This is a rare opportunity for us to offer a wine from the Priorat in our newsletter. This prestigious appellation in the northeastern area of Spain is home to some of the country’s greatest, and most expensive wines. The Heredad Mestral is a blend of old vine Cariñena, Garnacha, and Syrah, vinified in stainless steel, then transferred to a combination of French and American oak barrels for six months of aging. This time in barrel adds spice and softens the tannin profile resulting in a
Tenuta Vitalonga wines are produced in Umbria in the upper hills of Orvieto. This is where the regions of Umbria, Tuscany, and Latium all come together and the styles of the wines borrow from region to region offering more international styles of wine. The Elcione Rosso blends equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for a wine that showcases lush fruit with a structured backbone. It is perhaps a cleaner and more linear version of a Bordeaux style blend. The fruit is pretty and round with t
Theophile is a small, family run property in Bordeaux that is producing wines with approachability and elegance. This is a blend of mostly Merlot that offers a silky smooth texture with flavors of red currant, red plum, and dark cherry on the nose and palate. Additionally, there is a slight earth note of freshly turned topsoil, mushroom, and spice. The fruit flavors are primary and expressive from time-spent ageing in stainless steel. This is a simple, easy to drink Bordeaux without the structu
André Brunel is one of the star producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is especially known for his outstanding “Les Cailloux” bottling. As a master of Grenache, Brunel uses the same attention to detail to create this amazing value driven Vaucluse wine as he does with his best Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards. A multi-layered combination of roasted strawberries, wild raspberries, and fresh red cherries is supported by flavors of dried herbs, and a gravelly earth tone.
The resurgence of Australian wines has begun to take place after the crash a few years ago, and we are starting to see small importers like Gordon Little surface with beautifully selected, artisan wine portfolios. Gordon is a Melbourne native who moved to New York and started a small import business. His focus is centered on top wines produced in cooler climates and wines that are made in a balanced and restrained way.