Maisulan6 2017 Receives 91 Points!

We are happy to share that James Suckling recently reviewed Maisulan6 2017 with a 91 points score!

Maisulan means "good hard work" in the Basque language, & winemakers Luis & Eva Ruiz work hard every day in vineyards that have been in each of their families for 4 generations. They aim to make wine that fully expresses the character of the place they are both from, starting in the vineyards they know so well!

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An Outstanding Review for L'Arpenty Chinon 2018!

We are proudly sharing this review with a 92 points score for L'Arpenty Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018 from Decanter Magazine!

The Desbourdes family have lived and cultivated vines on this Estate since 1927. It is located near the town of Chinon in the Loire Valley. The family still uses the property’s historic cellar that is dug into the hillside.

Today, 4th generation winemaker Emilien Desbourdes lovingly farms his vines using certified organic methods. His aim is not only to respect the environment, but also to produce unique wines that express his family's vineyards. No chemicals are used (insecticides or herbicides). Instead, native ‘weeds’ are allowed to grow between rows and trees and hedges are planted near the vines when possible to encourage biodiversity. Debudding and thinning are both done by hand.

The result of all of Emilien’s hard work are only 2,500 cases a year of wines of depth and complexity.

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Great Reviews for Many of Our Argentinian Wines!

The reviews are in from Vinous, and Stephen Tanzer had some wonderful things to say about several of our wines from Argentina!

Marchiori & Barraud Chardonnay Gualtallari 2018 - 90 points

Marchiori & Barraud Malbec Cuartel Dos 2017 - 90+ points.

Bodega Fernando Dupont Pasacana Jujuy 2015 - 92+ points

Laureano Gomez Malbec Uco Valley 2018 - 90 points

Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 5 Suelos 2017 - 92 points

Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 1914 2016 - 93 points

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How Often Do You Get Across A Sank Laurent From A Single Vineyard More Than 8 Centuries Old?

We are very pleased to present Kalls Sankt Laurent Kobnert Vineyard 2017. The Kobnert Vineyard has been in production for over 800 years with tax records to prove it! The vineyard is protected by the Palatinate Forest and the soils are rich in lime-marl, loess and gravel. The winery focuses on traditional craftsmanship to create elegant wines with a sense of place.

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Spatzi Furmint 2018

We now have in stock the 2018 vintage of Spatzi, a dry Furmint from Tokaj. These vineyards, at 1,499 ft above sea level, have a unique continental climate due to the protection of the nearby Carpathian mountains. The soils are of volcanic origin and contain a significant amount of gold! Some of the best terroirs in Tokaj are selected for this Furmint. A delicate and elegant wine with notes of pear and citrus, fresh and zesty.

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Wecome Tenute di Fraternita and Colline San Biagio!

Today, we are excited to announce two Tuscan wineries: Tenute di Fraternita and Colline San Biagio. Both of these historic producers have been making wine for centuries and have achieved many scores in the high 90s.

Colline San Biagio is located in Carmignano, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. This family-owned property has been making wine since the early 1800s, driven by tradition and respect for the land.
Meticulous care in tending the vineyards and hand-harvesting only the best grapes produces unique wines with a sense of place.

Tenute di Fraternita is nestled in the hills of Castiglion Fibocchi and Civitella, where the vineyards are in the ideal environment for Sangiovese. Tenute farms to maintain sustainable vineyards. Here, all grapes are hand-harvested and no enzymes or yeasts are added in order to allow the most natural and traditional product.

World-Famous Castelli di Jesi Wines!

Did you know that Italy's Castelli di Jesi has been nicknamed the "white Barolo"? The historic and famous Verdicchio wines from this Marche region are known for their profound depth of complexity and ability to age. At the Piersanti Winery, family and regional traditions are the driving force behind their classic winemaking style. Here, they make their Verdicchio as delicately as possible to maintain its fresh and unique flavor profile. Because the grapes are gently pressed, only the best juice is obtained and used for their wines— yielding a product that is equally complex and elegant.

New Vintage from Vignobles Bodillard and Label Update!

Vignobles Bodillard has released a new design for the label of the 2018 Beaujolais Village. Planted on the undulating hills around Morgon, the vines are from 20-100 years old, bringing a wide variety of distinct, unique characteristics to the wine- making it both aromatic and versatile. This certified organic wine is family-owned and produced with spontaneous fermentation before being lightly oaked in French barrels.

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Domaine Claude Noveau Cotes de Beaune.

Stephane Ponsard cultivates 13 hectares of vineyards in Marcheseuil, south of Santenay, surrounded by charming landscape. The vineyards are rich in marl limestone and sustainably farmed. Grass is grown between the vines in order to encourage biodiversity. All the grapes are hand-harvested in small cases. The wines are then aged in a beautiful underground cellar- excavated in the rock of the tiny and beautiful old winery building. Stephane is a courageous winemaker who doesn't cut corners and invests in the long term.

