mouthwatering fresh flavor to the finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2021 Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Coast

2021 Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Coast

Produced from a blend of mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a dollop of Sémillon fruit from vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley plus a touch from Mendocino; shimmering platinum with glints of green in color; delicate aromas suggesting crisp honeydew melon, fig, and the grapevine leaf itself; light and fresh on entry then gently rounded and just ample on palate with a refreshing intensity of flavor causing gentle salivation. Regularly $27.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$22.50 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2020 Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Miller Ranch Yountville Napa Valley

2020 Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Miller Ranch Yountville Napa Valley

Produce of 93% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Semillon estate grown fruit from silty, cool and deep Yolo loam and Clear Lake clay drained soils of Miller Ranch Vineyard south of Yountville, between the Napa River and Hopper Creek. Open to the south, the vineyard enjoys the benefit of bay breezes and fog which contribute to the wine’s aromatic complexity and bright minerality. Bright yellow/gold in color with springtime fresh aromas suggestive of cool fresh melon blanc d'Antibes (er, that's a honeydew), gooseberry, kiwi fruit, citrus zests and more; cool, almost minty fresh, crisp yet pliant, an absolute textural delight on the tongue and, importantly, so delicious, have another glass kind of stuff. And, in the full 1‑liter bottle, well, the party just lasts that ⅓ more longer.

$17.50 the 1-liter bottle  $178.56 the case



2021 Sancerre Les Baronnes Henri Bourgeois

2021 Sancerre Les Baronnes Henri Bourgeois

Produce of 100% Sauvignon Blanc planted to the argilo-calcaire (clay/limestone) soils of the hills and ridges between the villages of Chavignol and Sancerre. Domaine Henri Bourgeois have been producing wine here for 10 generations. And their Sancerre «Les Baronnes» is, in our humble estimation, a shining example of textbook Sancerre: vivid yellow/gold in color with emerald green reflections; subtle Sauvignon Blanc aromas suggestive of citrus and cool ripe melon and the ever Kimmeridgian clay/limestone underpinnings (one can almost smell the refreshment to come); poised on the palate, holding shape while delivering a wholly welcome wallop of vibrant fresh, crisp, mouthwateringly minérale Sancerrois Sauvignon Blanc flavor.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2021 Sancerre Les Godons Domaine Philippe Raimbault

2021 Sancerre Les Godons Domaine Philippe Raimbault

The vineyard of Les Godons forms a natural ampitheatre with steep sides, protected from the wind and well-exposed to the sunlight. Formerly the property of Château de la Bucède, it was purchased by Lucien Raimbault, grandfather of Philippe, in 1946. The underground cellars of Domaine Philippe Raimbault are located at the foot of this slope in the village of Sury-en-Vaux. Philippe Raimbault points out that the soils of Sancerre are part of a geological stratum formed during the secondary era of the Jurassic period and that fossils of sea creatures more than 130 million years old are still discovered in the vineyards here. Following the rather ripe and rounded 2020 vintage, the 2021 vintage is a slight return to more classic vintages of days gone by: platinum/yellow in color with more discreet Sauvignon Blanc aromas that demonstrate a certain purity along with suggestion of gooseberry, orange zest, just a hint of pamplemousse and then that oh-so white wine friendly Kimmeridgian limestone underpinning all; at once, just rounded in texture, poised and balanced on the tongue with a heightened sense of equilibrium given the glorious push/pull of fresh fruity acidity, minerality, depth of flavor, power and restraint. It's only a shame there is so little of it to go around.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2019 Pouilly-Fumé Château Favray

2019 Pouilly-Fumé Château Favray

Étienne and Marguerite David purchased the property of Favray at auction in 1957 and soon set about its renovation. The modern era vineyard and winery began during the early 1980s when Quentin, the second of their four children, became involved in the property, making, as they say, the crazy bet of waking up the sleepy terroirs of Favray (it must have been, in our estimation, a pretty sure thing by then). Today, Quentin is joined by his son, Augustin, in the day to day work of the vineyard and winery. The main cuvée is a blend of all of the various vineyard plots of the property, 100% Sauvignon Blanc vines on varying limestone soils: luminous yellow/gold with green reflections in color with aromas suggestive of cool ripe melon, stone fruits, gooseberry preserve, a fine green herbal quality like chervil or spearmint and, underneath it all, wine-moistened limestone; both ample and fresh on the tongue, rounded in texture but with a stony intensity and a kind of citrusy pith underpinning and cajoling the palate with presence and flavor, long and fresh.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

A nice video introduction to the property is available at vimeo.com.



2021 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

2021 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, orange zest and peach; light on its feet and low in alcohol, crisp, almost pétillant, chalky dry, both tantalizing and refreshing, stirring the salivary glands something wonderful. Andrea wondered aloud if this was France's answer to Vinho Verde. Hmmm. Serve this one up well-chilled for maximum refreshment and to foil that summer heat.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.28 the case



2021 Picpoul de Pinet Saint-Peyre Les Costières de Pomerols

2021 Picpoul de Pinet Saint-Peyre Les Costières de Pomerols

Produce of 100% Piquepoul Blanc — a very popular, traditional local variety — this wine is sourced from vineyards planted on sun‑drenched «costières» (broad hillside terraces) in the Mediterranean garrigue near the Etang de Thau, a salt lagoon also home to oyster farming and situated between the port of Sète and Marseillan in the south of France. The garrigue is the name given to open scrubland made up of low‑growing, dwarf bushy shrubs including holm oak, juniper, broom and wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage which are held to inform the aromatics and flavors of the wines produced here. Vivid platinum/yellow in color with ultra‑fresh aromas suggestive of a whole panoply of orchard fruits (Andrea particularly noted pear and apple) and fresh stone fruits like peach and apricot, citrus and the subtle scent of moist limestone and salt sea salinity; at once, supple in texture (Lucinda noted a certain 'creaminess'), fresh and vibrant on the tongue with crisp acidity and tangy salinity stirring the salivary glands and so suggesting another pull. And so it goes …

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2020 Vin de Savoie Apremont Les Rocailles Pierre Boniface

2020 Vin de Savoie Apremont Les Rocailles Pierre Boniface

A true earthly paradise nestled in the French Alps, Les Rocailles is owned and managed by boyhood friends and native Savoyards Guillaume Durand and Alban Thouroude, who purchased the estate and négociant business from Pierre Boniface upon his retirement in 2006. Produce of 100% Jacquère fruit grown in stony, clay/limestone dominant soils in well-exposed south/southeast-facing hillside vineyards situated on the lower slopes of Mont Granier in the French Prealps. Indeed, purity is the byword here, the wine is seemingly «pure as the driven snow», like fresh mountain air in your nose and mouth and eyes and ears, this is, to be sure, an Alpine wine; the iconic wine critic Robert Parker once described it as tasting as "clean, refreshing, and vibrant as a mountain stream" (minus the giardia, we trust); nostril titillating aromas of fresh mountain herb, hyper-clean, gently coniferous/piney, cool green grapes (Glenn picked up hints of vanilla bean and white flowers); airy light on the tongue with the gentlest kiss of cool fresh grapey flavor (Henry found it refreshingly bracing and nervy; Andrea noted a white wine that makes you want to be in the snow); at the end of the day, it is ultra-refreshing, oh so quaffable and just, um, pure …

$15.75 the bottle  $160.68 the case



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

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

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

$27.50 the bottle  $140.28 the case of 6



Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Produce 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 delicious pull.

