Author Archives: Bruce

Winemakers from Matello Wines and Seven of Hearts, IN STORE!!

I know some of you would expect me to reference the POTUS speech the other night, especially that darkly glowing object behind him, aka John Boehner’s oddly tanned mug. Well, just so you know, I’m not going there. If he says it’s natural and he gets it from mowing his yard (in winter?), then I…

Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

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

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 astonishingly excellent Spanish red from the famous Priorat region. Made by the extremely quality oriented Cellers…

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…