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  • Verite 2012 Le Desir

    Verite 2012 Le Desir


    North Coast California
    Wine Advocate 100 Rating
    The 2012 Le Desir (64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec) reminds me of a young vintage of Ausone, such as 2005. The wine has amazing minerality and an explosive blueberry nose intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, charcoal and camphor. It is full-bodied, with espresso notes emerging on the palate. There are 1,900 cases of this super-endowed, prodigious wine that should drink well for 35-40 years. How fun it would be for mega-millionaires to put this in a blind tasting of a great vintage of Ausone in 10, 20 or 30 years from now. R37-2

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    Verite 2017 La Joie


    Sonoma County California
    Jeb Dunnuck 100 Rating
    Tasting like a great bottle of Château Lafite, the 2017 La Joie is based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up, I suspect, in mostly new French oak. Deep ruby/purple, with a heavenly bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil, cedarwood, graphite, and tobacco, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, an incredible sense of elegance and purity, building tannins, and a great, great finish. This majestic, regal Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is going to require a decade of cellaring to hit maturity (although it’s far from unapproachable today) and will see its 50th birthday in fine form. I followed this bottle for three days and it never showed a hint of oxidation. This is easily my wine of the vintage in 2017. R20-2

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    Veuve Fourny Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru “Vertus”


    Champagne France
    Antonio Galloni 91 Rating
    The NV Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru is powerful, dense and immediate, with terrific mid palate density and real sense of gravitas. Expressive and layered through the middle, the 1er Cru possesses gorgeous energy and resonance. Orchard fruit, slate, smoke and wild flowers meld into an expansive finish supported by beams of salinity..
    Must be ordered.
    Buy this one by the 12pk for $53.00 bottle

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    Veuve Fourny Vertus Brut Rose 1er Cru


    Champagne France
    Antonio Galloni 93 Rating
    The NV Brut Rosé 1er Cru is another deep, flavorful Champagne from Veuve Fourny. Here the blend of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot (including 15% still Pinot) yields a powerful, resonant Chardonnay. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the Rosé is beautifully persistent, finely cut and nuanced to the core. Citrus, chalk and white pepper overtones add brightness and cut throughout. What a gorgeous wine this is. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: August 2018.
    Must be ordered.
    Buy this one by the 12pk for $63.00 bottle

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    Vina Almaviva 2017 Red Blend


    Puente Alto Chile
    James Suckling 100 Rating
    The aromas of blackberry leaves and iodine are wild and exotic here with mussel shells and earth underneath. Full-bodied, tight and chewy with powerful tannins that show muscle. It’s structured and powerful. Dense and very, very deep. Don’t touch this until 2025.

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    Vina Cobos Bramare 2013 Marchiori Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


    Perdriel Argentina
    Wine Spectator 93 Rating

    A plush red, with an underlying sense of power to the concentrated and richly spiced flavors of dark plum, boysenberry and dried ginger. Notes of dried meat and soy emerge on the elegant finish. Drink now through 2024.

    Buy this by the 6pk for $89.99 per bottle 

  • Vincent Girardin 2017 Meursault Les Narvaux

    Vincent Girardin 2017 Meursault Les Narvaux


    Cote de Beaune Burgundy France
    Jeb Dunnuck 94 Rating
    Slightly more expensive than the Les Vieilles Vignes, the 2017 Meursault Les Narvaux comes from vines just above the Premier Cru lieu-dit of Les Genevrières. Brought up in 15% new French oak, it has a rocking bouquet of caramelized green apples, crushed citrus, toasted nuts, and flinty minerality. These give way to a medium-bodied Meursault that has racy acidity, beautiful balance, and building richness that comes through on the finish. It’s going to put on weight with another year in bottle and keep for over a decade. It’s a brilliant effort that I’d be thrilled to have in the cellar. R3-1 BX-5
    Must be ordered.
    Buy this one by the 12pk for $60.00 per bottle

  • Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Aida Vineyard

    Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Aida Vineyard


    Napa Valley California
    Wine Advocate 98 Rating
    On the valley floor, with an almost Châteauneuf du Pape layer of small stones, is the Aida Estate, one of my favorite vineyards just north of St. Helena. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc aged 20 months in three-fourths new French oak. The good news is that there are 800 cases of this magnificent wine, with a somewhat Graves-like scorched-earth, charcoal, burning ember-scented nose, with notes of hot earth, blackberry and cassis fruit. Big, full-bodied, exuberant and rich, this thick, unctuously textured, purple wine should drink beautifully for 25-30 or more years. R42-1 BX-12

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    Wayfarer 2016 Mother Rock Pinot Noir


    Fort Ross-Seaview Sonoma Coast Sonoma County California
    Jeb Dunnuck 96 Rating
    Sourced from two blocks as well (blocks 3 and block 11) and from more sandstone soils in the vineyard (which is the mother rock of the site), the 2016 Pinot Noir Mother Rock saw 20% stems and the same 15 months in 67% new French oak. With a deep, incredibly floral character as well as classic jammy raspberries, toasted bread, and spice aromatics, this beauty is more full-bodied and powerful, with building tannin, obvious oak, and a great finish. Young and unevolved, hide bottle for at least 2-3 years. WL