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(N0419-101) 18 MILBRANDT COLUMBIA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $10.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Cool, sleek, silky Pac NW cabernet style. Good blackberry fruit of reasonable intensity./ Burst of fresh blackberry fruit flavor. Little or no barrel influence. Good acid, light tannin. A wine of broad table applications. 90/100.
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(N0419-102) 18 CLINE SONOMA - CONTRA COSTA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $16.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Tasting Panel 92: ?Fruit from six vineyards (70% Sonoma, 30% Contra Costa) compose this American oak-aged red. Luscious aromas of licorice, leather, plum, and cinnamon toast entice the nose before black coffee and blackberry are coated in satin on a palate defined by supple yet structured tannins.?
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(N0419-103) 18 1881 NAPA NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $29.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
94% cab sauv, 4% zinfandel, 3% petite sirah. Aged a year in American oak barrels, 40% new. Deep and brooding. Has the 2018 amplitude, material. Black verging on purple fruit display. For the price, loaded./ The fruit is sweeter and more bountiful on the palate. Not a significant measure of oak or Napa breeding. Can't fault its abundance though. 92+/100.
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(N0419-104) 13 LONG MEADOW RANCH NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $49.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Est. 1873. Deep, large; great French oak. Power at 13.5% even. Deep central Napa Valley ripeness and 13 largesse./ Sooo elegant. Yow, a jewel, with mass, tannin, balance, elegance. Complete. 95+/100.
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(N0419-105) 16 SCATTERED PEAKS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $42.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
14.5%. Benham and Aiken. Class Napa oak and cabernet fruit./ Firm and classy fruit and oak. Power under control. Yes. Later in the afternoon, in an open glass, this became softer and more expressive. Good sign. 93+/100.
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(N0419-106) 16 VINCA MINOR BATES RANCH SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $54.95
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Statuesque, pure, SCM black. Has it all. Nicely tailored. Wine of power and place./ Intricate floral-berry charm. Very special. Great purity and quality. 95+/100.
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(N0419-107) 19 VARNER FOXGLOVE PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $15.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Abundance of 2019, temperance of Foxglove. Deep and pure and cool, while also bearing Paso richness. No prune, no syrup, of course./ Controlled, properly cabernet tannic. Flavorful, ample, long. Top vintage of this. 91+/100.
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(N0419-108) 17 REVELRY COLUMBIA VALLEY MERLOT  $18.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Sweet and revealing. Signs of barrel age. Well aired./ Yes, oak as well as fruit. Oak tannin meets merlot padding. Sweet vanillin background. The palate is quite striking and complex. Upscale WA merlot; consistently so. 91+/100.
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(N0419-109) 19 AVERAEN WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $19.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) On volcanic Jory & marine sediment soils of the Dundee Hills region; 10 months in Bemond, Damy, Cavin & Stockinger barrels. Fresh, alert, bright, racy. Pure and cool cherry aroma of OR pinot. Suggestion of oak and barrel time./ Medium bodied in this cool, wet vintage. Nonetheless, the acidity is well managed. Useful now and will round out with further aging. Kudos to the winemaker in 2019. 91+/100.
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(N0419-110) 18 PENNER-ASH WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $44.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine Spectator 92: ?Offers plush elegance and a fine structure, with geranium and other floral aromas accented by boysenberry and cherry, dusky spice and orange peel. Drink now through 2028.?
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(N0419-111) 18 CRISTOM MT. JEFFERSON EOLA - AMITY HILLS PINOT NOIR  $34.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wione Enthusiast 91: ?An outstanding vintage for this entry-level Pinot, it opens with scents of cranberry and raspberry, leading into pure fruit flavors etched by pineapple acidity. It morphs into a lemon rind flavor and lemon verbena highlight on the palate, while the ripe berry fruit holds through the trailing finish. All native yeast was used, along with 46% whole-cluster fermentation. It spent just under a year in 21% new French oak.?
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(N0419-112) 18 BERINGER FOUNDERS' ESTATE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR  $9.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Pleasing crisp edge and sweetish center. Medium bodied./ Good varietal character. Genuine. Good acid. Proper medium body. Plenty of race for mealtime versatility. 91/100.
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(N0419-113) 18 CATTLEYA CUVEE NUMBER ONE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $52.95
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Silky aromas of black cherry, licorice and allspice carry the nose of this bottling. Polished but chalky tannins frame flavors of lush baked cherry and lavish rose water, proving luxurious on the palate. $55.'
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(N0419-114) 18 ROAR SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIR  $47.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This appellation blend offers aromas of candied red cherry, strawberry and mint on the nose. The palate packs fresh, zesty and ripe red fruit with a complex array of herbs and spices, from tarragon and chamomile to marjoram, sage and aniseed.'
