Monday Newsletter 8-9-21

In This Newsletter:

New Week – New Arrivals

Clemens Busch:
Maverick of the Mosel

Trending Case Buys

Champagne Spotlight: Claude Cazals

Winery Library Release
From Olga Raffault

Evodia: Your Favorite Budget Spanish Red

Super Chablis Deals

Collector’s Corner
Parusso: Iconoclastic Barolo Icon

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New Week – New Arrivals


Back in stock by popular demand! Biodynamic rose from the crown jewel of Austria’s winegrowing regions. 
Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Cistercien Rose, Niederosterreich 2020 750ML ($21.95) $17 special
Winery note
“The valley of the Danube and its side-valleys belong to the ‘Cool climate’ areas of Austria. Some vineyards are even too cold for red wine making. Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the cooler sites of Gobelsburg and Langenlois are used for this wine.”
Skurnik Wines note “Region: Kamptal. Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Pinot Noir. Appellation: Niederösterreich. Vineyard: Multiple cooler site vineyards. Soil Type Loess. Age of Vines (Average) 20 years. Sustainable. Fermentation and elevage in stainless steel.”

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We adore what winemaker Bobby Rowett is doing. These are some of the most beautiful Champagne-style sparklers in the Valley.

Mellen Meyer Johan Vineyard Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Sparkling, Willamette Valley 2016 750ML ($69.95) $51.90 special
Winery note:
Disgorged November 17th, 2019. Produced from non-irrigated vines.

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Mellen Meyer Brut Nature Sparkling, Willamette Valley NV 750ML ($39.95) $31.90 special
Winery note:
60% Pinot Noir & 40% Charodonnay. Disgorged March 20, 2021. Aged 30 months on the lees. Produced from non-irrigated vines.

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Mellen Meyer Whistling Ridge Vineyard Blanc de Noir Extra Brut Sparkling, Ribbon Ridge 2017 750ML ($69.95) $53.50 special
Winery note:
100% Pinot Noir form the North Block of Whistling Ridge Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge. Aged 34 months on the lees. Disgorged November 18th, 2020. Produced from non-irrigated vines.

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The Russian River Valley is world famous for its Chardonnay’s that combine the stylistic ripeness of California, with the acidity and backbone of Burgundy. The 2019 vintage defied all expectations and delivered even higher quality than the year before, with even wildfire season seeming to wait for harvest to finish. Expect the classic Hartford Court style of yellow apple, jasmine blossom, Shoumei tea and sea salt with a medium body and long finish. This is the perfect wine for someone looking for a richer style of chardonnay that is still acid driven. 

Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay Sonoma County 2019 750ML ($29.95) $21.90 special
Case-12 Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay Sonoma County 2019 750ML ($359.95) $249 special (that’s only $20.75/bottle!)
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points
“Readers looking for a pure, impeccably made Russian River Chardonnay should check out the 2019 Chardonnay Russian River Valley from Hartford Court. It has classic pineapple and honeyed orchard fruits, a rich, medium-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity, and subtle toasty, nutty background nuances. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.”
Antonio Galloni 91 points “The 2019 Chardonnay (Russian River) is a terrific appellation-level wine. Bright and finely cut, the 2019 is so well-balanced. Lemon peel and white flowers grace this enticing Chardonnay from Hartford. Bright acids and floral accents round out the finish nicely.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 91 points “The 2019 Chardonnay Russian River Valley was 100% barrel fermented in French oak barrels, 26% new, and aged for 9.5 months. It slips slowly, cautiously out of the glass with crushed rocks and sea spray scents over a core of green and yellow apples and Bosc pears plus a hint of marzipan. Medium-bodied, the palate bursts with apple and pear flavors with a racy backbone and savory finish. 15,000 cases were made.” 

