The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory within the last seven days, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into two sections. First we show all new arrivals coming into our inventory for the first time, followed by old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory.
Don't miss the wildly popular 2003 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay - finally back in stock!
(items coming into our inventory for the first time)
- 2004 Leeuwin "Art Series" Margaret River Chardonnay ($69.99)
- 2005 Leeuwin "Art Series" Riesling Margaret River Western Australia - 12 available ($16.99)
- 2003 Leeuwin "Siblings" Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia ($16.99)
- 2006 Mollydooker "Blue Eyed Boy" Shiraz ($49.99) This joyous wine was named after the Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy, Sarah and Sparky’s son, Luke. Just wait till you taste this wine! There were 3 major vineyard components in the blend. It has the best features of all three: depth and complexity from one, velvety unctuousness from another, intensity and color from the third, and then a something extra - a life force of its own. Magic!
- 2006 Mollydooker "Goosebumps" Sparkling Shiraz South Australia ($49.99) Sure to become a classic! This spicy, peppery sparkling wonder shares many qualities similar to Mollydooker's still Shiraz, enhanced with creamy bubbles, a perfect wine for special occasions, or simply sharing with friends for the fun of it. There could be no better name for it than "Goosebumps;" you get them both from the bubbles and from the amazing intensity of flavor! The Shiraz has been selected from Scott and Cheryl Longbottoms' vineyard in Padthaway and Darren and Belinda Joppichs' vineyard in Langhorne Creek, both of which are producing grapes which exude incredible flavor and complexity.
- 2006 Mollydooker "Scooter" Merlot South Australia ($19.99) Why make a Merlot? Well fashions come and go, but classic wine styles endure for ever. This a Merlot even a wine snob can personally enjoy. These Merlot grapes come from Gemtree's vineyard in McLaren Vale, an area which has lovely fruit intensity, and Scott and Cheryl Longbottom’s vineyard in Padthaway which is renowned for highlighting the beauty and elegance of the variety. The combination is a delightful, delicious, charming wine to relax with at the end of a busy day.
- 2006 Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz South Australia ($19.99) This Shiraz is a knock out! The 2005 was an enormous hit, after receiving 95 points from Robert Parker and being selected by him as the "Best Value Wine in the World under $20". The 2006 will knock you out again with exuberant fruit, incredible flavors and color, and great length. The fruit is sourced from our Shiraz vineyards in McLaren Vale, Padthaway & Langhorne Creek.
- 2006 Mollydooker "Two Left Feet" Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot South Australia ($19.99) A blend of Shiraz, Cab, Merlot, the 2005 vintage was selected by Robert Parker as the 2nd "Best Value Wine in the World under $20". The 2006 is even better as the vintage produced fruit which was absolutely awesome. The dancing couple on the label represent the influence of both a male and female palate in Mollydooker's winemaking.
- 2006 The Black Chook Shiraz-Viognier ($15.99) Chook is Australian for chicken. And though germane this fact might be, it has nothing to do with this concentrated juicy little number from South Australia. As one might expect there is a black chicken on the label, but what really matters is the small proportion of white grapes in the bottle. Yes, that 5% viognier adds its special something in the form of femininity and perfume, just like in cote rotie. The 2005 got 91 points from Robert Parker: "A bigger, richer version of the value-priced Woop Woop, this cuvee, which is made by the irrepressible Ben Riggs, is produced primarily from McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek fruit. The result is a fabulous value composed of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier that is aged in mostly used French oak for eight months. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by serious blackberry and currant notes intermixed with pepper and spice. This wine offers high levels of seduction, lushness, and richness at a ridiculously low price. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years."
- 2006 Watershed Sauvignon Blanc / Semiilon ($12.99)
Austria - Austria and Hungary
- 2005 Walter Buchegger Loessterrassen Riesling ($15.99)
Chile - Argentina and Chile
France - 2006 Pre-Arrival Bordeaux
- 2006 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (3L) Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($199.99) 92-94 points Robert Parker: "Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux continues to ratchet up the quality level at this impeccably run St.-Julien estate. The 2006 is similar to the 1996 Branaire, but with sweeter fruit. A deep ruby/purple hue precedes a perfumed nose of sweet boysenberries, black cherries, minerals, spring flowers, and a hint of pain grille in the background. Fresh, savory, medium to full-bodied flavors coat the palate with beautiful purity, no hard edges, ripe tannin, and intense fruit. This elegant, layered, impressive offering will be at its peak between 2012-2025." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid, with good fruit and a complete core of ripe tannins..." (03/07) K&L's notes - 67% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot. Slightly less production than the small crop of 2005-about 20% less than normal crop. 44 htl/htr. At property-black cherry aromas and red fruit flavors. Round tannins-rich wine. Very nice. At Joanne-very bright red fruits on nose. Elegant-fine. Integrated tannins. Could be a value. At UGC-good rich palate entry. Good depth and length. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Pretty high toned raspberry/cherry fruit, and it is very pure. Only knock is a bit of a short finish. Alex Brisoux: Sweet red fruit, soft, sexy, lush wine, balanced tannins, very elegant, opens up well. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (3L) Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($111.99) 90-92 points Robert Parker: "Quality at this property has been rising dramatically over the last several vintages. Cantemerle will never be a blockbuster claret, but rather one built on finesse and elegance. Hints of menthol, black cherries, cranberries, and blueberries emerge from the 2006's perfumed bouquet. Medium body, impressive purity, good underlying texture, and sweet tannin suggest this elegantly-styled wine will drink well between 2009-2020+. It possesses intense flavors yet requires some introspection." (04/07) K&L's notes - 50% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 8% petit verdot. At Joanne-boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine-better than 2005. At UGC-elegant style. Complete and round. At the property-cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure “sleeper of the vintage” and much better than their 2005! *1/2 Ralph Sands: Wow! Very special wine made here in 2006, surely the best in modern times. Spicy ripe fruit with fine middle richness, sweetness and mouthfeel. Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocao/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I’ve ever tasted. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (6L) Pre-Arrival - 12 available ($239.99) 90-92 points Robert Parker: "Quality at this property has been rising dramatically over the last several vintages. Cantemerle will never be a blockbuster claret, but rather one built on finesse and elegance. Hints of menthol, black cherries, cranberries, and blueberries emerge from the 2006's perfumed bouquet. Medium body, impressive purity, good underlying texture, and sweet tannin suggest this elegantly-styled wine will drink well between 2009-2020+. It possesses intense flavors yet requires some introspection." (04/07) K&L's notes - 50% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 8% petit verdot. At Joanne-boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine-better than 2005. At UGC-elegant style. Complete and round. At the property-cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure “sleeper of the vintage” and much better than their 2005! *1/2 Ralph Sands: Wow! Very special wine made here in 2006, surely the best in modern times. Spicy ripe fruit with fine middle richness, sweetness and mouthfeel. Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocao/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I’ve ever tasted. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Clarke, Listrac Pre-Arrival ($20.99) K&L's notes - 70% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon. Heavy soils at this property, so merlot does well here. Bready nose with some boysenberries. Big wine with good structure and potential. Tannic-close to 2005 quality. * Ralph Sands: Add Clarke to the greatest value wines in Bordeaux today. Big wine. Very dark and serious black cherry and plum fruit with hints of smoke-firm finish. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Clos la Madelaine, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival ($27.99) According to the Wine Spectator: "A medium-bodied red, with sweet fruit and light tannins..." (03/07) K&L's notes - Small property (2 htrs) between Belair and Magdelaine. Only 500 cases made. Minerals on the nose and mineral flavors. Spicy, balanced. Quite good. *+ Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Figeac, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival ($84.99) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Very impressive aromas of blackberry and coffee follow through to medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long finish. This is all in finesse. A tiny bit more on the midpalate would make it 92-94." (03/07) K&L's notes - Meaty, spicy and full bodied. Tons of ripe fruit. Fine tannins, This is exceptional. Tasted again and the wine is quite long and deep on the palate. Sweet, complete, and lovely wine. This has it all. ** Ralph Sands: Great freshness in the fruit with strength and spice all beautifully integrated. Alex Brisoux: Black fruit, smoky, meaty, dense wine, very nice structure, concentrated finish. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 La Violette, Pomerol Pre-Arrival ($199.99) 92-94 points Robert Parker: "One of the big stories in 2006 is the resurrection of this once very good Pomerol estate now that it has been purchased by Catherine Pere-Verge, who has done so much to raise the level of quality at Chateau Le Gay. From a vineyard well-situated between Le Pin and Trotanoy, La Violette’s 2006 is a 100% Merlot cuvee that is running on all cylinders. Considering some of the great old vintages from the fifties and sixties, it is not surprising to find beautiful purity, fine tannins, and loads of sweet raspberry, black cherry, licorice, and earth notes in this medium-bodied, opulent, luscious effort. It should drink well for 15-20+ years. A brilliant effort!" (04/07) K&L's notes - 100% merlot and new oak. Only 2 hectares of vines. Tons of black raspberry and chocolate from the nose to the palate. Extremely rich but finely balanced. Almost new wave but very good. *1/2+ Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Le Gay, Pomerol Pre-Arrival ($94.99) 93-95 points Robert Parker: "This powerful, top-notch Pomerol boasts a dark ruby/purple color along with notes of beef blood, crushed rocks, cold steel, flowers, black currants, and cherries. Full-bodied and super-endowed, with substantial tannins largely concealed by superb fruit and extract, the 2006 Le Gay should be drinkable before the monster 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2030." (04/07) K&L's notes - 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. At the property-only 1,000 cases produced. Lush and sweet mouth feel. Blackberry flavors-long on the palate. Quite elegant. *+ Ralph Sands: Really lovely deep ripe fruit, very silky with fine tannins. Superb! Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Malmaison, Moulis Pre-Arrival ($17.99) K&L's notes - 80% merlot and 20% cabernet sauvignon. Only 8,000 cases produced. Light cherry aromas that follow to the palate. A classic style with more guts and tannin than 2005. Decent middle palate-should be a value! ½* RS: Definitely more classic that '05, this is very good. Inexpensive wine to age. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
- 2006 Montrose, St-Estèphe (1.5L) Pre-Arrival - 12 available ($169.00) 92-95 points Robert Parker: "The deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 possesses classic aromas of creamy blackberries, cassis, flowers, and crushed rocks. It is medium-bodied with a multilayered texture, sweeter, more finely tuned tannin than past vintages, and a powerful finish. There has been no compromise to the wine’s massive richness and density, but rather an emphasis on taming some of the huge tannins Montrose produces. It is an outstanding, fresh, lively effort that appears to be a brilliant achievement for the vintage. The tannin level ranks alongside such great Montrose vintages as 2005, 1990, and 1989, but they are noticeably sweeter. It should age handsomely for 30 or more years." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Starts off silky and refined. Medium- to full-bodied, with a fine finish, but needs a little more on the midpalate. Attractive spice and currant character." (03/07) K&L's notes - 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot. At Joanne-Good sweet fruit at end. At property it had a touch of weediness on the nose. Plenty of red berry fruit flavors on the palate. Powerful, tannic finish. Hard to tell?? Some people loved this wine, and others did not like it. Judgment reserved. *? Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009.
- 2006 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (6L) Pre-Arrival - 6 available ($989.00) 94-96 points Robert Parker: "The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot was cropped at 41 hectoliters per hectare. This gorgeous wine represents an updated version of the 1996. It boasts a dense purple color as well as a beautiful nose of espresso roast, chocolate, creme de cassis, cedar, and spice. Full-bodied and powerful with high tannin, an attractive mouthfeel, and a multilayered texture, it will be a backward-styled Pichon Lalande, but it is significantly better than the 2005, recalling some of the finest vintages produced over the last 20-35 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Lively, with lots of plum, blackberry and licorice character. Full, round and velvety. Lacks a tiny bit in the midpalate, but nicely done for the vintage." (03/07) K&L's notes - 64% cabernet sauvignon and 36% merlot. Toasty, cedary, cassis aromas that follow to the palate. Great, sweet palate entry. Rich and robust. Quite substantial on the palate-more masculine style like 1996 and 1986 vintages. This could be better than their 2005? Quite good. ** Ralph Sands: Very close to '05. Great freshness as always on the nose-sweet and spicy on the palate with good thickness and mouthfeel. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you.
- 2006 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival ($119.99) 91-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 is a marvelous effort from proprietress Christine Valette. Displaying a saturated blue/purple hue, a beautiful perfume of blackberries, violets, charcoal, and subtle pain grille, upfront fruit, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, and a multilayered palate, it is not quite as good as the virtually perfect 2005, but it is an outstanding claret to drink between 2012-2030. This is the first vintage where Madame Valette could label her wine as a St.-Emilion premier grand cru classe ... well, we all thought so until the new classification was challenged in court by several mediocre St.-Emilion estates that were justifiably demoted. Thus, for now, a Bordeaux judge has “suspended” the new hierarchy." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful, with licorice and coffee character and hints of ripe fruit. Full and velvety, with lots going on. Almost 92-94." (03/07) Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.
France - Alsace
- 2005 Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Saering Grand Cru ($22.99)
France - Bordeaux - Red
- 2004 Angélus, St-Emilion - 3 available ($103.99) 92-94 points Robert Parker: "One of the top wines of the vintage... a classic, tannic, structured wine exhibiting a saturated dense purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of blackberries and blueberries intermixed with mocha, licorice, and new oak characteristics. Aged eight months sur-lies, this should be an extremely long-lived vintage for this cuvee. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025." (06/06) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "This shows wonderful ripe fruit with plum, berry and hints of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied with a wonderful velvety texture. This has 40 percent Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. This is the same quality level as 2000... Almost 95-100." (03/05) 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer: "Brooding, liqueur-like aromas of blackberry, blueberry, kirsch, smoked meat and licorice; just the right side of overripe, like the best Napa Valley cabernets. Then thick, sweet and concentrated, with a wonderfully fine-grained texture and superb lift to its black cherry, dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Wonderfully fresh, fruit-driven wine, finishing with huge but noble tannins and superb, mounting length..." K&L's notes - Deep purple, exotic and firm at the same time, Big shoulders as they say at Angelus. Very grapy, powerful and good acidity. Sweet and concentrated. A star of the vintage.
