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Diana Turk

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2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 07-16-2017
Solidly structured but surprisingly easy drinking already, Poggio dell'Otto Brunello shows ripe blackberry fruit with savory, dusty undercurrents - hits of black tea and woodsiness - though the lush character of the spectacular 2010 vintage is still vividly apparent. This is aromatic and flavorful, earthy but rich with dark cherry notes, plus some oak on the grippy yet rounded finish. With time and plenty of air, this deal of a Riserva will sing.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "Mont de Milieu" 1er Cru
Review Date: 07-01-2017
Sharp citrus on the nose, with riper fruit through the palate, pithy texture and a long finish, this is a richer style Chablis with character and beautiful roundness. Classic yet interesting, and at a stellar price, "Mont de Milieu" 1er Cru is a gorgeous, must-try Chardonnay.

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "La Sereine"
Review Date: 07-01-2017
Leaner than the other La Chablisienne offerings but just as complex, this mineral-driven Chablis shows expressive Meyer lemon and other bright fruit with subtle salinity and racy acidity. If my rusty memory of Francis Cabrel serves, “La Sereine” means mermaid in French, and this refreshing stunner certainly lives up to its beautiful name. An elegant summer favorite, perfect for oceanside sipping.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2009 Château de Chambert Cahors
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Beautiful deep berry color and a woodsy nose serve as the first impression of this seriously structured Cahors. The tannins are vividly apparent but the finish is surprisingly soft, and there’s a brightness to balance the juicy plum fruit. Château de Chambert is a lively Malbec with backbone and freshness, drinking well now, and considering it already has some age on it, a steal for under twenty bucks.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Old school in style with incredible drinkability, Groth Cabernet Sauvignon is an icon of Napa Valley, showing currant and cherry fruit, with subtle smokiness and substantial structure, and finishing with silky tannins. With its depth, elegance, and purity of fruit, the 2013 is an easy go-to for California fans and Bordeaux drinkers alike.
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2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé
Review Date: 06-13-2017
Bright with strawberry fruit, Domaine Rimauresq is a classic yet complex Provençal rosé with refreshing acidity. The 2016 is rich enough to feel fuller bodied on the palate than most, yet still shows lively pithy notes and stony minerality, plus a long finish. The texture is surprisingly soft for such a juicy, lifted rosé, making this a great food wine and a nuanced option.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2007 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-13-2017
Green almond on the nose, with vivid citrus and hints of rounder stonefruit fruit through the palate, this Grande Année feels significantly sharper than the 2005 – thanks to a cooler 2007 vintage – but keeps the honeyed, vinous character Bollinger does so well. This is a substantial Champagne with a structured backbone of acidity, while the delicate mousse keeps it lively and elegant. Fresh-drinking for now but with real aging potential, this bright release was a hit at the last customer tasting, and is a worthy addition to any cellar.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Riper berry fruit thanks to the healthy 2015 vintage, but with plenty of traditional green notes of brush and savory olive, plus blue floral aromatics, this is classic Cabernet Franc that shows lift and earthiness without sacrificing superior drinkability. Domaine Les Pins is an easy intro to Bourgueil, and if you’re not interested in exploring Loire Valley appellations, "Les Rochettes" is a bright, delicious, unbelievably-priced addition to your summer red lineup.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2005 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Puelles is a classic Spanish producer that in previous releases has straddled the line between modern, fruit-forward drinkability and more traditional dusky Rioja. The 2005 – a killer vintage – feels like a throwback to the older style, more restrained than the powerful 2004 but just as enjoyable. There is balance here, with a distinct savory quality, but Tempranillo’s bright cherry fruit still shines through, with hints of tobacco and leather on the finish and noticeable (though well-integrated) oak. Puelles is a Direct Import that truly is a crowd pleaser: a rich but easy going Gran Reserva that sings with quality, unbelievably only $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 05-30-2017
I've been anxiously awaiting the new vintage, and the leaner 2016 is finally here! Sancerre-style paired with Touraine's picnic-perfect value, this customer favorite may just be a top pick for Sauvignon Blanc in the store at this price. The last vintage was a hit, but rounder and more fruit-driven, and now the fresh 2016 is just in time for summer, showing sharper but quenching minerality. Bright acid is vividly apparent, balanced by juicy citrus and ripe stone fruit: flavors shine without hiding terroir or flintiness. Plus the label is gorgeous, begging to dress up your table. Le Coeur de la Reine is ready to take along to parties, alfresco dinners and warm weather adventures.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2016 Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel (1L)
