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Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

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2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Brunello di Montalcino
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Since so many of our customers are regularly in search of value-priced Brunellos (and we are as well!) we wanted to make mention of Baccinetti's outstanding 2012. Since tasting it over a year ago, this wine is really showing beautifully. It opens with attractive scents of forest berries, dried florals and spice and offers captivating flavors of black cherries and red fruit with ripe tannins and mild acidity that bring it all together. It's a tremendous value Brunello that we highly recommend.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Château Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors
Reviwer Picture By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Don't think of this Malbec in quite the same way that you're accustomed to thinking of the grape. This is French Malbec at its best--with restraint and structure, capable of aging, and an excellent complement to steak. While it still has the enchanting black fruit and spice characteristics that we love in this varietal, it is neither jammy nor sweet-fruited, but well-balanced, with an excellent structure. If you're a Bordeaux fan, or love Bordeaux-style wines, this is absolutely one you should try.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Yves Duport Mondeuse "Terre Brune" Bugey
Reviwer Picture By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
If you are looking for a delicious and fun red from an unexpected quarter, here it is! With the fantastic 2015 vintage, Yves Duport's Mondeuse has taken on a fuller, lush-fruited character that is quite beguiling. Hints of huckleberry and black cherry give way to cedar spice and mild, savory herb notes. The structure is still robust, and it could likely improve with a little time in the cellar, but there is no doubt that this wine is truly out-performing itself this vintage.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2011 Los Autores Reserva Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Coming to us from the late, great winemaker Ezequiel “El Brujo” Garcia, formerly of Cune Bodega, the 2011 Los Autores is beautifully integrated and developed, ready to sing. With a complex bouquet of subtle vanilla, sweet hoisin and dill, stewed and dried cranberry and raspberry, dried rose petal and strawberry seed, this wine energetically expands on the palate. With bright acidity, soft, dusty tannins and slightly briny persistent minerality, nothing is out of balance.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Bodegas Puelles Segundo Año Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
This wine over-performs. It offers delicious nice soft fruit flavors that are balanced out with structure and acidity. It is a young wine that is dry but packed full of flavor. Medium-bodied and ready to drink now.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Joe Bruno | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Another fantastic bottling from our friends at Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos. Initial aromas reveal a more rustic charm to the wine, with a bouquet of dried herbs and dusty earth being exemplified. Aromas of cherries and berries also come through as well. On the palate, flavors of dried fruits like dark cherry and berry intermingle with aforementioned notes of earthy characteristics. Lively acidity on the palate lends it as an obvious choice for various food pairing applications. A great example of a Crianza Rioja, and a good value as well for being under $15.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Bodegas Puelles Segundo Año Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Joe Bruno | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Quite a value for only $11. Initial aromas of fruits such as cherry, plum, and prune. Accented with a bouquet of soft baking spices and vanilla. On the palate, this wine shows a really wonderful elevated acidity and balance to the ripeness of the fruit. Tannins are well-integrated additionally. Flavors of red cherry, blackberry, and strawberry along with leather and spice. Tasty and affordable, this is a fantastic choice for a red wine under $15.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2016 Yves Duport Altesse de Montagnieu
Reviwer Picture By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
This is a truly lovely wine from a rather off-the-beaten-path region. This lovely little white wine is both crisp, refreshing, and complex. On the nose it shows elements of white pear, honeycomb, and apple blossom. This gives way to lovely round orchard fruits on the palate (think white peach and apple), with a completely dry finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Roger Sabon "Rhone by Roger Sabon"
Reviwer Picture By: Thomas Smith | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
I’m always looking for killer values that deliver big on power, and are reasonable enough to not give a second thought taking home at the end of the night. Enter the Rhone by Sabon. Intense and concentrated with tons of dark fruit and spice notes, I was shocked by how good the wine was at this price. I would drink this any day of the week. For those of you who love those classic power reds like the Closerie Pic-Saint-Loup or the L’Ostal Cazes, this is a must-check-out wine that’s rich, bold, and absolutely delivers.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone
Reviwer Picture By: Thomas Smith | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
The 2015 Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape was my favorite of the season, and I was super excited to see the Cotes-du-Rhone arrive in the warehouse. It’s good. I mean, really, really good. As you creep out of $10-15 Cotes-du-Rhones into the $15-25 price point, you tend to see these wines just push harder on bigger, fatter, and richer. The Marcoux takes a defiant stance. It shows lifted and elegant red fruits with agile acid and exceptional balance. With gentle weight, but exceptional intensity, this wine has wonderful character, is expertly executed, and a total standout in the Cotes-du-Rhone category.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Petite Gardette" Gigondas
