Archive for May, 2016

The South Rises Again: 2013 Léon Barral Faugères

May 31 2016

Good Morning! Didier Barral is an icon in France, for a whole host of reasons, some of which are discussed below, but principal among them is that his intense and precise Faugères wines are dazzlingly delicious. Allocated only to the finest restaurants, cavistes and private clients in France, he has earned an ardent following. The entire range – from the basic Faugères through to the Jadis and culminating in the profound Valinière. All three offer rich, intense fruit that is both vibrant and spicy, with a fair amount of earth behind. We are proud to represent these wines year in…

$14 for a Fairy Tale Bordeaux Ending: 2012 Château Lauriol

May 27 2016

Good Morning! As someone who tastes wine everyday there is no category that makes me shudder more than sub-$15 Bordeaux. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that there is nothing else in the wine world that can be so completely forgettable. I imagine if you told the entire category as a bedtime story to your kids the bad guys would almost always win. Boring, insipid, cheap Bordeaux provides an industrial coma inducing boredom for the entire region. But I bring good news: the 2012 Château Lauriol represents a sea-change for the category. After being shown to us on Friday,…

Old World Soul; New World Texture. A Seriously Delicious Deal – This White Has It All!

May 26 2016

Good morning! The Gordon’s team frequently tastes wines en masse. There are always a handful of standouts, but precious few wines stop us all dead in our tracks. Today’s beauty sent every one of us back to our glasses for a second go … and a third and fourth. What does it take to render a bunch of wine geeks completely mesmerized and totally smitten? My note: The 2013 Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho is a gorgeously textured expression of the Portuguese grape hailing from California’s Sierra Foothills. Its fragrant nose of lime, candied lemon, peach nectar and sea spray…

“Ferocious Elegance”: Chianti That You Can’t Live Without! 2013 Podere Boncie le Trame Chianti Classico

May 25 2016

  Good Morning! Lifted aromas of bitter cherry, bay leaf, black tea, dry earth and orange peel leap up from the glass. Exuberant, with an incredibly pure, bright and rich fruit profile, you can lose yourself in the nose alone. On the palate, there is Chianti’s hallmark bitterness, accompanied by dry, but supple tannins, irresistibly juicy acidities and a creamy body that finishes very, very long. This is flat out terrific, as both a wine of contemplation and sensuality. I’m good for a case. Maybe two! More About the Wine: I’m not peddling a story today. I’m not going to…

Tranche Two Has Landed: 2014 François Chidaine – Sec & Demi-Sec in a Monumental Vintage

May 24 2016

Good Morning! François Chidaine, Take Two. In this round we have two Sec Montlouis-sur-Loire – the Choisilles and Bournais – and the Demi-Sec Vin de France (Vouvray) Bouchet. All three are highlights in the Chidaine stable and deserve a spot both in your cellar and on your table.   2014 Vin de France Le Bouchet (Sec) $26 NET Bouchet is one of Chidaine’s finest sites. Old vines sited on a complex geology of Tuffeau, argilo-calcaire and pure white chalk often yield a wine of rich, ripe and exotic fruit, great depth which finishes long and persistent. 2014 Montlouis Bournais (Sec)…

Stop Everything You’re Doing & Buy This Wine. Seriously. 2012 Dominique Lafon Bourgogne Blanc

May 21 2016

  Good Morning! Comte Lafon is one of those names in the wine world that practically defines a category. For many, this important and historical Domaine stands for all that is rich, creamy, and glorious in white Burgundy. And when we in the trade use terms like “rich” and “creamy” regarding white Burgundy, we’re usually talking about a 10 year old wine that has relaxed into its prodigious body, allowing all the extract and matière to marry into the firm structure. Few young white Burgundies offer up that poised opulence that only white Burgundy delivers. Thank god for this beauty!…

The Greatest Deal of the Year So Far: Château Palmer Heads for the Hills!

May 20 2016

Good Morning! There it is – that black currant, leather, graphite aromatic complex that evokes great Bordeaux. Intermingled with it is a richer, brambly fruit note – blackberry and plum – as well as smoke, a hint of tar and a lovely subtle earthy undertone with roasted herbs. On the palate, the wine is rich, but not overly so, sweet, but not sugary, savory, but not weedy and, frankly, offers one hell of a wine for such a low tariff. Elegant and earthy, recalling flavors and elements of aged Bordeaux, this wine is an absolute no-brainer at this price. But…

Be Joyful: An Absolutely Stunning 1997 Schloss Schönborn Marcobrun Kabinett Library Release

May 19 2016

Good Morning! Here is something that doesn’t happen often: a sensational, perfectly aged 19 year old single vineyard Kabinett from the Rheingau … for a song. 1997 was a celebrated vintage in Germany producing top quality acidity with exquisitely balanced fruit. But that’s only half of it. Put this great vintage in the hands of Schloss Schönborn, the prestigious family with a 664 year old tradition of brilliant winemaking, and then throw in one of the truly great vineyards of the Rheingau (Marcobrunn) and you have something very, very, special (and delicious) on your hands. After taking in the dazzlingly…

It’s Garnacha Time! Stock up on Summer’s Most Delicious Value – Under $10?!?!

May 18 2016

  Good Morning! If ever a red wine was built for summer, it is the 2015 Viña Zorzal Garnacha, brimming with cherries and just-picked wild berries on a wonderfully smooth frame of freshness, gentle tannins and luscious berry fruit. Pair this brilliant unoaked Garnacha with fresh fish, fried chicken, pasta, BBQ  … it’s hard to imagine a more versatile food match! Spanish Garnacha can offer more flavor for less money than just about any other wine and this little beauty is one of the most delicious value-for-money examples I’ve come across. It is going to fly out the doors. Get it…

Hedonistic Minerality: Our 2015 Cotat Sancerre Pre-Arrival Offer

May 17 2016

  Good Morning! Cotat is synonymous with Sancerre. Next to Vatan and Boulay, the names reign supreme in the appellation, producing opulent, full-bodied and rich wines, that vibrate with a salty minerality and laser-like acidity that is impossible to resist and which allows the wines to age gloriously and harmoniously. Now, this is a yearly offer from us; we believe deeply in these wines. Cotat is, in my opinion, one of the very few names you can bank on in any vintage and can be assured to get something that is singular, delicious, age-worthy and complex. 2015 is shaping up…

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