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Wine of the Day: Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2012

Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2012 750ML ($27.95) Buy Now: $19

prumThe other day, while researching the Middle Mosel in Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine, I learned that “Badstube is one of the few if not the only German Grosslagen made up entirely of first-rate terroir.” With reason (my background is in Burgundy) I expected to pay a premium for such a wine. Then I found a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett on our shelf, for $19. So I bought it, and opened it, and spent an evening reveling in the beauty of German Riesling. Fine to enjoy now, but also ready for many years of cellaring, this wine first of all exuberates class.… Read the rest

Vinopolis Newsletter: 7-27-16

Jump Start Sale: Zorzal; Newly Arrived: Crowley; Spanish Trending Alert; Staff Picks; Flash Rose Sale: Henri Bonnaud; Arriving Tomorrow: Old School/Old Vine Domaine la Milliere CDP & CDR; New Chardonnay/Chablis Reviews from Vinous Media: Varner, Pattes Loup, Domaine Servin & Gilbert Picq; Champagne Tarlant; Elio Altare – Arriving in August; Subscriber-Only Brunello Sale

Sale Ends Midnight, July 31st
Prices Going South of the Equator

An Argentinian Tour de Force
Zorzal Zummer Zale
Jump Start Sale: Zorzal
The world of wine seems ever-expanding. From Washington, to Australia, to South America, the discovery of new producers and growing regions unfolds like a map. Less than ten years ago, a new winery called Zorzal appeared in Argentina’s emergent Valle de Uco. Zorzal’s trio of Michelini brothers blended the freedom of New World winemaking with an appreciation for fine Old World wines and classic varieties.
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Wine of the Day: Chateau du Fort Pontus Fronsac 2010 – Bordeaux – 7-26-16

Chateau du Fort Pontus, Fronsac, France 2010 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $18 special

Case-6 Chateau du Fort Pontus, Fronsac, France 2010 750ML ($149.95) Buy Now: $99 special

fortpontusbdxTucked away on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, just down the Dordogne from St. Emilion and Pomerol, the Fronsac Appellation quietly produces some of Bordeaux’s best early-drinkers. The lazy river, the wooded hills, the gravelly soil, and the châteaux: Fronsac is definitely Bordeaux. Château du Fort Pontus represents its bordelaise roots, but with a twist. The wine is 100% Merlot. Grown across 15 acres, the vines, 30 years old, are harvested manually, and the wines raised in the traditional style. Add all of this to a vintage like 2010, rated “outstanding” and which produced wonderfully concentrated wines, and you’ve got a wine that’s drinking deliciously today.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rose 2015 7-20-16

Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Cuvee Tradition Rose, Provence 2015 750ML ($21.95) Buy Now: $18

The Mas de Gourgonnier Rosé comes from a happy childhood. Grown organically, its grapes enjoy the hot, dry days of Provence in the company of olive trees, which the domaine also cultivates. Hand-harvested and estate-bottled by a family with several generations of ownership, this fine little rosé even wears a charming label. Bone dry, its deep pink/orange hue prompts a nose of candied orange peel and jasmine, followed by fresh strawberries and orange blossoms on the palate. The 2015 comes from 60% Grenache, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cinsault, and 4% Syrah. This is a rosé to stock up on, ahead of the Indian Summer.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Domaine de Montille Beaune Greves & Pommard Pezerolles 7-19-16

burgonedoiiiiThe Côte de Beaune hardly hosts a better-known name than de Montille. It’s as if the family of archetypical Burgundian vignerons arose from the earth of Volnay centuries ago. The late Hubert de Montille helped make the domaine famous for its classic style of age-worthy Burgundy, but now his son and daughter make the wines. Low yields and partial whole-cluster fermentation remain the norm, but the modern de Montille reds have softer tannins, are more aromatic, and they don’t require as much cellar time as before. Few other wines from Beaune, Pommard, and Volnay speak of their terroir and of Burgundian culture like de Montille wines do. The 2007 Greves will drink nicely now, while the 2009’s could be decanted today or kept in cellar another handful of years.… Read the rest