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Morgan Laurie

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2013 Bagueri Ribolla Gialla Slovenia
Review Date: 10-13-2018
The nose on this wine is unctuous and powerful, filled to the brim with ripe, fleshy peaches and apricots, saline tinged honey, roasted citrus and yellow flowers. The palate is textured and full but has a wonderful lift of acidity to keep it light on its feet. This is a perfect wine for the upcoming Holiday season and would make a natural match for the rich, butter and cream laden dishes of Fall and Winter. A must try if you're looking for a unique, cold weather white.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-07-2018
Fallet-Dart is always a fantastic value and this under $30 bottling is no exception. Aged on the lees for four years, this is rich, powerful and toasty without feeling flabby on the palate. There is a bracing line of acidity that cuts through that leesy richness. The palate has bright, citrusy notes to balance all the richness of the nose. A great value, so go ahead, drink Champagne when you're thirsty.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Joël Taluau "Expression" Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Review Date: 10-07-2018
One of my favorite everyday reds! Fresh, vibrant and youthful, this easy drinking Cab Franc from Loire is a fantastic value. Pretty floral aromatics, crunchy red fruits and a bit of peppery spice make this intriguing and versatile for almost anything you throw at it. A great buy!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Rusack "El Rancho Escondido" Santa Catalina Island Zinfandel
Review Date: 10-06-2018
On our recent staff education outing to Santa Barbara County, we stopped at Rusack on our last day for a tasting of their portfolio. The Catalina Island Zinfandel stood out for me in a lineup of outstanding wines. Santa Catalina was home to a thriving vineyard and winery that was established in the late 1800s until the entire operation was shut down and the vines ripped out with the onset of Prohibition. Armed with only a rumor about a few surviving wild vines, the winemaker at Rusack went to the island's Central Valley to investigate. Luckily the Nature Conservancy allowed them to gather a few cuttings and the clones now reside at El Rancho Escondido on the island. This Zinfandel is exceptionally unique. Incredibly fresh and lively, this is full of peppery spice and bright, tangy red fruit. Notes of wet cedar and damp soil give this an earthy edge. If you're a fan of lighter bodied, complex and interesting reds, this is a really intriguing wine to try. Far and away one of the most memorable wines of our three-day trip.
Price: $69.95 Add To Cart
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2015 Tyler "Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block" Santa Maria Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-06-2018
What an incredibly lovely Chardonnay. Richly textured and lush on the palate, it’s balanced beautifully with a firm streak of acidity that cuts through. Aromas of honeysuckle, saline, citrus and orchard fruit with a hint of hazelnut give the nose serious depth. Another outstanding selection from Tyler Winery.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Tyler "Dierberg Vineyard - Block 5" Santa Maria Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-06-2018
Wonderfully structured and complex, the nose has a darker fruited and exotic profile with notes of blood orange zest, pomegranate and iron. The palate is expressive and complex, full of crushed berries and dried floral notes with a precise, laser-like finish. A beautifully made wine!
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2017 Domaine du Vieil Orme Sauvignon Touraine Blanc
Review Date: 10-06-2018
A refreshing and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from the Touraine appellation in Loire. This is youthful and fun with notes of freshly sliced lemons and limes, limestone minerality and pineapple. Perfect for lighter fare and seafood with the citrus inflected, clean palate!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Le Cirque Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 10-06-2018
A great weeknight wine under $10 with complexity and interest. Powerful, full of dark fruit and a touch of smoke, this would be great with lamb chops or a roast.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Aurore Dezat "Domaine des Chasseignes" Sancerre
Review Date: 08-24-2018
A crisp Sancerre for those that like a little more mineral in their Sauvignon Blancs. This has a great lime/lemon zest type of citrus on the nose with a hint of fresh grass and TONS of limestone minerality. It's clean, light and refreshing, perfect for these last days of summer. Or buy a few and keep in your wine fridge for Dungeness Crab season. This would be outstanding with seafood, especially shellfish!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Franck Bonville is killer Champagne, always priced reasonably and drinks far above its price point. He's one of my go-to Champagne producers for myself, gifts for friends and recommendations for customers. The 2012 "Millesime" is made with all Grand Cru Chardonnay. This has a very mineral heavy nose with tons of chalk and crushed seashells along with white cherry, apples and pear. There is a slight weight on the palate but it's not too rich. Full of verve and freshness this is a Champagne for those who like a cleaner style.