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1)  Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge 2013:  $23.99 Usually $28 With pure, bright Pinot fruit, the silkiness in the mouth makes this wine seem downright sexy. Some of our red Burgundies just got a bit jealous.  It will be an excellent companion for red meats, game and cheese. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks preserves all its flavors. It is aged one year in oak barrels. Its lightness and red fruit flavors are remarkable.

2)  Domaine Lucien Boillot & Fils Bourgogne Rouge 2014:  $35.99 Here’s another rare blend of a different kind: Pinot fruit from around the village of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits, and some from around Volnay in the Côte de Beaune. The lush fruit and structure from Gevrey and the floral, soft touch of Volnay combine as a wonderful homage to Boillot ancestors and Burgundy at large. –Chris Santini

3)  Eric Chevalier Chardonnay 2014, Val de Loire:  $17.79 If you have never had a wine from Eric Chevalier, now is your chance before he is discovered and prices explode! Eric took over his fathers domaine and is now producing some of the most exciting wines in the Loire. A “hands-off” approach in the winery combined with austere chalk soils create an un-oaked chardonnay with unrivaled minerality and verve!

4)  Loimer Langenlois Riesling, 2015, Kamptal:  $22.99 Wine Enthusiast 91 pts. The nose reveals nothing but the slightest creaminess. The palate adds lovely greenish notes of lime and mandarin that pervade every last corner of the mouth with their insistent lively freshness. A lovely brisk little number that is sure to wow lovers of clean Riesling.

5)  Chateau de Fontenille Entre deux Mers Bordeaux Blanc 2016:  $12.79Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle, Sauvignon Gris.  A regular Decanter award winner, Stéphane Defraine`s Entre-Deux-Mers  leads the way in showing how good this wine can be when made with loving care and attention to detail. A highly unusual blend of 40:20:20:20 of the above grapes, this is most definitely not your usual supermarket Entre Deux Mers . The Sauvignon Blanc provides the nerve and acidity, the Semillon the body with Muscadelle giving the lovely aromatic flavors and Sauvignon Gris adding elegance. This cepage is very unusual as most Bordeaux winemakers have given up trying to grow Muscadelle and rarely use Sauvignon Gris.  A lovely light gold color, fresh and fruity with light acidity. The citrus and peach flavors come storming through to give a wine perfect with fish but also very drinkable on its own. Amazing value and a wine for all seasons. Drink now — 2020

6)  Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2016: $23.79  Chanrion’s gorgeous cuvée is from a blend of five large old foudres housed in her earthen cellar…It shows a brilliant dark garnet hue and sports an aroma of fresh strawberries with a touch of cinnamon. On the palate it is rich, spicy, perfumed, and fine, loaded with red and black berry fruit, and it doesn’t disappoint on the long elegant finish.

7)  Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2016:  $58.99 The gold standard and original Bandol Rouge that established the appellation as a world class wine growing region.  A typical blend of 75% Mourvedre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, and 2 % Carignan from vines with an average age of 40 years old, this is a deeply flavored and textured bottle of wine with luscious red fruit flavors and lovely earthy minerality.  With Lucien’s hard work and dedication to prove Mourvedre to be the great grape it is known to be today, Domaine Tempier went on to become one of France’s, if not the world’s, great wine estates revered especially for its iconic Rose and this elegant, age-worthy red.

These next 2 are first come, first serve:

8)  Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir 2016, Santa Rita Hills:  $100 A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of dried flowers and blueberries, then a myriad of spices, cacao and a hint of lavender. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageeability—are followed by a long, velvety finish.  Ten Clones, from which the wine takes its name.

9)  Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2016:  $79.99 Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The ever-changing nose of the 2016 Southing exhibits boysenberry, dried cherry, savory spices and fresh plum. The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity.

10)  Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Atlas Peak:  $58 (Suggested retail: $70) WE 90 pts. Cellar Selection. Black and thick, a study in smoky oak and tar, this intense vineyard-designated Cabernet will behave better over time. Brawny tannins surround substantial layers of blackberry and coffee, the feel on the palate weighty and voluptuous. Cellar through 2026.

