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2018 Beaune 1er Cru Célébration Louis Jadot

2018 Beaune 1er Cru Célébration Louis Jadot

When they have the opportunity to celebrate a great vintage, Maison Louis Jadot places focus on the Premiers Crus of Beaune as a way to celebrate its origins and the foundation of the house there in 1859. Today they own 25 hectares (about 62 acres) across 17 different premier cru vineyards within the appellation of Beaune. The first release of the Beaune 1er Cru Célébration cuvée took place with the launch of the 2009 vintage, their 150th anniversary. The next releases were from the 2012 and 2015 vintages. And, now, Louis Jadot (and ourselves) are celebrating the excellent 2018 vintage in Burgundy — a vintage demonstrating great ripeness as a result of an exceptionally sunny growing season — with this blend of selected lots from various premiers crus, including Clos des Ursules, Boucherottes, Aux Cras, Clos des Couchereaux, Bressandes, Theurons, Grèves, Avaux, Chouacheux, Cent Vignes, Toussaints, Vignes Franches, Pertuisots, Aigrots, Clos du Roi, and Reversées. Deep ruby in color with alluring aromas suggestive of dark ripe cherry and Asian five spice, revealing more vivid red fruits along with a touch of reglisse as it opens in the glass; supple and silken in texture on entry, then building to reach a certain puissance with structure of pulverized stone-like tannins carrying gently bursting intense flavor long to the finish; this is indeed a célébration in the glass by way of this bevy of Beaune Premiers Crus. Quintessential Beaune, at that. And quintessentially Burgundy. While reservations last (expected arrival fall 2021):

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



2020 Bordeaux En Primeur
2020 Bordeaux En Primeur

The vintage of 2020 is causing a stir in Bordeaux wine-loving circles, not least of the reasons why is that it is the second sequence of high-quality eight, nine and aught vintages running, even harkening back to the splendid trio of the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages, also known as «les trois glorieueses». As is most always the case here, we will offer the wines on a reservations basis, which is to say, we don't require you to pay up front — you make your reservation(s) now but hang onto your cash, making payment and then taking delivery just following the wines' expected arrival here in the spring of 2023 or thereabouts. Please just give us a call at (512) 499‑0512 or send us an e-Mail message with questions, comments, orders. Click here or on the images above to see the complete offering.



Olive Oil

Given our work with producers in Tuscany and elsewhere in Italy (and other parts of southern Europe), we have for years come into contact with folks that produce both fine wine and fine olive oil. In Tuscany and most elsewhere in Italy and areas in close proximity to the Mediterranean sea, olive oil seems intertwined with all things gastronomic, an integral part of their way of life. Even in this country, as one may begin to sense its delicious culinary utility and versatility, or as one ages and may see one's cardiologist with greater frequency, olive oil can become a thing, a part of one's healthier more Mediterranean-inspired gastronomy. And, eventually, it may become a flavor one craves. 'Eat what you crave,' a wise and venerable and highly successful Austin, Texas Italian restaurant chef once confided to us. More recently, we have found new sources for fine olive oils that we simply can't pass up offering to our discerning clientèle. Please do have a look at the green/gold and glistening new Olive Oil page of our website. Then scurry on downtown and get all Olive Oiled up!



Pink Wines

Although we treat this category with all the fun and frivolity it deserves, we do take it all quite seriously as well. And we've a lovely mid-season selection of pink wines in-store from which you might choose. By all means do check out the cool, refreshing and delicious selections at the pink page of our website. Then scurry on downtown and get on into the pink!



Summer Clearance Sale!

The calendar indicates that we have moved beyond the summer solstice. The days are slowly beginning to shorten. And, as easy as we may have had it weather-wise up to now, the dog days of summer are upon us. And our Summer Clearance Sale is now in the mix. You'll find discounts of 25% and more off the regular per bottle price of selected wines throughout the store. Give us a little click here or on the link above to see what's what. Then, give us a shout by e-Mail with what you may wish to clean clear off our shelves. We will, as always, be pleased to hear from you.


And then, from among recent arrivals, to beat the heat, to beat the empty cellar blues, all-time favorites, splendid values and otherwise special deals:


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



2018 Toscana Tignanello Marchesi Antinori

2018 Toscana Tignanello Marchesi Antinori

The 2018 Tignanello is a wine of breathtaking purity. Impossibly silky and persistent, the 2018 is all class, all the way. In many ways, the 2018 reminds me of the 2004 because of its finesse, but it has an extra degree of nuance that reflects important strides that have been made at the estate in the intervening years. Winemaking today is more gentle, while new oak is also less intrusive. The result is a Tignanello that bristles with class. The purity of the flavors alone is mesmerizing. Bright red-toned berries, mocha, spice, cedar, new leather and licorice are some of the many notes that linger on a finish framed by silky, perfectly ripe tannins.
Aging was 16 months in oak, about 50% new. One of the recent developments at Antinori has been a move towards lower toast levels and a preference for longer aging of the raw wood. The blend is a very typical 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, with maybe just a touch more Franc than is the norm. At the same time, the Sangiovese is very much front and center. Production hovers around 330,000 bottles. Think about that number. It is more than any Bordeaux First Growth, more than any high-end Napa Valley wine, and equivalent to the production of 60 or so cult Cabernets taken together! Tignanello, in my view, is the single greatest high quality, estate wine made in scale. Drink 2028‑2043. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com February, 2021

$147.50 the bottle  $752.28 the case of 6

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



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



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Conti Costanti

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Conti Costanti

There’s a sensuality to Costanti's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino. It’s something about the way it draws you in and warms the soul. Its bouquet straddles both the light and dark sides of Sangiovese, rising up with alluring flowery perfumes, cedar dust and crushed cherry, yet then swaying toward rich brown spices and clove. The textures are velvety-smooth and elegant, ushering in a dense core of fleshy red berry fruits, which leave a coating of crystalline minerals and fine tannins in their wake. Though structured and aching for a stay in the cellar, you can’t help but pour another glass of this simply spellbinding Brunello. While in need of three to five years in the cellar for optimal enjoyment, the 2016 is absolutely worth checking in on today. Drink 2025‑2038. Rated 96. - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2020

$100.00 the bottle  $510.00 the case of 6



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

I’m not sure how Il Poggione manages to remain one of the largest producers of Brunello, maintaining such a high level of quality and turning out some of the best wines of the vintage year after year - but they do. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries, nervous acids and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance, yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish, which is dark, mysterious and structured, with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination. It’s a classic in the making. Drink 2026‑2040. Rated 97. - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2020

$80.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case of 6



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows mineral-laced black cherries with earth tones and hints of tanned leather. It’s soft in texture with a polished display of ripe berries and savory spice, as zesty acids create a juicy expression while slow-mounting tannins collect upon the senses. This turns dry and structured toward the finale, yet with the balance for a long and steady evolution in the cellar. This is really very nice. Drink 2024-2034. Rated 93 - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2020

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case



2015 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

2015 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

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

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case

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


2016 Chianti Rùfina Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale Selvapiana

2016 Chianti Rùfina Rierva Vigneto Bucerchiale Selvapiana

Produce of 100% Sangiovese fruit from vines planted in 1968 and 1992 to clay and limestone soils here in the Chianti Rùfina zone northeast of Florence; certified organically-farmed, fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in French barriques for some 32 months prior to release: medium translucent ruby to just garnet at the edges with aromas of red and blue berries, saddle leather, salumi pregiati, ginestra in flower and crushed rocks; cool on entry, then full and potent; velvet in texture on the tongue with vigorous but pliant tannins carrying taut berry and earth flavors long and deep on the finish; this one is just begging for bistecca alla Fiorentina with, perhaps, a bit of high-quality Tuscan olive oil drizzled atop.

