Tasting notes, Wines for Gifts; Dec. 17, 2022

                     Gift Wines

2018 Prunier Puligny 1er La Garenne
$125 / Case Price $100
Puligny-Montrachet / Côte de Beaune / France 
100% Chardonnay
La Garenne is one of the top 1er Cru’s located in the Puligny-Montrachet appellation. Prunier’s 2018 rendition offers ample fruit, expressive minerality and firm acidity. Drinkable today, this wine will evolve positively over the next 3 – 5 years at a minimum.
2017 Il Poggione
Brunello di Montalcino
$99.99 / Case Price $80
Montalcino / Tuscany / Italy
100% Sangiovese
One of the most consistently excellent producers of Brunello, Il Poggione fashions a sleek, full bodied style of the Montalcino genre. The 2017 is already approachable, featuring bright, perfumed aromatics and classic leather and sour cherry flavors.
2019 Chevalier
Esprit Rouge
$39.99 / Case Price $32
Pessac-Leognan/ Bordeaux / France
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
The brilliance of L’Esprit de Chevalier lies in its welcoming, forward nature, not to mention its moderate price. This is a lovely “Claret” that is updated for the modern age and ready to drink tonight…or in a few weeks with a classic winter beef roast.
2020 Janasse Chaupin
$99.99 / Case Price $80
Châteauneuf-du-Pape / Southern Rhone Valley / France 
100% Grenache
A special cuvee created for importer Eric Solomon, Chaupin was first introduced in 1990. The Grenache for this bottling is sourced entirely from sandy soil sites with vines averaging 75 years of age.
2019 Shafer TD-9
$69.99 / Case Price $56
Napa Valley / California / US
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
The latest bottling from Shafer Vineyards is a ripe, plush, immediately accessible Napa red. The fruit for TD-9 is almost entirely from the Stag’s Leap District.
2009 Warre’s
Late Bottled Vintage
$35.99 / Case Price $28.80
Porto / Douro / Portugal Including: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Francisca, etc. Aged
for four years in barrel, followed by an additional 8 years in bottle, Warre’s LBV offers vintage port character faster and more affordably. The 2009 is a particularly ripe and sumptuous rendition of this perennial dessert wine value.