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Instagram Live with Salvatore Ferragamo, CEO of Il Borro Toscana

January 11, 2021

Join us on Friday, January 15th at 5:00PM when Wally’s President Christian Navarro will be catching up with Salvatore Ferragamo, CEO of Il Borro Wines, in a live virtual tasting on Wally’s TV. With their Tuscan roots, both enological and familial, the Ferragamos have created a five star lineup of Italian labels available both worldwide and at their eco-friendly Italian resort. Step into Salvatore’s winemaking world with us this Friday as we feature the 2016 Il Borro Toscana IGT. Place your order today and taste along with Christian and Salvatore to learn about the history and philosophy behind one of Italy's most famous labels.

THE DETAILS

When:

Friday, January 15th, 5:00PM

Where:

Instagram Live @Wallysofficial

What:

Taste and enjoy the finest expressions of the winery, hear personal stories from Salvatore, ask questions during a live Q&A

How:

Step 1: Follow Wally’s Official on Instagram @wallysofficial

Step 2: To experience the wine with Salvatore and Christian, order your bottle today.


2016 Il Borro Toscana IGT

Wally's Price: $75

This is the estate's flagship wine and is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Petit Verdot once played a small supporting role in the blend, but that grape has since been removed because it left too strong a signature. The 2016 Il Borro is a seamless, full-bodied red wine that presents an A-list aromatic presentation with dark fruit and plum followed by savory spice, leather and tobacco. The quality of the fruit is sweet and bright, but there is also a distinct mineral note to the wine that contrasts the sweetness with saltiness. The tannins are well integrated and there is enough acidity to lift the entire flavor profile of this beautiful wine. Some 32,000 bottles were made. - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

96+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 7:27:57 AM

Christian Navarro's Favorite Things of 2020!

December 29, 2020


It is surreal that we are at the end of 2020, but we are. We did it. We survived.Words can’t express the gratitude that my team and I have for your support and encouragement throughout the year. Despite all of 2020’s challenges, you allowed us to continue doing what we love most: serving you with incredible food, beverages, and experiences.

As hard as this year has been, I have learned the importance of enjoying daily pleasures the best that I can. Below are 20 items that brought a smile to my face (and stomach) this year. I know they will do the same for you!

Happy Holidays,

Christian



NV Beau Joie Prestige Brut

Wally's Price: $69

Floral and yeast notes on the nose give way to crisp Fruit flavors of citrus and apple. Pinot Noir provides the firm body and structure. Great balance between the fruit and acid keeps this zero dosage Champagne from being overly dry. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



2006 Dom Perignon Rose Champagne

Wally's Price: $380

This graceful 2006 shows lovely freshness, featuring a pronounced note of pink grapefruit granita layered with finely detailed accents of toasted nut, lemon thyme, smoky mineral and crystallized honey. Plushly creamy in texture, with a steely streak of acidity well-knit throughout and firming the lasting, spiced finish. Drink now through 2029. - Wine Spectator

96 points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


NV Eric Phillippe Extra Brut Rose Champagne

Wally's Price: $85

The Brut Rosé is a delicate balance of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with maceration on the skins for 52 hours bringing out its elegant salmon color. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2018 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain

Wally's Price: $79

Our two vineyards perched in the hills above the Sonoma valley, one in the Mayacamas range to the west and one on Sonoma Mountain to the east both produce elegant, lifted wines that speak to the elevated nature of the plantings and the remarkable, well drained volcanic soils present at both sites. - Producer Notes.

