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John Majeski

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2014 Jean-Louis Denois "Les Garrigues" Rouge
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Jean-Louis Denois is an iconoclast, as independently-minded and attentive to the character of the terroir in which he cultivates his grapes as anyone we’ve encountered. He creates consistently unique wines with brilliantly rendered fruit from a medley of grapes, and the Les Garrigues—named after the uncultivated thyme and rosemary scrub that grows everywhere there— is an expressive charmer, with lively flavors of currants, boysenberries, licorice and spice, ballasted by suave, interlaced tannins. A remarkable wine for all occasions, and all budgets....
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2012 Castillo de Viñas Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Be forewarned: Do not don one of the unwieldy medieval helmets shown on the front label while attempting to drink this robust Rioja, as it's far too tasteworthy to waste a single drop! Attired in deep red hues, this forward-drinking, effusive Reserva spent 18 months in both American and French oak. It resonates with fragrant aromas of black cherries, vanilla and raspberries, revealing a layered palate of riper dark fruits embellished with a tinge of earth and char. Enjoy this now or over the next decade.
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2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Pascal and Mireille Renaud farm and harvest several parcels within the Pouilly- Fuisse region, and all of their wines are defined by their utter freshness and gracious, refined fruit. Hard to pick a favorite from their stunning lineup, but Macon Solutre possesses a slightly higher degree of acidity and definition, with flavors of tart green apples, nectarines and crisp Asian pears that announce their virtues in the glass. A splendidly crisp white wine that will pair well with seafood, especially that which finds its home in a bivalve shell....
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2013 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
Review Date: 04-26-2017
We’ve carried this surprisingly affordable baby Toscana in our stores for a very good reason— it is eminently quaffable, displaying a harmonious array of cherry and vanilla aromatics followed by a captivating palate of tart red berry fruit, supple spice and burnished tannins. The perfect companion to a heaping plate of Pasta Marinara or grilled rosemary chicken......
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2015 Clos Bellane "Petite Bellane" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Review Date: 04-19-2017
“Wines are made in the vineyard,” and perhaps that is why winemaker and owner Stéphane Vedeau devotes so much time to tasting the fruit he cultivates from vine to harvest through fermentation. As he recently remarked, “It’s the best way to catch the nuances in the evolution of the wines.” Such respect is reflected in every bottle of this youthful Syrah-based blend, flush with cool climate, savory black fruit and layers of spice and light toast, all held together by fine acidity.
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2015 Domaine Viticole "Malmont" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 04-19-2017
Winemaker Nicolas Haeni has much in common with the good folks to the north at Clos de la Bonnette, as his elevated, heavily terraced vines demand the same fervent energy and fortitude to achieve his vision of a quintessential Rhône red. This wine is a skillful blend of Grenache and Syrah, with beautifully harmonious fruit that delivers structure, power and concentration without over-amping any element.
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2015 Clos de la Bonnette "Roches d'Arbuel" Condrieu
Review Date: 04-19-2017
In a concerted departure from the opulence and weight by which Condrieu is often measured, the Arbuel is organically grown and harvested from younger vines on the property and given minimal oak. Peach, apricot and citrus flavors are prevalent in this suave, elegantly polished version that will pair well with a variety of dishes. Saffron-scented, lightly grilled scallops should work!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2014 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas
Review Date: 04-05-2017
Crafted from venerable, almost century old vines, this memorable Gigondas is an inspiring evocation of place, the bewitching aromas of garrigue, sun-splashed stones and warm earth that invest the vineyards with such generous fruit and personality. The Ventabren is a structured, elegant wine, replete with ripe black fruit, wild herbs, kirsch, tapenade and textural, velvety tannins, and will pair well with a range of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern dishes.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

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RP 90 VN 88 - 90

2014 Farnetella Lucilla Toscano Rosso
Review Date: 04-05-2017
Polenta, grilled veggies, rosemary roasted chicken, pasta with a rich marinara sauce, pepperoni and mushroom pizza, lamb moussaka... the list of friendly food pairings is all but endless for this bright and savory Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Deliciously ripe blackberry, cherry and plum fruit, a dash of nutmeg spice and earth combine with caressing tannins and gentle acidity. This audacious red will fast disappear from our shelves at this price, so I'd advise you not to wait or hesitate....
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Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
JS 93

