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Staff Favorites - James Bradshaw

James Bradshaw

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2016 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 10-28-2019
Domaine de Marcoux is making some of the very Châteauneuf-du-Papes in the market today. For evidence, one need look no further than this gorgeous 2016. Perfectly blending old-world with new, it serves up ample fruit, while also delivering captivating earth tone, modest spice, and a long and engaging finish. Even at this young age, the wine is expressive, giving, and supremely satisfying. Consistently among the most affordably priced CdPs, this top-tier 2016 would be a welcome addition to any cellar. When folks talk about balance in wine, this is precisely what they have in mind. This is a wine to come back to again and again over the next twenty years.

2017 Domaine du Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) Moulin-à-Vent "Les Trois Roches"
Review Date: 09-10-2019
Chermette is a name you'll want to put on your radar if you haven't already. I tasted this charming 2017 blind and was immediately taken by its compelling, aromatic, and fruit-forward approach. In many ways, it is reminiscent of a top-tier Southern Rhône red with its floral tones and earthy undercurrent. However, on the palate, and especially upon opening up, it is 100% Moulin-à-Vent. This 2017 has a sultry and seductive approach that makes it infinitely drinkable. This is an amazing wine in its youth, but there's little doubt it will only gain in complexity in the coming years. Add this gem to your collection and enjoy it again and again over the next ten years.

2017 BOLD Wine Co. Monterey County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-26-2019
This 2017 Monterey Pinot offers the perfect blend of sweet, cherry fruit and savory tones. Its modest nose belies the broad range of flavors this Chris Miller charmer delivers. Bay leaf, dark chocolate, smoke, and Porcini mushroom all make an appears and to pleasing effect. Perhaps most captivating is its smooth and supple delivery with the wine gliding with ease across the palate. There's a distinctly Burgundian quality, adding a level of gravitas not commonly found in a wine at this price. This is easily one of the finer value-priced Pinots on the market.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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2017 Chateau de la Maltroye Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-15-2019
This is hands down the best Bourgogne Blanc I've had this year. If tasted blind, it could very easily be mistaken for a Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet. Citrus, mineral, and subtle herb all join for maximum effect. Its bright acidity makes it a very quaffable wine, but give it some time in the glass, and a whole new array of flavors emerge. This is the very reason why I enjoy white Burgundy so much. For the price, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better rendition of Chardonnay. Maltroye has done an excellent job with their 2017s, starting with this exceptional Bourgogne Blanc.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru "Chenevottes"
Review Date: 08-15-2019
While still youthful, there's no shortage of things to love about this charming 2017 Chenevottes. Bristling with energy, it offers up a tantalizing array of floral, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. There's a subtle richness while remaining infinitely refreshing. Like any classic Chassagne in an excellent vintage, it has the body and acidity to warrant serious time in the cellar. Only good things can be expected five, ten, fifteen years down the line. Best of all, you don't have to shell out over $100 for the experience. Count me a big fan of Château de la Maltroye!

2010 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-09-2019
Believe the hype. This 2010 is every bit as good as the critics say. A classic Rioja from top to bottom, it greets the nose with aromas of Bing cherry, dust, lavender, and sage. The palate continues on this theme, further revealing notes of cedar, black raspberry, and herb de Provence. Strikingly youthful and with excellent zip and energy, it glides effortlessly across the palate. I have said it before, and it bears repeating, Rioja offers some of the very best value in terms of collectible, old-world reds. The 904 will be a great wine to follow over the years, as it's sure to gain and range, depth, and complexity. That said, it is such a joy to drink now; it'll be hard to resist popping the cork now.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Musso "Pora" Barbaresco
Review Date: 06-18-2019
This is one of those rare wines where the nose alone is worth the price of admission. Elegant, subtle, and nuanced, it has all the characteristics I look for in a classic bottle of Barbaresco. Red fruits predominate and are graced with an excellent counterpoint of savory herbs, saddle leather, and exotic spice. Its tannins make a late appearance, adding grip and structure to an already very compelling wine. It will be hard to resist opening this 2016, but a few more years in the bottle will surely lift the Pora into an ethereal realm. It's hard to believe a wine so suavely sophisticated can be had for under $50. The value here is nothing short of astounding. This is one to buy by the case and visit again and again.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-19-2019
For true Cab flavor at an unbelievable price, look no further! This gorgeous 2017 is brimming with fruit and spice while remaining wonderfully restrained. Ready to drink now, it shows a classic Columbia Valley profile of wildflowers, cassis, pipe tobacco, vanillin, along with a hint of savory herb. K Vintners has served up another blockbuster red value. Go ahead and load up, as this is the perfect pick to come back to again and again.

2016 Domaine La Barroche "Signature" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 03-09-2019
This wine is pure deliciousness. Beautifully composed, harmonious, concentrated, and expressive, this 2016 has everything going for it. Like the best 2016s, it is ready to go straight out of the gate but has enough acid, tannin, and structure to last another twenty years. The wines from La Barroche have always shown exceptionally well (if a tad on the rustic side), but this 2016 takes things to another level. Sleekly styled and modern without being too modern, there's not a single flaw to detect. Pick up a few bottles for the near term and a few more for down the line—it is sure to delight at every stage of what is certain to be a long, illustrious life.

2014 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-14-2019
I had the good fortune to taste this gorgeous 2014 at the property. While such experiences tend to color one's impression of a wine, I can say with confidence that this Howell Mountain Cab would show equally as well from a Dixie cup at a truck stop—it is just that good. In my humble opinion, Dunn crafts THE benchmark for Howell Mountain Cabs. It is big and burly, while at the same time at sophisticated and refined, offering everything one could want from a classic Napa Cab. Dark berry fruit is wonderfully accented by notes of cedar, pine, baking chocolate, and fresh herbs. Still very youthful, its tannins are pronounced, showing the promise of a very long life. Anyone who appreciates the best in Napa Valley will definitely want to pick up this epic red. A tour de force if there ever was one.

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Lirac Rouge
Review Date: 12-18-2018
Now, this is my kind of Lirac! Luscious, ripe, fruit-driven, but not without accents of slate and stone, this 2016 is a cheerful red from start to finish. Boysenberry, wild cherry, and raspberry coulis flavors dominate at the outset and are later accented by touches of baking spice, floral tones, and the aforementioned slate. For all its concentration, it is surprisingly lithe and lively. You could lay it down and drink it five to ten years down the line, but it's so delicious now, doing so would be an incredible feat of self-control. My recommendation: buy a case and drink it now with abandon!

2015 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-09-2018
After reading the excellent critical reviews, I was excited to try the 2015 Barde-Haut for myself. Well, it one-hundred percent lives up to the hype. It is loaded with ripe blue and red fruits, but the notes of mint and eucalyptus raise this St-Emilion to another level entirely. For those who love a modern style of Bordeaux, this Barde-Haut delivers in spades. Give it a chance to open it up as the wine just keeps evolving with baking spice, tea, and slate flavors emerging. This 2015 is ready to drink now and I wouldn't be surprised if it continues to develop for another 20-plus years. That this bold and dashing red can be had for under $50 makes it all the more appealing. Barde-Haut is at the top of their game and this glorious red makes the case that they are among the most exciting properties in the Right Bank today.

2016 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Review Date: 05-18-2018
Alsace continues to be among the best regions anywhere for bright, fresh, aromatic whites. Take for example this temptingly priced 2016 "Gentil" from Hugel. For a sub-$15 bottle, it offers a surprising level of depth and range. Its vivacious delivery offers up scrumptious notes and tones of yellow fruit, apple, peach, fresh herbs, and ginger. Clean and with excellent focus, it is infinitely refreshing, making it an ideal wine to sip on its own. Harmonious and exceptionally well balanced, it is one of those wines that you find yourself coming back to again and again. Hugel really knocked it out of the park with the dazzling 2016.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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