Review Date: 05-30-2017
A new favorite liter-size Grüner is here! This ticks all the boxes for what I want in a summery white wine, but the quality far exceeds what's expected of a value-format bottling. The 2016 Pollerhof is mineral-driven and crisp, with that classic Grüner white pepper lift and subtle, but apparent, arugula notes. Plus the estate rescues chickens! Delicious, fresh, and philanthropic: Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner is finally back in stock with a stellar new vintage, and ready for all your warm weather needs. You don't even have to pack a corkscrew.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2013 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux
Review Date: 05-28-2017
While the last vintage was delicious, it was a bit heavy-handed on the baked fruit. This 2013 feels much more balanced and a touch greener, with surprisingly bright acid and a hit of Provencal herbs. The fruit shows as more vivid blackberry, but retains the classic dark plum flavors and structure of previous releases. A perfect BBQ wine that still has enough brooding sophistication to impress dinner guests, Château Pesquié "Terrasses" is a value-priced summer staple to pair with meals well into cooler seasons as well.
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Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-23-2017
Bonville’s delicate, visually-stunning rosé is here in a size perfect for bigger celebrations. This release is delicious and elegant, but also substantial: Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne feels important, with quality that far exceeds its price point. Mainly Avize fruit but featuring 8% Pinot Noir from Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, this crisp rosé features vivid red fruit on the nose but finishes fresh, with the linear snap expected of 92% Chardonnay, mostly from the colder 2011 vintage. There is electric acidity on the palate but also a plusher component thanks to a luxuriously fine bead. Luxurious, dry, and easydrinking – this is a rosé I’ve returned to again and again, and the magnum just makes it even more special.
Price: $84.99 Add To Cart
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Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-23-2017
Now featuring the new labels! Bonville’s delicate, visually-stunning brut rosé is delicious and elegant, but also substantial: this feels like important Champagne, with quality that far exceeds its price point. Featuring 8% Pinot Noir from celebrated Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, this crisp rosé features vivid red fruit on the nose but finishes fresh, with the linear snap expected of 92% Chardonnay, mostly from the colder 2011 vintage. There is electric acidity on the palate but also a plusher component thanks to a luxuriously fine bead. Luxurious, dry, and easydrinking – this is a favorite rosé for not only celebratory occasions, but to make any day special, and the smaller size is picnic-perfect.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-23-2017
Consistently incredible! Bonville’s delicate, visually-stunning brut rosé is delicious and elegant, but also substantial: this feels like important Champagne, with quality that far exceeds its price point. With 8% Pinot Noir from celebrated Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, this crisp rosé features vivid red fruit on the nose but finishes fresh, with the linear snap expected of 92% Chardonnay, mostly from the colder 2011 vintage. There is electric acidity on the palate but also a plusher component thanks to a luxuriously fine bead. Luxurious, dry, and easydrinking – this is rosé I’ve returned to again and again.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-13-2017
Vivid and enticing immediately upon opening, this is a connoisseur’s Champagne that is still super accessible. Gorgeously floral on the nose, hits of honeysuckle and white flowers give way to tart green apple and lusher pear fruit and a subtly creamy mouthfeel. The acid is apparent but not overpowering: just enough to showcase the colder 2008 vintage’s more bracing minerality. Fallet-Dart is always a budget-friendly option, but this vintage Direct Import is an especially complex, sophisticated offering at an astounding price... I can already tell I'll be turning to this powerhouse all summer.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2017
With a dramatic bottle shape and sometimes limited-edition packaging, Laurent-Perrier’s tête de cuvée is a prestige Champagne that feels like it. Aged ten years on the lees, Grand Siècle is sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyard sites, and is a multi-vintage blend: the latest release includes reserve wines from 1997, 1999, and the coveted 2002 harvests! Light straw yellow in color, this is bright with vivid stonefruit, and although undoubtedly fresh, the most notable quality is the honeyed, leesy depth – you can feel its storied age. Grand Siècle is sumptuous and yet still nimble, effervescent and easy-drinking. While I’d feel confident laying this down, my guess is you won’t want to; I received a bottle as a birthday gift, and though I tried to hold out for a "Grand" occasion, LP turned out to make an ordinary lazy Sunday special.

