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Mahon McGrath


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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.

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

2010 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 3-31-2014
Freemark Abbey hits its mark! Dusty cassis, graphite, balsam-cedar notes on the nose lead to a palate that shows moderately sweet, plummy fruit, before veering in a more dry, woodsy-spicy direction. The wine makes a solid impact in a more restrained California style. The tannins rally a bit on the finish, enough to give the wine shape, but without taking over the show.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WE 92 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 True Myth Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-30-2014
Let’s begin at the finish this time, because that’s my favorite part of this wine. What this has over a lot of other California Chardonnays, of this (or any) price range, is enviably clean, crisp fruit. If you don’t like them too tropical, or highly oaked, then this one is for you. While the wine does see some new cooperage, it is far from its dominant feature, only imparting a little vanilla to the medium bodied, candied citrus flavors. This squeezes a number of virtues into a value priced, domestic Chardonnay bottle: nicely done.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Lustig Grüner Veltliner (1L)
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Clean, yellow fruit takes center stage, with a dry spice accent adding a little intrigue. While the overall impression is refreshing, there is some weight to the mid-palate and finish. I can’t think of too many wines that we have right now that can go toe-to-toe with this one for a good, super-value, everyday white wine, nor any, at all, that sport a man cavorting in lederhosen on the label.
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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.

2012 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 2-5-2014
There is plenty of immediate charm to this lovely, vital Kabinett. The nose offers some of the spice that the vineyard’s name hints at, along with wet slate and floral notes. The palate has lots of open, ripe peach flavors, though the balance is more acid than sweet, with the finish drawing in fairly taut, and the spice notes giving a slight reprise.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Review Date: 1-22-2014
Reductive and pettilant at present, this Wehlener Sonnenuhr should reward your benign neglect. Bright scents of musky stone fruit and flowers gradually emerge. There is a strong citrus lift after the seemingly weightless concentration of the palate; the finish really ascends. Gorgeous!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

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

2012 Ökonomierat Rebholz Riesling Trocken (Dry)
Review Date: 1-17-2014
For a relatively inexpensive bottle of dry Riesling, this has a really pungent nose and excellent intensity. There are peach, blossom, golden apple, an array of citrus fruit-lemon, lime, and tangerine- and mineral flavors here. Texturally, the wine is fresh and vital, with a crispness to the fruit, and a wonderful mineral dispatch and lift to the finish.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Charles Sparr Brand Riesling Grand Cru
Review Date: 1-14-2014
Succulent and broad textured, the Charles Sparr Brand Riesling has an underlying tropicality sitting beneath its understated mineral, spicy, and pine-y, resinous surface. Just off dry, the finish also picks up a lemon peel lift. I suspect that when these elements merge over time, a sip will really send your eyebrows skyward. Wait for it!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Bollig Lehnert Tritenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 1-4-2014
There’s a lot going on in this evolved Kabinett. Notes of petrol, wet slate, apple, and citrus evolve into chamomile-dried flowers, warm spice, and balsam, before finishing with a lime snap. This is right about where you’d want it to be; mature, yet still vital and fresh.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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