Newsletter 4-16-23

 In This Newsletter:

Tempier & Pra
Staff Pick

Berger Gruner Veltliner
10 under 20

Spanish Edition
3 Day Sale
The Wines of Max Ferdinand Richter
April Rosé Sale
Up to 10% off of our top Rose wines
Collector’s Corner
The Crus of Bordeaux


Domaine Tempier

One of the most coveted and storied producers in all of France is soon to reach our shelves! If you haven’t experienced Domain Tempier before then this is your chance round out a benchmark piece of your wine education, and if you have experienced it…’s time to stock up!

Pre-Arrival April 18th

Domain Tempier Bandol Blanc 2021 750ml $49 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92-94 points “Primarily Clairette (60%) and Ugni Blanc (30%), with bits of Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Rolle, the 2021 Bandol Blanc was still in tank when I visited early last year. It presents a striking juxtaposition of ripe pears and honeyed richness with brighter notes of fresh lime juice on the nose and medium-bodied palate, finishing with a sense of plush richness balanced by mouthwatering citrus zest and brine.”

Domain Tempier Bandol Rouge 2020 750ml $56 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 91-93 points “Tasted from foudre, the 2020 Bandol Cuvee Classique had been blended the week before my visit. Already showing classic notes of tree bark and truffle layered against cherries and raspberries and a touch of olive, it looks relatively precocious. In the mouth, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with a long, plush finish.”

Domain Tempier Bandol La Migoua 2020 750ml $85 special, 36 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92-94 points “The 2020 Bandol la Migoua—tasted from foudre—is a bit tarry and rubbery (expected, to some degree, in young Mourvèdre-based wines) but opens up to reveal seductive, ripe notes of blackberries and mulberries. A blend of approximately 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault, 15% Grenache and 5% Syrah, it’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, concentrated but silky in feel and elegant on the long finish.”

Domain Tempier Bandol La Tourtine 2020 750ml $85 special, 36 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94-96 points 
“Mainly Mourvèdre (85%), with Cinsault and Grenache, the 2020 Bandol la Tourtine was still in foudre at the time of my visit last year. Scents of cola, smoke and red berries provide ample complexity on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is concentrated and almost creamy in texture while remaining fresh and dynamic on the lengthy finish.”

Cantine Pra
This terrific producer is well known as a benchmark for Soave white wines, but also makes worldclass Amarone and Valpolicella reds.

Pre-Arrival April 18th

Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2016 750ml $79 special, 36+ bottles available
James Suckling 94 points “A savory and complex expression of Amarone with some dried cherries, red dates, stewed herbs, orange peel, tobacco and white pepper. Some bold green peppercorn, too. A svelte delivery of Amarone with a medium body, showing tobacco, cedar and chocolate on the palate. Long, cedary finish. Drink or hold.”
Wine Spectator 92 points “This elegant red is medium- to full-bodied, with creamy tannins providing a fine frame for flavors of brambly red currant and blackberry fruit, pine, orange peel and crushed pink peppercorn. A subtle, savory overtone of cured tobacco and smoky bacon fat echoes on the fresh finish. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. Drink now through 2030. 833 cases made, 250 cases imported.”
Staff Pick

It’s a perfect foil for the infectious drinkability that this variety is known for but has an extra level of clarity and complexity that is sometimes missing from this category. Fermented entirely in stainless steel from estate grown. Loess dominated vineyards in the Kremstal.
Berger Gruner Veltliner 750ml $14 special, 16 bottles available
10 Under 20
Spanish Edition
Fill your glass and save your cash!
Atance Bobal Valencia 2019 750ml $11.90 special, 29 bottles available
Atance Bobal Valencia 2019 12 bottle case for $128, that’s $10.66 per bottle
Importer’s Note 
“Organic viticulture and hand picked grapes from bush vines in Requena, specifically the Casa Segura estate vineyards with well drained, sandy soils.”

Evodia Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2019 750ml $11.90 special, 17 bottles available
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.”

Cvne Organic Tinto Rioja 2019 750ml $12.50 special, 32 bottles available
Wine Advocate 91 Points 
 “It’s balanced, tasty and juicy, truly delicious. The idea is to eventually produce this wine with their own grapes, as they are moving toward organic farming and removed herbicides years ago. They have never released a wine like this or such a young red. Amazing young Garnacha for the by-the-glass market. Bravo!”

