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Matthew Callahan

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2006 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The 2006 ?Malartic-Lagravière is a wine of great elegance, and it shows great freshness in its bright raspberry fruit as well as ripeness throughout, which is the key to the wine’s lasting finish. Very pure, elegant wine.

2011 Clos l'Eglise, Pomerol  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Big, rich, thick texture, dense and full, quite open in the mouth. Still some aggressive tannins and hints of herbal components.

2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Yes, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc comes from somewhere other than Marlborough! This crackling savvy from Central Otago has nose that shows grapefruit, fresh cut red bell pepper, lemon/lime blossom and a savoury hint of tomatoe leaf. On the palate there's a creamy texture supported by zesty acidity with a persistent finish.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The Amisfield Pinot shows the more powerful, masculine side to Pinot Noir. The bouquet offers smoky black cherry, clove, Earl Grey tea, flat cola, forest floor, dried orange peel and some meaty notes. On the palate there are silky tannins with good balance and fine length.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
This is one of the great classics as far as values go--always good and dependable. It has a racy nose with hints of herbs, flowers and loads of red fruits. Nice creaminess. This is classic.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Amaury Coutelas "Cuvee 1809" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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This great Champagne is the zenith of cuvées from winemaker Damien Coutelas and his wife, Angelique, who ties the corks down, in the traditional method, without a wire cage. No malolactic fermentation and aged on the cork for eight years. Low dosage gives this beauty a long, chalky finish with minerals and spice. A clean clay nose leads to a mid-palate of truffles, smoke and yeast. This is a serious Champagne for those of you who are looking for something that is extremely high quality and unique. I tasted the upcoming releases in Champagne recently and they, too, will be keeping with the fine quality of this current release. So, collectors will not need to fear any quality changes down the line. This sparkler is worth every penny.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
I was very much taken in by this stunning Pinot. Our New Zealand buyer fortunately left this open in the bar for me to try. You get all of the density and power one would expect from Central Otago, wild cherry, cassis, and a rich texture. However it also shows a graceful balance with lifted notes of raspberry and a hint of earth. Great length on the back end, effortless even. I was so happy to find out it was only going to be less than $30!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Rich apple and pear fruit surround the buttery rich texture and toasty oak notes. There is a solid core of acid in here to keep the wine focused and in balance. Definitely the best of its kind for this price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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Rich, ripe and juicy. A fleshy, powerful wine with lots of ripe stone fruit and freshly squeezed citrus. The wine also gets some maturation in barrel and has great mid-palate texture and has a faint nutty, toasty persistence on the finish that really adds another level of complexity. Really tasty Savvy at a steal of a price.
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

2010 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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Big, brooding, concentrated Pinot with layers of smokey dark fruit, toasted spices, forest floor and truffle Porcini mushrooms. I love how this wine has tons of richness and fruit but still retains some savory elements to it that Pinot lovers (like myself) are captivated by. This wine is really showing well right now but I have no doubt it will continue to show well for a few years to come. A really great deal at this price, I think it could hold a $50 price tag and not disappoint!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93 RP 90

2011 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Nice nose, with hints of mocha and spice, sweet and fleshy in the mouth, with lots of mineral and graphite and very firm tannins on the finish. Successful for the vintage. 90-92 points.

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Dark fruit and a touch of pepper. Attractive front to back, with good grip and tannin control.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-21-2014
*V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia  
Review Date: 4-18-2014
What? $7.99 for all this wine! On the nose, red fruit and spice lead to a touch of chocolate as this steal of a wine opens up. The palate displays a nice intensity of dark cherry with low tannins that lead to a smooth finish. Very well balanced and very food friendly, especially with red-sauced dishes. Works just as well with meat or veggies in the mix.
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône  
Review Date: 4-18-2014
In 2010, a lingering cool spring in the Southern Rhône severely reduced crop yields and extended the harvest well into October, allowing the happy grapes to reach sublimely intense levels of both richness and structure -— the result one of the greatest vintages ever in the Rhône Valley. And who reaps the rewards? Enter E. Guigal, perhaps the Rhone's chief exponent of excellence, delivering an amazing spectrum of quality wines year after year. Their entry-level Côtes du Rhône, with redolent aromas and flavors of cherry, black plum, wood smoke and spice possesses astonishing degrees of balance, complexity and mouthwatering texture for a very modest price. Most definitely a "win-win(e)"...Enjoy!

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