Winemaker Tasting at VINTAGES!

This Thursday, April 2, 4:30-7pm at VINTAGES Concord
You’re invited to a tasting featuring PATRICIA BOYER-DOMERGUE, legendary winemaker at CLOS CENTEILLES, Minervois, France!

APRIL 2, 4:30-7pm, VINTAGES Concord store

PATRICIA BOYER-DOMERGUE, owner & winemaker of domaine CLOS CENTEILLES from Minervois, in the Languedoc region of France.
As an innovator, pioneer and preservationist, Patricia has raised the bar for quality in the Minervois, creating elegant, long-aging wines from her old vine, cru-level property in La Liviniere. For example, Cinsault has the reputation as the region’s most difficult grape to cultivate: Patricia developed the methods in vineyard and cellar to express the unique greatness of this grape: she was the first to create a varietal bottling of great character, nuance and long-aging potential. She has also devoted decades to re-creating heritage wines from “lost” grape varieties that she reclaimed and cultivated. Featured wines at the tasting include:

Vertical of CAPITELLE de CENTEILLES, 100% Cinsault from 100-year-old vines
2005 Capitelle de Centeilles $35
2004 Capitelle de Centeilles $35
2001 Capitelle de Centeilles $40

CLOS CENTEILLES, traditional, age-worthy blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache Noir
2009 Clos Centeilles $25
2004 Clos Centeilles $30

And these “simple pleasures:”
2010 Carignanissime $15.99 (100% Carignan from 60-100 year old vines)2010 Campagne de Centeilles $16.99 (90% old-vine Cinsault)
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these remarkable wines with Patricia Boyer of CLOS CENTEILLES!

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2010 BRUNELLOs have arrived!

“The 2010 vintage represents a new point for Brunello di Montalcino…This will be the new standard in quality to judge all Brunello.” –Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner of Valdicava

Vincenzo Abbruzzese of VALDICAVA stopped by the Belmont shop a couple years ago and was very impressed with our Italian wine selection. We, of course, are wowed by Valdicava’s Brunellos in every vintage. We can’t wait for these and more blockbuster Brunellos from 2010 vintage. Don’t wait — new wines are arriving weekly!

2010 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO: In-stock wines are available in both stores– call ahead to ensure the quantity you want is currently available.

IN STOCK! 2010 VALDICAVA BRUNELLO di Montalcino 99 pts. JS $135

“Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Such beautiful length to this wine. It’s powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal. 99 pts.” –JS

2010 CASANOVA di NERI Brunello “Tenuta Nuova” 99 pts. $110 This is very muscular for the vintage. It shows lots of stones, dark fruits and hints of tar. Full body, firm tannins and a chewy texture. Ripe and rich. Yet shows tension and intensity. This racy and structured. Tannic now but will show its greatness in 2018. 99 pts.” — James Suckling

2010 SALVIONI BRUNELLO “La Cerbaiola” $200

2010 CIACCI PICCOLOMINI BRUNELLO “Pianrosso” 98 pts. $70 “Aromas of lilac, dark berry and sandalwood follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and an intense and savory finish. Very intense and very long. Succulent. Amazing balance and depth to this red. It’s so beautiful to taste now but it will be much better in five to ten years. A triumph. 98 pts.” -James Suckling

2010 FOSSACOLLE BRUNELLO 97 pts. $75
“Very perfumed with flower, truffle, light wet earth and cherry character. Full body and full integrated ripe tannins and caresses your palate. Very fine and pretty. Slight soya undertone. Succulent and enticing. You want to drink this. Better in 2016. 97 pts.” –James Suckling

2010 SAN FILIPPO BRUNELLO 97 pts. $60
“Extremely complex aromas of mushroom, stone, chalk, dark fruit and lightly dried bark or tea. Full bodied, with powerful and layered tannins. Muscular and intense. It needs loads of time to soften…97 pts.” -James Suckling

2010 SAN FILIPPO BRUNELLO “Le Lucere” 98 pts. $70

IN STOCK! 2010 CANALICCHIO di SOPRA 96 pts. $90

2010 ALTESINO BRUNELLO 95 pts. $68
“Wonderful decadent aromas of musk, orange peel and plum follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a long and rich finish. Salty and savory. Layers of gorgeous fruit. Drink or hold…95.”James Suckling

IN-STOCK! 2010 ALTESINO BRUNELLO “Montosoli” $135

“An unforgiving and powerfully structured wine with fabulous grilled meat and granite stone character with dried berry and flower petal. Full body, chewy and intense. Great structure and extremely long and intense. Sexy austerity. Gets the juices going. Best ever from here. Reminds me of the great Argianos of the 1970s but now! Better in 2017 or 2018…98 pts.” – James Suckling

Call or Visit the stores for in-stock 2010 Brunellos. To place an order for 2010 Brunello not yet arrived, CALL with CREDIT CARD 978-369-2545 or 617-484-4560.

