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Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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1999 Lestage Simon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-17-2019
There's nothing not to like about this aged Bordeaux for under $25! It's got lovely savory red fruit, hints of leather and spice and great acidity to cut through that ribeye that pairs perfectly with it. No need to age this one, it is in a perfect spot right now.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2016 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 04-17-2019
Bordeaux lovers would be hard pressed to find a better deal on a top appellation wine than 2016 Marquis D’Alesme. Already a darling of the critics with a price that has not at all caught up, this blend has a rich profile of sweet black cherries, pie crust, licorice and mint with ripe, grippy tannins and a very long, bright finish. This is truly winemaker Marjolaine Maurice-de-Coninck’s chef d’oeuvre, and I’ve already set aside ample space in my cellar for it.

2016 Raul Perez La Vizcaína "La Poulosa" Bierzo
Review Date: 04-10-2019
Another delicious, refreshing blend from Bierzo producer Raul Perez, “La Poulosa” spends some time in large oak vats, giving a beautiful, subtle oak frame to the fresh red fruits and violets on the bouquet. The ripe fruit remains fresh and bright on the palate with smooth tannins for maximum drinkability. This is a beautiful, lighter take on Spanish red wine that shouldn’t be missed.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Raul Perez La Vizcaína "Las Gundiñas" Bierzo
Review Date: 04-10-2019
The wines coming out of Bierzo are an exciting and refreshing take on Spanish wine, and this shows why perfectly. It has a beautifully expressive nose of violets, fresh plums and wild red berries with a touch of savoriness, smooth, integrated tannins and acidity that gives overall freshness and pizzaz. Great for a refreshing red on a hot day, and sure to pair well with any Mediterranean fare.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 DC 91

2017 Fromm Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
This has a pure, concentrated plum/strawberry fruit core, with added complexity from herbal minty undertones. It is pure-fruited with grippy tannins and great balancing acid, showcasing a slightly richer pinot profile from the Marlborough region.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
This is one of the bigger hitters from our Direct Import NZ Pinot Noir portfolio. Always handpicked, organic, and estate owned fruit, the result is a beautiful profile of strawberry compote and cherries that starts subtle and builds towards a long, focused finish on the back end. Power, complexity and elegance, this has it all!

2017 TED by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-15-2019
While the Mount Edward line is a bit bigger, more complex and ageworthy, the TED Pinot Noir is designed to be a bit softer, more supple and utterly drinkable right now. It has a rich bouquet of colaberries, strawberries, cranberries and herbs. It has super smooth tannins and beautiful weight on the palate, but still manages a focused refreshing finish. This is a great deal from one of the best winemakers in the world’s southernmost growing region.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2018 Fromm Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Here is another reminder why the Marlborough region is famous for Sauvignon Blanc. This is made from handpicked, certified organic New Zealand grapes, and has bright, concentrated lime, grapefruit and melon fruit with nice weight and phenolic texture. The finish is long and acid driven with subtle creamy undertones.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This is an amazing value on entirely Grand Cru vintage champagne from one of our best producers! Lovely flavors of white nectarine, cherries with subtle autolytics are balanced out by the chalky minerals of Ay and lively acidity. The balance and elegance are exquisite.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
Everything about the Cuvée Rosé is rich and seductive: the deep pink hue, the lush Pinot Noir fruit flavor, the silky texture. The fruit, entirely Grand Cru Pinot Noir, is destemmed, crushed and left in contact with the skins for an unusually long 72 hours, before being vinified and aged on the lees for four years. The result is a wine rich in the pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries and hazelnuts with a creamy texture, crisp bubbles, and incredible length. This is a very delicious — and unique—rosé Champagne.

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This is magically rich champagne, as about 30% spends time in barrel, and is made from 50% reserve wines that are actually painstakingly aged in magnum sized bottles. The result is a plush, complex profile of dried apricots, pears, peaches and honeyed almonds that are balanced wonderfully by vibrant acidity. The long, arduous production method means that it requires the relatively low dosage of 9g to balance out the rich profile. ​

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This champagne, made using a sort of solera-style fractional blending, deserves a good amount of contemplation. It is incredibly precise and delicate with light citrus, apple, exotic fruits, and a hint of herbs with chalky minerality. But its method of production adds notes that are new to me in the realm of Champagne. It has almost a fine indigenous-yeast sherry note to it that I love! I now understand why this Champagne sells out so quickly every time we get it in stock.​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I love the freshness and precision of the Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve. Designed in a reductive style, this meunier dominant cuvée has beautiful bright expressive flavors of pears, white nectarines, cherries and white floral notes with incredible integration and precision from the time on the lees and the relatively low dosage. The clean, bright fruit makes this my go-to food champagne.

