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2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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Rich, ripe and juicy. A fleshy, powerful wine with lots of ripe stone fruit and freshly squeezed citrus. The wine also gets some maturation in barrel and has great mid-palate texture and has a faint nutty, toasty persistence on the finish that really adds another level of complexity. Really tasty Savvy at a steal of a price.
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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Big, brooding, concentrated Pinot with layers of smokey dark fruit, toasted spices, forest floor and truffle Porcini mushrooms. I love how this wine has tons of richness and fruit but still retains some savory elements to it that Pinot lovers (like myself) are captivated by. This wine is really showing well right now but I have no doubt it will continue to show well for a few years to come. A really great deal at this price, I think it could hold a $50 price tag and not disappoint!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 4-9-2014
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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

2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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A beautifully perfumed Shiraz with classic aromatics of spicy plush red fruits, some Cassis, sweet plums, crushed mint and sandalwood. On the palate the wine is perfectly polished and pure with fine elegant tannins, bright but juicy berry fruits and some subtle fresh picked herb characters. The fruit profile perfectly plays the edge of rich soft red fruit with some darker, riper fruit edges complimented by that fresh crushed herb / garrigue fragrance. Pretty serious Shiraz in a very sleek attractive style.
Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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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

2012 Palazzone Terre Vinate Orvieto
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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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
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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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
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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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 Cypress Estate Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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Ummmm such a great rendition of really juicy, spicy gravelly Hawke's Bay Syrah. For me this is one of the most distinctive varietal / region flavor profiles in the world. This wine has all that regional character and then some. The nose suggests cracked black pepper and spicy red berries. On the palate the flavors readily agree with a nice juicy mid-palate and mouthwatering acidity. There is a lovely gamey, pepper crusted steak quality here that complements the ripe berry fruits. Reminds me of the magic combination of Venison and Huckleberry sauce. What a steal for a wine of this quality. A must try for all lovers of Syrah.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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The answer to many critics and even some winemakers who have written off the 2011 vintage in South Australia. The vintage was one of the coldest and wettest on record with weather more like Seattle than Adelaide! However Simon and Corey have crafted a wine that is a shinning representation their grape growing / wine making skills and the ability of Barossa to produce incredibly delicious wines that are fresh, vibrant and a million miles away stylistically from the jammy, sweet fruit bombs that people often associate with the region. Never ones to make over-the-top wines anyway, the cards that mother nature dealt Simon and Cory in 2011 made them focus on purity and balance over bulk and brawn. This wine has fantastic purity of fruit and lovely ripe berry flavors, bramble fruit, loganberry. It also has sweet spice, black pepper and hint of charred steak. The wine is so supple and silky on the palate with super fine tannins and bright but soft acidity. The old vine (50+ yrs) origins of this wine show up on the finish with a lovely rocky, soil driven complexity adding yet another element to this complex wine. This has all the purity of fruit I want from Barossa with the layers and complexity I seek in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A really great bottle I implore you to try.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2010 Urlar Pinot Noir Wairarapa New Zealand (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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A new property that we are excited to be working with. These guys have a beautiful estate in Wairarapa on NZ's North Island. The vines are farmed organically and with some biodynamic principles also applied. The wines are precise and vibrant. The Pinot shows a nice dark edge to the fruit from the excellent and concentrated 2010 vintage. Black cherry, plum and even some cocoa powder nuances. There are some savory things here too, pine bark and lichen...? A nice framing from the oak of toasted spices completes the wine. Medium bodied in extraction with good ripeness and balanced acidity. This is a steal in the sub-$20 Pinot category.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Urlar Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Gladstone New Zealand (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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A new property that we are excited to be working with. These guys have a beautiful estate in Wairarapa on NZ's North Island. The vines are farmed organically and with some biodynamic principles also applied. The wines are precise and vibrant. The Savy has a lovely snap-pea and lime zest nose with some lees character underneath. The palate is fresh and zippy with lots of drive and freshness. Quite exuberant for the region which can sometimes be more restrained, but the hallmark mineral, crushed rock tinge is also present in the finish. Great value for the $15 price point.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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Ummmmm I am a sucker for this style of off-dry, juicy, concentrated, pure Riesling. Preserved lemon, fresh peeled tangerine, a drop of lime juice. It's a play on sweetness and acidity all underpinned by Framingham's characteristic racy acidity that lends freshness and drive to the wine. Many believe these guys to be at the top of New Zealand's Riesling pecking order. They certainly know what they're doing and are making some stellar wines. In my top five for sure!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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To add to my notes and descriptors above...if you are seeking out the great Pinot Noirs of the world...you need to try this wine.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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