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With the cold weather in full swing, this rich monastrell blend makes for a perfect companion on a chilly winter's evening. Truly alluring in the glass. Full bodied, deep garnet, aromas of candied cherries, plum and the complex terrior of the region give way to bright acidity and lively tannins, demanding a savory food pairing. Decant for an hour+ to open up this dry cuvee's full potential. ~Matt

Bodegas Castano 'Solanera' Red Blend 2015


12bSpainSpain » Yecla

Wine Advocate 92 "The 2015 Solanera used to wear the ultimate Spanglish label, which said "Viñas Viejas of Monastrell" even if it was always a blend

This is a delicious example of what true Champagne should be. Great acid and full body make for a mouthwatering and rich drinking experience. Elegant bubbles and notes of freeze-dried green apple and lemon rine are accompanied by chalky minerality and subltle yeastiness with a persistent finish. Easily my favorite bubbly for the price. ~Michael

Laherte Freres 'Ultratradition' Brut NV

$32.95 $45.33

19eFranceFrance » Champagne

Wine Spectator 92 "Well-spiced and mouthwatering, this vivid Champagne offers a finely detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried apricot, orange blossom, fleur de

Derived from the Icelandic word for smoke, Reyka embodies the purity and uniqueness that the island is known for. Distilled using geothermic power and arctic spring water that runs through a 4000 year old lava field, its crisp flavor and silky texture makes for an incredibly easy drinking experience, both mixed and and on its own. Green focused and gluten free, Reyka is a wonderful alternative to to higher and similarly prices vodkas such as Grey Goose and Tito's. My new go to spirit! ~Matt

Reyka Vodka 1.75L 80proof

$29.99 $33.52


Beverage Tasting Institute 93 "Clear with a platinum cast. Nuanced aromas of anise cookie, tarragon, and pink peppercorn with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and citrus

Wow. If you're looking for a textbook Rioja then look no further. The nose is complex with dried cherry and blackberry with subtle notes of cocoa and sweet vanilla. A pleasant earthiness on the palate is complimented by more red and black fruit. The finish is long and generous. This has very good structure so it will get even better with time! Even at this price point, you get way more than what you pay for. ~Peter

Cune 'Gran Reserva' Rioja 2010

$26.95 $35.20

SpainSpain » Rioja

Wine Spectator 94 WS TOP 100 2016 Rank 22 "This generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spicy notes framing dried cherry,

Deep inky in color with a shimmer of ruby this exciting French blend opens up right away on the nose. With notes of slight oak, vanilla, and deep, rich fruits, such as black cherries and blackberries the glass seems rather inviting. Once you dive in this full body wine you'll notice the intoxicating fruits shine on the palate that'll remind you of deep jam. Its succulent, rich, and velvety texture holds true with each sip with the help of grip acidity on the finish along with fresh pepper. Would pair elegantly with a juicy steak and savory mushrooms. ~Teressa

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Kerbuccio' Maury Sec 2016

$19.95 $24.00

15aFranceFrance » Maury

Decanter 96 "Lovely kirsch nose with bags of ripe and authentic Maury fruit. The palate is round, fleshy and warm with a delicious richness of oak,

The soft bite of the bubbles opens the palate to a well balanced yet ever present acidity followed by a red fruit attack predominantly featuring strawberry and ripe watermelon. This bottle just begs to be paired with fresh fruit salad and a loved one. One of the better bubbly's under $20; rose or otherwise. ~Dan

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Rose NV

$15.95 $18.13

18eFranceFrance » Cremant d'Alsace

Wine Enthusiast 90 "Tart red currant, rhubarb and strawberry come together in a very refreshing, rounded and appetizing fashion. The frothy, foaming mousse is exuberant and

Finally the weather's getting nicer, and with it, we have the perfect opportunity to enjoy this light bodied northern italian red. Flush with raspberry jam and spice on the nose, bright maraschino cherry, pomegranate, and vanilla warm the early palate. Lingering hints of pepper and tobacco along with mild tannins make this an ideal paring for food. Meant to be enjoyed immediately. ~Matt

Monte del Fra Bardolino 2016

$15.95 $18.90

74aItalyItaly » Bardolino Classico

Wine Enthusiast 92 "Aromas of ground black pepper and wild berry lead the way. The juicy delicious palate mirrors the nose, doling out succulent Marasca cherry,

