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Herencia Altes Benufet Garnacha Blanca 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The intriguing nose of the 2015 Benufet is already developing a petrol-like note combined with the meaty white fruit Garnacha Blanca is able to achieve, especially from extremely old vines like this. There is also a faint peachy pit note. The palate is very tasty, it makes you
Item Number: 25522
Case: $167.40
"late summer sipperIf you want to think outside the box, try this tasty garnacha blanca from Spain. Nice acidity like a Sancere with a hint of stone fruit such as peach. Perfect for this time of year. Any kind of shellfish should pair well with this wine. Enjoy this while summer is still here!" — Tim

Maz caz Blanc Grenache Blanc/Rousanne 2016
Hand harvested, organically-grown grapes, gently pressed and fermented in tank to preserve the vibrant fruit flavors of peaches and pears. The label depicts an oyster… go figure that is a perfect pairing! Still, this has enough weight to stand up to roast chicken and the like.   REGION Costières
Item Number: 25789
Case: $155.40
"Bright & Elegant!This balanced blend from the Rhône Valley is quite unique. Its light straw color with vibrant hues draws you in, and with notes of grapefruit and musky citrus, it keeps you in. On the palate there's an intriguing acidity and salinity. One cannot forget the pleasant tree fruit coming in as well, such as pear and peaches, making it an elegant and well rounded wine. Will pair beautifully with oysters and seafood of the like." — Teressa

Casa Castillo El Molar 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-93 "I tasted a first tentative blend of the 2015 El Molar a few weeks before bottling, a very pale and delicate, perfumed and insinuating Garnacha. The bottling was finally delayed, so I didn't have time to taste the final version, hence the range of scores, which should be pretty
Item Number: 23974
"Another Amazing Deal From SpainJumilla is constantly putting out incredible values and this is a perfect example. The body has elegant notes of red and black currant that with a subtle herbaceous spice on the finish. With just a little bit of aeration a gentle milk chocolate note emerges that brings everything together. This is a stunning wine and if it was from a more popular region could go for twice the price." — Mike

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2016
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90 "Hard not to enjoy the succulence and vivaciousness of this off-dry riesling that's brimming with white peach and lemon freshness. Drink now . Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green certified. Screw cap."  Tasting Notes “The wine is the absolutely perfect manifest destiny of
Item Number: 25150
"UNBEATABLE VALUEThis perfectly refreshing off-dry riesling shines in the glass with a mintish hue. The nose, with some mild tropical notes, is bright and fresh - like a just-bitten apple. Giant taste. Lots of fruit, mainly citric, with a touch of greens. Lighter body with pink grapefruit and granny smith taking the main stage. Wet slate works the background with hints of nectarine and ripe pear. Orange blossom honey elegantly mingles with all the citrus, and plays perfectly to the touch of sweetness. Great now, but would be a solid addition to the wine rack. This acidic beaut begs for a spicy or fatty dish." — Eric

Domaine Vincent Ricard Touraine Les Trois Chenes 2015
Vincent Ricard’s latest release of old-vine Sauvignon Blanc, Les Trois Chênes 2015, is one that should make the starting roster for anyone’s springtime outdoor dining go-to list. Les Trois Chênes comes from a parcel of Sauvignon Blanc planted in 1950 on a south-facing slope of sandy clay-limestone.
Item Number: 25816
Case: $203.40
"Knockout Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley!Sancerre and Pouilly Fume aren't the only kings of the Loire. This dry Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine will give any Sancerre a run for it's money. The nose opens up with sharp hints of melon and lemon zest that lead to floral undertones which are unique to this region. After the first sip you get notes of green apple, limes, and pear that linger on to a zesty finish. What's special about this wine is it's light bodied smooth texture which makes it a versatile pairing for many foods, from fish tacos to summer salads." — Matt

Grand Moulin (Barbet) Beaujolais 2013
View from the Cellar 91+ "The 2013 Moulin-à-Vent from Xavier et Nicolas Barbet is a lovely example of this very classic, low fat vintage, wafting from the glass in a fine aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, a touch of currant leaf, espresso, complex, dark soil tones, pepper and a topnote
"A Fall Go-toAlthough often overlooked, Beaujolais is the perfect red for the transition into the cooler fall weather. Grown in the pink granite soil of Moulin-a-vent, this medium bodied red exhibits bright cherry notes as well as characteristics of tobacco and tanned leather. Tannic structure suggests that this wine shouls age well until 2020 but is certainly ready to drink now." — Jake