The Darling of the Top Restaurants in Piedmont: Some of the Best Barbarescos I’ve Had – Transformative 2016 Vintage


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Very Important New Find 
 – So Successful Selling to the Top Restaurants, He Never Needed to Export
 – The Top Restaurants in the Langhe Sell His Wines 
 – Over 120 Restaurants in Total
 – Stunning, Pure Aromatic Wines: Density without Weight
 – Highly Successful Producer 

2016 Vintage
 – Jancis Robinson Calls It a Game Changer (See Quote Below)
 – Stunning Transparency

2016 Giuseppe Negro Barbaresco PianCavallo
 – One of the Top Young Barbarescos I’ve Had from Anyone, Anywhere
 – Mind Boggling Aromatic Density – Fills the Room
 – Dense Spice, Dried Roses, Tar, Tobacco – Exhilarating
 – Palate Is Medium Cherry Fruit But Has Incredible Density
 – Ridiculous Acidic Balance 
 – Structure to Age 20+ Years

2016 Giuseppe Negro Monsu Langhe Nebbiolo
 – The SAME Grapes That Go Into Barbaresco (Less Barrel Ageing)
 – This Was One of My Top Rated “Barbaresco” of the Vintage
 – Nose: Dried Roses, Deep …

Gilles Berlioz Is Turning Savoie into the Next Loire: The Next Unicorn Region – 2 Brilliant Whites – Fibreglass Egg Elevage


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Today’s Wines Now All Have Fibreglass Elevage
2018 Is an Incredible Vintage
Berlioz’s Popularity Is Skyrocketing in France
 – Prices Are Steadily Increasing 
 – Stock Up While You Can

2018 Gilles Berlioz (Domaine de la Partage) Chignin-Bergeron “Les Filles”
 – A Superstar Wine
 – Nose: Alpine Clean, Insanely Herbal, Rich, Deep and Outrageously Complex
 – Insane Fruit Complexity: Guava, Pear, Peach, Apricot, Pineapple, Quince
 – Palate: Intense Fruit In a Dry Extract Type of Way (Not in a Rich Way)
 – Top notch Finesse, Terrific Acidity
 – Huge Spice, Honey, Grilled Almonds, Dried Fruit and Flowers
 – Amazing Density and Complexity

2018 Gilles Berlioz (Domaine de la Partage) Rousette de Savoie “El Hem”
 – Very Unique Flavor Profile
 – Nose: Deep Aromas of Mountain Violets, Wild Flowers
 – Earth, Hay, Pine Trees, Intense Almost Saline Minerality
 – Palate: Musky Pear Fruit, Lavender, Hawthorne Apple, Spices
 – Like Batard-Montrachet Made from …

Old Time Rock n Rhone – First 2018 Offer, 2 Amazing St. Josephs Priced Like It’s 1983


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2018 Domaine de la Côte St. Epine St. Joseph St. Epine Vieilles Vignes Rouge
 – From 85+ Year Old Vines, Vines Old As 140 Years Old $24.99 a Bottle, $22.99 on a CASE!
 – Nose of Huge Red and Black Berry Fruit
 – Deep, Deep, Deep Deep Wine – Big and Ripe Yet Stunningly Fresh
 – You Can’t Get a Better Value in the Northern Rhone
 – He Won’t Raise His Price/Neither Will I

2018 Domaine de la Côte St. Epine St. Joseph St. Epine Blanc Vieilles Vignes 
 – The Gateway Drug for People Who Don’t Yet Like Northern Rhone Whites
 – 100 Year Old Vines
 – Richness and Minerality on a Line
 – But Always Fresh and Balanced By Great Acidity
 – Baroque, Almost Grandiose
 – The Incredible Minerality and Acdic Balance / Freshness Allow This to Be Drunk Young – Almost Chablis Levels
 – At This …

The Dream of Perfect Aged Barbaresco Made Possible By a Brilliant New Technique VERY IMPORTANT


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There Are No Other Offers in the World
The Winery Name Is Blank – I Doubt Anyone Has Heard of It 
Call Me If You Really Want the Name

This Is Our Most Out There, Wonderful Offer Ever
A Stealth Winery from an Ancient Family
2,500 Years in the Wine Business
Over 400 Years of Winemaking

2006 [Name Hidden] Barbaresco Alivio
– The Jackpot in a Barolo/Barbaresco Tasting
– Nose Is a Blend of Pure Sweet Fresh Roses and Dried Roses
– Palate: Pure Sweet Roses, the Most Elegantly Fine Counterbalancing Acids
– So Beautifully Elegant, It May Actually Make You Cry
– If you Drink Barolo and Barbaresco, You Need to Try This

