Pierazzuoli’s 2011 Barco Reale di Carmignano

Le Farnete’s 2011 Barco Reale di Carmignano combines Sangiovese’s lush red cherry fruit and fresh acidity with Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure and backbone. Not some newfangled blend, Carmignano, a Tuscan region just northwest of Florence, has championed this combination of grapes since the 18th Century! A Super Tuscan before there were Super Tuscans. The Barco Reale di Carmignano will see less time in barrel and comes to market sooner than its big brother, Carmignano. I find the inclusion of Cabernet Sauvignon extremely complimentary to Sangiovese and in no way detracting from Sangiovese’s intrinsic juiciness and vibrancy. July’s heat has found me drinking plenty of Rose, that’s for sure, but when I am in need of a red wine that has softer tannins yet still has body, the 2011 Barco Reale di Carmignano from Le Farnete fits the bill beautifully.

 

Le Farnete is one of two Tuscan estates owned by the Pierazzuoli family. Enrico is the owner and is assisted by his wife, brother and two sisters. Along with the wines, the Pierazzuoli’s produce olive oil and vegetable preserves and also run an agriturism business. It’s a true family affair for the Pierazzuoli’s. This close connection to each other and to the land is what fuels their passion for making the best wine possible. When Enrico took over from his father in 1990, he began an extensive replanting of the vineyards, choosing low-yielding clones which were densely planted. Improvements also occurred on the production side including building a state-of-the-art winery. All this investment has paid off as their wines continue to impress and provide a high quality to price ratio. I’m not sure exactly how The Wine House was introduced to Enrico Pierazzuoli but I am sure it was his confidence and vision that attracted us to his wines. Believing in Enrico and his vision for the future, The Wine House began importing his wines. That was nearly two decades ago!

 

Sangiovese in summertime. Sounds good and tastes good! Checking out our blog, I noticed that the last two times I wrote about wine from Pierazzuoli it was in summer. I can tell you honestly that stuffed zucchini and Barco Reale di Carmignano are dynamite together! My garden is exploding with zukes and I have a couple of recipes using them that need a red but one where the tannins are in check, has good acidity and rich fruit. Ba-da-bing…2011 Barco Reale di Carmignano from Le Farnete!
 

Last weekend I rushed from work for a quick trip up to the River to meet with childhood friends for a “Russian River Rats” reunion. Many of them I hadn’t seen for a very long time – too long! Lots of laughter and reminiscing ensued and continued well into the night. Funny how we all fell into our roles behaving like we did all those years ago. I brought along a bottle of the Barco Reale di Carmignano. It was a big hit, especially with the lamb shashlik that my brother grilled over a Weber while three of us held flashlights allowing him to see in the darkened backyard. Summer fun! – Anya Balistreri

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The Wines From Corinne And Phillipe Ehrhart – Domaine St. Remy

July 25. Yes, we are aware of the fact that we have sent out several emails recently embracing Rosé, and all things summer. Why not? We have now entered late July and the period known as the dog days. What does it mean? Many things to many people. France is about to shut down for a month, and some of our friends from over there have been over here visiting. Last week it was Hélène Garcin-Lévêque from Bordeaux, and this week, we were visited by longtime friend, Philippe Ehrhart from Alsace!
 

Ever been to Alsace? Seeing Philippe again always brings back wonderful memories of the time Chris and I visited the Ehrharts at Domaine St. Rémy in Wettolsheim. If you don’t know the story, Chris had been with TWH for around 5 months at the time, and I had just started. A French food & wine promotional company was offering a free trip for 2 for the retailer that did the best job promoting the wines of Alsace during a given period of time.  Chris built the most magnificent pyramid of picturesque Alsatian boxes with different bottles displayed on each tier, flanked by maps of the region. It was rather eye-catching, to say the least. Our sales of Alsatian wines were quite brisk during this period, and one day a few months down the road, the phone rang. It was a representative of the French company sponsoring the contest. We had won! In what I can only describe as pure luck, I was chosen to accompany Chris on a whirlwind tour of Alsace with visits to 9 estates in 3 days. David was consulted by the sponsor for recommendations as to whom to visit. He also amended our itinerary to spend an extra day there in order to visit the 2 growers that we represented at the time. After 3 days chock full of visits, tastings, and rich meals, we were picked up on that final morning by Philippe Ehrhart himself and driven down to Wettolsheim to Domaine St. Rémy.

On the drive, Philippe regaled us with information about the villages, vineyards, and countryside. Once at the winery, he introduced us to his father and we began tasting tank samples of the recent harvest. It was rapidly approaching midday, so we were off to meet Philippe’s wife, Corinne, at their home for a tasting which included lunch. Philippe made the introductions and then led us to the dining room in which 10 bottles of various Domaine Ehrhart wines were opened and ready to be tasted. Somewhere after we tasted our 3rd sample, Corinne must have removed the lid to the pot with the simmering Choucroute, and the heavenly aroma wafted into the dining room. Beside one of my notes I scribbled, “Omg, I smell Choucroute.” (Wait, did I write “Omg?” Really? Hey, it was 2006, I was just a kid.)

 

Needless to say, the Choucroute was divine! Having the opportunity to taste the Ehrharts’ Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Auxerrois, and Gewurztraminer alongside it was the perfect Alsatian cultural experience.  So, even if it sounds a little cliché, when a couple of Alsatian winemakers invite you to their home for Choucroute, cancel the rest of your plans immediately and accept their invitation! We stayed well past our time limit, and when Philippe asked us what time our next appointment was, I looked at my watch and said, “5 minutes ago.” Philippe exclaimed that he wished we weren’t leaving, and we all reluctantly got in the car for our 20 minute drive.
 

I learned a lot during that trip. Having an eastern European background, cured meats, sausages, cabbage, and potatoes are all within my sphere of familiarity. I just never had a clue of what wines to pair with them. I can’t tell you how many bottles of quality red Bordeaux I brought to family gatherings which featured ham at the center of the table. In retrospect, the wines were all great, they just didn’t pair with the salty cured meat. After this trip, I knew, Riesling is the wine. Pinot Gris works too, as does Pinot Blanc’s sibling, Pinot Auxerrois. Gewurztraminer may be a little aromatically overwhelming for a holiday ham, ah, but the things you can pair with Gewurz … More on that later. The trip really opened my eyes as to how versatile the wines of Alsace are, and the formation of my opinion that the best pairings are with white wines had begun to take shape. I eat a lot of spicy food. These wines work well with spicy food. Really well.

So yeah, Philippe Ehrhart visited our new digs in Dogpatch this week! We popped one bottle each of the entire Ehrhart line in the cold box this past Tuesday and tasted them with Philippe and David after their full day of meetings and appointments. Having just flown in, Philippe showed no signs of weariness, and eagerly discussed the wines as we tasted them. The Ehrharts have always farmed organically, and the purity and precision of the end product is evidence of this practice paying off. Philippe informed us that he has been employing bio-dynamic practices in the vineyard, and beginning with their 2012’s, will be Demeter certified.

 

