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Zinck Pinot Gris 2016 gets 90 Points from Wine Spectator

Domaine Zinck Pinot Gris 2016 (Alsace, France) received a score of 90 points in the May 31, 2018 issue of Wine Spectator (page 97).



"Weaves a lithe backbone of acidity with well-meshed flavors of juicy yellow plum and apricot fruit, with grated ginger and stone notes."

 


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Wine Industry Advisor - VoerzioMartini in USA

HB Wine Merchants Introduces Voerzio Martini: New Estate in Piedmont’s La Morra District Makes U.S. Debut



New York, NY, April 12, 2018 – HB Wine Merchants is proud to introduce the Piedmont estate Voerzio Martini, the latest addition to its steadily expanding portfolio of top European estates. Now making its 2018 U.S. debut, the family-owned winery in La Morra, a sub-zone of the Barolo DOCG, accounts for 30 acres of vineyards, including just shy of five acres in La Morra’s prized La Serra Grand Cru. In descending order of acreage, plantings of Nebbiolo, Moscato, Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbera, and Freisa result in seven wines and a combined output of around 60,000 bottles annually. U.S. Importer HB Wine Merchants is so convinced of the quality-price ratio represented by the Voerzio Martini wines that it has taken on the entire portfolio — a rarity in the wine business.


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Wine & Spirits - 92 points for 2016 St Urbans Hof Old Vines QbA

Feb. 1, 2018

Year's Best Mosel Rieslings


2016 Mosel Old Vines Riesling QbA (Best Buy)

Nik Weis makes this cuvee from a selection of the oldest vines at St. Urbans-Hof. In 2016, they seemed to draw a special intensity out of their deep roots, turning out a wine that surpasses its price and QbA status. It has the tangy, layered flavor of of heirloom apples and the floral notes of a ripe peach, all wrapped in an earthy richness that gives the wine a meaty breadth. With octaves of flavor and nimble acidity, it's a flexible pairing for anything from fish to roast pork shoulder.

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Wine Spectator - 90 points for Renzo Masi 'Erta E China' 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue


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Wine Spectator - 91 points for Fattoria di Basciano 'I Pini' 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue

 



Wine Spectator - 88 points for Il Bastardo 2016

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue


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Wine Spectator - 93 points for VoerzioMartini Barolo 2012

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue


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Wine Spectator - 90 points for Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue

 


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Wine Spectator - 95 points for Ferraton Pere & Fils Ermitage White Le Reverdy 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue



95 points - Ferraton Pere & Fils Ermitage White Le Reverdy 2015 - $106

Rich yet refined, with creamed yellow apple, white peach and melon flavors supported by bright honeysuckle, chamomile and acacia notes. Lush and rounded along the edges, but with an inner freshness that carries this easily through the finish. Marsanne and Rousanne. Drink now through 2022. 130 cases made. - J.M.



Wine Spectator - 95 points for Ferraton Pere & Fils Ermitage Le Meal 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018

95 points - Ferraton Pere & Fils Ermitage Le Meal 2015 - $138

Rich and polished, with alluring raspberry, boysenberry and fig reduction flavors gliding through, seamlessly entwined with smoldering charcoal, warm licorice snap and fruitcake notes. The fruit flows through the finish, showing a lingering anise echo. Best fro 2020 through 2034. 140 cases made. - J.M.



Wine Spectator - 93 points for Ferraton Pere & Fils Ermitage Les Dionnieres 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue



93 points - Ferraton Pere & Fils Ermitage Les Dionnieres 2015 - $106

This is packed with warm fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes, supported by commesurate graphite and warm charcoal accents. Sports a slightly burly roasted apple wood frame through the finish, but there's ample stuffing to wait this out via some cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2032. 200 cases made. - J.M.



Wine Spectator - 93 points for Ferraton Pere & Fils St.-Joseph Leu-Dit St.-Joseph 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue



93 points - Ferraton Pere & Fils St.-Joseph Leu-Dit St.-Joseph 2015 - $72

Lovely cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors flow through, supported by well-embedded structure that lets the velvet-textured fruit lay out. Anise and fruitcake notes stud the finish. Drink now through 2022. 100 cases made. - J.M.