Nothing says spring like a glass of this sparkling Gamay. This off dry bubbly with a slightly tart cherry flavor has you going for another sip immediately. Strawberry, cherry and other dark fruits mix together with a slight creaminess that can compliment any light appetizer, preferably enjoyed out on the deck. This will undoubtedly change the minds of anyone who has been hesitant about sparkling Rose and reassure those who know they do nothing but enhance a beautiful day. ~Mike

Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille' NV

$18.95 $22.40

18cFranceFrance » Bugey Cerdon

Robert Parker 90 "This cuvee may qualify as the 'wine bargain of the year.' A Champagne-like sparkling rose from the largely forgotten area of Bugey (which

Deep, blood red in the glass, this Bordeaux is more than pleasing to the eye. The timeless marriage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brings an earthy nose of new leather and dry cherry. Soft but obvious tannins and good acidity make for an elegant mouth feel and are accompanied by flavors of plum, leather, cherry, and hints of pepper. It has great depth and the potential to age with grace. This bottle would pair well with dry-aged steak, a meat and cheese platter, or dark chocolate. ~Michael

Pentimento Montagne-St.Emilion 2014

$19.95 $26.78

56bFranceFrance » Montagne-Saint-Emilion

REGION GRAPES Montagne St Emilion AOC 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc VITICULTURE Organic farming. VINICULTURE SOIL ALCOHOL Manual harvest followed by total de-stemming of

Touch of sweetness to balance out the stern acidity. Good weight at this price point. Flavors are a little muddled, but this bottle is delicious for 8 bucks. ~Dan

Urban 'Nik Weis Selection' Riesling 2018

$8.95 $10.67

60bGermanyGermany » Mosel

Nik Weis, owner and winemaker of Germany’s renowned St. Urbans-Hof Weingut has sourced the best quality wines from neighboring vineyards to produce URBAN RIESLING, a

Can’t beat this at the price. Heavy, grassy scent of ripe green apple. Short lived, acidic and apple driven palate. Super dry and fruity. All the fun of an easy-drinking PG without breaking the bank. ~Michael

Cote Mas Blanc Languedoc White Blend 2017 1.0L


15eFranceFrance » Languedoc

Fourth-generation vintner Jean-Claude Mas has blazed the trail for premium winemaking in the Languedoc region. Since taking the helm of the Mas family’s centuries-old estate

A 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

Chateau La Croix Lartigue Cotes du Castillon 2011

$19.95 $23.99

57dFranceFrance » Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon

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

Pale gold in color this chardonnay has quite the inticing nose. Notes of apricot, green apple, citrus zest, and melon makes it appear bright and lively. Green apple comes through on the palate along with lime, precise minerality, crisp acidity, and a touch of oak. Well rounded and balanced this medium bodied wine has a lingering finish that makes you want to have another sip! Pair with roasted chicken or creamy pasta for a delicious meal. ~Teressa

Samuel Billaud Chablis 2016

$21.95 $28.80


Wine Advocate 88 “The 2017 Chablis Villages is a success, exhibiting attractive aromas of lemon oil, yellow orchard fruit and pastry cream. On the palate,

Excellent wine! I drink it regularly along with the the reserve and grand reserve. Great value in wine. ~Mike

Bodegas Lan 'Gran Reserva' Rioja 2010

$18.96 $24.53

12dSpainSpain » Rioja

Penin Guide 91 Color: Dark cherry, garnet edge. Aroma: Ripe fruit, wood shavings, tobacco, sweet spices. Mouth: Spicy, ripe tannins, long. Tasting notes: Deep cherry-red with violet hues. Intense

Pabiot is one of three certified organic producers out of 120 domaines in Pouilly-Fume. This elegant, yet lively old world Sauv Blanc opens up with aromas of green apple, gravel, and fresh cut grass. Well rounded acidity forms the backbone of this wine, with classic flintiness on the palate, it stays true to its Loire roots. For the price point, this wine is a steal, I couldn’t think of a better pairing for a sunny spring afternoon ~Matt

Pabiot Pouilly-Fume 'Florilege' 2017

$19.95 $25.60

56eFranceFrance » Pouilly-Fume

"If you’re a lover of classic Loire Sauvignon Blanc like us, this wine will haunt your dreams. One of only three Certified Organic domaines within

Sourced 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

JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$29.95 $39.20

4eUnited StatesWashington

Wine Advocate 90 Similar in style to the Two Blondes Vineyard bottling (although it's less expensive), the 2014 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers lots of mulled

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

Royal Tokaji 'The Oddity' Dry Furmint 2015

$14.95 $17.60

11dHungaryHungary » Tokaj

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.