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM




2018 Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet

Wally's Price: $75

A ripe yet attractively fresh nose offers up notes of white orchard fruit compote along with an abundance of citrus and soft floral nuances. There is better energy to the beautifully well-detailed flavors that conclude in a lemony and very dry finish. This too is a very fine Puligny villages. -Burghound.com

92 points, Burghound

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2018 Marciano Estate Blanc

Wally's Price: $115

Visually, the wine has a beautiful light gold color, boasting aromas of jasmine, lemon zest, beeswax, chalk, and pineapple. On the palate, the wine greets you with an elegant freshness that builds into a gentle yet generous midpalate, offering complex layers of tangerine, white peach, guava, lemon rind, and a crisp minerality that leaves you with a clean, lingering finish. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2019 RUMOR Rose

Wally's Price: $35

A new Rosé on the block and a passion project of a long time patron of Wally's. The grapes - Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah - come from vineyards founded over 750 years ago that have been producing wine ever since. Rumors is a Rosé of depth that can work as an apéritif as well as hold its own with anything grilled. We are proud to be the exclusive retailer in the United States of this versatile Rosé. - Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2107 Opus One

Wally's Price: $385

A remarkable wine for the year, the 2017 Opus One is a dense, full-throttle beauty. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours give the 2017 its racy personality. Exotic, beautifully perfumed and impeccable in its balance, Opus One is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. In 2017, Opus One has a distinctly red-toned fruit profile that distinguishes it from the surrounding vintages. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

95+ points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2015 Jonata Todos Red Blend

Wally's Price: $50

In the words of Jonata Winemaker Matt Dees, the rough recipe for the “Todos” blend is “~50% Syrah, ~30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and ~20% chaos.” A blend of both red and white varietals from the Rhône, Bordeaux and Italy, this avant-garde blend manages to successfully express the expansiveness of the property from which it comes. The nose is massive and dark, containing aromas of bramble, mesquite and burning embers. The palate is laden with roasted black and blue fruits, glued together by tree sap and black pepper. A truly unique powerhouse of a wine. - Decanter

94 points, Decanter

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



2014 Crown Point Estate Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Wally's Price: $150

Extremely dense in the glass, this epic bottling offers lavish and penetrating aromas of black currant and elderberry jam on the nose alongside seared beef, chocolate cake and a pinch of violet. Expertly balanced, polished tannins make for a soft mouthfeel yet firm structure, carrying flavors of black fruit, chocolate and grilled figs that lead to an espresso note on the finish.
- Wine Enthusiast

95 points, Wine Enthusiast

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2016 Patrimony

Wally's Price: $295

The 2016 Patrimony is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 30 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep purple-black color and explosive, unbelievably layered nose of lilacs, violets, vanilla, espresso, rooibos tea leaves, underbrush and cinnamon stick aromas mingling over a core of blueberry compote, blackberry pie, black cherry preserves and pure blackcurrant fruit with an undercurrent of iron and graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate gives up stunningly explosive flavor layers. It has an unbelievably ripe, pixelated frame and fantastic juiciness, finishing very long, lifted and layered. This is stunning. -Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate

98 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2017 Memento Mori Vanitas Cabernet Sauvignon

Wally's Price: $100

Memento Mori’s latest new release, the 2017 Memento Mori Vanitas Cabernet Sauvignon, is a world exclusive that you will only find at Wally’s. Incorporating fruit from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Las Piedras vineyards as well as Weitz vineyard, Oakville Ranch and Vine Hill Ranch, there are only 55 cases of this rare bottling making this is one of Memento Mori’s most exclusive releases ever. Place your order today and taste along with Christian and Adam to learn the story behind this extremely limited Napa Valley Cabernet. - Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2018 Occidental Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental

Wally's Price: $65

The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental comes mostly from younger vines at the Occidental property but is made with the same attention to detail as the other wines in the portfolio, using free-run juice. Its nose is an aromatic well, offering crushed blueberries, charcuterie, Earl Grey tea leaves, graphite, saline, bitter orange peel and potpourri aromas. In the mouth, it explodes with lush fruits that give way after their initial rush to bitter, citrusy, minerally accents. It has a fine grain, seamless freshness and long, layered finish. It's enjoyable now but will age well over the next five to eight-plus years. - Wine Advocate

95+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2013 Aleksander Red

Wally's Price: $84

This wine presents a deep ruby core and teases with faint aromas of ripe plum and tobacco. It is a subtle introduction to the classic Old World-style performance that follows on the palate. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Wolves Wally's Blend Whiskey