Wine Spectator - 92 points for Ferraton Pere & Fils St.-Joseph White Les Oliviers 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018



92 points - Ferraton Pere & Fils St.-Joseph White Les Oliviers 2015 - $66

Lovely verbena, creamed yellow apple and white ginger notes glide through seamlessly, with a porcelainlike texture letting them linger effortlessly on the finish. Marsanne and Roussanne. Drink now through 2021. 120 cases made. - J.M.



Wine Spectator - 91 points for Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Ermitage Le Grand Courtil 2015

Jan 31, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 issue



91 points - Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Ermitage Le Grand Courtil 2015 - $45

Lush blackberry, fig and boysenberry confiture notes stream through, carried by light anise and black tea notes with a graphite edge giving the finish purpose and direction. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2021. 300 cases made. - J.M.



Bila Haut Cotes du Rousillon Villages Rouge 2016 featured by the drunken cyclist

Jan 30, 2018



https://thedrunkencyclist.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/bila-haut-e1516285546951.jpg?w=99&h=3002016 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila Haut Côtes du Rousillon Villages: Retail $15. 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Carignan. Really dark in the glass with notes of blackberry, leather, mint, and rosemary. Initially a bit austere on the palate, with chalky fruit but striking tartness. Eventually, the fruit came out to play, and play it did. This is not the immediate crowd-pleaser that is the Côtes-du-Rhône, no this requires more introspection and attention. This will not change the trajectory of your life, but it will possibly cause you to slow down and consider your current course. Very Good to Outstanding. 88-90 Points.


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Urban Riesling 2016 named Daily Wine Pick by Wine Spectator

January 25, 2018


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The Daily Meal features Bila Haut 2016 Blanc

January 16, 2018

M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Blanc 2016 ($13).
Somewhat assertive, with lots of spicy fruit and a beeswax finish.



 


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Il Bastardo named Wine Spectator's ''Wine of the Week''

Wine Spectator names 2016 IL BASTARDO the Wine of the Week for January 15, 2018.


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St. Urbans-Hof Kabinett 2015 a great drink with sushi - Philly Voice

January 15, 2018

What to drink when you skip burgers and beer and head out for sushi instead

Riesling, St. Urbans-Hof, Kabinett, 2015--$23

Riesling is remarkably food friendly and very adaptable to exotic flavors. This particular wine is from the Ockfener Bockstein vineyard in the Saar – a region in Germany that imparts a sharp mineral spine to balance the beautiful peach and apple fruit. The wine is very energetic and alive and is bursting with juicy acidity. A lean 8.5 percent alcohol keeps the calories down and its expressive character will make you reach for another piece of sashimi and never miss your mid-week burger binge.


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The Wine Buzz reviews Bila Haut Blanc 2016, Rough 2016 and Ferraton ''La Matiniere'' 2015

January 15, 2018



2016 Bila Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge & Blanc featured by Red Wine Please!

January 9, 2018

2016 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotês-du-Roussillon Rouge – 
The wine is a dark reddish-purple.  A bright nose of fruit highlights black cherry and blackberry.  There’s a nice and unusual hint of Dijon mustard as well.  This was strange and good.  The palate is all about the fruit, although at opening the tannins really make an appearance as well.  They mellow a bit with some time, and I would decant this for an hour before serving.  Once it opens, it is rich and long, full bodied and not shy at 14.5% alcohol.  Good acid keeps it balanced, fresh and vibrant.  Excellent quality at an SRP of $15.



2016 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotês-du-Roussillon Blanc – This wine has a rich nose of bright fruit, mostly tropical with apricot and pineapple.  A touch of anise sneaks in there as well.  The wine has nice structure, some body, good acid and really nice length.  This is not a simple, easy quaffer.  Think Verdejo.  Also a great value at $15, and a wine that brings a little more to the party than your average white.



Two wines from a heralded house, they are both worth buying.


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2016 Nik Weis Urban Riesling featured by the drunken cyclist

January 4, 2018

2016 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling Mosel: Retail $15. This is the second label from St. Urbans Hof and winemaker Nik Weis. While the first label uses the estate fruit, Nik makes solid wines out of purchased fruit for this second label. A bit viscous in the glass with lemon, pineapple, and a slight hint of petrol. Tart and lovely on the palate, with bright fruit and just the right amount of sweetness. This is really a wonderful expression, and hits well above its weight. Outstanding. 90-92 Points.


