Vinopolis September 22nd Newsletter

September 22, 2014

Jump Start Sale


October / November / December here are destined to be a three month extravaganza as we celebrate our 10th Birthday here at Vinopolis Wine Shop. For us the Salebration of a Decade!

And true to form, we’ll have an early kick-off today. A $30 SuperTuscan for $16, and you can shave that to $13.50 with a case purchase. Il Bruciato is a Bolgheri Blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Syrah; junior brother to the $100ish Guado al Tasso Estate bottling. Il Bruciato hails from the same Guado al Tasso estate, located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of Florence near the medieval village of Bolgheri. The property, some 2500 acres (1000 hectares) stretches from the Tyrrhenian seacoast to the interior hills and includes, in addition to more than 750 acres of vineyards, terrain utilized for the cultivation of wheat, barley, oats, and olives and woods where a herd of Cinta Senese pigs, a prized local breed, graze in the wild.  World class wine, world beating price, arrival date is Friday October 03.

Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2012 ($29.95) $16 pre-arrival special
Case-12 Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2012 ($359.95) $161.90 pre-arrival special (That’s just almost $13.49 a bottle!)
Wine Spectator 91 points
“A silky, polished style, offering black currant and black cherry fruit, shaded by accents of licorice, spice and mineral. Harmonious and long, presenting a seamless feel overall. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now through 2020.” WS
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today
The average listed price is $28 / bottle





New Week New Arrivals

Goodfellow Whistling Ridge Chardonnay 2012 ($37.95) $33 special
Goodfellow Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 375ML ($24.95) $19 special
Goodfellow Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 ($41.95) $37 special
Goodfellow Bishop Creek Pinot Noir 2012 ($37.95) $33 special
Goodfellow Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir 2012 ($37.95) $33 special

Shea Wine Cellars Block 7 Pinot Noir 2012 ($69.95) $59 special
Shea Wine Cellars Homer Pinot Noir 2012 ($89.95) $79 special
Shea Wine Cellars West Hill Pinot Noir 2012 ($69.985) $59 special

Shea Wine Cellars Estate Pinot Noir 2011 ($41.95) $38 special
Wine Advocate 91 points “Its 4,600 cases representing a cross-section of the entire property and its multiple clones and selections, the 2011 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard weighs in at just 13% alcohol, which I suspect plays a role in toning down or at least improving the ‘fit’ of the flavors that were extracted from its 50% share of new barrels. Crunchy and tart-edged pomegranate and cranberry are mingled with a faint bite of horseradish both in the nose and on the firm, invigorating palate, underlain by forest floor diversity. Sappy and finely tannic; vivacious without the least sense of thinness, this finishes with handsome and downright refreshing length. It ought to perform well through at least 2022.” WA

Ken Wright Cellars ‘Freedom Hill Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2012 375ML ($34.95) $28 special
Wine Enthusiast 96 points
“The Freedom Hill selection from Ken Wright has never been better than this exceptionally rich, dark and dense Pinot Noir. Black cherry, smoke, earth and chocolate intertwine in a remarkably smooth, long, complex and extended finish. A sensational wine to enjoy right now.” WE

Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 ($69.95) $59 special
Winery’s note
“The 15-acre Eileen Vineyard is a group of vineyard plots named for Paul Gerrie’s wife. The vineyard extends to the top of the winery’s property where cooler conditions and the chance to soak up the last sun of the day encourage the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly… Eileen Vineyard tends to produce a wine that is the most precocious of our four estate vineyards and it’s often the first wine we release into the market. It is always the wine we show first in a line-up of Cristom Pinot Noir. We often find them softer, meaning rounder on the palate with less minerality. Typically, Eileen is textured, layered and creamy on the palate and often recognizable by its bouquet of sweet spices.”

Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 ($69.95) $59 special
Winery’s note
“Situated on a spectacularly steep site, the Jessie Vineyard boasts the best views on the property. Named for Paul’s paternal grandmother, Jessie is the most diverse of Cristom’s vineyards, and a challenge to farm. As her vines matures (planting began in 1994), Jessie contineues to distinguish herself among the other vineyards with a uniqueness and complexity that likely stems from the site’s ranging slope and five distinct soil types… Jessie Vineyard tends to produce Pinot Noirs that we recognize by a savory aroma that often calls to mind rare-beef. It also tends to have a very fresh and appealing scent of minerality, along with some higher tone lavender—purple flower notes. On the palate, Jessie tends towards a full mouth-feel and a deeper—darker—rounder impression. We find a certain ‘nervosity’ in this wine that describes some part of the tension between the ripe fruit and the structure of the wine.”

Cristom Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 ($69.95) $59 special
Winery’s note
“Paul’s maternal grandmother is the namesake for the Louise Vineyard, the first of the Cristom estate vineyards to be planted. Top sloipes that run up against woodland separate Louise’s lower vineyards from the upper, causing them to spend late afternoon in shade. The fruit on the lower slopes, which gets more sun, is often the first of the season to be harvested. Louise Vineyard is typically the last single vineyard wine to be released. The wine is more heavily textured, dark-fruited and more concentrated in flavor than any of our other estate Pinot Noir. We often find creamy-mocha latte notes on the bouquet co-mingling with dark red fruits that are reminiscent of fresh mulberries, very ripe blackberries, plums and black cherries along with hints of chocolate. We recognize Louise by a delightful velvet texture and a full and persistent finish.”

Au Contraire Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2013 ($21.95) $16 special

Continuum Proprietary Red, Oakville 2011 375ML ($119.95) $89 special
Antonio Galloni 95+ points “The 2011 Continuum is a dark, brooding beauty. The heavy presence of Petit Verdot, 11% in this vintage, is clearly felt in the wine’s somber, intense personality. The 2011 is going to require significant patience. It boasts superb density and pedigree, but it was also bottled just a few months ago, and is a bit unsettled at this stage. The 2011 was made from virtually all estate fruit, with a splash of Petit Verdot from Mount Veeder.” AG

Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010 ($89.95) $79 special
95 points Decanter
 “Seamless integration, with bright, juicy red and black fruit, ripe tannins, refreshing acidity and moderate alcohol. Layered and complex, unfolding with each sip. Drink 2013-2023.”
95 points Wine & Spirits “For over 20 years, Cathy Corison has sourced her Napa cabernet from the same three vineyards, gravelly sites on the western benchland between Rutherford and St. Helena. This offers that area’s distinctly plush and gentle tannins in a Napa Valley cabernet of the old school. It feels formal and reserved, contrasting fresh herbal notes of pipe tobacco and cedar with classic cabernet flavors of red and black currants. Impeccably balanced, this has a scent that’s as compelling as any premier cru Pauillac, with the sunny profile of the Mayacamas benchlands. In other words, it smells pretty great, especially after it’s been open for a day. Built for the cellar, this will provide delicious drinking with roast lamb over the next ten years. 1,800 cases.”
93+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous)“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. An intense, reticent wine, the 2010 is endowed with serious density, depth and structure. This is one of the most powerful, tightly coiled wines of the year. It will require considerable time in bottle but all the elements are in the right place. Plums, iron, cloves, violets, licorice and smoke all flesh out on the firm, structured finish. This is a fabulous wine with a great future, a superb effort from Cathy Corison. Drink: 2015-2025.”

Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2010 ($89.95) $79 special
Antoni Galloni 93+ points
“I am totally enthralled by Kamen’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, without question the most elegant wine I have tasted from this site on the hills outside Napa. Veins of chiseled, precise fruit come alive in the glass. Hints of dark red and black fruits lead to all sorts of flowers in a Cabernet Sauvignon that impresses for its total sense of elegance and polish. There is a lot to look forward to here. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.” AG

Sbragia Zinfandel La Promesa 2010 ($34.95) $27 special
Robert Parker 93 points
“The 2010 Zinfandel La Promessa demonstrates what can be accomplished with better raw material. This killer Zinfandel boasts loads of ripe briery and berry fruit intermixed with pepper and spicy notes, more black fruits on the palate, full body, and a rich, opulent personality. It tips the scales at a whopping 15.9% alcohol, and should drink well for 3-5 years”

Sbragia Merlot Home Ranch 2010 ($29.95) $18 super special
Wine Enthusiast 92 points
“An impressive wine. Ed Sbragia wrestles that famously briary Dry Creek rusticity to the ground, forcing it into refined elegance. With straightforward blackberry, cherry, mocha and cedar flavors, it’s simply delicious for drinking now.”  Robert Parker 90 points “Another reasonably priced, outstanding offering is the 2010 Merlot Home Ranch, which includes small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of white chocolate, mocha, black cherries and vanillin in a medium to full-bodied, lush, round, generously endowed style. Consume it over the next 5-6 years.”

Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard 2010 ($39.95) $31.90 special
Antonio Galloni 92 points
“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard is utterly impeccable from start to finish. Firm mountain tannins provide the backdrop as this expressive, powerful wine gradually reveals its personality. Iron, tobacco and licorice notes dominate, while the fruit takes a little longer to become evident. With time in the glass, the wine gets better and better, as sweet floral notes and an attractive upper register opens up. Still, this remains a fairly bold, muscular Cabernet Sauvignon that could use another handful of years in the cellar. The 2010 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from a parcel in Dry Creek owned by the Sbragias’ family doctor. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.”

Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard 2010 ($49.95) $41.90 special
Antonio Galloni 93 points
“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard is a fabulous and highly representative wine from one of California’s great heritage sites. A wine of tremendous promise (despite its considerable appeal today!) the 2010 bursts from the glass with graphite, smoke, licorice, tobacco, incense and dark fruit. The wine seems to gain volume as well as considerable richness with time in the glass. A huge, enveloping finish rounds things out in style.”

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut 2004 ($179.95) $149 special
Antonio Galloni 96 points
“The 2004 Dom Pérignon continues to develop beautifully. A vibrant, focused Champagne, the 2004 clearly reflects the personality of the year. Freshly cut flowers, white peaches and pears are woven together in a Champagne that impresses for its focus and energy. Chiseled saline note support the crystalline finish. I imagine the 2004 will always remain relatively bright and linear, but at the same time, each time I have tasted it over the last two years the 2004 seems to have a little more body and broader shoulders. The 2004 will appeal most to readers who find the 2002 and 2003 too exuberant. There is a lot to like in the glass.” AG

Cedric Bouchard Roses De Jeanne La Haute Lemble Brut Blanc de Blancs 2010 ($149.95) $139 special
Importer Note
“100% Chardonnay (five different clones) from the .12 hectare lieu-dit of La Haute Lemblée. Extremely limited production.”

Cedric Bouchard Roses De Jeanne La Presle Blanc de Noirs 2010 ($179.95) $149 special

Cedric Bouchard Roses De Jeanne Les Ursules Blanc de Noirs 2010 ($119.95) $99 special
Importer Note “100% Pinot Noir from the .9 hectare lieu-dit of Les Ursules.  The first vintage bottling of this wine is available in 2014. 250-300 cases produced annually.”

Bereche et Fils Les Beaux Regards Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV ($79.95) $69 special
Bereche et Fils Vallee de la Marne Rive Gauche Extra Brut NV ($99.95) $89 special

Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres 2009 ($219.95) $179 special
Stephen Tanzer 92 points “Bright yellow.  Lovely floral lift to the soft citrus and vanilla aromas.  Plenty of fruit here too, but this shows better grip and lift than the Clavoillons, more life in the mouth.  At once lush and energetic, and firm and long on the aftertaste.  Less obviously 2009 in style.”

Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles 2009 ($249.95) $199 special
Burghound 93 points
“A notably ripe but still reasonably classic Pucelles nose of honeysuckle, citrus and white orchard fruit aromas, in particular pear, leads to rich, forward and wonderfully opulent medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that coats the palate on the refined and impressively long finish. As it always is, this is a classy wine of finesse but with a generous side to it in 2009.”
Stephen Tanzer 93 points “Medium yellow.  Ripe stone fruit and honey on the nose.  Fat and sweet but not quite as large-scaled as the Combettes, showing stone fruit and spice flavors.  Best today on the insidiously long finish, which really saturates the palate with flavor.  Plenty of verve here; still, I’d serve most of these 2009s a bit cooler than usual.”

