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Yowzer: 94 Pt 2017 Chateau Pesquie Ventoux Terrasses
It’s back … and it’s about to take over all our lives. Yes, it’s that time again for the annual craze for Pesquié. A favorite of Gordon’s for many, many years, Pesquie returns in fine form for the 2017 vintage – this time earning a spectacular 94 points from Rhône specialist Jeb Dunnuck. Run, don’t walk to get yourself a case of one of our great value offerings of the year!!!! The cast of returning characters is more or less the same: rich black fruit, bright peppered raspberries, torn thyme and on a body poised between velvet and firm mineral. Absurdly versatile, you can go ahead and pair the Terrasses with almost...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
Every Wine 94-96 pts. - “These are impressive, age-worthy wines”: 2016 Côte-Rôtie from the New Wave & Future Rock Star
I will say this flatly: none of you buy enough Northern Rhône wines. Simply put, some of the most thrilling wines in France, and all the world frankly, hail from Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Hermitage, Condrieu and St. Joseph. Moreover, these collectible and age-worthy wines cost a fraction of top Burgundies and Bordeaux. Sure, Guigal’s La-La’s and Chave’s Hermitage command a pretty penny, but there is a...Learn more
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Plug In To History: 2018 Lambert Chenin
Armed with remarkable finesse and driving personality, Arnaud Lambert’s dynamic dry Chenin will easily be the best $20 you spend this summer. For lovers of crystalline, fresh white wines, Lambert’s electric work here defies the weeknight asking price. Don’t miss a fabulous “introduction” wine to this remarkable and hugely important Loire estate. In his seminal book “The Sommeliers Atlas of Taste”, Raj Parr wastes no time emphasizing how significant the hill of Brézé in Saumur is to France: “Brézé is on the rise, today producing some of the most arrestingly mineral, intense Chenin Blanc...Learn more
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NEW MUST TRY BY THE CASE: Italian Beaujolias, Ligurian Wonder - 2016 Anfosso Rossese di Dolceacqua
Dolceacqua doesn’t enjoy much house-hold conversation these days. The tiny, rugged appellation tucked into the hills of western Liguria and seemingly forgotten by time used to have more prestigious vineyards than the Langhe. Now, however, only the deepest Italian wine nerds are savoring this lost bastion of ancient Mediterranean viticulture. Nerd or not, you should experience Kermit Lynch’s indisputable gem of a winery, Tenuta Anfosso. The “entry” estate Rossesse is a....Learn more
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Favorite White of the Year Returns: 2017 Atlantida Blanco
A glorious follow up to the tremendous 2016 (which sold out in minutes), the 2017 Atlantida Blanco boasts rich aromatics (apple, orange blossom, salt fresh and dried stone fruits/citrus) and the signature saline infused tension holding together plump, savory, fruit (apple, tangerine and lemon) and a brilliant floral infused minerality. Guy’s #1 wine discovery of the 2018 returns and it’s stunning. Last year we sold out of the painful small allocation of this wine (they only make 184 cases a year) but those lucky enough to experience this rare gem of a wine will do everything in their power to try it again–if they can find a bottle.Learn more
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Crazy Summer Chenin from the Emerging Cult Star of One of France’s Iconic Appellations
It may as well be on Jeopardy. Answer: Plush Sweet Fruit, Mineral Spine of Bone Tingling Acidity. What is Vouvray, Alex? Look, I’ll be blunt: this is spectacular. Yes, it is dry Vouvray, but is has that plush feel that only tuffeau can impart and which is so spectacularly distinctive. Few Chenins quicken your pulse like those from rising super star Michel Autran. Bone dry, crackling with acidity and filled to the brim with apples, beeswax, white flowers and meticulous mineral detail, Mr. Autran’s 2016 “Les Enfers Tranquilles” is flat out fabulous.Learn more
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The New Order in Tuscany: Ultra Pure, Sublime Sangiovese from an Emerging Cult Priestess
Giovanna Morganti is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best of the new generation of Tuscan winemakers and her 2016 Le Trame Chianti Classico from Podere Le Boncie is fabulous. With her profound respect and understanding of tradition along with the incredible 2016 vintage (beautiful depth, regal bearing and the astonishing freshness) every bottle of Ms. Morganti’s Le Trame is sublime. Make no mistake: this is one of the most impressive 2016 Chianti we’ve tasted to date...Learn more
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“A Future Legend”: 2015 Luigi Ferrando Carema “Etichetta Bianca”
Of all the wines in Neal Rosenthal’s legendary portfolio, none tug at our heartstrings quite like Luigi Ferrando’s astonishing alpine Nebbiolo. Ethereal to the point of haunting, they sum up everything we love about wine: awe-inspiring detail, humbling transparency and magnificent grace. Very few wines on Earth transmit a terroir’s soul like these wines can. “No single wine in our portfolio is more illustrative of our work than this brilliant rendition of Nebbiolo,” confesses Neal Rosenthal, who goes on to describe...Learn more
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Some of the Most Important Wines of France: Domaine Romain Guiberteau
It’s one of our favorite days of the year…the release of new Guiberteau. Old vines (80+), exceptional vineyards (some of the finest in the Loire) and an ambitious and immensely talented young winemaker has made this estate the new top dog (particularly after the fall of Clos Rougeard). Very few producers garner as much excitement and hype as these bottles do. With the new 2018 vintage Guiberteau returns pushing his remarkable wines to new heights. His “entry” 2018 bottlings are...Learn more
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With Depth and Delicacy: 2014 Monsecco Pratogrande Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo
A pillar of Neal Rosenthal’s portfolio, Monsecco has been around since 1758. Revived in 1993 by Giorgio Zanetta, whose family has a long history of producing wine in the Alto Piemonte, the Monsecco wines are classical, openhearted expressions that balance their serious, reserved nature with plainspoken detail and subtlety. No flashiness or sex-appeal needed here, the wines rely on their own strength at transmitting terroir. That terroir is the massif of Monte Rosa in the Upper Piedmont, where Monsecco’s twenty-five year...Learn more
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