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Imported by Lopez de Heredia’s Oregon importer, this is an up & comer to watch!
Bodegas Mokoroa, Getariako Txakolina 2020 750ML ($17.95) $13.50 special
Winery note
“Txakoli Mokoroa is a white wine with a marked varietal character, pale yellow in colour, limpid and bright, with lemon-green tones. The intense fruity aromas that are typical for this variety, are reminiscent of peaches, apples, and fresh grass, as well as certain floral nuances. The Txakoli feels fresh in the mouth, it is well-balanced and it has a singular bitter touch. The final aftertaste of this wine is delicate and acidic, and the carbonic bubbles make it cheerful and youthful. This is a wine with a soft and light mouthfeel.”

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Clemens Busch:

Maverick of the Mosel

Clemens Busch has always been ahead of his time, focusing on organic farming, dry wines and lower sulfur levels long before it was fashionable to do any of those things.  That restless spirit, coupled with one of the most dramatically steep vineyards in the Mosel (the Pündericher Marienburg), lead to his current status as a true icon of dry German Riesling.

These are brilliant bottlings that are tautly mineral and yet expressive and aromatic.  These are wines that are tributes to old, weathered slate, farmed well (the slate color is indicated by the color of the capsule).  He bottles his top sites using their old cadaster names (Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Rothenpfad and Felsterrasse)—something else he was ahead of his time about.  We’ve got a few of his fantastic bottlings in stock now! 

In Stock Now from Clemens Busch:

Weingut Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2018 750ML ($34.95) $24 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
James Suckling 92 points
“Lightly smoky with some lemon pith and dried spices. There’s some light sweetness here, but it’s nicely balanced out by the edgy acidity. Taut and very precise on the finish. Drink now.”
David Schildknecht-Vinous 91 points “White peach, apple, honeydew melon and lime are tinged with lemongrass and cilantro on the nose, and with nippy cress on an otherwise polished, lusciously fruited and subtly soothing palate. Nearly 60 grams of sugar manage to come off as entirely supportive, and the lingering finish both soothes and stimulates. (This year’s village-level Busch Kabinett seemed oddly out-of-sorts on the sole occasion – side by side with this Marienburg – that I was able to taste it, so I have left it un-reviewed.)”
Wine Spectator 91 points “Shows yeasty notes at first, with accents of jasmine and hops, followed by electric acidity that fuels the green apple, lemon and nectarine flavors. Balanced and beautiful in terms of texture, exhibiting substance. Smoky details emerge on the well-defined finish. Best from 2021 through 2033. 550 cases made, 60 cases imported. — AZ”
AP #11

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Weingut Clemens Busch Pundericher Marienburg Rothenpfad Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2014 375ML ($59.95) $46 special, 9 half-bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 93 points
“The 2014 Riesling Auslese Rothenpfad displays a lovely, clear and slate-like bouquet, with herbal and tropical fruit flavors. Sweet and piquant on the palate, this is a rich and very elegant, well balanced Riesling with a great delicacy, and fruit-intense and piquant finish. Very stimulating. The residual sugar of 135 grams per liter is almost blown away by the acidity and minerality.”

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Weingut Clemens Busch Pundericher Marienberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2018 750ML ($49.95) $33 special, 35 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points
“Rich and exotic, featuring mango, brown spice, slate, smoke and citrus notes. Open and fluid in style, crafted with precision and intensity. The submerged acidity reveals itself on the finish, along with a tactile sensation on the palate. Best from 2022 through 2038.”
James Suckling 95 points “A very impressive Spätlese that’s so aromatic and expressive; it leads with dried apricots, passion fruit, melon sorbet, milk ice cream and earth. Sweet and powerful for this category, but the acidity runs right through the center palate, bringing the stone-fruit and tropical flavors to life and leaving the mouth with wicked resolve. Drink now.”
AP #14

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Weingut Clemens Busch Pundericher Marienburg Raffes Riesling, Mosel 2013 750ML ($119.95) $99 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 95+ points
“This is my second rating of the 2013 Riesling Raffes, almost one year after I tasted it for the first time. The wine shows a good fruit intensity and ripeness today (oranges), along with nice and pure slate-like flavors. Rich, pure and juicy on the palate, this is a full-bodied Riesling with a juicy texture and a very sensual sweetness, but only 12.5% alcohol. The acidity is really piquant here and you might think it’s like a dry Auslese with a higher degree of sweetness. The finish is enormous and very promising. Don’t drink this wine too soon.”

