Holiday Gifts Part 2; Our Staff Suggestions!

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Here we offer rare, unusual and just plain delicious wines and spirits, many only available at Chambers Street, that are perfect gift ideas for even the most discerning gourmet on your list!  And for the soccer coach, doorman and distant relatives, we've included a few of our favorite bargains that are so good, they'll make you popular all year long! Free gift wrapping of course, and there's still time to deliver almost anywhere, but don't delay....

Castellroig NV Penedès Cava Brut

Castellroig is one of the few Cava producers working with organic methods (not certified), harvesting by hand, and even fermenting with native yeasts. They have a remarkable understanding of their vineyards and have mapped out every shift in terroir on their property; this fanatical approach to quality shows in the bottle. The focus of this cuvée is Xarlel-lo, a favorite amongst Cava grapes for its refreshing mineral qualities and notes of mountain herbs. A light-on-its-feet bubbly for everyday occasions.

  • white sparkling
  • 63 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin 750ml

This bottle represents the Gin obsession of Brooklyn native Steven DeAngelo. His distillery is located in the once industrial, now artisanal, north-Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint. Here he uses a still with vacuum technology that allows distillation to occur at a lower temperature. This cooler process results in a gin with surprisingly fresh aromatics and a very bright green coriander note. These flavors are very well expressed in a gin and tonic, but also work well with other herbal spirits like Amaro. John Rankin

  • gin
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

Capovilla Moscato Fior d'Arancio 375ml

This is a single variety grappa bottling featuring the wonderfully aromatic "Uva Moscota Fior d'Arancio." Vittorio Gianni Capovilla uses his rare bain-marie still to slowly distill and preserve the lively honey and citrus qualities of the grape. Grappa fans will note the extreme purity and freshness of the spirit and applaud Jan d'Amore for bringing it to the American market. John Rankin

  • grappa
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

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Godmé NV Champagne Brut Reseve 1er Cru

The fifth generation to farm Verzenay, Hugues Godmé produces beautiful organic Champagnes of beautiful poise and equilibrium. Godmé's work in the vineyards (eschewing herbicides and pesticides first, then converting to organic viticulture and ultimately biodynamics) has led to stunning results in the glass.

The Champagne Brut Reserve 1er Cru is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir. Fermented with native yeasts and aged on lees for 4 years before bottling with 7 g dosage. The nose balances citrus, orchard fruit and bready notes with hints of smoke and wet stone. There is equal balance on the rich, expansive palate: brioche, ripe fruit, and a sapid sense on minerality. The finish is long, savory, detailed, and quite complex. -John McIlwain

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay

It is a gift to have access to recently disgorged wine from such an extraordinary vintage. Almost 18 years spent on the lees before disgorgement (August 2014) add textural depth, but are barely perceptible aromatically; an expansive but precise bouquet of tallow, mountain honey and marzipan carry over to the palate, along with acidulous lemon and ripe stone-fruit. Wholly possessed of the striking contrast between ripeness, acidity and salinity that is the hallmark of the vintage; a little bit of oxygen exposure won’t hurt, nor will another decade in the cellar. -jmw

1996 has proven to be a banner vintage in Champagne, Jacques Beaufort's blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from his Grand Cru Ambonnay vineyards is a prime example. Light golden yellow and color and discretely moussed, the aromas begin with ripe red peaches, molasses, and honeysuckle before expanding to lighty toasted bread, graham crackers, Red D'Anjou pears, and dark chocolate. An impeccably poised palate is held by a backbone of minerality and verve that speaks of lemongrass, white tea, and a finish of fresh blueberries and cream. (Disgorged 8/2014, Lot n. 96A). David Salinas

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

  • Biodynamic

Tarlant NV Champagne Extra Brut Cuvée Louis (1999 base)

