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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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2016 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
This is surprisingly structured for the price point but has a rich overlay of ripe cherry fruit and a clean and wonderfully dry finish. Another pure and delicious bargain to buy by the case and drink with pizza, pasta, burgers or any picnic fare.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau St. Aubin
Reviwer Picture By: Sharon Kelly | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
The wines of Saint Aubin are some of the best values in Burgundy. The slopes here are quite steep and the vines sit at high elevation so year-round temperatures in the vineyards are generally lower than other parts of the region - as a result the wines can have great precision and purity. A luscious medley of stone fruit, white flower and candied Meyer lemon aromas followed by vibrant citrus, a tinge of oak and uplifiting acidity make this wine a delight to drink. Sylvain and Nathalie Langoureau have represented the region beautifully with this well-crafted Chardonnay.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
This is round, rich and textured with the weight and ripeness beautifully balanced by fresh acidity on the finish of salty mineral and juicy golden delicious apple. The middle is filled with ripe peach, almond and sweet crushed melon flavors. Generous and refreshing.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
This well-priced Chardonnay is beloved by a wide cross-section of customers as it sees only a kiss of new oak and delivers a round, creamy texture, sumptuous fruit and perfectly integrated acidity. It's great on its own or with food and the flavors and freshness keep you coming back for more. An impressive and affordable white that exceeds expectation.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Château Haute-Serre Cahors
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Malbec hails from France although it has gained acclaim of late as one of the best known red wines of Argentina. When asked if we have Malbec from places other than Argentina, we're always pleased to direct them to Cahors (France)where Malbec thrives. This latest arrival is one of the more traditional wines of the zone as it's fermented in stainless and aged in used barrels. There's excellent depth of fruit and overall complexity combined with a touch of firmness and structure from the wine's acidity. Although excellent today with aeration, it will certainly drink well over the next few years.

2012 Albatreti Brunello di Montalcino
Reviwer Picture By: Cameron Price | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Most of our Brunello releases are of the 2013 vintage but this little guy has an extra year that makes all the difference! A wonderful savory nose of marinated raisins and balsamic makes the tummy growl with anticipation and once you get it into your mouth the soft abundant tannins will have you singing with joy! This wine is big and beautiful!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi
Reviwer Picture By: Cameron Price | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Awesome, aromatic Chianti for $12!!! Toast with savory black cherry glaze with great freshness and succulent juiciness. This wine at this price-point is very well balanced and should be a proud display on anyone's table!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Reviwer Picture By: John Majeski | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Today is Earth Day 2019....why we allot but one day a year to show the love for the only real home any of us have is beyond me. I imagine those fragile remnants of humanity who inhabit the dwindling rain forest consider every day ‘Earth Day.' Nurture the thought. And on this miraculous orb, there are few places that can rival the enviable natural beauty of New Zealand. The Waipara region on the South Island produces fabulous Pinot Noirs of exceptional charm and elegance, as this wine amply demonstrates. Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in French barriques for ten months, this Pinot surrenders aromas and flavors of black plums, bright cherries, floral notes, spice and tapenade. Layered with silky tannins and pleasant acidity, it finishes with both impressive power and poise. Serve with pork tenderloin, wild mushroom risotto or seared ahi tuna.

2015 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva
Reviwer Picture By: Cameron Price | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Looking for a refreshing white that has density and texture but will cool you down? This it IT! The Catullo has a beautiful round fleshy peach aroma with stone fruit qualities as well. The palate is soft and rich with an agreeable acidity and a dab of sweetness that makes this wine perfect for all aperitivos, digestivos and all in between!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
A lighter bodied Cabernet, this wine has an elegance that gives way to an exceptional verve at the tail end of the palette. Subdued cassis notes layered way underneath the cooked bay leaf and black olives makes for a really great mid palette that transforms long after you might expect for a wine as fresh and lively as this is. Lower tannin, resulting in a freshness I don't normally associate with Cab but one I could definitely get used to.

