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2013 Sittella Verdelho Swan Valley Western Australia
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Something different and super tasty. This great Verdelho from Sittella combines the richness of the varietal with great purity and freshness. This grape can easily get overripe and lose definition but skilled winemaker Colby Quirk has mastered it with this great bottle. Rich stone fruit and round, soft texture but with just enough zesty edges to keep it bright and refreshing. Really interesting wine from an up-and-coming talent in Swan Valley.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2013 Sittella Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Fresh, pure, crisp with lots of drive and length on the palate. Margaret River really excels with this classic white Bordeaux style blend and I love Sittella's rendition! Just-squeezed Mandarin and citrus peel, fresh cut herbs, stony mineral tones and a whisper of savory lees. Really punchy, vibrant wine, very easy to quaff!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Sittella Shiraz / Grenache / Tempranillo Swan Valley Western Australia
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Interesting wine with lovely precision and brightness. Lots of spicy, bramble fruit and forest berries. Medium bodied and perhaps surprisingly elegant for what is undoubtedly quite a warm region. Once again showcasing winemaker Colby's ability to craft wines with power and concentration without making them clumsy or over-extracted. Châteauneuf-du-Pape meets Rioja...with a juicy, pure Aussie edge.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Sittella Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Classic Margaret River Cab. Black and blue fruit. Cassis, blackcurrant, plum with overtones of tobacco, bittersweet chocolate and crushed mint. Juicy, ripe tannins that have softened nicely with time in bottle. Lovely full bodied, polished Cab for a super reasonable price.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Oakridge 864 Single Block Series "Guerin Block 4" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Exceptional Pinot Noir. Perfect varietal correctness, wonderful elegance, purity and layers of complexity on the palate. Floral, spicy perfumed nose with savory earthy tones underpinning the freshness of the fruit. Silky, supple texture, ultra-fine tannins. Ripe, small forest berries, dusty spices, clove, pine bark, nutmeg. A medium bodied wine (as Pinot should be in my opinion) that is feminine and elegant on the palate with layers of nuance and depth and the potential to improve over the next decade-plus.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Such an exciting expression of really cool climate Aussie Shiraz. I think in a blind tasting this would have pretty much everyone thinking: Northern Rhone. Peppercorn-rubbed red meat, violets and clove come forth on the nose. The palate is savory and brooding. Freshly crushed black fruits, some red, almost raspberry nuances sneak in along with more cracked black pepper, garrigue, thyme and warm dark earth. The wine has that lovely meaty / gamey edge that I just can't get enough of in Syrah / Shiraz.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Kerrigan + Berry Riesling Mt Barker Western Australia
Review Date: 8-12-2014
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Super racy, mineral-infused dry Riesling. Linear, focused and super zesty. Lovely bright acidity, real depth of flavor from the old vines. Amazing wine for shellfish. Will age for a decade plus.

2009 Kerrigan + Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Western Australia
Review Date: 8-11-2014
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Short and sweet...one of the best bottles of Cabernet I have had in quite sometime. Pure, rich, layered and with precise balance and wonderful length.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2004 Michel Loriot "Les Sources du Flagot" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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Really serious wine for Champagne enthusiasts. I did not realize what a stunning bottle of wine this was until a recent tasting with Gary Westby. 100% Chard with no malo so the intensity and drive of the fruit and minerality is preserved perfectly. Although this wine is labelled as an Extra Brut the extended 8 years on the lees has given it fantastic richness, texture and density. This is not a super lean wine as some Extra Brut bottlings can be, it has layers, powerful presence and so much depth and complexity. For me this wine is in the sweet spot where you still have vibrant fruit and soil purity shinning through, but also plenty of intriguing autolytic yeasty qualities. A bottle that is really worth your consideration for a mere $50!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Regional Minho
Review Date: 8-1-2014
As always one of the best value summer whites in the store. Just so fresh, zesty and refreshing. Lime zest, white flower, juicy citrus all enlivened by the little spritz. Very easy to drink with its moderate alcohol. This is a must-have for the summer heat. Exceptional value!

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Pure, elegant, focused, silky, layered and exotic. The descriptors could go on and on but all you need to do is buy a bottle and see for yourself. Next level quality from TWR; one of the best NZ Pinots I have tasted, period.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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NZ Chard is something that I think people don't understand. With all the hype about Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, Chard and Riesling from down here don't get the attention of praise they deserve. TWR's 2013 Chard is tightly focused and precise. The wine combines richness and exotic fruit from the 35-year-old vines with flinty mineral tones and firm acidity. Certainly a Burgundy lover's wine rather than a butter bomb, but I think this will put on weight as the months and years go by. I really love Jason and Anna's ambition for their few rows of magic Chardonnay vines.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Benchmark Marlborough Savvy. Sure there are plenty of quirky styles now coming from New Zealand that are equally exciting but this quote from the winemaker Jason Flowerday sums up the wine perfectly: "Hand on heart, I love Sauvignon Blanc, it should be juicy, it should be ripe, it should be able to age, I donít want to make "alternative" Sauvignon, I just want to make it as good as it can be. We want Sauvignon Blanc that makes your mouth water and makes you want another glass"...as this baby sure does that!
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Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "D" Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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From the oldest Riesling vines on the property and some of the oldest in New Zealand. Intense linear drive, persistence and minerality. Crisp, focused acidity but nothing astringent or harsh. Just so refreshing, mouthwatering and food friendly. This is a summer classic.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-12-2014
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Another stellar effort from Baricci (my favorite Direct Import Brunello producer that we work with). This amazing vineyard site on Montosoli produces wines with such elegance, purity and drive. The wines are always precise and balanced and this 2009 is no different. What is really nice about this wine is that it is so accessible now! The flavors are bright and youthful but there is no hard tannin. A very classic flavor profile, beautifully unadorned by oak, dusty red and darker fruit tinges, sweet leather, spice and warm earth. Supple and drinkable now but will surely give lots of pleasure over the next decade (at least).
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

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