The Ehrharts have recently moved into a lovely, modern new winery complete with upscale tasting room. Another recent development has been to employ a scale from 1-10 on their back label describing the perceived sweetness of their wines.  This is extremely helpful for consumers because there is a wide range of styles amongst the wines of Alsace. Some wines are sweeter than others, and to point out the perceived sweetness in this fashion is useful. With their organic techniques, their new facility, and Demeter certification, we see nothing but great things ahead for the Ehrharts! We love their wines and we applaud their ability to look forward and not rest on any of their laurels. Never been to Alsace? It is worth strong consideration, you won’t regret it! – Peter Zavialoff
2012 Domaine Ehrhart Pinot Auxerrois Val St.-Gregoire
White Wine; other white varietal; Alsace;
$16.99
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Perceived Sweetness – 2
Pinot Auxerrois is considered the finest clone of Pinot Blanc due to its natural low yields and smaller berries. It’s a great aperitif, as it has round apple-like flavors and aromas. Great with things like chicken salad, grilled trout, creamy cheeses, or a lobster roll.
2011 Domaine Ehrhart Riesling Herrenweg
White Wine; Riesling; Alsace;
$19.99
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Perceived Sweetness – 2
It may say 2, but it seems drier to me. The aromas are fresh, there are floral hints surrounding the core of pear fruit and stony mineral. The palate is lively; it’s the epitome of a dry, versatile white wine. It goes with most traditional Alsatian fare, but there’s oh, so much more. Hunan smoked duck would be fun with this, also raclette, spicy shrimp scampi, or maybe even chile verde.
2011 Domaine Ehrhart Pinot Gris Im Berg
White Wine; Pinot Grigio/Gris; Alsace;
$19.99
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Perceived Sweetness – 2
Unlike the Riesling, I get a little more body and sweetness out of this one. Their Pinot Gris has a fuller body and is deep and rich. Aromas of earthy mushrooms are ever-present. The palate has depth, yet is well balanced. Versatile and giving, you can pair this with things like carnitas tacos, a ginger panko crusted salmon with Asian vegetabels, sushi, or Kung Pao pork.
2012 Domaine Ehrhart Gewurztraminer Herrenweg
White Wine; Gewurztraminer; Alsace;
$21.99
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Perceived Sweetness – 4.5
Gewurztraminer is a bit enigmatic. If you like spicy curry dishes, I highly recommend you try a glass of Gewurz with your next curry. I wouldn’t particularly sit down at a wine bar and order a glass of it, but when the balance of the sample bottle was up for grabs, that was all the motivation I needed to whip up a big batch of pork curry with a myriad of peppers last night, and all I have left, sadly is the leftover curry. The Gewurz is long gone! It is the perfect curry wine, no doubt, but I’ve tried it with spicy red beans and rice with much success. Spicy jambalaya, and an abundance of Asian dishes are begging for this highly aromatic, slightly off-dry wine. 

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2010 Quinta do Alqueve Tradicional

Yup, there’s no denying that it’s summer.  All the signs are there. Many of my friends are either on vacation or are planning to take off soon. There’s a bottle of Rosé in my refrigerator door (because … you never know). We’ve just had quite a go at Anya’s annual apricot bounty, and are ready to follow that up with a visit to the farmers’ market tomorrow to kick off peach season! Heirloom tomatoes to follow shortly, though I’ve been already enjoying some dry-farmed Early Girls that my sister has generously provided via her trusted supplier. Yes, this is the time to hit that market as the sights, sounds, and smells are fantastic this time of year. I know that farmers’ markets are all about the fruits and vegetables, but each time I visit the Marin Sunday Farmers’ Market, I am strongly tempted by the Marin Sun Farms set-up. Oscar Wilde once said, “The only way to eliminate temptation is to yield to it.” Yep, that pretty much sums it up for me. Fresh produce and some prized grass-fed beef will have me reaching for something red by the time that steak leaves the grill pan. Okay, knowing that this is how tomorrow will go down, leaves me with the question, what to drink with tomorrow’s dinner? It’s going to be the 2010 Quinta do Alqueve Tradicional.
 

A friend of mind was recently in Portugal and had the pleasure of sharing several meals complete with wine pairings with the locals while there. She posted something about it on Facebook, I hit the like button, and she began texting me pictures of the wine labels she was enjoying. I told her that our Portuguese section was rather slim lately, but that we have a super red blend that’s long on complexity and very short on price, the 2010 Alqueve Tradicional. We’ve been big fans of this wine for a while, and why not?  For the price, its complexity is unrivaled. Seriously, I still don’t know how they do it! It’s a four grape blend: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), Trincadeira and Periquita. That in itself gives the wine an abundance of complexity and 6 months time in small barrels lends additional complexity and texture to the wine. I would call it medium bodied with a fresh red and purple fruit profile. It’s a great food wine due to its vibrant acidity, but its mineral core combined with its freshness, not to mention price, will get it a headlining role on my table tomorrow night!

