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June 26th 2018 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 93
PENLEY Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Phoenix 2016

Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum, cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background. Strikes the right balance between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus, black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported. –MW $20 Our Price $16.95

Wine Spectator 92
SAGET LA PERRIÈRE Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2015

Juicy and ripe, with pear, quince and fig flavors laced with light ginger and honeysuckle notes. Shows a flash of hazelnut through the finish. On the hedonistic side, but has the freshness for balance. Drink now through 2024.—J.M. $18 Our Price $14.95

Wine Spectator 93
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2016

Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025.—T.F $26 Our Price $17.95

Wine Spectator 90
M. CHAPOUTIER Côtes du Roussillon White Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2016

A creamy, broad white, featuring fresh peach and melon notes woven together with lanolin and blanched almond details, backed by a solid acidity. Spice accents linger into the finish flanked by herb and mineral hints. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Macabeu and Marsanne. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases imported.—G.S. $15 Our Price $12.95

Wine Spectator 92
TWO HANDS Shiraz McLaren Vale Angels' Share 2016

Rich and fleshy, with ripe and round plum and cherry flavors, offering hints of cola, sage and green tea that linger on the finish. A fresh, juicy quality keeps everything in focus. Drink now through 2027. 16,000 cases made. –MW $29 Liquidation Price $18.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2016 Pont Neuf Pont Royal Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Pont Royal reveals beeswax, honeycomb, citrus, fresh lemon aromas and flavors with the perfect compliment of minerality. There is a superior silky texture that is only experienced in Premier and Grand Cru wines of Burgundy. We employed 80% new oak from the Vosges forest contributing the delicate toast and vanilla aromas and playing perfectly with the bright citrus notes; more hallmarks of this single vineyard. $55

Wine Spectator 94
Meursault Les Chevalières 2015

Offers a linear frame, keeping a tight leash on the lime blossom, peach, melon and apple flavors. Shows a lovely creamy texture and a mineral vein that weaves throughout. Terrific length. $72 Our Price $61.99

Wine Spectator 90
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 (A hand crafted wine made for the Four Seasons Hotel)

Winemaker Notes: Iconoclast Chardonnay is thoughtfully crafted. Nine months of aging in French Oak reveals hints of apple pie spice. With crisp acidity, a great mid palate and perfect balance, all of which epitomize the high quality of Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Iconoclast makes each moment memorable. $22 Our Price $16.95 (Back in stock 6/27/18)

2015 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes : Rich vanilla aromas, framed by red fruit notes of plum, strawberry and cherry, fill the nose of this California Cabernet Sauvignon. Luscious Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors on the palate give way to hints of cigar box and toffee on the long, textured finish. $15 Our Price $11.75

2015 William Harrison Sangiacomo Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant gold in color, this wine has expressive aromas of vanilla, all spice and citrus blossom. With an underlining hint of minerality, the clean and pristine palate leads with layers of Meyer lemon, lime rind and baked apple. Hints of white peach, Asian pear and stone fruits underscore the racey acidity. Leaving you with a memorable and crisp finish. $38 (Back in stock 6/28/18)

2016 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Layers of flavor and beauty—juicy and inviting, with a mélange of white peach, guava, and nectarine. A wine of great complexity—there is a sense of creaminess (lemon meringue comes to mind) juxtaposed with a bright freshness that offers lift and vivacity. This is a beautifully crafted wine—expressive, balanced, and sophisticated—displaying all that is best in Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc. A mouth-filling wine of great presence and breeding. $19/375ml

James Suckling 90 Points
Castiglion del Bosco Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Fresh wild strawberries, roses, elderberries and some light dust. Medium body, medium chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. $24 Our Price $18.45

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Chateau Siran Margaux

The 2015 Siran is a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot picked between 17 September to 12 October. It is raised in 25% new oak plus one-year barrels. It is a little richer and more opulent than its neighbor, the 2015 Dauzac, due to the higher proportion of Merlot. It veers to more red fruit here, wild strawberry and later cassis. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, very well defined with a keen thread of acidity. It grips the mouth, implying that there is more Cabernet than there actually is. I like the volume here, and unlike previous vintages that seemed to show some warmth on the finish, here the finish is much more linear and controlled, fanning out gracefully but with power emanating from that Merlot. This is likely to be proprietor Edouard Miailhe's best wine in recent years. $44 Our Price $34.95

Wine Advocate 98+
2015 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven

A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made. Market Price $500

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