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| Winter 2012

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WINE AND LIQUOR, INC.


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CONTENTS 4-6

C H A M PA G N E

7-9

B O R D E AU X

10-16

B U R G U N DY

17-24

RHONE/ SOUTHERN FRANCE

25-26

ALSACE/ B E AU J O L A I S

27-32

I TA LY

33-36

S PA I N / SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

37-40

GERMANY

February 2012—Time To Turn A New Page The roller-coaster ride never seems to end these days. Whether you are talking about the ups-and-downs in the weather (this has been one of the mildest Winters I can EVER remember), or the stops-andstarts in the economy, we are clearly living in different times. I am proud to say that I think that our family business has adapted very well to the changing times, and the month of February is always a very exciting time for us. • It gives us a chance to “clean house” and really incentivize our customers to scoop us some hot deals with discounts up to 60%! • It’s the time of year when we do a lot of our wine travel to get excited and re-energized for all the new releases hitting the market in the upcoming months. Brian and I already toured through Italy last month and got the low-down on Brunello/Barbaresco/ Barolo and Jeremy & Rob have just gotten a full preview of 2010 Burgundies...rough work, I know! • Worry-free purchasing. If you don’t want your order delivered any time soon due to the weather, we’ll store it for you free of charge for the next 3 months. • As is always the case with us, we have more to tell you and deals to promote than we can fit in these 48 pages. While the Gazette is a good start, there is A LOT more deal-making going on at Zachys that you should be aware of. Much of it happens over e-mail, so if you are not already on the lists, now would be a good time to join up. Reach out to our customer service team to sign up at cs@zachys.com or give us a call 800.723.0241. Let us know what areas of the wine world you would like to be kept up to speed on. Trust me, you’ll be glad you signed up! The store will continue to change and adapt to the ever-evolving fine wine market in the U.S. in order to better serve the needs of the most important part...YOU...our customers. If there is something we can do to better serve you, a change you would like to see us make, or simply a new wine you think we should carry...Please reach out— we want to know how we can better assist you. So, let’s all KEEP WARM! Be sure to check out all the deals in the following pages and look forward to an exciting 2012!

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All my best,

Andrew

*Prices in the Winter Gazette are good from 2/14/12 until 11:59pm EST 3/20/12 or while supplies last. Sale items are drastically reduced net prices off the regular bottle price. No additional discounts can be applied. These prices cannot be applied to previous purchases. Not responsible for typographical errors. Prices subject to change without notice. 2 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012


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Champagne

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Roederer Is More Than Cristal! Champagne Louis Roederer is hands down one of the most consistent and better BIG NAME Champagne Houses.

MOR E THA N JU S CRI STA T L!

Personally, when it comes to big name Champagne Houses my two go-to Houses are Louis Roederer and Bollinger. However, the Roederer quality stretches beyond everything that is done in Champagne but also to Anderson Valley with their Roederer Estate. The top “champagne” from Roederer Estate is the l’Ermitage...aka the Cristal of California and both the Brut Vintage and Brut Vintage Rosé are absolutely stunning and put many true Champagnes in the same price and quality range to shame. Plus to top it all off...if you are looking for one of the best BIG NAME Créme de la Créme of Champagne, do not miss the Louis Roederer 2004 Cristal. This amazing legendary cuvee is fantastic and the 2004 has scored as one of the highest 2004 Champagnes released so far with Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate rating this higher than the magnificent 2002 at 97 points. We are offering one of the best prices in the country considering the average price on winesearcher.com is $214 per bottle. But in case you haven’t got the gist of what I am saying here...there is MUCH, MUCH more to Champagne Roederer than Cristal!!! JN

The Roederer Family

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“The NV Brut Premier is a gorgeous wine that stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of wines in its price range. Apparently, it is quite possible to make great Champagne that doesn’t cost a small fortune. Ripe pears, smoke, spices, dried flowers and herbs are some of the many nuances that emerge from the glass. The Brut Premier shows lovely mid-palate depth and fabulous overall balance. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has done it again. This is a fabulous Brut Premier. The Brut Premier is based on the 2007 vintage, with approximately 20% 2006 wines and 10% older reserves going back to 1996...92.” WA 11/11.

“Very harmonious, with the finely detailed texture and delicate acidity providing a crystalline frame for notes of dried cherry, wild strawberry, light biscuit, lemon zest and spice. This is all about subtlety and grace...94.” WS 12/11. “The 2006 Brut Rose is flat-out delicious. It boasts gorgeous inner perfume, striking fruit and exceptional overall balance. This is a hugely delicious wine that at once shows the delicate and more powerful sides of Rose Champagne, if that makes sense. The wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but it also has more than enough richness to stand up to a range of foods. I loved it. The NV Brut Rose is 70% Pinot Noir from Cumieres and 30% Chardonnay. The Chardonnay was added to a saignee of Pinot Noir before fermentation....93.” WA 11/11.

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Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2002 (93W&S) {#346681} .................................... 42.99

34.99

“This wine combines remarkable freshness with elegant richness, so that even after it’s been open for several days, the flavors are still evolving, the fruit still brisk as an autumn breeze. It needs that time for the blunt chalkiness of the structure to mellow, for the cool apple and pear flavors to develop and lengthen. Built to age, this is an exceptional vintage of L’Ermitage...93.” W&S 12/08.

Roederer Estate L’Ermitage Brut Rosé 2003 (95W&S) {#328349} .................................... 85.00

65.00

“Racy, a term often used to describe Champagne, rarely applies to California sparkling wine. Roederer Estate’s second release of L’Ermitage Rose is one of the few exceptions – racy, as well as delicate, layered, savory and gently sweet. It’s a compelling take on a clean sparkler from the California coast, with the feel of cold ocean and something of the taste of the sea creating a tension and motion in the wine...color is as brilliant as the wine itself. This is a breakthrough wine for California, and perhaps the ultimate match for Dungeness crab. Don’t miss it...95.” W&S 12/09.

“A pretty note of apple blossom runs through this elegant Champagne, which is bright and juicy, offering flavors of green and yellow apple, tangerine and ground ginger, with a hint of graham cracker. Shows lovely texture, with a mouthwatering finish...92.” WS 11/11.

Louis Roederer Rosé 2006 (94WS/93WA) {#352579} ............................ 70.00

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Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (97WA/97W&S) {#348914} ....................... 240.00 “The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful, structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004, at least today. Cristal is often accessible young, but that is far from the case here. This is a serious, painfully young Cristal that will require considerable patience. Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive, complete Cristal. The 2004 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay...97.” WA 12/10. “The energy in this wine recalls the 2002 Cristal (I wrote “energy” three times in my notes.) In 2004, its explosive. The wine is saturated with flavor, from floral notes of rose to pale limestone and equally pale fruit. The flavors keep going, as if striding through doorway after doorway in a limestone cellar, the Champenois equivalent of Get Smart. Built to age as gracefully as Agent 99, this won’t disappoint if you open it now with scallop crudo...97.” W&S 12/11.

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Champagne

z “This is a breathtaking set of wines from Rodolphe Peters. Readers can’t go wrong with any of these four wines.” Antonio Galloni, the Wine Advocate 12/11 Calling all champagne fanatics...the Champagne of Pierre Peters once again (as always) OVER-DELIVERS!!! In Antonio Galloni’s recent posting of Champagne reviews and commentary there does not appear to be one single Champagne House, big or small, that has consistently done better than Pierre Peters. The commentary and 92 to 96 point reviews from Antonio Galloni are simply put... MARVELOUS!!! If you love Blanc de Blancs Champagne, this is the Champagne House for you. Long considered one of the benchmarks for 100% Chardonnay based Champagne, Rodolphe Peters is amazingly only increasing the heights that his Champagne House has achieved. JN

Pierre Peters

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Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons 2004 (96WA) {#350201} ..................................... 135.00

121.50

“The 2004 Brut Millesime Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons is stratospheric. This is a cool, inward Chetillons endowed with breathtaking finesse. The 2004 is noticeably more vibrant and focused than the decidedly exuberant 2002. Ripe pears, almonds and jasmine are some of the notes that flesh out in this pure, energetic wine. Hints of chalk, smoke and ash wrap around the intense finish. This is easily one of the very finest of the 2004s that has been released so far. Peters’ objective with Les Chetillons is to make wine that expresses terroir rather than vintage. In 2004 Peters used only two of his three plots in Les Chetillons, as he wasn’t totally happy with the way one of the parcels responded in terms of the high yields that were typical that year. That level of attention to detail goes a long way in explaining why the 2004 is so exceptional...96.” AG 12/11.

90pt BUBBLY Only $12.75 and it’s made by a GREAT Champagne House! Scharffenberger from Anderson Valley is an excellent Sparkling Wine property that truly makes Champagne-like wines. This property has been owned and operated by Champagne Louis Roederer for some years now and their involvement and improvements have made Scharffenberger one of the best values in California Sparkling today. In fact the Wine Spectator recently called the Scharffenberger a “SMART BUY” with a great 90 point review. “Smart Buys...Bright aromas of green apple and lime lead to vibrant, layered flavors of citrus, anise and creamy vanilla...90.” WS 12/11. As you may recall, we have been singing the praises of Scharffenberger all Fall and we hedged our bets thinking that this Sparkling Wine would be on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine of the Year. Well as you probably know by now it was our other bet on domestic sparkling that made the Top 100 (Gruet Blanc de Noirs from New Mexico) and not this gem. JN

“Smart Buy” Wine Spectator

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Scharffenberger Cellars Brut NV (90WS) {#130953} .......................................... 19.99

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Zachys Testimonial “Thank you very much for your follow up. Your kindness is without bounds. The wine arrived today midmorning, and the delivery person was very professional. I certainly appreciate your efforts in ensuring that my wine was delivered before the holiday. It is what sets Zachys and its staff apart from other merchants. Congratulations! I extend my best wishes to you and Zachys for a happy and prosperous 2012.” Italo 12/11

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z 98pt 2002 Vintage Champagne Under $100 We’ve Been Telling You this is Great! The December issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine had the Year’s Best Champagnes on the cover. Diving into the issue the first thing I see… Bollinger Grande Année 2002 - this was my pick this holiday season for the ‘Tete de Cuvee’ Bubbly to buy…98 points!!! I’m telling you this is hands down the best BIG NAME Tete de Cuvee bottling I have tried this year and I’ve tried them all. From Dom Perignon (by the way same issue 96pts 2002 Vintage) to Krug 1998 & 2000 …Bollinger is the one that I keep going back to. Earlier this year when we first offered the Grande Année I told you of the near perfect score Jancis Robinson gave the wine (19/20), well this incredible 98 point review only reaffirms that is one of the best Champagnes of the year. Especially at Under $100 per bottle!!! This is the one BIG NAME Champagne that you should be stocking up on as there are not many others under $100.

Champagne of 2011! The Champagne of 2011 by Wine Spectator-Did You Know It’s Bollinger’s Sister!?! Ayala is an excellent Champagne House based in Ay. But we are willing to bet that most of you are not aware that Ayala is the sister property to Bollinger!!! No wonder the classic Brut ended up as the Champagne of the Year according to Wine Spectator! At #77 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011, Ayala is the ONLY Champagne on the list!!! Here it is, an excellent Champagne that I’ve almost forgotten to mention is only $31.99!!! Plus, for all you die-hard Bollinger fans, here are the two most popular Bollinger Cuvees including the 98pt Grande Année. JN

Ay Has It!

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Ayala Brut Majeur NV (92WS/92JG) {#154802} ..... 44.99

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#77 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011 ”There’s a firm, chalky edge to this minerally Champagne, and mouthwatering flavors of candied lemon peel, green apple, crystallized honey and biscuit. This has an elegant texture and an overall sense of style...92.” WS 11/11.

Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV (93WS) {#20685} ........................................... 60.00

54.00

“A lovely, balanced Champagne, with mineral and toast notes accenting flavors of quince, green pear, white peach and verbena. Backed by firm acidity, this shows impressive texture and finesse. Like a mosaic, all the pieces come together to make a beautiful whole....93.” WS 11/11.

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PS…the Bollinger Grande Année ROSE 2002 also scored huge at 97points!

Bolinger

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Grande Année 2002 (98W&S) {#143992} ............. 110.00

95.00

“There is Champagne, and then there is 2002 Bollinger. This wine makes me dizzy, stammering in cross-eyed bliss. Taking a step back, the sustained chord of flavor comes into focus, revealing a limestone honey: scents of acacia, marzipan, apricot and golden citrus...the wine’s richness softens the structural grandeur of the vintage, which is buoyed in a mineral bath of power. This will reward another ten or 20 years of age, and the bottles that remain will likely only feed the wine’s legend...98.” W&S 12/11.

Grande Année Rosé 2002 (97W&S) {#349646} .................................. 225.00 “The sheer intensity and power of this wine is awesome, an almost violent red from the addtion of Coteaux Champenois pinot noir from La Cote de Enfants (about seven percent of the blend). It’s in overdrive when first opened, an extreme wine with the redness of roses on fire, the impacted flavor of seashell minerality and the cool crispness of apple skin. A day later, the wine is effortlessly detailed, blissfully rich with the suble toastiness dervied from fermentation in old oak barrels. The acidity is there to keep it fresh for as long as it lives, a life that will be measured in decades...97.” W&S 12/11.

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Bordeaux

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2009 Bordeaux Is Starting to ArriveAnother 90 Pointer! Here is Robert Parker’s London based critic, Neal Martin’s review on this beautiful 2009: 2009 Chateau Clement St Jean - 90 points “...refined, very composed bouquet with succulent redcurrant, raspberry coulis and cedar. The palate is rounded on the entry with a touch of spice, good weight with the flavours fanning out towards the voluminous finish. This really revels in a fecund vintage. Superb...” Neal Martin, the Wine Journal erobertparker.com

A Bit of Chateau Latour Under $100 per Bottle! A bottle of a First Growth Bordeaux these days is easily running anywhere from $500 to $1500 per bottle for current releases. However, you can get a bit of Chateau Latour for under $100 per bottle!!! As you may be aware of by now, Chateau Latour produces three wines of their property. The Grand Vin Chateau Latour, Les Forts de Latour (which now is sourced from specific plots only) and Pauillac de Chateau Latour. There is no beating around the bush, the 2007 vintage is not a landmark vintage by any stretch of the imagination, but what it does deliver, especially in a wine like the 2007 Pauillac, are wines that are pleasurable to drink now. The Pauillac de Latour is from exceptional vineyards and is made by one of the finest winemaking teams in Bordeaux. Right now, at this point in its life, an excellent bottle of drinking Bordeaux that shows its pedigree and class. “Three strong efforts from Latour include the 2007 Pauillac. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a delicious as well as fairly priced introduction to the brilliant winemaking at this noble estate. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of crushed rocks, red and black fruits, medium body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. It should continue to provide plenty of pleasure over the next 7-10 years...” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 4/10. We have just received a last minute shipment of this wine and wanted to quickly offer it to you. Quantities are limited; but if you are looking for excellent drink now Bordeaux, and are willing to look beyond all the vintage hypes, then this is one wine for you! JN

Great Value 2009

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Chateau Clement St Jean (Medoc) 2009 (90NM) {#352562} ...................................... 19.99

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Feeling Like Pomerol... The commune of the vintage! That’s right in the 2008 vintage the region of Pomerol excelled. With the majority of Bordeaux having a good year, Pomerol had an excellent year. Robert Parker and the Wine Advocate have rated all other major communes of Bordeaux 90 to 92 points as a whole for the 2008 vintage. POMEROL’S 2008 vintage was rated an overall 96 points! Talk about head and shoulders above the rest in the vintage. We have two great estates now in-stock and frankly two wines that have caught our attention as excellent moderately priced cellaring wines. Not to mention both are absolutely delicious now.

Classic Pomerol

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Rouget 2008 (91WA) {#165009} .............................. 44.99

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“Similar in style to the 2008 Bon Pasteur, the dark ruby/ plum-colored 2008 Rouget is unquestionably a sleeper of the vintage. Notes of mulberries, black currants and sandy, loamy soil as well as a lush, seductive, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and good purity as well as depth suggest it can be drunk now and over the next decade or more...91.” WA 5/11.

Certan de May 2008 (91WS) {#164259} ................ 105.00

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Pauillac de Chateau Latour 2007 {#343327} ....... 120.00

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“Muscular and solid, perhaps a bit chunky now, this big red shows toast, coffee and loam notes over a core of black cherry and fig flavors that struggle to emerge from gripping tannins. There’s purity and depth that bode well...91.” WS 4/11.

