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Jim Barr

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Blason Brut B3 Friuli Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 9-18-2013
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Lush and delicious, with a bright and dry presentation, this highly aromatic, wonderful offering is clean and crisp in the mouth, and offers a nice everyday drinking sparkler at a “cheap” price. This is the first time that Greg St.Clair has had this exceptional sparkler imported to us from Blason. Eby has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house sparkling wines for the month. Enjoy! 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2014
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Arnauton, Fronsac
Review Date: 5-30-2013
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Inky in color, the nose exhibits a woodsy, almost mushroomy note with distinctive cassis to blueberry fruit overtones. In its creamy, rich, viscous, fleshy mouth presentation, this Gem is well-integrated, balanced, broad and loaded with lush, deep, ripe fruit. As with the Beaumont, this Gem will drink in the near-term (three to six years) and Rusty has told me to bring at least a few cases home for that purpose, For those of you who are hung up on points from the wine gods, The Wine Spectator gave this 89 points.14.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

2009 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 5-30-2013
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We have imported this wonderful Cru Bourgeois for well over twenty years. Deeply colored, this lovely, opulent wine shows tons of cassis to mocha aromas, with a broad, well integrated, viscous mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish. Rusty has informed me that this near-term Gem will be our house red for the next three to six years. For those of you who are hung up on points from the wine gods, The Wine Enthusiasts gave this puppy 89 to 90 points.14.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-14-2013
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Produced from Chardonnay [obviously, since it is “Blanc de Blancs”], this amazing Gem throws tons of yeasty, nutty, creamy fruit at you both in the nose and on the palate, with brilliant complexity, and a lush, broad, and rich finish. The Bean has ordered me to bring at least one case of this home for our consumption in the next one to three-plus years. I will probably bring home more than that. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-21-2013
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Between this vintage and the 1997, I can’t make up my mind as to which one I absolutely like the best. The problem, here, is that I love this Bordeaux vintage. It is a classic great vintage to me. But the 1997 is so superb to drink now, it is hard for me to decide. Read my description of the 1997 and apply it to this Gem. Rusty has indicated that this production will be one of our house reds for however long it is around. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-26-2012
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From my favorite Rioja producer, this stunning, complex, high-profiled “Reserva” offers all the elements that I look for in a great wine: an opulent bouquet, abundant structure and depth, exceptional mid-range, focus, a broad and powerful fruit presentation, and a finish that is satisfyingly long and warm. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose is loaded with an anise spiciness in concert with currant and cassis-like fruit characteristics, with undercurrents of game and mild toasty notes. All of these remarkable features carry over to its extraordinary set of flavors and overall presentation. This Gem will age easily for another ten to fifteen years, but you will find it difficult to keep your hands off of it for the near term once you taste it. Rusty has anointed this wonderful Gem as one of our house reds for however long it is around and has ordered me to buy cases of it for our cellar. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2028
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2007 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-29-2011
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I have been such a fan of the Cabernets coming from Amici the last ten years, my thoughts were “How can any subsequent production get any better than their great 2004?” Then along comes this Gem from 2007, which may be the best production coming from Amici Cellars to date. All of us absolutely loved the 2004, but the2007 is, by and far, stunningly better. Deep ruby in color, the high profiled nose shows tons of cassis, currants, and blackberries with just a hint of the Napa Valley minerality dust. Broad, expansive, complex, structured, deeply flavored and integrated, silky tannins, this wonderfully balanced Gem should be put away and aged for another seven to ten-plus years. Anderson has informed me that this really needs to be in our cellar in case quantity, and it will. If you have it near-term, decant and air it out for two hours to help open it up. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 3-4-2009
As our Alsatian wine buyer, Eric Story, pointed out to me, recently: “Most people outside of the region don’t think about Alsace for sparkling wine, but wait until you try this puppy!” He was right both times. Most people don’t know, and I couldn’t wait to have another glass after I tasted the first. This is an impeccably delightful, refreshing Brut rosé, produced entirely from Pinot Noir and bottle-aged on yeast for two years before disgorgement. The resulting wine is a sparkler that shows a lovely pinkish hue, very fine bead, and bright yeasty, strawberry and spicy fruit characteristics on the nose that carries well to the dry, clean, yet abundantly fruity palate. Try it with a grilled salmon dinner or seriously consider it for your next party. Anderson and the girls have informed me that this will be our house sparkler for spring and into summer, if it lasts that long. 12% abv
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

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