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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Wines We Loved - Character and Poise
March 27, 2024




Premier Cru White Burgundy at a Bourgogne price

2022 Domaine Curveux Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 1er Cru;

 Aroma: reserved, then strong  apple acid, wood, and fruit, later mellows and comes together, pear and apple, wet stone lots of depth; Mouth: well-integrated oak, intense fruit,  more delicacy, if not quite the volume of the Menestrieres, nuanced and complex later blooms to a deep purple-tinged apple and pear with underlying notes of wood and acid, complete and satisfying; Excellent $40; Case, $34


A Star of  the northern Rhone goes to Languedoc

Domaine Rostaing Puech Noble Blanc Coteaux du Languedoc 2022;

Aroma: delicate wildflower, nectarines and honeysuckle. Mouth: the wine is a balance of fleshy, rich stone fruit, crisp zest of citrus, and crushed rocks. This makes for a juicy, racy texture and mineral white wine that will disappear quickly. We can't recommend this juice enough. Bravo!; Excellent    $28.99; Case, $24.99   




You've Never had a Malbec like this

2021 Rocher de Violette Cot

 Color: medium ruby; Aroma: haunting fragrance, very pretty, very pure and fine; Mouth: v very pretty lighter, lovely intensity, finesse; Very Good - Excellent $32; Case, $26.99


Poised and Pretty Spanish Red

2022 Guimaro Ribeira Sacra Tinto

; Color: medium red black; Aroma: very fresh, very pretty, herbal firm,  nutty,   piercingly herbal, firm; Mouth: fresh, very clean, fullish, fat, juicy, very intense, very pure rich; Very Good Plus $24.99; Case, $21.50


You Won't Believe It's Not Burgundy

2020 Alphonse Mellot Pinot Noir Cotes de la Charite

 Color: very dark; Aroma: heady and sweet, very intense, vibrant, full, a nice sour herbal note, sour plum; Mouth: clean   herbal, then acid, good fruit,  graphite, some sour plum, very long, sublime and gratifying; Very Good - Excellent $40; Case, $34


The 'Grand Cru' You've never heard of

2018 Dufes Successeurs, Langlade

 Color: medium dark; Aroma: very fine herbal   dense, spicy with wood elegant, spicy wood; Mouth: smooth, elegant, clean, bright, light and lithe, fine tannins, long, very fresh, creamy in texture and  supple; Very Good - Excellent $29.99; Case, $25.49


Federal Discovery Case: $335

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