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Joe Bruno

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2014 Viña Real Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-09-2017
This 2014 Crianza primarily consists of 90% Tempranillo, with the remaining 10% comprising of Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo. The oak influence in this wine draws from multiple sources: the oak barrels used in fermentation are French Oak barrels and the barrels used in the 13-14 month aging process are American. Dominant fruit aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries, macerated cherries, and plum. Bouquet of vanillas, balsamic, cedar, and dill. Warming spices as well, underlying. On the palate, dried berries and cherries play with a wonderful lively acidity. Tannins are there, but certainly not overwhelming. The mouthfeel and acidity lend it to being a great option with food pairings: think roast chicken and bell peppers or pork chops
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante
Review Date: 12-08-2017
This red delivers a whole lot with respect to the under-$20 price point. Organic Monastrell grapes from vines 50-80 years old. Initial notes of sugar plum, red and dark cherries, and strawberry coulis. Hints of herbs and earth as well. On the palate, this wine pleasantly surprised me with a higher acidity than I had expected at first. The fruit quality is ripe, but definitively not overripe nor bordering on off-dry. Flavors of ripe red and dark fruit alike: dark cherry, strawberry, prune, and blackberry compote. Charming black and white pepper, tarragon, and sage notes as well. A touch of vanilla at the end, expected as the wine sees around 14 months in new oak barrels. A well-made, modern style of Monastrell that is sure to please those who are fans of California Cabernet Sauvignon. A great choice as a weekday dinner red to go with various meat dishes
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Tilia Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 12-04-2017
A quality sub-$10 Malbec from Mendoza. This Argentine red draws you in with aromas of boysenberry, açaí, and blue fruit. Underlying tones of espresso powder chocolate, and leather. On the palate, this wine is notably lighter than your typical Malbec. Silky tannins accented by berry medley and milk chocolate flavors. Elevated acidity as well. Two thumbs up for this value South American red!
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-04-2017
This wine stands out in the 2011 vintage with more liveliness and bright fruit than typically seen that growing season. An expansive nose of dark cherries, plum, and dates followed by caramel, oak barrels, and spice notes. The flavor profile on the palate evolves seamlessly with prunes, both dark and red cherries, and strawberries. Cocoa powder flavors play with silky tannins and the aforementioned elevated acidity. This wine is built for the long haul; drinking nicely now but another 4-6 years would put this in a really fun place. Pair with paella; preferably of the fennel sausage and rabbit variety!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Cune Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-04-2017
An easy-going, tasty Crianza. Initial aromas of red cherries and plum, along with a bouquet of herbs, dust, and cedar. On the palate, a pleasant and lively elevated acidity, along with flavors of both dried and ripe cherries. Some plum and vanilla on the finish. A quintessential wine pairing with a plethora of various tapas choices; think Serrano ham or Manchego cheese
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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Valdespino "Tio Diego" Amontillado Jerez
Review Date: 12-01-2017
A classic and quintessential example of Amontillado sherry from the folks at Valdepsino. Tio Diego has quite an expansive nose, with aromas of bruised yellow apple, green fig, and preserved lemon. Equally as compelling is the bouquet of black walnut, bitter almond, burnt sugar, and oolong tea. On the palate, notes of dried orchard fruit, dried apricot, brazil nut, and toffee. There are both rich and saline notes that make it a perfect accompaniment to various food options. Would be perfect with whole grilled prawns, brick-cooked chicken, or even a Portuguese seafood stew

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Delicious and reasoned priced French sparkling that won’t break the bank. Aromas of white lilies, apples, and stone fruit. I was struck by the size of the bubbles in this Crémant; they are much finer and smaller than expected, lending themselves to contribute to the lovely mouthful. Flavors of white nectarine, bosc pear, and golden delicious apple give way to a honey note on the finish. Lively and fresh, stock up on this for your next party or get-together
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Wow, what a value! A whole lot of wine for a retail price of under $10. Cherry and strawberry aromas followed by a bouquet of orange peel, leather, and spice. Dried dark cherries, blackberries, and fresh plum on the palate. Lengthy tannins; not expecting this considering the price point. Leather notes once more and hints of porcini mushrooms. For large and small social functions alike where an Italian red wine is needed, reach for an Erik Banti Tuscan Red Blend
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2016 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-28-2017
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Really, really impressed by this recent collaboration with Au Bon Climat. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the famed Bien Nacido vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. After some time decanting (preferably at least 30 minutes), this wine shines with the best of what California Pinot Noir has to offer. Aromas of tart bing cherries and red currants are accented by a bouquet of mulling spices, wet leaves, and balsam fir. On the palate, tart cranberries, bright red cherries, pomegranate, and fresh herbs dance on the palate with a wonderfully pleasant elevated acidity and crunchy texture. This is showing exceptional right now, but an additional 2-5 years could put this wine in a really special place. A great food pairing option with cedar plank salmon
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 11-28-2017
A classic Left-Bank Bordeaux nose of dark fruits, notably of plum and black currants, along with leather, violets, and gravel. Dark fruit dominates the palate profile as well, with blackcurrant, blackberry, and dark cherry flavors exuding themselves. Stony, gravelly minerality and slight hints of dried thyme on the finish. Broad tannins and an elevated acidity make this wine a very nice choice as a holiday food wine; think roast leg of lamb, prime rib, or Beef Wellington. It is preferable to decant this wine for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour prior to serving for maximum enjoyment

2016 Silvano Follador Prosecco Superiore Brut Nature
Review Date: 11-28-2017
One of the best Proseccos that I have the pleasure of tasting. It benefits from the fact that it is vinified Brut as opposed to Extra Dry, which lends itself to allowing for the purity of fruit to express itself rather than playing second fiddle to the residual sweetness. This wine evokes freshness: green apple, grapefruit zest, and melon on the nose. Alpine wildflowers as well, quite subtly. On the palate, the wine is dry and crisp, with both white orchard and stone fruit coming through. On the finish, citrus flavors play with a toastiness that is reminiscent of brioche almost. One of the most layered and satisfying Proseccos I’ve tasted in a long time; a great choice as an aperitif
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac
Review Date: 11-28-2017
A stellar Southern French red-blend from our friends at Domaine de la Réserve d'O. The winery is both certified Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic, and that is reflected in the grace and depth of this cuvee of 2015 ‘La Réserve d'O.’ Aromas initially of black currant and blackberry, along with garrigue, smoked meat, and licorice on the back end. On the palate, the dark fruit arrives once more, though this time in there is also a presence of red fruit like plum and raspberry. Cocoa powder and black pepper flavors are present on the finish. A beautifully well-integrated wine, with both power and finesse. Nice when drunk on its own, but also quite versatile with regards to food pairing application. Our staff who visited the winery in Languedoc enjoyed this with local blood sausage and an onion & apple chutney. Everything from pork chops to grilled chicken to veal, this wine will fit right in at your dinner table
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2014 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-28-2017
It's no secret why the second label of famed Willamette Valley winery Elk Cove is one of our best selling domestic Pinot Noirs. A bargain considering the quality of fruit they are using (both estate and sourced fruit) in the winemaking process. Dark cherry aromas intermingle with red berries and potting soil. On the palate, light red cherry flavors play with dried herbal notes and a lively elevated acidity. A polished, clean finish. The price is right for this wine; a great choice for weekday dinner with white meat or fish.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 11-28-2017
A lovely, tremendously accessible bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir. An inviting nose of cherries, plum, and red berries. A beautiful bouquet of dried herbs, baking spice, and lavender. On the palate, dark cherry aromas transition into red cherries flavors, along with juicy acidity and soft, supple tannins. This wine’s soft nature and lively acid work tremendously well as a food accompaniment, particularly with poultry. If we are looking to pair with ethnic fare, this wine pairs wonderfully with Asian pork pot stickers or Siu Mai. Drinking well now; can cellar for an additional 3 -7 years

2011 Hedges Family Estates Red Mountain Red Blend
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Hailing from the Red Mountain AVA, the wines made in this region effortlessly show both ripeness and acidity in tantamount. On the nose, aromas of ripe blackberry, plum black currants, and gravel are present. On the palate, the wine is brighter than one would typically assume. Elevated acidity, with flavors of berry medley and tobacco. Lingering tannins as well. A great pick for parties, very easy to buy a case at this price!
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Laubarit Rouge, Bordeaux
Review Date: 11-27-2017
Easily my favorite sub-$15 Bordeaux in store. Farmed and vinified both organic and biodynamic. Dark berries, blackberry, currant, and dried herbs on the nose. On the palate, the wine is generous with the dark fruit once more, savory notes, and black pepper. Elevated acidity and mineral flavors really give this medium-bodied wine nice lift. A top value, both as a choice for parties or as a weekday red with dinner
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2013 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 11-27-2017
A very easy choice as one of my favorite Italian reds in store. Alluring aromas of dried cherry, wild berry, plum spice, and savory herbs. Quite an expansive nose. Spice re-appears on the palate, along with mineral notes. The minerality on this wine is almost dusty in expression. Dark fruit and dried rose arrive with tannins that linger on its long finish. Will drink better in 2020 onward. However, with a proper decanting, this Chianti Classico can be quite the selection for various dinners this Holiday season. All for under $50? Done
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau
Review Date: 11-18-2017
Our most serious Beaujolais Nouveau; this was the most balanced in my opinion. Elevated acidity, bigger tannins than other Nouveau’s typically. Plum, black cherry, and wild berry aromas. Strawberry and pomegranate flavors on the palate, with a granite mineral finish. Most Burgundian in style and expression
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2017 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau
Review Date: 11-18-2017
This Beaujolais Nouveau is a fantastic option for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving gatherings alike. Bright red berries, black pepper, and banana aromas. A distinct bubblegum aromas as well. Generous red fruit and mineral notes on the palate. An awesome value and great choice for upcoming parties in the 2017 Holiday season
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2017 Cruse Wine Co. Napa Valley Valdiguié Nouveau
Review Date: 11-17-2017
For the fans of Nouveau who want a Domestic option, this offering from Cruse Wine Co. certainly has the complexity you won’t get with most. Aromas of dried strawberries and plum intermingle with black pepper, hay, and Dr. Pepper. Strawberries again, with banana and pomegranate. Dried herbs on the finish along with a note reminiscent of a Saison or Farmhouse ale. Serve slightly chilled
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2013 Can Mayol Loxarel Garnatxa Blanca Brut Nature Penedes
Review Date: 11-14-2017
This wine from Loxarel is quite unique as it the first year the winery has vinified a sparkling from entirely Garnatxa Blanca. The grapes were harvested from high elevation vineyards in Cataluyna in excess of 2,600 ft and spent at least 15 months of aging on the lees. The wine is also both certified organic and biodynamic. Aromas of white flowers, unripe apple, pear, and white nectarine followed by fresh herbs. A delicious blend of ripe stone and orchard fruit flavors on the palate. Weightier than expected; bubble texture is delicate. Lively acidity with a distinct saline, mineral finish. The salty minerality makes it a great accompaniment with seafood options like oysters and anchovies
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Palacio del Burgo Tinto Rioja
Review Date: 11-13-2017
