VinopolPick Saturday July 16th, 2016

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Sneak Peek: New Arrivals; Staff Pick; New Pinks!; Burgundy 2009; Varner; Boxler; Scarpa; Subscriber-Only Barolo Sale; Rosé & White Case Deals

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Newly Arrived

Chalk Hill Estate Red Proprietary Blend, Chalk Hill 2013 750ML ($69.95) $54.50 special
Robert Parker 96 points “The 2013 Proprietary Red Estate is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot and the rest Carignane, Syrah and Merlot. This is another titanic effort from proprietor Foley. A spectacular dense-purple color and sweet toasty oak intermixed with licorice, blackberry, cassis and graphite are all present in this profound first-growth quality blend that should age effortlessly for 25-30 or more years. This is a stunner and a revelation.”

Krug Vintage Brut, Champagne 2003 750ML ($279.95) $199 special
Wine Spectator 95 points “Like taffeta in texture, this harmonious Champagne is finely honed and fresh. A wonderfully expressive version, with ample spice and graphite accents to the blackberry pâte de fruit, coffee liqueur, dried apricot, singed orange peel and crystallized honey notes. Hard to stop sipping.”
James Suckling 95 points “A rich nose with deep, ripe chardonnay and pinot noir, red fruits, some dark mushrooms and plenty of grilled nuts, plus caramel, some deep spices, dried citrus, lemon peel and bready aromas. The trademark complexity is here and it freshens with air. The palate is intricately detailed and stitched together like needlework; very precise, very even. The acidity is articulated with some finesse and yet it has much more in terms of phenolics as the leading structural component. The phenolics are rich and ripe, sitting polished and even around immensely concentrated fruit with flavors of peach, nectarine and white cherry. The finish is deep, even and resonant. Drink now but rest assured it will hold for a very long time, just like Krug has proven in other warm years like ’76.”
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 95 points “Light yellow. Powerful, complex bouquet evokes fresh peach, pear, floral honey, green almond and smoky minerals. Deep, palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors show outstanding vivacity for a hot vintage, picking up ginger and talc notes with air. The strikingly long, sappy finish features zesty orange pith, smoky minerals and an echo of honeysuckle. I’d be in no rush to drink this one. Speaking of waiting, I had the chance to revisit the 2000 Vintage Krug and it has begun to pick up the smoky, weighty and nutty character that long-time fans of this producer crave. It’s still plenty young but already unmistakably Krug, with a chewy texture and a sexy floral nuance dominating right now.”
Antonio Galloni-Vinous 94 points “Soft, supple and delicate in the glass, the 2003 Vintage is super expressive today. Smoke, brioche, apple tart and spice notes flesh out in a resonant, impeccably layered Champagne loaded with personality. I can’t think of a young Krug Champagne that delivers this much pure pleasure at such a young stage in its life. The 2003 has developed nicely since I last tasted it about six months ago. This is class personified.”

Domaine Richard Rottiers Moulin-a-Vent Tradition, Beaujolais 2014 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Wine Enthusiast 93 points “Produced from vines up to 80 years old, this is a powerful, wood-aged wine. Tannins are mixed with toast, spice and dark plum flavors. Acidity gives freshness and finishes the wine with very fine fruits as well as structure. Age this impressive wine and drink from 2018.”
Wine Advocate 90 points “Bottled the Thursday before my visit, the 2014 Moulin-à-Vent Tradition was aged in wooden vats and 30% in barrels (which come from Chablis from Rottier’s mother’s Domaine des Malandes.) It has a tightly wound bouquet of strawberry pastille and red currant notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp in the mouth with a structured, slightly austere finish that will fill out during bottle age.”

Peter Lauer ‘Barrel X’ Saar Riesling, Mosel 2015 750ML ($24.95) $19.90 special
Case-12 Peter Lauer ‘Barrel X’ Saar Riesling, Mosel 2015 750ML ($279.95) $219 special (that’s only $18.25/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Importer note “You all know by now the stratospheric work Florian is doing in the Saar.  This has always been the ambassador wine from the winery but this vintage elevates to Senior levels of complexity.”

