Happy New Year to All

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20% discount on Champagnes

So you know we are open until 9pm tonight (New Year’s Eve) and closed all day tomorrow (New Year’s Day)

Click for our Champagne and assorted bubblies sale

Saturday Tasting Archive:Last Tasting of 2012, Bubbles of course!

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New’s Year Eve is typically toasted with sparkling wines so we are pouring a wide range of bubbies for you this Saturday Dec 29th and offering great pricing. Stop by and tast between 3 and 6, the sale is all week.

Anime Prosecco di Conegliano NV Extra Dry Buy Now, Save 20% this week 

“Our Prosecco di Conegliano is a limited production, top-quality cuvee from hillside vineyards around Soligo, aromatic and creamy.” -The Winery

Zardetto Prosecco Conegliano Brut NV Buy Now, Save 20% this week 

88 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2010
“The NV Prosecco Brut is a richer, creamier wine than the Brut Cuvee Private. Here the fruit tends towards ripe yellow peaches, with flowers, spices and minerals that add complexity. The finish is long, generous and nicely balanced…” -Antonio Galloni

Korbel Brut Organic Sparkling Wine Buy Now, Save 20% this week 

“Korbel Brut – Made with Organically Grown Grapes is created in the classic Korbel style, crisp, delicate and bright. We always strive to present the pure flavors of the grape in all of our champagnes. The organically grown grapes in this cuvee deliver well-integrated aromas and flavors of apple, pear and white peaches. The finish is medium dry, with a slight savory note at the end.” -The Winery

Gimonnet-Gonet Champagne Brut Tradition NV Buy Now, Save 20% this week 

“Patriarch Pierre Gimonnet had three sons. Two took over the existing company, and the third, Philippe, said ‘goodbye.’ Philippe married Anne Gonet – whose parents had Grand Cru Chardonnay vines atop Le Mesnil – thus giving birth in 1986 to Champagne Gimonnet-Gonet. All domaine fruit, some came from Philippe’s ‘severance package’ and the rest came from Anne’s father. Champagne Gimonnet-Gonet is today comprised of 13 hectares, under ‘sustained’ viticultural practices and whose vines average 40 years of age. Six of these hectares are Grands Crus and are located in Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chilly and Oger (all Chardonnay); the seven other hectares (Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier) are planted in the Marne Valley (Vincelles, Verneuil and Troissy). Their still wine never undergoes malo and barrels are NEVER used.
“Champagne Gimonnet-Gonet is stand-alone, no-frills bubbly that shows extremely well against much heavier weights, and does quite well next to their neighbor Krug (also from Le Mesnil). The Brut Tradition is 50% chardonnay, 50% pinot noir.” -The Importer

Canard-Duchene Brut Champagne Cuvee Leonie NV See details

Canard-Duchene Brut Champagne Cuvee Leonie NV Buy Now, Save 20% this week

89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

“Named after one of the founders of Canard-Duchene, this Pinot Noir-dominated Champagne is packed with intensely textured fruit along with some beginnings of maturity. With its powerful final acidity, it’s a food wine.” -Roger Voss

Wines from a newly acquired cellar for sale: Big Time Bordeaux, 2000 vintage!

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We have the great pleasure of offering these perfectly cellared wines for sale, These 19 beauties are all from the first “vintage of the century” 2000. They can be ordered right here or for larger purchaser we suggest you contact the store to confirm stock status.

