Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
This Cabernet has been a huge success at the Bottle Shop. Made of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, this was aged for 6 months in French oak, and has good body with cassis, black cherry, mint and spice complexities. Made from grapes grown in Chile's Colchagua Valley, which has become famous for good Cabernet's, this is one of the greatest value in Cabernet in the market. Winemaker/Owner Aurelio Montes was named "Winemaker of the Year" by Wine Spectator in the years 2002 and 2006. Montes and his partners run a great, quality-driven operation in both Chile and in Argentina at Kaiken.
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Famiglia Castellani Sangiovese Toscana 2014The historic Tuscany region of Italy has been making wines since the 13th century. This little red from the Castellani family, of Chianti Classico fame, is a great value and tasty crowd-pleaser. Made of 100% Sangiovese, this will be perfect toair with dried salumi, assorted cheeses, oven roasted tomatoes and olives, or bring a couple to your favorite local Italian BYO and Buon Appetito!
Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar Nero d'Avola 2014Nuhar, meaning flower, is made from Nero d’Avola, which develops rich tannins and body, with Pinot Noir, King of Burgundy, responding well to the warmth of Sicily giving color, ripeness and finesse. Look for a bouquet of dried fruits, flowers and berry. The palate is warm and full with a balanced acidity and elegant tannins. The finish is long and lingering. This pairs well with meats, game, pasta, truffle dishes, cheese and pizza. Rapitalà, much like Sicily itself, is a mosaic of influences that comes together to create its unique identity. A marriage of Sicilian soul and French know-how, Rapitala showcases the power and personality of Sicilian terroir with an elegant, French winemaking style. In 1968, the French-born Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, and his wife, Gigi Guarrasi from Palermo, inherited this estate from the Guarrasi family after it was destroyed by an earthquake. The winery was soon rebuilt and vineyards were replanted to include not only indigenous varieties, but beloved French varieties as well. At the forefront of the quality revolution in Sicily, Rapitala was one of the first five producers on the island to offer estate bottled wines, starting with the 1976 vintage. Today, Rapitala’s over 550 contiguous acres are divided into 180 unique vineyard parcels. Each parcel is managed, harvested and vinified separately, crafting optimal terroir expressions. As a result, Rapitala has one of the longest harvest seasons, starting in August and ending in November, to ensure that each variety and parcel is picked at the right moment. The work, started by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi, is now carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion. He oversees Rapitala’s continuing mission to integrate and improve sustainable practices and new technologies into the property in order to achieve the purest expression of this region’s distinct terroir. Pushing beyond sustainability, Rapitala is starting to certify some of its vineyards as organic.
Old Forester Single Barrel 90 Proof Bottle Shop BarrelOur very own Old Forester barrel was bottled at 90 proof and gives the Bourbon lover a classic high quality whiskey at an incredible price. For the last few years we have been seeking and choosing singular barrels of whiskey from the best distillers in the USA. These barrels give our clients 'Bottle Shop Exclusive' whiskies tasted and chosen by our staff for both sipping and creating inventive cockOld Forester was created in 1870 and is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family... before, during and after Prohibition. Taste profile: Summer fruits and banana gently greet you as they mingle with classic bourbon notes of light vanilla, oak, and caramel on the nose. The palate delivers a deep experience with heavy hints of oak, leather, and chocolate with hints of dark cherry and vanilla. The overall finish is rich and flavorful and most whiskey drinkers will appreciate this beauty for its classic nature.
Chateau Lanessan Haut Médoc 2016Château Lanessan in the Haut-Médoc dates back to 1793 when it was founded by Jean Delbos. The classic château, with its Tudor-inspired influences was constructed in 1878. Eight generations later, Château Lanessan remains in the hands of the Bouteiller family, which are direct descendants of the founder. The 80 hectare, Haut Medoc vineyard of Château Lanessan has 45 hectares cultivated with vines. The vineyard is close to the St. Julien appellation. In fact, it’s just a bit south, as you drive up the D2, the Route de Medoc. The terroir is mostly gravel-based soils. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. To produce the wine of Château Lanessan, vinification takes place in traditional, concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in a combination of 33% new, French barrels, 33% one year old, French oak barrels and 33% two year old, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months.
