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Mike Barber

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2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
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Unmistakably Chardonnay, the wine has aromas of almond and wet gravel and a slight straw color. But Te Whare Ra's Chardonnay is more elegant than the nose would have you believe--a racy and bright wine filled with lemon flavors and a slight hint of oak that is sure to satisfy any fan of cool weather whites.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
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Another triumph from one of our favorite producers in New Zealand. This Blanc is edgy and very sharp, with quintessential New Zealand bright citrus and slight grassy flavors, complemented by fig and lychee aromas. This biodynamic beauty has so much to offer fans of Sauvignon Blanc; one of TWR's best yet, and still at a great price!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
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This is a Pinot with structure--a nervy and delicious cool weather red with lean red fruit flavors but plenty of mouth-coating tannins. The fruit notes here are slightly bitter, lean raspberry and plum resting behind cassis and lavender, leaving a wonderfully long impression on the palate. The winemakers at Te Whare Ra took full advantage of the excellent 2013 growing season to craft this mouthwatering Pinot.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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A crisp and gorgeous Albarino, the Ferreiro shows bright apricot and peach fruits with a big finish of wet stone and granite.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Don Ventura "Viña Caneiro" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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An excellent price for an excellent wine! Just a bit leaner than some of our other Ribeira offerings, but not lacking in flavor and intensity, the Caneiro benefits from its steep, slate filled vineyards and is loaded with minerality. Its flavors of elegant and bitter raspberry are backed up by mouth-coating tannins.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Remelluri Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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This Tempranillo is rounder and more lush than some of our other Riojas, but its old vine pedigree shines through in its complexity. Its soft plum and fig flavors and mellow acidity are wrapped in a long finish of white pepper. It's a remarkable wine from a good vintage and a legendary vineyard.
Drink from 2014 to 2034

2013 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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Zippy, fresh, and tasty, this is one of my favorite rosés in the store. Bright but round and complex, with lifted flavors of light strawberry and a bracing mouthfeel. This will give Bandol rosés a run for their money.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Black Quail "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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Just the one wine from this great vineyard--and their concentration shows. Across from the famous Felton Vineyard, the Black Quail vines produce dense and lovely Pinot Noir. This elegant bottle is full of earth, cinnamon, and soft, dark fruits that linger with every sip.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart BC 95 ST 90

2008 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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Pulling fruit from the same source as the famous Felton Road label, the minimalist winemaking team at Pyramid has crafted a unique and delicious wine very different from the Felton expression. This Pinot is full of earth and spice, a layered drink of Indian spices, blueberry, and tobacco with a lifted finish of menthol and bright acidity. Definitely one of my favorite New Zealand Pinots on the shelf--and one with a little bottle age too.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 3-8-2014
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This is a fantastic value for any fan of hearty Cab/Merlot blends. A rich, dark fruit core and just enough tannin structure and spice make this a very serious wine for not a lot of money.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-8-2014
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The lesser known, warmer weather bay of the New Zealand wine country, Hawkes Bay is capable of producing world-class Cabernet and Syrah, and this bottle is one of its best. The skills of the Te Mata winemakers shine in this Bordeaux blend from a great vintage. Richer than most Bordeaux but still balanced and delicious, it has incredible layers of flavors with a good backbone and just a touch of leather.
Drink from 2016 to 2029
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 3-8-2014
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The biodynamic Te Whare Ra estate produces very expressive, quintessential cool weather wines. They like acid in their wines and it shows. Their Sauv Blanc is always one of our best, with searing bright melon and flowers that leave a lasting impression on the palate.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart DC 91 BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 3-8-2014
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Classic New Zealand Pinot from this cool weather estate. This beauty is bright and sharp, with lean red fruit, plenty of acidity, and a long finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-8-2014
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I don't say things are perfect very often, especially when rating wine and spirits, but this Cragganmore might be. The pedigree of the distillery is well known (it was always the great whisky writer Michael Jackson's favorite), but it takes a special barrel like this to show what the distillery can really do. The evolution of flavor in this malty beast is incredible, and your taste buds will thank you with every sip. A perfect representation of Speyside, it starts with toasted almonds and light caramel flavors that warp into a mixture of coffee, leather, and chili spices. Beautiful whisky!
Drink from 2014 to 3014
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1992 Longmorn 21 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-6-2014
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Great release here from a well known distillery that never puts out distillery bottlings in the U.S. This single malt does the best when it is expressed with sherry barrels like this one: dark, decadent and very rich.
Drink from 2014 to 3014
Price: $114.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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