Staff Favorites - Ryan Woodhouse

Ryan Woodhouse

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2012 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) Red Blend Swartland
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Wow! This wine is off the charts good. It has pure, bright aromatics of deep, spicy crushed berries, ripe currants, red fleshy plum, granite, and toasted spices and dark red floral tones. The wine is rich and layered but precise and focused. The fruit shows macerated raspberries, logan fruit, dark cherry hints with subtle leather, charred meat and dusty mineral tones showing through the purity of fruit. There is an intense soil quality to this wine that is equally impressive as the quality and fruit and floral tones. A complex wine that I love for it's combination of power, purity and subtlety all combined into one slick package. An insane value thanks to our direct import.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) White Blend Swartland
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Phenomenal white wine. The nose is dominated by ripe, roasted orchard fruit, poach pears, preserved apricot and yellow peach. On the palate the wine has a rich, round palate weight, a creamy dense texture that fills the mouth, this almost has the palate feel of a rich chardonnay but without the oak flavor influence. Beyond the fruit profile there is wonderful savory lees character with with toasted grains and pie crust nuances. Underpinning all of this is a dynamic minerality from the ancient decomposed granite soils of the region. A serious multidimensional wine that is rich and crowd pleasing but also detailed, nuanced and bursting with minerality.
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2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Quintessential, old school Rioja. Bursting with dusty red fruits, worn leather, red earth, a touch of dry tobacco and cedar. The tannins have softened nicely, the acidity is doing most of the driving on the palate. Nice savory, secondary development but still has plenty of life and vibrancy left (as you would expect). If you're into Rioja, you have to get into one of these.

2013 Amelia Park Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Very fresh and racy. Crisp, juicy citrus fruits, lemongrass, nectarine and stoney minerals. The wine is lithe and energetic on the palate. On back it broadens a touch with the extra weight and density from the Semillon component but still finishes crisp and dry. Exceptional for the price point.
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95

2012 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Chardonnay Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Stunning chardonnay. Great combination of rich texture and flavor with ripe orchard and stone fruits, toasty oak and hazelnut nuances. But...underpinning it all is powerful granitic mainerality. The wine is broad and expressive and yet fresh and driven with good structural acidity. For a burgundian comparison I would go with Corton. Rich and powerful and yet taught and firm on the back palate with great ageing potential.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95

2014 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Another vibrant, fresh bottling from master of Marlborough Savvy, Kevin Judd. A full-flavored and expressive wine. The nose shows plenty of "typical" lime leaf, cilantro, ripe citrus and crunchy melon. These notes are echoed on the palate which is richly textured, pure and juicy. Concentrated and rich with nice bright, vibrant acidity on the finish. Some river pebble minerals on back with lingering citrus peel. One of my benchmark Kiwi Sauv Blancs. Excellent.

2013 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 05-16-2015
A fantastically exuberant wine. Exotic spice, dark juicy bramble fruit, rich mouth-filling texture. This is a Pinot Noir that is hard not to love, it has such expressive aromatics, easy, soft, silky berry fruits, some complex earthy / forest floor notes and wrapped up in a slick packed of classy french oak. The limestone rich soil provides great lift and bright acidity. The flavors are ripe and pure but the alcohol remains a very moderate 13.5%...so go ahead, help yourself to another glass! Cheers.
Top Value!

2012 Oakridge Estate Single Vineyard Series "Whitsend Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley
Review Date: 05-16-2015
Old school Cabernet...or is it post-modern Cabernet...? Whatever era we're in here this is timeless, cool climate Cab. Aromas of red / blue fruit, fresh tobacco, graphite and fine oak. The wine is mid-weight, not heavily extracted, it is pure, vibrant with an excellent acid line and fine powdery tannins providing great length. The weight and flavor profile of this wine has much more in common with a cooler vintage in Bordeaux than a typical year in Napa Valley. Really great as a young wine and sure to keep on improving for many years to come. Fantastic value thanks to our direct import relationship.
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JH 96

