Sunday Night Newsletter 5-29-2022

In This Newsletter:

May Sale Grand Finale:
Beau Marchais Pinot Noir

New Week – New Arrivals


Giovanna Neri’s 2016 Brunello:
Arriving in June

Collector’s Corner:
Roederer’s Vinothèque – The Pinnacle of Champagne


May Sale Grand Finale:

Beau Marchais Pinot Noir

May Sale ends Tuesday, May 31st at midnight!

Beau Marchais, a collaboration between Adam Lee and the late Philippe Cambie of France, builds off Lee’s work done at Siduri. Beau Marchais is sourced entirely from the Santa Rita Hills. One of the vineyard sources is right next door to the legendary Gary’s Vineyard and is managed by the same family. Stylistically these are Pinot Noirs that walk the line of Californian ripeness with an almost French elegance. As you can expect with their limited sourcing, these are highly allocated wines that are only being supplied to retail wine shops chosen by the winery. 

Limit 4 bottles each per customer!

Beau Marchais wines in stock now: 

Beau Marchais Clos Pepe Vineyard Est Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills 2020 750ML ($99.95) Was $89, Now $79, 12 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 points
“While there won’t be any releases from Santa Lucia due to smoke, they were able to release their Clos Pepe Pinot Noirs. The 2020 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Est Vineyard saw 25% stems, 48 days on stems, and aging all in new barrels. Lots of mulberry, chocolate covered strawberries, and plum fruits as well as notes of orange blossom and spice emerge from the glass, and it’s a rich, full-bodied, textured beauty that packs one heck of a mid-palate. With ripe tannins and an expansive, supple texture, drink this hedonistic, sexy Pinot Noir on release and over the following 7-8 years.”

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Beau Marchais Clos Pepe Vineyard Ouest Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills 2020 750ML ($99.95) Was $89, Now $79, 11 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 95-97 points
“The 2020 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Ouest Vineyard comes from the western side of the vineyard, which sees slightly smaller berries and yields due to being hammered by the winds. It tends to be a riper Pinot Noir yet always seems more structured and focused than the Est Pinot Noir. Similarly deep purple-hued, with a beautiful bouquet of blue fruits, iron, candied orange zest, and spice, it’s another rich, full-bodied, concentrated Pinot Noir that stays beautifully balanced and has ripe, building tannins as well as a great finish. While it’s not for the Burgundy lovers out there (although you might be surprised), it has depth, structure, and is a brilliant Pinot Noir!”
Vinous-Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2020 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Ouest is terrific. Powerful and ample in the glass, the 2020 possesses tremendous richness right out of the gate. Luscious red/purplish berry fruit, blood orange, spice and pomegranate are all dialed up. The super-sized Santa Barbara Pinot offers tons of immediacy and yet retains a good deal of energy as well. The Ouest is a noticeably bigger wine than the Est. “
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Beau Marchais Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2019 750ML ($99.95) Was $89, Now $79, 12 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points
“I loved these wines from barrel last year, and they didn’t disappoint from bottle. Starting with the Santa Lucia Highlands release, the 2019 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard has a deep, nuanced yet powerful style that offers impressive black raspberry and red currant fruits to go with lots of spice, loamy soil, spring flower, and earthy forest floor notes. Gorgeously textured on the palate, this medium to full-bodied Pinot has ripe, polished tannins, a great mid-palate, and the fruit and opulence to drink nicely today yet also evolve for a good 7-8 years, if you’re so inclined.”
Wine Enthusiast 96 points “This collaboration between California’s Adam Lee and the Rhône Valley’s Phillipe Cambie yields a rich, spicy wine. Heavy aromas of cola, root beer, baked cherry and boysenberry gummies lead into a multi-layered palate of cardamom, clove, nutmeg and baked fruit, framed by polished tannins.”
Wine Advocate-Erin Brooks 92-94 points “I tasted the 2019 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard as a final blend while still in barrel, aging in about 90% new oak. Medium ruby-purple, it’s loaded with dark fruits and nuances of bitter chocolate, mint leaves, charcuterie and fragrant earth. In the mouth, it’s medium-bodied with a firm, grainy frame and good freshness, opening up to brighter fruits on the long finish. This is shaping up to be a concentrated, savory and structured Pinot Noir. This is due to be bottled sometime around August 2020.”
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New Week – New Arrivals

We’re gearing up for the summer with new patio-friendly Provence rosés, local light whites, natural (and naturally low alcohol) California & Sicilian stars, fizzy lighting drinks from France, and more!


