Nebbiolo Lovers Are Discovering Alto Piemonte and Our List Is Realizing That Barbaglia Is One of the Top 5 AP Producers


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Sergio Barbaglia Is the Master of Alto Piemonte
These Are Wines That Are Making It the Next Hot Place

2014 Sergio Barbaglia Boca
 – Our Best Mid Range Nebbiolo Value
 – Distinctive, Wafting, Transportative Nose
 – Dense, Structured Palate
 – Precise Sweet Black and Red Cherry Fruit
 – Beautiful and Intense Internal Aromatics
 – If You Love Barolo, You Will Adore This
 – Beats The Vast Majority of Baroli up to $75

2015 Sergio Barbaglia Colline Novaresi Croatina
 – Soaring Aromas: Deep Purple Fruits, Lovely Flowers, Minerals
 – Big, Juicy and Dense
 – Deep, Dark Fruit
 – Rustic Yet Charming
 – Already Mid_term Aged
 – At $19.99, A Delicious, Interesting Wine 

The Progression of Understanding
All new regions have a natural progression as you start to drink it with the seriousness of an importer.  It goes something like this:
 1) Wow – there are some great wines that …

The Highest Rated 2016 German Pinot Noir Is Here! (96 Points) – One of My Top 2-3 of the Vintage – The Thörle Brothers Have Arrived! (Super Important)


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2016 Thörle Hölle Spatburgunder
– Fruit Energy Reminds Me of 02 La Tache
– The type of purity people Talk about when They Discuss The Essence of Pinot Noir
 – Unreal Concentration
 – Pure and Energetic
 – Becoming an Iconic German Pinot
 – 96 Points, Highest Rated 2016 Spatburgunder 
   (Again As In 2015)

When the Burgheads Really Catch on To German Pinot in 10 Years and This Wine Costs 5 Times as Much, You Will Laugh Your Behind off That It Cost Under $52

2017 Thörle Spätburgunder Gutswein
 – Amazing and Delicious Fruit
 – Crazy Intense Dark Cherry and Raspberry Nose
 – But Has That Thorle Minerality and Acidity
 – You Know You’ll Need an Affordable Red You Want to Drink Some Day…
 – 91 Points for $19.99 
  ($17.99 on a Case Purchase Which Is Insane)

Ideally I want all of you to drink this very …

Primus Inter Pares – I Just Tasted a Case of Very Good Samples and This Stood Out As the Best – The Best Young Fruhburgnder I’ve Ever Had


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2013 Josef Walter Frühburgunder Centrgrafenberg “J” 
 – This Will Blow Away the Most Jaded of Tasters
 – Early Ripening Pinot Noir That Is Off the Charts
 – A Nose Out of Hansel and Gretel…
 – …Smoke, Flowers, Forest Scents, So Many Spices: Baking Spices, Cooking Spices
 – Off the Chain Fruit – The most Intense Cherries Ever
 – Black Tea, Cassis
 – From One of the Great Vineayrds of Europe : Centrafenberg
 – Stunning Purity and Texture
 – Only In Germany Do You Get Pinot of This Quality Under $80 (It’s $39.99)

Primus inter pares is a latin phrase meaning first among equals.  It typically means a person in a

group who has a higher status than his esteeemd peers.  Well I just finished a terrific case of samples, including some very blingy terroir from Burgundy, and this wine stood out head and shoulders above the rest….

