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We have begun taking a few appointments for in-store browsing/shopping, allowing for a limited number of clients in the shop at any given time so that we might do this in an effectively socially‑distanced way. On-demand appointments may or may not be available. Our staff are all fully vaccinated and will be properly masked. We ask that you also wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth while inside the shop. We are moving slowly and, we hope, surely, in this endeavor. We will, of course, continue to work to satisfy your wine and spirits needs via curbside service and delivery as well.

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Holiday Schedule

The Austin Wine Merchant

The Austin Wine Merchant will be open as per usual on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th of November from 10:00 AM until 6:30 PM for curbside service, delivery and in-store shopping by appointment. We will be closed on Thursday the 25th of November — Thanksgiving Day. We will resume our normal schedule on Friday the 26th of November at 10:00 AM.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving

Which Wine(s) With Thanksgiving?

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving!



Fall Clearance Sale!

Fall may be our favorite season 'round here. It certainly is our busiest. And, alas, we must now make room for all that vinous deliciousness which is to come for the holidays. Enter our Fall Clearance Sale, now officially in the mix. You'll find discounts of 25% or more off the regular per bottle price of selected wines throughout the store. Give us a little click here or on the image above to see what's what. Then, give us a shout by telephone at (512) 499-0512 or by e-Mail with your wish list for that which may not already have fallen off our shelves and out of the rotation. We would, as always, be pleased to hear from you.



2019 Vintage Burgundies of Domaine Chanson

2019 Vintage Burgundies of Domaine Chanson

It is recognised that, were the vineyards to be reclassified, Clos des Fèves would become a Grand Cru. Total class. The magic of Burgundy lies in its fascinating vineyards. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are planted to express the site, not the varietal; nowhere else can this complexity of terroir be found. The 2019 vintage expresses it to perfection. – Steven Spurrier, April, 2021

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2019 Burgundies of Louis Jadot

2019 Vintage Burgundies of Louis Jadot

'For the reds, ripeness levels were ideal, and yields were a little bit higher than they were in whites. There is no lack of concentration in the whites, and the balance between sugar levels and acidity are very good thanks to exemplary pH levels. The management of the malolactic fermentation has been key to maintaining the balance in these wines, due largely to the high levels of malic acid present in the musts.'

'The lack of water made us concerned that the skins of the red grapes would not ripen thoroughly and that we would see a harshness in the tannins towards the end of the maceration period. To the contrary, what we've seen is an astonishing level of finesse in the wines which are already showing extremely well. The colours are rich and the fruit is reassuringly fresh, given the hot nature of this vintage.'

« Ripeness and freshness ». - Frédéric Barnier, Technical Director (Chef de Cave), Maison Louis Jadot

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2019 Burgundies of Maison/Joseph Drouhin

2019 Vintage Burgundies of Maison/Domaine Joseph Drouhin

The 2019 vintage is in line with the vintages ending in 9; a very nice vintage, which should appeal to amateurs with the fullness and aromatic expression that the wines are offering in their youth, but also with the ageing potential especially for great red wines. - Frédéric Drouhin, Maison Drouhin

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Arriving 2018 Bordeaux
2018 Bordeaux En Primeur

The exquisite, powerful and ripe Bordeaux vintage of 2018 is arriving now here in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas, having dodged the tariffs and the first of another threefer à la 2008, 2009 and 2010 or, should the more venerable of you prefer, 1988, 1989 and 1990. The wines are really good, by the way, and are worthy of your Bordeaux-loving self taking a really good look. Please just give us a call at (512) 499‑0512 or send us an e-Mail message with questions, comments, orders.

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Pink Wines
2020 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Les Abeillons Thuerry 2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé M Château Minuty 2020 Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris Domaine de Fontsainte 2020 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot 2020 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois 2020 Côtes de Provence Saint-Victoire Rosé Elie Sumeire 2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart

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 late-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 right on into the pink!



Olive Oil
Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Fontodi Castelines Extra Virgin Olive Oil Huile d'Olive Vierge Extra Classic Vallée des Baux de Provence Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta delle Terre Nere Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva da Sicilia Bi-Ce-Mu Azienda Agricola il Censo Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva dell'Umbria Grezzo Azienda Agricola Paolo Bea Morgenster Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2020 Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Veneto Valpolicella Bonamini Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Graziano Prà

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!


