Vinopolis Weekend Newsletter 12-10-16

Featured New Arrival: Jadot’s 2014 Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir; Wine Spectator Top 100; New Wine Spectator Review for Elevee; Magnum Madness; Staff Pick Highlight: Massolino Barolo; Magical & Misunderstood: Auslese; One Stop Party Shop: Vinopolis Party Picks; California’s Hot Gift Wines; December Sales Recap

Featured New Arrivals

Two Hands Wines Lilys Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2014 750ML ($69.95) $41.90 special, 36+ bottles available
#71 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 94 points “Notes of espresso and toasted hazelnut are rich and thick, with mocha-accented tannins that lend a velvety backdrop to the polished blackberry, licorice and black cherry flavors, lingering generously on the long finish. Drink now through 2030.”

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For our complete list of Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines – keep reading!

New vintage from Maison Jadot’s Willamette Valley Project Resonance

Resonance Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Regularly $34.90, $28 subscriber-only special
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the second release from Louis Jadot in their new venture in Oregon, was vinified at Trisaetum, and as far as I am aware will continue that way until their own winery is up and running. It is a strong follow-up to their debut 2013. It is a blend of grapes coming from different vineyards from the Willamette Valley, including Resonance, Decouverte and others. The bouquet is bestowed with ample brambly red berry fruit, perhaps a little “fuller” than the 2013, but with fine definition. The palate is well balanced with a similar fruit profile to the first release, perhaps just showing a little more edginess, a Pinot Noir that in a funny way expresses the wealth of knowledge behind it.”
Wine Enthusiast 92 points “*Editors’ Choice* This is the second release this year from Maison Louis Jadot’s Oregon project-both wines are labeled Résonance, but this is the Willamette Valley cuvée, not the Résonance vineyard bottling. Some estate fruit is included, and it is a subtle and detailed wine, with pretty mulberry and pie-cherry fruit. Thirteen months in 20% new French oak adds light mocha highlights, and it is as smooth and refined as one might expect from master winemaker Jacques Lardière.”

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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2016

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Additional In-stock Top 100 wines:

CVNE ‘Cune’ Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa 2010 750ML ($34.95) $29.90 special, 11 bottles available
#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 94 points “This generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spice notes framing dried cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity impart structure, and this shows plenty of depth, with a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025.”

DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah, Sonoma County 2014 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 11 bottles available
#24 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 94 points “Plush, rich and impeccably structured, with floral blueberry and raspberry aromas accented by smoked pepper and complex, expressive flavors that combine mineral-tinged tannins with plump fruit. Best from 2018 through 2030.”

Ramey Wine Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley  2013 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 6 bottles available
#38 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 94 points “Shows amazing vibrancy and purity of flavor, brimming with juicy, lemon-scented green apple, white peach and tangerine notes, enlivened by zesty acidity and a long, persistent aftertaste that maintains focus and depth. Drink now through 2020.”

Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015 1.5L ($29.95) $24 special, 6 magnums available
#43 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 91 points “Ripe, with vivid blueberry and boysenberry fruit, harnessed on the back end by a bold graphite edge. Anise and violet notes add range. Drink now through 2019.”

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Lemelson Vineyards ‘Thea’s Selection’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($31.95) $28 special, 9 bottles available
#68 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 92 points “Polished, expressive and deftly balanced, this is generous with its baby powder—accented cherry, lingonberry and floral flavors. Remains open and inviting through the long finish. Drink now through 2022. 9,950 cases made.”

Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($69.95) $64 special, 12 bottles available
#96 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 93 points “Broad, expressive and light-footed, this brims with cherry, plum, licorice and cashew flavors that keep singing on the focused finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,750 cases made.”

December Sale Wine!
Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 2 bottles available
#100 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 95 points “A charming, broad white, featuring lemon, baked apple, vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavors, with fine concentration and length. Shows a bright structure and chalky intensity on the slightly tannic finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.”

Top 100 Pre-Arrivals:

Beaux Freres Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($99.95) $89 pre-arrival special, 9 bottles available, ETA December 13th
#3 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 95 points “Supple, expressive and multilayered, with plum, currant, pomegranate and violet flavors coming together harmoniously, persisting into a long and exceptionally well-balanced finish. Drink now through 2024.”HS

Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg Premiere Trie, Loire 2015 750ML ($79.95) $69 pre-arrival special, 25 bottles available, ETA Spring 2017
#66 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Wine Spectator 97 points “Concentrated, with a core of intense Jonagold apple, glazed Bosc pear, ginger cream and dried quince flavors, carried by filigreed acidity and backed by green tea, verbena, chamomile and persimmon notes. The finish is extremely long. Best from 2018 through 2040.”