This wine really stood out at a tasting with Benoit Tarlant this winter. Based on the 1999 vintage with '98, '97, and '96 in the bottle as well, the wine is vinified in barrel, without malolactic fermentation, and is bottled Extra Brut (2 grams of sugar). 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this is a toasty, cheesy, nutty, savory bottle of wine that will resonate with mature Champagne lovers. (disgorged February 2013) -msb

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Recaredo 2008 Penedès Brut Nature Cava Gran Reserva

Certified organic in 2004 and biodynamic in 2010, Recaredo’s unparalleled rigor in the vines and cellar alike result in the most elegant, detailed, and expressive Cavas available. Bone dry and languorous, with bubbles as fine as mineral water and deep, stony minerality to match. Chiseled on the nose and palate, with aromas of lime rind, crunchy green apple, rock salt, and orange blossom; crisp peach, icy lime, green almonds, ginger spice, and the longest possible mineral finish with the faintest hint of marzipan. Try this if you love mineral-driven Champagne like Laherte Blanc de Blancs. 50% Xarello, 38% Macabeu, 12% Parellada, biodynamically farmed. Nostalgia for Spanish oysters and delicate young cheeses is activated! Ariana Rolich

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  • $31.99

Busch, Clemens 2012 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Fahrlay Terrassen

Delicate and subtle with spicy acidity. Loaded with minerals, menthol, and eucalyptus, with a satisfying tingle of energetic potency on the finish. Very expressive and complex, and will continue to improve over the next 5-10 years. JK

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Biodynamic

Weiser-Künstler 2013 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Auslese 375ml

Sensational and pure. An ethereal, light wine that deeply betrays any notions about what a 7% abv Auslese tastes like. Softly sweet, but like a juicy apple, with enough tartness and acid to keep the wine fresh and lean. Finishes with texture, minerals, and salt. Jonathan Kemp

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  • $42.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2013 Saar Riesling Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spät Feinherb 1.5 L

Who wouldn't want a magnum of barely off-dry Riesling as a holiday gift? Hofgut Falkenstein produces uniquely salty, savory Saar Rieslings from historically well-regarded vineyards that deserve to be much better known among the wine-loving public. They're also insanely good for their relatively low-prices, low-enough in alcohol to be eminently drinkable and dry-enough to be quite crowd-pleasing. Every Holiday Party has always needed at least one magnum of Falkenstein (you just didn't know it until now) and Chambers Street is the only place you'll find them! -jfr

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Low Sulfur

DSG David Sampedro Gil 2008 Rioja Phinca Abejera

Every time I taste the full lineup of David Sampedro Gil's superb biodynamic Riojas, Phinca Abejera makes me swoon! Incredibly bold and lively, yet nuanced in every dimension, Abejera features equal parts Graciano and Tempranillo (with 10% each Garnacha and Viura). Graciano's role in Rioja is to provide fragrance and a punch of vivid color to Tempranillo. DSG's Graciano holds court in this cuvee, with wild aromas of rose oil, oregano, bright raspberry, tobacco, licorice, and clove. The palate is acid-driven and herbal, with energetic, assertive tannins framing flavors that are just beginning to relax into age, with dark cherries, black raspberry, blue fruits, coffee, and thyme. A stunning outlier and a real treat. Ariana Rolich

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

Els Jelipins 2009 Vi de Taula Sumoll

Gloria and Berta Garriga make Els Jelipins with great love and attention (but zero intervention) in the tiny hilly hamlet of Font-Rubi, Penedès (Spain's Cava country). The heart of this wine is the rare and beautiful Sumoll grape, which Gloria hunts determinedly, sometimes claiming just a handful of rows in vineyards normally relegated to local co-op production. Jelipins is brilliant upon release and haunting with additional age. With some time to open in the bottle or a decanter, the 2009 shows ravishing aromas of kirsch, cranberry, brambly blue fruit, lilacs, pencil lead, and café-au-lait; clear and layered flavors of mulberries, raspberry seeds, red currant, and tart black raspberry intertwine with sheer minerality and that fierce and buoyant acidity that is Jelipins' trademark. Each bottle is unique and wild. Gloria says it best: "The Els Jelipins philosophy is plagued by flaws-desire-contradictions-energy-dilemmas, like the wines that we love: always mature-subtle-vigorous-fine-balanced, at times strange-shy-surly-contradictory-hard, and never dressed up... Like us, spartan-combative-amicable-ridiculous-happy. Whether or not this is the right way to go (if there is a right way), it is the way we have chosen." Ariana Rolich

