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Ryan Woodhouse

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2015 Yalumba "Organic" Viognier South Australia
Review Date: 05-25-2016
This wine has the wow factor, not just because of the one time silly pricing...but for it's pure and exotic expression of this esoteric varietal. Viognier can easily be overdone...too floral, too fat, too alcoholic...it's tough to get it just right. Well this wine nails it. While embracing the grapes quintessential aromatic qualities and purity of lush fruit, it also has just the right amount of refreshing acidity, phenolic cut and lingering minerality. Seriously good Viognier that any fan of the varietal should try especially when the price is this sharp - Cheers!
Top Value!
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WS 90

2012 Terra Sancta "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 05-22-2016
What a smoking deal we have to offer on these Terra Sancta wines from Central Otago! The "Estate" bottling comes from the properties central Bannockburn blocks right in the heart of the village. These blocks contain some of the oldest vines in Central Otago, planted in very high density and still on their original roots. The "estate" bottling has more density and mid-palate flesh than the lighter, brighter "Mysterious Diggings" bottling. There is darker, sweeter fruit here, very soft velvet tannin structure, mountain thyme, baking spices, sandalwood and truffle. A fine precision in the finish and lingering minerals showcase Central Otago's schist and clay soils. Simply stunning at this one time direct price.
Top Value!

2012 Terra Sancta "Mysterious Diggings" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 05-22-2016
We have INCREDIBLE direct from the winery pricing on this delicious Pinot Noir from Central Otago. Sourced from a single vineyard high on the hill overlooking the village of Bannockburn. This wine offers spectacular value for money - Central Otago Pinot at this price is pretty much unheard of let alone one of the this quality from a GREAT vintage. The nose shows wild forest berries, thyme, lavender, clove, orange peel; the wine is bright, vibrant, full of energy on the palate, medium bodied, very pure and polished. Drinks well above its price point. Stylish, fresh , elegant Pinot.
Top Value!
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JS 92 VN 90

2014 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-18-2016
Just as it says in the title..."substance". This wine has way more substance, authenticity and depth than one might expect for Cabernet in this price point. It's a faithful rendition of the varietal, has a great balance of opulence and structure and checks all the boxes for one of the best values in the category. This will make a lot of people very happy for a very modest price.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 - 92

2014 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel
Review Date: 05-10-2016
Probably the wine I recommend the most often out of all the CA wines we carry. This to me is the one wine that I would pick to typify California's vinous heritage. Not Napa Cab, not Carneros Chardonnay...Old Vine Zin...from a variety sources. This wine illustrates CA's historic relationship with the varietal, strength in depth of old vines and celebrates the fact that we are blessed with some of the finest weather on the planet. All these factors combined with Morgan's (often under appreciated ability) to get out of the way of a great wine..i.e. he doesn't over make them...letting the vines do the talking, makes this an easy wine for me to put in the hands of many. Exceptional value given the fruit sources and pedigree.
Top Value!

2014 Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis "Domaine Sainte Claire"
Review Date: 05-06-2016
A perennial favorite of mine; I think Brocard makes some of the finest Chablis going. The "Sainte Claire" bottling allows you to taste the work of a master at a very economical price. Pure, focused, tons of energy and drive. Quintessential Chablis flavors with a little something extra that hard to pin down...je ne sais quoi...
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2013 Elephant Hill Bordeaux Blend (Merlot-Malbec-Cab Franc) Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 05-05-2016
Right from the first swirl of the glass this wine is truly captivating. The aromas are lavish and exotic - blackcurrant, bramble, anise, sandalwood, sweet baking spice, graphite and splintered oak. The flavors are just as expressive...juicy black and blue fruits coat the palate, exotic, rich oak tones, lovely mineral notes, bittersweet chocolate and ripe plum. The wine is medium-plus bodied but refined and elegant, priding itself on linear drive and purity over sheer weight and extract. This wine is truly spectacular and our direct import price almost farcical. I took a serious position on this wine as I believe it represent a truly spectacular buy that will bring our customers great pleasure over the coming decade. Enjoy!
Top Value!

