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We are not your typical wine store. (We dont have racks of wines or snooty salespeople.) But what we do offer is: Only a few, very carefully selected wines At the best prices possible With as much helpful information as you want


Our business has grown by over 50% in the past six weeks thanks to the support of customers like you. And this has allowed us to both offer many more exciting wines and to expand the types of wines we offer. Sure, we still have the best choices around in Cabernets, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. But we also have perhaps South Africas finest and most ageworthy Sauvignon Blanc, a strong candidate for Argentinas greatest Malbec (at less than a fourth the price of any of the others in its class), and a dry Alsatian Riesling with more than a passing resemblance to Trimbachs famed Clos Ste. Hune (for only $16.99!). Not to mention a precious allocation of one of the greatest (and rarest) examples yet made from Washingtons supreme Cabernet vineyarda wine available only from us or at the winery.


Whats more, all of these choices now allow us to do a thematic blind tasting in addition to the wines we always have open for you to try every Saturday, from Noon until 6:00. Here are the ones we have coming up: Saturday, April 7th: Cabernet Sauvignon & Blends Saturday, April 14th: Heavy Hitter Reds (Shafer Relentless and the like) Saturday, April 21st: Pinot Noirs Saturday, April 28th: Chardonnays


Of the literally thousands of wines weve considered, here are the six most exciting wines and values we could find. For those who cant decide, we also offer a Sampler Case with two bottles of each.

1.) 2010 PAUL CLUVER SAUVIGNON BLANC $14.99/$12.99 by the case

The 2009 Paul Cluver Chardonnay was a spectacular success, and the 2010 may be even better! (Well have it soon.) But perhaps the best and certainly the most important Cluver wine is their groundbreaking Sauvignon Blanc. Not only the wine that established Cluver as both the first and best producer in South Africas cool Elgin area; its also the one that demonstrated South Africas capacity to make truly world-class, coolclimate and very long-aging Sauvignon Blanc. Where most South African Sauvignons display the aggressive varietal character of New Zealand ones (like the Fairvalley we offer later), Cluvers is more like a plumper, richer (though still wonderfully fresh) version of Sancerre. And like a great Sancerre, its wonderful both young and old, too. Indeed, British wine writer Jamie Goode recently rated the 1997 Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 93 points his top rating both for Cluver and for South African Sauvignon. But you dont have to wait thirteen years to enjoy this, the best vintage Cluver has yet made. Tanzer in fact rated the 2009 Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 92 points (his top S.A. Sauvignon score last year) saying: Classic Sauvignon aromas of grapefruit pith, gooseberry, white pepper and capsicum. Juicy, peppery and light on its feet, with terrific intensity and cut and a tactile impression of extract. Some ripe citrus notes contribute to this wines immediate appeal. An outstanding value. So like a top Sancerre, you can enjoy this wine young for its mouthwatering intensity, or a decade from now, for its fuller, richer and creamier yet still very fresh and vibrant fruit. The South African Platter Guide, by the way, found this 2010 Cluver Sauvignon even richer and more intense than the great 2009, saying it bristles in Cluvers cool, grassy style.

South African wine writer Miguel Chan also rated it the best Cluver Sauvignon ever, praising its flinty/quartz minerality and complex and layered style, broad and full texture, oily with mid-palate stuffing, so fresh a forceful style, yet retained elegance overall. Its also a brilliant accompaniment to seafood which is why Le Bernardin pairs it with their $330 tasting menu! I can think of few summer whites quite so useful or so enjoyable as this. And even fewer this rewarding, ageworthy and complex for less than $20. Truly world-class Sauvignon, and as Tanzer noted, an absolute steal at this price.

2.) 2009 SAMANTHA STARR PINOT NOIR $16.99/$14.99 by the case

A quote made by a blogger called CabCritic about our Clifford Bay Pinot Noir (which we may still have, for $12.99 by the case) applies equally to this: It is tough to find a Pinot that doesnt break the bank, suck or taste like Syrah. Certainly, one would never mistake this with its lightish color, silky-sweet and so pure flavors and almost ethereal beauty for a Syrah. Nor does it break the bankor suck. This is in fact almost the perfect Pinot of its type pure, elegant, delicious and refined. As such, its also the wine I have drunk more of recently than any other. Somehow, this just always hits the spot. Indeed, though the taste profile is different, this kind of reminds me of one of my all-time favorite Burgundy bargains the 2002 Chambolle-Musigny of Michel Digioia. It has that sort of purity and weightless elegance. Samantha Starr, by the way, is the small personal project of former Talbott winemaker Sam Banderas, using high-quality Santa Lucia Highlands fruit to make wines of beauty, elegance and class. And even more so of value.

