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100pt. Ch. Montrose!
12 Bottle Remaining

Only ONE case remaining of this gem…Chateau Montrose earned back-to-back perfect scores with this wine, a rare feat even in Bordeaux.

MONTROSE2010 Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux
On Sale $269.99 per bottle
This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose, 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

Huge Bordeaux Sale!

Bord CorkWe found a new source for wines from the excellent 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux vintages that you can’t find ANYWHERE else in the area! The pricing is excellent, the Chateaux are famous, and they’re all here today! We realize this is an overwhelming list, so we’ve grouped them by region. Let us know if you’d like some recommendations!

2010 Château DurFort Vivens, Margaux
On Sale $62.99
“Rather briary, with an energetic feel to the crushed blackberry, loganberry and mulberry fruit, laced with bay leaf and iron, and backed by a long, perfumy finish that offers good latent grip. Best from 2014 through 2027.”
91 points The Wine Spectator

2010 Château Bellegrave, Pauillac
On Sale $35.99
“A note of singed cedar leads the way, accompanied by dark tea, sandalwood, steeped plum and black cherry accents. Offers a plush feel through the finish, with the wood smoke note lingering. Best from 2014 through 2024.”
90 points The Wine Spectator

2010 Château Pibran, Pauillacpibran
On Sale $39.99
“Ripe and well-packed, but silky and racy too, with linzer torte, cassis and blackberry notes pumping along, flecked with singed anise and violet, showing a long graphite spine on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.”
92 points The Wine Spectator

2010 Château Calon-Segur, St. Estephe
On Sale $114.99
“The 2010 is performing well,. With Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the blend, the wine has a dense plum/purple color along with notes of underbrush, black currants, plum, licorice, smoky charcuterie and some roasted herbs in the background. Full-bodied, moderately tannic and set for an extremely long life, this will not be a wine to please those looking for immediate gratification. Rather, I would suspect this wine will close down even further in bottle and, despite its full-bodied, powerful, massive size, it will need at least a decade of cellaring before it is accessible.”
94+ points Robert Parker

2009 Château Léoville Las Cases “Clos du Marquis”, St Julien
On Sale $65.99
“This has a perfumy espresso edge to its racy red currant, briar and blackberry bush notes. Long and refined through the finish, with a pronounced minerality that should soften in a decade. Tight, but a rather elegant expression of Cabernet overall. Best from 2016 through 2024. 15,000 cases made.”
92 points The Wine Spectator

2009 Château Duluc de Branaire Ducru, St Julienduluc
On Sale $35.99
“Ripe, fresh and decidedly forward in style, with a modestly tarry edge supporting the juicy blackberry, loganberry and mulled plum fruit flavors. There’s a lingering anise note, with enough grip to keep this honest. Drink now through 2020.”
90 points The Wine Spectator

2009 Château La Tour Carnet “Cuvée la Bravoure”, Médoc
On Sale $26.99
“(a blend of 62% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc): Saturated, bright red-ruby. Lively aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and mint. Moderately sweet and vinous, with ripe, well-integrated acidity and graphite minerality giving lift to the very rich flavors of dark berries, chocolate and sexy oak. This dense, concentrated wine really calls for five years of cellaring and is built for a graceful evolution in bottle. Looks to be the top vintage yet for this Bernard Magrez wine.”
91 points Steven Tanzer

2009 Château Clos Puy Arnaud, Cotes de Castillon
On Sale $39.99
“A major sleeper of the vintage, this biodynamically farmed vineyard was cropped at 15 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. The alcohol scores a natural 15%. This stunning wine, with black/purple color, exhibits notes of blackberry, licorice, incense, forest floor and cedar along with a hint of toasty oak. The wine is opulent, even sumptuous in texture, has stunning purity and a provocative 45+ second finish. This is another over-achieving Castillon that should drink well for at least a decade or more.”
92 points Robert Parker

2010 Château Corbin, St. Emilion
On Sale $39.99
“Lush, concentrated black currant and kirsch-like fruit, a hint of licorice and some floral notes and subtle background oak jump from the glass of this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is another relatively large-scaled St.-Emilion at 15% natural alcohol, but the good news is that there are nearly 4,500 cases of this wine in the marketplace. The purity, sumptuous texture and seductive nature of this wine will endear it to most readers.”
92 points Robert Parker

