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2010 Marcarini Barolo Brunate

WS 94 points

Region: Italy > Piedmont
Grape type: Nebbiolo

While also pushing the envelope on ripeness, the likes of Giuseppe Rinaldi, Gianluca and Elio Grasso, Mascarello, and Marcarini continued to conduct long, cool vinifications, managing tannins without “denuding” their single-vineyard crus from a “sense of place.”

The Vintage. Piedmont’s climate is fickle. Combine meteorological uncertainty with Nebbiolo’s caprice and Nature has a way of driving seasoned winegrowers to the loony bin. In the first 14 years of the new millennium, Barolo has been “treated” to 14 quite-different growing seasons, including the torrid summers of 2003, 2007, and 2009; the hail-ravaged summer of 2002; and the most extraordinary vintage in regional history, 2010. read more »

Price: $49.99 You save: $28.01 (36%)

2012 Chasseur Pinot Noir Vrai Cote Sonoma Coast

ST 91 points

Region: California > Sonoma > Sonoma Coast
Grape type: Pinot Noir

When it comes to the most opulent $25 Pinot Noir on Sonoma Coast, the critics won't get an argument from WineAccess.

Dark, dark ruby to the rim. Explosive, youthful aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, and rose petals tinged with sweet spice and juniper berries. Broad, rich, juicy, and ultra-concentrated on entry, with a luscious crushed-red-fruit core. This is a classic Pinot Noir from one of Sonoma Coast's most brilliant and iconoclastic winemakers, Bill Hunter. read more »

Price: $25 You save: $9 (26%)

2012 John Duval Wines Plexus Red Wine Barossa Valley

Region: Australia > Barossa Valley
Grape type: Rhone Blend

The astounding 2012 John Duval Wines Plexus is Barossa's best answer to the Rhône Valley's Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Predominantly drawn from old-vine Shiraz, with smaller doses of low-pH Mourvèdre and juicy Grenache, the nose features a complex mix of dark red fruits, cherry pit, and spice-box. Rich, broad, and brooding on the attack, with tremendous old-vine concentration, all buttressed by fine, dusty tannins. A whopping 95 points from Australian James Halliday. 92 more from America's toughest critic, Stephen Tanzer. Drink now-2024.

Regularly $45. $29.99 today. 480 bottles. Sorry in advance. read more »

Price: $29.99 You save: $15.01 (33%)

2009 Chateau Tertre Daugay Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

WS 92-95 points

Region: France > Bordeaux > Saint Emilion
Grape type: Merlot

The 2009 Château Tertre Daugay is dark ruby-purple to the edge. Gorgeous aromatically, featuring a luscious mix of blackberry, dark plum, graphite, and tobacco, gently tinged with cedar. Fabulously opulent in 2009 — like all the top Pomerols and Saint-Emilions of the vintage — packed with gobs of black raspberry jam, black cherry, and licorice, finishing with plush, silky tannins. Drink now for its youthful purity or lay down, as Parker suggests, until the late 2020s.

92-95 points from Wine Spectator. 600 bottles have been earmarked for WineAccess, all shipped directly from the cellars where they've been resting quietly since bottling. Offered for $38.99 on cases. In this now-overheated high-end wine market, the 2009 Tertre Daugay ranks among the greatest remaining bargains from that 96- to 99-point vintage. read more »

Price: $38.99 You save: $11.01 (22%)

2009 Rahn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Region: California > Napa > Howell Mountain
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2009 Rahn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color. Gorgeous aromas of mountain blueberry, black fruits, violets, and graphite. Broad, rich, and sleek on the attack, silky smooth and velour-like in texture, filled with a dark red-fruit mix, complicated by anise and menthol. This is drinking beautifully now, but don’t be fooled by this Cabernet’s “softness.” Sneaky tannins are lurking behind the scenes, arguing elegantly for 8-10 years of additional bottle age.

$60 on release. Just $31.99 today — for one of the most sumptuous Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon bargains in years. Only 8 barrels or 200 cases produced, 40 of which have been earmarked for WineAccess. read more »

Price: $31.99 You save: $28.01 (47%)

2012 Keller Estate Winery Chardonnay La Cruz

WE 93 points

Region: California > Sonoma > Sonoma Coast
Grape type: Chardonnay

Spanning virtually the entire coastline, and stretching as much as 30 miles inland, Sonoma Coast is California’s most meaningless AVA. The vast majority of Sonoma Coast Chardonnays are simple, plodding, and uninteresting. But in the very southern portion of the AVA, where the wind gusts with such force that it bends poplar trees nearly in half, a handful of growers are turning out Chardonnays that seem more at home in Meursault than Healdsburg.

