Staff Favorites - Morgan Laurie

Morgan Laurie

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2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 08-17-2018
A staff favorite year after year, this 100% Pinot Noir Rose from Sancerre displays zesty minerality and crunchy red fruits. The palate is vibrant and zesty with refreshing acidity. The perfect rose for grilled salmon or steamed mussels!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 08-13-2018
How often do you get old vine fruit in a wine under $15? Not often enough! This is a fun, everyday drinking White Burgundy that's crisp and unoaked, perfect for fans of Chablis. Tons of mineral verve, bright green apples and white floral aromatics provide the backdrop for a well balanced palate. Great wine for the price!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 08-13-2018
This is a delightful little Prosecco that delivers a lot for a small price tag! Fruity and floral, this wine has notes of ripe pears, peach blossoms and key lime pie. It's dry and crisp with a creamy mouth feel and a touch of sweetness to balance the bracing minerality. Truly a steal at $12.99!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-24-2018
This is a really cool take on Champagne with a solera style barrel being the base wine. The added richness and complexity from the perpetual blend adds tons of character with aromas of toasted hazelnuts, spice cake, chalk and roasted apple. A really incredible bottling and completely unique, especially considering the price point. Stunning!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 07-21-2018
A lovely, characterful Sauvignon Blanc with a little extra dimension from the slightly flinty aromas. A truly terrior driven wine, the subtle hints of flint come from the Silex soil the vines are grown in. This is a wonderfully aromatic and refreshing wine for light poultry and seafood based dishes.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2017 Terra Santa Ile de Beaute Rosé Corsica
Review Date: 07-21-2018
I discovered this fun little Rose last year and I am so happy its back! Bright and fresh with great texture and notes of crisp red fruits, this is a must for picnics, parties or Sunday afternoon sipping!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2008 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 07-08-2018
Trimbach's "Cuvee Frederic Emile" is sourced from the Gaisberg and Osterberg Grand Cru vineyards. Each year it's made it's held back for at least five years before release. This has been sitting in the Trimbach cellars ageing since its bottling in April 2009 and it shows in the incredible complexity and rich aromatics. Powerful and layered, the nose shows notes of dried peaches and apricots, roasted almonds, petrol and wet hay. The palate is bold and round with a savory nuttiness. There's still incredible acidity and the capacity to age further is evident. You could drink this now (because it's delicious) but you could hold this for several more years. An incredibly special bottle of Riesling to add to your collection.

2017 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 07-08-2018
I poured this Rosado recently at our Summer Rose tasting and far and away this was the days most popular. This little stunner knocks it out of the park for a pittance. Juicy, mouthwatering and fresh with notes of blood orange, smashed strawberry and tangerine zest this is perfect for grilled prawns, paella or mussels with chorizo. Good stuff!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 07-08-2018
I've always loved Rose of Pinot Noir and this is exactly why! Crisp, refreshing and delicate, this is the perfect bottle for all of your Summer festivities. This Rose is bursting with pretty red fruits, subtle floral aromas and fresh mineral notes. Pick this up for your next picnic, beach day or cook out!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Framingham F-Series Pinot Gris Marlborough
Review Date: 06-24-2018
It's rare that I like every single wine in a tasting line up, but when we were treated to a selection of Framingham wines led by the winemaker Andrew Hedley I liked EVERY SINGLE THING. Seriously. I'm always looking for a high payoff on the quality/price ratio and the wines from Framingham excel at delivering complex, incredible wines at around a twenty dollar price point. This Pinot Gris is in one word, killer. Full of spice, quartz mineral, lychee and all manner of floral notes, it has a soft sweetness balanced by a slight phenolic bitterness. Just buy a bottle and keep it around for the inevitable night when you're too tired to cook dinner and you order in some Indian takeout and you don't want to think about what to drink with it. Trust.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge
Review Date: 06-19-2018
This is a bottle to buy now and stash away for a bit. Or at least until the weather changes into grey, wind swept skies that call for rich, smothered pork chops, braised meats and warmly spiced lamb dishes. This Bandol Rouge is meaty, spicy and full of sweet, rich fruit all at once. Intense and brooding, the finish on this has impressive length. If you decide to drink this sooner rather than later, decant for as long as possible, but if you can put it somewhere and forget about it for awhile, this can cellar for the next ten years.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Jean-Louis Denois "Bulles d'Argile" Extra Brut (Sans Soufre)
Review Date: 06-19-2018
This sulfur free bubbly is the perfect sparkling wine for any occasion. Bright, fresh and youthful, this little value sparkler is a steal. Crisp Asian pears, Anjou pear pastilles and green banana give this easygoing wine quaffability, and before you know, the bottle will be empty! It can easily be sipped alone as an aperitif or paired with light picnic or party friendly fare.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Vignes du Chateau"
Review Date: 06-19-2018
A fantastic Burgundy value, the Les Vignes du Chateau delivers exactly what you want out of a fine Pouilly Fuisse. There's a wonderful balance of ripe, soft stone fruit notes, subtle aromas of barrel toast and vanilla and lemon zest like citrus. A wonderfully elegant weeknight wine!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-10-2018
I've always been a huge fan of Pinot Noir from New Zealand. The Central Otago is the world's southernmost commercial wine producing region and Pinot Noir flourishes in the extreme climate. The wines produced tend to be concentrated and aromatic, much like the 2014 Burn Cottage. A small percentage of the wine is fermented with whole clusters of fruit lending some power and structure. The aromatics are complex with bright, lifted notes of red fruit, fresh pink roses, warm spice and potting soil. The palate is plush and pretty with a youthful lift of acidity and soft, silken tannin. A gorgeous wine for under $60 that would give similarly priced Pinot's from France or California some serious competition.

