The Wine Wire – February 24th, 2012

Some very exciting new arrivals in the store!

  • 2006 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo – Pretty much the greatest thing ever!  This is one of Italy’s greatest red wines, it’s just that simple.  Bartolo Mascarello is an old-school producer, eschewing the single-vineyard approach and making only one Barolo.  It just happens to have famous vineyards like Cannubi, San Lorenzo, Rue and Rocche in it!  I visited with Maria-Téresa Mascarello a couple years ago and joined her for a glass of 1990 from magnum.  One of the great moments of my life.  A desert island wine, provided that I’m stranded there a decade from now!  Yes, even a wine that is $99.99 can be a great value.
  • 2009 Montepeloso “A Quo” IGT – This is some underground sh*t here.  If you are fan of the wines of the Tuscan coast like Bolgheri and Suvereto, than this wine is a great value worth purchasing.  Montepeloso is a fantastic producer most well-known for its cult wines like Gabbro and Nardo.  “A Quo” is the value wine of the estate, a blend of 30% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, along with 25% Marselan and 10% Alicante Bouschet.  Aged for 4 months in second use French oak.  A superb value at $21.99 btl.
  • 2008 Davis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – A really nice value in the world of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.  All from their estate vineyard plantedd 15 years ago, this is their tenth vintage of the wine.  It is a wonderfully integrated wine with blue/red fruit tones and a silky finish.  A good Cali Pinot buy at $32.99 per bottle.
  • 2009 Gonet-Médeville Coteaux Champenois “Cuvée Athénaïs” – Those of you who bought some of the fantastic ’08 Coteaux Champenois from Gonet-Médeville really shouldn’t miss the ’09.  Very old-vine Pinot Noir from a single vineyard in Ambonnay.  50% aged in new barrels.  This is a wine to store for some time.  The ultimate in wine nerd fame – Coteaux Champenois.  You need this stuff.  And can have it for only $73.99.  Awesome!
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