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Roca Patron Silver Tahona Process Tequila 750ml (ships inside gift box in 1.5L shipper)
Review Date: 9-3-2014
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I was really surprised by the purity of this Tequila's aromatics. They are precise and focused in a world where muddled can be a frequent occurrence. While having that preciseness in the nose it is extraordinarily smooth on the palate-- in Tequila, it seems to me, you usually get one or the other. Major kudos for a big name to make a really exciting high end product that isn't merely a marketing extension of the price range!
Drink from 2014
Price: $57.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 9-2-2014
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A minute after I had ordered this wine, I knew I’d screwed up. I should have taken all they had, so I wrote back and ordered the rest. The wine is incredible and so worth the price jump from the 2011.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2010 Cantina Terlan "Gries" Lagrein
Review Date: 9-2-2014
The 2010 Cantina Terlan “Gries” Lagrein is a bold red. Lagrein is the varietal, and to me it most resembles a smoky Syrah, full-bodied with a firmer tannic structure. The 2010 is gorgeous to drink right now. I had this wine with some wild boar ravioli, and the gamey flavors went perfectly with the Lagrein. I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Erste e Neue "Gröbnerhof" Santa Magdalener Alto Adige
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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I love the 2012 Erste e Neue “Gröbnerhof” Santa Magdalener Alto Adige made with the Schiava grape. This light-bodied red is perfect for so much of modern cuisine, which begs for lower alcohol wines that don’t sacrifice flavor. The fresh-ground black pepper and a supple body are outstanding; it sort of looks like a dark rosé. Serve it about 55 degrees.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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This was a delicious and incredible representation of this classic 2006 vintage, with definition, balance, length and wonderful palate richness, all at a stunningly good price!
Drink from 2012 to 2021

2009 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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This was a wine that has character and an immediate palate presence. There is a certain weight and density that signals “serious” to me, and this wine had it. The 2009 vintage was a four-star year in Montalcino, but the wines have been pooh-poohed by the critics looking for more blockbuster wines that can age for two decades or more. Well, I don’t think all wines need to age that long; I’m more of a realist. Hell, I’d like to drink some before I turn 80! So knowing I was tasting a 2009, I was still impressed by the serious nature of the wine. Its flavors were real, faceted and intense. Unlike a wine that is like a pearl, smooth and lustrous, faceted wines remind me of why I love cut stones—diamonds, emeralds—because to me those wines have so many more expressions to show you. The Brunello had that verve I look for; it also had a classic Sangiovese earth, spice and just a bit of cocoa powder.
Drink from 2012 to 2019

2008 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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The 2008 vintage was another four-star vintage in Montalcino, but with the complete opposite character than 2009. The 2008s, in general, are much higher in acid, tighter wines with more evident tannins. The 2008 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva* was a revelation. It was a decidedly more linear wine, but so supple, texturally important and layered with vibrant, fresh Sangiovese fruit. The Riserva has more structure, too, but that wasn’t what jumped out at me. Again it was the flavor profile, a real, pure expression of the soil with a bit of chocolaty ripeness, and it was really drinkable!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

La Monacesca "Mirum" MV Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva 20th Anniversary
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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Although labeled as a 2008 this is a multi-vintage blend. (To be fair, the “MV” designation is my creation.) This is 85% 2008 vintage Verdicchio and 15% 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. I’ve never had a blend like this before, other than Champagne. The concept is the same, however, to use reserve wines to add depth of flavor. It is an experience to behold.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 8-31-2014
The Mirum is a big league wine. The level of flavor saturation, power, density and age-ability is remarkable. Mirum is harvested the third or fourth week in October, assuring the maximum amount of flavor, focus and richness on the palate, all coming together in a focused, textured, seamless experience. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 20 days and then remains there for 18 months sur lie.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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The 2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica* is harvested the first 10 days of October, fermented and aged in stainless and released after a year. The wine is so powerful and intense that bottle aging, or decanting, is needed to get to this powerful wine’s mineral core. The nose is full pear-like fruit spiced with anise, citrus and a bit of brioche-like toastiness, although the wine sees no wood.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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This wine really surprised me, because of its really rich texture and weight but it has really good acidic balance. The fruit character is a little fuller and riper than what I normally look for in Pinot Noir but it still said Pinot Noir to me. Luscious texture, nice balance and a pleasure to drink. Try it with grilled meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 8-7-2014
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I absolutely love this wine's complex and traditional flavors but what really excites me is its supple nature. Still the classic length but wrapped in a richly textured wild fruit compote that balances that structure perfectly. The balance between the spice, leather, earth and that beautiful fruit is simply magnificent and to get it for this price is amazing. Although I think I could drink this wine on its own I'd suggest grilled meats or some aged Manchego.
Drink from 2014 to 2021
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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I really like this wine, the nose is bursting with spiced apple brioche that just explodes out of your glass (use a BIG glass like we do, no flutes!)and continues on across the palate. The Blanche has such a unique expression of high acid and richness coupled with lots of age you can please edgy purists and those looking for more richness. Excellent finish, supple mousse, such a deal for the price!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-5-2014
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Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese and is full of complex, wild cherry fruit, with notes of tobacco leaf and has layers of what the Italians call sotto bosco (the flavor of the forest floor). On the palate the aromas are interwoven and backed up with a core of mineral, stone, earth and truffle flowing into ripe tannins where the acidity lifts and lengthens the finish. This is not a simple wine, rather one that is simply perfect with rustic Italian fare! Try it with roasted rabbit or rosemary-infused pork loin or Montalcino’s favorite pinci (thick, hand rolled noodles) pasta. Drinkable now over the next 3-5 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-29-2014
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The 2011 vintage in Tuscan produced a lot of richness in the wine including Poggio al Tufo’s excellent Cabernet value. Aged for a year in large 65hl Slavonian oak barrels this wine has the ripeness of California Cabernet while having a more focused center, longer finish than anything I’ve seen in this price range you could buy from California. Supple, rich, smooth with lots of ripe cassis, hints of tarragon and a touch of fresh leather, a long finish but what really remains with you is the palate richness, this is a mouthful without being overripe and only 13% alcohol. You’ll love the drinkability of this wine and it will pair nicely with grilled meats or even just Cabernet Cocktailing!
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

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