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Trending Case Buys

Todd Hamina wines are perfumed, elegant and site-expressive: exactly what we look for in Willamette Valley Pinot. Stylistically, Todd loves to use whole clusters and extended macerations to provide savory undertones that balance out his rich fruit. 
Biggio Hamina Claygate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 750ML ($39.95) $28 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Biggio Hamina Claygate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 750ML ($199.95) $159 special (that’s only $26.50/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 94 points
“Bright red. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays intense red fruit, potpourri and incense qualities. Spice and savory herb nuances build as the wine opens up. Bright and energetic in the mouth, offering densely packed and appealingly sweet raspberry liqueur, cherry and spicecake flavors that pick up a smoky mineral note on the back half. Plays power off of finesse deftly and finishes extremely long and floral, with sneaky, fine-grained tannins and a touch of exotic spices.”

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This continues to be one of the best values in Chardonnay out there.
Sandhi Zuni Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2019 750ML ($34.95) $24 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Sandhi Zuni Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2019 750ML ($399.95) $249 special (That’s only $20.75 per bottle)
Winery note
“If you’ve ever sat at San Francisco’s iconic Zuni Café with a plate of oysters in front of you while you wait for the iconic whole roast chicken, you may have had a glass or two of this collaboration between longtime friends Rajat Parr of Sandhi and Zuni wine director Thierry Lovato.  The wine is a barrel selection from some of Sandhi’s iconic Sta. Rita Hills sites, (think Mt. Carmel, Sanford & Benedict) with enough own-rooted, 1973 Wente selection Bien Nacido Chardonnay blended in to warrant a Santa Barbara County designation.”

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Nothing says summer like Muscadet, and nothing says Muscadet like Pepiere
Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie ‘La Pepie’, Loire 2020 750ML ($19.95) $16.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie ‘La Pepie’, Loire 2020 750ML ($219.95) $179 special (that’s only $14.92/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Importer note
“The La Pépie cuvée is a blend of estate fruit from all of Pépière’s terroirs, 50% of which fall within the Muscadet Sèvre & Maine appellation and 50% within the crus. Since 2016, the cuvée is is supplemented with purchased fruit from neighboring parcels with similar characteristics. This decision was not made lightly and results from a series of unsustainably low crops.”

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Perrin is a legendary family in the wine world. They’re best known for their stewardship of Château Beaucastel, that benchmark of Châteauneuf du Pape, but don’t overlook the incredible value found in their Vinsobres Les Hautes de Julien. The product of a fascinating mountainous region in the northern part of the southern Rhône, this Syrah is like a Cornas but with more fruit, texture, and garrigue. If you’re looking for generous Syrah that still has old-world soul, we can’t recommend this wine enough.
Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien, Rhone 2015 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien, Rhone 2015 750ML ($299.95) $219 special (that’s only $36.50/bottle!)
Jeb Dunnuck 95 points
“The 2015 Vinsobres Les Hauts De Julien comes from the Vinsobres region, which is a cooler terroir located in the northern part of the southern Rhône. Based largely on very old vine Syrah blended with Grenache, it offers a vibrant purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blueberries, cracked pepper, violets, lavender, and exotic spices. Incredibly textured, full-bodied, deep, and opulent, with awesome purity of fruit, it’s another sensational vintage for this cuvée that would pass undetected in a blind lineup of top Cornas. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.”

