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Keith Mabry

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2013 JP & JF Quenard Persan "Les 2 Jean" Vin de Savoie
Review Date: 2-25-2015
Persan is a local grape variety found in the Savoie region of France. It was widely planted until phylloxera devastated the region. As of 2012 only about 22 hectares are still cultivated, but it may be poised for a comeback. The "Les 2 Jean" is full of red fruit, rose petals, leafy tobacco and dried thyme aromas. The palate continues the floral and red fruit flavors with a medium body and good acidity. I kind of equate it to a medium-weight Syrah with Gamay edges. Serve this lovely wine with all great things herb crusted, like lamb, chicken and pork.
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2011 Domaine du Gros Noré Bandol
Review Date: 2-25-2015
Bandol is always a little tricky on the nose with its brooding sensibility. Mostly Mourvedre, this is not the normal wild beast we associate with Bandol and its bruiser style. It has aromas of black plum, fig paste and hints of leather. On the palate it is mouth-filling with a core of sweet black fruit. This is dense but not over-extracted and has just the right amount of velvety tannins to make it accessible now, but a few years would only help to show how much more this wine can give.

2013 Charles Trosset Mondeuse "Harmonie" Vin de Savoie-Arbin
Review Date: 2-25-2015
Oh, I love Mondeuse. It is wild, a little funky and just the right amount of weird. It is loaded with red and black fruit but what really jumps out are all the crushed fresh herbs of sage, thyme and rosemary. Along with notes of tobacco and a hint of celery seed, you pretty much have Mondeuse in a nutshell. The palate is medium-full with many of those herby notes but what comes out is the savory aspect of this wine. Serve it with some lamb or maybe pork, grilled to perfection with a lot of pink in the middle.
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2013 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Cuvée Speciale des Vignettes" Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 2-25-2015
The "Cuvée Speciale" is the older vines of the two Clos wines. You can even see it in the color of the wine with its depth and intensity. Make no mistake, this is still a light colored rosé. The "Speciale" has aromas of orange peel, fresh walnuts and a touch of salinity. On the palate there are notes of wet stone and white cherry. The length is long and reminds me of a cru Chablis but more red fruit notes. This is powerful stuff even for rosé. Capable of aging but drinkable now, I always buy six bottles. Four to drink and two to put away.
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2013 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 2-25-2015
I make no secret that the Clos Cibonne wines are some of my favorite rosés in the store year after year. That is until the inventory gets low, and I want the rest for just myself. The "Tradition" is always the more accessible of the two when first released. It has notes of orange peel, nectarine and a hint of vanilla. The palate is concentrated but has fine acidity with a finish that lingers with blood orange and dried strawberry. The minerality in these wines is always present and adds a textural element that is pleasing. The Cibonne wines are not your average porch pounders. They are classy elegant rosés for serious back yard grilling. Or not, it's still rosé and still delicious no matter how you drink it.
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2013 Santo Assyrtiko Santorini
Review Date: 2-23-2015
The Santo is a luscious, ripe Assyrtiko with notes of star fruit, Asian pear and white peaches. There is great minerality with a tingle of lively acid that helps keep the texture of the wine from falling flat or coming off as flabby. The long finish takes it home and would be the ideal pairing for some tomato keftedes and grilled sea bass.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2012 Delas "St-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 2-15-2015
Delas St. Esprit is synonymous with "House Red" in my world. What more could you ask for, classically Rhone-flavored wine with spice, tobacco and black fruit flavors. And it's only $10?? You can't go wrong.
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2011 Maison Angelot Mondeuse Bugey
Review Date: 2-15-2015
One of my favorite new reds in the store, this Mondeuse is handled all carbonically, similar to a Beaujolais. It has bright red fruit notes of strawberries and cherries. Tons of spice too, like cinnamon and allspice. No oak here, the grapes just give off these flavors on their own and that's what makes them special. The wine is more medium bodied and has bright acid, almost mouth watering. You'll want a little food here and I think a roast duck or chicken with a little fruit glaze would make an ideal pairing. Add some roasted root vegetables like parsnips and carrots to bring the flavors full circle. A terrific everyday red with something special to say.
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2013 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila-Haut" Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 2-15-2015
Another triumphant value from Michel Chapoutier's property in the Roussillon. This terrific wine comes from the multitude of terroirs in the Roussillon but is primarily from schist, limestone-clay and gneiss. The "Les Vignes" has blueberries and currants on the nose with layers of spice, fig paste and cocoa powder progressing on the palate and into the finish. Drink this hearty little wine now or for several years to come. It should evolve quite nicely in the bottle. Serve with some nice stews. I had it with some incredible pork cheeks still on the bone but a lamb or pork shank would do the trick nicely.

2013 Domaine Lafage "Grande Cuvée" Côtes du Roussillon Rosé
Review Date: 1-5-2015
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, Clos Ste. Magdelaine Cassis Rose, Chateau Peyrassol Provencal Rose. These are some of the great rose wines we receive each year and they always sell through in an instant. Each is worthy of cellaring, even if just for a short period of time. Now from the Languedoc we finally have a wine to rival these greats. The Lafage Grande Cuvee is like summer in a glass, even though it may be winter. It has notes of blood orange, seascape strawberries and wet slate. Long on minerality and finish. I'm personally glad this arrived late. The wine had a little time to become even more spectacular. You can drink it now, this is California after all and sunny days are always ahead, or hold it a few months in anticipation of next summer, you won't be disappointed.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-17-2014
Sultry only begins to describe this exquisite wine from Lesmos. Showing mulled raspberry and strawberry fruit on the nose, it quickly evolves into notes of leather (like really good expensive leather) and grilled chorizo. Beautiful spice and chalky notes round out the flavors. I've tasted the '98 several times and it has always impressed. This should continue to evolve for years to come but what an impressive wine it is right now.
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2012 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru
Review Date: 12-4-2014
Beautiful pear fruit with lots of stony minerality. This has really nice persistence on the palate. Great dry-styled Riesling and perfect for the holiday season.
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2009 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 11-18-2014
Guigal is synonymous with the Rhone Valley. Consistently producing some of the region's best wines, their Chateauneuf is no exception. The 2009 CdP is decidedly old school, which is a very welcome expression. The nose has beautiful notes of Turkish coffee, roasted plums and spiced blackberries. The palate is loaded with even more exotic spices, marzipan and confiture of raspberries. This is finely balanced and expressive. This 2009 has that extra something that a lot of Chateauneuf has been lacking as of late - finesse! Ready to drink now with its polished tannins or worthy of laying away for a few years. Either way this is a terrific drink worthy of stocking up on.

2009 Domaine Cabirau "Malgre les Fonctionnaires" Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-11-2014
As it has added a couple of years, this wine has opened to reveal its true mineral side. Layers of black fruit are interspersed with notes of granite and iron. Medium bodied with nice complexity and showing the potential for a few more years. Why wait any longer though, this is a pleasure right now. This would complement grilled lamb and hearty braised meat dishes.

2012 Domaine Cabirau Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-11-2014
The Cabirau is functionally one of the best values I have tasted from the Roussillon this year. It has deep black plum and mission fig flavors with brambly blackberry juice and dried blueberries. This has weight but is not overtly concentrated (ie. not over-extracted). The notes of Asian spices and violets add to the complexity. There is great balance that leads to a harmonious finish. A lingering memorable wine that will make you forget that it's only $12.99! Just don't forget to buy more before it's all gone.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

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