Filipe Tosso made wine on four different continents, and for big names like Concha Y Toro, before joining Ventisquero. While this move surprised some people, his strong belief that he could make great wine for an affordable price has made a believer out of most of them.
Fresh fruit, soft hints of vanilla and beautiful black soil minerality come together to make a great wine. Great with grilled fish. Great with summer pasta. Great with summer, period!
This Gewurztraminer is spelled without the umlaut because it's French (as in Alsace), not German. When Pierre Sparr took over the winery at the turn of the 20th century he was the 10th generation of a winemaking family dating from 1680. The Pierre Sparr Winery was rebuilt after World War II and takes great pride in growing the noble grapes of Alsace.
This wine is intensely floral, just slightly off dry, and a real mouthful. A great complement to fennel salads or a savory quiche and a great way to expand your white wine repertoire.
If you had dreamed of the ideal vineyard when you were a child, this would be the place. The Prelius vineyard is on a hill, next to a lake, under a caste (the historic Castellaccio di Prile) and is less than five miles from the sea. As a grown up, though, you'd realize these elements are as functional as they are scenic. The hill's slope provides great drainage while the lake holds just enough heat in the winter to keep the vineyard from freezing. The proximity to the sea keeps summer nights cool, which allows the wine to maintain its stunning freshness.
Anyone who has been to Tuscany can attest to how perfectly a refreshing white wine eases the transition from a hot day to a cool evening. Arizona evenings aren't always very cool, but one sip of Vermentino might just make you forget that.
This wine exemplifies Oregon Pinot Noir like few others at this price. It exhibits dark red berry fruit, gently accentuated by oak spice. It's made by David Adelsheim, one of Oregon's wine pioneers, who began planting in the Chehalem Mountains in 1971 after working with the "other David", David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards. That's a lot of Willamette Valley experience, and we believe it shows in every bottle of Elizabeth's Reserve.
Quick German Lesson: Spät is the word for late. Burgunder refers to the wines of Burgundy (effectively, the Pinot family). Sekt is the word for sparkling wines made in Germany. So there you have it: Spätburgunder is sparkling Pinot Noir.
Similar in some ways to Rosé Champagne, this wine is extremely versatile for pairing with food with its mix of bright red fruits, distinct earthiness, and mild effervescence. It's subtle enough for salmon but robust enough to pair with meats and game. It's a great wine to have in your wine fridge.
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Fans of Domaine Serene may recognize the deft winemaking skills of Drew Voit in Harper Voit's wines. Made in a classic Oregon style that eschews over-ripeness, the lean character and moderate use of oak make this wine a classic.
It's a beautiful blend of vineyard sites that emphasizes a balance between freshness and suppleness. The oak structure is well integrated for a young wine. If you were starting to believe that there was no value left in domestic Pinot Noir, this is a strong counter argument.
Another great find from legendary importer Kermit Lynch, this wine is a blend of several vineyards including two Premier Cru sites (Le Passetemps & Les Graviéres). The grapes are picked by hand over several passes. Afterward, Jean-Marc Vincent pursues a course of minimal intervention. Only half the grapes are de-stemmed. the wines are never racked (removed from their barrels to remove sediment). Spending a minimum of 20 months in primarily new French oak barrels, it only moves via gravity.
Those who think of Burgundy as thin or weak will certainly have their minds changed. It's just starting to leave its difficult youth and some cellaring will reward the patient.
This southeast facing vineyard sits along the limestone-rich belt, draped across the Barbaresco appellation. The Ronchi vines are between 50 and 70 years old - an age that has allowed the root systems time to dig deep into the complex soil structure. The combination of warm southern exposure, aging vines, and limestone soil delivers rich, perfumed wines with impressive structure. They are aged in massive Austrian oak barrels for 20 months. The outcome is a muscular wine that retains elegance with intense, bright cherries, dried roses and pipe tobacco. 100% Nebbiolo, it is great paired with rich pastas, roasted game, or a hearty charcuterie board.
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As the weather warms we're always on the lookout for light and refreshing wines. Wines that go with cookouts. Wines for the patio. Scarpetta Friulano is floral, full of rich peach and apricot notes, and mild citrus flavors add a freshness to the wine.
Scarpetta is led by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey. A veteran of The Little Nell and The French Laundry, his knowledge of wine in general may only be surpassed by his knowledge of northeastern Italy. It's truly fitting that he be the one to introduce you to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia's famous grape.
Clos-de-Bêze is one of the oldest vineyards in Burgundy, and was founded and created by the Abbey of Bêze in the 7th century. Therefore there are reams of knowledge to be studied. But, since time is of the essence, we'll just get down to the business of tasting.
Bernstein Close-de-Bêze 2015 begins with a splash of cherry, bright cranberry, and smoky spices. Structured, complex, and gorgeous from start to finish, this wine will be at the heart of every discussion that follows its consumption. Plus, it comes in a magnum, so yeah.....
