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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 isnít 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: $29.99 Add To Cart W&S 95 BC 0

2012 ZŁm 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 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 SŤvre 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

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 isnít 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 ViŮa 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 Iíve 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

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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

Powers & Sons 12 Year Old John's Lane Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 1-20-2014
The all pot-stilled Powers Johnís Lane bottling really ratchets up the intensity and complexity from the usual run of Irish whiskies, while remaining true to type. Youíd never mistake this for Bourbon, Scotch or any other style of whiskey. The nose gives up orange marmalade, yellow plum, honeysuckle, powdery vanilla, and cedar, before a duet between toasted graininess and yuzu fruit, with spice and crème brulee accents, begins on the palate. I hope we soon see more like this!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart WA 94 BC 0

Lot 40 Single Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-20-2014
Unctuous and rich, this Canadian Rye packs in an intriguing array of flavors that stays true to the character of the grain. Style-wise, it skews to the sweeter side of things, with a fat mid-palate, and a supple, seamless texture. This is definitely the best new addition to the--of recent days--rather un-crowded field of contemplative, sipping Rye Whiskeys that I've had occasion to sample.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXIII" Old Vine Red Blend
Review Date: 11-10-2013
The twenty-third Pleiades features aromas of tart raspberry backed with lily. I almost want to say rhubarb, but it never quite gets all the way there. A smidgeon of discrete toast backs the vibrant fruit on the palate. Compared to the previous release, this has a more ample mid-palate, and more of a sense of continuity from beginning to end, while remaining a very light on its feet and graceful, with a transparency of flavor many a Ca. Pinot Noir wishes it had.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart ST 92 BC 0

James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 4-29-2013
Surprisingly sweet and round, with lemon, mandarin peel, and pine contrasting toasted almond, marshmallow, and vanilla, there is a solid depth of flavor here for a two year old rye. That being said, if you plan to make a Manhattan or some similar creation, go with a lighter sweet vermouth and be chary with it. I find this works best for my palate in cocktails with just a few small additions. As an aside, it is refreshing to see that the bottle's legend freely admits to the whiskey being from sourced barrels, while the label's own distillates are coming of age.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Old Forester Bourbon 86 Proof 750ml
Review Date: 4-29-2013
Not every whiskey needs to be pondered. Sometimes, you just want something enjoyable that you can splash liberally about. For under twenty dollars, this delivers. Robust without being heavy, this Bourbon ranges from dried fruit, crème anglais, pecan and nougat, through to cinnamon, allspice, and cedar. While you could nit-pick this or that aspect, overall, I find this quite easy to enjoy just on its own, straight up. Nicely done!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

Plymouth Navy Strength Gin 750ml
Review Date: 11-4-2012
It had been bruited about that such a creature as ďnavy strengthĒ Plymouth gin existed, or once had, and here in the midst of the great cocktail revival, where many a long-lost dream comes true, it once more graces these shores. If youíre familiar with Plymouth gin, there are no great surprises in store for you here; which is just fine. Why mess with success? The Navy Strength bottling is simply a brawnier version of the classic Plymouth taste. When this is, for instance, mixed up simply 1:1 gin to vermouth(Noilly Prat), no garnish, as a Wondrich reprint of an early 1850's San Francisco Gibson recipe suggests, this is a fabulous drink, and one in which a standard proof just wouldn't cut it. With the Navy Stength, you can taste the ginís presence clearly and distinctly. An excellent addition to the canon!
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

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