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Highlights from the January Wine Sale

From more luscious whites to richer reds, each of the wines listed below display a feast of flavors fit for the cold weather now upon us.


 
2014 Mirassou Pinot Noir
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Proof that you need not spend a fortune to enjoy California pinot. Overflows with fresh red cherries and baking spice hints. One of our wine buyer’s favorites at this price point.


2013 Castle Rock Pinot Noir California Cuvee
2013 Castle Rock Pinot Noir California Cuvee
2013 Castle Rock Pinot Noir California Cuvee
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A spot-on pinot noir from one of the best value labels on our shelves. It’s no easy task crafting a value pinot noir, a labor intensive varietal that demands a soft touch in the cellar. Yet somehow Castle Rock finds the best sources for their California cuvee, a medium bodied pinot full of cherries, herbal notes, and baking spices. Purchase it by the case.


2015 Yalumba Y Series Viognier
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A once obscure varietal whose exotic flavors and full-figured body are irresistible. Viognier first found fame in the Northern Rhone, where even there it struggled. Yet harvest it at precisely the right moment and you will have a lushly textured wine whose exotic flavors and perfume will seduce even the most seasoned palate. Golden, with floral hints on the nose. Apricots on the palate, with a spicy ginger note emerging with time. Medium to full bodied, and truly decadent.


Marietta Old Vine Red
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No varietal says American as apple pie better than zinfandel, a winter warmer wine if there ever was one. The Marietta is a case in point. Overwhelms with ripe blackberries and cherries with a hint of mint and chocolate in the finish. Definitely can be enjoyed on its own, but as rich and potent as it is we strongly suggest serving this with something hearty!


2014 Dona Paula Malbec
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The ideal wine to serve with the roasted or braised meat dishes that you’re enjoying throughout the winter months. How can you be wrong with a wine that many Argentinians consider the ideal beverage to serve with asado (an assortment of grilled meats), their national dish? A robust red, the 2014 Dona Paula Malbec almost overwhelms with red and black berries that are framed by chocolate hints and herbal notes. Where’s the beef?


2015 Hermanos del Villar Verdejo Oro de Castilla
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An offbeat white comprised entirely of verdejo, a Spanish varietal that is both rich and aromatic. No easy task to achieve both, yet Hermanos del Villar is up to challenge, as this white proves. Brimming over with citrus and melon scents on the attack, with sappy tangerine suggestions and ginger notes emerging on the palate and in the long finish. Its broad range of flavors mark it as a stunning value that would be double the price were it from France or California.


2013 Marc Bredif Vouvray
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Hoping for something as ripe and flavorful as chardonnay and as vibrant as sauvignon blanc? Bredif’s Vouvray, comprised entirely of chenin blanc, is your answer! Exotic tropical fruit on the attack, with brioche and  marzipan framing all. Honey textured yet muscular, rich yet energetic. A classic expression of chenin blanc, and one of its most affordable.


2011 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva
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A more modern Rioja that successfully combines power and savor. Black and red fruit on the nose with mineral hints swirling about. Black and red currants on the palate, with licorice and tobacco in the background. Full bodied, intense, and drop dead gorgeous.


2015 DAOU Winery The Pessimist Red Blend
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Napa isn’t the only place in California where you’ll find sumptuous cabs. In recent years DAOU has emerged as a reliable source for voluptuous California wines. Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou were debating upon purchasing land in Napa. However, they discovered high altitude limestone-rich plots in Paso Robles that yielded not only ripe fruit but also fruit dense with fresh and energetic flavors. That is, fruit every bit the equal to anything from Napa - as The Pessimist proves. Black raspberries, cassis, plums, licorice - all you will find in this voluptuous Napa -excuse me, I meant to say Paso Robles! - wine. 


2013 Domaine Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige
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A full-figured, flavorful red from from perhaps the greatest appellation of southern France. Upon the clay and stone soils of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, grenache gains a decadence of flavors and sinful richness of texture. Domaine Roger Sabon’s 2013 CdP Prestige is a textbook example that also possesses an alluring fragrance that marks it above most others. Bold notes of blackberries and black cherries, with lavender and garrigue coming to the fore with time. Fantastic grenache.


2012 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge Pessac Leognan
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From Pessac-Leognan, whose wines were the first to earn the fame that Bordeaux as a whole now enjoys today. The region’s gravel beds yield especially flavorful wines whose savory and cedar accented notes now define how red Bordeaux should taste. Ripe fruit on the nose with smoke woven into the fruit. Raspberries and black currant on the palate, with hot brick, vanilla hints, and fine tobacco emerging with a swirl of the glass. This will definitely gain nuance with age.


2013 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape
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The heady, high-alcohol reds of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, despite their papal origins, are among the world’s most sinfully delicious wines; most overwhelm with red fruit, baking spices, and aromatic herbs! Charvin’s 2013 CdP is as sinful as the best of them, yet displays a silkiness and poise that elevates it above most others. Red cherries, red raspberries, rose petals, and exotic spices - this will convert even the most jaded palate.