2013 Sato "L'Insolite" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 05-14-2015
The top Pinot Noir release from Sato. Carefully selected parcels of fruit kept 100% whole cluster. The ferment starts with the whole clusters being very carefully placed in a sealed tank for a brief stint of Carbonic Maceration. After the fruit is gently trodden by foot. As with all of Sato's wines the ferment is natural with only ambient yeast being utilized. A long, gentle, slow maceration keeps the flavors and textures pure and elegant. The wine spends 18+ months in high quality French Oak. The wine is highly aromatic with sweet exotic spice, red florals, clove, sandalwood and dried citrus peel. On the palate the fruits are compact, deep red, juicy, concentrated but fresh and vibrant. More characters of baking spice, pure Pinot fruit and warm earth tones. Serious Pinot Noir that is finely structure and built with layers of complexity.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Sato Chardonnay Central Otago
Review Date: 05-14-2015
Complex, distinctive Chardonnay. This is another tiny production from Sato, I believe 5 barrels (125 Cases)were made. Fruit is from one of Carrick's Organically farmed vineyards in Bannockburn. The wine shows lovely savory, toasty, baked bread on the nose, lots of yeast/lees nuances, almost Champagne like in character aromatically. The palate is filled with a combination of dried Apricot and baked orchard fruit with some more of those pie crust or warm bread tones. The texture is so pure and supple, fantastic mouth-feel and length on the palate from all that time on the lees. This is top notch Chard. If you're into white Burgundy, you have to try this. Only 5 cases imported.
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2013 Sato Pinot Gris (Skin Contact / Orange Wine) Central Otago
Review Date: 05-14-2015
Not for the faint hearted....this is almost entirely natural wine with just 10ppm of sulfur (about a tenth of most wines). The fruit is carefully selected and juice stays in contact with the skins for 3 months. The wine is allowed to slowly macerate in a pretty oxidative environment with very gentle pigeage for light extraction. This is an unusually aromatic wine showing Cherry skin, spice, some menthol and rose petal notes. The palate has rich in texture and has some notable tannin grip. Savory, oxidative notes contrast the vibrancy of the cherry skin fruit and floral components...almost as if a Pinot Gris rose had been aged in a fino sherry cask (if you can imagine that!)Complex and esoteric.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 F-Series (Framingham) "Trockenbeerenauslese" Riesling Marlborough (375ml)
Review Date: 05-14-2015
One of the most concentrated, powerful and rich wines I have ever tasted. A simply unfathomable combination of sweetness, flavor and brisk acidity. One sip simply explodes on the palate. It defies logic how something so natural and unadulterated can have this concentration of flavor. Eye opening wine.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
BC 98 RC 98
Limit of 6 per customer

2014 F-Series (Framingham) "Spätlese" Riesling Marlborough
Review Date: 05-14-2015
Winemaker Andrew Hedley of Framingham is obsessed with Riesling. His passion for the varietal shows in the huge range he produces. In 2014 he and his team conducted 50 passes in the vineyard picking clusters (and often individual berries for the Auslese and Trockenbeerenauslese). Many of the wines produced are measured in number of bottles rather than number of cases. These are tiny production, truly special wines. Andrew has been touted by many as the Master of NZ Riesling and he would certainly be in my top 3. These wines are not to be missed by any Riesling enthusiast. The F-Series Spatlese bottling is just a 40 case production. Picked at perfect ripeness to express complex rich favors but also to retain wonderful balancing acidity. Exotic spiced citrus, preserved lemon, white florals and baked peach. A real zing of acidity lifts the wine and marries perfectly with the beautifully judged residual sugar. Amazing wine, super tasty now but I bet it will age phenomenally!
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
BC 96 RC 95
Limit of 6 per customer

