Vinopolis Newsletter 2/21/23

In This Newsletter:

New Arrivals

Pre Arrivals

JB Becker

3 Day Sale on Kruger-Rumpf, Lonardo, and Montegrossi

Eden Cider

Collector’s Corner

New Arrivals


Illahe Estate Gruner Veltliner, Willamette Valley 2022 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock 
Winery Notes:
 “Aromas of apple pie, pear, white peach, apricot, cinnamon, baking spice, almond, fortune cookie, freshly cut hay, with a white pepper, and a baking spice mouthfeel. Cold soaked on the skins for 24 hours and then gently pressed. Fermented in 60% acacia and 40% stainless.”
This is the only listing in the USA today!

Foxglove Zinfandel, Paso Robles 750ml  , 24 bottles in stock 

Foxglove Chardonnay, Central Coast 2019 750ml 
, 23 bottles in stock 

Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2020 750ml 
, 24 bottles in stock 

Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2019 750ml  , 16 bottles in stock 
Decanter 97 points 
“This wine has proved to be one of Napa’s longest-lived reds, capable of cellaring many decades. If its nose is characteristically reticent, that is to be expected, but the upfront appeal of the vintage shows in the vivid ripe cherry and boysenberry fruit aromas that are laced with vanilla, graphite and cedar. Expansive on the palate with energy and poise, showcasing red and black fruits, savoury herbs, brown spices, and a crushed stone salinity. Very fine, pixelated tannins resolve in a long spicy finish that builds with notes of chocolate and crushed flowers.”
Wine Spectator 94 points “Throws off some pretty gorgeous aromas of violet, anise and sweet bay leaf, with a core of ripe, streamlined boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors following closely. The finish has a racy graphite edge, while the fruit and aromas just spill through. Approachable now, too. Drink now through 2034. 13,500 cases made.”
Jeb Dunnuck 94 points “What was previously released as the Oakville Cabernet, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estates Tier comes all from To Kalon and was fermented in oak tanks and aged in 96% new French oak. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec. Ripe black fruits, smoked herbs, graphite, and even a touch of minerality define the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully textured on the palate. Drink it over the coming two decades.:

Bethel Heights Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2021 750ml  , 17 bottles in stock 
Wine Spectator 93 points
 “Sleek and handsomely structured, with expressive raspberry and red plum flavors laced with black tea, forest floor and hints of mineral, building tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2031. 5,262 cases made.”

Bethel Heights Vineyard ‘Casteel’ Reserve Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2021 750ml  , 6 bottles in stock 
Wine Spectator 94 points 
“Capturing the essence of Eola-Amity, this Pinot is deeply structured yet supple and generous, with raspberry and blueberry flavors accented by wet stone, clove and other dusky spices. Finishes with broad-shouldered yet polished tannins. Drink now through 2032. 415 cases made.”
This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast!

Bethel Heights Vineyard ‘Aeolian’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2021 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock 
Wine Spectator 94 points 
“A handsome red, polished and refined in structure, offering a fresh burst of raspberry, fresh violet and cinnamon spice flavors that build richness toward supple tannins. Drink now through 2032. 594 cases made.”


Selbach-Oster Schlossberg Riesling GG, Mosel 2019 750ml  , 29 bottles in stock 
James Suckling 94 points 
“This has the mandarin and yeasty aromas from long fermentation, but with some aeration, mirabelle and quince notes develop. A powerful dry wine that retains the classic Mosel vitality and crispness. Long, intense mineral finish. Better from 2021.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Weingut Karlsmuhle Kaseler Nies’chen Kabinett Riesling, Mosel 2020 750ml  , 36 bottles in stock 


Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Rouge, Savoie NV 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock 
Haus Alpenz Imports 
“Made to the same set of recipes since 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has long been the benchmark for fine French Vermouth. Made with fine wines of the region and botanicals found in the Alpine meadows above Chambéry, together they impart a fresh and elegant nose, with a subtle and complex palate. Ideal as an aperitif or in cocktails. In the late 19th century, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry won medals in Paris, London, St. Louis and Philadelphia and in 1932 earned Chambéry France’s only Appellation d’ Origine for Vermouth.”

