Saturday Night Newsletter 7-2-2022

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Domaine Sylvain Pataille

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Harlan Estate

This nearly 40-year old “First Growth” of Napa winegrowing estate is a highly esteemed for its Bordeaux-style red. Their 2017 represents one of the finest wines of the vintage in Napa.

“Yields are down over 40%, so there’s not much to go around, but it’s certainly another fine vintage for this landmark estate that will keep for 30 years or more.” –Jeb Dunnuck

““There was a clear dividing line between what we could use and what we couldn’t,” Director Don Weaver commented about Harlan Estate’s 2017 harvest. “The way the community came together was the defining moment for us. In terms of selection, we erred on the highest quality side. The good news is that we had a lot to choose from!” Indeed, Harlan Estate’s no-compromise stance has held them in good stead in 2017. Qualitatively, assuming this barrel sample is an accurate reflection of the final wine (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), these guys didn’t miss a beat.” –Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Harlan Estate, Napa Valley 2017 750ML ($1,499.95) $1,199 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 97+ points
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Harlan Estate needs a little coaxing to reveal captivating iron ore, red currant jelly, cloves and crushed rocks scents with a core of warm cassis, Black Forest cake and boysenberries plus a waft of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grainy texture with a lively backbone and loads of earthy layers, long and mineral laced. This should be one of the longer-lived wines coming out of the 2017 vintage.”
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points “The Grand Vin is the 2017 Harlan Estate, and this beauty just about jumps from the glass with its pure cassis and blackcurrant fruits as well as notes of tobacco, graphite, crushed stone, and spice. With a full-bodied, expansive mouthfeel, building, velvety tannins, and a layered, seamless style that offers way more pleasure than just about every other wine in the vintage, bottles can be enjoyed any time over the coming 20-25 years.”

Featured New Arrivals:

Domaine Sylvain Pataille

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy 2020 750ML ($34.95) $29 special, 18 bottles in stock now
Becky Wasserman importer note
“Variety: Aligoté Doré. Vine Age: 50 years old on average. Terroir: 60% from Champ Forey (limestone and gravel soil), 40% from Auvonnes (clay, marl soil with small stones). Viticulture: Certified organic, biodynamic methods. Vinification: Directly pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation (2/3 in older barrels, 1/3 in tank). Aged for 12 months, minimal sulfur, added only at bottling.”

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Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Aligote ‘Charme aux Pretres’, Burgundy 2019 750ML ($79.95) $64 special, 5 bottles in stock now
Decanter 91 points
“From the limestone slopes just west of the village, these 70-year-old, organic-certified vines produced a lush, heady wine, with aromas of ripe apricots, flowers and herbs, with a mineral edge. The texture is firm and substantial, with the finish lingering invitingly. Drinking Window 2021 – 2029.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 90-92 points “The 2019 Bourgogne Aligoté Charmes Aux Prêtres looks to be more understated and stricter on the nose compared to Pataille’s other cuvées. More mineralité shines through here. The palate is well balanced with pineapple and nectarine, good weight in the mouth with a tang of stem ginger on the finish. This is another superb Aligoté from Sylvain Pataille.”

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Aligote ‘Les Auvonnes au Pepe’, Burgundy 2019 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Decanter 91 points
“Aligoté from a 0.1ha vineyard owned by Pataille’s grandfather, planted in the 1930s on east-facing slopes. The old Aligoté Doré ripened extremely well, providing an intriguing mix of bright citrus and herbal notes, touched with honey. Aged in large old casks, the texture of the wine is hedonistically rich and lingering on the palate. Drinking Window 2021 – 2026.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 90-92 points “The 2019 Bourgogne Aligoté Auvonnes Au Pépé comes from mainly marl soils. Lifted peach and pawpaw notes on the nose that is nicely defined and focused. The palate is well balanced with good weight, clean and tensile with lovely pink grapefruit and nectarine notes zinging around on the finish. Excellent.”

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bouzeron, Cote de Chalonanaise 2019 750ML ($79.95) $64 special, 8 bottles in stock now
Becky Wasserman importer note
“Variety: Aligoté Doré. Vine Age: Planted in the 1960s. Terroir: Oxfordian white marls and Bathonian limestone. Viticulture: Purchased fruit, certified organic. Vinification: Vertical press, indigenous yeast fermentation with no added SO2. Aged for 18 months in older barrels, minimal sulfur additions only at racking and bottling.”

