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  • 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Vintage Report Blog
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    2019 Brunello di Montalcino Vintage Report: A Vintage You Don’t Want to Miss!

    2019 Brunello di Montalcino is “…the vintage we’ve all been waiting for,” so “Buckle your seatbelts,” and strap on your helmets because the newest vintage from Montalcino is “…an embarrassment of riches for collectors and fans of the appellation” (Eric Guido, Vinous Media). The hotly anticipated Brunellos have “…definitely lived up to [their] lofty reputation as an excellent vintage across Montalcino” (Kerin O’Keefe). It showcases the extraordinary qualities of Sangiovese, Tuscany’s most famous and beloved grape variety, and its ability to exploit the region’s phenomenal terroir. This “…magical year…” (Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri) of “radiance and appeal” (Eric Guido) will likely set a new benchmark for Brunello wines for years to come.

    According to Italian wine expert, Kerin O’Keefe, she has “…never tasted so many drop-dead-gorgeous young Brunellos from a single vintage.” She confesses that many of the best wines stopped her in her tracks, generating that “…magical mome

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  1. David Ramey: One of the Planet’s White Wine Masters

    David Ramey: One of the Planet’s White Wine Masters

    The sunshine weather is officially here, and a fantastic bottle of California Chardonnay fits this weather like a glove! As the dog days of summer approach, we’re sharing a great quality Chardonnay that we know you’ll love and be impressed with. We offer only the very best California Chardonnays, and David Ramey is always at the top of the list. Founded in 1996 by David and Carla Ramey, Ramey’s wines stand among the world’s greatest wines.

    One of the pioneers who brought California wines to the forefront, Wine Spectator even calls him “Professor Chardonnay.”

    "David Ramey is one of my favorite white winemakers in California. His style is totally Burgundian combined with the rich, silky quality that only the best Sonoma vineyards possess." - Dave Sokolin

    "David Ramey has long had one of the most impressive resumes for any California winemaker..." - Robert Pa

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  2. Dominus Napanook: The Second Wine of Dominus

    Dominus Napanook: The Second Wine of Dominus

    Dominus is one of the benchmark producers of first-rate California wine, and it’s one of the absolute best wines that money can buy. If you want to get a taste of this Grand Vin without paying hundreds of dollars per bottle, you need to check out Dominus Napanook, the second wine of Dominus. It offers a sneak peek into the pedigree of this top estate for much less.

    We just checked very limited quantities of 2021 Dominus Napanook into stock. 2021 Dominus Napanook is a stunner in every sense of the word! Scoring 97 points from James Suckling, this killer Napa Cab continues to bring incredible value at a reasonable price of $99. Why spend between $350 - $400 / bottle on a 100 point rated Dominus when you can get a taste of this estate’s top pedigree with Dominus Napanook?!? Dominus Napanook is very similar to its 100 point sibling and

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  3. A 93 Point Game-Changing Sancerre - Only $39.99

    A 93 Point Game-Changing Sancerre - Only $39.99

    Sancerre is one of the most well-regarded wine districts within the Loire Valley in France. Sancerre is to Sauvignon Blanc as Burgundy is to Chardonnay.

    We have an amazing 93 point Sancerre to share with you, 2022 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote Des Monts Damnes. The Henri Bourgeois family has been based in the village of Chavignol for ten generations, and their 2022 La Cote Des Monts Damnes is a great example of delivering the depth Sancerre can attain with a broad spectrum of aromas and flavors, along with textbook chalky sea shell texture.

    When it comes to villages, Chavignol is the Puligny Montrachet of Sancerre with many producers focusing on its name more than the region. Taking into consideration exposure, steepness, and soil complexity, Monts Damnes is the unofficial Grand Cru of Chavignol - in essence a blend of Batard,

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  4. Rauzan Segla: A Bordeaux Super 2nd Growth

    Rauzan Segla: A Bordeaux Super 2nd Growth

    For the last nine decades, we’ve been known for our prized inventory of fine and rare wine, and that includes sought-after, back-vintage Bordeaux. Our inventory is packed with the legends, and among those is Rauzan Segla. Rauzan Segla is one of the Super 2nd Growths in Bordeaux, located in the Margaux appellation, owned by the luxury retailer, Chanel. Since taking over, Chanel has propelled this chateau to the next level, pushing the quality of wines even higher.

    "My father was Rauzan Segla’s biggest fan since the early 1960s when he started visiting Bordeaux. He would say, 'It’s really the top 2nd Growth... as good or better than Palmer.' And 60+ years later, this super Margaux is at the next level of Bordeaux, yet the prices remain quite low." - Dave Sokolin

    "Based on its current trajectory, the sky’s the limit for this quintessentially Margaux estate." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RPWA

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  5. A 100 Point Bordeaux Blanc – Only $179

    A 100 Point Bordeaux Blanc – Only $179

    Warm weather is finally here, and we have the greatest wines for you to enjoy this season and beyond! You may commonly spend sunny days enjoying a glass of California Chardonnay, a crisp Chablis or a lovely, sought-after Rosé - and those are all terrific choices. But today, we’re turning the spotlight to an outstanding, 100 point Bordeaux Blanc - 2020 Pape Clement Banc. While Bordeaux is famous for many of its top pedigree red wines, several of its white wines also deserve attention and a spot in your wine lineup, especially during the summer months.

