Weekend Newsletter 4-14-23

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 In This Newsletter:

New Arrivals
Castello di Volpaia, Arnaud Lambert, and more
Staff Pick

Domaine Girard Sancerre “La Garenne”
3 Day Sale
Selected Wines from Domaine Huet
3 Day Sale
The Wines of Max Ferdinand Richter

April Rosé Sale
Up to 10% off of our top Rose wines
Collector’s Corner
Italian Classics
New Arrivals

Domaine Arnaud Lambert

While soft-spoken and humble, Arnaud Lambert is helping to drive a revolutionary movement in the appellations of Saumur and Saumur-Champigny. The goal is to re-discover each individual terroir and its potential through organic viticulture and less-is-more, precise winemaking. Arnaud strives for consistent methods in the cellar, so that the terroir of each of his five crus is what shines through.

Arnaud Lambert Clos De Midi Saumur Blanc 2021 750ml $21.90 special, 24 bottles available
Importer’s Note “From sandy clay soils mixed with Turonian limestone. Utilizes indigenous yeasts, fermented half in stainless steel tanks and half in old Burgundian barrels.”
Arnaud Lambert Château De Breze Clos Tue-Loup Rouge 2019 750ml $28 special, 11 bottles available
Importer’s note “100% de-stemmed cab franc fermented in a combination of 2 to 3-year-old barrels and raw concrete tanks for 8 months with 6 months in stainless steel tanks and then 6-12 months in bottle.”

Clos D’audhuy Les Polissons Cahors Malbec 2020 750ml $19 special, 24 bottles available
Vinoplnote “A light and fresh interpretation of Malbec, this wine sees no oak, only stainless steel.”

Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2021 750ml $24 special, 36+ bottles in stock
No reviews for the 2021 vintage. 2020 review provided for reference:
Wine Spectator 92 Points 
“A bright, succulent style, this exudes cherry, strawberry, earth and tobacco aromas and flavors, with spicy character. Shows vibrant structure and balance, with a lingering finish. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2023 through 2030. 14,000 cases imported.”

Antinori Tignanello Toscana 2019 750ml $149 special, 12 bottles available
#5 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2022
Wine Spectator 96 Points “A supple, elegant red highlighted by bright cherry, black currant, violet, tobacco, iron and oak spice aromas and flavors. Though fluid and seemingly approachable now, this is well-structured and shows the balance to age. Fine length. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.”
Wine Advocate 96 Points “The Marchesi Antinori 2019 Tignanello was born in a classic growing season that saw some cooling summer rains and relatively stress-free conditions. This is an elegant and extremely polished wine made with mostly Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Here too, the small blending element of Cabernet Franc has been slowly increasing in recent years. The 2019 vintage was born with a good amount of power and tannic structure, and maceration times were slightly reduced as a result. This less extractive approach shapes a polished and elegant wine with plenty of bright berry fruit, cherry, dried mint, blue flower, blood orange and rusty earth. The palate is more compact and streamlined. It shows beautiful grace.”

Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2019 750ml $249 special, 10 bottles available
Vinous 97 Points “The 2019 Le Pergole Torte is all class and refinement. At the same time, the 2019 is quite reticent at this stage. In this tasting, the Pergole Torte comes across as more refined and aromatically expressive than the Montevertine, with lovely brightness driving the red berry fruit. Elegant and sophisticated, the 2019 is a wine to treasure for the next several decades. Time in the glass brings out the floral upper register and red Sangiovese fruit of Pergole Torte.”
Wine Advocate 97 Points “Holding back initially, this wine simply needs more time in bottle, and I have adjusted the drinking window accordingly. The 2019 Le Pergole Torte is a long-term proposition showing initial stirrings of tart cherry fruit, plum, licorice, tobacco and crushed stone. There is a pretty floral tone of violet or rosemary flower even now. Winemaking takes this special selection of 100% Sangiovese though cement and Allier and Slavonian oak. The balanced acidity stands out nicely. There are 29,000 bottles of the 2019 vintage, and I recommend you put yours in the cellar for five to 10 more years.”
Bodegas Breca Old Vine Garnacha Calatayud 2019 750ml $16 special, 36+ bottles available
Bodegas Breca Old Vine Garnacha Calatuyad 2019 12 bottle case $179 special, that’s $14.91 per bottle
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points “I loved the nose on the 2019 Breca, which is loaded with spicy red and black fruits as well as notes of sandalwood, dried flowers, herbes de Provence, and some chalky, mineral-like nuances. Beautiful on the palate as well, this medium to full-bodied, elegant, balanced, straight-up gorgeous Garnacha is best drunk over the coming 3-5 years.”

Staff Picks

The co-fermentation of grapes from three distinct parcels of gravel, flint, and heavy clay soil makes this a lithe and complex sancerre. With notes of grass, pear, and quince on the palette and bolstered with chalky minerality and a long tart finish, this wine reminded me of why I love sancerre to begin with.
Domaine Girard Sancerre “La Garenne” 2021 750ml $28 special, 36+ available
3 Day Super Sale

Select Items From Huet
Founded in 1928 by Gaston Huet with the purchase of the vineyard Domaine Huet is an iconic Vouvray producer who is lauded for making some of the world’s most compelling white wines, including some of the world’s longest-lived sweet wines.

Also one of the earliest practicioners of Biodynamics, Domaine Huet started farming Biodynamically in 1990, and have been certified since 1993.

We’re having a sale on four special Huet wines ending Sunday the 16th at 10am.

5% off 6-11 bottles of select Huet wines
10% off 12 or more select Huet wines

Sale applies only to the listed wines below.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.

Huet Moelleux Haut Lieu 2016 750ml $39 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 95 Points “Gorgeous crystallized ginger, dried quince, glazed pear and warm persimmon notes are seamlessly interwoven here, gliding through a lengthy finish that picks up a lilting green tea accent. Frankly off-dry but wonderfully pure. Drink now through 2035.”
Huet Vouvray Moelleux Clos Bourg 1er Trie 2016 $59 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 96 Points “This is ripe and broad, taking a slightly more power-driven approach, with a mix of tropical mango and papaya fruit, backed by orchard fruit accents of yellow apple and peach. The long, heather honey–accented finish has light piecrust and crystalized ginger hints. Best from 2020 through 2035.”
Wine Advocate 94 Points “Huet’s bright golden colored 2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie is clear, fresh and intensely fruity on the remarkably precise nose. Medium-bodied yet concentrated, elegant and sweet on the palate, this is a salty, piquant, mineral Chenin Blanc with intense, elegant and well-structured fruit. The wine reveals a chalky finesse and long tensioned finish. Bottled with 84 grams of residual sugar, this is still a pretty sweet but doubtlessly promising Vouvray.”

Huet Moelleux Le Mont 2016 750ml $49 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 96 Points “Bright, even exuberant in feel, with a parade of Jonagold apple, green melon, Bosc pear and quince flavors streaming through, gilded with heather, honeysuckle and verbena notes on the long, lithe finish. Remarkably elegant despite the off-dry style.”
Huet Moelleux Le Mont Trie 2016 750ml $69 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 Points “The 2016 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie opens with a very clear, deep and flinty/herbal bouquet of ripe concentrated stone fruits intermixed with chalky/smoky aromas, very complex and truly exciting! Light, fresh and tensioned on the palate, that is very pure and salty but also tight and concentrated. The 2016 Le Mont reveals crystalline acidity, delicate but serious tannin grip and a long, complex, stimulating finish. This is Chenin Blanc full of energy and aging potential, provided with concentration, lingering salinity and vibrancy. This is a fascinating Le Mont, surely the top wine of Huet’s excellent 2016 series. Bottled with 92 grams of residual sugar, it tastes less sweet than the corresponding Clos du Bourg.”
Wine Spectator 96 Points “Juicy in feel, with an intense beam of glazed peach, dried apricot, fresh ginger and heather honey notes, backed by baked mirabelle plum accents and a flash of almond cream on the long, rich finish. A wonderful balancing act, keeping the exotic fruit and sweetness fresh and delineated..”

3 Day Sale

Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter

Founded in the 17th century and family run for 9
generations, Weingut Max Ferd. Richter has been instrumental in establishing the reputation of Mosel as one of Germany’s finest wine regions. Known for a committment to quality, all of their grapes are kept to low yields, hand-picked, soft-pressed, and cold fermented in old oak barrels. These are wines of great clarity and concentration, as engaging as they are elegant.

We hope that you will take advantage of our sale and come to love these wines as much as we do.

Sale ends Tuesday the 18th at 10am.
5% off 6-11 bottles of select Huet wines
10% off 12 or more select Huet wines
Sale applies to all Max Richter wines.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.
Vintage Wine Points Price/Quantity
2018 Max Richter Sonnenuhr Kabinett Feinherb 750ml 93 Wine Advocate $21.90/ 7 available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Kabinett 750ml 92-94 Wine Advocate $21.90/ 30 available
2018 Max Richter Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Trocken 750ml 93+ John Gilman   $24/ 20 available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Spatlese 750ml 94-96 Wine Advocate $24/ 36 available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Spatlese 750ml 94-96 Wine Advocate $29/ 36+ available
2018  Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr Spatlese 750ml  95-96 Wine Advocate $33/ 18 available
2018 Max Richter Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Uralte Reben 750ml 91 Mosel Fine Wines $39/ 42 available
2018 Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr GG 750ml 94 James Suckling  $45/ 28 available
2018  Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr Auslese 750ml  96-97 Wine Advocate
2018 Max Richter Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Auslese*** 375ml 93 Wine Advocate $59/ 7 available
April Rosé Sale

Stock Up for the Sunny Weather NOW!!

We’re having a huge month long sale ending April 30th at 6pm. 

5% off 6-11 bottles of Rosé
10% off 12 or more bottles of Rosé

Each 1.5L (Magnum) bottle will be counted as 2 bottles when applied to the discount.
Each 3.0L bottle of rose will be the equivalent of 4 bottles.
6.0L bottles will be counted as 8 bottles.
Champagnes are not included in this sale.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
Discount does not apply to pre-arrival wines or to case discounts. 
This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.

Peyrassol Le Clos Rose 2021 750ml $69 special, 36+ bottles available
Vinous 94 Points “Vivid onion skin color. A highly perfumed and complex bouquet evokes fresh citrus and pit fruits, strawberry and pungent flowers, along with building mineral and succulent herb elements. Shows excellent clarity and depth to its juicy red fruit, nectarine and mango flavors, which are sweetened by a background vanilla note. Finishes impressively long and silky, with the mineral and floral note resonating.”

Domaine Cassagnoles Gascogne Rose 2021 750ml $11.90 special, 29 bottles available
Importer Note 
“Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on clay and limestone soils. Average vine age is 19 years old.”

Manarine Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2021 750ml $18 special, 9 bottles available
Rosenthal Wine Merchants Importer Note “The Rosé from Manarine carries a light tint and is vinified completely dry. It is usually a blend of Grenache (60%), young vines Mourvedre (20%) and Syrah (20%). Like the white wine, it is fermented and aged in cement vats and is bottled in the early spring following harvest.”

Marietta Old Vine Rose 2021 750ml $16.50 special, 11 bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 Points “Medium cherry pink in color, the 2021 Old Vine Rosé has deep scents of yellow peaches, watermelon and red cherries with touches of stone and potpourri. The palate boasts concentrated, fruity flavors balanced by zippy acidity, and it finishes with pretty orange peel accents. This is such a delicious rosé! It’s made up of co-fermented Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir and Syrah.”

JC Somers Whole Lotta Rose 2021 750ml $19.90 special, 5 bottles available
Winery Note “The Whole Lotta Rose is blended mostly from Grenache and a little Syrah sourced from the Garnier Vineyard located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River near the town of Mosier. Made is the classic Provencal style this wine is light, dry, delicate and delicious.”

Beurer Rose Trocken Wurttemberg, Germany 2021 750ml $20.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Vom Boden importer Note “Beurer makes a rosé that drinks like biodynamic Gatorade – this wine zings: it is pure energy. It is fresh like a spring garden around 6am just as the overeager sun pokes its gonzo eye above the horizon, pushing away the wet dew. This rosé is a saignée of Trollinger, Portugieser, Zweigelt and Spätburgunder, all farmed biodynamically and fermented with native yeast.”
Collector’s Corner
Italian Classics

G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero 2018 750ml $399 special, 9 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 98 Points “This wine is just stunning, starting with aromas of fragrant blue flower, red berry, camphor, dark spice and underbrush. Reflecting the aromas, the smooth, delicious palate delivers raspberry compote, ripe cherry, and licorice accompanied by polished tannins while fresh acidity offers
youthful tension.”
Wine Advocate 96+ Points “Within the context of this set of new releases from Comm. G.B. Burlotto, this wine stands far apart. The 2018 Barolo Monvigliero is linear and light, but it also shows good fruit weight … Spice, cola, licorice, grilled herb and dried cherry appear to lift over a fine and delicately tapered mouthfeel.”

Dal Forno Romano Amarone 2015 750ml $399 special, 12 bottles available
James Suckling 100 Points “This is black as pitch in the glass and, yes, there’s a light, tarry edge to the super-concentrated prune, date and currant fruit. But even more interesting are the complex notes of bitter-orange liqueur, aged balsamic, fresh roasting herbs, cinnamon, roasted chestnuts, black tea and licorice. The more you decant in advance, the more nuances will emerge. It’s full-boded with huge concentration and lots of chewy tannin that is managing to hold the fruit back for now. This needs plenty of time to develop in the bottle. Just superb. One of the greatest Dal Forno’s ever.”
Wine Advocate 97 Points “The ultimate statement wine from northern Italy is the 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta. The Dal Forno family skipped over the 2014 vintage, and this sunny vintage is worth the wait. Monte Lodoletta is always incredibly high in terms of fruit weight and tannins, but this edition from 2015 appears more integrated in terms of concentration and softer in terms of structure; it’s not that the wine is more accessible. It will hold the line for years and decades to come and promises to age gracefully. This vintage is instead more fleshed out and open-knit. The bouquet peels back with thick layers of black fruit, spice, campfire embers and toasted coffee bean. It’s an expensive bottle for collectors, but you get lots of bang for your buck.”

Casanova Di Neri Brunello Cerretalto 2012 750ml $399 special, 10 bottles available
Wine Spectator 98 Points 
“Flavors of medicinal herbs, juniper, macerated cherry, plum, tobacco and spice are the hallmarks of this intense red, which is ripe and concentrated, yet sleek and focused. Spice notes chime in on the long, minerally and firmly tannic finish. Best from 2023 through 2040.”
Wine Advocate 98 Points ” The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto offers a prolonged, flowing and carefully massaged drinking experience that drapes over the senses with some studied intensity and lots of intriguing complexity. This wine nails that perfect balance between power and elegance (that elusive exchange that so many winemakers hope to achieve) with effortless precision. Bold cherry fruit and spice are tightly woven together. In the mouth, the wine shows texture, depth and succulence. Generally speaking, this is not my favorite vintage in Montalcino, but this wine suddenly made me forget that thought.”

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