Search Results

Review Score: 90 
In Stock: Yes 
Roederer Estate Brut (750ml)
Sparkling from Anderson Valley, California

93WA 93WE

The current release of the NV Estate Brut is made up mainly of fruit from the 2015 vintage. It is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir and was made with about ten grams per liter dosage. Disgorged in October of 2018, it has a fresh, open nose with pure fruit expression: crushed apples, pears and lemon peel mingle with touches of stone, flowers and toast. The medium-bodied palate offers a lovely dichotomy of toasty fruits with uplifted citrusy, minerally accents with a finely beaded mousse, and it finishes long and ultra fresh. 90,000 cases produced.

93 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Sep 2020)

An enticing, toasty, nutty aroma leads to crisp and complex flavors in this medium-bodied wine that is braced by good acidity and a fine bead of bubbles. Subtle, mature notes complement the elegant texture.

93 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2020)

$29.98

29 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
NV Villa Sandi il Fresco Prosecco (750ml)
Sparkling from Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

You'll no doubt recall Villa Sandi from my discovery of their ethereal Cartizze. From the DOCG protected and enforced zone of Valdobbiadene Superiore de Cartizze, Villa Sandi bottles their ultra-impressive expression of Prosecco in throw-back, low shouldered, heavy looking bottles recalling Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rosé. Those who experienced Cartizze with that bottling were thrilled; one taste proved my sentiment, "This is NOT Prosecco, my friends..." Cartizze has done it again. This time, it's their ridiculously well-priced, gorgeously endowed "il Fresco Prosecco," also from their pristinely positioned, highly coveted vineyards within Valdobbiadene. We've never featured any other Prosecco – other than the Cartizze offering – and for good reason. But one taste of this amazing Brut, with its precise fruit, pinpoint aromatics and the weight, definition and finish of classic Champagne, my decision was easy. This is a Prosecco for all those who adore fine bubbles. A wine worthy of your New Year's toast or to accompany your most accomplished dishes. Case buy alert – without a doubt!


92RAS

Villa Sandi is known for their Cartizze, a particular location where the finest Processo comes. I was blown away by this special Brut bottling which has has the weight, poise and intensity of Cartizze but at a fraction of the cost. We have never featured a Prosecco (other than the Cartizze), but this merits your attention, indeed. The precise fruit, aromatics... the expression of the 2015 harvest; just released.

92 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Dec 2016)

$13.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Reserve (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

Over my decades of travel, I've become rather efficient; the places I call home, from one city to another, country by country run consistent. Local hoteliers know me, as do the keepers of the best hotel lounges. They see me coming and they know of my needs: a glass of Champagne. If the caretaker is new, they'll know by week's end: Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is tops on my list.

Champagne Charlie is a friend of mine. Legendary character, I imagine I may have even enjoyed the company of the man himself. Born in 1822, Charlie was the son of Charles-Henri Heidsieck, who was himself the nephew of Florens-Louis Heidsieck, co-founder of Piper Heidsieck. The tales of heroics run throughout Charlie's family. His father went down in history for his antics in 1811, storming into Moscow ahead of Napoleon on his galloping white stallion, cases of Champagne at the ready to celebrate. It didn't matter the victor to Charles-Henri, he was there to celebrate and sell some wine!

Charlie had that same salesmanship in his gut. He popularized real Champagne in America for the first time after forming his eponymous firm in 1851. After his first visit to New York, he hired an agent to handle the business of importing his firm's Champagnes. Five years later, thousands of cases successfully sold, Charlie returned. New York lit up; banquets, balls and parties galore celebrating the man they affectionately named "Champagne Charlie."


94JS

Remarkable depth of mature aromas - tons of candied lemon peel, dried pear and brioche - plus wonderful textural richness on the palate make this stand out amongst the regular Brut NVs. Then comes the intense and very long, mineral finish to crown this prince of the category. Based on 2016 base wines, but with 52% reserve wines, almost a third of which were 10 to 20 years of age. Drink or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (Jul 2022)

$45.98
Compare At: $49.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2016 Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva (750ml)
Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

