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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Region: France > Loire
Grape type: Sauvignon Blanc
When Germany put the first one in the net in the 13th minute on July 4th, we knew Les Bleus were done for. As France succumbed to the German juggernaut, we tasted a dizzying array of luscious Sauvignon Blancs with Annick Tinel Blondelet.
Not surprisingly, the bottle that stole the afternoon thunder is the rage of the region, the luscious 2012 single-vineyard L'Arret Buffatte, drawn entirely from the oyster-shell marl soils of Pouilly-sur-Loire.
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Region: Italy > Piedmont
Grape type: Nebbiolo
In 2009, from one of the warmest growing seasons in recent history, Domenico Clerico crafted the richest, most voluptuous Barolo of his career off the clay and limestone hillsides of Ciabot Mentin in Monforte d'Alba. Infused with a complex mix of black cherry, black raspberry, and mocha, laced with sweet herbes de Provence and pine needles — almost Burgundian in texture and elegance.
94+ points from Parker. 93+ from Tanzer. $100 on release. A tad over half-price this morning ONLY on WineAccess.
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Region: Oregon > Willamette Valley
Grape type: Pinot Noir
Our 36 hours in the Willamette Valley last weekend included a half-dozen tastings from the Dundee Hills to Ribbon Ridge. If money is no object, buy every single-vineyard bottle you can fit in the cellar from Beaux Frères, Penner-Ash, Bergström, Cristom, and Ken Wright.
As to the drop-dead bargain of the great 2012 vintage in Oregon, nothing holds a candle to Montalieu's mesmerizing Grande Cuvée from Soléna Cellars.
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Region: California > Napa
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
The mystery 2012 CHAD Oakville Reserve is black/purple to the rim, infused with a fleshy bouquet of graphite, black raspberries, black currants, and crème de cassis, framed by a healthy dose of new-wood cedar. Sweet, broad, and expansive on the attack, with a luscious mix of black-fruit concentration and surprising elegance. This is a powerhouse Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon that, while delicious out of the gate, will continue to put on weight and added complexity over the course of the next 15 years. read more »