Staff Favorites - Morgan Laurie

Morgan Laurie

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2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge
Review Date: 05-19-2018
During our recent Burgundy staff tasting, we focused on value priced wines from a famously pricey region. This was far and away the standout for me! Wonderfully perfumed and approachable, this is shockingly good for under $30. Intense, ripe red fruit, warm baking spice and lovely notes of rose petals, this wine has soft, fine grained tannin and moderate acidity. While a bottle over $20 might not be everyone's idea of a daily drinker, this drinks far above its price point, making it one of the best values in red Burgundy we currently carry.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
WS 93

2015 Domaine Antoine Jobard St. Aubin 1er Cru "Sur le Sentier du Clou"
Review Date: 05-19-2018
Wow, this is quite a bottle! This wine exudes elegance and is suitable to be drunk now or can be held for the next ten to fifteen years. Upon first opening, this show copious oak with some really beautiful aromatics behind it. After peeling back the layers, there were some savory notes of hay and something that read as orange water, along with gardenia and something that reminded me of white peach iced white tea. Incredibly complex on the nose, the palate tastes cleaner than you assume it will. The oak plays more of a textural role versus a flavor component. It's full and rich but carries the weight well with fresh acidity. A really beautiful bottle from a highly regarded estate, and one for collectors of fine white Burgundies.

2016 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Review Date: 05-19-2018
Wines labeled "Gentil" from the Alsace region are high quality blends composed of at least 50% of the four noble varietals (Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Muscat and/or Pinot Gris) with the remaining blend either Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and/or Chasselas. Each varietal must be vinified on its own and must also officially qualify as an AOC Alsace wine. Pretty good for a $10.99 price point! Alsace continues to be a favorite region to look to for well crafted, value priced wines that pair wonderfully with food. The 2016 Gentil from Hugel is like Spring in a glass. Youthful, fresh and aromatic with notes of elder flower, spiced lychee, sweet lime, and white peach, the palate has bright, zippy acidity and a slightly soft, rounded texture. If you're having anything that has spent its life in water before making it to your plate, this would be a lovely match. You could also have this with Indian food, Moroccan food or Thai. A charming, fun wine to have on hand!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Juicy, fresh and very easy going this delightful little rose from Provence is full of notes of ripe berries and white cherry. Perfect for a bowl of steamed mussels or a weekend picnic in the park.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Dancing Crow Vineyards Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Looking for a great value in California wine? Look to Lake County! A viticultural area that's gaining esteem, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Dancing Crow is beautiful, soft and balanced with flavors of warm baking spice, black cherry and ripe black plums. Give a glass to your most staunch Napa Cab fan and see if they can spot the difference. A fantastic California Cabernet under $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Maxime Toubart "Pur Meunier" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-18-2018
A 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne, this is rich and aromatic while maintaining a zippy acidity from the extremely cold climate the grapes are grown in. Spicy, nutty and full of apple cake aromas, this Champagne has sparked my quest to find more 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne! Delicious!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2016 Domaine la Croix Belle "Caringole" Côtes de Thongue Rouge
Review Date: 05-18-2018
What an amazing little everyday red for under $10! Mostly Syrah and vinified in stainless steel, this is bright, fresh and ready to drink now. It's got a bounty of red, ripe fruit and a well integrated structure. A must for anyone looking for a great value for weeknight wines.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2016 Clos du Gaimont Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 05-11-2018
The Clos du Gaimont Vouvray Sec is a spectacular dry Chenin Blanc. There's a honeyed note to the nose which carries though to the palate that is very inviting. The palate is rounder in texture and carries a little bit of a glycerol quality. There is a bright, zippy acidity running through to keep things fresh. The aromatics are fantastic with notes of white flowers, green apple, ripe green pear and a sweet citrus, reminiscent of tangerine with some pronounced limestone mineral notes. You could drink this now or easily cellar for 10 years. A beautiful wine for simple meals, this would be great with a roast chicken or steamed mussles.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
W&S 92 WE 91