2014 Sirkel (Scali) Chenin Blanc Voor-Paardeberg Paarl
Review Date: 05-05-2016
Absolutely dynamite Chenin. You won't believe how good this is for the money. Wow...this region is synonymous with world class Chenin Blanc but most are at twice this price point. This is serious wine with a very small price tag thanks to our importer direct deal. Yellow stone fruit, baked pears, digestive biscuit, a nice cut of piercing, mineral infused acidity. Wow...did I say that already...and the bonus "feel good factor"...this wine is grown organically, sealed with natural wax, the labels are recycled paper, hand-printed by the vineyard employees during the non-growing season so they can maintain employment all year around! :)
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Felton Road "Block 2" Chardonnay Central Otago
Review Date: 05-04-2016
One of NZ's finest Chardonnays. Immaculate detail and precision from the schist soils. Long, linear, with power and drive. Orchard fruits, fresh citrus peel, toasted hazelnut and savory pie crust. Incredibly persistent flavors and energy on the palate. A true classic - unmistakable Felton Blk 2 style. You may wonder why I list a $40 Chard as TOP Value...well compared to Grand Cru White Burgundy (its equivalent contemporaries) it's a huge bargain.
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Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
BC 97 RP 91

2014 Shoofly Pinot Noir Yarra-King Valley Victoria
Review Date: 04-28-2016
Pretty fly for $9! I'm in danger of repeating myself here but seriously how do they keep knocking these out at less than $10...every year this is a go to in top value Pinot. A sure-fire winner in the inexpensive party wine category!
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
JH 90 VN 90

2013 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 04-26-2016
Wow! Another spectacular wine from John Duval - especially at our sub-$30 price point. Explosively fragrant nose with dark floral tones, cassis and plum, spiced forest berries, sweet spices. On the palate it's so concentrated and yet so fresh and vibrant. Massive concentration of flavor and texture but without any cumbersome feel or over-ripeness. Fine, velvet tannins give lovely length and cellaring potential but the fruit is so pure this is very accessible now too. Really showing the pedigree of the winemaker and fruit sources. Shiraz that's as good as it gets in this price point from anywhere on earth.
Top Value!

2012 d'Arenberg "Custodian" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 04-26-2016
This is like vieilles vignes Chateauneuf-de-pape for a tenth of the price! Sourced from gnarly old Grenache vines dating back to 100 years old - this has to be one of the greatest values in the store. Where else can you get this old vine richness and intensity for $13?! Rich, decadent, wild, dark fruits, quite liquored with lots of scorched earth, toasted spice and bramble. Full bodied, powerful and exotic. Some nice savory gamey notes too again adding to the CNdP resemblance. Exceptional wine, from a great vintage, for a silly low price.
Top Value!

2013 Valli "Bendigo" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 04-18-2016
The most brooding of the Valli Pinots. This dramatic terroir of schist and quartz boulder-strewn mountainsides always packs a punch. Dark fruit, muscular structure and obvious longevity. Grant’s delicate hand lends more finesse to this Bendigo offering than some, but there is still intrinsic power here.

2015 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Rosé
Review Date: 04-18-2016
Juicy, tart berry fruits, Herbes de Provence, a soft, creamy texture and dry finish. A fantastically pure and “slurpable” rosé!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2012 A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines "The Curator" Red Blend Coastal Region
Review Date: 04-18-2016
Dusty red fruits, plum, red currant, smoked meat, some briary, brambly edges. Easy to love, a nice balance and completeness on the palate. A very authentic vinous quality, nothing artificial or manufactured about this budget bottle. Great for when you fire up the “Braai” aka the grill! Top value.
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2014 Hentley Farm "The Stray Mongrel" Grenache Blend Barossa Valley
Review Date: 04-18-2016
Almost a classic Rhône-inspired Grenache–Shiraz blend, but this Mongrel is worldlier than that, with a dash of estate-grown Zinfandel in the mix! Very exotic aromatics and flavors of sweet berry fruits, boysenberry, raspberry compote, Asian spices and scorched earth. The wine is soft and lush in texture, mouthcoating but not heavy or sweet. Finishes so pure and fresh.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JH 94

