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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) (Pre-Arrival)
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99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (08/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy...

2017 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
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The Verquière estate has been passed down from father to son for many generations and is now managed by brothers Romain and Thibaut Chamfort. Following age-old traditions and sustainable practices, the estate was recently certified organic. The Côtes-du-Rhône is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, grown on chalky clay soils with loads of large pebbles in the vineyards. Verquière recently returned to us after a long hiatus and we are pleased to have them back.
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2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas
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93 points Decanter: "Grown on clay-limestone and marl, the fruit is hand-picked with no destemming, and is aged in old foudres. The wine is pretty, bright and open, with raspberry, strawberry and violet fruits. It's barely medium-bodied, but has a lovely expression of fresh and easy red berry fruits, accompanied by a juicy berry acidity and gentle blackberry-skin tannins on the finish. An easy-going and highly drinkable Gigondas. Just lovely. (MW)" (10/2018) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The classic 2017 Gigondas Tradition cuvée from this estate is a real wi...

2017 Domaine de Verquière Rasteau
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91 points Decanter: "An assemblage of two different terroirs: yellow marls overlaid with large pebbles at higher altitude, and clay-limestone on the plain. The fruit is all hand-harvested, destemmed then fermented with gentle extraction. The wine is aged in large oak foudres for four months before bottling. It's deep and juicy, with appealing plum and blueberry fruits. There's more blackberry on the palate, along with dense tannins. It's very well balanced and well structured, with good length. A good value pick among the 2017 Rasteaus. (MW)" (10/2018) ...

2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhône
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92 points James Suckling: "Abundant, rich and ripe red fruit with lightly spiced pastry and quite brambly complexity. The palate has a super fleshy, bold and upfront-tannin shape. Fresh and easy." (10/2019) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still not yet bottled for my June visit (it was scheduled to be bottled at the end of the month), the final blend of the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel was showing plenty of garrigue and dried-spice notes layered over cherry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured and long on the finish, it should...

2018 Trians Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "With its rich red fruits, this wine is full, generous and definitely food friendly. A touch of pepper from the 60% Grenache in the blend gives this warm wine a touch of spice. (RV)" (06/2019) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Intriguing notes of fraises des bois appear on the nose of the 2018 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose, a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. It's light to medium-bodied, with subtle spice and earth shadings, a fine, silky texture and ample length on the finish. (JC)" (04/2019) K&L Notes: Co...

2018 Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant - Cuvee Oumuamua" Monterey County Rhône Blend
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Randall Grahm’s ever-evolving ideology shifted again for the new label and blend of this bottling, which includes 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 13% Syrah. Aromas of plum, cracked pepper, crumpled carnations and dried mint lead into a bright, refreshing palate of hibiscus, anise and a curry-like spice. *Editors' Choice* (MK)" (10/2019) 91 points Vinous: "Deep, shimmering red. Displays lively red berry, cherry and floral qualities on the nose, along with building suggestions of exotic spices and succulent herbs. Juicy and pre...

2018 Bonpas "Dames de Bonpas" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Plan de Dieu
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95 points Decanter: "Lovely brambly nose and crunchy red berry palate. This is beautifully balanced and very drinkable even in its youth with very good length. Quite a charmer and great value for money. *Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2019*" (06/2018)

2016 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that almost always over-delivers, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors is, I suspect, the finest vintage for this cuvée to date (it’s in the same league as the off-the-charts 2015). A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from Lesquerde and Saint Martin de Fenouillet (both in the northern part of the Roussillon), aged all in older barrels and concrete tanks, it boasts rockstar notes of ripe blackberry fruits, spice, dried garrigue, and hints of chocolate. Possessing a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, sweet tannins, a...

2017 Mas de Sainte Croix "Tendresse d'un Climat" Côtes-du-Rhône Villages
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Wine Spectator: "Fresh and direct, with a violet and lilac frame around a core of cherry and cassis flavors, all carried by a warm stone note on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,250 cases made, 3,800 cases imported. (JM)" (10/2019) K&L Notes: Jacques Coipel worked in the petrol industry until 2002 when he decided to change career paths and enter the wine business. He purchased an exceptional site in the Côtes du Rhone Village Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at around 1,200 feet with a mix of clay, limestone and gravel making up the soils. With c...
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2016 Château de Montfaucon Lirac
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, the 2016 Lirac was bottled just a couple of weeks before my visit. Perhaps as a result, it was somewhat reticent at first but later opened to reveal opulent, velvety notes of cola and dried spices. It's medium to full-bodied, with dark fruit and a long, rich finish. (JC)" (11/2018) 90 points Decanter: "Ripe, earthy nose. Structured, fresh and quite intense in the mouth with well-managed tannins and a long, floral finish. (2019 DWWA)" (05/2019) K&L Notes: An 88-acre est...

