Monday Newsletter 6-11-18

In Today’s Newsletter:

Elouan: Patio Pinot
Napa Perfection Hits Its Stride!
Harlan’s Perfect ’02

New To Our June Clearance Sale
Domaine du Pegau:
Classic Chateauneuf

Chateau Peyrassol’s Commanderie
What’s the Best Value Estate in the Mosel?

Trending Producer:
El Enemigo

Chateau Coutet
Subscriber Special: Lapostolle Clos Apalta
Domaine de Cristia
Sette Ponti’s Oreno
June Clearance Sale


Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon 2016 750ML ($21.95) $18 Clearance Price
Case-6 Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon 2016 750ML ($129.95) $99 Clearance Price (that’s only $16.50/bottle!)
Case-12 Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon 2016 750ML ($249.95)
$179 Clearance Price (that’s only $14.92/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 88 points
“Well-knit and approachable, with delicate raspberry and spice flavors. Drink now through 2022.”

This fun patio wine pairs with everything and is delicious with a chill on a hot day!

Napa Perfection Hits Its Stride!

In Stock Now

Harlan Estate, Napa Valley 2002 750ML ($1,199.95) $999 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Robert Parker 100 points
“The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy , flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. (More recently, the 2007 tends to resemble this wine more than any other vintage I can think of.) Kudos to Bill Harlan!” RP

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The next best price is $1,175
The average price is $1,223

June Sale

New Additions!

We’re adding new, outstanding wines to our June Clearance sale every single day, so be sure to check out the full list on our website.

Markham Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley 2014 750ML ($21.95) Was $18, Now $11.90 Clearance Price
Wine Spectator 89 points “Silky and soft, offering accents of toasty mocha, fresh thyme and spice. Drink now through 2025.”

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The next best price is $16.95
The average price is $21
Remoissenet Pere & Fils Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2011 750ML ($279.95) Was $189, Now $169 Clearance Price
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “The 2011 Chapelle-Chambertin is not lacking in personality, that much is obvious. A savory, almost wild Burgundy, the 2011 Chapelle is laced with dried herbs, tobacco, black cherries and cured meats are some of the notes that blossom in the glass. It will be interesting to see where the 2011 goes; will it always remain a bit gamy, or will it find a bit more finesse in bottle?” AG
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Remoissenet Pere & Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2011 750ML ($279.95) Was $189, Now $169 Clearance Price
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2011 Ruchottes-Chambertin presents a classical expression of lifted, fragrant fruit to match its weightless personality. Today, the 2011 is incredibly expressive, with impeccable balance and a total sense of harmony that is hugely appealing.” AG

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Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux, Loire 2015 750ML ($79.95) Was $66, Now $59 Clearance Price
Neal Rosenthal tasting note “The 2015 Moelleux is really a step up in concentration and complexity from the Sec and Demi-Sec.  It is at this level where the ultimate potential of Vouvray begins to reveal itself. The dense aromas lean bitter, with notes of pear, pit fruits, and fresh honey.  On the palate, the fruit is warm and leans toward plum and quince, with an undercurrent of sea foam and Indian spices.  Wearing 70 grams of sugar, this wine’s intense minerality keeps it fresh and structured, which adds to its incredible persistence and surprisingly dry finish.”
This was the lowest listed price in the USA today,
Now it’s even lower!
The average price is $70
Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux Reserve, Loire 2003 750ML ($89.95) Was $66, Now $59 Clearance Price
Wine Spectator 94 points “Jaw-dropping fruit—guava, quince, mango and persimmon—is extremely concentrated and lushly layered. That’s followed by ginger, cream, green almond and smoke notes on a superlong finish, which has a nice bit of earthy grip as well.” WS

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Now it’s even lower!
The average price is $71
Weingut Jos. Christoffel Jr. Christoffel-Prum Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese Feinherb, Mosel 2014 750ML ($29.95) Was $18, Now $16 Clearance Price
VinopolNote on Urziger Wurzgarten: The Urziger Wurzgarten, or ‘spice garden’ is an intensely steep, iron-rich red slate vineyard. Though it’s located right next to the Erdener vineyards, the Ürziger wines are vastly different: the volcanic soils and favorable drainage lead to an earthy, spice-laden, tropical fruit-tinged wine.