11)  Digression Rose 2017, Provence:  $27.99 This is a new range of very smartly packaged and mostly keen-priced wines from Napa’s own flamboyant, gregarious and incredibly astute Burgundian-born proprietor, Jean-Charles Boisset. Linked to a recently purchased St. Helena estate and boldly renovated manor house, these wines are something more of an experience than straightforward grog…The bottles are stylish and the wines are superbly crafted at each price level, focusing on unique and very clever blends that are, somewhat in contrast to the packaging, wonderfully understated, savory and mineral in style. Perhaps against your better judgement, you’re going to fall in love with these wines. – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 233, The Wine Advocate

12)  Colli Tortonesi Terre di Libarna Timorasso  “Caespes” 2015: $25.99 Intense mineral scent with hints of citrus and spice, with a savory, full-bodied, structured and persistent taste, with a good acidity.  Timorasso is native to the Colli Tortonesi region of southeast Piedmont. Here it is produced as a varietal wine and must constitute at least 85 percent of the labeled wine, the balance being made up of Moscato Biancoand Favorita (Vermentino). The variety has thick skins that protect the grape against both disease and weather.  It is definitely the white wine of Italy of the moment! And really with lots of wine geeks!

13)  Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva White 1996:  $130 Vinous 93 pts. Bright yellow-gold. Dried pear, peach pit, vanilla, marzipan and toasted brioche on the deeply perfumed, expansive nose. Chewy, densely packed and focused, offering bitter pear skin, hazelnut and anise flavors and a refreshingly bitter hint of lemon pith. Stretches out slowly with air and finishes spicy, smoky and very long, with repeating anise and pear notes and dry, minerally cut. This complex wine benefits a lot from aeration.  90% Viura, 10% Malvasia.

14)  Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa:  $29.79 Exhibits flavors of plums, and blueberries. It shows an excellent acid structure and finishes with a soft elegant mouthfeel. We believe it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and that it can be enjoyed for several years to come.  The core of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three sites situated within the Stag’s Leap, Oak Knoll and Oakville AVA’s. The Stag’s Leap site delivered deep color, structure and depth. The Oak Knoll Cabernet site exemplifies its provenance with incredible balance. It is not “over-the-top.” Our Oakville District site, next door to Screaming Eagle, again strutted its stuff, delivering deep color, high-quality grape tannin and aromatics.

15)  Brotte Esprit Barville Cotes du Rhone 2016:  $16 Medium intensity with aromas of small stone fruits and delicately spicy hints of pepper, thyme and garrigue (bush land). Palate – Smooth, warming and elegant. Its aromas recall wild red fruits, dark cherries, forest floor and licorice. The tannins are soft yet precise.  2016 is an exceptional year with powerful, bright reds.

16)  Buena Vista Chardonnay 2014, Carneros:  $19 Opens with aromas of peach jam, pear, orange chutney and shiso leaf. With medium body and a solid core, flavors of lemon and toasty vanilla with a hint of orange peel coats the palate and leave a long, rich finish.

17)  Melka Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard 2014, Napa Valley:  $142 (Suggested retail: $165) This wine has our most loyal following and it is no surprise as to why.  Similar to the Graves region in Bordeaux, the wine is perfumey, with a velvety texture so signature of the Jumping Goat. Aromatics of dark fruit, graphite, tar and creosote are complimented in a wine that exhibits opulence and softness harmoniously. The finish on this fabulous 2014 is bigger than previous years and we suggest decanting a good three hours prior to serving.  82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot.

18)  Weingut Schwarzbock Gelber Muskateller 2015:  $19 Typical muscular atoms; clear after fresh grapes; becomes ever finer and more diverse; very juicy; reductive style with further development potential.

19)  Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa:  $45.99Aged for six months in rye whiskey barrels, it’s a rich wine with warm, dark fruit aromas, a lush mouthfeel, and supple tannins touched by hints of toasted rye spice.  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

And the next 2 are a pleasure to get in each year:

Felsina is a benchmark producer of not only Tuscany and Italy but the entire world of wine, and it is regarded by many as the finest producer of Chianti.  The vineyards of Castelnuovo Berardenga and the Felsina estate produce an exotic, wild style of Sangiovese that it is incredibly unique. It also produces some of the most long-lived wines of the region, with the Rancia bottling peaking 20-30 years from vintage.