Keller Estate has long been one of Sonoma’s most sought-after vineyards, attracting the likes of David Ramey, Ted Lemon (Littorai), and Flowers. For years, Ana Keller explained, her family was content to sell their fruit. But in the mid-2000s, the Kellers decided to pick some of their best blocks for themselves.
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Price: $20.99 You save: $19.01 (48%)

2009 Tenuta di Capezzana Ghiaie Della Furba Super Tuscan

JS 93 points
WS 91 points

Region: Italy > Tuscany
Grape type: Bordeaux Blend

After establishing herself as Queen of France, Catherine de' Medici ordered a crew to search out the best spot in her native Tuscany on which to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. The team found that the Medici family hunting grounds, where Catherine spent much of her youth, enjoyed a very small diurnal temperature shift which,the Queen and her crew reasoned, would allow late-maturing Cabernet Sauvignon to fully ripen.

Had the queen stuck around for another 500 years and tasted the sumptuous 2009 Capezzana Ghiaie della Furba, the typically taciturn de' Medici would have been grinning ear to ear. read more »

Price: $29.99 You save: $30.01 (50%)

2012 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape

RP 96 points

Region: France > Rhone > Chateauneuf du Pape
Grape type: Rhone Blend

The winter of 2012 was exceedingly dry. A flash frost in February took an early toll on yields, delaying flowering and making for a small fruit set. The summer turned warm and dry. Growers farming younger-vine parcels were challenged by hydric stress. But the ancient vines at Beaucastel quenched their thirst on water reserves pooled deep in the substrata, comfortably shrugging off the drought. Harvest began in late September, continuing through the first week of October. Sorting, as always at Beaucastel, was "severe," making for a very small harvest of small-berry clusters. Natural sugars, given the rigorous tri and small yields, were sky-high, nearly the level of 2010. Acids remained firm, tannins ripe and round.

So how'd we make off with 300 bottles of Parker's highest-rated Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (read the tasting note below!) since 1989? First, we begged, to no avail. Then we tried borrowing; no dice. Then we did what we really hated to do: We stole (what that distributor doesn't know won't hurt him!). read more »

Price: $89.99 You save: $35.01 (28%)

2013 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley

Region: California > Sonoma > Russian River Valley
Grape type: Pinot Noir

The 2013 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir is a showstopper. Barrel-fermented, then aged for 10 months in 40% new French cooperage, the color is vivid ruby. Gorgeous aromatically, featuring a mix of black cherry, black raspberry, strawberry, and sweet spice. Rich, juicy, and high-toned on entry, filled with black cherry and raspberry preserves, buttressed by pomegranate and cranberry, finishing with Burgundian tension and persistence. Drink now for its youthful vibrancy, or far better — but as much as any Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir to date — lay this brilliant new release from Dan Goldfield down until the early 2020s.

$42 on release. Just $29.99 on WineAccess. Shipping included on 4. read more »

Price: $29.99 You save: $12.01 (29%)

2012 Three Wine Company Zinfandel Evangelho Contra Costa County

Region: California > Other California
Grape type: Zinfandel

Drawn from gnarly, head-trained, 127-year-old vines, the 2012 Three Zinfandel Evangelho Vineyard is the juiciest, most Claret-like Zin ever to come off this historic parcel. Opaque purple, with intoxicating aromas of blackberry, mountain blueberry, violets, and sweet spice. Big, broad and finely muscled, infused with a luscious mix of crushed-black-fruit preserves, licorice, and black currant. Despite the extraordinary opulence of 2012, the old vines and sandy soil held finished pH to a firm 3.6, arguing gracefully for a 10- to 20-year rest in the coolest of cellars.

$34 on release. Just $19.99 for one of the most voluptuous under-$20 American reds of the last half-dozen years. The last 480 bottles are up for grabs.
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Price: $19.99 You save: $14.01 (41%)

2010 Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera

AG 95 points

Region: Italy > Piedmont
Grape type: Nebbiolo

Big, broad, and sumptuous on the attack, powerfully constructed for long-term aging, only after four hours in an open carafe did Cogno’s 2010 “Ravera” BEGIN to show off the intensity of its spicy, red-fruit core. Finishes with superb, dusty tannins. Drink now — if you’re an absolute FOOL — or lay down at least until the late 2020s, as Galloni, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, AND The Wine Advocate suggest.

95 points from Galloni, AND from Wine Enthusiast. 94 from Wine Spectator. 93 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. read more »

Price: $59 You save: $21 (26%)

2011 Coho Headwaters Red Wine Napa Valley

Region: California > Napa
Grape type: Red Blend

Opaque purple in color, with finely delineated aromas of blackberry, black currant, violets, and graphite. Unusually rich for the vintage (14.4% alcohol), silken in texture, filled with a plush mix of black-fruit preserves and mountain blueberry, dowsed with crème de cassis. More like a very good 2009 than what many imagine the 2011s to be, this is a magnificent effort from Painter that's drinking well out of the gate, but will age gracefully into the early 2020s.

$55 on release. Just $24.99 today on WineAccess. 480 bottles. Last call. read more »

Price: $24.99 You save: $30.01 (55%)