Vinopolis Newsletter – 4-25-16


One- Week Sale: JF Mugnier ‘Clos Marechale’ 2011; Newly-Arrived Italian Heavy Hitters; 42 Different Brand-New Arrivals; One-Week Sale: Philippe Foreau Clos Naudin Reserve Moelleux 2003 + 2009; This Week’s Highlight Re-Arrivals; Arriving April 29th: Sottimano, Reynvaan, Mugneret-Gibourg, and More!; One-Week Sale: Grange des Peres Rouge 2011


One Week Sale:
JF Mugnier ‘Clos de la Marechale’ 2011
Price Expires at Midnight 5/1

Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Clos de la Marechale, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2011 750ML ($119.95) Was $77, Now $66; 36+ bottles available
Burghound 90-92 points “A pure and appealingly fresh nose of relatively elegant red berry fruit is liberally laced with earth and spice hints. There is a lilting mouth feel to the energetic, intense and equally pure medium-bodied flavors that possess plenty of that beguiling sense of underlying tension that makes wines like this so refreshing. There isn’t the class of the Fuées but this is really very good plus I very much like the balance and harmony of the firm and lingering finish.” BH

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But first, your regularly-scheduled programming…


Newly Arrived Italian Heavy Hitters
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Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2006 750ML ($699.95) $319 special
Wine Spectator 97 points “A mix of sweet cherry, raspberry, floral, tobacco, tea and balsamic flavors mingle in this complex and layered red. The acidity and tannins are present and well-integrated as this remains elegant and harmonious on the lingering finish. There’s a racy aspect, with a tobacco and mineral aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2035.”
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as a bit reticent. It reveals lovely detail and nuance, but without the firmness of many other young vintages. Today the 2006 is quite accessible. I will be surprised if it doesn’t start shutting down at some point. Regardless, the 2006 appears to be built more on finesse rather than power. Freshly cut flowers, hard candy and licorice are layered into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2046.

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Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2007 750ML ($199.95) $99 special
James Suckling 95 points “The nose is full of flowers and berries with dark cherries and ripe strawberries. Hints of flowers too. It’s full-bodied, with wonderful structure with bright acidity. Super clean and beautiful. Very pure and firm. Needs to age for a long time. Classic wine. Try in 2015.”
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is gorgeous. The estate’s preference for picking on the early side is one of the factors that help balance some of the fleshiness of the vintage. This is an especially silky, supple Brunello from Biondi-Santi. The overt personality of the year comes through, but not at the expense of the house’s style. Floral notes reappear to frame the elegant, expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2037.”

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Falletto di Bruno Giacosa ‘Le Rocche del Falletto’, Barolo DOCG 2008 750ML ($399.95) $259 special
Wine Spectator 97 points “Pure cherry, rose and leather aromas and flavors emerge after about two hours of aeration. This is rich, with impressive depth and a firm structure for support. Elegant and graceful, showing excellent length on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2027.”
Wine Advocate 96 points “The 2008 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (aged 36 months in botte grande) is a gorgeous wine from every perspective. Its 360-degree beauty shines comes through in terms of the intensity of the bouquet and the elegance of the mouthfeel. Again, super-finely textured tannins give the wine backbone and create a supporting structure for rich fruit flavors. There-s just enough consistency here to fill the palate, yet the wine is never heavy or flat. It shows vibrant energy thanks to the natural freshness and that beautiful note of garden fresh red rose that pops up as nostalgic sign-off. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040. ”

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Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($159.95) $115 special
Wine Spectator 95 points “This is expressive, with alluring cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral flavors building to a long, expansive finish. The elegant profile belies the serious structure underneath, which should allow this red to develop over the next 15 to 20 years. Offers fine berry fruit and a minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033.”
Jancis Robinson 18/20 points “Very pale ruby. More stony and liquorice-like than Villero. Brooding concentration but holding back on the nose. Lithe and very elegant palate with amazing tactile and fine tannins. Has the wow factor.”

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Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Scudetto Barbera d’Alba Superiore, Piedmont 2012 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Winery note “Wine-Making Process: Traditional-style, floating cap fermentation for 15/20 days. The wine is then matured in French oak for approximately 18 months. Color: deep ruby red, with elegant garnet highlights on ageing. Nose: vinous, varietal, ample. Taste: powerful, with stuffing and lots of body, well-balanced, round, packed with character, slightly tannic.”

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Let’s Get to the Good Stuff!
New Week, New Arrivals

J. Christopher Sauvignon Blanc, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($19.95) $16.60 special
Winery note – “Sauvignon Blanc is a specialty at J. Christopher. Although not widely planted in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley, Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for the area’s climate, as this wine proves. Made in the clean, fresh style of France’s Loire Valley, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and does not go through malolactic fermentation. The result is a classic, highly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with perfect ripeness and excellent acidity.”

J. Christopher ‘Cristo Misto’ White Wine 2014 750ML ($14.95) $11.90 special
Winery note “A dry, stainless-steel-fermented quaffer made from Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and just a touch of Riesling.”

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J. Christopher ‘Cuvee Lunatique’ Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Vinopolnote: A fresh, clean Chardonnay with no oak or malolactic fermentation.

J. Christopher ‘Cristo Irresisto’ Rose 2015 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
Winery note “An easy-drinking, passionate pink blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah, sourced from vineyards on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Simply irresistible.”

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J. Christopher Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2013 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Winery note “This cuvée is a blend of selected barrels from several excellent vineyard sites in the red Jory clay of the Dundee Hills AVA. It shows the depth and power that are typical of this area, with classic savory and sanguine notes and a seamless acid structure.”

J. Christopher Olenik Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2013 750ML ($44.95) $41.90 special
Winery note: “This powerful wine is from a very warm site not far from us on Chehalem Mountain, planted in marine sediment soil. This produces a riper, darker wine with full-bodied fruit flavors, a forceful mid-palate structure and firmer tannins. Oh, and higher alcohol, too (13.5%). 99 cases produced.”

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Wind Gap Woodruff Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2014 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special
Antonio Galloni 92+ points “The 2014 Chardonnay Woodruff is one of the most distinctive wines in the Wind Gap range. Candied lemon, white flowers, mint and a subtle hint of reduction are some of the signatures in this precise, crystalline Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay. The 2014 needs a few years to come into its own, but it is undeniably attractive and full of potential.”

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Wind Gap Old Vine Red ‘Soif’ 2015 750ML ($34.95) $28 special
Antonio Galloni 90-92 points “The 2015 Old Vine Red Soif is a bit darker and richer than the 2014 tasted alongside it, but it captures the same energy and vibrancy. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice and spice meld together in a racy, voluptuous wine. There is so much to like here. The 2015 includes all three barrels of the Bedrock Mourvèdr that in the past has been bottled separately, along with dollops of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Carignane.”

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Chateau de Montfaucon Viognier, Vin de Pays 2014 750ML ($19.95) $16 special
Winemaker’s note: The spirit I search for in Montfaucon wines is elegance and finesse. I like wines that are complex, but also enjoyable and easy to drink; like the wines of Burgundy, but working with the Southern Rhône varietals and climate. All my work is to find harmony and balance in the wine.

Domaine de Montille Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2013 750ML ($199.95) $179 special
Stephen Tanzer–Vinous 92 points “(vinified with two-thirds whole clusters): Healthy bright medium red. Musky raspberry and crushed stone on the nose. At once silky and perfumed in the middle palate, conveying a savory quality to the flavors of red fruits, minerals and dried flowers. Has plenty of fat to support its broad, fine-grained tannins. A consistent, pliant wine from start to very long finish, showing lovely fruit retention and energy.”

Domaine de Montille Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2013 750ML ($219.95) $189 special
Stephen Tanzer 91+? points “Bright pale yellow. Pear, lime and crushed and wet stone on the nose, plus a suggestion of lavender that carries through onto the palate. Densely packed and tactile, with strong acidity and stony minerality giving this wine a distinctly austere, slightly disjointed impression. The tannins reminded me of a red wine. No easy sweetness here, but this is built to age.”
Burghound 90-93 points “Once again the nose is quite reduced and impossible to assess. In the same fashion as the Perrières there is a lovely sense of tension and complexity to the slightly denser and more powerful flavors that exude a note of green apple on the dry but not really austere finale. This too should benefit from a few years of cellar time to better harmonize but it should be worth the wait.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 90-92 points “The 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, which comes from south-east facing vines, has a well-defined, slightly resinous bouquet (candle wax and pithy pear) that demonstrates good intensity and perfume. The palate is well balanced with lemon peel and white peach notes the segue into quite a terse, almost aloof finish. I would like to see just a little more cohesion by the time of bottling, but there is certainly potential here.”

Domaine de Montille Les Grands Epenots, Pommard Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($149.95) $133 special
Burghound 87-90 points “This is earthier than the Péz and not quite as elegant with its aromas of plum, red currant, forest floor and softly oaked nose. There is a sleek, round and velvety mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a moderately austere and dry finish that may round out but that is far from clear.”

Domaine de Montille Les Pezerolles, Pommard Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($149.95) $133 special
Burghound 88-91 points “This is the first wine to this point to exhibit any appreciable wood influence though it’s not so much as to mask the otherwise fresh, spicy and layered plum and black currant aromas. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the tension and mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that also display just a touch of backend dryness. Still, my sense is that this should mature nicely even if the balance is unlikely to be ideal.”

