Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Dec. 31-Jan. 7, 2014: 1st Tasting of 2015!

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“These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich Mora

Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2006 Red Spanish Wine

Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2006–$35.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 01.07.15)
93 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“The 2006 San Vicente is a glass-coating purple/black color offering up a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, licorice, plum, and blackberry. Opulent and rich on the palate with layers of succulent fruit, it has 6-8 years of aging potential and should be at its best from 2016 to 2026. Senorio de San Vicente is one of several outstanding estates owned and operated by the Eguren family. The wine is made from 100% Tempranillo Peludo known for its tiny berries and exceptional aromatics. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard and typically aged for 20 months in new, mostly French oak before bottling without filtration.” -Jay Miller
93 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2009
“Inky ruby. Impressively complex, perfumed bouquet of red- and blackcurrant, candied rose, cedar, smoky minerals and dark chocolate; smells like a wine from Pauillac, and a serious one at that. Vibrant red berry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by notes of rose pastille and cured tobacco, offering refreshing mineral snap and cut. A dry, graceful wine that shows no rough edges and finishes with excellent clarity and persistence.” -Josh Raynolds
93 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2010
“This generous red offers cherry, currant and cranberry fruit, cola, licorice and spice accents. Full-bodied and firm, but not heavy, with lively acidity and a fresh, floral finish. Drink now through 2018. 750 cases imported.” -Thomas Matthews

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013–$25.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.07.15)
90 Points – Winespectator, Jun 15, 2014
“Graceful and elegant, with spice, Meyer lemon and quince notes up front. This is silky smooth but shows tremendous power on the finish, where crisp, clean acidity and flavors of mineral, ruby grapefruit and stone fruit crescendo. Drink now. 44,000 cases imported.” –MW

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Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroirs de Chablis 2013 White Burgundy Wine

Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroirs de Chablis 2013–$22.94 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.07.15)
For previous vintage 91 Points – International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013
“Bright pale yellow. Musky aromas of grapefruit, lavender and yellow rose. Densely packed, ripe and penetrating, with good cut and texture but also a saline umami quality to the flavors of grapefruit, lemon, pear and flowers. Finishes with very good salty mineral persistence. I enjoyed this terrific village wine with a yellowtail carpaccio.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer 2013

Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer 2013–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.07.15)
89 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2014
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 The Boxer Shiraz opens with tons of intense chocolate, vanilla and spice intermingling with an aromatic core of ripe and berry preserves. Very big, full and rich, it is so concentrated you could practically stand a spoon up in the glass. The medium-level velvety tannins hold through the long, slightly hot, finish. Drink it now to 2017.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Cantina Iuli Umberta Barbera Red Italian Wine

Cantina Iuli Umberta Barbera–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.07.15)
“The wine is fresh, fruity, clean and easy to drink. We firmly believe that the entry level wine of any producer should above all be approachable and eminently drinkable.” – The Importer

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Tournon Victorian Shiraz Mathilda 2012 Red Austrailian Wine

Tournon Victorian Shiraz Mathilda 2012–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.07.15)
92 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2014
“Fresh, vital and open-textured, this cool-climate Shiraz drips with plum and currant fruit, weaving in black pepper, mineral and black olive notes. Finishes with a refreshing lilt while maintaining momentum. Drink now through 2019. 3,000 cases imported.” –HS

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Dec. 26-31, 2014: ‘Twas the Tasting After Christmas…

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so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich Mora

Sonim Brut Reserva NV

Sonim Brut Reserva NV–$11.04 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.31.14)
88 Points – International Wine Cellar, November 2009
“(40% parellada and 30% each of macabeo and xarel-lo): Bright straw. Peppery lemon and lime aromas are complicated by herbs and white flowers. Spicy, tightly wound citrus zest flavors are dusted by pungent herbs and white pepper. Turns slightly bitter on the back half and finishes with a strong lime zest note. No fat on these bones; in fact this tangy Cava is more grown-up than plenty of big-house non-vintage Champagnes, and the price is a steal.” -Josh Raynolds

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Bodegas Naia Sauvignon Blanc S 2013 Spanish White Wine

Bodegas Naia Sauvignon Blanc S 2013–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.31.14)
89 Points — International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2014
“Light yellow gold. Vibrant grapefruit pith, green apple and dusty minerals on the perfumed nose and in the mouth,. Dry and taut, with good lift thanks to juicy acidity. A subtle herbal note comes out on the clinging nicely focused finish.”