You've made this my best-selling Vino Nobile, five vintages running, consistency and unmatched quality for the coin. Continuing the trend, 2016 recalls Carpineto's groundbreaking history: 50 years ago and 50 miles southeast of Florence, near the quiet Etruscan commune of Chianciano. Giovanni C. Sacchet and Antonio M. Zaccheo had big plans for their 400 acres in Montepulciano, world-class Chianti foremost on their minds. It would be their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, however, that brought those pioneering gentleman their greatest honors. They were innovators, experimenting with 85 acres of their estate. Dry farmed vineyards were planted in their Vino Nobile parcels, the cutting edge Prugnolo Gentile planted to trellising methods unheard of in those days, clones and rootstocks varying according to soil type. The rolling hillsides of Carpineto's Vino Nobile vineyards are also home to an ancient aging cellar, dating to the 1700s, it's in these cellars where the Vino Nobile Reserve is vinified, aged, and bottled. "The king of all wines" moniker – Francesco Redi's undying gift to Vino Nobile – suits Carpineto beautifully. I love this 2016 as will you – for its density and minerality with such a long, complex finish – for me the finest yet.


95WS

A mix of fruity and savory, this red reveals as much eucalyptus, bay leaf, thyme and tobacco as black cherry, blackberry and licorice. Concentrated and solidly built, lingering with an aftertaste of dark fruit and Mediterranean herbs, plus iron and tobacco. Best from 2023 through 2042. 15,000 cases made, 7,800 cases imported.

95 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Sep 2021)

$26.98
Compare At: $29.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico NV (750ml)
Glera from Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy

94WE #1 Top 100 92JS

Aromas of white spring flower, Bartlett pear and citrus waft out of the glass. The racy, refreshing palate is full of energy, offering crisp yellow-apple, lemon drop and orange zest flavors balanced by vibrant acidity. A perlage of small, refined and continuous bubbles provides the silky backdrop.

94 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)

#1 - Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2019

A delicious and fresh Prosecco that is dry and clean with subtle lemon and fennel notes and some spicy pears. Medium body. Fine bubbles and a fruity finish. Drink now.

92 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

$22.98

20 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvee (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France

96D

The complexity and richness of Special Cuvée is unparalleled among the entry non-vintage blends of every Champagne house, short of ascending to the mesosphere of Krug. Its grand recipe explains why, built on incredible depth of 50%-60% reserves. Triumphant complexity is a given at Bollinger, but it’s the dynamic freshness and vitality that really set it apart as one of the most affordable Champagne benchmarks.

96 points, Tyson Stelzer, Decanter (Jul 2020)

$69.98

57 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Gruet Blanc de Noirs (750ml)
Sparkling from Albuquerque, New Mexico
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

When it’s time to let the bubbly flow this holiday season, there’s no better choice than the 92 pt. Gruet Blanc de Noirs, its luscious creamy mousse and refreshing acidity perfect for sipping and toasting and equally delicious as a sparkling mixer for brunch time mimosas, an Aperol spritz or a festive craft cocktail, offered at an almost unbelievable bargain price worthy of raising a glass and stocking up.

Producing his family's first Gruet et Fils in the Champagne region in 1967, French native Gilbert Gruet became intrigued with crafting a Champagne-style sparkling wine in the US, inspired by a small group of Alsatian winemakers who were quietly having success harvesting wine grapes in New Mexico. After purchasing land three hours south of Albuquerque in 1984, the Gruet family planted an experimental high-altitude vineyard exclusively with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, releasing their first US sparkling wine in 1989. Garnering consistent critical acclaim over the last three decades including a spot on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 and a Top 100 Best Buy by Wine & Spirits, experienced Reims-born “chef de cave” Cyril Tanazacqhas produced Gruet’s outstanding Blanc de Noirs in Champagne’s methode traditionnelle, crafting a deliciously refined and classically styled Pinot Noir-dominated blend balanced by Chardonnay’s racy acidity with 24 months of lees aging in the bottle to develop its complex toasty flavors.

Whether hosting an event or celebrating with family and friends, the enticing 92 pt. Gruet Blanc de Noirs is "continuous and rich with a ripe elegance" according to the Tasting Panel, its deceptively inexpensive price offering an opportunity to “pop the cork” without hesitation throughout the holiday season and beyond.


92RAS 90TP

Rich aromatics of Pinot Noir, wondering full textures, refined, with excellent finish; crisp and clean.

92 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Nov 2018)

Continuous and rich with a ripe elegance; dry, balanced, and deep; a carefully-made wine at a very reasonable price.