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
Champagne Egrot (prounounced Eh-grow) falls in the same company as Bonville and Launois in terms of value for money. 80% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Ay, 20% Premier Cru Chardonnay from Louvois, aged on the lees well over half a decade. For under $35. Proprietors Elisabeth (Henri Goutorbe’s granddaughter) and Jean-Marie Egrot have a long history in Champagne, and the pedigree shows in the bottle. Precision, richness, freshness, depth, and length are all on full display. A subtle toast quality perfectly underlines rich pear, Bing cherry and apple blossom notes, with vibrant minerals and crisp acidity. Champagne enthusiasts rejoice!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This is the best value I've ever seen 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 W&S 90

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
The Billecart Rosé is the epitome of the grace and craft that we have come to associate with champagne. Its rich fruit profile of strawberries, cherries and cream is complemented by subtle notes of herbs and a touch of salinity, and the power of the fruit is hoisted effortlessly on the finish by mineral and acidity. This is our best selling rosé for a reason.

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I can’t think of a better oyster accompaniment than this Aÿ Pinot-dominant extra brut from Elisabeth and Jean-Marie Egrot. It has elegant flavors of citrus, gala apples, and white nectarine with a touch of smoke and toast from the long lees aging. It has a nice lightness on the palate while retaining complexity and elegance only extending aging can bring.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I love to compare this to Veuve Clicquot. They both have roughly the same Pinot/Chardonnay percentages, but that’s where the similarities stop. Arnould Reserve is a family made wine, with entirely estate fruit, entirely from Grand Cru vines, aged a full 3 1/2 years. At nearly half the price. This is one of those wines that has an eye-widening effect after the first sip. Bright bing cherry, gala apples, honey and a touch of smoke on the nose, nutty brioche integrated throughout. The grand cru power of the fruit is lifted perfectly by brisk minerals and the nutty fruity finish just goes on and on. You want to know what the fuss about grower champagne is? Here it is, under $35!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I’m prepared to argue that no other house, chateau, domaine, or estate offers the same quality-to-value ratio that Baron Fuenté offers our customers, and the “Esprit” is exhibit A. How many boutique products that take nearly 8 years to make cost less than $40? Not to mention it is made entirely from the top quality, estate-owned, riverside vines of the western Marne Valley. Lemon meringue, cream, butterscotch and a touch of hazelnut on the nose. On the palate, a rich texture that leads to a long, zippy finish with beautiful minerality.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 WE 91

2016 Passopisciaro "Passorosso" Etna Rosso Sicilia
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This is a delicious, fun and new Italian red. This relatively rare 100% Nerello Mascalese from the island of Sicily is made Burgundian in style, and pours out a beautiful translucent ruby red. It has rich, concentrated flavors of cherry kirsch, licorice, orange peel, and baking spice with mineral undertones, plush grippy tannins and a surprisingly long acid-driven finish. top pic
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 WE 91

2015 Domaine Dubois Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Porets Saint Georges"
Review Date: 02-01-2019
My favorite This wine is showing the opulence and beauty of the warmer 2015 vintage beautifully. It has a very expressive bouquet of cherries, cola berries, and strawberries and herbal notes — oregano and thyme — with beautiful weight and concentration on the palate, plush tannins and bright lifting acidity on the back end. Complex and delicious!​
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges
Review Date: 02-01-2019
Faiveley hit it out of the park on this one! Rich, expressive fruit, plush, silky tannins and superb balance are the hallmarks of this delicious red Burgundy. It has ripe strawberry compote, baking spice and herb flavors. The fruit is concentrated and pure on the mid palate and given refreshing lift on the back end by balancing acidity.

2017 Les Champs de l'Abbaye Mercurey "Les Marcoeurs" Rouge
Review Date: 02-01-2019
Already a beautiful bouquet on this one: raspberries and cola berry with minty herbs and a touch of baking spice. Beautifully expressive with good weight and zippy acidity, this is a great deal on a red Burgundy that I predict will age gracefully for years to come.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune
Review Date: 02-01-2019
This is Burgundy at its best, and for under $30! It has silky dark cherry and cola berry fruit, with herbs and spice intermingling and refreshing lift for superb balance and drinkability. There’s plenty of weight, balance and structure to cellar for five to ten years, yet it is remarkably expressive right now. 2016 is really turning out to be a collector’s vintage!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2015 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-31-2019
If you’re searching for an amazing value from a top Left Bank commune, consider 2015 Lilian Ladouys. It has rich cherry and licorice notes with considerable power and structure from the tannins. This will undoubtedly age gracefully for at least another 20 years.

