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Mahon McGrath

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2013 Hugel "Classic" Gewürztraminer Alsace
Review Date: 01-29-2017
Juicy tangerine is smack in the middle of this, with an aromatic component that hints at bergamot, and plenty of the varietal’s namesake spice, too. Perhaps a shade off dry, there’s still nothing cloying here, and the wine shows itself to be balanced and harmonious, with a good level of acidity and weight without any flabbiness.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
JS 91 VN 90

2015 Spreitzer Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg Riesling Feinherb Rheingau
Review Date: 01-27-2017
The flavors run to anise and spice, white raspberry and citrus pith on the 2015 Englemann. The Feinherb designation expresses itself more as extra body and textural roundness, rather than off dry. There are glimmers of stone fruit and salt in addition to the spice and herb dimension.
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2014 Clos Bellane Côtes du Rhône-Villages Valréas
Review Date: 01-27-2017
A suggestion of cigar tobacco, pepper, roast herb and bay leaf compliment restrained fruit and light tannins on this approachable Rhone. Tangy, with just the right amount of weight to the palate, this savory red is a “good company” wine, by which I mean that while you may not spend much time thinking about it as you’re drinking it, it’ll still enhance everything set on the table alongside it.
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RP 90 - 92

2012 Domaine Aubaï Mema Carignan "L'Insoumise" Vin de France
Review Date: 01-20-2017
There’s dusty, dark fruit with spice accents, a smidgen of black olive, medium body, and an unabashedly dry character here. I can’t remember the particular winemaker who stated it, but one once said once that Carignane only begins to show what it is capable of with significant vine age. Based on sixty-year-old vines, I think that this is coming into its prime, and showing the way Carignane is capable of making compelling varietal wine, distinct from the triumvirate of Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre it often fraternizes with.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

Four Roses 8 Year, 11 Month Old "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel OESO Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 01-13-2017
The OESO is sweet and spicy. There's plenty of fruit character juxtaposing cedar-y spice and a caramel coated, toasted cereal sweetness. The finish shows good length, but what distinguishes this one for me is the way it manages to have both density and intensity, and yet maintain a brightness and vibrancy despite it. While fully mature and rich, this isn't one of those foghorn, basso-profondo, cask strength offerings.
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2013 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 12-30-2016
While juicy, the nose is balanced by olive, herb, and spice accents, and a roasted quality, like roast vegetables that have just begun to blacken at the edges. For a wine in the teens, this is really quite polished. What's most notable to me is the cohesiveness and shapeliness. It has a through-line, never divagating, and finishes not with fruit but dark and savory notions. The tannins are mild, there's plenty of acidity to keep it spry, and it never comes close to cloying fruit; in short, this is a great little everyday California red!
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WE 91 RP 90

Bodegas Yuste "Aurora" Amontillado Sanlucar de Barrameda 500ml
Review Date: 12-30-2016
Replete with dried fig and date as much as salty, almond nuttiness, there is also something distinctly umami here that doesn’t neatly slot into any easy descriptor. The salty component is high in the mix here—you won’t find many wines that taste drier that aren’t powdered—before it finishes meaty and just a little tarry. Seems like this Amontillado took an extra degree before graduating. Neat take on the style!
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2015 Malat "Furth-Palt" Grüner Veltliner Kremstal
Review Date: 11-30-2016
Watercress, arugula, and ruby red grapefruit start things off on the nose. The wine shows a pleasing balance, juxtaposing a round mid-palate with a sneakily lip-smacking finish, and distinctly fresh and lively fruit with subdued spicy and herbal accents.
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2015 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel
Review Date: 11-25-2016
The sweetness is front loaded in this vintage, but it is a distant memory by the finish. There is just about enough acidity here to not just make your mouth, but your eyes, water, suggesting it could get even better with a few more years in bottle. Lime, spring flowers, wet stone and apricot on the nose transition to a fully floral bouquet, like sweet pea blossoms, on the palate, picking up a delicate honeyed note and lime juice flavors. Despite a pleasing density, this remains shimmeringly transparent. There's a lot of personality and charm to this inexpensive Riesling.
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WE 92