2010 Vieux Château Mazerat St. Emilionmazerat
On Sale $72.99
“The grapes come from an old-vine parcel near Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau, and the final product is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Again displaying plenty of minerality, which seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the 2010s from Malthus, the 2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is full-bodied, with an abundance of floral notes as well as black currant and blackberry fruit. Impressively endowed and built like a skyscraper, this full-bodied wine needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should keep for 25-30 years. Interestingly, the vines were planted in 1947.”
95+ points Robert Parker

2010 Château Moulinet, Pomerol
On Sale $35.99
“This has a dark, almost loamy spine, with notes of ganache, warm linzer torte and steeped black currant leading to a racy finish that lets the dark fruit, tar and melted licorice play out nicely. Best from 2015 through 2025.”
91 points The Wine Spectator

2010 Château La Gravette de Certan, Pomerol
On Sale $69.99
“What an amazing duo of wines from proprietor Alexandre Thienpont, who thinks his second wine, the La Gravette de Certan, is better in 2010 than many of the vintages of Vieux Chateau Certan produced in the 1970s – and I agree. It is a complex, relatively evolved style of wine that represents one-third of the production in 2010. An equal-part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it has a deep purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of raspberries, black cherries, mulberries, licorice and foresty notes. Full-bodied and evolved, this wine has gorgeous texture and remarkable opulence. It can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.”
93 points Robert Parker

Big Bottle Sale!

Large format bottles are great for big groups, big gifts, or just bigtime wine lovers! Quantities limited; some are just single bottles. Reserve yours now!

2010 Monte Antico Toscana, Italy 1.5 LiterMonte Antico
On Sale $19.99
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.
91 Points, James Suckling

NV Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne, France 1.5 liter
On Sale $159.99
Pale straw. High-pitched aromas of lime and lemongrass, with chalky mineral and floral notes adding complexity. Taut, incisive citrus fruit and mineral flavors show impressive clarity and pick up notes of green apple and honeysuckle with air. Clean and nervy on the mineral-driven finish.
92 Points, Stephen Tanzer

NV Pierre Gimonnet Brut Champagne, France 1.5 liter
On Sale $125.99
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, Stephen Tanzer

NV Hures Freres Invitation Brut Champagne, France 1.5 liter
On Sale $95.99
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

1999 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc Champagne, France 3.0 liter
On Sale $299.99
100% Chardonnay from the great Le Mesnil vineyard site (also sourced by Krug, Salon and other top Producers). Lemon zest & lemon curd with tangy acidity and minerality. A touch of richness on the palate with age…
Merch Notes

Chappellet2012 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA 1.5 liter
On Sale $109.99
This is an amazingly rich, complex and satisfying wine filled with plush, ripe fruit and abundant spice. On the nose, enticing layers of dark cherry and blackberry combine with rich Bordeaux aromatics of sweet tobacco and cedar. Elements of chocolate and roasted coffee add a hedonistic dimension, with underlying new oak providing sweetness and elegant spice. The palate is broad and mouthfilling, with flavors of juicy, dark fruit, black currant, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Supple, layered tannins accentuate this wine’s velvety richness and weight, while carrying it through to a long, seamless finish.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Orin Swift Papillon Red Wine Napa Valley, CA 1.5 liter
On Sale $145.99
BA vibrant crimson is present in the glass with a claret fringe on the rim. Luring aromas of currants, mulled blackberries, French vanilla, and exotic spices serve as an intriguing precursor to tasting. The opening is dense and powerful with extracted blue and red fruit flavors which leads to beguiling cassis, plum, and a hint of mocha later. The tannins are already so soft and suave which lends to early appeal and cellaring if one so chooses.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Orin Swift Abstract Red Napa Valley, CA 1.5 liter
On Sale $72.99
Opaque and purple to the rim of the glass, an elevated display of aromatics is immediately present. Fragrant dark fruits, spring flowers, violet, and hint of garrigue greet the nose and tempt added review. Extraordinary freshness is present upon entry leading to lush flavors of sweet boysenberries, kirsch, licorice, dark cherries, and exotic floral notes. The palate is thoroughly treated and left with a finish of bright acidity and round tannins, which exist in seamless balance.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA 1.5 liter
On Sale $79.99
Plenty of ripe, wild berry and plum aromas and flavors, framed by vanilla, spice, and toasty oak. Lush mid-palate tannins flow into a lengthy finish accented by bright fruit. Drink now through 2024.
Winemaker’s Notes

