updated 7-1-17
ANN ARBOR WINE CLUB JULY 2017 SALE

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BORDEAUX - RED
1. 14 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

Very nice and ripe and accomplished Medoc with barrel influence. Best in years. Yes, the black currant character of yore is fully evident./ Plenty of cabernet and merlot fruit, plus a gamy note. Tannin to resolve yet. 91+/100.
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2. 14 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
         42.99 each; 249.95 case of 6

James Suckling 95/100. My notes: Full, romantic, and rightful cru classe Pauillac. 80% cabernet sauvignon and it shows. Good oak too. All class cabernet and oak./ Firm and forthright Pauillac stature. Even that cherished, elusive cedar note of Pauillac cabernet. The real deal. 95+/100.
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3. 14 CHATEAU BROWN, PESSAC- LEOGNAN
         22.99 each; 269.95 case of 12

55% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 3% petit verdot. Deep, deep cabernet currant and fine Graves dark earthiness. A wine of place. A hallmark take on Graves. The oak is lavish too. A super plush nose./ Yes, full, round, deep, complete. Wow! This is Grand Cru material! 94+/100.
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4. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX BLANCHE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

This and the next selection are repeats from the May sale. They arrived too late for the tasting, so sales were below my expectations. They’ll be front and center July 9. Full and deep, three-dimensional nose displaying barrel aging but not overt woodiness./ Round, rich fruit and barrel-aged savors. Lots of both flavor and texture appeal. Soft tannins. 92+/100.
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5. 15 CHATEAU BARRAIL CHEVROL, FRONSAC
         11.99 each; 139.95 case of 12

80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon. Deep and solid and true to past vintages and to Fronsac durability. In 2015, plenty of fruit here too./ Really plenty of Fronsac structure and 2015 fruit filling. One of the best in the series. 91+/100.
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6. 15 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX
         7.99 each; 93.95 case of 12

50% merlot, 25% each of the cabernets. Once again, this claret is all accomplished from the get go. Sweet and spicy merlot-cabernet display./ Yes, lovely, balanced, fulfilled, ripe fruit presentation. 91+/100.
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7. 15 CAHORS SEIGNEUR DE GREZETTE, CHATEAU LAGREZETTE
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Oh, boy, lots of fruit sweetness and oomph. This really delivers./ Sweet fruit indeed. Modern. 15 good and ripe. Made to enjoy young. Will have lots of fans. Gotta have it. 91/100.
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BORDEAUX - WHITE
8. 15 CHATEAU L’ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

WONDERFUL nose. Enticing combo of sauvignon and semillon./ What a flavor burst of tropics. Guava, passion fruit. Tangelo. Awesome. 92/100.
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9. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD - SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE DE MENARD
         9.79 each; 114.95 case of 12

Well, just bursting with goodness. The green colombard, the mango sauvignon. Very, very well crafted cuvee. Immediate, and wanting to please./ Soft on entry followed by a tangy aftertaste. Perfectly enticing. 93/100.
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LOIRE
10. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Full, and perfectly formed. Fresh citrus and lees extras./ Yes, full indeed. Very juicy. Spot on. I mean, at this price it’s a no-brainer. 92/100.
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11. 15 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE, THIBAUT HENRION
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

Both ventilating and plush, apple-melon Loire chenin classic./ Soft and seductive in 2015 with genuine varietal and terroir expressions. Delish now. 92/100.
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12. 14 CHINON, DOMAINE SOURDAIS TAVEAU
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

At Cravant. Nice development with warm, meaty savors. Good stage./ Confirms warmth and suavity, animal savors. Great acid. Love it. 92/100.
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13. 15 VOUVRAY DEMI SEC, CHATEAU MONCONTOUR
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Complete, etched, rich; apple, quince, lime, calcaire. Light honey./ Sweet in 15. Coated acid. Right form, flavor, all. 92+/100.
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14. 16 SANCERRE LA REINE BLANCHE, JEAN REVERDY
         22.99 each; 269.95 case of 12

At Verdigny. Sings bright and clear. Pure mineral, citrus, nettle. Nostril etch. Fills and fills. Walnut husk./ Fabulous citrus range, textural range. Delightful. Ruby red grapefruit. Crisp, flavorful, lovely, very long finish. 94/100.
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BURGUNDY - RED
15. 14 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS RESERVE PERSONNELLE, JEAN-LUC & PAUL AEGERTER
         18.99 each; 223.50 case of 12

8-12 months in barrel. More heft and barrel aging influence than the Bourgogne Pinot Noir. More ripe cherry pinot classic aroma. Bravo achievement in 2014./ Rightly bodied, saucy. Shows regional character and fruit. 92+/100.
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16. 14 MARANGES LA FUSSIERE 1ER CRU, BACHELET MONNET
         29.99 each; 176.50 case of 6

Fresh and full Cote de Beaune red fruit with southern softness and plenty of good oak./ Fresh fruit and oak. Rich, ripe 14 with well managed acidity. Gamy note too. 92+/100.
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17. 15 MERCUREY, DOMAINE FAIVELEY
         25.49 each; 299.95 case of 12

Sweet and spicy. Deep and complete. Attractive now./ Yes, cherry and spice, Mercurey dark, plummy pinot fruit. Suave and sweet, with good acid for balance. Not nearly so tough as young Faiveley Mercureys used to be. Looks like this vintage is every bit as good as its billings. 93+/100.
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18. 15 BEAUJOLAIS L’ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES LES TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN
         15.99 each; 188.95 case of 12

New York Times 2 ½ Stars. My notes: Beautiful character, quality and oomph in 2015, which, some growers say, is the best Beaujolais vintage since 1947. Total Beaujolais./ Yes, concentration, character, complexity, depth and dimension. All. 93/100.
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BURGUNDY - WHITE
19. 16 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT -BORDET
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Cool, clear, calcareous classic. Nostril swelling./ Full; plenty of material here. Plays roundness and richness against textural edge to portray a complete picture of an attractive and unique Chablis vintage. I want some more. 92/100.
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20. 14 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, DOMAINE BACHELET-MONNOT
         57.95 each; 169.95 case of 3

Wow, full barrel fermentation, lees aging, and toast-grain aspects. The entire display of all that is good about Burgundian terroir and craftsmanship./ Broad and mellow palate, softened by malo. Nice 2014 acid etch at the end. 95+/100.
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21. 14 MONTAGNY LES BASSETS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
         18.99 each; 223.50 case of 12

Good 14 clarity, form, and Chalonnaise resin, grain, wood./ Again the terroir is clear, and there are attractive wood extras. Volume and clarity, vigor, acid, form. 92+/100.
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22. 15 MACON VINZELLES LES MORANDES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Wow. Rich and penetrating. Lots of mineral stuff in 15. Large size of Vinzelles./ Yeah, substance and balance. Satisfaction. Ready to use. Very fulfilling. 92/100.
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RHONE/MIDI
23. 16 SAVOIE JONGIEUX, EUGENE CARREL
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

All jacquere from the village of Jongieux. Fresh and finished and pear like fruit. No malo./ Aged on lees. Good, fine etch, texture. Ideal, really. 92/100.
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24. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE EQUIS DOMAINE DES LISES, MAXIME GRAILLOT
         24.99 each; 293.95 case of 12

Oh, richness, fruit sweetness of 15. Raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat; attributes rarely found in syrah from outside Rhone Septentrionale. / Yes, full flavor-range confirmation. The whole spectrum. Good balance and very fine tannic grip that ensure stay power for bouquet development. Window on a great northern Rhone vintage. The group loved it! 93+/100.
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25. 16 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

True to the domaine’s measured style and fulfills 2016's well-proportioned promise. Deep and dark. Plenty of quality peels extract./ Yes, full fruit, form, power, glycerol, balance. The darker face of grenache here. Great price. 91/100.
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26. 15 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Peppery, spicy, sweet, balanced./ Yeah, spicy, balanced, sweet. Have I repeated myself? Well, so has the wine! The palate positively echoes the nose. Already food-worthy. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
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27. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
         20.99 each; 246.95 case of 12

Well, here’s the Pasquiers Cotes du Rhone compacted into white dwarf concentration. Power, scope, depth, dimension./ Yes, Gigondas giant size, power, intensity, and super smooth glycerol. 93+/100.
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28. 14 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

From Latour’s domaine in Haute Provence. Clay and limestone soils. Fresh, cool, upbeat pinot noir for sure. Cool vintage in Haute Provence, a zone well south of Burgundy but of greater elevation./ Zesty, spicy, sweet plum and cherry pinot fruit. Plus good acid. 91/100.
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29. 15 BOUCHES DU RHONE BLANC COEUR DE CAMARGUE, DOMAINE DU MAS DE REY
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