Jancis Robinson: "Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan. Rather pretty perfume and light red fruit. Dancing tannins and crackling freshness. A snap of energetic fire-engine-red fruit, ripe but lean, and pepper sprinkled right across the finish. Dry on the end (needs food) but great balance. *Very Good Value* (TC)" (12/2018) K&L Notes: Jacques Coipel worked in the petroleum industry until 2002, when he decided to change career paths and enter the wine business. He purchased an exceptional site in the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at a...
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An unusual southern Rhône blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, the 2015 Lirac offers bright, juicy acidity and medium-bodied richness. Giving up lots of peppery notes, olive and darker fruits, it has good concentration and impressive purity. (JC)" (12/2016)
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90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Southern Blend offers beautiful strawberry and kirsch styled fruit to go with plenty of white pepper, herbs de Provence and an almost garrigue like quality. Seamless, supple and up-front, with medium to full-bodied richness, it’s a forward, charming and certainly delicious effort that can be enjoyed now and over the following 7-8 years. Made by Sean Boyd, these releases from Rotie Cellars show classic styles, with bright acidity that is balanced by good depth and richness. (JD)" (06/2014) 92 points ...

2018 Bonpas "Croix de Bonpas" Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages
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96 points Decanter: "Liquorice, spice and herbal aromas with a hint of reduction cede to a juicy, concentrated and layered palate with notes of spicy oak and blackberry. Classy, long and focused." (06/2019)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Vacqueyras Bio is a big, fruit-bomb effort that offers lots of plum, blackberry, ground herbs and pepper in a forward, delicious and gulpable style. It will be ready to go on release. (JD)" (12/2016)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A special cuvée for importer Eric Solomon, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Reserve is a beauty that’s from a blend of 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 5% each of Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. Kirsch liqueur, black cherries, ground herbs, and garrigue notes all emerge from this this ripe, sexy, opulent Côtes du Rhône. Balanced and layered on the palate, with some serious oomph, it’s a smoking value! Drink through 2022." (02/2018)

Alain Corcia founded his négociant company back in 1983. Originally focused on bottling Burgundy, they expanded their grower relationships to include wines from the Rhône, Bordeaux and even Champagne. Our relationship with Alain goes back over three decades, and he and his wife Patricia have supplied us with some of our greatest values from their respective regions. As a négociant, Mr. Corcia is very hands-on with the wines, making each one in its home region and choosing not to blend across appellations, all the better to reflect each wine's true terro...
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2017 Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Cotes Catalanes Infiniment De L'Ou comes from vines around the estate, which is located on the lower plains of the Roussillon, not too far from the Les Aspres region. Awesome notes of blueberries, crushed violets, incense, toasted bread, and spice all give way to a perfumed, sweetly fruited, seamless red that has no hard edges and beautifully polished tannins. Drink through 2027." (09/2019) K&L Notes: Séverine Bourrier came to winemaking through her own passion for the subject, not having the family history associated w...

2016 Xavier Vignon "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Anonyme is the flagship and is mostly Grenache that was sourced from numerous terroirs throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape and brought up in a mix of tank and barrels (some new). It offers a rocking bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, lavender, Asian spices, and graphite. Like all of Xavier's 2016s, it has purity, freshness, and richness, yet still packs ample richness and depth. Give this full-bodied, elegant red another few years, and it will keep for a decade. 95+" (08/2018) 95 points Robe...

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Lirac checks in as 70% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, and other permitted varieties, with the Mourvèdre and Syrah brought up mostly in demi-muids. Blackberries, garrigue, peppery herbs, licorice, and earth characteristics give way to a full-bodied, pure, elegant, beautifully textured 2016 that has remarkable purity and length. It’s one of the finest Liracs out there." (08/2018) 92 points James Suckling: "Bright flowers and sappy, purple-berry aromas. Some cassis, too. There’s a smooth, elegant and fresh core to...

