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John Majeski

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2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 3-31-2015
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While I loved prior versions of this favorite Pinot, this new expression from a near perfect vintage took a different qualitative turn with the inspired interplay of fruit from another site, creating a generous, complex, elegant rendering, the epitome of depth, sophistication and grace— perfumed aromas of dried flowers, forest mushrooms intermixed with wild strawberry, red plum and raspberry fruit on the palate. Well-defined acidity and a fine, harmonious finish, winemakers Jason and Anna Flowerday have surpassed their own uncompromising standards with this wonderful Pinot Noir. Not to be missed!
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2012 Ellero "Pisa Terrace" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 3-31-2015
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Central Otago has, over the last decade, become the hot spot in New Zealand for Pinot Noir, and there are so many super producers and bottlings that it can be impossibly hard to keep up, but luckily we have Ryan Woodhouse, our inspired explorer and savvy spelunker of all things Kiwi-driven. Ok, maybe not spelunker, unless we’re talking wine caves. The Ellero comes from ‘Pisa Terrace’, a precious parcel of organic vines that may or may not grow on a badly tilted hillside …. anyway, this is a serious, well-wrought wine, combining both fine concentration and clarity, with a brilliant array of silky black and red fruits, savory tea spice, structured tannins and earthy, textural notes on the persistent finish. A masterful stroke of winemaking, likely to evolve beautifully for several more years.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2013 Domaine de Begrolles Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine sur Lie
Review Date: 3-31-2015
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Diving into a chilled platter of locally-harvested Hog Island oysters accompanied by a crisp bottle of Domaine de Begrolles white is about as good as it gets— the marriage of mollusk and Muscadet is made in heaven, or as close as one can get while sitting by the bay on a warm summer day. This delightfully dry wine hails from Sevre et Maine not far from where the Loire River empties itself into the Atlantic, imbuing the wine with welcome marine influences— whispered salinity, seashell and iodine notes to complement the white flower, citrus and leesy elements. A great little wine to clean your palate without cleaning out your wallet.
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2012 Krutz Family Cellars "Magnolia Series" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 3-29-2015
Oh my Heart of Darkness, Mister Krutz! If you can read Conrad or enjoy a Coppola bad puns, you'll get it. This brazen beauty is one of the most arrestingly delicious, emblematic Zinfandels I've tasted recently, bursting with a veritable cornucopia of perfectly-picked, brambly black fruit....dark cherries, plums, and blackberries that project their rich aromatic personalities on the palate with both balance, generosity and power, all fitfully framed by finely-polished tannins and finishing smooth and dry and pure. Serve this Zinfandel with nicely grilled sausages or a spicy Moroccan tagine for a memorable meal.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2010 McClean X "Simone" Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 3-25-2015
A test... see if you can spot this one on our domestic shelves. I'll give you a few hints: Red vines, classic nail polish, fire extinguishers. Big Juicy Glorious, Five-Alarm Red. OK, try not to be put off by label shock, for this one definitely has the juju within, and whoever the heck this Simone is, she must be quite the ravishing head-turner. A gorgeous blend of opulent, spicy, peppery Zinfandel and dark, fathomless Petite Sirah, this astonishing wine possesses enough weight, mouthfeel and serious Zin flavor to seduce any dish bold enough to flirt with it. Enchiladas dancing in a rich mole sauce maybe?
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2011 Raymond Fabre Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 3-24-2015
It's Wednesday night, right, so maybe you're in the mood for a big juicy bacon, mushroom and swiss burger to go along with that latest big juicy action flick, Spiderman vs. Speedoman or Ironman Finally Rusts 7, but what wine do you pour? Something with rich, mouthwatering flavor and just enough sinew to compete with the endless earth-shattering explosions onscreen. Since I track the Northern Rhone like a drone and just opened this Crozes-Hermitage, well....it's a medium-built, savory Syrah with impressive aromas and notes of bright cherry-red fruit, garrigue and licorice, with a welcome tinge of pepper and minerality on the solid finish. So bring on the monster cheeseburger and silly spandex superheroes, this supertasty red wine can handle 'em, and with no special effects needed.
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2012 Antech "Emotion" Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé
Review Date: 3-2-2015
Cremant de Limoux lies farthest west in the vast vinous ‘laboratory’ that is the Languedoc-Rousillon, where some of France’s most distinctive varieties and dynamic wines are to be found. The Emotion is blended from Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and Mauzac, the latter an indigenous grape cultivated for both its lovely apple notes and variable color that can run from light green to pink to black! Displaying remarkable elegance and refinement for a wine of this modest price, with generous bubbles and crisply dry flavors of acacia, strawberry, cherry and toast. The perfect companion for lively catered parties, as it goes with virtually everything that lies prone on a plate. Also great with nothing, ha…..
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2013 Spellbound California Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Can’t afford the pricier Rombauer but still want to be treated to a delicious, sun-baked apple-blessed, tropical, toasty and vanilla-imbued wine? Go for the Spellbound my friends, you will find plenty here to enjoy, and it really does the trick, offering plenty of rich wine pleasure for far less than you’d expect to pay. And if you happen to live in California, be sure to stock a few cases away, just in case we run out of, gulp, water....
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2012 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 2-28-2015
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For some bizarre reason, I never seem to drink enough Italian white wines, probably because I’m always driven to the Killer B’s (Barolos, Barbarescos, Brunellos). But Verdicchio, which sounds like Verocchio, the name of a Renaissance painter who is most famous for teaching Leonardo how to dip his brush, remains one of those quintessential grapes that demands serious respect from both scholar and consumer. And because it has a tendency to ripen slowly when properly planted, Verdicchio develops beautiful acidity and mineral notes to ballast the incredibly complex and succulent flavors of white pear, floral, almond and quince that are characteristic of this superb wine. And remember, the Riserva will continue to evolve for a decade or more, so practiced patience is as virtuous as the wine.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

