Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wapisa Malbec 2016/95/100 and TOP 20 WINES UNDER 30...Amazing value/label/story and most importantly...TASTE


Wapisa Malbec-Patagonia - 2016-$23.95/btl...ONLY 10 CASES AVAILABLE...BEYOND AMAZING! THIS REFINED GIANT IS AS BLACK AS INK IN THE GLASS,

 A TRUE DELIGHT! Then again, we are talking about Argentina here...so great with BEEF, BEEF and BEEF!!! See pic...great with game too-

95 points & Top 20 Wine Under $30, James Suckling ('16):
"This is a focused and savory malbec with dark plum and blackberry character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, layered, rich and flavorful. Lots of chocolate and spices. Long finish. A new wine from this region from the owners of Tapiz."

 4+ Stars & Great Value, Restaurant Wine ('16).


Winemaker Notes

Bright red color with intense violet tints. Aromas of red fruits such as black cherries and mineral touches stand out. Spicy and vanilla aromas are provided by the oak. On the palate it presents mature tannins and a balanced acidity. Wine with excellent structure and finish.

Critical Acclaim

JS95
James Suckling
This is a focused and savory malbec with dark plum and blackberry character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, layered, rich and flavorful. Lots of chocolate and spices. Long finish. A new wine from this region from the owners of Tapiz. Drink now-2022. 95/100.
 
DON'T LET THIS RARE "BIRD"...OR SHOULD I SAY RARE "WHALE"? GET AWAY!!!



"Wapisa" is the indigenous Patagonian word for "whale." Not only do whales frequent the nearby coast of our vineyards, but a local legend talks of a wapisa that actually lived on land. Our wines, like the wapisa, are an expression not just of their soils but of the nearby ocean as well. From the Ortiz family.
Located in San Javier, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina, Wapisa is just 25 miles from the Atlantic ocean. Wapisa is the only winery that exists in this unique coastal terroir. Our vineyard "Finca Los Acantilados" is an estate that stands out for its lime clay soils, good acidity and little organic matter. This is complemented by outstanding thermal amplitude as maritime breezes push in for the night, leading to balanced and fruity wines with a delicate varietal expression.





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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Arriving Today:4cs DUNN HOWELL MTN CAB 2014-ONLY ones in SA-96+/100/Also only 2X 6 packs 2015 CONTINUUM,100/100 -LOOSE BTLS AVAIL.see e mail-now you are on the inside track. No mass offer will be sent...

 
THE FOLLOWING CALIFORNIA GIANT ICONS HAVE ARRIVED!
 
wine #1) the ONE and ONLY  DUNN HOWELL MTN CAB 2014, DOUBLE 96+/100, $149/BTL...2 CS + 4 LOOSE BOTTLES NOT SPOKEN FOR-SEE ATTACHMENT-
 

Critical Acclaim

V 96+
Vinous
Dark ruby. Captivating violet lift to the aromas and flavors of cassis, kirsch, licorice and mocha. Plush and fine-grained; extremely deep in the middle palate but this extremely rich wine impresses as much for its finesse as for its sheer density and power. Finishes with wonderfully harmonious tannins and great slow-mounting length. Owing to its sheer density and baby fat, the wine is edge-free from the start, but it's likely to evolve at a snail's pace and last for decades. (13.9% alcohol)
Rating: 96+
 
D 96+
Decanter
Notes of black cherry, cassis, graphite, incense, spice and rich soil preface an authoritative, intense wine with a lovely chassis of fine but firm tannins, underpinned by vibrant acidity: quintessential Dunn Howell Mountain. Under Mike Dunn's thoughtful stewardship, the family's wines have become more refined; largely thanks to more carefully chosen barrels. But while this wine may be less forbidding in its youth than the vintages of the 1990s, let it sleep for a decade to reveal its potential complexity.
 
