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Two Incredible Wine Steals Under $15

These two wines are such great value – it makes sense to order them by the case!! However, we will allow you to order in smaller numbers too.

2012 M. Chapoutier “Les Vignes de Bila-Haut” Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages – The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut is another smoking effort that will top anyone’s value list – medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced, with impressive amounts of blackberry and currant-styled fruit, herbs, pepper and smoked earth aromas and flavors. It’s a no-brainer purchase . 91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – SRP $16.99 Sale $13.99;

2014 Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc – intense nose with fresh green apple, pear and nettle aromas. The palate is animated on the entry with crisp nettle and gooseberry notes, plenty of spiciness coming toward the finish. Great potential here. 2015-2017 90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – SRP $16.99 Sale $13.99;

Supplies are limited here, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) to reserve your wine.

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More incredible wine deals from your friends at Pinehurst

Gaja

This week, we have outrageous deals on three beautiful wines.

2012 Ca’Marcanda Promis IGT by GAJA (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese) nicely balanced aromas of blackberry, red cherry and kirsch. Soft oak contours of tobacco and dark chocolate widen the wine’s aromatic footprint. 92+ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Retail $51.99, Pinehurst SALE $44.19/btl (4 Cases);

2011 Ruffino Modus Tuscan (IGT) Red blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot) – “A red with blueberry and blackberry character, plus hints of licorice. Full body, chewy tannins and a walnut, berry and dark-chocolate aftertaste – outstanding.” 91 points James Suckling: Retail $29.99 – Pinehurst SALE Price $23.99/btl (4 cases);

As an added bonus -perhaps the future of Australian wines – Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2011 – I loved this wine! It drinks much more like a Rosso di Montalcino than a Shiraz. Great perfume, bright acidity, focused fruit. It was a complete surprise. Long story short – this is a delicious food wine, well made and balanced. 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s IWC – Retail $19.99, Pinehurst SALE $16.99 (6 cases);

Supplies are limited here, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) to reserve your wine.

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Must buy! – Highly sought-after red with an incredible score

Tensley

This year’s release of the Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah is exceptional. Rated 94-97 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this wine retailed at $50 upon release but the scores have driven up demand and made access to the wine very difficult. Our first allocation sold out in days. We have, however, secured a few more cases on a first come first served basis and will offer it to our friends at $42.49/btl

My thoughts upon tasting – Redolent, with aromatics of black raspberry, currants and toasty vanilla bean. A rich beam of cassis and ripe currant enrich a palate, layered with spice, pepper and vanilla. The palate is beautifully balanced with great grip, lifting acidity and plush texture. The wine remains focused without being overly dense. The finish is long and pure highlighted by a great kick of plum stone and cherry pith. This is a gorgeous wine built for food and for indulgence alone. It promises, 5+ years of evolution with a drinking window extending through 2025+. Andy 95 points.

This WILL sell out quickly, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) to reserve your wine

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2013 Chakana Estate Red – Clarification

Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 Chakana Estate Red Blend arrival resulted in some confusion. We apologize for any confusion.   To clarify – the 2013 vintage has just arrived, and although not yet rated by the wine press – we have tasted it and it is gorgeous!  It is delightful, floral, laced with black fruit with great depth and texture [...]

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It’s Baaaaack!! Chakana Estate Red (2013) – The New Batch

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Last year the Chakana Estate Red garnered 95 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (and 94 points the vintage before), and sold out in a flash. We sold it for a mere $24.99.

The 2013 vintage has just arrived, and although not yet rated – it is gorgeous! Take a look at Wine Advocate review for the 2012 (below) for a frame of reference. This is delightful, floral, laced with black fruit with great depth and texture – easily a 92-94 point wine in our book. This year we are offering our first, and potentially only, allocation of six 6 packs of the 2013 Chakana Estate Red for $21.99/btl (No Further discount).

SOLD OUT – For information only! The 2012 Chakana Estate Red is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. This killer red comes from Chakana-s two well-placed vineyards in southern Mendoza, Agrelo and Alta Mira. Aromas of flowers, blackberries, camphor, forest floor and subtle new oak emerge from this full-bodied, textured, opulent blockbuster. Extremely pure and rich, this bargain-priced Malbec should drink well for 6-10+ years. If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00. 95 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Prior Sale Price $24.99/btl

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Two Incredible Wine Steals Under $15

These two wines are such great value – it makes sense to order them by the case!!  However, we will allow you to order in smaller numbers too.

