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Looking for a special bottle for a gift or wines for a celebration, special dinner or just to add to your collection? We not only have excellent value wines, we also stock an extensive selection of collectible and hard to find wines from the United States, Europe and Southern Hemisphere. Our selections change often and highly allocated wines sell out quickly, so check back for updates. Here are some recommendations, and check our "reserve" case for more extraordinary collectibles!

 

 

Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot; Napa Valley, CA
Special 3 bottle vintage 2013, 2014, and 2016 vertical
 

High above the Napa Valley and the morning fog, Spring Mountain AVA is generally 15-20 degrees cooler on hot summer days than the valley floor vineyards. The more moderate temperatures and volcanic soils are what make Paloma wines so special, adding layers of complexity to the mid-palate and long finishes.

 

Paloma started in 1994 and by 2001 the Merlot was named Wine Spectator's Wine of The Year, and graced the their Top 100 again in 2006 and 2008. The winery continues to produce first class Merlot and Cabernet, expanding faithful followers around the world.

 

 

2013 Vintage – “This is a strong effort from Paloma that has made its reputation for ripe, sexy, full-bodied Merlots. This wine exhibits plenty of plum, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, mocha and coffee bean in a lush, delicious and opulently textured style. It is drinking beautifully already and will continue to evolve for another decade or more.” Wine Advocate issue #227 
 

2014 Vintage - 100% Merlot and bears a dense core of intense dark fruits, beautifully intertwined with Chinese black tea, muddled blackberries, eucalyptus, bay leaves, and subtle spice box.  This wine is irresistible right now and opens up beautifully in glass, revealing new and interesting components with each swirl. 
 

2016 Vintage - A blend of Merlot (85%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). It is fermented in French oak—33% new—for 18 months before being bottled and then bottle-aged for an additional eighteen months.

The 2016 Paloma Merlot soars out of the glass with gorgeous notes of rich, dark fruits, dominated by blackberry and blueberry, complemented by subtle notes of anise, cocoa, and bramble. The wine has a luscious mouthfeel, with sweet tannins and beautiful ripe fruit on the mid-palate revealing a long, silky finish.

(3 bottle gift pack of each vintage for $189, or single bottles $69.99 each)

 

 

The wines of Siro Pacenti in Tuscany, Italy

The Pacenti estate was established in 1970 with the purchase of the property north of Montalcino (Pelagrilli) by Siro, who then proceeded to plant vineyards which are still there today in the fresh, clay soils of the land overlooking Siena. In 1988, Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino Siro Pacenti were bottled for the first time. The new cellar was built between 2001 and 2004, combining technology and experience with respect for the grapes and the land. The wines are classically styled, complex and balanced with great aging potential.

 

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino "PS Riserva" 2015 ($209.99 net)

"The purity of fruit here is so stunning with blackberry, black cherry, black truffle and floral aromas, as well as orange peel. It's full bodied and very compact with ultra fine tannins that are copious and balanced. The purity and precision is something else, not to mention the length and depth. Drink or hold."
James Suckling 100 points

"The 2015 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva PS takes no prisoners with its bouquet of licorice-infused blackberry, cherry, mocha and balsamic spice. It brightens up with time in the glass, adding contrasting dried florals and notes of crushed stone. Silky-smooth and perfectly polished, without a hard edge in sight, this boasts an amazing density of dark fruits complemented by hints of savory herbs and tobacco. You can hardly feel its aggressive tannins settling in until the very end, as the palate aches under an air of violet florals and salty mineral tones. This is a large-scaled and strapping wine that flaunts its oak influence and will require a number of years in the cellar to properly integrate it. Drinking window 2026-2032." Vinous, October 2020


Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino "Vecchie Vigne" 2012 ($99.00 net)

"Aromas of ripe fruit such as strawberries and hints of orange peel and chocolate. Meduim to full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Riper style. Drink or hold." James Suckling 95 points.

