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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

750ml Bottles
2013 Glatzer Gruner Veltliner Carnuntum, Austriagobelsburger
On Sale $15.99
Green pear peel, fresh cucumber and ripe, golden pears all unite to make a rounded, toothsome food wine that’s also crisp and savory.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2014 Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Gruner Veltliner Oserreich, Austria
On Sale $13.99
Ripe, juicy notes of yellow pear on the nose are shot through with lively, zesty lemon freshness. Smatterings of white pepper play around the sleek edges of this slender but super-juicy wine. This is totally enlivening and sings with fruit and freshness-with all the verve of its vintage.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast

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

95pt. Brunello!

In case you missed it…here is a great selection from the spectacular 2010 Brunello vintage. Thispalazzone wine is drinking beautifully now, and needs only a short aging window to reach its peak. Grab yours before it’s all gone!

2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
On Sale $55.99
Wonderful texture to this Brunello with so much dried-fruit, chalk, stone, salt and light chocolate character. Full body with fine tannins and bright acidity that deliver a complete package of beauty and elegance. Better in 2016.
95 Points, James Suckling

High-Scoring L’Aventure Cabernets!

“This was another incredible lineup by winemaker Stephan Asseo…they deserve a place in your cellar and it will be thrilling to follow these wines over the coming decade or longer.”
-Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocatelaventure

2013 L’Aventure Estate Cuvee, Paso Robles
On Sale $96.99
The 2013 Estate Cuvee is similar to the blend of the 2004 and is 43% Syrah, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petite Verdot. Dense, concentrated and powerful, it offers knockout aromas and flavors of cassis, black cherries, flowers and charcoal that flow to a full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced wine that will have two decade or more of longevity. While I think 2012 was a slightly more successful vintage than 2013 for this estate, this should certainly be up there with the 2012 and it will be interesting to follow the two vintages as they evolve.
96-98 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 L’Aventure “Cote a Cote,” Paso Robles
On Sale $96.99
The 2013 Cote a Cote plays in the same ballpark and 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. It’s another wine that will drink nicely on release, yet also evolve gracefully.
94-96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 L’Aventure “Optimus” Red Blend, Paso Robles
On Sale $49.99
The 2013 Optimus is the estate’s entry level blend, yet it always drinks well above its price point and is a perfect example of the style of the estate. Decadent black and blue fruits, graphite and smoky nuances all show here, and it has full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and terrific length. It should be another superb vintage for this cuvee, and it should shine on release and evolve for upward of a decade.
92-95 Points, The Wine Advocate

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

New French Rosés

We have three new roses in from importer Fran Kysela!

redonne2014 Mas Redonne Rose, Bandol, Provence
On Sale $23.99
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.
Winery Notes

2014 Anne Delaroche Rose, Cotes du Rhone
On Sale $10.99
Very charming pale rosé color. The wine displays lots of fresh fruit aromas such as strawberry and watermelon. The palate is focused and very well balanced with again some strawberry and ripe red fruit notes. The finish is quite pleasing and long with a little spiciness and freshness to it.
Winery Notes

2014 Castelmaure Vin Gris Rose, Corbierescastelmaure
On Sale $10.99
Made from 80% grenache, 10% carignan and 10% cinsault): Pale orange. Vibrant citrus zest, red berry and floral aromas show good clarity and pick up a floral nuance with air. Fresh strawberry and bitter rhubarb flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity and focus. Tangy acidity gives lift and cut to the finish, which leaves a refreshingly bitter berry skin note behind.”
Winery Notes

#1 Selling Pinot Noir
& More from McManis!

Our number one selling Pinot Noir for three straight years has just changed vintages, and it is DELICIOUS! The entire McManis lineup delivers unbelievable value, and many of our customers know it. If you haven’t checked out this awesome value winery, come taste a few this Friday night.