Wally's Price: $160

Wally’s Blend is a variation of Wolves’ signature blend. It consists of: (1) Whiskey distilled from finished Stout craft beer, aged in French Oak for 9 years, (2) whiskey distilled from finished Pilsner beer, aged in New American Oak, Char 3, for 5 years, (3) Rye whiskey that cuts the beer distillates with spice and heat, and (4) a single malt whiskey distilled from two-row malted barley and aged in used French Oak for 9 years. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Volcan Tequila Reposado

Wally's Price: $55

Tequila Reposado showcases precision and harmony between terroir and wood. It is a blend of both American and European Oaks to exemplify the complexity and also finesse of our chosen agave. A true expression of singular terroir focus with 100% Highlands,intertwined with duality of oak and experimentation over time.- Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


Beluga Gold Line Russian Vodka

Wally's Price: $150

Beluga Gold Line is a limited edition product. Needless to say, it is dedicated to the true connoisseurs of strong spirits. Unlike other Beluga varieties, in this series our trademark blend of artesian water and malt spirit passes through not three but five rounds of filtering. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


Hanabi Lager

Wally's Price: $20 per bottle

When Nick Gislason, Screaming Eagle’s winemaker, wasn’t making his world famous Cabernet Sauvignon, he was crafting his other love- Hanabi Lager. Nick has been working for more than a decade to discover and reinvent what lager brewing means to him, from both a farming and winemaking perspective. He approaches the art of lager brewing with a winemaker’s perspective and palate. He sources heirloom varieties of barley from interesting terroirs around the world, and embraces the seasonal differences as a means of honoring the agricultural origins of his beers. Using time-honored brewing techniques that coax out complex flavors, and with the patience of a winemaker, he allows these beers to ferment and mature slowly, at their own pace, to deliver incredibly delicious beers of precision and intention. - Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Marciano Estate Olive Oil 250ml

Wally's Price: $35

Ripened under the Napa Valley sunshine on our organic St. Helena estate, these olives are harvest by hand and pressed the same day to capture a fresh and vibrant first press olive oil.

The award-winning Marciano Estate olive oil is a unique blend of Leccino, Maurino, Nocellara and Pendolino varietals enhanced by Spanish Arbequina to create a perfectly balanced and aromatic oil defined by hints of pepper and green fruit. - Producer Notes

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



Heller Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wally's Price: $18

Homemade cookies - like grandma used to make. Heller Chocolate Chip Cookies are baked from scratch using simple ingredients and sold exclusively at Wally's.

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Top 10 California Wines

December 17, 2020



10. 2019 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

Wally's Price: $21

The lemon blossom, Asian pear, lime sherbet and candied orange peel notes are pure, fragrant, silky smooth and juicy, with intensity and a lift of freshness on the finish from a lemon verbena accent. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 98,000 cases made. - Wine Spectator

92 points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



9. 2018 Occidental Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental

Wally's Price: $65

The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental comes mostly from younger vines at the Occidental property but is made with the same attention to detail as the other wines in the portfolio, using free-run juice. Its nose is an aromatic well, offering crushed blueberries, charcuterie, Earl Grey tea leaves, graphite, saline, bitter orange peel and potpourri aromas. In the mouth, it explodes with lush fruits that give way after their initial rush to bitter, citrusy, minerally accents. It has a fine grain, seamless freshness and long, layered finish. It's enjoyable now but will age well over the next five to eight-plus years. - Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate

95+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


8. 2019 Villa Paradiso Rose Napa Valley

Wally's Price: $19

It’s rare these days to find a premium Rose for under $20. A premium rose from Napa Valley fruit at under $20 is unheard of. The 2019 Villa Paradiso Rose is crafted from Napa Valley Cabernet Franc and displays a sense of refinement and elegance that very few California Roses possess. After tasting this delicious value, we moved quickly to purchase the entire production of just over 100 cases. This is the best value in Rose this year. -Geoff Pattison, Wally’s Napa/Sonoma Buyer

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


7. 2017 Opus One

Wally's Price: $385

A remarkable wine for the year, the 2017 Opus One is a dense, full-throttle beauty. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours give the 2017 its racy personality. Exotic, beautifully perfumed and impeccable in its balance, Opus One is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. In 2017, Opus One has a distinctly red-toned fruit profile that distinguishes it from the surrounding vintages. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