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay, Cote de Nuits 2019 750ml  , 20 bottles in stock 
Decanter 96 points
 “Blended from the 90-year-old vines in the Clos du Roy with other old vines. The grapes are entirely fermented as whole clusters, with a gentle extraction and 24 months ageing in cask, half new. The result is a wine of impressive concentration, with pronounced aromas of ripe plum and cassis, a floral edge, plus a distinct minerality. The texture is velvety and dense, with an abundance of fine-grained tannins and a superb, balanced persistence on the finish.”

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay ‘Clos du Roy’, Cote de Nuits 2019 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock 
Decanter 95 points 
“From an organically farmed parcel of over 2ha in Chenôve, just north of the border with Marsannay. The grapes are entirely fermented as whole clusters and the wine will be aged over two winters in cask before being blended. The wine has a pronounced floral cast to the ripe, expressive red fruit character. On the palate, the tannins are surprisingly firm and structured, with a grippy feel that should resolve with a bit of ageing. Built to last.”

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie ‘Les Gras Moutons’, Loire 2021 750ml  , 36 bottles in stock 
Importer note
 “Gras Moutons is a lieu-dit made up of two parcels totaling 1.8 hectares in the cru of Monnières-Saint Fiacre. The soils consist of sand, limestone and gneiss. The constant winds in the area make for grapes that have to be harvested later than the rest. While released young, this wine always benefits from a few years in bottle.”

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie ‘La Pepie’, Loire 2021 750ml  , 36 bottles in stock 

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Loire 2021 750ml 
, 24 bottles in stock 

Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Cuvee Mourre des Perdrix’, Rhône 2019 750ml  , 26 bottles in stock 
Jeb Dunnuck 95 points
 “The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Mourre Des Perdrix comes from sandier soils around the estate and is a blend of mostly Grenache, along with 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and a splash of Cinsault. Its ruby/plum hue is followed by a soft, supple, seamless 2019 (this cuvée is always the most elegant in the lineup) with lots of kirsch and toasted spice aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied richness, silky, polished tannins, and a great finish. It’s another incredibly seamless wine from this team that can be drunk today or cellared for 15 years or more.”
Decanter 93 points “Restrained nose of bramble and plums, with sweet spices undertones and savoury hints. Rich concentration, ripe with a crunchy acidity and firm tannins. Drinking Window 2023 – 2044.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Rhône 2019 750ml  , 24 bottles in stock 
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points
 “The 2019 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre) comes all from the stony, pebbly soils of La Crau and was brought up in tank and demi-muids. Ripe black cherry fruits, iodine, ground pepper, and bloody, meaty nuances all emerge on the nose, and it’s full-bodied, with a seamless, multi-dimensional texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a rock star of a finish. It’s just a brilliant, elegant, pure, lengthy wine that does everything right. Drink this classic, traditional, structured wine over the coming two decades.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale, Rhône 2019 750ml  , 24 bottles in stock 
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points
 “The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Les Hautes Brusquières (60/40 Grenache and Syrah) comes from a cooler terroir near the Mount Redon plateau and was brought up in oak tronconique tanks and demi-muids. Its dense purple, almost opaque hue is followed by a brilliant perfume of mulled red and black fruits, peppery herbs, crushed stone, violets, and licorice. With full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, and just about perfect tannins, it’s another superstar wine from this estate that’s up with the finest vintages to date.”
James Suckling 96 points “Brimming with sweet plums, but also plenty of meatiness and licorice on the nose. Powerful and very concentrated, thanks to the full, plush tannin on the spicy palate, this an extremely structured Chateauneuf made for long-term aging. However, the balance is so good you could drink it right away. Very long, velvety finish. Drink or hold.”
Wine Advocate 95 points “This year, my favorite of the four 2019s from this fine estate is the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale, which emerges from a single parcel of galets roulés planted to a 60-40 mix of Grenache and Syrah. Partially destemmed, it reveals some herbal, stemmy elements on the nose, giving a sense of freshness to the super-ripe black cherry fruit, plus ephemeral notions of tea leaves and rose petals. Full-bodied, silky and concentrated, this wine is long and complex on the finish, with hints of dark chocolate, plum, and red berries. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Paul Mas Domaine Astruc ‘dA’ Malbec, IGP Pays d’Oc 2019 750ml  , 36 bottles in stock 
Case-12 Paul Mas Domaine Astruc ‘dA’ Malbec, IGP Pays d’Oc 2019 750ml 
 (that’s only $10.66/bottle)


