Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Wine Advocate Issue #180

Here are a few of the hot wines we have in stock from the issue of The Wine Advocate....
The big California issue....

As always, if you are interested in anything I post, send me an email and I can get ordered and reserved at any of our four stores.

2006 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon...$11.99
We NOW have it at Forsyth, Rock Hill and Ballwin.

"One of the finest bargains in California Cabernet Sauvignon must be Louis M. Martini’s outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma. The good news is there are 140,000 cases produced. Fabulously sweet aromas of black currants, licorice, and cedar soar from the glass of this medium to full-bodied wine. With silky tannins as well as surprising concentration, depth, and texture, this 2006 should drink well for 8-10 years."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Maybach Materium...$119.99
"Named after the super-luxury car of the same name, the extraordinary 2005 Materium (614 cases) has more in common with a first-growth like Chateau Margaux than a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a striking bouquet of blue and black fruits intermingled with acacia flowers, lead pencil shavings, and licorice, excellent fruit, medium to full body, substantial but sweet tannins, and compelling harmony among its acidity, alcohol, tannin, and extract. This sensational 2005 eclipses even the brilliant 2004. It should easily last 25 or more years. Maybach’s Materium cuvee, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillside Wite Vineyard in the Oakville sector of Napa, west of the Silverado Trail, is made by the highly respected Thomas Brown."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon...$134.99
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon struts its stuff in an elegant but powerful style, with notes of black fruits, burning embers, roasted meats, and a hint of subtle bay leaf. The wine has terrific fruit concentration, full-bodied power, substantial but ripe tannins, and a long, long finish. This wine should drink nicely for at least two decades. I first tasted these wines when they were made by Mark Herold, but he has been replaced by the well-known winemaker Celia Masyczek."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Opus One Proprietary Red....$150
net no additional discount
"The opaque purple-hued 2005 exhibits an extraordinary nose of violets, creme de cassis, charcoal, and spring flowers. Gorgeously pure, opulently full-bodied, with sweet tannins, superb concentration, and a low acid, ripe, tannic finish, it tastes like a top-notch vintage of ripe Bordeaux, but made in California. It can be drunk now and over the next 20-25 years. Bravo! With a new winemaking team in place, and no longer any influence from the Mondavis, it is ironic that Opus One appears to have produced its greatest trilogy of vintages to date. This wine has always been more about sizzle than substance. While some top wines have emerged, others have been riddled with brett as well as lacking in concentration. That accusation can not be made against any of these three vintages."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Brewer and Clifton Pinot Noir Cargasacchi...$67.99
"The dark ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard displays notes of beef blood, underbrush, Asian spices, and plenty of sweet raspberry and cherry notes. It is broad, very flavorful, but again, the tannins are somewhat elevated and the wine firmly structured and in need of some bottle age. This, too, would benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should be counted on for relatively long-term aging for domestic Pinot Noir – 10-15 years."
Rated 91+/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Brewer and Clifton Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel....$75.99
"Earthy cinnamon and almost charcuterie notes, along with some black tea aromas jump from the glass of the medium to dark ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel. This is a lean, austere, but stunningly complex wine that again comes across like a grand cru Burgundy from the southern sector of the Cote de Nuits. Give this wine several years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade. "
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Brewer and Clifton Pinot Noir Zotovich....$39.99
The 2006 Pinot Noir Zolovitch displays gamey smoked duck notes intermixed with forest floor, roasted herbs, and clove. The wine is medium garnet/ruby and surprisingly evolved. The aromatic complexity as well as the acidity profile are reminiscent of a Burgundy. The wine is rich, full-bodied, with no shortage of power (15.9% alcohol). Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Melka Metisse....$121.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon...$126.99
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Anderson Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve...$57.99
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Anderson Conn Valley Eloge...$79.99
"The 2005 Eloge is a staggering wine that is utterly profound. Its extraordinary aromas of incense, cedar wood, creme de cassis, kirsch, spice box, and gamey smokiness as well as forest floor make for one of the most complex wines I smelled over the two weeks I spent in Napa. Full-bodied flavors are followed by a wine with sweet tannins, beautifully deep, concentrated layered fruit flavors, and a long, heady finish. This is gorgeous stuff that should evolve nicely for 15 or more years."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma...$15.99
"There are slightly more than 545,000 cases of the 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, which offers up aromas of orange blossoms, lemon oil, and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied with crisp, fresh fruit, a subtle touch of oak (9% is barrel-fermented), a long, pure finish, and fashioned by winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, this impeccably made Chardonnay should provide enjoyment over the next 2-3 years. This Chardonnay / Pinot Noir specialist should receive rave notices from bargain hunters looking for a top-flight Chardonnay that is complex, rich, and widely available."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Dehlinger Goldrige Pinot Noir...$41.99
"There are 1,600 cases of the 2006 Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard, which exhibits sweet black cherry and allspice notes intermixed with hints of forest floor and flowers, silky tannin, medium to full body, a nicely layered mouthfeel, and a rare delicacy and elegance. This well-balanced Pinot can be enjoyed over the next decade."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Pahlmeyer Napa Chardonnay....$66.99
"Ever since Demi Moore tried to seduce Michael Douglas in the blockbuster movie “Disclosure,” Pahlmeyer’s Chardonnay has been a hot ticket. What might get lost in the glare of Hollywood is that the wine is superb. The 2006 Chardonnay (3,000 cases) is just as good. Slightly fuller-bodied, with zesty acidity and fabulous notes of brioche, quince, and again some leesiness, the wine has a nice greenish hue to the light gold color, subtle smoke, and a dense, rich mouthfeel. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years. "
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Sbragia Chardonnay Gamble Ranch....$37.99
One of our favorites!!! -- Batard like at a 1/10 of the price!
The Batard-Montrachet-like 2006 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch reveals poached pear, creme brulee, brioche, honeysuckle, hazelnut, smoke, and tropical fruit characteristics in its big, full-bodied, well-balanced personality. Ed Sbragia, the highly renowned winemaker at Beringer, has settled into his own operation, producing just over 5,000 cases of reds and whites that focus on Sbragia’s strengths, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He is also experimenting with small quantities of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc."

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso...$45.99
The brilliant 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard exhibits a loamy, earthy character interwoven with notions of cedar, fruitcake, spice, and oodles of black currant and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, dense, powerful, and moderately tannic, it is, by the standards of high end North Coast Cabernet Sauvignons, a very good bargain. Moreover, it will evolve for two decades or more.Ed Sbragia, the highly renowned winemaker at Beringer, has settled into his own operation, producing just over 5,000 cases of reds and whites that focus on Sbragia’s strengths, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He is also experimenting with small quantities of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please List locations where these are available!! The west store does not always have the same inventory or is a few days behind getting the product i.e. martini cab