Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

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2015 Domaine des Pothiers "Clos du Puy" Côte Roannaise Rouge
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 3/25/2017 | Send Email
This delicious wine is juicy, very dark and smells like a bowl of freshly picked ripe raspberries. The deep middle of sweet mixed berry fruit with hints of granite minerality gives way to a long finish.
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2015 Château Yvonne "L'Île Quatre Sous" Saumur-Champigny
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 3/25/2017 | Send Email
Here is an "Old School" bargain you won't want to miss. This is deep and hearty with oodles of dark fruit and earthy nuance in the muscular middle. This is dark, rich and structured with a rustic chew to the finish. Time to fire up the grill.
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2011 Domaine du Bel Air "Clos Nouveau" Bourgueil
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 3/25/2017 | Send Email
Here is an outstanding expression of Cabernet Franc with several years of bottle age and a unique personality. There are generous and toasty aromas of ripe dark fruits, oak, iron, dried flowers and a touch of game. The middle is substantial and fleshy with almost jammy dark fruit and a plush texture. This full-bodied, rich and balanced wine should be tasted by all lovers of Loire Valley reds.
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2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Côte de Nuits-Villages "Le Vaucrain"
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 3/25/2017 | Send Email
This is a very pretty wine with good length to the finish and nice lift to the aromatics. Quite earthy but wonderfully transparent and beautifully fresh.
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Douglas Laing's Rock Oyster Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 3/25/2017 | Send Email
Looking for something different and absolutely delicious. I tasted this last March ins Scotland and still have very fond memories of it. It is one of things that I tasted there that has stayed with me. Bright and lively, it is complex with layers of salt , malt and a hint of smoke. The packaging is fun and whimsical but the whiskey is serious and good.
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2005 Bodegas Ontañon Reserva Rioja
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
A lovely Reserva wine, aged beautifully, and from a great vintage: what more could you want? Bodegas Ontanon's 2005 Reserva is drinking beautifully right now. The very soft, fine tannins are completely integrated, and a persistent note of aged leather and wild mushroom complements the rich black cherry aromatics. On the palate the wine has continued weight, with a game-y umami note coming into play and soft, sweet spice drawing out the long finish.
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2012 Castillo de Viñas Reserva Rioja
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
Another immediate favorite from our newest Direct Import (DI), Castillo de Vinas! This Reserva is just beginning to demonstrate some of the more savory secondary elements that come with a few years in the bottle. Nevertheless it still exhibits quite a bit of fresh, full-bodied, dark berry fruit. The whole is tied together with classic Rioja "red earth" and spice notes, resulting in a very drinkable and delicious medium-bodied wine with excellent balance and length.
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2014 Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve Alsace
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
This is a lovely little Edelzwicker, that showcases the strength of each of the varietals involved. On the nose the wine is wildly hedonistic in its floral aromatics, mostly due to the Muscat (10%), though there is also a very pretty honeydew melon aroma that comes from the Pinot Blanc (60%). The palate shows soft tropical fruits such as mango and papaya, and nice tight, dry structure from the Riesling (30%). Overall, a great example of Edelzwicker at its finest--powerful, exuberant, and many-dimensional.
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2015 David & Nadia Grenache Paardeberg Swartland
By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
This is a Grenache with character! There is a lot of subtlety and complexity in this light bodied wine, with olfactory notes of light underbrush and baked cherry pie. There is a pronounced acidity on the palate, with flavors of tart blackberry and underripe plum, and a light, but tightly knit tannin that is very well in balance. This is an excellent wine for food pairing, and would be well suited for duck, salmon and hearty grain dishes.
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2015 Gut Hermannsberg Riesling Trocken Nahe (Dry)
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
Fantastic value in dry Riesling! Gut Hermannsberg has always been a favorite producer for me, but this 2015 truly outshines my already rather high expectations. The nose is floral and exuberant, with notes of apple blossom, peach flower, and lime zest. On the palate the wine shows surprisingly soft white pear fruit with a long-lasting mineral backbone and refreshing acidity. Definitely one of my top picks for a dryer style Riesling under $20.00!
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2016 Saracco Moscato d'Asti
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
Mr. Saracco is the toast of the US rappers who sip his Moscato d’Asti at parties and name-check it in their lyrics. Indeed, hip hoppers’ vocal endorsement is credited as being one of the reasons why producers are popping their corks at the growing popularity of this sparkling wine. Since Kanye West’s mention of Moscato d’Asti in the song “Make Her Feel Good” sales have been spiralling upwards. Moscato d’Asti is, like Champagne, from a controlled appellation of origin. Made from Muscat Blanc grapes grown exclusively in Asti, Alessandria and Cuneo, it proudly traces its heritage back to Roman times when it was called Moscatellum. The alcohol content remains low, typically at 6% ABV. This is a great wine to serve for all your spring parties.
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2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Côte de Nuits-Villages "Le Vaucrain"
By: Lilia McIntosh | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
This is a classic expression of Cote de Nuits Villages Burgundy in 2014 - firmly structured with a lot of power right now and depth. It has bright ripe red cherry with forest floor aromas and long savory finish. This is perfect Burgundy to put away in your cellar.
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2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC
By: Ryan Moses | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
It is hard for a wine with this much press and excitement to live up to the billing but somehow it does just that. It is tightly wound at the moment even after an eight hour decant, but the quality of the material is undeniable as it endlessly evolves in the glass. Like a top vintage of Latour, it is easy to imagine 2013 Dominus evolving for decades and the class and pedigree is nearly beyond compare. The price is up there, but considering what the elite of Napa or First Growths can cost, it makes sense. This will be a reference-point wine for years to come, no matter how you look at it.

