Newly Available Wines updated 2024-06-06

Newly Available Wines and Comestibles

for your enjoyment

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
To encourage orders early in each cycle, when availability is best,
10% discount for 1-5 bottles
12% discount for 6 or more bottles

through FRIDAY, June 21, 2024
This applies ONLY to online purchases -- no minimum.

TIPS:
Our Newly Available section includes wines and vintages
newly-arrived in our market, as well as previously-arrived wines
that are newly-reviewed by Dick or the wine press.
We strive to add new lists every few weeks.

These wines are not always available on our shelves to the
casual shopper, much less available in large quantities.
Please note: in case of a misprint or price change,
the in-store price supercedes.

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U.S.

n0603-100. 20 CASTLE ROCK CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON    91/100

Dark red violet. Dark fruited style of 2020. And probably North Coast. Sweet and smooth smelling. Yes, the blackberry facet of cab sauv. Well textured and mouthfilling. Flavorful. A very successful vintage of this and great bargain. Lasting finish. Must stock. 91/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

n0603-101. 21 IAN BRAND LE P'TIT PAYSAN OLD VINES SAN BENITO CABERNET SAUVIGNON    92/100

Intense and bright 2021 old vines cabernet with true regional ID. I have to go back a few years to recall my last San Benito cabernet; still, the memory hasn't faded. And the palate is equally accurate for the county's cabernets. And this terroir expression is not muddled up by oak. Good balance, no tannin obstacles. Glad to see the county represented by cabernet again in this market. 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

n0603-102. 22 SOTER PLANET OREGON WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR    92/100

Fresh, bright, fruity, crystal clear take on OR pinot by the master, Tony Soter. Seems to be some oak spices to it as well, certainly a seasoning only. This is just joyous. And just as smooth, well crafted, and appealing on the palate. Simple goodness. Bravo, Tony! An ideal intro to Willamette pinot noir. 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

n0603-103. 21 FESS PARKER STA RITA HILLS PINOT NOIR    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92: 'With scents of smoke, clove and dark spices, this has the depth and the feel of amaro but none of the sweetness. The cherry flavors are dry and concentrated, plump but persistent, with an exotically spicy complement of tannins on the finish, firm enough for duck with a roast cherry gastrique.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

n0603-104. 21 FIFTYROW WHEELHOUSE VINEYARD SUISUN VALLEY CHARBONO    94/100

Dark, intense, and classic. Nicely barrel augmented. There aren't many of these around anymore, and I don't think anyone is planting the variety, so it's probably old vines contributing to the intensity. Clear and forthcoming varietal character. Long, balanced. Probably the best on the market. 94/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

n0603-105. 19 BRASSFIELD ESTATE ERUPTION HIGH VALLEY RED    92+/100

Petite sirah, syrah, malbec, mourvedre, grenache. The Brassfield signature wine maintains its style and quality this vintage. Melange of black fruits in sympathy with each other. Both rich and racy. Complete: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Keep it up, guys. 92+/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-106. 22 MATERRA ESTATE OAK KNOLL DISTRICT SAUVIGNON BLANC    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Complex, sophisticated and partially oak aged, this wine offers an intricate array of white pepper, sea salt and citrus aromas followed by a textured, tangy palate full of toast, vanilla, ginger and gooseberry flavors. It is concentrated, memorable and long on the finish. $27.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

n0603-107. 22 SCHUG CARNEROS CHARDONNAY    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'A tantalizing, toasty top note draws you into this mouth-coating, richly flavorful and full-bodied wine. Spicy oak notes, light butter accents and poached pear flavors bring a lot of satisfaction on the sip. $40.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

n0603-108. 23 FIELD RECORDINGS CHALONE WHITE    92/100

Half each melon, pinot blanc. 50 year old La Puestra block vines; harvested early for high acidity; aged on lees until bottling. A nurseryman, Andrew Jones has stood in virtually every vineyard of the Central Coast. Not oaky like the Pinot Blanc Chalone Vineyard made decades back. Old vines intense. Convincing of both varietal components. Pure and delightful CA take. Oh, yes, this is fresh and uplifting, delicious and mealworthy. Great acid and old vines texture. Long finish. 92/100. Tied for WOTN thanks to its European styling.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

NEW ZEALAND

n0603-109. 22 AMISFIELD CENTRAL OTAGO SAUVIGNON BLANC    93/100

This is wild; this is extreme. Gooseberry and cat pee. Makes a big time statement. Add mint and hyssop, pink grapefruit, and some passion fruit. NZ's coolest zone makes a mark on sauvignon blanc. First one I've had from here. 93/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

