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Alex Pross

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2015 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cru Beaujolais
Review Date: 09-14-2016
Beaujolais has enjoyed two great vintages back-to-back and what makes that even better is the wines are stylistically different. 2014s are classically-styled, with grippy tannins, good acidity and crunchy red fruit while the 2015s are rich, powerful and velvety in style. Luckily with a producer as great as Chateau Thivin they’re able to take the raw material from 2015 and keep a classical feel while also highlighting all the positive characteristics we associate with the 2015 vintage. The nose alone makes this wine! Deep red plum, kirsch notes and a hint of baking spice jostle for position as they slowly whaff up from the glass. On the palate this wine is electric, with gorgeous pure berry fruit that has just a slight sour tinge that makes you almost want to pucker. An outrageously good food wine this can be paired with virtually all foods thanks to its racy acidity and ability to take on a slight chill if needed. Enjoy the greatness and versatility Beaujolais affords you as well as its great affordability!
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Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2013 Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 09-14-2016
A killer value the 2013 Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone truly eclipses my expectation level considering the price of this wine. I was skeptical when I saw the 95 point score attached to this wine but from the very first sniff from my glass I knew this wine was going to be great. Beautiful aromas of wild raspberries, game, iron and crushed geraniums spring from the glass while the palate is full-bodied with flavors of cherry, raspberry kirsch, vanilla and mocha notes. Rich and full this drinks more like a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape than a Cotes-du-Rhone-but thankfully you’re only paying Cotes-du-Rhone pricing.
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
DC 95

2014 J. Moreau et Fils Chablis
Review Date: 08-17-2016
The 2014 J. Moreau et Fils Chablis is a fantastic deal! Easily one of the best wines we have available for under $20 this Chablis is now officially my house wine. Loaded with beautiful aromas of white flower, lemon chiffon and wet stone this racy, medium-bodied white has citrus, iodine and green fig flavors with bright acidity and great balance. The finish is energetic and long with snappy tannins and lingering fruit notes that slowly fade away. I was a bit skeptical when I saw the 96pt score but after tasting it I am a believer.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 96

2015 Arboleda Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa
Review Date: 08-10-2016
An amazing value, the 2015 Arboleda Chardonnay is hard to beat. Loaded with citrus fruit along with pear and apple notes this finesse-driven white has good acidity, excellent balance and great complexity. Everything here is in perfect harmony as the wine unfolds to a smooth, harmonious finish. An ideal food wine this should become your new everyday wine.
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
DC 95 JS 93

2014 Patz & Hall "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-27-2016
Fans of Kistler, Aubert and Paul Hobbs Chardonnays except for the pricing can instead opt for the 2014 Patz & Hall "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Beautifully balanced with intoxicating aromas of orange blossom, iodine and cream with a rich palate of lemon crème, tropical fruits and rich oak accents. A big, rich Chardonnay that also has great acidity and balance. This is a quintessential California Chardonnay.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart
WE 95 RP 93

2013 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-13-2016
*** to ***½ For me this is always one of the toughest wines to taste En Primeur since it typically shows very monolithically. Dark and brooding, its initial aromas of burnt earth slowly fall away to reveal black cherry cola and blackberry with notes of milk chocolate. It displayed good fruit, length and nice tannin structure, ending fresh and bright. This is one of the more accessible Lafites I have tasted En Primeur.

2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien
Review Date: 07-07-2016
Great structure and balance! A wine with great length and complexity with firm tannins and good acidity the 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose. This wine has dark berry fruit, underbrush and bitter chocolate notes unfold on the palate as this youthful 2nd wine begins to spread its wings.
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Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2015 Château de L'Aumerade "Cuvée Marie-Christine" Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 06-30-2016
A fantastic Rose for the price, the Chateau de L'Aumerade has a beautiful nose of white raspberry, cut flowers and cotton candy. On the palate there's notes of fresh strawberries, raspberries and cherries that flow thru to the soft, lush finish. A great wine at $10.99, an even better deal when you realize it is a Provence Rose for that price!!
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RP 91 WE 90

2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon "Tete d'Or" Chablis
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Two-thirds of the wine originates from the lieu-dit directly below the Chapelot lieu-dit in Montée de Tonnerre, which is one of the top premier cru vineyards. Rich, with a hint of oak, this Chablis has iodine, white flowers and green apple notes with great length and a vibrant, long finish. This is a mouthwatering, taut wine that epitomizes what Chablis is capable of.

