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Hot New Arrivals From Our July 2017 Newsletter!

At Vin Chicago, we try to make wine shopping easy. Rather than stock everything under the sun and let you sort out the good from the bad, our staff of sommeliers and wine professionals do extensive research and tasting, selecting only the most interesting, best value wines to bring into our stores. Scroll below to shop our July 2017 newsletter and stop by this Saturday from noon to 4:00 to taste a selection of these wines with us!

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Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

87+ Our Score
(7/2017) Smooth and polished with soft blueberry and black raspberry flavors along with secondary notes of vanilla and mint. It's amazing how the folks at Columbia Crest manage to make Cabernet this good for such a low price!
$
759
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

3 Autores Vinho Verde 2016

87+ Our Score
(6/2017) Portugal is becoming the place to go for great quality value wines and 3 Autores is one of our favorites. Their fresh and gulpable Vinho Verde is a perfect summer companion. Low alcohol and an every-so-slight spritz make for one very refreshing combo. Bright lime and orange zest notes are complemented by a tinge of spearmint. Keep at least a couple bottles in your fridge all summer long and you'll be ready for those 90° days!
$
759
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Georges Vigouroux "Gouleyant" Cahors Malbec 2015

88 Our Score
(7/2017) Le Gouleyant means "Easy to Drink" and that is so true of this 85% Malbec, 15% Merlot blend from the Cahors region. Look for fruit-forward dark cherry flavors with a nice amount of spice, pepper and earth rounding things out. Good grip on the palate melts away to soft tannins on the finish. You would never expect so much structure for $8.99.
$
899
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Les Costieres de Pomerols "HB" Picpoul de Pinet 2016

88 Wine Advocate
(4/28/2017) "The 2016 Picpoul de Pinet Hugues Beaulieu is about as quaffable and easy drinking as they come, showing lots of citrus and melon fruit, a hint of mint, medium body and a juicy, clean finish. It delivers exactly what you want from a Picpoul de Pinet."
$
899
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Laroche "Rose de la Chevaliere" Pays d'Oc Rose 2016

88+ Our Score
(7/2017) A tasty Languedoc Rosé from the Laroche family of Chablis fame. Sourced from 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah, this deeply-colored pink juice tastes of black cherry, blood orange and cranberry along with modest red floral notes and chalky earth. Medium in body and strength, the wine finishes fresh and balanced. Well done.
$
999
750 ML
Available:
~89 bottlesCheck all Stores

Kris Delle Venzia Pinot Grigio 2016

86+ Our Score
(7/2017) Tasty and reliable Pinot Grigio at a great price! The iconic green hand on the Kris label gets a high five from us.
$
999
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Stephen Vincent "Crimson" California Red Blend 2013

89+ Our Score
90 Wine Enthusiast
(12/2016) "An affordably priced wine brings meaty, peppery aromas, interesting fruit, spice and smoke flavors, and a mouthcoating texture. It is full bodied, complex and concentrated."
$
999
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Corte Alla Flora "Podere de Giuggiolo" Toscana Sangiovese 2014

90 Our Score
(6/2017) Corte Alla Flora produces a delicious Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as this crazy good Toscana Rosso, also made entirely from Sangiovese. Look for classic Tuscan flavors of tart black cherry, wild strawberry, dried flowers, wet leaves and cigar wrapper. With medium-plus acidity, great length and wonderful freshness, this is a perfect everyday red, especially for summertime grilling or paired with Wednesday night pizza. It is very well put together and quintessentially Tuscan.
$
999
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Argiolas "Costamolino" Vermentino di Sardenga 2016

90 Our Score
(7/2017) The 2016 vintage of this Argiolas Vermentino is the most exotic we can remember. Tropical fruit aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango and guava are very apparent, as is that rich, honeyed texture and a touch of saline on the completely dry finish. Very refreshing. A great showing.
$
1099
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine Lafage "Tessellae - Old Vines" Cotes du Roussillon Rouge 2014

90 Wine Advocate
(7/22/2015) "A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. Much of it comes from 70-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provençal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."
$
1199
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Fiorini "Becco Rosso" Grasparossa Lambrusco 2015

