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Updated February 10, 2017
incredible Chateauneuf-du-Pape deal
March 3rd arrival
First response was fairly brisk,
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No question the popularity of Chateauneuf has never been better,
yet the pricing since 2007 has been very hard to swallow, so to speak.
In the early 2000's 100's of cases of these wines would go out the door at less than $40.00 btl!
A wine both the connoisseurs and novices alike appreciate.
Timing is also perfect as there isn't a better summer wine for that Barbecue!!
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Stunning Chateauneuf du Pape at ridiculous pre 2007 pricing! Chateauneuf-du-Pape (shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the "new papal home," referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome.
There are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
Although Chateauneuf-du-Pape, from France's Rhone valley, may never possess the elegance and longevity of a great Bordeaux, the mystique and prestige of a wine from the famous vineyards of Burgundy or the perfume or rarity of a top-notch Barolo or Barbaresco, what it does offer is immediate gratification both intellectual and hedonistic in nature. Its wide array of aromas and flavors are reminiscent of a Provencal marketplace while its texture-rich and round, sumptuous and opulent-is virtually unmatched by most of the wines of the world.
The best Chateauneuf-du-Papes are among the most natural expressions of grapes, place and vintage. Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards are farmed organically or biodynamically, and the region's abundant sunshine and frequent wind (called le mistral) practically preclude the need for treating the fields with herbicides or pesticides. The wines themselves are equally pure, their flavors rarely masked by aging in new oak.
There is an enormous diversity of winemaking styles among these producers, creating both appealing, easy-to-understand fruit-filled wines as well as wines of greater intensity and gravitas. The latter offer a wide array of compelling aromatics, including herbes de Provence, black cherry jam, black currants, blueberries, blackberries, roasted meats and even beef blood. These wines can be powerful, rich, full-bodied and concentrated enough to evolve for 15 to 25 years
Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a remarkably flexible wine with food, in part because it suits so much of today's Mediterranean-influenced cooking, while the absence of new oak in many Chateauneufs means they can be enjoyed alongside an even broader range of lighter dishes such as fish, veal, and poultry.
But the greatest appeal of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, beyond its food-friendly qualities, expansiveness, generosity of flavors and sumptuous texture, is the almost addictive attraction of its combined intellectual and hedonistic elements. That's what attracts me the most and undoubtedly accounts for Chateauneuf-du-Pape's rapidly growing popularity. Robert Parker
Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014
Reg $69.99 Sale $39.97
V94 Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Brilliant ruby-red. Smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves, star anise and candied flowers convey a subtle hint of garrigue in the background. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and rose pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Rich but vibrant as well, with no excess fat. Supple tannins build steadily on a very long, incisive finish that leaves behind notes of dark berries and candied flowers. Range: 92-94"
W&S92 Wine & Spirits - "Claire Fabre turned out a bright, vivacious Chateauneuf-du-Pape from her vineyards, 37 acres devoted mainly to old vines, some over 100 years old. It tastes of red raspberries and black plums, mint, herbs and earth. The tannins are firm yet elastic, like long, lean muscles, the wine approachable now yet capable of aging well over the next five to ten years."
RP91 The Wine Advocate - "The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. Notes of sweet kirsch, currants, garrigue and while pepper all emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant and balanced Chateauneuf du Pape that shows the more forward, mid-weight style of the vintage. It has class and elegance, but I suspect it's best consumed in its first decade or so. Range: 89-91"
2012 Domaine de la Charbonniere
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes
Reg $69.99 Sale $39.97
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate I was shocked at how good the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes was showing, and this classic, structured 2012 will be one of the longer lived wines in the vintage. Black cherries, scorched earth, garrigue and spice all emerge from this full-bodied, layered and concentrated 2012 that will keep for another 10-15 years
ST94 International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, cherry, potpourri and Asian spices, with a zesty mineral topnote. Juicy and appealingly sweet, with graceful, deeply concentrated strawberry and raspberry flavors and a seamless, silky texture. Finishes very long, with slow-building tannins and a strong sweet note of candied lavender.
93 pts WineCellar Insider Supple, soft fruits with intensity and depth, sweet, ripe tannins and a spicy, lush character in finish. From a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, the wine reached 15.5% alcohol.
He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Almost opaque, very dark garnet color with a light rim. Rich cherry, plum, damp earth and hints of spice in the aromas (also a fairly strong honey-suckle floral aroma in the later pours). VERY smooth silky texture with blackberry and plum taste with lots of dusty mineral that continues through a very long dry finish that finally ends slightly tart. GREAT Chateauneuf-du-Pape that was a perfect pairing with the steak and blue cheese and was very pleasant drinking alone after the meal. It was FANTASTIC from the sniff to the finish on every pour and even at $60 I recommend it without reservation.
She said: Dark red, opaque; sparse, thin well moving legs. Mild musty aroma leads to a full mouth flavor with lots of body, dryness, and delicious moderate tannins. The dryness and tannins continue into the long finish. The wine was delicious with the dinner and luscious with the chocolate cake. I would I buy it again although it is not a bargain wine.
The Vieilles Vignes is made up of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre, matured in a ratio of 70/30 in cement and demi-muid for 14 months. The ancient vines are mainly located on the Crau plateau. Evocative aromas of scrubland and laurel are followed by an intense and finely structured palate in this, the most powerful member of the Charbonniere clan
2012 Domaine de la Charbonniere
Chateauneuf du Pape les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale 94pts
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RP94 The Wine Advocate The 2012s show beautifully, and while I've had these wines numerous times, this was the best showing to date. The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale is full-bodied, textured and downright sexy, with tons of cassis, black raspberry, garrigue and licorice aromas and flavors. I love its purity of fruit, and it's impeccably balanced. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.
2010 Domaine de la Charbonniere "Mourre des Perdrix" Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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94 pts RP Lastly, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix is the most fine, elegant and silky, with beautiful notes of dried flowers, black raspberry, dried earth and spice. Medium to full-bodied, pure and layered, it's not a blockbuster, but it shines for its balance, length and texture. Coming from the sandy, clay soils located just behind the estate, this cuvee is always the most fine, elegant and lightly textured of the special cuvees, yet it ages gracefully on its balance. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.One of my favorite estates in the southern Rhone, Domaine de la Charbonniere is run with great passion and enthusiasm by Michel Maret, and more recently, by his two daughters. The Marets own nearly 44 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, and one of their most under-valued and under-rated wines is their sensational Vacqueyras. They consistently produce four cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape that are traditionally made, even though a handful of the wines spend time in small oak casks (although new oak is generally shunned at this estate). Other than one large parcel in the northwest sector of the appellation, Maret's biggest holdings are all in the eastern area of Chateauneuf du Pape. The 2011s are all delicious, fruit-forward, surprisingly well-endowed efforts. As I reported last year, the 2010s are superb, and consumers can't go wrong with any of these wines, which range from outstanding to prodigious in the case of the Hautes Brusquieres and the Cuvee Vieilles Vignes. (10/2012)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Dark ruby. Aromas and flavors of dark fruit liqueur and candied licorice, with an exotic floral pastille quality gaining power with air. Broad and chewy in texture, with impressive finishing power and building tannins. Very young and slow to unfold; this masculine Chateauneuf really deserves some patience. (2/2013)
Jancis Robinson Dark blackish crimson. Something a little raw and green on the nose here. Sweet start and then blackberries. Good and lively and very concentrated with fine tannins underneath. This should disappoint no one. (12/2011)
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2010 Potel-Aviron Cote de Brouilly "Vieilles Vignes" Cru
Reg $28.99 Sale $14.97
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Clearly evincing the high extract and acidity of its vintage, Potel-Aviron?s 2010 Cote de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes displays bright, tart-edged blackberry and huckleberry on a dense, subtly oily palate, its peppery, saline, and pencil lead accents lending interest and saliva inducement to a mouthwateringly long finish. Expect this to deliver great pleasure and versatility at least through 2015. Stephane Aviron ? who has long taken the lead in his Beaujolais collaboration with Nicholas Potel ? is bottling under his own name beginning with the 2011s (sources, style, and indeed label design remain the same), so my reviews of those wines along with more information about the evolution of this project will be found in this report under his name. I tasted the Potel-Aviron 2010s last autumn, re-tasting only two of them in the course of my visit with Aviron in December at his wife?s family?s domaine in Fleurie La Madone. (6/2013)
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Bright purple. High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, candied flowers and Asian spices. Silky and tightly focused, offering lively red and dark berry flavors that gain weight and sweetness with air. Finishes very fresh and taut, with suave floral and spice qualities. (4/2012)
2010 Potel-Aviron Julienas Cru Beaujolais "Vieilles Vignes"
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89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Dark violet color. Aromas of cherry, pipe tobacco and iron, with a meaty note in the background. Supple, sweet and fleshy, with mineral and meat notes complementing bitter cherry and dark berry skin flavors. Slightly hard-edged on the finish, which features notes of licorice and smoky herbs. (4/2012)
89 points Wine Spectator Full of fragrant floral and spice notes, as well as expressive flavors of black raspberry, cherry puree, plum cake and smoky mineral. Fresh and refined, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2013)
2010 Potel-Aviron Moulin-a-Vent Cru "Vieilles Vignes"
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91 points Wine Spectator Well-knit, with a core of mineral and spice, and notes of blackberry, grilled plum, tar, dried floral and herb. Fine-grained tannins show on the fresh, graphite-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. (2/2013)
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of cherry pit and black raspberry are lifted by a hint of blood orange. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors pick up spiciness and energy with air, along with a hint of dried violet. Show very good sweetness and energy on the finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a refreshingly bitter edge. (4/2012)
2010 Potel-Aviron Morgon Cote du Py Cru "Vieilles Vignes
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91 points Wine Spectator Fresh and tangy, enriched with coffee liqueur and smoky base notes, this offers light tannins framing the flavors of pure black cherry and black currant fruit, with tobacco, ground anise and clove elements. Aromatic. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 175 cases imported.
2008 Lecheneaut et Fils Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers
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4/10/2016 91pts At first picked up too much smoke, like a lapsang souchong, but that element subsided with air. Black cherry. Perfect grip and acidity. Lively and intriguing
2005 Nicolas Potel Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Vignes Franches
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03/13/2016 91 pts Muted nose on opening. Within the first hour, ripe red berries and a slight gamey note emerge. Concentrated, ripe and forceful on the mid palate. Brambly with a hint of minerals on the finish. All of the stuffing is there. Just still very young
2005 Nicolas Potel Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles
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11/17/2015 89pts Still young. This has a good amount of extract, acid and some tannin left to mature into something very good. It isn't sweet. It won't be. But it will be a superb dry burg in about 5 to 7 years. Wait it out. Don't pop it yet. It's not that kind of wine ;)
2005 Nicolas Potel Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers
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When first opened the nose gave me great hope. Pine resin, fading to black pepper and red fruits. The palette however told a different story. The fruit finally showed up after 30-40 minutes, but was muted. It seemed a bit tired, and certainly not of premier cru quality. Not a bad bottle, just not anything really good either.
I've been holding onto my 05s on the advice that it's a monster year and needs time. With this bottle that advice seems not to have panned out.
2005 Nicolas Potel Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens $119.99 Sale $59.97
92pts 5/28/2016 Ripe, well-worked berries maturing and coming together with blood orange and cocoa; with air deep cherry fruit and black licorice. Enough up-front fruit, structure, balance, and interest to hold that last bottle until 2018-2020.
1995 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chantemerle 1.5liter
$179.99 Sale $79.97
1/2012 From magnum. Much better than the bottle opened in October. A wonderfully mature nose of funk, barnyard, dried fruit and spices. One of Christian's friends said that he wanted to just sit and smell this wine all night long. A medium bodied wine with a palate of nice red fruit, sous-bois and spices. The tannins are fully resolved. Chateauneuf du Pape from a time when there was more focus on subtlety and finesse than noise and blockbusters. Lovely.
From magmum. Worked nicely with the turkey due to the complexity of flavors and the relative lightness of the wine given its origin. Mature wine, classic Chateauneuf. Good stuff.
2007 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois
Reg $49.99 Sale $29.97
93pts 12/2016 great GSM. 30 minute decant was all it needed. really good QPR
2006 Fattoria Vignavecchia Vin Santo
Reg $49.99 (375ml) Sale $29.97
Deep amber yellow color and nuances of amber yellow, moderate transparency. Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of raisin, dried fig and caramel followed by aromas of almond, date, honey, vanilla, lavender, walnut, citrus fruit peel, tobaco and nail polish. Sweet and round attack, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing crispness. Persistent finish with flavors of raisin, dried fig and date.
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape mon Aieul
Reg $99.99 Sale $49.97
91pts 08/08/2016 Tasted single blind in a mixed new/old world flight. This had many tasters thinking new world, and high end new world at that (including an SQN guess). A polished, ripe and new world rendition of CdP. The nose is a jammy fruit basket of plum and black cherries, with a hint of sweet herbs. Palate is fruit forward, yet bright and never gets heavy on the palate. Lots of black and red fruit, herbs and spice. Fun and easy to drink. One to enjoy in its youth.
95pts 04/29/2016 Nice meaty nose, soy sauce, sweet red and black cherries, very nice silky tannins, super feminine and delicate wine, great finesse, fantastic Mon Aieul!!
2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1/2 btls
Reg $34.99 Sale $14.97
90pts 09/04/2016 This a very balanced and food-friendly CdP. Medium (+) ruby with some garnet on the rim. The nose is clean and still developing, with ripe red fruit and black fruit and little earthiness. The palate is dry and consistent with the nose, but with both tart and ripe fruit. The acidity and tannins are medium. The alcohol is medium (+) to high (at $14%) but not really out of balance. The body, flavor intensity and length are medium (+). It actually paired very well with a grilled peppered tuna steak with roasted potatoes and Provencal herbs. It is definitely in its optimal drinking window now and - although it could certainly age for several more years - I would be inclined to drink it in the shorter term.