2015 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel
Review Date: 11-25-2016
This needs air the same way that a bird does. Though for different reasons, obviously. Once the sulphur quits hogging the stage, there's a classic Mosel waiting to be discovered. Lightly sweet throughout its length and breadth, with lime and floral flavors of good intensity, this nevertheless seems to float just a few inches off the ground. The finish hits with chilly refreshment, like an inadvertent shiver. A nice Kabinett for the hear and now.
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WE 92 WS 91

2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel
Review Date: 11-25-2016
Pellucid, with blossom and filigreed stone fruit aromatics, this is decidedly cool and vernal. Lean and lithe, the influence of the vintage shows in this decidedly non-rococo take from Prum on the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard, with a radiant purity and focus that is more tense and linear.
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Jean Josselin "Cuvée des Jean" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-16-2016
This cuvee focuses on the fruit. That is not to say it is ripe or tropical, though; think more along the lines of crisp Asian pear and citrus peel. While clean, there is a pleasingly weighty texture here, before the underlying acidity wipes the slate, and a touch of light almond oil nuttiness, hiding in the wings, makes its presence known.
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2015 Schmelz Wachauer Terrassen Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Tart citrus, white pepper, plum and petrichor and are on display in this rich, flavorful, viscously textured Gruner. There's a whiff of florality set against arugula that emerges on the palate. Hits the mark, delivering characterful, varietally true wine from one of Austria's most famed wine regions at a modest price.
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2015 Schmelz Stein am Rain Riesling Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Mineral, lemon, pale flowers and starfruit leads in to a round textured wine, before gradually dialing things back down to the rocky baseline. Less forceful than an Alsatian Riesling, less gossamer than German examples, this is a good example of the way Austrian Riesling balances texture in its own distinctive fashion.
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2015 Schmelz Steinriegl Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Splits the difference between wet slate, stone fruit, and sweet pea blossom. The fruit has intensity on the palate initially, but is abruptly shouldered aside by an inner citric energy, only coming back in faint, cool echoes in harmony with the minerality in the closing bars.
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2015 Schmelz Pichl Point Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Celery, yellow plum, and watercress aromatics emerge from the Pichl Point with some air. Your first impression is the weight and sweetness, the Wachau leaving its card, but then it shows spice, citrus pith, and a trimmer feeling towards the end.
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2015 La Chablisienne "Dame Nature" Petit Chablis
Review Date: 11-06-2016
This is the style of Chardonnay that makes me forgive and forget. There’s a coruscating purity to well made Chablis, and if Chardonnay can do that, well then, quibbles aside, yes, I must confess I love it after all. The only thing Petit about this Chablis is its price. You have the characteristic minerality expressed as wet cobbles, with a saline edge, over which flow crisp notes of lemon, tangerine, and crushed cilantro. Taut and nervy, the palate shows just a glimmer of fruit sweetness countering the high tension aspect, giving it dimension and weight. Dynamic, racy, and exciting, “Mother Nature” sure did right by this, and la Chablisienne perfectly captured the results in a bottle.
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Yuu Baal Tobala Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 10-31-2016
If you like more than a whiff of smoke in your Mezcal, boy, have you found a new friend! This is wreathed and suffused with it. Think Islay Scotch by way of Oaxaca. On top of that, you can add salt, pine, roast chile, crispy fat, suede, jerk seasoning and parsnip. This is singular, even by the standards of the region. If you want a tipple a step out of the ordinary, this'd be a good place to start.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