$32.50 the bottle  $165.78 the case of 6



2018 Chianti Rùfina Selvapiana

2018 Chianti Rùfina Selvapiana

Selvapiana in medieval times was one of the watch towers along the river Sieve built with the purpose of protecting the city of Florence on the northeast border. During Renaissance the building was enlarged and transformed into a Villa as a summer residence of noble Florentine families and of the bishops of Florence. In 1827 it was acquired by Michele Giuntini, a successful banker and ancestor of Francesco Giuntini, the present owner and 5th generation to run the property. Since 1997, Selvapiana is run by Francesco’s adopted sons, Federico and Silvia, themselves sons of the former estate manager, Franco Masseti, who worked with Francesco from 1953 to 1990. The property covers 250 hectares in the municipalities of Rùfina, Pontassieve and Pelago, 58 ha of which are planted to vines, 36 ha in olives (Selvapiana produce one of the world's finest extra virgin olive oils). The soils are dry and stony with a well-drained mixture of clay and limestone. Their situation near the Apennines at elevations of 750 to 900 feet allows for greater daytime/nightime swings in temperature and longer hangtime, slower ripening and a certain freshness in the wines. And their Chianti Rùfina is just exceptional. Produce of about 95% Sangiovese with an admixture of Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera, lighter translucent garnet/ruby in color than the previous couple of vintages with aromas suggestive of red and blue berries, tanned leather, an herbal macchia mediterranea kind of thing, a hint of almost Burgundian-style reduction like roasted coffee bean and, then, underneath it all, stone; supple on entry, surprisingly so following the last couple of vintages, but silky and pleasing on the tongue, then revealing its structure, its stony underpinning and gentle warmth on the finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Avignonesi

2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Avignonesi

Acquired by Virginie Saverys in 2009, Avignonesi has become a leader in biodynamic viticulture in Italy. Since the acquisition and thanks to Virginie’s respect for the ecosystem, her staff and the final consumer, the winery has started producing and crafting organic wines that are truly authentic to their origins yet singular and unique. Our discerning clientèle adored the 2015 vintage of this wine. Still produce of 100% Sangiovese fruit, the 2016 seems to have a bit more punch on the nose and a somewhat fleshier quality with suggestion of macerated small red cherries, bramble, ginestra, new leather and the stone beneath the vineyard floor; if still quite supple in texture, there is a touch more stony underpinning and nerve on the palate with flavors that linger fresh and vivid, leaving the mouth watering, refreshed and ready for more.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Bucci

2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Bucci

While we might normally like to get at such a wine a bit sooner in its evolution, Bucci is a known quantity 'round here and a white wine known to benefit from some time in bottle. Produce of 100% organically-farmed Verdicchio grapes, full yellow/gold in color with aromas that suggest a certain augustness along with lemon or bergamot-like citrus (Henry noted orange blossom) and the flesh of yellow apple (a number of experts have also noted bitter almond); ample, full, rounded and satisfying on the tongue yet with vibrant citrusy acidity that amplifies the wine's considerable volume and intensity of flavor on the finish. Questo è un vino bianco deliziosamente grandioso. Regularly $19.99 the bottle, on sale while supplies last at:

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

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

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate Palazzone

2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate Palazzone

"Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto" according to Stephen Tanzer, Palazzone produces delicious white wines from indigenous grape varietals of Umbria, balancing irresistable fruit aromas and flavors with an oh-so stony backdrop and nerve; produce of 50% Procanico, 30% Grechetto and 20% of Verdello, Drupeggio and Malvasia, vinified in stainless steel to keep things fresh; medium-bodied, supremely-balanced white wine with aromas that speak clearly of cool of the morning harvest fresh grapes and notions of floral honey, beeswax and something like hazelnut and elderflower and, yet again, stone; at once, just ample and round, crisp and dusty, citrusy dry and alive with fresh grapey flavor. C'mon downtown 'n get yourself some of this delicious wine!

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2016 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

2016 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

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

$52.50 the bottle  $267.68 the case of 6

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



2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Punta di Villa Roberto Mazzi e Figli

2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Punta di Villa Roberto Mazzi e Figli

There is just something special about the house style of Roberto Mazzi. The wines here speak humbly but forthrightly of their origins, avoiding bombast or over ambition, communicating in the process the greater possibilities for clarity in winegrowing and demonstrating, perhaps, the very definition of vinosità — our winebuyer is clearly smitten with the wines. Their 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella is produce of 65% Corvina, 10% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella and 5% Molinara fruit from vines planted to southwest exposures of calcareous/loam/clay soils near the town of Negrar; lovely translucent ruby/garnet in color fading to just tawny at the edges with an alluring and complex come hither slate of aromatics suggestive of summer rainfall on hot stones, dried berries, dried roses, spiced plum and grape pomace; velvety on entry and somehow supremely balanced even at 16% alcohol by volume (this is of course no thing at all for a lover of California Zinfandel or Châteauneuf-du-Pape); potent and concentrated on the palate with fine grained tannins delivering flavors a brilliant reprise of the aromatic slate; warm and vivifying long on the finish; to accompany slow cooked meats, stews, flavorful cheeses, quiet contemplation at the end of the evening …

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6



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 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 wines, this, with gentle but palpable intensity and persistence of flavor carried by jittery fine-grained tannins.

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case



2018 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sanperetto Roberto Mazzi e Figli

2018 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sanperetto Roberto Mazzi e Figli

Produce of 65% Corvina, 5% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara fruit from the Calcarole, Poiega, Sanperetto and Villa vineyards near Negrar. The soils here are calcareous clay and loam, the exposures are to the southwest. Pale ruby/garnet to just tawny at the edges with delicate aromas suggesting floral (rose petal) tinged dark berries with a hint of cracked pepper, aromas that speak of carefully hand-made wine of place; supple and fine in texture, tactile to be sure on entry with mouthwatering berryish acidity keeping things fresh and vibrant long to the finish. Lovely, if undeniably elevated entry level Valpolicella.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2019 Valpolicella Brigaldara

2019 Valpolicella Brigaldara

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Soave Brigaldara

2019 Soave Brigaldara

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Cantina Terlan

2019 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Cantina Terlan

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

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

2019 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2019 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera Argiolas

2019 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera Argiolas

Produce of 90% Cannonau, 5% Bovale Sardo and 5% Carignano 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  $178.56 the case



2018 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

2018 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

Etna Rosso is, for us, a most wonderful if somewhat recent discovery of some, um, magmatude. And Tenuta delle Terre Nere have emerged a favorite producer of the wine among our discerning clientèle. This Etna Rosso, their opening salvo among a number of delicious bottlings, is produced from a preponderance of Nerello Mascalese along with a dash of Nerello Cappuccio fruit from the young vines of the estate cropped at low yields of around 35 hectolitres per hectare and growing on the hillsides of the famous volcano on the eastern edge of the island of Sicily. Absolutely gorgeous translucent deep ruby in color with a certain vinosità what with almost almost fermentive aromas of crushed ripe berries, rose petals and stone; deceptively supple on entry then building in body with a steady crescendo of substantial ripe tannins, power and volcanic warmth on the tongue. While there has been a good deal of comparison of Etna Rosso to Burgundian Pinot Noir, the aromatic profile is really quite different and the silken-textured opening quickly gives way, builds into somewhat more of a southern powerhouse on the tongue, with fine-grained tannins seemingly carrying bursting flavors right on up that hill, potent and long to the finish. Maybe a comparison to a mythical marriage of Chambolle‑Musigny and Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape would be more apt but, then again, no. Etna Rosso is sui generis. One might say it enters on silken slippers, all carefree, island-hopping light on its feet, but goes out with a firm and forceful resolve, as one might reasonably expect of a wine whose vines' dance partner is the stuff of an active volcano.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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



