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2010 ALAIN GRAILLOT CROZES-HERMITAGE
$31.99 BTL./$383.88 CASE
MAGNUMS AVAILABLE - $64.99

One of the world’s “Saints of Syrah”, and if you don’t believe it, we’ll allegedly put a bounty out on y’all!! Bryan has been buying, selling, collecting and importantly drinking Alain Graillot’s stunning value Crozes-Hermitage since the 1988 vintage and after seeing this in France last year, it is undoubtedly one of many greats in the annals of this influential producer’s astounding history. 2010 is marvelous. We love to drink wine, but there is something about putting the glass to your nose and just smelling the beauty of a great wine. This is one of those special circumstances! The epitome of Crozes-Hermitage and what sets it apart is the extra level of depth and dimension that makes it stand above the other contenders. Smoky, peppery and chock full of cassis, currants and cracked pepper - lavishly flavored, but very youthful right now. Graillot’s wines always provide much sensory overload and while you can have a go at a bottle now, it will ultimately be at its best from 2015 – 2025.



2011 MATELLO PINOT NOIR "LAZARUS"
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

There is a plethora of 20 buck Pinot Noir done in Oregon. Unfortunately not all of them deliver, but the best and honorable producers like Matello always do. From initial tastings, we are liking the 2011 vintage in Oregon very much. Matello's 2011 Lazarus is an appealing, extremely well-crafted Pinot that performs mightily but never overacts. Stylish red and blackcurrant fruit permeates from the glass and is enhanced by intertwined cinnamon, violet and red earth which follows into a smooth, velvet-laden mouthfilling texture that seduces, lingers and calls you back for another glass. Support the home team and drink this pinot now over the next 4-5 years with a range of dishes from grilled salmon to lamb shanks to pork roast and smoked turkey.



2011 CAN FEIXES BLANC SELECCIO
$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

Many of you are familiar with this bracing and flavorful wine from Spain’s Catalan region. Often times we offer it in the summer, but it also shows impeccably this time of year as well, especially with just about any seafood extravaganza that you might be serving. Made with native varietals of Parellada, Macabeo, Malvasia and a kiss of Chardonnay and entirely elevated without the use of intrusive oak. Quinine, pear-drop, jasmine, hay, saline and pronounced mineral jet from the glass and follow through to an equally bursting, dry texture. ¡La bebida este y usted será tan feliz como un puerco en el barro!



2009 ROCCA DI FRASSINELLO MAREMMA ROSSO "POGGIO ALLA GUARDIA"
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

When Lafite-Rothschild ventures out of Bordeaux to partner up on projects from other growing areas they always choose top name producers of their respective regions. Rocca di Frassinello is the joint venture between Eric de Rothschild and Castellare di Castellina owner Paolo Panerai, a highly regarded Chianti and Super Tuscan producer who has over 10 Tre Bicchieri Awards from Gambero Rosso.

Most wine lovers are probably far more familiar with the word Super-Tuscan than the region where these modern classics are produced, the Maremma region of Tuscany. A long, loosely defined region that stretches from Livorno south to below Grosetto, also included in Maremma is the much ballyhooed area of Bolgheri, famous for ultra-expensive wines like Sassicaia and Ornellaia.

Situated between Bolgheri and Scansano and made with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, this wine has 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. Smooth, concentrated, layered but in typical Lafite 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 from two legends that can be consumed now through 2018...grill up a fat T-Bone, what are you waiting for!!



2009 FOUR VINES "BIKER" ZINFANDEL
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

A perennial Paso Robles area Zin that is always a steal. Bryan's "technical" notes include this description: "Yummy, purple, juicy, people and dog-friendly…the perfect addition to cold rainy days which should end in about mid-June. A fun red to try with hearty beef stew and good company".



