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2015 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes Victoria

95 points James Halliday: "The honeysuckle aroma of this marsanne bursts out of the glass when swirled, perhaps a hint of jasmine or field flowers too. The palate lives up to the promise and then some: the variety is often sotto voce when young, but here it is exuberant, aided by chalky acidity."  


Inventory: San Francisco

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JH 95

2016 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

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2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage Blanc

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A bigger, more serious wine, the 2015 Hermitage Cuvee Emilie Blanc (97% Marsanne and 3% Roussanne, aged in 70% new barrels) comes all from the Maison Blanche lieu-dit. It’s backward and closed, with crisp white peach, caramelized stone fruits and background oak giving way to a rich, concentrated, beautifully textured profile on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep for two decades. 93+ (JD)" (12/2016) K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are fourth-generation winemakers who originally sold grapes to the local cooperative. Aft... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco

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RP 93

2014 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc

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 st ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2014 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have th ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2015 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2015 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish. (JD)" (12/2016) 97 points Decanter: "Tight bouquet, deep mass of jumbled fruits. Glorious and fat in a complex, provocative wine. In a different league. Drinking Window 2018 - 2038" (3/2017) 94-96 points Vinous: "Limpid gold. Pungent Meyer lemon, candied pear and vanilla scents show super ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2015 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century" (12/2016) Wine Spectator: "The 2015 Ermitage White L'Ermite is scintillating, with ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 100

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

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 » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


2014 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

98 points Wine Spectator: "Honeysuckle, verbena and chamomile aromas stream out first, followed by a remarkably creamy core of yellow apple, white peach, heather honey and warm mirabelle plum notes. Hazelnut oil and brioche line the finish, adding considerable length. Despite all the lushness and depth, this manages to maintain a sense of tension and precision as well. Amazing wine. (JM)" (7/2017) 97 points James Suckling: "White peach, grilled hazelnuts and plenty of yellow citrus fruits with dried meadow flowers. The palate has impressive glycerol-laden texture. Lemon and lime citrus ride on a smooth and ex ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco


1998 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml) Back In Stock!
1998 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml)

95 points Rhone Report: "The 1998 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Vin de Paille, like the ’07, is 100% Marsanne that’s aged for 2 months on straw mats prior to pressing and aging in new oak. It shows an aged sauterne like bouquet of dried honeycomb, crème brûlée, vanilla bean, and ripe fruit that slowly builds in the glass, revealing huge richness, as well as impressive complexity and nuance. Very full and powerful on the palate, with a firm, edgy texture, serious concentration, and a massive finish, this leans more towards the dry dessert wine spectrum and doesn’t have an overt amount ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

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RR 95 VN 93 - 95

2003 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml)

99 points Wine Spectator: "This singular sweet wine delivers jaw-dropping fruit--mango, papaya, blood orange and glazed peach--with a nervy spine buried in its creamy texture. Marzipan- and mineral-filled finish evaporates slowly, leaving a firm but mouthwatering impression behind. Drink now through 2025. (JM)" (3/2006) 93 points Vinous: "Deep gold. Intense, complex aromas of dried apricot and honey. Thick, silky and superconcentrated, with distinctly wild flavors of apricot, truffle and damp earth. Conveys a tactile impression of extract. The '02 version is much fresher but not as honeyed, notes Mazo ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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WS 99 VN 93

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

99 points Wine Spectator: "Very intense, with a tightly focused beam of apricot eau-de-vie, quince, green almond, heather honey, orange zest and persimmon notes that are both rich and lacy at the same time. A wine of bewildering range and stunning precision. Drink now through 2050. (JM)" (10/2013) 94 points Vinous: "Bright gold. Exuberant pear, peach and honey aromas, with anise, ginger and nutmeg qualities adding complexity. Bright, sweet ginger- and mineral-accented orchard fruit flavors show excellent depth and clarity, with an orange peel note adding back-end cut. Expands with air and finishes wit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

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WS 99 VN 94

2016 Powell & Son Roussanne-Marsanne Barossa Valley South Australia

92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, with smooth and creamy peach, apricot and Asian pear flavors, accented by spicy toast and a whiff of roasted fennel. The supple texture and detailed finish go on and on. Drink now through 2027. 150 cases made." K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Our Roussanne Marsanne is based on the style of the great Hermitage Blancs of the Northern Rhone Valley. We aim for richness, minerality and hedonism in this, our most premium white wine. The style is typically lower in acid and high in phenolic content, which provides richness on the palate and requisite phenolics to age. ... Read More » 


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WS 92

2007 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml)

94 points Vinous: "Green-gold color. Extremely spicy aromas of minerals, cinnamon, clove and lemon. Dusty citrus and peach flavors gain sweetness with air, picking up hints of spun sugar and floral honey. Very fresh, with excellent finishing cut and lingering spiciness. This fascinating wine deftly plays sweetness against energy. (JR)" (1/2009)  


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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VN 94