What's Just Landed
June 13, 2021
Arpepe Riserva wines have landed!
June 01, 2021
Wines from Casa Ventura Imports with Basilio Rodriguez & KatieOn Friday Katie came in with Basilio from Casa Ventura Imports...wines from Spain. They were on point! We have the Marques de la Concordia Brut Rosé Nature in the shop...love it.Here are the rest that will be coming in on Thursday the 3rd.
2018 Bodegas Edetaria "Via Terra" Garnacha Blanca Terra Alta Catalonia $16
Notes: Yellow, straw-colored, clean and bright. Fresh fruit, specially bouquet of apricot, melon, pear on syrup and cinnamon. Strong mouth entrance with a big fruit explosion. In the mouth is sweet-toothed. Highly fresh, very integrated acidity and a very especial end that brings up to the mouth a long and persistent finish.
Excellent with seafood, alive oysters, grilled prawns, as well as rice and grilled fish.
2019 Finca os Cabatos Godello $19
Notes: A highly aromatic wine showing zesty citrus aromas combined with ripe stone fruits, a mineral sensation and hint of white pepper. Dry with a refreshing crisp palate of pineapple, tropical fruits and a delicious, dry, citrus finish.
2018 Finca Torremilanos Monte Castrillo Rosado $16
Notes: This rosé shows the color and structure of a light red, delivering cherry, leafy, ginger and earthy flavors, backed by firm acidity and light, firm tannins. Old-school and made for food.
2019 Bodegas Edetaria Via Terra Negra Garnatxa $17
Notes: Via Terra Garnacha is a medium body red wine, with great minerality and pleasant red fruit flavors running from strawberries to red currants to sweet cranberries.
2018 Finca os Cabatos Mencia $15
Notes: One of the oldest vineyards in the area, the estate is planted to the regions signature varieties: Godello for white and Mencía for red. This wine shines with the grape's signature freshness and tell-tale herbaceous hints. This Mencía is softer than those from Bierzo; it has juicy acidity and a light frame--almost reminiscent of Beaujolais. The nose shows strawberry, red fruit, and forest.
2016 Finca Torremilanos Torrre Albeniz Reserva $37
Notes: The 2016 Torremilanos Reserva combines the signature perfume notes of the Ribera de Duero region with the structure and minerality from 86 years old vines in Finca Torremilanos. Notes of plums and ripe red fruits in the nose of this rich Tempranillo. The palate is full-bodied with abundant fine-grained tannins and a velvety juicy texture.
As I said, all wines will be in the shop as of Thursday the 3rd!
May 31, 2021
2017 G.D. Vajra & Luigi Baudana Barolo Pre-Sale
2017 G.D. Vajra Barolo Pre-Sale
The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced.
"Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June," Aldo Vajra told me. "What vines don't like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It's not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous “2017 Barolo: Here We Go Again” (Feb. 2021)
G.D. Vajra Barolo “Albe” $40
Notes: Red berry, rose and camphor aromas waft out of the glass. Tangy and delicious, the smooth, full-bodied palate doles out ripe Marasca cherry, fleshy raspberry and hints of ground baking spice framed in taut, polished tannins. It’s already accessible but also has good midterm aging potential.” 93 Points Wine Enthusiast 84 cases coming in.
G.D. Vajra Barolo “Coste di Rose $65
Notes: Red berry, rose and camphor aromas waft out of the glass. Tangy and delicious, the smooth, full-bodied palate doles out ripe Marasca cherry, fleshy raspberry and hints of ground baking spice framed in taut, polished tannins. It’s already accessible but also has good midterm aging potential.” 96 Points Wine Enthusiast. 23 cases coming in.
G.D. Vajra Barolo “Ravera” $90
Notes: From the township of Novello and from what is now widely recognized as one of the denomination’s top vineyard sites, this is just stunning, offering intense aromas of wild berries, new leather, floral notes, camphor and grilled herb. The delicious, structured palate shows finesse and power, featuring ripe red cherry, blood orange, cedar, licorice and mineral notes suggesting tangy iron. Noble tannins provide support. Reflecting the vintage, this won’t need years to come around but will also age well for at least another decade. 97 Points Wine Enthusiast. 35 cases coming in.