This under-$10 Rioja is here just in time for the holidays. Bright fruit is front and center in this tinto from Palacio del Burgo, as it does not see any new oak aging whatsoever. Berry medley, baked cherry, grilled plum, and bramble aromas to start. A slight hint of dark roast coffee as well. On the palate, its freshness is apparent. I’m a big fan of the elevated acidity, as it balances nicely against the ripe fruit quality. Blackberry and ripe plum flavors are accented by a slight leather note on the finish. This wine’s price point is perfect for parties, as you can easily buy a dozen or so without breaking the bank. Two thumbs up for this value Spanish red!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine Glinavos "Paleokerisio" Semi-Sparkling Orange Wine Epirus Greece (500ml)
Review Date: 11-12-2017
One of the most unique and pleasing wines I’ve tried in a long time. This wine is from the region of Epirus in Greece, not far from the border with Albania. Comprised of 97% Debina and 3% Vlahiko; both are indigenous varietals with Debina being white and Vlahiko being red. It is a revival of the well-known traditional semi-sparkling wine of Ioannina. Exciting nose of florals, dried tarragon, apricots, and marmalade. There’s a quality to it that is almost reminiscent of Normandy cider. On the palate, flavors of bruised apple and clay are accented by apricot and cider notes. I wouldn’t classify this wine as off-dry, but there is definitely some residual sweetness that adds a nice balance to the slight grip of the tannins present
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Viticole "Malmont" Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret Rosé
Review Date: 11-07-2017
Quite the serious rosé relative to the under-$20 price point! Expansive aromas of watermelon, blood orange, lychee, and white cherry along with a bouquet of strawberry crème anglaise and rose petal. I really enjoyed the palate; it possessed quite a nice juiciness and elevated acidity that would be perfect as an aperitif or paired with food. The wine is rounder than initially perceived; accompanied along with some tannins that provide structure to the rosé. A nice bridge between the clean and crisp rosé wines of Côtes de Provence and the more structured offerings from Tavel
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2013 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-07-2017
My favorite Cabernet Sauvignon’s in the store, for both taste and value. This wine comes from our friends at Amici, a winery based in the Napa Valley. It’s primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (89%), with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot blended in. The wine exudes aromas of deep plum, black currant, blueberry, and blackberry. Bouquet of espresso, dark chocolate, and lavender. On the palate, dark fruit flavors of cassis and blackberry come forward once more, with additional flavors of mocha and vanilla. A noted savory quality to this wine as well. Great balance of richness to acidity; tannin structure is silky in texture. Drinking really well now, but will as with others, 2013 is widely regarded as one of the best vintages on record for Napa Valley winemaking. Can easily cellar for another 10 years. One of our best Cabernet Sauvignons in store for under $75
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 11-06-2017
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Another fantastic bottling from Opus One. I had the pleasure of trying the 2014 vintage at our Grand Domestic tasting this past Saturday. This was easily the dark horse winner of the ten wines we featured. Classic bouquet of black currant, plum, and dark cherry with subtler expressions of earth and graphite. The palate is where this wine really shines. Flavors of black currant are expressed once more, along with blackberry, savory qualities, clove, vanilla bean, and a touch of espresso. The tannins are silky and velvety; a luxurious mouthfeel all throughout. Decanting this wine will do wonders. Drinkable now; I would recommend holding for at least five more years. Will age gracefully for 20+ years