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Bordeaux

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The Buzz from Parker’s 2009 Bordeaux Tasting in HK... James Suckling Awards Cos d’Estournel 100 points! First week of November marked the week of Hong Kong’s largest wine fare for consumers. One of the featured speakers was Robert Parker Jr. of the Wine Advocate who hosted a tasting for 600 people on 20 of the Top 2009 Bordeaux. From all reports thus far it was a resounding success and a tasting that has cemented 2009 as one of the all time greatest vintages for Bordeaux. A piece of history really. The tasting was dubbed “The Magic 20” and by all accounts all 20 wines were magical. With many believing there to be a few 100 pointers in the mix. Bordeaux’s other lead critic James Suckling was in attendance at the tasting and afterwards he quickly blogged about the tasting publishing his notes and impression from this truly unique experience. Below are excerpts of James’s Blog but before we do get into it, we also have to point out that from this tasting that Mr. Suckling did upgrade his review on the 2009 Cos d’Estournel awarding the wine (non-blind) 100 points! Checkout James’ blog and his new scores on these beautiful wines. MY BLOG: THE GREAT 2009 BORDEAUX TASTING November 7th, 2011 I just finished the Robert Parker tasting of “The Magic 20” 2009 Bordeaux during the last day of Wine Future 2011 in Hong Kong. The 20 top Bordeaux that Parker choose for the tasting all showed fabulously. I have not tasted the 2009s yet from bottle - and I will in March 2012 - but the wines are showing such terrific class and character, even though many were only bottled three or four months ago. This small tasting confirms how great the 2009 vintage is. It may be the greatest modern vintage ever - ahead of such classics as 2005, 2000, 1990, 1989 and 1982... Bob said at the beginning of his about two-hour presentation that two types of great Bordeaux vintages exist: super exuberant ones that are great when young, and terrifically powerful and structured ones that need long aging. He said that 2009 could be classified as an exuberant one that compared to such rare and wonderful vintages as 1921, 1929, 1947, 1959, 1982, and 1990. “It’s one of the greatest vintages of my lifetime,” he said after tasting the last wine. I have to agree wholeheartedly. Bob gave a great presentation and showed what a candid, down-to-earth man he is. If you bought 2009 as futures, or en primeur, be happy. Otherwise, buy some when they come out in bottle on the market next year. Here are my tasting notes. I gave “+” to wines that I think will be better when I taste them in March next year.” James Suckling

2009 Bordeaux

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Brane Cantenac (92+JS) 750ml {#332621} ..................................................................75.00 1.5L {#335545} ...................................................................155.00 Cos d’Estournel (100JS) {#332706} .....................................350.00 Clos Fourtet (94+JS) {#332705} ...........................................120.00 Haut Bailly (95JS) 750ml {#332727} ................................................................150.00 1.5L {#335546} ...................................................................300.00 La Conseillante (98JS) {#335587} ........................................315.00

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Palmer (96+JS) 375ml {#335580} ................................................................175.00 750ml {#332797} ................................................................330.00 1.5L {#335583} ...................................................................700.00 3L {#335581} ....................................................................1395.00 6L {#335582} ....................................................................2700.00 Pape Clement (94+JS) 375ml {#335969} ..................................................................85.00 750ml {#332799} ................................................................155.00 1.5L {#335968} ...................................................................335.00

Le Gay (93+JS) {#335493} .....................................................125.00

Pichon Longueville Baron (94JS) {#332810} ......................155.00

Leoville Las Cases (99+JS) 750ml {#332774} ................................................................365.00 1.5L {#335636} ...................................................................745.00

Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (94+JS) 375ml {#335971} ................................................................105.00 750ml {#335609} ................................................................205.00 1.5L {#335615} ...................................................................425.00

Lynch Bages (94JS) 375ml {#335485} ................................................................105.00 750ml {#332786} ................................................................195.00 1.5L {#335486} ...................................................................395.00 3L {#335487} ......................................................................825.00 6L {#335488} ....................................................................1650.00 Malescot St Exupery (1.5L) (97+JS) {#335490} ...................250.00

Pontet Canet (98+JS) 750ml {#332817} ................................................................195.00 1.5L {#335434} ...................................................................399.00 3L {#335433} ......................................................................829.00 6L {#335432} ....................................................................1899.00 Rauzan Segla (97JS) {#332821} .............................................99.00 Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5L) (96JS) {#335533} .........................228.00

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Bordeaux

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The Left Bank Steal of 2009?! One of the Consumers Must Buy 2009 Bordeaux!!! This wine clearly is one of the Consumers MUST BUY 2009 Bordeaux! The Wine Spectator has started to release their 2009 Final Tasting Notes and in this week’s Insider there was plenty of news regarding many of the big names of the Left Bank. But, and this is a BIG BUT...there was one wine that really shined and frankly has stolen the show when you think about it. Chateau de France, the tiny little Chateau in Pessac Leognan, has turned out once again an excellent wine and a wine that holds its own against some of the Greatest Names of Bordeaux. The beauty is this is a wine that true everyday consumers of Bordeaux are going to want to stock up on by the case. Especially when you get to our GAZETTE SPECIAL price of $36.99 per bottle! Here’s how the Insider shaped up making us feel that Chateau de France is one true bet for daily Bordeaux Consumers: Wine Palmer Pichon Lalande Allary Haut Brion

Score 95WS 94WS 93WS

Approximate Btl Price $330.00 $210.00 $205.00

Chateau de France

93WS

GAZETTE SPECIAL $36.99 per bottle (regular price $49.99)

Grand Puy Lacoste Leoville Poyferre Duhart Milon Rothschild

93WS 93WS 92WS

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Our allocation of this beauty is already set to leave Bordeaux and is expected to arrive this Spring. If you are looking for an excellent case of Bordeaux to stock in your cellar, this is one that you do not want to miss. JN PS...in case you forgot how historic the 2009 Vintage is: Wine Spectator Bordeaux Vintage Chart | Left Bank Reds (Médoc, Pessac-Léognan) Vintage 2009

Must Buy!

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97-100

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Description Tannic, structured and glorious reds, with beautiful polish. Cabernet Sauvignon shines.

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Chateau de France 2009 (93WS) {#354485} .......... 49.99

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You Save 26%! “Big and bold, with currant, blackberry and plum fruit backed by espresso, smoke and mineral notes in this muscular red. The powerful character is more menacing than alluring, but this shows impressive structure and depth...93.” WS 2/12.

1st Parker 2010 Rated Bordeaux In-Stock! Yes a 2010 St Emilion that has received wonderful remarks and scores from both Robert Parker and James Suckling is already here! This is the perfect first look at the 2010 Vintage; not to mention an excellent value grab on Bordeaux. 91 to 93 point Bordeaux under $25 these days is increasingly harder and harder to find. This one delivers from first sip. JN

2010 St Emilion

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Mathilde de Chateau La Fleur Morange (92-93JS/91-93WA) {#346840} ............................ 29.99

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“This is really sexy and juicy, with exciting fruit. Full and silky, with beautiful acidity and fruit. Layered. Love the finish...92-93.” James Suckling 3/11. “The average age of the vines is over 50 years, which is somewhat surprising. An inexpensive but delicious wine...Luscious, round and generous in the mouth, this is a hedonist’s St.-Emilion...91-93.” WA 5/11. winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 9


Burgundy

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Beaune Cent Vignes (Domaine & Selection) 2009 (92SWJ) {#343218} ..................................... 46.99

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Gevrey Chambertin (David Duband) 2009 (90WA) {#340902} ....................................... 69.00

51.75

Beaune Premier Clos des Mouches Rouge (Joseph Drouhin) 2009 (93WA) {#340326} ..................................... 125.00 93.75

Gevrey Chambertin (Domaine Castagnier) 2009 {#351224} .................................................... 60.00

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Blagny Rouge la Genelotte (Martelet de Cherisey) 2009 (91SWJ) {#342996} ..................................... 75.00

56.25

Gevrey Chambertin (Domaine et Selection) 2009 {#343217} .................................................... 45.99

34.49

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru (Bertheau) 2009 (89-91BH) {#337409} ................................ 145.00

108.75

Gevrey Chambertin (Joseph Drouhin) 2009 (90JG) {#340332} ........................................ 79.00

59.25

Chambolle Musigny (Beaumont) 2008 (90+SWJ) {#346421} ................................... 70.00

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Gevrey Chambertin Les Cherbaudes (Beaumont) 2008 (93SWJ) {#346427} ................................... 110.00

82.50

Chambolle Musigny (Bertheau) 2009 (91+SWJ) {#337408} ................................. 105.00

78.75

Gevrey Chambertin (Louis Jadot) 2009 (91JG) {#337502} ........................................ 72.00

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Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes (Bertheau) 2009 (90-92BH) {#337410} ................................ 185.00

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Gevrey Chambertin Mes Favorites VV (Alain Burguet) 2006 (88-91BH) {#164006} ................................ 105.00

Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers (Louis Jadot0 2008 (90JG) {#335083} ........................................ 85.00

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Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (Geantet-Pansiot) 2009 (91BH) {#342552} ....................................... 95.00

71.25

Chambolle Musigny (Louis Jadot) 2009 (90+JG) {#337489} ...................................... 79.00

59.25

Morey St Denis Clos Sorbes (Beaumont) 2008 (90+SWJ) {#346429} ................................. 105.00

78.75

Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes (Geantet-Pansiot) 2009 (90BH) {#342549} ....................................... 95.00

71.25

Morey St Denis (Joseph Drouhin) 2009 (91+SWJ/90WS) {#345823} ........................ 49.99

37.49

Fixin Louis (Jadot) 2009 {#337501} ....................... 45.00

33.75

Gevrey Chambertin Aux Combottes (Beaumont) 2008 (94SWJ) {#346426} ................................... 110.00

Nuits Saint Georges (David Duband) 2009 (87-90BH) {#340899} .................................. 65.00

48.75

82.50

Volnay Chanlin (Domaine & Selection) 2009 (91+SWJ) {#343216} ................................... 44.99

33.74

Gevrey Chambertin Combe aux Moines (Louis Jadot) 2008 {#332239} .................................................... 79.00 10 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Burgundy

z “Bachelet ‘09s are among the best that I have ever seen from him...” Burghound ‘Denis Bachelet noted “...Overall, 2009 is a really beautiful vintage that should please everyone.” I agree with Bachelet that everyone will indeed like these wines as they are indeed brilliant. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the Bachelet ‘09s are among the best that I have ever seen from him...’ Allen Meadow’s the Burghound 1/11 What more is there to say?! Denis Bachelet has once again nailed it!!! One of our favorite producers in every vintage, Denis Bachelet’s track record to us is simply put the best. Vintage after Vintage we feel he nails it. 2009 is of course the same. Extremely high quality across the board from the Bourgogne level straight up through to the Grand Cru. The bread and butter wine of the Domaine is the Vieilles Vignes Gevrey Chambertin which in 2009 is all about the 92s!!! Every major critic has put a 92 in their score thus far for this wine. Everyone is agreeing that the 2009 Gevery VV is “A terrific vintage for this consistently excellent old vine bottling” and that “Villages level wines are rarely found at this quality level.” Here is the only problem. The Domaine is TINY, TINY, TINY. Production is very small for someone based in Gevrey and even with this cuvee it is very hard for us to get our hands on enough. This wine is arriving tomorrow and if you wait to pick it up in the store you are clearly running the risk of this wine to be sold out. Reserve your’s today! You will be glad you did!!! JN

Bachelet 2009

A great, great vintage for the Dauvissat La Forest! -John Gilman There is Chablis and then there is Dauvissat La Forest!

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When you talk about benchmark bottlings of Chablis, one of the most highly talked about and emulated is the Premier Cru La Forest from Dauvissat. This is to many Chablis lovers the epitome of Chablis. The vineyard is exceptional, the producer legendary, and the combination of the two produces one of the finest examples of Chablis year after year. We have just received a small chunk of the 2009 Vintage this week and I wanted to make sure that all you Chablis lovers had a chance to load-up on yours today! JN

Dauvissat = La Forest

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Chablis La Forest (Rene et Vincent Dauvissat) 2009 (94JG/93-96IWC) {#337783} ....................... 95.00

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“The 2009 La Forest is the most reserved wine in the lineup to this point and it will be a stellar example of the vintage. The brilliant bouquet soars from the glass in a beautiful blend of apples, tart citrus tones, flint, wet stones and lemon peel. On the palate the wine is deep full-bodied, tight and absolutely racy, with a gorgeous core of fruit, brisk acids and a brilliantly intense, palate-staining, mineral bath of a finish. A great, great vintage for the Dauvissat La Forest! 20162040...94” JG 11/10. “Quite tight on the nose, hinting at licorice and medicinal herbs. Then rich and ripe but very dry in the mouth, with powerful, saline soil tones currently dominating primary fruit. Wonderfully tactile, chewy grand cru but introverted, even austere, today, showing little sign of surmaturite. Finishes very young and very long, with subtle lingering perfume...93-96” IWC 8/11. winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 11


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First Offer 2010 Burgundy—The Last Vintage for Living Legend Jacques Lardiere Yes it is already time to start thinking about another vintage from Burgundy. We are ready to offer our first 2010s of both Red and White Burgundy. Focusing in on the wines of Louis Jadot. A house that has been turning out amazing wines for centuries. One of the men behind all the Jadot wines for years has been winemaker Jacques Lardiere. Jacques has cemented Jadot as one of the great houses of the region and the one house that consistently turns out a dizzying array of exceptional wines vintage after vintage. Alas, Jacques is ‘retiring’ and 2010 is his last hands on vintage from start to finish. Jacques is of course staying on the board at Jadot and will be around to assist and instill his vast knowledge in the next generation. However as I said 2010 is his last vintage where he was involved in it all. A fitting vintage to end on as 2010 IS AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION FOR RED AND WHITE. No hype here. No Spin, 2010 is an excellent vintage. A very classic vintage and one that is excellent in both colors. The issue is that 2010 is an extremely tiny vintage. Many producers have reported yields 30% to 35% lower than average. If you are a Burgundy Lover (a fanatic, a purist, a die-hard) this is a must have vintage for you. And this is a must pre-order vintage for you. There is no waiting for your favorite wines to arrive in-stock as quantities on them are extremely low. For example we were allocated 10 cases of many of the Jadot Grand Crus in the 2009 vintage but for 2010 we are only getting 3 to 5 cases. The quantities are so small and allocations being stretched thin that the wines are going to disappear before they even arrive. This is our expectation as the quantities are dictating that things are going to disappear long before they arrive next December. Jacques Lardiere

“Jacques Lardière and his successor as Chef du Cave at Maison Jadot, Frédéric Barnier, have produced absolutely magical 2010s in what is in essence Jacques Lardière’s final complete vintage that he will follow all the way to bottle at Louis Jadot. 2011 marks Jacques’’ fortieth year at Maison Jadot and it certainly has been a marvelous career and the quality of these 2010s is certainly a very nice way to begin to say “au revoir” to this chapter of his own personal history. While Jacques still has all of 2012 to go before he rides off into the sunset, these brilliant 2010s may well be the final exclamation point on his magical career at Maison Jadot... The Louis Jadot reds are a stunning group of wines and there are some absolutely celestial sleepers to be found here amongst the more wellknown and consistently outstanding bottlings from the domaine... 2010 is unequivocally one of the greatest red wine vintages of Jacques Lardière’s long and illustrious career, and there will be dozens and dozens of 2010 Louis Jadot reds that Burgundy lovers are going to want to search out for long-term cellaring. The best reds in the cellars here this year share the sappy purity of fruit and stunning transparency of the very best wines of the vintage and there are so many great wines waiting in the wings here that it is truly an embarrassment of riches up and down the quality hierarchy at Louis Jadot in 2010. Like many of the very best reds of the vintage, the Jadot reds are very suavely structured wines, but in true Jadot fashion, they will still need extended cellaring to really reach their true summits of complexity...it seems pretty likely that this is the finest red wine vintage at the estate since 1978!” John Gilman a View from the Cellar 1/12.

There are OVER ONE HUNDRED 2010 Jadot wines available at Zachys!

