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Staff Favorites - Adam Winkel
2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 11-21-2013
This is one of the finest Kabinetts in Germany year-after-year. At discount pricing in a fine Kabinett vintage, this is way too tempting to pass up. Clarity and vigor abound on a profile of peach, pineapple, lavender, and basil. The wine shows fine terroir with a more creamy mineral profile than you typically find in the greater Mosel region. Simultaneous excitement and class on an exemplary Kabinett.
2010 Sandro Fay "Costa Bassa" Valtellina Superiore
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This is a bright and juicy style of Nebbiolo with a good measure of savor to make it interesting. A few minutes in the glass reveals flavors of cherry, potpourri, white pepper, and a hint of woodsmoke. There is a feminine persistence and vigor to the medium-bodied structure and a which is just right to enjoy with charcuterie.
Graham's 10-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 7-30-2013
This is a good port to serve with a non-chocolate dessert course. The bombastically nutty and spicy profile complements your dessert course beautifully, when a more delicate style of Tawny would get crushed. Try it with creme brulee or pumpkin pie! Keep a bottle in the fridge, and pour it when called for... it will last for weeks or even months.
Graham's 20-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 7-30-2013
Like Graham's 10 Year Tawny, the 20 Year is a wine that is great to pair with a dessert course. This big boy does amazing things alongside something as traditional as carrot cake with walnuts and cream cheese frosting. The carrot cake (as well as pumpkin pie) interplays beautifully with the wine's profile of orange peel and nuts. This also has enough richness to pair with caramel-based desserts when not all tawnies can stand up to the sweetness. Keep an open bottle in the fridge and pour it when called for... it will last for weeks or even months.
2011 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 7-3-2013
This has a very nice Chablis-like style which is nervy and energetic. You normally see this style of California Chard at safer price points, but this is a distinct jump in quality and terroir from what you may have experienced. It features a profile of bright citrus, stone fruit, and mineral with invigorating herbal tones and a surprisingly long finish that really showcases the quality. I'd love to see more California white wines made like this.
Ferreira "Duque de Braganca" 20-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 11-29-2012
This shows amazing nuance and freshness, and the nuttiness comes in late to create a great overarching, transitory complexity. This would prove versatile with custards or nutty desserts, but it's certainly also one to savor on its own.