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!
Once again dialing up fruit from 1000-1500ft in elevation in the Dundee Hills, Chad’s 2021 is juicy, laser focused and roaring out of the gates. Chad tells me that similar wines (very similar wines) off this vineyard are raising their prices up to $55/bottle from $45 this year due to 2020’s lost year. But where most people are raising prices to recoup last year’s losses, the CHAD Pinot Noir price is somehow lower. A true gift from our favorite winemaker.
91 Points, Vinous
Eric Guido of Vinous just reviewed a number of Bele Casel wines last week and lobbed heaps of praise for each and every one of them. For this one in particular, he wrote a great review that I agree with on multiple fronts. For one, he called out ripe orchard fruits and candied citrus which I think helps set this one apart. In the dry category, you rarely get so much pure, juicy fruit as you do in this one. He also noted the “chalky minerality’ before calling out ‘the amazing length and freshness’ of this wine which called an ‘excellent entry into the dry category’.
The wine is almost chewy, with its juicy red and black fruits and licorice with some mineral streaks. It’s young and really vibrant, with a high-toned feel that makes it great with food. Still, it’s got so much personality and easy drinking appeal that it’s hard not to give the wine its own spotlight.
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2022 Garnacha was produced with grapes from the whole region – Corella, Cintruenigo, Fitero and now also Lerga – from their earlier harvest ever under very warm weather and it was fermented with 20% whole clusters and bottled early and unoaked. It contains ripeness, 13.42% alc., berry fruit, hints of licorice and a touch of honey and beeswax. It is primary and has a medium body and a juicy mouthfeel with good grip and tension, more serious than the nose points at, with some chalkiness and without any heaviness or heat. Purity. This is fresher than anticipated after a torrid 2022 summer.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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. For his 2022 cuvee, 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 always a fantastic bottle to have around.
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This is a Nicholas Faithful favorite. Even though it’s technically a non-vintage it was last disgorged in the 2020 vintage. La Cravantine, is a sparkling rosé of 100% Cabernet Franc, bone-dry, super fresh and with bubbles so tiny and fine, it puts most “real” Champagne to shame. Appealing strawberry and mineral scents are encased in a firm structure with a dry and spicy quality in the palate. This wine is incredibly versatile – perfect with just about any fish, fried food, or do like I do and enjoy it on it’s own.
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 little something for everyone at $128/case OFF the regular price (37%). You cannot beat this Gobbler Case – it showcases our biggest savings yet!
Now some of the best Pinot Noir in the world comes from the Yamhill-Carlton District (this small neck of the woods has earned its own AVA) and specifically from Shea Vineyards. Big name wineries clamor for fruit: Antica Terra, Beaux Freres, Bergstrom, Penner-Ash, & Sine Qua Non, to name a few. This Pinot is lights out and even given the pedigree, drinks several echelons higher. Blueberry, Blackberry, Blue Cheese (?!?), chanterelle mushrooms, lavender, mint – I could go on. It’s literally got it all, but I won’t spoil it for you.
If you’re new to Sancerre Rose, then you’re in luck– this is easily one of the best ones made. Domonique Roger’s Sancerre Rose has everything you want: it’s bone dry with fleshy stone fruits flavors, mandarin orange and a hint of zest. The fruit is so pure and clean and there’s so much going on. This is a serious wine and arguably the very best pink wine that anyone makes. Do not miss it.
Soon to be Rated
The newly released L’Après-Midi gives off a bouquet of jasmine, lime zest, lemon rind, pear, and gooseberry mixed with accents of toasted almond 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, a dash of honey, and key lime.
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.