NV Charles Orban Carte Noir Brut, Troissy
On Sale $35.99 (lowest in the US!)
A note of woodsy smoke underscores flavors of tangy plum, candied kumquat, white peach and fresh ginger in this mouthwatering Champagne, backed by firm, citrusy acidity. Drink now through 2019. 5,000 cases made.
90 points, The Wine Spectator
NV Charles Orban Brut Rose Champagne, France
On Sale $39.99
A beautiful orangey pink colour, this rosé yields a complex and fresh nose which develops around fruity aromas (strawberry, blackberry). Its attack is full and engaging, in the mouth it is creamy and elegant. Smooth and persistent, the finish is enhanced by generous gingerbread notes.
2012 Pesquie “Terrasses” Cotes du Ventoux Blanc, France
On Sale $8.99 (lowest online price $11.69!)
The 2012 VDF Cuvee des Terrasses Blanc (which is bottled as a Vin de France) is comprised of 70% Viognier, 15% Roussanne and 15% Clairette that comes all from limestone soils. Aged all in cement tank and stainless steel, this juicy, medium-bodied and straight up delicious effort has notions of lavender, apricot, honey blossom and poached pear all emerging from the glass. Enjoy it over the coming couple of years.
89 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, CA
On Sale $8.99 (lowest online price $13.99!)
Clean aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit and fig. Intense flavors of lemongrass, grapefruit, fig and kiwi. Crisp acidity and a long, clean finish.
2009 Campo Al Mare Bolgheri Vermentino, Italy
On Sale $11.99 (lowest online price $17.99!)
Crisp, aromatic white with notes of tropical fruits with subtle earthy hints reminiscent of tomato leaves and sage.
NV Tiamo Prosecco (187ml Split)
On Sale $3.99 (lowest online price $4.79)
A dry, refreshing Prosecco (Italy’s version of Champagne) in a tiny bottle! This bright and fresh bubbly offers impressions of white flowers, lemon, lime, green apple and pear.
2009 Vallado Douro, Portugal
On Sale $11.99 (lowest online price $26.99!)
The 2009 Tinto is this year’s version of Vallado’s entry level red, which has become a consistent value point in this lineup and in the Douro in general. A blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 20% old vines field blend (70 years or more) and 5% Sousao, it is rather concentrated this year, with good focus and structure, plus persistent, rather delicious flavors. It is again a nice value in this lineup, something I’ve become accustomed to saying, but I’d underline that this year.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate
2009 Las Almas Carmenere San Rafael, Chile
On Sale $14.99 (lowest online pricing $42.75)
Glass-staining ruby. Black and blue fruit preserves on the highly perfumed nose, with licorice, vanilla and floral qualities adding complexity. Broad, pliant cassis and blueberry flavors become spicier with aire. Gentle tannins add shape to the bright finish but are absorbed by the wine’s lush fruit, which lingers impressively.
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer
2011 Three Rivers Winery “River’s Red” Columbia, WA
On Sale $7.99 (lowest online price $12.99)
Tasty, very drinkable red blend of primarily Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah, with a fruity palate of ripe strawberry, cherry, and blackberry, with cola and spice on the finish.
2007 Muriel Rioja Reserva, Spain
On Sale $7.99 (lowest online price $12.81)
This red has good grip, with darker flavors of currant, licorice, tobacco and mineral. Firm yet juicy, with good depth and focus.
89 Points, The Wine Spectator
2006 Orben Rioja, Spain
On Sale $24.99 (lowest $28.99, next lowest $33.99)
This is the debut wine for Bodegas Orben. It is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vines ranging in age from 55 to 63 years from more than 75 micro-parcels. It offers up a superb kinky, sexy perfume of toasty oak, pencil lead, leather, black cherry, and blackberry. Rich and elegant on the palate, it has layers of succulent fruit, well-concealed tannins, impeccable balance and a 45-second finish. So loaded that it can be enjoyed now, it will nevertheless age effortlessly for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2010 Guardian Peak Cab/Shiraz “Frontier” Western Cape, South Africa
On Sale $8.99 (compare to most online pricing $10.99)
The 2010 Frontier is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Shiraz and 20% Merlot raised in used 300-liter French oak barrels. It appears a little overworked on the nose with slightly volatile red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with an espresso-infused entry and a rustic mid-palate that offers chocolate-coated dark cherry fruit and a simple, yet focused finish.
The Wine Advocate