TASTING TONIGHT 5-7pm
MY GOOD FRIEND ROBIN from POLANER SELECTIONS
will be pouring some EXTRA FANCY stuff
CHAMPAGNE LAHERTE FRERES EXTRA BRUT LONGUES VOYES 2013
ODDERO BAROLO RISERVA VIGNA RIONDA 2007
PRA AMARONE 2012
(plus one more surprise from Spain's most famous winemaker)
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR MORE INFO (and the offer) ON THE WINES
BE HERE, OR BE...
...somewhere not drinking this amazing stuff...
I'm Calling This...The 'Robin's Fancy Tasting' Offer...
I was emailing with my pal Robin the other day. She's my rep for Polaner Selections and she's one of my good buddies.
She'd been pestering me about coming and doing an in-store tasting and I'd finally gotten my act together and settled on a day (tomorrow night 11/9, 5-7pm), so she was asking me what I wanted to pour...and I believe her words were...'Let's get fancy"...
So, fancy we got, and for those of you who have the ability to make it, I highly suggest you come by because the lineup is indeed fancy...
SO fancy, in fact, that I decided I had to send an offer of these excellently fancy (or fancily excellent) wines to go along.
So, here goes...the four wines we'll be tasting tomorrow are...
LAHERTE FRERES BLANC DE NOIRS EXTRA BRUT 'LE LONGUE VOYES' 2013
If you're one of the people who missed the blurb on this, CLICK HERE. There is still a little left, so come taste it if you haven't already!
ODDERO BAROLO RISERVA VIGNA RIONDA 2007
This is a wine I've been circling around. I met with Pietro Oddero a couple of months back while he was in town and, while tasting through a wonderful lineup of wines, there was one that was, on that day, head and shoulders above the rest...this 2007 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda. I don't even know where to start with it, but I will say that I've always been unfairly judgemental of the 2007s from Barolo. I've always enjoyed them, but when comparing them to such Barolo-head vintages like '01, '04, '06, '08, '10, etc., I've always found them a bit dark and warm. Really good, but less my style. Then along came this wine which, in the super-traditional Oddero style basically smacked me in the head and said "quit being so mean to 2007!' Yes, when compared to other vintages of Oddero, this was a bit darker and more free-wheeling, but oh my what a firework display of aromatic, herbaecous, refined Nebbiolo character that, while rather brawny, is so finely balanced and well-delineated that it basically knocked me over. I find that all Oddero Baroli go through that aromatic/herbaceous period, but here, the fragrance and perfume is so insanely showy that it's hard to express in words. I tasted it again a few weeks ago at a Polaner Barolo tasting and it, again, knocked me out of my non-emotional tasting mode and had me swooning. To put it not-so-mildly, this is, flat-out, the best 'current-market' Barolo I've tasted this year. Come taste it if you can, but whether you come here tomorrow or not, you owe it to yourself or the Barolo-lover you know to buy some. It's SO good now, but there's still a good 2-3 decades at least of aging built in here. Holy moly! When Robin said 'let's get fancy', I said '2007 Rionda!'
PRà AMARONE della VALPOLICELLA 2012
So, when Robin asked me a few weeks back if she could come by with Diego, the commercial manager of Prà, the Soave producer from the Veneto region of Northern Italy, I said 'sure'. Full disclosure, I hadn't tasted the wines in a long time, but the whites, which are nice, were never really my thing for whatever reason, But when they arrived, I began to see bottles of red wine being pulled out of the bags as well. 'Wait, you guys make red?' was my reaction. Apparently, their previous longtime importer never brought them in. (All I can say about that is 'Why?') While they were all nice, from the fresh, spicy Valpolicella, to the deeper Ripasso, it was this Amarone that really grabbed me, and for one reason...balance. Amarone is, in my opinion, one of, if not the, hardest styles of wine to get right. If done wrong, the result is a massive concoction of overly raisin-y fruit, alcohol and (in the worst scenarios) that acetone thing. Not the case here. This is one of the brightest, most red-fruit driven and elegantly balanced Amarone I've tasted that costs less than (in this case significantly less than) $100. Is it Quintarelli? No, but with its supple texture and nuance, it drinks the labels off so many other wines at this price point (and higher). For an after-dinner-with-strong-cheese wine or just something to enjoy on the couch on a chilly night, it's about as good as it gets! I just a few minutes ago dubbed it the 'Prà-marone', and I maintain that I'm the first person ever to come up with that...ever...
WINE #4 WILL BE A SURPRISE (basically because I don't have enough to put in an offer)...
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