3.) 2010 PASCAL BOUCHARD CHABLIS Le Classique $19.99/$16.99 by the case

Few white wines are as essential as rewarding on their own or as good with food (oysters!!!) as a classic unoaked Chablis. And few producers can deliver such a high-quality, textbook version of pure, unoaked Chablis as Pascal Bouchard. Yet I was still surprised to find that the average price at the five stores listed on Wine-Searcher for his 2009 Chablis is $40.85. (The low is $36.99.) While there are no listings anywhere for this 2010, its by far the better Chablis vintage. As Tanzer puts it, 2010 is a rare Chablis vintage that can be enjoyed by purists and dilettantes alike. (Im not sure which Id rather be.) It combines the precision and typicity of a 2008 or 1996 with the richer, more flattering fruit and texture of a 1995 or 2005. And its delicious.

So would I consider this a bargain at $36.99? Probably not. At $26.99? Maybe. But at $16.99, theres no doubt about it There is simply no other classic Chablis of anywhere near this quality at anywhere near this priceANYWHERE.

Of course, all the usual explanations apply: old vines in prime sites, experienced and very non-interventionist winemaking, careful (and reasonable) importation and handling. The result is everything a quality Chablis should be: rich yet crisp, loaded with chalky/flinty minerality, vibrant yet full and textured, and immensely, deliciously, uniquely satisfying. Theres just no substitute for real Chablis. Especially with summer coming! PlusWe also have a bit of Bouchards superb (and quite rare no listings worldwide) 2009 Chablis Montmains, from his steepest, lowest-yielding and best premier cru vineyard, at an incredible price.

2009 PASCAL BOUCHARD CHABLIS Mont de Milieu $29.99/$24.99 by the case

Mont de Milieu is always one of the finest Chablis premier crus, but in Bouchards hands its really something special. He owns less than a hectare at the very top of the vineyard, whose steep, stony soil yields less than even his grand crus do resulting in both a very rich and extremely minerally/intense, almost Raveneau-like flavor and style (with that distinctive, almost carnal complexity of Burgundys most mineral-laden old-style Chardonnays). There are no listings worldwide for this the hardest of Bouchards premier crus to find. But at just over half the price most stores ask for his village Chabliswell, the value should be obvious.

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4.) 2011 JEAN-LUC MADER RIESLING $19.99/$16.99 by the case

Jean-Luc Mader is as exciting and as unique a find in todays Alsace as Francois Raveneau was in 1970s Chablis. And thats not an exaggeration. In fact, in terms of quality, value and especially style, Mader may be even more out there than Raveneau was. Not only are Maders wines some of the very few in Alsace to still be classically dry; they also somehow manage a richness, sapidity and power with surprisingly reasonable alcohol and virtually no residual sugar that simply doesnt exist elsewhere in Alsace today. In part, this is due to their superb (and now biodynamically farmed) old vineyards, with some of the lowest yields in Alsace. The greatest of these boasts the oldest vines (now 70 years) at the very top of the great grand cru Rosacker. Trimbachs Clos Ste. Hune is from 40-year-old vines in the middle of this vineyard. (One of the few Alsatian grand crus to still be as it historically was.) And in fact, Jean Trimbach told Food & Wines Lettie Teague that Maders is the other Rosacker he most admires. Maders straight 2011 Riesling is over 20% from this old-vine Rosacker holding. It also comes from the grand cru Schlossberg, as well as the excellent lieu dit Muhlforst. All of the vines are old. The 2011, in what looks to be the best Riesling vintage of recent years, is Jerome Maders finest to date. Its also insanely underpriced for what it is.