2013 Sons of Eden "Romulus" Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 04-18-2016
The counterpoint to Remus is Romulus. This wine showcases the bigger, more muscular, red and black fruit of Barossa Valley old vines. The warmer sub-region provides a broader texture and more saturated, fleshy, mid-palate. This is a big wine, with iconic Barossa power but lovely balance, natural acidity and without residual sweetness. 20 months in mostly new American oak hogsheads. Drink now to 2025 and beyond.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

2014 Sons of Eden "Freya" Riesling Eden Valley South Australia
Review Date: 04-15-2016
A classic, quintessential, dry Eden Valley Riesling. Juicy, mouthwatering limy acidity, white flowers, cut herbs, fine chalky texture, tons of wet stone minerality and energetic drive on the palate. Hand-picked from vines dating back 40-plus years. Free-run juice only.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
JH 95

2012 Leeuwin "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-13-2016
Leeuwin's special piece of land on the remote south west coast of Australia will be forever connected with California. Napa Valley pioneer Robert Mondavi hand-selected this piece of land for its potential to produce world class wines of power and precision back in the 1970's...he was right, again. Despite making phenomenal Cabernet at Leeuwin their "icon" has to be their Art Series Chardonnay. I would suggest that it is the most revered Chardonnay of the southern hemisphere. Its annual release is followed by wine collectors all over the world and stands tall amongst even the most highly rated white Burgundies. This is a phenomenally complex, focused and powerful wine with longevity and pedigree. If you are serious about Chardonnay this must be in your collection.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2010 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino "Campigli Vallone"
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Great value in Brunello. Complex savory soil qualities interwoven with dark fruit and toasted spice and tobacco. Quite saturated on the palate but with refined structure and great persistence. A good cellar candidate, I think this has great balance already and will be a good drink over the next 10-15 years.

2015 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Fantastic rich texture and body. Amazing how much textural power this wine delivers at such a value price point (without relying on oak). Flavors of yellow plum, apricot, golden pear, toasted honeyed grains, a nice lees note brings some savory flavor back in. Phenomenally easy to drink…no really…
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines "The Curator" White Blend Coastal Region
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Chenin Blanc, Chard, Semillon. A stunning little white blend; a summer “quaffer.” A mix of yellow stone fruit and ripe citrus flavors, some toasted grain nuances from the Chenin. Soft, round mouth feel and an invitingly fresh and mouthwatering finish. A serious good bottle at this price.
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2013 Brancaia "Tre" Toscana
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Hailing from just north of Siena in Tuscany this wine has great freshness and vibrancy. Pure and refined, lots of spice, new leather, berry / cherry fruit. Really quaffable...at the recent James Suckling tasting in San Francisco I found myself going back to the Brancaia wines a couple times, there's something quite compelling about them.
Top Value!
Price: $16.95 Add To Cart
JS 92

2011 A.A. Badenhorst "White Blend" Swartland
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Made from Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Grenache Gris, Clairette Blanche and Palomino though some may not appear on the back label…they forget…picked from old, inter-planted vines on the estate. 1,200-liter foudre used for fermentation and the first 13 months with additional 6-8 maturation in cement tank on full lees. One the most complex and satisfying whites I've run across in a long while.
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Red Blend" Swartland
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Blended from Shiraz , Cinsault , Tinta Barocca, Grenache and Mourvedre. Whole cluster, foot-stomped, spontaneous ferment in cement tank, maturation in three 4000L oak casks for 16 months. Highly aromatic with mountain herbs, red flowers, exotic berry fruit, leather, sandal wood, sweet ground spice. Medium bodied and quite focused ; a lithe and energetic wine, evocative of something aged in large format cask, that subtle power, coiled nature. Really special wine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 VN 92