2010 Can Mayol Loxarel "Reserva Familiar" Brut Nature Penedes
Review Date: 04-05-2017
If this sensational organic Cava were a human child today it would be all of seven, in first or second grade, which is a good estimate of how many years it has educated itself on its lovely lees since it was first bottled. A complex schooling in what can be achieved when terroir, wine and time cohere, this seriously dry sparkling wine delivers an arresting array of white flowers, fleshy apricot, quince and marmalade fruit, with a creamy, buttered croissant-encrusted note and limestone, mineral-driven finish. There is really little to compare it to, as this is an homage to nature.
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2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 04-05-2017
We never can get enough Chateauneuf, especially ones with a few yawning years behind them, having bided their time, waiting for the sudden turn of the knife and twist of the screw. Once released, they often remain reticent, cautious, as they are finally allowed to relax and unravel their veiled charms in the glass. And this Chateauneuf-du-Pape opened slowly, revealing after several hours in the decanter a delicate finesse and suppleness to the pitch-perfect red berried fruit, Provencal herbs, smoky tea and seasonal spice notes, with well-rendered tannins and a wonderful savory finish. A super value in a superb vintage from this renowned producer, drink now or cellar for another decade. Cheers!

2014 Château Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec
Review Date: 03-20-2017
Maury recently underwent a Sec change! Not a typo, but a reference to the Roussillon-based AOC that split in 2011, with the original region named Maury Doux (for its fortified Vin Doux Naturel wines) and the new one Maury Sec (dry table wines). Cultivated on unique schist and granite soils, this embracing, dark and unambiguously seductive red reflects the distinct terroir of the ruggedly beautiful Agly Valley. A dazzling kaleidoscope of wildflowers, fruit and spices from cherries, blueberries and plums to violets, potpourri and balsamic flood the palate, with mineral notes that bring to mind the scent of spring rains. Plenty to admire here, so dazzle yourself with a bottle or two. Live wine and prosper!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 - 93

2011 E. Guigal Gigondas
Review Date: 03-10-2017
One could offer that "Guigal" is to wine what "Google" is to search engines, just don’t confuse the two if you’re racking your brain over who played third base for the A’s during the 1972 World Series win over Cincy (it was Sal Bando). Of course it you googled "Cincinnati Reds" you might come up with a wine, but I doubt it. Guigal is renowned for world-class Northern Rhone wines like La Turque, but it also seeks out fruit engines, er, vineyards in the Southern Rhone to add to its fine repertoire. This Gigondas, made from very low-yielding vines averaging 40+ years, breathes the elemental terroir of sun-baked stones, ripe fruit and garrigue from which it was born. Deep, warmly robust flavors of black cherry, spice, roasted herbs and grilled meats meld into a seamless whole, delivering a wine that will pair well with dishes from rich paella to homemade Wagyu burgers. Search no further!
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2015 Loyasson, Bordeaux
Review Date: 03-04-2017
Drink, drink and be merry with this bottle of 2015 Bordeaux Supérieur, a wine that effortlessly balances the freshness and purity of the plummy black and red fruits with wet earth, spice, toast and ultra-smooth tannins. Easy to like, and even easier to buy at this remarkably low price, pleasant proof there really is an everyday Bordeaux out there….er, right here.
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2014 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-04-2017
Visited the immaculate, breathtaking Elk Cove vineyards in Willamette Valley a few years back, and combined with the hospitality and personable charm of winemaker Adam Campbell, I was struck by the brilliant quality and artistry of their top estate wines. Fortunately they created a second label in 2014 that has proven to be one of our best-selling domestic Pinot Noirs— a bright, exuberant and friendly blend of estate and sourced fruit that will appeal to anyone seeking a smooth, effortlessly enjoyable Pinot with with impeccable flavor and plenty of red-fruited charm on the well-rounded, polished finish. A welcome delight, and priced just right.
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WE 90