- 2004 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux ($33.99) 90 points Wine Enthsiast: "The wine is somewhat jammy on the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated, packed with new wood and ripe tannins. This is a generous wine." (6/1/2005) 88-90 points Robert Parker: "Beginning to shut down, the saturated ruby/purple-tinged 2004 exhibits a herbaceous nose revealing hints of white chocolate, cedar, spice box, black cherries, and currants. Medium to full-bodied with fine density, it requires 3-5 years of bottle age, and should last for 15 or more years." (06/06) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Medium ruby-red. Slightly medicinal, somewhat withdrawn aromas of kirsch, flowers and spices. Offers fairly intense fruit-driven flavors in a rather elegant frame but comes across as a bit muted today, with some youthful tannins currently shortening the fruit. Shows a late note of woodsmoke and lovely lingering perfume. I suspect this is simply in an awkward stage today." K&L's notes - Very sweet palate impression Lots of blackberries and black cherries. Maybe a step behind the 2003.
- 2004 Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac - 10 available ($36.99) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer: "(13% alcohol; from a yield of 51 hectoliters per hectare) Good ruby-red. Inky aromas of raw crunchy berries, licorice, currant leaf and fresh herbs. Sweet, concentrated and moderately ripe, with very fresh flavors similar to the aromas. The tannins really spread out and coat the palate, and the finish shows excellent persistence." (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 05)
- 2004 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien ($37.99)
- 2004 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac ($194.99) 93 points Wine Spectator Insider: "Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel and a long, caressing finish. A refined Lafite. Best after 2012." (01/24/07) 92-95 points Stephen Tanzer: "... Firmly built, classy wine, finishing with sweet tannins and lovely floral persistence. A bit less inscrutable than usual for Lafite at this early stage. This will need eight years or so of bottle aging." 92-94 points Robert Parker: "One of the better wines of the vintage, the elegantly-styled 2004 Lafite Rothschild reveals hints of lead pencil, crushed rocks, flowers, creme de cassis, and cranberries. Medium-bodied with considerable finesse, length, ripeness, and structure, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and a dollop of Petit Verdot requires 3-5 years of cellaring..." (06/06) K&L's notes - This wine showed so fresh and alive! Regal nose that is concentrated. Some minty aromas and flavors. Fresh and delicious, round fruit covers every area of the mouth, elegant finish, loaded with class. Very long finish and it lasts for a minute on the palate. One of the best of the vintage.
- 2004 Nenin, Pomerol ($31.99) According to Stephen Tanzer: "(75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc, 13.5% alcohol) Bright red-ruby. Wonderfully sweet aromas of raspberry, coffee and smoke. Supple and sweet in the mouth, with lively flavors of crunchy dark berries and fruity chocolate. Finishes with firm but sweet tannins. This is technically very low in acidity but shows no shortage of vivacity." (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 05) K&L's notes - 74.5% Merlot and 25.5% Cabernet Franc. Under the outstanding leadership of Jean Hubert Delon (Las Cases), this property is getting better and better. Bready nose--good flavors but hard for me to taste at this time.
- 2004 Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe ($24.99) According to Robert Parker: "Cos d’Estournel’s second wine has ratcheted up its quality. The crisp 2004 Les Pagodes de Cos offers notes of crushed rocks, flowers, and red as well as black fruits in a medium-bodied, streamlined, feminine style. Drink it over the next decade." (06/06) According to the Wine Spectator: "A pleasant young wine, with spice and berry character. Light to medium body. Simple finish." (06/05)
- 2004 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac ($72.99) 90-92 points Robert Parker: "A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2004 Pichon Lalande is vaguely reminiscent of the 1986 and 1988. Deep ruby/purple-tinged, with moderately high, firm tannin, a degree of austerity, plummy black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, smoke, and dried herbs, good freshness, and medium body, give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15+ years." (06/06) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Densely packed and highly concentrated, with dark berry, licorice and graphite flavors firmed and lifted by sound acidity..." 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely blackberry and currant aromas with hints of minerals and lightly toasted oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Good wine, with elegance." (03/05) K&L's notes - Every once in a while Pichon Comtesse shows you its masculine side. 2004 has a tight core of spicy Cabernet fruit and is finely tuned. Still very elegant but in the style of 1986 and 1996; good company. Big. Only tasted once.
France - Burgundy - Red
- 2004 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Heresztyn ($17.99) According to Allen Meadows: "An earthy and somber nose of dark berry fruit aromas combines with supple, fresh and pretty light weight flavors all wrapped in a sweet finish of moderate length. A nice if light Bourgogne." (Jan 01, 2006)
- 2004 Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Heresztyn ($36.99)
France - Burgundy - White
- 2005 Chablis, St. Victoire, Domaine Seguinot-Bordet ($17.99) Allen Meadows picks this a a Key Buy, calls it Outstanding! and writes: "pain grillé and vanilla hints frame more complex and more deeply pitched green fruit and iodine aromas that can also be found on the big, rich and impressively intense flavors that coat the palate on the nicely long finish. There is a touch of wood that resurfaces on the finish though the mid-palate fat is sufficient to absorb it over time." (Burghound, 10/06) The Seguinot family has been growing Chablis vines since 1590. This Chablis is called St. Victoire, after the family name, which means friendly victor or victory in the ancient visigoth tongue. It is made from their oldest vines, planted in 1935. This results in focus, a rich mid-palate and great weight to accompany the bright minerality on the long finish. This is hand-harvested, and is fermented in 15-20% wood, and the remainder is in horizontal stainless tanks, which Jean-Francois had specially built to increase lees contact. Although twice as expensive as conventional tanks, these allow 75% of all of the wine to remain within 3 feet of the lees, and pick up more richness than the upright tanks, while retaining crisp minerality. The success of this method is clearly seen here in the glass! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/07)
- 2005 Macon Solutré, Domaine Jean-Pierre Seve ($12.99)
- 2004 Meursault, Olivier Leflaive (Was $39.99 Elsewhere) ($24.99) Allen Meadows picks this as a Key Buy, writing: "A remarkably complex nose that of notably ripe orchard fruit aromas, spice notes, hazelnut, brown butter and hints of pain grillé complement well the rich, full and sweet flavors that possess excellent depth and real style on the mineral and linear finish. This is really quite a nice villages and recommended." (Burghound, 07/06) K&L's notes: Classic, ripe Meursault nose, with hints of fruit and toast. On the palate, in addition to the richness promised in the nose, it develops good complexity, with mineral notes on the finish, and refreshing acidity and focus. This is a very solid village wine, at a terrific price, thanks to a special purchase from the importer. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/07)
France - French Regional Wines
- 2006 Bandol Rosé Chateaux Pradeaux ($24.99) This quite manly Rosé is composed of Cinsault and Grenache as well as Mourvedre. After a short maceration on the skins, in order to extract a light color, the juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness, fruit and bouquet. After being aged in stainless steel cuves, the wine is normally bottled in May or June of the year following the harvest. It is one of the richest of the Rosés of France, dry but full-bodied with a floral bouquet. It is a very limited production wine as most of the production at Chateau Pradeaux is used to make the formidable Bandol Rouge.
