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Alex Schroeder

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2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2018
I have grown to love the opulence and pizzaz of the 2009 vintage Champagnes, and Baron Fuente's really drives the point home. It showcases the richness of the vintage with concentrated flavors of dried apricots, ripe persimmons and exotic spice but with a balancing acidity and incredible texture and toast from the long lees aging. To find vintage Champagne of this quality under $30 is truly a miracle, don't miss out on this one!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is the best value I've ever see from Champagne. The quality from this flagship of Marne producer Baron Fuente is unbelievable for the price. It has beautiful expressive flavors of apricot, Gala apples, and honeysuckle with a touch of spice and herbs and a rich, subtly toasty creaminess on a finish that just keeps going and going. What a value on such a crowd pleaser!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is the best value I've ever see from Champagne. The quality from this flagship of Marne producer Baron Fuente is unbelievable for the price. It has beautiful expressive flavors of apricot, Gala apples, and honeysuckle with a touch of spice and herbs and a rich, subtly toasty creaminess on a finish that just keeps going and going. What a value on such a crowd pleaser!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

2014 Lagarde "Guarda" Cabernet Franc Lujan de Cuyo
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is one of the best New World Cabernet Francs I have tried recently. It has rich flavors of strawberries, blueberries, mint, eucalyptus and just a touch of stewed peppers, with soft, ripe tannins and beautiful acidity to match the richness of the fruit. The finish goes on and on. If you have found the Cabernet Francs of the Loire to be a little too earthy, this might please you much more.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2016 Amalaya Malbec Salta
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Add this to your list of unfathomable values in everyday wine. This shows silky smooth, dark fruit with a hint of smoke and graphite. The tannins are supple and plush with a great balancing acidity. Take advantage while it lasts!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Benmarco Malbec Uco Valley
Review Date: 02-14-2018
The quality and elegance on display in this Malbec had me guessing it was MUCH more expensive. It showed very supple, rich blue and black fruit with a balancing freshness from notes of minty herbs and black licorice. Structure is on point with graceful acidity and texturally ripe tannins. A great example of why South American Malbecs are the world's most famous.

2016 Don Silvestre Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 02-14-2018
What an exceptional Malbec for under $10! It showcases dark blueberry and blackberry fruit, lifted aromatics of cola berry and violets, and a very soft, balancing acidity. If you enjoy the dark brooding richness of the wonderful Malbec grape, it would definitely be worth it to try this. It might end up your new house red!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Poujeaux is, and has for a long time, been one of the most serious wines you can find in its price bracket. The balance and precision achieved from this hallmark vintage will ensure exceptional ageability for years to come, and remarkable drinkability right now. It has notes of red currants, raspberry coulis and cherry kirsch, with plush, ripe tannins and beautiful acid lift for freshness on the back end. It would be a great idea to make a spot for a case or two of this in your cellar.

2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac
Review Date: 02-14-2018
What excites me the most about this superb 2015 vintage is the amazing values to be found in the second and third labels at great properties like Pichon Baron. Les Tourelles is made from a single, estate, Merlot-dominant plot and offers rich, open-knit fruit flavors of cherry kirsch, and strawberry with dark savory undertones and very smooth, silky, almost dusty, tannins. If you like to play the value game, like I do, this is a good way to win at it.

2007 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne Magnum (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-06-2018
This ten-year-old vintage offering from one of my favorite Grand Marques is drinking great! Made entirely from Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has a complex, rich flavor profile of green apple, pear, Bing cherry and toasty brioche. The balance is on point, making this one of the most immediately drinkable vintage Champagnes available.
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Review Date: 02-06-2018
This is a delicious Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend made by a small family winery in Costieres de Nimes, in the heart of the Rhone. Aged in stainless steel, it has pure rich flavors of blueberries and blackberries with graceful nuances of black pepper, herbs, and cola berry. It has plush, round tannins and the perfect amount of acid to lend structure to the juicy profile. That's a great bottle for under $10. ​
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2012 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 01-31-2018
The Tenuta di Sesta Brunello is one of the best, ready-to-drink values in fine reds right now! It’s showing beautiful, concentrated flavors of cranberries, raspberries and plums; orange peel and mint with a smokey savory edge and just a hint of saline. Incredible complexity, depth and balance for what amounts to a bargain price in the world of Brunellos.

