updated 1-2-19
ANN ARBOR WINE CLUB JANUARY 2019 SALE

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BORDEAUX - RED
1. 14 CHATEAU TOUR PRIGNAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
         16.79 each; 197.50 case of 12

Largest single vineyard in the Medoc: 315 acres. Oh, boy, big time Medoc cabernet body plus full oak complement. Wow, this is complex./ Dark, full of fruit material and oak bonuses. Grand. 93+/100.
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2. 15 LES TOURS DE CHATEAU BEAUMONT, HAUT MEDOC
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

At Cussac; second wine; 60% cab sauv, 40%. Wow, lots of cabernet sauvignon black currant and a surprising measure of oak in a cru bourgeois second wine./ Fruit surge and fruit depth. Awesome value. 92+/100.
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3. 14 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, HAUT MEDOC
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

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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4. 15 CHATEAU FOURCAS DUPRE, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC
         19.99 each; 234.95 case of 12

Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its elevage - one to keep an eye on.'
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5. 16 CHATEAU PUYBARBE, COTES DE BOURG
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Yes, sweet fruited, complete Bourg package like the 2012 but with a pleasing 2016 burnish of its own./ Indeed, Bourg generous, 16 silk texture. Mild tannin. 91/100.
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6. 14 CAHORS, CHATEAU CAYROU
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Becoming very pretty. Pretty and cool malbec black cherry./ Very pure. Certainly fully ripe. A lot of dash and flow. Yeah. 91/100.
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BORDEAUX - WHITE
7. 17 CHATEAU DE CASTELNEAU, ENTRE DEUX MERS
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

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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8. 15 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
         38.99 each; 229.50 case of 6

Vinous 94: ‘The 2015 Clos Haut-Peyraguey is much more delicate in bottle than it was from barrel. Floral and lifted, with pretty mango, pineapple, apricot and yellow flower nuances, the 2015 is absolutely striking in its beauty. Above all else, what I admire about the Clos Haut-Peyraguey is the expression of richness with no excess weight. This beautifully layered, polished Sauternes is a winner from Bernard Magrez. Drink 2020-2035.'
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9. 17 COTES DU GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng. Sings. Sweet and fresh 2017 Euro white style. The softness of the south. Cool, green fruit fragrance of colombard and sweet stone fruit assets of gros manseng./ Oh, yes, the gros manseng really comes through this vintage, giving this the personality of Gascogne's late harvest blancs while maintaining its true dryness. 92/100.
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LOIRE
10. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Full moss, spring forest, terrarium impressions. The real deal./ Entire flavor confirmation. Large and rustic, traditional. Good acid, tender core. True to type. A lot of muscadet for the money. 91/100.
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11. 17 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

Nice ripe red raspberry Loire cabernet franc aroma. Spicy savor and lift./ Yes, this is ripe and fruity Bourgueil. Sweet fruit always marks this cuvee. 91/100.
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12. 17 VOUVRAY, MARCEL DUBOIS
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

Oh, well, this is a rightful demi sec Vouvray with quince, lime, and calcaire qualities in harmony./ Yes, with the right acid to balance its light sweetness. Just right. Some kind of value! 92/100.
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13. 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE GRAND ST-VINCENT, LES VIGNEREONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

Sings that 2017 Euro white siren song. Mango and citrus. Lovely, lilting northern grown sauvignon./ Well balanced, come hither, wholly flavorful. Long finish. 92/100.
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14. 17 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU
         22.99 each; 269.95 case of 12

Exudes calcaire terroir and varietal citrus./ Great, chewy extract and acid. Pink grapefruit and passion fruit. Juicy closing. The most alluring wine in a set of five 2017 Sancerres. 93/100.
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BURGUNDY - RED
15. 16 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS PINOT NOIR RESERVE PERSONNELLE, AEGERTER
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

Rich, round, and lovely. Flattering Hautes Cotes rusticity. Its sweetness and ripeness approximates the fine 2015 rendition./ Red fruit, bright, sweet, and smooth. Offers plenty to like now and promises more to come. 91+/100.
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16. 14 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
         22.99 each; 269.95 case of 12

