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Verite 2004 La Muse$240.99
North Coast California
Wine Advocate 98 Rating
The 2004 La Muse, a blend of 88% Merlot / 8% Cabernet Franc / 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, is equal parts Alexander Mountain, Knight’s Valley and Bennett Valley fruit with a tiny bit from Dry Creek. The wine grew incrementally as it sat in the glass. A dense purple color was followed by aromas of loamy soil, charcoal, asphalt, chocolate, freshly brewed espresso and abundant blackberry and cassis fruit. This deep, rich beauty is still young and primary, but is loaded with potential. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035. SG-1
Verite 2005 La Joie$359.99
North Coast California
Wine Advocate 100 Rating
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 Le Desir$269.99
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. BX-3
Vetus Flor de Vetus 2015 Tinto de Toro$16.99
Toro, Castilla Leon Spain
Wine Advocate 89 Rating
The young and fruit-driven 2015 Flor de Vetus is pure Tinta de Toro from a warm and early harvest matured in 50/50 French and American oak barrels for nine months. It has a commercial, approachable profile, with notes of plums and sweet spices, and a juicy palate with good freshness. It calls for food. WBC
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 2006 La Grande Dame Brut$139.99
Wine Advocate 94 Rating
The prestigious 2006 La Grande Dame is made from 47% Chardonnay and 53% Pinot Noir, and assembles the fruit of eight grand cru villages. Very intense and complex on the nose, this is a full-bodied, round, rich and mouth-filling, but also refined prestige cuvée; it reveals a fascinating purity, precision and freshness. The finish is long and complex, and shows a spicy minerality. There are coffee beans, bread and toast aromas in the aftertaste. This comes highly recommended.
Vietti 2016 Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne$16.99–$192.00
Enjoyabilityfactor 89 Rating
Grapes come from vineyards in Agliano d’Asti, some of which are the oldest vineyards used for the Cru 'La Crena'. The grapes undergo a cold pre-fermentation maceration for 96 hours. The must is kept for 16 days in stainless steel tanks and undergoes frequent pump-overs and “délestage.” Malolactic fermentation takes place in barriques, followed by contact with the lees for 6 months. At the end of the malolactic fermentation, the wine is moved into French oak barrels or Slovenian oak casks for 14 months, then into steel tanks 2 months before bottling. The wine is bottled unfiltered.
Buy this one by the case for $16.00 per bottle
Vignobles Brunier 2017 Ventoux Megaphone$21.99–$240.00
Southern Rhone Valley France
James Suckling 92-93 Rating
Super plush, opulent, sweet red-plum, raspberry-compote and darker blackberry notes. The palate is bathed in mixed-berry flavor and some dark-mineral notes. Really supple, then turning fine and tightening through the finish. Noble tannins. 80 per cent grenache and 20 per cent syrah.
Must be ordered.
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Vilalva 2013 Reserva Red$11.99–$119.88
Wine Enthusiast 91 Rating
A generous wine that still manages to keep elegance and style. It offers black, juicy fruits that are blended with the spice from wood aging. There are blackberries, plenty of acidity and a dry but always fruity aftertaste.
Buy this one by the 12pk for $9.99 bottle
Villa d’Angelo 2014 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano$16.99–$179.88
Enjoyabilityfactor 88 Rating
Rich and dense Ruby Red, open and accessible the nose, beautiful BlackBerry fruit in the background light tea notes. Also in the taste a beautiful fruit that's ripe, dark cherries recalls, then hearty tannins and a round finish. MT
Buy this one by the 12pk for $14.99 bottle