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Ferraton Samorens Rouge 2015 featured by the drunken cyclist

January 4, 2018

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils Côtes du Rhône Rouge Samorëns:
Retail $15. 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault. There is a sea of wine that falls into the Côtes du Rhône appellation and most of it is, well, meh (and that is being kind). This is not one of those. Ferraton produces some of the wines at the very top of the quality spectrum in the appellation: luscious raspberry fruit couched in chocolate and Christmas spices. This time of year, there is always a scramble to find a singular wine to plop on the table for holiday festivities. Wine geeks like me have been saying for years that just one wine does not exist. Well, this comes close. Very Good to Outstanding. 88-90 Points.


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2016 Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge featured by winereviewonline.com

January 2, 2018

Le Vignes de Bila-Haut, Cotes du Roussillon Villages (France) 2016
($15): The beauty of Roussillon is the rare combination of quality with value. This blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan exhibits exceptional fruit purity, intriguing complexity and exquisite balance at a very modest price. What you taste is what the French in the south call garrigue, meaning the there is an earthy minerality that reflects the soils of Roussillon. On the palate the wine is smooth and fruit-inspired, showing red fruits and black fruits, with an excellent balance between fruit and acidity and nary a hint of oak (the wine is aged in vats). The finish is long and inviting, as in inviting another sip. 89 Robert Whitley Jan 2, 2018


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Wine Advocate review of Ferraton La Matiniere 2016 Rouge

Forward and fruity, the 2016 Crozes Hermitage La Matiniere blends cherries with hints of tar and black olive. Medium-bodied, it boasts silky tannins and a long finish. Drink it over the next five years. Rating: 88 points.


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Wine Advocate review of Ferraton La Matiniere 2016 Blanc

Waxy notes and hints of melon and marshmallow can be found on the nose of the 2016 Crozes Hermitage La Martiniere Blanc. This 100% Marsanne is medium-bodied, with a plump, round mouthfeel and a vaguely citrusy finish. Drink it over the next year or so. Rating: 87 points.



The Daily Meal features Bila Haut 2016 Rouge

Michel Chapoutier "Les Vignes de Bila-Haut" Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2016 ($15)

Roussillon, France

Who says that a superb French wine has to cost a small fortune? Acclaimed winemaker Michel Chapoutier has an impressive portfolio of wines at all price points but authenticity, quality, and respect for the environment are always the common denominator. Chapoutier is best known for his Rhône wines but his passion for the terroir of Roussillon led him to purchase an abandoned 190-acre estate there in 1999. Chapoutier passionately states that “Roussillon has the potential to be as great as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhône.”  I agree. Just a few months ago I visited this picturesque region in the south of France, between Spain, the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees & the Corbières Mountains; and I was impressed by the quality, diversity, and accessible price points of Roussillon's wines. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut is fresh, full, and juicy. Easy-drinking and elegant with a perfect balance of rich plum and berry flavors with sassy dashes of herbs and spices. 


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Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem: The hidden gem of Languedoc

The Written Palate writes:

Recently I sampled the 2015 Domaine De Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Côte du Roussillon Villages Latour de France. This Rhone blend combines Syrah, Grenache, and Carignane. One finds a heavier full-bodied wine that is rich yet smooth in texture. Aromas of lavender and violets filled the air. Although earthy, the wine has flavors of blueberries, currants and stewed fruit with hints of pepper and other spices. Although there is less Grenache than Syrah, the taste of Grenache dominates the wine. Think of Ocultum Lapidem as a winter wine.


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2015 Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Red review by The Good Wine Guru

George Perry writes:



My Review: I’ve had Bila-Haut wines in the past and have generally enjoyed them, but I have to say, that the 2015 Occultum Lapidem Red, is maybe my favorite wine of the last few months, and that’s no small praise (I’ve had some good wine of late).


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2015 Ferraton La Matiniere 2015 named #7 in Top 25 Wines of 2017 by redwineplease.com

7. 2015 Ferraton Pére & Fils La Martiniere Crozes-Hermitage – $23 – spectacular value here.


