Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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2015 Labadie, Médoc
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This wine is from one of the hottest categories in wine today: 2015 value Bordeaux. The outstanding quality of the vintage, combined with updated, modern winemaking techniques make wines like this an unprecedented value for customers. This has very plush, silky black and red fruits, a touch of spice and earth, just a hint of oak. Everything masterfully integrated and balanced. Don’t miss it!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2017 Tenuta Roveglia Chiaretto Rosé
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This incredible Italian rose puts most of our other imported rosés to shame with its depth of flavor and texture, while remaining in essence refreshing and quaffable, not to mention affordable! It has flavors of red currants, dried apples, lemon and just a hint of almond, with stellar acidity for freshness and verve, and a very long pleasant finish. Stock up on this one and ride out the summer.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This Blanc de Noir, made entirely of massale selected Pinot Meunier planted by Gilbert’s mother back in the 60s and 70s, has a very pretty bright nose of pear, stone fruit, tangerine, flowers and exotic spice. It is equally expressive on the palate with a rich texture, incredible acidity, balance and an seemingly eternal finish. This is Meunier made as well as you might expect someone who was raised with the vines to make.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2008 Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-01-2018
Nicolas Feuillatte has become France’s number one growing Champagne house since opening in 1976. I visited and tasted at the very impressive new facility in Chouilly, and while the excellent value NV Brut is impressive in its own right, this 2008 Brut Vintage is a real treat! On the nose, fresh apricot, lemons, white flowers and apple fruit. Lovely texture from the extended aging, though still very fresh. Like many of the 2008 vintage, it's holding up very well and will continue to age well for years to come. The 2008 vintage Champagnes are becoming difficult to find on the open market, and this one represents a great opportunity to grab up a great one at a great price!

2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This delicious, small production St. Emilion blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and is medium bodied with tasty, expressive fruit flavors of currants, bramble and dark cherries, and just a hint of toast from new oak barrels. The balance of flavors is impressive and lends the wine a fineness that pairs very well with fine cuisine at a great price.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
DC 93

2006 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-25-2018
I always take it upon myself to load up on Señor Lesmos’ incredibly reasonable Reserva Rioja when it gets in. I don’t know where else I can get a 12-year-aged Rioja at such a reasonable price. It has beautiful dark blueberry and blackberry fruit, savory leather and graphite, and elegant underlying oak. It’s complex yet balanced and refined. It’s everything you want for way less than you are used to paying for it. Gracias Señor Lesmos!​
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Louis Brochet "Alain" Millesime Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-25-2018
The precision and longevity of the Champagnes of 2012 are ever present in this incredible millésime from one of the finest grower producers in our portfolio. Louis Brochet is the third generation of his family to produce wines from the family vines in Eceuil, and his expertise at the craft is evident here. 2/3PN, 1/3CH. It has bing cherry, raspberry and apple notes with very subtle toast and a certain roundness on the palate, while chalky minerals and precise acidity focus the finish to incredible length. It has, as Louis Bochet likes to say, “Richesse, finesse, and a bit of sweetness to round it out.” This is another incredible vintage Champagne deal that shouldn’t be missed.​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Compass Box "Delilah's XXV Special Edition" Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2018
With each new special edition Compass Box, distiller master John Glaser seems more and more like a veritable Alchemist. Delilah XXV actually uses the 2013 Delilah XX blend as its base (28%), having aged in a Spanish sherry cask these last five years. It is then blended with Miltonduff, Teaninich, Linkwood and ‘malt whisky made near the town of Aberlour’, plus grain whisky from the Cameronbridge distillery. The result is a stunning sherried blend whose opulence is matched only by its complexity. On the nose, notes of dried apricots, tropical fruits, vanilla, caramel apple, and just a passing hint of smoke. On the palate, the robust sherry wood profile is highlighted by notes of clove and cinnamon, with lifted flavors of peaches and cream. The spicy fruit profile stays on the palate for ages. While most limited edition Compass Box bottles fly out the door pretty fast, I expect this one won't even last that long. Get yours!
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-12-2018
It’s not fair to compare an aged Haut Bailly to current release value Bordeaux, but we just finished such a staff tasting and the Haut Bailly was jaw droppingly good. It has beautiful fleshy red current and cherry fruit, a touch of earth, a hint of smoke and a balance and elegance that has me flirting with the term “perfect.” If you have a special dinner coming up, consider having this with it.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 RP 91