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Although this wine continues to improve and fill out with time in the bottle, currently I'd recommend decanting it or giving it plenty of time to open up. It's packed with loads of spiced red and black fruit, ripe tannins and just the right amount of acidity that adds to its freshness and length. It's a very impressive red and one of the best deals within our Rhone selection. Open with aeration or give it a bit of time to round out in the cellar.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
This single barrel is pure, delicious and pretty. It has beautiful citrus aromas. In the mouth it is soft with citrus and pepper notes. The aging in wood seems to have softened the spirit but does not dominate with caramel flavors.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2012 Château Bouscassé Madiran
Reviwer Picture By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Chateau Bouscasse is a master of Madiran. Yes, this is a big, full-bodied wine, but at the same time it is elegant and seamless, with perfect integration of the Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc that make up the blend. While the wine is certainly structured, the tannin are sweet and ripe, not austere or abrasive. The fruit is a saturated, intense blackberry fruit that is quite clean and polished. Overall a beautiful wine, and very well made.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Los Autores Reserva Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Joe Bruno | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
A quintessentially classic Rioja. This wine holds the name El Brujo, which roughly translates to "the wizard." This was the nickname bestowed upon winemaker Ezequiel García, who made the legendary CVNE Riojas of the 1950's-1970's. This 2011 Reserva was selected by García from top vineyards in both Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. The aging process was performed in the traditional manner (3 years of aging prior to release, with at least 1 year of aging in oak barrels). The wine leads initially with aromas of dill and vanilla. A bouquet of cocoa powder along with notes of fresh cherries, berries, and plum also reveal themselves. A distinct dusty minerality shines on the palate along with elevated acidity, and flavors once more of plum; some cherry coulis, leather, and savory notes too. Quite nicely balanced. A fantastic wine; especially as an accompaniment to food.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2015 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Tenuta di Sesta 2015 Rosso di Montalcino (along with Baccinetti Rosso) is one of the best deals going in our Italian section. It's as pure of an expression of Sangiovese as you're likely to come across at this price and akin to the "gift that keeps on giving." It's already flying off the sales floor so we don't expect the supply to last long. Simply delicious.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine de Marcoux Lirac "Lorentine"
Reviwer Picture By: Thomas Smith | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
This is proper French wine. The nose has gamey and savory elements with floral nuances. The palate leans towards richness with dark fruits and blue fruit with tons of spice. Intriguing as well as inviting, It definitely hits that spot between Cotes-du-Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It's soft and supple, but still has plenty of intriguing elements that keep you going back to your glass again and again.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
This rum from Foursquare Distillery is easy to drink and has a lot to offer for fans of rums that are on the dry side. There is a nose that is classic rum with burnt sugar nuances. In the mouth it is rich and round with a pleasant fruitiness. It is, however, not very sweet. There is a long finish with notes of vanilla.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
A classic, quite dry, savory expression of Crianza Rioja, the 2014 Lesmos opens with desiccated dark fruit and umami notes, with elegant wafts of anise. The palate is light and spice-dominated, with loads of dark, tart plum, cassis, a touch of iodine, and saline minerality. Though this cellar-worthy wine may need to breathe a bit, it does show nicely now. I would love to try it with grilled octopus!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Honorio Rubio "Lias Finas" Rosado Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Joe Bruno | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Easily one of the best rosé wines we currently have in store. This offering from Honorio Rubio is made in the clarete style from both Garnacha (60%) and Viura (40%) grapes. It is beautifully expressive on the nose with aromas of Bellini and raspberry crème brûlée, button mushrooms, and soft cheese. Flavors on the palate initial in ripe peach and strawberry, and slowly lead into bourbon vanilla and mineral notes on the finish. The acidity and round texture of this wine lend it to being incredibly versatile in food pairing applications. It is very easy to enjoy some Jamón Ibérico with it as well!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de Marcoux Lirac "Lorentine"
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Gorgeous blackberry notes mingle seamlessly with spice and scorched earth nuances. The palate is dark berry, minced meat pie, black pepper and dried herbs. A serious wine that slowly unfurls to reveal the depths of complexity and layers of dark fruit this is a big red that showcases the power and richness that are the hallmarks of the 2015 Rhone vintage.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
If you're a fan of Marcoux then you are definitely in for a treat with the 2016 Marcoux Cotes du Rhone. This wine starts off with an intoxicating nose of red licorice and candied red raspberries and then deftly pivots to fresh flower and earth notes. There's a distinctly Burgundian feel here with high-toned red fruits, remarkable balance and harmony and an elegance rarely found in a Cotes du Rhone. The wine finish with impressive purity and freshness and it lingers ever so slightly on the delightful finish. This is a must buy for any wine lover who is a fan of Grenache done the right way.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Roger Sabon "Rhone by Roger Sabon"
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