Clos Cibonne Tibouren Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes Rosé, Cotes de Provence 2020 750ML ($49.95) $39.90 special, 12 bottles in stock now
De Maison importer note
“Clos Cibonne’s iconic Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes stands uniquely apart from other rosés as a classic, one-of-a-kind Côtes de Provence rosé featuring the tibouren grape in the lead role. Legendary amongst experienced French wine collectors for its texture, substance, and ability to age gracefully for a decade or more, Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes is aged under fleurette (a thin veil of yeast, similar to the process in Sherry or Jura wines) in 120-year-old, 5,000L foudres for one year. Clos Cibonne crafts a wine that is completely its own through combining a rare grape with a unique aging process.”

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Peyrassol ‘Chateau Peyrassol’ Rosé, Cotes de Provence 2021 750ML ($41.95) $38 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Importer note
“50% Cinsault, 25% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, 4% Tibouren, 3% Rolle and Ugni Blanc. Very pale, lychee pink in color. The nose is fine and elegant. Complex, releasing white fleshed fruit and citrus fruits aromas, along with white floral notes. The palate is straightforward and clean. Fine and silky, it is soft, delicate and lively. The freshness of the finish is balanced with a subtle hint of saltiness.”

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Brooks Sparkling Riesling Extended Tirage, Willamette Valley 2017 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Owen Bargreen 92 points
“Aged for 40 months on the lees, this reveals honey and marzipan notes alongside green apple and shades of kumquat on the palate. Nicely textured, with serious weight, this finishes long with stony minerals and melon fruits. Drink 2022-2029.”
Winery note “A stunning Champagne method sparkling Riesling with bright acid and ripe notes of golden apple, preserved lemon and brioche from time on the lees with a salty, sand dollar finish. This is our third vintage of Extended Tirage Sparkling Riesling. The wine was aged on the lees for 40 months before being disgorged. Now that’s extended tirage!”

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Brooks Gewürztraminer Oak Ridge Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2021 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 6 bottles in stock now
1983 planting of Gewurztraminer in the Columbia Gorge.

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Ovum ‘Keeper of the Flame’ Gerber Vineyard Gewurztraminer, Rogue Valley 2020 750ML ($29.95) $19 special, 7 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“2020 KEEPER OF THE FLAME Gewurz is not what you’ve come to expect from Gewurz, but you probably already knew that about OVUM. Our Gewurz is not about sweet canned fruit or rose extract – [this] is about restraint, elegance and purity of place. The 2020 offering is particularly unusual for its dominant blood orange aromatics, and length of minerality on the palate. Yes, somehow this Gewurz shows gobs of minerality. Unfined, Unfiltered (for the first time), native yeast, nothing added except sulfur…this is a magical mystery wine for the ages. Aromatics: Flamed orange peel, lemon curd, flint, restrained tropical notes. Medium bodied with a wet stone/airy texture – the streak of minerality running through the wine is alluring (no doubt obtained from these older vines).”

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Clos Griotte Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir Blanc, McMinnville 2018 750ML ($31.95) $23.50 special, 20 bottles in stock now
Wine Enthusiast 92 points
“Editor’s Choice. Sourced once again from the biodynamic Momtazi vineyard, this exceptional wine is lightly tawny in color and scented with sweet straw and cocoa. In the mouth it’s rich and full-bodied, with apple fruit flavors that have an autumnal cast. The length and overall power are outstanding. Drink now and over the next three or four years. -Paul Gregutt”

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J.K. Carriere Clarion Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2021 750ML ($29.95) $25.50 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Jim Prosser note
“Radiant. Berry. Supple. Juicy. This Wonka burst of blue is a perfect fresh note in your glass.”

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Arterberry Maresh Old Vines Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2019 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Erin Brooks-Wine Advocate 97+ points
“The 2019 Pinot Noir Old Vines comes from Wadenswil clone vines planted in 1970, and it was matured in barrel for 20 months. Medium garnet, it has a distinct mineral character, with tones of flint and iodine complementing spicy cranberry and blackberry preserves. The palate is silky and layered, with intense, dark red fruit and a very long, flavorful finish. It’s got some inherent power that will allow it to develop well in bottle.”
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 95 points “Vivid ruby-red. A complex, sharply focused bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, boysenberry and Asian spices, along with a sexy floral nuance that gains strength with aeration. Sweet, seamless and incisive on the palate, displaying a deft blend of heft and focus to the concentrated red and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors. Shows noteworthy energy on a subtly tannic, penetrating finish that hangs on with superb, floral-driven tenacity. For this vintage, the fruit for this bottling came entirely from the Maresh vineyard.”


Populis Macerated Chardonnay, Mendocino County 2021 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Distributor note
“The maceration on the skins lends this wine exceptional texture and mouthfeel. The gentle tannins work in harmony with the full texture that Chardonnay can contribute. Notes of apricot and stone fruit stand out on the nose, but a fine streak of minerality, plushness and acid carries the wine through the finish.”

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Populis Wabi-Sabi White, Mendocino County 2021 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Distributor note
“58% Chardonnay, 17% Sauvignon blanc, 15% French Colombard, 5% Pinot Blanc, & 5% Muscat. A Cheverny-inspired blend, the mouthfeel is characterized by laser-like acidity, while the aromas and flavors strike a balance between greenness and riper opulence, resulting in a style that is uniquely Californian, yet with an old-world approach. The old-vines give this wine an additional dimension of depth and complexity. The minimalistic approach in the cellar lends a wine that is highly drinkable and digestible.”

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Populis Reversee Red, Mendocino County 2021 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Distributor note
“72% Zinfandel, 14% Carignan, & 14% Barbera. This wine is a quintessential bistro wine. There are loads of bright and juicy red fruit on the nose and mouth. Plenty of acid on the attack and a touch of structure on the finish keeps this wine taught and oh-so drinkable. A lighter style that is delicious with lighter meats and vegetable, or straight out of the bottle with a slight chill.”

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Les Lunes Wine Cosmic Blend, California 2021 750ML ($29.95) $24 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Distributor note
“45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Zinfandel, 17% Chardonnay, 13% Merlot. The Cosmic blend is a chillable red wine, like our Astral blend, but made with primarily Bordeaux varieties. Normally these Cabernet Sauvignon wines are structured and rich, but this wine is defined by its juicy fruit character on the palate with tons of aromas of blue fruit and mountain berries.”

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Practicing both dry and organic farming, Christian Moueix’s Dominus Estate produces one of the most terroir expressive wines in the entirety of California. 
Dominus Estate Christian Moueix Napa Valley 2019 750ML ($359.95) $319 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Lisa Perrotti-Brown- The Wine Independent 100 points
“Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Dominus was harvested from September 29 to October 10. It was aged in 40% new oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose slowly unfurls to unveil beguiling floral notes of candied violets and rose oil over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, giving way to notions of licorice, Indian spices, iron ore, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with taut, muscular black fruit layers, intertwined with gorgeous floral and exotic spice accents, and framed by firm, finely grained tannins with seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral-laced. Tightly coiled with so much latent energy waiting to explode, this is a spectacular expression of the vintage and Napanook vineyard. Still tightly coiled, give it a good 6-7 years in the cellar before broaching, and allow it a few hours in a decanter if consumed before 2032.”

France – Sparkling

Louis Roederer Collection 241 Champagne NV 1.5L ($149.95) $119 special, 3 magnums in stock now
Importer note
“2016, the base wine for Collection 241, was characterised by particularly varied weather conditions which proved good for the quality of the grapes. After what was a cold, wet spring, summer got off to a late start and was warm and dry with a heatwave in late August. The weather was dry and sunny for the harvest which resulted in excellent ripeness in the grapes. These dry, sunny conditions were ideal for the Pinot noir grapes and gave them their intense fruity character and silky texture. Not to be outdone, the Chardonnays gave us a more classic, well-honed and saline character. The harvest took place from the 15th September to the 1st October 2016. The Collection 241 blend is based on the intensity of the Pinot noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims which were particularly outstanding in 2016 with their bouquet of tangy, yellow fruit combined with lightly toasted, saline notes. The palate is round and juicy with a chalky, mineral and saline freshness and a very distinctive structure. The overall impression is of a linear, elegant and fresh wine.”

