Staff Favorites - Shaun Green

Shaun Green

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2009 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-1-2014
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Here again Tuscany shows us they can still produce truly fantastic wines at great values. Here's a beautiful and elegantly composed Brunello with lovely red fruits, silky rose petals, interwoven minerals and fine spices with an absolutely lovely texture hung on fine polished tannins , all in perfect harmony. Greg's imagery of a gemstone is perfect and polished rubies is one of the first images I had upon trying this wine too.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria
Review Date: 8-19-2014
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Another great deal, perfect for summertime grilling & parties. Beautiful berried Syrah, fresh and juicy with surprising structure for a wine at this price. A bit of spice and mouthwatering acidity round it out for a great overall package.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

Stolzle Universal Bordeaux Glass (ship as 6pk only)
Review Date: 7-31-2014
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Here's a fantastic value solution to your wine glass needs. It's a great Cabernet/Merlot shape and we got a fantastic closeout price.
Top Value!
Price: $4.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Westland American Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 7-15-2014
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I hardly need to second the choices of David, but wow this one is very cool! Its rich, deep color at first made me worry that this was going to be a little too woody and sweet, but the nose suddenly changed that. Very full and deep with a somewhat roasted nut nose, and on the palate it has nice, long walnut, vanilla, barley and subtle raisin and caramel notes. Delicious and mouth-filling, yet vibrant and zesty. It has just enough sweet notes and a fantastic finish. The closest I've seen to a single malt Scotch from the U.S.!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-15-2014
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With so many of my colleagues commenting, I hardly need to describe this again, but I wanted to throw my compliments behind this wine too. It's simply fantastic and coming home with me.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2009 Kingston Family Vineyards "Alazan" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 6-9-2014
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Absolutely delicious Pinot Noir - one of the best Pinot offerings from Chile - fantastic red fruits and exotic spices mingling with a distinctive smoky note are extremely enticing and this wine pairs very well with many foods. Kingston's vineyards are in the Casablanca Valley, and with its cool maritime influence it's no wonder such high quality Pinot comes from their spectacular property. It's a great contender for the cellar too, but hard to resist so hide some from yourself if you want to age it!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020

2012 Kingston "Cariblanco" Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 6-9-2014
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This is an absolutely fantastic Sauvignon Blanc - one of my favorites, especially at this price. It is wonderfully complex and has a very impressive texture and weight. Rich tropical and citrus fruits with a slight touch of savory - it is spectacular as a summer dinner wine.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 5-22-2014
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Now this is a great deal! Ambroise is from NSG, and you can really tell in the glass - this on it's own makes the price unbelievable. The wine has great fruit in a fairly deep slightly modern sense, and yet shows a lovely sense of place as distinctly Burgundian. A round and rich texture and earthy notes with a bit of rose petal at the end, this is drinking great now, and pairs great with summertime fare so don't wait! Get yours before they're gone!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lehmann "Jamesse Reference" Grand Champagne glass (ship as 6pk *in styrofoam only)
Review Date: 5-20-2014
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When our Champagne gurus Gary and Scott came back from Champagne this year raving about the glassware designed by Philippe Jamesse, I certainly took notice. These Champagne glasses are a bit more open and less flute like than standard flutes, and highlight the complexity of Champagne beautifully. Among the best Champagne glasses we've ever used, they are also an incredible value for both the mouth blown and machine made versions. If you love Champagne you owe it to yourself to try this glass.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lehmann "Jamesse Prestige" Grand Champagne mouth blown wine glass
Review Date: 5-20-2014
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When our Champagne gurus Gary and Scott came back from Champagne this year raving about the glassware designed by Philippe Jamesse, I certainly took notice. These Champagne glasses are a bit more open and less flute like than standard flutes, and highlight the complexity of Champagne beautifully. Among the best Champagne glasses we've ever used, they are also an incredible value for both the mouth blown and machine made versions. If you love Champagne you owe it to yourself to try this glass.
Top Value!
Price: $37.50 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 5-19-2014
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This was my favorite (and not the most expensive) Pinot Noir from our recent New Zealand staff tasting. Delightfully rich and complex with a very enticing mineral quality from limestone. It has a fine red fruit richness enveloping a solid structure while maintaining a perfect varietal correctness. It offers up lovely spicy and earthy notes deftly layered to present its characteristics both on the nose and palate over time. It's not always easy to be rich AND complex in New World Pinot Noir, and rarely at this price. It's a super big deal wine in New Zealand, (known as Greystone there, but Grey's Peak here due to copyrights) and it's just a matter of time before more wine drinkers catch on here.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 96

2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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The Bin 128 is a serious and solid Syrah despite its fairly reasonable place in the Penfolds price lineup. The French oak is deftly layered into wonderfully solid warm Syrah fruit tinged with black spices and touches of leather and mild tobacco leaf. Bright red fruit highlights show themselves nicely at the long lingering finish. Bravo!
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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I love the addition of Syrah to Cabernet, and Penfolds is certainly one of the masters of the blend. Rich dense black fruits but not at all overblown, and oak that is present but very nicely integrated. It's smooth and rich with a nice long finish. With all the high priced Penfolds offerings lately, here's a fantastic offering showing their style at a price we can afford.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

2011 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
Review Date: 12-2-2013
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A great deal in a wonderfully complex pinot noir. Crackling red fruits, complex spicy and savory notes and a great backbone of fine tannins. There is a lot to love here for those who truly appreciate old world Pinot Noir.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-15-2013
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The Launois 'Special Club' has regularly been a giant hit with our staff and customers alike and the 2005 is right in line. A bit richer than the 2004, it's really showing its old vine source (50+ year old vines)Fantastic creamy richness even right from the start and a long vanilla and nut cream component on the palate. Lots of brioche and a wonderful expression of its 100% Mesnil Chard. You can't go wrong with this one!
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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