2015 Laubarit Rouge, Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-31-2016
Here is a Cab you need to hail, now more than ever: where else are you going to find a delicious, balanced, certified organic/biodynamic Bordeaux red for the holidays for under eleven bucks? The nose is classic cassis accented with cracked pepper. The wine shows natural, not confected fruit, with hints of licorice-star anise and black pepper, a medium body, and light, dusty tannins. If you like your wines on the drier side, put this up against any similarly priced Bordeaux blend from anywhere else around the globe, and this'll hold its own quite nicely; that is, where it doesn't immediately trounce the competition.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Jade Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe Supérieure (750ml)
Review Date: 10-26-2016
It took me a long time to get around to this, but it was always in back of mind. I knew I wanted to check this out when I first heard about it, well before absinthe had even been declared once more legal on our shores. While I have never found anise to be a flavor I crave, I really did enjoy tasting my way through the absinthes that washed up on our shores after the ban was lifted, unlike, it seems, the vast majority of people in the US of A. The Nouvelle Orleans is a wonderful example of why I do find absinthe so much more appealing than anisette: it is like a cocktail in its mixture of a variety of flavors, albeit one that has been pre-mixed and bottled for you... in the nicest possible way, of course. In this particular example, no one flavor gains the upper hand, nor does it hit you fortissimo; it blends into a complex but seamless whole. Total elegance, no sugar needed. While I probably shouldn't have waited so long to sample this, I can at least take comfort in the fact that I haven't waited in vain.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart
WS 95

2015 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 10-24-2016
Millet’s vines really strut their stuff in the Insolite cuvee. You get a notably more complex array of flavors than with the basic Sancerre wed to greater richness of body. Kiwi, lemongrass, gooseberry, honeydew melon, and a kiss of guava are all there, but this is not a fruit salad. The flavors are more restrained than flamboyant, and the finish veers towards precision and minerality, with all the fruit sheared away.
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2014 Von Hovel Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett Mosel (Saar)
Review Date: 10-24-2016
The nose gives off closely wound mineral and petrol notes, with just a bit of apple and lemon in the background. While a Kabinett, this does not show much in the way of residual sweetness, and it drinks more like a halbtrocken or feinherb. The flavors run to citrus peel and pith, resin and spice, and show an expansive breadth.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2015 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 10-05-2016
Lime, brine, and wet sand aromatics greet you on the nose; and it is very much a "on the nose" Muscadet. Take a sip, and you'll find all the quivering nerviness you'd expect, though behind the tartness and salty minerality, there lurks a suggestion of sweet apple in pleasant counterpoint. The Harmonie is easily one of our best white wine deals going, so if you aren't already familiar with it, it is past time to get acquainted.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Domaine Robert Sérol "Cabochard" Côte Roannaise Rosé (Gamay)
Review Date: 09-08-2016
Vivid, high-toned fruit starts things off here. You might anticipate that it is going to be on the sweeter side, but no; the fruit is but a light veil on this emphatically dry, thirst-quenching rose, with plenty of citric zip. E-Z warm weather company, for sure!
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2015 Robert Cantin "Les Grezes" Pinot Noir Vin de France
Review Date: 08-23-2016
I strongly encourage you to avail yourselves of this shapely Pinot Noir while you can. It is that rarest creatures—a value priced Pinot Noir that escapes being some Candy-Land ditch or being so odd that it is unidentifiable as the varietal it purports to be. Proportionate, with bright acidity, this leans to dark fruit with a loamy edge flavor-wise, and this vintage boasts a nice floral lift, too. You won’t jump out of your socks to taste it, but then there are always other bottles to turn to achieve that effect. For an everyday wine, however, it really cleans up.
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2013 Cantina Valle Isarco Sylvaner "Sabiona"
Review Date: 08-19-2016
Wet stone and lime aromas lead in to a wine with a not insignificant amount of body. There is more than enough acidity to carry the ampleness, however, and the richness is further lifted by delicate floral embellishments which show up on the finish. Very interesting and compelling take on an under-the-radar varietal.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Rheingau
Review Date: 08-15-2016
If bold declarations are your line, the 2013 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Rheingau has got you covered. This rich, powerful, sweet style of Kabinett ain’t no airy Mosel affair, and fairly oozes with quince, mango, apricot, candied lemon peel and slate. If there is any defect, it is simply the wines’ own compulsive gulp-ability. If, like me, you’re hard-pressed to find a reason why you should exercise restraint with a low-alcohol wine like this, then perhaps the lesson is simply to have a second one on hand and chilled.
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WE 92