2012 Hentley Farm "The Beast" Single Block Shiraz Barossa Valley
Review Date: 04-07-2016
An exceptional bottle of Shiraz. From a single hillside parcel singled out for extraordinary quality. The wine is aged in 70% new French oak for 22 months. Black fruited, with deep soil tones, smoked meat, bramble, exotic spice. Palate coating texture with perfectly groomed, fine but persistent tannins. Lovely balance of raw power and refined elegance. World class wine – worth every penny of the asking price.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2012 Robert Oatley "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Just a ridiculous value in Cabernet...period. Robert Oatley was the founder of one of Australia's most successful commercial wineries: Rosemount Estate. After selling his interests he has gone back to his roots as it were to create a range of wines under his own name. This "Signature Series" Cab from Margaret river is the flagship of the lineup for me. Sourced from top vineyards in the region, made by decorated winemaker Larry Cherubino (Australian Winemaker of the year in 2011) and all wrapped and delivered for $13.99?! Aromas and flavors of black and blue fruit, plum, mulberry, cassis, hints of fresh tobacco leaf and cedar shavings. A balanced 14.0% alcohol. This really delivers varietal purity and classic Margaret River character at a super economical price.
Top Value!

2013 Giesen "The Brothers Reserve" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Sourced from the estate's top parcels across both the Wairau and Awatere valleys. Absolutely quintessential "Marlborough Sauv Blanc"...packed full of juicy, gooseberry, citrus, tomato leaf, and stony minerals. Tons of flavor, great mouthwatering acidity, and a clean mineral finish. This bottle really shows the high quality of the 2013 vintage. On a side note this "Brothers Reserve" bottle has some strong sentimental value for me right now as my own brother is currently working harvest in the cellars at Giesen in Marlborough!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Jules Taylor "OTQ" Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 04-07-2016
A great example of innovation in the vineyard and cellar. This single vineyard (Ryan's Vineyard!) wine is only made from fruit selectively hand-picked from the “sunny side” of the vine rows. This sun exposed fruit gives riper stone fruit and passion fruit flavors. In the cellar it is then fermented on it’s lees in neutral oak barrels. A rich and exotic Sauv Blanc with real character.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
BC 95

2014 Hentley Farm Shiraz Barossa Valley
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Classic, ripe, ultra concentrated Barossa Shiraz. Black fruit, with some red fruit and spice nuances; Scorched earth, charred meat tones. On the palate there’s lashings of mid palate fruit and ripe, polished tannins. Full bodied, rich and round with great length and power on the back end.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JH 95

2013 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Aussie Cabernet is on a tear right now. I just can't believe the values that we keep turning up from down under. The latest release from Ringbolt is the best I have ever had from them. Winemaker Peter Gambetta brings decades of winemaking experience to the table plus long term relationships with some of the best growers in Margaret River. This wine certainly shows the more Bordeaux inspired side of the varietal with lovely tobacco leaf and crushed mint notes and stony minerals. These is plenty of fruit to though with blueberry, plum, currant and black raspberry puree. Great wine to have around when the grill is fired up. Versatile, value and vanishing...into my belly!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WS 92

2015 Lomas del Valle "Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Valle de Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Juicy, polished, fruit forward Pinot. Great value for money. Bravo!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2013 Forjas de Salnes "Leirana" Finca Genoveva Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 04-07-2016
One of the best, most complex Albarinos...even white wines...I have tasted in years. A serious wine with depth, texture, phenolics and sophisticated presence on the palate. Infused with minerals and salt...it goes on forever on the finish. This is a must try for Albarino aficionados or fans of legendary winemaker Raul Perez.