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Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Blanc, Cote de Nuits 2019 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 10 bottles in stock now
Decanter 92 points
“Standard Chardonnay fruit is blended with the Chardonnay Rose clone from Clos du Roy, En Blungey and several smaller parcels. Fermented on native yeasts in cask (one-third new), the old vines give the blend a delicious, ripe apple aroma, with hints of fresh white flowers and a texture that is soft and somewhat broad. Lovely. Drinking Window 2021 – 2034.”

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Le Chapitre, Cote de Nuits 2019 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 7 bottles in stock now
Decanter 94 points
“A superb wine. Chardonnay from a 0.7ha, east-facing slope in Chenôve, renowned for its wines since the seventh century, but demoted in modern times to regional status. The 2019 – just over a year in cask and sulphured only slightly at bottling – is a delicious Chardonnay, with aromas of ripe apple, beeswax, white flowers and mineral. The texture is dense and the length is exquisite; this is a wine to discover. Drinking Window 2021 – 2034.”

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Charme aux Pretres Blanc, Cote de Nuits 2019 750ML ($129.95) $119 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Decanter 93 points
“From a prime 0.17ha, east-facing parcel at the foot of the slope in Marsannay proper, this Chardonnay is fermented in cask (one-third new), on its the lees and aged for two years without bâtonnage. The resulting wine displays a lovely, exotic nose, showing aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and spice. The texture is dense, without being heavy, and the finish is surprisingly long. Drinking Window 2021 – 2034.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 91-93 points “The 2019 Marsannay Charmes Aux Prêtres, from vines adjacent to Pataille’s parcel of Aligoté, was sampled directly from barrel. That influenced its creamy texture and seductive lemon curd, patisserie and vanilla notes. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, quite intense and powerful with gorgeous honeyed tones mixed with lemongrass on the finish. This is going to be marvelous.”

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Loop de Loop Alpine White Field Blend, Columbia Gorge 2021 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 11 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“High Altitude white blend from the sub-Alpine climate of Underwood Mountain. Between 1100-1500 feet we grew, or sourced: Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris. Wines were co-fermented bone dry. fermentation finished in late spring. As with all our wines it was fermented with native yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Soil of underwood is extremely unique as it is sandy loam with windblown loess over the top. Much less clay than the Willamette Valley and even surrounding areas of the Gorge. This volcanic soil yields wines that are more austere, delicate in the aromatics, pronounced but not heavy. Often wines from Underwood have a salinity quality on the finish along with a bit of savory minerality.”

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Loop de Loop “Borderline Red”, Pear Ridge Vineyard, Columbia Gorge 2021 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Red wine from Pinot Gris
Winery note
“High altitude white blend from the sub-Alpine climate of Underwood Mountain. This Pinot Gris was the last thing we brought in last year from the old Acadia Vineyard – now called Pear Ridge Vineyard. Organically grown / no till / dry farmed/ this vineyard is woven within an 80 acre pear orchard covered in native wildflowers. The pinot gris is planted at 1400 feet in elevation. We produced 2 (1.5 ton) fermenters. One fermenter was left 40% whole-cluster and spent about 3 weeks fermenting (slow and cool) before pressing off at 2 brx. The second fermenter was destemmed, & went through post fermentation maceration and spent a total of 45 days on the skins. The result was a fruit forward juicy expression of pinot gris rouge from the shorter fermentation that was blended with a more tea-like, savory and earthy expression that you get on the back and sides of the palate. Blended together we found they make a more complete wine.”

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Loop de Loop Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2018 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“This is a blend of vineyards from the northern Willamette Valley which were allowed to age in barrel, on their lees. It represents our stylistic approach to Northern Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. As with all our wines, this is fermented with ambient wild yeasts. It’s composed of four vineyards from within individual sub AVAs: Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Van Duzer Corridor AVA, Ribbon Ridge AVA, McMinnville AVA. The fruit from each vineyard was cared for with intention in the cellar and then blended before bottling 18 months later.”

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Loop de Loop Wallflower Project Orange Wine, Acadia (now Pear Ridge) Vineyard, Columbia Gorge  2020 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from the Acadia Vineyard on Underwood Mountain. We were surprised by how quickly the white wine picked up color and texture while fermenting on their skins briefly. We have been having a lot of fun playing around with skin contact for years in all our whites (though up until now it was almost never allowed for more than a day). With the Wallflower Project wines, we’re looking forward to exploring skin contact with whites as well and combining whites and reds as we ended up doing with the 2019 Romeo Red. These wines are our home for breaking with convention and having a good time making wine.”