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Staff Pick

Goodfellow Family Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013 750ML ($24.95) $18 special

Goodfellow Family Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 750ML ($21.95) $18 special

“Every living room, backyard or balcony, every kitchen, game room and cellar needs balanced, correct, easy-drinking wines to help bring them alive. So, here’s one. Two, actually: Goodfellow Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, from 2013 or 2014. Marcus Goodfellow has been making wine under his Matello brand (which we also carry) since 2002, and has now stepped things up, including a new winery in McMinnville. Family-owned, the Goodfellow name deserves its own label. The vines average 24 years of age and are not irrigated. The wine spends 15 months in French oak. Choose the 2013 if you seek a lighter, more acidic and approachable style of Pinot, or open the 2014 if you prefer riper fruit, more structure, and something to match food like BBQ. Only around 700 cases of each were made, so don’t wait. At $18 a bottle, this is a wine to stash in every corner of the house.” – Daniel

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New Pinks!

Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Cuvee Tradition Rose, Provence 2015 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 90 points “Vivid orange-pink. Tangerine, ripe red berries and a floral nuance on the highly perfumed nose. Smooth, seamless and concentrated, offering pliant red fruit and candied orange zest flavors and a suggestion of succulent herbs. Finishes on a juicy berry note, showing strong persistence and an echo of bitter orange pith.”

Le Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Rose, Rhone 2015 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 90 points “Pale peach skin color. Vibrant strawberry, blood orange and floral scents carry a building mineral topnote. Taut and linear on entry and then fleshier in the middle, offering nervy red berry and succulent herb flavors that turn sweeter with air. Smoothly plays power off finesse and finishes racy and long, leaving a hint of lavender behind.”
“Of all the terroir in the Côtes du Rhône, the “clos” of Caillou has to be one of the most exceptional. Completely surrounded by Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, this walled parcel is essentially identical in terroir and exposition but was left out of appellation in the 1930s. This rosé is a selection of younger vines that grow in the “clos” on sandy, mineral soils. Counoise and Mourvèdre grapes are hand-harvested and pressed directly (rosé de pressurage), then fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks.”–Importer Notes

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Domaine de Mattes Sabran Duc de Narbonne Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc 2015 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
“The size of Mattes-Sabran’s vineyards in the region of Corbières in the Languedoc is a legacy of the estate’s  ancient role as the seat of the duke of Narbonne. Yet vine-growing and winemaking here truly stretches back centuries; parts of the ancient Roman “Via Domitia” run through the estate. This full-flavored, pure  Syrah wine is hand-harvested and pressed directly (rosé de pressurage). Juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks.”–Importer Notes

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2009 Red Burgundy

French vignerons like to say “August makes the juice, September makes the wine.” Considering the steadily warm (but not too hot) and dry (but not parching) summer weather along the Côte d’Or in 2009, these reds should be great. And they are: the adage works. Very ripe, plump, and fleshy, with low acidity and well-developed tannins, the 2009 vintage has proven itself both pleasing and accessible. The wines show good grip and (more unusual in ripe years like this) distinct terroir expression. Alcohol levels are on the higher end, and the color is deep. The Côte d’Or 2009 reds resemble their counterparts from 1999, and often out-do them. Without a doubt, this is a vintage to include in any proper Burgundy cellar, and the village-level wines are approachable already. Here’s a listing of our 2009 red Burgundy, one that any Pinot Noir connoisseur cannot miss!

Côte de Nuits

Domaine Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Vieilles Vignes 2009 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 9 bottles available
Wine Advocate 91-93 points “The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Coeur du Roi is a dark, inward wine. It shows serious weight and density in its dark fruit and sensual personality. A blast of smoke, licorice and menthol informs the long, beautifully delineated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2039.”WA

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Domaine Pierre Damoy Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($219.95) $179 special, 6 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2009 Chapelle-Chambertin floats across the palate with delicate red berries, flowers and sweet spices. Highly expressive, perfumed aromatics are woven throughout, while silky tannins convey an impression of pure sensuality. I especially like the way the Chapelle freshens up in the glass, always a good sign for the future. Of the 2009s I tasted from bottle, the Chapelle is the one wine that appears a bit reticent today. Pierre Damoy’s 2009s have turned out magnificently. Damoy remains one of my favorite under-the-radar growers. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.” WA

