LOOKING FOR BRUNELLO LOVE

There is a small wholesaler in northern Ohio that does a great job with Italian wines. I sell a lot of his things but found two wines in his inventory that shocked me because they are nicely aged, have great pedigrees, and sell for way below market as he has had them for a while in his temperature controlled warehouse. The 2004 Tenuta Friggiali Brunello di Montalcino was a Gambero Rosso “Tre Bicchieri” award winner in 2008, and it has only gotten better. At this point, the wine has a delectable, restrained style with polished tannins and supporting acidity. The aromas show off some smoked meat, tea leaf, and licorice, while the mouth is so generous and rich that I think this can be done now

What's In a Name

Today we did our first tasting with our new Josh, as we have two others in the store by the same name. Isn’t that crazy? What we tried was a wine that has the name “Rutherford” in it, which brings me to the title of this missive. A few years ago The Napa Valley Vineyard Association began making waves over non-Napa Valley based wineries having the names of many of the wine districts in Napa. In short time such names as Napa Ridge, Napa Creek, and Rutherford Vineyards were eliminated because the wineries did not use Napa Valley grapes for a minimum amount of the wines in the bottle. That little act eliminated a lot of confusion, and helped guarantee that the Napa folks would not have to compet

KINKY TIME

I have been looking for something kinky, new and exciting, basically attention grabbing and I have found it with a wine from Argentina, owned by a former Bordeaux wine family, with a very odd (and downright delicious) blend of grapes. The wine is the 2011 Perlita by DiamAndes and the fruit is grown at over 3,000 feet in the Andes’ foothills. Interestingly, the consulting oenologist is none other than Michel Roland! I think he took this gig because of his past work with Alfred-Alexander Bonnie, late of Château Malartic-Lagravière (Grand Cru Classé de Graves) and of the Château Gazin Rocquencourt in Pessac. Basically, the family up and moved to Argentina, cashing in with some big bucks for t

VIGILANCE

I hate promoting really inexpensive wines, unless the juice has something noteworthy about it. The 2012 Vigilance Lake County Sauvignon Blanc has a few things special about it. First, it is really good with vibrant flavors that are all sauvignon blanc. The crisp, refreshing flavors include melon, lime, and grapefruit notes with a zestiness that highlights the wine’s depth and richness. Second, being a 2012 offering, you are getting wine from a smoking great year. (I can’t wait until all the cabs arrive.) Finally, the wine is $20 the bottle at the winery, but you can have a case of this for $96 plus tax until the fifty cases are depleted. Bear in mind the supplier is way out of town and I wi

COPPER

A quick one. I have just acquired two 3- liters of the very fine 2011 Scarbolo Pinot Grigio “Ramato” XL from Friuli. Every wine writer of substance praises Valter Scarbolo for his gorgeous wines, and this particular one is my favorite. The term Ramato means “copper” as the wine is copper colored, reflecting the true color of pinot grigio (aka pinot gris). In any event, the regular bottling is $30 per, but I have these two big boys at $120. This is the most substantial pinot grigio you will find. Here is what The Wine Advocate wrote about this new release a few months ago: “The 2011 Pinot Grigio Ramato XL is a white wine with a Ramato or “coppery” color from prolonged skin contact. Cranberry

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