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Keith Mabry


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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.

2002 Tahbilk Marsanne "1927 Vines" Nagambie Lakes Victoria
Review Date: 12-4-2012
One of the most unique wines produced in Victoria. A beautiful aged Marsanne from vines planted in 1927. Some of the oldest vines of their kind in the world. This wine is rich and honeyed in texture and style. A great drinking experience.

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.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Marques de Legarda Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-3-2012
Our visit to Legarda was one of the most interesting visits to a winery I have ever experienced. Likely the oldest operating winery in Spain and maybe even Europe, this place exudes history. The wines however are timeless. Classic Rioja with a slightly modern tact, the basic Crianza is bright with red fruit flavors, earthy loamy notes and a hint of cocoa in the finish. Great length and finish, this is a winery to jump on board with.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

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: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 3-1-2010
Easily the best young Vieux Telegraphe I have ever tasted. This could also be one of my favorite wines of the 2007 vintage. Intense flavors of smoke, blackberry and hoisin but still focused and balanced. Many of the wines from this vintage are a little over-the-top with fruit but this is classic VT with the volume turned up. You'll let the wine envelop you with its incredible sound and resonance and it won't leave with your ears bleeding.

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.

Veuve du Vernay Brut
Review Date: 7-19-2009
I think this might be one of the best sparkling wine values the world over. The wine has undertones of grapefruit and guava with clean mineral notes. You would have to twice as much to get anything this close in quality.
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wne
Review Date: 1-28-2009
Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in California. Established in 1973, they have led the way in production methods and farming practices. They were also the first domestic producer to introduce Pinot Meunier into their sparkling wine. The Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noir is a great reflection of their style, focusing on Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The grapes come primarily from their Carneros property, which has the cool climate to provide great structure and backbone to the wine. It has a delicate salmon color with flavors of strawberry and black cherry. It is a fruit-driven style with a creamy texture and finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

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
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 Rosé
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

Schramsberg "Mirabelle" North Coast Brut 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

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