Miquel Pons Cava Brut Penedes
Review Date: 11-06-2017
Talk about a deal for the upcoming Holidays! Beautiful orchard fruit on the nose accompanied by notes of lilies and sea spray. On the palate, it checks all the boxes for quality sparkling: clean, ample fruit, and a dry, crisp finish. Notes of red delicious apple and pear play with a light brioche toast and saline qualities. Easily one of the best under-$10 sparkling we are currently offering company-wide
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Can Mayol Loxarel "999" Brut Nature Rosat Penedes
Review Date: 10-30-2017
Delicious rosé bubbly for under $15! Red apples and macerated berry aromas are the first notes I get, with a fun mineral bouquet that lingers. On the palate, a multitude of red fruit flavors like pomegranate and cranberry play with red apple once again. Crisp and tart on the finish, with beautiful elevated acidity. Like the winking owls on the label, it would be wise to pick up a couple bottles
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Adur Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 10-30-2017
This is not your typical Txakoli wine here. Grown in a vineyard a few miles more inland, the climate is warmer and allows for the grapes to achieve higher ripeness. This wine thusly rounder than usual, and also does not have as much prototypical fizz. Aromas include saltiness and sea spray accompanied by stone fruit and citrus zest. Slight bit of green and white peppercorn spice on the palate and a chalky minerality. As our Spanish buyer Joe Manekin said it's as if “Txakolina meets Albariño.”
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Honorio Rubio "Lias Finas" Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 10-30-2017
Easily one of the best rosé wines we currently have in store. This offering from Honorio Rubio is made in the clarete style from both Garnacha (60%) and Viura (40%) grapes. It is beautifully expressive on the nose with aromas of Bellini and raspberry crème brûlée, button mushrooms, and soft cheese. Flavors on the palate initial in ripe peach and strawberry, and slowly lead into bourbon vanilla and mineral notes on the finish. The acidity and round texture of this wine lend it to being incredibly versatile in food pairing applications. It is very easy to also straight for some Jamón Ibérico!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2013 Raventos i Blanc "de la Finca" Gran Reserva Conca del Riu Anoia
Review Date: 10-23-2017
With 500 years of winemaking experience, it’s not hard to see why Raventos keeps producing stellar wines year after year. This 2013 bottling sources grapes from the vineyard ‘Vinya dels Fòssils,’ noted for its marine soil and high density of fossil deposits. This unique terroir is expressed in the wine with a noted saline quality and crisp minerality that dances on the tongue. This coupled with extended aging time on the lees (30 months) lends it to possessing marzipan and brioche toastiness on the palate. Acidity for this wine is also elevated, making it perfect as an aperitif or food pairing option. This Cava shines bright and can be easily compared to a variety of Champagnes at similar price points. Delicious!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2008 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 10-23-2017
This bottling of Viña Ardanza marks the first vintage where the Garnacha (20%) was sourced from the La Pedriza vineyard in Rioja Baja. The remaining majority of the blend is composed of Tempranillo (80%) sourced from their 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards. An expressive nose of dark and red cherries, plum, and boysenberry; supplemented with notes of vanilla, clove, leather, and tangerine. The palate possesses well-integrated oak, elevated acidity, and silky tannins. Also has a marked freshness for being almost 10 years old. Dried cherries and mixed berries move into tertiary notes of earth, leather, and a noted vanilla and spice characteristic. An age-worthy Rioja that is showing quite nicely at the moment, but will only get better as time goes on. Can easily go for another 10-20 years in the cellar. All this for under $30? Done!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Maldonado "Farm Worker" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Fans of the richer, more oak-driven styles of California Chardonnay will enjoy this example from Maldonado quite nicely. Aromas of pineapple upside down cake, apple pie, green fig, and lemon zest play with oak driven characteristics of cedar and burnt sugar. Round texture on the palate, but pleasantly fresh and lively additionally. Poached pear, white nectarine, and yellow apple flavors are complimented by vanilla and baking spices. A fantastic price point as well; rare to see a Napa Valley Chardonnay for under $18
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 08-29-2017
A very well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. Tropical fruit notes upfront flanked by jalapeno, lime zest, and lemongrass aromatics. Juicy and lively on the palate, the minerality and freshness of this wine really shines. Unripe guava and passion fruit play with lime juice and grapefruit zest flavors. Great texture and lift to this wine. A quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for under $20!

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-07-2017
Rich and luscious are the first words that come to mind when trying this 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux Blend. Consisting of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot in decreasing percentages, each harvested and vinified separately in more than 50 individual lots. This wine also sees 85% new French oak; a selection of Seguin Moreau Icone and Taransaud barrels. Initial aromas of ripe blackberry and dark cherry are followed by a bouquet of cigar, clove, and graphite. On the palate, intense black currant, dried dark fruit, and dark chocolate permeate through the finish along with silky tannins. This wine possesses both power and elegance

2014 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-06-2017
A Napa Valley classic. Made famous by its first place finish in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, the wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars continue to carry that legacy of exceptional quality through today. The 2014 Artemis is made with 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% each of Merlot and Malbec. Aromas of black cherry, cigar, black fruit, and dried herbs. On the palate, and expression initially of blackberry and black currant, with notes later of milk chocolate and sweet tobacco. For me, this wine is surprisingly rich and round; however, the quality of fruit and tannins are both well-integrated and balanced. Can easily pair with steak; other food options include barbecue or Portobello mushrooms
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Columbia Crest "H3 - Les Chevaux" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
Review Date: 08-06-2017
The 2013 vintage in Washington was one of the warmest in the past decade with favorable temperature conditions extending into fall. The accelerated ripening that occurred in the warmer than average summer was offset by cooler temperatures and light rains in September. Both helped result in stellar fruit characters and flavors. Composition in this red blend was 59% Merlot, 36% Syrah, 4% Viognier, and 1% Cabernet Franc. On the nose, layered aromas of sugar plum, blackberry, and raspberry. Tertiary aromas of cedar and fruitcake follow. On the palate, flavors of rich black cherry and pluots, with notes of vanillas and baking spices following. A fantastic red blend for under $15!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-05-2017
This 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the people at Antica, Marchese’s Antinori’s California venture. With over 600 years of winemaking experience under their belt, this wine shows both influences from their Old World roots to New World influences exemplified from the terroir and climate of Atlas Peak. Initial aromas of charred and grilled fruit, especially plum. Blackberry sauce and roasted green bell pepper round out the nose. On the palate, ripe blackberry is complimented by a noted mineral quality and espresso flavors. Supple tannins leave the wine with an elegant finish. For a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under $50, this wine delivers.

2016 Stony Bank Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 07-31-2017
A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruit upfront; a plethora of guava, passion fruit, and gooseberry. Green bell pepper and herbs intermingle as well. On the palate, ripe guava and gooseberry come back to play with Meyer lemon with notes of chervil. Juicy; the acidity is racy, great texture. A fantastic Sauvignon Blanc for the price point; a perfect party wine or summer sipper.
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2016 Turnbull Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 07-31-2017
This wine is perfect for those who love a ripe style of Sauvignon Blanc, with flavors of white peach, pear, lemon & lime zest, and various tropical fruits. For me, the acidity really stands out in this white wine, making this wine pop and bringing out a nice freshness. Slightly herbal note on this as well. A great domestic Sauvignon Blanc for under $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2010 Contino Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-25-2017
The 2010 vintage was widely celebrated growing season in Rioja, and the respective Contino Reserva was a great example of this. A blend of predominantly Tempranillo (85%), with a splash of Graciano (10%), and the remainder being Mazuelo and Garnacha. Classic nose of dark cherry, stewed cranberries, and plum. Some prunes as well. A juiciness on the palate, with flavors of ripe red fruit, cherry in particular. Secondary notes of old leather accompanied by a dusty minerality. This wine would be a fantastic choice with food items that have a slight gaminess to them, such as rabbit, wild boar, or morcilla (Spanish blood sausage).

2015 Contino Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 07-24-2017
This white Rioja from Contino surprises. A blend of predominantly Viura (80%), along with a touch of Garnacha Blanca (15%) and Malvasia (5%). A fresh, bright nose with aromas of yellow stone fruit, citrus zest, and lemon curd. A noted toasty bouquet as well, adding another layer of richness and complexity. Mouthwatering acidity on the palate, with distinct mineral qualities. Ripe fruit comes through; quite well-balanced. Reminiscent of a white Burgundy, but more fresh and bright in overall expression
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2007 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-18-2017
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This 2007 Gran Reserva ‘904’ is one of my favorite wines that I’ve had to pleasure of tasting this year. Mostly Tempranillo (90%) with Graciano additionally (10%), this wine only improves with more time decanted or in the glass. At first, this wine exudes a multitude of savory notes, especially root vegetables and demi-glace. As you go in once more, cherry liqueur, stewed red fruit, vanilla and sweet tobacco are revealed as well. The balance on the palate is exquisite, with a wonderful freshness and juicy acidity that is quite delightful coming from a wine that is over 10 years old. The tannins are well-integrated and play off nicely with the cherry clafoutis, dried herb, dust, and Valrhona cocoa flavors that permeate the palate. This wine is a classic Rioja that will see a great deal of evolution if one desires to age 10-20 years longer; this wine can also be enjoyed without further cellaring