AUSTRALIA

n0603-110. 21 TORBRECK WOODCUTTER'S BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Ever the reliable wine in the Torbreck lineup (challenged only by the beauty of the Steading, but nevertheless), the Woodcutters has tightened up over time. My first introduction to it almost 10 years ago recalls a plush, full-bodied wine that delivered all the Barossa feels and flavors that one could possibly hope for. These days, and today specifically, the 2021 Woodcutter's Shiraz is tight and tense, with black brooding fruit set to a rigging of firm, savory tannins. The oak is subliminal in this wine, leaving only the tannins to shape the fruit. Really handled well. Impressive. Drink 2022-2032.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

n0603-111. 23 POINT ORMOND FRANKLAND RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC    92/100

Pale. Incisive acidity leads to a 'mineral' presence. Stark, sharp citrus oil flavor and acid. Sauvignon to the extreme dryness and quick. Unique among Aussie sauvignon blancs. 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SOUTH AFRICA

n0603-112. 22 BABYLONSTOREN BABEL SIMONSBERG-PAARL RED    (93/100)

Tasting Panel 93: 'Ripe plum, boysenberry pie, and a p9inch of salty minerality. Round and luscious notes of coffee bean and underbrush are surrounded by supple tannins. $19.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FRANCE BORDEAUX

n0603-113. 18 CHATEAU MORIN, SAINT ESTEPHE    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'This wine shows its Saint-Estephe origin with its solid, firm tannins. It has perfumed black currant fruit flavors for the future. Ripe and still maturing, the wine will be ready from 2026. $30.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

n0603-114. 20 COUVENT DES JACOBINS, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'The 2020 Couvent des Jacobins bursts with aromas of minty blackberries, plums, incense and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming palate that's framed by powdery tannins. A gourmand, seamless wine, this will offer a broad drinking window. It's a blend of Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink 2025-2050.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

n0603-115. 22 CHATEAU LA CASTILLONNE, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON    91/100

At Saint Loubes, in northern Entre deux Mers bordering the Dordogne across from Fronsac. Closed up nose upon opening. With aeration citricity comes in a Bordeaux sauvignon's sensible rather than exaggerated manner. Understated tangerine and mango flavors mark the palate. Very nice balance, burnished texture, and extended finish carry it along. Ultimately, a winner. 91/100. 'Very easy to drink; a summer day on a glass.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

n0603-116. 18 CAHORS MALBEC LA GAMOTIN CLOS DE GAMOT, JOUFFREAU    92/100

Est. 1450; all malbec; 40-120 year old vines on the second and third terraces above the Lot. Black Cahors color. 2018 sweet and forward. This cuvee is designed to drink sooner than the other, more expensive Jouffreaus. This is at an ideal stage. The fruit remains sweetly expressive, and age is bringing on desirable maturity. Well balanced. Long. Flavorful. Attractive now, for sure. Will cellar mid term too. 92/100. Enjoyed for its typicity and drinkability.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-117. 23 COTES DE GASCOGNE, MONT GRAVET    92/100

Half each sauvignon blanc, colombard.; was Pays d'Oc in 2022; now back to Gascogne. Oh, yes, this varietal pair fits together just right in Mont Gravet's recent whites. Used to be all colombard, which was nice to see for its own sake. Still, sauvignon adds aromatic spiel without suppressing colombard's contributions, surprisingly. Masterful craftsmanship. So the two go tandem down the palate trail. Honestly, perhaps the most expressive vintage to date. Love the balance, love the generosity, love the price. 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FRANCE LOIRE

n0603-118. 22 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE BRIORDS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE LA PEPIERE    93/100 *

10 acre hillside site on granite above the Maine; oldest vines of the estate, 50-70 years old; aged eight months sur lie in cisterns. Boy, that's a deep seated, classic, mossy Muscadet nose. Old vines intensity. Full and round in the mouth too, and exceptionally flavorful. Say, this is really worth the premium price. Balanced, nicely textured, and very long lasting. 93/100. Wine of the Night for most attendees. 'The best I have had in years.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

n0603-119. 21 ANJOU CABERNET FRANC, DOMAINE DES FORGES    91/100

Est. 1890; family estate at St. Aubin de Luigne; from green and black slate soils on either side of the Layon. Nice and sweet smelling Anjou take on cabernet franc. No ripeness issues here in cool 2021. Equally sweet and smooth on the palate. Underlying 2021 acidity comes forth as a sip rolls over the tongue. Bargain priced for the levels of quality and authenticity. 91/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

n0603-120. 22 SANCERRE, CHARLES DEBOURGES    91/100

Hints of gunflint, silex, grapefruit. Pleasing enough, and 2022 round and fruity. More flavor coming forth as it warms in the mouth. Yes, perfectly pleasant, well balanced, and ready to drink. Some plumpness but a solid acidity too. Well enough priced these days. 91/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

