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Winter Gazette 2011


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The Legendary Collection of Robert Caine The Cellar of a Passionate Perfectionist Friday, February 11, 2011 DANIEL, New York City


z No doubt about it…Winter is Here! And since the temperatures have plummeted outside we felt it was only appropriate for the prices to plummet here in the store. Our January/February Gazette is always one of the most fun of the year because the pressure of the holiday season is over, allowing us to focus on one thing...Helping to connect you with some great wine deals. This is a Gazette not to be overlooked for a number of reasons… • It gives us a chance to “clean house” and really incentivize our customers to scoop us some hot deals with discounts up to 61% • It is the PERFECT time to let you know about all the great new releases set for the coming year. For starters, how about 2006 Brunellos, 2006 Barolos, 2007 Barbarescos, 2009 Rhone, 2008 Burgundy, and 2007 & 2008 Napa Valley? • 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. At the start of the year people are looking for bargains and a reason to get excited...There’s a lot of both in this Zachys Gazette. Honestly, we had more to say than we could fit into these pages and as a result we have been firing out some SUPER SEXY e-mail offers this month. Have you seen them? If not, 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!

Andrew McMurray and Jeff Zacharia outside the store in a blizzard. When all others were closed on Monday, December 27th... Zachys was open for business...we did not let the 18” of snow slow us down!

LEGEND Contributors AM =

Andrew McMurray

JN =

Jeremy Noye

JZ =

Jeff Zacharia

Tasting Note Attributes BH =

Burghound

Finally, as we go to press, my team members and I are preparing for our European travels to taste our way through new vintages and scour our hot new purchases. I am fully aware that January/February is not the most glamorous time to be in Burgundy/Champagne/ Tuscany/Piedmont, etc., but it is part of our commitment to our client base to be out in the forefront and deliver the best of what the wine world has to offer in 2011!

IWC = International Wine Cellar

So, let’s all KEEP WARM...be sure to check out all the deals in the following pages…and look forward to an exciting 2011!

WE =

Wine Enthusiast

WS =

Wine Spectator

All my best,

Andrew

JS =

James Suckling

RR =

the Rhone Report

RP =

Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate

SWJ = Sonoma Wine Journal WA =

the Wine Advocate

W&S = Wine & Spirits Magazine

*Prices in the Winter Gazette are good from 1/23/11 until 11:59pm EST 3/8/11 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.

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CONTENTS

F E AT U R E S 5

CHAMPAGNE Just because New Year’s Eve has come and gone—it doesn’t mean Champagne time is over!

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C H A M PA G N E

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BURGUNDY Great new discoveries, old favorites, and Jeremy’s best buys!

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9-12

SOUTHERN RHONE Full of values and new releases from the tremendous 2009 vintage!

B O R D E AU X

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ITALY Tuscan lovers, Brunello is back! Is 2006 the next 1997 vintage?!

13-16

B U R G U N DY

27

CHILE & ARGENTINA Value, 90+ pointers—values, 90-pointers...need we say more?!

17-20

SOUTHERN FRANCE

35

GERMANY 2009 VINTAGE Simply amazing—on track to be a perfect 100 point vintage!

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21-26

I TA LY

27-30

CHILE & ARGENTINA

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S PA I N / P O R T

USA Napa Valley’s 2007 Vintage: near perfect—99 pts Wine Spectator!

Gazette Featured Wine: JM Cellars. Never heard of it? In the December issue of the Wine Spectator the wine world was introduced to this tiny property from Washington State. Here, the 2007 Longevity scored 94 points and landed in Wine Spectator’s “Highly Recommended” Designation! The 2008 Vintage is now here and based on its past history, stay tuned for some BIG results.

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GERMANY

P.S. The 2008 is already being hailed as a possible 100 point Vintage! Wine Spectator Washington State Vintage Chart:

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USA

Vintage Score

Drink Rec

Description

2008

NYR

Cool summer and warm autumn; many great wines

95-100

X-X

JM Cellars

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Longevity 2008 (NYR) {#339949} ........................... 41.99

34.99

Explosive nose. Full of darker cherry and black berry notes with a mineral tea note that reminds us of exceptional Bordeaux or Napa Cab. With that hint of lead pencil, structure and deep fruit edge it is simply amazing how supple and generous the 2008 is as well straight from the bottle. A great cellar worthy wine. 4 / zachys.com / winter gazette 2011


CHAMPAGNE


z New Year’s May Have Passed but These are Bubbly Prices Worth Celebrating!

Rosé Champange Upgrade Now 94WA... In the latest issue of the Wine Advocate, Antonio Galloni weighs in on Champagne! One of the wines that caught our attention this time around is the René Geoffroy Rosé de Saignee. Last December Antonio awarded the 2006 based cuvee a 93 point review. This intrigued us and we made sure to place an order to have the latest release here for the holidays in three different formats. The new release based on 2008 wine has just arrived and it appears that Mr. Galloni made sure to taste the new batch for his article. The result…Upgrade 94 points! “The NV Brut Rosé de Saignee Premier Cru, tasted from magnum, is cool, mineral and reserved, with tons of power to burn. This really needs another 6-12 months on the cork to recover from its relatively recent disgorgement, but is a jewel of a wine. The current release of the Rose de Saignee Premier Cru is 100% 2008 juice, although the wine can’t be labeled as such since it didn’t spend the required three years on its lees. No matter, the wine shows tons of 2008 vintage character along with a compelling, irresistible personality…94.” the Wine Advocate 12/10 Mighty tasty and a 94 point review to boot, this Rosé is bound to disappear fast! -JN

Bubbly Steals!

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Charles Ellner Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV (92WS) {#135585} .......................................... 49.99

32.00

“A baked apple pie flavor-with all the ripe apple, pastry crust, nutmeg, anise and cinnamon notes-runs through this wellmeshed Champagne, which is enlivened by fresh, almost lightly chalky acidity and good cut overall, with a smoky finish...92.” WS Insider 11/10

Charles Ellner Rosé Brut NV (90WS) {#135586} .......................................... 55.00

37.00

“A racy style, brimming with watermelon, strawberry and citrus notes. The vibrant structure and delicate mousse keep this focused and lively, with a long, crisp finish. Drink now through 2010...90.” WS

Charles Ellner Brut Prestige 1999 (91WS) {#143599} ....................................... 65.00

René Geoffroy Rosé de Saignee NV

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375ml (94WA) {#338565} ......................................... 36.99

29.99

750ml (94WA) {#338564} ......................................... 65.00

52.00

35.00

“Warm, ripe flavors of golden raisin and apple mix with bread dough and biscuit notes in this balanced Champagne. A spicy thread and zesty acidity enliven the wine, all the way through to the modest, smoke-tinged finish...91.” WS 11/10

Tribaut-Schloesser Brut NV (90WS) {#331320} ..... 36.99

26.99

“The refined texture sets the pace for lemon, apple and bread dough flavors in this firm, elegant bubbly, which is dry in style, with an austerity that begs food. There’s nice balance and length...90.” WS 2009

Tribaut-Schloesser Le Millesime 2002 Brut (90WS) {#331325} ............................. 55.00

38.00

“Graphite, honey and bread dough aromas and flavors are the main themes, with citrus shining through on the finish. A firm, sinewy style, with a mouthwatering impression and fine, chalky length. Drink now through 2022...90.” WS 11/10

Tribaut-Schloesser Rosé Brut NV (90SWJ) {#331321} ........................................ 41.99 “Tribaut-Schloesser Rose Brut N.V.: Light salmon pink. Showing aromas of burnt cherry, Brewer’s yeast, juniper berry, burnt orange peel, and sour peach. Subtle flavors of alpine strawberries round out this medium-bodied, elegant Champagne...Drink now...90.” SWJ 7/10

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29.99

Anderson Valley’s Best!

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Roederer Estate Brut (92W&S/91WS) {#24638} ... 24.99

19.99

“Fragrant fruit ripeness lends this wine penetrating flavors of raspberry essence, tart pear and green apple, a fine mesh of pinot noir and chardonnay. The texture is smooth, the bubbles bringing a touch of yeastiness and almond flavor to balance the freshness of the fruit. A lovely, tightly structured Brut to serve with wood-roasted snapper and hen…92.” W&S 12/09


z Charles Ellner Brut Prestige… The Best Value Top Rated Vintage 2000 Champagne on the Market Today!?!?! Just before all the Top 100 Madness began, there were a bunch of Champagne reviews that were posted on Wine Spectator and announced in the Insider. In those reviews, were the reviews and ratings on the current releases from one of our FAVORITE small grower Champagne Houses… Charles Ellner! Not only has their basic Brut scored well but their Vintage Brut Prestige 2000 lands in the Top 5 of Vintage 2000 Champagnes reviewed by Wine Spectator! Wine Spectator Wine Reviews for Vintage 2000 Champagnes

Vintage

Score

Release Price

Pertois-Moriset Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

2000

94

$52

Vilmart Brut Champagne Grand Cellier d’Or

2000

94

$245/1.5L

Comte Audoin de Dampierre Brut Champagne Family Réserve

2000

93

$129

Deutz Brut Rosé Champagne Cuvée William Deutz

2000

93

$167

CHARLES ELLNER Brut Prestige Champagne 2000 93 $65 Hints of roasted almond, iodine and other Sherry-like overtones accent this compact Champagne. Layers of aromatic treacle and coffee notes add complexity, while the refined texture creates an elegant impression. The finish is long and lingering. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made. –AN Perrier-Jouët Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Fleur de Champagne Cuvée Belle Epoque

2000

93

$349

Pol Roger Brut Champagne

2000

93

$100

Bernard Tornay Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

2000

93

$59

Vilmart Brut Champagne Coeur de Cuvée

2000

93

$138

With 20% OFF…the Brut Prestige is not only one of the Top 5 Vintage 2000 Champagnes but the strongest Value in the market! -JN

Charles Ellner

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Brut Prestige 2000 (93WS) {#339875} .................... 65.00

52.00

Highest Rated Non-Vintage Champagne Under $60! The November Wine Spectator Advance was full of some tremendous Champagne Scores! In this feature, Bollinger’s Special Cuvee was rated 94 points making it the highest rated, Non-Vintage Champagne under $60! Of course, Krug Grand Cuvee has a 95 point review but the wine is $150 per bottle and there are a couple of Roses in the mix that all start at $75 and go up to $289. But Bollinger for only $48 per bottle and a 94 point review, makes this the highest scored non-vintage Champagne from Wine Spectator!

Bollinger

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Special Cuvee Brut NV (94WS) {#20685} .............. 60.00

48.00

“A rich, smoky Champagne, with hints of marzipan and fennel seed accenting honeyed malt, bread dough, baked apple and gingersnap flavors. It’s all focused by intense acidity, which meshes beautifully into the layers of flavor and refined texture, with a lingering finish…94.” WS Insider 11/10

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Greatest Value of Le Mesnil! Included in the massive issue of the December Wine Advocate are some stellar reviews on Champagne! One of the stand-outs, that we hoped to see is the Pierre Peter’s 2002! Once again this limited Special Cuvee from Pierre Peter’s scores 95 points. One of the best value top end Blanc de Blanc Champagnes that we tried in the past few years, the 2000 and 2002 bottlings are extremely consistent and mighty tasty. Remember Salon and Krug Le Mesnil sell for over $200 easily! -JN

Pierre Peters

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Cuvee Speciale 2000 (95WA) {#166873} ................ 95.00

76.00

It’s Hard Not to Fall For This Delicious Wine!

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Deutz Brut Rosé NV (90WS/90WA) {#164191} ...... 60.00

48.00

“This elegant rosé mixes mouthwatering acidity with appealing flavors of violet, lilac, ripe cherry and cassis. Aromatic and lightly spiced, displaying fine length and texture, with a hint of graphite on the finish...90.” WS 11/10 “...classic Deutz style in a soft, approachable fruit. Mint, flowers and crushed berries are some of the nuances that flow from this delicate, mineral-laced rose. It’s hard not to fall for this delicious wine...90.” WA 12/10

“The 2000 Brut Cuvee Speciale “Les Chetillons” is a sumptuous, opulent wine that flows with layers of smoke, licorice, lime, minerals, ripe fruit and spices, all of which are supported by a gorgeous streak of minerality. This is an exciting, racy wine that I find completely irresistible and sensual…Needless to say, the 2000 Cuvee Speciale “Les Chetillons” is highly recommended…95.” WA 12/08

Cuvee Speciale 2002 (95WA) {#338256} .............. 110.00

88.00

“The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons, from one of the top sites in Mesnil, positively explodes on the palate. Layers of ripe fruit lead to smoke, minerals and ash in this opulent, full-bodied Champagne. The 2002 Chetillons is painfully young at this stage, but its class and sheer pedigree are impossible to miss. This is a fabulous, breathtaking Champagne from Pierre Peters. The Chetillons is made from three parcels with vines ranging from 35 to 68 years of age. This is Lot LSBAC02, disgorged: April, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032.

The “Queen” of AY

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Lallier Grande Reserve NV (92WS) {#336001} ...... 44.99

39.99

Bollinger is clearly the “King” in AY but Lallier is our “Queen!” “This is rich, with a viscosity buoying its honey, toast, peach and nascent coffee flavors. The vibrant structure keeps it all balanced and drives the lingering finish...92.” WS 9/10

I can’t recommend these two Champagnes from Pierre Peters highly enough. In particular, the vintage Blanc de Blancs, from the Chetillons vineyard in Mesnil, is one of the region’s great wines, with a brilliant track record for aging as I discovered when I visited the property earlier this year…95.” WA 12/10

Festive & Vibrant!

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Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2006 (91WS) {#339768} ....................................... 30.99

19.99

“Festive and vibrant, but rich and complex, with bright aromas of fresh cherry and lemon that lead to luscious flavors of raspberry, yeasty pear and crisp mineral...91.” WS 11/09

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Sciarpa Bubbles!

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Prosecco (Sciarpa) NV {#157706} .......................... 17.99

13.99

Snap, Crackle, Prosecco! Straight from the Treviso area in the Veneto this is a refreshing lively wine…exhibits notions of orange rind and honeyed grapefruit. Light-bodied, effervescent, and packing plenty of flavor! Get ready for the SCIARPA BUBBLES!


BORDEAUX


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“An Outstanding Effort...”

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Larcis Ducasse 2006 (91WA) {#142043} ................ 85.00

65.00

“...an outstanding effort….an elegant, medium-bodied, moderately tannic, pure effort possessing outstanding density. ...…91.” WA 2/09

1st 2009 Bordeaux to Arrive Stateside... By now you have heard they hype… read the articles by Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and Decanter…and checked in with us on what 2009 pricing is like. Overall the 2009 Bordeaux Vintage is TREMENDOUS and is a Vintage to rival 2005 especially for the Left Bank appellations! With the majority of the major 2009s not scheduled to arrive stateside until 2012 it is pretty far off for most of us to try anything from 2009. Until now. Our first 2009 has landed stateside! The Chateau Les Rosiers 2009 Bordeaux is the perfect insight to the strength and power of the 2009 Vintage; not to mention it is delicious NOW!

The Next Leoville!?

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St. Pierre 2007 (91WA) {#152345} ........................... 75.00

55.00

“A fabulous wine for the vintage, this well-endowed St.-Julien exhibits a dense purple color in addition to a sweet bouquet of charcoal, burning embers, blackberries, cassis, and a hint of graphite. Dense, full-bodied, and surprisingly concentrated with more body, texture, and length than most 2007s, the wine possesses a suppleness, velvety tannins, and low acidity. Drink it over the next 10-15 years...91.” WA 4/10

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon the Les Rosiers plays to the strength of the Vintage by delivering a wine that is rich, round and full of Cabernet character. -JN Wine Spectator Vintage Chart: Bordeaux/Left Bank Reds (Médoc, Pessac-Léognan) Vintage

Score

Drink Rec

Description

2009

97-100

NYR

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

2009 Bordeaux

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Chateau Les Rosiers {#336027} . ............................ 14.99

11.99

Ripe and round. You really get the sense of all the Cabernet power here. Dark, black currant and cherry explode from the glass with notes of tar and spice. Fun, easy and appealing. You see why 2009 Bordeaux Cabs are so powerful and alluring.

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The “Queen” of Sauternes!

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Suduiraut 2006 (93WA) {#142201} ......................... 95.00

75.00

“This wine is medium gold in color, with a flamboyant, buttery, intensely intoxicating nose of smoked tropical fruits, especially pineapple, melted caramel, and honeyed orange. Unctuously textured, with superb, full-bodied richness, good underlying acidity, and a stunning finish, it should have 30+ years of longevity...93.” WA 2/09


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“True Bordeaux”

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Pasquet 2008 {#332981} ......................................... 13.99

8.50

“A 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Nearly opaque. Aromas and flavors of black cherries and dark berries. Rounded mouthfeel, although some soft tannins emerge with aeration. A true iteration of “true Bordeaux...” SWJ 9/10

Beautiful & Organic St. Emilion

Excellent ‘09 Petite Chateau

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La Coudraie 2009 {#341595} ................................... 16.99

13.50

The château is located in the rolling slopes of Entre-deuxMers, between the Gironde and Dordogne rivers. The Jolivets and their 63ha property face a difficult challenge in their pursuit of artisanal wines given the enormous pressures in Bordeaux to sell maximum quantities at a low price. Against the odds, they remain dedicated to creating quality rather than industrial wine despite the higher costs associated with boutique wine-making. All aspects of production, including the bottling, are done on-site in order to ensure quality while keeping costs down. Additionally, they’ve increased the foliage and density in the vineyards to create more concentrated grapes.

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D’Arcole 2008 (Certified Organic) {#336031} ........ 32.99

22.99

A tiny family owned estate that began when Napoleon rewarded one of his retiring Generals with this Chateau that today has been turned into the 1st Certified Organic property in St. Emilion that is absolutely Beautiful to visit and enjoy!

Drink Now 2005 for Only $10!

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Fleur Haut Gaussens 2005 {#336014} ................... 17.99

10.00

“Currant and stewed cherry, with hints of flowers. Fullbodied, with round tannins and a fruity finish...” WS Web Only 2008

Floral, seductive and full of sweet notes of cassis and plum with just the right amount of spice and tar.

Not Bad for Garage Work!

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Lucia 2006 (90-93WA) {#142998} ............................ 55.00

44.00

“A garagiste offering that is impeccably well-made by consultant guru Stephane Derenoncourt, there are fewer than 1,000 cases of the 2006 Lucia, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. One-third of the vines in this tiny vineyard were planted in 1901. The deep purple-hued 2006 exhibits sweet, smoky, black currant, camphor, and graphite aromas. The explosive aromatics are matched by the dense, concentrated, opulent flavors that stain the palate...90-93.” WA 4/07

Why We Love the Graves!

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Lusseau 2005 {#136066} ......................................... 29.99

18.50

Plum and chocolate on the nose follow through to a medium to full body, with good fruit and tar character, medium tannins and a clean finish. (Graves).

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“There’s impressive delicacy and balance in this beautiful wine”

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Bellefont Belcier 2007 {#151892} ........................... 34.99

27.99

“Aromas of milk chocolate and berries follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a solid core of delicious fruit. There’s impressive delicacy and balance in this beautiful wine.” WS 3/10

Ausone’s Best Value Wine!

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de Fonbel 2007 {#152078} ...................................... 21.99

17.99

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Leoville Barton 2007 (94WE) {#152226} ................ 90.00

69.00

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Langoa Barton 2007 (92WS) {#152208} ................. 75.00

59.00

Great Value Pomerol!

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Rouget 2006 (90WA) {#142186} .............................. 44.99

35.99

“Another estate on the rise in Pomerol, the quality here has been very consistent over the last eight years. With sweet kirsch-like notes intermixed with some underlying soil notes, this elegant, attractive wine exhibits a medium-bodied mouthfeel, soft tannins, and outstanding ripeness in a pure, richly fruity style that should provide enormous enjoyment early yet age nicely for 10-12 years…90.” WA 2/09

From Alain Vauthier, reknowned owner and winemaker of Ausone and Simard “...Good dense ruby-red color. Blackberry and a whiff of meat on the reduced nose. Soft but juicy, with good vinosity to the dark fruit and menthol flavors...” IWC 5/08

“This is a great success for the year, a wine that is dense, characterized by balance between sweet fruit and solid tannins. Spice from the finely judged wood aging adds extra complexity, as do the plum and berry fruits. For aging...94.” WE 11/10

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“This has a wonderful nose, with blackberry, currant and cigar box. Complex and full-bodied, with layers of ripe, polished tannins and a very long finish. Juicy, yet refined and agile...92.” WS 3/10

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The Wine of the Vintage?!

Sibling Rivalry— Brings Out the Best of the Bartons!

A “Lovely” Margaux!

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Kirwan 2006 (90WS) {#141955} .............................. 65.00

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“There’s lovely fruit in this wine, with berry, chocolate and plum aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. A very balanced Kirwan...90.” WS 3/09


BURGUNDY & LOIRE VALLEY


z Jeremy’s $100 & Under Best Buys!

Finally Back! Years ago we had the wines of Gilles Noblet in the store but due to Vintages, availability etc., it hasn’t been until now that they were back in-stock! This little estate has been on our radar for years and we quietly would buy the tiny bit we could get our hands on when we could. Then at the end of 2008 the Wine Spectator Top 100 broke and this tiny estate that we always kept so close to the vest became an overnight sensation with their 2006 Pouilly Fuisse. Since then it has been harder and harder to get the wines. So when Andrew and I were planning our 2010 Burgundy trip we made a point, when in Pouilly Fuisse, to drop in and visit with Gilles. The visit paid off! Not only did we get a preview of these tremendous 2009s, he took our order right there on the spot! They’ve just arrived and these beauties are sure to be a big hit as they have all that richness and roundness that you have come to love from estates like Ferret, Chalet Pouilly and JJ Vincent! -JN

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What All Beaune Rouge Aspire to Be Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge (Joseph Drouhin) 2008 (93JG) {#336499} ........................................ 95.00

75.00

“...clearly one of the very best Beaunes that I tasted...deep and beautiful...delivers scents of cherries, blood orange, woodsmoke, fresh herbs, coffee and a simply stunning base of minerality...full-bodied, complex and wonderfully transparent, with a rock solid core of pure fruit, great focus and a fair bit of tannin to resolve on the very long, tangy and soil-driven finish. A great Clos des Mouches...93.” JG 11/09

“A tremendous value and a wine to purchase by the case.” Bourgogne Blanc (Pierre Boisson) 2008 (91SWJ) {#339959} ..................................... 25.99

20.99

“...This is ambrosia. The opulent perfume of toasted hazelnuts, rock dust, minerals, jasmine, and wood is utterly sumptuous. On the palate, the wine is voluminous and expansive, showing the amplitude of a ripe Meursault, with sweet lemony fruits buttressed by solid acidity. A tremendous value and a wine to purchase by the case...Drink now-2013...91.” SWJ 11/10

From the Prince of Meursault Bourgogne Blanc (Roulot) 2008 (91SWJ) {#335285} ..................................... 34.99

28.99

“...Packs an amazing nose of pure Burgundy. Soaring aromas of roasted hazelnuts, lemon oil, and a touch of honey and oak shoot up from the glass. The palate shows intense acidity, with flavors of roasted grains, baked lemons, and grapefruit pith...Drink now-2015...91.” SWJ 9/10

Serious Bourgogne Rouge—the Savory Kind! Bourgogne Rouge (de Montille) 2008 {#338361} .. 34.99

28.99

“ A very pretty and relatively high-toned red pinot fruit nose leads to supple, round and delicious flavors that are reasonably persistent. An understated and attractive effort at

91pt Chablis for Only $21.99! Chablis (Nathalie & Gilles Fevre) 2008 (91SWJ) {#337617} ..................................... 27.99

2009 Gilles Noblet

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Macon Fuisse {#339695} ......................................... 19.99

14.99

Very fresh and acidulous nose of exotic fruits (dominated by leeches) and white flowers notes. Great balance, ample and round. Already shows the mineral touch from the Gilles NOBLET terroir. Always so clean and impeccable!

Pouilly Fuisse {#339693} ........................................ 28.99

22.99

Superb and complex nose of exotic fruits (kiwi, pineapple), white flowers (honeysuckle) with soft touches of vanilla. Subtle, rich and racy palate, deep and perfectly balanced. Never ending palate, elegant and round, very expressive and harmonious, with honey and pears notes underlining the complex flavors.

St. Veran {#339697} ................................................. 19.99

14.99

Very elegant and fruity, with pear dominant aromas, fresh and clean, plenty of zest and acidulous! Well balanced and crunchy on the palate. Gives the impression to bite and eat a ripe pear… Will become more complex in aromas with a bit of ageing, and the length will develop some fleshiness. So appealing!

Don’t Miss Zachys’ Complimentary Tasting with Erwin Faiveley! February 5, 2011 | 12-4pm Come taste and see what the buzz is about regarding all the changes at Faiveley from the man who is making them!

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21.99

Hard to beat for the money! “...Penetrating aromas of flint, smoke, lemon, and a hint of magnolia. Spicy and intense, the concentrated lemony flavors are clean and brisk, with good tension on the midpalate that bodes well for mid-term cellaring. Medium-bodied and nearly expansive on the palate, with excellent acidity, and just a touch of wood...91.” SWJ 12/10

The Best Chablis of 2010! *Chablis Les Clos (Moreau) 2008 (95WS) {#333653} ....................................... 75.00

59.00

#59 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009 “Aromas of citrus blossom and chalk dust lead into lemon, vanilla, peach and mineral in this elegant, yet powerful white. Really expressive of place, this evolves across the palate, cascading into a long aftertaste of citrus and mineral. There’s a fine seashore intensity...95.” WS 6/10

Another Stellar Value from Leflaive! Chassagne Montrachet (Olivier Leflaive) 2008 (90WS) {#339760} ....................................... 60.00

48.00

“There’s a good dose of new oak, but it works well with the acacia, lime and mineral flavors. A taut, nervy style that’s a bit pinched in the end, so give this a year or so to open...90.” WS 11/10

The Prettiest Little St. Denis! Clos St Denis (Castagnier) 2008 (93SWJ) {#338068} ................................... 145.00 “...Gorgeous aromas and flavors of juicy cherries and stones are silky soft on the palate...the texture of this grand cru wine could not be more inviting for present consumption! A whopping 45+ second finish. Perfectly integrated now, and should drink well for another 10 years...93.” SWJ 12/10

100.00


Jeremy’s $100 & Under Best Buys!

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Jadot Grand Cru for Only $45! Corton Clos du Roi (Louis Jadot) 2008 {#335216} .................................................. 115.00

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45.00

Perfumed, rich, round with excellent acidity this Corton has along the sweet cherry fruit upfront with ample spice, structure and body to balance it all out. A very impressive bottle that drinks well now but clearly will be something magical in 10+ years.

Save 38% on 1er Cru Gevrey! Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers Vieilles Vignes (Dominique Laurent) 2006 (93WA) {#331787} .. 105.00 65.00 “Smoke, resin, fresh cherry (and its spirituous kirsch sidekick), rose hip, and heightened floral perfume...bright red fruit concentration to an amazing intensity of crushed stone and iodine mineral elements on a palate of dense but refined tannins, and finishes with a multi-leveled, dynamic extravaganza of floral, animal, mineral, and berry flavors...93.” WA 12/09

55.00

75.00

“Alluring scents of licorice, vanilla, dark berries, citrus oils, and high-toned floral...a sleek, correspondingly complex palate full of satisfying primary juiciness. This offers admirable virtues – including sheer persistence…90.” WA 6/10

Exceptional Nuits St Georges for the Money! Nuits Saint Georges (David Duband) 2008 (88-90BH) {#338344} .................................. 49.99 “...the best of these villages wines with the most aromatic complexity too, offering up a layered and only mildly sauvage nose of fresh red pinot fruit that complements well the rich, round, sappy and seductive medium-bodied flavors that possess surprising refinement...88-90.” BH 1/10

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Just Call Him Freddy “Marechale” Nuits St. Georges Clos de Marechale (JF Mugnier) 2008 (92JG) {#335714} ........................................ 95.00

75.00

If You Only Buy One 2009 White Burgundy THIS Should be it! *Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere (Henri Boillot) 89.00 2009 (93-95IWC) {#335522} .............................. 120.00 One of my favorite new finds! “...Spicy, pure and sharply delineated but with less obvious structure today than the Pucelles. Delivers a compelling combination of sweetness and energy, saturating the palate with sweet peach and spice flavors while conveying an impression of weightlessness. Finishes with superb fruit and classically dry flavor...93-95.” IWC 9/10

One of my favorite new finds! “...sexy, ripe black and Bing cherry aromas and flavors...a touch of jellied candies, Ceylon cinnamon, and orange peel to boot. Awash in acidity, this comes off as structured and sinewy on the palate, and leads to round but firm tannins on the finish where the flavors turn all sour cherry...90.” SWJ 12/10

“Admirable Virtues” Morey St Denis (Dujac) 2008 (90WA) {#338381} ... 95.00

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“...The bouquet is deep, complex and very elegant in its mélange of red and black cherries, violets, lovely soil tones, raw cocoa, mustard seed and a touch of coffee...wine is fullbodied, complex and tangy, with fine length, and a very long, ripely tannic and soildriven finish. A really lovely bottle...92.” JG 11/09

Over 50% Off!

A “Sexy” Morey Morey St. Denis (Castagnier) 2008 (90SWJ) {#338067} ..................................... 69.00

Jeremy’s $100 & Under Best Buys!

The Reason We Drink Volnay Volnay Chevrets (Henri Boillot) 2008 (91-94IWC) {#329980} ................................ 90.00

More Than Just a White Wine Maker! Volnay Santenots du Milieu (Comtes Lafon) 2007 (91BH) {#330171} ..................................... 125.00

39.99

69.00

Pure elegance! “...Expressive, very ripe nose ...black cherry, wild herbs, leather, smoke & earth. Wonderfully sweet and silky but bright, with a creamy small-berry character to the intense flavors of black cherry, iron, dark chocolate and minerals... conveys a juicy quality & considerable elegance...91-94.” IWC 3/10

99.00

“…The most elegant wine of the range with a floral and airy nose of extract of red pinot fruit and wet stone that can also be found on the silky and round middle weight flavors that are balanced, refined and strikingly persistent...91.” BH 4/10 * = pre-arrivals

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z Vouvrays that Make You Re-Think Chenin Blanc “Noël Pinguet, longtime cellar master at Domaine Huet ranks the 2009 vintage right up there with 1947 and 1989 at the very pinnacle of the postwar years at the estate. From the examples of the 2009 Huets that I tasted, this is indeed a great, great year for the Huet wines” John Gilman, View From The Cellar (Special Edition) “Noel Pinguet professes great confidence in his 2009s and pleasure in one of those rare vintages where it was possible to bottle everything from sec through Cuvee Constance...” David Schildknech, the Wine Advocate 8/10 Domaine Huet lucky and unlucky for me, was my first introduction into serious Chenin Blanc. From that first time of trying one of the Huet wines, I was hooked. Of course my first introduction into Moelleux Vouvray had to be a 1947 Huet from the cellars of La Tour d’Argent in Paris whose massive wine cellar survived WWII. The wine was pristine! Fresh, rich, full and extremely complex; not to mention still youthful. From that point forward my perception of Chenin Blanc and its virtues where changed. I started trying all types of Vouvray, Savennieres, Coteaux de Layon but I keep coming back to the Vouvrays of Domaine Huet. The diversity and freshness of their wines is what keeps bringing me back. I have constantly been impressed by the wines over the years and have not only become a fan of the their Moelleux selections but a fan of their Sec wines as well. Of course, I do have that guilty pleasure moment when I do get my hands on a bottle or two of the Cuvee Constance. The first vintage of this extremely limited cuvee was 1989 and ever since then this wine has been called the Chateau d’Yquem of the Loire Valley! We are extremely excited to be offering the 2009 Vintage of the Huet wines. 2009 is the greatest Vouvray vintage of modern time! It rivals the 1947 and from what I have tasted of these young, seductive wines already, I can tell you these wines have all the potential to last 25 years or more! The hard thing will be letting them sit in the cellar that long. They are so YUMMY now!! Fresh, rich, powerful, complex and seductive these are some of the best young Vouvrays that I have ever tried. I know that I am stashing away some of the 2009 Moelleux for a couple of years. -JN

Boutique White Burgundy at Everyday Prices! Domaine Chalet Pouilly

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Pouilly Fuisse 2007 (92WS) {#166705} .................. 39.99

29.99

Highest Rated Fuisse of the Vintage by Wine Spectator! “Shows fine intensity, with the vivid structure driving its stone, lemon and mineral flavors. This is almost too powerful now, but the long, smooth finish reveals both the harmony and the beauty of this white...92.” WS Web 2010

Vouvray (Domaine Huet)

Saint Veran 2008 (90SWJ) {#166706} ..................... 24.99 | REG $

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Cuvee Constance 1989 {#118193} ....................... 350.00 *only a couple of bottles left of this legendary 1st Vintage

280.00

Cuvee Constance 2009 (98+JG/97WA) (500ml) {#337145} ........... 175.00

140.00

Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu 2007 (90IWC) {#335100} .. 39.99

31.99

Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu 2009 (92JG) {#337146} .... 39.99

31.99

Moelleux Le Clos du Bourg 1er Trie 2009 (97+JG) {#337150} ...................................... 80.00

64.00

Moelleux Le Mont 1er Trie 2009 (97+JG) {#340735} ...................................... 85.00

68.00

Moelleux Le Mont 1985 {#146332} ........................ 90.00 *limited availability on this cellar release from Huet

72.00

Moelleux Le Mont 2009 (95+JG) {#337152} ........... 55.00

44.00

Sec Le Clos du Bourg 2008 (91IWC) {#335094} .... 34.99

27.99

Sec Le Clos du Bourg 2009 (94JG) {#337149} ...... 35.99

28.79

Sec Le Haut Lieu 2009 (93JG) (375ml) {#337148} .. 19.99

15.99

Sec Le Haut Lieu 2009 (93JG) {#337147} .............. 31.99

25.59

Sec Le Mont 2009 (92+ JG/92WS) {#337151} ........ 35.99

28.79

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“...a tropical nose of papaya, orange blossoms, and flowers. On the palate, tangerine and honey notes are tasty and clean. Admirable acidity and concentration, with a long finish. Drink now-2012...90.” SWJ 12/10

19.99


SOUTHERN FRANCE


z “...Unbelievable flavor intensity and personality for its price...”

“One of my favorite stops...” Robert Parker “One of my favorite stops on my trips to the southern Rhone is at Domaine Pierre Usseglio where brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio have accomplished special things…” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/10 This is one of our first 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape offers to date and hails from one of the best domains of the village…Domaine Pierre Usseglio! This domaine is clearly a favorite of Robert Parker and rightfully so. The estate turns out fantastic wine no matter the vintage. In 2009 it looks as if Jean-Pierre and Thierry have kept up the family tradition and turned out two classic wines once again.

2005 (94+WA)

2007 (100WA)

Deux Freres

2005 (95+WA)

2007 (100WA)

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Cotes du Rhone les Vignerons Estezargues 2009 (91WA) {#339998} ..............................................16.99

12.99

“...90% Syrah and 10% Grenache...offers explosive notes of smoky bacon fat, cassis, and blackberries, a deep, rich, chewy style, and an exuberant, flashy personality. With unbelievable flavor intensity and personality for its price, it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next several years...91.” WA 8/10

Remember these two wines scored tremendously well in the blockbuster 2005 and 2007 vintages! Mon Aieul

Domaine d’Andezon

As these are just the early preliminary barrel scores, the promise of these wines is looking great especially since the Wine Spectator is calling the 2009 Vintage a cross between 2005 and 2007! -JN Wine Spectator Southern Rhone Vintage Chart: Vintage

Score

Description

2009

93-96

Cool, rainy weather in winter and spring was key; ripening was fast but even. Thanks to cool nights starting in late August, grapes retained acidity. A cross between ‘05 and ‘07, with ripe fruit and polished tannins

The Best Buy of 2011… 90pts Robert Parker & “Their Best Ever!” Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate is no doubt one of the world’s leading wine critics; not to mention the Rhone Valley’s leading champion. In the past several years, we have been reading increasingly glowing reviews for the Delas wines from Robert Parker. Moreover, Parker has become a huge fan of the Delas Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit! Not only did he rate the 2007 a 90 point wine and call it one of the best values of the 2007, he even featured the wine in his last book, “Parker’s Wine Bargains.” In this past October’s issue of the Wine Advocate, Robert released his first 2009 reviews for Delas and once again the Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit was rated 90 points. But not just 90 points…he called the wine “the best Cotes du Rhone I have ever tasted from Delas.” With that in mind, we have made sure to pre-commit to as much 2009 as possible. -JN

Chateauneuf du Pape (Pierre Usseglio) 2009

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*Mon Aieul (92-94WA) {#339699} ........................... 185.00

135.00

*Mon Aieul (92-94WA) (1.5L) {#340717} ................ 375.00

275.00

“...reveals a sweet bouquet of blueberries, black raspberries, nori (the seaweed wrapper used in sushi restaurants), grilled meats, roasted herbs and spice. Medium to full-bodied with a plump, voluptuous texture, superb purity and silky tannins... irresistible upon release. It will evolve for 12-15+ years…92-94.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/10

*Reserve Deux Freres (93-95WA) {#339700} ........ 315.00 “...100% Grenache...A spicy, full-bodied, powerful effort, it is built for 20+ years of cellaring...scents of camphor, toast, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, licorice, truffle and spice box...superb intensity...classic, massive, rich Chateauneuf du Pape…93-95.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/10 * = pre-arrivals

2009 Delas 235.00

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*Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit 2009 (90WA) {#341585} ....................................... 16.99

12.99

“Delas Freres has produced two other outstanding sleepers of the vintage, and both wines dramatically over-deliver for their appellations. The brilliant 2009 Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit is the best Cotes du Rhone I have ever tasted from Delas...great fruit and a sweet raspberry and black cherry nose with some herbs, licorice, and pepper…90.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 12/10 * = pre-arrival

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z Once again the Maurel Brothers & Cambie have made the wine(s) of the Vintage! Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Papes have just scored huge with Robert Parker on their 2008 Vintage. Robert Parker has tasted through the 2008 Vintage and just released his final reviews and Clos Saint Jean has come out on top with a 95 point Wine (Deus Ex-Machina) that Parker calls “the wine of the vintage”! Plus the Combe des Fous received 94 points and the entry level “endearing seductive” Chateauneuf a solid 91 point review. Clos Saint Jean is clearly one of the most consistent producers of Chateauneuf; turning out tremendous wines vintage after vintage. Pascal and Vincent are doing a tremendous job with this estate along with the help of Rhone’s leading consultant Philippe Cambie. This past spring Andrew and I tasted at Clos Saint Jean with Vincent and Philippe and we knew then that the 2008s were some of the best wines of the Vintage. Consequently, we made sure to secure as much as we could of these wines. As an interesting side note for all you Cambie fans, Philippe lives only a 2 minute walk away from Clos Saint Jean’s cellars…does proximity and time allotted translate in these wines? Perhaps but either way they are tremendous efforts of the Vintage! -JN “Pascal and Vincent Maurel appear to have achieved great success in both 2008 and 2009 (and don’t forget they produced three perfect wines in 2007). To say they are on a qualitative hot streak is the understatement of the wine world...Kudos to Pascal and Vincent Maurel as well as their brilliant consultant, Philippe Cambie…” Robert Parker the Wine Advocate 10/10

Under $25 For Highly Rated 2007 Chateauneuf…Seriously?!

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Chateauneuf du Pape (Reserve Des Oliviers) 2007 (92WS) {#334558} ....................................... 45.99

24.99

“Velvety, featuring lush black currant, braised fig, bittersweet cocoa and dark maduro tobacco notes, all laced with a hint of shiso leaf, which helps add balance and length to the finish. Offers a nice encore of dark fruit at the very end. Drink now through 2020...92.” WS 8/31/10

Clos St. Jean Chateauneuf du Pape

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Combe des Fous 2008 (94WA) {#330165} ........... 105.00

89.00

“...this is one of the most complex and concentrated wines of the vintage. An extraordinary perfume of white chocolate, roasted Provencal herbs, lavender, licorice, black cherries and sweet black currants is followed by a broad, expansively flavored wine with a superb full-bodied texture, terrific purity and a 40+ second finish...It is almost impossible to believe that something like this could have been achieved in this vintage...94.” WA 10/10

Deus-Ex Machina 2008 (95WA) {#330164} .......... 105.00

89.00

“...the wine of the vintage...astonishing levels of concentration, and loads of garrigue, steak tartare, grilled beef, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries and a touch of graphite. Full-bodied and rich with moderate tannins and a long finish...an aberration for a 2008. However, if it’s a freak, it’s an extraordinary one...95.” WA 10/10

Tradition 2008 (91WA) {#331212} ........................... 60.00

We Dare You to Find a Southern French Red of This Quality Under $10! | REG $ Vin de Pays (Reserve Des Oliviers) 2008 {#334561} .................................................... 15.99

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8.25

Save 48%! 44.50

“...outstanding 2008...a sweet nose of cranberries, black cherries, smoke, herbs and meat juices. Fleshy, medium to fullbodied and silky smooth, this endearing seductive 2008 should drink nicely for 7-8 years...91.” WA 10/10

Built in the tradition of a very good-quality Côtes du Rhône, this Vin de Pays is exudes the ripeness of the vintage. The fruit profile is bright and lively, with cherry and ripe red raspberry fruits. Made in “everyday” fashion it is a wine that has silky tannins and finishes with good acidity. 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah. Hand-harvested from 60-70 year-old vines. The wine spends 6-8 months on the lees in stainless steel tanks.

Don’t Miss Zachys’ Complimentary Tasting Legends of the Rhone— in Person! March 5, 2011 | 2-5pm Taste with a troop of Eric Solomon’s best producers in person: Vincent and Pascal Maurel of Clos St. Jean, Michel Gassier of Chateau de Nages and Cercius, Gerard Bru of Chateau Puech-Haut, reknowned consultant - Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon himself!

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z Highest Scoring 2009 Cotes du Rhone for Under $15! Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate has slowly been releasing his reviews and impression on the 2009 Rhone Vintage. Back in August in his value section he let us in on a few wines including today’s featured wine…the Cuvee Romaine by Domaine la Garrigue at 92 points! Our initial reaction, GREAT this wine is always a top scoring best buy and if it’s at 92 points then the 2009 Cotes du Rhone are going to be scoring huge in the October issue. When the October issue came out the 2009 Vintage received strong marks from Robert Parker BUT there was not one Cotes du Rhone that outscored the Cuvee Romaine! There are a couple Cotes du Rhone Village wines from Rasteau that have scored 93 points but for true Cotes du Rhone there is not one scored higher than 92 points or under $15! -JN

Candidates for Wines of the Vintage! When it comes to Chateauneuf du Pape, there are plenty of outstanding estates. Two estates that consistently rise to the top and turn out magnificent wines including 95 to 100 pointers, are Domaine Pegau and Domaine de la Janasse! Both estates have solidified themselves as two of the premier properties in Chateauneuf du Pape. In 2005 and 2007, they crafted magnificent wines that were some of the best of the region if not perfect scores. The 2009s from both estates are looking extremely promising! The Janasse Vieilles Vignes has already been called “a candidate for the wine of the vintage” by Robert Parker. The Cuvee Reserve also has received stellar notes from Robert Parker and looks to be benefiting from the estate’s decision to put the top production of Cuvee da Capo into the Cuvee Reserve! With no Capo that means the Cuvee Reserve will have even more Beefiness and Structure! If you are being selective on what 2009s you are going to secure from Chateauneuf du Pape…these are two wines that need to be on your list! -JN

Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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*Cuvee Reserve Pegau (92-95WA) {#340008} ..... 125.00

85.00

“The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee has not yet been bottled, but Paul and Laurence Feraud allowed me to taste all the major lots, and I rated all of them between 92 and 95 points. It is another big wine, but there will not be any Capo produced in 2009 according to Laurence. The regular 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is a peppery, spicy effort with lots of unctuosity, elevated alcohol and firm tannins which Paul believes will soften with the long aging in foudre this wine sees. Big and beefy, it appears to be a better balanced, richer version of their 2005 Cuvee Reservee…92-95.” WA 10/10

*Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (Janasse) (95-97WA) 750ml {#340960} ................................................ 175.00 1.5L {#340961} ................................................... 375.00 “…. A candidate for the wine of the vintage in this appellation, it offers abundant notes of blackberries, boysenberries, truffles and incense as well as a layered, multidimensional personality and an exceptionally long finish. This is a brilliant wine to drink over the next two decades…95-97” WA 10/10 * = pre-arrivals due to arrive late 2011

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Domaine la Garrigue

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Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine 2009 (92WA) {#339128} ....................................... 17.99

14.95

“In 2009, the Cuvee Romaine, which has been a perennial winner in the values sweepstakes...a big, sweet bouquet of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and lavender. Full-bodied with stunning depth and richness as well as a long finish, this remarkable wine demonstrates what great winemaking and Southern Rhone varietals can achieve in a top vintage. Moreover, the price is ridiculously low for such high quality. A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, it should age nicely for 4-6 years. This is a custom cuvee for the American market from importer Eric Solomon and oenologist Philippe Cambie. It is assembled by proprietor Maxime Bernard from his estate holdings in Gigondas and the Cotes du Rhone…92.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 8/10

Bistro-Style Red at Bistro Prices! Domaine de Carobelle

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Vin de Pays 2009 {#331106} ................................... 11.99

6.99

Save 41%! A rich, aromatic bouquet of blackcurrant, fresh grapes, and thyme. Well-balanced and fresh on the palate with fruity flavors and hints of garrigue. 2009 is an incredibly rich and ripe vintage for this region of France and the warmth of the vintage is more than evident in this little fruit bomb!

140.00 300.00


ITALY


z I am Hedging My Bets on 2006 Brunellos! It’s a new year….and I plan to get off to a fast start! It was just two years ago (January 2009) that I was preparing my requests for the 2004 Brunellos...knowing full well that it was a GREAT vintage from Montalcino. As expected we received an overwhelming response on the vintage with THOUSANDS of cases being sold. My only regret was that I did not get an earlier start on the vintage and scoop up larger stocks when the wines were available for sale the 1st week of February. Here’s my chance for redemption. 2006 is another FABULOUS vintage from Montalcino (One which I feel will get better acclaim once the wines have been released and people get a chance to start tasting!). Wine Spectator has weighed in with an early broad stroke vintage review of…. Tuscany/Brunello di Montalcino Vintage

Score

Drink Rec

2006

93-96

NYR

Description Complex and powerful wines that impress with ripe yet fresh fruit and firm yet silky tannins

So, this year we are trying to get in front of this great vintage before the wines have even been released from the cellars in Italy. We have a very good history here at the store with 40+ estates knowing the professional reviews they tend to get and the price points they always come in at. Armed with all of this data, we are “hedging our bets” and giving you a chance to get in on this vintage early on (Most wines will be arriving in late Spring/Summer 2011). The one thing you do NOT have to worry about…getting your wine. Zachys will deliver! This is a vintage that you do not want to miss out on and now is the time to jump in. -AM P.S. Wines have not been reviewed yet, so we wanted to give you a “point of reference” from the last excellent vintage...2004.

2006 Brunello

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55.00 31.00 119.00 255.00 412.25

92 92 92 92 92

Altesino ‘Montosoli’ 750ml {#341098} ............................ 115.00 1.5L {#341100} ............................... 260.00

97.00 221.00

95 95

92 92

Antinori ‘Pian delle Vigne’ {#341468} ... 80.00

68.00

91

Argiano {#341407} ............................... 60.00

51.00

Banfi {#341063} ................................... 75.00

63.00

Banfi ‘Poggio alle Mura’ {#341470} .... 95.00

80.00 170.00

Brunelli {#341410} ............................... 60.00

51.00

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Ciacci Piccolomini ‘Pianrosso’ 750ml {#341041} .............................. 70.00 1.5L {#341042} ............................... 140.00

Altesino 750ml {#341093}, .............................. 65.00 375ml {#341094} .............................. 36.99 1.5L {#341095} ............................... 140.00 3L {#341096} .................................. 300.00 5L {#341097} .................................. 485.00

Biondi Santi {#341409} ..................... 200.00

2006 Brunello

59.00 119.00

2004 WS

WA

92 92

94 94

2004 Vintage Review: “...striking depth as endless layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with tons of grace...an intense, full-bodied wine. The balance here is utterly exceptional, and the wine’s sheer plumpness makes for a highly rewarding glass of Brunello...The Pianrosso is a terrific effort...94.” WA 4/10

Cinelli Colombini {#340995} ............... 70.00

59.00

90

90

Cinelli Colombini ‘Prime Donne’ {#340996} ................ 80.00

68.00

91

94

92

Col d’Orcia {#341419} .......................... 60.00

51.00

93

90

Collemattoni {#340987} ....................... 70.00

59.00

91

Collosorbo {#341455} ......................... 55.00

46.00

90

Corte Pavone {#341456} ..................... 75.00

63.00

95

93

Costanti 750ml {#341064} .............................. 90.00 1.5L {#341066} ............................... 165.00

76.00 139.00

92 92

59.00 140.00

94 94

94 93

92 95

92 91 91

Campogiovanni ‘San Felice’ {#341411} ..................... 55.00

46.00

92

Caparzo {#341412} .............................. 60.00

51.00

90

91

Caparzo ‘La Casa’ {#341460} ............ 105.00

89.00

93

93

Fanti 750ml {#341457} .............................. 70.00 1.5L {#341730} ............................... 165.00

Casanova di Neri {#341417} ............... 70.00

59.00

91

91

Fattoria dei Barbi {#341069} ............... 55.00

46.00

93

90

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo {#340994} ............... 70.00

59.00

95

90

Casanova di Neri ‘Tenuta Nuova’ 750ml {#341418} .............................. 95.00 1.5L {#341728} ............................... 190.00

79.00 160.00

96 96

Castello di Camigliano {#341038} ...... 55.00

46.00

92

Cerbaiona {#341729} ......................... 180.00

153.00

97

Ciacci Piccolomini {#341040} ............. 55.00

46.00

92

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93 93

#15 Wine Spectator Top 100 2009 2004 Vintage Review: “Shows a complex nose of blackberry, tanned leather, andalwood and cedar. Fascinating. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish...95.” WS 4/09


z Is This a Do-Over of the 1997 Vintage—Which Had an Overall Rating of 99 Points (WS)?! JAMES SUCKLING, ON TWITTER: January 4th 7:04 AM “Tasting through about a few dozen 2006 Brunelli di Montalcino in Montalcino in a blind tasting. More to come. Fabulous wines. The new 1997?” January 5th 8:20 AM “Tasting another range of 2006 Brunelli today in Montalcino. Monumental vintage. The new 1997... Bello! More tannins in 2006 Brunelli than past vintages, but ripe and polished. New standard for Montalcino.”

2006 Brunello

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76.00

95

94

Fuligni {#340988} ................................. 90.00

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38.00 85.00

91 91

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Gaja ‘Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina’ {#341476} ....................... 195.00

159.00

92

93

Mocali 750ml {#341466} .............................. 44.99 1.5L {#341752} ............................... 100.00

Gaja ‘Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille’ {#341489} ...................... 185.00

148.00

95

95

Mocali ‘Vigna delle Raunate’ {#341754} .... 55.00

46.00 55.00

90

91

93

92

92

Gorelli ‘Le Potazzine’ {#341751} ......... 65.00

55.00

Nardi {#341467} ................................... 65.00

Il Poggiolo {#341699} .......................... 55.00

39.99

Nardi ‘Manachiara’ {#341463} ........... 100.00

85.00

Nicale {#341062} .................................. 49.99

39.99

2004 Vintage Review: “...silky and generous, with just enough juicy definition to the dark currant and chocolate flavors…very good depth without excess weight…90.” IWC 8/09

Il Poggione {#341459} ......................... 75.00

63.00

La Colombina {#341461} ..................... 49.99

42.00

La Gerla {#341045} .............................. 55.00

46.00

La Poderina {#340989} ........................ 75.00

49.99

95 92 93

50.00

Lazzeretti {#340990} ............................ 60.00

51.00

Podere Brizio {#341750} ..................... 60.00

50.00

91

93

Podere La Vigna {#340992} ................. 65.00

55.00

95

Poggio Antico 750ml {#341473} .............................. 85.00 1.5L {#341742} ............................... 170.00

72.00 144.00

91 91

90 90

Poggio Antico ‘Altero’ {#341404} ........ 90.00

75.00

92

91

93

92 93

2004 Vintage Review: “Displays fascinating aromas of violets, berries, vanilla and cherries...This is a Brunello estate to follow...93.” WS 4/09

Lisini {#340991} ................................... 80.00

68.00

94

Livio Sassetti ‘Pertimali’ 750ml {#341154} .............................. 60.00 1.5L {#341740} ............................... 135.00 3L {#341741} .................................. 300.00

51.00 114.00 255.00

93 93 93

Luce della Vite Luce {#341737} ........ 110.00

93.00

95

This wine is making its worldwide debut with the 2006 so we do not have a reference point to look at for the 2004 vintage. We can tell you that this is a remarkably forward and elegant Brunello. It’s sure to become a “daily drinker” for many!!

91

2004 Vintage Review: “...The purity of the fruit is superb... rarely fail to put a smile on my face...possess a level of balance and sheer harmony that is truly exceptional...it takes a fair amount of discipline to put the glass down when tasting through these gorgeous offerings...93.” WA 6/09

La Serena {#341749} ........................... 60.00

92

93 90 90 90

2004 Vintage Review: “Sweet blackberry and cherry aromas...Wonderful balance. Best wine ever from this small and serious producer...95.” WS 4/09

Poggio Il Castellare {#340993} ........... 60.00

51.00

96

Salvioni ‘Cerbaiola’ {#340997} .......... 160.00

136.00

92

San Filippo ‘Le Lucere’ {#341477} ...... 65.00

55.00

96

Scopetone {#341487} .......................... 75.00

63.75

Siro Pacenti {#341488} ...................... 100.00

85.00

95

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

38.00

91

Uccelliera {#341491} ......................... 105.00

89.00

97

95

Valdicava {#341492} .......................... 135.00

115.00

95

94

96

97

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Half Off—Andrew’s Favorite Barbera of the Vintage!

One Great Tuscan Estate—3 Great Wines… All GREAT Sale Prices! Casanuova delle Cerbaie

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Brunello di Montalcino 2003 (91WA) {#150021} ... 65.00

39.99

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Barbera d’Alba Tre Pile (Aldo Conterno) 2006 (90WS/90WA/91IWC) {#331739} ................ 55.00

27.50

“The 2006 Barbera d’Alba Conca Tre Pile marries ripe fruit with a firm, classic sense of structure. Red cherries, flowers, minerals and licorice linger on the polished finish. This focused, refined Barbera is sure to deliver thrilling drinking over the next few years. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014...These 2006 reds from Aldo Conterno are well worth seeking out...90.” WA 10/09

“…a rich, weighty…The wine is approachable with air, but will likely be even better in another year or two. It will especially appeal to readers who enjoy a powerful, brawny style of Brunello...a strong effort...91.” WA 5/08

Cerbaione 2005 {#158658} ...................................... 60.00

39.99

Il Cerbaione is the result of a decision to combine our superb Sangiovese with the Merlot that we have been growing in Tuscany for more than a generation, in order to create a wine with a less pronounced varietal character but with notable depth, power and concentration. Sangiovese is always present in a higher proportion than Merlot but the percentage in which the two grapes are blended is decided from year to year, according to the characteristics of each vintage.

Rosso di Montalcino 2006 {#150132} .................... 36.99

“Graceful” Riserva at an Unbeatable Price!

23.99

2006 isn’t just a good vintage for Montalcino….it’s a GREAT vintage! With Wine Spectator giving the region an overall vintage review of 93-96 points, you know you are starting with all the right stuff! A smooth wine, but with significant structure and tannins, and persistent hints of fresh but wellripened fruit. It come from the firms same vineyards used to produce the Brunello.

Slamming Super-Tuscan Deal!

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Toscana Inversus (Casaloste) 2004 (94WS) {#331048} ....................................... 60.00

35.00

“...blackberry, licorice and just a hint of tar. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a wild richness on the finish. This is a winery making things happen in Panzano. Merlot and Sangiovese...94.” WS 10/09

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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Poggio Antico) 2004 (96WS) {#331719} ..................................... 180.00

95.00

“… a marvelous wine graced with expressive violets, black cherries, minerals, spices and subtle French oak. There is gorgeous clarity to be found in the glass, along with a beautiful balance of density and structure. The finish is long, vibrant and seductive. This looks to be relatively accessible early based on the sheer seductiveness of the fruit, yet the wine has plenty of stuffing to age gracefully for years...94.” WA 4/10

“Sensual” Riserva

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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pianrosso St. Caterina (Ciacci Piccolomini) 2004 (93WS/94+WA) {#330890} ........................ 125.00

79.00

“…rich and sensual in its layers of dark fruit. Ripe and perfumed , the wine reveals tons of persistence, great depth, fine, silky tannins and an expansive, multi-dimensional personality that emerges over time…Readers who are patient will be rewarded with a superb Brunello. This is a terrific effort...94+.” WA 4/10


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A Touch of Montalcino at a Fraction of the Price!

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Sassomagno (Fanti) 2008 (90+SWJ) {#333070} .... 17.99

12.50

“Deep ruby, paler at the meniscus. Gorgeous aromas of clove and cinnamon, with a pleasant array of black fruits on the palate. A touch of basil and other savory herbs adds an interesting nuance on the finish. A blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot…Drink now – 2016…90+.” SWJ 7/10.

Half-Off ★★★★ Star Barolo!

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29.00

“...beautiful, soft Barolo best suited to near-term drinking. Sweet scents of tobacco, spices, earthiness and plums emerge from this mid-weight, forward Barolo...” WA 10/09 ★★★★ DECANTER and Highly Recommended

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Barbaresco Bricco San Giuliano (Pasquale Pelissero) 2006 (91+SWJ) {#165363} ................................... 39.99 “...Aromas of black cherries, tar, and cigar ash lead to a strikingly concentrated and well-balanced mid-palate. Finegrained tannins fan out across the back of the mouth, where the spicy black cherry and cedar notes sustain in harmony with the racy acidity. A classy wine of finesse and purity. Delicious now with aeration, a year or two of cellaring will reward the patient… Drink now-2015...91+.” SWJ 9/09

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Barbera d’Asti Tre Roveri (Pico Maccario) 2007 (92SWJ) {#326490} ..................................... 29.99

19.99

“...An enticing bouquet reminiscent of espresso beans, chocolate brownies, macerated cherries, mellow wood tones... phenomenal texture and nuance. On the palate, the wine showcases the splendor of fully-ripened (but not over-ripe) Barbera, with loads of kirsch flavors, great acidity, and a hint of chestnuts on the long finish. Plush and rich, this wine will drink well through 2014...92.” SWJ 2/10

Barolo Serralunga (Giovanni Rosso) 2005 {#330316} .................................................... 60.00

Barbaresco for Under $20/Bottle…. REALLY?!

1/3 Off Rolls Royce Barbera

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19.99

“Gorgeous” Value

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Assisi Rosso (Sportoletti) 2008 {#330129} ........... 19.99

12.50

“...one of the great values in Italian wine, and the 2008 is another in a long line of gorgeous wines. Ripe red cherries, tobacco, sweet herbs and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this juicy, plump offering. The 2008 is a touch more lithe than some previous vintages but it is nevertheless outstanding for its overall balance and sense of harmony...It’s nice to see Sportoletti back in the US market. These new releases are all highly recommended. Even better, they won’t break the bank...89.” WA 6/10

The “Weeknight Special”

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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Sciarpa) 2008 {#163115} .................................................... 11.99

6.00

Intense aromas of dried fruits and flowers, savory black cherry with velvety soft tannins Sciarpa Montepulciano is the Abruzzo RED of CHOICE! Youthful and fresh Sciarpa Montepulciano has phenomenal fruit and acid balance. A perfect match for your grilled steak or chicken tonight!

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Brunello Riserva for the Price of Regular!

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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 123 (Solaria) 2004 (90WS/90WA) {#330615} .......................... 100.00

49.00

“...brooding in its plums, black cherries, licorice, tobacco and earthiness. The wine blossoms on the palate nicely, as the fruit gains volume and depth, qualities that follow through to the long finish. Though accessible today, the 2004 Riserva should be even better in another year or two as the tannins begin to melt away a touch. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022...90.” WA

Who Needs Brunello?!

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Prunaio (Viticcio) 2006 (93WS) {#162331} ............. 55.00

39.00

Who needs Brunello when you can have Prunaio???!! “Displays very ripe raspberry on the nose, with black cherry. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins, toasty oak and an aftertaste of chocolate, coffee and fruit. A serious red. Sangiovese Grosso...93.” WS 10/31/09

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Montefalco Rosso (90WA) {#329801} .................... 22.99

13.99

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Chianti Classico Riserva (Viticcio) 2006 (93WS) {#162330} ........................................ 34.99

24.99

#65 on Wine Spectator Top 100!

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Chianti Nipozzano Rufina Riserva (Frescobaldi) 2007 (91WS) {#338194} ....................................... 24.99

14.99

#65 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “A burly Rufina, with dried dark fruits, chewy tannins and a dark chocolate and mineral aftertaste. Full and satisfying. Always the fresh acidity in the back palate. A go to Chianti. Drink now...91.” WS 10/10

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“The 2007 Montefalco Rosso is a soft, fragrant offering that flows onto the palate with layers of silky red fruits, showing terrific purity as well as polish, particularly at this level. Ripe, candied notes make an appearance on the finish. This is a highly enjoyable, accessible red to enjoy over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012...Fongoli is an excellent source for delicious, reasonably-priced wines from Umbria...90.” WA 6/10

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#35 Wine Spectator Top 100 2009 “Fabulous aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with supersilky tannins and amazing richness and subtlety. Goes on for minutes on the palate...93.” WS 9/09

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2007 Fongoli!

#35 on Wine Spectator Top 100!

JUICY, JUICY, JUICY for $8!

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Barbera d’Asti Berro (Pico Maccario) 2009 {#334353} .................................................... 11.99

7.99

“...Incredibly round and generous in the mouth for a wine so young, the winemaking at this house could teach the world lessons in tannin management… Drink now-2015...” SWJ 7/10 “...an attractive mid-weight wine with pretty red berries, flowers and spices. This soft, delicate and relatively forward Barbera is best suited to near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012...” WA 8/10


CHILE & ARGENTINA


z Reminders Why Argentina & Chile are Pure Value Havens! The December Issue of the Wine Advocate solidifies once again, why Argentina and Chile are pure value havens! These two respective countries turn out more highly rated values than any other region out there. The fact that you can get well structured, potentially age-worthy reds for under $20 per bottle that can stand up to Bordeaux, Cali Cab or Super Tuscans is simply amazing and the perfect reason to stock up on now!

South American Values— All 90+ Rated Wines!

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BenMarco Malbec 2009 (91WA) {#341399} ............ 24.99

19.99

“Blended with 10% Bonarda; spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry; rich, plush palate...91.” WA 12/10

Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Reserva 2007 (91WA) {#341388} ....................................... 22.99

17.99

“Complex nose that jumps from the glass; layered, sweetly fruited, good volume and length…91.” WA 12/10

Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (91+WA) {#341387} . 21.99

16.99

“Cedar and fragrant black fruits, outstanding volume with elegance, 5-7 years aging potential...91+.” WA 12/10

Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2009 (90WA) {#339967} ....................................... 15.99

12.75

“Blended with 10% Bonarda; incense, spice box, underbrush, black cherry, savory, ripe, long...90.” WA 12/10

Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2008 (92WS) {#341518} ....................................... 20.99

16.75

“Purple/black; already complex nose, densely packed, plush, with 2-3 years aging potential...92.” WA 12/10

Huarpe Lancatay Malbec 2009 (90WA) {#340156} ....................................... 12.99

9.99

“Slightly roasted aromas, spicy, some complexity; good depth, succulent, long...90.” WA 10/10

Kingston Family Lucero Syrah Casablanca Valley 2008 (91WA) {#341548} ....................................... 24.99

19.99

“Medium purple; pepper, cinnamon, smoked meat, blueberry, some elegance and complexity...91.” WA 12/10

Mendel Malbec 2008 (91WA) {#341402} ................. 36.99

28.99

“...with legs that coat the glass, it reveals a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry. Supple, ripe, and round on the palate with medium- to fullbody, layered fruit, and excellent balance...91.” WA 12/10

Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (91WA) {#341593} ... 20.99

16.75

“Medium purple, Asian spices, incense, black fruits; 2-3 years aging potential; approachable now...91.” WA 12/10

Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (91WA) {#341401} ....................................... 30.99 “...sports an inviting nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, violets, black currant and blackberry. Mediumbodied, supple-textured, layered, and spicy on the palate, it has excellent volume, savory flavors, and impeccable balance...91.” WA 12/10

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z Paul Hobbs’ Best Value Cabernet

Dueling 90’s & WS Only Value Malbec Pick Above 89pts!

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Durigutti Malbec 2008 (90WS/90WA) {#335006} ... 17.99

13.99

#74 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “A lush, toasty style, with lots of cocoa and roasted vanilla up front, followed by dark, well-layered fig, boysenberry and mulled currant fruit flavors. The long finish lets all the fruit hang nicely, with an underlying graphite hint supporting it all...90.” WS 2/10

Paul Hobbs’ Best Value Cabernet…and it’s not Napa! Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2008—91pts from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Paul Hobbs is one of Napa and Sonoma’s most well known and regarded winemakers. From crafting some of the highest rated Pinot Noirs and Cabernets from both valley’s the Paul Hobbs winery is not only one of the most consistent but frankly one whose wines average will over $75 per bottle. This is not the case with Paul’s Mendoza project! His Vina Cobos Felino wines are some of the Best Values on the market today! Selling for $20 per bottle and receiving terrific reviews year after year the Felino Cabernet is Paul’s Best Value Cabernet.

$11 Reserve Cabernet & 90pts!?

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Chono Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Maipo Valley 2008 (90WA) {#339775} ....................................... 13.99

10.99

“Medium purple; smoked meat and game, lavender, spice box; lots of flavor, no hard edges...90.” WA 12/10

Just check out what Robert Parker and his Wine Advocate have to say about Vina Cobos: “Vina Cobos is Paul Hobbs’ winery in Mendoza. He is better known (at least for the moment) to USA connoisseur/collectors for his namesake winery in Napa Valley which has received many accolades (including 100-point scores from Robert Parker) for its Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays. What is less well known is that Hobbs is a pioneer in fine wine production in Argentina, having started there in 1988…” the Wine Advocate 12/08

ROBERT M PARKER, JR, ON TWITTER: December 17th, 2010 5:09 AM Vina Cobos from Argentina-they have some exquisite high end wines but also some great values under $20-under the Felina moniker

Decanter’s #1 Malbec!

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Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2008 (91WS/91WA) {#326804} ............................ 22.99

18.25

“...a bouquet of toast, violets, spice box, black cherry, and plum. Smooth-textured and sweetly fruited, it has excellent depth, savory flavors, and a lengthy finish. In our current economy, this is an ideal steak house wine...91.” WA 9/09 ★★★★★ DECANTER

Vina Cobos

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Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (91WA) {#340809} ....................................... 25.99

19.95

“Deep purple color; splendid nose of exotic spices and black fruits, layered, dense, over-delivers...91.” WA 12/10

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z Best Value Pinot South of the Equator! Piero Incisa della Rocche, a member of the Sassicaia family, has established the souther hemisphere’s greatest Pinot Noir estate! The entry level Barda is one the of world’s greatest values in the sea of Pinot Noir. You’ll be hard pressed to find a bottle of California, Oregon, or Burgundy Pinot Noir at this quality and price.

Puts New Zealand to Shame!

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Kingston Family Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Casablanca Valley (90WA) {#341547} ....... 20.99

16.75

“Light straw color; baking spices, grapefruit, lemon-lime; lively acidity, crisp, balanced..90.” WA 12/10

Our Newest Find—Killer for the Price! Bodega Chacra

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Pinot Noir Barda Patagonia 2008 (90WS) {#330907} ....................................... 29.99

23.99

“Shows a nice crushed dark cherry fruit profile, with focused spice, mineral and briar notes laid out on the medium-weight finish. Juicy and racy...90.” WS 11/09

Reserve Malbec of the Year!

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Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007 (90WS/91WA) {#340540} ............................ 20.99

16.75

#90 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “Very ripe and very primal still, delivering a large core of velvety-textured raspberry, fig and boysenberry fruit that is liberally laced with dark toast, pastis and roasted vanilla. Should settle in nicely with modest cellaring, as the structure is dense, but polished and integrated...90.” WS 7/10

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Finca Vides Torcidas Malbec 2009 {#339722} ....... 15.99

11.99

Intense, almost black in color with bright violet hues. Scents of ripe black cherries, plums, and violet flowers with subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. Jammy, packed with fresh red fruit and a pleasant acidity that balances nicely with the firm tannins. The finish is round and generous with a touch of sweet oak.

Another Reason to Skip New Zealand! |

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Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2009 (90WA) {#341573} ....................................... 16.99

13.50

“Light straw; citrus, passion fruit, lively acidity, concentrated, balanced, good length...90.” WA 12/10


SPAIN & PORT


z Jeremy’s Top 3 Riojas!

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Cune Vina Real Gran Reserva 2001 (CVNE) (94+WA) {#340788} ....................... 45.99

36.75

“...exhibits an alluring bouquet (earth notes, background oak, Asian spices, a hint of balsamic, roasted herbs, lavender, black cherry, and blackberry)...Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it still has a bit of ripe tannin to resolve, plenty of spicy red and black fruits, impeccable balance...94+.” WA 6/10

Marques de Caceres Reserva 2004 (91W&S) {#337443} .................................... 32.99

24.99

“...beefy richness, while it follows Cáceres’s modern style in the polish and elegance of its tannin. The fruit develops definition with air, tasting of tiny cherries and red currants...91.” W&S 12/09

Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2005 (91IWC) {#330183} ...................................... 24.99 “...Fresh red berry and spice aromas suggest a higher percentage of garnacha. Suave, energetic red berry flavors stain the palate, nicely braced by tangy mineral and spice qualities. The finish repeats the red fruit note and hangs on tenaciously...91.” IWC 8/09

Ribera del Duero Best Buys!

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Aalto 2007 (95WA) {#337468} ................................. 65.00

49.95

“...emits a super-fragrant bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense and opulent on the palate, this loaded effort is succulent, pure, and exceptionally lengthy. It will evolve for 6-8 years...95.” WA 4/10

Antonio Barcelo Vina Mayor Reserva 2004 (93WS) {#340563} ....................................... 37.99

25.00

#38 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2010 “This red shows focus and depth, with admirable purity to its black cherry, mineral, tobacco and tar notes. Offers an excellent balance of firm, well-integrated tannins and clean acidity. Not showy, but rock-solid...93.” WS 5/10

Condado de Haza Crianza 2005 (93WS) {#158395} ....................................... 34.99

21.95

#34 of Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008 This red packs a lot of flavor on a supple frame. Black cherry, blackberry, smoke, mineral and espresso notes show focus and depth, backed by firm but well integrated tannins that dissolve on a finely etched, floral scented finish...93.” WS 8/08

Dominio de Atauta 2006 (95WE/92WS) {#331444} ............................ 31.99

26.99

#73 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “Dense yet lively, this chewy red delivers cherry, berry, licorice, mineral and smoke notes. The tannins are firm, yet the wine remains fresh and clean. Oaky, but wellgrounded…92.” WS 6/10

Valderiz Valdehermoso Roble Ribera del Duero 2008 (90WA) {#339904} ....................................... 19.99

14.99

“...delivers a more complex aromatic array with scents of cedar, tobacco, lavender, black cherry, and blackberry. Layered and plush on the palate with loads of savory fruit, this balanced offering will evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now. It is also a terrific value...90.” WA 4/10

Villacreces Pruno 2008 (91+WA) {#334874} .......... 22.99 “...offers up a sexy bouquet of Asian spices, incense, cedar, mineral, and assorted black fruits. Super-rich, bordering on opulent, it has layers of succulent, spicy fruit, enough structure to support 2-3 years of cellaring, and exceptional length. This sensational value over-delivers in a very big way...91+.” WA 4/10

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Don’t Miss Zachys’ Complimentary Tempranillo Tasting! March 12, 2011 | 12-4pm Join us and guest, Chris Campbell, of C&P and taste Tempranillo from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro and beyond!

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Why We Drink Sherry!

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La Bota de Fino #15 Sherry (96W&S) {#335428} .. 48.99

38.99

“...an addictive substance laden with humid aromas of the sea combined with earthier, lightly mineral flavors. The cloud of aromas is sustained by briny acidity that penetrates the palate, while allowing fruitier notes of green apple and flowers to emerge. It’s an orgy of sensations, of mineral and marine force, in a complex and profound Fino...96.” W&S 6/09

Best Under $15 Values!

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Atteca 2008 (90IWC) {#339738} .............................. 21.99

12.99

“Bright purple. Intensely floral bouquet offers scents of black raspberry, lavender, Indian spices and white pepper. Juicy dark berry flavors are complicated by notes of candied flowers and pepper and show no rough edges. The floral quality resonates on the spicy, long finish. I’d drink this over the next few years to take advantage of its vivacious fruit...90.” IWC 9/09

Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2008 (91WA/91IWC) {#331420} ........................... 21.99

A 91 Point Steal!

12.99

“...100% Garnacha old vines in which 50% was aged in tank and 50% in French oak for 10 months. It gives up a compelling nose of black cherry fruit that jumps from the glass along with earth and mineral notes. Plush on the palate bordering on voluptuous, this pleasure-bent, full-flavored effort will drink well for another 3-4 years although few will be able to resist its charms for that long...91.” WA 4/10

Celler Bollidora Sao 2007 (90WA) {#166699} ........ 17.99

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Naia 2009 (91WA) {#338638} ................................... 18.99

12.50

“...gives up an impressive perfume of baking spices, floral notes, and pit fruits. On the palate it has surprising richness (from the lees aging and the exceptional vintage conditions), terrific concentration, and a lengthy finish. It should drink well for another 3 years...91.” WA 4/10

13.99

“The 2007 Sao is an unoaked wine composed of 50% Garnatxa Negra, 40% Syrah, and 10% Samso (Carinena). Purple-colored, it exhibits a fragrant nose of blueberry and black cherry. Mouth-filling, forward, and nicely balanced, it has enough structure to drink well for another five years...90.” WA 6/09

Lan Rioja Crianza 2006 (90WS) {#340551} ............ 14.99

11.99

#44 of Wine Spectator’s top 100 of 2010 ”Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious..90.” WS 6/10

Sa-Ra-Da 2008 (90SWJ) {#165925} ........................ 14.99 “Purple-tinted violet. Aromas and flavors of blueberry and blackberry fruit are juicy and vibrant. The wine comes off as soft in the mouth, with no rough edges. Really flavorful, energetic, and fun, notes of dried herbs and wood appear on the finish. Drink now-2012...90.” SWJ 9/10

2nd Vintage is Even Better! 11.99

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Atope (Monastrell) 2009 {#339901} ........................ 10.99

8.75

“The 2009 Atope Monastrell gives up an alluring perfume of brier, damp earth, mineral, plum, Asian spices, and blueberry. Ripe, sweet, and easy-going on the palate, this tasty effort is a crowd pleaser that will drink nicely for another 4 years...” WA 4/10

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z Beyond Rioja & Albariño!

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Almalarga Godello Pena das Donas 2009 Ribeira Sacra (92WA) {#334877} ............... 22.99

17.99

“...expressive nose of wet stone, damp wool, apple, pear, white peach, and spring flowers, on the palate it displays a Chablis-like personality with an extra dimension of fruit, great concentration, and a vibrant, nervy character...92.” WA 4/10

Clos Erasmus Laurel 2008 (92IWC) {#339428} ..... 75.00

60.00

“...70% garnacha, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 10% syrah...Seductively perfumed, with soil-inflected aromas of cherry, dark berries, smoke, spices and dried violet, along with a strong graphite quality. Velvety and tangy on entry, then ripe and sweet in the mid-palate...Lively on the bright, very long back end, which features lingering floral and mineral attributes. Very pretty...92.” IWC 12/10

Clos Lojen Bodegas Vinedas Ponce 2009 (91WA) {#339777} ....................................... 20.99

16.75

“...a bouquet of Asian spices, leather, tobacco, black cherry, and black raspberry fruit that leaps from the glass. Dense, rich, and vibrant on the palate with lively acidity...It is a great value that over-delivers big-time...91.” WA 4/10

Lavia 2005 (91WA) {#163360} ................................. 21.99

15.95

“The 2005 lavia is 70% Monastrell and 30% Syrah fermented and aged in stainless steel. It offers up a spicy, fragrant, earthy, blueberry-accented bouquet. On the palate it has excellent concentration and balance, pure flavors, and a lengthy finish with no hard edges...90.” WA 5/09

Ossian 2007 (93IWC) {#330140} ............................. 39.99

28.99

“...Highly complex aromas of yellow apple, pear, peach skin, mace and licorice, with a sexy note of cinnamon adding lift. Juicy, palate-coating orchard fruit flavors are sharpened by bitter lemon zest and chalky minerality. A sweeter melon note arrives on the finish, which repeats the cinnamon and anise notes...real personality...93.” IWC 9/09

Quinta do Vale Meao 2007 (94WA) {#329752} ....... 75.00

Six Reasons We Love Port! 60.00

“...Bright, elegant and well structured, this has fine balance, but more than anything else—delicious fruit. Sweet and sexy, this still has a firm backbone...this is a big winner and may even deserve an uptick in score. It should age beautifully and make a lot of friends for the Douro...94.” WA 12/09

Terra de Verema Triumvirat 2008 (94WA) {#338261} ....................................... 39.99 “...90% Carinena, 5% Garnacha, and 5% Syrah... complex bouquet of pepper, Asian spices, mineral, and black cherry, on the palate it is supple, suave bordering on opulent, succulent, and very long...94.” WA 4/10

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Dow 1977 (94WS) (1.5L) {#116260} ...................... 350.00

280.00

“Full-bodied and sweet, with an iron backbone of acidity. Long finish...94.” WS 12/99

Dow 2007 (100WS) {#165066} ............................... 200.00

33.99

150.00

#14 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “Amazing aromas of lilac, violet, crushed blueberry and mineral that turn to black pepper and spices follow through to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a long, chewy finish. Evolves to tar and asphalt. Really held back, yet powerful grip slaps you. This is mind-blowing...The greatest Dow ever made...100.” WS 5/10

Fonseca 2007 (94WS/94WS) (375ml) {#165061} ... 55.00

44.00

“A subtle yet powerful young Vintage Port, with freshly sliced plum, citrus and mulberry on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a solid core of powerful tannins and a long, balanced finish. So tight and reserved. Muscularly structured...94.” WS 5/10

Graham 1977 (93WA) {#70979} ............................ 205.00

164.00

“Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the postWorld War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous….93.” WA 1/89

Ramos Pinto Retiro 20yr Tawny NV (93WS) {#164561} .......................................... 75.00

60.00

“Very rich and full of pure-tasting flavors of toffee, butterscotch and caramel...light fruity notes of dried cherry and apricot...long, glorious finish of hazelnut and cream..93.” WS 10/10

Taylor Fladgate 1997 (96WA) (1.5L) {#336462} ... 245.00 “...this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage...exquisite yet precocious...96.” WA 1/00

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GERMANY


z Germany’s FIRST 100 Point Vintage!?!

JJ Prum 2009

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Riesling Auslese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (94+JG) 375ml {#339608} .................................................. 39.99 750ml {#339607} .................................................. 60.00

31.99 48.00

“...a lovely blend of pears, delicious apples, plenty of slate, a strong signature of blossoming petrol, wild yeasts and flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full and quite intensely flavored, with fine acids, impeccable focus and balance and a very long, youthful and filigreed finish. This will be excellent with sufficient bottle age...94+.” JG 9/10

Riesling Kabinett {#339600} ................................... 28.99

23.25

“...bright, light, spritzy, and brimming with fresh apple and white peach tinged by lime peel, apple pit, and the proverbial kiss of wet stone...” WA 12/10

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

25.50

“...refreshingly and lusciously dominated by lime and grapefruit, dark cherry and blackcurrant...delicate delight...90.” WA 12/10

Riesling Kabinett Graacher Himmelreich {#339631} ...................... 34.99

27.99

“...features grapefruit and cassis with the bitterness of grapefruit rind as well as hints of stone and salt offering counterpoint...refreshing, satisfyingly ripe, and wellbalanced...” WA 12/10

Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr (92WS) {#339604} ........... 38.99

31.25

“Alluring scents of honeysuckle and clover mingled with yeastiness; bittersweet notes of apple pip and skin...Very subtly creamy...stony mineral character and inner-mouth floral perfume clearly discernable through gossamer folds of fruit...finishes with terrific persistence yet understatement...91.” WA 12/10

“… ripe, racy and pure Rieslings from Germany’s excellent 2009 vintage…” Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator.com 10/22/10 The first insight to the Germany 2009 Vintage from a major publication has just come out. Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator posted a feature at the end of October highlighting 29 wines that he has reviewed so far for Wine Spectator and most importantly gave us his thoughts on the Vintage! Check out his comments on the Vintage below. His speculation is that the 2009 German Vintage is better than the 2007 (95WS), 2005 (98WS), and 2001 (98WS)! If 2009 is better than a 98 point Vintage…is 2009 a 99 or 100 point Vintage!?!? Only time will tell. We have plenty of 2009 Germans in-stock now! -JN “Riesling fans take note: Here are 29 reasons to get excited about the 2009s from Germany. Rarely have I seen such ripe, expressive flavors of tropical fruit, stone fruits and citrus, in combination with vibrant structures, piquant acidity and the omnipresent mineral underpinning that makes German Riesling so compelling. The 2009s come on the heels of 2007, 2005 and 2001, three classicrated years. After tasting more than 165 Rieslings from 2009 with my colleague Kim Marcus, we can say they may be even better, integrating the intensity of 2001, the exotic fruit notes and flesh of 2005 and the superb balance of 2007. Time will tell, but these nascent beauties appear to have more filigree and finesse than their predecessors…” Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator.com 10/22/10

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Riesling Spatlese Bernkasteler Badstube (91WA) {#339603} ........ 41.99

33.50

“A cider-like sense of apple and spice already in the nose...a sappy, refreshing palate...dark cherry and cassis ...finishing with a sense of fruit skin chew, ingratiating acidity, lip-smacking salinity, and savory...browned butter and milled grain...91.” WA 12/10

Riesling Spatlese Graacher Himmelreich (94WS) {#339632} ......... 43.99

35.25

“An aromatic version, showing lilac, freesia and violet notes, followed by baked apple, black currant and slate flavors. Elegant and tightly wound, with a racy structure well-fused to the rich texture. The appealing aftertaste features notes of candied berries and mineral...94.” WS 11/10

Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (92+JG) 375ml {#339605} .................................................. 34.99 750ml {#339606} .................................................. 48.99 “...very reluctantly offers up scents of pear, apple, slate, petrol, a touch of citrus zest and spring flowers, but believe me, one has to dig to find these nuances in this very young wine!..medium-bodied, crisp and beautifully transparent, with a very closed personality from the mid-palate back, but good acids, length and grip...92+.” JG 9/10

Don’t Miss Zachys’ Complimentary Germany 2009 Vintage Tasting! March 19, 2011 | 12-4pm Join us and guest, Terry Theise and Company, to taste and explore Germany’s latest vintage—2009! From the Mosel to the Rhine...you’ll get to taste it all!

27.99 39.25


z Selbach-Oster 2009

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Riesling Anrecht Zeltinger Himmelreich (93WA) {#337115} ................................................ 30.99

24.75

“...Peach, pear, and papaya exhibit the ripe concentration and supportive sweetness...both tropical and northerly fruit essences here is accentuated by the wine’s creaminess of texture and honeyed glaze on the one hand and its glorious persistence of bright fresh fruit and tartly chewy fruit skin on the other...displays palpable density yet irrepressible lift, finishing with luscious, lipsmacking persistence...absurd value!..93.” WA 12/10

Riesling Kabinett Zeltinger Sonnenuhr (91WA) {#341513} ................................................ 27.99

22.25

“In its author’s words “a slow fermenter and extreme ‘sponti’,”...a nose-wrinkling note of yeast and fermentative byproducts, behind which emerge site-typical apple blossom and heliotrope, apple and vanilla following on a creamy yet juicy and delicate palate suffused with saline savor suggesting shrimp shell reduction and finishing with salvia-inducing persistence supplemented by walnut piquancy and wet stone. This ought to remain lovely for at least 15 years...91.” WA 12/10

Riesling Rotlay Zeltinger Sonnenuhr 375ml (94WA) {#337118} ..................................... 25.99 750ml (94WA) {#337117} ..................................... 47.99

20.99 38.25

“...smoky, spicy pungency that accompanies site-typical apple, vanilla, and sweet floral perfume in the nose. Alkaline and wet stone elements immediately surface on the palate despite opulent, creamy, rich folds of ennobled fruit, nor does this elixir’s sumptuousness preclude delicacy or interplay...mysterious but inexhaustible reservoir of fresh apple and pear that convey ravishing refreshment in a nearineradicable finish, to which floral perfume and nut oils add allure. Look for 25 years or more of sensually and intellectual pleasure...94.” WA 12/10

Riesling Spatlese Zeltinger Schlossberg (92WA) {#341514} ................................................ 31.99

Willi Schaefer 2009 25.75

“Intimations of ocean breakers and peat bog on the nose...join plum, apple, and wild herbal notes that then inform a coolly refreshing yet at the same time pungently herbal and smoky palate, the brine-like, alkaline, and peaty themes reemerging with invigorating, intriguing, and interactive effect in a long finish...outstanding value is certainly delicate...92.” WA 12/10

Riesling Trocken Schmit (91WA) {#337109} .......... 36.99

29.75

“...Grapefruit, quince, mirabelle, nut oils, wet stone, green tea, shrimp shell reduction, and smoky suggestions of peat and smoldering embers inform an intriguing nose and a densely-layered, silken-textured palate. This finishes in myriad registers, powerful yet focused and saliva-inducing. As it opens, it continues to display a greater sense of interactive complexity. Not only does this crave air, it also demands attention. Follow it and be fascinated for the next dozen or more years...91.” WA 12/10

St. Urbans-Hof 2009

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Riesling Spatlese Graacher Himmelreich (93WA) {#341515} ................................................ 34.99

29.99

“Musk melon, pink grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon on the nose...exhibit on the palate ravishing delicacy and refreshment...subtle shadings of nut oils and wet stone. There is also an unusual note of roasted peanuts, and suggestions of green tea and aromatic herbs...invigorating, yet somehow cooling as well as next sip-compelling finish. This should delight for a quarter century...93.” WA 12/10

Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (91WA) {#341505} ................................................ 34.99

27.99

“...purity, lift, and refreshment, suggesting quince preserves, sappy fresh apple, and heliotrope to which saline and alkaline mineral matter seems to cling remorselessly in a finish of lip-smacking delight. A honeyed, caramelized suggestion of botrytis ennoblement emerges to add further allure to a wine almost certain to please throughout the course of the next couple of decade...91.” WA 12/10 | REG $

Riesling Kabinett Ockfener Bockstein (92WS/91WA) {#338112} ..................................... 20.99

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Reinhold Haart 2009 16.99

#57 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “Offers enticing peach, apricot, lime and slate aromas and flavors, with a touch of vanilla cream. Creamy, yet bright and pure, with persistence and a complex finish...92.” WS 10/10

Riesling Spatlese Ockfener Bockstein (94WS/94WA) {#341581} ..................................... 29.99 “Lemon, lime, orange, Rainier cherry and brown spices in the nose...levity, silken smoothness and infectious, luscious juiciness, to which subtle fruit skin, citrus zest, and ginger lend invigoration. Near-perfect harmony yet consummate enervation and kaleidoscopic finishing interaction make this phenomenal value a sure bet for two decades or more of delightful complex company...94.” WA 12/10

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24.99

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Riesling Auslese Piesporter Goldtropfchen (94JG) {#339570} ................................................. 65.00

49.99

“...a fine citric edge that heightens all the aromatics in its bouquet of orange, white cherry, peach, petrol, citrus zest and apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long, pure and really very vibrant, with great mid-palate depth, a stunning base of minerality, great acids and superb length and grip on the laserlike finish...a beautiful wine...2016-2050...94.” JG 3/10

Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Grafenberg (92WS) {#339568} ................................................ 23.99

19.99

“Very racy and powerful, displaying a pronounced ripe licorice aroma that leads to flavors of white cherry, smoke, fennel and glazed citrus. Winds up on the finish, with loads of slate and savory notes...92.” WS 11/10

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z Jeremy’s Picks of the 2009 Vintage!

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

15.99

“Concentrated and powerful, with racy flavors of dried quince, pear and ginger. Mineral and spice power through to the crisp, structured finish..90.” WS 2010

Riesling Kabinett Dhronhofberger (A. J. Adam) 2009 (93WA) {#341507} ....................................... 33.99

28.99

“...lusciously abundant, brown spice- and vanilla-tinged citrus and pit fruits...perfectly supported by residual sugar... utterly suffused with smoky crushed stone and scallop-like savory salinity. Consummately refreshing, it’s also alluringly creamy and finishes with almost cloud-like lift and delicacy... will continue to reward its owners for at least the next 15 years..93.” WA 12/10

Riesling Kabinett Trittenheimer Apotheke (Ansgar Clusserath) 16.75 2009 (90WA) {#341506} ....................................... 20.99 “Fusil and faintly fermentative notes shadow aromas of clover, honeysuckle, and apple on the nose...Delicately delicious, with a sprightly interplay of stony, saline, floral, and ripely fruity flavors informing a lip-smackingly irresistible finish, this excellent value ought to be well worth following for 15 or more years, and indeed will, I suspect, be more expressive in 3-5...90.” WA 12/10

Riesling Kabinett Urziger Wurzgarten (J.J. Christoffel) 2009 (91WS) {#341509} ....................................... 28.99

23.25

“Redolent of honeysuckle, fresh strawberry and red raspberry... mingles those features into a soothing yet refreshing, refined yet exuberant lime sorbet-like palate presence. Following in the recent mold of Kabinetts that Christoffel never tires of reminding the taster would have been bottled as Auslesen 15 years ago let alone in the 1980s, this nonetheless preserves elegance as well as uncanny lift in its long finish...91.” WA 12/10

Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Rheinhessen (Westhofener Wittmann) 2007 (93WS) {#328649} ....................................... 60.00

Cellar Selections!

48.00

#87 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2009... ”A smooth, peach-infused white, lush and expansive, yet backed by a firm structure. Picks up energy on the long finish, which adds a peppery accent. Drink now through 2020. 2,083 cases made...93.” WS 4/09

“...The bouquet is deep and very pure, as it offers up scents of pear, white cherry, lovely slate tones, bee pollen, citrus zest and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long and very, very pure, with great refinement and elegance, lovely mid-palate depth and plenty of crisp acidity on the long, filigreed and again, simply dancing finish...93.” JG 3/10

27.25

Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr Artist Label (Kerpen) 2009 (92WA) {#341512} ....................................... 34.99 29.99

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Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett (J.J. Prum) 2007 (91WS) {#158888} ....................................... 38.99

30.99

Riesling Auslese Erdener Pralat (Monchhof) 2008 (94WS) {#333241} ....................................... 55.00

44.00

Riesling Beerenauslese Estate (Dr. Loosen) 2006 (93WS) (187ml) {#339337} ......................... 21.99

17.99

“Gorgeous aromas of apricot, lime zest and freesia introduce this elegant dessert white. With its airy texture and weightlessness, it wears the sweetness and acidity effortlessly, with a very clean finish...93.” WS 4/08

Riesling Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese Erste Lage (Reinhold Haart) 2007 (92IWC) (375ml) {#329960} ........................ 35.99 30.99

“...scented with clover and apple blossom as well as by the kiwi and honeydew melon that dominate on its juicy, polished palate. This finishes unemphatically but satisfyingly, incorporating a kiss of wet stone. If not distinguished, it is at the least delicious. It would I suspect have been finer had it been possible with less than 12.5% alcohol and correspondingly greater delicacy...92.” WA 12/10

“...smells of brown spices vanilla folded into honey-drenched apple sauce with grapefruit and orange citricity offering bright counterpoint...dynamic and luscious, finishing with alkaline, saline, and stony notes that add intriguing depth...a lovely encapsulation of vintage virtues: subtly-ennobled ripeness, flattering richness, yet levity and refreshment...92.” WA 12/10

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“Alluring aromas and flavors of jellied citrus, peach and dried apple are matched to a vibrant structure and light-weight frame. This is precise and detailed, with everything in the right proportions...94.” WS 4/10

Riesling Spatlese Bockenaur Felseneck (Schaefer Frohlich) 31.99 2009 (93JG) {#339576} ........................................ 38.99

Riesling Spatlese Urziger Wurzgarten (J.J. Christoffel) 2009 (92WA) {#337131} ....................................... 33.99

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“Yeasty aromas of fresh apple, tropical fruits and lemon oil. Honeyed and rich, but with a delicacy to its papaya fruit... brisk acidity. The deceptively spicy finish shows a clear and refreshing slate character...92.” IWC 1/09

Riesling Spatlese Thonicher Ritsch (Josef Longen) 1989 {#340570} .................................................... 42.99

34.25

On an estate the dates back generations, Harald Rauen has married the traditional to the natural in his wine making methods. His 6ha of steep sided Thornicher Ritsch (Mosel) is populated by insects and wild plants to encourage a natural harmony. What is developed are concentrated fruits...what reads is the tactile weathered-slate minerality. Long and full with a great revolution of youthful sweet fruit and high acids, it leaves the palate with a succulent yet dry finish.

Riesling Spatlese Niederhauser Hermannsholle (Donnhoff) 2008 (93WS) {#328555} ....................................... 95.00 75.00 “There’s nice ripeness to this, attaining peach and apricot flavors, with a touch of orange. This is slim and heightened by the bright acidity, ending with a cleansing note of citrus...93.” WS 1/09


USA


z New Releases—1st Time Offer!

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Anderson’s Conn Valley Right Bank Napa Valley Red 2008 (92WA) {#341398} ....................................... 75.00

60.00

“...the 2008 is a full-bodied effort displaying lots of cassis, bay leaf, charcoal, and subtle smoke. Expect it to drink well for 15 or so year...92.” WA 12/10

Beau Vigne Juliet Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (94WA) {#341560} ....................................... 65.00

54.00

“...glorious notes of graphite and black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis and blackberry, it possesses a subtle smokiness, a voluptuous texture, and a layered finish that should please both your hedonistic and intellectual senses...94.” WA 12/10

Best Chardonnay for 2011!

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Au Bon Climat Bien Nacido 2007 (90IWC) {#333715} ...................................... 34.99

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25.00

“...Lees-accented scents of pear, melon, peach pit and grain, with a smoky mineral quality that carries onto the palate. Pliant, finely etched citrus and orchard fruit flavors expand with air, picking up sweeter honeydew and peach character. Finishes with very good clarity and sweet, juicy persistence...90.” IWC 11/09

Benziger Sangiacomo Carneros 2007 (91SWJ) {#160877} ..................................... 24.99

“...a cocoa/chocolate nuance...black currant, licorice-infused fruit. The tannins are velvety soft and the wine is beautifully textured and full-bodied. It is ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 years...94.” WA 12/10

Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignion Signature 2008 {#341526} .................................................... 60.00

51.00

Ripe and spicy aromas...vibrant layers of blackberry, cherry and pomegranate...notes of clove, cinnamon and anise...baked cherry and espresso elements...tantalizing nose...rich and mouthcoating from the first sip... Winemakers Notes

16.99

“...Flamboyant, leesy aromas of lemon oil, ripe lemons, roasted nuts, and oak. Great palate weight and definition, with a Meursault-like richness. The long finish shows an airy minerality and tasty notes of truffle and smoke...91.” SWJ 7/10

Bookster Quirinus Russian River 2007 (92SWJ) {#328011} ..................................... 39.99

Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (94WA) {#339226} ..................................... 145.00 123.25

31.99

Lewis Alec’s Blend Napa Valley Red 2008 (94WS) {#340832} ....................................... 75.00

59.00

“Tightly wound, with dried currant, blackberry, sage and mineral notes. Full-bodied and concentrated, this is slow to expand but as it does the flavors fan out, offering touches of cedar, spice, nutmeg and mocha...Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon...94.” WS 2010

“...rich nose of lemon-lime zest, apple jelly...brown sugar, and a hint of French oak are followed by lemon-lime flavors tethered to the tongue by a streak of slate and the echo of gunflint on the finish. Lush and silky...92.” SWJ 10/09

Brewer Clifton Sta Rita Hills 2008 (91WA) {#331460} ....................................... 41.99

33.50

“...loads of lemon, honeysuckle, and citrus blossoms, yet for such a full-flavored Chardonnay, it is stunningly elegant, fresh, and crystalline...powerful...91.” WA 8/10

Chalone Estate Chalone 2008 (92WS) {#339385} .. 27.99

21.99

“A rich, layered style, very Burgundian in style, with complex melon, fig, tangerine and light toasty oak. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, yet light on its feet...92.” WS 10/10

Foxen Bien Nacido Block UU 2008 (93WA) {#338260} ....................................... 39.99

33.99

“...This is a seriously endowed effort displaying notes of lemon and orange blossom, spice, and subtle background earth, medium to full body, plenty of minerality and acidity, and a long finish...93.” WA 8/10

Foxglove 2009 (90WA) {#338941} ........................... 18.99

We are Bombing Out THE BOMB!

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Sexy Wine Bomb Red Blend 2007 {#335336} ........ 14.99

9.99

“...flavors of warm, juicy red plums, baked cherry spice and cherry cola layered with vanilla and butterscotch. It’s got layers of complexity provided by nearly two years of oak aging and precise blending of quality Mendocino County fruit...” Winemaker’s Notes

13.50

“...exhibits crisp honeyed lemon, citrus, poached pear, and honeysuckle notes intermixed with a hint of pineapple. However, it is the zesty acidity, stunning purity, and delightful balance...90.” WA 8/10

Hess Collection Su Skol 2008 (91WS) {#339485} ... 23.99

19.99

“Aromas of flowers, honeysuckle, fig and spice are rich and complex, elegant and balanced, gaining depth and nuance on the finish, where the minerality shines through. Drink now through 2018...91.” 10 Great California Values - WS.com 10/10

Jordan Russian River Valley 2008 {#339225} ........ 36.99 The clean freshness of the nose opens up with vivid fruit aromas of green apples, pears and peach, and a touch of quince and kiwi. The palate echoes the bright fruit bouquet braced by crisp acidity and a lingering minerality. The finish brings the fruit, and understated elegance of this wine full circle. Winemakers Notes

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$10 Off a Bottle of “KICKING” Sauvignon Blanc!

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Carica Kick Ranch 2007 (90WE) {#340677} ........... 24.99

14.99

25.00 “...showcases bright, ripe fruit with crisp acidity, and manages to finish dry. It’s creamy textured, packed with lemon, lime and pink grapefruit flavors, and richer notes of melons, figs, wild honey, vanilla and smoke...90.” WE


z Who Said Merlot Is Dead?!

Here are 2 “Sideways” Opportunities to Get Quaffable Pinot Noir!

California Merlot might be out of “vogue” but by no means is Merlot dead! In the USA, Merlot is thriving and has found its best home in Washington State. Merlot is booming in Washington with some of the best examples of domestic Merlot we have ever seen coming from these terrific cool climate appellations. Either bottled on its own or the primary base of a blend, Merlot has proven to be the grape of choice for many of the greatest estates in Washington.

Pinot Noir

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Finnegan’s Lake 2008 {#164136} ........................... 23.00

12.99

Bright cherry notes turn into hints of raspberry and red currant with a soft, juicy texture and very impressive long finish. Nice element of spice and earth on this very smooth finish. In the world of Value Pinot it doesn’t get much better than this!

Add to it the state of Washington is on a Hot Streak with an amazing string of terrific Vintages! Wine Spectator Vintage Chart

Stringtown 2007 {#327959} ..................................... 22.99

12.99

“...attractive aromas of red berries, spring flowers, spicy wood, and vanilla bean. Possessing an admirable balance of finesse, fruit, and acidity, this soft, medium-bodied...offers tasty flavors of cherries and autumn leaves...” SWJ 11/09

Vintage

Score

Description

2008

95-100 Cool summer and warm autumn; many great wines

2007

96

Hot summer and cool autumn made rich, balanced wines

2006

94

Ripe but balanced; similar to 2005

2005

93

Ripe flavors but not excessively heavy

With the average price of most Merlot based wines out of Washington under $30 the Price to Quality Ratio out of Washington is off the Charts! -JN

Washington Merlot

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2007 (92WS) {#341215} ....................................... 25.99

20.79

“Sleek, supple and generous, brimming with blueberry and currant fruit that’s shaded by hints of dried tomato, currant leaf and sage notes. All of it comes together seamlessly on the fine-grained finish...92.” WS 12/10

Columbia Crest H3 Les Chevaux 2008 (91WS) {#335777} ....................................... 20.99

14.95

“Supple, generous and creamy in texture, with beautiful blueberry, currant, espresso and spice flavors coursing through a long and expressive finish. Stylish, curvy and appealing for its elegance...91” WS 11/10

Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2007 (91WS) {#337688} ....................................... 29.99

Dueling 94 Point Reviews!

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Altamura Napa Valley 2006 (94WS/94WA) {#332569} .......................... 105.00

84.00

“A brilliant 2006, with gorgeous, rich, supple and juicy blackberry-laced Cabernet flavors that are bold and intense, yet supple and refined, with complex mocha, roasted herb, espresso and anise flavors that combine power with finesse...94.” Designation: Highly Recommended WS 5/10

Don’t Miss Zachys’ Complimentary Tasting of California’s Classics! February 19, 2011 | 12-4pm Featuring: Cakebread, Beringer, Beaulieu Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and more!

19.99

“...dark berry and currant flavors come through, wrapped in firm tannins, lingering on the generous finish. Has the stuffing and the structure to age...91.” WS 11/10

Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2006 (90WS) {#338838} ....................................... 28.99

20.00

“Firm, focused and juicy with dark berry and floral aromas and flavors, lingering on the ripe, toasty, refined finish...90.” WS 2/10

Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain 2007 (94W&S/93WS) {#331109} ......................... 34.99

27.99

“...all you’d want in a Red Mountain red: density, purity of fruit, intensity and length...presaging scents of plum, tar and a hint of eucalyptus...flavors are ripe, fleshy and powerful, with a vinosity that keeps the wine earthbound and on point...94” W&S 6/10

Waterbrook Merlot Columbia Valley Reserve 2007 (92WS) {#340552} ....................................... 29.99

23.99

#46 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2010 “Ripe, pure, focused and beguiling for its balance, offering blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the core, layered with hints of red pepper, clove and peach fuzz as the finish extends extraordinarily well...92.” WS 10/10

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z Stand-Out 2007 Cabs!

The Queen of Rutherford Cabs... the 95pt Quintessa 2007!

Napa Valley 99 Point Vintage (WS)!

Quintessa has long been considered the “Queen of Rutherford Cabs” if not Napa Valley in general. By all accounts, Quintessa is the most elegant of the Cult Cabs and is one of Napa’s Premier Blends that is always associated with a Bordeaux style much like Dominus, Opus One and Insignia. The 2007 Quintessa has just arrived and was just voted part of the Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2010! Plus did we mention the wine scored 95 points?! In case you have missed it…2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Blends receive an over-all Vintage rating of 99 points from Wine Spectator!! -AM

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Antica (94WA) {#332245} ........................................ 60.00

48.00

“...a rich, sumptuous bouquet of licorice, creme de cassis, and smoky oak...opulent, fleshy, full-bodied...beautiful purity and concentrated fruit...Impressive...and reasonably priced!..94.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 12/09

Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour Private Reserve (95WA) {#329832} .............................................. 120.00 89.00 “...big, sweet, blackberry, cassis, subtle smoke, graphite, and spicy oak-scented nose. Dense and full-bodied with sweet but substantial tannins, thrilling levels of concentration, texture, and richness, and a heady finish...95.” WA 12/09

Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Reserve Napa 2007 (93WS) {#339486} ....................................... 50.00

33.95

“This red shows excellent structure, intensity, depth and concentration, with a mix of spice, dried currant, blackberry, mocha, cedar and licorice. Full-bodied, at points rustic and chewy, yet also elegant and refined, ending with earthy graphite-tinged tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot...93.” WS 10/10

Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve (95WA) {#341392} .............................................. 120.00

Quintessa

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Rutherford 2007 (95WE) {#335254} ...................... 135.00

108.00

“A very fine Cab...tight, astringent mouthfeel and fleshy, unintegrated oak...flavors are extraordinary. They flood the mouth with the essence of Cabernet, with ripe blackberries, black currants, raspberries and mocha, and the spicy finish lasts for a full minute. Give it until 2013, and it should provide great drinking through 2019, at least...95.” WE 11/10

99.00

“...sweet notes of cassis, licorice, smoke and graphite intermixed with hints of bay leaf and chocolate. Full-bodied and velvety-textured with beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood...95.” WA 12/10

Cakebread Napa Valley (92WA) {#338303} ............ 85.00

68.00

“...stunning purity...notes of smoke, black currants, blackberries, spring flowers and toast, good acidity and ripe tannin...full-bodied yet graceful, deep, silky...92.” WA 12/10

Dominus Estate Napa (98WA) {#329791} ............ 170.00

144.50

“...a legend in the making...” WA 12/09

Grassi Napa Valley (93WS) {#340732} ................... 70.00

Bruce Neyer’s has Done it Again... Bruce Neyers has clearly made a name for himself over the years for his Carneros Chardonnay. In fact the last three vintages for Neyers have been tremendous. The 2009 was just reviewed on winespectator.com and received 92 points! The 2008 was 91WS and the 2007 was 93WS plus #21 of the Top 100; proving that Bruce and his team are consistently turning out some very consistent and noteworthy Chardonnay. We just locked up a big chunk of the 2009 with Bruce for you. With a track record like this for quality and Top 100 placements, this wine is flying off the shelves!

55.00

“...intense, concentrated and balanced, offering a vivid core of black fruits, with hints of blackberry, black licorice, mineral and dusty, loamy earth notes...93.” WS 9/10

Hall Winery Napa Valley (90+WA) {#341389} ......... 55.00

45.00

“...plenty of concentration and depth. Black currant, cocoa, chocolate, espresso roast, lead pencil shavings, and new oak notes characterize this full-bodied, concentrated, moderately tannic...90+.” WA 12/09

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia (98WA) (375ml) {#337442} ................................ 125.00

99.00

Kapcsandy Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard 2007 (96WA) {#333828} ..................................... 185.00

145.00

“...It is a seductive yet extraordinarily complex wine that should prove to be a future super-star. This is a superb lineup of wines from Lou Kapcsandy...96.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 12/10

Larkin Napa Valley (93WA) {#341372} .................... 65.00

52.00

“...a big, projected nose of creme de cassis, smoked meats, licorice, and graphite. Layered, opulent, and full-bodied...plenty of up-front appeal...93.” WA 12/09

Neyers

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Carneros Chardonnay 2009 (92WS) {#339751} ..... 31.99

25.00

“Fresh floral scents, with notes of apple, pear, spice and light oak, lead to a full-bodied palate, intense and vibrant. This is slow to unfold, but ends with pure, refreshing fruitiness…92.” Wine Spectator web only 2010

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Robert Mondavi Reserve (95+WA) {#341217} ..... 145.00

120.00

Shafer Vineyards One Point Five (93WA) {#334067} ...................... 85.00

68.00

Stags Leap Wine Cellars Fay (90WA) {#338266} ... 95.00

61.50

Stewart (93WA) {#341519} ...................................... 75.00

59.00

“...a beautiful bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, incense, licorice and pen ink. Full-bodied, concentrated and powerful, with silky tannins...93.” WA 12/10


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Take A Drive To Scarsdale

From Sonoma to Napa Valley Louis Martini turns out some of California’s Best Value Cabernet Sauvignons!

From Connecticut:

Last December when Robert Parker released his Wine Advocate scores, we jumped all over the 90 point Sonoma Valley Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon. There were some notes there in the issue also that the upcoming 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was also something special and worth waiting for. Well, Robert Parker is out again with his annual December Napa Valley reviews and the 2007 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon scores 91 points!

Hutchinson River Pkway S. to Exit 22 (Mamaroneck Rd). Right off exit ramp. 3 miles to Rt. 22. Left turn. 1.5 miles to Popham Rd. Right turn, 2 lights, right turn onto E. Parkway.

From NYC: Bronx River Parkway North. Take right-hand fork when road splits at Sprain Brook Parkway. 10 minutes to Exit 12 (Crane Road, Scarsdale). Straight off exit ramp onto East Parkway.

From New Jersey:

Just check out this exceptional review on this under $25 Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. -JN

GWB, stay on I-95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) to the Bronx River Parkway North toward

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23.99

“...one of the great values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot...stunning perfume of black currants, loamy soil, blackberries and smoke. The wine cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate and possesses silky tannins, layers of fruit and a beautiful, opulent, round mouthfeel. It should drink nicely for 10-15 years...I gave the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 90 points, and the 2007 is even better!...91.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 12/10

White Plains, follow NYC directions.

Take I-287 E. to Exit 5, Rte. 119. 0.5 miles on Rte. 119 to Bronx River Pkwy South. Exit 12 Crane Rd. Straight off exit ramp onto E. Parkway.

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Zinfandel of the Year?!

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Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel 2008 (91WS) {#340542} ....................................... 40.99

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33.99

#69 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010 “Well-built, yet rich and stylish, with spicy blackberry aromas and zesty, layered flavors of black cherry and licorice framed by toasty oak. Offers a long, satisfying finish...91.” WS 5/10

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