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(N0419-115) 16 J. LOHR SOUTH RIDGE PASO ROBLES SYRAH  $14.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine Enthusiast 91 - BEST BUY: ?This widely available wine carries aromas of ripe berry, plum, violet and lavender that lead into a palate loaded with flavors of black currant and purple flowers. Polished tannins and just-right acidity frame it all.?
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(N0419-116) 19 OWEN ROE SINISTER HAND YAKIMA VALLEY RED  $26.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Grenache, syrah, mourvedre, cinsault. Wow, this is always singular. A lot of black fruit for the bookend varieties. Syrah red-black, mourvedre purple-black./ Delicious melange of varietal flavors enhanced by subtle barrel seasonings. Spicy as well as fruity. Great acid, fine tannin. Yes. 92/100.
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(N0419-117) 13 DOMAINE DE LA TERRE ROUGE TETE A TETE SIERRA FOOTHILLS RED  $14.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Founded by former wine merchant Bill Easton in the late Eighties; 43% mourvedre, 43% grenache, 14% syrah; aged 16 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Dark purple mourvedre color still./ California sweet fruit, Amador warmth and power, and a really good take at ripe mourvedre black fruit in epic 2013./ Grenache adds padded underlayment on the palate. Speaks of place, vintage, and varietal set. Light tannin will be absorbed by food. 91/100.
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(N0419-118) 19 LAPIS LUNA NORTH COAST ZINFANDEL  $12.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Primary grape source: Pauli Ranch, Mendocino. 10 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. Fresh, spicy, uplifted North Coast style. Seemingly a Mendocino-Lake County combo./ Dark Mendocino meets sweet Lake zinfandel. Racy fruit acidity. All around good representative; well priced too. 91/100.
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(N0419-119) 18 MAURITSON DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL  $25.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine Enthusiast 92: ?This exuberant, complex red is made from a mix of estate vineyards as well as grower sites, like Treborce and Montecillo. While it is concentrated in black cherry, its soul leans more savory and herbal to display an understated elegance. $40.?
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(N0419-120) 18 CLINE FAMILY OLD VINE LODI ZINFANDEL  $10.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Tasting Panel 91: 'Aromas of sassafras wash over ripe plum. Black cherry, mocha, cedar, and sweet tobacco define the plush mouthfeel before rhubarb and a delicate dash of white pepper linger on the finish.'
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(N0419-121) 19 DRY CREEK VINEYARD SONOMA FUME BLANC  $14.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 91 - BEST VALUE: ?This crisp, intense white offers notes of green apple, lime zest and fresh grated ginger, with plenty of lemon verbena, showing Meyer lemon and tangerine flavors at the core. Impressive for its clarity and mouthwatering finish, on a sleek frame. $16.?
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(N0419-122) 19 ROMBAUER NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC  $23.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 90: ?Sings out with vibrant Key lime and lemon sherbet flavors, which gain intensity on the sleek, mouthwatering finish, where lemon verbena and lemongrass details come into play.?
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(N0419-123) 18 DOMAINE DROUHIN ARTHUR DUNDEE HILLS CHARDONNAY  $34.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine & Spirits 93 - BEST BUY: ?The Drouhins have been making chardonnay in Burgundy for many generations, and they often carry that influence into the chardonnays from their two Oregon properties. However, in 2018, the wines feel unleashed, brash, juicy, exuberant and forward. Arthur, their largest production, has scents of orange peel and litchi, its flavors generous and juicy, its texture broad but energetic. After a day, the fruit becomes still more pronounced, more pineapple and spiced apple, framed with judicious oak, a procession that suggests this wine will have more to say with some more cellar time.?
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(N0419-124) 18 ROCHIOLI ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY CHARDONNAY  $49.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Wine Enthusiast 96: ?This wine offers incredible aromatics of creme brulee and brioche, rich, warming characteristics that lead to more mineral-driven elements of oyster shell and stone. From several parts of the producer's estate, including Little Hill and River Block, this is a juicy, lengthy and beautifully structured wine, finishing in a swirl of grilled pineapple. $58.?
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(N0419-125) 19 ROMBAUER CARNEROS CHARDONNAY  $38.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 91: ?Buttery richness to luscious spiced apple tart and baked pear flavors. Ground nutmeg lingers into the broad, plush finish with powerful toasty notes. Drink now through 2023.?
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(N0419-126) 18 FESS PARKER SANTA BARBARA CHARDONNAY  $16.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Vinous 90: 'The 2018 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Light tropical notes, lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine and mint are all pushed forward. Oily and nicely textured in the glass, the Santa Barbara Chardonnay has a lot to offer. It is also a fabulous value. Drink now-2026. $19.'
