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Mike Barber

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2009 Noster "Inicial" Priorat
Review Date: 12-4-2013
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Brawny and expressive, but not over ripe and not sickeningly rich like many other priorats on the market. This is an area capable of excellent wines, but in all the alchemy involved in mixing cabernet with carignan with grenache with so many other varietals...many wineries in Priorat completely miss the mark and make syrupy wines that are outrageously expensive. The Noster is great- bold and flavorful, not overdone, and just $15!! I enjoy the noster more than other bottles three times its price!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 12-4-2013
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A fantastic price for an excellent wine! The diaz is all the finesse and bright mencia fruit you should expect from a well made ribeira sacra. Elegant, peppery, with firm acidity and raspberry fruits, this is an excellent pinot alternative for those wanting something different and something Spanish. At this price- do not pass this one up.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1982 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Reserva
Review Date: 11-26-2013
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There is something in the molecular structure of the Tempranillo grape that lets them age forever. Tannin in Rioja is never too powerful, acidity is never too high, but these wines have the potential to age gracefully for many decades. This release of the monte real is testament to the aging capability of Tempranillo. It is an older wine, and shows all the earth, wet vanilla, and gamey character you'd expect, but its elegance and integrated complexity are beautiful, showing better than many Cabernets and Bordeaux with similar age.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Fernandez Gomez Garnacha Rioja
Review Date: 10-10-2013
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Elegant, spicy, and very delicious. In an appellation dominated by tempranillo, this producer is crafting wonderful grenache based wine- a refreshing change of pace and very good wines!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ragnaud Sabourin K&L Exclusive Fontevieille #35 Cognac 750ml
Review Date: 8-2-2013
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This is an outstanding addition to our brandy portfolio- with powerful flavors of coffee, caramel, and honey over a lightly sweet but long lasting finish. Perfect, dense, rich, and wonderful!
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Chateau de Pellehaut K&L Exclusive L'Age de Glace Tenareze Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 8-2-2013
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This bottle is way too delicious for this price- rich and easy but still showing that true armagnac spice with flavors of toasted almonds, oak, and honey. This price is ridiculous-buy this now!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Rippon "Emma's Block" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago
Review Date: 7-25-2013
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Wonderful wine- great vintage- renowned producer. This new zealand beauty is a sharp pinot with a long finish, loaded with earthy notes of dust and black fruit. This will age gracefully in your cellar for years to come- definitely one of new zealand's best.
Drink from 2015 to 2023

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-25-2013
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As close to chablis as Australia gets- this is a racy and lean chardonnay with bright stonefruit flavors and a great mouthfeel finish. An excellent value at $25!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2017

2011 Porter Creek "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 7-25-2013
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Porter creek has crafted a winner from an otherwise incredibly difficult vintage. Soft red fruits and plum edges are complimented by a classic zin spicy finish. This is one of the better 2011 zins I have tried so far.
Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

Fleury "Carte Rouge" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 7-25-2013
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Consistently one of my favorite direct import producers in our champagne section- Fleury makes complex sparkling wine from 100% pinot noir vines. The result is a rich and decadent sparkler that doesn't sacrifice minerality or brightness for its lush texture.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BH 90 BC 0

Montechiara Prosecco DOC
Review Date: 7-11-2013
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Our best value in sparkling wine- this prosecco is definitely a party popper and tastes great.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2014
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Algueira Joven Mencia Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 5-15-2013
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Mencias from ribeira sacra tend to be more elegant than their bierzo brethren. This wine is a fine example at a perfect price- bitter raspberry fruit and earth with an elegant body and light tannin.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: Hidden Add To Waiting List BC 0

2009 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 3-20-2013
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Wonderful wine- especially for this price! Slight hints of tobacco are on the edges of the wine's sweeter but earthier red fruits, with a good structured finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Glenmorangie 18 year old Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-7-2013
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Great price for a great whiskey! Glenmorangie cuts their heads and tails (look it up) more than probably any other distillery in the world- leaving and very pure and light distillate behind. This intense and long barrel age has left that pure spirit a rich and malty backbone with incredible vibrancy. A scotch this good at a price this good does not last long!
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Nikka 12 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-20-2013
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A respected brand and great distillery in Japan, Nikka has just recently hit the west coast market. Their whiskies tend be darker and richer than those of suntory, but no less serious. The Taketsuru is a blend of grains based on old recipes, much more dark and lush than Suntory's Hibiki, with great spice and intense body.
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

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