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Matthew Callahan

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2013 Domaine Fontsainte "Gris de Gris" Corbières Rosé  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
An excellent rose that tastes of green strawberries. Great texture.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Villa Pillo Toscana Sangiovese (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-24-2014
I bought this 3L box of Sangiovese to take with me on a recent camping trip. (I also bought our GoVino plastic stemless wine glasses to go with it....a perfect match). I was so pleased with how good this wine was! Fresh, tart cherry, floral aspects and an earthy balanced finish. And when camping, no glass bottles to knock over into the fire :) Of course, this box of joy isn't restricted to being enjoyed in the Great Outdoors. It's a fantastic party wine, something to bring to the BBQ, or just simply to have on hand. It'll keep for a couple months (the plastic bladder the wine is kept in is airtight), so it's great if you just want a glass of red without worrying about having to finish a whole bottle. So versatile!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Rosé  
Review Date: 3-24-2014
Can you hear me smiling? Come closer. Forget "Add to Cart"--add to everything! Mulan has done us all a great service by introducing us to the lovely and affordable wines of Domaine Begude. It is with asparagus-bated breath I wait for these exceptional roses every spring. Do as those in the know do and pick up this rose by the case. No corkscrew needed.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Begude Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays d'Oc  
Review Date: 3-24-2014
A consistently delicious and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the south of France. No corkscrew necessary for this crowd pleaser.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-24-2014
Beautiful honey and floral aromas flow out of the glass. The taste of honey and nuts continues the joy of this lively and delicious single malt. There is a nice long finish.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-21-2014
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This lower dosage, clean and linear Brut is one of the best that we carry, in my opinion. Green apple, bright cherry and lemon meringue notes on the nose. Bright apples, zippy lemon/lime and candied ginger flavors on the palate. It has a finish laden with chalk and minerals. When we have them, do NOT miss the magnums! They priced extremely reasonably and will age for another 10 years. As it is, this little beauty in the 750 ml bottle will age well for 6-7 more years. Do NOT wait to buy any of our Pierre Paillard selections! We receive them in limited quantities and they sell out quickly!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WS 92 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.
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-21-2014
Non-vintage Champagne does not get better than this. The Paillard family makes a statement with this great cuvee and show how very serious that they are about quality. All of the details have been studied and sweated over to make this wine, from planting only massal selected vines, to working towards an organic certification. This is Champagne that has power without losing its drinkability, and richness without sweetness. If you are only going to try one new Champagne this year, this should be it!
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2004 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne  
Review Date: 3-21-2014
Cinnamon and I drank this with some seared Ahi tuna and roasted vegtables and we were blown away by the quality. When we sat down, the first thing I noticed about the Champagne was how good it looked in the glass. The wine has a light gold color and a fine streamer of compact bubbles that form quite a nice halo on the top of the glass. Aromatically the 2004 delivered on the promise of top vintage Champagne with a complex array of dried fruit, pie crust and walnut on the nose. In the mouth it is concentrated and authoritative without being heavy, and has the kind of texture that rarely comes for under $100. The finish showed off the best features of the 2004 vintage, with chalky focus and a finish that I can almost still taste the next day. The Pierre Paillard went very well with the Tuna, with the rare Ahi bringing out the deep cherry fruit of the Pinot Noir and the tangy soy almost mirroring the chalk on the finish. I wish that Quentin and Antoine Paillard had been over to check it out, as the combination was far from a traditional French pairing! As usual with a great bottle of Champagne, Cinnamon and I thought it disappeared to quickly… I am looking forward to the magnums being released next year!
Drink from 2014 to 2034
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

1999 Whitehall Lane "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-20-2014
(Popped and poured 03/2014 from magnum) An underrated wine that still delivers a fine value. A savory palate with dusty Napa terroir harmonizes with the tannins that at this stage seem polished and sweet. The overall profile would please someone who likes their Napa Cabs in a classic style, yet the wine is plenty generous. Excellent structure. A 750ml should be right in its drinking window while the large formats could go much longer.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Whitehall Lane "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-20-2014
(Popped and poured 03/2014 from magnum) An underrated wine that still delivers a fine value. A savory palate with dusty Napa terroir harmonizes with the tannins that at this stage seem polished and sweet. The overall profile would please someone who likes their Napa Cabs in a classic style, yet the wine is plenty generous. Excellent structure. A 750ml should be right in its drinking window while the large formats could go much longer.
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Whitehall Lane "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3L)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-20-2014
(Popped and poured 03/2014 from magnum) An underrated wine that still delivers a fine value. A savory palate with dusty Napa terroir harmonizes with the tannins that at this stage seem polished and sweet. The overall profile would please someone who likes their Napa Cabs in a classic style, yet the wine is plenty generous. Excellent structure. A 750ml should be right in its drinking window while the large formats could go much longer.
Price: $224.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino  
Review Date: 3-20-2014
Love these user friendly 2008 Brunello’s and we have some really good pricing going on right now. Impressive nose for the vintage, with loads of ripe fruit, Full-bodied and very velvety, with beautiful tannins and great fruit, full-bodied, this wine boasts excellent length.

2010 Fanti Sant'Antimo Sassomagno  
Review Date: 3-20-2014
From the town of Sant'Antimo ( known for its famous Abbey, a Benedictine monastery situated in the province of Siena). This is old world wine; dark fruit, leather, baking spices and coffee beans suggest that this wine will offer its pleasure over the next few years.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 3-20-2014
This earthy wine is surprisingly rich and hearty for a 1998 Left Bank Bordeaux. Tobacco, mineral and cherry and plum fruit are far more obvious than the slightly firm edge to the stony finish. Decant this tonight with hearty fare.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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