Tasting notes, Jan. 31, 2024; French Values

                     French Values 2022 Claude Branger Le Fils de Gras MoutonsOn Sale for $14.40 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine / Loire Valley / France100% Melon de Bourgogne The “children of the fat sheep” (Fils de Gras Moutons) is so-named for the 40 year-old, early maturing Melon de Bourgogne vines from which its fruit is sourced (the later ripening fruit[…]

Tasting notes, Jan. 27, 2024; Bordeaux Varietals

                     Bordeaux Varietals 2022 DucasseBlancOn Sale for $17.60 Bordeaux / France70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon BlancSourced from 35-year-old vines planted on clay and limestone, the Ducasse Blanc displays a lovely balance of plush white fruits and minerals. This bottling is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. 2019 Senejac RougeOn Sale for $22.40 Haut-Médoc / Bordeaux /[…]

Tasting notes, Jan. 20, 2024; Lesser-known grapes

                     Unusual Varietals 2022 PortazBlancOn Sale for $15.99 Apremont / Savoie / France100% JacquereApremont is located in the French alps and yields some of the freshest whites in all of France. Portaz creates this floral, apple tinged bottling from grapes from 30-50 year-old vines. 2022 Torre Beati PecorinoOn Sale for $21.99 Abruzzo / Italy100% PecorinoA densely[…]

Tasting notes, January 6, 2023; Hearty Reds

                     Hearty Reds 2015 Senejac RougeOn Sale for $22.40  Haut-Médoc / Bordeaux / France 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, 4% Petit VerdotSenejac is a 100 acre property located on the left bank of the Gironde river. The wine is aged in 33% new French oak barrels for 12-15 months. The gravelly soils of[…]

Tasting notes, December 30, 2023: Our Favorites

                     Favorites 2022 Huet Le Haut Lieu On Sale for $34.40 Vouvray / Loire Valley / France 100% Chenin BlancLe Haut Lieu is the oldest vineyard employed by the Huet family, having been originally planted in 1928. The soils here are heavy in brown clay which imparts body and accessibility to the wine. 2021 Collotte Marsannay BlancOn[…]

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2019 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon,  Oakville, Napa Valley, CA Regular price: $195 per bottle Sale price: $145 per bottle Groth is the home of Napa Valley’s first 100 point wine and they are still independent and family owned now into their second generation. Representing the finest lots of the vintage from the Reserve blocks on[…]

Tasting notes, Dec. 20, 2023; Gift wines

                     2022 Coulaudin-Bussy ChablisOn Sale for $25.60  Milly / Chablis / France 100% ChardonnayThe warm, sunny conditions of the 2022 growing season have allowed this well proportioned Chardonnay to present a wealth of youthfully exuberant fruit and honey notions. True to type, this Chablis showcases minerality effortlessly. 2021 Grand Veneur FontaineOn Sale for $56 Châteauneuf-du-Pape[…]