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 ruby to the rim, with piercing aromas of wild cherry, black raspberry and sweet spice. The attack is rich and plush, more Sta. Rita Hills than anything Dundee, packed with crushed red fruit preserves, black cherry — at once ultra-concentrated, high-toned and taut. Finishes bright and firm with excellent persistence. Drink now — 2018.
$36 on release. Just $23.50 today on WineAccess. Total production of just 12 barrels or 300 cases, one hundred of which are now up for grabs. Shipping included on 4. read more »
The 2003 Hughes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is deep ruby to the rim, infused with an ethereal mix of dark plum, wild berries, dried fruit, violets and tobacco. Surprisingly fresh and rich on the attack, boasting a plush mix of black cherry and blackberry preserves, kirsch and sweet spice. Just beginning to come into its own, the tannins are soft, round and sumptuous. Decant for 30 minutes before serving. Drink now-2018.
$65 on release. Just $34.99 on WineAccess today. 900 bottles — not one of which has moved from the Hughes cellar since bottling in 2006 — are up for grabs. COLLECTOR'S ALERT! read more »
Brilliant pale gold in color, infused with mouthwatering aromas of lemon custard and orchard pit, the attack is rich and broad, packed with ripe citrus and juicy apple compote. The finish is riveting — bright, crisp and persistent — arguing eloquently for a 3-5 year stint in a cool cellar.
Of the 182 members who rated, 146 came in at 4 stars or a perfect 5. $28 on release. Still a sizzling $17.99 this morning, thanks to the Rules of Redux. The last 672 bottles are up for grabs. Shipping included on 6. read more »
Planted in 1885 by Italian and Portuguese immigrants, in copious vintages the 120-year-old vines at Live Oak eked out just two bunches per shoot. Now it seemed — for nothing more than crass profit — the Caterpillars were ready to rumble, ripping through the Delhi Sand, then depositing the ancient vines in a dump truck. Matt and Erin Cline continue to fight with the California Department of Water Resources to save the historic vineyards of Contra Costa, the oldest of which, like Live Oak, were planted in 1885.
Their case would be iron-clad if only the government agency thought to pop a cork of the magnificent 2011 Live Oak. $34 on release in mid-January. Just $19.99 on this morning's WineAccess pre-release party. read more »
Drawn entirely from 45-60-year-old vines in the center cut of the southeast-facing slopes of Grand Cru Cramant, barrel-fermented, then bottled without fining OR filtration, the 2005 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion is brilliant golden to the rim. The bubbles are tiny, providing the lightest touch of effervescence to what is otherwise an incredibly serious, terrifically complex Chardonnay. That warm summer provided unusual richness, beautifully braced and toned by what Beaumard so eloquently describes as "une fermete amere" ("bitter tension").
Even with a wine list peppered with vintages of Roederer Cristal, Krug Clos du Mesnil, Bollinger and Salon, of the 24,000 bottles of Champagne served at George V each year, 4,000 are made by Jacques Diebolt. read more »
The 2012 Pinot Noir Terres Blanches is far and away the richest, most voluptuous Rockledge release to date. Harvested in the third week of September under ideal conditions, despite yields of almost 4 tons per acre, natural sugars were sky high without sacrificing a gram of acid persistence.
Deepest ruby to the rim with vivid aromas of black raspberry, white pepper and sweet spice, the attack is rich, juicy and broad. Infused with a luscious mix of crushed-red-fruit preserves and black cherry, despite its plush power (14.1 percent alcohol), the finish is long and smooth, with refreshing mineral bite. Drink now for its primary fruit hedonism or lay down for 5-7 years. read more »
The 1999 Pommard is bright, deep ruby to the rim, showing no sign whatsoever of its 13 years in bottle. Infused with a complex mix of crushed raspberries, black cherry, sweet spice and underbrush, the attack is broad and plush, packed with red-fruit preserves, wild strawberry, and violets, all bracketed by the firm backbone of that extraordinary vintage. Drink now-2018.
The 1994 Meursault La Piece Sous Le Bois is a marvel — and the unanimous pick for the white Burgundy of the afternoon. Brilliant green-gold to the edge with piercing aromas of flinty lemon curd, white peach and orchard pit. Dense and pure on the attack, still incredibly youthful and persistent six hours (!) after opening, featuring fine layers of lemon and honey, firm and persistent. Drink now-2020. read more »
The 2010 Château Panchille is deep purple in color, with beautiful aromas of blackberry and black cherry. Just beginning to come out of its shell, this 2010 Right Bank knockout is compact and finely muscled. Almost chewy in texture (due to the small berries of the vintage), almost New World-ish black fruit opulence is buttressed by fine, dusty tannins. Drink now-2018.
$22 on release. Still $13.99 for the last hundred cases today on Redux. All thanks to Pascal Sirat's stubborn pride. Shipping included on 6. read more »
In a 2012 vintage that defines the greatness of this tiny, world-class estate, many growers, concerned about top-line sales in the throes of deep recession, chose not to drop fruit. Dominique Roger took to these limestone hillsides with a vengeance. By the time he was finished with two "green" harvests, he'd left 35 percent of the potential harvest on the ground. While others brought in up to 5 tons per acre, the Domaine du Carrou would yield just 3 tons of exquisite small-berry clusters, making for this stunning new release.
Due to the short harvest, and Roger's insistence on not increasing prices, even as demand far outstrips supply, just 300 cases have been allocated for "l'Amerique." $32 on release. Just $19.99 this morning for the very best of Sancerre. read more »
The 2009 Xavier Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Anonyme" is an assemblage of equal parts of 70- to 100-year-old-vine Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, plumped up with a striking purple-fruit core of juicy Syrah. Parker went gaga, describing "copious notes of licorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full-bodied, modern-styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf," before piling on with that 96pt score -- two more than Beaucastel.
$75 on release. Just $39.99 per bottle on cases, while they last.
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We'd really hit it off with Marjorie and Stéphane on the last trip, but hadn't seen them since. When we called to tell them of our upcoming trip to the south, they insisted we stop by. We felt compelled to accept the invitation, but we couldn't help but wonder if their request wasn't fueled by desperation. It wouldn't be long before we'd learn otherwise.
With demand far exceeding supply, barely a drop of the 2012 Segna de Cor will make its way stateside. 600 bottles have been earmarked for WineAccess. Release price of $32. Just $19.99 this morning for one of the great, tiny-production red wine bargains — from the indefatigable Marjorie and Stéphane Gallet. read more »
Both the 2010 and 2011 Entre-Deux-Mers blew the WineAccess membership away, finishing as the highest-rated under-$15 white in consecutive years — garnering more than two hundred 4- and 5-star ratings. This 2012, offered in July, leaves its predecessors in the dust.
Brilliant green-gold in color with piercing aromas of apple and Williams pear, the attack is lively and juicy, braced by crisp Right Bank vibrancy. The last 1,200 bottles of one of the highest scoring (3.86 stars out of five!) "little" white in WineAccess history are now up for grabs. Offered only by the case — still at $153. Shipping included. read more »