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Gary Farrell Winery

Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2016

Russian River Valley, California

The Russian River Selection bottlings are quintessential Russian River Valley wines blended from some of the region’s top vineyards, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics.  Undoubtedly showcasing a beautiful expression of the varietal and of the appellation’s unique terroir, this Pinot Noir blend captures the richness, purity and elegance that are Gary Farrell Winery’s trademarks.

James Suckling “A stunning Russian River Valley pinot noir that’s earthy and smoky with beet and herbal notes. This is ripe yet beautifully balanced. The precisely crafted tannin structure gives the wine…

Wine Enthusiast “From a blend of iconic sites, like Rochioli, Hallberg and Martaella, this opens with thick, dense and concentrated tones of dried cherry and cola before unleashing a wealth of white…

Wine Advocate (90+) “...An earthy nose of garrigue, mossy bark and underbrush with a core of craberries and red currants plus a waft of lavender. Light to medium bodied with a chewy frame…

Wine Spectator “Minerally, with focused and pure-tasting cherry, plum and currant flavors that are backed by zesty acidity. Slate and spice accents show on the finish.”

Gary Farrell Winery

Olivet Lane Chardonnay 2016

Russian River Valley, California

Pellegrini’s Olivet Lane Vineyard was planted in 1975 to Wente selection on AXR rootstock. The vineyard sits on 65 acres of sloping bench land in the Santa Rosa Plain, in between the warmer Westside Road region and the cooler Green Valley,where warm summer days are moderated by cool breezes and chilly evening temperatures. The combination of low temperatures, regular fog intrusion and well drained loam, clay soils create an excellent environment for growing Chardonnay that develop cool-climate characteristics and impeccable acid at fairly low sugars.The wines from this vineyard simultaneously express power and finesse, and they do so with tremendous balance. 

James Suckling “Plenty of cooked apples, dried daffodils, Chinese plums, cantaloupe melon, vanilla and cloves. Medium-bodied with a round mouthfeel that’s complemented by bright acidity and a tight frame of phenolics."

Wine Spectator “Pure and focused, with an engaging minerality to the well-structured McIntosh apple, Asian pear and lemon-lime flavors. Show juicy crispness on the finish, with notes of crushed savory herb."

Wine Advocate “Expressive apricot, pink grapefruit and apple pie notes with touches of struck flint, marzipan and beeswax. Medium-bodied with a wicked backbone of racy acid, it features loads of citrus and…

Sandrone

ALESTE 2015

Barolo

ALESTE - a combination of the names of Luciano Sandrone's grandchildren ALEssia and STEfano -- is the new name for Luciano's first wine, the Barolo Cannubi Boschis, which garnered Luciano his early acclaim with the international trade and press. This single-vineyard wine is typically dense and concentrated but shows incredible harmony and balance.

Jeb Dunnuck "In the same ballpark qualitatively as the Le Vigne, the 2015 Aleste (this was previously known as the Cannubi Boschis but was changed to Aleste in 2013) offers a very…

Wine Spectator "Rose and juniper aromas lead off, settling this red into pure flavors of floral, cherry, strawberry, sun-warmed hay, licorice and mineral. Linear and firm, yet classy and elegant, this tightens…

Vinous Media Sandrone's 2015 Barolo Aleste is a total stunner. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha, lavender and spice are all beautifully framed by ripe, silky tannins. Creamy, resonant and super-expressive, the 2015…

Wine Advocate There is more purple and black fruit in the 2015 Barolo Aleste compared to past vintages from Luciano Sandrone and also fewer of those floral accents that characterize the Cannubi…

James Suckling "Aromas of dried flowers and sweet berries follow through to a full body, very firm and chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish."

Errázuriz

MAX Carmenere 2017

Aconcagua Valley

The grape long-lost in Bordeaux that has become a unique signature in Chile, MAX Carmenere is captivating with aromas of spice and black fruit on the nose, along with black pepper, toast and a long, silky palate. This voluptuous, juicy wine is generous in soft tannins, and its tremendous concentration and typicity promise excellent cellaring potential.

James Suckling “Dark-berry, spice and dried-flower aromas follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish."

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Carmenere 2017 Tech Sheet (93 JS)

Casisano

Rosso di Monalcino 2016

Rosso di Montalcino DOC

The Casisano Rosso di Montalcino is a red-fruited, traditional Sangiovese that comes from vineyards nestled in the southern hills of one of Italy's most renowned wine producing areas, midway between the towns of Sant'Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell'Abate in the heart of Montalcino. The wine is a classic expression of Sangiovese Grosso, the Sangiovese clone used to make both Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.