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:


2019 Côte de Brouilly Château Thivin

2019 Côte de Brouilly Château Thivin

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

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



2017 Beaune du Château 1er Cru Bouchard Père & Fils

2017 Beaune 1er Cru du Château Bouchard Père & Fils

Since 1907, Bouchard Père & Fils has been offering the Beaune du Château cuvée each vintage. It is comprised of Pinot Noir fruit hand-harvested from various premier cru vineyards selected for their complimentary qualities, namely, Aigrots, Avaux, Le Bas des Teurons, Belissand, Bressandes, Cent Vignes, Champs Pimont, Clos du Roi, l'Ecu, En Genêt, Grèves, Pertuisots, Reversés, Seurey, Teurons, Toussaints and Tuvilains. The various lots are vinified separately, then blended into what becomes a single, if one highly complex wine, combining different and various facets of the Beaune terroir. In our humble estimation (and in our rudimentary French) this is simply une très bonne idée. Limpid ruby at the core to just slightly garnet at the edges with the fine perfume of fine premier cru Burgundy: Glenn noted dark black cherry, plum and boysenberry; Andrea noted the whole bramble and that the aroma of the wine 'reminded her of Christmas'; our winebuyer noted more red fruits and earth (a bit of air revealed even more of the Burgundian treasure trove of aromatic delight including candied orange peel and baking spices); pleasingly plump on entry, not a heavyweight mind you, but ample for Burgundy with good Beaune structure of fine-grained tannins and an earthy, spicy underpinning. Solid and satisfying choice for holiday Burgundy from Bouchard Père & Fils.

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case



2017 Pommard Les Cras Michel Bouzereau et Fils

2017 Pommard Les Cras Michel Bouzereau et Fils

Les Cras is a vignoble lieu dit just south of the village of Pommard itself and at the bottom of the alluvial cone of the Pommard valley and notable for the presence of sands, gravel and pebbles in its soil. This is, of course, a red wine produced by a master producer of white wines (most always an interesting proposition): translucent medium-ruby in color with aromas that are quite Pommard in nature, what with berry, bramble and earth (with some air came a subtle spice and a hint of candied orange peel; Henry noted a savory herbal quality); subtle, supple, but with some kind of nerve and that earth and berry thing holding sway by way of flavor along with a suggestion of kirsch; finishing rather chock-full, building, gripping and, eventually, mouthwatering and delicious. Pommmmard!

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



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

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

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

$90.00 the bottle  $459.00 the case of 6



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

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

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

$225.00 the bottle  $1147.50 the case of 6



2018 Irancy David Renaud

2018 Irancy David Renaud

This is Burgundian Pinot Noir, if from a source a bit north of where we usually find it. An hour or more northwest from the Côte d'Or, this is Yonne Pinot Noir, from just southeast of Chablis itself, an area known as Irancy. Deep ruby in color; richer aromatic slate than the previous vintage, if still highly mineral with dusty, stony, taut dark cherryish Pinot Noir aromatics along with subtle scent of beetroot translating Kimmeridgian earth; supple on entry, then demonstrating a certain structure with fine (according to Henry, "not insignificant") tannins, crisp and chalky dry, building in body with air, both ample and vibrant with breadth and length and intensity of delicious Kimmeridigian (read clay and limestone) Pinot Noir flavor long on the finish. All in all, we're ever so pleased to have another source for such delicious red Burgundy at ever so reasonable a price.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

Basic Bourgogne Rouge is rarely the sort of stuff one would write home about. Typically, it is as one moves toward mid-slope on the Côte d'Or that one takes up paper and pen. Here, we have what the French might call l'éxéption. Lovely translucent ruby red in color with straightforward Burgundian Pinot noir aromas suggesting tarry dried cherries, beetroot and that hallowed winegrowing soil along with subtler nuance of baking spices and dried orange peel; ample and warm on entry, with savory flavors that tease and tantalize the tongue with fresh mouthwatering berryish acidity and fine granular tannins stretching flavor longer on the finish than the wine's modest price tag would ever suggest. Mmmm. Never mind writing home, just take some home, pull the (Diam-5) cork and pour it into a bowl-shaped glass, then enjoy a little virtual travel by way of wine to Burgundy.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2019 Chablis Vieilles Vignes Gérard Tremblay

