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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2012 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 07-25-2016
With a very unusual blend of grapes, this wine delivers nonetheless in its simplicity and easiness of character. Not to mention it really matches with almost everything really.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2012 Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg
Review Date: 07-25-2016
A sweet nose of cherries, chocolate and vanilla followed by a palate rich in cocoa, cherries, and incense. Still has its minerality and earthiness in check. A beautiful wine, with lots of complexity
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2012 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-25-2016
This is the vintage for those that want to drink their wines now. The 2012 Peyrabon delivers a lot of lifted notes of violets, cassis and wet rock. The lightness on the palate along with its medium tannins make it a perfect candidate to have with lighter dishes this summer.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 90 - 92

2013 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-25-2016
A very classic Bordeaux Blanc in the sense of having a a more complex roundness along with the juicy acidity. Perhaps it is the Semillon (25%) on the blend that imparts these notes. Citrous and peaches. A very pleasing white wine for the table as well as for the porch!

2013 Mas Karolina Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 07-18-2016
A dark crimson color greets you, followed by an attractive floral notes of violets along with cassis and plums, mingled with earthy and leather spices. The dance between the lushness of the ripe fruit and the juicy acidity makes it quite a pleasure to drink this wine now. Very versatile in terms of pairing with food. From steaks to chilies, sausages to roast chicken. It will also complement nicely a more bold cuisine, such as Basque, Portuguese, Spanish and of course southern French.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 07-18-2016
The Begude rosé has always been of our best selling rosé every year, and there is a reason for it. I'd like to tell people that this is the other style of French rosés. Not Provençal at all. It is more racy, more delicate, and bone dry. More reminiscent of a Sancerre rosé, not just because of the cépage, Pinot Noir, but the style. Dried rose petals, raspberry lots of minerality and even a touch of salinity which is quite beguiling. I can think of no other type of wine to drink on a hot California day!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé
Review Date: 07-17-2016
Is it Provence? Mais Non… It is from the “other” Rosé region in France… The Loire Valley! With a touch more spices due to the Cabernet Franc grapes, and beautiful floral notes, this rosé will sure please any rosé lovers out there. Sure Provence is very well known for its rosés, but the beautiful Loire Valley is, let’s just say… Second to none!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2012 L'Arrosée, St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-16-2016
Roasted coffee beans greet you unabashed on the nose, followed by dark plums, cherries andcocoa. The medium body it is a welcoming surprise to those expecting a heavy and cumbersome palate. It is not at all. I had to say I completely understood what Mr. Parker said about its Burgundian-complexity. A winner!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 JS 90

2012 Les Brulières de Beychevelle, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 07-16-2016
This is very elegant and really a good deal for this price. Wet stone and dark chocolate along with some very welcoming notes of capsicum, cassis. It is very friendly, with a perfect balance of acidity and tannins.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2004 Moulin-Haut-Laroque, Fronsac
Review Date: 07-16-2016
Very attractive notes of dark cherries along with cherry noyaux, milk chocolate and plums. Although soft and easy on the palate it has its tannins still very much present holding the soft fruit. Very pleasant and very food friendly.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

1996 Bel Air Lagrave, Moulis-en-Medoc
Review Date: 07-16-2016
A developed wine that it is ready to drink. It is of old-school style with the classic tertiary notes of olives, honey and earth along with capsicum, but the fruit it is still present with some plums. The earthy palate offers cocoa and olives, medium tannins. Quite good and perfect for a meal with a wild mushroom sauce over some game.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2001 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Great value for an aged, ready-to-drink Bordeaux. With the classic developed notes of honey, earth, meat, and touch of capsicum, this wine is also elegantly poised. The palate is earthy, but full of dark chocolate and dark berries, with the tannins still quite present, assuring its frame.
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2005 Coutet, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Very concentrated and complex, it is an invitation to slowly sip and enjoy one of the marvels of the wine world. Truly. Its balance between richness and acidity is mind-blowing.

2005 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Beautiful wine with intense aromatics, color, depth and concentration. Dark berries, cassis, coffee, leather, smoked meat, along with exotic spices, and I could go on… This wine needs time and will last for a long time in the cellar.

