Staff Favorites - Lilia McIntosh

Lilia McIntosh


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2016 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-18-2017
This was rather a pleasant surprise for me! In the past wines of Renaud from Pouilly-Fuisse were rich and on the heavier side. But this 2016 vintage is totally different. wine still has lovely weight of the fruit but there is no pronounced oak and texture is bright and fresh with crisp acidity that sparkles from start to finish. Such a delight!
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RP 90

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy"
Review Date: 10-18-2017
None of the 2014 Chablis wines from La Chablisienne have disappointed me so far. They are all fantastic! But considering price of this 1er Cru I would say it's by far the best value and my favorite Chablis. It's practically perfect. If you love juicy bright citrus, crunchy minerality and fresh acidity that wakes up your whole palate, this Chablis is for you.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
DC 93 RP 90

2016 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-13-2017
This Pinot Noir could be easily mistaken for Burgundy when blind tasted. First thing that came to my mind when I tasted it was Pomerol. Those violet notes, broad texture and linear bright acidity that forms very firm structure enveloped with dark red cherry and touch of red plum are so charming and appealing! Very impressive wine! To be honest it's been awhile since I've tasted Pinot Noir from California that would resemble Burgundy so much. I definitely need some of it for my cellar.
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2008 Louise Brison "Cuvée Tendresse" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-11-2017
This Champagne was the most intriguing and fascinating for me recently. Its flavors are so complex that it's nearly impossible to pin it all down. That's what usually gets me and makes me want to have it again: unique flavor profile that always keeps you on your toes because it constantly changes and opens up with new nuances at each swirl of the glass and each sip. What got me here is amazingly balanced combination of minerality, deep texture, purity of Chardonnay grapes and brisk acidity. It's fresh but also has some richness from barrel maturations. It never gets heavy or toasty, it's just playing on the edge of it but keeps it precise. Perfect balance.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
For a while Canard Duchene Champagne fell of my radar and it's been a long time since I've tasted it, until last night Gary opened it for us to revisit. I was pleased and surprised to find out how well the wine was showing! It has lovely notes of citrus and a touch of brioche. The texture is round and deep with fresh acidity, rich in flavor mid-palate but not heavy! It's actually a pretty clean and vibrant Champagne with a long and mineral finish. I'm so glad I tried it again — it's a great value Champagne for sure for upcoming holidays and festivities.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains"
Review Date: 09-28-2017
"Montmains" from Louis Michel has power and grace of true Chablis. Pure, rich in texture, aromatic, very mineral, brisk and clean; absolutely unadulterated by oak influence ( 100% stainless steel) . This is the textbook Chablis from one of the best white Burgundy vintages which is almost gone from the market. Definitely essential wine for everybody who loves Burgundy.

