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Staff Favorites - Joe Bruno

Joe Bruno


2014 Tercero "Camp 4 Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Marsanne
Review Date: 07-24-2018
While Marsanne isn't typically the white varietal that comes to mind for California wine-making, yet this Rhône white stands out from the crowd. Aromas of buttered apple crisp, toast, macadamia nuts, and honey comb. The palate exudes a pleasant level of ripeness without being overly fruity. Dried apple notes move towards a minerally finish. This is a lovely and under-priced white from the Central Coast that will surprise and please many
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2014 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-24-2018
One of my favorite Pinot Noirs I’ve had the chance of trying recently. Hailing from Oregon, the 2014 vintage was warmer than typical, and that is reflected in the aromas of the wine. Ripe berries and cherries are the first notes expressed. A bouquet of rose petal is also present on the back end. On the palate, the wine shows ripe red fruit, especially cherry, along with a firm structure that leads into silky tannins. All the while, there is a pleasant juiciness and bright acidity that cuts through the ripeness of the fruit. Hints of spice on the finish. A layered and complex Pinot Noir that while priced under-$40 drinks as if it were $50 or more

2015 Frog's Leap "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-07-2018
One of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignon wines in store, especially for under $50. Aromas of black currants, dried herbs, and barrel spice. On the palate, flavors of intense and layered dark fruits play with firm but silky tannins. Lovely Rutherford dust minerality on the finish as well. Tasting well now, but certainly will improve immensely with time. A true Napa Valley classic that possesses the power, finesse, and grace to last 20 years and further.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 W&S 91

2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-07-2018
One of the best Zinfandels in store pound for pound. Aromas of ripe berries, plums, and dark cherries. The palate expresses quintessential ripe dark fruits and subtle stone fruits. Along with balanced acidity, this is everything you come to expect from Sonoma Zinfandel and done fantastically at such a great price.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WS 93

2016 Castro Candaz "Finca El Curvado" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 06-18-2018
A delicious and unique offering from Ribeira Sacra. Fresh and bright on the nose, with aromas of plums, cherries, and berries. A bouquet of wild herbs and flowers, with a noted black pepper note. On the palate, the wine's freshness comes through again, with crunchy dark and red fruit at the forefront. The wine's elevated acid comes through, as does the granitic minerality. A great food wine as well; pairing nicely with various white meats and tomato-based dishes

2016 The Burn "Borne of Fire" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-27-2018
Easily one of the best red wine values in store at the moment. Lively aromas of mulberries and dark currants are accented by a nicely balanced palate. Not overly ripe, robust flavors of dark berries present, and silky tannins. A pleasant savory quality on the lengthy finish. A great introduction to Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon, and currently one of the best price points for domestic red wine in store
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
JS 96 W&S 91

2016 Brezo Mencía Bierzo
Review Date: 05-06-2018
I have always been a big fan of Mencía wines from Bierzo, and this offering from the producer Brezo furthers affirms that sentiment. Aromas of juicy, ripe berries on the nose, along with a classic bouquet of savory herbs and spices. On the palate, flavors of red berries, dark plum, and pomegranate are complemented by dried thyme and fresh cracked black pepper. The fresh, vibrant acidity and ripeness of fruit make this wine very drinkable on its own, or a perfect complement to everything from burgers, pizza, or grilled meats. A perfect choice to serve at your next dinner party or BBQ cookout!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vinho Verde
Review Date: 04-30-2018
A light, fresh, and juicy white from Portugal that will be sure to please. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, and orchard fruit. Hints of white flowers additionally. Flavors of bright citrus and green apple. I love the slight fizziness the wine exhibits as well. This is a summer-sipper staple; be sure to grab some for your next get together!
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

Billecart-Salmon "Sous Bois" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-13-2018
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I had the pleasure of trying this Champagne about a week ago along with a couple other Billecart-Salmon offerings. This was my favorite, for its inherent richness. The aroma was very reminiscent of a white Burgundy; dried orchard fruit, custard, and chalky minerality. On the palate, creamy fruit, lemon juice, and pear flavors play with an elegant toast and round mouthfeel. Acidity is still elevated; the chalkiness also comes through. This Champagne's power and balance come together wonderfully; worth every penny!

2016 Amalaya Malbec Salta
Review Date: 02-13-2018
I had the pleasure of tasting this Malbec at our staff tasting today. A dark horse winner for me, as the intensity of flavors and overall balance of the wine is nicely juxtaposed with a price point of under $12. Aromas of dark and blue fruit compliment a bouquet of mocha and violets. On the palate, this wine is fresh and bright, with flavors of dark berries, blueberry, espresso powder, vanilla, and bay leaf. A great option for dinner parties or as a weekday wine selection
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
DC 90 WS 90

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-13-2018
A delicious Zinfandel that pays homage to California wines of old. Sourced from the Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso vineyard that is over 125 years old, the quality is thusly reflected in the wine. Aromas of berry medley, plum, peach preserves, and vanilla extract. On the palate, unripe peach, ripe pluots, boysenberry, black cherry, and bay leaf on the palate. Lighter and less weighty on the palate than other California Zinfandels I’ve tried recently. A fantastic option for grilled chicken and other light BBQ fare
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
RP 94 JD 90

2014 Miguel Merino Mazuelo de Quinta Cruz Rioja
Review Date: 01-30-2018
A great example of a cool climate mazuelo (a.k.a. carignan / cariñena) from Spain. Both on the nose and on the palate, fresh, crunchy dark & red fruits are expressed; think plum and dark cherries. A hint of spice accents this quite nicely, as does the earthiness on the finish. A fantastic choice in a food pairing applications to accompany grilled fish or game meats
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Delicious and reasoned priced French sparkling that won’t break the bank. Aromas of white lilies, apples, and stone fruit. I was struck by the size of the bubbles in this Crémant; they are much finer and smaller than expected, lending themselves to contribute to the lovely mouthful. Flavors of white nectarine, bosc pear, and golden delicious apple give way to a honey note on the finish. Lively and fresh, stock up on this for your next party or get-together
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Miquel Pons Cava Brut Penedes
Review Date: 11-06-2017
Talk about a deal for the upcoming Holidays! Beautiful orchard fruit on the nose accompanied by notes of lilies and sea spray. On the palate, it checks all the boxes for quality sparkling: clean, ample fruit, and a dry, crisp finish. Notes of red delicious apple and pear play with a light brioche toast and saline qualities. Easily one of the best under-$10 sparkling we are currently offering company-wide
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart