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2013 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 1-8-2015
This wine amazes me every vintage for its balance, deliciousness, and price performance. Grapefruit and mineral with bright, refreshing, zesty acidity. A must for your daily-drinker white category! Buy by the case--this budget-friendly wine will take you easily from January through summertime, delighting your friends and family with its accessibility--and quaffability!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 1-8-2015
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We just had the opportunity to taste this latest release of Banshee Pinot Noir today (6 January) and though I liked the 2012 version of this wine, I think that I prefer the 2013. As with the previous vintage, this one has bright red fruits, rhubarb and pine notes, where the 2012 had black fruits; in the mid-palate, the 2013 stays bright and clean with a long finish of generous acidity. Being a fan of Burgundy, this works for me! This is a wonderful, affordable Pinot Noir with excellent quality and character that will pair very well with chicken and fattier fishes such as salmon. A real winner, this.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 1-7-2015
Since the 2008 Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs, we have been great supporters of the Banshee label. Whether it's the everyday wines or the single vineyard wines, the quality is second to none. We have always believed in the label and the great people behind it. The 2013 Banshee is a beautiful, predominately red fruited Pinot Noir with lovely notes of forest floor, black tea and rhubarb with just a touch of plum and cedar. The 2013 reminds me of the 2010 and 2011 with it's higher acid levels,candied red fruit and less blue and black fruit. Fresh, vibrant with lovely layered flavors. One heck of a Pinot Noir for $ 23.00
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel  
Review Date: 1-7-2015
Back in 2011 there was quite a scare in the world of Zinfandel. That was the year that the Seghesio Family sold their winery to a large company named Crimson Wine Group. This was a bit unsettling at the time being that the Seghesio Family was second only to the Foppianos for the crown as the longest running winemaking family in Sonoma County. We were all a little depressed by it for a while but then nothing really changed. The family still held control of the old vine plots like Cortina and Home Ranch, Pete stayed on as CEO and Ted as winemaker. The quality and branding was the same as it ever was and quite honestly I think most people even forgot that the Winery changed hands. This was great news to all Zin fans, especially when they kept churning out tremendous, affordable Zin like the 2013 Sonoma County. Just released this is a great wine for $20 with all of is warm spice cake, berry cobbler, whole peppercorn and sweet tea aromatics. Big and burly but with wild acidity acting as a counter weight this has a little something for everyone in the Zin world with its briary richness of fruit, bushels of pepper, fresh berry notes and a sweet oak lacing which ties up the substantial finish. I guess change, or the lack thereof, isn’t always a bad thing!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2013 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc  
Review Date: 1-6-2015
One of my go-to grab bottles when I need something crisp and crowd-friendly. Has all of the qualities that a wine guy like me looks for in a wine, but, without being overly geeky or cerebral. Clean, fresh and inviting is what you’ll be getting in this wine. Yes, it’s a great deal, but even more so, it is a fantastic wine.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Lafage "Grande Cuvée" Côtes du Roussillon Rosé  
Review Date: 1-5-2015
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, Clos Ste. Magdelaine Cassis Rose, Chateau Peyrassol Provencal Rose. These are some of the great rose wines we receive each year and they always sell through in an instant. Each is worthy of cellaring, even if just for a short period of time. Now from the Languedoc we finally have a wine to rival these greats. The Lafage Grande Cuvee is like summer in a glass, even though it may be winter. It has notes of blood orange, seascape strawberries and wet slate. Long on minerality and finish. I'm personally glad this arrived late. The wine had a little time to become even more spectacular. You can drink it now, this is California after all and sunny days are always ahead, or hold it a few months in anticipation of next summer, you won't be disappointed.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

Glendronach 12 year old Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 1-4-2015
This whisky just keeps getting better, in my estimation. Rich and sherried, reminiscent of summer and winter treats: caramel apples and roasted, candied nuts. The Glendronach 12 has spicy, rum-raisin aromas, roasted nuts--filberts, Brazil nuts--and baked apple and pear notes, which repeat on the palate, so cotton-candy smooth, and the fruit flavors deepen toward the dry, smoky finish. Similar to: Aberlour 16. More flavor than: Glenlivet 12. Fiercer, less smooth than: Macallan 12 or Glenmorangie 10. More easygoing but in a somewhat similar profile to: Glendronach Allardice, Aberlour A'Bunadh. A standby, a classic. UPDATE: I have tried the Glendronach 15 Year Port-finished edition, a really svelte, nice dram, for sure, but I STILL prefer the 12 Year. If you like rich, nutty, sherried single malt, you really ought to try the Glendronach 12.
