I tried this wine for the first time almost one year ago. I was at the annual trade tasting for a wine importer. He had just brought this wine less than a week before, and only 10 cases were imported into the United States. I told my client, a wine shop owner, to buy all of it, and he did.

I am pretty sure he drank most of it himself, and I don’t blame him. This is one of the prettiest wines I have ever tasted. It’s a rare gem. There is only about 20 bottles left in the country, and I just bought two of them.

My tasting notes are a bit rough and ready (I dropped the eff bomb a half dozen times when I tasted it for the first time). The 96 points are mine. The Wine Spectator gave it a slightly lower score.

My Bacchus Selections!

Every month, I scour the PLCB to find great wines at great prices. My rule of thumb is that I don’t recommend anything unless the price is below retail by 20% and it’s an excellent bottle of wine.

Sadly, that job is getting harder and harder. The PLCB is increasing prices while also purchasing lower quality wines. What used to take eight hours now takes three days.

So this month I am doing something differently. I’ve talked with a friend who runs an online wine company, Bacchus Selections, and they are going to carry wines I select. They have agreed to ship to Pennsylvania (or anywhere, actually) and price the wines at least 20% under retail.

For the first three wines, I chose three that are personal favorites of mine. They are eclectic, but they are awesome wines that people really should be drinking.

Oh, by the way, as with all newsletter items, I don’t get paid for this. This is a service I like to provide for students and supporters of the Wine School (and to be honest, is a lot more fun than writing facebook updates). If you and other readers like this idea, then I will continue making these types of recommendations in the newsletter.