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Keith Wollenberg
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2011 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This has lovely, sweet fruit, and is a delicious blend of Cab, Merlot, Montepulciano and Alicante. This is a Super Tuscan to put those over-priced California Cult Cabernets to shame. Simply delightful.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Corte Gardoni Bardolino Rosato Chiaretto
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This delightful rosé has a lovely texture, nice spice and an interesting finish. Never heavy, but never wispy, this Chiaretto (from the Italian "clear") has a delightful transparency. Bravissimo!
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Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This 100% Sangiovese wine is elegant, with a nice focus. Clean, sophisticated and very drinkable. What's not to like?
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2008 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This is very, very good. It has lovely fruit, and is just opening and losing its angularity it showed a year ago. This is bottled unfined and unfiltered and is a terrific cellar candidate. Don't overlook the so-called lesser vintages from great wine-growers like this! It has found a place in my cellar.
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2010 Seghesio Barolo
Review Date: 7-16-2014
OK, I thought we were not going to see any more Barolos under $30, with the weakness in the dollar. But Greg St. Clair has pulled another rabbit out of his hat. This is solid, spicy, and very drinkable, with fine-grained tannins for such a young Nebbiolo.
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Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 7-16-2014
Crisp and bright, thanks to the cool nights in the Awatere Valley. Lot of minerality and focus, and none of that over-the-top gooseberry thing some NZ Sauv Blancs tend towards. Probably because it is organically and biodynamically grown, with controlled yields. Then it sees a slow fermentation with native yeasts. Well done!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart DC 91 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-11-2014
This organically and biodynamically-grown Pinot Noir shows a bit more flesh than past vintages, as it comes from two vineyards. One has gravelly soil, the other is a steep slope with more clay. The result is a Pinot of both finesse and power, at a very reasonable price for the quality. Bravo!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.3 Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
Review Date: 7-11-2014
OK, folks, this is a crazy good deal. A splash of barrel-fermented Semillon adds complexity and a nice fig note to the mid-palate. But the overwhelming impression is of pure, focused Sauvignon Blanc with the minerality you expect from mountain fruit. It is a crazy world, where this wine can travel half-way around the world and make it to our shelves, still at such a value price!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Bodkin "Musque Clone" Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 6-26-2014
A delicious, crisp Sauvignon Blanc of the quality of a very good one from the Loire Valley in France. BRAVO! This is made from the clone brought in from Bordeaux in the early 1960s, which Doug Meader at Ventan discovered did not get those vegetal notes in a cooler climate. So, this shows none of that vegetal quality that this varietal can sometimes exhibit, and is a wonderful wine. It's summer, and this wine will quench your thirst and brighten your spirits. But only if you are wise enough to buy some.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Bodegas Muga Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 6-19-2014
A charming blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and a bit of Viura. It is light in hue, but has plenty of stuffing, without being heavy. Nice freshness, nice crispness.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel Brut Rosť Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 6-19-2014
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OK, folks, this is a story that you have to love. It takes years to produce a champagne like this, and to have a single vintage one in magnum is unusual. Thanks to the bankrupt importer who had these specially made and whose failure allowed us to pick them up at a bargain price. 100% Pinot Meunier, from a biodynamic and organic grape-grower. This is absolutely delicious, and I am most definitely taking some home.
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Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Michel Gassier "Cercius" Blanc Vin de France
Review Date: 5-29-2014
A refreshing blend, with a hint of sweetness but enough refreshing acidity to keep it refreshing and delicious. At this price, this is what I would call a summertime no-brainer. This will fly, so don't miss out.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 5-27-2014
Crisp, bright and just a bit earthy, this has unmistakable Nuits-St-Georges character, which is not a surprise, since that is where the fruit is sourced from and where the winery is located. But to get this much character and unmistakably Burgundian flavor and aroma is a very pleasant surprise at this price point. On the palate it has a bit of brambles and nice crunchy black fruit. This is not about complexity or patience, but it is about a delicious, affordable Pinot Noir that really speaks of Burgundy. It's finished in a Stelvin Luxe twist top for easy access at your next barbecue, or drinking over the next couple of years.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne
Review Date: 3-21-2014
This is champagne that should sell for $100+. It is made entirely from Grand Cru fruit, averaging more than 45 years of vine age. It is all from Bouzy, a village known for its Pinot Noir, with south-facing vineyards (which is important in this high latitude). The nose promises red fruit and hints of brioche. It is rich and complex on the palate. But what really excites me is the acidity--2004 is a cooler vintage, with great promise for aging. If you are in Bouzy, this means that you have the ripeness and richness, but also have the focus, drive and energy that makes this truly exciting.
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Price: $59.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2011 Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 2-28-2014
As Thierry and Pascale's daughters become involved, we move to the sixth generation of this wine-growing family. As is often the case, the number of heirs keeps growing over time as ownership gets split up. Thierry was farming all of the land, but had to sell much of the fruit to the negociants. So they formed Thierry and Pascale Matrot to be able to buy these grapes and make wines from all of the family vineyards. If you are a Meursault lover, and looking for a Tuesday night wine, this is a terrific choice. It comes entirely from vineyards in the Cote d'Or near Meursault, is hand-harvested and both rich and bright in character. At this price, I suspect this will fly out the door. I know I'll sure take some home.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

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