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  • 2015 G.B. Burlotto Pre-Order

    G.B. Burlotto

     

    For over seventy plus years G.B. Burlotto was considered one of the top winemaker in the world and then he passed away in 1927.  The town of Verduno pretty much took back seat to all the other towns in Barolo.  Now the great-great-grandson Fabio Alessandria has taken over and Burlotto is among the smaller producer in Piedmont.

     When it comes to Barolo... G.B. Burlotto is it!  Normally I'm chasing down these wines and trying to fill a dozen orders with a bottle or two.  This time around after bitching, screaming and throwing a few shoes at people...I guess after telling someone over and over that we can move these wines for you because our customers want these wines...they listened. So...here's what I can offer you all from the 2015 vintage...

    All wines are in 750ml bottles

    2015 G.B. Burlotto Barolo ‘Acclivi’, Barolo DOCG  $60

    Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2015 Barolo Acclivi is another stellar wine from Fabio Alessandria and Burlotto and is a blend of fruit from Monvigliero, Rocche dell’ Olmo and Neirane, all in Verduno. Bright, perfumed and silky on the palate, the Acclivi is a jewel of a wine. Floral notes appear in the glass, adding lift, perfume and sensuality. All the elements are in the right place. Today, Burlotto’s Cannubi and Monvigliero have become hard to find, but savvy readers will want to focus on the Acclivi, a wine that offers superb quality for the money. Another few years in bottle should help some of the fruit soften.”

    2015 G.B. Burlotto Barolo DOCG, Piedmont $45

    Antonio Galloni 92 points “Burlotto’s 2015 Barolo is absolutely gorgeous. Pliant and open-knit, the straight Barolo captures all of the natural richness of the vintage. Succulent red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal, spice and new leather all meld together in a supple, inviting Barolo that will be impossible to resist in its youth. This is such a beautiful and alluring wine. The base of the Burlotto Barolo is built on Breri, which is adjacent to Monvigliero, plus the portions of Rocche dell’ Olmo and Neirane that don’t make it into the Acclivi. This is a positively stellar wine. Don’t miss it.”

    James Suckling 92 points “Very aromatic with sliced strawberries and cherries and hints of tangerines on the nose. Full body. Rich and juicy and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2022.”

    2015 G.B. Burlotto ‘Cannubi’ Barolo DOCG $70

    ‘A rush of dark cherry, plum, hard candy licorice, violet and spice…Powerful and vertical in the glass, the Cannubi simply has it all. I would give the 2015 a good bit of time to shed some of its considerable baby fat. Powerful, dense and packed, the Cannubi is not as showy or seductive as the Monvigliero, but is has so much to offer, especially with a bit of bottle age. What a magnificent wine it is! Drink 2023 – 2055. Antonio Galloni, Feb 19 **I love Galloni's palate, Santo

    2015 G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero, Barolo DOCG $70

    Antonio Galloni 98 points “The 2015 Barolo Monvigliero is a wine of pure and total seduction. The warm vintage has filled out the wine’s frame beautifully. The interplay of ripe, succulent 2015 fruit and aromatic intensity from the whole clusters yields a positively stunning, breathtaking wine of the very highest level. Once again, Burlotto’s Barolo Monvigliero takes a place among the most compelling wines of the vintage. Readers who can find it should not hesitate!” 

    Please send me your wishlist and I'll be in touch to confirm your order. This is a pre-arrival offer, the wines are due to arrive at the end of July. If you don't have these wines in your cellar...the polar ice caps will melt even faster.  You don't want your kids to know you're the reason why Hollywood is under water do you?  Actually...screw Hollywood and all their crap.  They wouldn't know a good bottle of Barolo if it was dumped down their throats but buy picking up some G.B. Burlotto...you will!

    Please let me know what you want by July 26th.  I'll send in our request and head to church and start rubbing those beads and light a candle.

