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Staff Favorites - Alex Pross

Alex Pross

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2015 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Rouge
Review Date: 04-17-2019
Guigal just cranks out winner-after-winner and the 2015 Saint Joseph Rouge is no exception. This wine is absolutely seductive from the very sniff, lots of exotic spice and red and black fruit aromas. The palate is lively and dense with red cherries, licorice, crushed rock, bitter chocolate and a zippy finish. An outstanding value this wine drinks handsomely now and should give you pleasure over the next 5-10 years as well.
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2017 Delas Freres Cotes-du-Ventoux
Review Date: 04-08-2019
If you loved the screaming deal that was the 2016 Delas Cotes-du-Rhone "St. Esprit" then you owe to yourself to snatch up the 2017 Delas Cotes-du-Ventoux before it is gone. I actually think I prefer the 2017 Ventoux to the 2016 Cotes du Rhone, the 2017 Ventoux has a beautiful nose of spice, red fruits, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. The palate is alive with delicious red and black fruits, dark chocolate, marzipan and spice flavors. The finish is surprisingly long and lingers effortlessly on the palate. This is a stunning wine for under $10 and needs to be tasted to be believed.
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Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2016 La Chablisiènne Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"
Review Date: 04-08-2019
Wow! Are you kidding me?? Montee de Tonnerre for under $30?? The best 1er Cru vineyard in Chablis nestled right next to Grand Crus Les Clos & Blanchots the Montee de Tonnerre drinks like a Grand Cru Chablis at a fraction of the price. Gorgeous notes of white flowers, kumquats, sweet cream and sea breeze rise from the glass. The palate is loaded with zesty citrus notes nicely accentuated with Asian pear and spice along with zippy acidity and firm tannins. A stunning Chablis value for under $30.
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2017 Joseph Drouhin Mâcon Villages
Review Date: 03-13-2019
What a smoking value!! This is literally my new house white. This checks all the boxes: great producer-check (Joseph Drouhin), great vintage-check (2017), great price-check ($13.99) and lastly, it tastes great. Beautiful aromas of Golden Delicious apples and citrus spring from the glass while the palate is a perfect example of what makes the incoming 2017 white Burgundy vintage so exciting. There's copious amounts of beautiful fruit buffered by racy acidity coupled with layer upon layer of complexity, all wrapped up in an elegantly-styled package. What more could you ask for from an under-$14 gem? This is the best deal I have seen in Burgundy in 2019 and you should snatch up as many bottles as you can before this fantastic wine sells out.
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Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine La Barroche "Signature" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 03-07-2019
Young Julien Barrot of Domaine la Barroche is a name to remember, only in his 30s he is already becoming world-renowned for fashioning some of the greatest young Chateauneuf-du-Papes currently available in the market. The Signature is stunning from the very first sniff from the glass where aromas of Asian spice, marzipan, baker's chocolate and cassis liqueur all slowly rise from the glass. The palate is alive with flavors of blackberry and cassis jelly buffered by lively acidity and fine tannins. The finish is long and supple with spice and berry flavors slowly fading away in perfect harmony.
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2014 St. Jean du Barroux "La Pierre Noire" Côtes du Ventoux
Review Date: 02-19-2019
A more serious offering the 2014 La Pierre Noir is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah with a nose of lead, pepper and black fruits. The palate bursts with spices and an array of berry fruits that run the spectrum from boysenberry all the way to black currant. The finish here is stupendous, with a soft echo of spice and black fruits that lingers on the palate for 45+ seconds before slowly disappearing from the back of the tongue. Bravo! This is a wonderful homage to the heights that can be achieved in Ventoux.
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Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2015 St. Jean du Barroux "La Source" Ventoux
Review Date: 02-19-2019
