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Quick Links to Wines of the World

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

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

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


Pink Wines

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



Spring Cleaning Lady. Artwork by Mitch Cobb.
Spring Cleaning Clearance Sale!

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



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


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

View more of our selection of Spanish wines on the España page of our website.



2015 Rioja Crianza Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

2015 Rioja Crianza Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

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

$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 the case



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

2016 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. Aromas of dark, ripe berries and spice with a kiss of sweet oak and a sense of parched and arid vineyard floor; round and supple on the tongue, medium to medium full in body with just the gentlest underpinning of ripe round tannins to lend structure; and, with just a little air, this opens up nicely to reveal a far more complex wine than its price would ever suggest.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 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

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



2018 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione

2018 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2019 Rosso di Montalcino Caparzo

2019 Rosso di Montalcino Caparzo

Sangiovese, the primary red wine grape of Tuscany, takes its name from the Latin sanguis Jovis — literally translated as the blood of (the Roman God) Jupiter. Here one begins to sense the namesake of the grape what with fleshy Sangiovese berry aromas suggesting ciliegio e sottobosco; fleshy on the tongue, too, with a ripe, round, mouthfilling richness and gentle dusty tannins and crisp acidity holding it all together on the warming and invigorating finish.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2016 Toscana Rosso Villa Antinori

2016 Toscana Rosso Villa Antinori

The 2016 Villa Antinori is fabulous. Plump, juicy and aromatically expressive, the Villa Antinori overachieves its modest price tag by a wide margin. Black cherry, licorice, spice and new leather notes are pushed forward in a modern, flamboyant Tuscan red that hits all the right notes. This is a superb level of quality for a wine with a production that reaches a staggering 3.5 million bottles a year. Drink 2019-2024. Rated 89. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com August, 2019. Regularly $17.50 the bottle, on sale while supplies last at:

$14.99 the bottle  $178.56 the case

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



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 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

2018 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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



2018 Etna Rosso 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



2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

Podere Il Palazzino is owned by Alessandro and Andrea Sderci and is located in Monti in Chianti, 20km northeast of Siena in the southern part of Chianti Classico. The estate has a total of about 20 hectares (roughly 50 acres), the greater part of which is dedicated to viticulture and a small part to olive groves. Given the small dimensions of the estate working procedures are strictly manual and the soil is cultivated using organic methods. Grosso Sanese originates from a vineyard covering about 2 hectares just below the casa and cantina of the estate. The fairly compact clay/calcareous soils here are composed mainly of alberese and galestro. The vines are pruned in the spurred cordon method, leaving a maximum of six buds per plant. Production is limited to 5,000 to 6,000 liters per hectare for a total production of about 10,000 bottles per year. Fermentation takes place in 5,000-liter oak barrels. The wine is refined in barriques made of Alliers oak, 30% of which are replaced each year. Here it stays for eighteen months before the final blending and bottling. The wine then ages for another six months in bottle before being released for sale. Produce of 100% Sangiovese; deep ruby to crimson at the edges in color; formidable from the get go with a seeming wall of aromatic power forcefully suggesting leather, taut red and blue berry fruits transformed, spices, macchia mediterranea, woodsmoke, pulverized stone and more; at once, powerful on the tongue, potent and warming in essence while mouthwatering and savory long on the finish. In this humble wine taster's opinion, this is all a marker for the very finest of wines.

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case



2016 Chianti Classico Argenina Podere Il Palazzino

2016 Chianti Classico Argenina Podere Il Palazzino

The 2016 Chianti Classico Argenina is fabulous. When so many estates are releasing 2018s and 2017s, Il Palazzino presents a striking Chianti Classico from the great 2016 vintage that overdelivers big time. Dark and imposing, as these wines tend to be, the Argenina possesses remarkable balance and tons of complexity. Dark cherry, gravel, sage, mint and leather bring out the darker side of Sangiovese. The 2016 is intense in the glass, and yet retains so much Sangiovese translucence. Best of all, it is an absolute steal. Give the 2016 a few hours of air and prepare to experience Sangiovese and Chianti Classico in all its majesty. Drink 2021-2036. Rated 93. Antonio Galloni, vinous.com September, 2020

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2018 Chianti Rùfina Selvapiana