I was not prepared for how good this wine was for only $11.99. Wow! If you want a little insight into how fantastic the upcoming 2016 Rhone vintage is going to be just pick up a bottle of the 2016 Rhone by Roger Sabon. Loaded with a bevy of dark berry fruit and spice notes this complex, layered beauty boasts a silky-smooth palate that displays remarkable persistence and length. This is easily one of the better wine values I have tasted this year.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Domaine Moulin Gaillac Brut
Reviwer Picture By: Morgan Laurie | Review Date: 1/20/2018 | Send Email
Looking for a wine to go with a cheese plate? I got your cheese wine right here! Made from an obscure varietal called Mauzac from an obscure little AOC called Gaillac in South West France, this fun bottle of bubbles is the perfect compliment to a brunch date, a cheese party or a great movie at home. It's light and delicate with notes of freshly pressed apple juice, white flowers and crisp green pears. It's something that would be easy to pass up on the shelf given the region and the varietal, but you absolutely should not pass this up! It's fun and delicious with a price that makes it a no brainer when you want to give something new a whirl!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Morgan Laurie | Review Date: 1/20/2018 | Send Email
A sustainably produced Napa Cab from a top producer that's under $55? Believe it! The "Signature" from Chappellet is just what you'd expect with inky, juicy, rich black fruit. You get a crushed rock mineral note and a little toasted vanilla from the barrel, which comes across as subtle instead of the dominant note. It's lush but balanced. The structure is there, but no one part feels out of whack. The tannin is big and ripe but feels velvety on the palate. The acidity is vibrant and gives the wine a freshness. The quality in fruit and wine making is apparent. This is a superb bottle of wine and one any lover of California Cabernet should try.

2016 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Morgan Laurie | Review Date: 1/20/2018 | Send Email
Family run for three generations, Domaine des Remizières follows a bio approach and strives to respect the terrior of the vineyards and surrounding environment throughout the year. The Cuvée Christophe is a blend of 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, 30% of which sees new oak with the remaining 70% fermented in one year old barrel. There's a sumptuous, round texture with a lift of acidity and a long finish. Notes of pear blossoms and dried pears, orange oil and white peach giving way to a slight toasted brioche from the new barrel. One of my favorites from our last tasting and sure to please lovers of white Rhône wines.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 WS 92

2014 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Red Wine
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 1/20/2018 | Send Email
Acumen is a highly sought after, small production "cult brand" in Napa Valley, and the 2014 Mountainside Red exceeds expectations, drinking more beautifully than Napa wine twice the price. A Cabernet based Bordeaux blend, the wine is elegant and expressive of Atlas Peak, which sees a significant drop in temperature in the evenings, encouraging acidity and concentration of flavor. With 18 months in 72% new French oak, the wine is artfully balanced and elegant, highlighting the unparalleled abilities of the late, famed founding winemaker Denis Malbec, previously of Chateau Latour.
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2016 Field Recordings "Wonderwall" Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 1/19/2018 | Send Email
This is a powerhouse of a Pinot, and a fantastic value. Made from fruit sourced from some of Edna Valley's most extreme, cool climate vineyard sights, Wonderwall has a wonderful, lively acidity that plays against Its earthy, lush,darker fruit aromas and flavors. 35 year old Andrew Jones, winemaker and also proprietor to Alloy Wine Works and Fiction wines, has a keen sense of humor and history, and his labels are eye catching as the wines are delicious. Perfect for a vibrant gathering with friends!
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2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage
Reviwer Picture By: Morgan Laurie | Review Date: 1/19/2018 | Send Email
This (along with the other wines from Ferraton Père et Fils) really blew me away at our last staff tasting. Michel Ferraton produces the wines with all native yeast strains and minimal new oak. They adhere to a bio-dynamic philosophy, although they are not certified bio-dynamic. The nose on this is just SO good! It's a melange of white pepper, bacon fat, beautiful floral aromatics and lovely dark fruits. The palate is balanced and clean. It's got great length but doesn't come across as super intense. A really great wine for under $20!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Reviwer Picture By: Morgan Laurie | Review Date: 1/19/2018 | Send Email
Another fantastic bottle from Baron Fuente! The nose starts off with apple butter and poached pears, then gives way to a rich kouign amann pastry, roasted lemon and yeast. The palate has an intense nuttiness, almost like eating a handful of raw hazelnuts while still providing a clean mineral note and vibrant acidity. A great bottle to pick up for your next Champagne craving.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Zaccagnini "Tralcetto" Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
Reviwer Picture By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 1/19/2018 | Send Email
Montepulciano the grape has nothing to do with Montepulciano- the Tuscan town. For as many years as I have sold this wine I have always make many friends with this bottle and they always come back and ask for the wine with the "stick on it " they never remember Cantina Zaccagnini, but they do remember it a great wine and fantastic value. There are aromas of blackberries, and floral notes; on the palate you will find smoke, wild cherries and minerals, with plenty of dark fruit that carries through to the finish. There is outstanding depth here, not to mention terrific overall balance.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2014 Poujeaux, Moulis
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
Compared to the warm, layered 2009 this seems compact, tense and elegant. The 2014 may be a bit coiled for Poujeaux but it is vibrant, packed and will age beautifully into a sumptuous and complex bargain. Its unlikely you will pull a better $30.00 bottle of Bordeaux out of you cellar in 5 or 10 years.