Below, you will see their two wines that are available for sale. The Chardonnay is a single-vineyard wine from the famous Le Chainey vineyard, and the Pinot Noir has attained the status of Vieilles Vignes, coming from vines that are over 45 years old!

Domaine Claude Noveau wines are served by the glass in the famous Le Montrachet Hotel in Puligny-Montrachet!

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World-Class Ribeiro Whites!

In 2014, Hector and Pablo Durigutti acquired nine hectares of old vineyards in the tiny village of As Bouzas in Ribeiro, in northwestern Spain. Italian winemaker Attilio Pagli and local vine grower Francisco Cernadas joined the project. In As Bouzas, the Miño River cuts through the valley, creating steep slopes where the vines are planted on small terraces.

Only native varietals are grown: Treixadura, Godello, Loureiro and Albarino. The vines are very old, most planted in the 1970s. The ocean and continental influences allows the grapes to fully ripen and develop a unique aromatic complexity. The soils of the region consist of granite, clay and slate, providing excellent structure.

The wines are fermented and aged in 4 Italian clay cocciopestos (1000, 1700 and x2 3000 liters). This allows partial breathability without imparting any flavor on the wine. What you're left with is wildly complex wines with endlessly delicate nuances.

Castelo das Pedras makes two "village" white wines, both driven by Treixadura. Both wines can easily be on any ranking of the Top 10 White Wines in Galicia. Make sure you contact us before it's gone!

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Agerre Txakoli Rosé!

Txakoli is quickly rising in popularity, and this summer, we are proud to unveil a rosé from our friends at the Agerre winery. This Basque country wine region is famous for its white wines, but their slightly sparkling rosés are starting to make their way to the United States market. Agerre is a family-owned, third-generation winery known for consistent quality, and their attention to detail in the winemaking process leads to vibrant, complex wines. Their coastal vineyards overlook the Atlantic Ocean, confirming the old saying that great wine cannot be made in ugly places! Contact us for more information on this limited-production rosé.

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New Wines From Jean-Christophe Pellerin!

Domaine Pellerin is an organic and biodynamic 5th generation winery at the base of the French Alps. The winemaker, Jean-Christophe Pellerin, works with twelve acres of vines on land that is extremely biodiverse - with bees, butterflies, and birds playing a vital role in contributing to the ecosystem. Surrounding the vineyards are forests, lakes, and mountains, providing a unique terroir that drives these artisanal wines.

Eco Terreno Sauvignon Blanc.

Legendary winemaker Mark Lyon has more 90+ wines than any winemaker in Sonoma County's history, and his 2016 Eco Terreno Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for the summer. 'Cuvée Acero' is a unique blend of two Sauvignon Blanc clones: Musqué and Entav 378. What this means is he has created a wine that has a perfect balance of profound aromatics and delicate elegance.

The Eco Terreno grapes are all estate grown in the Alexander Valley, and most impressively, they are certified biodynamic by Demeter. Because of a healthy native ecosystem, this wine has a terroir-drivenflavor profile that exalts the fruit's naturally tropical aromatics. Stainless steel fermentation lifts the wine's freshness while short time in neutral oak softens the palate, so don't miss out on this fantastic product before it's gone!

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Belo Slovenian 1 Liter Bottles Now in Stock!

We are extremely excited to re-introduce Kogl's Belo one liter bottles to the United States market. This Slovenian blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay uniquely comes in a one-liter bottleone of only two available from Slovenia in the USA. All grapes are estate-grown, and all vines are between 25-30 years old. This historic property, however, has been growing grapes and making wine since 1542!

Check out the Kogl page to learn more!

Blend  : Riesling 33.3%, Sauvignon Blanc 33.3%, Chardonnay 33.3%    Vineyard  : 25-30 year old vines; slopes of 20-30%, with southern exposure to the Drava River Valley; soils are sandy clay over marl and lime sandstone    Farming  : Native grass ground cover; vines trained for optimal sun exposure; grapes hand-harvested    Winemaking  : Fermentation in stainless steel tanks

Blend: Riesling 33.3%, Sauvignon Blanc 33.3%, Chardonnay 33.3%

Vineyard: 25-30 year old vines; slopes of 20-30%, with southern exposure to the Drava River Valley; soils are sandy clay over marl and lime sandstone

Farming: Native grass ground cover; vines trained for optimal sun exposure; grapes hand-harvested

Winemaking: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks

Introducing Fattorie Parri Toscana Sangiovese!