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Nora Albarino 2013 Vina Nora DO Rias Baixas

Nora Albarino 2013 Vina Nora DO Rias Baixas–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.31.14)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“Pale yellow. Spicy pear and melon aromas are complicated by notes of dusty minerals and honeysuckle. Silky and gently sweet on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of white pepper. The floral note repeats on the firm, focused finish, which shows very good clarity and persistence.”

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Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill North 2010 Oregon Red Wine

Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill North 2010–$35.019 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.31.14)
92 Points — Wine Enthusiast, June 2014
“Despite its low alcohol, this is a surpassingly elegant, evocative and sensual Pinot from Lumos. The texture, palate weight, and solid core of cherry and chocolate, with highlights of pine needles, make this a riveting young wine. It’s clean and crisply defined, with a lick of lemon in the finish.” -Paul Gregutt
91 Points — International Wine Cellar

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Demora Tempranillo 2007 Red Spanish Wine

Demora Tempranillo 2007–$18.69 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.31.14)
92 Points! – Wine Enthusiast, Issue December 2010
“Lower in price than Cenit’s Old Vines, but to me this is a better, more open wine with bacon, spice and bold black-fruit aromas. The palate is full but retains finesse as well as big tannins; flavors of black fruits come with chocolate, coffee and spice. Full-force stuff but still fairly refined.”

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La Mala Ribera del Duero 2009 Red Spanish Wine

La Mala Ribera del Duero 2009–$119.69 SAVE 10%! (on sale through 12.31.14)
94 Points! Wine Spectator, Issue Sept. 30, 2013. Vol.38
“This red is racy and focused, featuring harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, mineral and smoke that mingle over a firm, polished texture and drive through the savory, spicy finish. An alluring mix of power and elegance. Drink now through 2025. 100 cases imported.” -TM

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Dec. 17-24, 2014: Wines for Festive Feasts and Holiday Hang-outs

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“These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich Mora

Chateau Teyssier St.-Emilion Chateau Laforge 2010 Red Bordeaux Wine

Chateau Teyssier St.-Emilion Chateau Laforge 2010–$47.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.24.14)
94 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2013
“…The 2010 Laforge emerges from three major soil types in St.-Emilion – gravel, sand and hard limestone. It is largely a Merlot-based wine, with only about 8% Cabernet Franc added in. A big, forceful, classic, full-bodied St.-Emilion with sensational depth…plenty of black fruit, hints of incense, graphite, and forest floor, and perhaps even a suggestion of black truffle. It is deep, full-bodied, opulently textured, yet the tannic structure comes through in the finish. This is another sensational effort from proprietor Jonathan Malthus. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032.” -Robert Parker
91 Points – Wine Spectator, March 2013
“Solid, with linzer torte and cassis notes woven together and lined with a sappy melted licorice note. Plenty of sweet spice fills in on the finish, which is dense but caressing in feel overall. Best from 2014 through 2024.” –JM

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Celler Can Blau Mas de Can Blau Montsant 2010 Red Spanish Wine

Celler Can Blau Mas de Can Blau Montsant 2010–$33.59 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.24.14)
92 Points – International Wine Cellar, September 2013
“(35% carinena, 35% syrah and 30% garnacha; fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak for 18 months): Inky ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of dark berry liqueur, incense and floral pastilles. Smooth, expansive and seamless, offering sexy blueberry preserve and cola flavors along with a hint of candied violet. Finishes with bright mineral snap, sneaky tannins and lingering spiciness.” -Josh Raynolds

