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Staff Favorites - Alex Pross

Alex Pross

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2017 Chateau de Chemilly Chablis
Review Date: 12-06-2019
This is a fantastic entry-level Chablis. Aromas of the ocean breeze, white flowers and citrus rise from the glass. The palate is electric with flavors of orchard fruits and citrus nicely buffered by racy acidity and crisp tannins. The wine is remarkably full-bodied with surprising richness and structure. The finish is outstanding with length and vibrancy. I really enjoyed this wine and will definitely be buying some for myself this holiday season.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2018 Bonpas "Croix de Bonpas" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Review Date: 12-03-2019
I didn't think it was possible but I think I prefer the Croix de Bonpas to the Dame de Bonpas! The nose is absolutely enthralling with notes of raspberry kirsch, Baker's Chocolate, licorice and smoke while the palate is a seamless blend of red and black fruits and spice. The wine has great acidity and balance which allows the way to always be in complete harmony between the fruit, tannin, alcohol and sugar. This is an outstanding Cotes du Rhone and a steal at only $13.99. If you loved the Dame de Bonpas then you'll be absolutely infatuated with the Croix de Bonpas.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese Mosel
Review Date: 11-13-2019
What a beautiful wine! The nose is absolutely intoxicating with floral and orchard fruit notes as well as a touch of wets stone and petrol. The palate is delightfully rich with cool orchard fruits and subtle spice notes while the finish echoes dried apricot notes. A balanced and nuanced Riesling that is capable of regaling the connoisseur and seducing the layman.
Top Value!

2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 11-13-2019
Easily one of the greatest values year-in-and-year-out in the Rhone Valley the 2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Rouge is a winner once again. This is basically "Baby Beaucastel" at an entry-level price. From the very first sniff from the glass the pedigree here is apparent, crackling red fruits, garrigue, spice and licorice notes dominate the nose while the palate is fresh, long and packed with spicy red fruit. This wine has amazing length and a dry, mouth-coating finish. An impressive wine that stands on its own and can easily age and mature over the next 15+ years to reveal greater depth and complexity.
Top Value!

2018 Bonpas "Dames de Bonpas" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Plan de Dieu
Review Date: 10-16-2019
I absolutely adore the nose on this wine! It is a beguiling array of red berry fruit, pipe tobacco, marzipan and forest floor aromas and translate to a lively palate of raspberry, white pepper, dried meats, sun-dried tomatoes and bitter chocolate flavors. Firm tannins and good acidity give this a wine fine structure and great length as it holds court on your palate. A very impressive wine for the amazing price of only $12.99. This may be the best value I have tasted from the Rhone Valley this year.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2017 Sattler Zweigelt Burgenland
Review Date: 09-26-2019
In the past a lot of Austrian reds were hard and tannic. Not anymore. Most are lively, zesty, and easily approachable. The 2017 Erich Sattler Zweigelt is a delicious little red wine that way over-delivers, considering its price. The nose is loaded with red and black fruits and spice notes, and the palate is rich and inviting, with berry fruit, licorice, and Asian spice flavors. A prime match for pizza, pasta, or burgers, this wine is a great compromise when trying to decide between Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2017 Rosi Schuster Rotberger (Zweigelt) Burgenland
Review Date: 09-25-2019
One of my favorites Austrian reds right now, the 2017 Rosi Schuster Blaufränkisch starts off with heady aromas of sour cherry, black licorice, Amaro, and spice. On the palate, red fruits dominate, and then give way to a cool rush of menthol and spice. This wine is sleek and elegant, and can pair with a wide variety of cuisines.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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.
Top Value!

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

1997 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Review Date: 07-31-2019
The oldest and loveliest of the Tortochot Grand Crus the 1997 is a rose/brackish red with alluring aromas of dried herbs, strawberry compote and spice. The palate is surprisingly spry and lively with red fruit, crackling tannins and impressive drive and verve thru the mid-palate all the way to the finish. Out of all the Tortochot's I think I was most impressed by this wine.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

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!
Top Value!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

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

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.
Top Value!

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.
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

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

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.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut
Review Date: 10-18-2018
Zesty & bright with excellent richness and subtle hints of minerals and petrol notes. Expansive on the palate this is the ideal sparkler to start off your Thanksgiving fun with family and friends.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2008 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 06-27-2018
This wine is spectacular! How rare is it to be able to buy a reference point wine that is considered to be one of the greatest wines from a region for under $60? The Trimbach Riesling "Cuvee Frederic Emile" is one of Alsace's greatest wines and the 2008 might be the best rendition yet. This wine is loaded with petrol, iodine and citrus notes with a racy palate of crushed rocks, menthol, nut skin, white grapefruit and saline flavors. The energy here is off the charts with an incredibly long finish that almost vibrates on the palate because of the complexity and acidity that this beauty packs. I have already consumed 3 bottles of this beautiful elixir and intend to buy many more to enjoy over the warm weather days that lie ahead.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

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

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.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 09-08-2017
The 2005 Lynch Bages Pauillac is exactly what you want from one of Bordeaux's premier properties. 2005 was a fantastic vintage in Bordeaux and the 2005 Lynch Bages is a monumental wine. Blood red in color with spice and scorched earth notes the palate slowly unwinds to savory berry fruit notes and fine, smooth tannins. Notes of black licorice and mocha complete the long, smooth finish. This is a classic Lynch Bages in every sense.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

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.
Top Value!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 12-12-2013
Seamless and plush, with hints of chocolate and mint on the nose and chocolate-covered cherry flavors on the palate. This wine is hedonistic, sexy and tough to spit out.

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 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 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.

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.

2009 Trotanoy, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-19-2010
Wow! I tasted this at Jean-Pierre Moueix, and this wine absolutely blew away every other St-Emilion and Pomerol in the room.