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case
$22.50 the 375ml half-bottle  $229.56 the case of 12



Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

In the year 1818, Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon were married, following which they decided to found Maison Billecart-Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, the family’s home town. Subsequently, Nicolas François joined forces with Louis Salmon, his wife’s brother. He oversaw all the commercial activity whilst his brother-in-law, who was passionate about oenology, dedicated himself to the creation of the wines. In the 1970s, Jean Roland-Billecart began to pursue the production of a Brut Rosé, his objective to create a Champagne pale in colour with flavour distinguished by its freshness and subtle notes of red berries. The gamble paid off and the Brut Rosé Non-Vintage has since become the flagship cuvée of the house. And Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé is now long a favorite of our discerning clientèle. Attractive copper pink to silver at the rim in color with cool come hither aromas suggestive of fresh berries and cream, a hint of wintergreen and toasted baguette; an immediate presence on the tongue, ample in body and nicely rounded with a generous froth engaging, almost embracing the palate; chalky dry and intensely fresh and flavorful to the finish, an absolute joy of a sparkling wine.

$95.00 the bottle  $969.00 the case



Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne Ayala was established in Aÿ in 1860 in the heart of the vineyards of Champagne. Independent and family‑owned, it is still today an archetype of a great and historic house, producing top quality sparkling wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance. Produce of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, Champagne Ayala's calling card Brut Majeur offers aromas suggesting oven-fresh buttered biscuit with a dash of the best lemon curd, crisp green apple and le miel de fleurs blanches all on a backdrop of wine-moistened chalk; ample on entry, round, tactile, with presence and power in reserve but retaining a certain lightness of being, then crisp and chalky dry with flavors a delicate reprise of its alluring aromatic sweep.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is produce of about 1⁄3 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 Delamotte Brut

Champagne Delamotte Brut

The elegant mineral style of the venerable house of Delamotte is based on a preponderance of Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger together with Pinot noir from Bouzy, Tours-sur-Marne and Ambonnay, with just a dash of Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne. Aged on the lees for 30 to 36 months, Delamotte Brut receives only a slight dosage. Delicately toasty, ultra-fresh aromas suggest flesh of green apple and crisp pear, hazelnut cream, with hints of white flowers and lemon peel; a joyous equilibrious mouthfilling frothy feel on the tongue, at once powerful and harmonious, mineral and just toasty, with an agreeable freshness and potency of flavor that carry on long and oh so pleasingly on the tongue.

$47.50 the bottle  $242.28 the case of 6



Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française

Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française

Taittinger utilize some 40% of Chardonnay fruit in crafting their maison Brut La Française, lending a certain refinement to the wine, characteristic of the house style. Subtle, pale gold in color with a fine steady bead of ultra fine bubbles; delicate lemon and limestone aromas, with nuance of stone fruits and pastry dough; a fine froth broadens out balanced and well-rounded, almost spherical on the tongue with delicate toast and citrus flavors; finishing deliciously crisp and dry. Très élégant, trés raffiné, très Taittinger!

$57.50 the bottle  $293.28 the case of 6



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



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



2019 Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs

2019 Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs

Raventós i Blanc are part of a movement in Spain to further quality in the category of sparkling wines. And, as have a number of other fine producers there, they have chosen not to use the DOC 'Cava' for their fine sparkling wines. Their excellent Blanc de Blancs is produce of a typical mix of Xarel·lo, Macabeu and Parellada fruit planted to the clay and limestone soils of the Conca del Riu Anoia in the Penedès in northeastern Spain. Ultra-fresh aromas that suggest stone and orchard fruits and the wonderful work of the yeast genus Saccharomyces that gives a kind of toasty quality on the nose; fresh on the palate, too, with a wealth of fine bubbles, a building power and a kind of stony underpinning melded with a freshness of flavor. While discussion of the source(s) of the best sparkling wine in the world can be spirited and devolve into a mere accounting of so many opinions, it is safe to say that if a wine of this quality were produced in Champagne, it would cost at least twice as much.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Clos La Madeleine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

2018 Clos La Madeleine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

Coming from the Moueix team, the 2018 Clos La Madeleine checks in as 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc from a tiny vineyard (2.3 hectares) on the hillsides of Saint-Emilion, near Belair-Monange. This vineyard was purchased by the Moueix family in 2017, and the 2018 saw malolactic fermentation in barrel and was raised in 40% new French oak. It has classic Saint-Emilion minerality as well as a great nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, chocolate, crushed stone, and graphite. This carries to a powerful, medium to full-bodied 2018 with chalky tannins, terrific mid-palate depth, and a juicy, lively, complex style that keeps you coming back to the glass. Give it a few years and enjoy over the following 15-20 years. It's the finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted, and I expect the best is still to come. Drink 2024‑2044. Rated 94. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$150.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case of 6



2014 Château Latour Pauillac

2014 Château Latour Pauillac

The 2014 Château Latour is still a baby and relatively closed and backward, offering darker, meaty black fruits, tobacco, truffly earth, and graphite on the nose. It's much more dense and structured than I would have imagined from tasting on release and offers full‑bodied richness, a beautiful mid‑palate, fabulous overall balance, and no shortage of tannins on the finish. This vintage was terrific for the Médoc, particularly the northern Médoc, and this beauty warrants another 7‑8 years of bottle age, after which I suspect it will have well over 3 decades of overall longevity. The blend is 89.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.2% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 12.8% alcohol. Drink 2030‑2055. Rated 96+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com August, 2022

$700.00 the bottle  $1,785.00 the case of 3



2016 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac

2016 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac

The second wine of this great château, the 2016 Les Forts de Latour continues to impress. I commented on release that it was the best wine in the vintage, and my opinion hasn't changed. This beauty offers plenty of classic Latour character as well as notes of blackcurrants, saddle leather, lead pencil shavings, and dried flowers. Full-bodied, concentrated, and perfectly balanced, it's just now starting to round into form and will no doubt continue drinking well for another 2+ decades. It's a gorgeous Pauillac. Drink 2022‑2044. Rated 95. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com August, 2022

$295.00 the bottle  $752.25 the case of 3



2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Scacciadiavoli

2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Scacciadiavoli

Founded in 1884, Scacciadiavoli (from scacciare, to banish, and diavoli, devils) takes its name from an exorcist that lived in a town at the borders of the property who used wine for his rituals. Scacciadiavoli is today managed by the 3rd and 4th generations of the Pambuffetti family, who specialize in the profound and somewhat under the radar DOC of Montefalco Sagrantino. Sagrantino is a grape variety thought by many to be indigenous to Umbria and Montefalco. Produce of 100% Sagrantino fruit, the superb 2016 Montefalco of Scacciadiavoli offers sweet sanguine Sagrantino aromas suggestive of blue fruits, teaberry, brilliant winegrowing soils (Glenn picked up red fruits, sotto bosco and bramble with air); structured, fully dry and fully engaging with broad resinous tannins with firm but gentle grip causing some serious salivation; vino profondo davvero.

