December 2018

  1. A New Mosel Star Is Born: 95 & 94pt Old-Vine Masterpieces from Loewen

    To all Wine Exchangers, The vineyards of the Carl Loewen estate are top notch, loaded with old vines but in a stretch of the Mosel where there wasn’t a ‘defining property.  Importer Terry Theise tells the story that “…if J.J. Prüm had been a citizen of Leiwen and not of Wehlen, we’d be giving all that Sonnenuhr love to Laurentiuslay...
  2. Here Come the 2016's: Haut Bailly's 3rd Is a First-Rate Stunner!

    To all Wine Exchangers, We've had great luck with the third wines from Bordeaux's top properties such as Pauillac de Latour (Chateau Latour) and St. Estephe de Montrose (Chateau Montrose) and, now, Pessac-Leognan de Haut Bailly (Haut Bailly).  It’s brilliant that Haut-Bailly got with this trend in Bordeaux.  This Pessac powerhouse is making some of the greatest wine in the appellation...
  3. Two Killer 2015 Chiantis Incl. the 94pt Nozzole Chianti Riserva, Just $16.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Finally. After what has seemed like years of scoring monotony, it appears as if The Wine Spectator has actually decided to love something. Not ‘like’, but love.  This has been a big problem for the Spectator, it’s as if all their critics were forced into scoring between an 87-92-point band, no matter what the wine was...
  4. Killer Pinot from One of Sonoma's Most Famous Sites at a Price Too Low To Show!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Ceritas $60 DuMol $60 Kosta Browne $75 Littorai $70 La Folette $50 Williams-Selyem $60 …and many more. This is just a small snapshot of the roster of Sonoma’s brightest stars that consider it a privilege and honor to work with the fruit from the Heintz Ranch.  You pay big money on the winery mailing lists for...
  5. Best Pinot Bianco Ever: 96pt Insta-Classic from Terlano!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Sports teams like the New York Yankees, L.A. Lakers and Pittsburgh Steelers are all hallowed franchises that are revered for their long-term success.  But part of that reverence is based on the reporting of their achievements via the media.  If you win a championship in the forest and nobody hears about it… well, you get the...
  6. This 2012 Bad Boy Is a Delicious Steal, Only $14.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Funny how time flies... Twenty-five years ago, we caught a glimpse of a new trend in Bordeaux. No, it had nothing to do with fashion, or rising costs due to the low yields in the 1991, 92 and 93 vintages. Instead, this was all about a movement and stepping outside the box... something the Bordelaise would...
  7. 95pt Guidalberto 2016 Leads This Trio of Brilliant Tuscan Reds!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Why pay more? In the great vintages, the ‘alternative’ wines from Bolgheri’s greatest estates can be had for a fraction of the price and they seriously deliver the goods. Both 2015 and 2016 are vintages of the decade in Tuscany and especially along the Tuscan coast.  Nowadays, the style on the coast, if there is one...
  8. Wow. Serious 93pt 2016 Chateauneuf, Only $24.98!

    To all Wine Exchangers, So, we’ve been talking a lot about the ‘cream of the crop’ from the great 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape harvest.  We’ve also been talking about the top versions of many producer’s ‘Tradition’ or ‘Classique’ bottlings, the, for severe want of a better word, ‘entry level’ wines from names like Janasse, Marcoux, Grand Veneur and more that delivered remarkable...
  9. From the Cellar: Glossy 2002 1er Cru Burgundy at a Great Price!

    To all Wine Exchangers, It’s back!  A reload on one of our finest Premier Cru steals ever!  Here’s the story… Putting our money where our palates are.  For us, there’s nothing better. We actually seek these opportunities out. It’s the last bastion of being a fine wine merchant, especially when it come to the sourcing of older wines. Tris and...
  10. 93pt. Cab, $15, Former Winemaker at Petrus, Come and Get it!

    To all Wine Exchangers, Today we are offering the next chapter in one of the most compelling wine stories out there.  What makes the Tapiz Alta Collection, the subject of today’s offering, so darn good? Well, certainly there are multiple reasons.  Of course, winemaking types will tell you it all starts in the vineyard.  All of the Tapiz fruit comes...

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