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Staff Favorites - Mari Keilman
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2008 Marques de Legarda Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 1-31-2013
So classicly Rioja with the dark cherry fruit, this $14 crianza over delivers with copious amounts of earth, incense and beautiful baking spices.
2010 Antech "Cuvée Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux
Review Date: 11-30-2012
I have a love/hate relationship with this cremant; I LOVE it when its here and HATE it when its sold out!!! When you're looking for that fresh, citrus-driven, bright apple and pear laden bottle of bubbles, hands down, this is the best choice!
Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-29-2012
This delicious Champagne is composed of 60% Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay and has been aged three years on the lees. Pinot Meunier is always characterized with upfront floral and fruity notes and that is exactly what jumps out of the glass with the Grand Reserve. Loaded with tons of ripe, fresh apple and carmalized citrus, this cuvee conveys how powerful and full-bodied Pinot Meunier can be while simultaneously having a clean and elegant finish.
Michel Loriot "Cuvee Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-29-2012
Exotic spice, tropical fruit and ripe citrus notes give this cuvee a fresh lifted air, but it stays true to its Meunier roots with a richness that keeps this champagne from being too angular.
San Venanzio Prosecco Brut
Review Date: 7-31-2012
This new direct buy is filled with delicate high tones of floral on the nose and an abundance of upfront pear and peach on the palate. Just found my new BBQ bubble bottle.
Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-31-2012
I loved this champagne several years ago but it was really hard to get people on board with the outdated yellow label that was a serious hommage to the early 90's. Now that they've updated the label to a sophisticated black and grey label, this champagne is going to fly off the shelves! Hands down, this the best "full-package" champagne for under 30. Equally as beautiful as the outside, the inside of this bottle is full of fresh, clean, refreshing citrus fruit balanced by a friendly pinot meunier based fruitiness that keeps this champagne fun and playful.
Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 3-30-2012
Capt Kirk hit the nail on the head..."like drinking sparkling red burgundy"! I love the contrast between the elegant pinot noir berry fruit and that little hint of herbaceousness that transports you to Beaune.
Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 1-31-2012
Vintage Launois is one of my favorite champagnes but with the word spreading of just how fantastic their vintage wines are, its sometimes hard to get your hands on one. This is where the Cuvee Reserve steps in as a noteworthy understudy. The Cuvee Reserve has an amazing richness with notes of apple and lemon zest on the palate and a elegant brioche finish.
1998 Henriot "Cuvee des Enchanteleurs"
Review Date: 10-31-2011
I've always put the Enchanteleurs on my top ten list of tete du cuvees, and its showing at this year's tent event solidified its standing! While the 1995 was the actual vintage being poured, it just proved that the Enchanteleurs is outstanding no matter what. While elegantly sophisticated in its youth, I recommend putting away the 1998 for a few years cause what stuck out the most for the '95 was the beautiful hints of roasted hazelnuts and leesy minerality.
2007 Stony Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 9-30-2011
On our last buyers trip to Napa, Stony Hill was the clear standout against a sea of cabernet sauvignon. Jim McCrea's old school white wines are such a breath of fresh air in a cloud of tannic, full bodied, structured reds. If only more Napa Valley chardonnays could make their wines like this. The vignerons in Burgundy have been doing it right for hundreds of years and Stony Hill is one of only a few who've realized it, emulated it and perfected it!
Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 7-29-2011
So refreshing...so crisp...so clean...so perfect for those al fresco summer dinners. Or maybe a romantic dinner with a plate of oysters is your cup of tea...
Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
Review Date: 3-1-2011
One word: Brie! Talk about the most heavenly of food and wine pairing experiences. Forget the fact that this bottle of bubbles is just a touch off dry. The Marie Leopold paired so perfectly with the brie, the only saving grace for my hips was that the wedge of cheese was quickly devoured. Its my second time taking home a bottle of this fabulous bottle of champagne and I will be taking home a fourth, fifth, sixth...just so long as there is enough brie in this world!
Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-27-2011
Rich, yet exquisitely balanced, the Michel Arnould Grand Cuvée Brut has a subtle minerality on the nose, the classic bright cherry fruit in the mouth and an elegant, seamless hazelnut finish. Try with some seared sea scallops in a citrus cream reduction.
Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 12-29-2010
This is the quintessential bottle of bubbles one is required to always have in the fridge. Done in a zippy blanc de blancs style, the Deligeroy Cremant de Loire offers up aromas of sweet lemon and light apricot followed my an aggressive palate of tiny racy bubbles. Perfect for toasting the New Year's!
Urbanite Cellars "Redart" Red Blend
Review Date: 10-29-2010
For all those who are looking for an easy drinking table red that won't break the bank, no need to look any further. Done in the same style as the Amplio cab from the same producer, the RedArt has plenty of bright red currant and blackberry fruit, with a nice hint of spice that sets this $10 Cab-based apart from the rest.
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