2010 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne Piedmont, Italy 3.0 literSandrone le Vigne
On Sale $539.99
Sandrone’s 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is one of the wines of the vintage, hands down. Rich, layered and utterly impeccable, the Le Vigne boasts stunning depth and richness. This is the second year in which Le Vigne includes fruit from Baudana which gives the wine a sense of volume and pure breadth it has never had before. Dried rose petal, tar, mint, wild flowers and cinnamon flow through to the multi-dimensional finish. The 2010 is a blend of fruit from Vignane and Merli, two historic sites for Le Vigne, while Cerretta and Conterni have been replaced by Baudana, a site in Serralunga that confers a level of depth, darkness and masculinity that has not been present in the past. Villero is the next vineyard that will appear in Le Vigne, starting in 2011. In the meantime, readers will not want to miss the 2010 Barolo Le Vigne, an epic achievement from the Sandrone family.
100 points, Antonio Galloni

2013 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros, CA 1.5 liter
On Sale $72.99
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

New Weygandt Sale

Peter WeygandtWeygandt
There is no more consistent importer than Peter Weygandt. He imports wines from all over the world, and they are ALL balanced and delicious, regardless of price, origin, or grape. Peter is truly one of the geniuses of the wine world. Check out these incredible values from Spain, Italy, and France.

2013 Tenuta Adolfo Spada Gallicius Greco, Campania
On Sale $14.99
Tart peach and flowers blossom from the glass with this classic Greek variety in Southern Italy. 100% stainless steel fermentation preserves this bright fruit character. A hint of fresh green herb rounds out the finish.
Merch Notes

2012 Sant Isidoro, Marche Bianco
On Sale $14.99
Elegant and medium in weight, this white makes a great apertivo or pairing with a first course. Clean citrus and orchard tree fruit on the palate lead to a dry finish without too much acidity or tartness.
Merch Notes

2013 Sant Isidoro “Pausula” Colli Maceratesi Ribona
On Sale $15.99 (Not under $15 but a great value!!!)
An obscure grape grown mostly in the Marche, Maceratino is thought to be related to Greco and Verdicchio. Vibrant and refreshing with a bright dry finish.
Merch Notes

2012 L’Arco Chianti
On Sale $12.99
Interesting, strikingly fragrant and healthy fruit aromas of cherries and raspberries, followed by lighter more complex hints of liquirice and coffee Velvety sweet tannin the palate with a fruit aftertaste in finish, making this a very lingering and extremely enjoyable wine.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Mona Sangiovese, Terri di Chieti
On Sale $10.99
A silky, fruit-scented Sangiovese this wine glides across the palate in a medium light style. No oak lets the fruit shine in this bottling with cherry, pomegranate, and a whiff of herbs to the finish.
Merch Notes

2013 Monte de Sarda Garnacha Vinas Viejas, Vino de la Tierra del Bajo Aragon
On Sale $11.99
Deep red with red berries on the palate and a lively entry. Supple on the middle palate with tell tale white pepper and a surprising concentration. Soft tannins lend a graceful finish.
Merch Notes

2012 Domaine Alary “La Gerbaude” Cotes du Rhone
On Sale $14.99
Garnet red color with sparkling cherry highlights. The nose is expressive, complex with dominant notes of red fruit (blackcurrant, strawberry) that grows to the mouth. The palate is smooth, round with a real sense of sweetness. Supported by fine tannins and a velvety mouth with a lot of persistence and volume. A successful wine to enjoy without waiting.
Winemaker’s Notes

New “Merch” Angel’s Envy & Smooth Ambler Bourbons & Rye!!Angel

We got such rave reviews on our custom Angel’s Envy bourbon that we got earlier this year, we decided to do it again! We took our best Bourbon aficionados here at the store and tasted three Angel’s Envy Bourbon barrels selected by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson shortly before his passing. We then blended these three whiskies, trying different proportions of each, until we got what we consider a near-perfect Bourbon. We also picked a single barrel of Smooth Ambler Bourbon & Rye to be bottles at Barrel-proof just for us.

