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  • Verite 2012 La Joie

    Verite 2005 La Joie

    $374.99

    North Coast California
    Wine Advocate 100 Rating
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    The myth perpetrated by Old World wine proponents is that California wines don’t age. Those critics need to taste Verité, because these wines are aging far slower than I imagined. The 2005 La Joie (67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec) tips the scales at 14.7% alcohol. It received the same 18 months in 100% new oak. It is interesting that Pierre Seillan said that he thought the high-elevation vineyards of Sonoma that go into Verité (self-serving, os course) are his greatest sites in the world for Bordeaux varietals. But remember – he’s from Bordeaux! This multidimensional wine, which enjoyed a 4-5 day cool, pre-fermentation maceration, has a provocative bouquet of blackberry, cassis, new saddle leather, Christmas fruitcake, graphite and high-quality unsmoked cigar tobacco. It is profound, extremely full-bodied and massive in the mouth, but not heavy or astringent in any way. This is perfection in a glass, and a tribute to what Sonoma can achieve. Give this wine another 4-5 years, and drink it over the following 30+ years. SG-1

  • Verite 2012 La Joie

    Verite 2012 La Joie

    $344.99

    North Coast California
    Wine Advocate 100 Rating
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    The 2012 La Joie, which is a blend of 76% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, blew me away. A profound effort, with 55% of it coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 31% from Knights Valley and the balance from Chalk Hill, the wine shows great minerality, oodles of crPme de cassis fruit, incense, licorice, crushed rock, and a provocative full-throttle mouthfeel. SWS R4-2

  • Verite 2012 Le Desir

    Verite 2012 Le Desir

    $344.99

    North Coast
    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. Drink: 2015-2055.

  • Vina-Cobos-Bramare-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Vina Cobos Bramare 2013 Marchiori Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    $89.99$539.94

    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 

  • Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Aida Vineyard

    Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Aida Vineyard

    $194.99

    Napa Valley California
    Wine Advocate 98 Rating
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    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. BX-12

  • Red-Schooner-Voyage-5

    Wagner Family Red Schooner Voyage 5

    $44.99$227.94

    Mendoza Argentina
    This Malbec is made from grapes grown in the Andes Mountains, shipped chilled to Napa Valley and produced with the same techniques as Caymus' Cabernet. Falling outside standard labeling rules, it does not include a vintage date but is known by the voyage from which it was produced (Voyage 5 is the 2014 vintage). Offering scents of ripe plums and cherries, this wine is powerful and supple, with flavors of French oak and soft tannins.

    Buy this by the 6pk for $37.99 per bottle

  • Walter Hansel Winery • Chardonnay Cahill Lane

    Walter Hansel 2015 Estate Chardonnay

    $29.99$149.94

    Russian River Valley California
    Wine Advocate 92-94 Rating

    The 2015 season resulted in tiny clusters and small berries with production levels off by a minimum of 25%. The following 2015s will be bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is a killer bargain at $25.00 a bottle. The wine is a blend of the 95, 76 and the Hanzell clones. The 4-acre parcel from which the wine was produced was planted in 1976, so it has some age to it. This is a great Chardonnay with loads of honeysuckle, buttered citrus, orange and white peach notes, a medium to full body, terrific energy and purity. This is a terrific wine that tastes like a Chardonnay that should be selling for three or four times the price. So, consumers take note. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

    Buy this by the 6pk for $24.99 per bottle

  • Weingut Johannishof 2011 Charta Riesling

    Weingut Johannishof 2011 Charta Riesling

    $16.99

    Rheingau
    WTB Best Values 90 Rating

    Round, medium full bodied, and nearly dry, this is an excellent wine at the price. It is smoothly textured, moderately intense in flavor, and medium long on the finish. It tastes of yellow apple, peach, pineapple, and lily of the valley.

  • Williams Selyem 2014 Pinot Noir

    Williams Selyem 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    $69.99

    California
    Wine Enthusiast 94 Rating
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    Baked bread, pine forest and strawberry rise out of the glass in this relatively light yet complex and layered wine, spicy in cinnamon and black tea. It shows the powerful grace of good winemaking, showcasing the appellation's beauty and brawn from a warm, even year. SWS R6-1