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2015 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

The principal white grapes in Syrah-dominated Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage have received so much attention as "Rhone Ranger" varietals in California, it's worth revisiting Marsanne and Roussanne on their home turf. Alain Graillot, who founded his domaine in Crozes-Hermitage in 1985 and rapidly became one of the hottest producers thereabouts, made this wine from hand-picked Marsanne and Roussanne, fermented and aged in older oak barrels before release. This is classic white Crozes, and made for food, particularly freshwater fish like rainbow trout! 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2013 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Chave's 2013 Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled prior to my visit. Always 80% to 85% Marsanne and the rest Roussanne, from the lieux-dits of Rocoules, Peleat, L'Hermite and Maison Blanche, it's raised primarily in barrels with a small percentage new. Loaded with notions of buttered citrus, white currants, liquid rock, white flowers and hints of honeysuckle, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and purity, and a focused, clean, elegant profile that keeps you coming back to the glass. It lacks the sheer wealth of ma ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2013 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2013 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leading off three single-vintage whites from Hermitage, the stunning 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de L’Orée has an off-the-hook bouquet that includes just about everything you could think of when considering Hermitage Blanc. White peach, white flowers, almond paste, quince and wet rock are just some of the nuances, and it packs a serious punch on the palate, with full-bodied richness, a flamboyant, expansive texture and riveting focus and purity. Give it a year or so and drink it over the following 2-3 decades. (JD)" (12/2014) 96 points Wine Spectator: "This has a weighty, honeyed feel, with ...Read More » 


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2010 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Because of a change in French laws, the 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille will be the last sweet wine made by Chapoutier. Made from 100% Marsanne, this perfect wine exhibits an incredible perfume of truffles, apricot jam and caramelized tangerines. This noble, surgically precise classic can be drunk now or cellared for over 100 years. It is a remarkable wine, and it’s a shame to see this cuvee discontinued. For the technical minded, this wine has 120 grams of residual sugar. (RP)" (12/2012) 99 points Wine Spectator: "Very intense, with a tightly focused beam of apricot eau-de-vie, quince, ...Read More » 


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Domaine Remy Nodin Saint Peray Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Wine Spectator: "This sparkler offers a lovely Jonagold apple core, with hints of ginger, melon rind, star fruit and ginger weaving in and out. The lovely, lightly firm mousse gives the finish cut. Drink now. 200 cases made. (JM)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: Remy Nodin founded his winery in 2008. Prior to that, his fruit was all sold to the large cooperative Cave de Tain. He farms 9 hectares throughout the northern Rhone including holdings in Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph and Saint-Peray. It is worth noting that Saint-Peray in its heyday produced sparkling wines that commanded more... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2003 M. Chapoutier "De l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Nearly perfect, one of the most prodigious dry white wines I have ever tasted is the 2003 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree. A 669-case cuvee fashioned from yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare, it offers aromas and flavors beyond anything I have previously tasted in a dry white. It tastes like a liqueur of licorice intermixed with a liqueur of honeysuckle, quince, and rocks. Opulent, viscous, and full-bodied, at first glance it is seemingly fragile and over the top, but it boasts extraordinary freshness and liveliness as well as monster concentration and a finis ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2014 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades. Looking at the 2014 whites from Michel Chapoutier, these are gorgeous wines that show the suppler, more elegant style of the vintage, yet s ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $144.99 Add To Cart
RP 97

2014 Pierre Gonon "Les Oliviers" Saint-Joseph Blanc

93 points Vinous: "Light, bright yellow. Poached pear, white peach, honey and lemon pith on the intensely perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Pliant, deeply concentrated pit and citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors are complemented by hints of succulent herbs and fennel; bitter quinine adds back-end cut. Closes with powerful punch and serious persistence, leaving behind a note of candied citrus fruits. This bottling has an admirable track record for cellaring. (JR)" (3/2016)  


