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Last Chance Before the Holidays!
December 7, 2016
Last Chance Before the Holidays!
Only a few weeks remain before the holidays, and we still have plenty of fantastic wines arriving weekly: Champagnes, Napa Cabernets, Barolos, Pinot Noirs … you name it!
Let us bring them to you! We offer delivery to your home or office. No delivery charge applies for orders of more than one case.
You can always visit us on the web for product lists, and reviews. Please forward this to anyone and everyone who also loves wine like we do.
Rosé Champagne is not just for Valentine’s Day. This is one of the most delicious, aromatic, beautiful and versatile types of wine you’ll find. You can confidently pair it with almost anything from chilled seafood to grilled steaks. We recommend drinking Champagne from white wine glasses, not traditional flutes, which gives the wine more air to open up and reveal all of its fruity, spicy nuance.
“(90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay) Light, bright orange. Powerful red berry and orange pith aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla, brioche and potpourri. Sappy and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense strawberry and blood orange flavours and a zesty kick of white pepper. Closes creamy and very long, with resonating spiciness and an exotic touch of candied rose.”
93 points, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Jan 2015
La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi “Lugarara” 2015
$25.95 per bottle, cases of 12
The Cortese grape is grown, really, only in northwest Italy. Here, there is a synergy between this varietal and the calcareous soils, especially in this vineyard, Lugarara.
I often describe this wine as “Italian Chablis, with a little core of lemon meringue pie”. That’s a little “out there”, but I think it sums it up nicely. If you drink Chardonnay and are looking for something new, you should go for this wine. I have also had the pleasure to drink this wine at 10 years old, and it ages wonderfully. Try to stash away a few bottles and you will be amply rewarded.
Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
$37.95 per bottle, cases of 12
I love the fact that Duckhorn still incorporates a whopping amount of Sémillon in their Sauvignon Blanc. This is the “Bordeaux” model. (Well, that and ageing the wine in barrels.) In most new world regions, Sauvignon Blanc is 100% single varietal and aged in stainless steel.
Complexity is part of the goal, as is ageability. As the Sauvignon Blanc fades, the Sémillon hits its peak, extending the drinking window by years.
“With a pinkish hue, this wine has a healthy 21% addition of Sémillon. This contributes thick creaminess to its texture, built around well-defined flavours of vanilla, papaya and pear.”
88 points, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2016
Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2015
$25.95 per bottle, cases of 12
One of our staff favourites has always been the Santa Barbara Chardonnay. Santa Barbara County is grape nirvana! Tons of sun, high temperatures buffered by fogs and cold breezes spilling onto land from the Pacific’s California current.
To make a balanced and gulpable Chardonnay, only part of this wine is aged in oak, the rest in stainless steel. In both cases, the wine is judiciously stirred with the lees to develop a creaminess on the palate.
The 2015 has just arrived, but the 2014, a similar vintage, received a Gold Medal at the 2016 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, a Gold Medal at the 2016 Tasters Guild Wine Judging and a Gold Medal and 92 Points at the 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition.
Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils. Chablis Grand Cru
$80.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir is completely matured in barrel. For me, this has a more convincing bouquet than the Blanchots with some gorgeous yellow flower, orange blossom and almost sweet marzipan-like aromas. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, detailed and precise, the mineralité coming through towards the harmonious and pleasing finish. This represents a sterling follow-up to the fantastic 2014 Vaudésir.”
“(from a .50 ha parcel of vines that were replanted in 1998). Moderate oak influence frames the ripe yet cool and vaguely exotic aromas that offer discreet Chablis typicity. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavours is even finer than that of the Blanchot, indeed it’s even lilting and this sense of refinement continues onto the classy, focused and lingering finish. If this can add more depth it should merit the upper end of my predicted range.”
(90-92) points, burghound.com, Oct 2016
Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serralunga 2012
$58.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Barolos can be intimidating. Historically demanding many years in bottle to flesh out, and commanding high prices, they are often overlooked by those of us experimenting with different wine styles. Davide Rosso is making Barolos for the modern world – approachable but never atypical. Open and aromatic and improving with, yet never demanding, age.
“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
Rasteau 2014 “La Bastide”
$31.95 per bottle, cases of 12
This wine is made from 100% hand-picked Grenache and Mourvèdre that is aged for 10 months in vats and barrels of varying ages. The wine is a deep crimson colour, with a very complex nose of blackberries and baking spices. It is quite powerful on the palate, but with round, harmonious tannins and a long, persistent finish of cassis and licorice.
“The 2014 Rasteau La Bastide is outstanding, with medium to full-bodied richness, vibrant notes of violets, mints, plums and sappy herbs, and a taunt, energetic personality that will benefit from six to 12 months in the cellar. It certainly leans towards the fresher, more lively end of the spectrum, yet has solid depth and good concentration. It should be at its best from 2017 to 2022.”
90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, March 2016
Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013
69.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“The 2013 Goldeneye Pinot Noir shows impressive weight and purity. Sumptuous aromatics of black cherry, savoury notes and cedar spice evolve on the palate into richly textured layers of red and black fruit, cocoa, truffle, and hints of rose petal. Always a favourite, enjoy over the next 5-7 years. 2012-2023.”
