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Mahon McGrath

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2012 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 9-15-2014
From out of a lineup of domestic Pinot Noirs recently, this one really stole the show for me. Funny thing is, it isn’t a show stopper: it is commendable for the restraint it displays. The fruit is very pure and natural, dialing back the ripeness quotient you often contend with in California Pinot Noirs, the flavors have intensity without heaviness, and the body is trim, taut, and focused; in other words, it shows all the gracefulness you might hope for in a Pinot, but which is often sadly lacking for one reason or another.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart W&S 95 BC 0

2012 Züm Mosel Riesling
Review Date: 9-12-2014
The Zum qba has flavors of lemon, and lime, mineral, and sweet golden apple. Sweet-tart, this has a round mid-palate followed by bracing acidity. All in all, this is a tasty, low-alcohol, balanced bottle of Riesling; and at a price where you can twist the cap off with abandon.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

2013 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Dynamite bottle of Muscadet here! Light, lively, and fresh as a spring breeze, the 2013 Harmonie has flavors of lemon, lime, and blossom, with just a suggestion of sweetness to them, and enough body to keep everything from seeming austere when the chalky, wet stone, borderline-saline finish kicks in.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Crunchy, not sweet, notes of melon meet up with tarragon, and gravel, in the 2013 Cottat. There is a nice sunny depth to the fruit on the palate, which is not as coolly green as some Sancerres, having more an accent of fresh herb, and with loads of energy underneath it all. Dusty gravel pops up again in the finish, just the way you want it to.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Michel Delhommeau "Symbiose" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Broader and deeper than its sibling, the Symbiose is full, round, and juicy, but not at all heavy. The flavors of wet, creek-side cobbles, lemon, and a hint of tomato leaf here have a pleasing transparency, thanks to a mouthwatering level of cleansing acidity. I imagine this will even improve given a little time to settle into itself.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Gessinger Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinet
Review Date: 9-1-2014
Spicy, and stony, with incipient petrol, the fruit is far more reluctant here than in many Mosel Rieslings. The palate is fairly dry, too, but texturally it is quite rich. Those looking for something other than orchard fruit extravagance have come to the right place!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Fritsch Mordthal Grüner Veltliner
Review Date: 9-1-2014
This is a hefty Gruner Veltliner with a plush texture. Rich flavors of yellow fruit, with sweet spice, lead to a long, dry finish, with floral notes, lemon curd, and echoing spice. Looking for a white wine that punches in a big Chardonnay weight class, but without all the oak and malolactic foofaraw? You have a good bet here.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2012 Eva Fricke Lorchhäuser Seligmacher Riesling
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Honey tangerine, stone fruit, floral, and mineral notes combine with spicy-sweet vanilla and balsam in this taut, focused Riesling. While there is lots going on here, it isn't an obvious wine, and it takes awhile to tease everything out.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1997 C.H. Berres Erdener Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Wet stone and resin meet dried flowers and dried fruit on the nose before segueing into a palate dominated by quince. Whether it began life on the drier side, or absorbed some of its sweetness with time in the bottle, you now know this is a Spatlese mostly by virtue of the plush mouthfeel and flavor intensity, as the flavors skew to the warm, dry side, set against a tart background. A real charmer, and a heck of a deal, too.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 C.H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 8-28-2014
The nose of the fully mature 2002 C.H. Berres Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett offers up scents of petrol, and gravelly minerality, along with resin and dried apple. The spice in the “spicegarden” makes its presence felt on the palate. It is interesting to contrast where an aged wine from this vineyard goes compared to currently released expressions from the site; it also doesn’t hurt that the price of the Berres is less per bottle than some of those currently released versions!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Sherman & Hooker's Shebang! "Cuvee III" Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 8-20-2014
You may already be familiar with the Shebang red, which has been a big hit for a California red blend. Well, it is time to get acquainted another good bargain bottle from the folks at Bedrock: their third Sauvignon Blanc cuvee. Flavors of tangerine, lemon, and cantaloupe, set against a green shiso note, mark this tasty, tart white. This isn’t grassy, feline, or highly herbaceous, and should be a good all-arounder when a fresh, lighter bodied, inexpensive white is what you want.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 7-21-2014
The Vina Robles Jardine Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc starts off with aromas of lemon, lemon grass, and a dry, wicker-like note, before a subtle honeydew melon aspect reveals itself. While plush and round in texture, only a sliver of aforementioned melon pops up on the palate, and there is plenty of tart acidity sitting behind it, keeping the overall impression light and fresh. Probably the best inexpensive domestic Sauvignon Blancs I’ve crossed paths with recently.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2013 Margerum Wine Company "K&L Blend" Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-26-2014
With a nose offering up citrus, lemongrass, and honeydew melon, this is a vital, vivacious Sauvignon Blanc. Svelte on the palate, the flavors run to pomelo and melon, while managing just a suggestion of a mineral dimension in the form of powdery talc notes. Should perform yeoman duty as the summer party season commences!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 4-16-2014
Fresh and racy, showing crisp apple and citrus, with hints of mineral and brioche rounding out the palate, this focused and elegant Champagne is as good as--or better than--its previous incarnations, and remains a steal for the price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Bernhard Ott "Am Berg" Grüner Veltliner Wagram
Review Date: 4-5-2014
Neither overly broad, nor enamel strippingly austere, the Am Berg has a generous mid-palate of sweet herb, yellow fruit, and tangerine that gets focus from lentil, pepper, and wet river cobbles notes. Better still, this charmer comes in at a very reasonable price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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