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Louis Jadot 2010

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*Beaune Clos des Couchereaux Domaine des Heritiers (92+JG) {#352404} ............................................... 55.00 *Bonnes Mares (95+JG/93-96IWC) {#350136} ...... 340.00 *Chambertin Clos de Beze (96+JG/95-98IWC) {#350138} ............................ 365.00

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*Gevrey Chambertin Petite Chapelle (93+JG) {#352392} ............................................. 100.00

87.00

*Griotte Chambertin (92JG/91-93IWC) {#352388} .............................. 200.00

174.00

*Latricieres Chambertin (94+JG/93-95IWC) {#352382} ............................ 165.00

143.55

*Meursault Genevrieres (93+JG) {#352431} ......... 105.00

91.35

295.80 317.55

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*Chambolle Musigny Baudes (93+JG/91-94IWC) {#352395} ............................ 110.00

95.70

*Chambolle Musigny Les Feusselottes (91JG) {#352397} ................................................. 90.00

*Montrachet (94-96+JG) {#352422} ........................ 600.00

522.00

78.30

*Pommard Rugiens (93+JG) {#352409} ................... 95.00

82.65

*Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers (90+JG) {#352398} ............................................... 95.00

82.65

*Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne Duc de Magenta (93+JG) {#352426} ............................................. 105.00 91.35

*Chapelle Chambertin (95JG) {#352379} .............. 250.00

217.50

*Chassagne Montrachet Caillerets (93JG) {#352424} ................................................. 95.00

*Puligny Montrachet Combettes (94JG) {#352425} ............................................... 135.00

117.45

82.65

*Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles (96+JG) {#350141} ............................................. 500.00

*Puligny Montrachet Folatieres (93+JG) {#352428} ............................................. 105.00

91.35

435.00

*Clos de la Roche (91+JG) {#352387} ................... 235.00

204.45

*Puligny Montrachet La Garenne Duc de Magenta (93+JG) {#352427} ............................................... 90.00

78.30

*Clos St Denis Domaine Andre Gagey (95JG) {#352386} ............................................... 300.00

261.00

*Puligny Montrachet les Pucelles (95JG) {#352430} ............................................... 170.00

147.90

*Clos Vougeot (94+JG) {#352378} ......................... 165.00

143.55

*Puligny Montrachet Referts (93+JG) {#352429} ... 90.00

78.30

*Corton Charlemagne Domaine des Heritiers (95JG) {#352421} ............................................... 175.00

152.25

*Savigny Les Beaune Blanc Les Hauts Jarrons (92+JG) {#354216} ............................................... 37.99

33.05

*Echezeaux (91+JG/91-93IWC) {#352383} ............ 200.00

174.00

*Savigny Les Beaune Blanc Vergelesses (92JG) {#352433} ................................................. 44.99

39.14

*Volnay Clos de la Barre (92+JG/90-93IWC) {#352410} .............................. 85.00

73.95

*Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques (95JG/93-95IWC) {#350133} .............................. 195.00

169.65

*Gevrey Chambertin Estournelles St Jacques (93+JG) {#352389} ............................................. 110.00

95.70

*Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers (91-94IWC) {#352393} ....................................... 100.00

*Vosne Romanee Beaux Monts (93+JG) {#352400} ............................................. 135.00

117.45

87.00

*Vosne Romanee Suchots (93+JG/92-95IWC) {#352399} ............................ 135.00

117.45

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“Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is one of Burgundy’s most exciting young producers...” Antonio Galloni, the Wine Advocate 10/11. YOU got that right Antonio!!! We have been following legendary Burgundy Sommelier / Importer / Guru-Daniel Johnnes lead on this one for years. Pierre-Yves truly is one of the most exciting and dynamic young winemakers in Burgundy today. You know it too. Vintage after vintage we would not be gobbling up as much of these as we do unless you did not enjoy them yourselves. In 2009 Pierre-Yves once again turned out some of the finest wines of the vintage. With numerous wines rated 94 to 97 points amongst the “Grand Cru” level, it is no wonder that Pierre-Yves wines have been flying out of here. However, we cannot forget that Pierre-Yves bread and butter are his Chassagne Montrachets and St Aubins. These are some of the best values that can be found in White Burgundy today and his 2009s are true to form once again!

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey 2009

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“A ripe yet airy and cool nose offers up notes of wet stone, white flowers and pear that precede nicely rich flavors that also reflect an abundance of fine minerality on the balanced, intense and lemony finish. This is perhaps a bit riper than is typical for Baudines but it retains a good sense of harmony and energy...90-92.” BH 2/11.

Chassagne Montrachet Chenevottes (92WA/91SWJ) {#343119} ........... 105.00

75.00

“The 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes flows onto the palate with remarkable grace and transparency. This shows striking inner perfume to complement a weightless, totally elegant expression of fruit. Hints of smoke and ash add complexity on the vivid finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013+...92.” AG 10/11.

Chassagne Montrachet Les Caillerets (91-94BH/92WA) {#343118} ...... 125.00

Two Exceptional Grand Cru Buys PLUS Best Price In the World... 95.00

Recently, Antonio Galloni and the Wine Advocate published their 2009 White Burgundy reviews. All in all there are plenty of AMAZING WINES! Two wines that have stood out from the crowd are from Louis Jadot! Frankly these are our two favorite Grand Cru whites from Jadot year in and year out.

44.95

The always understated and reserved Bienvenues Batard Montrachet and the classic go-to of the Jadot Grand Cru line-up Corton Charlemagne. The Bienvenues Batard is amazing and is always one of those “sleeping giants” that just needs time to evolve. I just found out when using eRobertParker.com’s Wine Alert and Wine-Searcher. com that we have the BEST PRICE in the WORLD on this wine!

“A classic Caillerets nose displays ample minerality, citrus and floral aromas that complement well the very fresh, energetic and well-detailed flavors that are crystalline in their purity on the balanced, linear and explosive finish. This is terrific and the impeccable balance should enable it to age over the medium-term...91-94.” BH 6/11.

St Aubin Chateniere (91BH) {#343122} ................. 65.99 “An elegantly pure, airy and layered nose features aromas of orange peel, lemon, acacia blossom and lightly spiced pear. There is a bit more volume to the attractively plump, intense and minerally flavors that possess solid complexity to the dry and clean finish. This lovely effort should age well over the medium-term and I particularly like the sense of underlying tension...91.” BH 6/11.

St Aubin Combes (90BH) {#344140} ...................... 44.95 “...floral aromas that blend seamlessly into detailed, fresh and pure medium-bodied flavors that exhibit excellent precision, indeed to the point that this could almost pass for a 2008 in style...90.” BH 6/11.

33.95

And let’s not forget about the Corton Charlemagne for a second! All I have to say is this is one of the best ‘values’ in Grand Cru White Burgundy out there today! These are must have for any serious White Burgundy lover!

Louis Jadot 2009

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Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (94WA) 750ml {#337488} ............................................... 381.00 1.5L {#343082} ................................................... 650.00

200.00 512.00

“The 2009 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet is impeccably understated and elegant from start to finish. Cool and reserved, it only gradually reveals its charms. The Bienvenue possesses striking purity in its crystalline fruit, beautifully integrated minerality and a long, refined finish. Everything here speaks to first class pedigree...94.” WA 9/11.

Corton Charlemagne Domaine des Heritiers (96WA/94JG) {#337497} .................................... 195.00 14 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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z Regarded by Many As Good As Their Grand Crus... For all you Domaine Leflaive fans out there you know that Les Pucelles many times is just as good or a very close second to their Grand Crus! An excellent vineyard that historically has produced countless wines of legendary status, Les Pucelles is one of those Premier Cru Vineyards that in the right hands is magical. With both 2008 and 2009s now in-stock today is the time to secure your Les Pucelles. As a side note, we also have some of the Olivier Leflaive Les Pucelles a wine that I recently tasted a few weeks ago. For the money this example of Pucelles is textbook perfect and a great young wine to enjoy now. You just can’t go wrong with good Pucelles!

Domaine Leflaive

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Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles 2009 (96NM/95JG) 750ml {#341655} ................................................ 295.00 1.5L {#346280} ................................................... 675.00

Olivier Leflaive

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WOW!!! Our favorite little Morey St Denis of 2009 has just received another stellar review! The Jospeh Drouhin 2009 Morey St Denis that we have fallen in love with has just received an excellent 90 point review from the Wine Spectator. At only $34.99 it’s a killer price for excellent village level Morey St Denis! The wine drinks exceptionally well now and this is one that any Burgundy and/or Pinot Noir lover should be stocking up on by the case...it is that good!

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Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles 2008 (96W&S/94WS/93BH) 750ml {#333345} ................................................ 310.00 1.5L {#341529} ................................................... 625.00

Save 30% On a Killer Morey St Denis...

Joseph Drouhin

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Morey St Denis 2009 (90WS/91+SWJ) {#345823} .. 49.99

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“Lovely floral notes...bing cherry aromas in an enticing, understated style. Briary, spiced red berry flavors on the midpalate, with solid concentration and a long finish. An atypically elegant 2009...91+.” SWJ 7/11.

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2009 {#347888} .................................................. 130.00

97.50

Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles

One of the Greatest Sweet Wines of All Time Takes #3 of the Top 100! The Top 100 Wines of the Year by Wine Spectator really heated up in 2011 and the Top 10 is proving to be some of the hardest wines to hold on to.

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Luckily we are big fans of Domaine Huet and we made sure to stock up on their amazing 2009s! That love for Chenin Blanc and Huet is allowing us to be able to offer this wine to you!

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Largely considered one of the finest Sweet Wine producers in the World, the Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1er Trie are largely considered some of the finest Sweet Wines produced. It is not a huge surprise that the wine has received this wonderful 96 point review and distinction. It is just too bad that they are only 760 cases made!

#3 Wine Spectator Top 100

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Vouvray Moelleux Le Clos du Bourg 1er (Trie Huet) 2009 (97+JG/96WS) {#337150} ...........................................80.00 #3 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011 ”This is gorgeous, with notes of ginger, orange, clementine, white peach and green fig all bouncing off one another, but working harmoniously through the richly detailed finish. A lingering green tea note hangs on for added length as this puts on weight with air...96.” WS 5/11. winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 15


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Dagueneau Silex-the Greatest Expression of Sauvignon Blanc?! Is the DAGUENEAU expression of Sauvignon Blanc the Greatest Example of the Grape?! It is something that many have been talking about for well over a decade and is a conversation that continues now after Didier Dagueneau’s death as his son Louis-Benjamin takes the helm of the family domaine. One thing is for sure, the DAGUENEAU style is unique to the family. Many have attempted to emulate it and failed. Many have studied it and walked away from attempting. But one thing is agreed upon, the DAGUENEAU style is one of the most dramatic examples of Sauvignon Blanc and spurs the conversation on to the heights that can be achieved by Sauvignon Blanc. “Didier Dagueneau’s son Louis-Benjamin (whose name now appears on the label) is in charge of the domaine that his recently-deceased and much-lamented father brought to such notoriety. Benjamin Dagueneau - whose intense focus is obvious - has been working alongside his father for several years, and the crew here - one person each for the estate’s 11 hectares (27 acres) - are no doubt exceptionally capable of carrying on. The 2009 collection (whose Pouilly-Fumes weigh in between 13 and less than 14% alcohol) promises to be the best group of Sauvignons rendered in that year...The fermentative and elevage regiment here has for some time been entirely in larger barrels, in particular demi-muids and customized, 350-400-liter, cigar-shaped casks of Dagueneau design that maximizes lees contact. Fermentative temperature is controlled when necessary by inserting an exchanger. In view

Didier Dagueneau

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Original Six Packs Available “From an enclave just outside the cuverie in Saint Andelain, the Dagueneau 2009 Blanc Fume de Pouilly Silex delivers an almost inordinate diversity of floral, herbal, citrus (predominately grapefruit), and pit-fruit (predominately nectarine) elements, with the bitterness of fruit pits, smoky pungency of red currant and crushed stone, as well as notes of shrimp shell reduction and iodine inflecting a long, bittersweet, yet at the same time vibrant, buoyant finish. This silken textured seducer should gain with time in bottle and be worth following for ten or a dozen years...93-94+.” WA 8/10.

Textbook Cabernet - Two Terrific Reviews Textbook Cabernet can sometime come from very surprising places. Like the Loire Valley!!! The Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2006 is a text book example of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a wine that is delicious from the get go and has beautiful supple texture and length. This really does show the heights that Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Loire Valley can achieve. This blend takes on more of the darker overtones of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the smoky earth. An extremely fun wine that delivers a medium body versatile glass of Cabernet. Just check out these two stellar notes:

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“Dark violet. Showing an effusive fragrance reminiscent of cherryliqueur, the flavors are ripe, almost tart, with firm, earthy tannins. Gorgeous concentration. A very natural, unmanipulated finish is delicious and pure. Needs time...Drink 2011-2016...90+.” Sonoma Wine Journal 6/10. “Cherries and chocolate with a tangy orange peel character. This is long and juicy. Bright and yummy. This is a long Cabernet Franc...90.” JamesSuckling.com 2/11.

Textbook Cab Franc

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“Brilliant wines being produced in all price categories. They make sumptuous, complex, world-class Cotes du Rhones” Robert Parker “This impeccably run estate, in the capable hands of Christophe Sabon, his sister Isabelle, and their father, is one of the superstars of the southern Rhone Valley. Over the last 1215 years, the quality of the wines has gone from strength to strength, with brilliant wines being produced in all price categories. They make sumptuous, complex, world-class red, white and rose Cotes du Rhones, and year-in and year-out, their Chateauneuf du Papes are among the top three or four wines of the vintage. Tasting two great vintages (2009 and 2010) from the Sabons was one of the most thrilling tastings I have had this year. My tasting began with some unbelievable Cotes du Rhones.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/11. Janasse, JANASSE, JANASSE! Domaine de la Janasse, yes they are known for their fabulous top end Chateauneuf du Papes, but everything from the Cotes du Rhone on up through the range is fabulous in 2009! I know all of you are stocking up on the 98 point Cuvee Chaupin CdP and the 99 point Vieilles Vignes CdP but you cannot overlook the insane values of the 2009 Cotes du Rhone and classic Chateauneuf du Pape. Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate has had plenty of good things to say about these wines and this estate. Just look at all these great comments. And did you notice that the classic CdP received a very strong 94 point review and the Les Garrigues Cotes du Rhone is just a point below at 93...WOW!!! “Sensational” is right. But for all you looking to load up on wine that really delivers some BANG for Your BUCK. Look no further than the classic Cotes du Rhone and the Cotes du Rhone Terre d’Argile! These two wines are excellent in 2009 and “sensational” for the price. If you want CdP quality and under $25 these are the two wines that you need to be loading up on. They are “Baby Chateauneufs” hands down.

Janasse 2009

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Chaupin (98WA) {#341618} ................................... 105.00

85.00

“One of my favorites...An absolutely magnificent wine... noble sweetness and an extraordinary concentration of lavender, black cherry liqueur, licorice, and minerality. Fullbodied, with silky tannins, a multi-dimensional, unctuously textured, voluptuous palate and a stunning finish, this wine is outrageously delicious and a phenomenal expression of old-vine Grenache...98.” WA 10/11.

Chateauneuf du Pape (94WA/94RR) {#340959} .... 70.00

“The pungent black olive, Provencal herb, and soil-tinged aromas give way to jammy black fruit flavors and a touch of kirsch. On the midpalate, spicy cherry flavors come wrapped in warm chocolate. Ripe and delicious, with good body and unintrusive tannins....91.” SWJ 11/10.

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Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Garrigues (93WA) {#346888} ....................... 55.00

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“The old-vine 100% Grenache cuvee...Gorgeous levels of garrigue, kirsch, creosote, licorice, damp earth and lavender are all present...a blockbuster...93.” RP 10/11.

Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d’Argile (91WA/90WS) {#346887} ............. 29.99 50.00

“...probably one of the strongest “regular” efforts I have ever tasted from Sabon...beautiful, sweet nose of black cherry jam intermixed with roasted herbs, black currants, forest floor and a hint of charcoal...great intensity, full-bodied opulence, and a striking seductiveness that is already irresistible...94.” RP 10/11.

Cotes du Rhone (91SWJ) {#337153} ...................... 17.99

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Vieilles Vignes (99WA) {#340960} .......................... 160.00 14.39

21.95

“...sensational. Notes of black currants and cherries as well as hints of charcoal, truffle, new saddle leather and earth all jump from the glass of this blend of 70% Grenache and the rest mostly Mourvedre with a touch of Carignan...91.” RP 10/11.

130.00

“...considered by many observers in Chateauneuf du Pape to be the wine of the vintage, and it can most certainly be counted among the finest…layered, full-bodied mouthfeel displays no heat, but the wine has massive concentration and a silky, smooth finish. Because of the low acidity in the 2009s, and sweet tannins, this has turned out to be a glorious example of Chateauneuf du Pape...99.” WA 10/11.

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The Best Values of Chateau Rayas... Chateau Rayas is one of Chateauneuf du Pape’s most legendary estates. The wines command extremely high prices retail and in the auction market. However there are still some more obtainable wines produced by this legendary estate and its other holdings. Chateau de Fonsalette is the Cotes du Rhone branch of Chateau Rayas. Sourced from vineyards long owned by the Reynaud family outside of Chateauneuf du Pape, the Cotes du Rhone of Fonsalette are made in the same fashion as Chateau Rayas’ Chateauneuf du Pape. Simply put these are Cotes du Rhone that need time in the cellar. They are like drinking baby Chateauneuf du Pape and are hands down some of the most complex Cotes du Rhones out there. However, you also don’t want to forget about the Pignan bottling of Chateauneuf du Pape. From Grenache planted in the 1980s in the Pignan zone of Chateauneuf du Pape this is the ‘young vine cuvee’ of Chateau Rayas. In 2007 this wine is a show stopper and only reestablishes why Rayas is one of the greatest estates of Chateauneuf du Pape! “2007 may be Emmanuel Reynaud’s greatest vintage since he took over the management of this estate when his uncle, Jacques Reynaud, died in 1997” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/09.

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*Cotes du Rhone Chateau de Fonsalette 2007 (93IWC/90WA) {#350554} .......................... 80.00

60.00

“Bright red. Black raspberry and floral aromas are complemented by Asian spices,anise and white pepper. Racy, finely etched red berry and cherry flavors stain the palate and become deeper and sweeter with air. Shows no rough edges and finishes with superb focus and sweet, sappy persistence. This puts most Chateauneufs in the shade...93.” IWC 1/10.