$37.50 the bottle  $191.28 the case



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva dell'Umbria Grezzo Azienda Agricola Paolo Bea

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva dell'Umbria Grezzo Azienda Agricola Paolo Bea

Produced from Maraiolo, Leccino and Frantoio olives, this organically harvested Umbrian oil reflects the expertise and skill of the Bea family in combining these varieties to create a full-bodied, delectable olive oil. Rich green in hue with an earthy, distinctly plush texture and robust flavor, its a primo selection for dressing salads, finishing steaks or preparing vegetables.

$47.50 the 500ml bottle



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Liguria S. Ciappa Al Frantoio di Aldo Armato

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Liguria S. Ciappa Al Frantoio di Aldo Armato

This buttery, unfiltered olive oil is made exclusively from Taggiasca olives harvested from trees planted in the hamlet of Stellanello in the hills above the seaside town of Alassio, Liguria. Harvest occurs from November through March and the oil is cold-pressed in the Armato family’s frantoio using the traditional stone mill. The resulting first-press olive oil carries a luscious gold tint with a sweet and subtle fruit taste. It is an ideal and versatile choice — perfect for just about any kitchen.

$22.50 the 500ml bottle



2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Poiega Roberto Mazzi e Figli

2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Poiega Roberto Mazzi e Figli

Produce of 65% Corvina, 5% Corvinone, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara fruit harvested late in the season (mid‑November) from 2½ hectares of vines in the Poiega vineyard near Negrar. Alluring medium translucent ruby in color to just lighter tawnier at the edges with rich blue‑fruited berry and rose petal aromas; ample and, if the Sanperetto is silken in texture, the Poiega goes somewhere between silk and satin and velvet, ultra tactile wine, this, with gentle but palpable intensity and persistence of flavor carried long on the finish by jittery fine‑grained tannins.

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Veneto Valpolicella Bonamini

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Veneto Valpolicella Bonamini

Multi-awarded in major Italian and international oil competitions, this bottling represents the flagship of the Frantoio Bonamini. Production from the fruit of some 6,500 trees planted on terraces and hillsides just north of Verona where the cooler climate and native varieties Grignan and Favarol yield a sublime olive oil with delicate green fruit and vegetable flavors that allow for this oil to be slathered on just about anything, but it excels on seafood risotto, pesce crudo, vegetable pasta, roasted chicken, salads and even lemon gelato.

$24.99 the 500ml bottle



2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 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 litres 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, thirty percent 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. These are among the last remnants of la vendemmia solare from Italia here (Grosso Sanese is a late‑release Chianti Classico, now (rightly) classified as a Gran Selezione). Produce of 100% Sangiovese, deep, deep ruby in color; formidable from the get go with a seeming wall of aromatic power forcefully suggesting leather, the scent of fine cured meats, sanguine and gamy, with further suggestion of teaberry, rose petal, liquirizia and the baking summertime soils of alberese and galestro (Henry noted dark, intense black cherry fruit and a sense of sotto bosco and porcini mushrooms); the 2015 vintage in evidence on entry, gripping, potent, warming, with firm stony Sangiovese tannins giving structure and heft, savory and long on flavor to the finish. Steak florentine, perhaps? Sì, sì, sì …

$45.00 the bottle  $459.00 the case



2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Il Poggio Castello di Monsanto

2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Il Poggio Castello di Monsanto

With vines ranging from 25 to 45 years old, Monsanto’s six-hectare Il Poggio site is divided into three parcels that ripen up to one week apart. They are vinified separately and assessed after ageing to determine what makes it into the final blend. While extroverted on the nose — expressing peppery juniper, tarragon and iron — Il Poggio 2016 is still rigid, firm and linear on the palate. Compact and full, it will need more time to unfold. For now, it hints evocatively at a stone‑walled herb garden. Powerful and savoury with a sappy finish. Drink 2023‑2037. Rated 95. - Michaela Morris, decanter.com March, 2021
Ripe cherry, strawberry and currant flavors are shaded by juniper, eucalyptus, black tea and mineral notes in this intense, balanced red, which is vibrant, firm and well-defined, with its fruit and mineral notes extending on the long aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 1,500 cases made, 200 cases imported. Rated 96. - Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com October, 2021

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of 6



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Isole e Olena

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Isole e Olena

Paolo de Marchi’s estate is located on the western grade of the Chianti Classico plateau. The olive trees, of which Paolo speaks with as much passion as his wine, are privy to limestone soils and a cooler, windy exposure. The Isole e Olena olive oil is a blend of the Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino varietals and makes an excellent finishing oil.

$37.50 the 500ml bottle



2015 Toscana Montebello Badia a Coltibuono

2015 Toscana Montebello Badia a Coltibuono

Produce of nine historical grape varieties, namely, Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Fogliatonda and, of course, Sangiovese from vines now 20 to 30 years in age and planted to the clay/limestone soils of Monti in Chianti with brilliant exposures on the hill of Montebello. The fruit is hand-picked and sorted at the winery set in the heart of the vineyards. Each variety is then vinified and aged separately in 500-litre open-top barrels utilizing indigenous yeasts and natural fermentations. Medium ruby to garnet at the edges in color, with utterly enticing aromas that just sing Toscana, sanguine Sangiovese, the perfectly singed crust of bistecca alla fiorentina, the patina of the annata solare of 2015, tanned leather, sun‑roasted herb (Henry noted sage and bay leaf), or is it just the macchia mediterranea itself (all these bits left to the imagination are just tantalizing); lithe on entry, its structure immediately apparent, with finely resolved granular tannins that give the wine push and pull and tension that, for us, defines the very finest of such red wines; calmly, comfortably building in presence and in flavor on the palate and all the while holding something more in reserve, oh had we the time or the remaining volume of wine to give this a proper decanting and …

$62.50 the bottle  $159.39 the case of 3



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Badia a Coltibuono

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Badia a Coltibuono

This was the first Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil introduced into the United States, almost half a century ago, and is widely considered to be the benchmark by which its peers are assessed. It is golden yellow with intense aromas of fresh olives, a hint of toasted nuts, and a distinct peppery sensation classic to hand-harvested oils produced in Tuscany. Use to dress panzanella, spooned over warm grilled bread and sprinkled with sea salt, on salmon tartare, or any dish that calls for a drizzle of «olio crudo».

