Featured Wines

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92pt. Argentine Red
Taste it Friday!

We have a great price on this estate Malbec from Colome! Taste it Friday from 5-7 along with a couple other goodies from Argentina.

Colome has the highest altitude vineyards IN THE WORLD!! Located between 2,300 and 2,600 meters altitude in Salta, northern Argentina. It belongs to Californian Donald Hess, who purchased an old winery dating from 1831. The vineyards are cultivated following biodynamic methods.

colome2012 Colome Malbec Estate Calchaqui, Argentina
On Sale $16.99 Lowest Price online!!!
Intense aromas of dark fruits, meat, light salt and spice character. Full body, round and firm tannins and a savory, flavorful aftertaste.
92 Points, James Suckling

Also tasting these Argentine wines!

2012 Finca Las Divas Riglos Malbec Quinto, Tupungato
On Sale $16.99
Focused, with refined notes of slate and white pepper to the cherry and plum flavors. Lip-smacking juiciness fills the finish, accented by lively spice and mineral details. Drink now through 2018.
89 Points, Wine Spectator

2013 Pulenta Estate La Flor Malbec, Mendoza
On Sale $12.99
Rich, lively wines with an emphasis on bright fruit expression, bottled earlier and with a softer tannin structure for earlier enjoyment.
Importer’s Notes

Also on sale but not being tasted:

2012 Bodegas Monteviejo “Petite Fleur” Red Blend, Valle de Uco
On Sale $17.99
(50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Syrah and Merlot): Bright, full ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice pastille. Densely packed and juicy, showing an enticing sweetness and a light touch to its flavors of dark berries, licorice and game. Very refined wine for the price. Finishes with smooth tannins and subtle persistence.
89 Points, Vinous Media

California Cabernet Sale

We have some of California’s most popular Cabernets at great prices including Justin and Franciscan, as well as our #1 selling Cabernet for over 20 years….20 YEARS!!!…, Silver Ridge, at a one week only price of $11.99.

justin2013 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles Justin Cabernet
On Sale $20.99
Aromatic with ripe black cherry, blackcurrant and berry fruit with vanilla, cinnamon …classic Cabernet with moderate plus blackcurrant and cherry fruit and baking spice flavors on the entry. Sweet tobacco and savory herbal notes arrive on the mid palate, along with beautifully balanced tannins that provide a structure that supports the wine through its perfectly balanced, clean finish.
Winery Notes

2012 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
On Sale $20.99
From the near-perfect 2012 vintage, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon-domianted blend that also includes 9% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Dark cherry, clove, blackberry, and violets open up in the glass, followed by traces of tobacco. Hints of vanilla and cocoa dust add complexity to the rich aroma.
Winery Notes

Also on sale

2013 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valleyeducated
On Sale $17.99
What can we say about how delicious our Cabernet Sauvignon is? It’s rich, ripe, and focused with juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, milk chocolate, and dusty notes all tied together with a creamy french vanilla middle and a finish that in a word is…lingering. Educated Guess fills all the requirements that a serious cabernet lover is looking for while remaining fun, approachable, and food friendly!
Winemaker’s Notes

Our #1 seller for 22 years!
2013 Silver Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, California
On Sale $11.99…price good for one week only, through 8-30!
A youthful wine with hints of currants, cedar and vanilla leading to rich flavors of black cherry, chocolate, and toasted oak. The wine finishes with soft tannins and goes well with food. Pairs well with grill meats-beef or lamb, strong cheese, and pasta dishes with rich sauces.
Winery Notes

Far Niente Sale

We have wines from one of Napa’s finest producers on sale!

About Far Niente:
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery-now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone-to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, today Far Niente functions as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production.

far niente2012 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvigon, Napa Valley
On Sale $125.99
A great effort from Far Niente in this truly magnificent vintage..dense purple color, plenty of structure and aging potential, and an impressive inner core of sweet crème de cassis fruit, licorice and background vanilla..it is “locked and loaded.” I wouldn’t be surprised to see this wine increase in score in about 5-10 years, and actually merit an even higher score. Bravo!
94+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley
On Sale $46.99
Firm and intense, well-focused and vibrant, centered on spicy citrus, green apple and pear flavors, with hints of honeysuckle, white peach and flinty stone. Lingers on the finish, with a pithy edge to the lemon and green stone fruit notes.
92 Points, The Wine Spectator

2007 “Dolce” by Far Niente
On Sale $79.99 375ml
Dolce is the only winery in North America that is solely devoted to producing a single, late harvest wine (semillon-sauvignon blanc blend). It is one of the few wineries in the world willing to make such a commitment, sharing a common philosophy with the great Sauternes producers of Bordeaux.
Winery Notes

#1 Selling Super Tuscan (750s & Mags!)
And More from Tuscany!

This wine continues to get great press from all the respected critics, and remains our best selling Tuscan wine. And if you like Monte Antico, try our new favorite Super Tuscan from Tenute Del Cerro of Vias Imports. Their white is fantastic too!

“One of the great values in Tuscan wine values is Monte Antico.”
Vinous Media

2010 Monte Antico, Toscana
On Sale $9.99 750mL, $19.99 1.5L
A red with lots of ripe plum, terracotta and chocolate character. Full to medium body, soft tannins and a juicy finish. Amazing quality for the money. Made from sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Delicious now. Screw cap.
91 Points, James Suckling

manero2013 Tenute Del Cerro “Manero” Rosso, Tuscany
On Sale $12.99
Manero has very concentrated and deep ruby color. Intense aromas with touches of wild berries, hints of spices and vanilla undertones. Dense, with rounded decisive flavor and excellent persistence. Pairs well with roasted red meats and stews and aged cheeses.
Merch Notes

2014 Tenute Del Cerro “Manero” Bianco Trebbiano / Chardonnay, Tuscany
On Sale $12.99
Fresh and pleasant for any occasion, this wine is pale yellow with light green glints. A delicate fruity aroma with notes of golden apple, white plum, and green banana. The flavor is immediate and pleasant; it has a medium concentration, with a final acidulous sensation that facilitates drinking. It can be served with fish appetizers, first courses of shellfish, steamed or grilled white fish.
Merch Notes

94-100pt. European Wines!