Cotes du Rhone Chateau de Fonsalette 2006 (91IWC/90WS/90WA) {#340043} ................ 80.00

Possibly the Wine of the Vintage?! 54.00

“Medium red. Spicy,inviting bouquet of strawberry and redcurrant,with sexy notes of potpourri and cola. Sappy, finely etched red berry flavors are deepened by cola and sassafras qualities. Very complex Cotes du Rhone with excellent finishing clarity and thrust...91.” IWC 1/09.

*Cotes du Rhone Blanc Chateau de Fonsalette 2007 (91WS/90WA) {#350555} ........................... 80.00

65.00

“This has aged gracefully, with a porcelainlike mouthfeel to the creamed Jonagold apple, chamomile, white peach and fresh sweetened butter notes. The finish is long and pure...91.” WS 10/11.

*Chateauneuf du Pape Pignan 2007 (94IWC/93WA) {#350553} ........................ 180.00 “Vivid red. Intensely perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry compote, smoky minerals and incense, along with a deep note of black cardamom. Palatesaturating raspberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by suggestions of licorice pastille and candied lavender, with silky tannins adding support. Becomes sappier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral-laced red fruit character...94.” IWC 1/10.

135.00

Domaine Santa Duc has once again possibly turned out the Gigondas of the vintage! This domaine has consistently turned out some of the top wines of the Rhone Valley overall. Historically their top wine and old vine cuvee is the Les Hautes Garriges which we have become great fans of for the quality, depth and overall reasonable price tag. The second wine that Yves Gras (Domaine Santa Duc owner/winemaker) is receiving massive acclaim for his 100% pure Grenache Cuvee called Grand Grenache 66. These two wines have caught the attention of Robert Parker at the Wine Advocate and are the highest two rated 2009 Gigondas by Parker. The Grand Grenache 66 edges the Les Hautes Garriges out by a point at 95-97pts while the Les Hautes Garriges is 94-97pts. But when it came down to deciding which wine to buy and offer you, we went with the Les Hautes Garriges! For $55 this wine delivers an equally impressive glass of wine as the Grand Grenache 66 that is retailing up to $90 per bottle. This was a no brainer for us. Alas, quantities are limited and we highly recommend that you reserve your bottles today.

Santa Duc 2009

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Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues (94-97WA) {#350576} ........................................... 65.00

54.99

“The ebullient Yves Gras put me through a wonderful tasting of all his wines...Gras’ top cuvee from the oldest vines planted in the estate’s finest sectors is the 2009 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues, which tips the scales at nearly 16.5% alcohol. A terrific effort that spent time in 20% new oak casks, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a stunning perfume of graphite, camphor, black raspberries, blackberries, white chocolate and smoked meats. Dense, opulent, powerful and rich with zesty acidity, sweet but powerful tannins, and a finish that lasts 40+ seconds...94-97.” RP 10/10. 18 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Chateauneuf du Pape (Clos des Papes) 2008 (95WS) {#330167} ..................................... 115.00

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79.00

Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition (Domaine Giraud) 2009 (94WA/93WS) {#347049} ............................ 55.00

41.25

Chateauneuf du Pape (Clos St Jean) 2008 (91WA) {#331212} ....................................... 60.00

37.50

Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (La Milliere) 2009 (92WS/92WA) {#340666} ............................ 55.00

35.00

Chateauneuf du Pape Cote Ronde (Paul Autard) 2009 (93WS/93WA) {#332951} ............................ 75.00

50.00

Chateauneuf du Pape (Vieux Telegraphe) 2008 (92WS) {#334093} ....................................... 85.00

57.50

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Juline (Paul Autard) 2009 (94WS/92-95RR) {#332952} ..................... 105.00

70.00

Cotes du Rhone Calendal (Philippe Cambie) 2009 (92WA) {#338088} ....................................... 33.99

25.50

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (Janasse) 2009 (99WA) {#340960} ..................................... 160.00 120.00

Cotes du Rhone Halos de Jupiter (Philippe Cambie) 2009 (90WS/90+SWJ) {#344064} ........................ 23.99

12.50

Chateauneuf du Pape (Grand Veneur) 2009 (92WA) {#340956} ....................................... 65.00

47.50

Cotes du Rhone (Marcoux) 2009 (91RR) {#337154} ....................................... 27.99

17.50

Chateauneuf du Pape (Janasse) 2008 (92WS) {#331072} ....................................... 65.00

44.50

Cotes du Rhone Rasteau Les Valats (Grand Veneur) 2009 (90-92WA) {#342248} .................................. 32.99

20.00

Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous (Clos St Jean) 2008 (94WA) {#330165} ..................................... 115.00 70.00

Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d’Argile (Janasse) 2009 (91WA) {#346887} ....................................... 29.99

22.49

Chateauneuf du Pape Le (Vieux Donjon) 2009 (94WA/93WS) {#342764} ............................ 80.00

57.50

Crozes Hermitage (Alain Graillot) 2009 (92WS) {#343746} ....................................... 44.99

28.95

Chateauneuf du Pape (Marcoux) 2009 (93WS) {#347052} ....................................... 85.00

55.00

Lirac Clos de Sixte (Grand Veneur) 2009 (93WA) {#342244} ....................................... 39.99

28.50

Chateauneuf du Pape Mon Aieul (Pierre Usseglio) 2009 (94RR) {#339699} ..................................... 185.00

115.00

Vacqueyras Domaine (Mas du Bouquet) 2009 (91SWJ/90WS) {#335608} .......................... 24.99

12.00

71.25

Vacqueyras Grand Garrigue (Grand Veneur) 2009 (91WA) {#342236} ....................................... 36.99

25.00

Vacqueyras Halos de Jupiter (Philippe Cambie) 2007 (92SWJ/91WA) {#327227} .......................... 37.99

24.50

Chateauneuf du Pape Origines (Grand Veneur) 2009 (95WA/95RR) {#340957} ............................. 95.00

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z Two More Fine Examples of Massive Wines for the Money from the 2010 Vintage 2010 Southern Rhone Vintage: 97 points the Wine Advocate The 2010 Southern Rhone Vintage is one of the finest in years. Rated an overall 97 points by the Wine Advocate, the 2010 vintage is practically equal in quality to the landmark 2007 vintage that the Wine Advocate rated overall 98 points. As we have always said, the beauty in massive, landmark Vintages like 2010 and 2007 is that the quality of wine that you can acquire for the money is MASSIVE in the value section; especially in the Rhone! The quality is once again extremely impressive in the Cotes du Rhone of the 2010 Vintage and these two wines are prime examples.

One Rhone producer that you most likely don’t know...BUT need to!!!

Cotes du Rhone 2010

Paul Autard turns out some beautiful progressive styled Chateauneuf du Pape. They tread the line between modern and traditional very well and deliver some tremendous quality. The 2009s are in-stock and are gorgeous wines that are drinking extremely well now. However we are making the investment to help get this producers name out there even more and are offering these two cuvees at DISCOUTS UP TO 40% OFF!!! This truly is one Chateauneuf producer worth trying at these savings.

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Domaine la Garrigue ‘Cuvee Romaine’ (91RR) {#352937} ................................................ 17.99

14.35

“A perennial over achiever and a wine that makes me struggle to think of a better value...predominantly tankaged blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah...delivers a beautifully nuanced bouquet of ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit that is balanced by garrigue, lavender, pepper, and underbrush-like qualities. Much more feminine and elegant than past vintages, but arguably equal in quality, it shows a medium-bodied, balanced profile with good acidity, solid purity, and a classic, clean finish. I put this into a lineup of Châteauneufs and it easily held its own...91.” RR 9/11.

Domaine d’Andezon (92RR/91WA) {#349846} ...... 16.99

Chateauneuf du Pape Paul Autard 2009

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Cote Ronde (93WS/93WA) {#332951} .................... 75.00

45.00

“...a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah from relatively old vines (60 plus years) that sees some new oak barrels. However, the 2009 shows only subtle evidence of vanillin and toast. It is a seductive, full-bodied, opulent effort displaying notes of caramelized red and black fruits, herbs, licorice and a hint of ink...full-bodied, rich 2009...93.” WA 10/11.

“...stunning nose of blackberry liqueur and jus de viande (beef/meat juices), its thrilling, intensely pure, full-bodied mouthfeel, good freshness, and striking floral character all combine for one of the very best bargains in dry red wine that readers are likely to find anywhere in the world. This is super...91.” WA 6/11.

“This is beautifully rendered, with sleek, polished layers of blackberry, cassis and boysenberry fruit inlaid with toasty spice and sweet anise notes. The long, ganache-coated finish glides along despite its heft, with a great roasted mesquite note that lingers on and on...93.” WS 9/11.

Cuvee Juline (★★★★Decanter/92-95RR/94WS) {#332952} .. 105.00 “...top notch purity of fruit, good complexity, impeccable balance, medium to full body and a smooth, polished character. There were no hard edges and despite the modern elevage, both samples were all about smooth, pure fruit and polished tannin...92-95.” Rhone Report 8/10. “A beauty, with lush, velvety structure wonderfully embedded in the dense, fleshy core of warm plum, fig compote, hoisin sauce and melted licorice snap notes. The finish is inlaid with spice and Lapsang souchong tea notes, with a flicker of anise as well. Not shy about its toast, but wonderfully integrated from start to finish...94.” WS 9/11. “Prominent vanilla oak, minerals, punchy bright fruit and resin on the nose. Oak influence renders it upright. Concentrated with masses of sweet fruit and complexity of flavour. Lingering finish promises long-term interest...4 Stars.” Decanter 1/12. 20 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

“Very pure and clean, with superb richness and complexity, the wine is medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured on the palate, possessing a full, rich mid-palate, excellent balance, juicy acidity, and ripe tannin on the finish that adds additional cut and edge to all the fruit. Straight up delicious and a joy to drink, this is an awesome value...92.” RR 9/11.

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Both Cuvees Scoring Perfection?!? Has Domaine du Pegau finally achieved dueling perfect wines in one single vintage?! It is too early to tell but the possibilities are very, very strong as the track record of this historic property is AMAZING! Robert Parker calls the 2010s from Pegau a return to the 1998 vintage. A vintage that Pegau knocked it out of the park with a 96pt and 100pt wine. Or could it be more like the 2003 vintage with a 98pt and 100pt wine?! Too early to tell but one thing is for sure, Pegau is making some of their best wines yet! Yes, the Cuvee da Capo is one of the priciest Chateauneuf du Papes produced but the track record of this wine is all about 100 points!!! Only produced in exceptional vintages, Cuvee da Capo since its debut Vintage of 1998 has scored a perfect 100 points every time from Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate.

99pt from Robert Parker & Just Arrived! We have received our first shipment of the AMAZING 2009s from Clos St Jean. Including two wines that are consistently perfection: the Deus-Ex Machina (99pt Robert Parker) and the Combe de Fous (98pt Rhone Report)!!! Plus, the screaming hot values of the Clos St Jean entry level Chateauneuf du Pape for only $35 per bottle (93pt RP&RR) and the ever popular Vieilles Vignes (94pt RP). These are stellar wines, big stand-outs of the 2009 vintage and frankly a range of wines that rival Domaine de la Janasse as the top line-up of the Vintage.

A track record that we expect to be up held by the 2010 vintage. However, the expectation that only the Cuvee da Capo is going to be a perfect wine in 2010 may need to be adjusted. The Cuvee Reservee that has flirted with perfection in the past is poised to tie the monumental 2003 or exceed it with a 99pt or 100pt score! This is the vintage to buy Cuvee Reservee and stock up on one of the greatest lived Chateuneuf du Papes produced in 2010. JN “One of the bastions of traditionalism in Chateauneuf du Pape is Domaine de Pegau, long owned by the Feraud family, and now run by the charming, talented Laurence, who was exceptionally well-schooled by her father, Paul...fashions some of the longestlived, most interesting wines of the appellation...” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/11.

Chateauneuf du Pape Pegau 2010 “If a prize were given to the Rhone Valley estate that had improved the most in the shortest period of time, it would undoubtedly go to that of Pascal and Vincent Maurel, who took over Clos Saint-Jean after their father passed away in 2002. Since then, they have made a succession of world-class wines that are out of this world...No doubt the hiring of renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie has also increased the quality...the 2009s from bottle performed at the upper end of the ranges I had given them last year - always a sign of a terrific winery dedicated to high quality.” Robert Parker the Wine Advocate 10/11.

Clos St Jean 2009

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Chateauneuf du Pape (93WA/93RR) {#340646} .... 75.00

35.00

Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (94WA) 750ml {#346881} .................................................. 85.00 1.5L {#350986} ................................................... 120.00

48.00 96.00

Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous (98RR/96WA) 750ml {#340006} ................................................ 250.00 1.5L {#343321} ................................................... 500.00

135.00 375.00

Chateauneuf du Pape Deus-Ex Machina (99WA) 750ml {#340007} ................................................ 250.00 1.5L {#343328} ................................................... 500.00

187.50 375.00

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*Cuvee Reserve (97-99WA) {#351784} .................. 105.00

89.25

“...80% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre and 4% miscellaneous varietals...wonderful sweetness and lots of roasted meat characteristics intermixed with notions of herbs, forest floor, kirsch and black fruits. The tannins are surprisingly soft, the wine has great intensity and a blacker fruit profile than even the 2009. It looks to be another superb effort...Like the 1989 and 1990 Cuvee Reservees, it may be impossible to pick a favorite between the 2010 and 2009. As I recall, Paul has always favored the 1990, Laurence the 1989...97-99.” RP 10/11.

*Cuvee da Capo (98-100WA) {#351787} ................ 450.00

382.50

“...produced primarily from the old vines they own in the famed La Crau sector...another gorgeous effort...sweet notes of chocolate-covered figs, kirsch, black currants, cedar, smoked meats and charcuterie. Very intense with enormous texture, massive fruit, moderate tannin and a long finish, the vintage’s acids are present, but beautifully integrated. This bigger than life wine should easily evolve for three decades or more. Stylistically, it resembles the 1998 Capo more than the 2000, 2003 or 2007...98-100.” RP 10/11.

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z What do you get when Michel Chapoutier and his Right-Hand Man decided to establish an estate in the Southern-Rhone? Answer: a) Pierre-Henri Morel Wines b) Awesome Values In the Southern-Rhone c) The Most Excited We have been since finding Philippe Cambie’s Les Halos de Jupiter wines two years ago. d) All of the above! This project is destined to be a great addition to the already fabulous line-up of projects that Michel Chapoutier has gotten involved in. The support and knowledge of Michel Chapoutier is an important part of the success of these wines, but the key factor to the tremendous early success of these wines is the fact that this is a joint venture with Pierre-Henri Morel. Yes he is Michel’s right-hand man, but Pierre-Henri knowledge of the Southern-Rhone is the key here along with his drive to produce wines that are exceptional upon release. Pierre-Henri Morel has a true passion for food, wine and great terroirs from his native region: the Rhone Valley. He started to work with worldly acclaimed winemaker Michel Chapoutier in 2000 and has been deeply involved in the management of the winery since then. In 2007, Michel Chapoutier proposed a new adventure to Pierre-Henri: they decided to purchase in joint-venture a vineyard in the prestigious “Pignan” area in Chateauneuf du Pape. This 4 ha vineyard is planted with old vines of Grenache. It truly offers an outstanding terroir with the potential to make one of the most refined Chateauneuf du Pape. Pierre-Henri is fascinated by the Southern Rhone Valley and the amazing variety of its soils. A few other wines were added to the range: Cotes du Rhone Villages “Laudun” and “Signargues”, from the right bank of the Rhone facing Chateauneuf du Pape, are outstanding values, and a Gigondas, made from plots which are located on beautiful height and medium height terraces made of alluvial soils. Pierre-Henri Morel wines are vinified and aged within the M. Chapoutier infrastructures receiving the best care and attention that both men are noted for attending to their wines evolution. JN “Created in 2008 when Chapoutier purchased the bankrupt Domaine de Bois Dauphines, these wines are made by Pierre-Henri Morel, who is the Directeur Commercial at Chapoutier. The wines shows predominately classical styles that have a fruit forward slant…09s are very well done and possesses sweet fruit, solid balance, and plenty of character.” Jeb Dunneck the Rhone Report 9/11.

Pierre Henri Morel

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Chateauneuf du Pape Lieu dit Pignan 2009 (92-94WA) {#347818} .................................. 80.00

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Chateauneuf du Pape 2009 (90-92WA) {#347817} .................................. 50.00

39.50

“The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape has oodles of black raspberry and kirsch notes intermixed with roasted Provencal herbs, licorice, and spice box. Medium to full bodied, dense, and impeccably well-made, the brilliant 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Lieu-Dit Pignan, which comes from five acres in this sector cropped at 20 hectoliters per hectare, is super. Notes of black cherry marmalade, plum sauce, lavender, and licorice jump from the glass of this dark ruby wine. The wine has terrific texture, density, and a medium to full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. It should drink well for at least a decade or more...90-92.” WA 10/10.

Cotes du Rhone Villages Laudun Blanc 2010 (90WS) {#347814} ....................................... 20.99

15.95

Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues 2009 (89-91WA/90WS) {#347815} ....................... 20.99

15.95

“A real sleeper of the vintage is Morel’s 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Signargues. This dense plum/ruby wine exhibits loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium body, and plenty of spice and earth. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years...89-91.” WA 10/10.