2018 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo Tenuta delle Terre Nere

2018 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo Tenuta delle Terre Nere

The Etna Rosso San Lorenzo is from 4 hectares of vineyards in the same named district in the town of Randazzo. The vines are more than 70 years and the altitude is 750 meters above sea level, the soil is almost pure volcanic sand. The estimated production is about 60 hl. The terroir in contrada San Lorenzo is originated by lava flows and volcanoclastic deposits related to the effusive and explosive activity of the the Ellittico eruptive center, which dates back from 60,000 to 15,000 years ago. Although very young by geological standards, the soils from the Ellittico eruption are the oldest superficial strata in which one may plant. The reason is simple: millennia of lava flows have buried all older soils, leaving, in fact, only very small and rare parcels of Ellittico soils. On the northern slopes of Etna there are four or five Contrade that have terroir from the Ellittico. Three, however, have mixed soils, blending soil from Ellittico of igneous nature with alluvial soils of sedimentary nature due to the overflowing of the Alcantara river. Only two Contrade out of hundreds and hundreds are "pure" terroir Ellittico: Calderara and San Lorenzo. I wanted to mention this on their labels, so as to facilitate a distinction. The wine from this cru is particularly rich, fruity and has very soft tannins, making it velvety and voluptuous on the palate. - Marco de Grazia, http://www.tenutaterrenere.com/

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva 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 http://www.tenutaterrenere.com/

$27.50 the 750ml bottle

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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



Pomodori Pelati Italiani Whole Peeled Tomatoes from Matera Marella Santa Lucia 800g

Pomodori Pelati Italiani Whole Peeled Tomatoes from Matera Marella Santa Lucia 800g

A delicious whole peeled elongated tomato to use as a base for any sauce for pasta, vegetables, meats or seafood. These tomatoes are hand-picked when they are ripe off the vine between July and August in a local Masseria or Matera farm, where the heat of the southern Italian sun ripens the tomatoes to perfection and gives them superb concentrated flavor. The can is BPA-free. No preservatives. No coloring agents.

$8.00 the 28.22-ounce (800g) can



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.

$27.50 the 500ml bottle



Aceto Balsamico Modena 3 Gold Medals Riccardo Giusti Giuseppe Giusti

Aceto Balsamico di Modena 3 Gold Medals Riccardo Giusti Giuseppe Giusti

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

$40.00 the 250ml bottle

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2020 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

2020 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

From the land of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers comes this keen-edged little number. Noted wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., has called it 'among the greatest white wine values in the world.' Vivid and fresh of aroma, hinting at citrus, say ruby red grapefruit and peach; light on its feet and low in alcohol, crisp, chalky dry, both tantalizing and refreshing, stirring the salivary glands something wonderful. Serve this one up well-chilled for maximum refreshment.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2020 Picpoul de Pinet Saint-Peyre Les Costières de Pomerols

2020 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 hillsides «costières» in the Mediterranean garrigue, near the Etang de Thau, a coastal lagoon 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 lowgrowing, dwarf bushy shrubs including holm oak, juniper, broom and wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage. Vivid platinum/yellow in color with aromas suggestive of fresh orchard 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 dreamsicle like creaminess), fresh and vibrant on the tongue with mouthwatering crisp acidity so suggesting another pull. And so it goes …

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Sancerre Les Baronnes Henri Bourgeois

2019 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; 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 nice wallop of vibrant fresh, crisp, mouthwateringly minérale Sancerrois Sauvignon Blanc flavor.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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2020 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Les Abeillons Thuerry

2020 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 counter-balanced with cool nighttime temperatures, this diurnal shift so very important for high-quality winegrowing. Light Provençal pink in color; fine, pulverized stony, berry aromas; the wine is vibrant and alive on the tongue, if supple in texture, then mineral and mouthwatering and long on flavor and impact, too. In our humble estimation, this is among the finest quality of Provençal rosé wines available for the money.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé M Château Minuty

2020 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 Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris Domaine de Fontsainte

2020 Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris Domaine de Fontsainte

The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. Artifacts found in these vineyards such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa in 25 A.D. are a testament to its antiquity. The original domaine was built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, twelfth-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte — the saint's fount. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century. The Fontsainte vineyards surround the hamlet of Boutenac in the area known as «The Golden Crescent». This swath of land is one of the sunniest in the appellation of Corbières, enjoying south/southeast exposures, and protection from the cold, northeast winds by a large 500-hectare forest. The cool sea breezes from the Mediterranean help this sun-soaked terroir achieve balance as well. Their Gris de Gris rosé has been an important part of our rosé offerings here for years now. Produce of 90% Grenache Gris, 5% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre hand-harvested fruit planted to silica, clay and gravelly limestone soils with large galets (rounded stones). A portion of the juice destined for red wine production is drawn off while still only pink in color (this is known as the saignée method of rosé production). After a 24-hour débourbage or settling of the must, alcoholic fermentation takes place at cool temperatures for 35 days. Malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is allowed to rest for one month before bottling to preserve freshness and aromatic intensity: pale sunset orange copper pink in color with fresh powdery citrus and red berry aromas; very primary intense vivid berry flavors burst wildly on the tongue leaving the palate both stimulated and refreshed.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

- with good information from the importer's website: https://www.kermitlynch.com/our-wines/domaine-de-fontsainte/


2020 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

2020 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.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2020 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois

2020 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Le G de Château Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

2019 Le G de Château Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Sweetness seems to have gone out of fashion of late. And sweet wine seems to have hit the skids, market-wise, as well. So, necessity being the mother of invention, here's a little something, if not completely different, certainly far more prevalent than in days gone by — dry white wine from Sauternes. Produce of about half each certified organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon vines an average of 35 years old and planted to sandy gravel and clay gravel soils of Sauternes to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux: lovely yellow gold in color with characteristic waxy Bordelais blanc aromas suggestive of fresh ripe melon, green fig, fresh mint leaves, rain-moistened stone and, with a little air, citrus blossom; oh this is a tactile wine alright, gently glycerol, rounded, cushy, satisfying, but with nerve and spine, pith and underpinning enough to keep fresh melon, citrus and stone-tinged flavors moving along, skipping along fresh and vital and flavorful long on the finish. And, even if completely dry, price-wise, it's a really sweet deal.

