Super Deal: Il Poggione's 2014 Brunello

Super Deal: Il Poggione's 2014 Brunello

La del Vivo Re-Do: It Was a Great Summer White, but It's an Even Greater Fall White

La del Vivo Re-Do: It Was a Great Summer White, but It's an Even Greater Fall White

Brovia Barolo 2015 (...and '14...and some 2015 Crus...)

Brovia Barolo 2015 (...and '14...and some 2015 Crus...)

October's Greatest Hits

October's Greatest Hits

October is perhaps the greatest of all wine-drinking months, the period where we transition from the nimble and less serious wines of summer back into the structured but energetic wines that complement the flavors of Fall. Of course November and December are no slouches either and with that in mind, I am giving you another opportunity here to stock up on those lovely October wines for the holiday months ahead by revisiting October's Greatest Hits. In the "A Side," you'll find 4 reds that serve as excellent Fall-into-Winter options (including a great Thanksgiving bottle!). And in the "B Side" you'll find Cavallotto, which I would simply be remiss in not including in an October's Greatest Hits email or any Greatest Hits email while still available, as the Riserva '13s from Cavallotto are destined to be all-time great wines.

Pinot Noir Roundup Part 2 
France and Germany

Pinot Noir Roundup Part 2 
France and Germany

Today is Part 2 of our weekend Pinot Noir roundup. Yesterday in Part 1, we explored some New World Pinots from Oregon and California. Today we visit the Old World, with Pinot from Burgundy, the Languedoc-Roussillon, Germany and the obscure Coteaux de Champlitte appellation in France, located between Burgundy and Alsace.
Pinot Noir Roundup Part 1: Oregon and California

Pinot Noir Roundup Part 1: Oregon and California

We are currently well-stocked with an exciting and diverse collection of both Old and New World Pinot Noirs so I am doing a two-part roundup of our selections for all of you Pinot fans out there. Today we will be featuring five bottles from Oregon and one from California. Stay tuned for Pinots from France and Germany in Part 2 tomorrow.
Fabulae Returns!  (With Two New Additions...)

Fabulae Returns! (With Two New Additions...)

The latest shipment of wines from my man Stefano have arrived, and we're very excited to have them back.  

 

Plus, he's sent us two new items this time - a fantastic Aglianico del Taburno that he calls 'Must' and a fun Pet-Nat of Aspirinio that's aptly named 'Aspritz'.  

 

Of course, the Pallagrello Bianco is here, and showing some nice evolution these days, with a deeper color and nice levels of the savory/cheese-y nuance to go along the volcanic minerality underneath. 

 

And there's more of the Solopaca 2015, the wild, spicy volcanic red that started it all, and  has also put on more complexity since last time we had it.  

Riserva 2013s from Cavallotto

Riserva 2013s from Cavallotto

'd been eagerly waiting to taste Cavallotto's Barolo Riserva Vignolo and Riserva San Giuseppe from 2013 ever since the 2013 Bricco Boschis came out a couple of years ago.

I had the 2013 BB a few times after it arrived and it was one of the most firmly structured Briccos I can remember.  Now, of course, Cavallotto's Barolo are always fiercely structured, but the dark, meaty, mineral-packed fruit they usually display typically balances out the backbone.

While there was a nice amount of that dark, mineral fruit, the nature of the 2013 vintage was on full display in the way that the fruit was smaller in scale than normal, while the intensity of the structure was a bit more pronounced.

I thought it would certainly be one of the more 'classic' versions of Bricco Boschis that we'd seen in a long while, and it would definitely be one of the longest lived.

So, with that memory in the back of my mind, I was anticipating some rather 'linear' wines when I tasted the 2013 Riservas...and, well...linear indeed.

Diego Conterno: Classic, Honest Piemonte

Diego Conterno: Classic, Honest Piemonte

As I've already said numerous times, the personalities of Diego and Stefano's wines are super bright, and I think the future they have on the 'Piedmont Stage' is even brighter...
Chateauneuf du Pape Week (Cont'd): Domaine Raymond Usseglio Cuvée Imperiale

Chateauneuf du Pape Week (Cont'd): Domaine Raymond Usseglio Cuvée Imperiale

The selection of back vintage Cuvée Imperiales that we have here today from Raymond Usseglio wonderfully embody Chateauneuf's exuberant and versatile nature. Produced from Grenache vines that are over 110 years old, the Cuveée Imperiale is the premier bottling in the 55-year old winery's impressive lineup of Southern Rhone beauties. Elegant, perfumed, dark, red-fruited, herbaceous, smoky and earthy with impressive length both on the palate and in the cellar, Stephane Usseglio (Raymond's son) only produces about 250 cases per year of Imperiale and these are always magnificent, first-rate wines even in more challenging vintages.
Be Undeniably Good:
 Domaine de Ferrand
 Chateauneuf du Pape 2017

Be Undeniably Good:
 Domaine de Ferrand
 Chateauneuf du Pape 2017

Domaine de Ferrand first came across our radar just a couple of years ago in the form of their also outstanding Cotes du Rhone. Due to our relatively recent discovery of this wonderful Domaine, the 2017 is only the second vintage we have carried of their Chateuneuf du Pape; we originally offered the 2016 in July and it quickly became one of our bestselling wines of this year. Despite this only being our third newsletter centered around a Domaine de Ferrand wine, I am already running out of superlatives. When discussing the '16, I called it a floral, dark-fruited smoky, herbaceous showstopper and suggested that it actually had the power to slow down time so I didn't leave myself a lot of wiggle room for subsequent vintages. What do I tell you now? That the 2017 can bring world peace? That it has found intelligent life on other planets? How about instead I just skip past all of the colorful language and tell you that it is "undeniably good?"
One of My All-Time Favorites is Back - Bovio Barbera d'Alba Regiaveja 2016

One of My All-Time Favorites is Back - Bovio Barbera d'Alba Regiaveja 2016


Flavors of Fall

Flavors of Fall

Don't Snooze on Podere Orto

Don't Snooze on Podere Orto

Podere Orto, in the Tuscia zone of Lazio, which lies within what is also referred to as the Trivium, where Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany intersect, produces wines made of some of the more obscure Italian varietals (Sangiovese notwithstanding, obviously) that you'll encounter. 
A Pair of Ready-to-Go Barbaresco

A Pair of Ready-to-Go Barbaresco

The New Vintage of "That Pinot from Where??"

The New Vintage of "That Pinot from Where??"


Emidio Pepe

Emidio Pepe

The Legendarily Electric Wines of Hofgut Falkenstein

The Legendarily Electric Wines of Hofgut Falkenstein

Big Bottles

Big Bottles

The Color Collector 2017

The Color Collector 2017


The Wonderful 2015 Baroli of Vajra

The Wonderful 2015 Baroli of Vajra

Mimi Casteel's Hope Well Pinot Noir

Mimi Casteel's Hope Well Pinot Noir

Podere Le Boncie: Chianti's Other Great IGT

Podere Le Boncie: Chianti's Other Great IGT

Lovely, Electric Sudtirolers from Franz Gojer

Lovely, Electric Sudtirolers from Franz Gojer

I feel like it's been a really long time since I've sold some wines like these two...or maybe that's just because when both of these landed, I was so excited at how good they were, that it felt like I'd forgotten just how good wines like this are.


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