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Keith Mabry

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2018 Domaine de Verquière Vacqueyras
Review Date: 10-19-2020
This is a new WOW wine from Verquiere! I have long been a fan of this producer since we started importing it a few years ago, but this new Vacqueyras bottling is one of the best wines I have yet tasted from our most favored QPR producer. After acquiring a small lot in Vacqueyras, winemaker Thibaut Chamfort has sussed out the essence of this cru region with a generous dollop of lusty raspberries and cherries on the nose, but it is that seamless red and black fruit and garrigue driven palate that makes it pure Vacqueyras. It is rich, fruit filled and generous. If you have enjoyed the Rasteau and Sablet like I have, you must treat yourself to a bottle of this. I normally suggest a food pairing but this is a wine that just drinks with pure gusto on its own. But sure, grilled sausages and some crusty bread would help put something in by stomach so I can drink more of this delicious wine!

2017 Domaine de l'Enchantoir "Le Pied à L'Étrier" Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Rouge
Review Date: 10-19-2020
Sitting a little higher in elevation may not seem like much in Saumur but that distinction seems to lend a little more tension and perfume to the wines of Puy-Notre-Dame. And so much the better! I am a fiend for Cabernet Franc, especially when it's this lovely. Gone are the days of overtly hard and herbaceous styles (though with some age, I have seen many of them become so lofty and intriguing). The best parts remain, the black cherry, the black olives, the sage, the perfume of violets. This has it all and a seamless structure that invites you back for more. This is an elegant and perfumed wine that will find a happy home on all tables filled with fall flavors from butternut squash soup, to herb roasted fowl (I'm looking at you turkey!), to braised pork dishes. This has the fruit to and structure to pair beautifully with so many things.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2019 Domaine Nerantzi Assyrtiko Serres Greece
Review Date: 10-04-2020
Assyrtiko is taking the world by storm! The most famous examples come from the island of Santorini but there are many exciting new releases coming from the mainland as well, like this rich and lush example from Serres region. The Nerantzi reminds me of grilled peaches with a drizzle of honey. Less saline than their island counterparts as the salt air doesn't whip through this area but the flavors are pure and plentiful. This is the perfect cool weather white demanding a place on the table for full flavored pork and chicken dishes and is equally suitable for most holiday meals!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2019 Domaine Begude Sauvignon Blanc Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 09-29-2020
The Begude Sauvignon Blanc is always a staff favorite. Pretty notes of Meyer lemons, peaches and lime zest make for one of the most inviting and quaffable whites from the south of France. Farmed organically by a small mom and pop producer and sells for less than $15! Begud remains one of our best value Direct Imports!
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2019 Domaine Begude "Terroir 11300" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 09-29-2020
Limoux is probably best known for its Cremant appellation sparkling wines but our friends at Domaine Begude never fully embraced that category. They have been (mostly) content to make terrific organically farmed and purely varietal wines with beautiful character. The Terroir 11300 is a pristine and vibrant chardonnay fermented in stainless steel tanks and rested for a few months in second and third use 500L barrels. This gives the wine the whisper of spice and carmelized apple fruit that makes it so darn appealing. The 11300 in the title refers to the local zip code that is Limoux and is a nod to the surrounding appellation. For those looking for the purity of chardonnay but without overt oak tones, this is a superb value to embrace.
