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Three Surprises for Most Tasters
October 23, 2019

Three Surprises for Most Tasters


How Good the Domaine Joly Cremant du Jura is, especially for the money. Champagne lovers and more casual drinkers agreed that it is complex, concentrated and refined for a low to mid $20 to sparkling wine. People understood when we told them it is beter than many more expensive wines from the Champagne district of France.


How Sophisticated the 2018 Diatom Chardonnay Bar M is. Both those who thought they didn’t like Chardonnay and fans of white Burgundy agreed; this is a graceful, nicely intense and concentrated and dry example of the newer California style; no oak, clean, with good crisp cut, and a nice wine to pair with seafood.


How Intriguing and Delicious was the 2018 Capofaro Didyme Malvasia Bianco Secco. Almost No One at the tasting had ever heard of the Malvasia grape or the Lipari islands where it was grown. Almost everybody loved the wine’s rich full body; dry herbal flavors reminiscent of Muscat, and vibrant acidity. Skeptics bought it up. We have a bit more arriving.


The Unsurprising Favorites


Many good comments for the 2015 Allegrini La Grola, After airing it showed generous smooth fruit over a touch of nicely intermingled oak. It appealed to both fans of California reds and to Italian sophisticates. The 2015 Conterno Fantino Langhe Nebbiolo Ginestrino showed more classsic textural complexity with bright, young fruit over firm tannins. It was very popular among people who liked Piedmont reds. we have slightly less than a case left.


A Half Disappointement

The bottle of 2014 Domaine Joly Cotes du Jura Soupois Pinot Noir did not taste as good as when we made our notes below. It was not until The reason did not becom appartent until we we half way through the tasting, when what had been a subliminal corkiness went into full bloom. A second bottle was as good as the notes below, but during the tasting did not have the amount of airing needed to show how good it is.

Domaine Joly Cremant du Jura; Aroma: dusty rather clean pretty, toasty rather nutty herbal; Mouth: clean toasty rather herbal, fresh fruit, complete; Very Good Plus 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94



2018 Diatom Chardonnay Bar M ; Aroma: rather firm, , green apple acid, , very full, ; Mouth: very smooth, light green apple, clean muted rounded acid, mouth filling, , very ripe but fine acid finish; Very Good - Excellent

Wine Advocate “an open nose of quince, warm hay, green apple and pear, baker’s yeast, acacia and dried chamomile with white peach and nectarine plus hints of lime peel and crushed stone. Light to medium-bodied, it has a wonderful core of spicy fruit and wicked minerality in the mouth, amplified by juicy freshness and a long, energetic, layered finish. Yum! 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2018 Capofaro Didyme Malvasia Bianco Secco:.All kinds of things happening in this one. The fruit bounces from peach to apricot and lemon with an amazing sea breeze of salinity. There are white flowers, white pepper and an accent of nuts. This defines minerality and balances it all with fresh appetizing acidity.  Excellent  26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94  LIMITED



2014 Domaine Joly Cotes du Jura Soupois Pinot Noir; Aroma: fresh very pretty rather , floral, autumnal, , light fresh juicy fruit, dried cherry, lightly herbal, lilac; Mouth: clean very pretty and pure, lighter in body, clean slightly saline, fine acid pure, tight; Very Good - Excellent 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94

2015 Allegrini La Grola: Bright ruby. Aromas and flavors of dark cherries, balsam, herbs and spice. Medium body and textured with complexity in the finish. Very Good to Excellent 32/bottle 28.80/mixed case 27.20/case

2015 Conterno Fantino Langhe Nebbiolo Ginestrino: Bright ruby, light rim. Fresh aromas and flavors, re berries and dark cherries. Quite spicy with notes of bitter herb and forest floor. Just now ready to drink with a long finish. Very Good to Excellent 34/bottle 30.60/mixed case 28.90/case


$30 Fine Wines Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $303

Instore only $30 Fine Wines Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $161

mix any 6- 11 of the above for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


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           - Len Rothenberg