95 points “Classic”, californiawineadvisors.com
“The subtle intensity builds and gains depth, holding focus and delivering a mix of dusty wild berry, plum, black licorice and cassis notes. Impressive on the finish. Drink now through 2021.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, June 2015
Truchard Carneros (Napa Valley) Pinot Noir 2014
$43.95 per bottle, cases of 12
Los Carneros, the rolling hills in southern Napa Valley, were once considered too cool for viticulture and only fit for grazing sheep. Thanks to pioneers like Tony Truchard, today, the Carneros appellation produces the finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in Napa.
“Ripe in dense black cherry, this wine has a pleasant juiciness that keeps it balanced in the glass. A firmness of acidity supports the well-integrated tannins and lithe fruit, while the finish brings a swirl of cinnamon-cola and vanilla.”
90 points, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2015
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2014
$85.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 12
“Expressive floral and spice notes open up first in the 2014 Merlot. Fresh, nuanced and energetic in the style of the year, the 2014 is a highly representative wine for the vintage. The 2014 is not quite as generous as the 2013, but it offers a touch more vibrancy today, not to mention considerable potential.”
(90-92) points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2015
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2013
$49.95 per 375 ml bottle, cases of 12
“Shafer’s 2013 Merlot is wonderfully fresh, brisk and nuanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and expressive spice notes are all pushed forward. This open-knit, fleshy Merlot should drink well for the next handful of years. 2016-2023”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2015
Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
$77.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Overlooking Silicon Valley, the limestone ridge that is Monte Bello Vineyard was first planted by Italian immigrants in 1885. Today it produces one of California’s most distinctive and collectable wines, the Ridge “Monte Bello” and its able lieutenant, the Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate”. Year in and out these two Cabernets are among our best. In fact, the 2012 Monte Bello was just awarded the #7 Wine of the Year 2016 from Wine Spectator.
“Ridge’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate may very well be the single finest value in California Cabernet Sauvignon in its price range. Rich and explosive, with plenty of vintage 2012 exuberance, the Estate Cabernet hits the palate with masses of dark, concentrated fruit that nearly buries the mountain tannins. There is plenty of tension, beneath although 2012 remains radiant and incredibly appealing today. Shades of tar, graphite and smoke add darkness on the finish. The 2012 could use a few years in bottle to shed some of its baby fat, but it is remarkable by any measure. I don’t think there is a finer California Cabernet Sauvignon today at this price, but if there is, I would like to taste it!”
94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2015
“Ridge is known for beautifully balanced wines, and year after year the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an overachiever and there is certainly no exception in 2012. Ridge sources the 76% Cabernet Sauvignon along with 24% Merlot from the esteemed Monte Bello vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The wine itself offers gorgeous perfumed aromas of freshly crushed blackberry and raspberry woven together with graphite and anise. On the palate this is well balanced with wonderful polish and acidity which lead to the flat-out delicious finish. Overall this is a sensational effort from legendary winemaker Paul Draper along with Eric Baugher and the winemaking team at Ridge Vineyards. (Best 2015-2030)”
93 points, InternationalWineReport.com, July 2015
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
$134.95 per bottle, cases of 6
O’Shaughnessy Estate has two vineyard sites: the primary Estate site at the winery on Howell Mountain, and another on Mt Veeder. They use only fruit from these vineyards to craft their Napa Valley Cabernet.
I only wish they could call it “Napa Mountains Cabernet” because as we all know, mountain and benchland fruit is the best. This wine really brings the power. If you like your Cabernets to be full-bodied, aromatic and textured, this is one for you.
“O’Shaughnessy’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is once again one of the very best wines readers will find in its price range. A host of sweet red cherry, plum, blueberry, rose petal and mocha notes flesh out as this super-inviting, luscious Cabernet shows off its compelling and totally alluring personality. Merlot and Malbec both play significant roles in the blend and also give the wine a striking core of mid-palate sweetness to balance the firm mountain tannins. The Napa Valley Cabernet is a blend of fruit from estate vineyards on Howell Mountain (28%) and Mt. Veeder (72%).”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2015
Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
$160.95 per bottle, cases of 12
Ric Forman’s 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet is one of the best Cabernets I tasted in 2016 (three times, consistently gorgeous) and the 2013 is the better of the two vintages. If you didn’t know, now you know. 😉
“A totally dazzling wine, Ric Forman’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is easily one of the wines of the vintage. Today, the 2013 is dense, powerful and explosive, with fabulous energy and tons of sheer intensity. Graphite, smoke, tobacco and layers of dark-fleshed fruit all open up in the glass. This is the first vintage to incorporate a dollop of Malbec. The 2013 has just been bottled. I will not be surprised at all if it merits a higher rating at some point in the future. Even better from bottle than it was from barrel, Ric Forman’s 2013 is a super-classic, old-school Napa Cabernet to treasure for the next three decades. Best of all, Forman’s Cabernet is probably the single greatest value in Napa Valley Cabernet.”
97+ points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Oct 2015
“A beautiful wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest tiny proportions of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Opaque ruby/purple with beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit moving toward cassis on the palate, it is plush, medium to full-bodied, well-delineated, juicy and succulent. This is another terrific 2013. This one was aged 22 months in barrel, but 60% was new oak, and it was never fined prior to bottling. It should drink well for 15 or more years.”
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2015