Chateau Bellevue St. Emilion 2000 See details Chateau Bellevue St. Emilion 2000 $113, 12 on hand

95+ Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“This was the breakthrough vintage for this fabulous terroir…” -Robert Parker

Chateau Branaire Ducru St. Julien 2000 $100, 6 on hand

94 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“…This medium to full-bodied, pure St.-Julien hits the palate with authority, displaying silky tannins as well as wonderful richness, depth, and texture.” -Robert Parker

Chateau Brane Cantenac Margaux 2000 $113,19 on hand

92 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“… This is Margaux elegance and silkiness at its very best.” -Robert Parker

90 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2003
“Among the finest Cantenac-Browns of the last three decades… Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018.” -Robert Parker

Chateau Chauvin St. Emilion 2000 $75, 59 on hand

92 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2003
“…this future classic will be at its best between 2008-2019.” -Robert Parker

Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2000$113, 12 on  hand

92 Wine Advocate, June 2010
A beautiful wine and one of my favorites from this estate… into its window of full drinking maturity, and will stay there for 10-15+ years.” -Robert Parker

Chateau Clos de l'Oratoire St. Emilion 2000 See details

Chateau Clos de l’Oratoire St. Emilion 2000 $100, 19 on hand

92 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“… Delicious at present, it should drink well for another 5-7 years.” -Robert Parker

Chateau D’Armailhac Pauillac 2000 $69, 36 on hand

91 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2003
“This continues to be one of the most seductive and luscious d’Armailhacs I have ever tasted…Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.” -Robert Parker

Chateau D’Issan Margaux 2000 $88, 55 on hand

93 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“Fully mature, the 2000 D’Issan is a quintessentially elegant, yet concentrated, aristocratic Margaux that defines the appellation…” -Robert Parker

Chateau Giscours Margaux 2000 $113,60 on hand

92 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2003
“Probably the finest Giscours made since the 1975…A sleeper of the vintage, it is still available for a realistic price.” -Robert Parker

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 2000 $125, 82 on hand

94 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“…This is a young adolescent, broadly flavored Pauillac with an enticing texture as well as abundant richness and fruit…” -Robert Parker

Chateau Haut Bergey Pessac-Leognan 2000$63, 29 on hand

94 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“I bought this wine for myself because I thought it was a sleeper of the vintage, and I couldn’t be happier…” -Robert Parker

Chateau Kirwan Margaux 2000$113,12 on hand

90 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“…this is a full-bodied, muscular, powerhouse effort….this wine needs another 2-3 years of cellaring and should age nicely for another 20 years.” -Robert Parker

Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol 2000$300, 36on hand

96 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“…the 2000 La Conseillante has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and an unbelievably expressive nose… Full-bodied yet ethereal…I think it would benefit strongly from another 4-5 years of bottle age and drink well for two to three decades.” -Robert Parker

Chateau La Fleur Petrus Pomerol 2000 See details

Chateau La Fleur Petrus Pomerol 2000 $300,33 on hand

93+ Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“…an opulent, medium to full-bodied, big, substantial yet elegant, precise Pomerol displaying beautiful purity. It is just beginning to drink well, and should continue to age for another 10+ years…” -Robert Parker

Highlight from Saturday Dec 15 2012 tasting: Martin Ray Synthesis

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Buy Now Martin Ray Synthesis 2009

We had 6 wines and an Armagnac but the star of the afternoon/evening, this time of year night falls in the afternoon, was the Martin Ray Synthesis, an “extra credit” wine we cracked open when the regular Martin Ray Cab sold out. Click to Buy Now/More info on “Synthesis”

Synthesis is a Bordeaux blend sourced from top  vineyards in the Diamond Mountain and Stag’s Leap diststricts of Napa. The blend is 75% Cab Sauv with 20% Cab Franc (and 5% Merlot). the Cab Franc really boosts the aromatics to a new level and gives that dense mountain Cab Sauv a lift. It is a really amazing wine that sells for $75 at Martin Ray and we have for $55. If you are looking for a special bottle this is it…

Saturday Tasting Archive: December 15th, A little of everything with Paul from Opici

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It’s fitting that our last official Saturday tasting will be with our great rep Paul who has gone overboard this year in plying us all with tempting wines and spirits.
We’ll have an excellent eclectic line up, and don’t worry we’ll be informally pouring wines on Saturday Dec 22 and definitely will have some bubblies on hand for Saturday Dec 29. Check out this weekend’s  show, down below.