Vega Sicilia Alion, Ribera del Duero 2018 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock 
James Suckling 96 points 
“Fresh and very floral with violets and berries. Blackberries and orange peel, too. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, linear tannins. Excellent length and structure. Seriously structured, Better after 2024, but already beautiful.”
Wine Advocate 95+ points “The 2018 Alión follows the path of the 2016: it is fresh and elegant and from a cooler (more Atlantic) vintage with more rain than the average and a relatively late harvest between September 28th and October 12th. They used 80% new barrels, with up to 10% made of American oak looking to (in their own words) give more sucrosity and sweetness to the wine, as it’s a more vertical, tense and elegant expression of Alión. Part of the wine matured in concrete (something they started in 2016), and in 2021 they are experimenting with a 4,000-liter Rousseau foudre, as they want to keep working the texture and freshness. The wine is ripe at 15% alcohol and has a pH of 3.8 and a mellow 4.6 grams of acidity, round and soft. The wine matured until it was bottled in June 2020. The truth is that the wine comes through as subtle, elegant and balanced, with very integrated oak and a nice texture. It’s one of the finest vintages for Alión. 257,257 bottles, 7,005 magnums and some larger formats produced.”
This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast!


Tosti Giovanni Bosca Cardamaro Vino Amaro Liqueur, Piedmont NV  , 7 bottles in stock 
Hans Alpenz Imports
 “Cardamaro is a longstanding product of what is today a 4th-generation winemaker in Canelli d’Asti. The primary flavors of Cardamaro are cardoon and blessed thistle, with a short repose in oak for spice and and texture. Drink as aperitif or digestif, outstanding with cider, or use in place of vermouth in many cocktails. Because of the subtle oak treatment, it is possible to use Cardamaro in place of bourbon or rye; combine with Dolin rouge for a lighter take on a Manhattan. Pair with saltier cheeses or charcuterie.”

Pre Arrivals
Arriving Friday February 24th

Pierre Paillard Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Bouzy Les Parcelles XVIII 750ml  , 24 bottles available 
Producer note:
 Les Parcelles is a precise expression of Bouzy terroir, combining a rich ripeness with chalky finesse. Harvested primerly in 2018 with 20% of reserve wines, this cuvée is composed of 70% pinot noir and 30 % chardonnay and has spent 3 years on lees before disgorgement.

Pierre Paillard ‘Les Terres Roses’ Bouzy Grand Cru Brut Rose, Champagne 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock
Decanter 92 points
 “A serious, elegant rosé Champagne with a creamy, toasty nose. It’s full and voluptuous in the mouth, with rich buttery brioche characters. As the palate evolves, the wine’s freshness comes through, sweeping in with lemon and grapefruit and underpinning that cherry and almond frangipane richness with tense power. A light hint of Battenberg cake emerges on the finish. With 11ha in the Bouzy terroir, well known for exceptional Pinot Noir, brothers Antoine and Quentin actually have a high proportion of Chardonnay vines for this area, and this wine unusually is majority Chardonnay (65%), with the remaining Pinot Noir, 5% of which is red wine. They put a lot of focus into the health of their soils, and they farm organically. “

