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(N0807-101) 14 ALEXANDRIA NICOLE A SQUARED HORSE HEAVEN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $25.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Dense, barrel aged, large, and complete. All encompassing, sprawling./ Sweet oak and fruit cremes. Very seductive for WA. Lots of cremes on aftertaste. 93+/100.
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(N0807-102) 13 GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU SONOMA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $42.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'The producer sources primarily from its historic Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard for this wine, a rich expression of the variety opaque in color. Meat, black pepper, leather and tobacco give it a velvety lushness and concentration buoyed by complex, savory components. The lengthy finish is all about bittersweet chocolate. $50.'
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(N0807-103) 13 RAYMOND RESERVE SELECTION NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $34.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Parker 92: 'The generic 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve comes from a mix of sites, ranging from Yountville in the south to Calistoga in the north, as well as some mountain vineyards, such as Atlas Peak. A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, it has a dense purple color and a beautiful nose of blue and black fruit, licorice, graphite and subtle toast. It spent 18 months in 100% new French oak and was bottled unfiltered. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for another two decades or more. $40.'
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(N0807-104) 13 SMITH-MADRONE ESTATE SPRING MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $49.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Wine & Spirits 95; Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'From dry-farmed estate vines, this savory, classically styled red offers nuances of cedar, dried herb and peppercorn. It's aromatically reminiscent of the forest that surrounds the estate, delivering a balanced landscape of subtle, elegant flavor and length.'
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(N0807-106) 14 TORII MOR WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $25.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Light cranberry color./ Exemplary 14 Willamette pinot. Clear and cool. Translucent./ Medium bodied. Good fruit sweetness. Wine of place, wine of vintage. Hits the target. 92/100.
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(N0807-107) 14 KENDALL-JACKSON VINTNER'S RESERVE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR  $18.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Hefty, spicy aromas like black pepper, cardamom and wood smoke are followed by ripe, almost thick sensations of blackberry, blueberry and dried black fig. The mouthfeel of this wine is broad and soothing, the body extra full, and the finish lingers nicely. $20.'
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(N0807-108) 14 SIDURI RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $31.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Like a fresh-picked cherry off the tree, the aromatic entry into this appellation wine is compelling and memorable in Proustian ways. Medium bodied, it's a highly quaffable experience, sultry on the palate while maintaining bright of acidity that ping-pongs between lush and lean.'
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(N0807-109) 13 BREWER CLIFTON STA. RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR  $42.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Very aromatic. Elevated red fruit. Typical cool, ventilating quality of SRH. Very special wine this vintage./ Yeah, airy, ventilating. Upbeat. Very high quality. 93/100.
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(N0807-110) 14 PARDUCCI TRUE GRIT RESERVE MENDOCINO PETITE SIRAH  $17.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 91/100. My notes: Bob Swain drew on two of the Parducci estate's benchland petite blocks planted in 1985 and 1999 near Ukiah, both farmed under biodynamics. He added a bit of estate syrah and grenache, along with some fruit from grower Tim Norgard's nearby vineyard on gravelly soil. 14 close and cool. Fine oak and real petite sirah purple fruit qualities./ Yes, oak and varietal flavors. Real fruit flavor character as well as mass. Good body. Wears its alcohol well. Long finish. 92/100.
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(N0807-112) 14 KLINKER BRICK OLD VINES LODI ZINFANDEL  $17.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 90: 'This wine is rich, ripe, concentrated and almost sweet. It's wonderful to smell the raspberry syrup aromas, taste the blueberry and blackberry flavors and feel the creaminess of the texture coating the palate. Low in tannins but high in viscosity, it's a pleasure to sip. $19.'
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(N0807-113) 15 SHARED NOTES LES LECONS DES MAITRES RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY WHITE  $62.95
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Vinous 93/100. My notes: 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. Deep, and reminiscent of the 2012 Bouscaut blanc. Deep green mango and white pepper. Ventilating./ Citrus. Firm and daunting. Future. 93/100.
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(N0807-114) 14 BRYN MAWR RESERVE EOLA AMITY HILLS CHARDONNAY  $47.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Wine & Spirits 93: 'This savory wine smells of caramel flan, of bread crust and, eventually, as the leesiness diminishes with air, of warm roasted pears. It's rich, and yet in its structure and texture the wine feels suave and elusive, with a creamy purity of expression and a seductive, soft-focus elegance.'
