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  1. $354.00

    Weingut Gross

    Slovenia (Slovenia), Styria (Slovenia)

    6 x 750 ml

    Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat


    Complex bouquet of orange and lemon zest, tropical fruits as well as a sprinkling of vanilla and fennel. Solid backbone with a flinty, mouth watering acidity and a well integrated oaky touch adding some complexity. This is a beautifully concentrated, intense wine with a lingering finish.

    97 points / Platinum Award - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

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  2. $474.00

    Aldo Rainoldi

    Italy (Italy), Lombardy (Italy)

    6 x 750 ml

    Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables


    Rainoldi's Sfursat Ca' Rizzieri is simply a stunning wine with great structure yet elegant at the same time. A rich and complex nose with plentiful dark fruit aromas, hints of coffee, cocoa and roasted hazelnut. On the palate, there is a lovely tension between sweet, dried fruits and a much juicier, firm cherry character. A wine of high alcohol content, it's intense and mouth-filling with a sheen of tannin. Finishes with remarkable length - absolutely mesmerizing. If you are a fan of Barolo, you will love this wine.

    Tre Bicchieri - Gambero Rosso 2019

    4 out of 4 - Vitae Guide 2019

    "The 2015 Sfursat di Valtellina Fruttaio Ca' Rizzieri is made from a special selection of Chiavennasca (or Nebbiolo) grapes that are air-dried on mats in the traditional fruttaio Ca' Rizzieri building located 500 meters above sea level. Mountain breezes fuel steady ventilation and keep the clusters healthy. The wine is fermented in barrique and aged in new oak for up to 18 months with an additional year in bottle. This is a mid-weight wine that offers loads of power (with 15.5% alcohol) that spreads clear over the palate. It shows dried berry aromas of cassis and cranberry with subtle tones of bacon fat and campfire ash at the back. This is the proverbial après-ski wine to warm your bones after a long day outdoors in the snow."

    94 points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Dec 2018

     

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  3. $714.00

    Scarpa

    Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)

    6 x 750 ml

    Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables


    The bouquet is rich, and elegant, with powerful strawberry laced cherry fruit supported by deft greenish accents and pleasant nutmeg spice. On the palate it's full and rich with powerful berry fruit laced with yellow peach sweetness and supported by deft sour strawberry acidity, while the tannins are quite young, with a slight burr and very smooth, and flow into a long clean warm finish. Just coming into its own. > Learn More

  4. New Côte-Rôtie Réserve by Stéphane Ogier 2015

    $954.00

    Michel et Stéphane Ogier

    France (France), Northern Rhône (France)

    6 x 750 ml

    Red Meat, Vegetables


    "Deep ruby. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, violet, olive paste and smoky minerals, with a suave floral topnote. Offers densely packed black and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that stretch out slowly as the wine opens up. Displays excellent definition on a very long, lively finish that's given shape by chewy, building tannins. (JR) "

    94 points - Vinous, April 2018

     

    "The 2015 Côte Rôtie Reserve is brilliant stuff. I was able to taste this from two separate bottles and it never failed to impress. Coming from all the estate terroirs, and including some seriously top juice, its deep purple color is followed by a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, spiced meats, and incense, with an undeniable mineral/dried earth character developing with time in the glass. With full-bodied richness, ripe, yet present tannin, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will cruise for 10-15 years. 93+"

     93 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Jan 2018

     

    "The 2015 Cote Rotie Reserve is rich, velvety-textured and long. Raspberries and herbal notes are joined by hints of cured meat in this medium to full-bodied wine. It should drink well for up to 15 years. (JC)"

    93 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec 2017

     

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  5. $1,044.00

    Scarpa

    Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)

    6 x 750 ml

    Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Red Meat


    Direct from the Scarpa's cellar. Splendid garnet red. Refined bouquet of violets, dried rose petals and licorice, tobacco and balsamic notes with hints of clove that follow through on the palate. Great structure, very long finish. > Learn More

  6. New Côte-Rôtie Sélection de Lieux-Dits by Stéphane Ogier 2015

    $1,393.00

    Michel et Stéphane Ogier

    France (France), Northern Rhône (France)

    7 x 750 ml

    Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables


    Mixed case of 7 different Côte-Rôtie Lieux-Dits:

    1 x Fongeant - 95 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

    1 x Cote-Bodin - 95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

    1 x Cognet - 93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck

    1 x Montmain - 94 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

    1 x Bertholon - 95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

    1 x Le Champon - 96 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

    1 x La Vialliere - 97 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

     

    "Some excellent years, I keep the memory of these unique parcels, while a part of them for blending. This selection, among our best plots, invites to discover the subtlety and the purity of these incomparable parcels. An exceptional vintage an exceptional selection. A boxed set of 7 bottles, tailored and only for this vintage 2015" - Stéphane Ogier.