2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
By: Ryan Moses | Review Date: 3/24/2017 | Send Email
It is hard for a wine with this much press and excitement to live up to the billing but somehow it does just that. It is tightly wound at the moment even after an eight hour decant, but the quality of the material is undeniable as it endlessly evolves in the glass. Like a top vintage of Latour, it is easy to imagine 2013 Dominus evolving for decades and the class and pedigree is nearly beyond compare. The price is up there, but considering what the elite of Napa or First Growths can cost, it makes sense. This will be a reference-point wine for years to come, no matter how you look at it.

2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
This is everything you want from rich, Argentine Malbec. Juicy acidity, blackberry compote, black plums, cocoa and sweet blueberry. Ripe with soft with supple tannins this Malbec is great for all your BBQ needs.

2015 Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken (Dry) Mosel (Biodynamic)
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Wow! Lovely and elegant rose and floral aromas just jump out of the glass. In the mouth the Clemens Busch is pure, clean, crisp and dry with mineral flavors that make it even more interesting. This is a absolute joy to drink and is low in alcohol ( just under 11%).
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2012 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
This is a world class Pinot Noir. It has beautiful aromatics and dry red fruit flavors that are layered with mineral undertones. This is all put together to form an elegant package. You get a lot of wine for this price.

2014 Domaine Baud Chardonnay l'Etoile Blanc
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
The gorgeous Baud L'Etoile is an outrageous value. This is "Chardonnay" for the people that say they HATE Chardonnay. For me it's nearly the perfect white wine. Gorgeous golden color. A stupendous nose of rocky minerals, bright white currants and yuzu peel. Ultra clean and refreshing, but not light or low flavor. I love this style, but we usually have to pay $20 more to get there. Gonna buy a case before their all gone.
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2015 Clos de la Bonnette Syrah Vieilles Vignes Collines Rhodannienes
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
I'm not sure there's a better more put together and drinkable Syrah in the store at any price. Beautiful dark blue fruit, peppercorn, and dark earthy undertones. The palate is perfectly structured but not in need of any additional aging to be truly enjoyed. That's not to say it won't develop wonderfully over the next 10 years. This is absolutely perfect Syrah and at a stupendous price.
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2015 Clos de la Bonnette "Roches d'Arbuel" Condrieu
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
It's absolutely incredible that Clos De La Bonnette is not with a national importer. This is world class Condrieu that Somms and retailers across the country will be jealous they can't get. The beautiful Roches d'Arbuel is textbook Condrieu. Powerful aromatics, but not overly perfumed and with tons of pithy fruit. Very richly textured with a slightly hidden acidity poking out behind the richness. This is about the best value you could ever expect from one of the world's top white wine appelations.
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Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
I was all ready a Fleury freak before I tasted the new BdN, but this just solidified what we already new. Fleury is a world class producer of Champagne and should recognized as one of the very best. A beautiful honeyed hue. A stupendous nose of bright candied cherries, honeysuckle, and zesty citrus. Very racy on the palate, ultra clean and precise. The style is so drinkable here, but I would love to see what would happen in the cellar for a few years. Stock up while you can.
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
I just can't believe Gary keeps pulling these magical DI Champagnes out of god knows where! He's a magician after all. This is ultra complex for the price, savory with out being stinky or funky. A beautiful bouquet of orange marmalade, quince, slightest hint of fresh mushroom, and a touch of brioche. Wonderfully rich on the palate with a pointed structure and a beautiful long soft finish. The total PACKAGE.
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2012 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
The stupendous 2012 Fenocchio is classic Bussia in everyway. The color is a rustic bloody red. A wild nose of dense dark tar, sweet dried roses & herbs, earthy red fruit. Dense but with great structure and length. No stinky new oak, no sweet over ripe fruit. It's a baby and needs sometime, but a fabulous under valued old school Barolo for the long haul.