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Cesari Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Bosan 2010 Red Italian Wine

Cesari Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Bosan 2010–$30.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.24.14)
92 Points! – Wine Advocate, Oct. 2013
“From one of the estate’s four vineyard crus, the 2010 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Bosan is 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella aged 12 months in French barrique and then transferred to botte grande for another six months. The wine beautifully illustrates the potential of Ripasso and consistently wins high marks across the board. Lush, rich and opulent, it delivers an exceedingly smooth mouthfeel supported by cherry, spice, leather, roasted almond, espresso and exotic aromas. Sweet spice and cinnamon appear on the close. This is a seductive soft and shapely red wine. Drink 2014-2024.” -Monica Lamer
91 Points! – Wine Spectator, Feb. 2014
“Elegant and aromatic, featuring silky tannins wrapped around notes of plump cherry, ground anise, cassis, dark chocolate and exotic jasmine. Very harmonious, with a lasting finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases made. -Alison Napjus

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Collet Champagne Brut NV

Collet Champagne Brut NV–$25.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.24.14)
88 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2012
“Firm, with open-knit notes of Gala apple, white peach, ginger and grapefruit zest, complimented by a baseline of minerality. Modest finish. Drink now. 29,000 cases made.” -Alison Napjus

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Domaine Philippe Portier Quincy Cuvee des Victoires 2011

Domaine Philippe Portier Quincy Cuvee des Victoires 2011–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.24.14)
“Produced from the Cuvee des Victoires parcel — for which it is named — this Quincy is a single-vineyard wine. The juice is fermented and aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks to produce an elegant, well-balanced white wine with intense aromatics of spring florals and citrus fruits. Enjoy this wine in its youth as an aperitif or paired with seafood — particularly shellfish — or white meat entrees.” -The Importer

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Scott Family Chardonnay Dijon Clone Arroyo Seco 2012 White California Wine

Scott Family Chardonnay Dijon Clone Arroyo Seco 2012–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.24.14)
“Dijon Clones impart distinctive mineral characteristics with rich flavors of citrus, stone fruits, white peach, melon and other tropical notes. The 2012 Scott Family Estate Chardonnay has vibrant aromas of fresh pear, orange zest, mineral notes and vanilla with bright acidity and flavors of Meyer lemon, white peach and butterscotch, leading to a long, lingering finish. This finely balanced wine is food-friendly and versatile. Enjoy with a seafood salad, chicken with cashews or an omelet.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Dec. 10-17, 2014: Welcome, December!

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Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut NV

Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut NV–$27.89 SAVE 10%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
90 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012
“The NV Brut Cuvee is the finest entry-level methode Champenoise wine being made in Italy. White peaches, green apples, flowers and crushed rocks are layered into an energetic frame of notable class. Bellavista’s Brut Cuvee is one of the go-to wines at my house. It never disappoints…” -Antonio Galloni

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Ten Acre Chardonnay Sonoma 2013 California White Wine
Ten Acre Chardonnay Sonoma 2013–$26.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
“This expressive wine perfectly personifies the classic style of chardonnay that the cool-climate Russian River Valley is known for. Fruit from several of our single vineyard chardonnay sources was combined to create this well balanced take on the classic Burgundian varietal. The Russian River Valley is famous for the coastal morning fog that slowly burns off throughout the day, lengthening the hang time of chardonnay fruit during the ripening season.” -The Winery
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Shinas Estate The Executioner 2009

Shinas Estate The Executioner 2009–$25.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
“The Executioner is a blend of Shiraz 55%, Cabernet Sauvignion 43% and Viognier 2% it’s produced from our premium vineyard and is our Flag Ship wine. Due to extremely light grape yields from The Executioner Vineyard, only 6 barrels of Shiraz and 4 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignion were produced. The Executioner is a wine worth dying for, production is so small it’s a crime punishable by death.” -The Winery

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Dandelion Vineyards Legacy Of The Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximinez NV 375mL

