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  1. Garzon Tannat Single Vineyard Uruguay 2016
    WE92
    DEC94
    JS93
    $25.98
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    94 Points! Aged for a year in large oak foudres, this full bodied style respects the tannic character of the Tannat grape, but also adds a delicious dark fruit intensity that fills the palate. - Decanter Magazine Learn More
  2. Vinosia Taurasi Santandrea 2013
    JS95
    Special Price $19.98 Regular Price $49.98
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    95 Points! Fantastic aromas of dark fruits and walnut, sweet tobacco, dark tea and balsamic. Some oysters, too. Full body, powerful and rich. So much going on here. A great wine from Campania. Drink in 2019. – JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  3. Berthoumieu Madiran Cuvee Charles de Batz 2014
    $18.98
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    Importer notes: The wine is composed of 90% Tannatwith 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines that are at least 50 years old. The soil in these vineyards is clay and limestone with some round stones at the surface. After being completely destemmed, the Cabernet and Tannat are fermented separately in cement tanks. During this time, a bit of micro-oxygénation or microboullage takes place. The wine then goes into oak (60%) in an underground cellar where it also undergoes malolacticfermentation. After twelve months in wood, it is blended and bottled after a very light filtration. Learn More
  4. Cantine Lonardo - Contrade di Taurasi Aglianico 2015
    VM92
    $19.98
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    92 Points! Deep ruby. Very perfumed fruity and floral aromas and flavors of violet, blackberry and dark cherry are complicated by a dusting of minerals. Superb vinosity and juicy fruit make for a crowd-pleaser blessed with harmonious acidity and sweet fruit nuances. Finishes long and juicy. - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media Learn More
  5. Domaine du Fresche Anjou Blanc 2017
    $14.98
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    Amazing Chenin value!  Sourced from 50 year-old vines grown on schist soils, this one is raised only in stainless steel and bone dry, redolent with green apple and pear, finely textured, supple, refreshing, versatile...
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  6. Husch Chenin Blanc Mendocino County 2018
    $10.98
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    This is a marvelous throwback (though it's not a throwback to Husch as they have always made it this way).  They started in 1984 and have been making one of the best in the state ever since.  Yeah, Chenin has a bad rap thanks to a lot of mass produced examples when the genre was widely popular in the '70s.  But a well made Chenin still has a place at the table or on the porch.  We think a touch of sweetness is necessary to offset the blazing acidity in this varietal, and this is a super refreshing display of orange, peach and melon flavors with a hint of ‘stone’ and great cut to the finish.  It has the same kind of food versatility as their gewurz, and is, again, silly 'cheap'.   
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  7. Baumard Savennieres Clos du Papillon 2015
    WS95
    $48.98
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    95 Points!  This is very alluring, with salted butter, blanched almond and tarragon highlights amid the core of creamed pear, green plum and white ginger flavors. The distinctive mouthfeel combines creamy and zesty elements, while racy minerality extends the finish. Drink now through 2035. - Wine Spectator
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  8. Foxen Chenin Blanc Old Vines Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard 2016
    VM93
    $24.98
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    93 Points!  The 2016 Chenin Blanc Old Vines Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard is the most distinctive white in the Foxen range. Ample and creamy on the palate, the Chenin exudes tons of old vine depth. What a gorgeous wine this is.
     
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  9. Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2016
    JS94
    $15.98
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    94 Points!  Great fresh-plum and herbal character on the expressive nose leads into an aglianico that manages to be concentrated with no trace of opulence. Fresh, without being overly tart, at the long, dry and mineral finish. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com
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  10. Haarmeyer St Rey SRV Chenin Blanc 2018
    $14.98
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    Great stuff!  A wine produced from 'deep in the Delta', in the southern most part of the Clarksburg AVA.  As in Savennieres, ground zero for Chenin in France's Loire Valley, Haarmeyer makes several passes or, as the French call them, tries, through the vineyard to grab the best fruit, looking for a 'nexus of acidity, sweetness, flavor, and phenolic ripeness in order to produce Chenin Blanc that exceeds the expectations of Sacramento Delta wine'.