- 2005 Vin de Savoie -Arbin Charles Trosset "Prestige des Arpentes " (Mondeuse) ($18.99) Arbin is one of the 17 crus that exist in the Savoie, although all the wines go under the appellation Vin de Savoie. Located a bit further along the slopes than Chignin and just before Cruet, Arbin specializes in Mondeuse and it is the only grape the Trossets have planted. Deep ruby beet in color, wirh blackberry with a bit of red fruit peaking through, along with a touch of pepper. A hint of herbs (mountain herbs, as in Chartreuse) comes through on the rich, full-bodied palate. The lightly tannic finish is also long. These red wines make an excellent accompaniment to pork roast, veal stew, or sausages with polenta. Of course, the local tomme cheese (or comté for that matter) also pair marvelously with the grape's deep, intense fruit.
France - Rhone Valley
- 2006 Côtes du Lubéron Blanc Château La Canorgue (Biodynamic) ($14.99) This exhuberant and vibrant white from the south of France is primarily a blend of Ugni Blanc, Grenache and hails from the northern winegrowing Rhône area known as the Cotes du Luberon (and truly one of the most gorgeous places on the planet!). Plenty of balancing acid to go with some pear and apple nuances. It is at once clean and polished, and excels brilliantly as a fine everyday sipper. Chateau La Canorgue was also most recently featured in Ridley Scott's film adaptation of the Peter Mayle book "A Good Year" staring Russel Crowe!
- 2005 Côtes du Rhône Villages Mas de Boislauzon ($13.99) "In the northernmost sector of Chateauneuf, the Chaussy family run this fine estate that has been making brilliant Chateauneuf du Pape for over a decade. Frugal consumers should check out their Cotes du Rhones Villages, which are made just outside the appellation. In 2005, the noteworthy bargain is again the 2005 Cotes du Rhone-Villages, a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Carignan, and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah. It is ripe, dark ruby, a real sleeper with attractive black cherry and spicy, earthy notes, loads of plumpness, and a corpulent mouthfeel and finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years, although I suspect it could last longer." (Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 169)
- 2004 Agostino Pavia Barbera d'Asti, Moliss ($15.99)
- 2003 Antinori Vin Santo 500ml ($34.99)
- 2002 Baricci "Colombaio di Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino ($34.99)
- 2005 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino ($18.99)
- 2001 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino "Gualto" ($89.99) 93 points Wine Spectator "Raisiny, with lots of dried flowers. Full-bodied, big and velvety, with loads of fruit and a long, long finish. The best ever from this producer. Best after 2010. 750 cases made. JS" Apr 30, 2007
- 2006 Corte Rugolin Valpolicella Classico ($9.99)
- 2004 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' - 12 available ($84.99)
- 2002 Foradori Granato ($35.99)
- 2003 Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano ($18.99)
- 2003 Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva "Montesodi" ($34.99) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe black fruit, with notes of fresh licorice, stony minerals and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a long licorice finish. Best after 2006." (10/05)
- 2006 Pra Soave Classico Superiore "Cru Montegrande" - 12 available ($24.99)
- 2003 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" ($34.99) 2 Red Glasses Gambero Rosso! Geremia is a 60% merlot 40% cabernet sauvignon blend. While I thought the 2003 would be a bit flaccid with these varietals, both Mike Parres and I were thrilled with the quality. Aged only in French Tonneaux, this is subtle, rich, spicy, more comfortable and less austere perhaps than the 93-point Robert Parker 2001 version but just as tasty! Very small quantities; don't miss out! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer) Arrives July 2007
- 2002 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico ($12.99)
- 2003 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Riserva "San Marcellino" ($34.99) 2 Red Glasses Gambero Rosso! A pre-arrival that will go up in price when it gets here, this is a wine in which to invest. This is a 2003. But unlike so many others of this vintage, it is very focused. Beyond a doubt, a magnificent wine. While different from the serious 2001, the 2003 is richer, has deeper flavors now and gives lushness to the mouth rarely seen in Chianti! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer) Arrives July 2007
- 2003 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Riserva "San Marcellino" 1.5L ($79.99) 2 Red Glasses Gambero Rosso! A pre-arrival that will go up in price when it gets here, this is a wine in which to invest. This is a 2003. But unlike so many others of this vintage, it is very focused. Beyond a doubt, a magnificent wine. While different from the serious 2001, the 2003 is richer, has deeper flavors now and gives lushness to the mouth rarely seen in Chianti! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer) Arrives July 2007
- 2005 Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba ($14.99)
- 2004 Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba "Armujan" ($19.99)
- 2004 Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba "Armujan" 1.5L ($44.99)
- 2004 Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba "Armujan" 375ml ($12.99)
- 2003 Ruggeri Corsini Barolo ($36.99) This is an amazing wine; it comes from their oldest vineyards (30- to 40-years old) and offers stunning concentration and balance, with no over-ripeness at all! Great flavors, balance and Mike and I were stunned at the quality and bought a boatload, only to have Clyde (inventory Ogre) say "That's TOO MUCH" so I'm giving it away for a song on pre-arrival, help us out! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)
- 2003 Ruggeri Corsini Barolo "San Pietro" ($29.99) This wine carries a ridiculous price for the quality, excellent concentration, aromatics… truly amazing at the price. You can't buy Barolo this good for this price ANYWHERE ELSE! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)
- 2006 Ruggeri Corsini Bianco delle Langhe ($14.99)
- 1999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1.5L - 8 available ($275.99) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, with intense aromas of ripe fruit with coffee and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with a depth of ripe fruit and delicious black licorice flavors and silky tannins. Beauty. This equals the quality of the excellent 1997 from here. Best after 2006."
- 2006 Venica Pinot Grigio "Jesera" ($18.99) Jesera means in Slovenian 'little lake' and it's the name of the major vineyard from where grapes are picked. This site is at the bottom of a cool valley; the water that flows from the hills guarantee a perfect support to the vines. This wine shows a rich character with reminiscent of pear Williams, banana, and acacia flowers wrapped in a slight scent of fresh apricot. Intriguing taste with pleasant flavors of pear syrup and quince peels. Good acid/alcohol balance with a long fruity finish.
- 2006 Venica Sauvignon "Ronco delle Mele" ($29.99) The name means "hill of the apples." Apple trees were planted at the beginning of the century to stabilize a big land slide still visible today. Light gold with green highlights, explosive nose with elderflowers and hints of sage and mint, white peach and gooseberry. Dry, very balanced, ripe fruit with citrus notes, long finale.
- 2006 Venica Tocai Friulano "Ronco delle Cime" ($22.99) 100% Tocai Friulano, not to be confused with the Hungarian Tocai or the Tokay d'Alsace (which is pinot gris). Ronco delle Cime means vineyards of the peaks, and these vineyards are the highest in the property (300-400 meters) as well as the oldest (50 years old). This wine shows typical aromas reminiscent of fresh almonds, walnuts, candy and cloves. The taste has a velvet soft texture due to its inherent low acidity with flavors that remind one of quince, curry and bitter almonds.
New Zealand - Australia
- 2006 Eradus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand ($15.99)
- 2006 Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($15.99) Everything is happening on the nose here with tropical aromas exploding - like you have crashed your motorcycle into a tropical island fruit stall...! The mid palate is rich and luscious with layered complexity. It offers a viscous persistent finish with the 'classic' Isabel vineyard limstone minerality. A wine that 'feels' like pure indulgence - delicious in its youth, yet undeniably age-worthy.