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Loop de Loop Wallflower Project Red Wine NV 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“This crushable summertime red wine is Syrah based and 100% from up on Underwood Mountain between 900 and 1500 ft in elevation. This wine is just fun and carefree. It has instantly become the most popular wine in our tasting room as it defies all expectations. It’s made with high altitude Syrah picked at 21 brx and fermented on skins for only 3 days. It is blended with a spicey Gruner Veltliner and a little Pinot Noir rosé from our own vineyard. It does have the effects of the 2020 growing season present, but holds the smoke well.

This is the only listing in the USA today!


Failla Olivet Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2020 750ML ($51.95) $44 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“This wine comes from our uppermost mountain vineyard grown at 2000 ft above the Pacific. Sobrante loam soils packed with red chert support the beautifully terraced rows, with both head trained and cordon trained vines wrapping around the slope of the mountain.”

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Quintessa Red, Rutherford 2017 750ML ($199.95) $166 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Lisa Perrott-Brown, Wine Advocate 95 points
“Already bottled, the 2017 Quintessa displays a deep garnet-purple color. The nose needs a little coaxing before it reveals bold, expressive notes of crushed red and black plums, black currant jelly, wild blueberries and kirsch with nuances of camphor, cloves, cedar and lilacs plus a hint of oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has beautifully expressed, elegant red and black fruit layers, with a sturdy, grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy.”
James Suckling 95 points “Crushed berries, incense and blackberries with black-olive undertones. Extremely perfumed. Medium to full body. Very intense for a 2017. Crafted and polished. Long and caressing. Elegant. Drink or hold.”

Jarvis Estate Lake William Blend, Napa Valley 2010 750ML ($199.95) $99 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Wine Enthusiast 92 points
“$170 This estate wine made of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot spent nearly two years in all-new French oak. Time has elevated its sanguine, herbaceous characteristics, melding them within a context of graceful softness dotted in black pepper, black olive and meat. -Virginie Boone”

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Chateau St Jean ‘Cinq Cepages’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2017 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 6 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 94 points
“Beautiful blackberry, mushroom, bark and oak leaf. Some pine cone, too. Full-bodied, round and savory with layers of ripe fruit. Rather chunky wine, but nicely done. Drink after 2025.”
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2017 Cinq Cépages is jam-packed with inky-dark fruit, crème de cassis, chocolate, cloves and licorice. Dense and full-throttle, the Cinq packs a serious punch. The Cinq is undoubtedly racy, but not as opulent as it can be. This is a fine showing for the Cinq.” 

France – Champagne

Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve, Champagne NV 1.5L ($149.95) $135 special, 2 magnums in stock now
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 92 points
“Disgorged in July 2020 with seven grams per liter dosage, the NV Brut Réserve (2018 base) is the latest rendition of this wine. Bursting with aromas of orange oil, crisp orchard fruit and fresh bread, it’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and gourmand, with tangy acids and an enveloping, pillowy profile.” [Review is for the 750ml 2018-base]

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France – Burgundy

Domaine Laroche Les Blanchots, Chablis Grand Cru 2020 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“The favourite Grand Cru of Domaine Laroche, offering much finesse and charm. Les Blanchots is a unique terroir made of a layer of white clay on Kimmeridgian limestone with ammonites. This is the ideal combination to keep the right amount of water for roots. The South-East exposure allows slow ripening and favours aroma development. Blanchots is delicate, silky and shows its charm after 5 years in bottle. At peak after 10 to 12 years.”
Wilson Daniels importer note “Refined style with good balance of delicate white fruit flavor and fine acidity. Good depth and long finish. Blanchots offers far much after 5 years in bottle and needs 10 to 12 years in bottle to develop fully.”

Domaine Laroche Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2020 750ML ($219.95) $189 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“The king of the Chablis Grands Crus revealed by Domaine Laroche’s “savoir-faire”, has intense minerality and exceptional finesse. A great wine for great tasting occasions. This vineyard was formerly entirely surrounded with walls, hence the name “Les Clos”. We know from historical sources that the Monks of St Martin of Tours abbey planted vines here in the IXth century. Les Clos is located straight in front of the village of Chablis with a Southern exposure. This favourable sunny situation allows grapes to achieve excellent ripeness. The soil is also well drained and grapes are concentrated in both acidity and aroma. Les Clos is the most long-lasting Grand Cru of Domaine Laroche and offers the most intense minerality. Quite restrained at first, this Grand Cru offers finesse, complexity and a superb length.”
Wilson Daniels importer note “The influence of this exceptional terroir appears in the pure mineral character and the intensity of aromas. Quite restrained at first, this Grand Cru offers finesse, complexity and a superb length. Culinary inspirations: smoked wild salmon, lobster salad, Royal King Crab, mature cheeses and chopped veal with creamy sauce and porcini mushrooms.”