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2018 Château de la Negly "La Côte" Languedoc Rouge
Review Date: 09-17-2020
Negly once again delivers one of the great values from the south of France. A near even split of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache (with about 10% Mourvedre for good measure) and you have a zesty, briary spicy red that screams south of France. This is the kind of old-school style that we relish but with the richness of underlying fruit that makes Negly the leader in the Languedoc. Perfect compliment to a roasted leg of lamb or some nicely braised short ribs.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2018 Château de la Negly "La Falaise" La Clape
Review Date: 09-17-2020
We established a direct relationship with Negly a few years ago and they have always kindly given us great allocations of their highly desirable wines. From their single parcel icon bottlings to the workhorse "La Cote" they have always delivered some of the best wines produced in the south of France. It is always La Falaise though that delivers the highest QPR. For a mere $25 you can drink one of the best wines from Languedoc that is also reflects the uniqueness of its terroir. The 2018 Falaise is an amazing follow up to the legendary 2017. A little more lift and structure than the '17, the Falaise has a panoply of aromas ranging from candied blueberries to fig paste, to Mexican chocolate. But its the generous lift of acidity that keeps the wine from becoming too heavy or cumbersome. So much fun to drink now but worthy of a few in the cellar so you can truly discover just how amazing a value this truly is. Another stunning release from Negly!
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2018 Château de la Negly "La Falaise" Pays d'Oc Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
Negly is famous for their world-class reds but sometimes, the whites don't get as much attention as they deserve. Based in La Clape, the Falaise Blanc is declassified as its blend doesn't quite fit the appellation mold. And it's all the better for it. This blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne with a splash of Sauvignon Gris and Petit Manseng has body for days but wonderful underlying acidity. A Rhone styled-white with Burgundian sensibilities, it is filled with aromas and flavors of white flowers, candied nectarine and wet stones. It has a beautiful lift to it, supporting the body underneath. An absolute steal for the quality, which is what Negly has always done. This is not just a "red" house anymore.
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2019 Domaine la Negly "Les Terrasses" Pays d'Oc Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
This fun blend is a wine that is better than the sum of its part. A mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat and Grenache Gris, the fruit is exuberant, the palate is nice and lively. Exotic floral aromas, tropical fruit, crunchy pears, what's not to like? This is the kind of wine you pop and pour and while away the day sitting in the yard or on a balcony dreaming of happier times. It may not get you all the way to happier but it will shorten the distance for sure.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2019 Cave de Tavel "Cuvée Royale" Tavel Rosé
Review Date: 09-17-2020
It's never too late in the season for rose in California and the perfect late-season arrival is always the Cuvee Royale! This is a deep rich DRY rose that has the body and depth of a lighter red. Cherries and redcurrants on the nose are followed by an almost creamy texture. The fruit and structure are pure Tavel. This is perfect with grilled fare, like garlicky sausages and peppers, or serve it with well seasoned poultry or pan-roasted monkfish. A real treasure!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine des Carlines "En Beaumont" Savagnin Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
Each Carline wine is a reflection of the blue marl soil and its unique top soil. The Beaumont is a brilliant top-offed style of Savagnin. Don't come expecting those voile-veil characteristics. This is a sinewy citrus-driven Savagnin with its lemon peel and Kaffir lime leaf aromas. Full of tension and body, this has a long and satisfying finish. One of my most eagerly anticipated whites from the Jura this year and it did not disappoint.
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2017 Domaine des Carlines "En Lya" Chardonnay Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
Each Carline wine is a reflection of the blue marl soil and its unique top soil. "En Lya" is framed by intense citrus tones. Showing flavors of Meyer lemon and stone fruit undertones, this is nervy wine but is easily the richest of the single parcel Chardonnays. This has length for days. All that acid and body guarantee a long life in the cellar.
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2017 Domaine des Carlines "Le Calvaire" Chardonnay Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
Each Carline wine is a reflection of the blue marl soil and its unique top soil. The Calvaire is the most classically Jura, showing leesy and nutty tones with searing minerality. This is the most cerebral of the single parcel Chardonnays with subtLe nuances that make you keep coming back to the glass. My tasting notes equate this to 1er Cru Chablis but still very Jura in its overall character. A puzzle worth solving for sure!
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2017 Domaine des Carlines "Tremoulettes" Chardonnay Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
Each Carline wine is a reflection of the blue marl soil and its unique top soil. The Tremoulette is gorgeous and out of the gate charming. Concentrated flavors of apples and pear with toasty baking spices fill the glass. Beautiful acidity frames the palate. You would pay three times the price for a comparable Cru Burgundy.
