Items 1 to 10 of 23 total
Occhipinti: The Young Queen of Siciliy
Arianna Occhipinti is without doubt one of the world’s most exciting and frighteningly talented winemakers. Inspired by a visit to Italy’s largest wine fair with her winemaking uncle Giusto (of Sicilian star producer COS) when she was 16, she enrolled in winemaking school at 18, and released her first vintage in 2006, made from one hectare of vines essentially in the family’s back yard- aged 21. Since then she’s made waves. She’s generally considered to make ‘natural’ wines, but as you’ll read below, it’s a little more complicated than that. What is straightforward however, is that her wines are ridiculously delicious and...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Guy Davies
Classic Classico: 94 Point Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Castello di Monsanto, a Tuscan standard and our mainstay choice for classy, approachable Chianti, just scored a huge 94 point acclaim for their 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva. We’re not surprised. 2014 is a vastly underappreciated vintage in Italy and in the hands of Monsanto, one of Tuscany’s specialist for structure and finesse, brilliantly capitalized on the vintage’s strengths. Love Chianti? Don’t miss this instant classic. The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva is another stellar wine from Monsanto. Here the flavors are dark and...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
2015 Northern Rhône Potpourri: “a seriously great vintage and one of the best in a generation.”
The wine world has justifiably gone head over heels for the 2015 Northern Rhône wines. Flesh, structure, terroir and balance are all present in seductive wines that are in for the long haul. Demand for the wines has vastly outstripped supply and wines that we once cavalierly offered when we felt like it have been tightly allocated. Producers like Guillaume Gilles in Cornas, Levet and Rostaing in Côte Rôtie, which always had their followings, have suddenly become very seriously clamped down on. The world wants...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
That’s Mr. Muscadet To You: 2016 Jo Landron
Lemon peel, stone drenched in white peach, a sprinkle of freshly torn white flowers … Jo Landron’s stellar Domaine de la Louvetrie rewards both the seasoned lover of Muscadet and newcomer alike. Crisp, light and mouthwateringly refreshing, Mr. Landron’s sublime 2016 efforts only confirm his already heroic status of organic wine-making in the Loire Valley. Moreover, the single vineyard Les Houx ranks alongside other legends like Pepière’s Clisson. Our advice? Buy cases. It seems Jo Landron has two primary missions in life: First is to elevate Melon de Bourgogne to become a...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
If You Only Buy One: 2015 Jadot Beaune 1er Celebration Bottling
Jadot created quite a stir in 2009 when they released a bottling consisting of a blend of 17 different Beaune 1ers Crus to celebrate their 150th anniversary. It was a massive success, both commercially, as well as qualitatively. Sumptuous and ageworthy, the wine found a lot of fans among consumers and critics. As such, this exceptional house decided to release the cuvée in excellent vintages. Since 2009, there has been a 153rd anniversary bottling in 2012 and now 2015 is the latest release in the series. No surprise...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Lowest Price in the Country on Insane Value BBQ Cabernet
Below is what I wrote for the 2015. In 2016, nothing has changed. Broadside remains one of the BEST values in CA wine. When Eric Asimov is gushing, well, you know you’ve done something right. Ripe, rich, intense, and yet … it still tastes like Cab! Jump in with both feet!!! Look, BBQ season is upon us and you’re going to need some broad shouldered, sturdy wines with rich fruit. There’s a lot of wine in the world satisfying these demands, but relatively few which deliver the goods with any sort of balance, typicity or, dare I say it, class. Of course, when you limit it to wines under $13, well, that’s a rare...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Gordon’s Exclusive! Single Vineyard Oregon Riesling!
Our passion for Riesling has lead us to work with wines primarily from Germany and France. If you have been following the story here you understand the Beaver State has yet to really to make a splash. But that is about to change. Brooks, the small artisan estate based in the Willamette, has for years offered reliable, well made wines that were good, but never really exciting. Their 2016 effort has elevated their game. Big time. The 2016 Brooks Meyer Vineyard Riesling is a mouthwatering single vineyard bottling with a touch of residual sugar (Germans Riesling nerds would classify this as...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
Are You Kidding Me?! The Sweet, Soulful 2016’s from Vincent Paris
Style and substance go hand in hand with the Cornas “Granit 30“ from Northern Rhône superstar Vincent Paris. Loaded with sweetness and earth, the Granit 30 boasts a vital freshness, and more impressively, more importantly, exceptional balance. Year in and year out, “Granit 30” hits way, way above the asking price. 2016, as you may know already, is going to be akin to the Second Coming for Rhône geeks. “So far, 2016 looks like a classic vintage, with most growers favoring it over 2015,” reports...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
This Ain’t No Papal Bull! More 2016 Châteauneuf  - the Greatest Vintage in a Generation!
Alain Junguenet isn’t the only name in Châteauneuf - Eric Solomon has been a standard bearer for generations. Domaine, Giroud, Janasse, Marcoux and Clos St. Jean have all been on Billboard top 20 for 2 decades now. All producers well regarded for their masculine, opulent styles that manage to remain fresh and balanced, they have had no difficulty in finding ardent adherents to their annual releases. 2016, however, is different. This really is a once-in-a-generation vintage. The balance...Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Ian Halbert
Tropical Chablis: 2016 Huguet Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio
For those who enjoy crisp medium body wines but have drowned in the monotony of The Big Three (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) or we’re excited to show you our little $13 hidden treasure. We love this stuff. Stone fruits, lemon, lime with thirst quenching acidity, refreshing low alcohol (12%) this is delicious (and crazy inexpensive) highly satisfying charmer. Think Chablis taking a much needed tropical vacation and you’re getting close.Learn more
Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon
Items 1 to 10 of 23 total