For $8 a Glass, There is No Better Dessert on Earth – Two Very Special Ageworthy Auslesen from Battenfeld Spanier


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2017 The Best Vintage for Sweet German Wine Since 2001

2017 Battenfeld Spanier Am Schwarzen en Hergott Auslese
 – Nose: Drop Dead Gorgeous Nose of Deep Saffron and Apricot
 – Tons of Unidentifiable Exotic Spices
 – Vivid, Vivid, Gorgeous Detailed Fruit
 – Peach, Perfect Pear
 – Palate: Cracking Racy Character 
 – Divine Layers of Endless Depth
 – Amazing Pineapple and Ripe Peach 
 – Scintillating Acids and Drop Dead Purity
 – $42.99 for a 750 – Will Last for 20+ Years

2015 Battenfeld Spanier Frauenberg Auslese
 – More Playful and Mineral 
 – Epic Thunderous Acids and Stunning Fruit Purity
 – Nose: Big tropical, Gorgeous Apricot, Peach Huice
 – Huge Saffron and Earth
 – Finish is Almost Dry with Insane Finesse, Incredible Length
 – $42.99 for a 750 – Will Last for 20+ Years

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Remarkable 93 Point Brunello (Vinous) and a Genius Rosso – Among the Cleanest, Most Precise and Elegant Italian Wines We Sell


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Scopone
– The Power of Cross-Cultural Winemaking
– A New Fass Montalcino Producer
– The Owner Is Dutch: for Some Reason, The Combination of 2 Cultures Is Fascinating
 – Italian Terroir and Grapes: Among the Cleanest, Most Precise and Elegant Italian Wines We Sell

2013 Scopone Brunello di Montalcino 
– One of the Most Elegant Brunellos I’ve Tasted
– Remarkably Linear and Precise
– Gorgeous Licorice, Mineral and Floral Nose
– Spice, Clean Cherry Fruit, So Elegant on the Palate
– Long, Aromatic Finish
– 93 Points VINOUS

2017 Scopone Rosso di Montalcino
 – One of the Most Vibrant Rossos We’ve Sold
 – Nose: Hand Crushed Early Season Cherry Fruit and Spice
 – Palate: Medium Cherry Fruit, Incredisble Freshness and Juiciness 
 – Lingering Fresh Spice on the Finish

“I cannot think of too many estates in Montalcino whose wines have improved more over the last 10 years than Scopone.”

The Earth Is Flat, There Are Only 20 Very Good Producers of Barolo and Other Fallacies – Our New MGAII Star’s 2013 Barolo


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My Latest Windmill Tilt – Grower Barolo

One of The Producers in Masnaghetti’s Barolo Bible, MGA II
 – Trained Oenologist Making Stunning Wines
 – The Poster Child for the Grower Barolo Movement

Barolo “Le Strette” 2013
– Tied for Highest Rated Vintage of the Past 30 Years (97 Points)
– Incredibly Well Made Barolo
– Really, Really, Really Well Made – Incredible Balance
– Intense Aromatics (Spice, Dark Cherry)
– Stunning Density on Palate – Dark Cherries, Hints of Chocolate, Nebbiolo Spice
– Amazing Structure – Will Age for a Decade Plus

2015 Barbera d’Alba Superiore “Persole”
 – 70-80 Year Old Vineyards
 – Grown in Barolo Terroir (Novello)
 – Nose: Chocolate, Forestey As It Opens
 – Palate: Super Dense, Cherry, Chocolate, Dark Fruit
 – Terrific Juiciness and Freshness
 – A Very Serious Barbera from a Very Serious Producer
 – I’m Not Sure Why This Is Under $20 – I Got …

Barolo and Barbera for A Song from the Terrific 2015 Vintage – Tomaso Gianolio


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2015 Tomaso Gianolio Barolo
 – Perfume of a Great Barolo: Gorgeous Big Cherry, Mild Cassis Fruit, Tar, Roses, Spice and Mineral
 – Palate: Authoritative
 – Terrific Density, Minerals, Flowers and Spices
 – Finish Pumps out Fruit
 – Structure to Age But Drinkable with a Decant
 – Ageworthy So I’m Doing a $36.99 Case Discount