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Lisini is a classic producer, both in style and in that they were one of the original 25 wineries in the Brunello Consortium. They’re known for powerful wines that see extensive aging in large casks and bottle before release, which softens their textures and gives them wonderful secondary flavors. These are reference-point Brunellos that belong in the cellar of any collector.
Lisini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2015 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2015 750ML ($299.95) $279 special (that’s only $46.50/bottle!)
Case-12 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2015 750ML ($579.95) $539 special (that’s only $44.92/bottle!)
Decanter 96 points
“With vineyards between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate on the inner edge of the Sesta district, Lisini’s vineyards are cleansed by constant breezes from the Tuscan Coast. Stony soils with an important underpinning of limestone as well as elevations over 300 metres help preserve freshness in their wines. The 2015 is beautifully fragrant, almost exotic in character. Plump red fruit and sweet summer herbs fill the mouth but rather than being heavy, this is poised and transparent. Ample powdery tannins are fine and lead to a tangy marine finish.”

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A steal of a price on one of Spain’s hidden gem stickies.
Telmo Rodriguez ‘Molino Real,’ Malaga 2009 500ML ($59.95) $21.90 special
Case-6 Telmo Rodriguez ‘Molino Real,’ Malaga 2009 500ML ($349.95) $119 special (that’s only $19.83/bottle!)

No reviews available for the 2009 vintage.  Review of the 2010 provided for reference.
Luis Gutierrez – Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2010 Molino Real is the flagship and initial wine produced here, a sweet Moscatel from the schist slopes of Málaga at altitudes over 550 meters high, fermented with indigenous yeasts in 225-liter French oak barrels where the wine matures for 20 months. The grapes are dried in the sun for two weeks to get more concentration. The nose is extremely aromatic with notes of condensed milk, a touch of volatility and bay leaf; it is extremely complex, attractive and extremely young with the giveaway note of syrup that denotes youth. The wine has 13.5% alcohol and 127 grams of residual sugar. It was a relatively late harvest and the growing season was cooler and warmer than the average. The palate is extremely balanced with perfect harmony between sweetness and acidity leaving the palate with a fresh, minty sensation, rich, intense, with the spiciness of the grape, fine and elegant. I tasted 2009 and 2007 for context, and they are both young, as these are wines thought for the long haul. 7,8824 half-liter bottles were produced. ($75)”

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Champagne Spotlight:

Claude Cazals

“Delphine Cazals presides over this nine-hectare Mesnil-sur-Oger house, specializing in Côte de Blancs Chardonnay. The emblematic wine is their bottling from the Clos Cazals in Oger, a rich, muscular and vinous Champagne that is invariably a dramatic and attractive cuvee.” – William Kelley, Wine Advocate

In the renowned Cote des Blancs village of Oger, Delphine Cazals crafts an exquisite single-clos Champagne, Clos Cazals. The 2002 is not to be missed – a near perfect vintage that just entered its prime drinking window.

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Claude Cazals Clos Cazals Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Millesime, Champagne 2002 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, only 3 bottles available
Richard Juhlin-Decanter 94 points
“A real winner. Classic build-up and a serious walnutty deep concentration from one of the most exiting plots in Champagne. Drinking Window 2016 – 2026.”
Importer note “With a family vineyard in Mesnil-sur-Oger, a Grand Cru village in the Côtes de Blancs, Delphine Cazals convinced her father to allow her to produce a champagne in the mid-1990’s. With the highest chalk concentration in Champagne and a substrata of Kimmeridgian soil, this stretch of the Côtes de Blancs offers extraordinary terroir for sparkling wine. Delphine has expanded to 3.7 hectares and is now producing some of the most spectacular Blanc de Blancs in Champagne.”

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Love Champagne? Don’t miss our special case price on Chartogne-Taillet’s Cuvee Ste. Anne arriving Thursday or browse our 140 options from the ultra-rare vintage Taittinger Comtes rosé magnums to our favorite week night pours from Andre Clouet in stock now on our webstore.

