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  • Bricco del Drago Collections

    Italian Red Pack

    • 2019 Chianti Classico

      107 in stock

    • 2016 Bauccio Aglianico del Vulture

      628 in stock

    • 2015 Langhe Rosso, Bricco del Drago

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  • La Roubine Gigondas Collections

    La Roubine’s 2020 4-Pack

    $102.60
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    • 2020 Gigondas

      Inside the bottle: This beauty highlights everything that’s refined and powerful and powerful about Gigondas. Its blend of terroirs reflect the nuances of the limestone slope, but it’s the gentle handiwork of vignerorn Eric Uhgetto—both in vineyard and cellar—that provides this wine its unusual elegance from what are highly traditional winemaking techniques.

      After a whole bunch (both grapes and their stems) fermentation for a whopping 45 days one would expect a wine of pure mass and extraction. But, after the third week the tannin extraction of a wine usually peaks and starts to slowly mellow out, converting its rough grit into something finely textured. The extended fermentation—combined with aging in neutral vessels of concrete and old, large oak casks—results in an intensely savory wine with restrained power. Eric’s exceptional craft and his affinity for subtlety results in one of the most elegant wines in Gigondas.

      Made of 70% Grenache and equal parts Mourvedre and Syrah, the wine offers classic aromas of licorice, garrigue (lavender, thyme, rosemary and sometimes juniper), and forest floor over a deep core of cool black fruits and ripe griotte (wild cherry). This is traditionally-styled winemaking at its best, put into service to capture the essence of place.

      Terroir:  A blend of two distinctly different terroirs gives this wine depth and range. The first terroir comes from two sites, Santa Duc and Les Jardinières, located on the high plain of Gigondas, just below the village. They sit on iron-rich red alluvial soils mixed with quartzite cailloux roulés, clay with a limestone underbelly. The other terroir, Les Florets, is located on terraces of the Dentelles de Montmirail, above the village. These terraces are on white loamy limestone soils with fissured quartz stones, quartzite alluvial pebbles with sharp, fractured limestone scree from the Dentelles de Montmirail. The terraced sections are protected from the intense Mistral winds, but remain cool because off its northerly exposition, while the same winds carry cold air from the north into Gigondas’ lower section, giving the vines relief from the relentless Provençal summer sun and heat. On the plane, the wine’s masculinity is enhanced, while the terraces bring its finer points. Impossible to summarize in a single paragraph, the many terroirs of Gigondas make it one of the most complex within such a small area. Each vigneron has his own unique palette of vineyards to blend together in pursuit of charm in an appellation that can be known for brute power.

      215 in stock

    • 2020 Vacqueyras

      258 in stock

    • 2020 Côtes du Rhône, 'Sablet'

      Inside the bottle: The Sablet is an extraordinarily powerful and rustic red. Usually when people say rustic, I feel that it implies that it’s a little “funky”, if you know what I mean. This is not the case here with this absolutely pure and focused wine. The fruit falls back to a tertiary role behind the earth and floral aromas. This blend of grapes, dominated by Grenache, comes out of the glass with power that is perfumed with lavender, thyme, spice and meat. Yes, meat, dried meat, like jerky or French saucisson, as well as grilled beef. If this sounds like a bull in a glass, it is.

      The aroma springs out of the glass with black pepper, tapenade, licorice and herbs of Provence. The fruit aromas of the wine hit high red notes along with the obvious darker impressions of fruit, like black mission figs. On the palate, the wine carries a massive structure that calms down with a little air. Good luck on keeping your hands off of this when you open it.

      Terroir: As the name suggests, this vineyard is dominated by sand but also has a good dose of sandstone, quartz and limestone. Because it’s on a north facing terraced hillside of the Dentelles de Montmirail, the wine remains aromatic and fresh. The neighboring vineyards of Roubine in Vacqueras and Gigondas have a lot of clay, which adds roundness and full fruit flavors, while the sands of Sablet bring more structural elements, exemplifying the tannin and acidic structure with less juiciness. This wine is both a “vin de terroir” and a “vin de garde.” It is a supremely serious wine for its mere Cotes du Rhone appellation status.