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case



2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

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

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6



2020 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

2020 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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2019 Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg

2019 Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg

Produce of fruit from both lower and higher elevation sites in the Kamptal, yielding a wine with both ripeness and freshness; brilliant green-gold in color to almost silver at the rim with aromas that impress with their freshness, like clean green-gold grapes hanging just-ripened in the cool of a late season Kamptal morning; Henry found the wine ripe and stone-fruited on the nose, with a wisp of fine white pepper; Andrea noted cool ripe green melon; racy, fruity, with a nice vivid edge of crisp acidity that rounds out to an almost spherical fruit quality on the tongue; all in all this is a wholly refreshing wine and an undeniably perfect choice for simpler fair or simply to foil our typical warm-season weather.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich Weingut Berger

2019 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



2019 Zweigelt Niederösterreich Weingut Berger

2019 Zweigelt Niederosterreich Weingut Berger

Zweigelt, notably, is the last grape mentioned in Jancis Robinson's grape tome Wine Grapes, a crossing of Blaufränkisch and Sankt Laurent "obtained by Fritz Zweigelt at the Klosterneuburg research center" near Vienna, Austria in the 1920s. Lovely limpid pale translucent ruby in color with fresh fruity grapey spicy aromas that beckon; at once both easy and tantalizing on the tongue, mouthwatering, too (Ian noted crunchy red fruit, both bright and savory; our wine buyer noted a hint of woodsmoke); definitely to accompany simpler, happier fare; we're thinking sausages with roasted herbed potatoes or even good 'ol Texas brisket; Berger seem to have a bead on Zweigelt. Good on 'em. Good on us, too.

$13.75 the 1-litre bottle  $140.28 the case



2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla is coming together very nicely. Soft and silky, the 2017 is a wine of pure and total finesse. Sweet red cherry and plum fruit, tobacco, cedar and licorice add pretty top notes, but more than anything else, the 2017 impresses with its statuesque elegance and total balance; nothing in particular stands out. For that reason, Rauzan-Ségla is the sort of wine that is easy to overlook, and yet all the elements of a top notch Left-Bank wine are present. Tasted three times. Drink 2027‑2047. Rated 94. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020
The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla was bottled at the end of May 2019 according to winemaker Nicolas Audebert. It has a broodier nose than expected, perhaps a tad closed after bottling, but there is certainly sufficient blackberry and raspberry fruit, subtle pressed violet, soupçon of shucked oyster shell scents emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins struck through by a fine bead of acidity. It feels rounded and velvety in texture, quite persistent in the mouth with a caressing finish that perhaps does not quite deliver the complexity or pixelation of a really top growing season. Otherwise, plainly speaking, bloody delicious. Drink 2028‑2055. Rated 94. - Neal Martin, vinous.com February, 2020

$112.50 the bottle  $1,147.56 the case



2017 Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien

2017 Château Branaire‑Ducru Saint‑Julien

The 2017 Branaire-Ducru is all class and finesse. Bright and focused, the 2017 speaks with a clear, well-articulated voice. I especially like the energy here. Soft and understated in the classic Branaire style, the 2017 offers notes of red and purplish fruit intermingled with expressive floral and spice notes. The 2017 is such a pretty Saint-Julien. Tasted two times. Drink 2025‑2037. Rated 94. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020

$75.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case



2016 Clos des Jacobins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

2016 Clos des Jacobins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

Once part of the former (and wholly impressive) Cordier stable together with chateaux Gruaud‑Larose, Talbot, Meyney and Lafaurie‑Peyraguey, the vineyard of Clos des Jacobins has existed as one single block of vines planted around the cellars since the 17th century. It is is today owned by Magali & Thibaut Decoster. Produce of 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon hand-harvested from sustainably-farmed vines averaging 30 years in age and planted to the clay and limestone soils at the foot of the Saint-Émilion slope: lovely deep ruby to fuchsia at the edges in color with aromas suggestive of fleshy plum and toasted baguette with nuance of fine charcuterie, summer rain-moistened limestone and hints of graphite; full, rich, velvety on the tongue with structure of fine tannins building, mouthwatering and flavorful on the rather long, impressive finish.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



2017 Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien

2017 Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien

The 2017 Langoa Barton is so beautiful, just as it was en primeur. Rich, fleshy and seductive in the glass, the 2017 exudes charm from the very first taste. Succulent red cherry, red plum, mint, tobacco and blood orange all flesh out in this wonderfully inviting, alluring Saint-Julien from the Barton family. Drink 2022‑2037. Rated 93. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020
The 2017 Langoa-Barton has a wonderful bouquet with blackberry, briary, potpourri and light violet scents that are extremely well integrated with the 60% new oak. Nothing pretentious, nothing extravagant. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin, one of the most pliable Langoa’s that I can recall with plenty of black cherry and cassis fruit on the structured finish. This is a great Langoa-Barton that comes highly recommended. Drink 2022‑2045. Rated 93. - Neal Martin, vinous.com February, 2020

$67.50 the bottle  $688.56 the case



2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

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.

$122.50 the bottle  $1,249.56 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

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2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux

2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux

The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine is all class. Floral, silky and nuanced to the core, the 2016 is a wine of pure and total seduction. Freshly cut flowers, vibrant red fruit and creamy tannins all add to the wine's undeniable allure. In 2016, Prieuré-Lichine is all class, not to mention one of the sleepers of the vintage. Don't miss it! Tasted two times. Drink 2022-2041. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2019

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6



2016 Château Corbin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

2016 Château Corbin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

The 2016 Corbin is a gorgeous, supple Saint-Émilion that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Floral notes add brightness and energy to a core of red cherry and plum fruit. Hints of chocolate, leather and menthol shape the persistent, substantial finish. A racy wine with no hard edges and tons of pure harmony, the 2016 is simply impeccable today. Tasted two times. Drink 2018-2028. Rated 93. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2019

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



2016 Château du Retout Haut-Médoc

2016 Château du Retout Haut-Médoc

While Cussac-Fort-Médoc might be overlooked in terms of place when one is moving by automobile northward from the city of Bordeaux toward Margaux, it should not be overlooked for the value in good Bordeaux it can afford. Produce of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, this excellent example of Haut-Médoc from the also excellent 2016 vintage is full deep ruby red in color with soil-inflected fleshy Cabernet Sauvignon berry aromas dominant; ample and, at once, slippery and structured (Henry found it plump) on the palate with a nice bursting intensity of flavor, palate-freshening acidity and finely resolved tannins stretching delicious claret flavor long on the finish.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2016 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

2016 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2016 Château Chapelle d'Aliénor Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge

2016 Château Chapelle d'Aliénor Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge

Produce of mostly Merlot with a good dollop of Cabernet Franc and just a skosh of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit grown in vineyards over the hills but not far away from Saint-Émilion. The property has been owned since 2001 by la famille Malet-Roquefort of Château La Gaffelière Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé. Chapelle d'Aliénor represents what is possible by way of merely bon vin de Bordeaux, hinting at the greatness of the category of the finest red Bordeaux, but not at all involving a call to one's banker when considering investing in a case. While the opulent and sun-drenched 2015 vintage was our introduction to this wine, the comparatively more fresh and vibrant 2016 is now on the scene and a delicious follow-on. Deep ruby in color with aromas of fleshy Merlot fruit holding sway, suggesting dark ripe bing cherry, spiced plum, shaved dark chocolate, toasted baguette and a hint of the dusty dry vineyard floor; supple and polished on entry, with gentle intensity of flavor that rings true to the promise of the aromas with emerging ripe round crisp tannins lending a freshness, mouthwateringness and gentle energy that so invite another pull.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Château German Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