France – Bordeaux

Clos L’Eglise, Pomerol 2015 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Lisa Perrott-Brown, Wine Advocate 94 points
“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Clos l’Eglise has a very earthy nose of black soil, truffles and mossy bark over a core of kirsch, blackberry preserves and dried mulberries with wafts of rose hips and oolong tea. Full-bodied, richly fruited and packed with savory layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy.”

Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 2018 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 5 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 94 points
“A youthful, unevolved 2018 with lots of up-front blue and black fruits as well as cedary herbs, violets, and scorched earth, the 2018 Château Gloria is medium to full-bodied and has a beautifully balanced, elegant mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and both richness and freshness. The purity of fruit is spot on. It’s another brilliant wine from this estate that readers will love. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar and cruise for two decades in cold cellars.”
Wine Enthusiast 94 points “This wine has all the structured intensity and ripe fruitiness of a Saint-Julien. At the same time, it displays a light touch with the black fruits and open texture, promising an attractive wine. Drink the wine from 2026. -Roger Voss”
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2018 Gloria has turned out beautifully. Medium in body, with terrific balance and tons of class, Gloria will especially appeal to readers in search of a wine that is not super-exuberant, as so many 2018s are. Bright floral notes, blood orange and red berry fruit all run through this wonderfully expressive Saint-Julien. Give the tannins at least a few years to soften.”

Tempo d’Angelus, Bordeaux 2019 750ML ($27.95) $26 special, 34 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 93 points
“A delicious, savory red with blackcurrant, chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied with fine, round tannins. Fresh and bright. It opens at the end and becomes chewy and intense. Give this two or three years to soften, but it’s already focused. Try after 2023.”

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Chateau Palmer, Margaux 2016 750ML ($499.95) $419 special, 7 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 100 points
“Technical Director Thomas Duroux and his team made one of the most brilliant wines of the 2016 vintage. Palmer is simply exceptional. Rich and dramatically sweeping in the glass, the 2016 is breathtaking. All the elements simply fall into place in a wine of mesmerizing beauty. The counterpoint of dark, sumptuous fruit and floral notes makes for an utterly compelling Palmer that will take its place among the estate’s finest vintages. Dark cherry, lavender, spice and mocha are some of the many notes that build into a deep, substantial finish that is truly unforgettable. In a word: magnificent!”
Jeb Dunnuck 100 points “The finest vintage I’ve ever tasted from this estate, surpassing the 2009 and 2010, the 2016 Château Palmer is a blend of 47% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Petit Verdot, all of which was brought up in 65% new French oak. This magical effort reveals a saturated purple color as well as a huge nose of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and spring flowers, and it develops beautifully with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, incredibly concentrated and powerful, it nevertheless just glides over the palate with flawless purity and balance, present, ripe tannins, and a finish that just won’t quit. This is Bordeaux at its most regal and classic. It will be drinkable with just 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for half a century.”
Wine Enthusiast 100 points “#27 Cellar Selection in 2019. Powerful tannins and hugely rich fruit balance together in this superb wine. The velvet texture belies the power behind the concentrated, ripe black-fruit flavor, with vibrant acidity giving ample lift. The wine’s structure will ensure aging for many years. Drink from 2024. -Roger Voss”

Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes 2018 375ML ($279.95) $249 special, 1 half-bottle in stock now
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 98 points
“The 2018 d’Yquem is all lime cordial, grapefruit oil and mandarin peel to begin. With a little coaxing, the fireworks really begin, letting off a whole array of honeysuckle, candied ginger, dried pineapple, lemon pastilles, chalk dust and sea spray scents, followed by a savory undercurrent of shaved almonds, allspice and baking bread. The palate is an exercise in polish and poise, featuring the most gorgeously creamy texture and bright, sparkling freshness, framing all the densely laden tropical and citrus fruit layers, finishing with a powerful BANG of profound floral and spice perfume. It is wonderfully sweet, yes, but that—paradoxically for a “sweet wine”—is almost beside the point.”
Decanter 97 points “An extremely impressive Yquem here. Deeply concentrated and silky in texture, with crème caramel and saffron, followed by bitter orange on the finish. Gourmet, powerful and concentrated, revealing as it opens in the glass the lime blossom and zest that pick things up, keeping things light and sculpted through the finish. There were five weeks without rain between the picking of the dry white Y and the main estate wine Yquem – so a full two months of harvest time. It meant a lot of patience and a small final yield, but one that was high in quality. Around 50% of the production goes into Yquem. 145g/l residual sugar and a pH of 3.95. Also tasted August 2020; same score. Drinking Window 2021 – 2034.”