$32.50 the 500ml bottle



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Tenuta il Poggione

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Tenuta il Poggione

A beguiling mix of camphor and minty herbs, along with crushed stone, blows off slowly to reveal dark depths of black raspberry, licorice, autumnal spice and worn leather as the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli unfolds in the glass. Its textures are unexpectedly soft and velvety-smooth, coupled with depths of intense red fruits that make an appearance just before a mix of brisk acids and tannins creates a more tactile and youthfully clenching expression toward the finale. This leaves the palate aching under the 2016’s structural heft, yet with plenty of primary concentration to balance, as wild savory herbs and earthy mineral tones linger for up to a minute. The potential here is off the charts, but readers will need to be very patient. The Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a cru selection of old vines that refines for 48 months in large French oak barrels of 33‑52 hectoliters. Drink 2028‑2042. Rated 98. - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2021

$125.00 the bottle  $637.50 the case of 6

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2017 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Il Poggione

2017 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Il Poggione

Long a favorite among our very favorite of Brunello di Montalcino wines and from the very warm 2017 vintage, deep pitched dried cherry/roasted dark berry fruit, saddle leather, parched vineyard floor, macchea mediterranea; full, velvety/rich on entry, lots of volume/density without heaviness, powerful and very present on the palate, with finely resolved almost velvety tannins, then warm and flavorful long on the finish. Henry called it 'Brunello ready to go'.

$87.50 the bottle  $446.28 the case of 6



2020 Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Il Poggione

2020 Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Il Poggione

Produced entirely from hand-harvested Sangiovese grapes, sourced from the estate's younger vineyards, Rosso di Montalcino is aged in a combination of botti grandi and barriques of 350-litre capacity before a period of bottle aging. Translucent ruby garnet in color with aromas suggestive of sanguine roasted red berry fruit, singed earth, saddle leather, macchea mediterranea and more; just plump on entry with shape and volume, then demonstrating a gentle structure of rounded tannins and nerve and a push of fruity intensity leaving the mouth fresh and pleasingly challenged.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa Caparzo

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa Caparzo

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casa takes a little time to collect itself in the glass, pulling you closer as white smoke gives way to crushed stone, then peppery florals, wild strawberry and cedar. The textures are like pure silk, with an elegant display of savory black cherry and spice complicated by salty minerals. This shows amazing density while never feeling heavy, nearly masking its fine-grained tannins until the very end, where hints of orange citrus and dried berries linger. The 2016 La Casa is a beauty with plenty of upside potential. Drink 2026‑2038. Rated 94. - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2020

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Canalicchio di Sopra

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Canalicchio di Sopra

The 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out stunning, remarkably vibrant and an almost-ethereal expression. There’s an exotic citrusy tinge to its ripe black cherries, taking on hints of sage, cedar and allspice, all grounded by moist earth tones. It’s focused and remarkably pure with a noticeable inner sweetness to the red and hints of blackberry fruit, all cast across a silky, feminine frame. The structure builds like a crescendo, as minerals fade to youthful tannins. Juicy acids maintain perfect balance from start to finish, making for a surprisingly fresh expression yet with amazing length. There’s simply so much going on here, and there are promises of more good things to come. Drink 2024‑2038. Rated 95. - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2020

$125.00 the bottle  $1,275.00 the case



2018 Rosso di Montalcino Canalicchio di Sopra

2018 Rosso di Montalcino Canalicchio di Sopra

Vibrant red. Flinty red berries, violet and spices dominate the knockout nose. Then very pure, boasting a steely core of red fruit and floral flavors that linger impressively on the refined finish. One of the best Rossos of the vintage. Drink 2020‑2028. Rated 93. - Ian D'Agata, vinous.com April, 2020

$35.00 the bottle  $357.00 the case



2019 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera Argiolas

2019 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera Argiolas

Produce of about 85% Cannonau, 10% Carignano and 5% Bovale Sardo planted to pebbly, calcareous clay-loam soils with southeastern exposures on the island of Sardegna. Cannonau is also known as Garnacha in Spain, as Grenache in France and elsewhere. It is unclear from where it originated but, suffice to say, it is very much at home in Sardegna. Pale translucent ruby to just tawnier at the edges with alluring aromas of red berries and spice, a gentle scent of macchia mediterranea and a certain overarching vinosità; supple on entry, almost silky in texture, medium-full in body with a warming grip of jittery fine granular tannins carrying a gentle intensity of spicy berryish flavors long on the finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia La Grazia

2018 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia La Grazia

The 2018 Ornellaia is an introvert at this stage. Medium in body, with terrific persistence and impeccable balance, the 2018 is not in any mood to show all its cards today. Hints of red berry fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and dried flowers emerge with a bit of coaxing. I won’t be surprised to see it put on weight with more time in bottle. There is certainly plenty to look forward to. Readers should expect a silky, aromatic Ornellaia in line with vintages such as 2004 that are more about finesse than raw power. This is the first time in which Merlot drives the blend in Ornellaia. Drink 2025‑2040. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2021

$237.50 the bottle  $1,211.28 the case of 6



Pasta Pici di Toscana Organic Pastificio Morelli

Pasta Pici di Toscana Organic Pastificio Morelli

Pici (also known as pinci in Montalcino) enjoys a long, ancient history, dating back to the Etruscans. This regional specialty originates from the town of Siena in Tuscany. If you've been to Siena, Montalcino or Montepulciano, chances are you've enjoyed Pici/Pinci. When cooked it has a radius almost that of a standard pencil (cooking time, at almost 20 minutes, is longer than, say, spaghetti but, it is well worth the wait). Serve it with most any sauce or try something more traditional like pici alle briciole (pici with breadcrumbs) or pici all'aglione (pici with tomatoes and garlic). Produce of organic durum semolina wheat. Recipes and more information on Visit Tuscany.

$10.00 the 500g bag



Pasta di Gragnano IGP Organic Vesuvio Gentile Gragnano Napoli

Pasta di Gragnano IGP Organic Vesuvio Gentile Gragnano Napoli

The Zampino family, makers of Gentile pasta, are located in the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius. The Vesuvio pasta cut is meant to mimic the shape of the nearby mountain. Pasta di Gragnano achieved the IGP (indicazione geografica protetta) mark in 2010 representing a geographical link of origin, unique character and community respect for production standards. Made with 100% organic Italian wheat in Campania.

$8.00 the 500g bag

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Pasta di Gragnano IGP Organic Scialatielli Gentile Gragnano Napoli

Pasta di Gragnano IGP Organic Scialatielli Gentile Gragnano Napoli

Scialatielli «unkempt hair» originated in Minori, a fishing village along the Amalfi coast. It is a beautiful, chaotic pasta shape that adds dramatic flair to the plate and is typically served with a ragu sauce. Made with 100% organic Italian wheat in Campania.