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(N0807-116) 14 BIEN NACIDO SANTA MARIA VALLEY CHARDONNAY  $42.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
Wine Enthusiast 93; Underground Wine Letter - OUTSTANDING PLUS: 'The production of this wine was 280 cases. It is made from grapes grown on vines that were planted in 1973. Light yellow gold in color the wine has a deep perfume that is faintly exotic with hints of pineapple and floral undertones. It has gorgeous fruit with exotic tinges and a faint underlying tinge of citrus. Balanced with a nice underlying crispness this is a lovely Chardonnay. $45.'
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(N0807-117) 16 WILLAKENZIE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS  $21.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) 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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(N0807-120) 14 MONT GRAS QUATRO COLCHAGUA VALLEY RED  $15.99
CHILE Newly Available 08/07
Alluring elderberry nose. Brilliantly reductive fruit clarity./ Sweet, a little sassy, smooth. Extraordinarily approachable. 92/100.
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(N0807-121) 16 GREYWACKE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $21.99
NEW ZEALAND Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 91; Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Veteran Kevin Judd has turned out another fine effort. Passion fruit and pea tendril aromas impart a welcome green edge that's never overwhelming, picking up layers of white grapefruit on the plump, medium-bodied palate. The finish is intense, long and citrusy. $23.'
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(N0807-122) 15 TWO HANDS GNARLY DUDES BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ  $28.99
AUSTRALIA Newly Available 08/07
Wine Spectator 91: 'Floral accents of dried violet mingle with ripe, jammy notes of plum and cherry and flavors of date nut bread and black walnut, set on a dense, chewy frame. Impressive for the concentration and focus. Drink now through 2027. $35.'
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(N0807-123) 10 LES HAUTS DE CHATEAU LAROSE TRINTAUDON, HAUT MEDOC  $19.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 08/07
From the younger vines. Good and bright and fresh and right cabernet. 60% cab sauv, 40% merlot. No oak./ Very tannic and close but real Haut Medoc cabernet here. Give it time. 91+/100.
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(N0807-124) 10 CHATEAU LAROSE TRINTAUDON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $27.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 08/07
60% cab sauv, 40% merlot. 12 months in oak. Deep and silky cabernet aromas. 2010 framing./ Plenty of form plus good fruit core. Solid build. Aging candidate. 91++/100.
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(N0807-125) 10 CHATEAU LA ROSE PERGANSON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $34.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 08/07
50% cab sauv, 45% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Stylish and more revealing, than the 2010 Larose, with dry core./ More softness and give and fruit but also tannic. More forward appeal. Balanced. 92+/100.
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(N0807-126) 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE BLANDINE, CHATEAU DU CEDRE  $12.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 08/07
60% ugni blanc, 40% colombard. Crisp and racy and good./ Yes, crisp, fine textured and flavored. 92/100.
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(N0807-129) 15 CHABLIS, VAL DE MER  $28.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 08/07
Wine Spectator 91: 'Beautifully balanced, with a supple texture offset by vibrant acidity, setting the stage for lemon, honey, vanilla and stone flavors. Though approachable now, this should develop over the next several years. Drink now through 2023.'
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(N0807-130) 14 VIRE CLESSE MAJEURE, DOMAINE DE LA VERPAILLE  $21.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 08/07
60 year old vines. Reticent but old-vines full. The bottle's been open long, and the wine wouldn't mind even more aeration./ 14 grip and structure. Dry and bracing for food. Even more aromatic profile will come with more bottle age. 91+/100.
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(N0807-132) 10 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE CAPELANE, DOMAINE DE L'ARNESQUE  $34.99
FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) 100 year old vines. 80% grenache, 10% each mourvedre, syrah. In the center of the appellation. Sweet, full, vigorous. Fruity and open for 10. Has cushion. Lovely state of maturity, well poised and silken. Wears its 15% well. Spicy and complex bouquet./ Full of spice and fruit vigor. Rich and saucy and strong. Jammy, garrigue packed. Not an overly firm 2010. Yes, smooth, burnished delight at present. Concludes with power and volume. My, oh my. 95/100.
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(N0807-134) 15 MOSEL RIESLING SPATLESE SLATE, ROBERT EYMAEL  $24.99
GERMANY Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 92: 'Juicy and well-sculpted, with concentrated flavors of nectarine, melon and Meyer lemon that are very suave. Coconut cream notes linger into the finish, with sage and white cherry accents. Drink now through 2030.'
