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97-point St-Emilion
Stellar Oregon Chardonnay
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2020 AVIGNONESI GRIFI
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

This red could well be subtitled ‘SuperDuper Tuscan Thievery.’ From a top-notch Vino Nobile di Montepulciano producer, Avignonesi’s Grifi is a stunning price for its quality. Ever since Virginie Saverys obtained the estate in 2009 and lifted them out of a period of mediocrity, all her wines have become all about apex quality.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Sangiovese, and an uptick over the recently offered 2019 and unlike many Super Tuscan blends like this, the grapes harmonize, with one never outshining the other. Bordeaux polish without ever losing its Italian and Tuscan soul. Super-streamlined aromas of plum, generous Italian herbs, iron, blueberry, cassis along with spicy, smoky, vanilla tones from a fine use of oak…think of this as Troy Polamalu wearing an Armani suit. Handsome, suave, but with wild hair and a total assassin! Smooth, concentrated, layered but in typical Avignonesi fashion, not a hair out of place. Smooth and very sophisticated, the wine's finish is very drawn-out and lasting with sexy black licorice and tea leaf notes. Utterly brilliant juice that can be consumed now through 2033.



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2020 QUINTA DA MURADELLA
MONTERREI TINTO 'CANDEA'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE - LIMITED

Galicia-based (specifically Monterrei) Quinta da Muradella has become one of Spain’s unicorn producers. These wines are about as easy to obtain as Thomas Pinot Noir or Raveneau Chablis. Monterrei is located inland in Galicia and right at the Portuguese border and close to Bierzo. Reds and whites are produced in this region, and you owe it to yourself to try these, although they are extremely limited.

The Candea Tinto is a blend of Mencia, which is found in Bierzo, along with doses of Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera & Mouraton. Very soulful, this wine elicited a good discussion as it changed multiple times in the glass. Starts off very mineral, giving way to floral tones, white pepper and overriding blackberry fruit. Silky and pleasing with excellent movement in the mouth, this 12% alcohol red is not a heavyweight but very sculpted, layered and extensive. Enjoy it with pork dishes.



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2022 EVESHAM WOOD CHARDONNAY
'LE PUIT SEC'
$36.99 BTL./$443.88 CASE - VERY LIMITED

Many know Evesham Wood as a prime Pinot Noir producer from Eola-Amity, but they also make a tiny amount of Chardonnay. This 66-case production is from Evesham’s estate vineyard and was planted by the late Russ Raney as an experiment in 1991. Only a quarter acre remains as Russ grafted to Pinot Noir in the late nineties. It is such a pity that he is not around to see the excitement for Oregon Chardonnay that he shared so long ago.

Fine ripeness, however, the Puit Sec’s soil brings about telltale zest and energy. Drinking very well right now yet with a spirited future ahead, it displays pineapple, lemon, wet stone and spice tones that follow into a texture that has impressive depth and announces itself as a giant overachiever, especially given its stature and price tag. No doubt, this is a sexy white Burgundy-inspired, Oregon Chardonnay experience, will drink nicely for years to come and will pair nicely with scallop or chicken dishes.



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2021 THE WALLS STANLEY GROOVY
WALLA WALLA RED
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

A new vintage of a favorite Walla Walla blend, this offering from The Walls (playfully named after the local prison) emerged on to the scene instantly becoming a go-to producer. This does not follow suit as to be a blend of leftovers, instead The Walls version called Stanley Groovy is based around Portuguese varietals and is chock full of dimension and flavor.

Based around Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao and Souzao with others blended in, this hearty, bodacious red is all about pleasure. Scents of licorice and strawberry combine with a potent palate of ripe plums, allspice and peppercorns. The wine possesses a complex core as well as a long finish that is stout, albeit fresh and full of stuffing. Nevertheless, this is a fairly boisterous, rotund wine that will truly shine with such hearty red meat entrees as grilled lamb, sausages or beef kabobs. Drink over the next decade.