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2019 Domaine de Millet Côtes de Gascogne Blanc
Review Date: 09-17-2020
The Domaine de Millet is always pure pleasure in a glass. Exuberant fruit notes of pear, apricot, pineapple and mango make for one of of the greatest porch pounders in our store. So inviting and so reasonably priced. Hard not buy this by the case...
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2019 Domaine Condamine l'Eveque "La Dent" Picpoul de Pinet
Review Date: 09-17-2020
The Picpoul de Pinet appellation is fascinating. The wines produced there almost entirely serve the needs of the local aquaculture. Nearby lagoons are the farming grounds for oysters and the wines composed of Picpoul make the best pairing. The Condamine l'Eveque is a small by Picpoul independent producer making a superb rendition. Just crunchy and electric with flavors of Meyer lemon, lime zest and green apples. This is lip-stinging, mouth watering Picpoul that really gets it. One of my favorite whites in the store right now.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2019 Domaine du Vieil Orme Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 09-15-2020
Consistently, the Vieil Orme ranks as one of my favorite go-to Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire. The tremendous 2019 vintage delivers gorgeous lime amd lemongrass aromas. A hint of bay and even some tropical nuances round out the palate. Dollar-for-dollar one of the best Sauvignons you'll find anywhere/
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2019 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 09-15-2020
Every year winemaker Eric Cottat seems to get better and better at his craft. He has been a staff favorite for years and has always had a strong following in each of our stores. The 2019 in a benchmark vintage delivering a generously fruited wine with ruby-red grapefruit, crushed pineapple and pomelo flavors. Lemon verbena and fresh cut grass on the finish give great typicity. All is wonderfully balanced by a streak of acidity. Destined to be one of the greats this year!
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2019 Domaine la Clef du Récit (Anthony Girard) Sancerre
Review Date: 09-15-2020
Winemaker Anthony Girard always stick the landing when it comes to making great Sancerre. His Clef du Recit is full of Meyer lemon, ruby grapefrui and chalky mineral notes. The 2019 vintage adds more weight and generosity but focused acidity make this deft and balanced. Absolutely superb!
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2018 Bedouet "Cogito" Melon de Bourgogne Vin de France (Natural)
Review Date: 09-15-2020
Bedouet is one of our top organic producers in Loire, based in Muscadet and they recently offered us their new "Natural" wine! I tried this at the cellar when I visited and was most impressed. This had pure Melon qualities but since it was aged in a neutral cask, it technically does not fit the appellation mold. Crisp and lemony with toasted bread notes, this is fabulous example of a declassified Muscadet for its clarity and typicity from the region. A great starter white, whether you like no additions or subtractions or just a beauty of a mineral driven white.
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2017 Bedouet "Expression du Pallet" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
Review Date: 09-15-2020
The "Expression du Pallet" is just that - an expceptional rendition of the terroir of Pallet. This small village was elevated to Cru status and Bedouet makes one of the most accessible versions. Cru bottlings spend a little more time aging sur lie than their more entry level cousins and that extended aging on the lees opens up a whole new dimension of flavors. It's like Muscadet with more fidelity! Orchard and tropical fruits emerge on the palate, showing notes of nectarine, lemon peel and grilled pineapple. The stony mineral notes hum to life as well and there is an underlying kiss of acidity. If you haven't tried a Cru bottling from Muscadet yet, this is an excellent place to start.
