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Chateau Giscours 2012

Located in the heart of a beautiful 300-hectare estate, the 83-hectare Giscours vineyard is situated in the famous Margaux appellation. Though the estate was first mentioned in a document dating back to 1330, it was not until 1847 that Count de Pescatore laid the cornerstone of the remarkable chateau that now overlooks the vines. Giscours’ wines quality was confirmed by its inclusion as a third growth in the 1855 classification. The estate was purchased by Nicolas Tari after WW II. In 1995, the Chateau’s wine growing business was acquired by Eric Albada Jelgersma. The investment he has made in less than a decade mirrors his passionate commitment to bring Giscours back to its former glory.

Deep Ruby red with lovely fruit aromas of red/blue and dark berries and cinnamon spice. The palate on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon: 69%; Merlot: 27%; and Cabernet Franc: 4%; shows raspberry, cherry and black currant flavors with tobacco and cedar. The tannins are well developed and structured, full and rich but calmed down after decanted, well balanced. The finish was complex, elegant and enjoyable, giving mineral nuances with good length. The 2012 is tasting well now and will get better over time! Very Nice!

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Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Surrounded by gnarled oak and Manzanita forests on the south and western slopes of Spring Mountain in the Mayacamas mountain range, Hidden Ridge Vineyard is so remote it can be reached only by heavy-duty four-wheel-drive vehicles, by foot or by helicopter. The 55-acre vineyard was developed and planted by husband and wife team Casidy Ward and Lynn Hofacket to grow stellar mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by winemaking team Marco DiGiulio and Timothy Milos at Bin to Bottle in Napa, efforts in the vineyard and the cellar have produced a Cabernet Sauvignon that sings loudly, on slopes as steep as 55%.

Bought this on a recommendation from a friend.  This Cabernet is a blend of 3 vineyards and aged for 20 months in French oak (85% new). Dense deep red with full berry aromas and subtle herbs. On the palate, rich concentrated blackberry flavors with oak, cacao and pepper spice. Well structured with smooth tannins, great mouthfeel on a lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Still has room to run, wish I bought a few more bottles for the cellar. Very Nice!

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Louis Latour

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 & Chateau Corton Grancey Domaine Latour 2009

I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery, picture with yours truly below. These are the last two of the 10 wines tasted, they were all great! Check out the March 31, 2017, April 4, 2017, April 7, 2017 and April 11, 2017 posts for additional pictures.  Many thanks Andy for sharing your wine and wine knowledge.

After the ravages of the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century the Latour family took the then unusual decision to tear up the dead Aligoté and Pinot Noir vines and replace them with Chardonnay. This decision leads them to create one of Burgundy’s most celebrated white whites. Today the Latour family owns 11 hectares which makes them the biggest owner in the appellation. The Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne vineyards are located on a prime section of the Corton hillside where the south-easterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness.

 “Grancey” was the name of the last owners of the chateau situated on the road of Corton, before the Latour family bought it in 1891. This wine, produced by Maison Louis Latour, is unique and exclusive. It is a blend of four areas of Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru: Les Bressandes, Les Perrières, Les Grèves and Clos du Roi, the proportions of which vary depending on the vintage. The average age of the vines is over 40 years. After aging individually, only the best barrels are assembled to create the Château Corton Grancey. It is a wine that is produced only if the grapes are of a perfect maturity, vintages judged inferior are systematically declassified.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009

Aged for about 10 months in French oak barrels (100% new), medium toasted. Golden color with aromas of bright stone fruits with a nutty touch. On the palate, rich fruit flavors with round oak notes, great mouthfeel. Full, well balanced finish with vivid acidity, lingering, ending with mineral tones. Outstanding! Will continue to get better! Tasting Sample!

Chateau Corton Grancey 2009

Aged for about 12 months in French oak (35% new), medium toasted. Deep Ruby with rich ripe red fruit and earthy spice. On the palate, round fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry, with sweet spice, oak and espresso notes. Very graceful tannins on a long lingering finish with mineral notes and hints of spice on the ending. Very Nice, keep in the cellar for a few more years! WOW! Tasting Sample!

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Louis Latour

Corton Domain Latour 2008 & Corton “Clos de la Vigne au Saint” Domaine Latour 2010

I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery. I will review these wines over the next several posts with some history and observations! Check out the March 31, 2017, April 4, 2017 & April 7, 2017 posts for additional pictures. I reviewed 8 wines, 2 to go, stay tuned!

Corton Domain Latour 2008

The grapes selected to produce this wine are located on the hill of Corton in south-easterly facing parcels: Clos du Roi, Les Bressandes, Les Grèves, Les Perrières. The vines are managed in the traditional way by the Louis Latour team which carries out strict pruning in order to produce later harvests thus insuring a good degree of maturity in the grapes. This wine is made up of grapes selected from several different parcels of vines in order to guarantee consistent quality each year. It has a good ageing potential.