2015 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
A great, European alternative to California Chardonnay, this Lugana is richer and fuller bodied than some others, but the great acidity makes the ripe orchard fruit notes pop even more. The sweet apple and pear notes and subtle cream make this a phenomenal companion for summer evening cheeseboard and front porch small bites- Easy for most wine drinkers to enjoy.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge (Corsica)
Reviwer Picture By: John Majeski | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
“I could spend the rest of my life sitting on a hill in Corsica, eating goat cheese and drinking wine and having my enemies killed by remote control." —Anthony Bourdain . Impossible to resist injecting the wonderfully sardonic voice of the late, great Mr. Bourdain into a conversation, and it was equally hard to resist guzzling (think cormorants) this captivating Corsican red, a wine of such irresistible personality that the price we're selling it for must be a misprint, but it isn't. I could yada yada 'ad noiseum' about flavors reminiscent of sun-ripened black plums, baked stones, melted licorice, wet violets and freshly tilled earth, but I won't... so... just pop a bottle of Petroni with some of that Corsican goat cheese or whatever moves your kindred soul, and drink long and deep. Anthony Bourdain would probably emit a cosmic chuckle.
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

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2017 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Adam Winkel | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
So everyone knows that Syrah-based rosé can use a little more time in bottle than other varietals to show its best. Okay, not everyone knows that. So even though 2018 rosé is starting to show up, this 70% Syrah from the 2017 harvest has settled in and is going great now and all summer long. There's a lot of substance here, so see for yourself for a song.
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2016 Domaine de l'Amandine Côtes du Rhône-Villages Seguret
Reviwer Picture By: Sharon Kelly | Review Date: 4/22/2019 | Send Email
If you're searching for a tremendous Rhone value you will certainly be thrilled with this full-bodied blend of Syrah and Grenache. With a nose that brims with classic red fruits and wild garrigue, and oozing with flavors of ripe berries and baking spice, this is a powerful wine but it remains very bright and fresh thanks to balancing acidity. Fabulous deal!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Champauvins" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Reviwer Picture By: Cameron Price | Review Date: 4/22/2019 | Send Email
What a deliciously refreshing wine! This little guy here is aromatic and exploding with vibrant spicy black cherries and hinting at strawberry glaze. The palate is wonderfully juicy but not cloying whatsoever. Bright and clean with tongue tingling spice and balanced with saliva inducing acidity. I love that there is also a little herbal side to it. If you ever chewed on a leaf from a blackberry bush, you'll know what I mean!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Champauvins" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 4/22/2019 | Send Email
Gorgeous aromas of red berry fruit, espresso, crushed stone and forest floor leap from the glass. The palate has excellent length and complexity with berry fruit, bitter chocolate and dried herb flavors that deftly mingle against firm tannins and a lively palate. This is a wonderful Cotes-du-Rhone that drinks like a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
Top Value!
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2014 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Tobin | Review Date: 4/20/2019 | Send Email
Australia is one of the New World powerhouses for wine, with Shiraz (Syrah) leading the charge for their red wines, flourishing in the warm climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, as in most other major New World regions, makes up a large portion of their red wine production though. And like in every major region, they lend their own voice to the much-beloved varietal. Xanadu has to be one of the most unique Cabernets I have ever tasted from any region. Xanadu is situated on the Margret River, about four kilometers from the Australian coastline. The gravel-based river soil that the vineyards are planted on, combined with its unique maritime climate, combine to make a one-of-a-kind Cabernet. Right off of the bat, spearmint jumps out of the glass, drawing you in. As you continue you will notice notes of anise, licorice, and menthol. The palate has notes of dark plum and blackberry, and the tannin is silky. This is truly a unique example of Cabernet, the likes of which you won't find in many places around the world.