Domaine Nowack S. A. – Sans Annee, Champagne NV  , 18 bottles available 
Winery note:
 “Flavien Nowack’s Extra-Brut S.A. (Sans Année) is comprised of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay farmed biodynamically in the village of Vandières in the Marne. The base vintage is 2018 with 40% reserve wines dating from 2012. Initial fermentation is with native yeasts and the vins clairs are aged in tank and oak.  The nose offers pretty aromas of pear skin skin, salted plum, and wet stone. The palate is medium-bodied and buoyant with orchard fruit and spice flavors undergirded by a fine bead of pungent minerality.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
JB Becker

JB Becker wines are so unique; they don’t taste like anything else you’ll find in the Rheingau. The vineyards are organic, optimizing native yeast for the fermentation process. The grapes from the vineyard are transferred to pressurized tanks in order to achieve a quick and steady fermentation; Becker then racks the wine into barrel to age for at least two years. Many bottlings are held back for years and years and years. These wines are an exemplary showcasing from an eccentric Rheingau producer. 

Here’s what we have in stock now at Vinopolis. 
Vintage Wine Score Price/Stock
2020 Wine Advocate 92 points $27 special, 10 bottles in stock
2020 Wine Advocate 93 points $33 special, 11 bottles in stock
2020 Wine Advocate 92 points $31.90 special, 10 bottles in stock
2020 Wine Advocate 94 points $37 special, 10 bottles in stock
2020 Wine Advocate 92 points $29 special, 10 bottles in stock


3-Day Sale 

We’ve having a huge three-day sale on Kruger-Rumpf, Lonardo, and Montegrossi. 

Sale ends Friday February 24th at 11:59pm.

5% off any 6-11 bottles of Kruger-Rumpf, Lonardo, and/or Montegrossi

10% off any  12 or more bottles of Kruger-Rumpf, Lonardo, and/or Montegrossi

You can mix and match bottles from any of these three producers to unlock the discount!

This sale encompasses hundreds of bottles; here are just a few recommendations to get you started. View our full inventory of Kruger-Rumpf, Lonardo, and Montegrossi on our web store. 


Kruger-Rumpf Scheurebe Spatlese, Nahe 2020 750ml  , 21 bottles in stock
Skurnik Imports note
 “Completely from Dautenpflänzer old vineyrdas planted in the 50s. Soil Type Quarzite. Age of Vines (Average) 35 years. Yield 40hl/ha. Farming Technique Sustainable. Fermentation & Elevage Stainless steel, fermentation with natural yeasts. Total Acidity 8.5. Residual Sugar 73 g/L. 8.5% Alcohol.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett, Nahe 2018 750ml  , 35 bottles in stock 
Wine Advocate 89 points
 “From a southeast-facing vineyard, picked at 83/84° Oechsle around the 20th of September and vinified in stainless steel and large oak in equal parts, the 2018 Münster Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett is beautifully clear, fresh and stony/piquant on the precise, stimulating, slightly nutty and coffee-bean nose. Round, lush and sweet on the first palate, this is a fresh, salty-piquant and elegant Kabinett with stimulating grip on the finish. This is a beautifully lean, light and digestible Kabinett in the good old style. Tasted in July 2019.”
Terry Theise note “Our basic and faithful friend, this perennial and tasty Kabinett from the steep quartzite vineyard, and this ’18 is sleek and rippling and snappy and racy.”
This is the only listing in the USA today!

Kruger-Rumpf Munsterer Pittersberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs, Nahe 2018 750ml  , 36+ bottles in stock 
Wine Advocate 93+ points 
“The 2018 Im Pitterberg Riesling GG is bright and floral on the fragrant and elegant, spicy-mineral nose. Full-bodied and intense on the palate, with rich and concentrated fruit that is balanced by a tight and mineral structure and lingering salinity, this is an elegant, very complex and sustainable dry Riesling with crunchy stone flavors and a gripping finish. This is a great Nahe wine from the 2018 vintage. Tasted in July 2019.”
Vinous 92 points “Scents of white peach anticipate the cool juiciness as well as the peach fuzz invigoration and peach kernel piquancy that emerge on a firm palate. A bright influx of fresh lime lends animation and enhances refreshment on a finish that also features mouthwatering veal stock savor and vivid wet stone. (For background on the naming of this site and the origin of its fruit, consult my review of the corresponding 2015.)”
This is the only listing in the USA today!