Great no-nonsense bottle. Crisp citrus and grassy notes when ice cold. Opens up to tropical and peachy tones when warmed up. Taking this to the clam bake. ~Dan

Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2018

$8.45 $10.67

9bChileChile » Casablanca Valley

James Suckling 89 “This is clean and correct with some nice lemon and grapefruit flavor. But it’s a bit simple and the finish is slightly tart.”-JS “Bright

Riesling is the darling of NY wine and this entry level offering from Red Tail Ridge is a great example why. The nose is simple in the glass: honey, apricot and petrol. The wine is off dry and medium in body. Hefty amounts of peach, flowers, and honey dew melon on the tongue finish crisp and smooth. For about 10 bucks this bottle needs to be kept on hand in the fridge! ~Dan

Red Tail Ridge 'RTR Vineyard' 'Estate' Riesling 2016

$10.95 $14.40

8dUnited StatesNew York » Finger Lakes

"Slight brininess on the nose followed by yellow apple, sweet lemon, Bosc pear and lifted floral notes. On the palate, the wine continues with lemon

This value driven Beaujolais hits all the right notes. Juicy raspberry, plum and cherry notes are evident right up front. There is a delicate herbaceous nose that leads into an almost slight meatiness in the finish that makes this a great value at an incredible price. Pair this French gem with anything, and I mean anything. ~Mike

Bonnet Rouge Gamay 2013


64aFranceFrance » Beaujolais

Winery Notes Bonnet Rouge Gamay Noir is a classic carbonic wine with bright fruit on the nose and palate and lighter tannins paired with balanced acidity.

If you’re looking for go-to canned wine, this is it. Great green apple and grassy flavors with a surprisingly lengthy finish. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Saratoga opens soon and you should make sure you have some of these in your cooler for the races. ~Michael

Dark Horse Winery Pinot Grigio 375ml Cans

$4.69 $5.33

72cUnited StatesCalifornia

"Winemaker, Beth Liston, has selected her favorite California grapes, and artfully blended them to create a refreshingly light quencher that everybody wants to chill with.

Perfect red for cold winter weekends. It’s no wonder Barbera is the everyday drinking wine of Piedmont, because each glass invites you to drink another. Andrea Scovero Ciapin Barbera D’Asti opens with sour cherry and licorice on the nose, which transitions into dried herbs and espresso on the pallet. The structure and acidity make this the perfect pairing for anything from pepperoni pizza to a holiday roast. ~Matt

Andrea Scovero 'Ciapin' Barbera D'Asti 2017

$22.95 $29.60

17eItalyItaly » Monferrato

All hand harvested; fermented spontaneously and suitable for Vegans. Andrea Scovero is a third generation winemaker from Bionzo, a small village in the hills of

If 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

Herencia Altes Benufet Garnacha Blanca 2015

$13.95 $18.13

12aSpainSpain » Catalunya

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

Deep, enticing purple color in the glass. Nose of plums and dark berries. Fruity upon entry with a quick transition into gravel and spices with a medium-length finish reminiscent of forest floor and wood. Somehow, the tannins are both soft and prevalent. Well balanced and undeniably enjoyable ESPECIALLY for this price. ~Michael

Bodegas Volver 'Tarima' Monastrell 2017


12bSpainSpain » Alicante

"Tarima is a fresh, fruit forward, young expression of the most authentic clones of Monastrell (Mourvedre) located on Earth. Indigenous to Alicante, and sourced from

This stunning Chardonnay is light in color with notes of citrus and tree fruit on the nose, such as green apple, peaches, and pear. There's also a light bouquet of floral notes that comes through that makes it rather enticing. On the palate, hints of pear can be picked up as well as subtle hints of honey that rounds out the wine. With delicate minerality and refreshing lemon zest this wine easily becomes refreshing and with its lasting finish you'll definitely want to put your feet up and pour another glass! ~Teressa

Henry Fessy 'Sous la Roche' Pouilly-Fuisse 2016

$19.95 $25.60

15dFranceFrance » Pouilly-Fuisse

Tasting note Our Pouilly-Fuisse "Sous la Roche" 2016 reveals aromas of fruits and acacia on the nose. In the mouth, aromas of fresh fruits, especially citrus,

