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2011 Musar "Jeune" Rouge Bekaa Valley  
Review Date: 1-20-2015
This unoaked Musar is juicy, balanced, and showcases a lovely mouthful of pure red fruit. A charming wine that really delivers for the money.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-19-2015
HOT DEAL! WOW, that's a lot of wine for less than $20! Tronquoy is located just across the road from 2nd growth icon Montrose, so you're getting top-notch terroir in this bottle. Perfectly balanced fruit with firm tannins and a lovely finish. How is this under $20?
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2012 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
I was worried that the freshness might have left St. Emilion- trampled by points and pundits. Luckily, this very well balanced Barde Haut is proof that refreshing purity can still be found on the right bank of the river. This sweet fruited, pure, plummy Bordeaux will drink well with an hour in the decanter and a skirt steak now, or for many years into the future.
Drink from 2015 to 2027

2011 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
It is very hard for any wine as venerated as Chateau d'Yquem to live up to the expectations that its fame creates. This 2011 delivers on all promises- it is great wine. While it is only a light straw color now, it has authoritative viscosity, full, clean botrytis sweetness and a kaleidoscope of complexity that is impossible to duplicate. Put this in your cellar and forget it for many years and it will be even better than it is now. Wow!
Drink from 2015 to 2061

2011 d'Yquem, Sauternes  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
It is very hard for any wine as venerated as Chateau d'Yquem to live up to the expectations that its fame creates. This 2011 delivers on all promises- it is great wine. While it is only a light straw color now, it has authoritative viscosity, full, clean botrytis sweetness and a kaleidoscope of complexity that is impossible to duplicate. Put this in your cellar and forget it for many years and it will be even better than it is now. Wow!
Drink from 2015 to 2111

2013 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie   | Approved
Review Date: 1-17-2015
Not to be confused with varietals such as "Muscat", "Moscato", or "Muscadelle", Muscadet is a region in western Loire Valley growing a dry, crisp varietal called "Melon de Bourgogne". Green apple skin, citrus, sea shell, salt, wet stones, and surprisingly tropical pineapple flavors make this a perfect compliment to seafood, but especially oysters or mussels! And for those looking for an easy sipper on its own, there is hardly anything more satisfying than a well-balanced Muscadet.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Terroir Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   | Approved
Review Date: 1-17-2015
An intense, but classic Bordeaux-blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec, and aged entirely in French Oak, the 2012 Terroir Napa is serious wine at a bargain price. Blackberry, cassis, ripe plum, spicy cherry, mocha, and a touch of vanilla inform the palate, while a sturdy tannic backbone brings it full-throttle to the finish. Perfect with that marbled, New York strip you've had your eye on.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva   | Approved
Review Date: 1-17-2015
This is one of the world’s only regions that ages wine FOR you, ensuring its quality upon release. This traditional technique means current releases can sometimes be 7-8 years old (such as this one) or more, and it shows in the vivid flavors. Dried red fruit, tea leaves, licorice, tobacco, soft acidity and persistent tannin make this ideal with lamb shank, Spanish sausages, or pork medallions!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
Very classic St-Estèphe with all its exotic spices, forest floor, tobacco, but with a delicious note of sweet dark fruit and vanilla on the nose and on palate. The higher percentage of Cabernet gives it a beautiful note of menthol/eucalyptus as well as a firm tannic structure. This one I would put in the cellars or decant to drink now.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2009 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
Being softer and friendlier than the 1st wine, Sainte-Anne is pure pleasure to drink right now. Brown sugar, cocoa, pepper spices and a core of sweet dark fruit. The tannic structure and acidity frame its softness nicely. With all its charms, it is ready to go now.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2009 La Cardonne, Médoc  
Review Date: 1-17-2015
La Cardonne is very much a northern Médoc wine, very Saint-Estèphe-like. Full of spices, and dark fruit, with a tannic structure that makes this wine a very good candidate for the cellars or with a plate of charcuterie.

2012 Georg Albrecht Schneider "vom Rotliegenden" Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Trocken (dry)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 1-16-2015
I tasted this wine before I checked the price and I’m just stunned at the price tag on this wine, just an insane value. The nose is so elegant, with notes of honeysuckle, white peach, persimmon and wet stone. The first few things I noticed about the palate is the piercing acidity and beautiful full, rich body that over the next few years will integrate nicely with the flavors of peach, apricot and lemon basil. Get this stunning dry Riesling now; it should improve over the next 5 years.

2013 FRAM Shiraz Swartland   | Approved
Review Date: 1-16-2015
If I'd have tasted this blind I'd have guessed Languedoc, but no matter. It's old-vine Shiraz grown in rocky soils and it is flat out delicious. Rich and powerful yet structured and even elegant, with plenty of dark fruit and a hint of smoke and game, this would make a great pairing with a wide range of roasted or braised meats. Writing this reminds me that I should get some before everyone figures out how good it is.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart DC 90 BC 0

2012 Georg Albrecht Schneider "vom Rotliegenden" Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Trocken (dry)   | Approved
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Don't be fooled by the "Spatlese" on the label, although this is indeed a "late harvest" bottle, most of the sugars have been converted to alcohol, producing a rich but dry wine. It reveals itself in three distinct stages, opening with pretty apples and peaches up front, while the mid-palate shows lemon curd and acidity. By the time it reaches the finish, it has changed again, this time to subtle notes of honey, butterscotch, and a touch of goat cheese, all while maintaining its dryness. This Riesling is highly vivid and complex, especially for its stupid-low price point.

2012 Georg Albrecht Schneider "vom Rotliegenden" Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Trocken (dry)  
Review Date: 1-15-2015
For all you people who say Riesling is too sweet! Look no further. This is one of the driest Spätlese I have tasted. This is a ridicules wine for the price. It opens up in the glass with hints of honey, stone fruit (apricot/peach) and mineral (wet stone). And we haven't even gotten to tasting the wine. Wonderful red apple and spice, guava and honey notes culminate in this amazing citrus finish. That keeps going and going and going!! Asian food stat!

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