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Just Released: Shop Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue #212!

Shop The Wine Advocate Issue # 212.The latest issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is out! This issue is jam-packed with 3,615 wines! To make things easy, we’ve listed wines here that were reviewed and are currently in stock. We’ll be adding wines to this list as they arrive so check back to this feature again.

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New Release: Latest Paul Hobbs Stars Score Big

Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery
Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery

Again, again and yet again. So many beautiful bottles from Paul Hobbs, 2010, 2011, cabernet, pinot noir and chardonnay, Ratings of 92 and up from almost everyone. Hobbs is so consistent I’m happy to join his cult, at least make him my BFF. Paul’s secret whether he’s in California or Argentina is that he’s so careful and fussy about the vineyards all year long, but once they’re in the winery he’s a hands-off, non-interventionist. Wish I knew which I liked best. The ’10 Napa cab is deep with dark berries and wild lavender and as smooth as chocolate. The new pinot from the Larry Hyde vines in Carneros is a candy box of spiced plums and berries wrapped in silk. The Sonoma Mountain chard is rich, elegant and packed with golden fruit and custard. Take your pick. Or try all three and you tell me your favorite. Great prices on so much Paul Hobbs is a rare treat. Indulge yourself.

2010 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon …mocha, chocolate, violets and new leather. Despite its explosive personality, the straight Napa Valley bottling is pretty approachable for the vintage. I especially like the focus of the finish…. 92 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate

2011 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard …Botrytis gives the wine much of its intriguing personality. …volume, texture and viscosity. Passion fruit, sage, crushed rocks, exotic white flowers, nuts and a hint of nutmeg all flow through to the finish….
92-94+ points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate

2011 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard …beautifully articulated. Pretty and fruit driven, the 2010 is laced with sweet tobacco, cedar, sage and smoke. …Hobbs has drawn out the density of the fruit but without any excess heaviness…. 91-93 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate

B is for Bouzereau and Benchmark Burgundy


The tasting started on a high note and ended with a veritable operatic flourish! It was Day One in Burgundy and Bouzereau our fifth stop, but in Burgundy there is no ‘too much of a good thing’. The Bourgogne Blanc 2011 was quickly poured and we were off the races. This is a wine I could honestly drink all day long (if I weren’t concerned about rotting my liver!). Bottled just one month prior, it was rich, appley and nutty with a looong finish. The vines used for this wine grow in Meursault in vineyards just outside the appellation itself and are given the same loving affection and attention as their more lofty siblings. This is a wine of incredible value and allows each of us to enjoy the pleasures of Burgundy at the an everyday drinking price.

Michel Bouzereau is a big man on the Burgundy campus, he comes from a large winemaking family and once held the esteemed position of President of the Burgundy Growers Union. He is a traditionalist, and it’s important that his wines, made from 11ha of vineyard (mainly in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet with small holdings in Volnay and Pommard) showcase the land rather than the winemaker’s grubby, knarled fingerprints. He shared these philosophies with his son, Jean-Baptiste over their 10 years of working side by side. When Michel retired a decade ago, Jean-Baptiste respected the history of the wines and his father’s time-honoured practices, but as the young generation is wont to do, he revamped and revived a sense of modernity bringing a brighter, more vivacious aspect to the wines which has only enhanced their appeal even more.

Jean-Baptiste, Bob and I tasted around a huge dining table in stoic silence at great distances from each other– except for the occasional slurp and spit, the dropping of a pin would have been deafening. I took this as respectful of Jean-Baptiste, that he didn’t want to invade or intrude our encounter with the wines which in such a quiet room were speaking volumes.

From wine to wine we were struck by the precision of the wines, in particular the aromatics – the intensity and purity of fruit were some of the best examples we’d yet encountered. With some gentle prompting, Jean-Baptiste poked holes in the silence and in magnifique English with such energy and enthusiasm, telling us that he’d built a new cellar with open windows that allowed air to constantly circulate around the barrels, which he believes, is the reason the aromatics are so exact.

