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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2013 Valle dell'Acate "Il Frappato" Vittoria
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
I was looking for a Southern Italian wine to pair with penne arrabbiata for an al fresco dinner and this fit the bill perfectly. I'm not even going to specify summer dining since this beauty would be welcome any time of year. Light-bodied with complexity and fresh berry notes, Frappato stands up to spicy foods and strong cheeses but maintains an easy-going quality. Herbal and gorgeous slightly chilled, this dry red is interesting without overwhelming. A winner.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

2013 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vieilles Vignes
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
I can hardly believe this crisp, lemony beauty is under 20 bucks! While the 2013 growing season in Burgundy suffered rough weather with less than ideal conditions, the whites endured, and the resulting smaller than usual yields show complexity with elegance. This Tremblay balances bracing minerality and great fruit - clean, aromatic Chablis at a bargain price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Alloy Wine Works "Tin City" Central Coast Grenache Rosé (500ml Can)
By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
3/4 of a bottle of rose in a can for this price? Are you bonkers? Nope! It's the latest thing- get on the bus! 3 glasses in this can make it the perfect thing to bring along to share with a friend on a picnic, hike, at the beach or the pool. Or, splash out and take one down yourself! Pretty strawberry, peach and watermelon with vibrant acidity and total drinkability. It's summer- enjoy it! But watch out- the staff might buy it all first!
Top Value!
Price: $6.99 Add To Waiting List

2008 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Here's what I love about Miguel Merino- his wines are so incredibly balanced, well-crafted and drinkable, it's crazy that we can offer them at such outstanding prices. This 2008 "Vitola" is in a lovely spot- the wood is well-integrated, and the acidity vibrant and pleasing. Plush, ripe red cherry, Santa Rosa plum, hints of savory leather, and that signature Rioja minerality with fine, integrated tannin and medium plus acidity. Stock up for summer BBQs and in preparation for holiday entertaining! A Top Value for sure!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Château Tirecul la Gravière "Cuvée Chateau" Monbazillac (500ml)
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Oh yeah, lusicous, unxious, sexy Monbazillac. This is an excellent alternative to Sauternes at a fantastic price point. Notes of quince, lemon oil, and fig beam from the glass with a rich palate balanced with great acid. Try this with a strong blue cheese accompanied by fig jam or with savory dishes like foie gras.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Every year Banshee wines seem to get better and better. They continualy are getting more recognized, more popular, which means they are getting better picks and vineyard sources than they used to. The fruit quality in the 2013 is above and beyond what I've experienced in the past! Not only was 2013 an even better vintage than 2012 in Sonoma, the winemakers and vineyard managers all love the 13's for their elegance, power, and purity of fruit. Classic in color and flavor with medium dark purple/red tone and flavor that portrays sweet summer bing cherries, wild flowers, summer wild berry fields, quenching acidity, and an absolutely stunning texture that's silky and polished. This is California Pinot at its best!
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Simply the best Provencal Rose I've tasted under $15 all year! Or for the past few years for that matter. This boutique producer we just started importing delivers everything you could want in a Provence Rose and more! Gorgeous light Salmon color, dry, crisp, mineral driven, subtle fruit undertones of grapefruit pitch, pomelo rind, even a touch of white nectar and strawberry seed. Super light and refreshing, perfect pool-side sipper for the long summer ahead! If your looking for a food pairing try it with a summer salad of prosciutto, melon, and burrata! Yum!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely my top favorite of all our Direct Import Burgundy producers because year after year, Domaine Renaud consistently over-delivers quality for the price! Which is hard to find in Burgundy, and if your a Burgundy connoisseur you already know this! The Saint Veran is the most seamless and elegant of the bunch, with a freshness about it that the Pouilly Fusse lacks because of its heavier use of oak. The Saint Veran is full of flavor but not new oak. Gorgeous texture and layers of stone fruit, zezsty minerality, and balanced acid that makes it perfect with food. It has the brightness of a Chablis but not the ultra tartness on the finish. It carries itself so elegantly you will fall in love, over and over again with every sip!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
If you like Big, Massive, Layered, Textured, Sultry, Sexy, Volumous, Full-Bodied and Oaky Napa Cabernet's than the Amici is for you! This is a boutique Napa winery and one that always over delivers quality for price! I call it Caymus for half the price! Only the Amici has way better structure and longevity than Caymus does these days. Tons of Rich, dark, Napa fruit, and plenty of new French Oak that makes this wine scream..I need a steak! Absolutely stunning and you deserve every drop!
Price: $43.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Villa Symposia "Equilibre" Languedoc Rouge
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Whenever the Chateau Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone runs out there's always a mad dash to find a replacement and Keith hit the ball out of the park with this amazing Languedoc red! Loaded with tons of black cherry, dark chocolate and warm baking spices, this organic Southern French red is a true crowd pleaser!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90 - 92