Gigondas 2009 (88-90WA) {#347816} .................... 40.00 “The 2009 Gigondas offers more minerality but sweet cranberry and boysenberry fruit, good acidity, and a fresh, lively mouthfeel...88-90.” WA 10/10.

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z Rhone Fans Must Read: WS Rhone Report Is Out 2009 = Power & Grace! I was so excited last November when I came in to find the latest issue of Wine Spectator on my desk. THE ISSUE TITLE: FRANCE’S RHONE VALLEY THE COVER STORY: SUPER SYRAH, GREAT GRENACHE - 2009 RHONES DELIVER POWER WITH GRACE I was waiting for this issue all year! As a huge Rhone lover, I have traveled to taste the 2009 vintage, a vintage that early on I feel in love with. As a result, I’ve gone deep with our 2009 selections and am happy to report that we have many of the finest wines of the vintage in house NOW. When I was scrolling through James Molesworth’s Recommended Rhone Valley Wines on just the list of Top 2009 Northern Rhone Reds, the page started filling up with RED ARROWS of wines that we have to offer! WE HAVE FOUR OUT OF THE TOP FIVE WINES. Frankly, I am bit ecstatic that one of my favorite producers of the vintage and a relative new find is not only the first wine on the list but also the third! Domaine du Coulet is a must for all you Northern Rhone Lovers. Incidentally the bottle also is featured on the cover of this issue. You know what that means, it is going to disappear quick!

2009 is a monumental vintage for the Northern Rhone and one that has yielded excellent wines across all the communes. In fact, Wine Spectator has awarded the 2009 Northern Rhone vintage the highest rating in a decade! That’s right as an overall 96 point vintage 2009 is rated higher than the landmark 2005 and 2003 vintages and ties the legendary 1999. As I said this is a monumental vintage that is Rhone Fans need to stock up on. Also I almost forgot, we also have the #1 recommended White Northern Rhone wine of the issue which is none other than the CHAVE HERMITAGE BLANC! Don’t wait, you need to load up today on these great wines. JN

Top 2009 Northern Rhone Reds

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Cornas Billes Noires (Coulet) (96WS) {#349484} ............................................. 135.00

99.95

Cornas Terrasses du Serre (Coulet) (95WS) {#349483} ............................................. 100.00

78.95

Cornas Chaillots (Balthazar) (94WS) {#349537} ... 70.00

57.95

Hermitage Les Pierrelles (Louis Barruol) (94WS) {#346864} .............................................. 100.00

80.00

Cornas Cuvee Casimir (Balthazar) (93WS) {#349536} ................................................ 50.00

42.99

Cote Rotie La Boisselee (Louis Barruol) (93WS) {#346859} ................................................ 90.00

75.00

Cote Rotie La Doree (Louis Barruol) (93WS) {#346860} ................................................ 90.00

75.00

Cote Rotie Les Roses (Louis Barruol) (93WS) {#346858} ................................................ 90.00

75.00

Crozes Hermitage Tiercerolles (Louis Barruol) (92WS) {#346863} ................................................ 43.99

34.99

Crozes Hermitage (Alain Graillot) (92WS) 750ml{#343747} ................................................... 44.99 375ml {#343746} .................................................. 22.50

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The Greatest Vintage Since 1978-98pt Vintage!!! 2009 Northern Rhone...The Greatest Vintage Since 1978!?! Not since 1978 has Robert Parker and the Wine Advocate rated a Northern Rhone vintage 98 points-the highest rating that the Wine Advocate has EVER donned on a Northern Rhone vintage!!! That is right, 2009 surpasses the landmark and highly sought after 2003 vintage which Robert Parker awarded 96 points. There is a TON of great wine from the 2009 vintage but one of the BEST VALUE St Josephs is from the one producer that stole the show in Robert Parker’s latest reviews in the Wine Advocate-DELAS. The St Epine 2009 is tied for the highest rated red St Joseph of the vintage at 96 points. This wine is some of the best values when it comes to St Joseph and is an excellent bottle of wine for the money. High quality Northern Rhone wines at these prices and this quality are getting hard to find and our stocks on these will not last long. JN

Delas 2009 Top 2009 Northern Rhone Whites

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225.00

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St Joseph St Epine (96WA) {#343891} ................... 65.00

49.95

“...blockbuster...remarkable nose of black fruits, graphite, ink, incense and subtle barbecue smoke. Elegant yet massive and rich, with an unctuous texture and good underlying acidity...powerful 2009...96.” WA 12/11. winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 23


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Putting Together All the Pieces...It All Adds Up to Must Have! “I tasted the latest releases from Gerard Bru’s ambitious Chateau Puech-Haut with him; his hands-on cellarmaster Mathieu Ciampi; and a frequent inspiration and coach in matter vinous who since 2009 is the estate’s official enologist – Philippe Cambie. (Before that, Claude Gros advised here, and for a time, too, Michel Rolland.) The rotund devotee and guru of Chateauneuf has brought to these wines his flamboyant style and penchant for as he puts it “the maximum ripeness consistent with elegance...there can be no doubt that the wines of Puech-Haut – like the men behind them – are both generous and formidable. And as often happens to me, amid wines of more lavish elevage, I found their ostensibly intro-level cuvee (now dubbed “Prestige”) more than held its own, resulting in outstanding value...Chateauneuf-du-Pape would seem the more obvious analogy for these wines, not least now, given Cambie’s collaboration...To the extent that this vintage’s youthful red raw material could be assessed – with low sulfur admittedly coloring one’s impression – these will be extremely ripe and rich, often downright liqueur-like and frequently seductively floral wines for their vintage. The last grapes weren’t harvested until November 6, yet the team here made clear that they viewed the presence of ‘freshness’ to accompany all that richness a great virtue of the 2010 vintage...” the Wine Advocate 8/11. A few weeks ago, during dinner I got a phone call from one of our best suppliers. Puech-Haut Prestige, one of the most sought after and in demand wines of 2011 (which has long been sold out) NEWEST vintage is arriving very soon and I needed to confirm our allocation on the spot! I quickly took a moment to do my due diligence and decided to take it ALL! This wine has been a massive hit with you last year and rightfully so. The 2009 Prestige was one of the best values that we had to offer last year with a $20 to $25 price tag and a 94 point review from Robert Parker via blog and a 93 point review from Robert Parker published in the Wine Advocate! No wonder it was an immediate hit; re-orders showed us that you have found a consistent place for this wine in your cellars. Here’s why I think we are already going to love it: 1 The above commentary from the Wine Advocate hinting on the quality of the 2010 Vintage. 2 For the first time ever the Wine Advocate has published a Vintage Chart for the Languedoc & Roussillon awarding the 2010 Vintage overall 95 points where the 2009 Vintage was only rated 89! So if Puech-Haut Prestige was a 94/93 point wine in 2009 then 2010 should easily be on par! 3 Some of the first 2010 Southern Rhone Reds that we have had to offer that Mr. Cambie has been the enologist for have ALL sold out and scored tremendous well: • Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius Michel Gassier 2010 (93WA) SOLD OUT was only $14.99 • Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Les Terrasses Chateau Pesquie 2010 (94WA) SOLD OUT was only $17.99 • Cotes du Ventoux Imagine Domaine Vindemio 2010 (95WA) SOLD OUT was only $24.99 The 2010 vintage is poised for the repeat success of the 2009 vintage. Adding this all up...Cambie is on a roll with the 2010s + the 2010 Languedoc & Roussillon Vintage is possibly the GREATEST EVER with an overall rating of 95 points + the Wine Advocate has already hinted at good things for Puech-Haut...this is a MUST HAVE! JN

Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige

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*Coteaux de Languedoc 2010 (NYR) {#354667} ..... 26.99

23.99

Highest Rated Beaucastel Blanc Ever!!! “...Chateau de Beaucastel makes two of the great white wines of the southern Rhone...” Robert Parker the Wine Advocate 10/11. The 2009 vintage of Beaucastel Blanc is the highest rated version ever from Robert Parker at the Wine Advocate. At 96 points this is the highest score Robert Parker has ever rated the Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc from Beaucastel. And let me tell you...it is magnificent! It is a wine that Robert Parker has called “off the charts” and one that any diehard white wine lover will want to have in the cellar. JN

Chateau Beaucastel 2009

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Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (96WA) {#343220} .. 125.00

95.00

“...an amazingly open-knit, full-bodied, honeyed white... fabulous full-bodied, unctuously textured mouthfeel. Its richness is off the charts...96.” WA 10/11. 24 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Considered the Greatest of His Day— A Master of Wine-An Excellent WinemakerHailed as the Greatest White Wine Winemaker by Robert Parker “I don’t know what is more mind-boggling, the quality of Domaine Zind Humbrecht’s wines or Olivier Humbrecht’s complete dedication to quality.This tall, powerful, and intellectual man may well be the finest winemaker in the world.” Robert Parker The World’s Greatest Wine Estates Consistency, consistency, consistency. The best way to sum up the wines of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht! You can look at it in two ways and in both cases, consistency is the best way to describe the quality of wines Olivier Humbrecht produces. From vintage to vintage, Zind-Humbrecht turns out wines of remarkable quality that are consistent from year to year; not to mention this domaine is consistently the top producer of Alsace. Secondly, within the Domaine Zind-Humbrecht range the quality is consistent from top to bottom. All the wines and we mean all the wines-are meticulously made, making this range one of the greatest high quality line-ups in any vintage. One could basically throw a dart while blindfolded and hit a great wine from Zind-Humbrecht...you just can’t go wrong! JN

Domaine Zind-Humbrect

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Gewurztraminer 2009 (92WS) {#346405} ............... 26.99

21.50

#67 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011

Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2009 (92WA) {#352058} .. 49.99

39.99

Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim VV 2009 (93WS) {#352055} ....................................... 60.00

48.00

Pinot Gris Heimbourg (375ml) 2009 (92WS) {#352059} ....................................... 29.99

23.95

Pinot Gris Vieilles Vignes 2009 (91WS) {#352060} .. 38.99

30.99

Riesling Brand Vielles Vignes 2009 (94WS) {#352081} ..................................... 105.00

84.00

Riesling Brand 2009 (94WS) {#352061} ................. 80.00

64.00

Riesling Calcaire 2009 (92WS) {#352082} ............. 38.99

30.99

Riesling Clos Hauserer 2009 (94WS) 375ml {#352084} .................................................. 31.99 750ml {#352083} .................................................. 55.00

25.50 44.00

Riesling Clos Windsbuhl 2009 (94WS) {#352085} .. 75.00

60.00

Riesling Gueberschwihr 2009 (92WS) {#352086} .... 37.99

30.25

Riesling Heimbourg 2009 (93WS) 375ml {#352088} .................................................. 29.99 750ml {#352087} .................................................. 55.00

23.99 44.00

Riesling Herrenweg 2009 (92WS) {#352089} ......... 43.99

34.99

Riesling Terrior d’Alsace 2009 (92WS) {#352091} .. 30.99

24.75

Riesling Thann 2009 (92WS) {#352092} ................. 38.99

30.99

Riesling 2009 (90WS) {#346402} ............................ 28.99

22.99

Zind 2009 {#352093} ................................................ 33.99

26.99

Gewurztraminer Hengst Selection de Grains Nobles 2008 (94WS) {#352095} ..................................... 205.00

165.00

Pinot Gris Heimbourg Selection des Grains Nobles 2008 (96WS) 375ml {#35209} ................................................... 95.00 75.00 750ml {#352097} ................................................ 180.00 145.00 Pinot Gris Rotenberg Selection des Grains Nobles 2008 (96WA) 375ml {#352100} .................................................. 95.00 75.00 750ml {#352099} ................................................ 180.00 145.00 Riesling Brand Selection des Grains Nobles 2008 (96WA/95WS) 375ml {#352102} ................................................ 140.00 112.00 750ml {#352101} ................................................ 275.00 220.00 winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 25


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Deiss Is Nice! DOMAINE MARCEL DEISS...One of Alsace’s Greatest Estates and some of the most profound expressions of “Terroir” today! I have an old saying from my days as working as sommelier...“Deiss Is Nice!” The wines from Domaine Deiss are hands down exceptional and some of my personal favorites. I was turned onto the Deiss wines in 2001 by long time chef and sommelier Didier Virot. Didier who worked and studied for many years in Alsace at the famed Au Crocodile is an exceptional accomplished chef (he was Jean-Georges right hand when opening JoJo and Jean-Georges) and in his own rights an exceptional accomplished sommelier. Of course, Didier’s knowledge and love for Alsatian wines is extremely deep and over the course of the year Didier and I worked together, that love for Deiss was instilled in me and continues today. Domaine Deiss is not your normal Alsatian estate. This is an estate that focuses on the place, the terroir foremost. Thus the range of wines produced at Deiss is monumental with the majority of the wines only carry a site name on the label. Nothing else. No indication as to what grapes are used as the wine is an expression of that singular place and the blend does not matter it is all about the place! The vines planted there are believed to be the ideal vines for the place and thus the selection is a pure expression of the place. Got it? It’s all about the expression of the place and frankly that is what makes these wines so unique. From vintage to vintage they are some of the finest and most diverse wines produced in Alsace. Now today I am happy to offer a range of wines where many of the cuvee (places) have never before been offered in the USA. As I said the range from Deiss is massive and as a result historically only a limited amount of selections were exported for the USA market. Today the new importer along with the Deiss Family has opted to change that allowing for the first time the full range to be made available in the USA. That’s the good side. The bad side is some of the production is super tiny and as a result we cannot offer every cuvee and the one’s that we do have are frankly limited. If you love Alsace and wines that evoke a ‘place’ these are the wines for you. “...Deiss’s belief that diverse cepages which grow together -”under the influence of the parcel’s terroir and of one another” tend to ripen together...” the Wine Advocate

Marcel Deiss

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Alsace 2009 {#350691} ........................................... 20.00

16.00

Altenberg Grand Vin Bergheim 2007 (93WA) {#350707} ...................................... 95.00

83.00

Burg 2007 (93+IWC/92WA) {#350699} ................... 51.00

44.50

Engelgarten 2004 (90WS/90WA) {#165658} ......... 44.99

34.75

Engelgarten 2008 (91WA/91+IWC) {#350695} ...... 38.99

33.50

Gewurztraminer 2007 {#350692} ........................... 25.99

22.25

Heubuhl 2007 (91+IWC/91WA) {#350701} ............. 49.99

42.75

Mambourg 2008 (93+IWC/90+WA) {#350703} ....... 97.00

84.00

Pinot Noir Burlenburg 2006 (89WA) {#350693} .... 38.99

33.50

Riesling 2009 {#350689} ........................................ 25.99

20.50

Rotenberg 2007 (91+IWC/91WA) {#350697} ......... 49.99

42.75

Schoenenbourg 2007 (95WA/94+IWC) {#350713} 98.00

85.50

Schoffweg 2007 (90IWC) {#350698} ...................... 49.99

42.75

One of the Finest of the Vintage— Once Again! “The irreplaceable and virtually irrepressible Marcel Lapierre succumbed to unrelenting melanoma just after the 2010 harvest was completed and will be sorely missed among us. His son Mathieu – who had been assuming an increasingly important role at the domaine in recent years – has admirably advanced their labors in this vintage, resulting in wines that display the levity and “digestabilite” as well as textural caress and subtle complexity that one has long associated with the crafts of this domaine. Lapierre picked from September 20 through the first week in October and achieved normal crop levels. Mathieu Lapierre might refine his father’s methods but it seems unlikely that he will deviate from them in fundamental ways, and he believes that “we in Beaujolais are in danger of losing our vinous identity” thanks in part to the ambitions of growers who take their inspiration and methods from the Cote d’Or.” David Schildknecht the Wine Advocate 8/11.

Morgon Marcel Lapierre 2010 (92WA)

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375ml {#350675} ...................................................... 17.99 750ml {#350673} ...................................................... 30.99 1.5L {#350674} ......................................................... 65.00 3L {#350676} .......................................................... 185.00

14.95 27.95 58.50 169.00

“...Fresh raspberry and strawberry touched with brown spices and provocatively wreathed in musky peony-like floral perfume are underlain with rich nut oils...this manages to be seductively soothing and subtly creamy yet animating and refreshing. There is a mouthwatering mineral savor to the long finish that I can only liken to lobster shell reduction...92.” WA 8/11. 26 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Andrew’s Over/Under Theory: Where Else Can you Find OVER 50 Brunellos UNDER $50?!?!?! Any of you out there who have experienced the delicious warmth and magic that can be captured in a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino know full-well that by definition this category of wine can come with a significant price tag.

