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Roederer Estate Brut (750ml)
Sparkling from Anderson Valley, California

93WS #27 Top 100

Seamless and silky, showing an almost effortless sense of complexity, with notes of lemon and pear paired with toasty brioche, fresh ginger and hazelnut details. Drink now. 80,000 cases made.

93 points, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Jul 2018)

#27 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018

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2016 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Agustin Huneeus, "one of the finest winemakers in the world" (WA) - Quintessa, Veramonte - and a heck of an interesting guy - credits Goethe as inspiration for his Faust label - is a bit of an anomaly. Agustin's life in wine began in 1960, as CEO of Concha y Toro. Once "little" CyT grew into Chile's largest firm under Agustin. That "power player" pattern continued - Seagram's, Concannon, Franciscan - until Agustin caught the "terroir bug;" by 1999, divested of all other interests, Agustin's sole focus became Quintessa. Expressing Quintessa's terroir became paramount; driving Agustin's every move. And then there's his "passion" - as he describes Faust. Quoting Goethe at every turn when discussing Faust, you know he's passionate about the project; "Who burns the same?" But what is he doing? That's the anomaly. "Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley's noblest grape - full bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon." It's not about soil, it's about grapes (sourced from Rutherford, Coombsville, Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, St Helena); it's about powerful, pure, perfect Cabernet. Oh, and the wine is made at the Quintessa winery by Rebekah Wineburg starting in 2015 and she just might have made the best Faust yet - yep, winemaker for Quintessa. Conceptually intriguing project to say the least; thrilling to drink without question!


94JS 93WS 92WA

This is firm and juicy yet generous and fruity at the same time. Has a plush and wild feel. Extremely savory. Flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (May 2019)

Lush and inviting, with cassis, creamed plum and boysenberry puree flavors gliding through on a very polished structure, while anise, mocha and tobacco accents check in on the finish. A seductive style. Drink now through 2028.

93 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Insider: Mar 13, 2019)

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged for 19 months in 30% new French oak. The core of the fruit comes from the Coombsville estate blended with some mountain and valley floor fruit from elsewhere. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it offers a beautiful core of ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and lavender with nuances of cedar chest, pencil lead and camphor plus a waft of tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a nice, firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and well-played freshness delivering a long, vibrant finish.

92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Dec 2018)

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2017 Leviathan Red (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Leviathan is a red blend from legendary winemaker Andy Erickson, the former winemaker for Screaming Eagle. With two 100pt wines and numerous additional accolades under his belt, Andy is recognized as one of Napa’s premier winemakers. Leviathan began in 2004 as a passion project. Andy wanted to take all of his winemaking experience and vineyard knowledge from around California and create a single red blend that was free from the restraints of appellations and varietals. This is winemaking without restriction.


94JD

Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah brought up in 25% new French oak, the 2017 California Red Wine sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a rich, powerful, opulent style that certainly puts a smile on your face. Notes of currants, chocolate, spice box, and earthy, herbal notes all emerge from this sexy, seamless effort that has full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and outstanding finish. It’s a smoking value to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan 2020)

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NV Villa Sandi il Fresco Prosecco (750ml)
Sparkling from Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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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..." Recently released, based on the perfect growing season and immaculate harvest of 2015, 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)

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2016 Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Despite his abrupt death in a crocodile-infested river in the jungles of Nicaragua in 1869, the legacy of the infamously colorful Count Haraszthy prospers today at the historic Buena Vista Winery he founded in 1857. Recently acquired by the equally colorful bon vivant and vin extraordinaire Jean Claude Boisset, Buena Vista has enjoyed significant investment and masterful management. Notable is the addition of a Napa Valley Cabernet bottling wisely added to the line up of the estate located on Old Winery Road, Sonoma. The Napa Cab is sourced from both Oak Knoll and St. Helena with less than a year in French oak of which 20% is new. The oversized, heavy bottle harkens to bottles of the 19th century – matching the classism of wine. The Count is still considered California's most acclaimed and flamboyant vinicultural pioneer but some would contend Boisset could be his match. Who's down for the Count?