2012 M. Chapoutier “Les Vignes de Bila-Haut” Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages - The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut is another smoking effort that will top anyone’s value list. A tank-aged blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, it is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced, with impressive amounts of blackberry and currant-styled fruit, herbs, pepper and smoked earth aromas and flavors. Showing more minerality with air, it’s a no-brainer purchase and will drink nicely for 5-6 years or more. 91 points Robert Parker’s Wine AdvocateSRP $16.99, Sale $13.99

 

2014 Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc – Bottled two weeks prior to my visit, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc already sports a very intense nose with fresh green apple, pear and nettle aromas. The palate is animated on the entry with crisp nettle and gooseberry notes, plenty of spiciness coming toward the finish. This comes from the Semillon (10% of the blend) that was fermented in German foudres. Great potential here. 2015-2017  90 points Robert Parker’s Wine AdvocateSRP $16.99, Sale $13.99


Supplies are limited here, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) to reserve your wine.

 

More incredible wine deals from your friends at Pinehurst

Gaja

Who would have thought that a wine by the mighty GAJA could be bought for under $100, let alone under $50.  A 150 year history of excellence in wine making, with a focus on creating wines with a sense of place, has gone into the genesis of Ca’Marcanda (Bolgheri) Promis. This is simply delightful – a lithe energetic wine with lifting acidity, it is driven by fresh black cherry/currant hints of tar and tobacco, layered over a firm spine and finishes with lingering, dusty minerality.

2012 Ca’Marcanda Promis IGT by GAJA (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese) indeed deliver on its promise of Gaja-inspired winemaking excellence. The wine opens to a dark garnet color with nicely balanced aromas of blackberry, red cherry and kirsch. Soft oak contours of tobacco and dark chocolate widen the wine’s aromatic footprint. This is a contemplative and well-executed effort. 92+ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Retail $51.99, Pinehurst SALE $44.19 (4 Cases)

 

2011 Ruffino Modus Tuscan (IGT) Red blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot) – “A red with blueberry and blackberry character, plus hints of licorice. Full body, chewy tannins and a walnut, berry and dark-chocolate aftertaste – outstanding.” 91 points James Suckling: Retail $29.99 – Pinehurst SALE Price $23.99/btl.  My wife and I enjoyed this over the weekend. Simply stated, it a delicious and age worthy food wine.  4 cases

 

As an added bonus – this may be the future of Australian wines – Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2011 – I loved this wine!  It drinks much more like a Rosso di Montalcino than a Shiraz. Great perfume, bright acidity, focused fruit. It was a complete surprise. Long story short – this is a delicious food wine, well made and balanced.  “Yalumba has deliberately chosen parcels from the cooler (read Eden Valley) through to the warmer parts of the Barossa (read valley floor) to produce this very well-made, easy drinking, medium-bodied wine. 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s IWC  – Retail $19.99, Pinehurst SALE $16.99 (6 cases)

Supplies are limited here, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) to reserve your wine.

Must buy! – Highly sought-after red with an incredible score

Tensley

As I was tasting through samples in preparation of our upcoming wine club releases, I stumbled on an outstanding offer that

simply could not wait.

Tensley systematically make great wines, and this year’s release of their Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah is exceptional. Rated 94-97 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this wine retailed at $50 upon release but the scores have driven up demand and made access to the wine very difficult. Our first allocation sold out in days. We have, however, secured a few more cases on a first come first served basis and will offer it to our friends at $42.49/btl

Tensley Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013 – The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big “Wow” in the notes, and while it doesn’t pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity. 97 Points Robert Parker from Wine Advocate

My thoughts upon tasting – Redolent, with aromatics of black raspberry, currants and toasty vanilla bean. A rich beam of cassis and ripe currant enrich a palate, layered with spice, pepper and vanilla. The palate is beautifully balanced with great grip, lifting acidity and plush texture. The wine remains focused without being overly dense. The finish is long and pure highlighted by a great kick of plum stone and cherry pith. This is a gorgeous wine built for food and for indulgence alone. It promises, 5+ years of evolution with a drinking window extending through 2025+. Andy 95 points.

This WILL sell out quickly, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) to reserve your wine

2013 Chakana Estate Red – Clarification

Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 Chakana Estate Red Blend arrival resulted in some confusion. We apologize for any confusion.

 

To clarify – the 2013 vintage has just arrived, and although not yet rated by the wine press – we have tasted it and it is gorgeous!  It is delightful, floral, laced with black fruit with great depth and texture – easily a 92-94 point wine in our book, and consistent with ratings of 95 and 94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in its last two vintages.  Widely sold for $29.99, this year we are offering our first, and potentially only, allocation of six 6 packs of the 2013 Chakana Estate Red for $21.99/btl (No Further discount). Get your order in now!

