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CLASS IN THE GLASS!
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includes pre-arrival and BORDEAUX FUTURES FALL 2017
Updated Sept 16, 2016
Riesling & Fall! WineStreet lands a limited amount of the Winner!
"Berlin Kabinett Cup" OMG, so crystal clear,
so sublime & fine and
so much Wehlener Sonnenuhr in the glass
2015 M. Ferdinand Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett, Reg $29.99 Sale $24.97
Harvested at a low 82degrees Oechsle, this offers a gorgeous and delicately ample nose of ripe apricot tree flower, white flowers, melon and yellow peach.The wine is stunningly crisp and focused on the palate and superbly playful acidity brings great Kabinett freshness to the delicately ample and long finish. This is a superb Kabinett in the making! 2025-2045 93/100 TN by MoselFineWines
A delicious Riesling from the famous Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard and the incredibly well heralded 2015 vintage. It is difficult to find such a wonderful wine at this price point, but let's hope that Mosel Riesling remains so undervalued for some time to come!
Having followed this wine for the last five vintages, we are excited to offer Max Ferd. Richter's stunning Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2015. Although critics are yet to score it, in forums published on Wine Pages and Wine Berserkers German wine expert Martin Zwick has flagged it as a: "strong contender for 'Kabinett of the Year'" and "one of the discoveries of the year." It looks as if his prediction was correct as this wine won the BerlinKabinettCup (attended by David Schildknecht of Wine Advocate). Having recently tried it in the offce, we can confirm that it very much lives up to the praise.
Only 900 cases are produced, the majority of which are sold in Germany. The precipitous and craggy Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a veritable who's who of German wine, being home to Joh Jos Prum, Dr Loosen, Markus Molitor and Max Ferd. Richter to name just a few. It produces some of the Mosel's finest wines and the 2015s from here look set to be unmissable (two of the Top 3 in the BerlinKabinettCup hail from this vineyard).
The winner of the tasting was the 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett from Max Ferd. Richter. This happened to be Martin's top contender to win the Cup and one of his favorite wines in recent months, so it was only fitting that it unfolded this way. Martin, who was grinning during the flight, later confirmed that Max Ferd. Richter produced from 1.5 hectares in Wehlener Sonnenuhr almost 10,000 bottles of this wine, or the equivalent of 8 Fuder. Congratulations to Constantin Richter! I've yet to taste his other 2015s. For those curious about the numbers of the 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett: 82 degrees Oechsle, 45.9 grams per liter residual sugar, 9.9 per mil acidity, and 7.5 percent alcohol.
Two Rhones that far outway the price!
Our top Rhone Value!!!
2012 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge Reg $17.99 "Everyday the WineStreet Way" $12.97
91 points Vinous Deep ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Distinctly northern Rhone in personality and texture, featuring a peppery, floral-dominated finish, smooth tannins and excellent closing thrust and persistence. The quality of this bottling consistently outpaces its price and appellation, and that's especially true in this vintage. (JR) (3/2016
RP90 The Wine Advocate - "A wine that should be on the market by the time you read this, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone from Guigal is a smokin' value that offers classic southern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, smoked earth and almost chocolatey dark fruits. Medium plus-bodied, concentrated, with both fine tannin and bright acidity, it will deliver the good for at least 5-7 years."
2015 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose Reg $17.99 "Everyday the WineStreet Way" $12.97
RP90 The Wine Advocate - "One of the finest roses from this team yet, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Rose from Guigal (60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Syrah) is a downright classy beauty that gives up lots of white cherry, currants and floral notes in a medium-bodied, ultra pure and seamless style."
Winemaker's Notes The Cotes du Rhone Rose is an excellent example of the appellation. Produced by saigne from Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault, this dry rose is fruity and rich with an intriguing and appetizing bitterness on the finish. There are no better wines to drink with informal buffets, summer outdoor meals, and spicy foods.
Baby Chateau Mouton Rotschild!
Great Cabernet at a great Price!! Limited!!
2012 Chateau D'Armailhac Pauillac $54.97 $299.99/6 (6pks wood:3 left in stock)
Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from France,,Pauillac,Bordeaux,France Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. eRobertParker.com # 218 (Apr 2015) Rating: 91 Drink 2015 - 2040 Part of the empire of the Chateau Mouton Rothschild, this estate was once known as Mouton Baronne Philippe. This impressive, deep, opaque ruby/purple wine, with loads of charcoal, creme de cassis and a flowery-ness, this is rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, quite pure, and avoids any of the astringency or hollowness that some Medocs possess in this vintage. The wine is complete and finishes authoritatively. The tannins are there, but ripe, integrated and velvety. This is a very impressive d'Armailhac to drink over the next 20-25 years
Released just in time for Halloween!
Disappears quickly! 2013 Bogle Phantom Reg $19.99 Sale $15.97 (1 only 3 liter $89.99) A delicious blend of Zinfandel 39% - Petite Sirah 38% - Cabernet Sauvignon 23%.
Phantom, Bogle's mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper and hints of juniper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices with a hint of toasty vanilla. On the palate, the entry is explosive, supportedby chewy, chalky tannins that will age this wine for decades. The lingering, complex finish leaves one in anticipation of the next sip.
The coveted Phantom, Bogle's apparition of three unique varietals, combines lush berry and fierce spice into a wine of complex character. Vivid essence of black pepper, dark fruit and juniper haunts the nose, while brighter flavors of blackberries and blueberries glance off the palate. From the shadows, toasty cinnamon and nutmeg emerge, subtly embracing the deeply luscious and succulent fruit to create a full-bodied, ruby rich wine. Captured in 1, 2 and 3 year old American oak barrels, this wine showcases the best these distinct varietals have to offer.
Always a treat when the Lytton Springs & Geyserville are released! Especially with these scores!
New! Ridge Lytton Springs 2014 Reg $39.99 Sale $34.97
This is the 42nd vintage of Lytton Springs! A combination of 69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, and 2% Mourvedre, Galloni calls this "another absolutely gorgeous wine... Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine's richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish
WW96 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Dollar for dollar in the world of ultra-premium red wines, the Ridge Lytton Springs stands tall as one of the greatest red wine values. I recall tasting the 1973 and 1974 vintages at the winery with winemaker Paul Draper as the '74 was being released, more than 40 years ago; I was incredibly impressed. As the years marched on, I re-tasted both of those wines and was amazed at how well they aged through the decades. While I was confident early on those wines would do well with cellaring, I was still impressed with the complexities they exhibited bottle age. The 2014 Ridge Lytton Springs-comprised of mostly Zinfandel, some Petite Sirah, and Carignane, and a little bit of Mataro (Mourvedre)-looks to be one of the winery's best efforts to date. The wine exhibits superb structure and is very concentrated with bright berries-ranging from raspberries to blueberries-and lightly savory with sweet spices and dried earth. Drinks young now. (Tasted: September 17, 2016, San Francisco, CA) (Tasted: September 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "
V94+ Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2014 Lytton Springs is another absolutely gorgeous wine. Perhaps because of its relatively recent bottling, the 2004 feels a bit compressed, but there appears to be plenty of complexity and depth hiding behind the acidity and tannin. Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine's richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish. A kick of tannin from the Petite adds personality, something the 2014 has in spades.