2015 Brancaia "Ilatraia" Rosso di Toscana
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 4/20/2019 | Send Email
Ilatraia captures the unique environs of the Tuscan coastal zone of Maremma affected by sun, sea and soil, and is an exuberant expression of Bordeaux grapes varieties. It's rich in flavor and texture and coats the palate with concentrated black fruit with highlights of French oak. This will especially appeal to those preferring softer and riper style wines that can be enjoyed now or cellared.

2015 Giuseppe Cortese "Rabaja" Barbaresco
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 4/20/2019 | Send Email
Cortese has long been among the top producers in the Barbaresco zone yet has remained seemingly under the radar by comparison to many of their contemporaries. They are also one of the few to own a portion of the famed Rabaja vineyard and their 2015 from this site is sublime. It captures the warmth of the vintage with sweet, forward fruit and ripe tannins yet retains plenty of acidity that allows for aging. Whether you open the wine today or stash it away for a later date, it's certain to impress.

2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Neal Fischer | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
I love the dusty berry quality right up front on the nose. Then the power comes out. There's a lot of dark fruit coming at you from this glass of wine including mixed berries, plum, and dried concentrated strawberries. The bold fruits shows up strong on the palate too, but then you get to the complexity with black pepper spice, a great level of acidity, and big tannic structure. This would be an excellent Pinot Noir for aging.

Tequila Tapatio "Excelencia" Extra Anejo Tequila (1L)
Reviwer Picture By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
A high quality extra anejo. There is a lot going on in this bottle.The nose has some butter scotch and citrus. In the mouth savory citrus notes with round and rich juicy flavors from the extra aging help make this one of the best extra anejos that I have tasted. There is no sugar added to this product and there is a long finish.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart

2001 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: James Bradshaw | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
2001 feels like an eon ago, but you'd think it was just yesterday based on this delightful red. Bright, expressive, and with no shortage of fruit, it is a superb example of the vintage. Possessing excellent length and persistence, it is a mouth-filling experience loaded with ample ripe flavors of cassis, Bing cherry, and salted plum. It is hard to believe such a delicious and classically-style red can be so affordably priced.
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2002 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: James Bradshaw | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
$30 for a Cab of this quality is ridiculous. This is Spring Mountain fruit at its very best. Rich and luscious, it dances across the palate with flavors baked plum, raspberry coulis, mocha, tobacco, and herb de Provence. This is a great pick for those who enjoy the gravitas of Bordeaux with the expressiveness of Napa fruit. This 2002 is ready to drink now, but has the scaffolding to develop for another ten years easily.
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2004 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: James Bradshaw | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
An earthy and savory rendition, this a serious, contemplative style of Cabernet. Dark plum gives way to flavors to porcini mushroom, forest floor, and wild herbs. Like all older vintage York Creeks, its delivery is smooth and supple that it's hard to put the glass down. Give this one time to evolve and you'll be rewarded with a nuanced and graceful style of Cab that's as delicious as it is engaging.
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2005 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: James Bradshaw | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
Wow! If tasted blind, you'd think this 2005 was ten years younger. Graced with wonderful sweet red fruit, baking spice, and subtle tones earth tones, it is a delicious red that far overperforms its modest price. Its time in bottle has served this 2005 well, rounding out the tannins for a smooth and supple delivery. The Spring Mountain pedigree really shines through here. Sip this beauty on its own or pair with a special meal, either way, you'll be more than delighted.
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2017 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: James Bradshaw | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
For true Cab flavor at an unbelievable price, look no further! This gorgeous 2017 is brimming with fruit and spice while remaining wonderfully restrained. Ready to drink now, it shows a classic Columbia Valley profile of wildflowers, cassis, pipe tobacco, vanillin, along with a hint of savory herb. K Vintners has served up another blockbuster red value. Go ahead and load up, as this is the perfect pick to come back to again and again.
Price: $14.95 Add To Cart
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2017 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Moses | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
Another winner for the "CS" label from Wines of Substance, the 2017 shows some superb restraint and refinement compared to the more full-throttle (but delicious) 2015 and 2016 that preceded it. Deep and pure cherry aromas with hints of chocolate lead to a silky palate full of classic, deep Cab flavors of cassis, framboise, and fine vanilla-tinged tannins. All-too-easy to drink, it is a lot of wine for the money and very delicious right out of the gates, even at this early stage.
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2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Cameron Hoppas | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
Overlooking picturesque Lake Wanaka, Rippon's wines tell a unique story as one of the farthest north wineries in the region. The Mature Vine Pinot Noir reflects a greater picture of Rippon's property, each block bringing a unique sense of place from each corner of the vineyards. This wine is dense and complex, but also fresh an elegant. It's a little tight, but with time opens up with dark fruit aromas, and spicey earthy florals--sandlewood, black pepper, tobacco. The fruit profile changes on the palate to brighter red fruit as the tight structure shows soft tannins fresh, cleansing acidity, but also reveals very alluring umami of fresh wild fungi. Wheres the rack of lamb and sauteed wild mushrooms?

