Featured Wines

Large Format Sale

These big bottles not only make great cellar pieces, but they’re wonderful for entertaining large groups. Don’t worry, we’ll carry them out to your car!!

Quantities limited; all orders subject to confirmation.

2008 Chateau Montrose, St. Estephemontrose
On Sale $929.99
One of the superstars of the vintage, this classic Montrose is not as showy or opulent as the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it offers a dense purple color followed by gorgeously sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with loamy, earthy, forest floor notes, a floral component and a long, full-bodied finish. The 2008 was fashioned from yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare which is slightly less than the 2010’s 45 hectoliters per hectare. Forget it for 5-8 years and drink it over the following 20+.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2008 Chateau Montrose, St. Estephe
On Sale $499.99
(see review above)

2008 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, St. Julien
On sale $679.99
One of the stars of the vintage, and a remarkable achievement in 2008, with impressive richness, this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness, and aging potential. It also exhibits tremendous precision, purity, and depth of character. It is more forward than the 2010 is likely to be, but probably not as sumptuous as the 2009 will turn out to be. This is a wine to buy. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
95+ Points, The Wine Advocate

More Large Formats:

2009 Opus One Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, California
On Sale $1,699.99
The 2009 Opus One is impeccable. It brings together the silkiness of the 2007 with the power and darkness of the 2008, a combination that is hugely appealing, to say the least. With a little air, the 2009 can be enjoyed young, but it is best cellared for at least a few years, which will allow some of the baby fat to drop off. The blend is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec.
94+ Points, Antonio Galloni

vieux donjon2010 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
On Sale $649.99
This takes a decidedly old-school approach with its very distinctive bay leaf and juniper notes leading the way, along with roasted mesquite and alder wood. The core of steeped black currant, roasted plum and blackberry fruit waits in reserve while the long, ganache- and tar-filled finish has nice rugged grip, with a peppery echo. Should cellar wonderfully. Best from 2015 through 2030.
96 Points, The Wine Spectator

2005 Jonata Syrah “La Sangre de Jonata” Santa Ynez, California
On Sale $249.99
The 100% Syrah offering, the 2005 La Sangre de Jonata, exhibits an inky/blue/purple hue along with a stunningly pure nose of melted licorice, meat juices, blackberries, pepper, and a hint of balsamic. It is a wine of extraordinary density, richness, high tannin, beautiful purity, laser-like acidity, and superb texture as well as length. This remarkable Syrah is both powerful and elegant.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

Hure Freres “Invitation” Champagne Brut
On Sale $89.99
Rich in ripe fruit aromas, cherry plums and a hint of toasted bread. Balanced, flexible and charming. This Champagne is perfectly served as an aperitif, enjoyed with friends.
Winemaker’s Notes

Barolo Bargain

We have yet ANOTHER outstanding buy from the AWESOME 2010 Barolo vintage.

vajra2010 Vajra Barolo “Albe”
On Sale $35.99
The 2010 Barolo Albe is a real stunner. Brilliant and finely sculpted on the palate, the 2010 dazzles from the very first taste. Expressive, floral notes meld into bright red fruit, mint and crushed berries in a vibrant, striking Barolo endowed with pure energy and class. In most vintages, the Albe is juicy and fruit-driven, but in 2010 is the wine’s minerality that is front and center. Aldo Vajra opted to bottle the 2010 a little bit earlier than normal in order to preserve freshness, a decision that worked beautifully here. The Barolo Albe is made from three parcels; Fossati, Castello della Volta and Costa di Vergne. The 2010 Barolo vintage is rightly drawing a lot of attention. The Albe should be relatively easy to find at a fair price. Simply put, the 2010 Barolo Albe is not to be missed.
94 Points, Antonio Galloni

And check out more great deals on these Baroli with a little bottle age, from one of the region’s superstar producers:

2007 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziatascavino rocche
On Sale $139.99
Saving the very best for last, the 2007 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata is a gorgeous expression, with towering varietal characteristics that casts a long shadow. There’s so much going on in the glass: Prune, blackberry, cassis, dried herbs and licorice are beautifully woven together. The wine is firm and crisp in the mouth with perfectly integrated tannins. You can drink this wine in a few years, or decide to keep it for later.
95 points, The Wine Advocate

2005 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’ Anunziata
On Sale $139.99
Scavino’s 2005 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’ Annunziata is another gem from one of the best-performing vineyards in this vintage. Sweet red cherries, flowers, spices and menthol all come together with stunning definition and purity in this refined, aristocratic Barolo. An eternal finish rounds out this superb Barolo, which [was] one of my early favorites in 2005.
95 points, The Wine Advocate

Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe Sale

We have just a handful of excellent 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pâpes remaining, many of them re-rated higher as the high quality of the 2012 vintage becomes more evident. Also included is a crazy good deal on a 2011 CdP rated 95 Points by the Wine Advocate. If you’re not yet familiar with this very special Rhône Valley region, these are a great place to start.

