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Keith Mabry


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2012 Mas des Agrunelles "Les Mauves" Coteaux du Languedoc
Review Date: 9-8-2014
The wines of Mas des Agrunelles fall into what we call the "Natural" category - unfined, unfiltered, native yeast fermentations, minimal to no sulfur, no additions really of any kind. I'm a sucker for old vine, single-varietal wines. So to find 100% Cinsault in as pure form as possible is a real treat. This has great depth of flavor that evolves over hours. Fresh blueberries and raspberries (like a bowl of fruit right off the vine) dominate the nose. Spice and complexity evolve across the palate. This just keeps going. This is a fascinating wine.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine de la Grande Colline "Le Canon"
Review Date: 9-8-2014
The wines of Hirotake Ooka are something truly special. All natural, we want to classify him as organic but he doesn't believe in organic treatments. Hands off all the way! The Le Canon is brambly with fresh raspberries, spice and herbs. There is a light gamy note that makes me think of iron. There is a fair amount of CO2 in this wine, so if you don't like a touch of petillance, a brief decant is in order. I tasted my bottle over the course of a couple days and it kept improving. The carbon dioxide acted as a natural blanket inhibiting oxidation. Fresh and alive at day four; I was duly impressed. Some of the characteristics of "Natural Wines" are not for everyone but if you have a sense of adventure, this is a must try.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 9-8-2014
Always a pleaser amongst our staff and our customers. Classic Cotes du Rhone style with lots of brambly black fruit and spice.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2011 Mas des Agrunelles "l'Indigène" Coteaux du Languedoc
Review Date: 9-8-2014
Venturing into the realm of "Natural Wine" can be treacherous. Often the wines are unstable and may show some unusual or off flavors that are not to everyone's taste. But, the wines of Mas des Agrunelles are something special to behold. The l'Indigene is a beautifully balanced wine showing bright fruit flavors. It has great acidity and mellow tannins and an appealing complexity that is just, well, natural! More fresh blackberries and raspberries here with notes of crushed herbs. There is a vibrancy that seems the antithesis of what we expect from Languedoc. If you want bold ripe flavors, these may not be for you. If you shop at the farmers' market weekly and like the thrill of discovery, look no further. This wine is made for you.
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2012 Domaine les Grands Bois "Cuvée Maximilien" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Grands Bois is one of my favorite producers in the southern Rhone and one of the best producers making a Villages level Cairanne. The "Cuvee Max" has a saturated color with layers of black raspberry, violets, Moroccan spices and fresh tilled earth. This is really well balanced, never too overt or heady. The alcohol never dominates and the finish is clean. I would pick up a few bottles, because as accessible as this is now, you'll want to discover a few in your cellar in a couple of years.

2010 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Marcoux is one of those great properties that is very traditional in their winemaking practices but produces wines fashioned for the modern era. There is a depth of fruit here that speaks of blackberry confiture, chambord liqueur and candied figs. A little pinch of Asian five spice powder, some roasted earth and a touch of creosote round out this deep expression of Chateauneuf. Give it a few more years and you will be well rewarded for your patience.

2011 Domaine de Laidiere Bandol Blanc
Review Date: 9-2-2014
White Bandols are tricky animals. They are not inexpensive and doesn't usually fit into the crisp and citrusy category of a Sauvignon Blanc or buttery and creamy category of Chardonnay (not that either of those has to specifically be those things). So where does that leave Bandol blanc? Maybe more like a white Rhone? Possibly, but really it is its own thing. These are wines of texture and weight with subtle aromatics. Hints of peach skin, apricot pit but not full-blown fruit flavors. Subtle citrus with a rocky mineral finish. The Laidiere has those things and more. This is a terrific rendition with an almost full body mouthfeel and deft lively brightness on the tongue. It's like a happy medium. Not too heavy, not too light, just right. So where does it fit? I say in my glass.
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2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Have you ever stood next to a mountain stream and wanted a wine to have that fresh vibrant quality? Probably not, but if you did, this would be the wine. This 100% Chasselas is the epitome of alpine freshness. Light citrus notes, good viscosity, tons of clean minerality, it's pretty brilliant stuff. It's freshness personified.
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2012 JP & JF Quénard "Les Damoiselles" Vin de Savoie-Chignin Bergeron
Review Date: 7-29-2014
My favorite Roussanne (the local name in Savoie is Bergeron) on its own as a grape variety is Beaucastel's Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes. With that wine approaching the $200 mark, I can't say it is a fair comparison, but for about 10% of that cost, you can get a LOT of wine in the "Les Damoiselles." What I'm trying to say is, this is one of the sexiest, most intriguing Roussannes on the market at any price. Copious amounts of stone fruit flavors with notes of dried mango and a nice thread of chalky minerality. You gotta try it.
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2012 Charles Trosset Mondeuse "Prestige des Arpents" Vin de Savoie-Arbin
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Mondeuse has become one of my favorite reds. It has the spice box qualities you find in aged Syrah, the tobacco of old school Grenache and the floral lifted qualities of crazy northern Italian reds. Trosset is a genius with the grape and makes one of the best. It's like walking into a Penzey's Spices. It's floral with violets and lavender, spicy with pink peppercorns, crazy with celery seed and meaty enough and fruity enough to keep it from being too dramatic. Give this a shot, you won't regret it.
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2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie
Review Date: 7-29-2014
From one of Savoie’s greatest producers, this is one of the most fascinating and complex Gamays you are likely to drink. This holds its own amongst Beaujolais greats like Foillard and Thevenet. This has a beautiful core of wild strawberry fruit with subtle game and earthy nuances. Don’t think of this as a substitute for great Beaujolais, it’s entirely its own thing and well worth the price.
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2012 Franck Peillot "Altesse" Roussette de Bugey-Montagnieu
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Peillot as a producer is truly special. You would pay $50-$100 for wines of the caliber in Burgundy and yet for $23, you get something authentic and unique. This has beautiful quince notes with candied apple flavors. This is a wine of length and finesse. The region of Bugey-Montagnieu is famous for the Poulet de la Bresse, a chicken that has its own regional designation. I can think of nothing better than a beautiful roasted bird to go with this wine.
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2012 Domaine de Bila Haut "Occultum Lapidem" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Michel Chapoutier has knocked it out of the park again with this sumptuous and full bodied red. Fans of Orin Swift and Michel Rolland should find a lot to like here. Deep blue fruit flavors with polished tannins. Spicy floral notes with a lingering finish. Still retains focus and balance and never gets heady. Treat this as your bold summer red for barbecues or save a few bottles for those braised dishes in the fall and winter. You can't possibly go wrong.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

2012 J-L Chave Selection "Celeste" Saint-Joseph Blanc
Review Date: 7-3-2014
Based on Roussanne, this is very intriguing white wine. It has notes of nectarine, honeycomb and beeswax. There is ample acidity to balance the wonderfully creamy texture. Fans of northern Rhone whites will find much to like here whether you drink Hermitage Blanc or Chateauneuf Blanc. Don't miss it.
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2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-3-2014
The Mon Coeur is based on a majority of Syrah with the rest Grenache. It has beautiful blackberry and blueberry notes with classic spicebox aromas. It is always one of my favorite Cotes du Rhones.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

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