2010 Lamothe-Bergeron, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-04-2017
With a fabled chateau dating back to the Hundred Years’ War, this property has plenty of historical significance, and time is on your side if you can conceivably lay down a case or two of this finely etched Haut-Médoc for a few more years, as all the rich structural elements are background players to the more fruit-driven assemblage of black plum, cherry, tobacco-scented and mineral notes currently on display. Serve with an aged porterhouse and you will be making memories of your own.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

2013 Villa Symposia "Equilibre" Languedoc Rouge
Review Date: 03-04-2017
We take great pleasure in bringing this delicious wine to our customers, as it possesses all the right stuff you’d expect to find in traditional wines from the Languedoc— organically farmed fruit picked at the pinnacle of maturity and blended into a wine of pedigree, purity and superb balance, with a tapestry of flavors ranging from black cherry, wild herbs, tapenade, fig paste and licorice, a wine to savor in the glass and drink alone or perhaps with a slow braised lentil and ham stew. Burnished with supple tannins and smooth acidity, this is a classic rendition not to be missed.
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2014 Clos Bellane Côtes du Rhône-Villages Valréas
Review Date: 01-23-2017
Throughout human history the rejuvenative, beneficent power of wine has been known to perform large and small miracles. One such occurred almost 700 years ago to this day when newly elected Pope John XXII (no relation) suddenly fell gravely ill en route to Avignon, took a bit of red wine from Valreas, and was cured! Now this wonderful village wine of Clos Bellane lays claim to no such miracles, but you never know, and besides, it's salutary in its own right, with resplendent aromas and flavors of black cherry, luscious raspberry, rich licorice and a nice pepper note reminiscent of the Northern Rhone. Drink this with a pork tenderloin or cheese and caramelized onion tart, it will, at the very least, cure your appetite. Cheers!
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RP 90 - 92

2012 Château Peyros "Vieilles Vignes" Madiran
Review Date: 01-17-2017
Ouch! The vineyards of Peyros are built upon gravelly soils covered with large stones deposited by glaciers during the last Ice Age, which created a surfeit of sore feet for any herd of woolly mammoths that galumphed upon them. Hm, might explain their extinction....but the mammoth loss is your gain, as these scattershot stones also retain heat that gracefully ripens the grapes on these old vines, leading to wines of impeccable power, warmth and depth. High-toned aromatic black fruits lift from the glass, revealing a lush viscosity with notes of dark cherry, black plum, pepper, menthol and smoke on the rich, velvety palate, finishing long and lovely. A veritable "mam-mouthful" of wine!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
DC 94 WE 92

2013 Domaine Aubaï Mema "Liverna" Gard Rouge
Review Date: 01-11-2017
Vigneron and entrepreneur Mark Haynes is one to follow his passions wherever they take him, from the hectares of grapes he planted in the Liverna valley to the cavernous structure he renovated that serves as winery, events center and weekend tango dancing venue, perhaps his second great passion. And this admirably youthful red wine, a curious coupling of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Grenache, is a natural performer, swirling aromatically in the glass and flexing its moves upon the palate with notes of blackberry, red currants, sweet spice and wild strawberry, finishing with a flourish of suave tannin and soft acidity. A precocious performance, and quite the bargain!
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2014 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-04-2017
Impressively dry and poised, defined by less is more flavors of dried pineapple, Asian pear and citrus blossom, followed by a subtle stony element, this bravura Chardonnay would sing an aria to a plateful of sizzling sand dabs or any grilled fish that finds itself in need of tasteful, delicious accompaniment. A case or two will get you through....
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 91

