Wine of the Day, No. 447

I don’t feature many California chardonnays in the Wine of the Day series because I don’t like most of them. They tend to be over-blown, flamboyantly oaky, stridently spicy, blatantly tropical and cloying in the way that a diet of rich food makes us weary and bloated. Today, however, I offer a chardonnay that is delightfully free of those common blemishes. The Scheid Vineyards Chardonnay 2017, Monterey, was fermented and aged 70 percent in stainless steel tanks and 30 percent in French oak. The result is a pale straw-gold wine that radiates freshness and elegance, from its notes of green apple, pineapple and grapefruit, highlighted by hints of jasmine and lilac, to its sleek, lithe texture animated by bright acidity; a few minutes in the glass bring in touches of lilac, pear and almond skin, while from mid-palate back through the finish, the wine is swayed by a scintillating element ...

White Wine of the Year: Village Meursault, 2017, Fantastic Young Grower, There Was No Other Choice This Year

The Only Thing More Common on the Internet Than Complaints about Politics Is the Price of Burgundy
 - Burgundy Is NOT Crazy Expensive
 - It's Just Our Ridiculous Distribution System
 - But the $55-$85 Going Rate for for Stunningly Mediocre Negociant Meursault Is a Crime Against Nature

Today, A Gift from the Wine Gods
 - $37.99 for Outstanding, Small Production Vieilles Vignes Meursault - Direct from the Estate

2017 Laurent Boussey Meursault Vieilles Vignes
 - Nose: Super Mineral, Super Expressive, So Nutty, Appealingly Salty
 - Palate: Enormous Power and Concentration
 - Big, Rich, Buttery Apple and Pear Fruit
 - Finish: An Ocean of Rich, Salty, Juicy Sap for Days;  like a Squeegee

It is that time of year now of eggnog, turkey, Charlie Brown's Xmas, bitter cold weather, leaves
changing colors and of course the rollout of Fass Selections wines of the year. As always there is an interesting ...

Wine of the Day, No. 446

With Saturday night’s homemade pepperoni pizza with four cheeses, I opened the Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2016, Santa Rosa, from Argentina’s Mendoza region. First, a word or two about the grape, which has a long history in the northwestern Italian province of Savoie — part of France since 1860 — and was known as douce noir. The grape was taken to Argentina and California in the 19th Century by Italian immigrants, who apparently thought it was the barbera grape. In California, it became known as charbono, though often confused with barbera and pinot noir. As bonarda, it became the second most planted grape in Argentina, after malbec. DNA testing in the present century finally proved that charbono/bonarda is actually douce noir. This example — aged 70 percent in stainless steel, 30 percent in oak, for 10 months — offers a very dark black purple hue and attractive aromas of ripe, ...