$8.00 the 500g bag



Pomodoro San Marzano dell'Agro Sarnese Nocerino Gentile Gragnano Napoli 520g

Pomodoro San Marzano dell'Agro Sarnese Nocerino Gentile Gragnano Napoli 520g

San Marzano DOP tomatoes originate from the small town of San Marzano sul Sarno near Napoli, Italia. Gentile's San Marzanos are famous for their sweetness and low acidity, making them ideal accompaniment to meats, cheeses and pasta.

$12.00 the 18.34-ounce (520g) jar



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



2018 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

2018 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

The 2018 Barolo Castiglione is bright, fresh and delineated. Crushed red berry fruit, white pepper, chalk, mint and rose petal all run through this gorgeous, sculpted Barolo. The purity of the fruit and overall energy here are captivating. I would cellar the 2018 for at least a few years. It's a gorgeous wine in the making. Drink 2024‑2036. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com February, 2022

$57.50 the bottle  $293.28 the case of 6



2016 Barolo Brunate Marcarini

2016 Barolo Brunate Marcarini

Marcarini's 2016 Barolo Brunate captures much of the mystique of this La Morra site in its beguiling aromatics. Deep, layered and so expressive, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Time in the glass brings out an exotic quality to the red toned fruit, with spice, menthol and floral overtones that linger. I would not be in a rush to open bottles. Drink 2026‑2036. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com February, 2021

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of 6

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2020 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

2020 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

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

$15.75 the bottle  $160.68 the case



2020 Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomite Terra Alpina Alois Lageder

2020 Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomite Terra Alpina Alois Lageder

Produce of 100% Pinot Grigio fruit from vineyards planted to mostly Dolomitic limestone together with volcanic soils from selected vineyard sites of in Trentino and the Alto Adige, where cool Alpine and warm Mediterranean influences meet; pristine vivid platinum/yellow in color with aromas redolent of the fresh mountain air, cool green/gris-skinned berries, along with suggestion of spiced apple, apricot and something like honey in the comb (Glenn noted stone fruits); ample on the palate with a gentle viscosity and the push/pull of citrus peel and pith and grape and an overarching Alpine refreshingness.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2021 Soave Brigaldara

2021 Soave Brigaldara

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2020 Valpolicella Brigaldara

2020 Valpolicella Brigaldara

Produce of 55% Corvina, 25% Corvinone and 20% Rondinella fruit hand-harvested from 45 hectares of vines planted from 1970 to 1980 at 150 to 200 mètres in elevation at Marcellise near Verona. The vines are trained in both the Guyot and the Pergola Veronese methods. Limpid ruby red in color with subtle yet alluringly complex aromas suggesting rose petals, black and red berries, dried cherries and an inkling of orange peel, spice and earth; supple on entry, then expanding to almost velvety in texture, demonstrating a certain spine and presence without weight and the gentlest tannins carrying delicate but persistent flavors long on the finish. In a word, vinosità. Splendid value, too.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2021 Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich Weingut Berger

2021 Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich Weingut Berger

Light yellow gold with glints of green in color; fresh, spring-infused aromas hint at things like orchard fruits, chervil and fresh snow pea shoots; lovely equilibrium, easy and refreshingly light on its feet, but somehow also just ample in body and oh so satisfying. Talk about yer perfect porch-pounder. And — this is a full 1-litre bottle. Delicious and longer-lasting, too.

$13.75 the 1-litre bottle  $140.28 the case



2020 Grüner Veltliner Ried Sandgrube Weingut Rainer Wess

2020 Grüner Veltliner Ried Sandgrube Weingut Rainer Wess

Der Name ist ein Omen: Sandgrube translates directly as «sand pit». Nevermind we buy this wine from an avid golfer and the name also means sand trap. Deep sand and loess soils shape the vineyard Sandgrube — extensive loess and sand deposits form the basis for the calcareous, well-aerated humic soils. The loess itself consists of fine dust derived from calcareous rocks mixed with dolomite, feldspar, quartz, mica and clay minerals carried by the wind during the cold stages of the Ice Age and deposited on the foothills of the Alps when there was little by way of vegetation. Vivid yellow/gold in color; fresh (eventually even after days of having been opened), one can even smell the lift on the nose with aromas suggestive cool green grapes, kiwi fruit, fresh snow pea greens, yellow plum and a hint of white pepper; easy vibrant appeal on the palate, just rounded with a delicate viscosity, an elegant underlying minerality and perfectly balancing mouthwatering acidity that keeps everything fresh on the finish.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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2020 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

2020 Grüner Veltliner Freiheit Nigl

Produce of 100% Grüner Veltliner fruit sourced from 4 different vineyards planted to löss soils in the hills above the city of Krems where temperatures are fresh given its steep elevation. The name Freiheit means "freedom" and is believed to be some of the first privately owned vineyard land in the valley not controlled by the church or a feudal estate. Fermentation and elevage occur in stainless steel and the wine is bottled at night when the cellars are most cool as Martin Nigl feels this helps preserve freshness in the wine. Indeed, glistening green-gold in color with lovely fresh garden green aromas titillating the nostrils with suggestion of something like snap-pea or chervil (Glenn noted Granny Smith apple, stone fruits and crushed rock; Andrea noted a hint of white pepper); lifted, vibrant and fresh on the tongue, almost effervescent but then rounded and gentle in texture with a tangy touch of salinity and all the while so very mouthwateringly delicious. Noted wine critic James Suckling rated it 91 (one of our favorite numbers 'round here) and suggested using it like Sancerre. Our own Brian Smith reminded us that one can successfully pair a good Grüner with artichoke, asparagus, broccoli and more. Grüner on green it is! And so we shall …

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2019 Riesling Ried Loiserberg Erste Lage Kamptal Weingut Weszeli

2019 Riesling Ried Loiserberg Erste Lage Kamptal Weingut Weszeli

"Agil, dynamisch und geradlinig" (agile, dynamic and straightforward) as Weingut Weszeli themselves describe the wine; from vineyards planted to pure gneiss with almost no topsoil at 380 meters (c. 1,250 feet), 'completely exposed and cold, the last to be picked every year' this wine is just redolent with Riesling purity what with shimmering come hither aromas of citrus and stone and peach; to heck with the margarita (for now), this one's got the balance of elements and (although completely dry) the completely wet thirst‑quenching qualities and a refreshing delicate spritzig quality that would make it a perfect cocktail hour quaff or splendid accompaniment to a tossed salad of fresh greens, to a delicately poached trout or to an expertly-prepared Wiener schnitzel with fresh squeezed lemon or, perhaps, simply, a sunset … Read, it's versatile. And, good golly, it's vegan, too.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2016 Rioja Reserva Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

2016 Rioja Reserva 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 undergo alcoholic and malolactic fermentation under controlled conditions. The wine is 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. Deep crimson to just tawny at the edges with myriad old world leaning aromas suggestive of rhubard, plum, red, black and blue berry fruits with a bit of air, stone and dried herb, then vanilla and a kind of dulce de leches/freshly picked dill quality from aging in American oak; velvety in texture, medium to almost full in body with gentle dusty tannins and taut berry flavors that remain fresh long on the finish. Is this perhaps our favorite popularly priced Rioja? In a word, .