Deep, dark, and firm 2014. Faithful to the vintage and to the Arnoux style. Plenty of fruit concentration./ Carries over to the palate. This has amplitude, length, and potential. Stellar value in Cote de Beaune pinot noir. 92+/100.
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17. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DU PY, MAISON L‛ENVOYE
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

Full and classic Morgon Cote du Py. A wine of place. Deep, 2016 sleek, persistent./ Full bodied Morgon, full of fruit and fruit tannin. Beefy Morgon, and ageworthy. 92+/100.
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BURGUNDY - WHITE
18. 17 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE
         19.99 each; 234.95 case of 12

Fevre owns 125 acres of Chablis vineyards, half in 1er and Grand Cru. Full and well composed. A perfect picture of 2017 Chablis./ Yes, super vintage fruit quality and defining calcaire. Well balanced in all respects. Yes. 92/100.
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19. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE BLANC PIMENTIERS, JEAN CHARTRON
         32.99 each; 387.95 case of 12

Chartron fine oak and lees and barrel fermentation. Savigny calcaire./ Savigny style, firmness. Power and persistence. 93+/100.
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20. 16 POUILLY VINZELLES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
         16.79 each; 197.50 case of 12

Entirely from Chateau de Vinzelles, which is managed by Drouhin in behalf of its widowed proprietress. Good Drouhin tailoring with a light oak touch proper for a Maconnais chardonnay. Nice 16 textural burnish./ Light malo and oak touches. Balanced, even handed. Pleasing roundness points to current usefulness. Very popular with the group. 92/100.
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21. 17 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

17th century estate at the 1000-year-old village of Chardonnay. Fresh and flinty, with nice 2017 padding and forgiveness, plus the good, solid Talmard framework. Full bodied aroma, surging and textural./ Full 2017 fruit flavor. Plenty of bulk, form, length. 91+/100.
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RHONE/MIDI
22. 17 SAVOIE JONGIEUX, EUGENE CARREL
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

All jacquere. Incredible eruption of aromas. Ideal./ Yes, a flash of fresh fruit flavors. Immediacy. All-occasion stuff. 91/100.
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23. 15 SAINT JOSEPH, DOMAINE J. DENUZIERE
         24.99 each; 293.95 case of 12

Wine Spectator 92: 'This is intense, packed with fig, blackberry and boysenberry pate de fruit notes, driven by brambly grip and framed by roasted mesquite and licorice root accents. Will need a little time to unfurl fully. Best from 2020 through 2027. $30.'
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24. 17 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
         9.79 each; 114.95 case of 12

Fresh, cool, and in style. Black fruits and black pepper./ Cool and smooth with alcohol at 14%, plus glycerol. Long, peppery, complicated aftertaste. Yes. 91+/100.
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25. 15 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU
         16.79 each; 197.50 case of 12

Wine & Spirits 92/100. My notes: 50 year old vines at Sorgues; 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault. Oh, big and powerful and packed with rich fruit with licorice lacings. Abundant; full concentration. Etched; 3D nasal texture./ Full, sprawling, powerful, long, loaded. Yes, lots of material. Fine tannin. 92+/100.
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26. 16 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Fuller, redder, blacker, deeper than the Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone.. Oh my, this is total in all dimensions and respects. Cassis even./ Wow, everything to like in the Cotes du Rhone amplified here. Yow. 92+/100.
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27. 15 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE COUROULU
         17.49 each; 204.95 case of 12

60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Deep, cool, dry, very spicy and variegated classic. Full Couroulu Vacqueyras character. A perfectly ripe 2015./ Oh, boy, this spreads out all over the palate. All over the place. Peacock‛s tail finale! 93+/100.
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28. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
         20.99 each; 246.95 case of 12

Wine Spectator 92: ‘Fleshy and ripe, with delicious cherry and raspberry paste flavors that glide over dried garrigue, anise and tar accents. The solidly built finish is well-integrated. Best from 2018 through 2025. $28.’
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29. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SIGNATURE, FONT DU LOUP
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