2013 Sato Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 05-14-2015
A tiny production of just 16 barrels (400+/- Cases) sourced from specific blocks of the organically certified "Pisa Terrace" Vineyard. Hand-picked and sorted Abel (DRC) and 115 clone Pinot Noir. Wild ferment, open tops, hand / foot plunged. Nothing added or taken away, no fining / filtration just a tiny addition of sulfur at bottling after 18 months in French Oak only 10% new. This Pinot shows fragrant purple flowers, lilac and orange blossom. Subtle spice characters, and delicate wild thyme. The palate is very fine and elegant, tannins and just a whisper with the vibrant acidity playing most of the structural role. Focused, elegant and honest. I can see why the Sato wines have become such hot property in NZ...there is something magical going on here.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) "Brother's Reserve" Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 05-13-2015
This world beating Pinot is basically a more refined, detailed, nuanced, single block bottling of the standard Grey's Peak Pinot that took K&L by storm last year. The wine is from the highest, steepest and most limestone rich parcel on the estate. It has magnificent balance and poise. The tannins are refined, the fruit as pure as crystal. One of those wine that just makes you gasp after the first sip. This wine took the 2014 Decanter Trophy for Best Pinot on Earth (in a competition that blind tastes 1000s of wines from all over the globe)...we only got 120 bottles for the whole USA.

2013 De La Terre "Reserve" Tannat Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 05-13-2015
A big, saturated, rich wine with plenty of plush dark fruit wrapped the distinctive tannic backbone that Tannat is known for. This was such a great surprise for me on my last trip to NZ...no I wasn't expecting to pick up a new Direct Import Kiwi Tannat...but I sure am glad I did! If you are into unusual, esoteric grapes you have to check this out. However, I think this is a real "crowd pleaser" too, even lovers of Napa Cab will dig this wine with grilled red meats.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough
Review Date: 05-13-2015
I hold Ata rangi as a benchmark NZ Pinot. I look to this bottling each year for an indication of how Martinborough Pinot will express itself in a given season. Sure there are different mesoclimates and soils in Martinborough / Wairarapa, not to mention different winemaking styles, but for me this iconic bottling is as good an indicator as any to see the quintessential markers of place and season. This wine is strong and tightly bound. It has hard red fruits, ground spices, volcanic rock notes, some interesting savory notes and leaf litter. The wine is not heavy, but it certainly has structure both from the firm tannins and taught acid line. A wine of coiled power and obvious cellaring potential. A great wine from a challenging year. I think that Ata Rangi Pinot deserves to be kept 5-10 years to show its full potential, but I totally understand if you want to drink this one before its 5th birthday!
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2014 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 05-13-2015
This wine was very deliberately crafted to be a fresh, pure, vibrant, easy drinking Pinot. The quality of fruit here is just stunning. Perfectly ripe berry fruits leap from the glass, Asian spices, warm stones, bramble, subtle oak nuances. The palate is beautifully pure and flowing, the tannins are fine and silky, the ripe fruit seamlessly intertwined with juicy acidity. The wine is already so expressive in this primary phase I can't wait to see where it goes in the coming months as flavors continue to meld and develop. This seriously over delivers on price point, try a bottle and see for yourself. Cheers!
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2013 Barn Block (Black Barn Estate) "Barrel Fermented" Chardonnay Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 05-13-2015
Always one of Hawke's Bay's stand out Chards. Known to those in the industry as one of the countries little secrets. A very small production of around 600 cases. The fruit is hand selected and whole bunch pressed. The juice is sent to barrel with a high solids content and fermented in French oak. About 65% is allowed to go through a natural Malo. The wine is all about the balance between softness of texture and freshness of acidity. This is a rich, ripe Chard with lovely creamy, round mouth-feel, but it is in no way overly oaked nor over-the-top buttery. Just a lovely, rich round wine but with balanced acidity and well judged oak integration. Flavors are long and pure, all components working well together. Exceptional value for this quality of Chardonnay.
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Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Barn Block (Black Barn Estate) "Tuki Tuki" Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 05-13-2015
A fresh, lifted, floral Sauv Blanc with beautiful acidity and long mineral infused finish. Lime Blossom, zesty citrus peel and crushed stone combine to create a lovely refreshing, crisp white that is a great summer sipper. This exhibits the same purity and poise that all the Black Barn wines posses and I am very happy to have them in our Direct Import portfolio.
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2013 Barn Block (Black Barn Estate) Pinot Noir Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 05-13-2015
A microscopic production wine of just 5 barrels (or 120 cases)! This wine is rarely seen outside of Black Barn's spectacular restaurant and exclusive mailing list. However after visiting the winery last year I managed to pry away just a few cases for K&L to import. Hawke's Bay is more recognized for it's Bordeaux style reds and distinctive, peppery Syrahs; however some of the inland hills (with cooler night temperatures and limestone soils) are starting to become known for top notch Pinot Noir. This Barn Block bottling shows spicy black cherry, rich baking spices, and deep brambly fruit. Some sandalwood notes and clove come out with air. The palate has excellent weight and sweetness of fruit. This wine really shows the quality of the 2013 vintage which was perhaps the best ever recorded in Hawke's Bay. This is a must try, when it's gone, it's gone.
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Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 05-13-2015
A great new addition in the long line of Kalinda bottlings. This time we went to New Zealand to source a great bottle of Pinot for all you Kalinda followers out there! This wine comes from one single, hillside vineyard at the foot of the Omaka Valley in Marlborough's Southern Valley's sub-region. The vines grow in heavier clay soils, quite different to the alluvial gravels of the valley floor. This soil and hillside aspect lend this wine great density and brooding, dark fruit. There is a savory earthy edge to the wine too. Medium bodied on the palate with wild cherry, loganberry and bramble fruit. A subtle touch of flint and forest floor adds intrigue. The wine is raised in French oak for 10 months before bottling. I think this is great value for a single vineyard, small production Pinot of this quality, I hope you check out this new Kalinda release.
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2012 Amelia Park Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia
Review Date: 05-13-2015
An exotic and expressive wine. The nose is packed with ripe red and black fruits, sweet spice, vanilla and chocolate tones. The wine is very silky and polished in texture with easy dark fruit, fine ripe tannins and a lovely lick of toasty oak. It has good freshness and lift to the fruit provided by Frankland River's warm days and cool nights. A beautifully made wine that is an excellent value thanks to our direct import relationship with Amelia Park.
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JH 94

