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Category: Staff Picks

Adam’s Pick: Domaine La Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2015

 Domaine La Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2015, $16 I often shy away from white wines from Côtes-du-Rhône because, quite frankly, they can be boring and out of balance (often hot, with low acidity, and a neutral-fruited character). But! This doesn't have to be the case. On the right soils, and from the right grapes (in this…

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Carlos’ Pick: Zahel Orangetraube “Orange T” 2014

 Zahel Orangetraube "Orange T" 2014, $21 I love finding unique varietals like Orangetraube, because it keeps my inner wine geek guessing. This German-born, Austrian-grown beauty come straight from Vienna! Originally picked from wild vines in 1840, it is rarely bottled as a single varietal wine. With notes of orange blossom, lemon and peach, and great…

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Jess’ Pick: Moli Dels Capellans Atrepat 2014

Moli Dels Capellans Atrepat 2014, $15 Just in time for "Chill Yo Reds" Season, which happens to be my favorite, we find a beautiful Trepat to put on the $15 and under shelf. Trepat is indigenous to Northeast Spain, known for being light to medium-bodied with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and rose petal.  The tannins…

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Adam’s Pick: Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil Cuvee des Galluches 2013

Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil Cuvee des Galluches 2013, $20 People often overlook Bourgueil, going instead for a bottle of its more famous neighbor of Chinon. And while great Chinon is of course great, fantastic Bourgueil is both fantastic and cheap. Here's a $20 bottle that offers finesse and complexity, with classic Cabernet Franc…

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Adam’s Pick: Casanova di Neri Rosso di Casanova di Neri 2013

Casanova di Neri Rosso di Casanova di Neri 2013, $21 Casanova di Neri consistently produces some of the finest wines coming out of Italy. For better or worse, this had led to very high scores from critics and in recent years, soaring prices. Luckily for us, their entry-level Rosso, made from the younger Sangiovese vines…

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Carlos’ Pick: Chateau Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estephe 2008

Chateau Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estephe 2008, $30 This dry and dense blend from Saint Estephe shows classic Bordeaux style and is drinking perfectly now. Ample black fruit with nuanced and integrated oak shading, gravelly minerality and a smooth and almost chalky finish that gives length and character. Fresh enough for those wanting to hang on to…

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Adam’s Pick: San Fereolo Coste di Riavolo Langhe Bianco

Adam's Pick: San Fereolo Coste di Riavolo Langhe Bianco 2011, $24 You may have tried our other wines from San Fereolo, the great Dolcetto producer of Dogliani (if not, what are you waiting for, they are delicious) but this just in: we snagged a tiny amount of their limited and quite rare white wine produced…

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Jess’ Pick: Altos la Hormigas, Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Classica

Jess' Pick: Altos las Hormigas, Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Classica 2014, $12 You won't find too many wine lists/ articles/scores singing the praise of Bonarda. For being the second most widely planted grape in Argentina, it manages to keep a pretty low profile. In my humble opinion it's one of the best kept secrets in…

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Adam’s Pick: Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc

Adam's Pick: Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 2013, $65 Sixty-five dollars for a Bourgogne Blanc? Bear with me here. Domaine Leflaive has very few rivals, and is revered quite rightfully as one of the greatest producers of white Burgundy in existence. This "entry-level" Bourgogne gives you a taste of the precise and energetic style made famous…

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Travis’ Pick: San Fereolo Valdibá Dogliani 2013

Travis' Pick: 2013 San Fereolo Valdibá Dogliani $20  Produced excusively from the Dolcetto grape, Dogliani is the most serious and structured amongst Piedmontese Dolcetto. This one is particularly concentrated, with musky dark-fruit and incredible intensity and structure, and good mineral backbone. Looking for a good cheese pairing? This pairs perfectly with firm and sharp cheeses…

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