2015 Domaine Baud Chardonnay l'Etoile Blanc
Review Date: 01-17-2019
This is a great reminder for why I absolutely love the white wines of the Jura. It has a unique Chardonnay profile that reflects the completely un-Burgundian method in which it was made— aged in large neutral oak foudres using a semi-oxidative method. On the nose, you get yeasty-toasty notes alongside cream and citrus with just a hint of smoke lingering in the background. On the palate, it has rich flavors and texture, yet an overall feeling of focus and balance from the great acidity typical of wines made in the cool mountain climate. You gotta love the completely un-Burgundian price on it as well!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Rouge
Review Date: 01-17-2019
This is a great little Loire Cab Franc that gives you everything you love about the varietal— stewed peppers, red currants and violets on the nose, good richness of fruit and solid tannin structure on the palate —for a great price. Don’t be fooled by the direct import pricing though, this is a serious wine!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Haut-Bernat, Puisseguin-St-Emilion
Review Date: 01-09-2019
2015 Haut Bernat, from Pesseguin St. Emilion is delicious and drinking great right now. It has soft, silky red fruit from the merlot, and a little bit of oak that is highlighted by expressive herbal notes. The flavors are already nicely integrated and very enjoyable.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Baret Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 01-09-2019
The 2015 Baret Rouge, from Pessac-Leognan, is a merlot-dominant blend with serious power and structure, but that also now has a very approachable nature. It shows the minerally graphite notes Pessac is known for, rich red currant and dried cranberry fruit, and will only keep getting better in the cellar over the next decade.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Mauvesin Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 01-09-2019
Chateau Mauvesin Barton is a relatively new project from the likes of young Anthony Barton, of the family who has owned legendary Leoville-Barton since the 1820s. This chateau is located in Moulis-en-Medoc and the 2015 Mauvesin Barton Rouge is one of the best sub-$20 options we offer right now. It opens with an impressive bouquet of soft cedar notes, red currants and baking spice. It has a full, plush texture and great finish that leaves you wanting more.

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 01-09-2019
This is a very rare, and very delicious 100% Pinot Gris-based champagne. The pinot gris leaves a clean, floral, mineral-laden bouquet on the nose, but on the palate the strength and power of the fruit are striking: pear and green apple, white flowers and a touch of lemon zest are amplified by serious acidity, and a long, focused finish of minerals and lemony goodness. This is Pinot Gris like you’ve never experienced!​
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2015 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 01-09-2019
Blue fruit, herbs and notes of menthol on the nose that add lift to the bright blueberry and plum fruit flavors on the palate. The tannins are chewy and delicious and there’s great tension throughout from the acid. This is a great bottle of wine to drink now, but also to put away for a while.

2017 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 12-07-2018
This has rich strawberry and raspberry fruit and a small touch of savoriness/herbs behind a great texture from the silky tannins and bright lift from the acidity afforded by the cool Yarra Valley climate. Everything is so well integrated and seamless, it’s hard to believe this is such a low price. This is definitely in my top 5 for bringing over to dinner with friends.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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Thierry Thibault "Extra Aged" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-30-2018
The Extra Aged Brut is half Chardonnay, half Pinot Noir and Meunier.. Thibault has managed to find the perfect point of elegance and expression, with ripe stone fruits, exotic fruits, spice and herbs, highlighted by chalky texture and toasty autolytic aromas while maintaining an overall freshness with great acidity. This is an delicious, interesting, well crafted champagne at an unbelievable price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-13-2018
This is a rosé with all of the charm and complexity you would expect from Patrick Arnould in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay. The pinot noir shows power but also freshness and elegance. There are rich raspberry and strawberry flavors, a creamy texture on the palate, and subtle savory autolytic notes from the time on lees. I have just as much fun just smelling this as I do actually drinking it, so it usually takes me awhile to get through the glass. ​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2009 Les Violettes, Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is one of those mind-boggling discoveries you shouldn’t try to figure out how we got, because it’s going to move fast! This little Cotes de Blaye is replete with aromas of violets, plums, leather and spice. It has a very soft texture, but nice sweet fruit that is balanced nicely by acid on the back end.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is probably the most affordable, incredibly ageable 2015 we have. If you tasted the 2009 last year, you know that Cantemerle’s second label has serious chops to it. This has beautiful spice notes, crunchy red and blue fruit, amazing structure between the balanced tannins and acid. Stock up on it and put some away, this will age beautifully for at least a decade!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Clos Renon, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is what value Bordeaux is all about! It has the soft, supple character typical of 2015s, with bright ripe red fruit, a touch of oak and spice and lovely structure and texture from the nice tannins. Under $12! I’d enjoy this with pizza, pasta, burgers, tacos, pork chops, meatloaf, ribs, chili, lamb shanks, and many other things.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 10-26-2018
We started selling this to much acclaim back in 2017, and it seems to have gotten even better with just the little extra bottle age it has had. Like many 2015s it has such a soft supple character, with subtle flavors of baking spice, ripe cherries and strawberries, but with definite structure from the round juicy tannins. This is unbelievably enjoyable for the price.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Truquet, St-Émilion
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is an exceptional 80/20 merlot/cab blend from on-average 40-year-old vines on limestone/clay soils. It offers an expressive melange of violets, plums, dark cherry and a touch of toast from oak. It has great balance, with nice sweet fruit and a long, crisp finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
Roederer takes great care to make sure they are putting the best fruit possible into this entry level nonvintage brut, and the quality is evident at a very reasonable price, considering. Over 55% of the fruit is estate-owned and environmentally consciously grown. It’s full of rich bright white fruits; pear, nectarine, with note of honey, a touch of smoke and toasty lees that can’t be beat. The juice is partially aged in oak tuns, giving added texture and depth. Amongst our Grand Marque Bruts, this is always a favorite.