2015 Leitz Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken Rheingau
Review Date: 08-15-2016
Leitz’s 2015 Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken ratchets things up a notch from the producer EinZweiDrei offering, but vertically, not horizontally. It is like a dingbat of a hand, with the finger pointed towards the winery’s Grand Cru sites. If it isn’t as profound, it nevertheless anticipates those wines’ texture and structure in its firmness and self-possession. While it plays its cards close to its chest, it is not harshly austere, nor domineeringly powerful, letting slyly slip honeycomb, freesia, orange peel, gravel, ginger and hard cheese rind. Even pineapple? Well, not really, and yet this one intimates more than it will ever say—and who doesn’t love a good mystery?
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2014 Leitz "Dragonstone" Riesling Sekt Rheingau
Review Date: 08-15-2016
Time for a sparkling wine that tastes absolutely nothing whatsoever like Champagne: 2014 Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling Sekt. The Rudesheimer Drachenstein site will be familiar to many of our customers, as Leitz’s still, off-dry bottling from it is one of our best-selling German Rieslings. While not bone-dry, this effervescent version has only enough sweetness to bring out a light touch of fruit, with mineral notions and ginger spice in counterpoint. The salient bit for me, more than the passing resemblance it bears to its sibling cuvée, is that it captures a sense of playfulness many Sekts lack. Not doing its best to be proper and serious minded, it winds up landing squarely on f-u-n.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

2014 von Oetinger Blanc de Noir (Pinot Noir Blanc) Rheingau
Review Date: 08-15-2016
I’ve been waiting for a compelling argument for Pinot Noir masquerading as a still, dry white wine. Heretofore, I must confess to have been somewhat baffled by the penchant for them in Germany. The results seemed so desultory next to the glories of their Riesling and Pinot Blanc, or even Sylvaner. What were they after? Consider the veil of my bemusement lifted. The 2014 Von Oetinger Blanc de Noir is a fully formed, characterful white. With a nose of petrichor and smoke, there are echoes of the Rheingau’s premier wines here, but once tasted, the difference is dramatic. Texturally, it is broad and unctuous and marked by a heavy, musky, floral perfume, but with enough acidity to keep it sprightly, making for an interesting, distinctive and delicious white.
Price: $20.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley North Canterbury
Review Date: 08-10-2016
Ripe berry fruit and rhubarb are set off by allspice and baked clay on the nose. The lusciousness of the fruit takes a back seat on the palate, thanks to abundant acidity and a dash of fine chalky tannins: it’s like the wine’s wearing spanx. The finish runs to pomegranate and blood orange. While it is tempting now, I think that this Pinot Noir’s best years are in front of it. Give it an hour in a decanter now, or three years or so on its side, to get the most from it.

2015 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 07-24-2016
There is a real sense of ease to the 2015 vintage. It has a juicier, sunnier disposition than some of the lean, stony and green Sancerres. That said, it is still recognizably of Sancerre, yielding cantaloupe, lemon and wet stone aromas, and flavors that run to powdery florality, melon, orange, tomato leaf and red jalapeno. A dusting of minerality brings up the rear, playing a subsidiary role here, as does the acidity, which, while ample enough, isn't the first and last thing you notice, instead underpinning the gently radiant, diaphanous tranquillity of the summer-ready flavors. Grab some while you can!
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2013 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 07-20-2016
I could almost see this passing as a ringer amidst a blind tasting of Vouvrays. Lemon peel, peach pie, apricot, bergamot, spice and honey waft headily from this from this rich, full-bodied white wine. While this has concentration and depth to its honey, flower and spice flavors, matching its voluptuous texture, this wine shows its pedigree in the firm, lively, cleansing finish, bowing out with echoes of spice and citrus pith and completely effacing the luxuriant, seductive first act. Quite a show!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
W&S 92 WE 91

