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In Today’s Newsletter:

Featured Pre-Arrivals
The Kings of Austria: Gobelsburg & Alzinger

Fourrier’s Much Anticipated 2018s

New Week – New Arrivals

Castell’in Villa
Pre-Arrivals & Back Vintages from a Tuscan Classic


Collector’s Corner #1
Rousseau: The Pinnacle of Gevrey-Chambertin

Collector’s Corner #2
Napa Valley Edition


Featured Pre-Arrivals

The Kings of Austria: Gobelsburg & Alzinger



Schloss Gobelsburg makes some of the top wines in Austria. They operate in a style that promotes complexity and vivacity for some of the best values in the wine world (especially at the high end). The single vineyard wines are generally raised in a mixture of stainless and cask and are powerful, forthright expressions of some of the best terroirs in Austria. As a result, their top bottlings are wines that can stand toe to toe with any white wine in the world, but for a fraction of the price of the competition.

Pre-Arrivals ETA November:

Schloss Gobelsburg Sekt Brut Reserve, Niederosterreich NV 750ML ($41.95) $36 pre-arrival special

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Schloss Gobelsburg Renner Gruner Veltliner Reserve Erste OTW Lage, Kamptal 2018 750ML ($59.95) $45 pre-arrival special
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Schloss Gobelsburg Steinsetz Gruner Veltliner Reserve Erste OTW Lage, Kamptal 2019 750ML ($34.95) $29 pre-arrival special
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Schloss Gobelsburg Tradition Gruner Veltliner Reserve, Niederosterreich 2017 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
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Schloss Gobelsburg Gobesburger Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal DAC 2019 750ML ($18.95) $16 pre-arrival special

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The Alzinger style is one of restraint and balance, which yields wines that are impressively aromatic and reward focus and contemplation. They aren’t so bombastic that they take up all of your attention, so they’re incredible wines to pair with food. Both Grüner and Riesling are excellent, up and down the ripeness scale (they make some of our favorite Federspiel wines), and they age beautifully. If you like old-school, old world wines (white Burgundy, or Alsatian wines before the planet turned into an oven), Alzinger’s wines are sure to over deliver.

Pre-Arrivals ETA November:

Weingut Leo Alzinger Durnstein Gruner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau 2019 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special

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Weingut Leo Alzinger Loibner Loibenberg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau 2019 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
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Weingut Leo Alzinger Loibner Steinertal Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau 2019 750ML ($69.95) $59 pre-arrival special
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Weingut Leo Alzinger Ried Liebenberg Riesling Smaragd, Wachau 2019 750ML ($59.95) $47 pre-arrival special
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Weingut Leo Alzinger Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd, Wachau 2019 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
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Featured New Arrivals

Fourrier’s Much Anticipated 2018s

Domaine Fourrier makes some of the most captivating wines in Burgundy. To Burgophiles, this isn’t much of a claim—the wines that Jean-Marie has produced since taking over from his father have become hot tickets in the Burgundy world. If you aren’t familiar, these are wines to put on your radar. Fourrier’s style is heavily influenced by his time working under Henri Jayer and the wines show this.

When young they’re among the most impressive in Burgundy, combining succulent fruit with minerality and a complexity that’s nearly unmatched in newly released wines. They improve with age, as well, though we’ve always had a hard time keeping our hands off of the lower-tier wines in the first five years after the vintage. Fourrier works exclusively with old massale vineyards (anything from vines younger than 30 years is sold off) and that sort of soul really makes it into the bottle.

The winery’s much anticipated 2018s have just arrived. However quantities are extremely limited, so we recommend moving quickly. Many of these coveted bottlings are sure to disappear quickly.

In Stock Now:

Domaine Fourrier Clos Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($599.95) $499 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Decanter 97 points
 “Every bit as good as the Grands Crus wines he bottles under his domaine and négociant labels, Jean-Marie Fourrier’s Clos St-Jacques has a classic combination of density, plushness and poise, with spicy, sappy black cherry and bramble fruit, scented 20% new wood and a fine, detailed, refreshing finish. The class of the terroir shines through here.”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 93-95 points “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques reveals a beautiful bouquet of red cherries, cassis and wild berries mingled with notes of peony, loamy soil, dark chocolate and grilled meats. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, this is the most seamless and complete of Fourrier’s premiers crus this year, as well as the most structurally refined. Long and lively, it’s a beautiful wine in the making.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 92-94 points “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is blessed with a very detailed bouquet of crushed stone intermixed with dark cherries, raspberry and hints of pain d’épices and gingerbread. You could keep nosing this all day. The palate is succulent on the entry, and the fleshy red fruit is infused with orange peel and marmalade. The slightly confit finish is quintessentially Fourrier. Very good length – but does the Combe Aux Moines dare to steal Clos Saint-Jacques’s crown this year?”
Burghound “Sweet Spot Outstanding 91-93 points. An exuberantly fresh nose offers relatively high-toned notes of wild red cherry, pomegranate and currant that are liberally laced with earth, spice and discreet oak hints. There is once again good vibrancy to the generously proportioned and fleshy medium-bodied flavors that display fine power and plenty of minerality on the youthfully austere finale that is also very clearly built-to-age.”
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Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits 2018 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Neal Martin-Vinous 90-92 points
 “The 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Aux Echanges includes 50% whole cluster for the first time. I like the precision and focus on the nose, although it feels a little backward at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins, fresh and silky-smooth, with a nicely detailed finish. This is an impressive village cru that should age well.”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 89-91 points “As usual, the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux is a bit more elegant (whereas its Vieilles Vignes counterpart is richer and more boisterous). Offering up notes of cherries, blackberries, sweet soil tones and summer truffle, the Aux Echézeaux is medium to full-bodied, sappy and nicely concentrated, built around supple, powdery tannins and ripe acids.”

Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits 2018 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Decanter 93 points
 “Always labelled as a single ‘old vine’, this commendable consistent village Gevrey-Chambertin is a blend of fruit from the Champerrier and Combes du Dessus lieux-dits. Densely coloured in 2018, with plenty of fruit concentration, tannins and acidity, it could easily be mistaken for a Premier Cru. Sappy, refreshing and long, it handles its 25% new oak with ease. Typical of the winning Fourrier style.”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 89-91 points “Aromas of dark cherry fruit, rose petals, rich soil tones and blood orange introduce Fourrier’s 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, a medium to full-bodied, perfumed and succulent wine, its fine-grained but muscular tannins cloaked in an ample core of fruit. Long and penetrating, this is a promising young wine in the making.”
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Domaine Fourrier Les Champeaux Vieilles Vignes, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($279.95) $219 special, 3 bottles in stock now
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 91-93+ points
 “Aromas of cassis, plums, dark chocolate and sweet soil tones, complemented by a subtle top note of warm spices, introduce the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux, a medium to full-bodied wine that’s muscular and structured, with broader shoulders than the Cherbaudes that preceded it in our tasting, revealing excellent concentration and a long and ripely tannic finish.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 91-93 points “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux 1er Cru is very floral and perfumed on the nose, so much so that if served blind I might guess it came from Vosne-Romanée. The lightly spiced palate is well balanced, with ripe black cherry and wild strawberry fruit and a touch of blood orange toward a finish of moderate length. This just needs to shake off its conservatism.”
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Domaine Fourrier Les Cherbaudes Vieilles Vignes, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($279.95) $219 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Decanter 96 points
 “Located just below the Clos de Bèze, on very hard, rocky soils, Cherbaudes is often one of the more muscular and concentrated wines in the Fourrier line up. Dense and pretty powerful, with dark bramble and black cherry fruit, stylishly expressed 20% new wood, lots of violet perfume, layers of tannin and enough acidity and zip for balance. Ripe but harmonious.”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 91-93 points “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cherbaudes reveals notions of cherries, raspberries and cassis complemented by sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, it’s muscular and structural this year, with fine concentration, ripe acids and powdery tannins, concluding with a long finish.”
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Domaine Fourrier La Combe Aux Moines Vieilles Vignes, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($299.95) $249 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Decanter 97 points
 “Jean-Marie Fourrier is almost single-handedly responsible for creating the fame of this isolated Premier Cru. Planted in 1926 (though not by monks, alas), this parcel really comes into its own in hotter vintages, retaining freshness, poise and a degree of sang-froid. Racy, crunchy and refreshing, it has red cherry and pomegranate flavours, a hint of water melon sweetness and considerable underlying power and ageing potential.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 93-95 points “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines 1er Cru has one of the finest aromatics from Fourrier, offering mineral-soaked black and red fruit armed with laser-like focus. The clean, precise palate is very well balanced with fine tannins and a superb line of acidity. The disarmingly silky finish shows a surfeit of freshness. Superb!”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 92-94+ points “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines unwinds to reveal scents of sweet cherries, spices, plums, dark chocolate and grilled meats. Medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy, its broad-shouldered, powerful attack segues into a nicely defined mid-palate and a chalky finish. This is very promising.”
Burghound “Sweet Spot Outstanding” 91-93 points “A very fresh and relatively cool nose offers up notes of wild red and dark berries, newly turned earth and sauvage wisps. Here too there is excellent volume to the attractively textured middle weight flavors that exhibit focused power on the mouthcoating, serious and very firmly structured finale. This is built-to-age and a wine that is going to need it.”
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Domaine Fourrier Les Petits Vougeots Vieilles Vignes, Vougeot Premier Cru 2018 750ML ($299.95) $249 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Decanter 94 points
 “It’s really a Chambolle-Musigny,’ says Jean-Marie Fourrier of this Premier Cru located in a hollow just below the Musigny Grand Cru. East-facing, so a little cooler, it’s a site that has produced, a fine, detailed, racy Pinot Noir in 2018, with plenty of colour, sappy bramble and black cherry flavours, fine tannins and a fresh, balanced, tapering finish.”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 90-92 points “The 2018 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeot opens in the glass with aromas of cherries, raspberries and orange rind, framed by a deft touch of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, it’s fine-boned, finishing with chalky grip, though it was a little introverted on the palate when I tasted it.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 90-92 points “The 2018 Vougeot Les Petits Vougeot 1er Cru has a pretty, potpourri-tinged red and black cherry bouquet that is very Vosne-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, plenty of raspberry confit and crushed strawberry fruit laced with dark chocolate toward the grippy finish. Lovely texture here, and impressive length. This needs three to five years in bottle.”

Domaine Fourrier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos Solon Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits 2018 750ML ($119.95) $99 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Decanter 93 points
 “Jean-Marie Fourrier’s Clos Solon is consistently among the best village Morey-St-Denis bottlings, sourced from a 0-5ha parcel close to the RN74. It’s a ripe, generous style in 2018, with close to 14% alcohol, lots of colour and scented oak, ample concentration of bramble and black cherry fruit and enough supporting acidity for balance.”
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 88-90 points “The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Clos Solon wafts from the glass with notes of cherries, smoky wild berries, cassis and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, supple and charming, its ripe core of fruit is framed by powdery tannins. This is a touch richer and deeper-pitched than the 2017 rendition, but it will offer a similarly broad drinking window.”
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Domaine Fourrier Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy 2018 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 3 bottles in stock now
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 87 points
 “The 2018 Bourgogne Blanc bursts with aromas of peaches, apples and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and open-knit, it’s a charming, front-loaded wine that’s already drinking well.”
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New Week – New Arrivals


St. Innocent Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley 2016 750ML ($21.95) $16 special
Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice” 92 points “This delicious, sexy wine impresses with its leesy, textural mouthfeel, its mountain spring freshness, it’s crisp lemon and grapefruit flavors, and its underlying minerality. One-quarter was fermented in neutral French oak, the rest in stainless steel. A dash of minty wintergreen trails the finish.”
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Bow & Arrow Chenin Blanc, Willamette Valley 2018 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
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Cameron Winery Supernatural Rouge de Gris, Willamette Valley 2018 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Winery note
 “This supernatural wizard wine will knock you off your hairy hobbit feet. Made from late harvest Pinot gris fermented  for 1 month in amphora then aged in neutral barrels for 2 years, this light red wine has structure and pizzazz that will make your tastebuds smile. A wonderful cherry hue, with the aromatics of summer stone fruit, this wine will be a magical match with most cuisines.”
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Flaneur Wines Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2018 750ML ($31.95) $24.40 special
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 90 points
 “Bright ruby. Spice-tinged cherry and black raspberry on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth and nicely concentrated, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that take on a floral quality with air. In an ample but energetic style, finishing supple and long, with repeating cherry and spice notes. 5% new oak.”
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Flaneur Wines Cuvee Constantin Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 92 points
 “Vivid magenta. Fresh black raspberry, cherry, baking spices and a hint of mocha on the highly perfumed nose. Sweet, palate-caressing red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors show good depth and pick up floral pastille and smoky notes with aeration. Shows a seamless, velvety texture and turns spicier on a long, subtly tannic finish that echoes the red fruit and floral notes. 31% new oak.”
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Marietta Cellars Angeli Cuvee, Alexander Valley 2018 750ML ($39.95) $29 special
Antonio Galloni 91-94 points
 “Marietta’s 2018 Zinfandel Angeli is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Inky dark plum, blueberry, mint, spice, lavender and licorice infuse the 2018 with striking depth and character. Readers will find a powerful Zinfandel with the structure and personality to age gracefully for many years.”
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Quintessa Red, Rutherford 2016 750ML ($199.95) $149 special
James Suckling 98 points
 “Phenomenal aromas of crushed berries, forest fruit, mushrooms and iron. Medium to full body, with layers of soft and refined tannins that follow through to a beautiful finish. Extremely long and refined. This shows depth and structure with balance and harmony. Hard not to open the bottle now and drink it, but it appears to be closing down now. Needs four to five years to show it all.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 97+ points “The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, with all fruit coming from the Quintessa estate, and it aged for 20 months in 73% new French oak. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass like a pedigree pup with exuberant notions of crème de cassis, warm blueberries and black cherries with hints of redcurrants, kirsch, candied violets, crushed rocks, cigar box and fallen leaves plus a waft of truffles. Full, rich and beautifully laced with layers of floral notes and fragrant earth, the profound black and blue fruits build slowly in the mouth, achieving great energy and depth with a beautiful velvety frame, finishing long and perfumed.”
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points “The 2016 Proprietary Red is a beauty based on 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carménère, all of which spent 20 months in just over 70% new French oak. This inky purple colored 2016 offers a perfumed, complex bouquet of sweet crème de cassis, Asian spices, lead pencil, and cedarwood. Full-bodied and plenty powerful, it shines even more for its flawless balance, polished tannins, and great finish. This is a quintessential, rich, elegant Napa Bordeaux blend to enjoy over the coming two decades or more.”
Decanter 95 points “Black cherry, grilled sage and cedar aromatics, smooth tannins and sweet black cherry fruits on the palate. Relatively low acidities but feels well in balance and this is structured and confident with flesh and laid back confident appeal. 70% new oak. Carménère and Petit Verdot complete the blend.”


