If you didn’t get my email last week introducing the Fall and Winter line-up of events, please let me know and I will send you that list of events.
A couple of those events have already sold out, so please inquire today if you are interested in coming.
There are 5 spots left for the upcoming Spanish tasting on Friday, September 23rd. This will be an incredible tasting with a diverse selections of wine from all around Spain. So if this is an area of wine you hope to learn more about, or you already love the wines of Spain, you should not miss it!
Today I have quite a newsletter for you! I have been tasting some pretty incredible wine lately. Some of which various distributors are offering killer deals on. So please read on, your taste buds will thank you later!
Finally, I wanted to let you know that this past weekend I celebrated my 4 year anniversary! Time has gone by very quickly. I wanted to thank all of my loyal customers for their support. In times like these it is even more important to support small business, and many of you have heeded that call. I thank you, and my family thanks you.
The fight is not over yet. I still need your help so that I can hang around for at least another 4 years. If you have a few minutes in your day, please forward my email to your wine loving friends. You can also like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. In the coming months I have plans to get more active in those worlds, and make following me in them more beneficial to your drinking habits!
Thanks again for all your support!
2007 CASTELLO DI RAMPOLLA CHIANTI CLASSICO
File this into the “insane if you don’t buy it” category!
Castello di Rampolla is one of the absolute best producers in the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany. It is a very old property, located near Panzano, that has been estate bottling for just over 30 years old. The vines have been farmed using biodynamic practices for the last 10 years, certainly one of the first in Chianti Classico to do so. Famed oenologist, Giacomo Tachis oversees the grape growing.
2007 was an excellent vintage for Chianti Classico, and this is certainly one of the best vintages of this bottling that I have ever tasted. It is a tremendous expression of Sangiovese.
What makes this even more of a slam dunk deal is that while the wine is clearly worth its normal $37 per bottle price tag, this price point makes it more of an “occasional wine” than an “everyday type wine.”
Since there are only a few cases left, and they are ready to move into the next vintage, the distributor is making an offer to you that you can’t and should not refuse. At this price point this is THE BEST VALUE YOU CAN GET FOR THIS QUALITY OF A CHIANTI CLASSICO!
It truly is a fantastic wine that can be enjoyed now and over the next 5 or 6 years. You should be buying this by the case!
$24.99 BTL. / $299.88 CASE – ONLY 10 CASES AVAILABLE
2006 LA SERENA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
For collectors of Sangiovese from the DOCG of Brunello di Montalcino you will not want to miss this great offering from La Serena. The only issue is that I only have one case left to sell.
La Serena is a relative newcomer on the Brunello scene, having produced its first estate bottle in 1988. In that short time it has become known as a high quality estate, with a nod towards the more modern approach to winemaking.
What makes something more modern? In my mind, it starts in the vineyard with an approach toward more physiological ripe grapes. In the winery, there is a philosophy towards softer extraction of the tannins of the grapes, and fermentation and aging in oak. At La Serena they ferment in larger French barrels and age in small barriques.
La Serena doesn’t over do it when it comes to their modern approach, their fruit is clearly excellent and is well integrated with the oak.
Why did I get so little of this wine? While it is not a huge producer, what little they did make got quickly snapped up with all of its accolades from the media. 97 Points in The Wine Spectator, 93 in The Wine Advocate, 96 Points from James Suckling – you get the point. I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be included in The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 issue, and by that point it will be gone.
This also happens to be at an excellent price point for the quality level, so say yes to Brunello.
$50.99 BTL. / $611.88 CASE – ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 SANTA DUC GIGONDAS TRADITION
I wouldn’t be doing my job as a retailer if I didn’t let you know as soon as I knew about the new releases of the 2009 Gigondas from Domaine Santa Duc.
Gigondas can easily match Châteauneuf-du-Pape for its robust adaptation of the Grenache varietal.
Of course there are many good producers of Gigondas to choose from, but only a handful of top producers. Domaine Santa Duc is in that handful. If I were buying Southern Rhône wines to drink and stock in my cellar, and I am, then I wouldn’t miss the opportunity at these amazing bottlings from Santa Duc.
Tradition is a truly incredible Rhône value that can be drunk now or aged for several years.
“Not surprisingly, the 2009 Gigondas Tradition (a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault) is a much denser, bigger, richer wine with an alcohol level pushing 16%. It reveals a dense ruby/purple color, outstanding ripeness and hints of licorice, truffles, asphalt, blackberries, blueberries and barbecue smoke. Drink it over the next 5-8 years. 91-93 Points, Robert Parker”
$36.99 BTL. / $443.88 CASE
2009 SANTA DUC GIGONDAS “PRESTIGE DES HAUTES GARRIGUES”
This is a Gigondas for serious collectors of all things Rhône varietal! A pretty ridiculous wine!