2013 Dalwhinnie "The Hut" Pinot Noir Pyrenees
Review Date: 05-13-2015
Rich, dense dark fruited Pinot with great power and flow. As with Dalwhinnie's Shiraz the fruit profile on the nose makes you expect the wine to be bigger and more saturated than it is. The elevation of the site and deep granite soils help to give concentration and ripeness while maintaining good balancing acidity and the tannin management in the cellar is very classy. This wine is polished and complete. This is gonna make lots of Pinot fans very happy. Good juicy, dark fruit but with very moderate 13% alcohol.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2012 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 05-13-2015
Spectacular. Complex nose of musky black fruit, earth, toasted spice, very powerful mineral presence and hints of crushed black peppercorns. The palate has lovely fruit weight and intensity but it's lithe, fresh and not heavy in anyway. Surprisingly supple and light on its feet given the dark fruit flavor profile. Good firm tannins draw the wine out on the palate, hints of smoked meat with more air...this could easily be Hermitage...but actually it's just a fantastic expression of this truly special, cool climate site in Victoria, Australia...and I think that is just as valid when looking for quintessential renditions of Syrah / Shiraz. A fantastic wine of top quality that should not be missed.
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Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95 RP 94

2012 Oakridge Estate 864 Single Block "Willowlake Vineyard Block A6" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 05-13-2015
World Class Chardonnay by any measuring stick. Piercing nose of flint, oak spice, perfectly ripe orchard fruits, golden barley grains and toasted hazelnut. The flavors mimic the nose with incredible drive and linear form whilst also having excellent weight and density on the palate. This is more Meursault than Puligny to use a Burgundian lens. Lovely savory lees notes, baked bread, freshly cut wood, chestnut. Very fresh, taught acidity give this wine a very long drawn out persistence on the palate and excellent ageing potential. Easy to see why the critics went loopy for this bottle, serious stuff.
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2013 Mount Edward Estate Chardonnay Central Otago
Review Date: 05-13-2015
A lovely, toasty, lees driven Chard. Ripe orchard fruit notes, baked pears, stone ground flour, and raw hazelnut. Soft, rich texture and excellent drive on the palate, with the savory lees nuances being carried along by the fresh acidity. Very long and well integrated flavors on the finish. This tiny production from Mount Edward shows that Central Otago can also produce killer Chard and that Pinot Noir is not the only Burgundian grape that thrives here.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
BC 91 RP 90

