Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Nov. 25 – Dec. 2: A Post-Turkey Tasting!

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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

Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Excellence NV California Sparkling Wine

Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Excellence NV–$15.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2013
“A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.” -Tim Fish

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Jigsaw Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Red Oregon Wine

Jigsaw Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014–$15.19 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
Rating for Previous vintage:
88 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2013
“Sourced from a half-dozen vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills and wider Willamette A.V.A.s – including Cattrall and Temperance Hill, from which Seestedt also essayed vineyard designates in this vintage – the Ransom 2012 Pinot Noir Jigsaw was bottled already last July. Its mint- and sassafras-tinged boysenberry, blackberry and cassis fruit preserve an attractively fresh edge and finish with abundant juiciness. This doesn’t offer the complexity of the corresponding 2010 (reviewed in issue 202) but offers fine value for consumption by 2015. ” -David Schildknecht “All of the pieces of the Willamette Valley puzzle fit seamlessly together in the 2012 Jigsaw. An opulent garnet color in the glass, the wine opens with rich aromatics of black plum and violets. The palate is warm and expansive, with flavors of sarsaparilla and sweet earth punctuating plush, velveteen tannins. The wine finishes lavish and supple with lingering hints of muscovado sugar and blackberry conserve. Ready to drink now, with elegance and restraint enough to cellar.” -The Winery

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Demora Tempranillo 2007 Red Spanish Wine

Demora Tempranillo 2007–$14.95 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
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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Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2010 Red Bordeaux Wine

Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2010–$13.59 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
87 Points Wine Spectator, 2012 (web only)
“This is ambitious, with strong toasted anise and fruitcake notes, followed by dark plum, fig paste and blackberry preserves flavors. A toasty edge hangs through the finish. A bit obvious, but will have some fans. Drink now. 3,800 cases made.” –James Molesworth

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Cambria Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard 2013 White California Wine

Cambria Chardonnay Katherine’s Vineyard 2013–$13.59 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
“The 2013 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay features lively fruit and oak spice aromas supported by citrus, white peach and apple flavors on the palate. Nicely weighted through the mid-palate, the finish is bright and crisp.” -Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker

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Offley Porto Late Bottled Vintage LBV Portuguese Dessert Wine

Offley Porto Late Bottled Vintage LBV–$18.39 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2010
“Big, bold fruity wine, with plenty of black berry and sweet jam flavors. The wine has some tight tannins, but the velvet fruits are prominent, giving both density and directness.” -Roger Voss

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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 editiion Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 Single Malt Scotch–$79.99 SAVE 10%! (on sale through 12.02.15)
“Released during Fèis Ìle 2015 and marking the distillery’s 200th anniversary, for this special edition of Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Distiller John Campbell used 100% floor malted barley (from the distillery’s own small malting floor) and used only the two smaller, older stills during distillation! It was matured in ex-bourbon casks for around a dozen years.” -Bottling Notes

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Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Nov. 18-25: 6 Wines from 4 Countries

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

Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut NV

Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut NV–$27.99 SAVE 10%! (on sale through 11.25.15)
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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Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2012 Red Australian Wine

Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz 2012–$19.54 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.25.15)
92 points – Australian Wine Companion, February 2014
“A generous medium to full-bodied wine, the bouquet and palate offering plum, blackberry, and dabs of chocolate and vanilla ex oak first up, given complexity by the brambly, savoury finish.”
91 points – International Wine Cellar, July 2014
“Bright purple. Sexy cassis, blackberry and vanilla aromas are complemented by hints of peppery spices, licorice and mocha. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry flavors, a touch of spicecake and very good depth. The licorice and cassis notes repeat on the energetic, youthfully tannic finish.” -Josh Raynolds

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Zonte's Footstep Cabernet Sauvignon Avalon Tree 2011 Red Austrailian Wine

Zonte’s Footstep Cabernet Sauvignon Avalon Tree 2011–$15.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 11.25.15)
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, July 2013
“Opaque ruby. Fresh dark berries, plum and licorice on the nose, with hints of allspice and vanilla adding complexity. Sappy, sweet red and dark berry compote flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and pick up a subtle floral pastille quality with aeration. Soft tannins add focus to the finish, which shows an appealing, slightly jammy blackberry character.” -Josh Raynolds

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Chateau Landerau Bordeaux Blanc 2012 French White Wine

Chateau Landerau Bordeaux Blanc 2012–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.25.15)
This Bordeaux Blanc is a blend of 50% Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, and 10% Muscadelle.
2014 GOLD MEDAL – Concours Mondial du Sauvignon
2013 GOLD MEDAL – Concours Bordeaux AOC Entre-Deux-Mers

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Fabrice Larochette Macon-Fuisse

Fabrice Larochette Macon-Fuisse–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.25.15)
Situated in the very South of the Maconnais, the Saint-Veran vineyards form a gilded belt around Pouilly-Fuisse. The two are similar in terms of relief and production techniques, even in their actual taste and fragrance. A wine with character and typical of the terroir, “Les Deux Moulins” has aromas of peach and pear. The flavours are soft, seductive and altogether extremely enjoyable.

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Hugl Gruner Veltliner 2014 Austrian White Wine

Hugl Gruner Veltliner 2014–$11.04 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.25.15)
“This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone.” -Winemaker

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Nov. 11-18: We’re Pouting 5 Wines from 5 Countries!