2004 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-12-2018
This is a seriously impressive showing from the Garcin-Leveque family, this being their 4th vintage with the property. It is drinking well above its modest price point, showing concentrated plum fruit, notes of tea leaves, and just a touch of earthy spice, all balanced to perfection. I don’t think there’s another St. Emilion in the store that can match this in terms of price to quality ratio.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2004 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-12-2018
This is classic, aged Bordeaux under $20 at its best! It has full-fledged, very pretty red fruit, balanced out by savory notes of leather and sous-bois and the perfect touch of gamey earthiness. Decant for an hour and enjoy with your favorite cut of steak!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2002 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvée Rare" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-03-2018
This prestige cuvee from Piper Heidsieck is currently one of the best deals on the prestige Champagne market. It is one of the last still available from the lauded 2002 vintage, and is currently showing that vintage beautifully with an incredible, unctuous texture that only father time can bestow, and a rich flavor profile that is somehow fresh and complex at the same time, with flavors of baked peaches, toasted almonds, marzipan, honey and toasted brioche. The acidity is stellar and amplifies the flavors wonderfully.​

2017 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 06-20-2018
This is an exciting project from our friends and veritable wine-making experts at Amici Cellars in Napa, who traveled to the land of the best rosés in the world to make this stellar cuvée. It opens with fresh, wild cherries and minerals on the nose, offers rich vibrant fruit on the palate with a focused, bright, acid-driven finish that screams for another sip. Once again, the Olema brand lives up to its moniker, offering incredible value at a low price.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

2017 Domaine Petroni Corse Blanc (Corsica)
Review Date: 06-13-2018
This is a delicious and unique take on French white wine from Corsica, the “Island of Beauty” south of France in the Mediterranean. Made entirely from vermentinu, it has vibrant tropical aromatic notes of melon, mango, tangerine, and honey blossom, a rich waxy texture, great focus and a long crisp finish. The expression and complexity are excellent.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2013 Michel Arnould "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-07-2018
Experts will tell you that 2013 was a Chardonnay vintage in Champagne, with the Cote de Blancs wines showing exceptionally well. The Carte D'Or (Gold Card) from Michel Arnould is made from half Chardonnay from Mesnil on the Cotes de Blancs, the other half from the best of the family Pinot Noir vineyards in Verzenay. This vintage offering has incredible concentration of fruit and minerals on the nose, and shows great elegance and balance on the palate. The finish is incredibly long.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2008 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The world has been patiently awaiting the arrival of the highly anticipated 2008 vintage of Cristal from Roederer, and in this instance the patience will prove particularly rewarding. The vintage was marked by a very long, cool growing period that allowed for that special combination of high ripeness and acidity that marks truly great champagnes. This shows bright, fresh and concentrated flavors of stone fruit, citrus, apples, ranier cherries and white flowers, with subtle notes of hazelnuts and saffron. The flavors are fresh, balanced and integrated, indicating incredible aging potential, and the finish just goes on and on. This will be a collectors vintage, so grab yours before they snap them all up.