2012 [Name Hidden] Nebbiolo Primanebbia
– An Introduction to the Estate’s Style at a Much Lower Price
– Nose: Very Aromatic, Wafting Cherry Flowers, Varied Roses, a Hint of Spice
– Palate: Light Cherry with Good …

Old School Burgundy Meets Stanley Kubrick – Alan Michelot’s Nephew Makes Some of the Most Precise Traditional Burgundies You Can Buy


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Kubrick and Ledy – A Tale of 2 Masters
 – Kubrick’s Obcession Made Him the Master of Multiple Genres
 – Ledy’s Attention to Detail Has Made His Wines Reference Points

2016 Vincent Ledy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru”Les Porrets St. Georges – Jeunes Vignes”
 – Lalou Level Yields (13 HL/HA) 
 – One of the Best NSG You Can Buy At Any Price
 – Nose: A Superb Aromatic Spectrum
 – Spices, Flowers, Wet Earth, Deep Berry Fruit
 – Intoxicatingly Awesome
 – Palate: Black Fruits, Red Fruits, Riveting Intensity
 – Remarkable Purity of a Micro Production Wine

2016 Vincent Ledy Savigny Les Beaune “Les Petit Liards”
 – The Same Winemaking Focus As the NSG
 – Serious Savigny
 – Amazing Pinosity and Savigny Character for Days
 – Nose: Stoney, Mineral Dark Berry Fruits
 – With Age, This Is Unreal
 – “What if Henri Gouges made Savigny Les Beaune?”
 – Cellar This for …

My Don Draper Cornas: A New Micro Producer Making 500 Bottles of Superbly Elegant Wine at Pre-Brand Prices ($36.99)


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My Babies in N.Rhone Are Growing Up 
 – Prices Are Increasing
 – Some of My Customers Are Getting Priced Out
 – I’ve Been Researching Like Crazy for New Ones

Cave Pinheiro 
 – A New Micro Production Estate 
 – 2,000 Bottles Made, Only 500 Cornas
 – He Knows Every Grape on Every Vine

2017 Cave Pinheiro Cornas
 – Reminds Me of the Brilliant Cornas of Fauterie
 – Gorgeously Mineral Nose
 – Dark, Ripe Plums, So Meaty, Gamey and Savory
 – Palate: Cassis and Blackberry Fruit 
 – The Perfect Balance You Can Only Get from Production This Small
 – A Case Purchase Consideration Given the Price, Quality and Vintage

Don “…only likes the beginnings of things”
Faye Miller, Mad Men

Of course, I’m a huge fan of Mad Men.  For me, one of the great things about the show is the almost casual use of calmly stated dialogue that …

The Magician Retires – I’m Selling the Last Wines in His Cellar – Red St Aubin for a Song and an Amazing Bourgogne Rouge


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2016 JJ Morel St. Aubin Rouge “Le Ban” 
 – Nose: Insane, Super Floral, Savory, Earthy 
 – Very Mineral , Gorgeous and Precise Cherry Flowers
 – Terrific Power and Concentration
 –  Old School Burgundy –  Changes  in the Glass
 – One of Our Most Fascinating Wines to Drink

2017 JJ Morel Bourgogne Rouge
 – 100% Stainless Steel
 – A Singular Bourgogne Rouge
 – Spectacular, Bountiful Juicy Fruit
 – Rustic, But Pure As Only Morel Can Do
 – A Gift from a Master Winemaker Near the End of His Career
 – Debut Vintage

A Requiem
I’ve never had to write an email quite like this as this has never happened before in my professional

career.

Genius can be fleeting or it can happen in brief spurts and then it’s finished. It can last many years, decades even a lifetime. Genius is not constrained by any maximum or minimum limit. But sometimes it …

Elite Scores for Weltner Dry Wines, 94 Point Riesling, A Rare 18/20 for the Sylvaner from the Highly Regarded Jancis Robinson


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Paul Weltner – Big Points from 2 of Europe’s most Respected Critics

2017 Weingut Weltner Hoheleite Sylvaner Grosses Gewachs
 – A Wine That “Buckles” Your Palate
 – 18/20 From Jancis Robinson – UNHEARD OF for Sylvaner
 – Stunning Nose: Wintergreen, Forest Floor, Apricot Pith, Spice, Flowers, Mint, Wet Stones and a Sense of Serious Deepness
 – Palate is Packed, Structured and Dense
 – Super Sappy, Rich, and Vibrant
 – A Taut and Playful Yet Broad and Intense Mineral Expression
 – Perhaps the Greatest Sylvaner on Earth
 – One of the Most Unique and Wonderful Wines We Sell

