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Curbside Service / Delivery / Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM

To Our Discerning Clientèle,

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.

We have modified our hours of operation and our procedures to help us better deal with the situation. We will, for now, be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. We would be happy to fulfill your order either curbside or to make delivery to you within the Austin area where and when possible. If you can, please send us your order by e‑Mail early in the day and we'll be back in contact, first by e‑Mail and then, to finalize, taking payment information over the telephone (please do include your telephone number in your message). If you need consultation over the telephone, you can of course reach us at (512) 499‑0512 (please know that the telephone lines can be quite busy at times; it may take a try or few to get through).

Please send us your order by e-Mail at info@theaustinwinemerchant.com

With curbside service, we will fill/bring your order to a designated place in the parking lot and allow you to load it into your car as you see fit or, if you prefer, we will load your order into the passenger‑side back seat, hatch or trunk of your automobile. With delivery, we will deliver your order to your door, take acknowledgment of receipt of delivery and allow you to take it from there.

Our Delivery Policy During This Time

We will be pleased to deliver orders of $100.00 or more at no charge to addresses within zip codes 78701, 78702, 78703, 78704 and 78705. Delivery to addresses in all other zip codes in Austin would be made as expediently as may be possible and would incur a charge of $10.00 flat. Because we expect a number of our clients to take advantage of delivery during this time, we would work with you as best we can to determine a time that you can receive and we can physically make delivery. Delivery to the fringes of the Austin area may or may not be possible during this time. Please do bear with us.

Our regularly scheduled Saturday afternoon wine tastings are suspended until further notice.

For your information, The New York Times is providing free access to their coverage of The Coronavirus Outbreak. And, closer to home, here is the link to the Travis County COVID-19 Surveillance dashboard. We are paying close attention to this information as we make our way through this pandemic.

Lastly, we extend our best wishes to you and yours for your continued safety, security, health and well‑being during this difficult period.

Sincerely,

All of us here at The Austin Wine Merchant


Summer Clearance Sale!

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


Pre-Arrival Offering of 2019 Vintage Bordeaux

Pre-Arrival Offering of 2019 Vintage Bordeaux

Pre-Arrival Offering of 2019 Vintage Bordeaux

Although we chose not to travel to Bordeaux this spring to assess the 2019 vintage wines in person, we have history and the various properties' track records to guide us. So, essentially, we'll be dancing with them that brung us. As is most always the case here, we will offer the wines on a reservations basis, which is to say, we don't require you to pay up front—you make your reservation(s) now but hang onto your cash, instead making payment and then taking delivery just following the wines' expected arrival here in the spring of 2022 (or thereabouts) … Click here to go there.


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

Um, regarding those trade wars ...

Um, regarding those trade wars ...

Almost no one who enjoys a good glass of wine from the best sources on this miraculous planet Earth would wish for this situation, but, here we are. French, German, Spanish and English wines, with the glaring exception of sparkling wines and wines of 14.1% alcohol by volume and above (go figure) arriving in this country on or after the 18th of October of last year are now subject to a 25% tariff. In the plain‑spoken state of Texas, we would simply call this a 25% tax, ostensibly paid by those who prefer to drink these wines. But, will we willingly pay 25% more or more still for newly arriving wines from these formerly allied and friendly European sources? For our part, we continue to assess the situation. But we must assume that our discerning clientèle would mostly prefer to wait out such a trade kerfuffle, reasonably reckoning that it might well soon come to an end, given what appear from here the extreme vagaries inherent in such political machinations.

But, we are now beginning to experience the effects of this thing, which is to say that interruptions in supply and or increasing prices of certain French, German and Spanish wines are beginning to make themselves apparent. In too many cases already, we are having to delay shipment or to pass altogether on allocations of certain limited and high‑quality wines from France. In other cases, tariffs are being absorbed by importers with the budget for maintaining their 'market position' (bless them)—but this surely is not sustainable. We are treading lightly, trying to find our way in this wine tariff wasteland. Please know that we are doing our level best to keep good wine from all viable sources on the shelves at reasonable market prices. And we remain hopeful that better trade angels will eventually prevail and that trade peace can be made in short order so that our discerning clientèle might continue to enjoy their vinous beverage of choice without eventually having to pay an onerous tax over and above what we most all have come to enjoy as a norm in terms of price. Never mind our wine buyer is in a bit of a state concerning the price of cheese (olive oil, too).