As a follow up to our highly rated U.S. wine sale, we have 15 highly rated European wines, including six scored 97 points or higher! Quantities limited; all orders subject to confirmation.

France

2010 Domaine Gourt de Mautens, Vaucluse IGP
On Sale $59.99
Deeper and richer than the ’11, the 2010 IGP Vaucluse knocks it out of the park with tons of black cherry, raspberry, ground pepper, violets and hints of smoke. Full-bodied, fat, fleshy and unctuously textured, this is a beast of a wine that stays balanced and thrillingly drinkable. Give it another year or three and drink bottles through 2030.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

Rhone Valley

2012 Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Quet”boislauzon quet
Closeout Price $89.99
“Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the incredible 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet comes from the northern part of the appellation and is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Full-bodied, decadent and layered, with fabulous mid-palate depth and building tannin and structure, it knocks it out of the park with it ripe black raspberry, roasted meats, chocolate, licorice and toasted spice aromas and flavors.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vielle Vignes
On Sale $105.99
Up in the top handful of wines in the vintage (which should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this estate), the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich and layered Châteauneuf that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. Like the Cuvee Chaupin, it will be better in another handful of years and thrill through 2027.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieille Vignes
Closeout Price $109.99 (compared to Wine-Searcher’s price of $149.99!)
Mostly likely one of the top 10-12 wines in the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is an up-front, sexy and perfumed blend of close to 100% Grenache. Possessing notions of kirsch liqueur, raspberry, creamy licorice and crushed flowers, it is full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an overall hedonistic, seamless profile that’s hard to resist.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulee
On Sale $52.99
Rich and dense, featuring lots of plum, blackberry and black currant fruit allied to polished tannins. Reveals ample texture and character, with a chalky underlay and smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes creeping in on the finish. Powerfully rendered, pulling equally from the modern and old-school sides of the spectrum. Best from 2016 through 2028. 200 cases imported
94 Points, The Wine Spectator

Chave Hermitage2012 J.L. Chave Hermitage Blanc
On Sale $239.99
Open, fleshy and sexy, the… coming from l’Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits, it’s always a rough blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that’s aged in barrel. Loaded with notions of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, powered rock, buttered citrus and green almond, it’s full-bodied, rich, upfront and fruit loaded. While I think it will be a relatively accessible early in its life, it has the concentration to hold for two decades.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Le Meal
On Sale $209.99
The 2011 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc has everything I could want out of a white. Flower oil, apricot, honeysuckle, brioche, powdered rock and assorted tropical notes are just some of the nuances here, and this incredible wine is full-bodied and massive, yet elegant, fresh and delineated. Count yourself lucky if you’re able to latch onto a couple of these!
100 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc “Ex Voto”
On Sale $309.99
Bottled in February of this year, after spending 30 months in new oak barrels, the 2010 Ermitage Ex-Voto Blanc is absolutely heavenly stuff! Comprised of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, this incredible white boasts massive aromatics of white currants, white peach, flowers, licorice, sauteed nuts and brioche, as well as a striking minerality that comes out with additional time in the glass. Coming from the oldest vines in Hermitage, it is a full-bodied, incredibly concentrated effort that builds on the palate and through the finish, yet stays fresh, elegant and lively, without ever being over the top. One of the greatest white wines I was able to taste during my trip through the region, this beauty should either be consumed in the coming 4-6 years, or forgotten for 20.
100 Points, The Wine Advocate

Bordeaux

2011 Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognanpape clement
On Sale $122.99
The 2011 Pape Clement, a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, was aged 18 months in new French oak before being bottled unfiltered. Absolutely profound, with a complex bouquet of mulberries, black cherries, black currants, graphite and subtle smoke and burning ember-like aromas, this is a true super-star of the vintage. It represents a remarkable achievement by the winemaking… It should age effortlessly for 25 years.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Chateau Montrose, Paulliac
On Sale $269.99
This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made inMontrose, right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 and 2009. Harvest wasOctober 15 to 17. The wine has really come on since I last tasted it, and it needs at least another 10 years of cellaring. The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers. Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute. This is a 50- to 75-year-old wine that will repay handsomely those with good aging genes.
100 Points, Robert Parker

2010 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux
On Sale $132.99
The 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate’s production. I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more.
95+ Points, The Wine Advocate

Italy

valdicava2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Only a few bottles left!)
On Sale $115.99
Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plum, flower, licorice and mushroom. Full body with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It’s powerful and structured but shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal. Better in 2016.
99 Points, James Suckling

2010 Fontodi “Flaccianello della Pieve” Vino di Tavola
On Sale $115.99
Now to a superstar of Italian enology: This is a seriously beautiful Sangiovese-based wine with the kind of intensity and aromatic purity you only experience every 1,000 wines or so. There’s a lot to say here. First, the wine’s beautiful appearance shows dark garnet colors with highlights of ruby and purple gemstone. The bouquet delivers a steady and seductive evolution with dark cherry, chocolate, spice, tobacco and sweet almond all seamlessly balanced one against the other. Its texture and inner fabric is rich, velvety and firm. There’s a brilliant spot of acidity that hits you at the back of the mouth and helps the wine from feeling too heavy or dense..outstanding elegance is what ultimately sets it apart.
97+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino
On Sale $73.99
Costanti’s 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is stunning. Dark, powerful and mysterious in the glass, the 2010 captivates all the senses with its breathtaking beauty and layered, multi-dimensional personality. Lavender, violets, savory herbs, smoke, plums and graphite flow through to the rich, explosive finish. There is a prism-like sense of transparency allied to pure power in the 2010 that is impossible miss. Readers who can find the 2010 should not hesitate; it is a must-have. While many 2010s are approachable today, the Costanti’s 2010 is not; it is a wine for the cellar.
97 Points, Vinous Media