93+ points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



6. 2018 Realm The Bard

Wally's Price: $145

The 2018 The Bard is fabulous and also one of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Realm. Vertical structure, power and explosive energy infuse the 2018 with tremendous character. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, leather, licorice and lavender are some of the many notes that run through the 2018. This is the first vintage that includes a dollop of Petite Sirah from Bourn. It is also the first vintage in which a portion of the wine was aged in concrete eggs, which seems to add tension and a palpable sense of vibrancy. The Bard is a blend of 40 different lots, everything from Calistoga to Coombsville, a marriage of elements that works so well. Although none of these wines could be referred to as inexpensive, The Bard is a tremendous relative value within the context of high-end Napa Valley. I loved it. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Petite Sirah. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

98 points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


5. 2018 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Vineyard

Wally's Price: $50

The 2018 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch is an incredibly expressive wine, with a savory blend of crushed cranberry and blackberry fruit accented by notes of fragrant earth, lavender, charcuterie, fir and Angostura bitters. The palate's full, expressive fruit character is supported by a silky, seamlessly fresh structure, and it finishes very long and layered. - Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate

96+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


4. 2016 Patrimony Cabernet Sauvignon

Wally's Price: $295

The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental comes mostly from younger vines at the Occidental property but is made with the same attention to detail as the other wines in the portfolio, using free-run juice. Its nose is an aromatic well, offering crushed blueberries, charcuterie, Earl Grey tea leaves, graphite, saline, bitter orange peel and potpourri aromas. In the mouth, it explodes with lush fruits that give way after their initial rush to bitter, citrusy, minerally accents. It has a fine grain, seamless freshness and long, layered finish. It's enjoyable now but will age well over the next five to eight-plus years. - Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate

98 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM



3. 2018 Failla Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard

Wally's Price: $85

The 2018 Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard is a magnificent, head spinning wine. Inky dark fruit, violet, plum, licorice, hard candy, mint and sweet spice give the 2018 striking aromatic nuance, but it is the wines mid-palate depth and unctuous richness that stand out most. Even with all of its overtness and plushness, the 2018 remains light on its fee. That, in essence, is the magic of the Sonoma Coast the way on which the wines feel ripe but not heavy. Wow. What a wine. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous

98 points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2. 2017 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Vanitas

Wally's Price: $100

This year we were thrilled to be the exclusive retailer for this stunning new Cabernet Sauvignon from cult superstar Memento Mori which became one of our most requested wines by the glass. Made from highly pedigreed vineyards this incorporates fruit from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Las Piedras vineyards as well as Weitz vineyard, Oakville Ranch and Vine Hill Ranch, there are only 55 cases of this rare bottling making this is one of Memento Mori’s most exclusive releases ever. Put some in your cellar this holiday season before it’s gone! - Geoff Pattison, Wally’s Napa/Sonoma Buyer

93+ points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

1. 2018 Ridge Lytton Springs

Wally's Price: $39

The 2018 Lytton Springs is magnificent. Elegant, layered and so complete, the 2018 has a lot to offer, but it needs time to fully come together. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal open up in the glass. Bright acids and beams of tannin give the wine its vibrant energy. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. Wow! - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

96 points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Wally's Top 25 Whiskies of the Year

December 15, 2020



25. Red River Pinot Noir Bourbon Whiskey

Wally's price: $50

A proprietary blend of corn, rye and barley fermented; aged in new, charged American oak barrels and then finished in Napa Valley Pinot Noir casks. - Producer Notes



24. Balvenie 12 Year Toasted Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $82

Speyside, Scotland- Named for the virgin oak barrels sourced from the Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky, this 12 yr old single malt has a pleasantly bready character along with hints of vanilla, brown butter, almond, and a bit of salt on the finish. - Producer Notes


23. Milk & Honey Elements Sherry Single Malt Whisky

Wally's price: $70

M&H Elements Sherry is the first ever single malt whisky that was matured in Kosher sherry casks, seasoned exclusively for our distillery – straight from Jerez. Bourbon, Oloroso and PX sherry casks characterized its fruity flavors, rich aromas, with a special deep and natural color. Matured under the Tel Aviv sun. - Producer Notes


22. Balblair 15 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $120

The second whisky in the Balblair Collection, Balblair 15 Year Old is a full-bodied, velvety single malt that has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in first-fill Spanish oak butts. This creates a rich, sweet whisky with spicy aromas of honey, gingerbread and prunes. The palate is velvety-smooth and full of dark chocolate, tropical fruit and warm spice notes. - Producer Notes


21. Old Scout 5 Year California Edition Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey 117.8 Proof

Wally's price: $50

A select, single barrel edition, Old Scout Single Barrel is bottled at a unique cask-strength with each release reflecting the exact barrel proof of the distinct cask in which the whiskey was aged. - Producer Notes


20. Highland Park Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $100

A cask strength Island single malt from Highland Park that is matured predominantly in sherry-seasoned American oak casks hand-selected by master whisky-maker Gordon Motion. The nose is sweet and smoky, with aromas of violets, vanilla pods and aromatic peat smoke. The palate offers notes of soft toffee, heather honey, freshly-grated nutmeg, floral peat and orange zest that linger in the finish. - Producer Notes


19. Off Hours Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Wally's price: $50

Off Hours Bourbon is meant to engage our senses and change perceptions. It's not about preconceived notions of artisanal cocktails and dimly lit bars. It's for everyone, everywhere. Smooth and balanced with hints of vanilla, nutmeg and toasted pecans. - Producer Notes

18. Starward Solera Australian Whisky

Wally's price: $75

The original Starward is solely matured in Australian fortified wine barrels, which are hand selected, re-coopered, re-toasted and re-sized specifically for aging our spirit. These barrels have formerly contained Apera, which is an Australian take on Spanish sherry. These barrels are 40-50 years old and have rich and complex flavors of dried fruit, spice and sweetness. The products name derives from a traditional method of inventory management. We have adopted a modern approach to the solera system to ensure consistency of ever batch of Starward. It also means that every Apera barrel we have ever emptied is in every bottle of Starward Solera Single Malt Australian Whisky 750m. - Producer Notes



17. Kilchoman Small Batch #3 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $85

This small-batch vatting, exclusively available in the US, combines ex-bourbon barrel and ex-sherry cask-matured Kilchoman at 46% ABV, vatted with one, specially selected Ruby Port Cask at cask strength. The final blend is comprised of 50% Ruby Port Cask, 47% Bourbon Barrel, and 3% Sherry Cask, resulting in a marriage of citrus and peat smoke with layers of red berries, stewed plum, and smoked paprika. Though Kilchoman does not normally create vattings with such a large proportion of Ruby Port influence, Small Batch #1, which also saw a Ruby Port component, was such a success that they decided to go whole hog (not to be confused with whole hogshead!) with the flavor profile, making this release especially unique. 48.9% ABV - Ryan January, Wally's Spirits Buyer


16. Bunnahabhain 11 Year Manzanilla Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $200

This limited edition 11 year old expression from Islay's Bunnahabhain Distillery was drawn from Manzanilla sherry casks, which have imparted oodles of rich and intriguing notes to the whisky's flavour profile. Expect salted caramel, dried fruit and chocolate aplenty here. - Producer Notes



15. Bruichladdich Octomore 11.1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (119 Proof)

Wally's price: $250

Distilled in 2014 from the 2013 harvest of 100% Scottish barley then filled into ex-American oak, this high provenance, high peat single malt is a fitting embodiment of how quality ingredients demand less time to reach maturity. Exposing the structural brilliance of our pure, unadulterated Octomore super heavily peated spirit, our 11.1 edition is powerful, understated and vibrant. Underpinned with a delicate balance of smoke and sweet vanilla from the ex-American oak casks, this single malt has spent just 5 years in contact with fresh first fill wood. - Producer Notes