2014 Domaine Vincent Carême "Le Peu Morier" Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 05-28-2018
Vincent Careme is a young winemaker out of the Loire with a recently established estate that is quickly gaining prominence. His estate was founded in 1999 making his accomplishments even more impressive. He makes a full range of Chenin Blanc from sparkling to moelleux, all of which is certified organic. His "Le Peu Morier" is dry, bright and fresh with a nose that smells like freshly harvested beeswax rolled in fresh stone fruit. The flinty, limestone based soils provide tons of mineral notes and the terrior really shines through. An excellently priced Vouvray that is sure to please any lover of Loire Chenin Blanc!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge
Review Date: 05-19-2018
During our recent Burgundy staff tasting, we focused on value priced wines from a famously pricey region. This was far and away the standout for me! Wonderfully perfumed and approachable, this is shockingly good for under $30. Intense, ripe red fruit, warm baking spice and lovely notes of rose petals, this wine has soft, fine grained tannin and moderate acidity. While a bottle over $20 might not be everyone's idea of a daily drinker, this drinks far above its price point, making it one of the best values in red Burgundy we currently carry.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin 1er Cru "Sur le Sentier du Clou"
Review Date: 05-19-2018
Wow, this is quite a bottle! This wine exudes elegance and is suitable to be drunk now or can be held for the next ten to fifteen years. Upon first opening, this show copious oak with some really beautiful aromatics behind it. After peeling back the layers, there were some savory notes of hay and something that read as orange water, along with gardenia and something that reminded me of white peach iced white tea. Incredibly complex on the nose, the palate tastes cleaner than you assume it will. The oak plays more of a textural role versus a flavor component. It's full and rich but carries the weight well with fresh acidity. A really beautiful bottle from a highly regarded estate, and one for collectors of fine white Burgundies.

