Mid-Week VinopolPick 11-16-16

One Hundred Pointers: Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cab, Sine Qua Non Grenache and Syrah, Eisele Vineyard (Araujo) 2013 Cabernet; Best Buys Today: Vouette et Sorbee, Grange des Peres, Servin, DuMOL, La Pepiere, etc.; Cayuse Vineyards Latest Release, 2014s Now In Stock: Bionic Frog, En Cerise, Flying Pig, and more…

Whole Lotta Hundreds

A Handful of Just-Arrived 100-Point Wines
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($519.95) $459 special, 6 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “The perfect 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan spent 32 months in French oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. Like all of the Woodbridge wines, it can be noted for its inky/bluish purple color, extraordinary fragrance of white flowers, crème de cassis, blackberry and graphite. Totally opulent, I always thought the wine tasted more like the great Pomerols, which are made mostly from Merlot, versus Woodbridge’s 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. But this vineyard has a lot of clay in it that seems to provide a silkiness to the tannins. This is a beautifully balanced, full-throttle and highly extracted wine with no hard edges and a finish of a good 45-50 seconds. The fruit character is still vibrant and intense, despite the 32 months of oak age. Drink it over the next 30 years.”

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Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Grenache Eleven Confessions, California 2012 750ML ($899.95) $699 special, 3 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “A perfect wine any way you look at it, the 2012 Grenache Rattrapante comes all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent 33 months in 27% new French oak. My notes start – and end – with “Wow.” Giving up tons of black raspberries, peppery herbs, licorice, dried flowers and cured meats, it’s a massively concentrated, rich and layered Grenache that somehow manages to stay graceful, lively and fresh on the palate. There are roughly 800 cases of this elixir and any Grenache lover should do their best to latch onto a bottle (or two). It’s also worth noting that this cuvee saw 26% whole clusters, which is a small change from past vintages.”

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The average price is $850

Sine Qua Non Touche Syrah Eleven Confessions, California 2012 750ML ($999.95) $799 special, 3 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “Lastly, the utterly perfect 2012 Syrah Touche reminds me of a great vintage of Guigal’s Cote Rotie La Landonne. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, it spent 40 months in 78% new French oak. Deep, concentrated, full-bodied and layered, with a multidimensional texture and to-die-for notes of camphor, cured meats, violets, smoke and assorted dark fruits, this beauty has fine, perfectly ripe tannin and blockbuster length. Give it 3-4 years and drink over the following two decades.”

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Arriving Early December

Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($599.95) $499 special, 6 bottles available
Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 375ML ($299.95) $259 special, 12 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary concentration, remarkable equilibrium and noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannin. This is a large-scaled Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but flawless and with no edges. It is an amazing effort and a great achievement from this incredible terroir. Drink it over the next 30-40 years…Readers should note that the relatively new owners of what was formerly known as the Araujo Estate have finally changed the name to the Eisele Vineyard.”

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Vouette et Sorbee Cuvee Fidele Extra Brut, Champagne NV (2012) 750ML ($89.95) $59 special
VinopolNote: Let’s get straight to the point—Champagne this good should cost way more than this does (also this wine often costs more than it does now). This is 100% Pinot Noir and very serious.  Not all blanc de noirs are this vinous and that elegance and complexity shines through when paired with food.  Serve it in a real wineglass, not flutes, to experience it in full.
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The NV (2012) Extra Brut Fidele is another fabulous wine from Vouette & Sorbée. Here, the richness of Pinot Noir comes through loud and clear in the wine’s depth and overall richness. Creamy and beautifully layered throughout, the 2012 hits all the right notes. Red berry, mint, flowers, sweet spices and candy fill out the wine’s broad frame effortlessly. What a gorgeous wine this is. Simply put, the 2012 is a total knock-out.”


Domaine Servin Butteaux, Chablis Premier Cru 2014 750ML ($37.95) $28 special
VinopolNote: The Butteaux vineyard lies in the heart of Montmains and is great place to start with Domain Servin. This wine comes from the 2014 vintage, a bright and classic year that emphasizes all of the classical traits you’d want in Chablis.  It’s super versatile at the table and would go deliciously with everything from oysters to a roast chicken or a green salad.
Winery note: A powerful and generous Premier Cru with lots of body and concentration. A style that is similar to the Grands Crus with multiple layers of fruit and complexity in the middle palate. A rare and highly respected Premier Cru.

