La Spinetta Vigneto Garretti Barolo 2013 $67.99
A savory, floral-scented red, this displays rose, wild thyme, juniper, eucalyptus and cherry flavors. There’s fine grip, but this is balanced overall, with excellent length and a savory, spicy aftertaste. Sustainable vineyard practices, no use of pesticides or herbicides, 20 months in 50% new and 50% one-year-old, medium toast 600 l French casks.
Best from 2020 through 2035.
The Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 $58.99
The least expensive wine of this grouping is Frank Family Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Attractive blackcurrant fruit, chocolate and spice along with some subtle background forest floor and coffee emerge from the aromatics and flavors of this medium to full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are soft, and the wine juicy and impressive.
Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Rocca del Principe Aglianico 2013 $23.99
The winery is located in Lapio, a small suburb on the green hills of Irpinia, the town with a major Fiano plantation and always considered a cru of excellence. The territory is particularly vocated for the Fiano cultivation and it is advantaged, climate wise, from the presence of the Picentini mountains: one of its peaks, mountain Tuoro (1400 mts) located not too far from Lapio works as a heat-regulator to modulate the heat and emphasizes the temperature range at night time and in the winter. Robust, top-quality southern Italian red grape variety found mainly on the volcanic slopes of Campania and Basilicata in Italy’s south. It is thought to have been introduced by the Ancient Greeks when they colonised southern Italy between 600-500 B.C. It is the sole component of what used to be one of Italy’s greatest red wines, Campania’s Taurasi, now experiencing something of a comeback thanks to a new wave of passionate quality conscious wine-growing in Southern Italy. Its other great expression is in neighbouring Basilicata, Aglianico del Vulture.
Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Cambell Ranch Vineyard 2016 $52.99
This vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The two-decade-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre. Pungent and bold, with expressive savory aromatics, layered fruit and fabulous overall balance. This is one of the darker, more brooding wines in the range. Crushed flowers, mint, raspberries and pine are laced into the textured, super-expressive finish.
Domaine du Nozay Sancerre 2016 $26.99
Fermented naturally and raised entirely in small stainless steel tanks—rounder and more “egg-shaped” than typical cylindrical vessels in order to promote constant motion of the fine lees—our first vintage of Domaine du Nozay’s flagship cuvee shows impressive complexity. To understand his vineyards as intimately as possible, Cyril vinifies and ages each individual parcel separately (no matter how small) and blends only before the time of bottling—a painstaking regimen. With a broad, flinty mineral core of palate-staining intensity, this 2016 positively bristles with energy, a testament to its supremely healthy biodynamically wrought grapes of origin. The fruit here stops well short of overt Sauvignon Blanc gooseberry, offering notes of lime zest, muskmelon, and salty peach on a bright but not squeaky-sterile frame. It is refreshing to encounter a Sancerre that shows excellent typicity yet speaks more of the rocks beneath the soil than the fruit suspended above it.
Malvira Roero Arneis 2016 – $22.99
100% Arneis from the Rensio, Trinita, Salietto, and Bordoni vineyards grown in calcareous clay and sandy soils at 300 meters above sea level. Fermentation takes place over 10 days in temperature-controlled tank, followed by 4-8 months in stainless steel before bottling. Malvira Roero Arneis displays an elegant floral nose with hints of citrus followed by a consistent pallet of white flowers, melon, peaches and lemons. Pairs well with all types of light starters , fish and shellfish crudite, seafood, chicken, light pastas, young fresh cheeses.