VinopolPick Monday-10-24-16

Featured Re-Arrival: Hot Wines from Bergstrom; New Week – New Arrivals (Sea Smoke, Ramey, Antoniolo and more!); Here-Now Highlights: White ‘Bordeaux,’ Prime Pinot, Bold Brunello and more!; Domaine de Montille: 22 Wines/22 Best Prices in the USA; 2014 Beaujolais Round Up; October Sales Countdown: 8 Days Remaining to Save on DuMOL, Round Pond, Castello di Ama & more!; Great Ganevat – Large Selection/Limited Quantities/Arriving This Week; Bedrock: Expressive Wines Arriving Friday

Featured Re-Arrival

Back in Stock from Bergstrom

Bergstrom Wines Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Wine Spectator –‘Hot Wine’- 94 points “Broad and spicy, with pepper, white chocolate and bay leaf overtones to the rich cherry and raspberry fruit. Glides into a generous and open-textured finish. Drink now through 2024.”

Bergstrom Wines Le Pre Du Col Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Wine Spectator –‘Hot Wine’- 94 points “Expressive, rich and complex, layering blueberry, cherry and plum flavors with savory spice and cedar notes. Fine, powdery tannins lift the long finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 500 cases made.”

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New Week – New Arrivals


Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Estate Brut Cuvee Sparkling, Napa Valley 2011 750ML ($29.95) $21.90 special
Wine Spectator 89 points “Soft and delicate, this glides toward rich complexity, offering notes of fresh vanilla, creamy apple, pear and lingering spice.”
Winery note “This wine was aged a full three plus years in our cellar.  A wonderful array of aromas including white flower, pear, golden apple, honeycomb and brioche create a bouquet for the nose. The palate flavors are true to the aromas and are enhanced by a texture that is creamy, full and elegantly structured. The long finish hints of the wines aging potential.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average listed price is $28

Sea Smoke Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills 2014 750ML ($79.95) $69 special
Winery note “The grapes for this wine come from loamy, well-drained soils on our estate vineyard.  Dijon and Wente clones are fermented in stainless steel as well as in French oak foudres and demi-muids.  This is an elegant chardonnay with a focused mid-palate and the refreshing cool climate acidity characteristic of Sea Smoke Vineyard.”

Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 2014 750ML ($79.95) $69 special
Winery note “Southing refers to the south-facing hillside bluffs found on our estate vineyard.  Each year, our goal for this wine is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance.  Southing is a true expression of the terroir of Sea Smoke Vineyard:  seductive flavors and fine tannins complimented by cool climate acidity.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $77

Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 2014 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Winery note “Ten is named for the ten Pinot Noir clones found on our estate vineyard. Our most masculine wine, it is brooding and intense, with firm, mature tannins and a long, velvety finish. Ten is not for the faint-of-heart and has been known, on occasion, to convert even the most fanatic Cabernet lover.”

Sea Smoke Sea Spray Blanc de Noirs Brut, Sta. Rita Hills 2012 750ML ($119.95) $89 special
Wine Enthusiast 92 points “Hailing from one of the appellation’s most celebrated vineyards, this ever-so-slightly pink wine delivers high and tight aromas of pink grapefruit, bubblegum and yeast. The creamy fizz shows ripe nectarine at first, then alkalinity, lime zest and grapefruit pith show up to keep the party in order.”

Ramey Wine Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2013 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2013 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard stands out in this range for its striking aromatics. Sweet floral notes open up first. The Ritchie is just as subtle and nuanced on the palate. Classy and polished throughout, the Ritchie is all about finesse. It should drink well for the better part of the next decade.”

Ramey Wine Cellars Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2013 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2013 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is one of the most expressive and complete wines in David Ramey’s range. Apricot, peach, smoke, crushed rocks and dried herbs all blossom in the glass. The Woolsey captures a gorgeous stylistic middle ground that balances richness with nuance. The 2013 finishes with great texture that points to a brilliant future. Woolsey Road was planted by the Martinelli family for David Ramey from clonal material taken from Platt.”