2011 MAS D'INTRAS CARIGNAN
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

A sumptuous, flavorful 10 buck wine that hails from the Coteaux de L’Ardeche, specifically the foothills between the Northern and Southern Rhone, about 20 km east. Combining fruit with terroir and revealing enticing strawberry/blueberry compote scents along with a savory and tangy undertone as well. Succulent and spicy in the mouth with lots of lushness around the edges which carry to a hearty, wild finish. Perfect with elk or burgers.



CLOTILDE DAVENNE CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE BRUT
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Crémant de Bourgogne this good doesn't come around too often. Mostly they are made in factories situated by the autoroute south of Beaune, however, there are smaller producers who happen to take it very seriously. Clotilde Davenne is located in the northern portion of Burgundy near Chablis. Having made wine for 16 years at the famed producer Jean-Marc Brocard in Chablis, this woman has a real knack for the vineyards in her region and a few years ago, she set out to produce from her own vines which are spread over 8 appellations in the Yonne. Made with 2/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Noir, this fizz spends 18 months on its lees which gives it way more complexity than virtually any Crémant de Bourgogne that we have tasted. Red apple, Granny Smith apple, Braeburn apple, whatever apple you choose wafts from the glass along with undertones of biscuit and underlying mineral; in the mouth it is inviting, regal, full of elevation and zest all with a finesseful, creamy mousse. The finish is very refined, classy and long. A fantastic sparkling wine that won't break the bank. Have it for toasting, guzzling, celebrating or with goat cheese or a flaky white fish in sauce.



VILMART&CIE GRAND CELLIER D'OR BRUT
$79.99 BTL./$959.88 CASE

About a decade ago, British Champagne guru Tom Stevenson wrote that Vilmart was the best grower in Champagne, and hasn't disavowed that remark in the interim!! Quite simply, this producer's wines intrigue, allure, entice, seduce and scintillate both Bryan and Karen. Laurent Champs wood-ages his Champagnes, giving them a pronounced Burgundian character, perhaps the grower Krug?!?!?! In fact, Bryan usually serves them in either a Riedel Sommelier flute or a good white wine glass. The Grand Cellier isn't a mere non vintage, but a superior multi vintage offering. 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, this bubbly is debonair, complex and very dry. Elegant, rich and persistent with its tones of lemon, saffron, anise, brioche and underlay of chalky mineral from start to long, long finish. This is mighty impressive and will give many tete-de-cuvée offerings a run for their three digit dollar-per-bottle money!



2007 NIEPOORT LATE-BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO
$24.99 BTL. - 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

Dirk van Niepoort lovingly calls his LBV Port "the little brother of the vintage port". Probably a bit of a misnomer because this is about as traditional as traditional LBV gets. Aged 4 years before release, Niepoort puts as much love and attention to detail in this wine as the high-end, ageworthy Vintage port listed below. Alas, not much is ever produced... This is an LBV for Vintage Port drinkers. Typical Niepoort this has intense, black fruits on the nose and elegant raspberry character on the palate. Super-saturated and super-long. The absolute perfect match with chocolate, stilton or an aged gouda cheese!



2007 NIEPOORT VINTAGE PORTO
$79.99 BTL. - 8 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
96 POINTS-WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE

Niepoort is a small Port house in a world that's dominated by bigger and more marketed brands. One thing that you can always count on with a Niepoort wine is that they are long-lived, outstanding, highly-touted and highly sought-after by Port lovers. "An impressive, balanced wine from master winemaker Dirk van Niepoort. Chocolate and licorice flavors dominate the fruit, giving a wine that has weight, complexity and at the same time elegance. The tannins offer a dense, dry structure. It is tight, solid and certainly for aging." - 96 POINTS - WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE



SPECIAL WEDNESDAY SIPS  
Wednesday, November 21 from 3:00-6:30 PM
Our favorite “Sips” of the year and we always do it freestyle!!!

Join us to celebrate the biggest drinking day of the year...come and sample the fantastic offerings listed below and whatever else might be uncorked

2010 Domaine Marechal Bourgogne Rouge


2011 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay


Champagne surprise

and whatever else might be uncorked





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