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Tuesday Newsletter 1-16-18

Jump Start Offer: Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2017 – Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino; Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino New Arrival; Staff Picks; Single Vineyard, Rare Tuscan Clone; Arriving Friday: Old School Barolo from Cavallotto; New Burghound Reviews: 2016 Domaine Faiveley; January Clearance Sale: Spain Edition; Grand Marques: All Best Prices in the USA!


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Arriving Friday

Wine Spectator Top 100 2017

Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Umbria 2011 750ML ($37.95) $29 pre-arrival special
Case-12 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Umbria 2011 750ML ($419.95) $316 pre-arrival special (that’s only $26.33/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 92 points “This finely balanced Sagrantino layers creamy tannins with a pretty array of raspberry ganache, fig cake and dried sage flavors, accented by aromatic hints of rose petal and spice.… Read the rest

Monday Newsletter 1-15-18

Highlight New Arrival: Chambeyron-Manin Cote Brune; #Trending; Best-Value Grower Champagnes: Holiday Sale Ends January 31st; Staff Clearance Sale Pick; Palacios: Arriving Friday; January Clearance Sale: Italian Edition; More New Finds: Brunello 2013 Arriving in July


Highlight New Arrival

Chambeyron-Manin Cote Rotie


Chambeyron-Manin Cote Rotie is truly unicorn wine.  The estate is run by Christianne Marin, the great-granddaughter of Marius Chambeyron (whose vines also ended up in the hands of Bernard Levet).  The Cote Rotie she makes comes from a small parcel—only 0.4 hectares in the heart of the Cote Brune.  The small size of the production (only three 500L barrels of it are made every year) and the quality of the vineyard mean that these wines have come in to exceedingly high demand in recent years.

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Weekend VinopolPick 1-12-18

New Arrivals Featuring Gorman, Dauvissat, Duhart Milon, Dom. de la Solitude, Isole e Olena, AJ Adam, Schaeffer, Calabretta and more!; Grand Terroirs, Dirt Cheap—More German and Austrian Clearance Wines; Krug #164; Raul Perez-Master of Mencia; High Scoring Brunello at Extra Low Prices

New Arrivals

Featured New Arrival
Gorman’s Old Scratch GSM
Chris Gorman is a wine industry lifer who has been turning out some of the most sought after wines from Washington State since 2002.  Done in a full bodied, take no prisoners style, Gorman makes wines for lovers of Washington wines.  The “Old Scratch” is labeled as a GSM, but could be labeled as a Syrah, as it makes up 90% of the blend and hews to the Gorman style that made the winery famous.
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Thursday VinopolPick 1-11-18

Caprili Brunello; January Closeout Sale, Now With Gahier; Long Shadows; Levet’s Wild Cote Rotie; Yves Cuilleron’s Amazing Northern Rhone Array; 2013 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova—A Classic in the Making
94 Point Brunello, Under $35

Caprili at the Best Price in the Country

Caprili has become one of the most notable names when talking about Brunello producers whose star is on the rise.  Founded relatively recently for a Tuscan estate, in 1965, the small family producer has continued to turn out some of the most exciting, traditionally styled wines from the Brunello appellation, though only recently has their name become a buzzword in industry circles.

Stylistically, these are powerful wines, with rich full textures and intense aromatics.  Fermentations here are long and in stainless, with grapes spending 25+ days on the skins before going into large format, old Slavonian oak barrels for a full three years before botting.  

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Tuesday VinopolPick 1-9-17

Domaine de la Solitude’s 95 Point Chateauneuf Blanc; Vinopolis Plays The Hits; Grand Marques, Grand Markdowns; New Grapelive JJ Prum Review; K Vintner’s Sale Update; New Bin End Price Reductions 

Featured Wine, Arriving Friday

A 95 Point Gem of a Chateauneuf Blanc

Domaine la Solitude has become known for making some of the best white Chateauneuf around.  Taking the natural richness the wines are known for, Solitude manages to polish them with a little more finesse than many others in the region and this effort, arriving Friday, is a classic.  2016 looks to be yet another fantastic southern Rhone vintage, with the whites as some of the shining stars.  This fantastic bottling looks to be the perfect way to start getting into the wines and deserves a place on your table and in your cellar.
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