2005 Fontenil, Fronsac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Fontenil has Michel Rolland as its owner and winemaker, and delivers a very high quality Fronsac. Offering a charming nose of cocoa-covered cherries along with earthy notes, it’s a medium to full-bodied wine, with dark chocolate and cherries on its tannic palate. It needs a bit of decanting to showcase all of its appeal. It is showing a nice development now, which suggests it is a good candidate for the near term.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 WS 91

2005 Fontenil, Fronsac
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Fontenil has Michel Rolland as its owner and winemaker, and delivers a very high quality Fronsac. Offering a charming nose of cocoa-covered cherries along with earthy notes, it’s a medium to full-bodied wine, with dark chocolate and cherries on its tannic palate. It needs a bit of decanting to showcase all of its appeal. It is showing a nice development now, which suggests it is a good candidate for the near term.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 WS 91

2015 Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 04-26-2016
Very classic Provençal Rosé. with beautiful aromatics, Framboise, citrus and a bit of peach even, but completely dry of course. Just delightful!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 04-26-2016
Quite simply the perfect wine for a springtime afternoon cocktail! Also just about perfect with light aperitifs.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
W&S 90

2014 Lamouroux Blanc, Graves
Review Date: 03-02-2016
I tend to lean towards the Bordeaux whites that contain a good dollop of Sémillon, and this one has a whopping 60%. It gives a roundness to the crispiness of the Sauvignon Blanc, and also adds that delicious notes of peaches along with citrus, and a lanolin texture that I find just irresistible. A very pleasant wine that will be a perfect accompaniment to any seafood.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2009 Haut-Carles, Fronsac
Review Date: 03-02-2016
An impressive wine from Fronsac. Very dark fruit aromatics on the nose, cassis comes to mind. On the palate the plums, cassis and chocolate just shine through. It does have its tannins, which is just as well, to hold it all in balance. Very nice wine.

2010 Léognan, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 03-02-2016
Very nice depth of fruit on the nose and on the palate. Quite soft and elegant palate that almost conceal its firm structure. Lots of minerality and a pretty woodsy, forest floor undertones. Classic.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2001 du Tertre, Margaux
Review Date: 03-02-2016
A favorite in our staff tasting. Beautiful notes of coffee, dried flowers and what I call "petit-fruit-du-Bois" - wild berries - It offers a perfect opportunity to experiment with an aged and ready-to-drink Bordeaux with its tannins all resolved. Excellent.

2012 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-02-2016
Showing incredibly well already. Les Pagodes offers a soft, bright and seamless experience. Very reflective of the 2012 vintage.

2012 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-31-2015
Full throttle with plenty of cocoa, coffee, creme de cassis and vanilla. A wine that keeps its balance and elegance and shows quite nicely right now.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

2014 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 10-31-2015
Classic Chablis with its "pierre-à-fusil" nose and plenty of that beautiful grapefruit and green apples.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-14-2015
Very well polished with the classic notes of cola and cassis. The palate is structured for sure, but all its elements are in such harmony that one forgets it is only a 3 year old wine. Dark fruit, coffee, cola and violets. Quite a stunner.

2012 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 10-14-2015
Dark fruit followed by pencil lead and ceder wood, graphite, plums, cassis, and quite spicy. It is still showing some tightness, but it clearly shows that will develop beautifully.

2012 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 08-24-2015
I always found that Fourcas Hostein wines retain a nice balance between the old school style and the ripeness of the fruit. The 2012 is no exception. A bit of technical information: 50% of the vineyards is planted on gravelly soil in the area called "Le Fourcas", the other 50% is located on a clayey-chalky soil opposite the Château. As for the élevage, it spent 12 months in barriques (1/3 new)- 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
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2005 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 08-24-2015
Recently tasted on a staff training, and was immensely pleased! This is a classic Margaux wine in every sense. Cassis, plums, exotic spices, coffee and cocoa, and a most beautiful note of violets. What else but a Margaux could it be? Present but soft as silk tannins and a very prolonged finish tells me it is here for the long haul in a very lucky cellar indeed!