n0603-121. 22 COTE ROANNAISE CUVEE PERDRIZIERE, DOMAINE SEROL    92+/100

Cuvee name is the vineyard name. Lovely dark red violet color. Cool scented but not lacking in oomph. Wonderful aromatic concentration. Full bodied and textured. Delivers. This gamay saint romain surely has more material to it han Beaujolais's gamay a jus noir. The price looked high at first; not now. 92+/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FRANCE BURGUNDY

n0603-122. 21 BOURGOGNE, DOMAINE MICHEL JUILLOT    93+/100

Vines planted in 1974 and 1989; native yeasts; aged a year in oak casks. Appropriately light color of pinot from a cool vintage. It belies and rich and robust, forthcoming Chalonnaise aroma set of black cherry, resin, and wood spices. Albeit 2021 crisp and cool at the same time. Equally generous in the mouth and, again displaying bright fruit acidity. Wide spectrum of fruit and barrel flavors. No tannin issues. Long finish showing lovely texture. 93+/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

n0603-123. 21 COTE DE NUITS VILLAGES, DOMAINE GACHOT-MONOT    94+/100

Est. 1890 at Corgoloin; aged 15 months in barrels. Oh, that's a big burst of Nuits pinot black plum, augmented by savory barrel extras. Complex indeed. This is upscale. And uplifting thanks to 2021 coolness. A throwback Burgundy vintage. Just as fresh and cool a 2021 on the palate. Sweet, ripe fruit counters its racy acidity. Very nice take on the AOC, at a very palatable price. 93+/100. The Wednesday group tasting attendee who took the bottle remains home notes: 'Later that night and at 48 hours a baking spice quality developed in th enose, along with mild florals, black pepper, orange peel. And some classic undergrowth, too. It's really a throwback in style to vintages long past. It is fully ripe by the fruit flavors and by the qualoity of the acids, but it's no fruit bomb. 94+/100.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

n0603-124. 22 BEAUJOLAIS, DOMAINE DUPEUBLE    91+/100

Est. 1512; vines 50-100 years old; 2/3 on granitic soils, unusual in southern Beaujolais; native years; unfiltered. Sweet smelling, dark fruited, nicely polished; in tune. Dupeuble smooth. Good acid. Dusting of fine grained tannins. Old vines material extract, grip. 91+/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-125. 22 BROUILLY GRAND CRU REVERDON, CHATEAU THIVIN    92+/100 *

Est. 1877; Famille Geoffray; from an east facing slope of friable pink granite. Long Cork Award. High quality for Brouilly, if a little foursquare compared to Thivin's Cote de Brouilly. Grows more complicated and sophisticated as it airs. This has Brouilly sweet fruit substance and a minerally terroir basis. Bested only be comparison to the Thivin CdB. Maybe that's because it's more tannic than same and requires additional cellaring for fulfillment. 92+/100. Grew up with aeration. WOTN for many attendees. Reported even better next day.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

n0603-126. 21 CHABLIS GLOIRE DE CHABLIS, J. MOREAU    91+/100

Est. 1814; full malo; aged 8 months on lees. This is full. It smells of Chablis terroir, though more earthy than limey. I wasn't expecting this much concentration, but, then, 2021 saw a small harvest. Good and full in the mouth too. More fruit flavor than aroma. Good, juicy acidity of '21 carries it through to the finish. 91+/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

n0603-127. 20 CHABLIS VAU LIGNEAU 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LOUIS MOREAU    94+/100

Est. 1814; long labelled Vaulignot Moreau changed the spelling to Vau Ligneau in 2018 because that's the way the vineyard is spelled on most maps; native yeasts; full malo; aged on lees 6 months. I guess that sets things up for this one. It's Premier Cru ample and Louis Moreau clean, clean, clean. Chablis as Moreau reads it. Yes, Premier Cru body ad extra flavor and texture interest. Not a toothpick of wood showing. Fills the bill in all regards and promises a long and fruitful evolutions. 94+/100. WOTN for most. 'Amazing.' 'Obviously 1er Cru.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

n0603-128. 22 MACON CHARNAY, JEAN MANCIAT    91/100

20-25 year old vines. Wow, that's full, antique apple inflected, and terroir saturated. This is the first non-Franclieu cuvee we've had from Manciat. The vines are younger; still I think the nose is as intense. 2022 offers milder acidity than 2021. It's adequate for balance nonetheless. This is up to Manciat and Charnay amplitude. 91/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