2007 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1/2 btls
Reg $49.99 Sale $29.97
02/02/2017 93pts: In a really good place now. Notes from 2 years ago still apply perfectly: Lovely nose promising fruit and savory notes, sharp fruit--blackberry? with peppery notes but in a lovely balanced, silky smooth wine that was a delight with dinner.
01/26/2017 93pts Serious CNP. Big round mouth feel. Lots of dark fruit. Adequate pliant tannins holding it all together. Glad we have more
01/17/2017 94pts We shared this with friends on 1/17/17. It had a deep, soft and elegant bouquet of lavender, black cherry, plum, raspberry, anise, herb and spice aromas. The palate was elegant, layered and dry with flavors of black cherry, raspberry, plum, licorice, herb, spice and minerals. 93+
2005 Podere Il Carnasciale Carnasciale
Reg $59.99 Sale $29.97
03/20/2016 90pts Started out thin and acidic, with unintegrated vegetal and oaky notes. With two hours of air, this fleshed out nicely and became much more enjoyable. Red and black fruits, spicy notes, and some roasted herbs. I'm thinking my previous assessment was off and this actually needs another 2-4 years in its side. 90-91
2006 Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Reg $99.99 Sale $49.97
I liked this wine. Quite fresh and elegant, if a bit lacking in depth and complexity. Standard Brunello aromas and still relatively youthful. Fresh fruit only just giving way to tertiary aromas. I was expecting more power and structure but acid, alcohol and tanin seemed well resolved and balanced.
Reg $59.99 Sale $34.97
a wine from the Northern Medoc (AOC Medoc), near Port de Goulee and the commune of Jau-Dignac et Loirac. The vineyard has gravelly soil and overlooks the Gironde estuary. It is made by the team from Cos d?Estournel. The first vintage was 2004 and later ones say ?Goulee by Cos d?Estournel? instead of just ?Goulee?. It is interesting that the owner, M. Michel Reybier decided to market a brand rather than a chateau name. The 28 hectares of vines ? Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) et Merlot (20%) ? are about 25 years old. The wine is 50% aged in new oak, and it spends 14 months in barrel.
2011 K Vintners The Boy
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93pts Wine Advocate: "The Grenache-dominated 2011 Grenache The Boy (which incorporates 10% Mourvedre) is seamless and elegant, with layered aromas of kirsch, dried flowers, underbrush and licorice all soaring from the glass. Aged 14 months in neutral 500 liter puncheons, enjoy this seamless, downright sexy effort over the coming 7-8 years."
2010 Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Odoardo Beccari Reg $49.99 Sale $29.97
93pts This is an incredible effort by this estate. Coming from a vineyard planted 450 meters up, the wine was aged in 225 liter barrique. and 400 liter tonneaux for 24 months and an additional six months in the bottle prior to release.The nose is earthy with mushrooms and red cherry with red raspberry preserves. This has lovely intensity. The vineyard manager was noting that the growing season saw some major heat spikes which gives this wine the higher alcohol and intensity. The wine has flavors of black cherry, black truffle oil and anise. There is wonderful richness and texture to this impressive bottling. Up there with the '06 and '07 as the best non single-vineyard Riservas made from this estate. This is impossible to resist right now.
2002 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estephe
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94 points James Suckling A refined and pretty wine now with spice, berry and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Subtle spice aftertaste. Underrated wine. (10/2015)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate One of the candidates for wine of the vintage, this beauty has a dense purple color to the rim and a classic, noble nose of graphite intermixed with black currant, spice box, licorice, and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied with exceptional precision and definition, this beautifully textured wine stands out as one of the most successful wines of this irregular vintage. A brilliant effort... (RP) (4/2005)
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Good red-ruby. Deep, aromatic, highly complex nose combines raspberry, espresso, tree bark, leather, graphite, cedar, coconut and exotic woodsmoke. Lush, sweet and pure, with very ripe flavors of currant, dark chocolate and graphite, nicely framed by perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes broad and suave; the tannins here make those of the young 2004 seem a bit tough by comparison. Superb, complete wine. (ST) (5/2005)
2005 Domaine Joseph Roty Bourgogne-Grand-Ordinaire
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Several bottles tasted over last six months, consistently light but balanced. Last bottle was a bit richer in fruit but I wouldn't hod this more than another year.
1999 Chanson Pere et Fils Pommard
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87 points no notes
Toto isn't in Kansas anymore! Tried this mutt blend of Barbera, Cabernet & Merlot 3 months ago and absolutely flipped over the quality and price. We quickly ordered a pallet and hoped it arrived from Italy before thanksgiving! Maybe, not sure, a tornado helped the cause! What an amazing value, the power and spice of Barbera and the silky prowess of Cabernet and Merlot!
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2014 Cascina Radice Toto Piemonte Rosso
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Toto frutti: The beginning of a beautiful friendship: Everything will be fine when crisp Barbera cherry enveloped by Merlot heat rises in your nose. In taste the same game: Agile Barbera has a fantastic forward boldly, but thanks to the silky kind of mother Merlot the little hothead and the palate alike feel a fiddle. Toto bene! 60% Barbera 20% Merlot 20% Cabernet
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Whisky Advocate From the folks at Willett distillery, Noah's Mill has less than 20 barrels in a batch and will include 15 year old barrels in the dump. The deep amber color prepares the nose for what promises to be an exciting ride. Aromas of ginger, plums, cinnamon, fresh-baked cornbread, and fresh-squeezed cherries. The warm palate packs caramel, nutmeg, and vanilla with lovely cinnamon on the finish. Sourced whiskey. (FM, Spring 2016)
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The Willett Distilling Company, which has been family owned and operated since 1935, is now the home of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. The Pot Still Reserve is KBD's flagship single barrel product, and while it doesn't carry an age statement, it is of the highest quality. Because it is bottled in single barrel format, the precise flavors change from cask to cask. However, the general style of this bourbon, despite the single cask nature, is one of great elegance. It is bottled in a lovely glass pot still decanter. A very graceful bourbon. It's very subtle and complex and always shows a soft mintiness framed by some fresh vanilla and a round, rich body. Without a doubt a must-try for any bourbon lover.
Johnny Drum "Private Stock" 101 Proof Bourbon Whiskey Sale $29.97
Whisky Advocate Plenty of color, and the nose says it ain't lying. Sharp warehouse oak aroma puts an edge on an authoritative nose of honey, Indian pudding, spicy hard candy, and old-fashioned root beer, the not-too-sugary kind. Fiery and bold on the tongue as oak roars from start to finish, but the sweetness builds sip-by-sip: cornbread, buckwheat honey, King syrup, and a teasy bit of citrus peel. Long finish as the oak dies down. At this price, let's keep it our secret. Sourced whiskey. (Fall 2015)
Kentucky Vintage Bourbon (750ml) Sale $26.97
Kentucky Vintage is part of our Small Batch Boutique Bourbon Collection, which is four bourbons, Kentucky Vintage, Rowan's Creek, Pure Kentucky & Noah's Mill. The color is a light golden. On the nose I get floral and citrus notes. On my palate I get a subtle corn sweetness. The finish on the Kentucky Vintage is floral, buttery and just very light and easy. For anyone looking for a wonderfully light and easy-drinking, yet still complex, Small Batch Bourbon, this is the one. (Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.)
2007 Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon (750ml) $24.97
Heaven Hill's flag ship single barrel remains one of the best values in American whiskey period. Each cask is different, but the general profile for EWSB is all about balance. A strong fruity note and a rich vanilla undertone, balance the rich honey notes and spicy backbone on the palate. This is a medium bodied highly drinkable whiskey with tons of finesse and character. We're on the 2007 vintage here.
Old Bardstown Estate Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $27.97
95 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. The Old Bardstown Estate is one of KBD's premium offerings and bottled at 101 proof. It's a high corn recipe, so less spice and more round rich flavors than some of KBD's other high-end offerings. For all those missing Black Maple Hill's juice, this might be a solid substitute.
Pure Kentucky XO Bourbon (750ml) $31.97
Pure Kentucky XO is a small batch, extra aged Bourbon from the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, the same group that makes Noah's Mill, Old Bardstown and Willett, among others. Made with pure limestone water and all natural ingredients.
Rowan's Creek Bourbon (750ml) $34.97
Rowan's Creek bourbon is stored in charred oak barrels and is hand-bottled at 50% alc./vol. (100 proof). This boutique bourbon is still made in small lots, batch-by-batch. Rowan's Creek takes its namesake from the creek that runs directly through the distillery. This creek still carries the best limestone spring water that is essential for making good bourbon.
Russell Bevan's notes: "The 2014 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is our most texturally decadent Chardonnay to date. It has an amazing mid-palate texture that lingers on and on. The flavors are pure Ritchie, stone fruits, minerality and a kiss of freshly caramelized Creme Brulee. With each sip, it gains power and length. While I enjoy drinking this wine so much now, I think it will really hit its stride in another year. The power of this vineyard makes it age worthy and there are so many layers that will develop with time, there is no rush to drink it right off the bat.
Robert Parker 95 Points: "His 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is 100% from this famous vineyard source for Chardonnay, planted with the old Wente clone. There are 250 cases of this wine, which is aged in three-fourths Francois Freres cooperage and the remainder in Remond. Light golden with a greenish hue, the wine reveals honeyed apricot, white peach, wet pebbles and floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied, loaded with minerality and extremely pure, with the oak well-concealed. This should drink well for 4-5 years, if not longer."
From the famous "Ritchie Vineyard", Russell Bevan's interpretation is wonderfully balanced. Although rich and full bodied, there is beautiful minerality in its core creating this purity that gives this ripe and rich Chardonnay a bright lift that I quite enjoy. Each sip is filled with abundant flavors with spurts of yellow flowers, lemon zest and river rocks to keep your palate savoring for more.
2014 Bevan Cellars Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir $69.97/btl- 2cs(12) in stock
95 Points Robert Parker I tasted four Pinot Noirs from 2014, all of them stunning. My favorite is the 2014 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap, which is made from Dijon clones 777, 115 and 828 and aged in a combination of Francois Freres and Gamba oak. He doesn't filter, so what he has in the barrels ends up in the bottle. The wine has an incredible fragrance of spring flowers, black raspberries, kirsch and licorice, with forest floor. This is a full-bodied, dense, wonderfully textured Pinot Noir with beautiful purity and a long finish - a sumptuous Cotes de Nuit grand cru look-alike. Drink it over the next decade or more.
Russell Bevan Tasting Notes: "The Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir is the sex kitten of the group. She is silky and sexy. There are layers of textures that continue to develop for days. The nose has an amazing rose petal quality, which with air begins to show raspberry, boysenberry and a slight kiss of cocoa. With everything that is going on aromatically, each sip of this wine seduces you. The way this wine feels in your mouth is what makes it stand out. One word, seductive."
2014 Bevan Cellars "Petaluma Gap" Pinot Noir MEOW!! Now this is a sultry Pinot Noir! Ultra ripe bing cherries, raspberries and sweet cola spice coats the mouth while wild roses and dark spices completely charms the mid-palate. There is a ripe fruit-attack so juicy that it is almost nearing sweet; with a velvety texture and a solid finish, what's not to love in this oober-sexy Pinot Noir.
BH: A rare three-star winner in our tasting books, Bevan's Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir boasts an "Incredibly sweet-fruited aroma. Sexy China black tea. Szechwan pepper. Pomegranate, rose water, guava. Intensity defined. ???!" Quite simply, this is one of the longest, most concentrated, and viscerally thrilling Pinot Noirs we have tasted in a long time. It is a big, broad-shouldered wine to place in the pipe of someone who thinks they don't like Pinot Noir. We begged for a handful of cases to share with you.
Value Brand of the year! Again
Bogle "Days" Reg Price $11.99 Sale $7.97
Old Vine Zin
Essential Red Blend
Winter Red Values at their finest!
2014 Bogle Essential Red 90pts Best Buy Wine Enthusiast! This compelling blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah had created a ripe and mouthfilling wine. Richly textured fruit of dark berries and black plums is nuanced by the flavors of juniper and dried herbs. The juicy, jammy fruit is framed with spicy cedar and hints of pipe tobacco and cocoa as the American oak lingers through the aging of 12 long months. Luscious from start to finish, this wine is easy to drink, but impossible to forget. Share it with your friends tonight.
Two from one of our Napa Favs - almost gone! Melt in your Mouth Merlot!
98pts 97pts!!! One of last years big success stories, we sold well over 20/6pks of what we consider the best wines to be released out of Napa Valley. The 3 palms vineyard is now in total control of Duckhorn from start to finish. With 2013 considered one of the finest Napa vintages of all time, this potentially will go down as the greatest vintage of 3 palms Merlot ever. If this were Cabernet it would be $200-$300 and we'll see how long this great vineyard will remain Merlot, less and less would be my guess! Grab a legend!
2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley.
Some of the best Merlot you're likely to have.
Cassis, rich plum, oak-spice, stylish.
BEST OF SHOW QWR WW98 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "One of the greatest wines produced by this iconic winery, the 2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Merlot shows power and class that is unsurpassed?explodes with red, blue and black fruits, sweet and savory earth, and tempered with the perfect touch of sweet oak. This wine is a major success in the evolution of Merlot. Tastes pretty good now and will improve significantly over time. (Tasted: September 13, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "Three Palms is an iconic Napa Valley Merlot for a reason. And as of 2013, it?s an estate wine, owned by Duckhorn. Spicy candied plums, graham crackers, deep color, and exotic aromas. An absolutely seamless, hedonistic wine. A KNOCKOUT!California Wine Advisors ?Classic? 97 Points ?Launching forth with a beautiful, elegant bouquet of red berries and cedar spice, the new Three Palms is a classic in the making. Simultaneously rich and elegant, it offers complex layers of blueberry, baking spice, and mocha. Given the embedded structure in this wine, it will age gracefully for years to come and evolve into an even more extraordinary wine. Enjoy over the next 10 years.?- the 2013 Duckhorn 'Three Palms Vineyard' Merlot is a tremendous effort. Duckhorn has crafted this single vineyard wine since 1978. This vintage has 8% Cabernet, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot blended in. This decadent Merlot starts with aromatics of coffee grounds, milk chocolate, black cherry and cassis. There are flavors of blackberry preserves, black cherry, black plum and creme de cassis. This structured and rich hot vintage gem will cellar beautifully into the next decade. The texture is plush, dense and just lovely on the mid-palate. Drink 2016-2033- 93
First ever for us and what a first!!