2015 Le Cleméntin du Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
The 2nd wine of Pape-Clement is warm, approachable and already showing good complexity. Ripe red fruits, surprising mid-palate roundness and a gravely finish show the pedigree of this great property. Delicious now.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Picard, Lussac-St-Emilion
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
Both red and dark fruit as well as a snap if licorice fill the middle of this crisp and easy bargain. Plenty of ripe fruit and no hard edges make this a perfect bottle to open most any night or even with a light lunch. Amazing value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
While this bottle still needs some serious decanting, and/or much needed time in the cellar, it's definitely worth it, once you do decide to open it. Elegant, and super pretty, this is the bottle for Hermitage drinkers. After decanting for three hours and letting sit in the bottle for a full day, it was finally ready to drink, and the beautiful tannic structure was still lingering, showcasing wonderful flavors of nutmeg, black currant, and cinnamon. Easily one of the nicest bottles I've had from Northern Rhone.

2015 Precedent "Evangelho Vineyard" Contra Costa County Zinfandel
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
Very bright, clean and juicy with tons of mixed berries and spice in the middle. this is pure, fresh and savory with meaty notes on the long, focused finish. This middleweight wine tastes the way Zin use to taste before the invasion of new oak barrels. Lip smacking, mouthwatering and palate cleansing.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
This delicious bargain Syrah seems to be getting a bit richer with each new vintage yet retains the white pepper and violet aromas as well as the palate coating but fresh blue and black fruits. This is an all around great N. Rhone red that over delivers.
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2016 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
This super value N. Rhone white is a bit more vibrant and focused than the last vintage. Aromas of dried fruit, wet stone, ginger and lanolin are followed by a middle filled with ripe stone fruit.. The peach, apricot and nectarine flavors are all infused with palate cleansing minerals.
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RP 92 WS 92

2015 Cécile Chassagne Gigondas
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
There's something really special and unique about Cecile Chassagne's 2015 Gigondas that sets it apart from other Gigondas wines I've had from various producers. This is definitely one of the prettiest Gigondas blends I've had, and one of my personal favorites that we carry in the store. Beautifully balanced acidity, and flavors of raspberry make this blend a very pleasant experience, even for those who normally don't drink wine every day. I opened this bottle up with my roommate who's not a wine guy, but he thought this was one of the best bottle of wines he ever had. Definitely worth a whirl.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine de Marcoux Lirac "Lorentine"
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
You hear of Lirac producers making Chateauneuf-du-Pape but not so much about Chateauneuf producers picking up Lirac properties...until now! Marcoux recognized the quality of the vineyards and potential and with their bio-dynamic sensibilities found some incredible plots across the river in Lirac and are now making this exciting red. Full of smoky rustic flavors, this is old-school with peppery spice and saddle leather wrapped around blackcurrant and roasted plum fruit. The perfect foil for some cowboy chili or braised pork belly.
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2016 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
Domaine De Marcoux is slowly turning into one of my favorite Southern Rhone producers, and their 2016 Cotes Du Rhone is an outstanding Southern Rhone blend. Mildly zesty, and subtle flavors of strawberry twizzlers on the palate, this wine delivers a good mouthfeel, mild tannins, and great structure. Dinner party wine for sure.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
After trying more than a handful of incredible bottles of Southern Rhone's 2015 vintage, I was very eager to see what the Northern Rhone's were tasting like, and it is also slaying it for the 2015 vintage, and the Lieu Dit Montmain from the roasted slope itself is beyond exceptional. It only took two hours in the decanter, and a full day of sitting in the bottle to actually be ready, but the wait was worth it. This is a very complex wine. Each taste I got, I kept picking up a new flavor. Somtimes I got mint, sometimes I got licorice, bacon fat, mild tobacco. This is definitely a bottle you want to sit on for awhile. Or at least be ready to decant for a serious long amount of time before enjoying, because this beast is just not ready yet. But when the time comes, it's going to be so worth it.