2019 Chablis Vieilles Vignes Gérard Tremblay

Produce of 100% Chardonnay fruit hand‑picked mostly from 50‑plus year‑old vines from one sustainably‑farmed vineyard near Poinchy. This is like springtime for lovers of real Chablis: characteristic luminous green‑gold in color with ultra clean, pure aromas suggesting ripe cool‑of‑the‑morning Chardonnay berries over your everyday rain‑soaked upper Jurassic Kimmeridgian age limestone; supremely balanced and deliciously dry, with a certain urgency and lovely interplay between ripe fruit from old vines, minerality and vibrant acidity; just plain delightful dry white wine for enjoying in this very here and now.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 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

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



2019 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

2020 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

While we normally look to Maison Louis Jadot for far spiffier and, indeed, spendier 1ers Crus et Grands Crus de la Côte d'Or, they also do splendid work in the Mâconnais. And their recently arrived 2020 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; clean on the nose, citrusy fresh (more juiced lime with this vintage), 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 Corbières Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie

2019 Corbières Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie

Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie is a small property, with eight hectares of vineyards stubbornly clinging to the rocky foothills of Mont Alaric near Douzens, Corbières, Languedoc, France. The terroir is that of inhospitable, rocky limestone terraces, buffeted by the northwesterly Tramontane wind or the southerly Autan breezes coming off the nearby Mediterranean. Only olive trees, scraggly brush and, yes, grapevines survive under the harsh, dry conditions. Yields are naturally low. The harvest is only partially destemmed before going into the fermentation tanks. The different cépages are fermented together and benefit from a long maceration period to extract the maximum of flavor. The resulting wine is, well, not necessarily for those who prefer them more straight of lace. Importer Neil Rosenthal says "this is a wine with enormous character" and that, in our estimation, is putting it way mildly. Produce of about ⅓ each Grenache, Syrah and Carignane fruit; deep, almost opaque ruby at the core in color with inviting if primary and wild aromas that would recall ripening grapes hovering above a limestone rich vineyard floor, just cracked black pepper and not so subtle suggestion of berries black and blue (Andrea noted bramble and a certain meatiness; Lucinda noted cassis); quite rich on entry after just a bit of air and then noticeably building in power and intensity of flavor — warming, satisfying, stony intensity of flavor; one might reasonably wish for a long winter with a glass or few or a case or two of this in front; even Lucinda was impressed: 'if someone wants a bold red wine … ' yeah, this is it. Serve it up with a whole spread of foods like charcouterie, olives, strong cheeses alongside fall and winter greens in extra virgin olive oil with garlic, cassoulets, heady winter stews, and more …

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts-lieux Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Hauts-lieux Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

While 2018 seemed to favor those with more clay soil, you’d never know that from tasting the wines from Jean-Paul Daumen, and his 2018s are unquestionably some of the finest in the vintage. The shocker was how well the Les Hauts-Lieux performed, and it’s a heavenly bottle of wine that’s every bit as good as the Reserve, although it shows a more mineral-laced, masculine style. As I’ve written in the past, there are few wines I’d rather drink than those of Vieille Julienne.
Including slightly more Mourvèdre and from a cooler, higher elevation terroir, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux has more cassis, game, peppery herbs, and olive notes, as well as the classic violets and black licorice nuances that always seem to be present in the wines from this estate. Possessing full-bodied richness, an ethereal, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and nicely integrated acidity, it’s a more structured wine compared to the Les Trois Sources and will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and evolve for 15 years or more. It’s every bit as good as the Reserve cuvée in 2018. Drink 2020‑2035. Rated 97. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com October, 2020

$87.50 the bottle  $892.56 the case



2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Trois Sources Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Trois Sources Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