Serafin Pere & Fils Les Millandes, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($159.95) $119 special, 12 bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2009 Morey St. Denis Millandes is fabulous. It boasts a great combination of rich, dark fruit and powerful structure. Today the wine is already starting to shut down, something that bodes quite well for the future. Mint, flowers, spices and licorice stain the palate on the deep, resonant finish. This is a brilliant showing from Christian Serafin. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”WA

Louis Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($219.95) $199 special, 5 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92-95 points “The 2009 Clos de la Roche comes across as big, powerful and a touch heavy-handed. This shows tons of richness and depth but lacks the sheer excitement of the estate’s finest wines. The Clos de la Roche is made from purchased wine. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034.”WA

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Domaine Georges Noellat Les Beaux Monts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 8 bottles available
Vinopolnote: Domaine Georges Noellat is very familiar with the Cote de Nuits. Their maginificent holdings in Vosne-Romanee, where the winery is located, are crafted by prodigy 26 year-old Maxime, the estate’s fifth generation of family winemakers. The viticulture is sustainable, and the wines are given 30-100% new oak, depending on the cru.

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Nicolas Potel Maison Roche de Bellene Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($219.95) $189 special, 12 bottles available
Burghound 91-94 points “This is presently the spiciest of the three Vosne 1ers in the range which adds plenty of background nuance and complexity to the red currant, plum and cassis aromas. The earthy and relatively powerful big-bodied flavors possess excellent intensity and copious amounts of dry extract that coats the palate on the hugely long finish. Despite the youthful expressiveness presently being displayed, this is really quite a serious effort that I suspect will shut down for a good while as it’s clearly built to age.”BH

Domaine Follin-Arbelet Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($499.95) $333 special, 5 bottles available
Burghound 92-94 points “A ripe and exuberantly spicy nose also features an expansive range of fruit aromas that include red, blue and black berries plus plum nuances. The rich, seductive and mouth coating flavors are underpinned by phenolically mature tannins and excellent length where a touch of menthol surfaces. If there is a nit, it seems that this does not have the same level of energy of the best in the range but at this stage of development, this could easily change.”BH

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Domaine Forey Pere et Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges 2009 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 3 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer & Wine Advocate 89 points “Good full red.  Fairly fresh aromas of black cherry, licorice, violet and menthol.  A big, sweet fruit bomb in the mouth, with a distinct fleshiness to the slightly medicinal black cherry flavors.  This has very good stuffing to support its tannins.  Boasts fresher fruit than the Morey or Vosne bottlings.  Finishes with dusty tannins and good length.”WA

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Domaine Faiveley Aux Vignerondes, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($99.95) $89 special, 5 bottles available
Burghound 90-93 points “Here the fruit runs towards the blue side of the spectrum with aromas of blue berry, plum and violets that is in keeping with the extremely rich and mouth coating medium weight flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel even though the tannins that surface on the balanced, long and serious finish are rather firm.” BH

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Domaine Jean Grivot Roncieres, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 16 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92 points “Smoke, incense and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from the 2009 Nuits St. Georges Roncieres. This is a powerful incisive wine loaded with dark fruit and minerals. All of the elements meld together gracefully, showing tremendous energy and vibrancy, especially on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.”WA

Côte de Beaune

Domaine Henri Boillot Clos du Roi, Beaune Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($99.95) $75 special, 36+ bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 91-93 points “Saturated medium ruby. Deep aromas of kirsch, smoke, minerals, flowers and earth are reticent but pure. Big, rich and broad, with harmonious acidity framing the black cherry, chocolate and leather flavors. This classic, complete Beaune wine spreads out to saturate the palate, with lush tannins reaching the front teeth. Quite thick in the style of the vintage but without any excess weight.”ST

Domaine Dugat-Py Pommard La Levriere Vieilles Vignes 2009 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 9 bottles available
Burghound 89-92 points “A very ripe nose features nose of plum, cassis and warm earth aromas that lead to rich, full-bodied and very serious big-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and a sappy, long and mouth coating finish. This is an exceptionally good villages.”