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 …

The Ultimate Rhone Rarity – Hermitage Made by the King of the Rhone – As Good As Chave – Only Offer on the Web Very Limited


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2017 Georges Lelektsoglou Hermitage “Le Cerisaie”
 – 60 Cases Made
 – No Other Offer on Winesearcher … Anywhere in the World
 – Nose: Glorious, Sick
 – Ripe Blackberry, Raspberry in a Thick Coulis Style
 – Blackberry, Cassis, Leather, Herbs, Smoke, Granite, Mineral
 – So Refined, Classy and Graceful
 – Palate: Rich and Ripe with Stunning Purity and Density
 – Velvet Texture To Die for
 – Soul, Heart and is an Emotional Wine
 – The Magnum Opus of  One of the Most Important People in the Rhone This Century

Today’s wine has been years and years in the making. The first ever wine that we offered bythe famous “Kingmaker” of the Northern Rhone was the famous 2010 Compagnie l’Hermitage Cuvee Des Moines. This was when we first started with The Greek who owns the most famous wine store in the Northern Rhone and this wine was an insane value at $45 and …

The Martin Muellen Effect: Top Scores Convert Ludes from "Who?" to "It’s Almost All Gone" in a Month – Amazing, Rare Old Mosel Auslese for a Song


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I Am Buying These from The Cellar
 – Where They Have Been Since Bottling
 – The Famous 1995 and 2010 Vintages
 – “The Ethereal Lightness Of J.J. Prum” (Mosel Fine Wines)

One Village Near Piesport That Was The Bling 70 Years Ago

I Only Get Really Old Rieslings That Meet My Standards Every 2-3 Years
 – These Will Last for Decades
 – The Prices Are Very Reasonable
 – So If You Like Old Riesling, I Have Case Pricing on Both

1995 Hermann Ludes Thörnicher Ritsch Auslese
 – 75 Year Old Vines on Average
 – A Brilliant Vintage in the Mosel
 – This Blew My Mind
 – Nose: Super Mineral but Opulent, Honey, Meyer Lemon, Baked Apple Crust, Grilled Nuts
 – Palate: Stunning Complexity and Texture with Ccintillating Acids
 – Case Pricing – a One Time Deal Buy What You Can Store
 – 93 Points Mosel Fine Wine

2010 Hermann …

One of the Best "Cru Beaujolais" in the World – Better Than Foillard – It’s Off the Charts Delicious, Affordable … and It’s from Italy


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Diego Calcabrina is Turing the World on Its Head in Umbria

2014 Calcabrina Foglio 11 Rosso

– One of the Best “Cru Beaujolais” in the World
– Better Than Foillard 
– This Wine Is a Work of Genius … A Must Buy for Wine Lovers
– One of the Greatest Producers in Italy 
– Dazzlingly Original Winemaking
– I’ve Never had Something this Good for this Price in this Style 
– The Fruit Quality, Denisty and Balance of $60+ Rhone Wines 
– Absolutely Crazy Nose: Rich, Ripe Sagrantino Nose with Dark Flowers, Spice and Raisin
– Reminds Me of JM Stephan
– OMG Juicy with Insane Acidity
– Vivid Cherry, Supremely Fresh, Amazing, Amazing Depth
– Top Notch Palate Presence and Purity
– Delicious, Cerebral and Engaging

Today, I am offering one of the best “Cru Beaujolais” I have had. But it’s actually maybe even better upon reflection. This is one …

Alta Toscana Fires a Shot Across the Bow of Brunello – 97 Year Old Vines, One of the Greatest Sangioveses I’ve Ever Had (Under $40)


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2015 Torre San Martino Sangiovese “Vigna 1922”
 – Straight up Brilliant. Genius. 
 – Utterly Refined, Elegant, Precise, Intense and So Complete.
 – The Density and Class of 97 Year Old Vines
 – A Reference Point Wine for the Region and the Grape
 – Comparable to Very Good, Elegant Pre Climate Change Brunello
 – The Full range of Cherry, Cherry Flower, Spices
 – World Class Sangiovese for Under $40

2016 Vigna Claudia
 – A Special Breed of Cat 
 – Terrific Vivacity – Skips Across the Palate
 – Fruit: Fresh off the Vine Wild Blackberry, Dark Cherry,Some Fresh Cherry
 – Internal Aromatics are Off the Charts
 – Crazy Value at $25.99 a Bottle
 – So, So Drinkable But Utterly Geeky
 – Super Romagna
 – A Wine World Peace Wine – Bordeaux, Bojo and Napa Lovers Will All Adore This 

