FAB WINE FRIDAYS
Friday 'feel-good' deals of the week. Once they're gone, they're gone - so check back weekly for exciting new selections. Whether it's
a rare, unique wine you don't see every day, a last chance at one of our bestsellers, or simply a killer deal on a special bottle - there's something here for every type of wine lover.
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Friday May 31
|2008 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape
Proprietary Blend: 750ml
WS93 & JJB approved! Another terrific release from the underrated 2008 vintage, Charbonniere’s 93-point
tradition offers loads of CdP character at a price that can’t be beat. Licorice, pepper and Provençal herbs accent the pure red fruit, while stony mineral and vibrant acidity keep this harmonious and balanced. Drink now with some air or age for another decade—either way, this one’s a winner!
The Wine Spectator, 93 points
2005 Pirie Estate ‘Sigma’ Pinot Noir
Ranked #5 on Decanter's '09 list of "The 50 Best New World Pinot Noirs", this stellar bottling single-handedly illustrates why Tasmania should be on every pinot-lover’s short list.
Released in tiny quantities, this is a true discovery, crafted by Andrew Pirie, Australia’s first PhD in viticulture. Dense and velvety, his ’05 ‘Sigma’ has a core of spiced red and black fruit and haunting forest floor tones which lead into a long, mineral-driven finish. And with eight years of age on it, this stunner is only just hitting its prime!
James Halliday 94 points
2009 Beaulieu 'Comtes de Tastes' Bordeaux
Sensational Bordeaux for a bargain! Robert Parker likes this Right Bank beauty so much that he ed it for inclusion in his book The World’s Best Wine Values Under $25, calling it "one of Bordeaux’s finest run over-achievers." In a recent tasting, we couldn't get enough of this overachieving value.
From the 2009 "vintage of a lifetime", you simply cannot ask for more from a sub-$12 wine.
Round and generous, with fleshy red and dark berry, baking spice and ample minerality - it conveys the complexity and elegance you'd expect from a prestigious Derenoncourt Bordeaux. This is simply a no-brainer case-buy.
Wine Spectator 88-91 points
2007 Barone Ricasoli ‘Casalferro’ Super Tuscan
Tuscany meets the Right Bank!
Italian wine lovers know Barone Ricasoli for their Spectator Top 100 Chianti releases, and this gorgeous Super Tuscan delivers just as much intrigue - at half the price. So balanced and refined, ‘Casalferro’ boasts a juicy dark core and complex notes of graphite, mocha, savory leather and loamy earth. The perfect (and guilt free!) substitute for those Sassicaia cravings, you’ll be glad to have this sexy Italian merlot around to spice up that Tuesday night roast chicken.
James Suckling 92 points
2008 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis ‘Agriculture Biologique’
Crystalline and delicious – this is classic Chablis, exactly what you'd expect to find by the glass at a Parisian bistro.
Loads of fresh green apple, creme fraiche and impressive minerality are amplified by fragrant herbal nuances. Refreshing and crisp, the subtle saline character of its youth has developed into a slightly fuller and more powerful style after its 5 years of bottle age. You simply won't find a better AC Chablis at this price.
Stephen Tanzer, 88 points