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Keith Mabry

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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.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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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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

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-2-2014
Classically rich and full bodied. Lots of lush currant fruit and black cherry too. You can see the excitement behind the 2012 vintage showing through with this luscious and delicious domestic Cabernet. Very pleasing style.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2005 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-2-2014
This has a lovely nose of cola and mushrooms with notes of dried leaves and dried raspberries. On the palate the complexities really come out with a solid core of raspberry fruit. There's still enough stuffing to keep this going for a few more years. A phenomenal steal when you factor in the cellaring and perfect provenance of this wine.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Rich apple and pear fruit surround the buttery rich texture and toasty oak notes. There is a solid core of acid in here to keep the wine focused and in balance. Definitely the best of its kind for this price.
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2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-8-2014
This is a delightfully vibrant and bright Reserva, with high tone raspberry and cherry fruit. The spicebox aromas range from cardamom to cinnamon with the lovely scent of clove added for good measure. There is ample acidity here which makes this an ideal pairing with food. Perfect for paella, roasted fowl and all things pork.
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2011 Foley Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Tropical notes of papaya, mango and pineapple lift the nose of this clean and expressive Chardonnay. It also has a rich texture but enough bright acidity to keep it focused, plus it has toasty notes that are in no way overdone. This is the "just right" expression of Central Coast Chardonnay and a pleasure to drink.
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2012 Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Sashi Moorman and Raj Parr have hit it out of the park with this outstanding expression of Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. Long on ripe pear and apple flavors there is a vibrancy to the wine that lingers on the palate. Dare I say mineral? Having recently tasted their '13s out of barrel, I can say without a doubt there are many great things to come from this duo.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2012 Farmers Jane "Field Red" Mendocino County Red Blend
Review Date: 1-30-2014
I'm a sucker for Carignan and also a sucker for the wines coming from Farmers Jane. Native yeast ferments and old vine fruit, two of my favorite things. The Carignan is sourced from 85-year-old vines at Hawkeye Ranch in Mendocino County, and the Grenache portion comes from Santa Barbara County. Fresh red fruit flavors of crushed raspberry and wild strawberry jam. This has terrific balance and wild flavors. Get on board now before these wines reach cult status.
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2012 Farmers Jane "Field White" Santa Barbara County White Blend
Review Date: 1-30-2014
It's hard to put a face or definition to the new "Natural Wine" movement but I think that Farmers Jane is a great place to start. All native yeast fermentation, following the biodyanmic calendar and sourced from a single vineyard, the 2012 is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne. The source and blend may change year to year (last year was Chenin based) but each wine captures the integrity of what the producers are trying to accomplish. Pure expression of time and place. This Rhone blend is vibrant with great natural acidity (white Rhone varieties tend toward flabbiness), persimmon, baked apple and peach flavors. I can't wait to see what else they get up to.
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