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1998 Henriot "Cuvee des Enchanteleurs"
Review Date: 10-31-2011
I've always put the Enchanteleurs on my top ten list of tete du cuvees, and its showing at this year's tent event solidified its standing! While the 1995 was the actual vintage being poured, it just proved that the Enchanteleurs is outstanding no matter what. While elegantly sophisticated in its youth, I recommend putting away the 1998 for a few years cause what stuck out the most for the '95 was the beautiful hints of roasted hazelnuts and leesy minerality.

2007 Stony Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 9-30-2011
On our last buyers trip to Napa, Stony Hill was the clear standout against a sea of cabernet sauvignon. Jim McCrea's old school white wines are such a breath of fresh air in a cloud of tannic, full bodied, structured reds. If only more Napa Valley chardonnays could make their wines like this. The vignerons in Burgundy have been doing it right for hundreds of years and Stony Hill is one of only a few who've realized it, emulated it and perfected it!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart RP 89 BC 0

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 7-29-2011
So refreshing...so crisp...so clean...so perfect for those al fresco summer dinners. Or maybe a romantic dinner with a plate of oysters is your cup of tea...
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
Review Date: 3-1-2011
One word: Brie! Talk about the most heavenly of food and wine pairing experiences. Forget the fact that this bottle of bubbles is just a touch off dry. The Marie Leopold paired so perfectly with the brie, the only saving grace for my hips was that the wedge of cheese was quickly devoured. Its my second time taking home a bottle of this fabulous bottle of champagne and I will be taking home a fourth, fifth, sixth...just so long as there is enough brie in this world!
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Urbanite Cellars "Redart" Red Blend
Review Date: 10-29-2010
For all those who are looking for an easy drinking table red that won't break the bank, no need to look any further. Done in the same style as the Amplio cab from the same producer, the RedArt has plenty of bright red currant and blackberry fruit, with a nice hint of spice that sets this $10 Cab-based apart from the rest.
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Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 5-25-2010
The Ariston Aspasie rosé ($32.99) is such a richly impressive, full-bodied rosé made up of 50% pinot noir and 50% pinot meunier. 12% vinified still red pinot meunier is added to give this rosé its beautiful salmon color. What makes this rosé stand out amongst the crowd of trendy charlatans is the 5 years it is aged on its lees. The complexity, the richness, the layers of berry fruit balanced by vibrant acidity and lazy bubbles is matched by only a few lone standouts in a rosé world full of so many imposters.
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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-26-2009
Such an amazing champagne for such an extraordinary price! This champagne is one of my favorites regardless of how low the price is, but when you factor in how beautiful this wine is for only $29.99, you wonder if its too good to be true!!! So incredibly delicate and elegant with such subtle layers, you wonder if its too sophisticated for everyone to understand.
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Franck Bonville "Prestige" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-5-2009
I had this champagne on my birthday and it was the perfect bubbly for the occassion! Bright and fresh with tons of blanc de blanc fruit, it is also incredibly rich and creamy due to its extended lees contact. It was the ideal champagne to toast the beginning of the festivities and continued its perfection as it paired beautifully with all the food for the evening.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 7-14-2009
Talk about the perfect summertime Champagne!!! Crisp, refreshing, and vibrant with just the perfect balance of citrus and acidity coupled with copious amounts of teeny tiny bubbles. It was the perfect compliment to my fresh chips and salsa!

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 6-11-2009
This champagne is definitley worthy of being referred to as a "baby Krug". Fresh and bright, yet with amazing aromatics of asian spice, lemon curd, orange zest and a touch of brioche. Always a stellar standout!

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-20-2008
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A pinot noir-dominated blend that immediately after opening, has a distinctive leesy, slightly oxidated nose. This is no doubt from the reserve wines that are fermented in oak barrel and then aged in magnums under low pressure. This also lends to the full-bodied, richness of the wine. After several minutes of aeration, the sweet smell of ripe, sun-soaked apples begin to emerge. The predominance of estate fruit (approximately 70% of the assemblage) lends to the broad, rich and intense flavors. Fresh and toasty on the palate with a slight touch of hazelnut, the Special Cuvee has a long finish with a hint of exotic spice at the very end.

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