"Dark red with an amber tinge. Ripe red cherry, sweet spices, grilled beef and blood orange, plus hints of cedar and new oak. Enters sweet and broad, then tighter and structured, but with refined tannins providing support to the sweetly spicy red fruit flavors. The finish is long and very pure. There’s a depth to this wine that the classico bottling does not have,a depth of flavor that derives from the old vines; spent 24 months in 70-80% new oak. Drinking window: 2024-2034." Vinious, 93+ points


Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino 2019 ($39.99)

"The 2019 is full of plush fruit: raspberry, and cherry, violet, licorice stick and toast in depth, with ash and black pepper notes. Almost full on the palate, it shows well refined tannins with great youthful texture and an extremely fresh acidity, supported by the richness of fruit. Good structure for a Rosso." Decanter


Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino "Pelagrilli" 2016 ($59.99)

"Wow. This is really rich and layered with velvety tannins that coat the palate. It's full bodied with ripe tannins and a finish of black cherries, cedar, walnuts, dried mushrooms and dried leaves. Needs time to soften. Better after 2024." James Suckling 96 points

“A pure and focused version, with cherry, strawberry and currant fruit shaded by mineral and tobacco accents. Vibrant and harmonious, this is all about the fruit, with a well-integrated structure and terrific length on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2045. 2,000 cases made, 750 cases imported.” 97 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator 03/21.

"Very sweet on the nose it shows notes of black plums, red plums, ripe strawberries, and lots of vanilla. In the background, there is a lot of quality in the power of raspberries and currant notes. Medium-full body, velvety tannins well integrated into the matrix, and a finish of medium-long persistence. Better from 2022. " 96 Points, Raffaele Vecchione, International Wine Review

 

 


 

 

 

Podere Il Carnasciale "Il Caberlot" 2017

 

 

We are excited for the unique opportunity to offer one of the rarest wines in Italy! Until 2005, one Tuscan wine had existed in name only for American wine lovers. Bottled exclusively in magnum, only two enotecas (out of a thousand or more) in Tuscany get any. And restaurant allocations have been limited to the likes of Florence’s Il Cibreo, and Paris’ 3-star L’Ambroisie. Members of Florence’s elite Teatro del Sale can buy one magnum per year, a privilege handed down from generation to generation. Now a limited number of 750ml's  have been released and are available for the first time in North Carolina.

The wine is Il Caberlot, and its fascinating story doesn’t end with its scarcity and desirability. It, and its second label Carnasciale, are the only wines in the world made from a mysterious clone discovered four decades ago near Verona. Named “Caberlot,” the grape has characteristics of both Cabernet and Merlot—hence its name. Caberlot’s discoverer—agronomist Remigio Bordini—has allowed the vine to be planted just one place outside his nursery: at Il Carnasciale, which lies atop a rocky, south-facing bluff that towers above Tuscany’s Arno river. Famed enologist Vittorio Fiore discovered this providential site in 1986. To limit yields, Fiore advised the vineyard’s owners—Wolf and Bettina Rogosky—to plant at a then-revolutionary 10,000 vines per hectare and to prune to a mere five clusters per plant. As if to presage Il Caberlot’s future, the Rogoskys buried a bottle of Sassicaia under the first vine.

Il Caberlot boasts an extraordinary perfume, sleek texture and great elegance. Boasting nuances of Graves, Pomerol, and Il Carnasciale’s unique terroir, it ranks among the planet’s most singular wines. And from the first vintage, 1988, Il Caberlot has been a huge cult wine in Europe, its scarcity driven by nature and the vineyard’s size of less than an acre. Wolf Rogosky passed away in 1996, but Bettina has carried on the work with her son, Moritz, and her winemaker, Peter Schilling. With time, more vines have been planted, but production remains miniscule. The wine is still bottled by hand, and is held for two years before release. Bettina Rogosky hand-numbers each label.

The wine is 100% Caberlot, aged 22 months in new French barrique and then 18 months in bottle before release. Dark garnet red in color, this amazing wine exhibits notes of blackberries, cocoa, licorice and dark spices, balanced with fine tannins and a core of firm acid, leading to a long yet balanced finish. This is the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove, with an aging potential of 25+ years. ($199.00 net/750ml).

 

 

 

 

 

Shafer Hillside Select Napa Valley Cabernet

 

"There are very few wineries in California where you can say that the original wine owners and winemaking staff are totally intact and have been, in this case, since 1978. The estate was founded by John Shafer and run with great precision by himself and more recently by his son Doug and Elias Fernandez. The team has been working together for 38 years since the first vintage in 1978. Six years earlier in 1972, John Shafer bought the property and established the vineyard in the hillsides of Stags Leap. They produce about 30,000 cases of wine – all of it noteworthy. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is true first-growth quality and their Rhône Ranger wine made from Syrah and Petite Sirah, called Relentless, is about as profound as you can get from those varietals."  Robert M. Parker, Jr.