2016 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Review Date: 05-19-2018
Wines labeled "Gentil" from the Alsace region are high quality blends composed of at least 50% of the four noble varietals (Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Muscat and/or Pinot Gris) with the remaining blend either Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and/or Chasselas. Each varietal must be vinified on its own and must also officially qualify as an AOC Alsace wine. Pretty good for a $10.99 price point! Alsace continues to be a favorite region to look to for well crafted, value priced wines that pair wonderfully with food. The 2016 Gentil from Hugel is like Spring in a glass. Youthful, fresh and aromatic with notes of elder flower, spiced lychee, sweet lime, and white peach, the palate has bright, zippy acidity and a slightly soft, rounded texture. If you're having anything that has spent its life in water before making it to your plate, this would be a lovely match. You could also have this with Indian food, Moroccan food or Thai. A charming, fun wine to have on hand!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Juicy, fresh and very easy going this delightful little rose from Provence is full of notes of ripe berries and white cherry. Perfect for a bowl of steamed mussels or a weekend picnic in the park.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Dancing Crow Vineyards Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Looking for a great value in California wine? Look to Lake County! A viticultural area that's gaining esteem, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Dancing Crow is beautiful, soft and balanced with flavors of warm baking spice, black cherry and ripe black plums. Give a glass to your most staunch Napa Cab fan and see if they can spot the difference. A fantastic California Cabernet under $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Maxime Toubart "Pur Meunier" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-18-2018
A 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne, this is rich and aromatic while maintaining a zippy acidity from the extremely cold climate the grapes are grown in. Spicy, nutty and full of apple cake aromas, this Champagne has sparked my quest to find more 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne! Delicious!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2016 Clos du Gaimont Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 05-11-2018
The Clos du Gaimont Vouvray Sec is a spectacular dry Chenin Blanc. There's a honeyed note to the nose which carries though to the palate that is very inviting. The palate is rounder in texture and carries a little bit of a glycerol quality. There is a bright, zippy acidity running through to keep things fresh. The aromatics are fantastic with notes of white flowers, green apple, ripe green pear and a sweet citrus, reminiscent of tangerine with some pronounced limestone mineral notes. You could drink this now or easily cellar for 10 years. A beautiful wine for simple meals, this would be great with a roast chicken or steamed mussles.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine de Pallus "Messanges" Chinon
Review Date: 05-08-2018
This is a fun, lively little Cabernet Franc from Chinon in the Loire Valley! Biodynamic since 2010, Domaine de Pallus vinifies in concrete to allow the wine to age with a dose of micro oxygenation to soften the wine without the influence of oak. The aromatics are lifted and charismatic with notes of bright red fruit, forest floor and rose and lavender. The palate is bright and full of juicy acidity. This is a fantastic find under $20 and a great wine to add to your weeknight rotation as it will pair with anything from hearty vegetable based dishes to red meat centered dishes and everything in between.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Noiré "Soif de Tendress" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
The 2016 “Soif de Tendresse” Chinon is a certified organic wine from vines aged 25 to 30 years. Stylistically, it is produced for early enjoyment and the palate feels lively and youthful. I tasted this once when it was just opened, then again several hours later. The first pass was already showing well: aromatic and soft. By the time I tasted this again, it was singing! The nose was so perfumed with tons of violet, sage, wet leaves, red clay and dark, ripe berries. The palate was soft and inviting, true to its name: “Soif de Tendresse,” or “thirst for tenderness.”
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

1997 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Olive" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
If you tend to be an impatient wine enthusiast (like me), you can pick up entirely affordable Chinon that already has some age on it. One producer to look to for quality bottle-aged Chinon is Couly-Dutheil. The Clos de l’Olive is incredible, full of savory, damp cedar, pencil shavings and wet forest floor. The palate still has so much vivacity! If I tasted this blind and you told me it was from 1997, I wouldn’t have believed you!
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart

2002 Couly Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
If you tend to be an impatient wine enthusiast (like me), you can pick up entirely affordable Chinon that already has some age on it. One producer to look to for quality bottle-aged Chinon is Couly-Dutheil. The Baronnie Madeleine is full of rusticity with notes of animale and sauvage, desiccated wet leaves and menthol. The palate conforms with this cuvée, mirroring the rustic side of aged Chinon.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-27-2018
Willamette Pinot Noir under $20? Believe it! This sustainably farmed Pinot is approachable and friendly with well balanced structure and bright, fresh fruit along with a little touch of earthy minerality. A staff favorite and one that's sure to please a crowd.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Charles Joguet "Les Varennes du Grand Clos" Chinon
Review Date: 04-16-2018
This single vineyard bottling from Charles Joguet is built to last. The wines of the estate are divided into two lines, one for drinking young and one for long term aging. This falls into the latter category. If Chinon were permitted to label wines as Premier Cru, this would certainly be such a wine. The structure is very well balanced and the wine opens up beautifully after getting some air. If you plan on drinking this in the short term, decant for an hour plus, but if you plan on holding it, you could cellar for upwards of ten years. I tasted this once when it was first opened and once the next day. On the first go, the wine had beautiful aromatics right out of the bottle and the structure felt fresh and young. The high toned acidity and tannin were pronounced but felt smooth. The next day the aromatics really opened up and I found the floral notes more distinct while there was still the brambly black raspberry and blueberry coulis, dusty crushed rocks, dried herbs and lavender notes I had been savoring the day before. Cabernet Franc's from the Loire Valley are some of my favorite wines for their ability to pair with food, and this would go with any sort of bistro fare ranging from steak with mushroom or peppercorn sauce to pork chops to burgers.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Bründlmayer "Kamptaler Terrassen" Gruner Veltliner Kamptal
Review Date: 04-14-2018
Weingut Brundlmayer produces out of the Kamptal in Austria, a growing area renowned for the production fresh, dry wines with youth and lightness. Even the entry level wines from Brundlmayer are produced with much care and attention to detail. The Kamptaler Terrassen, all hand harvested, is made exclusively in stainless steel with a combination of two separate vineyard sites blended into one bottling. The elevated terraces are grown on stony, schist based soils providing aromatics and acidity, while the lower terrace is planted on fertile loess, giving the wine more body and ripeness. Notes of white melon, sweet snap peas and white pepper gives way to a clean, fresh, easy going palate. This would be great with many of the Spring vegetables that are beginning to come into season, such as asparagus and artichokes. A great gateway into Austrian wine if you've never explored the region!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Bernhard Ott "Fass 4" Grüner Veltliner Wagram
Review Date: 04-02-2018
If you're familiar with the wines of Bernhard Ott, you may already know that he's referred to as a, "Grüner whisperer" for his ability to make other worldly, single vineyard expressions of the grape. His family has been producing out of the Wagram in Austria since 1889. The Fass 4 is considered to be the first of Ott's "serious" Grüner Veltliners. Full of super fresh mineral notes, crunchy plums, sour orange and yellow flowers on the nose, with a slightly fuller, textured palate rife with bright acidity. A touch bigger and richer than the Am Berg, this is a wine to linger over. Try this with Asian cuisines such as Vietnamese or Thai, seafood based dishes and tricky vegetable pairings such as artichokes and asparagus.

Chateau de Miniere "Bulles de Miniere" Petillant Natural Rouge
Review Date: 03-31-2018
I've had sparkling rosé from Loire made of Cabernet Franc, but I've never had a full skin contact sparkling red made of the grape. This wine is awesome! It has a super interesting nose, with tons of Cab Franc aromas. It's slightly earthy and dusty with notes of smashed strawberries and raspberries. The palate is very dry and fresh. If you're looking to try something new, unique and interesting, pick this up. It could be served with a charcuterie plate, pizza (in place of a Lambrusco) or with simple desserts . More versatile than you would think and quite tasty!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2015 Mad Furmint Dry Tokaj Hungary
Review Date: 03-21-2018
Another fantastic dry Furmint to add to your Hungarian wine repertoire! This is on the slightly rounder side of things and has a rich mouthfeel without being full bodied. It's expressive and aromatic with an almost Chenin Blanc-like nose. Ripe peaches and pineapple mingle with notes of honey, wax and yellow flowers. This dry Tokaj sees all stainless steel to preserve the freshness and minerality of the unique soils of the vineyards of Mád. Something to try if you like Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 02-26-2018
Domaine Des Remizieres masterfully vinifies very approachable Syrah's and this is no exception. This is a fresh and powerful all at once. Ripe, rich dark fruit, lifted floral aromatics, earthy clay notes and tons of spice. Drink now with some decanting to really open it up, or stash some away for your future self. You'll be glad you did!