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Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire 2015 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
VinopolNote: This is the best value in white wine, year in and out.  Crisp, minerally with bright citrusy flavors and not a hint of oak in sight.  The wine stays on the lees until right before bottling, which is traditional for the region, but labor intensive (so a lot of wineries don’t do it anymore).  Oysters, crab, shrimp—all kinds of seafood pairs perfectly with this guy.  Buy it, drink it, repeat.
Wine Advocate 88 points “The 2015 Muscadet is a classic of the region! Pale in color and yeasty in its pure, fresh and lemony ripe apple flavors on the nose, this is a light and crisp, 11.2% alcohol Muscadet with a lovely purity and grip, but also a certain juiciness in the finish. Nice grapefruit flavors in the good aftertaste.”

Weingut Jos. Christoffel Jr. Christoffel-Prum Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese ***, Mosel 2014 750ML ($59.95) $33 special
VinopolNote: Don’t fear the long name (or call it the J Chris Urz-Wurz, like we do).  This wine is destined to be the thing that went the best on Thanksgiving.  It’s an Auslese, which means it’s got some sweetness, and it’s the perfect thing to drink before dinner with cheese or after dinner in and around some pie.  The best thing?  It’s not cloying, so you can enjoy a dessert-ish wine that leaves your palate refreshed an energized, for a change.
Importer note: The Christoffel family in Ürzig, is related by marriage to the Prüm family in Wehlen. The estate is run by Karl Josef Christoffel (KaJo) has an extensive library of well-aged wines. All wines are fermented in the traditional 1000 Liter barrels with the natural yeast. This gives the wines a great aging potential.

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Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas Terrasses du Diable, Rhone, 2011 750ML ($49.95) $33 special
VinopolNote: Gigondas always represents some of the best value in the Southern Rhone, especially when compared to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  Like its more famous cousin, the Pallieres Terrasses du Diable (from the brothers behind Vieux Telegraphe) displays all the richness and density you would want, coupled with a savoriness that only bottle age can bring.  A real treat at any price and a steal at ours.
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 93 points “Vivid ruby. Heady scents of candied cherry, raspberry preserves, anise and potpourri. Shows a darker profile in the mouth, offering palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a strong floral quality. Picks up smokiness with air and finishes with superb focus and length and youthful tannic grip. No question that this is one of the best wines I tasted from Gigondas this year.” JR

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Domaine de la Grange des Peres, IGP Pays d’Herault, 2011 750ML ($119.95) $79 special
VinopolNote: When you only make one wine, it better be good.  In the case of Grange des Peres, in the Languedoc, it is and is cult-like in its following.  We don’t always get as much as we’d like, but we scooped up little extra of the 2011 and are offering it at a killer price.  It’s a big, rich wine—for Cabernet drinkers but with a few other grapes in there to liven things up. Drink this guy with some roasted birds or steaks off the grill.
Wine Spectator 91 points “A distinctive red, this has dried red berry and meaty notes supported by a tangy acidity. With lightly chewy tannins, this shows savory spice, bitter herb and fresh earth flavors on the finish. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Counoise. Drink now through 2017. 165 cases imported.” WS

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Cantina del Glicine Sconsolata Barbera d’Alba 2013 750ML ($24.95) $18 special
VinopolNote: Barbera is one of the best ‘weeknight’ Italian grapes we can think of and this is one of our favorites for everyday drinking.  Glicine is a very traditional producer that adds one small twist to their wine—a touch of Nebbiolo blended in.  This brings a lot of aromatics to the wine—something that Barbera can lack—to complement the fruit and bring a bit of pizzazz to your pizza night.
Winery note: “Color: an intense ruby red, tending towards a garnet-red color. Flavor: dry and pleasantly tart, fruity. Following an old local tradition, during fermentation we add 10%-15% of Nebbiolo grapes to the Barbera grapes. This process makes Barbera d’Alba Nebbiolata wine mellower and enhances its bouquet.”

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DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah, Sonoma County 2012 750ML ($69.95) $49 special
VinopolNote: There’s a joke that “all the best California Pinot is Syrah.”  The idea being that if you want ‘California Pinot’ that’s heavy, rich and bold, you’re better off buying a Syrah from the same producer.  DuMOL is known for both grapes and we love their Syrah.  Dark, plummy and rich, it’s got all of the silky texture and powerful aromatics you would want, but it’s ten bucks cheaper.
Wine Spectator 94 points “Pure, rich and layered, with dense, mocha-laced blackberry, black licorice, dill, anise and cedar notes. The flavors keep unraveling, ending with a long, sustained finish. Best from 2015 through 2028.”

