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Staff Picks April 2018

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Ravenswood 'Belloni' Zinfandel 2014
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90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90“This is a peppery, plummy wine with plenty of grip on the palate. Structured and meaty, it rides its ripeness with ease, showing a taste of vanilla soda on the finish. Mixed black grapes account for 25% of the whole and originate from vines planted around 1900.”VB
Item Number: 28215
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $95.70
BTL
"JAM AND SPICEBlackberry and allspice dominate on the nose, offering lighter notes of hickory and plum. This single vineyard zinfandel is luscious and bold, loaded with dark fruit and jammy raspberries. The french oak advances an already wonderful spice, laying large ground to black pepper, hickory, and floral notes of hibiscus and sage. Moderate acidity and present tannins make for a lengthy zin-tailored trail to a delightful vanilla/tobacco finish. Let open for an hour or two before enjoyed with your favorite cut cooked over charcoal." — Eric

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
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94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "A beautifully crafted wine that has a deeply fragrant rose and red berry nose. The purity of grenache sings brightly. In the mouth it offers a fluid, even-paced and smoothly structured impression. Deceptive power, too. Best from 2020."  Vinous Media 91-93 "Vivid ruby. Heady,
Item Number: 25581
Bottle:$29.95
BTL
"Outstanding Value!This French classic is a lovely crimson red in the glass with a thin pink rim. A hefty bouquet of raspberries, pepper, and spices can be noted from even a few feet away. Candied cherries and raspberries on entry followed up by flavors of pepper, herbs, and hints of oak and earth. Full bodied with soft tannins and a very well balanced and structured delivery. The finish is long, lingering, and spicy. This would pair well with a lamb roast or your favorite meaty chili dish." — Michael

Domaine Simon Blanchard Montagne-St Emilion 2015
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91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "...Chocolate and hazelnut aromas with blackberry and blueberry character. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Integrated and fine. Drink or hold."—JS  " All purity of fruit and terroir. Blackberry and plums backed by hints of tobacco. Palate is fresh and
Item Number: 28059
Bottle:$19.95
Case: $239.40
BTL
"Have a Blast with BordeauxThe 2015 Domaine Blanchard Montagne-St. Emilion hits our shelves just in time for Spring! This Merlot-forward Bordeaux blend exhibits ripe raspberry, blueberry, and cocoa on the nose as well as highlights of plum, damp tobacco, and mint on the palate. With the structure to improve with age, this sub-$20 treasure should be at the top of every Bordeaux lover’s shopping list." — Jake

Chateau La Croix Lartigue Cotes du Castillon 2011
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91  James Suckling 
Wine Spectator 90 "This is rock-solid, with smoldering charcoal notes lending a pleasant framework to the core of crushed plum, blackberry and anise flavors. Dark humus accents line the finish. This has the grip for mid-term cellaring. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made."  James Suckling
Item Number: 25791
Bottle:$22.95
Case: $275.40
BTL
"A great addition for your collectionA savory expression from the Bordeaux region, this Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend will steal the show at your next gathering. A broodingly dark medium to heavy body hits the nose with soft blackberries, vanilla and cocoa. Firm tannins throughout provide the backbone as underlying coffee, tobacco and stone notes support smoky dark fruits on the palette. Will easily hold up for several years in your cellar." — Matt

Bodegas Gorosti 'Flysch' Txakolina 2016
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REGION D.O. Getariako Txakolina GRAPES 100% Hondarrabi Zuri  SOIL Rocky flysch with Limestone, calcareous clays and some sand  VITICULTURE Vines are traditionally trained high; grape set is usually about two meters above the root on pergolas. Wild yeast fermentation. Practicing organic
Item Number: 28058
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
BTL
"Springtime CitrusThis extremely youthful wine from the Basque Country located in the northern part of Spain, shows unique and complex acidity. On the nose, fresh cut grass mixed with a strong citrus aroma. On the palate, lemon, lime and sea salt, coupled with a slight effervescence." — Amanda

Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah 2015
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"We have done it again with the 2015 Ex Umbris Syrah. Black cherry, boysenberry, blueberry and plum swirl through the glass. Flavors of dried fruits, spice, pepper and layers of pie filling, berry cobbler and cigar box fill the palate. Enjoy now after 1-2 hours decantation or cellar for 6+ months
"Top Notch Washington SyrahThe 2015 Ex Umbris Syrah from Owen Roe will give any Northern Rhône a run for their money. After a decant, it opened up nicely with strong aromas of blueberry and wild game. The palette is intense, woodsy with lots of dark fruit and white pepper. I can’t think of a better pair your backyard spring barbecue." — Matt