Staff Favorites - Anthony Russo

Anthony Russo

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2014 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-20-2017
I wasn't sure I wanted to jump onto the bandwagon, but I'm definitely on board now... Elegant aromas of some sort of violet-y-black-olive-marmalade give this wine a sophisticated sense right upon pulling the cork. Full bodied, but balanced, flavors of blueberry, plums, blackcurrant, and coffee align with a perfectly ripened core. Awesome now, even better in years to come.

1982 Miltonduff 34 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-20-2017
Awesome complexities: soft stone fruit, dried tobacco wood, butterscotch, all leading to a lightly prickly, smooth finish. Make this your "Friday night and not sharing with anyone" special bottle.
Price: $229.99 Add To Cart

1989 Linkwood 27 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-20-2017
This Linkwood has an awesome, and very unique, "old wood" aroma that instantly makes your head spin (in a GREAT way). Beautiful and muted citrus zest, dark molasses, and a faint musky undertone round this scotch out. With loads of complexities and a great mouthfeel, the easy-going alcohol content make this juice go down nice and smooth. Grassy notes on the palate truly give this Scotch a sense of place. Settle into the couch after dinner with a glass of this.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2017
Beautifully unique flavor profile sure to put a smile on everyone's face. The nose boasts age with a brooding, yet not overwhelming toast and marmalade complexion that instantly pulls you in. The palate is similar in that the nuances seem unending, but in a lean and structured order. Love this.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2016 Skouras Moscofilero Péloponnèse
Review Date: 05-10-2017
"Holy cow, this smells awesome!" --Me. And it does. The best part: tastes just as good. The aromas jump out of the glass like a freshly opened bag of candy peach rings. Delicate on the palate, yet acidic and structured.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 La Jasse Castel "Bleu Velours" Languedoc-Montpeyroux
Review Date: 05-10-2017
Although Syrah dominant, this Castel lacks any gaminess. It is full, well-rounded, and will make you want to smell it over and over. Beautiful, full-bodied wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Lafage "Arqueta" Collioure
Review Date: 05-10-2017
Although the wine starts off a little quiet, decant it for a bit and see what happens... Initially, baking spices dominate, but they are followed by the delicious scent of fresh cherries. The wine is soft, yet approachable with great round mouthfeel. Definitely goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 - 95

2013 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-29-2017
Oh yeah, this is the good stuff... Cocoa, vanilla, crème de cassis, and full-bodied, all with the elegance and structure expected out of Paul Hobbs. The aromas alone are worth the price!

2015 Bois-Malot Blanc, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 04-04-2017
Rich rich rich! Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon and the "secret weapon" (Sauvignon Gris) for texture and body. Floral aromas and the amazing mouth feel make this white stand out.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Weingut Fürst Elbling Mosel (1L)
Review Date: 04-03-2017
Awesome nose-ful of apple, melon, and a hint of honey that just gets even better on the palate. A bit richer than most "liter" wines, which makes it appropriate for any occasion. You'll be glad for the extra 250ml!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2012 Castellare di Castellina "I Sodi di San Niccolò" Toscana
Review Date: 04-03-2017
Great aromatic left lift with hints of cinnamon, strawberries, and raisins. Aromas were complimented by a fantastic texture and the classic Italian bite and acid that I look for. This wine has terroir and I love it.

2014 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-03-2017
Fantastic aromas of wild strawberries, dried flowers, cedar, baking spices, and a light gamey-ness led me to believe this Italian was much more costly than it's advertised price. The wine was bright on the palate and had a great tannin profile.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza
Review Date: 04-01-2017
This dark-colored Ribera packs a lot of punch. Plenty of rich red fruit, earth, spices, chalk, and a soft, round mouthfeel with great texture and an even better tannin profile. Awesome.

2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-01-2017
Holy cow. Such an awesome expression of cabernet sauvignon in a true Margaret River style: medium + body, menthol, black fruits, cassis, a hint of white pepper, ripe tannins, and plenty of acid.

