Tasting notes, June 10, 2023; Wines of the Southern Rhone

                     Southern Rhône Valley 2021 Pasquiers Sablet Blanc$21.99 / Case Price $17.60 Sablet / Côtes-du-Rhône Villages / France20% Clairette, 40% Marsanne, 40% RoussanneThe village of Sablet is named for the densely packed sand which dominates the soil in the area. Pasquiers Blanc is aromatic while being richly textured, a full bodied white to enjoy alongside shellfish.[…]

Tasting notes, June 3, 2023; Summer wines

                    Summer Wines 2021 Kruger Rumpf Trocken$19.99 / Case Price $16.00 Nahe / Germany100% RieslingKruger Rumpf is located in the region of Nahe, an area known for stunningly precise, concentrated Riesling. Kruger’s 2021 Trocken is packed with joyous peach and crushed stone characteristics all delivered by a laser beam-like texture.  2019 Coulaudin-BussyChablis$31.99 / Case Price $25.60 […]

Tasting notes, May 27, 2023; wines for the grill

                 Grilling 2022 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc$24.99 / Case Price $20 Martinborough / New Zealand100% Sauvignon BlancUnlike most of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the market, Craggy Range is sourced from the north island hamlet of Martinborough. Distinctly concentrated and bereft of the overly grapefruit nature of many Sauvignon from NZ, this is a terrific[…]

Tasting notes, May 20, 2023: Wines of Bordeaux

                 Bordeaux 2021 Guiraud“G” Blanc$22.99 / Case Price $18.40 Sauternes / Bordeaux / France50% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon BlancThink of the “G” Blanc as a unique expression of Sauternes. Unlike the sweet wines produced from this hallowed appellation, the “G” is vinified dry and aged for just 7 months in oak prior to release. Exotic and tropical,[…]

Tasting notes, May 13, 2023; French whites

                 New Arrivals 2022 Treuillet Pouilly-Fumé$24.99 / Case Price $20 Pouilly-Fumé / Loire Valley / France100% Sauvignon BlancRoughly 100 producers farm the over 3,000 acres of vines planted in the barren, limestone soils of the Pouilly area. “Fumé” or smoked is added to the region’s name in reference not only to the distinct gray bloom that[…]

Wine Tasting, May 11, 2023; Madeira

                 Madeira NV Miles Seco 5yr$32.99 / Case Price $26.40 Funchal / Madeira / Portugal100% Tinta Negra“Characteristic Madeira bouquet of dried fruits, wood and orange peel. Dry and very fresh, with a long and oaky aftertaste. Excellent on its own, as an aperitif. It goes well with nuts, duck pie, sushi, fish, very well seasoned meats,[…]

Tasting notes, New Arrivals; May 6, 2023

                 New Arrivals 2022 Southern Right Sauvignon BlancOn sale for $14.99 Walker Bay / South Africa100% Sauvignon BlancSourced from a vineyard located just 2 miles from the South Atlantic Ocean, Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is fermented and aged primarily in stainless steel, with 10% of the wine raised in neutral French oak barrels. 2020 Moirots Bourgogne[…]

Tasting notes, Tuscan sensations; April 29, 2023

                 Tuscany 2021 Le Calcinaie Vernaccia$22.99 / Case Price $18.40 San Gimignano / Tuscany / Italy100% VernacciaFermented and aged in stainless steel, Calcinaie’s Vernaccia is sourced from a 15-acre parcel just outside the town of San Gimignano. The vineyard is farmed organically having been planted mostly in the late 1980’s.   2016 Pagliarese Chianti ClassicoOn sale for[…]

Tasting notes, April 22, 2023; Spring sparklers

                     Spring Sparklers NV Moncuit Delos$64.99 / Case Price $52 Mesnil-sur-Oger/ Champagne / France100% ChardonnayFermented and aged in stainless steel, only Grand Cru fruit is used for this stellar Champagne. Describing this as lean is correct but does not do justice to the level of complexity found here.   2017 Rocher des Violettes Petillant On Sale for $25 Montlouis[…]

Tasting notes, April 15, 2023; Wines of Piedmont

2021 ColomberaBricco BartolomeoOn Sale for $12.99 Tortonesi /  Italy100% CorteseKnown for the production of the local Tortona specialty, Timorasso, Colombera also produces this lighter, crisper white from the Cortese varietal. The soils here are composed of clay. 2021 Correggia Arneis$22.99 / Case Price $18.40 Roero / Langhe / Italy100% ArneisFrom vines planted in a combination[…]