2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 01-31-2018
If you are looking for a great Brunello to start drinking while you continue to age those ‘10s, the 2012 Saporoia is showing really nicely. Flavors of ripe cola berry and plums, hints of violets, mint and black tea, with delicious savory umami and herbal notes. I love the richness and drinkability afforded by the riper style of Baccinetti and it should age quite nicely over the next few years.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco
Review Date: 01-31-2018
This is the deal of the year on honest-to-god Barbaresco, made old school by Bersano since 1907. Aged in giant Slovenian barrels for a year, then several more in bottle, this has classic Nebbiolo character and power that is actually drinking great now. Rich cranberry, cherry fruit with the classic mint/amaro herb notes you often get from a great Barbaresco. It has plush, grippy tannins and the acidity to ensure several years of aging potential. If you are into the “wine of the kings” you ought to take advantage of this one while it lasts.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 JS 90

2016 Domaine Roger Sabon "Rhone by Roger Sabon"
Review Date: 01-24-2018
This is exactly the type of deal that makes the Rhone one of the best wine value regions in the world. Winemaker Didier Negron uses handpicked fruit from sustainably farmed, 50-year-old vines, aged 6 months in stainless steel for this pure expression of Cotes du Rhone. Rich blackberry fruit, garrigue and herbs have wonderful mid palate weight and just enough acidity to give this easy-drinker lift and freshness. Stellar value for the money.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2011 Michel Arnould "Memoire de Vignes" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-24-2018
I love Pinot Noir Champagnes. I’m always stunned at the power and grace of the good ones, and the Memoire de Vignes from Michel Arnould is, for me, the pinnacle of that style. Made exclusively from the oldest of their estate Grand Cru vines, the precision and depth here are stunning. The rich fruit flavors (think mirabelles, golden apples, cherries, dried apricots) are met on the back end by an equally intense acidity, brimming with minerals and soft spice notes. As you let it warm in your glass, the complexity and length explode! This is a world class, vintage Champagne offered at a mind bogglingly low price.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" Saint-Joseph
Review Date: 01-18-2018
During a recent staff tasting of Rhones, this wine stuck out in terms of Northern Rhone Syrah values. It has a very bright and expressive nose of raspberry, violets, blackberries and black pepper, with good rich fruit but a nice balancing element of acid and earth. This would be a knockout with a wild game meal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 François Chidaine Vin de France (Vouvray) Moelleux
Review Date: 01-18-2018
If Loire valley whites thrill you as much as me, this wine should be on your radar. It’s a Vouvray Chenin Blanc, though not labeled as such because the fermentation occurs outside of Vouvray. It is incredibly expressive with zesty minerals, flavors of white raisins, honey, golden apples with great balance and length. Pair with mild cheeses or an apple tartine.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Huët "Le Haut-Lieu" Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 01-18-2018
The Loire Valley chenin blancs are some of the best in the world, and Domaine Huet is widely accepted as the top producer of them. The Haut-Lieu Vouvray Sec is a superbly crafted wine, with a rich aroma profile of golden apples with saffron spice, elderflower honey and cinnamon. The flavors are focused by great minerals and vibrant acidity into a long, clean finish. It’s truly one of the world’s top white wines at what amounts to a bargain price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2009 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Review Date: 01-16-2018
This is one of the more low-profile super-values in our direct import portfolio. Elisabeth Egrot used to sell under her maiden name, Goutourbe, to a large and dedicated fan base. Her new name hasn’t quite gained the same traction, but her wines are better than ever. This superb vintage offering comes entirely from the Grand Cru village from Ay, from a vintage renowned for the power of its fruit. The richness and depth of the fruit manifest with flavors of gala apple, anjou pear, sweet Meyer lemon, and dried apricots, with equally intense acidity and minerals (no dosage was added creating superb balance.) Incredible for sub-$40 Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-12-2018
How exciting! A new release from the baron of great values in Champagne, Baron Fuente! Correction, a new OLD release from Baron Fuente. The 7 began a journey that would eventually lead to our shelves (and hopefully your champagne glass) almost eight years ago, and the story it tells fun, intriguing and ultimately one I plan to revisit many times. The barrel aging of 20% of the Chardonnay gives the blend a beautiful creamy, viscous texture to go along with aromas of dried fruits, pear, honeysuckle and almond, all finished by great acidity. This is definitely a wine that makes keeping your guests' flutes full a real challenge.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 01-11-2018
Olivier Bonville carries on the tradition of his grandfather, Franck, producing wines of incredible richness and complexity from his estate vines in the Grand Cru villages of Avize and Mesnil on the picaresque Cote de Blancs. It has the rich flavors of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, white apricots and a touch of delicate spice. The real magic is in the chalky minerality and zippy acidity that the Cote de Blancs is famous for. When you consider that similar offerings from the Big Houses cost three to four times more, this becomes a must-buy for anyone calling themselves Champagne enthusiasts.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2014 La Source du Ruault "La Coulee d'Aunis" Saumur Blanc
Review Date: 01-11-2018
This is such a beautiful wine! It has concentrated flavors of honey, hibiscus blossom, pineapple guava with just a hint of almond nuttiness, all underscored by a subtle toast from barrel fermentation. As the wine opened up and got a little closer to room temperature, the flavors exploded into a full on symphony for my taste buds. The texture is phenolically rich and the finish long, dry and crisp with zippy acidity. This is one white I want to put away to age for a few more years. ​
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-10-2018
The search for amazing values in Napa Valley Cabernets has become an arduous task. With so many people jumping into the lucrative game to cash in on skyrocketing prices, buyers can end up wasting a lot of dollars on subpar efforts. Chappellet represents the opposite. Winemaker Phillip Corallo and viticulturalist David Pro have been working together for over 25 years, and the quality of the wine they make is remarkable. It shows deep, rich flavors of red currants, pepper, mocha, roses and cigar tobacco with velvety tannins and great acid for aging. The balance and integration are superb, and at prices that make it a comparative steal. This is what California wine is about.

