Vinopolis 3/17/2023 Newsletter

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Markus Molitor – 3 Day Sale!

March Magnum Sale

Collector’s Corner

New Arrivals

Figgins Estate Red 2019, Walla Walla Valley $99 special, 36 bottles in stock
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points 
“… a gorgeous bouquet of cassis and blueberries fruit as well as spicy oak, tobacco, and scorched earth-like minerality. Full-bodied on the palate, it’s supple and forward at first yet builds on the palate, with more density and tannins showing on the finish … It’s one of the top releases in the vintage.


Bow & Arrow Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2021 750ml $21.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock
Winemaker’s Note: 
“While this ethos of “wine for the people” infuses the entire posture at Bow & Arrow, it’s this wine, the Willamette Valley Pinot in particular, that serves as our proof of concept.  You can make, in the Willamette Valley, a Pinot Noir sourced from Biodynamic and Organic fruit that is lovingly and naturally tended to form start to finish AND sell it at a price that nearly anyone can glass pour.”

Brick House “Les Dijonnais” Pinot Noir 2021 750ml $64.50 special, 30 bottles in stock.

St Innocent Willamette Valley Brut 2017 750ml $69 special, 12 bottles 
in stock.


Faust “The Pact” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, $89 special, 12 bottles in stock.
Wine Advocate 93 points 
“Scents of charred wood and scorched coffee mark the nose of Faust’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon The Pact. Those elements are backed by notes of plum, cassis and blackberries. It’s full-bodied and dark-fruited, but there’s still a sense of freshness here, expressed in part as a vibrant, mouthwatering finish with soft tannins.”


Baudry Chinon Guillot 2020 750ml $36 special, 21 bottles in stock.

Domaine Ferand Girard Sancerre “La Garenne” 2021 750ml $28 special, 36 bottles in stock.

Domaine Collotte Noble Souche, Burgundy 2020 750ml $26 special, 24 bottles in stock.
Domaine Collotte Chambolle-Musigny Vielles Vignes, Burgundy 2020 750ml $64.50 special, 12 bottles in stock.
Domaine Collotte Fixin les Champistions, Burgundy 2020 750ml $49 special, 12 bottles in stock.
Domaine Collotte Marsannay Blanc, Burgundy 2020 750ml $31.90 special, 12 bottles in stock.
Domaine Collotte Marsannay Le Clos de Jeu, Burgundy 2020 750ml $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock.

Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursualt 2020 750ml $69 special, 4 bottles in stock.
Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge 2020 750ml $39 special, 5 bottles in stock.
Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay “Vendages Selectionnes” 2020 750ml $99 special, 4 bottles in stock.
Domaine Michel Lafarge “Les Aigrots” 1er Cru Rouge 2020 750ml $149 special, 5 bottles in stock.

Bouchard Pere Et Fils  Le Corton Grand Cru 2020 750ml $199 special, 10 bottles in stock.
Wine Spectator 95 points 
“Shows aromatic sandalwood, floral, cherry and exotic spices on the nose, with intense cherry and berry fruit on the palate. This has serious grip, despite the acidity and tannins meshing harmoniously with the flavors and supple texture. Offers fine length, with the fruit and spice notes persisting.”

Wines we’ve received more stock of due to popular demand! Don’t miss out on snagging a few of these bottles before they’re gone again.

Bow & Arrow Rhinestones Red 2021 750ml was: $24 now: $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available


Meinklang Frizzante Prosa Rose 2021 750ml $21.90 special, 24 bottles in stock
GD Vajra Barolo Coste Di Rose 2018 750ml $62.50 special, 24 bottles in stock
Vinous 92 points 
“The 2018 Barolo Coste di Rose is a delicate, understated Barolo that will need a bit of time to fully emerge. There’s lovely purity to the fruit here, but also some angular contours that need to resolve. The 2018 is a mid-weight wine in the style of the vintage, and yet there is fine balance.”


Lafage Bastide Miraflors Cotes Catalanes 2019 $14.75 special, 36+ bottles available (IT’S BACK!)
Jeb Dunnuck 95 points 
“Based on 74% Syrah and 26% Grenache brought up in in a combination of concrete tanks (for the Grenache) and one year old demi-muids (for the Syrah), the 2018 Cotes Du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors is a knockout bottle of wine. It offers loads of black fruits, roasted herbs, peppered meat, violets, and bacon fat as well as full-bodied richness, a round, opulent style, ripe tannins, and a blockbuster finish.”

Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2009 750ml $59, 28 bottles available  ORAFPICSS09

We have prestigious single vineyard bottlings from some of the world’s greatest wineries coming very soon.

Reserve yours today!

Arriving Friday March 24th

Domaine Michel Juillot Bourgogne Rouge 2020 750ml $28 special, 24 bottles.

Domaine Michel Juillot Corton-Perriers Grand Cru Rouge 2020 750ml $119 special, 12 bottles.
Burghound 92 points 
“Like several wines in the range, there is a hint of the sauvage adding interest to the notably ripe yet still fresh aromas of black cherry, raspberry liqueur and a healthy dollop of wood and menthol. The slightly bigger-bodied flavors are not particularly dense, but the mid-palate texture is certainly attractive while the lingering, moderately austere and balanced finale delivers fine length.”

Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey Les Vignes de Maillonge Blanc 2020 750ml $39 special, 6 bottles.
Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Cru Clos de Barrauts Blanc 2020 750ml $41.90 special, 12 bottles.
Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Barrauts Rouge 2020 750ml $41.90 special, 12 bottles.

Arriving Late March

Chapoutier Côte Rotie Les Becasses 2010 750ml $69 special, 6 bottles
Wine Spectator 95 points
 “Offers a lovely perfume, with black tea and singed mesquite wafting through, while sleek, very refined black currant and black cherry fruit races along. The long, iron-tinged finish is very precise.”

Clos De Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019 750ml $99 special, 24 bottles
Jeb Dunnuck 98 points “Gorgeous kirsch, flowery incense, spice box, and garrigue-like notes define the nose, and it hits the palate with classic Clos des Papes elegance and finesse backed up by a great mid-palate, fabulous concentration, and a monster of a finish. Don’t miss this beauty.”

Clos De Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020 750ml $95 special, 24 bottles
La Revue Du Vin De France 98 points “For the red, we ring the same bell– it is immense, very fresh and correct. A Châteauneuf-du-Pape that possesses this beautiful concentration and velvety texture that make you forget its richness. The fourth star of the domain is not far away.”

Philippe Jouan Clos St Denis Grand Cru 2020 $319 special, 5 bottles.
Philippe Jouan Gevrey-Chambertain Aux Echezeaux 2020 $119 special, 6 bottles.
Philippe Jouan Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbes 2020, $219 special, 6 bottles.

Markus Molitor – 3 day sale
We’re having a 3-day sale on our top stocked Riesling producer: Markus MolitorThe depth and variety we’ve got in stock of this producer is likely incomparable anywhere outside the domaine itself. We’re not kidding. If you want to assenble a vertical riesling tasting, you’ve just found the Holy Grail. Sale ends Sunday, March 19th at 10 AM PST!

5% off 6-11 bottles (mix and match is okay!)

10% off 12 or more bottles (mix and match is okay!)

If you’re not familiar with Molitor, white capsule wines are made in a dry style, green capsule in a ‘feinherb’ or slightly sweet style, and gold capsule in an off-dry style. More asterisks = higher quality designation. No matter how you like your riesling, we’ve got a Molitor bottle for you.

Sampling of our Molitor stock (many more online) 

Molitor Wehlender Sonnennuhr Auslese*** Gold Capsule 2016 750ml $99 special, 13 bottles in stock
Wine Advocate 99 points “The 2016 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Golden Capsule) indicates gorgeously ripe and lush Riesling fruit with very fine flinty slate aromas that add freshness, finesse and complexity. This nose is incredibly pure and precise and doesn’t indicate any botrytis. The palate is highly elegant and fine but, at the same time, lush and salty with a highly delicate but persistent structure. The finish is mouthwatering and enormously stimulating.” This is the only listing in the US today!
Markus Molitor Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese*** Green Capsule, Mosel 2016 750ml $79 special, 19 bottles in stock
Wine Advocate 98 points “The 2016 Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Auslese *** (Green Capsule) is deep and complex on the nose, though discreet in its fruit expression straight from the bottle. However, the fruit is beautifully flinty, fresh and really fine. Lush and round on the palate, this is a full-bodied, ripe and intense yet well-balanced and elegant Himmelreich whose sweetness of roughly 30 grams per liter is still prominent at this young age. However, the wine is intense, long, firmly structured, very mineral and provided with serious tannins and a lot of stones.”
 This is the only listing in the US today!
Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett Green 2019 750ml $26.50 special, 17 bottles in stock.
Wine Advocate 94 points 
“The 2019 Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett (Green Capsule) is beautifully clear, fresh and flinty on the complex and crunchy, slate-driven bouquet of bright fruits and crushed stones. On the palate, this is a mouth-filling, juicy, vibrantly fresh and crisp, stimulating and piquant Kabinett with gorgeous slatey grip and a salivating finish. A fabulous Kabinett from 40+-year-old Riesling vines.” This is the lowest listed price in the US today! 

March Magnum Sale
Ends March 31st at 6pm. We’re having a huge month long sale ending     5% off 3-5 Magnum bottles

10% off 6 or more Magnum bottles

A magnum is 1.5L. 3L bottles will be the equivalent of 2 bottles applied to the discount. 
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.

This sale applies to large format wines. That’s over 150 wines and thousands of bottles discounted! Here are a few recommendations to get you started.

Clerico Langhe Rosse Arte 2011 1.5L $66 special, 36+ bottles in stock
Stephen Tanzer 91 points
 “(90% nebbiolo and 10% barbera; aged for 18 months in new French oak):  Good medium red.  Perfumed aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, tobacco and spices.

Peyrasspol Le Clos Peyrassol Rose 2019 1.5L $129 special, 9 bottles in stock
Wine Advocate 93 points 
“…offers up scents of crushed stone, garrigue, white peach and lime, all tinged with tart red berries… One of the best wines in this year’s tasting…”

La Gerla Brunello Di Montalcino 2015 1.5L $119 special, 2 bottles in stock
Wine Spectator 94 points
 “Black cherry and black currant fruit is accented by tobacco, earth and mineral flavors in this sleek yet dense red. Balsamic elements of juniper, thyme and olive add depth as this cruises to a long finish.

Saint Cosme Gigondas 2018 1.5L $79 special, 30 bottles in stock
Jeb Dunnick 93 points
  “Giving up a Provençal bouquet of red and black currants, peppery herbs, leather, and loamy soil, the 2018 is medium to full-bodied, has a forward, sexy style, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s terrific today yet still has enough tannins to evolve for 10-15 years if you’re so inclined.”

Saint Cosme Gigondas 2019 1.5L $99 special, 11 bottles in stock
Grapelive 95+ points 
 “As readers of this website will most certainly know, Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas is one of my personal favorites and a wine I drink for my own pleasure and try to review every vintage. It always seems to get better and better. Even with such expectations this wine, especially this stunning 2019, [it] continues to thrill me and impress for the depth and quality for the price. There may not be a better wine value anywhere!”
This is the only listing in the US today!

Shop our magnum selection on our website
Collector’s Corner

Screaming Eagle The Flight 2019 750ml $1099 special, 5 bottles in stock
James Suckling 99 points “Extremely floral and aromatic with violets and lavender throughout. Black olives, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, very fine-grained tannins that run the length of the wine. Goes on for minutes. A greenish undertone comes out at the end with some spearmint, green tea and green olive. About two-thirds merlot. Best after 2028, but already stunning.”

Dominus Estate Napa Christian Moueix2013 750ml $619 special, 5 bottles in stock
Wine Advocate 100 points 
“The 2013 Dominus is, to my way of thinking, one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases and a final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and oodles of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville. Drink it over the next 40+ years.”

Chateau Trotanoy Pommerol 2018 750ml $399 special, 4 bottles in stock
Jeb Dunnuck 100 points “Another heavenly Pomerol in the vintage, the 2018 Château Trotanoy checks in as 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in (I suspect) lots of new French oak (although it’s certainly not apparent). Revealing a dense purple hue as well as a smorgasbord-like bouquet of blackcurrants, dried flowers, cured meats, violets, tobacco, and chocolate, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a sexy, seductive texture, building yet sweet tannins, and just a rich, concentrated, yet flawless profile on the palate that’s already impossible to resist. Nevertheless, a good 7-8 years of bottle age are warranted, and this magical elixir is going to evolve for 40 years or more.”

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