 

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. Whether taking time off, heading out of town, or just hitting the farmers’ market for summer’s bounty, be sure to make some happy memories of the summer of 2014. Anya’s headed up to the river, baseball season is more than half over, the fog is hovering over the coast, and peaches are entering their peak month! Yep, it’s summer alright.  Looking for a red wine that drinks well in summer? Look no further than the 2010 Quinta do Alqueve Tradicional. – Peter Zavialoff
 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about Portuguese wines, Bordeaux, summer wines, or the upcoming season for English football: peter@wineSF.com

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2013 Domaine des Corbillieres Touraine Rose

 

Happy Friday! There are 14 weekends this summer, and this one is #5. No need to panic, we’ve still got 9 more afterwards, but that little factoid has us thinking that we should make the most of them. Summer always offers us the opportunity to head outdoors, maybe head over to a farmers’ market, meet up with friends, fire up the grill; yeah, stuff like that. It’s a rare summer afternoon or evening that goes by without the thought, “A glass of Rosé would be perfect right now.” Rare indeed. One of our favorite Rosés has to be the Touraine Rosé from Domaine des Corbillières. We received 2 containers recently, and on the French one were pallets of Rosé, 2013 Corbillières included.

Our Rosé selections represent a few differing styles and flavor profiles, and we have many fans of each of them. They range from the super-sleek, zippy, extra dry to other dry Rosés with varying degrees of fruit expression. For customers (and staff!) who love a dry Rosé with a light-medium body, delicate layers of pink grapefruit, a hint of saline mineral with a harmonious finish, the Touraine Rosé is the perfect choice. It’s a great wine to have on hand all summer long, as it is truly a people-pleaser!

 

The first thing one notices about the Corbillières Touraine Rosé is the seductive salmon hue. When daydreaming about Rosé, this is precisely the color I envision. The aromas are delicate and nuanced. There’s citrus, a hint of some kind of red fruit as well, an herbal, almost peppery subtlety, and a mineral undertone. The palate is bright and fresh, the fruit and structure charming, and the finish refreshing. This is exactly what one would expect to be served if seated at a French café – a wine like this can transport the taster far, far away.

What makes the Touraine Rosé stand out so much? It is made from Pineau d’Aunis.  Pineau d’Aunis? Is that spelled correctly? Yes. What is Pineau d’Aunis? It is a distinct black berried grape from the central Loire Valley that is sometimes called Chenin Noir. It is neither a Pinot nor Chenin. Not widely planted, it is a sanctioned grape for the red and rosé appellations of Touraine and Anjou. Its use is to impart a fruity, peppery profile to rosé wines.

The famous philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Just sayin’. We’re already one-third finished with our summer weekends in 2014, so maybe it is a good idea to stop and take a look around this weekend. Stop and look around with a glass of 2013 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Rosé! – Peter Zavialoff

 

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2013 Domaine de Fondreche l’Instant Rose

Here in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer.  Sure, it means many different things to many different people, but that’s just like everything else. We all entertain ourselves in different ways, we all eat different types of food, and as far as wine goes, there’s something out there for everyone. One thing’s for sure, the summer weather causes a great many of our customers to reach for Rosé. Why not? We love Rosé all year round, though in the summer months it becomes particularly apropos. With so many styles and choices out there, there is indeed, something for everyone. When asking about Rosé, many customers look for a wine that is “pale,” “bone dry,” “crisp,” “fresh,” and “lip-smacking.” If those descriptors resonate with you, then you may want to give the 2013 Domaine Fondrèche l’Instant Ventoux Rosé a taste.
 

We have never sent an email offer on ANY Fondrèche l’Instant Rosé in the past. Its color sells itself. Though we have other wines in a similar style, the Fondrèche Rosé is almost always our lightest colored Rosé each vintage. That seems to click with a lot of our customers, especially those who buy in bulk! It doesn’t stay in stock very long. Back in the winter time, we crunched some numbers and decided to ask them to up our allocation because of this. It always goes to show, you never get what you don’t ask for. So we asked, they said yes, and now we can make some noise about it.

 

Domaine de Fondrèche is one of the most well-known domaines in Ventoux, probably because winemaker Sébastien Vincenti has vines growing in the best sites of the appellation. His farming is certified organic, and he has been employing bio-dynamic practices in his vineyards for several vintages. For his 2013 l’Instant Rosé, Sébastien blends 50% Cinsault with 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache giving the wine that Provençal look and flavor.  Coming in at 12% alcohol, pouring that second glass on a warm evening is no problem either!
 

The Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck listed Vincenti’s 2013 l’Instant among the finest Rosé wines of the year. Here’s what he had to say, “Beautifully pure, with notions of citrus blossom, peach and strawberry, the 2013 Ventoux L’Instant Rose is focused and crisp on the palate in a lean, tight and refreshing style. Drink it over the coming summer months – 90 points.”

