Category Archives: Rare and Classic Archive

Browse our articles on our curated selection of rare and classic wines from such regions as Burgundy, Barolo, Rioja, Napa Valley and beyond!

Sequitur:

4-5-2020

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Sequitur Extends Mike Etzel’s

Beaux Freres Legacy

Sequitur wine bottlesMike Etzel, the founder and winemaker of Sequitur, is a living legend in the Willamette Valley.  He co-founded Beaux Freres in the late 80’s and was the winemaker there until recently passing the duties to his son.  Never one to rest on his laurels or stay still, though, he began planting a vineyard adjacent to Beaux Freres in 2010—a project that became what we know as Sequitur.

It’s helpful to think of Sequitur as a distillation of everything Mike Etzel learned while starting and producing Beaux Freres over the decades.  The Sequitur vineyard sits right next to the Beaux Freres “Upper Terrace” but is planted to a wider array of clones at tighter spacing.  
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Jean-Marc Millot – Glorious Burgundies

Jean-Marc Millot – Grand Crus

(and Some That Should Be)

March 16, 2020

At this point, it’s amazing that there are hidden gems left to discover in Burgundy.  No other region in the wine world is as scrutinized, and the market is generally efficient and ruthless in finding quality.  That a producer like Jean-Marc Millot could somehow escape widespread attention until the last few years boggles the mind, especially when given the quality of his holdings.

This is a domaine making excellent wines from very old vines in some of the best vineyards in France.  They own parcels in the Grand Crus of Echezeaux, Grands-Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot—and their only premier cru wine is from Suchots, which is easily Grand Cru in quality (and location).  
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Il Poggione Special Offer

Il Poggione Rosso Special

March 17th, 2020

Il Poggione BottleIl Poggione is best known as one of the best producers of Brunello out there—a verified legend in Tuscany, making some of the best bottles in Montalcino.  What most people don’t know, though, is they make a baby-Super-Tuscan and it’s an absolute stellar value.  A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet, this is one of the best pizza/pasta night wines we’ve seen in a while.

What takes the wine from a good to a great value is our price on it.  We’re able to offer you this wine for $14 even and under $12.50/bottle by the case.  Either price is the lowest in the country.  You’re going to want to stock up by the case, because once we run out, the price does too.
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Armand Rousseau New Offer

Armand Rousseau

New Offer: 3-09-2020

Arriving Late March


The wines of Rousseau have no peer in Gevrey-Chambertin. No other grower has produced wines with their level of profundity and a similar track record over the decades. From top to bottom, they are the class of the village. We are always on the hunt for their wines—as you’d expect they’re maddeningly scarce and correspondingly expensive, but worth the trouble to track down.

These are some of the pinnacles of Burgundy, up there with anything made by DRC, Roumier, Leroy or any of the other usual suspects, all with excellent provenance and in good condition.  There are only small quantities of each bottling available, so if something strikes your fancy, don’t delay—it’s not often we can get these wines in.
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La Gerla and La Fortuna Brunello

Two New 2015 Brunellos: La Gerla & La Fortuna

Vinopolis Favorite Estates


la gerla brunelloYou can tell a lot about a Brunello vintage by how early we start getting asked about it.  In the case of the 2015s, well, let’s just say this is a pretty anticipated set of wines.  ’15 was a warm year across Europe and the vintage produced Brunello di Montalcino of exceptional concentration.  Even for a region known for richer wines, these are powerful—yet they maintain an expressiveness that’s delightfully fresh to go along with their intensity.

We’re just starting to get allocations and pricing lined up for the 2015’s, starting with two of our favorite producers.  Both La Gerla and La Fortuna are some of the bestselling wineries in Vinopolis history for good reason, producing fantastic wines year in and out.  
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