Noel Bazin L’Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($59.95) $44 special
Winery note
 “[Translated and edited for clarity] 100% Montagne de Reims Chardonnay (a rarity). The wine is 50% 2017, 40% reserve wine from Solera, and 10% reserve wine raised in oak. The nose is floral. Acacia and Granny Smith apple notes give a beautiful impression of finesse and freshness. The palate is fresh, fruity and delicious with great elegance due to the Chardonnay from the village of Villers-Marmery.”

Marie Courtin Concordance Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut, Champagne 2015 750ML ($119.95) Was $75, Now $69 special
Antonio Galloni 93 points
 “The 2015 Extra Brut Concordance Sans Soufre (100% Pinot Noir) is bright, precise and absolutely gorgeous. Dominique Moreau seems to have really dialed in her approach over the last few years. I can’t remember tasting a Concordance with this much translucent energy. Pinot Noir in the Aube has rarely been this weightless and nuanced. The purity of the flavors is just striking. No dosage.”

Marie Courtin Efflorescence Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut, Champagne 2014 750ML ($99.95) Was $61.90, Now $59 special
No reviews yet for the 2014 vintage – Reviews for 2013 vintage provided for reference.
Antonio Galloni 94 points “A complete and wonderfully nuanced wine, the 2013 Extra Brut Efflorescence is fabulous. Bright and sculpted to the core, the 2013 exudes energy. Chalk, mint, jasmine and orchard fruit add complexity, but it is the wine’s overall balance that is most impressive. The Efflorescence offers striking translucence and energy from start to finish. The non-dosé style is especially successful here. Disgorged in April 2017 with no dosage.”
“Efflorescence is from an east-facing vineyard with 40-year-old vines (sélection massale) on Kimmeridgian soils. Fermented and aged for one year in pièces and 36 months on the second lees before the disgorgement…” –Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, writing on the 2013 vintage
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Jean Lallement et Fils Reserve Grand Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($69.95) Was $59, Now $49 special
80% 2013, 20% 2014, Aug ’18 disgorgement
Antonio Galloni 92 points “The NV Brut Resérve is a gorgeous wine. Finely cut and chiseled, the Resérve captures the savory energy and tension that are such signatures of Verzenay and Verzy, the two Grand Cru villages that inform this cuvée. The interplay of rich Pinot fruit with chiseled style that is a signature of these sites makes for an absolutely compelling Champagne. Dried herbs, graphite, white pepper and game add striking Pinot inflections throughout. Lallement is a tiny domaine with just four hectares of vineyards. Because of that, the wines naturally don’t enjoy a ton of visibility. The Brut Resérve is absolutely brilliant though, and well worth your attention. Disgorged: August 21, 2018.”
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Clos Sainte Magdeleine ‘Marie de Magdala’ Rose, IGP Bouches-du-Rhone 2018 750ML ($47.95) $39 special
Josh Raynolds – Vinous 93 points
 “Shimmering salmon skin. Displays vibrant, mineral-accented red berry and blood orange scents, along with a sexy floral overtone that gains strength with air. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense red currant, strawberry, orange peel and lavender flavors that deftly combine power and delicacy. Finishes with sharp delineation and superb, mineral-driven persistence, leaving a sexy floral note behind.”
Kermit Lynch Note “This is a 100% Grenache rosé—the only such rosé we import—from some of Clos Sainte Magdeleine’s highest-altitude vines. Notes of peaches, sea spray, and strawberries come together in a gorgeously balanced, medium-bodied wine that you will want to drink all year.”
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Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas La Geynale, Rhone 2018 750ML ($79.95) $69 special
Josh Raynolds 95 points
 “Opaque ruby. Highly aromatic aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense, exotic spices, violet and a hint of olive. Densely packed and lively on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur, floral pastille and salty olive flavors, a hint of smoky minerality and building spiciness. Finishes chewy, focused and extremely long, with mounting tannins lending shape and grip to vivid dark fruit and floral notes.”
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96+ points “The 2018 Cornas La Geynale is largely in the same style as the Granit 60, only with the gamey, bloody and meaty character (as well as tannins) turned up a notch. Black and blue fruits, rare meat, ground pepper, and wild herbs all give way to a structured, tannic wine that has beautiful purity and elegance. It’s not for those looking for instant gratification, however. This cuvée comes from a single parcel, is not destemmed, and will see 16 months in 2- to 8-year-old barrels.”
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Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany 2018 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Ian D’Agata-Vinous 92 points
 “Pale red; this wine’s very pretty color strikes me as being one of the less dark Rossos made by Pacenti in years. Inviting floral notes (rose, violet) complement strawberry, red cherry and delicate flint and herb aromas. Then very fresh and juicy, with a steely quality to the red fruit and herb flavors that are really perked up by a strong peppery component on the long, lively youthfully chewy finish. Made from 15 years old Sangiovese vines, this is a really lovely fruit-forward and also surprisingly spicy Rosso di Montalcino. 25% new oak for 12 -3 months.”
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Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 750ML ($59.95) $47 special
James Suckling 96 points
 “Such lovely aromas of flowers and red fruit with some cedar and spice. Hot terra cotta. Full-bodied, very round and soft textured with beautiful fruit and balance. Fresh and vivid. Such balance and beauty. Drink or hold.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 95 points “The Siro Pacenti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli is a rich and pleasing wine with very nice aromatics. Of these two new releases, the Pelagrilli is more characteristic of Tuscany and Sangiovese. The Vecchie Vigne expression tastes far more international or contemporary (read: it has more oak flavors) in comparison. I tend to prefer this wine especially in a vintage like 2015 that is so naturally expressive and powerful to begin with. The bouquet opens to dried cherry with dusty mineral notes and dried Mediterranean herb. On the the finish, you taste some of that sweetness that comes with aging in French barrique. Some 23,000 bottles were released in January 2020.”
Wine Spectator 94 points “Effusive aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry, plum and spice mark this generous, polished red. Well-structured, picking up earth and iron accents for good measure. Shows terrific balance and a long finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. 1,900 cases made, 680 cases imported.”
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Lisini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2015 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Decanter 96 points
 “With vineyards between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate on the inner edge of the Sesta district, Lisini’s vineyards are cleansed by constant breezes from the Tuscan Coast. Stony soils with an important underpinning of limestone as well as elevations over 300 metres help preserve freshness in their wines. The 2015 is beautifully fragrant, almost exotic in character. Plump red fruit and sweet summer herbs fill the mouth but rather than being heavy, this is poised and transparent. Ample powdery tannins are fine and lead to a tangy marine finish.”
Wine Spectator 94 points “A serious, brooding red, with ripe cherry and strawberry flavors offsetting the beefy tannins. Loam, iron and almond notes chime in. Balanced and long overall. Best from 2023 through 2042. 2,500 cases made, 700 cases imported.”
Eric Guido-Vinous 94 points “The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino dark and rich, showing ripe black cherries and plum, with layers of haunting florals, exotic brown spice and smoky mineral tones. On the palate, a wave of polished textures wash across the senses, ushering in juicy black cherry with sweet herbal and floral undertones, with zesty spices and vibrant acidity adding a refreshing quality. The finish is long and remarkably fresh, an example of how the warmth of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be tempered by a deft hand, as fine tannins come forward, balanced by mouthwatering acidity and punctuated by residual pure red berry fruit. It’s a wine that’s very easy to love, with near term appeal and potential for the cellar.”
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La Miraja Grignolino d’Asti, Piedmont 2019 750ML ($24.95) $18.50 special
Importer note
 “Beautiful floral notes of rose hip, violet, and geranium. Delicate, bright red fruit dominated by bing cherry mingles with fresh mushroom. An underlying vein of stony minerality lends both texture and levity to this delightful bottling.”
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Ca’ La Bionda Valpolicella Classico, Veneto 2019 750ML ($19.95) $16 special
Winery note
 “70 % Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella and Molinara. The wine opens with a nose of fresh red fruits and floral notes that recall violets. Elegant and light, this wine is all about freshness and easy drinking, a wine to drink everyday in good company and with a wide variety of Italian style foods from pasta to roast meats.”
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Paolo Scavino Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva, Barolo DOCG 2013 750ML ($219.95) $199 special
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 97 points
 “The 2013 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva was released in January of 2019, and once again it looks to be a top prize. Licorice and flowers dominate the bouquet, and its beautiful red fruit is generous throughout. This wine has always been a beauty and consistently has had a high price tag to reflect that quality, going back to the first vintages of the 1990s. It has regularly sold for about $200 every year for the last decade. These vines are old, some of them very old (reaching the ripe age of 60 years old in 1990s, when many of them were replanted with carefully selected clones), producing an elegance and concentration that brings intensity and a high standard of aromas. This Barolo without a doubt shows its pedigree and a quality of noble perfumes that demonstrate characteristics of the greatest Nebbiolo vintages, all delivered with excellent concentration. The magic lingers on the palate, right up to the finish.”
James Suckling 95 points “Aromas of white truffles and dried red cherries here with an earthy nuance that makes for a complex and compelling nose. The palate has a deep and dense shape and delivers a wide array of rich cherry and plum flavors. Some handy spice here, too. Drink or hold.”

Paolo Scavino Cannubi, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Kerin O’Keefe-Wine Enthusiast 99 points
 “Perfumed berry, fragrant purple flowers, chopped mint and baking spice are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this drop-dead gorgeous wine. Impeccably balanced, structured, and loaded with finesse, it boasts a smooth texture, doling out juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and white pepper alongside a backbone of polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2024–2036.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 97 points “The Paolo Scavino 2016 Barolo Cannubi is another wine that should greatly interest avid collectors. It will not be produced after the 2018 vintage, but this 2016 vintage awards us with first-rate quality and precision, making for a memorable send-off. This expression from Cannubi offers tight and aromatic fruit with wild cherry, rose petal and powdered licorice root. It also shows a slightly dusty or mineral quality with finely nuanced tannins and a tapered or streamlined mouthfeel that adds to its delicate elegance. The effect here is polished with glossy intensity.”
Antonio Galloni 96 points “The 2016 Barolo Cannubi is a striking wine. Deep, rich and beautifully layered, the 2016 has it all. Rose petal, mint, star anise, blood orange and raspberry open up first, followed by a cascade of red fruit and floral notes that literally soar out of the glass. The Cannubi possesses tremendous textural resonance in a style that balances the sensuality of this site with a good deal of structure. It is also one of the wines in this lineup that was aged entirely in cask.”
Wine Spectator 96 points “A bright, elegant red, delivering pure cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors, with a hint of wild herb. Though harmonious and delicate, this has a firm structure underneath, and the finish is long and resonant. The aftertaste echoes with fruit and floral notes, adding spice to the mix. Best from 2022 through 2042. 275 cases made, 100 cases imported.”
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Castell’in Villa

Pre-Arrivals & Back Vintages from a Tuscan Classic

In Chianti, there are the producers who you know you can reliably produce a beautiful example of Sangiovese. We talk about our favorites regularly, and we’ve flown the Castell’in Villa flag before, but with every release that trickles out of the cellar we feel we the need to remind collectors that these wines follow a very old school flavor profile, and will last for decades. The history of Castell’in Villa under Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leone is not terribly long by Chianti standards, but the quality is undeniable. Even the entry level Rosso will age for up to five+ years, the Riserva continuing on for decades further. The single vineyard selection, Poggio della Rosa is downright hedonistic in the 10-15 year window, and shows incredible care in the vineyard and cellar. The Santacroce, their only blended wine shows a beautiful and judicious use of Cabernet Sauvignon, grafted over their Canaiolo that was eliminated from the vineyard. 