90 points, Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel (Apr 2018)

$12.98
Compare At: $15.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
NV Pommery Brut Royal (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

In the late 19th century, the wool industry was in crisis. But the Pommery family – miraculously, as Madame Pommery was 38 years of age, 17 years having passed since her first pregnancy – was expecting a child. So Alexandre Louis Pommery returned to the industry he knew, to provide for the family, establishing Pommery & Greno in 1858 in Reims. Primarily established as a wool trading company, the Pommery family's business – and indeed Madame Pommery – faced an immediate crisis upon the death of Louis Pommery less than a year later. Madame Pommery – intensely focused, classically elegant, determined philanthropist – began the process of building one of the most important Champagne houses in history. Her story is the very history of Champagne. In 1874, she invented the "Brut" style of Champagne that is the hallmark of the region today, "'Damas, we need a wine that is as dry as possible, but without rigidity... It should be soft and velvety on the palate... Above all, make sure it has finesse'." This style – this very definition of lightness and elegance – defines the Brut Royal to this day. It earned Madame Pommery her nickname "La Dame aux Roses" and led to an iconic brand loved the world over.


92JS

Peach, lemon, grapefruit, biscuit and some honey on the nose. Creamy and round with a juicy, peachy and lightly off-dry palate. Sleek bubbles. One third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Base vintage 2018. 9-10g/L dosage. Drink now.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2022)

$37.98

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Prestige (750ml)
Sparkling from Napa, California

91WS #54 Top 100

Packs in a lot of complexity for the price, offering aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber. The flavors are crisp and layered, with notes of raspberry and spice. Drink now. 173,000 cases made.

91 points, Wine Spectator (Nov 2014)

#54 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014
$17.98

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Andre Clouet Brut Grande Reserve (750ml)
Pinot Noir from Bouzy, Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

As the head of the historic Champagne house named for his grandfather Andre Clouet, larger than life vigneron Jean-François Clouet is considered by critics as one of the top grower-producers in the region. Jean-François' flamboyant personality, dubbed by one reviewer as a combination of "winemaker and circus ringmaster," belies his serious dedication and singular passion for producing rich and concentrated expressions of Pinot Noir-based Champagne, also known as Blanc de Noirs. From the outstanding 91pt non-vintage Grande Reserve to the exceptional 96pt Brut 1911, the champagnes of Andre Clouet exhibit the purity of the Pinot Noir fruit, with terroir-driven chalky minerality and deep complexity, ranking Andre Clouet among the region's finest producers and representing one of its best values.

Inextricably tied to Champagne's history, the Clouet family have resided in the Montagne de Reims since 1492, first serving as book printers for King Louis XV in 1491 (a legacy now reflected in the Champagne house's ornate labels), producing their first champagne in Bouzy in 1741. Highlighting the Grand Cru pedigree of their 8 hectares of mid-slope sites in Bouzy and Ambonnay, the top cuvees are sourced from these estate vineyards, with additional Pinot Noir purchased from 60 hectares of growers' vineyards and each plot vinified separately. While upholding his family's traditional approach in the vineyard including hand pruning and selection, Francois continues to innovate in the cellar, including employing Sauternes barrels sourced from Château Doisy-Daëne for aging the Brut 1911 as a way of reducing the dosage, with the goal of adjusting sweetness without adding sugar. Exhibiting a gentle mousse and refined bubbles, the wines of André Clouet also boast notably creamy textures due to Jean-François' practice of extended aging on the lees, balancing crisp acidity and tantalizing minerality.

While Andre Clouet remains relatively under the radar among the grower-producers in Champagne, these highly rated selections are among the best Blanc de Noir wines of the region, at a fraction of the price of prestige offerings from the larger Champagne houses like Krug and Bollinger. With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on an array of the exquisite, artisanal Champagnes of Andre Clouet, one of the finest grower estates in the region today, whether for everyday enjoyment, celebrations or gifting and now offered at the best pricing on the market.


91WA

The NV Brut Grand Réserve Grand Cru is a pure Pinot Noir from Bouzy. It's pure, fresh, fine and aromatic on the nose and round and delicate on the palate. The fruit-intense finish is chalky-mineral and stimulatingly fresh in its salty finesse and elegant yeastiness. Nice lemon juice flavors give an extra kick of refreshment. This is a picture-book NV Brut. No indication of disgorgement given. Tasted with Jean-François Clouet's German importer in Bremen.

