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1)   Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough:  $23.79 An exuberant Sauvignon Blanc, this wine reveals intense, lifted aromatics of tropical fruit that lead into a range of complex flavors, including distinct mineral notes accenting its rich, hefty palate, that last through a clean, crisp finish.  This fresh and juicy wine pairs perfectly with herb-crusted rack of lamb, seafood risotto with mussels, shrimp, and scallops, or a light spinach and goat cheese salad.

2)  Drouhin Rose Rock Pinot Noir 2015, Eola-Amity Hills:  $59.99 98 points James Suckling “Incredible aromas of chamomile, hibiscus, fruit tea, lavender, dried strawberries, cherries, lemons and light white chocolate. Medium-bodied but with crazily formed tannins that are like velvety strings and are surrounded by vivacious acidity. A phenomenal, awe-inspiring finish. An indisputably unique wine. Drink from 2020.”

3)  Franck Besson Sparkling Rose Granit 2016:  $25 A Sparkling Gamay Rosé! Fun and delicious!  It’s fresh and lively, leaning more towards a red wine sparkler than a typical Rosé – mingling sweet red cherries and minerals – deftly balancing sweet and sassy – finishing clean and dry.  This can’t be labeled Beaujolais, as there is no A.O.C. designation for this sparkling category. BUT – since the grower’s vineyards are in Julienas, we can say this is all Cru fruit! 40 Year old vines – farmed organically and hand harvested – from Julienas!

4)  Porter Cave Dwellers Blend 2011, Coombsville:  $42 Suggested retail: $75!This blend of Cabernet and Syrah will capture your senses with aromas of mocha, blackberry, cherry and baking spices. Your palate will detect dark fruit flavors leaving soft tannins and a long finish

5)  Division L’Isle Verte Chenin Blanc 2017, Columbia Valley:  $24.79 Laser like precision, a lovely nervy quality, is savory, and dominated by the honeysuckle and beeswax that Chenin is famous for. The aromatics are flinty, smoky and vegetal in a way that is totally reminiscent of Vouvray Sec. Honeysuckle leads the pallet, but the wine is definitely more mineral than fruit, mid and back palate are all earth and stones. The wine’s medium bodied paired with its racy edge make it a deliciously refreshing option now, but also allows plenty of room development into a compelling and complex Chenin as it ages.

6)  Division Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir 2017, Willamette:  $24.79 This wine is demonstrates classic Gamay sensibilities, with intense strawberries and raspberries, black pepper, and dark earthy warm earth tones. The palate is mineral rich and intense in mixed berries, with funky exotic spices tea notes and a lighter and ethereal texture. Designed to be a drink earlier wine.

7)  Francis Coppola Director’s King Kong Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Sonoma County/San Luis Obispo County:  $19.99 Usually $24.99 Like the name suggests, King Kong Cabernet offers big, bold flavors and a dramatic finish. This is a particularly powerful wine. Rugged tannin structure and fragrant oak frames luscious flavors of black raspberries, blueberries and plums that are woven between notes of tobacco, incense, and baking spices. There is intensity to the fruit with vivid aromas and a generous, velvety palate that is weighted and complex as a result of this impressive vintage. The hint of floral and graphite that unfurls on the finish makes this Cabernet even more enticing.

8)  Francis Coppola Diamond Red Blend 2015:  $12.59 Like its namesake, Scarlet Label Red Blend is complex, tempestuous, and alluring. It has all the sophistication and refinement of Scarlet O’Hara, but a bold presence and rich, spicy nuances that make it anything but demure. Made from a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

9)  Masi Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009:  $130.99 Great price! WE 93 pts. Mature black plum, tobacco, crushed violet, cake spice and toast aromas mingle together in the glass. The taut full-bodied palate delivers dried black cherry, prune, espresso, orange peel and licorice alongside a backbone of close-grained tannins. This is still extremely young and tightly wound, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2019–2029.

10)  Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan 2014:  $495.99 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 99 pts.  The 2014s also look sensational, with potential perfect scores for the 2014 Few and Far Between and the 2014 Ark, with the 2014 Kayli Morgan not far behind. These wines are still in cask and probably won’t be bottled until sometime in 2017. Some quick notes on them. The 2014 Rating 96-99. Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan will be delicious when released, as it often is. I suspect that this, like the Few and Far Between, as well as the Ark, will spend 32 months in cask. But the élevage and meticulous attention to detail by Woodbridge seems to result in wines that never show much wood. This wine has great fruit, an opaque purple color, beautiful crème de cassis, blueberry and floral notes in a sexy, opulent, forward style that will be more flattering and flamboyant than its 2013 counterpart, at least in its youth.