quet2012 Mas de Boislauzon Cuveé du Quet, Chateauneuf du Pape
On Sale $102.99

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. While this might take a back seat to the 2010 and 2007, it’s an awesome wine that will have 15-20 years of longevity.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Le Grand Pin”
On Sale $65.99
“Even more impressive and showing considerably better from bottle than barrel, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Le Grand Pin is a thrilling blend of 100% Grenache, from sandy soils located next to Rayas, which spent 19 months in neutral, 600-liter demi-muids. More perfumed and elegant than the La Guigasse, with beautiful kirsch liqueur, blackberry, spice-box, sappy underbrush and flowers, this medium to full-bodied beauty has gorgeous fruit, solid mid-palate depth, and an elegant, ethereal texture that flows through the lengthy finish. A candidate for the wine of the vintage (along with the La Guigasse), this awesome Chateauneuf will be better in another year or two, and drink nicely through 2023. Drink 2015-2023.”
95 points, the Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine de la Mordoree La Reine des Bois Châteauneuf-du-Pâpemordoree cdp
On Sale $79.99
One of the blockbusters in the vintage, the inky-colored 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois – 80% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels – offers fantastic richness and depth in its blackberry liqueur, graphite, wood smoke and crushed-rock-like aromas and flavors. An elegant, stylish and polished example of this cuvée, it comes closest in my mind to a lighter-weight 2010. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with fine tannin, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe 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
Also 96 Points, Wine Spectator

97-98pt. California Gems

We have AWESOME deals from two of the best in The Golden State. Get em before they’re gone!

2012 Morlet “La Proportion Dorée” White, Sonomamorlet proportion
On Sale $69.99
The 2012 Proprietary White La Proportion Dorée is a blend of 66% Semillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. It reveals an exquisite perfume, a stunningly full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel, and many of the same fruit and flowery characteristics found in the 2013. How long it will be drinkable is debatable since this cuvée has not existed that long, but it appears that no one will let it linger in their cellar given how compelling it is at present. It will definitely keep for 3-4 years, perhaps a lot longer.
98 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Philip Togni Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District
On Sale $109.99
“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunningly beautiful, especially in the way it brings together intense, voluptuous fruit and structure. Racy and polished in the glass, the 2012 races across the palate with intense dark red stone fruit, spice, cedar, tobacco and floral notes, all in an energetic, vibrant style that suggests 25-30 years of aging will be a breeze. What a gorgeous wine this is.”
97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Silver Oak Napa Sale

We’ve got the new vintage of a California favorite, Silver Oak Napa. Wine arrives Friday. Reserve yours today!

2010 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valleysilver oak
On Sale $95.99
A seamless wine that expresses bright, fresh fruit characters from an unusually cool California vintage. It has a vibrant, ruby color and a complex nose of boysenberries, blueberries, sage, licorice and roasted chicory. It has a luscious mouthfeel with notes of fresh fruit and carnation flowers on the palate. It has fine-grained tannins and a velvety texture that leads to a long, fruit-filled finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

Sharecropper’s Pinot
& More Oregons on Sale

One of our bestselling Oregon Pinots is back in stock with a new vintage! Sharecropper’s fruit comes from several top vineyards, giving it a classic Oregon character. This is a second label of one of Oregon’s best, Owen Roe. And check out these other Oregon Pinots also on sale!

2013 Sharecropper’s Pinot Noir, Willamette Valleysharecropper pinot
On Sale $21.99
Aromas of savory toast, nutmeg and mint lead to a surprising mouthful of zingy acidity with bright and juicy marionberry and Rainier cherry flavors. Underlying layers of vanilla and baking spices like cinnamon and black licorice are structurally enhanced with candied fruit and brown sugar nuances. Ready to drink now, however this wine will cellar well for 5+ years.
Winemaker’s Notes

Also on sale from Oregon:

2013 Ponzi Pinot Noir “Tavola,” Willamette
On Sale $20.99
Our wine for the everyday table is made entirely from Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, aged in French oak barrels and blended for a delicious early release. Generally a blend of up to 10 vineyards, this wine presents an extremely perfumed nose of spice and fruit, the mouth full and fruit-driven leading to a long finish with soft tannins.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Rex Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
On Sale $29.99
“Ripe and generous, deftly balancing intense cherry, black currant and smoky, toasty overtones against fine, firm tannins and an open texture. The finish lingers easily. Best from 2016 through 2022. 9,518 cases made.”
92 points, The Wine Spectator

$8 Kraemer is Back!

Our favorite inexpensive sparkler is back in stock! Try it Friday at our Kir Royale tasting!

NV Kraemer Blanc de Blancs BrutKraemer
On Sale $7.99
This is perhaps THE best value we’ve found in sparkling wine. It’s a true Blanc de Blancs, meaning it is 100% Chardonnay. Delicate, with a hint of spice on the nose and a creamy, fresh palate with an abundance of bubbles.
Merch Notes