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Haut-Rian and Vintage Champagne, Zinfandel Feature and Last Wine Musings of 2019

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

It is always worth reiterating what is obvious, HAUT-RIAN NEVER GOES OUT OF SEASON AND HAUT-RIAN NEVER GOES OUT OF FASHION!

When the Rain arrives, it is always a good time to uncork several bottles of the Rian - especially with freshly shucked oysters or mussels. 6 months on, our favorite white takes on new and exciting traits. At this moment, the 2018 has evolved from having up front fruit to revealing prominent mineral, peat, smoke and seashore scents that beautifully mingle with the famous lemon-lime tones that this white wine is so known for. Brisk, flavorful and a fresh jaunt to the palate, this TRULY is a 10-buck wonder. Oh yes, it also goes extremely well with the bounty of shellfish available to us, especially nice, briny oysters or mussels.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Vintage 2016 is over the moon great for the Bordeaux region and Michel and Pauline Dietrich have put forth their finest version of their entry red Bordeaux.

Sensual blueberry scents shine along with a backdrop of mocha, jasmine, lilac and excellent purity and earth tones. Stylish, mouth filling, very smoothly textured that flows very nicely with depth and vibrancy to the over-delivering, complex finish. Not only does this wine have a big pleasure factor, it has more dimension than ever should be in an under 15-dollar wine. A versatile red wine to enjoy with so many dishes and we highly encourage you to add it to your everyday drinking repertoire. Enjoy over the next 5-6 years.

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$84.99 BTL./$509.94 - SIX PACK

We launched the new arrival of the 2012 Roederer at our Holiday Bubblebath but we wanted those who did not attend a chance at it. Safe to say that this Champagne is more than worthy to serve while bringing in the new year, whether it be at dinner, beforehand (but you better have a bottle of Cristal if you want to usurp its quality) or at 12:00 to ring in a new and hopefully exciting new decade.

Tasted in France, this Champagne blew me off my feet. The essence of this great Champagne vintage that really excels on all levels is truly with the Pinot Noir. The base of this wine comes from three Grands Crus villages (Verzy and Verzenay for the 70% Pinot Noir, Chouilly for the 30% of Chardonnay). As mentioned, 2012 is profound and may give 2008 a run for its money. The minerality of Northern Pinot Noir is present along with complex aromas of pronounced brioche and vanilla with subtle notes of apple and white chocolate. Powerful, yet light on its feet on the palate, with notes of grapefruit, apple tarte tatin, lemon, vanilla, and a long seamless finish. This Champagne can be used to toast, but it is even better to be served with pan-seared scallops, fresh crab, lobster or even denser dishes like duck or a pork loin. If I were to compile a list of best of the year wines that I tasted, this would certainly be near the top. Enjoy over the next 15-20 years.


A Tremendous Trio for Under 18

This Friday January 3 from 1:30 – 6:30

We’re kicking off 2020 with value. Drop by to taste four excellent choices including the Chateau Haut-Rian Blanc which has done its annual transformation from fruit to mineral.


2015 Haut-Rian Cote-de-Bordeaux Rouge
2018 Olim Bauda Gavi
2015/6 Pesquier Cotes-du-Rhone