n0603-129. 15 VIN JAUNE, CHATEAU-CHALON    97/100

All savignin. Indeed, it has a yellowish cast. Oh, boy, is that full and forthcoming. Ripe and powerful product of a warm vintage. This is absolutely clear and classic. Good power on the palate too. Not quite as full and insistent as the nose. Sherry recollections, of course, but not the same thing. It's been a long time since I've tasted one of these. Nose: 100/100 (first perfect score this year); palate: 97/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

n0603-130. 22 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, LES ROCAILLES    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'The light fragrance of yellow apple meets a salty, meaty note in this wine?it smells like schmalz, tastes like wild white berries, lingering on that malic yellow-apple acidity and apple-skin tannins. This will stand up to and cut through the creamy richness of traditional Savoyard foods, like tartiflette.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-131. 21 COTE ROTIE LES ROSES, BARRUOL LYNCH    (96/100)

Wine & Spirits 96: 'Here's a lean, mineral wine with a 'wild character' to its spice, as NY sommelier Bruno Almeida put it. He called it out as an approachable C?R?, easy to drink, instead investing its standing in the complexity. Give this wine a decant to wake up its youthful fruit and reveal a rich tapestry of dark little berry flavors. There's beauty in the tannic structure, full of an ethereal firework-like explosiveness.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $89.95 each

n0603-132. 21 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES    91+/100 *

At Travaillon; 70% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% carignan. This is much crisper and cooler than the 2020 tasted a couple weeks back. Goes with the vintage territory. Sweetens up as it airs. Yes, more acid and flow than the 2020. In style, in tune. Not without tannin, but a shorter dose than the 2020. Just shipped, so a little terse. I have confidence. 91+/100. Opened up for the group; became quite popular. 'Interesting and long flavor.' 'Mourvedre plum, black fruit, leather.' Plus 'raspberry, spice, iron-laden spring water.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

n0603-133. 22 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, E. GUIGAL    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'Based on viognier, this is crisp, faintly saline and refreshing, with plenty of high-tone lift above its oily texture. It had Alex Mares of Eleven Madison Park shaking off the winter blues: 'If I had a fish restaurant with a patio, I'd pour the #@%! out of this by the glass.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

n0603-134. 21 GIGONDAS BEAUCHAMP, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL    92/100

Est. 1960; grenache, syrah, mourvedre; aged 16 months in seasoned cooperage; Uof M prof turned wine importer J. C. Mathes' original assemblage location. The high alcohol is cooling rather than hot. Elegant approach of the cool 2021 vintage. Very desirable. Body and sweetness contain the power. It's a full blooded Gigondas. No current drinking issues. 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

n0603-135. 20 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, MICHEL & TINA GASSIER    93/100

Grenache, syrah. Sampled right after Gassier's Cotes du Rhone, bigger, bolder, more powerful, and decidedly more complex. Gassier's wines are modern but not pandering. Fine flavor range follows, confirming complexity. 2020 tannins nicely smoothed over, so this can be taken to the table now. 93/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

n0603-136. 22 COSTIERES DE NIMES BLANC GALETS DORES, CHATEAU MOURGUES DU GRES    91/100 *

40% roussanne, 25% grenache blanc, 25% rolle (vermentino), 8% marsanne, 2% viognier; grown on rounded white stones in north-facing vineyards. A nicely assembled cuvee sporting an orchard fruit aromatic profile led by roussanne, rolle, and viognier. And a solid and rich underlayment supplied by grenache blanc and marsanne. Bravo!/ Yes, variegated, tasty, rangy in both flavor and texture, rich and full bodied. Both acid and alcohol really fill this out in the mouth. 91/100. Liked by attendees as 'fresh, clean, atrractive, aromatic, complex, and food worthy.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

n0603-137. 22 PAYS D'OC CABERNET, LES TRAVERSES DE FONTANES    91/100

A good and rich Med take on cabernet. Bright fruited and cool too. Ideal, really. There are so many disappointing ones out there. 91/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FRANCE ALSACE

n0603-138. 22 ALSACE BLANC, KUENTZ-BAS    93/100

40% auxerrois, 25% sylvaner, 15% riesling, 12% gewurztraminer, 8% muscat; dry. Beautiful. Near PERFECT. What a wonderful assemblage of Alsace varieties of various aromatic intensities, the stronger smelling rightly in the minority, percentage wise. Not only do they all work together, but also my nose can single out each. That's entertainment!/ While a tad softer than the 2021, this tops it in all other respects. Asparagus is in still high season here. Don't overlook the opportunity to use this perfect match. 93/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

GERMANY

n0603-139. 20 MOSEL RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT SELBACH-OSTER    90/100

Wine Spectator 90/100 - TOP 100: 'An off-dry, succulent version, with great balance between notes of warm hay, spiced apple and savory dried green herbs. Hints of nutmeg and wet stone line the concentrated finish, powered by juicy, lemony acidity. Drink now through 2026.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

n0603-140. 22 MAXIMIN KLOSTERLAY RIESLING, CARL LOEWEN    (94/100)

Wine & Spirits 94: 'From the Erste Lage, or premier cru site, of Leiwener Maximin Klosterlay, this bottling is an exciting reinterpretation of textbook blue-Devonian-slate Mosel riesling. The twist here is extended time on the lees, which brings out riesling's savory side. Powerful ProvenÁ°¨ herb scents?tarragon, sage and thyme?yearn for fish off of the grill, or out of a fryer with chips.'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $32.99 each

n0603-141. 21 OBERVOLKACHER RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT LEIPOLD    92/100

The freshness and crispness of 2021 and Franken. Another singular take on riesling. Barely off dry, that countered by 2021 acidity. Some bouquet development underway at age two plus. Very pleasing balance. Mealworthy. 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

AUSTRIA

n0603-142. 22 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL, DOMANE WACHAU    92/100 *

From the domaine's scattered terraced parcels too small to be bottled under a single vineyard name; 'federspiel' is derived from falconry. Wow, that's pungent! Apple, lima, split pea soup. A softer profile than the 2021, of course. Plenty good acidity nonetheless. Just up against a richer, riper mouthfeel. Lasting, flavorful, satisfying finish. Ultimately, well balanced as well as generous. 92/100. Very popular with attendees, including WOTN for at least one. Comments like good acid, huge fruit, spice box elements, good length.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PORTUGAL

n0603-143. 23 VINHO VERDE LOUREIRO - ALVARINHO, PORTAL DA CALCADA    92/100 *

70-30; from the higher, warmer sub region of Amarante. Like the previous vintage, this speaks loudly of the superior VV varieties' orchard fruit goodness. A first class VV, and look at the price!/ Equally abundant in stone fruit flavor appeal. Well rounded, without losing sight of VV acidity. I can't believe the price-quality relationship. Come on, summer. 92/100. Very popular with attendees. 'Really nice nose and flavor; very typical; big bargain.' 'Very good acidity; florals, pineapple, pear, maraschino; super value!!'

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

n0603-144. 20 DAO PORTA D'ARMAS, SOC. AGR. DINEZ    92/100

Dark red violet. Yes, compact, cool, clear. Smell the granite. Sweet fruit gives it more present appeal than a stodgy, old fashioned. Dao. Medium bodied, flavorful. Mineral, dry extract, and a modicum of fine grained tannin. Good acid. Lasting flavor and texture. Deal! 92/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

n0603-145. 20 ALENTEJANO, GUARDA RIOS    90/100

Sweet fruited and generous. Typical of its genre. Sweet tasting too. Lasting. A good, wholesome value. 90/100.

(Newly Available Sale -- 1-5: 10% off, 6+: 12% off)
How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

n0603-146. 20 ALENTEJANO SIGNATURE, GUARDA RIOS    91+/100

Perhaps tweaked by some barrel aging. Seems drier, more complex, more serious. Blacker fruit statement. Some tannin. Yeah, this is a step up in all respects and an even better bargain in terms of price-quality ratio. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

n0603-147. 21 ALENTEJANO BRANCO MONTE VELHO, ESPORAO    91/100

Artao vaz, roupeiro, and perrum. One wine, and three new grape varieties added to my life list. Pleasing, subtle, soft white fruit aroma. Nicely settled in. That 2021 acid is really bright and brisk. Great mouthfeel. Refreshing meal time white. 91/100. List price: $20.

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How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SPAIN

n0603-148. 22 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA CAMINO ROCA ALTXERRI, TXAKOLI ZUDUGARAI    92/100

All hondarrabi zuri; 25-40 year old vines. Freshness, fullness; proper level of varietal character. Fine feel and flavor combo. Very satisfying at this stage. Good fruit/fruit acid balance. Delicious, actually. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-149. 22 RIBERA SACRA MENCIA, GUIMARO    92/100