Cool and light perfume aromas drew me in but I was not expecting how bold and thirst quenching the taste would be! Grapefruit forward with zappy lemon notes and metallic bursts, this wine rounds itself out with just a tiny touch of sweetness to not make your lips pucker. It is dry, refreshing and pairs perfectly with a hot afternoon in the backyard. ~Allison

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Edelzwicker 'Black Cap' 2014

$11.95 $14.93


" Following the tradition in Alsace, the Edelzwicker wines are blends of: Riesling; Gewurztraminer; the Finger Lakes own grape - Cayuga White; and other white

If you’re looking for the prefect bottle to match up with your Turkey Day festivities, then look no further! Sporting a lush bouquet of raspberries and pomegranate with a pinch of fresh herbs, the Cousins project provides ripe acidity and elegant structure that will play well with everything the holiday has to offer. Juicy fruit flavors will dance tirelessly around your cornbread and potatoes, while serving as a booster-shot and supporting act for your turkey dinner. Don’t forget to pick one up for the leftovers, too! ~Michael

Pacalet-Lapierre Cuvee Cousins Julienas 2017

$22.95 $29.86

64cFranceFrance » Julienas

This wine is grown on the Côte de Bessay, a single parcel of 6 acres north and above of the Village of Julienas at the

Ripe pineapple and orange zest on the nose pulls you in. Candied peaches, and mango's are front and center with fresh honey giving it its subtle sweetness. Elegant and refreshing, this would be a fantastic addition to any Easter basket! ~Allison

J. Ordonez 'Victoria #2' Moscatel 2016 375ml

$19.95 $25.60

18cSpainSpain » Malaga

Jeb Dunnuck 95 "More exotic, with an incredible flowery, exotic, peachy, lychee, and orange blossom scented profile, the 2016 Victoria #2 is incredible on the palate

This awesome Sicilian red has notes of cranberries, cherries, pomegranate, and cured meat on the nose with hints of dried leaves and clay. Medium bodied and smooth with leathery berry and herbal flavors. Pair with anything from grilled meat to pasta dishes. Great table wine to have around for spontaneous get togethers or to pair with your favorite Italian dishes. ~Michael

Tasca d'Almerita 'Lamuri' Nero d'Avola 2015

$14.95 $18.04

37aItalyItaly » Sicily

Its name is Sicilian for 'L'Amore,' the Love that Tasca d'Almerita puts into its work. A selection of Nero d'Avola grapes grown on high hills,

This wine is a beautiful deep violet in the glass. The bouquet is warm and complex, consisting of blueberry, strawberry, dried cranberry, peppercorn, forest floor, and leather. Berry flavors on entry give way to a well structured mid-palate of spice and dried blueberries and cranberries. The finish has vanilla and dried leaf flavors. Plentiful with acid, this bottle is a perfect compliment to any red meat, a hamburger, or some sharp cheddar. Excellent value. ~Michael

Bodega El Angosto Tinto 2009

$9.95 $12.80

12aSpainSpain » Valencian Community

Wine Advocate 91 "The 2009 Angosto is made up of equal proportions of Malbec, Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah, Graciano, and Cabernet Franc aged for 10 months in

Produced 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

La Antigua Classico Rioja Reserva 2010

$17.95 $22.93

12cSpainSpain » Rioja

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

I feel in love with this one the second I pulled the cork. Aromas of cassis, licorice and blueberries tantalized the nose. Its firmly structured mouth evolved from grapes and dates to sweet spices, molasses and coco. Pair this one for a special occasion with some richer dark chocolate or enjoy on its own on these colder nights. ~Allison

Dow's Vintage 2000 Port 375ml

$43.95 $56.83

44ePortugalPortugal » Oporto

Wine Advocate 94 " An opaque blue/purple color (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and

Those 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 Laurent Habrard Crozes Hermitage 2016

$19.95 $25.51

55eFranceFrance » Crozes Hermitage

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

When looking for value in red wine, look no further than Rioja! Aged for 15 months in French oak, this certified organic 2009 Tempranillo delivers dark notes of mocha and vanilla mixed with some spice on the nose. On the palate, powerful but well integrated tannings mend together notes of black cherries and currant, which continue on to a long lasting finish. This is a wine begging to be drunk with food. Pair it with your favorite beef, lamb, or poultry dish! ~Matt