Neirano Barolo 2015Even in the throws of summer, this full-bodied Barolo has been one of our top selling wines. Tenute Neirano is a small DOCG estate, and part of the company founded in 1911 by Antonio Sperone beginning with fortified wines and vermouth in a small cellar just outside of Turin. Sperone wanted to focus on high end wines in Piemonte in the 1980's so the family purchased a 25 hectare property in the heart of Monforte d'Alba, a region famous for its compressed sandstone soils, crafting intense, structured wines with great power and longevity. It is there, in an ancient 17th century villa, that this fine Barolo is produced. It spent 3 years in large Slovenian oak barrels and 1 year in bottle before leaving the winery for export. The 4th generation of the family is now making the wine.
Cellier des Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2018The Cellier des Dauphins vineyards lie in the Rhône Valley, with the foothills of the southern Alps rising in the distance. In these terroirs, sun-drenched vines swaying in the southern breeze, grow the renowned grape varieties that have made the Côtes du Rhône famous: Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and other local grapes. Such diversity enables the winemakers at Dauphins to produce aromatic blended wines of great complexity. This Côtes du Rhône Reserve is made from grapes g rown on sunny slopes and harvested at the peak of ripeness from the villages of Richerenches, Vinsobres, Puyméras, Tulette and Saint Maurice. Made of Syrah and Grenache, look for a deep ruby red color and a rich mix of sun-baked black fruits on the palate and soft ripe tannins on the long finish. *** DECANTER MAGAZINE GAVE THE DAUPHINS 2018 CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE RÉSERVE 97 POINTS AND A PLATINUM MEDAL AT THE 2019 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS *** This is an elegant French café style red wine…easy-to-drink yet full of flavor. Côtes-du-Rhône is typically made of mostly Grenache, a red fruit-driven grape which picks up hints of thyme, pepper and purple flowers from the soils of the beautiful sun drenched vineyards in the south of France. Serve with chicken with Provencale herbs, Mediterranean fare, spicy bean soups, cheeses, olives, rosemary flatbreads and more.
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2018Cloudline is one of the best values for high quality Pinot that we have found. With its pure, ripe fruit flavor, balanced acidity and a silky, smooth texture, Cloudline is an exuberant glass of wine. The talented winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss oversees the production of Cloudline, as well as making the wine at her family's estate Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Look for a ripe core of cherries, raspberries and red plums with accents of violets, vanilla and roses. Veronique Drouhin-Boss' family has been growing and making fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in France's Burgundy region since 1880 under Maison Joseph Drouhin. She herself has been making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley for over 20 years… serve this fine quality value with salmon, chicken, cheeses, beet salads, baby lamb chops and more.
Fleur Pinot Noir Carneros Select 2017With an enthusiasm for the red wines of Burgundy and a confidence in northern California’s potential for producing good Pinot Noir, Francis & Kathy Mahoney have realized their dream. On a modest budget, a small, functional winery was built in 1972. Francis knew that his best tool was his palate. Calling on his experience in the cellars of Burgundy, the profile of superb Pinot Noir was in his memory, soon to be expressed at Fleur de California Winery. Veteran Pinot Noir winemaker Ken Foster oversees production at Fleur de California. Foster was Winemaker/Production Manager at David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California where he held positions in winemaking and production for 15 years. During that period, he helped to convert the focus of the winery from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. This Pinot's expansive array of fresh, ripe red fruit aromas are accentuated by a spicy perfume note. Generous flavors envelop the palate with similar spicy red fruit flavors. This is a richer, denser Pinot than you expect at this price.
Luigi Voghera Barbera d'Alba 2017The Voghera family have been farmers in Neive in Barbaresco for many, many generations. They grew grapes for a modest production of family wine, but also cultivated grain and fruit trees. The estate as we know it today was born in 1974, when Luigi Voghera, the father of the current owner, dedicated his farm entirely to the production of grapes and started to vinify and bottle his own production. Luigi’s son Livio adheres to his father’s old-school and time-tested methods of production: longer maceration on the skins, and aging in large oak cask. All of Livio’s offerings are estate bottled, and across the board tremendous values. Made of 100% Barbera from vines up to 30 years of age, this is sourced from three hectares in the Cotta cru of Neive and grown at an elevation of 200-250 meters above sea level. Cotta is one of our favorite vineyards for Barbaresco, always very pretty and fresh, so we love this expression of the Barbera from this great site. Fermentation and maturation occur in stainless steel tanks. 1,600-2,000 cases produced annually.
Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Sauvignon Alto Adige 2018Tasted and loved by our staff, this is clean, fresh, dry, aromatic and thirst quenching, filled with mineral, lemon/lime citrus and herb flavors. Made by Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco, which is high quality co-operative founded in 1961. Located in the Isarco Valley of Alto Adige in northern Italy, this Cantina has 130 members from 11 municipalities of Alto Adige: Varna, Bressanone, Funes/Tiso, Velturno, Chiusa, Laion, Castelrotto, Villandro, Barbiano, Fié and Renon. The grapes for each bottling are blended to express the classic nature of the wines of this region, known for its exceptional white wines. Originally from France, the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety was brought to Alto Adige about 100 years ago but only much more recently to the Valle Isarco. The porphyry-rich, warm, frost-protected soils of the lower Valle Isarco with their SE exposure are perfect for this variety, and express its noble character. Serve with asparagus, snails, poached or grilled fish, or as the perfect aperitif. Substitute your Friday night Sancerre with this, you will be very happy.
Monte Degli Angeli Piemonte Pinot Noir 2018From the region of Piedmont of northern Italy, this well-made Italian Pinot has red and black fruit flavors with hints of vanilla, chocolate and purple flowers. Quite complex and long for the price, this is smooth, ripe and supple. Made by two quality-driven brothers, Antonio and Paolo Sperone, who also produce delicious, well-priced Barolo which we also carry. Serve with grilled tuna, roasted chicken, lamb, or with light pasta dishes, especially topped with shrimp and plum tomatoes.
Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018Caparzo was established towards the end of the 1960’s. The company has grown and adapted with the times all while maintaining and respecting the traditions of the terroir. The rustic and elegant Caparzo villa, La Casa, located at the bottom of Montalcino is available for rent for those who want to fully experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. This is Rosso di Montalcino is from the acclaimed 2018 vintage. Rosso di Montalcino is typically made from the younger vines of the Sangiovese Grosso, which also make each estate's Brunello wines. Therefore, Rosso di Montalcino has earned the nickname of 'baby Brunello.' Also, Rosso di Montalcino wines spend less time in wood compared to Brunello di Montalcino, and are perfect for more simple meals of classic Tuscan fare and/or Italian cheeses and olives. Caparzo was listed by Wine Spectator as one of Brunello di Montalcino's 'Cream of the Crop' producers. The estate is comprised of 475 acres, with 125 total acres planted to vineyards on all 5 sides of the hill of Montalcino, the only estate with this benefit. This gives owner Elizabetta Gnudi Angelini, with her winemaker Massimo Bracalente, access to all of the different terroirs of the appellation, from soil differences to unique microclimates to varying altitudes of vineyards.
Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec 2018Specially reserved due to its exceptional features, the Norton Reserva wines are characterized by their elegance and complexity. The Malbec Reserva is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards aged between 30 and 50 years old. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels and then additionally in bottles before release. The harmonious coexistence of fruit and wood over time has made this a great wine, characterized by elegance and complexity. Look for an intense red color with purplish hues. In the nose, it is an expressive wine with ripe black fruits, violets, spices and tobacco. In the mouth, it is wide and fleshy with a lingering finish.
Stafford Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018Stafford Hill is the 'second label' of famed Holloran Vineyard Wines, and is an outstanding value for handcrafted, small production wines. The Stafford Hill wines are produced from the same vineyard sources and use the same hands-on, traditional winemaking approach as the Holloran wines. Made from p rimarily Holloran Le Chenaie Vineyard with volcanic soils in the Eola Amity Hills located near Salem, Oregon. These are elegant Oregon wines made in a classic style. The Pinot Noir has limited use of new oak to keep the wine fresh and approachable for everyday drinking. Beautiful wines and great, everyday values. Small lots, mix of indigenous yeast and cultivated yeasts. 100% destemmed, hand punch downs. Malolactic fermentation is also natural and occurs in barrel. Aged 11 months in 100% french oak barrels (medium toast), 10% new. Only 1200 cases made. The lots used for this wine are aged for 11 months in up to 15% new French oak. The nose offers sweet cherry fruit and forest underbrush, with food-friendly acidity and structure on the palate, and a floral perfume in the mouth and finish. Made in the style of traditional Burgundy, the fruit is sourced from non-irrigated vines with fermentation occurring in small open-top tanks that are punched down by hand. Many of the lots are fermented with native yeasts, and all malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. This wine is both unfined and unfiltered. Natural sediment may occur over time.
Lyrarakis Kotsifali 2018New Greek Red! This may be new to the Bottle Shop, but Lyrarakis Kotsifali is made from an ancient grape variety grown since around 3000 BC. A native grape of Crete, Kotsifali is a dry red, with medium-full body, and a terrific red for grilled meats, Greek lamb dishes, pasta, pizza, cheeses, and all kinds of Mediterranean foods. We tasted and loved the Lyrarakis family's Kotsifali here, with its excellent purity and balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Traditionally, the Kotsifali grape has a black color, and comes from vigorous, high yielding vines that have a medium burst period and a medium ripening time. The grapes usually ripen between the end of August and early September in Crete. The resulting wines are high in alcohol and have a low acidity. However, Lyrarakis has produced a red wine with a nice balanced level of alcohol and a nice burst of acidity in a juicy, smooth style. This is no doubt due to their hard work in the vineyards, and their gentle approach to the winemaking. Farming is sustainable and organic, and the wines are made with certified Vegan methods. Look for c lassic Kotsifali aromas and flavors of spices, herbs, plums, blackberry, beetroot, salinity and 'Mediterranean' nuances. #welovethis!!! Vintage 2018—2019 JancisRobinson.com, 16.5 points
Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2019Brothers Xabi, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz created Viña Zorzal in 2007, taking advantage of their long history and tradition as a winemaking family in Correla, Navarra. Their family winery, Bodegas Correlana, had been run by their grandfather and father to great success in the region, and they became a reference point in the industry. But while the older generation had been more preoccupied with having a viable and commercial trade, the current one decided to take a holistic approach to agriculture, and make artisanal wines, focusing on single-parcels and single-vineyards, and on the terroir of Fitero, this subzone of the D.O. Navarra. Their landscape differs from the much flatter areas of Navarra where Garnacha and Tempranillo are cropped in high volumes. Their vines grow on rocky and stony soils with variegated clays (heterogeneous), and limestone and composite soils. The fact that the clay-based soils are non-homogeneous makes them much more permeable and resistant to erosion than the soils of the Ebro Basin. They own 40 hectares, 25 of which planted with the traditional Garnacha of the land. The wild bush vines are old, many centenarian, and are farmed organically. The remaining land is planted with Graciano (which quickly made their fame), Tempranillo, and some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay. The wines are made in a remodeled part of the family’s old winery, and the work in the cellar follows the work on the land, which they summarize here: “We practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture; we do not till the vineyards, and all processes are carried out manually; we use selected native plants for ground cover fertilizing with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. This philosophy is carried through to the winery, where our wines ferment spontaneously. We avoid racking, and don’t filter nor clarify. No additives are used, only a sufficient, moderate amount of sulphur.” The fruit for this delightful little Garnacha comes from different plots in the Fitero village. Serve with cured meats and cheeses, stews, roasted vegetables, game and meat dishes.
Pierre Andre Bourgogne Chardonnay Reserve 2018Founded in 1923, the firm of Pierre André was born at the foot of the hill of the grand cru Corton vineyard. Today Pierre André continues to produce top grand cru wines, along with village wines from up and down the Côte d'Or. The overall house style is one that represents the terroir of each village and vineyard, while also exposing concentration of fruit flavors, and balancing the classic acidity and tannin of Burgundy. All of the grapes are handpicked by vineyard manager Jacques Briday's team, and minimal intervention is used by winemaker Mathieu Carrara. We tasted and positively loved this Bourgogne Blanc from the charming 2018 vintage. Dry, crisp and ripe in style, the citrus, white flower and mineral flavors dance on the palate with a hint of acidity. Serve with shellfish, lemony white fish dishes, creamy cow's milk cheeses and Marcona almonds.