G.D. Vajra Barolo “Bricco delle Viole” $90
Notes: Aromas of underbrush, pine forest, woodland berries and cedar form the enticing nose. Full bodied and savory, the structured palate delivers ripe Morello cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and cinnamon before closing on pipe tobacco notes. Tightly knit but refined tannins provide the backbone, while surprisingly fresh acidity for the hot vintage keeps it balanced.” 96 Points Wine Enthusiasts. 45 cases coming in.
2017 Luigi Baudana Barolo Pre-Sale
Luigi Baudana Barolo “Serralunga d’Alba” $60
Notes: The 2017 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba may very well turn out to be one of the best wines of the year in its peer group. Dark and wonderfully expressive, yet also light on its feet for a Serralunga Barolo, the 2017 has so much going on. Black cherry, plum, spice, gravel, cured meats, lavender and sage all meld together in this dark yet translucent Barolo. 93 Points Vinous. 10 cases coming in.
Luigi Baudana Barolo “Baudana” $90
Notes: The 2017 Barolo Baudana is such a gorgeous wine. It, too conveys the power of Serralunga, but with a bit less heft than is typically the case. Sweet dark cherry, iron, cedar, rose petal, mint and white pepper give the 2017 its effusive, inviting personality. This is such a tremendous showing. 95 Points Vinous. 10 cases coming in.
Luigi Baudana Barolo “Cerretta” $90
Notes: A dark, somber wine, the 2017 Barolo Cerretta shows the more potent, brooding side of Serralunga. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, cured meats, cloves and menthol add to an impression of virile intensity and pure power. Readers will have to be patient here, but there is certainly a ton to look forward to. This is another impressive showing from Baudana and the Vajra family. 95 Points Vinous. 10 cases coming in.
These wines are due to arrive around July or August. Please contact me with what you'd like. At this point I'm just asking for people to give me the quantity of the 2017's you'd like. Once the wines arrive I'll send you an invoice to be paid.
December 29, 2020
2020 is almost over but have you thought about what you’l be chugging to say god bye of this shit-year?
From the political arena to the medical one…we’ve had mostly downs yet the markets still seem to be going up. Personally…I think 2021 will not be as happy as some would like to think. Yes we have the vaccine yet now we are hearing about mutations? And yet…the market is going up. Sooner or later I have this strange feeling the market will crash like it did back in ’08 and the only thing to save will be the fact we can drink wine. Wash away the pain with a nice glass of whatever your favorite flavor is.
Here’s what we have coming in for you this week
Two special deals that just walked into the shop…
Silvio Grasso has always been one of our favorite Barolo in the shop but when the price goes down by $7 a bottle…it’s even better!
What about some Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino for $13 off a bottle? To be honest…pretty sure this is just the leftover Brunello.
Then there is the sweet (no actually sweet) Cremant de Bourgogne from Domaine du Prieure. So good…so inexpensive and so amazing!
What about a little grower-action at a price that’ll make you drink Champagne every night of the week?
We also have a few bottles of Cristal left over for you ballers out there…
And that is all for now. Bring on the new year!
December 08, 2020
2018 & 2019 ReleaseAlthough this year has seemed to be a total shit-show, there are some things we can look forward to...like the release of the current vintages from Domaine Tempier. This year Tempier lost its jewel of the estate, Lulu. She passed away this year at the young age of 102 and although she is gone, she will never be forgotten. From her greeting guest, making dinner and her amazing cook books...her and her late husband Lucien worked Domaine Tempier into what it is today...the most magical place in Provence. Well for me that is.Here are the current releases from Tempier. Please remember that if you want any of these wines...get them now as we tend to sell out pretty fast and I don't want to hear about how you didn't know they came in.
We can either ship the wines out to you or you can swing by the shop and pick them up. Wines will arrive in the shop on Wednesday the 9th of December.
Hope you're ready for these.