2015 Tomasso Gianolio Barbera d’Alba Superiore
 – This Is a Fantastic Bottle of Traditional Barbera
 – Nose: Awesome Leap Out of teh Glass Barbera Freshness
 – Terrific Palate Liveliness – Great Energy
 – Mid-Season Cherry Fruit
 – Great Acidity, Fresh, Juicy 
 – Long Finish

The 2015 Vintage
“An exceptional vintage thanks to healthy grapes and exceptioally regular bunches. A very cold winter with plenty of snow and a protracted cool and rainy spring replenished the water tables, much needed during a July that was the hottest ever on record. The vintage shows great promise, even …

Lunarossa Is Rewriting he Book on Italian White Wine – The Reds Are World Class – About Time the Whites Joined Them


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Mario Mazzitelli, The Genius Winemaker Who Will Change Everything
 – One Salesman Has Them in 15 Michelin Starred Restaurants in Italy
 – …Including Seta (**) Perhaps the Top Restaurant in Milan
 – Trained at 2 of the Top Wineries in Italy
 – I’m Way Ahead of the Curve Here But Lunarossa Is Becoming the Darling of the Top Sommeliers in Italy
 – The Pricing on These Wines Is The Lowest I’ve Seen for World Class Wines

2014 Lunarossa Quartara
 – Terrific Meursaulty Nuttiness on the Nose
 – Palate is More Meursault than teh 15 Which Was St Peray/Hermitage
 – Terrific Minerality, Fassy Juiciness
 – Finish Like Licking the Rocks in a Mountain Stream
 – On the Verge of Magic – Will Be Even Better in 2 Years
 – The Chance for the Rest of Us to Try World Class Wine for $34.99

2009 Lunarossa Borgomastro
 – The Complexity and …

How Many of You Have Heard of the Brilliant Film THX 1138? This Offer is the Burgundy Version


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You’ve All Heard of Star Wars
But George Lucas Made a Much More Interesting Film Most of You Have Never Heard of

We All Love Volnay and Pommard
These Two Cote de Beaune AOCs Produce Wines that Are Around the Corner, Fascinating and Dirt Cheap

 – Everyone Complains There is No Great Affordable Burgundy 
 – Stop Complaining and Stock Up

I Love 2016 in Burgundy
 – Most Vintage Transparent Vintage Since 2010
 – Amazing Fruit But Great Freshness
 – Like 2010, A Vintage to Stock Up On
 – Best Vintage By Far For Our New Sensation, Laurent Boussey

2016 Aloxe-Corton “Les Valoziers”
 – Old School Burgundian Nose
 – Huge, Deep Cherry Fruit
 – All Class and Refinement in a Great Vintage Like 2016
 – Under $40 For a Pinot Of Insane Quality 
 – This Vineyard Runs $60-115 at Normal Retail 

2016 Beaune “Les Prevoles”
 – Terrific Fruit Density
 – Complex, …

I Picked Thorle Because of Rheinhessen Power and Fassy Minerality and Balance: Their Top Wine 96 Points, $36.99 Plus a 93 Pt 1er Cru


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No Clever Titles Today
Thorle Is in the Conversation for a Top 15 White Winemaker in Germany

You Will Laugh about This Offer Some Day
Maybe the Best Grand Cru QPR In Our History
 – Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

2017 Thörle Holle Riesling
 – A Level of Complexity I Find in the Great Dry Wines of the World
 – His Most Dense and Complex White Wine
 – Nose: Citrus Oil, Dried Stone Fruits, Oodles of Minerals
 – Very Balanced Yet the Opulence, Power and Density of Great Grand Cru White Wines
 – 96 Points for $36.99
 – This Is a Very, Very Important Offer…

2017 Thörle Saulheimer Kalkstein Riesling Trocken
 – 93 Points
 – $22.99 Case Pricing (at Least a 10 Year Wine)
 – 1er Cru But Really a Baby Grosses Gewachs
 – Profoundly Harmonious
 – White Cherry Balacned with Clear Minerality
 – Dense …

