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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

    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

    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. Stroppiano Barolo Riserva 2011

    Stroppiano Barolo Riserva 2011

    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
  5. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Rioja 2009

    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Rioja 2009

    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
  6. Wolf Family "Phaedrus" Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

    Wolf Family "Phaedrus" Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

    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
  7. Domaine Giachino Freres Giac Isere 2017

    Domaine Giachino Freres Giac Isere 2017

    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
  8. Sucette Old Vine Grenache Barossa Valley 2015

    Sucette Old Vine Grenache Barossa Valley 2015

    Some of the most exciting wines coming out of Australia are old-vine Grenache – reflecting the worldwide trend of rethinking the variety’s qualities. This is from 100-year-old vines planted in Barossa, and has everything you could possibly want from a warm-climate wine: it’s ripe and fruity but extremely balanced, with red fruit aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, and licorice, followed by a juicy, soft palate that is so, so smooth. Learn More
  9. Uccelliera "Rapace" Toscana IGT 2014

    Uccelliera "Rapace" Toscana IGT 2014

    70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon planted just south-east of Montalcino at 150-350m. Despite the Cab/Merlot presence, this is a very Italian wine in its style, aromas, and structure. Concentrated, serious aromas of red fruits, earth, game, and spice on the nose are followed by vibrant acidity and a firm tannic grip. A long, serious finish completes the balance between fruit, oak, acidity, and tannins. Learn More
  10. Casa Castillo Monastrell 2016

    Casa Castillo Monastrell 2016

    This wine always punches well above its weight. It’s a fruity, forward, generous wine, full of ripe black fruits aromas that make the wine go down very easily. Some carbonic notes add a floral freshness and also soften the tannins while leaving a gently gripping, chewy mouthfeel. Extremely approachable and lots of fun, while full and weighty. Learn More