2015 Yves Duport "Origin'L Reserve" Bugey Brut
Review Date: 01-05-2018
If you are a fan of Old World bubbly, this should definitely be in your fridge. It comes from Bugey, which is a cool wine growing area in Eastern France with viticultural origins predating the Romans. Yves Duport runs this small operation with his family, and makes fantastic wines. The “Origin’L Reserve” has zesty minerality with flavors of stone fruit and baked apples, and a touch of toast from 12 months on the lees. It’s very clean, crisp and refreshing. For now, Bugey doesn’t quite command the prices other famous bubbly regions do, making it a killer value. ​
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2009 Moulin-à-Vent, Moulis
Review Date: 01-04-2018
Moulin a Vent’s 25 hectares of estate vines occupy the highest hill in Moulis. The soil is mostly volcanic gravel with calcareous clay, making it perfect for Merlot, which makes up about 65% of the blend. The rest is 30% Cabernet Sauvignon with a little bit of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The 2009 offers supple cherry and cassis fruit with an elegant bouquet and a touch of earth. This could easily age another ten years.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Biecher & Schaal Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 01-04-2018
This is an incredible display of terroir and typicity for Alsacean Grand Cru Riesling. My first note was “minerals,” brimming out of the glass followed by a subtle and nuanced wave of pears, stone fruit, honeysuckle and white floral notes. The phenolic texture is rich and weighty while the wine itself remains quite dry, with a linear, very long, mineral-laden finish. Whether you are a long standing Alsacean Riesling fan or are perhaps looking for a wonderful new part of the wine world to discover, this is a brilliant wine at a great price point.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2004 La Tempérance, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 01-04-2018
This is showing wonderfully, with lots of firm cherry and blackberry fruits, a touch of licorice and baking spice, and just a hint of smokey game. The tannins have developed perfectly so far. It is still quite youthful and will continue to age nicely for several more years.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2016 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba
Review Date: 01-03-2018
This has a great bouquet of crunchy blue and black brambly fruits, with a nice mid-palate weight and beautiful ripeness. Very well balanced in terms of tannin and acidity. If you’re a fan of Dolcetto, you won’t want to miss this one.​
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Gagliole "Rubiolo" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 01-03-2018
This has a beautiful Sangiovese bouquet with plums, raspberries and savory herbal notes. Sangiovese does great in warm vintages like 2015, and this is no exception with great acidity and tannins for ageability. While it is drinking delicious and fresh right now, a couple years in the cellar will do no harm at all.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Pala "I Fiori" Cannonau di Sardegna
Review Date: 01-03-2018
My only other experience with Cannonau is the brilliant offering from Sella e Mosca (both the 2011 and 2013). So I was a bit skeptical about such an affordable, young version. But wow, what a great wine! It has fresh fruit flavors of plum, blueberries, brambly fruits and herbs, with a touch of baked pastry notes. There’s great tannins, and surprisingly great acidity for a warm weather Grenache! This is going to age well for 5 to 10 years, easy!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2007 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 01-03-2018
This was Pontet Canet’s first vintage to go full biodynamic, which, given the difficult growing conditions, makes this bottle a “petit miracle.” What a beautiful nose! Black cherry, leather, violets, baked blueberries, a hint of toast. The fruit is still quite fresh and given the structure and balance, this bottle will age for years to come.