2014 Billaud-Simon Chablis
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Delightful from the start, with aromas of lime blossom, flint and yellow flowers that lead to an energetic palate of citrus, iodine and mineral flavors, all of which are framed by zippy acidity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Along with Chateau Margaux this is a candidate for wine of the vintage. Chateau Palmer has excelled in 2015 with a wine that is so pure and elegant that it feels lighter on the palate than it actually is. The depth, layers and complexity of this wine are mind-blowing and it may eclipse the famed 1983 Palmer that is recognized as one of the estate's greatest wines ever. While not cheap, this promises to be one of the greatest Palmer's ever made.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2015 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Along with Larcis Ducasse the 2015 Pavie Macquin is one of the more elegant St. Emilion's out there. With incredible purity of fruit nicely mingled against a hint of oak and zippy minerality this is a beautiful wine that has a Burgundian feel while still having a Bordelaise sensibility.
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2015 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Dark berry fruit, hints of dried herbs and tobacco. Pretty berry fruit, pencil lead and volcanic stone lead into a balanced and layered wine. Best Lynch since 2010.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-25-2016
Having just returned from Burgundy the 2014 Calera central Coast Chardonnay is very reminiscent of a nice village-to-1er Cru level Chablis. A great floral nose is followed by a crisp palate of green apples, citrus and wets stone notes. Fabulous vibrancy mixes deftly with good acidity and beautiful fruit notes. This is easily the best Calera Central Coast Chardonnay I have tasted and is a top value!
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2013 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-24-2016
I am absolutely taken with the 2013 Taken Napa Valley Red Wine! Intoxicating aromas of spice, plum and marzipan rise from the glass as bright flavors of black cherry, plum and mocha notes flow across the palate. A smooth, sext wine that has good acidity to frame the rich, velvety tannins. A delicious red blend.
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2014 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc
Review Date: 05-11-2016
Gorgeous floral-laden nose of peach and white flowers. Waxy fruits, tropical flavors, nectarine and peach flavors flow over the palate with a rush of acidity and minerality. A delicious white wine that is easily a case-worthy purchase to enjoy over the warmer months ahead.
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2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 05-11-2016
A perennial best value year-in-and-year-out the 2012 Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge has outdone itself this year! An intoxicating nose of red fruits, spice, mocha and dried herbs seamlessly gives way to a palate loaded with cherry kirsch, red licorice, sage and subtle oak notes. Great acidity helps to balance out this fantastic little red wine. For a daily drinker this is hard to top!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
VN 91 RP 90

