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Hiding in Plain Sight: 2015 Domaine du Collier
So, what makes this wine so special? Antoine Foucault is the son of the late Charly Foucault of the famed Foucault brothers behind Clos Rougeard. Antoine cut his teeth at the legendary Loire estate and you can tell– the wines are unbelievable. Vividly powerful with pure mineral and succulent fruit, Charpentrie astounds with its detail, precision and body. No one in America except for a handful are able to taste Rougeard (RIP). Yet hiding here in plain sight is one of the truly great wines of France. Complex and powerful without lacking nuance and detail, Domaine du Collier’s wines are utterly mesmerizing with their...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
A Love Letter to Italy: 2016 Monte Bernardi “Italia Ti Amo”
Be it the freshly cut flowers or sweet cherries and spices, its silky open knit texture or its excellent focus, Monte Bernardi’s one-liter bottle of “Italia Ti Amo” is an open love letter to Italian wine. And no, we don’t mean one particular appellation, but every appellation. The author of this love letter is a winemaker named Michael Schmelzer, an ex-pat from Michigan who has wrangled fruit from all over Italy (Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Frappato, Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, and Montepulciano) and crafted a remarkable little table wine worth its weight in gold. First, all the fruit Mr. Schmelzer has...Learn more
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Don’t Blink: 2018 Cotat

Don’t Blink: 2018 Cotat

9/19/2019 3:23 PM

Every year pickers come from all over Europe volunteer for the Cotat harvest. If you were lucky enough to join either cousin, two things would jump out at you: The first is the profound dizzying steepness of their vineyards (all considered the best in Sancerre and Chavignol). The second is the crazy number of seat cushions and ropes scattered around the vineyards. It is a picking system only the Cotats could have drummed up. One is to slide down outrageously steep plots with a cushion tied to your rear while desperately holding onto a bucket in front of you. Colorful, a bit outrageous, but also rooted...Learn more
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Supreme Rioja: 96 pt. 2007 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Tondonia
López de Heredia has remained a steadfast symbol of classical winemaking and traditional Riojan style since such a thing ever existed. Very little has changed here since the winery’s foundation in the 130 plus years ago. The estate still employs the original oak vats they used from the very beginning. Perhaps even more revealing (and risky) is that Heredia does not do any temperature manipulation during fermentation, something very few in the world ever risk to do. They use old school egg-whites for...Learn more
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We Buy This Every Year - So Should You.
From last year’s offer: Graillot founded his own Domaine only in in 1985, and started making some pretty serious waves around 1990 when Robert Parker compared his Crozes to most producers Hermitage. By now the secret is well and truly out, but the comparison still holds true. Wonderfully the prices are still incredibly good too given the adulation the wines have received, and the only problem is getting hold of them. Today we have them in both 750ml and magnum format. These are wines of remarkable depth and structure- far more serious than one would expect from a typical Crozes. Complex...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Case Buy Alert: Absolutely Chuggable French Red!
Sumptuous dark red fruits, lip-smacking acidity, an all-too-easy drinkability and a reasonable tariff - these are the hallmarks of the “bistro wine,” a category impossible to avoid in France, but far too uncommon here in the US. It’s a category that has had a long tradition at this store and one we love. The Loire produces some excellent examples and today’s offer - Les Equilibristes’ “Le Joufflu” - is one of the best we’ve tasted in a while. Intensely pure and rich fruit, a touch of pepper and floral notes, soft tannins, juicy acidity and long finish all make this wine, frankly irresistible.Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Small is Beautiful - Our Favorite Domestic Pinot Noir, Hands Down.
A staple for budget-minded Pinot lovers, Evesham Wood’s Willamette Pinot combines handcrafted artisan quality with affordable weeknight pricing. A model of small scale, boutique production using the same methods as their more expensive single-vineyard bottlings, this wallet friendly label continues to dominate the domestic Pinot value category. Their newest 2017 expression impresses with beautiful aromatics of hedgerow fruit and forest floor. On the palate, Evesham’s signature of tart red cherry...Learn more
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Buy With Urgency: One of the Purest Barberas We’ve Ever Tasted!
A remarkable value that is quickly becoming impossible to source, there is a mounting urgency for us to place an order on the fast disappearing and crazy delicious 2017 Brovia Sori del Drago. Why? Because the entire U.S. market–New York, Chicago, Los Angeles–all want it, and want it bad. So should you. With its enormous energy and intoxicatingly plush shades of sweet plum and raspberry core, Brovia’s stellar 2017 Barbera D’Alba “Sori’del Drago” demands the attention (and praise) from those who do not believe in...Learn more
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America’s First Growth: 2017 Ridge
We’re thrilled to announce that it is time to offer the Ridge Fall pre-sell. Ridge is the cornerstone of our California wine collection and each new release – no matter the vintage– is a huge event. 2017 in Northern California (besides those unfortunate enough to be stuck in the Napa fires) was an outstanding vintage–offering intense concentration and freshness. The quality of these wines, as always, are exceptional. Don’t miss some of America’s best wines offered at fantastic pricing. “A season of extreme weather began with heavy winter rains that replenished the water table. The vines rebounded...Learn more
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Best von der Fels ever? 2018 Keller
Let the race begin! One of the most popular and crazy values we offer, German super-star Klaus Peter Keller’s von der Fels Riesling is back for the much hyped 2018 vintage. Produced from young vines in his Grand Cru vineyards, there is no other wine, besides maybe Lauer’s “Senior”, that offers so much incredible material for such a low price. Everyone who loves wine deserves to experience this absurd deal. 2018 has already been labeled as one of the greatest vintages ever in Germany. Stephen Bitterholf, the importer for Keller, has made the interesting point that much of this is because of how perfect...Learn more
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