Category Archives: Rare and Classic Archive

Browse our articles on our curated selection of rare and classic wines from such regions as Burgundy, Barolo, Rioja, Napa Valley and beyond!

An Incredible Deal on Gaja

November 2017

Gaja’s Astounding Wines

At Awe Inspiring Pricing

Gaja is a name that requires no context in discussion—like Latour or DRC, it’s understood which estate is meant and that the wines are epic, change-your-dinner-plans events.  Angelo Gaja is one of the primary reasons we care about Barbaresco today and the wines bearing his name remain the most treasured and collectible of the region.  Furthermore, the top wines from his Brunello estate, Ca’ Marcanda, have quickly become among top two or three most sought after wines in Tuscany.

The one complaint we might have with Gaja, as with most wines that are full-on collectible, is the pricing.  We got lucky (or worked hard, your choice) and snagged a really amazing lineup of some of the top wines in the lineup for some really incredible prices, though (almost $100/bottle less expensive than the next offering on the single vineyard Langhe wines).  … Read the rest

2015 d’Yquem: Definitive Sauternes 10-2017

2015 Chateau d’Yquem : 

The One Against Which All Others Are Compared

Arriving in March 2018

“Chateau d’Yquem is arguably the most prestigious sweet wine in the world” –James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

“What Nature bestowed in 2015 is everything you could possibly desire in a Sauternes” –Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

Bottle of Chateau d'YquemChateau d’Yquem, Sauternes 2015 750ML ($499.95) Buy Now: $419 pre-arrival special, ETA March 2018 
Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes 2015 1.5L ($1,099.95) Buy Now: $849 pre-arrival special, ETA March 2018 
Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes 2015 375ML ($259.95) Buy Now: $219 pre-arrival special, ETA March 2018 
Wine Advocate 98-100 points “The 2015 Château d’Yquem is a blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc that was picked on the gravelly soils as early as 3 and 4 September until 21 October, four tries through the vineyard.… Read the rest

Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2011 Brunello

il poggione sealAugust 2017

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.

For that reason, Il Poggione remains one of our favorite wines in Brunello—it’s tough to beat the combination of quality and price. The wines are probably the least expensive, collectible-quality Brunello out there. The 2011 vintage is no exception and the wine is gorgeous, from a warm vintage but with the freshness and elegance you expect from Il Poggione.… Read the rest

Perrier Jouet 2008 On Sale Now

Just in Time for the May Sale

May 2017

New Release of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

Lowest listed price in the USA!

In Stock Now

perrier jouet 2008Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut Millesime, Champagne 2008 750ML ($119.95) Buy now: $99 special, In Stock Now!
Decanter 93 points “Shimmering pale gold with green lights, radiant clarity; persistent tiny bubbles: riot of white flowers scents, hawthorn, then more stone-fruit than citrus, reine claude (greengage) and elderflower. Vibrant mouthfeel, invigorating, expansive – perfect with saline fruits de mer. Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque 2008 reminds me somewhat of the grace of the exceptional 1995, Cellarmaster Hervé Deschamps’ first solo vintage and still one of his best. Though the two vintages 13 years apart share the same grace and class, the 2008 is more mineral, reflecting a quite sunless summer season.… Read the rest

Guigal Condrieu

Great Guigal

Classic Condrieu

May 2017

guigal condrieu bottlesFrom the three lieux-dits of Cote Chatillon, Colombier and Coteau de Chery:
E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane, Rhone 2015 750ML ($119.95) Buy Now: $89 pre-arrival special, ETA September 2017
Wine Advocate 99 pointsEasily one of the greatest Condrieu I’ve ever tasted is the 2015 Condrieu La Doriane. A wine that needs to be tasted to be believed, it possesses a huge nose of toasted brioche, liquid rocks, apricot, flower oil and salty minerality. Unctuous, full-bodied, massively rich, yet also elegant and graceful, with beautiful freshness, enjoy this tour de force over the coming 5-6 years.” – Jeb Dunnuck

This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast today!

E. Guigal Condrieu, Rhone 2015 750ML ($59.95) Buy Now: $49 pre-arrival special, ETA May 2017
Wine Advocate 95 points “Guigal’s 2015 Condrieu is a blockbuster that, if not for its big brother, would be one of the wines of the vintage.… Read the rest