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Reichsrat Von Buhl Forster Riesling, Pfalz 2015 1.5L ($69.95) Was $49, Now $39 Clearance Price
Wine Advocate 92 points “The citrus/golden-colored 2015 Forster Riesling is dense, clear and aromatic on the nose and shows flinty aromas along with ripe Riesling flavors. Very vital and pure on the palate, the wine reveals a great grip and tension. Its power comes from the depth, not from the alcohol. The finish is long, complex and very salty, revealing a pure, concentrated and firmly-structured baby Riesling. This has great expression and talents. The finish and aftertaste reveal some refreshing white and lemony aromas; it does not have the rich and opulent stone fruit flavor you often find in Pfalz, as well as in Forst Rieslings. The finish is long, pure, salty and enormously vital.”

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Reichsrat von Buhl Deidesheimer Leinhohle Riesling, Pfalz 2015 1.5L ($79.95) Was $59, Now $49 Clearance Price
Wine Advocate 91 points “The golden/yellow-colored 2015 Deidesheimer Leinhöhle Riesling (AP 1416) has an intense nose with pretty ripe, but also refreshing and slightly greenish fruit aromas with sur-lie characteristics. Round and elegant on the palate, this is a balanced, fruit-intense and well-structured Riesling with nice concentration and a long, intense finish. Pretty accessible already, but also with tension. This is a very well-made Riesling from a warmer terroir in a warm vintage. The acidity is ripe and well integrated, and the creamy texture and long lees aging make this a pretty Burgundian Riesling, with 13.5% alcohol.”

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Want to see all of our June Clearance Sale wines?

Keep reading to see the complete list below!

Domaine du Pegau

Classic Chateauneuf

“One of the big successes in the vintage”

Domaine du Pegau was formally founded in 1987 by father-daughter team Paul and Laurence Feraud,  the family having farmed the area since the 17th century. Chez Pegau, vines average sixty-plus years in age. Their Cuvée Réservée is hand-picked blend of mostly Grenache with grapes grown in clay, chalk and sand. Pegau is one of the top traditional estates in CDP and garners high praise from critics year in/ year out. Don’t miss their 2015 release which promises to be one of the greatest wines produced by the estate!

Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee, Rhone 2015 750ML ($89.95) $75 special
Jeb Dunnuck – Rhone Report 95-97+ points “A vintage compared to 2010 by Laurence, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape looks to be one of the big successes in the vintage. Possessing a ripe, rounded, sexy style backed up by solid density and concentration, it offers classic Pegau notes of currants, pepper, and cured meats. Big, rich, concentrated and beautifully textured, it offers a rare depth of fruit and richness in the vintage.”
Josh Raynolds 93-95 points “Vivid ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe raspberry, cherry and garrigue, while a suave floral element expands with air. Fleshy, seamless and broad on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and fruitcake flavors that are braced and lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral note builds as the wine opens up and carries through the sweet, strikingly long finish, which leaves behind red fruit liqueur and licorice notes.”
Wine Advocate 93-95 points “The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée is beauty, and about as classic an expression of this estate as I can recall. Blackcurrants, peppery herbs, roasted meats and garrigue all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, balanced, nicely concentrated 2015 that has ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s not on par with the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it should surpass the 2012 and have two decades or more of longevity.”

Only Two Remaining:

Chateau Peyrassol’s Commanderie

A Delightful Rosé Commanding Attention

Newly Reviewed

Peyrassol ‘Commanderie de Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 750ML ($24.95) $19 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Peyrassol ‘Commanderie de Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 1.5L ($61.95)
$49 special, 18 magnums in stock now
Grapelive 92 points
“Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded by the Knights Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders on way to and back from the wars, with their first recorded harvest taking place back in 1256, and the winemaking has continued uninterrupted throughout that history to now… Its current reputation for quality took off when Philippe Austruy bought Commanderie and put his nephew in charge, rebranding the property as Chateau Peyrassol. Chateau Peyrassol is located in the hills of the “arriére pays” (back country) near Var, just north of St. Tropez and Hyères, in between the villages of Le Luc and Flassans-sur-Issole in the heart of Provence set on the classic rocky terroir with clay and limestone soils. The property makes some big and powerful reds with Syrah and Cabernet grapes, but it’s their Mediterranean-kissed rosé that always appeals and is their most popular wine made from mostly Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, though they can have a touch of Tibouren, the ancient Provencale native grape. This beautiful and crisply dry Rosé by Peyrassol was crafted with the direct press method, allowing for the delicate light color. The grapes undergo a cold maceration before being pressed off. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel with cooling jackets (temperature controlled) and it is exceptionally long, resulting in a rosé that is both fresh and persistent. Bright and vigorous the 2017 version is medium bodied and lengthy while still being delicately detailed and wonderfully focused with tangy cherry, strawberry and watermelon layers on the palate along with lively acidity, citrus, mineral notes and rosewater. This is a perfect Rosé for any occasion, fun, but serious with lots of Provence character and class, and at almost half the price of Tempier these days, it offers some value for its quality. Drink up.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today for the magnum!

