Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!


Reviews

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2013 Bodegas Colomé Torrontes Valle Calchaquí Salta
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  I don't think it gets more textbook for Torrontes than the always delicious version from Colomé. The country's best, most wonderfully fragrant, balanced and nervy Torrontes tends to come from Salta, where Colomé has been an innovator not only in the quality of its Torrontes but also its Malbecs. This wine has juicy yellow fruited flavors, with exotic aromas that suggest jasmine. A unique white to sip as an aperitif or to accompany seafood and vegetable dishes.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
 By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  Fresh and racy, showing crisp apple and citrus, with hints of mineral and brioche rounding out the palate, this focused and elegant Champagne is as good as--or better than--its previous incarnations, and remains a steal for the price.

2012 Bastide Miraflors "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes Catalanes
 By: Mulan Chan-Randel | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  Fans of importer Eric Solomon and his portfolio of wines will certainly have something to cheer about after tasting the 2012 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes. True to form and delicious, this Syrah-based red from way down near the Franco-Spanish border does not disappoint. Richly textured, along with exuberant red fruit notes and a seamless finish make for a tremendously enjoyable and overachieving red. One more stellar example of the great wines coming out of the Languedoc-Roussillon these days.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
 By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  The secret is out: Talley makes incredible wine, and now we can barely keep it on our shelf. Their Chardonnay has been a favorite to sell for parties, weddings, and just about any get-together that needs both a crowd-pleasing wine and a wine that goes the extra mile for the "serious wine drinkers" of the group. Bright apple and mild toast (15% new oak) show on the nose, continuing onto the palate with hints of tropical fruit and mouthwatering acid. Once again, the texture shines in this Chardonnay, which has a creamy palate yet fresh, bright, and clean fruit flavors.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cune Crianza Rioja
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  This is a juicy, very quaffable Crianza from one of Rioja's most historic bodegas in Cune. With its red fruit flavors, supple tannins and balanced acidity, this is as comfortable at the table with roasted chicken, grilled salmon, lentils or pasta dishes as it is on its own or accompanied by cheese, tortilla española, grilled mushrooms and other tapas. Just a lovely, easy to like Tempranillo based red.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2009 I Greppi "Amore" Toscana
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
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  I have to admit I was really impressed by this wine from the Tuscan coast in Bolgheri. It's a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend. Impressed because usually I am not impressed by this region's wine - because they seem a bit too international sometimes. This wine however, speaks of Tuscany. The nose is full of sweetish, refreshing fruit aromatics with hints of spice in the back but it is on the palate that the wine really shines. At only 13% alcohol the wine is supremely balanced and that full fruit and spice character follows through but it is the balance that really struck me, and the finish that stayed long on my palate seemed to grow with each passing second. Lovely structure, good acidic balance and a supple texture that allows the wine to be really drinkable now but will age well over the next 3-5 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
 By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  The 2012 Chardonnay from ABC is just unfair to other Chardonnays in the $20 range. Everything is done right with truly impeccable balance; creamy mid palate, texture, citrus and stone fruit, mild toast, and great mineral and acid to really round out the whole package. Serious wine for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc
 By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  This 75% Pinot Gris/ 25% Pinot Blanc has great floral and peach characteristics, with great mid palate weight, fresh stone fruit, and medium acidity. Another solid, refreshing white blend from ABC!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Fort Ross "Symposium" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir
 By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  If you are ever driving Highway 1 along the beautiful Sonoma Coast, do yourself a favor and take a quick detour to Fort Ross for a tasting. The views are spectacular, and you can get a feeling for how truly special this area is among the California wine growing locations. Their Symposium offering is earthy and gamey, yet strays from getting too heavy on the palate. It is full of bright, clean red and black berry fruit, mineral, and a touch of white pepper.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2011 Fort Ross "Fort Ross Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay
 By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  This wine is made from estate fruit grown in vineyards with an ocean view, giving a hint of salinity among zesty acid, a bright mineral streak, and ripe pear, peach, and citrus flavors. This is classic Sonoma Coast, another serious and balanced Chardonnay offering from Fort Ross!
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2010 Fort Ross "Symposium" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  To see this Sonoma Coast winery and its vineyards in the newly formed Fort Ross Seaview AVA reinforces what makes these wines so unique: complex, poor soils on sloped vineyards, proximity to the Pacific, and the region's sense of remote beauty - how disappointing would it be if Pinot Noir from here was anything other than memorable and delicious? Fortunately, as expected Fort Ross' Symposium Pinot Noir is indeed a terrific expresion - with bright, clean berry fruit flavors, given a subtle savor and depth of darker berry flavors from a small amount of Pinotage grapes. This is a delicious wine heading into the spring and summer season - not to be missed.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  This is a bargain from an appellation known for richer, fuller Pinot Noir, but at prices substantially higher than you see here. Bold and smooth with an array of red fruit flavors and a touch of tannin on the finish, this would stand up to hearty food and even summer BBQ. Although drinking well now, short term ageing should do wonders for this delicious value.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  Vintage after vintage I am amazed at the quality of this massive production and fairly priced wine. The 2010 bottling shows the power of the vintage in a full and chewy style, showing ripe black cherry fruit, kirsch, spice, tapenade and a hint of earth with some food friendly tannin on the finish. For those of you who missed the fantastic 2010 Southern Rhones, here is last call.

