Achelo 2016

$23.00

Tasting notes

The 2016 Achelo shows an intense ruby-purple color. The nose offers notes of spices in excellent balance with aromas of red currants and blackberries. The palate is supple, with soft tannins well integrated with the notes of liquorice and red fruit, and the finish and aftertaste are long and savoury.

By Ott

$28.20

BY.OTT is blended and bottled in the new Château de Selle cellar, where part of the winery is exclusively devoted to its production. The entire process is controlled – from the blending to the storage -, ensuring the perfect quality expected of these wines.

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2014

$124.00

The slow maturation of the red grapes and long vinifications provided aromatic wines with freshness and finesse. The Syrah is gorgeous and Grenache is fruity and balanced. This 2014 offers wines with lots of fruit and balance. The tannins are soft and silky, with lots of volume

VARIETALS Cinsault : 5%, Grenache : 30%, Mourvèdre : 30%, Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne : 15%, Counoise : 10%, Syrah : 10%

Château de la Nerthe 2015

$51.00

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Château Minuty 281, 2017

$69.00

Tasting notes

Colour : Pale with translucent reflections.
Nose : Strong intensity with beautiful complexity and an aromatic fineness of white fruit (peach, melon…), accentuated by iodine notes.
Flavors : Great depth with a mineral structure.

Clos Mogador 2015

$109.00

On the nose it is both complex and pleasing with aromas of ripe red and black fruits which marry perfectly with the notes of liquorice and chocolate. On the elegant, beautifully dense palate, we can detect hints of spiciness overlaid with smoky, peppery woodiness. The tannins are persistent and tightly knit with a finesse which allows an astonishingly prolonged aftertaste. This is a thoroughbred of a wine encompassing elegant, enduring qualities. Although quite magnificent now, if you can hide it away somewhere for a few years, you will not be disappointed!

Domaines Ott Clos Mireille 2017

$46.50

The wine is a very pale pink highlighted, depending on the vintage, with golden, orange and even vermilion tints. Its bouquet reveals fresh fruit (mango, melon) punctuated with lemony notes. On the palate, its freshness develops through citrus aromas around a resolutely mineral core before ending with a subtly persistent finish.

E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2014

$21.50

Grape variety 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre.

Tasting

 Deep and dark red. Shiny.
 Fresh fruits with red berries and spices.
 Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine.
 Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.

E. Guigal Gigondas 2014

$44.00

Vintages 2014

The Wine Advocate – Dec. 2016

Score : (88 – 90)

The 2014 Gigondas has put on weight since I tasted it last year and reveals a healthy ruby/purple in addition to a terrific perfume of flowers, kirsch, garrigue and even a hint of blue fruits. This pure, ripe and nicely textured Gigondas will drink well on release and keep for a decade. Jeb Dunnuck.

E. Guigal Saint-Joseph “Vignes de l’Hospice” 2014

$115.00
Deep red.
 Complex with dominant black fruit and delicate oak aromas. A pure and intense nose.
A powerful attack. Powerful, round and elegant tannins
 Originating from a geological formation similar to the famous Bessards slopes in Hermitage, this Saint-Joseph has all the finess of the appellation and the strength of its neighbour accross the river.

Embruix de Vall Llach 2016

$36.00

This wine is made using grapes from vineyards that are 30 years old or less and planted on land owned by the winery. The grape varieties used are: Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. The vineyards are located over broad geographical settings with varying altitudes and terrains where exposure to sunlight comes from every point of the compass.

Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Promis 2014

$43.50
A soft and fruity red with subtle tannins, light chocolate and currant character. Medium finish. Succulent and delicious. Drink now.

90/100 James Suckling

Ca’ Marcanda’s 2014 Promis is bright, tense and nicely focused throughout. Sweet dried cherry, tobacco, licorice and mint open up in this attractive, mid-weight wine. Overall, Promis is a solid showing for the vintage, but it should be enjoyed over the next year or two, as the flavors are starting to dry out.” – Antonio Gallonio, Vinous (Nov 2016)

Il Bruciato 2015

$30.00

Tasting notes

An intense ruby red in color, the wine shows attractive and complex aromas of red berry fruit, sweet spices, and toasted coffee. The flavors are full, round, and of high level balance and pleasure. It will be a vintage well capable of improving over time.

Jean-Luc Colombo Le Rouet Rouge Hermitage 2013

$79.80

97% Syrah; 3% Roussanne
Deep red
A nose full of finesse and purity of red fruit, chocolate and spices dominating.
An elegant and well balanced wine with focused redcurrant, red cherry and cloves. Good structure and a long finish.

