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Staff Favorites - Alex Pross

Alex Pross

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2017 Julien Schaal "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 04-26-2019
Out of all of the 2017 Schaal Rieslings the "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru is my favorite. The balance between petrol, saline and flinty-ness with intense orchard fruit flavors is spectacular. There is so much energy in this wine it almost crackles on your palate. The nose is enticing, the palate is lively and the finish deftly lingers as each flavor echoes then slowly fades away like waves crashing and retreating from the shoreline. To be able to get an Alsatian wine of this quality for under $20 is a no-brainer buy as it gets!
Top Value!

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Champauvins" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Review Date: 04-22-2019
Gorgeous aromas of red berry fruit, espresso, crushed stone and forest floor leap from the glass. The palate has excellent length and complexity with berry fruit, bitter chocolate and dried herb flavors that deftly mingle against firm tannins and a lively palate. This is a wonderful Cotes-du-Rhone that drinks like a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JD 94 RP 92

2015 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Rouge
Review Date: 04-17-2019
Guigal just cranks out winner-after-winner and the 2015 Saint Joseph Rouge is no exception. This wine is absolutely seductive from the very sniff, lots of exotic spice and red and black fruit aromas. The palate is lively and dense with red cherries, licorice, crushed rock, bitter chocolate and a zippy finish. An outstanding value this wine drinks handsomely now and should give you pleasure over the next 5-10 years as well.
Top Value!

2017 Delas Freres Cotes-du-Ventoux
Review Date: 04-08-2019
If you loved the screaming deal that was the 2016 Delas Cotes-du-Rhone "St. Esprit" then you owe to yourself to snatch up the 2017 Delas Cotes-du-Ventoux before it is gone. I actually think I prefer the 2017 Ventoux to the 2016 Cotes du Rhone, the 2017 Ventoux has a beautiful nose of spice, red fruits, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. The palate is alive with delicious red and black fruits, dark chocolate, marzipan and spice flavors. The finish is surprisingly long and lingers effortlessly on the palate. This is a stunning wine for under $10 and needs to be tasted to be believed.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
JS 90 RP 90

2016 La Chablisiènne Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"
Review Date: 04-08-2019
Wow! Are you kidding me?? Montee de Tonnerre for under $30?? The best 1er Cru vineyard in Chablis nestled right next to Grand Crus Les Clos & Blanchots the Montee de Tonnerre drinks like a Grand Cru Chablis at a fraction of the price. Gorgeous notes of white flowers, kumquats, sweet cream and sea breeze rise from the glass. The palate is loaded with zesty citrus notes nicely accentuated with Asian pear and spice along with zippy acidity and firm tannins. A stunning Chablis value for under $30.
Top Value!

2016 Domaine La Barroche "Signature" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 03-07-2019
Young Julien Barrot of Domaine la Barroche is a name to remember, only in his 30s he is already becoming world-renowned for fashioning some of the greatest young Chateauneuf-du-Papes currently available in the market. The Signature is stunning from the very first sniff from the glass where aromas of Asian spice, marzipan, baker's chocolate and cassis liqueur all slowly rise from the glass. The palate is alive with flavors of blackberry and cassis jelly buffered by lively acidity and fine tannins. The finish is long and supple with spice and berry flavors slowly fading away in perfect harmony.
Top Value!

2014 St. Jean du Barroux "La Pierre Noire" Côtes du Ventoux
Review Date: 02-19-2019
A more serious offering the 2014 La Pierre Noir is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah with a nose of lead, pepper and black fruits. The palate bursts with spices and an array of berry fruits that run the spectrum from boysenberry all the way to black currant. The finish here is stupendous, with a soft echo of spice and black fruits that lingers on the palate for 45+ seconds before slowly disappearing from the back of the tongue. Bravo! This is a wonderful homage to the heights that can be achieved in Ventoux.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
DC 96 JD 95

