La Vizcaína is the name of the winery Raul Perez created to explore the hillside vineyards around his hometown of Vatuille de Abajo. All are from vines 40 years or older and the reds are all field blends of Mencia (most)... Read More
Terrasses du Larzac is possibly the most exciting slice of the Languedoc these days, taking advantage of cool air flowing in nightly from mountains to the north to balance the sunny, warm, Mediterranean days. This... Read More
Tony Bauer is best known here for his whites, but his red wine success (in the very white wine region of Wagram) is one key reason he was Austria's Winemaker of the Year in 2017. This is sort of an Austrian Cotes du Rhone,... Read More
No ratings or prizes, not a famous sparkling wine house, not much visibility even since Doug Margerum sells all of the tiny amount of this he makes at the winery. Only reason to buy this is that it tastes so good! Barrel fermented... Read More
Although the winery doesn’t get specific, their everyday pizza, pasta, burger, party red is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, Primitivo, Petite Syrah and Merlot. We think. What we know is that it’s a ton of fun. It’s... Read More
A big, deep, California Cabernet that’s loaded with blue/black fruit but still stays fresh and easy. A great Napa-Cab-like alternative for warmer weather cookouts (although plenty gutsy enough for winter, too).
Ripe, juicy, soft and delicious, this blend of Grenache and Syrah from a couple of hours drive southeast of Rioja drinks like Spanish Cotes du Rhone. At a price very few Cotes du Rhones can match any longer!
The second wine of Toro's benchmark estate is absolutely delicious. Powerfully ripe Tinto de Toro (Tempranillo) is aged in French oak, about 20% new. Shows oodles of dark blackberry and black raspberry fruit with compelling... Read More
A great example of Washington state value here from an excellent family-owned winery. Built of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot sourced from across the Columbia Valley and aged 17 months in 100% new French oak. Feels... Read More
By FAR the best vintage yet of this always wildly over-performing, huge value, oak-aged Rioja Crianza. As always, it's a blend of 90% Temparnillo and 10% Graciano aged 12 months in used American oak casks. More ripe, dark,... Read More
Pablo Calatayud went to wine school and returned home in the late 1990s for one reason: to prove his home town of Clariano in the southwestern corner of Valencia could produce great wine. After starting off on the wrong foot (planting... Read More
Rarity of rarities, a really good Pauillac at a very attractive price. From the gravel and clay soils of Bordeaux’s most famous commune, this is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in tank and French oak.... Read More
As Wine Enthusiast said of the 93 point 2018, this is a “Deeply perfumed and dazzling, this is a new project by Louis Barruol of Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas.” Black as night in color, reflecting 50+ year-old... Read More
Cadillac is better known for its sweet wines, but this shows off the red wine potential often missed here. It's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, all aged in wood. There's plenty of Bordeaux character -... Read More
Here’s a terrific, hand-crafted, Bordeaux with big fruit, a velvet mouthfeel, and wide-open personality that invites enjoyment with summer cookouts and more elegant dinners, too. It’s about 85% Merlot plus Cabernet... Read More
A terrific young Bordeaux from St. Estephe’s Ch de Pez. Blending 53% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon plus Petite Verdot and Cab Franc, it opens with lovely aromatics of cedar, tobacco, blackcurrant and dark chocolate. Complex... Read More
Stags Leap is the smallest AVA in Napa but has loomed large in wine-lovers’ minds ever since Warren Winiarski’s Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 1973 shocked the wine world by beating out the best of Bordeaux... Read More
One of the finest Bordeaux values in the shop - which is pretty much the norm for Fronsac these days - this is 90% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc aged 12 months in 33% new French oak. The plushness is balanced by structure to perfection.... Read More
Meet your new favorite grilling red. From the leading estate in Basilicata, this is a textbook example of Aglianico del Vulture that’s picked late and aged 20 months in large, old, oak casks. It’s loaded with dark... Read More
An excellent interpretation of Barossa Shiraz from old vines, whole-cluster fermented and basket-pressed into mainly used French oak barriques. Serves us generous amounts of blueberry and blackberry fruit with accents of roasted... Read More
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