Special Spirit Purchase
(Limited to stock on Hand) Black Bush Irish Whiskey 750 Ml Gift (w 2:Ice Molds) Reg $32.99 Sale $24.97
Bushmills Irish Whiskey 750Ml Gift (w 50ml Black Bush) Reg $32.99 Sale $24.97
Stoly Elite Vodka 750ml Reg $49.99 Sale $34.97
1800 Silver Tequila Gift (2 metal shot glasses) Reg $27.99 Sale $17.97
Bulliet Bourbon New Big 1.75 liter Reg $54.99 Sale $44.97
Bulliet Rye New Big 1.75 liter Reg $54.99 Sale $44.97
Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch 16yr - Reg $89.99 Sale $69.97
Oban Highland Single Malt Scotch 14yr - Reg $74.99 Sale $56.97
Dalwhinnie Highland Single Malt Scotch 15yr - $62.99 Sale $46.97
Talisker Islay 10yr - Reg $64.99 Sale $46.97 Big Price Drop, Best Buy!! Talisker Islay Storm Was $64.99 Now $29.97
We are always on the hunt for great values from the Cotes du Rhone.
This week we tried 5 that we could sell for $10, not one made the cut.
So until we find a couple here is the best Grenache, Syrah blends
you will find from the Rhone Valley at a give away price!!!
2013 Chateau Pesquie Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses Vignes Reg $15.99 Sale $9.97
Rating: 91 eRobertParker.com # 216 (Part 2) (Jan 2015)The 2013 Ventoux Terrasses offer gorgeous garrigue, white pepper, underbrush and sweet berry fruit to go with a forward, seamless, elegant style on the palate. Year in and year out this cuvee isan incredible value and a no brainer that readers need to buy
Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from France,,Vins de Pays des Cotes Catalanes,Languedoc Roussillon,France Rating: 91 Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. eRobertParker.com # 1113 (Nov 2013) 2012 Bastide Miraflors is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache aged in a combination of concrete tanks (for the Grenache) and demi-muids (for the Syrah). It went through a six week maceration, which no doubt explains the wine's seriously intense fruit. Notes of violets, forest floor, black cherry jam and blackberries make an appearance in this medium-bodied, high-toned, dense, rich, complex, well-delineated red wine. Drink it over the next several years
Nice Chance to backfill some In Stock Gems!
Mix & Match "6" from the list below
& save 20% off the list below!!
2005 Domaine Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "Boucherottes" $59.99(12)
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound This is finer and more elegant still with airy intense red berry fruit aromas that are in perfect keeping with the sweet, supple and beautifully precise flavors that manage to retain that very Beaune quality of generosity on the perfectly balanced, long and pure finish. A striking effort and recommended. (4/2007)
92 points Wine Spectator A full, fleshy style, featuring red and black cherry notes, with a vibrant structure. Ripe and ample, it's elements should fold together nicely in three to four years. Nice lingering finish. Best from 2012 through 2022. 200 cases imported. (5/2008)
88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate From deeper soils at the southern end of the commune, a 2005 Beaune Boucherottes seems to reflect its more water-retentive site in a more polished surface and refined tannins than many of its siblings. Bright and tart cherry and plum mingle with smoky bacon and charred beef , carrying into a convincingly long, pungent, juicy, yet substantial and meaty finish. This should drink well after just a couple of years of rest.
2005 Nicolas Potel Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" $84.99 (11)
91-93 Allen Meadows: "Outstanding! An intense and densely fruit black cherry suffused nose and a whiff of toast merges into rich, sweet and generous flavors that are just as detailed and pure but with even more complexity and refinement on the pungently mineral finish that delivers exceptional length. This too exudes class.", and 91 POInts Steve Tanzer: "Good red-ruby. Sweet aromas of dried flowers, sandalwood and licorice. A supple, sappy, creamy-rich Volnay with a powerful core of fruit. There's a creaminess on the palate, but the wine's firm, ripe acids keep it rather tightly coiled and light on its feet today. Classy wine
2005 Nicolas Potel Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Vignes Franches $79.99 (6)
89-92 points Allen Meadows' Burghound: "his too is discreetly wooded, framing an expressive and airy nose that is reserved to the point of coolness, displaying an earthy mix of red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice and leather that can also be found on the rich, full and decidedly more powerful flavors that are wrapped around a firm core of dusty but ripe tannins and excellent length. This is a serious Beaune and recommended." (01/07)
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(the vines here are 56 and 72 years of age and produced 25 hectoliters per hectare, which Potel described as high for the parcel; just bottled) Good deep red-ruby. Black cherry, licorice and violet on the slightly medicinal nose. Juicy, spicy and sharply delineated, with impressive lift and definition from the limestone-rich soil. The tannins are enveloped by fruit on the long, aromatic finish. A superb Beaune wine." (Mar/April 07)
2005 Maison Nicolas Potel Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru "Malconsorts" $189.99 (6)
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound Here the nose is ripe but is dominated by distinct floral notes, particularly violet and rose petal plus red and dark berry fruit aromas that complement the textured, intense and more obviously muscled bigbodied flavors that deliver more power but less depth and about the same length. We'll see with time but despite the serious punch, it would appear that the Gaudichots is the more gifted of the two. (1/2007)
2005 Domaine Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Ursules" $79.99 (4)
93 points Wine Spectator Enticing sweet blackberry and black currant flavors, with a touch of spice and mineral for complexity. Very pure, with harmony and finesse-all the components for a long life. Lingering aftertaste of cassis and mineral. Best from 2013 through 2026. (5/2008)
2005 Nicolas Potel Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens $99.99 (11)
A nose of real depth with forward black fruit and just a touch of reduction. The palate shows real concentration and plenty of tannin, but the tannin is amply covered by black shaded fruit. The fruit widens and widens into the finish. Large-scaled and concentrated without being over-blown. Impressive juice.
