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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2012 Le Piane Boca

 Mostly Nebbiolo with some Vespolina. 

Classic old school Alto Piemonte. The Vespolina provides a nice lift to the deep black fruit. Insanely alluring melange of creosote, sottobosco and, emerging with air, mint on the mid-palate. Tannins are maturing nicely.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

2019 Forman Chardonnay

 13.5% abv

Sourced from Star Vineyard in Rutherford. 

No malo. 20% new oak.
Disappointing. I was expecting a nice blast of fruit, but the fruit is marred by oak.
I've had tasty bottles of Forman Chardonnay.  This is not one. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

NV Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Tradition

Deg July 2020
Mostly pinot noir with some chardonnay.
Very dry, oxidative style that is different than what I normally drink. My favorite Egly-Ouriet cuvee is the VP.   A bit "in your face" after intial pouring. Settled down over time and paired magically with calamari and crab cakes. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

2019 Ciro Picariello Greco di Tufo

 Citrus and spice on the nose. Lemony palate upfront giving way to savory honeydew imbued with saline minerality. Nice structure. Delicious now. Outperformed expectations. Extremely good value at $22.00.

Produced from organically farmed Greco vines (planted circa 1995) in volcanic-influenced soils of clay, limestone and sandstone. Harvest takes place by hand in late October. Low temperature natural fermentation in stainless, before 8 additional months aging in stainless, on the lees. Bottle aging for an additional 3 months before release. No fining, no filtration.

Sourced from vineyards in Tufo and Montefusco - some of the highest and most mineral zones in the Greco di Tufo appellation.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

2013 Marcel Deiss Grasberg


12.5% abv

Field blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer
Absolutely gorgeous and in prime drinking window...

Friday, May 28, 2021

2018 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese feinherb AP 4

Made from Fuder Onkel Peter (ungrafted old vines) and Fuder Kleiner Klaus (old vines).  

An incredible effort showcasing the dedication and genius of the Webers... simply divine...

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

2018 Domaine du Pélican Savagnin Macération Pélliculaire


I am a complete neophyte when it comes to Savagnin and the wines of Jura. This wine is outrageously delicious. It has a texture or mouthfeel reminiscent of Ribolla Gialla. Wonderful with grilled salmon.