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!

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Ventura Spirits Wilder Gin 750ml
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
A true livin' off the land project, Ventura's gin is made with foraged wild herbs and roots growing near the distillery. A few of the herbs I actually had to look up. Chuchupate? Known as "Wild Bear Root" because bears eat it after hibernation or if they're wounded. Yerba Santa? "Holy Weed" to Spanish Missionaries who used it for medicinal purposes. Some of the more familiar additions like juniper and orange peel pop up in there too. The result? A savory, citrusy, refreshing (and possibly curative?) expression of Cali chaparral terroir.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
Banshee is one of those labels that is just consistently good and is an easy one to recommend; their wines are just drinkable at any time. This of course includes the 2013 Chardonnay, as easily approachable as a California Chardonnay gets. This wine steers away from heavily buttered or toasted style, opting instead for a bright clean taste with good acid driving it. Hints of lemon, and green apple are present as well as a mellow mouthfeel. A reminder that clean can still be complex.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
Uber-rich and ripe, this inky Cab is a provocative one! Showing notes of rhubarb, plums, dark cherries, blackberries, mocha and chocolate, this member of the Plumpjack family would make an excellent dinner companion tonight.

2012 Crater Rim Pinot Noir Banks Peninsula Canterbury
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
This is my new go-to red for Japanese food. It's incredibly rich in umami flavor and has the perfect amount of bright fruit, sweet spice, and gentle acidity to make it a pairing dynamo. Plus it's naturally fermented by wild yeast and bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur addition. A Pinot this complex and well-made for $20? Buy some now before I buy it all myself.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
This Mourvedre Rosé’s savory minerality, subtle richness, and lively acidity make it a perfect partner for shellfish and seafood dishes like bouillabaisse and paella. The winery practices minimalist intervention winemaking and 100% biodynamic farming. The logo on the bottle, in fact, is Boreas - the God of wind - in tribute to the powerful south-easterly winds that run through the vineyard keeping the yields low and the vines naturally pest and fungus free. The result is a fresh rosé with great structure and personality, all for a price that belies its quality.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
This is a very serious Cab at a seriously low price point. Lush black fruit, baking spices, licorice, and sage fill the palate then taper into a fine, granular tannin on the finish. This bottle may be the best (certainly top 5) value Cab under $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 92 RP 90

2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Bryan Brick | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
While most here in the wine-knowledgeable state of California can get by with a lot of the “local” wineries, I am still shocked at times by the lack of awareness of the great wines coming from the Pacific Northwest. If you asked most people that come into the shops if they have ever heard of or tasted the wines from Novelty Hill, you probably get a resounding “no” from most. Well, here is your chance to get up-to-date about one of Washington State's great, value-driven wineries. This 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes mainly from the Stillwater Creek Vineyard, which acts as the estate vineyard, and a few other sites. Carrying plenty of power and certainly over-delivering on the $20 price point, this has sappy notes of oak toast, molasses, tar, black currant and olive on the nose. Plush, mouth-filling and full of soft, velvety tannins throughout, this has plenty of five spice, cocoa powder, crème brulee, Asian plum and a lovely violet highlight on the palate. Complete and fully weighted, this is a ton of wine for the cost and is perfectly placed as crowd-pleasing Cab--just from a different place and in a slightly different style.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 92 RP 90

Marie Duffau Napoleon Bas Armagnac 750ml
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
The Marie Duffau was my introduction to Armagnac. I'd been drinking a lot of bourbon at the time and was thrilled to discover that Armagnac is made very similarly, just with grapes! The Marie Duffau has been a staple on my bar ever since because it is FANTASTIC in cocktails. Try it in a Sidecar with some fresh pineapple and basil - the Duffeau's notes of caramelized pineapple, barrel spice, and vanilla will really pop!
Price: $36.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90 - 95

2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 9/4/2015 | Send Email
This wine has the fruit, acids, and tannic structure of a fantastic Napa Valley Cab for less than half the price. Lush dark fruits sit easily on the palate with hints of chocolate and cassis helping the finish. There is enough acid to brighten the wine, without making it sharp and the weight nicely balanced over all. Easily one of the best Cabernets in the store for its price, this is a great find for the upcoming Holiday season.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 92 RP 90

