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Staff Favorites - Gary Norton

Gary Norton

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2017 Chateau de la Maltroye Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-13-2019
A truly stellar effort from Maltroye, this Bourgogne Blanc possesses the verve, precision, and complexity that is seldom found at the village level. It offers Bosc pear and citrus on the nose and the theme continues into an expansive, rich, and weighty palate. Although its immensely appealing now there is no doubt that it will benefit from a few years of bottle age.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2010 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-09-2019
This is traditional Rioja through and through. Offering gorgeous aromas of dried blackberries, dark cherries, and vanilla, underpinned by a savory plumminess that begs your nose to go back for another whiff. The palate is silky and round, with sweet dark fruits, strawberries, pipe tobacco, and a splash of cola. You can pull the cork tonight or let it run for another two decades. This is a singular red for any occasion.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
JS 98 RP 96

2016 Bibian, Haut -Médoc
Review Date: 04-08-2019
Finding a fifteen dollar bottle of top-vintage, age-worthy Bordeaux is no simple feat, yet the 2016 Bibian is precisely that. Aromas of dark red fruit, cedar, and baking spices immediately emanate from the glass and taper into a full-bodied palate chock with similar notes. Lush raspberry, dark plum, and mocha flavors are framed by polished tannins and harmonious acidity. While the wine is plenty approachable today, it could use a year or two in a cold cellar and will cruise for another 10+.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 JS 91

2014 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-14-2019
2014 is the most underrated Napa vintage of the decade. Having been sandwiched in between two highly lauded, and successful campaigns, the '14s never took off like they should have. The reality is that 2014 was an incredible year - perhaps there was just too much noise surrounding the neighboring vintages - and Dunn's Howell Mountain bottling is a shining example of the heights that the vintage quietly achieved. Loaded with plush notes of blackberry, creme de cassis, cedar, and a hint of graphite, this wine perfectly encapsulates everything that makes 2014 the sleeper vintage that it is.

2015 Chalk Hill "Estate" Chalk Hill Red Blend
Review Date: 11-06-2018
The aromatics are spectacular and the palate is seamless. It's a rich, opulent red blend that perfectly encapsulates the 2015 vintage in Sonoma. Blue and black fruits, creme de cassis, dried tobacco, and a hint of wood on the finale. Its full-bodied and multi-layered, and is the perfect companion to your next prime-rib roast.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2016 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-01-2018
Early reports suggest that 2016 will trail only 2013 for the strongest Napa vintage of the decade and this year's release of Chappellet's Signature appears to confirm those rumblings. It's open-knit and drinkable now, but also has the scaffolding to age gracefully for another 10+ years. Highly pointed, top vintage Napa Cabs for less than $100 are virtually extinct these days. Savvy buyers will grab a case of this one.

Wathen’s Private Barrel #3597 "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2018
Aromas of peanut brittle, cloves and caramel lead into rich, malty flavors of toasted pine and citrus peels. For under forty bucks it's a versatile libation that you can enjoy neat, with a rock, or blend into a cocktail. I'm not sure what this one proofed out at, but it has the chops to take on a rock or two without falling apart.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Labadie, Médoc
Review Date: 08-06-2018
There is a massive amount of value to be had in 2015 Bordeaux and this Merlot-driven claret is a pristine example of such. Flush with notes of red and dark berries, cedar and tobacco, this expressive red can be enjoyed tonight or cellared for another decade plus. There is a great deal to like here - both by this wine and the swath of amazing 2015s that will be landing over the next few months.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Wine Club

$13.99
JS 90 RP 90

2016 The Burn "Borne of Fire" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-24-2018
This is the perfect wine to introduce yourself to high-quality Cabernet from Washington state - an under-appreciated region that undoubtedly represents the strongest QPR in domestic Bordeaux varietals. This one offers a stemmy mix of red and dark fruits, dried herbs and mocha to round it out. A great little weeknight sipper for less than twenty bucks.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
JS 96 W&S 91

2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 01-11-2018
I reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine nearly a year ago and my adoration of the property has only magnified since then. A perennial over-achiever, this gem has the chops to withstand a few decades of cellaring and at the price-point, there isn't much to compare it to. This beauty shows classic Margaret River structure and notes of dried herbs, menthol and dark fruits. There's a very good reason Robert Mondavi was mulling over the notion of purchasing the estate back in the '70s - as it produces world-class wines with each passing vintage. This one is a no-brainer. Drink now and over the next twenty years.