2013 Henri Bourgeois "Jadis" Sancerre
Review Date: 04-01-2016
I was recently at the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration hosted in Marlborough, New Zealand...during the three days there I tasted hundreds (literally) of bottles of Sauv Blanc from all over the world. This bottle from Dom. Henri Bourgeois was one of the highlights of the entire event. I consider it an international benchmark for the varietal and a near perfect reflection of place - Sancerre. A world-class bottle of white wine.
Price: $48.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2013 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
Review Date: 03-28-2016
I said at the beginning of 2016 Aussie Cabernet would be a focus for me this year. Other notable critics have also written about the fantastic quality of Cab coming out of Australia that is in large part known more for its Shiraz. Well...here is a prime example from Penfolds who have been growing and making Aussie cabernet since at least 1885. Yes 1885. This Bin was introduced almost 30 years ago as a benchmark multi-regional blend showing off the best South Australian Cabernet in a style that can be approached as a young wines but can also be cellared for 10+ years. Classic Cab characters of black / blue fruit, cassis, blackcurrant, forest berries, cigar box, cedar and scorched earth components. The fruit is dense but noble tannins give defined structure and shape. The wine has a vibrant freshness thanks I'm sure to the Coonawarra limestone component. A big, bold wine but one that is also refined and precisely balanced. A great example of how Australia can produce big name, world class Cabernet at under $50.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2013 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 03-28-2016
The little brother to one of the world's greatest wines. I have a special place in my heart for this wine; whilst not a true "2nd wine" I always think of it a great indicator of the vintage for Penfolds. Selected from some of their best and oldest sites, and consisting of roughly equal parts of the two powerhouse varietals of South Australia - Cab and Shiraz. This is a super concentrated wine with the Cabernet providing the skeleton and the Shiraz filling out the muscle! Dark berries, cassis, plum and whiffs of cigar box on the nose. The palate overflowing with ripe, dark red fruits, asian spice and bacon fat. Mouth-coating, intense and succulent. Nothing over done here though, plenty of structure and oak to keep everything composed and in harmony. Tannins that are nicely ripe and fine but suggest a good decant or some time in the cellar. I'm really happy we can offer this stellar release for under $50! I'm laying some away in my cellar.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2013 Penfolds Bin 28 "Kalimna" Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 03-28-2016
I think given the pedigree and quality of this wine it's an incredible deal. Sourced from some of the best vineyards across South Australia, crafted by one of the most skilled and experienced winemaking teams in the world; this totally over delivers for our sharp price of $25 bottle. Rich red and black fruits, soft, plush texture, sweet spices, beautiful interwoven oak tones and incredible length on the palate. Very accessible now but also has a decade of ageing potential if you can leave it alone in the cellar. Unmistakable Penfolds luxury style with a very affordable price tag.
Top Value!

2013 Akarua "RUA" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 03-18-2016
This is sexy Pinot Noir. Its perfume is very enchanting and exotic. The nose and palate deliver fresh, ripe, dark forest berries, Asian spices, wild Thyme, all polished with fine French oak nuances. The texture is equally beguiling, so soft, silky and fluid on the palate; this is really built for easy drinking; it's so expressive and open knit. Lovely purity of fruit, generous but elegant and fine with a bright energetic lift through the finish. Excellent value thanks to our importer direct pricing...this is VERY hard to beat at $20!
Top Value!

2013 Wirra Wirra "Church Block" Red Blend McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 03-18-2016
One of THE quintessential South Australian go-to reds. Wirra Wirra have been pleasing wine drinkers everywhere with this little number for over 40 years! Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the nose and palate with dark fruit, cassis, blackcurrant, cedar and pipe tobacco; the Shiraz and Merlot components play wingman adding a lushness to the mid palate and softening Cabernet's tannic qualities. This is such a complete bottle and one that has proven itself time and time again as one of the enduring values of Australian wine. Load up on this for this for grilling this summer!
Top Value!

