Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

Reviews

  
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2012 Bodegas Re "Chardonnoir" Single Vineyard Casablanca Valley
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Well this is totally gnarly in the best way. It's super bright and forward, with a funky undertone that just reminds me of nothing else. The creamy texture and awesome mineral palate seals the deal. It's grade A geek wine from Casablanaca. Good work.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2013 Buchegger Vordernberg Grüner Veltliner Erste Lage Kremstal
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
We love Gruner cause its fun and often over delivers, but it's also a pretty serious sometimes. This wine is powerful and decadent. A rich bouquet of tropical flowers, wild honey, mineral powder. Golden ripe fruit, apple, quince, apricots, then more minerals! A fine specimen.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Zahel "Orange T" Orangetraube Wien
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
If you can imagine melting wax covering orange sherbet, you know what this wine smells like. Since you can't, grab a bottle. The ultra rich complex nose gives way to a dry juice medium bodied white that's as friendly as they get. Very easy to drink and keeps you interested at every sip. Salad wine alert.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Château de Brézé Clos de Midi Saumur Blanc
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely golden. Perfection in a summer white. Without equal currently in the store at this price point. Planning to buy as much as I can afford.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Les Poëte "Le Côtes Cabernet des Poëte" Touraine Rouge
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Having tasted the exceptional pinot noir (serious that wine is an A so look it up), I had high hopes for the Les Poete Touraine Rouge. Needless to say it delivered or I wouldn't be writing this. This easy going juicy wine is not in the running for Parker's top ten list, but it's deftly constructed and will enhance nearly and food you throw at it. Very complex bouquet of minerals, red flowers and black currants. The palate is lift, but not sharp with a very minimal tannic imprint. It's this type of really well made french wine that makes me want to cook french food. Poulet Roti, mais oui!
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Umathum Blaufränkisch Burgenland
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
These reds from Austria are so CHEAP! These guys try really really hard to make great wine in an unforgiving climate. The quality across the board is excellent and almost always fun to drink. Umathum is pretty tendy so you expect it to be a cut above. The start is just a pile of rubber and gravel. Note: these wines tend to be slightly reduced and should always be heavily decanted. Pounding them with air cleans them right up and if those flavors put you off you can still enjoy these wines without having to waste years cellaring. With tons of air we still have tons of gravel! I love that. Now rich earthy red fruit. On the palate all dark fruit and rich coffee tones. Soft easy tannins don't get in the way. IN the end a pretty easy going wine that drinks well beyond its price point.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Rosi Schuster Saint Laurent Burgenland
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
I don't know if St. Laurent is my achilles heel, but all of these Austrian reds these days taste superb. This 2012 Schuster is precise and absolutely delicious. One taste and its clear that an exceptional team took advantage of every oppourtunity afforded to them by nature to make this wine. Tons of mineral and earth on the nose. Blood. Raspberry preserve. The intensity continues on the palate with medicinal herbs and earth red fruit. Textured and full of life. Medium bodied. Maybe a hard wine to love, but with lots to give. A wonderful pairing for fall flavors. Don't be surprised when this and the next vintage disappear!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Sattler St. Laurent Burgenland
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Wow, these Austrian reds are becoming the value of the year. Over delivering on upfront drinkability, this St. Laurent is as complex as it is open and stylish. For the price it honestly should have been sold instantly. Expect some definite earthy under tones -whether an expertly controlled brettanmyacin component or simply the unusual gravel soils. The slight hint of animale is distinct and terribly inviting. Behind the well kept stables, tons of blueberry bushes and ripe plums. The palate is cleaner, a thirst quenching juiciness and ultra soft tannins. Top notch stuff and look at the price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Soft but tannic, the elegant Il Palazzone shows more fruit than other 2010 Brunello offerings, but that by no means suggests it's short on complexity. Velvety with a woodsy component, this is a smooth, slightly more delicate Brunello with intensity that still manages to impress with balance and body.

