Chateau Genot Boulanger Mercurey les Bacs 2010
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Yangarra Shiraz 2014This wine is all about texture. The meaty blueberry hint is sometimes like prosciutto or other dark charcuterie meats; the figgy base tones provide a solid base flavour, the cleansing natural acidity working with the tannins to draw the finish out to a delicious taper with a long aftertaste where those cherries evident in the bouquet re-emerge, sinuous and more-ish.
Pyren Vineyard Broken Quartz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Cabernet is considered by many in the Pyrenees to be the regions strongest performing variety. Bright crimson-purple. The bouquet is very fragrant and pure, but underlines the question posed by the low alcohol: will the flavors be ripe? Well, it's on the cusp, but has so many good things going for it that it must get the benefit of the doubt. It is beautifully detailed, pure and harmonious, finishing with those dusty/earthy tannins unique to Cabernet.
Jacquesson Dizy Corne Bautray 2007 1.5L
Jacquesson Degorgement Tardif Millesime 2000 1.5L
Banknote Counterfeit Zinfandel 2011Counterfeit Zinfandel is floral and elegant, a medium bodied wine that begins with aromas of wild strawberry and ripe plum. Juicy and easy to drink this Zinfandel is loaded with raspberry, caramel, peppered herb and chocolate flavors. The beautiful balance of tannins and acid make this wine ideal for food parings.
Tenuta Belguardo Maremma Toscana 2002Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with a small percentage of Sangiovese and Merlot, this wine dues its big character and ample body to the extraordinary terroir in which it borns. It represent the first wine of the Estate.
Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2009The result of an accurate selection of grapes from the Einaudi vineyard in Barolo. A great wine of the Langa, garnet red with a shade of amber, of intense and embracing fragrance, full bodied but smooth tannic taste, with a long spiced final taste. The annual production is of 7.000 bottles.
Rivetti Massimo Barbaresco Froi Riserva 2008Color: Ruby red with garnet red highlights. Bouquet: Ethereal with violet and licorice notes. Taste: Full, dry and velvety.
Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2016A light straw color, the 2016 vintage features scents of melon and lavender, layered with soft notes of wet stone that call to mind a late-summer rain. Entry on the palate is light and then builds, with flavors that are just on the edge of ripeness, from peaches to bright citrus. A flinty character lingers throughout, and the finish trails off with a balance of fruit and acidity, leaving a crisp and refreshing final impression.
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2008Clerico is one of the most respected names in all Barolo, and his wines are renowned for both winemaking of the highest quality and for exceptional character, deriving from outstanding vineyard holdings in four of the greatest crus of Monforte: Ginestra, Bussia, Pajana and Mosconi.
Santa Rita Triple C 2011This superb wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère, three Bordeaux grape varieties that have been carefully grown by Santa Rita for more than 80 years. This wine benefits from the best of both; Old and New World combining the elegance of traditional grape varieties with New World techniques.
Taken Complicated Central Coast Red Blend 2014Super-ripe raspberry and bright red cherry make for a seductive first sip. This racy Central Coast blend has notes of cocoa and well-integrated French Oak. The wine is opulent yet balanced. The finish lingers with flavors of cassis and dried plums. Aromas of bright raspberries, red cherries, and strawberries jump out of the glass. Black tea and dark chocolate emerge as the wine opens. Blend: 64% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 2% Carignane
Forman Chardonnay 2011I don't think I can remember a Chardonnay made at Forman, there are 28 of them, that didn't start out with the pretty yellow-light green hue that this 2011 pocesses. That in itself says something for the consistency of this vineyard and what is done in the winery with these lovely grapes. One of the things I like most about what happens during the process of bringing fresh grape juice to finished wine with this fruit is its subtlety of expression; it never overwhelms, it just politely pleases without interfering with the food it might be enjoyed with. So there we are! The 2011 Forman Vineyard Chardonnay is another in the lineage which clearly states its heritage, it is unmistakably Forman. I love the fresh fruit opening without over-ripeness or obvious woodiness of this wine; it's just nicely ripe Chardonnay. Sur lees aging in older barrels gives it a touch of richness and complexity to the aromas. One also has to love the flavors. Very zesty freshness beautifully frames the fruitiness. This is a classic Forman Chardonnay. It's a baby now and has so many years to develop, too bad there is so little produced.
Pietra Anna 2015Elegant notes of spices and ripe red fruits (currants) mixed with sage. The palate is round and velvety.
Luca Malbec 2015
Chappellet Cervantes Chardonnay 2012A product of the amazing 2012 growing season, this wine is marked by great concentration and definition, as well as elegance and tone. The nose opens with fresh fruit aromas of ripe citrus, nectarine and pineapple, accompanied by notes of vanilla, clove and citrus blossom. Subtle hints of sweet oak and crème fraîche from partial malolactic fermentation add complexity and depth. Though rich and textured, the mouthfeel is perfectly balanced by vibrant acidity. Zesty flavors of citrus, pear and stone fruits fill the palate and resonate on the long finish.
Luke Donald Chardonnay 2011Color: Golden yellow. Aroma: Granny Smith apple and stone fruit aromas, supplemented by a touch of spice and slight notes of clove and cinnamon. Taste: Mouthfeel is medium full, with a nice entrance, broad midpalate, and a creamy, long finish.
Domaine Thomas & Fils Saint Veran Tradition