2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Elsa Baez | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
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I, too, agree with the praises my fellow colleagues have expressed on this wonderful bottling of Pinot Noir from Rippon. It's not just another pinot from the Central Otago because it truly has a great depth and complexity that you'd normally pay for a lot more in other wine regions. There are hints of blackberries, pomegranate, and some spice on the nose with the right amount of freshness, acidity and tannins to finish. In my notes I wrote, "so much going on I don't know where to start!..." and that's a good thing.

2015 Black Slate "La Vilella Alta" Priorat
Reviwer Picture By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 4/19/2019 | Send Email
This delicious little gem was quite a surprise with dinner last night. Rich and spicy, with a lush nose of black plums, currants and licorice. Plush mouthfeel with deep, dark, red and black fruits (black currant and black raspberry). Nice tarty finish with a hint of cranberry fruit. I don't usually like to carry on about prices but, this one really is a bargain!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Big Sky Te Muna Road Pinot Noir Martinborough
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
This is somewhat big and beefy but with an overlay of oak laced creamy and sweet cherry fruit. A touch of savory umami and soy along with faint whiffs of smoke add interest and complexity to the finish. Interesting and well priced.
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2005 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ralph Sands | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
Being able to source older California Cabernet Sauvignon from perfect cellars and in this case direct from the winery is very rare. The numerous vintages of the York Creek wines showcase the freshness of the mountain fruit with different degrees of ripeness. I would advise to taste them all and find the one that fits your palate best; then load up! Ralph Sands
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2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
Coming from what is continuously lauded as some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the world, this vintage from Rippon oozes grace and complexity. Central Otago as a wine region has only been around for about 30 years, which makes the incredible perfection of this wine even more impressive. The nose hits you right away as Central Otago, but the palate shows less dark fruit than many others in the region. The fruit is juicy red and very pretty with a hint of dusky tannin to keep the length. Winemaker Nick Mills is truly one of the best in New Zealand and runs the winery with a lot of consideration and care. The sloping vineyard land helps create structured, yet ethereal Pinots. If you have yet to try the Rippon wines, do not miss this vintage.

2017 Villa Maria "Private Bin" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
This is the very first New Zealand wine I ever tried many, many years ago way before wines from that country were a topic of discussion so it was fun to re-visit it after all these years. I can still see why this attracted me to this style of refreshing white; floral aromas and flavors of cut grass, earthy sweet pea, passion fruit and juicy lime zest all done up in a mouth watering style. This is delicious, thirst quenching and affordable.
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2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
This is filled with smoky black fruit, a touch of earth and hints of spice in a nicely ripe and dense package that stays very fresh and clean on the finish. A touch heavier than many New Zealand Pinots but with lots of finesse and absolutely lovely flavors.

