2012 Moussé Fils, Special Club
Cuisles, Champagne, France
A highly unique, 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne (almost unheard of). Silky and lovely; like inhaling a potion of rose-petals, meyer lemons and cloves.
2009 Gaston Chiquet, Special Club
70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Only winegrowers belonging to the “Club Trésors de Champagne” may produce a “Spécial Club” cuvée. Each creates their own blend using grapes harvested on their land, which is then submitted to the rigorous regulations and standards of ooenologues and winemakers expert in the Champagne tradition. Only those that pass the test are deemed worthy of the Club Trésors label and presented in the Club’s elegant, exclusive bottle.
Golden yellow hue with a hint of green, Fine mousse. Fresh, elegant, and floral on the nose. Fresh and balanced palate; hazelnut, quince paste in the long finish. An elegant vintage.
2015 Stce Wine Co.
Ponzo Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California
This old vine Zinfandel is one of the finest we’ve tasted. All the powerful, jammy black fruit you’d expect from Zin, with an exquisite balance and depth that is all too often lacking in the varietal. Great stuff!
2015 Domaine Jean Collet & Fils
Montee de Tonnere 1er Cru, Chablis, France
“The vines of our Montée de Tonnerre are situated on the right bank of the Serein river close by the Grands Crus and enjoy an optimum South-West exposure.These vineyards stand on white to light-grey soils, not very stony, with a kimmeridgian subsoil. Small terroir but high quality of wine, the most complete Premier Cru, because it possesses all its elements : a mineral as well as a floral side, round with a rich opulence.”
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Sustainably-farmed and naturally produced, this Pinot Noir is velvety smooth and remarkably pure, with berry fruit, red cherry and sweet spice flavors.
2014 Far Niente
Oakville, Napa Valley, California
The 2014 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon opens with beautifully lifted spice and black fruit aromatics—clove, anise, black cherry and blackberry—layered with a hint of rich oak. A round, supple entry leads to a silky, smooth midpalate. Cassis, clove, and toasted oak complement the black and red fruit flavors. Fine-grained, age-worthy tannins provide structure to the dark, juicy finish.
2013 Raul Perez Ultreia, "Valthuille"
96 Points Robert Parker
REGULAR: $104.99 ON SALE: $79.99
2013 Raul Perez Ultreia, "Petra"
The grapes used for Ultreia Petra grow on slate soils located in Valtuille de Abajo. After the harvest has been carried out, the bunches undergo cold maceration. The earthy minerality of the slate, a little edgy, powerful and somehow rustic. There’s only one barrel of this wine in 2013.
95 points, Robert Parker
REGULAR: $104.99 ON SALE: $79.99
2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol
Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of aging, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor and small red fruit.
2013 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph
Northern Rhone Valley, France
The Chave’s methods for all of their wines are thoroughly traditional—perfectionist farming, low yields, full ripeness, minimal new oak, minimal intervention and no filtering.
Round black raspberry, black olive, violet and woodsmoke aromatics, firm underlying structure and fine balance.
2013 Gilles Troullier "Boreal"
100% Syrah from 30-year-old vines mostly planted on granite soils. Aged 14-16 months in French and Austrian oak.
Notes of black currants, charcoal, smoked meats and leather. Full-bodied, massive and yet seamless on the palate, with fabulous concentration, purity and length,