Opus One Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2012 750ML ($279.95) $236 special
James Suckling 97 points “Glorious purity of fruit here with blackcurrants, blueberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and forest floor. Hints of mint. Full body, seamless tannins and wonderful balance. Tight and compacted tannins with beautiful fruit and great length. Hazelnut and chocolate. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Opus in years. Compacted and beautiful. Hard not to drink now but better in 2018. October 2015 release. This is 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% malbec. (4/21/15)”
Antonio Galloni 96 points “Rich, powerful and seductive, the 2012 Opus One blossoms in the glass with superb textural richness and volume. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, cedar, new leather and tobacco all meld together as the 2012 shows off its personality. Fine, silky tannins support the huge, creamy finish. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is superb. I expect the 2012 will offer a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure. Drink: 2018-2032. (Dec 2014)”

Opus One Overture, Napa Valley (2012) 750ML ($149.95) $99 special
This wine is the 2012 vintage based multi-vintage blend; released by Opus One in October 2015


Piper Heidsieck Brut “Cuvee 1785” NV 750ML ($49.95) $36 special
Wine Spectator 91 points “Dry and smoky, with a streak of salinity accenting glazed apricot, toasted raisin bread, lemon meringue and hazelnut flavors. A firm and focused Champagne that should do well as an aperitif or paired with food.”


Louis Latour Chateau de Blagny Meursault Blagny, Meursault Premier Cru 2014 750ML ($79.95) $59 special
Winery note “Our Meursault 1er Cru “Château de Blagny” 2014 reveals a brillant yellow pale colour. The nose is really gourmet : fresh butter, vanilla, almond and fresh hazelnut notes dominate. The mouth is round, ample and reveals floral and brioché notes. Nice minerality on the finish.”

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Ampeleia Alicante Costa Toscana IGT 2015 750ML ($34.95) $27 special
Winery note: “Our experience and the observation of our land over the years have brought us to a better understanding of each vineyard’s potential expression, leading us to produce wines sourced from a single plot. With this Alicante wine we are thus embarking on a new journey for Ampeleia: the ‘Monovarietali’ project that will include varietal wines representing the fruit of our deeper knowledge and of the evolution of our ideas. The grapes are sourced in plot n° 148 of cadastral sheet 153 called “Vigna della Pieve”, with sandy soils rich in pebbles, where Alicante Nero vines grow – a common Mediterranean variety also known as Grenache in France, Cannonau in the neighbouring island of Sardinia and as Garnacha in Spain.”
VinopolNote: Elisabetta Foradori, the legendary producer from the Dolomiti region, has brought her practice of all-natural and biodynamic style to the Tuscan Coast for a project named Ampeleia along with Thomas Widmann and Giovanni Podini. The focus is on Rhone varietals that flourish in the warm sunshine: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Alicante Bouchet and Marsellan. This wine is grown in sandy soils, topped by small pebbles, at a high elevation. The cool, dry nights help the grapes maintain their fresh acidity while allowing for the long and slow development of Grenache’s juicy flavors. The result is an opulent but supremely drinkable red.

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Antoniolo Gattinara DOCG 2011 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Antonio Galloni 91 points “The 2011 Gattinara is surprisingly intense for an entry-level bottling. Dark, powerful and voluptuous – almost unnaturally so for the appellation – the 2011 exudes richness. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and menthol are front and center in this super-expressive, inviting Gattinara from Antoniolo. Readers should expect a bold, racy style in 2011.”

Antoniolo Castelle, Gattinara DOCG 2011 750ML ($54.95) $44 special
Wine Spectator 90 points “Enticing aromas of cherry, rose, licorice and tar give way to stony, mineral elements that define this red, which is firm yet long and mouthwatering, with the mineral depths echoing on the lingering finish.”