      39 in stock

    • 2020 Côtes du Rhône, Seguret

      19 in stock

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  • Cantina Madonna della Grazie Liscone Cantina Madonna delle Grazie

    Madonna delle Grazie’s Opening Act 6-Pack

    $123.00
    • 2016 Liscone × 3

      155 in stock

    • 2017 Messer Oto × 3

      219 in stock

    51 in stock

  • Grignolino d’Asti “Margherita Barbero” Collections

    Mauro Spertino’s Dazzling Trio 6-Pack

    $294.00
    • 2019 Grignolino d'Asti, 'Margherita Barbero' × 2

      Mauro Spertino’s rendition of this typical easy quaffing wine is nothing short of spectacular. The aromas are almost theatrical in their exuberant display of personality; they’re hypnotic and cast a spell scented with Aperol, Persian mulberry, lemon zest, orange peel and exotic spices. The palate is fine, fresh, light and taut with a cool glycerol finish that brings everything into perfect harmony. There are few wines as lovely to drink as this. While it seems like a wine from another galaxy, its wonderfully pleasing dimensions and unique personality maintain the unmistakable taste of Piemontese wine.

      The details: Depending on the vintage, it spends fifteen to twenty days during fermentation, then it’s racked into old barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, followed by some time in stainless steel before it’s bottled. I would suggest serving a little more chilled than a typical red wine, perhaps somewhere between fifty and fifty-five degrees.

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    • 2017 Cortese, Piemonte Vilet × 2

      I was startled by my first experience with Mauro Spertino's Cortese. These white grapes are crafted into wine like reds, spending about forty days on their skins. After the fermentation and lengthy post-fermentation maceration the wine is pressed and then aged in terracotta amphora vats for eighteen months. It is indeed an “orange wine,” but one like few others. It’s nearly perfect with not a single hair out of place. It’s by far the most compelling I’ve had from this category of rare wine. Everything about it is intricately and precisely embroidered with a gold-like splendor. If a wine were to be described as a painting, Mauro’s Cortese would be Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I.

      12 in stock

    • 2019 Barbera d'Asti, La Bigia × 2

      This wine once again demonstrates Mauro’s unique alchemist touch and a signature like no other winemaker in the world. I never have imagined that a Barbera could taste and feel like Mauro’s *La Grisa*. He’s managed to put a bright light and deep darkness into the same bottle of wine; it’s black as ink, which makes it somehow intimidating to even taste. Inside this wine aged for half a year in old 5000 liter botte are aromas of a thick, dank and wet green forest with taut but mature wild black berries, black currant and a potpourri of underbrush. The palate is powerful, supple and somehow fine at the same time. Its explosive bright acidity keeps this brooding wine in perfect harmony.

      53 in stock

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  • Collections

    Michael Malat’s 2019 Riesling Crus 6-Pack

    $233.60
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    • 2019 Riesling, Pfaffenberg × 2

      8 in stock

    • 2019 Riesling, 'Silberbichl' × 2

      3 in stock

    • 2019 Riesling, 'Steinbühel' × 2

      40 in stock

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  • Thierry Richoux

    NV Cremant de Bourgogne

    $39.00
  • Champagne Ponson & Paul Gadiot

    NV Pascal Ponson, Prestige Tradition

    $48.00
  • Sorgente Brut Sorgente

    NV Prosecco, Brut

    $20.00
  • Sorgente

    NV Prosecco, Extra Dry

    $20.00
  • Collections

    Riecine 3-Pack

    $208.00
    • 2019 Chianti Classico

      107 in stock

    • 2017 La Gioia

      17 in stock

    • 2018 Riecine di Riecine

      Jordan Mackay, one of the world’s top food and wine writers, accompanied me to my first visit to Riecine. When they poured us the 2013 version of this wine we looked at each other in confusion; we were perplexed. It was so far to one side of the spectrum of a Chianti Classico (which it is, but labeled as a Toscano Rosso) we both wondered how it was possible that a wine could smell and taste like a high elevation, stony 1er Cru, or Grand Cru site in Burgundy and be made from Sangiovese nearly a thousand kilometers away in Italy?

      After my first couple of sips and tastes of Riecine’s 2013 Toscano Rosso, I said to Jordan, “I know the comparison to Burgundy is an exhausted one, and I don’t mean overextend the comparison by a large stretch here, but this reminds me of Gevrey-Chambertin, like a Ruchottes-Chambertin, or Clos Saint Jacques; not only a little bit in taste and smell, but in feeling and style. In any case, it reminds me of a wine from a higher altitude, stonier site from Gevrey, and it’s very Rousseau-like.” Jordan looked at me in bewilderment, and to my surprise agreed.