2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
It might be controversial, but I'm willing to commit myself to the claim that Rippon Pinot Noir is one of the best pinots in the world. The whole world. It belongs in the same sentence as the greats of Burgundy, California, and Oregon. It's really got the entire package; stunning location, incredible varied soils, a winemaker who previously worked at DRC, and biodynamic farming of old vines (many of which are DRC clones). So what's the wine actually like? Intense and powerful, yet remarkably elegant. I've been socking away Rippon since the 2007 vintage, and honestly, the '07s are still short of their peak drinking window. 2015 promises to be a wine for the ages. A hot and dry year, the 15's lend themselves to a slightly fatter fruit making this a beautiful drinker now with decanting, but the power, acidity, and structure is there for the long haul. I have put away more bottles than usual this year because I know I'll have a hard time keeping my hands off of them before they're truly expressing everything they have to offer.

2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Schroeder | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
This is a beautiful expression of Pinot Noir from has become known as one of the world’s best areas to grow it in. It has plum, fresh blueberries, and black raspberries with minty herbal tones and spice on the nose, and on the palate it has rich, mouthwatering fruit with a touch of savoriness and great acidity that subtly leads into a bright, long lasting finish that begs for another sip.

2015 Giuseppe Cortese "Rabaja" Barbaresco
Reviwer Picture By: Kate Soto | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous wine. Rose petals and black tea leaves and an epically long finish. There is an understated elegance here; it's not showy or flashy at first, but once you take a sip, you realize this wine has got the goods. I'd invite it home any day.

2001 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Thomas Smith | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
When Ryan told me he was bringing in more vintage York Creeks I got REALLY excited. For me, York Creek is the height of superb craftsmanship from a Napa Valley legend. And better yet, these stunning wines from Spring Mountain are aged to perfection. The 2001 Horseshoe was the first one I grabbed after tasting the line up and it is perfect right now. Beautiful, softened tannins and rich fruit, with a gorgeous bouquet of dried herbs and leather. Where else are you going to find winery-direct, back-vintaged Cabernet as stunning as this at under $30? You got to be kidding me. The staff is already jumping all over these. Be forewarned, these won't last long.
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2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Cameron Price | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
If I'd not ever had a glass of Pinot Noir and someone put this in front of me I might think it was one of my top five wines of all time. Just looking at the robe in the glass you see a silky texture that is surely translated on the palate with silky smooth tannins, delicately aromatic blue fruit flavors of ripe blueberry and blackberry and a touch of spicy cherries. Sure, it's fruity but the balance of wicked good acidity and overall brightness will make this wine relevant for a very long time. The concentration of fruit structure is do to the mature vines used in making the wine. There also lies tones of damp soil and blackberry leaves on the finish as the layers wipe away which makes this wine all the more fun. If given the opportunity, try this wine. You'll not regret it.

2017 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Riesling Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Robert Cash | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
Planted in schist laden soils, this hand-picked wine has a pleasingly expressive nose of lime/citrus and petrol. The palate follows with lime zest, flint, and lively acidity with a richly textured mouthfeel. it is dry and long on the finish. Quite age-worthy!
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2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
Not only is Rippon one of the most visually spectacular vineyards on the planet but the wines are also truly world-class and more than worthy of anyone's full attention. This incredible site is farmed by hand according to organic and biodynamic principles. The wines are subtly yet painstakingly honed to faithfully respect this unique piece of land. The "Mature Vine" bottling is an assemblage of several distinct blocks within the broader property and is crafted to represent the place as a whole; a panoramic expression of 'Rippon - the place' in a given year. These old, own-rooted vines grow into a mixture of soils found on the property ranging from pure schist gravels to glacial moraines and lake bed clay. The wine is layered and complex, it unfurls slowly and gradually with time in the glass and food. It's telling a story and most great stories take time to tell. Brambly, leafy fruit, baking spice, wet clay. The tannins are tactile and malleable but firm enough to give great shape, texture and length to the wine. Lovely purity. A baby but already showing its class and pedigree.

2005 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
A hugely powerful, structural year for Napa Cab. Known jokingly as "the idiots' vintage," meaning you'd have to be an idiot to mess it up given the ideal growing conditions that prevailed through harvest and even into November. Long hang-time gave plenty of time for intense flavor development and lack of any significant heat events meant produced notable taninins. May have drawn parallels with Bordeaux's successful if not "for the long-haul" wines produced in 2005.
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2004 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
A vintage known for its small yields (30-50% below normal) and hot, dry September. Another dark fruited, powerful wine with lots of concentration and extract. Plummy, blackcurrant fruit with dried tobacco and scorched earth. Still has plenty to give with lovely supple ripe tannins. Drinking beautifully in transition to more secondary characters.
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2002 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
A little more bold and upfront that the linear, structured 2001 vintage, the 2002 is a show stopper! This wine has held on to its rich dark fruit remarkably well and I think is drinking younger than one might expect. Broad and lush, some secondary characters evolving but that bold, boisterous fruit from 2002 is still holding fast.
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2001 York Creek Estate "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
I love 2001 Napa Cab. It's a vintage that always comes across to me as perfectly proportioned with immaculate balance. Not a super big year or one with any dramatic weather events, but a vintage of consistency and age-ability. Some of my very best experiences with Napa Cab have come from this vintage. The Horseshoe Block bottling from York Creek fits this mold perfectly. Flavors, structure and length on the palate all speak of a classic vintage and one that is true to varietal. With almost 20 years in the bottle this wine is at it's peak for drinking and is beautifully mature without yet losing all of it's primary fruit characters. Maybe a rack of Lamb?
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Darroze Les Grand Assemblages "20 Year Old" Bas-Armagnac (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
The Armagnac discussion has recently been dominated by single cask, vintage, ultra rare bottlings. While that focus is well deserved due to exceptional quality, rarity, and affordability, I think that has come as the disservice of some of the classic blends. Marc Darroze and his family have been distilling Armagnac for farmers for decades. By taking payment for their services in the form of distillate, they have amassed one of the greatest collections of Armagnac stocks on the planet. Marc's prowess as a blender is unmatched and the results I think reach an apex of quality/price in the 20 year assemblages. It's nearly impossible to beat for complexity of flavor, accessibility of profile, and pure deliciousness. All for just a hundred bucks. The nose is packed with fruit, wood spice, and a touch of sweet tobacco leaf. The palate is expansive and soft without ever being flabby. An unparallelled finish where everything lingers in its purest and clearest form, is the true achievement and mark of unrivaled quality.
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Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 111.3 Proof Barrel 2380 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
The lowest in proof of our current round of overaged Whistle Pig casks, this barrel highlights the darker nature of things. More cocoa and mocha to go with brandied fruits and a gentle but persistent herbal quality. A bit surprisingly this feels bigger on the palate than some of the higher proofed barrels, but that's not a bad thing. I find it particularly exceptional in a Manhattan.
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Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 113.9 Proof Barrel #2346 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
More baked bread and brioche/melted butter flavors are present in this cask than all of the others. It's wonderfully sweet on the palate, but all spice and yeasty, crumbly bread on the nose. At 113.9 proof, its very accessible. With water it softens up even more and unlocks a shocking array of fruit notes, almost drinking like a Calvados.
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Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 118.3 Proof Barrel #2347 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 4/18/2019 | Send Email
The most remarkable thing about Whistle Pigs single cask program is that while the bottle says 10 years old on it, the whiskies are considerably older. This one comes in at nearly 14 years old and a rousing 118.3 proof. Gobs of baking spice and a bit of fresh apple come through on the nose. The palate is full, sweet, and a bit herbaceous. The angel's share on these barrels after 13+ years is pretty substantial, so the barrels only yield around 120 bottles and the resulting concentration of flavor is breathtaking. That intensity is particularly pronounced on this higher ABV cask.
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