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A.A.Badenhorst Caperitif Kaapse Dief$29.99–$179.94
Western Cape South Africa
WTB Best Values 90 Rating
Copper-orange color. Knockout, endlessly complex perfume of orange blossom, cinnamon Red Hots, clove, ginger and mint. A silky, umami-like texture is utterly seamless and smooth. Hints of griotte cherry, orange zest, fynbos and tree bark are lifted by a strong spicy character. Wonderfully complex, moderately sweet and long, with a finishing note of bitter orange giving the finish a drier quality and great refreshment value. I bet you can't drink just one glass. In partnership with Danish mixologist Lars-Erik Schmidt, Adi Badenhorst reinvented an old South African product that disappeared in about 1910. Serve it on its own over ice with a slice of lemon, or with club soda. It's also remarkably versatile in cocktails.
Buy this by the 6pk for $29.99 per bottle
Abadia Retuerta 2013 Selección Especial Sardon de Duero$24.99–$251.88
Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León Spain
Wine Advocate 93 Rating
The selection clearly paid off and the wine comes through as balanced and fresh, with the oak perfectly integrated in the wine. 2013 was a heterogeneous vintage, capable of the best and the worst, where the work in the vineyard shows in the wines. This is a very successful cuvée, produced in large quantities. It’s a far cry from the very oaky wines of yesteryear, very representative of the place and vintage; having enough vineyards and different varieties, they can select what goes into the wine each year depending on the natural conditions, as they also sell some in bulk. In 2013 the difference is that they used some more Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot, which provided some extra punch. This is a great success over the vintage conditions, very accessible and drinkable, with contained alcohol.
Buy this one by the 12pk for $20.99 per bottle
Acumen 2016 Mountainside Sauvignon Blanc$28.99–$173.94
4.0 vivino Rating
This pleasing Sauvignon Blanc begins with a bouquet of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, honeysuckle, beeswax and jasmine. On the palate this medium-bodied wine continues with flavors of Buddha's hand, kumquat, and Meyer lemon along with notes of white peach, starfruit, pineapple rind, pastry cream, sweet hay and limestone. A fresh acidity frames the pure, clean finish of this pleasant Sauvignon Blanc.
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Alario Claudio 1996 Barolo Vigneto Riva$54.99
Wine Advocate 91-92 Rating
The saturated ruby/purple-colored 1996 Barolo Vigneto Riva reveals an intense cherry, coffee, cedar, and smoky-scented nose. There is great richness, full body, terrific purity, surprisingly low acidity for a 1996, and a lush, multidimensional personality. While tannin is present in the finish, this is a large-scaled, gorgeously made Barolo that should be at its best between 2001-2015. A new estate from the village of Verduno, Alario Claudio produces small quantities of hedonistic, sumptuously-styled Barolos that are fermented in open-top fermenters and aged in 60%-80% new French oak casks.
Alion by Vega Sicilia 2013 Tempranillo$69.99
Ribera del Duero Spain
Wine Advocate 94 Rating
The careful selection of the grapes and the work directives even for the purchased grapes has clearly paid off in the 2013 Alión, which has great freshness and perfume. It was cropped from a relatively normal growing season, but with a cold September with some rains that provoked a slight delay in the picking and especially the seed for a severe sorting of the grapes. It's considered a challenging vintage in general, and the bottles produced are slightly less than in the healthier 2012. It's always pure Tempranillo from over 30-year-old vines in different villages: Pesquera, Padilla, Moradillo… It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts after a three-day cold soak, followed by malolactic and 12-14 months in new French barriques. It might be a lighter vintage for Alión, but one that has a subtler profile and harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, with a thread of acidity going through its core and lifting it up. An elegant Alión. 260,000 bottles and some larger formats were filled in May 2015.
Amapola Creek 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyard$54.99–$299.94
Wine Advocate 90-92 Rating
Arrowood deserves a lot more credit than he often gets for his Cabernet Sauvignons, which are long-lived. Some of the early Château St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignons have stood the test of time, and those made under the Arrowood label, especially his Reserves, are 30+ year wines at the minimum. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has the identical blend of the 2013, slightly less alcohol (15%) and displays deep blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opaque ruby/purple color and a full-bodied mouthfeel with notes of subtle barrique intermixed with licorice, earth and spice. It should drink well for at least 20 years, as it is slightly more fruit-forward than the 2013.
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Antica Terra 2015 Botanica Pinot Noir$88.99–$533.94
Willamette Valley Oregon
4.7 vivino Rating
Botanica is only made in superior vintages and is primarily from an 8-acre block of Shea Vineyard. Botanica is always sappy and sanguine with a taste of wild rose, sour cherries, and blood orange. It is tempting to define it solely by its compelling texture and lush personality but there is a structural element that is equally striking. This balance between extraordinarily concentrated fruit and intense levels of extract is the essence of this wine. BX-12
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Araujo Estate 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard$239.99
Wine Advocate 96 Rating
Absolutely superb, this 2003 is drinking beautifully. This blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot from the famous hillside Eisele Vineyard in northeast Napa Valley tips the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol. Gorgeously fresh black currant and black raspberry notes intermixed with spring flowers and forest floor jump from the glass from one of the most aromatically complex wines of the vintage. Medium to full-bodied with sweet fruit, velvety, melted, integrated tannin, a round, generous mouthfeel and no evidence of oak, this is a classy, elegant as well as substantial beauty that continues to age well. It may even be superior to Araujo’s 2002, which, on paper, is a better vintage. The seductive, alluring 2003 should remain at this level for another 5-8 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. Bravo!
Aviary 2015 Chardonnay$15.99–$179.88
WTB Best Values 88 Rating
2015 Aviary Chardonnay is beautifully pale gold in the glass, with notes of tropical fruit and vanilla bean. Bright flavors of vanilla and subtle hints of banana continue on the palette, where they are complimented with a creamy, silky texture which reminds us of a delicious banana cream pie. A long, smooth finish will keep you wanting more.
Buy this one by the 12pk for $14.99 bottle