Going, Going, Gone!
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and I wish you health and success for 2017. We have a few wines that are just about sold out (all of them come in cases of 6 bottles), and I wanted to give you one last chance to order. These are in short supply, and I will do my best to fill requests as best I can.
Every day, we have over 300 wines available from a portfolio of over 130 wineries. They range from $15 to $500, and we add new winery partners on a regular basis. I would be happy to chat with you about any of them, whether you are a collector with a cellar to fill, or someone who enjoys wine and is looking for something new and exciting.
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I look forward to hearing from you.
Agricola Punica “Samas” 2015
$29.95 per bottle, cases of 6
The talented winemaker of Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) Sebastiano Rosa also produces exciting wines on the sun-drenched island of Sardinia. This is a charming blend of Vermentino and Chardonnay. It is vividly straw yellow with greenish flecks and that Mediterranean aromaticity of tropical fruit, citrus and really subtle hints of wild herbs like sage and thyme. It is quite silky and fresh. While it is a very pleasant solo sip, it complements light white meats and fried seafood well.
“This is a fresher, more delicate style of Punica white with melon, honeysuckle and pear character plus hints of mineral. Medium to full body, fruity and fresh. A real beach wine. No wonder it comes from the sea-sprayed vineyards of the island of Sardinia. A blend of mostly Vermentino with some Chardonnay. Screw cap. Drink now.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2016
Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils.
Les Clos Grand Cru “Clos des Hospices” 2014
$106.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“Moreau and his son have built Domaine Christian Moreau Père & Fils into one of the best sources of Chablis in the region, alongside names such as Raveneau, Dauvissat, William Fèvre and Patrick Piuze.”
“His Own Man”, Wine Spectator, Sept 2016
“(From a .41 ha parcel located at the bottom of the hill in Les Clos) A subtle application of wood serves as the backdrop to the slightly riper orchard fruit aromas that also display plenty of classic Chablis elements. As is almost always the case there is more size, weight and mid-palate concentration thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that adds a sappy texture to the intensely saline and mineral driven-finale. This possesses better depth than the regular cuvée if perhaps not quite the overall persistence. Still, this too is brilliant. 2022+”
95 points, burghound.com, Oct 2016
“Apple and stone flavours give off a cool reserve in this minerally white. Rich and creamy, with the lively acidity boosting the intensity and driving the long aftertaste of lemon and stone. Best from 2018 through 2029.”
95 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2016
Dundee Hills, Oregon Chardonnay 2014
$94.95 per bottle, cases of 6
#1 White Wine of the Year, Wine Spectator 2016
“Focused and expressive, this is layered with wet stone, tangy citrus, pear and green guava flavours that swirl through an expansive finish, gaining momentum and extra dimension with each sip. Drink now through 2024.”
95 points, Wine Spectator, Oct 2016
“A dense and beautiful wine that remains agile and bright. Lovely phenolic texture at the end. Full to medium body with limes and white peaches. Hints of cream. Floral and fresh. A beauty. Drink now. A blend of different vineyards.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2016
Mas Doix “Salanques” Priorat 2013
$72.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Mas Doix’s “Salanques” vineyards are situated 450 metres above sea level on steep hillsides composed of the unique llicorella fractured slate soil found in Priorat. The wine is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 10% Syrah. The Garnacha and Cariñena vines are between 70 and 90 years old, the Syrah are younger. The wine ages for 14 months in French oak barrels.
This is an intense, full-bodied wine with nervous acidity and masses of power. If you like Cabernets from mountain sites or Malbecs from Mendoza, this may be just the wine for you.
“Bright violet colour. An assertive bouquet; scents of ripe dark berries, violet, incense and smoky minerals are joined by a zesty allspice nuance. Offers palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavours that become sweeter and more lively with air. The long, sappy finish shows excellent clarity and mineral cut, with sneaky tannins and a strong echo of vibrant dark fruit.”
92 points, Josh Reynolds, vinous.com, Jan 2016
“Intense violet-red colour, very bright purple trim, and delicate, well-defined legs. Intense aromas of ripe and fresh red fruit with hints of raspberry, red currant and red cranberry; soft toasted oak, fresh balsam, mountain herbs (thyme), red peppercorn; mouth feel of red fruit and cherry candy, soft and fresh minerality (licorella) that is intermingled with hints of fresh schist. Good attack on the palate with a fresh and pleasant astringency … with amplitude and a strong nerve that gives character and punch. The toasted oak is well-marked and somewhat hard; rough tannins, powerful but showing a narrow, lightweight profile, good intensity and great persistence. Rather long aftertaste of ripe red fruit, licorice, smoke, and minerality. A great vintage.”
92+ points, elvi.net, March 2016 (translated from Spanish)
Patrick Jasmin Côte Rôtie 2014
$74.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Patrick Jasmin tends his family’s eleven parcels of land in eight lieux-dits (special, noteworthy vineyards) that total only five hectares. The precipitously steep slopes and dangerous terrain means no mechanization of the vineyard can be implemented, the Syrah and Viognier are picked by hand (and crushed by foot!)
