Sep 17 2010

Add a “Mona Lisa” for Minimal Money

Published by at 5:07 AM under News and Trends

There are just two more days of our End of Summer Blowout Sale (September 13-18), and to make room for all the exciting new fall favorites, we’re offering up to 50% off on more than 50 wines currently in stock. (click here to see the list.)

While a sale this big is a great excuse to stock up on high-quality, high-value wines, it’s an exceptional excuse to pick up some flat-out masterpieces that may have been on your radar, but perhaps weren’t in your budget.

Here are some of our “Mona Lisa” bottles we’ve deeply discounted—highly-structured, carefully created wines that you can either enjoy now, or wait to open in a few years—perhaps to celebrate our End of Summer Blowout Sale, 2020!

1986 Cos D’Estournel, Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France [$187.49]

95 Pts – Robert Parker
The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2010. 95 Pts – Robert Parker October 1994.

2006 Ramey Pedregal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California [$130.39]

95+ pts – Robert Parker
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot. Inky purple to the rim, with sweet crème de cassis, roasted meat, and blackberry fruit notes, juicy succulence on the attack, full-bodied power, plenty of glycerin, sensational purity, and a hint of bouquet garni, this is an enormously endowed Cabernet Sauvignon that builds incrementally on the palate, finishing with a blast of power and sweet tannin. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 25+ years.

2007 K Vintners “Phil Lane Syrah”, Walla Walla Valley, Washington [$63.99]

94 Pts – Wine Spectator

“This rich, ripe red is generous with its spicy green and black olive flavors, which weave through plums, blackberry and wet stone character that remains powerful through the deftly balanced finish. Best from 2011 through 2016.”

2003 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy [$53.99]

91 Pts – Robert Parker
Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso hand harvested from the prestigious Montosoli vineyard. One of the most sought after wines from Montalcino, Montosoli is consistently a blockbuster red. Its intense ruby red color tends towards elegant garnet with age. On the nose, it shows its complex personality with a delicious blend of black cherry, raspberry, violet, licorice, vanilla and black pepper. Extremely enticing, opulent and elegant on the palate, with a warm, long-lasting finish, Montosoli is a wine for special occasions.

1999 Vranken Diamant Blanc de Blanc, Champagne, France [$49.99]

92 Pts – Wine Spectator
Lacy and delicate, exhibiting apple, pear, coffee and mineral aromas and flavors. Very dry, this accentuates its chalk like texture on the citrus- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 500 cases imported.

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