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2010 Henry's Drive "Pillar Box Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Padthaway
Review Date: 6-17-2014
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Really exceptional Cabernet at this price. Lashings of dark blue and black fruits, a lovely cedar spice and a touch of pipe tobacco. The ripe tannins are fine and silky giving good texture whilst remaining supple and juicy on the palate. This is a great wine for grilled meats but equally drinkable when you just want a big glass of full-bodied Cab. Drink up!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018

2011 Domaine Delarche Pernand Vergelesses Rouge
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A bargain in Burgundy! Pure, focused, expressive and eminently drinkable. Red fruited with quite crunchy acidity. The fine, silky textured tannin adds a nice softness to balance the notable acidity. All the edges are polished nicely by some time in French oak. A very complete wine for a seriously competitive price.
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Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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Another great bottle from Pernot. A really fragrant wine with lots of orchard blossom and baked Pears. Quite focused and linear on the palate but without being to strict or abrasively acidic. Full of those distinctive Puligny soil tones and more delicate than its Chassagne sibling. Excellent persistence on the palate.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Thomas Morey Saint Aubin
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A lovely bottle of wine showing that quality that this underrated village can offer. The wine is almost ethereal on the palate. So supple and elegant, showing ripe orchard fruit bordering on fleshy stone fruits. There is a gently savory lees element and suggestion of mineral. Sure the wine has lovely flavor concentration but for me it is the silky texture on the palate that sets this wine apart from many of its competitors in this price point.
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Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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: $39.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Oldenburg Vineyards Chardonnay Stellenbosch
Review Date: 6-2-2014
A powerful, rich, full bodied Chardonnay from Oldenburg, an exciting new producer that we have just started working with direct. I love that this wine has the creamy texture and plenty toasty oak that people love in some of California's greatest Chardonnays. However it also has lovely acidity, purity and drive on the palate that balances all the up-front richness. This wine will make a lot of people happy and the price is an absolute steal thanks to our direct import.
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price RP 92 BC 0

2012 Alfaro "A" Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-29-2014
I have long been a fan of Alfaro since living in Santa Cruz for my first few years in CA. They have a great vineyard in the Corralitos Hills, an area that produces very distinctive, elegant Pinot Noirs. There is often a softness and plush texture to the wines of this region even when they are not big or over-ripe. It is the combination of both restraint and softness that I love about this wine. It is elegant and yet the fruit is not crunchy or lean. It has a remarkable concentration and richness but remains almost ethereal on the palate. Superb Pinot that is true to its origin and delivers a huge amount of pleasure for a very modest price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Proprietŗ Sperino "Uvaggio" Costa della Sesia
Review Date: 5-5-2014
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Just an enchanting wine. Fresh, bright floral aromatics with plenty of crushed dark fruits, ground spice and Agar wood. The wine has power, tension, focus and poise. There is a wonderful interplay of dark and light; deep rich fruit and earth contrasted by floral aspects and high toned perfume. There is plenty of structure here but the tannins are fine and not austere in anyway. This can be enjoyed now with some decanting or put away for a decade. Really special wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $27.95 Add To Cart AG 94 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.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

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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.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

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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!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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A beautifully perfumed Shiraz with classic aromatics of spicy plush red fruits, some Cassis, sweet plums, crushed mint and sandalwood. On the palate the wine is perfectly polished and pure with fine elegant tannins, bright but juicy berry fruits and some subtle fresh picked herb characters. The fruit profile perfectly plays the edge of rich soft red fruit with some darker, riper fruit edges complimented by that fresh crushed herb / garrigue fragrance. Pretty serious Shiraz in a very sleek attractive style.
Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Giuliano "Terre di Chieti" Pecorino
Review Date: 4-8-2014
Quite a ripe nose of tropical fruits, Mango and Lilikoi with a fresh floral note. The palate is soft and broad with nice concentration and texture. The wine has a stoney, even slight chalky mineral character towards the finish that helps give a little more length and balance to some of the exuberance of the fleshy fruit on the mid palate. Good value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

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