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Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

2010 SENORIO DE CONVEY Priorat
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

IMG_4018Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is astonishingly excellent Spanish red from the famous Priorat region. Made by the extremely quality oriented Cellers Unio co-op, the largest vineyard owners in this appellation. Their 2010 Senorio de Convey bottling is an intensely rich blend of grenache (50%), carignan (30%), and syrah (20%) that is an opaque purple color and coats the palate with ripe berry fruit. I got impressions of blueberry, white pepper, plum, earth, and bittersweet chocolate on both the nose and palate. As I sit here the finish is still lingering a full 10 minutes post sip! It has enough tannic grip and acid balance to give it the heft and integrity to stand up perfectly to the braise-a-licious foods of winter. I’m picturing a beef or lamb stew infused with fresh herbs, garlic, and smoked paprika. Yum! This is as good as any Priorat I’ve had recently that comes in at twice the price. What a perfectly timed find!! Absolutely delicious now and will drink well for at least another 4-6 years. Very limited availability.

Argentinean Discovery: 2013 Zorzal Malbec

2013 ZORZAL Malbec "Terroir Unico"
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

One of the great pleasures of life is a good surprise. When something wonderfully unexpected comes up, grabs us by the cheeks , and shouts  “Hey, here I am! How do you like this??” In my wine-centric world it happens all too infrequently, but after all these years I am always thrilled when it does….

Owen Roe: On Sale Now!

David O’Reilly’s Daring Duo! These are two fabulous new releases from Owen Roe. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that the immensely talented major domo of Owen Roe, David O’Reilly  has never made better wine than he is right now. He has backed off from his all fruit bomb style of his early days,…

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

2011 FIORENZO NADA Nebbiolo Langhe
$17.95 bottle/ $172 case

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, bold, earthy, with the classic rose petal and cherry aromatics followed by smoke, spice, and loamy earth. Aged completely in large oak casks that serve to…

Dolcetto Gets Real!

2012 ASCHERI Dolcetto d'Alba
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense personality that gives their higher end wines their character, filters down through their other wines as well, as this incredibly dark, full, complex Dolcetto will attest….

2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the general public I’m going to get innumerable calls and this wine will most likely be sold out, so I hope…

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE RAVIER Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic…

Yves Cheron: Syrah as it should be!

2011 YVES CHERON Crozes-Hermitage "La Coteau de la Beaume"
$22.95 bottle/ $220.00 case

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectations get jolted awake, and I have one of those all too rare “Whoa, what the —- is going on here?”…

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Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is as[more]

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, b[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense[more]

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the gen[more]

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are n[more]

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectati[more]

Baby Barbaresco!

I’ve been amazed at the values from Franco Serra’s small Piedmontese operation in the village of Mombaruzzo a few km’s from Alba. Whether it was a killer Barbaresco for around $25 or[more]

2013 Love & Squalor Pinot Gris: leave bland behind!

Floating like a delicious life preserver in a sea of innocuous pinot gris comes this latest zesty white from winemaker Matt Berson, who seems to have knack for making whites that refresh, satisfy, and[more]