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 Antech "Grande Cuvée" Cremant de Limoux
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This sparkler may be the best value in bubbles we have in stock right now. It's crisp, dry, toasty and wildly delicious. Showing notes of brioche and grapefruit, this inexpensive cremant is perfect for weddings, graduations or Thursdays after work!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
With its juicy red fruits, hints of spice and oak tones, there is a lot to like in this Garnacha, particularly for fans of richer CA Pinot Noir.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91 RP 90

2014 Bodegas Re "Recoleccion" Maule Valley (500ml)
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Recoleccion means "harvest" in Spanish, and this is a co-fermented harvest wine, a delicious, bright, crunchy one at that, featuring lots of old vine Cinsault, as well as some younger Pinot Noir and Merlot, all from the family's dry farmed vineyards in the Maule Valley. Pure, tangy, mixed berry and currant fruit flavors show an intriguing balsamic quality as well. This is great stuff, and one of the increasing number of exciting wines representing La Nueva Chile!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut Nature
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Lean, clean and bone-dry with a hint of white peach. This is an excellent value bubble that's elegant, fresh and cheerful. This would be a great fit for any occasion big or small.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
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1987 Domaine de Maouhum 28 Year Old K&L Exclusive Bas-Armagnac 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
All I can say is wow! This stuff is delicious -- a feel good Armagnac, an Armagnac that could turn a few bourbon drinkers heads! Think candied corn nose meets dulce de leche flavor with a hint of clove and citrus. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with a delicious savory finish. This would make an excellent gift for that discerning brown spirits lover in your life. Buy a bottle soon though, there aren't that many!
Price: $72.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages "Vieilles Vignes"
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Bright and zippy, this is a great any day of the week white Burgundy and a total palate refresher. The wine is lean, concentrated and touched with a lemon-lime peel note followed by wet stones. This is just quality wine at a crazy low price so, it's easy to understand why Domaine Des Niales is perennial staff favorite!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

ArteNOM Seleccion 1580 Blanco Tequila 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
What a delicious sipping blanco! Extraordinary clean fruit with hints of grilled nopales, citrus and pepper. The mouthfeel is rich, yet velvety smooth with a hint of sweetness and dry finish. Super recommended!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

Ragnaud Sabourin K&L Exclusive Fontevieille #35 Cognac 750ml
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Tasting the Fontevieille 35 Cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin made me wish for a big fire, a big chair and a big snifter. This mature, old fashioned Cognac has plenty of the rancio character that the big houses reserve for their blends in fancy bottles at 10x the price. Tasting it today reminded me of many of the dusty old Louis XIII's and Triomphe's that I have been treated to over the years. I found this expansive, deep and complex Cognac worthy of reflection at the end of the evening. It is a very fine value in top class Cognac!
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List

Mezcalero Release #13 Tobala y Tepeztate Mezcal 750ml
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Too good to last, this combination of Tobala & Tepeztate agave has controlled spice, subtle spice and an incredibly complete package of flavors. I can't wait to pair this with the best carnitas in Redwood City, if I manage to get a bottle before it disappears!
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List

1983 Domaine de Maouhum 32 Year Old K&L Exclusive Bas-Armagnac 750ml
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
If you love the profound complexity that only age can bring and are fed up with the high prices of old single malt and the lack of availability of bourbon, you just hit the jackpot. The 1983 Maouhum 32 Year Old Bas Armagnac offers exotic watch movement complexity, the mellow confidence of age and perfect texture. What a bottle!
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

Wild Turkey 101 Rye 1L
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
I love liters. They have 250ml more than a 750, which you are going to want in the case of the excellent Wild Turkey 101 Rye. Most rye is purchased spirit in a dressed up package, the kick'n chicken rye comes from the Wild Turkey distillery without passing through the hands of another brand owner. It is spicy, surprisingly complex and has very good texture. I love it for Manhattan's!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

English Harbour 5 Year Rum 750ml
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
This is a spectacular and honest dry rum. Not sweetened after the fact, this rum starts its life as molasses, is distilled in one of only 2 copper column stills in the Caribbean and then spends 5 years in ex-bourbon barrels in a warehouse without temperature control on the island of Antigua. That's it. No game playing here, just a beautiful honest rum. Clean and retaining the richness of its molasses base, the 5 year also expresses a touch of vanilla, biscuit, and structure from the oak influence. This is an outstanding sipper or wonderful in a very simple rum cocktail like a Cuba Libre.
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Kalinda "Clone 828 Reserve" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Intensely aromatic, the Kalinda Clone 828 is loaded with an abundance of red fruit, plum and asian spice finishing with a savory herb and sweet earth finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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2012 Trim California Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The nose is dominated by black cherry, cassis and red currants along with subtle hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and dried herbs. The palate is plush and full bodied, with a nice balance between ripe fruit, integrated tannins and decent acidity.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

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$9.99

2013 Domaine Michel Colbois "Chitry" Bourgogne
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Marked by a pale golden color, Domaine Michel Colbois Chitry brings together an invigorating mixture of honeysuckle and lemon chiffon aromas. Vinified in stainless steel, the entry shows good weight and displays a refreshing wave of zesty acidity while the mid-palate delivers flavorful notes of citrus and stonefruit all culminating in a creamy lingering finish. This is definitely an amazing price point for a charming wine.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

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$14.99

2014 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut Nature
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The brother-and-sister team of Silvano and Alberta Follador make the best Prosecco I have ever tasted! Bio-Dynamic, their Proseccois magnificently balanced, delicate and features sophisticated fruit aromatics. It is has hints of yeasty complexity without being ponderous. “Nature” on the label means it has 3 grams or less of residual sugar, this is VERY DRY.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
GR 2

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
There is nothing musty or old fashioned about this straight forward red, with fresh "modern" styling in its rich dark fruit and sweet tannins. Made entirely of the Montepulciano grape from the region of Abruzzo, this will work well with a pizza/pasta or just a Great wine to serve to the "Family" on Sunday night.Plays well with food - especially tricky tomato sauce. Nice lift and acidity, but with the ripe fruit flavors of Abruzzo - which is located on the "calf" of the boot of Italy.
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2014 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "No.3 - Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The new vintage of the #3 has arrived! This distinctive "savvy" was a hit last year and is poised to do the same. The nose offers notes of melon, pear, lychee, apple, lemon zest and a hint of dried honey. On the palate, there is racy acidity, a decomposed granitic mineral accent and good texture from the dollop of Semillon that's added. There is good drive through the long layered finish here crafted by one of South Africa’s Sauvignon Blanc specialist, Bartho Eksteen.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
This is our 4th vintage of this great value that we've carried, with over 4,000 bottles sold of the '13 and so far over 5,000 sold of the '14 vintage! It’s certainly one of our top sellers that over delivers for the price point. The bouquet is lifted with bright passion fruit, grapefruit and lemon/lime blossom. The palate offers zesty acidity with mineral accents and good mid-palate texture leading to a persistent finish. As you can see by the sales...nobody buys just one!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Poggio Antico comes from one of the highest vineyards in Montalcino and the ethereal fragrance in this wine is just amazing. The fruit is a combination of savory wild cherry, hints of leather, spice, smoke and a bit of porcini. On the palate the wine has body, richness but it is the balance and length that stretch out and gives this wine such an elegant mouth feel. The finish just seems to go on and on, so balanced, so flavorful, one of the Best of the vintage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $74.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 96

2013 Le Battistelle "Roccolo del Durlo" Soave Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Roccolo del Durlo” vineyard is the a mix of tufo, basalt and clay but is so dark it’s called “Le Carbonare” referring to the coal like color it has. Gelmino took me out in this vineyard to show me a whole section of the vineyard that were vines more than 100 years old, incredible to look at but even harder to imagine. I love this wine, the nose is full of spice, white flower and on the palate it has a certain depth, I balk at saying power because it is so delicate but it does have staying power and it ages very well for up to 10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Le Battistelle "Montesei" Soave Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2014 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Montesei” is mindblowing at this price point, the vineyard is a looser blend of volcanic soil and clay that allows the grapes to mature quicker in relation to their other vineyards, and it produces a wine that is forward, more fruit, kind of golden delicious apples, than mineral yet ultimately intensely refreshing with a supple texture while only 12% abv.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico "Battistelle"
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Battistelle” vineyard is the steepest slope they have facing more southwest and here the soil is basalt rocks that alternate with tufo, in their dialect it’s called Togo. This gives the wine a more savory, salty character; it just makes your mouth water, the nose is full of white flower aromatics, balanced with incredible persistence and 12.5%abv.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Cascina Morassino Merlot Langhe
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Extraordinary focus, briary, earthy with hints of plumy fruit. Exceptionally well balanced, full of intrigue and a long finish, one of the best Merlot from the Langhe I've ever tried!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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$26.99

2011 Santoleri "Vignaladra" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The Santoleri Vigna Ladra is not fined or filtered it is just the pure expression of Santoleri’s vineyards and soil. I love the wild, gamey flavors of this wine and find the luxuriating texture fascinating. This wine needs a bold food pairing, and if you could get your hands on some wild boar this would be great! Hey, not all of us can do that, and if not a bone in Rib Eye would do just fine!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

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$17.99

2013 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The vineyard for the Classic bottling is made from a vineyard that is 50% 30 year old vines and 50% 10 year old vines. The nose is full of elderflower, pear and stone fruit aromatics, but the really impressive part of this wine is the palate presence, body, texture, and depth add to the mineral laden center of the wine. The finish is decisive, focused and seems to go on forever.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92 AG 91

2010 Silvio Nardi "Manachiara" Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The nose is a slowly evolving blend of dried fruits, meat, sage, wild flowers and leather that gently flows from the glass. On the palate the wine is a powerfully fleshy, dense wine where plum becomes the more dominant flavor that is gradually accented by freshly cut leather. However the overtly impressive character of this wine is its powerful, dense and smooth texture. This tactile demand on your attention is impossible to overlook, dense, concentrated yet never seems heavy, clumsy or out of balance. Incredibly supple, dark combination of flavors add a long, smooth and incredible finish.
Drink from 2019 to 2019

2010 Silvio Nardi "Manachiara" Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The nose is a slowly evolving blend of dried fruits, meat, sage, wild flowers and leather that gently flows from the glass. On the palate the wine is a powerfully fleshy, dense wine where plum becomes the more dominant flavor that is gradually accented by freshly cut leather. However the overtly impressive character of this wine is its powerful, dense and smooth texture. This tactile demand on your attention is impossible to overlook, dense, concentrated yet never seems heavy, clumsy or out of balance. Incredibly supple, dark combination of flavors add a long, smooth and incredible finish.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2013 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
At $7.99, this daily drinker is an absurdly great value. Dark fruit and cherries are front and center in this New World Garnacha! Stop in and pick up a few today.
Price: $7.99 Add To Waiting List

2015 Propolis Brewing "Spruce" Saison, Washington 750ml
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Since Freigeist's Spruce Gose is one of my favorite beers of all time, I was pretty excited to try Propolis' Spruce Saison. Propolis uses organic grains and locally-grown herbs for all their experimental brews, and everything is done by hand. Their Spruce Saison is really complex with dusty notes of green peppercorn, mineral, citrus, and smoke on the nose. The palate is rich and yeasty, but the acidity cuts through it perfectly, highlighting some floral, gingery spice followed by apricot and nutty grains then bitter grapefruit on the finish. It's a great match for Thai Dishes like Drunken Noodles.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 McKinlay Vineyards, Special Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Classic Willy pinot of the highest order. Deep dark cherry and earth. More exotic fruits too. Balanced despite the strong tannin. Probably will be stunning in the cellar for a few years.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Solid stuff showing dried cherries, herbs and earth on the nose. Fresh fruit and low tannin, light texture and soft acids. The finish builds for a little crescendo to a medium long finish. Satiating for most every true Pinot lover.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Cristom "Mt. Jefferson Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Dense red flower (hibiscus, rose) and red wild cherries. Well balalnced, juicy acid, structured like a classic wine. Love the old school feel here. Truly wonderful expressive wine and a wonderful value compared to other pinots at any price range.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Here's an incredibly well developed NV from Drappier. Slightly nutty signs of older champagne, with yeast brioche and heady dark fruit. Rich and full in the palate, with the dark cherry coming forward and a taught lifted finish. Superb.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

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$34.99
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2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
This is the hotness. Ultra powerful nose of quince preserve and freshly rolled butter. Powerful, textural, open, but with so many layers. Something to buy big on and appreciate how it develops over the coming years, knowing that you could pop every bottle at anytime and be absolutely satisfied with the result.

Chateau de Bligny "Grand Reserve" Brut Champagne
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Slightly reduced on first nosing, a calm thoughtful swirl helped that out 100%. Perfect yellow flowers and white meat peaches. Creamy citrus, delicate lively texture, and a perfectly balanced finish. Bligny is blangin'.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90 WS 90

Baron Fuente "Esprit" Brut Champagne
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely gorgeous. Brioch, Tropical fruit, more yeast! Cherries and then cherries! Lemon cream. Mountains of acid and cherries and cream. What a steal.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92

2014 Teutonic "Crow Valley Vineyard" Willamette Valley Riesling
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Beautiful white fruit, cassis to be precise, on the nose. Funky white flowers, orange peel and wild acidity. Solidly delicious.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Bodegas Re "Cabergnan" Cabernet Sauvignon-Carignan Maule Valley
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
I don't know if it's the silly names, but these RE wines took me by surprise. The wine making is impeccable and although they're not cheap, they really stand up as world class wines. The Cabergnan is powerful and aromatic. Tons of complexity on the nose and palate. Rich but delicate fruit, clean and full. Lovely nuanced textured and a persistent back end. Serious stuff sir. Serious stuff.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2012 Bodegas Re "Chardonnoir" Single Vineyard Casablanca Valley
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Well this is totally gnarly in the best way. It's super bright and forward, with a funky undertone that just reminds me of nothing else. The creamy texture and awesome mineral palate seals the deal. It's grade A geek wine from Casablanaca. Good work.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2013 Buchegger Vordernberg Grüner Veltliner Erste Lage Kremstal
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
We love Gruner cause its fun and often over delivers, but it's also a pretty serious sometimes. This wine is powerful and decadent. A rich bouquet of tropical flowers, wild honey, mineral powder. Golden ripe fruit, apple, quince, apricots, then more minerals! A fine specimen.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Zahel "Orange T" Orangetraube Wien
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
If you can imagine melting wax covering orange sherbet, you know what this wine smells like. Since you can't, grab a bottle. The ultra rich complex nose gives way to a dry juice medium bodied white that's as friendly as they get. Very easy to drink and keeps you interested at every sip. Salad wine alert.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Château de Brézé Clos de Midi Saumur Blanc
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely golden. Perfection in a summer white. Without equal currently in the store at this price point. Planning to buy as much as I can afford.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Les Poëte "Le Côtes Cabernet des Poëte" Touraine Rouge
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Having tasted the exceptional pinot noir (serious that wine is an A so look it up), I had high hopes for the Les Poete Touraine Rouge. Needless to say it delivered or I wouldn't be writing this. This easy going juicy wine is not in the running for Parker's top ten list, but it's deftly constructed and will enhance nearly and food you throw at it. Very complex bouquet of minerals, red flowers and black currants. The palate is lift, but not sharp with a very minimal tannic imprint. It's this type of really well made french wine that makes me want to cook french food. Poulet Roti, mais oui!
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Umathum Blaufränkisch Burgenland
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
These reds from Austria are so CHEAP! These guys try really really hard to make great wine in an unforgiving climate. The quality across the board is excellent and almost always fun to drink. Umathum is pretty tendy so you expect it to be a cut above. The start is just a pile of rubber and gravel. Note: these wines tend to be slightly reduced and should always be heavily decanted. Pounding them with air cleans them right up and if those flavors put you off you can still enjoy these wines without having to waste years cellaring. With tons of air we still have tons of gravel! I love that. Now rich earthy red fruit. On the palate all dark fruit and rich coffee tones. Soft easy tannins don't get in the way. IN the end a pretty easy going wine that drinks well beyond its price point.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Rosi Schuster Saint Laurent Burgenland
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
I don't know if St. Laurent is my achilles heel, but all of these Austrian reds these days taste superb. This 2012 Schuster is precise and absolutely delicious. One taste and its clear that an exceptional team took advantage of every oppourtunity afforded to them by nature to make this wine. Tons of mineral and earth on the nose. Blood. Raspberry preserve. The intensity continues on the palate with medicinal herbs and earth red fruit. Textured and full of life. Medium bodied. Maybe a hard wine to love, but with lots to give. A wonderful pairing for fall flavors. Don't be surprised when this and the next vintage disappear!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Sattler St. Laurent Burgenland
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Wow, these Austrian reds are becoming the value of the year. Over delivering on upfront drinkability, this St. Laurent is as complex as it is open and stylish. For the price it honestly should have been sold instantly. Expect some definite earthy under tones -whether an expertly controlled brettanmyacin component or simply the unusual gravel soils. The slight hint of animale is distinct and terribly inviting. Behind the well kept stables, tons of blueberry bushes and ripe plums. The palate is cleaner, a thirst quenching juiciness and ultra soft tannins. Top notch stuff and look at the price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Soft but tannic, the elegant Il Palazzone shows more fruit than other 2010 Brunello offerings, but that by no means suggests it's short on complexity. Velvety with a woodsy component, this is a smooth, slightly more delicate Brunello with intensity that still manages to impress with balance and body.

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Follow your heart to this striking yet classic Côtes du Rhône from legendary producer J.L. Chave. More Syrah than Grenache, this blend hails from the south but drinks like a northern Rhône with peppery spice and notes of violets and forest floor. The vines for this release are 20-60 years old, and the quality is evident: medium-bodied with a heady structure and black fruit through the palate, this beauty is a strong pairing with food while staying approachable enough to enjoy on its own. An unbelievable value, Mon Coeur has traveled to the Hollywood Bowl, impressed at parties, and wowed at weddings - for less than $18, customers (and staff!) have fallen in love.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90 WS 90

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
This is one of our greatest "value" sparkling wines in the company. It is very well balanced and has a lingering finish. The overall character of golden apple fruit, with a hint of nuttiness and tart cherries, is balanced by a very clean finish that contains citrus notes and minerals. It has 10 grams per liter dosage, enough to keep it dry but, to add some light fruitiness, as well. Something here to please nearly everyone!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

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