Stefan Blicker, owner says: Does this rock star Cabernet belong in your cellar (hopefully next to a 1990 DRC Montrachet and a 1928 Pichon-Lalande)? You bet it does. I think this is one of Thomas Rivers Brown's finest examples from his many high-profile clients. From an immaculate vineyard above Lake Hennessey in St. Helena, this is as plush, silky, and wonderfully complex Cabernet as can be found, particularly at its price, which is FAR LESS than some of TRB's other wines. "Stone the Crows" has a mysterious origin - according to one website: "There have been a few attempts to explain the origin of this odd phrase. A croze is the groove at the end of a wooden barrel that holds the end plate in place. It has been suggested that the expression was previously stow the croze, that is, break open the barrel. I can find no supporting evidence for that idea though and have to consign it to the realms of folk-etymology. The more prosaic suggestion - that it alludes to the practice of throwing stones at crows - is much more likely." These days, more appropriately, it simply denotes an expression of surprise and amazement, which I think is exactly what you will have when you taste this. Big Cab for hedonists!!
Coral Mika, Imports Manager says: Thackrey wines are killer year after year and we were just happy to get some of these hard-to-find gems. The Pleiades is a good buy for anyone who has yet to try these wines. 92 points and just over $20? Yes, please! Drink it or cellar it for a bit. This blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Mouvédre and others will be great either way. We have a little bit left, grab some!
Connie Wilson, bookkeeper says: One can never have too many magnums in their cellar, however small or modest. The 2009 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserve 1.5 liter is a bargain at $49.00, with a James Suckling score of 94 points. I just had this wine for my birthday and it was delicious, especially with the Italian cheeses and salume that BPWine prepared for my celebration. Chianti and chocolate cake – buonissimo!
Check out the website of Fattoria Viticcio in the hills above Greve in Chianti in Tuscany (http://www.fattoriaviticcio.com/ ). The Landini family is deeply attached to Tuscan wine-making tradition, Chianti soil and its products, and they also offer farm accommodation (agriturismo) on their beautiful estate. What better way to experience Chianti than staying on a working farm and enjoying its bounties!