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This Week's Tasting

More Great Values
September 6, 2018

We have too many boxes in the store's small space. Some are recent purchases; some were older, some younger wines, both red and white at various price points. Some that we liked and bought too much; others are recent discoveries. We'll be opening a few bottles tonight. All are limited to the amount on hand and might sell out even prior to the tasting.


They are an eclectic group of very interesting wines.


The White Wines:

A Tasty, Well priced Muscadet

Muscadet is not just for seafood anymore. This classic white was historically (in) famous as a tart little wine that went well with the Bay of Biscay oysters near which the grapes are grown. Better growers and better growing's mean that there are now all sorts of variations these days from the deep and age worthy to the young and fresh. Tonight's falls into the latter category, fresh and fruity enough to drink on its own but with enough liveliness to still pair well with seafood. Great price too, one not likely to be repeated given the recent rise of the euro.

2016 Gadais Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie; Aroma: fresh flinty, dusty herbal firm; Mouth: light clean bright acid fruity, spicy, clean , green grape, nicely lively, good length; Very Good Plus Now 11.99; Mixed Case, 10.79; Case, 10.19


Two White Burgundies

Deux Roches is a label of Collovray & Terrier, premier producers in the Maconnais. This older vines St. Veran is rarely seen in the United States. it was good value at its original $30 price. It's great value now at less than $20 by the case. We have five cases of the 2015 and one of the very mature 2014

2015 Deux Roches St. Veran Vieilles Vignes; Aroma: oaky heady rather dense, full, , rather rich rather full; Mouth: clean fine acid juicy pretty fine acid, clean soft older fruit, rather vibrant, nice balance between fruit and fine acidityVery Good Plus Was $30 Now 22.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69 5 cases of 2015, 1 case 2016

Goisot's Coteaux Auxerrois Gueules de Loup from the excellent 2014 vintage is a ringer for rather broad, traditionally styled Chablis, as good on the palate as some recent 1er Crus we have tasted. Broad, very minerally, with just the right amount of acidity, It will be a fine wine to drink over the next year or two.

Alan Meadows recommended this wine when he tasted it a year and a half ago: "A more subtle application of oak easily allows the cool and ultra- pure aromas of lemon rind, mineral reduction, essence of pear, and wisps of white flowers to shine. The rich but focused medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of energy as well as a relatively sophisticated mouth feel, all wrapped in a more complex and youthfully austere finale. This boxes well above its weight and is highly recommended."

2014 Goisot Coteaux Auxerrois Gueules de Loup; Aroma: Clean and rich, rather full, very concentrated; Mouth: bright acid broad,, creamy full with low toned minerality, very fine definition, a sense of mature nuttiness; Very Good - Excellent Originally $35 was 29.99 here Now 22.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69 3 cases

A Top Russian River Chardonnay

2014 Bevan Cellars Ritchie Vineyard

Bevan Cellars  is a top producer of California Chardonnay and Cabernet. The distyributor had to make room for the new vintage. Much as we love this wine, we have to do likewise.

Robert Parker wrote that this wine "reveals honeyed apricot, white peach, wet pebbles and floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied, loaded with minerality and extremely pure, with the oak well-concealed. This should drink well for 4-5 years, if not longer."

My notes are from last fall:

2014 Bevan Cellars Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard; Aroma: very bright fleshy very dense rather rich oak lined, citrus & melon; Mouth: juicy very rich clean thick, nice texture rather fruity, juicy light wood finish; Very Good - Excellent Was $79 Now $35 NET 4 cases



Jaboulet Syrahs Old Enough to Drink 

at least 21

The 80s and 90s were the heyday for the Jaboulet family's northern Rhone Syrahs. Famous for their Hermitage La Chapellel, they were appreciated by wine lovers for their well priced Crozes Hermitage. We recently acquired some oftheir single vineyard botttling from 1994 and 1997. The current releases of these wines retail from $30 a bottle to $50 for the Thalabert.

Wines age like people. What is lost in vigor, strength, and flesh, is compensated by gains in wisdom and suavity. At least one would hope.

These Jaboulets are not crotchety dotards, sharp and vinegary. Their youthful fruit has faded, but they have mellowed and smoothed out. One caveat: wine bottles, like human siblings, can diverge as they age. Although we will open bottles of each, the bottle you buy might not be the same as the bottle you tasted at the store. The experience is, we think, worth the risk. Do not open ahead, They will fade quickly. From 6 to 11 bottles of each.

1994 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Raymond Roure 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99

1997 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Raymond Roure 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99

1994 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Thalabert 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49

1997 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Thalabert 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49

Rivetti Reveals Sangiovese

Peter writes,

When Giorgio Rivetti and his brothers bought their vineyards in Tuscany they were intent on only growing indigenous varieties. They built their beyond state of the art winery and started producing some amazing wines from Sangiovese. The property is NW of Florence and has particular calcerous soils and a long growing season. The 2013 La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova is 100% Sangiovese and has a rich, expresive balanced texture.

2013 La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova: Intense ruby. Wild cherry, black currant and sweet plum fruit with a soft herbal tone. Silky tannin, textured finish and spice. Very Good Plus to Excellent Special24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24


Tasting Discounts (except Bevan which count as bottles below but not discounted)

 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


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           - Len Rothenberg