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brovia 2010 Barolo

The Brovia single-vineyard wines are vivid demonstrations of their terroirs, and it’s always a treat to taste them together to see the differences between the vineyards. ‘Classico’ is a preferred term for Barolos / Barbarescos that are not single-vineyard wines, as no producer is very keen on calling their wine ‘base Barolo’ or ‘basic Barolo’. Brovia’s Barolo (classico) is a blend of 4 vineyards, with the biggest share coming from 25 year-old vines in Brea, which gives the wine a very mineral, chalky backbone. Classico bottlings are always less expensive than the single-vineyards, and there’s a strong tendency to diminish the importance of the classico wines in favor of our obsession with the single vineyards, but the best blended Barolos express the complexity that comes from combining fruit from different terroirs – think B. Mascarello, G. Rinaldi. We miss out on some great wine if we ignore a classico wine that’s as good as Brovia’s, which is altogether a serious wine, and something very fine. I can’t pretend that I think it will be ready to drink soon – in May the wine showed orange and herbal notes, quite savory with ripe, slightly grainy tannin; it’s really an infant, but it will repay some time to age, and other forms of tender care. Jamie Wolff

 

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Marsetti 2006 Valtellina Superiore Sforzato

As with Amarone, Sforzato is very labor-intensive: the drying grapes must be carefully tended every day to prevent mold, and of course the drying process results in much less wine. The Valtellina’s cliff-like vineyards require so much work (an hour of labor in the relatively gentle hills of the Veneto is the equivalent of 6 hours in the Valtellina) that the wines are never inexpensive, but we love good Sforzato. For one thing the higher acidity of Nebbiolo gives the wine some lift and brightness that makes them a bit easier to drink. The trick is to get the complexity and concentration that comes with drying the grapes, but to avoid cooked and stewed flavors – not a simple accomplishment.

Alberto Marsetti is a very small producer. He’s one of the few in the region to forgo small new oak for aging his wines, and the results are very fine and pure.  Sforzato needs some time in bottle, and the 2006 is now beginning to show its stuff.

 

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Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Chassagnes 1.5 L

This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896, with thin clay soils rich in iron over limestone. A great terroir, never chemically treated and worked in biodynamic farming by Alain and Julien Guillot. Yields of 18 hl/ha, giving a racy, stony wine with hints of white fruits, spice and honey, the palate is all mineral with subtle citrus and white fruits, very long and elegant. Only 30 bottles available — highly recommended!

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Biodynamic

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

This is a superb "Sentiers" showing similarly to the 2010 with a bit more aromatic brightness and acidity. Elegant high-toned aromas of wild-strawberry, violet, cherry, graphite, thyme and stone. Intense palate with bright acidity with velvety, chalky texture. Black cherry, citrus, brown spice and earth with fabulous length and mineral notes lingering long on the palate. A beautiful wine that can be enjoyed immensely now, best in five to twenty years...

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  • $74.99

Rapet, Vincent 2012 Corton Pougets Grand Cru

Judging by a recently tasted 1985 of this wine, the 2012 Corton-Pougets from Vincent Rapet should be magnificent in 20 to 30 years, and pretty enjoyable before that as well. 24 bottles available.

