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It's a bit silly looking a little button, yes, the one just above. Not quite fitting in with the look and feel of the rest of the page. That's why we kind of hide it in that billowy cloud-like color until you hover over it. But, it's all we've got for now. And it might just get you where you want to go on our website … Yes, we are working on the website even now and, especially given no foot traffic, with all due dispatch to show more of what we actually have on offer here in the store. To this end, most all of our wine pages are accessible via that little button (it's also located on our home page: https://www.theaustinwinemerchant.com/. It's a work in progress (yes, we need a bit of help with our html and css from time to time). But, by all means, do give it a little click.



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In the interest of the safety, health and well-being of our customers, our associates and our employees, foot traffic inside the store here remains suspended. But, as has been the case for the last while during this pandemic and social distancing effort, we are here and will continue to work to satisfy your wine and spirits needs via curbside service and delivery. Please note that we have extended our hours to our pre-pandemic (what we would like to call our normal) schedule of from Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 6:30 PM.

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Fall Clearance Sale!

Our mostly annual Fall 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.


Pink Wines

A cool, even frigid glass of pink wine can be just the refreshing thing to beat the summer autumn heat. Although we ourselves treat this category with all the fun and frivolity it deserves, we do take it all quite seriously, too. We've a superb selection of pink wines 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!



It Takes A Good Bit Of Coffee To Sell A Good Bit Of Wine

Anderson's Coffee Company

Our friends at Anderson's Coffee Company have also suspended foot traffic in their iconic shop at Jefferson Square shopping center in central Austin. But they are shipping orders of fresh-roasted coffee via FedEx. Good thing, too. We take our Anderson's fresh roasted coffee pretty seriously 'round here, and mostly from Kenya, with the occasional bit of Ethiopia and or Tanzania for diversion (lately, what with all that's going on, at least one or more among our staff prefer their caffè corretto). Anderson's Coffee Company is beloved by discerning folks here in Austin as a source for among the finest fresh roasted coffee on the planet. Visit them online at www.andersonscoffee.com. We do, and often.

There's a time for coffee and a time for wine. Your/our times, of course, may vary. Artwork by Mitch Cobb

And then, from among recent arrivals, splendid values and otherwise special deals:


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



2017 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

2017 Soter North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Tony Soter was for the longest time a most sought-after consulting winemaker in Napa Valley and owner/winemaker at Etude Vineyards. His consulting work included the likes of Araujo, Dalla Valle, Niebaum-Coppola, Spottswoode and Viader, among others. We, here, followed his work enthusiastically, as the high quality was always apparent. Tony Soter well earned the reputation of «winemakers' winemaker». He eventually moved north from California to his native Oregon to pursue production of the finest Pinot Noir, establishing Soter Vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley.
Our former co-worker and friend James Cahill moved northwest to Oregon back in the mid to late 1990s, following his dream to produce fine Pinot Noir. He worked for a good while with Mike Etzel at Beaux Frères, then briefly with his friend Adam Campbell at Elk Cove Vineyards before finally landing the work that has come to define his career there alongside Tony Soter at Soter Vineyards. So, now, James has become the winemakers' winemaker's winemaker, or just winemaker³ should you wish to conserve letters.
Their Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir has been go-to Willamette Valley stuff for us for some time now. It hits a sweet spot in so many ways, offering typicity and satisfaction, a bonafide 'travel by way of a bottle of wine' kind of thing. And the 2017 vintage is just lovely, what with alluring aromas of perfumed ripe cherry, blackberry, baking spices and more framed in the slenderest sliver of toasted oak; silken in texture, it expands to ample and almost full-bodied on the palate, then warm and enveloping and long on flavor; one might reasonably guess one were drinking a far more expensive wine. Hmmm? Mmmm! Travel by wine, indeed. Regularly $32.50 the bottle, on sale now at:

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case

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



2017 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2017 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

This is another classic if, perhaps, more approachable Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet; deep, deep ruby in color with aromas of macerated berries, toasted oak, graphite, parched vineyard floor and more; full and smooth on entry, cool and mouthfilling without heaviness, with gentle dusty tannins and a certain intensity of delicate flavor and freshness from crisp acidity that leaves the mouth watering; and, after all this, there is an overarching sense of elegance and restraint at play here. Lovely wine. Regularly $60.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

View more California Cabernet Sauvignon on the California page of our website.



