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(N1002-101) 12 BETZ FAMILY CUVEE FRANGIN COLUMBIA VALLEY RED  $23.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Parker 91: 'The 2012 Cuvee Frangin is a new cuvee that's playing in the value-end of the spectrum, and it does a damn good job of it. A blend of 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Syrah and the balance Petit Verdot that spent a year in 20-25% new French oak, it offers knockout aromas and flavors of plum, tobacco leaf, dried herbs, and spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple and downright sexy profile on the palate. Up-front and ready to go, it will nevertheless have close to a decade of longevity and is a perfect intro into the style of this estate. It also represents a superb value. $33.'
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(N1002-102) 14 PICKET FENCE ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $15.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Rich and thick in chocolate mocha and a punch of espresso, this wine offers great value. It showcases the cooler side of the variety in cedar undertones, while delivering decadent counterpoint with its suggestion of bacon. A lift of acidity brightens the finish. $18.
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(N1002-103) 12 INGLENOOK RUBICON NAPA VALLEY RED  $189.95
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wine & Spirits 95: 'Philippe Bascuales worked for two decades with Paul Pontallier at Chateau Margaux before coming to Inglenook in 2011 (since Pontallier passed away this past spring, Bascuales has returned to Chateau Margaux, and is now directing both the Bordeaux property and this Rutherford estate). The pace at which he has transformed the wines is nothing less than astonishing, as if the force of this great Napa Valley site had been waiting to be unleashed. It's not that the wines were troubled in recent vintages; more that they followed the contemporary Napa Valley story of quality being the pinnacle achievement. The 2008, for example, was 'sweet, firm and juicy,' with tannins that cushioned the fruit, earning 93 points when I tasted it for the magazine. Bascaules has begun to bring back the voice of the property, a collection of vineyards in the western benchlands of Rutherford, reassembled by Francis Ford Coppola in the pattern of Gustave Niebaum's original estate. This is the kind of land that made Napa Valley famous. And this is the kind of wine I want to drink. It has the freshness of ripe cabernet sauvignon, with none of the darker, dimpled tones of hyperripe fruit, presenting a delicate red berry scent and the gracious refinement of Rutherford tannins. Some of our tasters reacted to the new oak on the wine, the touch of creaminess French oak brings to the texture, even as they admitted that it was handled with restraint and that the wine showed some tension. The oak is not an issue for me, as the youthful fruit sings through any vessel used to age it, with the message of great vintages to come. $210.'
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(N1002-104) 13 ROBERT MONDAVI 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESERVE TO KALON VINEYARD OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $149.95
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wine Enthusiast 95 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'A wine marking the 50th anniversary of Robert Mondavi Winery's founding, this shows the grandeur of the man, the vineyard and the vintage. Full bodied and robust, it's intense in bark, tar and black licorice, with dottings of coconut. Aromatically inviting, it's dusty and soft, with acres of complexity and structure. Enjoy it in 2023 and beyond.'
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(N1002-105) 12 BLACK STAR FARMS LEORIE VINEYARD LEELANAU PENINSULA MERLOT - CABERNET FRANC  $44.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Very elegant, cool, completely ripe, balanced. Fine oak, fine wine./ Northern acid, fruit, grip. Food wine, aging wine. 93+/100.
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(N1002-106) 14 DROUHIN ROSEROCK ZEPHIRINE EOLA-AMITY HILLS PINOT NOIR  $57.95
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This reserve-level wine from the Roserock vineyard, Domaine Drouhin's recent Eola-Amity Hills planting, is compelling. Dense and fragrant, it boasts a beguiling mix of rose, cocoa powder and Asian spice, like a magic carpet ride of flavor. A finishing note of chocolate-covered orange peel is the piece de resistance. $60.'
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(N1002-107) 14 KUTCH FALSTAFF VINEYARD SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR  $54.95
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Vinous 94/100. My notes: All whole cluster, 11 months in seasoned French barrels. Shows time in barrel influence than the multi-vineyard cuvee. More fruit and material. Will age well./ Suaver, more revealing. Cherry and earth. More texture. 92+/100.
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(N1002-108) 15 FOSSIL POINT EDNA VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $17.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Sweet and pretty pinot without the usual Edna high pH. Deep, juicy cherry./ Again, sweet, spicy, fruity. Hints of walnut, peppercorns, clove. Has it all. 92/100.
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(N1002-109) 14 TERRA D'ORO AMADOR AGLIANICO  $16.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wow, power, oomph, ripeness, blackness, sweetness. Oak, pepper and other spices all in harmony with the fruit./ Way powerful (14.5%), but that's countered by fruit sweetness and glycerol, so the wine is overall balanced. Good oak augmentation. Best vintage in years. 92/100.