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  • red
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  • $79.99

Levet, Bernard 2007 Côte-Rôtie Chavaroche 1.5 L

"A real wine of terroir, delightful: rather thick red robe with a smudge of ruby evolution on its top rim: this looks good. The nose is clear, combines flowers, spice and notably mineral, with dust and tar undertones. This is a big nose potentially, and a compact, well-knit one. The palate is really of terroir, traditional wine from my youth in the 1970s: it has black berry jam with a smoky graphite fuse through it. It ends on dusty tannins that give it life, has a float of violet on the aftertaste. There are typical Levet notions of game on the later palate. This is moving into shape, and collecting its troops together. Genuine wine, with a becoming fullness. Delightful, spiced and floral flair on the finish with roast pork, the finish lovely and long. A wine of rugged quality with fibre in it. Air increases its weight and foundation, and starts to soak the palate well. Has bags of character. Drink till 2026-28" Livingstone-Learmonth in DrinkRhone

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  • $143.99

Clos du Rouge Gorge (Cyril Fhal) 2012 VdP des Côtes Catalanes L'Ubac

"From one of those rare parcels of Cinsault du Roussillon on a correct terroir. This variety, which made the reputation of certain wines of the South before phylloxera, has been neglected or badly planted since. Ubac is a parcel on a 70% slope of gneiss facing due north with 40 year-old vines worked by hand and by horse. It's the Pinot Noir of the South for me! Fine material, very delicate, with length and a strong signature of the terroir. Whole berry maceration of ten days, then foot-tread and put in vat, with stems for the fine tannins they provide. 20 month aging in Austrian demi-muid, bottled by gravity."  (Yields of 15 Hl/Ha, approx 20 mg SO2, 14% alc) 2012 looks to be a great vintage for L'Ubac. Tasted before bottling, the wine showed superb elegance and structure with fabulous length - opened on arrival in NY, the wine shows slight reduction then hints of cool blackberry and red-currant fruit with bitter chocolate and earth, but really quite closed. The palate is quite intense with deep black fruits, very firm acidity and fine tannins with dusty stone in the finish. No gobs here, but a sense of power and elegance to come. This is certainly one of the most interesting and profound reds from the South of France. Not for current drinking, probably best 2020 to 2030. DL

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  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Brea 2012 Paso Robles Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Chris Brockway makes Brea Cabernet from Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles, the same site behind the delicious and popular Boadside Cabernet. Aromas of pretty purple flowers lead to a balanced, medium weight palate of brambly purple fruit tangled up with tart tannins, cassis, black and green peppercorns, dark herbs, and tons of freshness and zing. This is an elegant, food-friendly, and distinctive Cab for the price. Brockway continues to provide some of the prettiest wines in the state of California! Ariana Rolich

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  • red
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  • $25.99

Eric Demuth 2010 Sonoma Valley Mountain Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon

Eric Demuth's Cabernets are among the most balanced, complete, and luscious examples of the variety that we’ve tasted from California. There is a timeless touch to his winemaking that results in classically structured wines vintage after vintage. For this wine, Eric uses six rows on an upper terrace of the renowned Mountain Terraces vineyard, 1800 feet up on the steep southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range (on the back side of Mount Veeder). Aromas of hibiscus, clove, and fresh red plums carry over to the ruggedly feminine palate of rich cherry, ripe wild berries, warm spice, and wild flowers. All of Demuth’s Cabs are fermented with wild yeasts with 30% whole clusters, then racked to French barrels for 18 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. A wine of great integrity for special gifts, roasted meats, and nights by the fire. Ariana Rolich

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  • $79.99

Enfield Wine Co. 2011 Wild Horse Valley Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard

Enfield is a tiny label started by the talented John Lockwood (formerly of Failla). The delectable 2011 Chardonnay comes from the rugged, rocky Heron Lake vineyard at 1400 feet altitude (one of only three vineyards in the Wild Horse appellation). It is a particular favorite here at CSW for its defiant admixture of dreamy, creamy, exotic Chardonnay fruit with a spine of chiseled acidity. This is a special bottle of wine where hedonism and precision unite, for lovers and skeptics of California Chardonnay alike. Ariana Rolich