Antoniolo Osso San Grato, Gattinara DOCG 2011 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Wine Spectator 93 points “An austere, chalky style, whose linear profile binds cherry, tomato leaf, loam and tea flavors together. Aeration coaxes out more fruit and harmony, but this is more reticent than some peers, with a long, mineral finish.”
Doctorwine 94 points “Harvest this year came early due to an alternating climate that saw a hot spring followed by a cool and rainy June, a normal July and a dry and very hot August. Overall the vintage was considered good but the estate did not consider a classic one. The wine has a transparent, ruby-garnet color with particularly luminous fuchsia reflections. The bouquet has finesse with scents of violet, rose, apricot, licorice, mint and a pinch of chalk. The tannins in the mouthfeel are compact yet sweet and perhaps are a bit too settled for a young top Gattinara. The finish is modulated. A wine of the finest quality and unbridled drinkability.”

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Antoniolo San Francesco, Gattinara DOCG 2011 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “With a core of sweet fruit notes, this red combines cherry, berry, tomato leaf and stone aromas and flavors. Remains balanced and long, evolving from cherry to mineral on the long finish.”

Quick looks at here-now highlights!

White Bordeaux in every respect, except:

No Semillon, no Sauvignon Blanc, no Bordeaux Appellation designation!

Chateau du Retout ‘Le Retout Blanc’, Vin de France 2014 750ML ($29.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 91 points “Alluring, with lemon curd, citrus oil, white peach and candied grapefruit peel notes streaking along together, backed by a twinge of quinine that beautifully offsets the rich feel. Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Gris, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche. Drink now through 2017.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Pinot in its Prime

A Russian River Pinot Noir

So good – it tastes like Oregon!

Inman Family Wines OGV Olivet Grange Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2010 750ML ($49.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles available
Stephen Tanzer –Vinous 93 points “(made with one-half whole clusters and 12.5% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. A heady, spice-accented bouquet displays scents of strawberry preserves, potpourri and incense, complemented by a lively note of white pepper. Silky, spicy and lithe, with an alluring sweetness and bright mineral cut to its intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Pure and seamless pinot, with great upfront appeal and a delicacy that hearkens to the Old World. The “OGV” here stands for Olivet Grange Vineyard, the Inmans’ home property. They are unable to use the word “Grange” in the wine name because of legal challenges.” ST

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Bold Brunello @ $29.92/$33

Pairs with ham & turkey, too!

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2011 750ML ($39.95) $33 special, 20 bottles available
Case-12 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2011 750ML ($419.95) $359 special, 4 cases available (that’s only $29.92/bottle!)
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a terrific wine for the year. Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco, mint, sweet spices and orange peel are all front and center. This is a gorgeous 2011 Brunello that represents everything the vintage can be; open-knit, accessible and polished. I don’t expect the 2011 will be a long-term ager, but it is exceptionally beautiful and delicious today.”
James Suckling 93 points “A ripe, juicy wine with blueberry, chocolate, walnut and cherry character. Round and savory. Silky tannins. Very close quality to the fabulous 2010. Delicious now.”

B. Leighton

Bleightont obscurity is not an oxymoron

It is hard to be in the limelight alongside Charles Smith/ K Vintners

B. Leighton is the master wine master who has been involved in all that you cherish from Charles

B. Leighton Olsen’s Brothers Vineyard Gratitude, Yakima Valley 2013 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 7 bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 points “Inspired by the wines of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, Leighton’s 2013 Gratitude checks in as a Mourvèdre dominated blend that incorporates 25% Grenache and 5% Syrah, all of which was aged in two- to three-year-old puncheons. Cured meats, spice-box, black currants and blackberry nuances all emerge from this sweetly fruited, layered, downright sexy Mourvèdre that has fine, polished tannin and a great finish. Not harvested until the last week of October, drink this rock star 2013 over the coming decade, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve for longer.”

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B. Leighton Olsen’s Brothers Vineyard Grenache, Yakima Valley 2012 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 20 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer—Vinous 92 points “(14.5%; from a north-facing slope on limestone caliche soil at 1,200 feet): Good medium red. Raspberry, mocha and smoky minerality on the alluring nose. Creamy and sweet but lively in the mouth, with the raspberry fruit complicated by rocky minerality and subtle notes of fennel, sweet dirt and peppery spices. Finishes with a firm tannic spine that should support a graceful evolution in the bottle. This is the new project of Brennon Leighton, who left Efesté a couple years ago to join Charles Smith on his new white wine projects.”