2009 La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-18-2017
This bottling of Viña Arana is mostly Tempranillo with just a touch of Mazuelo (~5%). I was struck by the rustic nature of this wine. Aromas of hard cheeses, incense, clove, and cinnamon. There is a noted umami characteristic to the wine as well. Strawberries and red cherries are followed by orange peel, hard cheese, and a hint of Portobello mushroom. Ample tannins and a fresh, bright acidity throughout. Drinking fantastic now, it also can further improve with prolonged cellaring (aging potential is high with this bottling). Perfect with grilled meat or assortment of aged cheeses
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2010 La Rioja Alta "Viña Alberdi" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-18-2017
The 2010 vintage in Rioja was an exceptional one, and this Viña Alberdi Reserva is a great expression of the respective year. Comprised of 100% Tempranillo, this wine is aged for 2 years in American Oak barrel. The first year of aging is in new oak and the second year is in older aged barrels. The wine was manually racked four times by the light of a candle. Ripe red fruit aromas intermingle with notes of vanilla, dill and seasoned leather. Medium body, with silky tannins on the palate. Juicy ripe cherry, spiced plum, and tomato jam qualities reveal themselves on the finish. This wine is a quintessentially approachable Rioja. A fantastic choice to accompany various pasta dishes and meat-based paellas
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JS 95 RP 91

2016 Fento Wines "Bico da Ran" Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 07-10-2017
Meyer lemon, white peach, and honeydew melon aromas move into slightly floral qualities. Initial salty mineral notes, followed by ripe green apple and unripe stone fruit. Great mouthfeel and texture on this wine; this Albariño is a perfect summer sipper
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2013 Bootleg Napa Valley Red Wine
Review Date: 06-23-2017
A deeply fruity and powerful red blend, yet nuanced and complex. Aromas of cherries, blueberries, and blackberries. Fruit quality is slightly jammy, but overall mostly ripe in expression. Bouquet of vanilla, espresso, and mocha. Soft tannins accented by a noted elevated acidity on the finish. A tinge of dried herbs, most noted being thyme and marjoram. Overall, this robust wine appeals to those who are fans of red blends like The Prisoner. Great option for summer barbeques; also fun pairing with olive tapenade
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RP 94 WS 90

2015 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-19-2017
Another great vintage of Banshee Pinot Noir. The 2015 vintage was marked by lower harvest yields due to drought; the quality of fruit was still superb. Most of the fruit is sourced from the Sonoma Coast appellation, with a multitude of single-vineyard sites being featured in the final blend. In doing so, this provides a high-quality California Pinot Noir for under $25. Initial notes of intense raspberry and fresh cranberry. Underlying Saigon cinnamon and rose petals following. Palate leads with bold cranberry, dark cherry, hibiscus, and subtle hints of vanilla and baking spice. Dark berry and plum as well.
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VN 90

2014 Gainey "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-18-2017
Aromatic nose consisting of bright citrus, ripe orchard fruit, and upfront oak notes (baking spices especially). White peach, lemon & lime, golden apple, and crisp minerality dominate on the palate. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, but noted with an elevated acidity that leaves a refreshing finish on the palate. Drink over the next 2-3 years. One of our best values in domestic chardonnay for under $20!
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VN 92

2011 Ferrer Bobet "Vinyes Velles" Priorat
Review Date: 06-09-2017
A blend of Cariñena (~70%) and Garnacha (30%). Slight smoky aromas, evoking especially charred dark fruit. Quickly moves towards red currant, dark cherry, licorice and mocha. Chewy blackberry and cherry skin on the palate; hints of cedar and licorice as well. Medium acidity, elegant tannin structure, and long finish. Lighter in body than most Priorat wines, this wine is perfect with anything from Sicilian pasta to BBQ. Great value for $25.
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RP 92 WS 91

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