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Follow your heart to this striking yet classic Côtes du Rhône from legendary producer J.L. Chave. More Syrah than Grenache, this blend hails from the south but drinks like a northern Rhône with peppery spice and notes of violets and forest floor. The vines for this release are 20-60 years old, and the quality is evident: medium-bodied with a heady structure and black fruit through the palate, this beauty is a strong pairing with food while staying approachable enough to enjoy on its own. An unbelievable value, Mon Coeur has traveled to the Hollywood Bowl, impressed at parties, and wowed at weddings - for less than $18, customers (and staff!) have fallen in love.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90 WS 90

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
This is one of our greatest "value" sparkling wines in the company. It is very well balanced and has a lingering finish. The overall character of golden apple fruit, with a hint of nuttiness and tart cherries, is balanced by a very clean finish that contains citrus notes and minerals. It has 10 grams per liter dosage, enough to keep it dry but, to add some light fruitiness, as well. Something here to please nearly everyone!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly "Cuvee Ambassades'"
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
From the Southernmost of the Beaujolais Crus comes Brouilly with it's deliciously elegant raspberry-cranberry notes, silky mouthfeel and tons of bright, refreshing acidity. I just love the easy drinking nature of this medium-bodied wine. It's the perfect picnic wine, and pairs perfectly with with a classic lemon roast chicken. Chill and enjoy.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages "Vieilles Vignes"
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Bright and zippy, this is a great any day of the week white Burgundy and a total palate refresher. The wine is lean, concentrated and touched with a lemon-lime peel note followed by wet stones. Offering a crazy low price point with quality like this, it's easy to understand why Domaine Des Niales is perennial staff favorite!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Pasquale Pelissero "San Giuliano" Barbaresco
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
I never ever tire of the complex aromatic aura of a finely-polished Nebbiolo, and this captivating, evocative and generously perfumed version explodes with all the expressive passions of ripening plums, cherries, rose petals, pipe tobacco, licorice and baking spice. A few more years in an undisturbed, darkened cellar will allow for even more exotic qualities to shine, but it’s pretty damn delicious now.

1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Powerful, yet without any avoirdupois, this is a terrific example of a Gran Riserva Rioja at a very reasonable price. While the fruit is softened and transformed by virtue of the lengthy barrel & bottle aging, it still has integrity and is identifiable as such, taking its place along with the leathery-earthy-spicy aspects, rather than being subsumed within them. For those of you who like aged wine, but lack the patience or the space to mature bottles yourself, this is easily one of our best bets, and bears consideration alongside our older, direct buy Bordeaux.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

1987 Domaine de Maouhum 28 Year Old K&L Exclusive Bas-Armagnac 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
All I can say is wow! This stuff is delicious -- a feel good Armagnac, an Armagnac that could turn a few bourbon drinkers heads! Think candied corn nose meets dulce de leche flavor with a hint of clove and citrus. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with a delicious savory finish. This would make an excellent gift for that discerning brown spirits lover in life. Buy a bottle soon though, there aren't that many!
Price: $72.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Duane Coates Syrah McLaren Vale South Australia
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
This fruit for this wine was sourced from two different sub-regions in McLaren Vale, Blewitt Springs and Willunga. Blewitt Springs is at a bit higher elevation with more sandy soils that give perfume and bright acidity. The darker soils in Willunga add more dense brooding fruit flavor. The wine was fermented with wild yeast on the skins for 2 weeks, and matured for 24 months in French (30% new) and Russian oak. The bouquet is lifted with dark plum, blue and blackberry, grilled meats, licorice and Asian spices. On the palate there is the telltale McLaren Vale juicy acidy with an elegance that belies the dark edge to the fruit with a bittersweet chocolate coco powder dusting over the fine grained tannins. Superbly balanced, the wine has a long focused and complex finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 95