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2016
If you do not want to pay the hefty tariff for Chateau Palmer then a pretty fantastic compromise is to buy the 2015 Alter Ego de Palmer at a fraction of the price of Chateau Palmer. Alter Ego has got to be one of the great values in all of Bordeaux! Normally I am not a huge fan of second wines but since the 2012 vintage I have been enamored with this wine. It is spectacular, loaded with pure red berry fruit, beautiful delineation, hints of spice, mineral and a touch of lively green herbs this racy, taut wine is a joy to taste. With impeccable balance and fluidity it is hard to resist it as a barrel sample so I am in a quandary to imagine how wonderful it will be from the bottle.
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2015 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-10-2016
Malescot St. Exupery is a top five producer in Margaux on an annual basis and the 2015 Malescot St. Exupery is no exception. At $49.99 this is the best value of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in my opinion. To get a wine of this quality for under $50 is the exact reason to buy Bordeaux En Primeur. A beautiful wine packed with ripe red fruits, hints of chocolate and mint this is a silky smooth wine that is irresistible. Always a favorite they have once again knocked it out of the park!
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2015 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-09-2016
One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pape Clement is a stunning wine. At a fraction of the cost of La Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion this wine should be snatched up! Loaded with deep berry fruit(both blue and purple) as well as spice notes, liquified rock and earth notes the purity here is breathtaking. A classic in the making this is a flat-out fabulous wine.
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2015 Clos Haut Peyraguey, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Tasted at Chateau Pape Clement, this property was purchased by Bernard Magrez and the purchase is already seen dividends. Easily the best young Clos Haut Peyraguey I have ever tasted. Floral, mineral, citrus notes, passion fruit all are present and nicely buffered by good acidity. the finish here is long and powerful. Very Impressive.
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2015 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Always fantastic the 2015 Guiraud once again is a shinning star. An intoxicating nose leads directly to a palate filled with candied ginger and orange notes nicely nestled against rich caramel flavors.
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2015 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
This is a perpetual overachiever, drinks like one of the more well-known producers which cost 2-3 times as much. Notes of dried pineapple, ginger and hints of tropical fruit cascade down the palate on this beauty.
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2015 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Beautiful nose, high-pitched with notes of tropical fruit and roasted nuts. Great mouthfeel and length.
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2015 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-28-2016
Loaded with dark blackberry notes this wine is rich and full-bodied with tobacco and earth notes. A classic old-world Pomerol in the making.
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2015 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-28-2016
An impressive Bourgneuf, loaded with deep berry fruit, pepper and spice. Good length and energy, this is easily the best Bourgneuf I have ever tasted from barrel.
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2015 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-15-2016
Fabulous sample, this comes from a small property that sits next to famed Le Pin and Trotanoy and adjacent to Lafleur-Petrus and La Violette. If you can't afford the tariff for these producers this is a great fall back. Immediately upon tasting I thought of Petrus stylistically before I knew the vineyard's proximity to greatness in Pomerol. The wine is super-sexy with exotic notes of black tea, Asian spice and black licorice. Loaded with velvety tannins this is a blockbuster in the making and a stunning wine. If you're a fan of Pomerol this is a wine to buy.
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2015 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-15-2016
Beautiful red cherry fruit with cinnamon notes and hints of spice. The fruit here has a crunchy feel because of how fresh it is thanks to the good acidity. The finish is a tad exotic with notes of mocha and oatmeal on the finish.
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2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-15-2016
Outstanding value!! Loaded with blueberry/blackberry fruit backed up by good minerality and salinity. Soft tannins and ripe fruit make this a delicious St. Emilion that won't break the bank.
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2012 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 01-12-2016
If you’re a fan of Pomerol then you owe it to yourself to check out the 2012 Chateau Clinet Pomerol. Always a consistent performer this year they have lapped the field with a broad-shouldered wine loaded with a sexy nose of cherry-kirsch, dark fruit and baker’s chocolate. The palate is a densely wound core of purple fruits, blackberry and blackcurrants with hints of molten earth and spice. Loaded with fine tannins and nice oak accents this wine is flat-out delicious!!
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2012 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 01-12-2016
Last year I had the opportunity to visit Chateau d’Issan for the first time and I was absolutely blown away by both the beauty of the Chateau as well as the deliciousness of the wines. The 2012 d’Issan Margaux for $49.99 is a flat-out steal and is easily one of the better values I have tasted for under $50. A beautiful nose of rose, raspberry cream and subtle hints of mocha follow thru to a delicate and pretty palate of dark raspberry, graphite and crushed flowers. Great structure and delineation lead to a soft and supple finish. Bravo!!
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2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-02-2015
Wow! I am literally blown away just by the aromatics coming off the glass and I haven’t even tasted the wine yet. Intense aromas of blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis, black olive and spice notes billow from the glass. The palate has fantastic lift and energy with gorgeous blackberry fruit, spice and mocha notes. A perfectly balanced, supple and seamless Cabernet Sauvignon this wine is one of the greatest deals I have seen this year and is easily one of the best wines I have tasted for under $30 in a long, long time. Load up on this fantastic bargain and enjoy this treasure over the next 5 years.
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Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 VN 92

2014 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 06-28-2015
One of the wines of the vintage. Dark, rich and full-bodied, with hints of cola and spice. Really nice, great length with blackberry fruit and layers upon layers. ***1/2 to ****

2014 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-28-2015
One of the wines of the vintage. Dark, rich and full-bodied, with hints of cola and spice. Really nice, great length with blackberry fruit and layers upon layers. ***1/2 to ****