91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

$34.98
Compare At: $39.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Anna de Codorniu Brut Reserva Blanc de Blancs (750ml)
Sparkling from Cava, Spain

90TP

This is a Cava of major historical importance and yet is just as relevant today. Fresh white peach, grapefruit and lime peel deliver softly onto the palate. You can't miss the stand-out packaging.

90 points, Jessie Birschbach, Tasting Panel (Apr 2016)

$10.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Heidsieck Monopole Brut Blue Top NV (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France

90WS

A bright version, with a lively mousse and an expressive palate of ripe and juicy Honeycrisp apple, toasted brioche and lemon curd. Salty finish. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Drink now through 2025. 30,000 cases made, 3,800 cases imported.

90 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Jun 2022)

$33.98

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2016 Ramon Bilbao Edicion Limitada (750ml)
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

Established in La Rioja Alta nearly a century ago, Ramón Bilbao has grown in the past several decades to over 400 acres of estate vineyards, producing a range of traditional Rioja offerings from Crianza to Gran Reserva. Produced in their Haro-based bodega, the 2016 Ramon Bilbao Rioja Edicion Limitada ("Limited Edition") is the estate's unique offering of a modern style, full bodied 100% Tempranillo, exhibiting lush dark fruit with smoky notes and flinty minerality, ready to enjoy now at an incredible value.

A native of Rioja, enologist Rodolfo Bastida took over wine making at the estate in 1999 at the age of 31, with a youthful passion to create a riper, bolder style than the estate's traditional Riojas. Sourced fromRamon Bilbao's higher altitude vineyards, the 40 year old vines are grown on shallow, well drained loam soils with traces of clay and enjoy the moderating climate influence of the nearby mountains. The Limited Edition is fermented in large oak barrels rather than steel vats and matured in new French and American oak barrique for 14 months, with a further 10 months in bottle before release. Produced in a vintage rated "Very Good" by the Rioja Control Board, the 2016 Limited Edition balances ripeness, aromatic quality and acidity, with the unique oak regimen and aging adding depth and complexity.

Reflecting the passion of winemaker Rodolfo Bastida, 2016 Ramon Bilbao Edicion Limitada is a bold, high intensity Rioja with clean, bright fruit, fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Boasting a 93pt rating at under $20, the outstanding 2016 Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition is a standard bearer for good value in the region, a food friendly Tempranillo capturing the essence of Rioja, offered at a price that makes it perfect for everyday enjoyment.


93TA

Liquorice & blackberry flavors dominate on the palate with some mocha oak, fresh acidity & deftly extracted tannins. This wine pairs nicely with all types of food because of its savory qualities. Try with Spanish or Mexican cuisine or dishes with tomato-based sauces.

93 points, Tim Atkin

Intense ruby red colour with garnet glints. Clear and bright with a presence of tears when you swirl in the glass. Clean and open with high aromatic intensity. Dark fruit (blackcurrants, plums, blackberries) predominating, with liquorice, fresh herbs and oak. Its time in the cask has provided fine oak, piquant spices and cocoa. Long and intense with balanced acidity. A presence of fine, polished tannins. The retronasal phase recalls the aromas detected on the nose.

Winery Notes

$17.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2020 Hartford Chardonnay (750ml)
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

For nearly 20 years, I've been a serious fan of the single vineyard bottlings made by Jeff Stewart and Don Hartford; their Midas touch is undeniable. You have certainly enjoyed tons of the Four Hearts Vineyard from these fellas. Not to mention the Far Coast, Fog Dance, and Three Jacks Chardonnays. The Russian River bottling highlights the blending talents of these two icons. And what a bargain it represents!


92WA 92WE 90WS

The 2020 Chardonnay Russian River Valley was barrel fermented and matured 10 months in 28% new oak. It's composed of a blend of fruit from neighborhoods across the Russian River Valley: Middle Reach, Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, Santa Rosa Plain and Sebastopol Hills. It has a nose of white peaches and lime peel with touches of toast, dark spice and roasted almonds. The palate is lush and satiny, with hedonistic, spicy fruits and fresh acidity that makes this super easy to drink! 14,000 cases produced.

92 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Jul 2022)

With a big, rich opening of toasted oak, this crowd-pleasing wine delivers tropical richness and intensity around a spicy complement of baking spice and vanilla. It is well made and balanced within a full-bodied style.

92 points, Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2022)

Precise and focused, featuring yellow apple, pear and lemon zest notes that are fresh and bright, with accents of lemon verbena and white tea on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 18,130 cases made.

