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- Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District One Point Five 2016JS95WA95VM93$89.98Availability:In Stock95 Points! Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap is very deep purple-black in color and gives up intense Black Forest cake, black berry pie and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of licorice, eucalyptus, espresso, tar and chargrilled beef. Full-bodied, it packs the black fruit preserves flavors and earthy accents into the palate, with a firm frame and great freshness on the finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.comLearn More
- Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 2016 Pre-ArrivalWS98JS100WA100NM98VM98$279.98100 Points! The 2016 Leoville-Las Cases comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 19 October, during which the harvesters were out in the vines for 16 days. It is matured in 90% new oak and delivers 13.60% alcohol and an IPT of 82. It is initially tightly coiled on the nose and needed coaxing from the glass. There are scents of small black cherries, boysenberry, crushed violets and a slight flintiness that emerges with time. The definition is very impressive—you can almost pick the aromas out one by one. The palate is awe-inspiring. The tannins are so filigree, in fact not dissimilar to their neighbor across the border at Château Latour. That seam of graphite lends this Léoville Las-Cases a Pauillac-like personality, but ignoring stylistic similarities, it is the intensity, depth and arching structure that astounds, with detail on the finish that rivets your feet to the spot. Then the finish is ultra-precise, one of the most mineral-driven that I have encountered in almost 20 years visiting the estate, plus it is endowed with one the longest aftertastes you will find in 2016. Yeah, it's good. - Neal Martin, April 2017.Learn More
- Simonsig Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2018$9.98Availability:In StockSouth Africa has been an interesting proposition winewise. Starting to export in the 90s after the apartheid was lifted, the political stigma and rather parochial styles of most of the wines made it difficult to get any traction for the category in this marketplace. Now that we are about a quarter century into the ‘program’, we and they have learned a few things. The styles of many of the wines have become more international in an attempt to create better market penetration. A lot of those wines are competitive internationally, but it is fair to say that a good many of them are not memorable.With a few exceptions, most of South Africa’s best efforts are uniquely South African. Among the most notable are the work of folks like Erin Sadie and some dynamic new white blends from an emerging cadre of open minded, creative newcomers. But the grape that seems to achieve the highest expression as a varietal is...Chenin Blanc.Typically the vines are old, with deep roots extracting distinctive character from the unique vineyard sites, tremendous infused minerality and crackling, mouth-watering acidity. This is not the sweet, quaffable stuff that permeated the American market in the 70s, sort of a precursor to the white Zin era. In fact the best examples of South African Chenin can hold their own with the produce from the ‘motherland’ of the Loire Valley. Which is better? That’s not a sweeping debate but rather comes down to the individual comparison being made.Huet or Chidane versus Sadie Family or Alheit? Fantastic comparison on the quality front though the acidity is a bit more driving in the South African wines. Frankly, for the most part, although the best of the Loire ‘giants’ are expensive these days, the best SA versions typically cost more. Advantage Loire. On the value end of the spectrum, however, we have seen things come out of South Africa that are downright unbelievable, and we have recently come across one of the most remarkable examples of South African Chenin Blanc we have ever tasted for this kind of price.Simonsig was among the first wave of wineries that came over here when South Africa was permitted to enter this market. We tasted a number of wines over the years but mostly reds. We can assure you we never had their Chenin or it would have been a staple. Apparently, Simonsig Chenin Blanc was the first wine released by founder Frans Malan in 1968 and this particular bottling marks their 50th Anniversary harvest.For a wine that is going to sell for this kind of price, it is given the royal treatment in the vineyard with all hand harvesting from 30-40 year old bush vines and cool, controlled fermentation. In the glass, a honey/peach aroma makes its presence felt right out of the gate. The flavor aromas of crunchy ripe kiwi and green melon jump out of the glass. The palate is crisp and fresh with Granny Smith apples and sweet tropical limes all sitting atop of driving acidity. The Simonsig Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2018 is what Chenin is supposed to be, with broad, bright honeyed toast, peach, and subtle minerality all as part of the presentation, but with the kid of cut that makes it all quite vibrant.Full and round up fruit, and so easy to sip, this has the kind of riveting acidity that makes an impression and makes the mouth water. A complete effort with sizzling character, a little punch of berries and lemon s underneath and mouth watering snap to the finish. You can drink this with lighter fare or on its own as an amazing aperitif. Normally with most wines we’d roll out some sort of reviews, but wines like this doesn’t get the kind of respect they deserve and this one wasn’t reviewed anywhere we saw.Like we said, we don’t recall ever tasting past incarnations of this effort from Simonsig, but this is one is one of the best Chenins we have had at any price in terms of its verve and, certainly among the best value white wines we hve had period. At $10, it’s downright silly. Over the years one of our value, go-to Chenins was Mann (also from South Africa), but this one is better. In fact we have tasted few others this compelling at any price.