2016 Domaine de Pallus "Messanges" Chinon
Review Date: 05-08-2018
This is a fun, lively little Cabernet Franc from Chinon in the Loire Valley! Biodynamic since 2010, Domaine de Pallus vinifies in concrete to allow the wine to age with a dose of micro oxygenation to soften the wine without the influence of oak. The aromatics are lifted and charismatic with notes of bright red fruit, forest floor and rose and lavender. The palate is bright and full of juicy acidity. This is a fantastic find under $20 and a great wine to add to your weeknight rotation as it will pair with anything from hearty vegetable based dishes to red meat centered dishes and everything in between.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2016 Domaine Noiré "Soif de Tendress" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
The 2016 “Soif de Tendresse” Chinon is a certified organic wine from vines aged 25 to 30 years. Stylistically, it is produced for early enjoyment and the palate feels lively and youthful. I tasted this once when it was just opened, then again several hours later. The first pass was already showing well: aromatic and soft. By the time I tasted this again, it was singing! The nose was so perfumed with tons of violet, sage, wet leaves, red clay and dark, ripe berries. The palate was soft and inviting, true to its name: “Soif de Tendresse,” or “thirst for tenderness.”
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

1997 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Olive" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
If you tend to be an impatient wine enthusiast (like me), you can pick up entirely affordable Chinon that already has some age on it. One producer to look to for quality bottle-aged Chinon is Couly-Dutheil. The Clos de l’Olive is incredible, full of savory, damp cedar, pencil shavings and wet forest floor. The palate still has so much vivacity! If I tasted this blind and you told me it was from 1997, I wouldn’t have believed you!
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart

2002 Couly Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon
Review Date: 05-01-2018
If you tend to be an impatient wine enthusiast (like me), you can pick up entirely affordable Chinon that already has some age on it. One producer to look to for quality bottle-aged Chinon is Couly-Dutheil. The Baronnie Madeleine is full of rusticity with notes of animale and sauvage, desiccated wet leaves and menthol. The palate conforms with this cuvée, mirroring the rustic side of aged Chinon.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-27-2018
Willamette Pinot Noir under $20? Believe it! This sustainably farmed Pinot is approachable and friendly with well balanced structure and bright, fresh fruit along with a little touch of earthy minerality. A staff favorite and one that's sure to please a crowd.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2017 Fabien Collonge Beaujolais Rose
Review Date: 04-27-2018
Full of juicy fruit, but dry and crisp, this rose hits all the right notes. This 100% Gamay rose is full of strawberry, cherry blossom, blood orange and spice. Fresh, lively and chock full of minerality, this rose is sure to be a crowd pleasing Spring/Summer wine!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Trinity Hill "The Trinity" Red Blend Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 04-27-2018
A perfect weeknight wine to have around the house, The Trinity from Trinity Hill drinks WAY above its price point. Medium bodied with serious (but approachable) structure means this will go with a range of meals. You could crack this open with anything from pizza to pork chops and you'd be good! Dark, ripe fruit, stony minerality and smoky spices. Yum!

2016 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling Mosel
Review Date: 04-16-2018
The Selbach Oster estate has kept wine making in the family for four hundred years. Working out of the middle Mosel, the estate has several ungrafted vineyards, with the vine age on some up to 100 years old. The rocky, Devonian slate in many of the vineyards forces the vines to dig deeply into the soil to find water and nutrients. The wines, even at an entry level, are complex and highly aromatic. The Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett highlights one of the Mosel's most acclaimed vineyard sites for a sub $20 price point. On the nose is the classic flinty minerality with notes of dried orange and marmalade. The 2016 vintage produced ripe, fruity wines and this has a tempered acidity letting the beautiful fruit really shine through. An exceptional bottle from one of our favorite producers!

2014 Charles Joguet "Les Varennes du Grand Clos" Chinon
Review Date: 04-16-2018
This single vineyard bottling from Charles Joguet is built to last. The wines of the estate are divided into two lines, one for drinking young and one for long term aging. This falls into the latter category. If Chinon were permitted to label wines as Premier Cru, this would certainly be such a wine. The structure is very well balanced and the wine opens up beautifully after getting some air. If you plan on drinking this in the short term, decant for an hour plus, but if you plan on holding it, you could cellar for upwards of ten years. I tasted this once when it was first opened and once the next day. On the first go, the wine had beautiful aromatics right out of the bottle and the structure felt fresh and young. The high toned acidity and tannin were pronounced but felt smooth. The next day the aromatics really opened up and I found the floral notes more distinct while there was still the brambly black raspberry and blueberry coulis, dusty crushed rocks, dried herbs and lavender notes I had been savoring the day before. Cabernet Franc's from the Loire Valley are some of my favorite wines for their ability to pair with food, and this would go with any sort of bistro fare ranging from steak with mushroom or peppercorn sauce to pork chops to burgers.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
W&S 94 WS 92