We agree! For those of us who enjoy a sleek, mineral-driven, lip-smacking Rosé, the 2013 Domaine de Fondrèche l’Instant delivers big time!!! Oh, check it – this baby comes in magnum too! Talk about a party in bottle! Peter Zavialoff

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Lacuna 2011: A Red Blend for Summer

It is often not enough for wine to be good, I like a wine to have a good story behind it too. Believe me when I say there is a lot of wine out there! I do my best to taste through as much of it as I physically can so that I can make an informed decision as to what to buy for the store, but I have my limits. And besides, when I look over my tasting notes and think back on the wines that made the biggest impression on me, it usually comes down to the people behind the wine. It also follows that the passionate souls that I gravitate towards are rooted in a sense of place. Sometimes that place is a physical one – a vineyard, an estate, a region – and sometimes, the place is more of a sensibility. I know, that last part is rather vague, but work with me here. Lacuna is not a winery nor a vineyard, but what is in the bottle of their proprietary red speaks volumes about character and quality. They source sought-after, highly regarded vineyards, choosing only the best each vintage, and because of this all you will read on the label is “Red Wine, California”. That is only the beginning of the story.

 

The first vintage to hit the shelves was the 2007 Lacuna. The Wine House was the first to promote the 2007 Lacuna with unabashed enthusiasm. That enthusiasm continues with the 2011 Lacuna. Lacuna began as a partnership between three veteran wine guys who worked primarily on the distribution side of the wine business. They wanted to take their wine point of view to market by making their own wine. A stroke of genius lead them to ask rising-star winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co. fame to make their first vintage and then subsequently invited him to join the team. Twain-Peterson has made every vintage of Lacuna. Because of their collective connections within the wine business, the Lacuna team is able to source impeccable fruit but in return for getting access to these famed vineyards at favorable prices, they are asked not to reveal the vineyard names.
 

For the 2011 Lacuna, 85% of the blend is Syrah. Various vineyards sites for Syrah were used, including one planted primarily to the Alban clone. The fruit from this vineyard is responsible for lending the distinct bacon and smoke component to the wine. Some of the other Syrah components were co-fermented with Viognier, just like they do in Cote Rotie, to offer an aromatic counterpoint to the broodier Alban-clone site. In addition to Syrah, there are small smatterings of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan, all sourced from a vineyard originally planted before the turn of the century. Pretty cool stuff! In the end, the various pieces to the puzzle fit together seamlessly to produce a wine of great depth, vigor and a dark edge. Meaty, sanguine and black berry notes dominate. This is not a jump in your lap, lick your face kinda Syrah, but one with deeply satisfying, savory fruit fortified by an ample, forceful structure.

 

A vacation spent at my family’s dacha among the Redwoods along the glorious Russian River last week gave me opportunity to drink some tasty wine. Coincidently, one of the Lacuna guys is also a fan of this area, having grown up there and is now caretaker of the family home. We like to compare notes about where to go and what to do. Inevitably though, I tell him that other than a day spent on the beach, my motivation to go anywhere lately is low! Watching for ospreys and river otters or my daughter’s hilarious attempts at landing on a floaty in the water is entertainment enough. As is relishing a glass of something yummy with dinner in the evening. Take the 2011 Lacuna and a grilled piece of aged beef and you have yourself a feast. The Lacuna’s structure begs for something substantial to pair with it. Other than animal protein, I would suggest serving a hearty grain like a barley risotto with mushrooms. That smokey, bacon quality of the 2011 Lacuna makes you want to sink your teeth into something; it is a sophisticated choice for serving with bold flavors off the grill. Get out and play! – Anya Balistreri

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2014 Bastille Day Weekend Sale

Happy Friday!!! Being importers of French wines, it’s a pretty big Friday around here. For Monday is la fête nationale, the day we call, Bastille Day! Always a day for revelry and celebration, there’s no right or wrong way to participate in the festivities. Just get your French on!

There are many ways to do this. You can hit up your local brasserie, or watch your favorite French film. Spin some Edith Piaf … or any French music for that matter. Anything from Charles Trenet to Ben l’onlce Soul. Better yet, cook up your own French dinner with music playing in the background. Ah, but what better way to be festive than to celebrate la fête with French wine!