Brunello di Montalcino From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as “small dark one” in the local dialect,[1] is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese (also known as Sangioverosso[2]) grown in the Montalcino region. In 1980, the Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines.[3] After doing this for 18 years, I take great pride in not only having one of the most extensive selections of Brunello in America (Currently over 250 selections) but also having the ability to throw 50 of the markets best selections for you to purchase for under $50/bottle. Now, I am not saying that Zachys is the only place that can do this, but the list would be very short. Take the time to scoop up some of these delicious wines so you can experience (or re-experience) the magic of Montalcino. All my best, Andrew

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Altesino 2006 (92JS/94IWC) {#341093} ................. 65.00

49.99

Argiano 2006 (93WA/92JS) {#341407} ................... 60.00

45.00

Banfi 2006 (95JS) {#341063} ................................... 70.00

49.99

“Full body, with fine tannins and a long caressing finish. It’s so integrated and refined...Benchmark for the style and excellence of the vintage....95.” JS 1/11.

Camigliano ‘Riserva Gualto’ 2004 (92WA) {#328852} ..................................... 100.00

48.00

*Caparzo 2004 (91WA) {#160802} ............................ 60.00

37.99

“...reveals dark red fruit, flowers, licorice and oak in a medium to full-bodied style. The tannins are nicely balanced...a lovely effort...91.” WA 6/09.

Capanna 2006 (95JS/94WA) {#342228} .................. 56.00

42.99

34.99

Casanova di Neri 2006 (93WA/93WS) {#341417} .. 70.00

49.00

Castello di Camigliano 2006 (90WS) {#341038} .... 55.00

47.00

Castiglion del Bosco 2006 (93JS/92WA) {#345355} ............................. 60.00

44.99

Celestino Pecci 2006 (95JS) {#342626} ................. 65.00

41.99

“What a beautiful nose...Full body, with velvety tannins, ripe fruit and a pretty finish. All in richness and finesse...New producer to watch...Made from organic grapes...95.” JS 1/11.

44.00

*Ciacci Piccolomini ‘Pianrosso’ 2004 (94WA) {#162117} ....................................... 75.00

49.99

“...possesses striking depth...balance here is utterly exceptional...a highly rewarding glass of Brunello...terrific effort from proprietor Paolo Bianchini...94.” WA 4/10.

49.99

39.99

Cinelli Colombini ‘Prime Donne’ 2003 (91WA) {#149926} ....................................... 80.00

44.99

Col d’Orcia 2006 (93WA/93WS) {#341419} ............ 55.00

41.00

Collemattoni 2006 (93JS) {#340987} ...................... 70.00

41.99

“Full bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit. Long and beautiful. Succulent. Hard not to drink now, but will improve with age. Decadent...93.” jamessuckling.com 1/11.

Collosorbo 2006 (93WA) {#341455} ....................... 55.00

41.00

Corte Pavone 2006 (96JS) {#341456} ..................... 75.00

49.99

“The perfect nose of ripe black cherries, spices, toasted oak and flowers. Full body, with velvety tannins, and a berry, cherry and blue berry undertone. What a finish. This shows such beautiful fruit...Made from organic grapes...96.” JS 1/11.

Fanti 2005 (92WS) {#345958} .................................. 60.00

38.00

Fanti 2006 (93JS/93WA) {#341457} ........................ 65.00

49.99

“...silky, multi-dimensional, graceful Brunello...the most interesting wine I have tasted from Fanti in quite a few years...93.” WA 4/11.

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Frescobaldi ‘Castelgiocondo’ 2006 (95JS/93WS) {#340994} ............................. 70.00

49.99

“...always delivers great quality in just about any vintage...Full bodied, with a solid core of gorgeously clean and clear dark fruits...long and fascinating...95.” jamessuclkling.com 1/11.

Fuligni 2005 (93WS/93WA) {#331468} .................... 75.00

44.00

Il Paradiso di Frassina 2006 (96JS) {#342181} ..... 59.00

49.00

“...decadence and richness...Full bodied, with a dense and beautiful palate. Ripe black cherries, with flowers... phenomenal...96.” jamessuckling.com

39.99

Il Poggiolo ‘Riserva’ 2004 (90WA) {#341698} ......... 70.00

35.00

*Il Poggiolo ‘Riserva’ 2006 {#353875} ...................... 75.00

49.99

How often can you get Riserva from a GREAT vintage at the price of regular Brunello???!!!!

Il Poggione 2006 (94WA/93WS) {#341459} ............ 75.00

49.99

La Gerla 2006 (94WA/92JS) {#341045} .................. 55.00

44.00

La Poderina 2006 (95JS) {#340989} ....................... 55.00

40.00

“Blueberries, flowers and raspberries...Full body, with fine tannins and a silky textured finish. So much going on here. Class...95.” jamessuckling.com 1/10.

35.00

“Wonderful aromas of dried berries, plums, prunes and dark truffles. Full body, with chewy tannins and plenty of toasted oak and berries...93.” jamessuckling.com 1/11.

Lisini 2006 (93JS) {#340991} .................................. 75.00

49.00

Livio Sassetti ‘Pertimali’ 2004 (93WS) {#161873} .. 75.00

49.00

“Candied plum notes, with hints of flowers and mushroom, follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very soft, juicy tannins and lightly grilled meat, berry and fresh shiitake mushroom flavors. A decadent style...93.” WS 2009.

“...very rich Sangiovese on the nose...Loads of black chocolate cake and dried coffee cake character. Full and very powerful...96.” jamessuckling.com 1/11.

Frescobaldi ‘Castelgiocondo’ 2005 (91WA) {#332126} ....................................... 70.00

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Lazzeretti 2006 (93JS) {#340990} ........................... 60.00

*Ciacci Piccolomini 2006 (93JS/93WS) {#341040} ... 55.00

*Fattoria dei Barbi 2006 (92WA) {#341069} ............. 55.00

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Our very first in-stock 2007 Brunello…find out why this vintage is Super-Sexy!!!

Caparzo 2006 (93JS) {#341412} ............................. 44.99

Cinelli Colombini 2006 (93JS) {#340995} .............. 60.00

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*Il Poggiolo 2007 (94JS) {#353876} ......................... 55.00

“Wonderful aromas...Full-bodied, with deliciously ripe fruit and loads of berries, chocolate and coffee bean character. Love the length and beauty here...95.” JS 1/11

Ciacci Piccolomini ‘Pianrosso’ 2006 (96JS/95WS) {#341041} ............................. 75.00

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41.00 45.00

Livio Sassetti ‘Pertimali’ 2005 (93WS/93WA) {#331653} ............................ 60.00

39.99

Mate 2006 (95JS/95WS) {#342379} ......................... 70.00

49.00

Nardi 2006 (94JS/93WS) {#341467} ........................ 65.00

40.00

Nicale 2006 (93JS/93WS) {#341062} ...................... 49.99

39.99

“elegant...flavors of cherry, raspberry, licorice and spice mesh with the supple texture...There’s fine length, with hints of tobacco and mineral…93.” WS 10/11.

Podere Brizio 2006 (94WS/93WA) {#341750} ........ 60.00

49.99

Podere La Vigna 2006 (90JS) {#340992} ................ 65.00

39.99

“...full-bodied, with soft tannins and a bright acidity. It shows a good amount of berries, cedar, tobacco and chocolate...Long and silky...Hard not to drink now...90.” JS 1/11.

Poggio Il Castellare 2006 (94JS/93WA) {#340993} .. 60.00

48.00

Poggio Salvi 2006 (93JS) {#341475} ...................... 65.00

47.00

Poggio San Polo 2006 (93WS/93WA) {#342864} ... 55.00

41.00

Solaria 2005 (90WE) {#338956} .............................. 70.00

28.00

Scopetone 2006 (92WA) {#341487} ........................ 60.00

46.00

Scopone 2006 (94JS) {#343035} ............................ 65.00

42.99

Talenti 2006 (95JS/94WA) {#341469} ..................... 65.00

49.00

Tassi 2006 (92JS) {#342130} ................................... 65.00

49.00

Tiezzi 2006 {#341490} .............................................. 44.99

31.99

Uccelliera 2005 (94WA) {#331140} ......................... 65.00

45.00

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Zachys Testimonial “By the way, I really like Andrew’s Angle. There is a lot of info on the web that is not worth reading and your site provides a great perspective on quality wines that represent great value in the $15 to $50 price range where I buy cases and I am sure that a lot of customers do the same.” Gordon 11/11

Andrew’s Angle Is Here To Keep You IN STEP With What’s Hot & Happening In The Wine World! One of the most exciting parts of all the video taping and blogging that we are currently doing on the Angle is that we get the opportunity to pull YOU into the world of Zachys. There is no better way to have you “walk a day in our shoes” than to show you a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes in our wine selections and promotions. The value of this new media channel was most telling from the filming/reporting we were doing on our tasting trip to Italy last month. Brian Mullaney and I knew that the 2007 Brunello and 2006 Brunello Riserva releases were going to be HOT due to their supreme quality. It was very important for us to create our OWN opinion of the wines and the vintages before the press and reviews came out. Trust me, tasting 83 Brunellos and 44 Brunello Riservas all BLIND is a lot of work. When you have no pre-conceived notions of what’s in the glass some very telling truths can come forward (and also some weird observations...but that’s what makes it so much fun). The trip and the tasting were priceless. It was so much fun to be able to give people a glimpse of it all through The Angle. The timing could not have been any better because the day we got back article #1 went up: 2007 Brunello di Montalcino | 95 Point Vintage Wine Enthusiast gets a first chance to score the newest Tuscan wine releases | Published on Jan 19, 2012 “It’s been decided: The 2007 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino is a lovely expression of variety and territory...Wine Enthusiast Magazine was among the first to blind taste through the new vintage and found it to be indeed one of the most exciting vintages since the start of the millennium.... W.E. awarded the 2007 vintage 95 points on our 100-point scale. The 2006 vintage earned 93 points last year, and both vintages were given a maximum five stars by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino... the 2007 vintage is softer, rounder and more opulent, and shows incredible aromatic intensity. It also delivers firm structure and power for long cellar aging. Sangiovese Grosso is a naturally acidic variety, with freshness that’s very well balanced in 2007...” And just recently on January 25th James Suckling posted his thoughts on jamessuckling.com: TASTING REPORT: 2007 BRUNELLO DI MONTALICINOS ARE SUPERLATIVE QUALITY | January 25th, 2012 “Brunello di Montalcino has never had two consecutive great vintages – but it did in 2007 and 2006, and now they are both on the market. The question is, which is better?...I tasted about 160 2007 Brunello di Montalcinos 10 days ago in blind tastings in Tuscany, and I was incredibly impressed with the richness of the wines. They are wonderfully fruity with a purity of ripe Sangivoese that is seldom seen from the vineyards surrounding the hilltop town of Montalcino. The bright fruit in the wines overshadowed their firm tannins and fresh acidities, yet they remain agile with tension...I think the 2007 Brunellos are slightly more drinkable than the 2006s at this stage because of their juicer and slightly riper fruit character...In fact, many of my top scoring 2007 Brunellos in this report are the best ever from a number of wineries...the two vintages (2006 & 2007) are equal with outstanding wines. In the tasting of 2007, I rated almost 90 percent of the wines 90 points or more; that’s astounding consistency in quality. I can’t think of another wine region that delivers such high quality on a whole...” Had you been watching the The Angle regularly...this would have been “Old News”!!! Isn’t it time you tune in to andrewsangle.com? AM

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Even Though It Is February... 2011 Was Not That Long Ago!

There’s A Reason We Are Such Big Barbera Fans... “JINX!!!”

Although we are in February 2012 now, we still have two GREAT price/quality Italian wines from the 2011 Top 100 here, ready and waiting for you to take advantage!

On a recent trip to Italy a winemaker ask Brian Mullaney and I what we feel is the most versatile and value-oriented red wine from Italy consumers are really digging into. In unison and at the same exact time, “Barbera”...JINX!!! It was as though the question and answer were planned, but it is the truth. With good reason these Barberas are HUGE crowd pleasers. AM

Italians from the Top 100 of 2011!

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Chianti Classico (Fonterutoli) 2009 (92WS) {#350474} ...................................... 29.00

23.99

#49 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011 “A polished, international style, with toast and spice notes adding smoothness and depth...Rich and harmonious...92.” Smart Buy, WS 10/11.

Rocca di Frassinello (Le Sughere di Frassinello) 2009 (93WA/91WS) {#349918} .......................... 33.00

24.99

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Chiarlo ‘Le Orme’ 2009 (90WS) {#350904} ............. 14.99

11.50

“Sweet blackberry, plum and pomegranate fruit is fresh and vibrant...Hints of flowers and spices intermingle, but this is more about the juicy fruit...90.” WS 1/12.

13.99

“…fresh aromas of violets, strawberries and raspberries… Impressively concentrated, with the intensity and spicy rose characteristics...91.” Wine Of The Week - SWJ.

Let’s Give Our #1 Selling Barolo A “Shove Out The Door!!!”

Tuscan Deja-Vu!!!

While I am happy that this incredibly priced Barolo from the deliciously ripe 2007 vintage was our #1 selling Barolo last year, it’s now time to move on. So let’s hammer the price of this wine down another $5/ bottle for the month of February and watch it disappear! Help us, help you while we “Shove it out the door!” AM BTL $

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Barolo 2007 (90SWJ) {#346804} ............................. 41.99

29.99

For February it is now only $24.99/Bottle!!!! The ripeness of the 2007 vintage is more than evident with the intensity of its aromas and the fine quality of its mouthfeel. Bold oak tones of spice and toasted hazelnut will soon fall to the back of the wine’s bright fruit and soft finish. Drinks surpisingly well now for young Barolo!

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Pico Maccario ‘Lavignone’ 2010 (91SWJ) {#346204} ..................................... 15.99

#69 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011 “...simply dazzling in this vintage...Racy and expressive from start to finish, the wine impresses for its fabulous harmony and ripe, explosive finish...93.” WA 8/11.

Bricco Dei Tudori

Barbera D’Asti

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Back with the 2007 vintage, BERE received a BEST-VALUE review from Wine Spectator and a 90 point score. End result = Thousands of cases sold!!! Well, it’s happened again with the 2009 vintage. Hold on to your hats as we are expecting BIG things all over again. That’s why I am calling it a Tuscan Deja-Vu

Viticcio

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Bere Tuscan Red 2009 (90WS) {#350873} ............ 17.99

14.99

“Boasting dark cherry and berry aromas and flavors, this polished red is vibrant and harmonious. Lingers on the finish, with a tight, fruit- and spice-filled aftertaste. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot...90.” WS 10/11.

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z “Super-Tuscan” Does Not Have To Be SUPER Expensive!!! Whenever people hear the catch phrase “Super-Tuscan” the image of the higher priced luxury brands like Tignanello, Sassicaia and Ornellaia conjure up images of $100 bills flying out the window. By definition, super-Tuscan is simply a blend of the traditional regional varietal (Sangiovese) with non-traditional international varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot etc. etc.) The higher price tag comes in when you are looking at wines that are made from older vines, “bigger fashion, lower yields, pricier sub-region…honestly, there is a lot that can push it up. But what if consumers want to get a feel for the marriage of the “traditional” with the “non-traditional”? Even better, what if they want it to be under $20/Bottle? We’ve got the answer and are SO HAPPY that this blend is making another appearance in the store as it has been absent for a few years. It just arrived this past December and I fear it will be gone before Spring is upon us…so act fast on this one and LOAD UP. AM

Farnetella

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Lucilla 2009 (90WA) {#349921} .............................. 17.99

14.99

“The 2009 Lucilla is another beautiful wine that is particularly strong in this vintage. Subtle hints of herbs, tobacco and wild flowers add complexity to a core of racy, dark red fruit. In 2009 Lucilla has an extra degree of mid-palate juiciness that makes it absolutely irresistible. The international varieties are felt, but not heard, as my high school music teacher once taught me about playing guitar in a jazz big band. Did I mention this is a stunning value? Lucilla is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017...Castello di Farnetella is Felsina’s second label. In recent years the wines have improved noticeably...90.” WA 8/11.

Has This Become The New Le Difese? Over the last 3 vintages the store’s go-to (And TOP selling) under $30 Tuscan red has been the 3rd label from the Tenuta San Guido estate: Le Difese. It has become SO POPULAR that for the first time ever we completely ran out of the current release in the middle of the holidays….with the next release not due until late April. This opened the door (and people’s minds & palates) for a new batter to step up to the plate. Staying with the baseball theme, the Cavalli estate (From famed fashion designer Roberto Cavalli) has hit it out of the park with the Le Redini and I think we are looking at a serious contender with Le Difese. Better to have too many choices than not enough...right?!?! AM

Tenuta degli Dei

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Le Redini Rosso Cavalli 2009 (91WA) {#350045} ... 30.00

24.99

“The 2009 Le Redini is a new entry-level wine made predominantly from Merlot, with 10% Alicante. Layers of warm, ripe fruit radiate from this polished, impeccable Tuscan red. The wine possesses terrific intensity and fabulous overall balance, with silky tannins that frame the finish. This is a very strong first effort. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021...91.” WA 8/11.