2007 Labegorce Zede, Margaux
Review Date: 01-03-2018
If you are looking for a great example of Margaux for under $30, look no further. LZ has a beautifully expressive bouquet, with dark powerful fruit, violets and minerals. The acidity is great and keeping this bottle fresh even ten years after the fact. Power, grace, age and value, this has it all!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2007 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-03-2018
Did someone say this was an off vintage? This bottle of wine would argue otherwise! The structure and balance are definitely up-to-par with other Tronquoy offerings. It has a very pretty nose with soft red fruit, a touch of pepper and great ripeness with balancing acidity. This will continue to age gracefully for years to come.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2007 Côte de Baleau, St-Emilion
Review Date: 01-03-2018
This has pretty red fruit on the nose: black cherry, strawberry and minerals. The extra merlot gives this a riper edge than some other clarets from the vintage, but there is still great acidity. It is just starting to show savory elements like leather and forest floor. I had this with Christmas dinner, and it was showing great!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2007 Malescasse, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 01-03-2018
The nose on this is amazing! Roses, black cherry, tobacco and minerals with nice aged savory elements. The fruit is fresh on the palate, with enough acid and restraint to make it the perfect food claret. This is THE deal in sub $20 claret at the moment.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge
Review Date: 01-02-2018
This is the epitome of red Sancerre Pinot Noirs — great acidity, silky dark red fruit with a generous touch of earth and minerals. It is part of a stellar line of wines that we’ve been importing for over 20 years from Franck and Betty Millet. They seem to get better every year, and that seems particularly true for this 2015 vintage.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-28-2017
Champagne Egrot (prounounced Eh-grow) falls in the same company as Bonville and Launois in terms of value for money. 80% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Ay, 20% Premier Cru Chardonnay from Louvois, aged on the lees well over half a decade. For under $35. Proprietors Elisabeth (Henri Goutorbe’s granddaughter) and Jean-Marie Egrot have a long history in Champagne, and the pedigree shows in the bottle. Precision, richness, freshness, depth and length are all on full display. A subtle toast quality perfectly underlines rich pear, Bing cherry and apple blossom notes, with vibrant minerals and crisp acidity. Champagne enthusiasts rejoice!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2017
A great amount of effort and care goes into Aspasie’s Carte Blanche, and it is instantly clear when you taste it. Low temperature macerated in small volume, then lightly filtered and aged for at least five years on the lees, it is a true wonder that the cost is not much higher than it is. Bright, pure flavors of Anjou pear, granny smith apple, toasted pastry dough, and hisbiscus, with a light creamy texture and crisp acidity.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2017
Pol Roger, long the favorite Champagne House of the Royal Family of Great Britain, takes special steps towards exceptional quality in their Brut Reserve. The nonvintage cuvée is an equal blend of the three allowed varieties, which are double cold-settled and slow fermented in the particularly cold cellar (9°C) entirely in stainless steel. The result is incredibly pure fruit flavors of lemon citrus, apples and stone fruit with a generous, creamy texture from the 9g/L dosage and extended lees aging, during which each bottle is hand-riddled. Considering the process, this is and always has been a great value in bubbles. ​