88-89 Our Score
(7/2017) This is a great, dry, real-deal Lambrusco - Forget the semi-sweet wines that dominated the 1970's and '80s! You're greeted by a surprisingly dark, nearly purple appearance. Fruity aromas of black cherry, plum and blackberries are complicated by violet, dried oregano, sassafras and smoke. This wine flashes a savory side in your mouth that screams of an eagerness to pair with a range of food. The palate gets refreshed with moderate effervescence and balanced acidity. This fun bubbly even packs a bit of soft tannin on its lengthy finish! Try with cured meats, summer grilling fare or a fennel sausage pizza to find out what you're missing.
$
1199
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2016

This organically farmed Provence Rosé is one of the stars of the season!
90+ Our Score
90 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(6/2017) "Limpid orange-pink. Lively, mineral-accented red berry and citrus fruit scents, backed by a deeper suggestion of cherry pit. Concentrated yet lithe in character, offering incisive red currant and blood orange flavors and a touch of honeysuckle. The mineral note drives a long, focused finish that shows very good clarity and no rough edges."
$
1279
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Borsao "Tres Picos" Campo de Borja Garnacha 2015

"My favorite value winery not only in Spain, but in the world, is Bodegas Borsao..." - Robert Parker, August 2016.
92 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
91 Wine Advocate
(8/30/2016) "Even better, and clearly one of the greatest values in the wine world, is the 2015 Tres Picos. It is a large cuvée of 24,000 cases from 100% Grenache, fermented in both oak and steel and aged in French oak prior to being bottled. The vines come from a relatively high elevation of nearly 2,300 feet from a vineyard planted in 1956. This wine shows loads of classic Grenache characteristics, such as pepper, licorice, underbrush, Provençal herbs and a boatload of black cherries and raspberries. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, pure and luscious and hedonistic. Drink it over the next several years. Drink Date: 2016 - 2019."
$
1379
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Couly-Dutheil "Rene Couly" Chinon Rose 2016

89 Our Score
(6/2017) Couly-Dutheil's Rosé of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley's Chinon region is back! This perennial favorite is rich and densely fruited with notes of watermelon Jolly Rancher, herbs and green bell pepper. A perfect accompaniment to all forms of grilled poultry. Jerk chicken would be a match made in grill heaven.
$
1379
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Mount Nelson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

90 James Suckling
89 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
(5/2016) "Bright, pale yellow. Pungent aromas of grapefruit peel, gooseberry and crushed herbs. At once supple and brisk, with a dusty impression of extract giving this very lively, white-peppery wine serious texture and breadth. A classic, very dry expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with serious thrust for its modest alcohol. Finishes with firm lemon zest and mineral flavors. Mount Nelson is produced by Tenuta Campo di Sasso, owned by brothers Piero and Ludovico Antinori."
$
1379
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla Rose 2016

91 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(4/2017) "Light bright orange. Powerful, mineral-tinged raspberry, blood orange and jasmine aromas, backed by a hint of succulent herbs. Fleshy and concentrated yet lithe as well, offering gently sweet red fruit and bitter orange pith flavors that are given spine by a core of tangy acidity. In a powerful style but carries no excess weight. Closes chewy, focused and dry, featuring resonating floral and mineral notes and strong persistence. This wine reminds me a lot of a top-notch pink Bandol. Drinking window: 2017 - 2021."
$
1399
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

90 Wine Enthusiast
(6/2017) "This is a voluptuous style, fleshy and fulfilling in ripe pineapple and papaya, evocative of tropical shores. Bristling acidity complements the fruit, as a wave of creamy vanilla picks up steam on the lengthy finish."
$
1399
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Cosentino "Cigar" Old Vines Lodi Zinfandel 2015

91 Wine Enthusiast
(7/1/2017) "Wood smoke and black pepper aromas start this full-bodied wine out with a bang. Lively, spicy blackberry and black cherry flavors contriubute richness on the palate, accented with toasty, savory, meaty overtones. Add its moderate tannins, and the overall effect is a generous, complex and interesting wine."
$
1399
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Dievole "Le Due Arbie" Toscana Rosato 2016