Angel’s Envy Wine Merchant Custom Blend Bourbon
On Sale $45.99
A custom blend of three single barrels, this Bourbon has what we’d consider the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Very caramel-y and butterscotch-y up front, with a backbone of spicy cinnamon, anise, and pepper.
Merch Notes

Smooth Ambler “Old Scout” Aged Bourbon, Wine Merchant Bottling
On Sale $45.99
We chose an 8-year selection with wonderful sweet aromas of maple syrup and sugar cookies. On the palate, it’s smooth, rich, and friendly with notes of burnt sugar, vanilla, and toasted coconut, and a finish reminiscent of aged rum.
Merch Notes

Smooth Ambler “Old Scout” Aged Rye, Wine Merchant Bottling
On Sale $45.99
We selected a 7-year barrel with a sweet nose of brown spices, ginger snaps, and turmeric. It’s hot on the palate and opens up beautifully with a few drops of spring water.
Merch Notes

Huge Terry Thiese German Selection
Dry to Sweet They Can’t be Beat!

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The forbidding hillsides of the Nahe

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Grosses Gewachs Niederhauser Hermannshöhle, Nahe
On Sale $72.99
Intense yellow with greenish shimmer, the 2013 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs has spicy flavors with ripe peach aromas alongside spiced shortbread biscuits and almond notes. Pure and intense on the palate, quite powerful and full-bodied, very salty, far away from maturity, great aging potential though. A very long and complex wine indeed and one of the finest dry German Rieslings of the vintage.
95 points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Grosses Gewächs Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg, Nahe
On Sale $65.99
Coming from volcanic porphyry soils, the citrus colored 2013 Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs displays aromas of powdered volcanic stones mixed with intense citrus flavors and layers of lees-notes. Showing a complex palate that is very mineral, tightly structured and dusted with stone powder, it has very good mid-palate weight and very good length with citric aromas. It is an impressive wine that is still closed but full of potential.
94 points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Grosses Gewachs Norheimer Dellchen, Nahe
On Sale $65.99
Citrus colored, the 2013 Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs has a lovely clear and perfumed bouquet of fresh limes and cooked apples. Very pure on the palate, the juicy fruit is completely integrated into the thrilling, mineral texture of this beautiful and tension-filled, full-bodied wine that seems light and open-hearted.
94 points, The Wine Advocate

A Few More Outstanding But Unrated Gems

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Trocken Kreuznacher Kahlenberg, Nahe
On Sale $35.99
A famous top vineyard site whose history goes back a long way. Here the Riesling vines grow in a soil of gravelly loam. It gives their wines a much described spicy character. The Kahlenberg has a special talent for yielding dry wines due to the full body and harmonious acidity of the wines growing here.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Trocken Roxheimer Höllenpfad, Nahe
On Sale $35.99
A mostly steep site on sandy loam. The wines have tended toward steeliness, and this is like liquified cobalt and as smoky as burning leaves, yet also as flowery as plum blossoms and as tart as wild plums themselves, bit it builds to a juicy crescendo, as if yielding at last to a certain kindliness.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Müller-Catoir Riesling Trocken Haarter Bürgergarten, Pfalzmuller
On Sale $42.99
In effect the Premier Cru. This is the paradigm of Franzen’s dry-Riesling style, pixilated and “blue,” fresh and cool but not light and not aloof: fetching aromas of mandarin and Satsuma: it lands on the palate like a spreading down comforter of mineral: it covers the palate entirely yet seems to hover and float-this is where the idea of “ethereal” comes from: completion without weight. Like an orange essence strained through chalk powder.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Müller-Catoir Riesling Trocken Haardt, Pfalz
On Sale $27.99
The village-wine in the VDP 4-part scheme. This one showed more terroir, plum jam, sarsoup and maizegrain, meringue and malty peach: a seriously charming dry Riesling, with digital focus, loads of fruit and just a tiny phenolic kick on the finish.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Müller-Catoir Riesling Gimmeldingen, Pfalz
On Sale $32.99
From the vineyard Schlössel in fact. One of the few Riesling Kabinetts left in all the Pfalz, bless these guys. Carraway, Timut Pepper (a Nepalese black pepper with a shocking citric fragrance) and Meyer lemon, a tangy angular sweetness, and more herbal-balsam than cox-orange apple or peach. I like this rendering and hope they keep using this vineyard to make this wines
Importer Terry Thiese

And 1L bottles for when Auntie June is over!
These are the perfect party wines! 33% more wine for your dollar and bright, crisp fruit to please every palate.

