Vintage Port and Maderia

These selections have newly arrived as cellar releases from the wineries.  Enjoy one of these perfectly aged classics!

Graham’s Vintage Port 2000 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Wine Spectator 98 points –#9 Top 100 2003–“Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there’s a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014.”
James Suckling 98 points “Aromas of dried fruits, raisins and Christmas cake. Some chocolate undertones too, plus licorice and wet earth. Full body, medium sweet with gorgeous depth and intensity of fruit. So long and beautiful.… Read the rest

Nuw Numanthia Deals

Don’t miss these great deals on one of Toro’s top estates!

Numanthia ‘Numanthia,’ Toro 2011 750ML ($59.95) $33 special
James Suckling 93 points “Very pretty, balanced red with lead-pencil, berry and floral character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Refined and clean. Drink now.” JS

Numanthia Termes, Toro 2011 750ML ($29.95) $17.70 special
Case-6 Numanthia Termes, Toro 2011 750ML ($119.95) $99 special (that’s only $16.50/bottle!)
Wine Enthusiast 91 points “Termes always delivers a full taste of Toro at an affordable price. This vintage smells deep, cool and full of cola, rooty blackberry and fine herbs. A flush mouthfeel is tannic but manageable, while ripe, baked flavors of blackberry are savory on the backside and finish lush and deep, with lasting hard tannins.… Read the rest

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2013 – Available Here Now

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi Priorat 2013 750ML ($89.95) $69 special
Wine Advocate 96 points “2011 was not an easy act to follow as it produced what probably was the best Dofí to date, yet the 2013 Finca Dofí is as good or even better! The single-vineyard 2013 Finca Dofí, made since 2011 with Garnacha and perhaps 5% Cariñena (previously made with Cabernet Sauvignon), was fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in barriques for 16 months after malolactic. They have achieved a level of sophistication in the élevage of this wine because it is completely different from the wines of, say, 2005 (or 1995!) that were hard and full of tannins. This 2013 is nothing like that. Of course, there are tannins, but the texture is completely different, more akin to a Barolo with earthiness that is coated by ripe fruit to create a singular, unmistakable Priorat.… Read the rest

Long Shadows Gift Box

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Long Shadows BoxLong Shadows Vintners Collection Gift Box ($399.95) $319 special
Contains one 750ML bottle each of Long Shadows’ six acclaimed red wines, packaged together in a beautifully etched wood box:
2013 Pirouette [Philippe Melka (Vineyard 29, Lail, Hundred Acre) & Agustin Huneeus, Sr. (Quintessa)]
2013 Feather [Randy Dunn (Dunn Vineyards)]
2013 Pedestal [Michel Rolland (International Wine Consultant)]
2013 Sequel [John Duval (Penfolds Grange, Plexus, Entity)]
2013 Saggi [Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari (A & G Folonari Tenute, Tuscany)]
2012 Chester-Kidder [Allen Shoup (Chateau Ste. Michelle, CEO) & Giles Nicault (Woodward Canyon)]

Only pay shipping on the bottles – the OWC ships for free!

For more information on each bottling, read on:

Pirouette: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the Wahluke Slope, Sagemoor’s Old Vine and Red Mountain Vineyards with Merlot from the estate Benches Vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills. … Read the rest

Auguste Clape

Auguste Clape

The burden of success is scrutiny – everyone’s watching a bit closer, chalking each vintage against the last. Within the northern Rhone Valley, few producers are under closer watch than Auguste Clape, nestled within eight hectares in Cornas.

Though the Clape family made wine across many generations within the Languedoc, growers’ strikes in the early 1900’s sent the family up to the northern Rhone Valley. Once there, they started anew, carving out their land from the steep western slopes of the Rhone River. Auguste, the former mayor of Cornas, was the first in the area to bottle estate fruit. The family operation now includes Auguste’s son, Pierre-Marie, and grandson Olivier.

The family’s eight hectares under vine sit stacked precariously on terraced parcels, a difficult topography which renders machines useless.… Read the rest