Sleeper picks in Burgundy and California Pinot
New in Burgundy
New Releases for Tuesday, November 19th
Domaine Michelot screams value. The Bourgogne Blanc
that just arrived is just $19.99
. What really separates this from the pack is that is comes from parcels within the Meursault commune and borders the land classified as Appelation Meursault Villages. With only 200 cases
imported and a best buy score from the Wine Spectator, this is a steal! We've also got some of the Meursault
they produce as well. At $39.98, it represents one of our best buys in that category!
Star Pinot Producer
Gavin Chanin is arguably one of the hottest up and coming winemakers from California. He is a member of the In Pursuit of Balance clan and his wines are coveted for their grace and balance. Chanin makes high end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. His wines are red hot after Forbes named his one of the "30 under 30
" in food and wine and the San Francisco Chronicle named him a "winemaker to watch
". He's worked under Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist (Au Bon Climat and Qupe). His Los Alamos Pinot Noir 2012
just arrived. Don't wait for the score here! Grab it early!
-- Wine Spectator Top 100 Update: Pertimali 2008 Brunello
made the list! It's back in stock now!
Mmmmmm .... Brunello
These guys are doing it right.
New Releases for Friday, November 15th
is one of the hottest names in Montalcino right now. For years, they have been making tremendous wine from one of the most famous wine regions in the world, at price points far less than some of their more famous neighbors. While there were several "in the know" consumers previously, once the Wine Spectator issued a 97 Point score
to the 2007 Riserva earlier this year, the La Gerla name started popping up on just about every Brunello lover's radar.
The 2008 is in stock now.
More Major names from Bordeaux ... at mini prices.
Now in stock, Esprit de Pavie
(Chateau Pavie), Petite Sirene de Chateau Giscours
(Giscours) and Brio de Cantenac Brown
(Cantenac Brown). Priced starting at $19.99 for the Esprit, these three wines are a great way to try ready to drink reds from some of the biggest names in Bordeaux
... at a price far lower than what you would pay for the top wines.
"This wine would undoubtedly put a good number of Champagnes to shame." -
Doug Polaner Selections made that comment regarding the excellent Huet Vouvray Petillant
. Featured in the LA Times a while back, they had this to say, "In the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is an incredibly versatile grape, producing dry whites and a whole range of semi-sweet to luscious sweet wines. Producers there also use it to make a sparkling wine. The nonvintage brut from Domaine Huet, one of the region's great Vouvray producers, is a wine that can take you through the holidays from a toast at the Thanksgiving table through Christmas and New Year's. And it's considerably less expensive than a Champagne of equivalent quality.
" We couldn't agree more!
2010 Blackbird Arise
- If you haven't discovered Blackbird yet, try this. A blend of Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc. Made by Aaron Pott who has worked for Robert Mondavi, Newton, Troplong Mondot, La Tour Figeac, Beringer, St. Clement and Quintessa
... to name a few! Currently, Pott is the consulting winemaker for Blackbird Vineyards, Seven Stones Winery, Bello Family Vineyards, Fisher Vineyards, Quixote, Krupp Brothers Estate (Stagecoach Vineyard), St. Helena Estate and Joseph Carr Wines.
The 2010's from Vielle Julienne
are in. Included in this is the 99 Point Robert Parker
rated 2010 Reserve
. These are SUPER limited and will fly
The $50 wine for $12.98 plus delicious Preto, Tintilla, Listán Negro and Sumoll.
"It tastes like a wine that costs $50 or more" - Robert Parker.
New Releases for Thursday, November 14th 2013
When you read a quote like that, then realize we are selling the same wine Parker is talking about for $12.98 ... yes $12.98 ... it really makes you stop and think. The wine is the Bodega Teso La Monja
, and it's on fire right now.
Bodegas Teso La Monja is a project of the Eguren family, founders of the world renowned Numanthia Termes
estate, one of the gems in the Toro wine establishment. The family has a history of winemaking experience dating to the early 1870's. The goal at Teso La Monja is to make traditional powerful Toro with a modern fruit profile.
The estate follows largely organic farming process and owns sensationally situated North facing vineyards that were all planted from 1880 to 1940. The quality of the property and the expertise of the winemaking is immediately evident in the elegance of the wines.
If you haven't tried it yet, grab it while you can. It's flying!
A new find from Oregon.
We had the chance to try the wines from Alloro
recently and were very impressed. This small estate in Oregon is making top flight Chardonnay and Pinot and we recently brought them in. These are super high quality wines from an estate that is just starting to make some noise. Check out their website
so you can get a real feel as to what is going on here!
Burgundy, Burgundy, Burgundy.
A slew of new releases from Olivier Leflaive
, Simon Bize
and Bruno Clair
have just arrived. Our Burgundy Buyer, Ian Dorin, loves these two producers. Click here
to get his thoughts! Make sure to ask him about the Loichet Aloxe Corton Valoziere
as well. He LOVED that!
