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Matthew Callahan

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2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
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This wine is powerful; a bold and forceful statement on the palate says BAROLO in a big way. The nose is a classic full of spice, smoky earthiness and intense fruit and is replicated on the palate. While a big wine it hasn’t lost any grace or balance, and that comes through in the waves of flavor, the cedar like spice, the truffled earth and a bold cherry and plum center. The wine has plenty of structure to age for another couple decades yet still has drinkability now with the luscious fruit and supple texture. This is the perfect accompaniment to a Brasato al Barolo (Piemontese Pot Roast) or a porcini laced risotto.The price is incredible and enough so that you should drop a case or two into your cellar.
Drink from 2014 to 2030
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
I been visiting this property and the Ashmeads for well over a decade and before winemaker Richard Langford joined in 2003. In fact meeting Richard was an uplifting experience...literally. I was having dinner with John Duval (name drop)at the Vintner's Bar and Grill and expressively waving my hands in conversation, when I was lifted out of my seat by my forearms. Now I'm 5'8" on a good day, and Richard is about 6'6", so I remember it well, and we met the next day to barrel sample and have a more "grounded” experience. His hand has been evident over the years with better balance and integration of wood being a focal point. The 2012 Shiraz which comes from some 100+ year old material that is matured in 600lt puncheons that shows a purity of brambly dark cherry and blackberry fruit. That is coupled with some bittersweet chocolate notes and a hint of winter mint on the back end of the palate. This is a pure and fine tuned Barossa Shiraz that is sure to please.

2013 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
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True Kungfession: I get a real kick out of this super-smooth, fun and funkadelic wine from our talented neighbor to the north, Charles Smith, who somehow conjures up a domestic Riesling releasing zingy flavors of Fuji apple, Asian pear, ripe apricot and citrus blossom that manages to hit me smack dab right in the center field of my price to quality comfort zone, and easily scores big on the home palate. Blame it on playoff fever mixed with the need to take in plenty of essential stress-quenching liquids during this nailbiter Fall Classic, but this pure and luscious, slightly off dry beauty with the krazy name remains a world-serious wine and a surefire winner. Don't miss it!

2012 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-28-2014
This wine is a great value! Juicy blackberry and plum fruits, spicy minerality, and a touch of cocoa powder dazzle your palate. The tannins are integrated, which makes this a wine drinking great now and for the next few years.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

Fuenteseca Reserva "2014 Edition" K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
What I love about blanco tequila is the intensity of the pure tequila flavor: the pepper, the citrus, the sweetness of the fruit, and the freshness of the finish. I personally don't drink much mature tequila. When we made the original Fuenteseca, however, we were so excited about using the tequilas between 10 and 21 years of age, mainly because no one had ever tasted a tequila that old! It was a bold new spirit that needed to be unleashed on the world. With that excitment we managed to bring whisky drinkers over to tequila in numbers we never imagined possible. This time however we wanted to show tequila drinkers, guys like me who love the vivacity of youthful tequila, that Enrique's mid-range mature spirits (the four to eight year old tequilas) can offer the same level of complexity while maintaining their freshness. Whereas the goal last time around was to make a ultra-mature tequila for whisky drinkers, the goal this time was to make an ultra-mature tequila for tequila drinkers. If you like spice and intensity, you're going to love this new 2014 edition. It's everything we hoped it would be.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
The scent of rich fruit and light herbaceous tones come wafting out of the glass. On the palate is a deep red and blue fruit, with continued herbal notes. A delicious, wine that leaves you with smooth tannins, and zippy freshness for a winning combination! This is bound to be one of my "every-day" wines around the house.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2012 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
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Super tasty and quite a value, Columbia Crest's H3 lineup has been a great hit with our customers and this one is no exception. A juicy Cab like this with wonderful dark fruits, fine tannins and a lovely bit of minerality typically costs at least twice this price
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2012 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
Classic Washington Cab with dark berry fruit, a smooth texture, polished tannins and nice length. If this said Napa on the label, you would think it a value at $30. At $10 and 92 points it is a no-brainer. 'Nuff said.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2012 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 10-28-2014
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“Napa Assassin” that was the first thought that sprang into my mind when I tasted the 2012 Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine with this much polish, depth and structure with the words Napa Valley on the label would easily fetch $30+, but since this wine is from Washington state you can pay the meager tariff of only $9.99! Loaded with dark berry fruit, hints of cocoa, supple tannins and just a touch of sweet mocha-laced oak this beauty is one heck of a deal! A quality Cabernet Sauvignon this is a wine worth buying by the case.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
There's a lot of "bells and whistles" with this wine that defies the price point. All Mendoza clones, wild yeast fermentation and French oak. This is a Chardonnay that shows balance and restraint, with light toast, pear, stone fruit, mineral and a hint of cinnamon spice. Good acidity and structure keep the wine refreshing and each sip coming back for more.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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Luxurious, plummy fruit fills your mouth with layers of spice, and a powerful palate presence. This wine is awesome, it just bursts in your mouth, so full of flavor, so bold you'll love it. Perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pasta's flavor will be emboldened by pairing with this wine's amazing depth of flavor. For the locals... this is Catzilla, you'll know what we mean when you see the label!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
Okay, there's a wee bit Cabernet Sauvignon in here. but Malbec is driving the train. The wine is soft and supple with ripe plum and new leather notes that combine with a fine tannin structure make this a steal for a every day house red wine. Both of the Ad Lib wines offer tremendous value for the money.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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The dynamic, powerful 2004 vintage is just blossoming now and while 10 years out one might think this wine would be peaking, au contraire, this wine is just beginning to open, layers of complex earth, sage, leather coupled with a brilliant plumy richness and focused wild cherry center. The wine's depth of flavor is impressive and has true power capable of aging for another decade, you'll want to have this one with a slab of Bistecca Fiorentina, or a giant T-Bone steak if your Italian isn't so good!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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What a bargain for the price, classic Sangiovese aromatics, that cross between plum and cherry, Montalcino's south face's warmth and richness allow this wine to flow across your palate, so supple and easy to drink! However decant this wine for an hour and simple suppleness turns to complexity filled. Long, balanced and so flavorful this wine is an ideal wine for roasted pork tenderloin with a bit of rosemary, sea salt and black pepper, so good you'll need to buy more!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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The ever so subtle character of this estate's wine is sometimes lost if you're not patient. Decant! It would seem that a powerhouse wine would do better with aeration but in actuality this wine's delicacy, balance and extraordinary long finish blossom with oxygen. Ever so subtle at first but then the depth of Montalcino's south face comes forth, the supple texture luxuriates on your palate but then the wine lengthens, exposing the mineral, earth and wild herbs that are the core of this wine. Complexity wells up and shows the depth of this wine's power, subtle power, drinkable now but will age very well.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

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