“Gras’ top cuvee from the oldest vines planted in the estate’s finest sectors is the 2009 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues, which tips the scales at nearly 16.5% alcohol. A terrific effort that spent time in 20% new oak casks, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a stunning perfume of graphite, camphor, black raspberries, blackberries, white chocolate and smoked meats. Dense, opulent, powerful and rich with zesty acidity, sweet but powerful tannins, and a finish that lasts 40+ seconds, this 2009 needs 3-4 years of bottle age and should drink well for two decades. 94-97 Points, Robert Parker.”
$59.99 BTL. / $719.88 CASE
2009 CRISTOM PINOT NOIR “MT JEFFERSON CUVÉE”
There are very few experts on Oregon Pinot Noir that would disagree that Cristom Winery is one of the elite producers in the Willamette Valley.
I’ve extolled their virtues many time on these pages, so I won’t regurgitate information today.
I am very excited to announce that the new vintage of the “Mt. Jefferson Cuvée” has been released. The Pinot Noir is sourced from both estate vineyards and nearby neighbors. Typically, I like a year or two of bottle age on “Mt. Jefferson” before consuming it. 2009 gave us a more immediately accessible style, which will also gain in complexity with that additional time.
“Bright ruby-red. Spice-accented red berries on the nose, with subtle smoke and floral notes adding complexity. Juicy and precise, with good depth to its strawberry and raspberry flavors. Finishes dry, stony and precise, with very good clarity and clinging florality. 90 points, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar.”
$29.99 BTL. / $359.88 CASE
2006 CHAVY-MARTIN PULIGNY-MONTRACHET “CLAVOILLONS,” PREMIER CRU
White Burgundy fans must not miss this opportunity to purchase some of this delicious Chardonnay from the famed Clavoillons vineyard in Puligny-Montrachet.
Chavy is a very famous name in Puligny-Montrachet. Chavy-Martin, which is owned by Alain Chavy was created in 2003 after the dissolution of the Gerard Chavy estate. The landholdings of this domaine are simply amazing.
This wine comes from the famed Clavoillons vineyard, a Premier Cru vineyard known for its deep soils, and rich wines. 2006 was a terrific White Burgundy vintage overall, and this wine is really just coming into its own right now.
Even better, the wine has been priced to sell! Truly a terrific value and more importantly and awesome wine.
$58.99 BTL. / VERY LIMITED – NORMALLY $84.99 BTL.
2009 CLOS CIBONNE CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ
There is no more famous region in the world for Rosé than Provence, and in particular the Cru Classé producers in Côtes de Provence.
Here is one of the most individual and delicious examples that I have ever had. Clos Cibonne is a historic property owned by Bridget and Claude Deforge. The local Tibouren grape is the featured variety of this Rosé. Their vineyards are practically right on the coast.
Aside from what happens in the vineyard, the Rosé starts out like most being fermented in stainless steel tank. Then the uniqueness of the Clos Cibonne cellars set in, as the wine is aged under a fleurette (thin veil of yeast) for a year in the properties 100-year-old, 5,000 liter foudres (old, large oak barrels).
Aromatically this isn’t a super fruit driven Rosé, rather truly complex aromatics and flavors of citrus peel, brine, and wild strawberry. Don’t serve this too cold as it will kill the aromas and flavors.
I know when it turns to Fall many forget the Rosé category all together. Yet I will remind you of its versatility as a food wine. If you are doing anything Bouillabaisse-y this Fall, here is your match.
$21.99 BTL. / $263.88 CASE
2009 GINI SOAVE “LA FROSCA”
One of Italy’s most famous wines is still one of its most underrated. Soave is an appellation in Northeast Italy that produces white wine from the Garganega grape varietal.
It rode a popularity wave in the United States in the 1970’s and 80’s, before losing credibility with consumers based on its large scale producers dominating the market with their over-cropped bull-you-know-what.
If that is your opinion on it, or you simply know nothing about Soave, then let Gini “La Frosca” be your reintroduction.
Gini is one a benchmark producer located in the heart of the zone in Monteforte d’Alpone. Low yields, hand harvested, and old vines are some of the keys at this estate.
The 2009 “La Frosca” is a brilliant wine. It was fermented and aged in a combination of steel and old wood barrels.
A pure an expressive nose of white flowers, peach and mineral. Delicately balanced on the palate, with citrus and stone fruits and a long, crisp finish. From risotto, to seafood to poultry this is extremely food friendly.
$23.99 BTL. / $287.88 CASE