1995 Glen Garioch 20 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-29-2017
This Scotch is impressively layered and held together with a touch of peat. Flavors of stone fruit, oranges, and caramel all balance each other out, yet individually shine. A "must-have" for drinkers of elegantly structured Scotches.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

1995 Tormore 20 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-28-2017
Elegance at its best, this 20 year old is a bit lighter on the peat and has soft caramel flavors that provide the structure. Less herbal and grassy, there is an amazing orange zest flavor that make this spirit seem alive.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

1996 Glen Moray 19 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-28-2017
A little smokier, this is for someone who wants the whole package in their Scotch. It boasts beautiful, fresh cut cedar, a "clean-sugary" tone, and cigar box warmth. Delicious.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Chairman's Reserve "The Forgotten Casks" St Lucia Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 03-28-2017
If the color doesn't get you excited, the aromas will. Wildflowers, fresh molasses, and aged cherry wood grace the nose and are followed by a crazy smooth mouth feel with just the right amount of bite. Perfect pairing with seasonal appetizers to open up the appetite.
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 03-14-2017
Beautiful red and black fruit, feminine and not overpowering, very well supported. Long, delicate finish. I could have sat and just smelled it for hours. A Bordeaux blend perfected by Napa.
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VN 93

2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-08-2017
Delicate, unobstructed fruit leaning slightly towards the red varieties, hints of tobacco, and great balance make this wine delicious.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
WS 93 JS 92

2009 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 03-08-2017
Apples and pears backed by a refreshing toast. Soft bubbles, round texture, crisp, and lean. Very nice!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de Millet Colombard-Ugni Blanc Côtes de Gascogne Blanc
Review Date: 03-08-2017
50% Colombard, 50% Ugni Blanc, floral, mouthwatering acidity, clean, fresh, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines. Yum!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Baud Chardonnay l'Etoile Blanc
Review Date: 03-08-2017
Beautiful gold color, light and floral nose with a hint of spice. Apples, pears, great acidity with a long, slightly nutty finish for added complexity.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2012 Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage
Review Date: 03-06-2017
I had a hard time putting the glass down... Merlot driven, plums and dark fruits shine and are backed beautifully by the Malbec, which contributes a strawberry flavor. Medium + body, incredibly smooth tannins, structured acidity, velvety stewed fruit, and a long finish with a hint of herbal notes makes this wine my new evening go-to. Pair it with something roasted or Netflix and a couch.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-06-2017
For the lover of well-balanced, smoky cabs, this value from Washington had much more going for it than I had anticipated. The strawberry aromas are balanced by stewed black cherry and a dry woodiness. The palate shows plums, cocoa, and baking spices accompanied by a lingering finish. Grab two bottles: one while you cook the roast beef and the second to pair.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2013 Jacob's Creek "Two Lands" Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
Review Date: 03-06-2017
A really cool "west-meets-down-under" wine collaboration project, the dark ruby color immediately got my attention. The fresh plum basket nose is nicely supported by light cedar and anise. The fresh fruit and baking spice flavors would go great with some BBQ sauce.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 De Wetshof "Limestone Hill - Unoaked" Chardonnay Robertson
Review Date: 03-06-2017
A great example of why South African white wines should not be overlooked! Pale gold color with striking yellow highlights and a mango buttery nose. This wine is alive on the taste buds and is refreshing enough on its own, but has the complexity to pair with lighter dishes. Id keep a cold one in the fridge for sushi take-out night.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2016 Bayten Sauvignon Blanc Constantia
Review Date: 03-06-2017
Amazing sauv blanc - drinks way out of its price range. Delicate pale yellow in color with an enticing bouquet of limes, apples, and fresh cut flowers. Great texture without being overly fruity. The kind of white wine I want on a sunny Friday to relax and let me know the work week is over.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 ST 90

2011 Domaine Dugois Vin de Paille Arbois (375ml)
Review Date: 02-22-2017
A stunning dessert wine! The orange-brown color yields wonderful aromas of brown sugar, maple, and a hint of nuttiness that is inviting for dessert wine fans who are looking for an extra nuance. It has a great mouth-coating effect balanced by an acidic backbone. The aromas come alive on the palate and are followed by a peanut butter finish. Pro-tip: drizzle it onto some vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2014 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-19-2017
This great value cabernet from Lake County instantly makes it's presence know with a full, dark fruit bouquet, matching its deep ruby color. On the palate, black berry, cherry, and plum flavors are supported by inviting, ripe tannins and lively acidity that will leave you wanting another sip from the glass or bite of saucy pastas and juicy meats.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
RP 92