2015 Bois-Malot Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 04-04-2017
Syrupy lychee notes at first but vibrant with surprisingly sharp acidity, Bois-Malot Blanc is a delicious blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Semillon. The warmer 2015 vintage makes this release ripe with citrus fruit but there’s enough pith to save it from being too cloying. There’s a pleasing viscous texture as well, providing surprising weight to this value-priced white. I’ve long been a fan of Bois-Malot’s high quality red Bordeaux, and this is a welcome summery addition to their lineup.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-04-2017
Wow, the nose on this is gorgeous: with notes of cedar and wet earth, the 2013 Xanadu Estate is reminiscent of walking through a forest, but with the addition of that distinctly Australian eucalyptus hit. Fruit is on the darker side and concentrated, and while this is rich and gutsy, there is restraint, with super soft tannins on the finish. Dusty and drinkable, Xanadu feels more expensive than its price implies, making this a perfect party pick. An old world-style stunner with modern sensibility, this is a spicy, sophisticated Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that would make Olivia Newton John proud.

2014 Valle dell'Acate "Tenuta Ibidini" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Review Date: 03-29-2017
Dusty on the nose, with that unmistakable licorice note that only comes from Nero D’Avola, "Tenuta Ibidini" opens with concentrated dried currants followed by dark berry fruit – both blue and black – and lively acid. I paired this fruit-forward Sicilian red with a garlicky penne arrabiata and it balanced the heat beautifully.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2012 Salwey "Estate" Pinot Noir Baden
Review Date: 03-29-2017
Nimble, aromatic, rustic yet nuanced – this incredibly tasty Pinot Noir from southern Germany seriously overdelivers for the price. Dark with plum fruit initially, the Salwey Estate also has subtle smoke and more obvious spice, with a lingering finish. While it drank beautifully upon first opening, this 2012 only got better with time as the considerable acidity softened and more concentrated berry fruit came forward. Lighter-bodied and focused, this shows off Baden’s volcanic soil but doesn’t come across as sharp, just deliciously bright. I took home two bottles within days of each other, it was so good.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta
Review Date: 03-28-2017
Subtly savory on the nose and black-fruited though the palate, Amalaya’s 2015 Malbec is somehow both easygoing and structured, thanks to its 10% Tannat and hit of smoky Syrah. It’s as juicy as you’d want a red from Argentina to be, but with the fresh acidity and polish that makes wines from high-elevation Salta shine. A bright, quality option for Malbec fans – at a price too good to pass up.

2015 Don Rodolfo Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 03-28-2017
Impressive and sophisticated, the 2015 Don Rodolfo opens with an almost old world feel, presenting a dusty nose and hints of spice, but rings true to Argentinean Malbec’s black plum and dark, bold berry fruit through the palate. There is structure and some pepper to the finish, but overall this is a supremely drinkable, juicy option at a surprisingly low price.
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Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Bouzy Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-14-2017
Bouzy Grand Cru superstar! Such brilliant purity of fruit here – the nose is classic red berried Pinot Noir, while the bright acidity of Chardonnay shines through the palate. “Les Parcelles” is surprisingly juicy for the low dosage (3.5g!), and although the linear minerality shows up in a big way, this is easygoing for racy Extra Brut. Add its delicate bead and lingering finish and you have incredible quality non-vintage Champagne with the muscle to age well while drinking beautifully now. I indulgently paired this Pierre Paillard with weeknight Thai takeout and it was one of my happiest meals of the year.