Dandelion Vineyards Legacy Of The Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximinez NV 375mL–$21.24 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
91 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012
“Pale amber colored, the NV Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximinez has a nutty, almond and hazelnut nose over a core of caramel, dried apricots, figs, sultanas and spice cake. Very sweet, full bodied and unctuous in the mouth, it has a good line of crisp acidity cutting through the richness and a very long finish. Drink this one now.” -Lisa Perotti-Brown

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Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2012 Red California Wine

Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2012–$17.84 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
“The thirty acre Crazy Creek Vineyard lies just east of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Cabernet Sauvignon with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation. Stylistically, Nick strives for full body and power in the mouth with wood behind the fruit. Few single vineyard Cabernets are offered at such a reasonable price. Blackberry, black pepper, and plum flavors enveloped in sweet oak. Round and fleshy middle palate, with nice concentration and good structure. Finishes with silky tannins and a hint of spice.” -The Winery

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Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2011 French Red Wine

Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2011–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
88 Points! Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2013
Hints of earthy spice and bark add interest to the somewhat muted blackberry and black plum aromas. The wine opens up more on the palate, revealing a lush and creamy texture, with dense blackberry flavors and a sweet oak and vanilla spice that lingers through the finish.” -Lauren Buzzeo

 

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Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato 2012

Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato 2012–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.17.14)
“Sweet Justice Moscato is an Italian style sparkling white Wine produced in north-west Victoria. This new addition to the Shinas Estate Boutique wine collection is sweet, low in Alcohol and is perfect for any occasion.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Dec. 3-10, 2014: Kick off the Holiday Season

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Summerland Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 California Red Wine

Summerland Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010–$39.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.10.14)
94 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2014
“Barnyard aromas make a positive showing on this single-vineyard wine, with sour yeast, pungent berries and fired orange rinds. It’s very full on the palate, with lusciously sanguine flavors mixing up with cinnamon and allspice against a blackberry backbone. Very complex.” -Matt Kettmann

Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010

Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010–$23.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.10.14)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2013
“Smooth and inviting, this medium-weight charmer offers enticing blueberry, plum and gentle spice notes that persist onto the polished finish. Drink now through 2017. 5,894 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman

 

Alleno & Chapoutier St Joseph la Croix de Chabot Red Rhone Wine

Alleno & Chapoutier St Joseph la Croix de Chabot–$23.19 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.10.14)
90 Points, Wine Spectator, Dec 2013
“The 2011 St.-Joseph La Croix de Chabot is a medium to full-bodied, classic Syrah effort that gives up ample peppery black fruits, herbs, flowers and hints of minerality on the nose. Chewy and rich, with solid fruit, it should drink nicely for 7-8 years, if not longer.” -Robert Parker
90 Points, International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2014
“Inky ruby. Smoky blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with a spicy quality adding lift. Densely packed dark berry flavors show very good clarity and pick up a candied licorice quality with air. Closes on a peppery note, with supple tannins and a lingering suggestion of cured meat.” -Josh Raynolds

 

Cedrick Bardin Sancerre 2012 Loire White Wine

Cedrick Bardin Sancerre 2012–$19.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.10.14)
89 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2013
“Lively peach, thistle flower and flint notes mingle in this white, with a hint of tarragon on the finish. Drink now. 1,450 cases made.” -James Molesworth

 

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rose 2013 South African Rose Wine

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rose 2013–$11.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.10.14)
“A full bodied wine with more onion skin colour rather than red/pink. Typical Pinotage floral aromas with prominent red fruit flavours. Staying with the Kanonkop philosophy this wine is a full bodied food wine. Add a bit of ice for spice.” -The Winery

Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna 2013 Italian White Wine

Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna 2013–$11.19 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.10.14)
Winery Tasting Notes:
COLOUR: Straw yellow with greenish reflections.
AROMA: Heady, balanced and well-expressed, with a fresh fragrance reminiscent of ripe apple.
PALATE: Dry without being bitter; fresh and lively; very well-orchestrated, with a well-calibrated, almond-rich backdrop; excellent persistence.