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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2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
  There's a lot of "bells and whistles" with this wine that defies the price point. All Mendoza clones, wild yeast fermentation and French oak. This is a Chardonnay that shows balance and restraint, with light toast, pear, stone fruit, mineral and a hint of cinnamon spice. Good acidity and structure keep the wine refreshing and each sip coming back for more.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
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  Luxurious, plummy fruit fills your mouth with layers of spice, and a powerful palate presence. This wine is awesome, it just bursts in your mouth, so full of flavor, so bold you'll love it. Perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pasta's flavor will be emboldened by pairing with this wine's amazing depth of flavor. For the locals... this is Catzilla, you'll know what we mean when you see the label!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
  Okay, there's a wee bit Cabernet Sauvignon in here. but Malbec is driving the train. The wine is soft and supple with ripe plum and new leather notes that combine with a fine tannin structure make this a steal for a every day house red wine. Both of the Ad Lib wines offer tremendous value for the money.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
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  The dynamic, powerful 2004 vintage is just blossoming now and while 10 years out one might think this wine would be peaking, au contraire, this wine is just beginning to open, layers of complex earth, sage, leather coupled with a brilliant plumy richness and focused wild cherry center. The wine's depth of flavor is impressive and has true power capable of aging for another decade, you'll want to have this one with a slab of Bistecca Fiorentina, or a giant T-Bone steak if your Italian isn't so good!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
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  What a bargain for the price, classic Sangiovese aromatics, that cross between plum and cherry, Montalcino's south face's warmth and richness allow this wine to flow across your palate, so supple and easy to drink! However decant this wine for an hour and simple suppleness turns to complexity filled. Long, balanced and so flavorful this wine is an ideal wine for roasted pork tenderloin with a bit of rosemary, sea salt and black pepper, so good you'll need to buy more!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
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  The ever so subtle character of this estate's wine is sometimes lost if you're not patient. Decant! It would seem that a powerhouse wine would do better with aeration but in actuality this wine's delicacy, balance and extraordinary long finish blossom with oxygen. Ever so subtle at first but then the depth of Montalcino's south face comes forth, the supple texture luxuriates on your palate but then the wine lengthens, exposing the mineral, earth and wild herbs that are the core of this wine. Complexity wells up and shows the depth of this wine's power, subtle power, drinkable now but will age very well.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

2013 Domaine de Millet Cotes de Gascogne Blanc
 By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 10/27/2014 | Send Email
  While exploring more white wines, I was introduced to this by a fellow staff member. It has a great peach smell with a cider-like crisp to it. This is a great find, plus it is less than ten dollars!
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 10/26/2014 | Send Email
  What a killer holiday party wine! Red plum, red cherry, currant and blackberry notes with medium plus acidity & soft, easy tannin. Quite the charmer!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 10/26/2014 | Send Email
  An amazing value for a delightful little wine. Apple, pear, mineral with a textural note absent in many inexpensive Chardonnay. Medium plus acidity and very quaffable!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

Glendronach 12 year old Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: James Knight | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  This whisky just keeps getting better, in my estimation. Rich and sherried, reminiscent of summer and winter treats: caramel apples and roasted, candied nuts. The Glendronach 12 has spicy, rum-raisin aromas, roasted nuts--filberts, Brazil nuts--and baked apple and pear notes, which repeat on the palate, so cotton-candy smooth, and the fruit flavors deepen toward the dry, smoky finish. Similar to: Aberlour 16. More flavor than: Glenlivet 12. Fiercer, less smooth than: Macallan 12 or Glenmorangie 10. More easygoing but in a somewhat similar profile to: Glendronach Allardice, Aberlour A'Bunadh. A standby, a classic.
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "Cabal / Smith Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  Very light and peppery for a Pinot Noir. I really enjoyed the zippy Rhone-like flavor for a change. It's like a lighter Syrah or a spicier Pinot Noir. Very dynamic and easy to drink.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 95 JS 95

2012 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  AWESOME wine. One hot deal for Riesling. Lots of zesty citrus notes with just a hint of sweetness. Like the best of Alsace and Germany combined. Love it.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  This Malbec is such a steal; a must-have for Malbec lovers. Its juicy acidity and fine tannins are well balanced with ripe, dark fruits of fresh blackberries and figs and beautiful notes of spices such as black licorice, cracked pepper and clove. Certainly the best Aussie Malbec I’ve ever had!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: Mellyn Craig | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  The 2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir could easily be compared to a Russian River Pinot Noir that costs twice the price! Rich dark cherry and raspberry fruits, with forest floor earthy notes, and freshly ground spices envelope your palate. This wine has a lot of structure and yet is elegant at the same time. While this wine is lovely now, I believe it will get better with at least 2-5 more years of aging.