90 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (Jun 2022)

$21.98
Compare At: $23.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2019 Harvey & Harriet Red (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

While you may not recognize his parents Harvey and Harriet, it’s likely you've heard of founder and winemaker Eric Jensen, who has built a loyal following for his bold Paso Robles wines under the Booker Vineyards label. Inspired to create a Cabernet blend at an affordable price as an homage to his parents, Eric Jensen crafted the opulent 94 pt. 2019 Harvey and Harriet Red Blend with rich dark fruit and lush silky tannins, “a smoking value” according to critic Jeb Dunnuck, offered at best on the market pricing for everyday enjoyment.

Purchasing 100 acres on the west side of Paso Robles in 2001, Eric began with the goal of growing top-quality fruit, eventually supplying A-list wineries including Justin Smith of Saxum and his neighbor Stephan Asseo of L'Aventure Wines before releasing his first Booker Vineyards wine to great critical acclaim in 2005. Naming his new project “My Favorite Neighbors,” initially to honor the mentorship of his neighbor Stephen Asseo, the powerful Bordeaux-inspired 2019 Harvey and Harriet is now also a tribute to his network of growers, sourcing it from select nearby vineyards in San Luis Obispo. Blending 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Syrah and 10% each Petite Sirah, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, Eric aged the 2019 Harvey and Harriet for 18 months with 60% new oak, yielding an energetic core of concentrated dark fruit with smooth, integrated tannins that make it a pleasure now and for years to come.

Boasting rich, ripe dark fruit that reflect its Central Coast origins yet “light on its feet and easy to drink” according to the Wine Advocate’s Erin Brooks, the 94 pt. 2019 Harvey and Harriet is well crafted in an approachable style, now bargain priced at a fraction of the price of comparable Napa blends, making it a go-to choice to enjoy often.


94JD

As to the reds, the 2019 Harvey and Harriet can be thought of as the more approachable, lush red in the lineup, and it always seems more black fruit-driven than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberries, sweet tobacco, cedar, and some floral violet nuances define the nose, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a beautiful texture and silky tannins. It’s a smoking value, and while it has plenty of up-front charm, it certainly has a decade or more of overall longevity.

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sep 2021)

$27.98
Compare At: $29.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne (187ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France

91WS 90WA 90V 90W&S

Elegant and finely knit, this vibrant Champagne is framed by racy acidity that enlivens the flavors of ripe boysenberry, lemon zest, brioche and chopped hazelnut. Spice and chalk notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 20,802 cases imported.

91 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2015)

The Laurent-Perrier NV Brut is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 15% Meunier, and is based on 2009 plus 15-30% reserve wines from two or three vintages. Citrus colored, this signature LP has a refined, fresh and elegant nose with brioche and delicate citrus flavors. Lean, refined and elegant on the palate, this is a dry and silky textured, vivacious, and perfectly fresh and balanced aperitif Champagne. It does not have the opinion-dividing thrill and tension of the Ultra Brut, but will probably find more friends.

90 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

Light gold. Aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, with suggestions of green tea and honey in the background. Supple and open-knit, with pliant pear and orange flavors picking up a touch of bitter herbacity with air. Closes on a spicy note, with good energy and a lingering note of white pepper.

90 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2015)

This wine’s fresh fruit and firm structure match bright lemon zest flavors with limestone severity. The fine bubbles add to the clean sensation of the finish. It’s spicy, tight and formidable, a wine to kick-start a dinner party.

90 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2015)

$19.98

37 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Rose (750ml)
Sparkling from Napa, California

90WS 89CG

Luscious and festive, this rosé has a light pink color, with floral strawberry and cream aromas and succulent raspberry, graham cracker and mineral flavors that have a crisp finish. Drink now through 2015. 42,500 cases made.

90 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2012)

Mumm has always had a way with Rosé, and it scores well once again with this nicely made and eminently accessible wine. Its ample and outgoing, mildly cherry-like traits are overlain with a lightly yeasty veneer that affords it a bit of quiet complexity, but its bearings are fixed on very lively, well-stated fruit. While it will make an entirely tasty partner to everything from poultry to the likes of milder pork dishes, it will serve equally well as a stand-alone quaff.