Gilbert Picq et ses Fils Chablis 2012 ($27.95) $24 special
Stephen Tanzer 90 points
“Pale yellow color.  White pepper and white truffle on the nose.  Dry and classic, with good inner-mouth tension to the citrus and mineral flavors.  Sappy acidity gives this excellent village wine an easily digestible quality and good finishing grip.” ST

Gilbert Picq et ses Fils Vosgros, Chablis Premier Cru 2012 ($41.95) $37 special
Stephen Tanzer 93 points
“(from a yield of 52 hectoliters per hectare, vs. 35 for the Vaucoupin):  Bright yellow.  Inviting, almost austere aromas of candied lime peel, mint and minerals; about as different from the Vaucoupin as another Chablis could be.  Then taut and dry on the palate, with salty, mineral-driven flavors of oyster shell, flint and crushed rock.  There’s something almost riesling-like about this wonderfully brisk wine.  Finishes fine-grained and very long, with superb tension and lift.” ST

Louis Jadot Montrachet Grand Cru 2011 ($419.95) $349 special
Burghound 94-97 points
“Here the nose is notably more reserved with aromas of citrus zest, spice, wood toast, fennel and spice hints. This is also a very imposingly-scaled wine with its big, muscular and wonderfully complex flavors that culminate in a long, focused and explosive finish of breathtaking length and intensity. This overtly powerful effort should reward at least a decade in the cellar and drink well for another. A ‘wow’ wine.” BH

Louis Jadot Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011 ($259.95) $199 special
Stephen Tanzer 92-95 points
“Good bright medium red.  Medicinal cherry liqueur, red licorice and spicy oak on the nose.  Then penetrating and intense but suave, with lovely sappiness to the flavors of raspberry, cranberry and flowers.  The grower Jadot buys this fruit from has recently added a vibrating sorting table, and converted entirely to new stainless steel fermentation tanks as of 2010.” ST

Chateau Aney, Haut Medoc 2010 ($31.95) $28 special
Importer notes:
“The final blend of the wine matches the proportions in which they are planted throughout the thirty hectares of vineyards: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. This traditional Haut Médoc is more like what you might remember of the classic Bordeaux styles of the 1960s and 1970s. Not at all cloaked in new wood or over-extracted tannins, Château Aney’s wines have finesse and balance that make them both approachable now and perfect for longer aging.  They are a great choice for any cellar.”

Jacky Blot Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis Les Dix Arpents Sec 2012 ($24.95) $21.90 special

Andre Neveu Sancerre Silex Les Grand Fricambaults 2013 ($29.95) $24 special
Andre Neveu Sancerre Silex Les Longues Fins 2013 ($31.95) $26 special
Andre Neveu Sancerre Silex Le Manoir Vieilles Vignes 2013 ($37.95) $28 special

Domaine Oratoire St Martin Cairanne Haut-Coustias 2011 ($39.95) $33 special

Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 ($59.95) $44 special
Robert Parker 93-95 points “Looking at his traditional cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape (a blend of mostly Grenache) is a thick, massive effort that got a big ‘wow!’ in the notes. Showing spectacular aromas and flavors of raspberry, spice, licorice and Provencal herbs, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, layers of sweet tannin and fantastic mid-palate depth. Fruit loaded and a hedonistic dream, it should dish out tons of pleasure over the coming decade. Drink 2014-2023.”

Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Petits Pieds d’Armand 2012 ($119.95) $99 special
Robert Parker 95-98 points
“Even better, and possibly the wine of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits d’Armand is about as fabulous an expression of old vine Grenache as you’re likely to find. Massive and decadent, yet lively and fresh, it offers up a sweet bouquet of berry fruits, licorice, incense, flowers, garrigue to go with full-bodied richness and depth, thrilling purity, good freshness and blockbuster length. Gorgeous all around, it should drink well on release, yet last for 15+ years. Don’t miss it! Drink 2014-2027.”

Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Baron 2012 ($41.95) $31.90 special
Stephen Tanzer 89-91 points
“Inky ruby.  Blackcurrant, incense and dark chocolate aromas, with a meaty topnote.  Juicy, firm flavors of dark berries and bitter cherry are complicated by nuances of smoke and succulent herbs.  Youthfully taut and gripping on the finish, trailing notes of licorice and bitter chocolate.  Pretty serious, even brooding in character right now.”

Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2012 ($37.95) $29 special
Stephen Tanzer 89-91 points
“Deep ruby.  Pungent aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and floral pastilles.  Taut and focused, with bright acidity enlivening the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors.  Finishes spicy and long, with chewy tannins and lingering notes of licorice and smoky minerals.” ST

Domaine Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Pere 2012 ($79.95) $59 special
Robert Parker 94-96 points
“Looking just as good, with a slightly more approachable profile, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Pere is a field blend of close to 100% Grenache that comes from the Gardiole lieu-dit. Aged all in demi-muid, it is an awesomely textured, seamless effort that boasts knockout aromas and flavors of kirsch, wild strawberries, herbs de Provence and red licorice. Not quite as backwards or concentrated as the Chante Le Merle, it should be approachable at an earlier age and drink brilliantly for 15 years or more. Drink 2015-2027.” RP

Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco Sicilia IGT 2013 ($27.95) $24 special

Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva 2001 ($37.95) $28.80 special
Decanter Magazine 97 points – From Decanter Magazine: Decanter average score (3 judges): 19.25/20pts (97/100pts)
“Faustino (founded 1860) with its iconic frosted bottles and portrait labels is one of Rioja’s most easily recognised brands. It’s a family business based in Oyon in Rioja Alavesa, and the largest private holder of vineyards in Rioja, spread across the region. The style of the RIoja is as classic as the packaging: look for the sweet, vanilla notes of American oak, plenty of bright cherry fruit, and a fine, delicate palate. For those interested in tasting great old Riojas, Faustino is one company that still releases older vintages going as far back as 1970. Among the other wineries it owns is Portia in Ribera del Duero.”



Special New Arrival Case Price

Lopez de heredia




The Lopez de Heredia estate was founded by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta in the 19th century.  He was inspired by French negociants that were visiting the region looking for alternative sources of grapes during the phylloxera epidemic.  The winery he designed and constructed is the oldest in Haro, the center for winemaking in the Rioja Alta.  Today, the winery is operated by his great-granddaughters Maria José and Mercedes Lopez de Heredia with the assistance of their father, Pedro and brother, Julio César.  It is well-respected for its traditional winemaking and its lengthy ageing of both its reds and whites.  In a region where Gran Reserva wines can be released after six years, Lopez de Heredia sets a high standard by oak ageing its wines for eight before cellaring in their high humidity cellars for almost a decade more.  The result is wines of exquisite complexity, maturity, and ability to drink upon release or age longer at a fraction of the price of other classic wine regions.
Lopez Heredia Tondonia Reserva Rioja 2001 ($41.95) $33 special
Case-12 Lopez Heredia Tondonia Rsva Rioja 2001 ($399.95) $369 special (that’s only $30.75 per bottle)
Wine Advocate 95 points
“The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed…”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today
The average price in the USA is $49 / bottle


Also available from Lopez Heredia


Lopez Heredia Rioja Bosconia Reserva 2003 ($37.95) $26 special
Stephen Tanzer 92 points
“(80% tempranillo, 15% garnacha, 3% graciano and 2% mazuelo): Medium red. Ripe red fruit, flowers and spices on the nose, with a smoky nuance emerging with aeration; very fresh for this notoriously hot vintage. Concentrated but not at all heavy, with intense red berry and floral pastille flavors and a deeper note of singed plum. The finish is bright and high-pitched, with lingering cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of candied licorice.”
This is the lowest listed price in the USA today
The average price in the USA is $36 / bottle





Staff Picks

Donnhoff Oberhauser Tonschiefer Dry Slate Riesling Trocken 2011 ($27.95) $22 staff pick special
“As usual, Donnhoff provides a Riesling that is a perfect balance between fruit and acidity. Stone fruits and ripe peaches are predominant at first, well accompanied by rich honey suckle and tropical aromas. This trocken is by no means fruity though, as a distinct minerality, tart green apple notes, and bright acidity finish the wine beautifully, leaving you ready for another sip.”



Tissot Cremant du Jura NV ($27.95) $21.90 staff pick special
“A unique adventure in cremant from this Jura producer. Yeasty with aromas of green apples, this wine has a savory streak with nutty, earthy flavors and finishes bright and tart with energetic bubbles and crisp acidity. An enjoyable wine for those looking for a distinctive sparkler.”





Autumn Overture
Arriving in October


Napa legend Opus One has made a second wine, Overture , a multivintage blend, since 1993. This year’s edition is the first ever to go into commercial release. We were fortunate to be among the few selected for an allocation.

Opus One Overture NV (L2011) ($149.95) $119 special

This release is a blend of vintages 2007, 2010 and 2011. Made exactly like the Opus One and sourced from the same estate vineyards, the Overture too is a classic Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon making up around 70%. The Overture is plush and forward, blended from barrel selections to be enjoyed upon release.