Also In Stock Now from Chateau Peyrassol

Peyrassol Le Clos Peyrassol Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 750ML ($49.95) $44 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Peyrassol Le Clos Peyrassol Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 1.5L ($119.95)
$99 special, 12 magnums in stock now
Importer note
“Made from the estate’s best and oldest parcels of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Carignan, “Le Clos” represents a minuscule fraction of Peyrassol’s total production. While this 2017 offers greater richness and intensity than the previous two wines, it nonetheless displays the fat-free muscularity and drive of the vintage, with a salt-dominated and tight-grained finish that promises mid-term age-ability. Interestingly, “Le Clos” is the most glisteningly light-colored of the trio, proving once again that color and intensity are completely independent phenomena.”

Peyrassol ‘Chateau Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 750ML ($31.95) $26 special, 23 bottles in stock now
Peyrassol ‘Chateau Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 1.5L ($99.95)
$79 special, 12 magnums in stock now
Peyrassol ‘Chateau Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 3L ($199.95)
$169 special, 7 jeroboams in stock now
Peyrassol ‘Chateau Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 6L ($399.95)
$319 special, 1 six-liter in stock now
Importer note
“Made entirely from estate fruit in 2017, “Chateau” is primarily Cinsault, with increasingly smaller amounts of Grenache, Mourvedre, Tibouren, and Syrah. This is a higher-toned, more floral, more filigree wine than its brother above, with subtle herbal notes framing clean, lifted fruit on the nose. Though equally as dense—and perhaps more penetrating due to its more overt mineral character—it is no richer than the “Commanderie,” and it expresses the vintage’s firm tension with elegance.”

Peyrassol ‘Chateau Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2016 3L ($199.95) $169 special, 1 jeroboam in stock now
Josh Raynolds – Vinous 91 points
“Pale brilliant pink. Fresh and sharply focused on the nose, displaying vibrant red berry and orange zest scents along with a suave floral overtone. Sappy strawberry, red currant and blood orange flavors are underscored by a vein of dusty minerality that adds back-end lift and cut. Concentrated yet lithe, giving no sense of undue weight and finishing with strong, minerally thrust.”

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Peyrassol ‘La Croix Peyrassol’ Rouge, IGP Mediterranee 2016 2016 750ML ($19.95) $16 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
“This cuvée is crafted specifically for presentation in the United States and is the result of a close collaboration between RWM and the team at Peyrassol (Alban Cacaret, Wladimir Holobinka [vineyard manager], Pierre Guérin [consulting oenologue] and Francoise Rigord [who maintains an active interest in the estate]). The blend varies depending on the particular conditions of the vintage but normally is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in varying proportions. It highlights the fresh wild berry fruits of the region married to a firm minerality that provides structure and discipline to the wine.”–Importer note
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What’s the Best Value Estate in the Mosel?

New Arrivals:


Let’s get this out of the way now: Selbach-Oster makes wine every bit as good as the ‘big name’ producers like Prum or Molitor, but because they aren’t quite as famous (and because Johannes Selbach isn’t a grand self-promoter) the wines are much less expensive than their peers.  They represent some of the best buying opportunities for German wine lovers in the Mosel today.

What makes the Selbach wines so special (and perhaps what makes them as underrated) is that they aren’t showy or extreme, especially when it comes to levels of residual sugar and acidity.  This makes them incredibly useful at the table.  Sure they could leave more RS and they’d be more “opulent,” but they don’t and as a result you can drink the Spatlesen and Auslesen with meals.

The wines are from great vineyards and made by an incredibly talented winemaker.  They are useful at the table now, but will age into even more interesting wines.  The prices are great. What more could you ask for?

Selbach-Oster Pinot Blanc, Mosel 2016 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
David Schildknecht – Vinous 89 points “This bottling now encompasses some vines in Wehlener Klosterberg (epicenter of Markus Molitor’s memorable Pinot Blancs) as well as those long established by the Selbachs in Zeltinger Himmelreich. It’s raised largely in tank, supplemented by fuder. Apple blossom, corn shoot and smoky hints of toasted nuts combine for a pungent nose, which segues into a palate Pinot Blanc-typical in its delightful combination of textural creaminess and fresh apple juiciness. Due to hail in the parcel of Himmelreich where most of this was grown, the Selbachs ended up picking it in two tranches to compensate for late ripening of secondary buds. The upshot is 12.5% alcohol yet a welcome sense of buoyancy, and a tension of richness and tartness that is pleasantly stimulating on the seriously sustained finish.”

Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg ‘Boemer’ Riesling Trocken, Mosel 2016 750ML ($37.95) $29 special
Stuart Pigott– 93-94 points “As delicate as it is concentrated, this is a pretty serious wine with a long, sleek very mineral finish. A couple of decades ahead of it.”
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 92 points “From the terrace below the Schmitt terrace, the 2016 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Trocken “Bömer” (AP 31 17) displays an intensely fruity nose, indicating perfect ripeness and good concentration, intermixed with herbal and mineral notes. Full-bodied, round and elegant, this is a complex and persistent Riesling with a lovely mix of lush, ripe Riesling (and peach/nectarine) fruit and the mineral character of the Bömer vineyard. The acidity is ripe, the tannins are fine, and the finish is intense and well balanced.”
Mosel Fine Wines 91+ points “The 2016er Bömer comes from block-harvested fruit in the similarly named Lieu-Dit situated in the steepest and best exposed part of the Schlossberg (the reference to the Zeltinger Schlossberg is only mentioned on the back label). It offers a gorgeous nose of pear, herbs, grapefruit, ginger, aniseed herbs and smoky slate. The wine is nicely structured, intense and delicately mineral on the palate, with earthy spices and juicy pear coming through in the still rather backward finish. This will need a little bit of patience to shine but could then easily exceed our initial expectation if the fresher side keeps the upper hand at maturity. 2019-2026.”

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Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Mosel 2016 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2016 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken has a lovely clear and flinty-scented white stone fruit aroma with refreshing slate notes. Clear, lush and intense on the palate, this is a light but pretty complex and remarkably well-defined Kabinett in the off-dry style. Very digestible and with stimulating grip and salinity. 10.5% alcohol.”
David Schildknecht – Vinous 91 points “On the nose, this displays sea breeze and sweaty salinity, anticipating the savory mineral and animal aspects that follow on a buoyant palate brimming with juicy fresh apple. Tinglingly salty, stony notes and a faintly peppery impingement enliven a buoyant, mouthwatering, refreshing finish that just barely hints at sweetness. Once again, this is a model of its type, and I wish the Selbachs raised other such halbtrocken bottlings that combine levity with efficacious yet genuinely hidden residual sugar.

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2016 Riesling Kabinett (AP 02 17) has a lovely clear, fine and crunchy slate bouquet of bright fruits. The wine is light but charmingly fruity, bright and piquant, a picture-book estate Riesling in the off-dry style. Whenever you are thirsty and water seems too boring for you, try this gorgeous, hedonistic Riesling that is a straightforward, pure drinking pleasure. Love it! Tasted February 2018.”
Stuart Pigott– 90 points “Prototypic Selbach-Oster kabinett with a medium-dry balance and fresh apple and cassis notes. Drink any time during the next five years.”

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Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 750ML ($31.95) $26 special
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 92 points “Opening with nice reduction but precise and ripe fruit as well as crunchy slate aromas on the nose, the 2016 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett is pure and flinty, well-structured and quite aristocratic (though a frivolous aristocrat), with a firm structure, lush fruit and a lovely lightness and buoyancy. Very stimulating and mouthwatering, but it’s far too young to appreciate the full complexity it will deliver in a couple of years. Salty, grippy and fruity—just a perfect Kabinett.”
Stuart Pigott– 91 points “Super-fresh and vibrant with a cool, mineral-herbal personality and a very clean, long finish. You could drink it any time during the next decade, but why wait?”
Mosel Fine Wines 90+ points “The 2016er Zeltinger Schlossberg Kabinett was harvested at 86-87° Oechsle. It develops a slightly ripe nose of pear puree, herbs and spices. The wine is nicely playful and delicately infused with herbs on the palate and leaves a juicy feel in the direct and elegant finish. This is still reduced and will need some time to develop its full potential. 2026-2041.”