- 2006 Te Awa Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay New Zealand ($16.99)
Spain - Spain and Portugal
- 2006 Burgans Albariño ($9.99) 89 points from the Wine Advocate! They say, "The 2006 Burgans Albarino, a custom cuvee chosen by importer Eric Solomon, is a candidate for Best Buy in the Albarino category. Medium gold-colored, the wine has excellent honey, mineral, orange marmalade and peach aromas and flavors in a just off-dry format. Drink it over the next 12-18 months with grilled salmon, tuna, and roast chicken. 6/18/2007"
- 2005 Dominio dos Tares Estay Prieto Picudo ($13.99)
- 2004 Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo Menguante Garnacha Seleccion ($16.99) 91 points from the Wine Advocate! They say, "The 2004 Menguante Garnacha Seleccion raises the bar a bit. It spent 8 months in a mixture of used French and American oak. Dark ruby in color, it is a bit more sophisticated than the two previous wines with its complex nose of vanilla, smoke, cedar, red currants and kirsch. It also offers more structure with ripe tannins nicely concealed by generous quantities of red and blue fruits. There is very good concentration and depth through to the pure finish. Give this outstanding wine several years in bottle for further evolution and drink it over the following 6-8 years. Kudos to the Pablo family! 2/28/2007" Founded in 1760, Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo Menguante is a family-owned estate that is located in the heart of the kingdom of Aragon, Carinena. Emphasizing the use of indigenous varietals and biodynamic farming techniques, the folks at Menguante have captured the intensity of pure, ripe Grenache. From the black cherry and cassis fruit to the exotic aromas of nutmeg and vanilla, this red will sure to please many a palate. I love the Menuguante with Ternasco de Aragon, baby lamb, spiked with garlic and slow roasted on a bed of sliced potatoes.
United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2003 Fisher "Coach Insignia" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($59.99)
- 2005 Justin Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($22.99)
- 2004 Karl Lawrence Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99) The Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon is made from two renowned vineyards. The combination and blending of the Morosoli grapes and the Lamb Family grapes define the unique Karl Lawrence Cabernet style. The grape combination produces a wine that is rich and full-bodied, well balanced, and enhanced fruit and spice characters. A wine to remember!
- 2003 Keenan Reserve Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($84.99)
- 2004 Melka "Metisse" Napa Proprietary Red - 10 available ($99.99) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(80% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot and 9% petit verdot; from Jim and Stephanie Gamble's vineyard located near Madrona Vineyard and Spottswoode) Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackcurrant, minerals, iron, licorice and leather. Suave, supple and refined; sweet but fresh and nicely delineated. This has a distinctly sophisticated texture for Napa cabernet. Finishes with sweet, late-arriving tannins and lovely verve and length." (May/Jun 07) 92 points Robert Parker: "There are approximately 500 cases of this proprietary blend made by the talented and increasingly fashionable French winemaking consultant, Philippe Melka. A combination of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2004 Metisse has tightened up since bottling, but it reveals medium to full body as well as a lovely, pure perfume of creme de cassis, white chocolate, black cherries, spice, and subtle background oak (about 75% new French barrels are utilized). Made from fruit purchased from vineyards owned by Jim and Stephanie Gamble as well as the well-known viticulturist, David Abreu, it should drink beautifully for 15 or more years." (12/06)
- 2002 Ridge Vineyards "Home Ranch" Santa Cruz Mountains Red Wine (1.5L) - 2 available ($119.00)
- 2002 White Rock Napa Claret ($39.99)
United States - Domestic Chardonnay
United States - Domestic Other Misc.
- 2006 Heitz Grignolino Rosé ($17.99)
United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red
- 2005 Qupe "Purisima Mountain Vineyard," Santa Ynez Valley Grenache ($34.99)
- 2004 Tayerle "Il Trovatore" Paso Robles Red Wine ($16.99)
United States - Domestic Other Misc. White
United States - Domestic Pinot Noir
- 2005 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Pinot Noir ($35.99) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Polished pale yellow color. Aromas of apricot, peach, smoke and truffle, with a candied nuance. Rich, ripe and fleshy, with pear and stone fruit flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. I like the wine's sweetness with restraint. Finishes persistent and a tad warm." (May/June 2007)
- 2004 Hamacher Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($39.99) Captivatingly complex! A gorgeous nose of fresh cherries and cherry cream soda, with hints of strawberry, earth and spice. Tons of layered fruit-cherries, strawberries and cream, bits of raspberry and black cherry currant on the finish-is complemented by bright acidity and super-integrated tannins. The finish has great length as whispers of red fruit, cinnamon, and dried thyme echo.
United States - Domestic Sauvignon Blanc
- 2006 Clavo Sauvignon Blanc ($13.99)
United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah
- 2004 Clavo "Reckless Moment" Paso Robles Syrah ($31.99)
- 2005 JRE "Bluxome Creek Ranch" Alexander Valley Petite Sirah - 12 available ($28.99)
- 2002 Ridge "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah ($29.99)
United States - Domestic Zinfandel
- 2004 Christie Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($24.99)
BACK IN STOCK...
(items we've carried in the past that have just arrived again)
Argentina - Argentina and Chile
- 2005 Viña Doña Paula Malbec (Argentina) ($11.99) This intense Malbec offers complex aromatics of plum, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and pepper, with a hint of mint and truffle and a bittersweet dark chocolate note. On the palate it is rich and fleshy with fully integrated tannins, hints of spice and more chocolate and a long, silky body.
- 2005 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red Padthaway (Cab/Shiraz/Merlot) ($8.99) 91 points Robert Parker: "There are 70,000 cases of the 2005 Red, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from young vines. However, this is no wimpy wine at 15% alcohol. An unbelievable value, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as an uplifted, projected nose of sweet red and black fruits, earth, and spice box. Supple-textured with a voluptuous mouthfeel and unbelievable richness, this wine clearly over-delivers. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years." (10/06) K&L's notes - Another amazing Aussie red value for less than $10. As good as the 2004 is, I think the 2005 is even better! (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Aussie buyer)
- R.L. Buller Muscat (Australia) 375ml ($13.99) 97 points Robert Parker: "...nearly flawless, deep amber fabulously perfumed as well as unctously textured..." (10/02) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, unctuous and briming with Muscat spiciness, there are notes of dried apricot, prune, toffee and toasted marshmallow. Very rich and decadent, and a superb value for the quality." (10/02)
France - Alsace
- 2004 Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Fleur - 11 available ($19.99) The Traminer came to Alsace from the north of Italy. The Gewurztraminer (literally spicy or musky Traminer) is a selection of the most fragrant Traminers. This 2004 "Fleur" has a beautiful yellow color with green hints and a delicate nose with scents of spices, lychee, clove and rose aromas. A very refine palate, mellow with a very long finish.