Time to Say Goodbye
The Right Price is the Best Price

25 Wines from Around the World
All at the
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BV George De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley  2010 ($119.95) $79 special final 3+ cases available
Antonio Galloni 94 points (Wine Advocate) “[$125 list] The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Freshly cut flowers, mint, spices, licorice and graphite all burst from the glass as the 2010 shows off its personality. While some of Beaulieu’s 2010s are ripe and flashy, the Georges de Latour is wonderfully fresh and alive in the glass, not to mention absolutely classic in feel. Graphite, violets and pencil shavings linger on the close. The 2010 has captured every bit of the potential I sensed last year. Drink: 2016-2030. (Nov 2013)”
Robert Parker 93 points “[$125 list] The strongest vintage since the 2007 is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour. This beautifully ripe wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, kirsch, cedarwood, foresty and background vanilla notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and moderately high tannins. Given the richer fruit concentration, the tannins are easily balanced and do not interfere with currant drinkability or the potential for the wine to be cellared for two decades or more. (Oct 2013)”

The average listed price in the USA is $102 / bottle

Palazzo Cabernet Franc Carneros 2008 ($79.95) $44 special final 3+ cases available
Robert Parker 92 points
“The 2008 Cabernet Franc, a wine Palazzo seems to have a Midas’ touch with, has a deep bluish/ruby/purple color. Notes of cedar wood, spice box, bay leaf, black currant and black cherry fruit jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, elegant, ethereal wine. It displays good ripeness and moderately sweet tannin. It should be better in 2-3 years and evolve for 12-15+.”

The average listed price in the USA is $68 / bottle


Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak Napa Valley 2009 ($299.95) $149 special final 3+ cases available
Robert Parker 93 points “The 2009 Au Sommet is a bit lighter on its feet than the 2008. Sweet, silky tannins frame the fruit. Unlike the 2008, the 2009 is not particularly wild or exotic. Instead, it is a wine that stands out for its textural finesse and understated personality. This mid-weight, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon should be cellared for another year or two and enjoyed over the following decade. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024”

The average listed price in the USA is $233 / bottle


A. Margaine Brut Cuvee Traditionelle NV ($49.95) $36 special final 23 bottles available
Wine Advocate 91 points “The NV Brut Cuvee Traditionelle shows fabulous intensity and sheer class. Citrus, flowers and crushed rock are some of the nuances that emerge from this beautifully delineated Champagne. A gorgeous, ethereal finish rounds things out in style. The blend is 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, 52% 2008 juice plus reserves spanning 2007 (20%), 2005 (8%), 2004 (12%), and 2000 (8%), with partial malolactic fermentation. Dosage is 8.5 grams per liter. Disgorged July 10, 2011.”

The average listed price in the USA is $45 / bottle

Ruinart Blanc De Blancs Brut NV ($79.95) $51.90 special final 3+ cases available
Stephen Tanzer 92 points
“Pale yellow.  Complex, high-pitched aromas of orange zest, lemon pith, iodine, smoky minerals, anise and jasmine.  Sappy and tactile on the palate, offering impressive volume to its ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors accented by smoke and minerals.  Finishes tangy and long, with lingering smokiness and an echo of anise.”

The average  listed price in the USA is $74 / bottle

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2010 ($119.95) $99 special final 4 bottles available
Burghound 90-93 points
“A discreet touch of wood frames an elegant and quite pretty nose of lemon, stone, pear and floral scents that gives way to exceptionally rich yet attractively well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel. There is excellent cut and punch to the lingering finish and overall, this is really very stylish.”

The average listed price is $107 / bottle

Faiveley Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2011 ($79.95) $66 special final 27 bottles available
Burghound 92 points
“A classic Les Clos nose of oyster shell, white flowers and wet stone leads to intensely mineral-inflected and broad-shouldered flavors that display cuts-like-a-knife delineation before culminating in a clean and very dry finish. There is a note of petrol to the finish that adds to the unmistakable Chablis character.”

The average listed price in the USA is $84 / bottle


Jean Jacques Confuron Chambolle Musigny 2010 ($64.95) $49 special final 18 bottles available
Burghound 87-90 points “A very pretty and perfumed nose features notes of raspberry, violets and cassis that are in keeping with the solidly ripe, rich and agreeably round flavors that possess good volume yet a delicate mouth feel, all wrapped in a broad and utterly delicious finish. This generous offering is very Chambollesque in character.”

