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2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Pure, elegant, focused, silky, layered and exotic. The descriptors could go on and on but all you need to do is buy a bottle and see for yourself. Next level quality from TWR; one of the best NZ Pinots I have tasted, period.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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NZ Chard is something that I think people don't understand. With all the hype about Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, Chard and Riesling from down here don't get the attention of praise they deserve. TWR's 2013 Chard is tightly focused and precise. The wine combines richness and exotic fruit from the 35-year-old vines with flinty mineral tones and firm acidity. Certainly a Burgundy lover's wine rather than a butter bomb, but I think this will put on weight as the months and years go by. I really love Jason and Anna's ambition for their few rows of magic Chardonnay vines.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Benchmark Marlborough Savvy. Sure there are plenty of quirky styles now coming from New Zealand that are equally exciting but this quote from the winemaker Jason Flowerday sums up the wine perfectly: "Hand on heart, I love Sauvignon Blanc, it should be juicy, it should be ripe, it should be able to age, I donít want to make "alternative" Sauvignon, I just want to make it as good as it can be. We want Sauvignon Blanc that makes your mouth water and makes you want another glass"...as this baby sure does that!
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Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "D" Marlborough
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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From the oldest Riesling vines on the property and some of the oldest in New Zealand. Intense linear drive, persistence and minerality. Crisp, focused acidity but nothing astringent or harsh. Just so refreshing, mouthwatering and food friendly. This is a summer classic.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-12-2014
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Another stellar effort from Baricci (my favorite Direct Import Brunello producer that we work with). This amazing vineyard site on Montosoli produces wines with such elegance, purity and drive. The wines are always precise and balanced and this 2009 is no different. What is really nice about this wine is that it is so accessible now! The flavors are bright and youthful but there is no hard tannin. A very classic flavor profile, beautifully unadorned by oak, dusty red and darker fruit tinges, sweet leather, spice and warm earth. Supple and drinkable now but will surely give lots of pleasure over the next decade (at least).
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 7-8-2014
Amazing value thanks to Joe's direct buy! A fresh wine with lots of floral notes, juicy raspberry fruit, lots of fresh spices, a hint of green tobacco and some darker edges of blackcurrant. There is a a real purity to the wine with some soil nuances coming through to add complexity to the eminently drinkable juicy fruit.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Envinate "Lousas" Vino de Aldea Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 7-8-2014
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A great nose of hard ground spices, clove, anise, nutmeg and sandalwood leads you into polished dark berries, purple fruit, plum and even blackberry. There is cedar, and cigar box also. A complex wine that keeps revealing new elements with every sniff. On the palate it is vibrant and dynamic. Mid-weight with plenty of structure but nothing too astringent. The wine broadens and picks up density towards the back end as more layers emerge. A rich and layered wine focused into a remarkably elegant package. Another standout Ribeira Sacra from a recent tasting.
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Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Dominio do Bibei "Lalama" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 7-8-2014
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A wine of lovely supple texture and exquisite purity. Very Pinot Noir like in weight with fresh crunchy forest fruits and leaf litter. Bright acidity and fine tannins elongate the wine beautifully on the palate. This wine has nice textural layers that unfold gracefully with some savory lees influenced nuances and lovely balance. A wine that really shows the potential of Ribeira Sacra to make world class wines.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Seghesio Barolo
Review Date: 7-8-2014
Wow what a great intro to Barolo at a steal of a price! Fresh accessible bramble fruits, spice, supple leather and fine tannins. Very much a mid-weight wine, pretty, floral and elegant but with plenty enough structure and grip to go with rich foods. This wine shows the brightness and quality of the 2010 Barolo vintage without breaking the bank or requiring you to wait half a lifetime to drink it!
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Delarche Pernand Vergelesses Rouge
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A bargain in Burgundy! Pure, focused, expressive and eminently drinkable. Red fruited with quite crunchy acidity. The fine, silky textured tannin adds a nice softness to balance the notable acidity. All the edges are polished nicely by some time in French oak. A very complete wine for a seriously competitive price.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Thomas Morey Saint Aubin
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A lovely bottle of wine showing that quality that this underrated village can offer. The wine is almost ethereal on the palate. So supple and elegant, showing ripe orchard fruit bordering on fleshy stone fruits. There is a gently savory lees element and suggestion of mineral. Sure the wine has lovely flavor concentration but for me it is the silky texture on the palate that sets this wine apart from many of its competitors in this price point.
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2011 Domaine Delarche Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "Les Vergelesses" Rouge
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A fantastic bottle of wine from this young winemaker. I have loved these Delarche wines for the last few years and this is no exception. Highly perfumed nose of dark rose petals, Raspberry liqueur and exotic Asian spice. On the palate is has more density / flesh and a darker edge to the fruit than the (also quite delicious)village bottling. It has fine silky tannin and ample acidity to aid structure. Expressive now but also sure to give lots of enjoyment over the next 6-10 years.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-25-2014
Dark fruit, blackcurrant, cassis and touch of mocha and spice with just enough "Rutherford Dust" and grip to keep it from showing overly ripe. There is a freshness to this wine that I like, it has more drive than some Napa Valley floor wines I have encountered. At this price it's a pretty serious value considering its origin and the reputation of the property that produced it. This delivers a lot of authentic Rutherford flavors at a pretty modest price point.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-25-2014
Simply put, you could pay a lot more to get a wine of this quality and style! Definitely one for the lovers of bigger, richer more barrel influenced Chardonnay but for what is eschews in subtlety it more than makes up for with lashings of ripe fruit, toasty oak and a round creamy texture. A powerful wine that is certain to keep a lot of people happy without costing a fortune like some of its brand name kin.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

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2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-21-2014
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This wine is just brimming full of briary bramble fruit, exotic spices, some meaty gamey notes and a sweet, supple, juicy element that is hard to capture in words. The wine has a fine balance of purity and density, the extract is perfect giving ample body and richness but never feeling heavy or losing freshness and drive. Bin 138 really shows why this blend has endured across the ages as it pulls elements from each of its individual components. Grenache provides the bright spicy fruit, Shiraz a darker edge, structure and meaty element the Mataro (Mourvedre) adding its unmistakable earthy undertones and savory dimension. A really great wine equally enjoyable for lovers of Aussie GSMs and Châteauneuf-du-Papes alike!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

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