Winery Library Release

From Olga Raffault

Olga Raffault is one of the benchmark producers of Chinon, and has an intriguing history. Olga and her husband Pierre operated this estate together until he died unexpectedly just before harvest in 1947. Olga was left to run the business, but was assisted by Ernest Zenninger, a German prisoner who had found refuge and work at Raffault. Ernest stayed on, becoming the winemaker and working closely with Olga’s son Jean Raffault. Olga’s granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie took over in 2000 and now run the estate. Raffault is in the Véron, a strip of land with sandy and gravelly soils where the Vienne River intersects with the much larger Loire. They farm 24 hectares, most of it Cabernet Franc with a small amount of Chenin Blanc, with vines averaging about 30 years in age. Sylvie insists that their wine is drinkable in that classic Chinon style. “We sell the wine for wine bars and bistros and we want a fresh wine,” she said.

Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses, Loire 2008 750ML ($69.95) $55 pre-arrival special
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93 points
“The 2008 Chinon Les Picasses is an authentic representative of the vintage as well as of the domain. The 2008 has a coolish, pure and spicy but concentrated nose with a Pinot-like expression of Cab Franc that comes across as pulpy but less juicy. On the palate, this is a textbook Loire Cabernet: sweet, intense and, believe me, perfectly ripe and balanced but still coolish, precise and finessed with delicate but lingering tannins combined with the sweet and salty finish. This is a gorgeous Chinon with a long and now juicy finish that reveals bitter orange flavors. This is a beautiful wine to drink now and over the next 20 years (at least). Tasted in April 2021.”
Jason Wilson-Vinous 92 points “Light ruby in color, bright and fresh, featuring aromas and flavors of tomatoes and cherries throughout. Balanced and cool, with a hint of dark minerality on the finish. Incredibly fresh and seamless. Has a long life ahead. Aged one year in foudre. Drink 2020 – 2030.”

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We stock 115 wines from the Loire Valley, including sleek rosés from J. Mourat, classic core producers like Joguet & Huet, elite wines of Boudignon & Dagueneau, and cellar stars from Clos Rougeard.

Evodia: Your Favorite Budget Spanish Red

Arriving Friday

Evodia Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud 2019 750ML ($14.95) $11.90 pre-arrival special
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points
“Based on 100% Garnacha, the 2019 Evodia is a killer value that delivers incredible Garnacha flair at a crazy good price. Kirsch, blackberry, acacia flower, violet, and sandalwood notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless, beautifully layered wine with fabulous tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. This is the finest wine at this price point in the world.”
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 90+ points “The 2019 Evodia is pure Garnacha from old head-pruned vines in the Sierra Santa Cruz in Calatayud. It fermented with around 20% full clusters in concrete and matured mostly in concrete with just 20% of the blend put in used oak barrels for three months. There is a component that matured in concrete egg that I was able to taste separately that seems to bring a touch of freshness to the final blend, something welcomed in a warm year like 2019, which seems like a fresher version of 2017, when the wines achieved quite good ripeness. The nose opens up nicely in the glass and is quite aromatic and floral, exuberant, with a heady touch of ripe fruit. It’s young and tasty, tender and pleasant to drink, with a forward personality. A real bargain. I hope there are more wines like this in Aragon, where the wealth of Garnacha vineyards would make it possible quite easily. 150,000 bottles produced. There are two batches per year. What I tasted had been bottled in February 2020, just a few days before I sampled it.”
Importer note “Evodia is sourced from Garnacha from the villages of  Atea, Acered, and Alarba. Located in the Sierra Santa Cruz, these steep sites (up to 25%) have various exposures but share similar soils – slate and quartzite over clay. At an average elevation of 900 meters above sea level, these vineyards are also among the highest sites within the province of Aragon. This unique terroir and the old vines of Garnacha rooted in it are the origins of Evodia.”

