This is a bit of a long wine story but it ends at a great place. In early 2002 some guy walked into our then Flag’s store, dropped off a bottle of an-unknown-to-me cab, and just asked us to try it and he would call back. Given I knew neither the dude nor the wine, I took his card and planned to throw it away. A few days later on a Saturday, I opened the bottle and tried it with the folks I work with, and a few at our wine bar. It was really quite good as the red had this aroma of blackberries and cocoa with ample but long tannins, a deep color, and a flavor profile that was impressive. I did not know the price but remember that we took orders for some number of cases that day, with the under


I do like them big as anyone who has read these missives knows. They last longer, are a true conversation piece, and I love when people show them off. I am talking about big bottles you silly thing. I have just been offered four 3-liters of 2010 Massimago Amarone della Valpolicella. This is a great Amarone from the top-rated consorzia of the region. It has just been released but The International Wine Report wrote this: “The 2010 Massimago Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of 70% Corvina, 15% Corvinone and Rondinella from 50-year-old vines planted to marly limestone and clay soils. The wine itself is dark and brooding and constantly evolves with each second in the glass. This Amarone is


I wrote about these two 2012 vintage wines a few weeks ago when we tried some samples of them in the store. They are now here, and deserve your attention. The first is the 2012 Bonanno Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I know where the fruit comes for the cab, and the resulting wine shows off its heritage with amazing aromas of cedar, cigar box, and ripe red cherries. The mouth reveals lovely acidity, four year developing tannins, and a creamy, close to sweet flavor. This is a wine that reflects the gorgeous nature of the vintage. The Bonanno Boys should be proud as this is the best red they have made to date. The price is $23 the bottle, or $250 the case plus tax. The person who should buy t


The weather suggests that red wine time is coming and I have been looking for real values from anywhere that can turn my head. I have found one from a bit south, like Chile, and it is the real deal for a daily drinker that can age, and a grape I rarely do in these missive. We are talking syrah, and while this grape make those heavily demanded northern Rhone reds, it also makes probably the most ignored red varietal in CA. I do not know why this is, but I have heard so many winemakers ask me, “How do you think we can sell more syrah?” yet I can only shrug. At one time, we had three shelves dedicated to California syrah, but today we are at one. I have no idea how to solve this connundrum. Bu


The focus of this missive is a wine we received about five months ago, and it sold out faster than Taylor Swift loses a boyfriend…fast indeed. The wine has a rather long name, Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis 2012 Barrica from Montstant, an area west of my beloved Barcelona, and basically abutting Priorat. The Celler de Capacanes is one of the largest wine co-ops in Spain with 170 members, and these wineries/ growers make a large amount of wine, but this particular wine (aged in barriques from America and France, hence barrica) is a remarkable accomplishment. A side-note here, this co-operative began making Kosher wines for the large Jewish population in Barcelona, and grew from that specific ba


Speaking of pinot noir (say what?), I have a few cases of the 2012 Melville Block M Pinot Noir. This Santa Rita Hills red is made by Greg Brewer, and I know some of you were at our store the night we hosted him for a comprehensive tasting. He is a true study, having taught college level French courses, then opting to work in a winery in Santa Barbara where he caught the winemaking bug. Thank God he did for this new pinot noir is among the highest rated California pinots ever, at least according to the newest Wine Advocate, and certainly the least expensive when you consider its stable mates are fetching anywhere from $100 to $800 the bottle. I have not tried the wine and probably will not as

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