2005 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape $79.99 (10)
95 points Wine Spectator *Ranked #3, Top 100 Wines of 2007* Juicy and spicy, with lots of raspberry ganache and blueberry notes offset by hints of mulled spices, black tea and fig cake. Really picks up steam on the finish, with a racy, mouthwatering minerality. Should age beautifully. (JM) (10/2007)
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Deep ruby. Seductively aromatic bouquet of red and dark berries, fresh flowers and minerals, with subtle garrigue and baking spice character. A round, creamy midweight with deep, sweet raspberry and blackcurrant flavors and a finish featuring gently gripping tannins and excellent smoky persistence. More civilized and fruity than the 2006 and 2004 releases from this top producer. (JR) (1/2008)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Vieux Donjon has produced a classic Chateauneuf du Pape in 2005, and it has the focused, structured feel of the vintage, yet avoids the harsh tannin that's found in a lot of cuvees. Exhibiting impressive notes of peppered meats, tapenade, sweet spice, iron and garrigue, with a core of sweet Grenache fruit, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and textured on the palate, with superb overall balance. It's enjoyable today, but will continue to evolve nicely for another decade or longer. (JD) (2/2015
2005 Le Petit Cheval, St-Emilion $149.99 (3)
90 points Wine Enthusiast A wine that demands love and affection, with its almost indecent juiciness on top of rounded cherry fruits, enveloping sweetness and underlying acidity. Enjoy. (RV) (6/2008)
Jancis Robinson Exceptionally dark purple with a ruby rim. Very dense, sweet, rich nose - so 'modern' in idiom it could almost be California! Very flattering, sweet and round but all in balance. Bravo! (JR) (8/2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Cheval Blanc's second wine, the 2005 Le Petit Cheval, possesses some of the character of its bigger sibling. Revealing a slight green streak among the cranberry and black cherry fruit along with medium body and a soft, plush texture, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade. (RP) (4/2008)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Good deep red-ruby color. Currant, smoke and chocolate on the nose, with hints of shoe polish and licorice. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with firm acidity and a solid tannic spine. A bit youthfully austere today, but finishes with noteworthy persistence. Very promising for this second wine. (ST) (5/2006)
Wine Spectator Has a gorgeous nose of blackberry, sweet tobacco and green olive. Medium- to full-bodied, with seamless tannins and a long, pretty finish. Needs a little more concentration to be outstanding. Already very enjoyable. Best after 2011. (JS) (3/2008)
2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild $799.99 (3)
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 95 points This beautiful, stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite, black cherries, cassis, scorched earth, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous fruit, impressive richness, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin, this beauty should be approachable in 4-5 years, and last for three decades. As Lafite Rothschilds go, this is somewhat of a sleeper vintage."
Wine Spectator 93 points "Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel and a long finish. A refined Lafite. Best after 2012."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93 points "Medium ruby-red. Scented nose offers plum, mocha, licorice, graphite, flowers and tobacco. Suave, silky and fine-grained, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and energy. Perfumed flavors of redcurrant, minerals and cedar. Finishes very long and firm, with terrific grip for this mostly gentle vintage."
2004 Chateau Leoville Barton $89.99 (3)
WE94 Wine Enthusiast - "As so often, Leoville-Barton stands out for its style and elegance. With fresh fruit and acidity allied to generous tannins, it sums up the character of the 2004 vintage. Very classic in Bordeaux terms: not hugely powerful, but delicious."
RP92 The Wine Advocate - "This is an impressively endowed vin de garde that should age effortlessly for 20-30 years. How Anthony Barton continues to fashion uncompromisingly primordial Bordeaux that are always among the biggest and densest of all the St.-Juliens is beyond me, but he does it year in and year out. Moreover, when it's time to set the price, he appears to have the consumer foremost in his mind. The 2004 is a classic Leoville-Barton meant for long aging. Concentrated, with loads of smoke, creme de cassis, forest floor, and earthy notes emerge from this impressive, but oh, so backward wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+."
2004 Leoville-Poyferre, St-Julien $89.99 (3)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Along with Leoville Las Cases and a few others, this is among the stars of the appellation. Made in a more floral, supple, Margaux-like style, the deep ruby/purple-hued 2004 Leoville Poyferre exhibits sweet, broad flavors, and plenty of tannin lurking beneath the surface. However, the abundant cherry, black currant, licorice, and smoke notes obscure the tannic clout. This rich, powerful, broad beauty should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and last for two decades. (RP) (6/2007)
2004 Pape-Clement, Pessac-Leognan $99.99 (4)
91 points Robert Parker: "This brilliant blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot (which was harvested very late) reveals complex aromas of lead pencil shavings, burning embers, black currants, cherries, and blackberries as well as a subtle smoky charcoal component. Medium to full-bodied and spicy with sweet tannin and an opulent, fleshy personality, it is a terrific effort from this great Pessac-Leognan vineyard. Consume it now and over the next 15+ years." (06/07) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of grape, chocolate, berry and tobacco character. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, caressing finish. Pretty and rich, with a meat and berry undertone that's almost decadent. Best after 2010."
2004 Montrose, St-Estephe $99.99 (2)
93 points James Suckling This one of my favorite 2004 Bordeaux to drink at the moment. It shows lovely sweet tobacco, flowers and currants on the nose and palate. It's full-to-medium-bodied, with silky, firm tannins and a spicy, fresh finish. So delicious now. (7/2013)
92 points Wine Spectator Dark-colored, with beautiful spice, blackberry and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, round and velvety, with wonderful balance and a long, long finish. This is a Montrose that caresses your palate. Best after 2011. (3/2007)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate An impressive effort for the vintage, the 2004 Montrose possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with notions of smoke, cold steel, earth, and subtle background wood. With excellent texture, a sweet ripeness, medium to full body, and moderate tannin, it should drink well for 15+ years. (6/2007)
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Deep, bright ruby-red. Sexy, ripe aromas of currant, black plum, raspberry, smoked meat, mocha, jasmine, black olive and earth. Smooth in texture but vinous and bright, with a penetrating character to the flavors of plum, currant, mocha and tobacco. Finishes bright and fresh, with dusty, tactile tannins and a classic St. Estephe medicinal note. This tightened up with aeration. (5/2007)
2004 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Leognan $79.99 (3)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate A sensational effort and one of the stars of the vintage, Smith-Haut-Lafitte's 2004 possesses an inky/blue/purple-tinged color as well as a sumptuous nose of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberries, and blackberries. Surprisingly full-bodied for the vintage with stunning concentration, purity, and overall harmony, this is another brilliant wine from the proprietors, the Cathiards, who have done such a spectacular job at this estate since the early 1990s. (RP) (6/2007)
93 points Wine Enthusiast The Cathiards have scored with their 2004. It is rich and dense, but keeps a fine sense of structure. While the tannins are dusty, almost sweet, they keep good balance with the elegant fruit and the enticing acidity. Keep for five years plus. (6/2007)
2004 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2004 $124.99 (2)
93 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate "An undeniable star of the vintage, Pichon-Baron's 2004 boasts an inky/ruby/purple color to the rim as well as a big, sweet nose of melted licorice, chocolate, black currant jam, truffles, and charcoal embers. Soft tannin, full body, and abundant opulence and flesh are atypical for the vintage character, but this wine is loaded. Pure, ripe, and evolved, it should be at its finest between 2009-2022."
94 Points Wine Enthusiast"An intensely powerful, smooth wine in a style that has an instant, sexy appeal. But it's not just surface glamour; there is a solid texture, layering the dusty tannins with rich black plums, red berries and vanilla."
91 points Wine Spectator "Lots of currant, licorice and light tar aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet refined and silky on the palate, with a lightly chewy finish. Needs time. Best after 2010."