High pitched mencia nose with no reduction. This sits right for its age. Rich and round yet maintaining a Green Spain coolness. Perfect balance. So put right to use. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

n0603-150. 22 RIBERA DEL DUERO SENDA DEL ORO, VIZCARRA    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'Juan Carlos Vizcarra farms this fruit for freshness, and, though it grows in Mambrilla, northeast of the 'Golden Mile' for which he named the wine, it shares some of the limestone acidity of the top wines from that stretch of vineyard. Black and blue fruit stands up deliciously to the mineral power of this wine's tannins. While initially there's a lot of oak, a lot of vanillin, there's also a lot of energy and power. It feels light and effortless?one judge described it as 'petrichor, asphalt and graphite.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

n0603-151. 23 RIOJA, ARTUKE    91/100

Full, neon red violet color. Wow. Both fresh and full. Max tempranillo extraction. Full and flavorful and well textured. Pretty saturated tempranillo take. Balanced. A textbook cosecha. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

n0603-152. 19 RIOJA CRIANZA, RAMIREZ DE LA PISCINA    92+/100

All tempranillo; vines 25+ years old; aged 15 months in French and American oak barrels followed by 5 months in tank and at least 8 months in bottle. Good crianza wood-fruit relationship. Tthere's plenty of Rioja crianza bound up in this one. Yes, the proper proportions of wood and original fruit plus a Rioja Alta structure. Some wood and fruit tannins to shed yet. Works for me. 92+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

ITALY

n0603-153. 20 BARBARESCO ASILI, LUIGI GIORDANO    97+/100

Dark for nebbiolo and B'co, but not for the vintage. This has that flair of Asili uplift I remember from Ceretto Asilis decades back. Bravo!/ Yes, it's decidedly Barbaresco, definitely Asili. True wine of place. And tremendous class as well. No tannin obstacles, yet I expect it will accrue for many years in the cellar. Hard to find customers to pay this price for B'cos because big shooters want the 'bigger' Barolos. Look at what they'll miss! 97+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

n0603-154. 19 LANGHE NEBBIOLO BRICCO MAGNO, VILLADORIA    91+/100

Proper medium dark red orange nebbiolo at age four. Sweet, open, and welcome 2019 style relative to the norm for nebbiolo. Yeah, there a certain roundness here up front, yet a modicum of dry tannins in back. At the price, a good bet for the cellar. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-155. 22 GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI, PORTACOMARO    91+/100

Proper medium red orange varietal color. Yes, and the right dried cherry and orange zest grignolino aroma. Good acid and race. Some fine tannin. Begs for food. This is entirely accurate. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

n0603-156. 21 COLLI TORTONESI TIMORASSO PICCOLO DERTHONA, AZ. AGR. REPETTO    91/100

Est. 2015; timorasso, like arneis, almost went extinct. A neat and discreet take in cool 2021 compared to the 2020. More mineral and less stone fruit. More richness and roundness comes out on the palate, more varietal give and flavor. Still, the acid is keen and keeps it refreshing and mealworthy. Ultimately, this well defines timorasso, and at a bargain price as these go. Nice soft landing at the end. 91/100. Intrigued and won attendee respect for its representation of this unique grape variety.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

n0603-157. 21 ALTO ADIGE SAUVIGNON, ERSTE & NEUE    92/100

Very shrill. Nettle, walnut husk. Unique. Flavors fully confirm aromas. A sauvignon all unto its own and all the better for it. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

n0603-158. 22 LUGANA LE CREETE, SOC. AGR. OTTELLA    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Heady on the nose with citrus, tropical fruit and jasmine aromas. This dances on the palate with electric lemon, grapefruit and apricot notes finishing with crisp acidity. $25.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

n0603-159. 21 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO CAMPOLIETI, LUIGI RIGHETTI    91+/100

Est. 1909; 70% corvina, 30% rondinella; in Feb. after the harvest, pomace from the amarone fermentation is added; aged a year in large oak barrels thereafter. With fruity concessions to modernity, there's a lot of classic ripasso expressed in the nose. A good dose of dried berries. Sweet on the palate, especially for a cool year. Less about raisin and more about sweet fruit to taste. Still, it's no quickie appassimento take. A very satisfying vintage of this. 91+/100. Attendees agreed. Positive oak aspects came with aeration, including pipe tobacco and cedar.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

n0603-160. 22 FRIULI PINOT GRIGIO, PRINCIPE DEI CONTI    91/100

Large and generous and spot on. Full in the mouth too. Just right for its genre and price. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

n0603-161. 21 CHIANTI SPIGALLO, FATTORIA IL MURO    91/100

Owned for two centuries by the Pancaro family; aged six months in large chestnut cooperage. Dark ruby, especially for vintage and denominazione, probably thanks to a minor merlot component. That's a proper, traditional Chianti sangiovese tempered by its aging vessel. Fully up to the levels of quality, style, and value of previous vintages. High toned dried cherry and orange peel classic. Good richness and even some sangiovese glycerol counter the vintage's acid freshness. Another versatile bargain. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

n0603-162. 20 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, FELSINA    94+/100

Wine Spectator 94/100. My notes: All sangiovese; aged 12-16 months in tonneaux and lightly seasoned barriques. Extra barrel earned suavity and complexity without a slug of new barrique oak extracts. Larger, and with more in reserve. Attractive mellowness, especially for the vintage at age three. Builds in the mouth to a complex of flavors and textures. Not particularly tannic. Still, I sense additional bouquet rewards if cellared. 94+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

n0603-163. 22 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO, TENUTA LE CALCINAIE    92/100

Est. 1987; sandy soil; aged on lees until spring. Senses of body and presence over aromatic flair. That's vernaccia!/ And the palate fully expounds on these attributes. Good acid. Light glycerol gloss. Ultimately balanced, mouthfilling, and full textured. The way it should be. 92/100. Yielded a typical pear-like aroma after aeration. Volume, minerality, rich flavor, and viscosity include the comments.