Wine Enthusiast "Chopped mint and ripe dark-skinned-berry aromas lead the nose. The juicy, savory palate doles out succulent Morello cherry, baking spice and the same minty note found on the nose. Lithe…

Related Materials: Casisano Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Tech Sheet (90 WS)

Ornellaia

Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2015

Bolgheri DOC Rosso

Coming primarily from the estate’s younger vineyards and made with the same passion and attention to detail as Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is a true “second vin.” A blend of Merlot (64%), Cabernet Sauvignon (17%), Cabernet Franc (10%) & Petit Verdot (9%), Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia combines generosity and depth of flavor with an engaging and vibrant personality.

James Suckling "Plenty of blackberry and rust with tile and stone undertones. Full body, tannic and structured. A big and flavorful red."

Related Materials: Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2015 Tech Sheet (94 JS) Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2015 Shelf Talker (94 JS)

The Wine Advocate "This is a stunning and exuberant wine that drinks with beautiful intensity and personality. The 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is made with fruit from the estate's young…

Mitolo

Savitar Shiraz 2010

McLaren Vale

“Savitar” is a mythical dragon-like monster, and this wine is so named because of the impression Frank Mitolo and Ben Glaetzer had upon tasting one particular lot in the Willunga vineyard. They were so blown away they decided to make a Shiraz from just the small lot, and Savitar was created.

Wine Advocate “Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Savitar Shiraz is redolent of blueberry compote and blackberry preserves with hints of sauteed herbs, mocha and bark. Full-bodied with mouth-filling blue and black…

Related Materials: Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2010 Tech Sheet (90 WA)

Wine & Spirits “A supple, tightly built shiraz, this gains its concentration and black plum–skin scent from extended skin contact. It’s moderate in weight, and earthy, with some finesse to the structure. Decant…

Related Materials: Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2010 Tech Sheet (90 W&S)

Mitolo

Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

McLaren Vale

“Serpico” was a famous New York police officer who wasn’t afraid to ‘work against the grain’. With Serpico, Mitolo aims to step outside its peers and redefine the accepted style of Cabernet making. Serpico is a 100% Cabernet made in the Amarone method to achieve intense aromas, and a concentrated viscous middle palate with soft and silky tannins.

Wine Spectator “Rich and ripe, dense with jammy black currant and blackberry flavors that push against a refined grip of tannins, finishing plush and expressive. The tannins need time to soften.”

Related Materials: Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Tech Sheet (91 WS)

Wine Enthusiast “This is a savory, meaty rendering of Cabernet Sauvignon, boasting aromas of cedar, smoke and soy-marinated grilled beef. Those peppered beef notes carry onto the palate, joined by hints of…

Related Materials: Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Tech Sheet (91 WE)

Mitolo

7th Son 2014

McLaren Vale

The wine’s name comes from Seventh Son of the Seventh Son, a folklore concept of birth right gifts of second sight, healing and luck. The Seventh Son is a testament to the quality of these two varieties, Grenache and Shiraz, in McLaren Vale and how well they can compliment each other. When blended together though these opposites provide a great foil for each other, creating a complex and intriguing wine.

James Halliday “No one will go breaking the heart of cherry-plum flavour, the flash of herbs, the whispers of smoky oak here; tannin simply won’t allow it. There are big ropes of…

Related Materials: Mitolo 7th Son 2014 Tech Sheet (96 JH)

Mitolo

Angela 2013

McLaren Vale

The Lopresti Family growers have provided fruit for Mitolo from the very beginning. Sourced from Sandra’s Block, matriarch of the Lopresti family, this wine is a tribute to Frank Mitolo's mother, Angela, matriarch of the Mitolo family.

James Halliday “Destemmed and crushed, matured in mainly French oak (10% new, 90% 1 and 2yo) for 18 months. Very well made, speaking with equal clarity of its region and variety; plum…

Related Materials: Mitolo Angela 2013 Tech Sheet (95 JH)

Sandrone

Barolo Cannubi Boschis Sibi et Paucis 2008

Barolo

Each year, the winery chooses to put aside a small part of their production of the wines based in Nebbiolo. The winery holds these in their library under optimal conditions for resting, refining and the slow march toward maturity. The seal on the labels identifies these specific bottles and their path which began under the ground in their cellars.

Wine Advocate “The 2008 Barolo Cannubi Boschis Sibi et Paucis is released ten years after the harvest. The Sibi et Paucis program of late releases sees only 1,500 bottles each of Cannubi…

Related Materials: Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis Sibi et Paucis 2008 Tech Sheet (96 WA)

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2016

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

The gentleman, as Mounir calls Chevalier-Montrachet, a wine that always shows lovely definition and everything in place; classic grace.

