Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote’, 2017

The working man's white Burgundy. What a pleasure, and a refreshing view of the world's finest terroir through the lens of the OTHER Burgundy varietal (and close Chardonnay cousin) Aligot√©. Top example from one of the great domaines in Puligny. Bosc pear, green apple, wet stone and clean linen come through on the nose. The … Continue reading Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote’, 2017

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Ried Scott Riesling 2005, Weingut Knoll, Smaragd

Single vineyard Riesling Smaragd (in Wachau "Smaragd" fruit is picked last, yielding age-worthy, structured wines) from one of Austria's iconic domaines. Beautiful, bright concentrated lemon color in the glass. The nose is exuberant, offering a potpourri of ripe, prediminantly golden fruit across the spectrum: meyer lemon, bartlett pear, cantaloupe, dried peach, mango and cherry compote … Continue reading Ried Scott Riesling 2005, Weingut Knoll, Smaragd

Closet, Clos de papillon, Savennieres, 2002

Deep golden color, slow-forming legs. On the nose bruised and baked orchard fruit mingles with butterscotch, toasted almond, honey and ginger. Quite botrytis-forward in appearance and aromatics. The wine is full-bodied and just melts on the palate; creamy, borderline decadent but balanced by a long, slightly bitter finish. Incredible texture, this wine should be enjoyed … Continue reading Closet, Clos de papillon, Savennieres, 2002

Lafon-Rochet 2012, Bordeaux

Bordeaux "second wines" are great for inspired sipping at an "everyday" price point. Beautifully ripe cassis fruit mingles with dusty mineral earth and anise on the nose. Intensely aromatic. Bold and structured; core of black fruit and bitter herbs; long, drying finish. In its early prime, will be delicious with grilled meats for years to … Continue reading Lafon-Rochet 2012, Bordeaux

Dolcetto D’Alba, Bruno Giacosa 2016

Stumbling upon any of the late Barbaresco genius Signor Giacosa's bottlings for under ¬†30 at a wine shop should get a whole bunch of neurons firing in the brain of any wine lover. This beauty of a Dolcetto lives up to all the hype that comes with the name on the label. Deep ruby color … Continue reading Dolcetto D’Alba, Bruno Giacosa 2016

Chablis Domaine Vocoret

Vintage 2014, four-generation winemaking family in Chablis. This is as classic as it gets; high-toned and racy with bracing acidity and long, lip-smacking mineral finish. Developing a medium-lemon color in its adolescence. You can definitely feel the cool '14 vintage's effects with lean fruit and green apple freshness, but there is plenty of weight and … Continue reading Chablis Domaine Vocoret

Les Dionnieres Hermitage 2015

Decant this one for an hour or two before drinking; at this point in its development it needs time. Complex bouquet of blueberry/blackberry jam, cured meat, violets and dark chocolate. New oak is evident. Medium-full-bodied, velvety and spice-laden. Dark, brooding and tightly knit on the palate. Drinks great in its youth but will cellar very … Continue reading Les Dionnieres Hermitage 2015

Villa Rosa Barbaresco 2013

Bright, pale cherry red in the glass. Pretty yet intense aromatics of brambly red berry fruit, mushroom, rose and underbrush. Full bodied and structured with classic Nebbiolo acidity and length. Perfect use of oak; softens the texture and frames the fruit nicely without masking its purity with vanilla and clove aromas. Long finish. Gorgeous. Pair … Continue reading Villa Rosa Barbaresco 2013

Barbaresco Moccagatta 2011

barbaresco Moccagatta 2011

Chablis Villes Vignes 2016, Domaine George

Chablis, domaine George