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New England Wine & Spirits

Saturday December 15, 2015

1:00 to 4:00

1.  Taittinger Brut Champagne                                                  $49.99          Sale $42.99

Although Taittinger Champagne was not established until 1932, the Taittinger family bought an exhisting

Champagne house that began in 1734 and was known for its great vineyards, especially Chardonnay.  The major change that the Taittinger family made was to produce elegant, very dry champagne and today is

 is considered one of the finest Champagne house focusing on quality as opposed to quantity.

91 pts—Robert Parker.


2.  Flowers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast                                $44.99          Sale $34.99

This Chardonnay is a wine of distinction, with bright aromas of Meyer lemon peel and orange blossom framed by an herbal note of spearmint. The elegant, balanced palate is driven by citrus and stone fruit that carryover onto a long finish marked with the distinctive acidity of the Sonoma Coast.


3.  Cristom Mt Jefferson Pinot Noir                                         $37.99           Sale $32.99

Cristom was started 25 years ago when the owners purchased four excellent wine estates in the Willamette Valley, each of which possess natural variances in soil, elevation and exposition.

“The pretty cola and raspberry fruit are exquisitely tempered by the subtle oak, giving it n note of savory complexity.”   92 pts--Decanter


4.  Bastide St Dominique Chateauneuf-du-Pape      $54.99           Sale $44.99

Chateauneuf-du-Pape by law may use 13 defferent grapes, but this selection is 100% Syrah from a small

section of the larger vineyard that was selected because of older vines.

The swirls of blueberries, cherries and stone fruit seem nearly weightless in the mouth, framed by the finest, silkiest tannins --93 pts—Wine Advocate


5.  Castelo Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino                              $69.99          Sale$49.99

The Castello Banfi was purchased by an American family in 1978 when there were only 35 Brunello estates and worked with several of the top Italian estates to improve the overall quality of Brunello so that by 1997, Brunello was recognized as one of the best red wines in all of Italy.   92 pts—Robert Parker


6.  Ridge Pagani Zinfandel,                                                        $45.99       Sale $39.99

A dense, powerful wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch exudes concentration in all of its dimensions. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice meld together in a plush, voluptuous Zinfandel loaded with personality. There is so much to like.     92 pts--Vinous


7.  Conn Creek Cabernet, Napa Valley                         $45.99           Sale $29.97

Conn Creek is a family owned winery in Rutherford which was founded in 1973 to be focused on Napa

Valley Cabernet made from their estate vineyards in Rutherford and from other vineyards in Oakville.

A soft, rich and fruity red with pleasant chocolate, currant and light walnut character.  Medium body, light tannins and a pleasing texture.  90 pts—James Suckling


8.  Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  $59.99         Sale $39.97

"Lovely aromas of blackcurrants and dark chocolate with hints of flowers. Ever so subtle."

93 pts—James Suckling