Charles Ellner "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-31-2016
We carry a few champagnes in the under-$50 range that flat-out scintillate and astonish--the Launois Cuvee of course...and now you can add to that one of our newest direct import bottlings, the Charles Ellner Carte D'Or, an inspiring rendition, replete with wonderful flavors of white nectarines, citrus, red cherries and fine pastry dough. The perfect bubbly to celebrate the New Year or any occasion calling for a classic, well-articulated champagne. Enjoy!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 12-31-2016
Poised upon the glistening foothills of the Pyrenees, far from the grandiose heart of Champagne, the immaculate, low-yielding, organic vineyards of Jean Louis Denois continue to produce superlative wines for a third the price of their uppity northern cousins. Bright, fleshy and expressive, this Brut rosé is the embodiment of charm and merriment, with red fruits and berries that open lavishly upon the palate and finish clean and crisp and dry. A wonderful sparkler at a great price, guaranteed to deliver and entice!
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2015 Sélection Laurence Féraud Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 12-31-2016
Laurence Feraud of Chateau Pegau fame carries the family wine gene and pedigree dating back to the seventeenth century. Her eponymous Cotes du Rhone is brimming with an enticing array of red and black fruits, licorice and spice, a luscious, beautifully-balanced, medium weight red, full of joie de vivre, finesse and energy, much like the talented woman who crafts it. Enjoy this lovely food-friendly wine with any number of Mediterranean dishes.
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Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Lafage "Narassa Lieu Dit" Côtes-du-Roussillon
Review Date: 12-12-2016
Heralding from the vast, warm-hearted vineyards of the Roussillon, the Lafage Narassa holds very little back in its cascading array of blackberry, red currant and raspberry fruits, swathed in layers of dark chocolate, coffee and violets with deeply-burnished tannins on the round, expansive finish. A rich, mouthfilling wine to pair with a blue cheese and bacon burger or a fragrant Moroccan stew.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2014 Valravn "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-29-2016
Born and bottled in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, this rustic, dry-farmed ancient vine Zinfandel reminds me of why I moved to California almost forty years ago, in search of those intangible truths that can only be found in the cultivated company of rare friends over a good bottle of wine. Zinfandel is and always will be a grape that expresses itself with passionate intensity and it’s such a pleasure to discover that some folks (the Banshee guys) are still making it like I remember it from the 1970s, those special wines of character, purity and harmony that leave their imprint on the mind as well as the palate. And reading up on the mythological origins of the 'Valravn' can chill one's bones, as it depicts a monstrous raven who scours the bloody battlefields of Danish lore in search of fresh meat. Never thee mind, all this delicious wine does is slay your mortal thirst, my ravenous friends!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 11-29-2016
A wine of this quality, at this price, from the heralded Northern Rhone, is virtually unheard of. So I won’t hedge my words— Syrah is home here like nowhere else on earth, and the wines made from this grape are often priced into three figures. So here we are, with this under twenty dollar, excuse me, under fifteen dollar red, a smooth, aromatic wine, decked out in harmonious flavors of licorice, blackcurrant and raspberry, with subtle vanilla oak and integrated tannins. A delicious match for grilled meats and winter stews.
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2015 Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Review Date: 11-28-2016
Gravelly soils and a panoply of pebbles describe the lovely lay of the land in this relatively unexplored spot that straddles both the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc regions. Enveloped by a deep robe of purple, this joyous, uber-friendly wine benefits from freshly inviting aromatics and a smooth, mouth-filling palate of blackcurrant, plums, and violets, with touches of tobacco and peppery spice on the round, pleasant finish. With a wealth of generous, festive fruit, this makes the perfect, well-priced holiday red to accompany all your decking and frolicking. Cheers!
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2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 11-21-2016
"It's got to be more than flesh and bone, All that you've loved is all you own."- Tom Waits, Mule Variations. For this boy, Waits and a good bottle of wine go down well, especially in these uncertain, strugglin' times. And Saint Cosme has been making great wines in the Southern Rhone since 1490, through hard times and good, dedicated to the land and what it will give you if you love it well. This smooth, well-defined 100% Syrah captures the superb 2015 vintage, all the freshness, texture and intensity of the blueberry, blackcurrant fruit refined by exemplary tannins and a solid, nourishing-to-the-soul finish. Priced to sell, so he who waits, well.....
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXIV Old Vines" California Red Blend
Review Date: 11-16-2016
Whether you choose to mispronounce this wine 'Plee-a-deez' or the proper Greek 'Ply-a-deez' makes little diff to me, as my only advice to you is to "try it please!" A cluster of devoted fans over the years has proved this wine's cultlike merit, and this latest numeric cepage will likely be gone as soon as customers turn their starry gaze upon it. Sean Thackrey is a magus who blends sunshine, earth, a bit of yeast and little grapes into beguiling singularities that we still call wines. A touch riper and fleshier than recent versions, with macerated flavors of raspberry, black cherry, fruitcake spice and sous bois .... the ineffable meets the ethereal, so there you are.....
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2015 Jeff Carrel "Les Darons" Languedoc
Review Date: 11-16-2016
All the brilliant sunlight, exuberant charms and timeless character of the Languedoc can be found in their powerfully fragrant and lusty wines, and winemaker Jeff Carrel embottled these essential truths in this joyful, juicy everyday red. Supple, full-bodied and bursting with unabashed flavors of black fruits, rockrose and red cherries, polished by soft tannin and a tang of acidity, this versatile, delicious wine will grace many a table throughout the holidays and beyond. A good reason at last to celebrate!
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Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 - 93