Nekeas Chapparal Garnacha 2018 750ml $14 special, 13 bottles available
Vinous 92 Points 
 “Deep garnet. Mineral-tinged cherry, raspberry, vanilla and exotic spice aromas show excellent clarity and take on a smoky nuance with air. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy red fruit, rose pastille and spicecake flavors energized by a minerally topnote.”

Vina Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2020 750ml $14 special, 12 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92 Points “The incredibly young and juicy 2020 Garnacha was produced with grapes from different villages. I felt like the wine had gone one step up in complexity and depth from the previous vintage; it’s precise, harmonious, elegant and nuanced and keeps varietal purity.”

Cvne Vina Real Crianza Rioja 2017 750ml $14.50 special, 23 bottles available
James Suckling 93 Points “A Rioja with plum, blackberry, black truffle and hints of chocolate. Some walnut, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.”

Breca Garnacha Old Vine Calatayud 2017 750ml $15.50 special, 29 bottles available
Breca Breca Garnacha Old Vine Calatayud 2017 12 bottle case $169, that’s $14.08 per bottle
Breca Breca Garnacha Old Vine Calatayud 2017 6 bottle case $88 special, that’s $14.66 per bottle
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
 “… another head turner offering rocking red and blue fruits, melted licorice, peppery herbs, and spicy, earth-like aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and wonderfully textured, it could cost twice the price and still be a good value. Buy a case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years. This is a killer wine.”

Breca Garnacha 2019 750ml $16 special, 36+ bottles available
Breca Garnacha 2019 12 bottle case $179 special, that’s $14.91 per bottle
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points 
“I loved the nose on the 2019 Breca, which is loaded with spicy red and black fruits as well as notes of sandalwood, dried flowers, herbes de Provence, and some chalky, mineral-like nuances. Beautiful on the palate as well … balanced, straight-up gorgeous.”

Palacio Quemado La Zarcita Extremadura 2018 750ml $18 special, 36+ bottles available
Vinous 91 Points 
“Opaque magenta. Red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the expressive nose. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering spice-accented raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a musky hint of licorice. Finishes long and juicy, with repeating florality and gentle tannins adding final grip.”

Muga Rioja El Anden La Estacion Crianza 2018 750ml $19 special, 36+ bottles available
Vinous 90 Points  
“Dark ruby. Ripe red fruits, vanilla and pipe tobacco on the nose, with spice and woodsmoke nuances emerging as the wine stretches out. Gently sweet and supple on the palate, offering juicy cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors braced by a spine of tangy acidity. Smooth tannins add shape and subtle grip to the persistent finish, which leaves a warm red fruit preserve note behind.”
3 Day Sale
Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter

Founded in the 17th century and family run for 9 generations, Weingut Max Ferd. Richter has been instrumental in establishing the reputation of Mosel as one of Germany’s finest wine regions. Known for a committment to quality, all of their grapes are kept to low yields, hand-picked, soft-pressed, and cold fermented in old oak barrels. These are wines of great clarity and concentration, as engaging as they are elegant.

5% off 6-11 bottles of Max Richter wines
10% off 12 or more Max Richter wines
Sale applies to all Max Richter wines.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.
Vintage Wine Points Price/Quantity
2018 Max Richter Sonnenuhr Kabinett Feinherb 750ml 93 Wine Advocate $21.90/ 7 available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Kabinett 750ml 92-94 Wine Advocate $21.90/ 30 available
2018 Max Richter Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Trocken 750ml 93+ John Gilman   $24/ 20 available
2018 Max Richter Sonnenuhr Kabinett 750ml 93-95 Wine Advocate $24/ 27 available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Spatlese 750ml 94-96 Wine Advocate $29/ 36+ available
2018  Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr Spatlese 750ml  95-96 Wine Advocate $33/ 18 available
2018 Max Richter Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Uralte Reben 750ml 91 Mosel Fine Wines $39/ 42 available
2018 Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr GG 750ml 94 James Suckling  $45/ 28 available
2018  Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr Auslese 750ml  96-97 Wine Advocate $49/ 47 available
2018 Max Richter Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Auslese*** 375ml 97 Wine Advocate $59/ 7 available
Sale ends Tuesday the 18th at 10am.
April Rosé Sale

Stock Up for the Sunny weather NOW!!