80% grenache blanc, 10% each clairette, viognier. Full, straw like grenache blanc aroma./ Yes, grenache blanc full and emphatic, with hovering airs of the minor players. This will be fabulous with food. 91+/100.
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30. 15 COTES CATALANES GRENACHE VIEILLES VIGNES NICOLAS, DOMAINE LAFAGE
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Parker 92: ‛Made from 100% Grenache, the 2015 Cotes Catalanes Nicolas comes from granite and schist soils in the Roussillon and is brought up in demi-muids and barrels. This sensational wine is unquestionably one of the best values I've tasted in a long, long time. Blueberries, kirsch, chocolate and garrigue all emerge from this full-bodied, sexy, polished beauty that offers tons of fruit and texture while never seeming over the top or cumbersome. Buy a case, pretend you spent a lot more money than you actually did, and drink this knock-out red over the coming 2-3 years.‛
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ALSACE
31. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, HUGEL
         18.99 each; 223.50 case of 12

This sings. And tingles. Pure citrus. No petrol, no evergreen. Exactly right, young, dry Alsace riesling. Notes of cedar and peach./ All fruit, all peach and citrus. No terpenes. Great acid. 92/100.
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32. 15 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, SCHOENHEITZ
         16.79 each; 197.50 case of 12

Southern Alsace sultry. Ginger and other brown spices. Rich./ Plenty of varietal character. It‛s bulking up. Power to match its fructose and glycerol. Dynamic. 92/100.
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GERMANY/AUSTRIA
33. 17 MOSEL RIESLING URBAN, NIK WEIS
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

By the proprietor of St. Urbans Hof. Fresh, sweet fruit aroma. Attractively scented. Well etched thanks to acid and extract. Perfect poise./ Off dry style Weis prefers. Well balanced. Has widened its spread of flavors and feels since summer. Surely fulfilled. 91/100.
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34. 17 NAHE ESTATE RIESLING TROCKEN, DONNHOFF
         21.99 each; 258.50 case of 12

Aloof, compact, composed, confident. Grows in the glass. Tingly. Nahe riesling doesn't get any better than Donnhoff's./ Very dry, juicy, extract- and acid-laden. Huge feel and flavor. Food, please. 94+/100.
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35. 16 RHEINGAU RIESLING TROCKEN 101, WEINGUT SPREITZER
         16.79 each; 197.50 case of 12

Wine Spectator 90/100. My notes: Est. 1641. A spot on Rheingau riesling trocken nose./ Well balanced high trocken palate impression. Excellent value. 91/100.
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36. 17 WAGRAM GRUNER VELTLINER, ECKER liter
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Fresh. Apple and legume imbued. Right. A quaffer./ All over again. Good acid, and a soft inner lining. Flavorful. 91/100.
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37. 15 NIEDEROSTERREICH ZWEIGELT, HERMANN MOSER
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Whoa, soars and sings. Full fruited, with spicy-peppery extras as well as herb notes, especially thyme./ Yes, a surge of varietal fruit, herb, and spices flavors. Fine juice, acid, tannin. Paints the complete picture. Stock this one for sure. 92/100.
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IBERIA
38. 17 BEIRA INTERIOR BEYRA, RUI ROBOREDO MADEIRA
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

Half each siria and fonte cal, grown in granite and schist soils at 2200 feet. Fresh, crisp, upbeat. Citrus, mineral, wet stone. Full, Ideal./ Yes, total savor, feel, minerality, and fruit vitality. Saturated, lingering. 92/100.
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39. 16 BEIRA INTERIOR RESERVA BEYRA, RUI ROBOREDO MADEIRA
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

80% roriz, 20% jaen (mencia). 8 months in barrels, 1/3 French oak, 2/3 American oak. Full, fabulous oak display and long-in-barrel breadth and complexity./ Yes, the barrel extracts and barrel sojourn both talk the reserva talk. Delicious balance of original fruit and barrel influences. Little tannin to hone away, so put it right to use this winter. 92/100.
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40. 15 DOURO VALE DO BOMFIM, DOW
         8.99 each; 104.95 case of 12

40% touriga franc, 25% touriga nacional, 35% field blend. Rich, ripe, balanced, dark fruited./ Burst of complex berries and barrel. Intricate and exciting palate. Splendid. Sweet, suave, mellow. Yes, eminently balanced Douro tinta. Dow and Symington family well managed. Very nice composition. I love it. 92+/100. List price: $15.
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41. 17 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, NEBOA
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