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Celebrate with Grower Champagne!

Save 10% on Bottles; 15% off six bottles


GUY LARMANDIER Premier Cru Vertus Brut $50; Special $45 “Mostly Chardonnay from Vertus with a dollop of Pinot Noir that spends at least three years on its lees. Inviting, sweet aromatics lead to a focused expression of flowers, white fruits and minerals. Outstanding clarity and finesse, with a long, crisp finish that invites a second taste. Simply put, this is irresistible juice. — WA

GUY LARMANDIER Grand Cru Cramant Blanc des Blancs $60; Special $54. “An array of exotic aromas and flavors in a full-bodied, intense style. Notes of mint, flowers, licorice, graphite and apricots emerge… Sweet, long and powerful, the wine shows outstanding persistence on the palate and the pure breed of a first-class wine. 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Cramant.” — WA

GUY LARMANDIER Premier Cru Vertus Brut Rose’ $65; Special $58.50.  “Offers an enticing floral lift to its notes of mint, roses, pomegranate and sweet spices. This powerful, mineral-driven wine possesses tons of depth and personality in a vinous style that will blossom to the fullest at the dinner table.” –WA

Featured Sparkler:

PHILIPPE FOREAU 2007 Vouvray Brut Reserve $45; Tasting $40.50. (Loire Valley) 100% Chenin Blanc. In rare vintages, conditions are so favorable that Philippe Foreau makes a separate cuvée of sparkling Vouvray named for the vintage.  In this case, the wine ages on the lies for 60+ months! This vintage reserve Vouvray Brut is dry, rich and wonderfully complex. Outstanding!

SPECIAL: 10% off bottles of grower Champagne!

VINTAGES’ astounding selection of Grower Champagne is the most impressive and extensive to be found anywhere. Don’t wait to make your bubbly selections — quantities are limited!

champagne trio


2012 Cote de Val Vilaines Blanc de Noir $65; Special $58.50

2007 Cote de Bechalin $100; Special $90


Premier Cru Vertus Brut $50; Special $45

Grand Cru Cramant Brut $60; Special $54

Premier Cru Vertus Brut Rose’ $65; Special $58.50

ROGER COULON, Vrigny & Ambonnay

Premier Cru Brut Tradition $50; Special $45

Millesime 2005 Brut Blanc de Noir $75; Special $67.50

PIERRE PETERS Blanc de Blancs & Chetillon

Gaston Chiquet champ pierre peters

Jerome Prevost

Pierre Gimmonet

and so many more!

Featured Sparkler:

PHILIPPE FOREAU 2007 Vouvray Brut Reserve $45

100% Chenin Blanc. In rare vintages, conditions are so favorable that Philippe Foreau makes a separate cuvée of sparkling Vouvray that specifies the vintage.  In this case, the wine ages on the lies for 60+ months. This vintage reserve Vouvray brut is dry, rich and wonderfully complex. Outstanding!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Very, Very Good!


1. Make a BIG impression with MAGICAL MAGS! Magnum bottles now 15% off!

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco “Albesani” 95 pts. 1.5L Reg. $135; now $114.75 NET

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco “Ovello” 96 pts. 1.5L Reg. $135; now $114.75 NET

2008 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco Reg. $95; Now $80.85 net

SAN FEREOLO “1593″ Dogliani Reg. $80; Now $68

ALESSANDRIA 2008 “Rossoluna” $75; Now $63.75

JEROME CHEZEAUX Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes $195;

JEAN-MARIE FOURRIER 2011 Vougeot $275; Now $233.75

Jean Marc Morey 2010 Chassagne Le Caillerets $185; Now $157.25

RINALDI Barolo 2008 Brunate $295; Now $250.75

RINALDI Barolo 2007 Cannubi $295; Now $250.75

2. Wine Carrier Gift Boxes – 2 or 3 bottles

Select your favorites, or choose from our ready-to-go selections, with descriptive notes enclosed.  Tawny, Gold, or Black finished with a festive bow!

