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(N1203-101) 17 BOOMTOWN WASHINGTON CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $15.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Fresh, bright, cedary-oaky. Nice oak treatment, regardless of the method. Skillfully crafted wine of wide appeal./ Woody, spicy, fruity. 92/100.
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(N1203-102) 15 KIONA RED MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $29.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Bold, powerful, long in barrel. Ambitious Red Mountain cabernet./ Sweet black fruit. Ripe for WA. Big time. 93+/100.
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(N1203-103) 16 RODNEY STRONG UPSHOT SONOMA RED  $23.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Tasting Panel 92: 'Deep ruby red; smooth and weighty with notes of earth and chocolate; juicy and long with style and finesse; a product of an excellent winery that's become one of Sonoma's best. $28.'
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(N1203-104) 14 BUONCRISTIANI OPC NAPA VALLEY RED  $59.95
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Cab sauv, merlot, syrah, petite sirah et al. Big and bold in the winery tradition. Very nicely woody. Expressive. Nothing 14 pinched about it. Yeah, I'll tell ya, that fruit force and Italianate approach leads to a Super Tuscan impression. Oak and Napa class complete a great package./ Mouthful of flavors and textures. Great quality fruit and oak. Harmony, Napa class. Enormously impressive wine. 95/100.
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(N1203-105) 14 MAZE NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $89.95
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
All cabernet. All new French barrels. Stagecoach Vineyard. Mark Herold, winemaker. There's that Napa Valley distinction Nobility. Definitely the fine French oak plays a role, and the pedigree of the valley's cabernets is clear./ The fruit is sweet, the oak is noble. The tannins are fine. Total class Napa cab. 96/100.
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(N1203-106) 16 PAOLETTI PICCOLO CRU CALISTOGA RED  $28.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) 50% cab sauv, 26% merlot, 10% malbec, 8% cab franc, 6% petit verdot. Good, full, black, creamy, barrel aged, northern Napa production. Fabulous./ American oak barrels, 30% new, and it's class oak. Rich and right and all encompassing aroma, fruit volume. Berry, plum, currant, and oak toast. Superior to the 2015. 93/100.
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(N1203-107) 16 AUSTIN HOPE PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $49.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Aged in French oak barrels, 75% new; 14 months. Big, rich, generous Paso, oak, barrel time. Darker and more framed than the 2015./ Pepper, raspberry, blackberry, ripe currant. Fabulously fine oak, balance, power at 15%. Huge pleasure. 95/100.
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(N1203-108) 16 BLACK STAR FARMS ARCTUROS MICHIGAN CABERNET FRANC  $27.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Cabernet franc fully realized. All the richness and ripeness, without cab sauv over the top./ Oh, this is great. Great acid. Northern structure. Time in barrel without explicit woodiness. Sweet red raspberry character. Everything. Lovely achievement. 92+/100.
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(N1203-109) 15 DABLON ESTATE LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE PETIT VERDOT  $34.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Luscious petit verdot, ideal in this setting. Oak support, well measured and harmonious./ Large and sweet. Frame and filling. More oak influence, all in the form of superior seasoning. Well balanced, well crafted. Ambitious. Puts it all out on display. 93+/100.
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(N1203-110) 15 DOMAINE DROUHIN DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR  $42.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: Firm, slack, racy, cool, Burgundian. Drouhin styling./ Playing it close to the vest. . Quality, well measured French oak. Really first class palate. 92+/100.
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(N1203-111) 16 MURPHY GOODE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR  $14.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Wine Enthusiast 90 - BEST BUY: 'Delicious cherry and plum flavors are accented by touches of black tea, rhubarb and forest floor in this complex, medium-bodied wine. It's slightly soft in feel, but has light tannins and enough acidity to give it some snap.'
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(N1203-112) 14 MARIMAR ESTATE MAS CAVALLS DONA MARGARITA VINEYARD SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR  $44.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Mas Cavalls means horse farm. 49% new barrels. Much more spice, oak, richness, vigor./ Dark, spicy fruit. Good gaminess. Has oak tannin and flavor. Big display. Yes. 93+/100.
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(N1203-113) 15 DIORA LA PETITE GRACE MONTEREY PINOT NOIR  $28.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Tasting Panel 93: 'Sourced 72% from Santa Lucia Highlands and 28% from Diora's family-owned San Bernabe Vineyard, this Pinot Noir sees a hint of Grenache and Petit Verdot shape its elegant fruit and texture profile to achieve richness and length. Mulled cherries make for a spicy and frisky aroma, and the palate excites: high-toned red fruit–strawberry and rhubarb–wash against cocoa-espresso nibs. This is a delicate, soulful wine. $30.'
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(N1203-114) FENN VALLEY CAPRICCIO MICHIGAN RED  $11.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Formerly 80% chambourcin, 20% merlot, that latest rendition, 2017 basis, incorporates some syrah, cab sauv, and cab franc. Thanks to the vintage, its best ever. Loaded with fruit./ The depth and complexity of its chambourcin foundation now augmented by greater aromatic range of its five-varietal set. Sense of barrel aging suavity. Yes, best ever. 92/100.
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(N1203-115) 15 PARDUCCI TRUE GRIT RESERVE MENDOCINO PETITE SIRAH  $17.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 93/100. 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. Wow, big, spicy, barrel aged, black, 3D, and really complex for petite sirah./ All over again. With acid, texture, sweetness, 3D, complexity, balance. 93+/100.
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(N1203-116) 14 OWEN ROE ABBOT'S TABLE COLUMBIA VALLEY RED  $28.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
46% zinfandel, 31% sangiovese, 14% blaufrankisch, 6% malbec. Oh, boy, rich and full and complete. Oomph, oodles of fruit extract./ Commensurate fruit sweetness. A lotta wine. 92/100.
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(N1203-117) 15 CAROL SHELTON WILD THING OLD VINES MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL  $19.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Yes, abundant, sprawling, expanding, billowing. Great oak and fruit concentration. Mendocino dark fruit./ Sweet, dark, concentrated raspberry, seed, and oak, all in balance. Awesome. The complete set. 95/100.
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(N1203-118) 15 BIG SMOOTH OLD VINES LODI ZINFANDEL  $15.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Very ripe and saturated in flavor, this wine lives up to its name and velvet-finish label. It is full bodied, mouthfilling and nicely viscous in texture. Late harvest and dried-fruit flavors like raisins and prunes dominate the aroma and palate, while moderate tannins and acidity liven it up a bit. A sense of richness helps all that flavor linger on the finish. $17.'
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(N1203-119) 17 JOEL GOTT CALIFORNIA SAUVIGNON BLANC  $12.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 90 - BEST BUY: 'This full-bodied wine is delicious, layered, complex and well balanced. It is compelling from the first whiff of melon and fig to the rich, concentrated palate. $15.'
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(N1203-120) 16 BUONCRISTIANI TRIAD NAPA VALLEY BLANC  $32.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Sauvignon blanc, viognier, and chardonnay )50-35-15). Beautiful amalgam. Not pushy./ And not woody. Nice touch of glycerol. Good acid and build. Excellent. Wonderfully formed wine for food. Could drink glass after glass. 92/100.
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(N1203-121) 16 CAROL SHELTON WILD THING SONOMA CHARDONNAY  $18.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Sweet nose. Mellow malo, with bright acid too. Well crafted./ Yes, round malo, light oak treacle, and acid to make it meal-worthy. Well crafted. 91/100.
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(N1203-122) 17 CHALK HILL WINERY SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY  $19.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) It's got it. I love this vintage's whites. Fresh, crisp, textured. Lift. Subtle oakiness. Right in tune, and one of the best./ Still building its aromatics and textures on the palate. Gonna be a good one. 91+/100.
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(N1203-123) 16 MERRYVALE CARNEROS CHARDONNAY  $31.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
Wine Spectator 91: 'Well-structured, with fresh-cut apple, pear and honeydew melon flavors that are broad and generously spiced. Hints of lavender show on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022.'
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(N1203-124) 17 LIEU DIT SANTA MARIA VALLEY MELON  $21.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
11.5%. Correct. Could be Loire./ Richness of CA with coolness, enough acidity, and melon's soft core. Spot on. 92/100.
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(N1203-125) 16 MONTINORE ESTATE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS  $14.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Skin contact enhances the character. It's beautiful, it's full. Perfectly right at this stage./ Yeah, this is full. Really delivers. Rich, nutty, balanced. Awesome stuff. 92/100.
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(N1203-126) 17 DABLON ESTATE LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE DRY RIESLING  $17.99
U.S. Newly Available 12/03
.7 RS. Light nose. Undeveloped, like many of the 2017 rieslings at yesterday's Michigan Wine Competition../ More flavor display. Texture, etch. Clear and lovely riesling cedar flavor facet. Yes. 91+/100.