2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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95 points Decanter: "At Beaucastel the Grenache and Cinsault are fermented in cement while the Syrah and Mourvèdre are fermented in foudre. The result features finely pixellated fruits of the forest on the nose, with a full-bodied but mightily fresh and lively palate. The Mourvèdre element is strong this year, bringing vibrancy and power. It's firmly savoury, very dry and dramatic. A very tannic year has produced a seriously structured Beaucastel for the long term. (MW)" (10/2018) 95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape is another sunny, b...

2017 Domaine de la Ganse Vacqueyras
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91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Vacqueyras La Ganse offers the classic ripe yet structured style of the vintage as well as terrific red and black fruits, peppery herbs, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, textured, and with ripe tannins, give bottles another year and it should keep for 7-8." (09/2019) K&L Notes: Coralie Onde is from the winemaking family behind Domaine les Ondines, but opted to start her own project independent of her family estate in 2008. She formed Domaine de la Ganse in Vacqueyras when she purchased some terrif...

2018 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé
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Les Vignerons de Fontes is a cooperative winemaking facility in the hills outside the village of Pezenas in the Languedoc. Oenologist Corinne Pastourel oversees the project, which has a host of growers spread throughout the region over a range of soils including schist, basalt, limestone, and clay. Thirty of these growers formed the cooperative in the 1930s and now their numbers surpass 200. K&L co-founder Clyde Beffa met Corinne years ago and forged the relationship that would bring us some of our most popular value wines coming from the south of France...
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Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, blending to achieve harmony and balance.
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The impressive 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault and 2% Counoise, all aged in concrete. It shows lovely cherry-raspberry fruit aromas, ample weight and richness on the palate and a creamy texture. The tannins are supple, and the finish is long, picking up hints of cola and dried spices. A solid choice for drinking over the next decade. (JC)" (10/2018) 89-91 points Vinous: "Deep red. Ripe red berries, succulent herbs and pungent flowers on the high-pitched ...

2017 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The primary production of the estate, the 2017 Terrasses du Larzac La Réserve d’O is a blend of 45% each Grenache and Syrah, plus 10% Cinsault. Aged in tank and amphorae, it's a delicious blend of cherries, raspberries and blueberries with garrigue and violets. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky in texture, with only soft, ephemeral tannins on the finish. (JC)" (05/2019) K&L Notes: We met Marie Chauffray at the Vinifilles tasting in January of 2015 in Montpellier. The Vinifilles (which means "wine girls") is an ...

2018 Vignoble Dragon "La Belle Helene" Côtes de Provence Rosé
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose La Belle Helene contains a bit of Rolle, which perhaps accounts for its aromas of grapefruit and white currants. It's light to medium-bodied on the palate, loaded with tart, citrusy flavors that extend through the finish. (JC)" (04/2019) Vinous: "Pale shimmering orange. Lively, mineral-tinged red berries and pink grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth. Taut and nicely focused, showing good energy and a deeper suggestion of nectarine on the clinging finish. Drink through 2022. (JR)" (08/20...
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2018 Domaine de Fondrèche Ventoux Rouge
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Ventoux Domaine is another winner that should be snatched up by savvy readers. A blend of 50% Grenache and 25% each of Syrah and Grenache, brought up in one-third each foudre, barrels, and concrete eggs, it offers a vivid bouquet of violet, ground pepper, bouquet garni, and both red and blue fruits. Medium to full-bodied, rounded, and polished, it has the fruit-forward charm of the vintage yet still packs ample concentration. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years (or more). Drink through 2025+" (08/2019) K&L Notes: Located...

2015 Skylark "Red Belly" North Coast Rhône Blend (Previously $20.00) (Previously $20.00)
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another great value is the 2015 Skylark Red Belly, a deliciously gulpable blend of 42% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 28% Syrah brought up in neutral barrels. It has loads of mulled cherries, red currants, leather, and peppery herb aromatics, medium body, a forward, supple, elegant texture, and a great finish, all making for a seriously easy quaffing, high quality red worth drinking." (11/2018) K&L Notes: Skylark is a micro-small winery operation spearheaded by two wine industry veterans cum San Francisco taste makers: John Lancast...