2018 Chianti Rùfina Selvapiana

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Monsanto

2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Monsanto

The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a fabulous wine that punches well above its weight. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, leather, lavender and tobacco all run through this wonderfully nuanced, vibrant Riserva. Already expressive and open, the 2016 will drink well for another 15+ years. Although not quite the value it was a few years ago, Monsanto's Riserva delivers serious quality for the money. Sweet floral notes extend this finish beautifully in this mid-weight, gracious, yet nicely structured Riserva from Monsanto. Drink 2021-2031. Rated 92. Antonio Galloni, vinous.com August, 2019

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



Pasta Pici di Toscana Organic Pastificio Morelli

Pasta Pici di Toscana Organic Pastificio Morelli

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

$10.00 the 500g bag

View more of our selection of pastas on the Pasta page of our website.



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 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



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta Torre di Mossa 100% Coratina DeCarlo

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta Torre di Mossa 100% Coratina DeCarlo

Torre di Mossa is the historic farm of the De Carlo family, from which this extra virgin olive oil is born. The cultivar is 100% Coratina, the mother of all the local oils. Limited production, along with the many awards under its belt, make this a highly prestigious olive oil of unique origin.

$24.99 the 500ml bottle

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



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



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Toscano Casanaova La Spinetta

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Toscano Casanaova La Spinetta

Produce of Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo cultivars grown within the municipality of Terricciola (Casanova). The olives are carefully selected and harvested manually. Upon harvest the olives are immediately crushed at an onsite facility. The olives go through a cold press process at a maximum temperature of 15 degrees celcius. Only the oil from the first pressing is bottled. Aromas of fresh herbs, artichoke and green tomato; flavor both full and delicate due to the cold process which preserves the special characteristics of the oil.

$37.50 the 500ml bottle



Aceto Balsamico di Modena 1 Silver Medal Medaglia d’Argento Giuseppe Giusti

Aceto Balsamico di Modena 1 Silver Medal Medaglia d’Argento Giuseppe Giusti

Characterized by a rich perfume and an agreeable and rounded balsamic acidity, the «Medaglia d’Argento» is an aromatic balsamic vinegar which, with its intensity, enhances the flavors of any dish. This balsamic vinegar can be used fresh or can be heated in cooking preparations. Aged in French oak barrels from the 1900s with the addition of aged balsamic vinegar extracted from centuries old casks

$20.00 the 250ml bottle



2018 Rosso di Montepulciano Cantina Chiachierra

2018 Rosso di Montepulciano Cantina Chiachierra

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2013 Brunello di Montalcino Eredi Fuligni

2013 Brunello di Montalcino Eredi Fuligni

This wine should not still be in the marketplace, except perhaps as an afterthought, but here we are in the aftermath of one of the most interesting years any of us might have experienced thus far. Fuligni are located on northeastern side of the hill of Montalcino and produce, in our humble opinion, a decidedly raffinato style of Brunello di Montalcino, that is, a fine style of the wine, in the strictest sense of the word. Our wine buyer was introduced more intimately to the wines in place there along with, among other delicacies, an immaculate preparation and provision of ravioli al formaggio slathered most liberally with the in-house produced extra virgin olive oil back in the comparatively simpler and more innocent times of ten years ago. And it remains for him a life in wine-changing experience. Brunello di Montalcino has always been high on our list of priorities among the finest of dry red wines we offer. And Fuligni is high on our list among the finest of Brunello di Montalcino. The 2013 vintage is nearing a plateau of maturity now: medium ruby developing to just tawny at the edges in color with complex and contemplative aromas suggestive of sanguine berries red and blue, saddle leather, savory dried herb and dried flowers on the nose (with some air came notes of liquirizia and teaberry); cool on entry with fine, fine tannins, mouthwatering with an elegant intensity of flavor (both Henry and Ian noted exceptional energy on the palate) and, like all of the finest dry red wines on the planet, engaging in a face to face kind of way and warming, long, long on the finish.