2004 La Temperance Prestige, Haut Medoc
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 9/3/2015 | Send Email
This is a Bordeaux drinker dream: A perfectly cellared wine from the owner of the legendary Chateau Pape-Clement that is approaching the magical 10 years of age and sells for a paltry 15 bucks. This is hearty and round with oodles of dark, earthy fruit, no hard edges and soft complexity. This rich, plump bargain is drinking perfectly right now.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 9/3/2015 | Send Email
This best-seller is dark, smooth and filled with rich, round fruit and a touch of earth. 2010 is a slightly more powerful vintage and this shows in the extra intensity and richness to the mid-palate but does not detract from the freshness on the finish. A super value to buy by the case.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Au Bon Climat "Historic Vineyards Collection: Bien Nacido Vineyard" Chardonnay
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/3/2015 | Send Email
ABC's Bien Nacido Historic Vineyard Collection Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented in 100% new Francois Frères barrels. Toasty vanilla, pineapple, lemon and nutmeg show up in this Old World style Chardonnay. Drink this bottle now, or lay it down for a few years to see what transpires!
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91

2013 Antech "Grande Cuvée" Cremant de Limoux
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/3/2015 | Send Email
This sparkler may be the best value in bubbles we have in stock right now. It's crisp, dry, toasty and wildly delicious. Showing notes of pie crust, citrus peel, and green apple this inexpensive cremant is perfect for weddings, graduations or just a Thursday after work!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Bodegas Re "Recoleccion" Maule Valley (500ml)
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Recoleccion means "harvest" in Spanish, and this is a co-fermented harvest wine, a delicious, bright, crunchy one at that, featuring lots of old vine Cinsault, as well as some younger Pinot Noir and Merlot, all from the family's dry farmed vineyards in the Maule Valley. Pure, tangy, mixed berry and currant fruit flavors show an intriguing balsamic quality as well. This is great stuff, and one of the increasing number of exciting wines representing La Nueva Chile!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

Wild Turkey 101 Rye 1L
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
I love liters. They have 250ml more than a 750, which you are going to want in the case of the excellent Wild Turkey 101 Rye. Most rye is purchased spirit in a dressed up package; the "kick'n chicken" rye comes from the Wild Turkey distillery without passing through the hands of another brand owner. It is spicy, surprisingly complex and has very good texture. I love it for Manhattans!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Camp Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This Cab is laced with dark fruit, licorice and herbaceous notes that are seldom found in the sub $40 (let alone $16!) price range. The Camp label is part of the Hobo Wine Company and was created as an effort to show consumers that high-quality, affordable wines still exist in Sonoma County. This wine was also featured on SF Gate's Top 100 Wines in 2014.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

Dillon's Unfiltered 22 Gin 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Made from 100% Niagara grapes and infused with Canadian botanicals, Dillon's is a uniquely aromatic and terroir driven unfiltered gin. This is smooth and flavorful with green notes of juniper and thyme. The mid-palate is sumptuous and fresh with the hint of mint. Chilled, this would make for an elegantly modern and distinct martini.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Claude Thorin K&L Exclusive Vintage Grand Champagne Cognac 750ml
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
How is this estate-made Cognac only $60? It's hand-crafted from Premier Cru Champagne grapes and even distilled with the lees (a pretty rare practice) to add additional complexity. The INCREDIBLE delicacy of flavor and texture really reflects the amount of care put into crafting this bottle. It will become a permanent fixture on my bar for as long as it lasts...
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | 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 McKinlay Vineyards, Special Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Classic Willy Pinot of the highest order. Deep dark cherry and earth. More exotic fruits too. Balanced despite the strong tannin. Probably will be stunning in the cellar for a few years.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "No.3 - Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
The new vintage of the #3 has arrived! This distinctive "savvy" was a hit last year and is poised to do the same. The nose offers notes of melon, pear, lychee, apple, lemon zest and a hint of dried honey. On the palate, there is racy acidity, a decomposed granitic mineral accent and good texture from the dollop of Semillon that's added. There is good drive through the long layered finish here crafted by one of South Africa’s Sauvignon Blanc specialists, Bartho Eksteen.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
There is nothing musty or old fashioned about this straightforward red, with fresh "modern" styling in its rich dark fruit and sweet tannins. Made entirely of the Montepulciano grape from the region of Abruzzo, this will work well with a pizza/pasta or just a great wine to serve to the "Family" on Sunday night. Plays well with food - especially tricky tomato sauce. Nice lift and acidity, but with the ripe fruit flavors of Abruzzo - which is located on the "calf" of the boot of Italy.
Price: $10.95 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2014 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut Nature
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
The brother-and-sister team of Silvano and Alberta Follador make the best Prosecco I have ever tasted! Biodynamic, their Prosecco is magnificently balanced, delicate and features sophisticated fruit aromatics. It is has hints of yeasty complexity without being ponderous. “Nature” on the label means it has 3 grams or less of residual sugar; this is VERY DRY.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
GR 2

2013 Kalinda "Clone 828 Reserve" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Intensely aromatic, the Kalinda Clone 828 is loaded with an abundance of red fruit, plum and Asian spice finishing with a savory herb and sweet earth finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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$24.99

