Top 10 List

Top Ten New Arrivals for October!

J L Chave Mon Coeur Cotes du Rhone 2011

This is a blend of Grenache and Syrah from purchased fruit that has wonderful texture, layers of fruit, and character. While it has plenty of weight, the true success of this wine is all the flavor that bubbles just under the surface.  

Domaine Le Fay d’Homme Muscadet 2011

The Fay d'Homme is a pure expression of the Gneiss soil. The acidity is present but not aggressive, with expression of white fruits, citrus and blossoms. The wine is immediately very well balanced and enjoyable right after bottling.

Aquitania Cabernet 2011

This delicious Cabernet has some SERIOUS firepower behind it. It has an elegant Macul nose that combines fresh red fruit, cassis, dried herbs, and red pepper. The palate is complete with smooth tannins and loads of red fruit.

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Blanc 2012

A blend of Piquepoul and Roussanne, the 2012 Languedoc Blanc is a fresh, vibrant white. The Piquepoul Blanc brings this crunchy and vivid character and the Roussanne's citrus fruits and white flowers produce this striking wine with lovely aromatics and a full silky mouth-feel.

Billard Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2012

The 2012 is a layered with fresh cherries and red berries with touches of dried herbs and spice. The weight sits nicely on the palate and finishes with a nice wave of acidity. Bravo Billard. Bravo...

La Liquiere Faugeres Les Amandiers 2012

Les Amandiers is made from young vines resulting in fresh berry aromas : red currant, strawberry, black currant. A pleasant and tender wine, offering great aromatic freshness.

Banshee Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012

Charming aromatically, this Chardonnay immediately hints toward Asian pear and apple flavors with an underlying cut of lemon framed by hints of Tahitian vanilla from fine grained French oak. It offers hints of more tropical flavors without ever fully realizing them and finishes with ample verve.

Barco de Piedra 2011

"It exhibits notes of flowers, licorice, new saddle leather, black currants and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex and on a fast maturity curve, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years." 91 Points, the Wine Advocate, #202 Aug 2012

Ludovicus 2011

Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, smoky minerals and white pepper, plus a suggestion of dried rose. Silky on entry, then firmer in the middle, with flavors of red and black fruits and floral pastille. The floral quality repeats on the lively, subtly powerful finish.

Rickshaw Cabernet 2011

Dark plum, coffee grounds, and cassis. This base is buttressed by a few mountain sources that provide a streak of red fruit, verve, and structure.

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2010

This is our second high scoring Rioja this summer! The quality coming from this classic wine region has been outstanding over the last several vintages. High quality and seemingly high value! The beautiful red comes in under $20 and was scored 95 points!

Vina Alberdi is the Reserva level bottling from La Rioja Alta. The winery was founded in 1890 by five families that had a passion for wine. They began "an exciting business venture whose founders enthusiastically shared the dream of making and ageing top-quality Rioja wines." During that time period and due to the phyloxera outbreak in France which devastated vineyards across the country, there was a heavy influence by the french in Rioja. The winery's first winemaker was a french winemaker, Monsiuer Vignier. The Vina Alberdi bottling was launched in 1978. One aspect that sets La Rioja Alta apart from its contemporaries is they own their own cooperage. This allows them to control the cost and construction of their barrels.

They also take it one step further: "Every six months, we manually rack every barrel under candlelight. It is an art to enhance the development of the wine, removing sediments in a natural way and monitoring each barrel individually."

All the fruit (100% Tempranillo) for the Vina Alberdi comes from three estate owned vineyards sites in Rodezno and Alto del Rey in Labastida: Las Monjas, Bardal and Las Cuevas. These vineyards are located at an altitude of 500-600 meters above sea level, planted more than 40 years ago in chalky-clay soils. After fermenting, the wine was aged for 2 years in American oak barrels manufactured in-house -the first year in new oak and the second in barrels averaging 3 years in age.

Professional Press: "Ripe and intense aromas of strawberries and blackberries with hints of black ink. Savory notes, too. Full-bodied, chewy and focused with linear fruit and character. Very finely crafted. Drink or hold. "

95 Points, James Suckling