France – Rhône

Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhône 2020 750ML ($19.95) $16 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhône 2020 750ML ($239.95) $179 special (that’s only $14.92/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
James Suckling 92 points
“Tons of black-cherry and ripe-blackberry fruit, but not a jot overripe. This is a bold and substantial wine for the appellation, thanks to the healthy dose of soft tannin. Plenty of licorice and spice, plus a hint of tar at the long finish. Carries 14% alcohol effortlessly! A GSM blend of 50% grenache, 40% syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Drink now.”

Delas Freres Condrieu La Galopine, Rhône 2019 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 7 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points
“Ripe, flattering style, with a brioche frame around the mix of mirabelle, creamed peach, nectarine, acacia and lemon curd notes. Everything knits nicely through the unctuous finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,500 cases made, 50 cases imported.  –JM”

Delas Freres Cote-Rotie La Landonne, Rhône 2019 750ML ($319.95) $279 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Decanter 97 points
“Immediately this has the darkness and aromatic austerity of La Landonne. Very full-bodied, expansive on the palate with mouthcoating flavour and tannin but not heavy. This is seriously tannic, but it’s not tough. Great character, great power and perfect balance. Alcohol is just a little raised, but this is a blockbuster. Around 3,000 bottles made. Fermented in open-top concrete tanks for 20 days, then matured in new and one-year-old barrels for 14 months. Drinking Window 2026 – 2035.”
Wine Spectator 96 points “This is dark and still a bit reticent, with a cast iron cloak around the core of dark currant, plum and blackberry paste flavors, showing lots of sweet bay leaf, anise and singed apple wood notes in the background. There’s serious grip through the finish. For the cellar. Best from 2024 through 2038. 267 cases made, 40 cases imported.  –JM”
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 94-96 points “Expressive blackberry, potpourri, smoky bacon and licorice aromas show excellent clarity and minerally lift. Deeply concentrated, spice-laced dark berry preserve, floral pastille and fruitcake flavors are supported by a spine of juicy acidity that adds back-end cut. Becomes more energetic on the impressively persistent finish, which repeats the dark berry and floral notes and leaves behind a spicy suggestion of cracked pepper.”

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Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas ‘Les Souteyrades Vieilles Vignes’, Rhône 2019 750ML ($39.95) $34.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas ‘Les Souteyrades Vieilles Vignes’, Rhône 2019 750ML ($249.95) $199 special (that’s only $33.17/bottle!)
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points
“Lastly, the 2019 Gigondas Les Souteyrades is more classic, with pure dark, peppery fruits as well as garrigue, cedar, and leather notes. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and perfectly balanced, it has impressive tannins and will benefit from short-term bottle age. As with the other Gigondas here, you should expect 10-15 years of prime drinking. This cuvée is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, aged all in foudre.”
Grapelive 96 points “The fabulous and sultry Grenache based 2019 Saint-Damien Les Souteyrades Gigondas has layers of black raspberry, boysenberry, plum and grenadine on the full bodied palate along with that anise, floral incense, baked cherry, chalky stones and peppery spices. This vintage is less gamy/earthy than the prior couple of years and there is a thrilling sense of energy and an exceptional sense of purity in this dark purple/garnet Rhone red. The good dose of Mourvedre does add a meaty and savory dimension to this outstanding version, making for wine that way over delivers for the price, competing with Chateauneufs that go for three times the cost of this Saint-Damien single Lieu-Dit bottling. This winery has become a must have to satisfy my personal Grenache and Rhone habit, along with Saint-Cosme’s legendary Gigondas. The aromatics and mouth feel are really seductive, and air only brings more excitement and complexity here with a heady mix of dark florals and grenadine going to the fore. The underpinning tannin is sweet, but there is some serious structure to this Les Souteyrades. This wine has tremendous potential for long term cellaring and is a savvy buy for bargain hunters…The Vieilles Vignes Gigondas lieu-dit “Les Souteyrades” sits on a small hill with the vineyard being a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre (and the wine here is the same percentage) with the main plot consisting of old Grenache Noir vines that were planted back in 1948 and 38 year old Mourvèdre vines that are set on an outcropping of pure grey clay soils with a scattering of stones. This cru site makes for deep fruit intensity and rich concentration, which this gorgeous 2019 shows with flamboyant hedonism in the glass. The Saint-Damien “Les Souteyrades” Gigondas is fermented traditionally with old school techniques with a long maceration, lasting for between 6 to 8 weeks on the skins, in concrete vats before moving to large oak foudres for about a year. This unfined and unfiltered and native yeast fermented cuvée sees all from organic grapes that are carefully handpicked and sorted to best show off the terroir here. While hefty and close to 15% natural alcohol, this Les Souteyrades doesn’t feel hot or flabby, in fact the balance is fantastic. This entertaining and rewarding Southern Rhone wine deserves a big robust meal to allow all its pleasures to shine through, and this vintage never puts a foot wrong. It is close to perfection in every way. I highly recommend these Saint-Damien 2019s, especially this one, along with their “La Louisiane” that has become their signature wine.”