Spain

2009 Viñedos Telmo Rodriguez Altos de Lanzaga Grand Viñeda, Riojalanzaga
On Sale $59.99 (Compare to Wine-searcher’s price of $110.00!)
The 2009 Altos de Lanzaga has a more introverted bouquet than the 2007: tightly coiled with fine delineation and purity. The palate is beautifully defined with great weight and intensity without compromising upon its elegance and poise. Like the 2007, there is a Burgundy like allure to this weight, with tremendous clarity on the finish. “Stunning” is the word that springs to mind. Drink 2015-2025+
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

Pinot Grigio Sale

Is there a better time of year than August to quaff down Italy’s most popular white wine? We have four of our best and most popular on sale!

san michele pgNew Arrival!
2014 Istituto San Michele All’Adige Pinot Grigio Trentino, Italy
On Sale $18.99
Think you don’t like Pinot Grigio? Try our favorite from the Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige. This school is a benchmark in winemaking education and ­agricultural research at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. Imported by Vias Imports.
Merch Notes

Two of our #1 Sellers
2014 Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, Italy
On Sale $9.99
We think Torre Di Luna’s Pinot Grigio offers excellent value, with pear, melon, and white flower aromas. The wine is lush and pleasant on the palate, with bright crisp acidity. A great summer sipper and well suited for the dinner table.
Winery Notes

2014 Paparuda Pinot Grigio, Romania
On Sale $7.99
A great value Pinot Grigio packed full of ripe honeyed fruit, with a wonderful fresh palate and a crisp finish.
Merch Notes

2014 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige, Italy
On Sale $18.99
In 1961, Santa Margherita’s enologist applied traditional white wine vinification techniques to the pink-hued Pinot Grigio grapes, immediately separating the skins from the must in the pressing phase and thus preventing them from yielding the (until then) classic rusty color. Thus was created this innovative white wine which, with its characteristics of a fresh, fragrant bouquet and versatile taste, represented a real revolution for the wine sector.
Winery Notes

High-Scoring Bordeaux

The overall 2010 left bank Bordeaux vintage is the second highest scoring vintage from The Wine Advocate in the last 25 plus years, 98pts. What’s amazing is there are still great wines to be had at prices not too far off of futures prices, especially given you had to put all of your money down four years ago. No vintage since has come close to matching this quality, so it could be many years before you have an opportunity to stock up some of the best wines in the world.

“It is an inescapable truth that 2010 has produced another year of compelling Bordeaux that will go down as a prodigious vintage.”
Robert Parker

All orders subject to confirmation.

2010 Chateau Cantenac-Brown, Margauxcantenac brown
On Sale $69.99
The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!
94+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Chateau Paveil de Luze, Margaux
On Sale $35.99
With a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, De Luze, who is the president of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois, has produced a dense, ruby/purple-colored wine exhibiting notes of forest floor, spring flowers, blueberry, black raspberry and cassis. This wine looks even more impressive than the 2009, which was another terrific sleeper of the vintage. A superb cru bourgeois that behaves like a classified growth, this brilliant wine can be drunk early on because of its sweet tannin and low acidity, or cellared for 15 or more years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Chateau Branaire Ducru, Duluc de Branaire Ducru, St. Julien
On Sale $36.99
Shows a little flash, with roasted mesquite and apple wood notes playing off each other, followed by a velvety core of plum sauce, currant confiture and Black Mission fig fruit. The sleek finish lets the fruit play out. Best from 2014 through 2025.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

2010 Croix de Beaucaillou, St. Julien
On Sale $69.99
I love the aromas of minerals, flowers, blackberries and blueberries. Full body with a fabulous texture of polished and integrated tannins. It goes on for minutes. Spicy, subtle fruit and a long and marvelous finish. Currant bush undertones. A whole and beautiful wine. The second wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou. Drink or hold.
94 Points, James Suckling

duhart milon2010 Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild, Pauillac
On Sale $115.99
Duhart Milon, which has become a profound wine over the last 5-7 years due to the extensive amount of attention and investment the Rothschilds have pumped into this estate.
Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of back currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 L’Heritage de La Tour Carnet, Haut Medoc
On Sale $22.99
As part of this drive for quality, Bernard Magrez has already undertaken a program of restoration and renovation. Not only is it his intention to raise La Tour Carnet, covering 126 hectares with 48 hectares of vines, to the level of excellence enjoyed in the glory days of its eight-century history, but also to ennoble one of the most original terroirs of Médoc using the latest cutting-edge knowledge and techniques. In the words of the previous owner, Marie-Claire Pèlegrin, it is his aim to finally cut the diamond.
Winemaker’s Notes

Also on sale from the overlooked but very good 2008 vintage.

2008 Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillacpontet
On Sale $122.99
A candidate for the “wine of the vintage,” Pontet Canet’s 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings, subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied, with fabulous richness, texture and tremendous freshness, this first-growth-like effort is more developed than the uber-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo!
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2008 Chateau Haut Bailly, Pesssac-Leognan
On Sale $119.99
A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

Loire Valley
Sauvignon Blancs

Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Quincy, and Touraine are all appellations in France’s Loire Valley where Sauvignon Blanc is synonymous with white wine. If it’s white, and it has one of these names on the label, it HAS to be Sauvignon Blanc (even though they rarely mention the grape on the label). Try our favorites!

“Pascal Reverdy,along with his wife and sister-in-law, continues to uphold this family’s deservedly high reputation.”
The Wine Advocate

2014 Pascal and Nicolas Reverdy Sancerre, Loire Valleyreverdy
On Sale $23.99
Cuvée “Les Coûtes” comes from a vineyard on one of those very steep hills, and half of the Sauvignon Blanc vines are over fifty years old. The yields are very low, thus producing a wine with excellent natural ripeness along with beautiful minerality you come to expect from a top Sancerre. Imported by Peter Weygandt
Importer Notes

2013 Bouchie-Chatellier Argile Silex Pouilly Fume, Loire Valley
On Sale $22.99
Made from “argile a silex” soil (meaning flinty, clay) in the village of Pouilly Fume, this fruity and elegant wine has classic lemon, herbaceous, melon notes with a wonderfully balanced crisp finish. Like all Loire valley whites, it would be a perfect match for any shellfish.
Winery Notes

Our #1 Selling Sauvignon Blanc!!!
2013 Domaine Plouzeau Touraine, Loire Valley
On Sale $13.99
Domaine Plouzeau is situated on the “rive gauche” of Chinon. The vineyards are all certified organic, and low yields combined with vinification directed towards emphasizing fruit produces a fresh fruit blast on the palate. The wines are bottled unfiltered to preserve the maximum fruit levels. Imported by Peter Weygandt.
Winery Notes

portier2013 Philippe Portier Quincy, Loire Valley
On Sale $19.99
Seven generations of the Portier family has established this domaine as the preeminent winemaker in Quincy. Located along the hillsides of the western bank of the Cher River, the mineral rich soil is composed of sand mixed with gravel. The winery implements state-of-the-art equipment throughout the production process. The finished wine is both stony and creamy, effusive with notes of dried garden herbs and tropical fruits. Imported by Robert Kacher
Importer Notes

Rosé Sale

Here are some of our favorite crisp, dry rosés to get you through the final dog days of summer, all in stock and on sale!

We also have the COOLEST rose from Santa Barbara’s Paul Lato Winery, and there were only 25…TWENTY-FIVE!!…cases made. Jason and Phil found it on their Santa Barbara trip, and it’s fruity, ripe, and delicious.

“Paul Lato continues to knock it out of the park and I can’t say enough about the quality coming from this estate. Across the board, the wines show classic, varietally correct profiles that always show finesse and elegance, yet back it up with layers of fruit and texture.”
The Wine Advocate

2014 Paul Lato “Pro Bono” Rosepaul lato
On Sale $24.99
Jason and Phil discovered this delicious rose on a tasting trip to Santa Barbara, while chatting with one of the region’s best winemakers, Paul Lato. It has layers and layers of wonderful rich fruit (watermelon and strawberry) interlaced with an exotic blend of rose and jasmine aromas. This is a textured, full-bodied, red wine lover’s rose. Very limited!
Merch Notes

2014 Muga Rose Rioja, Spain
On Sale $12.99
It’s a pale, salmon-colored wine with a clean, focused nose and a light palate, that is pleasant, fresh and easy to drink. Bring out those lamb chops!
88 points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Rose “La Dame Rousse” Cotes du Rhone, France
On Sale $15.99
Clean, crisp and lively, with gorgeous watermelon, citrus blossom, rose petal and hints of minerality all emerging from the glass, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone Rose la Dame Rousse is fresh and lively. Medium-bodied, juicy, clean crisp, it’s one of those few rosés that has the ability to instantly transport you to a seaside village, overlooking the Mediterranean, on a gorgeous summer day. Buy this rocking effort by the case and drink it over the coming year or two. It will be better in a few months and still be drinking beautifully next year as well.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Mas Des Bressades Rose Costieres de Nimes, France
On Sale $12.99
A saignée blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, the vibrant pink colored 2014 Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Tradition is a beauty that delivers everything you could want from a rosé. Strawberries, cherries, wild herbs and hints of pine all emerge from the glass, and this medium-bodied, rounded, supple and nicely textured 2014 will be versatile on the dinner table.
89 Points, The Wine Advocate

castelmaure2014 Castelmaure Vin Gris Rose Corbieres, France
On Sale $10.99
Made from 80% grenache, 10% carignan and 10% cinsault) Light pink in color, the 2014 Corbieres Vin-Gris Rose has lots of framboise and cherry notes to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, deliciously quaffable style on the palate.
The Wine Advocate

2014 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Rose Costieres de Nimes, France
On Sale $10.99
A solid effort that sells for a song, the 2014 Costieres de Nimes Rose is based on Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. It exhibits lots of orange blossom, tangerine and sea-like saltiness to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and deliciously quaffable style.
The Wine Advocate

2014 Mas Redonne Rose Bandol, France
On Sale $25.99
Nice light salmon color, typical of Bandol. The wine expresses some citrus, Pomelos (a delicious type of grapefruit) and lots of white fruit aromas and minerality. The flavors are fresh, fruity and very aromatic with tons of apricot and mango.
Importer Notes

Mer Soleil/Rombauer Sale

We have two of California’s most well-known wineries at some of lowest prices in the country, including three incredibly popular Chardonnays.

Mer Soleil Chardonnays are made by the Wagner family, founders of Caymus Vineyards!

Chardonnay Duel!

2013 Mer Soleil Chardonnay “Silver” Santa Lucia Highlands, Californiamer soleil silver
On Sale $16.99
“Silver” captures the crisp, pure, mineral essence of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in Chardonnays of the Pacific coastline. The grapes were pressed and fermented in both stainless steel and natural cement tanks with no oak contact or malolactic fermentation. We bottle the wine early in the year to maintain its fresh character and crisp citrus finish.
Winery Notes

2013 Mer Soleil Chardonnay “Reserve” Santa Lucia Highlands, California
On Sale $22.99
Aged in French oak, though only a portion undergoes malolactic fermentation so that a bright acidity is retained…opulent aromas of peach, apple, Meyer lemon and baking spices… peach and D’Anjou pear; layered with tropical notes of pineapple and banana…well balanced by warm butterscotch and subtle coconut notes… a refreshing burst of minerality and well-integrated oak characteristics that offer a round, lengthy finish.
Winery Notes

rombauer chard2013 Rombauer Chardonnay, Carneros
Quantities Limited! All Chardonnay orders subject to confirmation.
On Sale $32.99
Juicy peaches, pineapple and lime greet the nose, followed by vanilla and cedar. Ripe tropical fruit and fig jam flood the lush, silky palate. Soft spice, vanilla and nectarines mark the lengthy finish, while fresh, mouthwatering acidity leaves you longing for another glass.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Rombauer Zinfandel, Napa Valley
On Sale $25.99
A stunning example of the vintage. Ruby red color coats the glass. Slightly floral with a punch of concentrated plum, dark berry fruit and orange peel. Dense and rich, an unforgettable saturation of voluptuous, jammy flavors fold together. Sweet layers of black fruit build depth on the back palate. Finishing with nuances of vanilla and boysenberry jam that encourage another taste. Enjoy now through 2018.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley LAST CALL (New vintage is going up $6 in price!)
On Sale $42.99
The near-perfect 2012 vintage blessed us with a long, warm growing season without temperature extremes. The result was high-quality fruit that made for soft, rich wines with well-developed flavors. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked and sorted in the vineyards.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Rombauer Merlot, Carneros
On Sale $27.99
An opaque, crimson color coats the glass. Vibrant and concentrated aromas of tobacco and cedar intertwine with plum and boysenberry. Medium to full bodied, the wine shows elegance and structure as it spreads across the palate. Subtle tannins round out the texture. Clean finish with hints of red berry fruit.
Winemaker’s Notes

New $10 Pinot Noir!

Great value Pinot Noir is hard to find, but we’ve been lucky to discover Merch standards like McManis, The Path, and now this one from Cambridge & Sunset. Their Zinfandel is excellent too!

2013 Cambridge & Sunset Pinot Noir, Californiapinot
On Sale $9.99
Grapes for this wine were selected from vineyards across California’s best growing regions, including Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Winemakers are touting the exceptional quality that was seen from the 2013 vintage. Inviting aromas of red cherry, strawberry preserves, and red fruit flavors burst across the palate with layers of delicate, warm baking spices on the finish.
Winery Notes

2013 Cambridge & Sunset Zinfadel, California
On Sale $9.99
The grapes come mostly from the Lodi appellation where warm days are followed by cool evening breezes, providing the perfect growing conditions for Zinfandel. Aromas of black cherry and licorice enhance bright fruit characteristics on the nose, complimenting flavors of baked plum and strawberry blend, and a velvety, smooth mouth feel.
Winery Notes

High-Scoring US Wines

Much of the world had winemaking down to a science before the US was even established, but now we play with the big kids. Here are a handful of American wines that have garnered critical praise, and are perfect examples of what US winemakers are capable of. Quantities limited; all orders subject to confirmation.

2012 Stonestreet “Upper Barn” Chardonnay, Sonoma
On Sale $66.99
One of my favorites is the 2012 Chardonnay Upper Barn, which boasts remarkable intensity as well as lots of tropical fruit, a stony-like minerality, and a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel. This is a multi-dimensional, profound Chardonnay (as it often was when made by Helen Turley).
97 Points, The Wine Advocate

morlet2013 Morlet Chardonnay “Ma Douce” Fort Ross-Seaview
On Sale $74.99
The 2013 Chardonnay Ma Douce displays floral notes intermixed with notions of tangerines, nectarines, bees wax and honeysuckle. Full-bodied and rich…this beauty was made from the Old Wente clone of Chardonnay.
94-96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Martinelli Zinfandel “Guiseppe & Luisa,” Russian River Valley
On Sale $51.99 (Lowest price online!)
The 2012 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (503 cases; 17.3% alcohol) is made from the Jackass Hill clone of Zinfandel. This deep plum/ruby-hued 2012 boasts fabulous fruit along with notes of jammy kirsch liqueur intertwined with licorice….Full-bodied and unctuously textured, it should drink beautifully for 8-10 years.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Kongsgaard Syrah, Napa Valley…Limited!kongsgaard syrah
On Sale $179.99
The 2012 Syrah is a compelling example of this varietal. It is 100% Syrah, but it smells as if it includes a large quantity of Viognier. Huge notes of flowers, honeysuckle and lavender jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine along with notes of scorched earth, charcoal, smoked meats and a touch of steak tartar. A wine of great intensity and magnificent concentration, it could easily achieve perfection in a few years.
99 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 L’Aventure “Cote a Cote,” Paso Robles
On Sale $96.99
The 2013 Cote a Cote offers up gorgeous black raspberry, violets, spring flowers and licorice in its medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless personality. I love the overall purity here, and while it has loads of fruit, it’s perfectly balanced and has sound underlying structure.
94-96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Betz Family Winery Syrah “Cote Rousse,” Columbia Valley (very limited)
On Sale $53.99
Savory spices, dried earth and floral notes balanced by a rocking core of fruit, the 2012 Syrah La Cote Rousse will need short-term cellaring to unwind. Possessing full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration, high, yet sweet tannin, and a terrific finish, this awesome Syrah will be at its best from 2017-2027.
95 points, The Wine Advocate

creator2012 K Vintners “The Creator” Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Blend, Walla Walla
On Sale $49.99
A blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Syrah, the 2012 The Creator offers up a classic bouquet of cassis, lead pencil shavings and hints of herbs to go with a full-bodied, layered and balanced profile on the palate. Possessing fabulous Cabernet character, with rock star texture and building tannin, it will have another 12-15 years of prime drinking.
93-95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Paul Lato Syrah “Il Padrino,” Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
On Sale $79.99
The 2012 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard (100% Syrah aged in 85% new French oak) has loads of creme de cassis, wood smoke, cracked pepper, salty minerality and ground herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered, pure and overall fresh profile on the palate. It’s the incredible purity of fruit that really sets this apart.
95+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Betz Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon “Pere Famille” Columbia Valley

