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Owen Roe Dubrul Cab
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2020 CHATEAU MAYLANDIE
CORBIERES 'CABANON'
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Hopefully all the fireworks have been lit off and extinguished because we have now entered barbecue season and the arrival of a delicious, prototype Southern French value from Languedoc’s Corbieres region.

Maladies’ Cabanon Rouge is a blend of 70% Carignan and 30% Cinsault and 100% tasty. Mediterranean aromas of crushed red raspberry, wind-swept herbs, lavender and pepper along with gentle cocoa notes filled the air. A soulful wine indeed…a truly harmonious ensemble of savory richness and elegance that follows through to the ample dry and vibrant finish. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years with sausage and bean casserole, barbecued chicken, grilled steak or burgers.



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2019 LE PUPILLE
MORELLINO DI SCANSANO
$16.99 BTL./$101.94 - SIX PACK

The Tuscan region of Morellino di Scansano has long been an everyday favorite of those in the know who love Tuscan wines and do not want to drop a ton of money to get something delicious. Fattoria Le Pupille, owned by the dynamic Elisabetta Geppetti, is widely regarded as THE producer of the area. 85% Sangiovese with 15% of Alicante and Malvasia Nera, this energetic, shapely, well-portioned red offers tons of character.

Erupting scents of ripe strawberries, balsamic, hints of raspberry and plenty of sage and scorched earth tones all follow through to a succulent, savory texture that is brimming with Tuscan and Italian flavors that are utterly spellbinding. Quite different from Chianti or Brunello, this wine is wonderful to match with just about any meat dish slathered in tomatoes or a pecorino cheese from Tuscany. Drink lots of it now!



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2021 TORRE DEI BEATI
CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO ROSE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

92+ Points – Vinous… Torre dei Beati’s Cerasuolo is a pink rocket of love destined to send you into orbit. 100% Montepulciano from one of the three traditional Rose-producing regions of Italy, it is all about vivid pleasure. Made from vines specifically for this wine, alluring red licorice whip and strawberry surround subtle mineral and freshly cut herbs; the cool, ethereal texture that takes on all the nuances that the nose gives. The finish bursts and grabs the tongue before heading down. Beautifully dry and with intense presence of flavor, this will pair with incendiary spice-dominated dishes and yet is shows its soul with a Caprese Salad or Arancini. Slurp, slurp, slurp!



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2019 JL CHAVE SELECTIONS
CROZES-HERMITAGE 'SILENE'
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

93 Points – Wine Spectator… Known as one of the Gods of Hermitage and the Northern Rhone in general, Jean-Louis Chave commenced his negociant business in 1995 and many terrific values rock from the cellars. Crozes-Hermitage is very exciting and it is rare to see wines solely come from granitic soils versus the alluvial ones that the appellation’s reputation is built upon.

Expressive, full of grip and substance, this cool-climate Syrah shows impeccable detail. Graham and cinnamon surround Italian plum and blackberry with an undercurrent of ground pepper and tea smoke arriving. Sultry and energetic with lovely palate presence all carrying to a mineral and licorice driven finish. Enjoy over the next decade with a Sunday roast of beef or lamb, mushroom dishes and more.



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2019 MOUNT EDEN CHARDONNAY
WOLFF VINEYARD OLD VINES
$24.99 BTL./$299.88 CASE

93 Points – Wine Spectator… Known as one of the Gods of Hermitage and the Northern Rhone in general, Jean-Louis Chave commenced his negociant business in 1995 and many terrific values rock from the cellars. Crozes-Hermitage is very exciting and it is rare to see wines solely come from granitic soils versus the alluvial ones that the appellation’s reputation is built upon.

Expressive, full of grip and substance, this cool-climate Syrah shows impeccable detail. Graham and cinnamon surround Italian plum and blackberry with an undercurrent of ground pepper and tea smoke arriving. Sultry and energetic with lovely palate presence all carrying to a mineral and licorice driven finish. Enjoy over the next decade with a Sunday roast of beef or lamb, mushroom dishes and more.



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2018 TENUTA REGALEALI
NERO D'AVOLA 'LAMURI'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the most important producers from Sicily (and Italy), Tasca D’Almrita and their Tenuta Regaleali are one of the players who brought Sicily into the modern age of winemaking and have been influential to many others. Lamuri, or "love" in Sicilian dialect, is one of Tasca d'Almerita's most luscious, classy, and exquisitely priced Nero d'Avola wines.

