Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Dec. 30 – Jan 5th: Carolyn’s Choice!

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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

Borell Diehl Kabinett Gewurztraminer Kabinett 2014 German White Wine

Borell Diehl Kabinett Gewurztraminer Kabinett 2014–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.05.16)
“…Deep-fruited, sweet, joyful, varietally true Pfalzer Gewurz full of tea roses and pink grapefruit. Picked at a whopping 105 degrees oechsle (that’s low Auslese level!), this is what the wine magazine hacks always used to write about when they raved about pairing Gewurztraminer and Indian or Chinese food. Alsatian versions are too dry and high octane; this is the baby you want with Jungle Curry and serious Sichuan. Amazing bargain – unique, exciting, and sensuously delicious.” – World of Liquoir, online

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Chateau de Montfort Vouvray Demi-Sec French Loire White Wine

Chateau de Montfort Vouvray Demi-Sec–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.05.16)
92 points from Wine Review Online: July 2015
“It’s worth repeating: The Vouvray appellation is home to an array of fabulous undervalued white wines. A major impediment to their more widespread popularity is the confusion regarding the level of sweetness. And this wine is a perfect example. The label reads “Demi-Sec,” which implies sweetness. But it’s not really a sweet wine because electrifying acidity creates a wonderful tension and edginess. Fruity… yes. Sweet… no.  This is a great choice for flavorful dishes — either Asian influenced or something like fettuccine and pesto. You’ll get a lot of enjoyment for the price. Don’t miss it.”

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Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Copper Rhone Blend 2010 California Red Wine

Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Copper Rhone Blend 2010–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.05.16)
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
“Spiced plums and purple flowers such as violet make for an appealing aromatic profile on this well-priced wine, a blend of 57% Syrah, 23% Petite Sirah, 17% Grenache and 3% Viognier. The palate is soft with flavors of ginger and red currant, tasting elegant though not exactly restrained.” – Matt Kettmann “Bright fruit, subtle earthiness and notes of oak, red cherry and plum, accented with cedar and clean mineral notes leading to a long, pleasing finish.” -Broken Earth Winery
Blend of Syrah(57%), Petite Sirah (23%) Grenache (17%), Viognier (3%) from Paso Robles

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Bogle Phantom 2012 California Red Wine

Bogle Phantom 2012–$16.79 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.05.16)
Blend: 46% Petite Sirah, 40% Zinfandel, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Mourvedre
“A spectre of rubies sparkles in the glass, awaiting with its first impression. Bright red cherry fruit and black pepper tempt you to take that sip, with hints of brawny juniper, rich blackberry and briary boysenberry in the background. Succulent in mouthfeel, the wine showcases its versatile grape varietals: Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Aged for over 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak, tones of spicy vanilla and toasted coconut moderate the firm tannins and create a focused and intense finish. Enjoy this passionate and commanding red wine, yet another vintage impossible to ignore.” -The Winery

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Mollydooker Merlot The Scooter 2014 Australian Red Wine

Mollydooker Merlot The Scooter 2014–$23.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 01.05.16)
Review for the Previous Vintage:
88 Points from Wine Spectator
“Plump, spicy and generous, with ripe currant fruit and notes of savory red pepper and pink peppercorn adding to the supple finish. Drink now through 2018. 3,469 cases made.” –HS

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Dec. 16th-22nd: A Tasting with River Horse!

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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

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Holden Manz Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 South African Red Wine –$20.39 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.22.15)

2010 Vintage:
“Nose: An intense nose filled with berry sensations that complement the magnificent black fruit and extract of pepper and spice notes.
Palate: Very big on the palate with rich entry of ripe red ripe berry fruits. The middle palate is focussed and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a full dry finish. Pliable tannins are present and balanced combining well with the flavours of the sappy black fruit.” – The Winery

 

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Audacia Stellenbosch Merlot 2012 South African Red Wine $16.15 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.22.15)
2009 Vintage: “A soft, elegant, striking red wine with pencil shavings and red fruit aromas on the nose, partnered with lingering plums on the pallet. Soft, cotton-like-tannins ensures for a delicious red wine experience in every glass.” – The Winery

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Peconic Bay Winery Race Viognier 2012 Long Island White Wine $15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.22.15)
“Race Wines is the new label from veteran North Fork winemaker Greg Gove, who most recently served at Peconic Bay Winery’s winemaker. The current releases were made at PBW before it closed, but he is now making his wines at Lenz Winery.” -New York Cork Report, 2014

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Sola Lake County Sauvignon Blanc 2013 California White Wine–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.22.15)
“Sola Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful pale straw color with light to medium body and bright acidity. Pineapple, lemongrass and wild herbs give way to elements of minerals on the palate. Delicious, balanced and elegant. The finish is crisp and refreshing—delightful!” -WineGems.net