$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 the case



2017 Rioja Crianza Cune<sup><small>®</small></sup>

2017 Rioja Crianza Cune®

CVNE, aka, Compañía Vinícola del Norte de 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. Ruby/garnet in color fading to just tawny at the edges; 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



2019 Montsant Garnatxa Altaroses Familia Joan d'Anguera Darmós

2019 Montsant Garnatxa Altaroses Familia Joan d'Anguera Darmós

Produce of hand-harvested Garnatxa fruit from vines 10 to 35 years old planted to sandy clay/limestone soils and certified biodynamically-farmed. The fruit is whole-cluster fermented on its own indigenous yeasts in concrete vats then aged for a time in neutral French oak barrels prior to release. Limpid ruby in color just fading at the edges with aromas suggestive of red berries, grape pomace, spice, dried herb and an arid dusty dry vineyard floor (Henry noted that, with air, the wine revealed an even more joyous red berry fruit character along with a certain floral quality); ample and rounded on entry, then full and completely dry with a nice bursting berryish fruit quality and excellent intensity of lasting flavor leaving the mouth fresh and gently salivating.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2016 Montsant Espectacle Spectacle Vins

2016 Montsant Espectacle Spectacle Vins

A project of Christopher & Charlotte Cannan, René & Isabelle Barbier and Fernando & Marta Zamora, from a single very steep vineyard of 2 hectares (5 acres) planted to 100 plus year old Garnacha vines in the clay-limestone soils of the commune of La Figuera on the northern edge of Montsant looking onto the famous Serra de Montsant itself as well as having spectacular views of the Ebro valley and even the distant Pyrenees 200 kilometres away (hence the name Espectacle). Lovely translucent medium-ruby in color with an alluring, subtly perfumed red-fruited quality à la Chambolle-Musigny or Domaine Charvin (Lindsay noted a savory quality and strawberry fruit leather, she said it reminded her of being back on the farm, not the barnyard, but the carrot field; Henry noted bilberry, dried violet and anise; our winebuyer noted rhubarb); supple on entry, almost Burgundian cool, sophisticated, smooth and silken in texture, but then generating a more southerly warmth with sapid, mostly red berry flavors both elegant and intense with fine pulverized stony jittery tannins stretching the whole thing out long, long on the fine and gently mouthwatering finish. All in all, we are wholly impressed. This is ultra-fine wine on the world stage.

$112.50 the bottle  $1,147.56 the case

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2019 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

2019 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 'mixed black' varieties, hand‑selected and vinified at the Quinta do Sol, among the most modern winemaking facilities in Portugal. Deep dark ruby in color with plump ripe red and darker berry aromas along with suggestion of the lifted floral/resinous scent of the rock rose (known as Esteva in the Douro) underpinned by the schistous vineyard floor itself (the wine seems to freshen further with air); supple on entry, just this side of velvety in texture, medium to just medium‑full in body with a fine balancing edge of nerve and fruity acidity and the gentlest tannins lending structure; then, long on flavor and mouthwatering to the finish.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

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2018 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2018 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 35% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinta Barroca and the remaining 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 almost opaque purple/ruby in color with alluring saturated aromas redolent of mineral soils‑influenced ripe berries and dried cherries, cacao, baking spices, grape pomace and graphite; then, at once, cool and classy, fresh, intense and vibrant on the palate, its mineral edge on keen display with fine ripe stony, but pliant tannins carrying penetrating flavors that remain fresh, long and mouthwatering to the finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2016 Douro Chryseia Prats & Symington

2016 Douro Chryseia Prats & Symington

Elegant, highly broachable, with lovely fluidity, freshness and purity of black plum and blackberry fruit. Ultra-fine tannins do nothing to impede the flow, showcasing salty, schistous minerality, fragrant orange blossom and violets to the long finish. Deceptive levity. Drink 2019‑2031. Rated 95. - Sarah Ahmed, decanter.com. Regularly $80.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$67.50 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



2018 Douro Vinha Grande Casa Ferreirinha

2018 Douro Vinha Grande Casa Ferreirinha

Produce of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca fruit vinified at Quinta do Seixo in Cima Corgo and Quinta da Leda in the Douro Superior: lovely deep midnight ruby in color with deep‑ pitched and complex old‑world aromas suggesting vinosity itself what with fermentive tarry dried berry and ripe plummy fruit, licorice, vanilla, cedar and tobacco; cool, ripe spicy fruit on entry; almost velvety in texture with ample round tannins delivering fine intense complex almost resinous flavors that resonate long and warm on the finish. In our humble estimation, this wine delivers what its name might reasonably imply — from great vines, uma grande bebida de vinho tinto (a great drink of red wine, that is).

$19.99 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2011 Douro Barca Velha Casa Ferreirinha

2011 Douro Barca Velha Casa Ferreirinha

Terrific structure, depth of colour and flavour articulate an outstanding year. Great warp and weft of ripe fruit (blackberry, strawberry, plum, dried fig and jam) and signature savoury roast chestnut, smoky clove and leather notes, with hints of bergamot and white flowers. Unerring acidity and impeccably judged iron-filing tannins underpin and fan the flavours. Exceptionally long, retro-nasal finish. Prodigious. Drink 2021‑2045. Rated 98. - Sarah Ahmed, decanter.com March, 2021

$625.00 the bottle  $1,593.75 the case of 3



2020 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant Red Wine of the Earth

2020 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant Red Wine of the Earth

As the story goes, back in 1954, the village council of Châteauneuf-du-Pape was quite perturbed and apprehensive that flying saucers or 'flying cigars' might do damage to their vineyards were they to land therein. So, right-thinking men all, they passed an ordinance prohibiting the landing of flying saucers or flying cigars in their vineyards. The ordinance further states that any flying saucers or flying cigars that did land were to be taken immediately to the pound. Well, Le Cigare Volant may be a flight of fancy in the mind of winemaker/poet and among the first of the Rhône Rangers, Randall Grahm, but it is also one heck of an original all-American take on France's very first Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, namely, Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape. Produce of 42% Grenache, 31% Cinsaut, 24% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah and 1% Counoise fruit from California's Central Coast. Medium ruby in color with come hither aromas a mixture of berries from red to blue to black, a touch of cracked white peppercorn, petrichor (and Bonny Doon themselves note a spicy, licorice component from the Syrah); silken in texture on entry (Henry found it quite light on its feet), with building spine of fine-grained tannins lending structure and carrying/extending gently bursting California berry flavors right on target and onto the spacious landing-pad of a finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case

The story of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and flying cigars, whimsical as it may sound, is real, and is more or less paraphrased from right off the back label of the wine itself. The re‑telling of the story here is presumably the work of Randall Grahm himself.



