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Lot 40 Single Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-20-2014
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Now that's some good drinkin'! This rye is rich and delicious, with vanilla and chocolate notes over classic rye leather and cracked pepper--perfect on its own or for all your Manhattan needs. Not as sweet as some of the LDI stuff coming out of Indiana, not as dry as some of 100% rye Rittenhouse styled whiskeys in our store--it's just right.
Drink from 2013 to 3013
Price: $54.99 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

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

Fleury 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 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

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

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2012
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Bright and racy with a little toast, this is our best deal in champagne!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosť Champagne
Review Date: 2-2-2012
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This bottle rivals other champagne roses that are two or three times as expensive! It is filled with floral aromas and fresh fruit flavors, with a dry finish. Fun, bright, and delicious - the ariston rose is always one of the winery's best releases.
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

ArteNOM Seleccion 1146 Anejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-24-2011
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It is tough in the tequila world to find small production, unique expressions of terroir and artful distillation, but that is exactly what the arte nom line of tequilas is all about. They each come from a single plantation of agave and a single distillery. They are all wonderful, but I'm an anejo guy, and this beauty is rich and lush with wonderful oaky notes over pure citrus flavors. If you're a real tequila fan- you have to try this.
Drink from 2011 to 3011
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-31-2011
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Always one of our best direct import champagne producers! Clean, crisp, bright - and the price is amazing!
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2015
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bulleit Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 3-11-2011
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A great rye for a great price! Bulleit has done it again. This release is soft on the pallate, with a trademark Bulleit sweetness backed by a present rye spiciness. Very drinkable- and not as heavy handed as a lot of other ryes on the market.
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 3011
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 1-13-2010
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A great rye whiskey with plenty of spice and backbone. Its oak aging and bourbon percentage give a lush, rich core, but this is a whiskey for the serious rye enthusiasts from one of Utah's first distilleries!
Drink from 2009 to 3009

Danzantes "Los Nahuales" Reposado Mezcal 750ml
Review Date: 10-14-2009
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This Mezcal is rich, dark and delicious! Smoky and dense - I love when agave is treated with this much dedication and respect!
Drink from 2010 to 3010
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Aberlour - A'Bunadh Cask Strength Single Malt 750ml
Review Date: 6-5-2009
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The best that Aberlour has to offer, in my opinion. Dark, rich, smooth and toasty, this is a deep and soothing malt with plenty of complexity and flavors. There is a very slight peat spice hiding behind a silk curtain of malty deliciousness. Very nice.
Drink from 2009 to 3009

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