Aged for about 12 months in French oak barrels (15% new). Ruby with aromas of red and black fruits and a touch of spice. On the palate, delicate fruit flavors of black cherry with cedar notes and wet herbs. Full round tannins, balanced acidity, lingering, ending with earthy mineral tones. Good value! Tasting Sample!

Corton “Clos de la Vigne au Saint” Domaine Latour 2010

Clos de la Vigne au Saint is a very old vineyard; the earliest known record of its existence is in 1375 when it is mentioned in the records of the Chapter of Saulieu. The Latour family have a long connection with this vineyard which began in the early 19th century when Louis Latour’s great great grandmother owned a section of the vineyard. Since then it has remained in family hands, passing from generation to generation. The vineyard has perfect southerly exposure on the Corton hill lying on a bedrock outcrop towards the bottom of the slope. The soil is a rusty red color and rich in marl which gives the wines distinct aromas.

Aged for about 12 months in French oak (35% new). Deep Ruby with rich warm aromas of ripe red fruit and sweet spice. On the palate, refined flavors of cherry and raspberry, with sweet vanilla, oak and pepper. Elegant tannins on a long lingering finish with a generous mineral notes on the ending. Very Nice, save a few for the cellar! Tasting Sample!

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Louis Latour

Aloxe-Corton “Les Chaillots” 1er Cru 2009 & Volnay “En Chevret” 1er Cru 2010

I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery. I will review these wines over the next several posts with some history and observations, stay tuned! Check out the March 31, 2017 & April 4, 2017 posts for additional pictures.

Aloxe-Corton is the home village of the Latour Family who have been closely involved in the affairs of the commune for over three centuries. Of the total hectarage of this Premier Cru, the Domaine Louis Latour control over 13% of production centered on the famous Château and cuverie of Corton-Grancey. The name “Les Chaillots” refers to the stony, pebbly nature of the soil in this vineyard, as “caillou” means pebble in French. There is an alliance in the wines of Aloxe-Corton between the finesse of a Côte de Beaune and the mellow, powerful appeal of the Côte de Nuits.

Volnay originates in the village of Volnay just south of Beaune and is a neighbor of Pommard. The “En Chevret” parcel of vines is located below the main road, just under the “Caillerets” parcel at the border of the village of Meursault. The easterly exposition and the specific terroir of this single vineyard give an elegant wine at each vintage.

Aloxe-Corton “Les Chaillots” 1er Cru 2009

Aged for about 10 months in oak barrels (35% new). Ruby with lovely aromas of bright red fruit and gentle spice, Pinot Noir at its finest. On the palate, complex concentrated fruit, cherry and raspberry with oaky notes and sweet herbs. Developed round tannins, nice acidity and balance ending with a touch of mineral tones. Very Enjoyable! Tasting Sample!

Volnay “En Chevret” 1er Cru 2010

Aged for about 12 months in French oak (35% new). Bright Ruby with full and big aromas of ripe berry fruit and sweet herb spice. On the palate, complex intense fruit flavors of raspberry and blueberry, with complementing tannins adding a touch of pepper. Lingering finish with a pleasant amount of mineral tones on the ending. Very Nice, put a couple of bottles in the cellar! Tasting Sample!

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Montagny “La Grande Roche” 1er Cru 2015 & Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeots” 1er Cru 2012

I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery. I will review these wines over the next several posts with some history and observations, stay tuned! Check out the March 31, 2017 post for additional pictures.

The appellation of Montagny lies approximately 30 kilometres to the south of Beaune in the rolling folds and hills of the southern part of the Côte Chalonnaise. Montagny is a 100% white wine appellation originating solely from Chardonnay grapes and giving a fresh white wine that is an uncomplicated representation of its parent grape variety. The vineyard of La Grande Roche is quite high up on the hillsides, catching plenty of sunshine which aids the great concentration of flavors in the grapes.

The wines of Chassagne-Montrachet are bold and reminiscent of exotic fruits and Morgeot, which lies mid-slope with a south-easterly exposure, is a perfect example of this style. Morgeot lies on the border between the Côte d’Or and Saone-et-Loire regions, which was a boundary in the Gallo-Roman period. At this time this plot of land was called Morga from the Latin margo which means edge border from which today’s name Morgeot is derived.

Montagny “La Grande Roche” 1er Cru 2015

Aged for about 8 months in stainless steel. Light yellow with complex nose of fruit and spice. On the palate, crisp apple and yeasty mineral tones with a very light touch of citrus. Nice acidity and balance ending with lemon notes. Very Enjoyable, nice value!