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B. Leighton Olsen’s Brothers Vineyard Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley 2012 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 5 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94+ points “The star of the show, Leighton’s 2012 Petit Verdot Olsen Vineyard (100% Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 50% new French oak) is still painfully backward and unevolved, yet has tons of personality and potential. Loaded with notions of dark fruits, peach pit, creamy licorice and violet-like aromas and flavors, it’s full-bodied, thrillingly concentrated, yet fresh and elegant, with plenty of focus to its texture and length on the finish. It’s a brilliant wine. Give it 2-3 years and drink bottles over the following decade.” JD
Stephen Tanzer 92 points “(made entirely from whole, uncrushed berries): Deep, saturated ruby. Knockout nose combines redcurrant, crystallized blackberry, iron, dried flowers and licorice. Sweet, supple and pliant in the mouth, with lovely saline soil tones complicating the plush flavors of red berries, flowers, minerals and spices. Already long on personality, this wine finishes with wonderfully smooth, horizontal tannins and terrific length. Incidentally, I scored this wine 93+? last year, but the wine had not yet been bottled. It’s a lot more open to inspection today.”

B. Leighton Olsen’s Brothers Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley 2013 750ML (49.95) $41.90 special, 33 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “Lastly, and from tiny yields, the 100-case 2013 Syrah Olsen Vineyard was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in 20% new puncheons for 18 months. Gamey, spice and complex, with gorgeous crème de cassis fruit and a touch of graphite, this beauty is full-bodied, layered and elegant, with ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great finish. This is a serious wine that will benefit from short-term cellaring and drink well through 2028.”

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If you’ve never had a La La

If you’ve ever had a La La

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E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne, Rhone 2009 750ML ($599.95) $499 special, 6 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “The 2009 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a killer wine. An extravagant bouquet of black truffles, roasted meats, licorice, ground pepper, blackberries, scorched earth and camphor soars from this muscular, dense, over-the-top, serious, masculine La Landonne. Built like Arnold Schwarzenegger was two decades ago, this enormously concentrated bodybuilder of a wine should hit its prime in a decade, and last 40-50 years. This is no trivial boast as the debut vintage of La Landonne, the 1978, is just reaching full maturity at age 34.” RP
Wine Spectator 99 points “This delivers a stunningly ripe, pure, polished bolt of plum confiture, along with notes of anise, mocha, blueberry coulis, Black Forest cake and espresso. The finish sports admirable grip for this ripe-styled vintage, with a grounding rod of iron buried deeply. There’s fruit and muscle now, with minerality to burn while this is cellared. Best from 2015 through 2040.”

Bye Bye Byron
Buy Buy Byron


Byron Nielson Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2013 750ML ($39.95) $29 special, 22 bottles available
Case-6 Byron Nielson Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2013 750ML ($219.95) $139 special, 2 six-packs available (that’s only $23.17/bottle!)
Wine Advocate 92+ points “Another terrific wine is the 2013 Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard, which was completely destemmed and aged 16 months in 40% new French oak. Still showing its oak elevage, with lots of caramelized cherry, black raspberry, sweet oak and spice, it hits the palate with a seamless, silky, gorgeously pure texture that carries plenty of fruit and finishes clean and dry, with notable tannic grip. Give it a year or two in the cellar to integrate its oak and drink bottles through 2021.”

Domaine de Montille

22 Wines Available – 22 Best Listed Prices Available in USA

The Côte de Beaune hardly hosts a better-known name than de Montille. It’s as if the family of archetypical Burgundian vignerons arose from the earth of Volnay centuries ago. The late Hubert de Montille helped make the domaine famous for its classic style of age-worthy Burgundy, but now his son and daughter make the wines. Low yields and partial whole-cluster fermentation remain the norm, but the modern de Montille reds have softer tannins, are more aromatic, and they don’t require as much cellar time as before. Few other wines from Beaune, Pommard, and Volnay speak of their terroir and of Burgundian culture like de Montille wines do. These are very fine, hard to find, Burgundy.

Below is a selection of our sale wines, in-stock and available here now!

Domaine de Montille Les Greves, Beaune Premier Cru 2007 750ML ($99.95) Was $79, Now $59, 4 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer–Vinous 90+ points “Medium red. Spicy redcurrant, raspberry, minerals and subtle earth tones on the inviting nose. Then rather reticent and firmly built, with good energy and lift to frame the red berry and spice flavors. Precise, juicy wine with very good aging potential. This is a modest 12.5% alcohol with a rather low 3.4 pH, according to Etienne de Montille.”

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Domaine de Montille Les Pezerolles, Pommard Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($179.95) Was $149, Now $128, 19 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2009 Pommard Les Pezerolles is rich, round and seductive. Layers of fruit caress the palate in this enveloping, textured Burgundy. There is plenty of intensity in the glass. Hints of hard candy and licorice wrap around the finish. The Pezerolles was made with 100% destemmed fruit. Although I like the wine’s frank immediacy, I also think it will age gracefully.”

This was the lowest listed price in the USA today,
Now it’s even lower!
The next best price is $169

Domaine de Montille Les Mitans, Volnay Premier Cru 2011 750ML ($129.95) Was $89, Now $79, 6 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 90-92 points “(100% vendange entier; 20% new oak; small, concentrated berries from old vines):  Good medium red.  Lovely subtle perfume of cherry and raspberry liqueur lifted by a peppery element.  Sweet, dense and lively but restrained on the palate, with distinctly dark flavors of blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate.  The brooding finish features broad, palate-coating tannins.  I like the peppery stem element here as it contributes energy without overpowering the wine’s fruit.” ST

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Domaine de Montille Les Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($349.95) Was $299, Now $228, 5 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 94+ points “(vinified with two-thirds whole clusters and aged in 50% new oak): Bright, dark red. Knockout musky but backward nose combines raspberry, flinty minerality and truffley earth. Very concentrated, mineral-driven wine with a restrained sweetness and complex soil tones to its pungent flavors of red cherry and raspberry. Suave and juicy but a bit youthfully imploded, finishing with serious, noble tannins. Already quite smooth but it would be criminal not to lay this down for at least a few years.”
Burghound 92-94 points–Outstanding—“This is less obviously floral in character though this element is still quite prominent on the discreet spicy aromas of plum, dark raspberry and sandalwood nuances. There is an equally sleek mouth feel to the broad-shouldered and muscular flavors that possess an exquisite sense of underlying tension and plenty of minerality, all wrapped in a firm, cool, linear and built-to-age finale. I very much like the complexity and the persistence is most impressive.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 91-93 points “The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts appeared very closed and unresponsive on the nose, a little subdued when compared to the Corton Clos du Roi ’13 alongside. Then it begins to wake up with blackberry, cranberry and raspberry preserve that blossoms with each encouraging swirl. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, supple and rounded in the mouth, exerting a gentle grip and a long finish that belies the backbone. This is very fine, although as I remarked at the time, I feel that there is a clear difference between this and the “Christianne” cuvée this year.”

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Below is the complete list of Domaine de Montille wines on sale. To order online or to read full reviews, visit our web store


2014 Beaujolais Round Up

Best vintage in Beaujolais since 2005? “Readers who enjoy Beaujolais need to stock up on the best 2014s for both immediate enjoyment as well as for cellaring. And there are many more of these top choices than usual in 2014. Stylistically the wines bear comparison to classically proportioned vintages such as 2010 and 2011, with abundant fresh fruit as well as depth and structure, all working smoothly together. Simply put, even if one takes into consideration the recent run of strong vintages—2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and, almost certainly, 2015—2014 might turn out to have produced the most consistently outstanding group of Beaujolais since the legendary 2005s, which is saying something. That’s especially true for readers who prize the classic style of Beaujolais that emphasizes energetic fruit and mineral character, qualities the ‘14s possess in spades.” –Josh Raynolds – Vinous Media

We offer twenty-six 2014 Beaujolais wines in-stock (and 14 more arriving over the next three months). Below is a selection of wines available here now!

Georges Duboeuf Domaine des Rosiers Moulin-a-Vent 2014 750ML ($21.95) Was $18, Now $14, 35 bottles available
Wine Advocate 89-91 points “The 2014 Moulin-à-Vent Domaine des Rosiers, which sees a judicious 15% oak barrel aging, has a precocious and lively bouquet of maraschino cherry, cola and mineral scents that are nicely defined and feminine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fine acidity and harmony with a mineral-driven finish that leaves the mouth tingling. This is just lovely.” NM

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The next best price is $17.98
The average price is $22

Domaine Richard Rottiers Moulin-a-Vent 2014 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 93 points “Produced from vines up to 80 years old, this is a powerful, wood-aged wine. Tannins are mixed with toast, spice and dark plum flavors. Acidity gives freshness and finishes the wine with very fine fruits as well as structure. Age this impressive wine and drink from 2018.”
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 92 points “Brilliant violet. Smoke-accented blackberry and cherry scents are complicated by suggestions of vanilla, violet and licorice. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering intense dark berry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up and become spicier with air. Weighty yet lithe, delivering a solid finishing punch of sappy dark fruit, smooth tannins and excellent persistence. This substantial yet energetic wine has the stuffing as well as the balance to age.”

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon Camille 2014 1.5L ($119.95) $89 special, 16 magnums available
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 93 points “Bright ruby. Deep-pitched cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Plush and round in character, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors energized by a suggestion of peppery spices. Finishes smooth, sappy and broad, revealing lingering sweetness and very soft tannins.”’

Guy Breton Beaujolais Villages ‘Cuvee Marylou’ 2014 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 90 points “Youthful violet. Lively aromas of fresh red berries, lavender and allspice are joined by subtle mineral and anise nuances. Silky, gently sweet and focused, offering nervy red currant and raspberry flavors braced by zesty acidity and a subtle peppery note. Shows good depth but comes off as lithe, finishing with very good clarity and sneaky tannins.”

Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie les Garants 2014 750ML ($27.95) $24 special, 36+ bottles available
Case-12 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie les Garants 2014 750ML ($319.95) $259 special, 5 cases available (that’s only $21.58/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 93 points “Deep ruby. Intense black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and smoky minerals. Juicy and penetrating, offering sappy red and blue fruit flavors that effortlessly marry power to finesse. The mineral and floral notes linger impressively on the finish, which is given shape by fine-grained, sneaky tannins.”

Daniel Bouland Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Melanie 2014 750ML ($31.95) $24 special, 23 bottles available
Case-12 Daniel Bouland Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Melanie 2014 750ML ($319.95) $259 special, 6 cases available (that’s only $21.58/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 93 points “Youthful violet. Intense, highly perfumed boysenberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille aromas show excellent clarity, and a smoky mineral overtone builds in the glass. Sappy and sharply focused, offering concentrated red and blue fruit flavors that show impressive vivacity given their heft. Juicy, pure and precise, finishing with outstanding focus and persistence and silky, even tannins that add gentle grip.”
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Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvee Corcelette 2014 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 17 bottles available
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 92 points “Brilliant ruby. Spicy, mineral-tinged cherry and red berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a suave floral nuance with air. Silky raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are lifted and sharpened by an emphatic mineral element and a suggestion of peppery spices. Sappy, incisive and subtly sweet on the penetrating and strikingly long finish, which is firmed by smooth, harmonious tannins.”
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2014 Morgon Cuvee Corcelette has a wonderful bouquet with wild strawberry and raspberry scents married with cold, flint-like notes tucked in underneath. Wonderful definition here. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp tannin, very pure and harmonious, a touch of spice infusing the dark berry fruit towards the minerally finish. So much energy is wrapped up into this Morgon, a Beaujolais that should easily give a decade’s worth of drinking pleasure.”

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Our Current
Shipping Promos:

Welcome to the club, Colorado!

Along with Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California,
we now offer flat rate shipping to Colorado. Here’s the scoop:

Single orders of any quantity of wines qualify for the flat rate;
this does not apply to orders held in storage for any reason
or multiple orders consolidated into one shipment.
The flat reach for each state is, as follows:

-to Oregon for $17,
-Washington & Idaho for $20,
-and California & Colorado for $25

Take Advantage of the Flat Rate!

October Sales Countdown

Only 8 Days Remaining

We’re up to 50 wines on sale through the month of October!

DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah, Sonoma County 2012 750ML ($69.95) Was $44.80, Now $39, 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 94 points “Pure, rich and layered, with dense, mocha-laced blackberry, black licorice, dill, anise and cedar notes. The flavors keep unraveling, ending with a long, sustained finish. Best from 2015 through 2028.”

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The average listed price is fully 56% higher @ $61

Delaille Domaine du Salvard Unique Pinot Noir, IGP Val de Loire 2013 750ML ($19.95) Was $11.90, Now $9.90, 30 bottles available
Vinopolnote: Organic; grown from 10-20 year old Pinot vines planted in clay and sandy soils. 100% destemmed, with six day maceration. Vinified in stainless steel cuves, aged on the fine lees, and bottled unfiltered. Exquisite little Loire this, pair it with near anything, perfect for those who want an inexpensive red with white meats, seafoods, or egg-cheese cuisine. Tofu too!

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Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($59.95) Was $49, Now $44, 36+ bottles available
Robert Parker 92 points “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec, is a beauty. It’s also realistically priced by Napa standards. The wine reveals toasty oak, blackberry and cassis fruit, beautiful texture, purity and length. This is a big-time winner and should drink well for 12-15 years.”
Antonio Galloni 92 points “Round Pond’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is fabulous. Aromatic, pliant and expressive, the 2013 is incredibly nuanced for such a young wine. Sweet red plum, wild flowers, mint and cinnamon meld together in a medium-bodied, gracious Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring.”

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Domaine Comte Abbatucci ‘BR’ Barbarossa Blanc de Noir NV, Corscia (2012) 750ML ($79.95) Was $33, Now $28, 21 bottles available
Wine Advocate 91 points “Abbatucci’s 2012 br constitutes a tank-rendered blanc de noir from the Barbarossa vines his father planted in the early 1960s. Scents and flavors of apricot, pineapple and pink grapefruit are prominently reinforced by piquancy of pit, core, pip and rind, so that the mid-palate effect here – while lush and expansive – is simultaneously zesty and tactilely prickling. Accompanying candied citrus rinds and bitter-edged licorice offers a tannic sense of graininess that accentuates this wine’s invigorating persistence. I have no experience or even reliable word on how previous renditions have fared in bottle, but if fortune favors you with the opportunity and liquidity, enjoy this wine in its youth, but also explore its potential by cellaring a couple of bottles.”

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Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon, Vista Flores 2012 750ML ($19.95) Was $14, Now $11.90, 36+ bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 89 points “Good deep red.  Musky aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, fresh herbs and tobacco leaf.  Sweet, gentle and fat with fruit; more open-knit in the middle than the malbec.  Then tightens up on the back end, finishing with a more classic dryness.” ST

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Great Ganevat

Many wines – not so many bottles

Ganevat wines are rare; but here not priced as precious

Arriving this week

Between Burgundy and the border of Switzerland in eastern France is the obscure and intriguing wine producing region of the Jura.  Vineyards are mostly planted along the lower-lying western section of the Jura Mountains facing south to maximize sun exposure.  The soil throughout the Jura is composed of Jurassic limestone and marlstone, similar to Chablis and the upper Loire, and was named for the Jura Mountains.  The summers in the region are warm and dry and the winters are cold.  Due to the region’s isolation, traditional winemaking techniques are still in common practice and its unique regional grape varieties still dominate the landscape.

Since 1650, Jean-Francois Ganevat’s family has grown wine grapes and produced wine in the hamlet of La Combe in the Jura.   Jean-Francois Ganevat, after working for his father and Domain Jean-Marc Morey in Burgundy, took over the domaine in 1998 as the fourteenth generation of the family.  From his small 21 acres of land, he produces up to forty different wines each year; a potpourri of small quantities.  Some of these varieties are ancient native varieties not allowed under the AOC, such as Petit Béclan, Portugais Bleu, Enfariné, Argant, Poulsard Blanc.  These are inter-planted in his vineyards, and he is in the process of declassifying his wines to allow for their legal inclusion.

Ganevat’s vineyards are grown along slopes in this cool climate.  His vineyard practices are exacting and biodynamic.  He is known for hand trimming individual grapes from the stems directly into old barrels to ferment whole-berry.  This preserves a small section of the stem and keeps the berries completely intact.  In the winery, Ganevat ages his whites for extended periods on the lees, so he only needs minute amounts of sulfur, if any, during bottling.  His whites undergo malolactic fermentation and are aged for at least two years before bottling.   His reds are aged in barrel at least one year.  His wines are light and elegant in style.

We’re proud to announce our diverse allocation of Ganevat wines arriving this week:



Arriving Friday

Morgan Twain-Peterson’s winemaking career began at the age of 5 when he began making small lots of Pinot Noir at Ravenswood Winery, founded by his father, Joel Peterson. He continued making this wine (named Vino Bambino) until left for college in 2001. By then he’d secured places for it on the wine lists of several famous restaurants including Blue Hill, Gramercy Tavern, and Delmonico’s. In 2007, Twain-Peterson founded Bedrock in what was once a 550 square foot chicken coop. He eventually convinced his best friend Chris Cottrell to move from New York to become a partner in the winery. Today, the duo cultivates strong bonds with growers throughout Sonoma and the North Coast, creating exquisite, expressive wines.

Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvee Karatas White Blend, Sonoma County 2015 750ML ($49.95) $39 pre-arrival special
Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend

Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Red, Contra Costa County 2015 750ML ($39.95) $36 pre-arrival special
Winery note “Own-rooted on forty foot deep banks of beach sand alongside the Sacramento River Delta, Evangelho is a totally unique site. Planted in the 1890’s the vineyard is viticultural survivor- wedged between a PG and E plant, a Burger King, and a motel that rents rooms by the hour. A field-blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre, and others the wines are fresh, bright, and typically have some of the lowest pH’s of any of the Bedrock wines.”

Bedrock Wine Co. ‘The Bedrock Heritage’ Wine, Sonoma Valley 2015 750ML ($59.95) $44 pre-arrival special
Winery note “Planted 1888: Always the wine closest to my heart, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine comes my family’s old vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Planted between 1888 and 1895 and composed of over 22 interplanted varieties, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine is the wine that I started the winery to make. The piece of rock strewn red clay soils produced a wine of citrus-tinged red fruits and spice. I hope this wine speaks as much to the vineyard as to the varieties from which it is composed- which of course is the point. Composed of roughly 55% Zinfandel, 30% Carignane, with the balance being the many other varieties scattered throughout the vineyard.”

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Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo’s Heritage, Dry Creek Valley 2014 750ML ($59.95) $44 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2014 Lorenzo’s Heritage Wine exudes Dry Creek intensity, with searing tannin and vibrant acidity that support a core of blue and purplish-hued fruits. This powerful, virile wine needs time in the bottle, as it is raw and not fully formed today. Still, I find it absolutely compelling.”

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Bedrock Wine Co. Griffin’s Lair Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2014 Syrah Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is dazzling. Remarkably sculpted for such a big wine, the Griffin’s Lair possesses remarkable depth and intensity from start to finish. Dark red cherry, plum, rose petal and violets are given an extra kick of aromatic lift from the 60% whole clusters. The flavors are so vivid and pure. Still, readers should plan on giving the 2014 at least a few years in bottle. Even today, though, the Griffin’s Lair is a knock-out.”

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