Domaine Vincent Mothe Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2006

Showcasing a perfume of freshly cut white flowers, crushed sea shells, lime zest, and lemon oil, the controlled explosion of phenolics envelops the tastebuds the moment the wine passes across the tongue. Fatter and broader on the palate than most Chablis, this is about as large framed a Chablis as one can find. The delicious flavors linger on the long, stony finish.

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Shane Finley, associate winemaker at Kosta Browne Winery, is running a few minutes behind this afternoon. Over the primal grunts and funk vamps of a James Brown song playing in the background, Shane is conducting a private tasting of the Kosta Browne wines for a group of visiting winemakers, and to his credit, he wants to give them a thorough run down of the Kosta Browne 2005 wines. Continue reading

Valderiz Tomas Estaban Ribera del Douro 2001

Red-black at the core. Scents of red berries, cassis, clove, and clean leather are reminiscent of a top growth from the left bank of Bordeaux. The juicy flavors gain traction on the mid-palate, fanning out and becoming spicy, earthier, and more singular, taking on notes of iron, graphite, minerals, dill, and a hint of freshly-crushed blackberries. The initial tannic support surprisingly gives way to a smooth mouthfeel as the flavors coast along a 25+ second long finish. An impressive, complex, limited-production wine that ranks up there with the best wines from Spain and is absolutely worth tracking down.

Box O’ Birds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Shimmering light yellow in color. Swoon-inducing aromas of ripe grapefruit, passion fruit, guava, mineral water, and baby powder gust upward from the glass. Classic “”SB”" flavors of grapefruit and lime wash across the tongue, while subtle notes of lemon verbena, gardenia, and even a hint of parmesan emanate on the tangy finish. Racy acidity ties the delicious fruit components together. A fantastic, fun, exuberant SB that breaks out from the overly-grassy/green pea/under-ripe mode.

Sportoletti Assisi Grechetto 2008

Burnished yellow-gold. Effusive lemon and lime aromas are complemented by attractive notes of almonds and waxy orchard fruits. On the attack, the wine is at once rich and nearly full-bodied yet lively, with searing acidity and punchy flavors throughout. A thoroughly engaging and fun wine that tastes great with or without food.

Sportoletti Assisi Rosso 2007

Deep ruby with strong violet tones at rim. A luxurious blanket of oak is wrapped around a core of cassis-like flavors, with notes of dried basil, raisins, and a pleasant hint of warm soil gracing the mid-palate. Seriously hedonistic, this full-bodied wine bears all the hallmarks of a micro-cuvee cult wine, and pushes the envelope in terms of ripeness.

Fattoria Viticcio Bere Toscana IGT 2006

Saturated violet-ruby. This deliciously-modern blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon offers fragrant notes of freshly-picked blackberries, cherries, moss, and dark chocolate. Showcasing a degree of balance between fruit, acidity, and tannins that is reminiscent of a fine Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel from Bordeaux, this could be the penultimate mid-week, red sauce food wine. The structure firms up on the long finish, indicating that this is a wine that will drink well now but also age well for the next 2 years. A wine to purchase by the case.