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More Gems from the Connoisseur's Cellar: USA, Italy, Spain, and New World

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Today we present another round of the Connoisseur's excellent and obscure selections from California, Oregon, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and more (including some previously-offered gems that might have been overlooked). These wines will arrive after Labor Day. Happy hunting!

Conceito (Rita Ferreira) 2009 Douro Branco

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

Els Jelipins 2010 Vi de Taula Sumoll

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* A perfect year for Els Jelipins, the 2010  is earthy and a touch feral, with abundant raspberry and cranberry fruit, accented by tea leaf (Earl Grey), and burdock root. 

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Els Jelipins 2011 Vi de Taula Sumoll

2011 Els Jelipins has taut tannins and delicate angles, tender strawberry and cranberry fruit, lime zests, and sweet florals. 

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Equipo Navazos NV Jerez La Bota de Palo Cortado #48 Bota Punta 375ml

From Equipo Navazos: 'Gaspar Florido used to market two very old wines sourced from their soleras at their old cellaring facility at calle Rubiños, in the heart of the “Barrio” in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. When they decided to seize the real estate fever and sell their urban bodegas they had to move those butts to a shabby facility on the road from Sanlúcar to Trebujena. There is where we had the opportunity to sample them for the first time, on a visit with Álvaro Girón to already old Gaspar in June 2006. We were very positively impressed by their quality and consistency, especially in contrast with the lack of distinction–to put it mildly–of the context there and then. There were quite a few butts of the outstanding GF-25 and only a few of GF-30, a very old and absolutely spectacular wine. It is precisely from the latter that this La Bota de Palo Cortado nº 48 “Bota Punta” is sourced. In fact it comes from a sister cask of the one from which we extracted our La Bota de Palo Cortado nº 41 “Bota NO” ten months before. Only a few months later, early in 2007, Bodegas Pedro Romero purchased Gaspar Florido, and since then they have remained marketing GF-25 under the usual label “Jerez Viejísimo”. In Gaspar’s opinion–perhaps questionable but not lacking solid ground–such wines see how the distinctive features of amontillado, palo cortado and oloroso are blurred by their very age. That is why he used to label it simply “Jerez”, which after all merely honors the sanluqueña tradition of referring to the local palo cortado as “jerez cortado”. It is indeed a very old palo cortado, and so we have labeled it as such.'

  • white fortified
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $134.99

Evening Land 2008 Oregon Chardonnay 375ml

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

Evening Land 2009 Oregon Pinot Noir 375ml R

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

Sadie Family 2007 South Africa Swartland 'Palladius' 500ml

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Tablas Creek 2009 Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 375 ml

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  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

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A Tribute to Grace 2011 Santa Barbara Highlands Grenache

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* Winemaker Angela Osborne, a New Zealand expatriate deeply passionate about Grenache grown in California's Central Coast, named her project for her grandmother, Grace. The 2011 Grenache from the Santa Barbara Highlands vineyard is richly fragrant with soft fruit, concentrated and nearly syrupy, like an orange liqueur reduction. Supple texture and notes of salted caramel, toffee, and macadamia nuts are added through careful use of oak. A sensual wine that caresses and lingers.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Ar.Pe.Pe 2001 Valtelina Riserva Sassella Vigna Regina

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* Ar.Pe.Pe works with longish fermentations (20-25 days) and 3 years in botte of oak and chestnut for the Riservas. The Valtellina doesn’t generally produce the intense tannin and high acid of Barolo and Barbaresco (sadly most winemakers there choose to use barriques to make up for the relatively delicate structure of Valtellina fruit), but Sassella tends to produce somewhat firmer wines. This shows a bit more structure than the Grumello, with lovely richness and velvety tannins, and a very Barolo-like presence – if your Barolo was about 25 years old. Kirsch/cherry, spices, a bit saline, with orange and iron on the finish. A real achievement and a great wine.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

Arnot-Roberts 2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

**This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.** Fellom Ranch's Cabernet is planted at 2200 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains' Montebello Ridge on unique soils of Franciscan chert, sandy loam, clay, and Serpentinite. This is the most powerful of Arnot-Roberts' three Cabernets, boasting dark berries, cedar spice, thyme, and orange oil on the nose and broad, concentrated flavors of cassis, red plums, sweet tobacco smoke, and a long, dark, earthy finish. Only 6.5 barrels were produced.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

Arnot-Roberts 2011 Sonoma County Bugay Cabernet Sauvignon

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* The rocky volcanic soils of Sonoma's Bugay Vineyard (located 1400 feet up on a ridge of the Mayacamas range) yield a bright and balanced Cabernet with gentle aromas of wild strawberry, ripe tomatoes, and raspberry blossoms. Invigorating acidity and precise tannins frame the elegant palate of red berries, blood orange, blackcurrant, rosewater, and an earthy cocoa note. Only 6 barrels were produced. 