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Seven Holiday Wines to Consider this Season - featuring Bila Haut & Ferraton wines

The Written Palate writes:

Another French wine from Bila-Haut is Le Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge Du Roussillon Villages. I have had this wine in the past, and it is consistently delicious. Find dark fruit, black cherry, and currant on the palate. This Rhone blend of mainly Syrah combined with Grenache and Carignan is a light-medium bodied wine. Please note this wine needs some time to breath.

Two other French wines to consider are the 2015 Ferraton Pere & Fils Côtes Du Rhone Samorëns, a wine that would go perfectly with a turkey dinner because the wine has a tart quality and the flavor of cranberries is quite evident. One will also find flavors of blueberries and licorice. The wine blends primarily Grenache with Syrah and Cinsault.

Also consider the 2015 Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniére, a Syrah that is rich and smooth with cherry flavors.


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Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014 named one of ''14 Best Wines to Serve at Christmas'' by Town & Country

"Rhone blends are a favorite for me at Christmas, especially those from Southern France," says Osborn. "If you have anything that has the word 'roast' in it, this will be a fantastic match."


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Decanter 2016 Rhône Report

Three wines from Ferraton Père & Fils are featured in the Decanter 2016 Rhône Report.  The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière Rouge gets 90 points, the 2016 Ermitage Les Dionnières earned 94 points, and the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal got 96 points and was named one of the best Rhône wines.  The two wines from Ermitage will be released in December 2018.


Decanter Northern Rhône Report 2016


Wine Advocate review of 2016 Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Samorens Rouge

Ferraton's 2016 Cotes du Rhone Samorens Rouge is a silky, medium to full bodied blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Dusty earth and cherries mingle easily on the nose and palate, gliding to an elegant finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. Rating: 87 points.


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Wine Advocate review of 2016 Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Samorens Blanc

Mainly Clarette, and spending its entire life prior to bottling in stainless steel, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Samorens Blanc is a neutral, citrusy white that's quite lean and crisp considering its southern origins. It's lively and refreshing, so drink it young while it still has its best attributes. Rating: 87 points.


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redwineplease.com reviews Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 & Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2015

Wine:  2015 Ferraton Père & Fils Cotes du Rhone “Samorëns”

Tasted By:
  Neil & Cheri                      Date:  October 2017

Tasting Notes: a dark red wine with some purple highlights, this has an earthy, savory nose filled with dark fruits.  There’s a little menthol as well.  On the palate a strong herbal quality comes through, as well as the savory notes and a noticeable leather component.  It is full bodied, and holds up throughout very well.  Medium tannins frame a long finish.  Overall this has a bit of a rustic quality, and is a great wine to pair with a grilled steak.

Price Point –
   $14

Would We Buy It?
   Yes.  it is a good value at this price point.  This is not an elegant and refined wine, but it has a lot of character.



Wine:  2015 Ferraton Père & Fils Crozes-Hermitage “La Matiniere”

Winery Location:
   Northern Rhone Valley, France

Tasted By:
   Neil & Cheri                  Date: October 2017 

Tasting Notes:   also dark purple red, this is 100% Syrah and has a huge nose of dark fruit, with black plum and blackberry.  There is spice, a little smoke and some savory notes.  A nice, rich entry frames the wine, and this stays full bodied and fleshy.  While rich it is still fresh, as there is a good acid component keeping everything balanced.  The tannins are firm, build a little at the back, but are very approachable.  It finishes very long.  After a day on the kitchen counter this was even better.  Very high quality and super delicious.

Price Point –    $23

Would We Buy It?    absolutely.  This is a steal at $23, and drinks like a much more expensive northern Rhone wine.  Value List material for certain, and will be added to the consideration for the Top 25 of the year coming out in a few months.  This is a good bottle of wine.



 


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Urban Riesling Named a Top 100 Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast

Urban Riesling was named a Top 100 Best Buy by the Wine Enthusiast.  Look for the featured review in the November 2017 Issue!


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2016 Bila-Haut Pays d'Oc Rosé named Best Value

"M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2016, Pays d'Oc IGP, France ($15) — This absolutely delicious rose from the Languedoc region in the south of France is from the M. Chapoutier family of wines. Chapoutier is one of the three or four finest producers in the Rhone Valley, but it applies the same care and respect to the wines they make elsewhere. This is a refreshing rose that exhibits aromas of strawberry and orange peel. The finish is bright and crisp, which is largely the appeal of dry rose in the warm summer months. Rating: 90."



