Monday Newsletter 1-31-22

In This Newsletter:

New Review for Cayuse!

New Week – New Arrivals

New Grapelive Review for Bow & Arrow’s Gamay

Jeb Dunnuck Reviews St Damien & St Cosme

Bibi Graetz’s 100-Point Testamatta

Collector’s Corner:
Aldo Conterno

New Grapelive Review

For Cayuse’s Impulsivo Tempranillo

As Christophe Baron approaches a quarter century making wine in Walla Walla Valley, his restless nature has spawned a number of different projects, each with their own ambition. Best known as the winemaker and founder of Cayuse, in Walla Walla there are now multiple bottlings spanning The Rocks District and Walla Walla Valley AVA’s. 

Cayuse Vineyards Impulsivo Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley 2019 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 18 bottles in stock now
Grapelive 96 points
“While renowned for his Syrah and Grenache based wines, Cayuse’s Christophe Baron also does some fantastic Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignons, and this awesome Tempranillo, called the Impulsivo, which is very much in the mold of a great Ribera del Douro, with incredible fruit density and thrilling palate impact. It’s a real head turner, something you’d not want to miss…This 2019 Impulsivo has a seductive inky blue/black and garnet hue in the glass and a sultry dark and smoky nose that leads to a complex array of flavors on the concentrated full bodied pale with blackberry coulis, black cherry, plum and grilled orange fruits that are accented by graphite, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, caramelized fennel, mineral tones and a subtle floral dimension. Think of this wine as an American Pingus! Thick and opulent for sure, but with some nice lift from natural acidity and an earthy and transparent personality, along with a young taut structure and balance that certainly gives the impression that it will age well… These new releases from Cayuse are tight and powerful wines that should be decanted and paired with hearty cuisine, but they also possess a raw beauty and finesse that truly make them so alluring, especially the God Only Knows Grenache, which has a soulful expression, reminding me of Rayas and Sadie Family, and this very sexy Tempranillo that should drink well for decades to come. Cayuse employs all organic and biodynamic farming and minimal intervention in the cellar to make wines influenced by place first and foremost, which has made them incredibly hard to get, but well worth the effort!”

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New Week – New Arrivals


Ross & Bee Maloof ‘No Clos Radio’ Pinot Gris, Tualatin Hills 2020 750ML ($31.95) $26 special, 9 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“Vineyard History – Estate vineyard and winery site for Maloof Wines and Fossil & Fawn. Originally planted in the early 70s by Harvey Shafer. Location – Forest Grove, OR (Tualatin Hills AVA) Vineyard stats- 27 acres, 500ft elevation Farming – Own rooted, dry farmed, planted in 1972. Organic farming program since January 2020 (previously sustainable), beginning organic certification process through CCOF in spring 2022. Soil – Jory & Loess, with pisolitic deposits of iron and manganese, that are particular to the newly minted Tualatin Hills AVA. Harvesting – By hand, harvested on September 20th. Winemaking – Pressed, and then fermented and aged in neutral burgundy oak barrels, on the lees with no batonnage. Bottled without fining or filtration. 30ppm total Sulfur.”

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Ross & Bee Maloof Johan Vineyard ‘Scrambled Sticks’, Van Duzer Corridor 2020 750ML ($37.95) $33 special, 11 bottles in stock now
Winery note
“We made six lots of wine from this special plot within Johan for the 2020 vintage, and blended them all together in the summer before bottling. We utilized amphora made by Andrew Beckham for portions of the wine, which makes up about 40% of the final blend. Typically we do extended skin contact in the clay pots, however given the vintage, we opted to make a slightly lighter wine, and reserved the amphora for fermented juice or aged skin contact wine (after pressing). Two of the lots this year that went into the pots were skin contact pinot gris (after we pressed off the skins from a larger ferment in a standard macrobin), and a mixture of Ribolla Gialla and Tocai Friulano (pressed juice fermented and aged directly in the clay). In addition to those lots, we did a ~30 day skin contact in an open fermenter of Pinot gris, another of Ribolla/Tocai, which were both aged in neutral Burgundy barrels. Lastly, we also pressed some Chardonnay and some Pinot Gris, which were both fermented and aged in neutral oak. The final makeup based off of grape variety was… -35% Ribolla Gialla, -30% Pinot Gris, -20% Tocai Friulano, -15% Chardonnay. Bottled without fining or filtration. 30ppm total Sulfur.”