Italy – Tuscany

Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016 750ML ($269.95) $235 special
Case-6 Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016 750ML ($1,619.95) $1,319 special (that’s only $219.83/bottle!)
Wine Enthusiast 98 points
“Cellar Selection. Aromas of rose petal, dark spice, woodland berries and camphor form the nose on this fragrant, elegant wine. Loaded with finesse, the linear, savory palate features red cherry, orange zest, star anise and black tea alongside tightly wound, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It’s still youthfully austere, with fantastic aging potential. Drink 2026–2041. -Kerin O’Keefe”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 97+ points “From a benchmark vintage, the Biondi-Santi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a gorgeous appearance with medium concentration highlighted by shiny hues of garnet and dark ruby. The first thing you notice is the compact dark fruit and rather robust textural fiber and power presented here. You almost bite into this wine, and you taste some fine grain linked to the young tannins. That, with the fresh acidity that is the hallmark signature of this estate, guarantees long cellar aging, and I would put my money on this vintage for long-long-term longevity. The fruit is compact and supple with dried cherry, blue flower, iron ore and candied orange peel. There is tobacco, balsam herb and gardening soil in a supporting role, and the wine is beautifully fleshed out but also rich in this balanced growing season. It surely needs more time to come together with pinpoint precision, but the wine’s elegance is a certainty.”
Wine Spectator 97 points “This features a well of blackberry and black cherry flavors, along with iron, licorice and fresh herb aromas and flavors. The dense tannins are easily matched by the concentrated flavors, and this shows fine potential, despite the compact finish now. Best from 2025 through 2045. 550 cases imported. — BS”

Germany – Mosel

Markus Molitor Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese White Capsule (Trocken), Mosel 2019 750ML ($34.95) $29.90 special, 24 bottles in stock now
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93+ points
“The 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese (White Capsule) already shows on the nose its perfect ripeness and elegant richness in a highly refined and enormously flinty, even tannic manner. The palate is very elegant, lush and ripe yet most of all vibrantly fresh and salty-piquant, revealing a salivating, firmly structured and tannic finish. This is a Würzgarten to keep for at least 3-4 years before opening. Tasted in May 2021.”

South Africa

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine, Constantia, South Africa 2007 500ML ($119.95) $99 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Neal Martin – Wine Advocate 97 points
“Although I have tasted the 2007 Vin de Constance on several occasions, this was the first time professionally. It has an explosive bouquet that sprints out of the blocks with a more effervescent, vivacious personality than the 2008. Citrus lemon, Seville orange marmalade, touches of mandarin and a dash of spice all vie for attention. The aromatics are more Sauternes-like than the 2008. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous opening, a keen thread of acidity and a bewitching sense of poise and focus. This is probably the finest Vin de Constance to date as it fans out marvellously on the multi-layered finish. This is a startling, world-class wine that gives Yquem a run for its money.”

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Santo Wines Assyrtiko Volcanic Terroir, Santorini 2020 750ML ($39.95) $28 special, 10 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 90 points
“A round, vibrant, light- to medium-bodied white, with oak spice and lime blossom accents to the yellow apple and pear fruit, preserved lemon and salty mineral notes. Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. Drink now. 110 cases made, 110 cases imported. — AN”

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Vermouth / Aperitif

Suzanne: The Silvio Carta vermouth are deeply concentrated and wildly complex. Two of the finest I’ve tasted for sipping made an intriguing blend of locally foraged herbs.