Some New Bordeaux
-- Chateau Poitevin
- Last year, Neal Martin had this to say about the 2010 vintage "This is what you might call a “useful
” Cru Bourgeois. My guess is that if Thomas, Percey and Mr Topemhat drank wine, they might have jumped all over that. We sure did, and it sold out in a blink. The 2011 is now in stock and while 2010 was a far better vintage overall, this 2011 Bordeaux at $14.98 is quite a find.
-- Chateau Branaire Ducru 2006
- A great price for a premium Bordeaux with some age on it. While this Fourth Growth estate is located next to Chateau Beycheville, the vineyards are actually spread throughout St. Julien.
-- Looking for a good priced Margaux you can drink now? Try the Hauts de Tertre!
At $31.98, this is a great value from Margaux!
-- If you like to drink some of the big second wines of some of the top estates, the Marquis de Calon
(Calon Segur) is for you. At this price, $31.98, it's well worth a shot ... especially from the outstanding 2009 vintage!
What's new in Spain
... that's what! The good news, our Spanish wine buyer Steve flipped for this estate after tasting the wines. The bad news, there is only 3 total cases of both to be had. The Aspriu
is 100% Cabernet Franc ... and it's CRAZY good! The Collita Rojo
is just about all Sumoll ... yup Sumoll. Want to try a new varietal this weekend? Try THIS! Both wines were outright delicious - email Steve himself
for his thoughts!
--- The 2006 Marchesi di Barolo Coste Di Rose
was called one of the best Barolo's of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast. It's in stock now.
--- WOW what a tasting note from our buyers!! "...has the nose of a Corton and the mouthfeel of a Meursault.
" What if you could buy a Chardonnay with a tasting note like that, and pay just $22.98. Coming from one of the big names in Sancerre, we were blown away...with his Chardonnay! Buy the 2010 - Alphonse Mellot Chardonnay Les Penitents
. This is 100% Chardonnay from the Loire ... and it's awesome!
-- Jancis Robinson
loved the 2010 Domaine La Sarabande Faugeres
, and our wine team did as well. Bottom line, it's another steal from the Languedoc at just $21.97!
-- The Canary Islands are red hot. The Fronton de Oro Malpais Tinto
is an example of that. A blend of Preto, Tintilla, Listán Negro ... like the wine made from Sumoll above ... this is a great "expand your palate" kind of wine!
-- Zinfandel is red hot right now. The 2012 Brown Estate Zinfandel
is a wine to watch. Anyone drinking Ridge, Seghesio, Biale or others should check this out.
- New vintages of Justin Vineyards Chardonnay
and Paul Jaboulet Parallel 45 Blanc
are now in stock.
The 100 Pt Winemaker, A crazy Zin deal and so much more
Our #1 Pick For Thanksgiving Is Here.
New Releases for Wednesday, November 13th
Did you see our e-mail on the Valdez Lancel Creek Zinfandel
yesterday? If you missed it, read this. This super premium Zinfandel comes from one of California's hottest growers. Do the names Paul Hobbs, Mark Aubert and Thomas Brown (Schrader, Rivers Marie) ring a bell?
If so, this project has a BIG tie in to all of these names. The key to the success here is Ulises Valdez, a man who has become the guy to know ... especially for the winemakers listed above. This is ultra premium, high quality fruit that is SUPER under the radar - only a handful of cases were produced. It's an amazing wine.
Here's what happens when our wine buyers travel.
Want to buy a wine from a 100 Point winemaker and spend well under $100? Russell Bevan, who Robert Parker has been issuing insane scores to recently (including a recent 100 Point rating) is behind Westerhold
. As Parker said "I can't recommend this up-and-coming producer's wines highly enough
". Very few people know about this wine yet and those that do, often have a tough time finding it because of such a small production. We're talking crazy high quality Pinot and Syrah here
... perfect time of year for this!!
Also - Center of Effort "Effort" Pinot
. We had never tried anything from this estate in the past, but were attracted right away by the attractive packaging at the table. Honestly ... that was what pulled us in. It's funny to think that's how it happened, but at a trade show with 200 tables of wine and only a few hours ... sometimes, that's just how it works! After tasting the wines, it became all about the quality in the bottle. They have no distribution on the east coast (partly because of the small quantity they produce), but we were able to bring in some of the "Effort" Pinot
they produce. It's a classic California Pinot with more than you can imagine in the bottle for $19.99. Galloni actually reviewed the 2010 vintage and remarked "Black cherries, plums, spices, tobacco, licorice and smoke all jump from the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir Effort. This is another rich, powerful Pinot. I like very much the opulence and intensity of the fruit; my sense is that the 2010 is already beginning to show some signs of advancement, especially in the bouquet. All the elements are in the right place for the 2010 to drink well for at least a handful of years. Drinking window: 2013-2017
". While there is no press we could find on this vintage, it's no doubt a name that many of you may be hearing about soon - remember ... you saw it here first!!
A pair of great reds ... at $11.98.