Each parcel is vinified separately and then blended. The wine is moved into barrels of different size and age, up to 10 years old. Jasmin’s wines are “classic” Côte Rôtie: No new oak, no heavy extraction. They are perfumed, balanced, and the picture of elegance.
“Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe red and dark berries, peppery spices and fresh flowers are backed by a deeper licorice quality. Silky and lithe in character, showing very good energy and lift to the bitter cherry and black raspberry flavours. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes juicy and long, gaining shape and grip from a dusting of fine-grained tannins.”
90-92 points, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2016
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 1995
$124.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Quinta do Vesuvio is one of the great old Port houses, located in the Duoro Superior only 45 km from the Spanish border. In this hot, steep environment, the fruit hits extreme ripeness. All of the fruit is hand-harvested and is still foot trodden in lagares (vats), as is the historic method for production, today used by few houses.
The 1995 is rich, dark and concentrated; it has aromas of violets and “esteva” (rock rose) and is very smooth and elegant on the palate. The 1995 Vesuvio will rank as one of the Quinta’s finest Vintages.
“A ripe and rich ’95 boasting a remarkable essence of crushed berries, this is classic Port. It’s full-bodied and quite sweet, with the velvetiest of tannins and a long, long ripe fruit finish. At its best after 2008. 3,000 cases made.”
95 points, Wine Spectator, April 1998
Willamette Valley, Oregon Pinot Noir 2013
$125.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“An earthy and spicy red with leaves and mushrooms. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavourful finish. Lively acidity. Drink or hold.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2016
“(57 percent new oak) Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced red berries, cherry and licorice on the fragrant nose, along with hints of vanilla and musky herbs in the background. Sweet and lively in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry and cherry cola flavours that unfold and slowly put on weight with air. The vanilla and cola notes recur on a long, gently tannic finish that’s given snap by a late jolt of tangy acidity. 2018 – 2022”
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2016
Cain “Five” 2010
(Spring Mountain, Napa Valley)
$176.95 per bottle, cases of 6
In an historic vintage like 2010 (95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), this mountain-top Cabernet boasts an expansive bouquet. Deep bass notes of black currant, cassis, and hot earth emerge. Toasted bread, cedar and bay laurel notes follow. On the palate it is full-bodied, rich and balanced, and its finish is comforting and long. This is only an infant and will provide enjoyment for decades.
“Creamy, savoury, opulent nose with coffee notes. Young, tenacious tannins, almost overripe plum fruit, then flavours of graphite, sour cherry and orange zest. Racy acidity; exotic and perfumed. Drink 2018-2030”
95 points, Decanter, Feb 2016
Cadence “Bel Canto” 2010
(Red Mountain, WA Cabernet Franc)
$100.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“The best Bel Canto yet, this is Red Mountain Cabernet Franc from the estate vineyard, with 15% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot included. Stylish and compact, this seems sculpted with pure, vivid purple fruits, balanced against crisp, fine-grained tannins. The depth and concentration are noteworthy.”
95 points and “Cellar Selection”, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014
“(77% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot): Good medium red. Stunning high-pitched perfume of strawberry, cherry, rose petal and pepper. Then dense, round, thick and seamless, with highly concentrated flavours of red berries, flowers and spices. Manages to be wonderfully silky and taut at the same time, thick yet weightless from start to very long finish. This wonderfully perfumed wine displays even sweeter tannins than the Ciel du Cheval bottling. It may not be quite as velvety as the outstanding 2009 version but it offers great aromatic character and energy and is a superb reflection of its cooler year. I look forward to revisiting this beauty in six or seven years.”
94 points, Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, Nov 2012
Ridge Vineyards “Lytton Springs” 2013
$59.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“If the US had a formal classification of estates or vineyards, such as those in Bordeaux or Burgundy, Ridge would be at the top of the list. This iconic property has been turning out spectacular wines for several decades.”
California Special Insert, Decanter, Sept 2013
The Lytton Springs vineyard and its 100+ year-old vines produces the quintessential Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Complementary varietals add tannin, bottom notes and different aromatics. A rich and balanced wine when young, it ages impeccably too.
“The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2013 boasts tons of inky blue/purplish fruit, mocha, spices, new leather, lavender and licorice. Readers will have to give the Lytton Springs at least a few years to shed some baby fat, but it is nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage. Once again, the team at Ridge has produced an absolutely compelling Lytton Springs. The 16% Petite Sirah in the blend adds an unmistakable air of gravitas. 2018 – 2033.”
95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2015
“The 2013 Lytton Springs is a sexy, plump and gorgeously rich effort that has lots of bramble, plums, violets and licorice on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated, it has a solid kick of tannin and will benefit from short term cellaring. 15-20 years of longevity isn’t out of the question here. This was a terrific set of wines from Ridge.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2015
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