2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Don’t tell anyone…but this is truly the best hidden value in the store. This little Saint-Veran from Southern Burgundy is a bargain hunters dream. The mid-palate fills out nicely with an elegant glycerol texture. Follow it up with a fresh tropical fruit finish, and you have a bargain white burgundy that stands it ground next to its heavy priced neighbors.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Provencal roses are all the rage but if you're looking for something outside of the box that is just as bright and refreshing, the Franck Millet rose is your answer. Medium-bodied and layered with aromatics of strawberry and blood orange, this rosé finishes with a nice earthy, chalky finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
While subtle on the nose, this rosé is full of fresh cherry fruit and a bright, vibrant blood orange-packed palate. Full-bodied and complex, this rosé finishes with a nice chalky finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Elephant Hill "Le Phant Rouge" Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
A perfect cross over wine for anyone who loves Cabernet blends, whether you prefer new world or old world wines. Dark fruits, with a little tobacco, structure and minerality. Reasonably priced as well, this is a wine that cannot be passed up.

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Clean pear fruit backed by fairly intense minerality. There is way more wine in this bottle of bubbles than you would expect from a Prosecco at this price point.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
The Begude Pinot Noir Rose is a top rose every summer and the 2014 vintage does not disappoint! Wild strawberry and cherry shines through from the Pinot Noir, with refreshing acidity and a bone dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
The Puelles Blanco is undeniably a top white wine deal every year! Vibrant citrus and refreshing acidity shine with nice weight and minerality that keeps you coming back for more. This should be your house white wine for summer!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
For those who wish to savor a lusciously rich, buttery California Chardonnay and still cover your kid's tuition, the Napa Cellars will deliver more than enough pure,epicurean pleasure. Lightly barrel-fermented, it has plenty of golden apple, creamy vanilla and ripe pineapple flavors to satisfy anyone who enjoys Rombauer-style Chardonnays. Perfect for dinner parties featuring poultry, stuffed halibut, or a rich risotto. Enjoy!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
This is the definition of a value wine. Splendid, crisp, clean, delicious, and under 15 bucks. What more could you ask for? The crunchy apple and first stone fruit of the season aromatics are as beautiful and appetizing as the fresh acidity and minerality is mouthwatering. Be sure to grab a bottle out of the cold box the next time its 80 degrees or more. You'll be happy you did.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico (1.5L)
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
Bold, wild cherry and plumy aromatics are the first thing you smell in this wine then the soil’s impact begins to come forward with a subtle background of leather, cedar and hints of barrel spice. On the palate you realize this is a serious wine, powerful, full-bodied and focused, however this is no tannic monster it is supremely balanced, just coiled for a long life. The finish seems to go on forever, so persistent, and just full of energy. Decant if you’re drinking now for a couple of hours or more.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
Bold, wild cherry and plumy aromatics are the first thing you smell in this wine then the soil’s impact begins to come forward with a subtle background of leather, cedar and hints of barrel spice. On the palate you realize this is a serious wine, powerful, full-bodied and focused, however this is no tannic monster it is supremely balanced, just coiled for a long life. The finish seems to go on forever, so persistent, and just full of energy. Decant if you’re drinking now for a couple of hours or more.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2011 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" 1.5L
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
The nose of this wine just exudes complexity, the 65% Merlot – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan blend is full of high toned, focused, dark cherry fruit surrounded by hints of leather, spice and cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, dense but has an incredible lift and brightness but all couched in a concentrated combination of dark fruits and spice. A long, sinuous, muscular finish that is incredibly balanced, and will continue to evolve for a decade plus….if I could stop from drinking it now, it’s so damned tasty!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
The nose of this wine just exudes complexity, the 65% Merlot – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan blend is full of high toned, focused, dark cherry fruit surrounded by hints of leather, spice and cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, dense but has an incredible lift and brightness but all couched in a concentrated combination of dark fruits and spice. A long, sinuous, muscular finish that is incredibly balanced, and will continue to evolve for a decade plus….if I could stop from drinking it now, it’s so damned tasty!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Château Tirecul la Gravière "Cuvée Chateau" Monbazillac (500ml)
By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
The Tirecul has all those classic Sauternes notes with the nominal price tag. Loads of Turkish apricots, flint, botrytis. Succulent and rich on the palate. Really delicious all around dessert wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95