 

 

 

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet 2015, Stags Leap District ($299.00 net) - "Very deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select comes bounding out of the glass with gregarious scents of crème de cassis, warm black cherries, plum preserves and Indian spices with hints of lilacs, garrigue, stewed tea and cigar box plus a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich, boldly fruited and wildly decadent, it has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with loads of earthy and savory layers. Drink 2021-2050." — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate October 29, 2018. 98+ points.

 

Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2016; Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, CA   ($299.00) net

“Very deep, vibrant purple-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select strides confidently out of the glass with expressive notions of blueberry preserves, Black Forest cake, cassis and cedar chest with touches of pencil lead, licorice, violets and sandalwood plus a an exotic waft of Indian spices. The rich, densely packed, full-bodied palate is at once thrillingly hedonic and perfectly poised, featuring a rock-solid frame of firm, exquisitely ripe tannins and tons of freshness, finishing epically long and with stunning opulence. Bravo!” The Wine Advocate 100 points  Feb 13, 2020 issue

 


 

Orin Swift Wines

 

"Orin Swift is the brainchild of a brilliant young man by the name of Dave Phinney. His Midas touch with grapes from seemingly anywhere in the world, is unusual, but the brilliance of the wines, his creativeness and unparalleled blending talents have built an incredible portfolio right out of the gate. He only started Orin Swift in 1998 and just recently sold it to the huge Gallo enterprise. Readers looking for personality filled wines of considerable character and complexity need to check out the Orin Swift offerings. They are not shy wines in any respect, but the quality is obvious, and if you are like me and believe that a wine is to be judged on just how delicious it is, you will be as impressed as I have been with the Orin Swift products." Robert M. Parker, Jr.

 

 

Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2018; California -

"A luminous pale-straw complexion envelops the glass. In harmony, the wine offers pleasing aromatics of jasmine, Granny Smith apple, orange blossom, poached pear, honey-lemon, and roasted marshmallow. The entry is assertive with bright acidity that quickly softens to a largess of flavors including crème brulée, white peach, tangerine oil, honey-suckle, and roasted marshmallow." Winery Notes  ($37.99)

 

 

Orin Swift Papillon Red 2018; Napa Valley - A blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot aged 15 months in French oak, 43% new. "Powerful aromatics escape the glass with rich notes of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, peppercorn and a touch of chaparral supported by a frame of sweet oak. Intensely layered and decadent on entry, the wine exudes characteristics of black plum, boysenberry, kirsch and dark chocolate with a silky soft yet weighty texture. A prolonged finish of Provençal lavender, fig leaf and ripe currants close out the wine." - Winemaker notes  ($75.99)

 

 

Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet 2017; Napa Valley, CA - Blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, aged 12 months in French oak, 38% new. "A seamless assortment of classic Napa Cabernet aromas exude from the glass—cassis, black cherries, chaparral and a touch of intriguing butterscotch. On the palate, the wine is tastefully expressive with ripe raspberry, crème caramel, bay leaf and two types of currants—red and black. Carrying its own weight through the finish, the wine’s prominent tannins will soften over time." Winemaker notes  ($59.99)

 

 

Orin Swift Machete Red 2018; California - Made of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache, aged 12 months in French oak, 38% new. " Pure inky garnet in the glass, the aromatics of plum compote, wild blackberries, crushed gravel, peanut brittle and Tahitian vanilla emanate. Massive on the entry, the mid-palate is diverse with flavors of dark plums, black pepper, Amarena cherries, slow-roasted Moroccan lamb and a marbled leather texture. Rich, enveloping and vivacious, the wine finishes with perpetuating energy and length—not to mention the satisfying tannins that rouse a desire for more." Winemaker notes  ($64.99)

 

 

Orin Swift Abstract 2019; California - "As soon as a glass is poured, aromatic notes of Luxardo cherries, ripe black plums and raspberries billow, with intricate hints of coffee, mocha and caramel in the background. The entry is expansive with dark briar fruits, cola and cocoa with tannins that are soft and dusty. The wine finishes with a hint of wild cherry and a lingering sweet oak presence." Winery Notes($45.99)

 

 

Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert 2019; California - A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache, aged eight months in 37% new French oak.  "An opaque core with a red amethyst rim, the wine opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with touch of fresh herbs—thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine." - Winemaker notes  ($48.99)

 

 

More about Orin Swift Wines and Dave Phinney at www.orinswift.com  
 

 

 

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