France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare
- 1961 Beychevelle, St-Julien (Calvet. Chateau Bottled.) (Sotheby's sale sticker circa 1975) - 1 available ($499.00) According to the Wine Spectator: "Depth of flavor makes this firmly textured wine special. It has enticing earthy, tobaccolike aromas, ripe fruit flavors, just enough tannin and a lingering finish. Still cruising, so drink through 2005." (04/96) According to Robert Parker: "The 1961 Beychevelle continues to age gracefully, but it is not in the top league of 1961s. I have always regarded it as a fruity, concentrated wine that has a voluptuous, expansive, even sweet taste. The wine has been fully mature for over a decade. Anticipated maturity: Now." (Bordeaux book, 1998)
- 1961 Beychevelle, St-Julien (High Shoulder fills, slightly torn and stained labels) - 2 available ($399.00) According to the Wine Spectator: "Depth of flavor makes this firmly textured wine special. It has enticing earthy, tobaccolike aromas, ripe fruit flavors, just enough tannin and a lingering finish. Still cruising, so drink through 2005." (04/96) According to Robert Parker: "The 1961 Beychevelle continues to age gracefully, but it is not in the top league of 1961s. I have always regarded it as a fruity, concentrated wine that has a voluptuous, expansive, even sweet taste. The wine has been fully mature for over a decade. Anticipated maturity: Now." (Bordeaux book, 1998)
- 1990 l'Evangile, Pomerol - 2 available ($279.95) 96 points Robert Parker: "The 1990 remains one of the great modern day L'Evangiles..." (02/97) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Big and ripe. Dark ruby-garnet color. Very ripe berry, chocolate and plum aromas. Full-bodied and chewy, with lots of tannins and a very ripe fruit finish. Tight, muscular and concentrated. Needs time.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2005." (08/2000)
- 1982 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Top shoulder fill) - 1 available ($1899.00) 100 points Robert Parker: "The 1982 Lafite possesses a dark, dense ruby/purple color with only a subtle lightening at the rim. Spectacular aromatics offer jammy cherry and black fruits intertwined with lead pencil, mineral, and smoky wood scents. Powerful for a Lafite, this wine unfolds to reveal extraordinary richness, purity, and overall symmetry in addition to stunning flavor depth and persistence. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Plenty of tannin remains, and the wine displays a vibrancy and youthfulness that belie its 18 years of age. The modern day equivalent of Lafite-Rothschild's immortal 1959, the 1982 will enjoy another 30-70 years of life! An amazing achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2070." (06/2000) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby red. Mineral, berry and mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. A silky, seductive wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now." (06/01)
- 1982 Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol - 12 available ($289.95) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Perhaps the finest wine ever produced at this estate. Offers beautiful milk chocolate and fruit aromas and lovely, silky tannins and fruit flavors. The finish goes on and on. Better in 1997 to '99.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal." (08/92) According to Robert Parker: "A dense garnet color was accompanied by a stunning, smoky, creme caramel, plum, black cherry, and roasted coffee-scented bouquet, thick, succulent, opulently-textured flavors, low acidity, and a fully mature, concentrated finish that lingered for nearly 40 seconds. This fully mature 1982 requires consumption over the next several years." (06/2000)
France - Bordeaux - Red
- 2004 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien ($28.99) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of blackberry character with hints of toasted oak and earth. Full-bodied, with chunky yet velvety tannins and a medium finish. Very well done. Almost 92-94." (03/05) K&L's notes - 56.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and rest mixed. Very sexy wine with smoky bacon aromas and flavors. Sweet entry and finish. Very nice.
France - Burgundy - Old and Rare
- 2001 Mercurey Blanc, "Rochelles", Louis Max (Was $14.99 Elsewhere) ($5.99) This rich and toasty Chardonnay has a nice element of minerality and a tasty middle. What could you want for this price? Chill it down and serve the masses this summer. Only a special price from the importer makes this ridiculously low pricing possible.
France - Burgundy - Red
- 2005 Savigny Les Beaune, Domaine Denis Carré ($21.99) Delightful Savigny, from the wonderful 2005 vintage. Soft, bright and a bit earthy, with nice fruit and a solid finish.
France - Loire
- 2005 Château du Hureau Saumur Champigny, Philippe & Georges Vatan ($13.99) Who can get enough of violety Cabernet Franc when the winter turns to spring and the trees begin to blossom? Too poetic, perhaps. But really no other grape better encapsulates the blossoming of springtime than Loire Valley Cab Franc, with its floral aromatics (lilac, lavender and violets, of course) and notes of herb and minerals. This Saumur shows a lovely deep ruby color. Forward, fruity aromas of blackberry, raspberry and fine herbs. Well-integrated tannins make this very versatile at the table, and highly enjoyable with a slight chill.
- Domaine Fouet Crémant de Loire Rosé ($18.99) Fruity, refreshing and fun lightly sparkling rosé from one of our favorite producers in the Loire.
France - Rhone Valley
- 2003 Châteauneuf du Pâpe Chateau Vaudieu ($26.99) 88-90 points Robert Parker: "The Grenache-dominated 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals a classic kiss of kirsch liqueur along with notes of pepper, licorice, and herbs. Rich, full-bodied, and lush, with low acidity, ripe tannin, and heady levels of both glycerin and alcohol, it should be consumed over the next decade. Drink 2004-2014." (12/04)
France - Sauternes - Old and Rare
- 1988 Guiraud, Sauternes - 1 available ($69.95) 89 points Robert Parker: "More tight and backward than I remembered it, the 1988 exhibits a stylish, spicy nose of ripe fruit, some botrytis, medium to full-bodied flavors with well-integrated oak, an attractive, smoky, honeyed fruit character, and a lively finish. It is more shy and reticent than usual. It should last for 20-30 years." (Bordeaux Book, 1998) According to the Wine Spectator: "Elegant and well made, exhibiting medium body and sweetness. Nutmeg, clove and thyme flavors play against honey, melon and oak-scented vanilla notes. Ready to drink."
- 1995 Rieussec, Sauternes - 12 available ($59.99) For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that "Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines." Sémillon 95%, Muscadelle 2% and Sauvignon 3%. Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 26 months depending on the year, including 55% in new barrels.
- 1997 Dante Rivetti Barbaresco Bricco Neueis ($59.99) 90 points Wine Spectator "Textbook-style Barbaresco. Lovely floral and beautiful plum, rose and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a firm, mouthpuckering finish. Not imported into the U.S. Best after 2004. JS" Web Only (2000)
- 2004 Poggio Argentiera Morellino di Scansano "Capatosta" - 6 available ($39.99) 91(+?)? points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated ruby. F loral, refined, deep aromas of red cherry, smoky blueberry, leather and gunflint. Rich, supple and full, with impressive mid-palate breadth. Black pepper and spice notes add complexity on the long finish, which is nicely highlighted by sound acids. I might have scored the wine even higher but for slightly astringent tannins that will require extended aging to resolve-and I am not sure they will." (Sep/Oct 06) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The estate’s Morellino di Scansano Capatosta is made from old Sangiovese vineyards with an addition of 5% Alicante (Grenache). The 2004 is high-class all the way. Rich and layered, it is a big, muscular Morellino packed with ripe dark red fruit intermingled with subtle notes of earthiness, licorice and toasted oak, showing outstanding length and very fine overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2014." (02/07)
- 2003 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 375ml ($11.99) The 2003 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico is a stunner. While the vintage is definitely a warm one, RdM’s altitude accentuated the positives, and they made a really dynamite wine. Soft, open and round in the mouth, the wine’s luscious fruit is readily apparent yet is layered with spice, rosemary and violet. A luxurious softness on the palate follows onto the finish, which lingers and begs for food. I'm dreaming of Arista, the fantastic pork loin roast you see all over Tuscany gently flavored with rosemary, a perfect match. (Greg St. Clair, K&L's Italian buyer)
- 2001 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Riserva "San Marcellino" ($39.99) 2 Glasses Gambero Rosso. 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva San Marcellino is a classic example of high level Sangiovese, intense and riveting in its expression of ripe red currant fruit, tar, and chocolate, warm and forceful on the palate, strong and balanced from the attack to the finish and with grip and authority to burn. It will drink well for another dozen years. An impressive lineup of wines, to say the least." (04/06) K&L's notes - The 2001 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Riserva has power, structure and depth. This wine is made from 100% Sangiovese and is a classic. Sangiovese, when it is right, has unending length, and this wine is really right. Wild cherry, rosemary and sauvage-filled intrigue rolls across your palate while minerals crystallize and deposit their structure on your tongue. You can drink this now after giving it a few hours of aeration, or it easily will hold for another ten to fifteen years. Try this with Osso Bucco.