2013 Contrade di Taurasi (Cantine Lonardo) Aglianico Irpinia
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Oh Aglianico...I caught the bug on my honeymoon in Praiano and haven't been able to shake it. When I want a big structured red I'm almost ALWAYS looking at this special grape from Campania. Deep dark red in color, almost black, but not inky somehow. Big nose of dark fruit, earth and mineral. Very clean with no hints Brettanomyces. The palate is very classy and very structured although the tannins are not grippy, but ultra fine and elegant. Earthy red fruit continue until a wonderful gravelly, mineral finish. I'm totally in love.
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2012 Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay "Champs St-Etienne"
By: Lilia McIntosh | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Wine of impeccable balance and elegance! Joseph Roty wines have been some of my favorites for awhile now and this Marsannay is absolutely perfect Burgundy to enjoy now. At nearly 5 years of age its tannins are well integrated with medium light red cherry fruit, earthy undertones and bright acidity that never gets out of balance. Wine keeps opening up and changing in the glass with the time, so it will be able to age further in the a bottle as well. Lovely and pretty Pinot Noir for such a great price!
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2015 Treves Petite Arvine Val d'Aosta
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
This lovely Swiss varietal always gets me going. The wine is very light colored almost clear with flecks of green. White peaches and almond blossom, slight savory nuttiness. More body than expected with great length and a long medium level acidity that keeps it from feeling heavy. A pretty serious little wine masquerading as an aperitif, although the versatility here is endless. I'd pair up with a more serious food if necessary, although it could easily stand on its own if you don't want to bother cooking.
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2014 Drew "The Gatekeeper" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Drew has always been a favorite of the staff in LA, but this 2014 Gatekeeper really blew me away. In a lot of ways this is exactly what I expect from Anderson Valley Pinot, but almost never get. It feels very much like the winemakers have achieved a true expression of terroir in a way that's really very rare in CA. The translucent crimson reminds us immediately that we're drinking pinot noir. Its got a beautiful bouquet of ripe strawberry, fresh figs, dark red flowers and gravelly earth. Wonderful lift and a slight hint of structure to keep it from being too fruity. An absolutely wonderful example of what this special little region is capable of.
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2015 Andre Ostertag "Vignoble d'E" Riesling Alsace (Biodynamic)
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Ostertag is one of the greats of Alsace, and iconic when it comes to biodynamic viticulture. His attention to detail and sustainable approach in the vineyard comes across evidently his wines. This gorgeous dry Riesling has aromas of fresh grated ginger, rose petals, and nectarine. The palate bursts with flavors of apricots, honey comb and wet stones. There is loads of acidity and a finish that goes on and on... This is a lot of wine for under $20.
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2014 Montes "Classic" Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Montes' "Classic" label is one of the most reliable sources for big, flavorful, and super inexpensive reds. The 2014 vintage of Cabernet is seriously built, offering structure and flavor quite rare for Cab in this price-point. Big berries like cherry and black currants pour forth immediately, followed by spicy bell peppers and cedar. The peppery qualities offer some savory characteristics but its the ripe, forward fruit and sweet, velvety tannins that take center stage and make this a true crowd-pleaser. This is bound to become a staple back porch red as grilling season kicks off.
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2015 Arnot-Roberts North Coast Syrah
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Arnot Roberts is a favorite of the wines of balance geeks and there's no doubt that they're doing something really special up there in Healdsburg. That said this does not strike me as something that should be reserved for the geeks, while it's certainly a vin de garde, there's an obvious depth and complexity beyond just the wild acidity. A wonderful ethereal violet color in the glass. Deep dark aromas of fresh cracked pepper over dark blue fruit. Wonderful earthy and exotic woodsy tones and a racy structure hints at the incredible depth behind the fabulous wine. IT's begging you to put it away til 2020 and I think those who can commit to a longer term relationship with this special bottle will be seriously rewarded.
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2012 Daniel Ricci "Terre del Timorasso" Colli Tortonesi Timorasso
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Timorasso is one of those easily forgotten about Italian grapes that deserves to be in everyone's wine fridge. A beautiful pale yellow in the glass, this ultra pithy and mineral driven wine has gorgeous depth and vibrant acidity. A very low fruit style. A total quaffer but not boring or light by any means. This stuff is a must have for me.
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2015 Don Rodolfo Malbec Mendoza
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
We've been utterly spoiled lately by the influx of flavorful Malbecs for under $10 a bottle with qualities way beyond what their price-points suggest. Don Rodolfo continues this trend with aplomb, offering a bottle with richness, structure, and integrity for only $9, and over-delivering on each count. A waft of fresh herbs meets the nose first, along with a spicy Worcestershire note. On the palate, sweet tannins wrap the bold, ripened red berries and spice notes together on the mid-palate while subtle cocoa lingers on the finish.
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2012 Salwey "Estate" Pinot Noir Baden
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
German Pinot Noir is some of the most underrated Pinot in the world. Germany produces Pinot with terroir, elegance and fruit for values not seen in other regions. Most of the Salwey vineyards are planted on volcanic soils in Baden which lends itself to aromas of smoke, savory meat and violets. The palate brings through flavors of plums, game and graphite. There is beautiful acidity and a finish that never ends. Enjoy with game birds or lamb.
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2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Malbec from the northern Argentine region of Salta are a little rarer than those from Mendoza, and therefore a real treat when we get our hands on it. This offering from Amalaya shows a wonderfully complex profile of restrained black fruits: cassis, plum, and black cherry, all tempered by spicy, zesty herbs, bitter cocoa, and savory meatiness. Less fruit-driven and more structured than its Mendoza cousin, Salta Malbec will pair beautifully with your next rib eye or a rustic Bolognese.