Jerome Mader in his Grand Cru Rosacker

Keep in mind, Alsace experts like Tom Stevenson and Jacqueline Friedrich have long regarded Mader as one of the best, and best-value, producers in Alsace. But since young Jerome Mader took over in 2005, converting the estate to biodynamic viticulture and further reducing its already tiny yields, the quality has absolutely soared. Yet the prices and general disdain for marketing, or any other sort of fluff remains the same. As Mader told Teague: We do nothing to sell our wines; we just answer the phone and the doorbell. Yet they always sell out anyway. 2011 was a textbook Riesling vintage with a very cool summer and a positively brilliant fall. Of course, Mader raised the price a euro, but its still a value almost beyond compare. This is a scintillating dry Riesling that really deserves five years, and will surely improve for ten or more. Yet I know Ill be drinking a lot of this wine this summer. And just wait until you try the 2011 Rosacker! (Its due in June.)

5.) 2005 ALBERTINA CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE $19.99/$16.99 by the case

Somehow, I keep underestimating this. Sure, its our best-selling Cabernet at its priceby far. And sure, it normally sells for $30. And yes, weve had more repeat purchases of this (multiple-case repeat purchases even) than any wine we sell. Except of course the Cluver Chardonnay. But when I inserted this in a blind tasting of $40 to $90 Cabernets (including the best Silver Oak in ages, the 2007 Napa), I just hoped our customers would find it a good wine for the money. I didnt expect it to get the second highest total of first place votes, or come out ahead of the Siver Oak Alexander. But it did. So we put it in another blind tasting of heavy hitter reds, and again, it came in second place...ahead of the Shafer Relentless and three other $30-$50 wines. Once again, this is the real deal in serious, complex, ageworthy (and still young), truly formidable Cabernet Sauvignon. It just happens to cost half (or less) what it should. Its also unfiltered, and chock full of sediment (which has collected in the neck, as its been properly stored upside down). I like to roll up a paper towel and swab it out.

6.) 2009 FABRE MONTMAYOU PRETTY MALBEC $29.99/$24.99 by the case

We absolutely blew through our first pallet of this, but have two more coming on April 16th. They wont last long Fabre did (finally) raise their price a bit, but this is still the ONLY Malbec of its pedigree (100-year-old vines) and quality thats less than $100ANYWHERE. And in my view as well as that of many experts (especially in Britain) its the best of them all. And were still the only place IN THE WORLD to buy it!

What You Really Need to Know:

This is from Argentinas finest Malbec vineyard...every other Malbec of this pedigree or quality costs at least $100. Decanter Magazine actually named Fabres lesser Gran Reserva Argentinas Greatest Malbec. (Too bad they didnt try this one.) Were the only place in the World to buy this.

A Brief History
Malbec not Cabernet was actually the dominant grape in the 19th Century Medoc. Wines like 1870 Lafite and 1864 Latour were mainly Malbec. But Malbec is both susceptible to rot and performs poorly when grafted, so after the Phylloxera epidemic, it was seldom re-planted. In the pristine, arid heights of Mendoza, though, Malbec thrived and on its own roots. So thats where many Europeans whose vineyards had been devastated fled. By 1970, though, Malbec had fallen out of favor in Argentina. Between then and 1990, over 80% of Argentinas old Malbec vineyards were ripped up. In 1988, when Herve Fabre came to Argentina (from Bordeaux, where his family had made wine for three hundred years), it cost more to grow the best old-vine mountain grapes than wineries would pay for them. Naturally, Fabre had his pick of these vineyardsand for a song. The first vineyard he chose, and the one where he built Argentinas first truly modern wine Chateau, was planted in 1908, at an altitude of over 3800 feet, in Lujan de Cuyo - the Mendozas grand cru region. It was also unusually extremely densely planted (and ungrafted), so the yields per vine were infinitesimal. It was Argentinas single finest vineyard.

The Pretty Malbec

Now from a marketing standpoint, Im not wild about this wines name. It implies the wine is merely prettywhen in fact its so much more. But I do see what Fabre means. This is his only pure Malbec made entirely from the original 1908 vineyard. (His $45 Grand Vin is 85% this Malbec, with 10% younger-vine Cabernet and 5% Merlot.) Its also more than any other Fabre wine made in a finer and more elegant, even Bordeaux-like style. Though of course very few Bordeaux are remotely as rich as this. In particular, the quality of the oak here is just ravishing. Stephen Tanzer made an interesting observation that while virtually all of the new superexpensive Argentine reds are aged in new French oak, as a general rule, the farther French barrels are shipped from France, the lower their quality (the best stuff is kept at home). But Fabre who knows the Bordeaux coopers well, and whose family they still supply gets their best stuff, too. The oak in this is as fancy as seamless, sexy and seductive as any youll ever see. It makes even Fabres Gran Reserva Malbec and Grand Vin (wonderful wines both and the most popular weve yet sold) seem almost crude by comparison. This is World-beating quality - explosively rich yet sumptuously elegant. And yes, its the single most perfect and complete Malbec I have ever tasted. We (and frankly Fabre) really should be charging more. In fact, now they are...but still FAR less than this is worth. (Decanter Magazine, by the way, recently named Fabres Gran Reserva along with a $125 wine Argentinas Greatest Malbecand this is about three rungs up the Fabre Montmayou quality ladder!)


Okay. I had no expectation here. None whatsoever. Until I took the first nose of it. Crme Brulee. Incredible! Then, the taste and finish. Exquisite. I thought it might be giving my favorite Shiraz a run for its money. This is an incredible Malbec. Get at least two, because youll want to be alone with this on more than one occasionFrom 103-year-old vines, this dense, lusty bottling is sure to turn heads.

The 2009 Vintage

Now, I sold the 2001 and 2004 vintages of this wine previously. And they were wonderful. But not nearly as perfect or profound as this. The supremely rich and super-ripe 2009 vintage simply suited this wines style perfectly. Keep in mind, even Fabres most basic 2009 Malbec Reserva is a Wine Advocate 91five points better than the 2008. The 2009 Gran Reserva is even better (indeed much better) than that. (Though at 15% alcohol, it comes across a bit ponderous.) This wine, however, was able to fully capitalize on the warm, very dry, low-yield and super-concentrated 2009 vintage yet remain almost pristinely elegant, fresh and fine. Its a simply gorgeous wine. Of course, the yields here were less than 25 hl/ha (and crazy-low per vine); the fruit was hand-picked and twice sorted grape-by-grape; the wine was aged in 100% new French oak (the very best!) and bottled unfiltered after a traditional egg white fining. It was as coddled as any wine ANYWHERE. Yet its only $25. Only in Argentina and really only at Fabre is this sort of value possible.

How We Found It
Actually, with some difficulty. I remembered the wine from having sold it before. But its so rare, it isnt even on Fabres websiteor on WineSearcher anywhere in the World. The first few times we inquired, we were stonewalled. But on page 36 of my Google search I finally found iton a restaurant list in London. Armed with this, we were told there were 200 cases, and we might indeed have some. Some has now turned into three pallets. Which is a lot, but I suspect it wont last long



We really want you to try our wines. To encourage this, we offer a Special Sampler Case with two bottles each of our six featured wines, at the Full Case Discount. Thats two each of: 2010 Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Samantha Starr Pinot Noir 2010 Pascal Bouchard Chablis Le Classique 2011 Jean-Luc Mader Riesling 2005 Albertina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009 Fabre Montmayou Pretty Malbec

Suggested Retail: $332.00 Special Sampler Price: $207.88

[Note: If we run out of any wines, we will substitute ones of equal or greater value and confirm them with you when you order.]


We will mix cases of any of the wines in this catalog and give you the Full Case Discount. You just have to either call us at (919) 787-4290, or email us what you want, and well do it for you. (Our online ordering system will not do this automatically.) Of course, you can always come to the store, try some of our wines, and put together a case (or two) yourself.

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We have so many exciting wines now, its hard to pick just one. But none could be more special or harder to find than this.

Powers New Super-Champoux Cabernet Blend

Powers only made 200 cases of this extraordinary wine, and we only got 28 of them. But since were the only place besides the winery to have any, we feel quite fortunate. Still, its a very special wine and theres way too little of itso snag some if you can! Its $50 at the winery, by the way.