We thought we’d make that part easy on you. For the occasion, we’re knocking the prices down on several of fête-worthy wines from all over France! The sale goes on through Monday. Bon weekend et bon fête nationale!

Alsace

NV Domaine Ehrhart Cremant d’Alsace
Sparkling; White Blend; Alsace;
SALE $12.95

Reg. $17.98

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Perfect for celebrations!
2011 Domaine Ehrhart Gewurztraminer Herrenweg
White Wine; Gewurztraminer; Alsace;
SALE $12.95

Reg. $20.99

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For spicy food lovers.
2010 Domaine Ehrhart Riesling Hengst
White Wine; Riesling; Alsace;
SALE $23.95

Reg. $31.49

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Fancy an Alsatian twist to your Bastille Day festivities? This Grand Cru will be sublime with choucroute.

 

White Burgundy
2012 The Winery of Good Hope Unoaked Chardonnay Western Cape
White Wine; Chardonnay; South Africa;
SALE $8.95

Reg. $13.49

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Just making sure that you’re paying attention. No, it’s not French, it’s from South Africa. But it’s made by a Frenchman, Edouard Labeye, legendary former scout for Bobby Kacher. This is your perfect summer Chardonnay. It’s unoaked, clean, and aromatic. Medium bodied on the palate, this is perfectly honest Chardonnay, folks.
2012 Sebastien Dampt Terroir De Milly Petit Chablis
White Wine; Chardonnay; Burgundy;
SALE $11.95

Reg. $15.99

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From David’s latest Chablis discovery, the wines from Sébastien Dampt represent incredible value. His Petit Chablis ALREADY tips the quality/price scale at its retail price. Guess what? The 2013 is now here, so let’s say bye-bye to the 2012. You’re not going to want to miss this.
2010 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet
White Wine; Chardonnay; Burgundy;
SALE $39.95

Reg. $55.99

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Okay, enter the world of fancier white Burgundy …
2011 Domaine Pernot Belicard Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet
White Wine; Chardonnay; Burgundy;
SALE $54.95

Reg. $84.99

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Made by Philippe Pernot, the grandson of the legendary Paul. It’s Puligny. It’s made by a Pernot. It’s on sale!
2006 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne
White Wine; Chardonnay; Burgundy;
SALE $59.95

Reg. $84.99

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No introduction needed.
2006 Chateau de la Maltroye Batard-Montrachet
White Wine; Chardonnay; Burgundy;
SALE $119.95

Reg. $278.99

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Just in case you want to get extra fancy.

 

Red Burgundy
2009 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Clos du Chateau Rouge (half bottle)
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;
SALE $26.95

Reg. $34.99

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2009 Red Burgundy in half bottle on sale?
2008 Chateau de la Maltroye Santenay Rouge 1er La Comme
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;
SALE $27.95

Reg. $38.99

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The under-the-radar village of Santennay has been garnering some attention lately. It’s boasts 11 Premier Cru vineyards! Here’s the Premier Cru La Comme.
2009 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Rouge
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;
SALE $47.95

Reg. $64.99

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Again, 2009? Maltroye’s Premier Cru Clos St. Jean vineyard is known for its clay soils which allows the fruit to express itself without a long slumber. Coupled with the fact that this is from 2009, you can drink it this weekend or on Bastille Day 2022!
2011 Stephane Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;
SALE $59.95

Reg. $92.99

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Another recent addition to our direct-import Burgundy stable, young Stéphane Magnien has some incredible holdings and lets his terroir do the talking. This Premier Cru Chambolle is special stuff, indeed.
2006 Domaine Bertrand Ambroise Corton Le Rognet
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;
SALE $79.95

Reg. $132.79

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For those that wish to go Grand Cru. Makes for a great gift also.