2004 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien $149.99 (3)
94 points Wine Enthusiast Impressively dense, dark flavored wine, very rich and quite extracted. But it still keeps the elegance and some of the freshness of 2004, and there is plenty of blackberry flavor to push the wine along. Heavier than many 2004s, it still shows that great acidity. (RV) (12/2007)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate One can't say enough about the efforts Bruno Borie is pouring into this wonderful estate that I have often called the Lafite Rothschild of St.-Julien. An undeniable success, the 2004 Ducru boasts sweet aromas of creme de cassis, spring flowers, pain grille, licorice, and road tar. This pure, medium-bodied wine possesses moderately high tannin, superb concentration, good sweetness, and low acidity. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years. (RP) (6/2007)
92 points James Suckling This Ducru is such a harmonious wine, with cedar, berry and truffle character. It's full-bodied with gorgeous tannins and a pretty finish. (7/2013)
92 points Wine Spectator Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberry and currant. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is a Ducru with reserve and lots of finesse. Best after 2011. (JS) (3/2007
2005 Lascombes, Margaux $119.99(12 owc)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate A gorgeous example of Lascombes, the 2005, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, continues the remarkable turn-around in quality that began five years ago. A stunningly opulent wine with a dense purple color, the 2005 possesses a beautiful perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and graphite, full body, silky but noticeable tannins, a layered mouthfeel, and a stunning, 45+-second finish. This is a brilliant, modern-styled Margaux that should age for 30-35 years. (4/2008)
94 points Wine & Spirits A joyous Lascombes, this is the first vintage to hit stride since the US investment firm Colony Capital took over in 2001. It's a meaty wine draped in fragrant tannin, built for long aging. It's also an exuberant wine, in both the bright, red currant-scented fruit and the bristle of the tannin. A playfully complex flavor lasts for minutes, the wine still youthful and fresh four days after it was opened. Margaux chic. (3/2008)
93 points Wine Spectator
Dark in color, with an impressive nose of licorice, toasty oak, chocolate and blackberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very pretty and structured. Best after 2012. (3/2008)
2005 Domaine Louis Jadot Pommard 1er Cru "Rugiens" $99.99 (11)
91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound *Outstanding* An airy, pure and refined red berry fruit nose that is cooler and more distinctive with powerful and almost painfully intense flavors that are big and robust yet sleek and focused and despite the size, muscular structure and weight, this remains balanced and poised. I really like the underlying material here and while patience will definitely be required, it should be worth the wait. (4/2007)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Highly nuanced nose combines red fruits, tobacco, leather, dried flowers and Asian spices. At once dense and fine-grained, with considerable depth and power. Opens out impressively on the back half, finishing with considerable tannic support and a kick of raspberry and spice flavor. This is stuffed with fruit. (ST) (3/2008)
2005 Domaine Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru $159.99 (6 owc)
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Charred meat, black currant, and wet stone characterize the bouquet of Jadot's 2005 Clos Vougeot. Savory, salty, brightly-fruited and invigoratingly juicy on the palate, this displays more energy and acidity than I would have expected from the appellation. For all of the clarity and juiciness of this wine's fruit, grilled meat and stony earthiness combined with the emergence of formidable tannins and subtle but persistent cyanic and iodine notes to turn its formidably long finish somewhat austere. But this is going to result in an exciting rendition of its terroir if left in the dark for at least 6-8 years. (DS) (6/2007)
92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound A reserved and notably ripe earth-infused nose of red and dark berry fruit that possess a subtle sauvage character leads to Cistercian caliber youthfully austere flavors that are big, structured, well muscled and powerful and while not raw, it's clear that this will need time to settle down and find their center. This is not an elegant wine but the potential is considerable and I especially like the bold character. A wine that will last 3 to 4 decades. (4/2007)
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Good full red-ruby. Elegant aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and licorice. Dense, sappy and sweet, with outstanding mid-palate energy for such a smooth wine. Throws off notes of licorice, sandalwood, cola and minerals. Finishes very long and vibrant, with a powerful but integrated tannic structure and convincing minerality. A great vintage for this bottling. (ST) (4/2008)
94 points Wine Spectator Pure aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum, with a dense profile and supple texture. Tightly wound now, with red currant and mineral elements that move in on the finish. Should become more elegant with time. Best from 2014 through 2035. (5/2008)
2005 Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges "Les Cailles" $119.99
91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound An even riper nose of violets, cassis and black cherry aromas marries well with rich, full and seductive flavors that possess good focus and power as well as a velvety, indeed even silky mouth feel. A balanced, harmonious and deep offering that should age well for a long time. (4/2007)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Good full deep red. Sexy, spicy aromas of tangy red fruits and sandalwood. Broad, lush, seamless and full, with a sappy quality to the red fruit, smoke and spice flavors. Finishes long and sweet, with substantial broad tannins. (3/2008)
91 points Wine Spectator A modern style, clean and polished, with black cherry, raspberry and spice flavors backed by firm tannins. Shows concentration, with a tough finish now. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2025. -BS (5/2008)
2000 Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Gran Bussia $199.99 (2/6pkOWC)
96 pts.Wine Spectator: Web only - 2006 Intense aromas of ripe fruit, sandalwood and perfume. Full-bodied, with lovely ripe fruit flavors and velvety tannins. Long, sweet fruit finish. Soft, layered and gorgeous. Exciting in a reserved way. Best after 2008.
93)The 2000 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is unquestionably a great effort. It presents a gorgeous, spiced nose followed by layers of sweet red fruit that open onto the palate with notable concentration and length, all while maintaining a restrained sense of balance for the vintage, with soft tannins that make it a highly attractive wine even at this young age. It should be at its finest between ages 8 and 20. Whereas the Riserva at many estates is the most powerful wine, at Aldo Conterno the Riserva is the most elegant. It is made from a blend of fruit sourced from the Romirasco (70%) Cicala (15%) and Colonnello (15%) vineyards. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.Italy Report # 0805 May 2008
93 pts.Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: May, 2008 The 2000 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is long and powerful, with a generous quality to its ripe fruit and a sweet, opulent texture. It offers notable persistence on the palate and a pretty note of freshness on the finish that provides balance to the wine's very ripe, forward style. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
93 pts.Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: June, 2011 The 2000 Barolo Granbussia is the freshest of these 2000 Baroli from Aldo Conterno. Pretty floral notes meld into a generous core of fruit in this open, generous Granbussia. The 2000 should continue to drink well for another decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
Just in, We're having a Flash cart sale! Check it out at the front of the store, while supplies last
Many to choose from at $4.99
Until they are gone!
Purus Vodka Reg $34.99 Almost Gone $9.97 btl
Kahlua Cinnamon Spice Reg $19.99 Sale $9.97
Jaegermeister 1.75 Reg $39.99 Sale $29.97
Drink Me Now! These 4 French dry whites still fresh and inviting!
2011 Haussmann Baron D'Empire Reg $11.99 Sale $3.97
2011 D"Arton Gascon Blanc Reg $11.99 Sale $3.97
These next 2 can age forever, ripe extremely high acidity, interestingly good!
Henri Milan Le Gran Blanc Reg $19.99 Sale $3.97
2006 Domaine Cauhape Juancon Sec Reg $17.99 Sale $3.97
Hogue Gewurtz & Riesling Reg $8.99 Sale $3.97
2014 Toasted Head Chardonnay Reg $9.99 Sale $5.97
These 3 from new releases from Rutherford Ranch are just ridiculous values! Brad!
A Cabernet you should pay attention too! Customers who have tried it are loading up!
Only weighing in at 13.5%, so refreshing!
Wow, great value Cabernet from Napa Valley is relatively unheard of these days. But we found this one that is not pushing the 15% alcohol to keep it all that overripe fruit in balance. At a mere 13.5% this beauty delivers and the second and third glass are as welcoming as the first. A rare value indeed!
2014 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet Reg $29.99 Sale $19.97
(13.5%alc) 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 2% Zinfandel, and 1% Malbec. 12 Months in French and American Oak. As Rutherford Ranch likes to highlight, the famous winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff notably stated, "It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet." Velvety flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate with a hint of fresh spearmint. This wine is full-bodied with soft tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Just released & already as many Gold Medals as Mark Spitz!
A Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc at a ridiculous price!
The perfect wine for those 90+ degree days ahead!
2015 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Reg $17.99 Sale $12.97
Double Gold San Francisco Chronicle
Sips Competition Rutherford Ranch Winery Napa Valley "Gold Medal" Sauvignon Blanc < $20.00
92 points- elegant, sophisticated, bright lovely notes. Carnival in glass. Fun and upbeat.
Sauvignon Blanc 2015: (California). (91) A just-released 100% sauvignon blanc with stainless-steel aging. Beautiful aromas of grapefruit, lemon and watermelon. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity. ($22)
90pts Wine & Spirits!
There are a lot of Chardonnays made in California these days. From the rich, oak driven, tropical style wines to the stainless steel interpretations. The Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley at $12.99 is a nice balance of both. Hints of oak and creaminess with a nice backbone of acidity. The apple and pear notes are well integrated with just a touch of citrus. A wine at this price is not usually possible from Napa Valley but Rutherford Ranch did it & they packed in wood
2014 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay Reg $17.99 Sale $12.97 (12pk Wood)
(13.5%alc) The majority of fruit for this vintage was sourced from Carneros with additional select lots from Rutherford and southern Napa vineyards. The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel to preserve the fruit's natural lush flavors and aromatic qualities and barrel sur lies to impart a rich, buttery mouthfeel. This is a deliciously versatile wine excellent as an aperitif or paired with chicken and grilled fish entrees, creamy vegetable soups and cheeses. Rich flavors of peach, ripe pear, lemon zest with bright acidity and a creamy mouthfeel
Still tough to compete with this cab under $15. New vintage! Look no Further!
30+ year old Vines from Paso Robles! Better than this for the price! No way!
These 2 staple brands are looking for volume!
When the price goes down, the volume goes up! Everyday, Excellent Values!!
But at this price its stock up time!!
2015 Crossings New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Reg $16.99 Sale $9.97 $99.99 cs
"Top 10 Budget Wines" list, you'll see a new one on this: The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc. At just $11 - $13 per bottle this crisp, light wine is a sure hit.
90 points Best Buy Wine Enthusiast! Grassy, herbal notes accent pink grapefruit on the nose. There's ample weight without it ever seeming heavy, and a silky feel to the wine that lingers on the finish. -J.C.
89 points Best Buy Wine Spectator! Vibrant, grassy and fresh, with lime and melon flavors accented by a whiff of saline, balancing richness with clean, bright acidity. Drink now. -MW
The palate has soft gooseberry notes against a wonderfully vibrant intensity leading into a ripe and nicely textured mid-palate. Lime zest flavors spring from the mouth-watering acidity and signature minerality of the palate and very persistent finish.
2015 Giesen New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Reg $12.99 Sale $9.97 $99.99 cs
Giesen - one of our favorite Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs continues to deliver year after year. Unchallenged in terms of quality and value-for-money, Giesen Sauvignon Blanc brings you all the flavours and aromas you have come to love about New Zealand Sauv Blanc. Ripe gooseberry notes with passionfruit tones and simply wonderful acidity to carry the palate through to its trademark crisp, clean finish. Not only is this vibrant white a staple in most households, it's also a great addition to any party, barbecue or simply enjoying with great friends
90 Points Tasting Panel - "Aggressive, grapefruit nose; juicy and tangy with silky texture and bright, long and fresh."
Winemaker's Notes Zesty and vibrant, with a base of rich tropical fruit, kaffir lime, lemon grass and herb aromas. Generous fruit flavors to the fore, with juicy acidity and a fresh, dry finish.
Robert Parkers high ratings of the last 2 vintages(2013 shown below) of this Syrah/Petite Sirah blend left little to be had in Minnesota. WineStreet is "Johnny on the spot" with the release of the 2014! For
get the other Pretenders! Grab the real deal while you can!!
2014 RR "Rhiannon" Red Blend Reg $11.99 Sale $8.97
The wine pays homage to our family's Welsh roots. The Goddess Rhiannon is a figure of power and mystery in Celtic mythology, associated with magical birds and horses and the contrasting qualities of change and steadfastness. Crafting a distinctive blend, likewise, balances change and steadfastness: the uniqueness of each harvest must consistently express the winemaker's personal vision."
(2013 Vintage) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate An absolutely amazing value, the 2013 Proprietary Red is a great blend of 49% Syrah, 38% Petite Sirah and 13% Barbera (11,000 cases produced). The wine, which was aged in French oak, displays a dense ruby/purple color and an attractive nose of blackberries, licorice, tar and a touch of subtle smoke. It is medium-bodied and has surprising density as well as intensity for a wine at this price range. It should drink nicely for another 2-3 years. (RP) (8/2015)
Home Run Values on a Cabernet & Zinfandel!
Not your high alchohol versions!
Finesse in the glass @ $12.97! Nice!
2013 Predator Cabernet Sauvignon Reg Price $19.99 Sale $12.97
A real winner, Predator's cuvee of 17,000 cases, aged in French and American oak, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and certainly smells and tastes like it. Attractive aromatics of licorice, red and black fruits and spice box are all present in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a tasty, medium-bodied, supple-textured wine. It should drink nicely for another 2-3 years. Score: 87, Robert Parker, August 2015
Not quite sure that you can do a whole lot better for $15. I've always enjoyed the Zin and felt it was a steal as well, so why not pick up the cab. It was priced right and I had nothing to lose. Everything that I enjoyed about the Zin was there. This is a wonderfully drinkable cab with some unique earthy, mineral qualities that is a bargain for under $15. Pick it up!