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



Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 70

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

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé

2019 Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé

While it's no secret that we quite typically look to the south of France for most of our rosé needs, its certainly also nice when something from closer to home can turn our heads. And this lovely new entry from Marietta Cellars in northern California makes a crisp splash with its aromatic allure, its refreshingness and restraint. Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé is produced from fruit of old vine Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris, including some of the oldest examples of these vines in northern California; salmon-pink in color with a hint of wild strawberry on the nose; supple on entry, then building in nerve and vibrancy and freshness on the tongue, leaving one begging for another pull; a quite perfect choice to foil the heat of summer weather 'round here. And, it's Marietta Cellars. So, do take note of the value!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Stone House Vineyard Claros Norton Reserve Texas Hill Country

2017 Fall Creek Vineyards Terroir Reflection Tempranillo Salt Lick Vineyards Texas Hill Country

It's true that the Texas Hill Country has some of the best winegrowing soils on the planet, in this case, cretaceous. It's also true that the unrelenting Texas heat can sometimes be an impediment to greater winegrowing achievement here. Enter the Tempranillo grape variety, already familiar with and comfortable, too, with warmer weather winegrowing given its experience in the hot and arid environs of Rioja in northern Spain. The soils in the nearby Salt Lick Vineyard are of clay and loam on top of weathered limestone, 'deep and rich in nutrients due to nearby Onion Creek flooding over the years.' Produce of 100% Tempranillo, lovely medium deep ruby in color with complex aromas suggestive of plum and black cherry and our own Texas Hill Country limestone rich soils with a touch of sweet American oak (that Tempranillo so seems to favor); medium full in body, just this side of rich with nice intensity and persistence of flavor that confirms this a world-class effort. And it's grown a mere half hour's drive from here. Yay!

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

2018 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay 304 Sonoma County

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



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

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

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

For our money, Sauvignon Blanc has been and remains underrated among California white wines. But it brings a good lot of refreshment to the party, especially in these parts and in this time of year. Vivid yellow-gold in color with glints of green; 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; white wine to beat the heat, porch poundable, too.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case

View more California white wines on the California page of our website.



Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne Ayala was established in Ay in 1860 in the heart of the vineyards of Champagne. Independent and family-owned, it is still today an archetype of a great and historic house, producing top quality wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance. Produce of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, Champagne Ayala's calling card Brut Majeur offers aromas suggesting oven-fresh buttered biscuit with a dash of the best lemon curd, crisp green apple and le miel de fleurs blanches all on a backdrop of wine-moistened chalk; ample on entry, round, tactile, with presence and power in reserve but retaining a certain lightness of being, then crisp and chalky dry with flavors a delicate reprise of its alluring aromatic sweep. Regularly $40.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$29.99 the bottle  $331.56 the case

View more Champagne on the Champagne page of our website.



2004 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

2004 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

Charles Heidsieck founded his own Champagne house in Reims in the year 1851. He understood the United States an important emerging market, so he invested a good deal of time here, traversing our country north to south repeatedly promoting his new brand. He eventually became known here, lovingly, as «Champagne Charlie». Blanc de Millénaires is the ultimate in the range of fine sparkling wines of Champagne Charles Heidsieck. Produced only in certain vintages when conditions allow of 100% Chardonnay from four Grands Crus, namely Cramant, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil sur Oger and one Premier Cru, that of Vertus. Delicate aromas suggesting citrus, apple blossom and orchard fruits, particularly mirabelle plum; supremely balanced on the tongue with a fine, fine mousse; complete and total engagement on the palate with delicate flavors poised and projecting, fresh and invigorating on the finish long after the wine itself has passed. In this taster's humble opinion, this is absolute perfection in sparkling wine.

$212.50 the bottle  $541.89 the case of 3



Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

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

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



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

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

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

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



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



2017 Château Tanesse Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

2017 Château Tanesse Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

Located on a high hillock among the sloping vineyards of Langoiran, this Bordeaux charterhouse was built during the 2nd half of the 18th century by the Tanesse family. The property is surrounded by 30 hectares of vineyards overlooking Langoiran’s medieval 13th century castle with a panoramic view that stretches from the edge of the Sauternais to the outskirts of the city of Bordeaux while following the meandering Garonne river. Produce of the fruit of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc vines averaging 25 years in age and planted to clay and gravel soils over limestone subsoils, the vineyards here are sustainably farmed and enjoy an Haute Valeur Environnementale (High Environmental Value) certification; deep ruby in color with complex Merlot-dominant aromas suggestive of macerating fleshy dark berries, kirsch, plum and pulverized stone; on the palate the wine is broad and mouthfilling, mouthwatering, too, with innervating jittery fine-grained stony tannins that carry flavor long and fresh on the finish.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur

2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur

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

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case



2018 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

2018 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

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

$17.50 the bottle  $89.28 the case of 6

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



2016 Chateau Sénéjac Haut-Médoc

2016 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc

Château Sénéjac is located halfway between Margaux and Bordeaux, on the clay and gravel crest of the commune of Pian-Médoc. The property extends over 150 hectares (roughly 370 acres). The vineyard of 41 hectares is planted to 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The soils here naturally poor in organic matter which favours the expression of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Full on ruby to just a glint of garnet at the edges with aromas that all but blurt out Bordeaux, what with suggestion of spiced plum, shaved dark chocolate, toasted baguette and a hint of graphite; strutting its stuff right up front, this is a really nice mouthful of wine, medium to medium full in body, pleasingly plump on the tongue (a good decanting will bring out an even more polished, almost velvety palate feel); then, gentle and delicately flavorful on the finish. Right sophisticated stuff at a very reasonable price.

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



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



Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

$57.50 the bottle  $293.28 the case of 6



Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

$25.00 the 750ml bottle

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



Aceto Balsamico Modena Riccardo Giusti 3 Gold Medals Giuseppe Giusti

Aceto Balsamico di Modena Riccardo Giusti 3 Gold Medals Giuseppe Giusti

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

$42.50 the 250ml bottle



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



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

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6

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2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Grosso Sanese Podere Il Palazzino

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

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2015 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

2015 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

The Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a darker and more concentrated appearance than many of its peers. The wine is beautifully abundant and fragrant in the most exuberant and expressive manner. You will recognize aromas of moist soil, tobacco and smoke. Candied cherry hovers over the entire bouquet. Fruit is sourced from older vines (all over 25 years old). Il Poggione occupies a special spot within the Montalcino appellation, and the area always produces slightly more concentrated and powerful wines. I find that to be particularly true in this gorgeous 2015 vintage. I am also very attracted to that almost dusty note of crushed mineral that rides long on the full-bodied finish. Il Poggione's Brunello is also distinguished by firm, youthful tannin that need a few more years to unwind. Luckily, there are quite a few bottles to go around, with some 200,000 made. Drink 2021‑2045. Rated 97. - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate January, 2020

$80.00 the bottle  $408.00 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

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2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate Palazzone

2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate Palazzone

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2019 Pinot Grigio Ramato Vignarco Umbria Palazzone

2019 Pinot Grigio Ramato Vignarco Umbria Palazzone

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2018 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore San Giovanni Castello della Sala Marchesi Antinori

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

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc E. Guigal

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc E. Guigal

Produce of 45% Grenache blanc, 25% Roussanne, 15% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 3% Piquepoul and 2% Picardin from vines averaging 50 years in age planted to rocky alluvial soils and red clay; lovely bright yellow-gold in color; toasty note at first (turns out its aged in 1⁄4 demi-muids of which 50% were new), then some high-toned notes from early-harvested Grenache blanc, white flowers, peach (Ian noted honeysuckle); tactile, rounded, almost creamy in texture (Guigal themselves note «unctuous»), just lovely on the tongue, finishing fresh and oh so inviting another pull (well, this bottle, at least, didn't last long). Regularly $50.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



2019 Viognier Paul Jaboulet Aîné

2019 Viognier Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Sourced from a selection of vineyards between the Mediterranean sea and the French Alps along with some fruit from the Massif Centrale comes this remarkable value in fresh, fruity, but completely dry white wine from the once-scarce, now, thankfully, far more widely planted white wine grape that is Viognier; bright yellow-gold in color with fresh floral aromas suggesting honeysuckle, jasmine and orchard fruits like peach and apricot, along with springtime in general; ample on entry, this is no pushover of a dry white wine, medium-full in body, reaching a certain critical mass on the tongue, rounded in texture, savory and satisfying for sure, but refreshing, too.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