And, then, there is this from https://www.winespectator.com/

Tariffs on European Wines Never Went Away—the Trump Administration Begins a Review of the Duties this Week

Assuming you are so moved, here is action you can take. Go to https://comments.ustr.gov/. Click on the Submit Comments button and let 'er rip. Your personal remarks mean more than a form letter but, for our part, we are against the existing/proposed tariffs that are narrowing/would narrow further still the range of fine wines and spirits that our discerning clientèle have come to expect on offer in our shop. These tariffs are placing a barrier between us and certain of the European farmers, winegrowers and wine producers whose work we have come to depend on in our daily lives. These tariffs are resulting in turmoil and loss of jobs in the wine and spirits and imported foods industries, not to mention negatively impacting our/your quality of life. And, it could get even worse.


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

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 69

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 69 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


2019 Soave Brigaldara

2019 Soave Brigaldara

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

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case


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

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  $382.50 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


2013 Barolo Fratelli Seghesio

2013 Barolo Fratelli Seghesio

Seghesio's 2013 Barolo is absolutely gorgeous. An exquisite bouquet laced with orange peel, Christmas cake, rosewater and kirsch makes a strong opening statement. Deceptively medium in body and light on its feet, the 2013 offers a lovely interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Because of its light to mid-weight structure, the 2013 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, although naturally there is some tannic grip to the wine. This is a very strong vintage for Seghesio's straight Barolo. Drink 2018-2025. Rated 91. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com October, 2017

$35.00 the bottle  $357.00 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


2015 Viré-Clessé Chanson Père & Fils 2015 Viré-Clessé Chanson Père & Fils

2015 Viré-Clessé Chanson Père & Fils (1.5-litre magnum bottle)

Produce of Chardonnay and Chardonnay Muscaté fruit grown in the clay, chalk and marl soils in the heart of the Mâconnais growing area in southern Burgundy. The two villages Viré and Clessé form a unique terroir on imposing iconic southeast facing slopes. In Viré, the soil is chalky with large layers of clay. In Clessé , the soil structure is slightly different with a combination of chalk and clay mixed with liasic marls combined with oyster-fossils which convey to the wine a specific minerality. Insiders regard Viré-Clessé one of the best white wines of the region, combining suppleness, minerality and an overall complexity. [Warning: major run-on sentence/tasting note ahead!] Noticeably green gold in color with perhaps an inkling more gold (to be sure, this is the 2015 vintage), already riper and rounder given the miléssime solaire thing; normally we would drink this stuff up on release three full years sooner, but it's more than just interesting to smell and taste a 5 year-old Mâconnais white wine, although this be a wine from an arguably spiffier address; the beginnings of secondary aromas, less overt fruit, more an aspect of preserved orchard fruits baked into a flaky golden deliciously unsalted French buttery crust, then an aspect of the stony soils of the area, maybe just after a summer afternoon's unexpected cool rainfall, and in all this a complexity that one just normally wouldn't even bother to seek in such a wine, but oh it's there; then, softer and rounder on the tongue, with a seamless richness from bottle age and a warmth of character that is somehow comforting in these strange and uncertain times. And (chock-full of value) it's essentially at half-price, regularly $29.99 (or, perhaps, even more) the 1.5-litre magnum, on sale now at:

$14.99 the 1.5-litre magnum  $76.44 the case of 6


PS. We give this wine a qualified recommendation. It is expressly NOT recommended for the casual drinker of dry white wines. It should, for best result, be consumed in one evening (we recognize that, given social distrancing, the larger bottle is not necessarily ideal). So, this is recommended only for households with enough in terms of both persons and of thirst to deal with the quantity in one go or, perhaps, under Private Preserve® by the next evening.

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 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Rosé

2019 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Rosé

Delightful in pink as well. Produce of mostly Pinot Noir with a touch of Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 30 to 40 years in age planted to soils of sand over Sologne clay. No chemical fertilizers are used, only organic matter. The must undergoes a 12-hour maceration, settling, with fermentation on indigenous yeasts. Alluring pale pink in color with glints of copper and light coral; inviting aromas suggesting freshly fermenting grapes, wild strawberries, cherries and cherry blossoms; crisp and in vivid focus on the palate with taut berryish fruit making good clean fun play with fresh tart acidity—mmmm, simply delicious.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 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. And the price makes it ever so nice a choice for most any occasion.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case