Love good values from Spain?
Don’t miss our offer on 2015 & 2016 Muga Reserva, in stock now:

In the town of Haro in Rioja, sit the some of the best and most essential wineries of the region within a few steps of each other: Lopez de Heredia, CVNE, and Bodegas Muga. Muga combines a traditionalist approach with modern cellar techniques. Muga is a core winery at the shop. The wines offer some of the best values in the region without skimping on complexity and ageability. These are wines to enjoy now or for years or decades to come.
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Bodegas Muga Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2015 750ML ($34.95) $23.50 special, 36+ bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 94 points
“One of the flagship cuvées from this estate that’s produced in every vintage, the 2015 Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano that spent 24 months in used French and American oak. Blackberries, currants, cigar wrapper, cedar box, and hints of vanilla all flow to a medium-bodied, concentrated, beautiful Rioja that has ripe tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. You couldn’t go wrong with a case of this.”
James Suckling 94 points “Complex nose with ripe black cherries, deeply integrated cedary oak, baking spices, dried flowers, leather, fresh tobacco and earthy notes. This is silky and mellow with long, laid-back tannins that deliver ripe dark plum flavors into a spicy and earthy finish. Drink or hold.”

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Bodegas Muga Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2016 750ML ($31.95) $26 special, 36+ bottles available
James Suckling 95 points
“This is really tight and powerful with gorgeous tannins and solid fruit. Full body. Tight and composed. Wet earth, smoked meat and hints of black truffles. Very long and powerful. Wonderful length. Real Rioja. One of the top best-value, high-quality reds in Spain. Drink or hold.”
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 93 points “The largest volume of the Muga winery is for the red blend 2016 Reserva, a wine that is sold as 2016 Crianza in Spain (for commercial reasons). This has the Muga style and the imprint of the cool and fresh 2016 vintage, one of the best vintages of recent years. 2016 is also a year of harmony and freshness that reminds me a little of the 2010. But the Muga family thinks it’s somewhere between 2010 and 2011, because for them 2011 is not so warm, even if it generally produced quite ripe wines. It has a mixture of red and black fruit with sweet spices that are very integrated and in harmony. The palate is silky and clean, and the tannins are round and gentle. A delicious Reserva/Crianza. They produced around one million bottles of this. It was bottled in January 2019. They like to bottle the wine in winter, perhaps in a couple of months.”


Super Chablis Deals

Arriving in September

Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2018 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 94 points
“The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos has turned out nicely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of ripe citrus fruits, confit lemons, pear and orange blossom. It is full-bodied, elegantly muscular and textural, with fine depth at the core, ripe but succulent acids and a long, penetrating finish. This is the broadest-shouldered, most powerful wine in the Louis Michel portfolio.”
Decanter 94 points “If it’s purity you want in your Chablis, Guillaume Michel’s wines are some of the most transparent in the appellation. Entirely unwooded, as his whites always are, this is sourced from an old vine parcel of 0.5ha on the Valmur side of the grand cru. Textured and intense, with notes of iodine and almond paste and tangy acidity. The Vaudésir Grand Cru also scored 94.”
Burghound 91-93 points “There are plenty of classic Chablis elements adding breadth to the mineral reduction, cool white-fleshed fruit, iodine and citrus-suffused aromas. As is usually the case with textbook examples of Les Clos, there is fine size, weight and volume to the powerful and tension-filled flavors that deliver very fine depth and length on the detailed well-balanced finale. This very well-made effort should amply reward 10+ years of cellaring.”

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Domaine Moreau-Naudet Montmains, Chablis Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($69.95) $58.50 pre-arrival special
Decanter 93 points
“Virginie Moreau-Naudet sources her Montmains from two parcels, ageing the result in one third new wood. Since the passing of her husband, Stéphane, three years ago she has continued the tradition of making rich, leesy, complex wines with subtle oak, layers of wax and cream and fresh, focused acidity. Commendable stuff. Drinking Window 2020 – 2026.”
Antonio Galloni 89-92 points “The 2018 Chablis Montmains 1er Cru is lifted, weightless and airy, and yet there is plenty of power that emerges from thee glass Citrus and floral notes come together in this elegant style of wine. A whole range of floral and citrus notes add character. The 2018 is understated today, but also appears to be holding back much of its potential.”

