Featured Wines & Specials

Cien y Pico “Doble Pasta” Tintorera

Cien y Pico “Doble Pasta” Tintorera 2008, $15.99/bottle “Exotic, expressive aromas and flavors of candied dark berries, cola, licorice and potpourri.  Lush, palate-caressing boysenberry and cherry compote flavors are complicated by floral and spice notes.”  90 Points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

6+ bottles, 10% off, $14.39/bottle 12+ bottles, 20% off, $12.79/bottle
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Masseria Li Veli Verdeca Askos 2011

Saint-Damien Gigondas Vielles Vignes 2011, $29.99/bottle

For Southern Rhone drinkers, Santa Duc, St. Cosme and St. Damien are clearly the top 3 producers in the town of Gigondas.  Wines from Gigondas, where it is warmer than Chateauneuf-du-Pape, are known for their power and purity of fruit.  St. Damien makes wines from extremely low yields (20 hectolitres per hectare), the wines spend 1 year in large oak foudres, and are finally bottled unfined and unfiltered.  The 2011 Gigondas Vielles Vignes is 100% Grenache from vines over 40 years of age.  Weighing in at over 15% ABV, this is a big, sturdy wine that needs some time in the air to unravel and show its stuff.  Keep in mind that the Parker review below was written before the wine had been released, hence the score range of 89-92 points.  I drank this wine multiple times over the weekend and it is, at least in my opinion, easily a 92 point wine.

“The 2011 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache) is a dense, well-made, ripe effort displaying lots of licorice, strawberry, kirsch, lavender and balsam wood characteristics. Full, rich and dense with terrific fruit intensity, it should turn out to be outstanding since there is no fining or filtration at this estate. It will age well for 7-8 years. ”
89-92 Points, Robert Parker

6+ bottles, 10% off, $26.99/bottle

 

 

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Palmeri Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

Palmeri Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Stagecoach Vineyard 2005, $31/bottle

Last, but certainly not least, we have a real treat for you Cabernet drinkers.  We were able to secure an amazing price on Palmeri’s 2005 Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah.  I’ll tell you the best part first, the wine is priced at $31, and it is drinking beautifully right now.  I know what you’re thinking – Stagecoach fruit, from one of the best California vintages in the last 20 years, and it’s $31 – there HAS to be something wrong with it, right?  Well, no, there isn’t.  The only issue I see with this wine is that they publicized on the label that is has some Syrah in it, which scares some folks away.  As you can see, they are still charging $62/bottle for it on their website: http://www.palmeriwines.com/buywine.php, so good for them.  Fortunately for you, we were able to get several cases of the 245 made, and are doing it for a special price of $31/bottle this week.  This is a big, brooding red that drinks well now with a few hours of air, but will easily hold and even improve in the cellar for 5+ years to come.  Amazing juice for the money!!!!
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1973 Vina Valoria Rioja

 

1973 Vina Valoria Rioja

The first wine is a real find that I am very excited about!  How many of you have had a traditionally made, fully mature red wine over 40 years old that was still drinking beautifully?  Well here’s your chance!  We found some 1973 Vina Valoria Rioja, actually a recent release for this estate (wow!!), and tasted it last night.  I was blown away by how fresh and colorful this wine was at 41 years old!  Bodegas Vina Valoria is a classical Rioja producer that ages their wines for an eternity in massive oak vessels, then in bottle, before releasing.  The wines are re-corked before release, so there is little worry of premature oxidation or flawed wines.  This is a truly ethereal wine, not meant for food, rather, a few good friends, your best stemware, and a few hours to savor as it changes seemingly by the minute…..  The 1973 recently received 92 points from The Wine Advocate, and is VERY limited, so if you want a bottle or two, act quickly:

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