Beautiful and bone-dry with nice cherry flavors.
90 Our Score
90 Vinous, Ian D'Agata
(4/2017) "Bright pink. Redcurrant and cherry aromas, with a gentle licorice note on the bright, fresh nose. Tangy and focused on the palate, which displays floral red cherry flavors and a hint of pomegranate. Finishes clean and tart, with dusty tannins providing a pleasantly tactile bite. Clearly not the most complex wine you or I will drink this year, but well made, fresh, bright and juicy. A fine summer rosato for the price. Drinking window: 2017 - 2018."
$
1399
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Botani "Old Vines" Sierras de Malaga Moscatel 2015

91 Our Score
91 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "A steal that I've been recommending for a number of years is the 2015 Botani Moscatel Old Vines. Totally dry and made from vines planted in 1946, 1968 and 1975, from the incredibly steep slate and quartz hillsides of Malaga, this is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel, where it's aged and bottled after eight months sur lie. An incredibly gorgeous flowery bouquet alone would be reason to spend the $18.00 for this medium-bodied, super-fragrant and seductive, crisp, elegant wine. The old vines, the beautiful floral notes and stunning, delicate tropical fruits that the Muscat of Alexandria varietal (the oldest clone in the Muscat family) produces, are just something to behold. Not meant for aging, but for drinking in its first year of life, so take advantage of it. For those interested: this is fermented in total stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and bottled early to preserve its incredible aromatics."
$
1479
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi Classico Superiore 2015

Back in March we featured the 2015 "Misco" Verdicchio from Tavignano which Gambero Rosso picked as Italy's White Wine of the Year. It's hard to believe, but this one may be even better!
93 Decanter
92 Our Score
(7/2017) With a rich mineral component and a great depth of flavor, the 2015 Pievalta is very reminiscent of a top bottling from Chablis. Aromas of lemon and apple lead the way to beautiful mineral and sea-salt notes from the constant breeze off the Adriatic sea and a subtle - and quite interesting - quinine quality on the finish. The texture and overall experience here is very special and very refined. This will make a lot of people very happy.
$
1479
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Luigi Einaudi Dogliani Dolcetto 2015

92 Wine Spectator
(7/31/2017) "A beam of bracing acidity at the core of this intense, saturated red helps delineate the blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry and graphite flavors. This has grip and complexity, but just needs a little time. Best from 2018 through 2024."
$
1479
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Lambuena Ribera del Duero Crianza 2011

90+ Our Score
(7/2017) This blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Merlot from 60-year-old vineyards pours a dark garnet color while exhibiting aromas and flavors of dry cherries, red raspberries, cedar, mocha, leather and espresso. Considerable complexity for such a moderate price. Big yet well balanced, the wine shows some grippiness, suggesting you needn't be in a huge hurry to consume it - if, that is, you are able to resist the temptation to consume it now. Poised to be a staff favorite, this is one heck of value!
$
1479
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2015

90 Our Score
91 Wine Enthusiast
(10/1/2016) "Aromatically compelling with floral, stone fruit and mineral highlights, this offers palate-cleansing freshness. The mineral-drenched flavors blend melon, peach and lemon rind, with a finishing burst of lime. It was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel."
$
1499
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Cascina Liuzzi "Terreni Sparsi" Monferrato Rosso 2012

90+ Our Score
(7/2017) Only 200 cases were produced of this charismatic estate bottling from Piedmont's Monferrato region. Interestingly, we met the proprietor of Cascina Liuzzi not at one of our stores but on an overnight flight to Europe. He spied us working on an upcoming email offering, introduced himself and insisted we taste his wines next time he was in Chicago. As promised, he stalked us down on his next visit and we are glad he did! Though he and his family produce tiny quantities of wine, quality is quite good and the prices are very low. This super tasty red was our favorite. It blends the native Nebbiolo grape with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Flavors are smoky, with licorice, cherry, sage, red florals and capicola. Medium-plus in body, it is a perfect pasta wine. A very good buy for a truly hand-crafted bottle of wine.
$
1499
750 ML
Available:
~72 bottlesCheck all Stores

