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2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-16-2018
This Silver Oak hails from the near-perfect 2013 California vintage. With ideal growing conditions considered, the varietals used were 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Aromas are quintessential: berries, dark currants, graham cracker, and cigar. On the palate, the wine surprises with more acidity than initially expected. The ripeness of fruit is balanced against this, accompanied by flavors of cassis and blackberry. A mineral note of graphite on the finish. Along with graphite minerality, silky tannins and spice flavors come through as well. A very classic Napa Valley style that will be sure to please!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $114.95 Add To Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut "Sous Bois" Champagne
Review Date: 02-13-2018
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I had the pleasure of trying this Champagne about a week ago along with a couple other Billecart-Salmon offerings. This was my favorite, for its inherent richness. The aroma was very reminiscent of a white Burgundy; dried orchard fruit, custard, and chalky minerality. On the palate, creamy fruit, lemon juice, and pear flavors play with an elegant toast and round mouthfeel. Acidity is still elevated; the chalkiness also comes through. This Champagne's power and balance come together wonderfully; worth every penny!

2016 Amalaya Malbec Salta
Review Date: 02-13-2018
I had the pleasure of tasting this Malbec at our staff tasting today. A dark horse winner for me, as the intensity of flavors and overall balance of the wine is nicely juxtaposed with a price point of under $12. Aromas of dark and blue fruit compliment a bouquet of mocha and violets. On the palate, this wine is fresh and bright, with flavors of dark berries, blueberry, espresso powder, vanilla, and bay leaf. A great option for dinner parties or as a weekday wine selection
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Best's "Concongella Vineyard" Late Disgorged Sparkling Shiraz Great Western Victoria
Review Date: 02-13-2018
Sparkling Shiraz? That isn't something that you hear every day. This bubbly from Western Vicotria is deliciously layered with aromas that are almost reminiscent of a northern Rhône Syrah for a moment but quickly moves into riper dark fruit, potpourri, and black olives. On the palate, dried and ripe dark fruit flavors play with tapenade and herb notes. There is a savory quality to this wine which contrasts nicely against the tannins that come into play, something that isn't typically seen with most sparkling offerings. Food pairing options include possibilities such as roast poultry or hard cheeses like cheddar. Can easily lay down for another couple years to allow more complexity to develop
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2013 Louis M. Martini "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-13-2018
A classic and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from the folks at Louis Martini. This wine hails from the recently christened Moon Mountain AVA in Sonoma. Big and brooding aromas of cassis and dark berries play with a bouquet of earl grey tea, milk chocolate, and fruitcake. On the palate, the wine expresses flavors of sugar plum, blue fruit, and black currant along with pipe tobacco, spice, and cocoa powder. There is a lovely stone minerality on the finish as well. While bold in expression, there is quite a sense of balance and finesse in the winemaking style here. Drinking well now, but as with other California Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the 2013 vintage, it will only get better with time. Lovely aging potential. Also a fantastic choice for an evening at your favorite steakhouse

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-13-2018
A delicious Zinfandel that pays homage to California wines of old. Sourced from the Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso vineyard that is over 125 years old, the quality is thusly reflected in the wine. Aromas of berry medley, plum, peach preserves, and vanilla extract. On the palate, unripe peach, ripe pluots, boysenberry, black cherry, and bay leaf on the palate. Lighter and less weighty on the palate than other California Zinfandels I’ve tried recently. A fantastic option for grilled chicken and other light BBQ fare
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2014 K Vintners "Roma - River Rock Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-12-2018
K Vintners are known for their knockout red wines from Washington. This Red Blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Syrah goes down a different but equally as satisfying path. Aromas of berries galore: raspberry, boysenberry, and strawberry. Accented by notes of Dutch cocoa powder, bay leaves, and stone. On the palate, flavors of ripe and dried cherries play with boysenberry notes. The wine possesses a great texture and is juicier and more lifted than I initially expected. If you’re looking for a wine with big flavor with some added liveliness, try this for your next red blend purchase!