2019 Corse Rosé Domaine Vetriccie

2019 Corse Rosé Domaine Vetriccie

Located idyllically near the town of Aghione on the Costa Serena between towering snow-capped mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Vetriccie estate was purchased by the Barcelo family in 1966. It now spreads over 120 hectares and is planted to an harmonious blend of continental and native varietals. Vetriccie, the Corsican wicker that grows near the vineyards is a symbol of their unspoiled nature. And Daniel Barcelo, the current owner, is firmly commited to a viticulture that respects the Corsican nature. Produce of 50% Niellucciu, 35% Sciaccarellu and 15% Grenache planted to soils characterized by clay sediments left over by the evaporation of the Miocene sea some 5 million years ago, this 2019 vintage Corse rosé is a lovely pale pink with seeming tinges of azure Tyrrhenian Sea blue in color; ultra-fresh aromas on full display suggestive of peach, tart red berries and a waft of the macchia mediterranea; vibrant and completely dry on the tongue with compelling flavors that echo well those first inviting whiffs and get those salivary glands all atwitter.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case


2017 Tokaj-Oremus Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás

2017 Tokaj-Oremus Tokaji Furmint Dry Mandolás

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—Hungary, Tokaj 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


2017 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla

2017 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla

Produced from some 25 hectares of vines owned by Gérard and Daniel Vinet, located in the village of La Haye-Fouassière near Nantes, within the département of the Loire-Atlantique and within the region known as Sèvre et Maine, an area that lies between these two tributaries that flow northward to the river Loire. The wine is produced entirely from the Mélon de Bourgogne grape, also known as Muscadet. The fruit is hand-harvested, generally beginning in early September. The wine is kept on its lees and bottled in the spring following harvest. Ultra fresh, cool aromas suggest fresh green grapes grown on the mineral soils of schists, mica schists, gneiss and metamorphic amphibolites and under the influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean; lively, almost pétillant on the tongue, with a most refreshing crisp almost crunchy saline mineral intensity of flavor. An ideal companion to shellfish and most all lighter fare that calls for dry white wine. And all at a price that, in our estimation, places this among the very best values of them all in dry white wine.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case


2018 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay Louis Jadot

2018 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 2018 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


2018 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

2018 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 discreet and pure 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


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


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.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 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


2018 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson

2018 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, note the price. This is simply superb value in Cabernet Sauvignon!

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 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


2016 Abadía Retuerta Sardón de Duero Selección Especial

2016 Abadía Retuerta Sardón de Duero Selección Especial

An inspired mingling of 75% Tempranillo, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot from the Sardón de Duero in Castilla y León in northern Spain. The wine has a certain Iberian quality, to be sure, but with new-world influences, and a sense of a melding of wine and wood (French and American oak) yielding enticing aromas suggesting singed crème caramel, almost savory, saline, cedar, rhubard and red berries; full and rich, well-rounded, substantial, even plush on the tongue, with an engaging minerality and intensity of flavor. Selección especial de hecho.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case


2019 Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich Weingut Berger

2019 Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich Weingut Berger

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

$13.75 the 1-litre bottle  $140.28 the case


2018 Chablis Drouhin-Vaudon

2018 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.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case


2018 Colterenzio Chardonnay Altkirch Alto Adige

2018 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


2018 Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays de Côtes de Gascogne

2018 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.

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case


2018 Paul Mas Réserve Pinot Noir Saint-Hilaire Vineyard

2018 Paul Mas Réserve Pinot Noir Saint-Hilaire Vineyard

From clay and limestone soils of the Saint-Hilaire Vineyard in the Languedoc, near Limoux and in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains. Granted one doesn't normally look for such south of Burgundy in France, but here, because of the elevation and the cooling Mistral and Tramontane winds, it is possible to produce Pinot Noir with its aromatic profile wholly recognizable and its typically silky palate feel intact. Aromas offer immediate suggestion of ripe cherry and bramble and stony earth; silky and delicate on the tongue, medium in body, then warm and gently embracing, but with nerve and freshness and length of delicate flavor, and light and airy enough to take that second glass. This is a stunning value at its price.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case


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


2018 Douro Esteva Casa Ferreirinha

2018 Douro Esteva Casa Ferreirinha

The word «Esteva» in Portuguese translates to «rock rose» in English, which some insiders suggest also informs the aroma of fine Douro wine. Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro is produce of a typical Douro mingling of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, hand-harvested and vinified at the winery of Quinta do Seixo. After soft destemming and crushing, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats with gentle maceration by means of pumping over at a temperature of 25°C preserving the grapey aromas. The wine spent the cool of winter at Quinta do Seixo in stainless steel and subject to low natural temperatures, contributing to its natural clarification. Here and now, the wine is a lovely bright ruby in color with glints of a purple; grapey pomacey aromas implore one to dive on in, there's a hint of salinity as well and old-fashioned № 2 pencil shavings insinuate the mineral rich soils in which the wine is grown; at once delightfully full and fruity and light on its feet with a fine edge of chalky tannins that keep things moving along crisp and fresh. And do take note of the delicious value!

