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October 13th 2017 Newsletter

Bargain Basement Special! Schmitt Sohne Spatlese Riesling Blue

Winery Notes: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany- This fully ripened Riesling has highly extracted fruit flavors of apricots and peaches coupled with enough acidity to give it a firm and juicy mouth feel. $10 Liquidation Price $1.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 90
STÉPHANE AVIRON Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes 2014

Floral and peach aromas line the ripe strawberry and cherry flavors in this concentrated, harmonious red. Backed by plenty of spice and juicy acidity, this eases into a lingering, spice- and mineral-infused finish. Drink now through 2018. 250 cases imported. –GS $24 Our Price $19.45

2013 VML Russian River Limited Release Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This wine is bursting with aromas of lavender, sandalwood, dried cranberry and cocoa. The palate starts with ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry. Vanilla and dark chocolate flavors lead into high notes of raspberry. The wine has focused acidity, balanced tannins and a smooth finish that will continue to soften over time. $40 Our Price $30.49 (A bewitched wine-great for Halloween)

2015 Austerity Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our robust Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon features ripe cherry aromas followed by licorice and sweet oak. The layered palate features bright red fruits with a bold framework of structured tannins. The depth of flavor is underscored by a long finish. $17 Our Price $13.99

42% OFF! Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva

Winemaker Notes: A noble and austere sparkling cava. Greenish yellow in colour with golden glints, it's clear and star bright. A persistent, elegant stream of bubbles rise to form a perfect rosary on the surface. Complex aromas of white fruits with hints of wood. Fresh, well-balanced and elegant on the palate with an excellent final sensation. $12 Our Price $6.95

James Suckling 93 Points
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oakville 2013

Subtle and complex with mint, black currant and licorice aromas. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Clean and refined. A delicious cabernet to drink now or later. Yes. $53 Our Price $43.25

2016 Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon is a soft, smooth wine with well integrated oak. Flavors of dark fruit, black cherry, clove and cinnamon are met with cola and vanilla toast in the mid-palate. This opulent wine is enhanced with spice, clove and pepper notes from the Petite Sirah. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Sirah. $20 Liquidation Price $12.75 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 96
DOMAINE DE CRISTIA Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance 2015

This has an intense core of crushed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, draped with melted licorice notes and backed by a wave of warm fruitcake. Hedonistic for sure, but accents of anise, violet and singed apple wood dart around, adding extra facets of intrigue to hold your attention. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France.—J.M 150 cases imported. $75 Our Price $60.95

Tarrica Olde Shandon Port

Winemaker Notes: The wine has been aged for an average of 32 months in both French and American Oak barrels. This Non-Vintage Port is ready to drink without decanting. Complex caramel, chocolate flavors accented with toasted nuts and ripe berry characteristics. Balanced mouth feel with a sweet, elegant smooth finish. This wine is perfect by itself for dessert but can be enjoyed with blue cheeses, fresh berries, nuts such as almonds or walnuts and almost any cheesecake or chocolate creation. $17 Our Price $13.69

Wine Spectator 93

A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. –AN $80 Our Price $74.99. Magnums $159.99 and Half Bottles $41.99

Wine Advocate 91-94
2014 Alban Vineyards • Syrah Patrina

The 2014 Syrah Patrina is the entry level Syrah of the estate and readers looking for a lower priced entry point to see how good these wines are should grab a bottle (or three) of this. Its inky purple color is followed by a rich, full-bodied, fruit forward Syrah that has beautiful purity, notes of blackberry, blueberry, spring flowers and graphite, no hard edges and a big finish. It should drink nicely for 6-7 years. $48

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 90 Points
2013 The Paring Red

The 2013 Red is bold and pungent to the core. Black cherry, mocha, black olives, spices, lavender and sage hit the palate in the 2013. This is an especially serious, structured wine for the money. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The Franc is felt in the wine's savory, expressive personality. This is a delicious wine for the money. $25

Wine Advocate 93
2013 Louis Martini Gnarly Vine Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

An absolutely killer wine from their famous vineyard is the 2013 Gnarly Vine Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard. This is no wimpy wine at 16.2% alcohol, but wow, it delivers the goods. Full-bodied, exuberant, with an opaque purple color, big, briary blackberry and black raspberry fruit, as well as some roasted herbs and grilled meats jump from the glass of this full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, intense Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 8-10 years. $60 Our Price $36.99

2015 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, lemon zest and a hint of vanilla, lead to a rich and enveloping palate of lychee fruit and toasted almonds, with bright, mouth-watering acidity. $35 Our Price $28.99

2014 Stonestreet Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet conveys vivid aromas and flavors of black cherry, satsuma plum and blood orange with bay leaf, fresh tobacco and cocoa nib adding further dimension. The palate offers a generous, beautifully extracted texture, all of which is kept in balance by the freshness of the fruit that one finds on the mountain, and an indelible stony signature — wrapped in ripe, chalky tannins that satisfy immediately and yet will easily reward a decade of cellar time. $42 Our Price $33.99 (Arrives 10/18/17)

Wine Spectator 96
KRUG Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition NV

A seamless Champagne, with vibrant acidity and flavors of toasted almond, baked currant and golden raisin. Long and mouthwatering, with a finely detailed bead carrying the flavors to the lasting finish, with accents of spice, pastry cream and coffee. Disgorged spring 2016. Drink now through 2027. –AN $160 (Actual Retail $190) Our Price $154.95 (Delicious!)

Wine Spectator 93
BOOKWALTER Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2014

Sleek and refined, showing floral red currant and orange zest aromas, and deeply layered, plush cherry, mocha and spice notes that sail to a long finish, with polished tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2022. 1,455 cases made. –TF $60 Internet Price $44.99 Grape Tray Insider Price $24.99 (Delicious!) Arrives 10/18/17

Wine Spectator 95
SCHRADER CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2012

Starts out bold and assertive, with rich dark berry, cedar and nutmeg flavors, revealing touches of espresso, mocha and melted black licorice. Well-built, tight and persistent, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2029. 620 cases made. –JL Market: $190-$700. (3 bottles available at $239/bottle. Please email

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