2014 Alkoomi Estate "Old Vine - Black Label" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Woowzer! What an intense wine! This is super racy, zesty, Riesling. Bone dry, with mouthwatering, electric acidity and a powerful granitic minerality. The old vines give great intensity of fruit, more mid-palate texture and depth. A powerful, lip smacking wine, with the acidity and drive to last a long time in the cellar. Try this with oysters or eve some late season Dungeness Crab...no need for the lemon wedges...just crack and slurp.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 97

2013 Duane Coates Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Very reminiscent of fine white Bordeaux. Nose of citrus blossom, flint and subtle toasty oak nuances. On the palate it possesses excellent textural richness from the large Semillon portion. Flavors of Ripe citrus, toasty lees, a hint of fennel and barley grains. A wine with presence and verve. Really interesting, complex Sem/Sauv. I think this will actually age beautifully too. Top Value thanks to our direct import.
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Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2013 Duane Coates Chardonnay Adelaide Hills
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Refined, fragrant, layered Chardonnay. A tiny production of just a few barrels (170 cases). This is hand selected from the finest Adelaide Hills fruit and handled very minimally by Duane. The wine shows a lovely combination of yellow and white florals, apple blossom, crunchy orchard fruit with some riper peach tones. The wine has lots of "biscuity", grainy, lees nuances and raw almond, even pecan notes. The very high-end Burgundian cooperage French oak used by Duane is evident on both nose and palate, but it is beautifully integrated and not over powering to any of the wines more delicate complexities. The wine spends extended time on lees but does not get battonage, this keeps the wine more linear and focused in style. This wine is remarkably well priced thanks to our direct import program and I think shows well against many Premier Cru white burgundies.
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2012 Trellis (Amelia Park) Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River
Review Date: 05-12-2015
A flat out screaming deal in Cabernet (and Merlot). Classic Margaret River aromatics and flavors. Blackcurrant, plum, some rich red fruits too. Crushed mint, subtle Eucalyptus notes, beautiful rich fruit, great freshness too. This is a wine from exclusive areas of Margaret River, from a highly decorated (Jimmy Watson Trophy winning) winemaker...and it's selling for $10.99...what more can I say? One of the best deals of the year.
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2012 S.C. Pannell "The Vale" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Explosively aromatic wine. Toasty spice, red berries, deep floral tones pouring from the glass. A rich, decadent wine. A touch more forward and dense than other Pannell bottlings but certainly no lack of definition or drive on the palate. Plush, saturated texture, lovely bright acidity and fine structural tannins that balance the fruit sweetness perfectly. This wine is showing so great right now but I am sure it will go great in the cellar too.
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Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95
Limit of 12 per customer

2010 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 05-12-2015
This wine has a lifted nose of Black Currant, Cassis, crushed mint and graphite. On the palate it is richly textured, powerful and juicy. Lovely balance between fruit and structure with ample ultra-fine tannins providing good persistence and long cellaring potential. Awesome Cab!*Edit* Back in stock again and drinking beautifully. Fresh, vibrant blue/black fruits, mint, leather...stunning Cabernet, beautiful balance.
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95 RP 92

2012 S.C. Pannell "Tinto" Old Vine Grenache-Touriga National McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 05-12-2015
An exceptional value for a wine from one of Australia's most heralded winemakers. This juicy, rich, smooth, red blend is composed of old vine Grenache and the Portuguese varietal Touriga Nacional. Bursting with sweet red to black fruits, macerated ripe raspberry, baking spices, star anise, bitter-sweet chocolate. The palate is medium plus bodied, with lots of expressive, soft fruit, juicy acidity and supple, silky texture. Fantastic wine for grilling in the summertime. Very versatile rich but easy drinking wine that punches well above its weight in the value for money category.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 93