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Selbach-Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2016 750ML ($34.95) $29 special
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2016 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese (AP 07 17) offers a bright, fresh and slightly flinty bouquet with nice reduction. Lush, piquant and elegant on the palate, this is a light and mouth-filling Spätlese you’d probably like to take your bath in.”
David Schildknecht – Vinous 90 points “The nose anticipates site-typical, mint-tinged honeydew melon, apple and dark cherry that then lusciously inform a silken, expansive palate. The combination of textural caress, looseness and sheer juiciness makes for infectious drinkability, and a sustained finish harbors stimulating hints of lime zest, wet stone and salt.”
Mosel Fine Wines 90 points “This offers a beautifully delicate nose of pear, white peach, lemon, laurel and smoke. The wine is juicy and delicately tickly on the palate and leaves a nicely citrusy feel in the overall satisfyingly juicy and ripe finish. 2026-2041.”

Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Eiswein, Mosel 2016 375ML ($119.95) $99 special
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 96 points “Picked on the 5th of December, the 2016 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Eiswein (AP 14 17) has a very clear and concentrated bouquet of pineapples and weathered slate. Sweet yet piquant and elegant on the palate, this is a highly finessed and salty-piquant picture-book ice wine with lingering salinity and grip. This is super precise and perfectly balanced. Tasted February 2018.”
Mosel Fine Wines 96 points “The 2016er Zeltinger Himmelreich Eiswein was made from clean frozen grapes harvested at 135° Oechsle on December 5. It proves still rather reduced yet already hints at a vibrant array of fruits including cassis, pear, grapefruit and pineapple. The wine is still on the sweet side on the palate at this early stage but the great cassis infused fruity feel in the finish already shows the true greatness to come. This desperately needs a few years of bottle aging but should then prove a terrific example of fruit-driven Eiswein. 2021-2036+”

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The next best price is $106.65

Trending Producer:

El Enemigo

“Translating to “The Enemy” in English, El Enemigo was named in reference to the defining battle that’s fought within to make outstanding wines. They’re certainly winning. Though a relatively young Argentine estate that started in 2007, its founders are anything but inexperienced. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil is a soil expert who has been chief winemaker of Bodega Catena Zapata for 13 years running, and partner Adrianna Catena, a historian, is Catena Zapata’s Nicolas Catena’s youngest daughter, whose dream is to continue her family’s legacy. El Enemigo excels at making wines from Mendoza’s diverse terroirs. Whether from Gualtallary (Mendoza’s Montrachet) in Valle de Uco or the lower vineyards of Agrelo, Alejandro produces exceptional wines that encapsulate Mendoza’s diverse soils, microclimates, and grape types. The winery earned its highest rating yet this year with a 99-point El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Gualtallary Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard 2013.” —James Suckling

“Winemakers [in Argentina] have shown a growing interest in Cabernet Franc as a way to expand their repertoire. I’ve tasted only a handful in the past year, but the best offer Franc’s intrinsic varietal character of savory and green herbal notes along with ripe fruit flavors. This balance is evident in the highest-rated Cab Franc, the El Enemigo Mendoza Gran Gualtallary Single Vineyard…” —Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator Senior Editor

Arriving Wednesday:

Bodega Aleanna ‘Gran Enemigo’ Gualtallary Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Tupungato 2013 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 99 points “This is a fabulous wine with blackberry, dark mushroom, blueberry and white pepper character. Full body, fine tannins and fantastic depth and length. Goes on for minutes. A magnificent red. Beautiful encore to the superb 2012. Drink or hold.”

Bodega Aleanna ‘Gran Enemigo’, Mendoza 2013 750ML ($69.95) $59 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 95 points “Very tight and beautiful wine with blackberry, blueberry and hints of tobacco, spice, and black tea. Full body, dense and powerful. Energy and intensity to this. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and malbec.”

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Arriving Wednesday

A Neat Sweet Treat

The sweet wines of Sauternes are usually an eye-opener when tried for the first time, leading to fits of blushing, giggling and the occasional dabbing of this aromatic, honeyed wine behind the ears. The real surprise is not in the sugar, but the electric acidity which makes these wines so drinkable, ageable, and all around pleasurable.  Orange blossoms and tangerine citrus, toasty brioche, tropical notes… too many adjectives to list for what can be expected to jump out of the glass.