Call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com

To reserve your wine at this discount, please mention this post.

It’s Baaaaack!! Chakana Estate Red (2013) – The New Batch

chakana_malbec

Last year the Chakana Estate Red garnered 95 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (and 94 points the vintage before), and sold out in a flash. Then, we sold it for a mere $24.99.

 

The 2013 vintage has just arrived, and although not yet rated – it is gorgeous!  Take a look at Wine Advocate review for the 2012 (below) for a frame of reference. This is delightful, floral, laced with black fruit with great depth and texture – easily a 92-94 point wine in our book.  This year we are offering our first, and potentially only, allocation of six 6 packs of the 2013 Chakana Estate Red for $21.99/btl (No Further discount).

 

SOLD OUT – For information only!  The 2012 Chakana Estate Red is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. This killer red comes from Chakana-s two well-placed vineyards in southern Mendoza, Agrelo and Alta Mira. Aromas of flowers, blackberries, camphor, forest floor and subtle new oak emerge from this full-bodied, textured, opulent blockbuster. Extremely pure and rich, this bargain-priced Malbec should drink well for 6-10+ years. If this were a Napa Valley or Bordeaux red, it would undoubtedly be priced between $150.00-200.00. 95 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Prior Sale Price $24.99/btl

 

Call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com

To reserve your wine at this discount, please mention this post.


Allow us to choose some new wines for you to try

Balbo

In recent days Pinehurst has begun to think about how we can better provide an introduction to great wines across a spectrum of styles and prices while limiting/removing your risk. The wine wizards at Pinehurst are offering to hand select wines for you in a mixed case or 6 pack format. The wines will be selected to fit both your needs, budget and desired frequency.

To begin with, we will create three tiers:

90+ point wines at a case cost averaging $12.49/btl

92+ point wines at a case cost averaging $24.99/btl

94+ point wines at a case cost averaging $49.49/btl

As mentioned above, these wines can be assembled as frequently as your needs require, and can incorporate one or more tiers.

We will start providing this service to the Friends of Pinehurst by mid-February. Drop me an email and let me know what best suits your needs (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) or call Bob (410-435-5200) and give him your information.

A Case Of Great Wine Selected For You – Every Month?

Would you like a case (12 btls) of great wine every month – without breaking the bank?

People are frequently wary of stepping outside their comfort zone with wines. The result is that you limit your wine experience. There are so many good wines at great prices but picking them out from the crowd can be a real challenge.

Pinehurst is considering offering a selection of awesome, handpicked 90+ point wines every month at $149.99/case for a select few “Friends of Pinehurst”. This would be an phenomenal way to try high quality, new wines at a value price, and Pinehurst would assemble them for you.

Every month we could select outstanding red and white wines that will complement your food or sip wonderfully round the fire with friends.

Additionally, we may also consider selections of higher end (92+ point) – dinner with friends – wines ($149.99/6 btl case or $299.99/12 btl case).

Share this idea around with your friends. This could be the first true, “Sommelier On The Corner” wine-buying opportunity available in the area. Suggestions and comments are welcome – please take the chance and send me your thoughts by email (below).

If you are interested in being a “Friend of Pinehurst” and having us select some outstanding wines for you every month, drop me an email (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com) or call Bob (410-435-5200) and give him your information.

A Great White Wine For Winter Food!

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2012 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc – Aromatics of peach, melon and apricot, lifted by the scent of white spring flowers. Orchard fruit continues on the balanced palate – rounded with a nice kick of minerality and baking spice on the finish and edged by citrus pith and zest. A wonderful value wine for winter evenings with Chicken and roast vegetables. Buy this one by the case.

Retail Price of $13.99 (Take 10% OFF by the bottle or 15% OFF by the case). Andy 89+ points (Tanzer 89 points)

Call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com

To reserve your wine at this discount, please mention this post.

Time To Be Thankful – For Great Wine Prices!

velvet

It’s almost time to prepare the holiday table, so here are some wonderful wines at awesome prices – just for you – our loyal customers.  These wines represent phenomenal values in quality wines.

