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2015 DOMAINE LAFAGE COTES DU ROUSSILLON OLD VINES TESSELLAE 750ML
2015 DOMAINE LAFAGE COTES DU ROUSSILLON OLD VINES TESSELLAE 750ML
Bottle Price $19.99
Sale Price $12.99

93pts Parker SAVE 35%

For well over a decade we have worked with Jean-Marc Lafage at his estate in the Roussillon, and across the border in Spain where he consults on several projects. As good as his wines were, when we first met him, they only get better with each vintage. An incredible value from Jean-Marc Lafage is the 2015 Tessellae Old Vines Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, which is 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from 70-year-old vines and brought up all in concrete tank. A ripe, expansive, full-bodied and undeniably sexy red that has beautiful notes of kirsch liqueur, blueberries, pepper and violets, it has ripe and present tannin, straight up fabulous purity and a great finish. This is another one of those wines where you just have to tell yourself you spent more than you actually did. The wine really is this good.

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LOCATIONS BY DAVE PHINNEY E 750ML
LOCATIONS BY DAVE PHINNEY E 750ML
Bottle Price $16.99

Robert Parker said "As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate... If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The Wine Advocate.

Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Fame has taken the wine world by storm. Phinney is undoubtedly one of the great young creative minds in all of wine. Many of you will know him from the hugely successful wine Orin Swift The Prisoner. Phinney is not only making some of the finest in California but is also making wine all over the world with huge success. The man has the Midas touch when it comes to blending wine and the guy is fanatical when it comes to quality declassifying vintage after vintage if he is not happy. He makes big, rich, hedonistic style reds of the highest order.

Todays wine the Orin Swift, Locations E Red has received 93pts by Parker and can be had for $14.99 per. Parke flipped for this Spanish blend saying "Majestic, soaring black fruit aromas intermixed with forest floor, white flowers and kirsch emerge from this full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously textured red along with stunning richness and depth." The wine is a blend of Spain’s leading red wine regions focusing on Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. Specific vineyard sites are chosen for super concentrated fruit from old vines with low yields with a judicious oak program that rounds out and balances the wine. This is a great buy by the case, pop and pour no-brainer.

93pts Parker

"If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer, they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate. P.S. It’s too expensive for this report, but I am including it as a homage to what Dave Phinney has achieved. If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The Wine Advocate. "

Wanamaker’s Notes: An alluring cast of blooming crimson and deep red shades are immediately present in the glass. Complementing the appearance is an impressive intensity on the nose with elevated dark cherry and exotic spice notes. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral, and plum flavors, complimented with bright acidity. The finish is expansive and pleasing with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins.

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2014 MARQUES DE CACERES RIOJA RESERVA 750ML
2014 MARQUES DE CACERES RIOJA RESERVA 750ML
Bottle Price $19.99

93pts Wine Spectator
TOP 100 OF 2017 #19
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2017 DESCENDIENTES DE JOSE PALACIOS BIERZO PETALOS 750ML
2017 DESCENDIENTES DE JOSE PALACIOS BIERZO PETALOS 750ML
Bottle Price $19.99

93prs Parker; 93pts Suckling

2017 was a very unusual year in Bierzo, and here they started harvesting the 21st of August, when they had never started harvesting in August. There are more white grapes in the 2017 Pétalos del Bierzo, almost 10%, not because they wanted to lower the alcohol, because the alcohol was similar to 2016, but because the white grapes achieved perfect ripeness (Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me he's never seen such beautiful white grapes). The wine had been bottled the day before I tasted it, so they also showed me a tank and a barrel sample they had saved for the purpose of comparison. However, the bottled wine, the first produced at their new facilities, was really singing and didn't show any fatigue. The palate was vibrant, with acid strawberry flavors. WA

Crushed-blackberry, asphalt and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body. Lots of cracked black pepper and spice. Chewy finish. Slightly dry now. Needs time to soften. Try after 2021. Suckling

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2015 LANCIOLA CHIANTI CLASSICO LA MASSE DI GREVE 750ML
2015 LANCIOLA CHIANTI CLASSICO LA MASSE DI GREVE 750ML
Bottle Price $21.99

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Bold and expressive, offering cherry pie, currant, leather, tobacco, earth and iron flavors, supported by a tightly woven matrix of tannins. This lingers with an aftertaste of pure fruit and graphite. Best from 2022 through 2040.