14. High Coast Dalvve Sherry Influence Single Malt Whisky

Wally's price: $65

Dálvve Sherry Influence is blended from 50 barrels, 29 of these are sherry casks and 21 are bourbon barrels. 54% of the whisky comes from the sherry casks, including all of the smoky component (14.4% of the blend). Ages range from at least five years to a little over six. Around 15,000 bottles have been produced, and about 1,500 of these will be exported to the US. This will be High Coast's first release in the United States. - Producer Notes




13. Balcones True Blue Cask Strength Single Barrel Whisky (137.8 Proof)

Wally's price: $65

At barrel proof, True Blue Cask Strength preserves the bold flavors and aromas straight from our premium barrels. Select casks yield a power expression of our blue corn whisky that opens with deep notes of brown sugar, roasted nuts and buttered toast, while lingering honeysuckle and citrus accents usher in a long finish with hints of cinnamon. Crafted from scratch at Balcones, and held to the highest standards of quality, this whisky can be enjoyed “as is” or with as much water as you prefer. - Producer Notes


12. Woodinville Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey

Wally's price: $50

We take our fully matured 5-year straight bourbon and transfer it into Ruby Port barrels for 6 additional months. The Port finishing process adds a viscous mouthfeel with notes of candied cherry, dried plums, berries and chocolate on top of the traditional bourbon flavor characteristics. Very limited availability in our tasting room and select retailers in Washington state. - Producer Notes

11. Glen Scotia 14 Year Cask Strength Tawny Port Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $95

It's the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020 bottling from Glen Scotia. The peated single malt was distilled in 2006, and was initially matured in first-fill barrels before being transferred to American oak hogshead casks seasoned with tawny Port. Eventually it was bottled at 14 years old at cask strength, weighing in at 52.8% ABV. - Producer Notes


10. 1994 Bruichladdich Black Art 8 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (90.2 Proof)

Wally's price: $450

This 26-year-old expression was distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2020. It continues in the mysterious character of the series where the exact casks used are known only to the head distiller. Non-peated, the oak highlights its delicate citrusy and fruity notes. - Producer Notes


9. Glenfiddich Project XX Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $90

With its deep golden hue, Project XX embodies the warm, fruity character of a classic Glenfiddich whisky with hints of apple blossom, summer fruits and ripe pear. But its multiple personalities are revealed with hints of sweet candyfloss, cinnamon spice, almonds and rich port tannins with the odd whisper of liquorice. Deep and mellow, the finish is long lasting with a lingering sweet oakiness. - Producer Notes

8. Ardbeg Wee Beastie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $50

Apart from the name, nothing is small about Ardbeg's newest addition to their permanent lineup. It's a 5-year-old peat monster and an incredible entry point into the world of Islay Malts. - Producer Notes


7. Makers Mark California Edition Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (110.5 Proof) Wally's price: $75

This is Maker's Mark Bourbon in its purest form. Bottled at barrel proof and nonchill filtered, Maker's Mark Cask Strength ranges from 108 to 114 proof depending on the barrels. Surprisingly smooth, this bourbon retains the signature, front-of-the-palate flavors of Maker's Mark while amping up the notes of oak, caramel, vanilla and spice. - Producer Notes


6. Aberfeldy 18 Year French Red Wine Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $125

Initially spending 18 years in a combination of refill casks, the whisky has undergone a finishing period of around 4-5 months in First-fill Pauilliac wine casks, a rich and complex red wine from Bordeaux. Malt Master, Stephanie MacLeod, carefully monitored maturation and flavour development in the casks until the desired flavour profile had been achieved. Pauillac is a robust wine, so the goal was to use this cask type to complement and elevate the signature character of Aberfeldy, not mask it. - Producer Notes


5. Whistle Pig 15 Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (116.1 Proof)

Wally's price: $250

Tons of deep herbs, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and sage accent cherry licorice and a savory umami paste. It’s a regular Scarborough Fair. Cola like spice elements, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and creamy chocolate lend to the perception of intense richness on the palate, but those drying herbal notes win out in the end on a long, savory finish with a twinge of bitter baking chocolate. - Producer Notes

4. Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $120

A deliciously sweet and mellow Glenmorangie, finished in Hungarian Tokaji casks. A luscious and tart mouthfeel, leading into a burst of sweet, cake-like flavors - honey, white chocolate, apricot, almond, vanilla and pear. - Producer Notes

3. 2020 Laphroaig Cairdeas Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wally's price: $100

Buttery and soft aromas with a hint of smoke. This well-rounded and smooth scotch melts in your mouth without overpowering smokiness. The sweetness is reminiscent of crumbly fudge that can be found throughout Islay. Enjoy the sweet, lingering comfort on the rocks. - Producer Notes


2. Starward Cask Strength Barrel 3330 Single Malt Australian Whisky

Wally's price: $70

One of Melbourne’s newest additions to a growing range of whisky, the Starward distillery makes its home in an old flight hangar in Essendon Fields. Made with Australian Barley and matured in Australian Apera barrels for a minimum number of years, the resulting whisky is surprisingly smooth. Each bottle includes a unique code, an interesting feature. - Producer Notes


1. Craigellachie 23 Year Exceptional Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (115 Proof)

Wally's price: $300

Matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks, this single malt is bottled at 57.5% and has pineapple-studded notes with cloves, dusted with cinnamon and barbeque. - Producer Notes

The Top 10 Italian Wines of the Year

December 15, 2020



10. 2018 Bisol Prosecco Crede

Wally's Price: $21

"A stunning display of dusty florals, ripe orchard fruits and hints of honey fill out the bouquet of the 2018 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior Brut Crede. Its deceptively soft with an inner sweetness that only adds to its upfront appeal, while saturating minerality and zesty acids build tension toward the close. This tapers off with youthful poise and a decidedly salty note which, coupled with the intensity found within, leads me to believe the best is yet to come. " - Eric Guido, Vinous

92 points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


9. 2015 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino

Wally's Price: $54

"Showing a robust and beautifully saturated appearance, the Piancornello 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers that classic Brunello bouquet that introduces earthy elements of leather and potting soil with dark plummy fruit. Those sweet and savory sides are expertly folded into each other, and the rich, concentrated fruit of the vintage helps to smooth out those flavors, adding overall intensity along the way. This is a terrific expression that faithfully reflects the beauty of Brunello. It is a lovely wine. 95 points. " - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

95 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


8. 2016 Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera

Wally's Price: $115

"Of the many great contributions made by the winemaking team at Elvio Cogno, perhaps the greatest is the importance they brought to the Ravera cru of Novello. Little-known before their efforts, this vineyard has risen in high regard in recent years and continues to show impressive potential. The 2016 Barolo Ravera offers an important education in why this site deserves the spotlight. The wine shows terrific balance and depth, with rich fruit aromas framed by smoke, tar, ferrous earth and tangy licorice. The tannins are softly contoured, and the wine moves over the palate with profound length. Interestingly, two Nebbiolo clones, Lampia and Michet, are blended to make this wine. Some 15,000 bottles are hitting the market now. 97+ points." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

97+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

7. 2018 Castello Romitorio RomiToro Toscana Rosso

Wally's Price: $23

"The previous vintage of this wine carried the name Il Toro, but the wine has been renamed with this vintage. In archaic Italian, the name RomiToro translates as Romitorio. The Castello Romitorio 2018 RomiToro is made with equal parts Syrah and Petit Verdot, all aged in oak for 10 months. This edition opens to an inky dark appearance followed by a thick and succulent texture. It offers a certain firmness to the tannins and a thinner spot on the mid-palate that thickens quickly as the wine hits the palate. Dark plum, prune and blackberry emerge at the top. Lighter notes of spice, smoke and tar also appear. Pair this wine with your favorite steak dinner. Some 44,437 bottles were made. The wine was bottled in December 2019 and hits the market in February 2020. RomiToro is one of the great value wines to emerge from Tuscany." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

