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1995 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)  
Review Date: 4-1-2014
Originally tasted July 2012, the 1995 d'Yquem is straight sex. Concentrated, honeyed, aromas of frangipane and poached quince. This will live on for decades if you can be prevented from drinking it now.
Price: $179.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Rieflé "Bonnheur Fertif" Cremant de Alsace  
Review Date: 4-1-2014
Balanced , with baking spices, and great texture. The Auxerrois grape of Alsace (also known as Luxembourg in Germany) is a close relative of Chardonnay and often blended with Pinot Blanc to make Cremants in Alsace.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Rusty Blade K&L Exclusive "Cask A" Single Barrel Cask Strength Barrel-Aged Gin 750ml  
Review Date: 4-1-2014
As far as I know, Blade was the first to start making barrel aged gin in the craft cocktail movement. Similar to previous iterations, this batch his exploding with Christmas spices. Really fantastic and dynamic. This should be a blast to play with in cocktails, perhaps paired with fresh apple cider?
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2010 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 3-31-2014
Freemark Abbey hits its mark! Dusty cassis, graphite, balsam-cedar notes on the nose lead to a palate that shows moderately sweet, plummy fruit, before veering in a more dry, woodsy-spicy direction. The wine makes a solid impact in a more restrained California style. The tannins rally a bit on the finish, enough to give the wine shape, but without taking over the show.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2012 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay  
Review Date: 3-31-2014
The 2012 Macrostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay marries vibrant citrus flavors of lime and tangerine to a thick, silky texture, understated butter-cream notes, and a honeyed dimension. This is an easy to like, up front, domestic Chardonnay, which, while not holding anything back, doesn’t slather itself on, either. Should win loads of friends, especially as it does all this, and yet still comes in under the twenty dollar mark.

2012 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Evergreen Columbia Valley Riesling  
Review Date: 3-31-2014
The best vintage I can remember of this wine. I bought 2 bottles for Thanksgiving because I KNEW it would go with everything on the table, and the leftovers, and the MIL. A great wine to buy by the case and have on hand.~I followed my own advice and bought a case. So far the most winningest pairing was thinly sliced roasted beets, with sliced avocados, cilantro, and spicy, tangy, salty, yuzukoshu. So incredibly good!

2004 Moet & Chandon "Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-31-2014
Such a huge bounce back from the awkward 2003 vintage. Pear orchard, with white flowers, and hints of toasted almonds. We enjoyed this in the sun with a plate of salty prosciutto, sliced apples, and local cheese. My only complaint was that we didn't have another bottle!

2010 Königschaffhausen Steingrüble Spätburgunder Trocken  
Review Date: 3-31-2014
A product of the sun drenched, volcanic soil vineyards of Baden, this is one of the richest, and most lush Spatburgunders that I have ever experienced. The grapes are hand picked from a single vineyard where the vines are at least thirty years old, are then macerated on their skins for two weeks before spending eleven months in a large neutral oak barrel. I happily enjoyed this with Dijon and herbed panko crusted rack of lamb with an enriched red wine and rosemary demi glace.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Spellbound California Chardonnay  
Review Date: 3-31-2014
A great price and easy to drink and enjoy. The Spellbound Chardonnay is juicy with a little hint of oak and butter that does not dominate the wine. It is clean and refreshing and should go well alone or with fish or chicken.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 True Myth Edna Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 3-30-2014
Let’s begin at the finish this time, because that’s my favorite part of this wine. What this has over a lot of other California Chardonnays, of this (or any) price range, is enviably clean, crisp fruit. If you don’t like them too tropical, or highly oaked, then this one is for you. While the wine does see some new cooperage, it is far from its dominant feature, only imparting a little vanilla to the medium bodied, candied citrus flavors. This squeezes a number of virtues into a value priced, domestic Chardonnay bottle: nicely done.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 3-30-2014
Ever so often I come across a wine that's text book classic of where it comes from. And in the case of the Muriel, it is not only classic but also a pleasure to be had. Beautiful coffee notes, along with plums, nuts, and coconut, perhaps due to slight oxidation and maturity in barrels. Complex and yet affordable, this will pair easily with say, a pork roast, Greek food especially moussaka, and of course... Lamb!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

2012 True Myth Edna Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 3-30-2014
The label on this Edna Valley Chardonnay depicts a gossamer-clad maiden with arms that twist into tree limbs, releasing a spectrum of colorful butterflies instead of leaves. OK, I thought, just open the wine and give it a swirl, hoping no bewinged painted ladies, blues or swallowtails fly up from the glass. Instead, the wine delivers a cascade of lilting flowers and citrus aromas, hints of lime, white pear, cut pineapple and a kiss of vanilla on the supple, expansive palate. And to be honest, when I first saw the name "True Myth" on this wine I thought, hm, oxymoron... a myth or a fact, but not both. Now I'm a believer, and for the incredible price of $12.99, you will be too!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2012 Poet's Leap (Long Shadows Vintners) Columbia Valley Riesling  
Review Date: 3-29-2014
Off-dry, bright, clean, and mouthwatering acidity. Delicious with Thai food.

2012 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano  
Review Date: 3-29-2014
The ultimate Wednesday night pizza/pasta wine? Perhaps. Affordable? Direct import pricing at $12.99. Check. Food friendly? Bright and lively with a moderate 13% alcohol. Check. Tasty and delicious? This blend of mostly Sangiovese with a little Merlot and a dollop of Ciliegiolo explodes from the glass with ripe, fresh raspberry notes and finishes smoothly with soft tannins. Check and check. Pick up a few bottles to have on hand for those nights when "preparing dinner" means a phone call to your favorite local pizzeria. You can enjoy a glass while you wait.
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2011 Truchard Carneros Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 3-29-2014
One of the most successful wines from the difficult 2011 vintage I have yet tasted. Very pretty with bright cranberry and rhubarb notes. Very well done.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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