2016 Teutonic "Red Blend" Willamette Valley Gewurztraminer/Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-27-2017
If you are looking for the coolest wine in the store, look no further! This is incredibly unusual and super delicious blend of - get ready! - 80% Gewurztraminer and 20% Pinot Noir! Yup, you read it right. Folks from Teutonic outdone themselves this time creating unique and absolutely tasty wine. We tasted it on our recent buying trip to Oregon. Olga (one of owners) asked us to taste it blind and guess the varieties it's made with. When I smelled the wine I knew right away there has to be some Gewurztraminer. I love this variety and can detect it easily. Wine had gorgeous peach, apricot and floral aromas. But this wine is red, light in texture with charming flavors of cherries and cranberries, spicy notes with lovely freshness and pretty acidity, so it has to be Pinot Noir. I was right about both, but what I didn't know and would never guess is how large the percentage of Gewurztraminer in the blend and it was total surprise to me. I have to admit I was stunned to see how organically these two varieties married each other and definitely complemented each other. I think everybody should try this wine not only for its sheer originality but also because it's truly enjoyably wine that will stay in your memory for a long time.
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2013 Sella e Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva
Review Date: 09-19-2017
This is not your average fruity Grenache! This is one mighty impressive Cannonau (Grenache in Sardegna)! I was shocked by the incredible complexity of this wine. It's all about savory spice, red fruit and mouthwatering juicy acidity with long brilliant finish. Undeniably Italian in style this wine sparkles from start to finish. It never gets flat or sweet. Fruit is supple and delicious. Just loving it!
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2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Beaune 1er Cru "Clos du Roi"
Review Date: 09-08-2017
2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Clos du Roi" is probably the fullest in body of all Giboulot wines. It’s supple and very approachable with soft tannins, black raspberry and black Tartarian cherry. But despite being rich it doesn’t lack fresh crunchy acidity and good backbone of spice.
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2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Hautes-Côtes de Beaune
Review Date: 09-08-2017
2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Hautes-Côtes de Beaune has more dark fruit in it: black cassis and dark Hudson cherry fruit dominates the aromas and flavors. There are also notes of black tea on the palate, mouthfeel is dense and juicy. Everything seems to be in great balance: tannins, acidity and just a hint of oak come together seamlessly.
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2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Gravains"
Review Date: 09-08-2017
2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Gravains" is bursting with aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves. Silky and smooth it glides on your palate. Fresh cherry, earthy notes and pronounced minerality creates incredibly complex flavor profile. Wine keeps changing over the time in a decanter and opens up with more nuances: baking spice, floral notes and hints of cinnamon.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune
Review Date: 09-08-2017
2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune is full of ripe bing cherry aromas. The palate is richly textured and layered with spice, dark cherry and plum, firm tannins and bright acidity. It shows ripeness of the vintage, yet stays restrained and well structured
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2015 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-31-2017
Deliciously seductive 2015 Jax Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly drinkable and fully approachable despite its young age. It's full-bodied and rich with velvety, supple tannins and bright acidity which gives this wine good aging potential. But what I love about this Cab the most is amazing flavors: black mulberry, marionberry and black cassis all wrapped up in espresso and dark spice notes.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 - 94

2015 Domaine des Ruettes Saumur-Champigny Rouge
Review Date: 08-27-2017
2015 Domaine des Ruettes Saumur-Champigny Rouge comes from 30 year old vines grown on clay, flint and calcareous tufa. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels (of which 25% new) it’s more robust, structured, has firm tannins and bright acidity, with earthy components. Flint soil gives it a touch of smoky notes. It’s full-bodied and rich in plum and black cassis with spicy finish. It can age nicely for another 5-7 years.
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2015 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Rouge
Review Date: 08-27-2017
2015 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Rouge is an amazing value and quite a gem. This wine made entirely in stainless steel which helps to retain impeccable freshness and minerality that comes from vines grown on predominantly schist soil. It’s full of delicious berry pie notes: mix of blackberry, raspberry and blueberry. Supple, fresh, smooth and gentle, with low tannins, soft acidity, but bright and light texture it’s an incredibly elegant style of Cabernet Franc.
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2011 Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Liquoureux (500ml)
Review Date: 08-02-2017
Liquoreaux is the sweetest and richest expression of Vouvray. It's made with botrytized and ripest grapes. Full-bodied, intense, nectar like, it's full of honey, peach and apple pie-like flavors. It also has interesting baking spice notes. Very unique and exotic dessert wine.
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Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut
Review Date: 08-02-2017
Often sparkling wines from Loire are flying under the radar and not too many people aware of them. Yet these wines represent a great value in the world of sparkling wine. This wonderful sparkling Vouvray is made from 100% Chenin Blanc and done in traditional method Champenoise. It's completely dry with delicious brioche and slightly toasty notes. I love the classic Chenin Blanc aromas of fresh apples, white blossoms and honey. It's refreshing and juicy, great wine to enjoy alongside cheese plate.
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2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 07-16-2017
As a wine professional I am often asked what my favorite wine is. That question is nearly impossible to answer, but after few years in wine industry I start to think that Sangiovese is my favorite grape and Brunello is my favorite wine. And the reason for me to think this way is little gems like this 2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello. This wine is somewhat of a dark horse. At first it shows all pretty and lovely aromas and flavors of Marasca cherry and hints of earthiness. But that is only the beginning. With time in a glass it opens up and turns into spectacular combination of darker cherry, spicy balsamic notes, savory cedar notes and fresh acidity. All of it supported but not overwhelmed by structured yet well developed ripe tannins. For me the value of this Brunello is unbelievable and undeniable. I will certainly pick a case for myself.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
Review Date: 06-30-2017
I love new vintage of Cherrier! Super delicious, classic Sancerre. Pure minerality with very bright crunchy acidity and vivid, slightly tropical fruit expression. Very impressive for Sancerre under $20! Very fresh and vibrant.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2008 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (750ml - ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 06-27-2017
Have you ever tasted wine that is so perfect you would not take or add anything extra to it?! Well, this is what 2008 Launois Special Club is! If I had to choose one word to describe it that would be "pristine". Its pure and fresh acidity marries precisely with roundness and richness of the fruit, creating absolutely perfect (I am not afraid to use this word, because that's what it is!) Champagne. Hats off to Launois for making such beauty and to Gary Westby for finding it and bringing it to us!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2014 Knez Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2017
When I tasted this wine I thought I died and went to Pinot heaven. It's stunningly beautiful and elegant Pinot Noir. Super bright , packed with juicy deep dark cherries, cranberries, with fresh vibrant acidity that lifts the richness of the fruit to ethereal level of balance. I love the firm structure of this wine with nuanced and delicate details at the same time. This wine just absolutely floored me down and I am seconds away from buying a case of it for myself.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2015 Domaine Pernot-Belicard Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Gains"
Review Date: 06-15-2017
This lively "Champ Gains" is precise, delicate and very focused. It combines and balances bright acid withrich roundness of fruit and finish is clean and long.
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2015 Domaine Pernot-Belicard Meursault Ier Cru "Perrieres"
Review Date: 06-15-2017
This is such a brilliant and perfectly balanced Meursault! Fresh and vivid yet with deep and lush texture and beautiful vibrant acidity that lingers on endlessly. Breathtaking Meursault!
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé
Review Date: 06-13-2017
This is bone-dry, fresh and crunchy rosé made with 43% Grenache Noir, 24% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah, 6% Carignan and 9% Rolle. It starts with aromas of barberry, pink rose petal and hint of strawberry, on the palate it's super mineral and full of juicy grapefruit with touch of pomelo on the finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
DC 97 VN 90