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-164. 22 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, FATTORIA DEI    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Rosy and floral, with a licorice tinge that complements its crushed raspberry fruits. Hard candy and sweet sage notes stick around as the 2022 tapers off with fantastic length and youthful poise. Drink 2024-2028.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

n0603-165. 22 OFFIDA PECORINO CAMPO DI MARTE, DE ANGELIS    92/100

Est. 1950s; early ripening, low yield white grape variety likely native to Marche. Like the red (which I taste first while the whites warm), this is sequestering much upon opening, though there is a hint of good pecorino peachiness. Like the red, this is coming on, and even faster. It's a delicious, textbook lesson in the varietal, round and flavorful. The balance of plump and crisp is ideal. Long, delicious finish. Shows the way, at a very reasonable price. 92/100. WOTN for one attendee. 'Flavorful and distinctive' for another.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

n0603-166. 21 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO MADIA, TORRE ZAMBRA    (92/100)

James Suckling 92: 'A flinty lift with crushed stones, graphite and new leather on top of black cherries and a hint of mussels. Juicy, delivering crunchy red berries. A fresh and drinkable expression, rounded by fine, gritty tannins.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

n0603-167. 17 SALICE SALENTINO, VIGNE & VINI VARVAGLIONE    92+/100

Est 1921; barrique aged a year in French and American oak. Heavy Bottle Award. By the nose, this is negroamaro dominated. Black fruit, full structure, and amazing youthfulness nearing age 7. Barrel augmentation adds complexity. Yes, sweet, black negroamaro character. The tannins are largely melted. Real volume, smoothness, generosity. Deal! 92+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

n0603-168. 22 SICILIA NERO D'AVOLA PRODIGO, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER    91/100

'Da Uve Leggermente Appassite.' Heavy Bottle Award. Smells sweetish but short of sticky. Proper nero d'avola cherry aroma. Oh, there's good acidity to counter the light dried fruit RS. A very agreeable whole with lots of table time apps thanks to the elevated acidity. Dash of clinging tannin too. Adds texture. 91/100. Attendees liked this, noting oak influences I didn't catch. 'Made in an attractive fashion; very long; should be popular.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

n0603-169. 22 ETNA BIANCO, AZ. AGR. TORNATORE    92+/100

Est. 1865; all carricante from terraced vineyards at 650 meters on the north face; aged 3 months on lees. Carricante loud and clear. So much more character than grillo or inzolia. Clearly the best Sicilian white variety, and killer on Etna. This is full bodied. Rich and round. Full textured. Good acid for 2022. Versatile at the table. Though there's no need, this will age well, earning an attractive bottle bouquet. 92+/100. A certain spiciness emerged, some surmised from oak. Judged big, serious, attractive, well made, well priced.

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How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

SLOVENIA

n0603-172. 22 SLOVENIA GORISKA BRDA WHITE, KRASNO    91/100

Malvasia, pinot grigio, friulano, ribolla gialla. Brassy appearance. Orange wine-/ Not too orangey on the nose. Still, there's plenty of peels extract character.Good body too. A well assembled, generous wine. Long, well textured aftertaste. I like what Krasno does. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

GREECE

n0603-170. 19 NEMEA AGIORGITIKO OAK AGED, ZACHARIAS    92/100

Lovely st. george black fruit freshness. Spot on! 12 months in cooperage. Barrel time shows in mellowness, not oak extracts. Yes, sweet and juicy. Attractive oak influence. Equally well evolved from both barrel and bottle age. Melted tannins. Flavorful, well textured. Great now. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

n0603-171. (23) MARKOU RETSINA    91/100

Light and attractive resin touch. This should appeal to a wide audience. Lighter impact on the palate but more representative than anything I've tasted for years. Everyone's dumbed down retsina. I guess today's market wants the name without the taste. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

LEBANON

n0603-173. 21 CHATEAU MUSAR JEUNE BEKAA VALLEY RED    93/100

50% cinsault, 35% syrah, 15% cab sauv; vines under 20 years old at 1000 meters' elevation; no barrel aging. Brilliant cinsault cherry-orange clarity. The others bulk it up but don't spoil the good fun of a Bekaa cinsault. One of the freshest and most intense noses in the series. Great coolness and clarity. Full flavor. Incredible texture, lightly chewy and fully mouthcoating. 93/100. Declared 'the best Musar Jeune ever'. Wine of the Night for at least one attendee.