95JS 93RAS

This is wonderfully balanced and refined with plum and currant character. Medium to full body. Juicy and delicious currants, berries and cherries on the finish. Succulent. Shows reserve. Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Feb 2020)

Elegantly fashioned, as Napa wines once were, lets say '60s, '70s, '80s and into the '90s, poise, moderate stature, pure Cab aromatics, lovely on the palate, balanced, without any extremes. Super selection of material with modest judicious oak, well integrated and medium tannins that are true.

93 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Nov 2019)

Enticing aromas of currants and cranberries spring from the glass in this rich and luxurious wine. Flavors of blueberry and strawberry coat the palate with hints of cocoa and a touch of cardamom on the finish. This is a full-bodied wine with fine grained tannins and a long and intense finish.

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2017 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Seldom does a head winemaker take over the reins at Beringer. There had been three since the '70s. Myron Nightingale was responsible for the turn-around at Beringer in the '70s. He introduced the Private Reserve Cabernet and Chardonnay. His understudy, the great Ed Sbragia, guided Beringer through the great successes during the '80s and '90s and passed his position to Laurie Hook in 2000.

In 2015, Hook stepped down and Mark Beringer took charge. Mark is a direct descendant of Jacob Beringer, one of the Beringer brothers who founded the iconic winery in 1876 - one of Napa's oldest and respected estates. Mark's oeuvre is apparent these days Knights Valley Cabernet, guess its fair to say, "didn't fall far from the tree."


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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley) is powerful, dense and wonderfully rich, with tons of the savory and mineral inflections that make Knights Valley Cabernets so alluring. This mineral character helps to play off the natural radiance of the year. Graphite, game, menthol, licorice and red fruit are front and center. In this vintage, the wine has a bit more suppleness and red fruit than it usually does.

91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan 2020)

This sits in the redder-fruit zone for the variety and has sappy, leafy nuances with ferrous notes, too. The palate has a smooth array of juicy red and dark-fruit flavors and supple tannins, framed in sweet oak spice. Medium body. Drink now.

91 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

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Tanqueray Malacca Gin (1L)
From Cameron Bridge, Lowlands, Scotland

94WE

For years, Malacca was best known as a cult gin. Slightly sweeter and less junipery than London dry gins, it is supposedly based on Charles Tanqueray’s own 1830s recipe. It was made available briefly in the late 1990s, before it was whisked off the shelves. Once again, this is a limited-edition bottling. It’s soft, herbal and fresh, with green notes that evoke spearmint and basil, just enough juniper for backbone, and a delicate rosewater finish. It’s a natural for classic cocktails, so let’s hope it sticks around a while this time.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2014)

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2018 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Andre Tchelistcheff first explored Hoffman Mountain; 2,200 feet in elevation, steeply sloped, high above the Central Coast fog line of Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach to the south) with its calcareous soils and beaming sunshine. He knew he had discovered prime vineyard land, described the place as "a jewel of ecological elements." That mountain would be home to Paso's first modern commercial vineyard and winery in 1964 when Tchelistcheff and Dr. Hoffman teamed up. When the Daou brothers set foot on that spot, their dream came true. Passionate, driven, obsessed by world-class Bordeaux varietals, Daniel and Georges Daou have found in this place – now christened Daou Mountain – the perfect location for cultivating captivating Cabernet.


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This entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon is the only Cabernet in the Daou portfolio made entirely of purchased fruit and is intended to be drunk young. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 11 months in 60% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple, it opens with pure crème de cassis and meaty touches, slow to unfurl, over pure blackberries, cedar and dried thyme. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes with flavor in the mouth, purely defined but very ripe, with a very finely grained frame and a youthful cloaking of new oak, finishing long, fresh and classy.

92 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Jan 2020)

Checking in at 13.9% natural alcohol, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding, with a forward, charming yet also structured style. Classy notes of cassis, currants, and violets all emerge from the glass, and it’s already drinking beautifully.

