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Pleasure Bomb Away! PAX New Release
You may remember Pax Mahle when he made tidal waves a few years back as winemaker over at Donelan and Pax Wine Cellars. The Syrahs he produced were California power houses, receiving cult-like status and massive critical praise. Sourcing from cooler climate sites in Sonoma County and Mendocino, Mr. Mahle takes his inspiration from where all Syrah inspiration should come, namely, the Northern Rhône. The fairy tale abruptly ended in a dispute with ownership in 2008, resulting in Mahle leaving Donelan and forced to give up his own label, Pax. Since that time, he continued to bowl us over...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Say it with me Now: Pi-ay-trah-DOL-shay - An Etna Cult Favorite Returns
Pietrodolce was established in 2005 on the northern slopes of Mt. Etna. Their eleven hectares of vineyards extend over an area that ranges from six to nine hundred feet above sea level. Since the beginning the estate has decided to focus exclusively on the three main varieties native to Etna: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante. Over the years the wines have garnered tremendous acclaim from the press for their unusual intensity, depth and captivating style. Of all the wines being produced on...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
95 & 94 pt. Sonoma Pinot from a Living Legend
Since their first vintage in 1996, Walter Hansel Winery has been a member of an extremely short list of top quality Russian River producers - alongside icons like Kistler, Williams Selyem, Dehlinger and Rochioli. Winemaker Stephen Hansel’s wines are stunning: perfumed, classic and sublimely balanced with nary a hint of overt oak, overripe fruit or manipulation. These wines grace the top of our list each and every vintage and fortunately still remain a bit of an insider’s secret since production is miniscule compared to others in their quality class. With a classicist’s sense of restraint, and a sensible...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Ian Halbert
Tiny Production, Incredible Quality: Grand Cru Alvarinho with Chablis-challenging Intensity of Mineral

This is another extraordinary find from my Iberian trip in August, this one made in small enough production that it is released only in three packs. At the time of tasting, forty of these packs were available for the United States, so we bought all of them. That equates to about 25% of total production but is still a tiny amount to go around. This is breathtakingly good, do not miss it. It’s one where I think it’s worth referring to my scribbled shorthand notes made in the winery. Sometimes I think these say more about...

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Posted in Reserve List By Guy Davies
“Going To Put Smile On Everyone’s Face”: 2016 Booker Reserve List: 2016 Booker Allocation
Ripe, sexy and highly exclusive–the 2016 Booker allocation is the entire point the Reserve List exists. One of the truly great wineries of Paso Robles, Eric Jensen’s renowned estate annually produces some of the most elusive treasures for collectors of Californian wine. Always averaging between 96 to 100 points each vintage, these wines always hit the ball out of the park–for the critics and their huge loyal following. Just take a look at Jeb Dunnuck’s monster scores below! The name Booker comes from the two...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
DRC West: Aubert de Villaine’s California Dream
We don’t need to “sell” HdV. It’s DRC in California. Literally. The venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the legendary de Villaine Family of Burgundy (of Domaine Romanée-Conti) has always cast a wide net, making California collectors lust and Burgundy enthusiast swoon. Of course the standard here is very high - this is the family that makes DRC, after all. Thus, the wines, across the board, are excellent - stylish, suave and complex - and, naturally, delicious. But they’re also accessible - both in regards price and quantity. When’s the last time you had DRC...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Ian Halbert
Taste the Tasting: Spanish Cult Rockstar Raul Perez!
There is an increasingly easy case to be made that Raul Perez has assumed the mantle of being the most exciting and talked about winemaker – not in Spain – but on Earth. His cult following has gone global. With all this hoopla and mounting praise, I don’t blame you for expecting the man to headline the halftime show at a future Super Bowl (he’ll come dressed in old vine Mencía). On September 26th we were treated in tasting Mr. Perez’s line of work for the 2015-2016 vintage. It was a special night and one that cemented for many just how special and lucky we are to witness Mr. Perez’s spectacular...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
91 Point Crushable Cali Chard: 2015 Sandhi Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
There is no shame in preaching the gospel of good value California Chardonnay, just so long as it is produced from the gifted hands of Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman. Mr. Parr and his partner have been putting us under their spell for a few years now, be it through their collaborating effort in Sandhi (as in the case here), or Piedrasassi or Domaine de la Côte. With a combination of Old-World principles, smart, sensitive winemaking and a key eye for sourcing from some of St. Rita’s best terroir, it’s an understatement to say...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
97 Point Grand Cru of the Andes!
While we pass on a lot of wine coming from South America, this one grabbed our attention. 2014 is a historic moment for Cheval des Andes, the ultra-luxurious, no-expense-spared venture between St. Emillion’s legendary Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes. “This has to be the best Cheval des Andes I've tried so far,” gushes Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez, who awarded a whopping 97 points to the wine. Moving away from power, new oak and ripeness, 2014 marks the first time the winery has focused on finesse, aromatics and longevity. Pasquini, an Italian expat, nailed it. He decreased the use of...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Unicorn Alert! Sub $50, 94 point, Organic & Estate Grown Napa Cab
It would be easy to sell this wine simply with the price, provenance and score. Under $50 Estate grown Rutherford Cabernet from a special vintage with 94 points from Antonio Galloni doesn’t come around often. However- I have a whole lot more to say about why this wine has recently become special to me. While you may feel familiar with the winery on some level, and you might be used to seeing its name on retail shelves, this is the time to stop and give an extraordinary producer the attention it deserves.Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Guy Davies
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