The finest wines in the world, at all price points, are made in surprisingly small lots. Every day, WineAccess presents one wine – a few hundred cases of the very best – for delivery right to your door.
Sometimes we find the wines directly from importers. But mostly, we do it ourselves, going right to the best vineyards and cellars, direct to the source.
Is there a house style? Yes. All wines must have rich, clean fruit flavors. But they must have enough mineral backbone to balance the richness. Almost all are delicious on release, but they must also improve with age.
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Brilliant straw-gold in color, the aromas are of ripe citrus and lavender oil, laced with apricot essence and ginger. The attack is rich, compact and weighty, packed with ripe apricot and lychee, laced with bitter honey. While amply kissed with sweetness, Tanzer noted, the 2010 Gewürztraminer "Herrenweg" has "such bright, ripe acidity that it really doesn't taste sweet after all."
A lofty 93 points from Wine Spectator. True to form, Tanzer came in at 91+ -- as high as he would go for any luscious 2010 Alsatian white from this miracle vintage. $31 on release. Just $21.99 this morning on this exclusive Direct Import. COLLECTOR ALERT. Shipping included on 6. read more »
The Advocate described "layers of blue and black fruit, smoke, tobacco and licorice, all woven together beautifully," and the "creamy, layered finish laced with expressive blue and black fruits." Then Parker suggested this one will hit its peak sometime in 2032 -- before he lobbed on the 93-96pt addendum that would revive every distributor in the country.
Today it's time for the smallest Redux in WineAccess history. The last 288 bottles of what Anderson believes to be the finest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ever drawn off this storied, blue-chip property. $85 on release. Still $68 this morning -- while it lasts. read more »
Brilliant pale gold, with piercing aromas of ripe apple and pear, and a hint of tropical fruit, Bell's 2012 is rich, compact and creamy in texture, packed with apple/honey, laced with new wood vanilla. The finish is textbook Bell -- firm and persistent, arguing eloquently for a half dozen years of cellar slumber.
For those who've been hammering us for coastal Chardonnay bargains, put away your tool kits. $35 at the winery. $18.99/bottle on today's WineAccess exclusive. Just 1200 bottles to spread around -- sorry in advance. read more »
Last year, we finally convinced our friends at Phelps to dip their toes in the WineAccess water. We were offered a small salvo of 2006 & 2008 Insignia months after the release dates. Those allocations barely saw the light of day, something that wouldn't go unnoticed in St. Helena.
Director of Winemaking, Damian Parker, says this bottle "will be hitting its stride somewhere around 2018 -- similar to the 2005 which tastes fabulous now just eight years after the vintage. This wine will last 30 plus years!" Today, with the release of one of the most magnificently structured Insignias in twenty years, WineAccess has hit the big time. Today, we come first. read more »
For those of you who got your mitts on Bill Knuttel's single-vineyard, Clone 777 Russian River Pinot Noir in 2007 and 2009, you know all about Foggy Ash's dark ruby color, luscious red berry core, and the fine, bracing backbone provided by those tight-fisted clusters. But neither the superb '07 nor the luscious '09 hold a candle to the magic of this just-released 2010.
The 2010 harvest was even shorter than 2009. Foggy Ash yields were down close to 30% from the norm. WineAccess allocations were trimmed back accordingly. Only 1200 bottles are up for grabs of Bill Knuttel's finest Clone 777 Pinot Noir to date. Release price of $40. Just $19.99. read more »
The 2012 Solena Estate Pinot Gris is pale green-gold in color. Explosive on the nose, featuring ripe melon, white peach and orchard fruits, complicated by white flowers. Wonderfully juicy on the attack, with vibrant golden apple, exotic fruit concentration, gently kissed with just enough sweetness to keep the bracing, mineral finish in perfect balance.
Don't let the price tag fool you. This is rich, zesty, marvelously complex, mineral white -- from a miracle Willamette Valley vintage -- masquerading behind a far too affordable price tag. read more »