La Ferme de Gicon Grenache Blanc 2017
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We discovered this charming little white while in search of dry Rosé from the south of France. Made by Château de Gicon located next to the Rhône River, La Ferme de Gicon produce local grapes with classic French style. The Grenache Blanc variety yields aromas and flavors of Asian pear, apricot skin, tangerine, honey blossom, hibiscus & spices with a clean, thirst quenching palate. Serve as an aperitif or with seafood, white meats and fine French cheeses.
|Region||France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Gard|
|Brand||La Ferme de Gicon|
Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz TBA 2003 375ml
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M. Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal 2005The Chapoutier family has been in the Rhône Valley since 1808, and growing vines for wine production since 1879. Today, the company's biodynamic approach to grape growing and winemaking ensures their philosophy of 'Letting the soil speak, and expressing the terroir and its vintage'.
Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 2007This stellar estate is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, with an average age of 35+ year vines. Located next to Chateau Latour, the wines produced here are majestic, ageworthy, and traditional. A Second Growth of Saint Julien since the classification of 1855, Leoville Las Cases not only deserves this status, it is thought by many critics and collectors to be of the highest First Growth quality. It is also considered one of the longest lived wines in virtually every vintage, including 2007.
Domaine Allary Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 2008Domaine Allary Haut-Brion (which used to be called Domaine de la Passion Haut-Brion) is a 1.5-hectare parcel of vines situated in the heart of First Growth Haut-Brion's vineyard. From 1954 to 1978, the property bottled under its own name, but for the past 30 years, the grapes have been going into Haut Brion wines under a cropshare agreement. Planted to 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Allary Haut-Brion is owned by Dr. Michel Allary who decided once again produce a domaine wine at the property and 2008 is the first vintage under the new label. His daughter and grandson ensure a family-owned and managed future. Today the wine is made by celebrated Bordeaux consultant, Stéphane Derenoncourt, who is known for being somewhat modern in his approach, late harvesting and using a fair amount of new wood, to give the wines softer, sweeter tannins; but in other ways, this wine is very traditional. The new generation of Allarys work the gravel and sandy clay vineyard by hand or using horses. There are no tractors. Next year biodynamic viticulture will be introduced. ROBERT PARKER REPORTS : 'This is a tiny jewel of a vineyard (just over three acres) right in the heart of the Haut Brion vineyard. Not surprisingly, the wine is stunning. Made from 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Stephane Derenoncourt as the consultant, as one might expect, this beauty has some of the character of the surrounding historic estate of Haut Brion.'
Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2011One of California's most sought after, cult wines, Bryant Family Vineyards is known for their luxury Cabernets. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley overlooking Lake Hennessey on Sage Canyon Road, Bryant Family Vineyards makes Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit up on Pritchard Hill in the Napa Valley. David Abreu is their esteemed vineyard manager and Mark Aubert is the winemaker.
Château-Calon-Ségur Saint Estèphe 2011'The great Madame Denise Gasqueton, a Bordeaux icon whom I always visited early in the morning (8:15 a.m. for nearly 20 consecutive years), passed away on the first day of the 2011 harvest. The 2011 Calon-Segur is a fitting tribute to her extraordinary passion and love for this fabulous estate in the northern sector of St.-Estephe. A very strong effort, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as surprisingly sweet tannin and abundant quantities of black cherry, black currant and dusty, loamy scents. Medium to full-bodied with beautifully integrated tannins and sensational purity and length, this super effort is a wonderful homage to the memory of Madame Gasqueton. Moreover, it is potentially one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage and should drink well for 25 or more years.' reported Robert Parker April 2012 This historic 3rd Growth estate in Saint Estephe dates back to Roman times, and has enjoyed an excellent reputation for over 500 years. In the 18th century Calon Segur was part of the great Segur estate which included Lafite, Latour and Mouton. During this time, the owner, Marquis de Ségur, was fond of saying "I make my wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is in Calon" - a quote which explains the heart motifs that are dotted all around Calon-Ségur - on walls, fireplaces and even the wine label itself. Calon Segur is situated on a bed of sandy gravel and iron-enriched limestone in the northernmost part of St.-Estephe and has vines averaging 35 years. Planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the estate produces three red wines from its vineyard.
Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas La Geynale 2013' An up and coming superstar of Cornas, Vincent Paris manages his roughly 20-acre estate to produce three Cornas; the Granit 30, which comes from younger vines located lower on the slope, in the lieu-dit Mazards; the Granite 60, which includes the older vines of the estate (and comes from steeper, higher elevation slopes); and the La Geynale, which comes from a single plot of 100-year-old vines located mostly in the Renard lieu-dit (it is also the only wine to not see any destemming). Vincent's offerings are some of the top wines in the appellation and readers need to get on this young vigneron’s bandwagon!' Wine Advocate
Louis Jadot Beaune 153rd Anniversary Cuvee 2012The year 2012 was the 153rd anniversary of the renowned house of Louis Jadot as well as the most celebrated red Burgundy vintage in the last 20+ years. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the winery created a special bottling with 100% premier cru Pinot Noir fruit from the vineyards of Beaune. As the epicenter of Burgundy, the village of Beaune has a long and important history. The wines from Beaune are fragrant and sophisticated, complex and caressing on the palate. Made with traditional Burgundy winemaking methods, this 2012 Beaune Premier Cru was aged on the lees in 33% new French oak barrels for 18 months. This exceptional cuvée has the potential to age for 25 years or more. Serve with lamb, filet mignon, duck and cornish hen dishes alongside delicate mushrooms and grains with nut & dried red fruits.
Johnson Harriss Cuvée Wentz 2014Johnson Harriss was born to Edward Harriss II and Mary “Polly” Johnson in Charlotte County, Virginia, on 28 December 1769. He grew up in colonial America as a farmer, and was the backbone of winemaker John Livingston's family in the early years of American life. Johnson moved his family from Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina to Tennessee and finally to southern Illinois…where Livingston grew up. “Old Grand-father Harriss”, according to the DuQuoin Weekly Tribune on the occasion of his death, survived both the Revolutionary War and the U.S. Civil War and lived to age 99. This wine is a dedication to his life and family. For the second vintage of the Johnson Harriss project, John Livs discovered some amazing fruit from the mighty Pacific Northwest. He had rare access to some of the best cellars in Washington State to create the blend, and believes the end result is outstanding and emulates the great wines of Bordeaux's Right Bank. The final assemblage consisted of 50% Merlot, 26% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of the fruit came from the Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Columbia Valley. This vineyard is on the Royal Slope in the Frenchman Hills, which is climatically diurnal (hot afternoon/cool evening), giving the wine high levels of phenolic ripeness while retaining acidity. About 20% of the Merlot came from the Conner Lee Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope in Columbia Valley giving the wine excellent freshness. The Cabernet Franc and Syrah came from the Dineen Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, northern, cooler region, adding more structure and floral aromas. Winemaker Tasting Notes: The blend reminds me of Right Bank Bordeaux. It is structured and fresh, a serious wine, not flabby. Yet, at the same time, it is incredibly enjoyable now. The profile is loaded with dark red fruits with blueberry tones, spice, cedar box. The body is plush, rich and long, yet still drives down the middle with acidity and freshness. Winemaker Pairing Notes: From a pairing perspective, you will want to match with anything from the grill, red meat, and cured meats. But this is delicious on it’s own too. From a cheese perspective, attack some aged Cheddar, Comté aged Gruyère, aged Gouda or Manchego. And, of course, kettle-cooked potato chips fit the bill nicely.
Domaine-Humbert-Frères Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2015During the 2015 Burgundy Barrel Tasting for Frederick Wildman, we tasted through Domaine Humbert's offerings with Emmanuel Humbert. This was the best vintage we have ever tasted from him and a highlight of the entire portfolio that day. Emmanuel and his brother Frédéric are fourth generation vignerons of this family estate. They took over the domaine from their parents in 1989 and have been turning out exceptional Gevrey-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Fixin and Bourgogne rouge ever since. The exuberant Emmanuel (friends & family call him 'Manu') has been the family's winemaker for over 20 years. He focuses upon manual methods in the vineyard, with organic-leaning practices and emphasizes low yields. 50% new oak is used for the village and Premier Cru's , 100% new oak is used on the Grand Cru's . His 2015 old vine Gevrey here is positively beautiful. Wild cherries, black plums, violets, raspberries and licorice abound in the nose and on the palate. So rich and complex, we suggest cellaring this beauty for a few years and then serving it with juicy lamb chops alongside quinoa or cous cous with nuts and dried cherries; or with wild salmon simmered in fresh herbs, olive oil and pomegranate juice. Burghound reports: "If you're not familiar with the Humbert wines, the style is one that many readers will definitely like. There is a purity to the wines that is really lovely and while there is a nod toward the modern, some of the wines are also made with a significant percentage of stems. Overall, the wines are at once stylish and beautifully rendered with outstanding transparency."
Piattelli Premium Reserve Malbec 2016Piattelli Vineyards is located in the town of Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo. In north-west Argentina, Piattelli’s winery is located a few miles outside the town of Cafayaté and is located at 5,522 feet above sea level. The landscape is much more desert-like, and is known for its proximity to the wonderous rock formations in the Calchaquí Valley. Vineyards in the greater province of Salta are situated higher than 7,000 feet. The Premium Malbec Reserve is oak barrel aged for eight months and made of 100% Malbec.
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Moscato d'Oro 2015 375mlExotically perfumed nectarines, wild peaches, white blossoms and honey lead to a delightfully refreshing palate on Robert Mondavi's sweet Moscato d’Oro wine. Named after the Italian word for the Muscat grape and gold, this is a youthful expression of a variety with ancient roots in the gloriously sun splashed islands of Greece. Serve with cheeses (Brie or Langa La Tur), fruits (especially sweet green grapes) and nuts (macadamia, Marcona almonds).
Broadbent Vintage Port 2011
Caiarossa Toscana 2013Caiarossa sits on top of rolling hills in the Val di Cecina near the Tuscan coast. It’s a few miles north of the now-famous Bolgheri wine region, home of the 'Super Tuscans'. The locals call the Val di Cecina 'il Giardino', the Garden. Maybe that’s a reference to Eden because until recently olive trees were the only visible cultivation amongst truffle oak and cork oak trees. Occupying higher ground than Bolgheri, there is a different microclimate. The surrounding mountains offer direct protection from stormy weather. An old olive farm called Podere Serra all’Olio became the base for Caiarossa wines. Geological analysis has uncovered a dozen different soils here : various mixes of chalk, sandstones and clays. Indeed, the deep red soils found at Podere Serra all’Olio gave Caiarossa its name. There are eleven different grape varieties planted at high density; each matches the most suitable soil type. The final result, Caiarossa red is a unique blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache (Alicante), and Sangiovese, and the label depicts the head of Dionysus, the Greek God of wine.
Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2013Owned by the Mori family since 1974, Il Marroneto is today run by Alessandro Mori, who makes the wine and does so with great love, care and passion; from picking to bottling he follows it day after day as if it was his child, and this can be understood in a moment, by watching him slowly tasting his Brunello or hearing him talking about it with great passion and enthusiasm. He only grows Sangiovese and works in purity. He does not intervene much on the vines, he does not use any type of herbicide or special products for the protection of the plant. Of his wine, he loves the ability it has to express the fruit aromas and flavors, to rest four years in wood – years that the specification of Brunello imposes – and after all this time to remain authentic, delicate and elegant. Today, Il Marroneto, after more than 30 years is regarded as one of the ten historic companies in Montalcino (Siena). All this has been possible thanks to the long-term commitment and passion that Mori has always devoted to his work. Il Marroneto the Brunello is a traditional wine, aged in large oak barrels from Allier and Slovenia, vinified according to the traditional systems of Montalcino; the result is a very elegant wine, rich in aromas, classic in style and wonderful for aging.
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016In 1870 Jacob Beringer arrived in California from his homeland in Germany to pursue his dream of making fine wine to rival the best wines of Europe. Today the winery is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley and the winemaking program is managed by California-veteran winemaker Ed Sbragia and California-native winemaker Laurie Hook. Beringer's northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the primary source of Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch, is located near the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, winemaker Laurie Hook fermented the juice in French oak barrels (76% new) to enhance the natural richness in the wine. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance. All of the wines were put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, Laurie chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.
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Jean Foillard Beaujolais Villages 2016Jean and Agnès Foillard took over Jean's father’s domaine in 1980. Most of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon. These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity. However, great real estate is not the only key to Foillard’s success. Early on, Jean began to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist who defied everything that the more commercial brands were touting in the region. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton, soon joined in on the movement. This Gang of Four, as Kermit christened them, called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. The end result allows Beaujolais to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of others available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Beaujolais is all about. This estate comprises nearly fourteen hectares. Foillard’s wines are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.
Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017This Beaujolais made of 100% Gamay is perhaps the purest expression of this region's wines we have ever tasted. Made by the late Marcel Lapierre's son Mathieu, Domaine Lapierre Morgon is made from meticulously hand harvested grapes, with gentle and natural winemaking methods, and oak aging in Burgundy barrels from Domaine Prieure-Roch in Vosne Romanee. 3rd generation farmer Marcel Lapierre had been farming with biodynamic methods for close to 30 years and eschewing full carbonic maceration. With his tragic passing last year at the age of 60, Marcel's son Mathieu took full charge of the winemaking and continued his father's legacy. Wine Advocate reports: 'Mathieu Lapierre believes that the prolonged, relatively cool carbonic maceration he favors promotes natural antioxidants so that a wine like this has impressive stability from the open bottle despite its absence of sulfur. If you have a cold cellar, try to save a portion of this for 4-6 years. The irreplaceable and virtually irrepressible Marcel Lapierre passed away just after the 2010 harvest was completed and will be sorely missed among us. His son Mathieu - who had been assuming an increasingly important role at the domaine in recent years - has admirably advanced their labors in this vintage, resulting in wines that display the levity and "digestabilite" as well as textural caress and subtle complexity that one has long associated with the crafts of this domaine. Lapierre picked from September 20 through the first week in October and achieved normal crop levels. Mathieu Lapierre might refine his father's methods but it seems unlikely that he will deviate from them in fundamental ways, and he believes that "we in Beaujolais are in danger of losing our vinous identity" thanks in part to the ambitions of growers who take their inspiration and methods from the Cote d'Or.'
Rochioli Chardonnay Estate 2016'Quiet and assured, third generation winemaker Tom Rochioli continues to produce spectacular wines from the family’s 100 acres of vineyards in the heart of the Russian River Valley on both sides of Westside Road south of Healdsburg. The two most commonly encountered cuvées are the Russian River Estate Chardonnay and Russian River Estate Pinot Noir.' ROBERT M. PARKER JR.
Cantele Primitivo del Salento 2016The Cantele (cahn-teh-lay) family originally hailed from Veneto, but Paolo Cantele's grandfather emigrated to Puglia and founded this family estate in 1979. We met Paolo here in Spring Lake when he visited the Bottle Shop for the first time, and tasted through the Cantele wines. We were impressed by the complexity, consistency and value across the board. Made from very old vines, up to 65 years in age, this Primitivo is aged for 6 months in older barriques. Another interesting fact he shared with us is that Cantele adds even less sulfites than allowed by the legal organic limit. The estate is not organic, per se, but the vineyards are farmed as sustainably as possible. It helps that 80% of his family's vineyards are on the Adriatic Coast side of Puglia, giving the benefit of NW winds which keep the vines breezy and not too hot. This is simply an extraordinary value for a very high quality red wine. Look for an intense, spicy bouquet with notes of sour cherry and plum. Full-bodied in the mouth with a velvety warmth and gentle tannins. Ideal with game, roasted or braised meat and hard, aged cheeses. THIS SUSTAINABLE RED WINE HAS LOW SULFITES
Antinori Santa Cristina Toscana Rosso 2016Santa Cristina was originally introduced in 1946 as a Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori's father, Niccolò. But with the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws - spearheaded by Piero Antinori- requiring lower vineyard yields, Chianti Classico grapes became so complex and rich that they required more aging than this soft, fruity fresh wine. So in the 1987 vintage Santa Cristina became a 'Toscana', and in the 1994 vintage Antinori began including 10% Merlot to the blend. Look for vibrant ripe fruit on the nose with hints of flowers. Well-structured, soft and harmonious. Ripe tannins and lingering fruit in the finish will pair well with pasta in tomato basil sauce or with brick oven pizza.
Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2018Organic since 1995, grower Simone Santini is such a passionate Tuscan winemaker…we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to his estate in San Gimignano in May 2018. We were so impressed with both his Vernaccia whites and Chianti reds; they were ripe, pure, energetic and utterly charming, just like the winemaker! Le Calcinaie is composed of 30 acres covered with vines with perfect exposure, beautifully tended, and olive trees. This Chianti has fresh, happy aromas and flavors of plums, cherries, violets, rosemary, figs and more. Serve with pesto ravioli, pasta pomodoro, artisan pizza, cured meats, meat pâté and cheeses. “Tenuta le Calcinaie is a breakout winery in this report. Their Vernaccia-based wines all performed beautifully. I look forward to tasting more from this small estate in the future.” –Wine Advocate