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Staff Favorites - Ryan Woodhouse
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2007 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-28-2012
A wine that plays the perfect balance between generous fruit and a serious structural component. ht people at Lecciaia have done well to harness the rich, ripe quality so typical of the 2007 Brunelli with out going over the top and losing balancing acidity or getting too big and over extracted. A brunello for those people who like a more generous style but want something that will also hold up well for a decade + in the cellar.
Drink from 2012 to 2025
2005 Clarendon Hills "Kangarilla" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 10-16-2012
Another great wine in a run of Clarendon releases we have gotten our hands on for crazy prices. This bottle is at that perfect balance point where the primary fruit has backed off just a touch. The tannins have resolved to a supple soft texture. There are just hints of secondary bottle age elements creeping in to add complexity to a very bold, pure core of sappy dark red fruit. This is a nice example of a rich, saturated, fruit driven wine that still has balance and focus to age gracefully without falling apart at the seams. Great stuff at this silly price!
Drink from 2012 to 2018
Review Date: 9-29-2012
Fresh flavors of zesty lemon gelato lead onto the balanced and weighty palate. The bubbles are bright and energetic. This wine has great persistence and richness for a wine of this price point. On the finish, the citrus acidity is checked by just a subtle hint of almond paste sweetness. This is a perfect Extra Dry level prosecco for all your events and holiday parties at an incredible value price!
2009 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 8-28-2012
A great “real” Cabernet for under ten bucks! This wine is brimming with dark fruits, some minty, herbal subtleties a touch of tobacco and spicy oak. This is no juicy fruity generic red. It has real structure and Cabernet varietal qualities showing well beyond its miniscule price point. This is a great wine for those of you that enjoy quality, food friendly balanced and firm structured wines but need something for everyday drinking. This is a steal!
2010 Famille Perrin & Fils "Réserve" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 2-26-2012
Another great value wine from Perrin. The new package for the 2010 compliments the bright fresh wine inside. The 09 vintage was big and ripe but for me many of the 2010 Rhones possess great fruit but with a brighter acid and more balance than some 09’s. This wine totally defies it’s incredibly low price point. Great up front fruit, elegantly perfumed with good weight and spice on the palate. Not a heavy wine but certainly has the concentration and persistence to be a very good and versatile food wine. When you dust off the grill this spring make sure you have your place stocked with this wine, it’s a crowd pleaser!
Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-27-2011
This fine Champagne has so many things going for it. A small producer we work with directly thanks to the great work of our Champagne buyer Gary Westby. This is a Champagne Rose of pedigree; Jean-Pierre Fleury was the first grower in the Champagne region to convert to Biodynamics in 1989. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir from phenomenal estate vineyards situated on steep sunny slopes in the village of Courteron. In the bottle we find an exhibition of both power and elegance. Ripe fruits on the nose, red currants and macerated strawberries. On the palate a fine balance of fruit, acid and minerality. This is a harmonious wine. Beyond all of this, the beautiful packaging makes this bottle a great gift. Definitely one of the most eye-catching wines in the store. Thankfully this is one time that choosing a bottle for its pretty label will not lead you astray!
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