2010 Dalwhinnie "The Pinnacle" Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 05-12-2015
The highest and steepest parcel on the estate. Immense power and intensity. The most muscular and saturated of the Dalwhinnie wines. Black fruit with some savory meaty elements. Bitter-sweet chocolate and all spice. Mouth-coating but not over-extracted or sweet in anyway. Lovely freshness and purity for such a concentrated wine. *Edit* Sooooo happy to have this wine back in stock again, and with a price that is even better than before! The wine is really hitting it's stride now 5 years after vintage. Tannins are softening and the wine continues to blossom. The "top" expression of this incredible estate.
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 97 JH 96

2012 S.C. Pannell Grenache McLaren Vale
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Amazingly focused, compact, linear expression of Grenache. I feel like lots of modern Grenache based wines have a tendency to be produced very big, ripe, broad and saturated. They can sometimes lose the lift, exotic spice, and delicacy that I think the grape brings to the table when handled correctly. Steve Pannell is a master of the grape and this wine illustrates that perfectly. The wine is coiled, taught, simply buzzing with vibrant energy and drive. The nose is packed with small berry fruits (mostly red fruited) rose petal, thyme, hard spice, nutmeg. The palate is medium bodied, but with real structure and presence. A dynamic acid line and long chain tannins. Very layered and linear rather than broad and fat. It's hard to describe this wine as delicate, because it has some much structure and intensity, but the fruit is just not as sappy and extracted as most Grenache based wines you find these days, and I love that about it.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 97
Limit of 12 per customer

2012 Duane Coates Syrah McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Beautifully rich, powerful, polished McLaren Vale Syrah. From some mature-old vines in Blewitt Springs and Willunga. Very perfume, black and blue fruit, aromatic spice, sandalwood, warm earth. The palate is med-full bodied, lovely fine tannins, complex mix of fruit and savory flavors, a gamey meatiness give a nod of the head to the Northern Rhone. Great persistence, more layers unfolding all the time. A fantastic and complete expression of McLaren Vale Syrah.
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JH 94

2013 De La Terre "Reserve" Viognier Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 05-12-2015
De La Terre is a fascinating project from prolific winemaker Tony Pritchard. The wines are very much a labor of love and I am delighted to be working with De La Terre in this direct import relationship. After a career at some of NZ's top commercial wineries and as a consultant winemaker, Tony has gone back to his roots and set up his own boutique operation making crafting tiny amounts of these delicious wines. The fruit for the wines is largely from a patchwork of unique vineyard blocks on the slopes of Te Mata Peak in Hawke's Bay. The soils here are very lean and rocky with limestone content that lends a tremendous freshness and minerality to his wines. The "Reserve Viognier" is yet another remarkable Viognier from Hawke's Bay. This region seems to have a real ability to excel with the Northern Rhone varietals. 2/3 barrel fermented and the rest kept in stainless steel. This wine literally leaps out of the glass with pure, focused, floral aromatics, powdery yellow and white flowers, mint, even subtle cardamom; fascinating nose. On the palate the wine is so lively and pure. Supple and vibrant in texture and not too oily or weighty as Viognier can be. What an excellent expression of this notoriously fickle beauty.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Gewurztraminer Marlborough
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Crushed rocks and flowers! This wine is overtly floral with serious mineral qualities. A big, rich and textural Gewürtztraminer. Exotic asian spice and ripe stone fruit dominate the palate. The old vines provide so much depth and concentration. Lovely bright acidity keeps everything vibrant on the palate. Exceptional stuff!

2013 Oakridge Estate Single Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
Review Date: 04-30-2015
Another stellar Guerin vineyard Pinot Noir from Oakridge Estate. This once again this wine perfectly illustrates Yarra Valley's ability to produce fantastically elegant wines, with purity, vibrancy and a lovely combination of fresh berry fruits, leaf litter and spicy, earthy notes. This wine has a very moderate alcohol level and impeccable balance. I once poured an Oakridge Pinot Noir blind for a Master Sommelier (who shall remain nameless) and he was certain the wine was Premier Cru Santenay from Burgundy! If you love cool climate Pinot Noir, you have to check out Oakridge's wines.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 96

2012 Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru "Clos Napoléon"
Review Date: 04-23-2015
Sharing a similar purity and vibrancy with Gelin's delicious Fixin village wine, the Clos Napoleon is more structured with fine chalky tannins and has more tension to the tart acidity and crunchy red fruits. Hard ground spices and bay leaf add complexity. Great intensity while remaining light footed. The is a minerality here that is quite profound. I can see why this site has been long admired in Burgundy. Gelin's current vines are 50 yrs of age and really convey a powerful sense of place.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List
BH 90