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée 1809" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This Champagne is made entirely of the 2012 harvest, although not designated a vintage Champagne. A 70/30 blend of Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, this is done in exclusively barrique providing a rich, spiced nose. Notes of spice cake, honey baked apples, roasted lemons and almond brittle on the nose lead into a rich, slightly toasted palate with a crisp vein of acidity to keep things balanced. Incredibly delicious and fantastic for a gift or special occasion!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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2008 A.D. Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
A 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay coming from plots over 40 years old, this wine is fermented in stainless steel then aged on its lees for 9 years. 2008 is considered one of the best vintages in a generation in Champagne, providing incredible depth with the perfect balance of acidity and natural ripeness in the harvested grapes. The nose is complex and rich with a slight floral note and aromas of biscuit, pears, butter and lemon candies. The palate is rich but still has a vibrant acidity giving this some backbone. A great find in a great vintage. Highly recommended.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Eugénie" Brut Rose Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
A light, delicate Brut Rose for those that prefer an understated style. Ripe strawberry and smashed raspberry give way to a slight spice note with a touch of limestone minerality. A bit of structure makes this a fantastic wine for the dinner table. A killer Brut rose for under $30!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Produced with 2 Pinot Meunier plots, each over 40 years old, this low dosage Brut has a lovely aromatic profile and a richer palate from the lees aging while still providing zippy acidity and a clean finish. Brioche and baked apples dominate the nose with a touch of chalky minerality. A fantastic vintage Champagne for everyday drinking.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Tradition" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
What a delightful Champagne for $25! This 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne is made with over 30% reserves and spends 3 years on the lees. This is fresh, crisp and light on the palate, surprisingly so given the amount of lees contact. The nose has great fruit, freshly sliced apples and lemon drops with lovely seashell minerality and a slight biscuity aroma. Outstanding value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 08-17-2018
A staff favorite year after year, this 100% Pinot Noir Rose from Sancerre displays zesty minerality and crunchy red fruits. The palate is vibrant and zesty with refreshing acidity. The perfect rose for grilled salmon or steamed mussels!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 08-13-2018
This is a delightful little Prosecco that delivers a lot for a small price tag! Fruity and floral, this wine has notes of ripe pears, peach blossoms and key lime pie. It's dry and crisp with a creamy mouth feel and a touch of sweetness to balance the bracing minerality. Truly a steal at $12.99!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-24-2018
This is a really cool take on Champagne with a solera style barrel being the base wine. The added richness and complexity from the perpetual blend adds tons of character with aromas of toasted hazelnuts, spice cake, chalk and roasted apple. A really incredible bottling and completely unique, especially considering the price point. Stunning!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 07-21-2018
A lovely, characterful Sauvignon Blanc with a little extra dimension from the slightly flinty aromas. A truly terrior driven wine, the subtle hints of flint come from the Silex soil the vines are grown in. This is a wonderfully aromatic and refreshing wine for light poultry and seafood based dishes.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2017 Terra Santa Ile de Beaute Rosé Corsica
Review Date: 07-21-2018
I discovered this fun little Rose last year and I am so happy its back! Bright and fresh with great texture and notes of crisp red fruits, this is a must for picnics, parties or Sunday afternoon sipping!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2008 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 07-08-2018
Trimbach's "Cuvee Frederic Emile" is sourced from the Gaisberg and Osterberg Grand Cru vineyards. Each year it's made it's held back for at least five years before release. This has been sitting in the Trimbach cellars ageing since its bottling in April 2009 and it shows in the incredible complexity and rich aromatics. Powerful and layered, the nose shows notes of dried peaches and apricots, roasted almonds, petrol and wet hay. The palate is bold and round with a savory nuttiness. There's still incredible acidity and the capacity to age further is evident. You could drink this now (because it's delicious) but you could hold this for several more years. An incredibly special bottle of Riesling to add to your collection.