Inventory: Hollywood

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VN 93

2010 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Ermitage Blanc

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in February of this year, after spending 30 months in new oak barrels, the 2010 Ermitage Ex-Voto Blanc is absolutely heavenly stuff! Comprised of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, this incredible white boasts massive aromatics of white currants, white peach, flowers, licorice, sauteed nuts and brioche, as well as a striking minerality that comes out with additional time in the glass. Coming from the oldest vines in Hermitage, it is a full-bodied, incredibly concentrated effort that builds on the palate and through the finish, yet stays fresh, elega ...Read More » 


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2014 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine of the vintage (and I’ll include all the wines of the northern Rhône, red and white in that grouping) is the 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc. Always made from 100% Marsanne that comes from the granite soils of the l’Hermite lieu-dit, it was aged 11 months in 25% new demi-muids before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Its medium-gold color is followed by a heavenly bouquet of liquid rock, hazelnut, caramelized pineapples, stone fruits and quince. Thick, unctuous, full-bodied, thrillingly pure and laser focused with a dry, blockbuster finish that ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $349.99 Add To Cart
RP 100

2003 M. Chapoutier "De L'Oree" Ermitage Blanc (1.5L)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Nearly perfect, one of the most prodigious dry white wines I have ever tasted is the 2003 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree. A 669-case cuvee fashioned from yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare, it offers aromas and flavors beyond anything I have previously tasted in a dry white. It tastes like a liqueur of licorice intermixed with a liqueur of honeysuckle, quince, and rocks. Opulent, viscous, and full-bodied, at first glance it is seemingly fragile and over the top, but it boasts extraordinary freshness and liveliness as well as monster concentration and a finis ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


2013 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Completing a trifecta of perfect whites, the 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc is another sensational effort that offers incredible minerality/liquid rock in its pineapple, tangerine, flower oil, mint and caramelized citrus-driven bouquet. Full-bodied and beautiful on the palate, with more tension and focus than the Cuvee de L’Orée or le Meal, it has perfectly balanced richness, structure and freshness, with no hard edges and a blockbuster finish. It won't be accessible for another 3-4 years and will most likely be immortal in the cellar. (JD)" (12/2014) 98 points Wine Spectator: "Beauti ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


2006 Sine Qua Non "Mr. K Straw Man" Marsanne Vin de Paille (375ml)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Mr. K The Strawman Marsanne Vin de Paille is 100% Marsanne from the Beckmen Vineyard that boasts 240 grams of residual sugar per liter. A medium gold-colored effort, it reveals more marmalade notes interwoven with notions of maple syrup, honeysuckle, and exotic tropical fruits. While untuously-textured with remarkable sweetness, it is not cloying because of the fresh acids. I have no idea how long these wines will last, but they will undoubtedly keep for many years. (RP)" (8/2009) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep gold. Powerful pit fruit and citrus marmalade on the nose, wit ...Read More » 


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Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
RP 97 ST 95

2009 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are two wines readers should keep an eye out for, even though they are very limited in availability (just under 300 cases of each). Both are potentially immortal offerings. The 2009 Ermitage Vin de Paille and 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille are both made from the l’Ermite lieu-dit. Both possess deep gold colors as well as off-the-chart levels of residual sugar, acidity and concentration. These massive, unctuously textured, phenomenally great sweet dessert wines have incredible precision as well as intensity. Available only in half bottles, these connoi ...Read More » 


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2012 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This offers a jaw-dropping display of white peach, creamed Jonagold apple, Cavaillon melon and persimmon fruit flavors intertwined with citronella, chamomile, singed macadamia nut and salted butter notes. Remarkably creamy in feel and seriously long, delivering echoes of citrus oil and smoke. Hard to resist now, but this isn’t going anywhere for a while. Best from 2017 through 2032." (9/2016) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Scheduled to be released in February of next year, the 2012 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is similar to the classic Hermitage Blanc, yet ratchets the intensity up a notch. ...Read More » 


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