 

Rhone Valley
2011 Tour de l’Isle Cotes du Rhone Blanc
White Wine; other white varietal; Rhone;
SALE $9.95

Reg. $14.59

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Côtes du Rhône blanc made from equal parts Marsanne, Rousanne, Clairette, and Grenache Blanc. Great balance and complexity.
2009 Domaine de Fondreche Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Nadal
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
SALE $17.95

Reg. $25.99

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“The outrageously delicious 2009 Cotes du Ventoux Nadal (50% tank-aged Grenache from 70-year-old vines, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, both aged in barrel) boasts a dense purple color along with sweet, ripe aromas of black currants, black cherries, licorice and camphor. This opaque purple-colored, dense, opulent, medium to full-bodied, stunning wine sells at an incredibly fair price. 92 points” – Robert Parker
2010 Domaine de Fondreche Cotes du Ventoux Rouge Cuvee Persia
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
SALE $19.95

Reg. $31.99

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“The 2010 Cotes du Ventoux Persia, a blend of 90% Syrah (from 50-year-old vines) and 10% Mourvedre from the estate’s finest terroir, is aged in small barrels and 600-liter demi-muids, with at least one year of aging on its lees. Abundant notes of blackberries and cassis interwoven with hints of espresso roast, white chocolate and acacia flowers are found in this tightly knit, full-bodied, impressive 2010. Tasting like a top-flight northern Rhone Hermitage rather than a wine from the Cotes du Ventoux, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should keep for 15 years thereafter. 93 points.” – Robert Parker
2010 Domaine Belle Hermitage Blanc
White Wine; other white varietal; Rhone;
SALE $45.95

Reg. $61.99

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More fancy stuff. About as fancy as Marsanne/Roussanne can get, actually.
2004 Albert Belle Hermitage
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; Rhone;
SALE $69.95

Reg. $99.99

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Et voila, 10 year old Hermitage. Already cellared for you and ready to drink.

 

Loire Valley Chenin Blanc
2011 Hauts des Sanziers Saumur Blanc
White Wine; Chenin Blanc; Loire;
SALE $10.95

Reg. $14.49

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Quality Chenin for a great price.
2011 Domaine d’Orfeuilles Vouvray Les Coudraies
White Wine; Chenin Blanc; Loire;
SALE $13.95

Reg. $20.79

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Demi-sec Chenin Blanc from TWH’s Vouvray producer. Great for spicy dishes and cheeses. Believe it or not, this can age much longer than you think!

 

Sauternes
2005 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (half bottle)
Sweet Wine; other white varietal; Bordeaux;
SALE $32.95

Reg. $42.98

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2005 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes
Sweet Wine; other white varietal; Bordeaux;
SALE $59.95

Reg. $79.98

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In such a profound botrytis vintage such as 2005, the Suduiraut continues to turn heads with its delicacy and elegance. What an experience!
2007 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (half bottle)
Sweet Wine; other white varietal; Bordeaux;
SALE $38.95

Reg. $48.98

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2007 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes
Sweet Wine; other white varietal; Bordeaux;
SALE $69.95

Reg. $85.98

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“The nose takes time to coalesce in the glass, very pure with honey, white peach, Turkish Delight honeysuckle, and beeswax. The palate is beautifully balanced, still with some oak to be subsumed, but has great depth and precision. This is a confident, almost ambitious Suduiraut with great power and intensity towards the botrytis-rich, viscous finish that is endowed with great persistency. Lovely. Drink now-2030. 93 points” – Neal Martin
2005 Chateau Climens Barsac (half bottle)
Sweet Wine; Semillon; Bordeaux;
SALE $49.95

Reg. $65.98

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2005 Chateau Climens Barsac
Sweet Wine; Semillon; Bordeaux;
SALE $99.95

Reg. $119.98

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“97 points” – Robert Parker. No tasting note given.
2006 Chateau Climens Barsac (half bottle)
Sweet Wine; Semillon; Bordeaux;
SALE $47.95

Reg. $57.98

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2006 Chateau Climens Barsac
Sweet Wine; Semillon; Bordeaux;
SALE $89.95

Reg. $109.98

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“one of the top wines of 2006. Medium gold, with a slightly more advanced color than I am used to seeing in a young Climens, the wine displays waxy honeyed pineapple and delicate marmalade and citrus notes with a restrained use of new oak. The wine cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate with terrific acidity, freshness, and moderate sweetness. This is a beauty, but perhaps on a much faster evolutionary track than some of their greatest vintages. 94 points” – Robert ParkerReady to drink now.

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