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Domaine Moreau-Naudet Vaillons, Chablis Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($69.95) $58.50 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 90-93 points
“The 2018 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru is another wine in this range with quite a bit of promise. Exotic and tropical, with terrific depth, the 2018 has a lot to offer, even if it is clearly an adolescent today.”

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Collector’s Corner:

Parusso: Iconoclastic Barolo Icon

Armando Parusso is a Barolo winemaker who defies categorization while creating some of the most exciting wines in the Piedmont. A relentless experimenter who the Wine Advocate called “one of the most dynamic and out-of-the-box wineries in Barolo,” he nonetheless doesn’t hew to what’s usually considered “modernist ” in the Piedmont. Rather, Parusso remains devoutly inspired by Burgundy—and he’s worked tirelessly to make his bottles stand in the company of DRC, Dujac, and Leroy, whose bottles he adores.

That means he’s one of the rare producers who ferments his Barolo whole-cluster, with long macerations—up to 50 days on the skins (the antithesis of most modernist producers). He then takes the fermented wine and ages in barriques, with frequent lees-stirring and only a single racking. It’s an outlandishly original production method, which Wine Spectator described as the product of “constantly tweaking his methods to coax more from his Nebbiolo.” 

No less than Giacomo Conterno declared that “We always need people who are hungry, and Marco is hungry. He always wants more from his wine”—and the results speak for themselves.  These are some of the most stunning wines in Barolo, with class and power to spare. We just received a small allocation of his bottles, available until they run out.

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Parusso Armando Ornati Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont  2019 750ML ($24.95) $19.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Parusso Armando Ornati Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont  2019 750ML ($149.95) $111 special (that’s only $18.50/bottle!)

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Armando Parusso Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 94 points
“The Parusso 2016 Barolo offers that distinctive Parusso nose that I have come to understand over the years I have been tasting these wines. There is a touch of ripe fruit, dried grape skins and stems that pop out over rich black fruit, tar and black spice. There’s a sultry and smoky aspect to the wine with extra concentration and tannic astringency on the finish. This vintage is even more structured, suggesting a longer cellar aging time. If you are invested in the Parusso philosophy, this is a good place to start.”
Antonio Galloni 92+ points “The 2016 Barolo is a terrific example of the year. Unusually dark and somber, the 2016 packs a real punch. Black cherry, plum, espresso, licorice, spice and menthol add to the wine’s richness and overall intensity. Far from an easygoing straight Barolo, Parusso’s 2016 is a very serious wine; I wouldn’t dream of touching a bottle anytime soon. Vineyard sources are Mariondino, Mosconi and Bussia – all top sites that are also bottled separately here.”

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Armando Parusso Barolo Bussia 2013 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 10 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 97 points
“This is one of the greatest wines I have ever had from here. So much ripe cherry, raspberry and floral character. Medium body, super-refined tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much going on here. Better in 2021.”
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2013 Barolo Bussia is my favorite wine among Marco Parusso’s new releases. This wine shows an extraordinary level of richness and softness that speaks to the unique winemaking style proposed by this innovative producer. The Bussia cru tends to produce softer and finer fruit characteristics. The bouquet delivers elegant notes of wild berry, forest floor and white truffle with mineral notes such as pencil shaving delicately tucked in at the back. The wine sees up to 60% stem inclusion and maceration times are long. This Barolo is articulate and profoundly expressive.”