     

  • 2016 Domaine Jamet Cote-Rotie

    2016 Domaine Jamet Cote-Rotie $160 per 750ml
    Domaine Jamet's Cote-Rotie is always a treat when it comes in.  The allocation for this wine is pretty small so when the twenty-four bottles are brought into the state...I just sit back with a coffee and wait.  It's always a crap shoot to see how many bottles we'll get and who will get them.  This year we were given three bottles of the Cote-Rotie of which...I'm fine with.  If you've never had the chance to have this Syrah flow past your gums, I would highly recommend you pick a bottle up.  Yes, the wine is spendy at $160 per bottle but trust me...it is worth every penny.
    You'll be tasting some Syrah that's between 5-85 year old vines.  Not too shabby if you ask me.  The wine is 100% Syrah but comes from around 16 different locations throughout Cote-Rotie.  With a nose of smoked bacon and hints of floral-action, this is a wine that can sit for more than a decade if need be. Ages in barrel for 22 months then bottled.
    I know that I have a few bottles of the '07 at home and have been thinking about cracking them...I mean after 12 years of laying down...I bet they taste amazing!
  • March 2018 Wine Club Wines

    Champagne Club
    For the month of March I decided that I wanted a Champagne that was a bit different and rare.  Being that the 2009 is only the second vintage they have produced and one of the favorites in the shop.  Notes:  Yellow in colour with glints of light amber. Discreet and extremely fine bubbles. Intense bouquet combining sweet flowers (honeysuckle, broom), yellow fruits (peach) and lightly roasted dried nuts (hazelnut). Evolves towards spicy and citrus notes with a hint of Sancho pepper as well as soft, sweet, ripe notes of chestnut cream. Ample and light on entry to the palate. Ample, thanks to its sweet, creamy, almost spherical texture that seductively wraps around the mouth, coating the palate; light, due to its elegant, saline freshness that «stretches» the wine giving it a smooth, delicate and airy mouthfeel. You will not fail to be charmed by its juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit that gently caress the palate. An elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes linger on the finish. $95
    Red Wine Club
    2014 Moulin de Duhart, Pauillac - Château Duhart-Milon’s second wine is selected on the same basis as the “Grand Vin”. In general, the grapes are from the younger plots in the vineyard. Moulin de Duhart has several characteristics similar to the grand vin, but with less potential for ageing as its barrel ageing period is shorter. It should be consumed younger than its more robust counterpart. The origin of the name comes from the former presence of a windmill on the Carruades plateau, next to the Duhart-Milon vineyard. $43
    2012 San Lorenzo La Gattara Rosso Conero - San Lorenzo Rosso Conero La Gattara is a velvety and deep red, soft and at the same time particularly expressive. Dark ruby ​​red in appearance, the nose expresses deep notes of ripe red fruit embellished with balsamic and spicy tones. A vegetal trace opens to a long, material taste, characterized by a thick and soft tannins. Vibrant, closes on notes of fruit jam, of particular persistence. Throughout the meal, it goes well with rich meat dishes. Try it with a particularly seasoned beef tartare. Excellent on all types of roasts. $32
    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club
    2016 Principato Red Blend - Some might say this is a Bordeaux-type blend being that it's 80% Merlot & 20% Cab Sauv but...it's grown in Italy and taste nothing like a wine from Bordeaux.  It is full-bodied, rich with an elegant finish but its the spices that really get me.  For the price...I love this wine. $13
    2016 Principato Pinot Noir - The grapes are picked at peak maturity and undergo fermentation for 6-8 days under controlled temperatures in small stainless steel vats. The wine then is placed in larger oak barrels, where it rests on its lees until malolactic fermentation has occurred. The wine is refined in tank before bottling and release.  A perfect complement to grilled meats, salmon and turkey. $13
    2016 Domaine de Couron Marselan - Quality aromas and flavors of black currants, wild herbs, loamy earth, tobacco leaf and background meatiness to go with a medium-bodied, nicely balanced profile on the palate. It is quite good and well worth the price of admission. $13
  • February Wine Club Wines 2019

    Wine Club Wines for February 2019

    For the month of February I decided to go all out on the Red Wine club and the Champagne club.  I mean there is a made up holiday in the middle of the month so I figured why not?