- Robert Whitley


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Summer Supper: Cool Pasta Salad and Côtes du Rhône Refreshers

I chose to make Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, Tomatoes, and Basil, a recipe found in my copy of Bon Appetit: Outdoor Entertaining. What made this cool pasta salad even more tasty? Two delicious, well-priced wines from Côtes du Rhône: 2016 Ferraton Père & Fils, Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc and 2016 Ferraton Père & Fils, Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rosé, both sent as samples. The refreshing pairing was just the way I love my summers to be!



- Cindy Rynning, Grape Experiences


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DallasWineChick.com on Ferraton Samorëns

Melanie Ofenloch, the DallasWineChick, includes both Ferraton Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc & Rosé in her latest round-up.


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Nine Summer Wines to Enjoy this Season

"Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé 2016: Every year I look forward to the Rosé from Les Vignes de Bila-Haut. This wine is typical of what is produced in the Pays d’Oc region. A blend of primarily Grenache with Cinsault and Syrah, this wine is bright, fresh with aromas of roses while citrus, stone fruit and some tropical notes the palate give way some spicy undertones on the finish."



- Cori Solomon, The Written Palette


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Nine Summer Wines to Enjoy this Season (Part Deux)

"Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône 2016 Samorëns Blanc: The red label wine focuses on the traditional method of blending from various vineyards in the Rhône. A blend of Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Marsanne makes for a very fresh crisp wine with flavors of stone fruit, honey and hints of spice on the finish. The honey is attributed to the Viognier and although not the largest portion in this blend, its profile is more pronounced. This is a very refreshing wine."



- Cori Solomon, The Written Palette


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2016 Bila-Haut Pays d'Oc Rosé featured by The WineKnitter

"The 2016 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rosé is a blend of 78% Grenache, 14% Cinsault and 8% Syrah.  The color is a rich salmon with aromas of rose, peony and red berries with a whisper of orange.  The palate is deliciously layered with juicy notes of strawberry, cherry and a hint of herbs. The finish offers lingering notes of citrus. This is a dry, refreshing, crisp wine that is beautifully balanced.  Serve as an aperitif or with seafood, light pastas, cheese and fruit.  Great value for the quality of this wine! "


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2016 Bila-Haut Pays d'Oc Rosé on Forbes.com

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Il Bastardo 2015 Named "Wine of the Week"

Wine Spectator names 2015 Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana its Wine of the Week for May 15th, 2017.

Wine Spectator Wine of the Week 05/15/2017

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2015 St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger on L'ocassion

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2015 St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger get 90 Poins from Cheap Wine Ratings

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2015 Urban Riesling earns 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast awarded 2015 Urban Riesling 90 Points and named it a "Best Buy."

"Smoky veins of struck flint and slate lend a savory mineral tone to this refreshingly tonic Riesling. Sweet-tart tangerine and grapefruit flavors are juxtaposed by bracing lime acidity, a racy melange that lingers for a long but invigorating finish."

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2010 Agly Brothers on Maker's Table

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The Top 50 Wedding-Worthy Wines

Brides Magazine recommends 2015 Urban Riesling and 2015 Zemmer Pinot Grigio for wedding receptions.

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2010 Agly Brothers gets 91 points from The Tasting Panel Magazine

The "brothers" are Michel Chapoutier and Aussie winemaker Ron Laughton, who collaborate along Roussillon's Agly River. Silky texture and ripe blackberry fruit; balanced and dense with a long finish. 33% Carignan, 33% Syrah, 33% Grenache.

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Reverse Wine Snob declares 2014 Urban Riesling 'Saintly'

"A fresh and juicy Riesling with an elegant character grown on the mineral rich slate soil in the steep slopes of the Mosel Valley. It is the perfect match with Asian dishes such as Indian curries, mildly spicy fish and poultry."

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Topping off a summer of tastings with a rundown of the tops

Peter Zemmer - Pinot Grigio

"Like biting into a perfectly ripe apple, with satisfying fruit flavor, juicy texture and soft acidity. Don't be surprised by the spritzig (delicate bubbles) in the freshest bottles; it's a winemaking technique that lets wine dance across the palate for ultimate refreshment. There are cheaper pinot grigio's, but none better for this price."