2016 Bründlmayer "Kamptaler Terrassen" Gruner Veltliner Kamptal
Review Date: 04-14-2018
Weingut Brundlmayer produces out of the Kamptal in Austria, a growing area renowned for the production fresh, dry wines with youth and lightness. Even the entry level wines from Brundlmayer are produced with much care and attention to detail. The Kamptaler Terrassen, all hand harvested, is made exclusively in stainless steel with a combination of two separate vineyard sites blended into one bottling. The elevated terraces are grown on stony, schist based soils providing aromatics and acidity, while the lower terrace is planted on fertile loess, giving the wine more body and ripeness. Notes of white melon, sweet snap peas and white pepper gives way to a clean, fresh, easy going palate. This would be great with many of the Spring vegetables that are beginning to come into season, such as asparagus and artichokes. A great gateway into Austrian wine if you've never explored the region!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 JS 91

2016 Laurenz V. (und Sophie) "Singing" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal
Review Date: 04-02-2018
Laurenz V pays homage to the family lineage of wine making by paying respect to Lenz Moser III, or "Grandpa Grüner", a member of the family who is credited with almost single handedly helping Grüner Veltliner become Austria's signature white in the middle of the last century. The family has been making wine for five generations; the "V" is actually a Roman numeral. They exclusively produce Grüner Veltliner and this particular selection is based on mostly Kamptal fruit. This wine is fresh and super clean with notes of ruby red grapefruit and yellow plums. The palate has some subtle texture and is extremely easy going. Something to grab for the warmer weather right around the corner.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Bernhard Ott "Fass 4" Grüner Veltliner Wagram
Review Date: 04-02-2018
If you're familiar with the wines of Bernhard Ott, you may already know that he's referred to as a, "Grüner whisperer" for his ability to make other worldly, single vineyard expressions of the grape. His family has been producing out of the Wagram in Austria since 1889. The Fass 4 is considered to be the first of Ott's "serious" Grüner Veltliners. Full of super fresh mineral notes, crunchy plums, sour orange and yellow flowers on the nose, with a slightly fuller, textured palate rife with bright acidity. A touch bigger and richer than the Am Berg, this is a wine to linger over. Try this with Asian cuisines such as Vietnamese or Thai, seafood based dishes and tricky vegetable pairings such as artichokes and asparagus.

Chateau de Miniere "Bulles de Miniere" Petillant Natural Rouge
Review Date: 03-31-2018
I've had sparkling rosé from Loire made of Cabernet Franc, but I've never had a full skin contact sparkling red made of the grape. This wine is awesome! It has a super interesting nose, with tons of Cab Franc aromas. It's slightly earthy and dusty with notes of smashed strawberries and raspberries. The palate is very dry and fresh. If you're looking to try something new, unique and interesting, pick this up. It could be served with a charcuterie plate, pizza (in place of a Lambrusco) or with simple desserts . More versatile than you would think and quite tasty!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2013 Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir Pfalz
Review Date: 03-31-2018
Considered part of the Pinot Noir elite, Friedrich Becker makes some of the finest red wines in Germany. In 1973 the estate stopped selling grapes to local cooperatives and began making and bottling their own wines. About two thirds of Becker's vineyards lie in Alsace about one kilometer from the Pfalz, the German region in which Becker produces out of. In 1945 the vineyards straddled two sovereign nations and because of a 1955 accord, Becker was allowed to continue labeling the wines as "German" in exchange for French water rights to Schweigen springs and some lumber rights to a local forest. With six generations of vineyard ownership, the Becker estate knows how to grow great grapes, and in turn make great wine. The $16.99 entry level "Estate" offering is spicy and fresh on the palate with notes of candies strawberry, rose petals, baking spice, fresh soil and bright red cherry. A wine that punches way above its weight class, and a must for those who enjoy bright, lively Pinot Noirs.
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2015 Fromm "La Strada" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 03-31-2018
Looking for a bright, clean Sauvignon Blanc under $20? Look no further! Hand picked early to retain freshness, a portion of this wine also sees neutral barrel aging to add depth and texture on the palate. Refreshing and filled with crisp acidity, you'll find notes of Meyer lemon, starfruit and flint. Ideal for lighter meals, this would also work as an aperitif.