89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (Nov 2013)

$17.98

33 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
N.V. Chiarli Lambrusco Vecchia Modena (750ml)
Lambrusco from Lambrusco di Sorbara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

90V

Bright red-ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, violet and sweet spices. Fleshy raspberry and red cherry flavors are quite primary, picking up cinnamon and vanilla qualities with air. Shows no rough edges and finishes with good clarity and sweet, vibrant persistence. Very elegant for lambrusco and deliciously crammed with clean, sweet red berry flavors that linger long on the aftertaste. Lambrusco doesn't get much better than this.

90 points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (Mar 2013)

$17.98

25 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2020 Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (750ml)
Chardonnay from California

90WE

This full-bodied wine leads with bold new-oak aromas of grilled bread, wood char and butter, followed by luscious, ripe pear and vanilla flavors accented with toasted almonds. It's an unapologetic, barrel-fermented wine that gives a lot of pleasure.

90 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2022)

#2 - Wine Enthusiast Best Buys of 2022

$10.98

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Gruet Brut (750ml)
Sparkling from Albuquerque, New Mexico

91TP 90WS

Smooth with generous fruit and fine bubbles; fresh, juicy, and clean with tangy style; a delightful wine and an amazing value.

91 points, Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel (Apr 2018)

This sleek sparkler is expressive for its floral apple and toasty cinnamon aromas and crisp, layered flavors of lime and mineral. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.

90 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2016)

$15.98

40 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma, California

91JS

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and crushed sage. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Lean and focused on the palate with solid depth. Dry finish. Drink now.

91 points, James Suckling (Dec 2021)

$18.98

4 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Piper Sonoma Brut (750ml)
Sparkling from Sonoma, California

90WE

Blending 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 3% Pinot Blanc, with a small percentage of aged reserve wine, this sparkler is crisp in peach, orange and brioche. Densely layered, it offers a medium-bodied, rich texture and integrated acidity.

90 points, Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2022)

$18.99

55 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
ChocoVine Red Wine with Dutch Chocolate (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Holland, Netherlands

91BTI

Rich creamy chocolate, berry pie filling, nuts and delicate peppery spice aromas with a creamy sweet medium-full body and a long, tangy brandy accented finish. A delicious dessert wine.

91 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Oct 2011)

$9.99

13 bottles in stock for in-store purchase.
Available in-store only.
Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Rose Reserve (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

Over my decades of travel, I've become rather efficient; the places I call home, from one city to another, country by country run consistent. Local hoteliers know me, as do the keepers of the best hotel lounges. They see me coming and they know of my needs: a glass of Champagne. If the caretaker is new, they'll know by week's end: Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is tops on my list.

Champagne Charlie is a friend of mine. Legendary character, I imagine I may have even enjoyed the company of the man himself. Born in 1822, Charlie was the son of Charles-Henri Heidsieck, who was himself the nephew of Florens-Louis Heidsieck, co-founder of Piper Heidsieck. The tales of heroics run throughout Charlie's family. His father went down in history for his antics in 1811, storming into Moscow ahead of Napoleon on his galloping white stallion, cases of Champagne at the ready to celebrate. It didn't matter the victor to Charles-Henri, he was there to celebrate and sell some wine!

Charlie had that same salesmanship in his gut. He popularized real Champagne in America for the first time after forming his eponymous firm in 1851. After his first visit to New York, he hired an agent to handle the business of importing his firm's Champagnes. Five years later, thousands of cases successfully sold, Charlie returned. New York lit up; banquets, balls and parties galore celebrating the man they affectionately named "Champagne Charlie."


93WA 93WS

The new release of Heidsick's NV Rosé Réserve is based on the 2012 vintage, with the usual 20% of reserve wines and some 6% still red wine from Les Riceys in the Aube. Already exhibiting considerable complexity, it wafts from the glass with scents of orange rind, red plums, gingerbread and red berries. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny textured and fleshy, with lively acids and an attractively vinous profile. It was disgorged a few months ago with 11 grams per liter dosage.

93 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)

A graceful rosé Champagne, with a creamy mousse caressing the palate while juicy acidity creates a mouthwatering frame for the white cherry, grilled nut, candied pink grapefruit zest, ground ginger and cardamom spice flavors. Long and lovely on the finish, drawing you back for sip after sip. Disgorged 2018. Drink now through 2027.

