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Staff Reviews March 2018

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Gremillet 'Selection' Brut NV
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Hints of toasted brioche, creme de cassis and preserved lemon are carried on the creamy mousse of this bright and balanced Champagne. Smoky Finish."  " The Brut NV contains two grape varieties: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This results in a refreshing champagne, with
Item Number: 26939
"Bubbles Are Better!This bottle may qualify as sparkling wine value of the year for Empire Wine. A beautiful mousse forms in the glass with scents of baked apple and toast. The mouthfeel is spectacular with finely knit bubbles that glide across the palate. The yeasty flavors give way to pear, apple, and honey on the crisp finish. "Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." - F. Scott Fitzgerald" — Dan

Domaine Laurent Habrard Crozes Hermitage 2016
Vibrant purple in the glass. Great concentration, Swirls like oil. Very aromatic nose to start, with blackberries mint and pepper wafting up. The palate is immediately generous with deeper flavors of smoky bacon, red fruits, purple flowers closing out its lengthy finish with Velvety, finely
Item Number: 28057
Case: $239.40
"Unbeatable value from historic wine growing areaThose seeking a great value, look no further. This 100% Syrah from the Northern Rhône valley exibits the smoky and meatiness of the varietal as well as a generous amount of mashed raspberries and cherry stem on the palate. Perfect for spring barbecues and serving with smoked meat. Drink now." — Jake

Domaine Champalou Vouvray Cuvee Fondraux 2016
"The Champalou’s dry and off-dry Vouvrays have become among the most frequently seen on the American restaurant list, and no wonder, given both their phenomenal quality:price rapport and their style. Like the Vouvray, harvest happens early in the morning for the Fondraux and the grapes are
Item Number: 26368
"Vouvray everyday!This effervescent Loire white will easily impress at your next gathering, and for good reason. Full bodied with a long, off dry finish, hints of limestone and flint blossom into bright apple, honey and pear. Produced in a traditional, organic method, its mild acidity and approachability will pair beautifully with chicken and shellfish dishes." — Matt

Hirsch Gruner Veltliner 2016
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Plenty of lime, lemon rind and grapefruit character. Full body, dense and very fruity with bright acidity. Drink now. Screw cap. Publish Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017"  Tasting Notes The label will change to something less whimsical, as ‘Hannes started to feel it was too
"Refreshing and light on the palate this full bodied white leaves you wanting more! Its pale straw color feels inviting yet it's almost clear in the glass. There's a bouquet of aromas on the nose such as floral hints, green apple, grapefruit, and fresh lemon. On the palate white pepper pushes through but it is not unpleasant. One can also pick up notes of zesty lime and crisp cucumber. Its high acidity balances out this fresh wine and a lingering finish makes it particularly irresistible. Pour a glass now and enjoy this classic Gruner Veltiner!" — Teressa

Robert Weil Riesling Tradition Qba 2015
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 The 2015 Rheingau Riesling Tradition is a demi-sec that has been bottled with 28 grams of residual sugar in March/April 2016. The wine has a lovely, clear, bright and aromatic nose with ripe apple and citrus aromas a long with reductive flinty flavors. Medium-bodied, light and
"5 stars isn't enough!I got to visit this beautiful vineyard back in October and one sip of this wine brought me back. Cool, composed and full of minerality. Packed with lemon, subtle sweetness and long finishes of steel and flint this wine will have you reaching for a second and third glass." — Allison

Dave Phinney D66 'Fragile' Rose 2016
"In the glass, the wine shimmers with a pale hue of translucent garnet. Soft aromatics of dried rose petals prevail and invite a tasting. With bright hints of strawberry and ripe stone fruits, the wine leads to an opulent mid-palate. Finishing with purpose, it is long and riddled with layers of
"Spring RoséThe look of this wine alone is enough to peak your interest. A deep scarlet hue, notes of blackberry and raspberry shine through and leave you with a long-lasting finish. This well-balanced, medium body Grenache can easily be drunk on its own, but can also be enjoyed with a variety of seafood dishes or an assortment of cheeses." — Amanda

JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2015
90  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 90 (Year's Best White Burgundy, Best Buy) "JJ" Bourgogne Blanc is a tribute to Jean Jacques Vincent who has managed the family domaine of Chateau Fuisse for the past 40 years. It is a distinctive wine exclusively from the southern part of Burgundy near Mâcon and Pouilly Fuisse. The
"STUNNING WHITE BURGUNDYLustrous and pale gold in color, this remarkable Bourgogne Blanc offers rich aromas of apple and orange, with just enough butter and toast to reveal the partial oak-aging in this 100% chardonnay. A more robust body offers notes of yellow apple, kiwi, starfruit, lemon zest, vanilla, and almonds. Whereas the Southern Burgundy summer temperatures give life to tones of riper fruit, the acidity goes mostly undefeated by the warmer climate, remaining bright and strong. The region’s soil, richer in clay, produces wonderful minerality that in part with its zesty acid, pave a lengthy and slate-driven finish. Well balanced, both zesty and somewhat creamy. Enjoy slightly-chilled with stuffed crab shells, white meat, or as a before dinner drink." — Eric

Sean Thackrey Pleiade II 2012
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Medium yellow. Slightly high-toned aromas of yellow apple, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Dry and chewy in the mouth, with a pronounced phenolic character to the flavors of pear skin, cyanic peach pit, green almond and bitter herbs. Suggests a good bit of skin contact. Not a
"Fun, Funky, Really Cool WineThis Viognier based blend from Sean Thackrey was a blast to drink. The nose was an inviting lemon curd that drew you right in. A very pleasant oily texture holds together bright notes of apricot and peach. There is plenty of acidity that keeps you going for another glass and would be killer with seafood." — Mike