2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Our friends at Talley Vineyards are touting this as the “best vintage in their 30 year history,” and their second label Pinot Noir shows why. The mostly estate bottling features rich savory strawberry, black cherry fruit with notes of black tea and kirsch, an incredibly smooth, integrated texture and a long finish. Best bang for under 20 bucks in the store.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
This displays the singular beauty that is Grand Cru Pinot Noir in Champagne. Beautiful ripe expressive fruit flavors of strawberries & cream, white cherries and just a hint of flowers and spice, but the fruit is perfectly poised and focused so that the distinct minerality can shine through as well. The texture is rich, smooth and minerally all at once somehow. Don’t miss this one for the price.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

2016 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Somehow the folks at Banshee are able to impress year after year with a quality-to-price ratio on their Sonoma County Pinot Noir that just can’t be matched. They achieve this using mostly (81%) Sonoma Coast fruit that lends the rich Sonoma fruit a crisp, lifted and very long finish that gives this bottle a much more expensive feel than it actually is.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
This is a vintage bottling made using a small percentage of Bouzy red wine from 2007. It has beautiful, soft, delicate red fruit that is perfectly integrated with round cream and a slight autolytic toast note. Its richness is focused and balanced with a slightly tannic texture and great acidity.​

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
If you love rosé Champagne, you shouldn’t pass up one that uses 12% Bouzy red wine its blend for under $50. Bouzy red is thought to be the best of all the red Pinot Noir in champagne and lends Alfred Gratien’s vibrant rosé flavors of cherry, strawberry and cream with a touch of honey and smoke. The round red fruit is focused on the finish by crisp acidity and minerals. This is out of this world good!

2008 Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
I’ve been conditioned, much like Pavlov’s dog, to salivate when I see 2008 on a bottle of Champagne. For lovers of this unbelievable vintage, Alfred Gratien delivers in a big way. It’s bursting with flavors of fresh bergamot, baked apple, rich toast and flowers with a vibrant acidity and stunning finish that is the signature of the vintage. The balance, focus and complexity are stunning.

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
We’re all stoked to start working with the delicious Champanges of Alfred Gratien from Epernay. This Brut Classique is entirely barrel fermented and made from a 10-year-old solera system that is 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier. It is at once vibrant and complex with flavors of green apple, creamy brie, citrus blossom and toasted pastry, with soft creamy floral honey undertones. The quality and complexity are out of this world for the price on this one.

2014 Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge
Review Date: 05-08-2018
I finally tasted this Southern French Mourvedre/Grenache blend about 3 days after it was opened, and I’m glad I waited. Mourvedre is known for its powerful structure in terms of fruit density and tannin, and usually need to be aged or decanted like crazy. This Begude Bandol was singing by the time I got to it! It had a base profile of concentrated, pure dark fruit, but with intriguing notes of expressive red fruit underlying and hints of wild herbs as well. The tannins are still quite serious and will soften more with additional cellaring. This is a very impressive French red.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2015 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 04-26-2018
This has a great nose of blueberry and raspberry compote, a touch of toast and a hint of the gravelly minerals typical of a good Graves, everything is in balance and integrated. On the palate, the fruit has a nice ripe edge with very smooth tannins and a bright lift from the wonderfully assimilated acidity. It all combines for a long, lifted and pleasant finish. This is the perfect reminder of why I love Bordeaux wines so much.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 JD 91

2014 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 04-25-2018
This was hands down the best wine at our quarterly staff Bordeaux tasting. It has a beautiful, classically Pessac-bouquet of pungent earthiness, dark fruit, and licorice. On the palate, it has rich dark fruit with plush, soft tannins and great acidity to match the richness of the fruit. Rich, expressive, balanced and, most importantly, VERY drinkable!

2012 Les Grands Chênes, Médoc
Review Date: 04-25-2018
This classic-style Medoc is drinking great and costs less than $15, need I say more? It has great savory red fruit flavors of cherry and ripe strawberry, a hint of leather and an underlying earthiness that creates overall balance and drinkability. One of the best values in left bank wine available right now.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Picard, Lussac-St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-25-2018
This was the best value at our quarterly staff Bordeaux tasting. It has bright, red fruit with good minerals, great acidity and a slightly earthy edge. It has smooth, quaffable tannins and is really quite nice for the price. If you are looking for a good mid-week dinner wine, grab a couple of these.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 04-12-2018
I haven’t been so excited about single barrel Islay since our last Bowmore, and this is every bit as good as that was! It is creamy and delicate on the nose, with notes of orange marmalade and just a hint of peat. On the palate, it’s incredibly velvety and smooth, with fresh notes of tropical fruit, a creamy malt texture and an underlying peat that is robust without being invasive – perfect integration. This is the best deal in scotch we have, so it certainly won’t last long.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

