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From a Whisper to a Scream: Cult Champagne You Can’t Live Without
The wine world is funny. If you travel in the right circles, talk the to right people, go to the right wine bars and restaurants, you’ll always be on the cutting edge of the “next big thing.” You meet Somm X for dinner in Paris. Somm X heard about some under-the-radar Champagne producer from wine writer Y, who met Importer Q at Wine Fair Z. Now you’re hearing all about it. You go to a couple different wine bars for a couple different night caps at all the trendiest places in Paris. And guess what? That...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Italian Wine For the Soul: 2015 Rovellotti Nebbiolo "Valplazza"
The greatest gift Italy continues to provide us is not the singular and rare bottles from Barolo or Brunello, it is the “common” bottles such as Rovellotti’s humble and inspired Nebbiolo “Valplazza.” Offering much more material than its price suggests, Rovellotti’s soulful Nebbiolo leaves little to be desired: sweet red cherries, freshly torn roses, tar and mineral … “Valplazza” is intense, surprisingly elegant and addictively persistent. It’s a wine that epitomizes you why you keep coming back to Italian wine. Although not a well-known entity (on American shores at least) Rovellotti is a giant to be reckoned with and deserves...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
“Thoughtful & Savory in Style”: 2015 Côte-Rôtie from an Understated Master
Look, I’ll be honest. We don’t sell enough Northern Rhône here. Some of the blame rests with me, I suppose. But, to be frank, you all just do not buy enough Northern Rhône. We sell oceans of Burgundy and Bordeaux; Barolo, Barbaresco and Tuscan wines also sell briskly, but not at the same pace as Burgundy and Bordeaux. California Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot all have a strong following, as do Germany and Spain. But Northern Rhône barely registers on the sales records at the end of the year. Simply put, this is madness...Learn more
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What the $^#&*^?: 2017 Domaine François Chidaine Touraine Rouge
You know a wine will be good when the Wine Director uses more expletives than family friendly words to present it to you. That was my introduction to François Chidaine’s simple but highly impressive 2017 Touraine Rouge, a gluggable monster that may cause you some public embarrassment. Don’t say we didn’t warn you–after tasting it, you may swear out loud, too. It seems Mr. Chidaine, already one of the Loire’s most revered white wine makers, is hell bent on making a mark on the...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
Bottle Age, Provenance, 93 pts., a Legendary Estate, a Legendary Importer - I could go on …
There are a lot of reasons to buy this wine. First things first: this is impeccably aged, perfectly mature with 12 years of bottle age and not once has the wine moved from the Domaine. Second, the estate is a French icon, with some of the most impressive holdings in one of France’s most legendary appellations. Lastly, it is brought in by one of America’s greatest importers. Beyond all of this, it is spectacularly delicious - savory and full, yet mineral and racy, with a complexity totally unique in...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
CASE BUY ALERT: “Textbook” Northern Rhône Syrah for under $20
I’ve been beating the drum for the Northern Rhône lately, for a myriad of reasons. First, we’re the beneficiaries of a string of great vintages - especially 2015 and 2016 - and it is a category that is still - remarkably - undervalued. As prices for Burgundy and Bordeaux and Napa skyrocket to levels not seen in generations, the Northern Rhône remains relatively static.But not every wine need be a collector’s item or something that needs decades of cellar age. The Northern Rhône can do daily drinkers too. And who better...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
No Scores & No Hype: Neal Rosenthal’s Newest Discovery from the South of France’s New Wave
Freshness, intense minerality and purity of fruit. Not necessarily something we associate with the South of France, where massive wines if overripe fruit and heady alcohol dominate. But not in Calce, in Roussilon’s Côtes Catalanes, where Thomas Teibert and his Domaine de l’Horizon craft wines of dizzying complexity, incredible length and tension, with impossible-to-deny minerality. Neal Rosenthal has something special on his hands here and Tim and I were blown away by these beauties during our annual...Learn more
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Country Charm: 2017 Château Massiac “Les Sentinelles de Massiac” Minervois Rouge
A wine of pure country charm, the 2017 Sentinelles de Massiac by Château Massiac is the best we’ve ever tasted from this humble and impressive domain. Sumptuous dark fruit cut with a core of mineral, we can’t remember a wine for $12 that offers this much material for the money. Dark cherry, violets, garrigue, wild berries, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and chocolate, this wine is about as glug worthy as it gets. Always a terrific value (the 2015 blew up to become one of our biggest sales of the year) this 2017 bottling is even more...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
Pingus Maestro Strikes a Minor Note: 93 pt. Ribera del Duero Masterpiece
Some wines are just out of reach. I don’t think many of you are regularly accompanying a roast joint of meat with a tall glass of Peter Sisseck’s monumental and world class Pingus, an icon not only of Spanish wine, but throughout the world. All the better that such talented geniuses as Peter Sisseck also make humbler, more accessible wines like PSI, his “entry level” Ribera del Duero. The rest of us get some idea of what is going on at such exalted and rarified addresses. But 2016 is different. For one, it is the highest...Learn more
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The Most Complex Wines in the World? Cult Icons You NEED In your Collection
Sherry is confusing. Is it dry? Sweet? Oxidative? Biological? Young? Old? That answer is yes. Yes, Sherry is all those things. And, yes, that can be confusing. But keep in mind that many, many people once thought (and many still do) that Burgundy is confusing. Same goes for German Riesling. Yet, we sell oceans of both. Don’t let your confusion keep you from some of the most complex and satisfying wines in the entire world. The simple fact is that you can break down Sherry into a few broad categories. The flavors are either...Learn more
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