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Le Grappin Savigny Les Beaune Rouge 2011Red fruits of cranberry and raspberry, lead into a pure, transparent and linear attack. Classic Savigny sappy body. Tannins are fine and silky with a fresh and persistent finish. 90% destemmed, 10% whole cluster fruit in a wooden cuve for 21 days before being run off into an old wooden basket press. 16% new oak, 11 months in barrels made by Tonnellerie's Chassin & Remond.
La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2011Medium-depth, cherry red, with a clean, bright pink still glass. Swirling reveals jammy notes of wild currants and herbs against a balsamic background coffee. Mild entry, with a medium. well with soft tannins and a harmonious, wine extolling the virtues of this brand. Alberdi stands out for its food-pairing versatility. As a result, it is an ideal companion to appetizers, snacks and barbecues, and great with lightly-grilled meat and fish.
Chateau Bois-Martin Pessac Leognan 2014
Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Balciana 2010Beautiful and intense straw yellow color with nuances of golden yellow. Intense on the nose with hints of ripe fruits, tropical and citrus fruits, touches of spice, liquorice root, almonds and honey. It is strong on the palate but at the same time fresh and flavorful with a persistent taste and smell. It is full-bodied with an intense harmoniously balanced flavor, and despite the high alcoholic content, it is extremely agreeable to the palate.
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2006Intense ruby-red, cherry heart and slight brick-red tinge at the edge. The colour has not developed very much. Expressive, well defined aged character but with reminders of the fruit. A base of very ripe red fruit (plums, blackcurrants) cloaked in a fairly classical bouquet which gradually opens up more subtle nuances as the wine is aired. First come the hints of fine wood (cedar, fresh acacia bark), then lots of spicy aromas (cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns) and finally reminders of tobacco leaves and tea to round off an overall impression combining a clear classic character with very modern vitality. Balanced on the palate, with body and liveliness, the tannins well tamed by the ageing but still there, providing sensations of noble strength, consistent, full mouth-feel, lively, well integrated acidity and wood, full of taste and suggestive mouth aromas in which the fine reminders of ripe fruit are more apparent, persistent, supple finish inviting you to have another glass. An exemplary Gran Reserva, well developed and full of vitality. Expression of the fruit, with the classic Rioja bouquet (with no animal notes or any sign of oxidation) and with the fine, lively character of a red from the Rioja Alta.
Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia 2011Intense ruby, with violet nail, and with complex aromas that bring to mind sour cherries, currants and other wild berry fruit, mingled with licorice and vanilla. The 2011 Geremia, the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, offers tons of energy to balance its dark, inky fruit. Lavender, menthol, melted road tar, sage, crème de cassis and grilled herbs are some of the many signatures. The ripeness and raciness of the year come through in spades, yet there is an element of pulsating intensity in the glass that plays off the more overt elements nicely. This is another superb showing from Rocca di Montegrossi. 95 Pts. Vinous M
Domaine du Gour de Chaule Gigondas 2013This wine is sturdy, braced with sweet, dusty tannins, and is intensely aromatic with notes of crushed white pepper, oriental spices and game. Pairings: Grilled or roasted red meats, duck with olives, Bresse Chicken, country salad, goats cheese, melon and strawberries in the summer months.
Day Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015Intense, inky purple in the glass, deeply floral with heady notes of pink peppercorn on the nose. Vibrantly fresh on the palate, the wine is packed with blackberry, boysenberry and is held taut by a firm graphite structure.
Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2015This ancient, walled vineyard has the estate's shallowest, stoniest soils. The wines are rich and intense. Many consider this to be Vouvray's finest single vineyard site. The vines are farmed using biodynamic methods and harvested by hand. Undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation in large, old oak demi-muids as well as stainless steel vats. There is no encouragement of the malolactic fermentation, thus many Huet wines remain rich in malic acid, a character that brings an age-worthiness to the wines.
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008Outstanding dark-cherry red; intense, bright and clean. The first impression on the nose is of great freshness provided by notes of cherries and blackcurrants knit with notes of black pepper, tobacco, nutmeg, coffee, caramel and vanilla from barrel ageing. Pleasant entry. Tasty, with a soft freshness, nice structure, balanced acidity and fine, elegant tannins. Silky finish, with a lovely aftertaste, where liqueur-like notes of blackcurrants intermingle with toasty notes and sweet spices turning this especial edition of Viña Ardanza into a fine, elegant wine. The ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry and game, Iberian ham and sausages, as well as semi-cured cheeses.
Isole e Olena Cepparello 2014The concept and style of Cepparello was developed by Paolo De Marchi over a period beginning in the mid 1970s. The wine is named after a small stream, Borro Cepparello, originating in the highest point of the vineyards on the Isole e Olena estate. After barrel aging in French and American oak for 14 to 18 months, it is then aged in the bottle for one year before release. The wine is dense and intense but has a subtle finesse that frames lovely, dense, black fruit purity. It exhibits a lively color, fresh aromatics and a nuanced personality. It boasts layers of vibrant fruit intermingled with subtle mineral and licorice notes, showing outstanding length on the palate and fine, noble tannins.
Chateau de Costis Bordeaux 2015Château de Costis has an extraordinary deep, shiny, red color. The aroma is powerful with a lot of frutiness. The taste is soft with a very good amount of tannin for a Bordeaux wine. It is a very well balanced wine. The wine is ideal when served with all types of meat, poultry and cheese.
Domaine La Ligiere Cotes du Rhone Sud Absolu Rouge 201320-30+ year old vines and low yield on sandy, clay and limestone soil, producing a richly smooth, spicily fruity wine, which has a complex range of berry flavours.
St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon 2014Rich, vibrant purple and red hues present in this wine. Blackberry and ripe currant aromas combine with black pepper, anise, toasted oak and smoky roasted mocha. Flavors of black plum and cassis complement flavors of roasted coffee bean and licorice. This is a structured Cabernet Sauvignon with fine texture, length, flavor and style.