2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Black Label)
Review Date: 02-12-2018
2012 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, quite classic in style and expression. The wines are bolder than in 2011 but tend to be more consistent in quality across the region. This 2012 Estate Cuvee is a quintessential Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon; a lovely nose of blackcurrant, dark cherry, plum, and prune. A hint of eucalyptus as well. On the palate, the wine possesses fantastic balance. A nicely lifted red wine, with a good amount of verve and lift. Flavors of ripe and dried plums and dark cherries, as well as eucalyptus once more. Lovely texture; a nicely nuanced expression of Western Australian terroir. One of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignon's in store for under $50
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2009 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-30-2018
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Quite a pretty nose; highlights include prunes, blue fruit, dried currants, and leather. On the palate, prune flavors appear again along with dried dark cherries, dried blueberries, and cocoa dusted chocolate truffles. A classic Gran Reserva, though on the younger side currently. An ideal candidate to add to the wine cellar. This wine can be enjoyed as a food pairing option with roast chicken or pork tenderloin. Decant for at least 30 minutes before serving
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2011 Miguel Merino "Unnum" Rioja
Review Date: 01-30-2018
The fruit sources in this wine from Miguel Merino are from vines up to 80 years old. It also uses exclusively French Oak (around 40% new), being one of the only wines in their portfolio to do so. A nicely layered nose of dark fruits, plum sauce, vanilla, cedar, and a touch of soy. Texturally, this wine shines. It possesses richness but is complemented by lively acidity. Long finish. While drinking well now, this wine will only get better with age. I recommend holding this for at least another 3-5 years
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2011 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-30-2018
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My personal favorite Miguel Merino wine I’ve had the pleasure of tasting thus far. A blend of 96% Tempranillo and 4% Graciano, this wine is layered with notes of dark cherry compote, fresh berries, baked plum, bourbon vanilla, and bread pudding. On the palate, crunchy dark fruit flavors are accented with spice notes and vanilla once more. Slight hint of blood orange additionally. What makes this wine truly stand out from others is its silky tannins and structural balance. Drinking well now, but will age gracefully for another 10 years. Pair with Iberian ham or Manchego cheese
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2011 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-30-2018
An inviting Rioja that is easily one of best values in the respective category. Ripe plum and berries are at the forefront of this wine’s aroma profile, but not overly so. Leather and baking spices also come through. On the palate, flavors of prunes, blackberries, and vanilla give way to dry tannins and an elevated acidity. Quite food friendly; will go well with charcuterie and various stewed meats. A prime example of the modern-classic style of Rioja
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Miguel Merino Mazuelo de Quinta Cruz Rioja
Review Date: 01-30-2018
A great example of a cool climate mazuelo (a.k.a. carignan / cariñena) from Spain. Both on the nose and on the palate, fresh, crunchy dark & red fruits are expressed; think plum and dark cherries. A hint of spice accents this quite nicely, as does the earthiness on the finish. A fantastic choice in a food pairing applications to accompany grilled fish or game meats
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2016 Cicada by Chante Cigale Méditerranée
Review Date: 01-27-2018
This wine a great option for choosing an early drinking red. Planted on clay and limestone soils, the vines possess an average age of 30 years. Initial aromas of red fruit and raspberry, typical of a youthful Grenache-dominated wine. Along with the aromatics, there is an inherent freshness on the palate, supported by tannins discreet and supple. This easy drinking wine goes well with an assortment of food items; think cold cuts, grilled meats, and fresh cheeses.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 d'Yquem "Y" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 01-27-2018
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A lovely aromatic profile with notes of dried tropical fruit and lemon peel accompanied by a bouquet of fresh tarragon and chervil, bourbon vanilla, and ginger. On the palate, flavors of dried pineapple and lemon curd are accented by crystallized ginger. While the wine possesses a round mouthfeel, there is an inherent freshness to the wine. This charming Bordeaux Blanc is drinking quite nicely now. If contemplating cellaring, this will age gracefully over the next 10-15 years. A fantastic choice when needing to choose a white wine for a special occasion
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 01-23-2018