11)  Bodegas Itsasmendi Txacoli de Bizcaia 7-2015:  $23 Straw-lemon in color, a youthful, fruit-driven wine with notes of lemon drops, ripe grapefruit and more subtle floral notes. On the palate, it is crisp and expressive with a persistent and pleasantly bitter finish typical of the grape varieties from this region.  Blend: 60% Hondarrabi Zuri, 40% Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratie.

12)  Hentley Farm Dry Riesling 2016, Eden Valley:  $19.79 WE 90 pts. Apples, wet stone and a little honey lead into a refreshing palate, with plenty of acidity and a hint of richness to tip the scales into balance. A pleasing apple finish makes you want to keep going back for more.  (Winery of the Year in Australia 2015)

13)  Schoffit Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2016, Alsace:  $19.79 Legendary winemaker. From a small, .8ha parcel of Chasselas planted in 1940 on alluvial soils of gravel in Colmar. Entirely hand-harvested, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, the old age of the vines gives density and complexity to this dry Chasselas.

14)  Fischer Unity Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa, 1.5 l:  $95.99 Great price! Recognized early on as one of the top vintages of the decade (more praise is sure to follow), 2013 UNITY Cabernet boasts lively aromas of dark cherry, plum and dried rosemary that lift from the glass. This wine is plush on the palate, offering notes of blueberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean. Finishing with powerful, lingering flavors of dark roasted espresso and ripe blackberry jam, 2013 showcases the classic intensity of Cabernet resulting from an ideal growing season.

15)  Produtorri del Barbaresco Riserva Montefico 2013:  $67.99 WE 97 pts. Cellar Selection! Still young but already boasting extraordinary pedigree, this fantastic wine opens with hallmark scents of wild berry, new leather, chopped herb, tilled soil and a whiff of violet. The polished, full-bodied palate delivers juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and licorice while youthfully assertive, noble tannins and bright acidity provide age-worthy structure. A pipe tobacco note lingers on the finish. Drink 2023–2038.

16)  ZD Pinot Noir 2014, Carneros:  $42 Special price! WE 90 pts.  Perfumed in rose garden and earthy compost, this effusively aromatic wine is tightly wound in oak. Yet it’s youthful in characteristics of wild strawberry, tea and cardamom, the flavors still waiting to be fully revealed.

17)  Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2013: $75.99 James Suckling 95 pts. Ripe cherry and walnut with fresh herb undertones and spice. Full body, extremely fine tannins and a silky, textured finish. Very classic and balanced. Beautifully crafted. Drink or hold.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92 pts. Castello Banfi’s 2013 Brunello di Montalcino denotes riper and softer fruit than most of its peers in this vintage. This historic estate is located in the southern quadrant of the appellation, where temperatures are a few degrees warmer on average. You don’t always taste that difference in ripeness, but for some reason, it comes forward with increased intensity in 2013. Therefore, I am officially recommending this wine to all those Brunello lovers who appreciate a little more volume and softness on those proverbial love handles. If you like ’em lean and mean, go elsewhere. But if you happen to be seated in front of a piping hot beefsteak that was just pulled off the grill, then you should definitely reach for this bottle.

18)  Hirsch Gaisberg Riesling 2015, Kamptal:  $56.99 93-94 points Vinous “The haunting, esterous nose suggests rowan and white peach accompanied by kirsch and blueberry distillates. Firmer in feel than the corresponding Heiligenstein but bursting with mid-palate flavor, this finishes with downright reverberative intensity; eye-watering brightness such as one least expects from 2015, not to mention mouthwatering salinity and consummate sheer refreshment. It seems to leave behind a load of crystalline stone and an alkaline residue you’ll have to scrape from your teeth.(DS)” (2/2017)

19)  Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II, 2016, Pfalz:  $20.99 I buy this every year on presale. It’s so good!  “No wines have surprised and confounded me more than these in the past several years. They’re a million miles away from other German SBs, and they never set foot in New Zealand. They’re rather like some unlikely confluence of the Styrian (from volcanic soils) and the ambitious white Bordeaux. There are three; this is the entry-level. Overt, “sweet” fruit; you can call it green but it’s more toward herbs and less toward veggies or brassicas. I’m tasting it warm; one must allow for that. Served cold it’ll be all cucumber, tarragon and dill.” — Terry Theise

20)  San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria 2016:  $16.99 Primitivo di Manduria ‘Talo’ San Marzano 2016 (used to be called ‘Luccarelli Ampelo’, then ‘Falo’) is a rich, full-bodied Italian red, from Apulia’s signature red grape variety. Manduria has its own denominazione for the Primitivo grape. The wine is aged for 4 months in French oak barrels, giving it spicy cherry and plum aromas, with hints of cocoa and vanilla on the palate.