Orben Rioja 2009

$25.95 $34.40


The Wine Advocate 90 "The 2009 Orben is unashamedly modern-styled, a little international, displaying notes of smoke and peat only the very best oak barrels are

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

Forge Cellars Pinot Noir 2017

$22.95 $29.86

8eUnited StatesNew York » Seneca Lake

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

The Boedecker Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir draws you in with heavy aromas of sour cherry and cranberry, with undertones of wet earth and mushrooms. On the palate you will find these same red fruit flavors, which lead into a smooth, complex finish. Significant time in seasoned French oak contributes to the complexity and structure of this wine, while also adding a very interesting smoky component on the nose and palate. This could be the perfect choice for your Thanksgiving Dinner, or simply a night in front of the fire this fall. ~Paul

Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir 2015

$16.45 $21.33

1aUnited StatesOregon » Willamette Valley

Winery Notes Fermented in 1–1.5 ton fermenters, 30% whole cluster, and uninoculated primary and malolactic fermentation. 5-7 day cold soak, 10-15 day primary ferment, 2-5 day

This Bordeaux style blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot and Carménère from northern Italy is sure to please a variety of pallets. Although considered their entry level wine, the 2013 Terre di San Leonardo is a great expression of what northern Italy has to offer. After about 30 minutes, this wine begins to open up, providing a lively nose of mainly plum and currant, with some subtle hints of grass, mint and tobacco. The pallet is driven by bold, dark fruit flavors with a spicy and tannic, yet elegant finish. This wine carries with it a typical Italian acidity and structure that will allow for it to continue to evolve over the next several years. ~Paul

Guerrieri Gonzaga Terre di San Leonardo 2013

$14.95 $19.20

75aItalyItaly » Trentino-Alto Adige

James Suckling 90 "Aromas of fresh herb, green tea and currants follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a crisp finish. Tangy

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

Wittmann 100 Hills Riesling 2016

$11.95 $14.96

60bGermanyGermany » Rheinhessen

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

Opening with complex aromas of fresh fruit, brown sugar and nuts this is exactly what my sweet tooth was after! Full bodied with lingering notes of vanilla and toffee. Sweet, but not overwhelming - ending with well finished spice. This surely became an instant end of summer/fall favorite! ~Allison

Sandeman 10yr Tawny Port

$28.95 $38.40

36bPortugalPortugal » Oporto

Wine and Spirits 90 "The color falls at the intersection of tawny and ruby, pointing to the freshness that's apparent in the taste of the

Using slightly over ripened Monastrell grapes and crafted without using any additives, added alcohols, or added sugars Casa de la Ermita Winery doesn't skip a beat with this one! The bottle opens with intense aromas of red fruit and herbs. Medium bodied but still bold and jammy with hints of licorice. Sweet yet balanced, elegant and structured. You sure are in for a treat with this one! ~Allison

Ermita Dulce Monastrell 2014 500ml

$14.95 $18.08

18cSpainSpain » Jumilla

" Casa de la Ermita Dulce Monastrell from the Casa de la Ermita winery is a Spanish dessert red wine that has been crafted without

Starting with a bright golden color and a nose and palate of honey, spices, and lemon, this is sweet yet still refreshing. The finish has vanilla, stone fruit, brown sugar, and loads of acidity for balance. A beautiful display of what an elegant sweet wine should be. ~Allison

Chateau Manos Cadillac 2015

$9.95 $12.80

18dFranceFrance » Cadillac

"Approximately 80% of the grapes that contribute to this bottling have botrytis, or "noble rot." This Semillon dominant blend has a luminous golden color, remarkable

This wine from a "new breed" Bordeaux producer is 100% merlot. A little unusual for a classification of wines that are typically blends. This works though. A little tight at first, but opens up nicely in the glass. Beautifully perfumed, with softening tannins, and hints of chocolate and cherry. We Enjoyed this last night with roast chicken and roasted root veggies. Spot on. ~Tim

Domaine Simon Blanchard 'Au Champ de la Fenetre' 2015

$29.95 $36.00

56CFranceFrance » Saint Emilion

James Suckling 92-93 "This is very chewy and structured with lots of ripe tannins and rich fruit. Full and round. A new wine for me. Pure

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

Ratzenberger 'Bacharacher' Riesling Spatlese 2004

$25.95 $33.61

43eGermanyGermany » Mittelrhein

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