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Violets, Blackberry & Smoke: Kermit Lynch’s Favorite Mourvèdre
It’s December, which means its prime time for one of the only grapes we talk about when it’s below fifty degrees. Yes, it’s time we delve into Mourvèdre. Often widely used as a supporting actor (aka: mainly a blending grape) Mourvèdre during the roast and stew season is given, for a brief few fleeting months, a leading role on our tables. Our favorite comes from Kermit Lynch’s stellar portfolio (Lynch is especially talented at finding gems from Southern France–the natural home for Mourvèdre), and we’ve been fixated on his...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
Hot Damn! 17-year Old Library Release of Portuguese Cult Icon Luis Pato’s Renowned Baga
The wines from famed patron saint of Baga, Luis Pato, offer an exciting, wide-angled portrait of Portugal’s Bairrada appellation at its best. Since his ascension in the 1990’s, Mr. Pato’s wines are (outside of Port) many collector’s first emotional connection to Portuguese wine. While the wines have a healthy cult-like following in the States (particularly among industry insiders), the price and accessibility are still surprisingly open for wines of this quality and importance. One of the prime reasons for this is that Mr. Pato values...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Genius Loci: New Allocations of Italian Icon & Natural Wine Giant Paolo Bea
There is nothing left to write about Paolo Bea. No stone has been left unturned which hasn’t been been used to pontificate or hype. Hipsters love them, retired people adore them. So do restaurant owners from Manhattan to Topeka, not to mention NBA stars Instagram. Paolo Bea has reached that level of the wine stratosphere that rarely exists. We’ve loved these wines since the start. Though we have problems with many “Natural” wines Paolo Bea is not one of them. They are superb. They’re beautiful. There is simply...Learn more
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Crazy, No-Brainer Case Buy: 95 pt., “Best Amarone” Award Winner for Under $30 a Bottle!!!
\We don’t usually offer too many Amarone flashes, but we couldn’t help ourselves with this insanely delicious gem. From the highly renowned Guerrieri Rizzardi comes a blend of his top three historic vineyards–a rare offering that only occurs during vintages where yields were cut incredibly low. Winner of the “Best Amarone” Platinum Award from Decanter’s World Wine Awards–this is a DO-NOT-MISS-WINE for Italian lovers! Guerrieri Rizzardi can trace its history back to 17th century–most likely earlier...Learn more
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Another Claimant to the Rayas Throne? 2016 CDP from Barroche
With one of the hottest winemakers in Châteauneuf (Julien Barrot) equipped with some of the oldest (100+ year old) vineyards in the appellation–some of which happen to be directly next to the legendary Chateau Rayas– few can dismiss Domaine Barroche. This is an immediate must-have experience. This sense is only heightened by the profound 2016s, a defining and highly collectable vintage for Châteauneuf. We simply cannot recommend these wines highly enough. Although the history of Domaine la...Learn more
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Rick’s Pick: Perfectly Poised Portuguese Red
I recently tasted Fonte do Ouro: Full of flavor from black currant with cherry aromas. The freshness on the palate is complemented by smooth and elegant tannins, which are typical of the Dão Wines. Aged in French oak barrels for six months has given this rich wine a smooth character. The Tinta Roriz grape is one of the rare grape varieties to be prized on both sides of the border. Tempranillo to the Spanish, the Portuguese call it by two different names depending on the region. Aragones and Tinta Roriz is only used in the Dão Region. Touriga Nacional, this unsung grape variety is most common...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Rick Gordon
World-Class Old School Vino Nobile, and a New Chapter for the Avignonesi Family
As usual there’s more below on the what and the why, but the short story here is that we’ve dug up a gem of a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a historic and potentially brilliant appellation that I find often flatters to deceive. At their best the wines are as good as Italy gets, but all too rarely do they show the elegance on display here. This one however, has finesse, class, restraint, no flashy new oak, just pure bright fruit. From the same producer, we also offer an excellent value ‘Rosso’ that would make a superb...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Guy Davies
For the Turkey: The Amazing 2016 Ostertag Dry Rieslings
Our winner for this year’s BTW (Best Turkey Wine) was a no brainer this year: The 2016 Ostertag Les Jardins Dry Riesling. André Ostertag, the enigmatic Alsatian wunderkind beloved by critics and collectors alike for his jaw dropping, chiseled, dry wines, will undoubtedly make its presence known at your Thanksgiving table. One of Kermit Lynch’s best producers in a book crowded with gems, Ostertag’s wine will not let you down. Experience one of Alsace’s most revered and talked about winemakers capture Riesling in all its glory. Layered with shavings of minerals, torn up herb and just...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
“A Major Triumph”: #1 Wine of the Year, 100 PT 2015 Almaviva
Wine critic James Suckling tossed a bomb in the wine world, and we’re all about to feel the after-shock. He and his team had just finished a year of travel, reviewing over 16,000 bottles, and word spread that he had selected his much anticipated wine of the year. The rumors were right, it was not from France, or Italy, nor America. The best wine in Mr. Suckling’s world was from, of all places, Chile. The 100 point 2015 Almaviva garnered the top award, a watershed moment for South America. Commenting on the wine in his Top 100 Wines of 2017 report, Suckling noted: “It underlines the movement away from...Learn more
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“A Jewel of a Wine”: Huge Scoring 2015 Fèlsina Rancia
One of the great wine estates of the world, few properties compare to majesty and classicism of Tuscany’s Fèlsina. These are drop dead gorgeous expressions of Sangiovese that seem to attract every type of wine lover imaginable. They are traditional, old school, incredibly complex, and, like the best Italian wines, convey a beautiful sense of heart and soul. The hype and critical acclaim for Fèlsina much anticipated 2015 Rancia marks one of the most exciting releases from this domain ever–just look at Galloni’s stratospheric score. 2015 is a hugely celebrated vintage for Tuscany, and Fèlsina’s sterling effort for their...Learn more
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