Zuccardi "Q" Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

#53 - Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2016!
90 Our Score
91 Wine Spectator
(10/31/2016) "A refined and savory red, featuring notes of white pepper to the cherry and crushed red plum flavors. Lengthens out on the palate, with medium-grained tannins. Silky finish. Drink now through 2020."
$
1599
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Chateau La Prade Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2014

A Triple 90-Point Bordeaux for $15.99? Crazy! Huge bang-for-buck on this plushly fruited wine.
91 James Suckling
90 Wine Spectator
90 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
(2/2017) "The 2014 La Prade is absolutely delicious. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, tobacco and spice are pushed forward in a tasty Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend to drink now and over the next few years. Time has helped the 2014 come together very nicely. This is yet another strong 2014 from Nicolas and Cyrille Thienpont. The blend is 90 % Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc. Drink 2017 - 2024."
$
1599
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Venus la Universal "Dido" Montsant Tinto 2014

Our price on this gem from superstar couple Sara Perez and Rene Barbier beats all 21 online listings!
91 Wine Spectator
91 Our Score
92 Wine Advocate
(10/28/2016) "The red 2014 Dido had an incredibly perfumed and showy nose from a cold vintage in a cold granitic place. The palate is vibrant and shows citric acidity. The Garnacha is always fermented together with Syrah, and there are small volumes of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; it aged for some 16 months in large volumes to keep some fruit and the freshness. It combines the floral notes of the Garnacha with the meaty hints of Syrah. It ends very tasty, with a saline note. 67,000 bottles produced; this is their largest production wine. The Syrah shows stronger with time in the glass."
$
1679
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Tenshen Central Coast White 2016

The new vintage of Joey Tensley's "Top 100" winner has arrived!
91 Our Score
(7/2017) A blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Chardonnay, this wonderfully textured California white has the soul of a Rhone wine. Fresh, ripe flavors of melon, peach, apricot and citrus fruit are luscious and pure, but it's the texture and balance that set this one apart from the crowd. A very well made wine that will appeal not just to lovers of California whites but to fans of the Lafage "Cuvee Centenaire" and similar wines as well.
$
1699
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine de Fussiacus Macon-Fuisse 2015

90 Our Score
(7/2017) Great complexity for the price on this tasty white Burgundy. A nutty character on the nose leads to restrained fruit and floral notes on the palate. Extended skin contact during vinification gives this wine a major flavor boost.
$
1699
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine des Cotes Blanches Sancerre 2016

91 Our Score
(5/2017) Nicolas Millet has once again captured everything Sancerre has to offer and, thanks to his importer, done so at an unbelievably affordable price. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is a pale silver straw color. Intense aromas of orange zest, kiwi, Fuji apple and guava, followed by hints of snap pea, limestone, white pepper and salty rocks. Raised in stainless steel tank, the wine spent a few months on its lees, resulting in a richness to the texture that nicely supports the brisk and zesty finish. Flat-out delicious!
$
1699
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015

This toasty beauty earns a solid 90 from our tasting panel and a whopping 95 from Decanter!
95 Decanter
(11/2016) "An impressive Stellenbosch Chardonnay that wouldn't look out of place in Corton-Charlemagne with its complex leesy character. A mosaic of smoke and flint adds considerable interest to this charming wine. Plush aromas of buttery lemons, biscuits and honeydew melon translate well onto the palate. This wine combines power with restraint, richness with acidity, due in part to expertly handled oak. The intensity is palpable, and the flavour and aroma characteristics last a lifetime in the mouth."
$
1799
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Astrolabe "Province" Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

92 Wine Spectator
(6/15/2017) "Complex, with succulent peach, pear and melon flavors that mingle effortlessly with honeysuckle, spice and matcha green tea notes. Powerful and juicy. Drink now."
$
1799
750 ML
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120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Bisol "Crede" Valdobiadene Brut Prosecco Superiore 2015

