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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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Instant Classic: 2016 Philip Togni Cabernet
You must be new to this. If that’s the case you should become deeply familiar with this address. For over six decades Philip Togni has produced a spellbinding collection of some California’s greatest red wines. When you open a well-aged bottle, chances are you about to have one of most complex glimpses into Cabernet that Napa can offer. The wines legendary longevity and extraordinary track record for profundity make Mr. Togni’s Cabernets some of the most consistent and sought after for New World collectors worldwide. Located at a two thousand feet elevation near the top of...Learn more
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“Total Knock Out” 95 Point 2013 PAX Syrah Griffin’s Lair Sonoma Coast
The demand for Pax continues to be uncontrollable. We’re afraid we’ve unleashed a monster and the only way to stop it (or perhaps make it worse) is to provide you with more. That’s why we jumped on the small (but heavily sought after) allocation of the 2013 Syrah Griffins Lair. Hot damn is this baby delicious! Dense and sweetly fruited, armed with laser like precision and focus, we’re absolutely thrilled with this bottle. Anyone who enjoys artisanal California wine will walk away with little doubt that Pax Mahle is...Learn more
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