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis   | Approved
Review Date: 1-4-2015
From one of the premiere areas in the world for Chardonnay comes this immensely drinkable white Burgundy. Opulent citrus notes, a silky mid-weight mouth-feel, and the faintest hint of petrol make this surprisingly complex, considering the amazing price. Well balanced acid and minerality lead to a finish that ends at just the right time. A lovely, crowd pleasing white!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvee Dilection" Brut Rose Champagne  
Review Date: 1-3-2015
If you love fine, subtle, elegant rose, the Dilection is not to be missed. The base wine is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from vines of 40 years or older. To give it the rose color, flavor and aroma Alexandre adds 15% red Meunier from the vignes d’etoges, a plot in Monthelon that was planted in 1902… Easily the oldest vines I have ever seen in Champagne. All of the vinification is done in wood. I found it to have incredibly pure, Burgundian cherry fruit and a seamless, medium to light body. This wine has so many layers that it will reward those who taste it quietly, but it is so delicious that one does not have to ponder it to enjoy it. The finish is, like all of the Le Brun wines, the best part- a true peacock’s tail!
Drink from 2015 to 2028
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 1-3-2015
If you are a fan of Meunier based Champagne, trying this is a must. The Revelation is composed entirely of Meunier from vineyards of fifty years or older, only 1200 bottles of this incredible wine were made. The vines for this Champagne are in the very cool micro-climate of Monthelon, just south of Epernay, and thus have a far racier character than any of our other Meunier’s that come from the Western Valley of the Marne. With quince like fruit, subtle brioche and ample mineral drive, this serious wine has a finish that lasts like a blanc de blancs. It is dry at only four grams per liter of dosage, but not austere. A classic!
Drink from 2015 to 2039
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Alexandre Le Brun "Passion" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 1-3-2015
Although labeled as non-vintage, this is in fact all 2005, and has been given eight years of ageing time o the lees. This Champagne is composed of half and half Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and tastes much more expensive that it is. If you like creamy, toasty Champagne with depth and richness, this is one of the best that we carry.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 1-3-2015
This is composed of a third each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from Mr. Le Brun’s estate, and nearly every wine in this blend has gone through malolactic. This Champagne has a rich bready nose from the over 20 months it has aged on the lees and some very nice savory qualities as well. In the mouth the high quality Meunier gives this wine great roundness as well as some tasty baked apple flavors. The cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir show their stuff on the dry, long finish. It is dosed at 6g/l.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Club Price: $34.99
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Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon 750ml  
Review Date: 1-3-2015
The E.H. Taylor series is an interesting side project from the Buffalo Trace distillery portfolio (Eagle Rare, Weller, Elmer T Lee, Pappy, etc) offering a drier, less sweet profile than what many of us expect from Bourbon. For me, the Taylor Small Batch 100 proof is the most intriguing of the series; truly a grainy and evocative Bourbon that goes from oak, to oil, to sweet corn, and then back to a dry grainy finish. For me personally, the whiskey is great on the rocks, but really shines in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. The 50% helps bump up the flavor, allowing it to hold its own with the added sweetness, and the drier profile doesn't add too much extra sugar. The oak and corn flavors are really well balanced as well, creating a back and forth of sweet vanilla and baking spices that goes on forever even after you drink it down. It's a fun change of pace from the standard Bourbon fare and a chance to really delve deep into the complexity that Bourbon can offer. There's a lot going on in this whiskey; perhaps more than you're really looking for. Each time I taste it I find something I didn't taste the previous time. It's almost like the Boigneires Armagnac equivalent; that's a brandy that cuts out all the sweetness and gets right down to the core flavor. It's the Bourbon version of that.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Seikyo "Omachi" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml  
Review Date: 12-31-2014
A real treat for sake lovers - a chance to try a sake made from the historic "Omachi" rice rather than the dominant "Yamada Nishiki" variety. Fat and spicy with hints of melon and grapefruit.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Tozai "Typhoon" Futsu Sake 720ml  
Review Date: 12-31-2014
Our best value futsu-shu. Soft, round and fruity. Delicious either chilled or gently warmed.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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