2013 Darting Riesling Kabinett Trocken Dürkheimer Fronhof, Pfalz
On Sale $16.99 1L
In ’13 there’s a torn-silky texture to a wine that’s less plump or exotic than usual, but more lively, sleek and grassy- really fresh cut lawn here. Know what? It tastes like fresh air in the country.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Darting Riesling Kabinett Dürkheimer Nonnengarten, Pfalz
On Sale $16.99 1L
The tell me it’s all clean fruit but Itste at least an echo or a facsimile of botrytis, but the wine is tangy with lavender earthiness, angular and herbal and expressive.
Importer Terry Thiese

minges2013 Theo Minges Riesling Halbtrocken, Pfalz
On Sale $17.99 1L
Delicate and herbal-limey. A little slight in ’13, but showing its customary class and lift.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Gysler Silvaner Halbtrocken, Rheinhessen
On Sale $15.99 1L
Now 100% estate bottled, and this is a crisp, fine and charming vintage of this perennial value, showing a curious length. Among the best vintages of a wine I’ve known for nearly thirty years.
Importer Terry Thiese

2004 Hexamer Riesling Kabinett Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg
On Sale $20.99
This shows exotic lime, guava and vanilla notes, all matched to a vibrant structure. It’s very well-balanced and the finish leaves a mouthwatering impression. It will benefit from another few months in the bottle. Drink now through 2014.
89 points, Wine Spectator

2013 Müller-Catoir Muskateller Haardt
On Sale $32.99
It break-dances over the palate and sizzles away with this crazy incipient salivating sense of sweetness but of course it isn’t sweet. It’s like drinking while you’re stoned, it’s derangedly vivid and you can’t stop laughing. It’s also very long- a masterpiece!
Importer Terry Thiese

Spätlese, Not too Dry, Not too Sweettheise

2004 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Spätlese Dorsheimer Burgberg
On Sale $62.99
This shows exotic lime, guava and vanilla notes, all matched to a vibrant structure. It’s very well-balanced and the finish leaves a mouthwatering impression. It will benefit from another few months in the bottle.
89 points, Wine Spectator

2012 Selbach Oster Riesling Spätlese Zeltinger Sonnenuhr
On Sale $31.99
Well-structured, with plenty of lush, juicy flavors of coconut, roasted peach and pineapple, layered with rich, spicy notes. The suave, creamy finish delivers ripe citrus accents. Drink now through 2035.
91 Points, Wine Spectator​

2012 Selbach Oster Riesling Spätlese Trocken
On Sale $26.99
Features plenty of vanilla and spice notes to the ripe pear, dried apple and peach compote flavors. Good length midpalate, with a lush finish that offers hints of anise. Drink now through 2017.
89 Points, Wine Spectator

2011 Meßmer Riesling Spätlese Schiefermessmer
On Sale $29.99
Watch out, here comes the longest wine name and explanation thereof yet, that of the unapologetically sweet Messmer 2011 Burrweiler Schawer Riesling Spatlese Selektion Schiefer! This wine is sold as “Riesling Spatlese Selektion Schiefer” in its home market, due to a phobic fear stoked by the VDP lest “grand cru” sites be diluted in significance or debased by their association with any save Grosses Gewachs or nobly sweet exemplars. But in the U.S., it’s marketed under a truth-in-labeling convention as Burrweiler Schawer. Yellow plum, nectarine, mango and pear are tinged with Gewurztraminer-like lychee and backed by unapologetic sweetness on a sappy palate and leading to a colorful finish of near-adhesive grip. Fortunately, one experiences lift and delicacy; downright refreshing primary juiciness; and counterpoint of wet stone, none of these impaired or covered by the wine’s effusive sweetness.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2002 Merkelbach Riesling Spätlese Erdener Treppchen
On Sale $35.99
Pure and lovely, though there’s a bit of young-vines stiffness; it’s pedagogically slatey. We’ll move into a juicier fuder 23, which is quite salty and mineral, when this sells out.
Importer’s Notes

merkelbach2013 Merkelbach Riesling Spätlese Erdener Treppchen
On Sale $20.99
A minerally style, with notes of thyme to the Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear and Meyer lemon flavors, infused with bright acidity. Offers a firm and savory finish. Drink now through 2032.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