Saint Jean du Barroux is in the top 2-3 producers in all of Ventoux one of the up-and-coming regions in the Cotes du Rhone. The 2015 La Source is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault which results in an earthy, briary nose of pipe tobacco, spice, black tea and animal notes. The palate is electric with notes of black and ripe red fruits perfectly accentuated with lively acidity and crunchy tannins. This is an insanely good red wine and has the complexity of a wine 3-4 times its price. A great introduction to the wonderful wines coming out of the Ventoux.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Grandes Serres "Carius" Cairanne
Review Date: 12-28-2018
Wow! What a stunning wine. From the very first sniff of the glass I knew this wine was something special. Aromas of freshly-squeezed blood oranges, raspberry Grenache and sexy spice aromas erupt from the glass. The palate is an amazing juxtaposition of rich, velvety red fruits against crisp tannins and lively acidity. Large-scaled and mouth filling this wine slowly unfurls to a wonderfully long and satisfying finish. A ridiculous bargain at only $14.99!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes-du-Rhône Reserve
Review Date: 12-07-2018
This is an absolute knock-out wine! Gorgeous aromas of bitter chocolate, marzipan, wild raspberry and exotic spice notes. The palate is a sexy mash-up of red fruits, dried herbs, beef blood and crushed volcanic rock all wrapped around silky tannins and racy acidity. The 2015 Janasse Cotes-du-Rhone shows off the very best of the 2015 vintage in the Rhone Valley which is renowned for its fruit-forwardness and power.
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Nuits-Villages
Review Date: 11-21-2018
I was lucky enough to have a wonderful sit-down tasting with Véronique Drouhin, who graciously poured an array of amazing offerings while providing facts and stories that gave a great backstory to why many of the wines outperformed their neighbors. While they make stunning Grand Crus and Premier Crus, one wine that always stands out as a bargain to me is the Côte de Nuits-Villages. The 2016 Villages has good structure, with elegant red fruit and subtle spice notes all wrapped around a sleek, feminine body. This is a pretty wine that showcases everything there is to love about the Côte de Nuits without emptying your wallet.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Julien Schaal Rangen de Thann Volcanique Grand Cru Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 11-20-2018
From one of the most highly-regarded vineyards in all of Alsace comes the 2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Volcanique. Minerals, wet stone and the slightest hint of peach blossoms appear on the nose while the palate surges ahead with an energetic array of almond skin, orchard fruits, petrol and mandarin flavors. An impossibly good wine from an amazing vineyard site you owe it to yourself to grab a few of these before they're all gone.
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2016 Allram Grüner Veltliner "Renner 1ÖTW" Kamptal
Review Date: 11-20-2018
Allram has become a household name at K&L thanks to the incredible value their 1L bottles of Gruner Veltliner represent on a yearly basis. The 2016 Allram Gruner Veltliner "Renner 1Otw" is a stunning wine and a huge step up qualitatively from their everyday offering. This wine is loaded with aromas of concentrated citrus notes, green fig and white flower aromas while the palate is a scintillating blend of orchard fruits, citrus and nut oil flavors. This is an impressive Gruner Veltliner that feels regal while not gouging your pocketbook.
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Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 11-12-2018
From the moment I brought the glass to my nose I knew I had something special here. This wine drinks like a wine 2-3 times the price with ease and if you're looking for a case-worthy wine to purchase this holiday season this should be your first choice. The nose is a gorgeous mixture of spice, dried herbs, berry and game aromas. The palate deftly blends berry, spice, earth, minerals and crunchy tannins on an explosive yet somehow balanced palate. This amazing value is the perfect example of how incredible the 2016 vintage in the Rhone Valley is and you owe it to yourself to grab at least a few bottles of this wonderful elixir.
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Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-01-2018
One of the best wines in all of Napa Valley for the money the 2016 Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding wine with the pedigree to match. Coming from an area that routinely produces 100pt wines and Cult Cabernets the Chappellet signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a knockout. Black cherry, bitter chocolate and spice box aromas seamlessly shift to a palate bursting with blackberry and cassis fruit. Velvety tannins and a rich, mocha-laced finish make this an irresistible wine.
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2016 Charles Baur Muscat Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