32 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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90 Points and $9.99! “...reminiscent of village Chablis...” This just may be the perfect white wine for all your dinner parties and cocktail get togethers. Chablis-like, fragrant, floral, dry, mineral finish and ONLY $9.99...WOW!!! This Valdeorras from Spain is hands down delicious and an incredible value. White wine for only $9.99 at this level is extremely hard to find and we are ecstatic that this little gem has arrived to Zachys. JN

Every Vintage It’s the Same Thing... 95pts-Most Consistent Wine from Spain Every vintage release for AALTO Ribera del Duero I feel like a broken record. It’s the same thing time after time. A STELLAR 95 point review from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!

Bodegas Abanico

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Valdeorras Rua 2010 (90WA) {#352053} ................ 13.99

9.99

“Fragrant minerals, white orchard fruits, and spring flowers inform the nose of this savory, flavorful, pleasure-bent white. Dry on the palate, it is reminiscent of village Chablis but with a slightly different flavor profile...90.” WA 6/11.

The 2008 AALTO maintains the legacy: “Bodegas y Vinedos Aalto is a partnership between legendary vigneron Mariano Garcia [formerly of Vega Sicilia] and Javier Zaccagnini, former President of the governing body of the Ribera del Duero DO. Aalto is sourced from 7 different villages on a variety of soils with vineyard age ranging from 40-100 years and was aged for 24 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is already displaying a complex aromatic array of sandalwood, smoke, espresso, lavender, Asian spices, and assorted blue and black fruits. Smooth-textured, succulent, and structured, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2028+. In the scheme of things, it offers great value in topflight Ribera del Duero...95.” the Wine Advocate 6/11. In case you have forgotten, AALTO is a fairly new project in Ribera del Duero that is overseen by the living legend, Mariano Garcia the former winemaker at Vega Sicilia that helped to cement UNICO as one of the world’s greatest wines. In eight vintages reviewed by the Wine Advocate, five of those vintages have been rated 94 or 95 points resulting in every vintage since 2004 landing in the top 10 to 20 wines produced in the vintage. In fact, as you search the Wine Advocate site for 2008 Ribera del Duero AALTO is the fourth highest rated wine after the uber-pricey Pingus, Flor de Pingus and Tabula wines! They all start at $80 and reach up to $800! AALTO is only $46.99 per bottle! JN

Consistency = Aalto

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Aalto 2008 (95WA) {#353599} ................................. 65.00

46.99

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“...an outstanding value...90.” IWC 11/11. WOW!!! Actually wait...one more time...WOW!!! This puts the Hot back into RED HOT SPAIN. We are offering to you today, for the first time a new wine that has really caught our attention. We big thanks to Eric Solomon, we are offering to you the insane value of ALTES. Made of 100% Garnatxa (aka Grenacha or Grenache) this wine produced in Terra Alta along the border of Aragon in Catalonia is an absolute steal. Intensity, depth, character and overall pleasure to drink make this wine a standout. Plus the 90 point review from the International Wine Cellar and the fact that this wine is $9.99 make this a HUGE VALUE!!! JN

Pick This Up By The Case!

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Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2010 (90IWC) {#354492} ...................................... 11.99

9.99

“...aromas of raspberry and floral oils, with a note of white pepper gaining strength with air. Juicy, precise red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth and clarity and gain flesh with air. Finishes sweet and long, with lingering red fruit notes and no rough edges...an outstanding value...90.” IWC 11/11.

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z Dueling 90s— Reserva Quality & Under $20!!! This is a RIOJA steal...

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*Izadi Reserva Rioja 2006 (90WA/90IWC) {#352940} ........................ 20.99

16.95

“Bodegas Izadi’s 2006 Reserva was sourced from 60+-year-old Tempranillo vines aged 14 months in American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a lovely perfume of violets, spice box, incense, mineral, and blackberry. Elegant as well as structured on the palate...90.” WS 6/11.

After Months of Being Sold Out the New Vintage Is Back 91pts & Under $13! Boy did it cause an uproar. From our sales team to you everyone was asking when the Box O’ Birds Sauvignon Blanc would be back. It was most unfortunate that we did not have the wine to offer, but it was necessary. The 2010 vintage proved to be a difficult one for the winery, very small in production and the wine just was not what we have all come to expect. So we needed to side step that vintage and for 6 months not have any wine to offer. That is until NOW. We have the wine back in-stock with the tremendous 2011 vintage that has already received great press from the Sonoma Wine Journal once again!

“over-delivers in a big way” 2 New Extreme Values!

Vintage

We are changing it up this year and bringing in some new blood (wines) from Argentina. Today, we are offering you for the first time the La Flor de Pulenta Malbec and the Benegas Malbec.

Sonoma Wine Journal Rating

2008

90 Points

2009

91 Points

2011

91 Points

These two wines really scream eXtreme value. At 90 points each from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and sale pices of only $12.99 and $9.99, we are getting very excited on these new arrivals. Both are in-stock now and ready to go. JN

Dueling 90 Point Malbecs!!!

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Pulenta Estate La Flor de Pulenta Malbec 2010 (90WA) {#353975} ....................................... 16.99

12.99

#1 Selling New Zealand SB!

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Box O’ Birds Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (91SWJ) {#348521} ..................................... 16.99

12.95

“Starts with an electric nose of grapefruit, star fruit, lemon blossoms, gooseberries, and a faint whiff of summer grass. Strong acidity on the initial sip, with lime blossom, grapefruit and mineral notes on the midpalate. The wave of acid coasts through the long finish. Delightful. A great food wine, that pairs especially well with ham, chicken, or fish...91.” SWJ 9/11.

YOU SAVE 23.5%! “Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry and floral oils, with a note of white pepper gaining strength with air. Juicy, precise red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth and clarity and gain flesh with air. Finishes sweet and long, with lingering red fruit notes and no rough edges. This is an outstanding value...90.” IWC 11/11.

Benegas Malbec 2009 (90WA) {#354637} .............. 11.99

9.99

YOU SAVE 16.6%! “The 2009 Benegas Malbec (100%) spent 12 months in French oak. It exhibits some toast in its attractive perfume along with notions of Asian spices, chocolate, and black cherry. In the glass it reveals an extra layer of complexity compared to the Juan Benegas cuvee along with impeccable balance and length...90.” WA 12/11. winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 35


z Once Upon a Time... In the Land of Oz! Everyone loves a good story. Well today, we have not only a good story for you, but one with a happy ending. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married and following their passions they start their own business with only $1000 and a big dream. After several ups and downs and a little help along the way they developed a brand in 2006, calling it Mollydooker (which means left handed in Australia, which they both are) and have never looked back. The story of Sarah and Sparky Marquis is one of passion, persistence and family, all things we hold in very high regard. This Australian winery has received praise from Robert Parker’s the Wine Advocate such with five 99 point scores in the last 10 years and five wines chosen for the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 lists, this husband and wife team is on a roll! If you’ve seen their packaging, you’ll recognize their eclectic and artistic labeling as well as cuvee names such as Carnival of Love, The Boxer and Two Left Feet. Several labels are designed by Sarah herself. And if the name and packaging isn’t memorable enough for you, they have created “peel here” tear off labels to remember their wines so you can enjoy again and again. PLUS...in issue #198 of the Wine Advocate, Mollydooker is recognized as one of the top 20 value producers of 2011!

Mollydooker

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Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2009 (91WS/92WA/92RR) {#338446} .................. 55.00

44.00

Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2010 (91WS) {#353844} ..... 51.59

41.59

Carnival of Love Shiraz 2010 (94WS) {#353846} ... 95.00

76.00

Enchanted Path Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (93WS) {#353845} ....................................... 95.00

76.00

Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (91WS) {#353843} ....................................... 51.99

41.59

The Boxer Shiraz 2010 (91WA) {#353841} ............. 25.99

20.79

The Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 {#338441} .................................................... 29.99

23.99

The Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (90WA) {#353839} ....................................... 25.99

20.79

The Scooter Merlot 2010 (90WA) {#353838} .......... 25.99

20.79

The Violinist Verdelho 2009 (90WA) {#328376} ..... 29.99

23.99

The Violinist Verdelho 2010 (90WA) {#338444} ..... 29.99

23.99

Two Left Feet Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (90WA) {#353840} ....................................... 25.99

20.79

Have we got an AMAZING DEAL for you!!! In the latest release of the Wine Advocate, one Shiraz caught our attention...the Penfolds 2010 Thomas Hyland. This shiraz, which normally retails for $15 per bottle, has had a proven track record over the years PLUS from a tasting we had earlier in the year we learned a few things about this specific cuvee that make it very interesting. #1 This cuvee is sourced from some of the original historic vineyard holdings of Penfolds in South Australia. #2 This cuvee is a prelude to most of the famed Bin series for Penfolds #3 This cuvee is an homage to one of the men that helped solidify Penfolds as the most consistent and best producer in South Australia today. This is clearly one Shiraz that you will want to be loading up on by the case, if you search for 2010 Shiraz on erobertparker.com you only find five other Shiraz rated 91 points or higher with prices that range from $20 to $100+!

Load Up By The Case!

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Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2010 (90WA) {#353909} ....................................... 14.99

12.50

“...aromas of ripe blackberry and cherry preserves plus hints of bacon, pepper, tree bark and cedar. Concentrated and taut on the medium-bodied palate, it has crisp acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins, finishing long...90.” 12/11. 36 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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z 2002 Ice Wine (Eiswein) 96pts! We’ve lucked into one of the best buys on Ice Wine (Eiswein); a 96 point 2002 vintage from one of Germany’s best producers... Selbach-Oster! It is the Zeltinger Himmelreich, Eiswein★ 2002 that upon release was a $235 HALF-BOTTLE. We can offer it to you for only $160 per half bottle! Just check out this massive review from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

The Other Prum-Dr. F Scores Dueling 94 Spatlese... Dr. F. Weins-Prum Better known at Zachys as the other Prum (JJ is what people think first here) the team at Dr. F have turned out a magnificent set of wines from the highly touted 2010 Vintage. 2010 is a Vintage that is going down in the history books as a magnificent one for wines that have residule sugar. In a sense it is one of the most classic Vintages that Germany has turned out in the traditional mindset of the American consumer. Many have excelled and many have come up short but Weins-Prum once again has shown that their rich history and style proves to excel in Vintage like 2010. JN

Weins-Prum 2010

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Riesling Estate {#348606} ....................................... 18.99

14.99

Classic, aromatic, off dry and simply delicious.

Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr (91WS) {#348607} ................................................ 25.99 “An awe-inspiring offering, Johannes Selbach’s 2002 Riesling Eiswein Zeltinger Himmelreich ★ displays aromas eerily reminiscent of a live lobster prior to being cooked. Scents of the sea and a certain earth sweetness lead to a thick, rich, deep, and powerful core of red currants, tangy sugar-coated limes, and loads of spices. This wine has magnificent purity, sublime concentration, and massive length. It will most certainly earn an even higher score as it harmonizes with cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2050...96.” Wine Advocate 2/04. As a German wine lover you know that Selbach-Oster is one of the best and it is no surprise that this Eiswein is one of the top wines produced in the vintage, tied for 3rd place after the uber expensive Robert Weil and Donnhoff Eisweins. Plus with the current vintages on release being 2010 you know that 2002 is at a much better drinking stage!!! JN

Ice Wine!

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*Riesling Eiswein Zeltinger Himmelreich★ (Selbach-Oster) (375ml) 2002 (96WA) {#315468} ..................................... 235.00

160.00

21.99

“Juicy and very citric, with concentrated blood orange, grapefruit and Meyer lemon flavors. Shows rich notes of dried mango and honeydew melon on the racy finish...91.” WS 2/12.

Riesling Spatlese Graacher Domprobst (94WS) {#348611} ................................................ 36.99

31.44

“Pure and concentrated, with rapierlike flavors of red peach, slate, gooseberry and Key lime pie. Lively notes of mineral and sea salt exude midpalate, and this finishes with vibrant black currant and white raspberry accents that show hints of cream...94.” WS 2/12.

Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (94WS) {#348610} ................................................ 37.99

32.29

“Elegant and ethereal, with mouthwatering acidity behind the fresh-cut apple, cinnamon and ripe pear flavors. Shows lots of glazed apricot notes as well, with a vibrant finish that oozes creaminess and minerality. Mouthwatering...94.” WS 2/12.

Zachys Testimonial “I have just ordered and received five cases of wine and I have a complaint to make. PLEASE STOP HAVING THESE SALES!!! Now you are having another one!! You are endangering my bank account...Seriously, you folks know what you are doing, everybody is pleasant to deal with, knows what is going on and helpful. I have just given your name to a new neighbor from Europe who cannot find anything here – so he can go broke when he orders to set up his cellar.” James, 12/08

38 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Riesling Dry Estate (Gunderloch) 2009 (90WS) {#339578} ....................................... 19.99

14.99

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Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr (JJ Prum) 2009 (93W&S) {#339604} .................................... 38.99

29.24

Riesling EG Erbacher Marcobrunn (Schloss Schonborn) 2009 (91WS/91IWC) {#348269} ........................... 80.00 60.00

Riesling Medium-Dry Bockenauer Estate (Schaefer Frohlich) 17.99 2009 (90WA) {#338153} ....................................... 23.99

Riesling EG Hattenheim Pfaffenberg (Schloss Schonborn) 2009 (91IWC) {#350118} ...................................... 70.00 52.50

Riesling Spatlese Bockenaur Felseneck (Schaefer Frohlich) 2009 (93JG) {#339576} ........................................ 38.99 29.24

Riesling EG Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg (Schloss Schonborn) 2009 (91IWC) {#350126} .. 70.00

Riesling Spatlese Dry Iphofer Julius Echter Berg S Hans (Wirsching) 2009 (92WS) {#350134} .................. 46.99 35.24

52.50

Riesling Eiswein Oberhauser Brucke (Donnhoff) #35 (375ml) 2009 (98WA) {#337068} .................................... 250.00 187.50

Riesling Spatlese Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg (Karthauserhof) 2009 (90WA) {#350112} ........... 41.99

Riesling Feinherb Dhronhofberger (AJ Adam) 2009 (93WA) {#341971} ....................................... 41.99

31.49

Riesling Spatlese Erbacher Marcobrunn (Schloss Schonborn) 2009 (92WS) {#348268} ....................................... 55.00 41.25

Riesling GG Iphofer Kronsberg (Wirsching) 2009 (93WS) {#350154} ....................................... 60.00

45.00

Riesling Spatlese Graacher Domprobst (Selbach Oster) 2009 (93WA) {#344367} ....................................... 30.99 23.24

Riesling Kabinett Bernkasteler Badstube (JJ Prum) 2009 (90WA) {#339602} ....................................... 31.99

23.99

Riesling Spatlese Nackenheimer Rothenberg (Gunderloch) 2009 (92WA) {#338157} ....................................... 47.99 35.99

Riesling Kabinett Dry Brauneberg (Fritz Haag) 2009 (90WS) {#339582} ....................................... 35.99

26.99

Riesling Spatlese Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck (Leitz) 2009 (91WS) {#337093} ....................................... 44.99

31.49

33.74

Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtropfchen Erste Lage (Reinhold Haart) 2009 (90WA) {#339569} .......... 31.99 23.99

Riesling Spatlese Zeltinger Schlossberg (Selbach-Oster) 2009 (93WS) {#341514} ....................................... 31.99 23.99

Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Grafenberg (Reinhold Haart) 2009 (92WS) {#339568} ....................................... 29.99 22.49

Riesling Trocken Alte Reben Rudesheimer Berg Rottland (Leitz) 2009 (94IWC) {#344370} .......................... 39.99 29.99

Riesling Kabinett Trittenheimer Apotheke (Ansgar Clusserath) 2009 (90WA) {#341506} ....................................... 20.99 15.74

Riesling Trocken Schmitt (Selbach-Oster) 2009 (92SWJ/91WA) {#337109} .......................... 36.99

27.74

Silvaner Spatlese Dry Iphofer Julius Echter Berg S Hans (Wirsching) 2009 (90WS) {#350131} .................. 46.99 35.24 winter gazette 2012 / zachys.com / 39


z JJ Prum Up to 98 points!!! JJ Prum once again has hit a home run with the 2010 Vintage. In fact pick a Prum, any Prum for that matter. In 2010, the leading Prum estates have turned out amazing wines. We have told you about the wines of Dr. Weins-Prum (page 36) who scored excellently with the Wine Spectator. And now, we wanted to clue you into the massive scores that JJ Prum has received from the International Wine Cellar (IWC). There are some really BIG scores here and rightfully so. The 2010 vintage has turned out some magnificent wines. As the IWC is the first to come out with ratings on the Cru Vineyards of JJ Prum, we are expecting the ratings from Wine Spectator or next month’s Wine Advocate to be very much in line if not higher (many times they are)! Alas, there is a problem...the quantities are tiny in 2010 and these highly sought after wines from both Prums will not last long. It may be the middle of the winter, but don’t wait for the Spring to try and grab your JJ Prum or Weins-Prum. “If Dr. Manfred Prum does not make good Riesling in a given vintage, you can bet that it was probably impossible to do. With over 50 vintages under his belt, he is not only the grand old man of the region, but also a source of inspiration for the current generation of winemakers. His inimitable, reductive style, which is often difficult to understand in its youth, and was once confusing even for his colleagues, has become the benchmark for the spatlese and auslese styles that are the hallmarks of the middle stretches of the Mosel. On the 14 wines I tasted here, 13 merited an A and three were among the finest wines of the vintage. An impressive report card!” Joel Payne, International Wine Cellar 1/12.

