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well over a decade we have worked with Jean-Marc Lafage at his estate in the
Roussillon, and across the border in Spain where he consults on several
projects. As good as his wines were, when we first met him, they only get
better with each vintage. An incredible value from Jean-Marc Lafage is the 2015
Tessellae Old Vines Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, which is 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah
and 10% Mourvedre from 70-year-old vines and brought up all in concrete tank. A
ripe, expansive, full-bodied and undeniably sexy red that has beautiful notes
of kirsch liqueur, blueberries, pepper and violets, it has ripe and present
tannin, straight up fabulous purity and a great finish. This is another one of
those wines where you just have to tell yourself you spent more than you
actually did. The wine really is this good.
said "As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year”
candidate... If there are better wines for
under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The
Phinney of Orin Swift Fame has taken the wine world by storm. Phinney is
undoubtedly one of the great young creative minds in all of wine. Many of you
will know him from the hugely successful wine Orin Swift The Prisoner. Phinney
is not only making some of the finest in California but is also making wine all
over the world with huge success. The man has the Midas touch when it comes to
blending wine and the guy is fanatical when it comes to quality declassifying
vintage after vintage if he is not happy. He makes big, rich, hedonistic style
reds of the highest order.
wine the Orin Swift, Locations E Red
has received 93pts by Parker and can be had for $14.99 per. Parke flipped for
this Spanish blend saying "Majestic, soaring black fruit aromas intermixed
with forest floor, white flowers and kirsch emerge from this full-bodied,
opulent, voluptuously textured red along with stunning richness and
depth." The wine is a blend of Spain’s leading red wine regions focusing
on Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. Specific vineyard sites
are chosen for super concentrated fruit from old vines with low yields with a
judicious oak program that rounds out and balances the wine. This is a great
buy by the case, pop and pour no-brainer.
"If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree
of pleasure they offer, they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I
tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there
are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed
and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value
winemaker of the year” candidate. P.S. It’s too expensive for this report, but
I am including it as a homage to what Dave Phinney has achieved. If there are
better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that
information with The Wine Advocate. "
Wanamaker’s Notes: An alluring cast of blooming crimson
and deep red shades are immediately present in the glass. Complementing the
appearance is an impressive intensity on the nose with elevated dark cherry and
exotic spice notes. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral, and
plum flavors, complimented with bright acidity. The finish is expansive and
pleasing with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins.
93+pts Parker’s WA Parker’s WA Comments
On This Wine And We Totally Agree, “The price is just
2013 Vintage For Mendoza Is Spectacular. Steve Tanzer, “The 2013s are all
about finesse and the results are fresh, often floral wines with sound acidity,
vibrant fruit, medium body, considerable aromatic complexity, and good aging potential.
They are as likely to seduce as to overwhelm—and how often can that be said
about Argentina’s biggest reds? This should turn out to be Mendoza’s finest
and most complete vintage of the 21st century to date.”
in the province of Junín, east of Mendoza; Bodegas y Viñedos Niven is producing
wines that offer wine lovers extraordinary value for their money. The estate
was built in 1890, with the vineyards being planted ten years later. The
property was purchased in 1980 by the Niven Family and today is run by third
generation winemaker, Lucas Niven.
Lucas grew up surrounded by vineyards and bottles at his parents’ estate, he
never considered pursuing a career in winemaking; this happened accidentally.
Back in early 2000’s Lucas took his sister for a job interview at the
prestigious Catena Zapata; with the harvest approaching, extra hands were
needed so Lucas was asked if he would like to apply for a summer job at the
estate. Lucas did and the rest is history. After an eight year stay at Catena
Zapata he was appointed assistant winemaker, where him and Alejandro Vigil,
(Argentina’s most notable winemaker) led Catena Zapata achieve the “New World
Winery of the Year” award in 2010 given by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
eventually came back to his family’s estate with one thing in mind; to produce
world-class wines and put his family’s winery on the map. He picked his best
terroirs and is currently working with only 30 hectares out of the 120 the
wine is their top bottling, 2013 Pala Corazon Malbec Gualtallary. The wine is
sourced from a miniscule 1 ha vineyard planted at 1,600 meters above sea level
in the Uco Valley. Vines really struggle here since there is no irrigation, and
annual rainfall is under 5 inches. Soils are composed of 90% sand and 10%
limestone and are planted on their original rootstocks.
is done by hand. Grapes were destemmed, fermented in concrete eggs for three
weeks to preserve freshness and fruity notes. After fermentation was completed,
the wine aged in neutral French oak barrels with only 10% of them being new.
+ pts Parker’s WA :
It was produced with grapes from a head-pruned, dry-farmed vineyard in
Gualtallary totaling one hectare of vines planted at 1,500 meters altitude.
Here I notice the oak a little bit, but only because the rest of the wines are
unoaked, but it would go unnoticed elsewhere. The nose has beautiful floral
aromas and an electric, lively palate, with great chalky minerality and a
tasty, long finish. The price is just unbelievable. Only 250 cases produced.
was a very unusual year in Bierzo, and here they started harvesting the 21st of
August, when they had never started harvesting in August. There are more white
grapes in the 2017 Pétalos del Bierzo, almost 10%, not because they wanted to
lower the alcohol, because the alcohol was similar to 2016, but because the
white grapes achieved perfect ripeness (Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me he's
never seen such beautiful white grapes). The wine had been bottled the day
before I tasted it, so they also showed me a tank and a barrel sample they had
saved for the purpose of comparison. However, the bottled wine, the first
produced at their new facilities, was really singing and didn't show any
fatigue. The palate was vibrant, with acid strawberry flavors. It is very
immediate, approachable, round and juicy, perhaps not with the depth and
longevity of the 2014 but really pleasant and drinkable.
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and expressive, offering cherry pie, currant, leather, tobacco, earth and iron
flavors, supported by a tightly woven matrix of tannins. This lingers with an
aftertaste of pure fruit and graphite. Best from 2022 through 2040.
ruby color with lighter highlights. Fine and intense aromas of blueberry with
subtle hints of vanilla. Dry taste, fresh tannins, full-bodied a wine of
character. Perfect with red meat, or with a plate of aged cheese or your
favorite Tuscan antipasto, the subtle character of the Chianti Classico goes
great with a diverse range of foods.: -The Winery
classy high-altitude Malbec boasts fully ripe, nuanced aromas and flavors of
dark berries, minerals, mocha, bitter chocolate, pepper and menthol.
Wonderfully pliant and refined, it displays subtle inner-mouth lift and
restrained sweetness and a suavely tannic, slowly rising finish.
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