In Stock: Very Limited 2/6pks left!!
98 pts legendary California Wine Advisors. Simply stated, this is the foremost Cabernet blend we?'ve tasted in our last two decades judging Buckhorn wines. The 2012 Discussion structure and flavor profile reminds us of preeminent vintages of Insignia or Dominus and should age comparably. Elephantine in stature, this profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purple-colored, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, and cassis. The panoply of flavors (cocoa, nuts, creme de cassis, and black truffles) unfold seductively across the palate. Ultra-velvety tannins and vanilla oak create a supple framework to support notes of currant, spice box, cedar, plum and pipe tobacco that culminate in a finish that lasts for upwards of 40 seconds. This is majestic effort right out of the shoot (enjoy tonight after decanting!) and will continue to evolve in the cellar for at least a decade. Superb!
Varietal Composition: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. As compelling as it is complex, this beautiful wine reveals aromas of mahogany, blueberry, star anise, vanilla bean, black currant and rose petal. On the palate, savory hints of sage and graphite add dimension to the rich fruit layers, with supple, rounded tannins contributing to the wine?s elegant structure and impressive length
Every once in a while a wine comes along and totally defies its price point!
Such is the case with the unoaked Chardonnay from Smoking Loon.
Easily competes with any Chardonnay under $12. Btl.
90 Points, 2016 Monterey International Wine Competition Also Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah $5.97 (an additional $24.00 cs 12 rebate available)
Smoking Loon wines are produced by Don Sebastiani and Sons. Don Sebastiani & Sons strive to produce quality wine at an approachable price, regardless of the outcome of a particular growing season. Our winemaker Greg Kitchens works to create great wines that our customers identify as a reliable purchase.
The Smoking Loon "Steelbird" is Chardonnay with a difference. The winemaker kicked the oak to the curb aging this wine for five months in 100% stainless steel. The wine opens with layers of juicy and ripe honeydew melon, followed by steely notes of citrus. Vibrant, yet creamy on the palate from 100% malolactic fermentation, with its refreshing flavors of lemon curd and pineapple; it's sure to become an instant summer favorite. This wine will pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes, from homemade tropical salsa and chips to a garden salad with lemon grilled chicken or even a simple white pizza.
Welcome Back Old Friend!! Big price drop on an absolutely Gorgeous Zinfandel!
2012 Deux Amis Sonoma Zinfandel Reg $19.99 Sale $12.97 (30cs only!)
Phyllis Zouzanis's own small production Zinfandel. Once the assistant winemaker at Dry Creek and now the winemaker at Mazzacco. Phyllis cut her teeth making some of the most heralded Zinfandels in the Sonoma and with her friend Jim. Phyllis has been a friend of WineStreet's since the early 1990's and continues to produce a small amount of this amazingly elegant and balanced Zinfandel. She wants to move on to the 2013 vintage, so we managed to get the remaining 30 cases at a very attractive price! Don't miss it! This Zin is layered with rich red berry fruit, cherry, raspberry and plum mingle with vanilla and spicy oak. Rich velvety mouthfeel, great balance good acid, and long finish explode in this wine
Load up on great value Napa Valley Cabernet while you can!! The popularity and price of Cabernet from Napa Valley continues its unbelievable escalation.
We are experiencing 20-30% increases across the board going into the 2014 & 2015 vintages. W
e are on the hunt for any really good 2012 & 2013's (great vintages to boot!) we can find for reasonable prices.
We found 2 really good ones that we managed to get terrific deals on!
I'm sure we will continue to find more, but the pickins are getting slimmer and slimmer!!
2012 Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Reg $69.99 Sale $44.97 $249.99/6pk
WW94 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "One of the prettiest and most delicious Cabernet Sauvignons in the marketplace. The Hess Collection 2012 Mount Veeder Cabernet is far from typical, but it is thoroughly delectable. The wine's complex notes of charred earth and tongue-awakening minerality combines well with the red and black berries. The wine's long and intricate finish pairs it well with a roast game hen. Drinks nicely now. (Tasted: September 15, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "
RP93 The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Mount Veeder (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec) was one of the top wines presented to me. This wine needs another 4-5 years of cellaring and could keep 30 years. A beautiful nose of white flowers, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, along with the telltale cassis and tobacco leaf are all present in this wine, which offers great intensity and full-bodied power in a well-delineated and moderately structured style. Give the wine some time and watch it unfold. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2025+. For the quality, it is a reasonably priced wine, and there are 7,480 cases."
WE93 Wine Enthusiast - "With 20% Malbec, this wine is layered in refined complexity, swaying from juicy blueberry to herbaceous cherry and currant. Restrained in oak, with the slightest notion of vanilla on the palate, it finishes in mouthwatering dark chocolate, the tannins firm and structured."
Not to be confused with the "Sonoma" Version
this great value Napa offering is a steal!! & we would rate it higher!!
2013 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reg $37.99 Sale $24.97 $249.99cs 12
TP92 Tasting Panel - "Small percentages of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Merlot are added to the 82% Cabernet Sauvignon. After 80 years, this winery continues to show a world-class style and here, great value as well. Potent perfume of currant and savory herbs lead to a luxurious palate. Sturdy tannins are teamed with juicy, gushing black fruit. Oak is fennel-kissed and shows well to the end. "
WS91 Wine Spectator - "A wholesome expression of earth- and graphite-driven Cabernet, commingling with road tar, roasted herb and dark berry flavors. Crushed rock minerality enlivens the finish. Drink now through 2024."
What a buy!
Considered one of the top wines released in the last decade!!! Piper-Heidsieck's new entry into the "Tete-de-Cuvee" Market has taken the world by storm. This wine has gained incredible accolades form the world including the greatest the "Tete-de-Cuvee" release of 2016.
That's quite a statement considering some are 5-6 times the price. Be
autiful package and considered one of the top wines released in the last decade!!!
2002 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvee Rare" Brut Champagne Reg $199.99 Sale $149.97
Special 3pk price $399.99 ($133.34) Very Limited and a must have Champagne!