English Harbour 5 Year Rum 750ml
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This is a spectacular and honest dry rum. Not sweetened after the fact, this rum starts its life as molasses, is distilled in one of only 2 copper column stills in the Caribbean and then spends 5 years in ex-bourbon barrels in a warehouse without temperature control on the island of Antigua. That's it. No game playing here, just a beautiful, honest rum. Clean and retaining the richness of its molasses base, the 5 year also expresses a touch of vanilla, biscuit, and structure from the oak influence. This is an outstanding sipper or wonderful in a very simple rum cocktail like a Cuba Libre.
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List

Mezcalero Release #13 Tobala y Tepeztate Mezcal 750ml
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Too good to last, this combination of Tobala & Tepeztate agave has controlled spice, subtle spice and an incredibly complete package of flavors. I can't wait to pair this with the best carnitas in Redwood City, if I manage to get a bottle before it disappears!
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
With its juicy red fruits, hints of spice and oak tones, there is a lot to like in this Garnacha, particularly for fans of richer CA Pinot Noir.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91 RP 90

1986 Chateau de Pellehaut 29 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Tenareze Armagnac 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
With 29 years of age, the Chateau de Pellehaut expresses a woodsy, candied-orange peel nose with creamy texture and rich, powerful flavor, with notes of toffee, tobacco and spice. This is the perfect, well-balanced holiday brandy or tasty treat to the end of any great dinner. Total decadence without the price tag -- gotta love it!
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Ridge "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
By: Gary Norton | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This Zin-heavy, old vine blend shows notes of black cherry, sage and vanilla. The wine finishes long with a soft, velvety tannin and spicy punch. Add this bottling to the long list of home runs by Ridge.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93 CG 91

Dillon's Unfiltered 22 Gin 750ml
By: Nicole Osmanski | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
The Dillon's 22 Unfiltered is one of the freshest gins I've ever tasted. The neutral base spirit is distilled in-house (a rarity in the gin world) using copper pot stills. The base spirit is made from locally grown Niagara grapes and the spirit's vapors pass through 22 locally grown botanicals to delicately infuse the spirit. Dillon also chooses not to filter their gin, so none of that graceful, refined flavor gets lost! It's my new go-to gin for dry martinis--a worthy partner for my favorite Vya Dry Vermouth!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Potocki Polish Rye Vodka 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
The best vodka in the world. Period. Next!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90 - 95

2013 Antech "Grande Cuvée" Cremant de Limoux
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
The newest addition to the Antech Cremant lineup is my personal favorite yet! The Grand Cuvee has a touch more Chardonnay than the Eugenie, and has a bit more lift and brightness to it that is absolutely stunning on the palate. Clean and precise on the nose, with subtle notes of stone fruit and citrus; soft but intense moussey bubbles on the palate, and balanced with gorgeous acidity and minerality. If you like clean and balanced styles of Blanc de Blanc Champagne then you will LOVE this baby Champagne for a quarter of the price. I will be serving this all through the holidays, and my own personal baby shower, because it is the most crowd-friendly bubbly I've tasted. It will not last long, so get it while it's still here!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Von Strasser "Rudy" Paicines Pinot Noir
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Here's a new super-value favorite! I love luxury on the cheap, and this is exactly what Rudy is -- totally affordable, but displaying moments of grandeur. Sourced from Paicines AVA next to the Gabilan Mountain range, this fruit benefits from the cool winds coming off of the Monterey Valley. Rudy is richly aromatic and exudes the scent of pepper and fresh boysenberries. Showing layers of luscious, succulent, bright ripe black cherry/ raspberry fruit and allspice, this Pinot packs a punch with fine tannins and a lengthy finish. Delicious stuff!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This is a warmer, richer somewhat riper take on the Mencia grape but there is enough freshness and balance to carry the day. This screaming value is a great introduction to the wines of the Bierzo region with pepper and earth accents adding complexity and fine, ripe tannins holding the finish together. Amazing bang for the buck here.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 91 AG 90

2014 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut Nature
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Lean, clean and bone-dry with a hint of white peach. This is an excellent value bubble that's elegant, fresh and cheerful. This would be a great fit for any occasion big or small.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
GR 2

1987 Domaine de Maouhum 28 Year Old K&L Exclusive Bas-Armagnac 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | 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 your life. Buy a bottle soon though, there aren't that many!
Price: $72.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages "Vieilles Vignes"
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | 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. This is just quality wine at a crazy low price so, it's easy to understand why Domaine Des Niales is perennial staff favorite!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

ArteNOM Seleccion 1580 Blanco Tequila 750ml
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
What a delicious sipping blanco! Extraordinary clean fruit with hints of grilled nopales, citrus and pepper. The mouthfeel is rich, yet velvety smooth with a hint of sweetness and dry finish. Super recommended!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

