Wine of the Day, No. 211

If readers live in the New York area or perhaps in New England generally, they should look for lenzthe Lenz Winery Cuvee 2012, from an estate founded in 1978 in the North Fork of Long Island. (That’s the AVA.) Made from 100 percent pinot noir grapes, hence technically a blanc de noirs, this well-made sparkling wine offers a pale gold hue shimmering with an energetic fountain of tiny glinting bubbles; notes of roasted lemons and spiced pears, quince and ginger are lent pertness by lively acidity and a scintillating seashell-limestone element; these contribute a bit of bracing salinity to the finish. Touched with slightly yeasty brioche, but clean, fresh and vivid, this sparkler is quite dry though tasty with hints of lemon balm and willow, smoke and steel, ultimately delicate and elegant. 12 percent alcohol. Winemaker was Eric Fry. Drink now through 2018 to ’20. Excellent. About $40. ...

Assorted Aromatic Whites from Italy, France & Argentina

Grattamacco Bolgheri Vermentino 2014, Tuscany, Italy (£25 Laithwaites) Rich and juicy but always vibrant, with pithy lemon and rounder muskier pear fruit joined by notes of herbs and pine, and a tense finish to hold it all together. Very good. S Cave de Turckheim Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Brand 2011, Alsace, France (£18-19 Virgin Wines, D […]

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 5, 2016

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 15 M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc (Cotes du Roussillon): Long name, longer value, for a short stack of cash. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Laroche Saint Martin Chablis (Chablis): Floral, fragrant, flinty, fresh & fruity; so, there's not much not to ...

Panther Creek: Thirty Years of Pinot

panther-creekPanther Creek in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is celebrating its 30th anniversary of making Pinot Noir, which is a perfect reason to raise a glass or two of their fine wines over the holidays. Renowned Oregon Pinot winemaker Ken Wright founded Panther Creek Cellars in 1986; in 1994, he sold the winery and opened Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton. Other winemakers succeeded him at Panther Creek and by 2013, current winemaker Tony Rynders of Domaine Serene took the helm. One year later, Panther Creek moved to its tasting room in Dundee. Panther Creek specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, all of which go well with holiday meals; or you could take a bottle or two to those numerous parties on your calendar this month. panther-creek-1The winery’s 2014 vintage was recently released, and we were fortunate to receive two samples, plus a bonus wine to pour in a side-by-side tasting. Of note, all young pinots should be decanted for 2-3 hours so you can really ...
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Long Island Winery Collecting Toys for Tots

clovispoint5Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery on Long Island is accepting toys for the well-known TOYS FOR TOTS organization until Saturday, December 10. Wine enthusiasts and visitors are encouraged to drop by the winery tasting room with a new and unwrapped toy. The collecting of toys for TOYS FOR TOTS will end with the winery’s 2016 Holiday Open House  scheduled for 3 to 7pm. Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery’s website explains the TOYS FOR TOTS mission. “The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them ...

The Jewel of Pouilly Fuisse (2014!!) – HUGE BH scores, Small Tariff – Small Allocation Saturday

"I have said this before but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud." - Allen Meadows aka Burghound

92/93 BH Points for Under $40 Each...

I've got a confession to make. I love drinking white Burgundy. I was and am still obsessed with it and I drink it just as much as Riesling. When done right it crackles across the palate with electricity and thunder and can put a lens to terroir like nothing else. Burgundy was mapped out hundreds of years ago by monks and these monks knew what they were doing. If a piece of land is named in Burgundy there is a reason for it. Just gotta get it in the right hands. The hands of Daniel & Julien Barraud in Vergisson in the heart of Pouilly-Fuisse are indeed those right hands. These are hands down, as the ...