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2014 McManis Family Pinot Noir, California
On Sale $9.99
The 2014 McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is light purple in color with a lustrous hue. Fresh Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry flavors are perceptible as the round silky wine passes through the mouth.
Winemaker’s Notes

Also on sale from McManis Family

2013 McManis Family Petite Sirah, California
On Sale $9.99
An appetizing hickory-smoke aroma and bold fruit flavors make this one stand out, yet it doesn’t go too far with the woody character. A hint of bacon blends well with the ripe blackberry flavors, and the rich texture and firm tannins make it a great wine to pair with big portions of protein.
89 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

2013 McManis Family Cabernet Sauvignon, California
On Sale $9.99
Richness, depth and generosity are good traits of this full-bodied but smooth-textured Cabernet. Light oak accents don’t cover up the ripe, juicy, almost jammy blackberry and cherry flavors that fill the mouth and linger on the finish. It’s an all-around crowd pleaser that has everything in balance.
90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

mcmanis v2013 McManis Family Zinfandel, California
On Sale $9.99
Our 2013 Lodi Zinfandel shows juicy bright red fruits with soft supple tannins. With aromas of ripe red currants and fresh Strawberries, the wine is medium dark purple. This wine shows many characteristics of other classic Lodi Zinfandels.
Winemaker’s Notes

2013 McManis Viognier, River Junction
On Sale $9.99
It’s easy to enjoy the ripe pear, peach, vanilla and cream flavors in this extremely smooth, mellow Viognier. The texture is nice and rich, the body is full, the flavors just short of sweet and the finish lingers a long time.
89 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

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

Bestselling $8 Sparkler
is Back!

Our favorite value bubbly is back! It’s so affordable, you don’t need a special occasion to break out the bubbles!

champagne glassNV Kraemer Blanc de Blancs Brut, France
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. This stuff is good enough to drink all on its own, and is a perfect match with rich cheeses and cured meats.
Merch Notes

Betz Family Wines

These are easily some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate to date… and should not be missed!”
Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate on Betz Family Wines

2011 Betz Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon “Pére de Famille,” Columbia Valleybetz pere
On Sale $69.99
(blended with 9% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Good bright red-ruby. Musky red berries, licorice, thyme, rosemary and pepper on the scented nose. Creamy-sweet, suave and deep but at the same time precise and youthful, offering lovely perfumed flavors of red berries, cocoa powder (from the Taransaud oak?) and anise. Very intensely flavored cabernet with terrific lift and aromatic persistence and remarkably suave, dusty tannins. Betz describes 2011 as a year with lower total polyphenols, higher acidity and lower pHs than 2010.
94 points, Stephen Tanzer

2011 Betz Family Winery Proprietary Red “Clos de Betz,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $55.99
(67% merlot, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot; aged in 65% new oak): Good bright, deep red. Redcurrant, cocoa powder and musky tobacco on the nose. Gentle and creamy in the mouth for 2011, with harmonious ripe acidity framing the sweet red berry, cherry and cocoa powder flavors. This floral merlot-based wine is supported by firm acids and tannins but comes across as quite feminine in style. Betz notes that 2011 was a very good year for merlot.
93 points, Stephen Tanzer

2012 Betz Family Winery Grenache “Besoleil,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $45.99
A Rhone-styled blend, the 2012 Besoleil is made from 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre that’s aged all in neutral oak. Gorgeous on all accounts, it has fantastic density and depth, with medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and classic Grenache-driven aromas and flavors of raspberry, black raspberry, pepper, herbs de Provence and flowers. Already hard to resist, it should evolve gracefully for over a decade.
94 points, The Wine Advocate

betz syrah2012 Betz Family Winery Syrah “La Serenne,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $53.99
As for the Syrah-driven wines, they do two main cuvees, one focusing on Boushey Vineyard, the La Serenne, and the other on Red Mountain, the La Cote Rousse. The 2012 Syrah La Serenne is a 100% Syrah that was aged in 50% new French oak prior to bottling. I think the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date, it boasts an incredibly inky purple color to go with notions of creme de cassis, damp earth, graphite, smoke and licorice that flow to a full-bodied, voluptuously textured profile on the palate. Despite all of the richness, it stays thrillingly focused and shows the purity and elegance of the site. Enjoy it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.
96 points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Betz Family Winery Syrah “Cote Rousse,” Columbia Valley
On Sale $53.99
More mineral-driven, with savory spices, dried earth and floral notes balanced by a rocking core of fruit, the 2012 Syrah La Cote Rousse is more backwards and reticent than the La Serenne, and 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