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2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A savory wine with intense lees character from the extended ageing on the yeast. Toasty, nutty flavors dominate but the wine also has a bright core of crunchy pear and zesty citrus acidity. A wine showing a lovely element of development and elegance from its time in bottle. This is very hard to pick from great Champagne and has beaten many such Champagnes in blind tastings internationally (Bollinger for one on the BBC’s “12 Drinks of Christmas”) I can definitely see why!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Wiston Estate "South Downs Brut Rosé" West Sussex, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Another standout wine from Wiston Estate. This magnificent rose is all about purity and elegance. A fresh nose of rose petals and spice with hints of Strawberry carries through on to the wonderfully soft, fine textured palate with Alpine Strawberries and fresh cream on brioche. A perfect expression of Rose for me. Lovely focus and precision with a softness and elegance that is very hard to achieve. Top notch stuff. 8g/l dosage. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes' list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Wiston Estate "South Downs Cuvée Brut" West Sussex, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A standout in English Sparkling. These guys are very serious about making world-class sparkling wines. An incredible wine with powerful, chalky minerality and very focused, linear intensity. A low 4g/l dosage and high acidity means this is more in the Extra Brut camp for those that like very crisp dry Champagnes. The wine has rich flavor concentration that zips across the palate. I think this is quite reminiscent of Krug with its barrel-fermented qualities showing through adding another layer of textural quality and toasty flavors. A unique expression of English sparkling from perhaps the most focused producer that we came across. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough
Review Date: 12-10-2013
Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
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2010 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 12-10-2013
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Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
Drink from 2013 to 2020
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2012 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-1-2013
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Another really solid effort from Banshee. A juicy, richer style of Pinot Noir that still has good lift and balance. Dark cherry, vanilla, clove and baking spice. Soft and supple with good mid-palate weight and texture. Seriously crowd friendly Pinot for holiday parties etc. Very good value for Pinot of this quality in the $20ish price point. Easy to drink, easy to love!
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 d'Arenberg "High Trellis" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 11-30-2013
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Seriously good Cab for a tiny price! From very old vines in McLaren Vale, this wine has great power and concentration with lush dark fruits, blackcurrant, cassis, crushed mint, sweet tobacco and new leather. Med-full bodied with a nice grip to the tannin supporting the dense fruit. As with all of Chester's wines it has a lovely earthy component and vibrant acidity that sets it apart from pretty much all other challengers in this price point by adding an additional layer of complexity and intrigue. A stunning hearty red as we head into the depths of winter. A very crowd pleasing style of Cabernet at a pocket book pleasing price!
Top Value!

Soefija's Olive Oil Paarl South Africa (750ml)
Review Date: 11-29-2013
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Olive Oil SOOOO good that I had to Direct Import some all the way from South Africa!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Red Rhône Blend Swartland South Africa
Review Date: 11-29-2013
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A stunningly perfumed, elegant Rhone blend. Lots of crushed bramble fruits, Raspberry coulis and loganberry balanced with more savory toasted spice and gravelly minerality. This wine is made from fruit hand-picked form old, dry farmed, bush vines in Swartland on South Africa's west coast. Very minimal intervention winemaking from Chris and Andrea Mullineux skilfully preserved this wines natural vibrancy and sense of place.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2008 Rippon Riesling Lake Wanaka Central Otago New Zealand (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 11-29-2013
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Killer Riesling!! All the intense stony minerality and drive that you would expect from it's German counter parts but a purity to the fruit and texture that is unique to Rippon. These are 30+ year old vines planted on their roots in deep schist soils. A very special site and a wine maker that is obsessive about quality and balance. I have had this wine all the way back to 1991 and they hold up extremely well. This wine is just fractionally off dry and just starting to show some lovely bottle development.
Drink from 1013 to 2025
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart RP 89 BC 0

1973 Berberana Reserva Rioja( top shoulder fill)
Review Date: 11-19-2013
When Joe opened these wines for us I was simply amazed at the life left in them. There is still vibrancy here, dusty red fruits with spice and soft wood tones. The palate is still long and intriguing with no sense of decay. Perfectly mature Rioja, and an exceptional buy for a wine of such grace and complexity.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Champy Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "En Caradeux" Blanc
Review Date: 10-29-2013
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A much richer proposition than last year. Fleshier, toastier and more forward. Caramel Apple and pie crust. This would be a great crossover wine for more modern Chardonnay drinkers seeking a white Burgundy to sink their teeth in to. Still has good drive but much more "showy" than last years mineral driven and somewhat introverted En Caradeux.
Price: $38.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau St-Aubin 1er Cru "Bas de Vermarain à l'Est"
Review Date: 10-29-2013
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The touch of sulfur this wine showed on arrival is now completely resolved. It has settled in to be quite an exceptional wine. The wine shows crushed pears and baked Apple Pie with lots of hard ground spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The wine has fleshed out in texture also and has a nice approachable softness to it. Good acid structure means I'm sure this one will age, but it may just be too good now to wait any longer!
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Ballorin & F Côte de Nuits Villages "Le Village"
Review Date: 10-29-2013
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Wow! This is ton of wine for a very modest price. Highly aromatic with rose petal, lavender, and freshly crushed forest fruits. The texture of the wine on the palate is quite remarkable. So silky and elegant with super fine slippery tannin from the heavy clay soils in this vineyard. Exceptional poise and an almost ethereal quality on the finish. Excellent.
Top Value!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Michel Arnould Vintage "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-15-2013
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Seriously complex Champagne. Made up from parcels of Mesnil Chard and old vine Verzenay Pinot Noir. The wine has a lovely fragrant nose of Jasmine and Sweet-pea with warm bread aromas. On the palate I find a dramatically fine complex texture and breadth, richness without excessive weight. Flavors of crunchy pear and quince are balanced with softer riper yellow stone fruit and subtle shaved ginger. Immaculate balance and ethereal persistence.
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