The Devois de Perret Rouge
is declassified Pic St Loup fruit (Syrah and Grenache) and an absolute steal at this price point. This is an example of just how good wines can be from the Languedoc. Also, the Bastide Cotes du Rhone
...the next time you buy a CDR, buy this. It's just plain good.
--New Vintage of Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape
(Don't overlook this 2011 - Great price, and according to Parker, this is one of the stars of the vintage.
-- The Dom Perignon Jeff Koons
bottles have arrived (Contact Kristen
for more details)
-- And last but certainly not least ... the latest from Giacomo Conterno
--Jean Claude Lapalu Cote De Brouilly
- A true Cult like, modern, producer here. Killer Cru Beaujolais
--Moric Blaufrankisch Reserve
- This is Phenomenal. From 2 top vineyard sites. Drinks more like Burgundy than anything else. Ask K-Murph
what she thinks of this!! She can't stop talking about it!
--2008 Zyme 60/20/20
- (It's pronounced "Zemay"). A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot, this is super high quality stuff from Veneto ... and what's even more interesting here, is Celestino Gaspari (the founder of the winery) has a famous father in law. Giuseppe Quintarelli. He worked at Quintarelli for 11 years. Hmmmm. If you are betting this wine is good ... we would take that bet.
--2009 Michele Satta Piastraia
- If you want normally spend in the $20 range for a great bottle of wine and wanted to make a reach to the $30 price point ... this is the wine to do that with. Michele Satta was one of the first wineries in Bolgheri and in fact, he was responsible for planting some of the vineyards used for Ornellaia. In fact, Michele worked for a consultant for Ornellaia in the early 1990's. Michele has always been the local expert on the great terroir of Bolgheri and this is why his wines have been so well regarded in Italy. This is outstanding.
A 375 ml for $5.99 and the Italian Wine of the Year
Here's what's new for November 12th, 2013
Talk about from one end of the spectrum to another!
Lets start with the $5.99 half bottle from Epoca
. How many of you buy half bottles? This is a question we are asked over and over again each year. The next part of that question is always ... do you have anything available at a price point that I can open just about any night of the week. The Epoca is. It's a great, simple, easy drinking Cabernet that is perfect for any wine lover that buys half bottles!
Now, jumping to the other side. Solaia. The 2010 Solaia
is in stock now and James Suckling, formerly of the Wine Spectator and now with Jamessuckling.com
has named Solaia his Italian wine of the Year for 2013. In fact, this according to Suckling, this is the highest rated vintage of Solaia ... of ALL TIME! Collectors take note. This is one of the world's greatest wines!
: Etna is awesome. We're in Sicily now, and more specifically, in Etna. A while back, the New York Times did a story
on Etna and guess what the first wine featured was? Calabretta
. While that was the 2002 vintage, we actually have the 2001 vintage in stock now.
The grapes here are primarily the indigenous Nerello Mascalese with a bit Nerello Cappuccio interplanted. The vineyards are planted between 300 and 900 meters on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano that looms in the distance for much of eastern Sicily. The soils are a combination of black volcanic ash and sand which are fine and almost silty, with lots of lava rocks and good drainage. As the Times mentioned "Etna is today one of the most exciting and remarkable wine regions in Italy. "
*** Barbera lovers, try the 2007 Trinchero Barbera D Asti Superiore
. Parker posted some great notes here and for the price - it's a great daily drinker. ($15.98) As the importer notes "...the Trincheros farm all of their vines organically and are extremely meticulous with their viticulture. Ezio Trinchero is a close friend of Giampiero Bea of Paolo Bea in Montefalco, and the wines of both estates share a similar style and rustic soulfulness.
*** New Vintages now in stock on Cliff Lede Stags Leap Cabernet
, Guigal Condrieu
Monday, November 11th
Many of you are already familiar with our This Just In page on WineLibrary.com
. This page lists all of our new items each day as they come in and many of you have bookmarked it already as a great spot to snag our hottest new releases, before anyone notices they are in stock!
This blog will give a little more insight to many of these new releases! For example, today, we added to our inventory the 2009 Pujanza Pujanza
. This stunning Rioja comes from La Guardia, (Rioja Alavesa), a village well known for its wines. If you have ever had a bottle of Marques de Riscal, you have had a wine from this area.
While the winery is relatively new (1998), the vines that produce this outstanding Rioja are 40+ years old and grown in the Valdepoleo vineyard. A total of 15 hectares planted to Tempranillo and Graciano at 630 meters elevation in shallow clay-lime soil.
Critics around the world have issued raves over the 2009 Pujanza including here in the US (Stephen Tanzer's IWC and the Wine Advocate) as well as in Spain (Guia Proensa and Guia Penin). In fact, Guia Proensa issued a 95 Point score
to this Rioja.
Robert Parker starting writing about Pujanza in 1999 and since then, The Wine Advocate has issued a ton of 90+ Point reviews.
Well worth a try!