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Ross & Bee Maloof Temperance Hill Vineyard Picnic Pet Nat Pinot Noir Rose, Eola-Amity Hills 2020 750ML ($21.95) $19 special, 11 bottles in stock now
Distributor note
“Pet Nat rose of Pinot Noir from Temperance Hill Vineyard. Winemakers are Perry Hiestuman and Rosa Curtain. They sprung into action when they heard that a very large winery cancelled a fruit contract on Temperance Hill, literally the morning of picking grapes. Technically says Maloof Wines on the back, but this is very much their wine! Made in the same way as L’eau Epicee (metodo interrupto- added frozen grape must.) 5 days of skin contact, then pressed and fermented in 500L neutral Burgundy Oak puncheon.”

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Resonance Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2019 750ML ($34.95) $28 special, 34 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points
“Vibrant and impeccably structured, with floral raspberry, crushed stone and savory tea accents that build tension toward refined tannns. Drink now through 2031. 6,087 cases made. — TF”

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France – Bordeaux

Chateau Goubau ‘La Source de Chateau Goubau’, Cotes de Castillon 2015 750ML ($24.95) $18 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Chateau Goubau ‘La Source de Chateau Goubau’, Cotes de Castillon 2015 750ML ($149.95) $99 special (that’s only $16.50/bottle!)
Winery note
“The second wine of Chateau Goubau comes from the vineyard parcels facing south and south-west on the slopes bordering the domain’s natural source. Made from a blend of 95% Merlot grapes and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes, the wine is spicy and fresh with aromas of red fruits, plums and spice. On the palate the wine is crunchy and fruity with black fruit flavours and a touch of spice; the finish is lively and appealing. Drink now for next three years.”

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L’Hetre Raison d’Hêtre, Cotes de Castillon 2016 750ML ($21.95) $18 special, 36 bottles in stock now
Julia Harding MW – Jancisrobinson
 “There is a second wine, Raison d’Hêtre, made from the younger vines and lower slopes. It’s a little lighter in body and tasted as if it had a little more of the Cabernets in the blend though the proportions are the same, but this was perhaps just slightly less ripe Merlot fruit.”

Chateau d’Issan, Margaux 2018 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Decanter 96 points
“This is a vibrant ruby colour, with floral aromatics that are even more evident on the nose here than with the second wine, Blason. This is not always the case during En Primeur tastings, when it’s the second wines that tend to be a little more open, but it’s a feature of the 2018 vintage. This is a brilliant Issan with richness and poise joined by a delicate acidity that pulls the fruit along. The tannins are deceptive, as they are supple and appealing, but the density and power builds over the palate and clearly indicates long ageing. A wine that feels like it’s rooted in its appellation. 50% new oak. 40hl/ha yield, with 53% of production going into this wine, higher than in both 2017 and 2016.”
James Suckling 95-96 points “The cashmere texture of the tannins is wonderful in this. They are ripe and precise. Dense at the same time, giving a slow drive and a long finish. Full-bodied with dark and pretty fruit. Persistent finish.”
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “The 2018 D’Issan is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, aging in 50% new and 50% second year barrels for an estimated 18 months. With 13.97% alcohol and a deep garnet-purple color, it features baked berries, warm cherries and cassis with spice box and fragrant earth plus tea hints. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great core of muscular fruit with firm, fine-grained tannins, with nice freshness, finishing layered with mineral notions.”

Italy – Tuscany

San Polino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($79.95) $66 special, 28 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 97 points
“Attractive aromas of cherry, dark mushroom, bark and walnut follow through to a full body with lots of ripe cherry and berry character in the center palate. Firm, chewy tannins draw you down the palate. Extremely long. From organically grown grapes. Better than the superb 2015? Drink after 2023 and onwards.”