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(N0419-127) BEL LAGO PRIMAVERA LEELANAU PENINSULA WHITE  $11.99
U.S. Newly Available 04/19
Gold Medal - 2018 Michigan Wine Competition. Of cayuga, vignoles, seyval, and siegerrebe. Together, these form an attractive, riesling-like aroma./ 2.0 RS is properly balanced by racy acidity. The varietals are sympathetic with one another, and they form a whole greater than the sum of the parts. Cool and refreshing. This works. One of the best renditions of this long-running cuvee. 91/100.
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(N0419-128) 19 HENRY OF PELHAM ONTARIO BACO NOIR  $15.99
CANADA Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) After pioneer winegrower Henry Smith of Pelham Road. Red violet color./ Lifted style with real baco character. Purple fruited. / Some RS it seems. Soft and sweetish, without as much varietal character on the palate. A change in style from the Henry baco noirs of yore. 90/100.
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(N0419-129) 18 FABRE MONTMAYOU RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC  $15.99
ARGENTINA Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Ripe blackberry aromas are reduced at first and then expand on a saturated nose. Ripeness and saturation are continued themes on the palate, while this tastes of lush berry fruits, cassis and chocolaty oak. While this is a bit heady and adheres to the familiar Mendoza style, it's a highly satisfying Malbec at a good price.'
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(N0419-130) 18 MAAL BIUTIFUL CAMPO DE LOS ANDES UCO VALLEY MALBEC  $21.99
ARGENTINA Newly Available 04/19
Tasting Panel 92: ?Freshness defines the nose and palate, with aromas of blueberry and wild strawberry as well ass flavors of blue fruit, persimmons, and apple. Streamlined tannihns and a dusting of cocoa appear on the finish.?
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(N0419-131) 18 LAPOSTOLLE CUVEE ALEXANDRE APALTA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $23.99
CHILE Newly Available 04/19
A big, deep, dark, serious Apalta cabernet, barrel embellished. One of the best vintages of the series, the fruit is abundant enough to take up the oak./ Plenty of body and flavor. Sweet fruit assuaged by fruit and oak tannins. For now or later. 91+/100. 75% cab sauv, 15% syrah, 10% carmenere; aged a year in new and once used French oak barrels.
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(N0419-132) 17 PADDY BORTHWICK PAPER ROAD WAIRARAPA PINOT NOIR  $21.99
NEW ZEALAND Newly Available 04/19
Wonderful. Has a sweet tone to it. Not at all shrill or green./ Very loveable fruit sweetness. Good acid. Definite winner. 92/100.
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(N0419-133) 16 PADDY BORTHWICK WAIRARAPA PINOT NOIR  $27.99
NEW ZEALAND Newly Available 04/19
Estate. Bigger, grander, riper, richer, rangier. Boy, they?re really putting on a show here./ Good acid, good body. Good oak, spice, vigor. Gotta like this. 93/100.
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(N0419-134) 20 KURANUI KURANUI VINEYARD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $9.99
NEW ZEALAND Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 91/100. My notes: Citrusy, yes. And also uniquely minty. To be more precise, it's bergamot. I applaud its special take./ Sweet citrus and the ventilating airs of menthol and bergamot. Nothing else quite like it. 92/100.
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(N0419-135) 19 PENLEY PHOENIX COONAWARRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $21.99
AUSTRALIA Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 94 - CELLAR SELECTION: ?This excellent wine offers aromas of blueberry, currant, terra cotta, iodine, savory spices and an umami-like seaweed nuance. There's lovely depth of flavor, tannin structure and regional expression on the palate. Drink through 2040.?
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(N0419-136) 19 DE WET EXCELSIOR ROBERTSON CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $9.99
SOUTH AFRICA Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Sweet ripe red fruit of Robertson./ Good acidity, light tannin. Wine of place, well balanced for current usefulness. 90/100.
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(N0419-137) 15 LES ALLEES DE CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, HAUT MEDOC  $27.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) That nice, dark fruit and forest floors things of southern Haut Medoc. 60-40 cabernet-merlot classic. Younger vines but doesn?t show it./ Good tannin, good form. Like a lot of 15s, starting to shut down, lay in for the long term. 92+/100.
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(N0419-138) 18 CHATEAU GRAND PUY DUCASSE, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC  $52.95
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
Win Spectator 93: ?Very alluring, with a dark and winey core of cassis, steeped plum and blackberry preserve waiting to unfold fully while fine-grained alder, black tea, warm cast iron and licorice root notes form a prodigious frame. Long, dark, smoldering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2025 through 2038.?
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(N0419-139) 16 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION  $39.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Owned by the Cuveliers of Clos Fourtet and Ch Poujeaux; 70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv, vines averaging 40 years; aged up to 18 months in barrels, 50% new. Whoa! Here's a full dose of oak augmentation. Well absorbed at this stage. Overall, a very sophisticated wine. That's what Grand Cru Classe terroir is about. This really is a splendid Saint Emilion GCC value./ Yes, GCC complex and noble. Intricate flavor profile. Tannins fine and laid back. For use or cellaring. 94+/100.
