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MidWeek VinopolPick 8-15-17

Il Poggione 2011; Raul Perez Prieto Picudo; Saint Cosme Gigondas – WOTY?; Benchmark Pfalz – Muller-Catoir; Staff Pick: Pouilly Fume; Cristom’s Epic 2014’s; Grillin’ Languedoc; Reloading Leflaive; Loewensein’s 2016 Prearrival;
Breaking News: 98 Point Insignia At Sharp Pricing;
2002 Krug: Small Volume, Big, Big Deal

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Arriving Friday

Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2011 Brunello

At the Lowest Price in the Country

Most Brunello collectors buy either traditional or modern examples with the exception of a few wines whose appeal seems to transcend stylistic categories. These wines are the real ‘collectible’ Brunelli—there’s always going to be a market for them. In that category, Il Poggione manages to be unique. It’s a wine that’s traditionally made, yet approachable, beloved across the board and is still reasonably priced.… Read the rest

Monday Newsletter 8-14-17

Wine of the Year? 2015 Saint Cosme Gigondas; New Week – New Arrivals; Summer’s Peak Refreshers: Case Deals on Chillable Whites & Reds; New Arrival Featurette: Olivier Horiot Champagnes; New Mosel Fine Wine Reviews: Very Fine Reviews for 2016 Maximin Grunhauser; 2015 and Winery-Cellared Releases from Domaine & Maison Dujac; Profundity Captured in Glass: 2016 Domaine Huet

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What’s the top candidate for

Vinopolis’ 2017 Wine of the Year?

What wine offers incredible value, ageability, versatility, complexity, and a dozen other superlatives from one of the oldest wine estates in the world?

2015 Saint Cosme Gigondas

Hop on the bandwagon before it leaves you behind!

Re-Arriving Friday, August 18th

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2015 750ML ($41.95) $33 special
Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2015 1.5L ($89.95) $79 special
Wine Spectator 95 points “A textbook version of the brawny side of Gigondas, this offers a grippy alder bass line underneath layers of dark currant and fig fruit, while lots of tobacco, rosemary and bay fill in throughout.… Read the rest

Saturday Newsletter 8-11-17

Eric Solomon Selection: Languedoc Rock Star Puech-Haut; Spanish Case Deals; Staff Pick: Nicolas Chemarin’s 2014 Beaujolais; Expressions of Terroir: Jamet & Gilles Barge; New 2016 Donnhoff Wines; New Terry Theise Offer: Austria; Here At Last: ’02 Trimbach & ’10 Dal Forno

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New Eric Solomon Selection:

A Languedoc Love Affair

Rising (Rock) Star of the Region

Puech-Haut

Puech-Haut has been a critical darling for some time now, employing a string of renowned consultants from Michel Rolland to Philippe Cambie, who is there now.  The wines and winery are spared no expense and the result is a set of bottlings that are powerful and rich (though at very reasonable prices).  They’re made to impress, and impress they do.  Very few wineries in the Languedoc make wines this showy and powerful.… Read the rest

Midweek VinopolPick Addition 8-10-17

95 Points / The Classic of Classic / Saint Cosme Gigondas – Best Vintage Yet? (Blink & You’ll Miss It); Staff Pick: 2011 Produttori; Marie-Noelle Ledru; 2015 Domaine Fourrier: New Offer; Baumard Savennieres 94 Points / 24 (or 21.58) Bucks; Terry Theise 2016 – The Humbly Great 2016 German Vintage Announcement

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New 95 Point Review 

Saint Cosme Gigondas

Best Vintage Ever? 

“Louis Barruol has been at the top of his game since the late 1990s, and over the last few vintages, he has been making some of the finest wines in the southern Rhone as well as France.” –Robert Parker

Our highly limited allocation will be gone soon – we’ve sold through almost half our allocation in the past 24 hours.… Read the rest

Midweek VinopolPick 8-8-17

Rosé Still Going Strong; Amazing Marcassin Whites; Back to the Vaults-Massolino; Our Favorite Natural Wines; VDP Auction Rieslings; Case deal White Wines Not to be Missed

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Rosés to Cool Down With

Although we’ve only got a couple months left of summer, rosé season is going strong.  In case you were looking for inspiration, here are a few favorites to consider,

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Rose, Rhone 2016 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “Bright orange-pink. Ripe red berries and blood orange on the fragrant nose. In a warm, fleshy style, offering juicy, nicely concentrated raspberry and orange zest flavors that turn livelier on the back half. Smooth and seamless on the impressively persistent and penetrating finish, which leaves a sappy red berry note behind.”

This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast today!… Read the rest