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Greg St. Clair

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2014 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 03-28-2018
A classic toasty, rich chardonnay! The nose is full of sweet vanillin, pineapple and a bit of white flower. On the palate the wine has weight and density yet is still well balanced, the creamy texture makes of a supple, smooth mouth-feel. The flavors replay the nose with a bold, toasty vanillin character and then loads of tropical fruit, yet balanced well and finishes with a bit of lift.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2014 Franz Keller "Franz Anton" Spätburgunder Baden (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-27-2018
The nose of this wine is pure Pinot that seems slightly more new world than old due to its wonderfully ripe fruit; however immediately behind that are bits of earth and spice that gives me more of a sense of place and terroir. On the palate it shows an elegance, balance, and supple nature that make it a pleasure to drink. The flavors are classic Pinot fruit with perhaps a bit of stem and earth. I think of this wine with a roast chicken, something savory but not overwhelming.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Franz Keller "Franz Anton" Spätburgunder Baden
Review Date: 03-27-2018
The nose of this wine is pure Pinot that seems slightly more new world than old due to its wonderfully ripe fruit; however immediately behind that are bits of earth and spice that gives me more of a sense of place and terroir. On the palate it shows an elegance, balance, and supple nature that make it a pleasure to drink. The flavors are classic Pinot fruit with perhaps a bit of stem and earth. I think of this wine with a roast chicken, something savory but not overwhelming.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Fratelli Barale "Castellero" Barolo
Review Date: 03-27-2018
The nose of this wine is powerful; waves of earth, tar, spice are backed up by spicy, ripe fruit. On the palate the wine is serious, shows depth of structure, Nebbiolo tannins evident however balanced and supple showing a sweet side. The flavors are a cauldron of tar and camphor that fuse into a constant, earthy layer that is highlighted by a mélange of cherry, berry, licorice and spice. The finish is dynamic, long, lifting with tremendous length, balance….I’m really impressed this wine is sensational for the price.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Giacomo Ascheri Barolo
Review Date: 03-27-2018
The nose of this wine is full of spice and forest fruits with hints of cinnamon and porcini. On the palate this is Barolo, powerful, full, rich but has exceptionally well balanced tannins, still tannins but sweet and long. The flavors show layers of complex fruit that have a certain amount of sweetness to them, wild strawberry compote, and wild cherry, with leather, porcini and hints of truffle. The flavors are spectacular but the real winner here is the superb texture, so balanced, more elegant. I tasted this wine about a year ago and the wine has really changed, become so much more complex and supple, the tannins have become super well integrated. While you can drink this wine now it will age well for another 10+ years. Try it with a wild mushroom risotto or your favorite braised meat.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 03-21-2018
The 2013 vintage is full-on ripe, while the nose has the classic earth, cherry, leather, spice nose that the Castello di Monsanto is so known for it is the texture that is the dominant character in this wine. On the palate the wine has a voluminous richness that smooths out some of Chianti Classico’s normally high acid, however this isn’t a flabby no-acid wine; it just feels like it’s got an extra layer of richness on top. While a “classic” version of Monsanto will last you 20+ years this one is so drinkable now it won’t last that long, but will still be able to age for another 10 years. It’s the perfect wine for your weekly pasta!