2018 Château German Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

Produce of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc fruit from sustainably-farmed vines averaging 35 to 40 years in age and planted to sandy subsoils on a base of iron and clay near Saint Magne de Castillon within the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. Medium ruby in color with aromas suggestive of plum and spice, blueberry, blackberry and a good winegrowing earth; supple, almost slippery on entry, gentle on the tongue but not lacking in spine; well-rounded with a warm and generous palate feel and gentle well-rounded tannins stretching the flavors out long on the finish; this has what our winebuyer likes to call 'wineyness' (it sounds much better in French — vinosité) and, at its right reasonable price, this is right bank Bordeaux for the rest of us.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 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.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2016 Douro Vinha Grande Casa Ferreirinha

2016 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 ruby in color with deep pitched and complex old-world vinous aromas suggesting ripe plummy fruit with a touch of dried berry, alcaçuz, vanilla, cedar and tobacco (Andrea picked up ripe fig, mulberry and balsamic notes); cool, ripe spicy fruit on entry; almost velvety in texture with ample round tannins delivering fine intense complex flavors that reverberate long and warm on the finish. In our humble estimation, this wine delivers what its name might reasonably imply — from great vines, um grande gole de vinho tinto (a great drink of red wine, that is). Regularly $19.99 the bottle, on sale now at:

$14.99 the bottle  $165.72 the case

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2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

While the art of creating Port wine was being perfected, Bordeaux — another region with a talent for satisfying the thirst of the English — was inventing vinification using a process of prolonged maceration, allowing for the gradual and gentle extraction of tannins. This gave rise to the balance and finesse of the great red wines of the Médoc. The attempt to apply Bordeaux winemaking methods to grapes which are traditionally destined for the production of vintage Port is the essence of this exciting Prats & Symington project. Prazo de Roriz is produce of a classic mingling of 25% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 20% 'mixed black' varieties hand-harvested from the vineyards of Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Quinta de Roriz is situated in a natural amphitheatre facing north on the banks of the Douro. Its mineral-rich schistous soils give highly aromatic wine of red-fruited, mineral-driven character. Quinta da Perdiz lies on a steep gradient on the other side of the same mountain in the relatively closed-in Rio Torto Valley and produces ripe, soft, velvety wines from this warmer climate. Altogether, Prazo de Roriz is an exceptional Douro Valley red wine: deep ruby red with glints of almost bluish purple in color with alluring saturated aromas redolent of mineral soils-influenced ripe berries and dried cherries, baking spices, grape pomace and graphite; then, at once, fresh, intense and vibrant on the palate, its mineral edge on keen display with fine ripe tannins carrying penetrating flavors that remain fresh, long and mouthwatering to the finish.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

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

$9.99 the bottle  $114.72 the case



2018 Montagny 1er Cru Les Tourelles de La Crée

2018 Montagny 1er Cru Les Tourelles de La Crée Vignerons de Buxy

Produce of 100% Chardonnay fruit from vines planted to the limestone-rich soils of Montagny some ¾ of an hour south of Beaune by automobile in the Côte Chalonnaise. Vivid platinum yellow in color with compelling aromas of cool of the morning golden green Chardonnay berries, with suggestion of fresh green herb like cerfeuil, orchard fruits and brioche; quite supple on entry, at once rounded and tactile while charging the palate with freshness and stimulating salivation, finishing with a certain finesseful mineral intensity. Lovely white Burgundy and at such a comparatively reasonable price.

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case

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2019 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

2019 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

The lovely village of Saint-Vérand (note the different spelling) is located half-hidden amongst the hills in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, between Pouilly-Fuissé and the Beaujolais. Its Jurassic chalky soils are a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d'Or and are ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Harvested by hand the grapes are immediately and gently pressed, then passed into stainless steel to undergo a slow and cool fermentation. The wine is bottled the following spring to retain its inherent freshness, fruitiness and roundness. Green-gold in color with at once discreet, pure and vibrant Chardonnay aromas suggesting flesh of crisp green apple, citrus and stone; fine, elegant Chardonnay flavors are refreshingly crisp and mineral, but at the same time broadening on the tongue, becoming more sumptuous and satisfying, delivering a nice wallop of excellent dry white Burgundy wine for the price of mere everyday Chardonnay.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

2019 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

While we normally look to Maison Louis Jadot for far spiffier and, indeed, spendier 1ers Crus and Grands Crus de la Côte d'Or, they also do splendid work in the Mâconnais. And their recently arrived 2019 vintage Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay is a stunner among value-priced unoaked Chardonnay. Indeed, Chardonnay from this part of the world (southern Burgundy, to be sure) just doesn't need the gussying up what with its pert acidity, natural minerality and delicately rounded fruit character. Lovely bright yellow-gold in color; citrusy fresh, clean on the nose, then lively, fresh and delicately mineral and crisp on the tongue, leaving the mouth just watering away and waiting for more. And check the price. This is simply brilliant value in clean, crisp, serviceable, dry white wine!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

2019 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Domaine Vocoret & Fils

2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Domaine Vocoret & Fils

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

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Chanson Père & Fils

2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Chanson Père & Fils

Produce of 100% Pinot Noir planted to the clay-limestone soils of vineyards in the southern Côte de Beaune and the Côte Chalonnaise. Lovely translucent ruby in color with suggestion of plump ripe dark cherries and baking spices; satin in texture (it's the ripe 2019 vintage), ample, with gentle but present tannins showing up on the mid-palate (Brian Smith called it "crunchy"), finishing fresh with surprising vibrancy and intensity of flavor, stirring gentle salivation. Delicious basic Bourgogne rouge.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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2018 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse le Pigeoulet H. Brunier & Fils

2018 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse le Pigeoulet H. Brunier & Fils

Produced at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is, as they say, a 'gateway' to the more 'elevated' wines of the southern Rhône Valley. Only, in this case, the Ventoux appellation is actually higher in elevation, and more altitude in this part of the winegrowing world tends to give more freshness and more an easygoingness and, you'll notice, a little lighter touch in terms of price. Produce of 55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 8% Cinsault and 7% Mourvèdre all hand-harvested from two vineyard sites, 3 hectares of Côtes‑du‑Rhône on the left bank of the Rhône river 15 km north of Avignon, and 7 hectares in the commune of Caromb, at the foot of Mont Ventoux in the Ventoux appellation itself. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled cement tanks, then aged in a combination of the same and foudres (large oak barrels). Lovely translucent ruby in color with aromas of ripe red and dark berry fruits, along with kirsch, hints of garrigue and, as la Famille Brunier suggest, réglisse; ample on entry, silky in texture with nicely rounded tannins giving the wine shape and form on the delicately flavorful, if warm and engagingly long finish. Put this one in a nice bowl-shaped Burgundy glass and pretend to yourself that you paid a lot more for it. And it'll get better still with air.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2018 Gigondas Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

2018 Gigondas Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

Produce of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah planted to the slopes of the small valley of Trignon, with cool and breezy nights favorable to a slow even ripening of the fruit. The poor limestone gravel subsoil here also has the advantage of good drainage. Through a glass darkly, almost translucent medium deep ruby in color in our straight-sided tasting glass, full ripe fleshy fruit aromas suggesting myriad red and black berry fruits, black cherry, plum, lavender, pulverized limestone and even more with time in the glass; while this is no beast of a wine (it is smooth and slippery on entry) it surely is not a wine for the faint of heart, weighing in at 15% alcohol by volume, potent and full with ripe flavors on a backdrop of solid rock, with jittery fine-grained tannins underpinning and supporting their presence long and warm on the finish. We would recommend this with the air-conditioning turned down low, with slow-cooked meats, bean soups, soft ripened cheeses and the like.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