Porto Vino importer note “The Carta family has been making (and storing) wine in the sleepy coastal town of Oristano for generations. The local grape is Vernaccia (though not the one from Gimignano). The vine was possibly introduced by the Phoenicians, or it was cultivated from wild vines of the Tirso Valley. The style is oxidative, but no Englishman created or discovered this wine (as happened in Marsala). And maybe that’s a shame, because these wines deserve to be better known outside their home. The wine is vinified dry, and the nose is chalky and intriguing. Multiple aged vintages are available. The register is something new for us, falling somewhere amid the mineral tones of Fino, the nuttiness of Marsala, and a bit of passito fruit. Rockin’ non-faux vintage label that they’ve been using all these years.”

Silvio Carta Vermouth Servito Bianco, Sardinia NV 750ML ($59.95) $41.90 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Porto Vino importer note
“Ingredienti / Ingredients: Current release of Vernaccia Valle del Tirso IGT, infused with a blend of local Sardinian herbs that the producer forages. Erbe / Herbs: All wild Sardinian herbs: Salvia desoleana, Myrtle, Helichrysum, Senecio Serpens. Affinamento / Élevage: In stainless steel tanks.”

Silvio Carta Vermouth di Sardegna Rosso, Sardinia NV 750ML ($59.95) $41.90 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Porto Vino importer note
“Ingredienti / Ingredients: Blend of aged Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva DOC (currently 2004 and 2008), infused with a blend of local Sardinian herbs that the producer forages. Erbe / Herbs: All wild Sardinian herbs: Salvia desoleana, Myrtle, Thyme, Lentisk, Helichrysum, Artemisia. Affinamento / Élevage: In 800-liter chestnut barrels filled about two-thirds of the way, to allow flor to develop. The barrels have an average age of 80-90 years, with some being as old as 150 years, and are made from chestnut trees that grow on the island.”


Amazing Avinyo:

The Pride of Penedès 
Avinyo delivers exceptional quality at proletariat pricing. With organically grown holdings at over 800 feet above sea level, these are benchmark examples of “Grower Cava”. 

Avinyo wines in stock now: 

Avinyo Blanc de Noirs Reserva Brut Nature Cava, Catalonia 2018 750ML ($39.95) $31.90 special, 35 bottles in stock now
Importer note
“Avinyó was one of the very first wineries in Spain to plant pinot noir on an experimental basis when Avinyó founder Joan Esteve returned from France with vine cuttings in 1980. The resulting Blanc de Noirs comes from this original single-vineyard called La Fassina, planted in 2000 in Avinyonet del Penedès at 250m to 275m. La Fassina receives the most rain of the estate’s vineyards while being protected from the easterly winds by mountains. The fertile soil is deep and well-drained with a silty-clay-loam texture and accumulations of calcium carbonate ideal for pinot noir to flourish and express the unique terruño of the site. The surrounding mountains provide a perfect channel for the cool air to enter the vineyard at night, preserving pinot noir’s trademark acidity. Blanc de Noirs is an extremely elegant expression of the La Fassina vineyard, a limited release once a year. Farming is organic.”

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Avinyo Seleccio La Ticota Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava, Catalonia 2014 750ML ($49.95) $37 special, 7 bottles in stock now
Importer note
“La Ticota, Avinyó’s oldest single vineyard, is a 2ha plot planted in 1940 by their grandfather to 85% xarel-lo and 15% macabeo, in primarily clay-calcareous soil. La Ticota produces one of the most distinctive and complex single-vineyard méthode traditionnelle wines from Spain. Produced in very limited quantities from the best vintages, it is among the great single-vineyard sparkling wines of the world. La Ticota is currently undergoing the certification process in the newly-formed Cava de Paraje designation of the Cava D.O., a new category that recognizes the uniqueness of “a smaller area” of the appellation on the label, similar to Burgundy’s climats or lieux-dits.”

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Avinyo Petillant Blanc Catalonia, Catalonia 2021 750ML ($19.95) $17 special, 7 bottles in stock now
De Maison importer note
“Avinyó Petillant is a vi d’agulla, the Catalan term for a prickly wine bottled with a little natural effervescence retained from the winemaking process. This vibrant and refreshing wine is the traditional summertime quaffer of the Penedès region of Catalonia, and it’s perfect for drinking out of a porrón. Petillant is made with a blend of two organically-farmed, estate vineyards. Finca La Guardia is the highest, most rugged vineyard on the property at 350 meters; here muscat de Frontignan was planted in 2003 in the stony calcareous-clay soils. Macabeo and xarel-lo are grown in the Finca Can Fontanals vineyard, planted from 1978 to 1988. Grapes: 70% Muscat de Frontignan / 20% Macabeo / 10% Xarel-lo.” 

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Il Poggione

One of the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino, Tenuta Il Poggione was established at the end of the 19th century and is owned today by the fifth generation of the family, siblings Leopoldo and Livia Franceschi. The vines are among the oldest in the appellation at more than 1,300 feet above sea level. Cool maritime breezes help the grapes retain acidity. Sangiovese reaches its maximum ripeness here, giving fuller and richer wines than anywhere else in Tuscany. 

A historic winery in harmony with its territory, Il Poggione’s guiding principle is to pay meticulous attention to their vineyards and harvest is conducted entirely by hand. The wine is made in the traditional method, though modern, state-of-the-art equipment is used, aging the wines in large French oak casks before bottling. The degree of cask aging will vary depending on the vintage, but on average, the Brunello receives 36 months in cask. A benchmark wine capable of ageing, Il Poggione’s typical style is full-bodied and powerful, packed with dark fruit, sweet smoke, and spice flavors.

In Stock Now from Il Poggione:

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany 2013 375ML ($39.95) $28 special, 36+ half-bottles in stock now
Case-12 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany 2013 375ML ($479.95) $299 special (that’s only $24.92/half-bottle!) 
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 96 points
“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead. Some 200,000 bottles were made, so it should be easy to locate this excellent wine.”
Ian D’Agata – Vinous 95 points “Bright red. Pure, refined red cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors complicated by sweet spices and aromatic herbs. Deep and multilayered, the wine boasts polished tannins and a harmonious acid spine that lifts and extends the red fruit on the long, suave finish. An essence of Sant’Angelo in Colle with bigger body and palate weight than, for example, the Brunellos of Montosoli, but still sleek and refined as the best wines of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be. The cool-climate-styled 2013 vintage is precisely the type of year in which Il Poggione excels: this lovely, focused wine is the best classico Brunello from Il Poggione in years. Superb.”

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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany 2015 750ML ($89.95) $62.50 special, 20 bottles in stock now  
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 97 points
“The Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a darker and more concentrated appearance than many of its peers. The wine is beautifully abundant and fragrant in the most exuberant and expressive manner. You will recognize aromas of moist soil, tobacco and smoke. Candied cherry hovers over the entire bouquet. Fruit is sourced from older vines (all over 25 years old). Il Poggione occupies a special spot within the Montalcino appellation, and the area always produces slightly more concentrated and powerful wines. I find that to be particularly true in this gorgeous 2015 vintage. I am also very attracted to that almost dusty note of crushed mineral that rides long on the full-bodied finish. Il Poggione’s Brunello is also distinguished by firm, youthful tannin that need a few more years to unwind. Luckily, there are quite a few bottles to go around, with some 200,000 made.”
Eric Guido-Vinous 97 points “Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers up a dark, earthy, almost animal-like expression, showing black soil and undergrowth, giving way to crushed black cherry, dusty spice, and dried florals which lift the experience. On the palate, soft, fleshy textures usher in fresh cherry and strawberry, as brisk acids add energy, with savory herbs and minerals saturating, as the 2015 Il Poggione’s fruit nearly masks its structural core. The finish is long yet fresh, with classic, fine tannins, dried red fruits and pretty inner floral tones lingering throughout this perfectly balanced expression. The 2015 s pure class and built for the cellar.”

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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany 2016 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany 2016 750ML ($519.95) $395 special (that’s only $65.83/bottle!)
Antonio Galloni 97 points
“I’m not sure how Il Poggione manages to remain one of the largest producers of Brunello maintaining such a high level of quality and turning out some of the best wines of the vintage year after year – but they do. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries sage allspice licorice tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries nervous acids and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish which is dark mysterious and structured with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination. It’s a classic in the making. (Drink between 2026-2040)”
Wine Spectator 96 points “This Brunello leads with black cherry black currant and violet aromas augmented by flavors of iron tobacco and spice. Dusty tannins emerge on the lingering finish while the sweet fruit persists. Should be compelling in a decade. Best from 2025 through 2047”
Wine Advocate 95 points “The Il Poggione 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a medium dark appearance with pretty Sangiovese shine and a little ruby sparkle. This vintage shows a slightly untamed or wild side with a dense and heavier fruit profile. The focus here is on blackberry dried cherry tobacco and even a touch of smoky tobacco or horse saddle. The wine shows the firm grip and tannic backbone that is a common trait in this vintage especially with the vineyards on this southern sunlit side of the appellation. I also get a considerable flash of acidity on the close almost too much that certainly needs a few more years to soften. You really need to wait with this one. Production is an ample 200000 bottles.”

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