From south of Arles in the Rhone delta region. 60% chasan (listan-chardonnay cross), 20% each sauvignon blanc, gros manseng. Good cuvee, with sauvignon citrus and manseng peach. Fresh and ideal./ Yes, lovely freshness and good acidity. Full fragrance of stone fruit and flowers. A deal. 91/100.
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ALSACE
30. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, DOMAINE ZINCK
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

If purchases signify favorites, then the overwhelming winner at April 18's Ann Arbor Tasters Guild dinner with Philippe Zinck was his Cremant (see below). Least subscribed was his Riesling, yet it was my personal favorite, with just the right degree of fragrance and dryness to match Chef Brandon Johns’ Grilled Local Trout with Braised Sauerkraut and Fingerlings.
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31. 14 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, SCHOENHEITZ
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Medium sweet on the dry/sweet scale./ Wow. Full assault of rose, ginger, tonic. So clean and giving./ Good acid and power even at 12.5%. Tonic aftertaste. Sweetness balanced by astringency. 93/100.
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GERMANY/AUSTRIA
32. 15 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING SPATLESE, BOLLIG-LEHNERT
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Classic Goldtropfchen peach and citrus. Lush./ Lovely peacock’s tail aromatic spread on the palate. Brisk acid finale. 93/100.
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33. 15 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Nice freshness and considerable edge for ripe 2015. Classic Nahe riesling golden fruit./ Yes, Auslese sweetness in balance with the right textural edge of acidity. Honey and golden citrus. Clear, crisp aftertaste. Yes. 92+/100.
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34. 15 OPPENHEIMER SACKTRAGER RIESLING SPATLESE, DR. HEYDEN
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

Significant refinement and breed–that’s Sacktrager, Oppenheim’s best site./ Special. All about superior terroir. Sweet and concentrated. Nice verve. Plenty of finesse. 92/100.
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35. 12 BADEN PINOT NOIR DRY, WEINGUT SALWEY
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Wine Enthusiast 94 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Exotic spice and cedar notes mingle amidst plump red cherries and raspberries on the nose of this perfumed Pinot Noir. Firm tannins form a taut foundation to crisp, tart raspberry and currant flavors and savory nuances of dried herb and crushed granite. It's a remarkably elegant, squarely structured wine that should meld beautifully over the next decade. $25.’
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36. 15 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER STEINIG, STADT KREMS
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Good apple and peel. Well proportioned; perfect pitch./ Yes, fruity and nicely balanced. More about apple pulp and peel than legume. Nice and dry. Good value. 90/100.
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IBERIA
37. 13 ALENTEJANO DUAS PEDRAS, SONHO LUSITANO
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Richard Mayson, MW, owner. Est. 2000. High altitude. Schist and granite. 60% touriga nacional, 40% syrah, dash of viognier. Nice, deep, lightly scorched fruit. Seems barrel aged./ Dry and robust. Cellar worthy. 91+/100.
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38. 15 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO TERRAS DE GONDAREI, BODEGAS CHAVES
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

The nose is creamy and mellow thanks to the warmth of vintage./ Palate though has tremendous juiciness and energy. I really want a full glass of this one. 92/100.
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39. 14 RIBERA DEL DUERO, BARCO DE PIEDRA
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

There it is: open, broad, and spicy; even in this cool vintage. A wonder wine every year./ Yeah, spicy, vigorous. Love it. Great price for RDD tinta pais. 92/100.
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40. 04 RIOJA RESERVA VINA TONDONIA, R. LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
         37.99 each; 223.50 case of 6

Parker 94: ‘The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that's possible–umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence. 2015-2024. $49.’
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41. 05 CATALUNYA GRAN RESERVA ALTOS D’OLIVA, BODEGA CIVINO
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

45% tempranillo, 40% cab sauv, 15% garnacha. 3 years in barrel. Deep and mature, wholesome and vigorous. A traditional Gran Reserva. Leather, dried fruit, oak./ Yes, classic, long in barrel taste set. Plus black and youthful fruit facet. Satisfying body. Suave and flowing. 92/100.
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42. 13 YECLA SOLANERA VINAS VIEJAS, BODEGAS CASTANO
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Parker 92: ‘Even better is the 2013 Solanera, a ‘Vinas Viejas’ that differs from the Castano (100% Monastrell), as this blend is 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 % Grenache, aged 10 months in French and American oak. Another difference from the Hecula is that it was aged equal parts in tank and the other half in French oak. The Solanera, which comes from relatively high-altitude limestone soils at 900 meters, has a dense purple color, a big sweet kiss of blueberry and blackberry fruit mixed with crushed chalk, a full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, density and richness. The oak is well concealed by the lavish fruit–the wine just amazing. Drink it over the next 2-3 years, as these powerhouses are best consumed in their exuberant and extroverted youth. $15.’
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ITALY - RED
43. 12 BAROLO LECINQUEVIGNE, DAMILANO
         33.99 each; 199.95 case of 6

Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: First class, with good 2012 polish and no new wood. Fresh, up front fruit./ Yes, traditional grip and dried fruit and barrel time without barrel extracts. Balanced and spot on. 93+/100.
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44. 13 LANGHE NEBBIOLO PERBACCO, VIETTI
         21.99 each; 258.50 case of 12

Parker 91: ‘Without a doubt, this is one of the top easiest-to-drink wines I tasted this year. The 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is an approachable and versatile wine that brings on a hearty appetite for genuine home cooking. The wine is ripe with dark fruit nuances and it offers a complete bouquet that is comprised of dark fruit, pressed rose and spice. Despite its apparent simplicity, this Nebbiolo is not without its complexity or depth. 2016-2022.’
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45. 15 BARBERA DEL PIEMONTE OTTONE I, CANTINE SAN SILVESTRO
         9.79 each; 114.95 case of 12

Bright, young, black, ripe, fresh, and frisky./ Rich and 15 ripe. Always a reliable value, 2015 presents the best vintage in years here. 91+/100.
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46. 16 DOLCETTO D’ALBA, VAJRA
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

Very bright. Definitive. Good framework. Alluring fruit./ Juicy and deep black and maraschino cherries flavor plus dabs of tar and game. Yow. 93/100.
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47. 15 VENETO GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

60% merlot, 40% corvina. Incredible power and lushness. Best vintage of this yet. Appassimento without raisin juice./ Powerful, ambitious. Like a young amarone. More dried cherry than raisin. Good balancing acidity. 92/100.
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48. 14 CHIANTI, FRATELLI GRATI
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

All Rufina fruit. Fresh and cool and crisp. Traditional, home-market Chianti styling for food, not show./ Yes, fresh, fine acidity, flow, and meal-worthiness. Come hither. One glass invites another. 91/100.
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49. 10 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, PASQUA
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Sweet and full and right bouquet of sangiovese dried cherry and barrel development. Most mellow for current enjoyment./ Great acid-glycerol tete a tete. Intense flavor, full texture. All in harmony. A deal. 92/100. List price: $25.
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50. 11 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, MAESTRO DI ANTICHI CASTELLI
         29.99 each; 176.50 case of 6

What a revealing vintage 2011 is for Italy’s top red wines, wines that at age five are demonstrating the softness and bottle bouquet qualities that often take two to three times longer to coax forth. Traditional in winemaking approach, this brunello has had 42 months’ aging in barriques, yet it’s not in the least dried out and woody. Instead, it features deep, dark, and sweet fruit, so approachable and appealing that one could be coaxed to call it ‘modern’. The palate, while fruity and forward also, shows good oak basis and time-in-barrel bouquet development. The tannins are fine, and coated. Both flavors and textures are rich, deep, and lasting. Yes! Thanks to its harmonious composition, this will endure. 94+/100.
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51. 10 TABURNO AGLIANICO RISERVA D’ERASMO, AG. AGR. NIFO SARRAPOCHIELLO
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Good development and good constitution. Fine bouquet. What a great grape variety, this Barolo of the south! Vigor and breadth of barrel and bottle age. Sweet to the core./ Yes, nice varietal range, bouquet range, texture, balance, all. Bargain price. 93+/100.
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52. 16 SALENTO PRIMITIVO, VERROSSO
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Primitivo is a cousin of zinfandel. Yow, sweet, rich, convincing, useful./ Appassimento, so even in youth ready to enjoy, and smartly fashioned. Heavy bottle, imaginative label. I like both the package and the contents. 91/100.
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ITALY - WHITE
53. 15 GAVI VIGNETO MASERA, STEFANO MASSONE
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Ready to enjoy. Bright, sunny, fruity. Classic aromas of apple and green pear, sage./ Full for 12.5%. Lots of extract, citrus, mineral savor and texture. Long, clinging aftertaste. Complete. 91/100.
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54. 15 ALTO ADIGE MOSCATO GIALLO AMPERG, KLAUS LENTSCH
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Defines the yellow muscat varietal. Meyer lemon and Persian lime./ Pleasing acid. Dry and very flavorful and lasting. Huge, sprawling citrus finale. 94/100.
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55. 15 SOAVE CLASSICO, AZ. AGR. INAMA
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

Top drawer. Full garganega aroma and presence./ Very nice flavor intensity and depth. And length. Textbook. Always a good source, this is the best vintage I’ve tasted. 92/100.
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56. 16 VENEZIA GIULIA SAUVIGNON, DI LENARDO
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Penetrating green mango. Sage highlight. Cool, under-ripe peach. Lovely./ Yes, delicious citrus and mango, hard peach, sage. Good as ever in 2016. 93/100.
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U.S. - RED
57. 14 SUBSTANCE COLUMBIA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Parker 92/100. My notes: By Charles Smith. 100% varietal. From Goose Ridge and Frenchman Hills vineyards. Fermented by native yeasts. Aged 12 months on lees in barrels, 50% new. Unfined, unfiltered. Deep, velvety, black, and distinctly Washington./ Yes, intense and velvety, with fine, subdued oak and barrel time influence. Suave tannins. Wow. I’d expect to pay twice as much for this level of quality. 94/100.
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58. 13 LUCAS & LEWELLEN VALLEY VIEW VINEYARD SANTA YNEZ VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

In the early 1970s, the Lucas brothers pioneered commercial winegrowing in the south Central Coast region of California. Deep, velvety, ripe, and woody. Ample cabernet for this AVA./ Yes, fruit, spice, plumpness, and wood edge of taste and tannin. Balanced and generous. 92+/100.
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59. 13 TABOR HILL LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE CABERNET FRANC
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Great vintage for Michigan’s red wines, including this perennial winner. Good oak markers and fruit throughout./ Yes, plump cherry varietal character and really first class oak seasonings. 92/100.
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60. 15 DROUHIN CLOUDLINE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

James Suckling 92/100. My notes: The richness of 15 over 13 and 14. Rich, ripe OR pinot, with tar, cherry, rose./ Clear, ripe, good acid etch. Proper body. Athat Drouhin touch of class, elegance. 92/100.
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61. 14 PIETRA SANTA ROUTE 152 CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR
         9.79 each; 114.95 case of 12

Three Dijon clones. 90% from the core estate, 10% from its Dunn Ranch vineyard outside the Cienega AVA. 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Strong and black fruited. A bit singed even. Carries it off well. Serious stuff./ Powerful, dry, bold, generous. Begs for food. 91+/100.
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62. 13 THOMAS FOGARTY SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIR
         29.99 each; 176.50 case of 6

This is grand. All over the place./ Complete package: power, grandeur, extract, pinot fruit, mountain intensity, oak integration. The fruit is not as overtly sweet as the 12. Which is logical. Grand and dynamic SCM pinot that wants more bottle age for fulfillment. 95+/100. Winemaker Nathan Kandler is a Michigan native.
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63. 13 SOLA MENDOCINO SYRAH
         9.79 each; 114.95 case of 12

Wine Enthusiast 91 - BEST BUY: ‘A nice discovery at a great price. This is a spicy, bold and concentrated wine with exciting oak accents that are like earth, pepper and cardamom resting on a firm palate of rich berries, grilled meat and black pepper flavors. The fine-grained tannins add good grip to the mouthfeel. $15.’
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64. 07 ARCADIAN STOLPMAN VINEYARD SANTA YNEZ VALLEY SYRAH
         22.99 each; 269.95 case of 12

Vinous 94; Wine Enthusiast 93: ‘This is a current release from Joe Davis, who holds his wines back until their prime. Hailing from Ballard Canyon, it shows black plum, pressed purple flowers, tanned leather and balsamic notes on the nose. There's a pleasantly yet softly structured texture to the palate, where dried blackberry, roast beef, lilac and Concord grape flavors arise. $45.’
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65. 15 ARTEZIN OLD VINE MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

Aged in French oak. Intense, full, strong, sweet, black Mendocino zinfandel fruit plus fine oak./ Everything reverberates on the palate. So sweet and fulfilling. 92/100.
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66. 14 VALRAVN OLD VINES SONOMA ZINFANDEL
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Sweet, deep, convincing. Jammy raspberry./ Yeah, sweet raspberry. With zesty balance from wood rather than peppercorn. Very satisfying, high velocity zin. 92/100.
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U.S. - WHITE
67. 15 YORKVILLE ESTATE RENNIE VINEYARD YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS SEMILLON
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