We continued through 8 wines – Meursaults and Puligny-Montrachets of 1er Cru level – and with each one I was impressed by the depth and concentration in wines that are at the same time, subtle and elegant.

The culminating wine was, for me, the one that sang like a soprano hitting the high note of a Puccini aria – the Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru le Cailleret. Born in a vineyard of just 1.3ha from vines over 30 years old, just 3 barrels were made in 2011. The fruit is refined and feminine, the nutty touch of perfectly integrated oak gives it the body of Nigella Lawson – big and beautiful!

These wines take no prisoners and whether you’ve long been a fan of Burgundy or are just starting your exploration, these benchmark wines from Bouzereau are a must for any wine-loving home.

Press Release: B-21′s New iPad Innovations

Custom Designed iPad Webpages for B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits Enables Remote Retail & Enhances Product Interaction

Web-Based iPad Application Designed and Developed for Strategic Marketing Initiatives

TAMPA, FL and DENVER, CO, January, 2013 – Web development firm, Bayshore Solutions announces the launch of custom iPad-focused webpages for B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits company (B-21). The iPad webpages were created to feature promotions, and allow prospects and customers to sign-up for email and purchase wine at events and other venues outside of a retail location.

B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits is in its family’s fourth generation dedicated to quality wines, competitive prices and exceptional customer service. B-21 offers wines, spirits and specialty beers online at www.b-21.com and at their retail locations in Florida and now, with this iPad functionality, at any event location they staff.

Bayshore Solutions has partnered with B-21 for more than a year focusing on strategic paid search and social media. The fine wines & spirits company came to Bayshore Solutions with an idea of enhancing their in-store experience with technology using iPads. Bayshore Solutions created two iPad-specific marketing solutions for B-21 to use in store and at events and tastings.

The in-store iPad interface features a slideshow that announces B-21’s promotions. The website is easy to update, has calls-to-actions for email communications and also serves as a way for B-21 to collect customer’s names, birthdates and phone number for personalized and exclusive SMS messaged promotions. B-21 deployed these iPads at stationary locations around the store for customers to view and interact with while shopping.

A retail-remote iPad interface presents an eCommerce portal for B-21 to use at events and tastings. Customers can purchase directly from the iPad for an easy, quick checkout and to take advantage of promotions exclusive to specific events. The iPad website is linked to B-21’s database of inventory and ensures immediate verification of stock for remote wine sales and promotions.

“Bayshore Solutions is pleased to partner with B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits to integrate this innovative technology with strategic marketing that enhances the in store customer experience and expands the flexibility of sales.” said Kevin Hourigan, President and CEO of Bayshore Solutions. “This solution is measurably driving growth and helping differentiate B-21 as a Leader in their industry.”

To find out more about B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits, please visit: http://www.b-21.com.

Loosen Up at Good For Nothing Exhibit in Miami – Guest Article

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written and posted on Dr. Loosen’s Blog on Wednesday, December 5th. You can find the original blog here:

 

Miami Peeps! Combine your love of art and wine at the Good For Nothing Art Exhibition, sponsored by Loosen Brothers USA and B-21 Wine Shop.

Please join us for the opening reception:

Friday, December 7th
7 pm to 10 pm
The Lab Miami
2750 NW 3rd Ave, Suite #11

You’ll be able to taste and purchase a full range of our wines, from Sekt to Spätlese, and even purchase bottles of the ones you like, thanks to co-sponsor B-21 Wine Company.

This is a special opportunity to taste “Loosen Up,” our special collaboration with the talented Good for Nothing exhibit artists Mitch and Dillon Froelich, who designed the awesome labels.

See you there!

Good for Nothing explores the notion of permanence found within society’s current way of expression.

Decades ago, any youthful, reckless activity would pass unknowingly through coming generations, hidden by time and only recalled through conversation if the desire existed. However, through the necessity to participate in today’s social networking explosion, each action is specifically recorded on a visible timeline.

With younger generations growing up, having instant access to viewing their predecessor’s actions and outlandish behaviors, there is an overwhelming uncertainty as to how the future will unfold.