The Hieronymus Bosch of Wines. Centuries Ahead of their Time. A PhD Class in Wine Geekdom – from the Genius That Is Ziereisen


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Salvador Dali 5 Centuries Before His Time

2016 Ziereisen Jaspis Gutedel 10-4 Alte Reben
 – An Emotionally Moving Experience
 – The Most Densely Mineral Wine I’ve Ever Had
 – Complex and Delicious with No Fruit (Not a Typo)
 – Insanely Complex Nose
 – On a Level with Thousand Dollar Prestige Burgundy
 – A Wine You Have to Experience if You Drink the World’s Great Wines

2016 Ziereisen Gutedel Steingruble
 – The 2013 Was on Wine Advocate’s 20 Outstanding White and Rose Values
 – So Intense It’s Almost Too Much
 – Like 1er Cru White Burg from a Top Producer for $25
 – Special Case Pricing 
On Hieronymus Bosch, Time Travel and Wine
This is easily the most preposterous ahead of its time wine offer that I do every year. I’ve decided to

call it the Hieronymus Bosch offer.  For those of you (likely almost everyone) who are not connoisseurs of Hieronymus Bosch, …

If You Drink Complex, Aromatic Reds, Pleas Stop and Read This – Two Genius Nebbiolos from an Absolute Master and Under $30


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Motalli Renato Has Been Working These Steep Hills His Entire Life
 – He Doesn’t Go to VinItaly or Market The Wines
– These Wines Are Absolute and Utter Masterpieces
 – Aged in Old Chestnut – Totally Unique  
 – Please Read This Carefully – Our Only Renato Offer of the Year – You.  Do.  Not. Want. to. Miss. This.
 – Some of the Most Insane Values We Offer
 – Just Released 2010’s!

2010 Motalli Renato “Le Urscele” Valtellina Superiore Riserva
 – You Cannot Drink This Alone – Someone Needs  to Be There That You Can Tell How Great It is
 – Stunning Aromatic Clarity – Tar, Fresh and Dried Roses, Spice, Licorice, Strawberries , Black Tea
 – Perfect Ripe, Sappy Fruit with Wonderful Clarity
 – Epic 2010 Nebbiolo Vintage
 – One of the Best Price to Age and Quality Deals We’ve Ever Offered

2010 Motalli Renato Valgella 
 – Yes, …

The Proof in the X-Mas Pudding. Grand Cru 2006 German Pinot that Proves that Old German Pinot Can Compete with Burgundy – the Laughable Price of $39.99


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This Will Go Down As One of the Most Ridiculous Values in the History of Fass Selections
 – 12 Year Old Pinot Noir
 – One of the Great Vineyards in Europe (Centgrafenberg)
 – Direct from the Cellar
 – $39.99
 – How Much Should You Buy?  You Should Buy It All.

2006 Josef Walter Spätburgunder “J” Centrgrafenberg
 – The Panoply of Spice and Flowers of Aged Barolo
 – Aromatic in a Distinctively Appealing Way
 – An All Time Drop Dead Nose
 – Unbelievable Fruit for a 12 Year Old Wine
 – Red, Black Cherries, So Balanced
 – Stunning Freshness
 – Perfect Tannins
 – Finish is Like a Cloud of Cherries and Minerality

Today I am selling the oldest Spätburgunder I’ve sold to date, direct from the cellar of Christoph

Walter. This is going to get people really excited for two reasons:
 – One, the wine is absolutely remarkable and

"The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away" 2016 Girard – Lots of Grapes Dead from Frost, Very Low Yields – a Unique Vintage


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In 2016, Girard Had Crazy Low Yields
 – The Wines That Were Made Have Incredible Depth/Density
 – A Vintage to Go Long – Terrific and Different

2016 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Peuillets”
 – Utterly Exuberant
 – Deep Penetrating Pinot Perfume on the Nose
 – Dense Red Cherries, Berries and Glorious Spice
 – Crazy Low Under 20 hl/ha Yields
 – Very Rare to Get Burgs of this Power and Quality Under $32

2016 JJ Girard Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru 
 – Terrific Value As This Is A Blend Of 1er Cru “Fichots” and 1er Cru “Les Vergelesses.” 
 – Deep, Dark, Dense Black Cherry and Berry Fruit
 – Gorgeous Pommard-Like Aromatics
 – A Crazy Steal at $31.99 – Beats Most Pernands Twice the Price
 – Amazing Quality 
 – 90 POINTS BURGHOUND

Girard’s 2016s
2016 really brought the struggle in the Côte de Beaune. With severe frost, many …

For the Gold in My Eyes, I Missed the Diamonds At My Feet – A Huge Mistake of Mine Corrected (Very Important New Dry Riesling Offer)


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I’ve Been on a “Mission from God” to Find German Pinot Noir
 – Spater-Veit Is One of Our Mosel Pinot Stars
 – I Didn’t Pay Much Attention to His Dry Rieslings…
 – …That Was a Mistake

Piersporter Domherr – A New Very Important Vineyard
 – An Enclave within Goldtropfchen
 – Very Steep – Wines of Uncommon Density
 – On a Level with Muellen’s Huhnerberg for Dry Riesling
 – More Mineral and Fassy than Goldtropfchen

2014 Spater-Veit Domherr Trocken
 – 1er Cru
 – Nose: Dry Leaves, Lemon, Apple Skins Herbal Aromas
 – Crystalline Levels of Purity
 – Palate: a Mineral Barnburner – Just Insane Complex Minerals
 – Apricot, Peach, Apple
 – At $28.99 one of the Riesling Steals of the Year

2016 Spater-Veit Piersporter Domherr Reserve
 – His Grand Cru (for Only $34.99)
 – On a Par with THE Top Rieslings I Sell
 – Utterly Complete, Well Made and …

Two 94-96 Point Cote Roties from Christope Billon Who Has Sneaked into the Top Tier in the Northern Rhone


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Christophe Billon Has Always Been a Fantastic Winemaker
 – I’ve Been Selling Him for Years
 – He’s Now in the Top Tier in Cote Rotie
 – His Prices Are Still Medium Tier – These Are Amazing Values
 – Two of the Top Wines of a Very, Very, Very Good Vintage
 – The Wines Age Gloriously

2016 Maryline & Christophe Billon Côte-Rotie “La Cote Rozier”
 – Nose: Mega Berry, Big Mint and Cooling and Crispy Fruit
 – Palate: Amazing Tiny Berries, Terrific Concentration
 – Off the Charts Purity
 – World Beating Inner Mouth Aromatics

2016 Maryline & Christophe Billon Côte Rotie “La Brocarde”
 – Psychotic Nose: Floral, So complex. 
 – Huge Granite, Big Florals, Deep Violets, Spice
 – Palate: Concentrated, Velvety Blackberry Fruit 
 – Dazzling Purity

The 2017s are my eighth vintage selling the wines of Christophe Billon.  I remember being so thrilled

to get him as a producer….

I’ve Been Saying Weltner Makes Some of the Best Rieslings in Germany – And Now The Wine Advocate Has Given Them 94 Points


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The Rheinhessen Is The Trendiest Region In Germany
 – Franken Gets Almost No Love
 – So Paul Weltner Has Stayed Under the Radar for Years
 – He’s Under the Radar No More

2017 Paul Weltner Riesling Hoheleite Grosses Gewachs
 – 94 Points Wine Advocate 
 – The Hoheleite Has Improved after 3-4 Years in the Cellar
 – If This Gets Any Better, Over Time, It Will Be an Elite Wine
 – Massive Concentration, Balance, Minerality, Fruit – It Has It All
 – $44.99 Is an Absolute Steal 
 – “In Terms of Balance and Minerality, this is Perhaps the Finest, Dry 2017 Franconian Riesling on the Market.” – Stephan Rheinhardt