2012 Amelia Park Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Lovely aromas of plum, dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, violets, lavender and earth soar from the glass. On the palate soft supple tannins frame the core of fruit with a spicy, long and layered finish. This is a detailed and elegant version of Shiraz from Western Australia.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2013 Claiborne & Churchill Edna Valley Pinot Noir
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
We fell in love with Claiborne & Churchill wines on a trip to the central coast a couple years back! Their wines continue to impress, this 2013 Pinot Noir being the newest arrival to really blow us away! Lively red cherry, strawberry, spice, great acidity and a touch of tanin. It truly is classic Pinot Noir defined!
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Thanks in part to the Bordeaux training of Castelgiocondo's winemaker, this estate is ushering in a new era of winemaking just in time for the 2010 vintage of a lifetime! This 2010 Brunello offering stood out immediately with dark fruit, herb, forrest floor, rose petal, tobacco, and soft smoke aromas jumping from the glass. The palate is equally intriguing, with lifted wild cherry, spicebox, mineral, leather, mouthwatering acidity, and fine tanin bringing it all together. Incredibly balanced and structured, this wine needs a good decant to enjoy right now and will reward decades in the cellar!

2014 GRÜNER by Etz Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (1L)
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Some ambitious marketeers have recently tried to promote Grüner Veltliner as simply GV or Gru-Vee, owing to its versatility and snappy ability to pair so well with lighter fare like summery radicchio salads, vegetarian tarts and those persnickety characters like asparagus and artichokes. Medium-bodied, delicately lees-suffused fragrances with traditional tinges of white pepper and crisp Granny Smith apples, this fantastic liter-sized bottle will literally Etz its way into your heart.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Terra Santa Ile de Beaute Rosé (Corsica)
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Geek note: ’Sciaccarellu’ is an obscure, rather vigorous red grape variety long-cultivated on Corsica that translates as ‘the grape that bursts under the teeth’, notable for its juiciness, thick skins and fairly low tannins. It actually originated in central Italy where it is today almost extinct and known as Mammolo, or ‘shrinking violet’, the bashful one, perhaps because the lush grapes try to hide furtively beneath a canopy of vines. For being such a delicately-tinted wine (conjuring a school of pink pearl erasers swimming by), this vibrant, textural rosé embodied an amazing range of palate-enlivening flavors, from fresh strawberries to bright raspberries to morello cherries, with added spice, saline mineral hints and cleansing acidity on the thirst-quenching finish. An absolute charmer, and a super buy!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Vintage after vintage Franck Millet produces some of the staff's favorite Loire valley wines. Great apple and citrus aromatics, chalky mineral and white apricot/ peach notes on a slightly rich palate with a well balanced, lingering finish makes this bottle of Sancerre another success! Another incredible Insolite vintage!
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Classic Provencal rose with a 50/50 blend of Cinsault and Grenache. Floral, lifted strawberry and watermelon, and great acid on this bone dry offering. A fantastic summer sipper that will leave you wondering how the bottle emptied so quickly!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
From the first moment the wine’s aromatic reach your nose you know this is something extraordinary. Dried flowers, crushed berries, braised meat, juniper, and cinnamon, leather all whirl through your glass. On the palate you see this wine’s power, the incredible underlying structure that powers layers of rolling textural density. The flavors compliment the nose bringing together the broad spectrum of flavors into one voice. The finish shows, supple, fine grain tannins while the richness and density stretch out over this wines incredible frame into an unforgettable finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
This "baby Chianti" from Erik Banti has been a hit since the first 2009 vintage we picked up. Bright cherry fruit, earth, and touch of mineral quality give this 2012 Carato great balance. Untouchable value at $9 for a quality everyday red!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: John Downing | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Although we turn away numerous inexpensive reds lacking the quality standards we expect for our customers, we couldn't pass on this outstanding Montepulciano d'Abruzzo! It raises the bar in the everyday red category with a flavorful mouthful of plummy dark berry fruit, dusty ripe tannins and a bright finish. Here's a versatile daily drinker that we think you'll love as much as we do.
