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2004 Pirramimma "Old Bush Vines" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
All of the Pirramimma wines are crazy good for the money, and have some bottle development as well. I have always been a fan of the '04 vintage which was a bit cooler and offered fine balance and structure. This Grenache has a lifted nose with smoky raspberry, dark cherry, cedar, clove, nutmeg and some meaty notes. On the palate there are supple tannins with good length.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma Petit Verdot McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
Oddly enough, Petit Verdot has always been the "sleeper" varietal for this property. There is a fine bouquet with cedar, pencil lead, dark plum, red currant, pomegranate, some high-toned floral notes, tobacco leaf and a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate there is moderate acidity with fine-grained tannins and very good length. Very cool wine, and a steal at $15.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I love Sauvignon Blanc but as one might expect I am overly picky (who would have guessed) about the overtly grassy ones--for me, what so many NZ versions taste of is Jalapeno Jelly. For me, TWR's wines don't have that character but still taste like they're from NZ. The wines have body, drive and aromatic correctness but without that under-ripeness that I so dislike. Enough about the negatives, the wine is so pungent, savory, just decidedly flavorful, with sultry aromatics that segue onto the palate and those flavors give way to a textural density coupled with a good, mineral-driven center. The wine then has a long finish that brings the flavors and texture to a crescendo. Very, very good wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma "Old Bush Vines" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I really liked this wineís smoky aromatics: savory, meaty, beef stew; almost just a rush of saturated flavors. On the palate the wine has a fleshy, supple and plush feel yet is balanced by a forceful acidity that brings the wine together on the palate. Soupy Aussie wines donít do it for me but this wine crossed over into a really fun, rustic BBQ wine that will be sure to please lots of different palates.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This comes from the underrated 2011 vintage, and from one of my favorite Oregon producers. Its nose offers a cascade of rose petals, spices, red fruit, mulch and white pepper. On the palate, it's integrated, lovely and spicy, with a subtly tannic foundation that just needs food or a little air to tame it.

2004 Pirramimma Petit Verdot McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I don't get a chance to taste much pure Petit Verdot but when I do I sometimes find them overly extracted or having very high tannin levels. This wine isn't anything like that; I really enjoyed this wineís character; deep flavors flowing into a bold, lush palate presence where those powerful flavors seemed to accumulate into one big bass drum pounding a thick, rich and pleasing mouth-feel. Definitely a BBQ wine and for the price this is really worth checking out.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2011 Lange "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
Red cherry, sandalwood, red plum, red currant and thyme with medium plus acidity and soft, elegant tannin. This wine is classic Dundee Hills Pinot!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Benchmark Marlborough Savvy. Sure there are plenty of quirky styles now coming from New Zealand that are equally exciting but this quote from the winemaker Jason Flowerday sums up the wine perfectly: "Hand on heart, I love Sauvignon Blanc, it should be juicy, it should be ripe, it should be able to age, I donít want to make "alternative" Sauvignon, I just want to make it as good as it can be. We want Sauvignon Blanc that makes your mouth water and makes you want another glass"...as this baby sure does that!
Top Value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Weisse" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I loved both the Bergspitze Pinots we brought in from Teutonic. The 2012 from the Bergspitze Weisse is really gorgeous, with a filigreed bouquet redolent of anise seed, rosewater, roasted fennel, forest floor and green tea, all of which are deftly woven together on the palate with tart black fruit. There's a lot of wine here for the money. If you like your Pinot with backbone and restrained fruit, this is for you.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Teutonic "Crow Valley Vineyard" Willamette Valley Riesling  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I love German Riesling; it gives me the tingles. It's rare that I find domestic Riesling that evokes the same feeling, but Teutonic nailed it with this one. It has a distinctive, citrus and beeswax nose with a subtle underpinning of botrytis. All those characteristics are well-integrated on the palate, which is precise and long. Delicious.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Teutonic "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is a super aromatic Pinot Gris made in the Alsatian style, with just a touch of RS. Aromas of citrus and cream carry over to the palate, which finishes flinty and long.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Gaston RiviŤre Francois 1er Vieux Pineau Des Charantes 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
All I can say is: wow! Notes of mushroom, marshmallow, orange and lemon. This is refreshing and delightful, and just a touch funky.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bigallet Viriana China China Amer 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is a cane-based French bitter macerated with bitter oranges and distilled three times. The floral orange aromas are complemented by flavors of clove and anise, with added bitterness from China bark. Quite viscous and mouthwatering. Use in place of Aperol in a spritz!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ramazzotti Amaro 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I wake up at dawn most days. Run around with a two-year-old and one-year-old getting them fed and off to daycare. Then I come home, work all day, and hustle to make dinner before my husband brings the kids home again. By the time they're off to bed at 7, I have NO interest in muddling and mixing a fancy cocktail. I want something fast, but not dull. A couple of cubes and a splash of soda take this Amaro from simple digestivo to ahhh. Like cola with lemon, ginger and black licorice.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart WE 94 BC 0

Nonino Quintessentia Amaro 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
There's a reason this grape distillate-based Amaro from Friuli is one of our biggest sellers, it's the easiest-drinking Amaro I've every tried! Cocoa-dusted orange, cream, butterscotch, roasted nuts, lemon pitch and rosewater notes. Don't waste this in a cocktail, it sips smoothly on its own.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WE 96 BC 0

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