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container from France and négociante, Jeanne-Marie de Champs. The timing was grand because more than a handful of wines from said container were shipped by Jeanne-Marie and her company, Domaines et Saveurs. She spent a couple of days here in the Bay Area visiting clients, and at the end of one of those days, she returned to our HQ here in southern Dogpatch to pour a fine array of recent arrivals for our staff. We were all pretty impressed with how each wine was showing (there was one of those fancy, hyphenated Montrachet types in there), but at that moment we were all taken by … get this … the 2013 Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc!
barrels. His overall 2013 production was less than expected (and far less than average), so there were a few extra new barrels available, and Pernot vinified 15% of the 2013 Bourgogne in them! Perhaps that’s where some of the fancy aromas and texture come from. But it’s far more than that. In order for a wine to exhibit character like this, it must have rich fruit, layers of complexity, a tame alcohol level (12.5%), and harmonizing acidity. This wine has no, as in zero, rough edges. It is seamless in its harmony. There wasn’t much up for grabs at the end of the tasting, but let’s just say that more than one of us (read: all of us) wanted what was left to take home.
So despite not being in Bordeaux personally, Robert Parker’s presence was felt, as word of his upcoming synopsis of 2012 Bordeaux in bottle was all the buzz on both sides of the Gironde. We’ve received many inquiries from customers about the wines of Pomerol and Pessac-Léognan (and Graves), as those were the first two appellations he mentioned in his bulletin board post; but quality is quality, and Pontet Canet has quality in spades. Pass at your own peril. – Peter Zavialoff
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments about 2012 Bordeaux, 2014 Bordeaux, or English Football: peter@wineSF.com
Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time to start thinking about the next 5 months and the time of year when we tend to take our gatherings and festivities outdoors. Well, when outdoors, what better to have handy than twelve bottles of wine, all different, all chosen for their versatility, packed in a box for one incredibly low price??!! The April 2015 Dirty Dozen includes wines from six different countries, check it out today!
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2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Domaine Boudinaud $13.99, $11.19 reorder
We have been fans of Thierry Boudinaud’s wines for well over a decade, and with each new vintage, we applaud his efforts; it seems his wines get better and better. This here white Rhône is 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne, and it is round and rich with a clean finish. Its richness makes it a nice partner with stronger cheeses or a bowl of olives.
2013 Ventoux Rosé, Domaine Fondrèche $12.45 sale price, $11.83 reorder, $9.95 solid case
What is that color?? Is it pale pink? Salmon? It’s pale, alright. In fact, it is our palest, driest Rosé in stock. Customers just love it, and so do we. This is Rosé done in the Provençal style: 50% Cinsault, 25% Grenache, and the rest Syrah. This is just perfect for a lovely day in the sunshine! Some crispy little calamari would be great here.
2011 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa $17.49, $13.99 reorder
Alex Dale’s Vinum Africa label has been getting some much-deserved press of late. Decanter magazine recommended Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc just last week! It’s bright, appley, and the deft touch of new barrel gives it a little spice and texture. It tastes fancy and should be paired with a nice piece of smoked trout.
2013 Chardonnay, Milou $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Dig that fancy label!! No kidding, we’ve been hearing much praise for both the outstanding packaging AND the delicious juice inside the Milou bottle! Grown in soils similar to those in Chablis, there is a distinct resemblance to crisp, mineral driven, more expensive Chardonnays. Versatile as can be, drink the Milou by itself or with some crab cakes.
2012 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc, Leaf & Vine $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
The grapes for this baby come from the Turn In The Road Vineyard in Lake County’s Big Valley AVA. The vineyard rests some 1400 feet above sea level, and that keeps things mighty cool at night, which is good news for balancing acidity. Bright citrusy aromas give way to a fleshy fruit palate reminiscent of pears and melons. Drink it with lighter fish dishes.
NV Vinho Verde, Broadbent $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Bottled to order and shipped in refrigerated containers throughout the year is what keeps Broadbent’s Vinho Verde so fresh and spritzy. At 9% alc., partaking in a glass or two is easy to enjoy. Simple yet full of charm, serve it as a starter to a meal with salty nibbles like Marcona almonds, Serrano ham, pickled veggies and crusty bread.