2008 POWERS CHAMPOUX PROPRIETARY RED $49.99/$39.99 by the case

Ill try (probably unsuccessfully) to keep this brief. One of the first wines I ever sold was the 1992 Powers Mercer Ranch Cabernet which was also the first wine Powers made from the vineyard they later bought (with Quilceda Creek, Woodward Canyon and Andrew Will) and re-named Champoux (for vineyard manager Paul Champoux). Its generally acknowledged to be Washingtons single-greatest vineyard. In their best Champoux vintage to date, Powers has decided to offer a special tribute wine blending their best four barrels of Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon with 27% Cabernet Franc and 23% Merlot from the vineyard. Its a supreme expression of this great site yet ironically, one where the fruit is so perfectly seamless and ripe, it almost overwhelms the distinctive terroir taste of Champoux. Only after a lot of air do the very dark bass tone fruit, graphite and iron soil notes so typical of Champoux begin to emerge. British wine writers have always particularly admired Powers and this one would really blow their minds! It isnt so much bigger than the bestever 2008 Powers Champoux Cabernet Reserve as finermore seamless, elegant and perfect. In fact, the alcohol (at 14%) is a bit lower than that of the straight Champoux Cabernet Reserve (at 14.5%). But therein lies its superiority.


If the best Washington Cabernets and especially Champoux combine the structure of Bordeaux with richer, riper and more sumptuous New World flavors and textures (which is why Quilceda Creek says it uses Champoux, for its expansive, voluptuous mouthfeel), this wine does so better than any Powers has ever made. Now keep in mind, Jancis Robinson rated the 2006 Powers Champoux Cabernet Reserve not only equal to the (Parker 100-point and $300) 2005 Quilceda Creek, but above such Napa Cabernet icons as Shafer Hillside, Phelps Insignia, Caymus Special Selection and Opus One. This 2008 is not only a far superior vintage its also a far more limited and highly selected wine. (200 cases versus 1160.) This wine is, as Powers clearly knows, truly something special. Im just glad they consider us worthy of it.

AND TWO TOP COLLECTIBLES... 2008 SHAFER RELENTLESS $59.99/$54.99 by the case
Not only is this, at 96 points, the Wine Spectators top-rated Relentless ever (and Parkers and Tanzers, too)it tied their top Shafer Hillside (the Parker 100-point and now $300-plus 2001) as their best-ever Shafer wine period. Whats more, its their single highest rated wine of any type this year at anywhere near its price. (In theory, the 2004 Kosta-Brown Cohn Pinot Noir was less, but Wine-Searcher shows the lowest price is actually $265.) More importantly, though, is that it has absolutely blown our customers away. Indeed, weve had people buying this who say they never buy wines over $30. One guy who bought three bottles came in for our $12.99 Pinot Noir (which he loved and bought a case of), saying that was usually his upper limit. But the Shafer, he said, simply had it alllike nothing Ive ever tasted. He had to have it. And hes right. As winemaker Elias Fernandez said, its midnight in a glass and about as huge as red wine gets. But somehow, it manages to capture the elegance, suppleness, grace and class of its Stags Leap origins, too. An amazingly complete and completely amazing wine. At the States best price for any vintagelet alone THE ONE. I just hope we still have some when you read this!

Now, this is the most anticipated release of a Silver Oak Cabernet since at least 1997. Why? A.) Its Parkers top Napa Cabernet vintage ever, and the Wine Spectators best in a decade. B.) Perhaps more importantly, its the first Silver Oak Cabernet made in the new state-of-the-art Twomey facility (alongside the very limited production Pinot Noirs) and promises a return to the glory days of more limited and hand-crafted Silver Oak Cabernetswines whose richness and appeal established the winerys considerable reputation (if not its cult). Certainly, this showed brilliantly in our blind Cabernet tasting. As for our price, its a very fair oneso fair we agreed not to publish it. Just call (919787-4290) or email us if youre interested. Plus we also have a bit of the 2007 Silver Oak Alexander and 2006 Silver Oak Napa. Just call for prices on these.

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Here are three wines that squeaked in just in time for the catalog. One we really wanted to like because its such a heart-warming story...but the wine ended up being even better than the story.