2015 Claude Riffault "La Noue" Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 07-06-2016
Are you a fan of the purity, subtlety, and seriousness of which Sancerre rosés are capable? Then sidle on up to a bottle of the 2015 Riffault—you’ll find yourself right at home. This presents such fruit as it has in translucently thin slices, as though you’re tasting the aroma of a fruit rather than the fruit itself, and so functions more in a subsidiary role here, shifting the focus to point up the minerality and ripping acidity, rather than being the star itself.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Nicolas Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut
Review Date: 06-27-2016
We've got big, biscuity bottles of bubbles from outside Champagne--this, however, isn't one of them. Sure, there is a whiff of toast point 'n' butter, but this is quickly bypassed, with the wine trading more on delicate, fresh fruit character. The fruit flavor is so light here, with the sort of gossamer transparency you might find in an Asian pear, that it almost seems to be heading in a floral direction, yet it pulls up short. Clean and bright, this makes a persuasive case for itself as perfect summertime refreshment.
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2015 Nicolas Idiart Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 06-27-2016
Hmmm; I smell things beginning with "G," like guava, gravel, and gooseberry. The palate shows the riper side of Sauvignon Blanc, with sweet, fully ripe melon, navel orange, and a touch of jalapeno jam, before the minerality rides back in, followed finally by a neat evocation of lily.
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2015 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé
Review Date: 06-24-2016
Notes of wet pavement, pomelo, and lime combine in this eminently refreshing, pucker-y rose. While the texture mid-palate is round, this is emphatically not one of those richer styled Chinon rosés; it is more along the lines of a momentary rest-stop on a tartness continuum.
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2015 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
Review Date: 06-24-2016
Pea shoots, lime, and wet stones keep the overall character here cool and green. While the palate is high acid, with only some citrus to speak of fruit-wise, this vintage shows a little more generosity in the body. The main focus, as usual, is on the wide streak of flinty minerality. If you are hoping to find a mine in your next bottle of Sancerre, this is the one to start with.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine de la Noblaie "Le Temps des Cerises" Chinon
Review Date: 06-20-2016
For all the times I’m asked whether I can recommend a low-fruit, drier red wine, here is one of your optimal options. I wouldn’t say there is no fruit—the wine isn’t austere—but it is playing a supporting role here. Smoky, grilled eggplant, black pepper, and cassis start things off on the nose before the wine segues into a dry, dusty, woodsy-spicy palate with slightly rustic but low-key tannins. So, if you want to kick the blowsy, juice-box tasting, red wines to the curb, cuddle up with this Chinon and find contentment!
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2014 Domaine des Falaises "Angelliaume" Chinon
Review Date: 06-20-2016
The 2014 Angelliaume Chinon happily straddles the divide between savory and sweet. If there is ultimately rather more of the former than the latter, such fruit as the wine has shows itself to good effect. Plummy notes pick up leafy, roasted bell pepper, chili powder accents on the nose. Fresh, bright, and juicy up front, with modest tannins, the palate finally resolves in the direction of spice, lentil, and grilled Portobello mushrooms. If you are looking for a versatile, lighter bodied, any-old-day red wine, this has more than enough charm and character to recommend itself.
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Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut
Review Date: 06-17-2016
The golden apple and lemon tart nose pick up a prominent dried ginger spiciness. The evocation of softer flavors like pastry crust on the palate are firmed up by a greater degree of acidity than one typically finds in a Cremant, which creates the impression of the wine leaning in more of a Champagne-esque direction. Even if it doesn’t muster quite that degree of verve, layering, or richness, it is one of the best alternatives we've got!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2013 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-10-2016
It would be hard to miss this Chardonnay: it is an uninhibitedly exuberant example of same. The nose has bright notes running to ripe pear, pineapple, nutmeg, lemon curd, and sweet butter. A viscous mouthfeel is counterbalanced by an equally prominent dose of acidity, with spicy fruit flavors predominating, before a nice evocation of buttered toast brings up the rear.