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  7. New Lieu-Dit La Vialliere Côte-Rôtie by Stéphane Ogier 2015

    $1,494.00

    Michel et Stéphane Ogier

    France (France), Northern Rhône (France)

    6 x 750 ml

    Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables


    "The 2015 Côte Rôtie Le Viallière isn’t part of the single vineyard boxed set and will be released on its own. After tasting it, I certainly understand why as it’s an incredible wine. Possessing awesome purity in its blackberry, blackcurrants, charcoal, meat, and dried flower aromatics, it’s full-bodied, concentrated, and sexy, yet also perfectly balanced, seamless and elegant. It’s a complete, classic Côte Rôtie that will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and keep for two decades."

    97 points, Jeb Dunnuck - Jan 2018

     

    "I didn't taste the 2015 Cote Rotie La Vialliere last year, so here's how the wine is looking in 2018: full-bodied, rich and tannic. This puppy needs some serious house-training before it's ready to open; maybe try a bottle in 2025? It's inky in color, chewy in texture and loaded with dark fruit, ending on a long licorice note. The last time I was inside Stéphane Ogier's new winery, it was more or less just a shell. Now, it's been completed, and what a showpiece it is, with enormous glass windows looking out onto the hillside vineyards. It was a comprehensive tasting of the 2016s and 2017s, but at Ogier's insistence, I retasted several of the 2015s I reviewed last year. Since I scored the Côte Rôtie Reserve, la Côte Blonde, la Belle Hélène and Lancement within a point of what they received last time, I haven't bothered to write them up. All are terrific wines I was happy to try again. Starting a few years ago, Ogier has offered mixed six packs consisting of the Côte Rôtie Reserve and five of its components (the la Viallière is also sold on its own), so I've written up a number of these components separately. (JC)"

    95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Oct 2018

     

    "Bright purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes dark fruit preserves, spicecake and incense. A sexy floral element builds with air. Impressively energetic on the palate, offering intense blueberry, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. The floral note comes back strong on the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a lively mineral accent behind. (JR)"

    94 points, Vinous April 2018

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  8. $299.00

    Scarpa

    Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)

    1 x 750 ml

    Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables


    "An admittedly hard act to follow, but the 1962 Scarpa Barolo Riserva Speciale (a wine I hadn’t tried in the last six or seven years and was curious to see how it was holding up) was up to the task, and then some. This bottle was in perfect shape (decent provenance is always a problem with older Italian wines), still showcasing bright red cherry, rose petal and delicate tar aromas and flavors of noteworthy intensity, supported by vibrant acidity; unfortunately, thirty minutes after opening the bottle, less memorable woodsy and underbrush notes took over, while the fruit disappeared. Nevertheless I was very impressed by the wine, especially considering that 1962 is remembered as a vintage of mainly elegant Barolos but of dubious ageworthiness. Clearly, they were confident of the wine’s merits at Scarpa, as they chose to make a Riserva Speciale, something I wouldn’t have thought to be a particularly good idea in the 1962 vintage. Clearly, this wine proves me wrong."

    94 points - Ian d'Agata, Vinous Media, June 2015

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  9. New Lancement Côte-Rôtie by Stéphane Ogier 2015

    $1,722.00

    Michel et Stéphane Ogier

    3 x 750 ml

    Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables


    "The finest vintage of this cuvée to date, there's a scant four barrels of the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lancement, which comes from a site high up on the slope in the Côte Blonde end of the appellation. Completely destemmed and brought up all in new oak, it has the classic perfume this cuvée always shows yet is inky colored, deep, incredibly concentrated, and long. Exotic flowers, black cherries, hints of cassis, olive tapenade and peppery, gamey notes all soar from this full-bodied, seamless, straight up awesome Côte Rôtie that reminds me of what the 1978 Guigal La Mouline must have tasted like on release. With sweet, sweet tannin, no hard edges, and a grand, majestic personality, drink it anytime over the coming 20-25 years."

