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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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95 Points or Bigger?: 2016 Clos Erasmus Pre-arrival
This may be the safest bet in wine right now. You really can’t go wrong here. Clos I Terrasses has been leading the pack in Priorat since 1988 when Daphne Glorian threw caution to the wind and joined René Barbier and Alvaro Palacios in believing in the unforgiving, but brilliant terroir of Priorat. Decades later, Ms. Glorian, a committed Biodynamist and brilliant winemaker, crafts perhaps the defining wine of the appellation, the legendary Clos Erasmus. The second label, Laurel, is not a “second wine” strictly speaking (though in some vintages, barrels not deemed worthy of Erasmus are declassified into...Learn more
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Never Enough: 2015 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain
The uber-boutique, supremely sophisticated wines born from this special Howell Mountain estate comes and goes, never lasting more than a few days at the shop. The rule is, if you see O’Shaughnessy, then you grab it on the spot. Over the years, customers have become too accustomed to heartbreak, which is a shame because these wines offer some of the most memorable and hauntingly elegant mountain fruit we’ve experienced from anywhere in Napa. There is no going around it, O’Shaughnessy is special…and highly elusive for even for the most ardent California...Learn more
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The powerful yet elegant wines of Mas Doix
The powerful yet elegant wines of Mas Doix–one of our favorite producers in Priorat–continue to astound us. While we’re not always eye to eye with Robert Parker, we completely agree with his description of these being “stunningly profound Priorat.” It is also clear that the work of Sandra Doix, the fearless and exciting young phenom in charge of the domain, is only going becoming better and better. Established in 1998, Mas Doix is continuing a tradition that was begun by family ancestors in 1908. Ms. Doix and her family work exclusively with rare old bush vines (a large number originally planted by her...Learn more
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Instant Message: 2016 L’Aventure Allocation
There is no denying the talent and daring ambition of Stephan Asseo. Mr. Asseo, born into a generations-long family of wine producers in France, uprooted himself from the safe confines of Bordeaux to the limestone rich hills of West Paso Robles. What became of his small “adventure” ascended to one of the most coveted and prestigious wineries, not just in Paso Robles, or even the Central Coast, no, Mr. Asseo’s L’Aventure is one of the best in California. Molding the elegance and grace he grew up with in Bordeaux to the power and intensity of Paso Robles fruit, these are deeply...Learn more
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"Quite simply, one of the absolute benchmarks for fine Priorat": 2016 Clos Erasmus
Clos i Terrases’s Clos Erasmus is an icon among the collector class. Opulent, powerful, intense and mineral, Clos Erasmus sits comfortably beside other bastions of Spanish greatness - Pingus, Vega Sicilia, and Lopez de Heredia, among a handful of others. But the sheer greatness of these wines extends far beyond Spain. Simply put, Clos Erasmus is among a small number of wines that ranks among the truly exceptional. This is true in any vintage. However, in a sleek and stylish number like 2016, this wine simply cannot be...Learn more
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