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 05-29-2016
One of the most consistent questions people pose in regards to sparkling wines is: is it dry? If the answer is essentially "not really" in regards to many lower priced sparklers, with the Deligeroy Brut one can happily answer in the affirmative! Light biscuity, nutty and lemon scents are right on point, and the finish has all the snap you want from a bottle of bubbly.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Zafeirakis Malagouzia Thessaly
Review Date: 04-27-2016
The 2014 Zafeirakis Malagousia does a mean impersonation of the aroma of peach pie. Beside that, there’s petrol, pineapple, and a fat texture. That said, it manages to finish cleanly, with floral lift; a neat trick I wish more wines emulated.
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2015 Argyros Estate "Atlantis" White Cyclades
Review Date: 04-27-2016
Estate Argyros crafts the indigenous varieties Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani into the 2015 Atlantis white. Assyrtiko is the majority partner, comprising 90% of it, so you know immediately, if you’ve ever had any exposure to the wines made from the grape, that you’re in for a nice, sharp smack of acidity. Only, the Atlantis keeps that under wraps at first, leading in with honeydew melon, lemon, and lily notes, and a plush mouthfeel. Wait for it: the taste is really emphatically dry. Soon, you get a little mineral grit making its presence felt, and then the citrus comes roaring back, plenty tart–lime, lying in wait. Reaching for a bottle of this in lieu of a Loire Sauvignon Blanc is not too much of a stretch.
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2015 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre
Review Date: 04-27-2016
This one’ll make your mouth water for sure. Coiled notes of wet rocks, gooseberry, lemon grass, and lime tease out on the nose. Focused and ripping, those seeking more indolent pleasures need look elsewhere, as there is only a narrow window of mid-palate kiwi sweetness before the roaring tide of cleansing acidity sweeps all before it, and when that rush finally recedes, it ends stark and stonily. A thrill ride for the purists!
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2014 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil
Review Date: 04-13-2016
Robust aromatics kick off the set with cassis, cracked pepper, grilled eggplant, and dried leaves blossoming forth. Medium bodied, with nice integration to the mouth coating tannins that nevertheless stay on the temperate side, this wine is a resolutely dry red¬¬¬—fruitiness is not what is about. The palate steers instead to the savory side of things, with spicy tobacco, and smoke, as if from a charred pepper, while the cassis sits underneath it all, playing a supportive role. I really like this vintage; it isn’t just the new label that’s different!
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WE 92

2014 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena
Review Date: 03-23-2016
Effortlessly enjoyable, the 2014 Monseran is the party wine par excellence. The nose displays brambly, juicy, berry-fruit aromatics, which lead into a light bodied, low tannin wine. On the palate, the fruit bends towards the red side of the spectrum, with strawberry, raspberry, and rhubarb flavors, subtly accented by notes of anise and dry spice. This wine will be equally happy flying solo as a cocktail wine, or getting friendly with a smorgasbord of dishes.
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 03-07-2016
Light strawberry and citrus notes sally from this charming Cremant. Leaning more towards the tart than the sweet side of its personality, this is a refreshing, straightforward, easy going bottle of bubbly. And speaking of bubbles, the texture of this rose is one of the wines appealing characteristics, with an abundant mousse that yet manages to be silken and filigreed. Happily, it is also available a price that makes it perfect to open for any old reason at all.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Paillard "Les Terres Roses" Grand Cru Extra Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-23-2015
While obviously rose in color, this Champagne strays from the normal expectation of a rosé, stylistically. There’s less fruit here than in many examples, and what there is, is more delicate in its expression. The nose leads off with fresh baked bread, spice, and nut skin. The palate shows a leesy aspect that suggests Parmesan, then veers towards lemon- blood orange-tangerine citrus notes, before finishing cleanly.
Price: $57.99 Add To Cart
ST 92 WS 90

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