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

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

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



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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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



2018 Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás Tokaj‑Oremus

2018 Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás Tokaj‑Oremus

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

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6



2019 Pajzos «T» Tokaji Furmint Dry White Wine

2019 Pajzos «T» Tokaji Furmint Dry White Wine

Château Pajzos is under the same ownership as that of Château Clinet in Pomerol, Bordeaux, France. From the beginning, Pajzos has stressed the importance of a great dry base wine made from Furmint grapes for the production of their Aszu bottlings. The rocky volcanic soils here ensure that the Furmint grapes are both rich in natural acidity and in concentration. The bright, fresh, zesty flavors range from grapefruit to apricot with notes of nuts, minerals and spice. And while the Furmint grape has aspects that may remind one of Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc, it is a unique wine with flavors as appealing as they are original. Produce of about 90% Furmint and the remainder Hárslevelű and Sárgamuskotály fruit from vines planted to the rocky volcanic soils of the Tokaj appellation, this 2019 vintage of «T» is noticeably vibrant and clean with a fresh fennel, chervil-like quality together with suggestion of fresh cool melon and orchard fruits like mirabelle plum and green apple; and while one might peek prematurely at the price and assume this just another throw away white wine, um, wait — there's more to it; just plump and rounded in body with a stony dry intensity of flavor, an engagingness, a mouthwateringness and, eventually, at its price, a certain gulpability. A class act among dry white wines, for all comers.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2016 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain

2016 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain

Bright, saturated ruby. Pungent scents of cassis, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and minerals, plus hints of pepper, mint and menthol; wonderfully complex, vinous and high-pitched. Plush, concentrated and deep, conveying a sexy sweetness to its generous flavors of black fruits, violet and dark chocolate lifted by flowers. This sappy, pliant wine spreads out to saturate the entire palate, finishing with broad, fine-grained tannins and lovely lingering sweetness. Serious wine but even today the tannins are suave. Drink 2021-2029. Rated 93. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com December, 2019. Regularly $70.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$62.50 the bottle  $357.00 the case of 6

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2017 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

2017 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2017 Dead Canyon Ranch Red Wine Blend Horse Heaven Hills

2017 Dead Canyon Ranch Red Wine Blend Horse Heaven Hills

The back label states it rather bluntly. 'It was in the 1900s when fierce winds and brutal temperatures got the best of the land, preventing anything from growing and eventually earning the name, Dead Canyon Ranch.' Well, given the events of February, 2021 right here in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas, we know a bit about extreme harsh winter weather conditions and arborial carnage. It appears we've lost all of the wood on all of our trees in our little garden here surrounding the parking lot: 2 olives, a Meyer lemon, a once proud and strong fig, 6 pomegranates and a bay laurel. It remains to be seen whether the suckers will make for good wood and, eventually, good fruit. Tellingly, though, all 7 of our grapevines have survived …

Produce of 50% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Mourvèdre from the Horse Heaven Hills viticultural area. This is bonafide structured claret (if seriously Hermitagée) style wine; ruby purple in color with aromatics that suggest graphite, plum, spice; ample on the tongue, medium in body with a velvety palate feel and ripe rounded tannins that give voice to juicy savory flavors that well-reprise the solid slate of aromatics. This is just silly good value.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

2019 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

Produce of 100% estate grown Pinot Noir from all 6 of the Elk Cove vineyard sites: The Winery Estate, Mount Richmond, Five Mountain, Clay Court, Goodrich and Windhill. These sites are comprised of both Pommard and Dijon clone plant material and all three of the major Willamette Valley soil types, which is to say that one is getting a pretty good look here at what the Willamette Valley might offer in terms of (oh, let's use the French word) typicité. Alluring translucent ruby in color to just fuchsia at the edges with fresh fermentive Pinot Noir aromas suggesting cherry, blackberry bramble and spice (Henry noted a floral rose hip-like quality along with bright strawberry); at once both supple and crisp on the palate with vivifying acidity and crunchy taut berry fruit, fine grained tannins and a freshness and energy on the finish that gives lift and appeal and surely beckons another pull. This is a quite simply gorgeous example of Oregon Pinot Noir, and at so very reasonable a price.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond Yamhill-Carlton

Deep ruby in color with an almost aristocratic aromatic profile that represents a splendid melding of berry and soil, a sense of fine herbs and baking spices; eventually the Oregonian blackberry/cherry fruit-like qualities of Pinot Noir become apparent along with suggestion of dried roses and what the French call reglisse; quite fine on the tongue as well, engaging in that face to face kind of way with warmth and presence and a fine-grained and elegant quality leaving this taster just salivating for more … To be sure, this is a very fine wine deserving of a nice decanting — it will reward you for same. And, given our experience with such bottles from Elk Cove Vineyards, it is likely also a fine candidate for cellaring.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



2018 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

2018 Soter North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Tony Soter was for the longest time a most sought-after consulting winemaker in Napa Valley and owner/winemaker at Etude Vineyards. His consulting work included the likes of Araujo, Dalla Valle, Niebaum-Coppola, Spottswoode and Viader, among others. We, here, followed his work enthusiastically, as the high quality was always apparent. Tony Soter well earned the reputation of «winemakers' winemaker». He eventually moved north from California to his native Oregon to pursue production of the finest Pinot Noir, establishing Soter Vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley.
Our former co-worker and friend James Cahill moved northwest to Oregon back in the mid to late 1990s, following his dream to produce fine Pinot Noir. He worked for a good while with Mike Etzel at Beaux Frères, then briefly with his friend Adam Campbell at Elk Cove Vineyards before finally landing the work that has come to define his career there alongside Tony Soter at Soter Vineyards. So, now, James has become the winemakers' winemaker's winemaker, or just winemaker³ should you wish to conserve letters.
Their Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir has been go-to Willamette Valley stuff for us for some time now. The 2018 vintage is just on the scene and is just splendid: alluring dark ruby red in color, fully ripe Pinot Noir aromas suggestive of Oregon blackberries, bramble, bing cherry and a few little somethings left to the imagination (after decanting, Henry noted more prominent red fruits; our winebuyer reminisced over Chambolle, er, and, of course, Carlton); smooth as silk on entry, then ample, impressive in scale even and intensely flavorful but without any excess of weight on the palate with fine jittery tannins present, amplifying tensile flavors that continue to echo the original tantalizing slate of aromatics long on the finish — ah, at last, truth in advertising … That (vigorous) decanting, by the way, is every bit worthwhile with this one. Makes this $30.00 (ish) bottle taste a good deal more expensive. Regularly $32.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2019 Babs Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

2019 Babs Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Gainey Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara County

2018 Gainey Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara County

Santa Rita Hills is becoming, for us, an area of interest for Chardonnay (and Pinot Noir) from California — there is clearly something going on here — and there clearly exists the possibility for both ripeness and signature of place, together with minerality and intensity of flavor. We are only sorry that it has taken us so long to begin to recognize this. Gainey Vineyard Chardonnay excites not only for fulfilling against all of this promise, but also for its value. Pale platinum yellow in color with nostril titillating aromas suggestive of saline seaside air, mineral, mirabelle plum, flesh of golden apple (Andrea noted warm spiced apple) and lemon curd on toasted and liberally buttered baguette; at once soft and creamy textured and yet intensely mineral, with a vivid palate feel and flavors that reverberate long and excitedly on the finish.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2019 Gainey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Santa Barbara County

2019 Gainey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Santa Barbara County

Produce of 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Sauvignon Gris fruit estate grown in the gravelly loam soils at the Home Ranch of Gainey Vineyards in eastern Santa Ynez Valley. Vivid yellow gold with glints of green in color with subtle interplay between taut citrusy fruit (let's say a pristine ripe ruby red grapefruit) and minerality on the nose, together with yellow plum and melon (Andrea noted rubbed sage, Henry noted orchard fruits); intensely flavorful and concentrated, with the aromatic interplay in reprise on the tongue in a delicious call and response from the salivary glands, a tantalizing salinity given proximity to the Pacific coast and an overarching freshness to the finish. Delicious!

