1. Philippe Tessier Cheverny 2018

    Philippe Tessier Cheverny 2018

    The commune of Cheverny in the Loire can produce wines of piercing acidity, but sometimes there is a vintage where the fruit shines. 2018 was a vintage of near perfect growing conditions with high yields, great concentration, and lower than usual acidity. The addition of 30% Chardonnay in Tessier also makes this a wine with flavors of tangerine, melons, green banana, toasty almond meringue, stone fruits and tropical fruits. Very outgoing Cheverny. Learn More
  2. Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II

    Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II

    No wines have surprised and confounded me more than these in the past several years. They’re a million miles away from other German SBs, and they never set foot in New Zealand. They’re rather like some unlikely confluence of the Styrian (from volcanic soils) and the ambitious white Bordeaux. Overt, “sweet” fruit; you can call it green but it’s more toward herbs and less toward veggies or brassicas. Served cold it’ll be all cucumber, tarragon and dill. — Terry Theise Learn More
  3. Ilaria Malbec Napa Valley 2017

    Ilaria Malbec Napa Valley 2017

    We’ve been on the lookout for a standout Napa Malbec, and we’re excited to have found this fun, forward number from winemaker Anna Monticelli. Big, black, bold, and fruity, with ripe aromas of blackberries, black cherries, and plums and a round, juicy mouthfeel of chocolate, all-spice, black pepper, oak, and vanilla, finished off by ripe tannins. A definite crowd-pleaser. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Schiopetto Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia 2018

    Schiopetto Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia 2018

    Ribolla Gialla has captured the affection of hipster-somms for the last few years, and it is with good reason. The wine is naturally high in acid and it gains a creaminess from the extended lees contact leading to a straw yellow color. The smells wafting out of the glass are lightly musty, with tangerine, flowers, and a cashew-like nuttyness. Due to its salty minerality and pronounced acid on the finish this is a perfect pairing for fish, mussels or pecorino orecchiette . Learn More
  10. 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