Predator Cabernet is crafted to offer rich, intense and uniquely memorable flavors and aromas. Our sustainable way of grape growing ensures the health and vitality of the land. "Natural Predation" is an eco-friendly strateg y to control harmful critters in the vineyards. Ladybugs, a natural insect predator, along with predator mites, feed on destructive aphids. Ladybugs would suggest pairing this Cabernet Sauvignon with fresh aphids or mites - but we recommend short ribs or a juicy burger. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Proprietary Blend. Sustainably Farmed Dry Creek (11%) and California Vineyards (89%)
2014 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Reg Price $19.99 Sale $12.97
90pts Great Value! Campfire smoke, hickory and toasty oak with black fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth. Old vines really do show their age nicely in a wine with deep concentration of dark fruit flavours. Supple, mouth-filling and delicious. Which dish to pair with the Predator? I'm sure you can hunt down something in the kitchen. Zinfandel food pairings: pepper steaks, smoked meat, barbecued pork, grilled chicken
This wine has is an intense, full-bodied wine with red fruit, blackberry and spice. Also, lingering tannins over a long smoky finish. The aromas are of bright raspberry, blackberry, black pepper and smoky oak. It has flavors of bold red raspberry, cherrym juicy blackberry, and black pepper with smooth tannins. " ~ Winery notes
Predator Zinfandel is sourced from 50+ year old vines that produce rich and intensely flavored fruit. The resulting wine is big and bold with hallmark "old vine" velvety texture, spice and vibrant varietal flavors.
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"Beat the quality : Beat the everyday price" We work hard everyday
in a never ending search for value without compromising quality!
2014 Rombauer Chardonnay! Reg $39.99 Sale $29.97
America's Favorite Chardonnay at a price you more than likely won't be able to beat! A tad drier than previous vintages nice stuff!
2015 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc! Reg $31.99 Sale $24.97
Supplier keeps running out! What would summer be without it!
Roederer Estate Brut Reg $24.99 Sale $19.97
As close as you'll get to a great French Champagne without the price tag!
2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay Reg $24.99 Sale $17.97
Best Chardonnay under $20 in the market! 92pts W.E. & 90pts Spectator get your while the gettins good!
2013 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reg $29.99 Sale $19.97
Very quaffable at this price! True to the appropriate regions!
Margarita Season has officially started!
Cuervo Authentic (pre-mixed) Margarita's 1.75 Reg $16.99 Sale $13.97
Cuervo Golden (pre-mixed) Margarita's 1.75 Reg $21.99 Sale $16.97
Not a better summer red for the money!
Fire up the grill and enjoy!
2013 Garnacha de Fuego (Grenache of Fire)Reg $9.99 Sale $6.97
2014 Garnacha de Fuego Rose(Grenache of Fire)Reg $9.99 Sale $6.97
Robert Parker 89 Points: The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Garnacha de Fuego Red (a 10,000-case cuvee of 100% old-vine Garnacha) was aged in stainless steel for six months. A Spanish Grenache fruit-bomb, it offers loads of strawberry and cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, spice and pepper, silky tannins, and a medium-bodied, delicious, savory mouthfeel. Drink it over the next several years."
Kirk and Sweeney
Kirk & Sweeney 12yr Rum $ 39.99 $ 33.97
Kirk & Sweeney 18yr Rum $ 44.99 $ 36.97
Kirk & Sweeney 23yr Rum $ 49.99 $ 39.97
"Kirk and Sweeney was the name of a wooden schooner that was best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the United States during Prohibition. Just before it entered the territorial waters of the United States, the schooner would drop anchor and sell the rum to smaller boats which would come up alongside the Kirk and Sweeney. The smaller boats, which were faster and more maneuverable than the boats in the Coast Guard's fleet, would smuggle the rum ashore.
As other boats followed suit, the edge of U.S. jurisdiction - the line where boats like the Kirk and Sweeney dropped anchor - became known as the "Rum Line" and the row of ships waiting to sell rum on the Rum Line were said to be anchored on "Rum Row."
Kirk and Sweeney 12-Year Dominican Rum Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year Old Rum earned a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast, which named it one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2013, and was called one of the Best New Rums of 2013 by Liquor.com.
This is classic, extra-old Dominican rum. Huge caramel on the nose, with lots of vanilla, too. The body is silky smooth and supple, a sugary wash that, while it doesn't exactly load on the complexities, is exactly what you want from an aged rum: Dessert in a glass, but not overly syrupy. It's highly focused on tropical fruit notes, with a little bite at the end. The finish offers just a hint of pepper and cinnamon, a perfect complement to a virtually flawless bottle of rum.
Mind your spills when trying to pour from the grenade-like bottleKirk and Sweeney 12 Year Old Rum is a rum crafted in the Dominican Republic from raw sugarcane. A $40
After being distilled, the rum is aged for twelve years in American oak casks. As a result, it has deep mahogany... color along with an aroma of earthy sugar cane and vanilla. The initial flavors of sweet nectar and honey give way to notes of oak and toffee. The finish, which is bold and ripe, ends with a smooth vanilla kick.
From the moment you pick it up you know this is gonna be a great rum experience. The heavy bottle fits perfectly in your hand as you pour. Crystaline golden honey cascades into your glass. The first to last sip is a balanced, blissful. Drier than many contemporary rums, with lots of oak and earth. It was preferred in a taste test with friends against the 25 yr El Dorado... Total opposites of course, but for 1/8th the price
Kirk and Sweeney 18-Year Dominican Rum This one is simply delicious. Wonderful aroma. Beautiful amber color. And a outstanding flavor with vanilla, toffee, and even a butteriness to it. Very, very smooth with no harsh burn. Just a mellow warmth with oak tones that add no bitterness. Traditional, well-aged rum notes on the nose - brown sugar, vanilla, and some chocolate/coffee overtones. The body starts things off in that direction, then takes an interesting side street toward some curious red wine notes. The coffee character builds as the finish grows, along with some leather notes and a bit of dense sweetness, almost Port-like as it mingles with that wine-like character. Austere and worthwhile A- $45
Kirk and Sweeney 23-Year Dominican Rum At 23 years old, this rum is fully matured and ready for sipping on the beach, shoes off. Here you'll find deep caramel, flecked with barrel char, toffee, intense vanilla, and a touch of baking spice - particularly cloves. They're all here, from the nose, to the palate, to the rich, silky finish. This isn't a particularly complicated rum, but it's got a laser focus on the elements that make rum great. It's one of the best rums on the market and, at just 50 bucks, quite a bargain. What's a 23 year old bourbon going to cost you, eh? A / $50
Oak, vanilla, and caramel are the dominant flavors with hints of brown sugar, molasses and maple syrup. The nose is almost candy-like. It finishes like silk, smooth and luxurious with no bite at all and with a pleasant tobacco note. This is not a hot or spicy rum and despite its 23 years in a barrel the conspicuous tobacco note is not burnt or foul tasting, more like a very well maintained high quality cigar. It has a deep cherry wood color and a thick, rich body that sticks to the glass. This rum needs to breathe a bit before drinking, I say at least a half hour. The next day I chilled it in my freezer and it was amazing, more candy like
The WineStreet Faves Finally Back in stock!