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of 6



2015 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

2015 Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo

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

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case

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


2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba Luigi Pira

2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba Luigi Pira

Among our very favorite of Piemontese producers, Luiga Pira —  always superb quality, always a reasonable price, too, and this is from the most excellent, perhaps the finest ever 2016 vintage in Piemonte: lovely translucent ruby to just tawny at the edges in color with classic Barolo aromas suggesting «tar and roses» (more rose than tar today; Andrea suggested baby's breath, instead); this is Nebbiolo informed by all that the Alps have yielded over the millenia to imbue the soils and sub-soils that give the Langhe its unique and wonderful character; aromatically pure, cool, almost minty liquirizia-like quality with some air along with scents of wild mountain berries and Alpine herbs and spice (Henry suspected cinnamon early on; our winebuyer sensed teaberry); almost silken on entry, delightfuly, almost deceivingly so, then showing the solid grip of Nebbiolo, pure, potent and dusty dry, with a wall of intense flavor and Alpine power leaving the palate at once stunned, refreshed and satisfied; Henry noted cool, fresh, fierce but elegant tannins on the long, engaging, warming finish. This is a both a drinker for right now as young wine and (under Diam-30 closure) a keeper, too. Buonissimo Barolo!

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

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



2016 Barolo Oddero

2016 Barolo Oddero

The family at Oddero has been doing this a long time — they were one of the very first producers of Barolo to bottle their own wine — and they continue to hone their craft with splendid result. This 2016 normale offering is a crystalline expression of the region that simply begs for a rich plate of truffle‑laden pasta and then, certainly, another delicious pull; medium garnet in the glass flecked with bright ruby; rich, spiced red fruit leaps out of the glass before the wine ever reaches the palate with further suggestion of dried morello cherry, red plum and blood orange; cool on the tongue with alpine strawberry leading the charge, melting into a significant earthen, hazelnut and clove‑laced finish; the tannins are surprisingly gentle for a young Barolo, but every component of the wine fits together into a brilliantly structured concerto of perfect harmony. - Henry Shytles

$52.50 the bottle  $535.56 the case



2016 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

2016 Barolo Castiglione Vietti

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

$52.50 the bottle  $267.68 the case of 6



2016 Barbaresco Gaja

2016 Barbaresco Gaja

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

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



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

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

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

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6



2018 Marietta Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Armé

2018 Marietta Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Armé

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 71

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

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

2017 Marietta Cellars Christo

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

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



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



2019 Pinot Grigio Ramato Vignarco Umbria Palazzone

2019 Pinot Grigio Ramato Vignarco Umbria Palazzone

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 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 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Valle Isarco Abbazia di Novacella

2019 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Valle Isarco Abbazia di Novacella

From 100% Pinot Grigio fruit grown in the Bressanone valley basin at elevations of 600m-900m, well on your way into the Alps from Bolzano and what is one of the loveliest vineyard situations one might imagine (there is even a ski area above the town of Bressanone); pale golden yellow with glints of green in color; brisk, mountain fresh aromatics suggest taut cool of the morning grapes, pine, mint, orchard fruits, hazelnut (knowing where this wine is grown really just stirs the imagination); crisp, vibrant and fresh on the tongue yet ample in body, supple and satisfying with a lovely Alpine intensity of flavor that lasts.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2019 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

2019 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



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

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

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Sbragia Family Vineyards Chardonnay Home Ranch

2018 Sbragia Family Vineyards Chardonnay Home Ranch

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

$19.99 the botttle  $203.88 the case



2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



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

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

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2019 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

2019 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

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

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

2019 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

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

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

2019 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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



2019 Sancerre Les Longues Fins Domaine André Neveu

2019 Sancerre Les Longues Fins Domaine André Neveu

Domaine André Neveu was founded in the mid-1960s and is located in the town of Chavignol, also famous for its superb goat cheese Crottin de Chavignol. Valérie (3rd generation and the daughter of André Neveu) and her husband Thomas now run the domaine that extends to about 13 hectares (about 32 acres) of vines in the AOC of Sancerre. The name of the wine «Les Longues Fins» is a nod to the long slender plot of vines (all in Chavignol) planted to soils exclusively of limestone and from which the Sauvignon Blanc fruit for this wine is sourced. Brilliant platinum yellow in color with a panoply of ultra-fine aromas suggestive of honeysuckle, peche de vigne, juicy ripe ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, crisp cool green melon, fresh picked chervil and summer rain-moistened limestone; ultra-fine on the palate as well, at once both slender of frame, yet ample, crisp and yet supple, too, and all the while fresh as spring itself with a nice streak of nervy fruity acidity keeping the taste buds all atwitter, indeed, long on the finish. Delicieux!