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The average price is $60

Bodega Tapiz ‘Zolo’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Uco Valley 2013 750ML ($21.95) $16 special
VinopolNote: Here’s a wine for a chilly evening, a Wednesday dinner, or a Saturday night party. Wines from Argentina provide warmth, rich fruit, and satisfaction, at a fraction of what you’d pay for a domestic or European bottle. Have a glass of Zolo alongside a steak, gaucho style, or polish off a bottle with a burger and a movie. Cabernet like this deserves a space in every kitchen.
James Suckling 93 points “Dried blackberry and blueberry character on the nose with hints of spice. Full body, dense and powerful fruit and tannins, yet remains firm and fresh. Chewy and structured.”

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The average price is $20

Michelini Bros Superuco Calcareo ‘Rio de los Chacayes’ Malbec, Tunuyan, Argentina 2013 750ML ($49.95) $33 special
VinopolNote: The Uco valley is one of the most interesting places in Argentina for Malbec and the “SuperUco” project highlights all of the terroirs in the region. This Malbec is everything you want from the grape—dense, with cherry and chocolatey flavors and a long, long finish.  This is one of our favorite expressions of the grape and if you love Malbec, you owe it to yourself to try this wine.
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2013 Calcáreo Río de los Chacayes is sourced from the Chacayes zone of Tunuyán on top of Vista Flores towards the mountains. It has a riper, spicier, floral, and aromatic profile with notes of thyme and rosemary. It is the most extroverted of the three, and also feels quite polished. The palate, however, is more serious, with the austerity of the rocks, a very fine thread of subtle acidity and a long, long, long finish with sweeter tannins. Its a rolling stone covered in chalk and surrounded by thyme. Awesome! 3,000 bottles were produced.”
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The average price is $37

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Cayuse Vineyards

Latest Release: 2014 Vintage

Cayuse Vineyards Bionic Frog Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($199.95) $169 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96-98 points “The full-bodied, beautifully concentrated 2014 Syrah Bionic Frog offers an intoxicating bouquet of black olives, cold fireplace, ash, shitake mushrooms and rare meat in a seamless, layered, multi-dimensional package. Like the other 2014s, it has the fruit of the vintage, yet stays fresh, crisp and lively. It too will need short-term cellaring.”

Cayuse Vineyards Flying Pig, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “The Merlot dominated wine from the estate, the 2014 Flying Pig incorporates 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all of the Bordeaux blends here, it’s raised in puncheons, with a small amount being new. This full-bodied barrel sample has a rich, voluptuous style as well as textbook cassis, lead pencil shavings, cedar and graphite aromas and flavors. I love its overall density and depth, and it while it should drink nicely out of the gate, it should evolve gracefully as well.”

Cayuse Vineyards Cailloux Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95-97 points “The only Syrah to incorporate Viognier, the 2014 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is co-fermented with 7% Viognier and brought up all in puncheons. The Viognier shows on the nose and it has a floral, perfumed bouquet of ripe berry fruits, plums, orange blossom, fruit cake and mulled spices. Picking up a touch of green olive with time in the glass, this full-bodied, ripe, downright sexy beauty will have two decades of longevity.”

Cayuse Vineyards En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($149.95) $128 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96-98 points “Always the most exotic in the lineup, the meaty, iron, black olive and floral-scented 2014 Syrah en Chamberlin Vineyard has a big core of ripe tannin and sweet fruit in its full-bodied, exuberant style. Given the polish to its tannin, it should drink nicely in its youth, but I suspect it will be at its best from 2020-2034.”

Cayuse Vineyards En Cerise Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 6 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94-96 points The 2014 Syrah En Cerise was a touch more streamlined and reticent on this occasion, yet still offers beautiful black cherry and cassis fruits, underbrush and a hint of espresso roast in a full-bodied, silky, elegant style. Like all of Christophe’s wines, it will benefit from short-term cellaring.

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Cayuse Vineyards ‘Widowmaker’ En Chamberlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96-98 points “I loved the 2014 Widowmaker, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in puncheon. It’s always a full-bodied, opaque, structured wine and it’s no exception in this vintage. Notes of crème de cassis, graphite and lead pencil all emerge from this pure, tannic, layered beauty that will need 4-5 years of cellaring.”

Cayuse Vineyards Impulsivo Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley 2014 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95-97 points “A longer term prospect will be the 2014 Impulsivo, which is 100% Tempranillo brought up in puncheons. It has tons of black and blue fruits, smoked earth and graphite, as well as full-bodied richness, building tannin and top-notch purity. It has a lot of tannin, so it won’t be one to open right on release.”

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Our November Sales!

Read reviews and browse the full selection of sale wines by searching for “November Sale” on our web store – we’re also happy to talk you through the offerings if you email us at info@vinopoliswineshop.com or call 503-223-6002.