Category Archives: Wine

Allegrini 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico


Wine Enthusiast
95 Points
Cellar Selection
Boasting an enviable combination of opulence and finesse, this opens with aromas of black plum, vanilla, baking spices and grilled herbs. The rich palate doles out plum cake, black cherry, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside smooth, velvety tannins. Gripping intensity holds on through the long finish. Drink through 2025.
-Kerin O’Keefe

Wine Spectator
Score: 93
An elegant red that seamlessly integrates supple tannins and mouthwatering acidity with a core of plump cherry, fig paste, dried thyme and melted licorice flavors. The long, spiced finish shows a streak of smoky mineral. Drink now through 2030. 1,000 cases imported.

Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2005

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This wine has aged remarkably well, we’ve got a case of it, an amazing full bodied shiraz  aged to perfection!  If you’re familiar with the highly touted Molly Dooker wines, this is the same winemaking team, Sparky and Sarah Marquis.

Robert Parker 98pts
The Wine Advocate – “The 2005 Shiraz 9 (a 4,000-case cuvee that spends 18 months in new and one-year-old American oak) reveals a big, toasty, smoky nose, but the oak is beautifully absorbed by extravagant quantities of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with licorice, incense, and spice. This full-bodied, powerful, rich, layered stunner should drink well for a decade.

Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2004

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This wine was released at $100 we have it in the shop at 64.99.
Read below what the Wine Spectator said about it in 2006…
(I remember tasting this when we bought it, amazing, can’t believe it’s been marked down this low, but… here it is!)

Score: 95pts

Dense, deep and beautifully focused. A blast of red fruits, from cherry to Santa Rosa plum, zips along, carried by mouthwatering acidity and superrefined tannins. An open-textured wine with breathtaking purity of flavor and extraordinary length. Best from 2008 through 2020. 500 cases imported. –HS


Verdes Matas Mencia 2009

Mencia is the grape, it’s from the Ribera Sacra region of Spain.  One of the many inexpensive spanish wines we have here at the shop.  I just popped it open to find out what’s in the bottle… and yum, a toasty nose, maybe burnt toast, but in a good way, dark fruit flavors up front, bold but not big, very clean, apparently some folks believed it was an ancient clone of Cabernet Franc, until DNA sampling proved the theory wrong. (thanks Wikipedia!)  I can certainly vouch for the resemblance.

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Mattiasson Rosé 2014


Here’s a really nice rosé from California.  It’s a Rhone style blend, Syrah, Grenache, Morvedre, and Couniose, floral and complex, medium bodied, when the distributor rep. brought it by to taste, Dale and I each bought a bottle to take home! (Figured we should get some for the shop as well.)

on the Matthiasson Website