The Whole Shebang Fifteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang Fifteenth 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 that Bedrock are rehabilitating along with younger vine parcels and barrels of Bedrock wines that do not make the cut for their spiffier/spendier bottlings. Produce of an inspired mingling of Zinfandel, Carignan, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, and other compatible varieties, this Fifteenth Cuvée of The Whole Shebang is a limpid ruby in color to just garnet at the edges with aromas suggesting berries, spice and the parched northern California vineyard floor (Henry noted one could smell the very California sunshine in the glass); medium to medium full in body, nicely rounded in texture the discreetly grapey and gently grippy on the tongue, warm and impactful, long and flavorful, too; 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.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case

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2018 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay Estate Bottled Anderson Valley

2018 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay Estate Bottled Anderson Valley

Domaine Anderson is the still wine project of Champagne Louis Roederer in the Anderson Valley in northern California, where as they say «redwood forests meet the Mendocino coast». The cooling marine layer that is characteristic of this area provides ideal conditions for the cultivation of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. This 2018 vintage Chardonnay is produce of fruit hand-picked at nighttime from Domaine Anderson's own sustainably-farmed estate vineyard sites. Vivid platinum/yellow in color with decidedly cooler-climate Chardonnay aromas suggestive of lemon marmalade and toasted baguette, orchard fruits and a tantalizing hint of Pacific salinity; supple on entry, gently glycerol on the tongue then nervy, citrusy and juicy, with freshness to spare on the long, mouthwatering finish.

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case



2018 Domaine Anderson Pinot Noir Estate Bottled Anderson Valley

2018 Domaine Anderson Pinot Noir Estate Bottled Anderson Valley

Produce of 100% Pinot Noir hand-harvested during the cool nights of late summer from three vineyard sites spanning the Anderson Valley, from the warmer Boonville climes to cooler locations in the Deep End near the Pacific Ocean. The soils are light clay mixed with alluvial loam and sand. Limpid light ruby fading to garnet at the edges in color with come hither Pinot Noir aromas suggestive of dark ripe cherry, distant winter woodsmoke (Domaine Anderson themselves note bramble, blackberry and rose petal); slippery smooth on entry with subtle pith of fine tannins lending structure, stirring salivation and carrying gentle Pinot Noir flavors long and fresh on the finish.

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case



2018 Inglenook Zinfandel Edizione Pennino Rutherford Napa Valley

2018 Inglenook Zinfandel Edizione Pennino Rutherford Napa Valley

With great admiration for his maternal grandfather and namesake, Francesco Pennino, Francis Coppola produced the first vintage of Edizione Pennino Zinfandel in 1988, replicating the name and logo of the music publishing company begun by Mr. Pennino after he immigrated to New York from Naples in 1905. According to Inglenook's historical records, Zinfandel is the oldest variety planted on the estate, pre-dating Captain Niebaum's arrival. The Coppolas were advised to remove these vineyards when they first purchased the property in 1975, but because Francis Coppola said that he enjoyed drinking Zinfandel, the vineyards remained. The wine's iconic label features two images: the Bay of Naples and the Statue of Liberty, reflecting Francesco Pennino's mutual love for Italy and for America. Adding an even more nostalgic note, each vintage has one of Mr. Pennino's song titles imprinted on the bottle's cork (this 2018 vintage «Sicilianella» from 1919). The wine remains a favorite of ours here: rich, almost midnight ruby in color with aromas suggesting fleshy California sun-drenched berries and a sense of vinosity (or is it just chicks and hens?), the parched vineyard floor and reminiscence of Rutherford dust (Andrea noted baking spices; Henry noted savory dried herbs); almost velvety rich in texture with gentle broad tannins lending structure and carrying dusty berry flavors that freshen as they fade into that not far from the long Pacific sunset of a finish. Mmmm. Here's to simpler times, when money wasn't the only object. And kudos to Mr. Coppola for helping preserve a part of California's (and America's) greater wine heritage, that is Napa Valley Zinfandel.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6

- with information paraphrased from the Inglenook website.



2017 Inglenook Rubicon Rutherford Napa Valley

2017 Inglenook Rubicon Rutherford Napa Valley

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is another wine that has turned out very well. In this vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Rubicon aren't that materially different. Red fruit, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, menthol and licorice all develop in the glass. Here, too, I am quite impressed with the wine's freshness. Drink 2020‑2042. Rated 95. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2020
This is absolutely delicious. Powerful, intense and concentrated with seductive black cherry and raspberry leaf aromatics. It slowly and steadily pulls you in and compares to the very greatest Cabernets in its excitement, structure and grip. As the liquorice, chocolate and cassis notes stretch out, it comes to a mouthwateringly slow conclusion. This keeps the savoury edge of Cabernet and the tannins give focus and poise. Opulent and concentrated, and very good. 100% new oak. Drink 2022‑2050. Rated 98. - Jane Anson, decanter.com August, 2020

$175.00 the bottle  $892.50 the case of 6



2019 Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Padrone Napa Valley

2018 Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Padrone Napa Valley

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Padrone is a deep, resonant wine. Black cherry, chocolate, spice, licorice and espresso all race out of the glass. The 2018 has all the power and richness the Padrone bottling has offered in the past, with fewer of the angular, hard tannins from the extraction style of the past. The purity of the fruit is just remarkable. This is another super-impressive wine from the new team at Signorello headed by winemaker Priyanka French. Drink 2023‑2040. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2021

$180.00 the bottle  $918.00 the case of 6



2014 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard

2014 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard

The winemaking heritage of the Antinori family dates back 26 generations and over 630 years in Italy. Antica represents Antinori California, and fulfills the family’s long-standing desire to produce fine wines in the Napa Valley. Set high on the ridge overlooking Rector Canyon and Napa Valley some 1600 feet below, this 24-acre vineyard is planted on a west facing slope of well-drained, volcanic soils. Townsend Vineyard’s architecture is based on Antinori’s planting philosophy for new vineyards in Tuscany. High density vine spacing ensures low production of fruit per vine. Vine rows are aligned from east to west to achieve ideal sun exposure. Vines are trained low to the ground to take advantage of radiant heat from the volcanic rock and soils. Finally, the ideal rootstock and clones of Cabernet Sauvignon were chosen to complement Townsend’s terroir ensuring the best fruit expression: rich, almost purple ruby in color with fleshy pulpy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas suggestive of graphite, cassis, parched mountain vineyard floor and the slightest hint of toast from aging in 100% new French oak; polished, plush and velvety on the tongue, ample and, at the same time, poised and light on its feet with ripe rounded cocoa powdery tannins carrying gently, elegantly bursting mountain fruit flavor, finishing long with a certain vibrancy and freshness on the tongue; this is ripe mountain fruit, to be sure, but with nerve and tension, poise and potency in quiet reserve. Highly recommended.

