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Jim Chanteloup


2014 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Former Cloudy Bay winemaker, Kevin Judd, has delivered another great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with his 4th vintage of Greywacke to come to the States. The nose is lifted with notes of lemon/lime blossom, white grapefruit, melon and a hint of tomato leaf and tarragon. On the palate the wine shows good weight and texture with brisk, racy acidity that leads to a long refreshing finish. Bring on a platter of oysters on the half shell, and you're set!

2012 Leeuwin "Prelude" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 05-05-2015
This is a beautiful example of Margaret River Chardonnay. The nose offers white peach, ripe nectarine, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a floral jasmine note. On the palate the wine is lush, yet has great focus with fine acidity, a creamy texture, perfect integration of oak and a long, long finish. Really fine.

2013 Dalwhinnie "The Hut" Pinot Noir Pyrenees
Review Date: 05-05-2015
"The Hut" brings aromas of plum, cherry,forest floor and dried orange peel. In the mouth the wine brings a soft, supple entry with good ripeness of fruit laced with dusty cocoa powder. There is moderate acidity with fine-grained tannins and a long finish.
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JH 94

2014 De Wetshof Estate "Limestone Hill" Unoaked Chardonnay Robertson
Review Date: 04-28-2015
De Wetshof is a South African winery that has always been a Chardonnay specialist,a d the "Limestone Hill" has long been a favorite of mine. The fruit comes from vines that are 7-21 years old with heavy clay and limestone laced soils. The wine is unoaked, bringing a purity to the fruit that is left on the lees for 4 months with weekly stirring that produces richness and a wonderful creamy texture. Notes of lemon/lime blossom mingle with peach, nectarine, pear, a touch of grapefruit and mineral accents are found in the bouquet. Good acidity supports the mid-palate weight and delivers a fine persistent finish. A great value in a interesting Chardonnay.
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RP 90

2012 Woodstock Estate Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 04-14-2015
The Woodstock Shiraz like the Cabernet shows the winemaking skill of Ben Glaetzer whos Father Colin and Uncle John are highly respected winemaking pioneers in the Aussie wine world, so you know his "roots" run deep! The nose offers blackberry, blueberry, milk chocolate, leather and some meaty notes. Classic McLaren Vale mid-palate acidity ties it all together with fine balance and length.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2013 Clos Henri "Petit Clos" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 04-14-2015
From Sancerre producer Henri Bourgeois, the Petit Clos (the entry tier for Clos Henri) offers a great value for those seeking a traditional more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir. The bouquet shows notes of strawberry, cranberry, clove, forest floor and a whiff of white pepper. On the palate the strawberry component becomes riper with raspberry accents and spice that are supported by fine grained tannins. Really tasty, and yet has a serious edge to it.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2013 Woodstock Estate Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 04-14-2015
This is another venture where the deft winemaking hand of Ben Glaetzer is being shown off, and for a modest sum compared to his Glaetzer wines and $100+ Amon Ra. The wine is bright and fresh with cassis, violet, dark cherry, blackberry, cedar and a hint of mint. These notes follow on the palate with good acidity, bittersweet chocolate notes and fine ripe tannins that lead to a long finish. A delicious Cabernet for a great price.
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JH 94

2012 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-04-2014
Simply put, the wines from Mount Edward may be the best direct import we've brought in for the category. The Estate offers aromas of plum, ripe black cherry, clove, some forest floor notes and a hint of dried orange peel. On the palate there is fine, tangy acidity with a light dusting of cocoa powder to the supple tannin structure. Fine balance and drive bring a long persistent finish.

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 12-04-2014
The "Muirkirk Vineyard" is a bit more muscular and shows its Bannockburn spine derived from the schist and dense clay soils there. Wild thyme and spice permeate the black raspberry and dark cherry in the nose with earth and some meaty accents. On the palate the wine already shows a layered complexity that is concentrated and yet poised with superb balance, structure and length.

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago
Review Date: 12-04-2014
The "Morrison Vineyard" brings the brighter side to the single vineyard Pinots with a lifted floral, rose petal bouquet along with plum and red fruit that dominate along with some spice notes. While elegant, there is good mid-palate weight that remains ethereal with signature purity, balance and expressive length.

2010 Ostler "Caroline's" Pinot Noir Waitaki Valley North Otago
Review Date: 11-20-2014
The 2010 Ostler shows a darker edge and more body than any other Pinot in this cool, limestone laced Northern region of Otago that I have ever had. The nose is lifted with notes of violets , herbs, dark plum, black cherry and a mineral note. On the palate the wine is rich with medium to full bodied weight supported by good acidity and structure with a rewarding long finish. Yet another reason the Pinot Noirs from Otago are gaining deserved recognition.

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 10-28-2014
I been visiting this property and the Ashmeads for well over a decade and before winemaker Richard Langford joined in 2003. In fact meeting Richard was an uplifting experience...literally. I was having dinner with John Duval (name drop)at the Vintner's Bar and Grill and expressively waving my hands in conversation, when I was lifted out of my seat by my forearms. Now I'm 5'8" on a good day, and Richard is about 6'6", so I remember it well, and we met the next day to barrel sample and have a more "grounded” experience. His hand has been evident over the years with better balance and integration of wood being a focal point. The 2012 Shiraz which comes from some 100+ year old material that is matured in 600lt puncheons that shows a purity of brambly dark cherry and blackberry fruit. That is coupled with some bittersweet chocolate notes and a hint of winter mint on the back end of the palate. This is a pure and fine tuned Barossa Shiraz that is sure to please.
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JH 93 RP 92

2009 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-01-2014
So often when tasting Brunello I'll find myself loving the wine, but also wondering when would I drink this to appreciate all that it has to offer. Well, this is your chance to enjoy a fine Brunello NOW. Sure, you can hang on to it, but it already shows multiple dimensions with tart dried cherry, cedar, a hint of tobacco, earth, spice and a whiff of tar. On the palate there is a supple fine tannin structure with balanced acidity supporting a long finish. I wish I had this last night with my grilled pork tenderloin. Okay Greg sue me...I had the '12 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino instead!
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WE 91 JS 90

2012 Oakridge Estate Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
Review Date: 09-15-2014
This wine shows the beautiful character of cooler climate Shiraz. The nose offers notes of white pepper, meats, camphor, and a mix of red and black fruits with plum and boysenberry in the mix. On the palate, there is good structure with ripe fine-grained tannins and very good length.
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JH 94

2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 09-02-2014
The "Dagger" is a good name for this wine as it has good cut and gets to the point! The bouquet is bright and lifted with raspberry, ripe cherry, earth and a white pepper spice note. On the palate there is fine definition and focus with a fleshy mid-palate and juicy acidity that leads to a long persistent finish. This is a delicious Pinot from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and great value.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95

2010 Sittella Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 09-02-2014
Margaret River Cabernet for $20? Wow, this wine surely punches above its weight! The nose is expressive with black currant, blueberry, cassis, violets, light sage and a chocolate note. There are just enough supple silky tannins on the palate to give a more serious edge to the wine which is beautifully balanced and delivers a long finish. Bravo!
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2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern Western Australia
Review Date: 09-02-2014
Usually you expect to find Semillon added to Sauvignon Blanc in Western Australia, but not so here. The nose offers notes of lemon-lime pith, crunchy pear and a hint of tarragon. On the palate there are more tropical accents of melon and mango with a fleshy texture. This is all supported by good acidity leading to a long finish. Drink this wine chilled, but not too cold or you'll lose complexity.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 92

2013 Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 09-02-2014
This is NOT your average Kiwi SB. First, it's not from Marlborough. Second, it's farmed organically and uses native yeast for fermentation. And third, it's 90% barrel fermented with more neutral than new oak. The bouquet opens with a flinty and leesy note along with more stone fruit character of white peach and nectarine. On the palate there is good weight, with a figgy richness and creamy texture. Good acidity keeps it juicy and long on the finish.
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BC 91

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 08-25-2014
This is another top flight Pinot from Central Otago, and a new one in our portfolio as well. In fact, I was drinking this wine in downtown Napa five hours before the quake hit. So, it could have been the last wine I was to have drank in my glorious and wine-filled life. And that would have been just fine and without any regrets! The nose shows purity of fruit with dark plum and black cherry abundantly displayed with notes of earth and dried orange peel. On the palate, the wine is juicy, with good drive, structure and fine, supple tannins that lead to a long finish. Truly a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir.

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 07-16-2014
The wines from Te Whare Ra have been turning heads since we've brought them into our New Zealand category, and the 2013s may be the best to date. The Pinot shows lovely dark plum, strawberry, cherry, light toasty oak, earth/clay notes, a hint of rose petal, tea bag and spice. On the palate, the wine has soft supple tannins that are balanced and harmonious with a long, persistent finish.

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 07-16-2014
The TWR savvy is bright with aromas of white grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry and a hint of tarragon. On the palate there is good texture and vibrant acidity that lead to a snappy, zesty finish with fine length. As good as it gets in a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
RC 94 SK 93

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-07-2014
Beringer, which is located in Napa Valley, has been producing this wine from Sonoma County's Knights Valley appellation for some time now, and it has always remained a consistent value in California Cabernet. The vineyard lies at a higher elevation than Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, and manages to combine the suppleness of that AVA with the fine tannin structure of Knights Valley. The bouquet offers black cherry, dark plum, cassis, earth and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. On the palate, there is the previously mentioned supple tannins blended with a fine dusting of cocoa powder, bringing the finer-grained, firmer tannin structure. It's all framed by lightly toasted oak that is well-integrated, with good length.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 90 WS 90

2013 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 05-21-2014
The Grey's Peak Savvy from Waipara shows a different side to this country's famous wines from Marlborough. The nose shows more citrus and a floral powdery note. On the palate the wine is richer and more round yet still has great supporting acidity and texture with a long, refreshing finish. You'll want to spend some time this summer with this baby!

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 04-10-2014
Here's the "little brother" to the Coleraine and one that you can enjoy on the earlier side. Showing a similar core of fruit with plum, cherry and minerals, it is more medium bodied with a hint of savoury herbs as well. There is still fine grained tannins, but with a softer edge to the structure.
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2010 Wiston Estate "South Downs Cuvée" Brut West Sussex England
Review Date: 02-21-2014
The Wiston "South Downs Cuvee" compared to the Gusbourne shows a more linear chiseled feel with a bouquet that offers mineral, Fuji/green apple, light toast and lemony yeasty notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh, bright and crisp with fine acidity supporting the long, persistent, zesty finish. This would reward some cellar time as well. If Jim Barr can give a wine wags of his dogs tail for a rating, I'm giving this Five Queen's wave of the hand!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 02-19-2014
The Gusbourne has a detailed fine bead and a nose that shows a nutty almond and yeasty note along with hints of honey, poached pear, brioche and dried tangerine peel. On the palate there is a lovely texture and richness from spending 3 1/2 years on the lees, that all comes together with excellent balance and length.
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2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 11-13-2013
The 2010 “La Strada” Pinot Noir which scored 94-95 points from James Suckling, was a runaway success earlier this year with nearly 3,000 bottles sold. The 2011 though not yet rated, is a more than worthy follow up from this certified organic winery that is one of the top producers in Marlborough if not all New Zealand. The wine has a bouquet that is bright and lifted with raspberry, cherry, white pepper, clove, dried tangerine peel, and a subtle use of integrated oak. On the palate, ripe plum notes are added to the great purity of fruit which is supported by good acidity and a fine grained tannin structure that leads to a long persistent finish. While very drinkable now, you can put some away and be quite happy that you did for a modest price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2010 Dalwhinnie "The Pinnacle" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 08-13-2013
The Pinnacle offers notes of blueberry, blackberry, violets, earth, anise, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of herb de provence, and a light meaty note. On the palate there is fine structure and acid balance with dark plum and a touch of almond skin and a cool dask of mint in the long, powerful concentrated finsh. This is a wine that is built for some time in the cellar to bring it to its full potential.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 97 JH 96

2010 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 08-07-2013
The Moonambel Cabernet has a nose that offers black cuurant, dark cherry, earth, mineral and a hint of eucalyptus and tobacco leaf. The plate has great acidity with an integrated cloak of fine ripe tannins that are in perfect harmony with a long pesistent finish.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95 RP 92

Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Sparkling Wine Brut Central Otago
Review Date: 12-07-2012
When winemaker Rudi Bauer was looking at the site for his own winery in the Bendigo sub-region after working at Rippon in Central Otago they had to consider the question, "what if the Pinot Noir might not ripen?" So, the thought of Sparkling wine was born. Clotilde Chauvet with family ties to Champagne followed Rudi as winemaker at Rippon and was one of the original shaeholders in Quartz Reef. Workshops with Jacques Peters from Veuve Cliquot followed with visits to Champagne helped Quartz Reef to become a specialist in Sparkling wine from New Zealand. Made from a blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay the wine is still hand riddled and disgorged and aged for a minimun of two years on the lees. Pear, apple, lime and brioche abound in the aromatics with a fine bead and texture that add up to a wine of real finesse and tremendous length.