Robert Oatley Chardonnay Mudgee Craigmoor AC1 2009 See details
Robert Oatley Chardonnay Mudgee Craigmoor AC1 2009 buy now and get the discounted tasting price
88 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2011
“Bright and lively, a crisp style with tart peach and floral flavors, finishing with pizzazz. Drink now through 2014. 650 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman


Curran Grenache Blanc Santa Ynez Valley 2010 See details
Curran Grenache Blanc Santa Ynez Valley 2010 buy now and get the discounted tasting price
“Each wine in the Curran Collection is an expression not only of the premium vineyards where it is grown, but also of the varietal itself. Kris works very closely with growers in the warmer, eastern part of the Santa Ynez Valley to ensure that the grapes are grown to her exacting requirements. The vines must be in balance, and the resulting fruit at the ultimate ripeness for each wine that Kris produces. To Kris, ‘ripeness’ is about flavors – not numbers. Once in the winery, the wines are crafted in individual ways to express the unique characteristics of each varietal. Kris believes that each vineyard, each grape varietal and each vintage all bring something unique to the wine, and she adjusts her winemaking techniques to encourage this distinctiveness.” -The Winery


Four Vines Zinfandel Old Vine Cuvee 2009 See details
Four Vines Zinfandel Old Vine Cuvee 2009  buy now, get the discounted tasting price
“We have such a great wealth of Zinfandel that we have the ability to put together a fantastic multi-appellation Zin Blend. On the nose the wine has layers of berry fruit and anise aromas with hints of spice. On the palate, blackberry and spicy plum fruit with a rich mouth feel trailing to a velvety toasted oak finish. Enjoy with a friend!” -The Winery


Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2009 See details
Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2009 buy now save 20% for the tasting
89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
“It’s really easy to drink this fine Cabernet. It’s not an ager or anything like that, but it’s rich, ripe in sweet blackberry, blueberry and cocoa flavors, and balanced in acidity and smooth tannins. It just feels fine in the mouth.” -Steve Heimoff


Giribaldi Barbaresco 2006 See details
Giribaldi Barbaresco 2006 buy now, save 20% for the tasting
93 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2011
“Attractive cherry, plum and tobacco aromas and flavors get support from dense tannins in this pretty yet well-toned red, which still needs time for the tannins to soften, but shows harmony and a lingering aftertaste of spice and mineral. Best from 2013 through 2024. 100 cases imported.” -Bruce Sanderson


Burmester Vintage Port 2007 375mL See details
Burmester Vintage Port 2007 375mL buy now save 20% for the tasting
These are half-bottles (375mL)!
91 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012
“The glass-coating 2007 Burmester Vintage Port sports a fragrant perfume of plum, boysenberry, spice box, and licorice. Mouth-filling and layered, it has excellent volume, well-concealed tannin, and impeccable balance. This savory, lengthy wine has the stuffing to evolve for 10-15 years and should drink well through 2032. It is also an excellent value in quality Vintage Port.” -Robert Parker
89-92 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only – 2009
“Blackberry, currant and citrus fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, with a wonderful density of fruit and ultrafine tannins. Builds on your palate. Very good intensity.” -James Suckling


Cles des Ducs Napolean Armagnac See details
Cles des Ducs Napolean Armagnac buy now save 12% for the tasting
“This Armagnac, composed of older ‘eau di vie’, is more complex and mellow, with richness and depth coming from its interactions with the oak in which it ages. This Napoleon has a weighted average blend of 11 years. Cles des Ducs meaning “The Key of the Dukes” in France is distilled more slowly than other French brandies and cognacs, which results in a fruiter, more fragrant and flavorful product.
All are produced 100% from grapes grown in the Bas-Armagnac region, and aged in limousin oak for longer that most other Armagnac’s of comparable grade.” -The Importer