Petit & Bajan Ambrosie Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-12-2018
Think of this as the counterpart to the Michel Arnould Grand Cuvee. It’s made from 30% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Verzenay and 70% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Avize on the Cote de Blancs to create a sort of Super Grand Cru Champagne. It has a wonderful, rich fruit profile of lemons, berries, apricots and peach, with vibrant acidity to balance the concentration of fruit and added depth from nearly 5 years spent aging on its lees. It's one of the best grower champagnes I’ve tasted in ages.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Petit & Bajan Nuit Blanche Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-12-2018
Tired of Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs yet ? Me neither, and this is one of the most exciting Champagnes we’ve brought in lately. Made entirely from Cote de Blancs Chardonnay and in a beautiful twisted glass bottle, it has rich, concentrated flavors of lemon, citrus blossom and guava with classic Cote de Blancs minerality and added depth from perfectly integrated toast. Don’t let the low, 4-gram dosage fool you, this is explosive in terms of taste, precision and length.
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart

2016 Bründlmayer "Ried Lamm" Gruner Veltliner Kamptal
Review Date: 04-12-2018
Forgive the comparison, but this can be seen as the Grand Cru Burgundy of Austria. Made from old vines, it has wonderful concentrated flavors of citrus blossom and herbs that are complemented by toast and flint from the oak barrel aging, balanced deftly by nice acidity. Perfect to impress and surprise the most discerning wine-palates amongst your friends and family.

2016 Bründlmayer "Kamptaler Terrassen" Riesling Kamptal
Review Date: 04-12-2018
This young riesling from a favorite Austrian producer of ours is showing slight petrol on the nose with a concentrated lemon citrus, green apple core, high minerality and floral notes. The high acidity gives it a great long finish and perfect food-pairing power. Have with your favorite Spätzle dish.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WE 91

2015 Bernhard Ott "Fass 4" Grüner Veltliner Wagram
Review Date: 04-12-2018
This is a big step up from Ott’s “Am Berg” for just a few more dollars. It shows nice concentration of citrus, apricot and floral flavors with bristling minerals and nice tension on the finish, which lingers pleasantly.

Pierre Mineral Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-10-2018
With fruit sourced from the Marne, the Montagne de Reims, Sezanne and the Cote de Blancs, this is truly a champagne of Champagne! 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, the precision/power balance is remarkable! Delicate and pretty on the nose with light toasty notes, lemons and white flowers, berry undertones and exotic quince. It has great great precision and delicacy married with rich fruit flavors. Stunner for the price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 03-15-2018
On the nose, soft bing cherry, raspberry fruit aromas with a subtle toasty autolytic character and bristling minerals. On the palate, the fruit is soft and subtle up front, with the rich texture and minerals taking the forestage, until the fruit explodes with flavor on the back palate, where the vibrant acidity makes itself present for a crisp, everlasting finish. Excellent vintage rosé from one of the best!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 WE 94

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 03-15-2018
On the nose, soft bing cherry, raspberry fruit aromas with a subtle toasty autolytic character and bristling minerals. On the palate, the fruit is soft and subtle up front, with the rich texture and minerals taking the forestage, until the fruit explodes with flavor on the back palate, where the vibrant acidity makes itself present for a crisp, everlasting finish. Excellent vintage rosé from one of the best!
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 WE 94

Delamotte Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-08-2018
This Grand Cru, Chardonnay-dominant blend is true to the Delamotte style with a crisp, linear edge that highlights the complex flavor profile: citrus, dried apricots, hazelnuts and leesy cream with great acidity and a long, chalky finish.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 WS 91