Neal Martin writes: "Boekenhoutskloof is another of the few wineries of this scale that has undergone a lot of investment in recent years. I took a brief look at their barrel cellar, accessed through a long tunnel with winemaker Gottfied Mokke. “The first bottling that was done in the new cellar was the 2015,” he told me as I surveyed row upon row of barrels and several tiers high. “They are based on the OXO(2) revolving system so they don’t have to be moved to be racked. This has enabled us to shorten the élevage. The wines used to spend longer time in ...
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The Little J Red is a bistro red blend consisting of 86% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, and 4% Grenache. This is an unprentious, generous wine made from a selection of vineyards in mainly the AgterPaarl area (part of the Paarl appelation). The predominant soils are Malmesbury Shale. These soils have a surprisingly good moisture retention capability which allows for dry-land farming in this relatively warm and dry area. The vineyards are a combination of traditional bush-vines and trellised blocks.
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96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of Grenache and Syrah that was brought up in a mix of clay tanks and 500-liter barrels, the 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Compartir offers an awesome nose of black raspberries, crushed flowers, exotic spices, and earth, with just hints of subtle background oak. This full-bodied beauty has tons of charm, a layered, seamless texture, and enough structure to keep for upward of a decade. It’s just another brilliant wine from this great winemaker." (11/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The primary production of the estate, the 2017 Terrasses du Larzac La Réserve d’O is a blend of 45% each Grenache and Syrah, plus 10% Cinsault. Aged in tank and amphorae, it's a delicious blend of cherries, raspberries and blueberries with garrigue and violets. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky in texture, with only soft, ephemeral tannins on the finish. (JC)" (05/2019) K&L Notes: We met Marie Chauffray at the Vinifilles tasting in January of 2015 in Montpellier. The Vinifilles (which means "wine girls") is an ...

Chante Cigale means singing cicada (a type of grasshopper/cricket), and the Cicada red is their early-drinking, everyday Grenache-Carignan blend. The property has been in the family since the 19th century and is currently run by Alexandre Favier, who assumed the reins at the ripe old age of 20. The domaine is planted to 40 hectares of red varietals and 5 hectares of white varietals spread across 45 different parcels throughout the appellation.
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90 points Decanter: "Attractive and vibrant nose of spice and ripe red fruits. The palate is a facsimile of the nose. A very well made wine with a lasting mineral finish. (Silver Medal, 2019 DWWA)" (05/2019) K&L Notes: Situated to the east of the walled city of Carcassonne and in the shadow of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains) lies Minervois. The village of Laure-Minervois is home to Château Saint Jacques d'Albas, a 90-hectare hillside estate. Some 26 hectares of the estate are planted to vines, with the rest composed of forests and creeks acting as...

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Blackberries, currants, Asian spice, and licorice notes all emerge from the 2017 Côtes Du Rhône Villages Plan De Dieu, and it's a fleshy, nicely textured, balanced red. The blend is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah brought up all in concrete tanks. Drink it over the coming 6-7 years." (08/2019) Wine Spectator: "Charming, with a stream of cherry and red currant fruit carried by light sandalwood and tobacco accents. Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web Only-2019)"

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Soft scents of pressed carnation, plum skin, game meat and curing spice form the nose of this Syrah-Grenache blend. The palate is smooth and creamy at first, but then offers firmly structured tannins that carry through to the dry, gripping close. Ripe fruit flavors abound, with spicy waves of blackberry, plum and boysenberry all dancing through the close. *Best Buy* (LB)" (10/2019) Jeb Dunnuck: "The base red from this estate is the 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Château De L'Ou, a mix of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre brought up al...

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Tradition is another classic wine from this estate. Kirsch, currants, dried flowers, leather and some toasted, nutty notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, old-school, yet polished red that has tons of character. This cuvee is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre brought up in concrete and foudres for a minimum of three years before release. " (02/2018)
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Typically a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, this lovely rosé is clear, light pink with a nose of ripe summer strawberries. With a creamy texture and juicy berry flavors, this is a perfect pairing for spicy bbq or Asian foods.
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cuvée Romaine is another smoking vintage for this cuvée, and in my view, the best to date, surpassing the 2005, 2007, and 2009. Blackberry, peppery herbs, garrigue and hints of leather all emerge from this ripe, full-bodied, incredibly sexy, opulent beauty. With sweet fruit, a stacked mid-palate, no hard edges, sweet tannin and a great finish, this is rockingly good. Buy a case and drink it over the coming 7-8 years. " (02/2018) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A perennial value play, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Cu...

