May 15th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
2016 JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET
Bourgogne Les Ursulines

A smoky version, offering black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice flavors to match the toasty oak. This is succulent and leaves spice and smoke notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 715 cases imported.—Bruce Sanderson $20 Our Price $15.99

2015 Iconoclast Russian River

Chardonnay $16.95 (A hand crafted wine made for the Four Seasons Hotel)

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 89
2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme
Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Even Saint Cosme's "lowly" 2016 Cotes du Rhone looked good on my recent visit. It's mostly Syrah, blended from vineyards in Vinsobres and the Gard, offering lovely floral and peppery aromas, dark fruits, medium to full body and a softly dusty finish. It should drink well for 6 years. $15 Our Price $12.99. Magnums $31.99

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Chateau Grand-Mayne

The 2014 Grand-Mayne has a fragrant bouquet, perhaps more refined than in recent years with dried rose petals and incense fusing with the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a gentle build towards a vivid, lightly spiced finish that maintains impressive delineation, perhaps less extracted and more precise than wines of the past. This is a superb Grand-Mayne that represents a subtle change in tack for the estate—one that this writer approves of. Tasted on three occasions and consistent every time. $50 Our Price $39.99

Wine Spectator 89
OYSTER BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

Tangy lime, grapefruit and dried apricot notes are juicy and intense, set on a mouthwatering, sleek finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported. –MW $16 Our Price $9.45

2017 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris Rosé Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

This rose shows a crystalline salmon color with amethyst tints. It gives off aromas of raspberry, cherry, and freshly picked strawberries, followed by exotic aromas of pineapple and mango. On the palate, there is a direct and considerable freshness -- the density and richness of the fruit mingle with superb acidity. Stunningly balanced. 50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre $16 Our Price $12.39

Wine Enthusiast 90
Bollig-Lehnert 2015 Piesporter
 Kabinett Riesling

Smoke and flint notes on the nose introduce this energizing Riesling. On the palate, zingy lemon and tangerine flavors are softened by a sweet veil of honey and stone fruit. It's a slender, fine-footed wine but offers exhilarating refreshment. $17 Our Price $11.99

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Chateau Pesquie Terasses Rouge Cotes du Ventoux

A smoking good 2015 that readers should snatch up is the 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses, which is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that’s aged in a combination of two- to four-year-old barrels and foudres. Medium to full-bodied, polished, silky and with no hard edges, it has classic Southern Rhone notes of Provencal spices, garrigue, licorice and ripe black raspberries. Buy a case and drink bottles over the coming 5-6 years. $14 Our Price $11.55

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Walter Hansel Estate Chardonnay

The 2015 season resulted in tiny clusters and small berries with production levels off by a minimum of 25%. The following 2015s will be bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is a killer bargain at $25.00 a bottle. The wine is a blend of the 95, 76 and the Hanzell clones. The 4-acre parcel from which the wine was produced was planted in 1976, so it has some age to it. This is a great Chardonnay with loads of honeysuckle, buttered citrus, orange and white peach notes, a medium to full body, terrific energy and purity. This is a terrific wine that tastes like a Chardonnay that should be selling for three or four times the price. So, consumers take note. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. $25 (Back in stock 5/18/18)

2015 Roar Santa Lucia Highlands
Pinot Noir, 375ml

Winemaker Notes: Drawing on aspects of all of our vineyards, our 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a wonderful expression of what the region has to offer. Dark fruit, leather, and toasted oak with light overtones of honey evolve into blackberry, cola and cherry, opening to include chocolate shavings and floral accents. A woody, almost evergreen, perfume enriches the lower-tone fruit through a long, dense, meaty finish full of tobacco, leather, cherry and blackberry. $24/375ml


Wine Advocate 90
2015 Sarah's Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir gives up notes of violets and black raspberries with hints of smoky bacon, garrigue and forest floor. Medium-bodied, softly spoken and fresh in the mouth, it has a lovely sating texture and great mineral nuances on the finish. $22 Our Price $18.29

Wine Spectator 97
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2015

This is loaded with beautifully rendered fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture flavors that are seamlessly intertwined, while warm fruitcake, melted black licorice and black tea notes chime throughout. The finish ripples with energy, showing finely beaded acidity and a terrific graphite edge. Best from 2020 through 2040. 500 cases made. –JM $85 Our Price $74.99

Wine Spectator 95
SAN FILIPPO Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucére 2012

A dense, backward red, with plenty of cherry, plum, spice and eucalyptus flavors. A broad swath of tannins and juicy acidity carry the long finish, but patience is required for all the facets to emerge. Shows excellent potential. Best from 2021 through 2035. 700 cases made. –BS $80 Our Price $72.95

Wine Advocate 94-96
2015 Walter Hansel Winery
 Pinot Noir South Slope

Made from 100% Dijon clone 777, the 2015 Pinot Noir South Slope had the largest yields of any of the parcels in 2015, although still way below normal production. The deepest color of many of these Pinot Noirs, the wine has loads of damp earth, spice box and forest floor, this is a deep blue-fruited Pinot with a lovely texture, plenty of body, surprising concentration and richness. This is a stunner from 18-year-old vines. Drink it over the next decade or more. The 2015 Pinot Noir North Slope, 100% from Dijon clone 115, also performed spectacularly, no doubt because of the extremely tiny yields. This wine has a dense purple color, a gorgeously compelling nose of forest floor, spring flowers, blue, red and black fruits, followed by a full-bodied, layered and concentrated Pinot Noir that is as light as a ballerina on the palate, but at the same time, intense and rich. The finish just goes on and on. Drink it over the next decade or more. $42 (Arrives 5/18/18) Limited

James Suckling 97 Points
Bryant Family Napa Bettina 2013

There's a phenomenal nose to this wine with crushed berry, wet earth, wet slate and hints of flowers. Full body with a chewy tannic structure, yet soft and polished. Powerful and rich. Muscular and toned. Has form. Slightly austere tannins. This needs at least four to seven years of bottle age. The high percentage of merlot from Howell Mountain gives this wine a real edge and beauty. A blend of 62.3% cabernet sauvignon, 30.2% merlot and 7.5% petit verdot. Sourced from David Abreu’s three vineyards, Madrona, Thorevilos and Howell Mountain. $375

James Suckling 97 Points
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Onda Napa Valley

One of the most serious Ondas I have had. Medium to full body and firm and polished tannins. Very long and poised. Excellent length. Fabulous focus and beauty. This needs two or three years to soften, but it's already superb. Try in 2022. $215


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