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2015 Novellum (Domaine Lafage) ChardonnayVin de France - $12.99/bottle
Rated 90 Points, The Wine Advocate – “A custom cuvee created by importer Eric Solomon, the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a smokin’ value that’s made from 100% Chardonnay that spent three months in tank (on Viognier lees) followed by three months in barrel. Tasting like it cost three times the price, it offers lots of orchard fruits, white peach, honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla to go with a medium to full-bodied, crisp, yet still textured and mouth-filling style on the palate. You can’t go wrong at the price and this is a terrific wine to enjoy over the coming year or two.” Year after year, the Novellum Chardonnay is lauded for being one of the best Chardonnay values on the United States market. Because the wine is un-oaked, many restaurants have found it to be a terrific "by the glass" Chardonnay which marries quite well with food.
LIOCO Chardonnay La Marisma Santa Cruz Mountains 2015 - $52.99/bottle
LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O’Connor (former wine director at Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true “wine of origin.” Inspired by traditional European winegrowing practices, they sought out vineyard sites with tougher soil, older vines, and some stress-producing aspect (altitude, extreme temperature, poor soil, etc). Under winemaker John Raytek of Ceritas, the grapes are shepherded from bud to bottle in the least intrusive way possible producing some of the most focused, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir coming from such storied vineyards as Hirsch, Demuth, and Hanzell.
Venica e Venica Sauvignon Blanc Collio 2016 - $25.99/bottle
Typical fruity and floral aromas. This wine also offers notes of goose berries passion fruit and white grapefruit on the nose, all wrapped in harmony with honey suckle, jasmine and fresh spicy aromas of boxwood, sage, anisette, sambuca. Complete and complex on the palate. Try pairing with pasta with clams, salami, frico (fried Montasio cheese), grilled prawns
Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco Vigneti Delle Dolomiti 2015 - $29.99/bottle
The hills above Trento with their clayey-calcareous soil host Manzoni Bianco and allow the grapes to ripen in late September. Thus this variety, born from the cross of Riesling to Pinot Bianco, manages to express the express the character of the vineyards of Fontanasanta. Its ability to evolve over time requires patience. Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco is a wine that will begin to reveal itself fully after two or three years with vintage.
Domaine La Florane VIsan “Florescens” Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages 2015 - $18.99/bottle
Rated 91 Points, The Wine Advocate – “The 2015 Visan Florescens, it’s a downright sexy, full-bodied beauty that’s loaded with fruit. Blueberries, black raspberries, licorice and violets nuances all dominate on the nose, and it has no hard edges on the palate, impressive purity and a great finish. It’s a seriously good wine from this up and coming appellation.”
Matassa Rouge Cotes Catalanes 2013 - $33.99
100% Carignan grown on marne and granite slopes surrounded by garrigue. Yeilds here are 15 hectoliters per hectare (low), and vinification is fermentation only with indigenous yeasts in 500 liter barrels. Light foot treading, pigéage of grapes, 8 days on skins. The wine is then filtered lightly but not fined, after 20 months elevage.
Jean-Paul Brun (Terres Dorees) Moulin-A-Vent 2015 - $25.99/bottle
Rated 92 Points, James Suckling – “Very floral and pretty with a sweet strawberry and cherry undertone. Full to medium body, dense and chewy tannins and a medium, fruity finish. Needs two or three years to soften.”
Tosalet (Hammeken Cellars) Priorat Vinyes Velles 2014 - $19.99
Clear deep dark purple color. Pure and very intense aromas reminiscent of red berry fruit such as cranberries, red cherries and raspberries combined with mineral notes of flint and hints of eucalyptus. The palate is dry, full bodied with rich concentrated juicy fruit, firm but ripe tannins and a refreshing acidity making this a great food wine that will age very well for 4-6 years.
E Guigal La Dorianne Condrieu 2011 - Regular $124.99 Sale $99.99/bottle
Rated 96 Points, The Wine Advocate – “The top cuvee spent 9 months in 100% French oak. It is a brilliant white that dishes out loads of mineral-tinged white currants, buttered apricots, flowers and toast to go with medium to full-bodied richness and depth, great acidity and a blockbuster finish. It can age."
Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaker’s Release Pinot Noir Rosé Russian River Valley 2016 - $24.99/bottle
“This rose of pinot noir is Sonoma-Cutrer’s latest limited edition Winemaker’s Release — crafted from fruit in Block C of Owsley Ranch, which was cultivated to become Sonoma-Cutrer’s first rosé. Designed to loosely mimic a Provence rose, it’s a floral wine, loaded with strawberry but with a hint of orange to add some nuance. Brisk and acidic, with only a touch of brown sugar on the finish, it’s a beautifully balanced rose that’s just right for springtime.”
Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rose Cotes de Provence Cru Classe 2015 - $26.99/bottle
Salmon orange in color, the nose is compelling, aromatic and spicy with aromas of orange peel, with a round yet vibrant palate and surprisingly mineral finish with lovely notes of almond. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant with fruit tones and saline notes. A perfect match for all things Provencal and beyond, try this versatile rose with grilled fish with olives and fennel, saffron rice, or lamb curry. $26.99
Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic Alsace - $27.99/bottle
Rated 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast – “A sumptuously rich nose of musk, creamy peach and fragrant orchid precede a rounded, medium-dry palate of gentle, warm peach and plum. A pleasant bitter-honey edge lends even more grip to the textured midpalate. Savor this slowly and enjoy the tingling baking spices that enliven the palate.”
Hartford Family “Highwire” Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2013 - $59.99/bottle
Rated 93 Points, The Wine Advocate - "Another beauty is the 2013 Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard, which comes from century-old vines, half of which are head-pruned and the other half are trained on a trellising system, hence the name. Aged in 50% new French oak, it includes a small percentage of old vine Carignane in the blend. Terrific blackcurrant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with loamy soil, pepper, spice and unsmoked cigar tobacco are all present in this big, full-bodied, powerful Zinfandel. It should drink well for 7-8 years." Rated 93 Points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Blue and black stone fruits, pepper, savory herbs and dark spices are some of the notes that inform the 2013 Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard. At once quite ripe and also tannic, the Highwire is a bit explosive in style, but all the elements come together very nicely. The huge, resonant finish makes a statement, that is for sure. Rating: 93+ pts."
Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay “Cuvee de Clos de Jeu” 2014 - $56.99/bottle
Rated 90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate - "The 2014 Marsannay Clos de Jeu (apparently named after the family) has a very stony nose . . . lifted red fruit developing with time. The palate is very well defined with crisp acidity, and very elegant in the mouth with a keen line of acidity; it is fesh and tensile all the way to the finish. This is a superb Marsannay from Roty.
Antinori Tignanello Toscana 2014 - $109.99
Rated 94 Points, James Suckling - "Really pretty aromas of currants and roses follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Very well done for 2014 and a wonderful Tignanello to drink now or later. Better in 2019." Rated 93 Points, The Wine Advocate - "Tignanello has this amazing ability of always being, well, Tignanello. Its very DNA makes it among the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. I'm happy to report that this is also the case for the 2014 Tignanello that faced very different growing conditions compared to most. The wine is beautiful and balanced with sweet tannins and a supporting oak texture that is neatly folded at the back. The wine is all about measure and proportion, and it aspires to these goals with an impressive sense of natural harmony. This is not an overtly powerful or muscular expression. Instead, it shows a tasty, almost savory form of elegance. This vintage was made with 75% Sangiovese, which means that the Cabernet presence is a tad bigger than normal. Ultimately, this wine is more finessed and delicate, and I appreciate the careful tannic management on display here."
Moric Blaufrankisch Burgenland 2013, Austria - $34.99/bottle
Rated 92 Points, The Wine Advocate - “The 2013 Blaufrankisch Burgenland is a great charmer and offers a beautifully fine, fresh and floral bouquet with ripe cherries and raspberries presented on slate and chalk plates and spiced with freshly milled black pepper, a touch of licorice and violets. Highly precise and delicate, this is the wine that makes Blaufrankisch lovers. . . . This is like a Pinot from Vosne or a Monprivato Barolo. Silky, sweet and fine on the palate, with a lovely juiciness and intense length. . . . This is a must buy.
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