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has an incredibly evocative nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and fresh wild blueberries with touches of chocolate mints, tilled soil, yeast extract, chargrill and scorched earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with fresh, crunchy black fruit, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with bags of energy.
 
 
wine #2), ALSO , on TODAY'S container the 2015 CONTINUUM- Sage Mountain Vineyard-Napa SUPER PREMIUM cab meritage is here ,  beautiful 6 pack wood, 100/100 by SUCKLING, $245/BTL. 2X6 packs and 3 LOOSE bottles available- (highest rated Continuum ever...well, 2014 got 99+/100 so that was pretty close )
 (3 bottles DID MYSTERIOUSLY disappeared today...ha! ha!). 
 

Winemaker Notes

The dark, rich core of the 2015 Continuum has aromas of cacao, black currant, cardamom and savory wild herb. On the palate it is layered and supple, revealing black cherry and roast espresso notes intertwined with mountain minerals and a hint of tangy orange spice. The wine is lush with ripe chocolaty tannins that lead to a long, expressive finish. 2015, though small in volume, is a mighty vintage for Continuum; one to savor today or age and appreciate for decades to come.
Blend: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

JS 100
James Suckling
This is sensational with blackberries, blueberries and mineral. Extremely floral, too. Full-bodied but so seamless and refined with polished tannins that just melts into the wine. Goes on for minutes. A subtle and glorious wine that will be a new classic for Napa Valley. An emotional red that touches your soul. Energy. 46% cabernet sauvignon, 31% cabernet franc, 17% petit verdot, and 6% merlot. Very approachable now but better in 2022.
 
 
 
 
Have a great week!
 
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

LAST 2X6 PACKS+loose bottles/one of of the best Chateauneuf Du Pape Ch BEAUCASTEL EVER, 99/100, and on 1st tranche/pre-sale pricing...

Enjoy this gorgeous weekend.
 
TWO 6 PACKS LEFT NOW +3 LOOSE BOTTLES AT THE 1ST TRANCHE PRICING.
Make SURE to reserve a 6 pack or two of the ICONIC 2016 CDP CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL on the futures/1st tranche special pricing, 99/100////YES 99/100 and on the 1st tranche=PRE SALE price you can pick up that $100 puppy for $78.95!!! In the TOP 100 WINE SPECTATOR sooooo MANY TIMES, AN IMMORTAL CLASSIC!
 
 
 20x6 packs-wood-at the 1st tranche pricing came in December, 2x6 packs +3 loose bottles LEFT NOW, 99/100 CH DE BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, KING OF CDPs, $78.95! That IS "CHEAP" FOR A 99/100 RATED KING OF CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE FROM the ICONIC PERRIN FAMILY!!! SO BASICALLY FOR $473 + TAX YOU CAN OWN A CRATE OF A 99/100 BEST OF THE BEST CDPs OUT THERE!
 
PS: Please read the stellar reviews-see PDF-Comes in pretty 6 packs-wood-PERFECT FOR FANCY GIFTS TOO! GORGEOUS CDP BOTTLES WITH THE ST PETER'S EMBLEMS ENGRAVED ON THE BOTTLE-see attachment-
 
 
 THANKS FOR ALL YOUR BUSINESS OVER THE YEARS, ACTUALLY DECADES!
 
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

PART 2/one of of the best Chateau Du Pape Ch BEAUCASTEL EVER, 99/100, and on 1st tranche/pre-sale pricing...

Make SURE to reserve a 6 pack or two of the ICONIC 2016 CDP CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL on the futures/1st tranche special pricing, 99/100////YES 99/100 and on the 1st tranche price you can pick up that $100 puppy for $78.95!!! In the TOP 100 WINE SPECTATOR sooooo MANY TIMES, AN IMMORTAL CLASSIC!
Arriving this week , 20x6 packs-wood-at the 1st tranche pricing, 10x6 packs committed already, 99/100 CH DE BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, KING OF CDPs, $78.95! That IS "CHEAP" FOR A 99/100 RATED KING OF CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE FROM the ICONIC PERRIN FAMILY!!! 
 
PS: Please read the stellar reviews-see PDF-Comes in pretty 6 packs-wood-PERFECT FOR FANCY GIFTS TOO!
 