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(N1002-110) 15 THE FEDERALIST ESTATE DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL  $22.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Dry and dusty, nicely roasted fruit; wine of place. Ample, good oak extras. A nice full fledged classic DCV. Long, long finish. 92/100.
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(N1002-111) 16 DUCKHORN DECOY SONOMA SAUVIGNON BLANC  $17.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Stainless-steel fermented, this lively white shows lush and plush flavors of melon, pear and peach, making it likably fruit-forward. Amidst the deft ripeness lies more complex accents of wild vanilla and fennel that please and intrigue. $20.'
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(N1002-112) 15 MURRIETA'S WELL THE WHIP LIVERMORE VALLEY WHITE  $19.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wine Spectator 91: 'Fragrant, with peach blossom and honeyed notes of baked apple that are rich and unctuous. The core of citrus and apple flavors is juicy and crisp, finishing with an appealing spicy accent. Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Canelli. $24.'
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(N1002-113) 14 TRIONE RIVER ROAD RANCH RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY CHARDONNAY  $34.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Aged in French oak, 40% new. Fine, fine oak and good fruit basis./ Lovely toast and barrel ferment lees extras. Burgundy like. 94/100.
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(N1002-114) 13 TALLEY ESTATE ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY CHARDONNAY  $22.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Vinous 91: 'Pale gold. Aromas of orange, pineapple, white flowers and smoky lees. Spicy, high-pitched and focused, with juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors given further punch by building minerality. Shows strong tension on the smoky, floral finish, which leaves behind a suggestion of iodine. 2019-2024. $27.'
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(N1002-115) 16 GOOD HARBOR LEELANAU PENINSULA GRUNER VELTLINER  $16.99
U.S. Newly Available 10/02
Wow, this is a hero! Oodles of personality. Striking./ Balance, texture, body. Plenty of varietal character. Star power. 17.0.
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(N1002-116) 14 CAVE SPRING NIAGARA PENINSULA RIESLING ICE WINE HALF BOTTLE  $52.95
CANADA Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Golden raisins, poached pear, caramel and butterscotch meld together in this low alcohol, intensely flavored icewine. The flavors expand to include candied pineapple, with tremendous viscosity and enough acidity to keep it aloft and penetrating. $60.'
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(N1002-117) 16 DONA PAULA LOS CARDOS LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC  $8.99
ARGENTINA Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Tasting Panel 92: 'The aromas of grilled meat, blue floral tones with a Latin zing and an abundance of blue and black berries are pleasurable from the 13.5% Malbec--a welcome way to show off the fruit and bouquet. On the palate, an earthiness showcases sun and soil. Mocha and violets glide on the velvet mouthfeel to the memorable finish. $12.99.'
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(N1002-118) 13 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY CARMENERE  $16.99
CHILE Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Sweet and delightful charred fruit carmenere style. Well fashioned texture and barrel maturity./ Bright savory fruit, soft oak spices. Lack of tannin makes it plush and ready to drink. 92/100.
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(N1002-119) 16 CRAGGY RANGE TE MUNA ROAD VINEYARD MARTINBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $19.99
NEW ZEALAND Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 92; Tasting Panel 92: 'Smooth and juicy with much more Loire style than Kiwi; fresh, juicy and racy with lovely style. $22.'
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(N1002-120) 13 RUSTENBERG STELLENBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $19.99
SOUTH AFRICA Newly Available 10/02
Intense and warm Cap cabernet./ Yes, stalwart, with lots of oak. Ager. No dekk. 92+/100.
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(N1002-121) 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX BLANCHE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION  $16.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) 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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(N1002-122) 10 CHATEAU LA TOUR BLANCHE, SAUTERNES HALF BOTTLE  $34.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) 18 months in barrel. Good structure as usual. Dry frame and measured filling. Some muscadelle in this cuvee./ Yes, woody patina and dryness. Still building its intensity in 10. Young and shy. 93+/100.
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(N1002-123) 15 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL  $11.99
FRANCE LOIRE Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) From gravelly and sandy soils. Oh, boy, ultra fresh and real Bourgueil cabernet franc. Cool northern vigor and 2015 fruit ripeness work together really well./ Yes, cool, racy, tarry, snappy, zesty. 91+/100.
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(N1002-124) 14 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS SAINT JACQUES 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LOUIS JADOT  $189.95
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 10/02
Wine Enthusiast 94 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'This vineyard is widely regarded for its quality worthy of grand cru status, and this wine, from vines owned by Louis Jadot, is a fine example. It is both structured and richly fruity--dense with ripe red fruit flavors cut with acidity. A dry core of tannins will allow this impressive wine to age. Drink from 2024. $206.'
