A distributor rep who we highly respect called yesterday to ask if we had interest in "The Book of Secrets". We had no idea what " The Book of Secrets " referred to, but we have enjoyed an occasional Harry Potter movie so we said sure. As it turns out, " The Book of Secrets " is a portfolio of California wines made by French wine maker and mogul Jean Charles Boisset. He owns Premiere Cru Vineyards all over Burgundy as well as Raymond.
The Book of Secret wines are intricate blends, made in small batches with designer names.
This particular offer focuses on the 2016 Chronology.
2016 Chronology $27.00
30% Petite Sirah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Mission, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1% Merlot
aged in 14% new French and American oak.
92 Points Robert Parker, review at bottom
The Chronology is a racy array of wild berries and red plums. Cherry, raspberry and succulent blueberry are all abundant. There is the perfect amount of enticing black pepper at the finish. This wine has excellent depth and structure, but it is not jammy, more rich and elegant. This is an exceptional table wine which will pair with virtually any meal. Pork shoulder may be our first try, but steaks will follow and definitely anything on the grill. This flavor profile will be incredible with smoked foods. Retail is $35.00 in Texas. We are getting a restaurant BTG deal. The lowest legitimate price we found was $24 in Ca.
All the Best ! Rex and Michele
2016 Gerard Seguin Chambolle - Musigny Derriere le Four
Grand Vin De Bourgogne
( Pinot Noir )
2018 Cases Produced in 2016
48 bottles available
$72 per 10% off 6 or more
Monday we received a few bottles from importer Craig Baker. Included in those was the 2016 Gerard Seguin Chambolle Musigny Derriere le Four. The Chambolle we opened immediately. It was immediately impressive. The nose is filled with violets and wild berries.
The flavor profile is dark cherry mixed with raspberry. The finish is spiced with white pepper and dark chocolate. Michele pointed out that it reminded her of the 2009 Capitain Gagnerot Corton les Lollieres
Grand Cru and I completely agree.
(one of my all time favorite wines, ever!! So that means I love it! M)
Tuesday, having saved not quite half the bottle by only sticking the cork back in, we took it, along with a variety of other bottles to the BYOB, Mr Wok, a few of us were having dinner. Included was Len Musgrove, author of the Wine Bargain Sleuth who we taste with when ever possible. The Seguin Chambolle which was rich and multi layered the first day open,
was even richer the next day, showing more layers and the finish developed even brighter components than 24 hours before. This is an amazing Burgundy. I did not tell either Len or Michael Byington before tasting, that this Pinot had been open for two days. They were amazed at the structure and depth of fruit. We all thought the Chambolle was the hit of the evening. 2016 is an exceptional vintage. Production though was down by more than half. Hail hit the region during flowering, diminishing the amount of fruit produced, but increasing the extraction and depth of what was left which lends this vintage to some highly complex, beautiful Pinot Noirs. You can enjoy this one now or in 10 years.
All the best, Rex
Very allocated. Only 12 bottles $69 per
2015 Long Shadows "Feather" Columbia Valley Cabernet
97 points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in 90% new French oak barrels. Its inky purple color is followed by a seamless, pure, impeccable balanced Cabernet that has loads of currants, scorched earth, graphite, and espresso aromas and flavors. Deep, rich, gorgeously pure and polished, with building tannin, it's a heavenly Cabernet Sauvignon that has everything you could want. It's the finest vintage to date of this cuvée and is capable of lasting for 20-25 years. (4/2018)
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather is lovely, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, blackberries, petroleum jelly and burning embers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ripe and powerful, with an expansive attack and an ample core of dark berry fruit, underpinned by a fine-grained, stony chassis of ripe tannins. This wine is made by Howell Mountain veteran Randy Dunn, and its profile - while marked by the torrid 2015 vintage - will be familiar to followers of the wines he produces there. (WK) (6/2018)
To see the most reordered summer wines, click here.
2015 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri
average price is $220
Collector Alert; late summer is when expensive collectable wines which are allocated to restaurants build up in quantity consequently the collector finds blue chips far below normal value. Simply put Sassicaia is one of the most legendary Cabernet in the world.
85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc.
All the best, Rex & Michele
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There are 54 bottles available of 2013 Lamborn Family Howell Mountain Cabernet at $89.50. That is by far the best price on the net. Lamborn is made by Heidi Barrett, the wine maker who put Screaming Eagle on the map. In this case she is working with highly extracted and rich mountain fruit from some of the oldest vines on Howell Mountain. The result is big black and blue fruit with integrated components of volcanic ash. Lamborn is legendary and hard to get. Most of it goes to restaurants or gets sold at the winery. These 54 bottles were locked down for steak houses, but not as much steak gets served when it is over 100 degrees outside nor the wine to go with it.
-2013 is a perfect vintage in Napa and the wines are
getting much harder to find.
2013 Lamborn Family Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon $89.50 per
500 Cases Produced
Heidi Barett Winemaker
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is the denser of the two wines, but also more structured and tannic. It has notes of pen ink, blackberry, licorice, camphor, and a touch of subtle oak in the background. The wine is full-bodied and ripe with moderate tannin. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made by Heidi Barrett. I suspect it will last for a good 20-25 years. 93+ points Robert Parker
Heidi Barrett makes this 100% varietal wine, coaxing lovely, fully ripe cherry and cassis notions from the intensely perfumed glass. A sizable tannic structure girds the fruit, adding graphite and tar accents. It finishes on a dried herb note. 92 points Wine Enthusiast
We have 12 bottles of this highly rated, cult Chardonnay available this morning. If we sell more than the 12 bottles, we can put you on a waiting list for next month! $109 per. The wine sells up to $150; Dallas prices $119-$129. Rex & Michele
Part mystic, part great winemaker and long-time veteran of the Napa Valley wine scene, John Kongsgaard continues to turn out a bevy of exciting and compelling wines from his family's vineyards high in the cool, rocky soils of Coombsville in the southeastern sector of Napa Valley. Robert Parker
email us at masutawines@gmail to be put on waiting list for more of this gorgeous Chardonnay!! For full write-up click here.
2013 Howell at the Moon, Howell Mountain
(700 Cases Produced)
$79 per this offer only
Blackberry, blueberry, cassis, a more voluptuous Cab does not exist in Napa. Very big, chewy velvety tannins, big finish with rich blueberry, smoke and chocolate. Though Parker gives this wine high scores each vintage. He has not yet released scores on the 2013. Matthew, Michele and I all think it will receive at least 95 points, so we are going to put it in the 95 plus point tasting above as a secret bonus and have the guests submit a score.
All the best, Rex & Michele
FYI - The Estate Cabernet is absolutely beautiful. If you have ever bought any of the previous vintages, this is CLASSIC Howell at the Moon. So, elegant with the most velvety finish.
Also, we had appetizers after tasting the Howell at the Moons, not only is it priced great, the burger, bacon wrapped shrimp and ravioli were awesome (ravioli not on happy hour menu, but we had it at the last wine dinner and it is worth it!). A very nice and "cool" (temperature wise) happy hour starting at 4:30. Tell them we sent you!! FULL WRITEUP HERE
2014 Trinite Estate Acaibo
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Sonoma County, Chalk Hill
95 points JS, 94 Points WE reviews at bottom
Retail, $79.00, 10% off six or more
900 cases produced
Acaibo is an outrageously good Cabernet produced in an elegant, complex style by Claire and Gonzague Lurton. The Lurtons also own and produce a few Bordeauxs including Dufort Viven Margaux and Haut Bages Liberal. They are extremely talented winemakers. We tasted Acaibo last year for the first time, the 2013 vintage which is only 56% Cabernet with the winemaker Claire Lurton who told us at the time that the 2014 would be a true Cabernet. The 2013 was and is exceptional, ultimately receiving 90 plus point scores from every reviewer, so we asked why the change in blend. Her answer was because " the Cabernet in our Chalk Hill Block is coming in richer than any I have ever seen". REVIEW & WRITEUP
We are tasting the 2016 Pazo de Rubianes Alborino. This is a bright, extremely focused white with a voluptuous middle and a haunting finish. The flavor profile is driven with apricot, apricot pit and tangerine and with incredible depth. The finish is crisp but with extraordinary length. The reviewer below mentions grapefruit, THERE IS NONE. But he is right in that it has exceptional pop. So far the Pazo de Rubianes is sensational with both Cheddar and aged Gouda. We woked some prawns with soy, Worchester, spring onions, jalapenos white wine, butter and garlic. Wow, enough weight for the rich sauce, enough crispness to refresh the spice and with prawns this wine is divine.
This is a $35.00 retail. We are at $27.50
54 bottles available.
All the best, R&M
90 POINTS, WINE ENTHUSIAST
This Albariño's floral aromas are a bit misleading, because it packs pop. The palate is full and textured, with mature grapefruit and orange flavors that finish in peak condition. It's bold, staunchly acidic and still fresh; drink through 2019.
The proof is always in the glass!