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 03-14-2017
Subtle eucalyptus on the nose, with darker berry and plum fruit balanced by just enough acidity and structure, the 2010 Eloge is a sophisticated blend, as classically Bordeaux as Napa gets. Spicy with tobacco and pepper notes, plus elegant tannins through the finish, this is a beauty from Conn Creek at a killer price.
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2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-08-2017
A classic Willamette Pinot Noir from a supremely drinkable vintage at a great price, the 2014 Argyle Reserve shows crunchy raspberry and deeper plum fruit, with lifted acid and subtle smokiness on the silky finish. Expressive and terroir-driven, this is both serious and accessible.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
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2009 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 03-08-2017
Yeasty with caramel notes right from the top, the 2009 "Millesime" Brut is every bit the toasty, mineral-driven Champagne we’ve come to love from Bonville, with the added accessibility of a rich, easygoing vintage. While the extra time on the lees really comes through, this still a bright Blanc de Blancs with tiny mousse, lemon and green apple fruit, and a clean yet lingering finish. This is an incredible addition (Grand Cru! Avize!) to our Direct Import lineup.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Bright but also mushroomy, earthy and slightly oxidative thanks to aging five years on the cork – an intensive process normally reserved for Tête de Cuvées of big houses (Bollinger Grande Année comes to mind) – this is an incredible value that encompasses (seemingly) conflicting qualities, all in the same glass. Creamy but lively with elegant acid, rounded yet crisp fruit, plus chalky undertones and a subtle nuttiness, the “Authentique Assemblage” nevertheless drinks cleanly through to the finish. This multifaceted Direct Import is a high-quality Champagne from a talented winemaker: Le Brun de Neuville was one of the biggest hits at our Los Angeles Champagne Tent Event, and after taking home a bottle, it’s easy to see why.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2014 La Jasse Castel "Bleu Velours" Languedoc-Montpeyroux
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Violet floral up front with considerable peppery spice, lift and deep berry – mostly blue – fruit through the palate, “Bleu Velours” red blend has a bigger finish than I expected, structured and grippy, though stays smoothly elegant and should age well. La Jasse Casteel is a welcome addition to our collection of wines made by members of the Vinifilles, women winemakers of the Languedoc, and her 2014 offerings are sophisticated yet approachable.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2012 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo
Review Date: 02-21-2017
Black tea on the nose, with lifted fruit and hints of tar and licorice, this Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo is classic and complex, sourced from perhaps the best part of the renowned Bussia vineyard, and treated to extended maceration – nearly 40 days on the skin! The earthy 2012 will benefit dramatically from more time and air but is still drinking beautifully now.

2013 Contrade di Taurasi (Cantine Lonardo) Aglianico Irpinia
Review Date: 02-21-2017
Wow! What a great example of clean, classic Aglianico, with fresh cherry, some deeper plummy fruit and peppery finish, plus the sharp mineral notes of obviously volcanic top soil. I inadvertently left a bottle open for a few days longer than usual and it was really singing by day 3 when the tannins had mellowed a bit without losing any brightness of fruit. A lively, substantial wine to pair with grilled meat and heavier cheesy dishes.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2012 L'Avocat Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 02-14-2017
Dusty up front, with cherry fruit and a foresty quality reminiscent of fall leaves, L’Avocat Rouge really shows off both its Graves terroir and the easygoing 2012 vintage. Medium-bodied for Bordeaux with lovely tannins, minerally, subtly earthy and delicious, this manages to be both green and velvety, and great for the price.
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Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2017
Elegant with citrusy fruit and a saline edge, the Extra Brut is one of my favorites in Billecart-Salmon’s impressive line up. Exuberant with a superfine bead and gorgeously searing acidity, this still shows creaminess on the palate and a longer – albeit crisp and mineral-driven – finish. Age worthy.