Briefly, I am thrilled to be selling these wines today – …

"Cote Rotie" for the Rest of Us – One of My Best Rhone Values Ever – Vinified like Cote Rotie from IGP Grapes – Under $25


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I Tasted This Blind and Thought It Was Côte-Rotie 

I Was Fooled for a Reason
 – Aged in Wood, Not Stainless
 – Aged for 30 Months

This Is Mybe the Most Serious $24.99 Syrah I’ve Sold
 – Nose: Crushed Berries. Granite.  Flowers. Violets. Savory, Raspberry Coulis, Graphite, Camphor, Cassis, Intense Spice and Flowers
 – Palate: Tiny Berry Fruit, Savory, Meaty, Salty
 – So Mineral
 – Incredibly Complexity for a $24.99 Wine
 – The Structure to Age 10-15 Years
 – A Case Purchase Consideration With Special Case Pricing

My last visit to Christophe Billon was a memorable one as I tasted a terrific wine out of barrel blind. It was so so good. Like insane good.
 – I asked if it was another cuvee of Côte-Rotie and he smiled and said no.
 – I then asked if it was another cuvee or new cuvee of his wines from …

One of Our Great Barolo Deals Ever – A Secret, Important Barolo Cru from the Classic 2013 Vintage – Under $40, Read the Last Line of the E-Mail


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The 2013 Vintage
 – 94 Points (Wine Advodate)
 – Highest Score Other than 2010 in the Past 10 Years
 – Remarkable finesse
 – Classically Built Wines Meant to Age
 – Burlotto’s Monvigliero Got 100 Points in 2013 

2013 Palazzo Schiavino Barolo
 – Gorgeous Aromatics: Dark cherries, Tar, Burnt Orange Rind, Sour Cherries, Leather, Spices Galore, Oolong Tea
 – Palate: Amazing Density of Fruit, Light on Its Feet and Very Fresh
 – Classic Balance and Insanely Terrific Length
 – Will Age 20-25 Years

2013 Palazzo Schiavini Barolo Massara
 – At $39.99 This is an Insane Value 
 – The Best “Cru” Value We’ve Ever Sold
 – Nose: Spices, Dark, Dark Cherries, End of Season Cherries, Cherry Flower, Roses, Tar, Leather
 – Superbly Complex and so Profound
 – Huge, Huge Reckoning Level Spice
 – Dense and Super Chewy
 – Beautiful Balance, Texture and Mouthfeel
 – 20-25 Year Wine That Will Become Insanely …

The 2017, Higher Tier Version of a Dry Mosel Riesling That Got 94 Points (WA) in 2016 (Under $30) – Martin Muellen, of Course


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2017 Martin Müllen Krover Paradies Spatlese Trocken**
 – Profound Nose: Elderberry Flowers, Spices, Minerals
 – Ridiculous Palate Intensity
 – One of the Best Under $30 Wines in the World
 – The 2016 one star Spatlese (A Lesser Wine) Got 94 points from Stephan Rheinhardt (Wine Advocate) and this Blows it Away
– You Will Bend the Knee For This Wine

Who Is Martin Muellen (for Those of You Who Do Not Know)
Martin Muellen was one of our first producers.  He is located in a part of the Mosel that was not fashionable when we started but we loved the wines and he had been making dry wine for a while so we sold them.  It was slow going until on year, he got the top rating for dry rieslings in Germany by the Wine Advocate and ever since then, the wines have sold like crazy and are …

Two Burghound 91 Point Wines Under $36 – "You don’t truly love Burgundy unless you love Savigny Les Beaune."


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Savigny Les Beaune
 – A Burgundy Lover’s Burgundy
 – The Soul, The Truth of Burgundy

JJ Girard’s 2017
 – The Oldest Estate in Savigny
 – Girard Knows This Terroir Like No Other
 – His 2017s Are Sappy and Deeply Fruited 
 – They Almost Strut While Showing Their Sense of Place
 – He’s Almost Impossible to Beat in Burgundy at These Prices 

2017 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Narbantons”
– More Gevrey-Like
– Lovely Gamey Element
– Ebullient Cherries, Cherry Flower and Stunning Sous Bois
– A Rockstar Burgundy for $35.99, 91 Points
– Drinkable Now, but Better in 3-6 Years

2017 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Peuillets”
– Mineral and Wet Earth
– Juicy, Absolutely Beautiful Crunchy Ripe Fruit
– Tiny berry intensity
– Long Finish of Huge Fruit, a Hint of Mineral
– The One to Drink Young of the Pair
– …

The Mold Has Been Broken: The Liquid Magic of the New Radical of Barbaresco Danilo Quazzolo: Micro Amounts Of Barbaresco Riserva 2015 and Barbera


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Danilo Quazzolo
 – If I Could Make Wine and Had Land In Barbaresco, I’d Make Wines Like This
 – Old Vines
 – Psychotic Density
 – Stunning Fruit Yet Incredible Balance
 – Incredible Acidity
 – The Mad Genius of An Artist Winemaker
 – There Is Nothing Like These Wines in the Langhe.  Nothing.
 – A Teeny 2 Hectares of Pure Mad Genius

2016 Quazzolo Barbera d’Alba
 – Some of the Most Super Intense Fresh Fruit of Any Wine I’ve Ever Had
 – The Last 60 Bottles
 –  One of the Best Barberas I’ve Ever Had from Anyone, Ever

2015 Quazzolo Barbaresco Riserva
 – Unlike Any Wine I’ve Had from Piedmont
 – The Density and Complexity of 80+ Year Old Vines
 – The Added Density from Hand Selection
 – High Acid from the Vineyards
 – The Density of Grand Cru Burgundy – I’m Not Kidding
 – Should Cost $100+ – It …

If You Love Cru Beaujolais, You Must Try These Mountain Gamay from Savoie


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Mountain Gamay
 – So Different from Cru Beaujolais
 – A Serious Alpine Vibe  
 – Much More Floral and Mineral

Luc Bauer
 – Small Winery (3HA)
 – He Really Works the Vineyards
 – Terrific Terroir (Hillside Vineyards, Great Sun)
 – Biodynamic, Natural Style
 – The Precise Technique and Consistency of a Trained Engineer

2018 Le Grangeons d’Albarine (Luc Bauer) “REDACTED” IGP
 – Super Spicey Red Cherry Fruit
 – Incredible Purity and Energy
 – Great Spice, Amazingly Deep Fruit

2018 Le Grangeons d’Albarine (Luc Bauer) Gamay Beauregard
 – More Mineral Focused and Structured
 – Super Intense Sap
 – So Sappy and So Dense 
 – Sappy Pure Best of Season Cherry Fruit

I love Cru Beaujolais.  Some would argue that it’s the original wine geek wine.  Delicious and balanced in the right hands, it used to be really affordable to for the underpaid and underappreciated

wine lovers manning the floors at …

Under Your Nose: The Greatest Undiscovered Wines in Europe


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Why One of the Wine World’s Great Misconceptions Has Created A Huge Value Opportunity

Just Like Burgundy, There Are Certainly 20 Top Producers in the Langhe

But There Are Dozens More Great Ones That Cost Half As Much And Are Making Fantastic Wines for RelativeScratch

Fass Selections was created to find and deliver the great undiscovered wines in Europe.
Our initial raison d’etre was German Riesling. We followed that up by creating the best portfolio of German Pinot Noir and turning it into one of our most popular categories.  
After that was the Northern Rhone which is producing some of the best red wines in France.
One thing that underlies this value arbitrage is something that you wouldn’t expect.  Misconceptions.
People thought that German Riesling was almost all sweet and didn’t know that their dry wines are incredibly complex and very inexpensive for the quality.
No one even …

The End of an Era in Burgundy – The Last Harvest of JJ Morel Is Behind Us – One of Our Most Distinctive Winemakers


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2017 J.J. Morel St. Aubin Blanc “Traversaine”
– Only 400 Bottles Made/I Barely Have Any
– Terrific Aromatic Purity 
– Electric, Rich and Deep
– Very Concentrated with Incredible Depth
– Tremendous Inner Mouth Florality

2017 JJ Morel St. Aubin Blanc 1er Cru
– Roughly 250 Bottles Made/I Have Enough For CASE PRICING
– Blend of Famous 1er Crus “Chateniere” and “Les Combes”
– Wonderful Sappiness and Such Freshness
– Mineral, Green Apple, Sweet Lime
– Lemon and Lime Fruit with Brilliant Structure
– Remarkable Refinement
– Special Case Pricing

I’ve never had to write an email quite like this as this has never happened before in my professional

career.

Genius can be fleeting or it can happen in brief spurts and then it’s finished. It can last many years, decades even a lifetime. Genius is not constrained by any maximum or minimum limit. But sometimes it must come …