 
 
 
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MONICA RESSEL
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

8X6 PACKS 100/100 RATED ROEDERER CRISTAL ARRIVING MONDAY FROM THEIR LIBRARY COLLECTION, DON'T MISS OUT

 
8X6 PACKS 100/100 RATED CRISTAL ARRIVING MONDAY FROM THEIR LIBRARY COLLECTION, DON'T MISS OUT

Well, Happy Holidays, enjoy your weekend, and NOT MUCH ELSE TO SAY ABOUT THIS ICON, the critics said it ALL and ALL AGREED THIS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST, current vintage is 2010, 2008 will arrive Monday -LIBRARY COLLECTION-was held back 10 years before release,A FIRST,$269/btl. a MUST HAVE! READ ON...We have 8x6 packs of the 2008 reserved...4X6 PACKS NOT SPOKEN FOR AT THIS TIME...OULALA!

 
Whenever Sir Winston Churchill, one of my all time mentor, was asked why he preferred Champagne, he would reply "I am easily pleased with the best."
Champagne has enjoyed its reputation as a quality wine and as an exclusive luxury for centuries

 Winemaker Notes

Cristal is Louis Roederer's flagship cuvée. It was created in 1876 and is composed of Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs. Cristal 2008 was bottle-aged for 8 years before being left to rest for at least 8 months after disgorging in order to attain perfect maturity.

Amber hue with green and orange tints. Fine, even and lively sparkle. Complex and intense bouquet disclosing candied citrus, yellow fruit, Williams pear, pollen, and toasted almond. The delicately seductive bouquet shows intensity and well-honed precision. The wine is powerful, full yet tight, on entry to the palate. The 2008 is undeniably well structured but in a particular way: the wine's almost saline concentration has not been created by the sun, but is derived from the dryness of the chalk soil in a particularly cool summer. The result is a smooth, almost liquorous, mouthfeel that coats the palate with a powerful yet soft texture. This gives way to an incredible finish, underpinned by freshness and an impression of absolute purity with a taut and very saline character. The Cristal 2008 is deep, intense and masterful. It offers the quintessential reflection of its chalk soils which lend it is velvety texture and delicate tension. This wine's energy has been tamed by an unusually long period of bottle ageing: Cristal 2008 was in fact aged for 10 years before its release on the market. A first!

Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Critical Acclaim

WE 100
Wine Enthusiast
This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Drink from 2020.
Cellar Selection
 
JS 100
James Suckling
Disgorged October 2016 and will be the first Cristal to be released ten years from harvest when it is offered in 2018. 35 parcels used from a possible 45 in this vintage. The assemblage is 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot noir is a strong core and the chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025.
 
D 98
Decanter
Cristal 2008 is on a roll to yet higher levels of exquisite purity and precision of fruit in a paradoxical balance of weightlessness and depth of flavour, permeated with minerals and a salinity reflecting the greatest terroirs of the Roederer estate. Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon believes that 2008 is his best effort to date, and it's easy to see why. It's from a cooler, maritime vintage that came right in the end, with one of the longest harvests ever, running from mid-September to early October. The colour is a stylish pale gold flecked with green. Aromas of white flowers are joined by a cleansing citrus vigour and richer tones of peach and mirabelle. The palate is still quiet, but a tender creaminnes shows through, and there's so much concentration to come if you drink if after 2021. The greatness of the wine owes everything to the influence of organic and biodynamic precepts in the field - and Lecaillon's sleepless perfectionism in the cellar towards finer fruit and a careful brake on too much yeasty expression. The acidity is vibrant but better integrated in the 2008 than in the 1996. Magnificent. Dosage 7.7g/l. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040
 
WS 97
Wine Spectator
This expresses a sense of focus and vibrancy to the overall structure, while the palate is all grace and charm. A fine, lacy texture carries a tapestry of ripe white cherry, toast point, blood orange zest, honey and ground ginger notes, with a minerally, mouthwatering finish. A stunning Champagne with a long future ahead of it.
 