2015 St. Jean du Barroux "La Source" Ventoux
Review Date: 02-19-2019
Saint Jean du Barroux is in the top 2-3 producers in all of Ventoux one of the up-and-coming regions in the Cotes du Rhone. The 2015 La Source is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault which results in an earthy, briary nose of pipe tobacco, spice, black tea and animal notes. The palate is electric with notes of black and ripe red fruits perfectly accentuated with lively acidity and crunchy tannins. This is an insanely good red wine and has the complexity of a wine 3-4 times its price. A great introduction to the wonderful wines coming out of the Ventoux.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
JD 93

2015 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes-du-Rhône Reserve
Review Date: 12-07-2018
This is an absolute knock-out wine! Gorgeous aromas of bitter chocolate, marzipan, wild raspberry and exotic spice notes. The palate is a sexy mash-up of red fruits, dried herbs, beef blood and crushed volcanic rock all wrapped around silky tannins and racy acidity. The 2015 Janasse Cotes-du-Rhone shows off the very best of the 2015 vintage in the Rhone Valley which is renowned for its fruit-forwardness and power.
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
JD 92

2016 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Nuits-Villages
Review Date: 11-21-2018
I was lucky enough to have a wonderful sit-down tasting with Véronique Drouhin, who graciously poured an array of amazing offerings while providing facts and stories that gave a great backstory to why many of the wines outperformed their neighbors. While they make stunning Grand Crus and Premier Crus, one wine that always stands out as a bargain to me is the Côte de Nuits-Villages. The 2016 Villages has good structure, with elegant red fruit and subtle spice notes all wrapped around a sleek, feminine body. This is a pretty wine that showcases everything there is to love about the Côte de Nuits without emptying your wallet.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Julien Schaal Rangen de Thann "Volcanique" Grand Cru Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 11-20-2018
From one of the most highly-regarded vineyards in all of Alsace comes the 2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Volcanique. Minerals, wet stone and the slightest hint of peach blossoms appear on the nose while the palate surges ahead with an energetic array of almond skin, orchard fruits, petrol and mandarin flavors. An impossibly good wine from an amazing vineyard site you owe it to yourself to grab a few of these before they're all gone.
Top Value!

2016 Allram Grüner Veltliner "Renner 1ÖTW" Kamptal
Review Date: 11-20-2018
Allram has become a household name at K&L thanks to the incredible value their 1L bottles of Gruner Veltliner represent on a yearly basis. The 2016 Allram Gruner Veltliner "Renner 1Otw" is a stunning wine and a huge step up qualitatively from their everyday offering. This wine is loaded with aromas of concentrated citrus notes, green fig and white flower aromas while the palate is a scintillating blend of orchard fruits, citrus and nut oil flavors. This is an impressive Gruner Veltliner that feels regal while not gouging your pocketbook.
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2016 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 11-12-2018
From the moment I brought the glass to my nose I knew I had something special here. This wine drinks like a wine 2-3 times the price with ease and if you're looking for a case-worthy wine to purchase this holiday season this should be your first choice. The nose is a gorgeous mixture of spice, dried herbs, berry and game aromas. The palate deftly blends berry, spice, earth, minerals and crunchy tannins on an explosive yet somehow balanced palate. This amazing value is the perfect example of how incredible the 2016 vintage in the Rhone Valley is and you owe it to yourself to grab at least a few bottles of this wonderful elixir.
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
JD 93 RP 90

2016 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-01-2018
One of the best wines in all of Napa Valley for the money the 2016 Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding wine with the pedigree to match. Coming from an area that routinely produces 100pt wines and Cult Cabernets the Chappellet signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a knockout. Black cherry, bitter chocolate and spice box aromas seamlessly shift to a palate bursting with blackberry and cassis fruit. Velvety tannins and a rich, mocha-laced finish make this an irresistible wine.
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2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Grand Cru "Sommerberg Granite"
Review Date: 10-26-2018
A gorgeous nose of white flowers, grapefruit zest, almond skin and pear notes greets you immediately upon putting your nose in the glass. The palate is electric, with citrus notes that run the gamut from lemons to grapefruits along with zippy acidity and crackling mineral notes. This stunning Riesling is a fabulous value and I am literally blown away that it is available for under $20! To be able to get a Grand Cru Riesling of this quality for under $20 is an absolute steal and perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities.
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2015 Charles Baur Sylvaner Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
If you bought the Hugel Gentil and considered a bargain then you owe it to yourself to buy the 2015 Charles Baur Sylvaner. A pretty wine that displays citrus notes as well as white flowers and minerals this is a great value for the quality. A supremely tasty wine this is a great wine to use as an aperitif or starter with your next great meal.
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Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 WE 90

2016 Charles Baur Muscat Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
I love a Muscat as a change of pace from the other aromatic whites. A Muscat offers a slightly different taste profile as it tends to lean towards orange and tangerine flavors rather than peach, mango and apricot flavors that Gewurztraminers do. The 2016 Charles Baur Muscat Alsace is killer deal with sexy aromas of orange flowers and spice while the palate bursts with tangerine and mandarin flavors.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 WE 90

2016 Charles Baur "Eichberg" Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
What a gorgeous wine, this is an fantastic Gewurztraminer. Ripe peach and orchard fruits deftly meld against wonderful acidity and structure to produce a harmonious white that truly personifies what a Grand Cru Gewurztraminer should taste like. A great synthesis of fruit, minerality, aromas and mouthfeel the 2016 Charles Baur Gewurztraminer Eichberg Grand Cru should be you Thanksgiving choice if you are searching for a Gewurztraminer.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
VN 94 WE 93

2015 Charles Baur "Cuvée Charles" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
An absolute ridiculous bargain the 2015 Charles Baur "Cuvee Charles" Riesling is a fantastic example of the high quality of Alsatian Riesling that can be had at incredibly low prices. This wine sings with citrus, floral and mineral notes with a zippy palate that energizes itself thanks to a nice punch of acidity and orchard fruits. Robust and clean this is a great choice for the Riesling enthusiast or the beginner just starting to walk down the Riesling path.
Top Value!

2016 Charles Baur Riesling Grand Cru "Eichberg" Alsace
Review Date: 10-18-2018
A complex Riesling, this wine displays all the hallmarks of coming from a Grand Cru lineage. Crisp with fine acidity and cut this is loaded with citrus and petrol notes as well as subtle flavors of nut skin and crushed white flower.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 VN 91

2015 Domaine Gourt de Mautens Vaucluse Rouge
Review Date: 07-23-2018
What a seductive nose on this beauty! Straight from the glass aromas of crushed geranium, allspice, clove, minced meat and dark berry accents all whaff from the very first swirl. This is one sexy wine that deftly combines gorgeous fruit with garrigue notes while being impeccable balance as well as a perfect synthesis of old and new world styles. This is a flat-out delicious wine.
Top Value!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
JD 97

2016 Julien Schaal "Sommerberg Granite" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 06-18-2018
Wow! My mind is blown....An Alsatian Grand Cru for under $20 is an almost unbelievable bargain. To be able to get a wine from one of the top vineyard sources in all of Alsace for under $20 is the kind of holy grail deal we're all inevitably searching for in the wine business. This wine is loaded with white flower, pear and flint aromas on the nose while the palate displays good energy and lift with orchard fruits, golden delicious apple and pithy flavors. There's impressive complexity as this wine elegantly unfolds across the palate that leads to a long, satisfying finish.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 93 JS 90

2017 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes starts off with vivid aromas of lime, acacia and flint notes. The palate is a focused beam of fruit cocktail, lime zest and wet stone. The rush of flavors and complexity here give the wine an energy and feel that make it almost irresistible and such a joy to drink. This is easily one of my favorite white wines I have drunk this year including some Grand Crus and Premier Cru offerings.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy"
Review Date: 06-13-2018
An incredibly approachable offering sourced from the Beauroy vineyard which sits to the north of the Côte de Léchet vineyard. Gorgeous citrus-laden fruit mingles seamlessly with mineral and wet stone accents to produce an intoxicatingly good Chablis.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
DC 93 RP 90

2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands"
Review Date: 06-13-2018
Faiveley is doing some amazing things in Mercurey. They built a winery in Mercurey, which means they no longer have to truck north to Gevrey-Chambertin all their fruit for vinification--the fruit never leaves the village and can be picked at optimal levels and vinified immediately. The results have been jaw-dropping, with a level of quality I have never seen from Mercurey wines, which are well-known as being hard and angular in nature. Now these latest offerings from Faiveley display beautiful red fruit and are amazingly open and ready-to-drink in their youth. The Myglands is seductive on the nose with aromas of red cherry compote, cinnamon and hints of crushed red roses. The palate is packed with gorgeous red fruits and subtle spice notes along with great persistence on the palate and a fresh, long and lively finish.

