Archive for June, 2016

Smoke, Sweet Fruit and Herbs: A Sultry Southern Rhône Case Buy 2015 Paul Autard Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge $12 NET

Jun 29 2016

  Good morning, Smoke, grilled herbs, licorice, plum and blackberry, this wine screams Southern Rhône. Plush on the palate, with opulent, but balanced fruit and a generous complexion that offers plenty of sex appeal. Yes, Côtes-du-Rhône offers a lot of bang for the buck. But some are merely richly fruited, while others are all savory notes. Few offer the balance between sexy, plush fruit and savory herbaceousness that this wine offers in spades. There are few better BBQ wines, especially for the price. This is a case buy surely. Maybe even two!   More About the Wine: Southern Rhône is…

A Language of Its Own: Kermit Lynch’s Corsican Treasure – 2015 Maestracci E Prove Blanc

Jun 28 2016

  Good Morning! “I’ve recently been obsessed with the distinctive wines of Corsica” gushed New York Times wine guru Eric Asimov in his feature “20 under $20.” After my experience with the generous, uniquely satisfying 2015 Maestracci E Prove Blanc, I understand the sentiment. So will you. Dripping with honey, lemon, roses, a whisper of smoke, salt, cherry, peach pit and grilled almond, the E Prove feels exciting, fresh, medium bodied – the quintessential pairing for your light summer fare and one of France’s greatest values. More About the Wine: “We had a Corsican wine that had great authority and…

Next Step, Tuscan Getaway: 90 pt. Mormoraia Chianti for a Mere $14!!

Jun 25 2016

Good morning, I’ve been swept away by Mormoraia. To be sure, the wine is utterly delicious and a screaming deal – but we’ll get to all that. Just a whiff of the beguiling bouquet, with abundant raspberry, dusty cherry, wild flowers, cedar spice, dried sage, rosemary and a hint of savory beef bouillon, and I was immersed in a breathtaking sunset over the rolling Tuscan vineyards, its fading light reflected on a rustic stone-laden terrace. I could taste the simply-grilled bistecca served al fresco, glistening with olive oil, sprinkled with a mélange of garden-fresh herbs. Did I mention the pretty…

If This Doesn’t Sell Out – We’ve Failed to Teach you Anything! The Stunningly Delicious, and Seriously Limited 2015 Pascal Janvier Jasnières

Jun 24 2016

Good Morning! Jasmine, white peach, quince and exotic flowers are on full display, with a saline, shellfish element haunting the background, yet unmistakable. On the palate, the wine is silken, only the slightest bit sweet, and very, very long, with coruscating acidity. The alcohol remains at just barely 12%, rendering the wine not only supremely delicious and thirst quenching, but also impossible to tire of. A fantastic apertitif on the deck to beat the summer heat, this versatile delight will pair well with all manner of shellfish, salad and tenderly prepared white meat dishes – think rabbit rillettes. In addition…

$20 for a 93pt. Perfectly Aged Red? It’s Not an Illusion, It’s Ontañon!

Jun 23 2016

Good morning, Yes, I’m going to rave about Rioja again. I love that in a global fine wine conversation frequently dominated by Futures, Cults and Supers, there still exists a business model that guarantees every wine lover can drink like a collector with the deepest of cellars … where an estate makes a gorgeous wine and then sits on it, letting it age gracefully in its own cellar, under perfect conditions for ten years or more, only releasing it to the market when it reaches its drinking peak. Today’s deal is a ridiculously delicious, perfectly-at-its-peak reason to jump on the…

Napa’s Anti-cult Queen of Cabernet: 2013 Corison – 94 pts. & Classicism’s Evangelist

Jun 22 2016

Good morning, “A deep, inky wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is endowed with serious depth. Here the flavors are unusually dark and intense, with plenty of blue and black stone fruits. Graphite, cloves and licorice contribute to an overall impression of gravitas. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet needs time in bottle to truly shine. Hints of violet, lavender and plum add the final shades of nuance. All of the signatures of the vintage come through beautifully. The translucent, mineral-laced finish is especially appealing. Frankly, it’s hard to put the glass down.” 94 pts. – Antonio…

Nature’s #1 Thirst Quencher: 2014 Camino Roca Altxerri Txakoli

Jun 18 2016

Good Morning! Move over Sauvignon Blanc, more and more are tuning into Mother Nature’s number #1 thirst quencher: Txakoli. Slightly fizzy, refreshingly brisk, Txakoli’s signature mouthwatering mineral drive makes it do one thing, and do it very, very, well: be the best thirst quencher a wine could possibly be. Purity, bracing freshness, mineral and a squeeze of citrus, the 2014 Camino Roca Altxerri Txakoli is the perfect antidote for the hot summer sun. More About the Wine: You are close to the soul of Txakoli when there is seawater still in your hair, when you have hot, blinding white sand…

30% OFF South African BLOW OUT!! De-licious, De-lightful, de Trafford

Jun 17 2016

    Good morning! Yesterday we were offered a blowout on two South African wines – one a sumptuous, rich, smoky Cabernet[ the other a lively, fresh Chenin. The best part? They’re both from a Stellenbosch producer we’ve come to adore: de Trafford. Understand this, the quantity is not much, less than 10 cases of each, but if you’re one of the lucky ones to grab them early, you’ll find fabulous quality for the price. de Trafford is a boutique producer with an Old World sensibility and exotic New World charm that has both our staunch Francophiles and Napa Nuts…

“Spain’s Most Exciting Wine”: 2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos de Bierzo

Jun 16 2016

Good Morning, Petalos is one of those wines that both defines a category and exists outside it at the same time. For one, it is instantly recognizable, and, very likely, many of you have encountered it at fine restaurants or recall it from a recommendation of some passionate wine lover who offered it as an alternative to your regularly scheduled Chinon or Bourgogne. But outside its high visibility, the wine is outright delicious – medium bodied, refined and finesse driven, with loads of spicy red fruits and a floral quality that is unmistakable. There’s a reason the wine has garnered…

“The Chardonnay Value of the Year”: 92 pt. Catena Chardonnay for 33% Off!!!

Jun 15 2016

  Good morning! Sourced from three of Catena’s premium high-altitude vineyard sites in Argentina’s Mendoza region, the 2014 Catena Chardonnay displays an alluringly tropical fruit profile beautifully framed by refreshing acidity and driving minerality. Tasted blind, this Chardonnay would put its peers from California and even Burgundy to shame, delivering astonishing quality and a wonderfully balanced style for a mere $14. You read that right – $14! Here is my candidate for Chardonnay value of the year!!! “The nose is subtly oaked with white fruit and floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and has very nice acidity which makes the wine not only fresher, but also longer…

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