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(N1203-127) 13 BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA ALTA COLECCION MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $9.99
ARGENTINA Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Proprietor Francois Lurton at Tunuyan. Neat, racy, spicy, ripe, barrel aged, and oak seasoned. Very deep and rich Argentine cabernet./ Yes, delicious fruit and spice melange. Well balanced and smooth tasting; invites current use. Multi purpose too. 92/100. List price: $15.
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(N1203-128) 16 LA POSTA PIZZELLA VINEYARD UCO VALLEY MALBEC  $15.99
ARGENTINA Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Parker 91: 'A Malbec from La Consulta, the 2016 Malbec Pizzella Vineyard was partly aged in used oak barrels for 12 months. This is clearly my favorite among all the single-vineyard reds, as it has varietal character and is clean, focused and fresh. It is clearly better than the 2017 too. Drink 2018-2021. $18.'
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(N1203-129) 15 HACIENDA ARAUCANO RESERVA COLCHAGUA CARMENERE  $12.99
CHILE Newly Available 12/03
By Jacques and Francois Lurton. They nailed it. Super carmenere cassis intensity. So pure, clear, and ripe. Spot on. Nothing over the top. No earth, leather./ Yes, varietal clarity, levity of French craftsmen. Works. 92/100.
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(N1203-130) 17 GREYWACKE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $21.99
NEW ZEALAND Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 90: 'A wallflower when compared to other, more aggressively aromatic Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs, this wine offers hints of citrus, stone fruit, flowers and grass on the nose. The palate is of most interest here: It's linear and chalky yet slippery in feel, with a fair lick of acidity that's just barely balanced by fruit and florals. $23.'
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(N1203-131) 16 BLACK OPAL SE AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ  $7.99
AUSTRALIA Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Sweet, smoky, uncomplicated, generous, wholesome. A value. Plenty of lift and spice./ Sweet, with good, racy, juicy acid for balance. Plenty of length. Deal. Very popular with the group. Many orders taken. 90/100.
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(N1203-132) 15 FRANKLIN TATE MARGARET RIVER SHIRAZ  $15.99
AUSTRALIA Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Wine Enthusiast 90: 'There's plenty of complexity in this bargain wine. The nose leads with ripe blueberries, florals, mocha, wet earth, dates and sumac. It's plush and juicy on the palate, with silky tannins, a medium body and a long, tangy finish.'
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(N1203-133) 17 DE WETSHOF LIMESTONE HILL ROBERTSON CHARDONNAY  $18.99
SOUTH AFRICA Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Off the charts, and reasonably priced. Unoaked, yet with all the amplitude in the world. The elegance, the calcaire. 93/100.
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(N1203-134) 15 CHATEAU LIEUJEAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Garri du Gai at Saint Sauveur; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot. 2015 sweet smelling; red fruited. Open, fruity, spicy, revealing. Comes on even stronger with aeration./ Claret body. Full of good, spicy fruit. Balanced, suave. 91+/100.
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(N1203-135) 15 CHATEAU MARTIN CUVEE LA MARSAUDRIE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $23.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) At Vertheuil. 55% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc. Aged 10 months in barrels, 30% new. And it shows. Oh, yeah! Deep and luxurious barrel extracts and barrel maturation. Sweet Asian spices./ Great fruit, form, oak, fine tannin. And the right acidity. All. 92+/100.
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(N1203-136) 15 CHATEAU MIQUEU, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
Ferre & Haut Brignais at Vertheuil. 2015 sweet enough, but more restrained than the Right Bank 2015s due to higher cabernet sauvignon content. Young and dark. Sweetens up with aeration to reveal berry, cherry, spice./ Yes, cabernet firm figured. Barrel augmentation.Very good, solid, young Haut Medoc claret to put in the cellar. 91+/100.
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(N1203-137) 14 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, HAUT MEDOC  $19.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) 50% cab sauv, 45% merlot, 5% cab franc.Good oak and class. Impressive fruit sweetness in 2014. Yes. Pauillac black fruit. Some barrel aging. Fulfilled./ Indeed, this is a black currant laden, classy, and elegant Pauillac. With spicy oak. Lingering oak flavor, pleasing and vanilla like. Well poised. Yes, yes, yes. 93+/100.
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(N1203-138) 16 CHATEAU BACCUS CUVEE EXCELLENCE, GRAVES  $18.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) 50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 5% each petit verdot, malbec. Barrel aging has added noteworthy sophistication, as well as breadth, depth, and complexity. This is overtly woody though./ Well thought out varietal melange, each variety making a contribution, all in harmony. Fine example of Graves rouge. 91+/100.