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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

Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja 2007 Red Spanish Wine

Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja 2007–$76.49 SAVE 24%! (on sale through 11.18.15)
95 Points – The Wine Advocate, June 2009
“The 2007 Pagos Viejos is sourced from Artadi’s three best and most elevated vineyard sites, all planted to Tempranillo over 75 years of age. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak. It sports a superb aromatic array of toasty new oak, pencil lead, violets, incense, black cherry, and blueberry. Elegant, ripe, and velvety on the palate, it has superb depth and concentration, savory flavors, a firm structure, and a 45-second finish. Give it 6-8 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2016 to 2032.” -Jay Miller

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Luce della Vite Lucente 2012 Italian Red Wine

Luce della Vite Lucente 2012–$20.39 SAVE 24%! (on sale through 11.18.15)
92 Points – James Suckling
“Aromas of blackberries, minerals and fresh herbs. Full body, firm tannins and a savory, juicy aftertaste. Hints of toasted oak. The second wine of Luce. Needs time to soften but delicious already.”
91 Points – Vinous, February 2015
“A racy, expressive wine, the 2012 Lucente captures the personality of the year in spades. Super-ripe red stone fruits, raspberry jam, mocha and sweet spices are all juicy and exuberant in a silky red to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2012 Lucente makes a great introduction to this range of wines from the Frescobaldi family.” -Antonio Galloni

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Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Excellence NV California Sparkling Wine

Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Excellence NV–$16.99 SAVE 24%! (on sale through 11.18.15)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2013
“A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.” -Tim Fish

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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier 2013 Red Australian Wine

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier 2013–$16.99 SAVE 24%! (on sale through 11.18.15)
91 points – Wine Spectator, April 2015
“Fresh and expressive, medium-weight but vivid, with black cherry and floral notes, balanced by a stony minerality that glides into the long finish against fine tannins. Drink now through 2020.” -H.S.

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Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014 White Argentina Wine

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014–$12.74 SAVE 24%! (on sale through 11.18.15)
90 points – International Wine Cellar, March 2014
“Pale green-tinged yellow. Peach and soft citrus aromas are accented by a touch of spice. Rich, chewy, complex and dry, showing an almost oily texture to the flavors of yellow peach, pineapple, pear and anise lifted by flowers. Offers a terrific combination of chewy texture and inner-mouth energy. Finishes sappy, saline and long, with excellent grip. This has the umami texture to complement sushi and sashimi. This bottling is consistently excellent–and a top value.” -Stephen Tanzer

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Nov. 4-11: France, California, Argentina!

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

Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2012 California Red Wine

Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2012–$22.94 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.11.15)
90 points – Wine Advocate, August 2014
“The 2012 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is a pretty, forward and classy effort that gives up plenty of strawberry and sweet red berry fruit, spice and hints of flowers to go with a medium-bodied, supple, beautifully textured feel on the palate. Aged 12 months in 46% new French oak, it won-t make old bones, but will dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming 3-4 years.” —Jeb Dunnuck

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Cedrick Bardin Sancerre 2013 Loire White Wine

Cedrick Bardin Sancerre 2013–$22.94 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.11.15)
87 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2014
“Light but focused, with lime pulp, fennel and flint notes that have a good tangy edge through the finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.” -James Molesworth

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Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2013 Red California Wine

Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2013–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.11.15)
91 points – Wine Advocate, August 2015
“Coming more from the southern end of the appellation (it’s mostly Pisoni and Sierra Mar), the 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has come on like gangbusters since I tasted it from barrel last year. It gives up lots of blackberry and darker styled fruits, mint, cloves, crushed rock and underbrush to go with a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, fruit-loaded style on the palate. Possessing beautiful fruit and no hard edges, it represents a killer value in Pinot Noir and should drink nicely for 4-5 years.” —Jeb Dunnuck
90 points – International Wine Cellar, July 2014
“The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is unusually juicy this year owing to the significant presence of Pisoni fruit in the blend. Dark red stone fruits, blackberries, menthol, tobacco, grilled herbs and game inform a dark, resonant Pinot with tons of near-term appeal.” —Antonio Galloni
90 points – Wine Enthusiast, July 2015
“Deep purple fruits, black sage, big cherry and woody spices arise from this wine by Adam Lee, who recently sold to Jackson Family Wines but will remain in charge. The palate shows crushed clove and allspice, licorice, graphite and more dark fruit flavors.” —Matt Kettmann

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Sean Thackrey La Pleiade II California White Wine

Sean Thackrey La Pleiade II–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.11.15)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, May 2014
“Medium yellow. Slightly high-toned aromas of yellow apple, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Dry and chewy in the mouth, with a pronounced phenolic character to the flavors of pear skin, cyanic peach pit, green almond and bitter herbs. Suggests a good bit of skin contact. Not a fruity style but this distinctly idiosyncratic blend should be endlessly flexible with food. Hipster alert!” -Stephen Tanzer

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Cigar Box Malbec Argentina Red Wine

Cigar Box Malbec–$11.04 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.11.15)
“Sourced from a single vineyard, the grapes for this wine were bunch selected and hand harvested. The wine displays aroma of ripe plum and violets along with subtle hints of vanilla. Of great structure, this wine stands out for its meatiness and intense rich flavor while a soft silky finish balances the overall experience. Drink with grilled meat or salmon, or alone in your room with the door locked… you are the boss!” -Cigar Box

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Chateau de Manissy Cotes du Rhone 2013 Red Rhone Wine

Chateau de Manissy Cotes du Rhone 2013–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.11.15)
86 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2015
“Located in Tavel, Manissy is an organic producer whose red Côtes du Rhône is a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 15% Counoise. Whiffs of thyme and bay leaf accent slightly confected cherry fruit in this reasonably crisp, easy-to-drink wine. There’s not much tannin, so you might even try it slightly chilled.” — J.C.