97 points Wine Spectator : *Highly Recommended* Impeccably balanced and silky, with finely honed acidity shaping the expansive flavors of toasted brioche, crushed blackberry, lemon preserves and honey, revealing hints of Frangelico liqueur and smoked nut. Rich and vivid, with a lasting finish. (AN) (11/2015)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : The pale gold, greenish shimmering 2002 Rare Millesime - 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay - offers a very intense and rich, yet fresh nose of exotic fruit aromas of pineapples, mango, kiwi and passion fruit. On the palate, this is a mouthful of luscious Champagne: powerful and intense, but pure and with the complexity of matured wines. The finish is very exotic in its fruit aromas, but also persistently mineral. (SR) (6/2016)
94 points Wine & Spirits : When we tasted this wine two years ago, I gave it a similar score (95 points), noting its seductive and complex flavors. For a 2002, the wine was already harmonious and accessible, ready to drink and structured to hold for several years. The powerful drive of the 2002 vintage seems bolder today; more about creaminess and brioche-like autolysis than fruit, it still leaves my mouth tingling with gingery freshness and brightness of acidity. If you haven't tried Piper Rare in some time, this is worth checking out-a blend from 17 crus in the Montagne de Reims, 70 percent Chardonnay, 30 percent Pinot Noir, built for lobster or other rich shellfish. (12/2015)
94 points Wine Enthusiast : *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* This is top Champagne from Piper-Heidsieck, offering the delicious airy quality that's the hallmark of this house, with crisp apple flavor, tangy acidity and the first signs of yeasty, toasty bottle age. Its fruit intensity has transformed into a splendid selection. It's worth aging for a few more years, though also delicious now. (12/2012)
93 points James Suckling : An attractive nose with plenty of toasty grilled cashews and bready aromas here, plus fresh peach and citrus fruits that are wrapped in caramel. Plenty of lemon as it breathes and freshens up. The palate's crisp and crunchy; lemon acidity pins a big mouthful of flavor in long and fresh. (7/2015)
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar : Light, bright gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied orange, pear and ginger, with building floral and spice nuances. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering an array of citrus and floral flavors that become richer with air. A hint of nuttiness arrives on the finish, which is spicy, focused and very long. This Champagne seems set for a long life. (JR) (11/2011)
When it comes to Multivintage Champagnes few will argue that Krug stands at the top!!
We have never been able to compete with the "Big Markets" on pricing until now!!
Krug Champagne MV Reg $199.99 Sale $149.97
JH98 Australian Wine Companion - "Sheer, absolute perfection, elegance and complexity equally important, flavours ranging from white fruits to nougat cream, exotic spices, toast and brioche. It is the very essence of Champagne, its greatest non-vintage wine. "
WW97 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Krug Grande Cuvee always comes to the table in a big way. From one of the most prestigious Champagne houses, this wine is consistently a top performer. Creamy, complex, and exotic, it is a perfect choice with the grandest of meals. (Tasted: October 10, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "
WS95 Wine Spectator - "This mouthwatering Champagne shows a lovely sense of finesse, with firm acidity deftly married to a rich profile of creme de cassis, toasted brioche and lime blossom, accented by hints of cafe au lait, singed orange peel and exotic spice. Long and plush on the finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2024."
D95 Decanter - "Beguiling complex colour of twinkling green/gold lights. Inimitably Krug, masterly blending. The Chardonnay scents are at once refined yet dripping in the aroma of crunchy Williams pears. Discreet notes of vanilla, creme patissiere, spiced lemon and brioche. Then a mouthfeel of body and heft; great Pinot Noir that is miraculously filigreed and ethereal, plus Pinot Meunier succulence. Like no other Champagne.
WE94 Wine Enthusiast - "With its minimum of six years' bottle aging, this is a beautifully integrated, mature wine. It has a wonderful toast character, layered over sliced pears and ripe acidity. With its complex poise between lightness and richness, this remains an intensely impressive wine."
W&S94 Wine & Spirits - "A brisk and powerful release of Grande Cuvee, this has the masculine charm of a linebacker as it pummels the palate with lime and seashells, lemon and tangerine flavors. The wine's intensity and richness has a mouthwatering effect in the finish, lasting in resonant layers of flavor-powerful, yet gracious in the end."
V94 Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Light gold. Nectarine, poached pear, toasted nuts, anise and buttered toast on the complex, mineral-tinged nose. Deeply concentrated but energetic and precise as well, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors along with notes of brioche and marzipan. A bitter citrus pith note adds definition to the impressively long, smoky finish. Shows more power and heft than I've experienced from this bottling in recent years."
Our Favorite 2015 Rose!
Top Brunello Producer! Perfect for one of your holiday choices!
A great Rose is absolutely fabulous compliment to a big Holiday gathering.
A connection between connoisseur and novice that both can enjoy!!
We watched and waited for this rose to be discounted! Happy Holidays!
2015 Il Poggione Brancato Rosato di Toscana Reg $18.99 Sale $9.97 !
I loved how round this wine was?it was fresh, fragrant, crisp, and juicy. It had a beautiful salmon color with full red berry and citrus nose. The palate was nicely floral and spicy with a deep red cherry kick. One wine we recently tried that?s worth seeking out is the Il Poggione Brancato Rosato di Toscana. Brancato Rosato is the newest wine from Il Poggione, one of the original three Italian wine producers of Brunello di Montalcino. This 100% Sangiovese Rose sourced from young vines is crisp and fresh on the palate with a pleasant roundness that pairs perfectly with your fresh produce and authentic Italian cuisine. It?s an absolutely delicious wine full of strawberry, cherry and raspberry aromas that simply screams DRINK ME.
Made by one of the most famous producers in Tuscany, the wine is made from 100% Sangiovese the same grape used to make Brunello and Chianti and the grape deliciously delivers its quintessential flavors of cherry and strawberry along with a bright acidty. The juice is allowed to sit with the skins for only 24 hours, and in doing so, a beautiful light-pink hue is developed.
While many roses can be simple sippers, made to drunk instead of pondered, this wine has a lot of complexity you may even pick up on the subtle flavor of ripe tomato water. That complexity makes this wine a perfect accompaniment to food. Everything you could want in a rose is found here rich fruit, fresh acidity and a nice amount of minerality. It?s the type of wine you?ll find yourself returning to again and again as the wine?s flavor pleasantly lingers on your palate. Specials: Current inventory only!
Baileys Irish Cream "Full Liter" Reg $29.99 Sale $24.97 (like paying $18.74 for a 750!)
Best Value Bet the Full liter!! Lots of others claiming to be "almost as good" there is only one Baileys!
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne Reg $49.99 Sale $29.97
Super price!! One of few most renowned Champagnes in the world! Clean crisp and full of Holiday cheer!
Crown Royal Canadian Liter Reg $32.99 Sale $25.97
The most appreciated gift!
Makers Mark 1.75 Reg $54.99 Sale $45.97
The most appreciated gift!
"Best In Class!" Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
We do our homework so you don't have to!
We search for the best available products in the most popular categories that normally retail between $15-$20. With intense scrutiny we select our favorites, buy them in whatever volume is necessary to be able to bring them to you at a super low super value price of $12.97 btl. We are confident you will agree with us that these products are worth every penny and then some!