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2018 Loïc Mahé "Sables & Schistes" Savennières
Review Date: 09-14-2020
One of the emerging stars of the Loire has to be Loic Mahe. This upstart wine producer is making serious nervy Chenin Blanc in one of the most nervy and upstart regions - Savennieres. The wines there are known for their laser beam focus and crackling acidity. Loic's wines have a richness underneath that frame what make these wines so engaging. No need to sit for a decade to find out if the wine will reveal itself though; Loic's wines have the fruit to show you what's happening now. But least we not forget that energy, these are wines that will age! The Sable and Schistes is from a combinations of vineyards (one sand and one schist) that deliver the whole of Savennieres. Lemon rind, Pippin apples, lanolin, Anjou pear and dusty minerals frame this electric wine with generous fruit. This is vibrant and fresh and I can't wait to drink some now, yet relish discovering a few more in my wine locker in a few more years.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2019 Bedouet "Clos des Grands Primos" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 09-14-2020
One of my favorite visits in the Loire about a year or so ago was to Famille Bedouet in Muscadet. I arrived on a Sunday which is a pretty sacred day for not doing any business. But, Michel Bedouet and his family invited me to visit the vineyards, the cellar and have supper at their home. It was my first visit to the Muscadet region and it was wonderful. There, quaint villages undulate across the hilltops of the surrounding countryside in the most bucolic way. At dinner we drank a bottle of the Clos des Grands Primos (the 2018, because this was still in the vineyards) as an aperitif alongside a dip made with mackerel. An oily and gamy fish,, the wine cut straight through it. We moved courses to the quintessential Blanquette de Veaue (braised veal in wine and cream). The Clos des Grands Primos worked just as well. The 2019 brought back those memories of my visit. This vintage is laden with brined apples, peaches, wet stone and finishes with a little crunchy acidity. Just a pure and clean wine with so much depth and generosity beyond its humble price point. Like the Bedouets themselves, this wine will invite you in and dare you not to be enchanted by its friendly welcoming nature.
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2018 Domaine Dozon "Clos du Saut au Loup" Chinon
Review Date: 09-14-2020
What distinguishes Chinon from the rest of the Loire's other Cabernet Franc producing regions? It is those tremendous alluvial soils pushed forward by the tributary river the Vienne as it intersects with the Loire. These soils of gravels, sands and clays produce a tremendous range of vineyard sites each situated over the base tuffeaux limestone underneath. Clay provides structure and Dozon's Saut au Loup Vineyard (a monopole) is grown on primarily clay giving this wine its great structure. The perfume of the Dozon is almost exotic with its nose of currants, blackberries, lilacs and roses. The palate is surrounded by generous ripe black fruit, minerals and pepper giving a sense of lift while retaining depth and density. It is a gorgeous expression that should do well in the cellar but with such fine tannins it is such a pleasure to drink right now. Herb roasted chicken and potatoes sounds about right!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2018 Pierre Ménard "Orion Alpha" Anjou Rouge
Review Date: 09-13-2020
One of the standout wines in my tasting this year has to be the red from Pierre Menard. Cult-like famous for his highly allocated whites, this red is out of the gate charming and bold. It is loaded with red cherry and raspberry fruit. Herbs, spices and wonderful depth are followed by seamless tannins. Gorgeous drinking now but should evolve gracefully for a decade in the cellar. If you're not familiar with Menard, this is the perfect place to get to know him.
Price: $41.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 09-13-2020
I love the story of Durieu - two generations back, two families (one from the Plan de Dieu area and one from Chateauneuf-du-Pape) came together through marriage and combined their properties. The estate as it looks now was merged in the early 1970s by Paul Durieu, son of Henri and Lucile. Now under the third generation, Vincent Durieu oversees production while his younger brother Francois handles marketing and sales. The wines caught our attention a couple of years ago when we bought some through a small broker. We fell in love and when the opportunity to work directly with the property became available, we jumped at the chance. Making top notch Plan de Dieu and Chateauneuf is what they do. The Lucile Avril bottling is named for the matriarch of the family which had the Chateauneuf holdings. It is the special cuvee that is the exemplar for this emerging estate. The wine is redolent of blackberry, tar, spices and lavender. It is a spectacular wine that has the old-school structure of a time seemingly in the past but with the sumptuous bold fruit for which the region has become synonymous. This has a long life ahead of it and the 2016 vintage is one of the best of many great recent vintages. This should age beautifully for a decade plus, but it is gorgeous now and would be well served alongside any hearty fare.