The wines start off with a gorgeous light straw color in its youth, but within a decade they can take on a shade closer to light honey with golden highlights. Allowed to continue aging and the shade comes closer to a wild buckwheat honey, dark and delicious.

The classic pairing is with fois gras, letting the bright acidity play around with the fatty, salty liver. A young Chateau Coutet, with all of its bright acidity and beautiful honeyed fruit, paired with fois and fig jam on toast makes for a decadent and revelatory treat.

Chateau Coutet, Barsac 2014 375ML ($49.95) $39 pre-arrival special
#3 Wine of the Year – Wine Spectator Top 100 2017
Wine Spectator 96 points “This shows the vivid, racy side of Barsac, with streaming flavors of pineapple, yellow apple, green plum and white ginger, displaying lovely energy from start to finish. Ends with enough honeysuckle and orange blossom notes to balance the richness. Best from 2020 through 2035.”

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Arriving Wednesday

Lapostolle’s 100 point Clos Apalta!

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet founded Lapostolle in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, known for founding Grand Marnier liqueur, drew on long long roots in wine and spirits within France. Their project in Chile, under the name Lapostolle, delivers world-class wines across every tier.

Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley 2014 750ML ($159.95) $119 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 100 points “An extremely aromatic and focused Clos Apalta with blackberry, blueberry, floral and hot stone character. Full body, very linear and ultra-fine tannins. Focused and tight. Precise and long. This is the most polished and beautiful definition of this wine ever. You want to drink it now but better in 2020. A blend of carmenere, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.”

Domaine de Cristia

A Study in Hedonism

Working with 100+ year old Grenache and 50+ year old Syrah & Mourvèdre, this estate offers incredible value. They work organically in the vineyard and gently in the winery to produce expressive wines of the vintage. The Renaissance is sourced from the very old Grenache and Mourvèdre vines aged in new oak vats. The VV is 100% old-vine Grenache from clay and sandy soils aged in neutral demi-muids. It offers lush fruit and spice. These are wines for the cellar, or pop one now for a truly transcendent experience!

Domaine de Cristia Arriving This Wednesday:

Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Renaissance, Rhone 2015 750ML ($69.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 96 points “This has an intense core of crushed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, draped with melted licorice notes and backed by a wave of warm fruitcake. Hedonistic for sure, but accents of anise, violet and singed apple wood dart around, adding extra facets of intrigue to hold your attention. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2020 through 2040.”

This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast!
The average price nationally is $66
Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, Rhone 2015 750ML ($99.95) $79 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 97 points “This delivers a lush, enticing blast of cassis and raspberry and boysenberry preserve flavors, carried by a silky structure that lets the fruit play out at length, giving adequate time for black tea, singed apple wood, dried anise and fruitcake notes to fill in throughout. Dreamy. Grenache. Best from 2020 through 2040.”

Sette Ponti’s Oreno

A Tuscan Classic

Sette Ponti’s Oreno is one of the most recognizable names in the Super-Tuscan field.  Year after year, Oreno delivers rich, dense wines from the clayey and limestone soil that are delicious on release but evolve into really spectacular drinks with a few years of age on them. The 2015 and 2016 vintages scored big among reviewers, so scoop up your allocation before it’s gone!

Arriving June 27th:

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2015 750ML ($89.95) $66 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 98 points “Plenty of blackcurrant, blackberry and dark chocolate character with oyster shell and walnut undertones. Full body, extremely tight and structured with blueberry and light vanilla and coffee highlights. A gorgeous Oreno. Give this wine two or three years to come together.”

Arriving ETA November:

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($119.95) $89 pre-arrival special
Case-6 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special (that’s only $83.17/bottle!)
James Suckling 99 points
“Gorgeous floral and deep, dark berry aromas with hints of spices such as cinnamon and hazelnuts. Full body and ultra-fine and strong tannins that are powerful yet so sleek and beautiful. Fantastic length and texture. Deep, dark and profound. Takes you on a long journey and shows you its true character. Better in 2025. Give it time.”

June Clearance Sale!

See the complete list of wines on our June Clearance Sale below or click to shop the sale on our web store!

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