2012 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
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Broad shouldered and rich, and with a riot of flavors that can overwhelm the sense, this is cabernet at its most ripe. Due largely to the advantages that northern California enjoys: cool bay breezes and morning fogs, as well as southeast and southwest facing hillsides (rare in the plains of Bordeaux) - all which in turn yield thoroughly ripe and full-bodied wines with an envious ease. Beringer’s 2012 Private Reserve cab is among the world’s finest. Orchard fruit on the nose, with red and black cherries on the palate. Savory mint suggestions emerge with time in the glass, with a kiss of fine tannins unfolding in the long finish. A full-bodied, voluptuous cab, ready to enjoy tonight.



Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016

2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
#11
2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay

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Ripe and rippling with tension, featuring Jonagold apple, white peach, mirabelle plum and honeysuckle notes coiled at the core. Accents of heather and hazelnut extend slowly through the citrus oil— and mineral-edged finish. Best from 2017 through 2022. - 94 points, Wine Spectator


#16
2013 Chateau Coutet Barsac
375ml Bottle ...

Unctuous and ripe, showing mouthfilling flavors of almond cream, ginger, heather honey and apricot, this will need time to unwind fully, but when it does, expect more pineapple, maple and singed orange notes, as this has some depth and power in reserve, as well as more than enough cut for balance. A beauty in the making. Best from 2018 through 2038.- 96 points, Wine Spectator


#17
2014 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

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Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle notes. The smoky edge and nervy acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish. Drink now. - 93 points, Wine Spectator


#31
2015 Tenshen White Blend

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This expressive white is aromatic and juicy, featuring a rich, ripe, fleshy core of apricot and peach flavors, with accents of vanilla bean, honeysuckle and melon. A spicy note lingers on the long finish. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now. - 92 points, Wine Spectator


#39
2014 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos

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"A plush texture masks the firm structure of this red, as blackberry and boysenberry flavors mingle with notes of toast, menthol and mineral, backed by well-integrated tannins and juicy acidity. A modern style, with balance and depth. Drink now through 2020. 10,000 cases made."  - 91 points, Wine Spectator


2013 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
2013 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
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2013 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

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Rich and sumptuous, boasting pure flavors of cherry and raspberry, matched to a juicy texture. There are plenty of tannins neatly folded into the overall structure, with hints of mineral and tea on the long, expansive finish. Best from 2017 through 2024. - 92 points, Wine Spectator


#43
2015 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone

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Ripe, with vivid blueberry and boysenberry fruit, harnessed on the back end by a bold graphite edge. Anise and violet notes add range. Drink now through 2019. - 91 points, Wine Spectator


2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
#44
2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

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This zeroes in on a rich, hedonistic core of wild berry, blackberry, plum and currant flavors, with a graceful, elegant mouthfeel and supple, caressing tannins. The long and powerful yet refined aftertaste keeps reverberating fruit generosity while maintaining Cabernet's strength of personality. Drink now through 2030. - 95 points, Wine Spectator


#45
2015 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling

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Tangy and zingy, with lively acidity that balances against gobs of ripe pear and apricot flavors, carrying through the long, lime-accented finish. Drink now through 2020. - 90 points, Wine Spectator


#51
2014 Les Vignes Bila Haut Rouge M Chapoutier

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This red is supple and fresh, showing a mix of dark berry, plum, herbal tea and peppery flavors. Lightly grippy tannins frame the licorice- and mineral-accented finish. Drink now through 2018. - 90 points, Wine Spectator


#56
2011 Bodegas Cepa 21

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This aromatic red is graceful on the palate, with cherry, strawberry, licorice and vanilla notes mingling over light tannins, kept lively by bright acidity. This has a tender texture, but shows depth and focus. Drink now through 2021. - 92 points, Wine Spectator


#67
2014 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir

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The texture is plush, with lots of complex flavors, ranging from plum to anise to dusty, cedary oak. Satisfying from start to finish, ending with dusty, nutmeg-scented tannins. Drink now. - 92 points, Wine Spectator


2014 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes
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2014 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes

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A taut, dry style, with pure lime, kiwifruit and pippin apple flavors backed by a slate note that gives the finish good tension and length. Very solid. Drink now through 2017. - 90 points, Wine Spectator


2014 Norton Malbec Reserva
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2014 Norton Malbec Reserva

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This has a silky mouthfeel, with rich, plush flavors of boysenberry, dark currant and black olive that carry plenty of creamy accents. Features dark chocolate and Asian spice details on the finely textured finish. Drink now through 2020. - 90 points, Wine Spectator


2015 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto Dei Colli Martani Grecante
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2015 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto Dei Colli Martani Grecante

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This aromatic red is graceful on the palate, with cherry, strawberry, licorice and vanilla notes mingling over light tannins, kept lively by bright acidity. This has a tender texture, but shows depth and focus. Drink now through 2021. - 92 points, Wine Spectator


