Category Archives: Featured Wine

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…

THE BUCK IS BACK: 2014 Buckman Pinot Noir!!

2014 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

Coming a month late (due to self-inflicted label ordering issues) but all the better for the additional bottle time is our latest baby from the soon-to-be-revered 2014 Oregon pinot noir vintage. As it seems to every year it exceeds my expectations, which I shouldn’t be surprised by as this custom VINO cuvée is made, as…

Oregon Classic: 2012 CROWLEY WINES Pinot Noir “Entre Nous”

2012 CROWLEY WINES "Entre Nous" Pinot Noir
$30.95 bottle/ $297.00 case

Since the first release I carried, his still delicious 2005 vintage “Entre Nous” Pinot, I have been very impressed with the pure, classically Oregon pinots from Tyson Crowley and his partner Evan Roberts. They make pinots that don’t need a wallop of oak or excessive hang time to express themselves. Just extremely careful vineyard management,…

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…

Oregon Pinot for a Pittance!

Un Autre Monde…translated means “Another World”…which is about how I’m feeling right now about this wine. Another world meaning, oh, say, buying Oregon pinot noir in the early to mid-1990’s. If you want to skip the long-winded version of why you have to take advantage of this wine then go right to the bottom “how…