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New Wine Spectator Review

Burgundian & exquisite – highlighting the terroir of the Dundee Hills

Elevee ‘Elevee Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 750ML ($47.95) $39 special, 19 bottles available
Wine Spectator 92 points “Light and expressive, layering cinnamon accents among the raspberry, rose petal and white pepper flavors on a sleek and polished frame. Lingers with ease and finesse. Drink now through 2022.”
Winery note “This wine reveals cherries, raspberries, sweet tobacco, cedar cigar box, violets, and powdered perfume, with hints of baking spice, around a mineral core. This is a medium body wine, with lively acidity, and broad, fine, velvety tannin. The long finish lingers with a chorus of raspberries, fading violet petals, and Dundee dust. The 2014 wine growing season began very early, with budbreak on April 14th and bloom on June 5th. Warm and dry conditions continued through August. The early, warm year shifted the ripening period to the warmest part of the year. Early action in the vineyard, combined with the density of our site, tempered these conditions allowing us to produce this elegant and graceful wine.”

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Magnum Madness

We offer 104 different wines in magnum available here now. Perfect for parties, presents and longer-term cellaring! Below is a special selection of picks from around the world.

Weingut A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2014 1.5L ($119.95) $89 special, 2 magnums available
Wine Advocate 92 points “From a warmer vineyard that was planted in 1953 with ungrafted vines that deliver small, healthy berries and low yields, the 2014 Hofberg Spätlese displays an intense and ripe apple bouquet mixed with flinty and spicy/mineral aromas. Picked with 92° Oechsle, this is an elegant, round and voluptuous Riesling with a smooth palate, but also a piquant and mineral acidity that takes this lush and sensual Spätlese to a long, charming finish with a lingering and mouthwatering salinity.”

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Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose, Provence 2015 1.5L ($59.95) Was $49, Now $39 special, 9 magnums available
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “Brilliant orange-pink. Displays vibrant, mineral-accented blood orange and redcurrant scents and suggestions of succulent herbs and pungent flowers. Fleshy, spicy and dry, offering bitter orange pith and berry skin flavors given lift and cut by juicy acidity. Lingers with strong, mineral-driven authority, leaving a suave touch of honeysuckle behind.”

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Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Meursault Charmes, Meursault Premier Cru 2011 1.5L ($199.95) $149 special, 2 magnums available
Antonio Galloni–Vinous 91 points “The 2011 Meursault Les Charmes wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and nuance. There is plenty of Charmes richness and depth in the glass. At the same time, the wine’s structural elements are front and center, at least today. The firm, slightly dry finish suggests the fruit may have been brought in a little early.” AG

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Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Les Ursules Blanc de Noirs, Champagne 2012 1.5L ($399.95) $279 special, 3 magnums available
Antonio Galloni — Vinous 94 points “The 2012 Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules is another knockout. Here it is the freshness and energy of Pinot Noir that makes the strongest impression. White orchard fruit, flowers, white pepper and mint give the Ursules its distinctly high-toned personality. The interplay between the richness of the Pinot Noir and inherent tension that characterizes all of these wines is dazzling. Scents of orchard fruit, spice, herb and flowers infuse the creamy, voluptuous layered finish. Disgorged: April 2016. No dosage.”

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Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Cornas Billes Noires, Rhone 2011 1.5L ($199.95) $159 special, 5 magnums available
Wine Advocate 95 points “Even better, the 2011 Cornas Billes Noires, which spends one year in old wood followed by one year in concrete tank, offers blockbuster levels of black raspberry, smoked earth, chocolate, licorice and crushed rock on the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied, long, elegant and with laser-like focus, it nevertheless does not lack for fruit or texture, and has fine-grained tannin framing the finish beautifully. With a scant 600 cases to go around, there’s not much of it, but don’t miss a chance to grab a couple of bottles if you can. It too will drink well for 10-15 years.”