Domaine de Montille Les Rugiens, Pommard Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($199.95) $179 special
91+ points Stephen Tanzer “(completely destemmed): Healthy deep, bright red. Very expressive, slightly metallic perfume of red berries and iron. Delivers a stimulating combination of sweet, almost candied fruits and penetrating acidity, with an herbal element contributing to the impression of inner-mouth lift. This very savory, intense Rugiens finishes a bit tough; in fact, it went into a shell in the glass.”
Burghound 90-92 points “A subtle hint of wood serves as a backdrop to the very fresh, spicy and ripe nose of exotic tea and black fruit liqueur aromas. There is a lovely sense of tension to the stony, intense and tautly muscular middle weight plus flavors that possess notably better balance and length on the complex finish.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 88-90+ points “The 2013 Pommard 1er Cru les Rugiens was completely destemmed after around 50% of the crop had survived the travails of poor flowering and hail. It was raised in 40% new oak and finished its malolactic very late during the 2014 harvest. Consequently the aromatics are not expressive at the moment, however the palate appears to show more fruit and flesh than the Pezerolles and may well turn out to be the better of the two Pommards.”

Domaine de Montille Les Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($349.95) $299 special
Stephen Tanzer 94+ points “(vinified with two-thirds whole clusters and aged in 50% new oak): Bright, dark red. Knockout musky but backward nose combines raspberry, flinty minerality and truffley earth. Very concentrated, mineral-driven wine with a restrained sweetness and complex soil tones to its pungent flavors of red cherry and raspberry. Suave and juicy but a bit youthfully imploded, finishing with serious, noble tannins. Already quite smooth but it would be criminal not to lay this down for at least a few years.”
Burghound –Outstanding 92-94 points—“This is less obviously floral in character though this element is still quite prominent on the discreet spicy aromas of plum, dark raspberry and sandalwood nuances. There is an equally sleek mouth feel to the broad-shouldered and muscular flavors that possess an exquisite sense of underlying tension and plenty of minerality, all wrapped in a firm, cool, linear and built-to-age finale. I very much like the complexity and the persistence is most impressive.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 91-93 points “The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts appeared very closed and unresponsive on the nose, a little subdued when compared to the Corton Clos du Roi ’13 alongside. Then it begins to wake up with blackberry, cranberry and raspberry preserve that blossoms with each encouraging swirl. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, supple and rounded in the mouth, exerting a gentle grip and a long finish that belies the backbone. This is very fine, although as I remarked at the time, I feel that there is a clear difference between this and the “Christianne” cuvée this year.”

Domaine de Montille Les Malconsorts Cuvee Christiane, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($699.95) $599 special
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 94-96 points “The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts “Christianne,” which I asked to taste directly alongside the regular Malconsorts, has more delineation and precision, more mineralité coming through on the nose, veins of wet limestone and sea spray emerging with time. The palate is also noticeably different with greater tension and focus, a sense if coiled-up energy that is uncommon in this vintage. This surely illustrates the profound effects of terroir: a serious 2013 that should age with style.”
Stephen Tanzer 92-95 points “Bright, deep red. More discreet on the nose than the “regular” Malconsorts, showing ineffable floral lift. A step up in fruit intensity and pungency, but with powerful crushed-stone minerality keeping the wine under wraps today. Conveys a very strong impression of extract and stuffing but very closed in on itself today. Brisk acidity contributes to the impression of energy. The wine’s sophisticated tannins spread out horizontally to saturate the palate on the sappy, very firm finish. Great incipient complexity here but this will require serious patience.”
Burghuound –Outstanding 92-95 points—“As is often the case this is aromatically quite similar to the regular cuvée except that it is ever-so-slightly spicier and perhaps with a bit more floral influence. There is fine volume, power and punch to the big-bodied and robust flavors that retain a refined mouth feel as the tannins are once again dense but fine plus they are well-buffered by the copious dry extract that imparts a velvety texture to the strikingly long finale. One aspect where this does depart from the normal pattern is that this is noticeably more structured and will thus require a few more years of cellar time. In sum, this is impressive juice with terrific development potential.”

Domaine de Montille Le Cailleret, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($199.95) $159 special
Burghound –Outstanding 91-93 points—“Here there is no such reduction as the expressive nose is composed of acacia blossom, pear and lemon zest. As with all of the whites in the de Montille stable there is an intense minerality to the citrusy medium-bodied flavors that possess the best concentration in the range, all wrapped in a well-balanced, complex and strikingly persistent finish. Patience will of course be required but this should be excellent in time.”
Stephen Tanzer 91-93 points “Bright gold-tinged yellow. Refined, soil-inflected aromas of crushed stone, menthol, noble herbs and sexy brown spices, with fruit in the deep background. Juicy and penetrating, boasting terrific inner-mouth perfume and saline minerality to the concentrated flavors of yellow fruits and spices. Finishes with excellent rocky length and dusty, spicy grip. The crop level here was a solid 40 hectoliters per hectare: “Puligny was generous in 2013,” noted Etienne de Montille.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 90-92 points “The 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru les Caillerets has a very elegant bouquet with dried white flowers and jasmine scents, not so far from the Meursault Perrières in style. The palate is well balanced with touches of bitter lemon and orange rind, plenty of finesse and tension, especially on the finish that feels long in the mouth. This is a well-crafted Caillerets to enjoy over the next decade.”
Chateau de l’Eperonniere Rose de Loire, Loire 2015 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Importer note “Mathieu Tijou, born and raised at Chateau Soucherie, now has his own estate down the road at Chateau de l’Eperonnière. He, too, produces a fine rendition of Rosé de Loire, from a blend of Grolleau (70%), with Cabernet Franc (30%). This is a lively, dry wine with a violet tint to the color, a peppery spice on the palate (certainly the effect of Grolleau!) and a raspberry-like fruitiness.”
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc, Rhone 2011 750ML ($219.95) $159 special
Wine Advocate 99 points “Surprisingly, I preferred the 2011 Ermitage le Meal Blanc over the 2012 on this occasion and it showed a more flamboyant, sexy style in its caramelized pineapple, tropical, honeyed and floral personality. Big, rich and decadent, with fabulous fruit intensity and length, this rock star flirts with perfection and will keep for another 3-4 decades.”

M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone 2011 750ML ($349.95) $289 special
Wine Advocate 100 points “Even better and a prodigious effort that hits all my sweet spots, the 2011 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from one of the top terroirs on Hermitage hill, the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit. Spectacularly perfumed, with raspberry, blackberry, licorice, toasted spices and assorted floral nuances, this full-bodied effort has massive depth and richness, no hard edges and masses of finely polished tannin that emerge on and frame the finish. It will be approachable at an earlier age than either the 2009 or 2010, yet should nevertheless have 2-3 decades of ultimate longevity.”

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Domaine Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone 2013 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “Vivid ruby-red. Intensely perfumed raspberry and floral scents are complicated by hints of allspice and minerals. Appealingly sweet, focused and pure, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry compote flavors that become fleshier and deeper with air. Delivers a solid punch but comes off quite graceful, finishing with powerful fruity thrust, supple tannins and a lingering floral note.”

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Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone 2013 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
Winemaker’s note: From the vineyards to the cellar we work delicately and with maximum care to preserve the quality and purity of the fruit: We only pick the grapes by hand. In order to enhance the balance of the wine, we co-ferment up to five varieties in the same tank. This increases the exchange and integration of different grapes during the important fermentation time. By controlling temperature and time on skins, typically 8 to 14 days, I am looking to extract only soft and silky tannins.
Mas Cal Demoura Coteaux du Languedoc Qu’es Aquo Rose, Languedoc-Roussillon 2015 750ML ($24.95) $18 special
Importer note “Vincent and Isabelle Goumard have taken over the reins of this domaine with a remarkable passion. Their Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé combines elegance and power: a lively wine with excellent presence on the palate with a properly dry and mineral finish. There is plenty of fruit and the bright rose color is a worthy subject for a fine still-life. A blend of the five classic grape varieties of the Languedoc: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre & Carignan with the first two comprising the majority of the finished wine.”

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Le Loup Blanc “Soif de Loup” Rouge 2013 750ML ($14.95) $11.90 special
Case-12 Le Loup Blanc “Soif de Loup” Rouge 2013 750ML ($149.95) $119 special
Vinopolnote: A crazily fragrant nose of red fruit, cedar, and paprika-like spices. On the palate, crushed berries collide with figs, plums, and a touch of earty. Lovely. 45% Chenançon, 45% Cinsault, 10% Carignan. Chenançon is a cross between Grenache and Jurancon.

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Roberto Voerzio San Francesco Fontanazza Nebbiolo Langhe, Piedmont 2012 750ML ($49.95) $39 special
Antonio Galloni 91 points “The 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo S. Francesco, Fontanazza is a very serious wine, and the most intriguing of these entry-level offerings. Expressive floral notes meld into expressive fruit in an exceptionally polished wine. Over the summer, I tasted the 2012 from tank after all the Barolos and it more than held its own, which is why I can say without hesitation that Voerzio’s Langhe Nebbiolo competes favorable with the vast majority of Barolos. It is that good.”

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Roberto Voerzio Cerreto Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont 2012 750ML ($39.95) $36 special
James Suckling 92 points “Wow. A bright and exciting red with clementine, dark berry and lemon aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Excellent Barbera. Drink now.”

