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Region: California > Sonoma > Alexander Valley
Grape type: Petite Sirah
Miro Tcholakov, the Trentadues' Bulgarian-born Petite Sirah specialist, turned out a beauty in 2013. Opaque purple. Flashy aromas of blackberry, mountain blueberry, and violets. Ultra-rich on the attack, silken in texture, the core is packed with black-fruit jam and dark plum, finishing with surprising cut (despite all the opulence, the pH is just 3.68) and tension. Drink now for its youthful bombast or, like all of winemaker Miro Tcholakov's old-vine reds, lay this gentle monster down until sometime in 2020. Serve at 60 degrees.
$34 on release. Just $18.99/bottle today. Shipping included on 6. read more »
Region: Italy > Tuscany
Grape type: Sangiovese
“(100% Sangiovese): Bright red. Enticing aromas of ripe red cherry, raspberries macerated in alcohol, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a slight trace of alcoholic heat. Deep, dense and rich, with lively red cherry, mineral and aromatic spice flavors nicely lifted by bright acidity. The suave finish features noteworthy purity, sneaky concentration and outstanding length. The 2009 vintage was a hot one and wines from cool-climate areas of Chianti such as Radda and Gaiole (where Palazzino is located) really benefited. The fact that this estate's vineyards sit in the Monti subsection of Gaiole (which, along with the ‘golden amphitheater’ (conca d'oro) of Panzano, is probably one of the greatest crus in all of Chianti Classico), also helps. The 2009 Grosso Sanese is a lesson in everything great Sangiovese ought to be.” read more »
Region: California > Sonoma > Sonoma Coast
Grape type: Pinot Noir
The JUST-RELEASED 2013 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is bright ruby in color, infused with luscious aromas of candied black cherry, raspberry, sweet spice, and vanilla. Rich, lively, and juicy on the attack when the cork is pulled, after 45 minutes of air this sensational Pinot adds weight and mid-palate fat, finishing with great vibrancy and persistence. Drink now-2022.
95 points from PinotReport. $43 elsewhere. Just $33.99 today from CellarTracker's #1 Pinot Noir-maker in America. read more »
Region: France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune
Grape type: Chardonnay
The just-released 2013 Louis Latour Beaune Blanc (aka "Petit Charlemagne") is drawn largely from Latour's Premier Cru Les Grèves and Aux Cras, with a splash of higher-toned Chardonnay grown on Montagne Saint-Désiré — all located a stone's throw from Corton-Charlemagne (see the map above)! Brilliant pale-gold in color, infused with mouthwatering aromas of ripe apple and pear, a hint of anise and honeysuckle. Unusually rich and wound-up — as is so common among the top 2013 white Burgundies — dense and compact yet still terrifically vibrant. Serve this gorgeous Chardonnay in oversized Riedel, give it 30 minutes of air, and wait for the fireworks to begin. Drink now-2022.
$45 on release. $29.99 today. The last 100 cases of the American allocation just hit port — all earmarked for WineAccess. Shipping included on 6.
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Region: California > Alexander Valley
Grape type: Pinot Noir
"Some of the news is good. But most is really bad," Chad lamented, as he poured this jet-black 2013 Anderson Valley single-vineyard Pinot Noir into Zalto Universal stems. "No one's ever seen Pinot Noirs like these. Unbelievable richness, but still so sturdy. That's good. What's bad? Demand for the 2013s is crazy. Prices are up 33 percent. My Pinots have always been under $20. This year, if I hold my prices, I won't make a dime."
We felt badly. We really did. For a moment, we even considered biting the bullet and accepting Chad's suggested price increases.
Then we reconsidered. read more »