On slate instead of the usual granite.. Very rich and spicy take. Tingles./ Zesty, spritzy, rich, racy, flavorful. Stone fruit and pear flavors. 92/100.
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42. 16 RIBEIRA SACRA VINA DO BURATO, D. VENTURA
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Wine & Spirits 93 - BEST BUY: ‘From a parcel of 80-year-old vines on slate and clay near the Mino River, it presents the mencia grape in all its fruity splendor—flavors of cherries, raspberries and blackberries—decorated with notes of slate and black pepper. The texture has enough grip for game while the acidity projects a sense of refreshment. $22.’
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43. C.V.C. RIOJA GRAN FAMILIA, CASTILLO DE FUENMAYOR
         9.79 each; 114.95 case of 12

CVC Rioja comes from more than one vintage, usually two or three adjacent years. Shows maturity in both barrel and bottle. Mellow, savory, ready to enjoy, That‛s the beauty of CVC./ Yeah, sweet fruit, and mellow, spicy seasoning from barrel age. Rangy and fully meal worthy. 91/100.
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44. 16 PRIORAT, LA CARTUJA
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

70% garnacha, 3% carignan. Not reductive like the 2015 but a bit youthful and stiff. Has fruit sweetness of the varieties. A proper example and value./ Yeah, violets, and black and purple fruit. Dry and well structured. Pretty violets aftertaste. Back in the ball game here. 91+/100.
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45. 15 JUMILLA MONASTRELL UNGRAFTED OLD VINES ALTOS DE LA HOYA FINCA HOYA DE SANTA ANA, BODEGAS OLIVARES
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Deep, intense black fruit. Both dry extract and alluring fruit cremes./ Yes, both textural impressions; and plenty of purple fruit flavor. Acidity, balance, fine tannins, all. 2015 richness carries. 92/100.
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ITALY - RED
46. 10 BARBARESCO MONCIRALDO, MALGRA
         24.99 each; 293.95 case of 12

14%. Well, I can get some elegance now that this has had some additional bottle age.. Roses, violets overtones. Very firm 2010 core yet. Intriguing; unique./ This is growing on me. Glycerol, elegance, substance, structure. Grip yet, plus lots for flair and elegance. I have confidence. Great price. 92+/100.
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47. 15 BARBERA D’ASTI LAVIGNONE, PICO MACCARIO
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Wine Spectator 90: ‛Graphite and spice aromas give way to blackberry, pomegranate and fruitcake flavors. A bit rustic now, but ends with a beam of pure blackberry. Drink now through 2022.‛
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48. 17 ALTO ADIGE SCHIAVA, ELENA WALCH
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

The grape‛s named trollinger in Baden-Wurttemberg. In both lands it produces fresh, gulpable red wines that, for lack of tannins, can be enjoyed cool. Tender, clear, lithe, ripe, fruity./ Gentle flow, flavor, acid. As it should be. 91/100.
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49. 17 BARDOLINO CLASSICO, LENOTTI
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

55% corvina, 35% rondinella, 10% molinara. Very fresh and bright and upbeat. Sweet plum aroma./ Yes, smooth and fruity, with a light viscosity even, which coats the acid. No tannin, so serve cool for further refreshment. Perfectly crafted Bardolino. 92/100.
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50. 11 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA, VILLA DI VETRICE
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

Mature and revealing./ Mature and easy like so many other 2011 Tuscan rossos coming to fruition this year. Good acid. Well liked by the group. Many orders taken. 91/100.
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51. 12 MAREMMA AMPELEIA, AMPELEIA
         27.99 each; 328.95 case of 12

Vinous 94: ‛The 2012 Ampeleia is shaping up to be fabulous. Deep, layered and incredibly vivid, the 2012 presents an intriguing mélange of sweet plum, black cherry, spice and new leather. The Ampeleia is the most overt of the wines, but it also happens to be the most complete. Today, the flavors are naturally quite primary, but all the 2012 needs is further time in bottle. Ampeleia is mostly Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese, with a healthy dollop of other red grapes. $45.‛
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52. 17 MAREMMA MANDRIOLO, MORIS FARMS
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Fresh. Accomplished. Not whole bunch by nature./ Juicy, textured, fruity, flavorful. Sure works great. 92/100.
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53. 13 MOLISE RAMITELLO, DI MAJO NORANTE
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