2015 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough (Te Whare Ra)
Review Date: 11-01-2016
'Why can't we all just get along?' Well, it's nice to see this hopeful thought works somewhere in the world. Take for instance, wine, where for several seasons now our resident Kiwi guru Ryan Woodhouse has collaborated with the fine folks at Te Whare Ra in Marlborough to create superbly crafted, small production bottlings from select fruit. Their achievement is your gain, as this modestly-priced Pinot Noir possesses varietally pure aromatic elements, evocative of wild berries, black plums and cherries, with a savory, mid-weight mouthfeel and excellent delineation on the smooth finish. Coming in at only 13.5% ABV, it would make an excellent, well-balanced red for Thanksgiving dinner and throughout the holidays.
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2014 Château de Montfaucon Clairette "Vin de Mme la Comtesse" Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes Blanc
Review Date: 10-26-2016
This is the kind of resonant, luminous white wine I might have imagined Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sipping while waiting for their cue, as it breathes sophistication and poise with every pristine, fragrant drop. Opening with a flourish of fresh orchard fruits descending on the palate with lemon cream, toasted spice, a hint of crisp celery and waft of fennel, this is, like those timeless dance routines, a charming complexity, a wine to complement everything from the most elegant rind cheeses to shellfish to pasta with truffle oil.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2014 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac
Review Date: 10-12-2016
Terrasses du Larzac, founded in 2005, is the newest and perhaps the most favorably sited appellation within the entire Coteaux du Languedoc. Primarily dedicated to Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, the climate benefits from warm days and unusually cool nights, creating the perfect conditions for slowly maturing grapes that display both richness and complexity. The proud workhorse wine for this producer is the Reserve d'O, a lovely unoaked cuvee of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, with superb aromas and enticing flavors of blackberry, white pepper, wildflowers and garrigue, retaining a wonderful freshness and purity that really sets this new producer apart.
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2014 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 09-26-2016
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of this job is the ability to taste, savor and most importantly, share with customers, the immense wealth of wines that our tireless, talented buyers uncover and bring into the store. For several vintages, the Bastide Miraflors has expressed the very soul of the Roussillon, emboldened by robust, vibrant fruit that leaps from the glass with aromas and undertones of blackcurrants, sweet cherries, dark plums and wild herbs, wreathed by velvety tannins and a flourish of licorice on the firm finish. A truly fantastic find for your holiday parties, sure to enhance any gathering. And at this amazing price, it will soon disappear....
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RP 92