2015 Mad Furmint Dry Tokaj Hungary
Review Date: 03-21-2018
Another fantastic dry Furmint to add to your Hungarian wine repertoire! This is on the slightly rounder side of things and has a rich mouthfeel without being full bodied. It's expressive and aromatic with an almost Chenin Blanc-like nose. Ripe peaches and pineapple mingle with notes of honey, wax and yellow flowers. This dry Tokaj sees all stainless steel to preserve the freshness and minerality of the unique soils of the vineyards of Mád. Something to try if you like Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 02-26-2018
Domaine Des Remizieres masterfully vinifies very approachable Syrah's and this is no exception. This is a fresh and powerful all at once. Ripe, rich dark fruit, lifted floral aromatics, earthy clay notes and tons of spice. Drink now with some decanting to really open it up, or stash some away for your future self. You'll be glad you did!

2016 Jean Reverdy "La Reine Blanche" Sancerre
Review Date: 02-26-2018
The Jean Reverdy La Reine Blanche is a classic Sancerre from Verdigny, one of the top villages in Sancerre. The estate dates back to 1650 and has been in the Reverdy family for 10 generations. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is vinified in all stainless steel with no usage of oak and no malolactic fermentation, keeping this crisp, sharp and focused. Chalky, limestone minerality, white peach and lime zest lead into a fresh, elegant palate. Perfect for seafood based dishes.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2014 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 02-26-2018
This super value Southern Rhone is ready to drink now! Alexandre Favier, who describes himself as "raised in the vineyards", took over wine making duties from his father at the ripe old age of 20! This awesome Chateauneuf Du Pape is a total overachiever yet very approachable. Sumptuous and bursting with red fruits, dried herbs and lavender pastilles, this is one to grab for a lovely night in with a hearty stew or braised lamb.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 02-25-2018
If you're a fan of Sancerre, and want to try another Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire valley, you should definitely "Silex" this wine! The flint based soils, called Silex, impart a smoky, flinty note making this like a Sancerre with attitude! Complex and charming, this is a perfect wine for those wanting to try a familiar varietal from a familiar region, while still looking to branch out.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ferrero "Pepita" Rosso di Toscana
Review Date: 02-25-2018
This is a fantastic little everyday drinker that tastes more like a $25 bottle than one under $15. This baby super Tuscan is spicy, bold and well balanced with some savory tomato/tomato stem aromatics, luscious dark cherry, plum and mocha. Perfect for a hearty lasagna!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-16-2018
This bottling from Elisabeth Goutorbe showcases why our direct imports are such a steal. Balanced, elegant and charming, all under $35. The palate is rich and complex while also having tons of fresh minerality and bright acidity. Tons of black cherry with a little toast and hazelnut. One to grab for any occasion or gathering and sure to please even the most finicky of palates.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-12-2018
Pike Road produces their Pinot Noir with grapes sourced from 6 different estate vineyard sites, all 100% Willamette Valley fruit. The grapes are hand picked, hand sorted and fermented in stainless steel before barrel aging in french oak for 10 months. That's an insane level of care and quality in wine making for a sub $20 price point! What you get is a beautiful, elegant and complex Pinot Noir that's priced to be an everyday drinker with notes of bright red fruit and a little spice. Perfect for simple weeknight meals like a roast chicken or seared salmon.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Tormaresca "Neprica" Super Puglia
Review Date: 02-12-2018
This is an amazing little everyday Italian red to keep a few bottles of around the house. Dark fruits, a little spice and balanced structure to make this a great food wine, but it works just as well on its own. Superb value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Fürst "Tradition" Pinot Noir Franken
Review Date: 02-10-2018
The 2015 Fürst Tradition Spätburgunder is just plain lovely! I tasted this recently and was in Pinot Noir heaven. The term "Burgundian" gets thrown around a lot as a descriptor of quality and elegance, but this truly is "Burgundian" on both accounts. It's complex yet subtle. I would definitely decant this for an hour or so to really allow the aromas to open up. There's a slight flinty, smoke quality, sour red cherry, rose petals and a woody, fresh soil, leafy earthiness. The tannins are supple with a little spice on the palate. There is really bright acidity and tons of freshness. If you're looking to expand your options for Pinot Noir, I highly recommend looking towards Germany!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Vigneti Massa "Montecitorio" Timorasso Cru
Review Date: 01-30-2018
Vigneti Massa is one of my absolute favorite Italian vintners and I was more than excited to see not only his entry level wines in the store but his cru's as well. He's responsible for single handedly saving this wonderful grape from extinction in Piemonte. I hadn't had the pleasure of tasting the single vineyard site Timorasso's until today and they are phenomenal! The Montecitorio is fresh, clean, textured and aromatic all at once. There's a flinty mineral note, honey, honeysuckle and saline jumping out of the glass. The wine has oomph! It's got a weighty texture but the acidity is almost electric. If you can manage to keep your hands off of it, it could cellar for quite some time and would only get better with age. Fans of Chenin Blanc, unoaked Chardonnay or Alsatian Riesling should definitely give this grape a try!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Ostertag "Les Jardins" Riesling
Review Date: 01-28-2018
The wines of Andre Ostertag are some of my favorite in the store and I'm always very happy when we are able to bring them in. Ostertag has rejected the official classifications of the A.O.C. and instead created his own categories. The Les Jardins is part of his "vins de fruit" wines and are made to express varietal character and the taste of the grapes themselves rather than expressing a single vineyard site and the terroir from which the grapes came. The Les Jardins is fermented dry lending it versatility at the dining table. They're meant to be drunk young and fresh. I drank this over the course of two nights, each with different seafood based meals and it was fantastic. Crisp and intensely mineral, with notes of lime/lime leaf, white flowers and under ripe nectarine, this wine is beautifully aromatic and a natural match for lighter fare.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Domaine Moulin Gaillac Brut
Review Date: 01-20-2018
Looking for a wine to go with a cheese plate? I got your cheese wine right here! Made from an obscure varietal called Mauzac from an obscure little AOC called Gaillac in South West France, this fun bottle of bubbles is the perfect compliment to a brunch date, a cheese party or a great movie at home. It's light and delicate with notes of freshly pressed apple juice, white flowers and crisp green pears. It's something that would be easy to pass up on the shelf given the region and the varietal, but you absolutely should not pass this up! It's fun and delicious with a price that makes it a no brainer when you want to give something new a whirl!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-20-2018
A sustainably produced Napa Cab from a top producer that's under $55? Believe it! The "Signature" from Chappellet is just what you'd expect with inky, juicy, rich black fruit. You get a crushed rock mineral note and a little toasted vanilla from the barrel, which comes across as subtle instead of the dominant note. It's lush but balanced. The structure is there, but no one part feels out of whack. The tannin is big and ripe but feels velvety on the palate. The acidity is vibrant and gives the wine a freshness. The quality in fruit and wine making is apparent. This is a superb bottle of wine and one any lover of California Cabernet should try.