Thierry Violot-Guillemard Clos de Derriere St. Jean, Pommard Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 4 bottles available
Burghound 92 points “This is also ultra-elegant, high-toned and admirably pure with essence of red pinot fruit trimmed in hints of underbrush merging seamlessly into detailed and lightly mineral-infused flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and absolutely impeccable balance. An ageworthy Pommard of finesse and refinement.”BH

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Pre-Arrivals 2009 Red Burgundies

Louis Latour Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($149.95) $119 pre-arrival special, ETA July 2016
Wine Spectator 93 points “An expressive red, whose floral, raspberry and cherry flavors match the elegant profile. Though silky and detailed, this is also tightly wound, evidenced on the long finish. A civilized, stylish Corton. Better than previously reviewed. Best from 2015 through 2033.”

Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($149.95) $119 pre-arrival special, ETA July 2016
James Suckling 94 points “A tangy red with sliced apple, citrus, plum, chocolate, and fresh herb. Full to medium body, beautiful core of fruit and a bright finish. Chewy and polished. Tight now. Give this time. Drink or hold.”

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Varner Chardonnay
Newly Arrived!

Twin brothers Jim and Bob Varner founded the Varner Winery after years of study and experience in the industry.  Jim studied oenology in the 1970s at U. C. Davis and worked for Souverain.  He was interested in creating an estate in a cooler climate to best recreate Burgundian style wines.  His brother, Bob, joined Jim in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, and together they planted two acres of Chardonnay on ungrafted roots, naming it Home Block since it was close to the estate’s house.  The second site was named Amphitheater Block, and was also planted with ungrafted vines.  Bee Block was planted a few years later with cuttings from Home Block on resistant roots.  They began producing their own wine in 1996, after several years of selling grapes to local producers.  The vineyards are dry farmed with extensive canopy management to help the grapes mature properly.  They use no insecticides.  During harvest, their first pass through the vineyard is to eliminate bad grapes.  They harvest at night when the grapes are cool.  The grapes are sorted and soaked with small amounts of whole clusters before fermentation is allowed to begin with natural yeasts.  The wine is aged first in stainless then aged in 1/3 new oak and 2/3 old oak barrels from Allier and Toncais.

Newly Arrived!

Varner Wine Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Winery note “The 2014 Varner Bee Block Chardonnay offers white flowers, apples, stone fruits and crushed rocks with lots of texture and vibrant acidity on the finish.”

Varner Wine Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Winery note “From 2 acres of a south-facing slope at 780 to 735 ft. elevation. The own-rooted vines are 33 years old. Grown in sedimentary soil. The wine is aged in all French oak (25% new). 195 cases produced.”

Varner Home Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Winery note “From 2 acres of an east-facing slope at 840 to 805 ft. elevation. The own-rooted vines are 34 years old. Grown in sedimentary soil. The wine is aged in all French oak (25% new). 183 cases produced.”

Neely Holly’s Cuvee Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Winery note “The 2014 Holly’s Cuvee offers notes of lemon curd, stone fruits, crushed rocks and honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied, balanced and layered with focused acid on the finish.”

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Boxler Blowout

Arriving July 22nd

Alsace is a land of steep vineyards, magical wines, and deep tradition. Centuries-old wine estates abound, and in the top tier of these you’ll find Domaine Albert Boxler. Founded in 1673, today Jean Boxler grows and makes the wine. His winemaking style is classically Haut-Rhin. He’s in no hurry, because you can’t rush quality. And his vines are old and extremely well-managed, all organic, of course. Of Boxler’s 35-acre holdings, the granitic Sommerberg Grand Cru reigns above all: structured, racy wines that enjoy cellar time. Even the wine label art is enchanting, as are the 2012s and 2013s. Grab some before Boxler becomes even more prized.