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Anne et Jean-Francois Ganevat ‘De Toute Beaute’ Nature, Vin de France 1.5L ($149.95) $119 special, 4 magnums available
Grapelive 93 points “The 2014 De Toute Beaute is a bright and vibrant red that shows the 50% Gamay from Fleurie (Cru Beaujolais) as the dominate force here at this moment, though the spice and earthiness of the Mondeuse is easily picked out as well, while the Syrah from Cote-Rotie in the Northern Rhone and the Alsace Pinot Noir are hard to see and add shyly to the mix. There is a chance they’ll shine through with more time, but overall this wild wine is a joy and pleasing in the glass. The acidity is gripping with tangy tart red berry, cherry, unripe plum and strawberry fruits leading the way with an orange zest, red peach and an impression of juicy floral elements. Mineral tones, white pepper, loam and flinty stones all unfold on the light and lean palate. The latest De Toute Beaute does get going a little more with air and works with food very well, though best to have with less spicy cuisine. It should prove more entertaining with holiday fare and roast chicken or turkey with a variety of sides, and cheese or salads. While nicely made and intriguing, I do prefer Ganevat’s more traditional Cotes du Jura red wines and his amazing old vine Chardonnays. Drink this De Toute Beaute Nature sooner v. later, as its vital fresh charm is its most appealing quality, still it’s too cool to pass up!”

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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2010 1.5L ($199.95) $179 special, 10 magnums available
#4 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2015
Wine Advocate 98 points “The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. There’s so much happening on the nose and the wine brings you to cherry, spice, licorice, cured meat, pressed rose and grilled meat in equal measure. No one element overpowers the next. The mouthfeel is also tight and bright with the kind of fruit intensity that promises long cellar aging. This Brunello is only at the beginning of a long road ahead. The longer the wine stays in the glass, the more it offers in terms of complexity and intensity. This is a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead.” ML
Wine Spectator 95 points “Rich, with excellent density, ripe cherry and plum fruit, and a well-integrated structure. Licorice, earth and tobacco notes add depth while this cruises to a long, tobacco- and mineral-tinged finish. Shows balance and grip. Best from 2018 through 2033.”

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Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta’s Reserve, Napa Valley 2012 1.5 ($799.95) $699 special, 2 magnums available
Robert Parker 98 points “The 100% Merlot cuvée, the 2012 Roberta’s Reserve State Lane Vineyard is, once again, flirting with perfection. A stunning nose of chocolate fudge intermixed with coffee bean, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit is intense, and followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously textured, opulent style of wine with stunning richness and purity. This is a brilliant wine and only represents 12% of the production, as only 300 cases were produced. It should drink well for 20-25 years.”
Antonio Galloni 98 points “The 2012 Roberta’s Reserve (Merlot) is another drop-dead gorgeous wine from Kapcsándy. Mocha, black cherries, plums, licorice and menthol meld together in an effortless, seamless wine endowed with sublime grace and class. Lovely savory and mineral notes support the pliant finish. What a gorgeous wine this is.”

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Sine Qua Non Poker Face Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2004 1.5L ($2199.95) $1999 special, 1 magnum available
Wine Advocate 97 points “Starting off the Syrah-based wines, the 2004 Poker Face (Syrah) is aging beautifully. A blend of 96% Syrah, 2.5% Mourvedre and 1.5% Viognier (from the Eleven Confessions, White Hawk, Alban, Bien Nacido, and Alta Mesa vineyards) that was aged in 80% new French oak, it offers up a perfumed, fresh bouquet of sweet blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, spring flowers and licorice that gives way to a full-bodied, seamless, gorgeously textured feel on the palate. Rich and decadent, it has notable, yet beautifully integrated acidity and stays remarkably fresh, detailed and even elegant. It still needs a lengthy decant to shine, and will continue to thrill over the coming decade or so.”

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To see the full list of 104 in-stock wines in magnum and 39 pre-arrival wines in magnum, visit our web store at

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Gift certificates are not available through our web store. To order, please stop in, call or email. We are happy to mail gift certificates to any domestic address at no charge.

Staff Pick Highlight: The Barolo of Massolino

Massolino is a producer of Barolo that has been acclaimed for some time now, but continues to shift their style away from the overt modernism that made them famous and into something a bit more neo-classical, which suits us just fine. They still have their trademark vigilance in the vineyards and attention to detail in the cellar, so all of these wines show beautiful terroir signatures.