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $64.99

Arnot-Roberts 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Legan Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Best's 1982 Great Western Shiraz Bin No. 0

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

Cakebread 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $59.99

Calera 2003 Mount Harlan Reed Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $64.99

Clos Saron 2006 California Sierra Foothills Black Pearl

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Colgin 2003 Napa Tychson Hill Cab

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $199.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $199.99

Conterno, Giacomo 2002 Barolo Riserva Monfortino

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $599.99

Corison, Cathy 2003 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $124.99

Corison, Cathy 2007 Napa Valley Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

D'Oliveiras 1977 Madeira Terrantez

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • $174.99

Dal Forno, Romano 2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

Division 2015 Washington Chenin Blanc L'Isle Verte

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* Kate Morris and Tom Monroe spent some time working for wineries in the Loire Valley; you could say this is their domestic Chenin Blanc love letter from previous travels there. From vines planted in the 70’s in the Willard Vineyard in Yakima, Washington, this wine impresses with ripe yellow peach, apricot, and quince flavors. The palate is sustained by bright acidity, and finishes with lush undertones of orange marmalade and honeysuckle.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $124.99

Equipo Navazos NV Jerez La Bota de Fino #35

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Equipo Navazos NV Jerez La Bota de Manzanilla #42

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

Equipo Navazos NV Montilla Moriles La Bota de Fino #24

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Equipo Navazos NV La Bota de Palo Cortado #34

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified
  • 0 in stock
  • $59.99

Equipo Navazos NV Jerez La Bota de Palo Cortado Bota NO #47 375 ml

From Equipo Navazos: 'Gaspar Florido kept in his cellars an amazingly older wine than his very old GF-25 and than its even more extremely old GF-30 (from the casks of the latter we have sourced two editions of La Bota de Palo Cortado, namely those numbered as 41 and 48). A true gem of a wine, an extraordinarily essential beverage that was marketed under the brand name “Ansar Real” almost with an eyedropper and at a very high price, nevertheless proportional to its rarity and to its outworldly quality. There still survive a couple casks of this wonderful wine in the hands of Bodegas Pedro Romero. One of them has a marked character of palo cortado, and this is the one which we have selected for the present edition, in the interest of its immediate comparison with his “younger” brother, bottled in parallel as La Bota de Palo Cortado 48 “Bota Punta”. ' We cannot find proper adjectives to describe La Bota de Palo Cortado 47 “Bota NO”. Anyone who may have been impressed by the concentration and sharpness of the edition number 41, will now be incredibly amazed by the wild nature of this number 47. A powerful wine, perhaps excessive we admit, but it is precisely for this reason that it fascinates us so much. Any true wine lover should grab the opportunity to try a gem like this while we can still enjoy the increasingly improbable privilege of having access to them.'

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

Equipo Navazos NV Sanlúcar de Barrameda La Bota de Manzanilla #32

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white fortified
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

Eyrie Vineyards 2009 Willamette Valley Melon de Bourgogne

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

Felton Road 2006 Central Otago Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

Felton Road 2007 Central Otago Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

Felton Road 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

Foradori 2010 Vignetti delle Dolomiti Fontanasanta, Nosiola

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* This full-bodied white wine based on Nosiola — a native specialty of Trentino — shows honey, orange, peach, white and yellow fruits on the nose. The grapes are grown on poor, calcareous soil, which may account for its length and minerality. There's no shortage of lemon-y acidity on the palate. The bottle may conjure to mind a seafood risotto...

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

Gravner 1998 Venezia Guilia IGT Bianco Breg Anfora

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

Hamilton Russell 2009 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $179.99

Heitz Cellars 1986 Napa Bella Oaks Vineyard

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $119.99

Jasper Hill 2006 Heathcote Shiraz Georgia's Paddock

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Kalin Cellars 1999 Sonoma County Semillon Livermore Valley

Founded in 1977 by husband-and-wife microbiologists Terrence and Frances Leighton, Kalin Cellars is one of California's great treasures. Relatively unknown despite critical acclaim and a singular house style, Kalin's vast cellar and disciplined releases provide us with small doses of textured reds and glamorous, lees-y whites. On the nose, this Semillon is a comely collision of apricot, orange blossom, clarified butter, corn flakes in buttermilk, and a vintage Bollinger Bellini. Bamboo shoots, sweet corn, oats and and a bold mineral core of limey rocks sink into the palate with intense apricot flesh and rich, sappy orange blossom honey (the dry, vinous version). Ariana Rolich  

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Littorai 2012 Russian River Mays Canyon Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

Littorai 2012 Sonoma Coast The Pivot Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

Matthiasson NV Napa Valley Schioppettino

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

Mayacamas 1989 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

Mendall (Laureano Serres) NV Terra Alta 5 anys i 1 dia

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day. 

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

Mendall (Laureano Serres) NV Terra Alta Vi Ranci

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day. 

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

Pepe, Emidio 1982 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $239.99

Pintia 2008 Toro

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

Porter Creek 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

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  • red sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • $139.99

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $69.99

Rhys 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $69.99

Ridge 1999 Santa Cruz Mountains Monte Bello

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $149.99

Sadie Family 2012 South Africa Jonkershoek Valley Chenin Blanc

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $84.99

Tablas Creek 2010 Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 375 ml

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

Vega Sicilia 1998 Unico

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $279.99

Vega Sicilia 2003 Ribera del Duero Unico

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $219.99

Vega Sicilia 2006 Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

Viader 2010 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $99.99

Viadero, Goyo Garcia 2010 Ribera del Duero Finca Peruco

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day. 

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur