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Staff Favorites - John Majeski

John Majeski


2017 Malmont Côtes du Rhône-Villages Seguret
Review Date: 07-13-2020
One of our direct import gems, this is an evocation of rich, dark fruits and black olive notes, expressive of the poise and power of Grenache and Syrah grown on steeply terraced vineyards in Séguret.
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2006 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes-du-Rhône (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-13-2020
Why not turn back the clock to taste the 2006 Baron Louis, a wine imbued with superb age and supple texture, with mature, inspired aromas and flavors of dried cherries and plums, rose petal, earth, and well-worn saddle leather. A fine example of how well the wines of this beautiful estate can evolve.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2006 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 05-12-2020
Why not turn back the clock to taste the 2006 Baron Louis, a wine imbued with superb age and supple texture, with mature, inspired aromas and flavors of dried cherries and plums, rose petal, earth, and well-worn saddle leather. A fine example of how well the wines of this beautiful estate can evolve.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 02-18-2020
The sheer joy of wine can be summed up in a favorite Kenyan proverb "Slow down so your soul can catch up." Easy to forget that wine, like tomatoes and cucumbers, is inherently an agricultural product, and prone to the variables of nature as it slowly evolves to fill a unique place in our lives. The wise folks at Acumen carry this philosophy in their bones, for they grow and harvest their sunlit mountain fruit from organic vines planted in Atlas Peak well above the valley floor. The result: wines of depth and intensity, brimming with mouth-filling flavors of plum, blackberry, cherry, dark chocolate, sage and suave tannins. A versatile Bordeaux-style red to enhance your menu throughout the year. Drink up!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2017 Mendel Mendoza Malbec
Review Date: 02-04-2020
“I’m pretty good at popping the cork if the vintage is right.”—Anthony Eiseley, The Naked Kiss. I always relish any double entendres from classic Noir films, especially when they reference such seductive wines. Speaking of seduction, the 2017 vintage in Argentina was superlative, delivering a warm and generally dry growing season culminating in a cooler harvest that served to preserve optimal acidity levels. Under the inspired stewardship of winemaker Roberto de la Mota, this ravishing Malbec speaks of the stony soils and high-altitude site with low-yielding 90-plus-year-old vines. It evinces both structure and elegant fruit, with complex notes of blackberries, plums, and violets. Serve with savory grilled meats or perhaps opt for the "impossible" alternative for a rewarding and satisfying feast.

2017 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu-Dit Patou" Cornas
Review Date: 01-27-2020
One aromatic sip of this elemental, soulful wine will transport you to the steep, sun- swept vines that anchor the slopes and hillsides of Cornas, their thirsty roots twisting deep into the decomposed granite soils for sustenance. A line from the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas- 'the force that through the green fuse' summons the animating power that flows from this stylish, well-knit Northern Rhone Syrah. Aromas and flavors of red cherries, framboise, black olives and a good whiff of tar engage the senses, with lingering grip on the tannins. Uncork and enjoy with hearty stews, or hold for a decade to embellish the innate beauty of this special bottle of wine.

2017 Guy Farge "Harmonie" Cornas
Review Date: 01-21-2020
Someone once called a Cornas wine 'a lorry driver, not a ballerina'. Well, my answer would be 'why can't a ballerina drive a lorry?' This superlative wine demonstrates the sinuous grace of a dancer with the supple ability to shift into high gear as the rich, savory fruit unveils its telltale charms in the glass. A Cornas of poise and character, showcasing the excellent marriage of fruit and oak, and the deft touch of a true winemaker who works, lives and breathes the air in the vineyards. Nothing exaggerated, just pure and refined and in a word, delicious.

2017 Domaine des Rémizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 01-07-2020
It's rewarding to encounter vines that are older than I am, for they often bequeath the wines with a certain enduring character and authority of place that can only be realized over time. The Demeures family has been traditionally farming these septuagenarian Syrah vines for three generations, and this sense of stewardship informs the sound decisions made in both the vineyard and cellar. Named for the eldest son, the Cuvee Christophe was aged in new oak for 15 months, and reveals fresh blackcurrant, pepper and black olive notes with mineral undertones, layered over a smooth, licorice-tinged finish. An excellent pairing with seasoned lamb or a truffle-flavored risotto.

2017 Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 12-17-2019
"A heppy heppy land fur fur away!" Stolen quote from Krazy Kat, a favorite comic strip character from the 1940s, to fittingly to describe the play of light, stunning vistas and restorative air that favors the growth of vines in the French Catalan countryside. Lovingly cultivated and crafted by the infinitely gracious and gifted Severine Bourrier, her latest Infiniment vintage once again pays homage to Syrah, a variety she instinctively knows and cultivates with passion. This wine serenades the senses with a crescendo of lusciously ripened plums and blackberries, wildflowers and potpourri. A perfectly balanced red wine that will grace any festive table with pure and lasting pleasure. And since it's the heart of the holidays, why wait?
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2016 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 11-11-2019
I'm always bemused by the fanciful fact that Senor de Lesmos never existed, but the wine, ah the wine, thankfully is very real and expresses all the generosity and character of traditional winemaking in Rioja. Rooted in the yellowed clay soils of Rioja Alavesa, the lustrous fruit for this wine consists mostly of Tempranillo, with a smattering of Mazuelo. Gently harvested clusters are rushed to the bodega, destemmed and then fermented in concrete tanks for almost a month before assembling in older barrels for aging. Upon release, this Crianza is beguiling and alluring, with notes of red and black fruits, spicebox, saddle leather and sweet tobacco. Ready to take on tapas, lamb skewers or a paella, this is a welcome and versatile wine for any occasion.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Montechiara Prosecco
Review Date: 11-10-2019
Prosecco is the Italian sparkler universally admired for its appeal as both aperitif and cocktail 'fizzer upper,' but Glera, the primary grape variety from which it is made, may have actually originated in Croatia or Slovenia. One legend reported by Ian D'Agata (Native Wine Grapes of Italy) has Glera as the source grape for 'pucinum', the famous wine adored by the Empress Livia Drusilla, wife of Emperor Octavian Augustus. Ok, enough long-winded history, the best way to enjoy Prosecco is not with your head buried in a dense though excellent wine book, but with wonderful friends and loved ones during the holidays or any day that calls for a festive, crisply delicious citrus, pear and apple inflected sparkler!
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Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2018 Matt Connell "Rendition" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 11-04-2019
Alone at my coffee-stained wooden desk at the stroke of midnight, eyes transfixed on the rotary phone whose somber black color reflected my mood… waiting… waiting for it to ring, even though Detective Garamendi knew that Rita had likely skipped town with the cash and was halfway to Rio by now. Wait a minute, this was supposed to be about Pinot Noir, not Film Noir ... when suddenly the mauve curtains exploded and Rita came at me full throttle with a raised bottle. I grabbed her slender wrist in midstrike, snatched it and told her to just sit down. I reached behind the liquor cabinet, grabbed two glasses, poured and swirled. Rita always had better taste in wine than men, so I knew this would be good. First sip, no slips. This satiny textured Central Otago number danced like Astaire on the tongue, with lithe acidity and a lovely core of black cherry and raspberry, nutmeg and chocolate orange peel, caressed by smooth tannin. Soft moonlight played off the jewel-like wine label as Rita and I polished off the bottle, and still had time to catch the red-eye to Rio.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Diatom "Katherine's" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-25-2019
This captivating Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay takes its name from the microscopic, elegantly blown-glass shaped diatoms that floated freely in our oceans millions of years ago, and gave up the ghost, leaving literally zillions of tiny fossils that helped form our beautiful coast. The lemony vibrancy and chalklike minerality of this crystal-pure, marine-influenced white wine can thank their humble sacrifice. Richly evocative, this wine unwinds beautifully in the glass, and it would be difficult find a finer example of unoaked Chardonnay in California.

2015 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 09-24-2019
The birth of traditional winemaking in Rioja can be traced back to 1852, when Luciano Murrieta established his historic winery in the town of Logrono, and built Finca Ygay, an impressive chateau inspired by those he'd visited while study abroad in Bordeaux. Now grown to over 300 hectares, the winery went through extensive modernization during the 1980s, and continues to turn out textbook Rioja wines. The 2015 Reserva displays elegant notes of well-ripened blackberries, dried orange peel, pastilles, and baking spices. An admirable, well-integrated blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha that will pair nicely with grilled lamb and roasted vegetables.

2017 Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 07-29-2019
"You can tell where a working cowboy is from by the crease in his hat." Never knew this factoid about the cowboy way, but of course there are plenty of cowboy factoids that have evaded me in my mundane city-slicker life. I may not know the difference between las chaparreras (aka 'chaps') and chapstick, but I do know something about wine, and would hit the trail with a bottle wrapped in a bedroll of this supple as a worn saddle red any day of the week. Born of all the right stuff, brambly Zinfandel, spicy Syrah, robust Carignane, plush Petite Sirah and velvety Malbec, one smooth sip might spur you on to drink more! Time to round up all your friends.....
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2017 The Fableist Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-30-2019
Most of you are familiar with the Aesop's fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, but turns out the original story starred a slovenly cicada who fiddled away the long hot summer while the frantic ants worked on their little ant abs, lifting grain and whatever edibles they could carry back to the colony. A revision of the fable involves the herculean ants even storing fallen grapes in their cellar until they fermented, providing beneficent drink throughout the winter, enough even to share with the not-so-merrymaking, near-freezing cicada.....of course their drink was hardly as refined as this warming, full-bodied, embracing Cabernet Sauvignon blend, the tale of two imaginative winemakers who were definitely not fiddling around! Drink up!
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-28-2018
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Champagne imbued with both a vibrant sense of presence and authenticity, as the name implies, is almost impossible to find for under seventy-five dollars, but here it is, a beautifully focused laser beam of elegant, pure stone fruit and citrus flowers with a taut mineral texture, all held together by a skein of fine acidity. This is a remarkably sophisticated Champagne that will reward drinking throughout the holidays and beyond. Highly recommended!
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Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2010 Brillette, Moulis
Review Date: 01-10-2018
A rich, elegant, high-toned wine from the classic 2010 vintage, the Brillette is a serious overachiever in its category, imbued with a judicious, savory blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers a lovely bouquet of seductive ripeness and textural, mouthwatering layers of dark cherry, black plum, blackcurrants and mineral earth, with fine tannins and a fairly opulent finish. Drink or hold for six more years.
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Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-04-2017
In trying to get my head around the physics behind all those tiny bubbles in a bottle of Champagne l discovered a wonderfully fascinating little book called Uncorked, by Gérard Liger-Belair. Apparently gravity drives the velocity of the bubbles in a flute of Champagne, so the best spot in the solar system to achieve the absolute tiniest bubbles would be on… you guessed it— Jupiter, with about 100 times the gravity of our own sparkling blue orb. Pack your bags, but before you go flying off into space, try a bottle or two of this incredible direct import. Created from superb Pinot Noir cultivated in the renowned Le Riceys terroir near Aube, the “Reserve” harbors a panoply of rich flavors ranging from citrus fruits to fleshy pears, apples, nectarines and beyond, embodying an elegant, creamy mousse and miniscule, dare I suggest, ‘out of this world’ bubbles. Now prepare for takeoff!
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Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2016
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A prime illustration of what can be achieved in a Champagne with long aging on the lees, in this case seven full years, all to elaborate and define the essence of brioche, hazelnuts and toast that are characteristic of such extended contact. Even more remarkable is the generously modest price for this patient waiting game, a sparkler that expresses ‘’esprit to the core’, with resplendent notes of crisp lemon, bosc pear, cherry and chiffon cream, a sophisticated Champagne created for any and all occasions that involve fine food, the spirit of celebration, friendship and joy.

Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 04-30-2016
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Whether in art, film, literature or wine, I've always been strongly attracted to iconoclasts, those who forge their own path through life's coombs and brambles, basing their decisions on an intuitive feel for what fits and arriving at a place where they know they belong. Call it 'sense of terroir' or what have you, but Jean-Louis Denois exemplifies this philosophy of place as well as anyone I've met in the wine world. The dust on his boots are the embodiment of his long journey from his native Champagne to Burgundy to South Africa and back again, and finally to the southwestern corner of the Languedoc, where he planted his vines in the foothills of the Pyrenees to create his signature red and sparkling wines. Keeping to the rhythms of nature have led him to adopt both organic and biodynamic precepts in the vineyards, and his brilliant sparkling wines express this with clarity and exuberance— the 'Tradition' Extra Brut is a fifty-fifty blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, created in a refreshingly crisp and lightly toasted style, with notes of red apple, orange blossom and brioche, the perfect sparkling for all festive occasions and dining without the high price of a Champagne. Stock up on this one for the long summer and beyond, it will never let you or your thirsty guests down.
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Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
Review Date: 05-26-2015
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Zero is my favorite number, or rather ‘un-number’ when it comes to most sparkling wines, as I prefer the naked, pure, crystalline fruit unadorned by added dosage, and the sheer raciness and zing of this stainless fermented bubbly from Limoux answers the call with laser flavors of green apple, lemon and white pear. Bring on a platter of fresh raw oysters or mussels mariniere and watch the shells pile up. Gotta love it!
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Ariston Aspasie "Réserve" (formerly Carte Blanche) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-02-2013
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Vines have been cultivated on this tiny property in the hamlet of Brouillet for five generations, and it has remained a customer and staff favorite here for several years. Yeasty, full and complex, the Carte Blanche exhibits a fine intensely-focused bead with lively notes of tart apples, dried hazelnuts, vanilla and toast, all in all a remarkably well-built Brut that will compare well to cuvées at double the price. It is perfect for entertaining.
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Einstök Icelandic White Ale, Iceland (12oz)
Review Date: 04-30-2012
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With summer fast approaching we're all in need of a super thirst-quenching beer to alleviate the effects of absorbing too much solar energy on our bodies while we flare up the grill for a swirling smoke-athon (ok, admittedly I'm not Mr. Weber, more like one of the guys who stands around getting hot smoke in his face while acting like it doesn't matter).... anyway, just discovered a fantastic antidote to insurmountable thirst in the Icelandic Einstok White Ale, like melting an iceberg slathered in freshly-ground coriander and orange peel. Well, to be truthful, it's a witbier brewed with the same ingredients and tastes absolutely awesome. Beer here now. And in honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic, pouring an iceberg down your throat might be a good tribute.
Price: $2.19 Add To Cart

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-03-2011
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In his unwavering maxim that "we leave the earth to our children," Jean-Pierre Fleury was the very first winegrower in Champagne to adapt strict biodynamic principles and techniques in his steeply-sloping, calcareous vineyards near the northern village of Courteron. His exquisite Blanc de Noirs is an homage to the perfectability of Pinot Noir under his meticulous stewardship, and certainly one of the finest, long-lasting champagnes we carry at any price. Hand-crafted from select vintages, the Carte Rouge is emblematic, dry and complex, with a well-developed gamut of flavors from brioche and beeswax to cherry and acacia. Hard to say what 'not' to drink this with, but I guarantee you will be reaching for another glass after tasting this redolent, rewarding sparkler.

Dudognon "Reserve" Cognac (750ml)
Review Date: 11-30-2010
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A voter santé! Raymond Dudognon first distilled his own cognac in 1946, following the venerable traditions laid down by his great grandfather in 1776. The heart of the Charente region, located about 100 miles northeast of Bordeaux, is called Grande Champagne, and consists of deep chalk-rich soils, perfect for creating fragrant, long-lived cognacs. Made from 100% natural Ugni Blanc, this singular spirit is blended and distilled in the traditional alambic Charentais pot and eventually aged in 350 liter barrels. The Dudognon homage to tradition stresses minimal intervention, using only pure water as an additive to create a stunning cognac that charms and caresses the palate, displaying a weightlessness and delicacy of fruit found less commonly in cognacs at twice the price. Highly recommended!
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart

La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2010
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A customer came in recently and asked for an elegant, delicate sparkling wine for a wedding celebration. Champagne was beyond his budget, so without hesitation I smiled and recommended this Cremant de Loire, arguably the greatest sparkling wine value in the world. Created with precise restrictions on everything from mandatory hand-harvesting of relatively older vines to aging regimens (a minimum of 12 months) to atmospheres of pressure (3.5 as opposed to 6 for Champagne), the Deligeroy is a finely-beaded beauty, discreetly aromatic, lacy and effervescent. The careful assemblage of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc adds aromatic complexity, giving this wine an added degree of sophistication. Highly recommended!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry
Review Date: 07-11-2009
This delightful Prosecco is a strong contender for best in class among its growing legions of fans, delivering dependably delicious flavors of sliced apples, citrus blossoms and almonds in a pure and sparkling persona. Showcasing both freshness and mineral vibrancy, it should complement most summer fare from salads to appetizers, and would be the perfect match for a basket of lightly-fried calamari.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart