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STOP EVERYTHING - This is BIG: You Need CASES!!! 95 Pt. "Viña Ardanza” Pre-Arrival
Armed with three hundred hectares of estate-owned vineyards, their own cooperage, and a century-old winery holding 51,000 casks and 6.4 million bottles stored at any one time–the equivalent of roughly 8 years of sales–of course La Rioja Alta is considered one of the grand jewels of Spain. Unsurprisingly, the wines are made in the traditional Rioja manner. Everything is harvested by hand. Fermentation comes naturally. Malolactic is never sped up, concluding when it naturally finishes. The wines are never filtered before...Learn more
En Point: 2015 Bourgogne Drinking Beautifully Now
We don’t have much left, but I bought big in 2015 and that effort is just now starting to bear fruit. Take today’s wine - 2015 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Rouge. Sweet, lush fruit, a core of earth tones and a ravish-me-now quality that makes this almost irresistible. As good as it was on release, it’s even better now, the structure finally yielding entirely to the fruit and providing a sumptuous quaff for a modest price - for Burgundy anyhow! 2015 is truly a special year, recalling the fruit and power of 2005, but with a structure that is less inimitable, or at least more friendly in its youth than 2005...Learn more
Extraordinario: 92 pt, $19 Petalos

Extraordinario: 92 pt, $19 Petalos

Posted on: 8/21/2019 3:28 PM

Every month we’re reminded that we are in the golden age of Spanish wine. In recent years the country has catapulted into the hearts of critics and every-day wine drinkers for their sensational value, ambition, and, of course, unique terroir. “Petalos” from Alvaro Palacios has been a standard for years now – offering personality and character that is unrivaled in the sub-$20 price range. We’re back with the 2017, and once again it’s a home run. Recently awarded 92 points by the Wine Advocate, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed by Mr. Palacios’s latest masterpiece.Learn more
Returning to His Roots: 2017 Once & Future

Returning to His Roots: 2017 Once & Future

Posted on: 8/21/2019 1:45 PM

I recently received a text from an old-school California collector who passionately pleaded for me to taste the new 2017 vintage from Joel Peterson’s acclaimed estate, Once & Future. For many of California’s biggest enthusiasts, Once & Future has hit a strong emotional cord. The wines represent a homecoming of sorts, a successful farmer turned multi-millionaire returning back to his roots–and the results are spectacular. Mr. Peterson has spent the last four decades with his Ravenswood label, a journey that began in 1976 with a small, quirky gothic label that allowed him to focus on his love of Zinfandel...Learn more
REDUX: Legendary: 1947, 1959 and now 2018 - The Unmissable 2018 Huet Release
Huet wines are some of France's – perhaps the world's – longest-lasting whites, with bottles from the 1940’s still drinking beautifully now. Even the oldest Loire growers can’t remember a vintage like 2018. Summer was hot (temperatures reached record highs) but, more importantly, the growing season had no major setbacks. This means no frost, no hail and very little disease/pest pressure during harvest. This is particularly important for growers like Huet and their off-dry/sweet wines. By leaving their crop out...Learn more
“Indeed exciting, vibrant and pure”: Case Buy Bourgogne Blanc from a Meursault Classicist
My passion for Bitouzet-Prieur is long known and well published. Despite being a longstanding mainstay of the Rosenthal portfolio and well regarded classicist producing finely etched and sumptuous Muersaults and Volnays, the Domaine continues to improve, grow and garner attention, especially as Francois takes the reins from his father, Vincent. Everything seems to have gotten just a touch more elegant, a touch more focused, a touch more elevated. This can be seen in the 2016 Bourgogne Blanc, which...Learn more
Short & Sweet: Small Lot of Backvintage Gem - 2005 Drouhin Chambolle 1er Cru
Look, I’m not going to talk this wine up in my usual manner. I shouldn’t need to. Drouhin’s Chambolle 1er Cru is widely recognized as one of the greatest values in all of Burgundy. A blend of Chambolle 1ers Crus Noirots, Hauts Doix, Borniques, Plantes, and Combottes, this cuvée delivers on everything we look for in Chambolle 1er Cru - supple, sultry and silken fruit, lacy textures and a strong sense of florality. By now, everyone knows that 2005 is a modern legend in Burgundy. And what’s more, they’re finally...Learn more
Bring on the FUNK! NV Sebastien Brunet Pétillant Naturel Grolleau 100%
Pétillant naturel, or “pét-nat”, is an easy-going, unpretentious sparkling wine category that has caught a massive amount of attention as of late. And why not? Easy, approachable, funky and refreshing, they offer the fun and whimsy of bubbles without the seriousness (or price tag) that you see from Champagne. More delicious than Prosecco, less pretentious than Champagne and inexpensive to boot, pét-nat’s are funky, bohemian and heck of a lot of fun. Sebastien Brunet’s stupidly charming 100% sparkling Grolleau...Learn more
The BEST Pinot Value We’ve Tasted This Year!

The BEST Pinot Value We’ve Tasted This Year!

Posted on: 8/14/2019 4:29 PM

One of the great surprises of the summer was uncorking a bottle of the 2015 Scheu Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir), a fantastic German red that completely knocked us off our feet. Round and juicy with a refreshing core of sweet cherries, this is our number #1 value Pinot of the year. Don’t miss this incredible surprise! The Pfalz is one of the warmest growing regions in Germany and at home their reds are just as celebrated as their whites. With a complex mixture of soils (sandstone, limestone, marl, loess-loam and granite to isolated stretches of slate), mild winters and dry...Learn more
Wild Thing: 2016 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara Bianco

Wild Thing: 2016 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara Bianco

Posted on: 8/14/2019 3:59 PM

Fresh juicy peach, golden apple, wild flowers on a refreshing body of savory citrus and mineral, the legendary Paolo Bea returns with their masterful 2016 Santa Chiara Bianco, a wild, bohemian white wine that is as delicious as it is utterly fascinating. Pulverizing conventional winemaking, the highly allocated wines of Bea always stir up excitement and debate. For those tired of the ordinary, we strongly recommend trying this beautifully unique bottle of wine. Note from Importer Neal Rosenthal: “A white wine produced from Grachetto, Malvasia , Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Garganega, in approximately equal proportions...Learn more
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