2009 FAIRVALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC $9.99/$8.99 by the case

This is a top example of the more typical style of South African Sauvignon Blanc grassy, pungent, intense and really very much like a Marlborough Sauvignon. Its notable for three main reasons: a.) Its owned by the Fair Valley Association, the 42 black South African families that the winery supports and is one of the first wineries of its kind; b.) it normally sells for $15-$20; and c.) its really good.

In fact, its one of five top bargain wines Natalie Maclean singled out in her new book Unquenchable, a search for wines that taste twice as expensive as they are. Its made partly from very cool vineyards in the Darling region, on South Africas Atlantic coast, and partly from older vineyards in Swartland.

If you like Sauvignon Blanc at its most grassy, pungent and intense, youre going to love this one.

2009 BONGIOVANNI ARNEIS $14.99/$12.99 by the case

Arneis, which used to be called Barolo Bianco, is for me a virtually perfect dry white wine. Its aromatic yet dry, richly textured yet neither oaky nor alcoholic, and deeply minerally yet softly appealing. Parker describes it as a rich, gloriously fruity, mouth-filling wine that is soft, even unctuous. I find it has much in common with my other favorite dry Italian white, Fiano di Avellino. The best examples of both share a low-yield concentration and fullness of texture (generally without oak). Both also combine complex minerality and satisfying richness in a seemingly unlikely way. And both are challenging to grow. Arneis means rascal in the Piedmontese dialect. The best known Arneis producer is Bruno Giacosa. And though I love Giacosas Arneis, it now sells locally for a whopping $37. Bongiovannis much harder to find Arneis, though which Food & Wine calls a Secret White Wine Superstar is every bit its equal, in a more lifted (aromatic, minerally and intense) and perhaps even more versatile style. And at the Worlds lowest price (its normally $20), this is as good a bargain in serious dry white wine as youll ever find. Food & Wine calls this a full-bodied style of Arneisbrimming with slate, chalk and mineral aromas, this Bongiovanni retains its bright character on the palate, with citrus notes and a touch of honey marking the finish. David Fang says it always has that wonderfully aromatic bouquet. The richly textured palate is always a surprise to people who taste it for the first time. Well extracted, vibrant. In fact, it is very well and carefully extracted, with a 62-degree fermentation in stainless steel extending for months and the wine then aging on its lees, also in stainless steel, for greater richness and complexity. But its the quality of the vineyards and their unique blend of sand, chalk and minerals which gives this wine its vibrant, complex minerality and its

appeal. Arneis is a versatile wine, and none more so than Bongiovannis. This is both wonderful on its own and a perfect compliment to a wide range of food. (From pasta to fish to chicken, pork and even veal.) If you like dry white wines with substance but not too much oak or alcohol this is definitely a wine for you.

2009 CLIFFORD BAY PINOT NOIR $14.99/$12.99 by the case

This one isnt last minute so much as last chanceat least at this low price. Our cost has now gone up by over 50%, so we bought all the distributor had the day before it did. This wine in fact came in second place in our blind tasting of Pinot Noirs behind only an amazing $60 one, and ahead of a 96-point $50 one thats also from New Zealand. As I write this, we have just over 50 cases left. Which sounds like a lotbut theyll go fast!


CHARITY FOCUS: Durhams KidZNotes

Ive been hit up by way too many charities (and their collections harpies) over the years, and am the farthest thing from a do-gooder there is. So you can trust me (like Mikey with Life cereal) when I tell you: KidZNotes in Durham is one of the most remarkable and rewarding charities I have ever encountered. In a way, KidZNotes is exactly what it says it is: an El-Sistema inspired program that transforms futures through classical, orchestral music training beginning in the preschool years to combat poverty, strengthen inner-city education, and foster positive decisionmaking to unlock the world. Which is pretty ambitiousand theyre achieving it, with amazing rapidity. Whats even more amazing is that theyre doing so without the backing of a major metropolitan symphony, like the L.A. Philharmonic (whose conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, is the most famous El Sistema alum). But then El Sistema, which has already helped over a million poor children in Venezuela, both inspires such ambitions and achieves them. I dont think Ive ever seen a social upliftment program that just flat-out works like El Sistema does.This will be a serious movement in the United States. It already is in Durham.