$26.25 the bottle  $267.72 the case



2018 Gigondas Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

2018 Gigondas Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

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

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2017 Pommard Les Cras Michel Bouzereau et Fils

2017 Pommard Les Cras Michel Bouzereau et Fils

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

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case

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



2017 Irancy David Renaud

2017 Irancy David Renaud

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2018 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Domaine Faiveley

2018 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Domaine Faiveley

Faiveley's exemplary Mercurey Premier Cru comes from a substantial six-hectare parcel that faces east on a very gentle slope. Just a little more concentrated than its La Framboisière cuvée - which is also worth buying - this is rich, sunny and full of red berry and bramble fruit with good underlying zip, fine tannins and suave 30% new wood. Drink: 2022-2028. Rated 92. Tim Atkin, MW, decanter.com October, 2019

$52.50 the bottle  $267.78 the case of 6



2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Chardonnay

2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills

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

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

2017 Donnachadh Family Wines Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

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

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



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

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



2015 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley</h

2015 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Produce of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced mainly from the Only One Vineyard and the Spring Valley Vineyard in Saint Helena. To craft a wine that can be enjoyed upon release, Heitz farms these blocks to be harvested earlier, then ages the wine for 4 years in French oak vessels both old and new ranging in size from 225 litres to 12,000 litres followed by 1 year in bottle prior to release. The 2015 vintage was known for its unusually warm weather and reduced crop level which resulted in impeccable quality. Deep ruby/garnet to mahogany at the edges in color with aromas redolent of small dark berries, earth, old wood and a touch of eucalyptus; with air there is a more fleshy Cabernet Sauvignon fruit on display, bringing to mind Harry Waugh's (or was it Michael Broadbent's) 'bloodied Cabernet' description of Château Latour; if this is old-style California Cabernet Sauvignon, it is clearly fine and balanced, cool on entry, polished, smooth, flavorful and stimulating to the salivary glands, with a sense of gently bursting freshness of flavor that lasts on the tongue.

$57.50 the bottle  $586.56 the case



2017 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Wine

2017 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Wine

D2 takes its name from the grand route du vin that winds through the Médoc and passes by the great chateaux in Bordeaux. And D2 in this 2017 vintage is a blend of four of the fab five Bordeaux varietals of 66% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from 15 different Columbia Valley vineyards including Red Willow, Harrison Hill, Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, Boushey, duBrul, Upchurch and Grand Ciel; deep ruby red in color with just a whole panoply of alluring aromas suggestive of fleshy blackberry, blueberry, cherry, currant, pomegranate (we remind ourselves, it is made from grapes), shaved dark chocolate, pencil shavings, dusty vineyard floor and more; slippery smooth on entry with a cool sophistication and gently building tannins that hold it all together long and warm to the finish. D2-licious!

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case



2017 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

2017 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2017 Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2017 Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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

$32.50 the bottle  $165.78 the case of 6



The Whole Shebang Thirteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

The Whole Shebang Thirteenth Cuvée California Red Wine

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

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case



2018 Nalle Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

2018 Nalle Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

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

$42.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case



2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

2018 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. The 2018 vintage was characterized by warm weather upfront, then an extended and cooler end of the growing season, eventually yielding ripe and deeply flavorful wines. Medium ruby in color with quite primary Pinot aromas suggestive of ripe cherries, red currants, blackberry, Italian blue plum and baking spices; ripe, straightforward and primary on the palate as well, with mouthwatering berry flavors that just sing; then showing a nice streak of freshening fruity acidity and finely resolved gentle dusty tannins carrying pure and vivid Pinot Noir flavor long on the finish. 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 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond Yamhill-Carlton

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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



2018 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

2018 Soter North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2017 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

2017 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Domaine Drouhin Oregon was among the first Oregon Pinot Noir wines we worked with following our opening back in 1991. One of our favorite customers, a Mr. John St. Lawrence brought along some Riedel Vinum Pinot Noir wine glasses and a bottle of the premier vintage of the wine (1988 if memory serves) along with his friendly advice: 'you need to buy this glass and you need to buy this wine!' Um, we did. Both the glass and the wine. And Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir has been a fixture among our offerings and a favorite of our discerning clientèle since. Famed wine critic Robert Parker has for years compared it to the red wines of the town of Beaune, the heart and soul of Burgundy and where Maison Joseph Drouhin are based. And Véronique Drouhin herself now oversees production of this wonderfully successful experiment melding Burgundian savoir faire and Oregonian raw material — her Burgundian instincts, her careful hand and delicate touch are apparent in the wine. Medium ruby in color with lovely complex aromas suggestive of dark ripe cherries, blackberries, baking spices and the Dundee Hills basaltic vineyard floor; supple in texture, medium in body, building in presence on the palate with a nice taut berryish acidity lending spine and a certain mouthwateringness as the delicious flavors linger fresh and oh so slowly melt away on the tongue.

$42.50 the bottle  $216.78 the case of 6



2018 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast

2018 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna Sonoma Coast

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

$42.50 the bottle  $433.56 the case



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



Champagne Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Grand Cuvée № 24

Champagne Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Grand Cuvée № 24

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

$150.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 3

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Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

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

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



Champagne Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs

On the 1st of September, 1729, and shortly following a royal decree allowing Champagne wines to be transported in bottles, the House of Ruinart was officially established, making it the very first of Champagne houses to come into existence. The House of Ruinart is today renowned as a specialist with Chardonnay and their superb Blanc de Blancs is produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Luminous light golden in color; both fresh and complex aromas suggest wine-scented crayères, ripe citrus fruits, just baking brioche dough and a little something indescribable more; on the tongue, this is une Champagne très raffiné, fine delicately creamy textured, yet dreamy rich and toasty; elegant, harmonious, round and sumptuous, it just fills the mouth with joyous and generous bubbles. Indeed, Ruinart do have a way with Chardonnay!

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Produce of 100% Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards near Le Mesnil sur Oger, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs — holy ground for lovers of the finest Champagne. This bottling represents some 2⁄3 of the production of the very well-run cooperative that is Champagne Le Mesnil. Brilliant white-gold in color, this Brut Blanc de Blancs has a lovely harmony of elements, fresh and most enticing and inviting aromas suggestive of melon, cool of the morning grape plucked from the vine, buttered biscuit and flower pollen; nice medium-full mousse, then expansive on the tongue and supremely flavorful, its crisp fresh chalky dry finish just begging another delicious pull.

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



Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française

Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française

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

$40.00 the bottle  $204.00 the case of 6



Champagne 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 Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



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

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

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



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



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



Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2015 Château Corbin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

2015 Château Corbin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

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

$47.50 the bottle  $242.28 the case of 6



2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

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

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6



2017 Château Carbonnieux Graves Péssac-Léognan Blanc

2017 Château Carbonnieux Graves Pessac-Léognan Blanc

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

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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



2019 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

2019 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

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

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2018 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



Cicada by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

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

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Rouge by Chante Cigale

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

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale

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

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case

View more Rhône Valley wines on the Rhône Valley page of our website.



2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Domaine de La Janasse

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

$16.25 the bottle  $165.72 the case



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

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

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

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



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

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

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

2018 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

This small château is located near the town of Saint-Gilles just west of the Rhône River some 5 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The rocky soils here are reminiscent of Châteauneuf‑du‑Pape and the fruit is always picked late, ensuring deep and profound wines with soft tannins. The vineyards are farmed sustainably, without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers on the vineyards or crops. The fruit is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks by varietal and by vineyard site. This 2018 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes is a blend of hand-harvested Grenache and Syrah fruit; very primary aromas of fleshy ripe grapes and grape pomace with suggestion of blue plum, kirsch and a good healthy winegrowing earth; just full and fruity and round on the tongue with nice crisp bright acids and supple tannins lending the gentlest astringency and keeping things refreshing and vibrant to the long and flavorful finish. Some kind of value, too!

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

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

$9.99 the bottle  $114.72 the case



2019 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

2019 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

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

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

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2019 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

2019 Excelsior Chardonnay Robertson

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

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



2018 Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape

2018 Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape

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

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



Schott Zwiesel Forté

Schott Zwiesel Forté

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

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



Schott Zwiesel Pure

Schott Zwiesel Pure

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

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



2016 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

2016 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

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

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6



Lustau East India Solera Sherry

Lustau East India Solera Sherry

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

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Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

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

$50.00 the bottle



Potocki Wódka

Potocki Wódka

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

$37.50 the bottle



Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

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

$13.75 the bottle

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Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

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

$52.50 the bottle

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Armagnac XO Domaine des Cassagnoles Famille Baumann

Armagnac XO Domaine des Cassagnoles Famille Baumann

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

$37.50 the bottle



Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique XO

Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole Martinique XO

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

$52.50 the bottle



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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