2018 Domaine de Bila-Haut "L'Esquerda" Côtes de Roussillon-Villages Lesquerde
Review Date: 08-25-2020
Michel Chapoutier, a master in the Rhone Valley, has created some of the most iconic wines in both the north and south. Never one to rest on his laurels he set sites on the Roussillon believing he could create world class wines that rivaled some of his greatest successes from the Rhone. And he has succeeded. "L'Esquerda" is from the Roussillon-Village appellation called Lesquerde which is famous for its granite soils, different than most of the surrounding soils which tend to be more schist and gneiss. That's important because granite is the home soil of many of Chapoutier's Rhone wines. The focus is also on Syrah here, another Rhone staple. No wonder this is such an invigorating and expansive wine. Saturated with red and purple fruit, explosive aromatics of red flowers and crushed spices. this is no shy wine. But the granitic soils cools the flavors and lends acid to the wine keeping it focused and balanced. Another great offering from this constantly evolving and expanding estate.

2018 Domaine Vincent Carême Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 08-25-2020
Vincent Careme has explored and worked all over the world on his spirit grape - Chenin Blanc. This favorite son of Vouvray (born and raised) has worked (and continues to work) abroad in South Africa but his native soil called him back to make some of the most terroir driven and forward thinking wines in Vouvray. Working biodynamically and with low intervention winemaking practices, his wines are reflections of the limestone and flint soils. They exude the personality that makes Vouvray so distinctive. The 2018 Sec is an outstanding follow-up to his purely delightful 2017. Showing similar notes of Pippin apple, and Anjou pear, the wine is rounded by notes of orange zest along with a host of spices including nutmeg, candied ginger, clove and allspice. It is more linear and focused on the palate, with years of drinking potential. Classic pairings include duck confit but is perfect with other great salty and/or spicy dishes. For me, a little hardwood smoked salmon with some roasted root vegetables and bitter greens sounds about right.

2017 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 08-25-2020
Their is no hyperbole in saying Jean-Marc and Elaine Lafage have mastered the cost-to-quality wine. In sports, their wines would be the MVPs of one of the most winning team franchises on the fast track to Hall-of-Fame status. And, that's not just the Bastide Miraflors (which is our focus here). They make whites and reds with different grapes and varying degrees of price points. Each is masterful and brings something special to the team. Since the 2011 vintage, every wine has ranked as some of our most favored drinking among our customers and staff. These are generous wines but they always have a sense of typicity. And that typicity is what makes the Bastide Miraflors the biggest standout among this team of MVPs. This is the wine that has built this dynasty. Like every year, the Bastide is a mix of Syrah and old-vine Grenache coming from primarily schist and alluvial soils. The depth of the 2017 is as concentrated and rich as expected but with the classic robust character that drives Roussillon wines. That deep black fruit, the fig paste, the olive tapenade and crushed flowers define the regional characteristics. This is long on finish and of course in true Bastide fashion - low on price. The only drag with this release? It's a short offer. Only one shipment made it to our shores due to a distribution change this year. So stock up early and drink often. Because not to worry, when the 2017 runs out, this wine making dynasty is sure to follow up with an equally spectacular 2018.
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2016 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Sablet
Review Date: 08-17-2020
Winemaker Thibaut Chamfort continues to bring some of the best appellation value wines in all of the southern Rhone, all while doing it organically and all for under $20 each. The Sablet is his home village and the vines are on primarily sandy soils (sablet is sand in French). This wine always has a little more structure and power behind it than other villages like the Rasteau and Plan de Dieu. He holds the wine back another year or so and when it releases, it always has more elegance to it. This is spicy and classic with red fruit, clove and herbs de Provence notes. One of the finest offerings from this producer and only $15? Yes, please!

2018 Domaine Mardon "Cuvée Tres Vieilles Vignes" Quincy Blanc
Review Date: 08-11-2020
Quincy was the first Loire sauvignon blanc based appellation to be recognized when the appellation system was created. Strange that it still has not garnered nearly as much attention as its neighbors Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. The soils here are actually a little different than those of its two more famous peers. Still based on limestone (the driving soil of much of the Loire's appellations), the soils are much sandier and more gravelly here than the more clay and marl based soils of the other Sauvignon appellations. Great drainage and great exposure mean the growing season is actually a bit shorter and Quincy wines get riper sooner. That gives the wines some more breadth and generosity than the average Sancerre. Domaine Mardon's Quincy is truly emblematic of the region with flavors of pink grapefruit, pineapple, mango and fresh cut lilacs. It is sexy and fleshy but with a wonderful streak of acidity, keeping it all in frame. A gorgeous introduction to this oft-overlooked region. You'll be glad you visited.
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2012 Domaine de la Vivonne Bandol
Review Date: 08-10-2020
Bandol reigns as one of my favorite red producing regions south of the Rhone Valley. It is home to the best Mourvedres in the world. I was delighted to find this wine when the supplier discovered a cache of 2012. And, one of the secrets to great (ie drinkable) Bandols is a bit of bottle age. Mourvedre is a fickle mistress that needs a place like Bandol to express its fullest potential. When the wines age, the firm tannins become more supple and then the velvety texture of the wines are revealed. And the Vivonne is there! About 8 years of age on it and the wine is harmonious and pure. It is redolent of dried blueberries, incense, rosemary, burnished leather and potpourri. It is hard to find such a classic expression for a region that is this precise, accessible and affordable. A great introduction if you have never had one and the sweet spot for fans of great drinking Bandol!
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2017 Sous la Montagne Fitou
Review Date: 08-10-2020
Winemaker Jeff Carrel has provided us some of our best values from Southern France these past several years. His "Les Darons" is one of our best selling wines from the Languedoc year-after-year. This new project "Sous la Montagne" which translates to "beneath the mountain" takes a more focused look at some of the lesser known terroirs in the south, especially those in and around the Roussillon. Fitou is an underrepresented appellation that sits between Corbieres to the north and the Roussillon to the south. Influenced by many of the same soils as Roussillon, the ground here is primarily schist. The grape range is very similar as well with Carignan (the most traditional grape in the region) making up the bulk and Grenache and Syrah rounding out the balance. This Fitou is joyously aromatic with an explosion of white pepper, black fruit and pretty violets. The palate is lifted with a medium-full bodied texture giving you the sense of a classic country red with flavors of currants, smoked meats and savory herbs. And that's what it would be perfect with - some herb crusted pork chops and roasted vegetables. A wonderful glass of wine to drink whether it is below the mountain or maybe just a tree in your backyard.

2019 Château Saint Jacques d'Albas "Petit Saint Jacques" Coteaux de Peyriac Blanc
Review Date: 08-04-2020
Bright and refreshing, the new Petit St-Jacques has undergone a slight label change for fans of the Domaine bottling from last year. Still the same great mineral driven white from the south with layers of nectarine, yellow apple and white flowers. Great balance and a perfect warm weather sipper.
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2018 Domaine de la Chaboissière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 08-04-2020
Christophe Hallereau makes beautiful mineral driven Muscadets. Traditionally made in underground glass-lined concrete vats, the wine spends about 8 months on the lees before bottling. When I tasted the new arrival, a note of salty air filled the glass making my mouth water. On the palate, the sinewy frame was loaded with crisp apple fruit, wet stones and lemon peel. I declared this the best young wine I have yet tasted from Mr. Hallereau! A perfect compliment to shellfish, oily fishes and creamy cheeses. Even makes a great aperitif!
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2018 Domaine des Carlines Pinot Noir Côtes du Jura
Review Date: 07-27-2020
The wines of Domaine des Carlines were impressive when I first tasted them a couple of years ago. They have only become more so. The inaugural release of their Pinot Noir is something truly special. From the surrounding area of Chateau-Chalon, famous for its blue marl soils, this is a sexy silky Pinot that could sit side-by-side with some of the best Chambolle Musigny's out there. It has a saturated red cherry and plum profile with silky tannins. The sweet fruit lingers on the palate with a dusting of spices and flowers. Medium bodied on the palate, it has a lingering finish. Thankfully, it's from Jura so it's half the price you would pay for a comparable Pinot elsewhere. Exciting stuff!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2018 Domaine Baud Poulsard "En Rougemont" Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 07-27-2020
Bright bing cherry red fruit with savory herbs and light baking spice notes. This lighter bodied red just hums with vigor and asks for some fun foods to pair with. How about a little carpaccio with some arugula, shaved pecorino and your favorite olive oil. Yes, please!
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2018 Domaine Dugois "La Sombarde" Ploussard Arbois Rouge
Review Date: 07-27-2020
The wines of the Jura were relegated to geeky wine lists for years but we here at K&L have been enjoying them at home with gusto for years. The reds were the big hit for most of our daily drinking because they have such lovely light- to medium-bodied qualities. Put a light chill on these bright reds and you are good-to-go for Tuesday, Wednesday wines that won't leave you hurting. Dugois was our first direct import from the region. With Philippe Dugois at the helm, the wines have an accessible quality while remaining nerdy enough to scratch that "what am I drinking?" itch. This is the best Ploussard (aka Poulsard) I have tasted from him to date. It is polished with raspberry and cherry fruit, dried flowers and nervy acidity while having a generous mouthfeel... for Ploussard! This is a light-bodied red! So good with so many things but a classic pairing would be with some smoky cold cuts and Morbier cheese. Just delightful!
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2018 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes "Les Clous" Poulsard Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 06-16-2020
The Les Clous vineyard is the pride and joy of winemaker Henri Le Roy's properties. It is home to two of the most traditional varietals from the Jura region - Savagnin and Poulsard. The Poulsard is a knock-out style every year though. It is a light-to-medium red with a sinewy frame filled with strawberries, fresh thyme and and crushed rocks. This has great structure to age (and they do age well!) but is the perfect foil for smokier meats. A classic pairing in the region would be smoke-cured beef but if that's not available, some smoked pulled pork or Texas-style brisket would be a perfect substitute.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2018 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes "Derriere la Roche" Chardonnay Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 06-16-2020
Winemaker Henri Le Roy is one of the under the radar stars of the Jura. His ouille styled whites (topped-off barrels as opposed to allowing a more traditional oxidative tone) flit into Burgundian territory with their richness, detail and minerality. This is still very Jura though with gorgeous tones of roasted apples, cardamom, tamarind and Indian spice notes. I opened the 2018 vs the 2016 recently and the quality is so consistent that it was nice to see it with just a couple of years of bottle age as the latter vintage opened more quickly. This 2018 is gorgeous stuff though, and you would pay twice the price for this quality from those more famous appellations just a 100 miles to the west.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2019 L'Aigle À Deux Têtes Trousseau Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 06-16-2020
This little Trousseau beauty from winemaker Henri Le Roy hits all the right marks for a classic wine of the region. It has such a light color, you might think it treads into rose territory (both Trousseau and Poulsard are light colored reds historically) but it is packed with flavor. Bright red cherry fruit, touch of dusty herbs, some savory spices, this is the perfect light bodied red to cut through foods twice its size. Put a light chill on this and you will find yourself just as entranced by how versatile this wine can be.