2015 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc! Reg $31.99 Sale $24.97
Supplier keeps running out! What would summer be without it!
Roederer Estate Brut Reg $24.99 Sale $19.97
As close as youll get to a great French Champagne without the price tag!
2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay Reg $24.99 Sale $17.97
Best Chardonnay under $20 in the market! 90pts Spectator get your while the gettins good!
Paninos will begin their expansion
by taking approx. 2100 of our 6700 sq ft.
Please Excuse the Mess Sale
Moms Favorite! Heres your chance to load up for the summer!
2014 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay Suggested Retail $37.99 Excuse Our Mess Sale $29.97 30 cases only! First Come: First Serve! 92 pts WW: It exhibits ripe fruit, alluring cream and sweet butter, but the wine is so well balanced and dances on the palate. Medium straw, yellow color; alluring ripe core fruit aroma, some dried peach and ripe apples, excellent depth and drive; medium bodied, creamy and solid on the palate, firm textures, layered and fine; dryish, medium acidity, very good balance; ripe apple, light cream and a slight trace of butter; medium to long finish, smooth aftertaste
Another 2013 Napa Cab that will knock your socks off! Limited!
2013 Barnett Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Reg $79.99 Sale $69.97
94 points Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% in new French oak, is impressive. Pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit are present in this full-bodied, opulent, but nicely delineated and vibrant wine. The wine has a lot of sappy energy, wonderful freshness and a full-bodied mouthfeel with a long finish. Its accessible now, but promises to be better in 5-7 years and evolve for 25. (RP) (12/2015)
Our First 2015 Rose!
Year In Year Out The Best Under $20 Rose Period! There are a zillion Rose to choose from:
$ for $ here is the best! Domaine Lafond Tavel Rose Roc Epine 2015 Rhone, France Reg $19.99 Sale $15.97 No Press yet on 2015 Here is last years 2014 (2015 a better vintage all around) 91 pts The Wine Advocate 06/30/2015: I loved the 2014 Tavel from Domaine Fafond Roc Epine, and this estate continues to release a bevy of beautiful wines. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Cinsault, this 2014 offers classic raspberry, watermelon and rose petal notes in its medium-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant style. It shows the fruity, rounded style of the vintage, has terrific purity and is hard to resist. Drink it over the coming year or two.
Grenache 60%, Cinsault 10%, Syrah 10%, Carigna 5% and with Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Mourvedre.
The LAFOND DOMAINE TAVEL is characterized by a lovely pure tender pink colour. The predominating aromas are complex: red and white fruit associated with floral notes. With time, these fruity aromas will evolve toward more mellow notes with a touch of spice and stone fruits, and the colour will take on amber tints. As of its first year, it disposes of all the necessary aromas to be appreciated, but it also has an exceptional ageing potential.-Winery Notes.
New Vintages from a WineStreet "TOP GUN" Better last than never! A supplier switch had delayed the releases of one of our favorite producers! (less than 1000cs of each produced).
2012 Reds are David Rameys best ever and are very limited!
2012 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Annum Reg $100 Sale $89.97 $499.99/6
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. eRobertParker.com # 216 (Dec 2014) Rating: 96 Drink 2015 - 2035 From a vineyard in the Oakville Corridor, just below Dalla Valle, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum (950 cases) is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of licorice, smoked meats, camphor, graphite and oodles of creme de cassis and coffee beans. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and a dramatic, ostentatious personality, it should drink well for 15-20 years.
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. eRobertParker.com # 216 (Dec 2014) Rating: 97+ Drink 2015 - 2040 As usual, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a great wine (a 650-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot). This sexy, full-throttle, opaque purple-colored 2012 boasts fabulous concentration along with copious notes of pen ink, blueberries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and espresso bean. Deep, full-bodied and multidimensional, this sensational Cabernet should drink well for 20-25 years.
These two "basic" Chardonnays
are consistently ranked in the top
of all Chardonnays under $40. btl.
2012 & 2013 are spectacular vintages! Enjoy!
2013 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay Reg $42.00 Sale $34.97
91 points Vinous The 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is another terrific entry-level Chardonnay from David Ramey. Here it is the wines richness and creaminess that really stand out. Honey, apricot pit, mint, butter and dried flowers blossom are some of the signatures. This is a real overachiever in its class. (AG) (2/2016
The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Chardonnay Russian River is a relatively large cuvee of between 12,000 and 15,000 cases. It offers up loads of baking spices, orange marmalade, white peach and honeysuckle. It is medium to full-bodied, pure, and at the same time, combines power and elegance. This should be drunk in its first several years of life."
2012 Ramey Russian Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Reg $42.00 Sale $34.97
"Lean mouthfeel, bright acidity, flintiness, tight grip, and striking power from a strong backbone. Wonderful focus and balance. The fruit comes on the finish: Granny Smith apple, pear, mandarin orange...." 91 pts, The Corkscrewer Report, November 2015
90 points Robert Parkers Wine Advocate : The 2012 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is a pretty, forward and classy effort that gives up plenty of strawberry and sweet red berry fruit, spice and hints of flowers to go with a medium-bodied, supple, beautifully textured feel on the palate. Aged 12 months in 46% new French oak, it won-t make old bones, but will dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming 3-4 years. This lineup, made by Blair Fox, is packed with outstanding wines. Most represent superb values
New! 2014 Fess Parker Santa Barbara Riesling Reg $14.99 Sale $9.97
This Riesling is a refreshing, off-dry wine with prominent peach, apricot and melon aromas and flavors. A great Sunday brunch wine: pair with eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, aromatic Vietnamese dishes or sushi. This handcrafted wine has proven to be a favorite year after year. A refreshing, off-dry wine with prominent peach, apricot and melon aromas and flavors
Great 2012 Reload!!
Sold our original allocation got in 3 more cases
2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District
Reg $89.99 Sale $69.97
93 pts Robert Parker! The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty, showing all the generosity of the 2012 vintage. Composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Merlot, its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of creme de cassis and spring flowers, supple tannins, and an opulent, fleshy style. A total intellectual and hedonistic turn-on, it is loaded with fruit and complexity, and reveals beautiful harmony among all the component parts. It is a terrific introduction to what Cliff Lede has achieved at such a high quality level. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.