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Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont 2013 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Antonio Galloni 89 points “Voerzio’s 2013 Dolcetto d’Alba Priavino is dark, fleshy and opulent. Leather, smoke and licorice add nuance to the dark fruit in this polished, voluptuous Dolcetto. The 2013 has closed down a bit since it was bottled, which shows just how serious of a wine this is. Over time, hints of lavender, violet and white pepper add notes, but like all the Voerzio wines, the Dolcetto is above all else a wine of texture.”
Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barbaresco DOCG 2011 750ML ($44.95) $38 special
James Suckling 93 points “A red with pungent aromas of earth and ripe fruit. Orange peel, too. A red with a full body, chewy tannins and a tangy, delicious finish. Plenty of ripe, juicy fruit character. Barrel sample. Drink or hold.”

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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Cannubbio, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($79.95) $59 special
Antonio Galloni 93 points “Rinaldi’s 2011 Barolo Cannubi shows the richer side of this site, with all of the typical flavors amped up by the richness of the year. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice notes flesh out in this decidedly ample, bold Cannubi. Sweeping in stature and proportion, the Cannubi is a terrific example of the year. It is also a touch fresher than the Brunate, which is one of the reasons I prefer it today, albeit slightly.”

Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont 2013 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Vinopolnote: A bright, light, savory and energetic example of Nebbiolo meant for early consumption. Great value!

Castell’in Villa La Gazzara Rosato 2015 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Vinopolnote: A dynamic and food-friendly Tuscan rose from the powerhouse Castell’in Villa.
JB Becker Martinsthaler Rodchen Riesling Spatlese Trocken 1990 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Wine Advocate 89 points “The dark golden colored 1990 Martinsthaler Rödchen Riesling Spätlese trocken shows an intense, concentrated as well as matured bouquet of dried and cooked stone fruit flavors. Full-bodied, clear and concentrated though slightly bitter, this is a dry, quite austere Riesling with grip and astringency.(12/2015)”

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J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Riesling Spatlese Trocken, Rheingau 2002 750ML ($49.95) $39 special

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J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken, Rheingau 2012 750ML ($27.95) $24 special
Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2012 Wallufer Walkenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken shows an intense, deep, clear and mineral as well as spicy bouquet with lovely, clear and ripe stone fruit. This is old school Riesling: fermented in old oak vats for ten months and bottled in between four weeks, this is a light to medium-bodied but very mineral and expressive Riesling, with a nicely sweet taste that comes from the sugar-free extract. The finish is dry and mineral, very piquant, salty and extremely stimulating. Don’t drink this as a Kabinett, but as a serious Rheingau classic. If you like Markus Molitor or Martin Müllen, you have to check this wine out.”

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Zorzal Eggo Blanc de Cal, Tupungato, Argentina 2014 750ML ($29.95) $24 special
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2014 Eggo Blanc de Cal is pure Sauvignon Blanc from two different vineyards in Gualtallary. The full clusters are pressed and the must was fermented and aged in contact with the lees for nine to ten months in their famous egg-shaped cement vats. This is more subtle and earthy, less Sauvignon, with the fruit expressing itself in a lower-pitched voice, more of a baritone. It’s also has a little wider, pungent and powerful character in the mouth. This is only around 13% alcohol, and even though in 2014 it didn’t go through malolactic fermentation, it’s still a very light and fresh wine. Groundbreaking Sauvignon. 4,800 bottles were produced, fruit of two eggs.” LG

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Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc, Tupungato, Argentina 2015 750ML ($34.95) $27 special
No Reviews Yet On The 2015 – Here Is The Wine Advocate On The 2014- 94 points “There is a Cabernet Franc in the Eggo range, and I tasted the 2014 Eggo Franco, produced with grapes from Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary, a place that defines itself as a wine country club that touts a combination of real estate, vineyards and sport facilities, including golf and polo! The vines were only planted in 2008 (everything in Gualtallary is really new). There are some 300 hectares of vines there, in one of the best parts of Gualtallary. They have three-hectare plots owned by mostly foreign investors and most of the highly sought after grapes are sold. Zorzal has agreements to buy grapes (and control the viticulture) of 20 of these plots. Incredibly perfumed for a Cabernet Franc, as the nose is very floral and made me think of a Malbec rather than a Cabernet Franc. The spiciness of all these Eggo wines comes from the grapes and the fermentation and aging in cement, as none of the wines see any oak. And I tell you one thing, you do not miss the oak or the complexity or anything, it’s all here. This is the first year for this vertical, fresh, tremendous Cabernet Franc. Well done, bravo! 2,200 bottles produced. The Michelini brothers keep producing fresh, elegant and terroir-driven wines from their base in Gualtallary. The range seems to be growing almost infinitely, as their creativity also seem to have no limits”

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Michelini Bros Superuco Calcareo ‘Coluvio de Altamira’ Malbec, San Carlos 2013 750ML ($49.95) $39 special
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2013 Calcáreo Coluvio de Altamira is closed and tight, feeling the most austere and chalk-driven of the three reds I tasted form the Calcáreo line. The grapes are selected from a small part of the vineyard where the calcium carbonate is seen in the surface. It’s a serious, balanced and terribly salty and mineral red with the violets of Malbec intermixed with crushed rocks and even a marine feeling to it. Complex, subtle, elegant… terrific! And very affordable too. 3,000 bottles produced, the content of the amphora.”

Michelini Bros Superuco Calcareo ‘Rio de los Chacayes’ Malbec, Tunuyan 2013 750ML ($49.95) $39 special
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2013 Calcáreo Río de los Chacayes is sourced from the Chacayes zone of Tunuyán on top of Vista Flores towards the mountains. It has a riper, spicier, floral, and aromatic profile with notes of thyme and rosemary. It is the most extroverted of the three, and also feels quite polished. The palate, however, is more serious, with the austerity of the rocks, a very fine thread of subtle acidity and a long, long, long finish with sweeter tannins. Its a rolling stone covered in chalk and surrounded by thyme. Awesome! 3,000 bottles were produced.”


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Philippe Foreau Clos Naudin
Moelleux Reserve 2003 + 2009

Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Reserve Moelleux, Loire 2003 750ML ($89.95) Was $69, Now $59; 18 bottles available
Wine Spectator 94 points “Jaw-dropping fruit—guava, quince, mango and persimmon—is extremely concentrated and lushly layered. That’s followed by ginger, cream, green almond and smoke notes on a superlong finish, which has a nice bit of earthy grip as well.” WS

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Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Reserve Moelleux, Loire 2009 750ML ($119.95) Was $79, Now $69; 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 points “What there was in this vintage of botrytis, Foreau reports, essentially went into his 2009 Vouvray Moelleux Reserve. Brown-spiced pear liqueur and quince preserves dominate the proceedings – wreathed in perfume of freesia and lily – and there are buoyancy and elegance, despite viscosity, enormous richness of texture and residual sweetness, that indeed point to the magic nobility rot can convey. Its sense of lift – when combined with luscious, still juicy suggestions of grapefruit and blood orange familiar from the corresponding demi-sec – wards off any risk of palate fatigue. Mysterious botrytis manifestations of stale bread, truffle, and white raisin emerge from the empty glass. This extraordinary achievement will stand with such past great Foreau moelleux reserves as 2005, 2003, and 1989-90 and is likely to merit 30 or more years of consideration. In direct comparison, what strikes one about the 2005 today is its more obvious sense of botrytis and its slightly diminished sense of acidity and lift. But it maintains the edge in sheer complexity.” WA

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Highlight Re-Arrivals

Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2013 750ML ($37.95) $30.90 special
Wine Enthusiast 94 points “From 20-year-old, Dijon clone estate vines, this substantial, tongue-gripping Chardonnay has intense depth of flavor. A luscious mix of grapefruit, apple, melon, spice and mineral elements, it drives down through the palate and never quits.”

Crowley Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($26.95) $21.90 special
Winery note “Comprised of Wente and Dijon clones from Four Winds Vineyard this wine demonstrates the undeniable pedigree and personality of this fantastic high elevation and old vine site. Light straw with a hint of green combine with pristine clarity to present this wonderful Chardonnay. The aromatics include slate, anise and pear, with a trace amount of barrel toast. Buoyant acidity frames a lean palate beaming with citrus, mineral and white peach, along with background sweetness provided by lees contact. Clarity and precision highlight this refreshing and versatile Chardonnay.”

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Crowley Entre Nous Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2013 750ML ($31.95) $28 special
Winery note “This Pinot noir is our flagship blend. The wine is comprised exclusively of Pommard and Wadenswil clone Pinot noir from our best vineyard sites. Each barrel is hand selected resulting in a quintessential Oregon Pinot noir with extreme purity and depth of character.”

Crowley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Vinopolnote- A mid-weight Pinot Noir, very inviting for its purity and aromatic expression. A wine with energy; high-toned, balanced & bright. Made with fruit sourced from the La Colina, Tuckwilla and Gehrts Vineyards all in the Dunhee Hills.

Love & Squalor Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013 750ML ($29.95) $24 special
Winery note: Our WV Pinot is sourced from multiple vineyards and aged for 18 months in French oak. A medium bodied reflection of the lush 2013 vintage.

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Love & Squalor Garageland Pinot Noir 2013 750ML ($24.95) $18 special
Winemaker’s note: This everyday Pinot is dedicated to all the garage bands out there in Garageland.

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Cameron Winery ‘Ribbon Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Oregon 2014 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Vinopolnote: Seductive if a wine ever were, this year’s Ribbon Ridge is quite a beaut. Great spice and length – very layered, with dried goji berry and pomegranate fruit leading into mineral-drenched, long finish. A touch of this je-ne-sais-quoi which hangs in balance of garrigue, earth, funk, and soul… Good juice!

Cameron Winery ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012 1.5L ($179.95) $149 special, 1 magnum available
Winery note “The effusive aromas of 2012 Abbey Ridge Pinot noir mingle juniper berry, fennel, straw and tamarind, accompanied by high notes of blackberries and blueberries. The palate is resplendent with flavors of cherry cola, stewed plums and licorice. Soft tannins, bright acid and a nice long finish is typical of Abbey Ridge. This wine is a blinding success!”

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Cameron Winery Clos Electrique Rouge, Willamette Valley 2012 1.5L ($179.95) $149 special, 1 magnum available
Winery note “The 2012 Clos Electrique Rouge boasts aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, cranberry, lilac, cedar and licorice. Another swirl in the glass releases the ubiquitous complexity of Clos Electrique terroir: forest floor, mushroom and leather, intensified by indigenous yeast fermentation. This yin/yang Pinot Noir shows a cool vintage in the layered aromas, and a warm vintage expressed on the palate of juicy berry and licorice with ripe, round tannins. The firm structure and vibrant acidity assure its long cellar-worthiness, assuming you can wait that long!”

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Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose, Provence 2015 750ML ($19.95) $16.60 special
Winery’s Note: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah make for our cherry-tinged rosé. Aromas of flowers and red berries create a harmonious and balanced wine ideal for summer.

Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Cuvee Tradition Rose, Provence 2014 750ML ($29.95) $24 special
Winery note “This cuvee is mainly made with Tibouren. After 12 to 18 months spent in hundred-year-old casks, the wine is bottled. It has a salmon-orange color. The nose is enchanting, warm and matures into smooth spicy aromas. Winy, mellow, surprisingly mineral on the palate. 90% Tibouren, 10% Grenache.”

Peyrassol Cotes de Provence ‘Commanderie de Peyrassol’ Rose 2015 750ML ($24.95) $18 special
Importer note “Our workhorse rosé. The Commanderie cuvée is always a pale rose color, fresh and lively on the palate, nicely dry with a mineral finish. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, with a touch of Ugni Blanc.”

Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Robert Parker 92 points “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec, is a beauty. It’s also realistically priced by Napa standards. The wine reveals toasty oak, blackberry and cassis fruit, beautiful texture, purity and length. This is a big-time winner and should drink well for 12-15 years.”
Antonio Galloni 92 points “Round Pond’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is fabulous. Aromatic, pliant and expressive, the 2013 is incredibly nuanced for such a young wine. Sweet red plum, wild flowers, mint and cinnamon meld together in a medium-bodied, gracious Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring.”

Just a reminder about our current shipping specials during this season:

We offer flat rate shipping on any size single order / single shipment
-to Oregon for $17,
-Washington & Idaho for $20,
-and California for $25

These rates do not apply to orders held in storage here for any reason.
Multiple orders consolidated into one shipment do not qualify for flat rate shipping.


Great Deals On Deck
Wines Arriving This Friday, April 29th


Reynvaan Family Vineyards ‘The Classic’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 2013 750ML ($89.95) $79 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “First made in 2012, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Classic comes from vines planted in 2008 and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 40% new French oak, it sports an inky purple color to go with awesome notes of cassis, jammy blackberries, wild herbs and graphite. Full-bodied, fresh and elegant, yet with rocking concentration, this is a serious Cabernet that has the class to drink nicely in its youth, yet the balance, depth and structure to evolve for upward of two decades.”

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Sottimano Cotta, Barbaresco DOCG 2012 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Enthusiast 93 points “Aromas of red berry, tilled earth, menthol and dark cooking spice unfold in the glass. The structured, elegant palate doles out ripe wild cherry, mint, licorice, blood orange and chopped herb alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. It’s still tight so let it unwind for a few more years.”
Antonio Galloni 92 points “The 2012 Barbaresco Cottà shows its typical profile of round, ample fruit and generosity, but with a touch less richness than is the norm. Broad, ample textures fill out the wine’s frame nicely. Pine, menthol and dark spices wrap around a core of super-expressive dark red stone fruits. All of the typical Cottà signatures are in place, but in miniature, which is to say this is a highly representative wine for the year.”
Wine Advocate 91 points “The 2012 Barbaresco Cottá shows a slightly subdued personality and a timid approach. The wine is bright, buoyant and brilliant across the board but it delivers its best assets with less intensity compared to the other single-vineyard expressions of Barbaresco produced by Sottimano. Pretty tones of white cherry and forest berry form a smooth union with light spice, mint and cola. This wine should flesh out further with more time in the cellar.” ML

Sottimano Curra, Barbaresco DOCG 2011 750ML ($79.95) $66 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2011 Barbaresco Currà is fabulous. Rich, deep and expressive, the 2011 impresses for its nearly seamless personality and exceptional balance. Here, the warm vintage has softened some of the more angular contours that are often present. Sweet floral and spice notes resonate on the finish, but above all else, the Currà is a wine of texture. Over the last few years, the Currà is the most improved wine at Sottimano, so it’s hardly a surprise it is often the last Barbaresco poured at the estate. I tasted the 2011 twice from bottle; it was compelling on both occasions. Readers should not miss the 2011, as it is fabulous!”

