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Single Vineyard Sensation! 2011 Montaribaldi “Du Gir” Barbera d’Alba

2011 MONTARIBALDI "Du Gir" Barbera d'Alba
$20.95 bottle/ $202.00 case

du-gir (1)I love it when my Barbera lust gets satisfied. Long time VINO shoppers know how much we respect the Montaribaldi wines that come from Luciano and Roberto Taliano’s small family winery in the town of Barbaresco. Their wines almost always over deliver, and without question offer some of the best values coming out of the Piedmont. This single-vineyard Barbera from the exceptional 2011 vintage is a rock star! Made from 65+ year old vines (!!) this shows so much character in its deeply colored fruit. Dark cherries, spice, smoke, rose petals, and mossy earth all come bursting out of your glass. Pitch perfect acidity and integrated, unobtrusive tannins complete this gorgeous picture. So delicious now, this will only get better over the next 5-10 years. Good luck keeping your hands off!!

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…

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…

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….

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Single Vineyard Sensation! 2011 Montaribaldi “Du Gir” Barbera d’Alba

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

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. A[more]

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