There are a lot of new things here. Some sampler packs, some individual bottles, some super highly rated wines and some that fly under the radar and a few bottles made by some of the top winemakers in their regions. As always, mix and match up to a case to get an additional 10% OFF your order. If you’re from out of town, make sure to get your Thanksgiving wine orders in by Friday, November 18th to ensure delivery before the big day!
93 Pts, James Suckling
This offer hasn’t been around for a long time but really, it’s an easy one. Two of the greatest wine pioneers from two different hemispheres (Baron Eric Rothschild from ‘Chateau Lafite Rothschild’ and Nicolas Catena from ‘Catena’) join forces to make a delicious, Bordeaux style Malbec, that they craft at nearly 4600 feet above sea level and offer up for a fantastic price. This beauty that James Suckling called, “Very Pure” is a case-buy all the way every single vintage released. This is the brand new 2021 release.
From the famous family behind Peyrassol, comes a new Cotes du Provence smash hit. The wine is pale pink in color with notes of small wild berries on the nose complemented by a hint of juniper. This spiciness lends weight to the liveliness on the palate reminiscent of exotic citrus fruits, creating a crisp, harmonious and refreshing ensemble. Spice lingers on the palate for a full and round finish.
A large glass is necessary to capture the brilliant aromatics of Talmard’s Macon Uchizy. Aromas of ripe Meyer lemon, peach, honey and mint just blast from the glass upon pouring. The wine takes on weight with aeration, developing flavors of crisp green apple, juicy peach and lemon custard. The finish is long and fresh, so good with food. Roast some salmon, make sweet corn risotto, use it as an aperitif, it’s a great choice for a spring/summer-house white wine.
92 Points, James Suckling
Bursting with energy and inviting citrusy aromas of fresh squeezed orange juice, mangoes and papaya. On the mouth, good tension and a touch of minerality to perfectly balance the juicy stone and tropical fruits that await. The finish is super refreshing and makes you want to keep coming back. James Suckling called out the spicy finish which I think is right on the money. This is a really good selection from Southern Italy.
92 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Made by Cristina Geminani, who Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called, “one of the best in all of Italy”. But even with that kind of press, I could always count on as much Ceregio Rosso as I needed. That was up until the 92-point Editors’ Choice review! With both brighter acids and darker fruit than Chianti Classico, the Ceregio is brilliant ruby color, with racy, black cherry fruit flavors, and probably the longest finish I’ve ever tasted at any where near this price point.
95 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
One of the best Lambruscos out there, this delicious, vibrant wine opens with enticing scents of wild red berry, yellow stone fruit, citrus blossom and a yeasty, comforting whiff of pastry dough. Made by carrying out the secondary fermentation in the bottle, the dry, delicious palate delivers pink grapefruit, crushed strawberry and tangerine alongside crisp acidity and a saline note.” -Virginia O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
90 Points, James Suckling – 90 Points, Neil Martin – Vinous
Today’s 2022 is the winery’s brand new release, so it remains to be seen if it will hit Top 100 lists like its predecessor, though it already comes highly recommended from a trusted source in Vinous’ Neil Martin. Martin called this Sauvignon Blanc, ‘great value for the money’ and gave a 90-point score for a wine he called, “attractive” and “well balanced”. James Suckling agreed with the score in his own review, making this double 90-pointer one of the highest rated young wines of the vintage. But the most important part of Neil Martin’s tasting note is when he said it can be enjoyed for the next 7-8 years, a hallmark of a great SB.
Valéry represents the third generation of his family’s wine growing. His grandad must have been some kind of visionary as he was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the limestone laden vineyards of Reuilly. That limestone is key as it isn’t just sunny days that makes Pinot great. Limestone, like we find all over Burgundy, lends freshness and tension to Pinot that make it great with food and better with air, giving that all that generous fruit a real sense of crunch. The 2020 P’tit Renaudat Pinot soars from the glass, with a mixture of black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, gradually unfurling to reveal some aromas of rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruit and a long, fresh finish that will keep you coming back for more.
93 Points, James Suckling
The last great vintage in Rioja was the magical 2010 – and those have been long gone. I dabbled a little in other vintages, but haven’t been able to find anything really great until the release of the 2016s. There are a lot of similarities that can be drawn. Both years were consistently warm and dry throughout the growing season, creating the perfect environment for structured and balanced reds. The one that I’m recommending has everything you’re looking for, whether it be an appetizer wine for the pigs in the blankets, a main course sturdy BIG RED or even a wine that can play nicely with dessert. This has it all in spades. It’s a juicy number from a great producer, the folks at Bodegas Chavarri.
Winemaker Patrick Brunet’s tiny Domaine Robert estate consists of 50-60 year old vines, deeply rooted in the granitic soils of Fleurie. What I love about him is that every vintage brings something new but it consistently stays excellent. In the newly released 2020 vintage, Patrick produced a concentrated, structured Beaujolais that’s roaring out of the gates but with the bones to improve in the bottle over the next decade. This is a fantastic bottle to have around.
In the hills of Hautes Côtes, just west of Nuits St Georges, winemaker Pierre Laurent tends Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines rooted in the classic limestone soils of Burgundy. In vintages known for exceptional freshness like the highly touted 2021 vintage, Laurent’s wine in the Hautes Côtes shines above all others in the category. The Pinot Noir fruit here is almost crunchy – a bowl full of cherries, raspberries and floral components that meld together effortlessly.
92 Points, Vinous – 91 Points, Wine Spectator
Fuedo Montoni has been one of the best producers in Italy for literally hundreds of years, most notably for their work with Nero D’Avola grape in Sicily. It’s a gorgeous expression at such a good price. The 2020 “Lagnusa” is the perfect pizza or Thanksgiving wine with juicy black fruits, grippy tannins and a wonderful, fresh and herbaceous finish. Vinous Media gave the wine 92 points and raved, calling it “remarkably fresh yet long, leaving the mouth watering while still resonating on hints of blackberry.” You’re going to love this.
Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie Le Rive (Gold Label) is made from the estate’s oldest single plot of vines within the already heralded Bricco Delle Ciliegie (hill of cherries). This is only the third vintage of this label but it’s already considered by many to be one of the best white wines in all of Italy. Juicy peaches, pears, and a hint of almonds on the nose. The mouth is dense and fleshy, full of bright fruit, minerality and salinity notes with a touch of spice that’s the highlight of a finish that lingers and lingers in the best way. An absolute treat.
This year, I have you covered for Thanksgiving in a big way. We have the perfect case for the occasion and it’s at a discount that we’ve never come close to with our Gobbler Cases before. To make it extra special, I’m offering up some brand new wines that you haven’t seen and some that are only available in this case. Four very different wines (three bottles each) that all bring something different to the table offered up a great price that amounts for big savings! A delicious Russian River Pinot Noir that is always a NW favorite, the return of the Gobbler-exclusive Chad McKinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon, a very highly rated, juiced up Sangiovese from the kings of Chianti, iconic Castello di Volpaia and last but not least, a double-90 point gorgeous bottle of bubbles in the form of a zippy yet elegant Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé courtesy of Pierre Sparr. A little something for everyone at $110/case OFF the regular price (34%). You cannot beat this Gobbler Case.
For me, aromatic, high toned wines work best with Thanksgiving and for this month, I thought I’d offer what we’re planning on drinking on November 24th this year around my table. These will be conveniently packed in a handsome 3-bottle gift box, with a sharp price to boot. Purchase all three wines for just $75/pack, or 40% OFF the regular price of $125/pack. This is a Turkey Day no-brainer.
98 Pts (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast – 97+ Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 97 Pts, Decanter
“From a benchmark vintage, the Biondi-Santi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a gorgeous appearance with medium concentration highlighted by shiny hues of garnet and dark ruby. The first thing you notice is the compact dark fruit and rather robust textural fiber and power presented here. You almost bite into this wine, and you taste some fine grain linked to the young tannins. That, with the fresh acidity that is the hallmark signature of this estate, guarantees long cellar aging, and I would put my money on this vintage for long-long-term longevity. The fruit is compact and supple with dried cherry, blue flower, iron ore and candied orange peel. There is tobacco, balsam herb and gardening soil in a supporting role, and the wine is beautifully fleshed out but also rich in this balanced growing season.”
96 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 96 Points, Wine & Spirits
This wine continues to get mentioned amongst the Super Tuscan elite, Ornellaia and Sassacaia – and in a lot of the instances, people are preferring the wines of the “little guy”, Grattamacco. Their 2018 Bolgheri Superiore is the big brother of the wine that first Nicholas Wines by storm, and became our all-time Super Tuscan best seller. This is armed with two 96-point reviews from both Wine & Spirits and Parker’s Wine Advocate. The latter called the wine, “finely nuanced” as well as “quite elegant and crisp.”
“The last of the appellation releases, the 2014 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was brought up in 55% new French oak, which is slightly more than the 2013. Deep, rich and earthy, with notes of bouquet garni, smoked earth, licorice and dark fruits, it has full-bodied richness, a big mid-palate and is packed with gorgeous amounts of fruit. It’s a big, rich wine from this cool climate appellation, yet I suspect it will show more classic Sonoma Coast characteristics with a year or two in bottle. It’s a beautiful wine.” -Jeb Dunnuck
95 Points, James Suckling
The 2021 L’Après-Midi is light gold in the glass as the bouquet of lime zest, lemon curd, pear tart, and gooseberry mixes with accents of jasmine and baking spices. A lively, juicy entry leads to flavors of fresh peach, grapefruit, apricot, and guava. The plush, textured mouthfeel frames this medium- to full-bodied wine, which finishes with accents of lemon meringue pie, acacia honey, and key lime. The 2021 ‘L’Après- Midi’ will continue to blossom in bottle for several years but is also approachable in its youth.
Think of this as like choosing the top one or two barrels from what is already a grand cru vineyard from arguably the greatest ever Piedmont vintage. The aromatics are so intense and noteworthy, that I was reluctant to even take a sip. Of course, I eventually relented. This wine is all class and harmony and I imagine more universally appealing than most cru Barolo. Despite the decade of age, this bottle has another decade ahead of it.
97 Points (Best in Show), 2020 Decanter Wine Awards
This was the Cab that started it all. A gorgeous bottle that was the first of now 3 straight 97-point award winners from Decanter’s biggest international wine awards show. There are bronze medals, silver, gold and then platinum. Lastly, the true creme de la creme are awarded Best in Show, and that is where you’ll find the 2017 Trefethen Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet from the beloved Oak Knoll district. The wine is an absolute show stopper– dark and brooding with aromas of violets, black fruits and figs with notes of black cherry, raspberry, plum and chocolate mousse on the palate. Best price in the country for these Big Bottles.
97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The flagship from Xavier is the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, and in 2019 it’s 60% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. Partially destemmed and brought up in a mix of demi-muids and tank, it offers a beautifully pure, vibrant bouquet of black raspberries, white and black pepper, candied orange, and violets. Complex, layered, and nuanced, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has a seamless texture, and a great finish. It has both elegance and richness, and will keep for 15+ years.