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Wow, what an awesome bottle of red! Great grip and gorgeous, expressive fruit...all for less than $15?! I'll break a crispy twenty for that any day!
Top Value!
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2014 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
By: Randy Hagerman | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Lake Chalice is the perfect wine to cool you down in the summer heat! This wine avoids some of the grassy notes that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is known for, but brings plenty of bright citrus fruit and snappy acidity. It's clear that global warming isn't going away anytime soon, so drink up!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Sal Rodriguez | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
A nose of dried flowers, red fruits, and spicy cola are ready right out of the bottle. The lovely fruit, and earth, along with the fine tannins and baking spice make me take this seriously. This beauty finishes long, elegant, and balanced. A seriously great value from Italy!
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2013 Scarbolo Sauvignon Friuli
By: Sal Rodriguez | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Lovely, bright stone fruits, and flowers waft from the glass, while minerality and herbal notes play on your palate. It's easy to enjoy this creamy textured, mouthwatering gem with it's lifted acidity, and savory, eucalyptus, dry finish. There's still plenty of warm days to enjoy this intriguing, value driven Sauvignon Blanc.
Price: $13.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
The nose is full of warm, ripe, plum aromatics, that speak of the new world, but on the palate this wine has spice, texture and old world verve. A wonderful balance of fruit and earth and excellent structure and a remarkably long finish for a wine in this price range!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Want a wonderfully rich and complex old world meets a touch of new world wine for a steal? Here you go! The nose lures you in with nice lightly earthy and softly nuanced tobacco leaf notes over rich dark fruit and an old world elegance. The palate offers up deep plummy fruit highlighted by a lovely dried citrus peel. Dusty tannins and well balanced acidity breathes old world style and a touch of new world fruit density answers back. Great balance and style, not overdone or manipulated just delicious - this one should not last long!
Top Value!
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2013 Scarbolo Sauvignon Friuli
By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Here's a beautiful and expressive Sauvignon Blanc with aromatics of white flowers and ever so light sandalwood - definitely not your grassy/sweet pea or overly fruity style. The palate carries the theme with a wonderful peach pit, creamy lemon and white currant fruits, river pebble minerality and an amazingly bright acidity. The finish is surprisingly long and rich, with an softly beeswax like texture.
Top Value!
Price: $13.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2014 Thorne & Daughters "Rocking Horse" Cape White Blend
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
A great new addition to our South African selections. This is a classic "Cape White," taking a mixture of varieties that flourish on the western cape of South Africa and blending them together to capture the true flavors of this wild, rugged place. Thorne & Daughter's winemakers John and Tasha Seccombe have sought out unique vineyard sites including old, dry farmed vines and subtly crafted them into a complex rendition of place and season.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Scarbolo Sauvignon Friuli
By: John Downing | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
We're always happy to have this wine back in stock as Valter Scarbolo's Sauvignon is consistently delicious and exceptionally priced. His 2013, offers up wonderful notes of subtle orchard fruits combined with a slightly creamy palate and crisp underlying acidity. It's terrific with fish, egg dishes, soups and is especially pleasant on its own.
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JS 93

2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
What to say about the 2010 Brunello's that hasn't already been said? It is truly a cut above every other vintage. The Palazzone is a prime example of the completeness of the vintage. Stunning levels of physiological ripeness have endowed the Palazzone with a graceful fruit core, but also the savory, salty character that defines an aged Brunello. In addition it displays an incredible chocolate character all wrapped in a wonderfully smooth and full texture. Drink it now, or cellar it for years, either way you will enjoy!