2015 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent
Review Date: 05-20-2017
Fresh Bing cherry and red plum aromas with spice notes jump out of the glass immediately. This is very soft and friendly Beaujolais but with beautiful brightness throughout. On the palate plum and cherry flavors linger on, and overall the wine is smooth and inviting. If you just starting to explore Beaujolais, this Moulin-A-Vent is a great start. It will make you want to know more and try other Crus of Beaujolais.
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JG 92 JS 92

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent Les Thorins"
Review Date: 05-20-2017
Stellar wine! This is on the level of Premier Cru Burgundy for sure. Aromas are full of light, earthy strawberry and raspberry. Beautiful acidity cuts through the wine and makes it fresh, vibrant and energetic. Its mineral and earthy component is what makes me associate this wine with Burgundy the most. It's so structured and deep that it puts this Beaujolais on a whole different level.
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VN 93 JS 91

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Saint-Amour
Review Date: 05-20-2017
When I first smelled this Saint-Amour I was surprised and captivated by its delicate white pepper aromas and light red cherry notes. I just could not stop sniffing it! It's so mesmerizing. Just like with the "Les Thorins" cuvee this wine reminds me of Burgundy in every aspect. It's mineral, structured, it has great fresh acidity and a lot of savory and earthy notes that absolutely delicious red fruit. 2014 vintage in Beaujolais is my favorite so far.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 RP 91

2016 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse
Review Date: 05-17-2017
A bouquet of flowers in the glass!!! That is the first association that comes to my mind that I smell this wine. Indigenous grape of Greece, Moschofilero has always been one of my favorites. I love the combination of bright floral notes and zippy acidity with lovely white peach undertones and hint of exotic fruit. If you enjoy mineral Chablis, definitely give this wine a try; if you love aromatic Viognier, give this Moschofilero a go; if you love Sauvignon Blanc, but want to try something else, try this crisp Greek wine, because it combines all these features -- minerality, acidity and beautiful white flower aromas.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2012 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 05-13-2017
I am stunned by this vintage of Rancia! There are so much finesse and sublime fruit and texture in this wine that it's almost unreal. It's absolutely complete and harmonious wine; deep bright rich wild plum and savory spicy palate has firm structure and long finish full of juicy acidity. That finish just never stops! It's not often I see such perfect combination of ripe fruit and freshness. When those two things come together the result can be astonishing; and so is this Felsina Rancia.