Boxler Wines Arriving July 22nd

Albert Boxler Gewurztraminer Brand, Alsace Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($89.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Ian D’Agata–Vinous 92 points “Pale bright yellow. Less explosive but more refined on the nose (fresh citrus, sweet spices) than the Gewürztraminer Réserve. Clean and fresh, but showing a viscous, mouthcoating quality to its sweet, honeyed tropical fruit and ripe citrus flavors. Finishes bright and long, with a hint of sweetness; this really isn’t a dry wine. Boxler likes to point out that he wants his Gewürztraminer to be a fun wine to drink early, while he looks for minerality and cellarworthiness in his Rieslings.”
Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 points “Richly scented, but not crude. Soap, lychee, cinnamon. Off dry, but clean and crisp. Gewurz with serious style.” (RH) (16-Jun-2014)

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Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Brand, Alsace Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($89.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 points “Rather closed nose but suitably full on the palate. Not overweight but certainly plump – as classic Alsace Pinot Gris is wont to be.” (RH) (16-Jun-2014)

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Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Sommerberg Wiptal, Alsace Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($89.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Ian D’Agata–Vinous 88 points “Dark straw. Fresh, clean aromas of yellow flowers, honeyed peach and sweet spices. Suave, tactile flavors of canned peach, pear and apricot show a trace of finishing heat along with an enticing smoky nuance. Readers beware that this wine shows obvious sweetness.”

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Albert Boxler Riesling Brand, Alsace Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($99.95) $79 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 97 points “This is phenomenal with sliced apple, mineral, slate and stone. Full and powerful with fabulous depth and intensity. Mind-boggling. Drink now.” (26-Sep-2015)

Albert Boxler Riesling Reserve, Alsace 2013 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 93 points “Orchard blossom and spice notes herald this lacy white, with a streak of minerality underscoring the mouthwatering palate of peaches and cream, verbena, spun honey and smoke. Lithe and lively, this shows richness and fine length. Drink now through 2028.”

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Albert Boxler Riesling Sommerberg, Alsace Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($79.95) $59 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 94 points “A riesling with wonderfully subtle, delicate and profound aromas of dried flowers, fruit and minerals. Full-bodied, tangy and layered with intense fruit. Bright and energetic. Drink now.” (26-Sep-2015)

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Albert Boxler Riesling Sommerberg Grand Cru Vendange Tardive 2009 500ML ($79.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 91 points “A heady, esterous nose of over-ripe cantaloupe, white peach, quince preserves, and fading lily informs the Boxler 2009 Riesling Sommerberg Vendange Tardive – harvested in the Dudenstein soon after the “regular” bottling from that site – leading to a lush and soothing palate on which quince preserves, peach, nutmeg, and liquefied lily are well-supported by sweetness. There is a fine sense of primary juiciness that – along with hints of fruit pit bitterness – helps moderate the sweetness of a sedate finish slightly less sustained and more diffuse than that of the corresponding “regular” bottling. Expect this to age well for at least 12-15 years.”

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Boxler Wine Available Here Now

Albert Boxler Riesling Brand, Alsace Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 2 bottles available
Ian D’Agata–Vinous 90 points “Vivid straw-green. Clean, fresh notes of jasmine, gin and minerals complicate aromas of quince, apple and pear. Rich, dense and suave, with has plenty of juicy acidity framing the ripe pear and yellow apple flavors. Finishes spicy, tactile and long. The Brand Riesling is always Boxler’s largest and most powerful wine, in keeping with this warm site’s DNA. Boxler mentioned that this release is especially concentrated compared to many other 2012 Rieslings because he harvested all of the Brand grapes before the October rains started falling.”

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Arriving in August

In the 1960s and 1970, Mario Pesce took over his father’s winery and brought international attention for his wines. After studying winemaking in Burgundy and Alsace, he strove to produce wines of similar pedigree, knowing that his family’s winery had the potential to produce outstanding examples from the region of Monferrato. He was one of the first to produce red wines from Barbera (which used to be made as a table white!) and brought other developments to the winery. Since 2001, Maria Piera Zola and her family produce the wines having purchased the estate from their longtime friend when he retired.

The Scarpa estate was one of the founding members of the Barolo and Barbaresco Consorzio and one of the first to produce and label Barolo wine. The estate has purchased grapes from growers in these villages since the 1900s. Due to the estate’s longtime history, it is the only estate outside of the DOCGs permitted to purchase grapes to produce classified wine in their winery.

These wines are built to age and the single-vineyard Barolo “Tettimorra” is no exception. The winery holds back vintages for extended aging and typically releases their current vintage much later than most others, even the entry level Rosso is 2010! We’re excited to be able to offer several back vintages released by winery alongside the 2010.

Scarpa Wines Arriving in August

Scarpa Tettimora, Barolo DOCG 2001 750ML ($179.95) $149 pre-arrival special
Scarpa Tettimora, Barolo DOCG 2004 750ML ($149.95) $119 pre-arrival special
Scarpa Tettimora, Barolo DOCG 2010 750ML ($89.95) $79 pre-arrival special
Importer note “Tettimorra comes from a 1.0 hectare vineyard near the village of La Morra, between the crus of Bricco San Biagio and Roggeri (i.e., near Arborina). The elevation is about 300 meters. The name means “the roofs of La Morra” and follows the name of Scarpa’s Barbaresco vineyard, Tettineive. Traditional fermentation in large, old truncated conical wooden vats for about 28 days. Aging for over four years in large casks (2,000-10,000 liters) and then at least several more years in bottle before release. This is Barolo the way it used to be made — where structure, spices, and minerals are at least as important as fruit. The extra aging in cask and in bottle results in a wine that is released when it’s at least beginning to show the qualities that make a Barolo worth drinking: secondary aromas and flavors and the complexity that comes with age. In most vintages, the wine will continue to improve for years, if not decades, but if you drink it upon release, at least you won’t be committing infanticide. Maria Piera Zola and her family carry on [Mario Pesce’s] tradition of aging all the wines for years and sometimes decades before release. Traditional sometimes means ‘rustic’, but that’s not the case here. A very present gusto della casa (house style) produces elegant wines with arrow-like acidity and well-aged tannins. Bottle evolution and vintage characteristics emerge instead of pointillist fruit and minerals.”

Scarpa Wines Available Here Now

Scarpa ‘RossoScarpa’ Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 2010 750ML ($19.95) $16 special, 32 bottles available
VinopolNote: A red wine blended from 90% Dolcetto d’Acqui and 10% Ruchè (a rare, indigenous variety). The grapes are from the estate’s Poderi Bircchi vineyard at 1,310 feet above sea level. The wine is fermented in stainless steel.

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Subscriber-Only Barolo Sale

Take 10% off on all in-stock Barolos

We offer 66 Barolos in-stock and available here now to choose from, including:

Giacomo Ascheri Pisapola, Barolo DOCG 2008 750ML ($49.95) Was $33, Now $29.70 after the discount!
Wine Spectator 90 points “This red is vibrant and pure, displaying cherry, raspberry, tobacco and earth aromas and flavors. Displays major grip on the finish, yet seems well-proportioned for a mid- to long-term evolution. Best from 2015 through 2028.” WS

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Brovia Garblet Sue, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($69.95) Was $59, Now $53.10 after the discount!
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2011 Barolo Garblèt Sue’ is remarkably polished and sophisticated, two qualities that are rarely found in this Castiglione Falletto site, where the wines tend to be much more sinewy and virile. White pepper, pomegranate and sweet red cherries are some of the notes that open up in the glass. The flavors remain bright, focused and beautifully delineated in the glass. I very much like the sense of energy here, although I have to admit, the softer edges of 2011 are incredibly alluring.” AG

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G. B. Burlotto Barolo Acclivi, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($59.95) Was $51.90, Now $46.71 after the discount!
Antonio Galloni 93 points “What a joy it is to taste Burlotto’s 2011 Barolo Acclivi. The Acclivi occupies a very attractive middle ground in the Burlotto range. It is made from a handful of parcels, but is more structured and overtly tannic than the straight Barolo, but obviously does not convey the signature of a specific piece of dirt, as the Cannubi and Monvigliero do. A wine of contrasts, Acclivi is dark yet translucent, tannic and weightless. In other words, it is a wine that captures the full spectrum of complexity Nebbiolo is capable of. The warmth of the vintage has given the Accilvi a little more ripeness and volume than is typically the case, but all the elements are deftly balanced.” AG