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 02-14-2017
Aged 36 months on the lees, the Brut Reserve is clean and vivacious, with rich stone fruit and honey, plus that classic chalky finish. Billecart-Salmon is my go-to Champagne when looking for a crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated sparkler. It has just the right amount of house name recognition while staying true to quality, and the brighter house style is both refreshing and elegant. An easygoing, impressive favorite that never disappoints, plus it's an incredibly reasonable price, especially for a half bottle.

Pierre Mineral Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2017
The perfect celebratory sparkler! Incredible with food, Pierre Mineral is a workhorse, pairing well with anything from fried chicken to caviar, potato chips to canapés. I even served it with great success to a Super Bowl crowd, although it’s elegant enough for a romantic Valentine’s dinner. Vivid and chalky with a beautiful delicate pink color, this special Direct Import is a bright, linear Brut Rosé made from all estate-grown fruit from the coveted grand cru of Mesnil, and is also a very welcome drink just on its own.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2017
With a nose of caramel and toasted hazelnut, Bollinger feels opulent right out of the gate. Dark-fruited (you can really tell this is mostly Pinot Noir), the 2005 Grand Année is rich, with an oxidative, almost sherried quality throughout the palate, plus hints of warm spice and underlying chalk. Made with 90% Grand Cru fruit, this is Bollinger’s very reasonably priced tête de cuvée, concentrated and powerful yet incredibly silky and ready to drink. James Bond’s favorite Champagne impresses as always.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Trilogie" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Wow, Trilogie overdelivers! Stonefruit up front with a buttery richness through the creamy palate, this higher-end Lamoureux still shines with bright acid and a super delicate bead, plus a coating mouthfeel. I paired this with less-than-elegant queso and salty chips while in Austin, TX, and the combination of lift and toastiness (thanks to five years on the lees) struck a lively, lovely balance.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Bright green apple shines on the nose, followed by more exotic fruit through the richer palate. There is a subtle sherry quality to this complex Champagne, but despite that lush feel, the finish is snappy and quite dry, with pleasing chalkiness. Coutelas’ delicious "Cuvée Louis Victor" always sells out quickly, and given the price for such a well-made offering, I can see why.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 01-24-2017
Aged 36 months on the lees, the Brut Reserve is clean and vivacious, with rich stone fruit and honey, plus that classic chalky finish. Billecart-Salmon is my go-to Champagne when looking for a crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated sparkler. It has just the right amount of house name recognition while staying true to quality, and the brighter house style is both refreshing and elegant, at an incredibly reasonable price. A favorite that continues to impress!

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-24-2017
This sets the bar for spectacular brut rosé! Gorgeous rose petal and delicate white peach on the nose, followed by pure strawberry fruit gleaming on the palate, this showcases the bright house style while adding the sophistication of mousse texture and a minerally finish. There’s freshness throughout, plus substance – this would be a great wine to pair with heartier meals, although its elegance makes a glass equally at home with caviar. Tiny creamy bubbles and lovely color only enhance the drinking experience. And while Billecart-Salmon uses all three big Champagne varietals, they have traditionally championed Pinot Meunier and the result is a delicate, nuanced wine with depth. And not that it's necessarily indicative of quality, but the 375ml bottling is especially adorable, using the same bulbous shape as the full 750. It's a consistently special treat, just the right size for a tiny victory.

2015 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling
Review Date: 01-17-2017
Lemony and bright, with some slight and very pleasing residual sugar but a dry finish, "Kung Fu Girl" is a cheerful weeknight winner – there’s enough great acid to make this well-priced Riesling a Thai takeout (or anything spicy) staple. Plus the campy label doesn’t hurt. I love Charles Smith’s easygoing wines, and this lively, layered offering might just be my favorite.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 01-17-2017
This sets the bar for spectacular brut rosé! It’s hard to gush about Billecart-Salmon without feeling like you’re piggybacking on critical accolades or following popular opinion, but this best-selling Champagne is worth the hype. Gorgeous rose petal and delicate white peach on the nose, followed by pure strawberry fruit gleaming through the palate, this showcases Billecart-Salmon’s bright style while adding the sophistication of mousse texture and a minerally finish. There’s freshness throughout, plus substance – this would be a great wine to pair with heartier meals like fried chicken, although its elegance makes a glass equally at home with caviar. Tiny creamy bubbles and lovely color only enhance the drinking experience, and cooler, longer fermentation in stainless steel (3-5 weeks!) keeps everything crisp. Billecart-Salmon uses all three big Champagne varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and curiously, more Pinot Meunier than most houses. They have traditionally championed Meunier and the result is a delicate, nuanced wine with depth. Perfect for any occasion, even if that occasion is a weeknight spent on an apartment balcony, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne is reliably special.