2013 Hanzell "Estate" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Hanzell is one of those wines you talk about being really special, but if you haven't tasted it recently it's hard to appreciate just how incredible it really is. Ultra dense nose of white and yellow fruit, honeysuckle - floral, but not perfumed. Dense and oaky in the best way, delicious Meyer lemon and the best quality popcorn you could imagine. It's somehow so Californian, but nothing in California is quite like this. A master piece.
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2015 Quartz Reef "Bendigo Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Quartz Reef's Bendigo vineyard Pinot Noir is an excellent example of the power and expression of Central Otago. In this south island region, Pinot Noir does particularly well, creating wines that are both full-fruited and bright, with great savory notes and elegant spice. This wine opens with exuberant, round blackberry fruit with plenty of structure and a medium palate weight. On the finish the wine has a long, savory note with wild mushroom and hints of exotic spice coming into play.
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2013 Schneider Sankt Laurent Thermenregion
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Looking for a fun new red wine to try? If you are a fan of medium bodied reds with some spice and good aromatics, I highly recommend a bottle of this Sankt Laurent. Beautiful dark plum and cassis fruit with a background of wet stone play on the palate, and an elegant, exotic spice note comes in at the finish. The wine is surprisingly floral and aromatic, while presenting a nice medium palate weight with soft dark fruit.
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2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
A lovely, well-balanced Gruner that hits all the right notes! This wine has the classic fresh acidity and tangy power that you look for from the varietal, but at the same time there is a lovely creaminess on the palate, and a soft fruit note that pulls the wine together beautifully. With the added complexity of some time on the lees, this is a great example of Gruner with both a soft richness, and a light, crisp style.
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2013 Odinstal "Basalt" Weissburgunder Mittelhaardt Pfalz (Biodynamic)
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
If you tend to think of Pinot Blanc as blousy, soft, and boring, this bottle may well change your mind. This is an intensely aromatic wine, with Riesling-like petrol notes, and very stony, focused floral hints. On the palate the wine shows some soft melon fruit, but is completely dry, with a a very strong mineral drive, and just a little bit of texture from the year spent on its lees. Overall a much more exciting and poised version of the varietal!
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2015 André Ostertag "Barriques" Pinot Blanc Alsace (Biodynamic)
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Do not be deceived by the word "barriques" in the name of the wine, here. This is a lighter, crisper style of Pinot Blanc, with tangy, citrus-driven acidity. However, it is also aged in neutral barriques, to give the palate a nice texture and fullness. Overall a beautiful balance that highlights some of the strengths of the varietal, and carries some weight without compromising freshness.
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2014 Boxler Pinot Blanc Réserve Alsace
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Pinot Blanc is always an underrated varietal in my opinion, and in the hands of a great producer like Albert Boxler, the resultant wine is outstanding. All of the fruit for this wine hails from the "Grand Cru" vineyard Brand, though unfortunately Pinot Blanc does not qualify for Grand Cru status, hence it is not labelled as such. The wine is subtle, but complex, with almond and honeydew aromas giving way to a palate full of depth and texture, and yet balanced with crisp acidity and lift on the finish. This is easily one of my favorite expressions of the varietal!
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2014 Foley "Rancho Santa Rosa" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
By: Bryan Brick | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
Coming from Foley’s beautiful estate vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, Rancho Santa Rosa, this 230 acre vineyard is home to some of the most affordable bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the region has to offer. The Chardonnays are known for their density, richness and weight while still flaunting the acidity of the cool, windy climate of the Santa Rita Hills. Aromas of Fuji apple, marshmallow and vanilla bean may lead you to believe that this is a bit cumbersome at first, a sprinter trying to run a marathon; it would be far from the truth. Bright, modern flavors of Key lime pie, apple preserves and mango keep this humming along at a nice steady pace allowing the pretty finish of clover, smoke and apple skin to make a push at the finish line.
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2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
By: Bryan Brick | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
The 2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay is 99% Estate fruit and 100% delicious. From all five Estate blocks this emanates from the glass with blanched almond meat, husked wheat, whole hazelnuts and fried polenta. Bright and energetic with a plush core of golden fruits and Shitake mushroom this shows both the power and savory intensity so often though of from SCM Chardonnay. Add Macadamia nut flesh, some forest floor flavors and fresh green herbs to the long and resonating finish and you really have a special Chardonnay that is not just built on texture and wine making but on the amazing raw material that Fogarty has to pull from. This really reminded me of a top flight St. Aubin at its very best but with Corton structure. Wouldn’t that be something?