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2014 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva
Review Date: 03-21-2018
Puglia seems a world away sometimes but it is one of the best value regions in Italy, and the indigenous varieties there produce strikingly delicious examples. This wine’s aromatics are full of Middle Eastern spice, elegant plum, bramble, dried cherry fruit and nuances of fresh Provencal herbs. On the palate the wine is supple, medium-bodied while still being so full flavored, easy to drink; only 13.0% alcohol, yet this multifaceted red always beckons you for another sip, and then another; it is just so tasty. Made from 100% Negroamaro fermented in stainless steel and aged in 1-2 year old barrique for 6 months. This complex yet elegant wine comes from Puglia, the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite tomato-based pasta dish.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $8.95 Add To Cart

2014 Elvio Cogno Pre-Phyloxera Barbera d'Alba
Review Date: 02-28-2018
I was wowed by this wine, and absolutely stunning Barbera with a complex nose filled with wild cherry and spice, while on the palate the wine has a richness one doesn't often see in Barbera, there still is good acidity but the depth of texture and flavors are amazing. Aged in large Slavonian oak casks so no wood presence flavor wise or on the palate, this is really worth drinking. If you're a fan of Vietti Scarrone VV or Giacomo Bologna's Uccellone this wine will blow you away.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2015 Fèlsina Chianti Classico
Review Date: 02-27-2018
The nose is full of wild cherries, leather, earth and you can sense the richness, and on the palate the wine’s weight and concentration make a bold statement but never drift out of balance. The flavors are saturated, complex and filled me with awe, a dazzling array of spice, concentrated wild cherry, leather, porcini that seem so well integrated even at this wine’s young age. There is power here, a real depth of structure but never does the wine get out of balance, there is a harmony and for fans of Felsina this is a classic. This is a wine you can easily drink now but it will age well for 10-15 years from the vintage, a real winner and at this price a ridiculously good bargain.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-16-2018
I must admit that these bubbles puzzled me at first, it was obviously Champagne, I read the label, it came in a Champagne bottle but there was something different. It took me about 10 minutes to figure it out, this wine just has a more vinous complexity to it, and the 7 years on the lees really changed the dynamic of the wine. Yes there were bubbles and it seemed like a regular Champagne on your tongue but the flavors were not so simple. I really liked this wine the more I tried it, the super dryness almost flinty on your palate then slowly the layers of brioche, spice and mineral emerge. The more I tasted it the more it seemed like Chablis with bubbles, so strident, focused and lemony tartness with bits of baking spice complexity, all it needed was the right dish to pair with it. Oysters immediately came to mind but I’m thinking lobster and butter is what this bubbly needs, the richness of the lobster and the vibrant focus of the Baron Fuente 7, wow, a perfect match.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 01-15-2018
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I was stunned by the superlative quality in this vintage of San Venanzio: 2016 has been just an exceptional vintage across Italy and most of Europe and it didn’t skip Valdobbiadene. The fruit in the nose of this wine is so pure, clean and vibrant it outgrows the appellation, the wine has so much minerality, clean focus yet still retains that Prosecco elegance and balance. Sensational finish!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco
Review Date: 01-09-2018
The nose is full of leather, earth, cedar, cinnamon and hints of red fruit, although this is a subtle wine, more classically Piemontese it isn’t ebullient fruity, it’s subtle, hidden and above all shy. On the palate you see this is Nebbiolo, and old school Nebbiolo at that, gritty, astringent, did I say shy? Yet the wine has a center that shows a bit more weight, it is balanced, has depth but is inherently reticent. Once on the palate this wine begins to expand shows a bit of that earthy, gritty, leathery character comes out with hints of smoke and mushroom. The more time this wine spends in a decanter or a glass it opens exponentially, adding little twists and turns, more grit and then wafts of violet and rose. This isn’t a Gaja Barbaresco at $20 a bottle, it’s a $20 Barbaresco but it has real intrigue and character and for me would be great with a wild mushroom risotto.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Fratelli Revello "Giachini" Barolo
Review Date: 01-03-2018