2012 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 01-10-2017
Distinctive herbal nose, reminiscent of caraway seeds, with inky cassis and deep plum fruit, solid minerality through the palate, and smokiness on the finish, Château Peyros "Vieilles Vignes" is made from old vines and it shows in the glass – the 2012 is intense! Textured and viscous but not as aggressively tannic as Madiran can be, the Tannat here is tempered with just enough woodsy Cab Franc for balance and drinkability. A powerful, quality wine at an incredible price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-10-2017
Soft floral nose, crunchy red and blackberry fruit, tart acidity and an unexpectedly tannic, spicy finish, this feels huge for Oregon Pinot Noir, but I’d expect nothing less from Banshee’s bombastic team and the warmer 2015 vintage. Fruit-forward yet woodsy, with classical Willamette Valley aromatics, Averaen is full but balanced, and value-priced.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 01-10-2017
The perfect celebratory Champagne! A special 2007 release from staff favorite producer Alexandre Le Brun, the "Cuvée Fascination" Blanc de Blancs is an investment well worth it, especially as a gift for more sophisticated palates. Sharp nectarine fruit and chalky minerality sing together through the palate, and the super low dosage makes for a dry yet lingering finish. This is high-quality Chardonnay, taut and linear but still approachable, with electric acid and biscuity leesiness. We’re down to just a few bottles, so get it while you can.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 01-10-2017
It can be tricky to define pricey Rosé Champagne as a bargain, but when one considers just how much quality there is in each bottle of Laurent-Perrier, it suddenly seems underpriced. Made with extended maceration and using the more difficult saignée method, their Cuvée Rosé is special. Brilliant red berry fruit shines through the lifted palate, with both richness and minerality coming through to the clean finish. This is a substantial rose – great with food – yet elegant with tiny bubbles and a citrusy freshness. The fact that the bottle is gorgeous and the house pedigree dates back to 1812 only adds to the glamour of this lovely Pinot Noir Champagne.

2014 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-06-2016
Velvety with blackcurrant fruit and notes of licorice, baking spice, tobacco, and aromatic cedar, the 2014 Louis M. Martini is juicy but balanced, with restrained tannic structure and just enough oak at the finish. A shocking price for Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a classically lush, ageable choice.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel
Review Date: 12-01-2016
Slightly smoky at first with a hint of petrol that gives way to bright apple fruit, soft honey, and mouthwatering acidity, this Riesling Kabinett is sharply delicious with a long finish. Tingly but easy drinking, the 2015 Thanisch is classically flinty, fruity Mosel for, unbelievably, under $20. Drink now!

2009 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Review Date: 11-30-2016
Heady with toasty biscuit notes up front, plus golden apple and bright Asian pear throughout the rich palate, Egrot Champagne always delivers, and this well-priced release is no exception. No dosage and clean minerality keep things lively in the glass, but there’s enough juicy citrus fruit to show off the warmer vintage. While the name and label change can make it tricky to recognize this Direct Import as Elisabeth Goutorbe, quality is as strong as ever, and the 2009 is already drinking beautifully.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Schmelz Steinriegl Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-29-2016
Gorgeous orange blossom on the nose, with Meyer lemon fruit, bracing acid, surprisingly rich texture, and a dry, chalky finish – this is impressive. Singing with hints of river rock, honey, and intoxicating white floral, Schmelz Steinriegl is a complex and delicious addition to our Austrian Rieslings.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

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