2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
By: Bryan Brick | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
Made from some of the best vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley: Croft, Hyland, Eola Springs, Bishop Creek, amongst others this Pinot is about as close to a “can’t miss” for not only Oregon Pinot Noir lovers but for any pinotfile out there. It probably doesn’t hurt that Louis-Michel Liger-Belair is the consulting winemaker here either. Blue fruited and with a pretty this has the aromas reminiscent of the forests of the Valley in the morning, wet/warm earth, evergreen and wild mushrooms with blackberry and fresh fennel. The complexity here is off the charts and is only rivaled by the equally interesting and irresistible palate. Slick and high toned, plush and sexy this wine has it all with flavors of fresh blueberry, loganberry, Chanterelles mushroom and a subtle but lasting oak spice. The best thing about this wine is that it is so drinkable, so approachable that it will be equally loved by your wine snob friends as it will be by your, well let’s just call them your less discerning friends.
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2016 Franck Millet "K&L Cuvee" Sancerre Blanc Vieilles Vignes
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
Outstanding wine from a great Sancerre vintage. This is the K&L Cuvee of Millet's traditional cuvee. Very earthy and mineral on the nose with citrus undertones.Clean and very crisp on the palate with lingering finish. Much better than their 2005. I love it.
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2010 Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
Our first vintage from this property-and what a great wine for the price. 2010 Bordeaux tend to be a bit on the hard side, but this is super polished. Great blackberry aromas and flavor. A touch of toasty oak. Sweet and sexy on the palate. We expect great things from this property in the future. Do not miss this.
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2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
This wine spring in a bottle. Cool, crisp, subtly green and hinting at sun-ripened goodness. Great Gruner aromatics, floral, spicy with a burst grapefruit tone that makes me so happy. The palate it cool stone fruit, cool pear, and sweet green pea notes. It is clean and mouth wateringly refreshing. Something that I want waiting for me in my fridge when I get home at night.
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2015 Quartz Reef "Bendigo Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
Made by the former winemaker at Rippon, really that is all that you need to know. This is the perfect entry point to the world of NZ Pinot for a California Pinot drinker. The wines made from this site in Bendigo always seem to be a touch richer and fleshier than other Central Otago wines. The nose is luxurious, sappy dark red fruits with a dusting of spice and earth. It is on the fuller side of Pinot on the palate with a lush round mouth feel. There is just enough tannin to pull everything back into a long finish.
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2012 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
If you love Pinot, click and buy this now. I'll wait. Do it. You will not regret it. If this is not the best Pinot in the store, than it is one of the top 5, regardless of price. This captures Pinot at its most beguiling. It is simply pure but complex. Subtle but intense. Delicate but powerfully structured. Open knit but concentrated. Immediate but reserved. And somehow all of these words fail. Buy some before the staff buys it all.

2014 Vasse Felix "Filius" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
This is super serious Cabernet with both New World and Old World appeal. This is a wine that is big dark and rich, and seems to just get bigger and richer the longer that it is opened. Dark Cherry, Boysenberry, oak spice and a touch of eucalyptus. The fruit dominates this wine but it is so far from being a fruit bomb. There is plenty of big but super polished tannins and sneaky acidity which give the flavors a pop but not tang. This is a wine that needs at least 30mins decanting and should great for over a decade.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

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