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March 12, 2019
Champagne ClubFor the month of March I decided that I wanted a Champagne that was a bit different and rare. Being that the 2009 is only the second vintage they have produced and one of the favorites in the shop. Notes: Yellow in colour with glints of light amber. Discreet and extremely fine bubbles. Intense bouquet combining sweet flowers (honeysuckle, broom), yellow fruits (peach) and lightly roasted dried nuts (hazelnut). Evolves towards spicy and citrus notes with a hint of Sancho pepper as well as soft, sweet, ripe notes of chestnut cream. Ample and light on entry to the palate. Ample, thanks to its sweet, creamy, almost spherical texture that seductively wraps around the mouth, coating the palate; light, due to its elegant, saline freshness that «stretches» the wine giving it a smooth, delicate and airy mouthfeel. You will not fail to be charmed by its juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit that gently caress the palate. An elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes linger on the finish. $95Red Wine Club2014 Moulin de Duhart, Pauillac - Château Duhart-Milon’s second wine is selected on the same basis as the “Grand Vin”. In general, the grapes are from the younger plots in the vineyard. Moulin de Duhart has several characteristics similar to the grand vin, but with less potential for ageing as its barrel ageing period is shorter. It should be consumed younger than its more robust counterpart. The origin of the name comes from the former presence of a windmill on the Carruades plateau, next to the Duhart-Milon vineyard. $432012 San Lorenzo La Gattara Rosso Conero - San Lorenzo Rosso Conero La Gattara is a velvety and deep red, soft and at the same time particularly expressive. Dark ruby red in appearance, the nose expresses deep notes of ripe red fruit embellished with balsamic and spicy tones. A vegetal trace opens to a long, material taste, characterized by a thick and soft tannins. Vibrant, closes on notes of fruit jam, of particular persistence. Throughout the meal, it goes well with rich meat dishes. Try it with a particularly seasoned beef tartare. Excellent on all types of roasts. $32Daily Drinking Red Wine Club2016 Principato Red Blend - Some might say this is a Bordeaux-type blend being that it's 80% Merlot & 20% Cab Sauv but...it's grown in Italy and taste nothing like a wine from Bordeaux. It is full-bodied, rich with an elegant finish but its the spices that really get me. For the price...I love this wine. $132016 Principato Pinot Noir - The grapes are picked at peak maturity and undergo fermentation for 6-8 days under controlled temperatures in small stainless steel vats. The wine then is placed in larger oak barrels, where it rests on its lees until malolactic fermentation has occurred. The wine is refined in tank before bottling and release. A perfect complement to grilled meats, salmon and turkey. $132016 Domaine de Couron Marselan - Quality aromas and flavors of black currants, wild herbs, loamy earth, tobacco leaf and background meatiness to go with a medium-bodied, nicely balanced profile on the palate. It is quite good and well worth the price of admission. $13
February 04, 2019
Wine Club Wines for February 2019
For the month of February I decided to go all out on the Red Wine club and the Champagne club. I mean there is a made up holiday in the middle of the month so I figured why not?
So I decided to go with a farmer fizz that most of you all know and love. I'm not gonna lie, it happens to be a staple Champagne in my house but we usually finish it off over 3-days since we can never kill a bottle in one night...I'm a prom date when it comes to drinking. The 2009 Gaston Chiquet Special Club Brut is by far one of the finest Champagnes I've ever had. With a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir from several vineyards this Champagne sees 84 months of bottle aging before being released. Now I would normally pair this up with something fancy...okay I wouldn't cause I'm really sick and tired of doing that. Just drink this and relax. "This wine always has a crazed minerality, and this one’s like a “normal” 2009 stretched taut, and someone flicked a switch on a machine that shoots a lightning bolt between two poles; it’s like phosphorescent, wailing, shrieking chalk, napped with a nage of lemon rind. —Terry Theise" $80 a bottle
Red Wine Club $75
One of the benefits to being in our wine clubs is you get the ability to try out new wines before anyone else does. In this case for the month of February you're getting something that has never been in our area till now. Domaine Duband is a rising star in Burgundy but he also did something that made me take notice of him 13 years ago...he purchased the vineyards from my favorite producer in the whole world...Domaine Jacky Truchot. Once David did that...I knew he would explode in greatness and he has.