Vinous Media “Bright lemon-yellow. Bright, pure, reticent aromas of citrus zest, flowers and crushed rock. Pristine and penetrating on the palate, with a sexy touch of sweetness countered by pungent minerality. Conveys…

Château de Nalys

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin 2017

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Guigal's mastery of growing and producing white wine varieties in the Rhône Valley is exemplified in this wine of immense breadth and power, elegance and expression.  Intensely aromatic nose of white flowers, citrus and a touch of vanilla, on the palate the presence is undeniably penetrating, with a deep minerality joining the notes above.

James Suckling “This leads with roussanne (50%) and has a fresh and vibrant core of ripe-peach and lemon aromas. The palate is fresh, creamy and balanced with some quite crisp structure and…

Related Materials: Château de Nalys Blanc Grand Vin 2017 Tech Sheet (93 WA)

Wine Advocate “A solid first effort from the new ownership, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Grand Vin Blanc is a blend of 43% Roussanne, 33% Grenache Blanc, 15% Clairette, 6% Bourboulenc and…

Related Materials: Château de Nalys Blanc Grand Vin 2017 Tech Sheet (93 WA)

Jancis Robinson "Creamier and more sweetly spiced than their Saintes Pierres, with plush, lush texture and great fragrance. Lavish oak, but it's not ostentatious. The orchard fruit of the Roussanne comes through…

Related Materials: Château de Nalys Blanc Grand Vin 2017 Tech Sheet (17 JR)

Errázuriz

MAX Carmenere 2016

Aconcagua Valley

Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.

Wine Enthusiast "Ripe black fruit aromas offer a balsamic side note, while an intense palate is hardwired and firm, with spiced plum, cherry, and peppery flavors. Heat and plenty of spice are…

James Suckling “Let yourself be seduced by the delicate spice and forest berry fruits of this wine. Very good concentration and some real finesse in this medium-to-full carmenere. The finish is long and lively.”

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Carmenere 2016 Tech Sheet (93 JS) Errázuriz MAX Carmenere 2016 Shelf Talker (93 JS)

Sandrone

ALESTE 2014

Barolo

ALESTE - a combination of the names of Luciano Sandrone's grandchildren ALEssia and STEfano -- is the new name for Luciano's first wine, the Barolo Cannubi Boschis, which garnered Luciano his early acclaim with the international trade and press. This single-vineyard wine is typically dense and concentrated but shows incredible harmony and balance.

Wine Spectator "The cherry and strawberry aromas are tinged by hay and tobacco notes. On the palate, the core of fruit is joined by a chorus of herb, tobacco and underbrush flavors.…

Wine Enthusiast (Cellar Selection) "Dried rose, blue flower, aromatic herb, wild berry and a whiff of pipe tobacco are just some of the aromas you'll find on this stunning red. It's elegant and structured,…

Related Materials: Sandrone Barolo ALESTE 2014 Tech Sheet (95 WE)

Casisano

Rosso di Monalcino 2015

Rosso di Montalcino DOC

James Suckling “There are plenty of caramelized strawberries as well as treacle tart to this Rosso di Montalcino, which follows through to a rich yet tight palate with refreshing acidity and a…

Related Materials: Casisano Rosso di Montalcino 2015 Tech Sheet (91 JS)

Errázuriz

MAX Carmenere 2015

Aconcagua Valley

Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.

James Suckling "This is very classy and beautiful with blackberry and dried tobacco. Medium to full body, very fine and pretty. Licorice and tar. Real carmenere here.”

Related Materials: Errázuriz MAX Carmenere 2015 Tech Sheet (93 JS) Errázuriz MAX Carmenere 2015 Shelf Talker (93 JS)

Château Minuty

Prestige Rosé 2019

Côtes de Provence

If you notice just one wine on the beach and seaside restaurants in the south of France, it is almost certainly Minuty Prestige. This wine has become the emblem of the Riviera lifestyle, and it is place that has been earned through the unbelievable dedication to quality by the Minuty family.

Wine Enthusiast "With its predominance of Grenache, this wine is generously packed with red fruits along with fresh acidity and a layer of pepper. The wine is both rich and crisp, a…

Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012

Napa Valley, California

A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.

Vinous Media "Montelena's 2012 Chardonnay has developed beautifully over the last year. Silky and generous on the palate, the 2012 is all about texture. White peach, lemon oil, spice and almond notes…

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

Willamette Valley

The Pinot Noir Reserve comes primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soil in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. It is hand crafted on a boutique scale, with tremendous attention to detail. An intense wine, it has an explosive nose of sassafras, coffee, sweet plum and spice box; a full and seamless palate with baker's chocolate, blueberry, lavender and tea; and a long and balanced finish. I

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