85% montepulciano, 15% aglianico. Sweet and sassy, with monte violets and aglianico size./ Oh, yes, the fruit, the flower, the range, the texture. I love both these varietals, and I love how they always work so well together in this wine. 92/100.
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54. 17 PUGLIA NEGROAMARO TERRE DI SAVA, LUCCARELLI
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Bright, dark, immediate, real negroamaro. Fulfilled already. Persistent, penetrating aromatics./ Rich and friendly. Full fruit creme flavor with acid to balance. Total. 92/100.
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ITALY - WHITE
55. 18 MOSCATO D’ASTI BRICCO RIELLA, VALTER BARBERO
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Soo dainty and elegant and peachy and floral. Ethereal moscato./ Balance of sparkle, sweetness, and acidity. Complete package. 93/100.
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56. 17 LUGANA, CA’ MAIOL
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Crisp, green, fresh, right, new, and large./ Pleasing body and texture. This talks the talk. Even fuller and more expressive than it was when first tasted in early summer. Trebbiano di Lugana fulfilled. 92/100.
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57. 17 ALTO ADIGE SAUVIGNON CASTEL RINGBERG, ELENA WALCH
         20.99 each; 246.95 case of 12

Yikes! Total gooseberry penetration. Rings and sings./ 17 soft, gentle, inviting. Long gooseberry aftertaste with a mango flair. 93/100.
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58. 06 VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA, FATTORIA IL LAGO half bottle
         15.99 each; 93.95 case of 6

19.5%. Oh, dry, nutty, powerful nose. Jawbreaker extract of all 2006 Tuscan wines. Definitive vin santo and so well composed. Hickory nut bouquet of a fine, old dry oloroso./ The palate is totally concentrated, lushly sweet, and forceful. This is huge! The finish is dry, nutty, and endless. 98/100. List price: $50 per half bottle.
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INTERNATIONAL
59. 17 PELEE ISLAND ONTARIO CABERNET FRANC
         8.49 each; 99.95 case of 12

Oh, sweet and crisp both, and full of spontaneity and spunk. Ideal cool climate cabernet franc red raspberry aroma./ Yes, both sweet and tart, and full of fruit. Great price. 92/100.
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60. 17 MANTINIA MOSCHOFILERO, BOUTARI
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Extreme, bright, and classic. Ideal./ Scores. Musky, citrusy. Stone fruit, especially apricot. Acid and texture. Great. 93/100.
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61. 16 MASSAYA LE COLOMBIER MOUNT LEBANON - BEQAA VALLEY RED
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

35% each cinsault, grenache; 15% ea syrah, tempranillo at 3000-3800 feet; Faqra (Mt Lebanon) & Tanail (Bequaa Valley); owners Ghosn family, Brunier (Vieux Telegraphe), Hebrard (Cheval Blanc). One big cinsault, with helpers. Bursting with fruit, spice, power. I mean, really full blown. Fruit and spice bomb. More extravagant than ever. This has OOMPH!/ Again, this is big. Everything carries over from the nose. Power, body, texture, tannin, fruit, spice, all. Fine acid too. This is amazing! 93+/100.
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U.S. - RED
62. 16 AIRFIELD ESTATES LONE BIRCH YAKIMA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

80% cab sauv, with merlot, petit verdot. Sweet black fruits. Easy and appealing./ Sweet and gentle. Come hither. 91/100.
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63. 16 EDGE ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
         19.99 each; 234.95 case of 12

By Signorello. 87% cab sauv, 10% cab franc, 3% malbec. Oh, very pretty, elegant, and fresh for ALV. Napa hand shows. Nothing hot or roti about it. Full ripe fruit charm./ Sweet and charming both. The right direction to take. Has a unique combination of largesse, creme richness, and discretion. 93+/100.
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64. 16 AUSTIN HOPE PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON
         42.99 each; 249.95 case of 6

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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65. 16 SEVEN HILLS WINERY WALLA WALLA VALLEY MERLOT
         18.99 each; 223.50 case of 12