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
 By: Mellyn Craig | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  The “Avant Gardening” Malbec is another great value wine from Ad Lib! Juicy dark cherry and plum fruits are the dominant flavors, but it’s not overly sweet as the fruit is balanced out with violet and soft spices. This wine is full bodied, but the tannins are well integrated, which makes this wine very easy to drink alone or with food. Stock up on this wine for your holiday cocktail party!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: Mellyn Craig | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
  This Chardonnay is a steal and just in time for the holidays! The Ad Lib “Hen and Chicken” is a fruit-forward style Chardonnay, which is bursting with stone fruits and white flower notes. There is bright acidity and minerality which freshens up the palate. I highly recommend stocking up on this wine before this gem is gone!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
 By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
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  Another great find from Ad Lib, the Malbec is a lovely juicy Malbec with a medium body and broad appeal. Great dark fruits with a touch of rose petal and spice makes this one a perfect accompaniment with our upcoming holiday dinners.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 10/25/2014 | Send Email
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  What a price! This will be making a lot of party guests happy this year. Great medium intensity and concentration with nicely balanced acidity. The wood is there for texture only, not a big oaky component and the entirety comes off as a much more expensive wine. My go-to holiday white!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/24/2014 | Send Email
  Get in while the gettin's good with this bottle. This is the best Chardonnay deal since we found the Bernier all those years ago. This is fresh, stonefruit-driven, refreshing white wine with character and nuance for $12.99. This is case wine. This is party wine. This is Thanksgiving wine. You roll into the party and people think you spend $25 a bottle because it tastes so darn good. Your secret is safe with us though. Love it.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/24/2014 | Send Email
  Lovely earthy notes and a fine level of tannins on the back end give a bit more nuance to this than the standard NZ options. A bit more structured and deep in flavor. Well made.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 96

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/24/2014 | Send Email
  Pinotage that tastes like elegant, well-made Zinfandel or Rioja? Is it just that I've never tasted good pinotage before? I thought it was supposed to be all smokey and gamey and intense. This tastes like high-end Storybook Zin, or Muga Rioja. A total gamechanger for me.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 FRAM Shiraz Swartland
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/24/2014 | Send Email
  Rich and meaty, but never sweet or over the top. I usually avoid Shiraz at the sub-$20 price point because it tends to be too sweet or rich. The Fram is super complex, however, as the fruit soon turns into iron and a gamey note. Fun stuff.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 FRAM Chardonnay Robertson
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 10/24/2014 | Send Email
  Unbeatable for the money. Everything you want in high-quality, clean, unoaked, fresh, inexpensive Chardonnay. The purity of the mineral notes are almost Chablis-like. A HOT deal.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Montechiara Prosecco DOC
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/23/2014 | Send Email
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  You can't find a better Prosecco at this price point, clean, fresh, crisp so easy to drink with a wonderfully balanced mousse! This is the perfect afternoon refresher or if you love Aperol Spritz this will be your companion mixer! Friends coming over before dinner aperitif, everyone loves a little Prosecchino!
Drink from 2014 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/23/2014 | Send Email
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  Rich and decadent wine for a pretty cool and challenging vintage. Strict low yields and careful viticulture of this single vineyard Pinot have ensured great quality and power. Dusty forest fruits, dark cherry, hard ground spices, lovely weight and density to the fruit but with elegance and purity. Some exotic French oak barrel notes and toast showing on the back end which is long and full of spice and earth. Kevin's long winemaking pedigree shows here with the new Greywacke project, allowing him to branch out into these smaller single vineyard projects.

