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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Reserve 2014 Product #30425 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Reserve 2014 Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Reserve 2014

Is anyone in Austria making better Grüner Veltliner than Karl and Brigitta Steininger right now?  I don’t know for sure, but I guarantee that no one is making better Grüner for the money than these rising Kamptal superstars and, for my money, this is the best wine they make.

It serves up wild aromatics of white and stone fruit, exotic spice, white pepper and a hint of caramel.  All those notes and more pour out across your palate in a rich wine with fine density and amazing cut, vibrancy, and drive.  The finish is wonderfully long, leaving mouthwatering fresh fruits, white pepper, and a touch of lemon zest lingering. A brilliant follow-up to the 92 point 2013!

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Ca Del Baio Barbaresco Cru Vallegrande 2011 Product #30148 (In Stock)
Ca Del Baio Barbaresco Cru Vallegrande 2011 Ca Del Baio Barbaresco Cru Vallegrande 2011

"Bright red cherries, pine, spice and mint are some of the notes that jump from the glass in the 2011 Barbaresco Vallegrande. Floral and lifted in the glass, the 2011 stands out for its nuance and delineation. In this vintage, the Vallegrande retains its essentially perfumed, mid-weight personality."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

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Marquis De Calon St Estephe 2012 Product #30553 (In Stock)
Marquis De Calon St Estephe 2012 Marquis De Calon St Estephe 2012

Another great "second wine" value here, this time from 3rd Growth Saint-Estephe estate Calon Segur. From Calon Segur's famous walled vineyard, this is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot plus Cab Franc and Petit Verdot aged 17 months in 30% new oak. Rich and fleshy with tannins that want decanting or a few years.

"A spicy, meaty red with berry character and hints of mahogany. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. Outstanding second wine for the vintage."  James Suckling 90 points

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Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2014 Product #31594 (In Stock)
Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2014 Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2014

Burgundy's 2014 vintage gave us silky, supple, reds with lovely fruit and plenty of classic Burgundy terroir.  Here's a great example from 4.5 acres mainly in and near Vosne-Romanee. Ripe, hand-harvested, fruit is 100% destemmed, fermented in tank and then aged in twice-used French oak.  There's a very pretty perfume of tangy red cherry, raspberry, violets and a hint of something earthy - or "animal" as the winemaker says.  On the palate it's very pure and fresh and transparent with a silky feel to the tart cherry/raspberry fruit.  Stony minerality and fine tannins provide support to this very pretty, very delicious, Pinot Noir.  Drink now - 2020 or so.

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Confidences De Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2012 Product #31605 (In Stock)
Confidences De Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2012 Confidences De Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2012

The second wine of Prieure-Lichine is a stunning value in drink right now Margaux. A 40/60% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend from the estate's younger vines with 14 months in second and third use French oak.

"This is such a wholesome wine with glorious fruit and texture. Full body, round tannins and a long finish. Everything is in balance and beauty. Second wine? Outstanding. Better in 2018."  James Suckling 90 points

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Fattoria Basciano I Pini Toscana 2013 Product #31623 (In Stock)
Fattoria Basciano I Pini Toscana 2013 Fattoria Basciano I Pini Toscana 2013

This warm-vintage super-Tuscan is flashy and rich - although just medium bodied - with lots of dark plum and black berry fruit plus cassis framed by spicy French oak.  There's good energy and juicy freshness to the rich fruit and a layer of spiced oak on the finely sculpted finish.  Delicious now with a little air and a steak or hold for years.

"Lovely aromas of violet, black currant and blackberry highlight this elegant, supple red. Vibrant and virtually seamless, though this should improve as the components integrate. Spice and mineral accents add depth and line the finish. Shows more finesse than power. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2018 through 2030."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Mastrojanni San Pio Cabernet Sauvignon e Sangiovese Toscana 2012 Product #31242 (In Stock)
Mastrojanni San Pio Cabernet Sauvignon e Sangiovese Toscana 2012 Mastrojanni San Pio Cabernet Sauvignon e Sangiovese Toscana 2012

It’s illegal to put Cabernet Sauvignon in a wine labeled “Brunello,” but Bordeaux’s best red grape grows so well here that Mastrojanni just couldn’t resist planting some on the old San Pio estate.  Since 1997 that rich, ripe, Cabernet has been blended with 20% declassified Brunello to produce this delicious super-Tuscan blend.  The aromas and texture suggest richer Bordeaux or fresher Napa Cabernet but the bright cherry core and juicy, long, finish say “Italy” loud and clear.  A very fine value in small-production (less than 600 cases) super-Tuscan Cabernet.

"A blend of 20% Sangiovese and 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 San Pio is a hearty and approachable red wine that would taste great next to a succulent cut of beef. The wine ages in oak for 18 months and consequently delivers a full offering of aromas that spans from bright cherry fruit to exotic spice. There are some budding tertiary tones of cola and crushed mineral as well that add complexity. The finish is firm and long-lasting. Drink 2016-2026" Wine Advocate 91 points

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Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2011 Product #30463 (In Stock)
Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2011 Dom Prudhon Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Les Chambres 2011

As Burghound sais, this is just classic Chassagne Rouge that is enjoyable right now (decant for an hour) and will be at peak in 2018 or so.  Decant the wine, roast a chicken, and be very happy.

