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Mahon McGrath


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2011 Gessinger Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinet
Review Date: 9-1-2014
Spicy, and stony, with incipient petrol, the fruit is far more reluctant here than in many Mosel Rieslings. The palate is fairly dry, too, but texturally it is quite rich. Those looking for something other than orchard fruit extravagance have come to the right place!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Fritsch Mordthal Grüner Veltliner
Review Date: 9-1-2014
This is a hefty Gruner Veltliner with a plush texture. Rich flavors of yellow fruit, with sweet spice, lead to a long, dry finish, with floral notes, lemon curd, and echoing spice. Looking for a white wine that punches in a big Chardonnay weight class, but without all the oak and malolactic foofaraw? You have a good bet here.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2012 Eva Fricke Lorchhäuser Seligmacher Riesling
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Honey tangerine, stone fruit, floral, and mineral notes combine with spicy-sweet vanilla and balsam in this taut, focused Riesling. While there is lots going on here, it isn't an obvious wine, and it takes awhile to tease everything out.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1997 C.H. Berres Erdener Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Wet stone and resin meet dried flowers and dried fruit on the nose before segueing into a palate dominated by quince. Whether it began life on the drier side, or absorbed some of its sweetness with time in the bottle, you now know this is a Spatlese mostly by virtue of the plush mouthfeel and flavor intensity, as the flavors skew to the warm, dry side, set against a tart background. A real charmer, and a heck of a deal, too.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 C.H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 8-28-2014
The nose of the fully mature 2002 C.H. Berres Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett offers up scents of petrol, and gravelly minerality, along with resin and dried apple. The spice in the “spicegarden” makes its presence felt on the palate. It is interesting to contrast where an aged wine from this vineyard goes compared to currently released expressions from the site; it also doesn’t hurt that the price of the Berres is less per bottle than some of those currently released versions!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Cuvee III" Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 8-20-2014
You may already be familiar with the Shebang red, which has been a big hit for a California red blend. Well, it is time to get acquainted another good bargain bottle from the folks at Bedrock: their third Sauvignon Blanc cuvee. Flavors of tangerine, lemon, and cantaloupe, set against a green shiso note, mark this tasty, tart white. This isn’t grassy, feline, or highly herbaceous, and should be a good all-arounder when a fresh, lighter bodied, inexpensive white is what you want.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 7-21-2014
The Vina Robles Jardine Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc starts off with aromas of lemon, lemon grass, and a dry, wicker-like note, before a subtle honeydew melon aspect reveals itself. While plush and round in texture, only a sliver of aforementioned melon pops up on the palate, and there is plenty of tart acidity sitting behind it, keeping the overall impression light and fresh. Probably the best inexpensive domestic Sauvignon Blancs I’ve crossed paths with recently.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2013 Happy Canyon Vineyards "K&L Cuvee" Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-26-2014
With a nose offering up citrus, lemongrass, and honeydew melon, this is a vital, vivacious Sauvignon Blanc. Svelte on the palate, the flavors run to pomelo and melon, while managing just a suggestion of a mineral dimension in the form of powdery talc notes. Should perform yeoman duty as the summer party season commences!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 4-16-2014
Fresh and racy, showing crisp apple and citrus, with hints of mineral and brioche rounding out the palate, this focused and elegant Champagne is as good as--or better than--its previous incarnations, and remains a steal for the price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Bernhard Ott "Am Berg" Grüner Veltliner Wagram
Review Date: 4-5-2014
Neither overly broad, nor enamel strippingly austere, the Am Berg has a generous mid-palate of sweet herb, yellow fruit, and tangerine that gets focus from lentil, pepper, and wet river cobbles notes. Better still, this charmer comes in at a very reasonable price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-31-2014
The 2012 Macrostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay marries vibrant citrus flavors of lime and tangerine to a thick, silky texture, understated butter-cream notes, and a honeyed dimension. This is an easy to like, up front, domestic Chardonnay, which, while not holding anything back, doesn’t slather itself on, either. Should win loads of friends, especially as it does all this, and yet still comes in under the twenty dollar mark.

2012 Neyers "Sage Canyon" Rhone Blend
Review Date: 3-9-2014
Gamy strawberry aromas pair with floral brightness in this vivacious, light-medium bodied, moderately tannic red. Taste it, and the florality takes the upper hand; the wine seems to ascend, though it keeps some dry spice flavors lower down, which emerge on the finish, and tether this balloon to earth. You may not imagine yourself in the French Mediterranean while sipping this, but for a California red blend in that style, this is compelling and integral.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2010 Joseph Jewell "Hallberg Vineyard" Russian River Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-9-2014
Rich dark cherry aromas mingle with sassafras on the nose of this Russian River Pinot Noir. On the palate, the fruit has a very natural, un-confected power to it, with shadings of rosehip leading to a lively, vibrant finish.

Powers & Sons 12 Year Old John's Lane Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 1-20-2014
The all pot-stilled Powers John’s Lane bottling really ratchets up the intensity and complexity from the usual run of Irish whiskies, while remaining true to type. You’d never mistake this for Bourbon, Scotch or any other style of whiskey. The nose gives up orange marmalade, yellow plum, honeysuckle, powdery vanilla, and cedar, before a duet between toasted graininess and yuzu fruit, with spice and crème brulee accents, begins on the palate. I hope we soon see more like this!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart WA 94 BC 0

Lot 40 Rye 2012 Release Canadian Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-20-2014
Unctuous and rich, this Canadian Rye packs in an intriguing array of flavors that stays true to the character of the grain. Style-wise, it skews to the sweeter side of things, with a fat mid-palate, and a supple, seamless texture. This is definitely the best new addition to the--of recent days--rather un-crowded field of contemplative, sipping Rye Whiskeys that I've had occasion to sample.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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