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92 Point Rated Napa Sauvignon Blanc 40% Off

The Gamble Family Vineyards have some Sauvignon Blanc vineyard plots in the Yountville district of Napa Valley that produce some excellent and distinctive wines.  I think it is because almost half of their Sauvignon Blanc vines are the Sauvignon Musque de Loire clone, which seems to transmit more minerality and richness of mouthfeel than other clones, which adds to the complexity of the wine.  There are bright citrus and other tree fruit flavors in their Sauvignon Blanc, but none of the extreme grassy or herbal flavors that are prominent in New Zealand Sauvignons.  The 2011 vintage of the Gamble Family Sauvignon Blanc (Reg. $23.99) was a terrific one, and it earned a well deserved 92 point rating from wine critic Anthony Dias Blue recently.  The winery discovered a few cases left in their warehouse by mistake and wanted to clear them out at a discount because they have already released the 2012.  After tasting a sample, I decided to take it.  I now can offer the 2011 Gamble Family Sauvignon Blanc for $13.99 each or $155/case.  If you would like to reserve some of this wine, please contact me at drusso@gbrusso.com.

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A 2010 Bordeaux Bargain

I have written many times about the terrific 2010 vintage in Bordeaux, France.  While the price for the high-end, classified growths of Bordeaux skyrocket in the great vintages, the “Petite Chateaux” (small production, un-classified producers) prices remain constant.  The quality goes up a lot, but the price remains the same.  That is why I like to load up on the great vintages of these small producers of Bordeaux.  While we have sold through most of our 2010’s from Bordeaux, we just received 2010 Prince de Tabourg Cotes de Bourg (Cotes de Bourg is located across the Gironde river from Margaux) because the winery likes to release their red wine when they feel it is ready to drink.  The 2010 Prince de Tabourg is the best wine that they have ever made, tasting like Bordeaux selling for twice the price.  This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec is full-bodied, silky smooth, has an assortment of red and black berry fruit flavors, and a subtle licorice and spice finish.  It has the structure to improve in the cellar for the next 4-6 years.  At the price of $11.99 per bottle or $130/case, I don’t think you can find a better Bordeaux.  If you would like to reserve some of this wine, please contact me at drusso@gbrusso.com.

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