2013 Merkelbach Riesling Spätlese Kinheimer Rosenberg
On Sale $19.99
A crisp and tensile style, with focused savoriness to the green apple, Meyer lemon and ripe lime flavors. Shows coiled acidity midpalate, leading to a slate- and sea salt—infused finish. Drink now through 2034.
91 Points, Wine Spectator

2004 Kruger Rumpf Riesling Spätlese Munsterer Dautenpflanzer
On Sale $39.99
Very firmly structured, but this is dense and offers spice and mineral shadings to complement the apple and white peach notes. Still leaning toward the structure on the finish, but this shows promise. Best from 2007 through 2020. 250 cases made.
89 Points, Wine Spectator

2003 Kruger Rumpf Riesling Spätlese Munsterer Dautenpflanzer
On Sale $39.99
An excellent spätlese, rich and creamy, sporting apricot, orange, vanilla and mineral aromas and flavors on a dense yet elegant frame. Fine length. Drink now through 2020.
90 Points, Wine Spectator

1994 Kruger Rumpf Riesling Spätlese Munsterer Dautenpflanzer
On Sale $39.99
A penetrating Jura-like gnarliness: laurel and balsam, verbena: more like a tea than a wine and still nowhere close to decadence.
Importer Terry Thiese

2003 Hexamer Riesling Spätlese Sobernheimer Marbach
On Sale $39.99
Drank this wine over dinner, and I don’t write tasting notes at the table, but I can tell you it’s not the same wine we shipped last year, but like the best ’03s it’s amazingly delicious. Plus this one’s smoky and none too sweet.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Eugen Muller Riesling Spätlese Trockeneugen muller
On Sale $29.99
Pungent duck stock aromas in a markedly mineral call from the voice of this usually spicy-brothy baritone. With air it leans even more rocky-powdery. You’d do Pechstein for lunch and this one for dinner. Or Pechstein for frickin’ breakfast if you’re a degenerate like me!
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Eugen Muller Riesling Spätlese Ungeheur
On Sale $32.99
Sea-salt caramel and Ceylon tea and dried apricot and porcinis: a Pfalz archetype and a forgotten dialect of Riesling almost no one speaks any more. Yes sweet wines still exist, but most of them are “modern” and compared to this, they seem almost clinical. This is vinosity, it warms and soothes you and makes you feel glad.
Importer Terry Thiese

2013 Donnhoff Riesling Spätlese Oberhauser Brucke
On Sale $51.99
Dönnhoff’s monopole site along the river, in which the soil visibly changes in the space of about 100 yards – four times. The past few years it has given Helmut’s weightiest wines. Amazing: from these 2.5 acres come white wines more noble and complex than any on this earth from one of the greatest vintners alive!
Importer’s Notes

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Spätlese Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle
On Sale $59.99
For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been rated the best site in the Nahe and is therefore the bench mark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. This site takes its name from a small mine (Höhle which actually means “cave”) in the middle of the hillside. Hermann comes Herms, the Greek guardian of messengers and travelers, which might indicate that at one point this was an area of ancient worship. The soils are mostly black slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone.
Importer’s Notes

Aaaannnd One Sticky

2013 Müller-Catoir Rieslaner Beerenauslese Haardter Herzog
On Sale $89.99
This is like a double concentrated version of the Auslese, and showing (at this infantile stage) a kind of jalapeño heat, as though it’d been fined with chili-powder. A big BA with 160° Oeschle.
Importer Terry Thiese

A California Classic
Great Gift Wine!

For the next installment in our wine gift series, we have a gorgeous California Chardonnay! This winery started planting grapes in 1953….1953!!…..when California had less than 200 acres of Chardonnay planted. They would go on to pioneer techniques synonymous with California Chardonnay… barrel-aging and malolactic fermentation to name a few.