2014 Vasse Felix "Filius" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 03-15-2016
If you want to check out just how good Margaret River Chardonnay can be this is the perfect place to start! Vasse Felix is the oldest winery in Margaret River with vines dating back to the 1960s. They have long been considered an icon of this ultra premium region. Winemaker Virginia Willcock is one of the real characters of Australian wine and her vivacious personality shows through in this wine. Crafted from select estate fruit, wild yeast fermented in French oak, lots of lees contact and 9 months maturation. Classic Margaret River Chard packed full of yellow / green tree fruit, baked apple, hints of citrus, a lovely savory nutty, very Meursault like component. Tons of minerals, flashes of spiced oak; it’s very energetic and flavorful on the palate. This Chardonnay reminds me of good Meursault with its combination for power and drive with a distinctive hazelnut and flint component. Fantastic value for such a complex and well put together Chardonnay from such an established producer.
Top Value!

2013 Michael David "7 Deadly Zins" Lodi Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-09-2016
Full throttle, fruit forward Zin. Rich sappy fruit, ripe tannins, explosive flavors. For this style and price point it's hard to go wrong with this wine. Nothing too artificial here, just honest, big, ripe fruit and mouth-coating texture at a serious value.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 03-08-2016
**Update 3/2016** We just got an even crazier deal on this wine! Now selling at $12.99...elsewhere $22+! What a value from Penfolds. This has a lot of the same character and concentration of the much more expensive Bins at a tiny percentage of the price! Juicy, saturated dark fruit, plum, dark berries and bramble fruit with just a touch of Cabernet's classic tobacco leaf and cedar wood. This wine is wonderfully rich and expressive even now with fine, ripe tannins and nice dense, fleshy dark fruit. The wine is matured in top quality oak that was previously used for some of Penfold's most expensive releases and this wine shows lovely pedigree and polish from its time in barrel. I can hardly believe that this quality is available from Penfolds in the sub $15 price point. Outrageous.
Top Value!

2012 Burgess "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-03-2016
Classic Howell Mtn Cab. A dark heart of graphite infused briary forest fruits. Big, deep and refined all at once. This is exceptional value given the site and pedigree.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 WE 90

2014 Foxen "Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-03-2016
Lovely yellow stone fruit, peach cobbler, slight nutty / lees note adds richness and length. Classic style, a lovely rendition of CA Chardonnay that often times gets a bad rep. One of my favorite vineyards in CA - Bien Nacido again delivers the goods.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
VN 95

2013 Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-03-2016
Quintessential Russian River Pinot. Bright bold cherry fruit, plenty of lift, spice and lushness. Nothing over-ripe or extracted about this wine.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2013 Jim Barry "Lodge Hill" Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Review Date: 02-26-2016
The wine's vibrant, inky purple color is reflected in the fragrant nose of black and blue fruits…crushed blackcurrant, blueberry and ripe plum. There’s exotic toasted spice here, too, and some graphite mineral. The palate is succulent and fruit forward but NOT a fruit bomb…the natural acidity keeps the lashings of fruit nicely in balance and draws the wine out long on the palate. The tannins are ripe and fine meaning this can be enjoyed in its youth or kept for 3-5 years+. It’s so crowd-pleasing and very well put together, especially at this razor sharp pricing. Enjoy!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
JH 93 RP 90

2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd" Anniversary Cuvee"
Review Date: 02-26-2016
Jadot’s 153rd Anniversary bottling is a very intriguing bottle of wine. On a primary level it’s a delicious, accessible, polished and expertly crafted bottle of Pinot Noir. If that’s enough to convince you this is the bottle for you read no further! However, I think it’s much more than just that. What it really represents is a true homage to Jadot’s roots (both literally and metaphorically). This bottling is a celebration of Jadot’s home – the village of Beaune. The wine includes fruit from the very first vineyard the Jadot family purchased in 1829 – Clos Des Ursules. It also includes parcels of fruit from the other 18 Premier Cru sites that Jadot works with in this commune. The precisely parcellated, demarcated, hierarchical vineyard classification of Burgundy has become the dominant winemaking model around the globe. This philosophy, grounded in the Cistercian’s keen eye (and palate) for distinct terroirs, has formed the basis for codification of specific geographical origins thought the wine world. Beyond the legal codifications, the “single vineyard” or “single block” wine has become the most sought after concept in almost every market across the globe. Almost every winery you can think of starts their offering with a broader blend of fruit sources for their most commercial bottling, then regionally specific, then single vineyard…then the ultra premium release…the single block. What Jadot have done with this release is flip the whole paradigm on its head…instead of celebrating their 153rd year by selecting one vineyard to shine above all others they chose to celebrate the diversity of terroirs within their home town. They selected barrels from different sites that could be blended together to create a final wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. This wine encapsulates the varied limestone, marls and clay soils…the steep and flat aspects, an untold number of Pinot Noir clones and vines of varying age. Its beauty is not in its specificity but in its broad panoramic view of this special place.

