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Discovery of the Year? Crazy Good Grower Bubbles for Short Money: Seriously. Buy These
Champagne may be the most exciting region in France these days. Every square inch of the vignoble seems to have some enterprising young grower exploring the potential of their vines. After witnessing decades of experimentation and success, confidence in the possibility of going out on one’s own is high. The result is a region flush with young and emerging talents and what seems to be an endless supply of exciting new wines coming onto the market. If there is a downside to this, it’s that there’s a lot of...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Hot Damn: 2009 Señorío de P. Peciña Gran Reserva Rioja
Welcome back, old friend. Hermanos Peciña, one the pillars of our Spanish program, has released their triumphant 2009 Gran Reserva. This is only the third Gran Reserva the estate has released since 1998 and just like those other special bottles, the 2009 effortlessly displays why we love traditional old school Rioja – a multidimensional bouquet only ten years of aging could accomplish, creamy red fruits and earthy dark flavors, all resting on sublime layers of soft, mineral textures. For old school Rioja fans, this is a monumental value. In the heart of Rioja Alta, set against the stone peaks of the Sierra...Learn more
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Little Crumbs of Gold: Raul Perez & Comando G
As winter continues to roll on now is the perfect moment to heat things up with two precious allocations of Spain’s hottest estates: Raul Perez and Comando G. Beloved by wine geeks everywhere, both of these young, critically buzzing estates are on fire with collectors, the press and us humble retailers alike. If you haven’t cracked a bottle, do yourself a favor and experience them. Success stories have abounded in Spain in recent years but none may be more important than that of Daniel Landi, Fernando Garcia and Raul Perez. Together they represent the new generation of “cool” Spain. Their wines...Learn more
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Sweetly Spiced Orchard Fruit for the Fall: 2016 Bechtold Pinot Gris Silberberg
It’s Fall which means we have officially arrived in Pinot Gris season.The heavier, richer flavors of Autumn gives us the best opportunity to savor and appreciate one of the least understood and recognized noble grapes being produced today, Pinot Gris. Our favorite – both in taste and value – is Jean-Marie Bechtold’s 2016 Silberberg. Sweetly spiced apples, stone fruits, almonds and a touch of cream are etched inside a cushioned, soft, just off-dry, body… Silberberg’s plush interior and a whisper of residual...Learn more
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94 Point, $18 “Pinot”: Spanish New Wave Sensation
It’s one of the most common stories told today: overlooked appellations, written off by elitists to be produce sub-par wine, is invigorated and brought to life by young, passionate winemakers, thereby turning the world’s opinion upside down. It’s my favorite story, one that never gets old. While Grenache’s historical/spiritual home may be in the South of France, it’s exciting future rests in Spain’s hands. Specifically, the hands and work of Fernando Garcia, who together with Dani Landi, are the creative forces behind Comando G. These two have completely redefined what great Garnacha can be, turning an...Learn more
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Stop Everything: Rare, Crazy Pricing on a Burgundy Icon - Comte Lafon Collectible at the Lowest Price in the Country
This is a hot one, ladies and gentlemen! Domaine des Comtes Lafon is an icon of Burgundy. Long a standard bearer for excellence on the Côte de Beaune, his range of Meursaults and Volnays are legendary monuments to exactly what great Burgundy can and must be. The Volnay 1er Santenots du Milieu has always been a special bottling, offering sultry, opulent fruit from the get-go, and yet also having the concentration and structure to age for decades. I have had the pleasure of drinking the...Learn more
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MULTI-CASE BUY ALERT: Sub-$20 Red Burgundy. Yes, Really!
I love Burgundy. The wines have a complexity and seductive quality that puts any other category to shame, in my opinion. The diversity and range of experiences to be had with only two varieties over a very small and closely confined geographic area is simply unparalleled in the world of wine. But there is one thing about Burgundy I really don’t like, and I imagine most of you feel the same way - the price.I’ll be blunt. Burgundy is expensive. At times, prohibitively so. And it’s happening even at the lower appellation levels. Bourgogne which was once $25 is now $40-50 and Village wine that was once...Learn more
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Rising Star’s “Premier Cru” for $25: 2017 Eva Fricke Kiedrich Riesling Trocken
Of all the things Eva Fricke is doing right­ – be it earning the ‘Rising Star award’ from der Feinschmecker, or ‘New Comer of the Year’ from Falstaff, or ‘Rising Heroine’ from Stuart Piggot, or earning not one but two Rieslings on James Suckling’s 100 best wines, her biggest contribution has been her tireless advocacy for organic and biodynamic viticulture. It is why in some circles she is quietly (and not so quietly) being deemed the future of German wine. Today we’re featuring her “Premier Cru”...Learn more
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Rare, Unusual, Delicious … and a Value? Yves Cuilleron’s Cultish Sticky
Sweet wines, paradoxically, often represent what should be absolute polar opposites in the wine world - rarity and value. Many are produced through an inordinate amount labor or risk, or both, and often yield such miserable quantities that profitability can be elusive. And, yet, there are quite a few that offer obscene value. One need not look further than Sauternes to see the phenomenon at play. Of course, there’s a fair bit of generic sweet wines readily available - Beaumes de Venise, Ste. Croix du Mont, various...Learn more
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Cherries and Violets: 2016 Domaine de Trévallon
The 2016 Domaine de Trévallon – easily one of Southern Frances’s most iconic and important estates ­­– is solid gold. But is that really of any surprise? It shouldn’t be. We’re talking about one of the most noble “Grand Crus” of Provence, born from one France’s most successful and critically acclaimed vintages in recent memory. Talk about track record, Trévallon has been a must have since the mid-seventies. You can’t speak about Provence with the top restaurateurs and sommeliers across France and not hear about this intoxicatingly unique wine from such inimitable...Learn more
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