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(N1002-125) 15 CHABLIS, CHRISTIAN MOREAU  $28.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 10/02
60% estate grown, 40% purchased. 10 months on the lees. Sweet 15 Chablis chardonnay and polished, all malo house style./ Yes, 15 sweet and mild on entry with nice acid etch in back. Lots of flavor. 92/100.
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(N1002-126) 12 COTE ROTIE, DOMAINE LOUIS CLERC  $74.95
FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN Newly Available 10/02
Firmness and darkness of 10. Romantic Cote Rotie syrah, viogner. White pepper, good fruit. Good weight of vintage. Great wine. 94+/100.
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(N1002-127) 15 COTES DU RHONE CHATEAU DE SEGRIES, HENRI DE LANZAC  $15.99
FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) At Lirac. A good year for this chateau. Race, etch, and clear lines. Dark fruit. Cool, Right Bank Lirac contributes race to the ripe fruit of sunny 2015. This is fine./ Rich fruit core plus that racy aspect. Logical 2015 Lirac. Lots of animation. Best vintage here in years. 91+/100.
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(N1002-128) 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE  $54.95
FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) The sweetness of the vintage. Undeveloped still. What a treat it will be. Just a bud, but, boy, that confit berry aroma./ Lots of alcohol and wears it well. Well balanced. Undeveloped. 93++/100.
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(N1002-129) 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE CHAUPIN, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE  $74.95
FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN Newly Available 10/02
More revealing. Brilliant fruit array. Berry, seed, pepper, garrigue./ More oomph, but just as quiet. Some wood age complex it seems. Time. 94++/100.
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(N1002-130) 15 ALSACE RIESLING, DOMAINE ZIND-HUMBRECHT  $26.99
FRANCE ALSACE Newly Available 10/02
Grand. Plush, rich, deep. Good malo; round and creamy./ Backbone of steel too. Nothing sweet about it. Statuesque. What a terrific effort! 93+/100.
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(N1002-131) 14 NIERSTEINER HIPPING RIESLING SPATLESE, GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER  $16.99
GERMANY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Est. 1806. Fully sweet Hessia riesling spatlese. Fine, deep Hipping nectarine aroma. Classic. Plenty of 14 extract./ Even at a warm service temperature, it comes across well balanced. This will age famously. Another fine one from Schneider, with extract and acid etch on the finish. 92+/100.
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(N1002-132) 13 DOURO RESERVA OLD VINES, QUINTA DO CRASTO  $36.99
PORTUGAL Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Parker 94: 'The 2013 Reserva Old Vines is a fine success. Granting that I don't have this side-by-side with the 2011, the difference doesn't seem to be as great as you might think on paper. Winemaker Manuel Lobo said Crasto maintained quality here by deleting three typically-used vineyards that underperformed in the vintage. It seems to have worked nicely so far. Hopefully, it will reward cellaring, too. This opens very elegantly. It is beautifully balanced, with a feel of sophistication and refinement--which is pretty much how most of Crasto's wines show these days. Of Crasto's submissions, though, this might well have the most character and complexity this year. As refined and approachable as it seemed to be on opening, this developed steadily and impressively, tightening along the way. This is a terrific Old Vines Reserve. 2017-2034. $43.'
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(N1002-133) 13 TORO EL RECIO, MATSU  $27.99
SPAIN Newly Available 10/02
Wine Enthusiast 91: 'This firm, tannic wine's plum and black cherry aromas are matched by oaky maple and spice scents. Toasty, spicy black fruit and mocha flavors finish with a wave of toast, chocolate and spice. This is more bullish than elegant; drink through 2021. $30.'
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(N1002-134) 12 RIOJA COSECHA UGARTE, EGUREN UGARTE  $11.99
SPAIN Newly Available 10/02
From Alavesa. 80% tempranillo, 20% garnacha. 6 months in oak. Not just fruity like a joven./ Yes, wood in taste and bouquet and development. Class cosecha. 91/100.
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(N1002-135) 15 PRIORAT SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERES  $24.99
SPAIN Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) 55% garnacha, 20% carignan, 15% syrah, 10% cab sauv. From vines 10-15 years old. 7 months in French tonneaux. Saturated with rich, deep cherry and plum fruit, plus light oak seasoning. Concentrated, succulent./ Lovely fruit and flow and acid. Just as intended. Always a favorite of mine. 92/100.
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(N1002-136) 15 TENERIFE BENJE, ENVINATE  $22.99
SPAIN Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) From the Canary Islands. Dark and solid, with a clear basalt terroir minerality./ Large, firm-cored, stony, significant. 92+/100.
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(N1002-137) 12 BARBARESCO ALBESANI, CANTINA DE PINO  $42.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Parker 93: 'The 2012 Barbaresco Albesani follows in the feminine and graceful style that is so unique to the wines of Cantina del Pino. Dark fruit and wild cherry are followed by light shadings of spice, tobacco and licorice. The wine shows very good integration and balance. That seamless integration follows through to the palate, thanks also to the wine's long persistence. 2017-2028.'