$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case


2016 Douro Vale do Bomfim Dow

2016 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 40% 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 purple red in color with aromas suggestive of fleshy wild berries, let’s say mulberry, ripe plum, blonde tobacco and a woodsy, cinnamon stick-like spice; polished texture on entry, medium in body with balancing structure of firm ripe tannins that fan out broadly on the tongue, yielding delicious flavors of berries and spice that linger long and warm 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


2016 Douro Prazo de Roriz Quinta de Roriz Prats & Symington

2016 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 Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cão and Sousão fruit 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 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


2016 Château Côtes de Blaignan Médoc

2016 Château Côtes de Blaignan Médoc

Château Côtes de Blaignan covers 32 hectares of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vines planted to gravel and slightly richer clay-limestone soils near the commune of Ordonnac in the northern Médoc. This has the aromatic signature that any good Bordeaux from le presqu'île du Médoc oughta, what with dark ripe berry and earth, not so subtle notes of graphite and a hint of toasted baguette; ample in body, makes for a nice mouthful of red with good extract and length of flavor and a gentle astringency and full ripe tannins that just beg for the fat of a brie type cheese or thereabouts the better to flaunt its velvety claret cred; and the price is right for the times.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case


2016 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

2016 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

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

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case


2016 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


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


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). Our wine buyer simply adores this Crémant with the dim sum (everything, really) at Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case


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

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

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

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case


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


Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de 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 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 Vallee 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


Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Taittinger is today proprietor of approximately 752 acres of vines in 34 different vineyards. The Taittinger estate is one of the three most extensive in the Champagne district, and the firm's major holdings in Chardonnay vineyards are the physical expression of the Taittinger philosophy and style. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the pinnacle of their estimable production, produced from 100% Chardonnay fruit from vines in the Côte des Blancs. Quite fine platinum silvery beads of bubbles with aromas suggestive of lime blossom, lemon peel and delicate brioche dough just in the oven; ultra fine on the tongue with a broad froth of delicate and persistent bubbles and fine toasty yeasty Chardonnay flavors; opulence, just this side of vinous largesse and, at once, supreme freshness and delicate length of flavor on the finish. Superb!

$137.50 the bottle  $701.28 the case of 6


Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is produce of about 1⁄3 each Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from a selection of approximately 60 different crus individually vinified in stainless steel. The blend contains a high proportion of about 40% reserve wines an equal mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and between 5 and 15 years of age. Luminous yellow golden in color with a wealth of fine bubbles; full, toasty, doughy aromas; rich and round on the palate, sumptuous even, with a freshening zest of citrus on the finish. Brut Réserve is the splendid calling card of Champagne Charles Heidsieck.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



Schott Zwiesel Cru Decanter

Schott Zwiesel Cru Decanter

Our choice for classic shape and utility for professional decanting of fine red (or, for that matter, fine white) wines. Brilliant Tritan® crystal clear; well-grounded with a low center of gravity and a large surface area for maximum aeration; easy to pour and with drip protect lip. This is the item! Regularly $75.00 the piece, on sale now at 1⁄3 off:

$50.00 the piece


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 Alheit Cartology Bush Vines Chenin Blanc Semillon Naturally Fermented

2016 Alheit Cartology Bush Vines Chenin Blanc Semillon Naturally Fermented

With a wine list that extends to thousands of labels you can easily get lost, so since I will soon be in the Cape, I scoured the South Africa list. I was pleased to find a selection of lesser-known names such as Restless River and Thorne & Daughters, and chose the 2016 Cartology Bushvine from Alheit Family. Chris Alheit’s Chenin Blanc-based white blend showed brilliantly: taut and focused on the nose, perhaps stricter than previous vintages, with scintillating tension and energy on the palate. Drink 2018-2030. Rated 93. - Neal Martin, vinous.com June, 2018

$42.50 the bottle  $216.78 the case of 6


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


2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers Domaine Faiveley

2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers Domaine Faiveley

The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers comes from Faiveley’s substantial four-hectare parcel. I find this has more gumption and detail than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques at the moment. The nose features layers of blackberry, raspberry and crushed stone aromas, and the sweet, candied palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. Blood orange and quince infuse the red fruit toward the finish. Excellent. Drink 2022-2038. Rated (91-93). - Neal Martin, vinous.com January, 2019