Through illustration, painting, and mixed media, Good for Nothing sheds light to the satirical mess found within the sphere of permanence in social media.

Featuring work by:

Adam Batchelor – http://www.adambatchelor.co.uk/

Ben Brough - http://lonelyslider.blogspot.com/

Lori D – http://lori-d.com/

Lola Dupre - http://www.loladupre.com/

Luke Pelletier – http://lukepelletier.tumblr.com/

Dillon Froelich – http://froelichbrothers.com/Dillon-Froelich

Mitch Froelich – http://froelichbrothers.com/Mitch-Froelich

Andrea Wan – http://www.andreawan.com/

Brovia Barolo Blast: 2008 Presale

There is no better, more dramatic village in Barolo to visit than Castiglione Falletto, the home of Brovia, one of the hottest labels in the Piedmont and a favorite B-21 stop. Parker’s too, judging by all the 90s on his scorecard. What a great spectrum and I’ve got them all for you Barolo fanatics, at big discounts. The 2008s burst with the classic aromas from roses and incense to tar and smoke. In the mouth, strawberries to prunes and black fruits. So velvety you might not even notice the great tannic structure, but it will be in place for years. Brovia makes an unbeatable range, set by vineyards and not trickery of oak in the cellar. In France these would be Grand Cru wines, the very focused Garblèt Sue’, the powerful Rocche and the sensuous Ca’ Mia. We’re in for more Brovia spoils from 2008. To be sure you get your ’08s, order them on pre-sale and you’ll be the first to have them this winter. You’re gonna want that.

2008 Brovia Barolo

…stupendous. Dark red cherries, flowers, violets and mint are some of the many nuances that emerge …dazzling richness. Hard candy, flowers and mint linger on the finish. This is a fabulous showing…

2008 Brovia Garblèt Sue’

…opens with a blast of dark red fruit. …Mint and floral overtones add a high-toned register as this full-throttle, intense Barolo shows off its tense, wiry personality. Big, firm tannins support the intense finish. …a stunner.

2008 Brovia ca’ mia

…An explosion of black plum, tar, spices and melted licorice on the nose, with subtle nuances of meat and tobacco. Big, sweet and round, with harmonious acidity energizing the cherry and spice flavors….

2008 Brovia Rocche

…aromas and flavors of black cherry, licorice, sage and wild mint. Then perfumed and elegant in the mouth, with a fine-grained texture and light touch. Really vibrates on the long finish… floral, medicinal lift….

2008 Brovia Villero

…Cherry, earth, cocoa powder and dried flowers on the lightly medicinal nose; a more liqueur-like cherry aroma emerged with aeration. High-pitched, minerally and fine-grained, with terrific depth… A classic…

October is Rioja Month: Save 21% Plus Free Shipping

It’s that time of year again! Harvest has just ended (I was there… Here are some photos from my iPhone) and that means the fun begins. Save 21% (plus free shipping!) on all wines from Rioja! If you don’t know Rioja, now is a great time to get introduced. Rioja wines are elegant, original and have the unmistakable character of great wines, something which is only possible when grape varieties, vine-growing methods and wine making procedures have been honed over time. Given the diversity in wine growing, it has been a traditional practice by the bodegas to blend different grape varieties and wines, from different vineyards and towns, seeking the complementary elements which will intensify their respective properties in the end product. This is undoubtedly the best-known kind of Rioja, although bodegas are increasingly offering a rich variety of styles with wines of high fruit concentration which aim to express the traits of specific vineyards.

With Tempranillo as the main element, Rioja reds are characterized by being very balanced in their alcohol content, color and acidity, by having a body and structure offset perfectly by a gentle and elegant flavor and by being mainly fruity in nature when young and more velvety when aged. These characteristics make Rioja Wines highly versatile when combining with the most varied foods. This, together with the fact that it is a user-friendly, easy-to-drink wine, constitutes one of the keys to its success.