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How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

ROSE

n0603-174. 23 MT. BEAUTIFUL NORTH CANTERBURY ROSE    92/100

Shimmering peach. Fresh and bright. Ample red fruits, especially strawberry and cranberry. Flavorful of same. Bright, fresh acidity. Good sweet-acid balance. Just plain delicious. Ideal. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

n0603-175. 23 BABYLONSTOREN SIMONSIGS-PAARL MOURVEDRE ROSE    91/100

Pink. Highly scented. Some fermentation airs still hover over a sound mourvedre platform. Big time flavor profile too, reflecting the nose. Not austerely dry. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

n0603-176. 22 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROSE HARMONIE DE PELLEHAUT, DOMAINE PELLEHAUT    91/100

The usual maintenance of freshness and display of such a variegated cuvee There's that sauvignon blanc thing again. There's got be a dollop of sauvignon in here. Or maybe it colombard shouting loud and clear. Plus berries to show the red fruit side. Plenty vital, for sure. Yes, sauvignon-like citrus and sweet berry red fruit. Unique. Juicy, rangy, well balanced. This is just plain delicious. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

n0603-177. 22 COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE ROSE L'ORATOIRE, SAINT ANDRIEU    91/100

Owned jointly with Saint Julien Chateau Talbot; syrah, grenache, cinsault, rolle. A really substantial rose from aroma and weight standpoints. The flavors pour through, and the substance is confirmed. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

n0603-178. 22 PAYS D?OC GRENACHE ROSE, LE VERSANT    92/100

First taste of this one, if I'm remembering right. More forthcoming on the nose than the cinsault rose preceding it. This really has a lot of nasal presence, both aroma and texture wise. Lots of dash and texture on the palate too. And flavor! Wow, what have I been missing-! Must stock and recommend. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

n0603-179. 22 MONFERRATO CHIARETTO, CANTINE SAN SILVESTRO    90/100 *

Est. 1871; from several Piemontese red grape varieties. Lithe, for sure. Pretty in pink. Delicate, quality aroma. Equally delicate on the palate. Brunch, lunch, aperitif quaffer. 90/100. Generally enjoyed by attendees. The red grape character stood out and contributed surprising fullness after aeration. List price: $15.

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How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FORTIFIED

n0603-180. 18 NIEPOORT LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO half bottle    95+/100

Bottled 2022; est. 1842; from 7+ grape varieties, vines over 70 years old; unfiltered. Full impact power in the Taster glass, though it doesn't burn my eyes like some. This is black, bold, and ultra concentrated Niepoort style. Virtually a Vintage port save for some sweet fruit relief. Yes, power, flavor, and sweetness in spades. Niepoort = Bold. And there's virtually no heat on the palate. I can't say that's covered with sugar, because the finish is relatively dry. Just well crafted, as usual. 95+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

SPARKLING

n0603-181. BOUVET LADUBAY SIGNATURE BRUT    (93/100)

Tasting Panel 93: 'Zesty yet smooth and well knit, this blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay delivers aromas of brioche, cinnamon-dusted peach and apricot, lemon, and a hint of flint along with flavor of more stone fruit, poached pear, and lemon bar, plus a dash of thyme and Marcona almond on the finish.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

n0603-182. VALDEORITE BRUT CAVA    91/100

Macabeo, parellada, alarije. From Ribera del Duero and Ribera del Guadiana. Light gold. Nice dusty, doughy bottle bouquet. White fruit clarity in harmony. Fresh and upbeat. Come hither aperitif sort. High brut. Fruity. The warmer origins show. Autolysis emphasis on the palate too. I've liked this before, like it again. Long yeasty finish. Lots of mindless appeal. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

n0603-183. ALMARE SPRITZ CLASSICO    93/100

Glera based amaro spritz. Full red orange color, naturally. Amaro like bitter orange and botanicals mark the nose and makes almost as strong a statement as amaro straight. Sweet, with a nice bitter foil. This is a big success and value. An Aperol Spritz knockoff. 93/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

APERITIF

n0603-184. LUSTAU JEREZ VERMUT BLANCO    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Made with a base of manzanilla sherry, this faintly briny, bone-dry vermouth is ideal for the driest of dry martinis. Bold and savory dried-herb aromas lead into a tart, puckery palate with a faint bitter edge. Green apple mixes with thyme, chamomile and a hint of tarragon freshness.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each



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