2016 Domaine Huët "Le Haut-Lieu" Vouvray Sec
Reviwer Picture By: Cliff Spinola | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
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The first white wine from the Loire that I've tried during my K&L career, and my favorite! This is, simply put, a delicious, well balanced, well structured wine with layers upon layers of flavor. A perfect harmony of sweetness and acidity that lingers beautifully on the palate.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
Marcoux was my winery of the year last year for their incredible Chateauneuf releases. The 2015s were expressive, classic and layered with so much potential that they will surely deliver the goods over the next two decades. The 2016 vintage is as equally impressive (and maybe ultimately longer living). The wines show a level of depth that goes beyond simple hedonism. The basic or entry level wines from producers like Marcoux are always the great bellwether for exciting vintages because when the starter wines show this great, you know the high-end stuff will be legendary. Marcoux's Cotes du Rhone is from dedicated vineyards following all the same bio-dynamic principals they use for the Chateauneuf, so it is no mere declassified or second wine. This is serious Cotes du Rhone that ages beautifully but is also out of the gate charming. Lush strawberry, dried tobacco and potpourri permeate the glass and sweet fruit persists on the palate. So before the hype begins, drink this wine and be ahead of the curve and know what we know...2016 is great from top to bottom and Marcoux is on track to be my Winery of the Year two years running.
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2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Petite Gardette" Gigondas
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
A spectacular every day offering from my favorite Gigondas producer the Petite Gardette showcases the beauty of this area and the producer. Although there is a little funk on the nose when first opening this bottle a half and hour decant time will give you a beautiful wine. Very pretty ripe berry mixed with a nice amount of earth lead to a lovely clean finish. Everything here is in harmony and the balance of the fruit, acid, and tannin mean this is a perfect food wine.
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2016 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
I love the Oakridge label, and to be honest their entry level Over the Shoulder is usually my favorite thing that they do. The OTS line represents an absolutely stunning value for the beauty and complexity that are present in the wines. In the Chardonnay there is generous ripe orchard fruit that is driven by clean acid and a bright freshness that keeps the wine from being heavy. A spectacular wine in its own regards this style also happens to be extremely versatile, pairing well with a number of foods and style preferences.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" Saint-Joseph
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Schroeder | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
During a recent staff tasting of Rhones, this wine stuck out in terms of Northern Rhone Syrah values. It has a very bright and expressive nose of raspberry, violets, blackberries and black pepper, with good rich fruit but a nice balancing element of acid and earth. This would be a knockout with a wild game meal.
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2010 Domaine Dugois Vin Jaune Arbois (620ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
If you're a lover of vin jaune (yellow wine) like myself, then you are definitely in for a treat with Domaine Dugois's 2010 Arbois Vin Jaune. Funky and all over the place, like any classic wine from Jura, this vin jaune is an untamed beast, and I mean that in the best way possible. The flavor profile is salty, mushroomy, and carries subtle notes of caramelized onions. If you love sherry or you're feeling adventurous, and want a fantastic funky white wine, this may be the wine for you.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux "Brut de Fut" Premier Cru de Cognac Grand Champagne Cognac 750ml
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Stevens | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
This is no light, easy, fruity cognac that I had come to associate with Bouju, this is dark, rich and intense. The nose immediately shows the long slow aging of this spirit, with dried fruit, baked cinnamon, cardamom, and old leather. The power and concentration here are unforgettable, flavors of old oak and concentrated fruit that linger long on the tongue.
Price: $179.99 Add To Cart

2016 François Chidaine Vin de France (Vouvray) Moelleux
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Schroeder | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
If Loire valley whites thrill you as much as me, this wine should be on your radar. It’s a Vouvray Chenin Blanc, though not labeled as such because the fermentation occurs outside of Vouvray. It is incredibly expressive with zesty minerals, flavors of white raisins, honey, golden apples with great balance and length. Pair with mild cheeses or an apple tartine.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Roger Sabon "Rhone by Roger Sabon"
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
While we do have a rather vast selection of fantastically affordable Cotes Du Rhone in the store, the Rhone by Roger Sabon is clearly one of the best bangs for your buck and easily one of my new favorite every day values. It's rustic, and slightly fruit forward, however it's never overbearingly so. Well balanced, and packed with flavors of plum, boysenberry, and some nice earthiness, this heavy blend of Grenache with slight touches of Syrah and Cinsault is definitely a crowd pleaser.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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