- Atzberg Gruner Veltliner Steilterrassen 2016$31.98Availability:In StockOver the years we have told a lot of tales. More than a few of them have been about a new star coming to market that was going to have a significant impact. This one is more of a rebirth of sorts that has the potential to have greater impact as time passes in the rather specific area of Austrian whites. For the time being, it is important to understand the ‘players’, and as importantly the dirt, or the stones as this elevated site is a bit light on topsoil.
- Viña Santurnia Rioja Gran Reserva 2008$29.98Availability:In StockThe simple story is that, while this is not the wine version of 'super models', they are character-filled, honest, classically rendered wines that deliver every time at prices that are pretty easy to swallow. Familiar notes of plum, cranberry, spice, leather, and vanilla play at every level. While they have that engaging Rioja muskiness and dusty note to the finish, they tend to be riper, more substantial, and fuller-bodied than your garden variety Rioja. Learn More
- Gibbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley St. Helena Three Clones 2016$24.98Availability:In StockIn the glass, the nose jumps forth loaded with spicy red and black fruits. On the palate, all of the promise of the nose is delivered with the fruit character persistent from the cool black fruit core to the more jubilant, redder fruit center to the wine at large, with plenty volume to the flavors delivered. If someone told you this cost $50, you’d taste the wine and look at the (single vineyard) Napa Appellation, and have no reason to question anything. The kicker here is it is less than half that ($25)! Same as it ever was, this is one of the pre-eminent deals on Napa Valley Cabernet.Learn More
96-99 Points! One of the gems in the vintage will be the 2018 Château Léoville-Poyferré, which is a powerful, incredibly sexy wine based on 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing just 45% of the total production. In the same ballpark as the 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010, its deep purple color is followed by a rich, opulent bouquet of sweet black and blue fruits, tobacco, and graphite. Both intellectually and hedonistically satisfying, it fills the mouth with fruit, has remarkable purity and precision for such a powerful wine, sweet tannins, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute. It's similar in character to the 2009 and will keep for three decades or more. This wine checks in at 14.4% alcohol, with a pH of 3.7, and a massive (one of the highest in the vintage) IPT value of 90. Tasted twice. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
97-98 Points! This is so powerful and dense with amazing tannin quality that reminds me of dense clouds, because they are agile and light. Multilayered. Extremely long, too. Punchy! One of the best wines I have ever had from here. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.comLearn More
92-93 Points! This is a wonderful young red with crushed blackberry and blueberry character. Full-bodied yet agile and very velvety. Flavorful finish. A beauty. 10 per cent co-fermented cabernet sauvignon and merlot. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
91-94 Points! This has the sappy fruit feel of the AOC in this vintage, but there's equivalent freshness too, giving the plum and cherry paste flavors some brightness and energy on the finish. - Wine Spectator
91 Points! The La Garde vineyard has one north-facing gravel slope and one south-facing clay-limestone slope, giving the estate a good balance of ripening dates in most vintages. In another sign of how unusual 2018 was, both Cabernet and Merlot on these different slopes ripened at the same time, so they were co-fermented in one tank. Unusual for sure, but the result is excellent. They do such a good job here of making accessible but polished and elegant Pessacs. This is smooth, ripe and welcoming, with a seductive expansion through the mid-palate that emphasises the creamy texture of the fruits. Definitely as good as the 2016, maybe better. - DecanterLearn More