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On Sale $72.99
Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated, the 2012 Pere de Famille incorporates 6% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Sporting the standard Bob Betz preferred inky-purple color, this knockout effort has masculine, earthy notes of black currants, smoke, graphite, crushed rock and dusty soil to go with a full-bodied, powerful and focused feel on the palate… enjoy over the following decade or two.
94-96 Points, The WIne Advocate

2012 Betz Family Winery Proprietary Red “Clos de Betz,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $55.99
Betz’s take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color, it offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth-filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish…plenty of up-front appeal.
93-95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
On Sale $82.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain comes from an elevation of nearly 2,300 feet and tiny yields of 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. From red, rocky volcanic soils, it is a spicy, rich wine with dark mountain fruits, a hint of graphite and white chocolate (or is it mocha?). This is full-bodied, magical stuff that should drink well for at least ten years.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt. Veeder
On Sale $73.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder comes from an 1,800-foot elevation vineyard in the Mayacamas Mountains… a boatload of tannins still to resolve, but with glorious levels of blueberry and blackberry fruit. There’s something about these Mount Veeder Cabernets: when they’re good, they’re super-good. It has considerable tannin and structure as well as an opaque purple color. It is full-bodied, exhibits tremendous potential, and should age beautifully for 15 or more years. This is a stunning wine, but needs patience.
95+ Points, The Wine Advocate

rudd2010 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
On Sale $179.99
The 2010 Oakville Estate is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. This blend was aged in 100% new oak. It exhibits attractive notes of spring flowers, forest floor, licorice, black currants and graphite as well as medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, beautifully pure and textured fruit notes offered in this stylish, classy, noble wine.;
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

Spanish Bestsellers!

Spain continues to dominate the $8 and under market. Try this awesome white imported by Jorge Ordonez!

2014 Honoro Vera Blanco, Rueda
On Sale $7.99
Made from 100% Verdejo….Elegant and voluptuous, fruity and floral with exotic aromas of mango and papaya. Finishes with ripe peach and pear tart flavors.
Importer’s Notes

Still on sale, our best selling Spanish reds:

2013 Garnacha de Fuego, Aragon, Spaingarnacha de fuego2
On Sale $7.99
All of the grapes for this wine come from 60 to 80 year old vines. Yields are a remarkably low at just one ton of fruit per acre. This is nothing short of incredible given the price. The expressive dark fruit is not surprising given the wine is aged in stainless steel and neutral oak. A great match with cheese or food from the grill.
Merch Notes

2013 Laya Red Blend, Almansa, Spain
On Sale $7.49
The Garnacha and Monastrell grapes come from vineyards situated in Almansa, between 700 and 1000 meters of altitude, and planted in sandy soils with a high lime concentration in the base. The juice from each grape is separately fermented in stainless steel tanks, and then spends four months in French oak barrels. Like the Fuego, perfectly suited for summer!
Merch Notes

Cotes du Rhone Bestseller
And More New French Wines!

Our best selling Cotes du Rhone is back, and we have the lowest price in the country!

plan de dieu2013 Chateau Saint Jean “Plan de Dieu” Cotes du Rhone Villages
On Sale $12.99 Lowest price online!
Nestled in amongst the great communes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras, Plan de Dieu was given the much sought after “Villages” appellation in 2005. This is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, and has become our best selling Rhone wine. The average vine age is 35 years old, and like any southern Rhone, is a great red for the grill!
Merch Notes

2012 Cap Royal Bordeaux Superieur
On Sale $15.99
Made by Château Pichon Baron, the illustrious 2nd growth estate in Pauillac, Cap Royal is a classic oak aged blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from vineyards throughout the Médoc. Look for black fruit, wild strawberry and violet aromas. The mouth is ample and silky with a long finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Domaine Montirius Le Cadet VDP Vaucluse
On Sale $13.99
This blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah is aged in stainless steel, no oak. The average vine age is 60 years old! This is truly a great value made by Domaine Montirius, maker of top flight Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, hence the name “Cadet,” or younger brother.
Winemaker’s Notes

2011 Domaine de Petit Roubié Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah “Faucon” VDP Herault
On Sale $11.99 Lowest price online!
Cerified organic, this 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah imitates blends found in Provence. It has an expressive nose of black fruit mingling with hints of garrigue (underbrush) as well as polished oak. Underlying structure and balance make it perfect for various white and red meats, roasts, lightly spicy dishes, and cheeses.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Chateau Petit Roubié Picpoul de Pinet, Francepetit roubie
On Sale $11.99 Lowest price online!
This is a golden coloured white wine with brilliant pearly green reflections. The complex nose combines the dominant aroma of flowers with the scent of white peach and the exotic flavour of pineapples. Initially round and full the taste rapidly changes to lively. The nicely balanced acid-alcohol content brings out the fruity aromas.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Herve Azo Sauvignon Blanc Saint Bris, Burgundy
On Sale $15.99
Sauvignon Blanc in Burgundy? Whatchu talkin’ about Willis?! Saint Bris is the ONLY appellation that can use the Burgundy name and produce Sauvignon Blanc, so yes, it’s true white Burgundy, just not Chardonnay. It drinks like excellent Sancerre without the $20+ price tag.
Merch Notes

Italian Frascati Sale
Rome’s Signature White Wine!