Bernstein Clos-de-Bêze 2014 has noticeable oak influence and is accompanied by an earthy nose with a dash of spice. Concentrated and mineral driven, this wine shows beautiful notes of berries and balanced red fruit and finishes with velvety tannins.
Often overshadowed by the main grapes of Tuscany, Chardonnay can grow very happily on the calcareous slopes surrounding Siena. Planted in the 80's with vines imported from Burgundy, the parcels have matured into a tremendous vineyard.
Only 40% of the wine was fermented in barrels. Of that, only 50% was in new oak. The result is a wine that emphasizes freshness and minerality. Oak and butter take a back seat, but do provide a nice complement to bright fruits. With warmer temperatures looming large, the time for beautiful lighter white wines is here!
For a winery to go from non-existent to iconic in less than 20 years takes hard work, great grapes, adoring fans, and some really positive press. Before their second vintage was in the bottle there was a wait list for Kosta Browne Pinot Noir, and the momentum hasn't slowed. Rich, ripe, and densely flavored, Kosta Browne Pinots are both drinkable and collectable. Quantities are very limited.
Did You Know? The first commercially available Kosta Browne wine was a Sauvignon Blanc!
Sometimes wines from France can be a bit intimidating - places we haven't heard of, words we can't pronounce, grapes we aren't familiar with. An easy segue is the Chenin Blanc of Vouvray, in the Loire Valley. Champalou was founded in 1983 and is one of the most well-known producers in the Vouvray appellation. The wine is highly aromatic with notes of honey and pear. It's friendly on your palate and your pocket. Come give it a try!
P2 is the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon Vintage. The name refers to a second phase of maturity, the result of 16 years of elaboration, and will definitely impress your friends!
1998: This Champagne actually pulls off the “fun kind of crazy” persona. The mouthfeel is creamy, and almost chewy; but it is supercharged with an edginess unmatched in bubbles of this age. This wine won’t break your heart like the other “fun kind of crazy” things in your life tend to do, but it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart.
1999: Remember your first concert? The first time your chest rumbled when the guitarist blasted the amps to kick off the show? When your soul bubbled with warmth when you belted out your favorite chorus with hundreds of fellow fans? That’s how this Champagne feels! Mercifully, it doesn’t smell like a concert. An intoxicating smell of dried flowers, tropical fruit, and sexy peppery wood float around the glass, and a complex minerality comes in to close. What a stunner.
2000: If a French country bakery could be fermented, bottled, cellared, and disgorged…the 2000 P2 would be it. The warmth of buttery brioche, the pops of orange marmalade and baked peach and yes, a few wafts of cigar smoke and hay coming from the farmer in front of you in line. The body is noticeably plump, and the contours continue to expand and fill with toasty malt and buttery air.
With a production history that dates back to 1717 and a portfolio of vineyard holdings that includes an impressive selection of premier and grand cru sites, it can be argued that Domaine Leflaive is one of the most iconic producers in Burgundy. In addition to recognizable names like Montrachet and Meursault, the current generation believes strongly in the quality and value to be found in the Mâcon.
Due south of the Côte d’Or, the Mâconnais is nestled just above Beaujolais. Home to the prestigious appellations of Pouilly-Fuissé and lesser-known appellations like Viré-Clessé, Mâcon and its surrounding regions may be the last bastion of great value in Burgundy. Before her recent passing, Anne-Claude Leflaive was one of the champions of this region that has the climate and mineral-rich soil to make great wine.
Bright and crisp with lush apple and citrus notes, the 2014 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verze is made in a style reminiscent of Puligny. Judicious use of oak means that there is a kiss of spice and structure but it is still quite vibrant in its youth. Great with salmon and other fish dishes, this wine is also great just to enjoy by itself on the warming patios of Spring. Finding a high-quality white Burgundy for under $50 is becoming more and more difficult, but there is no doubt that this wine is worthy of the name Leflaive.
Dolcetto (which means "little sweet one") is a light bodied red varietal grown in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. The name is a bit of a contradiction because the wine is neither little nor sweet. But it is absolutely delicious! Roagna Dolcetto is grown from both the Pajé and Carso vineyards and has notes of blackberry, a dash of licorice, and some herbacious notes that are all accompanied by low acidity and elegant tannins. A lovely option in our unforgiving heat.
Barbaresco prices haven't risen at quite the same rates as Burgundies, but it is getting harder to find one for a bargain. And finding a reasonable single-parcel (or in this case, half hectare) is even harder. The annual production of Moccagatta Cole is only about 200 cases.
The wine is aged in new barriques (small oak barrels) which add great spice but also integrates oak tannin with considerable grape tannin. Several years along and the wine has started to soften those harsh tannic edges while displaying a great variety of fresh and dried fruit notes. Dark cherry is complemented by fragrant dried herbs and there are mocha and tobacco accents on the finish.
Since the 13th century Barbera has been planted in the Italian region of Piedmont and is one of the highest produced wines in Italy. Unlike its acquaintance Nebbiolo, Barbera has very low tannins, making it a great companion to our summer predilection for lighter meals and more refreshing wines. While Rosé is a popular go-to it's not everyone's cup of tea. Marcarini's soft, graceful tannins are accompanied by blackberries, red cherries and raspberries with a touch of vanilla and when you just want a red, it's good to know what will suit a long, hot summer.