1 bottle box = $2.95

2 bottle box = $4.50

3 bottle box = $5.50

3. Wine Crate Gift Boxes – 6 or 12 bottles

Custom selected wines packed in wood wine crates, wrapped with cellophane and finished with a bow.

For example, the Produttori del Barbaresco 2009 Riserva Mixed 6-pak = $353

2 bottles each:

2009 Montefico $52 ea

2009 Montestefano $52 ea

2009 Rabaja $65 ea

Total $353


6 btls: $10 wrap fee

12 btls: $15 wrap fee

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2010 BAROLO – Greatest Ever!

2010 BAROLO: The Greatest in Decades
Perfect vintage to share, cellar and give

It’s no secret that we are big fans of nebbiolo and its singular expressions: Barolo and Barbaresco. It’s exciting to have this “greatest” vintage to share our passion for these wines. And while we are thrilled to offer the pinnacle producers — Rinaldi, Conterno, Mascarello, etc. — we are equally proud of seeking out and presenting “under the radar” estates making exceptional wines that are also great values. We are happy to continue to present these up and coming superstars of Barolo exclusively to our VINTAGES customers.
VINTAGES offers a great range of 2010 Barolo, starting at $35! Enjoy near-term, or cellar for a special occasion; 2010 Barolo is the perfect gift for the wine lovers in your life!

While some 2010′s are already sold-out, following are the 2010 Barolos in-stock and available for purchase:

2010 ALESSANDRIA Barolo – Exclusive

2010 BREZZA Barolo — Exclusive

2010 BROVIA Barolo Rocche & Ca’Mia

2010 CHIARA BOSCHIS Barolo Cannubi, Mosconi, & Via Nuova (offered in mixed 6-pak)

2010 LUCIANO SANDRONE 100 pt. Barolo offered in package

2010 VIETTI Barolo Lazzarito

2010 VIETTI Barolo Ravera 100 pts. $255

“The 2010 Barolo Ravera is one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted from Vietti. Stunning. It’s as simple as that. Freshly cut flowers, mint, spices, crushed rocks and pine jump from the glass in a vivid, crystalline wine endowed with captivating purity, clarity and finesse. The 2010 takes hold of the palate and never lets up, gaining body, breadth and volume over time. Readers who can find the 2010 Ravera should not hesitate. It is a legendary, benchmark Barolo in the making. 100 pts.” — A. Galloni, Vinous

mascarello monprivato

2010 GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO  Barolo “Monprivato” $155

So many ways to save on this legendary Barolo…
1-5 bottles: Now 10% off! ($139.50 ea)

6-11 bottles: 15% off ($131.75 ea)
12+ bottles: 20% off! ($124 ea

SPECIAL SALE PRICES END on Wed. Dec. 24 at 5pm.

Shop in Concord or Call 978-369-2545 by 5pm Sunday.

This week we received our shipment of 2010 Barolo Monprivato and were so eager to taste this iconic wine, that we took a bottle to Peach Farm in Chinatown to have with Peking Duck. Wow! What an ethereal, fine, delicate, and seamless Barolo! Super smooth and absolutely comparable to great Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Not the power and depth of great Grand Crus from Gevry Chambertin or Morey St Denis, more like the finesse of Volnay or Chambolle. A quintessential example of what the 2010 vintage is all about, weightlessness, an almost imperceptible fine grained tannic structure and a polished smoothness that I’m not sure I’ve ever quite experienced. Sublime.

Now available in both stores. Reserve with credit card. Case orders will be filled first.

Call 978-369-2545 or email.


Compelling Vertical Six-Pack: 2008-2009-2010 Barolos!

VINTAGES is pleased to offer this incredible vertical six pack of three Bartolo Mascarello Barolos, at a special price. A stunning gift for the Barolo-phile in your life!

Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Vertical Six Pack– 2 bottles of each:
2010 Barolo 99pts.  Reg. $175 net; $150 ea

2009 Barolo 94pts.  Reg. $128; $108.80 ea

2008 Barolo 98pts.  Reg. $128; $108.80 ea

TOTAL $735.20 for six-pack; SAVE $127!

CALL 978-369-2545 or 617-484-4560 or email.See below for more details and prices for different bottlings. Some quantities are extremely limited!

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Get ready for Turkey Fest 2014!

Mix it up with tasteful, versatile wines

turkey tjAmerica’s national festival of gratitude. i.e., “Turkey Fest,” is just two weeks away! What’s new? The food? Nope, don’t even try to mess with that. The people? You could wish for different relatives, but they’re still the same ones. What about the wine? Oh yes. Here you can introduce something deliciously different, even exciting. Count on VINTAGES to offer the best of tradition, as well as ways to tastefully mix it up!