Representing the highest level of Roman nobility, Princess Maria Camilla Pallavicini lives between the unreal Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi in the center of Rome, and her winemaking estate on the southern outskirts of the city. These white wines are some of the appellation’s best, made by Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year, Carlo Ferrini.
Wide Advocate/Wine Enthusiast

pallavicini2014 Principe Pallavicini Frascati, Lazio
On Sale $11.99
This distinguished estate makes the finest Frascati we know, from a judicious blend of carefully tended local grape varieties, malvasia di Candia and malvasia di Lazio giving aroma, and grechetto and semillon adding body and length.
Merch Notes

2014 Principe Pallavicini Frascati Superiore Poggio Verde, Lazio
On Sale $15.99
Mostly consumed locally in the city of Rome, this traditional blend has played a role in the history of Lazio, going back over 1,000 years. The Pallavicini family upholds this singular tradition, crafting a thoughtful Frascati. Brilliant yellow with intense notes of blossoms and tropical fruit and a full-bodied, long finish.
Winery Notes

2014 Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata Roma, Lazio
On Sale $15.99
The new appellation DOC ROMA, established in 2011, is not only a certification of the high quality of the wines produced in the hilly areas of central Lazio, but also a celebration of the essential role of wine in the history of Italy dating back to the Roman Empire. It is made with 100% Malvasia del Lazio, also called Malvasia Puntinata, which belongs to the aromatic Malvasia grape family, one the most ancient varieties cultivated in Italy.
Importer Notes

Theise Grower Champagne

Finding real Champagne under $50 these days is not the easiest thing to do, much less grower Champagne from THE Champagne importer Terry Theise. Well, we have one of his best on sale! Sample it Saturday along with other excellent selections from Theise’s diverse portfolio.

NV Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Champagne, Francegimonnet
On Sale $49.99
Green-tinged yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of orange zest, pear and white flowers, with an iodiney quality building in the glass. Chewy in texture and nicely concentrated, offering precise citrus and bitter quinine flavors and a strong topnote of dusty minerals. Finishes clean, bright and very long, with lingering chalkiness. This would make a superb match with fresh oysters or crab.
92 Points, Vinous Media

Need bubbles that are not so expensive, but still good? Try this one from Limoux, made primarily from this region’s signature grape, Mauzac!

NV L’Conti Blanquette de Limoux, France
On Sale $12.99
A traditional method sparkling wine from the Languedoc made with 90% of the ancient variety Mauzac, and the remainder Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Soft apple, lemon, and stones on the nose and follow on the palate yielding a approachable sparkler that is dry without being harsh or too tart. Perfect for an aperitif or to pair with light seafood or ceviche.
Merch Notes

Bobby Kacher SaleBobby Kacher

bobby kacher We have been HUGE fans of Bobby Kacher’s wines for decades! His palate for French wines is one of the best in the industry. If you haven’t gotten on the Kacher train yet, now’s your chance to hop aboard!

2013 Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet Sevre & Maine, Loire Valley
On Sale $12.99
A clean and elegant wine, demonstrating a smokiness and earthiness matched with a crystalline sense of saline minerality.
Importer Robert Kacher

2013 Laurent Kraft Vouvray, Loire Valley
On Sale $18.99
On the nose the wine displays white fruit aromas, almond and hazelnut. The fruit flavors suggest pears and apples, with some orange blossoms as well.
Importer Robert Kacher

Thomas2013 Domaine Thomas & Fils Sancerre “Le Crele”  (Sauvignon Blanc), Loire Valley
On Sale $25.99
Sancerre La Crele gives off lush flavors of pear, with a silken palate of exotic fruits. This is a magnificent, single-vineyard bottling.
Importer Robert Kacher

 

2013 Domaine Thomas & Fils Sancerre “Terres Blanches” (Pinot Noir), Loire Valley
On Sale $29.99
A delicious wine that is fragrant and textured, with notes of red currant fruits, raspberry, and plum.
Importer Robert Kacher

2013 Domaine des Corbillieres Touraine “Les Demoiselles” (Cabernet Franc), Loire Valley
On Sale $14.99
Deep intense purple red. Beautiful aromas of red fruit. The Domaine emphasizes low yields through a severe de-budding of the grapes, and they use leaf-pulling on their reds to encourage ripeness.
Importer Robert Kacher

2013 Andre Brunel Grenache, VDP Vaucluse
On Sale $9.99
In the glass this wine is grapy and easy drinking with very primary notes of cherry and blackberry along side of cracked black pepper. Perfumed black raspberry, fennel, and wild herbs jump out from the glass.
Importer Robert Kacher

93-95pt. Pinot Noirs

Check out these awesome Pinots from the stellar 2012 and 2013 vintages in California! These three producers are some of the most respected in California, making good wine even in difficult vintages. These are examples of what great winemakers can do when nature cooperates!