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  • white
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  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Minimus NV Experiment #9 Blaufränkisch Rosé Sparkling Wine

Minimus' Chad Stock won us over with his rigorous vision and bubbly "Experiment" wines (before blowing us away with his still ones), which are adventurous, refined, and affordable at $25. Floral, botanical, and spicy, this Oregonian Blaufrankisch pet nat has watermelon, raspberry, and cinnamon on the nose, with wild cherry, more cinnamon, hibiscus, licorice,and white pepper flavors. There is brightness coexisting with spicy depth and richness in this wine, which makes it a perfect holiday sparkler to extend from cocktail hour to the feast. Our long wait for affordable, artisanal sparkling wines from America is over! Ariana Rolich

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  • rosé sparkling
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  • no discount
  • $23.99

Viña Zorzal 2012 Navarra Graciano

Another delicious wine made of the Graciano grape, this time from 35-year-old vines in Spain's Navarra region (Rioja's overlooked neighbor). This is a fresh and textured red on the fuller side of medium bodied that pleases just about everybody! Pretty and perfumed, with fresh purple fruit and ripe red raspberry flavors, rose and violet florals, cinnamon spice, smooth tannins, and balanced acidity. Unfined, unfiltered, and fermented with native yeasts. A delicious and versatile bargain to stock up on for the holidays! Ariana Rolich

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  • red
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  • $10.99

  • Organic

Iché 2013 Vin de Pays de l'Hérault les Hérétiques

This is a blend of Carignan and Syrah.  It is medium to full-bodied with plenty of dark fruit character, floral notes and rustic earthy qualities – in short a classic country wine from the south of France. Consume this with your beef stews!

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  • red
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  • $8.99

  • Organic

Los Navales 2013 Rueda Verdejo

Terrifically fresh Verdejo from ungrafted, high-altitude old vines in Spain's Rueda region. Juicy white grapefruit, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime, chewy orange peel and a hint of honey and herbs. Raised entirely in stainless steel and practicing organic, this is a nice change for fans of Sauvignon Blanc. Ariana Rolich

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  • white
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  • $10.99

Chidaine, François 2013 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is a superb value that fans of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc should definitely try. Touraine is less grassy and more mineral driven than New Zealand’s wines, perhaps closer akin to its neighbor Sancerre. François Chidaine is a leader in Biodynamic farming and buys grapes from other responsible growers in the area for his entry level wines, which—like this one—are always a superb value.

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  • white
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  • $11.99

  • Biodynamic

Elijah Craig 23yr Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whisky

It may not be the unattainable Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old, but this is a fantastic and rare whiskey that would make a fine gift (or treat) for any Bourbon enthusiast. Elijah Craig is made at Heaven Hill distillery, which boasts Kentucky’s largest cache of aging barrels. Not many make it 23 years, but when they do the rich, oaky vanilla flavor and the long, spicy, rye finish make one of the country’s finest spirits. John Rankin

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  • $249.99

Springbank 17 year old Sherry first fill Campbeltown Single Malt

Springbank is one of Scotland’s most traditional distilleries. They are the last survivors in Scotland’s southwest coast which used to be one of the world’s most prolific areas of distillation. The distance to other producers has forced Springbank to do things on their own like malting their own barely and aging their barrels in house as opposed to buying malt from a large producer or sending the barrels to rest in a faraway warehouse like the great majority of single malt manufacturers do. Experimentation is part of the culture, and there is an impressive history of single barrel releases that came from wine barrels and rum casks. This Springbank was distilled in 1997 and released after 17 years aging in a fresh Sherry cask. At bottling no coloring or filtration was used. The sherry wood provides a delicious spectrum of fruit and dried caramel notes that elegantly frame Springbank’s classic sense of sea and peat smoke. We wish that we had unlimited access to such fantastic whisky, but this particular release is limited to 252 bottles! John Rankin

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  • $199.99