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August 25, 2009 New Arrival Email
The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory within the last seven days, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into three sections. First we show a limited number of our top picks for the week. Next, we display all new arrivals coming into our inventory for the first time. Finally, there is a list of old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory.
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals and Back in Stock sections)
- 2007 Bodega Elvira Calle "Ca' de Calle" Gran Reserva Mendoza, Argentina
90 points Wine Spectator: "Very polished, with a suave mocha note weaving through the crushed red plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit, backed by a spicy note on the velvety finish. Drink now. 500 cases made." (08/09) The Ca' de Calle is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This kitchen sink style blend is made in the vein of Sean Thackrey's Pleiades or Owen Roe's Abbot's Table, it just happens to be from Argentina. The wine is loaded with black fruit flavors, spice box aromas and a subtle, smoky finish. It's nice to see all of Mendoza's best varietals working in conjunction together. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)
- 2007 Durigutti Malbec Mendoza
90 points and a Smart Buy, Wine Spectator: "Quite ripe and toasty, with a hefty dose of mocha and coffee laid over the fleshy dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit. This stays toasty through the finish, but it's well-integrated, with the fruit an equal match. Drink now through 2010." (Web only, 2009) I was quite taken with this Malbec for its impressive display of classic varietal character: dark fruits, particularly blackberry, with a wonderful violet flavor providing lift on the mid-palate towards the finish, as well as the mineral component which good old vine Malbec all too seldom displays. It is a terrific expression for very little money. (Joe Manekin, South American wine buyer, K&L Redwood City)
- 2007 Domaine des Ballandors Quincy
If you love Sancerre, but not the cost, you need to discover the wines of Quincy. Like Sancerre, these wines are 100% Sauvignon Blanc. And this incredible value from Ballandors is just as minerally, high acid and grippy as any Sancerre that's twice the price. It features green apple and citrus fruit on the nose and palate and a bright, steely finish. And just like its fancy pants neighbor, this 2007 is fantastic to pair with oysters, clams, crab or anything featuring fresh herbs and chevre.
- 1998 Latour, Pauillac
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Red-ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, licorice and lead pencil. Deeper than Les Forts but currently rather mute in the middle. Strongly minerally. Offers classic Latour structure and spine. Finishes with sneaky, subtle persistence."
(05/2001) 90 points
"Plenty of raspberry, dark chocolate and mint on the nose. Full-bodied, with licorice and sweet tobacco character and a cedar undertone. Outstanding. Pop the cork. (2009)"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"...The 1998 possesses a dark garnet/purple color in addition to a complex bouquet of underbrush, cedar, walnuts, and licorice-tinged black currants."
(04/2001) Jancis Robinson:
"Minerals and savour and sappiness. Certainly nothing as simple as fruit! Although in this vintage Latour does not outshine the others as obviously as in some more recent years. Really sappy perfume. Great rich spread across the palate is impressive. Density and energy. Dry finish. Good lift. Suitably dense and very mineral. But polished too. Drink 2013-2028. (18.5/20 points)"
- 2006 Palmer Historical XIX Century
In the olden days, Bordeaux estates would routinely add Syrah (Hermitage) to their red wine for additional depth, color and alcohol. Palmer has brought back the old style, in an extremely limited fashion, of course, for a lucky few that will get to sample this fascinating and very tasty wine. 15% Syrah (Hermitage), 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42.5% Merlot (Palmer property).
- 2005 Mercurey, La Plante Chassey, Catherine & Dominique Derain (Was $45 Elsewhere)
Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely take the minimalist approach. They farm biodyamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulfur in their winemaking approach. The "La Plante Chassey" site is a south-east slope comprised of deep clay soils. A small percentage of Pinot Beurrot (an ancient Burgundy varietal) is planted in this vineyard and provides a touch of nuance to the wine. There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Given the economics of our time this is an extraordinary introduction to this region at an appealing price. Fans of Burgundy won't be disappointed and we may even make a few converts from the New World. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)
- 1998 Moet & Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon Brut Rosé Champagne
95 poins Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium salmon-amber colour. Delicate nose of fresh crushed raspberries, white pepper and chompoo / rose apple. The palate is well structured with a nice backbone of crisp acidity providing freshness to the silken texture and judicious amount of toast. Very long finish with lingering hints of fresh ginger. Drink now to 2018." (03/09) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful orange pink color sets the scene for this intense rosé. It has maturity now, but certainly not old age, retaining great swathes of fresh red currant and grapefruit to go with the toast that is just showing. It is sophisticated and full-bodied, a wine that commands attention." (12/08) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Orange-pink. Redcurrant, cherry, dried flowers, botanical herbs and minerals on the nose. Pliant red fruit and poached pear flavors are lifted by smoky minerals; benefited greatly from aeration, picking up floral pastille and anise qualities. A rather open-knit version of this always complex bottling, finishing with gentle grip and a suave echo of flowers and smoky minerals." (Nov/Dec '08)
- 2007 Domaine de la Janasse "Terre d'Argile" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
91 points Robert Parker: "The opaque purple-hued 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Terre d’Argile (a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre) reveals a big, sweet perfume of creosote, licorice, blackberries, and kirsch. Full-bodied with layers of fruit and a remarkably long finish, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 4-6 years." (10/09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Very inviting, with lush blueberry, fig sauce and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors, backed by alluring spice and black tea notes. The long, round, juicy finish is stylish as well. Drink now through 2010." (11/09) 15.5% abv.