Yorkville Highlands AVA straddles the divide between Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley watersheds. Good New World semillon with some oak but not too much./ Yeah, they nailed it. Got the lemon meringue thing. Mellow oak. Varietal viscosity. roundness. 91/100.
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68. 16 FENN VALLEY LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE SAUVIGNON BLANC
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

This is just insanely brilliant! I’m transported to Loire. The incisiveness, the purity, the greenness./ Grass, green citrus. Texture, roundness. A giant. 93/100.
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69. 15 GNARLY HEAD CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY
         7.99 each; 93.95 case of 12

Wine Enthusiast 90 - BEST BUY: ‘This great buy shows a sophisticated blend of spice and fruit aromas. Medium-bodied and classically dry, it has good balance, moderate fruit flavors and light toast and ginger notes that add complexity. $10.’
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70. 15 CHALK HILL WINERY SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Chalk Hill’s founder is a U of M Law School grad. Great combo of oak, barrel fermentation extras, creamy malo, and original, cool climate chardonnay fruit./ All over again. Very sweet and alluring in 2015, especially for Sonoma Coast. Well priced. 92/100.
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71. 13 HANZELL SEBELLA SONOMA VALLEY CHARDONNAY
         37.99 each; 223.50 case of 6

An estate developed during the 1940s and 1950s by admirers of Burgundy’s great chardonnays, Hanzell has stayed the course. Oh, old fashioned oomph. So much material, dryness of yore. Unmanipulated, traditional./ Ample and enveloping. Open, embracing, total. Thoroughly awesome Burgundy take. Unbelievable. Yow. 95/100.
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72. 16 WILLAKENZIE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

A splendid Oregon vintage for all three pinots: noir, gris, and blanc. A lovely portrayal here of Oregon’s take on pinot gris, sporting lift and vivacity of northeast Italy’s grigios along with some of the plumpness of an Alsace rendition. Aromas of apple, pear, and underripe peach here./ Flavorful, juicy, and well balanced. Attractive nutty aftertaste and lingering, refreshing acid ring. 92/100.
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73. 16 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY MURMUR MICHIGAN WHITE
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

54% pinot gris (from the MacDonald vineyard), 41% chardonnay, 5% pinot blanc. Way better than the 15. Great textural appeal. Perfectly married aromatics. Just vivid, penetrating./ Flavor and texture. Ulbrich’s all about texture. Monstrously good. What a vintage for Michigan’s winegrowers! 92/100.
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74. 15 FLEUR LAS BRISAS VINEYARD CARNEROS VERMENTINO
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Vermentino makes lightly fragrant dry wines in Sardinia and Tuscany, as well as in France’s Midi, where it is known as rolle. Good, light, crisp stone fruit and flower. New./ Great juicy acid. Wow! Reads vermentino. Florals and all. 92/100.
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75. 16 BOWERS HARBOR OLD MISSION PENINSULA MEDIUM SWEET RIESLING
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

From Smoky Hollow Vineyard. More force and character than the Medium Dry./ Oh, yeah, the sweetness carries. More acid too. Juice, extract, everything. A beautiful, beautiful riesling wine. 92+/100.
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76. 12 PACIFIC RIM VIN DE GLACIERE WALLULA VINEYARD COLUMBIA VALLEY RIESLING ICE WINE half bottle
         7.99 each; 46.95 case of 6

The creation of Bonny Doon’s brilliant and eccentric Randall Grahm. 15 RS. Rich, warm, honey and granola bouquet. Full bouqueted for sure./ Golden notes of honey, nectar, and pollen. A super concentrated riesling ice wine beauty with fine, racy acidity for balance. 96/100.
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77. 16 FENN VALLEY FENNVILLE MUSCAT OTTONEL
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

A cross of chasselas and muscat de saumur, ottonel was first cultivated in Alsace in the 1850s. It continues to contribute to the region’s dry muscat wines, along with muscat a petit grains. The two have different growing cycles, which provides winemakers with insurance against inclement weather spells. Deep and green and classic. Defines the varietal via its larger than life New World magnification./ Great acid verve. Green all over. Lots of green citrus. Yow! 95/100.
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SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
78. 13 FABRE MONTMAYOU RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET FRANC
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Decanter 95: ‘A great expression of Cabernet Franc, this vibrant, refreshing example is peppery and aromatic, with a nice herbal character on the nose. Fruity and savory, there’s some sweetness on the palate and lovely purity of sweet red pepper and minty black currant fruit.’
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79. 13 FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAN RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC
         18.99 each; 223.50 case of 12

James Suckling 93/100. My notes: One year in oak. Compared to the Reserva, more lavish and exotic and rangy oak aromatics, incense. Velvet texture./ Complex of spice and potpourri. Wildly flavorful. Grand. Great price for all this. 93+/100.
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80. 15 GOUGUENHEIM VALLE ESCONDIDO MALBEC
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

From Uco. Aged 6 months in the presence of American and French oak staves. Cherry and earth. Pleasing density./ Rich and rangy in flavor and texture. A lot of push and presence. Fills. 91/100.
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81. 14 SANTA JULIA TARDIO LATE HARVEST MENDOZA TORRONTES half liter
         7.99 each; 46.95 case of 6

8%; 130 g/l residual sugar. Very sweet as well as solidly built. Lots of mineral savor. Dense, young, super concentrated./ Oh, sweet and savory, total. Citrusy acid to cut through the thickness. Dynamite wine, and it’s just getting started. 94+/100. List price: $15.
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82. 13 APALTAGUA ESTATE GRAN RESERVA ENVERO APALTA VINEYARD COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

With 10% cabernet sauvignon. Very fresh, bright, solid, wholesome fruit. Little signs of wood, barrel age. Positive carmenere soft black currant./ Light oak and good carmenere ripeness. Ideal, lucid. Currant-like acidity and astringency, and fine tannin. Wow. 92+/100.
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83. 16 SPY VALLEY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Wow! Sweet pink grapefruit with a dollop of maraschino cherry syrup on top. Cool and penetrating./ All over again on the palate, plus cut and sweet balance. I mean, I’ve been a steady fan of Spy Valley sauvignons, but I’ve never rated any vintage this high before. 95/100.
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84. 11 PYREN VINEYARD BROKEN QUARTZ PYRENEES SHIRAZ
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

A fine and elegant expression of a cool vintage and high altitude vineyards. Very bright, crisp, charming fruit perfumes./ Oh, special. Even violets in its fruit-flower complex. All accomplished. Very smooth-textured accomplishment at age six. Quite the opposite of a sweet and strong Barossa shiraz sort. 94/100. List price: $28.
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ROSE
85. 16 CASTLE ROCK MENDOCINO PINOT NOIR ROSE
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Fresh and bright and fruit-juicy good./ Yes, juicy and vivacious and smooth. Off dry. Ideal. 92/100.
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86. 16 CHINON ROSE RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Fully accomplished and elegant. Flair and burnish here. Lovely, subtle perfumes. Best ever vintage of this cabernet franc rose./ Again, finesse, fruit, finish, texture, flavor. Ideal. 93/100.
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87. 16 SAVOIE ROSE, EUGENE CARREL
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

90% gamay, 10% mondeuse. Alert, fresh, and more engaging even than Beaujolais’ gamay roses. Ready to enjoy./ Yes, it’s come-hither and easy flowing right now. Attractive summer-weight rose. 91/100.
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FORTIFIED/FRUIT
88. DELGADO ZULETA FINO SHERRY
         11.49 each; 67.50 case of 6

Est. 1744 at Sanlucar. A good full and fresh fino. Classic, classy, big. Forget Manzanilla’s finesse. This is Fino!/ Big body and flavor. Fresh, new. Yes. 91/100.
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89. MAWBY BRIGHT SPARKLING MICHIGAN CIDER
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Larry Mawby and his father had apple orchards long before Larry began growing grapes. Larry kept a personal orchard with a variety of heirloom apples too. So it’s no surprise that his first sparkling cider is one of the most exciting to come my way. Full 4-5 atmosphere pressure. 7%. Beautiful. Has finesse. Freshness. Class act. Clear, bright. All./ Yes, all clear fruit delights. Wonderfully flavorful pie apple taste. Perfect balance. Wow, exemplary. 93/100.
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90. SHO CHIKU BAI NIGORI CREME DE SAKE, TAKARA 330 ml
         5.99 each; 69.95 case of 12

15%. Deep and rich. Great./ Creamy and grainy. Riice pudding like. Sweet enough and fully savory. 93/100.
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91. BAGLIO BAIATA ALAGNA BIANCO VERMOUTH liter
         11.49 each; 67.50 case of 6

16.5%. Inzolia basis. 30 botanicals here. Floral and sweet. Spice aromas of ginger, anise, brown spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg./ Tonic, rosy, herbal, spicy, unique, creamy, sweet, balanced. Yikes! Hugely complex! 95/100.
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SPARKLING
92. JOEL FALMET TRADITION BRUT CHAMPAGNE
         32.99 each; 193.95 case of 6

December 2009, The New York Times published an article about under-$40 Champagnes. Joel Falmet Tradition was rated the best. My notes from last December’s Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Champagne Brunch: Generous, balanced. Good fruit and bottle bouquet./ Flavor, harmony. Geez, how can you beat the price?! 94/100.
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93. CREMANT D’ALSACE BRUT, PAUL ZINCK
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Enormously popular at our spring Tasters Guild dinner with Philippe Zinck, attendees bought out my supplier’s entire inventory. Lots of yeast autolysis aromas. Very good champagne like bouquet. Very toasty, doughy. Really methode champenoise./ Damn close to champagne taste. Excellent quality. A little softer than champagne, with less finesse than the better cuvees. And much less stress on the wallet. Impressive value. 92/100.
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94. CANTINE VEDAVA CASA DEI FAVERI ITALIA BRUT
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Prosecco in all but title. Pleasing degree of fruit conveyed by the charmat (tank) rather than Champagne (bottle)-method second fermentation. Fresh and appley./ Full apple-juice glera fruit flavor. High brut dryness level admirably balanced by great acidity, which sweeps the palate clean at the finale. Serious bargain. 92/100.
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POTPOURRI
95. SCHLITZ LAGER BEER six 12 oz bottles
         5.79 each; 22.50 case of 4

When I started in the beverage business in the 1960s, Schlitz, The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous, was the premium beer bracket’s second largest seller, after Budweiser. It was a personal and staff favorite too. Then management began tampering with the formula, and the beer’s character changed. Fans noticed, and Schlitz’s popularity waned. Just a few years back, the original formula was restored, and now we can once again enjoy this crisp, malty, refreshing brew to the fullest.
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96. BEECHER FLAGSHIP RESERVE EXTRA AGED 4 YEAR OLD CHEESE 7 oz wedge
         5.99 each; 17.50 case of 3

Started in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 2003, Beecher is best known for its Flagship semi-hard cow’s milk cheese. Here’s an extra aged version, nutty and tangy. When I first sampled it to my weekly wine tasting panel last year, the group bought every wedge I had in stock.
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97. PLYMOUTH HUNTER 4 YEAR OLD RAW MILK CHEESE 8 oz waxed block
         6.49 each; 18.95 case of 3

Founded by Calvin Coolidge’s father, Vermont’s Plymouth Cheese Company is one of America’s oldest cheese makers. Its oldest cheese, Hunter is an extra aged version of the original Plymouth Cheese.
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98. DANIELE VENETO SALAME 7 oz chub
         4.49 each; 12.95 case of 3

Rhode Island-based Daniele was founded in 1945 by an immigrant from Trieste and is now run by his grandsons. Its rustic, artisan, dry cured Veneto salame rendition is pork-based and flavored with white wine. Soave perhaps?
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99. COFFEE EXPRESS ITALIAN ROAST COFFEE BEANS 12 oz bag
         8.99 each; 26.50 case of 3

Since 1974, Tom Isaia has supplied VC with coffee beans, and he was a good friend of the staff even before then. Now that VC is no longer a supermarket, there’s not the grocery sales volume to buy direct from Tommy as before, so luckily he’s picked up a distributor of food and wine that deals with us regularly. Boy, he has some spiffy new packaging too, better to open, seal, and preserve.
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100. BARK THINS DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SEED WITH SEA SALT 4.7 oz pack
         3.39 each; 9.95 case of 3

A seemingly bottomless bag of snacking dark chocolate, Fair Trade and non-GMO. This is the four-year-old company’s seventh, and newest, flavor.
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Tasters Guild membership includes a FREE membership in Ann Arbor Wine Club (you do not have to join that organization separately). Newsletters for both clubs are sent together every other month. This is the club for you if you're interested in attending dinners and tastings throughout the year. When you make reservations for Tasters Guild events, you and your spouse/significant other/partner are eligible for the Member price. You may each reserve for a guest at the member price also.
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