2014 Château de la Negly "La Côte" La Clape
Review Date: 07-31-2016
Vines have flourished in this vast, windswept, sun-baked region of France for thousands of years, and the Chateau de la Negly, located on the clay and calcareous outcroppings of the La Clape massif, has produced wines since 1773. This rich geological tapestry of soils and microclimates contributes to wines of marvelous depth and generous flavors, and the la Cote, though priced well below their top tier wines, is composed of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre and superbly embodies the region with sumptuous notes of black currant, plum, peppery spice and licorice. A great everyday red to complement both Mediterranean and California cuisines, this wine will challenge and surprise your guests when they discover its amazing price. Drink up!
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2015 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-19-2016
This lovely Pinot Noir reminds me of my cat Carmen, who would often pad silently into the room and leap up into my lap like a cloud, lithe and supple, knowing precisely where to land. Full of savoir faire and charm, this wine caresses the palate with bright red cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit, yet remains delicately light, dry and poised with pleasant acidity. Purrs very well with any number of Mediterranean dishes from phyllo chicken to lamb skewers, this is your go-to everyday Pinot for the months ahead. Enjoy!
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2014 Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Syzygy is one of my favorite oddball words, referring to the perfect astronomical alignment of celestial bodies, as Earth, Moon and Sun. As a wine metaphor, it could express the perfect alignment of vineyard, terroir and winemaker, culminating in the shimmering juice that ends up in your glass. I suppose time, or rather, tradition also plays a role in the creation of such wines, and California being a land of immigrants, carries plenty of history in its myriad topography, soils and vineyards. The Emmolo property dates back to 1923, when Salvatore Emmolo landed in Rutherford and founded a rootstock nursery and winery, where today his great-grand daughter continues to harvest the fruits and produce both sumptuous Merlots and stunning Sauvignon Blancs. The latter is a refreshing, well-crafted version that speaks in delicate tones of orange blossom, white pear and grapefruit while sharing a pleasant mineral note and vibrant acidity to add harmony and cut to the mouthwatering finish. Lovely stuff, and 'syzygistically' well-aligned with you, your palate and what lies on the plate in front of you.
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2015 Domaine Begude Grüner Veltliner "Exotique" Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 06-16-2016
Now for something completely different. James Kinglake, owner of Begude, made an end run around the authorized French varieties when he brought cuttings of this grape from a fellow winemaker in Austria. One sip and you will appreciate the clandestine brilliance of his maneuver, for this is an elegant, tantalizing rendition—vibrant, dry, light-bodied, suffused with telltale white pepper, green melon and lentil flavors, finishing with a note of celery and cucumber. This complex wine would be well-paired with a stir-fry of Asian noodles, vegetables and pork.
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2015 Domaine Begude "Les Paradis" Viognier Pays d’Oc
Review Date: 06-15-2016
Planted to a southern exposure, this slow-ripening northern Rhône variety develops lovely fruit in Limoux—as long as the local wild boar, deer and birds, seduced by the profuse aromas, don’t get to it first! Picked immediately before pressing to preserve the succulent appeal of the fruit, this wine has a measure of restraint in its delicate interplay of pear, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas, with welcoming notes of peach and apricot on the enticing, mouthwatering palate. Recommended with a spicy Moroccan chicken tagine, this also drinks beautifully as an aperitif, and at a very desirable price.
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2015 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 05-25-2016
Full of effervescent exuberance and zesty citrus and exotic fruit flavors, Vinho Verde is the perfect poolside, picnic or party anytime white wine. Made by the same family since the 17th century, Aveleda is by far the largest producer of Vinho Verde in Portugal, with production now exceeding 13 million bottles, each one destined to satisfy the consumer craving for a crisp, fresh, fragrant and highly enjoyable wine. Stock up now, summer is coming!
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2008 Martinelli "Hop Camp Vineyard - Gravel Lens" Russian River Valley Syrah
Review Date: 05-25-2016
A little advice: decant this layered, full-bodied Syrah for a few hours before drinking it, as it harbors a veritable fleet of blackberry, warm spice and braised meat flavors on its dense, elegantly structured palate. As it develops in the glass, savory notes of bacon, dark chocolate and mint emerge, followed by more fruits and spice on the copious, lingering finish. Martinelli is a legendary Russian River winery, and this silky Syrah will further embellish its lustrous reputation.
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RR 92

2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 05-11-2016
Etienne Guigal started working in the vineyards and winery that today bears his name in 1924 (at the ripe old age of 14), and spent the 'next 67 harvests'... yes, you read that correctly... crafting his Rhône wines to perfection. His son Marcel took over the management in 1961, when his father was tragically struck with blindness, and today his own son Philippe is the winemaker. Three inspired and talented generations, all dedicated to creating perhaps the finest wines in the Rhône Valley, and capable of astonishing bottles from classic Côtes-du-Rhônes​ to world class Côte-Rôties. Composed of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre​, the Côtes-du-Rhône​ red is ruby-hued and alive with aromatic intensity, promising a savory, textural palate of black fruits, licorice, violets and pepper, held aloft by well-knit, attractive tannins. Paired with everything from hamburgers to pizza to paella, it remains one of the most versatile and delicious everyday reds on the planet.
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VN 91 RP 90

Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 04-30-2016
Whether in art, film, literature or wine, I've always been strongly attracted to iconoclasts, those who forge their own path through life's coombs and brambles, basing their decisions on an intuitive feel for what fits and arriving at a place where they know they belong. Call it 'sense of terroir' or what have you, but Jean-Louis Denois exemplifies this philosophy of place as well as anyone I've met in the wine world. The dust on his boots are the embodiment of his long journey from his native Champagne to Burgundy to South Africa and back again, and finally to the southwestern corner of the Languedoc, where he planted his vines in the foothills of the Pyrenees to create his signature red and sparkling wines. Keeping to the rhythms of nature have led him to adopt both organic and biodynamic precepts in the vineyards, and his brilliant sparkling wines express this with clarity and exuberance— the 'Tradition' Extra Brut is a fifty-fifty blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, created in a refreshingly crisp and lightly toasted style, with notes of red apple, orange blossom and brioche, the perfect sparkling for all festive occasions and dining without the high price of a Champagne. Stock up on this one for the long summer and beyond, it will never let you or your thirsty guests down.
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Jean-Louis Denois Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux Brut Nature (Sans Soufré)
Review Date: 04-30-2016
A delectably succulent, unsulfured blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, exhibiting flavors of white pear, figs, juicy apples and zwieback toast, with plenty of racy acidity to cleanse the palate. Remarkable quality in a thirst-quenching, elegant sparkler for half the price of its northern cousins. Jean-Louis Denois is one of the most brilliant winemakers in our corner, and it's always a pleasure to share his glorious wines with our discerning customers. Bon Appetit!
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2012 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 03-16-2016
Turn off the damn telly, find a comfortable armchair, nestle down with an irresistible page-turner, and pour yourself a glass of this captivating Chateauneuf while you pour yourself into the mystery. Time will stand still between sips of this storied red wine and slips of artfully-conceived dialogue, as you yield to the emergent aromas of blackberry, plum, violets and garrigue, devouring mid-chapters of warm spice, smoke and licorice evocative of the wild, stony terroir from which these beautiful grapes were born. This sensual, rollicking Rhone builds glass by glass to a bold climax, and by the end you will have finished the bottle, if not the book, and ask yourself perplexedly "who dunnit?'

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Especial Rioja
Review Date: 12-30-2015
Like pulling two large and lively rabbits out of the same hat, the artful maneuver by this favorite bodega of blending 50/50 Tempranillo and Mazuelo (aka Carignan) was an unexpected delight and an utterly delectable surprise. Perfumed and generous aromas of toast, wild berry fruits and kitchen spice reveal a complex labyrinth of flavors— red and black cherries, raspberries, plums, coffee, balsamic and tobacco spice. Although delicious in its own right, this deep wine possesses enough rabbits, er, elements that will evolve for another decade if left unattended in bottle. Now perform your own magic and open a bottle!
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2014 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-30-2015
The winemaking gurus at Banshee scoured our abundant California AVAs again in 2014, and came up with a fresh cache of generous, tasty Pinot for a very modest price. High-toned flavors of rich plum, raspberry, cranberry and cherry dance pirouettes upon the palate, finishing with nice spice and an earthy note. Perfect for informal gatherings and mid-week openings, this wine is, in a word, ready when you are….
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2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 06-29-2015
You really don’t have to look very far into the exceptional 2010 vintage to discover great wines, and in the Bois Malot we’re happy to offer you an investment in value and flavor that will reward your palate every time you pop the cork. Ballasted by velvety core fruits and a tinge of lovely minerality and spice, this wine is drinking very well now, and will certainly cellar for several more years. The perfect red to both charm and enhance your everyday cuisine, so why wait?
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Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 05-26-2015
Zero is my favorite number, or rather ‘un-number’ when it comes to most sparkling wines, as I prefer the naked, pure, crystalline fruit unadorned by added dosage, and the sheer raciness and zing of this stainless fermented bubbly from Limoux answers the call with laser flavors of green apple, lemon and white pear. Bring on a platter of fresh raw oysters or mussels mariniere and watch the shells pile up. Gotta love it!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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