Contrade di Taurasi Cantine Lonardo Coste, Taurasi DOCG 2011 750ml  , 33 bottles in stock 
Vinous 94+ points 
“Deep ruby. Floral nuances complicate the red and dark berry, ink, sweet spice and flinty aromas and flavors. Dense and seamless, showing a multilayered personality and remarkable complexity of flavor. Finishes very long and with repeating, lingering hints of ink and flint.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Contrade di Taurasi Cantine Lonardo Taurasi Riserva DOCG, Campania 2011 750ml  , 22 bottles in stock 
Vinous 96 points 
“The 2011 Taurasi Riserva pulls you close and holds your attention firm with its deeply alluring bouquet of crushed black cherries, plum sauce, autumnal spices, woodland herbs and hints of animal musk. This fills the palate with rich, pliant textures and ripe red and blue berries, as nervous acidity maintains wonderful freshness, and sweet notes of cinnamon, clove and tobacco form toward the close. There’s plenty of tannic grip here, yet it’s balanced by the 2011’s mix of opulent, concentrated fruit and contrasting sour citrus tones that resonate for what feels like a full minute. Even as you contemplate the experience, minerals, hints of iodine and rosy inner florals can still be sensed upon the palate. Make no mistake, this is a full-throttle expression of Taurasi, but it will win the hearts of collectors who enjoy a bigger and old-school style.”
This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast!


Rocca di Montegrossi ‘Geremia’ Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2017 750ml  , 36+ bottles in stock 
Antonio Galloni 97 points 
“The 2017 Geremia is a revelation. It might be even better than the 2015 or 2016, which is saying a lot. Soaring aromatics make a strong first impression. In 2017, the fruit profile leans more into the red fruit end of the spectrum. The warm, dry year yielded a Geremia that is unusually open. I doubt too many of the estate’s fans will have a problem with that given how long these wines usually take to open. Today, the 2017 Geremia is a total pleasure bomb. Don’t miss it.”

Rocca di Montegrossi Vigneto San Marcellino Gran Selezione, Chianti Classico DOCG 2016 750ml  , 10 bottles in stock 
Decanter 96 points
 “Vigna San Marcellino is both youthfully fresh and maturely complex. It includes a healthy dose of the deeply coloured Pugnitello grape, and both this and the Sangiovese saw long post-fermentation macerations of over 30 days in 2016. Liquorice, tarragon and broom interlace with exuberant plum and understated toasted nuances that are seductive. Laden with black cherry and rich, velvety tannins, the palate is creamy in texture, while underlying chalkiness and saline minerality lend energy, leading to a sappy, refreshing finish. Drinking Window 2023 – 2038.”
Wine & Spirits 96 points “Chianti Classico’s superb 2016 vintage yielded some excellent wines, and Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi’s Gran Selezione is among the best we’ve tasted. The wine stands out for its combination of firm structure, elegant texture and vibrant flavors. The fruit tones are dark and plummy, a nod to the six percent of pugnitello in the blend, and the wine unfolds to reveal layers of licorice, tobacco and subtle spice. Fine tannins give shape to those rich flavors, and well-integrated acidity lifts the finish.”
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto San Marcellino is a dense, packed wine. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 is an infant. Super-ripe blue/purplish fruit, spice, leather, tobacco and menthol build in the glass. The 2016 is dense and opulent, and yet the acids pulse with energy, lending a feeling of translucence that becomes especially apparent on the finish. That combination makes for a compelling Gran Selezione that should age well for 15-20 years or more.”
Eden Cider
Spring is just around the corner which means it’s time to stock up on some Eden Cider. Eden makes seriously delicious, easy drinking cider rose all from premium locally sourced Vermont apples! They also produce some fabulous bitters to make cider cocktails. It’s fun, different, and well worth the try.