2015 L'Avocat Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Year in and out, the Allisons provide the world this small-production, completely estate-fruited blend for a ludicrously low price. It shows rich brambly fruit with a touch of spice, gravelly minerals. True to the vintage, it has very soft, supple tannins with great acidity on the finish.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Les Charmes Godard Blanc, Côtes de Francs
Review Date: 02-23-2018
I love the world-class white values that can be found in Bordeaux. Goddard Blanc is a beautiful blend of 50% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sauvignon Gris aged for 6 months on the lees in large barrels. It shows flavors of gooseberry, lemongrass, cream and vibrant minerals, with an acid core that keeps the flavors lingering for over a minute. Great for any fish or chicken meal.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 VN 91

2014 Cap St. George, St.-Georges-St.-Emilion
Review Date: 02-23-2018
While still a tad young, Cap St. George definitely has the substance to age into something special. It has bright flavors of red currants and cranberries with a little earth and toast underscoring the bright fruit. The acidity and tannins will keep this aging well for at least a decade, making it a great Merlot-blend to keep in the cellar.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JS 91

2015 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Whoa! This is an unmistakable knockout deal from the Janoueix portfolio near Lugon on the right. It showcases the ripeness and roundness of the vintage, with rich cherry kirsch and raspberry fruit with a soft tannic texture and great acidity. Definitely a deal to keep on your radar for steak night.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2018
I have grown to love the opulence and pizzaz of the 2009 vintage Champagnes, and Baron Fuente's really drives the point home. It showcases the richness of the vintage with concentrated flavors of dried apricots, ripe persimmons and exotic spice but with a balancing acidity and incredible texture and toast from the long lees aging. To find vintage Champagne of this quality under $30 is truly a miracle, don't miss out on this one!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is the best value I've ever see from Champagne. The quality from this flagship of Marne producer Baron Fuente is unbelievable for the price. It has beautiful expressive flavors of apricot, Gala apples, and honeysuckle with a touch of spice and herbs and a rich, subtly toasty creaminess on a finish that just keeps going and going. What a value on such a crowd pleaser!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
W&S 92

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is the best value I've ever see from Champagne. The quality from this flagship of Marne producer Baron Fuente is unbelievable for the price. It has beautiful expressive flavors of apricot, Gala apples, and honeysuckle with a touch of spice and herbs and a rich, subtly toasty creaminess on a finish that just keeps going and going. What a value on such a crowd pleaser!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JG 90

2014 Lagarde "Guarda" Cabernet Franc Lujan de Cuyo
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is one of the best New World Cabernet Francs I have tried recently. It has rich flavors of strawberries, blueberries, mint, eucalyptus and just a touch of stewed peppers, with soft, ripe tannins and beautiful acidity to match the richness of the fruit. The finish goes on and on. If you have found the Cabernet Francs of the Loire to be a little too earthy, this might please you much more.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2016 Amalaya Malbec Salta
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Add this to your list of unfathomable values in everyday wine. This shows silky smooth, dark fruit with a hint of smoke and graphite. The tannins are supple and plush with a great balancing acidity. Take advantage while it lasts!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
DC 90 WS 90

2014 Benmarco Malbec Uco Valley
Review Date: 02-14-2018
The quality and elegance on display in this Malbec had me guessing it was MUCH more expensive. It showed very supple, rich blue and black fruit with a balancing freshness from notes of minty herbs and black licorice. Structure is on point with graceful acidity and texturally ripe tannins. A great example of why South American Malbecs are the world's most famous.

2016 Don Silvestre Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 02-14-2018
What an exceptional Malbec for under $10! It showcases dark blueberry and blackberry fruit, lifted aromatics of cola berry and violets, and a very soft, balancing acidity. If you enjoy the dark brooding richness of the wonderful Malbec grape, it would definitely be worth it to try this. It might end up your new house red!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac
Review Date: 02-14-2018
What excites me the most about this superb 2015 vintage is the amazing values to be found in the second and third labels at great properties like Pichon Baron. Les Tourelles is made from a single, estate, Merlot-dominant plot and offers rich, open-knit fruit flavors of cherry kirsch, and strawberry with dark savory undertones and very smooth, silky, almost dusty, tannins. If you like to play the value game, like I do, this is a good way to win at it.

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