20)  Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2012:  $57.99 A library selection! Vinous 94+ pts. A ripe, powerful wine, the 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia offers a level of finesse that balances some of the more overt intensity of the year. Dark cherry, plum, spice, tobacco, menthol and licorice add shades of nuance as this beautifully delineated Rancia opens up in the glass. Because of its mid-weight structure, I expect the 2012 will give up its charms relatively early by Rancia standards, which means around age 15-20. The 2012 is not an obvious or explosive Rancia, rather is a wine built on compelling overall harmony.

21)  Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2015:  $54.99 94-97 points Vinous “The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is one of the most finessed young Rancias I have ever tasted. Silky, aromatically precise and nuanced to the core, the 2015 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. This is an impressive showing. (AG)” (1/2018)

1)   Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2016, New Zealand:  $16 Wonderfully lifted tree fruit aromatics of ripe pear and apple dominate with floral notes and light cloves. The palate is ripe and rich with good oily texture. The wine is well balanced with a touch of fruit sweetness and a relatively crisp finish.

2)  Genesis Meritage 2014, Columbia Valley:  $13 On deal! Merlot brings black cherry fruit and a supple quality to the wine, while Malbec adds full-bodied complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine its structure, and Petit Verdot contributes dense, dark fruit. Flavors are of rich black cherry, spicy oak, and a touch of orange zest, with vanilla spice on the finish. Tannins are moderate. Serve with braised short ribs, rosemary-herbed lamb chops, or grilled T-bone steak.

3)  Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Syrah 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile:  $23.99DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2018 – PLATINUM 97 pts.: Black olive, roasted meat complexity and intense berry notes on the nose. Lovely juicy savoury style, with a touch of peppery spice and toast.

4)  Banfi Aska 2015, Bolgheri:  $31 Blackberries, cassis, violets, black pepper, licorice, dark chocolate.  Powerful attack on black fruit, excellent balance between acidity and roundness, marvelous quality tannins, long finish with fruit and great elegance. Wine with a great aging potential  90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.

5)  Steele Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Carneros:  $29 WE 91 pts. From a great vineyard site, this wine does justice to its mountain fruit and coastal acidity, capturing both with ease. Juicy pear, apple, pineapple and a gritty minerality surround big shoulders of body and weight, as aromas of flowers puncture the fruit.

6)  Bodega El Nido Clio 2015, Jumilla:  $45.99 The winery belongs to the Gil Family Estates group. This group is known for the Juan Gil winery, however it is also the owner of other wineries like Atalaya, Ateca and Shaya among others.  Clio is a coupage of Monastrell (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) grown on estates that are planted in the vicinity of the winery. The Monastrell variety is grown in a 32 hectare vineyard on old vines, a very low yield, but the grapes are of an excellent quality.  The soil is mostly limestone with a lot of surface stones. Underneath is a layer of sand where the roots can search for nutrients. The harvest is done by hand and the grapes are transported to the winery in small crates that prevent the grapes from breaking. Once at the winery, the grapes are put in order on a sorting table. Clio undergoes a maceration and afterwards a fermentation in small stainless steel deposits and barrels.  There is a malolactic fermentation and then an aging process, which lasts for 24 months, and takes place in new French and American oak barrels. Clio is a great wine, very expressive from D.O. Jumilla. A wine that thrills thanks to its strength and complexity.

7)  Folktale Rose Sparkling Wine:  $29.99 (Usually $39.99) Made using the Charmat method and the best of Monterey County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The rising bubbles bring forth mouth-watering notes of strawberry, kiwi, watermelon, followed by rich flavors or red grapefruit and tangerine. There’s a delicate yeasty quality, balanced by the sweet fruit flavors and bright, clean acidity. Perfect for a day at the beach, enjoy chilled and often.