Another fantastic bottling from our friends at Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos. Initial aromas reveal a lovely rustic charm to the wine, with a bouquet of dried herbs and dusty earth. Aromas of cherries and berries also come through as well. On the palate, flavors of dried fruits like dark cherry and berry intermingle with notes of earthy minerality. The wine's lively acidity lends it as an obvious choice for various food pairing applications. A great example of a Crianza Rioja, and a good value as well for being under $15.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bodegas Puelles Segundo Año Rioja
Review Date: 01-22-2018
Quite a value for only $11. Initial aromas of fruits such as cherry, plum, and prune. Accented with a bouquet of soft baking spices and vanilla. On the palate, this wine shows a really wonderful elevated acidity and balance to the ripeness of the fruit. Tannins are well-integrated additionally. Flavors of red cherry, blackberry, and strawberry along with leather and spice. Tasty and affordable, this is a fantastic choice for a red wine under $15.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2011 Los Autores "El Brujo" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-22-2018
A quintessentially classic Rioja. This wine holds the name El Brujo, which roughly translates to "the wizard." This was the nickname bestowed upon winemaker Ezequiel García, who made the legendary CVNE Riojas of the 1950's-1970's. This 2011 Reserva was selected by García from top vineyards in both Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. The aging process was performed in the traditional manner (3 years of aging prior to release, with at least 1 year of aging in oak barrels). The wine leads initially with aromas of dill and vanilla. A bouquet of cocoa powder along with notes of fresh cherries, berries, and plum also reveal themselves. A distinct dusty minerality shines on the palate along with elevated acidity, and flavors once more of plum; some cherry coulis, leather, and savory notes too. Quite nicely balanced. A fantastic wine; especially as an accompaniment to food.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2014 Honorio Rubio "Lias Finas" Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 01-22-2018
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 enjoy some Jamón Ibérico with it as well!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Huët "Le Haut-Lieu" Vouvray Demi-Sec
Review Date: 01-16-2018
I’ve always enjoyed the wines from Domaine Huët. This latest bottling from them proves to be no exception. Aromas of lemon zest, candied peaches, and tangerines play with aromas of stones, wool, sweet florals, and straw. On the palate, ripe stone and orchard fruit flavors are accompanied by stone minerality, straw, Meyer lemon, and lemon curd. A lifted acidity gives freshness without taking away from the lovely, weightier texture. It has similar sweetness to a German spätlese Riesling. A great choice with various cheeses, butternut squash soup, or baked ham.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-29-2017
This is the newest iteration of Brut Rosé from producer Le Brun De Neuville. The previous non-vintage version consisted of 2/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Noir. It now is primarily Chardonnay (~96%), with only ~4% Pinot Noir. Still, the wine evokes light red fruit aromas and accompanying floral notes. A distinct yeast characteristic is exhibited as well. On the palate, the wine is both fresh and savory; possesses a distinct weight that is most likely derived from 5% of oak aging. Elevated acidity as well; nicely crisp. Quite a pleasant Brut Rosé, one that is a great choice on its own or with light food fare.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2014 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-18-2017
An absolutely fantastic value Chardonnay that truly delights. Stylistically, this wine is crisp and lean, verging almost Burgundian in style. No malolactic fermentation in the winemaking process, and all stainless steel aging. The Central Coast sun does allow for a certain level of ripeness to develop, lending itself to exhibit tropical fruit notes. On the nose, pineapple and melon aromas initially, with orchard fruits like white pear and pear emerging along with citrus zest. Tertiary notes of citrus blossom, green herbs, mint, and stones. On the palate, the wine is juicy and lively. No richness from oak, but the round nature of Chardonnay inherently does come through, as does the ripeness of fruit. Crisp and minerally on the finish. For the unassuming price of this wine, there is definitely no shortage of flavor and liveliness all for under $15.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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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
RP 90

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

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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
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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

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

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
RP 90

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
Price: $329.99 Add To Cart
JS 97 RP 96 VN 95
Limit of 60 per customer

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

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
DC 95 RP 93

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!

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