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  11. Elena Fucci Aglianico Del Vulture Titolo 2015
    WA92
    $39.98
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    92 Points!  Here's another great vintage from Elena Fucci, the ascending star of a rising wine region in the deep south of Italy. The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo shows a dark garnet color and robust appearance. Very characteristic of this extreme territory, this is a dark and penetrating wine with etched mineral notes behind blackberry, plum and savory spice. This vintage presents an even darker quality of fruit. In the mouth, you get iron, blood and dark mineral nuances that are absolutely typical of these darkened volcanic soils. This wine needs more time to integrate in the bottle before you pop the cork. - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2017. 
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  12. Simonsig Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2018
    $9.98
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    South 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.
     
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  13. Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Les Moulins 2017
    $34.98
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    Planted and replaced from 1935 to 2008 Terroir: Located in the communes of Montreuil-Bellay, Brézé, and Bizay, clay and limestone soil Viticulture: Organic. Pruning method is Guyau Val de Loire. Grapes are harvested by hand and carefully sorted in the vineyard. Vinification: Whole-cluster pressing, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged on fine lees in stainless steel tank. Learn More
  14. Galardi Terra Di Lavoro Campania 2016
    JS93
    VM93
    $56.98
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    95 Points!  Very deep and dark, but also fragrant, this glides from dried blueberries, tar, brambleberry essence and cassis to cedar, tobacco and dried nutmeg. The palate is rich and concentrated with a ton of fine-grained tannins and a long, complex, dry finish. - JamesSuckling.com
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  15. Moulin Touchais Coteau du Layon 1985
    WA90
    $69.98
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    90 Points!  The Moulin Touchais 1985 Coteaux du Layon smells alluringly of baked apple, apple jelly, pink pineapple, and heady flowers. Lusciously rich on the palate, yet not lacking cut or clarity, it carries honey, baked apple and grapefruit into a long, rich, if not rivetingly complex finish. Heaven knows I would be delighted for the opportunity to sip a glass of either of these in a restaurant, whether as aperitif, with foie gras, or in lieu of dessert. - David Schildknecht, robertparker.com, 2007
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  16. Francois Chidaine (Vouvray) Les Argiles 2017
    $31.98
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    Importer notes: Chidaine's estate grown Vouvray produced from parcels throughout the great vineyards of the Clos Baudoin property, Les Argiles is normally vinified dry. Notes of honey, citrus, pear and apple are present in the nose with just a hint of caramel. Full-bodied in the mouth, but fresh with lively acidity, this is world class chenin at an unbeatable price. Apparently there was a little known rule in Vouvray that requires wines from the appellation to be aged entirely in the village. Currently Chidaine along with another well known Montlouis producer are in legal proceedings to have the appellation status reinstated for their Vouvray wines. Beginning in 2014, this wine is bottled without the appellation, but is very much the same wine that we have come to know and love from this fine estate. Learn More
  17. Francois Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Clos Habert 2017
    $39.98
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    Importer notes: From a parcel located at the top of the appellation, just on the line where the Silex (flint) gives way to broken chalk and clay. 60-90 year old vines have roots that plunge deep into the limestone bedrock bringing up nutrients that are unique to this site. Always vinified in a demi-sec style, Clos Habert is probably Chidaine's most prestigious site. The wine shows notes of honey, lichee and citrus in the nose which lead into a wine which, although possesses residual sugar, comes across the palate with delicate, but unctuous precision leaving a trail of crystalline minerals, exotic fruits and a big smile. Drunk young or old, the Clos Habert will change your mind about most everything you've felt heretofore about wine... Learn More
  18. Francois Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Les Tuffeaux 2017
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    Importer notes: The domaine bottling is derived from bunches left to hang on all parcels of the estate. Always vinified in a demi-sec style, it shows unctuous notes of citrus, exotic fruits and honey in the nose that lead into a wine with excellent, fresh acidity and good length that really coats the palate. Learn More
  19. Francois Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Les Bournais 2017
    $39.98
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    Importer notes: A few years back François told us that he had just planted what he thought would one day be his greatest vineyard. A small parcel on the edge of the the Montlouis plateau looking out over the Loire. Les Bournais is the only parcel in Montlouis to posses the classic soil components that Vouvray is so famous for; solid limestone bedrock, covered with chalky limestone chunks and clay. A few years have passed since the first vintage was produced (2008), and it is becoming very clear that François' prediction has proved correct. The wine from this vineyard invariably shows that classic balance between mineral and acid tension backing up fleshy, forward fruit aromatics. The wines age incredibly well thus far, even from young vines. This is very classy wine. Learn More
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