RP 97+
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Let's start describing the 2008 Cristal technically first. It is a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 36 plots in seven grands crus: Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil, Avize and Cramant for the Chardonnay. Twenty-five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 16% underwent malolactic fermentation to moderate the fresh acidity of the 2008 vintage. The assemblage was bottled in May 2009. After 8.5 years on the second lees (longer than any Cristal before), the first release was disgorged in September 2017 with a relatively low dosage of 7.5 grams per liter.
Rating: 97+
 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cali gem 97/100 INGLENOOK RUBICON ESTATE only 2CS + 4 LOOSE BOTTLES left!!!! 97+/100/Gorgeous wood crates-see pics-

See pics/You WILL WANT this Cali gem 97/100 INGLENOOK RUBICON ESTATE only 2 cs left now !!!! 97+/100/Gorgeous wood crates-see pics-

 
2X 6 BOTTLE CRATES LEFT NOW...+ 4 LOOSE BOTTLES. $169/BTL.
 
 
The 2013 RUBICON ESTATE INGLENOOK CAB, 97/100 , 12x6 packs allocation, on deal $169-vs $220-$250 it mormally sells for-this is
their flagship red...they deal-AND REALLY DEAL-every September-end of their fiscal-after September, it goes back up!
 
 
 8 x 6 packs-gorgeous wood crates with the gold emblem on the side-SEE PICS of the LAST 8X six packs- NOT SPOKEN FOR now.... 

Winemaker Notes

Highly expressive with extraordinary quality and character, Inglenook's 2013 Rubicon offers upfront aromas of cherries, black currants, and dark chocolate with substantial presence of oak, toast, and floral notes that continue evolving as the wine opens up. A dense, voluminous palate imbued with very fine tannins showcases flavors of dark crushed berries, cassis, and smoky wood.

As the flavors gradually broaden, nuances of tobacco leaves and spices emerge. There is a precision and elegance to this vintage, which finishes with freshness due to the balanced natural acidity. Expect beautiful development as this wine matures.

Critical Acclaim

JS 97+/100
James Suckling
An aromatic and complex red with currant, white-chocolate and rose-petal character. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Fine and long. Beautiful now but will improve in time and get even better, if that is possible.  -9/17.
 

Tasting Notes

Captivating and complex, the 2013 Rubicon boasts very pronounced dark fruit with aromas of currants, black cherries, blackberries, cinnamon, floral notes and the freshness of thyme and other sweet herbs. The palate shows great volume and nicely integrated flavors, fine grained tannins and subtle oak that works beautifully with the fruit.

 

 it's safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It's not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness

 Personally chosen by Francis Ford Coppola, renowned French winemaker Philippe Bascaules came to Napa from the legendary Château Margaux, in 2011 to become Managing Director & Winemaker of the great and LEGENDARY (founded 139 years ago) American wine estate, Inglenook
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

part 2/Great high end red Bordeaux ,a 96/100 TOP GRAVES UNDER 36, 3 CASES and 8 LOOSE BOTTLES LEFT

 
 
 
 
Stay DRY! 3 CASES AND 8 LOOSE BOTTLES LEFT NOW....
 
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Another INCREDIBLY GREAT OPTION/BARGAIN, 5cs available now, 96 pointer for $35.95:
 
2014 Chateau de France -Grand Vin de Graves-RED BORDEAUX-, 96/100 Wine Enthusiast, 10 cases available. $35.95/btl
Made next to CH. HAUT-BRION in Graves!
 
Amazing buy, look at the quality/rating/pedigree/price ratio! A 96 POINTER TOP SHELF RED BORDEAUX UNDER $36!!! Unheard of!!!
 

Critical Acclaim

WE96
Wine Enthusiast
This dark and brooding wine is packed with dense tannins and a black plum-skin flavor that's hovering behind the density. The wine has power and fine concentration, yielding a complex, solid wine with aging ability. Drink 2018-2032+ 

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 59% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
This dark and brooding wine is packed with dense tannins and a black plum-skin flavor that's hovering behind the density. The wine has power and fine concentration, yielding a complex, solid wine with aging ability. Barrel Sample: 94-96
 
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2014 Château de France gets the prize for being one of the best values of the vintage. The wine shows lively and persistent red fruit flavors. Bright and sassy on the palate, it shows excellent freshness in the finish. Serve now with lightly-seasoned lamb chops.  Drink it now and for the next 15 years (Tasted: January 27, 2017, San Francisco, CA)

         

 

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MONICA RESSEL

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210-828-2222
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gwineco@bizsatx.rr.com
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