BAROLO FOR THE END OF DAYS

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We’ve taken stock of  the 2015’s from the great Luciano Sandrone, these wines are possessed with a thrilling sense of energy and seamless balance. inquire about allocations. 2015 Luciano Sandrone • Barolo Aleste – 95 Points  There is more purple and black fruit in the 2015 Barolo Aleste compared to past vintages from Luciano Sandrone […]

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DARIOUSH – A MODERN NAPA VALLEY CLASSIC

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Courage, commitment, an entrepreneurial spirit and a healthy measure of graciousness best describe Darioush Khaledi, who left behind a successful engineering career in his native Iran and emigrated to the United States seeking opportunity, freedom and personal liberty. Darioush founded his namesake winery in 1997. When asked to reflect on his dual vision to make […]

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2018 BURGUNDY OFFERING & RARE OLDER VINTAGES OF DARVIOT PERRIN

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BURGUNDY OFFERING – A FOCUS ON THE 2018 VINTAGE AND A RARE OFFERING OF OLDER PREMIER CRU WHITES. Domaine Morey Coffinet It doesn’t get more Chassagne-Montrachet than this. Domaine Morey-Coffinet produces 14 different wines. Only one of them comes from vines outside the village. Domaine Morey-Coffinet goes back to 1978, when it was created from […]

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“CHABLIS SHOULD BE MEAN”


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“In talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect. As I have written before, a friend once opined that Chablis should not kowtow in front of the wine-lover, do whatever it takes to please. “Chablis should be mean,” he averred, implying that the finest Chablis wines are uncompromising, challenging and cerebral. I […]

January 24, 2020

GLUP CHENIN BLANC


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Longavi Glup Chenin Blanc 2019, Chile Now…for something a little different Longavi wines is a collaboration between two eminent and multi-award winning winemaking friends from different continents, Chilean producer Julio Bouchon and South African winemaker David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg. The pair first teamed up in 2012 and continue pushing the boundaries, sticking it to the old guard […]

January 17, 2020

A GOOD YEAR IN PROVENCE


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2012 Château Vignelaure, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. $44.95 per bottle – Six Packs Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Syrah (30%) coming from 45 year old vines, capable of cellaring, and more importantly, improving for another 10 years. 92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate The 2012 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence is in a fine place; it may be drunk now with […]

December 16, 2019

“WE MAKE CHAMPAGNE NOT HANDBAGS AND SHOES”


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With over 200 years of history in every bottle, it’s no wonder Charles de Cazanove’s Head Winemaker, Christophe Rapeneau, was named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge 2017. We think this wine is remarkable value and from one of the most important family owned champagne producers. As the flamboyantly Gallic Jean Remy Rapeneau (pictured) […]

December 13, 2019

GAMBLE FAMILY


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  2016 GAMBLE FAMILY VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY $99.95 92 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, Robert Parker Wine Advocate “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. It has a very deep garnet-purple color and struts a flamboyant nose of crushed […]

December 7, 2019

WILLAMETTE DAMMIT


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We’ve managed to get our hands on a little more of our favourite Pinot Noir.  Described as the Prince of Pinot, Winemaker Steve Doerner has been making wine for 37 years, 14 years at Calera in California and 23 years at Cristom in Oregon. Luke Jefferson is his personal project and Symbion is his value oriented bottling. […]

December 6, 2019

BAROLO IN EXCELSIUS – SANDRONE 2015


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We’ve taken stock of  the 2105′ from the great Luciano Sandrone, these wines are possessed with a thrilling sense of energy and seamless balance. inquire about allocations. 2015 Luciano Sandrone • Barolo Aleste – 95 Points  There is more purple and black fruit in the 2015 Barolo Aleste compared to past vintages from Luciano Sandrone […]

December 6, 2019

“BLACK OLIVES AND TREE BARK” 100 POINTS RP


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LAIL VINEYARDS J. DANIEL CUVEE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 100 PTS . COMING SOON – “One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 75% new French oak, the 2016 J. Daniel Cuvée is deep garnet- purple in color and offers up exuberant notes of creme de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, violets and unsmoked cigars with […]

November 21, 2019

“WELL WORTH A LOOK” JOHN SZABO MS


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District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Monterey County, Central Coast. $17 per bottle  “Rich and abundantly flavourful” “well-made with authentic character and mouth-filling generosity” “ Excellent concentration for the price” “This is a surprisingly complex and complete Cabernet from California’s Central Coast” “delivering far more than the mean at this price level from the Golden State” […]

November 9, 2019

“THE PETRUS OF THE COTES DE FRANCS”


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This excellent little property in the obscure Côtes de Francs is producing delicious wines. Owned by the president of Bordeaux negociant, Dourthe, Jean-Marie Chadronnier, Chateau Marsau has been heralded by Robert Parker as “The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs”. Lying at the top of a hill, north-east of the village of Francs, the vineyards […]

October 21, 2019