Arnaud Lambert Cremant de Loire Blanc NV 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 10 bottles in stock now
50% Chardonnay / 50% Chenin blanc
Importer note “Vine Age: Planted in 1990. Terroir: From the Clos of the Château, 60 cm deep silt and clay sand soil on a soft Turonian limestone bedrock. Viticulture: Organic (certified). Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 24 months.”

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Arnaud Lambert Chateau de Breze Cremant de Loire Rosé NV 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 10 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“100% Cabernet Franc.”
Becky Wasserman note “Vine Age: Planted in 1981. Terroir: Lower part of the Clos du Midi, silty sand soil on 1 meter of soft Turonian limestone bedrock. Viticulture: Organic (certified). Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentation, traditional Champagne method. Aged for 24 months.”

Domaine Renardat-Fache Bugey Cerdon Rosé, Savoie 2020 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Importer note
“58% Gamay/42% Poulsard. The certified-organic fruit is picked by hand, pressed and fermented in cold vats until it reaches about 6% alcohol. After a light filtration that leaves most of the active yeast in the unfinished wine, it is bottled and continues its fermentation, finishing at about 7.5-8% alcohol and a fair quantity of residual sugar (42 grams in the 2020, 10-15 Less than in the past). The wine is disgorged and released in December each year.”

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Vigneto Saetti ‘Il Cadetto’ Rosato dell’Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna 2020 750ML ($25.95) $21.90 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Importer note
“100% Lambrusco Salamino (a particular sub-variety of Lambrusco known for thick skins, dark color, high acidity and tight bunches). Certified-organically farmed, hand-harvested fruit from 50-year-old vines, crushed, juice removed from the skins and spontaneously fermented in small steel tanks to complete dryness. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle, initiated by the addition of fresh grape must.  The bottles are hand-riddled and -disgorged. No sulfur is added at any stage of the process.”

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Vigneti Massa Timorasso Derthona, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($41.95) $34.50 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 94 points
“The 2018 Timorasso Derthona is a dense, opulent wine. Orange confit, pineapple, spice, dried flowers, chamomile and honey and strong petrol notes all build in this decidedly large-scaled white. Creamy and resonant, the 2018 is a total knock-out.”

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Vigneti Massa Timorasso Piccolo Derthona, Piedmont 2019 750ML ($21.95) $19 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Note from a previous vintage:
“The 2018 Piccolo Derthona is a gorgeous introduction to these distinctive whites. Lemon oil, sage, almond, mint and dried flowers are finely knit in this delicious, alluring white from Massa. This pretty, inviting white will drink well over the next few years.” -Antonio Galloni

Frank Cornelissen ‘Susucaru’ Rosso Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily 2020 750ML ($39.95) $36 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Review for prior release: James Suckling 92 points
“Spices, dried berries and hints of orange peel follow through to a medium-to full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a succulent finish. Cedar and dried cherries at the end. Low sulfur. Drink now.”


Winery library release!
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2004 750ML ($99.95) $89 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 94 points
“The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that’s possible–umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence. 260,000 bottles produced.”

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R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja DOCa 2012 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, only 3 bottles available

Love Lopez de Heredia?
Don’t miss the new library releases arriving Friday:

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2001 750ML ($219.95) $199 pre-arrival special, only 4 bottles available
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 98 points
“The 2001 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva is the follow-up of the 1995. There is a sense of harmony and elegance, of nuance and subtleness that wasn’t quite the same in the Bosconia, as comparing both wines is inevitable. They started picking the red grapes the 15th of October, and the last grapes were picked the 29th of October with good weather. The grapes ripened properly and thoroughly, and the wine has great balance for a long aging in bottle. This is 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo that fermented in their 153-year-old oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in used barrels for 10 years. It has 13% alcohol, a pH of 3.4 and 6.4 grams of acidity (tartaric). The nose shows young (tasting it blind, you’d guess a 10-year old wine, not a 20-year-old wine!). It has a nose of sweet spices, underbrush and cigar ash, somewhat balsamic, bramble fruit with perfect ripeness, integrated and young but starting to show some tertiary complexity. The palate is velvety and medium-bodied, with fine-grained, chalky tannins denoting a limestone soil that brings finesse and texture and a sapid, tasty, almost salty finish. This is going to make a beautiful bottle of old Rioja in 30 years’ time! 25,000 bottles produced. It was bottled after being fined with egg whites in July 2012.”
James Suckling 97 points “Wow. This is really something on the nose, offering ripe plums that are highlighted with old and used leather, walnut and cedar, reminiscent of the interior of a fine vintage sports car. Full-bodied with very fine tannins and delicious, ripe fruit that continues on for minutes. Tile and dark berry at the end. Still tight and fresh for the vintage. A great wine. Drink or hold.”

