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Matthew Callahan

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2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva   | Approved
Review Date: 1-17-2015
This is one of the world’s only regions that ages wine FOR you, ensuring its quality upon release. This traditional technique means current releases can sometimes be 7-8 years old (such as this one) or more, and it shows in the vivid flavors. Dried red fruit, tea leaves, licorice, tobacco, soft acidity and persistent tannin make this ideal with lamb shank, Spanish sausages, or pork medallions!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
Very classic St-Estèphe with all its exotic spices, forest floor, tobacco, but with a delicious note of sweet dark fruit and vanilla on the nose and on palate. The higher percentage of Cabernet gives it a beautiful note of menthol/eucalyptus as well as a firm tannic structure. This one I would put in the cellars or decant to drink now.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2009 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
Being softer and friendlier than the 1st wine, Sainte-Anne is pure pleasure to drink right now. Brown sugar, cocoa, pepper spices and a core of sweet dark fruit. The tannic structure and acidity frame its softness nicely. With all its charms, it is ready to go now.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2009 La Cardonne, Médoc  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
La Cardonne is very much a northern Médoc wine, very Saint-Estèphe-like. Full of spices, and dark fruit, with a tannic structure that makes this wine a very good candidate for the cellars or with a plate of charcuterie.

2012 Georg Albrecht Schneider "vom Rotliegenden" Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Trocken (dry)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 1-16-2015
I tasted this wine before I checked the price and I’m just stunned at the price tag on this wine, just an insane value. The nose is so elegant, with notes of honeysuckle, white peach, persimmon and wet stone. The first few things I noticed about the palate is the piercing acidity and beautiful full, rich body that over the next few years will integrate nicely with the flavors of peach, apricot and lemon basil. Get this stunning dry Riesling now; it should improve over the next 5 years.

2013 FRAM Shiraz Swartland   | Approved
Review Date: 1-16-2015
If I'd have tasted this blind I'd have guessed Languedoc, but no matter. It's old-vine Shiraz grown in rocky soils and it is flat out delicious. Rich and powerful yet structured and even elegant, with plenty of dark fruit and a hint of smoke and game, this would make a great pairing with a wide range of roasted or braised meats. Writing this reminds me that I should get some before everyone figures out how good it is.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart DC 90 BC 0

2012 Georg Albrecht Schneider "vom Rotliegenden" Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Trocken (dry)   | Approved
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Don't be fooled by the "Spatlese" on the label, although this is indeed a "late harvest" bottle, most of the sugars have been converted to alcohol, producing a rich but dry wine. It reveals itself in three distinct stages, opening with pretty apples and peaches up front, while the mid-palate shows lemon curd and acidity. By the time it reaches the finish, it has changed again, this time to subtle notes of honey, butterscotch, and a touch of goat cheese, all while maintaining its dryness. This Riesling is highly vivid and complex, especially for its stupid-low price point.

2012 Georg Albrecht Schneider "vom Rotliegenden" Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Trocken (dry)  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
For all you people who say Riesling is too sweet! Look no further. This is one of the driest Spätlese I have tasted. This is a ridicules wine for the price. It opens up in the glass with hints of honey, stone fruit (apricot/peach) and mineral (wet stone). And we haven't even gotten to tasting the wine. Wonderful red apple and spice, guava and honey notes culminate in this amazing citrus finish. That keeps going and going and going!! Asian food stat!

2013 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
I can't imagine how Mr. Lewis does it every year. The wild intensity of these wines totally run amok with the senses. A true powerhouse from one of Napa's most controversial and respected producers.

2012 Carbonnieux Blanc, Graves  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
The great white Bordeaux of the world are some of the finest values in wine. Wines like this 2012 Carbonnieux Blanc have great aging potential and offer character, finesse and balance that is inimitable. If we had a white Burgundy of this quality for $100, it would be a great deal! This has plenty of great sweaty Sauvignon Blanc aroma as well as complexity from honeyed, gravely flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2027

2009 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Six years after a legendary harvest in Bordeaux, our owner Clyde is still finding unbelievable deals on 2009s. This property, which is adjacent to Montrose, has had a flood of investment, and the De St Anne, their second label, has profited from that. I think it would be hard to find a Cabernet lover that could find fault with this big, dark-fruited, rich wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2024
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2011 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Looking for a Cabernet-based wine with a little bit of flash for not a lot of money? You found it! This generous, attractive St. Estephe has a smoky oak nose, plenty of dark fruit flavor and a good finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 2014 Edition Natural Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Why is the 12-year-old more expensive than the 16? There is a simple answer: selection. This is Lagavulin the way I remember it, bursting with oily, peaty personality and power. The peat becomes more layered and intriguing with a few drops of water. If you are looking for a full-throttle, manly Islay, this is very impressive.
Price: $105.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Maison Blanche, Médoc  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
This is a fantastic, Merlot-based Bordeaux at a fantastic price. The wine is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from the fabulous 2010 vintage. Red and blue ripe fruit with healthy notes of chocolate, tobacco and cedar wrapped by brilliant acidity. Tannins are alive and on the harder side but an hour in a decanter and this baby will open up and taste great.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2009 Columbia Crest "Reserve" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Dark purple-black color in the glass. Subtle aromas of chocolate, earth, truffles, cassis, and blackberry. Juicy and plush on the palate with fair acidity and integrated oak tannins. This is ready to drink now and is a lovely wine that expresses Washington terroir very well.

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