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2019)

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2017 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Agustin Huneeus, "one of the finest winemakers in the world" (WA) – Quintessa, Veramonte – and a heck of an interesting guy – credits Goethe as inspiration for his Faust label – is a bit of an anomaly. Agustin's life in wine began in 1960, as CEO of Concha y Toro. Once "little" CyT grew into Chile's largest firm under Agustin. That "power player" pattern continued – Seagram's, Concannon, Franciscan – until Agustin caught the "terroir bug;" by 1999, divested of all other interests, Agustin's sole focus became Quintessa. Expressing Quintessa's terroir became paramount; driving Agustin's every move. And then there's his "passion" – as he describes Faust. Quoting Goethe at every turn when discussing Faust, you know he's passionate about the project; "Who burns the same?" But what is he doing? That's the anomaly. "Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley’s noblest grape – full bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon." It's not about soil, it's about grapes (sourced from Rutherford, Coombsville, Yountville, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, St Helena); it's about powerful, pure, perfect Cabernet. Oh, and the wine is made at the Quintessa winery by Rebekah Wineburg starting in 2015 and she just might have made the best Faust yet – yep, winemaker for Quintessa. Conceptually intriguing project to say the least; thrilling to drink without question!


92JS

Lovely softness and balance to this wine. Aromas and flavors of currants and blueberries. Medium-to full-bodied. Refined and beautiful now. Drink and enjoy.

92 points, James Suckling (Feb 2020)

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2015 Francis Coppola Claret Black Label Diamond Collection (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from California

90WE

Nicely concentrated, smoothly polished and with good structure, this wine balances power and grip with a graceful mouthfeel and ripe but not overripe black-cherry flavors. Packaged with a wrap of gold netting, this wine has moderate tannins and medium to full body, so it will be enjoyable on all kinds of occasions.

90 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2017)

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2016 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, California

91JD

I loved the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, which has loads of character in its blackcurrant, plum, licorice, and vanilla oak-laced aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and balanced, it’s a delicious, high-quality effort to drink over the coming 7-8 years. It’s a smoking value.

91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan 2019)

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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)

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2015 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Finca Ygay (750ml)
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
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The birthplace of Rioja, where every vine is estate owned, Marques de Murrieta spans 750 acres across the majestic Ygay Estate. Generations of proud traditionalists have toiled the land here, identifying three dozen unique parcels, where terroir and topography contribute to the unique cuvees we've been enjoying for decades. The benchmark for value-priced Rioja, nothing competes with Murrieta's Reserva Finca Ygay. One of the perennially consistent Rioja producers. Another gem in 2015. One of their more limited, inspired and unique wines has got to be this – their bottling known as Capellanía, from a single, centenarian vineyard of extremely old vines. It's a white wine – with the depth and soul of their reds – which takes its staggering complexity from a year and a half in new French oak barrels followed by one year in bottle. The vineyard itself, which is the source of the wine as well as the name, is planted on a ridge, the highest elevation in the Ygay Estate, perched at 1,600 feet elevation. Planted to 100% old-vine Viura, this site is exclusively segregated for this monumental bottling. Fermentation is intentionally slow, painstaking, lasting 24 days in steel. The final aging – in 225-liter French oak barrels – will take much longer, 17 months to reach its zenith. I've consumed the world's greatest white wines across decades worth of vintages. If you have a taste for the finest, this should be in your collection.


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The red blend 2015 Rioja Reserva is 80% Tempranillo with 12% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha, a little more Graciano and Mazuelo, something logical in ripe and warm years like 2015. It's produced with grapes from a diversity of the 30 different plots within the estate, to represent the character of if. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in American oak barrels for 18 months. It's spicy and somewhat balsamic, with some dusty tannins. It's a ripe and powerful vintage that only suffers next to the 2016 I tasted next to it when there's a jump in precision and finesse. This is by far the largest volume produced at Murrieta, with almost one million bottles.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

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The Glenlivet 12yr Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Ballindalloch, Speyside, Scotland

90WE 90WHA

Vibrant gold with orange highlights, fruity scent of apples and pears plus a whiff of vanilla. Soft, velvety feel. This is a pleasant and drinkable Scotch, but the flavors are relatively muted. It mixes well with other flavors, making it a good contender for cocktails. Good value.

90 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2011)

Antique amber color. This whisky maintains the elegance cherished by Glenlivet enthusiasts, but finishing the whisky in limousin oak produces a whisky of deeper wood notes, particularly wood spices (vanilla, sandalwood, perhaps even mint) and floral notes. It’s rich, complex, and dry-especially on the finish.

90 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 9, #1)

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2015 Condado de Haza Tinto (750ml)
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Alejandro Fernández (88 years young) arrived to the tiny village of Pesquera de Duero and purchased his first winery in 1972. A modest, 16th century stone bodega and press house, it would soon be home to the region's rebirth. Alejandro was a pioneer, his Viña Alta vineyard – 3,000 feet above the Duero River – planted to the first wire-trained vines in the region. Alejandro bottled his first Tinto Pesquera in 1975, gaining international notoriety with his 1982 vintage, dubbed by Parker the "Petrus of Spain." During Pesquera's boom in the early 1980s, Alejandro discovered a striking ridge, seemingly abandoned, perfectly situated with a south facing slope that led all the way to the Duero River banks. Soil analysis indicated that Alejandro had discovered the perfect parcel; sub-soils, exposure, drainage and top soils ideally suited for Tempranillo. By 1989, the "Master of Tempranillo" had planted his first 100 acres to this ridge – today, 500 contiguous acres are planted. This stunning estate rises high above the Duero River, on the opposite side of Pesquera, near the hilltop village of Haza. Christened Condado de Haza, this is home to Alejandro's bold, barrel aged beauty. For 2015, it's as intense as I've experienced in years, a testament to the Master's decades of powerful consistency.


93JS 92RAS

Aromas of blackcurrants, crushed violets, rosemary and thyme. Full body, good concentration and silky tannins with a pure and vivid finish. Drink or hold.

93 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)

2015 is a return to the consistent style of Condado de Haza. Ghost of pickle from the American Oak is perfectly done this vintage, with more ripeness from the vintage in the style of the lovely 2012.

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

Intensely garnet red in color, the Crianza's juicy notes of ripe berries are accented by soft touches of sweet spice and violet on the palate.

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Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvee (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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I always admired Mme. Lily Bollinger of Reims, the most quotable queen of Champagne. She was right when she said "I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory." Totally agree. Agent 007 does, too. Every Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig has insisted on Bollinger. Bolly is one of the most distinctive Champagnes; its house style warm, deep and rich, dominated by pinot and aged on lees to perfection. You can tell that in the first-tier Special Cuvee as well as the great vintages. The Brut Special Cuvee balances spicy fruit and biscuit toast, is ripe and round with a clean mineral finish, cellar master Gilles Descôtes working his magic, blending reserve wines to reach perfection. It's precisely this massive stock, 600,000 magnums of the finest vintages, resting quietly, deep in Bollinger's cellars which create the backbone of the Special Cuvee. The newest release offers harmony above all else, its distinctive character immediately recognizable. Buy plenty; grab some magnums for the celebrations upcoming. You only live twice.


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Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy. Drink now through 2022. 11,500 cases imported.

93 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov 2017)

A Champagne in good form, the nose has a playful contradictory nature with complexity that comes from deep within the DNA cast against some very fresh notes - lime citrus, lime leaf, lemon, nectarine, white cherry and deeper more brambly red fruits, plus gentle spices and freshly roasted nuts, all here. The palate has supple, smooth and creamy texture with a flavorsome wrap of fleshy peach and white cherry flavor. Smooth, deep and round, acidity holds fresh right through to the fresh almond finish. Drink now or hold for up to five years.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2015)

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Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Roederer – founded in 1776 in Reims – is one of the rare family owned companies in Champagne. Galloni – phenomenal Champagne critic – shares my view of this important house: "Roederer is one of my favorite Champagne houses. Every wine that emerges from this cellar in Reims is impeccable." From the delicate Brut Rosé to their dazzling Cristal, Roederer remains true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Their Brut Premier – their original "house" Champagne – is a cornerstone for the estate, having survived even the upheavals of the early 1900s. The predecessor of today's Brut Premier was so important to Léon Olry Roederer that when the family's property was destroyed during World War I, he sourced grapes from every corner of the region to ensure continuity. Today, Roederer owns close to 600 acres and a staggering 410 individual parcels, each managed and harvested independently. Their long-held key to success is land ownership, and this philosophy was born from a desire to preserve the consistency of Léon Olry's "house" Champagne. Stock up. You can never have too much of such a "gorgeous" thing.