Sicily in a bottle, its savory, feral aromas gently give way to pronounced plum, ground black pepper and warm earth tones. Texturally, it is generous, detailed and dry with excellent firmness, structure and length. The licorice, along with Moroccan-spice and smoke come out on the elevated, refined finish. When tasting this one can tell that Regaleali desires a silkier style with the grape versus an overripe powerhouse. We could not agree more with her thinking and recommend having it over the next 4-6 years with roasted game or hard pecorino-like cheeses.



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2021 DO FERREIRO ALBARINO
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

Gerardo Mendez produces the Muhammed Ali of Albarino. Trash talking from the first moment it is poured, you may hear the wine playfully insulting Howard Cosell’s toupee as well as calling itself pretty, a bad man and the greatest of all time! Yes, this white wine is that damn good. Not only is it one of Spain’s greatest white wines, it is one of the world’s finest.

Electrifying, grand-scale aromas of granite, seashore, perfumed lemon and a splash of mandarin scream from the glass and carry over into an electrifying, palate coating texture that shows excellent class and breed. Mouth-watering, brisk, complex, layered and seriously long. Get a seafood smorgasbord and serve it with many bottles of this small producer's impressive Albarino.



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2016 OWEN ROE 'DUBRUL VINEYARD'
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$65.99 BTL./$791.88 CASE

Having been working together for over 20 years, Owen Roe and Dubrul are synonymous. This stony, basalt-laden site has produced many memorable wines and the 2016, now at age six promises to be one of those great offerings.

Wines coming from DuBrul Vineyard always offer up impressive body and backbone this wine is the epitome of abundance. Decadently aromatic with brilliant tones of blackberry as well as engaging mineral tones that are shrouded nicely by harmonious tones of nutmeg, coriander and tobacco that come from well-balanced use of French oak (35% new). In the mouth, the wine shows beautiful range and refinement with caressing fruit that spreads out like a peacock's tail on the finish that shows it deep core of fruit. At age six this wine is just starting to emerge and it will continue to develop and drink well for another 15 years.



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CHAMPAGNE A.R. LENOBLE 'Mag17'
BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU 'CHOUILLY'
$59.99 BTL./$359.94 - SIX PACK

A few weeks back I was left with a couple of samples of a Champagne producer who I had heard of but never tasted. Problem solved and hence we are now fully behind them. Founded in 1920, this small house is still family owned. Located east of Epernay in the village of Damery, this maison has vineyards in Bissuiel, a Premier Cru village in the Montagne de Reims, Chouilly, a Grand Cru in the Cotes-de-Blancs and Damery in the Vallee de la Marne, which is famed for its Meunier.

This cuvee, Mag 17, is from their terroir line and all from the Grand Cru village of Chouilly, this Blanc de Blancs comes in at 2 g/l for its dosage so it is technically Extra Brut. 100% Chardonnay with 35% reserve perpetuelle, this very dry bubbly reveals pleasure, detail, finesse, complexity and flavor. Prominent yellow plum, lemon, floral tones, wheat, white chocolate and mineral aromas radiate from the glass and carry over into a texture that is silky, very classy and harmonious with virtually silky bubbles. The extension is staggering and the flavors joyously persist in the mouth. Enjoy on a special occasion with friends or a special meal…lobster, scallops or very upscale sushi immediately come to mind.



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2012 CHAMPAGNE A.R. LENOBLE
BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU 'CHOUILLY'
$106.99 BTL./$641.94 - SIX PACK

Let’s step it up why don’t we and go to the powerful, authoritative, rich 2012 vintage, which is the first vintage Blanc de Blancs Lenoble has produced since the 2008. Again, all from Chouilly but dreamy and precise all at once, this vintage Champagne does not play around.

Like the Mag 17, low dosage is prevalent this bubbly possesses terrific attack. The village of Chouilly always lends itself to having lushness and the bubbles luxuriate and bring a level of finesse to the fang-like structure of the wine. Spreading out on the palate, this Champagne seduces and has a high likability factor. Increasingly we need to look at Champagne as wine itself and pair with food instead of merely celebrating. This well constructed, terroir-laden fizz will go oh so well with foie gras, lobster, crab, sole or scallops swimming in butter.






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