93 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov 2020)

$56.99

56 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Louis Roederer Champagne Collection 242 (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France

94JS 93WA 93W&S 92V 92WS #76 Top 100

Aromas of cooked apple, bread dough and lemon tart follow through to a full body with round, delicious fruit and a rich, flavorful finish. Yet, it remains tight and fine with lovely, compressed bubbles. New energy and freshness. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of fruit and vivid intensity. 42% chardonnay, 36% pinot noir and 22% pinot meunier. 8 grams dosage. Four years on the less. A new-format non-vintage that designates the year of the 242nd harvest, 2017, plus reserve wine of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Drink or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (Jan 2022)

"Roederer's Brut Premier was created in the 1980s to prove to consumers that we could deliver consistent quality with a blend that compensated for less than perfectly ripe vintages," explains Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon. "We were blending in pursuit of maturity, of ripeness. The concept behind the Brut Collection is the opposite: we're looking for freshness—and we are embracing singularity, something we're emphasizing by enumerating each year's blend." This project has been in the making since 2012, when Lecaillon set aside 21,000 liters of wine to constitute a perpetual reserve aged in large tanks without malolactic fermentation. Sourcing has evolved too: less must is coming from cooperatives, and only vineyards cultivated without the use of herbicides inform the blend. A dedicated team oversees all this, visiting every grower three times per year. And vinification is parcel by parcel to deliver a maximum of blending components. Iteration 242 is based on the 2017 vintage (56%), supplemented by 34% reserve wines from the perpetual reserve established in 2012 and 10% foudre-aged reserve wines. So much for the composition and concept of the new NV Brut Collection 242, but how does it taste? This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it's concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up.

93+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Sep 2021)

This first release of Roederer’s new Collection is based on the 2017 harvest, the 242nd for the house. This wine replaces Brut Premier. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon bases the Collection blend on a “perpetual reserve,” held in stainless steel since 2012, with wine added in each vintage: half pinot noir, half chardonnay, none of it having undergone malolactic conversion. For the 242 blend, he included some oak-aged reserve wines before selecting individual parcel wines from partner growers, focusing on chardonnay, along with some meunier and pinot noir from the Marne Valley. The final blend is 34 percent perpetual reserve, 10 percent oak-aged reserves, and 56 percent from the 2017 harvest. While Brut Premier was a more spherical wine in the mouth, Collection 242 is finer, with greater length of flavor and more energy. The scent is floral and seashell-mineral, the texture caressing, then tense. My notes and the comments from the panel are all about the wine’s harmony and structure, without a word about fruit. It’s an exciting wine to taste and to drink.

93 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2021)

The NV Collection 242 is a new wine from Roederer that replaces the Brut Premier in the range. The Collection (which now will be numbered by harvest) is a blend of three components: a perpetual reserve done in the classic non-malo Roederer style, reserve wines in oak with a touch of malo, and a base vintage, in this case 2017. That blend results in a NV Champagne that offers lovely richness and resonance, with plenty of yellow orchard fruit and floral character. Whereas Brut Premier was typically a focused, nervy wine that, while consistently excellent, also was not always in line with the Roederer house style, the 242 tastes more like a Roederer Champagne in terms of its complexity. Incidentally, there is no Vintage, Cristal or Cristal Rosé in 2017, so all the best lots went into this bottling. Dosage is 8 grams per liter, so lower than the 9 or so that was typical for recent Brut Premier and much lower than the 12-13 that was once customary. The 242 was also bottled with a bit less sugar than the norm, which results in lower atmospheres of pressure in the bottle and silkier texture.

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Nov 2021)

A bright, harmonious Champagne, layering well-cut acidity and a chalky underpinning with flavors of white cherry, crunchy pineapple, green almond and beeswax. The finely detailed mousse carries hints of saffron and spring blossom on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 19,537 cases imported.

92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct 2021)

#76 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2021

$59.98

37 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2018 B Side Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California

91WE

Handsome, smooth and layered, this full-bodied wine marries plenty of delicious ripe black plums and blueberries with well-integrated oak accents of vanilla, cedar and cinnamon. Its texture is velvety, braced by fine-grained tannins that seamlessly support wonderful fruit and mocha notes.

91 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (May 2021)

$19.98

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
2015 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Ardanza (750ml)
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
Read More

Ranked among the upper echelon of Rioja’s traditional-style producers, La Rioja Alta’s outstanding 96 pt. 2015 Vina Ardanza Reserva punches well above its weight, offering powerful aromatics and fresh layered fruit, finishing long with hints of mineral and spice, an overachieving, ageworthy Spanish red that delivers stunning value.