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Poderi Colla Dardi Le Rose Bussia, Barolo DOCG 2010 750ML ($99.95) Was $89, Now $80.10 after the discount!
Antonio Galloni 92+ points “The 2010 Barolo Bussia Dardi/Le Rose from Poderi Colla emerges from the glass with dried rose petals, licorice, tobacco, mint, dried cherries, plums and coffee beans, all super-classic Nebbiolo scents. Beguiling and layered in the glass, the 2010 continues to open up beautifully over time, I can’t wait to see how it ages. At the same time, the 2010 is medium in body and surprisingly supple. Will it put on weight in bottle? Only time will tell. Today, the 2010 is young, young, young.” AG

Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini, Barolo DOCG 2010 750ML ($59.95) Was $47, Now $42.30 after the discount!
Wine Spectator 94 points “Focused, juicy and long, this red is packed with cherry, floral, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Still a bit tight now, but stays long. The sweet fruit returns on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030.” WS

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Vigna Liste, Barolo DOCG 2008 750ML ($119.95) Was $79, Now $71.10 after the discount!
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “Cool veins of bracing minerality form the backbone in Borgogno’s 2008 Barolo Liste. Today, the 2008 is virtually impenetrable, as the vintage and the site have combined to produce a big, powerful Barolo that will require considerable cellaring before it is ready to show all its cards. Still, there is a lot to like here, especially for those who can be patient. Tar, smoke, incense and scorched earth all add gravitas on the close, but with more time in the glass some of the sweeter notes begin to emerge. The 2008 Liste is shaping up to be magnificent.” AG

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Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia, Barolo DOCG 2003 750ML ($149.95) Was $128, Now $115.20 after the discount!
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2003 Barolo Cascina Francia is soft, silky and very nicely balanced, especially in its tannins, where the wine really stands out next to so many peers. Readers should open the 2003 at least an hour in advance to allow the aromatics to open up. This is a very sexy and open young Barolo from Conterno with very little signs of the challenging growing season.” (6/2014)

Falletto di Bruno Giacosa ‘Falletto’, Barolo DOCG 2005 750ML ($249.95) Was $169, Now $152.10 after the discount!
Wine Advocate & Stephen Tanzer 94 points “The 2005 Barolo Falletto offers up a gorgeous bouquet of red cherries, flowers, spices and menthol. This is a relatively delicate, elegant Barolo Falletto yet it offers gorgeous balance, tons of inner perfume and a long, refined finish. It is one of the overachievers in 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”WA

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The average price is $215

Marcarini Brunate, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($69.95) Was $49, Now $44.10 after the discount!
Antonio Galloni 91 points “Marcarini’s 2011 Barolo Brunate comes across as a bit light in this vintage. Site specific nuance is pushed to the background in this decidedly mid-weight Barolo. Dark red cherry, tobacco, mint and crushed flowers flesh out in a relatively pliant, open Brunate that uncharacteristically appears to be built for near and medium-term drinking.”

Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($159.95) Was $115, Now $103.50 after the discount!
Wine Spectator 95 points “This is expressive, with alluring cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral flavors building to a long, expansive finish. The elegant profile belies the serious structure underneath, which should allow this red to develop over the next 15 to 20 years. Offers fine berry fruit and a minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033.”
Jancis Robinson 18/20 points “Very pale ruby. More stony and liquorice-like than Villero. Brooding concentration but holding back on the nose. Lithe and very elegant palate with amazing tactile and fine tannins. Has the wow factor.”

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The average price is $147

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Summer Dozen!

Rosé, White & Sparkling Wine Case Deals

These light and breezy wines are excellent options for the hot weather. Refreshing on their own, this selection of seven of our nineteen rosé, white and sparkling wine case deals would pair well with many light seasonal dishes!