$127.50 the bottle  $650.28 the case of 6


2016 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

2016 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

The 2016 Rauzan-Ségla is simply stunning. Ample and generous in the glass, the 2016 is a positively stellar wine that will leave readers weak at the knees. The flavors and textures are generous as this sublime Margaux shows off its alluring personality. Sweet red cherry, plum, pomegranate, blood orange, spice and rose petal are some of the many notes that run through this absolutely exquisite wine. The 2016 is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel, maybe even more! Tasted three times. Rated 97+. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2019

$117.50 the bottle  $1,198.56 the case


2016 Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac

2016 Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac

The 2016 Pontet-Canet is absolutely breathtaking. Powerful, ample and racy in the glass, the 2016 is one of the most exquisitely well-balanced young Pontet-Canets I can remember tasting. Savory, high-toned aromatics and brisk mineral notes lend energy and delineation as this vivid wonderfully alive wine opens up in the glass. The flavors are dark and incisive, but it is the wine's total sense of harmony that is most compelling. All of the elements are simply in the right place. The 2016 is tremendous. It's as simple as that. As is often the case, Pontet-Canet is one of the most singular wines in Bordeaux. Alfred Tesseron could have chosen to play things safe when he took over the management of the estate in the mid-1990s. Instead, he chose a very different path. No proprietor in Bordeaux has taken more risks over the last two decades than Alfred Tesseron. A commitment to biodynamic farming, sustainability across the entire estate more broadly, and the adoption of new concepts for Bordeaux, such as aging a portion of the wine in terra cotta, set Pontet-Canet apart from other properties in Pauillac and the Left Bank. Not surprisingly, the wine is also starkly different from the wines of neighboring estates. Drink 2026‑2066. Rated 99. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2019

$195.00 the bottle  $994.50 the case of 6


2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Produce of about 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault from 30 hectares in the Coudoulet neighborhood of the southern Côtes-du-Rhône, located just east of the vineyard of Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the opposite side of the A7 motorway. Coudoulet is often referred to as baby Beaucastel, it's vineyard being the same Molasse seabed covered by diluvial alpine deposits. These stones called «galets roulés» play a big, er, role, as it were—they take in the heat during the day and let it go slowly at night which gives the vines a good running start come springtime. Dark ripe berry (reminds this taster of the grape jujubes of his youth) with just a trace hint of garrigue given the warmth of the growing season again submerged beneath the ripeness and roundness and overall amplitude and voluminosity of the vintage; generous and then, somehow, firm, almost crunchy on the palate in evidence of its stoney origins in close proximity to Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself (laissez les galets rouler); and while this smacks of a Côtes-du-Rhône that should age nicely, we would suggest it gregarious enough for enjoying even now.

$26.25 the bottle  $267.72 the case


2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Dark bright-rimmed ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit liqueur, incense, smoked meat and candied lavender qualities on the deeply perfumed, spice-accented nose. Broad and fleshy in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry, bitter cherry and fruitcake flavors that tighten up and turn livelier with air. Shows plenty of energy for a hot-vintage wine and finishes impressively long and chewy, with mounting tannins and repeating smoke and floral notes. Rated (93-94). - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com December, 2019

$80.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case of 6


2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Domaine de La Janasse

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Domaine de La Janasse

The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes derives from parcels planted on classic clay and galets roulés soils. It's 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% other varieties. Tight, intense, even clenched, it's in need of several years' cellaring before it becomes truly enjoyable to drink. For now, those gorgeous black cherries are restrained behind a firm wall of tannins. Full-bodied and rich, this is ripe, it just requires patience. Drink 2022-2035. Rated 97. - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate Issue 244, August 2019

$100.00 the bottle  $1,020 the case


2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Vieux Donjon

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Vieux Donjon

One of the few estates where the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape actually eclipses the 2016, this is a top-flight effort. Black cherries and red raspberries combine with dried spices in a complex swirl of fruity and savory elements, garnished with sprigs of garrigue. Full-bodied, round and rich, this velvety wine should drink well through at least 2035. Drink 2019-2035. Rated 95. - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate August 30th, 2019