2012 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
91 points Vinous Deep ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Distinctly northern Rhone in personality and texture, featuring a peppery, floral-dominated finish, smooth tannins and excellent closing thrust and persistence. The quality of this bottling consistently outpaces its price and appellation, and that's especially true in this vintage. (JR) (3/2016
RP90 The Wine Advocate - "A wine that should be on the market by the time you read this, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone from Guigal is a smokin value that offers classic southern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, smoked earth and almost chocolatey dark fruits. Medium plus-bodied, concentrated, with both fine tannin and bright acidity, it will deliver the good for at least 5-7 years."
2015 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
RP90 The Wine Advocate - "One of the finest roses from this team yet, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Rose from Guigal (60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Syrah) is a downright classy beauty that gives up lots of white cherry, currants and floral notes in a medium-bodied, ultra pure and seamless style."
Winemaker's Notes The Cotes du Rhone Rose is an excellent example of the appellation. Produced by saigne from Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault, this dry rose is fruity and rich with an intriguing and appetizing bitterness on the finish. There are no better wines to drink with informal buffets, summer outdoor meals, and spicy foods.
2014 La Posta Fazzio Malbec Mendoza Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2014 is a great tasting Malbec from Tupungato. A lot of raspberries and red berry fruit, slight spice for this medium bodied Malbec. Would pair very nicely with a spicy chili. Tasted September 2016 (90/100)
The 2014 Malbec Fazzio Vineyard is from a large vineyard in Tupungato; the owner has 200 hectares. It has a floral nose that is quite fresh with notes of raspberries, strawberries and just a hint of spices that turn into aniseed with time in the glass. The palate is light to medium-bodied with vibrant acidity and very good freshness. This is a showy, fresh Malbec that is easy to drink and offered at a very good price." - Luis Gutierrez, eRobertParker.com #220, Aug 2015 Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate - 89 pts
The oakiest of this trio of vineyard-designated Malbecs, offering scents of plum, black cherry, currant and chocolate-mint. Round, fleshy and sweet, but with a complicating savory quality to the plum and chocolate flavors. Tannins are dusty and even. These wines are always very good values.
Barocco Prosecco NV Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
Most proseccos are made to be crowd-pleasers, soft and slightly sweet and just zingy enough. Barocco Prosecco ($15), on the other hand, is sturdier and more serious but still plenty friendly. The juicy citrus, stone fruit and apple flavors are fresh, vibrant and seriously delicious. The texture and mouthfeel are fuller than with most proseccos. The wine's quality is at least partly due to its emanating from 25-year-old vines, which makes the grapes more concentrated and complex. This is a fabulous sushi wine and beautifully suited for most any party appetizers salty, sweet or savory. In other words, a true crowd-pleaser. Bill Ward
2015 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
"Brilliant straw yellow with a green shimmer. Quite pronounced and expressive aroma with flowery and somewhat spicy notes. Rich flavoured in the mouth, with a slight smokiness at the back and a good, fresh finish. When properly cellared, this will drink well for 2 to 4 years." Winemaker notes
Origin: selected vineyards in Magre, Salorno and the northern part of Trentino, situated at an altitude of 220-350 metres a.s.l. (720-1150 feet ); sandy and gravely soil with a high content of limestone; quite warm mesoclimate with big variations between day and night temperatures.
The family estate Alois Lageder is a synonym for the highest standard of quality in viticulture and winemaking, for a sustainable, holistic corporate philosophy, and for a wide spectrum of cultural and artistic activities. Founded in 1823, and now directed by Alois Lageder and Alois Clemens Lageder, representing the fifth and sixth generation of family ownership, the estate combines tradition and innovation.
2014 Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Charmes Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
89 Points WW "The 2014 Les Charmes Chardonnay is as straight-forward and honest-to-goodness Macon as one can find in the marketplace. Should be perfect with raw, plump oysters on the half shells. Light to medium straw color; on the wild side in the aromas, with savory herbs and dried leaves and tart core fruit, medium depth; medium bodied, perky on the palate; dry, nice acidity, well balanced; dried leaves, light dust and Old World flavors; medium finish, lively aftertaste. (Tasted: March 31, 2016, San Francisco, CA)"
2014 Fess Parker "SB" Chardonnay Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
Quickly becoming our #1 Seller! Simply a great value Chardonnay!
2013 Predator Cabernet Sauvignon Reg Price $19.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
A real winner, Predator's cuvee of 17,000 cases, aged in French and American oak, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and certainly smells and tastes like it. Attractive aromatics of licorice, red and black fruits and spice box are all present in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a tasty, medium-bodied, supple-textured wine. It should drink nicely for another 2-3 years. Score: 87, Robert Parker, August 2015
2014 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Reg Price $19.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
90pts Great Value! Campfire smoke, hickory and toasty oak with black fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth. Old vines really do show their age nicely in a wine with deep concentration of dark fruit flavours. Supple, mouth-filling and delicious. Which dish to pair with the Predator I'm sure you can hunt down something in the kitchen. Zinfandel food pairings: pepper steaks, smoked meat, barbecued pork, grilled chicken
2015 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
Double Gold San Francisco Chronicle Sips Competition Rutherford Ranch Winery Napa Valley Gold Medal Sauvignon Blanc < $20.00 92 points- elegant, sophisticated, bright lovely notes. Carnival in glass. Fun and upbeat. Sauvignon Blanc 2015: (California). (91) A just-released 100% sauvignon blanc with stainless-steel aging. Beautiful aromas of grapefruit, lemon and watermelon. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity. ($22) 90pts Wine & Spirits!
2012 Runquist 1448 Red Blend Reg $17.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
If Your gonna go Red Field Blend Forget the rest get the best!
2014 Poppy S Lucia Monterey Pinot Noir Reg $15.99 Everyday the WineStreet Way $12.97
Producer notes: "The grapes for this Pinot Noir are grown in a variety of acclaimed micro appellations located in cool climate of Monterey County. The vibrant aromas of raspberries with notes of strawberries, fermented cherries and a touch of macerated plum and mocha toast invite the senses into this enjoyable Pinot Noir. Pair this wine with a slow roasted lamb shank seasoned with rosemary and orange zest."
Hurry: Dwindling Fast!
Savvy readers should buy a case of this and drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years! R Parker! * last year over a 6 month period we sold well over 200cs of the 2013 version of this blockbuster value from Charles Smith before they ran out last spring. We?ve been waiting for the new release "91 pt Parker" 2014 ever since. Midstream the explosive brand has been gobbled up by a corporate giant putting current distribution in limbo!! Since we sold the lions share of this beauty last year and we had an order in for 2 pallets when it arrived, we were surprised when 60cs of it showed up this morning. Again we are not sure we'll get any more: and again a bird in the hand.....!
2014 Wines Of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Reg $17.99 Sale $13.97 $159.99cs12 ($13.33)
91pts Robert Parker The Wine Advocate - "The straight 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, native fermented, aged in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it?s a killer value that has lots of blue fruits, violets, graphite and leafy herbs in medium to full-bodied, concentrated, layered style., although I see no reason that it won?t keep longer either. "
Half Price Chard!! Don't miss this Smokin 92pt Oregon Chardonnay! 8 only 6pks left!