True to form, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Trois Sources is a softer, more elegant wine than the Les Hauts-Lieux and offers a gorgeous perfume of black cherries, black licorice, tapenade, violets, herbes de Provence, and jus de viande. Deep, full-bodied, and beautifully layered, it gains weight with time in the glass and is going to benefit from just short-term cellaring. It doesn’t have the concentration for any long-term cellaring yet my money is on it evolving nicely for a solid 10-12 years. Drink 2020‑2032. Rated 95. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com October, 2020

$67.50 the bottle  $688.56 the case



2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Vieux Donjon

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Vieux Donjon

Dark violet. Highly fragrant red/blue fruit preserve, potpourri and garrigue aromas and building licorice and exotic spice accents on the nose. Impressively concentrated and penetrating on the palate, offering alluringly sweet cherry, boysenberry, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that tighten up steadily through the back half. Shows plenty of power but comes of lithe and finishes extremely long, smooth and spicy, with polished tannins lending subtle grip.Drink 2026‑2037. Rated 95. - Josh Raynolds vinous.com October, 2021

$67.50 the bottle  $688.56 the case



2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Coudoulet de Beaucastel

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Bottled just a month before this tasting, the 2019 Côtes Du Rhône Coudoulet De Beaucastel is showing brilliantly, with a rich, medium to full-bodied, textured style that displays the ripe, sexy style of the vintage. Offering lots of both black and blue fruits as well as truffly earth and garrigue notes, it can be enjoyed any time over the coming 10-12 years. Drink 2021‑2033. Rated 92. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com November, 2021

$28.75 the bottle  $293.28 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



2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

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

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Côtes-du-Rhône La Muse Papilles Domaine Montirius

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône La Muse Papilles Domaine Montirius

Produce of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah fruit organically/biodynamically farmed and hand-harvested from vines an average of 25 years old and planted to the garrigues and Helvetian sand and sandstone soils in the Mediterranean climes of the southern Rhône Valley near Vacqueyras. Winemaking is traditional, the fruit is completely destemmed, there is a light crushing of the berries and fermentation on natural indigenous grape yeasts, the wine is aged in cement for one winter, then bottled. Deep translucent glowing ruby to fuchsia in color with exotic almost perfumed aromas suggestive of wild strawberry conserve and grape pomace (it is, of course, Grenache grapes biodynamically farmed) with maybe just a hint of reduction (could we call it roast coffee bean); then fresh and crisp, almost crunchy in texture on the palate, completely and totally bone-dry, tantalizingly so, with dry chalky jittery tannins carrying delicate flavors long and fresh on the finish. An amusement for the tastebuds, indeed.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2007 Champagne Bollinger Extra Brut R.D.

2007 Champagne Bollinger Extra Brut R.D.

Bollinger’s 2007 R.D. is superb, but it is also a wine that reflects the nature of a unique and challenging growing season. In most vintages the R.D. is marked by the distinct creaminess and breadth of Aÿ Pinot Noir. Two thousand seven, though, was a difficult year marked by very dry weather, rain at the end of the growing season and an early harvest in August, something that was not as common as it has become. Selection was essential. For the 2007, the blend is composed of just 14 villages compared to the more typical 18-25. Verzenay is the main Pinot component while Cramant plays the leading role in the Chardonnays. For these reasons, the 2007 is an R.D. driven by more focus, energy and tension than readers are used to seeing. Lemon confit, dried flowers, sage, mint, crushed rocks, almond and ginger are some of the aromas and flavors that give the 2007 its complex, multi-faceted personality.
The 2007 can be enjoyed now, but I would prefer to cellar it for a few years. It will age effortlessly for decades as it moves through the various phases of its life. I was reminded of the way Champagne can magically traverse time by magical bottles of the 1976 R.D. and 1996 Vieilles Vignes Françaises I tasted recently. The blend is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, 91% Grand Cru fruit and the rest Premier Cru. Bollinger fans will notice the return of the original label, with the disgorgement date clearly visible, a tribute to Madame Bollinger, who was a pioneer in so many ways. Disgorged: July 10, 2020. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Drink 2022‑2047. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$275.00 the bottle  $701.25 the case of 3



Champagne Pol Roger Brut Réserve

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Réserve

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

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case
$125.00 the 1.5-litre magnum  $637.50 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 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