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(N1203-139) 15 LES ANGELOTS DE CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $31.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
Richer, riper, fuller, rounder, better than the 2014./ Good and sweet and flavorful, with a fine oak aura. Good acidity. Everything's amplified over the 2014. Fine. 92+/100.
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(N1203-140) 15 CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION  $59.95
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
A little more oak and body and aromatic intensity than the 2015 Angelots. Not a big difference on the nose./ But lots more oak and fruit, fullness and texture on the palate. Still, there's quite a price difference. 93+/100.
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(N1203-141) 15 CHATEAU BARRAIL CHEVROL, FRONSAC  $14.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) 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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(N1203-142) 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX DE ROCHE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $18.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) James Suckling 90: 'Some toasty oak and deep earthy notes here. Tangy dark-berry aromas and flavors make for an engaging palate, and there's some blackberry compote to close. Again, good freshness here.' 60% merlot, 15% each carmenere, petit verdot, 10% malbec.
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(N1203-143) 17 CHATEAU DE CASTELNEAU, ENTRE DEUX MERS  $14.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Vicomte Loic de Roquefeuil, proprietor. 60% semillon, 30% sauvignon, 10% muscadelle. Both rich and racy. Ideal cuvee. Ample, complex, broad./ Semillon solid, 17 juicy, tender, and fresh. Yes, ideal. 92/100.
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(N1203-144) 17 BERGERAC BLANC SEC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX  $14.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) 55% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 5% muscadelle. Fresh, upbeat, dazzling. Sings and swings. The best of both varieties working together. Go to this. Wonderful spread of sauvignon and semillon./ Vital, immediate, sweet. Citrus, passion fruit, lemon curd. Lemon zest. Both sweet and tart. Balanced and everything. 92/100.
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(N1203-145) 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES  $7.99
FRANCE BORDEAUX Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) 80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Yes, much more fulfilled now than three weeks back. Full, crisp, penetrating. Colombard green, racy stuff all over the place./ Then on the palate, a burst of colombard green goodness with gros manseng plump goodness. Dazzles and embraces. 92/100.
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(N1203-146) 15 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DAVIDE, CHATEAU DE BREZE  $31.99
FRANCE LOIRE Newly Available 12/03
Wine & Spirits 93: 'The father-and- son team of Yves and Arnaud Lambert manage the vineyards of this historic chateau on a long-term lease, which started in 2009. They set out to convert the land to organic farming, encouraging the vines to find their sustenance in pure white tuffeau. This parcel covers that tuffeau in a foot of soil, made up of sand and broken limestone rock. It's a wine of singular acidity: No matter how rich the fruit may be, how honeyed the wildflower notes, it still feels dynamic and digestible, spinning scents of pollen into silk. $35.'
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(N1203-147) 16 VOUVRAY TUFFO, DOMAINE PINON  $17.99
FRANCE LOIRE Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Dry, calcareous nose. Seriously good mealtime Vouvray. With aeration, sweet melon, quince and lime come forth to give it some padding./ Very juicy. Hint of botrytis. Delicious fruit salad melange, especially citrus fruits. Honey dipped citrus. Sec tendre, and sturdy for food. 92/100.
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(N1203-148) 15 NUITS ST. GEORGES RONCIERE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE JEAN GRIVOT  $174.95
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 12/03
Wine Spectator 95: 'Silky and expressive, this red delivers cherry, currant, licorice, mineral and spice flavors, matched to a firm, well-balanced structure. The lasting impression is of sweet fruit and spice. Offers an invigorating finish. Best from 2022 through 2034. $210.'
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(N1203-149) 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE  $34.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Wine Spectator 93: 'Bright, offering cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors, this red is pure and focused. There's a solid structure, but the fruit shines through from beginning to end. This is very impressive and long on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. $40.'
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(N1203-150) 18 BEAUJOLAIS PRIMEUR GRIOTTES DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, PIERRE MARIE CHERMETTE  $12.99
FRANCE BURGUNDY Newly Available 12/03
(stocked regularly) Chermette's Primeur is not specially vinified as a Nouveau. Instead, it's a selection of the supplest cuvees of the new harvest from 12 acres of gamay on limestone-clay soil at Le Bois d'Oingt augmented by gamay from his vineyard on granitic soil at Saint Verand. Bright, new, fresh fruit. Best year of this. No fermentation, all fruit. Primary gamay cherry. Juicy, round, perfect./ Less Nouveau like than the others. More like a first year Beaujolais wine. Rich and real young gamay nose. Oh, rich and round, large and suave, ripe and complete. 92/100.
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