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“Do We Really Need White Burgundy?” 97 Pt 2017 Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay
Decanter’s Tina Gellie participated in a blind tasting with Kumeu going up against legendary estates Leflaive, Lafon, Sauzet, Drouhin, Girardin and Niellon. She reported back: “It was a fascinating tasting, with Kumeu River a clear winner in three of the four flights.” Whether you agree with the white Burgundy comparisons or not, one thing is for certain: this is not minor league baseball here. Kumeu, deservedly so, is performing in the big leagues. And for the money they are asking for, they are knocking...Learn more
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So Much to Say:  Oddero 2015 and 2013, 2009, 2006
One of the oldest and most important growers in Barolo, Oddero is a certified Piemonte icon. Their thirty-five hectares of historical holdings reads like a Greatest Hits collection: Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, Brunate in La Morra, the legendary Vigna Rionda in Serralunga, Villero in Castiglione Falletto, and Gallina in Neive. We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of their very special 2015 pre-arrival from this estate. 2015– a hugely important year for Piedmont–produced exceptional Barolo. Even more so, critic and Piedmont specialist Antonio Galloni has sung rapturous praise on this new 2015 release of the Oddero estate:Learn more
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“Present Day American Benchmarks”: 2016 Arnot-Roberts
Here’s some crazy news for you: we discovered another tiny parcel of gold dust, this time being the super sexy (and damn delicious) 2016’s from Arnot-Roberts. While we recently offered and sold these wines back in August, the appetite and desire for them is simply enormous–as they should be. This is one of the hottest and most sought-after estates in California. 2016 was a terrific year for Sonoma. “2016 marks a return to a much more relaxed, growing season with ideal conditions for making wines endowed with energy, freshness and delineation that provide a striking foil to California’s natural...Learn more
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“Burgundy with bubbles”: Profound Champagnes of Ruppert-Leroy
Ruppert-Leroy is one of the most exciting new voices to emerge from Champagne in years. Lead by Bénédicte and Emmanuel Leroy, this tiny four hectare estate in the Aube has quickly gained attention from critics and collectors worldwide. The wines, which many insiders have proclaimed to be “Burgundy with bubbles”, are incredibly vinous and fruit-intense making us recall another heavy-weight we’ve come to feverously collect, Cedric Bouchard. Ms. Leroy’s parents were originally sheep farmers settling...Learn more
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Everything Old is New Again … Or Did it Ever Change? 96+ pt. “Sumptuous, Beautifully Resonant Cabernet”
There’s a lot to unpack in this bottle of wine - a virtual cornucopia of themes, histories, realities and ideas. You see this is the wine that started it all - the entire modern era of Napa Cabernet, and its story is the story of not only of the entire region of Napa, but in many senses, its story is that of all wine. Success, struggle, crises of identity, the role of critical press, ambition and ego all play out across its canvas. And because of that we can often lose sight of the wine itself, as it becomes symbolic of a trend, a moment in history...Learn more
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Fabio Gea: Piemonte’s Upstart Wild Child
Louis/Dressner has a knack for discovering the next cult phenomenon: Rougeard. Overnoy. Pepière. Coudert. Canonica et al. The best of his producers captures the essence of the wild, raw and wholly-of-the-earth element that informed Joe Dressner’s approach to wine. Fabio Gea seems destined for the same slavish devotion as the rest of Dressner’s best producers. In fact, based on our allocations - he already has! I’ve never met the man, but every profile of him makes some mention of wild motion - “whirlwind” is frequently invoked when describing the experience of being in his presence. This restless sense of motion...Learn more
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“Brooding But Not a Bruiser”: 95 pt. 2017 Bedrock
In the space of just a few short years Morgan Twain-Peterson’s Bedrock has risen from obscure, whimsical beginnings into a serious heavy contender for California wine King. “Everybody should recognize the incredible speed at which Morgan Twain-Peterson has built his Bedrock Wine Co. into a world-class performer.” Gushed Robert Parker, after he awarded the winery two 100 point scores. And it’s not just Parker. They’ve been given some of the highest critical acclaim from almost every major publication in the country, including the Vinous, Wine Spectator, New York Times, L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and...Learn more
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National Treasure: 2014 Giuseppe Mascarello Monprivato
Any time we offer the wines of Giuseppe Mascarello it is always special. This is what Italian wine lovers live for. Hauntingly seductive, sensuous, and profoundly soulful, Mascarello’s wines are some of the most coveted bottles from Piedmont, much less Italy. They are, regardless of the vintage, consistently immersive masterpieces, always thrilling us with equal portions of power and sublime grace. While there are only a few cases available, we are still extremely excited for the 2014 release of Monprivato. Although the vintage does not contain the same frantic sizzle from the critics as 2013 or 2015, do not be fooled: this...Learn more
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“The Finest Dofi to Date”: Alvaro Palacios 2016
In Spain, few can compare to the legendary Alvaro Palacios. Mr. Palacios’s Priorats, alongside Pingus, are regarded by critics and collectors as the pinnacle of greatness that Spanish wine can achieve. Why? While it is easy in Spain, and particularly in Priorat, to achieve intoxicating power and ripeness, Mr. Palacios learned early on (perhaps during his stint at Petrus) that a wines most important expression is not its intensity of fruit but its singular expression of its vineyard. In a recently published interview Mr. Palacios explains, “In Spain, we are blessed with old vines and plenty of sun. Power comes very easily...Learn more
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Sure-Fire Winner: 94 Point Stunner from Evening Land
With its intense fruit, slow building smoky sweetness and beautiful dense silky texture, the 2016 Seven Springs Pinot Noir makes a compelling argument for becoming the new reference point for brilliant Oregon vino. Packed to the gills with detail, fruit and unmistakable class, we couldn’t be happier with the 2016. Don’t miss this little 94 point stunner from the wunderkinds Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman over at Evening Land!! We’ve been trumpeting the success of Evening Land since the very beginning. This isn’t just another bottle of domestic Pinot. This is a labor of love from two of the most talked about...Learn more
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