Tasting notes, Jan. 28, 2023: New arrivals from the Southern Rhone

                     Southern Rhône Valley 2020 Stehelin Sablet Blanc$29.99 / Case Price $24 Sablet / Côtes-du-Rhône Villages / France34% Grenache Blanc, 33% Marsanne, 33% RoussanneThe village of Sablet is named for the densely packed sand which dominates the soil in the area. Stehelin’s Blanc is sourced from 20 year-old vines and raised in neutral vessels. Aromatic while[…]

Tasting notes, Jan. 21, 2023; New Arrivals from Italy

                     New Italians 2021 DeForville Ca del Buc$19.99 / Case Price $16 Barbaresco / Langhe / Italy100% ChardonnayCreated from 35-40 year-old vines planted in limestone soils, Deforville produces this single site Chardonnay using indigenous yeasts and only stainless steel for fermentation and refinement. 2021 Almondo Bricco delle Ciliegie$24.99 / Case Price $20 Roero / Langhe /[…]

Tasting notes, Jan. 14, 2023…it’s a grape thing…Syrah

                     Syrah/Shiraz 2018 Alexandrins SyrahOn Sale for $13.99 Northern Rhone / France100% SyrahHeavily influenced by the granite soils of the Northern Rhone, the Alexandrins Syrah leads with savory rather than fruity flavors. Here we find aromas of black olive and bacon mingling with piquant red flavors.  2019 Eric Texier St-Julien en St-Alban$31.99 / Case Price $25.60 St[…]

Wine of the Year 2022

(For the record, this is largely a re-posting of my comments about this wine from our Thanksgiving wine selections. Everything I said then is still true today 2021 Kurtatsch Schiava Sonntaler Alte Reben  Südtirol Alto Adige, Italy Regular price: $30 per bottle Case price: $24 per bottle Frankly, I’m a sucker for wines like this…high[…]

Tasting notes, Our favorite wines of 2022; Jan. 7, 2023

                     Our Favorite Wines of 2022 2020 Thibaud BoudignonAnjou Blanc$45 / Case Price $36 Anjou / Loire Valley / France100% Chenin BlancThibaud Boudignon is a Bordeaux native who found his way to the Anjou back in 2007. Since that time, he has become one of the most well-regarded producers of dry Chenin Blanc in the appellation.[…]