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Staff Favorites - Alex Pross

Alex Pross

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2017 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) Moulin-à-Vent "Les Trois Roches"
Review Date: 09-10-2019
The 2017 Domaine du Vissoux Pierre Marie Chermette Moulin-a-Vent "Les Trois Roches" is a beguiling wine. The aromas are simply stunning with hints of crushed geraniums, red fruits, exotic spice and a slight not of volcanic rock this wine hints at greatness merely from a whiff from the glass. The palate confirms it as it pulsates with electricity and vibrancy with flavors of red fruits, bitter chocolate and marzipan. A standout wine form the fabulous 2017 Beaujolais vintage!!
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2017 La Chablisiènne Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"
Review Date: 09-03-2019
When I think about what I want from a 1er Cru Chablis the 2017 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Montee de Tonnerre" ticks every box and then some. The nose is electric with aromas of Meyer lemons, crushed oyster shells and orchard fruits. The palate is jumping with zesty acidity, intense citrus flavors and a long, long finish. The Montee de Tonnerre vineyard is but a stone's throw away from the Grand Crus and it shows.
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2017 Domaine Jean-Michel Dupre "Le Grottier" Morgon
Review Date: 08-16-2019
The Domaine Dupre Morgon "Le Grottier" is a different beast than its brother "Cote du Py." Earthier and more driven, this wine shows a touch more complexity and drive with layers of cracked pepper, blue fruits, suppler tannins, and sweet tobacco notes. A fantastic Morgon that is a steal at only $16.99!!
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru "Chenevottes"
Review Date: 08-16-2019
There's been a lot of talk regarding the rising prices of white Burgundy, accompanied by a lot of hand-wringing. To be able to drink this kind of quality from a top 1er Cru site for under $60 is a godsend. Powerful, rich, structured, and brimming with waxy yellow fruits and tropical notes, this zesty, layered masterpiece is a wonderful insight into the greatness that is the 2017 white Burgundy vintage.
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2017 Chateau de la Maltroye Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-14-2019
This is a serious white wine for being just a Bourgogne Blanc. You can taste the pedigree here, tons of Chassagne-Montrachet character from the first sniff to the lasting finish this is a fantastic wine. Great acidity, boatloads of fruit and a boundless energy that literally leaps from the glass. This wine is exactly what you want from a Bourgogne Blanc.
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Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2000 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Review Date: 07-31-2019
Power and elegance are the two terms that immediately spring to mind when smelling the 2000 Tortochot. Loaded with spice, pepper and red cherry aromas this layered and complex grand cru slowly unfurls in the glass to reveal a multi-faceted red that is just beginning to strut its stuff. A great wine in the making this wine feels much younger than it really is.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

1998 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Review Date: 07-31-2019
Limpid red in the glass with aromas of freshly macerated strawberries and wild sour cherry. Amazingly youthful on the palate this 21 year-old Burgundy shows depth, power and precision with firm tannins and lovely red fruit. This can easily go another 10+ years but is drinking great right now.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Jean-Michel Dupre "Cote du Py" Morgon
Review Date: 07-29-2019
A classic Morgon Cote du Py with a nose that is exactly what you come to expect from a fine Cote du Py: layered and elegant, with hints of berry, rose petals, earth, and forest floor. The palate is alive with gorgeous berry fruit and pomegranate flavors, with zippy acidity and crunchy tannins. This is a fabulous value and drinks like a wine 2-3 times the price.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Sétilles"
Review Date: 07-24-2019
The 2016 Setilles flew off our shelves thanks to a 91-point score and it happened to be one of the featured wines poured at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, I prefer the 2017. It is a bright, energetic white with zesty flavors and aromas of lemon, orchard fruits, and a touch of salinity. Perfectly balanced with just a hint of oak, this complex, everyday white should be snatched up by the case! Sourced 50/50 from Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, this is a stunning white wine value and a worthy successor to the delicious 2016!
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Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Julien Schaal "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 04-26-2019
Out of all of the 2017 Schaal Rieslings the "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru is my favorite. The balance between petrol, saline and flinty-ness with intense orchard fruit flavors is spectacular. There is so much energy in this wine it almost crackles on your palate. The nose is enticing, the palate is lively and the finish deftly lingers as each flavor echoes then slowly fades away like waves crashing and retreating from the shoreline. To be able to get an Alsatian wine of this quality for under $20 is a no-brainer buy as it gets!
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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Champauvins" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Review Date: 04-22-2019
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!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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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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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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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Lirac Rouge
Review Date: 12-18-2018
What a fantastic Lirac! This wine starts out with a drop-dead gorgeous array of Baker's chocolate, marzipan, dark berry and spice aromas. The palate is loaded with macerated dark berries, spice, silky tannins and mouthwatering acidity. The finish is long and smooth and lasts a good 30+ seconds after swallowing. This is a showstopper and easily merits a 6 bottle purchase if not a case.
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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 Beaune 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 Beaune-Villages. A bit larger-scaled, more rustic wine with darker fruits more apparent, spice notes, and an earthier bent, this offering is a great showcase of what Domaine Drouhin can do and of the subtle differences between the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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 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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2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Grand Cru "Sommerberg Granite"
Review Date: 10-26-2018
A gorgeous nose of white flowers, grapefruit zest, almond skin and pear notes greets you immediately upon putting your nose in the glass. The palate is electric, with citrus notes that run the gamut from lemons to grapefruits along with zippy acidity and crackling mineral notes. This stunning Riesling is a fabulous value and I am literally blown away that it is available for under $20! To be able to get a Grand Cru Riesling of this quality for under $20 is an absolute steal and perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities.
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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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2015 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatieres"
Review Date: 06-28-2018
A stellar Puligny Montrachet, the 2015 Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru is loaded with aromas of crushed rock, orchard fruits, oyster shells and subtle oak accents on the nose. The palate comes together in a gorgeous display of orchard fruits, iodine, lemon verbena and hazelnut flavors. Complex and long this is a fantastic Puligny Montrachet that is just beginning to strut its stuff.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2017 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes starts off with vivid aromas of lime, acacia and flint notes. The palate is a focused beam of fruit cocktail, lime zest and wet stone. The rush of flavors and complexity here give the wine an energy and feel that make it almost irresistible and such a joy to drink. This is easily one of my favorite white wines I have drunk this year including some Grand Crus and Premier Cru offerings.
Price: $24.99 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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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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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.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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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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2011 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-10-2014
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The 2011 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is the best 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon I have tasted! 2011 was by all accounts a very challenging vintage but there were a few wineries that seem to have been able to weather the storm and make a very good wine, La Jota is one of them. One of the advantages of mountain grown fruit is they can pick later and allow a longer hang time coupled with the tension put on the vines to grow in the gravelly volcanic soil gives the grapes a more defined personality. The complexity and depth that the 2011 La Jota showed took me by surprise, the wine starts off with aromas of crème de cassis, graphite and lavender notes give way to dark blueberry and blackberry fruit and spice notes. This wine has great balance, power and depth coupled with great fruit and just the right amount of oak. A great wine for any vintage but truly a standout in 2011!
Drink from 2014 to 2014

2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 04-17-2013
What does greatness cost? In the Rhône it costs $159.99 a bottle. If you want a truly magical experience you can’t go wrong with Clos des Papes; this wine hits on all cylinders.

2010 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 02-05-2013
One of the best wines I tasted at the UGC, if not the best. This stuff is heaven in a glass. Notes of dark blueberry preserves, hints of graphite and black currant. Tons of energy, with a layered palate that just oozes fruit, layer after layer. This wine is delicious!

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 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 03-05-2012
Wow! Seductive and rich on the nose, with blackberry liqueur and rich oak. Layered, with immense depth and power. The greatest Malescot ever produced.

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 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-16-2011
Dark and brooding, with crushed black and sour cherries. Layered and very complex. This wine will age forever.