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2010 1.5L ($149.95) $119 pre-arrival special, only 2 magnums available

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France – Champagne

Jose Dhondt is a tiny producer in the Cote des Blancs village of Oger with some holdings in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. He rubs shoulders with other growers such as Pierre Gimonnet (who also produces a lovely Oger bottling at almost twice the price) and Pierre Peters (in Le Mesnil). 

Importer note “Domaine José Dhondt is comprised of 5 hectares of vineyards, mostly in the Grand Cru villages of Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, but also some small holdings in the Côte de Sézanne village of Saudoy. Third-generation winemaker José Dhondt, whose grandfather immigrated from Belgium in 1924, has been managing the estate and making the wine since 1976. The domaine is farmed according to the precepts of lutte raisonée, a system of vine cultivation that is essentially organic and non-interventionist. Dhondt gently presses his fruit in a traditional Coquard vertical press and, following a débourbage of 12-24 hours, decants the must into small (25hl, 58hl, 82hl) thermo-regulated stainless steel vessels for a 3 week controlled fermentation over selected CIVC yeasts, followed by malolactic fermentation. Dhondt doses with traditional liqueur.”

Jose Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV 750ML ($54.95) $41.90 special, 24 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 92 points
“[Reviewed 2021] Ripe nectarine and melon flavors are backed by a firm spine of acidity in this graceful blanc de blancs. It’s plush and creamy in texture, with accents of smoked almond, candied ginger, preserved lemon and spun honey riding adding complexity to the juicy fruit profile. Disgorged January 2021. Drink now through 2024. 2,000 cases made, 250 cases imported.  –AN”

Jose Dhondt Mes Viellies Vignes Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut 2014 750ML ($99.95) $66 special, 36 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points
“Hints of toasted hazelnut and fleur de sel are enmeshed with a ripe, juicy mix of melon, baked white cherry, candied ginger and verbena in this lovely blanc de blancs. Vibrant and mouthwatering, but impeccably balanced, wrapping the vivid acidity in the fine, silky mousse, ending with a long, minerally finish. Disgorged January 2021. Drink now through 2034. 550 cases made.  –AN”

Jose Dhondt Rose de Saignee Brut NV 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 32 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 93 points
“[Reviewed 2021] An understated version, with a waft of pretty cherry blossom and spice notes on the nose drawing you into the glass, where a backbone of chiseled acidity is aligned with flavors of ripe red apple and raspberry fruit, pickled ginger and an underpinning of chalky mineral. Fine and vibrant in texture, this expands slowly, so give it time. Disgorged January 2021. Drink now through 2025. 200 cases made, 70 cases imported.  –AN”

Italy – Piedmont

The Elia family purchased their vineyards in 1796. From atop the hill where the winery sits, you can overlook the two main vineyard sites and understand the difference in microclimate, soil type and techniques for farming. The Bricco di Nieve side of the hill is steep, breezy and has beautiful older vines that produce the gorgeous sori Paitin Barbaresco. The other side of the hill has the looser iron rich soil that is the Serra vineyard. Tasting the two Barbaresco side by side is a lesson in site location and the unique qualities that can be shown, just a stone’s throw away. The wines are solid, deep, and built to last – echoing the family and their tie to their home and spectacular vineyards. These wines are no-brainers for fans of traditionally made Nebbiolo.

Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Serra’ Barbera d’Alba Piedmont 2019 750ML ($24.95) $20.90 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 92 points
“You get tremendous value from the Paitin 2019 Barbera d’Alba Serra, which is fruity and bright but beautifully elegant as well. Barbera is known for its rich black fruit flavors and accessible personality, so it’s a real treat to taste a wine that puts so much emphasis on the smaller details offered by the grape. These include tart blueberry, white cherry, exotic spice and crushed stone. There is some softness on the close, but the wine will be remembered for the linear and pristine nature of its fruit.”
Antonio Galloni 91 points “The 2019 Barbera d’Alba Serra is fresh, floral and fruity, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years. Short aging in cask really exalts the fruit in this translucent, classically built Barbera. Red berry fruit, blood orange, mint, spice and orange peel linger.”

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Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Bonina’ Langhe Freisa Piedmont 2019 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special, 22 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 91 points
“The 2019 Freisa Bonina is a nervy, focused wine. Bright red berry fruit, white pepper, mint, crushed rocks and dried herbs give this classically austere Freisa terrific aromatic brightness and energy. The 2019 will appeal most to readers with classically leaning palates.”

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Italy – Tuscany

Torre dei Beati makes one of our favorite food friendly rosés. We’ve branched out and scooped up some sweet deals on their red Montepulciano and white Trebbiano. 

Torre dei Beati ‘Cocciapazza’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017 750ML ($39.95) $34.50 special, 24 bottles in stock now
Eric Guido-Vinous 93 points
“An alluring bouquet of smoky minerals, crushed blackberries, exotic spice and flowery undergrowth lifts up from the 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cocciapazza. This elegant, polished yet powerful effort displays silky textures with ripe black fruits, giving way to notes of licorice and lavender. Fine-grained wood tannins come forward toward the close, as this tapers off youthfully structured, resonating on purple-tinged florals and a note of bitter almond. The 2017 Cocciapazza is simply stunning, but will need some time to flesh out and fully show the gorgeous Montepulciano fruit within.”
Wine Enthusiast 92 points “This rich Montepulciano offers dense aromas of brandy-soaked black cherry and blackberry, blended with integrated accents of clove, menthol, tobacco and worn leather. It’s plush in feel on the full-bodied palate, showing fully fleshed out berry flavors etched in a bevy of warm and savory spice tones. Despite all that richness, there’s ample lift and intensity to the acidity and a gentle grip to the rounded, polished tannins. It’s accessible now but would hold well through 2028. -Alexander Peartree”

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Torre dei Beati ‘Bianchi Grilli per la Testa’ Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2019 750ML ($31.95) $26 special, 36+ Bottles in stock now
Eric Guido-Vinous 93 points
“The 2019 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Bianchi Grilli Per la Testa pulls you close to the glass with a display of spiced yellow apple and geranium, evolving into a mix of curry leaf, crushed stone and almond paste. This is silky with medium-bodied weight, ushering in a dense and textural mix of apricot and mineral-tinged pear. There’s so much going on here and so much more to come, as this tapers off long, staining the senses with a nutty richness under an air of honeysuckle and sage. The Bianchi Grilli Per la Testa spends eleven months on the lees in a combination of stainless steel, neutral tonneaux and acacia wood barrels. It’s quite a wine.”

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With so many options available it’s rare to find a producer like Clemens Busch who can deliver quality at every tier of the Prädikatswein ladder. The most tantalizing thing about their wines is how they taste perceptibly much drier than they are, on account of the high acids across the board, considerable vine age, and generations of meticulous farming. Converting the estate to in the 1980’s, Clemens and Rita are considered leaders of biodynamics in Germany and the European Union as a whole. This is a great introductory producer or a new favorite in German Wine. 

Weingut Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2018 750ML ($34.95) Was $24, Now $19.50, 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

Weingut Clemens Busch Pundericher Marienberg Riesling Spatlese Mosel 2018 750ML ($49.95) Was $33, Now $28, 36 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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A deliciously slatey and elegant Riesling that’s an excellent introduction to German Riesling. 
Weingut Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Riesling Kabinett Rheingau 2018 750ML ($29.95) $20.90 special, 20 bottles in stock now
Importer note
“‘Lay’ is a very old word meaning slate and “Kloster” is the German translation of Abbey. The Klosterlay sits beneath the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard, above the eastern edge of the village. Here, the Rüdesheimer Berg begins to gently undulate as it levels out toward the village of Geisenheim. Josi believes this site is destined for a fruity style and therefore always makes Kabinett from this vineyard.”
“The first Rieslings of the very dry and warm as well as early 2018 vintage are also promising and stunningly precise and elegant due to the conditions of the vintage that brought nothing but perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. Leitz pressed the grapes in fractions, so he was able to keep the acidity fine and fresh even though it is naturally lower than in 2017… Doubtlessly, Leitz is one of the region’s best Riesling producers. Having said that, he is also one of the best Riesling ambassadors in the wine world, with regular tastings in the US as well as in Norway, two of his most important export markets.” Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
Sustainable, Fair ‘N Green

