Wine of the Day: Paitin ‘Sori Paitin’ Barbaresco 2012 9-21-16

Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Sori Paitin’, Barbaresco DOCG 2012 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $39 special

paitinsori12Few finer things can interrupt a workday than a visit by Giovanni Pasquero Elia, whose family owns Paitin, producers of fine Barbaresco. We tasted five reds, and the 2012 Barbaresco Sorì Paitin stood out like the Alps on a clear winter morning. The concentrated yet elegant nose of pomegranate, spice, and cherries deserved a little extra time to savor, and then the supple tannins and delightfully long finish inspired dreams of a five-course northern Italian meal… This wine drinks deliciously today, but would cellar just fine, too. Aromas of  Barbaresco continue to saturate my palate. Grazie, Paitin! – Daniel

Antonio Galloni 93 points “Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, mint and leather are some of the notes that emerge from the 2012 Barbaresco Sorì Paitin.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 9-18-16

Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($59.95) Buy Now: $49 special

Case-12 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($649.95) Buy Now: $536 special

roundpondIn Napa, like in Bordeaux, some areas produce finer wines than others. The Rutherford region, for example, represents one of Napa’s best sites, something like a St Julien. Round Pond Estate, now in its second generation of family ownership and operation, hails from Rutherford. The MacDonnell family grows first-rate wine grapes, and trusts these to their gifted winemaker Muiris Griffin. Having studied in Bordeaux, Griffin soon collaborated with Opus One before working with Paul Draper at Ridge. None other than Robert Parker loves Round Pond wines, while Antonio Galloni has this to say: “Round Pond remains one of the true under the radar jewels of Napa Valley.” We’re putting their exquisite wines on your radar, so you can taste what Parker and Galloni are talking about.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero 2012 9-17-16

Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($44.95) $36.60 special

Case-12 Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($479.95) $399 special

haciendamonasterioJust outside the town of Pesquera, in Spain’s Duero Valley, Hacienda Monasterio has been producing sumptuous reds since 1992. Limestone soil and organic viticulture give the south-facing vineyard just the right amount of delicacy to match the heat and sunlight. Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) produces the majority of the estate’s grapes, but Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec also find their way into the blends. None other than Peter Sisseck, founder/winemaker at Pingus, started this project and continues to serve as head enologist. His work supports the popular, New World style of Spanish wine. – Daniel

Wine Advocate 94 Points “The current vintage for the crianza is 2012.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 9-16-16

Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 750ML ($31.95) Buy Now: $24 special

Case-12 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 750ML ($359.95) Buy Now: $249 special

pooOne of the best deals in the wine world? Buying the entry-level wines of a top-shelf producer. Massolino fits the bill here. As one of Barolo’s oldest estates, they possess the deep sense of know-how and respect for terroir that preclude the crafting of fine wine. A prestigious winery like Massolino also has excellent vineyard sites, and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Suddenly the entry-level bargain trick begins to make sense… The 2013 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo drinks above many of its counterparts. This wine makes perfect sense for those who enjoy full-bodied, fruit-forward, bold Nebbiolo that is ready to drink today. Start here and you’ll want to work your way up Massolino’s Barolo ladder: The first taste isn’t quite free, but it’s still an irresistible price for such a well-made wine.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: J. Christopher ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir 2014 9-15-16

J. Christopher ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 750ML ($69.95) Buy Now: $59 special

jcabbThe 2014 Oregon Pinots keep arriving, and the J. Christopher line-up tastes consistent and delicious. The Abbey Ridge bottling stands out yet again as the winery’s most complex, refined red. It’s considered one of Oregon’s best vineyards. Planted in 1976, and still ungrafted, Abbey is dry farmed so those vitis vinifera roots will dig down in the Jory soil and extract a deeper sense of place. Elevation is high at Abbey Ridge, at 650-800 feet, which adds a bit more acidity and a softer touch than lower-elevation Dundee Hills Pinots. Earth and ripe red berries waft out of the glass, while velvet wraps the palate, and the finish lingers into the future: this wine will age well, if you can wait.… Read the rest