2012 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir “Freestone Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast, California
On Sale $33.99
Dark red cherries, tobacco and new leather wrap around the palate in the 2012 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard. A wine of presence and nuance, the 2012 stands out for its symmetry and overall sense of balance. I very much like the delineation and energy here. The Freestone is a blend of fruit from Quarter Moon (60%) and Pastorale (40%). It shows beautifully next to those wines, despite a significant difference in price. This is the hidden jewel in the range, there is little doubt about that.
93 points, Vinous Media

2013 Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, Californiabrewer
On Sale $36.99
This bottling is comprised of 100% estate Pinot Noir from two vineyards within the AVA. 3-D and Machado all contribute to the wine which exhibits a drive, richness and pedigree expressive of our special growing area coupled with the purity of fruit and firm structure which have been the trademark of Brewer – Clifton. oopThis is a worthy successor and should rank among Brewer-Clifton’s best, both rich and graceful, with vivid berry, high-toned plum, black cherry, anise and black licorice, finishing long and full.”
93-95 points, The Wine Spectator

2012 Dierberg Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate, Santa Maria Valley, California
On Sale $36.99
The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot with its earthy, forest floor, red and black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Coming all from sandy loam sois and aged 18 months in 35% new oak, it’s beautifully balanced, has solid mid-palate density and a terrific finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years.
93 points, The Wine Advocate

Terry Theise Austrian Sale

Goober Vatvinner? No, it’s Gruner Veltliner GROO-ner VEHLT-ly-ner), a white grape variety. Some of the best are made in Austria and imported by our old friend Terry Theise. The leaves of the grape vine are five-lobed with bunches that are long but compact, yielding deep green (gruner) grapes. It produces dry wines that are crisp and clean, with citrus notes and honeyed weight, perfect for the patio!

Liter Bottles
setzer2014 Weingut Setzer Gruner Veltliner, Austria
On Sale $13.99 One Liter!
The Setzer winery was founded in 1705, and remains one of the oldest continuously run estates in this part of the Weinviertel. The hilly vineyards in Hohenwarth were part of an ancient seabed, pushed upward by tectonic movement. These vineyards benefit from a higher than average altitude, 400 meters above sea level, significantly higher than vineyards in the neighboring regions of Kamptal and Wagram, only 15 kilometers away. On this raised seabed, vines are planted in light, sandy soils, high in chalky limestone, with a gravel rich subsoil.
Terry Theise Notes

2014 Weingut Schwarzbock Gruner Veltiner Weinland Trocken, Austria
On Sale $14.99 One Liter!
Theirs is a silky substance not unlike Gobelsburg, in fact. They’re not as creamy as Berger or Setzer; theirs is a more up-front palate dance. They make a quick and delightful impression.
Importer Terry Theise

Duckhorn Decoy Saledecoy

Decoy Cabernet The Decoy line from Duckhorn is so popular, we always keep an eye out for the few times a year we can get the best pricing, and then we pass it on to you! Prices good while supplies last!

2012 Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
On Sale $16.99
The 2012 vintage has yielded a lush and appealing expression of Decoy Cabernet with alluring black cherry and raspberry jam aromas, as well as more subtle notes of nutmeg, spice and chocolate. On the palate, lovely layers of raspberry and plum are supported by excellent structure and seamlessly integrated oak.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Duckhorn Decoy Red Blend, Sonoma County
On Sale $16.99
The exceptional 2012 growing season yielded a delicious Decoy Red Wine with voluptuous boysenberry jam and bramble aromas, as well as hints of violet and spice. On the palate, lush red and black fruit flavors are accentuated by well-proportioned tannins that add structure while carrying the wine to a long, satisfying finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County
On Sale $16.99
Smoothly seductive in bright red-berry and pomegranate fruit, this young Zinfandel comes from mostly Dry Creek Valley vineyards. Rippling in baking spice and subtle vanilla oak, it’s a complete wine, with balanced acidity and mellowed tannins. Clean and long on the finish, it will complement rather than overpower a meal.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2013 Duckhorn Decoy Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
On Sale $16.99
This vibrant and enticing Pinot Noir offers lovely aromas of fresh-picked strawberry, Bing cherry and blueberry with subtle hints of mushroom, lavender, sage and white pepper. On the palate, perfectly balanced acidity and well-integrated French oak underscore the bright fruit flavors to create an elegantly structured wine.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Duckhorn Decoy Merlot, Sonoma Country
On Sale $16.99
Taking time to come around aromatically, it opens up with plum and bright red cherry fruit that follow on the palate, a touch of savory tobacco suggested around the tannins. On the finish expect a balance of spice and sweet as black pepper and caramel compete for affection.
88 Points, Wine Enthusiast

New Caymus Cabernets

We have the 2013 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon in stock, and the 2012 CaymusSpecial Selection arriving later this week, both at the lowest price Caymus allows. Due to the smaller crops for both wines, quantities are limited!

“The 2013s are racy, viscerally thrilling wines of the highest level.”
-Antonio Galloni on the 2013 vintage in Napa Valley

2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (in stock)
On Sale $65.99
“The 2013 growing season was another great one in Napa Valley. Our Cabernets are a blend of wines from eight of the sixteen sub-appellations – a bottling that represents complexity through judicious blending. Deep red and opulent in color with the vibrant scent of dark cherry and blackberry, subtly layered with warm notes of vanilla. The palate is explosive, bright and balanced with cassis at the center, with flourishes of cocoa and sweet tobacco.”
Winemaker’s Notes

From the awesome 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet vintage, arriving later this week:

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (arriving later this week)
On Sale $149.99
“Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is the only wine in the world twice honored as “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator Magazine (chosen amongst approximately 10,000 wines). Our quality is the result of a singular focus on cabernet grape growing in a climate where the soils and vines respond very well”
The Wagner Family

Limited Angel’s Envy Bourbon:

Wine Merchant Edition

It’s finally here! Our third Angel’s Envy custom bourbon blend has arrived and it’s fabulous. We Angelwent a slightly different direction with this blend, using a slightly younger bourbon with a more subtle oak influence. We could not be happier with the results!

Angel’s Envy “The Wine Merchant” Bourbon
On Sale $45.99
“We’ve done it again! For our third barrel we primarily used 6 year old Bourbon that was aged for six months in Port cask. This beauty has classic notes of vanilla, cherries, and burnt sugar. On the palate the wood comes out, keeping the flavors bright but silky.”
Merch Notes