-Mary Ross
Daily Herald

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Topping off a summer of tastings with a rundown of the tops

Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana

"The funny label may draw you in, but you'll come back for the berry and spice flavor and pleasing tannin of this "Chianti, Junior." In summertime, serve cool to the palate with all al fresco meals, lighter pizza, pasta, poultry and meats. You don't have to be Italian to enjoy this great quality/ value red."

-Mary Ross
Daily Herald

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Urban Riesling: A White Wine to Take You Beyond Summer

"Riesling is a variety I most often enjoy during the summer months. But just as white clothing can be appropriate year-round so too can Riesling be enjoyed without regard for the season."

-Nancy
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2015 Urban Riesling gets 90 Points from Wine Casual

"An affordable Mosel riesling that impresses in flavor complexity, especially for the price point.

Lemon in color this wine has a nose of fuji apple, muscadine and grape along with a dusting of lime zest.

The wine is also slightly petillant (something I personally adore) with bubbles clinging to the inside your glass offering an extra bit of excitement.

On the palate the dry riesling is high in acidity with a lively mouthfeel particularly on the mid-to-back palate where minerality and tartness play well together through to the finish.

The riesling imparts some of the flavors complexities often found in indigenous-yeast fermented wine, though the wine is not indigenous-yeast fermented to my knowledge.

Low in alcohol, this riesling is perfect for summer sipping while allowing you to safely pace yourself over an evening.

Tell your sister."

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Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2015 – Purity of the Grape Shows with Elegant Finesse

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Wine Casual gives 2011 Domaine du Théron Prestige 91 Points

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Ferraton Père & Fils, Stalwart of the Northern Rhône

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2014 St. Urbans-Hof Estate 'Old Vines' Riesling "100 Best Buys of 2016 - Wine & Spirits"

2014 St. Urbans-Hof Estate 'Old Vines' Riesling QbA is named one of the 100 Best Buys of 2016 in Wine & Spirits upcoming 30th Anniversary Buying Guide. This special edition is due to hit newsstands on October 11th.

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2015 Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio on Maker's Table

"A nonlinear Pinot Grigio and a good value, more interesting than most at this price."

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2014 Ferraton Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rouge on Maker's Table

Kicky bramble fruit and a drift of black pepper...

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Snooth has nice words for Domaine du Théron

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Rockin Red Blog pairs 2011 Domaine du Théron Malbec with a terrific meal

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Zemmer Pinot Grigio featured on Cleveland.com

"Nice mouthfeel. This wine has a bit of a zing to it. Buttery popcorn in the nose followed by lime on the palate. Definitely not a thin example of the varietal. Peter Zemmer runs the winery, which his grandfather started in 1928 in the 600-person village of Cortina. Tasting notes include this bold line: "This alpine Pinot Grigio offers a totally different experience from the insipid, flatland versions wine lovers are more accustomed to finding in the U.S." Brash, but true. This wine region sits in far northern Italy and is close to Austria and Switzerland."

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James The Wine Guy on 2014 Ferraton Côtes-du-Rhône Samorëns Rouge

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James The Wine Guy on 2015 Ferraton Côtes-du-Rhône Samorëns Blanc

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The Drunken Cyclist calls 2015 Bila-Haut Rosé "Outstanding"

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HB Wine Merchants - importer of Domaine du Théron

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2014 Urban Riesling - A Perfect Choice For Spring Or Summer

Gil Lempert-Schwarz shares a good review of the 2014 Urban Riesling in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Bila-Haut Rouge 2014 named a SMART BUY by Wine Spectator

The Wine Spectator names Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Villages Rouge 2014 a SMART BUY and awards it 90 Points in the March 31st issue.

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The Drunken Cyclist gives 2014 Bila-Haut Rouge 89-91 Points

Jeff Kralik aka the Drunken Cyclist writes: "This wine, from the well-known Rhône producer, is wonderful. Good fruit on the nose and palate, but more in that reserved, old-world way. Fantastic balance and lengthy finish–a solid wine from top to bottom."

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2014 Bila-Haut Rouge according to Shiba Sommelier

"Having a little fun with this wine. Ripe cherries, black raspberries, violets, spices, and pepper with a hint of jamminess to the fruit on the nose. Raspberries on the palate with a touch of ground beef and pepper. A bit tinny on the finish - a lot more tart on the finish than you’d expect from the attack."