93+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


6. 2016 Il Borro Toscana IGT

Wally's Price: $75

"This is the estate's flagship wine and is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Petit Verdot once played a small supporting role in the blend, but that grape has since been removed because it left too strong a signature. The 2016 Il Borro is a seamless, full-bodied red wine that presents an A-list aromatic presentation with dark fruit and plum followed by savory spice, leather and tobacco. The quality of the fruit is sweet and bright, but there is also a distinct mineral note to the wine that contrasts the sweetness with saltiness. The tannins are well integrated and there is enough acidity to lift the entire flavor profile of this beautiful wine. Some 32,000 bottles were made. " - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

96+ points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


5. 2017 Sassicaia

Wally's Price: $255

"Aromas of exotic spice, baked plum and French oak mingle with camphor and blue flower on the nose. This boasts extraordinary elegance and freshness despite the hot vintage, delivering flavors of juicy Marasca cherry, spiced blueberry, tobacco and licorice. Velvety, fine-grained tannins provide support while coffee and crushed mint linger on the finish. Drink 2022–2032." - Wine Enthusiast

97 Points, Wine Enthusiast

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


4. 2016 Le Sughere di Frassinello Toscana Rosso

Wally's Price: $20

"Wild rosemary, thyme and camphor aromas lead off, with concentrated flavors of blackberry and black currant. An iron edge sinks in as this unfolds to the long, staining finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2032. 11,000 cases made, 5,500 cases imported. " - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

93 points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


3. 2016 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere

Wally's Price: $75

"If you consider the Barolo playbook at Fratelli Alessandria, the 2016 Barolo Gramolere takes the intensity and power up one more notch. You get black fruit and blackberry, but there is enough vibrant red fruit to keep this wine aligned with the more elegant and traditional side of Barolo. The wine shows compelling infinities with both the powerful and the elegant side of Nebbiolo. There are noticeable mineral notes and even a spot of savory salinity. However, Gramolere definitely has the power and inner grit to withstand long cellar aging. 97 points." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

97 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


2. 2016 San Giusto A Rentennano Percarlo

Wally's Price: $155

"The 2016 Percarlo captures all of the beauty it has always shown in the cellar. Pliant, silky and exceptionally polished, the 2016 simply has it all. Freshly cut flowers, rose petal, mint, spice and blood orange add striking aromatic nuance to a core of brilliant Sangiovese fruit. Powerful and ample, with superb aromatic lift, the 2016 Percarlo is exceptionally beautiful and moving from the very first taste. A whole range of floral and mineral notes extend the finish effortless. The tannins need time to soften, so readers should plan on at least a few years of cellaring. In a word: compelling." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

99 Points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM


1. 2016 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis

Wally's Price: $85

"All of these wines from Cavallotto deliver a very floral and perfumed subtext that gives lift and delicate buoyancy to the overall bouquet. This is the Castiglione Falletto magic that shows so well in this classic vintage. The 2016 Barolo Bricco Boschis offers dried cherry, sandalwood, bramble and forest floor. The wine reveals a slightly wild and untamed character that adds to its interest and personality. Overall, this is an elegant wine with a streamlined and elegant finish. The aromas are focused and bright. I can't wait to taste the Riserva expression from this site when it is released in three years' time. 98 points." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

98 Points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

Instagram Live with Michelle Defeo, President of Laurent Perrier

December 14, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, December 22nd at 5:00PM when Wally’s President Christian Navarro will be catching up with Michelle Defeo of Laurent Perrier in a live virtual tasting on Wally’s TV. Michelle is a certified sommelier and President of the famed Champagne house. Place your order today and taste along with Christian and Michelle to learn about the history and philosophy behind one of the world’s most exciting Champagne houses!



THE DETAILS

When:

Tuesday, December 22nd, 5:00PM

Where:

Instagram Live @Wallysofficial

What:

Taste and enjoy the finest expression of the champagne, hear personal stories from Geoffrey, ask questions during a live Q&A

How:

Step 1: Follow Wally’s Official on Instagram @wallysofficial

Step 2: To experience the champagne with Michelle and Christian, order your bottle
today.



NV Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle 24 Iteration

Wally's Price: $75

A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. - Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 7:27:57 AM

NV Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle 24 Iteration

Wally's Price: $175

A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. - Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 7:27:57 AM