Italy – Piedmont

Conterno Fantino ‘Ginestrino’ Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Conterno Fantino ‘Ginestrino’ Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($299.95) $236 special (that’s only $39.33/bottle!)
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 93 points
“The Conterno Fantino 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Ginestrino opens to fragrant and delicate aromas straight from the Nebbiolo playlist. The wine opens to pretty aromas of wild cherry, rose, blood orange and iron ore. Winemaking starts with stainless steel and concludes with 10 months in French oak. The vines are planted in clay soils, and when you study the bouquet in depth, you do perceive a tad more structure and concentration as a result. Production is an ample 35,500 bottles.”
Importer note “Made from the Michet and Lampia Nebbiolo sub-varieties grown in a young vineyard in Monforte d’Alba, in sand and clay soil about 200 to 450 meters (656 to 1,476 feet) above sea level. Vineyards are south-, southwest- and southeast-facing, on a 25%-40% gradient. Made from the same clones as the winery’s Barolos, the vines are younger – ranging up to fifteen years of age – and produce elegant wines with a lighter structure and all the freshness and crisp primary fruity and floral aromas a young Nebbiolo is known for.”

Conterno Fantino Mosconi, Barolo DOCG 2017 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 18 bottles in stock now
Decanter 96 points
“Among the 27 hectares of Conterno Fantino is Vigna Ped, an east-facing cru within the Mosconi MGA. Similar to Ginestra, in 2017 it seems to be a bit rounder and less austere. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally in the spring. It displays intense leafy lightness with wild strawberry puree and liquorice root, but also whiffs of truffle and cocoa powder. The attack is firm and assertive, with both acidity and tannins – which are large, grainy and ripe. The structure is well balanced by fruit concentration, vibrancy and complexity. Despite its meatiness, it’s not ready to drink yet. For the long haul. Drinking Window 2022 – 2040.”
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2017 Barolo Mosconi Vigna Ped is deep, resonant and expansive, as wines from this site tend to be. In this tasting, the Mosconi is wonderfully deep. Its stature alone is compelling. And yet there is so much to the Mosconi. Readers will find a Barolo that melds together a rich, racy expression of fruit with plenty of structure that wraps everything together. Rich red fruit, blood orange, tar, spice and cedar build as the 2017 gains volume through to the finish.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2017 Barolo Mosconi Vigna Ped sources its fruit from a small vineyard plot measuring less than one hectare that is composed of sand, silt and clay soils. This special wine shows dark fruit with cherry and blackcurrant, all followed by spice, tar and earth. The hot and dry growing conditions in 2017 make for extra intensity and concentration, with firm tannins that hold it all together. The cooling altitudes at 360 to 380 meters above sea level and the general conditions of Monteforte d’Alba mean that this wine shows good integration. 6,424 bottles were released.”

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Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule, Nahe 2020 375ML ($59.95) $49 special, 5 half-bottles in stock now
James Suckling 98 points
“Such an exotic nose with a slew of passion fruit, mangosteen and King Alfonso mango. Compact and concentrated, but the more important things are the coolness and gracefulness of this moderately sweet Auslese that turns in a dark, “earthy” direction at the powerful finish. Very limited production. From organically grown grapes with Fair’n Green certification. Drink or hold.”
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 97 points “The 2020 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese is super clear, precise and coolish on the concentrated but highly refined and flinty/stony nose. Round and refined on the palate, this Auslese has a highly refined raisin tone intertwined with crunchy slate aromas. The wine comes across as a very complex and juicy but always highly finessed Auslese with eternal beauty. Almost zero botrytis, but the most perfect berries of the vintage made it into this adorable Auslese. 8% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in July 2021.”

