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

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Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2014

This is some of the best New Zealand has to offer for serious, food-friendly Chardonnay at an "everyday drinking" price point. The flinty, Chablis-esque nose entices with subtle aromas of crisp green apple and wet stones; as well as not-so-subtle aromas of aged sheepsmilk cheese. Concentrated but mineral-driven and bone-dry. Slightly spritzy feel on attack … Continue reading Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2014

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

Barbaresco Moccagatta 2011

barbaresco Moccagatta 2011

Lustau Palo Cortado, Sherry

The rarest and most mysterious style of Sherry, this Palo Cortado from the esteemed Bodega Lustau weds the elegance and dryness of a Fino with the beautiful salted caramel aromatics and viscous mouthfeel of an Oloroso. 19%abv and bone dry; pale amber fading to gold with bright reflections in the glass. Fig, dried apricot, cola, … Continue reading Lustau Palo Cortado, Sherry

Chablis Villes Vignes 2016, Domaine George

Chablis, domaine George

Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Valley Floor Sauvignon Blanc from one of Oakville's top grower/producers. Medium straw and star-bright. Mandarin, lime and grapefuit aromatics intermingle with tropical fruit, grass, wet stone and asparagus. Very energetic on the palate. Full-throttle citrus attack, followed by a seemingly soft midpalate leading to a crisp, herbaceous and bitter finish. Lipsmackingly fresh and DYING for … Continue reading Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2017

L’Ermitage Brut 1997

Top bottling from Roederer Estate's Mendocino property in the Anderson Valley. 50/50 Pinot/Chard topped with a "reserve dosage" aged at least 5yrs in French oak before an additional five months of bottle ageing before release. A gentle layer of fine bubbles appear upon pouring but quickly dissipate, revealing a medium-concentrated gold wine showing its maturity … Continue reading L’Ermitage Brut 1997

Chateau Haut Brion 2003

The Bordeaux wine region is located in the southwest of France, with the city of Bordeaux as its business center. The success of Bordeaux are its geological foundation of limestone with a lot of calcium, the soil is composed of Gravel (left bank), sandy stone and clay (right bank) and the affluence of the Gironde river and its … Continue reading Chateau Haut Brion 2003