$67.50 the bottle  $688.56 the case


2015 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Chryseia Douro

2015 Prats & Symington Quinta de Roriz Chryseia Douro

A great Douro vintage with grapes sourced from Quintas de Roriz, da Perdiz and da Vila Velha. A rich and velvety red showing warm spices and dried herbs on the nose, florality and freshness on the palate, and a long, beautifully lifted finish. Drink 2019-2035. Rated 95. - Steven Spurrier, decanter.com December 13, 2017

$75.00 the bottle  $382.50 the case of 6


2015 Col Solare Red Mountain Red Wine

2015 Col Solare Red Mountain Red Wine

A partnership between Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Marchesi Antinori of Toscana, Italia, Col Solare is Italian for 'shining hill' (actually, it's Red Mountain in Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington state). Produce now of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their own estate vineyards on Red Mountain, with a healthy chunk of fruit from Shaw/Quintessence Vineyard, an admixture from Corliss Red Mountain Vineyard and Kiona Heart of the Hill Vineyard, and just a skosh from Klipsun Vineyard. Deep dense midnight ruby in color with ripe pitted fruit aromas suggestive of black cherry and spiced plum, shaved dark chocolate, a parched vineyard floor and good old-fashioned (graphite) pencil shavings; cool on entry, suave and sophisticated on the tongue, rich, warming, with refined polished tannins, and all the while firm in flavors that last long and ring true to the promise of the first whiffs. Regularly $70.00 the bottle, on sale now at:

$62.50 the bottle  $357.00 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


2016 Graham's Vintage Porto

2016 Graham's Vintage Porto

Super-ripe with an expressive plum and dark chocolate aroma. Rich opulence backed by dark chocolate intensity and spicy tannic grip – big and bold on the finish. Voluptuous with fabulous richness, big and bold on the finish. This is one for the long haul but it's already very impressive. Production of 6,325 cases. Drink: 2030-2055. Rated 98. - Richard Mayson decanter.com December, 2018

$112.50 the bottle  $573.78 the case of six


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


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 750ml 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


Belle de Brillet Extra Liqueur Poire Williams au Cognac

Belle de Brillet Extra Liqueur Poire Williams au Cognac

This is one of France's great classic liqueurs, an original blend of Brillet Cognac and the essence of Poire Williams. Perfectly matured Bartlett pears are carefully selected, then picked at their peak of ripeness, macerated then blended with fine Brillet Cognac. A most flavorful, contemplative and, to be sure, irresistible liqueur—absolutely delicious!

$45.00 the 750ml bottle


González Byass Lepanto Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva

González Byass Lepanto Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva Oloroso Viejo

Given a certain resurgence in the business for Sherry, Brandy de Jerez, a venerable and viable category unto itself, would seem poised to move beyond its currently more discreet station in the spirits world to become comparatively more the rage. And the likes of González Byass Lepanto Brandy de Jerez could well help lead such a charge. Produce of a distillation of pure palomino Sherry wine from Jerez de la Frontera in southwest España, Lepanto Brandy de Jerez demonstrates complex and alluring aromas of vanilla, the singed crust of crème caramel, baking spices, dried orange peel and the essence of the grape itself; then, rich, almost voluptuous in texture, polished and round with suavity, sumptuousness, warmth and generosity to spare, finishing dry and pure, if filigree in flavor, stirring a certain contemplation of the finer things in life. Regularly $57.50 the 750ml bottle, on sale now at:

$42.50 the bottle


Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac № 10 V.S.O.P.

Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac № 10 V.S.O.P.

The world's best VSOP Cognac? Some of the, er, more venerable of our discerning clientèle will remember this fine brandy as the Marcel Ragnaud VSEP, from back in the days when we operated from inside of 650 square feet a block or so away. Times change. Packages change. Markets move. Heck, bottle shops move. But the quality and allure of this Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac Ragnaud-Sabourin remains. The № 10 VSOP is distilled from wine of Saint-Émilion grapes harvested from the 50 hectares of vines planted in the favored chalky soils of Grande Champagne at the Domaine de La Voute at Ambleville. Aged for about 10 years for remarkable aromatic allure, the № 10 VSOP is an hommage to the spirit of the grape and the soil, with complex and compelling aromas that conjure a sweet and delicate sense of slow maturation in wood, the singed sugar atop crème brulée, baking spices, raisined fruit, toasted hazelnut and at last a freshening zest of tangerine peel; smooth, rounded, elegant and rich on entry, almost voluptuous on the tongue and all the while fresh and invigorating with dazzling intensity and length of flavor. A remarkable Grande Champagne Cognac, indeed.

$75.00 the 750ml bottle


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