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2017 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Cuvée Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 05-12-2020
The Cuvée Mon Aïeul is all Grenache in this vintage, and has suffered from some of the lowest yields this cuvée has ever seen. In 2017, they were down to six hectoliters per hectare—Châteauneuf allows up to 36 hectoliters per hectare. It is no surprise that this is as deep and concentrated as you could imagine. This is an evocative wine that will linger on your palate for days.

2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 05-12-2020
Beaucastel is always the “yardstick” in any vintage for all CDP wines. The wines have incredible longevity and develop all the hallmark flavors of Provence: dried herbs, leather, and brambly, spiced fruit. You can never go wrong with a few of these in your cellar.

2018 Stoller Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-25-2020
I've been a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir for quite some time and have had the chance to visit the Willamette Valley and its sub-regions multiple times over the years. Years ago, the wines were more defined by what they weren't, which was California, and what they might be, which is Burgundy. And after a recent tasting of many great contenders, I am happy to say they are now, purely Oregon (Willamette, really). The Stoller is the perfect rendition of this now codified style. A perfume of red fruit, freshly crushed flowers, and toasted spices are on the nose. The palate is awash in red cherry and raspberry fruit with a defining core of richness, but framed by structure. That is what I am looking for in Oregon, that framing structure with a streak of middle palate fruit that lifts the wine. If you want to see this region defined in a beautifully packaged style at a most handsome price, look no further than the Stoller Estate.
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2017 Georges Vernay "Les Chaillées de l'Enfer" Condrieu
Review Date: 03-24-2020
Youthful and vibrant, this is the most tight of our recent dip into the Vernay past. A quick decant for drinking now, or give it a couple more years and be blow away!

2015 GKG Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-11-2020
The team up between Greg Gorman and Dave Phinney is a crushing success! The wine bears some of the opulence that is associated with Phinney's style but has gorgeous lift and structure. This is a mouthfiller with sweet currant jam, Chambord, baking spices and lavender. The tannins are supple and the finish is long...so long. A real pleasure in a glass that touches cult wine flavor profiles but at a much more reasonable price.
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2017 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 02-19-2020
The Giraud always fires on all cylinders when it is released. It is a sexy forward style showing flavors of Chambord, bay leaf, cardamom and violets. Sumptuous as always, the concentration of the 2017 vintage lingers on the palate. Always one of my favorites for its youthful exuberance but this is a wine that will deliver untold pleasures for years to come.

2018 Cellier des Dauphins "Réserve" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 02-13-2020
The Cellier des Dauphins is one of our best new values. Classically made from sourcing fruit from some of the top Village and Cru appellations in the southern Rhone, this is a harmonious and delightful wine. It carries brambly red and black fruit flavors intermingled with pepper and spice. The nice confiture of red fruit on the palate makes it all the more pleasing. This is a beautiful textbook Rhone that will rapidly become your favorite weeknight wine.
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2016 Bien Nacido "Estate" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-06-2020
Bien Nacido continues to be one of the benchmark vineyards in Santa Maria. Its fruit is so esteemed, that in any given vintage over 20 top producers source fruit from these vines. The Estate bottling is the pinnacle of that selection and one can immediately see the detail and power behind this release. Filled with a deep core of cherry and raspberry fruit, the wine evolves with notes of sandalwood, rhubarb, clove and allspice and crescendos with wafts of roses and minerals. It is shockingly complete in the mouth with a silky texture but has abundant structure that will benefit from just a few more years in the cellar. This is one of the brightest stars in the already star-filled sky that is Bien Nacido.

2016 Domaine des Senechaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 02-05-2020
The 2016 Senechaux is the most harmonious and beautiful wine I have yet tasted from this domaine. It is no wonder that under the watchful eye of Lynch Bage's Cazes family that the detail and balance in this wine are so evident. A lusty mix of currant, fig jam and blackberries unite with the classical dried floral and herb nuances that make Chateauneuf such a standout region. This has seamless structure with sweet tannins and underlying acidity. Though very approachable now, it is an almost charming yet classical rendition that is deserving of short term cellaring.

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