    Champagne Club

    So I decided to go with a farmer fizz that most of you all know and love.  I'm not gonna lie, it happens to be a staple Champagne in my house but we usually finish it off over 3-days since we can never kill a bottle in one night...I'm a prom date when it comes to drinking.  The 2009 Gaston Chiquet Special Club Brut is by far one of the finest Champagnes I've ever had.  With a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir from several vineyards this Champagne sees 84 months of bottle aging before being released.  Now I would normally pair this up with something fancy...okay I wouldn't cause I'm really sick and tired of doing that.  Just drink this and relax.  "This wine always has a crazed minerality, and this one’s like a “normal” 2009 stretched taut, and someone flicked a switch on a machine that shoots a lightning bolt between two poles; it’s like phosphorescent, wailing, shrieking chalk, napped with a nage of lemon rind. —Terry Theise"  $80 a bottle

    Red Wine Club $75

     One of the benefits to being in our wine clubs is you get the ability to try out new wines before anyone else does.  In this case for the month of February you're getting something that has never been in our area till now.  Domaine Duband is a rising star in Burgundy but he also did something that made me take notice of him 13 years ago...he purchased the vineyards from my favorite producer in the whole world...Domaine Jacky Truchot.  Once David did that...I knew he would explode in greatness and he has.  

    Domaine Duband's wines are extremely allocated and usually have some kind of conditions when purchasing them.  In this case I had to buy 6 bottles of Domaine Roumier worth over $3000 USD just to get my hands on Duband's wines.  A wise decision being that Roumier are in such high demand that I sold all 6 bottles in less than 24hrs.  So...you be getting one bottle of the 2016 Domaine Duband Bourgogne Hautes-Cotrs de Nuits "Louis Auguste".  I was only able to get 12 bottles of this wine so I hope you all love it.  I've only tasted the '15...I'm letting you all take the first snootful.  $45

    The second bottle is from the Clerico family.  The 2012 Clerico Arte Langhe is a dandy of a wine.  With a bend of 90% nebbiolo 10% Barbera, Great complex nose, dark and red fruit, jam, herbs, grass, tobacco, juicy full body, beautiful acidity, very well balanced, powerful yet very pleasant tannins, long lasting finish. Super wine!  I would actually consider this a baby Barolo but it does have that little bit of Barbera.  $30

    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 

    Coming soon!!

     

  • Daily Drinking Red Wine Club Nov 2018

    This month is action-packed with some stellar finds that I'm pretty proud of.  All three of these wines are perfect for that holiday burn that will be sitting on top of the dinner table this month.
    2015 Branciforti dei Bordonaro Syrah - Deep intense ruby red colour. Marvelous and well-defined nuances of cherry and plum aromas with a touch of spice. Suave, soft and caressing, it reveals its great and intensely Mediterranean character admirably matching a powerful and hearty texture and an extraordinary vivacity.  Ideal match with dishes like lasagna with ragout, veal filet with wild mushrooms, stewed boar.
    2012 Enate Crianza - Earthy red-berry aromas include a note of forest floor. A medium-bodied palate is centered on tight racy acidity, while this blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon tastes of red plum, mixed spices and cocoa powder. An edgy finish with spiced cherry and plum flavors is juicy and primed by raw acidity.
    2017 Flaco Tempranillo - 

    Produced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards. Flaco shows the complexity of twice its price. These vines are tended in diverse micro-climates, allowing for more consistency of ripeness year after year.

    The fresh, pure character of this wine makes this an extremely versatile wine to pair with food. This wine pairs well with white meats like pork and chicken and flaky fish like hake, cod or flounder. This has the fruit and acidity to match with red meats, as well.

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