      The decision to work with Riecine took time. The wines are an abstraction for Tuscany, but something familiar when considering the wine world’s greatest velvet glove, iron-fist styled wines, like Burgundy. My access to Burgundy over the years has been fortunate and I’ve had many young (and old) wines from all of the region’s top domaines—so far as I can tell. Many of them can be off-putting and backward when young because the integration of the newer wood that most—almost all—have in their 1er Cru and Grand Cru wines can’t seem to dance around in their youth. My only criticism of this Riecine wine, called “Riecine,” was the same.

      I was unsure that it would be accepted, except that this is the kind of wine that deserves to be recognized no matter whether or not it conforms to the regional norm—whatever that is in the Chianti hills. It’s ahead of the curve in subtlety, but as Allesandro (the winemaker) said, this light level of extraction is the way old Chianti Classico used to be; he should know, growing up in the region and drinking many old wines from his father’s cellar made before the region was overtaken by foreign nationals. That was the encouragement I needed and I signed on to represent their compelling wines; Riecine’s wines need to be known and if I passed because they were atypical I knew I would regret it.

      If you’re a purist, you must not walk away from this wine from the potential wood nuances that immediately come from the first glasses. (It’s raised in concrete and 500 liter French barrels.) Like other great wines crafted in this way, this one needs another ten years to integrate to give an immediate display after pulling the cork, but if you’re patient, it will give you a solid teaser of what it will likely become. If you walk away, you’d just as well walk away from a young Armand Rousseau Clos Saint Jacques from the same vintage, a wine I’ve had on a couple of occasions.

      My last bottle of Rousseau’s 2013 Clos Saint Jacques was in the spring of 2018 at Pot d’Etain, a Gites-de-France with a restaurant. It’s located between Chablis and the Cote d’Or, and has one of France’s deepest wine lists, with a heavy dose from Burgundy. I had a bottle there with Romain Collet, one of our Chablis producers, and JD Plotnick, a former chef and one of our extremely talented collaborators at The Source.

      At first the Clos St. Jacques was almost undrinkable, even grotesque in its oak level. After its first hour of solitary confinement in oak, it began to flex its authority over all other wines on the table, and there were some real players there. Its pedigree rose and it grew in power and complexity on an exponential level from one smell and sip to the next. It was a true experience and one I would like to relive over and over. In time serious wines reveal themselves, but time is needed. A wine that starts out impressively might fall and what begins quietly, or seemingly off, might bring you to a state given the right amount of time.

      Riecine’s Toscano Rosso grows exponentially after its first two hours and while it may be a similar pedigree to one of Rousseau’s great parcels (when comparing Burgundy’s best to Tuscany’s best), it’s not the same level of wine, but perhaps it’s also not that far off. Time is needed for this youthful wine, and on a good day it may show you something you haven’t seen before from a Tuscan wine. When in full stride it’s fine-grained and discreet character is framed with fine acidity and a stony core. Once the wood has fallen back into the shadows, the magic begins with seductive satin-like sweet rose aromas and otherworldly soft pink fruits. The last sips fill out the mid and back-palate, the acidity and sappy fruit swells, and the finish gently stains with bitter orange and mild tree bark spices. A Zalto Bordeaux glass has on numerous occasions been my maestro for this wine and I suggest giving that a try.

      The details: This 100% pure Sangiovese from the original vineyard planted by John Dunkley over four decades ago. The vines are grown on limestone and clay soils and at an altitude of over 1600 feet, which gives birth to miniscule yields at nearly one ton to the acre. It’s fermented on its skins for about forty days and lightly extracted initially and almost no extraction for the second half of its maceration. It’s aged for three years in concrete and 500 liter French oak barrels before being bottled. There are around 6000 bottles made each year.

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  • Wechsler Riesling Trocken Collections

    Wechsler’s Riesling Trocken 6-Pack

    $138.00
    • 2020 Riesling, Trocken × 6

      279 in stock

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  • Weszeli Collections

    Weszeli’s 2017 Riesling Crus 6-Pack

    $424.00
    • 2017 Riesling, "Seeberg" × 2

      149 in stock

    • 2017 Riesling, "Steinmassl" × 2

      155 in stock

    • 2017 Riesling, Heiligenstein × 2

      272 in stock

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