2015 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre
Review Date: 05-03-2017
A fuller-bodied style of Sancerre, Gitton Montachins showcases ripe citrus and mineral aromas with some floral notes. Dry and crisp, it definitely has a slightly softer finish and refined texture. Lovely wine to enjoy by itself or with a salad.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

Pierre Mineral Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-02-2017
This Champagne represents elegance in its purity! It's delicate but yet persistent and dry on the palate with distinctive light strawberry and white peach notes with pronounced minerality. Bright and ethereal beauty!
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2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal
Review Date: 04-20-2017
This Gruner opens up with Golden Delicious apple, Bartlett pear and hints of spices. On the palate it has lovely creaminess and juicy acidity. It's done in stainless steel with no maceration, which gives it a lot of freshness and purity of Gruner Veltliner. As days are getting warmer this wine should be a necessary addition to your spring and summer drinking.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 WS 91

2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly
Review Date: 04-19-2017
This is very polished and silky Brouilly. "Vieilles Vignes" cuvee is slightly fuller bodied and juicier that "Amethyste" cuvee with darker fruit and richer texture. It's absolutely seamless and glides on the palate from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've had such well-rounded Beaujolais that is easy to enjoy on its own and it can also stand up to grilled meats. Think backyard BBQ this summer!
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VN 90

2013 Le Filigare "Lorenzo" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 04-19-2017
What a delightful full-bodied Chianti that has all the richness of dark cherry but never loses its wonderful focus! It's bright and has great length, freshness and purity of perfectly ripened Sangiovese. Delicious and approachable wine to enjoy it on its own, but it will also complement any grilled meats or pecorino cheese.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 93

2016 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 04-11-2017
Fresh, crunchy and clean. Full of grapefruit and pomelo with touch of lemon peel. Dry and mineral with just a hint of herbs on the nose. Tasty and easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Joël Taluau "Expression" Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Review Date: 04-07-2017
This is great expression of young Cabernet Franc. It’s fruit-forward cherry-scented with touch of black peppercorns. Thanks to great conditions of 2015 vintage this wine has lovely concentration of black currants and sweet Bing cherries with low tannins and just a touch of minerality.
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2012 Salwey "Estate" Pinot Noir Baden
Review Date: 04-05-2017
This is true and pure expression of classic Pinot Noir from Baden! Incredibly aromatic it opens up with savory notes of cedar, cloves, forest floor, red cherries and a touch of baking spices. On the palate it's fresh yet savory, full of cherry and spice notes with great length and bright lift at the end. What a treat for such low price!
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WE 94

2014 Deyrem Valentin, Margaux
Review Date: 03-31-2017
I was extremely happy to taste this new Bordeaux! It reminded me once again why Margaux wine is one of my favorites. It's very aromatic and opens up with pretty floral notes. On the palate it combines firmness and elegance. The balance between tannin, fruit and acidity is absolutely perfect. Sweet damson plum intermingles with somewhat earthy spiciness. Approachable now this wine will also reward you in the future.

2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Côte de Nuits-Villages "Le Vaucrain"
Review Date: 03-24-2017
This is a classic expression of Cote de Nuits Villages Burgundy in 2014 - firmly structured with a lot of power right now and depth. It has bright ripe red cherry with forest floor aromas and long savory finish. This is perfect Burgundy to put away in your cellar.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
JS 91