2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
Greg St. Clair, our esteemed Italian guru, has brought in an extravagant array of the highly-coveted 2010 Brunellos, and our staff tastings have been filled with more memorable oohs and aahs than you can count. The ostentatious Barbi Brunello showcased impressively savory notes of ripe, black cherries, plums, tabak, spice and tar, picking up earthy minerals and leather on the strong finish. This wine was almost criminally good! A strong cellar candidate, it will develop even greater complexity and velvet over the next several years.

2010 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico "Panzano" Gran Selezione
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
With the newly minted 'Gran Selezione' designation now in place in Chianti, the famous black Tuscan rooster on the neck has started power-lifting and is in excellent strutting form, as demonstrated by this rich, muscular, well-wrought Chianti Classico from Panzano. Not just sinew and brawn though, this wine delivers an arresting, perfumed nose and solid scaffold of plum, blackcurrant and cherry fruit and spice to complement the structured, dusty tannins that characterize the long finish. With fine depth and complexity, this brazen Tuscan beauty will evolve for ten years or more.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 96 WS 90

2011 Sobon Estate Amador County Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Another great value red from Sobon Estate. Great luscious richness, light spices and great overall fruit. The mouthfeel and weight on the palate is lighter than most Cabs I've drunk in the past. Just the right amount of wine for the money.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Quarter Acre Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
While Marlborough is the region that put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map, some can find the wines too "punchy" or savory. In Hawkes Bay, though there are no shortage of aromatics in their "Savvy," texture is what seems to set them apart. The wine was fermented in older puncheons and barrique with wild yeast and then matured 12 months on the lees giving great texture. The nose shows notes of melon, passion fruit, lime blossom and a light flinty mineral accent. The palate is rich and round with a creaminess that is supported by a juicy acid line that cuts through to a long finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Quarter Acre Syrah Rosé Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
While this wine shows a little darker color (hey, it's Syrah) than you might expect from most rosé, there is nothing heavy or overdone here. The bouquet offers notes of strawberry, white pepper spice and a hint of orange peel. On the palate, there is refreshing acidity along with a good middle texture that leads to a long finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
SK 90

2011 Quarter Acre Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous expression of Syrah from Hawkes Bay where Rob McDonald employs more Pinot Noir winemaking techniques to create a wine of power and elegance. The nose is lifted with dark plum, blueberry, blackberry, violets and subtle black pepper accents. On the palate, earth and mineral notes combine with the core fruit character with seamless balance and fine texture and length. This is a must for lovers of Syrah.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
My favorite use for the first Champagne made for rocks is this modified "Final Word" cocktail: 1 ounce Chartreuse Green 750m 1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice 2 ounces Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne Prepare a cocktail shaker with plenty of fresh ice, and a large rocks glass with plenty more. Shake the Chartreuse, Luxardo and Lime in the shaker until well chilled. Pour the mixture through a cocktail strainer over the ice in the rocks glass. Top with the Champagne, stir gently and enjoy. As Champagne is less concentrated than gin, it takes a little bit more of it to bring the drink into balance. Since both the lime and the Champagne are acidic, this drink is very bright and refreshing… Perhaps dangerously so! Be careful with these- I thought I was making a more “moderate” drink, but it is easy to get carried away with these!
Price: $56.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Château du Cèdre "Héritage" Cahors
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Rustic, farmy with great dark fruits. Another great deal from the original birthplace of Malbec. Great balance from start to finish.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 94

2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This a truly amazing bottle right here. The richness, intensity and length all play superbly together, sort of how The Beatles meshed so well when they played alongside each other. The tannins were very well integrated, with what seemed to be either neutral oak influence or just good old fashioned careful winemaking...I'm guessing both. This wine also had a meatiness, or savory character to it that I found most pleasing and fitting with the rich rib-eye steak dish that accompanied my numerous glasses. I see no reason why all the Syrah/Shiraz lovers would not be intrigued and pleased by this wine.

