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2011 Domaine Delarche Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "Les Vergelesses" Rouge
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A fantastic bottle of wine from this young winemaker. I have loved these Delarche wines for the last few years and this is no exception. Highly perfumed nose of dark rose petals, Raspberry liqueur and exotic Asian spice. On the palate is has more density / flesh and a darker edge to the fruit than the (also quite delicious)village bottling. It has fine silky tannin and ample acidity to aid structure. Expressive now but also sure to give lots of enjoyment over the next 6-10 years.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-25-2014
Dark fruit, blackcurrant, cassis and touch of mocha and spice with just enough "Rutherford Dust" and grip to keep it from showing overly ripe. There is a freshness to this wine that I like, it has more drive than some Napa Valley floor wines I have encountered. At this price it's a pretty serious value considering its origin and the reputation of the property that produced it. This delivers a lot of authentic Rutherford flavors at a pretty modest price point.
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2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-25-2014
Simply put, you could pay a lot more to get a wine of this quality and style! Definitely one for the lovers of bigger, richer more barrel influenced Chardonnay but for what is eschews in subtlety it more than makes up for with lashings of ripe fruit, toasty oak and a round creamy texture. A powerful wine that is certain to keep a lot of people happy without costing a fortune like some of its brand name kin.
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2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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This wine is just brimming full of briary bramble fruit, exotic spices, some meaty gamey notes and a sweet, supple, juicy element that is hard to capture in words. The wine has a fine balance of purity and density, the extract is perfect giving ample body and richness but never feeling heavy or losing freshness and drive. Bin 138 really shows why this blend has endured across the ages as it pulls elements from each of its individual components. Grenache provides the bright spicy fruit, Shiraz a darker edge, structure and meaty element the Mataro (Mourvedre) adding its unmistakable earthy undertones and savory dimension. A really great wine equally enjoyable for lovers of Aussie GSMs and Châteauneuf-du-Papes alike!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 4-9-2014
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An exceptional value. This has a ton of real Bordeaux character for a very small price. The wine has soft supple fruit, a real silky texture and some lovely savory, tobacco and wood spice notes that give a lovely complexity and nuance for a wine of this price point. What a great everyday drinker thanks to our direct import pricing advantage!
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2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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Wow! What a value from Penfolds. This has a lot of the character and concentration of the much more expensive Bins at a small percentage of the price! Juicy, saturated dark fruit, plum, dark berries and bramble fruit with just a touch of Cabernet's classic tobacco leaf and cedar wood. This wine is wonderfully rich and expressive even now with fine, ripe tannins and nice dense, fleshy dark fruit. The wine is matured in top quality oak that was previously used for some of Penfold's most expensive releases and this wine shows lovely pedigree and polish from its time in barrel. I can hardly believe that this quality is available from Penfolds in the sub $20 price point.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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What a great follow up to the "breakout" 2010. This new incarnation is perhaps more precise and focused with less fleshy mid pallet but plenty of depth and intrigue. Dusty dark red berries, leaf litter, bark and river stone. A pretty Burgundian profile with some tell tale spiced citrus notes that give away it's Marlborough origins. I truly believe this wine still has more to give and think it will flesh out further with a few more months / years in the cellar. Bright, fresh, pure Pinot that is a real crowd pleasing style especially for those looking for a more traditional elegant expression of this fickle grape. Excellent value.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that for me these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Romulus is a big concentrated wine brimming with ripe, dark red fruits, terrarossa warm earth, sweet spice, mocha and toasty oak. The wines breadth and power is kept in balance by a surprising brightness and acidity given the wines ripeness and concentration. It wears its oak very well and will certainly continue to integrate this even further as it reaches adolescence. This wine is so rich and decadent now it is hard to imagine restraining ones self from drinking it, yet I believe keeping this a few years, maybe even 10, will only reward the strong willed. Seriously impressive wine that I would pit against any other Shiraz at any other price point, this is the real deal.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" GSM Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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The answer to many critics and even some winemakers who have written off the 2011 vintage in South Australia. The vintage was one of the coldest and wettest on record with weather more like Seattle than Adelaide! However Simon and Corey have crafted a wine that is a shinning representation their grape growing / wine making skills and the ability of Barossa to produce incredibly delicious wines that are fresh, vibrant and a million miles away stylistically from the jammy, sweet fruit bombs that people often associate with the region. Never ones to make over-the-top wines anyway, the cards that mother nature dealt Simon and Cory in 2011 made them focus on purity and balance over bulk and brawn. This wine has fantastic purity of fruit and lovely ripe berry flavors, bramble fruit, loganberry. It also has sweet spice, black pepper and hint of charred steak. The wine is so supple and silky on the palate with super fine tannins and bright but soft acidity. The old vine (50+ yrs) origins of this wine show up on the finish with a lovely rocky, soil driven complexity adding yet another element to this complex wine. This has all the purity of fruit I want from Barossa with the layers and complexity I seek in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A really great bottle I implore you to try.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

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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: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 93 JS 90

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.
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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!
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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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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: $27.95 Add To Cart BC 0

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