We’re having a huge month long sale ending April 30th at 6pm. 

5% off 6-11 bottles of Rosé
10% off 12 or more bottles of Rosé

Each 1.5L (Magnum) bottle will be counted as 2 bottles when applied to the discount.
Each 3.0L bottle of rose will be the equivalent of 4 bottles.
6.0L bottles will be counted as 8 bottles.
Champagnes are not included in this sale.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
Discount does not apply to pre-arrival wines or to case discounts. 
This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.

Burlotto Elatis Rosato 2021 750ml $24 special, 36+ bottles available
Vinous 91 Points “The nose shows ripe honeydew and crushed yellow apple with sweet herbs and smoky minerals. On the palate, the 2019 Burlotto Elatis Rosato coasts with ease. It is cool-toned and riding a core of vibrant acids, minerals, and citrus-tinged fruit.”

Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2021 750ml $24 special, 12 bottles available
James Suckling 92 points “A pale to medium salmon hue. Distinctly savory nose with grilled herbs, seaweed, minerals and grapefruit. The sleek entry on the palate is toned up by fresh, naturally high acidity, delivering an appetizing, mineral allure to the textured, medium-bodied palate. From organically grown grapes.”

Valcombe Ventoux Rose Epicure 2020 750ml $18 special, 12 bottles available
Rosenthal Wine Merchant note “Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rosé L’Epicure: The Rosé is vinified via the direct press method from a blend of Grenache Noir (60%), Cinsault (20%), Carignan (10%) and a touch of Clairette (10%). Interestingly, the vines for the Rosé are of an average age of 40 years. This is a completely dry Rosé. Organic.”

Ste Magdeleine Provence Rose 2020 750ml $23.50 special, 25 bottles available
Importer’s Note
 The Cassis rosé gets the award for vines with the best view. Situated in Provence, perched on a limestone promontory that reaches right out into the blue Mediterranean, the vineyard gives us an aromatic, supple, dry rosé. Serve it with a bowl of black olives for the blend of flavors and colors.

Domaine Ott Chateau Romassan Bandol Rose 2021 750ml $54.50 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine & Spirits 96 Points 
“This pale Bandol seems to have inhaled the local scrubland and seaside breezes, presenting that savory edge alongside husk cherry, grapefruit and pale melon flavors. Firm and versatile, it would pair nicely with anything from bouillabaisse to a Nicoise salad; or take it abroad alongside chicken yakitori.”

Weninger Rozsa Petsovitz 2021 750ml $19 special, 34 bottles available
Winery note “Two countires one region. In 1921 this region was divided. Now it’s time to bring them back together. Rozsa Petsovits reflects and respects both sides of the border [Austria & Hungary].”

