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Matthew Callahan

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2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
This is an up-and-coming property. They have a new rich American owner and a great young director in Jean-Christophe Meyrou, and with the help of famed oenologist Michel Rolland some great things are happening here. Besides being an incredible value, it is also one of the best wines we tasted on our entire trip. Black raspberry, plum, spice and red berry fruit, all perfectly integrated. Noticeable tannins, but layered and integrated well. Very tasty and racy; this wine is so sleek and seductive it feels like a super model.

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Dark and inky in the mouth, graphite and slate, minerals sweet minerals. Still very tannic on the finish and big. Should age well--there is enough fruit to cellar. Great freshness.

2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
I’m not going to lie. I’m instantly skeptical of anything that we can retail for under $10 from the US. I’m not saying that I don’t want to champion inexpensive wines, god knows we all need them, but with the cost of land, goods, equipment, labor, etc…it is just really difficult to make good wine at this price. That’s why when we actually do find one we get really, really excited for it. The 2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a perfect example of an exciting value wine. The first thing that struck me about this wine is that everything felt natural. No acidification, no oak chips, no Frankenstein wine here. What is here is a lovely, surprisingly rich Chardonnay with the exotic spice of Hungarian oak and the creamy texture of partial Malolactic Fermentation. Add in round, delicious baked apple and apricot fruit and a touch of tropicality from 2% Viognier and this is a Chard that you can pick up by the case and drink by the bottle whenever the need strikes!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2011 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Stony, mineral-driven aromas, intense and concentrated. Powerful for a white, with great acid and focus. Not overdone. Fine, indeed.

2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Our first Cabernet from the fantastic 2012 vintage. This venerable Napa winery is in the heart of Cabernet country. Cassis and red fruit aromas mix with some oak and licorice. So smooth on the palate, it tastes great now, but will age well for 10-plus years. Like the 2009 Bordeaux, this wine has so much fruit, it masks the ample, round tannins. Long, lingering finish. A vibrant wine to serve with a rack of lamb or veal chop.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Another great, delicious drinking Chardonnay from a very famous winery. Hint: What did Marie Antoinette say to the masses? On the richer side of the spectrum but not overdone. Toasty vanilla oak aromas mixe with apples and a touch of spice. Fairly full-bodied, this hasa rich mouthfeel and balancing acid at the back end. Easy to drink right now and will cellar well for a couple of years. Swordfish would go well with it, but the wine could also handle a famous Sam's Chowder House lobster roll.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The 2006 ?Malartic-Lagravière is a wine of great elegance, and it shows great freshness in its bright raspberry fruit as well as ripeness throughout, which is the key to the wine’s lasting finish. Very pure, elegant wine.

2011 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Big, rich, thick texture, dense and full, quite open in the mouth. Still some aggressive tannins and hints of herbal components.

2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Yes, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc comes from somewhere other than Marlborough! This crackling savvy from Central Otago has nose that shows grapefruit, fresh cut red bell pepper, lemon/lime blossom and a savoury hint of tomatoe leaf. On the palate there's a creamy texture supported by zesty acidity with a persistent finish.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The Amisfield Pinot shows the more powerful, masculine side to Pinot Noir. The bouquet offers smoky black cherry, clove, Earl Grey tea, flat cola, forest floor, dried orange peel and some meaty notes. On the palate there are silky tannins with good balance and fine length.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
This is one of the great classics as far as values go--always good and dependable. It has a racy nose with hints of herbs, flowers and loads of red fruits. Nice creaminess. This is classic.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Amaury Coutelas "Cuvee 1809" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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This great Champagne is the zenith of cuvées from winemaker Damien Coutelas and his wife, Angelique, who ties the corks down, in the traditional 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 a mid-palate of truffles, smoke and yeast. This is a serious Champagne for those of you 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

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
I was very much taken in by this stunning Pinot. Our New Zealand buyer fortunately left this open in the bar for me to try. You get all of the density and power one would expect from Central Otago, wild cherry, cassis, and a rich texture. However it also shows a graceful balance with lifted notes of raspberry and a hint of earth. Great length on the back end, effortless even. I was so happy to find out it was only going to be less than $30!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Rich apple and pear fruit surround the buttery rich texture and toasty oak notes. There is a solid core of acid in here to keep the wine focused and in balance. Definitely the best of its kind for this price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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Rich, ripe and juicy. A fleshy, powerful wine with lots of ripe stone fruit and freshly squeezed citrus. The wine also gets some maturation in barrel and has great mid-palate texture and has a faint nutty, toasty persistence on the finish that really adds another level of complexity. Really tasty Savvy at a steal of a price.
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

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