2004 La Temperance, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 2-28-2015
As owner Clyde Beffa will tell you, few wine pleasures can surpass an aged Bordeaux, and this wine, although still relatively youthful, delivers substance and power with enough suppleness to reward drinking today. Smooth, rich Merlot fruit dominates this sustainable blend, with black cherry, blackcurrant, cedar, gamy and tobacco-tinged flavors working the palate. A solid, silky wine for serving alongside a meaty casserole or fresh grilled beef, vegetable and mushroom skewers.
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2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Largely because of our courageous buyers who are often physically held down and forced to taste, sample, spit, analyze, and select wines from the far corners of the globe, our direct import program is second to none. Take Joe Manekin, our tried and true Spanish guru, for instance. He somehow discovered a clever fellow named Jesús Puelles in the small hamlet of Abalos in Rioja Alta who makes some of the most savory, well-delineated, sublime wines this side of Siberia, in Iberia. His 2010 Crianza heralds from a fine vintage and is a classic blend of the four signature red grapes of Rioja, headlined by Tempranillo of course, and traditionally aged in 225L older oak for nuance and aroma. Lush, friendly fruit— cherries, mulberries and red plums defined by balsamic notes of sandalwood and incense adorn this tasty crianza, a wine fit for a table decked with Iberico ham, roast chicken, lamb or soft cheeses.
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2013 Kistler "Sonoma Mountain" Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-25-2015
What’s in a name, you might ask? The name ‘Kistler’ comes from the ancient Germanic-Swiss guild of Kistermacher, or ’makers of chests’, derived originally from the Latin ‘custos’, guardian or keeper. Of course in the wine world it has come to be known as ‘maker of iconic wines’, and Steve Kistler has, like, a fine cabinet maker, continued to burnish his craft by creating some of the most elegant Chardonnays and Pinots in the New World. Like every great artisan, he sought the finest wood, or in this case, budwood, for his wines, and found it over forty years ago in a low-yielding Chardonnay strain discovered at Mount Eden and originally believed to have come from Corton in 1896. From this single heritage Burgundian clone Kistler has fashioned ten different expressions of Chardonnay, each wine the definition of a specific terroir, and each remarkable. The Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay, planted on an elevated, well-drained site of mostly volcanic soils, showed a prismatic quality to the fruit, as if every nuance reflected another in a dancing kaleidoscope of citrus, apple, stone fruit, chalk, ginger and almond flavors, all harmoniously held together by superb, crisp acidity and a breathtakingly long finish. A truly prodigious feat of winemaking!
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2012 Cicada by Chante Cigale IGP Méditerranée
Review Date: 2-23-2015
This little Cicada sings! A joyful expression of the great value to be found in the magnificent Southern Rhone, this red wine is fashioned in a versatile style for easy drinking. A lyrical blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan, it is guaranteed to serenade your guests at casual events, parties and picnics. Delicious enough to pair with both Mediterranean, Italian and Asian dishes, just pop the cork, pour and enjoy!
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2010 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah
Review Date: 2-18-2015
A veritable raft of blueberries and blackberries, a suave pinch of baking spice, violet pastilles and vanilla all deliver the goods in this indulgent, pleasure-packed Syrah. With its voraciously voluminous fruit and engaging gorgeousness I marvel that whole herds, er, flocks of hungry, ravenous blackbirds never made a desperate, feathered assault on the Zaca Mesa estate vineyards, but don't ask why or wait, just sink your clever talons into a case or two before your next gathering of the human flock. It will be gone before you can say 'Birdman wins the Oscar'....I said it here first.....
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2013 L'Ecole No. 41 " Luminesce" Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla White Wine
Review Date: 2-16-2015
'Luminesce'....sometimes even a wine's name can conjure glowing memories. As a kid growing up on the outskirts of Nashville, I will never forget my first sighting of hundreds of fireflies twinkling in the dusk of a warm midsummer's eve. Like tiny circuits on again, off again, now you see them, now you don't, they filled the air with magic, wonder and enchantment. This truly incandescent blend of Washington state cool-harvested Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Seven Hills Vineyard was liquid, luminous sunlight in a bottle. Whole-cluster pressed fruit was given a slow primary fermentation on neutral oak followed by partial malolactic, and then spent four months napping on the lees. Fragrant and lively with luxurious aromas of citrus blossom and honeysuckle, interplayed with a core of crisp kiwi, passionfruit and green papaya frolicking on the palate, this beauty is a delightful, delicious treasure of a wine by any measure, and the perfect complement to fine poultry or seafood dishes.
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Price: $18.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

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