2008 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  This wine seems to get better each new vintage we get. The red fruited character of the Crianza shines in the 2008 vintage, but it isn't as big or as obvious as a Rhone wine or as over the top as something California. It's a perfect hint of berry balanced by acidity and minerality. It's the red table wine of the summer, for sure, and it's my new go-to bottle for customer recommendations. You get it all for less than $20.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart RP 89 BC 0

1999 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  While we carried the 1999 Reserva in the past, this most recent batch tastes more evolved and the flavors more integrated. The fruit is still there, although it takes a back seat to the soft tannins and the hints of earth that have appeared during maturation. The Puelles wines have always offered supreme value for the money and this wine is no different. Put the 1999 up against a great Bordeaux at your next steak dinner and see which wine wins out.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
  The best white wine deal in the store -- period. Hands down. End of story (drops microphone and walks off stage). The refreshingly citric acidity is zippy and lively on the palate, but there's plenty of stonefruit and mineral goodness on the finish. For $9.99 you're getting a whole lot of wine for your money. Case up. 12 bottles still won't be enough.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
 By: Mulan Chan-Randel | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  How Guigal manages to produce such a consistently delicious and well priced Cotes-du-Rhone never ceases to amaze me. And with the stellar quality of the 2010 vintage, boy are we in for a added treat. This perenially over-acheiving wine offers up rich dark berried fruit aromatics, along with just a touch of black tea and mineral nuance. A fine texture, and a clean buttoned up finish make for a well balanced wine with ripe tannins and good acidity. And despite its ubiquity, Guigal's rendition still remains for me the most quintessential Cotes-du-Rhone.
Drink from 2014 to 2017

2011 Cameron "Abbey Ridge" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
 By: Melissa Smith | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  I'm proud to be the only retailer in California to carry this bottling. Delicious black plums are followed by cracked black pepper, and vegetal and herbal notes that add to the intrigue.

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  A wine made for us by a respected winery that we are huge fans of. This is a bright, rich wine with lovely red fruit, baking spice, leather and cinnamon. A fruit forward wine with a nice backbone to give it balance. An excellent example of the 2012 vintage from the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: Kyle Kurani | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  Toasted golden corn in the glass. The nose is intense and driven, notes of wood spice, burnt orange, and savory herbs, the sort of mix that only evolves with time. The palate is much less savory; more on the toasty and grainy side. Butterscotch and sweet oak dominate but there are hints of stone fruit at the back that add complexity. A touch of honey and graham cracker round out a very classic “scotchy” flavor profile. This distillery is both closed and demolished, so these remnants of single casks are always a treat to have while they still exist.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Domaine Hubert K&L Exclusive Pays d'Auge Vieux Calvados 750ml
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  A wonderful addition to the spirits section. Bright apple aromas are interwoven with subtle floral accents. In the mouth the Hubert Calvados has nice delicious apple flavors. In a few words it is pretty, tasty and a good value.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
 By: Trey Beffa | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  Great balance, sweet fruit, almost jammy plum and red fruits; minerals, lots of spice. Polished.

2013 Cep (Peay Vineyards) "Hopkins Ranch" Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
 By: Melissa Smith | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  Nice Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, layered with pomello, river rocks, and coastal sea breeze.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  Delicious, bright, high toned berry fruited crianza Rioja, here! Thanks to Bodegas de la Marquesa's faithfulness to the classic Crianza style, their extensive vineyard holdings, and a healthy chunk of 10% Mazuelo (Carignane) in this blend, this is a 2009 that begs another sip, and another glass. However, it should age nicely in the short to mid-term as well. Good stuff.

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
 By: Patrick Cu | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  For fans of ripe, fruit-forward California Pinot Noir, here's one for you. This K&L exclusive comes bearing great heaps of red fruited goodness. Dense raspberry and wild strawberry notes are present and mouth filling. This Pinot is incredibly easy to drink and made to be enjoyed today!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja
 By: Jason Marwedel | Review Date: 4/15/2014 | Send Email
  This is a great example of the generous quality the 2009 vintage will offer in Rioja. Achieving a wonderful balance of ripeness and structure, this Crianza offers aromas of bright red fruit with hints of rose, citrus and vanilla. The underlying sweet fruit is framed throughout by very precise acid and tannin. This is a very polished bottle of wine for $15, which you can drink over the next 3-5 years.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
 By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  *½ Great nose. So fruity. A fabulous wine.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
 By: Ralph Sands | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  Sweet raspberries and black fruits, very floral, with herbal notes and earth all pulled together by round, firm tannins and a very long finish. Tasted twice. I'm 56 years old and Cantemerle is now my #1 favorite château, and I seriously doubt that will ever change. The reason is simple: great, complex wine, consistent quality and a fair price. A winner every time! **

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
 By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  Along with La Lagune, this property stands out for being a perennial value and a top producer from its commune.

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
 By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  *V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
 By: Ralph Sands | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  Dark fruit and a touch of pepper. Attractive front to back, with good grip and tannin control.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
 By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  This is one of the great classics as far as values go-always good and dependable. It has a racy nose with hints of herbs, flowers and loads of red fruits. Nice creaminess. This is classic.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Armas de Guerra Mencía Rosado Bierzo
 By: Melissa Smith | Review Date: 4/14/2014 | Send Email
  The texture of this is almost indulgent! Creamy, with ripe lush fruit, intense minerality, and bright, refreshing acidity. 100% Mencia from Bierzo. This is completely coming camping with me this weekend. Whipped feta dip with grilled asparagus, hot dogs with my friends homemade pepper relish, even just the fresh air will go great with this wine!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: Melissa Smith | Review Date: 4/10/2014 | Send Email
  There is not questioning whether or not this is a Pinot! Beautiful light structure, forest floor, olives, crushed currents, stoney, this is much closer to a Burgundy than a typical New World Pinot. Textbook and honestly made.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/10/2014 | Send Email
  The Elston shows some tropical pineapple notes along with citrus highlights. While barrel fermented with full malo, the wine remains elegant and fresh with the oak serving to frame and not overwhelm the heart of the wine. There is excellent acidity and balance with a long finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/10/2014 | Send Email
  Here's the "little brother" to the Coleraine and one that you can enjoy on the earlier side. Showing a similar core of fruit with plum, cherry and minerals, it is more medium bodied with a hint of savoury herbs as well. There is still fine grained tannins, but with a softer edge to the structure.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/10/2014 | Send Email
  Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels specifically, offer one of the worlds great expressions for Syrah. And, the Bullnose is one of the best. The bouquet is lifted with red and black fruits, a meaty game note, white pepper, cedar and a hint of tobacco. On the palate there is good acidity, a fine structure and great length. I'll be putting some away for sure!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/10/2014 | Send Email
  The is one of the icons of the New Zealand wine industry...and deserves it! A gorgeous blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabeenet Franc, the Coleraine offers notes of cedar, dark plum, black cherry and minerality. There is seamless balance with fine grained tannins and a long persistent finish. Buy it, put it away for a while and reap the rewards. You'll be glad you did.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2012 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay New Zealand
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/10/2014 | Send Email
  This wine will give many a white Bordeaux a run for it's money! Beautifull integration of oak frames the notes of peach, nectarine, fig and hints of lanolin. There is great zesty acidity, texture and length. Here's the other side of New Zealnd Sauvignon Blanc.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 4/9/2014 | Send Email
  Littlemill is not the shouting type. No one who knows their single malt is going to talk about any huge Sherry sweetness or impressive, antique Oloroso barrel notes. Nor will they mention huge peat smoke. A finish that lasts forever and ever and just won't quit? Nope. This is simply effortless, rock solid, fully mature, perfectly balanced, higher end whiskey for drinking. Old school like an antique fountain pen, as confident as Oscar Peterson's command on a Steinway, as reliable and skillfully crafted as a Pendleton flannel shirt. Hey Dave OG, Driscoll, pass me that Littlemill, would'ya?
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/9/2014 | Send Email
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  An exceptional value. This has a ton of real Bordeaux character for a very small price. The wine has soft supple fruit, a real silky texture and some lovely savory, tobacco and wood spice notes that give a lovely complexity and nuance for a wine of this price point. What a great everyday drinker thanks to our direct import pricing advantage!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/9/2014 | Send Email
  Anyone who enjoys lighter whiskies like the Midleton Rare Irish or our classic Benriach 19 year cask will really appreciate the inner workings of this 25 year old Littlemill. It's a kiss of sweet barley on the initial sip with a delicate burst of vanilla and oak spice on the finish -- nothing more. But it's so integrated, in a way that young whisky simply cannot be. The full proof doesn't get in the way, either, which was surprising to me. You think 25 years, then cask strength, and single barrel, and already we should be talking about $150 or more. But then you throw in the Littlemill name -- a distillery demolished in the 1990s that will never make whisky again -- and now you're talking collector's item. Yet, we still brought it in for $140. That's also quite surprising. A good surprise, however.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
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  What a great follow up to the "breakout" 2010. This new incarnation is perhaps more precise and focused with less fleshy mid pallet but plenty of depth and intrigue. Dusty dark red berries, leaf litter, bark and river stone. A pretty Burgundian profile with some tell tale spiced citrus notes that give away it's Marlborough origins. I truly believe this wine still has more to give and think it will flesh out further with a few more months / years in the cellar. Bright, fresh, pure Pinot that is a real crowd pleasing style especially for those looking for a more traditional elegant expression of this fickle grape. Excellent value.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
 By: John Downing | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
  This lively, affordable Rioja offers a nose of black cherry and dried florals along with notes of cedar, dill and vanilla from a combination of French and American oak barrel aging. Additionally a lush, medium-bodied palate of high-toned blackberry fruit finishes with bright acidity and tangy berry fruit notes. Enjoy this with roasted or grilled meats and firm cheeses!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
 By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
  This is a delightfully vibrant and bright Reserva, with high tone raspberry and cherry fruit. The spicebox aromas range from cardamom to cinnamon with the lovely scent of clove added for good measure. There is ample acidity here which makes this an ideal pairing with food. Perfect for paella, roasted fowl and all things pork.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

2012 Palazzone Terre Vinate Orvieto
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
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  Interesting wine. Soft ripe stone fruits and fresh Hazelnuts on the nose with a toasted grain or even warm bread character that I often get from good Chenin Blanc. The wine has a lovely savory lees character that also gives great texture persistence on the palate. There is a nice balance of richness and tension which is something pretty remarkable for a bottle in this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Giuliano Pecorino Terre di Chieti
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
  Quite a ripe nose of tropical fruits, Mango and Lilikoi with a fresh floral note. The palate is soft and broad with nice concentration and texture. The wine has a stoney, even slight chalky mineral character towards the finish that helps give a little more length and balance to some of the exuberance of the fleshy fruit on the mid palate. Good value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/7/2014 | Send Email
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  Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that for me these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Romulus is a big concentrated wine brimming with ripe, dark red fruits, terrarossa warm earth, sweet spice, mocha and toasty oak. The wines breadth and power is kept in balance by a surprising brightness and acidity given the wines ripeness and concentration. It wears its oak very well and will certainly continue to integrate this even further as it reaches adolescence. This wine is so rich and decadent now it is hard to imagine restraining ones self from drinking it, yet I believe keeping this a few years, maybe even 10, will only reward the strong willed. Seriously impressive wine that I would pit against any other Shiraz at any other price point, this is the real deal.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2010 Sons Of Eden "Remus" Eden Valley Shiraz
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/7/2014 | Send Email
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  Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that, for me, these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Remus is more high-toned than the Romulus on the blue and black fruit spectrum. Think Blackcurrant and cassis, add crushed mint, purple flowers and a lovely pencil shaving and cedar note from the French oak and you have a really lovely wine. The perfect contrast in expression to its more muscular, but equally impressive brother. There is no lack of concentration here, all the intensity is just more linear and focused. A really lovely wine that shows the special qualities of Eden Valley. I suspect this wine will outlive the Romulus and might well see its 20th birthday still in fine form.
Drink from 2014 to 2030

2012 Giuliano Pecorino Terre di Chieti
 By: Melissa Smith | Review Date: 4/7/2014 | Send Email
  Oh Pecorino! It's a wonder I haven't tasted this varietal (knowingly) until this year. This wine has an explosive aroma. This wine smells like the trays of cut samples of peaches and nectarines, and at the farmer's market at the beginning of Summer, sprinkled with orange blossoms! This is one of those wines that you will want to nose over and over because it is pure bliss. On the palate it is richer and rounder than I would expect it to be. Greg hits the nail on the head in his description and comparing it to a French Viognier (which I also can't get my nose out of). I would serve this with something as simple and enjoyable as a squash blossom flatbread with fresh local ricotta, and a drizzle of walnut oil.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

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