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Finely knit and elegant overall, this vivacious Champagne is creamy and satiny in texture, with layers of yellow plum, chalk, toast, glazed apricot and lemon curd. Offers a lingering, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 20,750 cases imported.

92 points, Wine Spectator (Nov 2015)

To judge by the cork, this bottling has some age, giving it a toasty as well as fruity character that adds complexity to this baked-apple and citrus-flavored wine. It also means that it needs no further aging and is delicious to drink now.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2015)

Beautifully composed reduction across lemon citrus, white peach, cherries and deeper, more savory notes of spice and grilled nuts; fresh and complex at once. The palate's assertively flavored, yet runs on a smooth and fine textural thread. Acidity is paramount, redder fruits hold court here. Great balance and depth. Drink now.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2015)

Pale gold. Spice- and mineral-accented orchard and pit fruits on the intensely perfumed nose, with hints of toasty lees and brioche adding complexity. Sappy, penetrating and floral on the palate, offering juicy Meyer lemon, pear and melon flavors braced by a smoky mineral underpinning. Closes spicy and very long, leaving a sexy honeysuckle note behind.

91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2015)

Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic and blends about 40% Pinot Noir (from Bouzy and Ambonnay), with 20-25% Meunier (whose share is declining in this blend) and Chardonnay. Two-thirds of the grapes come from estate vineyards, one-third is purchased. (Mind you that all the other Roederer cuvées are sourced exclusively form their own vineyards!) The newest release of the Premier is based on 75% 2009 and 25% reserve wines, which are, since 1996, single vintage wines aged in large oak casks between 6,000 and 10,000 liters. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon holds 160 vats of reserve wines that are stored blank, so without lees, which otherwise would dominate the taste, says Lécaillon. "I don't like the reductive yeast flavors. Instead I am searching for a slightly oxidative and oaky style in my reserve wine." Lécaillon's youngest Premier did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine opens very bright, precise and refined, with toasty and white chocolate flavors. Absolutely delicate and elegant on the palate, this is a light, silky textured and remarkably finesse-full Champagne that is fresh on the palate, thanks to its structure and slightly oaky flavors. Excellent.

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

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Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico NV (750ml)
Glera from Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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First taste of Nino Franco Rustico was in Ipanema, oddly enough, long before Prosecco was a household name or even known in the U.S. We have championed this sparkler ever since. Hard to believe that was two passports ago in 2004. How pleasing to read Rustico was selected as the #1 Wine of the Year (2019) by the Wine Enthusiast! The wine has remained true to the origins of Prosecco, that is, from the hillside vineyards of Valdobbiadene – the source of the very best Prosecco. This is a serious sparkling bargain. Congratulations to family of Nino Franco as 2019 marks 100 years of winemaking in Valdobbiadene. Now that is something to celebrate.


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)

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The Macallan 18yr Sherry Oak Cask Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Craigellachie, Speyside, Scotland

92WE

This Speyside single malt is matured in Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain, for a minimum of 18 years. The amber spirit has a big, warm caramel flavor, finishing with a touch of sweet honey, bitter chocolate and espresso on the lingering finish. Viscous, creamy mouthfeel.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2011)

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Gruet Blanc de Noirs (750ml)
Sparkling from Albuquerque, New Mexico
B-21 Top Recommendation
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How does a French winemaking family find itself making world-class sparkling wine in the New Mexico desert? A visit to New Mexico – a vision that planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the desert could yield serious Methode Champenoise – a leap of faith and Jeroboam of intuition. That was the early 1980s. By 1999, the Gruet family had sold a million bottles. In 2011 they earned their place in the Wine Specator's Top 100 for the Blanc de Noirs. Tasting through the Gruet offerings recently, the Blanc de Noirs remains my favorite – bubbles that will please any Francophile.


92RAS 90WE #43 Top 100 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)

Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made.

90 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2011)

#43 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

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)

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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

28 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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Cardenal Mendoza Brandy (750ml)
From Jerez, Spain

90-95WE

A delightful and massive bouquet of ripe grapes and fruit-topped cheesecake with deep-seated aromas of prunes, dates, figs, coffee beans and chocolate-covered cherries. The palate entry is long, sweet, cocoa-like and rich; at midpalate subtle bittersweet hints of citrus, black coffee and caramel emerge. Finishes virile, sweet and concentrated.