Collector’s Corner

The Crus of Bordeaux
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru Classe 2010 750ml $1195.95 special, 1 bottle available
Decanter 100 Points “Smoked grilled tar on the nose, it feels both very 2010 and supremely Mouton – accomplished and confident. A more glamorous, enticing edge than the other Pauillac Firsts at this 10 year window. There are plentiful tannins but they are lined with air, and the overall feel is of plush, plumped fruits, like being rolled-up in luxurious sheets. It is very different in character to the other two Pauillac Firsts, but no less enjoyable. It feels higher in alcohol, more Cos than Lafite in terms of personality, in the way that Pichon Baron is more Latour than Comtesse, but it is nuanced and clever and surprising. Drinking Window 2025 – 2050.”
Wine Spectator 99 Points “This remains the stunner, a battleship of a wine, brimming with cassis, blackberry and fig fruit that has melded together now, with the backdrop of alder, bay leaf and menthol starting to emerge a bit more. The long finish is loaded with grip, pulling the fruit and other components together.”
Wine Enthusiast 98 Points “Cellar Selection. A dense, smooth and opulent wine bursting with ripe Cabernet Sauvignon flavors. It’s regal and well structured, balancing the natural exuberance of Mouton with a more severe side. This is a wine with power, yet not without its charms from the fruitiness and final acidity. This great wine will age many, many years.”
Chateau Canon St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2015 750ml $349 special, 35 bottles available
#1 Wine of the Year – James Suckling
James Suckling 100 Points  “Seductive. The nose draws you in deep: It’s like staring into a well of pristine dark cherries, dark plums, blackberries and mulberries. All the oak is perfectly subsumed. The palate’s flawless with immense depth and power and it’s so balanced as to appear to float. Immaculate fresh dark-berry and plum flavors. Silky and deep, ribbon-like finish. Perfect. Best from 2022.”
Antonio Galloni 100 Points “From the very beginning, the 2015 Canon has made an eloquent case for itself as one of the wines of the vintage. Multiple tastings from bottle only confirm what several early tastings hinted at: the 2015 Canon is simply extraordinary in every way. Sumptuous and exotic, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, the 2015 grabs hold of all the senses and never lets up. A rush of red fruit intermingled with floral notes, spice and smoke notes effortlessly runs up the wine’s vertical structure as the 2015 thrills with every twist and turn. The 2015 Canon is a rare wine that is both hedonistic and intellectual – well, maybe it is a bit more hedonistic-leaning. It doesn’t matter. Don’t miss it. This 2015 is masterpiece from General Manager Nicolas Auderbert and his team at Canon.”
Neal Martin 100 Points “The 2015 Canon was a benchmark wine that seemed to revitalize this historic estate. I was crossing my fingers that it would not disappoint in bottle and I am glad to say that it delivers the goods. It has a very intense bouquet (just as it showed out of barrel) with laser-like precision offering wild strawberry, raspberry preserve, wet limestone and hints of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, clean and fresh with pure black and red fruit whose every atom appears infused with minerals. The mouth is tingling long after the wine has exited and your brain is thinking…when is the next sip coming? It is frankly heads and shoulders above almost every Saint Émilion this vintage, to reaffirm, a benchmark for this historic estate that will give pleasure to many over the coming years. Astonishing.”
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Grande Cru Classe Pauillac 2016 750ml $319 special, 4 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 100 points Coming from the genius winemaking talent of Nicolas Glumineau, the 2016 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande matches the 1982 and is a perfect, legendary wine in the making. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new oak, it’s not the most powerful Left Bank but offers perfect balance and thrilling intensity as well as heavenly aromatics of crème de cassis, leafy herbs, jammy blackberries, tobacco leaf, and freshly sharpened lead pencils as well as more violets and minerality with time in the glass. Possessing a deep, full-bodied, singular character, the purity of fruit that’s the hallmark of the vintage, building tannins, and a sense of class and elegance that’s hard to describe, it’s a 50-year-wine. While this cuvée has included a fair chunk of Merlot in the past that gave it more upfront appeal, it’s important for readers to know it’s much more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated today, and while it is slightly more approachable than some of its neighbors, it shuts down rather quickly with time in the glass. (I followed this wine for multiple days.) I suspect a solid decade of cellaring is warranted.
Wine Advocate 100 points
One of the greatest wines that this estate has produced in the modern era, the 2016 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a brilliant classic that no Bordeaux lover is going to want to do without. Mingling aromas of cassis and plums with notions of licorice, sweet tobacco leaf, rich soil tones, licorice, cigar smoke and violets, it’s full-bodied, seamless and complete, with huge concentration, bright acids and a long, penetrating finish. Standing out for its unerring precision, impeccable balance and ineffable sense of completeness, it should prove almost immortal.

Pavie Macquin St Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2016 750ml $119 special, 8 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 98+ Points “Possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Château Pavie Macquin comes from a cooler, later terroir on the upper plateau and checks in as 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 50% new oak. This deep, inky-colored effort boasts a rock star bouquet of blackcurrants, black cherries, white truffle, graphite, and spice. Deep, rich, and powerful on the palate, yet also balanced, elegant, and seamless, with ultra-fine tannins, this seamless beauty needs a decade of cellaring and will keep for 4-5 decades.”
Antonio Galloni 98 Points “The 2016 Pavie Macquin is a total stunner. Rich, lush and inviting, the 2016 is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Sweet red cherry, plum, rose petal, lavender and mint are all given an extra kick of allure by silky tannins that caress the palate from start to finish. There is a level of precision and nuance here that is simply breathtaking. The purity of the fruit is just mind-boggling.”

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