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The Cellar Door's 'JAGAMUFFIN' HotSheet
95-point 2016 Barolo value
First 2020 Rose for 10-beans
Ravishing Rioja
New Haut-Rian Red & more

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Roda is Roda and Roda is badass indeed! Bodegas Roda is a small estate that started in the late 1980s and one where prestige and accolades arrived early on. Despite its youth as a winery, the vines used for these wines have an average age of over 50 years. Roda owns twelve separate parcels of land, which vary in exposure, elevation, and soil and meticulous farming, impeccable winemaking and major attention to detail is what makes this awesome Bodega not only thrive but have allowed it to become one of Spain’s finest and most sought after. After a bit of an absence in the market, we are thrilled to be able to offer and taste these wines once again.

Sela is Roda’s entry and is a blend of 96% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 2% Garnacha. The epitome of smoothness and very expressive of its origins , this wine offers up extroverted fragrances of cassis, violet, allspice, black licorice and a hint of mineral. Captivating, majestic, mouth-filling, very smooth and gaining complexity as it unfolds in the glass. Stretches out on the palate and carries over to a generous, drawn-out, silky finish with slight peppery tones. Better than many other producers’ Reserva wines, drink this terrific Rioja over the next decade years with roasted pork or lamb.

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$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Ground Effect Wine Company is the project of Southern California wine vet John Kochis and harkens back to the old days of California Cabernets that are in fine balance versus those that are sweet and supercharged.

From Santa Ynez Valley and predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with a dollop of Cabernet Franc, this offering brings me back to my days of learning about wine. Black cherry scents surrounded by mint, sage and underlying saltiness and red brick aspects build nicely from the glass. The west end Santa Ynez aspects show on the palate that is balanced with California warmth, finely positioned acidity and spice throughout. Rather lengthy, this wine will pair nicely with just about any comfort food that you want to prepare.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Subliminal sensuality from Southern Italy. Bold and brazen in personality, this red does more than just give a kiss on the cheek. Hailing from Italy’s Basilicata region, this particular wine is made with 100% Aglianico.

It is often argued that the finest versions of this hearty varietal come from the Vulture area (although Campania would certainly have a lot to say, aromas & flavors of licorice, tea leaf, touches of violet and red earth show generosity along with eloquence and attitude. Enjoy this with lamb, eggplant parmesan or pork chops alla Napoli (tomatoes, garlic, rosemary & green olives) while listening to D'Angelo's (no relation) 'Sugah Daddy' to start and then go and listen to the entirety of 'Black Messiah'.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Never to be confused with Muscat, the name Muscadet is the name of a region and the grape. Melon de Bourgogne, unlike Muscat, is a grape that is suited to the Atlantic climate around the city of Nantes and delivers bracingly dry wines. One of the real masters in Muscadet is Domaine de la Pepière and with each vintage that we taste of Marc Olivier, Gwenaelle Croix and Remi Branger’s lovely wines, we are reminded of how much they offer and how impressive these French whites truly are.

Gras Mouton is from a south-facing hilltop site in the cru of Monnières-Saint Fiacre, where the vines range in age from 20 to 60 years. The site's gneiss-based soils are mixed with clay and amphibolite stones. 2019 shows off aromas of chamomile, peat, seashore and über-fine mineral. Expansive and very tendu with stun gun-like briskness, the depth and dimension of this wine really make the wine want fish in a beurre blanc sauce, but it will carry over nicely with crustaceans, too. Drink this seriously underrated wine through 2029.

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$24.99 BTL./$299.88 CASE

Consistently this wine ranks in the upper echelon of $25 Oregon Pinot Noirs. In fact it is even more given the quality of the vineyard sources (X-Novo, Justice, Lewman, Sojeau, Stardance in Yamhill-Carlton, Black Walnut in Dundee Hills & a dollop of old vine Freedom Hill) as well as winemaker Ken Pahlow’s desire to give the consumer something very special for a good price. I can tell you that I consistently sample $40 Oregon Pinots that don’t come close to this wine’s quality.

Released last year, the 2019 has really filled in and having developed even more character, it is an enigma for $25 with the pedigree of each of these renowned sites shining through very well. Aromatic, forward and laden with nutmeg and exotic spices along with impressive, smoke-tinged, red raspberry scents. Crawling through the mouth, this wine exudes its caressing qualities that are eloquent and absorbing from start to the lingering finish. Enjoy this extroverted, over-delivering Oregon Pinot Noir over the next 8-10 years.
In addition, the lineup of Walter Scott single vineyards is now available - inquire for pricing and tasting notes.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

You know them, you love them - the Dietrich family of Chateau Haut-Rian scores again with the new arrival of the 2018 Cotes-de-Bordeaux Rouge. 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and an mitigated steal for 14-bucks.

Scintillating aromas of coffee, blueberry, sneaky raspberry along with underlying sandalwood and Indian spices, this classic Bordeaux is generous, layered and very gentlemanly with sculpted features that are poised and personable. Lots of layers and persistence with plenty of mouth-coating fruit and spice along with a mineral tone that presents itself beautifully. Very sexy now but no problem for this wine to age nicely for 6-8 years.

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95 Points - The Wine Spectator and their #7 wine in their 2020 Top 100. The name Massolino has been an important one within the Barolo village of Serralunga since they arrived in 1896. Since the 1990s, Franco and Roberto Massolino arrived and they have taken this estate to impressive levels with their entire range of wines that reveal the power, depth, ferocity and aging potential that is commonplace for Serralunga’s Barolo wines.

'A stream of pure, juicy cherry fruit is at the heart of this red, along with mineral, tobacco and wild herb notes. Firm and tightly wound, with a matrix of dense, refined tannins for support. All the elements are in the right proportions, this just needs time. Best from 2023 through 2045. - 95 POINTS - WINE SPECTATOR

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Drink Pink. Rose All Day. If I hear these clichés one more time, I am going to hurl. Mostly it is in this inexpensive price range that there is an ocean of bad gimmicky rose to lose yourself in, but after tasting this excellent version made from the Monastrell grape there is hope after all.

Highlighted by superb candied strawberry fruit along with hints of herbs and mineral elevate from the glass. In the mouth, it exudes freshness with its dry and invigorating flavors that conjure up images of biting into a slice of freshly cut watermelon. Drink this wine through the spring and summer with hors d’oeurves or just out on the porch while you watch life go by.