Le Potazzine Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino 2016
We visited this wonderful family estate during the 2009 harvest in Montalcino and had the honor to taste wines with Guiseppe Gorelli from both bottle and barrel. He is a very thoughtful, quality-driven winemaker who balances tradition with modern know-how and captures the true essence of Montalcino. The wines are made in very small quantities in a traditional style. His Rosso di Montalcino is one of the best in the region. His wife Gigliola Gorelli runs a local restaurant in the town of Montalcino, helps him in the vineyard, and takes care of their two daughers.
The name of their tiny estate was actually inspired by the couple's two daughers, who they call Potazzine : which is the name of a local bird (featured on the label), due to their constant 'chirping' to each other from the time they were babies. The Gorelli's first vintage under the Potazzine label was 1997, but Guiseppe comes from a long line of Brunello di Montalcino producers. Today he owns vineyards in both the north and the south, since he believes each area imparts different positive qualities such as richness, balance, aromas, acidity, terroir components and structure. He is dedicated to healthy vineyards, old vines and low yields. Also dedicated to natural winemaking, Guiseppe only uses wild yeasts in the winery, and the wines go through a long, natural fermentation of about 30 days. Many years ago, Guiseppe made the big decision to stop using any small oak barriques for aging, as he felt the wood component was too strong for the supple, balanced style he was seeking. Today, he uses 100% Slovenian oak in 10 hectolitre and 30 hectolitre sizes. These wines are wonderful to pair with roasted meats, pasta or risotto, pasta fagioli, or Italian cheeses, salumi, olives and more.
'Along with...Giancarlo Pacenti, Guiseppe Gorelli is the best of the younger producers of Montalcino, and an estate that has not missed a step since 1988.' Stephen Tanzer
'Le Potazzine Gorelli always delivers a delicate touch with its territory-inspired wines.' – Wine Advocate
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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 2015 1.5LThe Beaucastel estate dates back to the 16th century, and descendants of the Perrin family have owned it since the early 1900s. Today the Perrins are pillars of quality in the wine world, favoring an organic approach for their wines, and a steadfast commitment to the expression of terroir. Made of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 15% assorted Châteauneuf du Pape varietals, this wine always manages to be full-bodied, yet graceful and balanced at the same time.
Domaine Dominique Gruhier Bourgogne Epineuil Cuvée Juliette 2015The village of Epineuil is located just northeast of Chablis, sharing the same Kimmeridgian soils. Bourgogne Epineuil is the regional AOC, created in 1993, for the reds which are 100% Pinot Noir. We tasted and positively adored this Cuvée Juliette, made from 50% whole cluster, 15 months in oak, only 10% new and no added sulfites. It’s ripe, velvety, delicious, and has oodles of violets, lavender, red berries…this is classic Burgundian Pinot Noir from a lesser-known AOC, and very worth seeking out. Dominique only makes about 600 cases of Juliette each year from his oldest vines. Dominique Gruhier hasn't had it easy, getting his domaine to this point. Throughout his many troubles which included frozen vineyards, fires and lawsuits, he remained one of the warmest, most charming, welcoming, well-mannered, and smiling men in Burgundy. As his domaine and his relatively obscure appellation began to attract more customers, he has been able to make the investments and changes that were necessary to let his talent shine. What beautiful wines have emerged! Fine, sexy, juicy, vivacious, saline and chalky. They are some of the greatest values we have tasted in Burgundy, and what we like to think of as 'Chablisien Pinot Noir'.
Moraitis Sillogi White 2017This fine quality estate is owned by Manolis Moraitis whose grandfather founded the winery in 1910. Today Moraitis is the only privately owned wine estate on the island, and Manolis is working with his son Theo; soon he will also work with his son Savvas after his military duties are complete. Sillogi white, from the region of Cyclades on Paros Island, is made of Malagouzia and Assyrtiko grapes. Super fresh, dry, zesty and long in the mouth, this will immediately remind you of the sea and all of its seafood riches. Look for tangy citrus, lemon, lime, briny green olive, sea breeze and oregano accents and think of pairing this with raw oysters, shrimp cocktail with a squeeze of lemon or lime, mussels in garlic, oil and herbs, cold seafood salads, ceviches, gazpachos, salted fishes (cod/white anchovy/sardine), sheep's milk cheeses, green olives or simply on its own as an aperitif. The Greeks serve toasted bread with olive oil, sea salt and oregano on top which is an ideal accompaniment to this wine and perfect as you are waiting for your seafood dish or nibbling in between courses. If comparing this wine to something more familiar, I would say it reminds me of a cross between a fine Chablis and a Gruner. We visited Moraitis Winery in June of 2010 and hiked around their organic vineyards in different locations on the island, then visited the winery for a tasting of all of their wines. Father Manolis and sons Theo & Savvas were our hosts, and Manolis' wife whipped up a light lunch for us after the tasting. She served a super smooth, delicious Taramosalata, fresh Parsley and Onion spread on toast topped with a kalamata olive, rustic sunflower seeded breadsticks and chunks of Graviera cheese: Greece's 'other' sheep's milk cheese. Graviera seems to be used in Greece as their table cheese, and the Feta cheese is used in Greece's most famous salad of tomatoes, feta, olives, onion and crusty bread. Posted from an article about Greek wines on PunchDrink.com: 'THE OUTLIER' Moraitis Sillogi Cyclades White 2016 "Moraitis is one of the historic properties in Naoussa, on the island of Paros, farther north in the Cyclades. Their Sillogi combines assyrtiko with malagousia, a fragrant grape from the mainland, both grown in organic vineyards on Paros. If there’s a bit less of the volcanic intensity found on Santorini, but a minty herbal side and slightly leesy richness give this both complexity and freshness. It’s the sort of wine that telegraphs the success Greek island whites could have, if just a few more pinot grigio drinkers made the switch."
Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2017The Pinot Grigio grape has its origins in France from the Pinot Gris variety, but today, this popular grape is best known for the crisp, dry whites coming from northern Italy. We were thrilled to find such a tasty, fresh and stylish one made in the hillside vineyards of Veneto from 100% organic grapes. The Veneto region is ideally suited for the Pinot Grigio grape, where the particular composition of the hilly soil, exposition to the sun and mild summer temperatures combine to provide excellent conditions. Made by Cantine Volpi which has been producing wine for over 50 years, Tiamo Pinot Grigio is produced from a 12 hectare, certified organic vineyard near the town of San Polo di Pave, in the heart of the Treviso countryside. The vines average 20-25 years, and all of the grapes are picked by hand. Tiamo Pinot Grigio is dry, clean and crisp with notes of apple, pear and citrus, and hints of flowers and minerals. Serve with white fishes, shellfish, green salads, lemon chicken and mild cheeses.
Domaine Dominique Gruhier Bourgogne Blanc 2016The village of Epineuil is located just northeast of Chablis, sharing the same Kimmeridgian soils. Bourgogne Epineuil is the regional AOC, created in 1993, for the reds which are 100% Pinot Noir. For the whites, the wines are labelled either as a simple Bourgogne like this one, as Bourgogne Tonnerre, the regional AOC for whites made of 100% Chardonnay, for an area that includes six villages: Epineuil, Dannemoine, Junay, Molosmes, Tonnerre and Vézinnes. The AOC was created in 2006, prior to that the whites were also part of the Bourgogne Epineuil AOC. We tasted and positively adored this Bourgogne Blanc, made only a stone's throw from Chablis. Fresh, clean, crisp and juicy, the minerals from the soils mingle perfectly with citrus, apricot, wflowers and hints of vanilla. Dominique Gruhier hasn't had it easy, getting his domaine to this point. Throughout his many troubles which included frozen vineyards, fires and lawsuits, he remained one of the warmest, most charming, welcoming, well-mannered, and smiling men in Burgundy. As his domaine and his relatively obscure appellation began to attract more customers, he has been able to make the investments and changes that were necessary to let his talent shine. What beautiful wines have emerged!
Moraitis Rose 2018When we visited Greece in the early summer of 2010, we fell in love with the wines from the Moraitis Estate located on the beautiful island of Paros. Owned by the Moraitis family, Manolis Moraitis' grandfather founded the winery in 1910 and today is working with one of his sons while his other son finishes school and the military. Moraitis is the only privately owned wine estate on the island and conducts all grape growing with organic methods. This luscious and lovely dry Rosé is made of a blend of indigenous Greek varieties: Mavraidano provides aromas of cherries and plums while the deeply colored Mandilaria grape gives lovely floral notes especially violets. This is clean, crisp and emminently drinkable. When we visited the estate, father Manolis and sons Theo and Savvas were our hosts, but their mom whipped up a light lunch for us including a super smooth, delicious Taramosalata (caviar spread), Parsley and Onion spread on toast topped with a kalamata olive and chunks of Graviera cheese (Greece's 'other famous' sheep's milk cheese). Graviera is more of their table cheese, and the Greek Feta cheese is used in the country's famous Tomato, feta, olive and crusty bread salad. This wine pairs well with all of the above! When you get it home, create something Greek-inspired and this wine will truly sing...
Domaine Dominique Gruhier Cote de Grisey Bourgogne Epineuil 2015This small Pinot Noir vineyard of less than 3 acres in size is located in the up and coming appellation of Epineuil just northeast of Chablis. It has a steep slope up to 45% for excellent draining, shallow Kimmeridgian argilo-calcaire soil, facing south, east, and southeast. The domaine has been certified organic since 2015 and winemaker Dominique Gruhier vinifies this wine with 30% whole cluster in a pneumatic press and aged for 15 months in older barrels. The village of Epineuil is located just northeast of Chablis, sharing the same Kimmeridgian soils. Bourgogne Epineuil is the regional AOC, created in 1993, for the reds which are 100% Pinot Noir. We tasted and positively adored the wines of Gruhier for two years in a row at Frederick Wildman's famous barrel tasting of new Burgundy wines. Dominique does not add any sulfites to his wines, making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a very natural way. His wines are ripe, velvety, delicious, and very fresh…Gruhier wines are classic Burgundian Pinot Noirs from a lesser-known AOC, and very worth seeking out. Dominique Gruhier hasn't had it easy, getting his domaine to this point. Throughout his many troubles which included frozen vineyards, fires and lawsuits, he remained one of the warmest, most charming, welcoming, well-mannered, and smiling men in Burgundy. As his domaine and his relatively obscure appellation began to attract more customers, he has been able to make the investments and changes that were necessary to let his talent shine. What beautiful wines have emerged! Fine, sexy, juicy, vivacious, saline and chalky. They are some of the greatest values we have tasted in Burgundy, and what we like to think of as 'Chablisien Pinot Noir'.
Domaine Dominique Gruhier L'Ame des Dannots Bourgogne Epineuil 2015This small Pinot Noir vineyard of less than 5 acres in size is located in the up and coming appellation of Epineuil just northeast of Chablis. With its s outhwest-facing vines planted in deep Kimmeridgian soil, it is an excellent position for cool climate Pinot Noir. The domaine has been certified organic since 2015 and winemaker Dominique Gruhier vinifies this wine with 100% whole cluster, mostly pump-overs during 3 weeks in tank, pneumatic pressing and 18 months aging in barrel (30% new). He has Massale selection for new vine plantings and an average yield of 45 hL/ha with annual production at only about 250 cases. The village of Epineuil is located just northeast of Chablis, sharing the same Kimmeridgian soils. Bourgogne Epineuil is the regional AOC, created in 1993, for the reds which are 100% Pinot Noir. We tasted and positively adored the wines of Gruhier for two years in a row at Frederick Wildman's famous barrel tasting of new Burgundy wines. Dominique does not add any sulfites to his wines, making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a very natural way. His wines are ripe, velvety, delicious, and very fresh…Gruhier wines are classic Burgundian Pinot Noirs from a lesser-known AOC, and very worth seeking out. Dominique Gruhier hasn't had it easy, getting his domaine to this point. Throughout his many troubles which included frozen vineyards, fires and lawsuits, he remained one of the warmest, most charming, welcoming, well-mannered, and smiling men in Burgundy. As his domaine and his relatively obscure appellation began to attract more customers, he has been able to make the investments and changes that were necessary to let his talent shine. What beautiful wines have emerged! Fine, sexy, juicy, vivacious, saline and chalky. They are some of the greatest values we have tasted in Burgundy, and what we like to think of as 'Chablisien Pinot Noir'.
Iuli Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Rossore 2015This Barbera from Monferrato in Piedmont is an extraordinary, high quality Barbera made by winemaker Fabrizio Iuli. Rossore, named after the color Barbera puts in your cheeks, was in reality the first wine Fabrizio ever produced. A completely different label, but was actually the predecessor to Barabba. He blends 100% organic estate fruit into the Rossore, including fruit from Barabba, his ancient plot of Barbera. The result is a wine with a ripe, chocolately nose followed by a palate packed with flavor, ripeness and underlying acidity and tannin. The Barabba vineyard is his oldest plot of Barbera, with vines planted in 1930 and 1960, located on a steep, rocky hill with a limestone core. Rossore is aged in one year old French oak barrels and is the first wine Fabrizio released in 1998 under the Iuli name. Iuli calls himself a barberista , for his love, focus and dedication to the Barbera grape. Located in the small town of Montaldo in Monferrato, which is the home of many of Piedmont's top Barbera's, the Iuli estate is organically farmed by Fabrizio, and his old vine vineyards have a strong core of limestone which adds a distinctive terroir . We had the incredible opportunity to visit Iuli, hike around the vineyards and taste wine out of barrel and bottle with Fabrizio. His wines clearly have a purity, honesty and joyfulness to them that we just love. They are also seriously complex at the same time. Rossore Barbera will be a flavorful crowd-pleaser with many types of foods. Grilled or roasted meats, oven roasted tomatoes, baby back ribs, pasta dishes with meat sauces, aged cheeses and salumi, a thick-cut bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich and more will pair amazingly.
Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Rose 2018We cannot get enough of this French Rosé at home all summer long... made with organic methods and low sulfites, from 100% Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley, it's just so clean, fresh and delicious. We figure it's also a great way to kick off the World Cup Women's FIFA tournament with this lovely wine and pair it with French goat cheese and a nice seafood dinner. The Jean-Maurice Raffault estate is located in Chinon, in the central Loire Valley, near Tours, and is the northernmost French red wine appellation. The family has been vignerons in Chinon since 1693 and the estate now comprises 40 hectares spread over 6 communes. In 1997, Rodolphe Raffault joined his father Jean-Maurice at the family domaine which had by then grown to 40 hectares. He has been in charge of the vineyards and winemaking since the 2000 vintage. We met him a few years ago, and loved his natural and organic winegrowing and winemaking methods as well as his pride in running the family domaine. He is particularly motivated to continue his late father's innovation of single-site bottling in Chinon, for example with his revival of the historic Clos des Capucins vineyard. Made of 100% Cabernet Franc by the saignée method, this is one of our favorite dry Rose wines. It is so fine and classy, dry and pure with red currant, strawberry, mineral and succulent herb complexities. Bright and lively with a long, succulent finish, it is a versatile wine that drinks well on its own, or with charcuterie, goat cheese, fish, and fowl dishes. We adore this at home with grilled salmon over leafy greens, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Francois Baur Sang du Dragon Pinot Noir 2015This Pinot Noir from the Alsace region is an absolute beauty and a wonderful example from northern France. Continuous vine growing in Alsace dates back to Roman times; viticulture in the Brand area was recorded in 1328 from documents of Paris and the abbeys of Munster. Red wines have been traditionally rare in Alsace because of the region's cool growing season and northerly location, but today we are seeing more and more reds produced with changing climates and organic winemaking methods. The name for this Pinot, 'Sang du Dragon' comes from an old legend...when the valley of the Rhine was still underwater, a dragon emerged from the waves to rest on the protruding Brand hilltop. The sun was too fierce, however, and its rays eventually pierced the dragon's scales, drawing blood. Gravely wounded, the dragon dragged itself to a cave where it then died. Many centuries later, wine growers came to plant vines in this area. Still fertile with the dragon's blood, legend has it that the vines even today produce a wine of fire. Today, Baur's wines carry the dragon's image. In an email we received from Virginie Baur, she told us : "Sang du Dragon means dragon's blood. There is a legend that a dragon was slain in this vineyard (the Brand vineyard), and the blood of the dragon made the vines strong. 'Brand' means "land of fire" in German and is a Grand Cru Vineyard but only Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling can have the Grand Cru Appellation according to the AC laws, so we named the wine 'Sang du Dragon'." The story is fun for sure, but the wine itself is amazing. We drink it at home often, it is a wonderfully terroir -driven treat! Over the past several years, Baur has converted his vineyards to fully biodynamic production--a totally natural approach to the cultivation of vines that makes every attempt to respect the plants, the soil and the environment. No weed killers or insecticides are used; instead, certain types of grasses are encouraged to grow between the vines which actually strengthen the soil. To provide aeration, the earth is plowed manually a few times a year. Only natural products are used on the leaves of the vine itself: Work is scheduled according to the phases of the moon, often at night while the vines are resting and not fatigued by the sun. Studying in the same biodynamics class as Jean-Michel Deiss, one notes the fervor with which Pierre Baur (Virginie's father) now addresses his work; it has become a religion to him and, he trusts nature explicitly in his vineyards.
Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz TBA 2003 375ml
Chateau Valandraud Saint-Émilion 2005
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