2011 Touraine Rouge, Domaine des Corbillières $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Here’s another long-time TWH producer whose wines just keep getting better and better! Domaine des Corbillières’ little 3 red grape blend (Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Malbec) has the best of all worlds: aromas, complexity, and structure. It’s the perfect versatile red that accompanies most of the goodies one packs in a picnic basket.
2013 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $14.49, $11.59 reorder
Speaking of versatile reds, of course, Chianti is in no-brainer land. Enrico Pierazzuoli’s Chianti Montalbano is 100% Sangiovese. It shows a concentrated nose of red and purple berry fruit with earthy minerals. It has just enough tang to (of course) stand up to rich tomato-based sauces. We say try it with garlic bread and antipasta.
2013 Merlot, Domaine Gournier $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Long time DD fans may remember the name Gournier, as their nicely priced line of southern French wines are packed with happiness and priced with more happiness. The new label shows they’re all grown up now, and this Merlot outperforms its price point significantly. Drink this at barbecues or parties. It will pair with red meats off the grill and good friends.
2013 Grenache/Syrah, Mas de Guiot $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Who turned back the clock? This has been a nostalgic DD this month with the litany of long-time TWH pals on board! Mas de Guiot is another old friend gone missing for a while (see Gournier). We love what we’ve always loved about this wine – sense of place. It has the southern French countryside in its soul, so you better pair it with cassoulet.
2012 Campo de Borja Garnacha, Santo Cristo $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Located just southeast of Rioja, Campo de Borja is one of the most interesting regions for young wines in Spain. It’s much drier and warmer than its famous neighbor, resulting in Garnacha with low yields and more concentration. The young winemakers of Santo Cristo capture this concentration for all of us to enjoy with gamey meats or rabbit stew.
2010 Dão, Proeza $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Looking for a full-bodied red that goes easy on the pocket book? Look no further than this voluptuous Portuguese red from Proeza. Loaded with big flavors courtesy of Touriga Nacional and Tinto Roriz, grapes traditionally made into Port, this dry red is grippy and broad-scaled. A lot of wine for the money! Hearty, rib-sticking meals would work best.
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Bonsoir! I hope all is well back in the states. I’ve been in Bordeaux since Wednesday afternoon, and after getting over the time difference, I can say with conviction that I’m ready for the crazy time known around here as En Primeurs week. I visited two suppliers on Thursday and tasted through 29 samples of various Bordeaux wines from vintages ranging from 1999-2012. We have more prospects. Tomorrow, it will get intense. There will literally be hundreds of 2014 barrel samples available for tasting at the respective warehouses of two different suppliers. I need a good night’s sleep. So I will be brief. If you love Bordeaux like I do, or even a little bit less, a wine you should have in your cellar is the 2012 Chateau Beau-Séjour Bécot.
Forget what the calendar says, it’s springtime in San Francisco! Temperatures touched 80F today here in the city and around the bay. A customer who braved traffic to visit us today advised us to steer clear of Market St. as the traditional pre-St. Patrick’s Day Saturday Parade was well attended by a large crowd of revelers enjoying the weather and whooping it up. St. Patrick’s Day? Yes, Tuesday’s the day. What does that mean? Different things to different people. Now that I’ve toned down my part in the Paddy’s Day festivities, I think more of this day as an easy way to enjoy one of my favorite meals … corned beef and cabbage with potatoes. Anya and I had a conversation about this earlier this week, she said it’s no big deal, as she likes this dish way too much to relegate it to a St. Patrick’s Day-only meal. I understand her point, as I’m known to consume it year-round as well. It probably has something to do with the Eastern European background we share, but it just tastes like home.
As mentioned in our recent write-up about the 2012 Opalie de Château Coutet (Pre-Arrival), I will be off to Bordeaux soon, this being my last stateside “Sunday Email” for a while. I’ve heard many things about the 2014 vintage in Bordeaux, but I will travel there with an open mind ready to see for myself what this new vintage is all about. I’m preparing to send, at the very least, and update on things a fortnight from tonight on location from Bordeaux, hopefully I’ll have some time to send more. I’m planning on sharing some photos and other things on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so if you follow us there, you’ll be in touch. But all things in good time; I’ve got an excuse to sit down with some corned beef, cabbage and potatoes … sign me up for a bottle of that Grand Cru Hengst! – Peter Zavialoff