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Quinta da Murta Arinto Bucelas 2013 Portuguese White Wine–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.22.15)
2012 Vintage: “Exuberant and fresh nose with notes of lemon, lime, apple, tropical fruit and some floral and mineral background evidence. Body well balanced and creamy. Long and persistent finish. To enjoy at any time either in “primeur” or in “vin de garde” with aromas developing years after years.” – The Vineyard

 

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Dec. 23 – 30: Boxing Day 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

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Jamesport East-End Chardonnay 2013–$12.75 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.30.15)
East End Chardonnay’s complex aromas include peaches, butterscotch. These aromas appear on the palette along with citrus and melon flavors. This medium bodied wine has a crisp refreshing finish.

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Erste and Neue Pinot Grigio 2014 –$14.45 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.30.15)

Stainless Steel Fermented, Grown in soil of Limestone with Glacial Deposits

“The first wine co-operative created in Kaltern, Alto Adige, established in 1900, Erste e Neue now has some 500 growers contributing grapes from approximately 280 hectares of vineyards. From terraced vineyards that are situated around Lake Kaltern and on the plateau at the foot of the Mendel Mountain, the co-op’s members produce premium wines from grapes grown in cru and top quality locations.” – The Winery

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Chateau Baugier Lussac Saint-Emilion 2013–$12.75 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.30.15)
“75% Merlot – 25% Cabernet Franc. In the unique terroir of Saint-Emilion, Merlot is king (or perhaps empress), but it’s always married into the Cabernet family to bring forth a regal, rich, complex wine. Don’t mistake Baugier Lussac Saint-Emilion for common, ever soft Merlot blend. Its genius lies in combining supple, sumptuous fruitiness with the backbone necessary for a great wine. Aerate it for a while in a carafe or pitcher, or swirl it in a large glass. You’ll enjoy the deep ruby color, the generous aromas and flavors of berry fruit. Baugier Lussac Saint-Emilion will delight you either unaccompanied or paired with a wide variety of dishes.” – The Importer

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Cantine due Palme Canonico Salento Negroamaro 2011–$12.75 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.30.15)

“TASTING NOTES: medium ruby red colour; aromas of plum, dried herb and cooked black fruit; dry, medium bodied, soft tannins, juicy red fruit flavour. This is a very easy drinking and versatile wine.” – The Winery

“Canonico” is the name of the wine, Salento is the region in which it was grown, and Negroamaro is the name of the grape!

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Altos Las Hormigas Valle de Uco Terroir Malbec 2013–$14.45 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.30.15)

88 Points from Wine Spectator, November 2015

“Features accents of dried beef and hoisin sauce to the roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Notes of green herbs show on the finish. A firm and fleshy red. Drink now. 6,500 cases made.”
–KM

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Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah 2012–$21.24 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.30.15)

91 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only – 2014

“Focused, dense and polished, with blackberry, cherry and floral flavors on a glassy, smooth texture, lingering easily and showing some transparency on the finish. Has intensity and grace. Drink now through 2018. 4,906 cases made.” –HS

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Dec. 9 – 16: Ted’s Christmas Adventure

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Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec Cotes du Roussillon 2012 French Red Wine

Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec Cotes du Roussillon 2012–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.16.15)
91 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2015
“…A blend of 60% Grenache, 28% Syrah and the rest Carignan, that was fermented in tank aged in demi-muid (the Grenache is brought up all in tank), this medium to full-bodied beauty has terrific ripeness in its sweet blackberry, black cherry, truffle, peppery herbs and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Concentrated, rich and structured, with rocking levels of fruit, it will drink nicely for 5-6 years.” -Jeb Dunnuck

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Chakana Estate Red 2013 Argentina Red Wine

Chakana Estate Red 2013–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.16.15)
95 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2013 For 2012 Vintage
“The 2012 Estate Red is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. This killer red comes from Chakana-s two well-placed vineyards in southern Mendoza, Agrelo and Alta Mira. Aromas of flowers, blackberries, camphor, forest floor and subtle new oak emerge from this full-bodied, textured, opulent blockbuster. Extremely pure and rich, this bargain-priced Malbec should drink well for 6-10+ years. If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00.” -Robert Parker
93 Points – Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2015
“Chakana’s red blend combines Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to good effect, showing a freshness that runs through all their recent reds. Fresh, complex and subtle with filigree tannins, this is a very harmonious red. Drink: 2015-19” -Tim Atkin

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Shinas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon The Verdict 2012 Red Austrailian Wine

Shinas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon The Verdict 2012–$17.84 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.16.15)
“This has a dark plum color with a slight crimson hue. It showcases aromas of ripe blackberries, vanilla and dark chocolate leading into a palate packed with riveting flavors of black cherry, red plums, and ripe strawberries. With a solid-built frame of tannin and crisp acid, the wine manages to find balance with the equitable amount of plush texture.” -The Importer

