It’s the time of year when our presale gems come in, in fact we have added another 30+ labels in the last couple of weeks in addition to our standing reorder presale wines. It’s always exciting when these new wines arrive!
Chateau Miraval 2013
It’s back! Brangelina’s second vintage from Provence. “The first release of the rosé from their summer residence and wine estate in southeast France, made with the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Chateau Beaucastel, and the Central Coast property Tablas Creek Vineyard, sold out quickly. And it wasn’t just another crappy celebrity wine, but a serious rosé which was rated No. 84 in Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of 2013, the only rosé to make the list. Not bad for their first vintage…The British wine magazine Decanter describes the 2013 as having ‘a sense of power alongside the elegance, a structure and a fresh acidity that gives the wine persistency, with a grip of minerality that gives a delicious mouthwatering finish.’ 91 points.” (latimes.com)
“A light, pure, steely style, with a rose petal and strawberry core, featuring white cherry notes backed by savory and stony hints on the finish. The finely beaded acidity lets this stretch out into a sneakily long finish. Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle.” (Wine Spectator)
Champteloup Rose D’Anjou
“Located in the picturesque Anjou district of France’s western Loire Valley, the region is famous for producing generously flavoured, textural wines with various levels of sweetness. The two red grapes used in production, Grolleau and Cabernet Franc impart a delicious spectrum of summer red berry fruit, combining the classic stylistic descriptor of ‘strawberries and cream.’” (1stchoice.com.au)
Domaine Faillenc Staint Marie Rose
“The rosé is made via the saignée method. The grapes, in this case 100% Syrah, go into a tank for a short period of time, usually overnight. After this short maceration period, the juice ‘bled’ off has absorbed some color from the skins, but does not carry the dark purple hue that Syrah can produce. The fermentation is long and slow at controlled temperatures. The Giberts have traditionally left a trace of residual sugar in this rosé, believing that it complements the fruit; but, beginning with the 2011 vintage, the wine will be vinified ‘dry’ to emphasize the true terroir of this very special micro-climate.” (madrose.com)
Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rose
“The rosé is produced from several parcels that comprise slightly less than 7 hectares of vineyards. The vineyards are clay and limestone, situated on a gentle slope with a north – northwest exposure. The blend is Grenache (55%), Mourvedre (31%) and Cinsault (14%). This rosé is vinified by pressurage direct, the must is chilled to 12 degrees Celsius, the wine ferments at 18 degrees Celsius until it is completely dry; then, the wine is bottled during the first three months of the following year after a light filtration. Production tops out at about 40,000 bottles per annum; approximately 6000 bottles are allocated to the US market.” (madrose.com)
Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose Provence
“This is the elite cuvée of the estate relying as it does on grapes harvested from the oldest vines of the domaine (35 years and older). Principally composed of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, the ‘Chateau’ bottling also sees the addition, from time-to-time of Tibouren, the ancient and regal Provencale grape. This rosé is produced via the “direct press” method and has a long cuvaison designed to produce a wine of character and concentration. Vinified in stainless steel and bottled in late winter – early spring, production is quite limited.” (madrose.com)
Emilio Moro Malleolus 2009
“The word ‘Malleolus’ comes from the Latin word meaning majuelo (small vineyard), a way of referring to the vineyards in Pesquera de Duero. To produce this wine we selected grapes from vines of between 25 and 75 years old, trained both in bush and trellis form.” (fww.com.au)
It is the essence of the oldest vineyards that is the key to understanding this Malleolus, which, through its grape variety being matured for 18 months in 500 ltr French oak barrels, intensely expresses balsamic aromas, spices and tobacco contributed from the oak, naturally enriching the grand ensemble. Aromas of ripe, black fruits are still present throughout the tasting and clearly indicate the raw material wherein lies the richness and exclusivity of this wine.
Chateau Montelena Verticle Estate Cabernet 2002, 2003, 2004
Treat yourself, family and friends to this collection of Montelena flagship vertical. This offering contains two of each of these vintages: 2002, 2003 and 2004 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, attractively packaged in a 6-bottle wooden gift box.
2002 - 96 points
“This appears to be one of the great efforts from Chateau Montelena, something I think I was correct about when I gave it an ‘in the bottle’ rating in 2006 of 95+. It is still an amazingly young wine that came from old vines on the famous St. George rootstock that did not require replanting because of the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Napa in the late 1980′s and 1990′s. Despite its lofty 14.4% alcohol (high by Montelena standards) and the overall flamboyance of the 2002 vintage, it needs another 4-6 years of cellaring. This young, classic Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential traditional school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a tight, but promising nose of black currants, crushed rocks, earth and spice. Rich, full-bodied, pure and brilliantly executed, with perfect harmony, this is a sensational yet forebodingly backward, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep another quarter of a century.”(Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
2003 - 94 points
“A big wine from the Barrett family (14.2% alcohol), this 2003 exhibits earthy black currant fruit, the restrained but intense Montelena style, full body, good richness and impeccable balance, purity and density. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine shows lots of cassis. In spite of the restrained aromatics, the palate is rich, full-bodied, substantial and persuasive. This 2003 is approachable now, but it will be even more gorgeous 15, 20 and 25 years from now. This is a heritage wine from this great estate in northern Napa Valley.” (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
2004 - 94 points
“The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from their old vineyards in Calistoga. This is a dense, ruby/purple-tinged wine with full body, and despite the softness of the general vintage, Montelena has plenty of structure. Like nearly every vintage of their top Cabernet Sauvignon, it will last for 25 or more years. The wine has sweet tannin in a broad, flavorful, concentrated style with plenty of black currant, licorice, and spice. The wine is beautifully textured, slightly more forward than most Montelena Cabernets tend to be. It is another beauty from probably the most consistent winery for Cabernet Sauvignon over the last three decades.” (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino
“This wine contains all the grapes from the estate this year, they made no Brunello di Montalcino and no Madonna del Piano, so all the grapes went into the Rosso. Valdicava is one of the few producers that is willing to make the sacrifice in a difficult vintage.” (winewatch.com)
The wine shows red cherry fruit with silky smooth tannins and notes of steeped tea, mushroom and dried roses pedal with fantastic structure.
Castello Romitorio Il Toro 2008
“Though dark and inky, this red also sports more-refined floral and berry aromas and flavors, all backed by a firm structure, as vivid acidity keeps it focused through the long finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,200 cases made. 93 Points Wine Spectator.” (ultimatewineshop.com)
Canalicchio di Sopra 2008
“The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. 93/100” (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)