Top Ten Wines for TURKEY FEST 2014!
Mix it up with tasteful, versatile wines and SAVE 15%!
THANKSGIVING is right around the corner: What’s new? The food? Nope, don’t even try to mess with that. The people? You could wish for different relatives, but they’re still the same ones. What about the wine? Oh yes. Here you can introduce something deliciously different, even exciting.

Count on VINTAGES to offer the best of tradition, as well as ways to tastefully mix it up!Here’s VINTAGES TOP TEN for TURKEY, now 15% OFF!


ALBERT BOXLER Edelzwicker $28; SPECIAL $23.80

LA TOSA Sorriso di Cielo $25; SPECIAL $21.25

SAN FEREOLO Bianco $25; SPECIAL $21.25

LUIGI Maffini Kratos $25; SPEC. $21.35

and Pietraencatenta $35; SPECIAL $29.75

MARISA CUOMO Ravello & Furore $30; SPEC. $25.50albert boxler trio

and 10/11 Fiorduva $70; SPEC. $59.50

2012 Fiorduva $75; SPEC. $63.75


PIERRE USSEGLIO Chateauneuf du Pape $55; SPEC. $46.75


LA TOSA Gutturnio Vignamorello $30; SPECIAL $25.50

LA TOSA Gutturnio Frizzante 17.99; SPECIAL $15.29

BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo 19.99; SPECIAL $16.99

SEAN THACKREY Pleiades $38; SPECIAL $32.30

Our picks:

2013 LA TOSA Terrafiaba Gutturnio Frizzante $17.99
A red sparkling? Yes, berry-scented refreshment.

And two beautifully dry options from France:

2009 CHATEAU DE L’EPERONNIERE Crémant de Loire $22

2011 DOMAINE BECHTOLD Crémant d’Alsace “Methode Traditionelle” $25

TRADITION is a beautiful thing, done right. White wines in tall, skinny bottles such as Rieslings, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris from Germany & Alsace are always a great choice. Fantastic with food, lower in alcohol, crowd pleasers.Try these ultimate classics from Alsace:


2011 Pinot Blanc $19.99

2012 Pinot Gris $25


2012 Edelzwicker $28

2012 Pinot Blanc $30

And small-production Mosel German Riesling from PETER LAUER:

2013 PETER LAUER Riesling “Barrel X” $22

2013 PETER LAUER Riesling “Senior” $35

2013 PETER LAUER Riesling “Stirn” $50

Don’t miss these seasonal northern Italian favorites:

2012 LA TOSA Riodeltordo Malvasia blend $14.99

2013 COLTERENZIO Pfefferer Dry Moscato $14.99

2012 LA TOSA Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia $25

2009 SAN FEREOLO Langhe Bianco (Riesling/Gewurz) $25

2012 LECHTHALER Riesling $14.99

And, these great whites from Campania & Sicily:

2013 LUIGI MAFFINI Kratos $25

2013 MARISA CUOMO Ravello $30

2013 TERRE NERE Mt. Etna Bianco $23


Pinot Noir is the supreme tradition, and you simply can’t go wrong with its many expressions: Burgundy, Oregon, California, and more. Cru Beaujolais from Gamay is a worthy new tradition, but nouveau is old (hat).

Red Burgundy:

2012 FRANCOIS RAQUILLET Mercurey VV $35   raquillet mercurey

Black cherry, earth and a peppery character.

2012 PARIZE Givry Champs Nalot $30

Perfume of wild berries, lovely soft fruit

2013 MARCEL LAPIERRE Morgon $30

Juicy, silky gamay that takes you all the way from canape to cranberry fluff

Finally, the ultimate Turkey-Friendly red winner is:

2013 ALESSANDRIA Verduno Pelaverga $22 alessandria pelaverga label

Juicy berry fruit, spices, easy-drinking

American-made, turkey-friendly:

2010 EASTON Amador Zinfandel $19.99

2011 EASTON Cabernet Franc $25

SEAN THACKREY “Pleiades” $38

2012 EVESHAM WOOD Pinot Noir $25

2011 STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN Zinfandel $40
simply awesome old-school zin

Traditional and local!

Don’t forget the pink! Rose is great for Thanksgiving, it’s beautiful on the table and so refreshing! And, its 15% off!

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