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Peter Zemmer's Pinot Grigio 2014 in "The Daily Meal"

Roger Morris writes of Peter Zemmer's Pinot Grigio: "Grigio perhaps does better in northeast Italy than northwest Italy, and here it is well-structured with lots of bright, green fruit."

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2013 Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem named in "Top 10 Wines of 2015"

Fred Tasker names 2013 Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem by Michel Chapoutier in this list of Top 10 Wines of 2015.

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Bila-Haut RI 2013 makes Jeb Dunnuck's Guide to the Best of 2015

"The Roussillon had a cool, late year in 2013 and the resulting wines show uncommon elegance and freshness paired with beautiful concentration. And while a relatively small region (well, when compared to the Languedoc anyways), there's incredible diversity in its terroirs. The two blockbuster Grenache releases from Calvet-Thunevin and Department 66 couldn't be more different from the more granite influenced Bila Haut RI Syrah."

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Cinfully Simple raves about 2014 Bila-Haut Rouge

Cindy Coe of Cinfully Simple gives a glowing review of Michel Chapoutier's Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Villages Rouge 2014.

"At a lower price point than many French wines (around $15), this deep, sultry smooth red blend with berry notes does not disappoint. With a hint of warm spice, it’s perfect to enjoy by itself sitting by a fire on a cold winter night or pair it with food. Believe it or not, we paired it with Western BBQ Chicken Pizza from Blackjack Pizza featuring KC Masterpeice BBQ Sauce, and it was amazing! That says a lot about a wine. "

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''How Millennials Are Changing Wine'' - The Wall Street Journal

Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Millennials' taste in wine. One of the the wines tasted in a panel of the 18-34 year-olds, was St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Alte Reben. "Although they liked the 2014 Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Alte Reben ($17) from Mosel, it wasn’t a wine they’d ever think about buying because they didn’t know much about German wines."

Perhaps we can do more to educate them.

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Peter Zemmer's Pinot Grigio 2014 named ''Wine of the Day''

Fredric Koeppel, of Bigger Than Your Head, had nothing but kind words for Peter Zemmer's 2014 Pinot Grigio.

"The Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2014, Alto Adige-Sudtirol, is more attractive and offers more character than about 90 percent of the pinot grigio wines from northeastern Italy that I receive for review."

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St. Urbans-Hof Estate Riesling QbA 2014 earns 89 points from Wine Spectator

St. Urbans-Hof's Estate Riesling "from Old Vines" earned a mark of 89 points from Wine Spectator.

"This features a silky texture to the flavors of lavender, elderflower and Fuji apple, with plenty of creamy notes. The lush finish is long and airy. Drink now through 2018."

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Domaine Zinck Crémant d'Alsace Brut receives 90 points from Wine Enthusiast

The Crémant d'Alsace Brut from Domaine Zinck has received a score of 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast in their December 2015 issue. This wonderful sparkling wine from the Alsace region of France is a terrific value. Try some today, you won't be disappointed!

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Kind words for Bila-Haut Rouge 2014 from A Wine Story.com

Marisa D'Vari at A Wine Story.com had sweet things to say about the 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Rouge from Bila-Haut.

"Happy to say that my perception about the wine matched its excellence – it was a wine with red and black fruit, delicious garrigue and wild herbs, 13.5 well balanced alcohol, racy acidity and tannins that were smooth and rustic at the same time.

It was an incredible wine, especially for the $15 price, and paired very well with steak and roasted salmon."

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St. Urbans-Hof Estate Riesling QbA 2014 gets 89 Points from the Wine Enthusiast

"A brisk mineral edge adds elegance to buoyant tropical mango and pineapple flavors in this densely concentrated off-dry Riesling. It's lip-smackingly honeyed, but sharp citrus acidity keeps the palate vivacious and fresh. Effortlessly enjoyable with a long finish."

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Urban Riesling 2014 earns 88 Points from Wine Enthusiast

"Blossomy perfume wafts throughout this squeaky fresh off-dry Riesling. Tart tangerine and punchy yellow peach and mango flavors are vibrant and crisp, resonating long on the finish. It's a straightforward yet balanced, fruity wine. Drink now."