2017 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja
Review Date: 07-08-2018
I poured this Rosado recently at our Summer Rose tasting and far and away this was the days most popular. This little stunner knocks it out of the park for a pittance. Juicy, mouthwatering and fresh with notes of blood orange, smashed strawberry and tangerine zest this is perfect for grilled prawns, paella or mussels with chorizo. Good stuff!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 07-08-2018
I've always loved Rose of Pinot Noir and this is exactly why! Crisp, refreshing and delicate, this is the perfect bottle for all of your Summer festivities. This Rose is bursting with pretty red fruits, subtle floral aromas and fresh mineral notes. Pick this up for your next picnic, beach day or cook out!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Framingham F-Series Pinot Gris Marlborough
Review Date: 06-24-2018
It's rare that I like every single wine in a tasting line up, but when we were treated to a selection of Framingham wines led by the winemaker Andrew Hedley I liked EVERY SINGLE THING. Seriously. I'm always looking for a high payoff on the quality/price ratio and the wines from Framingham excel at delivering complex, incredible wines at around a twenty dollar price point. This Pinot Gris is in one word, killer. Full of spice, quartz mineral, lychee and all manner of floral notes, it has a soft sweetness balanced by a slight phenolic bitterness. Just buy a bottle and keep it around for the inevitable night when you're too tired to cook dinner and you order in some Indian takeout and you don't want to think about what to drink with it. Trust.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge
Review Date: 06-19-2018
This is a bottle to buy now and stash away for a bit. Or at least until the weather changes into grey, wind swept skies that call for rich, smothered pork chops, braised meats and warmly spiced lamb dishes. This Bandol Rouge is meaty, spicy and full of sweet, rich fruit all at once. Intense and brooding, the finish on this has impressive length. If you decide to drink this sooner rather than later, decant for as long as possible, but if you can put it somewhere and forget about it for awhile, this can cellar for the next ten years.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Jean-Louis Denois "Bulles d'Argile" Extra Brut (Sans Soufre)
Review Date: 06-19-2018
This sulfur free bubbly is the perfect sparkling wine for any occasion. Bright, fresh and youthful, this little value sparkler is a steal. Crisp Asian pears, Anjou pear pastilles and green banana give this easygoing wine quaffability, and before you know, the bottle will be empty! It can easily be sipped alone as an aperitif or paired with light picnic or party friendly fare.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-10-2018
I've always been a huge fan of Pinot Noir from New Zealand. The Central Otago is the world's southernmost commercial wine producing region and Pinot Noir flourishes in the extreme climate. The wines produced tend to be concentrated and aromatic, much like the 2014 Burn Cottage. A small percentage of the wine is fermented with whole clusters of fruit lending some power and structure. The aromatics are complex with bright, lifted notes of red fruit, fresh pink roses, warm spice and potting soil. The palate is plush and pretty with a youthful lift of acidity and soft, silken tannin. A gorgeous wine for under $60 that would give similarly priced Pinot's from France or California some serious competition.

2014 Domaine Vincent Carême "Le Peu Morier" Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 05-28-2018
Vincent Careme is a young winemaker out of the Loire with a recently established estate that is quickly gaining prominence. His estate was founded in 1999 making his accomplishments even more impressive. He makes a full range of Chenin Blanc from sparkling to moelleux, all of which is certified organic. His "Le Peu Morier" is dry, bright and fresh with a nose that smells like freshly harvested beeswax rolled in fresh stone fruit. The flinty, limestone based soils provide tons of mineral notes and the terrior really shines through. An excellently priced Vouvray that is sure to please any lover of Loire Chenin Blanc!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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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: $11.99 Add To Cart
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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 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
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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
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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

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
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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

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!

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

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
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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: $14.99 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 Waiting List
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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

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