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  1. Jim Barry Assyrtiko Clare Valley 2017

    Jim Barry Assyrtiko Clare Valley 2017

    Jim Barry’s son Peter was on holiday on the Greek island of Santorini ten years ago and fell in love with the local Assyrtiko grape. He took cuttings, exported them to Australia, and planted them in Clare Valley for the country’s first ever Assyrtiko wine. His passion has been rewarded because this is an exceptional wine, with cutting acidity and a stony, steely mouthfeel, with a touch of earth and tart green and citrus fruits. Learn More
  2. Monticelli Arneis 2017

    Monticelli Arneis 2017

    Napa winemaker Anna Monticelli returns to her Italian roots to make this Arneis from Piemonte. She does a great job too, because this is everything you’d expect from Arneis, with a little extra kick. There’s a delightful nuttiness on the nose with aromas of roasted almonds and cashew nuts, as well as green apples and grapefruit, with the acidity on the palate high enough to balance the rich, spicy mouthfeel. Very food friendly – think fish, white meat, or even rabbit. Learn More
  3. Ridgeview "Bloomsbury" Brut NV

    Ridgeview "Bloomsbury" Brut NV

    59% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir, 14% Meunier. English sparkling wine is coming through as a serious rival to champagne, as is evidenced by this stylish bottle of bubbles from established producer, Ridgeview. There’s a creamy, nutty mouthfeel and aromas of baking apples and cinnamon with the high acidity characteristic of English wine offset by a small, barely noticeable amount of residual sugar (9g/L). A sophisticated wine with a serious edge. Learn More
  4. Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 2000

    Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 2000

    $105.00 (NET)
    A hot September in 2000 led to a luscious and ripe vintage, and those qualities are still present here. This is a big, voluptuous port, still a baby over 18 years later, full of red, black, and dried fruit aromas, as well dried flowers and herbs, with a rich, spicy, vanilla, chocolate, full mouthfeel. There's a lot of life left in this yet, with the sweetness, tannins, and acidity perfectly balanced. Learn More
  5. Cossart-Gordon 10-year-old Bual 500ml

    Cossart-Gordon 10-year-old Bual 500ml

    One of the oldest names in the Madeira book is always a go to. The grape/style is Bual (the same as Sémillon), which produces wines with rich sweetness and searing acidity. This 10-year-old is pale brown, with intense, concentrated aromas of molasses, brown sugar, dried fruits, toffee, baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fruit cake, a lush luxuriousness balanced by such refreshingly high acidity. Learn More
  6. Enrico Serafino Gavi di Gavi 2017

    Enrico Serafino Gavi di Gavi 2017

    Made from Cortese, Gavi is the classic white wine of Piemonte. Quality varies, however, but this hits all the right spots. From a producer established in 1878 and from vines in the heart of the Gavi DOCG, it’s so refreshing, with high, vibrant acidity given body and weight by a slightly creamy, nutty, lees texture as well as green apple, pear, gooseberry, and wild flower aromas and a subtly persistent, drying finish. Learn More
  7. Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage 2016

    Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage 2016

    From the son of acclaimed producer Alain Graillot, Maxime. All the fruit (from 35-year-old vines) is destemmed, spending one year in old oak with a touch of new. This is an appealing, pretty, fruit-forward Crozes with aromas of violets, plump blackberry, plum, licorice, and chocolate followed by a tighter palate with grainy tannins and high acidity. An accomplished, balanced, and restrained wine. Learn More
  8. Sophie Roux St-Pourcain 2015

    Sophie Roux St-Pourcain 2015

    50% Chardonnay, 50% Tressalier – a local grape known as Sacy in Burgundy. West of the Mâconnais, St-Pourçain was once regarded as the finest of Loire’s whites, but due to phylloxera, war, and other crops it’s now tiny – just 640ha – so it’s a rare treat to try one. There’s a delicate richness with stone fruit and spicy lees aromas that give some weight to the tight, gripping acidity and grainy texture. Think of this as a cool take on Burgundy. Learn More
  9. Gerovassiliou White Epanomi PGI 2016

    Gerovassiliou White Epanomi PGI 2016

    From the Epanomi PGI right on the coast in northern Greece comes this intriguing, quietly sophisticated, fresh, and concentrated blend. Malagousia gives weight and body to the wine, cut through by the acidity of Assyrtiko. A complex nose of lemon, grapefruit, peach, and nectarine, acacia, honeysuckle, and white pepper leads into a palate with a creamy, leesy texture that ends in a long, full finish. Involved but refreshing. Learn More
  10. Paoloni Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Valle de Guadalupe 2015

    Paoloni Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Valle de Guadalupe 2015

    A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California. This is a great value Bordeaux blend that’s extremely inviting with juicy, fruity aromas of plums, blackcurrants, and black cherries, chocolate, violets, and licorice, followed by lively acidity and a good tannic grip on the palate. Great pizza/pasta wine that punches well above its price point. Learn More