$87.50 the bottle  $446.28 the case



Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2018 Michael Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Emblem Napa Valley

Known as the «quiet icon» among friends and colleagues, Michael Mondavi is widely credited with helping establish and build the Napa Valley wine industry as we know it, traveling tirelessly to promote the region and Mondavi wines. Drafted into the family business at a young age, his first lesson from his grandfather, Cesare Mondavi, was to leave the soil in his vineyards in healthier condition than when he received it from his father and uncle. That early advice guided Michael's approach to winegrowing. Farmed sustainably and organically, certified Napa Green and Fish Friendly, the Michael Mondavi Family vineyards exemplify a generational commitment to responsible farming.
The Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards nestled along the northeastern hillsides of Napa, high above Saint Helena. Deep yet still just translucent ruby in color with aromas that hearken back to fermenting berries, spiced plum, a touch of toasted oak and earth, and a certain vinosity (that is, it smells like wine and not some sort of grape liqueur); classy, supple, almost velvet textured on the tongue, expanding with aeration to an even fuller, more potent and satisfying version of itself, with both oomph and complexity to the finish.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



2019 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County

2019 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County

Based on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the ruby/purple-hued 2019 Mountain Cuvee gives up a juicy, lively style reminiscent of Bordeaux with its red and black currants, tobacco leaf, and cedar aromas and flavors. With beautiful fruit, medium-bodied richness, and silky tannins, it's an undeniably delicious red to enjoy over the coming decade or more. Drink 2021‑2032. Rated 93. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com July, 2021

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2021 País Viejo by Bouchon

2021 País Viejo by Bouchon

País Viejo ('Old País') is a wine with history. According to Jancis Robinson, País is almost certainly the first vitis vinifera to be introduced to the new world, having been brought to the Americas in the 1500s and 1600s ostensibly from Castilla‑La Mancha in Spain. País Viejo by Bouchon is made with 100% País (also known as Mission or Misión) grapes from 100‑plus year‑old bush vines planted to soils of granitic, sandy loam in the coastal region of Maule, Chile, sustainably/dry‑farmed and hand‑harvested, then fermented with native yeasts in concrete tanks to preserve the wine’s authentic expression of terroir: translucent medium cherry skin ruby red to fuchsia in color at the edges with nice fermentive earth and berry aromas/a kind of working person's everyday red quality on the nose (Bouchon themselves note wildflowers, rosehips, cherries and wild strawberries); easy onto the palate with a vibrancy and dusty soil‑inflected sun‑singed berry fruit, chalky dusty tannins and mouthwatering berryish acidity lending freshness to the finish. This is a light red that could take a bit of a chill and work even better as a foil to our warm early evening weather 'round here. In its own way, it might call to mind a southern Côtes‑du‑Rhône or Spanish Garnacha but, suffice to say, there is a decidedly old‑world quality to this new‑world transplant and an easygoing surefootedness that are hard to resist. And, yeah, we just love rooting for the underdog. Drink more País!

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2020 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

2020 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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2021 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

2021 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 about 5 to 20‑plus 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 ¾ of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh citrus flavors. The remaining ¼ 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



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.

$12.00 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!

$15.00 the stem, boxed sets of 6 at 15% off



Lustau East India Solera Sherry

Lustau East India Solera Sherry

In centuries gone by, casks of sherry were lashed to ships sailing for the Indies as ballast and were found to develop an extraordinary smoothness and complexity. Lustau has revived this style of sherry in the East India Solera wine, an inspired mingling of about 85% aged dry (20 years old) Oloroso with about 15% aged (10 years old) sweet Pedro Ximenez blended then aged an additional 5 years in the warmest part of the bodega, la sacristia. Raisined fruit, candied citrus peel, macerated cherries, caramel and roasted almonds are common descriptors that we might put forward, but somehow there is something left to be described — an ineffable — as if a benevolent form of alchemy were having its way with an already wonderful raw material. Richly textured and flavorful, just sweet, assuages the tongue whilst giving all its wonderful complexity of flavor.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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Miles 10 Year Old Rich Malmsey Madeira

Miles 10 Year Old Rich Malmsey Madeira

Limpid amber/mahogany in color with aromas an oblique suggestion of roasted fruit (singed raisined Malvasia berries, really; Andrea noted dried apricot and orange blossom, as well), old wood, old leather, caramel, the scent of time passing/the scent of a time gone by, oh dear, one could spend all the moments of the late evening just nosing this; silken on entry onto the tongue, then, demonstrating more impact and warmth and concentration of flavor; even the intense heat of an Atlantic summer (or Texas summer, for that matter) leaves this wine unperturbed. How best to enjoy such? Well … this is a contemplative wine, for sure. So, to quote Supertramp, even in the quietest moments, yes, especially in the quietest, most contemplative moments or, perhaps, following the evening meal, with a bit of Queijo Serra da Estrela and a spot of membrillo alongside Marcona almonds or walnuts. Saboroso!

$32.50 the bottle



Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

In the Graham's cellars the depiction of bunches of grapes on the cask ends has been used to signify a wine of Vintage Porto quality. Amongst these, six bunches denote the darkest and most full‑bodied of such wines. One of Graham's original Porto blends, Six Grapes is a true expression of the Graham's house style with great richness and complexity — Graham's themselves refer to it as 'everyday Porto for the lover of full-on Vintage Porto.' Midnight ruby red in color with very primary aromas of ripe plum, prune, cherry, grape pomace, dried fig, tea leaf, bergamot, anise, cracked pepper, whoo, we could go on; rich, voluptuous even, on the tongue, then shows its warming grip with structure from velvety tannins; invigorating, fortifying, flavorful to the finish.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 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!

$57.50 the bottle



Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto

Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto

This is a lovely, if seemingly youthful, 10 year tawny, translucent garnet at the core in color to just sunset brickish orange-red at the edges with complex aromas suggestive of crystallized red and blue fruits, dried rose petals, rhubarb, walnut, almond, all underpinned with a most welcome hint of the spirit that captured the fermentation in the first place; the texture is a very satisfying rich and silky with long, long flavors that conjure caramel, nuts and crisp dried red fruits with vivid nerve of ultra-fine tannins and the spirit itself serving as foundation. Mmmm. A much to be savored tender sweet kiss of a bevy goodnight.

$32.50 the bottle



2016 Dow's Vintage Porto

2016 Dow's Vintage Porto

The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all. There is a sense of thrust on the finish as it fans out with almost careless abandon, a Vintage Port so self-assured that you can only sit back in amazement. Simply one of the best Dow’s ever made. Drink 2030‑2086. Rated 98. - Neal Martin, vinous.com June, 2018. Regularly $112.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$80.00 the bottle



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!

$57.50 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 …

$67.50 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.

$112.50 the bottle


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