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2014 Urban Riesling receives praise from Cape Gazette (DE)

Next up Weingut St. Urbans–Hof, Nick Weis selection, Urban Riesling QbA 2014. You may remember, I wrote the 2013 last year. The new release is easy to locate, priced under $11. Weis, who is a minimalist and provides us with a more “natural look” does a great job with all his wine but this entry level 90 pt wine is my choice for table Riesling. Opens to a floral nose with smokey notes. Dry with a hint of sugar they are racy and show the slate/ stony finish, I enjoy. There are other complex offerings from St. Urbans-Hof that better define the “terroir” but they are also more expensive. Newbies to Mosel can’t go wrong starting here.

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Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2013 Earns 94 Points from Wine Spectator

The new vintage of I Pini from Fattoria di Basciano received a great review from the Wine Spectator. We expect it to be in our warehouse and ready to ship around November 1st.

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NEWLY RELEASED!! The Bila-Haut 2012 v.i.t. & r.i. have just arrived.

The newest vintages of Bila-Haut v.i.t. and r.i. have just arrived. The v.i.t. earned 95 points from Wine Spectator while the r.i. earned 96 points.

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Cinfully Simple "Wine-Not?" tasters enjoy 2014 Urban Riesling

"This is no Wine Connoisseur Magazine kind of wine review! It’s not even a Reverse Wine Snob (whom I love) kind of review! This was a #RealWine4RealPeople kind of wine tasting/blind taste test with 100% every day people! What else would you expect from the #RealFood4RealPeople, girl?"

The Urban Riesling was declared "Sweet, smooth, yummy, fruity, light, clean, granny smith, great by itself"

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The Examiner proclaims Bila-Haut Blanc & Rosé "Enhance Your Summertime Pleasure"

"It is summertime and what better time to enjoy all those white wines and Rosés you have been saving up. At the same time while you are grilling on the barbeque we must not forget those luscious reds that are perfect with steaks or grilled lamb.

Moving to France the next two are from Domaine de Bila-Haut where Rhone winemaker Michel Chapoutier owns this Roussillon Estate. Located very close the border of Spain, this estate sits on the slopes of the Agly Valley in the commune of Latour-de-France. Here the climate from the Mediterranean Sea and the Mistral wind influence the wine along with the soils, which are a mix of schist, gneiss and clay."

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Bila-Haut Blanc named Wine Specator's "Daily Wine Pick" under $15

This white has a pretty profile of floral, peach and creamed melon flavors, with underlying spice and mineral elements. Nicely textured, featuring a juicy acidity that lifts the perfumed finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. —Gillian Sciaretta

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2015 M. Chapoutier Incentive Trip

The M. Chapoutier incentive trip for 2015 is well underway and everyone is having a great time. Stay tuned for pictures of this year's trip.


A great review and pairing for Bila-Haut Blanc & Rosé

"2014 Les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc Côtes du Roussillon — pale yellow in the glass with tart pineapple and melon aromas. On the palate minerals, citrus zest and delicate melon flavors combine with bright acidity and citrus pith on the finish."

"2014 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rosé — rosy pink in the glass with strawberry and citrus aromas. On the palate strawberry and ripe blackberry flavors combine with dusty earth and a squeeze of citrus for a clean finish."

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D Magazine says Zemmer Pinot Grigio is "What To Drink Now"

"Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio is a spicy, concentrated wine with richness not often found in the variety. Concentrated from low yielding vines, fermented in stainless steel, but then left on the lees for a period of time to add texture to the wine, the result is lush and juicy with bright notes of citrus, orchard and stone fruit, with zesty acidity and a touch of creaminess on the end."

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Examiner.com names 2014 Urban Riesling one of "Five wines to start off your summer"

"Looking for something different and unique in wine, the 2014 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling, Mosel is well worth the discovery. In its 3rd generation St. Urbans-Hof, the second largest family operated and owned winery in the Mosel dating back to 1947 created this wine. This Riesling is considered a non-estate wine. As Nik Weis states, “It is a true Mosel wine that represents the region by being honest, authentic with a true origin.” With it fruity aromas primarily pineapple, one will find a dry wine with hints of sweetness and spice on the finish. The blue slate soils and steep slopes of the Mosel Valley bring out the wine’s minerality. Beautifully crafted the wine is only 9.5 in alcohol."

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