Here’s what we have in stock now. 

Eden Specialty Ciders Imperial 11 Rose Cider, Vermont NV 750ml  , 36+ bottles in stock 
Cidery note 
“PROFILE: Superbly juicy without being sweet, just off-dry and gently fizzy, with bright acidity and chewy tannic structure. APPLE VARIETIES: Esopus Spitzenberg, Calville Blanc, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Roxbury Russet, Blue Pearmain, Baldwin, Mcintosh, Empire, Ashmead’s Kernel, Black Oxford, Reine de Reinette, Orleans Reinette. GROWN BY: Scott Farms, Sunrise Orchards, Yates Family Orchard and Poverty Lane Orchard. METHOD: Naturally cold-concentrated before fermentation, infused with red currant and blended with a touch of ice cider. Filtered and carbonated. TASTING NOTES: Roses, strawberry, watermelon, citrus, slate. Gluten free, vegan friendly.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Eden Specialty Ciders Orleans Herbal Cider, Vermont  , 36+ bottles in stock 
Cidery note
 “Perfect over ice by itself, or split 50/50 with your favorite sparkling white wine with a squeeze of lime, this bright and perfumed aperitif is defined by the apples and herbs that make it. Basil is a classic culinary herb from the family of Lamiceae, or mint, and originally from the tropical regions of central Africa to Southeast Asia. Sometimes, the leaves so pungent with essential oils, are reminiscent of the sweet smell of anise. In folk medicine, basil is thought to be useful for digestive health and to ease headaches and anxiety. Agastache foeniculum, commonly called Anise Hyssop is also in the mint family. The plant is native to much of north-central and northern America. It is tolerant of deer and drought, and also is a beacon to hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees, and night flying moths. Anise Hyssop is in the same family as Hyssop, but not closely related. Hyssop hails from the Mediterranean. Anise Hyssop was used medicinally by American Indian tribes for coughs, fever and wounds, as well as digestion. The leaves can be used as a tea or in salad. The purple flower is attractive to honeybees who make a fragrant honey from the nectar.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Eden Specialty Ciders Orleans Bitter Cider, Vermont NV  , 28 bottles in stock 
Cidery note 
“A classic aperitif or digestif, we like bitter in a spritz or a Negroni. Our Bitter is comprised of a complex combination of healthful tinctures and botanicals…”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Collector’s Corner
Sine Qua Non ‘The Inaugural’ Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache, Sta Rita Hills 2003 750ml  , 1 bottle in stock 
Wine Advocate 100 points
 “In addition to these new releases, I was also able to taste through a number of older vintages, including the 2001 Albino, 2006 Hoodoo Man, 2003 The Inaugural, 2004 Ode to E, 1998 E Raised, 2001 On Your Toes, 2005 Nail in My Cranium and 2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds. To say I came away impressed would be an understatement. Anyone who claims this big, rich style can-t age needs to taste these wines. I opted to just list my scores for the older releases as I find Bob-s initial write-ups spot on.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Falletto di Bruno Giacosa ‘Falletto Riserva – Falleto Vigna Le Rocche’ Barolo DOCG 2016 750ml  , 2 bottles in stock
James Suckling 100 points
 “This is the second 100-point Vigna Le Rocche, following the 2015. What the former had in intensity of fruit and transparency, this has in structure and power. The purity of fruit is sensational in this young Barolo, offering blackberries, black truffle and iron. Rust too. This is so tannic and powerful with incredible structure. This may be the most structured Barolo from Bruno Giacosa I have ever tasted as a young wine. Speechless. Full-bodied and so intense, yet it remains fresh and agile. Traditional in every sense of the word, but this is clear and clean. A classic in the making. It will be in the market January 2022. Leave this for at least six to eight years. Try in 2027.”
Wine Advocate 98 points “The Bruno Giacosa 2016 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche sees its fruit sourced from the oldest vines in the Falletto cru. This wine boasts all the signature touches of Serralunga d’Alba with the massive structure, density and the long aging potential that comes with Nebbiolo grown in this village. The wine spreads evenly over the palate, imparting its considerable fruit weight and generally leaving a big impact. This Barolo is really quite lovely and beautiful. The bouquet is fluid and ever-shifting, showing new sides with firm fruit, blackberry, smoke, rusty nail and mineral with every swirl of the glass. I visited this vineyard site shortly before tasting this wine and marveled at the beautiful peacocks that roam free between the rows of vines.”

