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2011 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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Ummmmm I am a sucker for this style of off-dry, juicy, concentrated, pure Riesling. Preserved lemon, fresh peeled tangerine, a drop of lime juice. It's a play on sweetness and acidity all underpinned by Framingham's characteristic racy acidity that lends freshness and drive to the wine. Many believe these guys to be at the top of New Zealand's Riesling pecking order. They certainly know what they're doing and are making some stellar wines. In my top five for sure!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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To add to my notes and descriptors above...if you are seeking out the great Pinot Noirs of the world...you need to try this wine.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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A graceful style Pinot but with plenty of mid-palate concentration. Expressive nose of wild berries and forest floor, maybe even suggestion of smoke. The structure is supple with acidity playing the major role in elongating the wine on the palate. Quite moreish and easy to drink, showing purity and a nice level of restraint along side easy juicy red fruits and some leaf-litter savory components. Certainly more for the Burgundy lover than the big blockbuster Pinot folks. Pretty cool wine especially for this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2013 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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Lovely snappy, fresh, mineral driven Savy. Zesty citrus, crushed herbs, and some riper notes of lilikoi shine through. A nice lees contact component gives body and just a whisper of oak. Very balanced and precise with more complexity than most offerings in this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2011 Torbreck "Juveniles" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 3-28-2014
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I am normally a fan of this release from Torbreck, In fact I often like it over some of their much more expensive bottlings that can be a bit excessively brawny for my tastes. However this 2011 release is something really special. The vintage was exceptionally cold in Barossa and due to this the wine has a very elegant structure and more restraint than one might expect from these varietals and region. The wine is aromatic with floral spice notes and a touch of cracked peppercorns. On the palate the wine is decidedly medium bodied with incredibly silky soft tannins and supple mouth feel. It is vibrant and soft with balanced, gentle acidity and plenty of length on the palate despite the wines elegant form. A lovely reflection of what can result from a tricky cool vintage.
Top Value!

2010 Giusti e Zanza "Perbruno" Syrah Toscana
Review Date: 3-12-2014
Treading a fine line between ripe, rich and extracted Syrah and a more savory, balanced incarnations. Big, dark, rich fruit, with roasted earth, smoked meat and dark spices. A full-bodied wine with just enough acidity to keep it in line. Already showing well now but might soften with a few more years in bottle.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WE 95 BC 0

2006 d'Arenberg "Coppermine Road" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 3-11-2014
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Very serious, powerful Cabernet. Black and blue fruit, iron notes, textural tannin and no lack of concentration. This is a rich, structured wine but the edges have softened beautifully with time in bottle. Layers of dark fruit, spice and cocoa coat the palate as the more lifted blue berries and spice elevate the finish. Some hints of development in the way of sweet leather and tobacco creep in, but the wine is largely still in the primary phase of its long life. Compelling stuff from d'Arenberg.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2009 Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-4-2014
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Super unique stuff! I looked at David after tasting this and said "is it weird that this almost shows Agricole Rum or even Gin like botanical notes!?" This has a fresh cut grass quality, even a slight herbal component. Really interesting and unique. I can see why the Davids are so excited about some of these young malts, they are something that everyone should check out!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1990 Bladnoch 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #1054 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-4-2014
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Phenomenal Scotch! My personal favorite from this excellent batch of K&L special bottlings. Very soft and supple on the palate, at that perfect stage when you can clearly see the benefit of the spirits age but before the vibrancy and freshness starts to succumb to more wood orientated and secondary flavors. This is still showing lovely fruit and honeyed malt characters. Very layered and complex.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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An excellent Chard that walks the perfect line between richness and decadence with very fine acidity and lovely mineral aspects. It shows crunchy orchard fruits, pie crust, spicy oak tones and toasted brioche. After spreading out broad and rich on the palate the wine folds back in and drives into a long and more linear finish with the fresh acidity of a cooler vintage shinning through. More Chassagne than Puligny but to be honest the fruit has a slightly more exotic character that is all Hawke's Bay and I love it for that!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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An exceptional value for a serious and structured wine of really high quality. The second wine to the legendary Coleraine the Awatea is a classic Bordeaux blend that is made in a slightly more soft and generous style. Lovely rich dark red fruits, plum, currant, bitter-sweet chocolate, subtle barrel spice an a hint of cigar box. A very good partner for red meat. I think this wine really appeals to people that like a more classic style of old school Napa Cab.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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A really interesting style of Kiwi SB. This wine has much more in kind with white Bordeaux than the typical style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that most people are familiar with. Snappy citrus fruit meets a subtle oak spice and intense mineral aspects. Despite the very focused acid line the wine has considerable weight and broad texture on the mid palate from extended lees contact in barrel. Really great wine that is refreshing and versatile.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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One of the most impressive Bordeaux style reds from anywhere in the world, at any price. This is very serious wine with tons of concentration, power, focus and layers and persistent flavor and texture. Made from the estates top parcels of fruit and raised in the very best cooperage. This wine shows crushed blackcurrant, cassis, mint and sweet tobacco. The subtle oak frames the fruit perfectly with some nice gravelly tones showing through on back. The tannins are fine, silky long-chain tannins but give this wine plenty of structure to age for a decade plus. Any lover of Pauillac or St. Julien should try this wine, it truly deserves a place in the cellar along side those famous Bordeaux bottles.
Drink from 2014 to 2030
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2010 Amelia Park Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Probably in my top three $20 Cabs in the store from any region. Pure blackcurrant, cassis, crushed mint and a touch of toasty oak. Full bodied, rich, ripe tannins but with enough grip to draw out the length on the palate and make it a formidable opponent to a big hunk of red meat. Try this, you won't regret it.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Beautifully focused Chardonnay with minerality in spades. Winemaker David Bicknell has a very distinctive style of crisp, linear Burgundian type Chardonnay. This wine is all about tension and focus with citrus notes, spices, hints of buttered toast and flint. The wine is a must try for fans of Chablis and less obviously oaky, buttery chardonnay. One of the brightest most zippy Chards we have.

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