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Gainey Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara County

2018 Gainey Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara County

Produce of 100% Pinot Noir fruit harvested from vineyards at the western edge of the Santa Ynez Valley. Lovely medium translucent ruby in color; sappy, bramble and berry fruit (Henry was reminded of Volnay, our wine buyer of a ripe vintage in the Hautes-Côtes or Côte Chalonnaise) with a more typical ripe cherry quality revealed with some air (Gainey themselves suggest also pomegranate and a whiff of rose hips); at once supple and energetic on the tongue, nervy, tense, with splendid equilibrium and flavor that just bursts joyfully into being and then melts away ever so slowly, contemplatively into pleasant organoleptic memory; but, thankfully, there's still more wine in the glass.

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case



2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Chardonnay

2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills

Family owned and organically farmed, Donnachadh (um, let's get this out of the way quickly, it's pronounced DON-nuh-kuh) Vineyard is located in the Santa Rita Hills viticultural area of Santa Barbara County. The vineyard was planted in 2013, the culmination of a dream for Austinite owners Drew Duncan and his wife, Laurie. The property is 285 acres with approximately 40 acres under vine. The climate here is dominated by the Pacific Ocean, which lies about 9 miles from the vineyard. Morning fog cools the grapes and consistent afternoon ocean breezes keep heat from building up over the course of the day. Quite pure Chardonnay aromas suggest the salt sea, orange zest, mirabelle plum, green/golden berries hanging in the cool of the maritime morning (Henry noted wet stone, Andrea noted lemon curd and sourdough, they both noted pear); quite tactile on the palate, caressing in texture with a gentle minerality and flavors that suggest a judicious use of toasty oak and those same now delicious green/golden berries along with a hint of salinity.

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

The Pinot Noir vines (California heritage clones Swan, Calera and Pommard) are planted midslope on a north-facing hillside where fog and strong winds provide cooling and prolong the growing season. Well-drained soils derived from marine shale provide a lean nutrient diet and just the right amount of moisture. The fruit was hand harvested at ripeness levels such to retain bright acidity and intense flavors. At the winery, the fruit was destemmed and crushed while still cool, then fermented with its own native yeasts. Translucent medium ruby in color with aromas that are at once sappy, savory and brambley, with notions of Asian five spice, candied orange peel, a hint of wood smoke and, with some air, ripe bing cherry; at once, both supple and nervy on the tongue, with just an inkling of fine-grained grape skin and stem tannins, a touch of salinity and a gentle mouthwatering acidity on the laid back west coast sunset of a flavorful finish.

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



2018 Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2018 Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Ample rainfall in the spring recharged the soil profile and provided a strong start to the growing season. The weather during the summer featured consistent warmth and sunshine without any major heat spells. Cooler than average temperatures in August and September slowed the ripening process, providing long hang time and leading to complex flavor development. October was mostly dry and warmer than usual allowing us to pick each block at optimal ripeness. The harvest was complete before November and the start of an epic rainy season. - https://www.trefethen.com/
Deep, deep ruby purple in color with complex, modern classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon aromas suggesting cassis, torrefaction à la fresh roasting coffee beans, a fine winegrowing earth, graphite, burnished leather and more; seamlessly smooth with fine polished tannins, almost velvety-textured on the palate, holding its shape long with satisfying, mouthwatering flavor that lasts and lasts on the finish; splendid effort, if completely in keeping with that to which we've grown accustomed from Trefethen with this bottling …

$50.00 the bottle  $510.00 the case



The Whole Shebang Thirteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang Thirteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

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

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case



Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 71

Scot Bilbro has taken over for his late father and his brothers and is now running the show at Marietta Cellars. Old Vine Red Lot Number 71 is now on the scene. The wine is tweaked ever so slightly drier than in the past, perhaps now ever the more appealing to both west coast and European wine tastes. Produced mainly from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane primarily from vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red replicates the old Cal‑Ital field blends there. Alluring deep ruby purple in color, with Zinfandel-influenced aromas suggesting dark ripe juicy berries with hints of the parched dusty northern California vineyard floor; at once fresh and vibrant, smooth and slippery on the tongue with just an inkling of fine-grained tannins that keep it all on the up and over. And, by all means, do take note of its continuing brilliantly true blue in terms of value!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Marietta Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Armé

2018 Marietta Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Armé

Armé is part of Marietta Cellars' family series, named after the husband of Marietta herself, the late Chris Bilbro's late great aunt and inspiration for the project. Produce of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot from estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, the Yorkville Highlands and McDowell Valley in northern California; dense, almost opaque midnight ruby in color with ripe fruit aromas suggesting grape confiture, blackberry, spiced plum, dried herbs, a parched northern California vineyard floor along with a hint of woodsmoke; full, polished and plush on entry (Andrea remarked 'bold') with that rich slate of aromatics reprised faithfully and satisfyingly, so very flavorfully on the palate; this is by no means a small wine, but there is a certain heft without heaviness, a structure without rigidity, with crisp acidity lending freshness and vibrancy on the finish along with warmth and generous length of flavor; pair this up with red meats (yes, brisket and sausages, too), rich high fat content cheeses, stews, wild-boar cassoulet, air-conditioning … Perhaps the best value in northern California Cabernet Sauvignon that we might imagine.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

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

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Marietta Cellars Old Vine Riesling

2019 Marietta Cellars Old Vine Riesling

Okay, yes, it's also true that we quite generally look to the old country, to Germany or to Alsace, for most all of our Riesling needs. But, one must admire the effort of any producer who has the fortitude or just the good taste to make the noble effort with this most noble of white wine grape varieties, and from elsewhere. So, here we are — California Riesling, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Riesling. Oh come on, what could Mr. Bilbro be thinking? (We hear there may have been a woman involved.) But, it certainly works from an alliterative perspective: Old Vine Red, Old Vine Rosé, Old Vine Riesling, all on the up and «OVR». From the fruit of some of the oldest (planted in 1965), gnarliest, hand-tended Riesling vines in California, from the Wirz Vineyard, four hours’ drive south (there must have been a woman involved) and atop the San Andreas Fault at about 1,000 feet of elevation in the Gabilan Mountains some 25 miles east of Monterey Bay, on a bed of decomposed granite and limestone: lovely, vivid yellow gold in color with aromas that are at once springtime fresh and yet stone-cold Riesling-bold suggesting apricot, peach and orange blossom on a slab of spring rain-moistened stone; ample on the palate with poise and authority, completely dry, but without undue weight (the alcohol is only 12.5%), with both power and juicy refreshingness, and with that same almost electric charge of peach skin tingling acidity that so titillates the tongue and so begs another delicious pull. And, at its price, simply delicious value as well.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Sbragia Family Vineyards Chardonnay Home Ranch