The average listed price in the USA is $79 / bottle


Domaine De Montille Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 ($199.95) $125 special final 6 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 91-93 points “(vinified entirely with whole clusters; 40% new oak):  Good full red.  Lovely high-pitched aromas of black cherry, blackberry, licorice and violet.  Deep, sappy and vinous, with an enticing savory/sweet quality to the intense flavors of wild dark berries, violet and graphite.  Finishes with firm-edged tannins, a very primary medicinal black cherry note, and lovely floral lift.  This will need at least four or five years of bottle aging.  Chef de cave Sieve noted that the domain owns parcels on either side of the tower in Clos Vougeot, with part of its vines located in a frost pocket that was hit hard in December of 2009.”

The average listed price in the USA is $169 / bottle


Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Boisrenard 2009 ($79.95) $49 special final 9 bottles available
Wine Spectator 96 points “This powerful red offers a muscular core of roasted fig, blackberry and cassis fruit framed by thick, mesquite-tinged tannins, with loads of tobacco, pepper and tar coating the mouthwatering finish. Yet despite its power, this is racy and defined. Best from 2014 through 2024.”

The average listed price in the USA is $71 / bottle


Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2009 750ml ($41.95) $36 special final 31 bottles available
Case-12 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2009 750ml ($519.95) $359 special final 2 cases available
Wine Spectator 91 points “This is focused on its graphite and slate flavors, with crisp accents of dried raspberry and cherry in the background. Cream and cocoa powder notes linger on the refined finish, supported by medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2018.”

The average listed price in the USA is $44 / bottle


Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2010 375ML ($27.95) $18 special final 17 half-bottles available
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2010 750ML ($39.95) $36 special final 35 bottles available
Case- 12 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2010 750ML ($519.95) $349 special final 5 cases available
Wine Spectator 90 points “Notes of sanguine and rosemary line the core of taut cherry preserves and red currant paste. A singed alder hint flitters through the finish, showing good persistence. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Drink now through 2020.”

 The average listed price in the USA is $44 / bottle

Jules Desjourneys L’interdit Beaujolais 2008 ($39.95) $29 special final 3+ cases available
Wine Advocate 93 points
“The wine that will be known as 2008 Desjourneys is none other than Duperray’s 2008 Fleurie–combining Chapelle des Bois and Les Moriers–that was refused appellation and so is officially, merely, “vin de France.” Believe me, this is “vin de France” in the same sense that Debussy signed many of his late masterpieces “musicien francais.” The high-toned floral, herbal, and fruit distillate esters that memorably marked the Chapelle des Bois from cask as well as the black tea-tinged and more bittersweetly herbal and concentrated dark berries of the original Les Moriers, have been preserved in this marriage-in fact, after recovering from my chagrin at this wine’s having been denied its rightful appellation, I am now entirely reconciled to the two sites having been blended, inasmuch as the whole seems, remarkably, even greater than the sum of its already profoundly delicious parts! This finishes with mouthwatering salinity and a tenacious, almost Gewurztraminer-like meld of brown spices concentrated floral and herbal essences. I would anticipate it being worth following for half a dozen years, but on no account should it be missed earlier-on.”

The average listed price in the USA is $44 / bottle


Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 ($59.95) $39 special final 13 bottles available
Wine Spectator 95 points “Dark and brooding, featuring saturated black currant, wild herb and mineral aromas and flavors, just hinting at animal. This is backward and tightly structured with tannins, yet also concentrated and long, with sweetness prevailing in the end. Needs time. Nebbiolo and Barbera. Best from 2015 through 2040.”

The average listed price in the USA is $57 / bottle

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gli Angeli 2006 ($79.95) $51.90 special final 3+ cases available
Wine Spectator 93 points
“Ripe plum, cigar box and iron notes are backed by solid tannins and lively acidity in this muscular red. There’s also a suppleness in the texture that should increase as the tannins are absorbed. Best from 2015 through 2032.”

The average listed price in the USA is $66 / bottle


Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2006 ($119.95) $77 special final 15 bottles available
James Suckling 96 points “Perfumed and fruity, with dried cherries and citrus fruit. Wow. It really opens on the nose giving so much gorgeous fruit. Full body and very dense, with dried cherries, cedar and hints of coffee bean. Powerful and rich.”

The average listed price in the USA is $96 / bottle


Orma Toscana IGT Bolgheri 2010 ($69.95) $59 special final 28 bottles available
James Suckling 96 points “There is something so subtle and rich here with chocolate, red chilies and ripe plums on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. This is so delicious now but better in 2017. Best ever from here. A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. From Bolgheri. Just next door to Ornellaia.”