Young wines: Wines in their first or second year, which keep their primary freshness and fruitiness

Crianza wines: Wines which are at least in their third year, having spent a minimum of one year in casks and a few months in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum cask ageing period is 6 months.

Reserva wines: Selected wines of the best vintages with an excellent potential that have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in casks. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks.

Gran Reserva wines: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks.

 

California’s New Best Chardonnay

Varner’s Latest

The estate block chardonnays of brothers Jim and Bob Varner are rare beauties, each made from a tiny vineyard of two or three acres in Santa Cruz. Call it Burgundian precision. They are beautiful wines, rich with fruit and as lean, mineral and fresh from their maritime clime, the critics swoon regularly. Wine Advocate said 96 in 2009, and Decanter gave five of five stars. The way the Varners farm, hoeing by hand and foregoing irrigation, they make barely 500 cases from each vineyard and they sell out fast. I got in line early to make sure you’d get some. You already love Foxglove, their large bottling brand under $12, but you’ll be thrilled by the top label with their name on it. You have three choices. In the past, Bee Block has been the most open and tropical, Amphitheatre Block more saline and smoky, the Home Block the most reserved and subtle, but all are extraordinary and elegant. Can’t go wrong with any of them, but the best choice at my $40 price is all! If you love great chardonnay under any flag you’ll want to meet Varner.

2010 Varner Amphitheater Block Chardonnay

(’09 review) …emerges from the glass with layers of fruit. It shows gorgeous up-front richness… center of minerality on the mid-palate. …Smoke, minerals and citrus linger on the multi-dimensional, saline finish..

2010 Varner Home Block Chardonnay

(’09 review) …the wine’s personality is impossible to miss. Ash, minerals, earthiness are some of the notes that add complexity to the intense fruit. This is another sweeping, totally elegant wine…

2009 Chardonnay Bee Block Chardonnay

(’09 review) …the fruit moves toward the tropical end of the spectrum, perhaps owing to a richer layer of topsoil. …the integration of French oak is nothing short of masterful. The long, textured, finish is striking….

Spain followed me home… to pour for you June 10

Just got back from a quick trip through Barcelona and Madrid. Fair wine prices in restaurants were as delicious as the Jamón Ibérico (hard to find either in the states), but more about my adventures later.

You can have as much Latin flavor and much more wine – more than 100 bottles!! – at B-21′s grand tasting Sunday June 10.  Our Ruta de Vino winds all across Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Catalonia, Priorat and beyond Spain to Portugal, Argentina, and Chile.

That includes new labels we’ve discovered on our travels like artisan cavas and resurgent monastrells, as well as old favorites. This is one of the most exciting tastings we have all year: There are remarkable values and increasing variety all across Iberia and South America, more than most of us know. The grand tasting is a chance to taste before you buy – and buy at even better prices than usual.

Special guests coming include top personnel from Muga, Moro, Volver, and Remirez  de Ganuza plus master sommeliers (there are only 160 of them in the world) and top importers to guide you through tastings at the tables and special A-21 seminars, including an old and new Rioja showdown, a deep sampling of Moro and a trip through the Argentine highlands.

Space is limited so get your tickets now and sign up for a wine seminar while you can.

Bright lights, big cru: Another Beaujolais convert

The Wall Street Journal has joined us in singing the praises of cru Beaujolais. Last week author Jay McInerney, Brat Pack novelist turned wine writer, called Beaujolais “a venerable region in desperate need of rebranding.” Once consumers get beyond or forget nouveau McInerney said they’ll see that the wine of the better cru villages is perfect for the hearty cooking of Lyons and American backyards. He was particularly high on Morgon as the most powerful of the crus and endorsed two of our favorite makers, Jean Paul Thevenet and Marcel Lapierre.  We met and tasted the wines of both domaines during the B-21 tour de France this winter and heartily concur: Only the foolish ignore Beaujolais, the richest bargains in France.

And they’re better buys at B-21 than they appear in the WSJ. Have to remember that a lot of wine stories cite New York prices; B-21 beats these by three bucks or more a bottle.

Click here to read the article.