2012 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin
Review Date: 04-23-2015
A wine of ultimate purity and elegance. Super fresh, crunchy berries, clove, nutmeg, hints of more exotic Asian spice with air. The wine is supple, and vibrant on the palate. It has that "cool" mouth feel and remarkable concentration given it's fairly light extraction. This wine has all the hallmarks of super cool climate Pinot that I love without coming off under-ripe in anyway. It is beautifully polished without being over worked. Classy wine, and a great value for Red Burgundy in my opinion.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-23-2015
A nice bottle of Chard showing its Burgundian heritage. Dominated by ripe orchard fruits, spiced pear, a mealy, barley note and some softer, fleshier stone fruit nuances as the wine opens up in the glass. Good persistence with precise balance of richness and restraint.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 94 W&S 93

2011 Nalle "Hopkins Ranch-Reserve" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-23-2015
Complex, nutty, lees driven Chard. Almost a slight development character which I love. Apple pie crust, toast and almond butter. Interesting wine, rich but savory.
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard" Chehalem Mountains Rosé of Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-23-2015
Cool wine. Fresh, zippy a nice lees component giving texture, some savory, wild Pinot notes...just a tiny dash of RS to balance the whole thing out. Very quaffable and super affordable.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Chalone "Estate Grown" Chalone Chenin Blanc
Review Date: 04-23-2015
Really special Chenin Blanc...scratch that...really special white wine from any genre. This is from Chalone's legendary old vine Chenin plantings from 1919! The wine has a stunning combination of richness, texture, purity and intense minerality. This is a serious bottle of Chenin Blanc and deserves global recognition. A must try for lovers of the varietal.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $36.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia
Review Date: 04-14-2015
The perfect intro to dry Riesling. That is how I see this wine. For people that already know the joys of this varietal I don't need to tell you any more than...this is a fantastic price on a wine that has become a benchmark for the region and style. For the rest of you that might be inquisitive about this wine...this is a super accessible, easy to love, juicy, dry, refreshing white wine that is very versatile and should be a part of your summer portfolio. The 2013 Pewsey is a little softer than previous editions. It doesn't have the pithy, racy character that can at times become quite austere...the texture and acidity here is rounder and broader on the palate. The wine still is driven by white blossom, citrus and crunchy orchard fruit, it is still dry, but just riper and less "sharp" on the palate. It has great persistence with some talcy, powdery tannins and wet stone mineral qualities. I think this is a real crowd pleaser and perfect for those looking for a house white alternative to heavy Chardonnay...pair this with shellfish, crab, salads and anything with citrus in the preparation...amazing value at under $14!
Top Value!

2014 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch
Review Date: 04-14-2015
From the first sip I knew this wine would again challenge for rosé of the year! This wine has just gotten better and better every year...and that's saying something because it was pretty great the first time around! It has the perfect combination of soft expressive, floral notes, tight crunchy berry fruits, citrus peel, spices and granite minerality. Just a fantastically elegant, perfumed and fine wine that has lovely complexity and powerful presence on the palate without being heavy. The folks at Waterkloof got the extraction spot on and this rosé will be a huge hit again this summer. Top Staff Pick.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Western Cape
Review Date: 04-14-2015
Year after year this is a great value in sparkling wine. It has won over many faithful customers with its easy to drink nature, soft expressive fruit, juicy acidity and fine bubbles. Made in the traditional method of secondary bottle fermentation. A wonderful value and a great party selection!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 89

2014 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-14-2015
Juicy and herbaceous. This is all about fresh cut herbs, lemon grass, cilantro and citrus rind. Lots of white flowers on the nose. The wine has some lovely savory tones, lees notes and bees wax. A denser texture than the nose might suggest with good palate weight and richness. Riper citrus notes come forward as the wine warms in the glass. Really serious wine for the money, lots going on here. We have a great price on this wine, don't miss it!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

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