90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Nov 2005)

$34.99

10 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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2017 Michael David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, California

91WE

This bold, flamboyant wine shows a deep, dark color and extravagant aromas of mulled fruit and baking spice. The palate is delicious in ripe black-fruit flavors that are framed by soft tannins that seem to melt in the mouth. For all its big features, it's easy to drink and appreciate.

91 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2020)

$14.98

56 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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2018 Hartford Chardonnay (750ml)
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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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!


92WS 91WA

Luscious, rich and full of creamy white fruit flavors flanked by buttery accents. Spicy plushness lingers into the finish, with some honeyed notes. Drink now through 2024. 17,000 cases made.

92 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Apr 2020)

Already bottled, the 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley sings of fresh Bosc pears, white peaches and pink grapefruit with hints of powdered ginger, shaved almonds and white pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has great vibrancy and juiciness with effortless fruit expression and lovely savory layers on the finish. I wish all Chardonnays at this price point tasted this good! 17,000 cases were made.

91+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb 2020)

$22.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Reserve (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Champagne Charlie was a legendary character; the son of Charles-Henri Heidsieck, himself the nephew of Florens-Louis Heidsieck, she the 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. He popularized real Champagne in America for the first time after forming his eponymous firm in 1851. New York lit up; banquets, balls and parties galore celebrating the man they affectionately named "Champagne Charlie." Modern-day celebrations are just as festive, especially if you're pouring the Brut Rosé Reserve. Bottle aged for more than three years, it's a complex, decadent bubbly. Heidsieck's Brut Reserve benefits from that same bottle aging, its deeply complex notes of toast and stone fruits making a true category crusher. Can't go wrong with Champagne Charlie; fame and history on your side.


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Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve was disgorged earlier this year. It's showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012- or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening.

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

$49.99

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Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut (750ml)
Sparkling from Champagne, France

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The NV Cuvée Rosé Brut is 100% Pinot Noir based on 2008 (90%). The color is an intense orange-colored pink and the nose offers beautifully subtle, but also deep, intense flavors of ripe and macerated Pinot Noir and lemon. There is also great purity and finesse on the structured palate. The finish is fresh and reveals a perfect fruit. This Rosé drinks almost like a light red wine.

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

Vivid orange-pink. An expressive, spice-accented bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, orange pith, white flowers and ginger, with a hint of rhubarb adding an earthy flourish. Sappy and broad in the mouth, offering intense red fruit and bitter citrus flavors underscored by chalky mineral and white pepper notes. Rich yet lively rosé with excellent closing thrust and floral persistence.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2015)

Vibrant and harmonious, this offers a finely detailed bead and a well-meshed range of crushed raspberry, white peach, toasted almond, bergamot and biscuit flavors riding the lacy mousse. Features a clean-cut finish, with ripe fruit and mineral accents. Drink now through 2020. 8,199 cases imported.

92 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2015)

Orange-pink in color, this dry wine has some good bottle age that has rounded the corners and allowed toast to join the red fruits and orange zest flavors. A complex background of acidity, structure and final tautness makes this wine ready to drink now.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2014)

$74.98

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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
$17.99

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Killepitsch Herbal Liqueur (750ml)
From Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

95WE

...Old or new, it’s complex and delicious, with a Cognac-like dried-fruit and spice base—raisins, dates, cherries, figs, cinnamon, sarsaparilla and black pepper all can be detected. Would make a dynamite digestif, especially paired with a fruity dessert.

95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2012)

$23.99

24 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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2017 Michael David Petite Petit (750ml)
Petite Sirah from Lodi, California

90WE

Dense and concentrated, even chewy, this full-bodied wine is a show-off, from the deep, dark color to the dark chocolate and blackberry jam flavors and even the rich, almost thick texture. Its firm tannins are off-set by superripe flavors that linger on the finish.

90 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2020)

$13.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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Brinley Gold Shipwreck Vanilla Rum (750ml)
From St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

93WE Top 50

Blended with Madagascar vanilla extract, this flavored rum has a mild, oaky aroma, a rounded, robust vanilla-bean flavor touched with coffee and a cinnamon zing.

93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2014)

Wine Enthusiast Top 50 Spirits of 2014

$23.99

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