Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

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2013 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Very exciting aromatics of vanilla, chocolate and dark berries, which follow on the palate as well. It is a rich wine without being heavy. Good for the dinner table as well for the dinner party!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90

2014 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Bright yellow fruit like starfruit and lemon, with hints of grass, grapefruit and a beautiful river pebble minerality overwhelm the nose of this staff favorite. Hands down, one of the best values in the entire store.
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2012 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous"
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
So beautifully understated and elegant, the Bavard wines possess an amazing amount of acidity, integration and complexity. This chardonnay is so refreshingly terroir driven on the nose, with a surprising punch of bright meyer lemon on the palate.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
My experience with Tuscany first began with fine art long before fine wine entered the picture, specifically an afternoon spent in front of Botticelli's masterpiece La Primavera in the Uffizi Galleria in Florence, gazing at perhaps the purest embodiment of grace in western painting.​ From palette to palate, Tuscany remains a stellar constellation for both wine and art. And let's face it, gazing long at an unopened bottle doesn't really do the trick, so....pour yourself a glass of this generous, friendly baby Tuscan, and relish the pure, captivating flavors of ripe plums, juicy cherries, espresso, sweet spice and polished tannins. Damn, if Botticelli were alive, I would pop the cork and share a bottle with him while he, um, posed his models...
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Kalinda Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
A worthy successor to our 2012. This one is a bit richer, but has great acidity and fine length on the palate. A delicious summertime sipper by the pool. We did a blind tasting of four of our buyers on the best 20 samples we had and we all picked this one for our Kalinda. Do not miss it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Semi new wave style, but lots of substance here. These guys are on a roll of late and their 2005 just got 100 points and sells for over $200. This one is not far off in quality.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2012 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
One of our favorites from 2012 vintage Bordeaux. Plenty of cassis and red fruit flavors. Decant one hour or cellar for a few years.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
A sancerre-like pinot noir rose for $12.99 that's organic...what's not to love about this wine?!?! Fresh, elegant and crisp, this pinot noir rose shows beautifully ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit with a light touch of minerality on its dry finish.
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2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Here's a ripe and delicious expression of the signature red grape of Bierzo, the Mencía. Filled with succulent and exotic fruit flavors, minerally rich and delivering supple tannins, this wine is as fresh and easy-drinking as it gets -- a super smart buy at $14 bucks. Take it to your next BBQ for a fresh and bold new taste this Summer.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 91 AG 90

2013 DePaula Monastrell Jumilla
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
My new favorite Spanish wine for under $20. This is just a stunning wine with layers of complexity. Dark black fruits morph into savory and earthy notes, before mutating into bits of dried spice and leather. It's a whole lotta red wine for $14.99 and it should pair well with just about anything. Made by wine geeks for wine geeks.
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RP 91

2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
This is juicy, lovely little food wine that brings just enough ripe fruit flavor to help balance out the mineral undercurrents. No where near as overpowering as a Cote du Rhone or jammy zinfandel, think of this Mencia as a more restrained bistro wine, or California red before the new wave of big points/big power took over. A true throwback wine at a hot price.
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W&S 91 AG 90

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
By: Randy Hagerman | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
A sparkling wine this well constructed for under $15 could only be from Spain. This Cava would not be out of place side-by-side with wines almost double the price. I keep a bottle in my refrigerator at all times.
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2013 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay
By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Say “Hello” to your new everyday White Burgundy! The 2013 Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc is a fantastic value that merits more than just your attention-this is a case-worthy purchase. Loaded with aromas of white flowers, iodine and a hint of citrus zest this medium-bodied, entry level white Burgundy has excellent balance, good delineation, purity of fruit and just a hint of oak. The finish is rich and pure with zesty lemon verbena notes coupled with wet stone and hazelnut notes. Grab this killer deal before it sells out!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Although this has the depth, structure and balance to age many more years I really can't imagine it getting any better than it is right now. This is fabulously complex with smoky, woodsy blackberry fruit, steeped tea, leather and cigar box aromas and a creamy texture that seems to accent the sweetness of the fruit. The fine and subtle tannins on the graphite laced finish add tremendous length to this delicious wine.

2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
This is a warmer, richer somewhat riper take on the Mencia grape but there is enough freshness and balance to carry the day. This screaming value is a great introduction to the wines of the Bierzo region with pepper and earth accents adding complexity and fine, ripe tannins holding the finish together. Amazing bang for the buck here.
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W&S 91 AG 90

2010 Villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
A truly complete wine, the nose is full of spicy plum aromatics mixed with a salty, earthy scent. On the palate the wine has a luxurious feel, yet not heavy it seems to lift off of your tongue, energetic, forward leaning. The flavors are sweet, savory, umami and all seem complete on their own. The finish is long, coiled, powerful,and I can't wait to taste this in another 10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94 RP 92

2013 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
If you missed these phenomenal wines last year here is your chance to grab some of the highest quality (and coolest) wines coming from NZ. Tongue in Groove is a fairly new project from a group of old wine industry friends. The people involved have all had illustrious careers with other properties but are now pooling their collective knowledge and experience to craft these beautiful wines in exotic packages! The first key partner here is highly regarded viticulturalist Nick Gill. The single vineyard sites chosen for the TIG wines are farmed without the use of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Clayvin vineyard is certified BioGro organic. The vines are meticulously tended and fruit is grown and handpicked with a huge amount of care and attention. Next up, the winemaker behind the label is ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynette Hudson. Lynette has just about as much experience as anyone crafting Waipara Pinot Noir and Riesling. Lynette’s winemaking style is quite non-interventionist utilizing wild yeasts for ferments, long gentle on skin macerations, natural Spring malo and no fining. For Riesling the juice is rested on the solids for several days before being fermented clear A small amount of botrytis affected fruit is deliberately included to add a wonderful exotic note to the zesty, fresh flavor profile. Next comes Carolyn Reid who is responsible in large part for the striking label designs and over all aesthetics of TIG… whilst I don’t often advocate buying a wine just because it has a cool label…the label lovers amongst you are gonna love these! Finally we have the very important personality of Angela “the tongue” Clifford…Angela is the social media, marketing whiz that wraps up the whole package and adds an extra layer of polish. She effuses the true spirit of this wonderful region living on an organic, holistic farm, foraging for food and represents an integral pillar of the Waipara food and wine community. These are seriously great wines, grown, made and presented by seriously awesome people, check them out.
Top Value!

2013 Zorzal Terroir Unico Chardonnay Uco Valley
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
What a pleasant surprise! Echoing Chablis in its light, floral and mineral profile, this Chardonnay yet weighs in a bit fuller in body than expected from the light, racy profile. Melon and honeysuckle are the primary fruit and aroma components, which compliment the clean, mineral backbone of this wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 D'Amico "Seiano" Lazio Rosso
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
It's Tuesday night, what am I going to eat? I might as well have something to drink while I'm figuring it all out, $10...how can you go wrong! This aromatic blend of Sangiovese and Merlot shows wild cherry aromatics and lilac scents. On the palate this wine is supple, the Merlot supports the mid palate depth and the Sangiovese stretches it into balance. Fresh, easy, on the low side of 13% alcohol. this is the perfect marinara based pasta wine, a little lower in acidity that drinks perfectly by itself with a few cheeses!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Iliceus Rosso di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Vibrant, focused Sangiovese nose of wild cherry and hints of earth while on the palate the wine shows classic Sangiovese length and bits of herb, spice and leather to go with the wild cherry. The finish is long, coiled and vibrant just an excellent wine for rich pasta like Lasagna or couple of grilled sausage straight off the BBQ!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 D'Amico "Seiano" Lazio Bianco
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Edelflowers in the nose with hints of delicate white peach,....hey, this is a review for a $10 wine, it's already ahead of the game! Nice balance and weight on the palate where the flavors are refreshing, not overwhelming, if you've been drinking Pinot Grigio to go light this is your wine, what a bargain. Only 12% alcohol
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Chateau Puech-Haut "La Closerie du Pic" Coteaux du Languedoc
By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
From the off the radar appellation of Pic St. Loup in the Languedoc comes this awesome blend of Grenache and Syrah! The wine shows copious amounts of brambly black fruit with notes of blueberry, cassis and Chambord. Tobacco and spice emerge in the glass with deep minerality. The "Closerie" has that rich concentration that keeps you engaged with flavors that unfold over the course of hours. Definitely cellar worthy but it has so much sexy fruit and spice, it's hard to resist now. Puech Haut is one of the great producers of the Languedoc and for a wine of this quality at this price we don't expect it to last long.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 - 95

2009 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino
By: Jim Barr | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
It is still remarkable to me that when you have an incredible vintage such as the highly acclaimed 2010 Brunello productions that wines coming from vintages around 2010 generally get ignored and forgotten. That happened with the 2001 and 2003 vintages from Bordeaux with all the super hype for the 2002 vintage. There are some great wines produced from those two vintages. Soooo, when we did our most recent staff tasting of wines from Brunello, mostly from the 2010 vintage, this 2009 Gem blew everything off of the table. That is not say that the 2010’s in tasting were not very good. They were reflective of this great vintage and absolutely amazing. It is just plain simple truth that this Gem stood out as the best in the tasting and it is from 2009. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with lush, ripe aromas of anise spiciness and currants notes with a slate-like, dusty mineral undertone. In its broad and viscous, spicy mouthfeel, this lovely Brunello is loaded with fruit of cassis to blackberry quality, is well-integrated, hugely complex, deep , full, viscous, and layered, with a long, deeply flavored finish. Rusty has demanded that I bring home several cases of this brilliantly produced Brunello Gem for us to consume for the next ten years. INCREDIBLE VALUE! ***** 15.0% *****
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $46.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Tollo Valle d'Oro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
I find that most Americans rarely know where the Abruzzo is and of course there is the continual confusion between its most famous grape Montepulciano hence Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the Tuscan town Montepulciano where they make Vino Nobile di Montepulciano… Yet the Abruzzo, just east of Rome, as one drives through the Apennines takes you back in time. Culturally, physically, and geographically it is so different than the flat plain that Rome sits on it’s almost hard to imagine it is in the same country. The winemaking history of this region for us in America has been dominated by the giant Coop versions that usually end up on the bottom shelf at your grocery store for $4.99. Why? Well because the grape itslef has so much potential that even immensely over-cropped it produces really good value wine! Since 1960 when the Cantina Tollo was formed they have responded to the marketplace which since 1960 has changed dramatically. Once volume was important but now balance, sustainability in the production methods and a fresher, more vibrant flavor profile brought forward with reduced yields has transformed their wines into the 21st century. The town of Tollo is located near Chieti about 12 miles from the coast situated on gently sloping hills. The back drop of this town however is the view back towards the Gran Sasso one of the highest points in the Apennines dominating the countryside at more than 9,500 feet. The rolling hills around Tollo though provide the vineyards for the winery that is now producing wine from more than 7,000 acres! The 2011 Cantina Tollo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Valle d’Oro is a delightful wine, it is fermented in stainless steel tanks, racked off and then allowed to sit for almost a year before bottling. The results are an everyday marvel, balanced, fresh and extraordinarily pleasing. I think this is the wine for your Tuesday night Pasta night, a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with a classic American spaghetti marinara, a bit of French bread and tutto bene!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