- 2007 Suavia Soave
Listed in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2008. 90 points and a Smart Buys designation from the Wine Spectator: "Lots of lemon, white peach and mineral character, with hints of orange peel and dry almond. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a crisp finish, leaving a lingering citrus aftertaste. Racy, nervy and delicious. Minerally, almost flinty. Drink now. 6,000 cases made." (08/08) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Suavia's 2007 Soave Classico shows the complexity and character of this hillside site in its ripe yellow fruits, smoke, earthiness and minerals. The wine was very closed and reticent at the outset so I recommend opening it 30 minutes before serving to give it some air. Alternatively a quick double-decant should do the trick. This is a generous, full-bodied style of Soave that is sure to find many fans. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010." (08/08)
- 2008 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand
92 points Wine & Spirits: "This firm, luscious Sauvignon is impressively concentrated for the 2008 vintage. It's saturated with gooseberry and lemongrass flavors, and plenty of acidity. Give it several years in bottle to mellow, or serve it now with freshly shucked oysters." (02/09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Light and tart, with a zip to the acidity that carries the vivid, celery-tinged gooseberry and lime flavors, lingering impressively on the sharply focused finish. Drink now." (04/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: Very pale straw-yellow. Sexy, pure aromas of soft citrus fruits, grapefruit and lemon oil, accented by peppery herbs. Dense, sweet and supple, with lovely lift and spicy high notes to the lemon, grapefruit and pineapple flavors. A broad, fruit-driven style of sauvignon with a light touch-and distinctly polite for this bottling, showing neither the outstanding intensity and grip of the best recent vintages nor the pronounced herbaceous character of the more difficult years. But this is harmonious from the outset." (Sept/Oct '09) Scented and summery, the 2008 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has deliciously vibrant aromatics that infuse the tropical fragrance of fresh passionfruit and juicy pineapples with garden-fresh basil and the spiciness of crushed tomato leaves. The palate is long and succulent, combining exotic fruits with ripe, red capsicum and a twist of green olive... beautifully complemented by crisp natural acidity and a hint of lime zest.
- 2005 Cellars Capafons Oso "Sirsell" Priorat, Spain
90 points Wine Spectator: "Plum, currant, briar, cedar and earth flavors give this brawny red a brooding character. The tannins are assertive, but berry and floral notes emerge on the finish. Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mazuelo and Syrah. Best after 2010." (11/08) Whoa! This is a real deal in Priorat for those looking for The Real Thing. Here's a terrific look at what a more traditionally styled Priorat tastes like. Every bit as intensely flavored and full throttle as the modern guys (i.e. nearly everyone else), but with terrific minerality, elegance, and gutsy flavors adding a whole lot of interest. Produced from Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that have been fermented separately and aged 12 months in used French and American oak, this delicious Priorat leads from the glass with black olive and black cherry aromas. On the palate, pure blackberry and dark plum fruits show terrific slate minerality in the middle, with an amazing elegance given the richness and structure of the wine. At under $20 this is very compelling wine indeed.
- 2004 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Proprietary Red (Was $219.00)
"Tasted in October, 2007, the wine was mute, offering little aromatically except for teasing notes of blackberries and oak. That shyness extended to the taste, where strong, hard tannins provide an almost impenetrable coat of armor to what’s inside. But right down the middle of the palate is a deep, intensely powerful stream of perfectly ripened cassis that’s all the proof you need of ageability. This is a magnificently structured young wine, reminiscent of a fine young Pauillac. Best after 2012, and should have another decade after that, at least."
(02/2008) 95 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I had this wine several times in Napa, and it is a beauty. A flashy, exuberant style for Phelps, with dense ruby/purple color, a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, smoke, and spice, the wine has supple tannins, a flamboyant, full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous length. Despite its precociousness and up-front style, this wine should evolve easily for 20 or more years."
(12/2007) 94 points