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Is there a house style? Yes. All wines must have rich, clean fruit flavors. But they must have enough mineral backbone to balance the richness. Almost all are delicious on release, but they must also improve with age.
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Domenico Almondo believes the 2012 Bricco delle Ciliegie Arneis to be his finest since the superb 2008. Pale straw-green in color, with lush, vibrant aromas of lime zest and licorice, the 2012 is unusually rich and weighty -- though still infused with the mouthwatering, high-toned crispness that makes this our vini bianchi of choice at Central Park South.
This morning, we'll let you off cheap. Stay home and stick to the basics -- the gnocchi, the olio and the Reggiano. As to the 2012 Bricco delle Ciliegie? The last 480 bottles are now up for grabs, yours for just $20.99 -- all courtesy of the inimitable Domenico Almondo. read more »
Deep purple to the rim, with plush aromas of black fruit and violets, laced with new wood cedar. Massively concentrated on the attack, loaded with black fruit preserves, laced with flashy creme-de-cassis, it's the finish that so sets the 2009 apart. Plush, supple tannins beautifully offset all the hedonistic opulence, arguing gracefully for a 10-year stint in a cool cellar.
$57 on release. A $39.99 time machine trip this morning, on this bold retort to a question previously left unanswered. read more »
The 2009 Chateau Martinat was one of the two most stunning discoveries of our week-long tour of the Gironde. Brilliant deep purple to the rim, the nose is a luscious mix of crushed black fruits and plum, black cherry laced with violets. The attack is at once rich, dense and New World silken, infused with a juicy, palate-coating mix of blackberry and red fruits. Voluptuous on the mid-palate (speaking to the malolactic fermentation in barrel), softly braced by fine, dusty tannins, arguing gracefully for a ten-year sleep in a cool cellar.
1188 bottles are up for grabs on this Direct Import exclusive. A drop-dead bargain at the $30 release price. An absolute steal this morning at $18.99. NOT to be missed by Napa bargain hunters looking to expand horizons or Bordeaux enthusiasts anxious to discover a rising star on the Right Bank. read more »
Deep purple/black to the rim with classical crushed black fruit aromas, laced with new wood cedar. Explosive on the attack with gobs of blackberry/boysenberry concentration, the 2009 Brodatious is drinking beautifully right out of the gate, but its sneaky tannin backbone argues subtlety for 5-7 years of cellar slumber.
Not much to spread around this morning, so we're keeping this one short and sweet. Over the last five years, the Cranes' estate-grown blend has garnered 535 4-star ratings and 223 perfect 5s. Winemaker Al Perry claims the 2009 is his best yet. We'll never argue with Al. $40 on release. Just $23.99 this morning for what has long been one of Napa's greatest estate grown bargains. Shipping included on 4. read more »
Brilliant opaque purple to the rim, with high-tone aromas of black cherry, kirsch, crushed red fruits and anise, the attack is plush and juicy, dense and compact. Big, rich, and palate-coating, the core is packed with crushed red fruit liqueur, splashed with dark cherry preserves, velour-like in texture, built for the long haul.
Drink the last vintage of Sergio Germano's exquisite Dolcetto "Pradone" now for its luscious, youthful hedonism, or do what we're doing. Pop a cork just to get your bearings, then lay the rest down for a decade -- if only to understand what old-vine Dolcetto can be when it's grown on Barolo's most precious limestone hillsides. read more »
Brilliant green-gold to the rim with a luscious nose of ripe pear, anise, and Golden Delicious apple. Ripe, juicy and lively on the attack with excellent weight and high-toned density, it's the mouthwatering purity of Vincent's Dagueneau-inspired 2012 vintage that really sets this one apart.
The bad news? Only 200 cases have been earmarked for WineAccess, our allocation reduced proportionate to the harvest shortage. The good? Just $159/case -- as good as France's mineral whites EVER get under $15/bottle. read more »