- 1999 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Riserva "San Marcellino" 1.5L - 11 available ($79.99) 90 points Robert Parker: "The ambitious 1999 Chianti Classico San Marcellino (100% Sangiovese) boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to sweet vanilla (from French oak), and copious quantities of black cherries, raspberries, and currants with hints of underbrush and leather. There is a lovely texture, medium body, excellent purity, and a long, authoritative finish that combines power with elegance. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." (12/02)
- Silvano Follador Prosecco Valdobbiadene "Cartizze" ($19.99) I have been looking for a Prosecco producer that we could import directly for a few years. Last April in Italy I met with the very young bother-and-sister team of Silvano and Alberta Follador. We didn’t even taste their wines when we first met. They just wanted to meet me before we even thought about the wine. We liked each other immediately. In today’s world of fast-paced business it was very refreshing to see that producers were more interested in who was going to take care of their wines rather than how much we were going to buy. I walked away hoping that they made wine that was at the very least good. A month later we tasted the samples and YOWSA! We were stunned by the quality; I have never tasted better Prosecco than these. Dumfounded by the quality, humbly I asked for the price list knowing the quality and the stunning package would demand some outrageous price. The prices matched their personalities, however, humble and honest. The Superiore di Cartizze comes from the most famous “vineyard zone” in the region, a 266-acre slope framed by the villages of San Pietro Barbozza, Saccol and Santo Stefano (from where the Folladors hail). Cartizze traditionally has a higher dosage than the rest of the wines, but its increased power carries it off well. More complexity, broader on the palate, richer flavors. Also, a winner of Two Glasses in the 2005 Gambero Rosso (under the winery's previous name--changed in March 2005--Il Cardo). (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)
- Silvano Follador Prosecco Valdobbiadene Brut ($12.99) 1 Glass Gambero Rosso! I have been looking for a Prosecco producer that we could import directly for a few years. Last April in Italy I met with the very young bother-and-sister team of Silvano and Alberta Follador. We didn’t even taste their wines when we first met. They just wanted to meet me before we even thought about the wine. We liked each other immediately. In today’s world of fast-paced business it was very refreshing to see that producers were more interested in who was going to take care of their wines rather than how much we were going to buy. I walked away hoping that they made wine that was at the very least good. A month later we tasted the samples and YOWSA! We were stunned by the quality; I have never tasted better Prosecco than these. Dumfounded by the quality, humbly I asked for the price list knowing the quality and the stunning package would demand some outrageous price. The prices matched their personalities, however, humble and honest. In the Brut, the first thing you notice is the incredibly perfumed nose. Beautifully balanced and delicate, it is followed by refined fruits with hints of yeasty complexity without being ponderous. This sparkling wine is a perfect aperitivo—long, pure and refreshing. It makes you want to drink glass after glass. Also was a winner of Two Glasses in the 2005 Gambero Rosso (under the winery's previous name--changed in March 2005--Il Cardo). (Greg St.Clair, Italian buyer)
- 2005 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand ($29.99) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Suave and ripe, with plush depth to Asian spice, roasted duck, wild berry and black cherry flavors. Crushed stone nuances, judicious oak and sinuous tannins streamline the stylish finish. Drink now through 2011." (04/07)
Portugal - Port and Madeira - Old and Rare
- 1948 Blandy's Bual - 1 available ($249.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 2004 after 56 years in cask! Very loaded in color, dense with aroma, with almond notes, dry fig and iodine. Beautiful acidity and wood influences, a gorgeous Bual.
- 1964 Blandy's Bual - 2 available ($149.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 2004 after 40 years in cask. After all these years, this has gained a touch of austerity. On the nose this is round but extremely powerful in the aroma, with a full range of dried and perserved fruit. Well proportioned and very round in the mouth, this bual is full of personality.
- 1968 Blandy's Bual - 2 available ($119.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 2004 after 36 years in cask. Beautiful old Bual, with 'rancio' notes and a hint of iodine, with dry fruit. This seems drier than many Buals... very round with a beautiful finish, long and soft.
- 1971 Blandy's Bual - 2 available ($120.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 2004 after 33 years in cask. Beautiful aromatical intensity, with a touch of iodine and mineral. In the mouth, the age of the wine is felt, though there is still an impressive sense of great freshness... beautiful acidity in the persistent finish.
- 1966 Blandy's Sercial - 1 available ($120.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 1992 after 26 years in cask.
- 1974 Blandy's Sercial - 1 available ($120.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 2004 after 30 years in cask. Clean and very distinct aroma, almost smells as if it were a totally dry wine. In the mouth, however, although dry it does not leave a feeling of astringency or of wood. Classic Sercial!
- 1968 Blandy's Verdelho - 1 available ($140.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 1994 after 26 years in cask. Great intensity and aromatical complexity, powerful and very rich, with an initially delicate flavor, changing in the finish to a true explosion of resinous aromas. Powerful and elegant.
- 1977 Blandy's Verdelho - 12 available ($124.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 2004 after 27 years in cask! Still boasts a quite fresh aroma with notes of dry fruit, quince, almond and an iodized touch. This is a true half-dry Madeira with, a medium body and a long and seductive finish.
- 1977 Blandys Bual ($125.00) Direct from Blandy's!
Portugal - Sherry and Madeira
- 1962 Blandy's Sercial - 1 available ($149.00) Direct from Blandy's! Bottled in 1998 after 36 years in cask.
