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Spot On: 2015 CAMERON “Dundee Hills Pinot” Noir

2015 Cameron Winery "Dundee Hills" Pinot Noir
$25.95 bottle/ $249.00 case

John Paul has just released yet another rock solid pinot noir that sells for a good $5-$10 less that anyone else’s “Dundee Hills” bottling. Because that’s how he rolls. This has all the usual delights we’ve come to expect from John’s wines, purity of fruit, and that tell tale pop of 2015 acidiy to balance all the heat from this very warm vintage (and the main reason I think the Oregon ‘15s are superior to the ’14 vintage). All the usual caveats with John’s wine: very limited, will vaporize quickly, get it while you can, etc. Bottom line: Get yours!!

Produttori Rising: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco!!

2012 PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Barbaresco
$34.95 bottle/ $188.00 half-case/ $330.00 case

The Produttori co-op is unquestionably one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. Year after year they are absolute benchmarks of quality in Barbaresco. Adding to the allure of this 2012 is that in this vintage that they decided that the Riserva wines, of which they produce eight or so single-vineyard bottlings, weren’t up to their usual…

Big Time Bandol: 2011 Domaine du Gros Noré Rouge

Domaine du Gros Noré Bandol
$41.95 bottle/ $226.00 half-case/ $402.00 case

This is without question one of my Top 5 Wine I tasted in 2016. Absolutely profound in every way with its intensely dark color, its ripe, incredibly layered fruit, the truckloads of complexity and character that only the very best Bandol can deliver Just a stunning achievement. Yes, it’s incredible now, but this beauty can…

Ravishing Rioja: 2012 Palacios Remondo Montesa

2012 PALACIOS REMONDO Rioja "La Montesa"
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

For whatever reason I hadn’t had this current release of one our favorite Riojas from past vintages, and when I recently had it with my rep I was kicking myself. This is a stunner! A beautiful Rioja for current consumption that will easily go on for several years. I’ll let the following review throw the…

Eric Solomon’s European Selections: Lafage and Espelt!!

Long time readers may have noticed a few times in the past we’ve featured wines from super importer Eric Solomon, whose French and Spanish imports under his European Selections brand are some of most value-laden wines coming off the continent. He works mainly with small family producers who farm their old vine vineyards, usually higher…

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