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(N0807-135) 14 WEILBERG RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS, PFEFFINGEN  $47.99
GERMANY Newly Available 08/07
13.5%. Big, burnished, very fine textured. Deep and serious./ Suave textured, and clearly loaded. Size and class. From terra rossa soil. 93+/100.
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(N0807-137) 12 TORO NUMANTHIA, BODEGA NUMANTHIA  $59.95
SPAIN Newly Available 08/07
Wine Spectator 93: 'This rich, generous red delivers plum pudding, dark chocolate and baking spice flavors, with loamy earth and licorice notes. The tannins are muscular but well-integrated, balanced by balsamic acidity. Drink now through 2028. $73.'
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(N0807-139) 11 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, ALESSANDRO RIVETTO  $22.99
ITALY Newly Available 08/07
Pleasing light cherry tone. Crisp and elegant. The class of nebbiolo./ Beautiful cherry fruit. Useful now. Very fine example. 92/100.
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(N0807-142) 15 COLLIO FRIULANO, GRADIS'CIUTTA  $21.99
ITALY Newly Available 08/07
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'This ripe, juicy wine opens with yellow stone fruit, Spanish broom and faint nut aromas. The medium-bodied palate doles out ripe Golden Delicious apple and mature Bartlett pear flavors, while a pleasant bitter almond note backs up the finish.'
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(N0807-143) 15 CHIANTI, CASTELLO DI QUERCETO  $9.99
ITALY Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) For 12.5%, it's a really big and powerful nose-ful. Dry and voluminous. Not at all 2015 sweet. Dried cherry and orange peel./ Yes, sangiovese glycerol and dried fruit. Medium bodied. Good value. Versatile at the table. 90/100.
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(N0807-144) 12 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI  $57.95
ITALY Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Parker 93; Wine Spectator 93: 'Floral, cherry and strawberry aromas lead off, while the flavors deliver more earth, underbrush, iron and savory notes. Elegant yet firmly structured, this ends with fresh leather and woodsy accents. Best from 2019 through 2032. $63.'
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(N0807-145) 14 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, TAVERNELLO  $5.99
ITALY Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Sweet and giving, with real varietal personality. Deep. A deal./ Spicy and full. Light gaminess. Great acid. Wow, some value. 90/100.
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(N0807-147) 16 BONNY DOON VIN GRIS DE CIGARE CENTRAL COAST ROSE  $14.99
ROSE Newly Available 08/07
Eric Asimov - New York Times 20 Under $20: 'This is a dark rose, relatively full-bodied and not at all shy, with aromas of rd fruit and flower4s, all within a savory framework that provides shape and energy. It is a blend of both red and white grapes, including grenache, grenache blanc, mourvedre, carignan, cinsault and roussanne.'
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(N0807-148) 16 COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE ROSE, COMMANDERIE DE BARGEMONE  $17.99
ROSE Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Sweet strawberry succulence. Delicate./ Very floral, special. Bitter flower. Cool. Yes. The usual goodness. 92/100.
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(N0807-149) 16 CARMIGNANO ROSATO VIN RUSPO BARCO REALE, FATTORIA AMBRA  $12.99
ROSE Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Sangiovese, canaiolo, cab sauv. Full red orange color./ Yes, red wine-like peels extracts. This delivers full body and aroma. It just dazzles./ Rich, full, bold. Great acid. Emulates a lighter bodied red wine such as Bardolino or Beaujolais. 92/100.
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(N0807-151) ROUND BARN FARM MARKET MICHIGAN CRANBERRY  $12.99
FRUIT Newly Available 08/07
50-50 cranberry concentrate-grape basis Sweet and real./ Sweet and tart balance. Lots of cranberry taste. Well done. 93/100.
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(N0807-152) ALTEMASI TRENTO BRUT  $27.99
SPARKLING Newly Available 08/07
Champagne method. Dry, elegant, stony Italian style./ The palate is high brut soft and sweet for Italy. Pleasant. 91/100.
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(N0807-153) FRANCK BESSON DOMAINE GAMAY GRANIT METHODE TRADITIONNELLE ROSE  $21.99
SPARKLING Newly Available 08/07
Dry, with a cherry-nut sundae aroma. Very pleasing, pink sparkling wine./ Dry and fruity. Nice mousse. Good balance overall. Long aftertaste, flavorful, extremely well balanced. Easy to drink lots and lots. First class. 92/100.
