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Keith Mabry

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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.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart W&S 94 BC 0

2012 Renacer "Punto Final" Malbec Mendoza
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.

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.

2005 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 2-6-2013
The Prado Enea is the most traditional bottling Muga produces and it is always my favorite. The 2005 is no slouch with a sleek mouthfeel, dark current flavors, toasted sage aromas and a hint of burnished leather. This is a touch more extroverted than the 2004 and that is fine by me. Approachable now or cellar worthy for many years to come.

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.

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.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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.

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut
Review Date: 1-28-2009
This has a vibrant spiced pear and melon character. It sees little to no malolactic fermentation, giving it a racing stripe of acidity that keeps the wine focused. We also have this beauty, which was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine, in magnum .

Scharffenberger "Brut Excellence" Mendocino County Brut Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 1-28-2009
Not far from Roederer is a little homegrown brand: Scharffenberger. Established in 1981, the winery has gone through a couple of ownership changes (remember Pacific Echo? Me neither). Under the current ownership quality from this 120-acre property has shot to new heights. In contrast to the Roederer, the NV Scharffenberger Brut sees 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine is comprised of 2/3s Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay. There is a fruity richness with hints of plum, roasted apples and cinnamon.

Caveau du Mont July Bugey Cerdon
Review Date: 11-19-2008
If you have never had Bugey Cerdon - You Must Try This! It is a lush, fruity, sparkling wine that has a touch of residual sugar. But don't be alarmed. It is not sappy sweet. It not quite as sweet as Moscato or most Lambrusco. It is appropriate as an aperitif, a summer sipper by the pool, for holiday meals (THANKSGIVING ESPECIALLY!!!) and any spicy foods (Thai or Mexican anyone?). This is what wine is all about - fun!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-19-2008
I retasted this recently in one of our staff tastings and I was delighted. Lovely strawberry fruit and raspberry tones. Nice spice notes as well. This is now my favorite go-to aperitif bubbly.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Schramsberg "Mirabelle" California Rosé
Review Date: 11-19-2008
With a high Spectator score, this sparkling wine doesn't really need my help to sell it, but I did really enjoy the style. The wine possesses a strong watermelon and strawberry character with hints of cinnamon. Though not quite as detailed as some higher-end Rosé Champanges this would definitely hold its ground against many of the entry level cuvees for a lot less money!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

Rihaku "Wandering Poet" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml
Review Date: 4-29-2008
An exceptional Sake with lots of complexity. The Wandering Poet has a wonderful melon and citrus quality with a hint of anise in the finish. It is one of the best balanced Sakes that we have.
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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