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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Sometimes birds, or in this case, ants, fly backwards. Usually one finds the French going into a new world region and collaborating on a wine. In this case, it is the other way around. Famed Argentine Malbec producer Altos las Hormigas has gone to Cahors and collaborated with three different families to produce wines that break the stereotypes of current Cahors, which are wines that are either mean or overoaked. This wine is neither of these descriptors.

From limestone slopes, this 100% French Malbec is the epitome of a smooth value. Drier than versions from Washington or Argentina, it is formidable juice. Wild scents of red and blue berries, plum, sandalwood, exotic spice and dried mushrooms pour from the glass and follow into the mouth where it is full and generous with a thoroughly likeable lively twist from not seeing any oak barrels. Even though there is a toe in this century, this is Cahors and the flavors of this diverse land permeate the pure aromas and flavors found this ancient region. The finish is long, lasting and is a whole lotta wine for 14-bucks! Drink this wine now and over the next 3-4 years with braised and grilled fare.

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The name Mondavi is synonymous with Napa Valley and this wine comes from Robert’s son Michael Mondavi. Known for super high-end offerings, it is a joy to see an unapologetically Napa version of Cabernet Sauvignon coming in at an incredible price. The grapes come from hillsides above St. Helena.

Full, and harmonious, with rich, concentrated flavors of plum and black cherry, chocolate and subtle minty-spice. Lively red tones bring it nicely into form and extend way beyond what most Cabs at this level offer. Throw this bottle into your next Cabernet tasting and watch it will perform very well. Better yet, fire up the grill and have it with a marinated skirt steak. Drink this excellent selection over the next decade.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The region of Chignin is situated in a prime location in France’s Savoie region and is made with 100% of the ever-popular Jacquère grape. Quenard is a well-known name in the region and there are several growers but it is Jean-Francois and daughter Anne-Sophie’s versions that we are quite enamored with and after tasting, this roller coaster of a white wine will not only please during the summer it will prove to be delicious the whole year round.

This gushing Alpine-waterfall of a white is more intense and complex than one would ever imagine. The vines for this Cuvee are 40-years-old and cause the wine to emit alluring aromas of freshly cut white flowers, melon, apricot, flint and lime. The intensity and explosiveness on the nose follows through to the mouth with dry, brisk, mouthwatering tones that are offset by rich creamy tones from partial malo-lactic fermentation and of course, old vines. The finish is nakedly pure and super-long with fluttering ginseng joining in and adding excellent complexity. Enjoy this very flavorful white wine with seafood, white meats; think a pork tenderloin in a fruit compote. Great with crab and will shine with holiday turkey.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

About the only thing that aggravates me more than Pinotage is the New England Patriots. Okay, there is minute begrudging respect but the same can be said for Pinotage. In this case, I wholeheartedly endorse this offering, especially after recently enjoying several glasses.

One of South Africa's signature grapes, Pinotage is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault that does not exactly behave like either varietal. Savory, soulful with black raspberry, coffee and freshly ground black and green peppercorns. Hearty, fleshy, succulent and very direct, plenty of plum and earth tones shine. A perfect wine for barbecued ribs slathered in a spicy sauce. Drink this scrumptious red over the next 5-6 years.

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For many years we have offered the delicious red wines from this producer that is located in the hills west of Madrid. For the first time we are offering up a savory, scrumptious white wine from Bernabeleva and it is essence of all that is good in Spain at the moment.

From a field blend of local varietals, the Albillo and Malvar come from younger plantings while the aromatic and distriguished Macabeo and Moscatel come from older vines. Very individual, this white wine unleashes fragrant perfumed orange-rind, ginger, star anise and mineral aspects virtually leap from the glass. In the mouth, it is twangy, athletic and chock full of peach pit briskness. Beautifully transparent from the brave start to the athletic finish. A wonderful combination with grilled shrimp, fresh crab and more. Why drink boring Pinot Grigio when you can have something as exciting and exhilarating like this selection.

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$21.99 BTL./$131.94 - SIX PACK

Il Borro is a chic, top-drawer and for many of their cuvees top-tier priced Super Tuscan producer located about halfway between Florence and Arezzo. This estate is seemingly fearless and one of their entry cuvees, Pian di Nova, is 75% Syrah and 25% Sangiovese.