The nose immediately lets you know this wine has depth and power; it is a blend of powerful earth and deep, dark fruit. On the palate you sense richness, depth, it’s almost voluptuous and for me a really richly textured wine for a La Morra Barolo. Part if this comes from the use of Roto-Fermenters an incredibly slow machine that turns like a front-loading washer instead of punching down and the results are generally sweeter tannins and deeper colors. The wine is then aged in barrique for 2 years 40% new and 60% used but you really don’t get any toasty vanillin flavors at all but you can feel the torque that it gives the wine. This Giachini is extravagantly full bodied while being restrained and fresh--yes it can happen at the same time, well balanced and something that if you drank now you’d enjoy. I don’t think this is one to put in the cellar for 40 years but the next 10 or 20 will be fine. Overall a really delicious, well balanced wine that has power but lift and freshness.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 Chateau Los Boldos "Grande Reserve" Cachapoal Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-02-2018
The nose is full of green olive, barrel spice and cassis, it gives one the sense of a powerful statement. On the palate I was surprised by the wines' balance, it has richness but excellent lift and focus with just a hint of tannins. The finish is classic Cabernet leaving a lasting flavor reemphasizing the cassis and barrel spice, quite a Chilean value.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2016 Delas Freres "Saint-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Review Date: 01-02-2018
A classic nose full of spice and bits of earth but shows real character. On the palate the wine's freshness is ever present in its crisp acidity, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have weight this wine is sensational at the price point and has more facets than luster, more flavors than just being soft. This is a real bargain!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Pala "I Fiori" Cannonau di Sardegna
Review Date: 01-02-2018
The nose is pure, focused plumy fruit, fresh but you can smell the intensity and focus. On the palate this wine isn’t ponderous it has great acidity to focus the richness of the body lifting those flavors and creating a vibrant and dynamic palate feel. The flavors are dense, powerful spiced plum with a great palate presence giving you the sensation of weight and power yet the wine is very drinkable and supremely well balanced. This is Grenache from Sardinia, it is called Cannonau there, and the Pala winery produces the “Fiori” or flower label as there ready to drink wines. Fermented in stainless steel then aged in stainless or cement tanks until released I find best when opened an hour ahead of time. I’d pair this with lasagna or grilled sausages, something a bit more rustic and filling for colder winter nights.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Gagliole "Rubiolo" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 01-02-2018
The nose of this wine is full of spiced plum, bright cherry and hints of violet. On the palate the classic Castellina in Chianti Sangiovese stands out with lifting acids to center the wine and enhancing the cherry while showing more earth and spice. There’s just a tiny bit of tannin to give it a sense of structure but the overall sensation is of balance and remarkably refreshing. This is a super drinkable wine now that will drink well over the next 3-4 years and a perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-22-2017
I've always been a fan of this wine since we started bringing it in way back in 2001. It's always been the top price performer for the price point, but when I tasted the latest batch I did a double take. I had to ask Gary Westby if he had poured me the right wine, and he nodded at me and said ya, you figured it out, this batch is out of this world! There isn't a Champagne around that can compete at this price point with the Carte Blanche, layers of complex brioche, wonderful aromatics...wow.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tormaresca "Neprica" Super Puglia
Review Date: 12-07-2017
It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PRI (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine can't be beat! The 2014 vinatge has a little more freshness than previous vintages, tasty!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Cantina di Gallura "Genesi" Vermentino di Gallura
Review Date: 11-21-2017
This is the best Vermentino that I have ever had; in fact I didn’t think Vermentino could be this good at all. The nose is almost surreal, it is just full of dried flowers, dosed with just a hint of salty sea spray, coupled with a stone fruit compote. On the palate the wine is powerful, yet it has no oak aging, the fruit filled, saline nature combine on your tongue to give a tactile experience in a finish that seems infinite, it carries through the complex fruit character in a full-bodied, un-oaked powerhouse, that lasts minutes in your mouth.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
Review Date: 11-21-2017
Italy produces an ocean of Pinot Grigio and I’ll have to say most of it is not very exciting, this wine however is STUNNING! The 2016 vintage is one of Italy’s best. The nose is wow, full of a blend of complex stone fruit and waves of Alpine flowers. On the palate this wine has everything, richness, incredible balance and a long, long finish, it truly out does the entire category.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ferrero "Pepita" Rosso di Toscana
Review Date: 10-18-2017
This wine is incredibly bold; the nose just explodes out of the glass, layers of cassis, followed by waves of complex pomegranate, plum, and wild cherry while spiced with bits of leather, earth and Tuscan dust. The texture is voluptuous; full-bodied it fills your mouth yet is surprisingly fresh and balanced. On the palate the cassis and pomegranate meld into one, vibrant, focused, saturated flavors, that leads into more spice as the fine grain tannins weave a powerful yet elegant structure. This is a powerful wine, it has the balance, density and length of a wine 2-3 times in price, yet because there is no other Tuscan blend just like this it lacks a category for critics to bother reviewing…that’s all for your benefit, you pay much less! Try it you’ll find this is a truly exceptional wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Star Lane Santa Ynez Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-17-2017
It’s not often that I taste a California Cabernet that I think is in balance, for I am not a fan of the super unctuous, dripping and oozing types that others might like. Although this isn’t a low alcohol Cabernet it is in balance and that is the first thing I look for in a wine. The nose is full of wild herbs, hints of leather and spice interspersed with bursts of cinnamon and wild cherry, a more Bordeaux like aromatic. Yet in the mouth you can tell this is a California wine, the texture takes over with a supple and richly textured palate feel. The flavors repeat the nose but with a more saturated denseness to them, the wild cherry deepens and lifts the spice. The wine has a restrained and elegant feel to it, lots of acidic lift, super fine grain tannin to give boundary to the Cabernet’s richness. An elegant and balanced take for California Cabernet.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 10-16-2017
You can really tell the breeding in this wine, the aromatics and flavors are so well defined and focused. The wine is a base of Sangiovese about 60% then Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante make of the rest. The nose says Tuscany, wisps of leather, hints of violet the a bit of wild cherry show off the Sangiovese then the plumy richness of the Cab and Merlot squeeze in. On the palate the wine shows its richly textured body, supple mouth-feel and great drinkability while still showing that central focus one expects in Tuscan wine. On the palate the complex blend of fruit and earth come together with porcini, leather and wild cherry dominating accented with lilac, rosemary and a bit of that Tuscan dust. Agile and focused this wine is ready to drink but will easily age another 5 years, try it with your favorite pasta… or like me it will be a Pork Tenderloin and roasted potatoes!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Casale della Ioria "Tenuta della Ioria" Cesanese del Piglio
Review Date: 10-01-2017
The 2015 Casale della Ioria Cesanese del Piglio is an exceptional example of the varietal. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in French barrique. 2015 was an exceptional year for late-ripening varieties such as Cesanese. The nose is full of vibrant wild cherry and lilac, and then on the palate it broadens into a plummy ripeness, never fat just more viscous.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

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2014 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva
Review Date: 09-27-2017
The nose of this wine is sensual, it initially seems somewhat like stone fruits but it’s beyond that there’s almost a texture in the nose, it fills the air around you not with a floral component but a heady, musky almost humid richness. On the palate you see the wine is full immediately, all stainless steel but there’s a richness that gives creaminess to the wine that is ultra pleasing to the palate. Not that the wine is flabby it has excellent acidity with hints of minerality to lift it on the end of the palate. The flavors are a bit of peach, nectarine and pear subtle but substantive highlighted with dried white flowers. The finish is long lasting and replays the wine’s richness, complex stone fruits all lifted to an excellent finish.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc (1.5L)
Review Date: 09-19-2017
The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2016 Treves Petite Arvine Val d'Aosta
Review Date: 09-05-2017
I’m tasting this wine as it is just arriving in the country and the nose wine shows some juvenile character of simple apple, this happens with wines just arriving and shortly thereafter they usually blossom, just as this wine does, it quickly shows a more savory complexity, tarragon, star jasmine and quince. On the palate you immediately see this is a wine that has amazing depth. There is a dense viscosity that is palate coating yet in the same moment this wine is so light, so elegant it doesn’t seem possible to have that concentration. Then the minerality begins to crystallize on your palate, a textural phenomenon that seems gritty like I imagine quartz dust would. Experiencing this wine on your palate is amazing the fruit begins to emerge and it is more spiced quince than apple, then highlighted by the focused minerality it begins to coat your palate in this viscous yet gripping finish. Amazing wine, best with richer fish dishes, Lobster, Sea Bass, Halibut or Monkfish.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-05-2017
$15 California Chardonnay is not normally in my Drinking Playbook, but I do get to taste an awful lot of them so I think I have an idea of when something is as good as this wine is shows up that you should know about it. The nose has life, it's refreshing, fresh fruit, not condensed or tropical just real. On the palate the wine has weight, a supple roundness yet not fat, it's balanced, long and has a lift in the finish. Excellent value for the Price Point!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-05-2017
Sometimes one needs a non subtle expression of wine in your mouth, say you're having some super hot spicy bbq ribs...that delicate Pinot??? No way, you need some substance, power, density and this super concentrated wine has all of that @ $10. Smooth, plum and strident you know you've got a fish on the line when you put this in your mouth. Perfect for Backyard BBQ with spicy ribs or if you're into Chili...this is your wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose on this wine lets you know that it is underplaying, yes it's from Napa but there isn't any over the top sweetness to it. There's a subtle mix of earth, spice and fruit, none dominating another. On the palate the wine has a balanced, fresh feel it still has weight and texture but doesn't come across heavy. The finish is clean, balanced with lots of complex flavors, an excellent choice for a Napa Cab in this price point.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 09-05-2017
This is just a superb wine and I wish that all of Napa could take notice stylistically and balance. The nose of this wine is so complex, so many layers, green olive, leather, spice along with deep, concentrated blackberry. On the palate you immediately see the lift, while this wine has depth, power and structure it’s light on its feet, fresh and finishes on an up note. Years of aging will just add to the nuance of this wine although it is a delight to drink now.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Impressive nose, decisive, spiced maple, hints of clove and a bit of ginger. On the palate you notice the difference between Rye and Bourbon, more focus, less sweetness and the flavors are more faceted, more of the spicy rye character then a bit of sea salt caramel, long and it softens the attack of the rye. The finish is very long, potent it stays on your mid palate for some time and carries that caramel character through accented by hints of spice.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2012 Schiavenza "Serralunga" Barolo
Review Date: 08-28-2017
I love the purity, and classic Serralunga flavors in this wine, it has loads of gravelly, cigar ash aromatics with floral hints of roses while darker fruits make the more prominent statement. On the palate the thing that stands out for me is the textural richness, sometimes commune level Barolo can be a bit gritty with un-ripened tannins wine but this wine has richness, sweet tannins and gives one the impression of size. The flavors are darker fruit, as the base component then more spice and leather while finishing up with layers of spice, and bits of leather. An excellent, long finish, no drying tannin just complete flavors that are superbly balanced, making it a Serralunga Barolo you can drink now!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Sarno 1860 Fiano di Avellino
Review Date: 08-28-2017
I've always liked Fiano d'Avellino but never had my breath taken away like I have with this wine. The nose is classic all beeswax and lanolin until the dried flowers and spice kick in. Then on the palate you see the real impressive portion of the wine, the 2015 vintage is sensational and for Sarno the added dimension on palate is incredible, the richness is skewered by a mix of tannin and mineral driven acidity giving it weight with a real lift on the back end. The flavors are a mix of Kaffir lime and ripe Bosc pear that enliven the richness of the wine and seem to create flow. The finish is improperly named, it never seems to finish, just on and on and on, more lime more pear and then that ground mineral zip. I would love to have this with a bigger, more structured fish like Swordfish although I'm sure many of you'd head towards Lobster. I really think this wine is stunning; you definitely need to try this!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
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Ca de Medici "Remigio" Sorbara Lambrusco
Review Date: 08-27-2017
The nose is full of strawberry in an easy, vinous way that jumps from your glass. On the palate the wine is vibrant, lots of fruit with excellent balance, for the most part you'll feel this wine as dry although there is a hint of sweetness. Perfect for salumi and cheese!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2015 Edi Keber Collio Bianco
Review Date: 08-27-2017
Edi Keber lives in Friuli, in Collio just scant meters from the Slovenian border and produces one wine made from Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Malvasia Istriana This wine has the richness of California Chard -onnay and the finesse of White Burgundy, layers of fruit, spice, and mineral drive the incredible palate presence and you to a heightened frenzy. Capable of aging for a decade or more but ready now, it’s perfect for meatier fish like swordfish, halibut or even lobster. You’ll love the smooth, rich texture and the delicate aromatics.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2013 Brezza "Sarmassa" Barolo
Review Date: 08-27-2017
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You can tell immediately that this wine is special; the nose is pronounced, complete, and full of tar, spice, truffle and smoke. On the palate this wine has a concentration of flavors but don’t think of it as richer it’s just more comprehensive, layers and layers of effortless fruit, spice along with bits of leather, tar and wild berries. The finish is magnificent, wide, long, bringing back all the nose and fruit, with a bit of jauntiness, just to let you know it is more than just complex fruit.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $58.99 Add To Cart
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Amara Sicilian Amaro d'Arancia Rossa (750ml)
Review Date: 08-27-2017
A confession, I love Amaro, there’s a huge trend toward Amaro, vermouth and bitters but this one is really unique. The Sicilian orange peel just dominates not only in the aromatics but it is the signature flavor throughout. I frequently find Southern Italian Amaro too sweet for my taste this one is impeccably balanced. I love it over ice with a sprig of rosemary, sometime I add a splash of soda.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart

2011 Porta del Vento "MaQue" Perricone Sicilia
Review Date: 08-27-2017
I was really taken by the nose of this wine, it has a wild, windswept Mediterranean brush scent to it, with leather and earth but it has its own uniqueness. Perricone is one of Italy’s hundreds of indigenous grape varieties and the breadth of them all sometimes makes it difficult to handle. When I first tasted this wine I was stunned, the mouthfeel, density and balance where exceptional, these vineyards are at 1500’ so retain more freshness and balance. The wine reminded me a bit of Syrah’s structure and weight but the flavors are all Perricone, spice, sandalwood, rosemary, fresh leather and a bit of minerality. A powerful wine this would go best with leg of lamb.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2015 Donnafugata "Ben Ryè" Passito di Pantelleria (375ml)
Review Date: 08-27-2017
This wine is amazing, if the nose alone doesn’t get you the balance will. These grapes come from and island off the south coast of Sicily where these vines are grown in terraces cascading down to the sea, all head trained vines, the work is back breaking to care for and harvest the fruit. The nose is hypnotic, a wild blend of middle eastern spices, with dried mango, ginger, honey, lime peel, grapefruit it’s got everything. On the palate the wine has density it just flows across your tongue, like waves of spice lapping up on shore. So complex, so well balanced it doesn’t come across as sticky, it’s just superbly balanced. A long finish, more and more flavors emerge, this is something to behold.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $37.95 Add To Cart

2016 Vietti Arneis Roero
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose is full of apple blossom, ripe pear and jasmine and while that sounds tres exotic the nose is actually really vinous. On the palate the 2016 vintage shows its ripeness but Vietti's Arneis has excellent balance and acidity to support the extra mid palate richness. It finishes clean, focused and gives you the sense that you had a wine of substance, perfect for a pasta primavera or grilled shrimp.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Sergio Arcuri "Marinetto" Ciro Rosato Calabria
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose of this wine is exotic, a melange of dried roses, strawberry confiture, with hints of rosemary. On the palate you sense immediately this is not a simple wine, it's just lighter colored, it has body, depth but is a graceful and supple wine in the mouth. The wine has structrure, good acidity and minerality but the flavors will win you over, it's a replay of the nose, balanced and focused, Dry and focused this is a wine you can have with lots of foods, BBQ chicken, grilled salmon and maybe even spaghetti carbonara.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 Sergio Arcuri "Aris" Ciro Rosso Calabria
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose of this wine is full of earth, dried rose petals, and ash with hints of plum and leather. On the palate this wine seems more related to Nebbiolo than to anything else, it has the classic tannic structure not harsh but a little gritty. The flavors are sweeter on the palate more rose and plum up front then slowly the earth and spicy notes emerge. The finish is dry, the wine has breadth and depth and a long lasting finish. This wine would be perfect for braised meats or wild mushroom risotto.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2016 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of fresh strawberry with hints of spice that waft from the glass. While on the palate the first thing one notices is the focus, that crisp acidic center all rose needs and balances out the fresh fruit character. Balanced, refreshing and so flavorful, everything you need in a Rosato!
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2012 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 375
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is deep, concentrated, brooding it almost seems to keep you in the dark then swirls of smoke, plum, leather come towards you. On the palate this wine is powerful, it isn’t a giant tannic monster it is just dense, rich yet remarkably well balanced for the power it has. The flavors are ripe, black licorice, sweet plum and then a spice parade of clove, truffle, wild herbs and leather. The finish is in balance, there are powerful tannins but they aren’t bitter, just evident and housed in richness, and impressive wine. I love Capanna, but when you like Capanna you have to like big, structured, dense Brunello and then yearly you get to try theirs and it regardless of vintage stays true to form.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2011 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose of this wine is gorgeous; it shows a bit more ripeness, more dark plum, cocoa with bits of dried flower. On the palate this wine has the richness that one would expect from a warmer vintage like 2011 but this isn’t a wine that is over-ripe at all, it just gives it a bit more flesh and breadth and there is a silky presence on the palate. The flavors are deep, chocolaty with delicate hints of barrel spice; Fontalloro only goes in second year barrique, followed by bits of earth, leather and cigar ash. This wine has structure, it’s just not a flaccid fruit bomb it has tannin, power and a long life ahead of it.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2016 Silvano Follador Prosecco Superiore Brut Nature
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The brother-and-sister team of Silvano and Alberta Follador make the best Prosecco I have ever tasted! Biodynamic, their Prosecco is magnificently balanced, delicate and features sophisticated fruit aromatics. It is a blend of the famed Cartizze vineyard and another close by in Valdobbiadene. This wine doesn’t feel like “regular” Prosecco it feels more like a Franciacorta it has that much power but without the size. It has a mineral driven feel, flinty, focused and rich, it has a bit of brioche like flavors that add to the complexity. The Best Prosecco made, without a doubt!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2012 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of ripe, plumy fruit highlighted with bits of clove and wild flowers. On the palate the wine is full, rich and has a smoothness to it that is just short of lush, sort of a plus size supple, here more savory flavors emerge, porcini, leather and salty plums. The wine is really well balanced and rich tannins and acid are in perfect harmony, the best wine I’ve ever had from this estate. Armilla is located on Montalcino’s western slope near the hamlet of Tavarnelle, close to Fossacolle, Gaja, Soldera and Caprili.With just over 6 acres of vineyard, planted in 1982, they make 566 cases of Brunello a year, their first vintage was the release of the 1997 aged in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels for 30 months.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2012 Cordella Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This wine comes from the northeastern quadrant of Montalcino near the town of Torrenieri, here the soils are denser and have more clay which give wines of richness and breadth. The nose of this wine is bold, lots of sweet plumy fruit with a bit of tomato leaf. On the palate the wine is rich, dense and full bodied showing wild plums and earth while accented by hints of vanilla. The finish pulls it all together and bits of wild mushroom and saddle leather emerge to couple with the deep fruit. This is a fairly new winery the vineyards were planted in 1998 and sold until Maddalena Cordella took over and released her first wine with the 2010 vintage.The wines are aged for 24 months in 25hl Slavonian oak
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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