14.4%; est. 1988. One powerful, loaded, heavy duty merlot. Talks the Walla Walla talk. So generous./ Yes, sweet and strong and concentrated. Now come forth great barrel qualities of oak, caramel, char. Full concentration here. Lots to offer. 93+/100. List price: $30.
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66. 17 PATRICIA GREEN RESERVE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
         22.99 each; 269.95 case of 12

30% from four Dundee Hills sites, vine age 18-44 years; 35% from the estate; 35% from Freedom Hill Vineyard. Fuller and richer and oakier than the 2016 even. For real./ Yes, full and broad and deep and flavorful. Just right acid. Already completely formed, it will earn more complexity with bottle age. 93+/100.
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67. 14 JOSEPH SWAN CUVEE DE TROIS RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR
         29.99 each; 352.50 case of 12

Rough hewn and spicy Swan style of pinot noir. Good oak. New World pinot sweet and plush./ Good power; it's actually cooling. Shows 2014 cool fruit too. Sweet fruit and oak in harmony. Swan gamy note extra. Unfined, unfiltered, unfettered. 93/100.
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68. 16 SEAN MINOR FOUR BEARS CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

True pinot, strong, frank, and woody out of the gate. Medium color suggests it hasn‛t been augmented with darker varieties, thank goodness./ Spicy pinot and rightful oak flavors. Delivers fruit sweetness, flavor, power, acid, all. Good value. 91/100.
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69. 16 BONNY DOON CLOS DE GILROY CENTRAL COAST GRENACHE
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Alta Loma, Rancho Solo, Wolff, Lieff, & Shokrian Vineyards. Big charge of California grenache. Shows the way. Sweetly fruity, open hearted./ Yes, an accurate expression of Central Coast grenache, with good flow and pleasing body. 91/100.
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70. 16 TRENTADUE OLD PATCH LOT 44 CALIFORNIA RED
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

By the family that sold Ridge its Monte Bello vineyard. 67% zinfandel, 25% petite sirah, 5% carignane, 3% syrah. Thorough fruit with oak augmentation. All zin all the time./ Sweet, strong, and balanced. Yes, has it all. 93/100.
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U.S. - WHITE
71. 16 CHARLES KRUG ST. HELENA SAUVIGNON BLANC
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

Yes, they did it again. Big and bold as it should be. Also that crispness. A good series./ Wears its power well. Body and gooseberry varietal character. Mealworthy oomph. 92/100.
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72. 17 CHALK HILL SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY
         17.49 each; 204.95 case of 12

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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73. 16 OBSIDIAN ESTATE POSEIDON VINEYARD CARNEROS CHARDONNAY
         23.99 each; 281.95 case of 12

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘Flavorful and rich in texture, this generous and full-bodied wine presents a rather light, toasty aroma. Ripe, concentrated fruit and oak flavors are carried on a plush texture that coats the palate with vanilla, baking spice and ripe pear that linger on the finish.’
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74. 17 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY MURMUR MICHIGAN WHITE
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Pinot gris, pinot blanc, riesling, traminette. Youthful pinot gris nose./ Pinot gris richness. Hints of the aromatic varieties in the back. Love the texture and acid. Will gain greater aromatic spread over the coming weeks. 91+/100. (Tasted 10/1/18).
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75. 15 FENN VALLEY ESTATE LATE HARVEST FENNVILLE VIGNOLES
         13.99 each; 164.50 case of 12

Sweet aromas of peach, orange, blossom, and honey. Tingly and round both./ Yes, impeccable varietal expression in a late harvest setting. Great play of acidity and sweetness. Full flavor range. 93/100.
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76. 17 MCMANIS FAMILY CALIFORNIA PINOT GRIGIO
         10.49 each; 123.50 case of 12

Good, rich example with freshness, fullness, spunk./ Full flavor and vigor. Ideal weight, style, clarity. 91/100.
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77. 17 VERTERRA LEELANAU PENINSULA DRY RIESLING
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Best Dry White Wine Trophy - 2018 Michigan Wine Competition. Fact is, the 2016 achieved the same honor in 2017! Very crisp, well balanced and fine, noble expression of dry riesling. Perfect poise. Plenty of cut as well as the richness and ripeness. It's truly dry. Laying in there so well. Not perfumey at all. Straight out dinner wine./ Good riesling taste. Peach. Good edgy acid. Extract, texture. So well put together. Eminently well composed and confident, totally mealworthy. 92/100.
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SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
78. 17 ZORZAL TERROIR UNICO UCO VALLEY MALBEC
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

At 5000'. Unoaked. Oh, full, bright, young, upbeat black cherry malbec nose. Sweet fruit./ Great acid and form. Some tannin yet. Fine future. 91+/100.
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79. 17 ALFREDO ROCA FINCAS LA PERSERVERANCIA & SANTA HERMINIA SAN RAFAEL PINOT NOIR
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

There it is again: that smoky throw-back to Burgundies of yore. Smoked cherry. Warm earth. Unique in its field, year after year./ Pleasing body. Special combo of ripe and tart pinot fruit elements, and that smoky-gamy aura. Old reliable; no other pinot like it. 91+/100.
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80. 15 HACIENDA ARAUCANO RESERVA COLCHAGUA CARMENERE
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

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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81. 15 TERRANOBLE GRAN RESERVA MAULE VALLEY CARIGNAN
         15.99 each; 187.95 case of 12

Wonderful cassis aroma, as well as carignan juicy cherry. Intense, beautiful. The price is glorious./ Griotte, wild cherry. Texture, flavor, barrel age without woodiness. Unbelievable. 92/100.
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82. 17 SPY VALLEY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Fresh and brisk as always, but even more brilliant in 2017./ Yes, fresh citrus of the ripe sort. More like tangerine than grapefruit. Balanced and delish. 92/100.
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83. 15 SIMON HACKETT THE GATEKEEPER MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Unfiltered. Buxom, ample, friendly. Sweet, abundant, spicy-oaky./ Rich and full McLaren style of fruit plus the oak seasonings. Gives and gives. 92/100.
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84. 16 TYRRELL'S HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON
         18.99 each; 223.50 case of 12

Est. 1858. Classic waxy character plus newness, brightness./ Yes, good lemon curd semillon fruit. Fine balance of acid and glycerol. Hallmark composition. 92/100.
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85. 16 SIMONSIG STELLENBOSCH PINOTAGE
         16.99 each; 199.95 case of 12

A full one, with coffee, charcuterie, roasted meat, beef stock./ Flavor confirms. A big, beefy pinotage. Substantial and outstanding. 92/100.
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ROSE
86. 17 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
         11.49 each; 134.95 case of 12

Fine set of berry aromas. Both brisk and full./ Good body and sense of power, even at just 12.5%. Well balanced too. Impressive flavor length. 92/100.
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87. 17 LANGUEDOC ROSE K, LA BERGERIE
         5.99 each; 69.95 case of 12

50% grenache, 30% syrah, 20% mourvedre. Nose of raspberry and strawberry./ Lithe, pink-peachy, floral, powdered, padded. Lovely bargain. 91/100.
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FORTIFIED/FRUIT
88. LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA LOS ARCOS DRY AMONTILLADO SHERRY
         16.99 each; 99.95 case of 6

Parker 93: 'The non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Solera Reserva reveals a medium amber hue along with a nutty, honeyed, dry personality with great acid.' My notes: Dry and distinguished. Not a bit of youthful stickiness. This is all about sophistication of age: wood, nut, toffee, time in cask bouquet./ Yes, full dry, good acidity, good spirit. Perfect weight. Wood, nut. All in pleasing harmony. Fine craftsmanship. 93/100.
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89. LONZ MON AMI RARE AMERICAN RUBY PORT
         11.49 each; 67.50 case of 6

From the Lake Erie isles. Sweet and strong at 18%. Well balanced. Really does have a ruby porto take. Doesn‛t show much labrusca at all./ Fruitiness, ruby-ness. Yes, 18% and wears it well. Sweet. The flavor intensity builds in the glass. 91/100.
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SPARKLING
90. DOMAINE DESIRE PETITE CREMANT DE JURA ROSE
         16.79 each; 197.50 case of 12