I love a Muscat as a change of pace from the other aromatic whites. A Muscat offers a slightly different taste profile as it tends to lean towards orange and tangerine flavors rather than peach, mango and apricot flavors that Gewurztraminers do. The 2016 Charles Baur Muscat Alsace is killer deal with sexy aromas of orange flowers and spice while the palate bursts with tangerine and mandarin flavors.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Charles Baur "Cuvée Charles" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
An absolute ridiculous bargain the 2015 Charles Baur "Cuvee Charles" Riesling is a fantastic example of the high quality of Alsatian Riesling that can be had at incredibly low prices. This wine sings with citrus, floral and mineral notes with a zippy palate that energizes itself thanks to a nice punch of acidity and orchard fruits. Robust and clean this is a great choice for the Riesling enthusiast or the beginner just starting to walk down the Riesling path.
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2016 Charles Baur Riesling Grand Cru "Eichberg" Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
A complex Riesling, this wine displays all the hallmarks of coming from a Grand Cru lineage. Crisp with fine acidity and cut this is loaded with citrus and petrol notes as well as subtle flavors of nut skin and crushed white flower.
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Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Jean-Michel Dupre "1935" Morgon
Review Date: 10-02-2018
What a seductive nose! Aromas of pure black fruits, spice, crushed volcanic rock and mineral notes deftly combine as they whaff from the glass. The palate displays ample energy and verve with gorgeous berry fruit notes intermingled with garrigue and earth flavors. This is an excellent Morgon for only $14.99 and is a worthy follow-up to the outstanding 2015!!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Josmeyer "Le Dragon" Riesling Alsace (Organic; Biodynamic)
Review Date: 09-05-2018
Flinty and bright with notes of citrus and stone fruits this delicious Riesling is exactly what I am looking for in an Alsatian Riesling. Structured with excellent body and weight this gorgeous mineral and fruit-driven offering is the perfect wine to enjoy with Asian cuisine as well as fish and fowl.
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2015 Domaine Gourt de Mautens Vaucluse Rouge
Review Date: 07-23-2018
What a seductive nose on this beauty! Straight from the glass aromas of crushed geranium, allspice, clove, minced meat and dark berry accents all whaff from the very first swirl. This is one sexy wine that deftly combines gorgeous fruit with garrigue notes while being impeccable balance as well as a perfect synthesis of old and new world styles. This is a flat-out delicious wine.
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Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Sétilles"
Review Date: 07-11-2018
Love everything about white Burgundy but the price? So do I, luckily we have the 2016 Olivier Leflaive "Les Setilles" Bourgogne Blanc a blend form vineyards within the communes of both Puligny Montrachet and Meursault this amazing value drinks like a pricey white Burgundy for a fraction of what you'd expect to pay. Loaded with citrus notes as well as wet stone, mineral, vanilla and a touch of hazelnut aromas this delicious, outrageous bargain is a must have-Just ask the Royal Family!!!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Julien Schaal "Sommerberg Granite" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 06-18-2018
Wow! My mind is blown....An Alsatian Grand Cru for under $20 is an almost unbelievable bargain. To be able to get a wine from one of the top vineyard sources in all of Alsace for under $20 is the kind of holy grail deal we're all inevitably searching for in the wine business. This wine is loaded with white flower, pear and flint aromas on the nose while the palate displays good energy and lift with orchard fruits, golden delicious apple and pithy flavors. There's impressive complexity as this wine elegantly unfolds across the palate that leads to a long, satisfying finish.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy"
Review Date: 06-13-2018
An incredibly approachable offering sourced from the Beauroy vineyard which sits to the north of the Côte de Léchet vineyard. Gorgeous citrus-laden fruit mingles seamlessly with mineral and wet stone accents to produce an intoxicatingly good Chablis.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet"
Review Date: 06-13-2018
This wine offers up a ton of rich citrus fruit, minerality and subtle spice notes with an underlying power that slowly unfurls as the wine comes to life in the glass. A rich and powerful Chablis that has impressive intensity of fruit and minerality.