From the seamless and profound 2016 vintage, is lip smacking delicious. Aged without the use of new barrels, the wine displays aromatic creamed plum with complex scents of woodsmoke, sage, white pepper, graham, cinnamon along with sneaky strawberry. Texturally it is generous and giving with direct fruit and instant likability. The vivid and gliding finish closes with lively fruit tones but also typical smoke and earth notes. Enjoy over the next few years with smoked meats or mushroom-based pasta dishes.

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$35.99 BTL./$431.88 CASE

One of the hottest names and producers of Northern Rhone is Jean-Baptiste Souillard who not only makes terrific wines but is also a consulting oenologist for many of the top and most famous names. Still under 40 years old, Jean-Baptiste has an old soul, preferring to make his wines utilizing whole cluster fermentations, grapes from primarily granitic soils and also capable of aging well.

2019 is a wonderful vintage for the Syrah wines of this region. This offering is like the other wines in the lineup, very small production. Discreet, harmonious and on the cool side of Syrah, woodsmoke scents along with black raspberry, asphalt, sanguine, leather and freshly-ground pepper, this is essence of Syrah and St-Joseph. No intrusive oaky tones here, just beautiful purity and scents of guttural-sensuality lead into a layered very elegant, high-toned, refined, very food-friendly mouth feel. Grill up some fat pork-chops and watch it sing, or cellar it for 8-9 more and it will go Bootsy Collins, George Clinton or James Brown all over ya ass!

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Founded in 2010 and led by winemaker Chris Peterson who spent seven years making the wines at famed DeLille Cellars, the line of Lydian wines created by superb Washington producer Avennia represent excellent value all while maintaining a fabulous 20-dollar price point.

An elixir of earthy, briary raspberry, cherry, and blueberry fruit with hints of smoke, woodland spices and black pepper shine on the nose and carry over to a texture that is laid-back, cool and with ample depth and persistence. Well-formed and not even close to being a hopped-up juice box, enjoy it over the next several years.

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There is common perception that Sicily's climate is akin to a blast furnace. This could not be further from the truth; this island is filled with diversity when it comes to soils, elevations, climate and grape varietals. Wines from Mt. Etna are some of the trendiest and exciting to come from Italy these days. Marc de Grazia’s Terre Nere is a real go-to producer; however, with the popularity and scarcity of the wines, they tend to disappear rather quickly. This is a superb producer who makes wines that showcase Mt. Etna's myriad of terroirs, both within the single cru wines as well as this overachieving wine from a blend of sites.

Owning a mere 3 acres in the prized Grand Cru of Calderara, Terre Nere’s version is from 50-100 year old vines planted in black volcanic ash soil that has scattered black rock as well. A mere 900 or so cases produced, this wine runs the gamut of complex aromas that change like an obstacle course as it sits in the glass. Transparent and very focused with prominent red fruits, savory herbs like rosemary, laurel and anise. Some underlying balsamic and turned earth aspects arrive as it unfolds in the glass. Expansive and ethereal on in the mouth, plenty of depth from these ancient vines comes through immediately. Lots of palate coverage and almost velour-like qualities, especially on the very refined finish that shows rocky energy along with intermittent kisses of vanilla. On second taste, more grip and structure arrives to let you know it is still young. Not inaccessible now and will improve and silk out over the next 10-15 years. Pair this with mushroom dishes, game or little birds.

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95 points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine… One of the cool areas of Bordeaux has to be Pessac-Leognan. Not only is Haut-Brion located in this district that was lopped off from the Graves in 1987 and given its own designation, there are many fabulous and mighty Chateaux as well. A limited special on the 2015 is running now and if you love Bordeaux and especially like to age it for something or someone special, this wine will certainly do the trick.

Latour Martillac has vineyards in two areas of Leognan and a mosaic of soils. The site around Martillac is loaded with prominent gravelly soil while the site closer to the Garonne River is clay and limestone. The 2015 is smashing and has incredible potential and is a classic blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot & 6% Petit Verdot. Plenty of strength and muscle but always with that consistent flow of poise and velvety smoothness. Ample black cherry, smoke, espresso along with finely positioned red currant/cassis notes. Full and voluptuous on entry then picking up its power and grip. There is a youthful core of attractive fruit if you want to test drive a bottle but ultimately this should be held until 2024 and consumed through 2037.