There is a moment when you’re studying for blind tasting when a certain wine clicks: color, aromatics, flavor profile, and finish all seem to imprint indelibly. Dried tart cherries, herbs and floral notes, all backed up with a red earth dustiness that adds so much character with time. They seem timeless and perfect on the table with anything you’d like to throw together. This being said, it has become easy to find Chianti that is rushed to market, disjointed and flabby, missing the fresh acidity that is a hallmark of this food friendly wine. This is not the case with Castell’in Villa; the Principessa prides herself on how long the wines age for and the winery keeps (and releases) significant library wines. They’re significant both in age and also in importance—it’s very hard to find older Chianti in the secondary market (most collectors who buy Castell’in Villa are loathe to sell it). These are reference point wines, capable of lasting decades, and being utterly profound experiences.

We’ve got several cellar releases on hand, but we’re receiving the 2016 Classico Riserva and 2019 La Gazzarina Rosso in December. The 2019 Rosso will lift any dinner with perfect acidity and structure. And the $18 price point makes it one to enjoy all the time. If you’ve had any of the 2016 Chiantis released from other producers, you know it is Sangiovese on another level. The harmony between the structured, athletic fruit and spot on acidity will be the building blocks for possibly one of the best Riservas from a vintage full of incredible wines. We secured as much as we could get our hands on, knowing that the 2016 Riserva will be one for the ages. Putting six to twelve down for twenty years will be something you will never regret at only $29 per bottle. Try finding a comparable Burgundy or even Bordeaux at that price point and see which is the star of the show. 

These wines are truly a gift to enjoy over the long haul. Cracking the Gazzarina now won’t disappoint, but if you want to fully enjoy the Riserva, expect them to take a day to truly show the full depth of what is in the bottle. Better yet, buy a case of the Gazzarina and stash 6 Riserva away till the mid-Thirties. Truly a fantastic experience.

Pre-Arrivals ETA December:

Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($34.95) $29 pre-arrival special
Case-6 Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($219.95) $165 pre-arrival special

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Castell’in Villa La Gazzarina Rosso, Tuscany 2019 750ML ($21.95) $18 pre-arrival special
Case-12 Castell’in Villa La Gazzarina Rosso, Tuscany 2019 750ML ($239.95) $195 pre-arrival special

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Back Vintages in Stock Now from Castell’in Villa:

Castell’in Villa ‘Poggio delle Rose’, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2006 750ML ($149.95) $119 special
Antonio Galloni 95 points
 “[Reviewed Jun 2012] The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio delle Rose brings together all of the best elements of this site and house style. Firm tannins frame a core of deeply expressive, opulent fruit in this full-throttle, huge Chianti Classico. Threads of sweet perfumed fruit run through the 2006 as it shows off its class and personality. Mint, flowers and sweet red berries punctuate the explosive finish. This is a dazzling showing from Castell’in Villa.”
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Castell’in Villa ‘Poggio delle Rose’, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2009 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 1 bottle in stock now
***Label shows significant wear***
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “Castell’in Villa’s 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio delle Rose captures the generosity of the vintage while retaining a gorgeous sense of freshness and energy. Red stone fruit, tobacco, menthol, sage and leather nuances are bright and nicely focused, but with the additional breadth provided by the warm vintage. A long, silky finish rounds things out in style.”
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Castell’in Villa ‘Poggio delle Rose’, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 1996 750ML ($159.95) $128 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Antonio Galloni 94 points
 “[Reviewed Jun 2012] The 1996 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio delle Rose emerges from the glass with generous fruit, which is given additional volume and richness from the French oak. The 1996 is a big, big wine, especially within the context of the vintage. Because 1996 is the debut vintage, the percentage of new barrels is higher than in subsequent years, and the wine remains marked by the oak. Smoke, licorice and tar wrap around a muscular finish supported by firm, insistent tannins.”
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Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 2005 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 93+ points
 “[Reviewed Jun 2012] The 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva is an impressive wine for the vintage. It boasts a serious core of fruit backed up by considerable structure. The sheer purity and delineation is fabulous. I won’t at all be surprised if the 2005 blossoms into an even better wine than this note suggests. There is no shortage of potential. Ideally the 2005 should be cellared for at least a few years.”
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Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 2008 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Ian D’agata–Vinous 92+ points
 “Good bright red. Nose began closed and brooding, but showed vibrant notes of redcurrant, mint and dried flowers with aeration, complicated by a strong mineral quality. Sweet and nicely lush in the mouth, with suave flavors of redcurrant, herbs and tobacco joined on the back end by a very strong element of gunflint. The long finish features a firm acid spine and youthfully chewy but noble tannins.”
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Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 2010 750ML ($79.95) $69 special
Decanter 95 points
 “Susan Hulme MW: Initially reticent on the nose, with an edgy, nervy, vibrant style on the palate. Tenacious and assertive. Andrew Jefford: Its aromatic profile is soft and refined but very tempting, while on the palate it’s smooth, elegant and fine, offering great ripeness and tenderness. Gorgeous stuff. Monty Waldin: Well-constructed and offering lots of depth while being focused and bright, with a notable ‘Chiantiness’. Tannins are quite dense but it has the fruit to match. Drinking Window 2019 – 2024. Castell’in Villa is a small estate in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, at the southern end of the Chianti Classico region. While the estate has a long history, dating back to the 13th century, its present reputation for long-lived wine stems from the current owner, Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa, who bought the estate in 1968. With a firm commitment to local, traditional winemaking, this riserva is made entirely of Sangiovese from the best plots on the property. The wine is aged in traditional botti (large oval barrels) for two to three years, depending on the vintage. “
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva is fabulous. Powerful and classically austere, the 2010 oozes with class. A host of black cherry, plum, licorice, sage and lavender overtones develop with time in a complex wine that is going to need quite a few years to be at its best. The 2010 Riserva will thrill readers who appreciate firm, structured wines built for cellaring.”
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Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 1993 750ML ($249.95) $219 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Antonio Galloni 94 points
 “[Reviewed Jun 2012] The 1993 Chianti Classico Riserva is another stunning wine. It boasts gorgeous depth and purity, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Sweet dark cherries, licorice, mint and spices are woven together in this fleshy, supple Riserva. The firm tannins are there, but the 1993 has more than enough fruit to stand up to the wine’s structural components. Today the 1993 comes across as slightly smaller scaled version of the 1990. This is a fabulous wine with at least another decade of fine drinking ahead of it.”
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Castell’in Villa Santacroce Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2004 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Antonio Galloni 93 points
 “[Reviewed Jun 2012] The 2004 Santacroce is silky, layered and impeccably balanced. Sweet red roses, red berries and spices are all woven together beautifully in this refined, expressive wine. This is a lovely showing. The 2004 captures the essence of the 2004 vintage in a relatively soft, supple style built for near and mid-term enjoyment.”
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Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2019 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
Grapelive 93 points
 “The deep purple/blue/garnet 100% Syrah Cotes du Rhone from Saint Cosme is without question one of the world’s greatest values and this 2019 vintage is thrillingly delicious with wonderful purity and layers of boysenberry, black cherry, plum and blueberry coulis along with some spicy accents, a hint of earth, graphite and salty melted black licorice. Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is one of the Rhone’s finest producers, most famous for the estate’s classic Gigondas bottlings from his ancient and historic cellars at the site of a Gallo-Roman villa from the 1400s….The latest vintage of Saint Cosme’s Co^tes du Rho^ne Rouge was crafted using Syrah grapes that were partially de-stemmed with some whole cluster from vines set on sandy limestone, red clay and pebbles on Villafranchian terraces and it was fermented and aged solely in tank. This 2019 is concentrated and impressive in the mouth adding pretty touches of violets and wild sage to its array of opulent dark fruits and lingering creme de cassis, this little Cotes du Rhone is simply outstanding, as goes without saying it’s a steal at the price. Even Barruol is saying the 2019 is one of the best versions he’s made, rivaling his 2010, and I couldn’t agree more, this is a vintage you’ll want to stock up on. Known as a Grenache specialist, Barruol is quite handy with Syrah, he also has made some fantastic Northern Rhone wines from purchased grapes, these include a brilliant collection of Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Cote-Rotie and Crores-Hermitage bottlings, all which are worth searching out. Most recently, Barruol added the Chateau de Rouanne in Vinsobres to his lineup and this property is very exciting, with the first efforts here showing amazing potential. There’s so to admire in Saint Cosme’s latest set it’s hard to stay focused, but this edition of their Cotes du Rhone deserves a lot of attention, be sure not to miss it!”
Importer Note “Saint Cosme Côtes-du-Rhône is produced from 100% Syrah and is from the rocky and cool vineyards of Vinsobres and the stony Villafranchian terraces of the Gard. Vinsobres brings freshness and complexity while the terraced vineyards of the Gard contribute color and power. The wine is partially destemmed, fermented with natural yeasts, and vinified in concrete vats. Syrah requires a warm climate to fully ripen but enough moderating effect to produce intense, aromatic wines that are not overwhelmed by sweetness and alcohol. This Syrah grows in ideal terroirs of the southern Rhône and shows the varietal’s typical spicy notes of sandalwood, violets, and black pepper.”

Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 60, Rhone 2018 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Wine Advocate 95-97 points
 “Paris’s 2018 Cornas Granit 60 boasts remarkably pure notes of cracked pepper, blueberries and raspberries. Full-bodied, lush and creamy, it perfectly captures the ripe essence of Syrah, then adds a firm grounding of crushed stone and firm tannins on the finish. It should have close to two decades of longevity.”
Josh Raynolds 94 points “Saturated violet. Spice-tinged dark berries, potpourri, olive and exotic spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering densely packed black raspberry, cherry and candied violet flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Gently chewy tannins add grip to an impressively persistent, mineral- and spice-tinged finish that strongly repeats the floral note.”
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 points “More peppery, granite, and, meaty notes emerge from the 2018 Cornas Granit 60, and it too is full-bodied, beautifully textured, and layered. It’s more focused and serious than the fruit-forward Granit 30 and is going to benefit from bottle age. Coming from 50-year-old vines, this cuvée is 70% destemmed and brought up in used barrels.”

Petrolo Torrione Valdarno di Sopra, Tuscany 2014 750ML ($39.95) $21.90 special
Case-12 Petrolo Torrione Valdarno di Sopra, Tuscany 2014 750ML ($449.95) $236 special
James Suckling 92 points
 “A refined and silky rendition of this wine with pretty berry, citrus and light chocolate. Medium body. Chilled and delicious. Drink now.”
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Delas Freres Saint-Joseph Francois de Tournon, Rhone 2015 750ML ($44.95) $31.90 special
Case-6 Delas Freres Saint-Joseph Francois de Tournon, Rhone 2015 750ML ($279.95) $179 special
Wine Advocate 93 points
 “Inky and concentrated, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Francois de Tournon is no easy-drinking Saint-Joseph. It’s smoky, herbal and ashy all at once, yet it’s buoyed by ample black cherry fruit and vibrant acidity. This medium to full-bodied Syrah has plenty of tannins, but they’re ultimately silky and most apparent on the long, licorice-tinged finish. This is approachable now but should be even better in 3 years and should drink well for at least another 10 after that.”
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points “Both Saint Joseph releases are brilliant in 2015. The 2015 Saint Joseph François De Tournon comes vines around Tournon, Mauves, Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, and Vion, and is always destemmed and aged in 30% new barrels. This full-bodied, rounded, sexy beauty shows the power and fruit of the vintage. With classic notes of black and blue fruits, violets, incense and pepper, drink this textured, expansive, terrific Saint Joseph over the coming 10-15 years.”
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Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30, Rhone 2016 750ML ($39.95) $33 special
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 92-94 points
 “(no new oak) Opaque ruby. Potent, mineral-accented dark berry scents are complicated by floral oil and peppery spice nuances. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering gently sweet black raspberry, blueberry and violet pastille flavors that become livelier with air. Sappy and open-knit, closing with solid thrust, silky, even tannins and strong persistence.”
Jeb Dunnuck 91 points “The 2016 Cornas Granit 30 is another winner from this estate. Ultra-pure notes of cassis, blackberries, leafy herbs, liquid violets and pepper all emerge from the glass. It’s balanced, medium to full-bodied, and textured on the palate, with the balance and purity that this estate has become known for front and center.”
Wine Advocate 90-92 points “The 2016 Cornas Granit 30 had been blended and was in tank awaiting bottling during my visit. Medium to full-bodied, it’s already almost drinkable, showing attractive and classic notes of crushed stone, blood and cherries, reasonably supple tannins and charming blueberries on the finish.”
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Familia Nin-Ortiz ‘Nit de Nin’ Mas d’en Cacador, Priorat DOCa 2017 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 97+ points
 “The 2017 Nit de Nin Mas d’en Caçador is a vintage they talk about like this: “We will remember this vintage as one of the most extreme of the decade, along with that of 2012. It is in years like these that the work we do in the field is rewarded. In spite of the climatic exceptionality, we have acidity and pH that seem like a miracle to us. Our vines did not suffer the severe frosts of this 2017.” The wine has lower alcohol than the 2016 but the same pH of 3.3; insultingly young and tender, it doesn’t feel like the wine had a long élevage in oak. It has kept very good freshness and great balance. It’s tasty, pungent and long, with power and elegance and all the components to develop nicely in bottle. 1,440 bottles were filled in April 2019.”
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Trending Pre-Arrival ETA November:

Weingut Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewächs, Nahe 2019 750ML ($99.95) $89 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 99 points
 “The enveloping, peachy aroma with just a whisker of fresh pineapple leads into a mind-boggling micro-cosmos of flavor that’s simultaneously rich, yet also supernaturally delicate. Sublime balance through the enormously long finish. Great aging potential. From organically grown grapes with Fair’n Green certification. Drink or hold.”
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 96-97 points “The 2019 Riesling GG Hermannshöhle offers a pure, intense, complex and flinty bouquet with dashes of lemon juice and crushed stones. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense and salty-mineral Riesling with great finesse, tension, balance and site expression. The finish is very long, salty and tight yet stimulating in its bright and precise nature. A fantastic Hermannshöhle! Tasted as a sample in Bremen, April 2020.”
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Collector’s Corner #1

Rousseau: The Pinnacle of Gevrey-Chambertin

The wines of Rousseau have no peer in Gevrey-Chambertin. No other grower has produced wines with their level of profundity and a similar track record over the decades. From top to bottom, they are the class of the village. We are always on the hunt for their wines—as you’d expect they’re maddeningly scarce and correspondingly expensive, but worth the trouble to track down.

These are some of the pinnacles of Burgundy, up there with anything made by DRC, Roumier, Leroy or any of the other usual suspects, all with excellent provenance and in good condition. There are only small quantities of each bottling available, so if something strikes your fancy, don’t delay—it’s not often we can get these wines in.

In Stock Now:

Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008 750ML ($799.95) $699 special, 1 bottles in stock now

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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($799.95) $699 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 91-93 points
 “The 2009 Charmes-Chambertin emerges from the glass with lovely radiance and openness in its ripe, juicy fruit. The Charmes is already rather forward, and at this stage appears to be a relatively early-maturing wine. The oak is also a bit pronounced. Sweet, textured floral notes wrap around the long, polished finish. Rousseau’s Charmes is technically 60% Mazoyères.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 750ML ($499.95) $399 special, 1 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 91 points
 “Red stone fruits, plums, menthol, rose petals and spices take shape nicely in the 2011 Charmes-Chambertin. In 2011, the Charmes-Chambertin is a bit savory and herbal, but it otherswise shows lovely balance and terrific overall depth in a pliant, mid-weight style that is best enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 90 points “Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Rousseau’s Charmes-Chambertin 2011 has an earthy bouquet, just a little stemmy but nicely defined with brambly red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and plenty of tertiary fruit, foursquare and a little austere on the saline, angular finish that does improve in the glass. This just needs to find its groove, but there is potential, especially because it performed so exquisitely a few months back.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($599.95) $499 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 92-94 points
 “Intensity and volume are the first things that come to mind in the 2012 Charmes-Chambertin. Layers if blue/blackish fruit blossom in a wine that is beautifully textured and vibrant throughout. I very much like the intensity here. I tasted two different barrels of Charmes, both in different states of their evolution, which is why generally speaking I feel the wines aren’t fully formed just yet.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru 2002 750ML ($2,999.95) $2,699 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Advocate 94-96 points
 “The 2002 Chambertin Clos de Beze bursts with spicy red cherry aromas. This medium to full-bodied wine has an exceptionally spicy personality that is crammed with red licorice (Twizzlers), candied raspberries, Asian spices, and blackberries. Wonderfully focused and armed with substantial depth, this medium to full-bodied wine’s exceedingly long finish displays awesomely ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.”
Burghound 94 points “(with thanks to Steve Baum and opened from personal storage). While not nearly as reserved as it once was the beautifully spicy and well-layered nose is on the restrained side with a distinctly earthy character to the elegant mix of both red and dark pinot fruit aromas that are just now beginning to display secondary hints. There is fine concentration to the utterly delicious flavors that are exuberant, big, rich, round and seductively sappy before culminating in an explosive and strikingly persistent finish. This remains an exciting wine of exceptional purity and balance. For my taste this is very much still on the way up and while it can certainly be drunk with pleasure it seems quite clear that this is nowhere yet near its apogee and as such, I would recommend allowing this to continue to slumber. Multiple and consistent notes save for one bottle that was initially reduced but quickly opened up.”
Stephen Tanzer 94+ points “Good ruby-red. Black raspberry, licorice and chocolatey oak on the nose. Offers compelling lushness, sweetness and fat for a 2002; wonderfully harmonious from the outset. Very suave, clearly defined flavors of blackberry and blueberry retain their shape through to the very long aftertaste. Tannins are quite fine.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Chateau, Cote de Nuits 2014 750ML ($419.95) $379 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Spectator 93 points
 “Harmonious and elegant, this red boasts rose, cherry, leafy tobacco and chalky, stony flavors allied to a juicy profile. Firm and mouthwatering on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 40 cases imported.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru ‘Clos des Ruchottes’ Monopole, Cote de Nuits 2001 750ML ($899.95) $799 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Burghound 89-92 points
 “Wonderfully complex nose of plumy, intensely earthy fruit infused with subtle notes of truffle and dried herbs leading to bright, vibrant, medium weight, round and extremely pure flavors that are utterly delicious and seductive. The finish is solidly structured, rich, extremely elegant and pure with outstanding precision. I very much like this as it’s stylish yet with real substance.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru ‘Clos des Ruchottes’ Monopole 2013 750ML ($799.95) $699 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Burghound 92-95 points
 “A discreet touch of wood frames notably ripe but fresh aroma of dark currant, plum, truffle, earth and wet stone. There is outstanding delineation and intensity to the refined and pure medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by deceptively pliant tannins on the saline finish that seems to be constructed from liquid stone, all wrapped in a wonderfully long and pure finish. Textbook Ruchottes.”
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Pre-Arrival ETA Fall 2020:

Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2010 750ML ($699.95) $549 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 90-92+ points
 “The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques wafts from the glass with crushed flowers, spices and expressive small red fruit. Weightless and impeccable throughout, the Lavaux St. Jacques impresses for its transparency and delicacy. This was the last parcel to be harvested in 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”
Burghound 90-92 points “This resembles closely the nose of the villages as the composition of the aromas is similar except here there is greater elegance and a bit more complexity as well. The cool and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors possess excellent delineation and plenty of intensity, particularly on the firm, linear and tension-filled finale.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru ‘Clos des Ruchottes’ Monopole 2007 750ML ($899.95) $799 special, 1 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points
 “Elegant and beautifully poised between pure raspberry, cherry, wild berry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors and a vibrant structure. This graceful, linear red is very harmonious—deceptively so, in that you might want to drink it now. Needs a few years to gain complexity. Best from 2012 through 2025. 20 cases imported.”
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Collector’s Corner #2

Napa Valley Edition

Subscriber Special Pricing on Cliff Lede’s Iconic Poetry Label:

Cliff Lede Vineyards Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2016 750ML ($299.95) $249 special
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 99+ points “A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry needs a little coaxing to begin to unfurl the tightly wound yet exciting scents of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves, warm redcurrants and kirsch plus fragrant nuances of candied violets, underbrush, cigar boxes, menthol and star anise. Full-bodied and built like a brick house in the mouth, the palate features an almost impenetrable structure of super ripe tannins framing the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long. This beauty needs at least 5-6 years to begin to blossom, after which it may well warrant a perfect score.”
Jeb Dunnuck 99 points “Similarly colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry comes from shallow, volcanic soils in the Stags Leap AVA and is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. It offers killer notes of crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spices, vanilla, and exotic flowers. These carry to a profound, incredibly intense, layered wine that has no hard edges, perfect balance, building tannins, and a great, great finish. This is another magical wine from this team that ranks with some of the finest wines ever made from this valley. As with most 2016s, it has some upfront charm and accessibility, yet will be at its best with 4-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 3-4 decades.”
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry is another gorgeous wine from Cliff Lede. Crème de cassis, lavender, cloves, graphite, chocolate, sweet French oak and torrefaction notes infuse this sumptuous, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from Lede’s Poetry block in Stags Leap. This is another full-throttle wine endowed with a ton of character.”
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Hundred Acre ‘Wraith’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2013 750ML ($599.95) $469 special
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 100 points
 “Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wraith leaps from the glass with gregarious black and red cherries, mulberries, black currant cordial, red roses and lavender scents with layers of crushed rocks and earthy sparks. Faint earth and exotic spice nuances unfurl slowly, growing in intensity and depth. The palate is full-bodied and solidly structured with firm, very finely grained, super ripe tannins and bold freshness. Finishing exquisitely perfumed, jaw-droppingly layered and with bags of sophistication and poise, this wine totally resets the benchmark for 100 points.”

Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Grand-Vin Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009 1.5L ($799.95) $699 special, 2 magnums in stock now
Antonio Galloni 98 points
 “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin opens with the most beguiling bouquet imaginable. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon and licorice all make an appearance as this vivid, beautifully delineated wine opens up in the glass. A model of total finesse and elegance, the 2009 wraps around the palate with what feels like endless layers of aromas and flavors. This totally seamless, polished Cabernet Sauvignon is virtually impossible to resist today, but it will be even better in another few years. The 2009 is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc.”

Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Grand-Vin Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 750ML ($499.95) $319 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Advocate 99 points
 “Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard sports a deep purple-black color and has a classic nose of crushed black currants, black plums and cedar with hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, underbrush, smoked meats and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has youthful exuberance with tight-knit, muscular black fruits and spicy suggestions framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing with great length and depth. Should age incredibly!”
Stephen Tanzer – Vinous 96 points “Deep medium ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol, plus a slightly green suggestion of cassis bud and a hint of coffee torrefaction; aeration brought a suggestion of citrussy lift. Wonderfully dense, fine-grained and sweet; like the Roberta’s, this is much easier to taste today than its 2016 sibling, even if it doesn’t possess quite that wine’s breadth. With its refined texture and sweetness of fruit, this wine comes across as less obviously tannic than the 2016 Roberta’s–yet more indication of the power of Merlot at this site. Incidentally, the ’15s were bottled in July of 2017, a month or two later than previous vintages. (14.2% alcohol; 88% new French, 3% new Hungarian and 9% second-fill French oak)”
Robert Parker 98-100 points “Another potentially perfect wine, with off-the-charts richness, is their largest cuvée of 700 cases, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard. The wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot harvested Sept. 10-25. Notes of graphite, black chocolate, crème de cassis, blackberry and subtle smoke are all present in this dense, seamless, full-bodied wine that has magnificent fruit purity, richness and depth. This is a 30-year wine, and a fabulous one at that.”
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Levy & McClellan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2006 1.5L ($899.95) $699 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Robert Parker 95 points
 “The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays beautifully sweet blue and black fruits intermixed with espresso roast, smoked meats, chocolate, and scorched earth. Dense purple in color, deep, rich, broad, with plenty of tannin and concentration as well as noticeable oak, this wine is a massive Cabernet meant for long-term cellaring. I wouldn’t touch a bottle for 6 to 8 years, then watch it unfold over the following 25-30.”
Stephen Tanzer 94 points “(includes bits of cabernet franc and petit verdot) Deep red-ruby. Complex, inviting aromas of cassis, graphite, menthol and sexy new oak. Very ripe but bright and classic, with terrific lift to the cassis, mineral and dark chocolate flavors. This boasts remarkably deep fruit for seven-year-old vines and finishes with very sweet, suave tannins and superb length. Husband-and-wife team Bob Levy and Martha McClellan, who are also responsible for making Harlan, Bond, Blankiet and Sloan, consider their 2005 to be a bit more layered and complex, but this one is also a star of its vintage.”
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Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2013 750ML ($399.95) $349 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Robert Parker 100 points
 “A real tour de force once again, and their second consecutive perfect score, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which is 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 40% new French oak. It is a larger cuvée of 1,416 cases versus 450 for the Reserve Claret. The Cabernet is just under 15% alcohol. A fantastic wine, with great intensity, notes of graphite, forest floor, crème de cassis, white chocolate and blackberry, the wine hits the palate with a thunderous presence, has a multi-layered, skyscraper-like palate feel, a plush, intense texture, high but well-integrated tannin and acidity, and nicely disguised oak. This is a magnificent wine, with 79% of it coming from the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain and 21% from the Napa side. Drink it over the next 25-30+ years.”

Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena 2015 750ML ($249.95) $225 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Advocate 100 points
 “Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm blackcurrants, kirsch and wild blueberries, plus wafts of fallen leaves and dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate features the most amazing intensity of perfumed red, black and blue fruit flavors supported by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Truly stunning.”
Jeb Dunnuck 99 points “A more exuberant, sexy wine than the 2014, yet still in the house style emphasizing elegance and purity, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate knocks it out of the park with its huge nose of crème de cassis, plums, Asian spices, scorched earth, tobacco leaf and graphite. This flows to a full-bodied, opulent, incredibly concentrated wine reminiscent of the 2013 on steroids. Full-bodied, with building tannin, integrated acidity, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish, this is a tour de force in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the greats. It has three to four decades of life ahead of it.”
Antonio Galloni 96+ points “The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses off the charts ripeness as well as a level of exoticism that recalls the 2010. An infusion of dark red cherry, plum, white flowers, leather, tobacco and menthol accompany this super-expressive, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Violet, licorice and a host of spiced nuances develop with time in the glass. In 2015, Spottswoode’s Cabernet is decidedly luscious and flamboyant, but I would give it a few years to shed some baby fat. There is plenty to look forward to.”
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