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

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

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

$27.50 the bottle  $140.28 the case of 6

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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



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



Ferrari Brut Trento

Ferrari Brut Trento

Produce of 100% Chardonnay fruit handpicked from vineyards in various communes in the Val d'Adige, Val di Cembra and Valle dei Laghi with southeastern and southwestern exposures on the slopes of the mountains of Trentino in the Trento DOC, northeastern Italia. Giulio Ferrari himself, having gained winemaking experience in Epernay in Champagne, was the first to bring Chardonnay from France around the year 1900 when Trento was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. And, with today's Ferrari Brut Trento, if one didn't know one was not drinking Champagne, well, one just wouldn't know. Vivid platinum gold in color with gentle but persistent perlage and aromas suggesting orchard fruits (Ferrari themselves note golden delicious apple and wildflowers), lemon curd and toasted baguette; just ample, gently toasty, gently and refreshingly effervescent on the tongue with subtle length and persistence of flavor. Henry found it leaner and racier, yes racier than your average Italian sparkling wine, noting that one can almost taste the elevation (or, is that acceleration).

$24.99 the bottle  $127.44 the case of 6

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2019 Château Rollin Haut-Médoc

2019 Château Rollin Haut-Médoc

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

2019 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

Château Marjosse is a small but historical Bordeaux property, built in 1782 and located near the village of Tizac-de-Curton in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers region just east of the city of Bordeaux. The winery is simply-equipped but marvellously functional, with cellars now over two hundred-years old. There are 9 hectares of vineyards exceptionally well-situated on a clay and limestone plateau around 300 metres above sea level. It is surrounded by 40 acres of vineyards which sit on exceptional clay and limestone soils. Winemaker Pierre Lurton, born and raised in a neighbouring château, bought the property piece by piece starting in 1991 and has been producing widely-acclaimed, sensibly-priced red and white wines since. The 2019 Bordeaux Blanc is just in. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Sémillon and Muscadelle; bright yellow-gold in color with hyper-fresh aromas of pamplemousse, melon, just-plucked fig and flint; hyper-crisp and fresh on the tongue, too (Ian noted 'thirst-quenching'), yes, one could simply gulp this stuff down.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge

2018 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge

Produce of about 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec, medium deep ruby in color with come hither aromas suggestive of ripe spiced plum, cassis, blueberry and (yes, yes, we know, it's grapes), with air, one might also sense a touch of pain grillé (Henry also noted shaved dark chocolate); ample on the tongue, well-rounded with gentle structure of fine broad chalky tannins and a concentration, intensity and burst of flavor not normally found in wine that sells for so modest a price; then, fresh and stimulating in flavor long on the finish. The best Marjosse Rouge to date? Yeah, we think so.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc

2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc

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

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2018 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

2018 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

Reminding me of the 2016, the 2018 Château Rauzan-Segla reveals this beautifully fresh, complex bouquet that still has serious richness and depth. Based on 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, raised in 65% new barrels, it offers a dense purple hue to go with gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, spring flowers, cigar wrapper, and sandalwood. A quintessential Margaux with its spicy, complex, floral character, it's full-bodied and has a supple, elegant texture, no hard edges, a solid spine of acidity, and a great, great finish. This is a brilliant, heavenly 2018 to enjoy over the coming 30 years or more. Rated 99. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
The 2018 Rauzan-Ségla is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 offers tremendous depth and soaring intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, cedar, tobacco, mint and spice all build over time, framed by incomparably silky, polished tannins. Today, the 2018 is dense and packed. I expect it will develop into a stunning Margaux in another 10-15 years or so. Actually, it already is. Drink 2028‑2058. Rated 97+. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$142.50 the bottle  $1,453.56 the case