91 Vinous, Ian D'Agata
(11/2016) Pale straw. Crisp aromas and flavors of green apple, nectarine and jasmine have a noteworthy mineral edge. Finishes long and bright, with memorable focus and purity. Delightful Prosecco Brut; I have long believed Crede to be one of the best Brut Proseccos made by anyone. Interestingly it is not 100% Glera but mixes in a touch of Pinot Bianco and of Perera. Even though the vintage is not cleary indicated on the front label, this wine is made with grapes picked in the 2015 harvest.
$
1899
750 ML
Available:
~115 bottlesCheck all Stores

Vincent Paris Selections Crozes-Hermitage 2015

90 Our Score
(7/2017) What an excellent Syrah! Black and purple fruit dominate on the nose. Blackberry and blueberry smother the palate along with hints of white pepper and other spice. There's a good tannic grip on the palate that gives way to the mouth-watering density of fruit. A lot of wine for under twenty bucks.
$
1899
750 ML
Available:
~111 bottlesCheck all Stores

Locations "CA4" NV

90 Wine Advocate
(10/2015) "The least expensive wines in Dave Phinney's mine are his Locations portfolio. I tasted two of them. The NV Proprietary Red CA-4, which is a 15,000-case cuvée, all from 2014. It is a blend from diverse California areas, ranging from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino to the Sierra Foothills, of Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Grenache. This is an outstanding wine, the kind of bistro/brasserie red that consumers will love. Opaque deep ruby/purple, it is loaded with intense wild berry fruit and a Zinfandel-like briariness, offering pepper, herbs, a touch of smoke and loads of black fruits and background oak. This is a big boy at 15.5% alcohol, but it's not the least hot - just savory, luscious and opulent. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
$
1899
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013

Big and juicy with soft tannins and wonderful balance.
91 Our Score
90 Wine Spectator
(10/15/2016) "Bold raspberry and toasty spice aromas combines with lively, jammy flavors of black cherry, smoky anise and dried sage. Drink now through 2027. 5,904 cases made."
$
1899
750 ML
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120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Luke Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

91 Our Score
(7/2017) This Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley's Wahluke Slope AVA is about as complex and layered of a wine you will find for $20. The nose starts with black fruits (blackberry and black currant), some spice box, lots of vanilla and a touch of mocha. The palate is lush and unctuous with rich blackberry flavors. Finishes with a stony mineral character and velvet mouthfeel. Great Juice!
$
1999
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Salem Wine Company Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2014

91 Our Score
(7/2017) Salem Wine Company is a new project headed up by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, the minds behind Evening Land, Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte. Amazingly, the majority of the fruit for this bottling comes from the legendary, biodynamically farmed Seven Spring Vineyard! Aged in neutral barrels, the purity of the fruit is dazzling. Vibrant red and black cherries are dusted with baking spices, a dash of cherry cola and undercurrents of fresh mushrooms. This is a wonderful bottle of Pinot Noir. It perfectly encapsulates the best of Oregon through the lens of two true masters.
$
1999
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Poseidon Estate Grown Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

From the family behind Obsidian Ridge comes this this full-flavored Chardonnay with an exceptional balance of fruit and oak, bright acidity and a beautiful, lingering finish.
92 Our Score
92 Wine Advocate
(10/28/2016) "The great value in the group is the 2015 Chardonnay Estate of which there are 3,150 cases. It is a beauty. About 40% new oak is used and the wine is concentrated, offering up notes of white peach, honeysuckle, brioche and apple blossom. It is fresh, extroverted, medium to full-bodied with good acidity and purity. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
$
2099
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Chateau Siaurac Lalande-de-Pomerol Bordeaux 2010

Wine Spectator suggested drinking through 2016, but this bargain-priced bottling from the extraordinary 2010 vintage is still going strong! Median online retail is $28. Our direct-from-Bordeaux price blows that away.
90 Wine Spectator
(2013) "Deliciously ripe dark plum and boysenberry fruit is carried by fine-grained, sandy tannins and backed by licorice snap and black tea. Direct, pure and tasty. Drink now through 2016."
$
2099
750 ML
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120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

