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
The kind of wine that smells expensive and then delivers the palate experience that backs up the promise. Bold and rich and well spiced, this is already satisfying (with an hour's decant) as a Napa Cab replacement for grilled... 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
Part of luxury brand Alpha Omega's Collective Series, this is a delightfully rich Chardonnay with oodles of ripe stone fruit and baking spice on the nose. Textured and borderline opulent without sacrificing acidity or freshness.... 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
A stylish, really well-made, Rioja that allows the wine grapes’ and place signature to shine through without intrusive oak. It blends 95% Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo (Carignan) and ages 12 months in a 50/50 mix of French... Read More
The 4th oldest family-owned business in the world (from 1100s) knows a thing or two about Tuscan wine. This is striking with loads of ripe fruit, sweet spice and just a kiss of clove. Great all-purpose Italian red.
Climate change has been very good to Burgundy’s Pernand-Vergelesses, giving a touch more richness to what had often been slightly austere wines. This is a great example and outstanding value in top-notch Burgundy Chardonnay.... 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).
A fine, if under the radar, Barolo producer delivers a delicious Nebbiolo that’s ready to drink with joy tonight. Big aromas and flavors of very ripe strawberries, graphite, earth, and red flowers that saturate your palate... 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
The 3rd wine of this 2nd growth estate comes from younger vines and is mainly Merlot with just a touch of new French oak. Lovely aromas of red fruit and spice with a silky mid-palate and velvet finish that sustains nicely. Ready... 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
Organic/Bio Well, now. This is a whole lot of wine for the money. It's about 45% each Grenache and Syrah plus 10% Carignan, all grown on slopes along the Agly Valley. The gneiss and schist soils are very free draining, forcing... Read More
A terrific old-vines Cotes du Rhone from this Chateauneuf du Pape traditionalist. It's 65% Grenache plus Syrah and Mourvedre and dashes of Cinsault and Carignan, aged 75% in cement and 25% in used oak. Deep is the word we... 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
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