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/23/2014 | Send Email
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  Amazing precision and poise for such a powerful and concentrated wine. Over the years Barossa wines have suffered much criticism for becoming too big, too extracted, over-ripe and over oaked...none of this is true about this fine effort from Elderton. Despite its immense concentration and depth from 100+ year-old Shiraz vines, the limestone soils, deft use of strictly 600L puncheon barrels and restraint on ripeness levels and extraction means that this wine remains beautifully balanced and proportionate. Hallmark Barossa black fruit, scorched earth, leather and meaty nuances, lovely mid-palate acidity and fine delineated tannin on the long finish. A superb effort from a great South Australian vintage. A serious value at our special price for K&L customers.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/23/2014 | Send Email
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  Bright, juicy, soft, pure fruit. Amazing quality of fruit and balance for this price. Fleshy dark fruit, exotic spices, a touch of crushed mint and cassis from the dash of Cabernet in the blend. You won't believe how good this wine is for the money...don't just take my word for it...try a bottle...the wine speaks for itself!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/23/2014 | Send Email
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  Off the charts good for the money...I seriously think this is one of the best value Chards I have come across in my decade in the wine business. Lovely combination of rich orchard fruits, savory lees, flint, stony mineral tones and beautiful persistence and texture on the palate. Lovely ripeness but fresh acidity, bright drive and linear intensity. This is hard to beat even at $20.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2008 Taylor LBV Port
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
  This filtered LBV is ready to drink now. Its purple hue reflect the nose of enticing violets, blackberries, blueberries, plums and the faintest hint of peat. Its medium-sweet palate is full of dark plums, figs, dates, cocoa, and exotic spices. A beautiful after-dinner drink or for pairing with dessert.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
  There is a fine sense of proportion and balance to this big, brash wine which offers a measure of restraint to the bold fruit. The flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, pepper, mint, spice and smoke are lifted by fine grained tannins, moderate acid and a persistent limestone infused finish. In today's market for world class wines, this is a screaming value.

Germain-Robin Small Blend No 3 Brandy 750ml
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
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  Amazing. I don't feel particularly qualified to review this masterpiece of distillation and blending...but I will try. Just a phenomenal combination of aromatics, flavor, texture and perfectly weighted proof. I swear that if you think long and hard, you can pick out varietal characteristics of all the separate distillates that make up this work of art. Even the dramatically floral and intricate nose of the aromatic varietals that only make up tiny percentages of the final blend. A very complex Brandy, Germain Robin is the pinnacle of "craft" distillation in the U.S. for me.
Price: $285.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #17 Kentucky Bourbon 750ml
 By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
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  Fantastic, simply fantastic. Sometimes that's all that you need to say. With great Bourbon getting so hard to find I'm sure this will be gone soon, too, so grab some while you can.
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay
 By: John Majeski | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
  While this attractive charmer may not quite qualify as the "Hunter Pence" of Chardonnays, it does express his buoyant, infectiously-engaging personality and ability to generate hits with its unabashed aromatics and "give-it-your-all" flavors of ripe, luscious peach, glistening apple, creamy pineapple and mouthwatering citrus. It even manages a kiss of oak to balance the vibrant array of orchard fruits. A surefire hit with your base, and one to keep around for all your post-game and holiday celebrations......
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2011 Clos des Fous "Grillos Cantores" Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Cachapoal
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
  This is as elegant an everyday-priced Cabernet Sauvignon as I've had from Chile in a while. It's not the most powerful, not the richest, but certainly the most nuanced, layered, and balanced, with classy red fruited aromas and flavors nicely melding with subtle savory goodness and very polished, fine tannins. If you appreciate Cabernet with subtlety and style (not two words I associate often with under $15 Cab!) then this may be a wine to load up on.

2009 Viña Santa Rita Syrah Reserva Maipo Valley
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
  With a a few years of bottle age, this Syrah is now officially open for business: dark plum, green peppercorns, blackberry fruit and Indian spices combine seamlessly and compete for your attention. For fans of Syrah or those who are curious about this grape variety, this is about as textbook a bottle of commercially produced Syrah as you're likely to find.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

Lustau Dry Amontillado "Los Arcos" Solera Reserva
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
  This dry Amontillado is a perfect accompaniment to cured meats and other Spanish style snacks. With its beautiful amber color, this Amontillado has pungent aromas of roasted nuts, coffee and dried figs, while the palate includes candied orange peel, seawater, toffee and butterscotch. Its pronounced flavors open up your pairing possibilities to more than just snacks, it could even hold up to a full array of grilled meats.

