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2004 Michel Loriot "Les Sources du Flagot" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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Really serious wine for Champagne enthusiasts. I did not realize what a stunning bottle of wine this was until a recent tasting with Gary Westby. 100% Chard with no malo so the intensity and drive of the fruit and minerality is preserved perfectly. Although this wine is labelled as an Extra Brut the extended 8 years on the lees has given it fantastic richness, texture and density. This is not a super lean wine as some Extra Brut bottlings can be, it has layers, powerful presence and so much depth and complexity. For me this wine is in the sweet spot where you still have vibrant fruit and soil purity shinning through, but also plenty of intriguing autolytic yeasty qualities. A bottle that is really worth your consideration for a mere $50!
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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

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
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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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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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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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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

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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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
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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.
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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

2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 4-9-2014
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An exceptional value. This has a ton of real Bordeaux character for a very small price. The wine has soft supple fruit, a real silky texture and some lovely savory, tobacco and wood spice notes that give a lovely complexity and nuance for a wine of this price point. What a great everyday drinker thanks to our direct import pricing advantage!
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2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that for me these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Romulus is a big concentrated wine brimming with ripe, dark red fruits, terrarossa warm earth, sweet spice, mocha and toasty oak. The wines breadth and power is kept in balance by a surprising brightness and acidity given the wines ripeness and concentration. It wears its oak very well and will certainly continue to integrate this even further as it reaches adolescence. This wine is so rich and decadent now it is hard to imagine restraining ones self from drinking it, yet I believe keeping this a few years, maybe even 10, will only reward the strong willed. Seriously impressive wine that I would pit against any other Shiraz at any other price point, this is the real deal.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" GSM Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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The answer to many critics and even some winemakers who have written off the 2011 vintage in South Australia. The vintage was one of the coldest and wettest on record with weather more like Seattle than Adelaide! However Simon and Corey have crafted a wine that is a shinning representation their grape growing / wine making skills and the ability of Barossa to produce incredibly delicious wines that are fresh, vibrant and a million miles away stylistically from the jammy, sweet fruit bombs that people often associate with the region. Never ones to make over-the-top wines anyway, the cards that mother nature dealt Simon and Cory in 2011 made them focus on purity and balance over bulk and brawn. This wine has fantastic purity of fruit and lovely ripe berry flavors, bramble fruit, loganberry. It also has sweet spice, black pepper and hint of charred steak. The wine is so supple and silky on the palate with super fine tannins and bright but soft acidity. The old vine (50+ yrs) origins of this wine show up on the finish with a lovely rocky, soil driven complexity adding yet another element to this complex wine. This has all the purity of fruit I want from Barossa with the layers and complexity I seek in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A really great bottle I implore you to try.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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An exceptional value for a serious and structured wine of really high quality. The second wine to the legendary Coleraine the Awatea is a classic Bordeaux blend that is made in a slightly more soft and generous style. Lovely rich dark red fruits, plum, currant, bitter-sweet chocolate, subtle barrel spice an a hint of cigar box. A very good partner for red meat. I think this wine really appeals to people that like a more classic style of old school Napa Cab.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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