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Keith Mabry

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2010 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Marcoux is one of those great properties that is very traditional in their winemaking practices but produces wines fashioned for the modern era. There is a depth of fruit here that speaks of blackberry confiture, chambord liqueur and candied figs. A little pinch of Asian five spice powder, some roasted earth and a touch of creosote round out this deep expression of Chateauneuf. Give it a few more years and you will be well rewarded for your patience.

2011 Domaine de Laidiere Bandol Blanc
Review Date: 9-2-2014
White Bandols are tricky animals. They are not inexpensive and doesn't usually fit into the crisp and citrusy category of a Sauvignon Blanc or buttery and creamy category of Chardonnay (not that either of those has to specifically be those things). So where does that leave Bandol blanc? Maybe more like a white Rhone? Possibly, but really it is its own thing. These are wines of texture and weight with subtle aromatics. Hints of peach skin, apricot pit but not full-blown fruit flavors. Subtle citrus with a rocky mineral finish. The Laidiere has those things and more. This is a terrific rendition with an almost full body mouthfeel and deft lively brightness on the tongue. It's like a happy medium. Not too heavy, not too light, just right. So where does it fit? I say in my glass.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Have you ever stood next to a mountain stream and wanted a wine to have that fresh vibrant quality? Probably not, but if you did, this would be the wine. This 100% Chasselas is the epitome of alpine freshness. Light citrus notes, good viscosity, tons of clean minerality, it's pretty brilliant stuff. It's freshness personified.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 JP & JF Quénard "Les Damoiselles" Vin de Savoie-Chignin Bergeron
Review Date: 7-29-2014
My favorite Roussanne (the local name in Savoie is Bergeron) on its own as a grape variety is Beaucastel's Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes. With that wine approaching the $200 mark, I can't say it is a fair comparison, but for about 10% of that cost, you can get a LOT of wine in the "Les Damoiselles." What I'm trying to say is, this is one of the sexiest, most intriguing Roussannes on the market at any price. Copious amounts of stone fruit flavors with notes of dried mango and a nice thread of chalky minerality. You gotta try it.
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2012 Charles Trosset Mondeuse "Prestige des Arpents" Vin de Savoie-Arbin
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Mondeuse has become one of my favorite reds. It has the spice box qualities you find in aged Syrah, the tobacco of old school Grenache and the floral lifted qualities of crazy northern Italian reds. Trosset is a genius with the grape and makes one of the best. It's like walking into a Penzey's Spices. It's floral with violets and lavender, spicy with pink peppercorns, crazy with celery seed and meaty enough and fruity enough to keep it from being too dramatic. Give this a shot, you won't regret it.
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2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie
Review Date: 7-29-2014
From one of Savoie’s greatest producers, this is one of the most fascinating and complex Gamays you are likely to drink. This holds its own amongst Beaujolais greats like Foillard and Thevenet. This has a beautiful core of wild strawberry fruit with subtle game and earthy nuances. Don’t think of this as a substitute for great Beaujolais, it’s entirely its own thing and well worth the price.
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2012 Franck Peillot "Altesse" Roussette de Bugey-Montagnieu
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Peillot as a producer is truly special. You would pay $50-$100 for wines of the caliber in Burgundy and yet for $23, you get something authentic and unique. This has beautiful quince notes with candied apple flavors. This is a wine of length and finesse. The region of Bugey-Montagnieu is famous for the Poulet de la Bresse, a chicken that has its own regional designation. I can think of nothing better than a beautiful roasted bird to go with this wine.
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2012 Domaine de Bila Haut "Occultum Lapidem" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Michel Chapoutier has knocked it out of the park again with this sumptuous and full bodied red. Fans of Orin Swift and Michel Rolland should find a lot to like here. Deep blue fruit flavors with polished tannins. Spicy floral notes with a lingering finish. Still retains focus and balance and never gets heady. Treat this as your bold summer red for barbecues or save a few bottles for those braised dishes in the fall and winter. You can't possibly go wrong.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

2012 J-L Chave Selection "Celeste" Saint-Joseph Blanc
Review Date: 7-3-2014
Based on Roussanne, this is very intriguing white wine. It has notes of nectarine, honeycomb and beeswax. There is ample acidity to balance the wonderfully creamy texture. Fans of northern Rhone whites will find much to like here whether you drink Hermitage Blanc or Chateauneuf Blanc. Don't miss it.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-3-2014
The Mon Coeur is based on a majority of Syrah with the rest Grenache. It has beautiful blackberry and blueberry notes with classic spicebox aromas. It is always one of my favorite Cotes du Rhones.
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2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-2-2014
Classically rich and full bodied. Lots of lush currant fruit and black cherry too. You can see the excitement behind the 2012 vintage showing through with this luscious and delicious domestic Cabernet. Very pleasing style.
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2005 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-2-2014
This has a lovely nose of cola and mushrooms with notes of dried leaves and dried raspberries. On the palate the complexities really come out with a solid core of raspberry fruit. There's still enough stuffing to keep this going for a few more years. A phenomenal steal when you factor in the cellaring and perfect provenance of this wine.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Rich apple and pear fruit surround the buttery rich texture and toasty oak notes. There is a solid core of acid in here to keep the wine focused and in balance. Definitely the best of its kind for this price.
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2011 Foley Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Loads of raspberry and cherry fruit with a lovely spicebox quality. Notes of cinnamon and clove as well. This is clean and fresh Pinot Noir that says, "I am from the Santa Rita Hills and proud of it." Nicely balanced and delightful with food. Pair it with some duck legs braised in wine and cherries. Yum!
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2011 Foley Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Tropical notes of papaya, mango and pineapple lift the nose of this clean and expressive Chardonnay. It also has a rich texture but enough bright acidity to keep it focused, plus it has toasty notes that are in no way overdone. This is the "just right" expression of Central Coast Chardonnay and a pleasure to drink.
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