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(N1002-138) 16 MOSCATO D'ASTI, SARACCO  $16.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 92: 'This fragrant dessert wine opens with intense aromas of citrus blossom, white peach and a touch of sage. The elegantly foaming creamy palate offers candied apricot, tangerine zest and ginger. Lively acidity gives it a crisp refreshing finish.'
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(N1002-139) 15 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA TERLANO  $18.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Here's a savory Pinot Grigio that's loaded with character, offering inviting aromas of white spring flower and ripe orchard fruit. The round, medium-bodied palate has just enough weight, doling out ripe Bartlett pear, creamy yellow apple and a hint of juicy tangerine while an energizing mineral note closes the finish. $24.'
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(N1002-140) 15 SOAVE CLASSICO, BALESTRI VALDA  $15.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
80%+ garganega, with trebbiano, chardonnay. Rich garganega texture and fruit concentration. Lime and peach and peel./ Rich and textured. Good acid etch. 91/100.
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(N1002-141) 16 COSTA TOSCANA UNLITRO, AMPELAIA LITER  $16.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Alicante bouschet, grenache, carignan. Dazzling spice drop set of sugar, clove, cinnamon snap./ Great flower and ease and sweetness and spicy vigor. Fine acid and balance. Chill it down a bit. 92/100.
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(N1002-142) 15 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, IL POGGIONE  $22.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: Estate bottled. One year in barrel. Wow! 2015 rich and robust. Fruit and flowers perfume aura. The class of brunello. Total rosso./ Oh, yes, with barrel aged beauty and complex. Good oak and fruit cremes with balancing acidity and tannin. Wide, deep, all. Fabulous. Grand rosso! 93+/100.
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(N1002-143) 10 MONTEFALCO, AZ. AGR. SCACCIADIAVOLI  $21.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
Good, deep, ripe black cherry and tar./ Rich, soft, creamy, ripe. Shows its sagrantino content. Good structure. A nice, big, bold wine. 92+/100.
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(N1002-144) 15 VITTORIA FRAPPATO IL FRAPPATO, VALLE DELL' ACATE  $16.99
ITALY Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Spicy, sweet cherry and plum./ Cherry cordial. Good acidity. All the frappato appeal and definition one could want. 92/100.
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(N1002-145) 16 CLINE ANCIENT VINES CONTRA COSTA MOURVEDRE ROSE  $11.99
ROSE Newly Available 10/02
Good peels spice of mourvedre. Ideal stage./ Yes, snappy, spicy, berry and seed. Dazzles. Great now. Fruity, not dry or sweet. 92/100.
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(N1002-146) 16 MEDITERRANEE ROSE, TRIENNES  $15.99
ROSE Newly Available 10/02
Eric Asimov - New York Times 20 Under $20: 'Yes, it is true that the Triennes estate in Provence was founded by two of Burgundy's most venerated names: Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac. But that would not be reason enough to pay attention to this rose if it were not also delicious. The wine, made mostly of cinsault, with handfuls of syrah, grenache and merlot, smells of berries and flowers with savory, saline edges.'
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(N1002-147) GONZALEZ BYASS VINA AB AMONTILLADO SHERRY  $27.99
FORTIFIED Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Wine & Spirits 93: 'This is the youngest Amontillado from Gonzalez Byass, with four years of aging under flor and another four years in oxidative aging. True to form, it is a delightful wine, graceful and elegant in its fine balance between acidity, minerality and a soft, almost delicate body. It takes on surprising force with air, a sense of limestone in scent and flavor that propels the wine toward something rich, like grilled sea bass.'
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(N1002-148) BELLA BELLINA LEMONATA MOSCATO  $9.99
FRUIT Newly Available 10/02
Some fizz. Swing top. Definitely lemon. Lots of zest and peel. Refreshing drink. Cross between lemonade and limoncello. Moscato not evident. Good product. 90/100
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(N1002-149) JUVE Y CAMPS LIMITED EDITION RESERVA DE LA FAMILIA NATURE BRUT CAVA  $16.99
SPARKLING Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Lots of good bottle bouquet without grain, earth./ 2 years en tirage. Nice balance of fruit and bottle bouquet. Nice. 91/100.
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(N1002-150) BONNET-PONSON CHAMERY PREMIER CRU ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE  $47.99
SPARKLING Newly Available 10/02
(stocked regularly) Very pleasing , pretty in pink nose. Good rose and Bonnet body. Bottle bouquet biscuit too. All around good guy./ High brut, fruity, lots of red fruit character, especially cherry. Simply delicious. And shows just enough bottle bouquet sophistication too. My style of rose champagne. 94/100.
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