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain
 By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 10/22/2014 | Send Email
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  Wow! Here's a Pinotage that will win over even those who have been avoiding the varietal for years. Beautifully pure and missing the distinctive tarry herbal notes that keep many from enjoying Pinotage. There are a few great Pinotage that I've tasted over the years, and this certainly adds to that list.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay
 By: Patrick Cu | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  What a fun, fresh, and easy-going Chardonnay. Notes of peach, nectarine, orange citrus, and Fuji apple come out beautifully. Light acidity keeps things refreshing. This is great for those in need of a delicious value from California Chardonnay.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2013 Sadie Family Old Vine Series "Soldaat" Grenache Noir Piekenierskloof
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  This is the type of lightly hued, brightly fruited, transparent and delicious Grenache which I love to drink, whether it's Piekenierskloof, South Africa or Gredos, Spain. Delicious and highly recommended.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  Juicy. Stone fruit. Round and bright, with nary a tropical or pyrazine note to be found. When I think of Martinborough SB, this is pretty much exactly what comes to mind. Tasty and a solid value as well.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 93

2013 Syrahmi "Demi" Syrah Heathcote
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  From a cooler area in Heathcote (Victoria), this is real-deal Syrah, and not just "for Australia," or "given that it's New World," or anything like that. Without qualifiers, this is simply very good Syrah. Given its pure, bright mixed berry fruit, fine acid balance and drinkability, this brings St. Joseph to mind. Now open your mind, subtract $5-10 from that St. Joseph, and get to drinking!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2007 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
 By: James Knight | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  A very pretty, rich aroma, just the right mix of bakery and autolyzed yeast notes and freshness; creamy balance, not too sharp on the acidity--a lot less so than the 2008 Brut Rose. Just so enjoyable!
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart WE 96 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  Mendoza clones, wild yeast, high solid debourbage according to my colleague Ryan W. With those data points I'm not surprised that this is really quite good! Bright, citric and tasty. The following is not hyperbole but the honest-to-god truth: there is no Chardonnay that can touch this for the price.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  Rare indeed is the Pinotage that not only holds our attention, but elicits gushing praise from the peanut gallery. As buyer Ryan W remarked, one can see the true PN (juicy, friendly fruit w/ a bit of structure) and Cinsault (light, floral, so quaffable) parentage of the Pinotage grape on full display with this wine. A revelation. And, damn tasty.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 FRAM Chardonnay Robertson
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  Bright yellow fruits show real minerality as well as an eminently drinkable, effortless style. Is it the addition of Chenin Blanc? The limestone? I'm not sure but this wine right here is one for drinking (and I'm not much of a Chardonnay drinker....)
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Sadie Family "Old Vine Series--Treinspoor" Tinta Barroca Swartland
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  Dark and mixed berry fruits show some florality and and real structure. And of course intensity and real persistence on the palate. Yes!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Quartz Reef "Zero Dosage" Sparkling Wine Central Otago
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  A nicely textured bubbly, that has bright citric fruit, a nicely ripe yet dry style and very good overall balance that encourage expedient draining of the bottle! Very tasty, indeed.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  I gave this Brunello, Three stars, beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet ripe strawberries, black cherries intermingled with subtle tuscan earth and toasted oak notes, minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate on the on the finish, round and ripe tannins and a long aftertaste. Great for gifts, or the Christmas table. ( Jump on this, it won't be around long. (WARNING!!!)

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  Big wine, little price!!! Do not let the price let you think that this is a lesser wine. This is a Great 2009 Brunello that will develop over the next couple years. I would give this an hour or two decanting time and serve with a winter stew. Yum!

2012 Apaltagua "Envero" Carmenere Gran Reserva Colchagua Valley
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 10/21/2014 | Send Email
  90% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is another delicious bottling of Envero. If you love fuller bodied, richer California cabs, then this would be a terrific introduction to the Carmenere grape. Deeply pitched dark fruits combine with aromas and flavors of roasted coffee, grilled bread and a hint of homemade caramel, a nicely darkened and deeply flavored batch. For under $14, there is very little else out there that provides this intensity of flavor in this bigger style of red wine.

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