2012 Villa Symposia "Equilibre" Languedoc Rouge
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Upon opening this bottle, the wine was excellent, but a little tight. After an hour in the decanter - WOW. Deep and inky purple in color and very expressive on the nose. It has the wonderful characteristic of being slightly different every time you revisit your glass. On the first approach, star anise. Second approach, a delicate nuttiness. Third try, a gamey spiciness. Smooth and well rounded with a medium to big body and tons of intrigue at every sip. This is an amazingly well made wine and an outrageously good value.
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90 - 92

1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
This is a fabulous, classic, old school Rioja. I opened it last night to enjoy on it's own and the intensity of the dark cherry fruit after 17 years was incredible. It really has a lovely primary fruit that blends seamlessly into the more developed flavor profile of leather, spice, and tobacco. The American oak has also integrated beautifully. This is an exceptionally graceful example of aged Rioja, and without breaking the bank too! It is so good now, but will certainly reward continued patience and cellaring as well.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Marques de Murrieta was one of the two oldest, historical bodegas to put Rioja on the map in the mid-19th century (the other one was Marqués de Riscal). It is also an estate wine with fruit coming from various parcels on their property just outside of Logroño. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, this is always one of the very good Reserva Riojas on the market.

2013 Roco Wines Willamette Valley Chardonnay
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Made from fruit of Clone 75 vines, this Chardonnay is high on my list of my favorite Oregon whites...and I am a really big Riesling fan. Chalk, honey and minerals play perfectly with the extremely well balanced acids that in turn dance seamlessly with the gorgeous ripe fruit. I expect this wine could age magically for at least 5-8 years, maybe even more. 13.0% ABV.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92 WE 91

2012 Roco "Knudsen Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Probably one of my favorite Oregonian AVA's for Pinot Noir, the Roco Knudsen Vineyard Pinot out of the Dundee Hills is certainly my top 5. This is an awesome wine with a focused mouth feel and ripe red cherries that give it a rich and wholesomeness that is elevating.

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
This small production Napa winery is doing a fantastic job at producing very solid, serious Cabernet...not to mention at a very reasonable price. The tannin and acid structures are well done, with great expressive fruit.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
This is a wine that is fun,delicious and too easy to drink. It is dry and light with a refreshing crisp finish. It is hard to image a more enjoyable wine to sip alone or to consume with salads and light sea food dishes.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Hobo Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 8/30/2015 | Send Email
Very tasty, well balanced Zinfandel from Dry Creek. I tend to like more balanced Zinfandel that does not stray too far into the super fruity or super spicy ends and this one does just that. Balancing the ripe fruit with spice and tannins this wine makes a very easy drinking red that can please practically any palate.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Lambuena Reserva Ribera del Duero
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
Smooth! Ribera del Duero wines can sometimes careen into jammy territory, but this slightly restrained Reserva reveals a more balanced character and pleasant chalkiness. Although 2009 was a warmer vintage, this release proves to be reminiscent of classic Tempranillo rather than a modern fruit-forward style. Beautifully aged already with plenty of room for more, plus a stellar price for a property of this esteem, Lambuena is a reliable favorite.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

Louise Brison "L'Impertinente" Brut Rosé Champagne
By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
100% pinot noir with no malolactic fermentation. Strawberry and raspberry nose with toasty notes and jammy scents. On the palate, Morello cherries, a touch of cranberry, ample structure, and a racy finish. Lovely as an aperttif or with white meats such as chicken or pork.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

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2013 Lambuena Tinto Ribera del Duero
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
A very well structured wine for under $15 that has earth and rusticity perfect for stews or barbecued meats.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90

2014 Eric Cottat Sancerre
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
White floral on the nose, lemony through the palate with a surprising herbal component, this textured sauvignon blanc from crowd favorite Eric Cottat goes down easily and continues to impress with balanced acidity and bright fruit. A brisk, lovely choice from a classic producer – and under $20!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Lambuena Tinto Ribera del Duero
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
Surprisingly tannic and woodsy for such a young offering, this bold tinto from Lambuena provides hardy structure and deep fruit, all at a bargain price from a classic Ribera del Duero property.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90

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