    “I love drinking white Bordeaux in the summer! It’s just so fresh and clean. Every time I pop a bottle of Bordeaux Blanc for friends, it creates a new fan.” - Dave Sokolin

    There are only a handful of 100 point white wines in history, and most of them cost thousands of dollars per bottle. 2020 Pape Clement Blanc is only $179/bottle, and it’s pur

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  6. "Reference Point" 2022 Domaine Tempier Rosé

    "Reference Point" 2022 Domaine Tempier Rosé

    It’s the season to drink pink - it’s rosé season! We're excited to bring you one of the most highly sought-after and difficult to find rosés on the market - 2022 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé! Scoring 93 points from RP, this pink wine is from an A+ vintage and is a gem that we know you’ll love.

    Domaine de Tempier is the Lafite Rothschild of Rosé. It’s heads above the rest. Sadly, we sell out of this Rosé well before the warmer months every year, leaving people wanting more." - Dave Sokolin

    Domaine Tempier is recognized as one of the top rosé producers in the world. Robert Parker even said, "Always one of my favorite estates, Domaine Tempier's Bandol Rosé remains one of the world's reference points for how much flavor and character can be built into a rosé wine."

    Founded in 1834, Domaine Tempier was a working farm with vineyards of Mourvèdre, but when Lucien Peyrau

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  7. 2005 Branon: A Limited Production, 96+ Pointer from the Historic 2005 Vintage

    2005 Branon: A Limited Production, 96+ Pointer from the Historic 2005 Vintage

    2005 is one of the top ten Bordeaux vintages in history sitting alongside 1961, 1982, 1990 & 2009. We have an amazing 2005 Bordeaux deal that you don’t want to miss - 2005 Branon, a 96+ pointer priced at only $135. Chateau Branon is often considered “cult-ish” due to its limited production, proximity to first growth Chateau Haut Brion and its high scores.

    Known as a garagiste for its smaller production, high quality wines, Chateau Branon is a renowned 18th century property in Bordeaux. It’s a “small jewel of a property owned by the Garcin family… with the only problem being its very limited availability.” - Robert Parker

    We have pristine, original wood case six-packs of 2005 Chateau Branon priced at only $135. This is a steal for a 19-year-old, back-vintage Bordeaux gem! Only 665 cases were produced, so you can imagine how difficult this is to get your hands on.

    “Pure and stunning, t

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  8. Patrick Piuze: A Chablis Star

    Patrick Piuze: A Chablis Star

    Chablis pairs well with a side of sunshine, and we’re sharing another one of our favorite producers, Patrick Piuze. He’s a rising star when it comes to making Chablis, and his wines are truly something special!

    Patrick Piuze has worked in vineyards all over the world, including Australia, South Africa and Israel before he landed in Burgundy in 2000. That year, he joined the Olivier Leflaive team where he gained experience working with Jean-Marc Brocard and Jean-Marie Guffens of Verget. He started his own label in 2008 and has quickly become well-known for his amazing Chablis. A Montreal native, Piuze harvests everything by hand (90% of Chablis is harvested by machine). He sources his grapes from some of the best land in Chablis and produces a very limited selection of boutique, artisanal wines. His wines are a true expression of the Chablis terroir.

    "Even if

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  9. Droin: One of Dave Sokolin’s Favorite Chablis Producers

    Droin: One of Dave Sokolin’s Favorite Chablis Producers

    It’s Chablis season! Chablis is one of the most under-priced meet over-delivering white wine regions on the planet. We’re sharing one of Dave Sokolin’s favorite Chablis producers, Jean Paul Droin, whose wines we know you’ll love!

    Droin’s wines are produced by father / son team, Jean Paul and Benoit, and their family has cultivated vines in Chablis for almost 400 years. They produce Petit Chablis, Chablis, Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines.

    "Jean Paul Droin is the next big thing in Chablis and is Chablis' greatest over achiever. You've got to try his wines. Think a more complex version of Fevre. I enjoy every wine I taste of his, and I keep his wines at my beach house all summer. They have an extra level of richness and intensity that are associated with wines that cost 2-3x more!

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  10. Value Alert: 2015 Barolo Riserva "Powerhouse" for Only $64.99

    Value Alert: 2015 Barolo Riserva "Powerhouse" for Only $64.99

    If you’re a Barolo fan, you don’t want to miss this value! 2015 Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Barolo Riserva Dardi has a 96 point score and a price of only $64.99.

    “I am often asked who the up and coming producers are in Barolo. Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino are among them.” - Antonio Galloni

    Aged for 5 years in barrel and 12 months in bottle before release, this Bussia Riserva delivers a traditional Barolo Riserva at a ridiculously affordable price. It’s a Barolo lover’s dream!

    To give you a little background, Alessandro Fantino spent twenty years working alongside the master, Bartolo Mascarello, where he made the wines and managed the vineyards. Additionally, the Fantinos own some of the oldest vines in the Barolo zone. Planted in 1946 and 1947, they produce grapes that would be the envy of any Barolista.

    To show the value afforded here, consider ho

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