"Intense ruby color with lighter highlights. Fine and intense aromas of blueberry with subtle hints of vanilla. Dry taste, fresh tannins, full-bodied a wine of character. Perfect with red meat, or with a plate of aged cheese or your favorite Tuscan antipasto, the subtle character of the Chianti Classico goes great with a diverse range of foods.: -The Winery

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2016 CATENA MALBEC PARAJE ALTAMIRA 750ML
2016 CATENA MALBEC PARAJE ALTAMIRA 750ML
Bottle Price $21.99

93pts Parker

This classy high-altitude Malbec boasts fully ripe, nuanced aromas and flavors of dark berries, minerals, mocha, bitter chocolate, pepper and menthol. Wonderfully pliant and refined, it displays subtle inner-mouth lift and restrained sweetness and a suavely tannic, slowly rising finish.

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2014 TUA RITA PERLATO DEL BOSCO 750ML
2014 TUA RITA PERLATO DEL BOSCO 750ML
Bottle Price $34.99
Sale Price $24.99

“The 2014 Perlato del Bosco is a pure Sangiovese from a vineyard located just beyond the property's main house. This is Tua Rita's biggest seller when it comes to the USA market and with good reason. It shows a unique identity with bright berry nuances backed by tangy spice, candied orange peel and blue flower. I'm also told that this is the most difficult wine to make. Sangiovese is a difficult grape to manage and special root stocks (33-19) were selected to delay ripening in order to produce smaller and more flavorful clusters. This in itself is a risky proposition because the chances of bad weather increase the longer you wait before harvest. The bouquet shows a floral component with rose petal and lavender. In the mouth, it offers amazing potential and fullness. This is an amazing value-buy.” WA
Winery: Concentrated, dense, nearly opaque purple in color, Perlato del Bosco delivers tantalizing aromas of blackberries, black cherries, currants, ripe plums, tea leaves, exotic spices, and leather. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this wine's enticing fruit flavors are accompanied by notes of anise, violets, and peppery spice, all of which are framed by fine-grained tannins.
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LOUIS DE SACY GRAND CRU ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE 375ML
LOUIS DE SACY GRAND CRU ROSE BRUT CHAMPAGNE 375ML
Case Price $21.99
Bottle Price $26.39

Not only is this Louis de Sacy Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne utterly delicious, it is incredibly versatile as well. (Think GO-TO holiday bubbly.) Everything from lamb, to pork, fish, tuna and salmon will work with the lovely layers of this Grand Cru. It's fabulous with food, but also an elegant aperitif on its own. To start: peppered tuna skewers with toasted sesame oil mayo with just a suggestion of wasabi... For the main event: roasted leg of lamb with potatoes and onions. The French say to roast the lamb until it's the color of the champagne, or pink... OR, long-simmered pork Choucroute au Champagne, a heady mix of smoked pork loin, bratwurst, salt pork and sauerkraut (perfect for very cold days) OR a thick French fish stew/soup or Bouillabaisse. The final note: rich cherry/raspberry crème brulée. Qu'est-ce que vous attendez winelovers?

91 Points Wine Spectator: Rated as Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style. "Assertive aromas and flavors of dried cherry, autumn woods and ginger highlight this vinous Champagne. Beautifully balanced, with complexity and a dry finish echoing fruit and spice. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases made."

Winery: In the mouth, the taste develops with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and liquor of wild strawberry, among which notes of tobacco, resin and pear become more evident. The nervousness of youth leans on a balanced structure, showing but a small sign of its beautiful personality."
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2015 TWO HANDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON SEXY BEAST 750ML
2015 TWO HANDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON SEXY BEAST 750ML
Bottle Price $26.99

RATINGS: 90pts Wine Advocate; 93pts Wine Spectator; 91pts Vinous

Two Hands Wines was founded in early 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. The
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2015 CHATEAU BARET 750ML
2015 CHATEAU BARET 750ML
Case Price $23.31
Bottle Price $27.97

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93pts Wine Spectator
93pts James Suckling
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