2018 Château Calon Ségur Saint-Estèphe

2018 Château Calon Ségur Saint-Estèphe

Easily the greatest example from this château that I've tasted, the 2018 Château Calon Ségur checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot aged 20 months in new French oak. This dense purple-hued beauty boasts a stunning nose of blackcurrants, crème de cassis, tobacco, baking spices, chocolate, and cedarwood. With full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, gorgeous tannins, and one seriously long finish, it hits that palate with 15% alcohol, yet you wouldn't know it by tasting it, and the wine is perfectly balanced, has incredible purity of fruit, and stays fresh and lively, with a clean finish. This magical Saint-Estèphe can be drunk any time over the coming 20+ years. Rated 99. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
A stratospheric, regal wine, Calon Ségur embodies all the best qualities of the vintage. Rich to the point of being exotically ripe, 2018 reminds me of the 2014 in its composition, but with more of everything. On the palate, the 2018 is towering and statuesque, with soaring structure and tremendous overall intensity. Striking aromatic top notes and bright saline underpinnings give the 2018 its energy, tension and nuance. As in 2014, the entirety of the château's Cabernet Franc went into the Grand Vin. Inky, powerful and explosive, Calon Ségur is a headspinning wine. Don't miss it! Rated (96-99). - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com April, 2019

$140.00 the bottle  $1,428.00 the case



2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

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

$122.50 the bottle  $1,249.56 the case



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



2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Vertical Selection


(2 bottles each 2006, 2008 and 2009 vintages)


$1,020 the case of 6


2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Saturated medium ruby. Inky cassis, black raspberry, graphite and pungent minerality on the very ripe nose. Dense, rich and silky, with a brooding inky minerality and an almost liqueur-like dark fruit sweetness leavened by a savory peppery element. This very ripe, deep and concentrated wine boasts wonderful lushness without any undue weight thanks to its sheer energy. Like its neighbor Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet's 2006 conveys a powerful impression of soil character. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and superb lingering sweetness. Should be long-lived. Rated 94. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com May, 2009


2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines black cherry, lavender, potpourri spices and graphite minerality; high-toned and slightly liqueur-like. Then dense, seamless and vibrant in the mouth, with firm acidity giving outstanding energy to the dark fruit, floral and mineral flavors. Really spreads out on the back end and stays a while. Brilliantly delineated, complex wine with superb cut and penetration. Rated 94. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com July, 2011


2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. Rated 96. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com July, 2012


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

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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



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 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



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



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



The Whole Shebang Fourteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang Fourteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang is a wine made entirely by the crew at Bedrock Wine Co., intended to offer "authentic Californian deliciousness" at a most reasonable price. The fruit comes from old vineyards that Bedrock are rehabilitating along with younger vine parcels and barrels of Bedrock wines that do not make the cut for their spiffiest bottlings. And, in our opinion, The Whole Shebang is a great success. Deep, through the glass darkly 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

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2014 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard

2014 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard

The winemaking heritage of the Antinori family dates back 26 generations and over 630 years in Italy. Antica represents Antinori California, and fulfills the family’s long-standing desire to produce fine wines in the Napa Valley. Set high on the ridge overlooking Rector Canyon and Napa Valley some 1600 feet below, this 24-acre vineyard is planted on a west facing slope of well-drained, volcanic soils. Townsend Vineyard’s architecture is based on Antinori’s planting philosophy for new vineyards in Tuscany. High density vine spacing ensures low production of fruit per vine. Vine rows are aligned from east to west to achieve ideal sun exposure. Vines are trained low to the ground to take advantage of radiant heat from the volcanic rock and soils. Finally, the ideal rootstock and clones of Cabernet Sauvignon were chosen to complement Townsend’s terroir ensuring the best fruit expression: rich, almost purple ruby in color with fleshy pulpy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas suggestive of graphite, cassis, parched mountain vineyard floor and the slightest hint of toast from aging in 100% new French oak; polished, plush and velvety on the tongue, ample and, at the same time, poised and light on its feet with ripe rounded cocoa powdery tannins carrying gently, elegantly bursting mountain fruit flavor, finishing long with a certain vibrancy and freshness on the tongue; this is ripe mountain fruit, to be sure, but with nerve and tension, poise and potency in quiet reserve. Highly recommended. Regularly $112.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$75.00 the bottle  $420.00 the case of 6