2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands"
Review Date: 06-13-2018
Faiveley is doing some amazing things in Mercurey. They built a winery in Mercurey, which means they no longer have to truck north to Gevrey-Chambertin all their fruit for vinification--the fruit never leaves the village and can be picked at optimal levels and vinified immediately. The results have been jaw-dropping, with a level of quality I have never seen from Mercurey wines, which are well-known as being hard and angular in nature. Now these latest offerings from Faiveley display beautiful red fruit and are amazingly open and ready-to-drink in their youth. The Myglands is seductive on the nose with aromas of red cherry compote, cinnamon and hints of crushed red roses. The palate is packed with gorgeous red fruits and subtle spice notes along with great persistence on the palate and a fresh, long and lively finish.

2016 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Get ready for Summer! The 2016 Hugel Gentil is the perfect wine for when the days start to get a bit warmer. A beautiful nose of white flowers and stone fruits gives way to an energetic palate of grapefruit, gooseberries, peach and fig flavors. A blend of Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc/Auxerrois, and Pinot Gris, plus a little Gewürztraminer, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat d’Alsace this pretty, lifted and rounded white has a little to offer everyone and an unbeatable price of only $10.99.
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Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Lucien Lardy "Les Thorins" Moulin-à-Vent
Review Date: 04-19-2018
If there is any village in Beaujolais that could pass for Burgundian in style it is Moulin-a-Vent. A beautiful nose of fresh cranberry, rose hips, spice and morning dew leap from the glass. On the palate this beauty exudes delicate red fruit flavors as well as spice and mineral notes. Great body and lift carry this wine all the way thru to the finish which reveals a surprisingly weighty wine. This wine could easily pass for a fine village-level Burgundy.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Lucien Lardy "Les Chenes" Fleurie
Review Date: 04-19-2018
So fresh and bright on the nose with red plum, spice and subtle floral aromas. The red fruits in this wine just ooze across the palate and go from plum-to-berry-to-orchard fruit flavors. Great acidity and zippy mineral notes round out this brilliant offering.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Chateau Los Boldos "Grande Reserve" Cachapoal Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-02-2018
I love this wine! It has everything I look for: depth, precision, balance, complexity and most importantly it tastes really good. Chile is one of the many regions around the world where you get great bang for your buck and the 2015 Chateau Los Boldos Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example. A suave nose of mint, earth and dried herbs deftly gives way to a palate that just oozes gorgeous dark berry fruit, spice, subtle mocha notes and a touch of earth and herbs. This is a wonderful, food friendly Cabernet Sauvignon that totally over delivers given its modest price.
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2015 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 09-25-2017
This wine comes from the small family team of Girauds: Pierre (the patriarch), Marie (daughter and winemaker) and Francois (brother and viticulturist), along with the help of famed wine consultant Philippe Cambie. This wine is elegant, with gorgeous dark berry fruit flavors, exotic spice and floral notes, and fine tannins. With a long, lush finish, this is a great introduction to Domaine Giraud.

2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-02-2015
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Wow! I am literally blown away just by the aromatics coming off the glass and I haven’t even tasted the wine yet. Intense aromas of blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis, black olive and spice notes billow from the glass. The palate has fantastic lift and energy with gorgeous blackberry fruit, spice and mocha notes. A perfectly balanced, supple and seamless Cabernet Sauvignon this wine is one of the greatest deals I have seen this year and is easily one of the best wines I have tasted for under $30 in a long, long time. Load up on this fantastic bargain and enjoy this treasure over the next 5 years.
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Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2010 Domaine Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 04-17-2013
A perfect example of the greatness of 2010, this wine is packed with fruit, spice, earth and minerals. It will age gracefully for the next two decades.

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-11-2013
A must buy! Wild berries, laser beam fruit, good tension and verve, with a long finish. If you can't afford the First Growths or Super Seconds, try this.

2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-07-2012
Gigantic. Bursting at the seams with fruit, along with rich oak and tannins. The wine still manages to be remarkably balanced.

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-07-2012
Tart blackberry fruit with a touch of spice and good acidity. Bright and fresh.

2009 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-05-2012
The "iron fist in a velvet glove" analogy strikes again...

2009 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-05-2012
Easily a candidate for wine of the vintage; this wine is huge, but so smooth. Its deceptive power almost goes by unnoticed.

2010 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-16-2011
Very restrained and closed right now on the nose, but showing darker fruits on the palate.

2010 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-13-2011
A must buy! Plush and seamless, so smooth and seductive. Chocolate, dark fruits and velvety tannins caress the palate.

2009 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-19-2010
This wine was so layered, complex and powerful, with abundant dark fruits and an incredibly floral and seductive nose.