G. D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2014

Holy Nebbiolo, Batman! This bottling from Vajra is the real deal. Galloni nails it with this gushing writeup...
90 Wine Spectator
90 Our Score
90 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
(2/2017) "The 2014 Langhe Nebbiolo is one of the hidden gems in this lineup. Frankly, it is better than many Barolos or Barbarescos. Sweet floral aromatics, bright red cherry fruit, mint, licorice and tobacco are some of the signatures, but it is the wine's overall balance that is most remarkable. Simply put, this is an outrageously beautiful wine for the money. In most vintages, the Langhe Nebbiolo is a combination of fruit from Vajra's estate in Sinio (more on that in a bit) plus declassified lots of the Barolos. In 2014, most of the fruit is from the Sinio property. If you ask old-timers (you have to go back 1-2 generations), grapes from Sinio were often used for the production of Barolo. The fruit sees a short fermentation in steel meant to emphasize freshness, but I have no doubt that if the Vajras wanted to, they could make a Barolo-level wine from this fruit. Instead, the Langhe Nebbiolo is a mini-Barolo that punches well above its weight."
$
2099
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Tiberio Colline Pescaresi Pecorino 2015

This bone dry white is packed with fruit and sizzling with electricity. Minerality, freshness and creamy texture... It must be tasted!
92 Our Score
93+ Vinous, Ian D'Agata
(7/2016) "Pale bright straw-green. High-pitched aromas of cantaloupe and hazelnut complement sage, rosemary and green fig. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with a strong impression of extract enlivening the flavors of orange zest, botanical herbs and fresh fruit salad. This is the best Pecorino wine ever made by Tiberio, and it's also the best, most varietally accurate Pecorino wine of the year."
$
2199
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Sans Liege "The Transcendentalist" Santa Barbara County Red Blend MV

Wow! This powerful red blend offers up an insane amount of character and complexity. A combination of fruit from the outstanding 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages, Wine Advocate calls it a "smokin' value" at $29. We're more than five bucks less!
91+ Our Score
91 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "Another non-vintage release is the NV Transcendentalist, which is made from 49% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 24% Mourvedre and includes grapes from 2012 through 2014, with each vintage seeing a touch less elevage/time in oak. Made in the rich, unctuous, decadent style of the estate, yet with rock solid purity and balance, this full-bodied effort offers tons of ripe black fruits, ground herbs, liquid smoke and pepper aromas and flavors. It's a smokin' value to drink over the coming 4-5 years."
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750 ML
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120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

R. Lopez de Heredia "Vina Cubillo" Crianza Rioja 2008

92 Wine Advocate
"The first of the reds here is the 2008 Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza from a cooler vintage that produced some austere and serious wines--a year with higher acidity and lively fruit. It feels effervescent and it makes you salivate. This is usually a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from 50-year-old vines that ferments in ancient oak vats, and ages in barrel for three years. This cuvee has increased its quality tremendously since the 1990s. These cooler years provide citric freshness, and a very fine texture and vibrant acidity. This is so easy to drink that it can be dangerous.This was the Rioja clarete fino--the everyday red. It's both elegant and powerful. Very good value, too. Drink Date 2016 - 2022."
$
2399
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Godello 2015

This stuff is incredible! Parker's write-up makes quite a bold statement. Lovers of serious white wines, do not miss this one!
92 Our Score
92 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "The 2015 Godello (Green Label) is aged ten months sur lie in French demi-muids and puncheons, seeing no stainless steel. The wine is a completely different style, as the vines for this cuvée are dry-farmed Godello bush vines planted 1904-1910. This is the equivalent of a Premier Cru, possibly a Grand Cru Chablis, with terrific stony minerality (notions of wet pebbles) as well as a touch of tangerine oil, orange blossom and apple skin. Crisp, medium-bodied, beautifully textured and long, this is a stunner and worth the full retail price of $25.00. Drink it over the next several years."
$
2499
750 ML
Available:
~66 bottlesCheck all Stores

Provenance Rutherford Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Blow-Out Price on this Awesome Napa Cab!
92 Our Score
(7/2017) A big wine here, and we have a silly-low price on it! At the time of printing, our lowest-in-country price is a full $12 per bottle less than the on-line median! The deeply colored Provenance Cabernet leads with wood related flavors including toast, black pepper and charred vanilla bean. Delicious Cabernet fruit flavors of plum and currant follow right behind, supported by dusty red rock and clay earth notes. All this, combined with outstanding freshness, vibrancy and balance, make for a noteworthy wine, especially at our price! (
$
2799
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Lioco "Laguna" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