John L. Sullivan "Irish Bourbon" Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 02-19-2016
I was confused by the name at first..."Irish Bourbon...?" But it's exactly what is says on the tin (or bottle)...a marriage of Irish Whiskey and Bourbon. "But why?" I hear you say...why create such a mutt? Well because it combines the drinkability of Irish Whiskey with the richer textures and flavors of Bourbon! It's built from up to ten year old base spirits so not only is it deliciously drinkable but at this price point it's a steal as well. There's nothing contrived about this bottling, it's not trying too hard to be cool...it just wants to be drunk and enjoyed plain and simple...
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2013 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-08-2016
This is such an exotic, fragrant wine...it demonstrates why I love Pinot Noir so much! There's a symphony of ripe forest fruits, baking spices, agarwood, and star anise. I like how Kevin has managed to keep this wine very bright and aromatic whilst also embracing the richness and textural density that naturally comes from the heavier clay soils of Marlborough's Southern Valleys. This is a beautiful example of what the region can do with Pinot Noir when it's planted in the right spot and crafted with love and passion. Very classy and worth the full attention of any Pinot lover.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2013 Kalleske "Merchant" Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Review Date: 01-17-2016
Big, full throttle Cab from Biodynamic producer Kalleske in Barossa Valley. Packed with ripe dark fruit, scorched earth, oak spice and floral lift. I love the combination of power and brightness in Kalleske's wines. This is front loaded and fruit driven but still has plenty of varietal typicity, tannin and elongating acidity. We have a smoking deal on this wine...grab it while it lasts at this price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Koan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)

2013 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($34.99)

Charles Ellner "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne ($34.99)

2014 Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes ($23.99)

2012 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc ($39.99)

2009 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc ($19.99)

2009 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien ($34.99)

2010 William Murdoch Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay ($16.99)

2012 William Murdoch Estate Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay ($16.99)

2010 William Murdoch Estate Merlot-Malbec Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay ($11.99)

2013 Sirkel (Scali) Pinotage Voor-Paardeberg Paarl ($14.99)

2010 Palacio del Burgo Reserva Rioja ($17.99)

2011 Finca El Encinal Crianza Ribera del Duero ($14.99)

2013 Mas Que Vinos "Ercavio" Tempranillo Roble Tierra de Castilla ($9.99)

2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley ($12.99)

Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne ($89.99)

Tarlant "Brut Tradition" Champagne ($39.99)

2002 Charles Ellner "Séduction" Brut Champagne ($49.99)

2014 Claude Branger "Les Fils de Gras Mouton" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie ($12.99)

2010 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino ($44.95)

2013 Château des Bois Bourgogne Rouge ($17.99)

2013 Domaine Gabriel Billard Bourgogne Rouge "Cuvée Milliane" ($21.99)

2014 Syrahmi "Demi" Shiraz Heathcote Victoria ($29.99)

2013 Giant Steps "Sexton Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria ($29.99)

2014 Ermacora Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli ($14.99)

2012 Macarico "Macarico" Aglianico del Vulture ($15.99)

2013 Agostina Pieri Rosso di Montalcino ($22.99)

2014 Rickshaw California Chardonnay ($14.99)

2014 Weinbach Riesling Reserve Alsace ($24.99)

2014 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine (last of vintage) ($8.99)