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“José Lovaglio, the son of famous Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo, earned his enology degree at UC Davis in 2008 and in recent years has made the Bodini and Crios de Susana Balbo wines at the Dominio del Plata winery. The objective of his own project, Vaglio, launched in 2014, is to showcase a range of different Malbec terroirs; he takes the same approach to extraction with all of these wines and, except for the limited Miperal bottling, they all carry the same gentle price tag. Lovaglio makes his wines in a refurbished dairy in El Peral in the northwest corner of Uco Valley. Thanks to his use of concrete vats and the facility’s thick walls, he is able to ferment his wines without refrigeration.” — Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

Vaglio Wines Aggie Malbec, Uco Valley 2019 750ML ($21.95) $18 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Vaglio Wines Aggie Malbec, Uco Valley 2019 750ML ($249.95) $199 special (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
James Suckling 94 points
“Such beautiful aromas of blackberries and minerals with chalk and salt. It’s medium-bodied with fine, integrated tannins and a pretty finish. Refined, silky texture. Drink or hold.”

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Giovanna Neri’s 2016 Brunello

Arriving in June

“2016 Brunello continues to be the gift that keeps giving, especially considering the somewhat diminished quality and much smaller crop of the 2017’s. Quality this good at a price this low is a luxury one can’t afford to miss!

“Giovanna Neri, daughter of Giovanni Neri, founder of Casanova di Neri, is fast becoming a rising star in her own right, producing an outstanding Brunello and worthy successor to the great wines of her father’s at Casanova di Neri.” –Importer note

Col di Lamo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($59.95) $44 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 95 points
“A complex nose of dried mushrooms, crushed shells and bark. Hints of dried rosemary and thyme give this mouth-watering savoriness. Juicy dark berries and mushrooms on the palate. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Chewy. Drink after 2024.”
Jeb Dunnuck 91 points “The 2016 Brunello has baked aromas of fig, tar and turned earth. The palate is savory with tea leaf, cherry pit, and pine resin. It is full-bodied and rich with ripe tannin and warming spice. Col di Lamo is an organic estate. Drink 2021-2028.”

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Collector’s Corner:

Roederer’s Vinothèque – The Pinnacle of Champagne

Arriving in June

Roederer’s Cristal is one of the premier bottlings in Champagne—a tete du cuvee that always lives up to the hype.  Even better than Cristal? Cristal Vinothèque —a late released bottling that represents the absolute pinnacle of what Roederer is capable of. 

Only three bottles available!
Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque Brut, Champagne 1999 750ML ($1,499.95) $1,245 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 98 points
“The nose has such beautiful, autolysis character with brown-mushroom and toasted-almond aromas. The nose has still-fresh lemons and oyster shell. Very smooth, pastry-like texture on the palate with even layers and a core of fresh lemons and peaches. The striking thing here is the balance and melted-together complexity. In a very great place. This spent seven years sur latte, seven sur pointe and was disgorged in 2014. Drink now.” [Reviewed 2019]
Antonio Galloni 97 points “Roederer’s 1999 Cristal Vinothèque is endowed with tremendous power and concentration, especially for a Champagne of its age. Palate staining minerals, chalk, white pepper, mint, citrus and orchard fruit soar out of the glass. Tasted next to the Rosé the Blanc has a slightly more toasty character along with more body and a stronger presence of the mousse, which in this wine wraps around the fruit. At the time, Cristal was made from 37 parcels. The Pinots were a blend from Aÿ (where the wines are naturally riper) and Verzenay, Verzy and Beaumont-sur-Vesle, (where Pinots are nervy and taut), while the Chardonnay was sourced from Avize, Mesnil and Cramant. Dosage is 7-8 grams per liter.” [Reviewed 2020]
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