High Note Malbec 2018High Note is a wonderful new discovery here at the Bottle Shop. Crafted from a blend of the finest vineyards in Uco Valley including Vista Flores, La Consulta, Altamira, Eugenio Bustos and Gualtallary, when it comes to vineyard locations, Altitude is everything. Altitude is essential to providing the vineyards with intense sunlight and cool temperatures. This perfect paradox allows the winemaker at Vista del Sur in Mendoza to craft a Malbec with a deep violet hue, smooth velvety texture & vibrant fruit flavors, and name it 'High Note'. Vista del Sur is a state-of-the-art winery high in the Andes foothills of Argentina’s famed Uco Valley of Mendoza. Ranging in altitude from 3,300 to 5,000 feet, Vista del Sur’s vineyards are among the highest in the world and enjoy the perfect combination of elements for growing the finest Malbec. Intense desert sunlight, very cool nightly temperatures, low humidity and dry, sandy soil with excellent drainage provide the fruit with extended hang times that result in a slow, balanced ripening cycle with good acidity and concentrated flavors without excessive sugar. These conditions also help reduce vine disease and provide a long, dry growing season producing low yields of small grapes with concentrated flavor, color and tannins. While other wineries around the world are planned to create multiple varietals using the same equipment, Vista del Sur was designed from vine to bottle to enhance the quality of the Malbec it produces. Grapes are sourced from five vineyards with sandy loam soils, ranging in elevation 3,300 - 5,000 feet above sea level. Vista Flores vineyard has flavors of spice, red fruits and minerality. La Consulta adds black fruit and mid-palate weight while Altamira's fruit has notes of violets. Eugenio Bustos vineyard offers racy acidity and floral notes while adding to the violet color. Gualtallary vineyard, at the highest altitude, brings deep purple color and additional floral and black fruit notes balanced with acidity. Fernando Buscema is a fourth-generation winemaker whose early childhood memories are set in his grandfather’s vineyards. Buscema earned his bachelor's degree in enology and food science from the Universidad Maza in Mendoza, where he graduated top of his class. His winemaking experience was gained through his work at reputable wineries all over the world including Vicenza, Italy; Napa Valley, California; and Mendoza, Argentina. At Vista del Sur, Buscema is devoted exclusively to Malbec where he remains at the forefront of oenological research and development.
Mauro Molino Nebbiolo 2018Italy's best source for wine reviews, the Gambero Rosso , raves about the family-owned and managed Mauro Molino estate: 'The Molinos again showed why they are among the top Langhe producers. Credit goes in particular to Mauro and his son, Matteo, who is partly responsible for the estate's enormous critical success. For the basic Barolo, the estate ages the wine in large Slavonian oak barrels, which is a classic practice in the region, and the wine is known for its delicate nose of violets and roasted fruits, and concentrated, harmonious palate.' Mauro Molino founded this estate and today works alongside his son Matteo and daughter Martina. In 1973 Mauro graduated from enology school in Alba, and then followed that with five years of winemaking experience in Emilia Romagna. In 1979 after his father’s passing, he returned home to the family farm in La Morra and began consulting for local wineries while building up his own estate. 1982 was the first vintage from the famed family parcel in Conca dell’Annunziata, the conch-shaped parcel pictured above, and the rest is history. In 2003 Matteo joined the company, and then in 2009, Matteo’s sister also joined the gang. Today they manage approximately 12 hectares of vineyards, 50% dedicated to Nebbiolo for Barolo, and the rest mostly Barbera, and Dolcetto. This estate practices sustainable organic viticulture. This Nebbiolo is made from 10-30 year old vines in Monforte d’Alba and Guarene. Fermentation in stainless steel, then aging six months in large French oak casks coopered in Austria. Only 1000 cases produced.
Chateau-Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol 2015Our family has had a long-time love affair with Ch â teau Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol. The estate has been producing beautiful wines for 200 years, in the 'satellite' appellation of Lalande-de-Pomerol. Long associated and marketed with Château Pétrus in Pomerol, we always considered Siaurac such an incredible value for an authentic, velvety, delicious red Bordeaux. As a 'satellite' of the esteemed Pomerol area, Lalande-de-Pomerol has a similar climate and similar soils to its famous, luxurious neighbor. The owners of Siaurac are oriented toward quality, not quantity, and strive to express the unique typicity of the soils and climate (which we call the terroir ) . The Ch â teau has also been certified organic since January 2009. The average age of the vineyard is between 25 and 30 years. Today, Siaurac is owned by the owner of Château Latour, Francois Pinault and the Artemis group. It i s therefore made by an exceptional, world class team : the technical director from Chateau Latour, Penelope Godefroy, has worked with Jean-Claude Berrouet, the winemaker at Pétrus for 40 years. The 2015 Siaurac is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It tastes rich, velvety and pure with notes of cherry, mocha, licorice and rose petals. We have enjoyed many bottles at home over the last 25 years of this under-the-radar, classic Bordeaux red. Pair with filet mignon, lamb chops, roasted pork, Comté Gruyere cheese, Petit Basque sheep's milk cheese, meat pâté and/or cured meats.
Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Red Velvet Label 2017The Raymond family arrived in Napa Valley in 1933 and became connected to the Beringer family via marriage in 1936. Roy worked as winemaker for Beringer from 1933-1970, when in 1970, he and his two sons set out on their own with the 90-acre estate property in Rutherford where the winery is located. They released their first commercial wine under the Raymond Vineyards label in 1974 and never looked back. Today, the Raymond winery is owned by Boisset Family Estates. Jean-Charles Boisset serves as president of Boisset, one of the world’s leading family-owned wine companies, with wineries in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, and expertise in French sparkling wines. Boisset’s August 2009 purchase of Raymond Vineyards expanded the company’s footprint in the New World, which already included properties in Canada and California’s Russian River Valley, making it one of the top twenty-five producers in the US.
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015Tasted and loved by our staff, Marques de Murrieta has a long, meaningful history at the Bottle Shop. When we were first learning about wines, it was very important to our dad for us to know the best, most classic wines of every great winemaking region in the world. In Spain, Marques de Murrieta was at the top of his list. We had the opportunity to taste old wines from Murrieta from vintages such as 1968 and 1959 with him while we were still in the infancy of our wine training. The estate is very much a traditional estate in style. While rich and deep in flavor, the fruit is multi-layered but not 'New World jammy'. Red and black fruits, cedar, leather, hints of spices, even hints of tar are revealed. We would pair this with Spanish-inspired cuisine, especially pork or lamb dishes. WINE ADVOCATE reports: 'Yes, this is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, created back in the 19th century, and they keep their traditions, but now but each wine is selected from specific plots, something that they have done since the year 2000, a year that marked a big change in the winery. I feel more balance and better integration of the oak with the wine in recent vintages. I really liked the wines I tasted and was very excited to be shown a tank sample of the 1986 Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco. Yes, you have read it correctly, it was a tank sample which is waiting to be bottled after almost 21 years in wood and 6 years in tank that will be released sometime in the future. I simply loved it.'
Paolo Scavino Barolo 2016Enrico Scavino is at the helm of this family estate, founded in 1921, and has proven himself a leader in the quality of both his own vineyard and in the Barolo area at large. Considered the 'avant-garde' of the Langhe area, he continues to vinify his wines parcel by parcel, taking advantage of these small fermentations to try to make better wines. In fact, in 2007 Enrico has even designed and fabricated his own fermentation vessel, used exclusively on his Barolo, to improve the finesse of extraction from his nebbiolo. Now with his daughters Elisa and Enrica working with him full-time, it would seem possible for this statesman—contemporary of Domenico Clerico and Elio Altare—to take a step back. Instead, Enrico’s passion is further bolstered by the presence of the next generation. Castiglione Falletto lies in the very heart of the Barolo area — its soils are of both tortonian and helvetian origins, stratified amongst each other. In other words, crus in Castiglione like Bric del Fiasc (or even Bricco Boschis for that matter) combine the elegance of Barolo and La Morra with the power of Serralunga and Monforte. The first vintage of Bric del Fiasc was 1978—as a Barolo Riserva—hence the release this year of the 30 year anniversary Bric del Fiasc Riserva 2008 (AG:97+). But Enrico never closed his eyes to the beauty of the neighboring communes: in 1985 he signed a long-term lease on a small parcel in Cannubi in Barolo. Next, in 1990, he acquired a piece of the famed Rocche Annunziata cru in La Morra. In 2002, with the help of Domenico Clerico, he purchased a piece of Bricco Ambrogio, the most renown vineyard in the commune of Roddi. And most recently in 2007 he added a piece of Monviglero, considered the grand cru of Verduno. This Barolo represents the history and tradition of blending different crus of Nebbiolo in order to create a house style. The same care and quality work are employed on this wine as for all of the cru Barolo. Sourced from the top performing plots of 7 single vineyards in the village of Castiglione Falletto (Rocche Moriondino, Vignolo and Pernanno vineyards), Barolo (Albarella, Terlo and Vignane vineyards) and Serralunga d’Alba (San Bernardo vineyard). This wine is an opportunity for many clients to enjoy a great Barolo with an exceptional price quality ratio. “Enrico Scavino and his two daughters, Enrica and Elisa, continue to produce outstanding Barolos year in and year out.” – Wine Spectator “The Scavino family (Enrico and his daughters Enrica and Elisa) carry forth an important family legacy with a wide range of cru-specific wines that brilliantly exhibit individual styles.” – Wine Advocate