2012 Hanzell Chardonnay, Sonoma Valleyhanzell
On Sale $59.99
Brilliant aromas of tangerine, beeswax, chamomile and wet stone combine with our signature floral scent reminiscent of honeysuckle and jasmine. Pink grapefruit, pear and apricot expand out over the rich, viscous mid-palate. Though surprisingly well integrated in its youth, the concentration and vibrant structure of this wine suggest an extremely good vintage for aging in the cellar.
Winemaker’s Notes

More Awesome Italians on Sale

We tasted these small production wines last weekend and they were a huge hit! All are back in stock. Reserve yours today!

2013 Ca D’Maria Arneis, Langhela quercia
On Sale $14.99
Brilliant and sunny with floral and fruity nuances of peach and apricot, the Langhe Arneis is a dry wine, palatable and pleasantly harmonic. Fresh and persistent with a slight almond aftertaste. Served chilled, it is a perfect aperitif, or combined with hors d’oeuvres and light vegetable entrees, fish or white meat dishes.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 La Quercia Aglianico, Puglia
On Sale $14.99
Full bodied, with aromas of ripe plum and white pepper. Delightful for everyday enjoyment. Perfect with Pomodoro pasta, or meat off the grill.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Ultimo Passo Primitivo, Salento
On Sale $15.99
This wine is double fermented with late harvested grapes to develop full flavor, rich texture and smooth long finish. Excellent with pork, lamb burgers, and mid aged cheese.
Winemaker’s Notes

biferno2009 Casa Contini Riserva Biferno
On Sale $14.99
A smashing value, this Southern Italian blend is wonderfully smooth and balanced. Made from two of our favorite “underrated” varietals, Montepulciano and Aglianico, Casa Contini’s Biferno Riserva is atypical of many of its ungainly Southern counterparts, whose alcohol tends to be too hot, and fruits overripe. Rather, it is like a Northern Italian in its cool smoothness, with a smoky blackberry, chestnut, and peppery-sweet aroma that delights the senses.
Winemaker’s Notes

2012 Podere Ciona “Montegrossoli, Toscana
On Sale $15.99
From Podere Ciona, perhaps the smallest estate we import, and one that holds a special place in our heart, comes this beautiful Montegrossoli that proves that bigger is not always better. With just a few hectares in Chianti Classico, the Gatteschi family has a view for miles and miles, with nothing but forests, vines, and castles. And their wines? Absolutely lovely. Take this “baby SuperTuscan” style Sangiovese-bright and Chianti-like aromas, ripe fruits and spices, with a crisp, long finish that lingers.
Winemaker’s Notes

91pt. Chateauneuf-du-Pâpe Bargain!

We have a stunning deal on a delicious Châteauneuf. We tasted this and were blown away! It’s classic in style with great fruit for drinking now, but this baby certainly has the stuffing to age longer if you desire. Don’t miss out on this one! With the holiday season approaching, this is a great wine to have on hand for hearty cold weather fare and entertaining!

2011 Philippine de St.-Cyrille Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Grande Reserve”Philippine CdP
On Sale $26.99 per bottle OR
$24.99 per bottle with purchase of 6 bottles
Gorgeous warm cocoa, ganache and espresso notes lead the way, followed by macerated fig, blackberry paste and warm plum sauce flavors. Dense and loamy through the finish. Shows impressive density for the vintage. Best from 2016 through 2026. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
91 points, The Wine Spectator

Holiday Gifts!

‘Tis the season of giving gifts to show your appreciation of the family, friends, and colleagues that made 2014 a great year. We have all sorts of wine gifts guaranteed to please anyone who loves to eat and drink well! We can even arrange local delivery or interstate shipping of your gifts! Prices do not include tax or delivery.

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Merch Selections
In Stock after Dec 1st!

Merch Gift Box $40
Includes two awesome California wines and an assortment of hand-selected treats, presented in a decorative gift box!

Deluxe Merch Gift Box $60
Includes an two delicious French wines (red and white), and assorted gourmet treats.

Merch Gift Basket $75basket
Includes red and white wine, paired with a large assortment of tasty treats. Decorated with one of our signature mini liquor flowers!

We also have a series of themed gifts available.

See our website for details!

Need a custom gift or want to arrange a large order? Email us!