Domaine Duband's wines are extremely allocated and usually have some kind of conditions when purchasing them. In this case I had to buy 6 bottles of Domaine Roumier worth over $3000 USD just to get my hands on Duband's wines. A wise decision being that Roumier are in such high demand that I sold all 6 bottles in less than 24hrs. So...you be getting one bottle of the 2016 Domaine Duband Bourgogne Hautes-Cotrs de Nuits "Louis Auguste". I was only able to get 12 bottles of this wine so I hope you all love it. I've only tasted the '15...I'm letting you all take the first snootful. $45
The second bottle is from the Clerico family. The 2012 Clerico Arte Langhe is a dandy of a wine. With a bend of 90% nebbiolo 10% Barbera, Great complex nose, dark and red fruit, jam, herbs, grass, tobacco, juicy full body, beautiful acidity, very well balanced, powerful yet very pleasant tannins, long lasting finish. Super wine! I would actually consider this a baby Barolo but it does have that little bit of Barbera. $30
Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39
November 13, 2018
This month is action-packed with some stellar finds that I'm pretty proud of. All three of these wines are perfect for that holiday burn that will be sitting on top of the dinner table this month.2015 Branciforti dei Bordonaro Syrah - Deep intense ruby red colour. Marvelous and well-defined nuances of cherry and plum aromas with a touch of spice. Suave, soft and caressing, it reveals its great and intensely Mediterranean character admirably matching a powerful and hearty texture and an extraordinary vivacity. Ideal match with dishes like lasagna with ragout, veal filet with wild mushrooms, stewed boar.2012 Enate Crianza - Earthy red-berry aromas include a note of forest floor. A medium-bodied palate is centered on tight racy acidity, while this blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon tastes of red plum, mixed spices and cocoa powder. An edgy finish with spiced cherry and plum flavors is juicy and primed by raw acidity.2017 Flaco Tempranillo -
Produced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards. Flaco shows the complexity of twice its price. These vines are tended in diverse micro-climates, allowing for more consistency of ripeness year after year.
The fresh, pure character of this wine makes this an extremely versatile wine to pair with food. This wine pairs well with white meats like pork and chicken and flaky fish like hake, cod or flounder. This has the fruit and acidity to match with red meats, as well.
November 03, 2018
2013 Chateau Villa Bel-Air, Graves - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels. Château Villa Bel-Air lies 15 km south of Bordeaux, at the entrance to the village of Saint-Morillon, in the heart of the Graves appellation with its many centuries of winemaking traditions. This Italian-inspired “chartreuse” house lies in the heart of the vineyards, near to Brède château. It has been classified as a Historical Monument and is a veritable jewel of the XVIII century.A remarkable wine inspired by its impressive historical legacy, Château Villa Bel-Air now produces a red wine and a white wine that perfectly illustrate the finesse and complexity of Graves wines. “The domaine has been subject to numerous improvements that aim to improve the quality of the vineyard and the wines produced here (…). Wine amateurs are yet to discover the excellence of this Grand Cru” (Robert Parker, 2005). ($25)2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique Rouge - There is something about the dark, inky Mourvèdre, plus the salty sea air caressing the vines every night, that typifies classic Bandol. This wine is complete, and ready to serve cooled down a touch. With a blend of 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan, this wine is the backbone of Domaine Tempier. More Mourvedre La Migoua yet less than La Tourtine. It will lay down for decades and treat you like a king. Pick up a case or two and stash it away. ($50)
October 29, 2018
On the banks of the river Layon in the beautiful Loire Valley exists one of the world's largest and oldest single wine stocks. Miles of underground cellars contain wines dating back to the 1800's. These are the sweet Chenin Blanc wines of Moulin Touchais, one of the Loire Valley's most legendary estates. Their vineyards are among the most famous in the Anjou area, lying in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon region. Like Huët, these wines are some of the most age-worthy on the planet. In fact, Moulin Touchais is the only winery in the world we know of who gives a CENTURY LONG GUARANTEE ON THE LONGEVITY OF THEIR WINES.
These are by definition sweet wines, though not in the classical sense. Over time, the residual sugar melds with the acidity and fruit, leaving the impression they are much less sweet than they actually are. They are wines of great versatility, perfect harmony and among the great hidden gems of the wine world.
Unfortunately, the wines are seldom seen on the market. For one, it is only produced in great vintages. Secondly, they aren't released until at least ten years after date of harvest. When they are, the vast majority is quickly snatched up by locals, leaving very little for consumers here in the US. However, we just got our hands on a lot from their most recent release and were able to acquire good quantities on top back vintages. And because we bought them directly from the domaine, the wines are not only pristine, but we obtained them at amazing pricing. In fact, really amazing! Wines of this quality, age and provenance simply don't exist in today's market, so we encourage you to take advantage of this unique buying opportunity while you can.
I need to know what you'd like by Friday the 2nd so we can get them on the ship and have them in time for the holidays.
2005 Coteaux du Layon $54 per 750ml
2002 Coteaux du Layon $58 per 750ml
1997 Coteaux du Layon $62 per 750ml
1996 Coteaux du Layon $62 per 750ml
1985 Coteaux du Layon $66 per 750ml
1981 Coteaux du Layon $70 per 750ml
Let me know people...These prices are only for the pre-sale. Once the wines come in...they'll go up.