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Matthew Callahan

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Amaury Coutelas "Cuvee 1809" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-19-2014
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This great Chamapgne is the zenith of winemaker Damien Coutelas and his wife, Angelique, who ties the corks down, in the traditonal method, without a wire cage. No malolactic fermentation and aged on the cork for eight years. Low dosage gives this beauty a long, chalky finish with minerals and spice. A clean clay nose leads to an mid-palate of truffles, smoke and yeast. This is a serious Champagne for those of oyu who are looking for something that is extremely high quality and unique. I tasted the upcoming releases in Champagne recently and they, too, will be keeping with the fine quality of this current release. So, collectors will not need to fear any quality changes down the line. This sparkler is worth every penny.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia  
Review Date: 4-18-2014
What? $7.99 for all this wine! On the nose, red fruit and spice lead to a touch of chocolate as this steal of a wine opens up. The palate displays a nice intensity of dark cherry with low tannins that lead to a smooth finish. Very well balanced and very food friendly, especially with red-sauced dishes. Works just as well with meat or veggies in the mix.
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône  
Review Date: 4-18-2014
In 2010, a lingering cool spring in the Southern Rhône severely reduced crop yields and extended the harvest well into October, allowing the happy grapes to reach sublimely intense levels of both richness and structure -— the result one of the greatest vintages ever in the Rhône Valley. And who reaps the rewards? Enter E. Guigal, perhaps the Rhone's chief exponent of excellence, delivering an amazing spectrum of quality wines year after year. Their entry-level Côtes du Rhône, with redolent aromas and flavors of cherry, black plum, wood smoke and spice possesses astonishing degrees of balance, complexity and mouthwatering texture for a very modest price. Most definitely a "win-win(e)"...Enjoy!

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-18-2014
This is a powerhouse of a Pinot! Almost portraying the nose of a Syrah, there is black fruit, pepper, chocolate-dipped cherries, pencil lead and fresh tar. Substantial acid and tannin that will allow this to age for a few years. I would serve this with charcoal grilled ribs, with a coffee dry rub or a cherry reduction based barbecue sauce.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

Bruno Michel "Rebelle" Extra Brut Champagne   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-18-2014
The Bruno Michel “Rebelle” offers much more richness than most Extra Brut Champagnes, and with the lovely acidity and minerality characteristics, this makes for a great sushi pairing! The Rebelle will delight your palate with the crisp acidity and luscious apple type fruits. If you like sushi, I highly recommend pairing the two! It goes great with yellow tail, salmon, spicy tuna and many other types of seafood, but it is the wasabi and soy sauce that really makes the pairing special. Don’t hesitate -- treat yourself to sushi and this Champagne tonight!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 0

2013 Cep (Peay Vineyards) "Hopkins Ranch" Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-18-2014
I have been a fan of the Cep (Peay Vineyards) wines for a few years and this Sauvignon Blanc reaffirms my allegiance! There is so much to love about this wine as it is bursting with lots of acid, green apple, citrus, stone fruit and white flowers. There is a chalky mouthfeel that is a pleasant surprise coming from the Russian River Valley. This will be a good one to stock up on for summer!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-18-2014
This reminds me of the wines that originally turned us all onto New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Intensely aromatic, rich in texture, peach candy, and lemon rind, and a touch of mint. Certainly a crowd pleaser, and as it has a screwtop, no opener needed.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

2012 Bastide Miraflors "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes Catalanes  
Review Date: 4-17-2014
The Roussillon region in southwest France has been cultivating grapes for thousands of years, so it comes as little surprise that a wine of such intense, immense pleasure as the Bastide Miraflors finds its home there. Select organically-farmed Syrah and rustic old vine Grenache undergo a long maceration to generate a wine of beautiful texture, form and depth. Lively, lusty and inviting red and black fruits toned with lavender and wildflowers make for a delicious bottle of wine, one that will complement everything from Mediterranean fare to roasted poultry to grilled lamb chops. This amazingly priced wine will quickly sail from our shops, guaranteed.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2013 Bodegas Colomé Torrontes Valle Calchaquí Salta  
Review Date: 4-16-2014
I don't think it gets more textbook for Torrontes than the always delicious version from Colomé. The country's best, most wonderfully fragrant, balanced and nervy Torrontes tends to come from Salta, where Colomé has been an innovator not only in the quality of its Torrontes but also its Malbecs. This wine has juicy yellow fruited flavors, with exotic aromas that suggest jasmine. A unique white to sip as an aperitif or to accompany seafood and vegetable dishes.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart ST 91 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.

2012 Bastide Miraflors "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes Catalanes  
Review Date: 4-16-2014
Fans of importer Eric Solomon and his portfolio of wines will certainly have something to cheer about after tasting the 2012 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes. True to form and delicious, this Syrah-based red from way down near the Franco-Spanish border does not disappoint. Richly textured, along with exuberant red fruit notes and a seamless finish make for a tremendously enjoyable and overachieving red. One more stellar example of the great wines coming out of the Languedoc-Roussillon these days.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-16-2014
The secret is out: Talley makes incredible wine, and now we can barely keep it on our shelf. Their Chardonnay has been a favorite to sell for parties, weddings, and just about any get-together that needs both a crowd-pleasing wine and a wine that goes the extra mile for the "serious wine drinkers" of the group. Bright apple and mild toast (15% new oak) show on the nose, continuing onto the palate with hints of tropical fruit and mouthwatering acid. Once again, the texture shines in this Chardonnay, which has a creamy palate yet fresh, bright, and clean fruit flavors.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cune Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 4-16-2014
This is a juicy, very quaffable Crianza from one of Rioja's most historic bodegas in Cune. With its red fruit flavors, supple tannins and balanced acidity, this is as comfortable at the table with roasted chicken, grilled salmon, lentils or pasta dishes as it is on its own or accompanied by cheese, tortilla española, grilled mushrooms and other tapas. Just a lovely, easy to like Tempranillo based red.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2009 I Greppi "Amore" Toscana  
Review Date: 4-16-2014
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I have to admit I was really impressed by this wine from the Tuscan coast in Bolgheri. It's a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend. Impressed because usually I am not impressed by this region's wine - because they seem a bit too international sometimes. This wine however, speaks of Tuscany. The nose is full of sweetish, refreshing fruit aromatics with hints of spice in the back but it is on the palate that the wine really shines. At only 13% alcohol the wine is supremely balanced and that full fruit and spice character follows through but it is the balance that really struck me, and the finish that stayed long on my palate seemed to grow with each passing second. Lovely structure, good acidic balance and a supple texture that allows the wine to be really drinkable now but will age well over the next 3-5 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-16-2014
The 2012 Chardonnay from ABC is just unfair to other Chardonnays in the $20 range. Everything is done right with truly impeccable balance; creamy mid palate, texture, citrus and stone fruit, mild toast, and great mineral and acid to really round out the whole package. Serious wine for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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