Tasting notes, December 2, 2023; Winter Warmers

                     Winter Warmers 2020 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou BlancOn Sale for  $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. 2021 Chalk Hill[…]

Tasting notes, November 25, 2023; Leftovers

                     Leftovers 2021 Villargeau Giennois BlancOn Sale for $16 Coteaux du Giennois / Loire Valley / France 100% Sauvignon BlancThe Coteaux du Giennois appellation is located to the north and east of the more famous communes of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. The recipe here is the same, chalky soils, Sauvignon grapes and stainless steel winemaking. 2019 Coulaudin-Bussy[…]

Tasting notes, Nov. 18, 2023; Wines for Thanksgiving

                     Thanksgiving 2022 Tan Fruit Petit Tan FruitOn Sale for $21.99 Willamette Valley / Oregon / US100% ChardonnayA determined effort to produce Chardonnay at its new world best sans excessive oak aging or overripeness. As the name suggests, this is just right, ripe Chardonnay. 2021 Lafond Roc Epine Sale for $16.99 Lirac / Southern Rhône Valley[…]

Tasting notes, November 11, 2023; Brand New Spain

                     Brand New Spain 2022 Lagar de Costa AlbarinoOn Sale for $20 Salnes / Rias Baixas / Spain100% AlbarinoSourced from nine separate plots of estate vineyards, the vines employed here average 30 years of age. Aged for three months on its fine lees in stainless steel tank, the resulting wine showcases subtle tropical fruits and distinct[…]

Tasting notes, Nov. 4, 2023; Fresh for Fall

                     Fresh for Fall 2022 Puianello Ancestrale Bianco On Sale for $18.40 Colli de Scandiano e Canossa / Emilia Romagna / Italy100% SpergolaAt first glance the Puianello Ancestrale Bianco presents as a fun, straight forward, lightly sparkling white. However, underneath the bright white fruits one is able to detect minerality and a subtle toastiness. 2022 Brooks[…]

Tasting notes, October 21, 2023; wines of Piedmont

                     Piedmont 2022 Cieck Erbaluce di CalusoOn Sale for $16 Caluso / Canavese / Italy100% Erbaluce50-year-old vines planted in loose, stony soils inform this bright interpretation of Erbaluce. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, resting for 4 months in tank prior to bottling. 2022 La ScolcaVilla ScolcaOn Sale for $20 Gavi / Langhe[…]

Tasting notes, Oct. 14, 2023; The Big Six

                     The Big Six NV Lanson Pere et Fils BrutOn Sale for $38.40 Reims / Champagne / France50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot MeunierSourced from no less than 100 separate parcels of which half are 1er and Grand Cru classified, Lanson’s Pere et Fils bottling spends a minimum of five years aging on its lees in[…]

Tasting notes, Oct. 7, 2023; Rhone Varietals

                     Rhone Varietals 2022 Villard DeponcinsOn Sale for $34.99 Northern Rhone / France100% ViognierThe Deponcins bottling is sourced from younger vine Condrieu, an appellation known for producing the most complex and beguiling Viognier. Sand and granite soils allow for a mineral driven style of white, aromatic but never too heavy. 2022 Gavoty RecitalCase price $18.40 per[…]

Tasting notes, September 30, 2023; Bordeaux Unblended

                     Les Parcellaires de Dourthe 2020 Parcellaires Dourthe Rahoul Blanc “Semillon 54”On Sale for $35.99 Graves / Bordeaux / France100% Semillon“Château Rahoul is one of only a handful of Graves wines to belong to the highly selective Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. On the palate, this Graves white wine offers complex flavors of white peaches, lime[…]