As one of the oldest wineries in Spain, La Rioja Alta was founded over a century ago by five enterprising families who seized the opportunity to fill the gap in the market for complex, well-structured red wines created by the phylloxera crisis in France, setting up shop in the Barrio de la Estación district of Haro to ensure fast and efficient exporting via train. Founded as the Sociedad Vinicola de La Rioja Alta, the winery merged with Bodegas Ardanza in 1904, acquiring some of its top vineyards in Rioja Alta and later releasing its flagship Vina Ardanza in recognition of founder Don Ardanza’s contribution to the estate. Now encompassing nearly 400 hectares, La Rioja Alta’s acquisition of its own estate parcels over the years has allowed them to take a more modern approach of focusing on the individual attributes of each vineyards, sourcing the Tempranillo for the 2015 Vina Ardanza from decade’s old parcels on the estate’s organically farmed Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, while utilizing Garnacha from its rugged, low yielding La Pedriza vineyard, perched at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level in Rioja Oriental. Produced only in top vintages from the best quality grapes, the varietals for the 2015 Vina Ardanza Reserva were aged separately for up to 36 months in used American oak barrels averaging four years of age, custom crafted at their onsite cooperage, with the final blend aging three more years in bottle before release, yielding luscious red fruit hinting of toasty oak, spice, and vanilla with elegant, polished tannins.

Maintaining its “long-standing reputation for producing some of the region’s best, most traditionally made wines,” according to Josh Raynolds of Vinous, La Rioja Alta’s powerful and opulent 96 pt. 2015 Vina Ardanza ranks among Spain’s top reserve Riojas, a long-lived red expertly aged for immediate enjoyment from an iconic producer – simply put, a superb bargain.


96JS 94V

A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar and sweet spice. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced and layered with vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished. 80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha. Drink or hold.

96 points, James Suckling (Nov 2021)

Deep magenta. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black raspberry, cherry cola, potpourri, tobacco and exotic spices, plus a smoky mineral flourish. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering lush red and blue fruit, spicecake, mocha and coconut flavors that firm up on the back half. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with resonating florality, gently chewy tannins and lingering oak spice notes.

94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Apr 2021)

$35.98
Compare At: $39.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny Port (750ml)
Port from Barossa, Australia

97AWC 95RAS

Fully aged but bright tawny; the very complex Xmas cake bouquet has all manner of Asian spices asking to be heard; the palate is very luscious yet magically made elegant by its burnt sugar acidity.

97 points, Halliday Wine Companion (Jul 2013)

Rich, complex and fragrant of nuts and vanilla, amber colored, viscous, with intensity and a clean finish. Harmonious, mature, and luscious.

95 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Dec 2018)

$89.98

7 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France

91WS 90WA 90V 90W&S

Elegant and finely knit, this vibrant Champagne is framed by racy acidity that enlivens the flavors of ripe boysenberry, lemon zest, brioche and chopped hazelnut. Spice and chalk notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 20,802 cases imported.

91 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2015)

The Laurent-Perrier NV Brut is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 15% Meunier, and is based on 2009 plus 15-30% reserve wines from two or three vintages. Citrus colored, this signature LP has a refined, fresh and elegant nose with brioche and delicate citrus flavors. Lean, refined and elegant on the palate, this is a dry and silky textured, vivacious, and perfectly fresh and balanced aperitif Champagne. It does not have the opinion-dividing thrill and tension of the Ultra Brut, but will probably find more friends.

90 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

Light gold. Aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, with suggestions of green tea and honey in the background. Supple and open-knit, with pliant pear and orange flavors picking up a touch of bitter herbacity with air. Closes on a spicy note, with good energy and a lingering note of white pepper.

90 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2015)

This wine’s fresh fruit and firm structure match bright lemon zest flavors with limestone severity. The fine bubbles add to the clean sensation of the finish. It’s spicy, tight and formidable, a wine to kick-start a dinner party.

90 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2015)

$59.98

18 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1
Santa Margherita Prosecco (750ml)
Sparkling from Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy

92D

Attractive sweetness on the palate, which at the same time displays drive and focus. Mineral-charged with bright lemon notes and a firm crispness.

92 points, Decanter (Nov 2018)

$19.98+$2 packaging fee

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
1