2018 Sbragia Family Vineyards Chardonnay Home Ranch

Ed Sbragia honed his winemaking skills under the legendary Myron Nightingale at Beringer Vineyards. Eventually, he took over as winemaster there and for years crafted, among other excellent wines, the highly acclaimed Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that were Beringer Private Reserve, in the process becoming the stuff of legend himself. In 2006 Ed and his wife, Jane, purchased the old Lake Sonoma Winery to fulfill a dream and a promise to his father to start a family winery. His son, Adam, has also now joined as winemaker. Sbragia's excellent Home Ranch Chardonnay is produce of their family estate vineyards, in close proximity to Dry Creek and the Russian River. It is aged sur lies for 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. On the nose, the wine is immediately reminiscent of some of the great California Chardonnay wines of old, but with more of a sense of freshness what with aromas suggestive of orchard fruits, honeysuckle, toasted baguette and more; the wine has a glycerol and deliciously slippery feel on the tongue, ample in weight, full, rounded and toasty, but with a nice fresh acidity that keeps everything in balance and moving forward. Sbragia themselves refer to this as "Ed’s distinctive and acclaimed style: big, rich, balanced and polished." Superb value, too!

$19.99 the botttle  $203.88 the case



Champagne Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Grand Cuvée № 24

Champagne Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Grand Cuvée № 24

Grand Siècle is an exceptional and inspired mingling of a selection of mostly Chardonnay supported by Pinot Noir, all from 11 grands crus in Champagne and from a blend of 3 exceptional vintages in an effort to achieve an ideal balance between density, aromatic depth and complexity, and to perpetuate this style with each iteration, achieving the equal of the great year and eventually its namesake, the great century, on an ongoing basis. Shimmering vivid yellow gold in color with fine pristine aromatics of chalky stone, cool lemony citrus and the merest hint of toast; imposing and firm at first then, becoming more pliant with the second sip, revealing a certain potent and tightly wound elegance and intensity of flavor, leaving the palate awash in a fine frothy breadth of flavor on the tongue, then gently mouthwatering with fresh cool citrus and chalky stone reminiscence long, long on the finish. Although we're enjoying this immensely and without reservation even now, we'd bet on this for the cellar, too. And this is on our short list of the finest Champagnes of the season …

$150.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 3

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Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

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

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 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.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case
$22.50 the 375ml half-bottle  $229.56 the case of 12
$87.50 the 1.5-litre magnum  $223.14 the case of 3
$250.00 the 3-litre double magnum



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!

$40.00 the bottle  $204.00 the case of 6



Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



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

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

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



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



Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Garbèl, which in ancient local dialect means a dry, crisp, pleasantly tart wine, is produced from the hilly vineyards in the Colli Trevigiani area, where the cool nights and hot days are ideal for expressing the typical fruit notes of the Glera grape, also known as Prosecco. A wonderfully versatile sparkler, Garbèl's 13 grams of residual sugar place it between the Brut and Extra Dry styles: lucid, platinum in color; vibrant and fresh aromas lure one in with suggestion of orchard fruits like yellow plum and pear (it is, of course, the Glera grape); vivid, frothy, crisp and mouthwatering on the tongue with just a hint of minerality; leaves the palate fully refreshed and ready. Unpretentious, unaffected, engaging and refreshing, Adami Garbèl is our go-to Prosecco.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

2019 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

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

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

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2019 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

2019 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

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

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



Schott Zwiesel Forté

Schott Zwiesel Forté

After long years of intensive research and development, in collaboration with the University of Erlangen, Schott Zwiesel has succeeded in creating a new type of crystal glass: Tritan®. The use of unique ingredients, including Titanium instead of lead, combined with an advanced manufacturing process, has created an incredibly pure, hard and clear crystal glass — crystal glass that is highly resilient to accidental breakage and chipping in the dishwasher. Tritan® is a unique, patented crystal glass that sets a new high standard. And the Schott Zwiesel Forté series is our choice for classic elegance and durability in everyday stemware at an even better than everyday price.

$10.00 the stem, boxed sets of 6 at 15% off



Schott Zwiesel Pure

Schott Zwiesel Pure

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

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



Lustau East India Solera Sherry

Lustau East India Solera Sherry

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

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Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

While vintage Porto is bottled some 18 months following the vintage, Tawny Porto is aged almost entirely in cask, during this process throwing off its dark purple color in favor of a more "tawny" hue, leaving its sediments in cask rather than in the bottle, it's once grapey, plummy fruit transformed into something far more complex and, frankly, sublime—a veritable cornucopia of aromatic richness: bitter almond, caramel, walnut, citrus peel, raisin, prune, dried berry and cherry and perhaps a hint of brandy by campfire; oh so silken-textured, at once voluptuous and fiery, challenging and satisfying, with deliciously complex flavors that somehow so discreetly reprise those first highly suggestive aromas. Absolutely superb!

$50.00 the bottle



Potocki Wódka

Potocki Wódka

Potocki Wódka is created from the highest quality rye grain sourced in fields around the distillery in central Poland. Fresh from the harvest each August, the grain is milled and cooked under pressure. Yeast is then added to start fermentation yielding a low alcoholic strength mash. The mash goes through two slow distillations in a column still. It is regularly tasted until the optimal distillation level is reached. The «head» and the «tail», that is the initial and final ends of the distillate, are discarded to ensure the highest quality. The resulting distillate is then mixed with a pure distilled water to the desired strength of 40% alcohol by volume. No additives, such as citric acid or glycerine, are used. The common process of charcoal filtration is intentionally omitted as this would unnecessarily strip the vodka of its character (and flavor, mind you). We find the end result a most compelling spirit: discernably a distillate of a fine quality rye grain with an alluring warmth and breadth and purity of aroma; smooth and round in texture, a wholly satisfying, engaging and pure eaux‑de‑vie de seigle polonais. Our wine buyer's mentor, Mr. Henry, used to quip that it was the Poles who taught the Russians to make vodka (never mind he was himself Polish). Potocki Wódka lends creedence to his argument. And, no, he wasn't just whistling Górecki. The proof is in the product. We give this fine spirit our very highest recommendation.

$37.50 the bottle



Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

In the 1930s, Chambéry earned the only protected designation of origin for Vermouth in France. Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry is our choice for the most perfect of dry vermouth wines for use in the classic Martini (whatever one's idea of classic might be). It is distinguished by its light, fresh, clean profile, which comes from a delicate white wine base and more than thirty Alpine herbs. From its start in 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has been a benchmark for fine French Vermouth. Its fresh and elegant nose, subtle and complex palate is the profile that made the 1 part gin to 1 part dry vermouth Martini famous. Beyond mixed drinks, it is ideal on its own with a twist of citrus peel as an apéritif, as an accompaniment to goat cheese or pesto, Marcona almonds, or more simply with conversation or in quiet contemplation at the end of the day. In cooking, Dolin Dry Vermouth adds depth and an herbal character above and beyond that of a normal white wine.

$13.75 the bottle

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Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

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

$52.50 the bottle

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Armagnac XO Domaine des Cassagnoles Famille Baumann

Armagnac XO Domaine des Cassagnoles Famille Baumann

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

$37.50 the bottle



Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique XO

Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique XO

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

$52.50 the bottle



Cognac Tesseron Lot № 90 XO Ovation

Tesseron Cognac Lot № 90 X.O Ovation

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

$62.50 the bottle



Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac Pale & Dry X.O.

Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac Pale & Dry X.O.

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

$100.00 the bottle


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