2016 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
Review Date: 01-20-2018
Family run for three generations, Domaine des Remizières follows a bio approach and strives to respect the terrior of the vineyards and surrounding environment throughout the year. The Cuvée Christophe is a blend of 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, 30% of which sees new oak with the remaining 70% fermented in one year old barrel. There's a sumptuous, round texture with a lift of acidity and a long finish. Notes of pear blossoms and dried pears, orange oil and white peach giving way to a slight toasted brioche from the new barrel. One of my favorites from our last tasting and sure to please lovers of white Rhône wines.

2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 01-19-2018
This (along with the other wines from Ferraton Père et Fils) really blew me away at our last staff tasting. Michel Ferraton produces the wines with all native yeast strains and minimal new oak. They adhere to a bio-dynamic philosophy, although they are not certified bio-dynamic. The nose on this is just SO good! It's a melange of white pepper, bacon fat, beautiful floral aromatics and lovely dark fruits. The palate is balanced and clean. It's got great length but doesn't come across as super intense. A really great wine for under $20!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-19-2018
Another fantastic bottle from Baron Fuente! The nose starts off with apple butter and poached pears, then gives way to a rich kouign amann pastry, roasted lemon and yeast. The palate has an intense nuttiness, almost like eating a handful of raw hazelnuts while still providing a clean mineral note and vibrant acidity. A great bottle to pick up for your next Champagne craving.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Yves Cheron "Les Dentelles" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 01-06-2018
This is a lot of wine for $12.99. The nose is composed of blackberry coulis and black cherry with a spicy, white pepper and violet note thanks to the Syrah. Dry and full of complexity, this wine has great length. The cement aging leaves it bright and clean with wonderful acidity and great fruit on the palate. A really beautiful wine for everyday drinking.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante
Review Date: 12-29-2017
Don't be fooled by the price, this is a serious wine that packs a punch. Fleshy and ripe without bordering on off-dry, this is powerful and rich while maintaining a sense of balance. Well integrated tannin and acidity provide lift to the generous fruit. Ripe, juicy blackberry, blueberry and figs, violets, cloves and dried herbs provide the backbone on this incredible offering from Bodegas Volver. If you like big, bold wines, this should definitely be on your list of wines to try.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 JS 90