8)  Robert Mondavi BDX Red Wine 2013, Oakville:  $65 Great buy! A concentration of black cherry, vanilla and sweet spice form the backbone of this intensely dark-fruited, structured wine, with a subtle layer of earthy garrigue (fragrant dried brush of southern France) adding complexity to the full, creamy palate. Focused and harmonious, this is a powerful expression of Oakville in a Bordeaux blend. BX-6

9)  Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais Village Rose 2017:  $15.99 An iron hand in a velvet glove to produce this Rosé wine full of nostalgia: happy times to be shared between family and friends. Perfect with chicken skewers, grilled meat, BBQ, charcuterie and cheese.

10)  Sokol Blosser Chardonnay , Dundee Hills, Oregon:  $28 (Suggested retail: $38) WE 90 pts. This wine’s sharply etched, bright pineapple and under-ripe peach flavors gain depth from aging in 13% new French oak. A touch of honeyed apple and butterscotch lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

I just got a one case allocation of this wonderful wine:

11)  Produttori del Barbaresco Asili Riserva Cru 2013:  $67.79 Wine Enthusiast 97 pts. A hallmark expression of Nebbiolo, Produttori del Barbaresco’s 2013 Rabajà Riserva offers aromas of wild red berry, menthol, Alpine herb, saddle leather and dark culinary spice. The concentrated palate boasts enviable finesse and is practically weightless in the mouth, showing crushed black cherry, juicy raspberry, orange zest, clove and licorice alongside firm, velvety tannins. Bright acidity provides impeccable balance. Drink 2021–2033.   Cellar Selection

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 96 pts.  The 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is a gorgeous wine with a dark and penetrating quality of fruit that wraps sensuously over the palate. Our tasting order sees this wine as the sixth sample in a lineup of nine Riservas that were tasted in order of increasing structure and power. Well-exposed and sun-drenched fruit from the Rabajà cru offers dark color saturation and thickness. The high limestone content of the soils means this is a hotter growing site that performs best in cooler vintages like 2013. Those soil types help to concentrate the fruit, and you taste that here in terms of the wine’s broad concentration and vertical delivery of black fruit aromas. This is a complete and seamlessly integrated wine with drying mineral sensations on the powerful finish.

12)  Folktale Brut Sparkling White Wine:  $28.99 (Usually $39.99) ”Light and refreshing, we made our Brut to enjoy on its own or paired with- well, just about anything. This sparkling wine opens with notes of green apple, banana, and tropical kiwi, developing into flavors of peach and tart strawberry on the palate. Enjoy chilled and often.”

13)  Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2016, New Zealand:  $16 Wonderfully lifted tree fruit aromatics of ripe pear and apple dominate with floral notes and light cloves. The palate is ripe and rich with good oily texture. The wine is well balanced with a touch of fruit sweetness and a relatively crisp finish.  Pair with antipasto, fresh seafood, or Southeast Asian cuisine.

14)  Steele Durell Chardonnay 2015, Carneros:  $29.79 Suggested retail: $30 WE 91 pts. From a great vineyard site, this wine does justice to its mountain fruit and coastal acidity, capturing both with ease. Juicy pear, apple, pineapple and a gritty minerality surround big shoulders of body and weight, as aromas of flowers puncture the fruit.

15)  Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigar Volant 2012:  $29.99 Special deal! Cheapest price online:  $39.99 James Suckling 91 pts. Lots of dried berry as well as bramble berry and orange peel undertones. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. A blend of morvèdre, grenache, syrah and cinsault. From biodynamically-grown grapes. Drink now.  39% Mourvèdre, 33% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 2% Cinsault.

16)  Cade Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Howell Mountain:  $98 Jeb Dunnuck 95 pts. Bottled under screwcap and a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot all from Howell Mountain, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers serious intensity and depth in its black, black fruits, scorched earth, charcoal and smoke tobacco-like aromas and flavors. Ripe, concentrated and tannic, it’s one good looking Cabernet Sauvignon that needs forgotten for 4-5 years and enjoyed over the following 15+ years.

17)  Principi di Butera Nero d’Avola 2014, Sicily:  $13 On deal! “Shows intense fruity notes of plum, cherries, and spicy hints.  Dry and medium-bodied, revealing mouthwatering red fruit; hints of wild mushrooms and espresso lead to substantial and polished tannins; beautiful graphite minerals linger on the long finish. Food combinations: Pairs beautifully with aged pecorino cheese and barbecued meats and richly-flavored dishes.”