Chassagne-Montrachet “Morgeot” 1er Cru 2012

Aged for about 10 months in French oak (50% new), medium toasted. Bright yellow with complex aromas of fruit, fresh made toast and sweet spice. On the palate plenty of fruit, mango and apple with some citrus and nutty notes, fresh and delicious with mineral tones on the lingering finish. Very Nice, put a bottle in the cellar for a few years!

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Louis Latour – Puligny-Montrachet AC 2014 & Puligny-Montrachet Sous Le Puits 2014

I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery. I will review these wines over the next several posts with some history and observations, stay tuned! Pictured below is yours truly with Andy after the tasting.

The Louis Latour family first bought vines in the Cote de Beaune in 1731, with land in some of the top Burgundy vineyards. Cooperage was already at that period a family occupation. Home to some of the world’s most extraordinary Chardonnays including the famous Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet is the 216 hectare geographical middleman of the white wine villages, bordered by Meursault to the north and by Chassagne-Montrachet to the south. According to the history books, the village of Puligny gained its name from Puliniacus, a Gallo-Roman military encampment. The Montrachet aspect was added in the last century to stress the consistently excellent quality of the wines produced in the local vineyards.

Puligny-Montrachet AC 2014

Aged for about 10 months in French oak (15% new). Vibrant lime yellow with citrus and floral notes, elegant nose. On the palate ripe apple and mineral notes with a very light touch of wood. Nice acidity balance ending with a whiff of smoky notes. Very Enjoyable, about 1800 cases made!

Puligny-Montrachet Sous Le Puits 2014

Aged for about 10 months in French oak (50% new). Light yellow with big aromas of stone fruits and nutty citrus notes. On the palate apple and pear flavors with bits of lemon rind, fresh and crisp, complex with mineral and wet stone on the lingering finish. Very Nice, about 300 cases made. Put this one in the cellar for a few years, you will be rewarded!

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors 2013

Williams Selyem Winery began as a dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery receiving global praise. Together they set the standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the U. S. Today John and Kathe Dyson, purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking.

Had this at an event; Barrel aged for 15 months (60% new and 40% 1 year old), sourced from four sites along Eastside Road: Foss, Calegari, Hunt Ryd, and Lone Oak Vineyards. Dark Ruby with black fruits and sweet spice. On the palate cherry, blackberry and ripe plum flavors with cinnamon spice and alluring soft tannins, still wrapped with nice structure. The finish lingers with a complex ending of cacao and earthy mineral tones. Nice! Tasting Sample!

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Domenico Clerico Aeroplanservaj Barolo 2010

Domenico Clerico spends his days among the vineyards of Monforte’s Crus, as he has been doing for years. In 1976 this Piedmont producer took the reins of the family winery and dedicated himself exclusively to the production of great wines, and acquired some of the most highly-rated parcels of the Monforte Crus.

Aeroplanservaj (“wild aeroplane”), is the nickname his father gave him when he was little and in his fantasy world imagined himself flying high above the vines. Only produced in the best vintage years, it’s a Barolo that starts life in a vineyard with east/south-easterly sun exposure in Serralunga d’Alba. The soil composition, altitude and climate set a decidedly acidic stamp on the wine, but this is toned down in the cellar thanks to clever refining for around 30 months in French oak barrels (80% new and 20% second use).

Had this beauty at a recent wine tasting, striking ruby color with a rich intense bouquet of fruit, earthy spices, and hints of floral. The palate is powerful and chewy, with ripe cherry flavors, leather, espresso and cacao integrating into a rich and robust wine. The finish is savory with nice toasty oak notes and structured tight tannins. One of the better Barolo’s I have tasted, this is an excellent and enjoyable wine that you should not pass up, if you can get your hands on a 2010, but let it develop for another 10 years to unwind before you pop the cork!

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BV Georges De Latour Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

In 1900, when Georges de Latour’s wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it “beau lieu,” or “beautiful place.” Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. When prohibition hit most wineries shuttered, Beaulieu Vineyard increased its business fourfold by selling sacramental wine to the Catholic Church. After the repeal in 1933, Georges de Latour became dedicated to the research and innovation that would bring about his Rutherford Estate’s finest expression. In 1938, he traveled to France and met André Tchelistcheff, famed viticulturist and enologist who instituted the philosophy of continuous innovation in vineyard and winery to which we remain dedicated today. When he joined Beaulieu and tasted the de Latour family’s private wine (what they called “Private Reserve”) from the 1936 vintage, he insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery’s flagship offering. In 1940, Beaulieu Vineyard released the first vintage of Private Reserve and named it in our founder’s honor. The resulting wine became the first release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley’s first “cult” Cabernet.

A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, and aged in 94% new French oak, dark and enticing, with complex berry flavors and sweet spices, noting some floral scents. On the palate, cherry and blackberry flavors with cacao notes and spices on firm yet approachable tannins.  Lingering finish with plenty of toasty oak notes ending with mineral tones. Very nice but needs more time to develop into a gem!

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