We’re pleased to present a small collection of wines today which will be suitable for a rich winter meal but will age effortlessly for 15+ years available here now:

Massolino Barolo DOCG, Piedmont 2011 750ML ($49.95) $33 special, 28 bottles available
Wine Spectator 92 points “A tightly coiled version, with a solid core of black cherry framed by licorice and spice accents. Though locked up for now, this shows the potential for a long evolution. Delivers fine ripeness and midpalate density. Best from 2019 through 2033.”
James Suckling 92 points “Lots of pretty, ripe yet subtle fruit in this wine with plum, dried strawberry and spice character. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2018.”

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Massolino Margheria, Barolo DOCG 2009 750ML ($89.95) $66 special, 16 bottles available
Case-6 Massolino Margheria, Barolo DOCG 2009 750ML ($449.95) $359 special, 2 cases available
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2009 Barolo Margheria, however, moves us over to the Serralunga d’Alba township where power and structure are the name of the game. This wine shows big bones with firmly rooted tannins and a bold, fleshy quality of fruit. Black currant, chopped mint and licorice are woven tightly within the fabric of the wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.”

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Massolino Barolo Parafada, Barolo DOCG, 2011 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 9 bottles available
Case-6 Massolino Barolo Parafada, Barolo DOCG 2011 750 ($449.95) $389 special, 2 cases available
Wine Enthusiast 95 points “Structured and focused, this gorgeous wine offers enticing scents of pressed violet, woodland berry, baking spice, tilled soil and leather. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, licorice, mint, tobacco and ground clove alongside youthfully assertive but refined tannins. Give this time to fully develop—it should blossom into a beauty. Drink 2018–2026.”
Wine Spectator 93 points “A mix of ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, tobacco and tea aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this well-defined red. A stiff backbone of tannins and vivid acidity keeps this moving toward the lingering, earth-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032”

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Massolino Parussi, Barolo DOCG 2007 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 18 bottles available
Wine Spectator 94 points “Warm and inviting, featuring macerated cherry, leather, tobacco and spice flavors. The balance leans toward the tannic side, yet this shows an extra level of ripeness and integration, with excellent length. Best from 2015 through 2032.”
Stephen Tanzer–Vinous 93 points “Bright medium red. Compelling perfume of strawberry, raspberry, red cherry, flowers, minerals and wild herbs. Dense, sappy and concentrated; wonderfully silky Barolo but also much more vibrant than the 2008. The tannins are a bit youthfully aggressive but the wine’s lingering mineral and wild herb perfume suggests it will be a beauty with another four to six years in the cellar.”

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Massolino Parussi, Barolo DOCG 2009 750ML ($89.95) $66 special, 10 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2009 Barolo Parussi sees fruit sourced from the Castiglione Falletto township and consequently shows the most ethereal and refined characteristics of these three vineyard-designate wines. Rosehip, forest berry and even a touch of stone fruit or apricot emerge at first, followed by heavier aromas of tar and black licorice. The wine shows impressive elegance, finesse, silky tannins and fresh acidity. Those overall attributes, melded so perfectly together, are rare to find in the warmer 2009 vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”

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Massolino Parussi, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 18 bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 points “With fruit from Castiglione Falletto, the 2011 Barolo Parussi is an epic wine with thick layers of dark fruit, spice and pressed rose. This expression is absolutely irresistible in terms of its generosity, overall intensity and silky smoothness. It presents a more immediate style with soft lines and a generous, fruity texture. Massolino has produced an impressive line of new releases.”

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Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva, Barolo DOCG 2009 750ML ($149.95) $119.95 special, 20 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2009 Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva burst from the glass with enormous confidence and personality. Nothing is understated here or otherwise hidden from view. This Riserva immediately puts its best assets forward with dark fruit nuances that are woven tight with veins of exotic spice and crushed mineral. The wine also reveals lovely aged characteristics of licorice, dried tobacco and balsam herb. The 2009 vintage is slightly broader and flatter compared to 2007 and 2006.”
James Suckling 94 points “There’s cedar and sandalwood undertone to this Barolo with ripe fruit and milk chocolate as well. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A late release from a fine producer of Barolo showing energy and tension. Drink now.”

