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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 (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 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: $27.95 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.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Bright, rich, ripe Rose Champagne with lovely fruit and excellent purity. It shows some subtle notes of crushed mint and strawberry coulis. The quality of the all Grand Cru Pinot Noir fruit sources really show through on this wine. The elegant pure red fruit flavors are balanced by a nice tart cranberry acidity on the finish.

2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-15-2013
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A very rich Champagne with ripe golden orchard fruit on the nose with toasty brioche notes. The wine shows toasted barley and Graham Cracker with a creamy texture and supple round mouth feel. A powerful crowd pleasing Champagne to enjoy this holiday season.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Denton Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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The softest and most rounded of the Local Vineyard Series wine from Oakridge. Ripe orchard fruit, yellow peach and fresh apricots. Broader and less linear than the other vineyard expressions. Very charming and immediately expressive. Silky texture, elegant. A true expression of place as the wines are all made identically.
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-22-2013
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Intensely flinty and mineral driven. Intriguing aromas of matchstick and spicy white oak. Bright quince and crunchy Anjou pears are highlighted on the long, linear and chiseled palate. Quite Chablis like. Very much for Burgundian Chardonnay drinkers rather than big butter bomb lovers.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

2012 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 6-30-2013
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WOW! The 2011 of this wine was one of the best deals in $20 Pinot but the new 2012 beats it hands-down! I am so excited for the first of the 2012 red wines to start filling in. At last a real high quality California vintage after a couple pretty average ones. This wine is predominantly sourced from the Sangiacomo vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. It shows excellent brightness and purity and the hallmark vintage traits of great physiological ripeness and flavor development but with very moderate alcohol levels. Purely red fruited with exotic Asian spices, a touch of well integrated oak and forest floor nuances that appear with a little air. Exceptional value.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 6-30-2013
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A good follow up to one of my favorite 2009 Napa Cabs. This wine shows the cooler vintage but also this time around the fruit comes from the Rutherford and Yountville valley floor vineyards. This gives it a little more supple tannin and generosity. The wine still has the big concentration balanced with freshness that Amici has been doing so well for a few years now. Great Napa Cab at a fraction of the cost some of the big names charge.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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As with all Bruno Michel's wines this is very interesting. He works Biodynamically and the wines are generally slightly on the esoteric side. The nose of this wine has an intriguing Pecorino cheese note, a touch of saline character that also shows through on the palate. It has bright green apple and citrus notes wrapped with some more toasty rich hazelnut character showing on the finish. Complex and intriguing, more of a food orientated wine than a simple sipper. Enjoy!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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I don't think there is anything I can say about this wine that Gary or my colleagues haven't already said yet I feel compelled to review it. Hands down my favorite Champagne in the store. Even when you take much more expensive wines into account it's hard to say that considerably more cash gets you any improvement in quality.

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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Great wine that is a little more reserved than most of Launois' rich, decadent style. From a single vineyard and bottled at a slightly lower pressure. Soft orchard fruits abound, some fleshy peach character and a nice toasty note on the finish with our being overly buttery of nutty. This restraint allows the quality of fruit to show through a little more precisely. Excellent value.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Earth Smoke" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Review Date: 4-9-2013
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The Earth Smoke is my preferred bottling from the Home Vineyard offerings. I love the depth and intrigue this wine brings to the table. The fruit, especially aromatically, is more reserved than the Angel Flower block; however the wine has awesome layers of detail and interest. Dense earthy tones and the rich limestone soil show through in this wine. The whole thing is more guarded and veiled yet within that subtlety there is so much finesse and character. A really soulful bottling that will truly engage Burgundy drinkers and shows the depth and subtly that New Zealand Pinot can have.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Angel Flower" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Review Date: 4-9-2013
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An enchanting wine, very floral nose of dried rose petals and lavender. Bright high-toned red fruits on the nose lead to slightly richer sappier dark red fruits on the palate. This wine has compelling energy and vibrancy. Crisp acidity and grainy tannins mean this wine will hold in the cellar. This is definitely more a Burgundy drinker’s wine that a modern fruit forward style. The wine has great texture and authentic sense of place. This is a very interesting bottle that deserves some reflection and consideration if it is to be fully appreciated.

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