JJ Prum Riesling 2010

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Kabinett (90WS) {#351429} ..................................... 27.99

23.79

Fritz Haag 2010

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46.75

Riesling Kabinett Brauneberger (91WS/90JG) {#350069} ...................................... 35.99

30.59

28.89 46.75

Riesling Medium Dry Estate {#350068} ................. 27.99

23.79

Riesling Spatlese Brauneberger Juffer (92WS) {#350070} ................................................ 41.99

35.69

Riesling Spatlese Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr (91WS) {#350071} ................................................ 55.00

46.75

Spatlese Graacher Himmelreich (90IWC) {#350156} ............................................... 55.00 Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (94IWC) 375ml {#350158} .................................................. 33.99 750ml {#350157} .................................................. 55.00 Auslese Bernkasteler Badstube (91IWC) {#350160} ............................................... 55.00

46.75

Auslese Graacher Himmelreich (92IWC) {#350161} ............................................... 55.00

46.75

Auslese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (95IWC) 375ml {#350163} .................................................. 38.99 1.5L {#350164} ................................................... 190.00

33.14 161.50

GKA Bernkasteler Badstube (92IWC) {#350165} .. 110.00

93.50

GKA Graacher Himmelreich (93IWC) 375ml {#350169} .................................................. 65.00 750ml {#350167} ................................................ 120.00

55.25 102.00

GKA Wehlener Sonnenuhr (375ml) (98IWC) {#350171} ............................................... 70.00

59.50

GKA Zeltinger Sonnenuhr (96IWC) {#350166} ............................................. 120.00

102.50

40 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Riesling Auslese Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr (375ml) (92IWC) {#350073} .............................................. 37.99 32.29 Riesling Auslese Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr (92IWC) {#350072} ............................................... 70.00

59.50

Riesling GKA Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr (375ml) (95IWC) {#350074} .............................................. 65.00

55.25


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z Still On Top—Delivering Exceptional Wine for the Money The Wine Spectator Insider of a few weeks back had a very interesting surprise. Amongst the “HOT WINES” of $75 to $225 California Cabernet and Syrah was the 94 point Knights Valley Reserve at Under $50! We all know that Beringer delivers quality and consistency. Their Private Reserve Chardonnay is one of the best selling Chardonnays on the market today with dueling 93 point reviews from the Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate! Their Knights Valley Cabernets are also some of the most consistent and value oriented wines from California as well. The regular Knights Valley Cabernet 2009 received a 91 point review and the Reserve has received an amazing 94 point review.

94pt Chardonnay-Looks Like there Is a New Sheriff In Town and he’s from Italy!!!

If you love California wines and are looking for very good consistent ones to stock up on, the wines from the Beringer Vineyard are destined to be your go-to Chard and Cab! JN

Beringer Vineyards We have been big, BIG supporters of Piero Antinori’s Napa Valley estate ANTICA the past two years. The Cabernets have been stunning and garnering HUGE scores. The Chardonnay has also been a very consistent wine that we have been watching closely. Well it looks like they have settled into a stride on the Chardonnay!!! 94 points for the 2009 Chardonnay and 93 points for the 2010 Chardonnay. “I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Antica, the Antinori family’s outpost on Atlas Peak...The 2009 Chardonnay is one of the most unique Chardonnays being made in California. It shows gorgeous textural finesse and fabulous overall balance. The signature Napa Valley richness is there, but in a cooler, more mineral-driven style. Smoke, crushed rocks and citrus are layered into the vibrant finish. This is a fabulous showing...94” Antonio Galloni the Wine Advocate 12/11 Looks like there is a new Chardonnay sheriff in town and they are taking names and posting HUGE scores!!! Plus when it comes to high scoring Chardonnay it’s getting increasingly hard to almost impossible to find one below $35 per bottle. Lucky us this one is only $33.99! But you better act fast as this wine is bound to disappear in a mad rush with a score and price tag like this. Especially if you search the Wine Advocate’s website for 2009 Chardonnay under $40 you are hard pressed to find anything else scored as high and currently available. JN

Wow—Antica Chard!

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Antica Chardonnay 2009 (94WA) {#353834} ......... 42.95

33.99

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Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (94WS) {#354921} ....................................... 46.99

39.95

“Upping the ante with its Knights Valley red, this offers rich, smooth, layered flavors of blackberry, wild berry, plum and cassis. Full-bodied yet graceful and elegant, most interesting on the finish, where the flavors glide along and pick up a subtle lift of spice and mocha...94.” WS Web 2012.

Private Reserve Chardonnay 2009 (93WS/93WA) {#347092} ............................ 39.99 #40 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011 “A very classy wine that combines rich, layered, complex fruit with a sense of delicacy and finesse. Full-bodied but not heavy, with detailed fig, melon, apple and spice. What’s most impressive is the texture and length...93.” WS 6/11. “...bigger, richer, more nutty-styled Chardonnay revealing tropical fruit, butter, brioche and hazelnut characteristics. They backed off the oak in this cuvee, which results in more fruit, interest and personality...93.” WA 12/10.

31.99


z “...an excellent choice for readers who want to explore the wines of this iconic producer...95+.” the Wine Advocate Philip Togni is one of Napa Valley’s Living Legends! From his days at Chappellet to today, Philip Togni makes Cabernet Sauvignon based wines like they did in the old days of Bordeaux. His style is his style and he sticks to it no matter the vintage. The results over the decades have been monumental. Here are just some of the comments Robert Parker has made regarding the Philip Togni and his wines: • “The more I taste the Cabernets of Philip Togni, the more I admire what he has achieved.” 12/95. • “Togni’s Cabernet Sauvignons are thick, super-concentrated, inky black wines that are among the finest of California” 12/95. • “This is an irrefutable source of remarkable Cabernet Sauvignons that last 20-30+ years! Philip Togni is a nononsense, tough-minded guy who is working alongside his daughter, so the succession at this winery is guaranteed should he ever decide to retire.” 12/08.

How Did We Not See This: Beaucastel-esque 91 Points & Under $20! I don’t know how we missed this.

However, it is not just Robert Parker that has exceptional things to say about Philip Togni but also Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate who just reviewed the 2009 Cabernet awarding the wine a stellar review:

Normally we catch these things, especially on a wine like this.

“This is a breathtaking set of wines from Philip, Birgitta and Lisa Togni. Philip Togni hardly needs an introduction to lovers of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since his epic 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon at Chappellet, Togni has crafted a series of impeccable, breathtaking wines. It is amazing to consider that Togni’s wines remain so reasonably priced when an endless number of new wineries with no track record seem to pop up every day with first releases well over $100 a bottle...Antonio Galloni the Wine Advocate 12/11.

Chateau Beaucatel’s TABLAS CREEK 2010 Patelin scores 91 points with the Wine Spectator!

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“...stunningly beautiful and seductive in its red fruit, mint and tobacco. This is a surprisingly accessible vintage for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Today it looks like an excellent choice for readers who want to explore the wines of this iconic producer – as long as it doesn’t close down in bottle. Togni’s 2009 is notable for its exceptional elegance, finesse and pedigree...disarmingly sexy and radiant for such a young wine...95+.” WA 12/11.

However, the Perrin Family just sent me a little nudge saying—HEY LOOK AT THIS!

TABLAS CREEK Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles 2010 SCORE: 91 | $20 Serves up a pleasing mix of ripe, vibrant watermelon, supple black and red licorice, wild berry, grilled meat and sanguine flavors. Full-bodied, complex and layered, with lots of berry flavors on the finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise. Drink now through 2018. 4,900 cases made. -J.L.

Did you notice the retail price that Wine Spectator quotes: $20 for 91 point wine from one of the world’s greatest wine producing families: the Perrins are owners of the famed and beloved Chateau Beaucastel. We’ll I’ve taken my nudge and locked in as much as I’ve been permitted to have. Let’s just say my request was triple what we have been allotted. So you better act fast and lock in your Patelin de Tablas Creek today. This wine is going to be flying out of here with this great review. Plus, I almost forgot to mention that our Price is only $16.95 per bottle! Hurry before it is too late. The wine is due to our warehouse at the end of the month and if my gut is right on this one it will never make it into the store.

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z December’s Wine Advocate: Dunn Steals the Show!!! Antonio Galloni’s first full Napa Valley coverage for the Wine Advocate is out and one of Napa Valley’s Greatest ICONS steals the issue. Randy Dunn!!! Dunn Vineyards as many of you know is one of the most storied estates of Napa Valley and his known for their legendary long aging Cabernet Sauvignons. Cabernet Sauvignons that I have personally stated outlive most Big Name Bordeaux. As Antonio aptly points out, the wines of Dunn need time and are not for the impatient. The aging potential of Dunn is one of the alluring things about Dunn for me, not to mention the relative value that the wines present. However, this need to have to cellar Dunn is also one of the most frustrating things about Dunn wines from time to time. An issue that does not appear to be the case regarding the massive 2007 vintage!!! A vintage overall that both the Wine Advocate and the Wine Spectator agree is phenomenal and one of the best for Napa Valley: 96WA/99WS. With the 2007 vintage, Dunn has turned out some of their finest wines yet and wines that for their style are surprisingly seductive, alluring and pleasurable to enjoy now. In 2007, Randy Dunn has flawlessly combined approachability and age ability into not one but both his 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons.

The Black ‘Kite’ of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir... Black Kite is one of the premier producers of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Frankly, they may also be the most consistent producer of solely Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Many producers based in Sonoma or elsewhere produce a Anderson Valley Pinot Noir but Black Kite is one of the few producers that only produces Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs. In the 2009, Black Kite once again turned out some magnificent wines. Some of the best of the Valley including the highest rated Anderson Valley Pinot Noir by Wine Spectator!!! This is no big surprise as the 2009 vintage for Anderson Valley is largely regarded as the BEST EVER. Wine Spectator gave the Anderson Valley 2009 Vintage as a whole 97 points!!! Unlike the massive rich and ripe vintage of 2007, the 2009 vintage show a bit more restraint and is best described as the “Perfect” “Classic” Vintage. With that in mind, and the already stunning track record for Black Kite, plus the excellent wines turned out in 2009, this is one property to put on your radar and begin to stock-up on. Not to mention with most high quality Domestic Pinot Noir climbing in price ranges of $75 or more these four stellar stand-outs all under $50 are a great buy. JN

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Redwood’s Edge Anderson Valley (94WS) {#344317} ................................................ 60.00

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River Turn Anderson Valley (90WS) {#344318} ..... 60.00

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Stony Terrace Anderson Valley (92WS) {#344319} .. 60.00

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These are some of the most impressive wines from Napa Valley that I have tried all year long and I think that Antonio has nailed his reviews on these wines. They are excellent examples of Napa Valley and are “dazzling” wines and can last almost forever. JN

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“The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is one of the very finest young wines I have ever tasted from Randy Dunn. Layers of dark red fruit, blackberries, flowers, mint and licorice emerge from this seamless, large-scaled wine. This is a rich, opulent 2007 that never abandons its traditional sense of structure. All of the aromas and flavors build beautifully towards the immensely rewarding, intense, seductive finish. This is a dazzling showing from Randy Dunn. The 2007 is atypically open today...95.” WA 12/11.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (97WA) {#336173} .............................................. 110.00 “The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is unlike any wine I have ever tasted from Dunn. Layer after layer of flavor saturates the palate in this opulent, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2007 possesses dazzling textural richness, depth and sheer intensity. Purists may prefer more structured vintages, but for a producer known for such slow maturing wines, the 2007 is a huge pleasure to taste today...97.” WA 12/11.

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Martinelli Vineyards Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 (92WS/92IWC) {#344393} ........................... 75.00

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“Tight and focused, delivering a rich core of dark berry, mocha and toasty oak character, with a complex range of flavors that are deep and persistent. Ends with a touch of cedar and spice...92.” WS 7/11.

Rutherford Cab Only $23.99— Yes, It Does Exist!

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Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (93+WA/93IWC) {#344323} ......................... 60.00

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“...saturated ruby/purple color as well as more subtle smoke, graphite, damp earth, creme de cassis, and blackberry characteristics, and a youthful, full-bodied mouthfeel with impressive concentration, texture, and length. This blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc from high elevation vineyards (2,000 feet) is capable of lasting two decades or more...93+.” WA 2/10.

Is on a roll! There is more to this winery than their historic Georges de Latour Private Reserve and Tapestry cuvees. Their designated AVA Cabernet Sauvignons are terrific and the Rutherford selection has stolen the show in 2009. First off, it is almost practically impossible to find another Rutherford designated Cabernet Sauvignon that retails for $25 or less. Secondly, when you look at the complete 2009 Beaulieu line-up the 2009 Rutherford at 90 points from the Wine Advocate and $23.99 is hanging right in there with the Tapestry 2009 (91WA) $60 and Georges de Latour (93WA) $125...WOW! “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a mouthful. This big, brawny Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with dark red fruit, smoke, tar and licorice. It shows gorgeous balance and fabulous length in an up-front style that is sure to find many admirers for many reasons, not the least of which is its soothing price tag. Despite its overt fruit, the 2009 seems to have more than enough structure to drink well for another 5-7 years, maybe more...90.” Antonio Galloni the Wine Advocate 12/11.

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“Very bright and floral on the nose with tangy lemon and orange peel notes. Full and racy with great focus. Beautiful balance. Refined tannins...95.” JS 12/11.

The 2009 Vintage overall is another strong one for Napa Valley with the Wine Advocate already awarding the vintage an overall 94 point review and as I mentioned Rutherford Cabernet for under $25 is practically impossible!!! JN

BV...Beaulieu Vineyards

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z “This is a wine of tremendous intensity and plenty of up-side...” Robert Parker “This tiny estate has turned out a beautiful Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon...” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 12/10. We just got more the Howell Mountain Cuvee by O’Shaughnessy!!! This Tiny Estate has long been one of our favorites! O’Shaughnessy Vineyards has been turning out exceptional wines from Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder for years and you know it. Every year this wine sells out practically immediately. The Mt Veeder Cuvee is long gone but the is more of the awesome Howell Mountain!!! “The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest six other grapes - Merlot, Malbec, St Macaire (how often do you see that!), Petit Verdot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Franc - and is aged 20 months in three-fourths French oak. It has a dense purple color, a wonderful, crystalline nose of crushed rock, camphor, creme de cassis and spring flowers, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The tannins are moderately high, but they are soft and well-integrated. This is a wine of tremendous intensity and plenty of up-side. Give this wine 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20-25 years... 94+” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 12/10 In case you’ve forgotten why O’Shaughnessy is one of our favorite little gems...just check out the historical track record of this cuvee. Year

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“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest six other grapes - Merlot, Malbec, St Macaire (how often do you see that!), Petit Verdot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Franc - and is aged 20 months in three-fourths French oak. It has a dense purple color, a wonderful, crystalline nose of crushed rock, camphor, creme de cassis and spring flowers, and a fullbodied mouthfeel. The tannins are moderately high, but they are soft and well-integrated. This is a wine of tremendous intensity and plenty of up-side...94+.” WA 12/10.

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Cali 91pt Cabernet for Only $13.95 A just got a little nudge via Skype to check-out JamesSuckling.com. FOXGLOVE 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 points!!! WOW...we have long been big fans of Foxglove as this CentralCalifornian has consistently been one of the best value brands especially for their Chardonnay. Owned, operated and made by the Varner family (yes Varner Estate from Santa Cruz) it is no wonder why these wines are so good. The past few years we have noticed the quality of the red wines get better and better and with stellar vintages like 2007 we really saw some great quality. With the 2009 Vintage being very similar to 2007 in style and quality it is no big surprise that the Varner’s have knocked it out of the park with the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is one great value that is perfect to load up on by the CASE!

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“Wine with polished tannins and plenty of currants, dried fruits and spices. Full and silky. Give it two to three years to open up..91.” jamessuckling.com 11/11. 46 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2012

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Insider Secret Alert: The Triumphant Return of... Finally the Bookster Cabernet Sauvignon is BACK! It has not been since the 2006 Vintage that we have had the Bookster Cabernet Sauvignon back in the shop. December was the launch of the New Bookster Cabernet Sauvignon 2009! With a new look, a tremendous vintage (2009) and an exceptional new pedigree. First things first: the Bookster Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Napa Valley fruit sourced from some of the finest vineyards of Napa. Including the likes of Stagecoach, Beckstoffer To Kalon and Beckstoffer Dr. Crane. The winery and winemaking team behind this luxurious wine have asked to remain anonymous. What we can tell you is that this team has turned out exceptional “Cult” Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Blends vintage after vintage consistently garnering mid to high 90 point reviews from Robert Parker and now Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate. As we did use the term “Cult” - yes their labels sell for on average $125 to $150 per bottle upon release with many wines only being available via mailing list. To say there is an exceptional winemaker behind this team is an understatement. This young man has an outstanding track record and this project’s consultant is one of the biggest names in consulting today. Now to the vintage: the 2009 vintage is an excellent vintage in a string of solid vintages for Napa Valley

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