1945 Darroze Bas Armagnac Domaine de Lasserade 750ml
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
No surprise that this bottle represents some of the rarest brandy being sold at any price point. Not only is it from 70 years old stocks, a rarity in and of itself, but we're also talking about a war vintage and therefor one of the lowest production periods for the region. The Germans headed for Gascogne pretty early and by the end they were simply living off the local products as their supply chains broke down. That means regularly raiding farms for food and of course drink. Total liberation of the area did not occur until later in 1945, but by May of that year it must have been clear that things were about to change. What had started as the 5th harvest under occupation would end with France liberated and a plentiful, now legendary vendage. Nonetheless, precious few liters of Armagnac remain from the years of occupation, so this bottle is truly as special as it gets. Expect a massively rich nose of polished mahogany, dried plums, flinty earth and exotic spices. The palate is seamless and still lively, with wonderful balance of alcohol over the layers of deep dark fruit and spicy earthy aromas. Soft like the finest down, smooth like quantum stabilized atomic mirror. It is without a doubt in a class of it's own. If you want the ultimate trump card for winning the gift game at a 70th birthday party or simply want to own a piece of history that you can physically consume, this is the bottle for you.
Price: $1,499.99 Add To Waiting List

1975 Bodegas Riojanas "Monte Real" Reserva Rioja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Sleeper alert! While Riojanas' reputation amongst Rioja aficionados in Spain and Europe is firmly established, they have only recently become better recognized here. This '75 is showing wonderfully, a fully developed gem of a wine that continues to drink in its prime - with red fruits intermingling with umami, rich meat and mushroom notes.
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List

Plantation "Stiggin's Fancy" Pineapple Dark Rum 750ml
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
BOOOOOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Without question the finest flavored rum in the world. Start with awesome funky rum, add a centuries-old recipe exactingly recreated by the good people of Plantation, and you've got a product that will rule your bar for the foreseeable future. Heady and intense, yet subtle and overtly pleasurable, not for your typical flavored rum fans, but a must own for all bar/cocktail people. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Quarter Acre Merlot-Malbec (Bordeaux Blend) Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Wow, there is a lot of bang for the buck in this wine. After co-fermenting the Merlot, Malbec and a touch of Cabernet Franc, the wine spent 16 months in French oak to marry the flavors and integrate the wood. The bouquet soars with dark plum, blueberry, black cherry, cassis and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The palate walks a fine line with a plush texture and entry framed by just enough backbone to add a more serious character accented by earth and spice. There is superb balance and length that's simply tough to beat for the price.

2011 Happy Canyon "K&L—Doug Margerum Cuvée" Happy Canyon Red Blend
By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
With the rise of interest in Californian terroirs comes our own unique blend from the relatively new AVA in Happy Canyon. This beautiful territory is slightly hotter and has more minerality than the rest of Santa Barbara, lending it to produce excellent Bordeaux varietals. Our version is lush with lovely ripe fruits and a very slight chocolaty note. Acid balances the wine beautifully and helps drive the ending. All in all a well done red that can easily be enjoyed before and with dinner.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

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2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
As usual, el Señor de Lesmos brings the deliciousness, and the intrigue, with this fantastic bottle of 10 year old Reserva Rioja. A blend of Tempranillo and Mazuelo, this dark fruited reserva shows the power and elegance of the 05 vintage, with the spicy, purely fruited, original Lesmos style, a style that I can say after all these years is one of the true originals in Rioja. Decant for at least half an hour to enjoy this wine to its fullest. Drink now or cellar with confidence for another decade.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Another well done NZ Pinot Noir from our friends at TWR. Crimson red to purplish in color, with just the right amount of acidity and tannins. Great forward-facing fruit from raspberries to cherry. It ends with excellent follow-through all the way down the palate. At under $30, what's not to love? If you have never enjoyed a Pinot from New Zealand, this would be the perfect one to try.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
The 2014 vintage of this wine is just as stunning as the 2013 was, and if anything, is perhaps a bit more electric and dry. This is saline and juicy, with intense kiwi and gooseberry fruit, floral and herb notes and a fine, thirst-quenching mineral texture. This is clean, focused and penetrating.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
RC 94

