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Mike Barber

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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

2010 d'Arenberg "The Other Side" Single Vineyard Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 10-10-2013
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The single vineyard selections from d'Arenberg are mind blowing shirazes- each and old vine expression from different parts of their legendary vineyard. 'The other side' was one of my favorites - a serious and brooding shiraz stuffed with a lot of plum and dark fruits, but with excellent structure, aging potential, and a finish of rose and white pepper.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

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

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 BC 0

1986 Domaine du Miquer K&L Exclusive Bas Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 7-25-2013
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While the nose is filled with caramel and almonds, the flavors are surprisingly dry and oak driven, with slight cedar and vanilla notes over a toasted almond flavor. Not as sweet as one would expect from the nose, and entirely unique and delicious - a classic armagnac.
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart 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

2010 Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhône Blend Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 5-15-2013
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Hewitson is a great grower/producer who does not make his wines with the heavy handed approach popular in Australia. His are balanced and finessed wines that show what Barossa is really capable of. The Miss Harry blend is a rhone-inspired wine, unmistakably Australian in its fruit flavors, but with a bright and balanced finish and wonderful spices. Its easily one of the best deals we have for good Australia wines.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018

2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-29-2013
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This is a spectacular deal from one of the best producers in spain. The Arana is always a more muscular version of the Ardanza, with more fruit stuffing and youthful tannin, but that does not mean it is any less a world class tempranillo. This medium bodied wine is still elegant and delicious with loads of spice on the finish and wonderful plum and cherry notes up front. Very versatile, and at a perfect price!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023

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

Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-20-2013
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What would you expect from this great distillery who's popularity keeps growing and growing? Classic speyside- the 16 year is especially rich and malty, with salted caramel flavors and a long, pure finish. Decadent and delicious!
Drink from 2013 to 3013

2001 Marques de Legarda Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 2-20-2013
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A fantastic wine from a fantastic vintage- this is old school tempranillo with a light, gamey funk and flavors of plum and black pepper. Incredibly elegant, this wine will work great with a wide range of different dishes.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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