We offer 65 different Barolos to choose from available here now! To see the complete list, visit our web store at

Magical, Misunderstood Auslese

When it comes to German wine, there’s a lot of confusion about what to do with the Auslese category.  Riper and usually sweeter than Spatlese, it’s often confined to the ‘sweet wine’ corner or served with cheese as a default.  While it’s an excellent cheese pairing, we think the category deserves a bit more attention.

At their finest, Auslesen are more dramatic examples of table wines then their lower ripeness cousins.  Sure, they often have more RS than a Spatlese, but good ones (which means the ones we’re highlighting today) have bright acidity finish with zesty refreshment.  They have a concentration and a power lacking in the lower pradikat’s along with an exoticism that you often only find with nobly affected grapes.  In short, these are fantastic table wines to serve with richer foods (braised pork, fried chicken, cheese) or with spiced cuisine.

Below is a selection of five shop favorites available here now:

Weingut Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2014 750ML ($59.95) $39 special, 12 bottles available
Weingut Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2014 375ML ($39.95) $28 special, 23 half-bottles available
Weingut Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2014 750ML ($119.95) $79 special, 6 magnums available
Wine Advocate 89+ points “Deeply yellow in color, the 2014 Riesling Karthäuserhofberg Auslese (AP #12) displays an intense yet pretty clear and piquant, yellow-fleshed fruit and botrytis on the nose (pineapples). Sweet and concentrated on the palate, with a racy acidity (10.8 grams per liter of total acidity!) and bittersweet grapefruit flavors in the finish, this is a classic Ruwer Auslese. It is dense and pretty rich – the sugar free extract of 39.9 grams per liter – but neither too sweet (67 grams per liter of residual sugar) nor too opulent (8% alcohol). You can easily drink it, but shouldn’t do so before 2020. The aftertaste detects that the botrytis could have been selected even more carefully.”
Jean Fisch & David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines #28: “Vineyard selections of botrytis-affected grapes only delivered 500 liters of Auslese harvested with a comparatively low 94° Oechsle. This Auslese starts off with a beautifully complex nose of fresh fruits, with pineapple, star anise and spices providing depth to the experience. The wine is superbly playful on the palate, where mouth-watering acidity adds to the aromatic precision. A riper side comes through in the finish tough, with almond, saffron and honey giving the wine a definitive Auslese GK style. 2024-2044”

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Weingut Eugen Muller Forster Kirchenstuck Riesling Auslese, Pfalz 2012 500ML ($34.95) $29 special, 36+ 500ML bottles available
Terry Theise: “Every year for the last fifteen or more, this wine has been a masterpiece, and I can think of few if any parallels in the wine world- or in my wine world- of such sustained stellar performance year after year. 2011 is and remains a masterpiece of the exotic flowery style, “a city made of cherry blossom” as I wrote last year. Bearing in mind that these wines are never very sweet, this one is more typical for the “Auslese” idiom. The 2012, though, is a swollen subterranean wave of mineral. You start at OMG and end with WTF, because even in the context of so many great years this is singular and amazing. Fantastically salty and cherry-blossomy, with obdurate length and deeply embedded mineral.”

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Weingut Jos. Christoffel Jr. Christoffel-Prum Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2014 750ML ($59.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles available
VinopolNote: Erderner Prälat occupies a mere 2.2 hectares. Entirely south-facing, the vineyard is surrounded by cliffs which insulate the vines – as a result, Prälat is one of the warmest plots in the region. Over time, it has also become one of the most sought-after vineyards. Given the limited space, only a few winemakers have access to the vineyard.

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Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2012 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 12 bottles available
Terry Theise: “That suffix “Lay” is local dialect for slate. This is from an old ungrafted parcel among the cliffs, and the wine has its usual swollen mass, firm richness and length. I’m glad of the relatively moderate sweetness; it thins the hugeness of fruit and makes it tinkle down the palate in snaky rivulets of salty terroir and tart apple. Also a sponti.”

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Weingut Markus Molitor Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2013 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 31 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98 points “Stunningly clear and pure on the citric-perfumed nose, the sweet 2013 Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Auslese *** is characterized by its laser-like precision and elegance, which is perfectly paired with its vibrant acidity and piquant minerality that lingers and makes this Auslese a memorable one.”

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Who Likes To Rock the Party?

In the immortal words of Brett and Jermaine, “We like to rock the party!” and you can too, with these wines.

Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Coeur de Vendanges, Beaujolais 2014 750ML ($24.95) $19 special, 36+ bottles available
Case-12 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Coeur de Vendanges, Beaujolais 2014 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 5+cases available
VinopolNote: Beaujolais is always a wonderful pick for a party wine, and the wines of Pierre-Marie Chermette are truly among the best in class, year after year.  They combine the lightness and elegance of good Pinot Noir with rich textures and unbeatable value.  This wine comes from 100+ year old vines in the Beaujolais AOC, which is the only reason it’s priced so reasonably.  A steal, year in and out.
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “Lurid ruby-red. Pungent raspberry and cherry pit on the fragrant nose, with hints of white pepper and smoky minerals adding lift and complexity. Spicy and sharply focused, offering vibrant red berry and blood orange flavors that put on weight with air. Closes taut and gently sweet, with strong spicy lift and silky tannins coming in late.”

Buil & Gine 17-XI, Montsant 2014 750ML ($21.95) $18 special, 36+ bottles available
Case-12 Buil & Gine 17-XI, Montsant 2014 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 7+ cases available (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed, evoking ripe cherry and blackcurrant that are complemented by slowly emerging aromas of cured meat, lavender and minerals. Enlivened by a spicy nuance, the silky, sweet and penetrating palate offers intense dark fruit and floral pastille flavors. Seamless and very nicely concentrated, with smooth tannins lending shape to a very long, fruit-driven finish.” JR

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire 2015 750ML ($17.95) $14 special, 36+ bottles available
VinopolNote: This is the best value in white wine, year in and out.  Crisp, minerally with bright citrusy flavors and not a hint of oak in sight.  The wine stays on the lees until right before bottling, which is traditional for the region but labor intensive (so a lot of wineries don’t do it anymore).  Oysters, crab, shrimp—all kinds of seafood pairs perfectly with this guy.  Buy it, drink it, repeat.
“The 2015 Muscadet is a classic of the region! Pale in color and yeasty in its pure, fresh and lemony ripe apple flavors on the nose, this is a light and crisp, 11.2% alcohol Muscadet with a lovely purity and grip, but also a certain juiciness in the finish. Nice grapefruit flavors in the good aftertaste.” –Wine Advocate

Party in a Box: Zorzal’s EGGO collection:

Case-12 Zorzal Eggo Mixed Case 750ml ($319.95) $279 special, 4 cases available
VinopolNote: This is a perfect solution if you want to have a great selection of wines at a party and don’t have the time or inclination to them out yourself.  It’s a mixed case of both red and white from one of our favorite wineries in Argentina and delivers all the value the country’s wines are known for. This case contains 3 bottles each of Zorzal Eggo Blanc de Cal Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Zorzal Eggo Cabernet Franc 2015, Zorzal Eggo Pinot Noir 2014, and Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza Malbec 2014.

California’s Hot Gift Wines

Wow them with these highly anticipated 100 point new releases, arriving this month!

Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special, 4 bottles available, ETA December 13th
Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 375ML ($299.95) $259 pre-arrival special, 12 bottles available, ETA December 13th
Robert Parker 100 points “Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The utterly compelling 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and 1,800 cases were made. The wine is off-the-charts great, with an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim, an aroma of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit, a hint of licorice, camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary concentration, remarkable equilibrium and noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannin. This is a large-scaled Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but flawless and with no edges. It is an amazing effort and a great achievement from this incredible terroir. Drink it over the next 30-40 years…Readers should note that the relatively new owners of what was formerly known as the Araujo Estate have finally changed the name to the Eisele Vineyard.”

Opus One Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($279.95) $249 pre-arrival special, 24 + bottles available, ETA Early December 16th
James Suckling 100 points “The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Complex aftertaste of black fruits and citrus fruit. Extremely persistent. So approachable now and enjoyable. But will be even better in 2019 and beyond. 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot, 2% malbec. This will always be beautiful to drink.” (01/2016)

Other giftable greats from California – in stock now:


December Sales Recap

We’re up to 65 wines on special sale through the month of December! These sales expire December 31st at midnight

Read reviews and browse the full selection of sale wines by searching for “December Sale” on our web store – we’re also happy to talk you through the offerings if you email us at or call 503-223-6002.