2014 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 02-26-2018
This super value Southern Rhone is ready to drink now! Alexandre Favier, who describes himself as "raised in the vineyards", took over wine making duties from his father at the ripe old age of 20! This awesome Chateauneuf Du Pape is a total overachiever yet very approachable. Sumptuous and bursting with red fruits, dried herbs and lavender pastilles, this is one to grab for a lovely night in with a hearty stew or braised lamb.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ferrero "Pepita" Rosso di Toscana
Review Date: 02-25-2018
This is a fantastic little everyday drinker that tastes more like a $25 bottle than one under $15. This baby super Tuscan is spicy, bold and well balanced with some savory tomato/tomato stem aromatics, luscious dark cherry, plum and mocha. Perfect for a hearty lasagna!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-12-2018
Pike Road produces their Pinot Noir with grapes sourced from 6 different estate vineyard sites, all 100% Willamette Valley fruit. The grapes are hand picked, hand sorted and fermented in stainless steel before barrel aging in french oak for 10 months. That's an insane level of care and quality in wine making for a sub $20 price point! What you get is a beautiful, elegant and complex Pinot Noir that's priced to be an everyday drinker with notes of bright red fruit and a little spice. Perfect for simple weeknight meals like a roast chicken or seared salmon.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tormaresca "Neprica" Super Puglia
Review Date: 02-12-2018
This is an amazing little everyday Italian red to keep a few bottles of around the house. Dark fruits, a little spice and balanced structure to make this a great food wine, but it works just as well on its own. Superb value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Fürst "Tradition" Pinot Noir Franken
Review Date: 02-10-2018
The 2015 Fürst Tradition Spätburgunder is just plain lovely! I tasted this recently and was in Pinot Noir heaven. The term "Burgundian" gets thrown around a lot as a descriptor of quality and elegance, but this truly is "Burgundian" on both accounts. It's complex yet subtle. I would definitely decant this for an hour or so to really allow the aromas to open up. There's a slight flinty, smoke quality, sour red cherry, rose petals and a woody, fresh soil, leafy earthiness. The tannins are supple with a little spice on the palate. There is really bright acidity and tons of freshness. If you're looking to expand your options for Pinot Noir, I highly recommend looking towards Germany!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Vigneti Massa "Montecitorio" Timorasso Cru
Review Date: 01-30-2018
Vigneti Massa is one of my absolute favorite Italian vintners and I was more than excited to see not only his entry level wines in the store but his cru's as well. He's responsible for single handedly saving this wonderful grape from extinction in Piemonte. I hadn't had the pleasure of tasting the single vineyard site Timorasso's until today and they are phenomenal! The Montecitorio is fresh, clean, textured and aromatic all at once. There's a flinty mineral note, honey, honeysuckle and saline jumping out of the glass. The wine has oomph! It's got a weighty texture but the acidity is almost electric. If you can manage to keep your hands off of it, it could cellar for quite some time and would only get better with age. Fans of Chenin Blanc, unoaked Chardonnay or Alsatian Riesling should definitely give this grape a try!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 01-29-2018
This truly is one of the best values in sparkling wine we have. It's fresh, crisp and drinks well above it's price. Dry with small bubbles and an elegant mouth feel, it goes down (almost) too easily. Notes of green apple, stone fruits and a slight nutty richness make this an easy choice for any occasion!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Ostertag "Les Jardins" Riesling
Review Date: 01-28-2018
The wines of Andre Ostertag are some of my favorite in the store and I'm always very happy when we are able to bring them in. Ostertag has rejected the official classifications of the A.O.C. and instead created his own categories. The Les Jardins is part of his "vins de fruit" wines and are made to express varietal character and the taste of the grapes themselves rather than expressing a single vineyard site and the terroir from which the grapes came. The Les Jardins is fermented dry lending it versatility at the dining table. They're meant to be drunk young and fresh. I drank this over the course of two nights, each with different seafood based meals and it was fantastic. Crisp and intensely mineral, with notes of lime/lime leaf, white flowers and under ripe nectarine, this wine is beautifully aromatic and a natural match for lighter fare.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Domaine Moulin Gaillac Brut
Review Date: 01-20-2018
Looking for a wine to go with a cheese plate? I got your cheese wine right here! Made from an obscure varietal called Mauzac from an obscure little AOC called Gaillac in South West France, this fun bottle of bubbles is the perfect compliment to a brunch date, a cheese party or a great movie at home. It's light and delicate with notes of freshly pressed apple juice, white flowers and crisp green pears. It's something that would be easy to pass up on the shelf given the region and the varietal, but you absolutely should not pass this up! It's fun and delicious with a price that makes it a no brainer when you want to give something new a whirl!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-20-2018
A sustainably produced Napa Cab from a top producer that's under $55? Believe it! The "Signature" from Chappellet is just what you'd expect with inky, juicy, rich black fruit. You get a crushed rock mineral note and a little toasted vanilla from the barrel, which comes across as subtle instead of the dominant note. It's lush but balanced. The structure is there, but no one part feels out of whack. The tannin is big and ripe but feels velvety on the palate. The acidity is vibrant and gives the wine a freshness. The quality in fruit and wine making is apparent. This is a superb bottle of wine and one any lover of California Cabernet should try.