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Forots 2015

$32.40

Hand harvested bunches are 100% de-stemmed and lightly crushed before fermentaion in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 9 months, 25% in one- to four-year-old oak barrels.
Ruby red.
Violets, spices and licorice.
Harmonious with an elegant structure; appealing flavors of small ripe berry fruits (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) and notes of licorice and spices
51% Grenache; 49% Syrah

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Lauves, Saint-Joseph

$38.30

Deep ruby red.
Full-bodied and concentrated, with aromas of black currant, blackberry, spices and mocha.
An intense wine with notes of black cherry, bay leaves, cloves and roasted coffee beans.

Grapes are picked manually. The fermentation consists of 3-4 days of pre-maceration, 7 days of fermentation and 3 weeks of post-maceration. The juice is free run, and the wine is aged for 12 months in 15% new oak and the rest in 1 to 4 year old barrels. The wine is fined just before bottling, and is unfiltered.

Jean-Luc Colombo Terres Brulees Coronas 2013

$65.90
Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged for 21 months in oak barrels (15% new, 85% 1- to 4-year old). The wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered.
A deep ruby-black with purple hints.
Blackcurrant, dark cherries and blackberries, with spices, licorice and cocoa.
A very rich mouthfeel with flavors of black fruit, jam, vanilla, spice and mineral notes.
100% Syrah

L’Ecole N° 41 Columbia Valley Syrah

$49.30

The growing region in Washington State is ideally suited to maximize the full expression of Syrah. Spicy, rich and complex, with soft tannins and bright acidity, our Columbia Valley Syrah is the perfect food pairing wine.

Tasting Notes

Dark, robust and spicy this harmonious Syrah shows rich flavors of black current, blueberry and licorice through a savory finish.

M de Minuty Rosé 2017

$19.50

Colour : Light and bright.
Nose : Eager and intense with orange peel and red current aromas.
Flavors : Smooth with a nice acidulous freshness.

Marietta Cellars “Christo” 2014

$31.00

The 2014 Christo, Marietta’s Rhône blend, is bold, racy and juicy, all qualities that make it hard to resist. The Christo is the most exuberant and flamboyant of these reds. The blend is mostly Syrah, with some Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier. Sage, tobacco, menthol and licorice wrap around the juicy, exuberant finish.

90 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2017

60% Syrah 22% Petit Sirah 14% Grenache 4% Viognier

Message in The Bottle Toscana IGT 2015

$20.40

Sangiovese 70%, Syrah 15%, Merlot 15%

From the province of Firenze and Siena

Vinification in stainless steel vats at 20deg C for 7-8 days of maceration

Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months

Minuty Prestige Rosé 2017

$25.30

Tasting notes

Colour: Pale with pomelo hues.
Nose: Precise and delicate with notes of flowers and melon.
Palate: Powerful and well balanced with hints of citrus and red fruit, highlighted by a pleasant minerality.

Food and wine pairing

Veal carpaccio, grilled fish, stuffed vegetables, oriental cuisine.

Miraval Rosé Côtes de Provence 2017

$28.20

Pretty pale color, petal pink, elegant with shiny reflections. This 2017 presents a very beautiful and intense aromatic expression of fresh fruit and spring flowers. In the mouth, the acidity is refreshing; a great elegance and a nice balance dominate, with a saline finish.

Issued from the Château’s best parcels (Muriers, Longue, Romarin), and from selected parcels in the best terroirs of Provence. Clay & Limestone vineyard, partially in terraces located at an average of 1200 feet above sea level. Miraval’s cold air pulling valley offers greater diurnal temperature variation.

Santa Cristina 2016 Toscana IGT

$16.40

Toscana IGT

The 2016 Santa Cristina Rosso shows a ruby red color with purple highlights. On the nose, delicate notes of cherries and ripe red fruit, typical of Sangiovese and Syrah, mingle with the characteristic  balsamic sensations of Merlot. The palate is ample and supple and the finish and aftertaste are fruity.

Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana IGT 2015

$27.30

Villa Antinori shows an intense ruby red color, and its nose is a complex one: there is red fruit, cherries and plums along with berry fruit and mint, well balanced with the sensations of spices and vanilla from the oak barrels. The palate is round and is endowed with supple and velvety tannins as well as a long and savory finish and aftertaste.