Pian dell’Orino Bassolino di Sopra, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 750ml  , 1 bottle in stock 
Wine Advocate 100 points
 “The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino di Sopra is the equivalent of the estate’s Riserva. Only 3,000 bottles were made and the wine was not produced in 2009 or 2008. Nor will it be made in 2011 or 2013. Future editions are 2012 and 2015. Bassolino di Sopra is silky and smooth, but it also has a fine textural fabric that gives the wine an enormous sense of tactile intensity in terms of mouthfeel. This is a magnificent achievement with an extreme sense of purity and freshness that is elegant and streamlined. The bouquet reveals slight and miniature shifts in its evolution that keep your curiosity as you contemplate the wine in the glass. Wild berry is followed by a steady stream of balsam herb, cola, crushed oyster shell and delicate floral tones. The vineyards are located between 330 and 370 meters above sea level with limestone deposits and red soils. Farming is biodynamic.”
Antonio Galloni 97 points “Pian dell’Orino 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino di Sopra is shaping up to be another of the wines of the vintage. Lavender, spices, menthol, tobacco and dark stone fruits meld together in a vivid Brunello of extraordinary beauty. Tasted alongside the Versante Amiata, the Bassolino di Sopra presents darker tonalities of fruit, a more vertical sense of structure support by spine of firm tannin, and a powerful personality. The 2010 is a fascinating wine to follow, as it becomes weightless and refined with the passage of time. Sadly, I could not spend all afternoon with the Bassolino di Sopra, but this is a deep, contemplative Brunello that will thrill readers for many, many years.” 

Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel 2019 750ml  , 12 bottles in stock 
Wine Advocate 97 points
 “The 2019 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Trockenbeerenauslese is deep, intense and flinty on the nose that exhibits clear, ripe and concentrated fruit with very fine botrytis notes intertwined with aromas of crushed slate and candied lemon rind. Round and elegant on the seamless palate, this is a rich yet finessed and elegant, super tensioned and mineral TBA with electrifying acidity and a highly stimulating finish. There are not many TBAs around that are as digestible as this one, which is really extraordinary. 6.5% alcohol.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2020 750ml  , 1 bottle in stock 
Burghound 96-98 points
 “Don’t Miss! Strikingly elegant, cool and restrained aromas are comprised by notes of citrus confit, mineral reduction, anise, exotic tea and the classic acacia blossom nuances. The almost painfully intense medium-bodied flavors are at once succulent yet chiseled while the practically pungent minerality adds a sense of lift to the hugely long finish that is youthfully austere and Zen-like in its harmony. This is quite simply majestic in its class and grace and is a wine that should age effortlessly for years.”

Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2020 750ml  , 1 bottle in stock 
Burghound 95-97 points
 “Don’t Miss! A wonderfully floral-suffused nose reflects additional notes of petrol, citrus, white orchard and a hint of oak toast. The bigger and richer flavors also possess a gorgeous mouthfeel that is almost delicate yet racy with excellent delineation on the youthfully austere and beautifully balanced finish that just goes on and on. This is potentially a magnificent Bâtard and it’s going to be interesting to compare this with the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet in a decade’s or so time. In sum, I would offer the same advice – if you can find it, buy it.”