Armando Parusso Barolo Bussia 2016 750ML ($119.95) $89 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 96+ points
“Marco Parusso’s 2016 Barolo Bussia brings together all the best elements of his style and year in a wine that is simply brilliant. Sweet floral notes, dark red fruit, mint, blood orange and spice infuse the 2016 with myriad layers of complexity. A bold, dramatic Barolo made from Rocche and Munie fruit, the 2016 is going to need a number of years to be at its best.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 96 points “This is one of the most important single-vineyard expressions from Marco and Tiziana Parusso, a formidable brother and sister team whose winery is located at the edge of Monforte d’Alba on the road to Castiglione Falletto. Their 2016 Barolo Bussia is a dark and brooding expression with some of those aromas of Nebbiolo stems and skins that give extra power and density to the wine. I’d suggest a pairing of succulent red meat, but you definitely need to put this wine aside for more time. This classic vintage is especially well suited to cellar aging. The structure of this Bussia is a tiny bit more pliant and approachable compared to the more astringent Mosconi.”
James Suckling 95 points “Wild strawberries and plums with spices, dried flowers and hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied, yet tight, fine and focused with lovely balance and finesse. Drink or hold.”

Armando Parusso Barolo Mariondino 2016 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 9 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 94 points
“The 2016 Barolo Mariondino is another potent, heady wine in this range. The red fruit and floral notes typical of this site emerge, but the Mariondino is big and very dark in 2016. Like all of these Barolos, the Mariondino is built for the long haul. In most vintages, Mariondino is a Barolo of sensuality but the 2016 is a real powerhouse. Time in the glass brings out red fruit and floral notes, but this is an XL Barolo.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2016 Barolo Mariondino sees fruit from a vineyard not too far from the Parusso winery in Castiglione Falletto. It opens to sultry and intense aromas. Generally speaking, the wines of this estate achieve a level of richness and concentration that you don’t see anywhere else in the appellation. The fruit is slightly dehydrated before fermentation and a good percentage of stem inclusion is used. There is a note of sweet, sun-ripened fruit on the close, and you taste the actual skins of the grapes. Stern tannins mark the close.”
James Suckling 94 points “Extremely perfumed with dried flowers, such as roses and lilacs, complementing the ripe strawberry and plum character. Full-bodied on the attack with a fine tannin profile and a fresh finish. Drinkable now, but needs a year or two to open. Better after 2021.”

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Armando Parusso Barolo Mosconi 2016 750ML ($119.95) $89 special, 16 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 97 points
“An exotic, high-toned Barolo with blackberry, walnut and dried-flower aromas and flavors, as well as orange undertones. It’s full-bodied with spices and ripe fruit. Figs, too. Long and wild. Drink or hold.”
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2016 Barolo Mosconi shows all the breadth and richness that is typical of this Monforte site. Dark fruit, chocolate, spice, new leather, menthol, sage and crushed rocks build in an explosive, tannic Barolo that is going to need at least a few years in bottle to come together. Powerful, deep and resonant, this dark, brooding Barolo has a ton to offer.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 95 points “The Parusso 2016 Barolo Mosconi exhibits that same power, intensity and dark fruit with aromas of grape skins and vinous components. Marco Parusso lets his grapes undergo a very light appassimento in a cold storage room before pressing, and he uses a percentage of whole-cluster fruit with stems. Those strong flavors and tannins are very much on notice. You get hints of white pepper on this very powerful and tannic wine that won’t be accessible until at least 10 years after the harvest, or probably more.”

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Armando Parusso Langhe Nebbiolo 2018 750ML ($24.95) $20.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Armando Parusso Langhe Nebbiolo 2018 750ML ($149.95) $119 special (that’s only $19.83/bottle!)
Wine Advocate 90 points
“The Parusso 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo has a wild side with some of the tangy white pepper aromas that you sometimes get with some of the indigenous grapes of Piedmont. The delivery is simple and clean, but don’t underestimate the bold personality that you get here. Those tangy fruit aromas are mixed in with garden herb, licorice and crushed flowers.”

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