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Staff Picks March 2019

Personally tasted and reviewed.

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Domaine de Roally Vire-Clesse 2016
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 “Notes of lime blossom, acacia honey and fresh peach introduce the 2016 Viré-Clessé, a medium to full-bodied, succulent wine with juicy acids, excellent concentration and a long, pure finish. More open-knit and accessible than the Thevent family's other wines, it's always the first
Item Number: 31193
Case: $275.40
"This is everything I want out of a chardonnay! This classically styled wine is straw colored in the glass with a nose of apricot, lime, and unmistakable butter and almond notes. It is full and creamy on the palate with pronounced lime flavors and a mineral driven finish. The oak is present, but far from being the main attraction. This would go great with a log of goat cheese, grilled octopus, or chicken in a lemon-garlic cream sauce." — Michael

Royal Tokaji 'The Oddity' Dry Furmint 2015
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88 "Crisp and aromatic, with floral and minieral notes that carry on to the palate, accenting flavors of melon and white peach. Juicy finish. Drink now through 2020" -AN  100% Furmint The Oddity is a crisp wine with lovely acidity. It is complex, elegant and balanced, exhibiting
Item Number: 24074
Case: $179.40
"What's Odd About The Oddity?With hues of pale gold in the glass and notes of subtle peaches, crisp green apple, and a slight musk on the nose this wine is rather intriguing. Bright and delicately zesty on with strong acidity The Oddity seems quite rich. Green apple and juicy honeydew are showcased with a surprising touch of fresh lemon. With strong minerality on the finish that pleasantly lingers this wine is the one you'll proudly share with others! Pair this wine with a nice plate of Carbonara - the salty bacon will help this wine stand out!" — Teressa

Wittmann 100 Hills Riesling 2016
A modern classic. Elegant with invigorating freshness of grapefruit and peach. Amazingly juicy and fresh with lively acidity and a fine minerality. An essential everyday Riesling to be enjoyed with seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, white meats or fish.
Item Number: 26647
Case: $143.40
"Excellent value riesling!This refreshing dry riesling from Germany is hard to beat for just over ten dollars. With its medium body and light straw color, this wine opens to a very lively nose of citrus up front and peach to back it up. Heavy but pleasant acidity evolves into a palate of crisp green apples and grapefruit that coats the tongue. Its tropical notes lead to a nice refreshing finish. Enjoy with fish or white meats to complete your meal!" — Lucas

La Antigua Classico Rioja Reserva 2010
A classic style Rioja produced from highest elevation vineyards located in the Sierra de la Demanda in the Rioja appellation. Ancient vines of Garnacha planted in 1940. Vines are tended in mineral soils of silica which are very unique and rare in Rioja. 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano.
Item Number: 29277
Case: $215.40
"A bargain under $20Produced at high elevation, using over 70 year old vines, this sturdy, vibrant rioja offers complexity and structure rare at this price point. A blend of garnacha, tempranillo, and graciano, cherry, plum and vanilla notes marry well to a strong oak overtone, owing to the 6 years spent in French and American casks. Almost drinks like a Southern Rhone. A Perfect compliment for savory meats and cheeses." — Matt

JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90Similar in style to the Two Blondes Vineyard bottling (although it's less expensive), the 2014 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers lots of mulled black fruits, plum, incense and damp underbrush characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, round, pleasure bent style.
Item Number: 30004
Case: $359.40
"Balance of Power and EleganceSourced from several vineyards, the 2014 Yakima Valley Cabernet from JB Neufeld is a great example of what Washington has to offer. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a big and powerful nose of blackberry and black currant, with some chocolate and baking spice. Fresh, dark fruit flavors blend seamlessly over your palate into a long, spicy and focused finish. This incredibly balanced wine is a great buy at the $30 price point, and would make an excellent addition to your wine rack." — Paul

Ratzenberger 'Bacharacher' Riesling Spatlese 2004
Item Number: 32121
"A stunning, well rounded bottle!Bright and lively aromatics of minerals, citrus and petrol. This wine is medium body with evolving stone fruit notes of mango, apricot and juicy peaches that give way to an elegant sweetness of aged honey and soft ripe pear. Pick up two bottles of this one, as I think we're just starting to see this wines aging potential!" — Allison

Forge Cellars Pinot Noir 2017
Wild raspberries - camphor - Middle Eastern spices - ripe strawberry Hand-harvested fruit from our east Seneca Lake Pinot Noir vineyards were hand-sorted and partially (30%) whole-cluster pressed. Spontaneous fermentations with native yeasts were followed by additional barrel aging for ten
Item Number: 31452
Case: $275.40
"Move over Burgundy...New York Pinot Noirs are slowly demanding the international respect they deserve, and the 2017 Forge Pinot is doing just that. On the east side of Seneca lake, Forge has committed to biointesive viticulture and organic practices. The wine is made using indigenous yeasts and hand harvested. Dark garnet in color, the nose offers baking spice, mint, and notes of bright red fruit. The first sip will surprise you with the balance of minerality and fruit, kind of a clash of old world and new world in the glass. I couldn't think of a better bottle of wine to drink while welcoming the upcoming spring months with a group of friends." — Matt