We have chosen three completely different winemaker characters, all of whom make premium quality wines. Discover how they do it, why they do it, and the secret of their style. What they dream about and what they have achieved so far. Delmas, how, when, and under which circumstances did you start to make wine, was it a destiny or simply a choice?
A simply delicious Pinot Noir of majestic purity and grace, this wine has ages to go to be fully complete, but the potential is all there and it should give a decade of sublime pleasure.
Harmand-Geoffroy is an under the radar producer, and seriously hard to find, but one to search out for quality and style, these wines are traditional and elegantly crafted, though need a bit of time to unfold and blossom.
The Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes is still primary and tight, but there enough going on to give an excellent impression, it shows forest floor, wilted roses, mint and baking spices as it gets air it expands with plum, currants and a core of cherry fruits, plum wild strawberry, briar and hints of game.
Everything is balanced and well judged, but things are firm and tannic, along with plenty of acidity that gives life, though the real depth and soul remain hidden. There is a silky texture waiting to emerge and much more intrigue and complexity ready to come into detail with time, even though the finish is lengthy and heavenly, best to put this beauty away for 5 to 7 years, the rewards with surely be worth it, this is a winner.
The Here Freres Extra Brut Reserve starts with bright citrus, energy filled mousse that feels alive, but refined and opens up with hints of brioche, hazelnuts, lemon and unripe apples along with hints of mineral, melon, fig and yeasty essence.
This clear and vivid bubbly is a beautifully judged sparkler, but being so austere and dry with make it more for the enthusiast, the wine geek and the ultra dedicated Champagne drink rather than the more mainstream crowd, though it did win some fans at a recent tasting that might not have otherwise even bothered to even buy Champagne even on special occasions.
This lively champers has unique qualities, plenty of complexity and with air fills out and becomes most pleasing and compelling, I will certainly be adding a few bottles to my personal stash.
This latest edition of Billy Rose is delicate, lean and oh so delightful, this is one of the finest lots of this classic bubbly in my memory, it shows deft blending, remarkable clarity and detail with a refined mousse.
There are better wines out there, some that might be cheaper, but it is hard not to fall head over heels for this joyous and elegant Champagne, this edition of their fabled Rose really hits the spot with a dreamy pale hue, tight bubbles, lifting acidity, mineral tones, slight yeasty brioche and heavenly hints of strawberry, red berry and tangerine essences along with lemon, apple skin and bread dough.
Jamey Whetstone is making some great wines, and the looks to be a breakthrough vintage for his own label, with a glorious lineup of fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, I really liked every wine and it was tough to pick the top, but I finally decided to highlight his Jon Boat Pinot from the Sonoma Coast, it was complete, focused and delicious.
From start to finish this excites and entertains with silky flowing fruit and good defining acidity and drive with good density and subtle wood. The nose has raspberry, roses, mineral and toasty notes leading to a palate of sweet bing cherry, plum and mixed berry fruits along with a touch of wet stones, mineral and tea spices.
The body is lush and round, though it is not flabby, but certainly there is more stuffing than was found in most wines and there is more textural feel and pleasure, this is a super vintage.
The Jon Boat Pinot Noir is a pure wine that is starting to unfold nicely, it could be enjoyed young and it can age another 5 to 7 years easy, this is one of the best to date from Whetstone and it should develop and gain complexity over the next 2 years in bottle.
This unique and light Pinot Grigio is beautifully golden in color, thanks to an extra bit of skin contact, making for a cool and crisp white that has a sunny hue and vibrant character with good acidity and a hint of savory spice.
This Scarbolo should be drunk over the next year or so, it is a great alternative to the mass produced generic Pint Grigios and the color is pretty cool. For the last three vintages this Cotes du Rhone Village red has been a steal, it is a quality Rhone that offers Chateauneuf like flavors at a great price, and this is drinking great with plenty of fruit and character, making for a compelling wine.
The latest La Bastide Cotes du Rhone Villages starts with tangy fruit, wild truffles and peppery spices, showing lavender, garrigue, game and kirsch in the background while the core palate offers up plum, boysenberry and strawberry essences.
This is fresh, vibrant and medium weight, this is certainly a vintage to drink young, as it gives lots of immediate pleasure, best to enjoy this one in the near future.