Go to their website, to learn more or to help out. And go to their 2012 Gala, on May 2nd at the Carolina Theater where you can hear lots of great musicians (including Nnenna Freelon), sample food from top local restaurants and help bring down our wall of wine. But mostly, buy our two featured charity winesand match us in our pledge! How it Works: Weve picked two very exciting new wines from our most popular winery, Powers in Washington State, for this initiative. I. We will donate 10% of the total of whatever we sell of these two wines through May 11th to KidZNotes.


We hope that our customers and other KidZNotes supporters will also pledge to donate a percentage of our total sales (from 1% to 1000%...any amount helps) of these wines to KidZNotes. We will then inform those who do pledge what our total sales are after May 11th, so they can make donations directly to KidZNotes and receive the tax benefits.

[Or if you would prefer to donate before the Gala, and receive Sponsorship benefits for your donation, please just let us know.] It takes roughly $2500 to fund one child in KidZNotes for a yeara miniscule investment for what these children get and what we all get in return. Please help KidZNotes give more deserving children this unique and quite extraordinary opportunity.

[Both these wines are due on April 20th.]

This wine has long been overlooked as the other Powers Cabernet Reserve, behind their great Champoux one of the supreme examples of Washingtons greatest vineyard. But no more! In this landmark vintage, Powers not only released its first Sheridan Cabernet Reserve (a Parker 94-point wine); it also produced a Coyote Reserve to challenge any Cabernet Powers has ever made. In fact, Britains Decanter Magazine recently named this one of Washingtons Top Ten Cabernets or Bordeaux Blends (along with the $75 Andrew Will Sorella and $275 Cayuse Widowmaker). As always, Powers was by far the least expensive wine to rate with these. It also made the Seattle Times list of the Top 100 Washington Wines, and earned the winerys top rating ever from the Wine Enthusiast, which said, this concentrated wine captures the essence of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. But the most telling indicator of how good this is may be how Powers treated it. Winemaker Greg Powers tends to tailor his oak regime according to wine quality: the better the wine, the more new oak it gets. This is hardly revolutionary. As a famous French winemaker once said, a wine can take as much new oak as it doesnt need. The 2006 Powers Coyote Cabernet got 70% new oak for only four months. The 2007 got 87% for 26 months. But in the great 2008 vintage,

Powers gave this wine 100% new French oak for over 32 months. Yet its not especially oaky. Such is the strength of this wines material. Powers calls it a bold and complex wine, not for the faint of heart. It has layers of big, bright and lush cherries balanced perfectly with a silky raspberry liquor and vanilla. The flavors linger in a stunningly delicious finale. I would add that even though it was harvested in November (with the extra hang time building flavor, depth and complexity), this still has the deft balance and sheer elegant class of a top Bordeaux. Which may be why the British so admire these Powers Cabernets The winery sells this for $25; we offer it for only $19.99 by the case. Certainly, no other American Cabernet of this acknowledged top quality can be had for so reasonable a price. Powers, by the way, made only 347 cases of this from the top 10% of their Coyote fruit and we were lucky enough to get 56 of them. They wont last long.

2007 POWERS COUGAR SYRAH RESERVE $24.99/$19.99 by the case

Weve sold out of this superlative Syrah once already, and just bought the last 43 cases Powers had. As wine writer Jeff Lawson said, its an incredible Syrah that is multi-layered in flavor and hauntingly beautiful in the glass. He rated it 93 points one of his top ratings last year. Only the second Reserve Syrah Powers has made, this easily eclipses the superb 2006, which won the Best of the Best award as the #1 wine in Northwest Wines tasting of 52 top Washington Syrahs. Again, Powers made a third less Reserve Syrah in 2007, and gave it far more new oak as befits the concentration. But again, the wine isnt noticeably oaky. In fact, it seems to combine the richer, lusher, rounder fruit of a top Washington Syrah with the structure, power and class normally seen only in the Cabernets. A simply gorgeous wineand one of those where virtually everyone who tries it buys it.


Six bottles each at the full-case discount. Again, 10% of the purchase price (plus whatever percentage people pledge!) goes to KidZNotes. (For all pre-orders, we will contact you when the wine arrives on April 20th.)

Our Regular Price: $299.99 Special Sampler Price: $239.88