Wine Spectator: "This has a ripe core of cherry and plum compote flavors backed by a light red licorice note on the juicy finish. (JM, Web only-2018)" K&L Notes: Assembled with the help of winemaker Bruno Gaspard, this cuvée is specially bottled exclusively for North Berkeley Imports. The blend of 92% Grenache and 8% Mourvèdre hails from vines averaging 45 years in age. It's vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel and then aged for a year in a combination of 60% neutral oak and 40% stainless. Aromas of wild thyme, lavender, and rosemary mingl...
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2017 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbières
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"My name is Sophie Guiraudon and I am a winemaker since ZERO generation!", says Sophie proudly. Sophie was working in other peoples' wineries in southern France for years. In 2000, Sophie started her own bio-dynamic, organic winery. She wanted to grow grapes that her son could eat right off of the vines. The "Lolo de l'Anhel" is typically a blend of 81% of Carignan, 10% of Syrah, 7% of Grenache Noir, and 2% Mourvèdre. The grapes are hand picked, gently vacuum pressed, and finished with 100% tank aging.
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2017 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) Ventoux Vieilles Vignes
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Alain Corcia founded his negociant company back in 1983. Originally focused on bottling Burgundy, they expanded their grower relationships to include wines from the Rhone, Bordeaux and even Champagne. Our relationship with Alain goes back over three decades and he and his wife Patricia have supplied us with some of our greatest values from their respective regions. As a negociant, Alain is very hands on with the wines, making each one in its home region and choosing not to blend across appellations, all the better to reflect each wine's true terroir. ...
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91 points Vinous: "Extremely pale pink. Incisive red berry and citrus pith qualities on the nose, along with suave floral, spice and mineral flourishes. Lithe and sharply focused on the palate, offering tangy strawberry, red currant and orange zest flavors and a touch of honeysuckle. Finishes dry and taut, with resonating florality and persistent red berry and mineral notes. This wine's blend of depth and finesse is pretty impressive, especially in light of its price. (JR)" (08/2019) K&L Notes: Bonny Doon Vineyard is a wine producer located in Santa Cr...

92 points James Halliday: "It sits on the lighter side of medium-bodied but it's juicy, characterful and terrific to drink. It provokes the words 'there should be more wines like this'. Coffee grounds, licorice, deli meats, black pepper. A general plumminess too, and it's from here the flavour profile takes its sway. Every step of the way it feels and tastes good." (08/2018) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "This blend from Central Victoria includes Shiraz from cool-climate sites as well as fruit from some warmer vineyards. It comes together in a wine that’s ...

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As with the 2017, the 2016 Gigondas Clos des Tourelles comes from vines inside the village. It's noticeably deeper in color than the La Gille and gives up a huge bouquet of blueberries, violets, smoked duck, and crushed rocks. Deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and multi-dimensional, it has building tannin and a huge finish. It needs time, but wow, what a wine. Hats off to the Perrin family for this utterly sensational wine." (08/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged entirely in foudres, the 2016 Gigondas Clos des T...

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of the 2015 and 2016 vintages, the NV Côtes du Rhône S M checks in as the same equal parts Grenache and Syrah raised in tank and barrel. A huge nose of cassis, ground black pepper, garrigue, and olive tapenade gives way to a ripe, rounded, medium to full-bodied effort that has good acidity, building tannin, a seamless, light texture, and a great finish. It's a singular wine that has a big kiss of Northern Rhône Syrah with a touch of the rounded, sexy, opulent style of the south. It's going to drink nicely for a decade." (0...

Rejoice Tavel! In a time when very high quality rosés line our shelves, when pink wines from Spain, the U.S., South Africa, Italy, and all over the land of France are finally getting some much-deserved attention, we must give Tavel its special due. This is the original dedicated rosé appellation. In fact, so good is the fabled rosé from Tavel, that by law no other sort of wine can call itself Tavel! Layers of wild strawberries collide with a spicy note, a dash of citrus acidity, and so much fruit and flower aroma, it is almost too much. But then, when pa...
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2016 Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau "Silex" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Tautavel
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A brilliant wine that readers should snatch up is the 2016 Cotes Du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Silex, a Grenache-dominated blend that includes 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan. It was completely destemmed and brought up all in tank. Rocking notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, licorice, garrigue, new leather, and loads of peppery goodness all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort. Rich, full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and with ripe tannins, this sensational Tautavel is already approachable today yet will keep for 8-10 yea...