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Shinas Estate Shiraz The Guilty 2012 Red Austrailian Wine

Shinas Estate Shiraz The Guilty 2012–$17.84 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.16.15)
“Ripe shiny blackberry red. Voluptuous cherry, vanilla and peppery spice aromas and full-bodied flavours packed with smoky vanillin oak, cherry and strawberry fruits, chocolate and mocha all wrapped up in a big, rich, velvety smooth package. A juicy wine with fine tannins, the pepper detected on the nose kicks in again to make a welcome re-appearance on the powerful finish. Made from low yielding old vines dating back to 1898 and aged in older French oak, the fruit is sourced from Mildura on the north west Victorian border.” -Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week.com

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Walnut Block Collectibles Sauvignon Blanc 2014 New Zealand White Wine

Walnut Block Collectibles Sauvignon Blanc 2014–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.16.15)
100% Sauvignon Blanc, All Stainless Steel
“A Fresh and pure, the nose displays floral, lime zest and subtle herbaceous characters. The palate is lively and well fruited with a juicy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. Classically flavored and easy drinking.” -The Importer

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Quinta da Raza Dom Diogo Arinto Vinho Verde 2013 White Portuguese Wine

Quinta da Raza Dom Diogo Arinto Vinho Verde 2013–$10.819 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.16.15)
“100% Arinto. It is a wine-colored citrine, a fruity aroma and complex flavor with engaging and persistent. It is an excellent wine to accompany a meal of fish or seafood, white meats, pastas and risottos. Should be served well chilled.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Dec. 2nd – Dec. 8th: A Delightful December Tasting!

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Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2014–$12.75 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.08.15)

“A great bottle of California Sauvignon Blanc containing pungent citrusy aromatics and a savory core of fresh herbs and lemon-lime flavors. Leaves you wanting more…” – The Distributor

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Meulenhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2014–$18.69 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.08.15)

Previous Vintage:

88 Points – Vinous Media, September 2014
“Subtle bouquet of peach pit, cinnamon and lemon zest. The elegant white peach flavor is decidedly light on the palate, highlighted by refreshing acidity. Mineral salts accent a pleasing finish.” – Joel B. Payne

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Ramsay North Coast Pinot Noir 2013–$14.45 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.08.15)
“The nose shows classic Pinot Noir notes of raspberry and cherry, with lots of earthiness and lovely toasty oak. The mouth explodes with blueberry, Bing cherry, anise and toast. Even more striking is the depth and richness of the mouth-feel, like a rich, thick, red pillow for the mouth. The wine is very fruity, with blackberry characters and a big, rich, tarry and solid balance. The oak is refined and quite opulent in its ‘warm’ characters.” -The Distributor

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Venus “La Universal” Dido Montsant 2013–$17.85 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 12.08.15)
93 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2015 “The bright ruby-colored red 2013 Dido is a blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon gown by four different grape growers on granite soils in the village of Falset where the winery is located. This is one of the few zones where the soil exists in the Montsant appellation, as you leave Falset and head for Porrera. This vintage has a much higher percentage of Garnacha, and the nose shows it, it feels much more floral, fresh, with no herbal tones even with the Bordeaux grapes in a fresh vintage. There is good complexity, it’s earthy and balsamic with some Mediterranean hints but keeping the Atlantic freshness. The texture is silky but has some dusty tannins. The 15 months élevage has polished it and made it open and expressive. This is what they were looking for with the red Dido. The wine matured in a combination of cement vats and used barriques, but there is no trace of oak whatsoever. This is great wine and great value. 61,000 bottles produced.” -Luis Gutierrez

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Domaine Xavier Besson Givry 1er Cru Rouge “Les Grands Pretans” 2013–$25.59 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 12.08.15)

From the Vineyard (translated from French):
“The red Givry 1er cru Les Grands-Prétans comes from a plot of 1.50 ha with an average age of 30. The plot is ideally located, right in the hillside southeast exposure. “Fullness” is the word that best characterizes this wine within the range of Givrys the field. The flesh is ample sitting on powerful tannins but perfectly fused with a tasty spicy fruit.”

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Charles Medley Distillery Private Stock 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey–$54.89 SAVE 10%! (on sale through 12.08.15)

“Today the company is run by the 7th and 8th generation Wathen-Medley boys, Sam and his Father Charles. A low rye mash bill is used to create these high quality Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

“Originally launched by George Medley in 1873, this brand was discontiinued in the 1940’s. After finding an original bottle in the basement, Charles Medley and his son, Sam were inspired to relaunch Medley’s Private Stock as a premium, 10 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.” -The Distillery