2014 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-03-2015
Definitely in the classic style of Mouton but with a touch more forward sweet which is nice, but is still very concentrated. Long serious wine and should be one of the great aging values. 1.5 Stars

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-03-2015
Not quite up the standard of the 2000 or the 2005, this is still a very, very good wine. Deep, dark berry fruit, coffee, tobacco, hints of pencil lead--a very fine Lynch that is built to age. Score: 3-3½ stars

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-03-2015
Not quite up the standard of the 2000 or the 2005, this is still a very, very good wine. Deep, dark berry fruit, coffee, tobacco, hints of pencil lead--a very fine Lynch that is built to age. Score: 3-3½ stars

2013 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 09-08-2014
This wine comes from a small, walled-in property situated a stone's throw from Haut Brion. A super small producer, these guys make great wine. Tons of cherry fruit nicely mingled against milk chocolate, the wine is very sexy. An immense wine.
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2013 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 09-08-2014
49% Merlot 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, black currant, berry liqueur, sexy sugar plum spice thing going on. Great intensity/loads of berry fruit along with good energy and cut.

2013 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-04-2014
One of my perennial favorite producers. The 2013 vintage has a distinctive Calon Segur-esque feel. The personality of Calon Segur can get obscured in some vintages, but in a challenging vintage like 2013 it really shines through. Berry fruit and notes of intense boysenberry lead, with hints of menthol and spice.

2013 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-14-2014
***½ Iodine, lime blossom and hints of lemon crème. Pitted fruit, nut skin and good body-feels a bit more masculine than the La Mission.

2013 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-14-2014
**½ to *** It was a sad in Bordeaux when in the middle of our En Premieur trip we learned that Christine Valette, owner of Troplong Mondot, had succumbed to cancer. Troplong is a magnificent property with a hillside vantage point, the wines are always full-throttle and a joy to taste. Lots of cola here with sexy, exotic spice notes. Big extraction here--made for the California palate.

2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
*** This is sure to be one of the more controversial wines of the vintage. From barrel it was super floral and intoxicating on the nose, with complex plum and spice cake notes that gave it almost a minced meat pie--Zinfandel-esque, unlikely as that sounds!--quality, with boysenberry and blackberry fruit on the palate. It comes together, however, and finishes with harmony and elegance. This could turn out to be great.

2013 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
*** 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit verdot. Black cherry and dark chocolate and espresso aromas come through the otherwise tight, closed nose. This is a dark, brooding wine with lots of tannin and hints of graphite/lead pencil.

2013 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
*** to ***½ For me this is always one of the toughest wines to taste En Primeur since it typically shows very monolithically. Dark and brooding, its initial aromas of burnt earth slowly fall away to reveal black cherry cola and blackberry with notes of milk chocolate. It displayed good fruit, length and nice tannin structure, ending fresh and bright. This is one of the more accessible Lafites I have tasted En Primeur.

2013 Angélus, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-14-2014
*** Dark, brooding, spicy plum, black tea, graphite and scorched earth. Very nice length-not overdone.

2013 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-14-2014
***½ to **** Wine of the Vintage! Beautiful nose, with lots of pretty berries, hints of spice, and herbs. The palate displays gorgeous, elegant red berry fruit--cranberry, red currant and cherry--with a layered, plush finish. This wine is bright and lively and feels like a fine Margaux. Considering that this wine will be available for under $70 and compares favorably with the stellar 2009 and 2010 vintages, this wine is in my opinion one of the best wines to purchase En Primeur.

2013 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-13-2014
All Cabernet Sauvignon, this is dark and brooding, displaying aromas of graphite, scorched earth and minerals. Layers of complex blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors are accented by bitter chocolate, spice, and pepper.

2013 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 05-01-2014
**½ Margaux may have been the hardest hit by the difficult weather in 2013. Menthol and rhubarb notes add a coolness to its bright, red berry and raspberry sherbet-laced fruit.

2013 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-01-2014
***½ Loads of lemon crème here, lots of layers of fruit-explodes on the palate. Iodine and a structure reminiscent of a fine white burgundy with a price tag to match!

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