2014 Bedouet "Expression du Pallet Vieilles Vignes" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 12-19-2017
Just in time for Dungeness crab season, this fresh, mineral driven offering from Bedouet is the perfect accompaniment to a heaping plate of crustaceans! Notes of chalk, lemon flesh and salted ripe pineapple provide a clean, bright palate with zippy acidity. This would also make a natural pairing for rich cheese, oysters and fish in beurre blanc.
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2015 Domaine du Vieil Orme "Inphini" Sauvignon Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc
Review Date: 12-18-2017
I recently re-tasted this wine and fell in love all over again. This bottling from Domaine Di Vieil Orme is richer and waxier than their entry-level selection. It's delicious, unique and a fun departure from your "typical" Sauvignon Blanc. There's a peachy, stone fruit note along with citrus blossoms and limestone. The fuller body carries a lovely texture onto the palate and stays fresh with well balanced acidity. This is well worth the couple of extra bucks! This would also be a great choice to bridge the gap with family and friends who all like differing styles of white wine.
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2015 Douloufakis "Dafnios" Vidiano Crete Greece
Review Date: 11-28-2017
My love for and exploration of Greek wine continues! This is an amazing wine from the island of Crete. The southern most point in Europe, Crete is a wholly unique terrior lending the wines an abundance of character. From a third generation winemaker, I found this wine to be intensely floral with honeysuckle leading the charge. It's waxy and has notes of stone fruit and pineapple, with wet stone minerality. It's round but bright on the palate, and sees 18 months on its lees. This is just an incredible wine from what I suspect will be the next "it" wine producing region.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2010 Louise Brison Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Part of what I love about about working in the wine industry is changing people's preconceived notions about wine; what it should be, what it should taste like, and most importantly, what a good bottle should cost. I can shout it from the rooftops! A good bottle of Champagne does not have to cost over $60! Sure, there are fantastic bottles at that price point (and higher), but if I can find Champagne that I can afford to drink on a regular basis, I'm all about it. This is one such bottle. It's got a rich apple-y nose with a yeasty baguette note and fresh lemon to boot. The palate mirrors the nose and feels vibrant yet rich at the same time with a great balance of texture and acidity. If you love Champagne, this is one to pick up on your next visit.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-28-2017
This is what I want from my Pinot Noirs! The first note I wrote down while tasting this was "yum" - not exactly a tasting note but I was impressed. This is so aromatic and enticing. It's complex and lovely. It's....just really good. Along with the fruit and warm baking spice, I get what can be described as a "clean earth" note. Like fresh potting soil. It's like if you were planting peonies and pink roses in your garden with fresh, wet earth. It's subtle, but I love me some clean earth and flowers in my wine. I already love Au Bon Climat and the fact that I can get a ridiculous Pinot from a highly celebrated estate for under $20, makes this even better. I might need one for decanting and drinking now, and one to lay down for a bit.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Back just in time for the Holidays! The grapes for the Insolite cuvée are selected from the chalkiest soils on their property in Bué. Franck and Betty (the husband and wife team behind the estate) allow the wine to macerate with the skins at close to 32 degrees to coax as much aroma and flavor as possible. On the nose the wine is fresh and racy with pronounced mineral tones, freshly cut grass, sweet green herbs and lots of fresh citrus and stone fruit. The wine has some texture, almost a creamy feel on the palate with a zippy, lively undercurrent of acidity. Considering that Dungeness crab season is in full effect, I would happily pair this with a big old plate of the good stuff, but this would work with any seafood really.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-27-2017
This old favorite is back again just in time for the holidays! Perfect as an aperitif, a bottle to toast with or something to open for friends and family who drop by, this little bottle of bubbles is sure to please everyone! Fresh, zippy, lively and full of finesse, this is an inexpensive gem to pick up a few bottles of so you'll always be prepared.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-21-2017
In what's shaping up to be a classic Champagne vintage, this wine delivers a lot for a sub $40 price point. Clean & graceful with mid palate richness and bracing acidity. Intriguing chalky mineral notes and rich brioche add depth to the lovely array of orchard fruit. This wine is a superb value and and drinks well above its price point. Ready to drink now or a wonderful Champagne to age and enjoy down the road.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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