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Keith Mabry

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2012 Dragonette Cellars Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 1-30-2014
Always impressive and consistently one of my favorite SBs produced in the US. The Happy Canyon bottling reminds more of great white Bordeaux with its cantaloupe and citrus rind flavors. Lemon custard and papaya round out the flavors. Focused and finessed, this is a great expression of the region.
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Guillaumette L'Authentique Génépi 375ml
Review Date: 11-18-2013
What a unique and intriguing liqueur this is! Notes of wildflowers, rosemary, spearmint and wormwood. Serve it on the rocks or make some of the most insane cocktails you can think of. With its versatility, this is a must for any home bar.
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2012 Chakana "Maipe Reserve" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 11-17-2013
The Maipe is always a reliable middle styled Malbec. This strikes the right balance of silky texture and well portioned black fruit flavors. Notes of currant, licorice, chocolate and lavendar. If you are looking to take that next step up in quality for a delicious Malbec, this one's in the right direction.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

Faultline Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 10-30-2013
I love the subtle perfume of the rye in this. I get that subtle grassy note with sweet vanilla notes and buttered toffee character. Congrats to the spirits buyers on this selection, this is my go to favorite right now.
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Clear Creek Framboise Eau de Vie 375ml
Review Date: 10-30-2013
Very rare and incredibly hard to produce, notes that tend to get people's attention. This is as pure an expression of Framboise that you could hope for, beautiful clean aromas and a long finish. Sure it's not cheap but the best Eau de Vies never are, and this is one of the best.
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2012 J. Bouchon "Canto Norte" Maule Valley
Review Date: 9-5-2013
Don't shy away from this if you are a merlot hater. This is actually a perfect blend with the addition of a little carmenere, cab sauv and cab franc. Currants, blackberry, baking spices, and a touch of capsicum. Classic Bordeaux style blend with a nice core of fruit. Delicious and a steal for the price!
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2010 Finca El Encinal Crianza Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-5-2013
Deep blackberry and roasted plum fruit with a touch of vanilla on the finish. This is superlative Ribera with supple tannins and bold but not over the top fruit. I can feel some grilled lamb chops paired with this wine calling my name.
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2012 Renacer Punto Final Classico Malbec
Review Date: 7-9-2013
Terrific blackberry fruit and raspberry coulis flavors mix with roasted meat and a touch of vanilla. It has a lush mouthfeel and supple sweet tannins. Many Malbecs have an overwhelming over-ripeness but this wine glides along a seamless edge of balance and fruit lusciousness.
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2004 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 7-9-2013
I am a huge fan of La Rioja Alta. I think the wines are classic, balanced and age really well. The '04 Ardanza is a great follow-up to the 2001 (one of our best selling wines last year!) and has the stuffing to last for quite awhile. Sweet red currants, mulled cherries and baked plums fill the palate. Aromas of pipe tobacco, vanilla and spice compliment the fruit. An earthy forest floor quality lends beauty to a long and complex finish. Even more accessible than the 2001, this wine will drink now and continue to develop for quite some time.

2011 Andrew Thomas "Braemore" Sémillon Hunter Valley
Review Date: 12-4-2012
One of the top producers of Semillon in the Hunter Valley. Steely and nervy, with lots of citrus and mineral notes. One of my favorite white wines right now.

2001 Marques de Legarda Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-3-2012
One of the most interesting wineries I have ever visited. The winery dates back to 14th century. The 2001 Gran Reserva is classic Rioja through and through with subtle herb spices and nuances, dried cranberries and figs, hint of rosemary and an earthy complex finish. We had this served with the Spanish equivalent of Guinea Hen over rice but you could serve this with any fowl and be a pretty happy camper.
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2008 Trimbach Riesling Reserve
Review Date: 7-5-2011
Trimbach’s “Reserve” bottling is consummate Alsatian styled Riesling. It has great tone and minerality and is packed with brined apple flavors and crunchy pear notes. The “Reserve” has more length and finish than the regular bottling and for a subtle price difference; it is worth going that extra 3 bucks!

2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-9-2011
Bruno Michel is one of my favorite producers in our DI program. Every time I read my tasting notes for one of these wines, it says something like - Pouilly Fuisse with bubble or in the case of the rose, Gevrey Chambertin with bubbles. The 2002 is broad shoulders on a sinewy frame - Chablis Les Clos with bubbles. Terrific stuff and built for the long haul.
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Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 2-9-2011
Upon first sip, this bubbly reminds me what I love about our Direct Import Champagne program. Gorgeous aromas of nutmeg, allspice, buttered toast and caramelized apples. The flavors match up beautifully and bright acidity carries the wine across the palate to a long lingering finish. There is so much to love about this.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 9-9-2009
This is a tremendous effort from this Chateau. Lovely coffee and caramel aromas are surrounded by flavors of cassis and black cherries. Great balance of acidity and refined tannins, this will make a good candidate for a few years of bottle age but there is something extremely appealing about this wine right now.

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