- 2003 Rudi Schultz Syrah Stellenbosch (Elsewhere $36.99) Special Distributor Closeout ($32.99) Time to get out the grill and get those short ribs marinating. This hauntingly rich Syrah offers a dark color with hints of mocha and spice flavors. Has obvious peppery notes wtih a fine tannin structure well integrated with the oak. The 2002 got 93 points from the Wine Spectator and this review: "This is a loaded wine, with a massive core of blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit wrapped in a lush, velvety texture. Loads of sweet toast as well, but notes of violets, tar and minerals skitter throughout for added complexity. Then gobs of fruit return for the finish. Gorgeous modern-styled Syrah. Drink now through 2008. 100 cases made." (11/04) VERY LIMITED A solid beam of boysenberry and raspberry runs through this focused, rich red, with mocha, mineral and floral notes as well. Rich finish pumps out the fruit, supported by fine acidity. Drink now through 2007. 400 cases imported. –JM Score: 90 Release Price: $37 Country: South Africa Region: Coastal Region Issue: Oct 15, 2005
United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2002 Amici Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99) The addition of a small amount of Merlot and Petite Verdot to the 2002 Amici Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon adds richness to the mouth feel and increases the aromatics of the wine. The color is opaque and the wine has very soft tannins, which allow the currant-blackberry flavors to take center stage on the palate. The conservative use of new French oak adds just the right amount of vanilla and spices, helping to enhance the aromatics of the wine.
- 2002 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99) 90 points Robert Parker: "The Alexander Valley cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley offers abundant quantities of spice, vanillin, cedar, herbs, and smoke, soft, round, creamy-textured flavors, good black cherry and currant notes, and a spicy, medium-bodied, easy-going personality. Enjoy it over the next 7-10 years." (12/05)
United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare
- 1989 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($169.95) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and tannic, but graced with a wealth of fruit flavors. The rich cherry, berry, prune and plum notes turn smoky and complex on the long, full finish." (06/93)
- 1980 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (Very Top Shoulder) - 2 available ($289.00) 96 points and a Spectator Selection from the Wine Specatator (03/86) 93 points Robert Parker: "Few wineries in the world can boast such an enviable record of consistent excellence as that of Caymus." (10/93)
- 1982 Montelena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($129.00) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Very Bordeaux-like, earthy and minty, with a leathery aroma adding dimension to the core of currant. Quite rich for this difficult vintage.--Chateau Montelena vertical. Drink now through 2006." (11/99) 90 points Robert Parker: "There is something reassuring about seeing a bottle of Chateau Montelena. This classic, old Napa Valley winery is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, but they can also fashion wonderful Chardonnay from the Alexander and Napa valleys." (10/93) K&L's notes - Long, cool season produced large crop. A sturdy wine (oh, fancy that from Montelena) that is at once ripe and quite spicy. Very firm structure, rustic, an engaging character of smoked meats. Very nice, bold style cab. (Joe Zugelder, Old and Rare Buyer)
- 1984 Montelena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($159.99) 94 points Wine Spectator. 92 points Robert Parker, who writes, "Chateau Montelena's wines possess gorgeous potential when young, and are even better when revisited later. The 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits the forward, jammy, cassis, and other black fruit character of the vintage, marvelously rich, full-bodied, concentrated flavors, high extract, gobs of glycerin, and moderate tannin in the finish. Its virtues - purity, richness, and opulence - along with a firm underpinning of tannin, should serve it well for another 10-15 years."
- 1988 Montelena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($79.00) One of the successes of the vintage. Meaty, spicy nose; ripe flavors, dense, and firm on the palate. Still has life in it. (Joe Zugelder, K&L Old and rare Buyer) 88 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good deep red-ruby; fresher than the '89. Maturing aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, tar and loam; cleaner than the '89. Fairly supple flavors of currant and prune, complicated by notes of sandalwood and leather. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a hint of raisin. From a tiny crop." (Jul/Aug/98)
- 1989 Montelena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($89.00) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe currant, anise and black cherry notes, complex flavors and a striking sense of balance, weight and proportion.--1989 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2007." (08/99)
- 1997 Ritchie Creek Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 8 available ($69.95)
United States - Domestic Chardonnay
- 2003 Newton "Unfiltered" Napa Chardonnay ($39.99) 95 points Robert Parker: "Consistently one of California’s finest, longest-lived Chardonnays is Newton’s Unfiltered Chardonnay, and the 2002 is drinking spectacularly well. Moreover, it is capable of lasting another 4-5 years. However, the light green/gold-colored 2003 Unfiltered Chardonnay plays it closer to the vest. It displays hints of marmalade, caramel, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle, good background acidity, more obvious structure and backwardness than the previous two vintages, excellent weight, and a long finish. This beautiful Chardonnay is reminiscent of a top premier cru from Chassagne-Montrachet. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years." (12/05) 92 Points and two stars from Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "More than once in the past, Newton's unfiltered Chardonnay has won accolades here, and this newest rendition keeps the winery's string of successes in tact. As usual a very big, very rich wine that pulls no punches as regards ripeness and size, it is a deep and uncannily well-fruited opus with more than enough center to support its liberal oak. It comes with the usual glitch of being a bit too hot, but when richness like this is the reward, a little heat is easy to take." (March 2006)
United States - Domestic Other Misc.
- Bonny Doon Framboise 375ml ($9.99) Infusion of Raspberry - A new batch, with the re-introduction of the Tulamine variety along with the old standards, Meeker and Chilcotin. Perfect for kirs, kirs royales, spritzers, sauce reductions, vinaigrettes or fruit desserts.
- 2003 Far Niente Napa "Dolce" 375ml ($69.99) Exotic, tropical, apricot and melon notes combine with hints of honeysuckle on the palate. While undeniably sweet, the signature texture and long finish lead to a mouthwatering finish that is perfectly balanced and clean. More subtle flavors of toasted almonds, fig and pear integrate nicely with notes of brioche and bread pudding.
United States - Domestic Pinot Noir
- 2004 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($51.99) 91 points from Wine Spectator: "Exhibits dusty berry, cola and wild raspberry flavors in a complex, well-focused style, with nice fruit on the finish." (6/30/2007) This full-bodied wine has lofty weight yet the wine is supple, elegant and well-balanced. The aroma is inviting with notes of leaf tobacco, mushroom, forest floor, leather, and cinnamon. The flavors are dominated by blueberry, plum, blackberry, and a medley of spices, including clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- 2005 Lily Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($17.99) The Lily wines are made by Bill Hunter of Chasseur fame, and does it ever show. His elegant hand makes perfectly balanced acidity driven wines that are minimally manipulated. Pinot, as we all are aware of at this point, is becoming more expensive by the second which makes this wine that much more exciting. The unmistakeable cherry/cranberry fruit of pinot noir is on display here with just the slightest touch of french oak spice. With all of its vibrant, juicy flavors and tiny price tag this wine is sure to please. (Bryan Brick, K&L)
United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah
- 1999 Turley "Hayne" Petite Sirah - 1 available ($135.00) 97 points Robert Parker: "Potentially perfect, the 1999 Petite-Syrah Hayne Vineyard (475 cases, 15.2% alcohol) is a 50-year wine. If it is showing any age after a decade of cellaring, I will be as surprised as its producers. An opaque black/blue color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of blackberry and creme de cassis blended with spices, minerals, and earth. Frightfully tannic, with unreal concentration, texture, and length, this behemoth is one of the most concentrated wines I have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050+." (02/02)
- 2001 Turley "Rattlesnake Acres" Petite Syrah - 1 available ($125.00) 92 points Robert Parker: "The inky blue/purple-colored 2001 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres (a mere 13.2% alcohol) reveals a promising nose of licorice, blackberries, minerals, and flowers. This stacked and packed, full-bodied, enormously endowed effort is relatively accessible for Petite Sirah, but ideally should have 5-6 more years of cellaring. It will keep for two decades." (08/03)
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