2012 K Vintners Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot – In the same mold and a big, voluptuous and hedonistically styled effort, the 2012 Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot gives up loads of black fruits, ground herbs and licorice in a medium to full-bodied, rich and easy drinking package. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon it should have 3-5 years of longevity.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 89pts  – Sale $12.79 (Suggested Retail $15.99)

2012 K Vintners Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – An outstanding bottle of wine, the 2012 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) gives up big blueberry, spice, crushed flowers and violets in a seamless, sexy, yet fresh and delicious package. It too is a superb value and will have 5 to 7 years of longevity. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90pts  – Sale $17.99 (Suggested Retail $19.99)

2013 K Vintners Riesling Kung Fu Girl – Clean, fresh and incredibly pure, the 2013 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl is shockingly good given the price (and the volume, as they produce a massive amount of this cuvee). Lychee, citrus, mint and classic minerality all show here, and it’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and finishes cleanly, with perfectly integrated acidity and only subtle sweetness. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming year or two. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90pts  – Sale $10.99 (Suggested Retail $14.99)

2008 Bodegas Triton, Tempranillo – The 2008 Triton is 100% Tinta de Toro sourced from old vines some of which are located outside the boundaries of Toro requiring that the generic DO of Castilla y Leon be utilized. The wine was aged for 15 months in new French oak. Notes of Asian spices, tar, tapenade, violets, blackberry, and blueberry inform the nose of this richly fruity, layered, lengthy offering. There is enough underlying structure to allow for another 2-3 years of development and this superb value can be enjoyed through 2020 if not longer.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90pts  – Sale $10.19 (Suggested Retail $11.99)

2013 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay – More serious and layered, the 2013 VDP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a crazy value that needs to be tasted to be believed. A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on Viognier lees) in a combination of Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. Exotic and perfumed, with ample white peach, creme, brioche and subtle nuttiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully detailed texture that shows bright acidity and fantastic purity of fruit. An incredible effort that has both richness and freshness, it should continue to thrill for another handful of years.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92pts  – Sale $10.99 (Suggested Retail $12.99)

Please reach out to us soon – these wines will disappear quickly with this pricing. Call Bob/Gordon (410-435-5200) or email (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com). Call early to avoid disappointment, and mention this email to ensure the best price available.

Time To Be Thankful – For Great Wine Prices!

velvet

It’s almost time to prepare the holiday table, so here are some wonderful wines at awesome prices – just for you – our loyal customers.  These wines represent phenomenal values in quality wines.

2012 K Vintners Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot – In the same mold and a big, voluptuous and hedonistically styled effort, the 2012 Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot gives up loads of black fruits, ground herbs and licorice in a medium to full-bodied, rich and easy drinking package. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon it should have 3-5 years of longevity.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 89pts  – Sale $12.79 (Suggested Retail $15.99)

2012 K Vintners Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – An outstanding bottle of wine, the 2012 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) gives up big blueberry, spice, crushed flowers and violets in a seamless, sexy, yet fresh and delicious package. It too is a superb value and will have 5 to 7 years of longevity. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90pts  – Sale $17.99 (Suggested Retail $19.99)

2013 K Vintners Riesling Kung Fu Girl – Clean, fresh and incredibly pure, the 2013 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl is shockingly good given the price (and the volume, as they produce a massive amount of this cuvee). Lychee, citrus, mint and classic minerality all show here, and it’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and finishes cleanly, with perfectly integrated acidity and only subtle sweetness. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming year or two. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90pts  – Sale $10.99 (Suggested Retail $14.99)

2008 Bodegas Triton, Tempranillo – The 2008 Triton is 100% Tinta de Toro sourced from old vines some of which are located outside the boundaries of Toro requiring that the generic DO of Castilla y Leon be utilized. The wine was aged for 15 months in new French oak. Notes of Asian spices, tar, tapenade, violets, blackberry, and blueberry inform the nose of this richly fruity, layered, lengthy offering. There is enough underlying structure to allow for another 2-3 years of development and this superb value can be enjoyed through 2020 if not longer.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 90pts  – Sale $10.19 (Suggested Retail $11.99)

2013 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay – More serious and layered, the 2013 VDP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a crazy value that needs to be tasted to be believed. A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on Viognier lees) in a combination of Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. Exotic and perfumed, with ample white peach, creme, brioche and subtle nuttiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully detailed texture that shows bright acidity and fantastic purity of fruit. An incredible effort that has both richness and freshness, it should continue to thrill for another handful of years.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92pts  – Sale $10.99 (Suggested Retail $12.99)

Please reach out to us soon – these wines will disappear quickly with this pricing. Call Bob/Gordon (410-435-5200) or email (andy@pinehurstwineshoppe.com). Call early to avoid disappointment, and mention this email to ensure the best price available.