This Pinot Noir manages to simultaneously be elegant and packed with flavor. To get the most out of this one, please decant several hours before serving!
92 Our Score
93 Wine & Spirits
(4/2017) "Lioco winemaker John Raytek blended this from two sites planted on sandy Goldridge soil: Teac Mor, a low-lying vineyard near the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain, the other on Burnside Road, higher up in the western hills and closer to the coast. This has a tight, stony structure that speaks of those spare, sedimentary soils, and perhaps also of the yield-reducing drought that affected the 2014 vintage. It feels potent, mineral and even a bit gruff at first, taking four days of air for its woodsy cherry flavor to clarify, turning plump and lush, yet cooled by a spicy lavender aroma. It's a Sonoma pinot noir that could stand up to lamb loin, and will improve with five or more years in bottle. (900 cases)"
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3399
750 ML
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Patricia Green Cellars "Old Vines" Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2015

93 Wine Spectator
(5/24/2017) "Expressive and beautifully built, with raspberry and rose petal aromas and plush, structured flavors of cherry, spiced cinnamon and dark tea that build power. Shows a slight bite of tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2023."
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3499
750 ML
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~108 bottlesCheck all Stores

Orin Swift "Palermo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

93 Our Score
(6/2017) The 2015 Palermo Cabernet is big, bold, silky and unmistakably Napa Valley. The wine comes out swinging with powerful aromas of cherry, ripe red raspberry, rich black coffee, Asian spice and toasty oak. On the palate, it explodes with classic Cab flavors of cassis, black cherry, sweet tobacco and vanilla leading the way. Incredibly velvety and impressively complex, this has everything you want in a Cab. The long, supple finish is icing on the cake.
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3599
750 ML
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Chateau Monbousquet Saint-Emilion 2014

93 James Suckling
93 Wine Spectator
(3/31/2017) "Not shy, with hefty fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by a rumble of bramble, ganache and licorice snap. Underneath roils a base layer of tobacco and graphite that should slowly surface with time. May have pushed the extraction envelope ever so slightly, but this keeps it together in the end. Best from 2022 through 2032."
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4299
750 ML
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120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Casanova di Neri "White Label" Brunello di Montalcino 2012

95 Wine Spectator
(6/15/2017) "Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035."
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5499
750 ML
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~96 bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2015

95 Wine Spectator
(12/15/2016) "This is packed with a range of star fruit, anise, white peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon notes that run seamlessly together, gilded with chamomile and orange blossom details on the creamy finish. A late echo of wet pebbles adds further range and intrigue. Drink now through 2019.
$
5999
750 ML
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~45 bottlesCheck all Stores

G. D. Vajra "Bricco Delle Viole" Barolo 2012

94 Our Score
94 Wine Spectator
94 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
(11/2015) "The 2012 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is pure class. A decidedly sensual, inviting Bricco delle Viole, the 2012 fleshes out in the glass with an effortless, inviting personality that is impossible to resist. Deep red cherry and plum notes open up first, followed by the classic floral notes that are so typical of this site. In 2012, the Bricco delle Viole is quite forward and fruit-driven, with essentially none of the angular contours that are typical when the wine is young. All of that means the 2012 will deliver immense pleasure pretty much upon release. There is so much to like here. The only real question is whether the 2012 will shut down in bottle or not. This is another addictively delicious Barolo from the Vajra family. Drinking window: 2020 - 2037."
$
6499
750 ML
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~103 bottlesCheck all Stores

Plumpjack "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

94 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
95 Wine Advocate
(12/30/2016) "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, is a beauty. Bigger-boned and framed than many 2014s, with more structure, this is classic Oakville material, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of graphite, blackcurrants, Christmas fruitcake and spice box. Full-bodied and opulent, with moderate tannin, this is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next 20 or more years. Drink Date: 2016 - 2038."
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750 ML
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~30 bottlesCheck all Stores
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