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July 28, 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.

TOP PICKS...
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals and Back in Stock sections)

  • 2008 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner 1.0L ($10.99)
    Wine Club Price: $7.99.

    This years Allram liter is again packaged with the ever popular crown cap and is a fantastic start if you have never experienced Gruner Veltliner. The aromatics are full of pepper and spice with hints of citrus zest and earthy nuances of fresh pea shoots and lentil. A wonderfully fresh and vibrant wine that is snappy but with just the right amount of texture to let the juicy, mouthwatering acid structure take you home! Will get better over the next two to three years….

  • 2007 Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot, Maipe Valley, Chile ($9.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Merlot Reserve is a glass-coating opaque purple. The nose offers up coffee, mocha, and cherry leading to a wine with no hard edges and plenty of character. If all Merlots offered this much pleasure, Pinot Noir would never have become so popular." (12/08) On the nose, the Santa Ema is effusive: sweet mocha, ripe red and dark fruits, fig compote all compete to grab your attention, and just when you think you’ve assimilated the array of aromas, a trace of nutmeg reveals itself with a deeper whiff. Textbook Merlot on the palate, which in my mind is as much about supple, velvety texture as it is the flavor. Flavors are a bit drier than the nose would suggest, a good thing for pairing with food - grilled hamburgers would work great. Ripe plum and cherry fruit flavors are pure and tasty, with very mellow, easy-going tannins on the finish. When it comes to making delicious Chilean wines, which taste like the grape on the front label and consistently over-deliver for value, Santa Ema continues to impress. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

  • 1999 Latour, Pauillac ($339.00)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, the nose offers notes of cassis, tobacco leaf and tar with hints of tree bark and earth. The palate is taut and savory / minerally with very firm chewy tannins somewhat dominating the restrained fruit at this stage. (LPB)" (11/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, minerals and leather. Wonderfully harmonious in the mouth, with compelling sweetness of fruit but also superb grip. A lush, rich wine that already displays impressive inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with broad, essentially gentle tannins. Doesn't quite possess the grip or thrust of the '01, but this is wine-of-the-vintage material." (06/2002) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and fresh, with milk chocolate and berry aromas. Subtle and refined on the nose. Full-bodied and very elegant, featuring a solid core of ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. So much finesse here. Still tight, needing time in the bottle to open. No longer big, this is in just the right proportions for the vintage. '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2012. (Web-2010)" Jancis Robinson: "Medicinal and sinewy on the nose. Exciting and vibrant. Deep-flavoured. Long but the tannins are still very evident (though in this case there seems to be enough fruit to stand up to them). Ambitious - needs quite a bit of time yet. " (09/2009)

  • 1996 Latour, Pauillac ($599.00)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-black in color, the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat. The palate is pure power that is stunningly balanced giving a generous level of fruit concentration perfectly offset by a high level of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness. Possessing a finish that just goes on and on, this is as good as it gets." (11/2012) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. (Web Only - 2007)" 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Dark berries, violet, licorice and a note of torrefaction. Explosive, pure flavors are almost too big for the mouth. Finishes with big, sweet tannins and expanding, exhilarating flavors of pruneaux and crystallized dark berries. Perfectly integrated oak. A great Latour." (06/1999)

  • 1995 Latour, Pauillac (Was $549.00) (