Staff Favorites - Greg St. Clair

Greg St. Clair
Greg St. Clair  | Send Email  |   Subscribe to My Sommelier Service


Reviews

Page:  prev  1  2  3 4  5  next
2008 Tenuta Friggiali Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-26-2014
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Friggiali's 2008 Brunello shows lots of earth, leather and spice in the nose and on the palate it has a fair amount of tannic structure, but the flavors are balanced and the wine follows through into the finish very well. For those looking for a drinkable Brunello at a BARGAIN price, here's your chance. I'd decant this for an hour or two and then try it with richer pasta dishes or a grilled flank steak.
Drink from 2014 to 2018

2008 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-26-2014
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Bold, smoldering aromatics of earth, sage and leather highlight the nose, while on the palate the wine has layers of complex earth, stone and plumy notes. This is a supple and richly textured wine that will do well with 2-3 hours in a decanter to open up. I'd pair it with a rosemary draped pork tenderloin or braised meats like a veal shank, or an aged piece of Pecorino Toscano; make sure it is Toscano.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2008 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-21-2014
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Anna and Lodovico Ginotti produce a small amount of Brunello yearly at their Agriturismo just north of the town of Montalcino. The 2008 is a classic, the nose is full of wild marasca cherry flavors that combine with subtle expressions of leather and earth on the palate. On the palate the plumy richness of the wine begins to expand and shows you its depth.
Drink from 2014 to 2023

2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 1-22-2014
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
I was really impressed by this wine's balance, focus and complexity. The aromatics were pure and restrained but were perfectly integrated with the delicate hints of barrel spice. Really long on the palate with a long aftertaste, outstanding wine from this up and coming region for the price.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Domaine Ballorin & F Marsannay "Clos du Roy"
Review Date: 1-16-2014
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
I was really stunned at the quality level of this wine, and not that it is a big, structured, powerful wine, but because it is pure; no forced aromatics or flavors. Texturally pleasing at the moment with a super supple (for Burgundy) mouthfeel, truly ethereal aromatics and no sweetness. I just made sure I bought my bottles before I posted this review--this wine should already be sold out; it way outperforms its price point!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart BC 0

Fuenteseca Reserva K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-6-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
This is something new, something that you may not be ready for, I wasn't. I've tasted a lot of high end Tequila and I've always liked Jimmy Buffet and Sammy Hagar as singers or Justin Timberlake as an actor, but I've never been enchanted with the smell of new oak unless it is in a piece of furniture and I've heard people use the word smooth so many times that I think they must have been raised on Jello or have no teeth. Tequila for me has always lacked that one extra…je ne sais quoi… that great Cognac, Armagnac and Single Malt whisky seem to have in their back pockets, but after tasting this Tequila it is obvious what they’ve been missing.... age. This unbelievably delicious spirit has taken Tequila to a new level, this is creating a new category of spirits that hasn’t existed before...and it is worth the price.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 12-1-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
This Sangiovese has both the weight and aromatic depth of Brunello. The aromas of this wine are impressive, wild cherry and plum mixed with Tuscan earth, saddle leather, middle eastern spice the fill your glass. On the palate it is powerful yet supple on the palate, the flavors echo the aromatics with more spice and leather. A long finish that shows layers of wild cherry and ripe plum all harnessed in the finish with a bit of fresh leather. Rack of Lamb, grilled rib eye or a big hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano.
Drink from 2013 to 2021
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Zaccagnini "Chronicon" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 11-26-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
One of Abruzzo’s finest wines comes from this perfectly situated amphitheatre vineyard sloping gently to the southwest. Ciccio Zaccagnini and his winemaker Concezio Marulli are making some of Abuzzo’s best balanced wines and their single vineyard “Chronicon” produces a delicious Montepulciano! This 2008 vintage already has 5 years of age on it and is so supple on your palate it is incredible, dense, saturated fruit flavors just roll across your tongue, lush and full with a very long finish you’ll be surprised to see it is only 13% alcohol. The wine is aged for a year in second and third year barriques but I don’t find any toasty sweetness flavor wise just a polished, long finish. This wine is very versatile and can go with grilled meats or roasts.
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: Hidden View Price BC 0

2011 Zidarich Vitovska Verde
Review Date: 11-19-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
The Carso is one of the most unique growing areas in Friuli and for that matter all of Italy. Situated on the Slovenian border just outside of Trieste. This wine is made from the indigenous grape Vitovska and the Verde refers label and that this wine is made from the young vines. Fermented in open top wooden fermenting tanks with wild yeast and on the skins for 10-15 days, then aged for a year in big wooden barrels for a year and it is unfined and unfiltered. You might think this some funky, toe jam filled wine but it isn't, it is so pure, fresh and shows the real character of the Carso a unique, salty minerality. Clean and fresh in the nose, extraordinary length, really a superb wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart W&S 93 BC 0

2011 Viticcio "Bere" Toscana
Review Date: 11-18-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
This wine is a great value, lots of fruit mixed with a supple richness that makes easy drinking now. While there is a lot of fruit this wine has a lot more going on with delicate hints of earth and spice. At the price point it is bigger and more full bodied than any Chianti in the price range yet it isn't heavy at all. Good balance and a nice finish. Perfect for your Tuesday night drinking pleasure!
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2009 Damilano "Lecinquevigne" Barolo
Review Date: 11-14-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Well you don't find many Barolo in this price range but this is really a steal. This classic styled Barolo has wonderful rose accented fruit up front, great balance on the palate with hints of leather and porcini and a long distinctive finish. The wine is aged 80% in big Slavonian Oak barrels and 20% in used barrique, the vineyards used for this wine are from 30-50 years old and it is best served at 60 degrees. I love this wine with braised Lamb or Veal shank or even Pot Roast accompanied with a bit of risotto!
Drink from 2013 to 2025

2008 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-4-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Consistently one of my favorite wines from Montalcino, Baricci's vineyards on the southeast corner of the Montosoli hill always express a supple elegance that is layered with a sweet,earthy expression backed up by layers of wild cherry like fruit flavors. Eminently drinkable but also capable of aging their wines are so graceful, never overbearing and are the perfect food wines, always adding to the experience. Nello Baricci was one of the founding members of the Brunello Consortium and today his grandson Federico is carrying on the tradition. No extravagant winemaking, no barrique just a purity that is difficult to find in today's winemaking. Trust me,this is really good wine and you need to experience it!
Drink from 2013 to 2023

2011 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
Review Date: 10-24-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
2011 is an excellent follow up to the superb 2010 Vorberg, this vintage the fruit is a little more up front but it still has that incredible layering of minerals and the classic salty finish. The wine is unctuous yet has such vibrant energy that the balance is truly superb. Capable of lasting for another decade or two you won't be able to wait because it tastes so good now!
Drink from 2013 to 2030

2012 Calcagno Carricante Sicilia
Review Date: 10-23-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
I love the wines from Etna and I find Carricante to be the perfect grape to show off the minerality of this incredible growing zone. The volcanic soil adds a crunchy texture that along with the acidity makes this wine vibrant. You might think with that description that this wine is lean and tart, not at all it is full bodied almost voluptuous but with that structure the wine is extraordinarily well balanced. Fermented and aged in stainless steel so you just get the purity of the grape and the soil, tremendous wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 10-23-2013
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Those of you who are California Cabernet lovers or Bordeaux aficionados will pack your bags and be on your way to Tuscany after tasting this wine. A Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot blend that will give you a new impression of what the word "Super" Tuscan means. Made in the heart of Tuscany this wine has everything, dark, powerful, loads of ripe fruit and is sensationally balanced. Yes balanced, this wine with its fruit still shows great length, and an elegant polished finish.
Drink from 2013 to 2030

Page:  prev  1  2  3 4  5  next