Category Archives: Featured Wine

Superb Saint-Chinian: 2013 Domaine de Cambis!!

2013 Domaine de Cambis Saint-Chinian "Carnet du Voyage"
$23.95 bottle/ $229.00 case

According to the Cambis website, “Carnet de Voyage is an ode to discovery and to travelling. We think that we have succeeded in making the taster of this wine travel while drinking it.” Believe me, it worked! I just tried this incredible red wine this past week and was absolutely blown away at the quality…

Amazing Alicante: 2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante!!

2009 Sierra Salinas Alicante "Puerto Salinas"
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

What a great blend here, a Spanish red that comes across more like a $30+ Priorat than a tinto from the relatively more obscure Alicante region. Rich, full bodied, yet superbly balanced. This is crying out for some grilled steak or lamb. Here’s some pretty compelling praise from Parker’s Wine Advocate: “A remarkable value, and…

Shatter Grenache: C’est Grande!!

2012 Shatter Grenache "Cotes Catalanes"
$21.95 bottle/ $215.00 case

Just a quick FYI: this is not your usual subtle, reticent French red. This is a full-bodied, in-your-face red from SW France that is undeniably delicious. This review from Jeb Dunnuck in Parker’s Wine Advocate states it pretty completely: “A collaboration between Napa’s Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, the 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a…

Cigliuti’s Classic Barbera!!

2013 CIGLIUTI Barbera d'Alba "Campass"
$26.95 bottle/ $258.00 case

When you read a rec from me regarding any Barbera in the store keep in mind I am a huge fan of the wines made from this grape. Barbera is my usual go-to wine at home, and you might say I am a bit, um,  particular about what I bring in. That’s why when I…

Mencia Madness: 2012 VINOS DE ARGANZA Lagar de Robla

2012 Vinos de Arganza Lagar de Robla
$12.95 bottle/ $124.00 case

This is a shockingly good bottle of Spanish red that is made 100% mencia from the Castillo y León region of NW Spain that recently received a well deserved 91 Wine Spectator points. It’s not all about that validation, though. This wine absolutely rocks it with surprising depth and some serious intention in its bold…

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

2012 MONT GRAS "Antu" Syrah
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. Any cheaper and they tend to be flabby fruit bombs; any more and all you taste is vanilla from the…

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the…

Piedmontese Pleasure!

2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Nizza” $34.95 bottle/ $188.00- 1/2 case/ $335.00 case As you can imagine in 20+ years in this wine biz I’ve tasted well over a thousand Barberas. The one that still sticks out in my mind as one of the greatest young wines I’ve ever had is the 1999 Vietti…