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Steve Bearden
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I’m the Bordeaux liason for the San Francisco store, starting my run there around 2000. Over the years I've gained a great respect for subtlety, finesse, elegance and terroir, or a sense of place, that I believe all great wine should have. I enjoy practically anything and everything but mostly French and Italian with heavy emphasis on Rhône and Bordeaux. Be adventurous. There is tremendous diversity in regions, varieties and styles, so don’t let your palate get pigeon-holed.


Reviews

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2008 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 2-25-2015
In 2008 the Third wine of Chateau Latour is sleek, sophisticated and classy. The high percentage of Merlot makes this a little more approachable than the Second wine Forts Latour, but all the class and breeding you expect is still there. The crunchy cherry fruit and graphite minerality are poised, polished and open up beautifully with decanting.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 L'Ecole No. 41 " Luminesce" Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla White Wine
Review Date: 2-25-2015
Hailing from Walla Walla comes a refreshing white Bordeaux-style sipper with a balanced blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. The subtle citrus and kiwi fruit notes hit the tongue with just enough tartness to keep the succulent texture and mineral rich taste in line. It’s elegant enough alone or try pairing with basil pesto pasta or goat cheese stuffed chicken.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2013 GRÜNER by Etz Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (1L)
Review Date: 2-25-2015
I've lost track of the number of times I have taken this bargain bottle to a picnic, BBQ or party and had people gush over how delicious it is. Honestly, I usually grab it because $14.00 for a litre of wine with a screw cap is exactly what I need on my days off-easy and cheap. White pepper, crunchy lentil, snappy apple and green pear fruit and a touch of trapped CO2 make this one perfect party sipper.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Maestracci "E Prove" Corse Calvi Rouge
Review Date: 2-25-2015
This is a fantastic bottle of wine for less than 20 bucks. This is earthy and dark with a sleek structure and polished tannins on the long finish, Along with the black and blue fruit there are some animal notes and a funky and savory dig into the Corsican terroir of ocean spray and mineral. Amazing complexity for the money.
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2013 Domaine Combier "Purple Label" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 2-25-2015
This bottle with the bright purple label is a great introduction to the wines of the Northern Rhone. Cracked pepper, smoke, bacon and a cool iron finish show off great wine making5. This is a great value in Syrah.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Robert Craig "Affinity" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 2-19-2015
This is exactly what most people have in mind when they think of a classic big, bold Napa Cabernet from a great vintage. Here is a brawny, rich fruit-driven wine with a solid smack of oak, creamy blackberry fruit, spice and enough structure to hold it all together. This in-your-face bottling belongs in every steakhouse in the country.

2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-10-2015
Vintage after vintage this wine over delivers, but the beauty of the 2009 is you won't have to wait 10 years for it to be at its peak. This is delicious now and shows a real softness to the earthy and sweet cherry fruit flavors. The round, broad and rich middle lets you sink your teeth into the terroir and the ripeness and warmth of the vintage makes for early drinking.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 2-10-2015
Year after year this little gem remains a best seller and its easy to see why. Aromas of citrus and flowers and flavors of spiced apple combine to hit the sweet spot of what folks are looking for in bargain White Burgundy. This is an intense, un-oaked, rich and warm screaming value not to be missed.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 2-10-2015
Sancerre fans take note, if you lean to the crisp and clean school of wine you are going to want to taste this. Insolite is the quintessential Sancerre offering a fragrant lemon peel nose, bright acidity and all the stoney mineral characteristics one craves from the Loire. The ripe fruit mixed with chalky undertones gives this a strong citrus finish you won't soon forget. Grab a fresh baguette and some fresh chevre or a dozen oysters for a match made in heaven!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Bellevue-La-Randée, Bordeaux
Review Date: 2-9-2015
After writing about so many great 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux in this price range it's nice to have an over-achiever from the somewhat difficult 2011 vintage to brag about. There is plenty of blackberry and ripe cherry fruit in the lush middle which is accented by hints of earth and spice. This modern and tasty wine shows the barest touch of tannin poking through the sweet and toasty finish. Uncork this bargain tonight.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

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2010 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 2-7-2015
The latest version of this best seller is a bit deeper and tighter than in the past which is not unexpected given the power of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage. What does surprise is the lushness of the fruit on what is usually a more restrained, old school bottling. At any rate this seems to hit the sweet spot with both dark and red fruits, overt minerality and touches of herb and tobacco combined with enough power that decanting is suggested.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-6-2015
We love the Champy wines because they practice organic methods with their estate vineyards and because direct pricing makes them affordable. This bottling includes fruit sourced from around Puligny-Montachet, giving it a little more weight and texture than most bottlings at this price. This is elegant yet weighty with crushed apple fruit and fine persistence to the finish. A baby Puligny!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Haut-Bergey Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-6-2015
Here is a serious white that combines great weight and texture with wonderful, mouthwatering acidity. This is dry and concentrated with exotic citronella, fleshy citrus pith, juicy green melon and palate-cleansing mineral on a clean and powerful structure. This should cellar really well and I might even decant it for enjoying tonight.

2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-5-2015
Many wines from the under appreciated 2004 Bordeaux vintage are finally starting to strut their stuff and this is a prime example. This is restrained and balanced with a lingering sweetness to the crisp finish. The middle is filled with smoky cherry and plum fruit, notes of tobacco and hints of earth that are lively, fresh and textured. Enjoy this tonight or age further.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-5-2015
This earthy wine is surprisingly rich and hearty for a 1998 Left Bank Bordeaux. Tobacco, mineral and cherry and plum fruit combine with hints of cedar and leather and there is a slightly firm edge to the stony finish. Decant this dry wine tonight and enjoy with hearty fare.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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