Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 17, 2019

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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 in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

Le Grappin ‘Les Grèves’ 2012

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Beaune, 13%, Diam, Cellar.

This seem to have moved very little since my last encounter, though I concede it’s more complex and I’m more impressed this time around. . . It seems very fresh and bright, befitting of the seal and the over the top cellaring (4 degrees C for the last 5 years). . . stones and peach, citrus oil/curry leaf, marzipan and butterscotch. Flesh and zip, fatty and lush in the mouth, frontal but with lovely length and poise. A treat. 17.5 – 18/20

Napa’s Royal Cabernets: The Wines of Oakville

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While often considered a single “place” when it comes to wine, Napa is hardly a monolithic growing region. Each of its 16 established AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) lays claim to a separate identity, characterized by geology, microclimate, and different histories of production.

The Oakville AVA has one of the most storied of such histories. It is home to the famed To Kalon Vineyard, purchased by H.W. Crabb in 1868, shortly after the installation of a railroad stop made the tiny village of Oakville spring to life. In 1876 Crabb’s neighbor John Benson bottled his inaugural vintage of Far Niente wine just down the road.

By the year 1880 the Oakville area had 430 acres under production, and these would nearly triple to more than 1000 acres in the next 10 years and continue to grow until Prohibition turned off the spigot in the 1920’s.

In 1965 Heitz Vineyards made …


Villa Maria’s First Sip Of Summer

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This week Villa Maria Estate presented their seasonal #FirstSipNZ witter campaign and this chat featured a trio of ready for summer wines.  The winery is one of New Zealand’s most famous having operated for six decades starting as a one acre – one man shop in 1961 and growing to where founder George Fistonich is inducted to Restaurant and Hospitality Hall of Fame.  Fortunately, these wineries are widely distributed across the United States so here are some tweets why you may want to pick up a bottle or two…

Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough ($14)

The grapes were sourced from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys – spreading from coastal Wairau to a higher altitude in Awatere (900 feet). This provides a  mixture of warmer and cooler vineyard sites which showcase the herbal and tropical notes.

Vinography Images: Layers of Light

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Layers of Light
PAUILLAC, FRANCE: Layers of clouds and light and vines at Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths established by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux.

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Two Burghound 91 Point Wines Under $36 – "You don’t truly love Burgundy unless you love Savigny Les Beaune."

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Savigny Les Beaune
 – A Burgundy Lover’s Burgundy
 – The Soul, The Truth of Burgundy

JJ Girard’s 2017
 – The Oldest Estate in Savigny
 – Girard Knows This Terroir Like No Other
 – His 2017s Are Sappy and Deeply Fruited 
 – They Almost Strut While Showing Their Sense of Place
 – He’s Almost Impossible to Beat in Burgundy at These Prices 

2017 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Narbantons”
– More Gevrey-Like
– Lovely Gamey Element
– Ebullient Cherries, Cherry Flower and Stunning Sous Bois
– A Rockstar Burgundy for $35.99, 91 Points
– Drinkable Now, but Better in 3-6 Years

2017 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Peuillets”
– Mineral and Wet Earth
– Juicy, Absolutely Beautiful Crunchy Ripe Fruit
– Tiny berry intensity
– Long Finish of Huge Fruit, a Hint of Mineral
– The One to Drink Young of the Pair
– …

Six White Wines That Will Get You through the Summer

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Allow me to help you breeze through Summer with a selection of interesting and tasty white wines. My fantasy about the months that run from June through September is that everyone is perpetually hurrying off on picnics, lounging on the patio or porch, contemplating the meaning of life at poolside, or gathering family and friends for a simple, easy and delicious repast. O.K., well, it doesn’t really work like that — people have jobs and so on — but it’s my blog and I’ll fantasize as I wish. Whatever the case, Summer calls for cool refreshing white wines like the examples I offer today in this post. We have four wines from different areas of California, from Anderson Valley in the north to Edna Valley in the south, as well as an excellent and remarkably inexpensive wine from the seacoast of Tuscany and a riesling from the Mosel …