2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-02-2017
Flowers has recently shifted towards a more finesse-driven style and frankly, it's relieving. Not to say that I wasn't a fan before this, but there is no shortage of big, viscous Chardonnays in Sonoma and I've been hoping for something to change. I was fortunate enough to taste this wine a few weeks ago and was astonished by the length and balance that is possessed - notes of lemon flesh, white peach, marzipan, cloves and a lovely saline quality on the finish. Very impressed by the direction of this winery, not to mention they are going to take over the old VML property in Healdsburg, which should be nothing short of awesome!

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 10-03-2016
This is a fantastic non-vintage bottling from Michel Arnould. The blend consists of a heavy dose of Pinot Noir (75%) and the rest Chardonnay, which creates a wonderfully delicate and floral nose that leads into heaps of red fruit and red berries. The finish is clean and citric. A truly special bottle of bubbles.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
DC 90

2013 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-15-2016
Mount Eden has released yet another lovely Chardonnay. Surprised? Well you shouldn't be. The latest vintage is a little bigger and flashy than it has been in the past, yet it still retains great acidity and focus. Aromas of green pineapple and fresh Bosc pear pour out of the glass. On the palate, yellow nectarine, more pineapple, and Meyer lemon. Another home run by our friends over at Mount Eden.

Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-06-2016
My personal favorite of our current Westland lineup. Aromas of Fig Newtons, toasted pecan, mocha and dried yellow fruits to cap it off. It isn't too oily or sweet, it's an honest, lively whiskey that begs to be had neat, or with a single rock.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
WE 95

Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-06-2016
In the spectrum of American single malts, Westland is at the apex of my list. Each and everything they offer is of incredible quality and reasonably priced. Their peated whiskey, priced at $69.99, rivals most Scotch whiskeys that command upwards of $100.00. It's rich, focused and balanced, showing notes of smokey creme brulee, vanilla, pie crust and scorched orange peel. Easily one of the best American whiskeys on the market today.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-05-2016
Westland's American Single Malt is truly a show stopper. It houses very pure single malt Scotch-like characteristics (reminiscent of a classic Speyside) while adding some additional notes of vanilla extract, espresso bean and dried Medjool dates. This could be a game changer for you, come scoop a bottle and you'll understand what I'm talking about.
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 04-05-2016
It's toasty and light, floral and fruity, drinkable and inexpensive. Enough said, right? While lovely all by itself, it's also a bottle that you don't feel guilty adding a dash of crème de cassis to for a brunch-time sparkling cocktail.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 12-30-2015
This is a fantastic non-vintage bottling from Michel Arnould. The blend consists of a heavy dose of Pinot Noir (75%) and the rest Chardonnay, which creates a wonderfully delicate and floral nose that leads into heaps of red fruit and red berries. The finish is clean and citric. A truly special bottle of bubbles.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
DC 90

Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
Review Date: 11-12-2015
With no dosage added, this is the driest of the Antech line. Always crisp and refreshing, it's my opinion that Antech produces the highest quality value-driven sparkling wine on the market right now. The perfect bottle for a wedding, party, or just another Tuesday night.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
DC 90

Louise Brison "L'Impertinente" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-13-2015
These bubbles are derived from 100% Pinot Noir and emit wonderful fragrances of cassis, wild strawberries and a tinge of minerals. Upon entry, this sparkler is crisp and light, while continuing to show a tenacious amount of strawberries, red fruit and toast. Enjoy these bubbles with a grilled pork loin, a sunset and good company!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart