2018 February Wine Club Picks
Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico DOC, Italy 2015 – Red/White Selection
Garganega from Veneto, Italy – Light yellow color. Elegant nose of sweet field flowers: camomile, elder flower, iris. Mineral on the palate with sweet almond on the finish. Pairs well with risotto, white fish, and raw fish.
91 PTS JS – Drink now through 2019 – Suggested Retail Price: $29 Club Price: $26 – To go only
Fontanafredda Lange Nebbiolo Ebbio – Piedmont, Italy 2015
100% Nebbiolo – Deep ruby red with violet highlights. Complex nose with traces of withered flowers, such as roses and, above-all,geraniums. Warm, soft, and inviting, with velvety tannins, great balanced and a lingering finish. Ideal with flavorful pasta dishes, meats and medium-aged cheeses.
90 PTS Decanter – Drink now through 2020 – Suggested Retail Price: $32 Club Price: $28 – To go only
Château Ducluzeau Bordeaux – Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2014 – Red/White Selection
Owned by the Borie family, one of the grand families of Bordeaux, the vineyard forms part of Château Fourcas-Borie. The wine, with its dark tannins and dense texture, is powerful and concentrated. Layers of tannins show most strongly at this young stage, while the ripe juicy fruit will develop well.
90 PTS WE – Drink now through 2022 – Suggested Retail Price: $30 Club Price: $27 – To go only
Platinum Wine Club Picks
Renieri Brunello di Montalcino – Tuscany, Italy 2012
Renieri is an excellent producer of Brunello. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers a gorgeous appearance with a dark burgundy color and thick saturation. The bouquet is rich and complete with layer after layer of ripe fruit intensity. The effect is succulent and rich. This Brunello drinks beautifully right now and shows a contemporary style with thick extraction and soft tannins. The mouthfeel also delivers good density and fullness, and that does not come easy in this vintage.
95 PTS JS – Drink now through 2022 – Suggested Retail Price: $55 Club Price: $47 – To go only
Paul Hobbs Cross Barn Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, CA 2014
Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley opens with spicy cassis and blueberry tart notions plus underlying bay leaves, cedar, pencil lead and smoked meat notes. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and packed with black berry and spice box flavor layers, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and instills plenty of freshness on the finish.
92 PTS RP – Drink now through 2022 – Suggested Retail Price: $56 Club Price: $48 – To go only
Champagne Club Picks
JM Labruyere Prologue Brut Grand Cru Champagne – Champagne, France
The Labruyère family’s roots are in Beaujolais, but their holdings have expanded to include the Domaine Jacques Prieur in Burgundy and now this grower Champagne venture based around sought-after vineyards in Verzenay which used to go into Dom Pérignon. “Prologue” has the viscosity and mineral drive of a much more-expensive Champagne, with a deep straw-gold core moving to copper at the rim. The nose is a deep and expressive melding of yellow apple, dried pineapple, preserved lemon, toasted bread, brioche dough, white mushrooms, honeysuckle, and white flowers. The concentrated palate evolves to deliver red fruits with hints of red currant alongside lemon curd, hazelnut, and brioche leading to an extremely long and complex finish. It’s a wine that walks that ‘high wire’ like only Champagne can, combining a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel and the freshness and minerality we all crave from the best Champagnes.
92 PTS JS – Drink now through 2030 – Suggested Retail Price: $65 Club Price: $57 – To go only
Bruno Paillard NV Première Cuvée Extra Brut – Champagne, France
The Premiere Cuvee is a very personal interpretation of the whole region, through the selection of 35 of the 320 crus of champagne. The NV Brut Première Cuvée (Disgorged 07/2016) has a bright straw-gold color. The blend of Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%) opens with a clear, fresh and open, very elegant and generous bouquet of bright, ripe fruits (melons, lemons) with beautiful chalk, brioche and toast flavors as well as emerging notes of sweet cherries and wild strawberries. Nice purity. This is a highly elegant, fresh, textured and tightly woven but very well balanced cuvée with lovely purity and a persistently salty, citrus-fresh and cleansing finish with good grip. This is an extraordinary effort.
92 PTS RP – Drink now through 2030 – Suggested Retail Price: $69 Club Price: $61 – To go only