Ragnaud Sabourin K&L Exclusive Fontevieille #35 Cognac 750ml
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Tasting the Fontevieille 35 Cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin made me wish for a big fire, a big chair and a big snifter. This mature, old fashioned Cognac has plenty of the rancio character that the big houses reserve for their blends in fancy bottles at 10x the price. Tasting it today reminded me of many of the dusty old Louis XIII's and Triomphe's that I have been treated to over the years. I found this expansive, deep and complex Cognac worthy of reflection at the end of the evening. It is a very fine value in top class Cognac!
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List

1983 Domaine de Maouhum 32 Year Old K&L Exclusive Bas-Armagnac 750ml
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
If you love the profound complexity that only age can bring and are fed up with the high prices of old single malt and the lack of availability of bourbon, you just hit the jackpot. The 1983 Maouhum 32 Year Old Bas Armagnac offers exotic watch movement complexity, the mellow confidence of age and perfect texture. What a bottle!
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Trim California Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The nose is dominated by black cherry, cassis and red currants along with subtle hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and dried herbs. The palate is plush and full bodied, with a nice balance between ripe fruit, integrated tannins and decent acidity.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

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$9.99

2013 Domaine Michel Colbois "Chitry" Bourgogne
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Marked by a pale golden color, Domaine Michel Colbois Chitry brings together an invigorating mixture of honeysuckle and lemon chiffon aromas. Vinified in stainless steel, the entry shows good weight and displays a refreshing wave of zesty acidity while the mid-palate delivers flavorful notes of citrus and stonefruit all culminating in a creamy lingering finish. This is definitely an amazing price point for a charming wine.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

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$14.99

2014 Domaine la Chapelle Saint Victor Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
If you're looking for something that is just as bright and refreshing, the La Chapelle Saint Victor rose is your answer. Medium-bodied and layered with aromatics of strawberry and cherry, this rosé finishes with a nice crisp, chalky finish.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
This is our 4th vintage of this great value that we've carried, with over 4,000 bottles sold of the '13 and so far over 5,000 sold of the '14 vintage! It’s certainly one of our top sellers that over delivers for the price point. The bouquet is lifted with bright passion fruit, grapefruit and lemon/lime blossom. The palate offers zesty acidity with mineral accents and good mid-palate texture leading to a persistent finish. As you can see by the sales...nobody buys just one!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Poggio Antico comes from one of the highest vineyards in Montalcino and the ethereal fragrance in this wine is just amazing. The fruit is a combination of savory wild cherry, hints of leather, spice, smoke and a bit of porcini. On the palate the wine has body, richness but it is the balance and length that stretch out and gives this wine such an elegant mouth feel. The finish just seems to go on and on, so balanced, so flavorful, one of the Best of the vintage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $74.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 96

2013 Le Battistelle "Roccolo del Durlo" Soave Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Roccolo del Durlo” vineyard is the a mix of tufo, basalt and clay but is so dark it’s called “Le Carbonare” referring to the coal like color it has. Gelmino took me out in this vineyard to show me a whole section of the vineyard that were vines more than 100 years old, incredible to look at but even harder to imagine. I love this wine, the nose is full of spice, white flower and on the palate it has a certain depth, I balk at saying power because it is so delicate but it does have staying power and it ages very well for up to 10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Le Battistelle "Montesei" Soave Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2014 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Montesei” is mindblowing at this price point, the vineyard is a looser blend of volcanic soil and clay that allows the grapes to mature quicker in relation to their other vineyards, and it produces a wine that is forward, more fruit, kind of golden delicious apples, than mineral yet ultimately intensely refreshing with a supple texture while only 12% abv.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico "Battistelle"
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Battistelle” vineyard is the steepest slope they have facing more southwest and here the soil is basalt rocks that alternate with tufo, in their dialect it’s called Togo. This gives the wine a more savory, salty character; it just makes your mouth water, the nose is full of white flower aromatics, balanced with incredible persistence and 12.5%abv.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Cascina Morassino Merlot Langhe
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Extraordinary focus, briary, earthy with hints of plumy fruit. Exceptionally well balanced, full of intrigue and a long finish, one of the best Merlot from the Langhe I've ever tried!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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$26.99

2011 Santoleri "Vignaladra" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The Santoleri Vigna Ladra is not fined or filtered it is just the pure expression of Santoleri’s vineyards and soil. I love the wild, gamey flavors of this wine and find the luxuriating texture fascinating. This wine needs a bold food pairing, and if you could get your hands on some wild boar this would be great! Hey, not all of us can do that, and if not a bone in Rib Eye would do just fine!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

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$17.99

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