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Keith Mabry

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2013 Domaine Lafage "Grande Cuvée" Côtes du Roussillon Rosé
Review Date: 1-5-2015
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, Clos Ste. Magdelaine Cassis Rose, Chateau Peyrassol Provencal Rose. These are some of the great rose wines we receive each year and they always sell through in an instant. Each is worthy of cellaring, even if just for a short period of time. Now from the Languedoc we finally have a wine to rival these greats. The Lafage Grande Cuvee is like summer in a glass, even though it may be winter. It has notes of blood orange, seascape strawberries and wet slate. Long on minerality and finish. I'm personally glad this arrived late. The wine had a little time to become even more spectacular. You can drink it now, this is California after all and sunny days are always ahead, or hold it a few months in anticipation of next summer, you won't be disappointed.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-17-2014
Sultry only begins to describe this exquisite wine from Lesmos. Showing mulled raspberry and strawberry fruit on the nose, it quickly evolves into notes of leather (like really good expensive leather) and grilled chorizo. Beautiful spice and chalky notes round out the flavors. I've tasted the '98 several times and it has always impressed. This should continue to evolve for years to come but what an impressive wine it is right now.
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2012 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru
Review Date: 12-4-2014
Beautiful pear fruit with lots of stony minerality. This has really nice persistence on the palate. Great dry-styled Riesling and perfect for the holiday season.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2009 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 11-18-2014
Guigal is synonymous with the Rhone Valley. Consistently producing some of the region's best wines, their Chateauneuf is no exception. The 2009 CdP is decidedly old school, which is a very welcome expression. The nose has beautiful notes of Turkish coffee, roasted plums and spiced blackberries. The palate is loaded with even more exotic spices, marzipan and confiture of raspberries. This is finely balanced and expressive. This 2009 has that extra something that a lot of Chateauneuf has been lacking as of late - finesse! Ready to drink now with its polished tannins or worthy of laying away for a few years. Either way this is a terrific drink worthy of stocking up on.

2009 Domaine Cabirau "Malgre les Fonctionnaires" Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-11-2014
As it has added a couple of years, this wine has opened to reveal its true mineral side. Layers of black fruit are interspersed with notes of granite and iron. Medium bodied with nice complexity and showing the potential for a few more years. Why wait any longer though, this is a pleasure right now. This would complement grilled lamb and hearty braised meat dishes.

2012 Domaine Cabirau Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-11-2014
The Cabirau is functionally one of the best values I have tasted from the Roussillon this year. It has deep black plum and mission fig flavors with brambly blackberry juice and dried blueberries. This has weight but is not overtly concentrated (ie. not over-extracted). The notes of Asian spices and violets add to the complexity. There is great balance that leads to a harmonious finish. A lingering memorable wine that will make you forget that it's only $12.99! Just don't forget to buy more before it's all gone.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain
Review Date: 10-10-2014
If you sit on the negative side of the fence when it comes to Pinotage, I believe we have found the one to bring you to the positive side. The Fram does not have the classic rustic Band-Aid qualities that most associate with this grape variety. What it does show is the integrity of the two parent varietals, Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The Pinot comes through with an elegant nose of red fruit and red flowers. The Cinsault shows a deep, concentrated mid-palate fruit and spice. The whole thing is complete on the palate with a sexiness that is pure South Africa. I've always said you need to eat the food of South Africa to understand the wines but the Fram is a wine you can drink and better understand the quality that can come from this exciting region.
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2013 The Three Foxes Clairette Blanche Coastal Region
Review Date: 10-8-2014
I'm a sucker for white wines that see skin contact. A whole new range of flavors open up and show a wide range of new complexity. The Three Foxes is one that any drinker can access with its intriguing mouthfeel and flavors of peach and nectarine. There is also some serious minerality with a nose of wet stone and talc. Fascinating stuff and worth spending a long afternoon with.
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2012 Clot de l'Origine Macabeu "l'Original" Blanc
Review Date: 9-24-2014
I am loving the wines of Marc Barriot. They are pure, fresh and expressive of their varietal character. They also have a distinctive edge. This white sees skin contact for two weeks, making it an "orange wine." It has lovely aromatics of peach pit, persimmon, honey and flowers. The skin contact gives it a distinctive texture adding body and complexity to the wine. If you have never tried this style before this is the perfect one to start with. Serve it with fresh cheeses, herb salad and maybe a walnut and eggplant spread.
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2012 Mas des Agrunelles "Les Mauves" Coteaux du Languedoc
Review Date: 9-8-2014
The wines of Mas des Agrunelles fall into what we call the "Natural" category - unfined, unfiltered, native yeast fermentations, minimal to no sulfur, no additions really of any kind. I'm a sucker for old vine, single-varietal wines. So to find 100% Cinsault in as pure form as possible is a real treat. This has great depth of flavor that evolves over hours. Fresh blueberries and raspberries (like a bowl of fruit right off the vine) dominate the nose. Spice and complexity evolve across the palate. This just keeps going. This is a fascinating wine.
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2012 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 9-8-2014
Always a pleaser amongst our staff and our customers. Classic Cotes du Rhone style with lots of brambly black fruit and spice.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2011 Mas des Agrunelles "l'Indigène" Coteaux du Languedoc
Review Date: 9-8-2014
Venturing into the realm of "Natural Wine" can be treacherous. Often the wines are unstable and may show some unusual or off flavors that are not to everyone's taste. But, the wines of Mas des Agrunelles are something special to behold. The l'Indigene is a beautifully balanced wine showing bright fruit flavors. It has great acidity and mellow tannins and an appealing complexity that is just, well, natural! More fresh blackberries and raspberries here with notes of crushed herbs. There is a vibrancy that seems the antithesis of what we expect from Languedoc. If you want bold ripe flavors, these may not be for you. If you shop at the farmers' market weekly and like the thrill of discovery, look no further. This wine is made for you.
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2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie Ripaille
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Have you ever stood next to a mountain stream and wanted a wine to have that fresh vibrant quality? Probably not, but if you did, this would be the wine. This 100% Chasselas is the epitome of alpine freshness. Light citrus notes, good viscosity, tons of clean minerality, it's pretty brilliant stuff. It's freshness personified.
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2012 Charles Trosset Mondeuse "Prestige des Arpents" Vin de Savoie-Arbin
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Mondeuse has become one of my favorite reds. It has the spice box qualities you find in aged Syrah, the tobacco of old school Grenache and the floral lifted qualities of crazy northern Italian reds. Trosset is a genius with the grape and makes one of the best. It's like walking into a Penzey's Spices. It's floral with violets and lavender, spicy with pink peppercorns, crazy with celery seed and meaty enough and fruity enough to keep it from being too dramatic. Give this a shot, you won't regret it.
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2012 Domaine de Bila Haut "Occultum Lapidem" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Michel Chapoutier has knocked it out of the park again with this sumptuous and full bodied red. Fans of Orin Swift and Michel Rolland should find a lot to like here. Deep blue fruit flavors with polished tannins. Spicy floral notes with a lingering finish. Still retains focus and balance and never gets heady. Treat this as your bold summer red for barbecues or save a few bottles for those braised dishes in the fall and winter. You can't possibly go wrong.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

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