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Sometimes we find the wines directly from importers. But mostly, we do it ourselves, going right to the best vineyards and cellars, direct to the source.
Is there a house style? Yes. All wines must have rich, clean fruit flavors. But they must have enough mineral backbone to balance the richness. Almost all are delicious on release, but they must also improve with age.
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Region: California > Napa
Grape type: Chardonnay
In 2012, off of Oakville Ranch's "Bobcat" blocks, winemaker Anne Vawter turned out the most astonishing Chardonnay ever to come off this Magic Road oasis. "Napa Valley is Cabernet country," Anne told us as we sipped this luscious, apple-honey 2012 while looking down on the valley below. "But our 'Bobcat' blocks were specifically planted to Chardonnay because they're nestled in a gully and, as a result, get far less heat and sun.
If 2012 was perfect for Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (95 points from Parker), it was perhaps even more perfect for our Chardonnay. read more »
Grape type: Port Blend
In 2012, history is once again on the side of Quinta do Noval.
If the iconoclastic Port house hadn't had the courage to march to the beat of its own drum, one of the greatest wines of the 20th century might never have been made. While the majority of Port producers didn't declare the 1931 vintage, Quinta do Noval released what would become one of the most legendary Vintage Ports of all time. read more »
Region: California > Napa > Stags Leap District
Grape type: Merlot
In early 2012, when we logged on to Wine Spectator's website, we read that the PlumpJack Group, founded by California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and billionaire philanthropist Gordon Getty, had acquired 40 acres of Dick Steltzner's Stags Leap jewel. Nine months later, PlumpJack harvested its first Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot off the old Steltzner Vineyard.
Now that Dick Steltzner is kicking back his heels and enjoying the warm Napa Valley sun, the longtime winegrower decided to "clean out the cellar." His first call was to WineAccess.
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Grape type: Red Blend
Parker called the Locations I2 "serious" and an "incredible effort … if you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer." The acclaimed critic described "notes of wild herbs, licorice, tomato skins, black olives, red and black currants, cherries, barbecue spice and burning embers."
Then RP lobbed on the finishing touch, writing, "As of now, Dave Phinney might be my 'value winemaker of the year' candidate. … If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The Wine Advocate."
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Region: France > Loire
Grape type: Pinot Noir
Is it the greatest mineral rosé in France? NO contest.
Pale pink in color, infused with zesty aromas of wild strawberry and pink grapefruit, honeysuckle and ginger, both high-toned and piercing. Juicy, round, and voluptuous flavors of raspberry and cherry, highlighted with notes of chalky minerality and white pepper, finishing with mouthwatering vibrancy and persistence. Drink now-2018.
If you enjoy "serious" rosé, this is NOT TO BE MISSED. 900 bottles are up for grabs.
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Region: California > Napa > Howell Mountain
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
When one speaks of the age-worthiness of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the subject often begins — and ends — at the top of Howell Mountain Road.
The 2006 Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve — six years after bottling — remains locked in suspended animation. Don't be fooled by the vintage sticker. Open and decant this gorgeous 2006 for two hours before serving. If you don't finish the bottle on night one, no worries. It's even better on night two!
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Region: France > Rhone > Other Rhone
Grape type: Rhone Blend
Deepest purple to the rim, infused with chiseled aromas of black and red fruits, dark plum, sweet spice, and tobacco. Rich, voluminous, and voluptuous on the attack, packed with gobs of crushed-red-fruit preserves, licorice, and sweet spice, finishing — as always with Vignon — with superb length and persistence. Drink now for its sheer primary-fruit Hedonism, or far better, do as we will and wait to pop a cork until sometime in 2020.
$38/bottle on release. Just $21.99 today on WineAccess. Shipping included on 6. read more »
Region: New Zealand
Grape type: Sauvignon Blanc
The 2014 Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc is pale golden to the rim, with piercing mineral aromas of Williams pear and granny-smith apple, with just a hint of anise. Utterly mouthwatering on the attack, jam-packed with Apple and quince, framed by bracing acidity. This is one Kiwi Sauvignon that can hold it's own against any on the US Market.
The lion's share of the entire American allocation has been earmarked for WineAccess. Suggested retail is $30 — just like Cloudy Bay. But we've never been much good at taking suggestions. Just $16.99 (!!) on today's direct import. read more »