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  • Maison Roche de Bellene, Clos Vougeot, Grand Cru 2010


    An atypically expressive nose of distinctly earthy and ripe red currant and plum scents gives way to rich, round and appealingly energetic medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent delineation on the powerful and classically austere finish. This will also need plenty of cellar time to flesh out. (90-93) -Burghound

    Offers precise balance and finesse, showcasing saturated black cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and graphite notes. There’s excellent structure, giving this the potential to develop over the next 20 years. Offers a fine aftertaste of red fruit and mineral, with a hint of oak. Best from 2016 through 2032. (95) -WineSpectator

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  • Marc Hebrart, Premier Cru, Brut Rose NV


    “The NV Brut Rose is a fairly taut, energetic wine that impresses for its length and fine overall balance. Cool, chalky notes frame sweet red berries, flowers and mint in this pure, impeccable Champagne. The blend is 47% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Meunier, from vineyards in Mareuil sur Ay, vintages 2008 (47%) and 2007 (53%). Dosage is 7.2 grams per liter. Disgorged May 3, 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.” -90 WA

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  • Messmer, Spatburgunder, Brut Rose 2009 (Austria)


    “Messmer was founded in 1960 when Herbert Messmer purchased the historical estate and took over the vineyards and winery, and in 1984, the winery was taken over by son Gregor Messmer. Nestled in the forested slopes of the Haardt Mountains in the southern Pfalz, Messmer has so much soil diversity among his grand cru sites that he chooses to label his wines by terroir along with corresponding vineyard names. These include the erste lage Schäwer, the only slate vineyard south of the Nahe, whose Devonian slate is similar to the ‘schiefer’ of the Mosel.  The erste lage Michelsberg is a rare granite/schist soil that contributes a high mineral note its wines.  Additionaly, Messmerr has Riesling planted on buntsandstein, the brown sandstone typical to this part of the Pfalz. Gewurztraminer and Scheurebe are specialties of Gregor’s; the varieties do well in the cooler sites protected by the Altenforst, whose climate shares similarities with the Mediterranean: chestnuts, figs, lemons, and even kiwis ripen here. Gregor works to preserve the health and mineral content of his soils.  Among other efforts, only organic fertilizers are used in vineyards, and starting in 2011 Messmer began biodynamic viticulture.  The same care of preserving terroir and the character of the grape can be seen in his winemaking techniques.

    Due in part to a longstanding friendship between Herbert and Hans-Günter Schwarz, Gregor has adopted many of the reductive winemaking techniques developed by Schwarz: multiple selections in the vineyard, never de-stemming more than partially, as well as cool and slow fermentations in stainless in either steel or cask. Gregor explains “we ferment in small parcels, without any fining, and with the gentlest possible handling.  We rack only once between fermentation and bottling.  We use no preservatives to treat it.  We never de-acidify.”  The resulting wines succeed in providing the true terroir of the vineyards showcased through finely cut, pure, defined fruit.”-Michael Skurnick Wines

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  • Opus One 2013


    “The 2013 Opus One, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, is a beauty. Velvety textured, without a had edge to be found, notes of crème de cassis, blueberry, subtle wood and floral notes gently rise from the wine’s dense purple color. Beautifully full-bodied and extraordinarily elegant and pure, this is certainly one of their great achievements over the last 37 years. The wine has an exquisite finish and can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years.” 97+ RP

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  • Penfolds, Grange 2008


    “Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesn’t detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.”- 100WA

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  • Reynvaan, In The Hills, Syrah 2014


    “I continue to love the 2014 Syrah In The Hills, and this blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier comes from the estate vineyard (Foothills In The Sun) located around the cellar. Its deep ruby color is followed by a terrific perfume of incense, ripe black raspberries, smoked meat and olive brine. Medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant on the palate, it’s just another gorgeous, impeccably made wine from this estate.: -95 RP

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  • Schrader, RBS, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS, which is also from Clone 337 but from different blocks on the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, saw oak with 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud. This wine seems slightly more expansive, shares the black ruby/purple color with all of it siblings, and has a boatload of crème de cassis, incense, licorice, graphite and vanilla along with plenty of spice box and forest floor. This is a killer, full-bodied, super-duper, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20 years.”-98WA

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  • H. Billiot Fils, Ambonnay, Grand Cru, Brut Rose NV


    “The NV Brut Rose Grand Cru is a deeply colored, powerful wine that showcases the richness of Ambonnay at its finest. The Rose needs some time in the glass to find its inner balance, but when it does the fruit gains delineation and intensity through to the dramatic, sweeping finish. The NV Brut Rose Grand Cru is predominantly Pinot Noir (including 6% still Pinot) with a dash of Chardonnay from the estate’s oldest vineyards. This is Lot L 02, disgorged June, 2010.”-92 WA

    A Terry Theise Selection, imported by Skurnik Wines

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