"An expressive, even perfumed nose features notes of pepper, red currant, cassis and plenty of pungent earth character that can also be found on the supple, round and agreeably vibrant middle weight flavors. There is good intensity and lovely detail to the moderately firm and rustic finish that is both well-balanced and persistent. A classic Chassagne rouge."Allen Meadows 89 points

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Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2013 Product #30476 (In Stock)
Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2013 Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2013

The almost-CdP "baby Beaucastel" is especially charming in 2013, with oodles of plum fruit and an open, drink-me-now, character. A classy, high-end, Cotes du Rhone.

"The 2013 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône offers a surprisingly ripe, rounded style to go with notes of wild strawberries, jammy black raspberry and peppery herbs. It’s drinking beautifully today, but it has good mid-palate density and I suspect will evolve nicely on its balance."Wine Advocate 89 points

"Unlike many vintages of Coudoulet, this one is medium-bodied and fruit-forward, offering hints of cherries, mulberries and wild Provençal herbs. Those garrigue notes linger on the softly dusty finish. Drink now–2023."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Dom Francois Villard Viognier Contours Deponcins 2015 Product #31766 (In Stock)

Made from younger vines grown in the famous Viognier region of Condrieu, this is exciting in the warm, ripe, 2015 harvest.  Serves up bold peach, apricot, dried flowers and green almond aromas and flavors with fantastic richness - very close to Condrieu levels of weight and extract.  Then a burst of dusty crushed stone minearlity surges up on the long, dry, refreshing, finish.  Best ever from this always fantastic Condrieu-like value.

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Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010 Product #29760 (In Stock)
Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010 Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2010

What happens with a top Burgundy winemaker (Jean-Michel Guillon) encourages friends and importers of wines from France (Olivier Daubresse) and Spain (Jonas Gustafsson) to import a Barolo from Italy?  When the Barolo is the stunning 2010 La Tartufaia from young Giulia Negri – aka “BaroloGirl”, something pretty magical results!

Giulia is a child of Barolo (her family owns the well-respected Serrandenari estate), and has  struck out on her own to make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (which is how she met Jean-Michel), and a classically styled, very pure, Nebbiolo from Barolo’s great 2010 vintage.  Very pure, lifted, scents of red and black berries waft from the glass with accents of tobacco, plum, dried rose petal, and tar.  It’s nicely relaxed and pure – especially at this young age – on the palate, with juicy red/black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco, and hints of smoky oak.  With air, a little truffle and potpourri emerge and the fruit flavors get deeper and more prominent as the wine sails on to a generous finish over sweet, ripe, tannins.  Round and rich, this tempts right now with big tannins that melt away nicely but will become more exciting and explosive from 2017 – 2025.

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Calluna Vineyards CVC Chalk Hill 2012 Product #30682 (In Stock)
Calluna Vineyards CVC Chalk Hill 2012 Calluna Vineyards CVC Chalk Hill 2012

Classic Chalk Hill texture and depth here, from first sip through an hour in decanter or years in cellar.  A magnificent value.

"David Jeffrey’s estate, in the hills east of the Russian River Valley, tends to give a cool, taut expression of the Bordelaise grapes, thanks to maritime influence and the vineyard’s sandstone and shale-based soils. This merlot-based blend includes cabernet sauvignon, franc, petit verdot and malbec; in 2012, the wine’s flavors are vigorous and cohesive, with hints of black plum and mint, though the overall impression is primarily mineral, the refreshing glints of fruit completely tied to the structure. It evolves slowly over several days of air, barely loosening, suggesting that it will reward a long stay in the cellar."Wine & Spirits 95 points

"The 2012 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée is a blend of 36% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Malbec. More chocolate and mocha appear in this wine, which has a similar color to its predecessors. With a nice, fleshy, opulent mouthfeel, impressive purity, texture and length, the wine seems showy and expressive already and promises to age nicely for 10-15 more years."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir The Uncarved Block 2010 Product #30989 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir  The Uncarved Block 2010 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir  The Uncarved Block 2010

Ernie Pink and Dena Drews craft this lovely Pinot to tell the story of their vineyard in the vintage, blending different clones and parcels from across their 35 acre site perched above Freedom Hill.  In 2010 it's beautiful with the elegance and purity of this remarkable vintage and the open sophistication that only a little time in bottle reveals.  Lovely now and through 2020.

"Bright red. Smoky, mineral-accented black raspberry and rose oil aromas are complemented by hints of cinnamon and allspice. Gently sweet red fruit flavors are given depth by a cherry pit nuance and sharpened by juicy acidity. Silky in texture and appealingly sweet, finishing with very good clarity, subtle tannins and noteworthy spicy persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014 Product #30994 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014 Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014

Pinot Meunier's home is Champagne, where it's the region's most planted grape and makes up the heart of many a fine toasty, rich, sparkling wine.  As an abandoned sparkling wine experiment, Amalie Robert's version is arguably the most consistently excellent example in the world with a string of 90 and 91 point ratings from Wine Advocate, Josh Raynolds at Vinous, and more.