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(N0419-140) 18 CLOS DU ROY, FRONSAC  $21.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) At Saillans; merlot, cab franc, cab sauv, malbec; aged 20 months in barrels. Fronsac forthright, Fronsac solid. Given this firm basis, there's plenty of material to work with its generous oak intricacies, to stay free of over-oakiness./ That lush 2018 fruit definition, good acid, plenty of oak complications. Never loses its sense of place. Fine tannin points to cellaring prospects. 92+/100.
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(N0419-141) 19 CHATEAU LE BERGEY, BORDEAUX  $14.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Laurat at Saint Loubes. Bright and beaming 2019 claret. These wines have no pretensions. All about wholesome delivery and early appeal./ Yes, sweetly fruity; fruit juicy good. Plenty of merlot here. Fine tannin keeps it honest. Adds texture; does not require resolution. 91/100.
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(N0419-142) 19 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC  $23.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) One of the youngest I've tasted of this, and that's all the better for it. Each varietal component is fully evident and sympathetic to the other. Ying and yang of sauvignon lemon juice and semillon lemon custard./ Sauvignon juiciness to the fore. Fleshy tropical fruits as well as citrus. Intense and precise flavor complex. Best ever...probably because the youngest. 92/100.
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(N0419-143) 18 CAHORS TRADITION, CHATEAU HAUT MONPLAISIR  $22.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This is a bold, ripe wine from a top Cahors producer. It has dense tannins without too much weight, giving aging potential to the ripe fruit. Spice and blackberry flavors have plenty of life ahead of them. Drink this fine wine from 2022.'
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(N0419-144) 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE L'AURIERE, VIGNERONS DE LA NOELLE  $11.99
FRANCE LOIRE Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Well, totally vibrant, alert. A good spread of green things. Depth here too./ All over again. Very, very flavorful. Good acid as well as the appropriate tender core. Yes. 91/100.
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(N0419-145) 18 CHINON CLOS DU SAUT AU LOUP MONOPOLE, DOMAINE DOZON  $18.99
FRANCE LOIRE Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 92: ?Eric Santier created a rich, smoothly textured wine that has benefited from the concentration of the vintage. It is ripe wine full of spicy black-berry flavors. Soft tannins are already integrated into the fruitiness. $26.?
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(N0419-146) 19 SANCERRE LONGUES FINS, ANDRE NEVEU  $27.99
FRANCE LOIRE Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) In Chavignol, producing four single-vineyard sauvignons of distinct terroirs. 'Fins' is the operative word. This has finesse. Subtle sauvignon perfumes and less terroir and weight than thje Le Manoir, though allegedly higher in alcohol./ A proper Sancerre sauvignon, grassy, citrusy, racy. Another candidate for improvement in bottle over year two. 92+/100.
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(N0419-147) 18 BOURGOGNE EPINEUIL, DOMAINE DOMINIQUE GRUHIER  $27.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 04/19
All the crispness of northern pinot plus the sweet and precise fruit statement of 2018. Complete. Round, rich, crunchy-cool black cherry./ Even sweeter fruit on the palate, which is wholly engaging. Epineuil doesn't get any better than this. 92/100.
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(N0419-148) 17 GIVRY CLOS DU CELLIER AUX MOINES 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DU CELLIER AUX MOINES  $44.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Decanter 96: ?The 2017 vintage for red Burgundy was Janus-like. Some wines are charming and forward. Others, like this one, have the requisite substance, structure, and balance for the long haul. This was the first year the domaine was almost fully biodynamic, and, that perhaps, explains the wine's brilliance. Immediately expressive, the 2017 grabs your attention. Aromas leap from the glass. On the palate, it combines firm mineral qualities with a Bing cherry-like fruitiness in a suave and elegant package. Fractionally less ripe compared to the 2015, its minerality shines. A hint of bitterness in the finish adds to its appeal. Supple, yet firm, tannins provide perfect support. Drinking Window 2026 -- 2030.?
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(N0419-149) 18 MORGON GRAND CRU, CHATEAU DE PIZAY  $19.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Tasting Panel 93: ?From 45-year-old vines grown on a estate that dates back to the 14th century. Earth and spice lift notes of rhubarb and beets as well a soft hints of powdered strawberry, plum, and cocoa. There?s not denying a core of slate joined by fine acidity and an array of floral tones throughout. It?s a beauty.?
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(N0419-150) 19 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $25.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 04/19
(stocked regularly) Est. 1590; 25-40 year old vines. Chalk dust. Dusty calcaire feature. Apple and citrus chardonnay aspects too. Terroir driven chardonnay as only Chablis can interpret it./ Very juicy citrus joins calcaire grip, texture. Dry but not austere. It's to the point Chablis: lovely, pure, classic. Plenty of extract behind it too. Well liked by the group. 92/100.
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