Today, we are very pleased to unveil Fattorie Parri from Toscana, where third-generation vigneron Paola now owns and runs this small and beautiful winery. The vineyards enjoy a unique microclimate in the Tuscan hills around Montespertoli, a chain of hills close to woodland with some of the highest altitudes in the region. The soils are calcareous with plenty of sea fossils found in the soil.

The vineyards are dry farmed, the grapes are harvested by hand, and no chemicals are used (fertilizers, pesticides, additives). All of the grapes are Estate grown in the family-owned vineyards.

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Cider from our Friends at Botanist and Barrel!

Today, we are very pleased to introduce the Coup de Foudre, a cider that is artisanally hand-made by our friends at Botanist and Barrel in North Carolina. Literally translated to "love at first sight", this organic, unfined, unfiltered, and unpasteurized cider is aged in French Sauternes barrels and is bottle conditioned—the cider-making technique that is akin to methode traditionelle. Driven by notes of mango, honeyed pear and almond, Coup de Foudre is bright and elegant.

“As certified organic farmers, we value quality over quantity. Similar to world-class viticulture for wines, we farm for flavor by dry-farming. While this keeps yields down, it keeps quality up. We partner with other farmers who share our belief. As fruits contain a 'bloom,' the powdery white coating found on fruit that contains ambient yeast. We love this natural and wild yeast and have isolated and banked our farm's wild blueberry yeast to create unique and lovely ciders.

Our ciders are made without additives. They are 'still alive' as we never kill or remove the mixed cultures (yeasts) through unneeded processing. We choose not to fine, filter, or pasteurize.”

-Lyndon and Kether Smith

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New Shipment from DeMuller Vermouths!

Earlier this month, we received a shipment from Spain that included DeMuller Vermouths, an award-winner producer in Catalonia. Flavored with a secret recipe that includes over 150 botanicals, these fortified wines can be enjoyed neat, over ice, or in cocktails. 

DeMuller Vermouths have been made using the same recipe since their founding, almost 70 years ago. Over 150 botanicals are used, many of which are native to the winery’s Mediterranean setting. Today, their winemaker is Gemma Martinez. 

The winery is located in Reus, near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Catalonia. Reus is considered the epicenter of Spanish vermouth and DeMuller is historically regarded as one of the top producers in the area. Their wines are made with a base of white wine, infused with 150 botanicals. Highly guarded, the recipe includes cinnamon, orange peel, chamomile, rosemary, ginger, oregano & vanilla. The wine is then fortified with Melazas, a liquor made from molasses, and lightly sweetened.

While delicious in a mixed drink, DeMuller Vermouths are traditionally enjoyed neat, on ice or with soda. Depending on the type of wine, they are customarily served either with an orange slice, lemon twist or olive for garnish.

Price Reduction for Marchiori and Barraud Cuartel Dos!

We recently received a container from Argentina that included the 2017 Marchiori and Barraud’s “Cuartel Dos”, a small production Malbec that has been praised by critics and received scores in the 90s on multiple occasions. Because it is grown on vines that are over 50 years old, the wine’s terroir is seamlessly balanced. Only 200 cases were made of this renowned wine, but its price has now dropped by 25%!

Driven by sweet, jammy aromas of blueberry and cassis, the Cuartel Dos has a rich, plump, and soft palate. Its flavors of prune, baked berries and cassis end in a chewy, warm finish that is pleasantly balanced.

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New Vintage from Fernando Dupont

Today we are announcing the release of Pasacana and Punta Corral - two red wine blends from Fernando Dupont that are grown in some of the highest vineyards in the world. At over 8200 ft in Argentina's Jujuy region, the dramatic shift in temperature between day and night yields intense grapes with deep concentration of flavor.

Bodega Dupont winery and vineyards is located at more than 8200 ft altitude in Paraje San Pedrito, at the heart of the Humahuaca Creek, an UNESCO Natural Heritage site.

They are privileged to be the first winery at the foothills of the breathtaking Paleta del Pintor Mountain. The amount of days of sun is amongst the highest in the world, and the high altitude desertic climate provide a large temperature difference between day and night.

Thanks to the scarce rainfall and the long and cool fall season the grapes reach optimum ripeness with high concentration of flavors and aromas while keeping their freshness. The exquisitely pure underground water that we use to irrigate our vineyards provide the right amount of minerals to the austere soils. We proudly apply natural cultivation techniques honoring the ancestral philosophy and respect for the environment and its energy cycles.

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PUNTA CORRAL 2016. Jujuy.
Blend: 40% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah
Aging: 8 months in French Oak barrels
Vineyard: Maimara Vineyard. 8206 ft in altitude.

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PASACANA 2015. Jujuy.
Blend: 70% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah
Aging: 18 months in New French Oak
Vineyard: Maimara Vineyard. 8206 ft in altitude.