Cliff Lede Vineyards is synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends from high-end vineyard sites in Napa Valley. Winemaker Christopher Tynan joined the team in 2012 and this is his first bottling from Cliff Lede Vineyards. Released in February, the 2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District is made with 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Merlot. The fruit was sourced from the hillside terraces of Ledes Poetry Vineyard, as well as his Twin Peaks Vineyard estate surrounding the winery, and a few, select neighboring vineyards in the Stags Leap District. The wine is composed of small lots from Ledes best blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected clones and rootstocks. From exposed, rocky terraces that are volcanic in origin, to the ancient riverbed alluvial soils, the breadth of contributing sites translates into a wine of impressive complexity. Enticing aromas of crushed blackberries and cassis are complemented by dark chocolate and grilled rib-eye. Black licorice, cocoa powder, and espresso add complexity to this opulent wine. Exceptional concentration and a rich mouthfeel create a powerful impression that finishes with polished tannins and a Graves-like minerality, a hallmark of Stags Leap District vineyards
Back in Stock! As far as I am concerned no Chardonnay producer in California hits the highs at thIS price point than these 2 from Calera. Last year the Central Coast was sold out by October and the Mount Harlan is extremely difficult to keep in stock at all. If Chardonnay is your game get on the Calera train!!!! Best Chardonnay Under $20 period!
Get some before it sells out again!
2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay Reg $24.99 Sale $19.97
This beautiful 2014 Chardonnay possesses delightful notes of hibiscus, pineapple and citrus. Flavors are so wonderfully integrated and balanced; Fuji apple, lemon chiffon and a soft, round, sensuous mouthfeel with a nice bright sweet-tart personality. A delicious wine all around. Caleras Chardonnay Central Coast is super-impressive, especially for the money. A textured, inviting wine, it boasts gorgeous depth and tons of finesse. Deeply expressive varietal notes wrap around the creamy finish
Coming off of the third year of drought, the Central Coast wine region was expecting to see lower yields with struggling vines. Much to our surprise the vines responded well to the sunny winter and spring days, and were very productive. Although it was a very dry year we saw brilliant sunshine through the growing season with early harvest dates. The 2014 vintage turned out to be great, with good yields and intense flavors.
After hand harvesting, the whole grape clusters were pressed and the juice was moved by gravity to Caleras barrel cellar. Fermentation in barrels by native yeasts was followed by complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged without racking in French oak barrels, 10% new, for ten months. The separate vineyard lots were combined prior to bottling.
Rare: Do not miss!!
2014 Calera "Mt Harlan" Chardonnay Reg $49.99 Sale $39.97
Caleras Mt. Harlan Vineyards are located in the Gavilan Mountains 25 miles east of the Monterey Bay. The site was chosen for its unique limestone soils and ideal climate. At an average elevation of 2,200 feet, it is among the highest and coolest vineyard sites in California
Chardonnay (6.1 acres) The Mt. Harlan Chardonnay Vineyard was planted in 1984 on the same south facing slope as the Mills Pinot Noir. This vineyard was planted on its own roots using plant material from stray Chardonnay vines that were found interspersed among the Pinot vines of the original vineyards. Each year this vineyard yields only slightly more than 2 tons per acre of very intense flavorful Chardonnay fruit. Leaner and more mineral than a typical California Chardonnay the wines carry a creamy texture and a leanness that are unique due to the limestone soil
MY TOP PICK!
The Best California Merlot Ever!
And an incredible bottle of wine!!
Check out the consumer reviews from Cellar Tracker: Smokin! ~Brad With an amazing history of staying true to its original conception in 1978 this wine continues its path to even greater achievements. In a world of Napa Valley Cabernet, where bigger is better and lots of money, remains a great Merlot Vineyard that most would have grafted over to Cabernet long ago. Recent changes in ownership and vineyard management now put total control into the hands of "Duckhorn" and the future is bright ahead! This 2012 is the Cabernet Lovers Merlot! While the movie "Sideways" quickly took the wind out of "Merlot" being sheik, the Merlots" of St Emilion & Pomerol remain among the most coveted and expensive wines in the world. The original goal of this vineyard in 1978 was to emulate these fine Bordeaux and they continue to operate under an UNNAPA less is more philosophy.
We could not let the end of this vintage slip by, so we just purchased all the local vendor had in stock! We are anticipating the 2013 to be just as good, but a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush! This is a go to wine, to knock anybodies socks off, especially if they dont know its not Cabernet!
2012 Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot Reg $95 Sale $84.97 $479.99/6 (6-6pks left)
1.5 liter Magnums (9 left!) Reg $199.99 Sale $169.97
"Classic" 96+ points: "Launching forth with a beautiful, elegant bouquet of plum, berries, and cedar spice, the new Three Palms is a classic in the making. Simultaneously rich and elegant, it offers complex layers of blueberry, baking spice, and mocha. Given the embedded structure in this wine, it will age gracefully for years to come and evolve into an even more extraordinary wine. Enjoy over the next 10 years." - California Wine Advisors
93 points Wine Enthusiast *Cellar Selection* From one of the best-known sites for the variety in the Napa Valley, this wine shows classic Merlot-structure, with an almost dusty quality to the well-integrated and resolved tannins. It discloses a density of red fruit that remains in balance with its more rugged minerality, remaining soft on the palate throughout. Drink now through 2025. (12/2015)
Consumers From Cellar Tracker: 2/6/2016 94pts At Duckhorn Vineyards today, nose of dark fruit, plum, cigar box, allspice and dusty forest floor, more of the same on the palate, big body, elegant taste, complex, and delicious today but probably merit a higher score in three years and last fifteen years, wonderful finish and aftertaste. 2/3/2016 95pts Pnp this against the Napa Valley sibling in a blind taste test to see if the single vineyard bottling was worth the $40 up charge. In my opinion, it was no contest. 3 Palms was noticeably more inky in the glass with a bouquet noticeably in a different league. Both were similar in body and notable tannins, but thats where the similarities ended. The 3P showed much more black fruit while the Napa was a lot more red fruit driven. As you may expect, the Napa was more singular in profile without much of a finish, while the 3P was much more complex and a lasting finish that showed the 75% new oak vs its 25% counterpart. After the wine was consumed, you could still clearly smell the oak influence in the empty glass on the 3P. The 3P is certainly a contender against some Napa cabs in the > $100 price range and I would take one of these over two of the other. 6/12/2015 94pts Tasted at Duckhorn, lots of nose with plum, fig, cigar box, forest floor and all spice, more of the same on the palate, very smooth, big body, almost elegant, lots of complexity here, needs 3 years to peak, long, long flavorful finish and aftertaste. 5/20/2015 94pts Bright ruby color turning violet at the rim. Still very tannic at this point, but the aromas more than make up to describe the potential of this wine - cigar box, mushroom, earth, with hints of cough syryp. The palate is medium-to-full-bodied. Compared to the mainstream Napa Valley version, this has less of the prominent flavors of plum, cherry, licorice, and blueberry. Instead, this displays more oak, graphite and smoke. Finishes long with hints of earth, stone slate, and tobacco. This will, no doubt, develop into something beautiful over the next few years. Drink from 2017 to 2032 5/5/2015 94pts Phenomenal merlot. Not your "typical" merlot, but like most Duckhorns, can be mistaken for a cab. Has quite a long life ahead of it but is almost irresistible to drink now; very smooth. Going to have to get at least one more. Has the potential to add a point or 2 with some more time. 93-96
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