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14 buck Chianti with 92 points, Barbaresco Bargains, Cabernet & more

$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Languedoc and most importantly, not a simple add-on to a portfolio. The vines for this offering were planted in 1970 and owner/winemaker Cyriaque Rozier takes this varietal and this wine very seriously.

Very French and Mediterranean aspects with old vine cabernet cassis-like notes shining along with garrigue notes of mint, thyme and cracked pepper. Chewy, succulent, mouth-filling and deceptively structured, this wine is a terrific everyday kind of Cab that can be had alone or paired with meat dishes slathered with tomatoes. How the hell this guy is able to maintain a price point such as this and sustainably farming the land is beyond us which means if you love Cab and the South of France then you MUST try this!

$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Avinyó makes their Cava on an artisan level and on the label, there is a Catalan inscription representing the philosophy of the family which Roughly translates into the following: "From the must of the flower (the freerun juice) and with the rigor of a work well crafted." Uncork a bottle and you'll quickly see that this statement is 100% backed up by what is in the bottle.

Made in the same manner of Champagne from the native Catalan Parellada, Macabeu and Xar.rello grapes, this bubbly is aged 18-22 months before being disgorged. Laden with pear, citrus and freshly cut apple tone, it is then buffered nicely by fine leesy notes. Polished, mouthfilling bubbles bring everything together into a package that is inspired by Champagne with all of its creamy gentleness. Perfect for upcoming graduation/summer parties.


$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

Without a doubt, the Cortese family is counted amongst the most profound producers of Barbaresco and they really make their mark with their top wines from the famed Rabaja Vineyard. Grand Cru defined, Rabaja is a site of kings and is one which ages gloriously.

2010 is a vintage that has been highly anticipated and with several Barbaresco and Barolo producers almost referring to it as a modern version of 1989, one of the longest-lived vintages of all time! Cortese's 2010 might be the most regal can of whoop-ass that you may ever uncork! As previously mentioned, Rabaja is the "home" vineyard of Cortese. Combine a legendary producer with a legendary vintage and, well, you get the point! A wine for any child who was born in 2010, this solidly built, well-structured, intense, yet ethereal number will become something very special with due cellar time.

Currently, it is very clamped down but revealing plenty of aromatics of rose and mineral, however in the mouth it is structured, packed yet deep-driving and profound. By the end of the decade, this wine will reveal alluring floral aromas, dried berries, camphor, licorice and on and on and on. The texture will ultimately be concentrated, layered and baby bottom-smooth. The material and prowess are all here. If you want the best in Barbaresco, then this is a must. Drink 2019 – 2030.

$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

Generous, suppler and more evident as a vintage with plenty of cushion, this highly underrated wine has all of the fruit that would have gone into Cortese's Riserva wine because they felt the wine wouldn't stand up to a 4th year in wood due to the warm conditions.

For me, this is a wine not unlike the 2000 which came around with early appeal and have aged nicely. While it won't live as long as 2010, at age 5, you can certainly get into a bottle.

As is always the case here, this wine is made in a traditional manner. Dignified and distinctive notes of fig jam, wild berries, leather and alluring undertones of earth build as this full-on Barbaresco airs in the glass. Regal and extremely ethereal in the mouth revealing scintillating red fruits with a back drop of tar, serious black licorice and lots of richness and spice. No problem to age but the wine can be had now with a refined and hearty meal of braised meats, bollito misto or aged cheeses. This will continue to grow and amaze you through 2021. Both of these wines are virtually unheard of prices for a smashing Barbaresco experience from the famed Rabaja vineyard, take advantage!!

$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Earlier this week I had the chance to meet with Love & Squalor owner/winemaker Matt Berson to taste through his current Oregon releases. While we will be working with all of the offerings that were presented, one that knocked me for a loop was the 2012 Riesling.

Crucial, ferocious and thoroughly dry, this Riesling definitely has teeth and certainly isn't the old blue-hair versions from Chateau Benoit from back in the day! Sourced from 6 different sites with most being over 30 years old it is a real "sense-tantalizer" with tactile, savory aspects throughout. Fragrant peach, hints of grapefruit, talc and smoke tones lead into a blazing texture invigorates and entices all the way through to the livewire finish. A perfect wine for mussels, smoked fish or grilled bratwurst.

$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE


Another remarkable value done by a well-known and well-run Gaiole in Chianti producer!! "A classically styled wine, the 2010 Chianti Classico San Felice is composed of Sangiovese with additions of Colorino and Pugnitello. This second grape once faced extinction and has recently seen a small renaissance thanks to the efforts of San Felice's winemaking team. The wine is rich with tart plum, rose petal and dried cherry. The palate offers smooth, velvety tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. – 92 POINTS – THE WINE ADVOCATE"

$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

With so many great values, we just love the wines of Southwest France around here. Unfortunately there are more than enough bad wines produced to make one have to choose carefully. Humble Madiran is an area that we have written about in the past and here the Tannat grape takes center stage, and let us just tell you, it is one tricky grape because it's like an unruly animal that needs to be tamed, so that it can be shown off. Few manage to be able to do it, but when they do it is something that is real taste of "le vrai France".

Recently we tried this excellent new offering from a producer we don't know much about, but who cares because this was one of the coolest Madiran wines that we have had in a long time. Simply smashing, and extremely underpriced for $20. Inky, dark and potent with blackberry, licorice, cooking herbs, and undertones of smoke dominate the nose. Chewy flavors abound in the mouth, with unbridled energy, earth tones, and a tangy, drawn-out finish. A lot of wine for not a lot of money and perfect for drinking with duck, barbecued ribs or a gnarly blue cheese over the next 4-6 years.

APEX WHITE BURGUNDY (French Chardonnay) VALUE - Mini-Meursault!

$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

For years we have been referring to this wine as virtual Meursault and justifiably so, the vineyards for Guy's Bourgogne all sit within the borders of the village of Meursault. A worthy follow-up to the 2010, the newly arrived 2011 version of Bocard's Bourgogne is one flattering, delicious drop of white Burgundy/French Chardonnay.

Yellow fruits abound along with toasted bread, anise and underlying butter/hazelnut/citrus aspects which sensually glide from the glass. In the mouth there is ample cushion and body along with terrifically focused succulence and subtle minerality. Very appealing from engaging start to the lingering finish, this wine offers a knockout white Burgundy experience from one of the region's most respectable neighborhoods and producers!