2016 Paul Weltner “Vilsenah”
 – Paul’s “Mad Genius” Passion Project
 – GG Quality Fruit
 – But a Blend (80% Sylvaner/20% Scheurebe)
 – Crazy Aromatic Combination of 2 Very Aromatic Grapes
 – Wonderfully Opulent and Dense on the Palate
 – Only …

Like Sauvignon Blanc, There Are a Handful of World Class Silvaners and I Have A Mind Bending One Today: 94 Points for $34.99


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Thorle Rising
 – The Thorle Brothers Are Starting to Display a Bit of Ziereisen-Like Magic Touch 
 – Their Third World Class Grape

2017 Weingut Thörle Probstey Silvaner
 – Grand Cru Silvaner Crossed with 1er Cru White Burgundy
 – A Client Called It a Ringer for PYCM St. Aubin 1er Cru
 – Nose: Herbal Notes, Playful Minerality
 – Palate: Opulence, But So Perfectly Balanced by Acidity It’s Still Classy and Elegant

“Still quite yeasty from long maturation on lees, but that accentuates the smoky and herbal complexity of this remarkable dry silvaner. Just a hint of oak in support of the creamy, mid-weight body and long, silky finish. Drink or hold.”  94 Points, Stuart Piggot

It’s rare that I send it a solo email on a wine but today there are two solo e-mails. You’ve all see the

Enderle & Moll offer from earlier and I believe today’s wine is …

The Puccini of Champagne – Brice’s 2008, 2010 and Now 2012 Champagne’s – Consistently Stunning, Among the Best $50 Champagne Values Available


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2012 Brice Bouzy Grand Cru
 – If You Have Any 2008 or 2010, PLEASE Try Some
 – On a Par with Very Good $100+ Champagnes
 – $47.99 Case Pricing – You Should Take Advantage of It
 – This Wine Has It All
 – Lovely Yeasty Complex Nose
 – Dense Palate with Good Fruit, Mineral, Rich and Delicious
 – Acid Balance and Structure to Age
 – Terrifically Elegant
 –  There Is No Better Under $50 Champagne Value – Maybe Under $75
 – Terrific Vintage for Champagne

Everybody’s a big fan of La Boheme.  And, of course Turandot.  And Tosca and Madame Butterfly.  When you are going to see a Puccini opera, you know that you are going to have a great night.  And it’s not just the operas as a whole.  It’s the individual arias.  Many composers will phone in an aria or 2 …

Neil Martin Has Not Visited The Estate – He Has Only Reviewed Four Wines – This Is Possibly Our Last Chance to Buy a New Burgundy Star Before Demand and Prices Increase


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2016 Pierrick Bouley Volnay 1er Cru “Les Grands Champs – Monopole”
 – Likely His Top Wine
 – 260 Bottles Made (Yes, Bottles) – A Collector’s Item
 – Nose: The Essence of Pinot Noir, So Floral with Elegant Spices
 – Palate: Velvety, So So Deep with Exquisite Purity
 – Obviously Very Limited and Will Last 25+ Years
 – Yields Were 10 hl/ha (Lalou Levels)

2016 Pierrick Bouley Pommard
 – 80 Year Old Vines 
 – Yields Were 12.5 hl/ha (Those Are Lalou Levels)
 – Epic Levels of Concentration
 – Deep But Still Fresh and Balanced
 – Very Limited

2016 Pierrick Bouley Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots”
 – Regal Nose: Stunningly complex
 – Palate: Insane Juiciness, World Class Inner Mouth Aromas
 – Incredible Finish, Huge Dark Cherry
 – 260 Bottles Made

“Pierrick is clearly fashioning elegant Volnays in a similar style to Michel Lafarge of Jean-Pierre Charlot at Domaine Joseph Voillot, the highlight …