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The Best Deal in Oregon Pinot – RoseRock Pinot Noir

2015 Domaine Drouhin – RoseRock Pinot Noir

Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Another amazing pinot noir that shows such purity of the fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, lemons, oranges and hints of caramel. Medium to full body, incredibly polished texture and a beautiful, exciting finish. Drink now or hold.


A Highly Rated Super-Tuscan

From the Heart of Tuscany comes a Super-Tuscan
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

I Guisti & Zanza Costa Toscana Dulcamara 2015

What a delicious nose that showcases both freshness and depth of flavor. It offers up blackcurrant compote, dark cherries, licorice, five spices, fresh herbs and Chinese spices. Full body, structured and firm tannins and a delightful interplay of fruit and acid. Juicy yet refined. Drink in 2021. Made from organically grown grapes.


From one of the First Families of Barbaresco

2015 Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella

Hay, freshly cut grass and loam aromas segue to a core of cherry that pulls this together. The sweet fruit handles the burly tannins well, ending in a cascade of eucalyptus and tobacco notes. Best from 2023 through 2043. -B.S.

94 points


920 cases made


A Highly Rated Chateauneuf From Vieux Telegraphe

Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Telegramme 2016
Very complex and composed. Bright aromas of wild, red-berries and herbs. Some blueberry pastry, too. Plush, ripe and concentrated palate with long, smooth, ripe and powerful tannins. Great depth and detail. Fresh, red-berry and plum flavours run riot on the finish. Drink or hold.


#19 Top 100 Wine Spectator Chianti Classico

SAN FELICE Chianti Classico 2016
Expressive and smooth, this hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity. Shows best from 2020 through 2036. 25,000 cases made. -B.S.


Napa Cab Deal of the Season

2016 Martin Ray Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon $45 per bottle while quantities last.

Ripe-currant and walnut aromas with a hint of rose bush.

The Next Great Super-Tuscan

From the Heart of Tuscany, 2015 Tenuta di Valgiano.
At $90/Bottle.

Enjoy this beautiful, intense but refined wine from the best Tuscan vintage in 10 years.
This drinks like a Bordeaux at a much higher price level.
Certified Organic.

My Favorite Syrah for The Holidays

New Vintage – Market Favorite

2015 Alban Vineyards Patrina Syrah


Moving to the 2015 reds, the 2015 Patrina shows beautifully from barrel and even better from bottle, which is always a good sign. There’s not much of it, but it’s a magnificent Syrah loaded with notions of cassis, blackberries olive tapenade, and ground pepper. Possessing awesome purity of fuit, medium to full body, and a great finish, it should be snatched up by savvy readers.

2015 Domaine La Barroche – Chateauneuf du Pape

A Top-Notch Chateauneuf at a reasonable price!

At $50/bottle, Domaine La Barroche is one of the new superstars in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. This is due entirely to recent changes in their wine-making and vineyard management techniques. But the truth is, Domaine La Barroche has a  long history in the Southern Rhone Valley as they are one of the older properties in the Chateauneuf du Pape!

2017 Montsecano Refugio Pinot Noir

The Casablanca Valley in Chile is a place that is still shrouded in mystery to the American wine drinker. For a country that is known for its dark/brooding reds (Cabernet and Syrah), some of the best values can be found in the coastal areas that are more known for their aromatic Whites and Pinot Noir.

At 33 degrees South, the Casablanca Valley is the much closer to the equator that every other major Pinot Noir growing region in the world. The Valley is oriented East-West and sucks in cool air from the ocean and the arctic ocean currents. This makes the perfect conditions for growing Pinot Noir.


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