2016 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Get ready for Summer! The 2016 Hugel Gentil is the perfect wine for when the days start to get a bit warmer. A beautiful nose of white flowers and stone fruits gives way to an energetic palate of grapefruit, gooseberries, peach and fig flavors. A blend of Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc/Auxerrois, and Pinot Gris, plus a little Gewürztraminer, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat d’Alsace this pretty, lifted and rounded white has a little to offer everyone and an unbeatable price of only $10.99.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2015 Lucien Lardy "Les Chenes" Fleurie
Review Date: 04-19-2018
So fresh and bright on the nose with red plum, spice and subtle floral aromas. The red fruits in this wine just ooze across the palate and go from plum-to-berry-to-orchard fruit flavors. Great acidity and zippy mineral notes round out this brilliant offering.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WE 93 JG 90

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 09-08-2017
The 2005 Lynch Bages Pauillac is exactly what you want from one of Bordeaux's premier properties. 2005 was a fantastic vintage in Bordeaux and the 2005 Lynch Bages is a monumental wine. Blood red in color with spice and scorched earth notes the palate slowly unwinds to savory berry fruit notes and fine, smooth tannins. Notes of black licorice and mocha complete the long, smooth finish. This is a classic Lynch Bages in every sense.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2014 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-10-2017
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The 2014 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, seductive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Fantastic aromas of chocolate covered cherries, cigar box and clove rise from the glass while the palate is a silky blend of baker’s chocolate, dark berry fruit, spice, mocha and subtle oak hints. Fine tannins and perfect balance help to round out this great Cabernet Sauvignon.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart
JS 96

2010 Domaine Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 04-17-2013
A perfect example of the greatness of 2010, this wine is packed with fruit, spice, earth and minerals. It will age gracefully for the next two decades.

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-14-2013
Tart blackberry fruit with a touch of spice and good acidity. Bright and fresh.

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-11-2013
A must buy! Wild berries, laser beam fruit, good tension and verve, with a long finish. If you can't afford the First Growths or Super Seconds, try this.

2010 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 02-05-2013
Made by Nicolai Thienpont (Larcis-Ducasse, Beauséjour-Duffau). Cinnamon, red cherry, round with loads of cherry fruit; this wine has an elegance about it. ***. At UGC: Beautiful wine, with a very pretty nose of red fruit and flowers that's more Burgundian than Bordelaise. On the palate the wine has laser-beam focused red fruit, mouthwatering acidity and vibrancy. This feels like a synthesis of Burgundy and Bordeaux. One of the prettiest wines at the tasting. I am very impressed.

2010 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 02-05-2013
One of the best wines I tasted at the UGC, if not the best. This stuff is heaven in a glass. Notes of dark blueberry preserves, hints of graphite and black currant. Tons of energy, with a layered palate that just oozes fruit, layer after layer. This wine is delicious!

2010 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-05-2013
Reminds me of the famed 2000 Léoville-Barton. Dark, dusty and chalky, with dark cherry, black walnut and kirsh notes.

2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-07-2012
Gigantic. Bursting at the seams with fruit, along with rich oak and tannins. The wine still manages to be remarkably balanced.

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-07-2012
Tart blackberry fruit with a touch of spice and good acidity. Bright and fresh.

2009 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-05-2012
The "iron fist in a velvet glove" analogy strikes again...

2009 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-05-2012
Easily a candidate for wine of the vintage; this wine is huge, but so smooth. Its deceptive power almost goes by unnoticed.

2010 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-13-2011
A must buy! Plush and seamless, so smooth and seductive. Chocolate, dark fruits and velvety tannins caress the palate.

2009 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-19-2010
This wine was so layered, complex and powerful, with abundant dark fruits and an incredibly floral and seductive nose.