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Six Favorites from Last Year
Wines we (and you) loved.
January 11, 2017
You Won't Believe It's Not Puligny
2014 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Oncle Vincent
That's because it almost is. Puligny Montrachet . Limestone distinguishes the wines of Puligny. threads of it extend below the town's hillsides into its flatter lands where the grapes are not so rich and are not entitled to the Puligny name. In 2014 they were. From two Puligny-but-not-Puligny plots Olivier Leflaive made a ripe spicy wine that even experts would mistake for a Puligny village that would cost twice as much. For now or the next two years. Don't miss it.
2014 Domaine Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Oncle Vincent; Aroma: Head rather dense , spicy acid full, rich; Mouth: Juicy rather tight clean firm, racy acid, firm with a sweet oak edge Delicious; Very Good Plus Plus 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49
2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
The Wine Spectator's Top 100 list usually recognizes good wines, but their order defies any understanding. Nonetheless we were happy to that they [laced Anthony Hamilton-Russell's great 2015 Chardonnay as #11. His wines have been getting better and better in the over 20 years we have offered them, with the 2015 being the best yet. A rich cross between burgundy and Sonoma.
2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Very Good - Excellent 35; Mixed Case, 31.5; Case, 29.75
You won't find Andrew Nichols' hand crafted wines in the Wine Spectator. There is too little made of his handcrafted wines for a national publication to be aware of
His day job is oenologist for Argyle wines, but he makes just a few hundred cases of Pinot under his own label. A F Nichols wines are most un-Argyle like. Where Argyles tend to big and bold, the Nichols Pinots are of finesse and precision, the essence of Willamette Pinot Noir.
I was struck by the wines' linear purity and restrained elegance. In the good 2014 vintage vintages, they were crystalline-pure, soft acids playing off dry strawberry-inflected fruit.
2014 A. F. Nichols Pinot Noir; Aroma: deeper plummy, a touch herbal, ; Mouth: plummy ripe fruit ripe clean fresh, sweet, crisp on the finish; Very Good Plus 27.99; Mixed Case, 25.19; Case, 23.79
Masseria Li Veli is the winery of the Falvo family who left Tuscany and returned to their roots in Apulia. They immediately launched the Askos project with which they are reviving a few of the excellent ancient Puglian grape varieties that were almost lost over the course of the dramatic history of the area. When the vines get old enough, Susumaniello is a grape variety that yields wines of intense character and attractiveness. The 2014 Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello is a prime example.
2014 Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello: Deep ruby red. Complex aromatics with raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant framed by licorice, spice and leather. Rich palate balanced by fine tannins. Long finish with freshness and just the right touch of acidity. Very Good Plus to Excellent 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85
2011 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Classico Superiore Lena di Mezzo Ripasso
Ripasso is a style of wine produced to enhance the richness of Valpolicella without going to the sort of extreme of Amarone. The 2011 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Classico Superiore Lena di Mezzo Ripasso is also from a single vineyard in Fumane. Lena di Mezzo is a beautiful terraced estate. This wine is a classic example of the Ripasso style made to go with richer meat dishes.
2011 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Classico Superiore Lena di Mezzo Ripasso: cherries, plums, licorice, pepper and cinnamon with balsam notes. Great purity of fruit and clean flavors. long finish. Very Good to Excellent 25.99; Mixed Case, 23.39; Case, 22.09
Dean Hewitson made quite an impression when he did a tasting here. His GSM which stands for Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, the Aussie interpretation of Cotes du Rhone made an equally strong one when we presented it at a dinner last fall. It is very pretty, rather refined for Barossa and perfectly spiced and balanced for winter stews and roasts.
2013 Hewitson Miss Harry GSM; Aroma: heady rather pretty, finely delineatedjuicy rich ; Mouth: Juicy dark toned rich very dense thick rather juicy, clean racy, long; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85
1-11 Favorites Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $274
1-11 Favorites Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $145
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