As you'd expect in a Champagne grape, there's a bit of tartness here and I always find it a bit tight and tingly on release.  In warm vintages - like 2014 - it opens quickly, and if you tried it when Dena and Ernie were here in July you'll be shocked at how much flesh it's gained in 45 days.  I like Ernie's tasting note so much, I'll quote it here:  "Delish red. Sweet aromas of ripe Montmorency cherries, red currants and bittersweet chocolate entice the palate into a rosy red fruit mélange intertwined with savory bits and restraining acidity that linger effortlessly. This wine is as elegant as the day is long."

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Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014 Product #31379 (In Stock)
Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014 Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014

The Côte Chalonnaise village of Montagny is one of the last bastions  of real white Burgundy value, and this rich and vibrant wine makes that point nicely.  Aromas of white fruits, vanilla, and brioche get a nice lift from hints of mint and lime.  Round on the palate with zesty white peach, lemon curd, green apple and fresh hazelnut flavors and a dose of lime zest and crushed stone minerality at the end.  This will work well with sushi and smoked salmon now and with richer fish and poultry dishes over the next few years.

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Balius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Reserve Block 2012 Product #30456 (In Stock)
Balius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Reserve Block 2012 Balius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Reserve Block 2012

Another winner from Napa's hugely successful 2012 harvest, this 95% Cabernet aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 18 months.  It's a stylish Napa Cabernet, with loads of redcurrant, berry, and currant fruit accented by notes of coffee, chocolate, cedar, and tobacco.  Delicious from first sip, this gains length and depth with air, with more coffee/mocha notes emerging over the fine-grained tannins.  Tastes like a $50+ bottle and ready now with steak and lamb.

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Clos Marsalette Pessac - Leognan 2013 Product #30489 (In Stock)
Clos Marsalette Pessac - Leognan 2013 Clos Marsalette Pessac - Leognan 2013

Classic white Bordeaux made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon with 30% aged in new oak. Creamy, sophisticated, and long.

"A lovely wet straw aroma leads to a flattering, creamy palate of sweetened butter, creamed apple, lemon curd and honeysuckle notes. A tarragon hint at the very end keeps this honest. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Ch Brown Pessac-Leognan 2012 Product #30920 (In Stock)
Ch Brown Pessac-Leognan 2012 Ch Brown Pessac-Leognan 2012

A big, rich, Bordeaux with density from Merlot (50%) and cut from Cabernet Sauvignon.  Supple and tempting now - 2032.

"A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2012 Brown hits the palate with serious intensity and slightly rough contours that are going to need time to settle down. The high presence of Merlot (70%) and pushed, ripe style add to the wine's considerable personality. A rush of black cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, licorice and incense leaves a positive last impression."  Vinous (Tanzer) 90 points

"Nicely packed, with energetic flavors of blackberry cobbler, blueberry paste and boysenberry coulis, carried by a brambly structure and pushed by anise and ganache accents on the finish. Shows solid grip and should do well with cellaring. This has added some weight since the barrel tasting."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Dom Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2015 Product #31013 (In Stock)
Dom Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2015 Dom Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2015

Sancerre just doesn't get better than this beauty from biodynamic grapes grown in flint and chalk soils in the great 2015 vintage.  Big aromas of white citrus, white pepper, green herb and flint lead to a precise, finely detailed, palate of citrus, peach, Granny Smith apple and loads of flinty mineral.  Rich, but finishes crisp and clean with citrus fruit and stony minerality lingering.  An elegant, complex, Sancerre to pair with sophisticated salads or seafood or just sip with joy.

"Jean-Dominique Vacheron's white 2015 Sancerre shows a very clear and elegant white fruit aroma with elderflowers on the nose. Full-bodied, very elegant and fruit intense, but also with mineral and phenolic grip, it has a long and powerful finish. This is remarkably good, perfectly balanced Sancerre. The 2015 reflects the warm and sunny vintage as well as the elegant and complex Vacheron style. The aromatic aftertaste reveals a nice mango aroma, as well as cassis and refreshing mineral flavors."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Eiswein 2013 375ml Product #31238 (In Stock)
Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Eiswein 2013 375ml Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Eiswein 2013 375ml

One bitterly cold morning in January 2014, Anton Bauer and his team got up before dawn and harvested the last Grüner Veltliner berries of the 2013 growing season.  The frozen berries were rushed to the winery and immediately pressed, releasing tiny amounts of super-sugar-laden juicy and leaving the still solid water behind.  The thick, viscous, juice went into tank where it slowly fermented until the yeast could do no more, bringing the wine to 12.5% alcohol and leaving a stunning amount of rich sweetness and bracing acidity behind.

Despite the 2014 harvest date, this is technically a 2013 vintage wine.  But whatever you call it, the wine is brilliant.  Rich and creamy with layers of apricot, peach and white fruit aromas and flavors, there's a touch of honey and caramel for depth and bracing, tangy, acidity for freshness.  Sits on your palate for minutes after each sip, this is a rare treat you won't want to miss.

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