2009 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 08-24-2015
A completely no-brainer. A wine that can be enjoyed now or be placed in the cellar. Very classic 2009 with its ripeness and lusciousness, and yet framed by more acidity and a perhaps softer tannins than, say... the 2010.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Beautifully aged, and ready now. Leather, olives, plums and a touch of pepper. It is so soft on the palate, that I must use the word silk to describe the experience. An outstanding wine.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

2012 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Very elegant and classic, the 2012 Gloria delivers an intense nose of dark chocolate, coffee, followed on the palate by cassis, blackberry along with a nice woodsy character. All it is in balance.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 - 94

2012 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 08-15-2015
With a very attractive brambly nose of brown sugar, plums and tobacco, this wine offers plenty of immediate drinking enjoyment. It's opened, and with notes of ripe fruit alongside the tannins and acidity framing it all. Very good buy indeed.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2012 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 08-10-2015
This is one of the many examples of how the 2012 vintage fooled us all. This nice and age-worthy wine has the tight fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon just waiting to reveal itself. As I said, it needs time, but the nice vanilla, cassis and grenadine are all there. One could enjoy the excellent 2002 (which I will review next) while letting the 2012 rest.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-10-2015
I really feel that's a property to keep an eye on. This 2012 is full bodied, rich, with plenty of cocoa, dark plum, blackberry and sweet vanilla from the oak aging (12 months in 100% new barriques). Not a shy wine, but still carrying plenty of finesse around the abundant flesh.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 RP 90

2002 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Perfectly aged and in its prime. Forest floor, olives and some pepper as well. Very elegant and ready to drink. A surprise from 2002!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Reynon Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Fresh and crispy, this is my favorite vintage for the Reynon. Citrus and gooseberries, floral, with lots of minerality, and believe it or not a delicious note of honey! Quite dry, of course, and absolutely delicious!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
VN 88 - 90

2014 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine
Review Date: 08-03-2015
Nice and zippy, with aromatics that remind me of a softer New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of elegance. Perfect for appetizers, salads, outdoor events and parties.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 07-20-2015
A dusty "crushed stone" minerality on the nose, with the fruit still a bit restrained. On the palate it reveals more exuberance of fruit, also it shows the firm presence of its gripping tannins. It needs some time, as all best wines do. A great choice to try a second wine.

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-11-2015
A profound nose of dark fruit, blackberry, kirsch and graphite. Very aromatic. It is however more restrained on the palate, although the fruit display a richness and suppleness that will come out of its shell. Very good wine.

2013 Haut Rian Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A very nice and refreshing white wine for the summer. Delicate muskmelon and pomelo aromatics, with the palate showing an almost ethereal crispiness, an almost sweet pétillant sensation on the tongue that is absolutely charming and refreshing. It has a nice balance between the sharpness of the Sauvignon Blanc and the suppleness of the Sémillon. All of this for 10 dollars!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Very pure, bright and focused. Pineapple, limes bring a touch of crispness that I found very exciting. It is not heavy at all in spite of its concentration and power. A great Sauternes and a great value!

2014 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 05-19-2015
As always Guiraud shows why it's one of my favorites Sauternes. The exquisite aromatics, of honey, apricots, marmalade, beeswax and the sensation of ripe peaches just melting in the mouth is an experience hard to forget. Perfect balance between the acidity and the sweetness. Fantastic!

2014 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
As always Guiraud shows why it's one of my favorites Sauternes. The exquisite aromatics, of honey, apricots, marmalade, beeswax and the sensation of ripe peaches just melting in the mouth is an experience hard to forget. Perfect balance between the acidity and the sweetness. Fantastic!

2014 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Lighter bodied than say... 2010, but possessing a very enticing aromatics of raw meat, and crushed stones. The palate reveals its still rigid structure, with the tannins quite prominent. The fruit is still, as I like to say... Sleeping. It needs time to round it all up, and time it will have in the barrels. I enjoyed the aromatics and believe this will become a very good wine indeed.

2014 Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
Displaying plums, dark berries and kirsch at first, with a touch of earthiness that adds complexity. On the palate it reveals some smoke and its ripe tannins. That's a fine Gazin.

2014 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
Showing a lot of wood at this young age, still the nice notes of plums, cherries and exotic spices carry on the palate. It needs to loosen up its tannins which in the next 28 months in barrels will certainly do.

2014 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
A charming lifted aromatics of fresh cherries followed by a touch of raw meat, earth and exotic spices. Very attractive indeed. The palate is rich and round, with ripe tannins and juicy acidity. It will age beautifully.

2014 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-18-2015
It was pure pleasure to taste this wine. Full of dark cherries and chocolate. Medium tannins, and a good acidity to balance the fruit. It is easy to drink and a no brainer for a couple of cases or more!

2014 Le Petit Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-18-2015
A very classic Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine. Cedary notes along with capsicum, pencil lead and roasted coffee. The tannins are quite grippy, and the acidity is high. This is an elegant wine which shows very much its lineage. It will require time and it will last for a long time.

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