A pungent and distinctive fruit fragrance. Savagnin?/ Forthcoming, ripe, sweet. Light berry and red stone fruit aromatics. Very spicy and distinctive flavor. Well, I’ve just learned it’s pinot noir. And, my goodness, like none other. Hugely expressive and popular at December‛s Champagne Brunch. 92/100.
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91. BISOL PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DESIDERIO JEIO BRUT
         14.99 each; 176.50 case of 12

Fresh, fine, fruity, leesy, fabulous./ Yes, this is a great prosecco source. Ideal. 93/100.
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92. 17 PENEDES PETILLANT BLANC AVINYO, J. ESTEVE NADAL
         12.99 each; 152.95 case of 12

This sings. All about newness. Fresh, powdery, both tingly and cushioned. Mousse brings the aroma right to the fore. Very exciting. Fully fragrant. Best ever./ Light citrus and blossom flavors. Sweet-tart balance. Lovely. Great aperitif. Very appetite stimulating. Bravo. 91/100.
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POTPOURRI
93. ST. PAULI GIRL LAGER BEER 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles
         13.99 each; 27.50 case of 2

Brewed in Bremen, Germany since 1857 in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516, which permits only water, barley, and hops as ingredients (yeast was not understood at the time). The original brewery was next to St. Paul's Friary. The label features a tavern waitress in a traditional outfit. St. Pauli Girl lager is made of two row spring barley from the south of England, a special strain of yeast, ice-age glacier water from the Rotenburger Rinne, plus hops from the famous Hallertau Hop Gardens in southern Germany. In the style of a north German lager, it is very crisp, and inviting of 'fruits of the sea.'
(Order program will automatically add appropriate deposit for you. Tax is not charged on deposits.)
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94. RENIERIS ESTATE CRETE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 750ml bottle
         8.99 each; 26.50 case of 3

The Renieris family has kept olive groves at Lakonia on Crete since 1897. Today, the estate is certified organic. I love this oil’s green aromas suggestive of spring grass, artichoke, and arugula.
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95. GRANDE SMOKED AGED PROVOLONE 12 oz package
         5.99 each; 17.50 case of 3

Made at Fond du Lac WI, this is slowly cured and lightly smoked over applewood from local orchards. The ingredients are simply pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, and enzymes. Wonderfully pungent at room temperature and as a melted component of pasta dishes.
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96. DANIELE PORTOFINO SALAME CHUB 7 oz chub
         4.29 each; 12.50 case of 3

Dry cured for up to 120 days, this is a fine ground skinless salame, pork based, with white wine, sea salt, and spices added. In the Ligurian style, in contrast to the Veneto style of last sale's Daniele offering.
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97. AUSTIN BLACK NATURAL AMERICAN STYLE KOBE GROUND BEEF one pound tray
         8.99 each; 26.50 case of 3

Located in Hunts Park Market, Bronx MY, Austin Meat sells the highest quality wholesale Kobe beef to be found outside Japan. The cattle are grass fed and raised without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones. The fat in this ground beef is entirely integrated, so it cooks like a dream (if you can resist nibbling at it 'tartare'). Sold frozen.
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98. FALKSALT SMOKE NATURAL SEA SALT CRYSTAL FLAKES 4.4 oz cup
         3.99 each; 11.50 case of 3

FalkSalt has been Sweden's premium salt manufacturer since 1830. Gives sauces, dips, and vegetables a subtly smoked flavor.
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99. SO GOOD! GARLIC BREAD WITH WHITE WINE 13.4 oz baguette
         2.19 each; 6.50 case of 3

Product of Allegany Foods, Toronto ON. Compared to the other brands of frozen garlic bread, this one is super intense in flavor, and the white wine adds a dash of 'je ne sais quoi'.
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100. MITICA ORANGE DELIGHTS 5 oz tub
         5.49 each; 15.95 case of 3

Hand dipped, dark chocolate coated candied orange slices from Valencia, Spain. The chocolate is 56% minimum cocoa content.
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Ann Arbor Wine Club is the local dining and buying club. Membership is a local benefit of Ann Arbor Tasters Guild / AWS and includes member reservation prices for our monthly events. Newsletters for all clubs are sent together every other month. POSTAL DELIVERY
Ann Arbor Wine Club membership (AAWC): 12.00

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Ann Arbor Wine Club membership (AAWC): 6.00


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