Von Winning Deidesheimer Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewachs, Pfalz 2019 750ML ($89.95) $75 special, 5 bottles in stock now
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93-94 points
“From calcareous soils, the Deidesheimer Riesling 2019 Kalkofen GG offers a clear, intense and aromatic bouquet with very fine aromas of lanolin, clove and vanilla from the oak vats. Full-bodied and enormously juicy on the palate, this is a generous and hedonistic but nevertheless subtle and refined Riesling that reveals ripe peach aromas and a fine, harmonious texture with a quiet, subtly juicy flow. The acidity is delicate and stimulatingly salty on the finish. A gorgeous wine tasted as a sample in May 2020.”

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New Grapelive Review for Bow & Arrow’s Gamay

We can’t say enough good things about Bow & Arrow and the wines they make. Scott Frank seems to have cracked the code to do two things that are nearly impossible for other Oregon wineries. First, he makes wines that are vibrant, fresh and delicious in a truly old-world fashion.   As a result, the wines (especially the wines we’re featuring today) can be compulsively drinkable. We may have mentioned this already, but the wines are great.

The other major puzzle that Scott seems to have cracked is affordability. We often see wines from the US marketed as ‘daily drinkers’ in style but the wines are priced at $30++, well north of a comparable wine from Europe. With Bow & Arrow, though, we’re pleased as punch that a delicious local wine is cheaper than most of the competition from Europe.  To make those already good deals even better, we worked with Scott to drop the prices on two of our favorites, the flagship Rhinestones and his excellent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Bow & Arrow Gamay Noir, Willamette Valley 2019 750ML ($29.95) $21.90 special, 13 bottles in stock now
Grapelive 92 points
“This 2019 version of Bow & Arrow’s Gamay is one of my favorite vintages to date with tons of energy and stemmy crunch. It shows off deep black fruits, hints of violets and zesty orange rind along with racy acidity, mineral notes and is led on the medium bodied palate by blackberry, tangy sour cherry and plum fruits that are accented by hints of loam, leather and fennel. Bow & Arrow and winemaker Scott Frank go their own way, focusing on cool climate natural wines made from more humble grapes and sites, including this Gamay, and they use a different template to explore this different, simpler side of the Willamette Valley. Instead of Burgundy, Frank adds, he pays homage to the refreshing and decidedly working class wines of France’s Loire Valley, and the wines show a rustic edgy quality and are incredibly value priced confiding the small batch and handcrafted effort that goes into them… This wine is without pretense and even carries its rawness with a certain pride, with the 2019 having a touch of funk, stemmy bite and brett, though not enough to be off putting, it just adds to the complexity and soulfulness of the whole experience…”

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New Jeb Dunnuck Reviews

What they lack in centuries of history and breadth of portfolio is a head-turning, traditionally-styled wine experience in the three reds on offer (and a “magnificently mustachioed Joël Saurel at the helm,” to quote Joe Czerwinski of the Wine Advocate). This humble, family-owned domain produces old-vine, Grenache-based blends that show deep, earthy flavors and superior style due to their intensely rigorous quality standards that we adore.

The 2019 is being lauded as one of the rare vintages that captured both phenolic ripeness and elegance thanks to cool evenings and perfectly timed rains during the season. The exceptionally old vines on the St. Damien estate were able to weather the heat spells and drought conditions well. The house style of utilizing whole clusters during fermentation paid off tremendously this vintage, with the stems being perfectly ripe and contributing further tannic structure.

Newly Reviewed and In Stock Now:

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane Vieilles Vignes, Rhone 2019 750ML ($39.95) $31.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points
“I think the standout of the three Gigondas is the 2019 Gigondas La Louisiane. This ripe, exotic, yet incredibly pure Gigondas offers incredible character and depth with no sensation of weight or heaviness. Wild strawberries, blueberries, mint, peppery herbs, and garrigue are just some of the nuances, and it has silky tannins and a full-bodied, powerful style that will evolve for 10-15 years.”

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Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas ‘Les Souteyrades Vieilles Vignes’, Rhone 2019 750ML ($39.95) $31.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points
“Lastly, the 2019 Gigondas Les Souteyrades is more classic, with pure dark, peppery fruits as well as garrigue, cedar, and leather notes. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and perfectly balanced, it has impressive tannins and will benefit from short-term bottle age. As with the other Gigondas here, you should expect 10-15 years of prime drinking. This cuvée is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, aged all in foudre.”

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes, Rhone 2019 750ML ($34.95) $28 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points
“Moving to the 2019s, this is a great vintage for this estate, and all of the wines showed brilliantly. The 2019 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is its usual 80/20 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre and has awesome dark fruits, ground pepper, licorice, truffle, and earthy mineral-like aromas and flavors. I love its mid-palate, it has elegance as well as power, ripe tannins, and a great finish. I finished my note with ‘Wow.'”

Saint Cosme is one of the rare producers that delivers consistent quality across their regional bottlings. Considering their range spans the entirety of the Rhône this is a downright herculean achievement. Whether you’re looking for fruit, minerality, high acid or low, red or white wine, Saint Cosme has a wine for you. And these wines do appeal to just about anyone.

Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2019 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2019 750ML ($299.95) $239 special (that’s only $39.83/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2019 1.5L ($99.95) $79 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points
“I thought the 2019 Gigondas was gorgeous, with a rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated style as well as classic Saint Cosme ground pepper, mineral, cured meats, and assorted red and black fruits. It’s a powerful, concentrated base cuvée with the mid-palate and structure to evolve for 15-20 years.”

Chateau de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion, Cotes du Rhone 2019 750ML ($24.95) $20.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Chateau de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion, Cotes du Rhone 2019 ($299.95) $219 special (that’s only $18.25/bottle!)
Chateau de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion, Cotes du Rhone 2019 1.5L ($59.95) $45 special, 10 magnums in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 89 points
“Moving to the 2019s from bottle, the 2019… Les Deux Albion has lots of red and black fruits, bacon fat, lavender, and some peppery, meaty nuances in a medium to full-bodied, nicely textured package. It’s mostly Syrah (50%) but also includes Grenache and Mourvèdre, and it’s going to drink nicely for 3-5 years.”

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Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph, Rhone 2019 750ML ($37.95) $29 special, 10 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points
“The 2019 Saint Joseph has a Côte Rôtie-like vibe and offers beautiful black raspberry fruits as well as subtle bacon fat, flowers, and spice. It’s elegant and medium-bodied, with terrific ripeness and outstanding length on the finish. It’s a classy Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 10-12 years.”

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Bibi Graetz’s 100-Point Testamatta

Testamatta, which means “crazy head” in Italian, is a nod to Bibi Graetz’s eccentricity. A creative and passionate man, Graetz crafts some of Italy’s most impressive wines at his self-described Casamatta (“crazy house”). But don’t be fooled by Graetz’s self-deprecating humility, one taste of his wines will shatter any illusions that these are humble plonk. The brilliance of the wine suggests that there surely must be a method to the madness.

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Bibi Graetz Testamatta Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2018 750ML ($99.95) $89 special, 19 bottles in stock now
Bibi Graetz Testamatta Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2018 1.5L ($219.95) $199.99 special, 9 magnums in stock now
Jane Anson – Decanter 100 points
“Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savoury, this has a lilting freshness that is overlaid with ripe berry fruits, sage and white pepper spice, and clear minerality in terms of its scraping texture that makes your mouth water on the finish. Feels light and sculpted and yet has an intensity that skewers you to the spot. This is a great wine, with scope and imagination that doesn’t want to let you go. Genuinely stands out among the wines of this tasting, and these are a fine array of wines. As with Colore, Bibi Graetz selects only old vines, the youngest 50 years old from five different vineyard sites across Tuscany, all farmed organically. Fermentations in open 225l barrels with natural yeasts and manual punch downs.”
James Suckling 97 points “Very subtle aromas of cherries, bark, black truffles and flowers. Hints of crushed stones. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and solid with a very tight, minerally structure. Very long and intense. Racy and bright at the end. Powerful, orange-peel and citrus-fruit undertones. Salty and minerally. This needs time to develop in the bottle. Extremely structured. A wine not to touch until after 2023.”

Bibi Graetz Casamatta Toscana IGT Tuscany 2018 750ML ($17.95) $14 special, 13 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 90 points
“A dense yet fresh red with cherry, tile and wet-earth character. Dusty tannins. Medium to full body. Lightly chewy. Juicy finish. Drink now.”

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Collector’s Corner:

Aldo Conterno

Son of the famous Giacomo Conterno, Aldo purchased his own estate in 1969, Favot, to explore alternatives to the strictly traditional methods of the family estate. He took inspiration from Angelo Gaja and from his experiences while traveling through the United States. Although he introduced some modern winemaking techniques that improved the quality of the wines, including temperature-controlled fermentation, he never fully embraced the “modern” style. He eschewed new oak on the Barolos and continued to hand-harvest the grapes, using gentle pressing and shorter macerations in the cellar. The results were polished and elegant wines with pure and bold fruit profiles. Since his passing in 2012, his three sons have run the estate. These are standard bearer wines for the region, and worthy of a dedicated spot in your cellar.

Newly Arrived from Poderi Aldo Conterno:

Poderi Aldo Conterno ‘Il Favot’ Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Poderi Aldo Conterno ‘Il Favot’ Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($419.95) $449 special (that’s only $37.42/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Wine Spectator 90 points
“A combination of strawberry, cherry, currant and iodine aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this juicy, complex red. Firms up at the end, with a subtle length. Drink now. 1,500 cases made, 300 cases imported. — BS”

In Stock Now from Poderi Aldo Conterno:

Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont 2017 750ML ($37.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont 2017 750ML ($219.95) $189 special (that’s only $31.50/bottle!)
Case-12 Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont 2017 750ML ($419.95) $359 special (that’s only $29.92/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Wine Advocate 93 points
“The 2017 Barbera d’Alba Conca Tre Pile is piled high with dark fruit intensity, soft tannins and a pinch of fresh acidity that breaks apart the wine’s rich fruit flavors. The hot vintage has taken well to the Barbera grape, accentuating its volume, richness and generosity. The bouquet offers black fruit, dried plum, spice, truffle-infused earth and toasted hazelnut. Some 20,000 bottles were made.”

Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($34.95) $29 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($419.95) $319 special (that’s only $26.58/bottle!)

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Poderi Aldo Conterno Bussia Colonnello, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($219.95) $179 special, 10 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 96 points
“Very fine-grained with pretty berry, spice, roasted-nut and cedar aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied and chewy, yet polished and intense. Very, very long. Try after 2022.”
Wine Advocate 95+ points “The Poderi Aldo Conterno 2016 Barolo Bussia Colonnello shows dark fruit intensity, dried cherry, spice, licorice and tilled earth. The wine delivers its aromas in a direct and immediate manner, with menthol and balsam herb fitting into oaky aromas of sweet spice. For whatever reason, I notice the oak more in Colonnello, but this will relax with time. The wine will be ready to drink after the 10-year mark. Approximately 6,000 bottles were made.”

Poderi Aldo Conterno Bussia, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($99.95) $85 special, 25 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 95 points
“A fresh and elegant red, showing aromas and flavors of cut hay, strawberry, cherry, iron, eucalyptus and tar. Lithe and intense, with a long, savory aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 1,500 cases made, 500 cases imported. -BS”

Poderi Aldo Conterno Granbussia, Barolo Riserva DOCG 2012 750ML ($999.95) $889 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 95 points
“The earthy, woodsy aromas show some evolution in this red, with just a hint of white truffle, yet there’s still a hefty dose of spicy oak to be resolved. Rich and sumptuous midpalate, showing plum, cherry, tar and tobacco flavors shaded by vanilla and toasty spices, with firm, dusty tannins laying a grip on the long finish. Give this another year or two in the cellar. Best from 2024 through 2042. From Italy. —B.S.”

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