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(N0807-154) PIERRE DELIZE BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT  $12.99
SPARKLING Newly Available 08/07
A lot of toast. Wow!/ A lot of bottle fermentation character. Credit due. 91/100.
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(N0807-155) NINO FRANCO RUSTICO VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO SUPERIORE BRUT  $16.99
SPARKLING Newly Available 08/07
(stocked regularly) Lots of personality. Peel and pulp. Honest, open, what it is. Expressive. Great with food. Good body. 92/100.
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(N0814-104) 13 LIPARITA V BLOCK YOUNTVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $57.95
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
Wine Enthusiast 95/100. My notes: . Oh love that purple-black antique stuff with purple flowers and fruit. Full charm. Like an Oakville cab but slightly cooler and more floral./ Stylish, well knit, good quality. Refined, long lived. Fully useable too. Super. 95+/100.
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(N0814-106) 14 CRISTOM MT. JEFFERSON WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $29.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
Sings and soars. 14 crisp. Cristom style and perfect balance. Spicy fruit and delicate oak./ Sleek, tailored lines of the vintage. Roundness to come. 92+/100.
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(N0814-107) 15 MCMANIS FAMILY CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR  $10.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
(stocked regularly) Unusually dry, dark, structured, and sleek for this series. No oak on top. Markedly Euro oriented./ Good acid, juice. Food wine. Appetite whetting. Full and good pinot tart cherry. Will soften and spread out nicely. Well liked by the group. 91/100.
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(N0814-109) 12 THURSTON WOLFE HOWLING WOLFE COLUMBIA VALLEY ZINFANDEL  $19.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
It's real zinfandel for its raspberry and peppercorn. Cool climate too. Northern. Distinctive./ Yes, quite unlike a zin from any of the California zones. Racy. 91/100..
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(N0814-111) 13 BERAN SONOMA ZINFANDEL  $22.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
(stocked regularly) Sweet and attractive aroma. Good vigor and poise, and 2013 presence. 15.2%. Pleasing polish./ Yes, real and strong 2013, full and right. Power, tannin, extract, cremes, all. 93+/100.
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(N0814-113) 16 SILVERADO MILLER RANCH YOUNTVILLE SAUVIGNON BLANC  $21.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
Wine & Spirits 92: 'This wine's exotic fruit develops past notes of tangerine and cherimoya toward the cool pinkness of grapefruit. A small addition of barrel-fermented semillon lends textural richness, deepening the fruit flavor without adding any overt wood tones. It follows a clean line, the tart structure bringing you back for another sip. Pour it with something meaty, like veal scallopini with mushrooms and cream. $25.'
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(N0814-115) 15 MOOBUZZ MONTEREY CHARDONNAY  $15.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
Tasting Panel 92: 'Buttered white-floral petals, lemon and vanilla make up the beautiful perfume for this great-value gem. Weighty and seductive, honeyed white roses, live zest and spearmint become comrades in arms, housed by fine acidity. Camomile and tangerine bring up the rear.$17.'
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(N0814-116) 16 CHATEAU FONTAINE WOODLAND LEELANAU PENINSULA WHITE  $12.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
(stocked regularly) Much more accomplished now than when first released in winter. Filling out. Gaining the auxerrois varietal personality that's made it such a star./ That rich, round auxerrois aspect. Maybe even off dry this sunny vintage. Growth to go. 91+/100.
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(N0814-117) 16 CHATEAU FONTAINE SEMI-DRY LEELANAU PENINSULA GEWURZTRAMINER  $12.99
U.S. Newly Available 08/14
(stocked regularly) Best vintage yet. More rose, more glycerol. Barbershop. Most gewurz personality here and maybe even in all Michigan gewurzs ever./ Off dry and luscious. Flavor profile still behind the aromatic intensity. Will grow. 92+/100.
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(N0814-118) 15 RENACER PUNTO FINAL CLASICO MENDOZA MALBEC  $11.99
ARGENTINA Newly Available 08/14
(stocked regularly) Decanter 91/100. My notes: Very sweet fruit syrup and creme. Cherry, berry, licorice./ Luscious, alluring, sweetish, with licorice cut. Great length. Racy, spicy aftertaste. All. 92/100.
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