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is made from 85% Chardonnay, and 15% red wine made from meunier, as evidenced by its deep ruby red color. It is not dosed at all and the result is an incredibly pure, rich, acid driven profile. It has warm creamy notes, with a little baking spice and lovely cherry/strawberry fruit with just a touch of savoriness. Delicious!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the great vintage Blanc de Blancs on our shelf right now, with the richness of a great vintage that’s been barrel aged and the beautiful craftsmanship of the one-man-show Alexandre Le Brun. Creme brulée comes to mind on the bouquet, and on the palate flavors of creamy brioche, baked apples with herbs and a subtle underlying toast. The finish is so long and crisp and display the great minerals of the Sezanne where it is sourced.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is a meunier dominant blend from one of the most environmentally conscious producers in Champagne, and the precision and complexity are stunning. It has an endlessly expressive fruit profile of lime, green apple, pears, and white flowers with very subtle, integrated autolytics.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This, the final disgorgement of the Fallet Dart 2008 Vintage Brut had its dosage adjusted down, and the result is a brighter flavor profile of apricots, honey, lemon and toast, with a distinct crisp mineral finish. The richness of the vintage is present, and the finish is long and clean with pure fruit notes for ages.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Jean de La Fontaine "La Flatteuse" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the most exciting rosés I’ve tasted in awhile. It has a very pretty bouquet of flowers and red fruit, with a touch of brioche. The flavors unfold on the palate with cherries, baking spice, pear and even a little tangerine from the meunier dominant blend. The flavors are completely complementary and integrated and display great precision and balance.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Jean de La Fontaine "L'Éloquente" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is the newest addition to our grower portfolio, and it has our champagne enthused staff very excited! Named after a famous French fabulist, this meunier dominant blend has bright, concentrated flavors of anjou pear, green apple and spring lilies with well-integrated autolytic notes from 3 years on the lees. Don’t be fooled by the low cost, this is bright, complex and meticulous and will impress even the most discerning champagne drinkers.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2008 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-20-2018
This has a very aromatic, supple nose of bristling minerals, meyer lemon, apricots, acacia honey, and toasted pastry with just a touch of smoke. On the palate, it has classic 2008 intensity and concentration of fruit, with a dense core of white fruits, apricots and lemons, subtle autolytics, and amped up acidity that perfectly balances the richness, making this beautiful complex wine dance effortlessly across the palate. DP has knocked it out of the park with the 2008 vintage.

2015 La Tour Cordouan, Médoc
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This has the rich, full black and red cherry fruit the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is renowned for, with a nice touch of toast and minerals. It offers the richness of fruit and tannin with effortless lift from well integrated acidity and a nice, long finish. This is a great bottle of red!
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2015 Crabitey Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 09-06-2018
A delicious 50/50 Cab/Merlot blend from Graves, this offers everything positive the 2015 vintage has to offer for a great price: very full, round red currant, raspberry and dark cherry fruit richness with great minerals with an overall soft-edge feel and a crisp finish. It will last in your cellar for several years, but this is one you really don’t have to wait to immensely enjoy.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

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