Archive for July, 2016

Just Buy a Case and Thank Us Later, Seriously: 2012 Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil Cuvée Ronsard

Jul 30 2016

Good Morning! I haven’t  stopped thinking about this wine since we tasted it a week or so back. It is the quintessence of profound Cabernet Franc – sweetly fruited, with an exuberant nose of flowers, pepper spice with red currant and raspberry. The tannins are supremely elegant and incredibly refined, while the opulent  breadth of the wine is matched by its inimitable length. Even though it drinks with an almost frightful  ease, this wine will cellar for years – decades even. I really cannot overstate just how exceptional this wine is: perfumed, balanced, elegant and built to last, yet stunningly…

“Drop Dead Gorgeous” Our “Lost Allocation” of 2011 Burlotto – FOUND!

Jul 29 2016

Good morning! Year in and year out Burlotto is one of the most beloved Piemonte producers we offer. No matter the vintage Burlotto’s wines rightfully command the adoration of critics, collectors and casual drinkers alike. More hands reach out to request a bottle (or a case) than almost any other Italian producer we offer.  Today will be no different. The 2011 vintage is one of mouth-watering generosity, they are giving wines, wines easily loved for their deep, sweet fruit, silky personality and bright toned acidity. And just like any of the truly great producers, Burlotto crafts the vintage to his…

The Best of Côte-Rôtie Fausse Piste Without the Price: A Smoking Deal at $20!

Jul 28 2016

Côte-Rôtie? For $20??? It’s an utterly impossible proposition, of course. The region has become far too hyped and preciously priced for most of us to drink with any regularity. This is a very sorry state of affairs, because few things are as seductive, as ridiculously pleasurable as the siren’s song of pure dark fruit, black pepper and savory smoke that Syrah can achieve on the “roasted slope” of the northern Rhône. Today’s unbelievable steal doesn’t hail from the Côte-Rôtie, the Rhône Valley, France or even the Old World. And yet, it harnesses the very best of Northern Rhône Syrah with…

LAST CALL: 2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Pre-Arrival: Buy Now or Regret It Later

Jul 27 2016

Good Morning! Every mid-July you can hear the collective sigh of relief from thousands of fine wine collectors as they submit their request to buy one of the legends of Riesling, Joh. Jos. Prüm. The actual sound is a blast of a high toned yippee, a Yankee colored rebel yell, dotted with minor, but passionate, expletives. Doctors call it “the Prüm Effect.” And we’re about to be in full swing. Yes, it’s that time again. Now is your chance to buy one of the legendary producers of Germany (established in, yes, 1156 AD) from one of the most praised vintages since…

Nebbiolo’s Chambolle: The Inimitable 2012 Ferrando Carema White Label

Jul 26 2016

  Good Morning! The nose announces itself, with an explosive perfume of alpine flowers; the purest cherry you’ve ever smelt; orange peel; all manner of savory spices, ranging from anise to black pepper; and something that can never quite be captured, communicated or described. It must be Carema – the unique and haunting village from which this wine hails and which lends it its profound charm and grace. On the palate, it is silken, yet expansive; there is all the flavor of the nose, and yet something more elemental and pure. Again, it is Carema – the most delicate and…

The Most Complex Refreshing Wine in the World and Its Only $12

Jul 23 2016

Good Morning! Salty, mineral and loads of umami flavor, graced with a squeeze of lemon – Manzanilla is the lightest and most refreshing of all the Sherry styles. A spectacular aperitif or the ultimate pairing with olives, boquerones (Spanish anchovies) and manchego, Manzanilla is a profound thirst quencher and build to resist the summer heat. But this one goes the others one better. Valdespino, perhaps the greatest extant Sherry Bodega, releases a special bottling of their Manzanilla every spring drawn straight from the cask (i.e. en Rama), unfined or unfiltered. This time of year the flor is at its most…

You Asked, We Answered – The Best of What You May Have Missed!

Jul 22 2016

Good Morning! You can’t work at a wine shop unless you adore questions. Asking them of course is essential, but even more so you must be comfortable with being asked something … all the time. They shoot in from every direction – the phone, in person, from your neighbor, the chef next door, sometimes even under the door, and, of course, the girl you secretly love by the Sancerre section. “Have you tasted this?” “Do you have this vintage?” “How much?” “But how does this compare?” “You’re tremendously handsome, are you single?” No, not that one. But you understand. So…

White Burgundy You Should Be Buying by the Case: 2014 Cheveau et Fils Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes

Jul 21 2016

Good Morning! You can smell the wine as you pour it from the glass – orchard fruits, lemon peel, sea salt, apple blossom and the faintest hint of beurre blanc. The layered, concentrated fruit and extract practically stain the palate with their intensity, while the long, electrically mineral finish both holds the prodigious wine in check, as well as sears the back of the palate with an energetic saltiness that both delights and impresses. Simply put, this wine is monumental. In intensity, it rivals Meursault, for its opulent richness; in rigor and minerality, Chablis comes to mind – with its…

Barolo Royalty: “Gorgeous, Radiant” 93pt Vietti. Castiglione at the Lowest Price in the Country!

Jul 20 2016

Good Morning! Always exceedingly pretty, always a brilliant buy, the 2012 Vietti Barolo Castiglioni makes the most of the variable 2012 vintage in brilliant fashion. Red fruited and fresh, with dusty rose petals, ripe raspberries, wild cherries and bay leaf on the sexy nose, the 2012 Castiglione is soft and impeccably smooth, with perfectly balanced acidity and supple tannins gliding to a layered finish of focused fruit, wild flowers and a tease of licorice. It’s an absolute pleasure to drink right now, delivering complexity far above its price tag, plus has an upside of at least 10 more years. This…

2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Pre-Arrival: Buy Now or Regret It Later

Jul 19 2016

Good Morning! Every mid-July you can hear the collective sigh of relief from thousands of fine wine collectors as they submit their request to buy one of the legends of Riesling, Joh. Jos. Prüm. The actual sound is a blast of a high toned yippee, a Yankee colored rebel yell, dotted with minor, but passionate, expletives. Doctors call it “the Prüm Effect.” And we’re about to be in full swing. Yes, it’s that time again. Now is your chance to buy one of the legendary producers of Germany (established in, yes, 1156 AD) from one of the most praised vintages since…

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