About the Wines
Here are just a few of the outstanding wines our members have recently received:
2006 Chehalem Pinot Noir Reserve Ribbon Ridge
Harry Peterson-Nedry, from his perch on Ribbon Ridge, has made some of Oregon's most memorable Pinot Noirs. There was a time when even the best Oregon winegrowers struggled to get their grapes ripe. No more. The effects of global warming are apparent on most of the world's great wine routes, but nowhere is it more evident than the Willamette Valley.
2007 Le Cadeau Vineyard Pinot Noir Diversite Willamette Chehalem Mountains
Tom Mortimer is a Burgundy freak, and that's what brought him to Oregon's Willamette Valley. He was long fascinated by that single eastern-facing hillside that produces the Pinot Noir by which all others are measured.
2007 Whitehall Lane Winery Chardonnay Carneros
For more than 30 years Whitehall Lane has been one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Year after year, their wines garner a critical and commercial success that would make most of their neighbors content to stop there. Not the Leonardini Family, they wanted more.
2007 Stolpman Vineyards Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley
We've been telling all our WineAccess Monthly members that some of the most hedonistically complex wines of California, each a product of cool climate trial and (plenty of) error, are made from small berry Syrah. And Sashi Moorman's wildly opulent, beautifully crafted 2007 Syrah Estate Grown Santa Ynez Valley is a prime example of just what weve been talking about.
2008 Domaine la Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Terroir
To the collector cognoscenti, the story is already folklore. In 2003, Julien Barrot, only in his mid-20s, returned to his family's jewel of an estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. For decades, the Barrots had been selling fruit to the likes of Guigal and Chapoutier. There are few secrets in Chateauneuf, particularly when it comes to the value of certain parcels and the way they're farmed.
2008 Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Chinon Vieilles Vignes
It all started in 1924 when an Austrian philosopher gave a series of lectures called "The Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture." But when we were first confronted with a winegrower who had adopted biodynamie, we were appropriately cynical. We'd known the grower for years, but suddenly he seemed a bit possessed by biodynamics.
2006 Anselmo Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Veloce Napa Valley
It was no contest, almost wasn't fair. When Warren Winiarski trotted out his 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet in Paris, out performing Bordeaux's First Growths in the Steven Spurrier tasting that put Napa Valley on the map in 1976, he knew he was in the driver's seat.
2007 Porter Creek Vineyards Carignane Old Vine Mendocino County
We'd been chasing down Alex Davis ever since we had the bottle of Fiona Pinot Noir at Gramercy Tavern. Word of Alex's winegrowing at Porter Creek had been circling around us for some time; this small, Burgundy-sized estate in Russian River is farmed biodynamically by a winemaker who spends his days on a tractor. No wonder Alex never seemed to answer our phone calls or emails.