Conceived in 2011, Chivalry Wines was formed around a sheer passion for making good wine of high quality at a price that wouldn't bankrupt. Chivalry concentrates on making Cabernet from Coombsville, Yountville, and Howell Mountain. This Coombsville Cabetnet, product of a cooler climate known for producing an earthier style of wine, presents a higher presence of herbs and leather. Blackberries, smooth dark chocolate, gentle cigar, and round vanilla are some of the fantastic expressions you'll find in this bottle.
Maison Ruinart, founded in 1729 by the nephew of a Benedictine monk, Dom Thierry Ruinart, is considered the first Champagne house. A royal decree from King Louis the Fifteenth allowed the bottles of sparkling wine to be shipped outside the region, to our everlasting thanks! Lush, elegant, and truly extraordinary Ruinart Rosé is a perfect complement to food and equally at home as an aperitif. The red berry fruit, incredibly fine stream of bubbles, and intricate finish are all things to savor. It's special enough to celebrate a grand occasion and priced well enough to just celebrate surviving the day!
For fifteen years Arista has been focusing on making excellent wines from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma. They have mastered the nuances of this famed region by crafting Chardonnay and Pinot on several different sites. Hand harvested and raised in high-quality French oak, the wines stand up to the best from California.
Ripe fruits and baking spices dominate the nose, while the palate shows lemon curd and creaminess that balance a fine minerality. This wine is a fantastic complement to grilled chicken and fish dishes. Fans of bright, buttery, refined Chardonnay will know this is the real gold at the end of the rainbow.
In 2003 Mark Aubert decided to make a Chardonnay from four different clones. This wine is a hybrid of Burgundy (Chardonnay's birthplace) and California (its home-away-from-home) and is beautifully curated for the Chardonnay lover. It's full of flavors and aromas of citrus and orchard fruits. Classic in style, it is drinking exquisitely now but will also age very gracefully . May we suggest the perfect compromise - buy two, so you'll have one to enjoy now and one to put in your cellar!
From the eastern Rutherford Hills of Napa Valley comes this splendid Rosé. Heidi Barrett, known mostly for her talent with Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly showcases her diversity here. A Southern French-style blend of Grenache and Syrah, it offers delicious acidity, exquisite flavors of white peach and watermelon, and a bone-dry structure. Prét à Boire ("ready to drink") will remind you that Rosé is a wine to be enjoyed in the moment.
José Lovaglio Balbo doesn't make a lot of wine, but what he does is meticulously crafted from specific vineyards and harvested by hand.
All too often we associate Malbec with the mass produced wines on many local shelves. This will change your viewpoint considerably. The vineyards' high altitudes and proximity to the Andes make for a very fresh and bright style. Red fruit accompanies the expected black and blue fruit notes, the terroir is expressed in wild herbaceous notes, and the use of French oak softens the tannins and adds character. This is Malbec as it's meant to be.
Wayfarer is, literally and figuratively, the next generation of Pahlmeyer wines. Jayson's daughter Cleo leads the project in the challenging Fort Ross-Seaview appellation. Fascinated with the wines of Burgundy, Jayson and Cleo are creating wines that are part New World and part homage to the the Old World.
A tiny production wine, Paige's Ridge is deep and rich. Partial whole-cluster fermentation adds depth and complexity. The wine is lightly (17%) oaked to emphasize the fruit and earth characteristics. A wine of this complexity takes time to settle down and it's now approaching its apex.
As Cabernet season draws toward a close, we'd like to point you in the direction of one of our favorite replacements. Coup de Foudre is located in Napa Valley and strives to make Bordeaux-style wines. This Sauvignon Blanc explodes with notes of honeysuckle, melon, and caramelized fruits and has a dazzling finish. It will truly impress any white wine lover. Whether by the pool, during a superb lunch, or to accompany a good book one lazy afternoon, this wine will be a highlight of your summer.
When Sassicaia was introduced to the market in 1971, it was different than just about everything else in Italy. Italian wine regulators scoffed at the price Tenuta San Guido wanted to charge, and relegated it to the status of vino da tavola (literally, table wine). Soon, it was a wine that was
welcome on just about any table.
Tenuta San Guido had a good laugh in 1994 when those same regulators decided to create Bolgheri DOC to codify the wines that had become known as Super Tuscans. The producer really laughed when Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC was created solely for their estate in 2013. But it didn't end there...the last laugh might be the upgrading of the DOC to DOCG.
Rich, dense and incredibly complex, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is the perfect mix of Tuscany and Haut-Médoc. It is stand-offish in its youth. It overpowers many traditional pasta and fish dishes. Despite the few things that it isn’t, we can certainly celebrate the things that it is: Powerful, multi-dimensional, elegant, and timeless.
This wine will age gracefully for decades. Buy a case and you can celebrate the first twelve years of your retirement once a year, giving you the ultimate last laugh!
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