March 15th VINTAGES Release: Iron and Wine

Domaine de Vaugondy Brut Vouvray NV
Loire Valley, France
$15.95, SKU 154567
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Traditional method sparkling under $16? Vouvray under $16? Buy a case! David Lawrason on winealign.comemphasis ours:

“Among a strong selection of non-Champagne bubblies on this release, this stands out for its honest, chenin blanc authenticity delivered for a shockingly good price.” (David Lawrason,


Bachelder Nuits St. Georges La Petite Charmotte 2011
Burgundy, France
$49.95, SKU 357228
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This gorgeous Pinot was a Jennifer Huether pick at the 3rd Master Somm Challenge last week. Love Michael Godel’s cryptic yet rather poetic review:

“Is so floral, mineral, intense and hypnotic it might be dubbed the Serpent Charmer. Iron and wine indeed, the iron of Nuits, the perfume of Beaune…If montagnes is the harming one, this is the charming one. These are all from the same barrels, so what really affects the wines the most? Land and hand. 93 points.” (Michael Godel,


Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2011
Barossa Valley, Australia
$21.95, SKU 24091
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Quartage is four-part Bordeaux blend from a 6th generation wine family in the Barossa. Parker is a solid 90 on this one:

“The impressive 2011 Shotfire Quartage is composed of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec and 12% Merlot. Excellent aromas of creme de cassis, espresso bean, chocolate and menthol jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied effort. Excellent purity as well as personality and a spicy, moderately long finish suggest it can be drunk over the next 2-3 years. 90 points.” (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate)


Penderyn Madeira Finish Welsh Whisky
$93.95, SKU 366203
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This fine single malt chwisgi comes from south Wales, deep in the mystical lands of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, where they have been distilling since the Middle Ages. Penderyn is the only distillery actively producing whisky in Wales, making this a must for completists and adventurous malt maniacs alike.”At the start, a savory meatiness is studded with raisin and spread with sugary royal icing that wafts out of the glass. On the palate there is a big, tannic middle surrounded by a light sugary sweetness that leads to a long finish of perfumed fruit and dry wood.” (Billy Abbott, 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die 2012)A happy Ides of March to all!


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