Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Some of my favorite wines of the monent

Here is a short list of some of the wines that I really enjoy at the moment and that you can find at the store (


2007 Pas De L'Escalette Les Clapas Rouge Languedoc France $22.99
"Fine, elegant, focus, nice ripe fruit yet not opulent, good tannic structure & length"

2006 Paveil de Luze Margaux Brodeaux France $29.99
"Great Margaux, soft, balanced, refined, nice tannin frame and good acidity"

2006 Bernard Ange Crozes-Hermitage Rhone France $20.99
"Fresh syrah based wine, high acidity, spice, juicy fruit, lovely"

2005 Mas des Collines Gigondas Rhone France$20.99
"Almost like a baby Chateauneuf du Pape for half the price"

2005 Calvet-Thunevin Cuvee Constance VDP Cotes Catalanes Roussillon France $17.99
"Mostly Carignan and Grenache, strong, full, spice, touch of alcohol, yet integrated"

2007 Agapé Pinot Blanc Alsce France $14.99
"fresh, crisp. balanced, mineral, racy, cleansing"

2005 Ardhuy Clos Langres Cotes de Nuits Villages rouge Burgundy $45.99
"light, earthy, terroir driven, focus, bright and elegant"

2008 Berlioz Chignin White Savoie $17.99
"slightly nutty, apricot skin, good balance and acidity"

2006 Bornard "La Chamade" Ploussard Jura France $27.99
"a fascinating wine from the color to the finish, esoteric, high acidity, nutty, animal"

2007 Carre Du Prieur Cote Roannaise Gamay Loire France $13.99
"slightly fuller than a Beaujolais, a bit rustic yet quite juicy and entertaining"

2008 Carrel Jongieux Savoie France $11.99
"clean, fresh, mineral, racy, balanced, simple yet attractive"

2007 Cellier Palais Mondeuse VDP Allobrogie $19.99
"earthy, smoky, esoteric, animal, bright red cherry, high acidity"

2007 Chamonard 07 Morgon "Le Clos De Lys" Beaujolais $25.99
"a great Morgon, bit rustic but plenty of fruit and nuances"

2007 Champalou Vouvray Off Dry Loire France $18.99
"nicely balance and attractive mouthfeel, lovely"

2005 Chave Saint Joseph "Offerus" $28.99
"a classic Chave with good fruit and length, terroir oriented, focus"

2007 Comptoirs Magdala L'Amourvedre Languedoc $22.99
"organic, rustic, esoteric but so juicy and interesting, light, spice"

2006 Monpertuis VDP du Gard Cuvee Counoise Rhone $11.99
"good tannins, food friendly, bistro-ish, nice features"

2006 Ollieux Romanis Cuvee Alice Corbieres Languedoc $10.99
"nice, simple yet interesting and easy going, good fruit and earthiness"

2008 Sentinelle De Massiac Minervois Red Languedoc $10.99
"earthy, bistro-ish, food freindly, good structure, terroir oriented"

2006 Mas Daumas Gassac Rouge Languedoc $44.99
"always an intriguing yet well crafted wine"


2006 Grand Traverse Gamay Noir Michigan USA $18.99
" juicy, super friendly, red fruit and berry, enjoyable and quite surprising"

2007 Neyers Chardonnay Napa Valley $29.99
"a classic organic chardonnay, very good acidity, fresh, burgundian, lovely"

2005 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $47.99
"organic, earthy, terroir oriented, balanced, not too heavy, appealing"

2005 Keenan Mernet Proprietary Blend Napa Valley $94.99
"wow, what a wine, a stylish cab-merlot with guts and spice, yet harmonious"

2006 Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $19.99
"balanced, well crafted, friendly and consistent"

2008 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay California $21.99
"always a standard for Chardonnay and Pinot (IMO)

2007 Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita $42.99
" a classic Pinot Noir, Burgundian, earthy, lovely"

2007 Clos Julien Pinot Noir Oregon $18.99
"earthy, terroir oriented, expressive and balanced"


2004 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja Spain $22.99
"opulent, oaky, young, earthy, balanced and attractive"

1996 Marques Vitoria Gran Reserva Rioja Spain $28.99
"a classic Rioja, tertiary aromas and flavors, integrated, tamed, and juicy"

2004 Allende Rioja Spain $27.99
"quite big and oaky, very opulent with good ageing potential"

2007/08 Ameztoi Txakolina Basque Spain $22.99
"bright, clean, pearling, mineral, refreshing, cleansing"

2008 Camino De Navaherreros Garnacha $13.99
"big Garnacha yet high acidity, spice and rustic, intriguing"

2001 Cune Vina Real Reserva Rioja Spain $26.99
"balanced, classic, integrated, pleasing, good fruit mixed oak notes"

2005 Escoda Les Paradetes Conca De Barbera $29.99
"focus, rustic, esoteric, very good fruit, dry, good structure"

2004 Rincon Navas Rioja Crianza $18.99
"again quite classic from a great vintage"

2005 Martinet Bru Priorat Red $39.99
"superb balance and length, very good density and structure"


2000 Calabretta Etna Rosso DOC $25.99
"intriguing, esoteric, juicy, mineral, full of nuances"

I could continue for much longer because there are so many wines that I like, but the list will be endless. However, this is a start. Let me know what you think about it. There are also quite a few Italian that I love. I will put them on a next list.

Prices correspond to the shelf prices that we have in the store and on the website, before Tax and discount (17% on a full case of 12 bottles of the same wine; 15% on a case of 12 bottles of mixed wines).

We have longer descriptions at the store website at, and you can also find some on my blog (


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