2016 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
Review Date: 01-20-2018
Family run for three generations, Domaine des Remizières follows a bio approach and strives to respect the terrior of the vineyards and surrounding environment throughout the year. The Cuvée Christophe is a blend of 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, 30% of which sees new oak with the remaining 70% fermented in one year old barrel. There's a sumptuous, round texture with a lift of acidity and a long finish. Notes of pear blossoms and dried pears, orange oil and white peach giving way to a slight toasted brioche from the new barrel. One of my favorites from our last tasting and sure to please lovers of white Rhône wines.

2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 01-19-2018
This (along with the other wines from Ferraton Père et Fils) really blew me away at our last staff tasting. Michel Ferraton produces the wines with all native yeast strains and minimal new oak. They adhere to a bio-dynamic philosophy, although they are not certified bio-dynamic. The nose on this is just SO good! It's a melange of white pepper, bacon fat, beautiful floral aromatics and lovely dark fruits. The palate is balanced and clean. It's got great length but doesn't come across as super intense. A really great wine for under $20!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-19-2018
Another fantastic bottle from Baron Fuente! The nose starts off with apple butter and poached pears, then gives way to a rich kouign amann pastry, roasted lemon and yeast. The palate has an intense nuttiness, almost like eating a handful of raw hazelnuts while still providing a clean mineral note and vibrant acidity. A great bottle to pick up for your next Champagne craving.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Bedouet "Expression du Pallet Vieilles Vignes" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 12-19-2017
Just in time for Dungeness crab season, this fresh, mineral driven offering from Bedouet is the perfect accompaniment to a heaping plate of crustaceans! Notes of chalk, lemon flesh and salted ripe pineapple provide a clean, bright palate with zippy acidity. This would also make a natural pairing for rich cheese, oysters and fish in beurre blanc.
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Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-27-2017
This old favorite is back again just in time for the holidays! Perfect as an aperitif, a bottle to toast with or something to open for friends and family who drop by, this little bottle of bubbles is sure to please everyone! Fresh, zippy, lively and full of finesse, this is an inexpensive gem to pick up a few bottles of so you'll always be prepared.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Louis Roederer "Carte Blanche" Demi-Sec Champagne
Review Date: 11-11-2017
I took this home on a whim without realizing it was a demi-sec and opened it one night after bringing home a fried chicken sandwich topped with spicy wasabi coleslaw. Now, some people may scoff at a demi-sec Champagne but if anyone can do it right, it's the house of Roederer. After the first sip I immediately realized that I hadn't brought home a Brut, but was pleasantly surprised (and pretty happy) that of all nights, I decided to open this on a spicy fried chicken sandwich night! Fried chicken and Champagne is already one of those mystical high-low pairings that works like magic, but factor in a little residual sugar and spice...whoa Nelly. The wine is soft, still has some lift from a vein of acidity and elegant all at once. The fruit is ripe and creamy and it all manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, despite the fact it's dosed at 38gm/L. If there ever was a balanced demi-sec, this would be it.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2015 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Review Date: 11-10-2017
A delicious little everyday white. Food friendly and easy drinking this Pinot Gris would pair well with everything from Holiday dinners to spicy Thai food. It's balanced between rich, ripe stone and orchard fruit and crisp, refreshing citrus. A slam dunk for any night of the week.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

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