1. Le Rocher des Violettes Cot Vieilles Vignes Loire 2017

    Le Rocher des Violettes Cot Vieilles Vignes Loire 2017

    I have tasted some Malbec from the Loire that got me really excited, but never knew if it could excite a wine geek AND appeal to the majority of consumers. The search is now over because this has all of the old-school flavors of forest floor, a wet pile of leaves that you jumped into as a kid and all of the black fruits and plum to go with the herbal notes. Everything you could want in Loire Côt Learn More
  2. Opus One Napa Valley Red Wine 2016

    Opus One Napa Valley Red Wine 2016

    $375.00 (NET)
    “The 2016 Opus One has turned out beautifully. The 2016 most closely resembles the 2014, although it has more mid-palate sweetness and overall depth, along with a slightly darker profile. I expect the 2016 will enjoy a long drinking window that will start to open relatively soon. Of the last four vintages, the 2016 is certainly the most open-knit in the early going. The blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. 96+ (AG) “ Learn More
  3. Ghost of a Chance "Usurper" Red Napa Valley 2017

    Ghost of a Chance "Usurper" Red Napa Valley 2017

    75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. From three vineyards around Napa, this Cabernet-based blend is big and fun with a deep, serious backbone. Juicy and almost jammy, it's chockful of black fruits, with ground coffee, cocoa, and all-spice. Smooth and grainy on the palate, it’s everything you want from a Napa red - concentrated, long, and balanced. Learn More
  4. Domaine du Tremblay Sauvignon Blanc Quincy 2018

    Domaine du Tremblay Sauvignon Blanc Quincy 2018

    Quincy is a tiny little appellation just west of the massively popular Sancerre, but the quality is all there. The region of roughly 25 producers sits on mostly sand and gravel; tiny production means the wines don’t make it to the states very often. This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and shows notes of fresh-cut grass, honeydew melon, yellow apple, and Bartlett pear. There is a salty minerality with more of a green apple on the palate leading to a finish that is dry without being austere. Learn More
  5. Domaine Laporte "Les Duchesses" Pouilly-Fume 2018

    Domaine Laporte "Les Duchesses" Pouilly-Fume 2018

    If you are tired of the modernized style of Sancerre and are looking for something that has more personality and less polish, look west across the river to Pouilly-Fumé. A wealth of smoky minerality and acidity are framed by the grapefruit and lemon/lime. This wine spend 5 months on its lees giving it texture that stands up to the herbal grassiness and pencil shavings. Light hints of mint, orange zest and honeydew melon. Learn More
  6. Catena "La Consulta" Malbec Mendoza 2016

    Catena "La Consulta" Malbec Mendoza 2016

    The Catena Family has been making wine in Argentina since 1902 and is synonymous with high-altitude Malbec. The “La Consulta” is sourced mostly from the San Carlos district and the fruit is extremely well rounded. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety with ripe fruit notes of baked blueberries, plums and other dark berries. Some notes of vanilla from the 35% new French oak push this into the category of “Food not Required”. So smooth. Learn More
  7. Chateau Lamartine Malbec Cahors 2015

    Chateau Lamartine Malbec Cahors 2015

    The main grape is Côt, at 90% of the blend, with 10% Merlot to soften the finish. Côt is the local name for Malbec and this may not be the Malbec most Americans are accustomed to. This has the depth and earthyness of Bordeaux in many ways. There is a lot of black fruits, such as blackberry, black cherry, black plum and a hint of underground celler. What separates this wine from others is the impeccable structure of the fruit, earth, and tannin. Learn More
  8. Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018

    Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018

    The grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc are mainly sourced from east Rutherford which is home to old clones of musqué and semillon. The other vines that contribute to the blend come from Calistoga. Fermentation was 67% French oak, 29% stainless steel and 4% concrete eggs. After fermentation the wine was aged on its lees with daily or weekly batonage. Flavors of kaffir lime, lychee, a limestone-like minerality and there is a richness from the oak to balance the intense acidity. Learn More
  9. Daniel Chotard Sancerre 2018

    Daniel Chotard Sancerre 2018

    In recent years Daniel has handed over the reins to his son Simon, which has resulted in some subtle changes, such as organic farming practices. Another choice Simon makes is to pick the grapes later than most in order to achieve a style that has less acid. This does not make a flabby wine by any means; instead it exhibits round flavors of pears, quince, and honeydew. This is a very refreshing take on the classic Sancerre. Learn More
  10. Tour des Gendres Petillant Naturel Vin de France 2018

    Tour des Gendres Petillant Naturel Vin de France 2018

    Organically-grown 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Chenin Blanc from the Bergerac region east of Bordeaux, spending six months on the lees. Alcohol is just 11%, for a very light, refreshing style. It’s fruity, easy, and very approachable, with bright, clean aromas of apples, pears, and sweet spices, as well as a subtle toasty influence from the lees. The palate is wonderfully fresh – this is light on its feet and hard to resist. Learn More