2019 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne

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

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case



2019 Sancerre Le Grand Fricambault Silex Domaine André Neveu

2019 Sancerre Le Grand Fricambault Silex Domaine André Neveu

Produce of 100% Sauvignon Blanc fruit grown on the hillside of Sancerre itself and exclusively on silex, read flint-rich soils. Vinification is carried out in temperature controlled inox, read stainless steel tanks. Vivid, glimmering yellow gold in color with aromas that suggest fresh mint, orchard fruits, citrus (it's grapes, we remind ourselves) and stone; light and crisp on entry then gaining steam, enduring in presence on the tongue with flavors of mineral and citrus, (Neveu themselves suggest lemon and blood orange, boxwood and broom); then, long, fine and mineral on the finish. Deliciously sophisticated stuff from Sancerre.

$26.25 the bottle  $267.72 the case



2018 Sancerre Le Pierrier Domaine Thomas et Fils

2018 Sancerre Le Pierrier Domaine Thomas et Fils

The Thomas family have been growing grapes and making wine in Sancerre since 1670. Today, Julien Thomas represents the 13th generation to run the domaine, farming 16 hectares (39 acres) of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir based out of the hamlet of Verdigny. Julien has instituted biodynamic principals with vineyard work now according to the lunar cycle. Some of the more venerable among our discerning clientèle may remember their superb Sancerre Clos de La Crêle when it was imported by Bobby Kacher. The wines remain superb. Produce of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from on average 25 year-old vines cultivated on soils of limestone and Kimmeridgian dark marl with layers of fossilized seashells, their Sancerre Le Pierrier initially reflects more the soils than just the grape; then there are suggestions of yellow plum, fresh chervil or fennel, gentian flower, flesh of green apple and limestone awash in gentle summer rainfall; just ample on entry, just rounded in texture, then shows a lovely vibrancy on the tongue with a fresh intensity of flavor that lasts and lasts and so stimulates the salivary glands; really lovely example of perhaps our discerning clientèle's favorite source for Sauvignon Blanc—Sancerre.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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2019 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon

2019 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon

The Domaine des Corbillières is a 20-hectare estate located in the town of Oisly, about 30 kilometers east of the city of Tours in the Loire River Valley. It was three generations ago that Fabel Barbou planted his first Sauvignon Blanc, introducing the varietal in this central Loire appellation. The vines are today quite old and low-yielding. The wines nowadays are made with great care and passion by Fabel's great-grandson, Dominique Barbou. Luminous bright green-gold in the glass; high-toned, ultra-fresh aromas of citrus, ripe melon, lemongrass; vibrant and alive on the tongue, almost électrique as its former importer, Mr. Bobby Kacher, would say. Domaine des Corbillières Touraine remains a completely and totally refreshingly crisp, nervy, delicious white wine. And always among the absolute best values available in high-quality Sauvignon Blanc.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2019 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

2019 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

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

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Domaine Vocoret & Fils

2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Domaine Vocoret & Fils

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

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case

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2019 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

2019 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Bernhard Ott

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2019 Dão Branco Broadbent

2019 Dão Branco Broadbent

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

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



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

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2019 Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale

2019 Cicada Rouge by Chante Cigale

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

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale

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

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case

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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de La Janasse

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de La Janasse

Deep glistening ruby. Aromas of ripe red berries, cherry preserves, lavender and smoky minerals; a sexy Moroccan spice nuance builds in the glass. Juicy and seamless on the palate, where the lush raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors show superb depth and energy. Clings impressively on the long, spice-tinged finish, which features velvety tannins and an echo of raspberry liqueur. This is one of the standout entry-level Châteauneufs of this top-notch vintage. Drink 2023-2032. Rated 93. - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com December, 2019. Regularly $57.50 the bottle, on sale while supplies last at:

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case



2018 Gigondas Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

2018 Gigondas Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

Produce of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah planted to the slopes of the small valley of Trignon, with cool and breezy nights favorable to a slow even ripening of the fruit. The poor limestone gravel subsoil here also has the advantage of good drainage. Through a glass darkly, almost translucent medium deep ruby in color in our straight-sided tasting glass, full ripe fleshy fruit aromas suggesting myriad red and black berry fruits, black cherry, plum, lavender, pulverized limestone and even more with time in the glass; while this is no a 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 rcommend this with the air-conditioning turned down low, or to have on hand for when those cool and then, later, full on cold fronts come calling, along with slow-cooked meats, bean soups, soft ripened cheeses and the like. Mmmm, bring on that winter weather.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



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

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

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

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

$28.75 the bottle  $293.28 the case



2018 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

2018 Costières de Nîmes Château Guiot

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

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

2019 Costières de Nîmes Rosé Château Guiot

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

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

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2018 Château des Crès Ricards Terrasses du Larzac Stécia

2017 Château des Crès Ricards Terrasses du Larzac Stécia

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

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6

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2015 Rioja Crianza Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

2015 Rioja Crianza Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta

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

$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 the case

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

2016 Rioja Crianza Cune®

CVNE, aka, Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España, was founded in 1879 in the town of Haro in Rioja by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo and today is still controlled by direct descendants of the founding family. Their first wine was named after its initials, CVNE, later its verbal diminutive, Cune® (pronounced KOO-nay). Produce of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha tinta and Mazuelo (Carignane) fruit harvested from their own vineyards in Rioja Alta, the wine is fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperatures, then aged for one year in American oak barrels. Aromas of dark, ripe berries and spice with a kiss of sweet oak and a sense of parched and arid vineyard floor; round and supple on the tongue, medium to medium full in body with just the gentlest underpinning of ripe round tannins to lend structure; and, with just a little air, this opens up nicely to reveal a far more complex wine than its price would ever suggest.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2017 Vinho Regional Alentejano Dom Martinho by Quinta do Carmo

2017 Vinho Regional Alentejano Dom Martinho by Quinta do Carmo

Quinta do Carmo is located in the Alentejo region in central Portugal, a few kilometers from the city of Estremoz. It is a 'typical property' of the Alentejo, with a total area of 1,000 hectares (about 2,500 acres), including 100 ha of olive trees, cereals, crops and forests of cork oak trees. After a long joint venture with the prestigious group Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Bacalhôa Wines of Portugal acquired the entire quinta in 2008. The winery at Quinta do Carmo became the center for winemaking and production of all wines from the Alentejo belonging to the Bacalhôa group, the cellar undergoing significant renovation in terms of winemaking technology. This wine, Dom Martinho, produce of an inspired mingling of 50% Aragonez, 30% Trincadeira, 15% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, is yet more solid evidence that there is so much discovery still to be done on our part (and perhaps also yours) wine-wise in Portugal. Fitting, given Portuguese involvement in the discovery of, um, America. Deep ruby red in color, this wine exudes old-world inclination with perfumed ripe wild berry aromas tempered by notions of a parched vineyard floor in an arid summer clime; smooth and polished on entry, juicy even, then fresh and gently mouthwatering and delicately long on flavor and warming on the finish.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

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2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2017 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

2017 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

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

$9.99 the bottle  $114.72 the case



Schott Zwiesel Forté

Schott Zwiesel Forté

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

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



Schott Zwiesel Pure

Schott Zwiesel Pure

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

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



Lustau East India Solera Sherry

Lustau East India Solera Sherry

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

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

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Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

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

$50.00 the bottle



Potocki Wódka

Potocki Wódka

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

$37.50 the bottle



Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry

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

$13.75 the bottle

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Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

Louis Roque La Vielle Prune Réserve Brandy

Distillerie Louis Roque have been operating in Souillac in southwestern France from father to son since 1905. The pinnacle of their production — La Vieille Prune (literally "The Old Prune") — is a plum brandy produced from three varieties of fresh plums: Ente (a red plum used for Pruneau d’Agen), Mirabelle (a yellow plum most famous in the Lorraine) and Reine-Claude (a green plum grown all over France). The pits are mostly removed, the plums are crushed and the resultant juice is fermented into a plum wine. The wine is then distilled twice in a copper pot still à la Cognac. After the second distillation, the alcohol 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



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


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