Case-12 A. Margaine ‘Le Brut’ Premier Cru, Champagne NV 750ML ($479.95) $379 special, 2 cases available (that’s only $31.58/bottle!)
Importer’s note: “Violet and hyacinth aromas make you think of Riesling (as these wines often do), but the palate is all apples and Rainier cherries with a chalk-powder sprinkle; wonderfully silky and generous, refined and accurate. A virtual Blanc de Blancs; 90% Chardonnay to 10% Pinot Noir.”

Case-12 Andre Dezat & Fils Domaine Thibault Pouilly-Fume 2014 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 2 cases available (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
Winery note: Our Pouilly Fumé is made from a blend of grapes from three terroirs: the marl soils referred to as “little oysters”, Villiers limestone and siliceous-clayey soils. This blend provides aromatic complexity characterized by a range of aromatic notes which include citrus, peaches, pears and acacia.

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The average price per bottle is $21

Case-12 Domaine des Cassagnoles Gros Manseng, IGP Cotes de Gascogne 2015 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 10+ cases available (that’s only $9.92/bottle!)
Winery Notes–“The Gros Manseng produces fleshier, more ample wines with fruity apricot and pear aromas. It is a lively wine, but not to excess, with a persistent final. It may be kept for several years and should be drunk chilled, at a temperature of 50-53°”

Case-12 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Tentations Rose 2015 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 2 cases available (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
Grapelive 91 points “Clos Cibonne’s entry level Rose, the Tentations Cotes de Provence, is a beautiful pink wine that is meant and is easy to drink young and fresh with bight fruit, mineral and dry crispness. Made mostly from Grenache and Cinsualt, it also has some of the rare Tibouren, Provence’s ancient native varietal that graces the estate’s upper level Clos Cibonne bottlings and that can age decades as both Rose and as a pale red wine. The 2015 Cibonne Tentations Rose Coptes de Provence starts with lively red citrus, tart cherry and cool watermelon along with a hint of lavender, wet shale, strawberry and mineral spice. This is very steely and refreshing stuff with good acidity giving a balanced play of sweet, sour and savory elements making it a wonderful summer pink to enjoy over the next year or so. If you want really sexy and thought provoking pink, be sure to check out the lees aged Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rose Tradition, usually a year behind in release, these wines make you rethink your approach to Rose! But for now and lots of fun, don’t miss the 2015 Tentations Rose, it is one of the best vintages I can remember from Cibonne!”

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Case-12 Zorzal Eggo Blanc de Cal, Tupungato, Argentina 2014 750ML ($299.95) $259 special, 3 cases available (that’s only $21.58/bottle!)
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2014 Eggo Blanc de Cal is pure Sauvignon Blanc from two different vineyards in Gualtallary. The full clusters are pressed and the must was fermented and aged in contact with the lees for nine to ten months in their famous egg-shaped cement vats. This is more subtle and earthy, less Sauvignon, with the fruit expressing itself in a lower-pitched voice, more of a baritone. It’s also has a little wider, pungent and powerful character in the mouth. This is only around 13% alcohol, and even though in 2014 it didn’t go through malolactic fermentation, it’s still a very light and fresh wine. Groundbreaking Sauvignon. 4,800 bottles were produced, fruit of two eggs.” LG

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Case-12 Sequoia Grove Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 750ML ($299.95) $219 special, 6 cases available (that’s only $18.25/bottle!)
“The 2014 Chardonnay Napa is a reasonably priced, tasty Chardonnay with notes of lemon oil, orange marmalade, poached pear and honeysuckle. It is medium-bodied, crisp and clean, with the oak kept to a minimum. Drink it over the next several years.”–Robert Parker

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The average price is $24

Case-12 Meyer Fonne Vignoble de Katzenthal Riesling 2012 750ML ($349.95) $219 special, 2 cases available (that’s only $18.25/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 90 points “Minerally, with mouthwatering acidity and expressive flavors of star fruit, dried papaya, lemon curd and smoke. Lightly floral and vibrant. Drink now through 2020. 25 cases imported.” WS

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Have a lovely weekend!