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  1. Arietta "Quartet" Napa Valley Red 2016

    Arietta "Quartet" Napa Valley Red 2016

    $65.00 (NET)
    60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in 61% new French oak, this is a generous but serious wine from the musically inspired Arietta winery (Andy Erikson makes the wine). An upfront, giving nose of smoke, black fruits, oak, freshly ground coffee, pepper, tarragon, and dark chocolate leads on to a palate with chewy tannins and juicy acidity. A big but very balanced Napa blend. Learn More
  2. Black Slate Vi de la Vila Gratallops Priorat 2016

    Black Slate Vi de la Vila Gratallops Priorat 2016

    $22.00
    A blend of Garnatxa, Carinyena, and Syrah, aged in new French oak for 16 months, this is an extremely approachable young Priorat at a very advantageous price. The aim is to create indvidual expressions of Priorat – this comes from Gratallops in the heart of the region, which produces full, robust wines. Ripe and fruity, with aromas of strawberry, plum, and blackberry going into a juicy, tannic palate that’s big, full, mouth-coating but very well-balanced. Learn More
  3. Hernecia Altes La Peluda Terra Alta 2016

    Hernecia Altes La Peluda Terra Alta 2016

    $20.00
    Garnacha Peluda is a variant of the grape that has hairier leaves and can work in a slightly cooler climate. It’s often blended with the more common Garnacha, but here’s a rare and extremely interesting single-varietal example from Catalunya. Slightly fruitier than Garnacha, with a floral, earthy, and very pretty nose, with grainy tannins, fresh acidity, and really crunchy red fruit (strawberries and red cherries). Distinctive and tasty. Learn More
  4. Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca Terra Alta 2017

    Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca Terra Alta 2017

    $2,015.00
    This is a ridiculously good-value white wine from the Terra Alta area of Catalunya. Plantings are at 400m+ altitude, which keeps the acidity fresh in the warm climate. The characteristic nutty, waxy aromas of Grenache are apparent on the nose, together with green apples and a touch of white pepper. The palate is quite fresh with a lightly gripping texture and a gentle creaminess. Easy drinking but with a serious edge. Learn More
  5. Michel Gonet Grand Cru Mesnil-sur-Oger Blanc de Blancs 2011

    Michel Gonet Grand Cru Mesnil-sur-Oger Blanc de Blancs 2011

    $53.00
    From the classic Grand Cru village of Mesnuil-sur-Oger, known for its razor-sharp acidity, comes this elegant vintage Blanc de Blancs champagne. Delicate aromas of citrus and green apple are given weight by a lightly creamy, biscuit texture. Acidity is nervy and cutting, still very fresh over eight years after the vintage. A long, persistent, subtly spicy finish completes this keenly priced wine. Learn More
  6. Stroppiano Barolo Riserva 2011

    Stroppiano Barolo Riserva 2011

    $70.00
    This is such a beautiful wine which is ageing so gracefully. From a producer owning 5.5ha in La Morra, where the wines are known for their elegance. It spends 36 months in Slavonian foudres to give a soft, delicate edge. An extremely attractive, perfumed nose of red fruits, tar, leather, and sweet spices goes into a palate with a firm tannic grip and fresh acidity. In its eighth year, this is still a young wine that’s extremely approachable now, but will age for another fifteen years at least. Learn More
  7. Domaine de l'Idylle Roussette de Savoie 2016

    Domaine de l'Idylle Roussette de Savoie 2016

    $22.00
    More and more wine from Savoie is finding its way to California. And that’s a great thing as the wines are so distinctive because of their fresh acidity, light body, and tight, concentrated structure. The grape here is Rousette (also called Altesse), for a wine that has aromas of wild alpine flowers, cardamom, and green apples, with a subtly creamy palate, fresh acidity, and a dry, steely grip. Light and gentle, but with a firm texture and a lingering finish. Learn More
  8. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Rioja 2009

    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Rioja 2009

    $72.00
    90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. One of the classic, historical Rioja producers – this wine is named after its first vintage in 1904 – who follow the traditional practice of ageing in American oak, 4 years in this case. This is an intense, concentrated wine, with bright red fruits, aromas of dill, tobacco, coconut, cloves, and nutmeg, followed on the palate by lightly chewy tannins, dill, and a long, elegant finish. Traditional Rioja at its finest. Learn More
  9. Wolf Family "Phaedrus" Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

    Wolf Family "Phaedrus" Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

    $65.00
    Blend of two vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga, from the Wolf family who have been making consistently good Cabernet for twenty years now. This is an intensely structured example of the voluptuous 2014 vintage, with ripe black fruits on the inviting, aromatic nose, together with an oaky smokiness, cloves, and licorice. Despite the firm tannic structure, very fresh acidity lifts the wine and stops it being too heavy. A serious but very inviting, engaging wine. Learn More
  10. Domaine Giachino Freres Giac Isere 2017

    Domaine Giachino Freres Giac Isere 2017

    $27.00
    This is an enticing Savoie blend of Gamay, Etraire de la Dhuy – a grape that’s new to us – and “various unknown indigenous grapes.” Some carbonic notes on the fresh, fruity nose, as well as wild strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries which are really crunchy, while the palate has chewy tannins, very lively acidity, and a long, concentrated finish. Think Beaujolais with some added tannin. Learn More