2016 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley

2016 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley

Francis Ford Coppola and his wife, Eleanor, went well out of their way to restore the Inglenook estate to its former historic self, completing the program in 2011 with the acquisition of the name 'Inglenook' itself. For us, this represents Napa Valley the way it once was, with a nod to Bordeaux, for sure, but a wine with heritage, breed and a sense of place all its own. Classic deep ruby in color just fading at the edges with aromas that conjure suggestion of currant and plum — it's actually thick-skinned 'bloodied Cabernet' † — cedar and good old-fashioned Rutherford dust; chiseled, then polished on the tongue, slippery smooth, almost velvety in texture, all the while maintaining a sense of decorum, of backbone, elegance, balance and harmony; then, lingering welcomely long, fine and warming on the finish. Really, really good stuff.

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6

† 'bloodied Cabernet' as (we think we remember) Harry Waugh used to put it about Château Latour



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



2019 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

2019 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



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



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

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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



2019 Gainey Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara County

2019 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



2016 Brunello di Montalcino Eredi Fuligni

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Eredi Fuligni

Dark, inward and intense, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a towering effort that will thrill collectors for many years to come. It arrives in waves, first black fruits evolving to red, then sage and earthy minerals, followed by brown spice and, finally, hints of tobacco. Youthfully dense, velvety and in no hurry to unfurl the complex web of fruit, minerals and tannins found within, this instead leaves you guessing at what’s to come. That said, there’s perfect symmetry here, along with the combination of structure and primary intensity to guarantee many years of positive maturation. Hints of licorice, currant and baker’s chocolate linger long. This is simply gorgeous. Drink 2026‑2040. Rated 98. - Eric Guido, vinous.com November, 2020

$107.50 the bottle  $548.28 the case of 6

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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



2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Il Poggio Castello di Monsanto

2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Il Poggio Castello di Monsanto

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

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of 6



2016 Chianti Rùfina Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale Selvapiana

2016 Chianti Rùfina Riserva 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



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



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



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 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



2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Poiega Roberto Mazzi e Figli

2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Poiega Roberto Mazzi e Figli

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

$29.99 the bottle  $305.88 the case



2019 Valpolicella Brigaldara

2019 Valpolicella Brigaldara

Produce of 55% Corvina, 25% Corvinone and 20% Rondinella fruit hand-harvested from 45 hectares of vines planted from 1970 to 1980 at 150 to 200 mètres in elevation at Marcellise near Verona. The vines are trained in both the Guyot and the Pergola Veronese methods. 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 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

2019 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

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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



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



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 di Modena 2 Gold Medals Il Classico Giuseppe Giusti

Aceto Balsamico di Modena 2 Gold Medals Il Classico Giuseppe Giusti

A classic of the Giusti family, Il Classico is a versatile balsamico to be used fresh or heated in cooking preparations. The good density and optimal balance between sweet and sour is characterized by overtones of mature fruits, licorice and black pepper. Aged in oak barrels with the addition of aged balsamic vinegar extracted from centuries old casks. Serving suggestions: vegetables, raw meats, egg, fish and white meat.

$25.00 the 250ml bottle



Aceto Balsamico di Modena Invecchiato Vecchio Acetaia Pedroni

Aceto Balsamico di Modena Invecchiato Vecchio Acetaia Pedroni

The Vecchio bottling from Acetaia Pedroni is produced from the mixing of wine vinegar with a classic cooked must from local grapes. The vinegar then undergoes extended aging in wooden barrels, giving it a soft and balanced profile recommended for use on rich salads, cheese, and in the preparation of meat gravies.

$40.00 the 250ml bottle



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



2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart

2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart

Is Provençal rosé the vinous equivalent of bottled sunshine? Is it the what's what of pink wines? Is it the cool, crisp compelling verre de vin rosé at the end of the rainbow? Yeah, probably so! Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé is among our favorite of the Provençal rosé wines each year. Fresh, bright, vivid with a gentle intensity of chalky berry flavor just bursting forth and a refreshingness that is just, ahhhhh …  Thank heaven for sunshine! Thank heaven for Provençal rosé!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 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



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 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

2020 Grüner Veltliner Freiheit Nigl

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2019 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



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



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.

$13.75 the 1-litre bottle  $140.28 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 Greco di Tufo Nova Serra Mastroberardino

2019 Greco di Tufo Nova Serra Mastroberardino

The Mastroberardino family, leaders in Italian viticulture, are largely responsible for the revival and elevation of Irpinian and Campanian winemaking post WWII. Their efforts ignited a resurgence in quality red and white wine production in all of southern Italy. Working primarily with Campania’s ancient native varietals Fiano, Greco and Aglianico, Mastroberardino has resuscitated would-be extinct wine grapes into world class varieties. The ancient Greco Bianco grape, of which Greco is a clone, was brought to the province of Avellino dai Pelagi in Campania from Thessaly in Greece in the first century BC. Perhaps the most prestigious clone, Greco di Tufo, is named after the town of Tufo in Avellino, where the grape thrives. Tufo refers to the soft, volcanic rock that makes up the subsoil of the region and which imparts a distinctive minerality to the wine. Matroberardino Nova Serra is produce of 100% Greco di Tufo fruit hand-harvested from espalier-trained vines planted to predominantly clay-limestone soils with southeast exposures at elevations of about 450 metres at the Tufo and Petruro Irpino estates. The wine undergoes classic white wine vinification in stainless steel tanks at controlled (read cool) temperatures. Vivid platinum yellow in color with stone-influenced aromas from the start, a kind of rainsoaked chalky limestone, a fleeting fresh herbal quality like chervil or fennel fronds, and then a touch of apricot with air (but, really, it's all about the stone); quite firm on the palate, notable scale and richness but without excess weight and, at once, a delicate if intense minerality that bursts into being on the tongue and stirs the salivary glands in a flourish on the finish. Vino bianco eccezionale!

$27.50 the bottle  $140.28 the case of 6

- with good information from the importer's website: https://www.taubfamilyselections.com/producers/mastroberardino/greco-di-tufo-docg


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



2020 Soave Brigaldara

2020 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; supple and just rounded in texture with all the nerve of fresh acidity keeping everything lively and tantalizing on the tongue. Remarkable value, too!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 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



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



2020 Sancerre Patrick Noël

2020 Sancerre Patrick Noël

The domaine was created in 1988 by Patrick Noël in his native village of Saint-Satur at the foot of the iconic hill of Sancerre. Patrick is descended from more than three centuries of vignerons, all from the village of Chavignol. Historically, in the Noël family, the vines have always been transmitted from mothers to daughters. Patrick is an exception to this rule, but his daughter Julie, by choosing to take over the wine heritage in her turn, is part of a long matriarchal line. Today the domain farms over fifty plots totaling 18 ha in the appellations of Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, and Pouilly-Fumé. In Sancerre, their parcels are on three terroirs, Les Bouffants, la Côte des Monts Damnés, and l’Orme au Loup. The cellar was built within the 14th-century monastery vineyards of the Abbey of Saint-Satur, buried in the hillside where they work exclusively by gravity, overlooking the entire Loire Valley with breathtaking views of Sancerre. The domaine bottles only estate fruit, fermented exclusively with native, indigenous yeasts. They have also implemented the certification of their plots through a new ecological farming certification program in France known as Haute Valeur Environnementale. Their Sancerre is just superb: luminous yellow gold in color with glints of silver and aromas suggesting cool ripe melon, mirabelle plum, a summer's rain-moistened limestone (Glenn noted lime and lime flower, too; this is, of course, what ripe Sauvignon Blanc smells like when grown in its favored Kimmeridgian soils in a warm vintage); gently rich, ample, yet graceful (Henry noted a feeling of "weightlessness") on the palate, with vibrancy and intensity of flavor that one might expect from the finest of white Burgundies, but, hey, this is Sancerre, Paris' favorite bistro white wine, and ever so approachable, delicious and quaffable, even if it is, as in this case, so seriously good.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



2020 Sancerre Les Baronnes Henri Bourgeois

2020 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



2016 Douro Chryseia Prats+Symington

2016 Douro Chryseia Prats+Symington

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

$67.50 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6

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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



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



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 Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

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

$57.50 the bottle



2016 Dow's Vintage Porto

2016 Dow's Vintage Porto

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

$79.99 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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