This cuvee is made up of mostly Grenache with good doses of Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignane making for a red that delivers savory elements along with a hint of baked stones to go with the sweet fruits, this is delightful stuff, drink now through The baby Campe from Giorgio Rivetti, the Vigneto Garretti is a real steal in the quality Barolo league, and the is really starting to come around, this is a great example of La Spinetta style and Nebbiolo.
The is showing dark garnet color, rich details and robust density with beautifully refined tannins, good acidity and a long lavish finish.
The nose opens with wilted roses, dark chocolate, tar and minty black licorice with a core of plum, raspberry, black cherry fruits. The background shows some nice vanilla scents, lavender and porcini notes as well as cedar and sweet tobacco all adding to the complexity and pleasures found it the Garretti.
This is going to be my Christmas wine! Drinkwhile still young and tight it really delivers hedonistic flavors even now. Mostly from hillside plots in the Sierra Foothills the latest Terre Rouge shows blueberry, spice, mint and wild herbs leading to a medium weight palate of black cherry, boysenberry and plum fruits along with mineral, meat and pepper, with ripe tannins and a bit of fresh acidity.
This wine turns soft and supple in the mouth and is an easy drinking in style Syrah, a good bistro wine, though Drink now, and over the next year or so, it should develop a bit more given time, but it is not going anywhere beyond where it is now overall, just pop the corks and enjoy.
This pretty and well crafted Pinot Noir from Domaine Ragot shows good ripe flavors, balancing acidity, earth, spice and mineral tones, making for a poised Burgundy that will excite the purists and interest the novice.
A small artisan estate, Domaine Ragot is a new discovery from Charles Neal Imports and is worth giving a look for if you want a well crafted wine at a fair price. This bright and austere Burgundy is still firm and focused, and should be given a bit more time to fully fill out, drink to One of my favorite wines, I have been drinking this wine since the vintage and every year I find more interesting details, and while the might not be as exceptional as the or wines, it is a lovely and intriguing effort.
Made from a cepage cuvee of red grapes grown within the Monastery the main varietals include Albarin Negro and Mencia, though in most vintages it is mostly Albarin Negro which is native to the Asturias region of northwest Spain, and is also known sometimes as Verdejo Negro, is is a dark skinned grape that has medium weight, good acidity and can sometimes remind of Syrah with floral, earth and meaty tones along with blue and black fruit character.
A touch of tannin, mild mushroom and cranberry come into play mid palate, but the fruit takes charge on the finish though zesty acidity gives a sense of crispness and lift too.
Not quite all together yet, but certainly unique and enjoyable, I would stock up on while you can, and give the a look see in the Spring ofI think it should make for a nice drinker by then.
This sexy little red from famed Loire Valley producer Francois Chidaine is a great find, it is all organic from the Chidaine family estate in Spain near Murcia in the Bullas D.
The Tempranillo gives a dark color, ripe raspberry and smooth tannins while the Monastrell Mourvedre gives density, power and a baked cherry note making for an interesting meld of personality and flavors. Another off the beaten path find from Charles Neal Imports, San Francisco, I am grateful to taste the latest release as always, and this is consistent with the last three vintages.
This intriguing Basque red comes from the foot of the French Pyrenees and is made from the classic Irouleguy blend of Tannat with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Domaine Ilarria shows an almost Loire red like nose and mineral tones with roses and wild flowers, minty, red spices, game and red currants leading the way along with a palate of raspberry, black cherry, loganberry and plum fruits unfolding with air as well as briar notes, a hint of bell pepper, earthy loam, cedar and truffle.United States: Charlotte.
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This glorious Claret is made of 72% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Carmenere, 1% Pressac (Malbec) fermented in concrete vats and then aged in mostly new French oak barrel by Hubert de Bouard & Alain Raynaud. May 03, · The B will eventually replace the B-1 Lancer and the B-2 Spirit at those bases as well — though the Air Force doesn't plan to start retiring those bombers until it has enough Bs to do so.
The special Taittinger cuvee, “Comtes de Champagne”, gives homage to one of our favourite “noblemen”. The classic “Blanc de Blancs” is a must for Chardonnay lovers and my personal favourite - especially the and The Comte de Champagne Rosé, its Pinot Noir counterpart, will surely have the some effect on the Pinot lovers.