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Staff Favorites - Eric Story
2011 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil
Review Date: 3-3-2014
If you’re afraid of pretty, this isn’t for you. A beautifully focused aromatic with brambly fruits along with purple flowers and just a touch of uplifting spice. Along with all of its upfront beauty this also offers a fantastic depth of flavor and structure. A touch of salty black olive, ripe red cherry and soft wet mineral and a juicy but delicate finish. My wife actually shot daggers out of her eyes the first time we ran out, so I made sure to get some more in ASAP! Give it a good hour of decanting or put away for a good 3-5 years.
2012 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 2-13-2014
I have been a huge fan of the wines from the Mönchhof estate for many many years now. And, over the years they have happily become one of my “go to wines”. They are always fashioned in a way which is unpretentious and stylistically spot on. The 2012 Wurzgarten Kabinett is tasty, tasty, tasty… full of spice and uplifting minerality on the nose and a precise combination of texture, linear definition and juicy finish. Although this is easily chuggable right now this will cellar very nicely over the next 10+ years. (Eric Story, German Buyer)
2007 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 10-2-2013
This 2007 Kabinett is just now starting to show off its sexy potential. Light and delicate on the palate but retaining a racy core of bright fruit and juicy acidity. Definite no brainer…
2011 Gritsch "Axpoint" Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 8-21-2013
This single vineyard has long been one of my favorites from Gritsch, especially at this price. It has plenty of depth and complexity running through it but I never feel guilty for “accidently” making a bottle disappear while cooking in the kitchen and having to open another one.
2011 Kalinda Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-20-2013
This is exactly what I expect out of a Sonoma Pinot Noir: clean bright red fruits with lift along the palate and an elegant yet structured backbone. I’m guessing somebody got in trouble for pricing this at the absurd $19 sticker price, should be more like $25+. From grilled salmon, roasted pork loin to pizza and a winner with vegetarian dishes too, this wine covers all of the bases. One of the best Kalinda wines to date!
Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 1-28-2009
How can you go wrong with a rosé sparkler—especially under the $15 mark? Made from Pinot Noir, this is jam-packed with crunchy red fruits and spicy strawberry sweetness. Delightful on its own, as an aperitif, with a first course salad, or with a plate of cheese and a hearty loaf of fresh-baked bread.