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Alexandre Brisoux

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2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana  
Review Date: 11-25-2014
Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, balanced, dark chocolate-tinged finish. Lots of toasted oak and ripe fruit and loads of black fruit, gamy with some hints of vanilla, Giorgio Primo comes from winemaker Giampaolo Motta.

2012 Savage "Red" Western Cape   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-24-2014
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Finely honed flavors and textures all intricately strung out with lovely acidity and silky long tannin chains. This truly reminds me of the glory days of Châteauneuf-du-Pape before high alcohol and new oak took its toll on many of those wines. This wine is about allowing every part of this complex symphony of grape varieties play its part. No one element is trying to out-play the other. Balance, poise and perfect synthesis is at the heart of this wine. Delicious now, but I can't wait to see where is goes with some time in bottle. Intriguing wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2014
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 95 BC 0

2010 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva  
Review Date: 11-24-2014
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This wine took me by surprise but it needed an equipment change suggested by my dining companion to fulfill its promise. It being Sangiovese-based, I went to my tried-and-true Chianti/Zin glass but this wine struggled--it was tannic and awkward. But switching to a Cabernet/Bordeaux glass opened up this wine's depth and smoothed out the tannins. Layers of spice, dark fruit and leather just flow from the glass and on the palate; the richness and concentrated character adds real length and concentration. Drinking well now, but still capable of aging another decade! Try it with a grilled rib-eye drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2010 Montechiara Amarone   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-24-2014
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Seriously, when was last time you saw a quality bottle of Amarone at this price? Thanks to our Italian wine buyer Greg, we were able to secure the lowest price ever on this staff favorite Amarone!! I love the complex flavor and rich and smooth mouthfeel on this wine, and how well it pairs with stewed meat dishes! If you haven't tried this bottle yet, it's time to grab one!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Simply put, the best value Cabernet for this holiday season. Juicy, fruity and easy-drinking, this is a great choice for holiday parties or to have at home as your everyday Cabernet! Who said you can't find a good bottle of Cabernet for under 10 bucks?
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Cave de Rasteau "Dame Victoria" Rasteau   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Easily one of the best quality-to-value Rhone reds we have! Rasteau was considered just part of the bigger "Cote Du Rhone" appellation until 2010, when they were finally recognized for producing a higher quality blend and were allowed to put "Rasteau" on their label. Super versatile when it comes to food pairing, with juicy, bright aromas and a slight peppery finish, this is the perfect wine for pork tenderloin or BBQ chicken!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Robert Craig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Great year, great producer: Robert Craig has always been my go-to for a classic, full-bodied California Cabernet. At $39.99 it definitely out perform most other Cabs at the same price point. Will improve with some time, be sure to give it a nice decant if you want to enjoy it now.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Ariston Aspasie "Brut Prestige" Champagne (1.5L)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Fine, steady beads. Toasty profile with a lot of bass. I see it as perhaps a more affordable version of NV Krug. I suspect that the color of the label is a subtle nod to this. Try with some grilled crostinis or other toasty or rich appetizers.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley  
Review Date: 11-23-2014
An excellent NZ Riesling with a gold straw color. Its musky, apricot nose gives way to a generous body of sharp stone fruit, white flower, and honey flavors.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough  
Review Date: 11-23-2014
A rich nose of earth and raspberry gives way to red fruit and fig flavors. This Marlborough beauty has many layers of fruit complexity and reminds me of an elegant Sonoma Pinot from the best of vintages, albeit a little more racy and edgy than most domestic Pinots can get.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 96

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago  
Review Date: 11-23-2014
Any fan of Pinot will love this bottle--it's one of the more well-rounded and delicious Pinots we've brought in from NZ. A light body of blackberry fruit notes is held up by subtle cinnamon and leather flavors. The finish is very long, full of the understated earthy tones one expects from a real Pinot of this caliber.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "Cabal / Smith Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-23-2014
Bright crunchy red fruit--cranberry, cherry and strawberry with medium-plus acidity. Zippy acid and fleshy fruit make this Pinot hard not to love!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 95 JS 95

2013 Savage "White" Western Cape   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-22-2014
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Very skillfully crafted wine. Containing elements of both subtle minerality and textural power / intensity. As good as this is now, I suspect it will age like great white Bordeaux. Very serious wine of depth and intensity.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-21-2014
What an impressive Riesling! It’s starting to come into its age by developing beautiful aromatics of petrol, honey, and orange blossom. While it does have the typical light body of the Mosel, it’s light without being thin and shows richness and complexity. The palate provide bright acidity, lemon zest, nectarine and white peach notes. This medium-sweet style can be admired on its own or paired exceptionally with spicy foods or dessert.

2012 Waits-Mast "Nash Mill" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 11-20-2014
Red cherry, red rose, sandalwood and red currant. Medium plus acidity and medium, fine tannin. Elegant and drinkable, I simply love this wine!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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