    100 point, Jeb Dunnuck - Jan 2018

     

    "My top pick among Ogier’s 2015s is his 2015 Cote Rotie Lancement. It shows wonderful smoky, herbal and bacony complexity on the nose, then follows that up with a concentrated, medium to full-bodied wine that stays light on its feet through a nearly endless finish. A really spectacular effort, worth the search. Stephane Ogier grins from ear to ear when talking about his recently completed winery. He feels like it’s enabled him to raise the quality of his wines. Plus, it’s just plain cool. Ogier is also smiling about the last three vintages, which have all been excellent. We didn’t speak much about the 2017s, which had just gone to barrel, but Ogier told me he likes the charm of the 2016s. And of the 2015s, he said, 'Even if it’s a sunny-type vintage--it’s powerful and rich--we worked hard to keep the freshness and balance.' He considers the raw materials 'at the level of 2010, 2005 and 1999.' (JC)"

    98 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Dec 2017

     

    "Saturated ruby. Intense, mineral-tinged aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, smoked meat, incense and pungent flowers are accented by exotic Asian spice flourishes. Sappy and deeply concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering impressively focused boysenberry, raspberry, olive paste and floral pastille flavors that are underscored by a vibrant mineral quality. Smooth, gently gripping tannins build stealthily a floral-driven finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity and resonating spiciness. (JR)"

    97 points, Vinous - April 2018

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  10. New La Belle Hélène Côte-Rôtie by Stéphane Ogier 2015

    $1,722.00

    Michel et Stéphane Ogier

    France (France), Northern Rhône (France)

    3

    Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables


    "One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Belle Helene is up there with the handful of greatest young Syrahs I've ever been lucky enough to taste. Coming all from the Côte Rozier lieu-dit in the northern portion of the appellation, just above Guigal's la Landonne lieu-dit, this majestic wine offers incredible blue fruits, liquid violets, olive tapenade, and aged meats. Full-bodied, ultra-fine, deep, concentrated, and as seamless and pure as it gets. It's already approachable (which is rare for this cuvée) due to its perfectly ripe tannin, yet will need 7-8 years of bottle age and keep for 2-3 decades. I was able to taste the 2015s from the incredibly talented Stéphane Ogier twice, once during my visit at the estate, which was just after bottling, and then again from bottles shipped to my office in Colorado. These are ripe, polished, sexy wines from Stéphane that show the purity as well as the opulence of this great, great vintage. The 2016 vintage was compared to 2006 by Ogier, which was a solid, under the radar vintage from the northern Rhône. The barrel samples all showed terrific purity of fruit and balanced styles, and should check in near the top of the vintage. This estate is certainly at the top of its game and readers looking for some of the most profound Côte Rôties out there are advised to get on this estate’s bandwagon."

    100 points, Jeb Dunnuck - Jan 2018

     

    "Waves of dark fruit on a plentiful nose. The palate booms with classy red fruits, and a rocky crunch. Ace balance. Drinking Window 2021 - 2048. (JLL)"

    97 points, Decanter - Feb 2017

     

    "The 2015 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is smoky, dark and brooding, almost fruitcake-like in its density and complexity. It flirts with surmaturité and dried-fruit notes yet stays just this side of over-ripeness. It’s not as aromatically complex or as elegant as the Lancement but may be longer-lived. Stephane Ogier grins from ear to ear when talking about his recently completed winery. He feels like it’s enabled him to raise the quality of his wines. Plus, it’s just plain cool. Ogier is also smiling about the last three vintages, which have all been excellent. We didn’t speak much about the 2017s, which had just gone to barrel, but Ogier told me he likes the charm of the 2016s. And of the 2015s, he said, “Even if it’s a sunny-type vintage—it’s powerful and rich—we worked hard to keep the freshness and balance.” He considers the raw materials “at the level of 2010, 2005 and 1999.” (JC) "

    96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Dec 2017

     

    "Dark violet color. Heady, mineral- and smoke-accented dark berry liqueur, licorice and candied flowers on the deeply perfumed nose, along with a hint of cracked pepper that adds complexity and spicy lift. Offers sweet, densely packed cherry and black raspberry flavors that are braced by an undercurrent of smoky minerality, which provides back-end cut and lift. Shows a very suave floral nuance on the wonderfully finish, which is shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins. This is a distinctly elegant rendition of this bottling. (JR)"

    96 points, Vinous - April 2018

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