2015 Cantina di Gallura "Genesi" Vermentino di Gallura
Review Date: 11-16-2017
This is one Italian white you don’t want to miss this holiday season. It is stunning! On the nose, flowers, bright orange citrus, cream, exotic spice and leesy richness. The texture is supple and satisfying, but with stellar acidity to bring that richness into focus on the finish, which just keeps going and going. This may be the best Vermentino I’ve ever tried.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2013 Stefania Barbot Ion Aglianico Irpina
Review Date: 11-16-2017
This is an excellent southern Italian Aglianico, with beautiful purity of fruit flavors like plums and blueberries that are rich and robust but still fresh and expressive from the great acidity. The tannins are strong, as you’d expect with Aglianico, but after almost 5 years, they are fully integrated into the wine, and lend towards the crisp, long lasting finish. This is an exceptionally executed wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

1977 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 11-09-2017
For world-class wines, this is a steal. From a legendary vintage that is drinking in its prime, this is one beautiful bottle of porto. Black cherry, leather, cocoa and herbal mint notes with a beautiful texture and great acidity for freshness and balance. The finish is complex and long. One could easily spend much more on a bottle of wine not nearly as good.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 92

2009 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-07-2017
Among the prestige cuvées in Champagne, Louis Roederer’s Cristal stands out for its delicacy, purity and precision. It is made entirely from mid-slope Grand Cru vines, with no malolactic fermentation and seven years of lees aging. Even in its relative youth, the 2009 displays a meticulous nature: mouth watering, fresh citrus fruit and white flower flavors with subtle underlying pastry notes that meld seamlessly with the richness from the long lees aging. This impressive vintage will last at least 30 years, so set a couple aside!

2014 Domaine Trapet Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 11-01-2017
The Trapet Rochelandet family has seven acres in Gevrey-Chambertin and uses fruit from the lieu-dit “Pruniers” for their Bourgogne Blanc. They farm biodynamically and use native yeast, to create a beautiful classic Burgundian Chardonnay. On the nose, green apples and lemon, with a hint of butterscotch, baking spice and leesy toast. The acidity, which is the signature of the 2014 vintage, highlights and electrifies the rich fruit and leaves the flavors lingering for over a minute. Pick this up for a wine with real pedigree at bargain pricing!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 10-31-2017
When the Garcin family presented their wines at a K&L dinner a couple months back, I was amazed at the grace and style with which Barde-Haut aged. The 2014 should be no different: It offers amazing aging potential at great value. It has great fruit, blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, with toast from the oak regimen and a slightly smoky character with spice that adds complexity and layers.

2016 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 10-25-2017
Louis Moreau is the sixth generation of his family to make great Chablis, and the pedigree shows in this well-priced 2016 vintage of “de Biéville.” Made entirely in stainless steel, it spends about 4 months on the lees which gives it a rich texture, with a crisp edge from brisk acidity. Rich flavors of green apple, honeydew melon, meyer lemon, and white flowers are expressive and focused, with great calcareous minerality. I think this is the best Chardonnay deal in the store. ​
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2010 Louise Brison Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-23-2017
One of the first grower-producers I ever tasted, Louise Brison’s vintage Champagnes hold a special place in my heart. The 2010 continues the legacy of vintage greatness with vibrant pear, lemon and toasted brioche flavors alongside a stellar acidity for length and structure. ​
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-23-2017
Stone fruit and Anjou pear flavors are broad and pure on the palate. Lively acidity on the crisp finish makes the flavors last for a minute. The fruit is pronounced and very clean, with just a hint of autolytic flavors mingling with the fruit on the back end. Delicious Blanc de Noirs!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Tradition" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-21-2017
Made from only Pinot Meunier, this Blanc de Noirs carries aromas of Bing cherries, red apple and Asian pears, with a hint of lees on the back end to create the cherry pie experience with just a hint of spicy herbs. It’s very dry with incredible acidity.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

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