Sottimano Fausoni, Barbaresco DOCG 2012 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 94 points “Sottimano’s 2012 Barbaresco Fausoni shows highly impressive results with a smooth entry to the palate followed by bright fruit flavors that are fused with floral accents, spice and licorice. Fausoni reveals pretty transparency with brilliant garnet accents. The aromas are tonic, vibrant and fresh. There’s plenty of menthol and cardamon-infused lift on the finish. This is a very satisfying wine that promises a long life ahead.”
Antonio Galloni 92 points “The 2012 Barbaresco Fausoni is a very pretty, up-front wine with lovely fruit and precision. Crushed raspberries, flowers and sweet spices grace the palate as the wine opens up in the glass. The flavors are nicely layered in a soft, delicate Barbaresco that shows the more perfumed, aromatic side of Nebbiolo. In 2012, the Fausoni is all about immediacy.”

Sottimano Pajore, Barbaresco DOCG 2012 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2012 Barbaresco Pajoré is a wine that exudes balance and harmony. The wine is absolutely intact in all its elements and there’s a sense of continuity here that sets it apart. As it warms in the glass, this beautiful Barbaresco takes on greater aromatic intensity with its floral tones that blossom brighter and the fruity tones that emerge steadily from the bouquet. Spice, leather and grilled herb linger delicately at the back. The Barbaresco Pajoré is a beautiful wine.” ML
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2012 Barbaresco Pajoré shows the pedigree of this great site in its balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Like all the wines in this vintage, the Pajoré is a mid-weight Barbaresco, but here it is the wine’s textural finesse that impresses above all else. Chalky tannins underpin flowers, spices, tangerine peel and star anise on the expressive, floral finish.”

Sottimano Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2010 750ML ($179.95) $149 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 96 points “The 2010 Barbaresco Riserva emerges from old vines in both Currà and Pajoré. Deep, dense and exquisitely layered in the glass, the 2010 offers a magnificent interplay of dark fruit, seamless contours and dazzling textural richness. Scents of rose petal, mint, dried herbs and lavender add nuance to the super-expressive Nebbiolo fruit. The finish boasts considerable power married to exquisite finish. This is a wonderfully complete, captivating Barbaresco from Sottimano. All the elements are in the right place. The Riserva spent a total of two and half years in oak with no racking until racking, when the blend was put together.”
Wine Enthusiast–Cellar Selection 96 points “This dazzling red is still in its infancy but promises to bloom into a stunning beauty. It opens with delicate aromas of red rose, perfumed berry, forest floor, exotic spice, aromatic herb and a light balsamic note. Energy abounds on the full-bodied, elegant palate, which delivers bright red cherry, strawberry, white pepper and licorice alongside a backbone of vibrant acidity and firm, refined tannins.”

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Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanee, Cote du Nuits 1998 750ML ($179.95) $149 pre-arrival special
Stephen Tanzer: “Bright deep red. Raspberry and licorice nose lifted by a floral perfume. Supple and strong, with bright red berry and herbal flavors. Finishes firmly tannic and slightly dry.”

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Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2013 750ML ($499.95) $389 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “The 2013 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru, which is aged in 70-75% new oak, has a very precise bouquet with pastille-like poise and freshness: wild strawberry and dark cherries, a touch of violet petal in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a succulent entry, nicely judged acidity, becoming denser toward the finish with a gentle but insistent grip. There is a spicy note on the tip of the tongue that lingers long afterwards. This is a very fine follow-up to the stupendous 2012 Ruchottes.”

Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges, Cote de Nuits VV 2013 750ML ($169.95) $133 pre-arrival special


Let’s End it on a High Note!
Price Expires Midnight 5/1

One Week Sale:
Grange des Peres Rouge 2011

Domaine de la Grange des Peres, IGP Pays de l’Herault 2011 750ML ($119.95) Was $89, Now $79; 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 91 points “A distinctive red, this has dried red berry and meaty notes supported by a tangy acidity. With lightly chewy tannins, this shows savory spice, bitter herb and fresh earth flavors on the finish. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Counoise. Drink now through 2017. 165 cases imported.” WS

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