On my recent buying trip to the East Coast I was treated to some extracurricular excitement, courtesy of Mother Nature. Flight cancellations. Snow in Dallas, Texas. 4° temperatures in VA. Perseverance paid off, though!
Fran Kysela always puts up a stellar lineup of value wines and more expensive limited production wines that are a joy to taste at his trade show Mondovino
every year. In addition, he provides some very tasty food to accompany the wines, including freshly shucked oysters, game (wild boar and venison), and imported cheeses. Some highlights:
Domaine de la Mordorée 2013: Lirac Reine des Bois Blanc. Initial attack on the palate lively with peach, apricot, and pear. Chalk underneath. Flavors evolve nicely into a long finish. 92pts WA. Pricing on arrival.
Alain Jaume Ventoux Les Gelinottes 2013: A favorite of mine. 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. Aging in stainless. Very dark purple in the glass. Juicy, with a taste ranging from fresh berries to dried currant. Tannins are amicably soft and satiny. Great paired with grilled meats and vegetables, mild cheeses, and fruit. Pricing on arrival.
Albert Gessinger Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2012: Gold with green highlights. Ripe peach, notes of pepper spice with peach, honeydew melon and a luscious finish. Pricing on arrival.
Rubus 2013 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel: Those of you who shop with me regularly will be familiar with the last vintage: burly, combative attack, notes of anise, wet earth, blackberry (with seeds) and currant jelly. Chewy finish. Well, here we go again! Price has come down, though. Even better! 15.79/750ML.
Giacomo Fenocchio Roero Arneis 2013: Honeycrisp apple aromas. Stony, apply, with notes of grapefruit. Nice complexity. Persuasive. Vines are planted in sand. Stainless fermentation and aging in bottle. Pricing on arrival.
Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo 2010: A great vintage, a great wine! Haven’t seen this in the market for some time now. A baby now, this will develop very nicely over the next 15 years. Nose opens out with green tea notes and violets. Power on the initial assault: salty tannins, earth, lapsang suchong, hints of fig and prune. Persistent and powerful finish. I tried this twice, the second time to give it breathing space and it had developed additional complexity and nuance! Pricing on arrival.
Ecard Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Serpentères 2012: Focused, Bing cherry, compote, underpinning of chalk. Pricing on arrival.
Lismore Chardonnay2013: A real treat. Aged in 225-300 liter, used French barrels. Regular battonage, no malo. Lively notes of lemon, apple, and melon. Fresh baked scone. Wet stone on the bottom notes. Pricing on arrival.
Diaz R 2014 Cabernet Franc: Ever since this appeared in the Washington Post, I’ve had enquiries about availability. Well, you saw it here first! Made in honor of Antonio Diaz R, a pioneer in agro-industrial and wine development in the province of San Juan at the beginning of the 20th century. 6 months in American oak. Herbal and spice notes with nicely integrated oak flavors and lots of fruit.14.99/750ml.
Recommended wines, new and in stock:
• Tillia 2013 Bonarda: Smoky, brambly, dark fruit with medium grip. 9.99/750ml.
• Domaine Montrose 2013 Côtes du Thongue Rouge: A lively blend of Merlot, Syrah and Grenache from the Languedoc. Juicy, satiny tannins with some hints of peppermint and clove. 11.99/750ml.
• Altaroses 2012 Montsant: 100% Garnacha. Certified Organic. Big and full-bodied on the attack with substantial tannins and alcohol. Layered blackberry and boysenberry with stewed prune interlacing and underlain with gravelly chalkiness. Grip on the finish. 16.99/750ml.
• It’s definitely been Rosé weather lately, and it looks as if that’s not changing soon. Get them here while you can! This one sold out quite rapidly last year: Elk Cove Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014 14.99/750ml. Dry, bright strawberry with notes of orange. Perfect!
Collector and allocated wines:
Didier Dagueneau, back in stock!
2012 Blanc Fume de Pouilly 80.99/750ml.
2012 Pur Sang 110.99/750ml.
2012 Silex 140.99/750ml.
Brunello di Montalcino Tasting:
Thanks to all of you who attended. What wines! Outstanding. Keep your eyes here for our next sit-down tasting!