The average listed price in the USA is $79 / bottle


Giovanni Rosso Cerretta Barolo 2007 ($69.95) $59 special final 21 bottles available
Wine Spectator 95 points “Simply compelling from start to finish, exhibiting raspberry, cherry and floral aromas and flavors that are pure and focused, with support from the solid yet ripe tannins. This shows fruit and a silky texture up front, with structure on the back end, coming together on the long, fruit and spice tinged aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2032.”

The average listed price in the USA is $79 / bottle


Pedrosa La Navilla Ribera Del Duero 2007 ($39.95) $21.90 special final 26 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 90(+?) points “Vivid ruby.  Sexy aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and cherry-cola, with smoke and spice accents adding complexity.  Juicy, penetrating red fruit flavors gain weight and depth with air and take a turn to dark fruits on the back half.  Finishes with very good clarity and tangy cut.  Give this some air or hold it for at least a few more years.”

The average price in the USA is $47 /bottle


Clos Mogador Priorat 2007 ($99.95) $69 special final 7 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96 points “The flagship, the 2007 Clos Mogador is made up of 40% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is purple/black-colored with a sensational bouquet of mineral, truffle, espresso, black cherry, blueberry, and licorice. Dense and Reubenesque on the palate, it has great concentration, loads of savory fruit, impeccable balance, and several years of aging potential. Accessible now, this lengthy offering will be at its best from 2013 to 2027. It is one of the stars of the vintage in Priorat.”

The average listed price in the USA is $91 / bottle

Bodegas Alion Ribera Del Duero 2008 ($89.95) $66 special final 16 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 92 points
“Deep ruby.  Expressive aromas of candied cherry and cassis, with complicating notes of cola, anise and violet.  Plush and seamless on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and slow-building oak spice and licorice nuances.  Closes on a smoky note, with spiciness and very good persistence.  Pretty impressive for the year.”

The average listed price in the USA is $84 / bottle


Burmester Vintage Port 2011 ($59.95) $40.90 special final 32 bottles available
Wine Spectator 93 points “Intensely fruity and lusciously concentrated, with raspberry, dark plum and wild cherry flavors, offering a rich finish of dark chocolate, tea and brown sugar. Drink now through 2040.”

The average listed price in the USA is $70 / bottle


Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Riesling Kabinett 2012 ($18.95) $14 special final 35 bottles available
Terry Theise: “The `12 richness and weight gives a lot of middle to a wine that’s sometimes almost constricted by its Altoid mintiness; this really is the best vintage ever, loads of lemon and eucalyptus but with a dense doughy mirabelle cream and saltiness. Vinous and rich.”

The average listed price in the USA is $18 / bottle


Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay 2011 ($59.95) $48 special final 3+ cases available
Wine Advocate 91+ points “Carob and toasted nuts inflect baked apple and vanilla on the nose of Selbachs’ block-picked 2011 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay, which comes to the palate expansive, creamy, and buoyant (at 8.5% alcohol), its apple joined by almost overripe Persian melon. Hints of pip and botrytis bitterness add interest, but there is not the subtle interaction of flavors or the layer of primary juiciness that rendered the corresponding Anrecht bottling so memorable, but instead a more dominantly honeyed, soothingly rich personality. This long-finishing beauty may well – as its author suggests – just need some time to reveal its multiple layers. ”

The average listed price in the USA is $52 / bottle


FX Pichler Gruner Loibenberg Smaragd 2012 ($59.95) $47 special final 7 bottles available
Falstaff 94-96 points “[Translated] Medium green yellow, silver flecked. Distinct notes of herbs and spices, delicately lined with mango and pineapple. Powerful, ripe white fruit aromas, delicate pears, pleasant sweetness, fine acidity, harmonious style, a good promise for the future, dark minerality in the finale.”

The average listed price in the USA is $60 / bottle



Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2007 ($149.95) $99 special final 14 bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 points
“presents youthfully mute aromas of warm blackberries, stewed plums, kirsch, cedar and cloves with an array of Indian spices opening out with air. In the full-bodied mouth it gives very firm, coarsely grained tannins, very crisp acid and good concentration, finishing long and chewy.”


The average listed price in the USA is $148 / bottle