2013 Plumpjack Syrah
2013 Plumpjack Syrah
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2013 Plumpjack Syrah

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Well-built and richly structured, with bold aromas of blackberry, mocha and licorice, showing layered flavors of smoky raspberry, grilled herb and pepper. The tannins are big, but ripe and balanced. Drink now through 2028. - 93 points, Wine Spectator


2014 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir
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2014 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir

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Broad, expressive and light-footed, this brims with cherry, plum, licorice and cashew flavors that keep singing on the focused finish. Drink now through 2024. - 93 points, Wine Spectator


2013 Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso
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2013 Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso

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Sleek and elegant, with concentrated flavors of black cherry, black currant, cedar and vanilla. A wild, aromatic underbrush character lingers on the beefy finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Best from 2018 through 2024. - 91 points, Wine Spectator



We strongly recommend that you call your Binny's for availability, because these wines are sure to sell out.

Gameday Goodies

Wine for tailgating or your game day party? Absolutely. The key? Seek out punchy wines with bold flavors. Here are a few to consider, all which come in screw cap. So leave the corkscrew at home if you’re heading to the stadium and bring an extra bottle or three of the wines below!


 
Leese Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon
$9.99

As ripe as domestic examples can get, a West Coast cabernet sauvignon is a sure bet to pair with BURGERS OR GRILLED STEAK. Those from California - where the sunny and dry vineyards yield ripe fruit with dense flavors - are especially rich with black fruit and silky tannins, as well as a concentration of flavors that can rival anything from France. But at a price that French producers can only envy! With its black berry fruit framed by chocolate suggestions, the Leese-Fitch cab is a prime example.


2015 Clean Slate Riesling
2015 Clean Slate Riesling
Clean Slate Riesling
$9.99

What to serve with HAM OR DELI COLD CUTS, HOT DOGS OR BRATS, OR A PIG ROAST for that matter? The salty notes in deli cuts or the punchy flavors of a Chicago dog or Wisconsin brat scream for a crisp wine with a boatload of flavor, making an off-dry riesling a no-brainer. Ever have taco al pastor, or melons wrapped with prosciutto, or caramel & cheddar popcorn for that matter? Then you’ll understand how the marriage of sweet and salty is a match made in heaven. The off-dry and upfront notes of mangos, apples, and melons pair perfectly with any deli cold cuts, sausages or hot dogs, or pig roast you might be serving on game day.


Amalaya Malbec
$13.99

How can you go wrong with a wine designed for GRILLED OR ROASTED MEAT? Argentines takes pride in their national dish known as asado, an assortment of grilled meats. Unsurprisingly, winemakers eventually came about to crafting a wine that naturally pairs with the rich and roasted flavors that Argentines enjoy. The malbec from Amalaya is an especially flavorful expression, whose forceful and fresh black cherry notes and silky texture can stand up to the flavors of anything you might be serving from the grill.


Henri Leblanc Blanc de Blancs Brut
$8.99

What if we told you that a sparkler is the ideal wine to enjoy with FRIED CHICKEN, CHILI, NACHOS, OR WINGS? Believe it! Crispy deep fried chicken, spicy nachos or chili, or a marriage of the two in buffalo wings - all scream out for something that can cut through the richness, tame the heat, and refresh the palate. All the while offering flavors that can stand toe to toe with the with these classic game day dishes. And make no mistake: the Henri Leblanc BdB is up to the task. Not only is it served in a certain, ahem, clubhouse, ahem. Its crisp texture and effervescence will cut through even the blistering heat of the spiciest hot wings; and its green apple and citrus notes can stand toe to toe with the salty richness of deep fried chicken or with the onslaught of nacho toppings.


Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc
$11.99

From citrus infused grilled shrimp and bacon wrapped scallops to the smoky flavors of grilled salmon or tuna, the sweet hints and rich textures of GRILLED SEAFOOD demand a beverage that can cut through the richness with its own punch of flavors. No worries - grilled seafood and white wine are a natural together. Joel Gott’s crisp and savory sauvignon blanc marries beautifully with the sweet and smoky flavors of grilled seafood. Its incisive, crisp texture and citrus notes will cut through the richness of seafood, and its pineapple and guava flavors will match the sweetness especially of shrimp and scallops. Just make sure there’s enough for your guests!


Domaine Montrose Rose
$9.99

GRILLED VEGETABLES, when well seasoned and drizzled with olive oil, make for a delicious dish. The savory spices and the subtle sweetness of caramelized vegetables can be just as satisfying as grilled meat, and deserve a well paired wine like the rose from Domaine Montrose. Comprised mostly of grenache cultivated from the south of France - where grenache reigns supreme! - this rose's red berry flavors, peach notes, and spicy overtones will harmonize with the caramelized sweetness of any grilled vegetables you might be serving and enjoying on game day!


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