2014 Camp Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.99)

2013 Marchand Burch Chardonnay Porongurup Western Australia (Biodynamic) ($29.99)

2013 Sons of Eden "Pumpa" Cabernet-Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia ($16.99)

2013 Valli "Waitaki" Pinot Noir North Otago ($44.99)

2013 Sons of Eden "Remus" Old Vine Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia ($39.99)

Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($64.99)

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne ($74.99)

2014 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay ($19.99)

2013 Stéphane Aviron Côte de Brouilly "Vieilles Vignes" Cru Beaujolais ($15.99)

2014 Frédéric Esmonin Hautes Côte de Nuits Rouge ($23.99)

2014 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge ($19.99)

2014 Les Hautes Noëlles "hé ho le rouge" Vin de Pays du Val de Loire ($11.99)

2012 Domaine de Verquière Côtes du Rhône-Villages Sablet ($14.99)

2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac ($18.99)

2012 Domaine Michel Briday "Les 4 Vignes" Rully Rouge ($19.99)

2013 Domaine Chanzy "Clos de la Fortune" Bourgogne Blanc ($19.99)

2014 Chateau de La Greffiere "Sous le Bois" Macon La Roche-Vineuse Blanc ($17.99)

2005 Fontenil, Fronsac ($29.99)

2013 Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99)

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($21.99)

2012 Seven Hills "Seven Hills Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($32.99)

2013 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas Blanc" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($39.99)

2013 Walter Hansel "Cuvée Alyce" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($38.99)

2013 Eisold-Smith "Edel" Columbia Gorge White Blend ($11.99)

2013 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley ($19.99)

2012 Bodegas Teso La Monja "Almirez" Toro ($19.99)

2013 Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru "Champans" ($89.99)

2011 Stonestreet "Estate" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)

2012 Qupé "Bien Nacido Reserve-Block Eleven" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay ($24.99)

2014 Angeline California Pinot Noir ($9.99)

2014 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($19.99)

2014 Domaine du Tariquet "Classic" Cotes de Gascogne Blanc ($8.99)

2014 Château de la Liquière "L'Unique Gaz de Schiste" Sparkling Rosé ($16.99)

2013 Château de la Font du Loup Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($44.99)

2008 Château Crémade Palette Blanc ($34.99)

2014 Domaine Pradelle Crozes-Hermitage Blanc ($19.99)

2014 Delagrange Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge ($19.99)

2008 Bava Castiglione Falletto Barolo ($34.99)

2013 Bava "Gionson" Nebbiolo ($17.99)

2010 Bava Barbaresco ($32.99)

2007 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($54.99)

2011 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva ($39.95)

2009 Michel Arnould "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne ($49.99)

1999 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($52.99)

2010 Tolaini "Valdisanti" Toscana ($24.95)

2014 Yves Duport Altesse de Montagnieu ($11.99)

2013 Yves Duport Mondeuse "Terre Brune" Bugey ($14.99)

2013 Domaine Dugois Chardonnay Arbois Blanc ($12.99)

2013 Domaine Dugois Trousseau Arbois Rouge ($18.99)

2014 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes Côtes du Jura Rouge ($19.99)

2010 Léognan, Pessac-Léognan ($29.99)

2014 Clos Henri "Petit Clos" Pinot Noir Marlborough ($15.99)

2013 Charles Baur Pinot Blanc Alsace ($11.99)

2014 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre ($14.99)

2013 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino ($22.99)

2013 Villa Poggio Salvi Rosso di Montalcino ($15.99)

2013 La Lecciaia Rosso di Montalcino ($14.99)

2013 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino ($19.99)

2009 Cune Gran Reserva Rioja ($29.99)

2012 Barde-Haut, St-Émilion ($28.99)

2012 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc ($17.99)

2013 Melville "Estate - Verna's" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir ($24.99)

2013 Melville "Verna's" Santa Barbara County Syrah ($24.99)

2013 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($39.99)

2013 Forman "Château La Grande Roche" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28.99)

2013 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($29.99)

2013 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay ($23.99)

2012 Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Waipara ($24.99)

2014 Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Bianco ($14.99)