2013 Rex Hill Vineyards ?Seven Soils Chard Reg $39.99 Sale $19.99 $99.99/6pk
92 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a fine vintage for the Seven Soils cuvee. Firm and stylish, it's a well-muscled wine with a just ripe-enough mix of apple, pear, peach and Meyer lemon fruit. The acids are spot-on, buoying up a fresh finish
Nice Cabernet Value!! One shot deal!! 10 only cases in stock!!
2013 Luke Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington) Reg $24.99 Sale $19.97
91 Wine Spectator! Wine Spectator 2016 Top 10 Winery To Watch
Focused, with fine, crinkly tannins framing a supple core of blueberry and currant, revealing savory overtones as the finish lingers enticingly. Best from 2018 through 2023
The Corkscrewer Report 100pts: Perfection is never the goal. Is the Mona Lisa perfect Is Citizen Kane Is James Joyce?s Ulysses Awarding a wine 100 points only when it?s perfect, to our publication, seems like a futile exercise. And besides, who?s the arbiter of what?s perfect, anyway The Pedregal Cab is a monumental expression of California winemaking. It?s one gorgeous, epic masterpiece. Epic doesn?t mean grandiose. Ansel Adams famous black & white photographs of Yosemite?s rugged peaks aren?t grandiose but they are epic and stately and glorious and monumental. The Pedregal is all of these things, but what is even more remarkable about this wine is its finesse. A delicate and silky-smooth yet robust texture on the palate that coaxes out the wine?s multifaceted complexities is how one comes to define great finesse. There?s one First Growth Bordeaux wine in particular known for its astounding finesse: Chateau Margaux. This is David Ramey?s Chateau Margaux?sensual and cerebral at the same time from brilliant start to intoxicatingly beautiful finish. David is adamant that his Pedregal holds up in comparison to stratospherically-priced California cult Cabs like Screaming Eagle. We have no reason whatsoever to doubt it, and so, we think this wine is a perfect way to spend $200.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 97+pts: As usual, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a great wine (a 650-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot). This sexy, full-throttle, opaque purple-colored 2012 boasts fabulous concentration along with copious notes of pen ink, blueberries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and espresso bean. Deep, full-bodied and multidimensional, this sensational Cabernet should drink well for 20-25 years. When I was tasting with David Ramey, he opened a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard, which I also rated 96. A truly great offering, it was just coming into drinkability at the age of 10. I think the 2012 will ultimately be better and last even longer than the 2004
2013 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Kathryn Hall' Reg $189.99 Sale $169.97
98-100 Points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall from their Sacrashe Rutherford Vineyard delivers a relatively profound set of aromatics even for a wine that?s only 11 months of age. With almost unreal richness of blue and black fruits, spring flowers, graphite and spice, this is a sensational inky, full-bodied wine that will come close to being a perfect wine when bottled after its full elevage in barrel. Spectacular!
97 pts International Wine Report: One of the most exceptional bottlings in this compelling range from Hall is the 2013 'Kathryn Hall' Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 Cabernet spent 24 months in 70% new French oak prior to bottling and includes 4% Merlot and 1% Petite Verdot. This ultra-deep wine opens with intense aromatics of creme de cassis and black cherry liqueur woven together with coffee grounds, sage, pipe tobacco and anise. There are concentrated flavors of black cherries, blackberry preserves, Turkish coffee, sagebrush, creme de cassis and dark chocolate shaving all resonating on the voluptous palate. The silky, bordering ethereal texture yields a seamless quality to the mid-palate lebefore the minute long finish accentuates this incredible wine. This seductive beauty will cellar gracefully for decades to come. A magnificent job by head winemaker Steve Leveque and his winemaking team in crafting this exceptional Cabernet. (Best 2017-2035) - September, 2016 (OB) Wine Specifications: Report Date: September, 2016 Producer: Hall Wines Vintage: 2013 Drinking Window: 2017-2035 Estimated Value: $185 Country: United States Region: California Appellation: Napa Valley
The first vintage of the new wine from the owners of Dominus.
2012 Ulysses Oakville Napa Valley Reg $199.99 Sale $179.97 Very Limited!
James Suckling 97 pts. Subtle aromas of crushed berries and tile. Mushrooms. Almost dusty. Full to medium body, powdery tannins and mouthfeel. Bright acidity that gives the wine beautiful and enticing freshness. Gentle and ethereal red
Antonio Galloni 93 Vinous The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is the first commercial release from Christian Moueix's Oakville property. Sensual and alluring, yet with striking depth, the 2012 is full of sweet red cherry, raspberry jam, wild flowers, all pushed forward in a sexy, layered Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers terrific depth for a wine from this generally uneven vintage. Sweet floral and spiced notes add lift on the finish. I imagine the 2012 will reward readers with a good two decades of fine drinking.
Riesling & Fall! WineStreet lands a limited amount of the Winner!
"Berlin Kabinett Cup" OMG, so crystal clear,
so sublime & fine and
so much Wehlener Sonnenuhr in the glass
2015 M. Ferdinand Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett,
Reg $29.99 Sale $24.97
Harvested at a low 82degrees Oechsle, this offers a gorgeous and delicately ample nose of ripe apricot tree flower, white flowers, melon and yellow peach.The wine is stunningly crisp and focused on the palate and superbly playful acidity brings great Kabinett freshness to the delicately ample and long finish. This is a superb Kabinett in the making! 2025-2045 93/100 TN by MoselFineWines
A delicious Riesling from the famous Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard and the incredibly well heralded 2015 vintage. It is difficult to find such a wonderful wine at this price point, but let's hope that Mosel Riesling remains so undervalued for some time to come!
Having followed this wine for the last five vintages, we are excited to offer Max Ferd. Richter's stunning Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2015. Although critics are yet to score it, in forums published on Wine Pages and Wine Berserkers German wine expert Martin Zwick has flagged it as a: "strong contender for 'Kabinett of the Year'" and "one of the discoveries of the year." It looks as if his prediction was correct as this wine won the BerlinKabinettCup (attended by David Schildknecht of Wine Advocate). Having recently tried it in the offce, we can confirm that it very much lives up to the praise.
Only 900 cases are produced, the majority of which are sold in Germany. The precipitous and craggy Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a veritable who's who of German wine, being home to Joh Jos Prum, Dr Loosen, Markus Molitor and Max Ferd. Richter to name just a few. It produces some of the Mosel's finest wines and the 2015s from here look set to be unmissable (two of the Top 3 in the BerlinKabinettCup hail from this vineyard).
The winner of the tasting was the 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett from Max Ferd. Richter. This happened to be Martin's top contender to win the Cup and one of his favorite wines in recent months, so it was only fitting that it unfolded this way. Martin, who was grinning during the flight, later confirmed that Max Ferd. Richter produced from 1.5 hectares in Wehlener Sonnenuhr almost 10,000 bottles of this wine, or the equivalent of 8 Fuder. Congratulations to Constantin Richter! I've yet to taste his other 2015s. For those curious about the numbers of the 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett: 82 degrees Oechsle, 45.9 grams per liter residual sugar, 9.9 per mil acidity, and 7.5 percent alcohol.
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