Gift Box - Macallan 41 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Single Malt Whisky 750ml
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
The magnificent Gordon & Macphail's is famous for their incredible stocks of wonderful old whisky. They're a merchant bottler that's been in Elgin for over 200 years, and that means they've got relationships with the region's top distilleries that go back just as long. For some time they were indeed the official bottler of several famous distilleries whose operations rarely included proper bottling lines. Now, Gordon & Macphail, thanks to these age-old relationships, has some old stocks that even the distilleries themselves do not own. Rest assured that Macallan has tried countless times to purchase these stocks back from G&M, no doubt to repackage in crystal and sell upwards of $10k. While the prices from the venerated merchant have gone up they still destroy the distillery's OB offerings, while maintaining a level of quality and consistency that is non-existent in the competition's independent bottlings from this special distillery. Anyway, if you're seriously considering dropping the coin for a OB Mac 25 year, this bottle should make you reconsider that decision, because while it may not have the flashy Bentley exterior, you can be sure that it's got a massive Rolls-Royce jet engine under the hood.
Price: $0.00 Add To Waiting List

2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Exclusive to our Kalinda brand, the wine was made by David Eatwell (and I presume drink well!) with Jason and Anna Flowerday from Te Whare Ra (TWR) consulting. This all red fruit dominated, with notes of strawberry, raspberry, plum, cherry, orange peel and tea bag. On the palate the wine is elegant, with earth tones coming into the mix with a balancing acidity adding to the persistent finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

1955 Bodegas Franco Españolas "Cosecha Especial" Rioja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Double nickels from Rioja! This is an historic bottling, from a very good 1955 vintage and Logroño's famous Franco Españolas winery. While the wine is still very much hanging in there, perhaps equally impressive is the presentation, a simple white label with pretty black script, red wax capsule, and very solid fills given the age of this bottling.
Price: $249.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja
By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Possibly one of the best rosés I have tasted, and definitely the most interesting, this easy drinking wine is a new favorite: crisp and clean with a surprising structure. What captured my attention was the almost saline core running through the middle. Although the wine is very light it has enough depth to make it desirable in the afternoon and to continue as the light fades.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof, Bottled in Bond 750ml
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Despite some grumblings regarding a distillery change (yes Rittenhouse was made under contract by Brown-Forman for years after Heaven Hill's Bardstown plant burned down in the late 90s) Rittenhouse remains the ultimate value for all bartending needs. It might not kick like a Willett Single Barrel Rye, but there's still very little in the price range that will make a better Manhattan, in fact I can't think of one thing.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90 - 95

2001 La Rioja Alta "890" Gran Reserva Rioja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This is one of the great traditional wines of Rioja. It's typically spicy, full of pipe tobacco and leathery notes, and seamlessly elegant as well. In the great 2001 vintage, it's safe to say that this is, as the old timers say, truly "un gran vino." To commemorate a special occasion (for yourself or others) this is still one of Spain's very best bottles.
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95 WS 93

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
My favorite white wine value in the store, Chus Puelles' white wine is based primarily on Viura grapes, which give the wine a bright, citric and green apple character, as well as a clean, crisp chalky minerality. Most of the fruit in this wine is grown in the village of Abalos, one of the prime Rioja Alta villages. At under $10 it's tough to find a dry white that consistently hits the spot like this one.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2001 Guiraud, Sauternes
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This is a great choice for those seeking a rich, flamboyant style of Sauternes coupled with mature flavors and texture. Deep golden color and a viscous texture compliment the mature flavors of Apricot, toasted marshmallow, baking spice and clover honey. A slight hint of paraffin adds aromatic complexity to the thick, smooth finish.

2009 Nairac, Sauternes
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This sensational wine combines aromas and flavors of clover honey, saffron, pineapple, orange spice tea and sweet scented wildflowers. Full-bodied without being unctuous, an oily sleekness holds the mid-palate and a mineral/acid tension glides along the long finish. This really over-delivers for the price.

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