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2022 MATTES-SABRAN CORBIERES
$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

Corbieres specialist’s Mattes-Sabran’s terroir is tough terrain, peppered with galets roulés, the large, oval granite stones typical in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah & 20% Mourvedre, this Southern French red is chock full of plum, garrigue, hot-rock and abundant ground pepper. Flavorful, generous and packed with spice from the fruit-forward start to the wild and unbridled finish. Gorgeous juice that screams for a grilled lamb, burgers, spaghetti & meatballs, pate, salami, sausage and more.



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2022 AUBUISIERES VOUVRAY
'CUVEE DE SILEX
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

From the hearts of our bottoms, we promise you that this is NOT your parents' sickeningly sweet Vouvray. Domaine Aubuisieres is one of the talented Domaines of Vouvray. Named after an outcropping of Silex soil, this wine is dominated by an exquisite sense of terroir.
Bountiful stony Chenin Blanc aromas wrapped around white peach along with lemon-lime and blossoms. The texture starts off ripe and round then all at once becomes firm, bracing and very multi-dimensional. This intellectual wine finishes with nice viscosity as well as lifting citrus and will accompany salmon or trout dishes beautifully. Did we also mention that this an area whose greatest wines age for a long time? This flavorful white can be drunk now and will easily age through 2030.



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2021 CANTINA SOCIALE DI GATTINARA
VINO ROSSO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

I adore Piedmont wines such as this that are led by Nebbiolo and blended with other local grapes. The big-boy wines are meant for aging, but this treat is a perfect mid-week/weekend tipple.

From the co-op in Gattinara, this 60% Nebbiolo/30% Barbera/5% Vespolino/5% Uva Rara blend is a favorite with the locals within Gattinara. Sultry scents of mulberry, mushroom, underlying graham-like spice and anise. Medium-to-full texture with all the mysteriousness that Nebbiolo delivers along with savory fruits from the Barbera and spiciness from the native Vespolina grape, this is a wine that can be uncorked with roasted or grilled meats.



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2019 CHATEAU LA GAFFILIERE
ST-EMILION PREMIER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ
$119.99 BTL./$719.94 - SIX PACK

97 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine…Saint-Emilion has an entirely different classification system for its wines versus those of the Medoc. The name Grand Cru is tossed around like a frisbee, but it goes even a bit further for this region. The apex of Grand Cru for this region is known as Premier Cru Classé ‘A’. There are only four and include the likes of Cheval Blanc, Ausone, etc. Then there is Premier Cru Classe ‘B’, counts fourteen, and includes Figeac, Clos Fourtet and this Chateau Gaffiliere. The next layer, which includes this wine, is Grand Cru Classé and there are 64 Chateaux entitled to this status followed by over 240 that merely say Grand Cru. There are no Classé in those choices but can provide good values (see next wine).

2019 is an epic vintage for Bordeaux and this epic Bordeaux is stylish and destined for greatness. Pronounced blueberry and black cherry tones are very present with the 40% Cabernet Franc revealing itself with red fruits, fine herbs and tobacco then surrounded by plenty of vanilla, rose, espresso and earth notes from both the use of French oak and the terroir which is from the limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion. The palate is sultry, round and deep with flavors that deliver ripe blackberry, then chocolate, allspice and mineral. Very vertical and youthful and the finish is extremely persistent making it a definite candidate for long-term aging. One to put into the cellar and terrific choice for an anniversary, childbirth or other occasion that occurred in 2019. Drink from 2028 – 2045+.



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2019 DAME DE GAFFILIERE
ST-EMILION GRAND CRU
$45.99 BTL./$551.88 CASE

Another offering from the Malet-Roquefort family, this offering is from the previously mentioned Chateau Gaffiliere but has its own sites, vinification, lend and barrel room and is one of the 240+ that classified ‘merely’ as Grand Cru. It also is a different blend with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc but is one hundred percent Saint-Emilion.

Stacked and packed this wine shows off class and grace yet has a trucker's mouth with a bit of attitude and sass to it. Teeming with earth, limestone, alluring raspberry, violet and kisses of espresso and tobacco on the nose, it follows through to a texture that is mouth coating and having all the substance of the great 2019 vintage. A superbly structured finish that hangs around nicely, it may be consumed now and over the next decade, especially with duck or a rib-eye sautéed with butter and shallots.






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