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2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 8-7-2014
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I absolutely love this wine's complex and traditional flavors but what really excites me is its supple nature. Still the classic length but wrapped in a richly textured wild fruit compote that balances that structure perfectly. The balance between the spice, leather, earth and that beautiful fruit is simply magnificent and to get it for this price is amazing. Although I think I could drink this wine on its own I'd suggest grilled meats or some aged Manchego.
Drink from 2014 to 2021
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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I really like this wine, the nose is bursting with spiced apple brioche that just explodes out of your glass (use a BIG glass like we do, no flutes!)and continues on across the palate. The Blanche has such a unique expression of high acid and richness coupled with lots of age you can please edgy purists and those looking for more richness. Excellent finish, supple mousse, such a deal for the price!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-5-2014
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Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese and is full of complex, wild cherry fruit, with notes of tobacco leaf and has layers of what the Italians call sotto bosco (the flavor of the forest floor). On the palate the aromas are interwoven and backed up with a core of mineral, stone, earth and truffle flowing into ripe tannins where the acidity lifts and lengthens the finish. This is not a simple wine, rather one that is simply perfect with rustic Italian fare! Try it with roasted rabbit or rosemary-infused pork loin or Montalcino’s favorite pinci (thick, hand rolled noodles) pasta. Drinkable now over the next 3-5 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-29-2014
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The 2011 vintage in Tuscan produced a lot of richness in the wine including Poggio al Tufo’s excellent Cabernet value. Aged for a year in large 65hl Slavonian oak barrels this wine has the ripeness of California Cabernet while having a more focused center, longer finish than anything I’ve seen in this price range you could buy from California. Supple, rich, smooth with lots of ripe cassis, hints of tarragon and a touch of fresh leather, a long finish but what really remains with you is the palate richness, this is a mouthful without being overripe and only 13% alcohol. You’ll love the drinkability of this wine and it will pair nicely with grilled meats or even just Cabernet Cocktailing!
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2011 Poggio al Tufo "Rompicollo"
Review Date: 7-29-2014
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OK, that may seem like a very high score for a wine of this price category, but I adjusted it for the value and this wine is just an outstanding value. Rompicollo - Breakneck in Italian - is a coastal Super Tuscan of impeccable quality, it is a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in big 65hl barrels from grapes harvested from a vineyard with southern exposure and mostly volcanic soil. The aromatics tell you right away this is a serious wine; the fresh, focused Sangiovese fruit is cherry like and coupled with the Cabernet's earth and cassis filled flavors just fills your nose with anticipation. On the palate the richness of the Cabernet is lengthened by the Sangiovese’s acidity creating a very long finish filled with spice, fruit and earth while still maintaining a textural richness on the palate. This is a wine that will age well for another 5 years and be just a stunning value at that time, but you’ll have to buy a lot because it is just so darn good to drink right now. Buy a case…no better make it two cases, it’s great.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2012 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 7-28-2014
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This is a Barossa Shiraz that isn't overly extracted, overly ripe or overly alcoholic. You might think that's a lot of overlys... well you'd be right and it is why I'm so impressed with this wine. My Barossa experience has been full of wines that are way too sappy for my palate, but this wine's bracing acidity and properly stated alcohol level is refreshing. You still get that Barossa power but with more focus; the flavors are cleaner and fresher and you still get that supple, textural richness that is Barossa. I'm thinking BBQ'd ribs would be just the match for this fascinating wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2018

2010 Seghesio Barolo
Review Date: 7-24-2014
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This is an absolutely delicious wine and remarkably drinkable now! The Brothers Seghesio have really knocked it out of the park with this wine, aromatically enchanting, full of strawberry and accented by hints of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is supple and smooth with a wonderful palate presence and as more of the complex fruit begins to blossom it is followed by a truffle, smoky, woodsy character that is full of spice while it begins to show a delicate veil of tannin in the finish. Although this wine is drinkable now you’ll be able to drink it over the next 3-6 years. I love this wine with Porcini laced pasta or risotto or with braised meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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When Marco Riscasoli’s Great, Great Grandfather Bettino Ricasoli created the original Chianti recipes he would have loved this wine. He originally had three wines, one for current drinking, one for midterm drinking and one powerful wine to age for a decade plus, the San Marcellino is the latter. Mountain Sangiovese fruit just bursts from this wine, what does that mean? Backbone, concentration, focus and power are all squeezed tightly together and then wrapped around the core of this wine where they hold the dark fruit, smoldering fire, underbrush and anise highlighted by wild marasca cherry notes. On the palate the wine shows muscle, but it’s lithe not tight and the flavors gradually expand the length of your tongue and remain enough to really give you the impression this wine is trying to make an impression. I would decant for 4-6 hours ahead of time if you wish to drink now but the best spot will be in your cellar for another 5+ years, you won’t regret it!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart AG 95 BC 0

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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Deeply textured, extraordinarily flavorful this just might be the best Geremia that Marco Ricasoli has made. While structured and focused with intense mountain fruit the Merlot in this gives the wine first and foremost produces a supple, fleshy character on the palate. While there definitely is rich and drinkable character this wine has backbone for a decade plus, structure yet balanced. A long life ahead for this scintillating Super Tuscan from the Central Tuscan highlands!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.3 Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I was really surprised by the elegance and flavor integration of this wine. I like Sauvignon Blanc but I don't like the overtly grassy versions or the exceedingly neutral, pseudo-Chardonnay styles either. This wine (once you get past the name) has energy, with fresh, almost citrusy flavor showing a brighter more focused wine. I love this style of wine with richer seafood or a grilled calamari, or with a runny poached egg over grilled asparagus. This isn't the first place you'd probably look for Sauvignon but it will be on your list after you have this wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I love Sauvignon Blanc but as one might expect I am overly picky (who would have guessed) about the overtly grassy ones--for me, what so many NZ versions taste of is Jalapeno Jelly. For me, TWR's wines don't have that character but still taste like they're from NZ. The wines have body, drive and aromatic correctness but without that under-ripeness that I so dislike. Enough about the negatives, the wine is so pungent, savory, just decidedly flavorful, with sultry aromatics that segue onto the palate and those flavors give way to a textural density coupled with a good, mineral-driven center. The wine then has a long finish that brings the flavors and texture to a crescendo. Very, very good wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma Petit Verdot McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I don't get a chance to taste much pure Petit Verdot but when I do I sometimes find them overly extracted or having very high tannin levels. This wine isn't anything like that; I really enjoyed this wine’s character; deep flavors flowing into a bold, lush palate presence where those powerful flavors seemed to accumulate into one big bass drum pounding a thick, rich and pleasing mouth-feel. Definitely a BBQ wine and for the price this is really worth checking out.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-10-2014
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A long time K&L favorite La Fortuna’s Brunello is a product of two growing zones in Montalcino. The winery’s home vineyard and winery is a short distance east of the town of Montalcino right next to one of Montalcino’s big names Fuligni and just scant meters across the valley from another super star, Siro Pacenti. La Fortuna’s home vineyard gives their Brunello a focused core and structure with high-toned fruit aromatics; they also own a vineyard just south of Castelnuovo dell’Abate (just like Siro Pacenti) the strong southern facing gives the wine from this vineyard a riper, deeper, more saturated flavor. In this 2009 La Fortuna Brunello the two vineyards are blended together creating a wine with a centered core of structure with a cherry, plumy richness woven into the heart of the wine. Supple yet lively on the palate, this wine is perfect for richer dishes; perhaps a creamy, porcini risotto where the fruit and earthy flavors join together. A beef stew...or Cinghiale if you really want to be authentic would be ideal as well.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-10-2014
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I’ve been tasting Ferrero’s wines for a decade and I really think this is one of the best balanced Brunello that winemaker/owner Pablo Härri has made and from the first time I tasted it this wine put a smile on my face! Aromatically focused, the ripe plum is very inviting and it gives the impression of freshness. The flavors are clean, tight plum with hints of smoked meats in the background but the really impressive portion of the wine is its palate presence, supple, soft, round but with enough tannic tension to buoy the wine and keep extending it to a long and vibrant aftertaste. Really easy (and so pleasurable) to drink now, I’d have it with a more complex meaty pasta dish or just about anything meaty off the grill!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Review Date: 7-3-2014
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Marco Ricasoli grows some of the most distinctive and enjoyable Sangiovese in Tuscany, high up in the hills of Gaiole, in the deepest reaches of Chianti Classico. His Chianti is a classic blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino. The 2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico is a stunner: soft, open and round in the mouth, the wine’s juicy fruit is readily apparent yet is layered with spice, rosemary and violets. Luscious cherry and plum like fruit flavors mixed with a crisp focus on the palate make this wine a real drinker. Try it with some grilled sausage or your favorite pasta.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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