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2013 Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
This is one of the best Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino's that I have tasted. The bright cherry freshness, coupled with a texturally rich body is just a delightful experience. A perfect wine for BBQ fare or your favorite pasta. 2013 produced wines with bright, clean acidity and is one of the best since 2010.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Ferrero’s normal richness in this vintage is back seat to the balance, structure and complexity. While still showing their hallmark character of chocolaty, supple opulence and smooth finish it is the layers of spice, wild herbs and structural length that really make this vintage stand out. The wine shows great balance and linearity weaving a luxuriant, tactile fabric of the wild cherry aromatics, black fruits and hints of leather, cinnamon and sage. The tannic structure is certainly there but it is a background stage that allows the flavors to play out without dominating the scene. This is the best non Riserva Ferrero Brunello I’ve had. I wrote this before tasting the 2010 Brunello from Ferrero, but this is equally as good, really exceptional wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
I was stunned by the superlative quality in this vintage of San Venanzio, 2014 was a very difficult vintage but Gabriele waited and waited to harvest and this exceptional wine jumped out. The wine has so much minerality, clean focus yet still retains that Prosecco elegance and balance. This is the best wine this estate has ever made. Sensational finish!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Certainly one of the best priced Riserva on the market and in this vintage a superbly drinking wine. The 2009 vintage is really inviting and drinkable and Ferrero's Riserva is no exception, the nose is full of wild cherry and spiced plum. The palate is supple, still structured but it gives a smoother feel as the plum and wild cherry begin to show bits of earth, leather and cedar box. The finish is long and inviting, wonderful to drink now but will last another decade.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
In 2013 Pablo Härri produced supple, rich and balanced Sangiovese and at his estate in Southwest Montalcino where the wines take on sort of a cross of Napa like richness with Montalcino power it is a refreshing result! A luscious 100% Sangiovese Rosso di Montalcino that has the structure to age and the balance to drink now Grab some now, fire up the BBQ and Grill yourself a Bistecca Fiorentina! Don’t forget to drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on it when it’s done!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
In 2012 Owners Pablo Härri & Claudia Ferrero produced a spectacular wine from their property in Montenero d’Orcia just across the river from Montalcino. It is a blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Montepulciano and 17% Alicante. The Cab’s complex ripeness is accented by the peppery nature of the Alicante while the tannins of the Montepulciano are softened by the supple nature of the Merlot. The freshness of the 2012 vintage gives this wine superb palate presence and is delicious to drink now but will age for another 5-10 years.Truly a Super Tuscan blend, but the wine is stunning for the price!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Tenute del Cerro La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
The nose speaks of dried, salted cherries with hints of brush and leather then leading to an array of spicy dried berries. On the palate the wine speaks of balance, length, lightness, energy, it is really elegant yet the balance hides the incredible texture. Richness, depth yet so delicately woven, a marvel to behold, the finish is a composite of freshness, balance and intrigue.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
I had tasted Morellino di Scansano for a couple of decades before I actually visited Scansano. Having spent a Summer on this part of the Tuscan Coast (It's OK to be jealous)the flat low lying ex-marsh didn't seem to be a zone where I thought really good wine could be made. I remember driving up through vineyard after vineyard from that coastal plain until I started to wind my way up the hill to Scansano at 1600 feet! Erik Banti's Morellino is made here and the wine shows more of an inherent freshness, delicacy and balance. Graceful on the palate, delicate layers of fruit and spice. This isn't an overpowering wine it is just a perfect accompaniment to a meal, a gracious house guest! You'll love it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
For more than 40 years Ettore Spina was an International banker, although originally from Torino he and his wife Enrica Bandirola lived his professional career in Rome. Their idea was always to “retire” to the Tuscan countryside and after years of searching finally in 1980 they found an abandoned house on the south side of Montalcino, it took years of restoring to make it livable. Early in the 1990’s they planted a vineyard to make Brunello it was a tiny 1.73 acre vineyard and there first release was in 1999. They make a tiny amount, 340 cases; yes that’s just 340 cases of wine a very small producer. Enrico studied hard and asked lots of questions and has become an excellent producer, but mostly they bought such an extraordinary piece of land it was hard to mess up. Their vineyard is planted in a soil type called Galestro that is ex-foliating shale with a lot of limestone in it, the perfect soil for Sangiovese. They are situated on the south face of Montalcino facing Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano that dominates the local weather patterns, the vineyard sits above and benefits from a nightly cooling as cool air sweeps down off the slope toward the Orcia river valley below. The wine is aged in one 30 hecotliter barrel, yes just one barrel, it’s a big one but just one barrel. Brunello by law must stay 2 years in barrel but the traditionalists like Ettore, all age it for 3 plus years and can’t be sold until January of the 5th year after the harvest. This 2009 is precocious, it is a supple, aromatic, pretty wine, easier to drink now than to age it a decade plus. It still has the classic Sesta di Sopra nose of earth, sage and leather with hints of complex earth, stone and plumy notes. This vintage is lively on the palate, fresh, frisky and would do well with I’m lucky, I get to try the new vintage every year with braised veal shank, Enrica is a tremendous cook, it’s the perfect match, if you’re not so inclined try it with a Grilled Porterhouse or an aged piece of Pecorino Toscano make sure it is Toscano.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

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WE 91 RP 90

2012 Riecine Chianti Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
2012 is really a "Classic" year for Chianti Classico, I almost don't want to say Chianti because so many folks have an idea of what they think Chianti tastes (and it isn't good) like but this is just out and out fantastic wine. Guido and I visited Sean this February (yes Sean he's Irish) and were blown away by the purity of expression. The nose is full of spicy cherry with bits of bramble and earth behind that. On the palate the wine has loads of fruit that is bright and crisp with hints of wild cherry, superb balance and length and is just an experience! You'll love it!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2011 Ca' del Baio "Asili" Barbaresco
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
I am always drawn to two vineyards in Barbaresco for their elegance, aromatics and balance Rabaja and Asili.In 2011 Ca del Baio's Asili nose is filled with dried flowers, spice with hints of plum. On the palate it is the wine's inherent balance that grabs your attention, focusing your thoughts on its center where gradually rose hips, cedar, chestnut flavors roll across your tongue. The finish, is so balanced and layers of spice, floral tones, and fruit finish in an ever intriguing length.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 94

2011 Pasquale Pelissero "San Giuliano" Barbaresco
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
This is such a wonderful vintage for Barbaresco, supple, forward and most importantly for Big Nebbiolo...drinkable. The nose is full of rose, plum and hints of barrel spice. On the palate the tannins are balanced and encircled by a rich and fruit filled body. The finish is balanced, elegant and refreshes the palate, a veritable steal at the price.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
The nose on this wine is …. well tremendous, I know that’s not a particularly descriptive adjective but damn it is just tremendous! The nose is a bit plumy, leaning toward the salted plum, umami spectrum, however it smells rich. On the palate the flavors are so inviting, sirens beckoning you to drink more, yet there is a decadent richness to this wine, more like Elizabeth Taylor reclining on a red velvet couch wearing a Cleopatra outfit…this wine oozes. Yet this isn’t a sloppy, overripe wine it is focused, complex, powerful but it just has a bigger body type, if you like Napa over Mendocino then you’ll like this wine it just exudes decadence. The finish is full of Middle Eastern spice, roasted meats, cedar, leather, then shows a layer of earthy minerality underneath, really impressive. I’m always amazed that this wine doesn’t get higher scores.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Agostino Bosco "Neirane" Barolo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
The Neirane is spicy, more full flavored than the more subtle La Serra, and showing a bit of a rambunctious nature, wild and carefree, full bodied but buoyant. Superb balance and great length. This wine has so much depth of flavor, so complex and all couched in an incredibly sexy body. Andrea Bosco has made his best wines ever this vintage!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 96 WE 93

2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
The fabulous 2010 vintage provides another stunning wine. Monsanto was one of my first loves in Italian wine. It is amazing how they have maintained such high quality for so long, without ever changing style. This wine has more richness, a broader fuller feel on the palate than for most of their wines and the aromatics are a lot more open and vibrant but underneath you can feel the classic Monsanto length and depth. So much fruit now but that baby fat will go away in a year or so and then it will age extraordinarily well.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
Bold, dramatically ripe aromatics of sweet cherry and plum fill the nose along with a big dose of barrel spice. On the palate the wine is luscious and rolls across your tongue replaying the aromatics with a bold fruity character. The wine is centered on the mid palate and has lots of breadth.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
The nose is a cauldron of earth, Tuscan brush, rosemary, smoke, spice and leather exhibiting that savory quality of the vintage. On the palate the wine has exceptional balance and the plumy, wild cherry flavors emerge first but are swept up in a whoosh of savory exuberance, layers of smoked meat, earth, wild cherry, spice, smoke all come together on the palate. The finish is long, balanced and a replay of this wine’s spectacular array of flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Michel Loriot and his daughter & co-winemaker Marie have created a very special cuvee here. The Marie Leopold Sec (named so after Michel's daughter Marie and their great-great-great grandfather Leopold) has the tiniest dance of sweetness, with beautiful lemon zest, fresh apricot and flaky pie crust notes, with a chalky minerality and vibrant acidity that keep the sweetness from being heavy or dense. If you enjoy Prosecco, but are looking for something different and truly more elegant, try this pretty little cuvee. It's an homage to the Loriot family's history!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
You really don’t have to look very far into the exceptional 2010 vintage to discover great wines, and in the Bois Malot we’re happy to offer you an investment in value and flavor that will reward your palate every time you pop the cork. Ballasted by velvety core fruits and a tinge of lovely minerality and spice, this wine is drinking very well now, and will certainly cellar for several more years. The perfect red to both charm and enhance your everyday cuisine, so why wait?
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Saini Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
This is a hell of a Zinfandel for $20! Hailing from 80+ year old vines from family owned and operated vineyards, this 2013 Saini hits your nose with raspberry jam, fresh picked blackberries, and bright floral notes. The palate has lush, dark fruit with a nice cut of acidity. 2013 is a stellar year for Dry Creek Zin! 50% American oak, 50% French oak.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Seriously good Sec Champagne! Don't dismiss this wine because it has a bit more dosage than a Brut! In fact the slight increase in dosage here allows a broader spectrum of pairings. Last night Gary Westby prepared some foie gras and grilled apricot on toasted brioche for the K&L team--a perfect pairing with this Champagne! I was so thrilled to find a serious Champagne with good levels of acidity and depth of flavor that could stand up to the richness of foie gras and yet complement a sweeter pairing such as grilled apricots. I will be stocking up on this Champagne to pair with future appetizers!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Mezcalero Release #11 Mezcal 750ml
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
All of the Mezcalero releases that I have tasted have been interesting, good, unique and well worth the price. The number 11 is one of the best that I have tasted to date. There are light berry-like aromas that are pleasant and inviting. In the mouth it is round with complex flavors and some subtle smoke. Very good.
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Trellis (Amelia Park) Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Wow, what a value for this gorgeous Cab-Merlot blend from Amelia Park. Juicy Merlot blends so well with the Cab to give us all this great food-friendly wine to enjoy. This is very approachable, with great richness, length on the palate as well as great balanced acidity. The perfect party wine...easy to drink, even easier to enjoy!
Top Value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Maison Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Are you looking for an emphatically dry sparkling wine, but at an everyday price? Then the Nicolas Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut is definitely one you should try. Scents of citrus, yeast, and florality on the nose lead the way into a medium-weight palate which evokes fresh-baked bread, in a diaphanous vein, before concluding with a welcome snap. Every fridge door this summer should be prepared, for the advent of necessity or whim, with at least a couple bottles of this fizzy delight.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Dense, dark fruit that’s more plum than cherry along with bold strokes of vanilla burst from your glass. They are followed on the palate by a wine that shows less structure than the nose might portray but has lots of juicy, bold fruit accompanied by fine-grained tannin. The finish is full, fleshy and shows a bit of square tannin. This wine needs a few years to come together to show all the potential it has.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
The nose speaks of sunshine, warmth, sweetness not floral just fruity. The flavors begin to expand on your palate and the simple plumy fruit is transformed to more of a kaleidoscope of flavors, Umeboshi (dried, salted, Japanese plums), wild cherry, iron and leather. While the nose speaks of ripeness the palate presence is freshened by the perfect acidic balance for this wine, just enough to lift without becoming edgy, a long and complex finish that has layers of flavor and textures.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

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