2012 Domaine P. Roty Marsannay "Champs St-Etienne"
Review Date: 03-23-2017
Wine of impeccable balance and elegance! Joseph Roty wines have been some of my favorites for awhile now and this Marsannay is absolutely perfect Burgundy to enjoy now. At nearly 5 years of age its tannins are well integrated with medium light red cherry fruit, earthy undertones and bright acidity that never gets out of balance. Wine keeps opening up and changing in the glass with the time, so it will be able to age further in the a bottle as well. Lovely and pretty Pinot Noir for such a great price!
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2016 Kalinda Reserve North Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 03-01-2017
This refreshing Sauvignon Blanc opens up with delicate aromas of " Duchess of Angouleme" pear and citrusy undertones, which immediately reminds me of Sancerre. On the palate it's clean, fresh and has lovely mineral touch. Light but full of charm and has wonderful bright acidity.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

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2015 Field Recordings "Wonderwall" Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-17-2017
What a delightful Pinot Noir! Full of black cherries, figs, cola and almond bark. Touch of smoke and black tea. Hint of white pepper, clove and cinnamon.
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2016 Gen del Alma "Ji Ji Ji" Malbec/Pinot Noir Gualtallary
Review Date: 01-24-2017
This wine is all about fresh, vibrant red cherry fruit interwoven with delicate spiciness. It's light and crunchy. Drinking this wine is like biting into a bunch of delicious Montmorency cherries! Juicy and mouthwatering finish lasts forever. It also reminds me a lot of Cru Beaujolais, particularly Julienas and Fleurie because of its floral notes similar to violets and peonies. "Jijiji" has no oak treatment and is done entirely in stainless steel, so if you enjoy light wines with a lot of character, give this one a try.
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RP 92

2013 Schlumberger Saering Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 12-13-2016
This is quite a powerhouse of a Riesling! Gorgeous wine, bone dry, deep and dense in structure. It starts with aromas of nectarine, honeysuckle and hints of meadow flowers and honey. It's completely dry and full of mouthwatering acidity and long citrusy finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
W&S 95 WS 91

2015 Schmelz Steinriegl Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-15-2016
Powerful and muscular dry Riesling. High in acidity and minerality with a lot of weight on the palate. Structured and rich with mostly citrus fruit and some herbs. This wine will age gracefully for many years.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

2015 Schmelz Stein am Rain Riesling Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 11-15-2016
This is probably one of the best dry Austrian Rieslings I've had! Stone fruit like peach, apricot and especially yellow plum burst out of the glass immediately. Then on the palate it gets combined with juicy mouthwatering acidity and moderate minerality and goes into endless finish. It just keeps going on and on. Mesmerizing wine for sure.
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2015 Schmelz Pichl Point Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-15-2016
Smaragd is the ripest, most full bodied wines in Austria. All grapes destined for this designation must attain at least 18.2°KMW (KMW stands for "Klosterneuburger Mostwaage" and is a unit to define the amount of natural sugar in wine must) and all finished wine must be sealed with a long natural cork that is at least 49 mm long and branded with vintage year. The wines have to be aged in bottle and not released till after May 1 following harvest. Smaragd wines tend to be the most sought after and critically acclaimed Wachau wines with the potential to age for more than 20 years. This Gruner Veltliner is a magnificent example of such wine. Very juicy and dense, extra rich and yet elegant, dry and powerful with deep exotic fruit and bright acidity.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2014 Pike Road Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-11-2016
This is for sure on the best wines for Thanksgiving dinner and for everyone who loves Oregon Pinot Noir. Extremely silky smooth and juicy. This wine glides on your palate with an ease and lingers on the finish for a long time. Lush black cherry and raspberry fruit are complemented by notes of cocoa.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2011 Venturini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Review Date: 10-10-2016
This renowned red wine, full-bodied, strong and distinguished, is made with 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. It is dry and noble, with a delicate bouquet, balanced and rich but not over-ripe. It has a strong and delicious flavor of dark fruit and a velvety texture with very long, lush finish. This wine is ideally suited to accompany roast meat, game and strong cheeses. I could drink it every day of a week.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-03-2016
One of the loveliest Champagnes I have tasted recently. Precise and exquisite. Blanc de Blancs is my favorite type of Champagne and "Fascination" has everything I love: fresh and bright aromas with hints of brioche and white flowers. Dry, very focused palate with deep, rich flavors of citrus fruit and little bit of toastiness, beautifully balanced with a long mineral finish.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

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